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06/18/2018

Mon 18

Riverbank Oval Cards with Wave Ribbon Collage, Floating Swan, and Birthday Jotted Script or Flitter Side Butterfly
by Anne Thompson

Another gorgeous day today and new Memory Box dies to play with--what more could one ask for!  I made two cards that feature the RIVERBANK OVAL 94010 as a frame added on top of the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 where the FLOATING SWAN 94012 rests.

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Let's talk about the birthday card on the left first.  

  • I started with a Pool notecard and die cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 into the front of the card.  
  • I die cut the RIVERBANK OVAL 94010 from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen on the top and bottom edges to add it to the notecard.  
  • I used white cardstock to cut out the FLOATING SWAN 94012.  I put a thin line of glue on its bottom front edge and slipped it behind one of the waves to adhere it to the card.  
  • I then added a piece of Pool Gingham Paper cut 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside of the notecard on the righthand panel.  
  • Using the BIRTHDAY JOTTED SCRIPT 94003,  I cut the solid greeting from the dark brown cardstock and used the smaller script die to cut into the pool gingham paper.  I layered them together using the glue pen and adhered it to the card front.
  • When writing on the gingham paper inside, I'll need to remember not to write where the waves are as anything in that space will show when the card is closed.

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I assembled the second card in the same way except I used the FLITTER SIDE BUTTERFLY 94002 instead of the birthday greeting.  I cut the solid wings part of the butterfly from the gingham paper and the more detailed outline from the dark brown cardstock.  I used a glue pen to adhere the two pieces together and then used a foam dot to add it to the card front.

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These dies make great cards for me to send as reminders to others of this special place where I live.  We have Canada Geese and many varieties of ducks in our pond (though we've never had a swan) and eventually the cattails will grow on the banks.  There are lots of butterflies and dragonflies about during the day and fireflies in the evening now.  I know these dies are going to be used over and over again!

Happy Crafting!

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06/14/2018

Thu 14

Left Hutton Gate, Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for another simple summer design?  The Left Hutton Gate creates a great frame for a gold Dazzling Dragonfly.  It's both bold and delicate, like the dragonfly.  Add a pair of Little Dragonflies as accents to balance the composition, and your card is done!    Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card that will be ready for any occasion.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Left Hutton Gate to help release the little pieces.  Cut Left Hutton Gate from black cardstock.

Cut red cardstock with the 2-¼" Circle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Dazzling Dragonfly.

Attach Scor-Tape behind black cardstock and cut Little Dragonflies.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of recycled kraft cardstock.  Add tiny black sequins.

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The Left and Right Hutton Gates are a versatile backdrop for any season - and they're especially great for summer cards.   They complement Memory Box butterflies, birds and flowers too -  and can be used separately, or in pairs.  Planning ahead?  The Huttons could also add a spooky touch to a Halloween card -  imagine a little ghost peering through the semicircle. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's classes at Impress!  There's a repeat of the BEYOND THE BOX class, using Memory Box and Poppystamps designs as Dave intended - and in a few unexpected ways too.  The afternoon's SUMMER HEARTS class takes great heart-themed cards beyond Valentine designs.  I've re-designed some of my heart cards to take advantage of the Summer Release dies that start shipping to retailers on June 15th.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be back for Laura's great card on Friday!

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06/13/2018

Wed 13

Vintage Watering Can, Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots by Jean Okimoto

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Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots aren't just for spring...they can multi-task on summer cards too!  My cocker spaniels and I see more June bunnies than Easter bunnies - and rain boots work as garden boots  throughout the year.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with with a spring-into-summer card designed get the most from some favorite dies. 

Attach lavender duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Vintage Watering Can.   Memory Box dies are great for cutting duct tape and colored masking tape.  Just attach the duct tape to lightweight cardstock, then diecut it.  

Attach packing tape or glossy laminate to turquoise cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.  This gives the cardstock a shiny, waterproof look.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and cut Quick Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with VersaFineClair Fantasia.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the Green Folia screenprinted paper from Birch Press Design with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of pale green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and the boot on the right.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Put those sweet Spring Release bunny dies to work throughout the year.  Brown or grey felt adds to their versatility as everyday woodland creatures.   I enjoy using my Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products in as many ways as possible -  hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting...

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06/07/2018

Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto

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Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.

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Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...

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06/06/2018

Wed 06

Rainbow Beauty
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I have a bright and colorful card to share with you all, inspired by warmer temperatures and spring blooms. Let's get started!

 

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For my background today I decided to get a little inky. I masked off a wide stripe with some tape and started to ink a rainbow using a foam blending tool and some different colors of ink. I started with the bright pink and worked my way down until all the colors were blended together how I wanted them. Then I used some shimmer spray to create the glitter dots before taking my tape off. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Bee Yourself set, but after inking it I wiped off the second letter e since I didn't use a bee on my card today. Don't be afraid to wipe off letters to get your stamps to work for you.

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I die cut the Vine Butterfly in black and then used a clear glitter brush pen to make it sparkle. I glued it all to a black card and added some gems to finish it off.

Have a fabulous and crafty week!
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06/04/2018

Mon 04

Six Dies and a Flip-Flop Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm calling today's card a Flip-Flop Card because it combines two cards of different sizes to open in a flip-flop kind of way.  You'll see what I mean as I go through the steps I used in creating this card.

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I found it easiest to precut all of the papers first before assembling the card.

White Cardstock Base

  • Cut one A strip 4 1/4" wide by 9" long.  Score at 5 1/2" from the left edge.  Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut one B strip 3 1/2" wide by 7" long.  Score at 3 1/2".  Fold and crease with a bone folder.

Black Cardstock Layers

  • To go with the A strip, cut one piece 5 1/4" by 4", and cut two pieces each 3 1/4" by 4".
  • To go with the B strip, cut three pieces each 3 1/4" by 3 1/4".

Squash Dot Paper Layers

  • To go onto the black layers on the A strip, cut one piece 5" by 3 3/4" and two pieces 3" by 3 3/4".
  • To go onto the black layers on the B strip, cut three pieces each 3" by 3".

Cut these Memory Box Dies from Black Cardstock:

Now to assemble everything.  I used a tape runner and adhered all of the dot paper pieces to their corresponding black base layers.  I then used the tape runner to attach those pieces to the white cardstock base layers.  On the A strip, the large layer goes on the inside with the smaller piece on the righthand side of the fold and the other one that is the same size on the back of that fold.

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On the white cardstock B strip, I added the layers to the front and to the two inside panels.

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The next step was to put the two cards together to create the flip-flop.  I opened up the larger base card and placed the smaller card on top of the large lefthand page about 1/2" in from the edge of the black base layer, securing it with the tape runner.  

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The fun part next was deciding which of the die cut images would go where.  

I started by opening the smaller square card.  Inside on the left I added a shortened Forget me Not Blooms and one of the Sweet Honeybees.  Inside on the right I added the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame and the other of the Sweet Honeybees.

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I kept this smaller card open while finishing inside the larger base card.  On the righthand panel I used the snipped flowers from the Cheery Flower Collage and the intricate Drifting Side Butterfly.  I also added some rub-on words.  

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Keeping the smaller card open, I flipped the butterfly page closed on top of the Honeycomb page.  On the newly exposed panel I added the Cheery Flower Collage square.  Then I flipped the Sweet Honeybee/Forget Me Not page over it to close the card.  I used a foam pop-dot to add the Intricate Bee to the front of the card to finish it off.

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Because of the dimensions I chose, this card fits into a standard A2 envelope.

I do love cards that open in interesting ways.  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

05/31/2018

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...

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05/26/2018

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... 

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05/24/2018

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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05/19/2018

Sat 19

Bright and Happy Birthday!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! Today I have a bright and fun card that I created with some of my ink cubes and some washi tape. Let's get started!

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For my card I wanted to use my ink cubes in another way so I started out with a piece of white paper and some thin washi tape. I took pieces of the tape and put them down at different angles to create a masked off area of diagonal lines. Then starting with the pink ink cube I dragged it over the top left corner of my paper. 
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I continued dragging the next two colors until they were all as dark as I wanted them. You could also do this part with an ink blending foam for a different look. Once it was how I wanted it I took off the tape and revealed my white lines. 
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I layered the background on to a pink piece of card stock and then onto a black card base. Some washi tape was added to the front before I added my die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday to the card. It was cut out in black and then I added some clear Wink of Stella pen over it to make it sparkle. I finished it off with some black gems.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, I hope you have a bright and crafty weekend!
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