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02/27/2017

Mon 27

Imagine
by Sherry Hester

Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. 

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I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.

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I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die.  I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension. 

I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold.  I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.

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I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.

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I honestly had so  much fun making these little flowers. If you  haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!

Sherrysig

 

02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom with the Morning Garden Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto

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 Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like?  Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers.

I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same.  Let's  see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets.  

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Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper.  Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from aqua glittered cardstock.  Assemble the butterflies - attach the overlay just along the center so they'll lift and flutter upwards.

Cut a 2-½" square of watercolored paper with the Square Basics die.  

If your cardstock is heavily-textured, place a side-folded 5-½" x 4-⅛" card between two sheets of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine with the cutting plates to smooth it out a bit for stamping.   The card is a bit shorter than the usual 4-¼" to let the butterfly's wing extend beyond the edge  - but have the card fit into a standard A-2 envelope.  Details, details!

Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom set with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card and add medium and small clear iridescent sequins.

Love butterflies - but just can't decide which Memory Box butterflies to buy?  The Morning Garden Butterflies and Butterfly Ensemble sets are the perfect choice.  Mix, match and layer these great designs for beautiful cards for any occasion!

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Save the date - Saturday, February 25th is Memory Box Catalog Day at Impress!  New catalogs are arriving and will be free with your Memory Box purchase while supplies last.  Enjoy 10% off all Memory Box and Poppystamps dies too!  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again next week - or at the HEY THANKS class at Impress on Saturday March 4th.

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02/21/2017

Tue 21

Dragonfly and Antilles
by Shelby Thomas

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Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your long weekend was a good one and found time to play in your craft place.  We had a wonderful Memory Box class last week at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking classes.  This is one of the cards everyone made!

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I love the new Color Burst colors especially Cerulean Blue.  I decided to use the Color Burst as a watercolor "paint" for today's card.  Mix the Cerulean Blue with water so the crystals are dissolved.  I also mixed the Chartreuse in a different palette until the crystals were dissolved.  Wet the paper to create a wet on wet technique.  Randomly brush the colors on the paper and spritz lightly with water to have the colors run in a random pattern!  Makes for a fast and easy watercolored design to die cut.

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I die cut the small Antilles Florals right corner from the watercolored paper and adhered into the right corner of the white paper cut from the Stitched Rectangle frame.  The Dragonfly was cut from the same sheet of watercolored paper.  Fun and easy card to put together with wonderfully bright spring colors!

Thanks for swinging by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fabulous

Shelbysig

 

 

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02/20/2017

Mon 20

Antilles Florals "thinking of you" Card
by Anne Thompson

As I write this post, it is snowing outside; and for the second time in as many days we're expecting 6-10" of snow.  With only a few weeks left until the official start of spring, I just had to make a floral card to lift my spirits!  This card features the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610, ANTILLES FLORAL BOUQUET 99665, SPROUTING VINE 99643, STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS 30086, and a sentiment from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE CLEAR STAMP SET CL5196.

I began by cutting a rectangle layer from an olive-y green cardstock and adhered it to a Squash Notecard using double-sided tape.   I then cut two of the Sprouting Vine from Key Lime Dot Paper.

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Next I cut the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from a dark green cardstock and again from Squash Dot Paper.  I also cut the Antilles Floral Bouquet twice from those same papers.

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To assemble the card, I placed the dark green Large Antilles Floral Left Corner in the lower left corner of the olive-y green paper, using a glue pen for the narrow parts and Glue Dots behind the larger blossoms.  I snipped off the large Squash blooms and used Glue Dots to secure them on top of the green ones.  I added a small pearl in the center of each flower.  I also snipped off the small tulip-shaped blossom, adhered it over the green one, and added a tiny pearl at its base.

I put together the Antilles Floral Bouquet in the same way, adding one of the Sprouting Vines behind it.  I snipped off the bottom of the bouquet and used Glue Dots to secure it on top of the other flowers.  I added another Sprouting Vine near the top of the card, securing it with a Glue Dot behind one of the larger flowers.

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To finish the card, I cut a small rectangle from the Squash paper and stamped "thinking of you" (in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set.  I tucked that rectangle under a couple of the tiniest blossoms and secured it with double-sided tape.  The last thing I added was a small yellow gingham bow at the base of the floral bouquet.  

Now that Valentines Day has passed, it's time for me to start on spring and Easter cards.  One done!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

02/18/2017

Sat 18

Morning Garden Butterflies and the Butterfly Ensemble
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Morning Garden Butterflies Set is just what I needed to complement the Butterfly Ensemble.  It's a set of 6 delicately detailed butterflies - and antennae - designed  to coordinate with the solid shapes of the Butterfly Ensemble.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a decidedly un-seasonal design for you.  Just couldn't wait till "butterfly weather" to pair these beauties up with some paper from my stash.  It's also been a while since we last followed our bliss - let's combine everything here!

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Cut scraps of watercolored paper - painted in soft watery layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors - with 3 Butterfly Ensemble designs.  Cut the coordinating Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a pale blue rectangle of watercolored paper with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink  Cut a rectangle with  the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Having 16 perfectly-sized rectangles to chose from makes it so easy to get everything straight, even and just the right proportion.  Thanks Dave!

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the top corners of the wings.  Add small clear iridescent sequins.

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed a brief moment of warm weather bliss here today!  If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on Presidents Day, February 20th.  Make 6 cards - 3 for gals and 3 for the guys - with an array of great dies, stamps, inks and papers.

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Sat 18

Dazzling Dragonfly and the Modern Border Trim
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Dazzling Dragonfly pauses on a shimmery gold-stenciled background from the Modern Border Trim set - clean, simple and very easy!  Hi -  Jean Okimoto here - with a quick design for your busy holiday weekend.

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Cut watercolor paper with the the 1-¾" x 3"  Rectangle Basics Set die.  Press the inks from  an Imagine Crafts Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette.  Paint the inks onto the watercolor paper with a flat paintbrush.  Dry the inks.

Diecut a stencil of  the Modern Border Trim's dotted pattern from The Crafter's Workshop stencil sheet.  Create a shimmery background by stenciling Delicata Golden Glitz onto the watercolor paper. 

Diecut Dazzling Dragonfly from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a top-folded A-2 card of turquoise cardstock.  Add small gold sequins.

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Wasn't that easy?  If you have a few minutes - diecut and watercolor a bunch of backgrounds for your favorite Memory Box dies.  They'll be ready when you need them - and would create the perfect backdrop for butterflies and birds too.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this evening!

Jeansignature-3

 

02/16/2017

Thu 16

So Many Things to Love About the Proper Umbrella
by Jean Okimoto

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It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration.  

Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card.  

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Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage.  You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card.  Just press a large acrylic block across the inkpad to transfer the inks.  Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Blue Breeze.  Heat-set the inks with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp the flowered hearts from So Many Things to Love onto the watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it.    Diecut three umbrella  - just the tops.   Paint a few of the flowers with colors from the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Diecut three whole umbrellas from gray cardstock.  Attach the stamped umbrella tops over the gray umbrellas.

Stamp the greeting - from Watching the World Bloom - with the 4th color on the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the edges.  Flip the diecuts (still in the die)  over onto a Violet Notecard and press them firmly onto the notecard.  

Diecut the greeting with the smallest die and attach it using the same process.

Attach the umbrellas - use foam dots for the top and bottom umbrellas.  Add purple and tiny clear sequins.

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Venture outside the box when you're designing cards.  There are so many ways to use the great dies and stamps from the Memory Box collection.  Hope I can inspire you to look at your supplies in new and different ways!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

02/13/2017

Mon 13

Dad's Workshop Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

My dad is celebrating his 94th birthday this week, so he needs a special card.  Since he is quite a creative guy who spends a lot of time in his workshop--he makes dustpans from old license plates, for example--Memory Box has the perfect carpenter tools and workshop dies!  

I started this card by doing some die cutting first.  I used more of the metallic gold paper from my stash to cut the CARPENTER TOOLS 99396, the WORKSHOP FRAME 99704, and the WORKSHOP BORDER 99699.

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I also used the STUDIO SQUARE LAYERS 30021 to cut a square from some woodgrain-printed paper about the same size as the Workshop Frame.  These I layered together on the front of a black top-fold notecard made from cardstock, 5.50" X 4.25"--standard A2 size.  And I glued on the Carpenter Tools, a saw and a hammer.

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I I knew I needed to add something more to the card front, so I used two of the smaller squares from the Studio Square Layers to make a frame to fit inside the Workshop Frame.  Then I cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 three times.  It took two of those using the letters d, a, and d to spell "dad" which I placed inside the gold frame inside the Workshop Frame.

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Not finished yet...I still had the Workshop Border and another Happy Birthday.  Here's what I did on the inside:

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I had a little red heart left from one of the valentine dies to dot the "i" and a gold Uni-ball Gel Impact gold pen for the writing.  I'm sure that Dad will be pleased.

These dies--Craftsman Tools, Workshop Frame, and Workshop Border--are perfect for those hard-to-design guy cards.  Cut from metallic paper, they are stunning.  

Happy Crafting!

 Anne Signature

 

 

02/07/2017

Tue 07

Sending Love With Sketch Floral
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a truly easy card for you today!

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I die cut one of the hearts from the Cherub Hearts, laying it at an angle over the edge before cutting on a white 4.25" x 5.5" card stock. I then embossed this piece with a folder from my stash. I put lots of foam tape on the back to pop it up from the pink card base. 

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I cut three of the Sketch Floral from white card stock and two of just the flower from the pink card stock. Using a spray adhesive, I layered the three white flowers on top of each other. I adhered one of the pink flowers on top of the white, and one behind the flower, which gave the flower a lot of fullness. I tied a length of very narrow ribbon around the stem, and then adhered the assembled flower over the heart as shown. I stamped the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set using a dark brown ink.

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I added some pink pearls to finish off the card. I have to comment on the pink card stock. I was a bit disappointed with how the camera did not quite capture the pretty pink color in the first and third photos ... it came out looking more peach than pink. The middle sample is closer to the actual color, but still not exactly. Hopefully you'll enjoy the overall design and forgive the picture taker!!! 

I hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

02/03/2017

Fri 03

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! For my card today I had sunsets on my mind. I took that inspiration and came up with a simple thinking of you card that would work for so many occasions.

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To create this card I started by die cutting the Tall Fern Left Corner die in black card stock. I placed it on my white card stock to get an idea of where I wanted it. I used some post-it tape to mask off the rectangle where the die cut would go so I could ink my sunset inspired background.

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For the inking I started in the bottom left corner with my darkest ink color. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade. Once it was all inked I took the masking tape off and then I was able to glue my die cut over my sunset. I stamped the thinking of you from the So Many Things to Love stamp set and then added a line of pearls under it.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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