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29 posts from May 2017

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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Sun 21

Prayers & Pinpoints
by Penny Ward

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Hello my friends. Penny here today with a Sympathy card. I like to have a few of these in my stash for unexpected occasions.  I love all the textures with the dotted lines, stitched swirl and dimensional flowers. Doesn't this card just look peaceful? 

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with an Olive Green card base.

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Pale Peach cardstock.  Die cut the Swirling Stitches to the left side of this panel.

Before adhering this panel to the card base, take a scrap of White cardstock, ink lightly with Oxide Fired Brick and flick water. Figure out where your Pinpoint Circle Frame will fall and adhere the Oxide panel to card base. Now adhere to the Pinpoint panel to card base with foam adhesive.

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Die cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from Medium Peach cardstock, Climbing Vines and Lavender Bunch from Olive Green cardstock. Snip here and there to make an "arrangement" and glue down to the outside of circle.

 

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Die cut just the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Dark Peach cardstock. Stamp and heat set sentiment from the Prayers Sentiment stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and Clear embossing powder.

Adhere over the stems of your floral arrangement with foam adhesive.

Add Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle marker to flowers and leaves for a shimmery effect.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 20

Inlay a Felt Plush Elegant Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Plush Elegant Butterfly - designed to be lovingly layered and stitched - is also perfect for quick inlaid felt designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Gather some scraps of summer-colored wool-blend felt and back them with adhesive label or sticker paper.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

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Diecut the felt pieces.  Here's an easy way to remove the little stitch dots - place the diecut on a scrap of felt in a weird color that you won't be using - then use a toothpick or BBQ skewer to push the little dots out and onto the felt scrap under it.  The little dots will stick to the felt scrap and can easily be disposed of.  Skip this step if you're actually stitching the butterfly - the needle and floss will do it for you!

The light peach-colored piece in the center is layered - the other felt diecuts are inlaid.

Attach gold glittered washi tape to a scrap of paper and diecut the largest butterfly center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Diecut the folded card with the Straight Stitches die to add some texture to the front - and inside - of the card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink.

Attach the butterfly.  Add green gem stickers. 

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this happy card deserves special handling.  Hope you agree!

The Memory Box Plush Collection creates great felt keepsakes and hand-stitched gifts.  They're also great for cards, layouts and mixed media.  Get the most from your dies by using them in different ways- you'll love their versatility.

Thanks very much for stopping by - have a great weekend!

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Fri 19

You're my Anchor
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a cute summer card featuring a few new stamp sets from the May release.  There are so many cute images that it makes it hard to figure out which ones I wanted to use.

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To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and stamped the waves using Blueprint Sketch distress ink.  With clear water and a paint brush, I brushed over the waves to activate the ink and give a watercolor look to the waves. Next, I spattered the paper with the same Blueprint  Sketch ink and die cut a frame using the Octagon Layers dies. After that, I sponged the frame with Vintage Photo ink and glued it onto the card front.  I stamped the sun inside the frame and watercolored it; the boat, I stamped once on watercolor paper and once on a piece of washi tape and cut them both out.  I only needed to cut the bottom of the boat from the washi tape, and I adhered it to the watercolor paper boat.  

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I stamped my sentiment and anchor using black ink and added a black marker line from the anchor to the boat.  To finish the card, I glued the card front to a Crimson cardstock layer and glued this to a white card base.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

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