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Thu 31

Reverse Butterfly Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A summer favorite - the classic Reverse Butterfly Collage - is great for a watercolored card.   Add a trio of glittered hexagons from the Honeycomb Square for  sparkly accents and it's ready for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple summer design for you.

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Cut smooth white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the white cardstock with the Reverse Butterfly Collage.

Paint the watercolor paper with diluted,  overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills - they're great as  liquid watercolors.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then lightly spritz it with water.  Heat-set it.  Trim the edges just a tiny bit so they don't unexpectedly peek out along the sides of the card

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of smooth white cardstock.

Cut three of the butterfly center/antennae from the Morning Garden Butterflies set from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut purple glitter cardstock with the Honeycomb Square die to create a stash of sparkly little hexagon accents.

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Paint some extra watercolor papers while your supplies are still out and you'll have a stash of pretty backgrounds for future projects.

Big Thanks to everyone from Monday's BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress.  Hope you liked the cards - and the different ways we used our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  Special thanks too - Shari, Becca and Erin - for all of your help!  We'll  have a second BEYOND THE BOX class on June 16th, followed by the SUMMER HEARTS class.

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you again this weekend...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed 30

Have a Blast!
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a cute card for a boy's birthday!

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To create this card I started with an alcohol ink background.  I used a piece of glossy black cardstock and applied alcohol inks to it.  Once this was dry I spattered gold and white ink to the background.  I die cut the astronaut once from white cardstock and silver cardstock.  I only used the mask from the silver die cut.  I inked the white suit parts with Hickory Smoke distress ink and drew red stripes on the suit.  

The moon and planet I created from a piece of cardstock that I sponged with distress inks and misted with water and hand cut the moon and planet shapes.  I drew in the craters on the planet with colored pencil. 

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I glued the astronaut, planet and moon to the alcohol inked layer and adhered the sentiment to the card front.  

 Then I glued the prepared card front to a white cardstock layer that had been sponged with Vintage Photo ink, spattered with gold ink and had two strips of washi tape adhered to the cardstock. 

To finish the card I stamped the "Happy Birthday" in the bottom right corner of the card and adhered this to a black card base. 

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Sun 27

Father's Day
by Penny Ward

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Hello...Penny here today with something really simple for dads day. It's just around the corner, so you better get started!! I love this gears frame and how fun that I found gears buttons at my local Michaels store.

 

Here go go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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Cut a piece of Navy cardstock or pattern paper just a bit small than the base and adhere. 

Die cut Gearworks Frame from White cardstock and adhere to card front. Hand letter the word "father", stamp and trim  "day" from the Wireworks Heart stamp set.

 

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Finish the card by adding painted gear buttons. Wrap with Navy string and add bow.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 26

Sweet Seal, Seaweed Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Turn Seaweed Collage on its side and tuck Sweet Seal behind it a bit for a sweet and simple summer card that's great for any occasion.  It could be a hello, thank you or thinking of you card - or just a surprise greeting to brighten someone's day.  I hope it makes them smile!

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for a busy summer weekend.

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Press the inks from a vivid Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Spritz it lightly with water, then drag watercolor paper through the blended inks.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.

Cut ultra-smooth white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut it with Seaweed Collage.

Cut the dried watercolored paper with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  No measuring needed and it fits neatly behind the collage without any edges peeking through.

Cut Sweet Seal from gray and black cardstock.  Layer the black piece  - slightly offset - behind the gray for dimension.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the face.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded turquoise A-2 card.  Add yellow gem stickers.

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Simple variations - like turning a diecut sideways, pressure-embossing instead of diecutting or using just portions of a stamp or die are just a few of the many creative options to explore with Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products.  Experiment and you'll discover how easy it is to get the most from your stash of these great designs.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress on Monday May 28th!

Thanks for stopping by - have a safe and enjoyable weekend... 

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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Fri 25

Whale hello there
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

I love this whale image and couldn't resist using it once again for a cute card.

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To create this card I used Versa Mark ink to stamp the large and small whale images on gray cardstock.  I spattered the background with white paint and glued the panel to a black cardstock mat.  

Next I stamped the large whale onto watercolor paper then painted and die cut the image.  I stamped the waves using white ink on vellum paper.  I cut the wave image and glued then to the card front.  Next I adhered the whale image on top of the waves using foam tape.

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The sentiment I stamped onto black cardstock and glued it to the top of the card front.  I glued the card front to a white cardbase and added some clear dots to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

 

 

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Thu 24

Elegant Shorebirds and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto

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The Elegant Shorebirds pose as flamingos and the Cat Tail Sunrise frames a watercolored sunset on a summer card today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a sunny-day idea that takes Memory Box dies a bit beyond their original, intended designs.

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask them with scraps of paper and sponge VersaFine Clair Nocturne on their beaks and legs to create a trio of flamingo-wannabes.  

Spritz a light mist of water onto watercolor paper.  Paint it in pale, overlapping shades of pink, yellow, and coral - and a light tinge of gray in a few areas.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills were used as liquid watercolors here.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with a fine mist of Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut gray cardstock with Cat Tail Sunrise.  Trim it with the same Rectangle Basics die - keep the cutting edge of the rectangle away from the delicate circle.  Trim the spikey tips of any cattails that were cut off.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of coral creme cardstock.  I've used the smoother side of textured cardstock here

Cut little coral glittered hexagons with the Honeycomb Square.  It's the perfect size for bright sparkly accents - try it with mirror cardstock too.  

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We appreciate your support of Memory Box designs and hope you'll experiment with different ways to use them - as intended, or in your unique creative ways!  Thanks for visiting...see you soon!

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Wed 23

You Are Special card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. The inspiration behind this card is a short drive we took and the scene, which I really enjoyed was quite similar to my card :)

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I started with a white cardbase. I then die-cut the oval using a white mat layer. I then die-cut the Everglade collage using white cardstock and sponged some distress inks over it.

I used this piece as a reference to where the water and sun would be on the card base. I then sponged some blue and yellow distress inks to create the background.

I die-cut the swan using Regal Swans dies, added a bit of color using distress inks and then added subtle shimmer using clear glitter pen.

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I then stamped the sentiment onto the oval die-cut mat layer. I used the Birch Press Designs Just Because stamp set for it.

To assemble the card, I adhered the collage piece behind the oval mat layer and then adhered it to the cardbase. Finally, I adhered the swan to the background.

 

Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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Tue 22

Grassland Collage with Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Grassland Collage, Little Dragonflies and Forget Me Not Blooms create an Asian-themed bit of May Challenge inspiration here today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for a quick card.  

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Cut black cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Grassland Collage.

Cut a silvery printed moon with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.  It's one of our most popular designs at Impress!

Brayer Glamorous VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock and quickly emboss it with clear embossing powder.  Sprinkle it with another layer of embossing powder while it's still warm and heat it again.  Let it cool - then cut it with the flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms die.  Cut two of the smallest flower.  It's a versatile 2-piece set.

Create other bright, glossy diecuts using the vibrant VersaFine Clair pigment inks and clear embossing powder.  The Clairs dry quickly - have your embossing powder and heat tool ready.

Here's a tip...if the embossed flowers look a little scruffy after they've been diecut it's easy to refresh the embossing so they'll look like glossy enamel flowers again.  Just attach Magic tape behind the flowers' offcut  (negative) section, press the flowers lightly into their spaces and reheat them for a few seconds.  The tape holds them in place temporarily and keeps your fingers safe. Remove the flowers while tape is still a bit warm...and they'll be a bright glossy red again!

Punch ¼" circles of black cardstock and attach them behind the bottom and right-side flowers.  Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 Kraft card.

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver mirror cardstock and cut two of the Little Dragonflies.

The Memory Box and Poppystamps Collections include many dies that are perfect for cards with a simple, understated Japanese theme.  Bamboo, dragonflies, circles, frames, squares, koi, peonies, mums, branches and leaves are just a few of the designs we've used in our popular Asian classes at Impress.

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Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday...

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Mon 21

Roaring Rocket with Starry Sky Border Card
by Anne Thompson

The ROARING ROCKET 99975 blasts off across a Licorice Notecard toward the STARRY SKY BORDER 99971.

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I found some great sticky-back glitter paper in silver and gold that I used for the Roaring Rocket.  After I cut the Starry Sky Border into the Licorice Notecard, I used some double-sided paper under the star openings and to line the inside of the card where I will write (with a white or silver pen) and/or stamp a message.  The paper is from the My Mind's Eye BLAST OFF! collection and is a perfect match with these Memory Box elements!

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This card is going to BLAST OFF! to my grandson.

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Now if I can just find my OUTA THIS WORLD clear stamp set CL5221... Cl5221_thumbnail

These are the perfect sentiments to stamp and emboss in white or silver on both the Licorice cardstock and the printed papers!  The stamps are here somewhere!!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 20

Can of Flowers
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. So what happened to Spring? Where did it go? It seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer. UGH!  It is too hot in Florida for flowers, so I have to create my own flower beds...or containers in this case. 

 

Let's pull this one together:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

I love plaid!!!! I mean really...it looks good with everything. I am getting a new craft studio while I write this and you can be sure there will be plaid in my new room. 

oops...back to the card... I used a scrap of plaid just at the corner.

 

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Die cut the Vintage Watering Can, color with Silver Metallic marker and a Red Sparkle pen.

Die cut Glorious Floral Stem, color with Magenta Sparkle pen, add white dots with a Gel pen around flower centers.

 

Trim a White cardstock panel same size as your base. Cut a curve at the bottom right corner. Using a ruler and Dark Pink gel pen, draw around the edges.

Adhere Vintage Watering Can with foam adhesive and glue giving it a "dome" shape on the card front. Add in you Floral Stems. Ground the can by coloring a small section of "dirt" just below the can with Spectrum Noir markers as shown.

 

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Die cut Calligraphy Pop Thanks from White cardstock. Color the shadow die cut section with Sparkle marker. Stack sentiment together, then to card front with foam adhesive.

 Add Crystal Drops to flower centers.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

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