362 posts categorized "All-Occasion"

04/13/2017

Thu 13

Neighborly Narwhal
by Melissa Rusk

The new release has so many cute under the sea creatures! Today I made a card using the Neighborly Narwhal die that is great for any occasion.

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For my underwater background I used some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans. I blended the three colors on water color paper and then sprayed it with water. The result is so fun! I used the Studio Circle dies to cut out a circle from the inked background and cut a larger circle from a blue card stock.

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I die cut the narwhal in a gray card stock and his horn from a glitter paper. Then I die cut a few of the small brain coral die in a light blue to add some embellishment. I finished the card with some sequins that look just like bubbles.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Melissasigimage

04/12/2017

Wed 12

New Possibilities with the Butterfly Spectacle
by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for more Butterfly Spectacle inspiration?  Create a window card that opens to reveal a watercolored Butterfly Ensemble trio and some sparkly lavender gems.  Hi again, Jean Okimoto here with my 401st post on Outside the Box.

The actual post count is a bit higher - maybe around 550 - it all began about 9 years ago on the InKollage blog.  It was a very steep learning curve for me - but Dave was very patient about it all.  Thanks Dave!  And to all of you,  thanks for visiting, and for all of your comments and likes on our Facebook page too!

Back to today's card...here's the inside view:

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Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to help release all of the little bits.  Next, here's an easy way to diecut Butterfly Spectacle without ruining the card front -

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Attach pieces of rolled painter's tape in the areas that will be cut away.   No worries about tearing the front of the card when you remove the die!  Diecut Butterfly Spectacle, then carefully peel the die away from the card.

Stamp New Possibilities with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  PJ is my favorite color for butterfly cards.  What's your favorite Brilliance inkpad color?

Cut three of the Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from watercolored paper.  Attach them inside the card using foam dots near the centers

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Cut the butterfly centers from turquoise glittered cardstock using the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add lavender gem stickers.  Square cards require extra postage - but I think it'll be worth it.  Hope you agree!

If you're in Seattle - I'll see you at Impress for Saturday's  GOING GREEN class - and more butterfly cards.

Thanks for stopping by - please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great design!

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Wed 12

New Beginnings with the Butterfly Swell
by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Butterfly Swell is quickly becoming a new favorite - and it's easy to see why!  Here is it, on a watercolored background diffused by pearlescent vellum.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die.

My watercolored paper stash included this colorful piece of spritzed, splashed and spotted inkiness.  It was just waiting for the right die to come along!

Cut Butterfly Swell from a 3-¾" x 5-¾" rectangle  of white cardstock.  I shimmed some of the detailed areas with painter's tape.  Cut three Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from pearlescent vellum.  

Stamp the greeting with Memento Luxe Olive Grove and heat-set it.

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Tape the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Swell.  Slip the watercolored background behind the top and bottom Butterfly Swell tabs.   Attach it to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.

Attach three butterfly centers of gold mirror cardstock cut with the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Butterfly weather will be here soon...you'll find so many ways to use Butterfly Swell and the coordinating Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies sets.  They're like basic ingredients in a recipe - literally waiting for new beginnings.

Special thanks to everyone from last week's RAINING CATS + DOGS class at Impress!  Rain, cats and dogs are such a big deal here - it was time we featured them on our cards.  We tried to keep the noise down, but probably laughed out loud more than ever that day.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for finding the supplies we needed to create cards, cards and more cards!

See you all again at the GOING GREEN class on April 15th.  We're making 6 cards in a spectrum of greens, with green themes and accents from my stash.  I'll share paper recycling ideas too - like upcycling leftover prints into cool "where did you get that paper?" designs.   Everyone gets a pack of stash extras too.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/10/2017

Mon 10

Dazzling Dragonfly Hovers Near the Lavender Stems Left Corner on Studio Hexagon Layers
by AnneThompson

Today's cards were the result of a happy accident when I was going through my shape dies for layering and I wondered if the LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688 would fit on any of the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073.  As you can see from this first card, I got just the result I was hoping for!

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I die cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner and a larger hexagon from dark green cardstock.  I cut a smaller hexagon from white cardstock.   I used a glue pen to adhere the Lavender Stem Left Corner to that white hexagon, lining up the bottom of the lavender piece with one edge of the hexagon.  That gave me a straight line then on the left from the lower to upper corners of the white hexagon.  Perfect!  For the next step I cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner again from a purple cardstock, snipped off the flowers, and used a glue pen to layer them on top of the green blossoms.  I then adhered this to the front of a top-folded lighter purple notecard.  I cut the DAZZLING DRAGONFLY 99688 twice, once from black cardstock and once from silver cardstock.  Again I used the glue pen to attach the dragonfly pieces to the notecard.  I added a few small sparkly purple gems to finish it up.

Here's a look at the dies I used.  You'll see that I chose three of the Studio Hexagon Layers dies (from the set of nine) and I cut multiple papers and mixed and matched to get the result I wanted for each of the three cards I made.

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For the second card, I chose to use my favorite Key Lime dot paper, a standard A2 Lettuce notecard, and some green dot stickers.

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Then I got out my watercolors and some watercolor paper cut in hexagons and started playing with backgrounds for the Lavender Stems Left Corner.  For the third card, I chose a green/yellow/blue background cut with the smallest hexagon I had selected, the lavender stems cut from a Meadow notecard, and the largest of the three hexagons cut from a scrap of blue distressed dots paper, all mounted on a white notecard.  And I used leftover bits from the other dragonflies to make a silver one with black wings.  Once I attached the lavender flowers, I added some large purple gems stones for more of that color on the card front. 

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My next task???  I want to see how the other Memory Box corner dies work with a variety of the Studio Hexagon Layers.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/07/2017

Fri 07

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Little Dragonflies
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Little Dragonflies and the Dragonfly Stems Left Corner create a shimmery garden scene in hopes of a warm, sunny day.  Mat and frame them with two Rectangle Basics dies and you'll have a unique card ready for any occasion.  Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the great dragonflies from our latest collection.

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Paint watercolor paper with pastel shades of diluted Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Inkpad refills.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from onyx shimmer cardstock.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pink glittered cardstock and cut Little Butterflies.  The additional layer adds a bit of dimension to the diecuts.

Cut smooth white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Press a Brilliance Starlight Black inkpad onto an acrylic block to transfer the shimmery black ink.  Use a waterbrush to pick up and splatter Starlight Black onto the left side of the rectangle.  Gently dry it with a heat-tool.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Raining Cats and Dogs class at Impress this Saturday.  We're making 6 cards in rainy-day, dog and cat themes.  Don't worry - they're not all on one card!  They're a big part of our life here - so let's create cards with them.

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

Jeansignature-3
 

04/06/2017

Thu 06

Goldfish Collage and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio from the new Goldfish Collage shimmers on a  Mini Perfect Patches square for a quick and easy card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with  a simple watercolored design in shades of pink, peach and gold.

I've re-discovered the Mini Perfect Patches die - 16 neatly-stitched 1" squares - perfect for backgrounds, collages, gameboards and layering.  It's great with the Goldfish Collage - and perfect for contemporary Asian designs too.

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Paint watercolor paper in dark peachy-pink shades of Peerless Watercolors, air-dry it, then spray it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it and cut Goldfish Collage.  Punch ¼" dots from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Paint another piece of watercolor paper in soft, watery layers of pink and peach.  Dry it, then cut it with Mini Perfect Patches.  

Diecut a piece of  The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Sheet with the dotted design from the Modern Border Trim set.  Stencil the dots onto three of the patches with Delicata Gold Shimmer.

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Use a sanding block to lightly "scruff" gold mirror cardstock for a soft matte finish to complement the fish and stenciled dots.  Punch two ¼" circles.

Cut textured natural cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of smooth natural cardstock.  Layering adds a subtle textural contrast and frames the design.  

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Assemble the card, add a quick note and send it on its way to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try these techniques when you're mass-producing card sets for gifts and giveaways.  Twenty goldfish and sixteen mini patches make it quick and easy - and each card will be unique!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

04/04/2017

Tue 04

Sunset Beach
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and Welcome!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  It's "toes-in-the-sand" time so lets head down to the beach today...

I'm calling this card Sunset Beach but it could also be a sunrise, right?  Either way I would love to be right there in this scene enjoying nature.  
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 It's time for me to admit that I changed up the components of the main die a bit.  You will see that these dies are very versatile and can take on several looks.  On this card I snipped off the sun (moon?), and both dragonflies (see actual die photo below).  Save them to use on the inside of the card.

I watercolored a separate card size panel with these distressed inks in a horizontal pattern: barn door, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and tumbled glass.  Half of the watercolored paper was adhered to the inside of the card to fit the long rectangle opening and the remaining half was used to die cut the shells, dragon flies and both circles for the sun (moon).  

I really like the elegant shore birds so they "made the cover" and were tucked into the tall grass then the watercolored shells, setting sun and flying gulls were added to complete the relaxing scene.

 A word about the kraft chipboard note cards...I love these new chipboard note cards!  Seriously, you must give these a try.  They are heavier than card stock (hence the term chipboard) and give the card weight and stability---by the way, the Memory Box dies cut the chipboard paper beautifully.  Ahhh...

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 Now, since I snipped the dragonflies off the front of the card, they were available to add to the inside of the card.  I added them along with a waterclored overlay, another moon and an inspiring sentiment--all adhered onto solid color card stock panel.  A matching solid paper panel was added to the left side which "hides" the back of the watercolored panel facing the front cover. 

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These new sea life dies make me so happy---they feel like vacation time!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed your "mini vacation" right here.  

Jennysig

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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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!

Anne Signature

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!

Anne Signature

 

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