93 posts categorized "Animals"

10/16/2018

Tue 16

Cool Cats at the Cottage Garden Gate Tri-Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  I got two new Memory Box dies last week from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection that I used for a tri-fold fall/Halloween card:  COOL CAT 94087 and COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082.  

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This is basically a matchbook card turned on its side with a narrow scallop-edged tab that folds over the card front.  

And this is what you see on the inside.

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  • Maybe you remember the Blackbird paper collection that Memory Box featured years and years ago.  I found some this last week in the bottom of my Halloween box and decided to finally use it for this project.  (So hard to part with paper I know can't be replaced.  My friend Connie would say that this card then will have to go to a very worthy person indeed!)
  • I started with a black matchbook pre-made card.  But this is easy to recreate.  The overall dimensions are  4 1/4 X 11 1/4.  Score it at 4 1/4 and at 9 1/4.  Use a die or a punch to create a decorative edge on the righthand narrow strip.
  • I added paper to the inside first, cutting each piece a bit smaller than each of the panel dimensions in order to have a black border around each of the decorative papers.

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  • For the front cover, I cut apart the piece of paper with the birch tree and orange/gold ground area against a black sky and trimmed it to fit the two panels.  
  • I added a moon to the sky with a 1 1/4" circle punched from more of the Blackbird paper.
  • I die cut the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE from both black and white cardstock and layered them together a bit offset.  I secured this to the card front on the orange/gold ground using a glue pen.
  • I die cut three cats using the COOL CAT die, two black and one white.  I put one black cat in front of the gate on the right side and the white one to the left of the gate.  I put the other black cat on the inside left panel.
  • I used the tiniest gold sequins I could find and teeny tiny glue dots to secure eyes on each of the cats.
  • There's plenty of room for a message in black ink on the inside panels.  

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This was a fun card shape to work with and I love the way it turned out.  No Blackbird paper in your stash?  Try the Memory Box patterned papers in Mango and Squash dots or gingham!

Happy Crafting!

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10/11/2018

Thu 11

New Equal Triangle, Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Tricks, treats and the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps are ready for Halloween...are you?  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a simple treat wrapper for your favorite little tricksters.

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Who would have thought the Stitched Bump Border die could be used for a trio of candy wrappers?

 

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Trim 8-½" x 11" white cardstock to 8" x 11".  Score and fold it lengthwise at 4" and cut it into two 4"x 5-½" pieces.  Place the Stitched Bump Border die just below cut edges and cut through both layers of each half.   Score both sides of the folded cardstock ¼" away from the original 4" scoreline.  

Cut it into three sections of varying widths.  

Stamp them with random, overlapping layers of the cool triangles and diamonds from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Sunshine and Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  This combination of stamps and inks creates crisp, sharp images.  The vibrant inks take a few seconds to dry - then look artsy and dimensional with very little effort.  

Fold the bottoms along the scorelines to create a ½" wide base.  Punch a hole through the top.  

Diecut Cool Cat, Crouching Cat, Whimsy Cat and Friendly Ghosts.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind the Crouching Cat's and Whimsy Cat's eyes.

Use doublestick tape or a glue dot to attach the candy inside the wrapper.   Two pieces of Miniature KitKats will fit in the widest wrapper.  Tie the tops with orange tulle.  Fold the ends of the tulle together lengthwise and trim it at a sharp angle for a zig-zaggy edge.  

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Halloween candies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Stitch Bump Borders is perfect for that because it cuts the top edge and lets you adjust the height of the treat wrapper. Make some wrappers with your favorite candy.  Don't wait till the 31st - share them with co-workers now or tuck them into family lunches for a sweet surprise.  Then go out and buy more candy!

Thanks for visiting - have fun with this project!  Enjoy randomly layering the stamps - no rules about composition, white space or visual balance here.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Impress on Saturday.  We're making five Halloween cards and a treat wrapper in the STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL class at 10:30.  Then it's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.  

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10/02/2018

Tue 02

Graphic Cat Design
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  In case you didn't realize it, Memory Box has released some new dies and stamps.  You can view the whole collection here.

For my card today, I built my own background using stamps from the Equal Triangle clear set and a Kaleidacolor rainbow pad called Creole Spice and then layered the new Cool Cat on top.  I haven't added a sentiment yet because I haven't decided if I am going to make a Halloween card or save it to make a Fall birthday card.  I like to have options in my card stash.

To make the card, I cut out my Scallop Stitch Fancy Frame and Cool Cat out of black cardstock.  I saved the rectangle piece that was left when I cut the frame to use as a guide for masking.

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Here you can see that I put the black rectangle (ignore the cat) onto my white cardstock as a guide of where to place my low-tac masking tape.  I decided to use a mask because my frame is so narrow and I didn't want my triangles/diamonds to stamp further out than the frame.

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Next, I pulled out a ton of diamonds and triangles from my stamp set and placed them on my stamp positioner to stamp onto my my card using Fall colored rainbow ink.  You can use the shapes to make a decorative border or design, but I thought it would be fun to put them all together to create a graphic background.  When I removed the mask, this is what was left:

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To finish my card, I glued down the frame around the triangles and popped up my cat with some foam tape:

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Hope you love the new kitty die as much as I do.  I know I will be using him a lot!

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09/11/2018

Tue 11

Snow Much Fun with the Elegant Holly Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card.  Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too.  Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques.  Let's begin with embossing...

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame.    Here's how I layered everything on the platform of my Platinum machine - die with the cutting edge face-up, diecut watercolor paper, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  Please use the plates, mats and stacking sequence recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Attach the embossed frame to a 4-½" x 6-¼" card of textured green cardstock.

Cut watercolor paper (smoother side up) with the 3" Stitched Square Layers die.  Stamp the bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of cardstock and use it as a palette to color the stamped image.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Snow Much Fun Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled greeting with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layers die.

Cut a holly sprig from the frame set from yellow-green cardstock.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the left edge of the greeting square.  Add green gem stickers.

Embossing watercolor paper - or heavy cardstock - creates subtle backgrounds that won't compete with stamped images.  It's quick and easy too!

Thanks for visiting!

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09/02/2018

Sun 02

Spread the Cheer
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with more cuteness. I love Penguins, Panda Bears and Black and White checks. I do believe I have a theme going on here. 

How sweet is the baby Penguin standing on the lamp post? Mama has her eyes closed just in case. :)

 

Let's make this card:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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Add a piece of glittery pattern paper to the base. 

Die cut largest of the Wrapped Stitch Frames from White cardstock and fun foam. (This gives great dimension to the card). Adhere a piece of vellum to the back of the frame.

This will soften the pattern paper in the background so your focal point will be the penguins.

 

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Stamp and die cut Penguin Cheer, die cut Holiday Lamp Post. Color all pieces with desired medium. I used Spectrum Noir markers.

Adhere pieces as shown.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment on to Black cardstock, trim and adhere to card front.

 

Here's a peek of the Black and White in my craft studio...I told you I had a theme going:

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Happy Holiday card making,

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08/30/2018

Thu 30

Snow Much Fun in the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The Snowflake Double Frame sets the scene for a friendly snowball fight between the Snow Much Fun bunnies.  Christmas cards are often male-dominated designs of Santas, elves and snowmen. Here are some gals sharing the holiday fun!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a few techniques to save some holiday prep time too.

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Save coloring time by stamping the bunnies - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the stamped images with the coordinating designs from the Snow Much Fun Dies Set.  Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  Use that as a palette to color the ears and scarves.  

Stamp and emboss the snowball sections again on white cardstock.  Cut them out and attach them over the gray snowballs.  No one wants gray snowballs!

Here's another timesaver... 

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A layer of a waxed deli or bakery sheet  between the die and the cardstock makes it quick and easy to remove all of the bits and pieces from these beautifully-detailed dies like Elegant Snowflake Double Frame.   The big die on the left shows the layering sequence.  The pieces cling to the waxed sheet and are easily released from the die.  Peel the waxed sheet from the cardstock and pop the diecuts out.  Those two snowflake pieces in the upper right corner are the diecuts from the waxed sheet.

If you're diecutting glossy or metallic cardstock and it's hard to remove the waxed sheet - press a piece of "Magic" tape lightly onto a corner or edge of the waxed sheet to pull it off.  

Attach the left bunny behind the frame.  Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bunny on the right.  Add orange gem stickers.

I love playing with colors - pick your favorite colors for this card.  Or use the team, school or favorite colors of the recipient.  They'll appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again with another project this evening!

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08/26/2018

Sun 26

Holiday Wishes
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello!  Penny here today with some cuteness. You probably know me well enough now that I am a floral kind of girl, but once in a while you just have to make something cute.

These adorable bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set fit the bill nicely.

 

And here we go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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On the upper front of card base stamp snowflakes and heat emboss with white powder. Ink around the top with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers. Use a tissue to rub over the snowflakes to make them white again.

Stamp and die cut bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set. Color with preferred medium and set aside.

 

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Die cut a scrap of White cardstock with Wrapped Stitch Frames. As you can see I am only using a portion of the die cut. Ink the scalloped edge lightly with Peacock Feathers.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment on to Black cardstock.

Adhere the die cut portion to bottom of sentiment.

 

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How sweet is that tiny ruffle?!?

 

Happy Holiday card making,

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08/18/2018

Sat 18

Watercolor Tips with Markers Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I had the chance to play with one of the new Christmas stamp sets and wanted to show a couple of tips for creating watercolor looks with markers. You can adjust the brightness of the color by using a few simple techniques to get the look you want!



To view this video in HD click here

I used two different techniques in the video - the first technique is to apply the marker directly to the paper and then work the color with a wet brush. The second technique is to apply the marker to a separate palette, pick up the color with a wet brush, and then apply it to the paper.

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For all of the projects today I used 140 lb. cold press (textured) watercolor paper, Zig Clean Color Markers and a plain old paintbrush (waterbrushes will work great too!). I stamped the CL5226 Be Jolly Clear Stamp set with a waterproof black ink so that my stamp lines wouldn't run when applying the water.

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I first used the technique of applying the marker directly to the watercolor paper and then blending it out with a wet brush. As you will see in the video, it takes a few layers to make it look smooth! The first layer will likely have a marker line that doesn't quite blend out - but after a few layers this will look a lot better.

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The great thing about this technique is that you can get really intense color! The brown areas, for example, get a a really deep shade and create some nice dimension. Now take a look at the difference with the other technique...

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...it is so much more pastel! For this card, I scribbled some marker onto a piece of plastic, dipped my brush into it and then started painting on the paper. The color is naturally more diluted - it blends easier and lays down less color. This is a great look too - it would just depend on whether you wanted a soft look or a more intense look!

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Once I had made a few of these layouts I had some time to paint and die cut a few of the pieces (using the matching 32226 die)- and use them on some alternate cards. I did some easy ink blending with Distress Oxide Broken China and Wilted Violet to create a halo around the center.

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I embossed the words "peace and joy" from the stamp set with white embossing powder and then set the skating bunny in the middle. I love how it turned out!

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I repeated the same composition again - this time creating a "window" with the bunny die and adhering the bunny to the inside of the card. A little bit of sponged Fossilized Amber ink adds a glow around the opening!

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I went ahead and colored in the sled and gift images too - and made a little scene showing the bunny pulling things along. A thin golden thread became a rope for the sled and fit just right with the card. The watercolor kept everything looking soft and gentle - 

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As I got towards the end, I realized I hadn't used the "for you" words yet from the set - and I immediately thought of the Poppystamps 1857 Taglet and Bow die. There was just enough room on there for the words and the heart and I thought it would make an interesting collage element with the bunny. I used the tips of the markers to create stripes on the bow - trying to mimic a bit of baker's twine.

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Of course, the card wouldn't be complete without a bit of glitter so I spread some Diamond Glitter Glue over the heart to give it some sparkle!

I hope you learned a few things with today's video - watercolor is so much fun and markers provide a few options for getting things to look just like you want them to.

Thanks for stopping by today!





 

 

 

 

08/13/2018

Mon 13

Holiday 2018...Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs
by Anne Thompson

Here's another combination of dies that works well together to make great cards for guys:  RUNNING ELK 94051, HOLIDAY TWIGS 94016, and SNOWBERRY SPRIGS 94021.  I made four cards using these dies in different color combinations.

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And here's a closer look at the dies.

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These are fairly simple quick and easy cards to cut and assemble.  Let's look at the one in browns first.

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  • Die cut the Running Elk, Holiday Twigs, and Snowberry Sprigs from medium brown cardstock.
  • Add a panel of Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper to a kraft notecard.
  • Use Scor-Tape to attach a doily to the top of that panel.
  • Use a glue pen or fine point glue applicator to secure the Running Elk to the doily circle.
  • Place one of the Holiday Twigs and one of the Snowberry Sprigs to the left of the center at the bottom of the elk circle and the other two to the right.  Secure them with glue dots or other adhesive.
  • Add a pretty satin ribbon bow to cover where the ends of the twigs and sprigs meet in the center.
  • On the inside of the card, add another panel of the Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots paper topped with a square or rectangle of kraft paper where you can write your message.

I made the blue one in the same way, using Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the panel and the twigs and sprigs and a solid light blue for the elk on top of white and blue doilies, finished with a blue satin ribbon.

For the red one I used a small red doily in the center of a white one and white and red cardstock layered for a red shadow on the elk.  I cut the Snowberry Sprigs from white cardstock and the Holiday Twigs from red/gold printed handmade paper and topped everything with a white satin bow.

The greens card was just a tiny bit more involved because I cut all of the dies from watercolor paper, left the sprigs and twigs in place with their background paper, and painted the berries in shades of red and the stems in shades of green before popping them out.  I used handmade paper from Birch Press Design in Ziggy Stripe for the panel, a light green doily and a bright red satin ribbon.

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Four more cards for my holiday stash!  And lots more color combination ideas!  This card design would also work well for almost any occasion when you need a guy card in a hurry--birthday, anniversary, get well, congratulations, thinking of you, etc.  And if you didn't want to use doilies, any patterned or plain paper circle a little larger than that of the elk would also work.  

Happy Crafting!

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07/28/2018

Sat 28

Woodland Bridge Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! Today I have a card using another fabulous die from the new Holiday release, let's make a card!

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This Woodland Bridge Frame die is so fun, you could use it for any season and that deer is just the sweetest. For my card today I started by die cutting everything in white cardstock, then I got to work on my inky background.
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I picked 4 colors of Distress Oxide ink, a teal for the water and then two purples and a yellow for a wintery sunset. I started with the water and my blending tool and then worked my way to the top. If you get a harsh line when adding a new color, go back over it with the previous color ink you used to soften it. I had to do that with the teal and the purples to create a softer change between the colors. Then I made some Oxide ink magic by spraying some water and adding some drops of a glitter mist to create that fun reaction.
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I glued all of the layers to a white card and then added some glitter on the trees and the ground to make it look snowy. Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a wonderful weekend!
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