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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!!!

Sherrysig

 

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!

Anne Signature

 

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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07/03/2017

Mon 03

Sentimental Iris Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

New stamp sets from Memory Box!  Happy Happy July!!  For the next couple of weeks we will be showcasing the newest stamp sets from Memory Box.  You are going to LOVE them all!!!

For the three cards I made for this post I used the iris stamp from the SENTIMENTAL IRIS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5202 and a small dots stamp from the BIRD SANCTUARY CLEAR STAMPS SET CL5201.   I stamped the images in approximately the same place on all three card panels and used the same or similar colors in three different mediums--colored pencil, markers, and watercolor (left to right in the photo below).

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First up--colored pencils:

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Before I stamped my first image, I cut the iris to separate the bloom from its stem/leaves/bud. (I did this because I wanted the flexibility of using the blossoms in a cluster without the stems/leaves/buds getting in the way--look for those cards next week!)  I then stamped the leaf section in Memento Cottage Ivy Ink three times, once in the upper left, and twice in the upper right on white cardstock.  I used Archival Deep Purple Ink for the bloom outlines, and then added the Cottage Ivy leaf section to each of those.  I colored the images with Prismacolor Pencils, layering colors to achieve a mottled and blended look.  I used more of the Cottage Ivy ink and the small dots stamp to fill in some of the white space.  I stamped the sentiment (one from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set) "just a note" in Cottage Ivy ink as well.  I adhered this panel (same size as the A2 card) to the front of a green notecard.

Second--markers:

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For this card I used a watercolor paper panel with the images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I like the way the markers worked on the watercolor paper.  (I had tried this on regular cardstock first and was much happier with the watercolor paper coloring test.)  I used a combination of colors similar to those of the colored pencils, choosing Memento and Tombow markers, again layering colors.  For the small dots, I used a Cottage Ivy Memento marker to color the stamp for each impression.  I adhered this panel to a blue notecard.

Third--watercolors:

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Again I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on watercolor paper.  I used my Kuretake watercolors, again blending colors that were similar to what I had used on the other two cards.  Instead of using the small dots stamp on this card, I spattered the card with watery green paint once the flowers were dry.  I attached this panel to a green notecard.

Three beautiful cards, three different mediums!  Give it a try!!

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

06/29/2017

Thu 29

In My Prayers
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! I have had an idea for the fun Stitched Leaves die set for a while now and today I finally got a chance to make it happen. Let's get started!

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To create this wreath on my card I started by die cutting the Stitched Leaves three times in a white paper. Then I used two different colors of green ink to color the leaves.

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Once all of the leaves were colored I started on the wreath. For my guide I cut out the Pinpoint Circle Frame and glued my leaves to the outside circle. The first layer of bigger leaves were glued down first and then I added in the smaller leaves using some foam tape to build the wreath.

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I stamped the sentiment from the Prayers Sentiments stamp set in a dark gray ink and glued it all to my card. To finish it off I added three pearls that I colored with a coordinating blue Copic Marker to match my card base.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Thu 29

Diecut Nesting Blossom Layers with the Plush Camelia
by Jean Okimoto

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Create a layered, ruffled crepe paper blossom with the individual petal dies from the Plush Camelia Set.  These flowers are great for summer cards and parties - and easier than ever!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another way to use the flower and succulent petal die sets from the Memory Box Plush Collection.  It's like a DIY nesting "Flower Basics" set!

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Fold a strip of duo-tone crepe paper in half and cut two sets of circles using the  1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5" Circle Basics dies.  

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Fold each circle in half along the grainline.  Fold each semi-circle into thirds, creating little triangles with a curved top. Place a petal die on the folded triangle - tape it in place so it cuts just the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the petal, but not all the way down along the folded side edges.  It's like cutting snowflakes, without the little details.  Unfold it and you'll have a 6-petalled flower.  

Repeat the process with the different circle sizes and petals.  Gently stretch the and curl the petals for dimension.  I like to use the edge of  that "green plastic flower-burnishing thing" from Impress to curl my petals.  

Glue the largest layer to a 1" circle of scrap cardboard.  The circle adds a bit of dimension and makes it easier to glue the finished flower to the background.  Attach the other seven layers by pressing the next layer onto a dot of glue on the base and twisting it slightly with your finger to scrunch it up a bit.  

Add green gem stickers to the center.

Cut three leaves from the Stitched Leaves set.

Paint watercolor paper with Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Worn Lipstick.  Heat-set it.

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

Hope you like this "just do it" version of layered blossom dies and enjoy the flowers you can create with these techniques!

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If you're in the Seattle area for the 4th of July - join us for another SUMMER BLISS class from 11:00 to 1:00 at Impress.  We're making 6 bright summer-y cards with great designs from Memory Box,  pretty papers from Shizen Design - and there's AC too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend...

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06/25/2017

Sun 25

Sketch Form Butterflies Along the Cubic Border
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Send a summer thank you with a trio of Sketch Form Butterfly diecuts. Re-purpose a favorite stamp and take advantage of the versatile Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterfly die sets...again!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with an easy watercolored design for a summer greeting.  

Press the dye inks from a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz the smoother side of a 6"square of watercolor paper with water and paint it with watery, overlapping layers of  the orange, yellow and green inks.  Heat-set the inks.  Press the paper with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp Sketch Form Butterfly with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder. Here's a quick tip -  pre-heat the back of the stamped paper for a few seconds - then quickly finish embossing the design from the right side.  This minimizes over-heating and scorching the stamped image and keeps it nice and glossy.

Cut three butterflies with two of the Butterfly Ensemble dies.  Cut black cardstock butterflies and attach them (offset)  behind the watercolored designs to add dimension and a subtle drop-shadow look along some areas.

Cut three butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock using the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  

Cut the front of a top-folded green A-2 card with Cubic Border.  Stamp the greeting from the new Thank You Sentiments clear stamp set with Onyx Black.  

Attach the butterflies and add gold gem stickers.  

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I love thinking of ways to get the most from my huge stash of Memory Box and Open Studio designs - and sharing these ideas with you.  The rustic, hand-drawn look of the Sketch Form Butterfly makes it one of my favorite stamps - hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by...

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