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32 posts from April 2017

Sun 30

For Dad
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends....  Yes, I know this a Father's Day card and we haven't even finished April yet. But, you have to think ahead. This new die cut Workshop Border is just the right embellishment for a dad's card. Besides the actual border, you can clip off each tool and use them individually. Now that's getting your monies worth!!!

Let's build a card:

 

The background is just white cardstock that has been smooshed onto a craft mat inked with Delicata Silver Glitz, spritzed with water.

 

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After the background is dry, then use the Starry Nights stencil along with Earl Gray Gelatos and Whipped Spackle to give the card front some texture.

 

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Die cut Workshop Border and "dad" from the Typewriter Alphabet dies using Black cardstock. Adhere to card front and stamp sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Add a strip of striped paper along the left edge as shown, trim card to size and add a card base of white cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 29

Timberland Scene card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Today, I have yet another of the pretty butterfly card for you. I really love these delicate butterflies from the Potenza Butterfly Trio dies. 

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For this card, I first die-cut the Timberland collage die using white cardstock. I then die-cut the Grove Collage die using Mint cardstock. Then I simply sponged some distress ink onto my cardbase. I adhered all the layers using 3D foam tape for added dimension.

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I then die-cut the biggest butterfly using white cardstock and colored it using copic markers. For some subtle shimmer I used Wink of stella clear glitter pen over it.

Finally, I adhered the butterfly onto the card front. 

Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for stopping by!

Ishasignature

 

 

Fri 28

Ocean Card
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have a ocean theme card for you, featuring some of the summer dies that were just released.

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To make this card I die cut the Seaweed Collage,Windswept Stems and the Swimming Seahorses from watercolor paper and painted them with watercolors.  For the background behind the Seaweed Collage I embossed watercolor paper with the Family of Fish die and watercolored that.  Once it was dry I spattered it with white paint and glued it to a white card base.

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I used foam tape to adhere the seaweed collage die cut to the card and glued the other die cuts in place.  To finish the card I glued some cheesecloth and shells to the bottom of the card and then sprinkled some sand across the cheesecloth.  I added some glass drops to further embellish the card and you're done!

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Thu 27

Simple and Sweet Birthday
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a sweet and simple birthday card to share with you all. Let's get started!

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I picked a simple design and just a few colors to let the dies shine. I die cut the Tall Fern Left Corner in a green and glued it to a white card stock. For the Happy Birthday Friendship Script I used a black mirror card paper to give it that little pop of shine.

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I just love using the mirror card paper with words, it takes a simple card to the next level. I glued everything to a teal card base to finish. 

Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Wed 26

Serene Summer
by Lindsay

Hello paper crafting friends!

I have a colorful card to share with you today, using more of the fabulous Spring release! As you know, I love ink blending, and bold color, so obviously, that is what you will get today.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and applied several shades of ink to it using a foam blending tool. I then spritzed on some water, let it sit for a few seconds, and blotted the water off with a paper towel. 

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I sat the paper aside, and began die cutting the Antilles Floral Border with white card stock. I die cut enough to cover the whole piece. I then adhered it with tiny pieces of foam tape, and finished it with sequins.

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I hope you were inspired today! Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Mon 24

Beautiful Butterflies
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Spring is here and slowly we are going towards summer...well!!! we do have some snow this week :) A perfect April weather for April. We had sun, snow, rain and wind all in one week. 

Anyhow!!! There are some butterflies fluttering by too and I love them, so wanted to create this card using the Butterfly Spectacle and Potenza Butterfly Trio dies. 

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To create this card, I first created the sky background using vellum. I sponged Sail Boat Blue alcohol ink onto the vellum and let it dry. I then die-cut the white layer using Butterfly Spectacle to create a window. I adhered the sky background behind this window. Love the soft effect.

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I then die-cut the butterflies using the Potenza Butterfly Trio die. I colored them using Zig Clean Color real brush markers and applied some zig clear shimmer over them. I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the butterflies onto the mat layer. 

I then adhered the mat layer to a light grey cardstock.

Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for stopping by!

Ishasignature

 

 

Sun 23

Teal Greetings
by Penny Ward

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Hello there Memory Box friends. I hope this card qualifies as "manly" even though it has a butterfly on it. All of a sudden I needed a bunch of masculine cards.

This one is REALLY simple to make, yet the impact from the layers looks like it took all day.

 

Follow along with me:

 

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Using a whole sheet of watercolor paper, sprinkle on some Lindy's Magicals. I used Rusty Lantern Lime, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Tibetan Poppy Teal. Have you figured out yet that my favorite color is TEAL ?!?

Sprintz the watercolor paper with water and watch the magic happen. Wait for it to dry or zap with a heat gun if you are impatient...like me.  :)

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Die cut the largest of the Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, the third largest and the fifth largest. Cut these from Black cardstock along with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script and smallest of the Morning Garden Butterflies.

Adhere the large Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim around it to make your first layer.

Adhere your mid-size Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim again. Adhere this layer to base layer with foam adhesive.

Do the same step for your final layer.

Adhere greeting and butterfly as shown.

Color butterfly with Spectrum Noir Glitter marker.

 

Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 22

Butterfly Wing Medley on the Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some of my favorite dies.  

Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind.  Ever have days like that?  

I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it for you anyway.

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Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it again.  Cut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the edges are cut out and the center remains intact.  Lightly crease the centers and cut or gently pull the butterflies until they're released from the background.

Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.

Cut Heart Wire from pink cardstock.  Trim portions of the hearts above and below the "wire" - just enough so they won't be visible when the butterflies are overlaid.  

Cut a 3-¾" x 5" rectangle of smooth white cardstock with the Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp New Beginnings with Rocket Red Gold.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

Place Heart Wire on the background and attach the butterflies over it - use foam dots for the two largest and left corner butterflies.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly centers from the Butterfly Wreath Set.  Trim four centers to fit the smaller butterflies.  Attach the centers and add gold gem stickers.

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Challenge yourself to devise new ways of using your favorite Memory Box designs - you'll be surprised and happy with the great results!  Then - if you're in the Seattle area - reward yourself for being so creative by shopping at the Impress Spring Sale  this weekend.  Enjoy the 20% discount off everything on your wishlist.  Here are some links to get you started - 

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/dies/memory-box.html

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/clear-sets/memory-box.html

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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Fri 21

Veggie Card
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

For today's card I felt like coloring,so I broke out the veggie stamps and created a fun card.

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To make this card I stamped the veggie images onto watercolor paper using black ink.  To create the oval in the center of the stamped paper I used two Oval die layers.  I wanted to spotlight the center oval so I only painted those images, and the outside frame images I painted with watered down gray paint.

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To finish the card I glued the frame to a licorice cardstock layer and adhered that to a white card base.  Using foam tape I adhered the painted oval in the center of the frame.  The sentiments I stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed them with white embossing powder.  The orange dots are Nuvo dimentional paint.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  

Donnasignature

 

 

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