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22 posts from September 2017

Tue 19

Halloween Blog Blitz Day Two
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day Two of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  If you missed Laura's introductory post yesterday, just scroll down to see her cute Halloween scene.  As we highlight the latest Memory Box release this week September 18-22 there will be lots of new ideas shared by the Design Team and chances to win prizes each day.

How many of the newest dies can one use on a card?  It turns out that one can use quite a few!  

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 Today's Halloween scene incorporates five of the dies from the 2017 Fall Collection::  CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881, PLAYFUL BOO 99875, CURVED STITCHED HILLTOPS 99871, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, and HOUSE TRIO 99877!!!!!  (Plus a circle from the Studio Circle Layers ! and a 1" punch.)

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I made the web first by cutting the Circle Web Collage from black cardstock and then trimmed it down using one of the dies from the Studio Circle Layers die set 30016.  I then cut the Playful Boo from silver paper and adhered it to the center of the web using a glue pen.

Next I cut the largest of the Curved Stitched Hilltops from brown striped paper.  I cut the Curved Picket Fence twice, once from white cardstock and again from black cardstock; and I glued them together with the black on top and just a smidgen of the white showing on the edges of the fence posts before gluing it to the hilltop.

Then I made the little House Trio.  I cut them from black cardstock first.  I ran the die through my Big Shot again using gold cardstock and the plate stack for embossing metal stencils.  I used my detail scissors to cut out the embossed houses, trimming just a tad off each one (so the gold wouldn't show under the house edges) before assembling the houses on top.  I decided to leave the doors off so more of the gold "light" would show.

To put it all together, I first adhered the hilltop/fence to the bottom of a Jack O' Lantern notecard.  I tucked the houses just a little bit behind the hilltop.  I used a foam pop dot to secure the web in the upper right.  And then I added a moon from the same gold cardstock, using a 1" circle punch.

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 Want a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 PM EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win this new die!

Keep checking back this week for more spook-tacular Halloween-y goodies!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 18

New Release Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings  friends.  We have been showing you  a lot of Christmas/seasonal cards lately, but we wanted to take this week to highlight Halloween cards using the latest Memory Box release.  There will be lots of new ideas as well as chances to win prizes, so be sure to join us each day from September 18th- September 22nd.

For my card today, I created a Halloween scene using some of the latest dies.  The Curved Stitch Hilltops that I used to create the ground coordinates with the Curved Picket Fence, so it is easy to create a backdrop landscape.  To decorate the scene, I added some Stitched Farm Pumpkins as well as the Whimsy Mummy.  I really like the mummy because when you run him through the die cut machine, you get the impressions of all the wrapped bandages for extra dimension.

To create the background, I used the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to make a frame for the scene and added a "moon" from the Studio Circles Layers and added the Whimsy Bat on top.  The moon was cut out of cream paper and then edged with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  Here is a close up of the card so that you can see that the bat and one of the pumpkins is popped up with foam tape:

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Want a chance to win the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die?  You can use it to create your own scene for just about any season.  All you have to do is leave a comment to this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck!

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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,

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Sat 16

Christmas Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hi Friends!  

Do you like puzzles?  I do, and this card reminds me of one--just a bit.  Today's card features the Soaring Bird die which cuts several layers of the beautiful bird's outstretched wings.  So I chose to layer the colors.


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Here's a close up...I die cut the bird in four different colors, 2 blues, a grey and a white.  The deepest blue was used for the body/outline and the other colors were for the detailing.  

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To start, I placed the outline piece face down on a craft sheet then added tiny amounts of wet glue to all areas.  It's important to use very tiny amounts so the glue doesn't gush out when it is positioned onto the background panel.  

Rather than pick up the die cut with wet glue on the back, carefully aligned the background panel over-top the die cut and lowered it onto the adhesive.  By leaving it on your craft sheet, the bird will maintain its original shape and not stretch-- which is important because the "puzzle pieces" will fit snugly and the openings need to remain the appropriate size. 

Next, add the interior paper pieces choosing from the 4 different colors already die cut.  A tiny bit of glue on the reverse side of each piece, and tweezers for placement is all that's needed.   

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Next, die cut the pretty Holly Collage leaves in a few shades of green, adhere near the bird's feet and add some bright red gem stones.  Add the panel to a note card, stamp and adhere the sentiment--done!  

Hope you're starting to feel inspired to start your Christmas cards---anyone started yet?

Bonus: Don't forget you have enough pieces left over to make 3 more cards for a variety of pretty birds!

  Jennysig

Fri 15

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a fun way to dress up the Cozy Mugs with some ink and some stamps, let's get started!

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These mugs are so cute and can be used for so many different occasions depending on how you decorate them. For my card today I die cut one of each size mug in the set in white card stock. For the largest mug I masked off a line using some post it tape and inked the teal stripe with a foam blending tool. I repeated this with a slightly smaller strip on the bottom of the mug in a navy ink.

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For the dotted mug I used the dot stamp in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set for the fun pattern. I just stamped repeatedly until the whole mug was covered. For the last mug I used both techniques, I inked the bottom of the mug and stamped the top portion. To finish off the card I stamped my sentiment on the largest mug and then added a line of gems on the navy stripe. The mugs are all stacked on a piece of paper that I cut with the largest die in the Pinpoint Rectangle set and layered on to a piece of navy dot paper.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a fabulous weekend!

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Thu 14

Neighborly Narwhal, Slider Grooves and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal swims along with one of the new Slider Grooves on a birthday card today.  September is a popular month for birthdays - I think this slider would help celebrate that special day for anyone you know!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a versatile design that would also work on a thank you, hello or thinking-of-you card.

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Cut Neighborly Narwhal from dark gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye hole.  Assemble the narwhal.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from a Pool Notecard half.  Cut the Slider Groove.  Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.   The words are actually straight - curve the flexible stamp to match the path of the groove.

Use two 5mm pompoms on a strip of cardstock to attach the slider  - like we did in  my previous slider card.  Push the pompoms through the groove and attach them to the back of the narwhal.  

Attach the rectangle to a Pool Notecard with narrow strips of foam tape.  

Cut Seaweed Stalks from green and coral cardstock.  Cut a second short green stalk and trim the bottom a bit before attaching it to the background.  Add blue gem stickers.

Sliders usually require extra postage and special handling...but your thoughtfulness and creativity will be appreciated!

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If you're in the Seattle area - join us for a calendar class at Impress on September 16th.  Dies, stamps and art papers will accent a sweet little desk or countertop calendar to inspire you throughout 2018.  Enjoy a 10% class discount on everything you buy that day - including our just-released Fall 2017 Collection!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy making slider cards to brighten someone's day!

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Wed 13

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a Halloween card which features some new dies from the fall release.  Next week there will be a blog blitz showcasing the 2017 fall release so please come back and check it out.

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To make this card, I started with a piece of licorice cardstock  which was die cut using one of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.  The rectangle die I used was a little smaller than my licorice layer so I got a thin frame when I cut it out.  I glued the frame to a white card base.  Next I die cut the spider web in the center of the licorice die cut rectangle.  For the background behind the spider web I used a scrap piece of acrylic painted paper from another project.  

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I glued this spider web layer to the card base and then spattered the card front with orange paint.  The bats were die cut from white cardstock and adhered to the card front.  I stamped the Happy Halloween on a strip of persimmon cardstock and glued to the card.  

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To finish the card I added some black bling to the bats eyes and a black button.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tue 12

Folk Art Tree by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card from a recent quick and easy card class.  I also wanted a chance to show you how versatile the new Folk Art Tree can be.

When you cut out the die, these are the pieces you get:

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I started with a rectangle piece of kraft paper to cut out the die.  I saved the rectangle frame as well as the outside edges around the tree (the negative space).  My tree outline was kraft, so I colored it with a neon Copic marker.  I used a neon color so that it would show up on kraft cardstock.  As you can see, the color changed a lot since I colored the kraft with bright blue and ended up with a green look.  Next, I added some double sided tape behind the open rectangle window:

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I placed the green tree outline into the kraft rectangle frame and the double sided tape held it in place.  Where there was open tree area, I sprinkled some glitter on top:

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The tree looks like white glitter since I hadn't removed the backing of the tape yet.  You could leave it on if you wanted a solid look behind the glitter.  I wanted a translucent look to the tree so that you could see the patterned paper underneath.  Therefore, I removed the tape backing and stuck it down onto the patterned paper:

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I liked the sparkly tree window that I created, but there is so much more yo could do with the die.  Here are some scraps that I had sitting on my desk.  You can see the mix/mach possibilities of the tree.  I think of it as a patchwork tree that you could assemble any way you wanted:

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It really is a great way to use up those paper scraps you have!

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Mon 11

Playtime Elves in the Snow by Anne Thompson

It's time for the Playtime Elves (and their polar bear) to have some more fun sliding in the snow! Today's cards feature the PLAYTIME ELVES Clear Stamp Set CL5216, the coordinating PLAYTIME ELVES dies set 32216, SLIDER GROOVES dies 99840, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866.

Card One:

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Here the elves are sliding on their tummies, racing each other down the hills.  When I die cut the two slider grooves from light blue cardstock, I saved the two pieces, covered them with adhesive and sprinkled on some glitter before adhering them below each of the slider grooves. I colored the two elves with Prismacolor Colored Pencils after stamping them with Archival Jet Black Ink and die cutting them.  I used the penny method so the elves would slide in the grooves.  I added the Piccolo Snowflakes cut from dark blue cardstock and I put a small blue pearl in the center of each one.  To finish the card I added "let it snow" cut from the same dark blue cardstock and I used a pearl to dot the i.  I attached this panel to a notecard of the same color with thick foam adhesive strips.

Card Two:

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This time, the two elves are chasing each other over the hills which I again made by glittering three pieces of cardstock that had been cut out of the slider grooves.  I left a lot of space at the top to add a die cut sentiment or some snowflakes later, as well as the names of the two children who will receive this card.

Card Three:

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I love this elf careening at top speed down the steep hill!  He really spins, often ending upside down at the end!  I cut the slider groove first then lined up a piece of white cardstock with the discarded piece and created a bigger hill.  I covered it with a large piece of sticky-backed adhesive and then sprinkled on lots of fine white glitter.  

Card Four:

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Whee!  The elf is hitching a ride from his polar bear!  This bonus card doesn't use a slider groove, although it could.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to have the polar bear pull the elf on the sled.  So I made a harness for the bear from some thin twine, tying it around the bear's head and securing the twine with tape on the back of the die cut.  I attached it to the elf's hands by punching tiny holes with an awl and looping the twine through, attaching it with tape on the back of the elf.

Now I'm thinking that I have to make a series of slider cards featuring the polar bear(s) playing on the hills.  I might even put an elf hat on him or perch him on the sled.  And maybe an elf (or two!) has to ride on his back down a hill.  So many possibilities!  Kids are going to LOVE these cards!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 10

Swinging Elf
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Have you enjoyed this past week of Slider cards? They really are fun and easy to make and who wouldn't love getting a card like this?!?

So here we go:

 

My card is slightly larger than a normal A2. I wanted to give Mr. Elfy a little room to swing from the tree. This card is 4.5 x 7 inches, but of course you can make your version any size.

I started with the Classic Ornament to get an idea of placement for the slider. Ornament was die cut from Luxury Silver cardstock . I then die cut another Classic Ornament from Shimmering Red cardstock, then die cut that with Classic Ornament Triplet to give it a little decoration.

Stamp, color and die cut the elf from the Christmas Elves set. With a craft knife, notch out the section between his legs and make small cuts to let his arms lift. Slide him onto the Classic Ornament and add a length of twine behind him.

 

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If you are making the same size card as my example, you will want to cut heavy weight white cardstock 4 x 6.5 inches. Die cut this panel with the curved Slider Grooves leaving enough space at the bottom to stamp your sentiment. Go ahead and stamp sentiment now. I used one of the greetings from the Christmas Elves set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Position elf as desired over slider area. Flip over and add a small piece of foam adhesive. Adhere a penny over the foam adhesive. Elf should slide freely at this point.

 

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Position elf/ornament to the very far left of the slider and pull twine to top of panel securing on backside with tape. Try sliding the elf back and forth. He should have enough twine to go left and right.

Die cut Sapling Collage and Botanical Stem from scrap cardstock. Color as desired then snip Sapling Collage so you only have a couple of branches to work with. Snip leaves from Botanical Stem using only the smallest leaves. Adhere to slider panel as shown.

On backside of slider panel use double stacked foam adhesive all around the card (don't get too close to the slider area). Adhere this panel to your card base.

 

Thank you for joining us this week. We designers hope you are inspired to try your own slider cards.

 

Happy holiday cardmaking,

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