52 posts categorized "Blog blitz"

03/12/2017

Sun 12

A Glittery finish for the Blog Blitz
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello.   Welcome to the last day of the March Blog Blitz.

Did you see the Inlay video Dave made using die cuts and glitter? If not check it out HERE.

After watching his video, I knew I had to try this technique, and wasn't it lucky I had everything I needed to create something like his. I will admit that I have had the Martha Stewart glitter in my stash for Y E A R S! I guess that stuff has a forever shelf life. :)

So here we go:0

I started with a Black card base, added a small strip of Lime cardstock down the side and ran it through my Gemini with an embossing folder.

 

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I die cut the Dancing Dragonly Collage from Black cardstock, then lined the backside with double sided sticky paper. (Dave used a sheet of Scor-Tape, I used a sheet of Sticker paper...I will be buying Scor-Tape...just sayin').

Now the fun begins.....pour small amounts of glitter and rub around with your finger. Keep adding different colors until you are happy with the look.

I loved his tip for using a Swiffer cloth to remove the excess glitter...who knew?

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Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set unto Vellum. Trim and adhere to card front.

It really is quite simple and gives your card a unique look.

So there you have it...a week full of new releases and inspiration to set your creative mojo into action.

If you enjoyed my card, please leave a comment as I am giving away the Dancing Dragonfly Collage today to one lucky person.

Comments close TODAY at midnight EST.

 

Happy Crafting,

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03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!

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Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

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

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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

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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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

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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01/07/2017

Sat 07

Grateful Hearts Card
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Donna here, with a card featuring some new products from the 2017 Memory Box Spring Collection! 

I hope you've enjoyed all the blog posts this week and have left comments on each post for a chance to win a prize!  Be sure to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the Grateful Hearts die.

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To create this card I die cut watercolor paper and Licorice cardstock using the new Rectangle Basics dies.  Sponge the watercolor paper with Spun Sugar distress ink and mist with water.  Once the ink was dry I spattered the paper with black ink.

The Grateful Hearts, I die cut using silver metallic cardstock and glued to the center of the card front.  I added red stickles to one of the hearts in the die cut.  The sentiment I typed on the computer and glued to the handle of the grater along with a twine bow.

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To finish the card, I used white embossing powder for the happy birthday sentiment on a strip of licorice cardstock. Glue the "Happy Birthday" to the bottom right hand side of the card.  I added some washi tape to the top left and bottom right of the card front. Glue the card front to a licorice cardstock layer, which was the adhered to a white card base.

Remember to leave a comment on the blog posts this week for a chance to win prizes!  You have until 11:59 pm EST on January 8th to leave your comments!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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01/05/2017

Thu 05

Classic Stitched Heart Collection and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Classic Stitched Heart Collection is about to become another go-to favorite in my Memory Box stash!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another  Blog Blitz design - and a chance to win a new die.  We love introducing you to our new products - and the 2017 Spring Collection is filled with great designs perfect for Valentine's Day and Spring.  

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Diecut it with the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.

Stamp "xoxo" on the tall heart with Imagine Crafts Morocco Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut  white cardstock with the 4" x 2-¾" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.  Stamp the greeting - from the new So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - on the rectangle with Morocco Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach strips of double-stick tape along the edges of the rectangle.  Attach the delicate frame behind the rectangle.  Attach them to an A-6 (4-⅝"  x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  

Add pale peach iridescent sequins.

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Want a chance to win the Classic Stitched Heart Collection?  Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST on January 8th.  Add your comments to all of of designers'  Blog Blitz posts from January 2nd through January 8th too.  

The new collection has arrived at Impress and the most popular designs are selling quickly - be sure to stop by or  shop online soon - for the best selection.  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my first class of the year - NEW FROM MEMORY BOX on January 7th.  It'll be great to see everyone again!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're enjoying our blitz as much as we enjoy introducing you to our latest, greatest designs!

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01/03/2017

Tue 03

Lovely Lavender
by Jenny Griffiths

Happy New Year Greetings!

  Welcome to the blog blitz and you know what that means...new creativity, new products revealed and lots of inspiration...also, a chance to win today's Lavender Bunch die.  

   The new Lavender Bunch die was a no-brainer for me--I LOVE lavender and the clippings of lavender in my photos are from my own garden.  

  First up...a silhouette type card. 

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  I dampened the surface of an oversized watercolor paper panel with plain 'ol water and introduced the colors using these convenient watercolor sheets which I bought from Birch Press Designs.  For best results allow each color to dry (or nearly dry) before adding another color so they are a bit more distinct and not muddy together.  I often dab a color with a paper towel or cloth if it is on a runaway course.  You can always add more color back in if you like and cut down on the water.

 Once the colors were in place and dried, I determined the best size and place to position the Pin Dot Rectangle die--it adds such a nice finished edge.  Next, I die cut the Lavender Bunch and saved the unused portion for another card--double duty! 

 I stamped the sentiment and layered the panel using dimensional foam tape onto black card stock, then onto the folded note card.  

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 Who could resist one more chance to use this dynamic die? Not me!

I die cut the Lavender Bunches, twice from green card stock, once from watercolor paper.  After coloring the flower heads on the watercolor paper (again using the watercolor sheets), I pieced them onto the green stems and adhered all to a side fold cream colored notecard.  Now was my opportunity to use the new "So Many Things To Love" clear stamp and die set again to add the beautiful heart and sentiment.  This is a fantastic set which I know will be used a lot. 

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I'd like to share my love for Lavender and offer the Lavender Bunch Die as today's prize.  A winner will be randomly selected from comments posted below and on each day for a chance to win different prizes!  You have until 11:59pm EST on January 8th to leave your comment.  Jennysig

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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