221 posts categorized "Anne"

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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03/09/2017

Thu 09

Meadow Road Oval Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

Hello, and welcome to the Blog Blitz!  Be sure to check out all of the previous posts this week.  And leave comments all week, Monday through Sunday, on our Design Team posts in order to be eligible to win prizes from the newest SPRING 2017 RELEASE FROM MEMORY BOX!!!

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Today I'm sharing cards I made using the MEADOW ROAD OVAL 99746 as the focal point with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 as the sentiment.  I also used a large rectangle from the STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS SET 30086 (16 dies in this set!) and an oval from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS SET 30069. Four dies on this one card!

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Have you seen Dave's video yet on his glitter inlay technique?  Scroll down to see it here on the blog posted on Saturday March 4th.  That is how I did the road on this card...I cut a piece of double-sided tape sheet to fit behind the road, sprinkled on some ultrafine brown Art Glitter, and rubbed it in.  Voila!  Lovely sparkly road!  (Glitter is on my shopping list for this week--lots of white,  little brown, and not much else in my stash; and Dave's technique has inspired me to work on my Glitter Queen status!)

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To assemble the card, I used a tape runner to secure the Squash Dot Paper rectangle to the front of a Sunflower Notecard.  I then used a glue pen to put the layers of the Meadow Road Oval together, lining up the squash cardstock layer behind the Meadow Road Oval just a bit off so that some of the stitching shows on the righthand side.  The double-sided tape behind the glittery road also helps to hold those two layers together.  I used the glue pen again to add the "happy birthday" die cut sentiment.  I added a small pearl to dot the "i".  I then used the tape runner to adhere the completed oval layers to the front of the notecard.  The finishing touch?--Ribbon!  Just had to add some yellow-green sheer ribbon tied in a pretty bow since this month's challenge is to use ribbon in some way.  

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I also made a card with a more masculine flair in shades of blue with a bright red "happy birthday" and a red/white-dotted ribbon. 

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 Be sure to leave me a comment and you could win the MEADOW ROAD OVAL.  You have until midnight, Sunday March 12th to post your comments.  I look forward to reading what you have to say about the newest dies and about the glitter technique!

Happy Crafting!

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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!

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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!

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02/06/2017

Mon 06

Dragonflies and Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

I think Laura Fulcher and I have been on the same wavelength this week since I, too, chose to highlight both the FINE TEC METALLIC WATERCOLORS from Birch Press Design and dragonflies.

I started with one of the new Chipboard notecards from Memory Box/Birch Press Design and splattered it generously with one of the lightest of the metallic paints--the center one in the photo below.

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I then cut out the DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER DIE NO. 99659 and the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER die no. 99710 from black cardstock.

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The next step was to cut the DAZZLING DRAGONFLY die no. 99668 from both black and copper cardstocks.

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The final preparation before assembling the card was to cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT die no. 99684 twice also from black cardstock and glue the two layers together.

Once the paint splatter was dry and my die cuts were ready, I used a fine tip glue bottle to apply glue on the backs of the dragonfly corners and adhered them to the card front.  I assembled the black Dazzling Dragonfly and then added the copper wings on top of the black ones.  I placed the happy birthday a little off-kilter at the top of the card and used a matte black dot for the i.  I then glued on three copper sequins to pull the copper color through the design.  

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I wish my photo showed the lovely metallic paint spatter better.  Those spots really shimmer in the light.  I've also added a few more copper sequins to the inside and plan to write my message in gold ink.  

Happy Crafting!

 

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01/30/2017

Mon 30

"thinking of you" Stitched Aster Panel with Stitched Aster Blooms
by Anne Thompson

Guess I've got a "thing" for stitched asters lately.  Today's card features the STITCHED ASTER PANEL die no. 99687 with some STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS die no. 99672 layered on.

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I cut the Stitched Aster Blooms from Pool Distressed Dots paper. Then I cut the Stitched Aster Panel twice, once from a rich dark green cardstock and once from Pool Distressed Dots paper. I snipped the three dot blooms from the panel.

I adhered the green Stitched Aster Panel to the bottom edge of a top-folded Pool notecard using narrow double-sided tape.  I placed the snipped blooms on top with Glue Dots and layered the Stitched Aster Blooms on one of the two larger flowers.  I added pearls to the flower centers.

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I then used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp "thinking of you" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE clear stamp set CL5196.

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Once I decide who will receive this card I can add a pretty ribbon, some coordinating washi tape, or stamp another sentiment on the front or inside.  Such a pretty card!

Happy Crafting!

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01/16/2017

Mon 16

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Here's Another Basket
by Anne Thompson

I just love using the GIFT BASKET OVAL die 99649!  Last week I filled it with hearts, and today I've filled it with ASTERS!  

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 I created a bouquet for my basket using four of the new dies, cutting the GIFT BASKET OVAL  from copper cardstock to hold the florals.

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To create the bouquet, I cut two of the STITCHED ASTER CORNER 99644 from medium-green cardstock.  I then cut it again twice from the Squash Dots Paper and snipped the blossoms from the stems.  I cut SPROUTING VINE 99643 from two shades of green cardstock.   Then I made a pile of STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS 99672 from more of the Squash Dots Paper.

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 I placed the snipped-off squash-colored flowers on top of the green STITCHED ASTER CORNERS.  I layered the STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS on top of the two largest flowers.  I used Glue Dots on the front lower edge of each of the completed Stitched Aster Corners to secure them to the inside of the lower front edge of the basket, twisting them around so that some of the flowers would spill over the edge of the basket.  I added in  several of the SPROUTING VINE to fill in the bouquet, some over and some under the basket handle. 

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Before anchoring the basket to the yellow card front with dimensional dots, I added a strip of Squash Dots Paper layered with a narrower piece of a light green cardstock.  Three tiny pearls on that strip and more for the flower centers were the finishing touches.  There's room enough to add a stamped sentiment on the green strip.  And there's another aster on the inside!  This will make a lovely card for almost any occasion.

Happy Crafting!

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01/09/2017

Mon 09

Gift Basket Oval filled with the Classic Stitched Heart Collection
by Anne Thompson

I've been using the GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649 for days now and filling it with die cuts from the newest release.  For today's card, I filled the basket with a variety of hearts from the CLASSIC STITCHED HEART COLLECTION 99637.  This particular die cuts five separate stitched hearts in a variety of sizes.  I got a bit carried away cutting hearts from papers in my pinks scrap bin!  

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I cut the GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649 from heavy white cardstock and a slightly larger pink glitter paper oval using one of the dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069.  

I got out a roll of Glue Dots and began assembling my hearts bouquet. I found it easiest if I put a Glue Dot on the front of each heart on the tip to adhere it to either the back of the basket or the back of another heart.

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Once I had the basket filled, I assembled the card using double-sided tape to hold the pink glitter oval onto a light pink notecard.  I used dimensional dots to attach the basket on top of the glittery oval and then added a small pink bow to the basket handle.  I also added a few hearts spilled out of the basket.

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To add some interest inside and to carry the design through, I added three hearts and stamped (in Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink) the sentiment "sending love" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE Clear Stamp Set CL5196.  On the front of the envelope in the lower left corner I stamped (in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) the small heart with leaves and "thinking of you" from the same stamp set.  I colored in the image with red and green Wink of Stella pens.

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I love this valentine!And I know just who to send it to!

I hope you enjoyed last week's BlogBlitz as much as I did and that you got some ideas for your own projects.  There are so many more items that we weren't able to feature, so I hope you'll keep watching the blog as we continue to show you ways to use the newest dies and stamp set.  Thanks for all of your comments last week and congratulations to the winners!  

Happy Crafting!

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01/02/2017

Mon 02

So Many New Products to Love!
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day One of the Memory Box Design Team Blog Blitz!  We'll be showcasing many of the newest products from the January 2017 Spring Collection today through January 8th.  Happy New Year!!!  There are indeed so many new products to love!  And there are many chances for you to win prizes if you leave comments for us for each blog post.  We look forward to reading what you have to say about our ideas and the new dies and stamp set.  

Today I'm sharing with you a card I made using black cardstock as the base and metallic gold paper for the die cuts.  

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This is a very fast and simple card to create.  The dies I used are HEART WIRE 99634 and HEART PARTY BORDER 99706.  I attached the Heart Wire with glue dots and used a tape runner on the base of the Heart Party Border.

And there's a surprise on the inside!

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I cut a piece of the metallic gold paper with one of the dies from the RECTANGLE BASICS SET 30086.  I stamped "sending love" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE stamp set CL5196 and embossed it with clear powder. (I used a black dye-based ink which seemed to disappear when heat set, leaving the words looking like they were pressed into the paper.)  I attached this with a tape runner inside the card.  I then die cut the PEMBROKE HEART 99613 from more of the same gold paper , placing it on top of the rectangle with a glue dot under the flowers stem so that half of the heart is gold.

Four dies plus one stamp set:

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I'll use a gold pen to write a brief message inside and to sign the card.  Elegant!

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So what do you think?  Do you have favorites from this release already?  When you leave me a comment, you are automatically entered to win HEART PARTY BORDER 99706!  You have until 11:59pm EST on January 8th to leave your comment.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck.

Happy Crafting!

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