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32 posts from May 2017

Wed 31

Bubble Burst and Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Bubble Burst has arrived - with perfect timing for graduation, thank you and teacher cards.  I love how versatile it is for any celebration,  with hearts, stars, birds or the friendly fish from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set.  Champagne glasses would look great with it too!  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - can you believe May is already over and it's time to switch over to summer cards?

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and let it air-dry it for a few minutes.  Add a sheer layer of diluted Peerless Transparent Gold.  Diecut the three smallest butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble background set.  

Diecut the matching detailed butterflies from the intricate Morning Garden Butterflies set from gold mirror cardstock.  Diecut the three smallest butterfly centers.  Trim a bit off the bottom of the smallest center.  

Diecut white cardstock using 4" x 5-1/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Diecut it at an angle with Bubble Burst.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Rosebud Memento Luxe.  Heat-set the ink.  

Attach the diecuts to a Cherry Blossom Notecard - use foam dots on the left side of the center butterfly and the right side of the top and bottom butterflies.  

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Big thanks to everyone from Monday's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  Hope you discovered a few unique ways to use the beautiful heart dies, stamps and papers in your stash.  I love finding different ways to use products from previous collections - and upcycling them in new and unique ways!  Thank you too - Ann and Cindi - for finding everything we needed for our summer cards.  Becca - we know you were hard at work filling Impress' online orders with products from Memory Box and Poppystamps...thanks!

See you all again on June 3rd for the SURF + TURF class.  Cards for Dads, grads and the special men in our life - it's like a summer bliss class for guy-cards.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week!

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Mon 29

Cubic Border, Goldfish Collage and Seaweed Stalks
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Cubic Border, Seaweed Stalks and diecuts from the Goldfish Collage team up on a birthday card today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple  design for a color-infused birthday celebration.

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Paint a strip of watercolor paper in loose, overlapping shades of teal and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Sprinkle it with a few drops of water, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the new Cubic Border.  Trim it to about 5-1/4" x 1-1/4".  

Cubic Border is great for cutting little windows on card fronts too.  Imagine how cute it would be with little ghosts peeking thru on a Halloween card!  There's Christmas-in-July - why not Halloween-in-May?

Paint another piece of watercolor paper in watery shades of green.  Dry it, then cut several sets of Seaweed Stalks to trim and layer at the base of the Cubic Border.

Felt golfish diecuts - in shades of peach, dark-orange and pumpkin-orange - create a ombre set of fish to add texture to the design.  Just attach adhesive label paper or sticker paper to wool-blend felt and diecut the 3 colors.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  

Stamp the greeting  - from the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe on a lightly-textured top-folded white A-2 card.  Heat-set it.

Attach the diecuts.  Add silvery gem stickers.  Send it to the birthday child - or fish-loving guy - for a very special celebration.

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If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress today.  It's from 11:00 to 1:00 - giving you plenty of time to shop and enjoy the long weekend!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

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Sun 28

Plush Butterfly
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello....Penny here today with the most stinkin' adorable Plush Cute Butterfly! I swear the metal die does all the work. And if you are so inclined (as you can see I was not) to stitch around it, there are even holes to guide you. I turned this little guy into a planter ornament, but I am thinking with a new nephew on the way, these would make a great baby mobile.

Here is my take:

 

Start with some colorful heavy felt. I have looked and looked and my one and only big box craft store does not carry nice felt. I found some gorgeous colors and weight on Amazon.

 

Die cut the Plush Cute Butterfly from felt. Go wild, make the wings a different color from the body. You will need to die cut two of the largest.

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Before gluing the two largest pieces together, I inserted just a bit of stuffing.

 

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After the largest part of the butterfly was dry, I then adhered the wings only adding glue to the pointy part of the wings.

 

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Add sequins as desired and two corsage pins with beads for her antenna.

 

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I also received the Plush Fish...can't wait to show you what I did with it!  :) 

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 27

In My Prayers
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a sweet get well card to share with you using some of the latest release from Memory Box. Let's get started!

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For this card I used the Leafy Ring die and cut it from white paper. I put some green card stock behind it to make the leaves pop. I die cut the Perky Prayers die in a purple and it fits perfectly in the middle of the Leafy Ring die. I then stamped in purple a saying from the Prayers Sentiments stamp set in a coordinating purple ink. 

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I glued this on to two different purple pieces of paper on my card base. For the gems I didn't have any in the right color so I used some clear gems and colored them with a purple Copic marker to make it all match. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a great weekend!

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Fri 26

Whale Hello There
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Since this weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season, I thought I would create a fun summer themed card for you today.

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To create this card I used blue alcohol inks on glossy cardstock to make a background for the whale to hang out on. I stamped the whale and waves on watercolor cardstock and colored the images using distress inks.  The colors of distress ink I used were: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Pumice Stone and Worn Lipstick. 

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To assemble the card I cut out the whale and the waves.  I cut around the whale fin and tucked the waves under it. Glue these to the alcohol background layer and adhere it to a licorice cardstock layer.  Using foam adhesive I glued this to a white card base. Stamp the greeting on the bottom right corner of the card and you're done.

Pretty easy right?

 Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!

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Thu 25

Sheer Circle Wreath, Little Dragonflies and Dazzling Dragonfly
by Jean Okimoto

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Wondering how to use the new Sheer Circle Wreath in May?  Don't wait till the holidays - it's a great backdrop for the Dazzling Dragonfly on a summer card.  Diecut circles and rings create an artsy background or accent for any occasion.  Try it with butterflies, birds or your favorite design from Fish Tales.  And with snowflakes in December!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with congrats to all of the May Blog Blitz winners - enjoy your prize!  

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Sheer Circle Wreath is great for diecutting soft,  textured papers - like marbled paper from Shizen Design.  The swirly waves of metallic inks form little coves and corners for the wreath.  Cut the wreath first, then trim the paper with the Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Dazzling Dragonfly from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.  Assemble it - with the wings beneath the body instead of above it,  for a different look.  Cut Little Dragonflies from Rose Gold mirror cardstock too.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square cream card.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Open Studio Thank You Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Broken China.  Love how the versatile stamp set lets you create the perfect "corner" to complement the rectangle.  Dry the ink, then assemble your quick card.

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Join us for another SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress on Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th.  We have so many great heart designs in our stash...let's use them throughout the year, not just in February.  

Thanks for visiting - hope you liked this simple design.  Diecutting Shizen Design's special artpapers with Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies produces great results - they cut right through the fibers, metallic inks and textures of handmade papers.  Pull those treasured papers from your stash and give it a try!

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Wed 24

Blitz Winners

Greetings friends.  I hope that you have been enjoying the blog posts using the latest May 2017 release.  Here is a list of winners from our Blog Blitz.  I have already sent an email to each of the winners:

Winner of the Seal of Approval stamp set from Laura's post-Tracy Steinbach 

Winner of the Leafy Ring die from Anne's post- Kristen

Winner of the Fish Tales stamp set from Jenny's post-marta

Winner of the Whale Hello There stamp set from Melissa's post-Arlene Waddell

Winner of the Fish Tales stamp set from Jean's post-Lynn Hardy

Winner of the Whale Hello There stamp set from Melissa's 2nd post-  CC

Winner of the Sheer Trimmings Die from Sherry's post-sharon brand

Winner of the Spring Lilacs stamp set from Penny's post-Ashlyn 

 

Congrats again!

Wed 24


Floral Frame Thank You Card by Lindsay

Hello!

Before I begin, I just wanted to let you know that this will be my last post for Memory Box. Life has taken me in another direction, and I have found I just cannot devote the time and attention to card making like I used to do. I am so appreciative of your comments, and kindness these last two years, as I shared my projects with you. I will leave you with a clean and simple Thank you! 

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The Floral Fantasy Frame is a must have. I just had to do an inlay technique with it the moment I saw it! However, I must warn you! Proceed with plenty of time in mind. Guys, this took a ridiculous amount of time, not to mention patience, and good lighting! I began my taking four panels of white card stock, and inking them with yellow, teal, pink, and purple inks, using a sponge dauber. I then ran them through my die cut machine, using the Frame. I sat them aside, and die cut a white frame, to which I adhered it to a white card base. 

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Once the frame was adhered, I began inserting the pieces from the colored panels into the open flowers on my card base. I alternated my colors, and then added a black center to each flower. For my sentiment, I chose the Perky Thank You die, and cut it three times from black card stock, and once from white. I then layered them together, and adhered them to the center of the card. 

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To save a bit of time, and ink on your fingers, you could certainly use plain colored card stocks instead. I just preferred the soft inked look that the blending gave. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Until we meet again in card blog land, don't stop creating, and have a wonderful day!

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Tue 23

A note of Thanks
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   Jenny here with a note of thanks to share today.  I like to keep 'thank you cards' on hand just to be ready since sometimes I can't get to my craft room to create one quick enough.  This one went to someone I had never met but showed great kindness to me and my family.  It was unexpected and I was happy to give this card which I enjoyed making and loved the way it turned out.  

One of my favorite clear sets from the new release is this Thank You Sentiments set.  It's not a large set but it has just the right sentiments to say 'thank you'.  This is just one variation using this versatile set.  Also, don't overlook the cute stars included in the set---they sure hit the spot with the Leafy Ring die.

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 I embossed the stars and sentiments in gold and layered a lavender paper panel behind the ring to show off the beautiful cut outs.  The Leafy Ring is what I call a 'negative die cut'.  The pieces removed by the die cut are pretty but the best part is the design that remains...now that makes a 'negative' a 'positive' really!

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I added a few of the new leaves from the Stitched Leaves die set, which I love as each leaf has cute pin dots or stitching detail.  

Several gems and pearls dressed up the beautiful Leafy Ring and this card was ready for it's new home, with my thanks.

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Thanks for stopping by today...hope you find some time to create a few 'thank you' cards to keep handy for those thoughtful people in your life!  

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Mon 22

So-Fish-TICATED
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Did you check out the new release yet? It's GORGEOUS...love it. It's been such a cool and wet weather that I am longing for some warmth....The new release is perfect to get me into the summer mood...lol

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To create this card, I started with the mixed media background panel. First I  used applied some modelling paste to create the bottom bubbles and let it dry. I then used distress inks as watercolor and created a wash. Let it dry.

Then I used Imagine Crafts creative medium and applied it through another stencil to create small bubbles. I then stamped the images onto a watercolor panel and colored them using Zig Clean color real brush markers. Once dry, I cut them using the co ordinating dies.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment and assembled everything together.

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

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