113 posts categorized "2016 Holiday Collection"

12/25/2016

Sun 25

Christmas Day 2016
by Penny Ward

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Merry Christmas Memory Box friends. The designers at Memory Box are wishing you the most wonderful day.

I love the layout of this card and with a few tweaks, it is a design to be used all year long.

 

Starting with the Blue card stock base, stamp sentiment from the Love and Laughter set available at Simon Says Stamp using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Dry emboss around the edges with a bone folder and scoring board. 

Cut a piece of White card stock 3 x 5.50 inches, die cut along one edge with the largest of Circle Bump Borders. Dry emboss around the other three edges with a bone folder and scoring board. Adhere over Blue base with foam adhesive.

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Die cut and color Poinsettia Flourish, Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and Botanical Stem. Build the poinsettia as shown and adhere to card front.

 

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Trim Botanical Stem as needed and slide beneath White panel and a bit of glue.

Add clear sequins and a flower center as desired.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting,

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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten someone's Christmas with a glittery giftcard holder - it's easy with the Square Bump Borders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an idea to avoid another shopping trip just to buy a giftcard holder.  

Have you noticed how pricey the nice giftcard holders are this year?    Wouldn't you  rather add another $5 to the giftcard instead - and present it in a color-coordinated holder?   Here's an easy way to make a quick holder that you can customize with the right colors.  

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Cut a 5-½" x 10-¼" piece of lightly textured white cardstock.  Score it and fold it at 4-¼" and 8-½" to make an A-2 card with  a extra 1-¾" wide section on the bottom.  Diecut the edge of the extra section with the Square Bump Border to create a little bump-out tab.  

Attach "happy holidays" from the Scribble Christmas set to an acrylic block.  Carefully lift both ends of the greeting, curve them, and press them firmly onto the block again. Use a stamp positioner and stamp it with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach foam dots near the top outer corners of the diecut edge and fold the bottom up to form a pocket.

You can write the giftcard amount just above the pocket line where it'll be hidden until the giftcard is removed.  Secure the giftcard in the pocket with removable glue dot placed on a blank area.

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If you're planning to stamp more than one card - check to be sure the curvy ends haven't returned to their original straight design.  They tend to straighten out after a few minutes.  A greeting stamp with an attitude!

Stamp the tree on green cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die.  Cut the small tree from green and silver glittered cardstock.  Cut the larger tree from pink and aqua cardstock and trim them to different heights.  

Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from white cardstock.  Attach adhesive along the edges of the inner rectangle.  Attach the narrow frame behind it.  (Lots easier than first attaching the delicate frame by itself.)  Attach them to the card.  Add the trees - use foam dots for the green and silver trees.  Add tiny silver sequins.

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Yes,  I promised an easy card - it's a wordy tutorial, but it really is easy.  It's also faster than driving to the store to find a giftcard holder that may or may not match the giftcard.  Details, details!

Thanks for stopping by during the busy holiday season...

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12/22/2016

Thu 22

Merry Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

It's hard to believe that we are only a few days away from Christmas. Today I have a quick and graphic Christmas card for you, let's get started!

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I used the Circle Bump Borders set for this fun card. I die cut each size in the set in alternating colors. Then I glued them all together and placed them on the card on an angle.

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I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Christmas Botanicals stamp set to finish it off. This design would work great with any colors and would be great for a birthday or thank you card.

Have a wonderful day!

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12/21/2016

Wed 21

A Merry Christmas Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

We are officially in the homestretch for Christmas! My kids are counting down, and so am I (thinking of what little time I have left)! I am sure you can relate. This is truly my last Christmas card, I promise, and it is an fairly simple card. One die, and a background stamp!

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I dug into the 2016 Holiday release, and brought out the Merry Christmas Garland die. At the time of its release, I had so many ideas about what I wanted to do with it, and quite frankly, I never did any of them. Sad, but true. So, for this card, I used my favorite technique, inlaid die cutting, all from one simple die.

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I took a piece of red card stock, and trimmed it to fit my A2 size card base. I stamped the Sky Full of Snowflakes background stamp (from last year) onto it with a clear sticky ink, and let it dry. I then ran it through my die cut machine using the Garland die. Setting aside the pieces, I then ran it through again, with lime green card stock. I adhered a piece of typing paper, that I had put adhesive all over, to the back of the red pieces, and reinserted the green sentiment. I then ran the die through again, this time with gold. Taking the little half circles, I inserted them into the empty areas. I popped up the panel onto a white card base, and it was done.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See you in the New Year!

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12/18/2016

Sun 18

Bright Spirits
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. The countdown is on with just a few days left until Christmas. Do you need a really simple way to design those last minute cards? 10 minutes with this one and you are ready for giving or mailing.

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a Black card stock base trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

Cut White card stock just a bit smaller, adhere 3 strips of washi tape.

 

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Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp and die set.

Die cut Poinsettia Bloom Trio from Green card stock. Die cut Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from Red card stock.

 

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Adhere together as shown, then add a glass dot for the flower center.

 

It just doesn't get any easier than that.

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

12/17/2016

Sat 17

Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze
by Jean Okimoto

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Wouldn't a sweet little Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze background brighten a cold winter day?  I hope so!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card for 2017.  It's been a quick, busy year and now Christmas is just a week away...

Cut Plush Angel - except the wings, heart and facial features - from felt.  Instead of two feet ovals and two hand circles, I cut four ovals for the hands and feet.  Glue the extra ovals between the sleeve layers for her hands.  Cut the wings and heart from pink glittered craft foam.  Cut the eyes from glossy black cardstock.  

Stitch and assemble her.  The die set includes two little hairbows which would be cute in pink, but I wanted to save some bling for the glittered snowflakes.  A stitched smile would be sweet - but I took the easy way out and just cut an extra eye circle from glittered craft foam.  

Cut the 4-¼" x 5-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  Save the delicate frame for another project.  

Cut the rectangle with Snowdrift Breeze.  Attach it to an A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Cut three of the snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock and attach them as inlays.  Attach the angel - use foam dots behind her head for a bit of a boost.  The layers of felt may call for extra postage - please check with your post office.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by during the busy holiday season.  Hope you're nearing the bottom of your list of things to do and will have some time to enjoy a bit of Memory Box crafting this weekend.  Our holiday collections are filled with great dies and stamps for more than "just" cards - they're great for tags, giftcard holders, candle wraps, ornaments and treat packages too!  

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12/15/2016

Thu 15

Hope and Love
by Sherry Hester

Good morning everyone! I have a quick and easy card for you today featuring the Snowflake Bird die.

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I embossed a 2" piece of gray card stock and adhered it to the white card base about 1/4" from the left side. I die cut the Snowflake bird from white card stock and adhered it to the gray piece. I used the Misti tool to line up the sentiments to fit around the extended swirl, inked them with Versafine Onyx Black and stamped on the right.

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I cut the poinsettias from red card stock, shaped and stacked them, and then adhered them to the center snowflake on the bird. I added two red birdies from the Resting Birds die set, and that finished the card. See how quick and easy? This card would be simple to duplicate if you have some last minute cards you need to get mailed out!

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So glad you stopped by today! Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend!

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12/14/2016

Wed 14

Plush Little Penguin Ornament Card
by Jean Okimoto

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A Plush Little Penguin ornament would look quite sweet on a tree or a wreath - but Christmas is just 11 days away and we need a few shortcuts to get him ready!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with the express version of this plush little guy.  But first - a disclaimer that I'm definitely (and obviously) not a seamstress - so if I can do this, you can too!

Here's what Plush Little Penguin should like when properly sewn...

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Here are my shortcuts for today's quick-chick:

    - Stitch with black floss (instead of using white floss and Fiberfill) to add some dimension  

    - Stitch all the way around the two white layers - then glue the black top over it

    -   If any white felt shows through the holes,  brush the felt with a stylus and the holes will be less visible          

    - Trim the holes from the bottom of the scarf, then just overlap and glue the ends together

     - Attach Scor-Tape behind black and yellow-orange felt and cut the eyes and beak

    - Glue the arms and feet behind him

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Now my favorite trick to hide the knot and ends of the hanging cord, the floss knots and the backs of the arms and feet - attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of felt and diecut a self-adhesive penguin coverup.  Attach it behind him and the unsightlies will be hidden.  Forever.

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from textured white cardstock - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine - leave it in the die again.  Daub Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Memento Luxe through the open areas.  (OK - now remove it from the die!)  Heat-emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for extra sparkle.  Clean the die with a damp cloth to remove the residual ink.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow/orange felt and cut it with Honeycomb Remnant.  You can also cut it with the Honeycomb Background I've used many times before - but I just needed a few accents so I used the smaller die.

Attach everything top a top-folded card of white cardstock - attach the penguin with removable gluedots.  Additional postage will probably be required because of the card's thickness.  Be sure to send it to someone who'll realize it's a hanging ornament!

Big thanks to everyone who took last week's WINTER BLISS class at Impress - and special thanks to design star Debby Hughes for her inspiration!  Thank you for allowing me to share your special LIME DOODLE DESIGN ideas Debby.  

That was to be my last class of '17 - but I've added two more classes on December 27th.  First, it's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR - we're making an Asian artpapers calendar and a New Year card from 11:00 to 1:00.  Then it's an extra WINTER BLISS class from 2:00 to 4:00.  Many, many great Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and cool, resourceful ways to use some of those papers in our stash.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday!

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12/12/2016

Mon 12

Snowglobe Wishes
by AnneThompson

For the cards I made for this post, I created a snowglobe scene using the SNOWGLOBE WISHES CLEAR STAMP SET no. CL5180.  I chose the little deer and two trees placed inside the snowglobe on a clear block and stamped that scene four times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white cardstock.  I colored the images with Memento pens:  Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand, Bamboo Leaves, and Pear Tart.  I then added snowflakes stamped in Hero Arts Cornflower blue ink, colored some of those in with a Memento Summer Sky Pen, and added a few extra dots with that pen to fill the sky and/or anchor the deer and trees.  I used Parchment notecards and added a strip of printed paper from my Christmas scrap box (some vintage Memory Box, some vintage Basic Grey) or some Key Lime dot paper to each one before tying a cream ribbon around the panel in a bow.  I pop-dotted the snowglobe on each background over the ribbon.  Then I added some sparkle using a clear Wink of Stella pen on the images. On three of the cards I stamped the "happy holidays" greeting from the SCRIBBLE CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET no. CL5181, again using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Four more cards ready to go!!!

Card #1:

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(And aren't these the perfect props to go with the card?! )

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Card #3:

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Card #4:

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The snowflakes are lighter on this one because I stamped it once on scrap paper before stamping it in the snowglobe for a more muted look and I didn't color them in.

And can you see the sparkle in this close-up?

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Sooo cute!  Snow day tomorrow so I'm planning on finishing the rest of my Christmas cards so I can get them in the mail this week.  

Happy Crafting!

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