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10/09/2017

Mon 09

Three October Cards
by Anne Thompson

Fall in all its glory is here in Maine!  The colors on the trees are spectacular! And I've created three cards for today that celebrate autumn.  The key component on each card is an image of a plant called Chinese Lanterns from the new Studio Clear Stamps Set GARDEN SKETCHES CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204.

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For this card I stamped the Chinese Lanterns three times on cream cardstock and colored them with orange Prismacolor pencils before die cutting them.  I used small pop dots behind each "lantern"and arranged the three stems in an arc near the top edge of a top-folded Concord Grape notecard.  I then cut the STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882 once from a dark orange cardstock and again from Mango Distressed Dots paper and layered them together.  I glued the medium-sized ones to the notecard and popped on the larger and smaller pumpkins.  I cut AUTUMN GREETINGS 99880 twice using scraps from a Jack O' Lantern notecard and glued them together before adding them to complete the design.  

Card Two:

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For this card I used the same dies but arranged the images differently. Because I used a Jack O' Lantern notecard as the base, I put the sentiment on a strip of mango distressed dot paper before adding the Chinese Lanterns and the pumpkins.

Card Three:  For this card I added the CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881 cut out within a larger circle from the CIRCLE LAYERS DIE SET.  And I wrapped the Chinese Lanterns around the left side of the web.

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This is my favorite season of the year and I love making cards in my favorite fall colors.  I can use these cards for a number of purposes--thank you notes, birthday cards, thinking of you messages, and more.  These cards have got me thinking about using these images for Halloween treat bags and tags.  So it's back to work!!!

Happy Crafting!

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10/02/2017

Mon 02

Autumn Greetings
by Anne Thompson

It certainly hasn't felt like fall here in Maine where the temperature has been in the 80s for days now.  Looking forward to more of the leaves changing color in the next week or so when the weather cools and it will look and feel more like fall!

Today's cards feature AUTUMN GREETINGS 99880, CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871, CAT TAIL SUNRISE 99870, and STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882.

Card One:

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I love the colors in this card:  a squash notecard, squash and mango distressed dots papers, brown and pumpkin orange cardstocks.  
And these are the dies I used:

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I cut the largest of the Curved Stitched Hilltops on an angle (with the hill curving down to the left) and the Cat Tail Sunrise from the brown cardstock and adhered them together.  Before securing them to the notecard, I added a squash dot circle using one of the small dies from the Studio Circle Layers die set.  I used a glue pen on the back of the cat tails to hold it in place inside the brown circle outline, and then used a tape runner to glue the panel to the notecard.

I like the more substantial look of the greeting doubled up.  Using a glue pen made this super easy to do.

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I also doubled up the pumpkins and sponged Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap Distress inks on the edges and stems.  I used glue dots and pop dots to achieve a layered/stacked look.

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Card Two:

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I put this card together in the same way except for cutting the hill to curve down to the right.  These are perfect cards for welcoming fall, celebrating an October/November event or birthday, or even for Halloween.  

 

Happy Crafting!

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09/02/2017

Sat 02

Leaf Collage
by Anne Thompson

LEAF COLLAGE die 99800 is my choice for a card perfect for this month's blog challenge: Falling for Fall Autumn Cards.  

(Sorry about the line that shows on the card front...must have scratched my camera lens.)

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This is a quick and easy card!  I started with a piece of black cardstock 8 1/2" X 5 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4" to make a top-folded A2 card.  I placed the Leaf Collage die on the card front and ran it through my Big Shot, saving the black leaves to use on the envelope and inside the card.  I went through my pre-painted watercolor papers and found one with lots of orange tones and cut it to 5 1/4" X 4" and adhered it to the inside cover of the card.  Voila!  Autumn leaves!!!  

The sparkly bits are amber-toned gems in two sizes adhered in the oval leaves as leaf veins.  

On the inside message part of the card, I added a piece of white cardstock cut 5 1/4" X 4" and glued on some of the smaller black maple leaves in opposite corners.  I added one of the black oak leaves to the envelope.

To finish the card I added three more of the amber gems to the front.

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It's always fun to see what you do with the monthly challenge!  Hope you'll join in this month and create your own Falling for Fall Autumn Card.

Happy Crafting!

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08/19/2017

Sat 19

A Starry Thank You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a starry thank you card to share with you using some new dies. Let's get started!

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The Starry Lens die is so much fun! I die cut it in a white paper and then glued some silver glitter paper behind it. To add some extra fun to this card I die cut three sizes of the Stitched Stars die and glued them to the card.

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I stamped the thank you from the Sentimental Iris stamp set in purple ink and glued the whole thing to a fun and shiny purple paper. Some gems finished off this thank you card. Change up the colors and the sentiment and it would make a great gift set for someone.

Have a great day!

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08/10/2017

Thu 10

Elegant Shorebirds and the Radiant Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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An altered Radiant Frame becomes the summer sun shining on a trio of the Elegant Shorebirds today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright outdoor scene under a brilliant sun.  Wishful thinking, snowflakes and winter pastels just couldn't cool things off.  Let's accept the heat and smoky skies ...and create a summer card to cheer things up!

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Cut a portion of the Radiant Frame from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-1/2" Circle Basics die.  Cut off the remaining straight edge of the frame.

Attach adhesive label paper to flamingo-colored cardstock and diecut Elegant Shorebirds.  The layer label paper adds a bit of dimension to the birds.  

Cut Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4"  x 3" Rectangle Basics die - position the die to retain a short deckled edge.  

Sponge worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a tiny amount of peeled paint Distress Oxides onto the watercolor paper.  Blend the colors with a waterbrush, then heat-set the inks.  The different colors settle randomly into the rough surface of the paper and create a shadowy, textured background.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN  class at Impress!  The Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps collections have so many dies that are perfect for the Asian theme.  If you love origami - the Square Basics set is a must for perfect folds.  Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics are great for cutting those beautiful silkscreened artpapers in your stash too.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for filling our baskets with the tools and supplies we needed.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two AC-d classes at Impress on August 12th.  It's PAPER PLEASE from 11:00-1:00 - using our favorite dies with the vibrant handmade cotton-fiber papers from Shizen Design.  We'll be using the just-received rough-textured deckle-edge watercolor paper from Shizen Design too!

An added class - NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS - follows that from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Make 6 cards featuring the latest and greatest from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  Lots of techniques, Distress Oxides, special folds, cutouts and glitter!

Thanks very much for stopping by - keep cool and carry on!

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07/18/2017

Tue 18

Merry Christmas From the Pine Tree State
by Anne Thompson

Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State!  And welcome to Day Two of our Design Team Blog Blitz!!!  We'll be focused this week on sharing our ideas for using the newest dies just released from Memory Box.  Remember that leaving comments on the blog posts enters you to win some of the new fabulous goodies!  Be sure to leave your comments by Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM EST.  We love to hear from you!

Because Maine's state flower is the pine cone and tassel, our state bird is the chickadee, and I live in the Pine Tree State, I just had to use some of the new dies to make a Maine-themed Christmas card.  I used the PINECONE COLLAGE Die 99793, the SNOWY PINE Die 99835, the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS Die 99804 and one of the birds from the BIRD SANCTUARY Clear Stamps Set CL5201 and the coordinating die from the BIRD SANCTUARY Die Set 32201.

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To make this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into a piece of kraft cardstock and then backed it with a darker brown cardstock.  I used one of the rectangles from the Rectangles Basic Set to cut out both layers before adhering this piece to a cream notecard.  I then cut a Snowy Pine from dark green cardstock, painted it with diluted white Reeves watercolor paint, and lined it up along the side of the pinecone piece and glued it both to the pinecone piece and the notecard front.  I then stamped the bird on the branch from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink on watercolor paper.  I colored the bird using very diluted Reeves watercolors and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I used foam dimensional dots to place the bird just above the pinecone tassel.  I cut the Merry Christmas from the same dark green cardstock I used for the tree and glued it to the card front.  I added a green enamel dot on the "i".

Because you know that I never just make one card, I decided to make a set of cards that I can package up as a gift for a friend.  I used the TALL PINE die 99848 along with the Pinecone Collage, the same small bird from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps set and the coordinating die from the Bird Sanctuary die set.

Card 1:

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Here I used the same techniques as on the Christmas card, using the Tall Pine as the tree cut from dark green cardstock.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set.  

Card 2:

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For this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into the front of the notecard and then backed that with dark brown cardstock.  I saved the tassel piece that punched out and watercolored it placing it behind the pop-dotted watercolored bird.

Card 3:

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Here I die cut the Pinecone Collage from the same dark green paper as the Tall pine, cut it with one of the Stitched Ovals, leaving the green tassel in place and backed it with a textured brown paper cut with the same oval die.  I used foam dots to pop it onto the card.  One pop-dot behind the bird's wing and some glue behind his head kept him level.  

Card 4:

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For this last card, I stamped the bird onto the card front using Archival Jet Black Ink and colored it with Memento markers, Desert Sand and London Fog.  I cut the Pinecone Collage twice, once in dark brown cardstock and once in dark green.  I cut the Pinecone Collage and Kraft cardstock oval of the same size using one of the Stitched Ovals dies.  I glued the two layers together a bit off and inlaid just the green tassel.  

The more I look at these cards, the more ideas I get!  I'm thinking about Dave's glitter technique and some sparkly copper glitter behind the pinecone cut-outs for my next card. What would you do with these dies?

Please leave comments for me below and you could win the Pinecone Collage die!!!  Scroll down to see Laura's introductory post from Monday and check back each day for more from the Design Team.  Happy Crafting!

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07/16/2017

Sun 16

Hello Friend
by Penny Ward

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Hello.... Penny here today on the blog bringing you another new release for the summer called Bird Sanctuary. In this set you receive three different birds, four sentiments and a few accent stamps. By changing the coloring of the birds, you could turn these stamps into festive holiday cards.

For now, lets go with my Bluebird:

 

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My card base has been embossed with a woodgrain pattern.

I then popped up the die cut Pinpoint Circle Frame with foam adhesive and tucked Climbing Vine die cuts beneath the Circle after coloring with a Spectrum Noir marker and snipping them apart.

 

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The Bluebird from the Bird Sanctuary has a matching die. I colored him with Spectrum Noir markers Tb2 & Tb5.

Sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Change the sentiment and you have a Sympathy card...a Baby card...a Christmas card...OK, you get the idea!

 

Happy Crafting,

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07/13/2017

Thu 13

Hello Friend
by Sherry Hester

Greetings from sunny and very hot (and humid) Southern California!

It’s always fun to surprise a friend with a “just because” card to let them know they’re special, and today’s card would do just that. Hello Friend - 1

I love using 100 lb. white card stock to cut almost all of my dies. It’s sturdy, especially for the delicate dies, and it’s fun to sponge favorite colors onto the solid die cuts. And I love the clean and simple look of white.

So to begin, I cut a piece of white card stock cut to 3.75” x 5”. I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink ever so lightly on the left side of the card, fading it out towards the edges. I splattered the same color ink onto the entire background.

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I die cut the Honeycomb Background from white card stock and snipped away in random fashion a lot of the die cut, leaving enough to adhere over the sponged area.

I next cut two of the Climbing Vines from white card stock and sponged Peeled Paint on the stems. On the leaves, I shaded the ink upwards from the bottom of each one, then used a stylus to shape each leaf.

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The brand new Bird Sanctuary stamp set and matching dies are fabulous!! I chose one of the birds, and thank you, Laura, for the wonderful tutorial the other day on how to match up the stamps to the dies. What a time-saver! Once the bird was stamped in Versamark Onyx Black, I used a paper towel to remove the black from the branch and sponged Gathered Twigs there instead. I sponged Faded Jeans on the bird’s wings, and Seedless Preserves onto its belly along with some clear glitter, because every bird needs a little bling, right?  

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I inked the sentiment in Onyx Black and stamped where shown. I adhered the vines and popped the bird with foam tape. The assembled piece was then adhered with foam tape onto an A2 white card base, and that finished the card!   

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Thanks so much for stopping by, and if it's hot where you are, drink lots of water and stay cool!!!

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07/10/2017

Mon 10

Sentimental Iris Clusters in Watercolor
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I used the SENTIMENTAL IRIS Clear Stamp Set CL 5202 and my Kuretake watercolors.  

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Remember last Monday when I told you that I had cut my iris stamp to separate it from the leaves?  I did that because I wanted to create clusters of iris blossoms without stems getting in the way.  And because I layered irises I also created some masks by stamping two of the irises on regular cardstock and cut them out with my small detail scissors.  

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I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper.  You can tell from the photo above that I used the masks again and again as I stamped the clusters of blooms.  Then I added a few stems where I thought they fit best.  Once I finished painting I set them aside to dry.  Then I used a variety of shape dies to cut them out and to cut dot papers shapes just a wee bit larger to mount them on: squares from the Studio Square Layers dies 30021; rectangles from the Rectangle Basic Set 30086; and ovals from the Stitched Oval Layers dies 30069.

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Once the irises were attached to their dot papers I looked through my cards and chose colors that I felt would highlight the flowers--yellow Sweet Corn, a lovely lavender, a soft blue, and yellow-green Lettuce.

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The irises in my yard have gone by already but I couldn't resist taking a picture of the cards on the stone bench by my gardens on a sunny summer afternoon.   Have you gotten your Sentimental Iris stamps and dies yet?  I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!!!

Happy Crafting!

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07/05/2017

Wed 05

Sentimental Iris
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a pretty simple to recreate card for you. An embossed background, a stamped and die cut flower, a bit of ink and a sentiment.

The new Summer release called Sentimental Iris is a stamp and die set that you will use for years to come. Think Birthday, Easter, Sympathy...the list is endless.

 

Let's put this little pretty together:

 

As always...start with a White card base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches and folded in half.

Adhere a piece of Purple cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches to card base.

 

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Cut White cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches and emboss with favorite folder. Ink along the left edge with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.

 

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Stamp and die cut Sentimental Iris. Color with markers or pencils as desired. In my example, I used Spectrum Noir markers. Die cut Lavender Bunch, color and adhere to card front with the Iris using foam adhesive.

Stamp sentiment in the bottom right corner using Wilted Violet ink.

 

This card is so simple to make but with all the "white space", makes such an impact.

 

Happy Crafting,

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