62 posts categorized "2017 Holiday Collection"

10/16/2017

Mon 16

You are a Blessing in my Life
by Anne Thompson

Today's card features a couple of folds, Memory Box dots papers, kraft and other cardstocks, STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, the Chinese Lanterns from GARDEN SKETCHES Clear Stamps Set CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204, EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL5214, and BLESSING PERKY SCRIPT die 99864.  I owe a big "THANKS" to my friend Connie for showing me this card format with two folds.

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I really love this flip flop card!  (...even though you can see my foam dots from this angle!) 

Here are the directions for the way I constructed this card.

Start by cutting, scoring, and folding all of the cardstock first.  I used kraft cardstock for this.

  • 7 3/4" X 4 3/4", scored at 3" from the right end of the longer edge and fold in from the right side
  • 7 1/2" X 3 3/4", scored at 3 3/4", thus folded in half

Then cut the papers.

  • One 4 1/2" square
  • Two 3 1/2" squares--I cut one of these squares from cream cardstock for the sentiment
  • Two 2 3/4" X 4 1/2" rectangles

Adhere the papers to the kraft cardstock.

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I added Latte Distressed Dots to the inside of the larger card base and

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Squash Dots paper on the front of the small square card and the outside right flap of the larger card.  I added the cream cardstock inside the small square card.

To assemble this card, I glued the small square card in the center of the larger brown dot square.  The flap on the right then folds over the cream sentiment square and the top square flap closes over that.

Then decorate the card surfaces.  On the front of the square, I added the Picket Fence cut from white cardstock and a collection of Stitched Farm Pumpkins cut from Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps.

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On the flap that tucks under the pumpkins I added two of the Chinese Lanterns, making sure that they wouldn't show when the pumpkin flap was closed.  (I stamped them in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in three different oranges before die cutting them.)

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On the other side of that flap I added three more Chinese Lantern sprigs. And on the cream sentiment square I added a double-layered "blessing" cut from more of the Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps and stamped words from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set (in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink).  I then added a pumpkin and one more sprig of Chinese Lanterns.

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The final touch?  An amber gem to dot the "i".

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I'm already thinking of ways to use this format for Christmas cards.  Don't you just love cards that open in different ways and give you lots of surfaces to embellish?!!!Happy Crafting!

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10/15/2017

Sun 15

Double Decker BOO
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box fans. Penny here today with  Double Decker die sporting a few friends along for the ride. I know you will find this particular die useful when you have different critters traveling. So fun to maybe add a snowman, Santa, a fox or hedgehog...so many possibilities!

For my rambling friends:

 

Start with a sturdy cardstock base.

 

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For purposes of time, I eBrushed all the elements of this card, but using watercolors or pencils would be adorable also.

Die cut the Double Decker, Whimsy Bat, Whimsy Ghost, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Playful Boo.

Color each die cut as desired and shade where you find appropriate.

For the bus, I trimmed a small piece of Black cardstock making the inside of the Double Decker look dark.

 

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Adhere to card front as shown. Obviously I die cut the Stitched Farm Pumpkins twice to give a super sized amount for the top of the bus.

Which die cut would use use for the top of the Double Decker?

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

 

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10/13/2017

Fri 13

Snowy Spectrum, Blessed to Know You Clear Stamps and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Snowy Spectrum, Birch Press Retro Holiday Sequins  - and Impress Sparkle Glitter -  create a sparkly winter pastel scene for your Christmas cards.  Try it in frosty turquoises or minty greens - or even warm shades of rose gold and peach too.    There are so many great products and so many ways to create unique holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card for you today.  It seems like we went from summer right into winter here in Seattle - so let's celebrate with a  snowflake card.

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with the beautiful Snowy Spectrum.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Blessed To Know You Clear Stamp Set - with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.

Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive laminating sheet using the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it behind the diecut - save the liner from the laminating sheet.  Use the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the adhesive.  

Lightly sprinkle flakes of dark pink and gold chunky glitter onto the adhesive - like sprinkling a few  crystals of  sea salt over a chocolate-dipped caramel.  Use the liner to press the glitter flakes securely onto the adhesive.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over everything, tap off the excess, then use the liner to give it all a final "pressing."

Cut a piece of pink cardstock with the same 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the laminating sheet to create a soft pink background for the snowflakes and glitters.  

Rectangle Basics dies save so much time - eliminating the measuring, guessing and hoping it'll fill in all of the cutouts.  The rectangles are perfectly proportioned for layering on A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too.  You'll be spoiled by their accuracy and versatility - and wonder how you ever made cards without them!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 notecard.  Add the pink sequins from the new Retro Holiday Birch Press Sequins - a pretty collection of green, pink and red accents.  See the entire collection here - you'll want all of them!

Add silver gem stickers.

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I love the new ultra-smooth bright white cardstock from Impress.  It's perfect for stamping, stenciling and diecutting - and folds crisply both with and against the grain.  It's everything you could ever want from white cardstock!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's BOO! class at Impress.  I've added an extra card - using the negative from another class card (bonus!) - so we're making 6 cards and a treat wrapper for the tricksters.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

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10/10/2017

Tue 10

Holiday Cards That Move Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share a couple of interactive card ideas that hopefully will get you inspired to create some memorable holiday cards.

Like many of you, I have made A LOT of holiday cards over the years! I love handmade cards with moving elements, but I often find myself short on time to mass produce them - so they have to be simple. These projects are perfect - simple to make, but they are really fun to receive and look like you worked really hard on them!

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My first project is a "pocket card" that can be used as a holder for a holiday photo. I have created lots of photo cards over the years - embellished with stamps, or ribbon or dies. But for this one, I had designed a die with this very purpose in mind!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

When I created the Snowman Panel I was thinking that there would be some sort of layer behind the panel that could just slide away to reveal a new background. At the time, I wasn't sure exactly what the background would be but after playing with the die a bit in the studio, I got an idea.

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So I began with the Pinpoint Rectangle set - by cutting two large rectangles I could create a "pocket" by gluing them together. But before I glued them, I cut the Snowman Panel in the front.  When you put the insert into the pocket, all you see is white.

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But when you pull the slider piece out (I stamped the top of it with the Merry Christmas Sentiments set), then you see the background! I chose a bold red, so that the snowman would really stand out.

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I decided to dress him up just a little bit too - so I used a few shapes from the Snowman Heart Collage die to create his hat, eyes and carrot nose. I think this adds a little character on the all white background!

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Here's a look at what the Snowman Heart Collage looks like all done up - I used some soft velvet paper to fill in the heart area, and various cardstock colors for his face, hat and scarf. I used the stamp set called Each Day is a Blessing for the sentiment - this set is very versatile and can be used on all sorts of cards.

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I only used a few of the elements - just the eyes, nose and hat - so that I could keep things simple!

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You can use the back of the sliding panel for a photo, a recipe or simply your holiday greeting. The person receiving the card will have so much fun moving the panel up and down.

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And here is what the slider piece looks like when it is flipped over - a cute photo card! The person who receives the card can display the photo separately from the slider pocket - it's like receiving two for one!

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Now there is another die that I designed with the same goal in mind - the Snowy Spectrum die. I created the same idea here - this time using the Stitched Rectangle Layers to create my pocket.

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I thought it might be fun to create a Distress Oxide background for this card - so I blended Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Denim to make a snowy wintertime background for the snowflakes. I spritzed with just a bit of water for some simple texture and that was all there was to it!

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I love this color scheme - a nice alternative to traditional red and green! I could embellish this a bit further - the snowflakes in the Snowy Spectrum die match the Batavia Snowflakes die - so I could cut some out and layer them on here in some sparkly white cardstock, but I decided to keep it simple.

For my second project, I was still really into slider cards, so I wanted to create a card that had that interactive element, but was still relatively simple to mass produce.

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So I used one of the Jumping Elves from the Christmas Elves Die set and  Christmas Elves Clear Stamp set and figured out a way to make him "leap" over the word Christmas. I realized that the Large Sentimental Merry Christmas was big enough for what I had in mind.
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I got out my Copic markers for some simple coloring - the elf is small so you can color him in pretty quickly! 

I had to choose the right slider die and found that the Slider Grooves set worked perfectly. It has a small curved arch that creates the perfect path for making the elf look like he is leaping! In the video, I show the basics for making a slider card - and how easy it is to get him to spin.

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To dress it up a bit, I used a Poppystamps Holly Berry Sprig die in the corner - just something simple to put a little more color onto the front of the card. I inlaid the cut out paper - green cardstock for the leaves and some sparkly red cardstock for the berries. This created just the right touch.

There are endless variations on these ideas - reindeers jumping over chimneys, polar bears hopping from igloo to igloo, the list goes on and on. What will you make?

 

10/08/2017

Sun 08

Whimsy Bat
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. I am back................... Penny here today after a forced break from crafting due to hurricane Irma. Six days with no electricity and 11 days with no cable or internet. Let's face it...I was miserable because I could not do much crafting. But once the power was back on and the laundry was done.....everyone knew where to find me...in my Happy Place!

Let's put this sweet card together:

 

Start with a White base card, eBrush the left side with a bit of Gray Copic marker.

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Cut a Black cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches, then die cut using Circle Web Collage and adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut Happy Halloween Channel from Orange cardstock, trimming top and bottom for desired height. Adhere to card front, then color pumpkin and add foam adhesive to back.

 

Finish the card by die cutting Whimsy Bat (is he too adorable or what?), Color him gray, then add him to card front with one of his wings poking into the web.

 

Have you started your holiday cardmaking? This is a great card to make multiples of because it is strictly die cutting. 

Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!

 

Happy Crafting,

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10/06/2017

Fri 06

Warm Wishes
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha here today, sharing a fun CAS Christmas card which is easy to mass produce. I can't resist these cute and adorable dies from our winter release. I really like how it turned out. Added bonus, once we have the Deco Trees cut out from three different cardstock, we can make 3 cards :)

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To start, I die-cut the white mat layer using the "Deco Trees" die. I then die-cut the same using 3 colors of glitter paper. I then die-cut the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment using red and clear glitter cardstock and stacked them together, making sure the red peeks through a little.

I then die-cut a scalloped stitch trimming and adhered it to the white mat layer. 

Now it's time to put pieces to the puzzle. I adhered craft foam to the back side of my white layer and added pieces of deco tree to the panel. I randomly picked the colors. I then adhered the sentiment and adhered this panel to the red cardbase. 

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Hope you enjoyed my project and got inspired to start with your Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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09/27/2017

Wed 27

Zig Zag Slider Video by Dave Brethauer

Hello and welcome!

I am always trying to use my dies in new and different ways - and I wanted to share a new idea for working with slider dies. Sometimes these ideas do not come easy - I am always super impressed when I see designers use dies in a way that I never would have imagined - so I was excited to try this when I started thinking about connecting the paths of sliders.

This idea uses the Memory Box Slider Grooves die set to create a unique slider pathway in a zig zag shape. Take a look at the video to see how it works...

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

I am fascinated by interactive cards, so slider cards have been really inspiring to me lately. I received my Mechanical Engineering degree about 25 years ago and even after all this time I still gravitate a bit towards cards that have some sort of movement involved. And what better way to spend an afternoon than to play with some slider cards! (Instead of pursuing an engineering career I took up stamping, then started Memory Box, then Poppystamps and then Birch Press - and I have had a lot more fun in this creative field!) 

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I decided to apply the zig zag slider idea to a Halloween card so I used the Whimsy Ghost and the Playful Boo dies to create the scene.

When you put the ghost in the upper right corner and start to tilt the card back and forth, the ghost twirls and slides down the pathway to the bottom!

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When I designed the Whimsy Ghost die I was playing with the notion that some areas could be cut out (like the bow tie) and some areas could just be cut (like his smile). I think creating designs for craft dies has endless possibilities and every time I sit down at my desk to design I literally smile while I am drawing.

When I am creating a die design I think about how fun it will be to try out the new die, and to see what others will do with it. When I was drawing the ghost I was thinking how fun it will be to put a little dot of white ink (from a White Gel Pen) onto his eyes! That little twinkle gives him a little bit of charm - don't you think? I was thinking that he would look kind of good with a small witch's hat - and then thought the witch's hat would look good on a stamp set I was drawing at the time (the set was the Feline Spooky set in poppystamps, and the hat would be perfect on one of the cats!).

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I wanted the background for the slider card to be a little special- so before I cut the slider pathways into the black cardstock, I splattered it with metallic watercolor paint. This set of metallic watercolor paint is my favorite - a few sprinkles of this onto a card transforms the whole thing!

What is it about silver and gold on black cardstock that looks so magical and rich? I think I splattered paper for about 10 minutes before I remembered that I had other things to do!

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I love these paints - they are so bright and dense, and when you start building the color onto the black cardstock it becomes hard to stop.

I was trying to create sort of a sparkling and spooky effect - like the ghost is flying across a starry sky. But then I saw some Distress Oxide inks on my desk and...

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...I had to try it with a Distress Oxide background! I used Wilted Violet and Broken China with a spritz of water to create this look - a magical background with more of a twilight color scheme.

Then, I thought - well this would work as a beautiful color scheme for a winter card - and I bet a snowflake would work as the slider!

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I went through my designs and grabbed the Batavia Snowflakes and matching Batavia Stitched Snowflakes to create a winter themed slider element. The Batavia Stitched Snowflakes are slightly larger than the Batavia Snowflakes - so that when you layer them together, the result is dimensional and detailed.

I put the snowflake slider card together in a flash - and I show it in the video too as a bonus card. The snowflake spins down the zig zag pathway, just as you might expect a snowflake to drift back and forth as it settles to the earth. The Let It Snow die is a peaceful and subtle addition to the lower corner.

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I spritzed the background with a bleach and water solution - about 2 teaspoons of bleach to a cup of water. This is a little stronger than I usually use for a bleach and water solution - but I noticed something when I was playing with this solution the other day.

You will notice that where the drops hit the paper, they spread just a little into the surrounding ink and lighten it - this creates a bright spot in the middle of the splatter, which is then surrounded by a little halo of color. Can you see it on the close up above? It really shows up in the Wilted Violet area - there is a nearly white spot in the middle, surrounded by a soft blue halo of color.

I think this is really effective for snow scenes - the way this softens the colors and gives the idea of snow blurring slightly as it falls.

I hope you enjoyed today's video! Get out your slider dies and create this card! What will you come up with? 

I want to encourage your creativity so I am having a giveaway! Please leave your idea for a fun zig zag slider card in the comments section by September 30, 2017 Midnight Pacific Time. I will choose one comment at random - and that person will win a metallic watercolor set from Finetec! I can't wait to read what people come up with!

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Wed 27

Warm Wishes
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! September is almost over and before we know it, it will be time to post the Christmas cards. I am always last minute so this year I decided to start sooner :) I can't resist these cute and adorable images from our winter release.

I decided to use the cute and adorable snowman and some light bulbs to decorate my scene.

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I started with die-cutting the Timberland Collage die onto white cardstock. Then I sponged some pink shaded of distress inks to another piece of white cardstock. Once I had it to my liking, I flicked some silver and gold paints onto it. I then stamped the snowman and the lights, colored them with Copic markers. I then die-cut them using the co-ordinating dies. I used some 3D foam behind the collage die panel and adhered it to the inked panel. Then I adhered this panel to the cardbase.

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Hope you enjoyed my project and got inspired to start with your Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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09/24/2017

Sun 24

a Channel of Snowflakes
by Penny Ward

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Hi Memory Box friends. Last week I was showing you Purple snowflakes, this week you get Red. You are the artist...you can make them any color you want!

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.

Add a piece of Green cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches to the base card.

 

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Trim Red cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches and die cut the long edge with Batavia Snowflake Channel. Set this panel aside for just a bit.

Cut a piece of watercolor paper 2 x 5 inches. Sprinkle and spritz with Lindy's Magicals Frosty Forest Green and Rudolph's Nose Red. Let dry.

Adhere the watercolor panel behind the Batavia Panel and wrap a festive ribbon. Adhere this panel to the card front.

 

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Die cut Batavia Snowflake Channel with a scrap of Red cardstock and trim out one snowflake. Adhere to card front as shown and add a faux pearl for snowflake center.

Die cut Brush Merry Christmas from Green cardstock three times. Stack and adhere together, then to the card front. Add a faux pearl for the tittle over the letter "i".

 

Happy Holiday cardmaking,

Pennysignature

 


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09/17/2017

Sun 17

Metallic Snowflakes
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. I love metallic cardstock!!! Do you?  The cardstock paired with the beautiful Chancery Snowflake and Outline dies create a wow factor!

This is how I put my card together:

 

I started by cutting the Luxury Purple and Silver cardstocks on the short side so I could butt them together and tape them down on the backside.

It still needed something so I cut a bunch of 1/4 inch strips of the Metallic cardstock and adhered them to a piece of paper laying them on the diagonal, trimmed to 5.50 inches and adhered to the backside of my card front.

 

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Now for the easy peasy Mr. Sneezy part....Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline from both Silver and Purple metallic cardstocks. Die cut the Chancery Snowflake from just the Purple cardstock.

Adhere to card front as shown.

 

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Trim snowflake from the top and right edges, add a faux pearl for snowflake centers and call it done.

Because metallic cardstocks are hard to stamp on (ink doesn't adhere and stamps tend to slide, I put the sentiment inside the card).

 

Happy holiday crafting,

Pennysignature


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