98 posts categorized "2016 Spring Collection"

06/10/2017

Sat 10

Bicycle, Mini Butterflies and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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Something old, something new...the classic favorite Brand New Bicycle, Mini Butterflies, Rectangle Basics and Distress Oxides meet up on a quick card tonight.  The greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - makes it perfect for a special grad!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another simple diecut design on a background of spritzed, smushed Distress Oxides. The bicycle was one of my very first Memory Box dies.  I love how it still complements new designs and greetings and is always ready for another summer card.  What's your favorite Memory Box die?

Press Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio inks onto separate areas of an acrylic block that's larger  than 2-3/4" x 4".  Spritz it lightly with water.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, the heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut blue cardstock with the 3" x 4-1/4" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Brand New Bicycle from dark gray metallic cardstock.  Cut Mini Butterflies from white glittered cardstock.

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Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of watercolor paper - keep the smoother side of the paper on the outside of the card.  Stamp the greeting with Worn Lipstick and heat-set it.

Assemble the card.  Attach blue gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by again - and be sure to return for Penny's great design tomorrow!  

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01/19/2017

Thu 19

Heart Wave, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and the Tall Grassy Stems Border
by Jean Okimoto

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Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border.  Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts?   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today!

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink.  Diecut it with Heart Wave.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.  

Leave a border at the bottom and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from textured gray cardstock - use the Metal Adapter Place for best results.    Trim the border with the small scalloped Stitched Country Borders die.  

Cut white cardstock with the   4" x 5-ΒΌ" Rectangle Basics die.  Curtain rings are a great way to organize layering dies like Rectangle Basics.  Clip them together and hang the ring from a hook near your work area.  You'll reach for them over and over again - and always find the perfect size and shape!

Attach just the bottom of the grassy border to the rectangle.  Dot some glue over the grass tips that will receive a heart - then just attach the heart and the tip of the grass onto the background to secure both pieces.  Leave the unadorned grass tips un-glued.  They'll be just fine - promise!

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock.  Add tiny clear sequins.

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Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Have fun with this card - it's hard to stop attaching the hearts once you get started! 

Thanks to everyone who took the first GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class on Monday - and to Shari, Jeannie and Becca for helping us find everything we needed - and a lot more!

Want more Valentine ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class at Impress on January 21st.  The class date has been moved up a week earlier - the annual Valentine event will now be celebrated on January 28th.  We're  making 6 cards on the 21st - including a sweet card with a simple little origami pocket heart and doily dress card.  We'll be using some accents from my stash - everyone receives a packet of "stash extras" to make more class cards at home.  See you!

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10/17/2016

Mon 17

Spooky Countryside Circle Haunted by Big and Small Spiders
by Anne

How about using the COUNTRYSIDE CIRCLE die no. 99579 along with the BIG AND SMALL SPIDERS die no. 99546 to create a spooky scene for a Halloween card?  I gathered these materials:

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I made two cards using black and white cardstock and black and squash dotted papers.  For the "spooky" sentiment, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a long-retired SPOOKY COLLAGE stamp G1387 on white cardstock, trimmed it down, and secured it to a piece of the black dot paper.  

For this first card, I used black cardstock and made a top-folded card:

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I used a tiny tiny piece of the squash dot paper for the house's window and punched a 1" circle moon for the night sky.  I pop-dotted the small spider onto the moon and added the large spider to the dot ribbon I tied at the top of the card.

The second card:

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Similar to the first card, this one has the black dot paper covering the front of a white notecard.  The Countryside Circle was cut from a piece of black cardstock and then I tore the lower edge so more of the dot paper would be exposed on the card front.  I also added the sentiment on an angle near the bow and the large spider.

 Spooky enough?  I think so!!!

Happy crafting!

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10/03/2016

Mon 03

Playful Merry Christmas
by Anne

Squirrels...Playful Squirrels...Right now I'm feeding more squirrels than birds at the feeders as they stock up for winter and "squirrel" away whatever I put out there.   When I first saw the PLAYFUL MERRY CHRISTMAS die no. 99584 I knew I had to have it for this year's Christmas cards.   Those two squirrels are sooo cute perched on Merry Christmas!  

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I added a piece of brown/white ribbon tied in a bow to finish the card.   Not exactly traditional Christmas colors, but it works for me!

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Happy Crafting!

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09/09/2016

Fri 09

Last Dream of Summer
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box fans!

I know, I know..summer is on its way out, but I am desperate to hold on to it! With Autumn, and Christmas looming, I am about to shock you with a blast of color! So, as a last ode to the loveliness that is this season, I reached back to last release, and picked out this amazing silhouette image. With a bit of ink blending, and a simple die cut, I tried to capture my love for summer.

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I started with a white card base, and blended in hues of blue, teal, and green. I spritzed some water onto the front, and daubed it up with a paper towel, achieving a splatter effect. Using the Spring released Wildflower Landscape die, I cut it from white card stock, and adhered it to the bottom of the card front.

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Using a sentiment from the May released, Veggie Good set, I white heat embossed it onto black card stock. I trimmed it out, and adhered the block to the front of my card. To finish the card, I adhered a few butterflies, and a dragon fly from the Blooming Chrysanthemum die set. 

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I added a bit of shimmer to the butterflies, and called it done. Thank you for humoring me and my summer themed card! I think I "might" have gotten it out of my system! Until then, happy crafting!

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08/30/2016

Tue 30

Autumn Bird
by Shelby

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Good morning Memory Box fans.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and found some crafting time.  I had some time to experiment with some acrylic paints and embossing and voila, today's card.

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On black cardstock, I stamped Drifting Oak Leaves with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used yellow acrylic paint and brushed over the cooled embossing and allowed it to dry to the touch. The cool thing is the yellow paint took on a greenish shade when paired with the black cardstock.  With a slightly damp cloth, I removed some of the paint from the embossed areas and from the black cardstock.  This technique also worked well with several different colors, but the paint needs to air dry between each coat for the best results.

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I used distress paints (squeezed lemonade and dried marigold) and the marbling technique and cut out the Elodee Bird and then slightly inked over the bird with Hickory smoke distress ink to tone down the bright colors.  Adhered the Elodee Bird to the coordinating background and placed it on top of the Wild Prairie stems.

Super fun and easy technique and would look great with lots of different colors too.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Shelbysig

 

08/27/2016

Sat 27

Thank You for All Your Help
by Sherry Hester

Good Morning everyone! Sherry here with a Thank You card that would also work for any all occasion card. I had no idea what my card would end up like, but I wanted to do something using the Chrysanthemum Collage as a stencil. I cut the die and stenciled VersaMark Ink through a section of it onto a light gray card stock.

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I embossed the images with white embossing powder, then sponged Hickory Smoke distress ink on the background. This was easy to do since the embossed areas acted as a resist. I sponged Spun Sugar distress ink in the flower centers. And then I didn't know what to do with it!!  As I continued to experiment, I cut a couple of circle dies  from the Studio Circle Layers, and ended up turning one of them into a vase by cutting a flat top and a narrower flat bottom.  I decided to use the Bamboo Shoots and the Wild Prairie Stems to fill the vase, gong with a black, gray and pink color scheme. I know, not very realistic, but that's why card making is so much fun! I cut the Bamboo Shoots from gray card stock and the Tall Bamboo from black card stock. The prairie stems were cut from white card stock and I sponged them with Spun Sugar.

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I cut a piece of the same gray card stock to 4" x 5.5" and very lightly sponged Hickory Smoke through the Chicken Wire stencil. I then splattered Black Soot onto the background before adhering it to a black card base. I stamped the sentiment from the Hope and Thanks clear stamp set. To give the shoots some dimension, I shaped them with a stylus. I glued the black shoots directly to the card front, and adhered the gray shoots and pink stems to the back of the vase. I then added the assemblage to the card front with foam tape. And that completed the card! Pretty simple once it all came together.

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Enjoy your weekend, and thanks as always for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

08/12/2016

Fri 12

Busy Squirrels
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a whimsical fall birthday card for you, because it's fun to think of crisp fall days during these hot, hazy days of summer.  These busy squirrels give me hope for cooler days! 

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To create this card die cut all the elements from watercolor paper.  All of the die cuts were sponged with distress ink.  The Graceful Branch Oval was inked with Vintage Photo Ink, the squirrels with Hickory Smoke and the oval background with Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint.  Mist each die cut lightly with water to blend the ink.  

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Adhere the Graceful Branch Oval to the inked die cut oval.  Stamp the sentiment along the top edge.  The sentiment came from a clear Poppystamp set called Into the Words.  Because the sentiment is a clear stamp, you're able to curve it on the block to fit along the edge of the oval.

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The squirrels are glued on to the branches with foam adhesive.  Adhere this assembled piece to a white cardstock layer and that to a kraft cardstock layer, and then to a white card base.  

I hope you enjoyed today's card!

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07/17/2016

Sun 17

Making Spirits Bright and a Plush Succulent
by Jean Okimoto



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Hi there - we're in a big flowers mode this weekend - let's combine a Plush Succulent with some snowflakes from the Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set.  Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying a sunny summer weekend!  

Our Plush Collection makes beautiful poufy felt flowers and succulents when petals and pieces are hot-glued in a natural, organic arrangement.  Or, try a more stylized look using 5 each of the Plush Succulent petals - except the largest and smallest. I'm gluegun-challenged so I just attached the velvet paper diecuts with doublestick tape.  It helps to attach the petals to a circle of cardstock first, then you can move it around to find the perfect spot for your flower.

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Paint a background with Peerless Watercolors and heat-set it.  Diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  

All of the stamps are from the new Making Spirits Bright set - they're officially snowflakes, but create beautiful flowers too!  Stamp the solid design on the smooth side of flamingo cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black and cut it with the coordinating die from the Making Spirits Bright die set.  Stamp the others on the watercolor paper.

Diecut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from glossy black cardstock.  Leave the cardstock in the dies and dry-emboss them for extra texture - use the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Diecut the leaves from the Large Billow Flower Background and Leaves set.  Add clear sequins.

Want your card to be the perfect shade of white to match your watercolor paper?  Just use watercolor paper to make your card!  Use the smoother side  inside for your stamped greeting or handwritten note.  

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See you at Impress again on July 23rd for two holiday classes - CHRISTMAS WITH MEMORY BOX and HOLLY JOLLY HEADSTART.  We'll create colorful holiday cards ranging from artsy + advanced to simple + "mass-produceable" - with diecuts and stamps, sequins, glitter and cool techniques.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by again today - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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07/16/2016

Sat 16

Plush Anemone Party Time!
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate a special birthday with a zingy orange felt Plush Anemone and Party Time's big 2-9.  It's an easy way to personalize a card and make it extra-special for the birthday girl - or your favorite store!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card I designed for Impress' 29th Birthday this weekend.

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Cut the 4" Stitched Circle Layer from the smoother side of textured yellow cardstock.  Stamp Articles Ledger with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive.  Stamp the triangle circle, numbers and inside greeting from the Party Time set on the smoother side of a cardstock scrap with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss them with detail clear powder. Cut them with Stitched Circle Layers.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.   

Cut 5 each of the Plush Anemone petals from orange felt.  Cut the center fringe piece from black cardstock - use just half of it for this flower.  Trim 2 of the strips from one end to reduce the size of the center.  Attach a narrow strip of doublestick tape along the bottom of the fringe and roll it into a tight circle.  

It's optional - but I like to glue the petals onto a 1.25" circle of scrap cardstock so it's easier to handle the completed flower - instead of gluing it directly to the background.  Assemble the flower - leave an open circle of space in the center to attach the base of the black fringe.

Attach label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow felt to stabilize the little felt pieces and cut Blooming Border.  Attach one of the little yellow flowers in the center. 

Attach everything to a 5.25" square card of textured yellow cardstock.  Add bright orange sequins.  The weight, thickness and shape of the card will require extra postage and handling - but hey, it's a special birthday!

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If you're in the area (or within driving, biking, sailing, running or walking distance!) - head to Impress for their celebration and 25% shopping discount today - July 16th.   Happy Birthday to Ann, Cindi, Lara and the entire Impress Team.  29 Years of upscale creativity, inspiration, great customer service - and a wonderful selection of Memory Box and Poppystamps products!

Thanks for stopping by...

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