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03/23/2017

Thu 23

Butterfly Spectacle and Watercolors
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Butterfly Spectacle is just too great to save for a warm, sunny summer day!  A cold, sunny Seattle spring day will suffice.  There are so many ways to use Butterfly Spectacle - with watercolors, vellum, powdered pigments, or layered over printed papers.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick watercolored backdrop for this beautiful addition to the Memory Box collection of butterfly dies.  

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Paint a square of watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then spritz it lightly with water and heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting. 

Cut it with the 3-1/2" square die from the Square Basics set.  Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock.  Trim around it with the 3-¾" Square Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the antennae from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-½" square card of white cardstock.  Assemble the card.  Add lavender gem stickers.

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Wasn't that quick and easy?  Paint a supply of watercolor paper and have it ready for your next project.  I like painting squares of watercolor paper - about 6"x6" - so I can select the ideal section of colors for my projects.  Having a square also means you'll be able to rotate the waterolored background up to 4 times to find that perfect blend of pretty colors!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend - join us for my last class of the quarter at Impress.  It's ASIAN DESIGNS...SIMPLY STATED - a great way to use your stash of Asian artpapers and dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  See you there!

Next quarter's classes have some quirky titles - but I promise they'll be colorful, fun and filled with techniques and great ways to use your supplies.  Enjoy and splurge with your 10% shopping discount too.  Here's what's coming up:

             -    RAINING CATS & DOGS on April 8

            -    GOING GREEN on April 15

            -    SUMMER HEARTS on May 13 and Memorial Day, May 29

            -    SURF & TURF on June 3

            -    SUMMER BLISS on June 17 and July 4

Thanks for stopping by - join us for Donna's great project tomorrow!

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03/20/2017

Mon 20

Seaweed Layers
by Anne Thompson

I've been playing with multi-layered cards this past week and decided to show you what I've done with layering the SEAWEED COLLAGE 99727 and SEAWEED STALKS 99717.  This is the first card I made using three layers of the Seaweed Collage and Seaweed Stalks in shades of green.  I added three of the CHEERFUL CRABS 99722 cut from dark green cardstock on the front of the card and one more large crab on the inside.  And, of course, there's ribbon around the top layer of the card!

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Now I'll show you step by step how I created a second card with even more layers!  For this second card I decided to work in shades of blue.  I cut multiples of both the Seaweed Collage and the Seaweed Stalks from several blue papers.

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With  each of the Seaweed Collages I added the corresponding Seaweed Stalks using Glue Dots to attach those to the back of the Seaweed Collage piece.  Here you can see how I stacked up 5 layers.  

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I then cut around each of the Seaweed Collages leaving an inch or so and connected them with foam dots.

To dress up the card even more and add one more layer, I cut the UNDER THE SEA COLLAGE 99703 from a piece of pale blue cardstock (the same size as an A2 card front) and some dark blue Cheerful Crabs.

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The final step was to line up everything beneath the Under the Sea Collage, sticking the Seaweed Collage layers to the front of a pale blue notecard and adding stacks of foam dots to secure the final top layer to the rest of the card.  

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I learned a few things in this process.  If you look closely at the card above, you'll see that I actually cut the Seaweed Collages down a little too much at the top under the bubbles area.  Another time I would use the die and a pencil to mark the outline of the Under the Sea Collage on each of the pieces I would use for cutting the Seaweed Collages, moving the die just a tad each time so the collages would be a little off center from each other so the layers would show up better.  I also thought I needed another pop of color on the front so I added the three Cheerful Crabs, two small ones on the bottom left and one large one on the bottom right and the other large one on the inside.  And now I can see that one of the pull-off pop-dot coverings is sitting in there among the seaweeds! :-)  Where are my tweezers?! 

I think this card would look great in a deep shadowbox frame.  I love looking at all the layers.  I know I will make more of these with other printed papers and with my own watercolored papers.  Five layers may be a bit much, and certainly three layers without so many pop dots is easier to mail!

Happy Crafting!

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03/18/2017

Sat 18

Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves with Beachfront Seagulls
by Anne Thompson

I just love all of the newest ocean-themed dies from the latest Memory Box release.  I've combined two of my favorites today into two similar notecards: OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736 and BEACHFRONT SEAGULLS 99724.

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I started by die cutting both dies from watercolor paper.  I colored the images with watercolor pencils, using a damp brush to move the color around each piece.  The first time I removed the pieces from the larger piece of watercolor paper and the second time I left them in place which actually worked more easily for painting.  

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I decided that I wanted the lighthouse and waves with one of the FLYING GULLS 99734 set onto an oval which I cut from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069.  (You'll notice that on the second card I used two oval layers, one light blue and one white.)  I also added a small piece of yellow cardstock behind the lighthouse as if all the lights were on.

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I cut a large rectangle from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper and anchored it in the lower right corner of a pale blue notecard.  I attached the oval in the upper left.  I then assembled the seagulls on their pier posts and added them to the lower right corner of the dot paper.  

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For the finishing touches, I added a blue wired ribbon to the first card and a narrow white ribbon on the second.  (Have you submitted an entry for this month's RIBBON challenge yet???)  There's also a flying gull on the inside of each card.

These are the perfect cards for me to send from Maine to friends away.  I spend a lot of time at the oceanside, about an hour away, visiting lighthouses and watching seagulls.  

Happy Crafting!

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03/16/2017

Thu 16

Avezzano Butterflies
by Melissa Rusk

Spring is just around the corner friends! Today I have a card using the beautiful new Avezzano Butterflies die to share with you.

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I wanted this card to feel like stained glass so I used black paper for my die cut. I glued it onto a piece of white watercolor paper so I could use my Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to color in the butterflies. I added some clear gems for the butterfly bodies once everything was colored and dry.

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I love a simple and bright card that makes a statement. This could be used for a Spring birthday or even an Easter card. I can't wait to make a few more in some different colors!

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by the blog!

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03/14/2017

Tue 14

Butterflies Bring Happiness!
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! Sherry here with a light and easy monochromatic card featuring the Butterfly Swell die from the latest release.

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The base card is from the Sky note cards pack. I experimented with a couple of different ink colors that would compliment the Sky card base, and found that Evergreen Bough Distress Ink worked perfectly. I love that the Butterfly Swell die can be positioned anywhere along the length of an A2 size piece of card stock. With that in mind, I positioned the die more to the right, leaving plenty of room on the left side for the sentiment. I decided to remove the right side of the swell to create a delicate butterfly border. The nice thing is that when the die is cut, an impression is left around the attached wings, so it was easy to fussy cut around the right wings by just following the impression.

One of my favorite techniques is to "smoosh" on a background, which is done by applying ink directly to a non-porous surface, spritzing with water, then picking up the diluted ink with a piece of flexible acetate ... or in my case I used a piece of the clear packaging that our dies come in. The ink on the clear packaging can then be transferred onto the white card stock, and by running a finger over the top of the packaging, the color spreads out underneath, creating a beautiful and unique background. I used the same Evergreen Bough ink for this technique.  I inked up the sentiment in the same color and stamped where shown, and then adhered this piece to the front of the card with foam tape.

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I next die cut the Potenza Butterfly Trio from white card stock, and covered the three butterflies solidly with Evergreen Bough ink. Then came the glitter. Do you ever buy a container of glitter just because the color looks yummy, yet you have no idea when you might ever use it? Well, I was lucky enough to find some glitter in my stash that was the perfect color to add to these butterfly centers and a bit outward. Love when that happens! I glued these newly adorned butterflies to the corresponding smooshed butterflies.

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And you know what's coming ... bling! And once again, lucky for me, I had some very small colored sequins that added the final touch I was looking for. Hope you enjoy this card! Have a great week, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

 

03/10/2017

Fri 10

Oceanside Lighthouse Card
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I hope you're enjoying all the new dies featured in our blog blitz this week, as well as all the creative projects!  I love lighthouses, so the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves will quickly become a favorite die of mine!

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To make this card I cut two pieces of watercolor paper the same size and ran one through the die cut machine using the Cool Cloud Collage die.  I watercolored the plain paper layer.  The die cut paper was inked lightly with vintage photo ink and misted with water (do not ink the clouds). Cover the clouds with a scrap piece of paper and spatter the paper with black ink.  Die cut the lighthouse and waves from watercolor paper.  The solid wave and lighthouse were painted with watercolors. 

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Glue two strips of washi tape to the top left corner of the cloud die cut panel and use foam tape to adhere this to the watercolored panel.  Once again using foam tape adhere the lighthouse to the card front.  Glue the waves in place and add some pieces of cheesecloth to the card front. Tie a piece of jute around the card front and embellish with a button. Glue the card front to a Crimson cardstock layer and adhere this to a White card base. To finish the card, add Black epoxy dots to the top right corner.

I hope you enjoyed todays card and don't forget to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die.  You have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59 p.m. EST to leave your comments.

Good Luck and thanks for stopping by today!

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03/09/2017

Thu 09

Butterfly Swell on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Butterfly Swell joins our Spring Blog Blitz today!  Hello - hope you're enjoying our blitz and loving the great new dies as much as we enjoy sharing our designs with you.  Jean Okimoto here, with a watercolored butterfly design for you.

Be sure to add your comments to each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win a new die from our latest collection of spring and nautical designs.  Our blitz began on March 6th  and continues through March 12th.

Here are the directions for this simple card.  Paint a background on watercolor paper.  Splotchy and bright stands out more than soft and dreamy for this design - trust me!   

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Cut Butterfly Swell from white cardstock and layer it over the background.  Slip the top and bottom center "tabs" behind the background to create the illusion of floating butterflies.  The die is actually designed to cut through the top and bottom portions so the butterflies are suspended between two sections of cardstock.  I decided to give it a different look here.  

Trim the Butterfly Swell panel to fit onto a textured white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Round the right corners of the panel and the card.

Cut the antennae - from the new Morning Garden Butterflies Set - from pink glittered cardstock.  The Morning Garden Butterflies are designed to match the solid butterflies of the Butterfly Ensemble set too.  

Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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Hope you like this colorful and easy design.  Paint a stash of watercolored backgrounds in your favorite spring and summer shades - they'll be ready when you need them for a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HEY THANKS class at Impress.  Hope you enjoyed the techniques - and being among the first to create cards with the Spring Release.  Everyone got to meet Steve and Quincy too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping us fill those shopping baskets with the latest must-haves.

Want a chance to win the Butterfly Swell?  Just leave a comment here - and you'll be entered to win this versatile, classic design that would make a great addition to your stash of Memory Box dies.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts throughout the blitz for more chances to win great dies from our new collection.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   Good Luck!

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03/07/2017

Tue 07

Dancing in the Deep Blue Sea
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone. The blog blitz for the new release is in full swing, and I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration coming your way!

I’ve never made an “ocean-themed” card before, and I have to say I had a blast creating this one. I started with a white top-fold A2 card base, and sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the Mini Dots stencil to cover the background.

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I cut three of the fourth largest Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames from white card stock, stacked them and glued them together, as I wanted to the scene to be slightly recessed. I used one of the inner pieces for the base of the scene, which I covered by sponging Faded Jeans over the entire surface. I sprayed some water into my hand and shook some drops onto the surface … just love how the ink reacts with water for a perfect underwater backdrop.

I cut two of the Wandering Jellyfish, and two of the Delicate Sea Fan from white card stock. I sponged a variation of Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw on each of the jellyfish, concentrating more of the color on the tops, and less on the tendrils. I sponged just a little Aged Mahogany on one of them. I then added some dots with a white pen, and glittered the bottom edges with a pumpkin-colored glitter. Looks a little like they're doing a dance, right?

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I sponged Scattered Straw on both sea fans, and added Aged Mahogany on the tips, shading it inward just a bit. I used the same pumpkin-colored glitter on the tips. I adhered one of the sea fans at the bottom left corner, arranging it so that there was room for the jellyfish, and then snipped off the excess. I glued one jellyfish directly to the piece, and popped the other one with foam tape. I adhered the other sea fan to the top left corner, and then adhered the assembled piece as shown before adding the white frame over that.

I decided it needed a little something-something more, so I die cut the curved seaweed ribbon from the Seaweed Ribbons set, and sponged it heavily with Faded Jeans. I cut it in half and added the two pieces under the sea fan as shown. And of course it wasn’t complete without a little bling in the form of tiny sequins.

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If you’d like a chance to win the Delicate Sea Fan, please be sure to leave a comment on this post. Comments on all of the posts need to be in by Sunday, March 12th, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the blitz!!

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Tue 07

Under the Sea
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box fans!

Let's carry on with yesterdays ocean theme using dies from the newly released Spring collection blended with the Under the Sea Collage from the previous release.  Isn't it great that the two collections coordinate and you can build on a theme?--it makes your dies even more versatile!  Today I am taking you on an underwater adventure with beautiful coral, seaweed ribbons, even a crab and some fish.  This theme will delight all ages!

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Start off by cie cutting the Under the Sea oval collage and delicately watercolor the sea grass, coral, fish and water bubbles with distress inks: salty ocean, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and shabby shutters.  Smear the inks onto a craft sheet and add enough water to paint the desired intensity of colors onto your card.  Air dry or heat dry throughly before mounting onto blue background panel with dimensional foam tape.  

Now to add the extras from the brand new release...seaweed ribbons (genius!), coral and the cheerful crab.  The coral was watercolored with spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade inks and the seaweed just had to be die cut from light and dark glitter paper. The seaweed ribbons are 3 separate pieces so you can arrange them anyway you like.  

The cheerful crab comes in a set of two but I used only the baby one and added some sparkle to his shell (wink of stella).  The orange fish also got a sparkly treatment.  

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This card was so fun to create and find places to add all the new dies to my already favorite Under the Sea Collage.  It reminds me of my scuba diving days off Catalina Island when I saw fish and sea plants of every color--even the sand crabs.

Thanks for stopping by our blog today to see what's 'under the sea' and be sure to leave comments on the various designer posts.  Each designer post will have one comment chosen at random to win a Memory Box die. From my post the winner will receive the Under the Sea Collage and you have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments.  

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03/02/2017

Thu 02

Butterflies and Watercolored Grosgrain Ribbons
by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a simple March Challenge inspiration card with my current favorites - Morning Garden Butterflies, Butterfly Ensemble and watercolors.   It's a Ribbons Challenge - and our Grosgrain Ribbons set is perfect for the occasion too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a quick card for anyone, anytime.

Cut scraps of watercolored paper with the three Grosgrain Ribbon dies - run the dies through the machine lengthwise for best results.  Leave the paper in the dies and dry-emboss them for added texture using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Weave four horizontal and three vertical strips.  Flip everything over to the backside and tape the strips together so they're easier to work with.  Attach it to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  

Cut the solid Butterfly Ensemble butterfly from turquoise vellum.  Cut the detailed Morning Garden Butterfly from white cardstock.  Cut the center portion - from the Morning Garden set - from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.  

Here's an easy, invisible way to attach the vellum butterfly - just place a narrow strip of doublestick tape on one of the horizontal strips where it will be covered by the butterflies.  It'll blend right in with the background.

Attach Scor-Tape behind blue glittered cardstock and diecut it with the Honeycomb Background die.  Instant self-adhesive glittered hexagons...a whole sheet of them for spring and summer projects!

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Gather your favorite ribbons and Memory Box dies and join our March Challenge - we'd love to see your design!

Be sure to visit Impress Tukwila, University Village or online for our latest release of wonderful spring and summer dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  We'll be using some of them in our HEY THANKS class in Tukwila on Saturday March 4th - see you there!

Thanks for visiting...

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