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Thu 30

Classic Ice Skates, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Rose Gold, Classic Ice Skates and glitter...a simple combination for a frosty Christmas design.  It's sweet, sparkly and shimmery - like icing on a special winter dessert.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card in my favorite new pastels - hope you like them too!

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from white cardstock and leave it in the die.  Replace the cutting plate with the rubber embossing mat and plates required for dry embossing on your diecut machine.  Dry-emboss the diecut to add extra dimension to the delicate design.

Cut pale gray and pale peach cardstock with the second-largest Stitched Snowflake Oval.

Cut three snowflakes from iridescent rose gold cardstock with the Delicate Stitched Snowflake dies.

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Classic Ice Skates is a beautiful - and delicate - design.  I cut 26 of them for class kits last weekend using this simple technique.  Place a layer of mid-weight plastic - like a piece from an Impress shopping bag - between the die and the cardstock before running it through the machine.  The smooth plastic helps release the diecut - just peel the plastic from it - then carefully wiggle and pull the negative sections away from the diecut instead of pulling on the diecut.  

It's also great being able to tape the die to the plastic and not ruin any of the surrounding glitter cardstock when you remove it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - on pale gray cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  It's a shimmery blend of Starlight Silver and Graphite Black Inks.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale peach cardstock - use foam dots for the skates.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be sharing more ideas on Saturday - hope to see you then!  (Also hope you won't get tired of seeing me so often this week.)

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Thu 30

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Now we are officially in Christmas mode, so I have a fairly easy Christmas card for you to make in honor of the season.

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  • Die cut the "Snowy Tree Circle" in the middle of a white cardstock card layer.
  • Die cut a second tree circle from white cardstock and cut off the tree to use on the card.
  • Glue the die cut card layer to a cranberry card base and spatter the center of the circle with white acrylic paint.
  • Add green glitter to the trees and used foam tape to adhere the extra tree. 
  • Die cut and colored the elf and then used foam tape to adhere him to the card front. 
  • To finish the card, stamp the sentiment and add a few snowflakes.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you were inspired to create a few holiday cards for yourself!

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Wed 29

Penguin Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Snowflake Wire by Jean Okimoto

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The new Penguin Collage makes it quick and easy to add a crisp layered look to your holiday cards.  Frame him with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and add a glittery red scarf and silver Snowflake Wire.  He's sure to brighten a wintery day as he delivers your holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a "less is more + glitter" design for you today.  The Penguin Collage is a great basic design that works with many backgrounds - like Licorice Distressed Dots.  A collage of snowflakes or a bright holiday print would be good backdrops too.

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Here's a tip - briskly rub the die with a piece of scrunched wax paper to make it easy to remove the diecut.  This technique also helps with detailed dies, other stitched dies and pinpoint dies.  Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with the Penguin Collage and remove the center portion. 

Cut the Penguin Collage again from Licorice Dots - this cuts the center background portion.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the head and side portion of the penguin.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from soaking through.  

Another tip...cut the eyes and beak (on the same die) from light orange cardstock that's attached to Scor-Tape.  Then just color over the orange eyes with a black marker!  That's faster than cutting them all from white cardstock and then coloring those tiny pieces with orange and black markers.  Or cutting them from both black and orange cardstock.

Cut the long, wavey "tail" of the Curled Ribbons from the backside of red glittered cardstock.   This portion of the Curled Ribbons would normally be on the right side, we want it on the left side.  Trust me, it works.

Cut Snowflake Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Add red gem stickers.

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Big Thanks to everyone from my MERRY AND QUICK and GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO classes at Impress last Saturday.  It was great seeing my loyal students and friends again - and welcoming new Memory Box fans too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lauren too - you certainly helped us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes for me this weekend - but I'm prepping for the December 9th ASIAN INSPIRATION calendar class.  We'll make a mini calendar using dies, stamps and artpapers - and a New Year card too.  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tue 28

Winter Skates
by Jenny Griffiths

 Welcome Memory Box Friends,

  Here's a look at the Classic Ice Skates--a new die from Memory Box's Winter 2017 release.  I have paired it with the Holly Collage from the Holiday release and the Snowflakes stencil from a while back.  I like to mix the new with the well loved "experienced" products.  

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These snowflakes are raised and glittered giving them dimension and sparkle.  I taped the snowflake stencil directly onto the blue card stock and spread Opaque Matte texture paste onto the stencil as though I was applying "frosting" using an offset palette knife.  Once all the open areas were filled and smoothed with texture paste I removed the stencil and doused the wet snowflakes with ultra fine irridescent glitter.  (note: make sure you immediately rinse the paste off the stencil as it sets up quickly and is difficult to remove when dry.)  

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 After the background dried I added the cluster of green holly leaves and the skates which were paper pieced with silver mirror paper on the skate blades.   I also changed out the ribbon with red card stock.

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 This would be a good card to create in a production line if you are making several of the same design.  

These snowflakes and skates have me thinking about winter and the holidays.  Several shopping centers here open up ice rinks during December and January for the young and the young-at-heart who like to get out there on the ice.   I'll be there cheering them on!

Hope you give this quick and easy card a go...remember to mix your new and "experienced" dies or stencils on your cards too.

Thank you for stopping by today!

 Jennysig

 


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Sun 26

Winter Wonderland
by Melissa Rusk

 Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a pretty winter card to share with you using some of the dies from the latest Memory Box release. Let's get started!

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I started with the new Wrapped Circles die set and cut out one in white and the next largest size out in a blue glitter paper. Then I took the beautiful Starlight Snowflake Collage and cut it in the white circle. I layered the circles together using foam tape to give my card some dimension.


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I placed the card on two coordinating colors of blue paper. To finish it off and add some extra magic and sparkle I used the Festival of Lights sequins set. It was the perfect color for my card today.

I hope you have a wonderful week and get some time to make something fun and fabulous!
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Sun 26

Feathered Friends
by Penny Ward


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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with..... NOT A CARD!!! I love to sew and when the new Feathered Friends deep edge dies arrived I just had to cut some fabric with them.

How stinkin' cute are these birds?!?  

 

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I made the Bowl Cozy from scrap fabric. If you love to sew you can find all sorts of patterns on Pinterest for these. 

On this Feathered Friend, I die cut from scraps of fabric, adhered together with Collall glue then stitched it to the center of my bowl with zigzags.

 

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I made this bowl cozy from a Kitchen Towel I purchased at the Dollar Tree. Die cut the Feathered Friend from scrap fabric and simply glued it to the center of the bowl with Collall glue.

 

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Main body of birds is actually wool felt, as is the beak and eyes.

 

For those that don't sew......Grab yourself a few hot pads at the Dollar Tree, die cut your Feathered Friends from scrap fabrics or Fat Quarters and glue them on. 

I am thinking cute teacher gifts here!!

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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Fri 24

The Amazing Snowglobe Dies
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi paper crafters! My name is Olga and I am a huge fan of Memory Box dies!

All of you probably know that Memory Box releases lots and lots of new dies each year, but unfortunately the old ones are gone once they are sold out. That is what happened to the Snowglobe Bases as well as the Stitched Snowflake Circle dies. The good news is that due to the high demand on those dies Memory Box have decided to bring them back!

Here is the project that I have created last year using these two dies to make some clear tags. I used the Fuse Tool and an ordinary plastic page protector to make clear pouches. The stitched circle die totally conceals the seams and creates a perfect edge for the tag. 

Please scroll down to watch the video where all the process is shown from beginning to end:

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Thank you for visiting today! I hope you enjoyed this little journey back in time as much as I enjoyed working with those amazing Snowglobe dies!

 

Fri 24

New Build A Snowman and Wrapped Circles by Jean Okimoto

 

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If it's too cold (or too warm) to be outside building a snowman - let the new Build A Snowman die set create one for you!  Crisp white, holiday brights, red felt and glitter help him stand out against a Wrapped Circle background of neutral kraft cardstock.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a collage-y winter design for you.  Imagine the Resting Bird is a resting dove - and create a folksy little homespun " joy, love and peace" design with bits and pieces from the stash.

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Although I switched things out a bit with the striped print for the hat here, the Build a Snowman set is specially designed so the diecut pieces of the same color are together.  It's so easy to cut the white snowman and hat trimmings, orange carrot noses (in two styles!), black for the eyes and buttons, dark brown twig arms,  and the red hat and scarf.  Thanks Dave!

My original pouf for the hat was from watercolor paper - but I re-cut it from a wide green stripe on the printed paper for a bit more color.

Cut the snowman and snowflakes from the Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper.

Cut the hat and scarf from red felt - attached to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet for stability and to keep adhesives from soaking through.  

Cut the bird (from the Resting Birds set) and the heart (from the Snowman Collage set) from red glitter cardstock.

Cut the Wrapped Circle background from kraft cardstock.  Wrapped Circles are great for standout backgrounds that complement - but don't compete with - your design elements.  

Assemble the snowman.  Attach the diecuts to a kraft card - use foam dots for the snowman.

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Don't let freezing temps - or tropical breezes - keep you from building a snowman.  He'd be great on a gift tag,  diecut ornament or on thank you cards for the great gifts you'll be receiving.  The Build a Snowman set is a must-have for your collection of holiday dies!  

Celebrate Shop Small Day on Saturday, November 25th at both Impress stores - receive a special gift from Impress with your purchase of $30 or more!  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlist with you - then match the great dies with your favorites from  the huge assortment of  papers, felt, glitter, sequins and inks waiting for your holiday projects.  

Join us for classes at Impress on the 25th too.  We're making 7 deceptively quick and easy cards in MERRY AND QUICK at 10:30.  Stay for the GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class at 1:30 too.  You'll make a pretty little fold-out portfolio and fill it with 8 colorful tags - and I've added a bonus candy card to the class for the special folks on your list too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

Thu 23

Warm Wishes Penguin & Black Friday Sales
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!  I can't think of a better holiday than one that takes a moment to give thanks in life.

For today's card, I had to play with a brand new penguin die.  The nice thing about this die set is that it cuts out a window as well as a penguin body and face.  It makes it really easy to make a little window scene.  For those of you who make shaker cards, the dies make it really easy to create one.

In the background, I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled it with Colorburst powders.  I lightly misted it with water to blend the colors.  Once it was dry, I splattered it with bigger droplets of water to create circles on the paper that looked like snow.  I love how the Colorbursts are reactive with water, even after you let them dry.

After I layered the card, I added some Mermaid Tale sequins from Birch Press Design.  As you can see from the picture, I stacked some of the sequins on top of each other to create a different look:

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Speaking of Birch Press, they are currently having a sale through the 27th in case you want to try out the new sequins, ribbons from Italy, dies,

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! For shopping that is! We're excited to share our Black Friday sale! It begins today and runs through Midnight USEST on November 27!! Now's the time to add all your favorites to your collection! Use code "create25" at check out to save 25% off your entire order!

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Need more Black Friday deals?  How about a sale at Poppystamps?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For shopping that is! We're excited to share our Black Friday sale! It begins today and runs through Midnight USEST on November 27!! Now's the time to add all your favorites to your collection! Use code "poppy25" at check out to save 25% off your entire order!

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Have a very happy, healthy, and save holiday everyone!

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Tue 21

How to Use Deep Edge Dies

Hello everyone!

I am sharing our brand new Deep Edge dies with you today - a specialty collection of dies that are capable of cutting deeper, and into thicker materials, than ordinary paper dies.

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They can certainly be used on paper - and I created a bunch of fun cards in the video with regular cardstock - but they can also cut through thin wood, thin metal and multiple layers of fabric. They are ideal for applique projects - you can line up the die exactly where you want on the fabric, which eliminates waste - and since they can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at once they are a real timesaver!

These dies are sturdier and stronger than regular paper dies - they are made from carbon hardened steel that stays sharper longer and can cut through a surprising number of mixed media materials.

If you use them on cardstock, they work like normal dies - but if you are trying to use them on thicker materials, I recommend the following sandwich:

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Note that the die will be cutting face down into the metal adaptor plate - these dies really cut well, so if you are running thicker material through your machine, you'll want to cut into the metal plate (this won't hurt the Deep Edge die). The metal plate will get pretty dented - so reserve a metal plate just for Deep Edge dies. Again, this is only if you are cutting material besides cardstock!

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Now lets create something! The video will show you the step by step for these projects - I love assembling these types of dies, it is like putting together a puzzle.

(Watch this in HD on Youtube by clicking here)

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This fun little guy is the 30099 Wonderland Snowman and he couldn't be more fun to assemble. This is a terrific way to use up all those little scraps of patterned paper that you couldn't throw away - I used pieces of patterned paper for the hat, arms, scarf and even the nose -and used plain old solid cardstock for the nose and eyes.

You can play around with how things are positioned - the arms could be holding something (or cheering!) - get everything in place and then glue it down. Once you;ve done your first card, you can use that as a template to make more.

I watercolored the background piece with my Peerless Watercolors and then cut it out using the super popular 30094 Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.

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Cutting fabric is a breeze with these dies - and in the video I show you how to iron some Heat n Bond onto the fabric and then cut things out. I cut out 3 pieces at once (technically, the fabric is ironed onto the Heat and Bond, so I am cutting 6 layers at once).

The Heat and Bond is an "adhesive" - you iron it onto the back of the fabric, die cut your shape, then iron the shape onto your project. You can stitch around the edges or leave it unstitched - the Heat and Bond helps give the fabric a clean cut and stiffens the fabric for die cutting.

I am using fabric from Joanna Figueroa - she is a terrific quilting fabric designer who makes the most amazing fabrics. I love the color relationships in her designs - so timeless and happy. She even let us use her fabric design on our Deep Edge die packaging!

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Here's a onesie that I made using the 30105 Cheering Snowman - I just bought a pack on onesies from Target and was able to cut and iron the pieces onto 6 of these in less than an hour. Now I am ready for gift giving!

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I couldn't resist creating a snow globe as part of the collection! The 30108 Enchanting Snowglobe is a great base design for using in lots of different ways - the pieces can be layered and combined to create little forests surrounding a cabin or can be used with other dies to create charming scenes.

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I used Broken China, Faded Jeans and Cracked Pistachio Oxide Inks to create the frosty hued sky inside the dome - and then I layered splatters of Faded Jeans and Broken China onto the background paper. 

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I love how the 99784 Warm Christmas Wishes looks like curls of smoke coming out of the chimney - position it so that the bottom is close to the chimney and attach it an angle. 

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And how cute is this fellow?

I sponged a warm background of yellows and oranges using Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Oxide Inks before adding all the pieces to make the 30097 Snow Bunny.

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One tip is to cut everything out first and then assemble - that way you have everything on hand and ready to go, and it is easier to keep track of where things are to be placed.

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I tried him in a different color scheme here - with some more muted colors, since it was a winter themed card. (Tip - leave off the hat and he looks ready for springtime!)

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Now the 30098 Arctic Penguin is really easy to mass produce. He doesn't have nearly as many pieces as the Snow Bunny - and he takes up the whole entire card, so all you need is some fun background and the card is finished!
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I tried him out over and over - and I think I like the scarf a little higher on his body, making his face a little smaller. I layered the "rosy cheeks" behind the scarf on both versions, but you can see that making the scarf a little higher on the second version seems in better proportion to his body.

The background was splattered with Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans Oxide Inks and then cut with the 30112 Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles die for a fun border.

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Here's a version with a plain background - still fun to do and even easier!
 
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I wanted to share few more ideas from the collection - they didn't end up in the video, but I wanted to give some inspiration! This is the 30100 Snow Kitty Deep Edge die - if you are a cat lover then this large size kitty is sure to please.
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This project uses three different Deep Edge dies - the 30102 Feathered Friends , the 30107 Swooping Branches & Leaves and the 30096 Wintry Snowflakes. I designed these images to all work with each other - the designs are all open and curved, so all of the elements can be combined to create fun scenes like this, whether it is on a handmade card or a mixed media or fabric project.
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I use the other two bird designs from the 30102 Feathered Friends  Deep Edge die and perched them on branches from the 30110 Basic Forest Branches Deep Edge die.
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And how could I not create a couple of Santas?

The first one is the 30101 Jolly Old Santa Deep Edge die - his oversized design fills a card and would make a great tag, or look good on an appliqué Christmas stocking!
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And here is another Santa version - his mustache is so much fun to play with and position!

The 30103 Gleeful Santa is one of the easier designs to work with - a simple design that comes together quickly to create a cute greeting card. (Tuck a gift card in the brim of his cap!)

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I also thought some little houses could be used for lots of different things - so I designed the 30106 Mountain Village Houses Deep Edge die. This one can be used year round for all sorts of projects, but I have always liked creating little "villages" and neighborhoods on cards. 

I used a ton of scraps here and all of the textures and color creates a lot to look at - so I kept the background neutral with a simple layer cut using the 30009 Stitched Rectangle Layers die.
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I designed a second snowman - can't have too many snowmen in my opinion - and he is a winner! The  30105 Cheering Snowman Deep Edge die is so friendly and happy that you will be reaching for this one again and again. 

I added a simple trim around the background using the 30090 Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frames die - for a delicate touch.

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I couldn't forget a reindeer! Here's the 30109 Decorated Deer deep edge craft die - ready for you to wrap a few Christmas lights or ribbon around his antlers!

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He looks terrific on the onesie here - it makes such a thoughtful and sweet gift!

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And last- a mitten card (slip some cash inside for a quick gift) using the 30111 Warm Mitten die for all those helping hands you need to thank!

For more ideas - check out our Design Team blog posts for some wonderful ideas! Donna created an amazing mixed media ornament with the Snowglobe using cork board and watercolor paper Jean made a cute paper ornament with the birds, Anne sewed a mini quilted ornament, Jenny whipped up some Kitty ornaments, and Laura crafted an adorable Bunny out of felt. Enjoy!