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08/11/2018

Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:

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And here is the first card:  white on white on white...

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This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:

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This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  

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I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.

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The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.

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And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.

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And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.

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Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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08/10/2018

Fri 10

Joy
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to day 5 of  the Memory Box Blog Blitz!

I hope you are enjoying all the design team's inspiring posts!

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There are so many wonderful products in this new release that it was hard to decide what to use!  I loved the simplicity of the Joy Circle die so I thought I would start with that as my focal point.

I began by adhering a piece of plaid washi tape to the left side of my card front. I placed my joy die in middle of the card and die cut it.  This left me with a circle that was cut through the washi tape as well as the cardstock and the die cut image.  I was able to peel off the washi tape from my die cut, but if you have difficulty peeling the tape off, just die cut another one from white cardstock.

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Next I spattered the background with black ink and stamped a few music notes on the card front.  Then I adhered this to a red mat layer and glued it to a white card base.

I glued the Joy die cut inside the circle.

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Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock.  The sentiment said "joy to the world" but I masked the word joy and used the rest of the sentiment for my card. I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and glued it to the sentiment strip of paper.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card front. 

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I hope I inspired you today!

How would you like a chance to win the Joy Circle craft die?

Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6 pm EST.

Good Luck!

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08/09/2018

Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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08/08/2018

Wed 08

Silent Night
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello. Penny here today with my very favorite holiday color combination. White, Navy and Silver. This card is simple, yet elegant. This is the week we are showing all the new goodies from our Holiday release. Make sure to check out all the posts this week as prizes are involved.

 

Let's do this 10 minute card:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Add a panel of Mirrored Silver cardstock to base.. Cut White cardstock just a bit smaller and adhere that to base also.

 

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For the frame...adhere Navy cardstock to fun foam, THEN die cut with the largest frame in the Pine Forest Frame set. Die cut Nativity Circle from Navy cardstock and color just the star with Delicata Shimmering Silver reinker.

 

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Just look at the dimension I achieved with the frame using the fun foam. LOVE!!!!

 

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Adhere all die cuts as shown, then add Silver cording for the bow.

Sometimes simple is more elegant and that is why I will save my greeting for the inside of the card. :) 

 

Don't forget to comment by 11:59pm August 12th for your chance to win the beautiful Nativity Circle die. 

Winners will announced on August 13rh

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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08/07/2018

Tue 07

Snow Much Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 2 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz! Today I am highlighting one of the brand new stamp sets, Snow Much Fun! 

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For my card today I started with a background of Distress Oxide in a teal color and sprayed it with water to give it the cool oxide look. Then I created some snow with glitter, to make it all sparkle.
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I stamped my images and colored them in with Copic markers and die cut the out. To give the scarves more detail after I colored them I took the colorless blender and added dots to one and lines to the other one to give them a fun texture. I added my die cut and colored bunnies to the card with foam tape to make them stand out.

Now for the fun part of this post! Want a chance to win the new Snow Much Fun stamp set?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck and be sure to stop by the rest of the week for more blog blitz fun!
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08/06/2018

Mon 06

Blog Blitz Begins
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  We have already started highlighting the latest items from Memory Box on the Outside the Box blog, but this week is all about celebrating the new release with projects for inspiration as well as a chance to win prize each day.  We hope you will join us from Monday, August 6th- Sunday, August 12 for the blitz.  Each blog post during the week will have a chance to win a prize.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on the daily post.  That's it!  Enter each day for more chances each day.  One person will be chosen at random from each post to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 pm leave comments and to enter.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog at 6pm EST on Monday, August 12th and winners will all be contacted directly by email to get their shipping information.  The blog post of winners will also be tagged under the category of "winners" for easy reference.

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The first card of the blitz features the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame as well as the Penguin Cheer stamps and dies.  When you die cut the Snowflake Frame, these are the pieces you get:

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You can use as many of the various layers as you wish.  I decided to use everything except the individual snowflake for the card.  The dies came nested within each other, but I was able to easily die cut all of the pieces without cutting the dies apart.  I always like to keep the dies attached if possible so I am less likely to lose them.  I did use a metal shim when diecutting to since the die is so intricate and detailed.

Next, I die cut the penguin using the coordinating die:

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Lets talk a bit about the coloring.  First, I put down a base layer of C7 and Y38 Copic markers.  Whenever a want to color something black, whether it is hair, a cauldron, or in this instance a penguin, I tend to color it with dark grey markers or paint. Black tends to be too dark.

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Next, I added a bit of shading.  The YR16 was added to the base of the penguin's foot, and the C10 marker was added to the base of the penguin arms and body.  I didn't want to leave the belly so stark white, so I added some C1 and C3 to the outside of the tummy and around the face.

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To finish the card, I added some R11 marker to the cheeks and added a little bow tie that was colored with R35 and R46 markers.  I glued a piece of blue glitter paper behind the snowflake frame and then layered everything on top of the glitter paper.  The blue cardstock behind the penguin is a piece of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" paper I cut to fit in the frame and the snowbank I hand cut to provide a little base for my penguin. 

I decided to leave the inside of the card blank for now.  I don't know if I am going to use the card as a Season's Greetings card or if I will use it for a winter birthday card.  I like having a card in my stash with options!

Want a chance to win the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame die to make your own Winter scene?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST.

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01/13/2018

Sat 13

Sending my love
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone,

Welcome a final bonus day of our Blog Blitz!  I hope you've enjoyed all the creative posts using the latest Memory Box products.  Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so I hope to inspire you to create a cute card for that special someone.

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For my card today I wanted to use this cute seal, so that was my starting point.  I die cut him from gray cardstock and inked the edges with Hickory Smoke distress ink.  To have the facial features show up I glued a piece of black cardstock on the back of the die cut.  

Next I die cut the Stitched Heart Frame and the Heart Frame from silver glitter paper. I only used the heart cut outs from the die cuts and saved the other parts for another project.  I die cut the Stitched Heart Frame once again using white cardstock and only used the frame portion for this project. 

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on black cardstock.  Now that all the components of my card are done it is time to create the background.

I sponged Candied Apple distress ink onto white cardstock and misted it with plain water.  Once this is dry I spattered the background with black ink.

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Adhere all the die cuts to the card front as shown.  I used foam tape to glue the seal and the sentiment onto the card.

To finish the card I glued the card front to a black card layer which was then adhered to a white card base.

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Would you like a chance to win the Sweet Seal die?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 14th, by 11:59pm EST.  Winners will be posted on the blog on January 15th.  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

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01/11/2018

Thu 11

Llama Love
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to another day of our Blog Blitz friends! Today I am sharing this cute new Llama Love stamp set as well as a few of the heart dies. There is so much to llove about this set!

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For this card I stamped the llama and the blanket onto white card stock and then used the coordinating die to cut it out. I colored the llama with my Copic markers. To make the llama look like it had some texture on the fur I drew some spirals all over in the same color that I colored the llama and then I repeated the spirals with the colorless blender pen. It makes him look so fluffy!

For the card I die cut the Dibble Heart Border three times on white and then placed a dark pink behind it. I colored the hearts and dots with a clear Wink of Stella pen to give it some sparkle. I die cut a large heart from the Wrapped Stitch Hearts set and then a smaller heart from the Double Stitched Hearts set to stamp my sentiment on.

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I layered all of my pieces onto the card and then finished it off with some clear gems.

Want to win your own Dibble Heart Border?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 14th by 11:59pm EST. Be sure to stop by each day through Friday.  Designers will be sharing new ideas and there will be a prize offered each day.  Winners will be posted on this blog Monday, January 15th in the afternoon.  Good luck!
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01/10/2018

Wed 10

Blog Blitz – New Sweet Seal, Heart Rays and Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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The new Heart Rays and Sweet Seal get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day - and the midpoint of our Blog Blitz.  A versatile greeting from the new Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set becomes a Valentine message with the addition of a diecut heart.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - hope this card makes you smile today!

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Cut a 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with Heart Rays.  

Cut Sweet Seal from speckled gray cardstock or a scrap of cardboard.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye and nose cutouts.  Cut another seal from black cardstock and layer it for dimension and a bit of a shadow.  Lightly sponge the edges with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Stamp the greeting on white cardstock with Lightning Black.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the large heart from Heart Rays (hidden behind the seal in the photos) from bubblegum pink cardstock.  Stamp it - at an angle to match Heart Rays -  with the "day" portion of the greeting.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (6-¼" x 4-⅝") bubblegum pink card - use foam dots to attach the greeting.  Add gold gem stickers

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Hope you're enjoying our Blog Blitz and are inspired to start creating your Valentine cards, treat wrappers and tags with the great dies and stamps from our January Release.  

Want a chance to win the Heart Rays die?  Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 14th.   Be sure to stop by and comment each day through Friday, January 12th.   Designers are sharing new ideas and offering a prize each day.  Winners will be posted here on the blog on the afternoon of Monday, January 15th.  

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's LOVE IS SWEET class at Impress!  You were the first to see - and use - our latest release of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs.  Chocolate, lots of glitter, conversation and laughs made it a great day.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for filling our shopping baskets with the latest products! 

Hope to see you again on Saturday January 13th for our second Valentine class -  SO MANY HEARTS.  An origami heart, diecuts, artpapers, more glitter, Distress Oxides - and chocolate, of course.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to comment here, and on everyone's post from January 8th through the 12th.  Join us for Melissa's great design tomorrow.

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11/17/2017

Fri 17

New Enchanting Snowglobe Deep Edge Die
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday!

Today I am featuring the Enchanting Snowglobe Deep Edge Die from the new Winter 2017 Collection from Memory Box.

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If you have been following the blog posts this week, you have seen so many creative projects using the new Deep Edge dies.  These dies are designed to cut through many layers of material. Felt, fabric and acetate are just some of many examples!

For my project I used a combination of felt, thin cork board and heavy weigh watercolor paper.  I was able to cut through three layers of each material using the new metal shim that was designed to use with the deep edge dies.  That way you can prep several projects at once.

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I die cut the trees, house and "Let it Snow" from heavy weight watercolor paper and inked them with distress inks. To incorporate different textures I die cut the snow hill and globe from felt and the base of the snow globe from metallic cork paper. I glued them together and moved onto the snow! I dotted on white acrylic paint to create a snowing effect, as well as adding some to the house and trees. While the paint was wet I added my favorite part, glitter! I felt like the ornament was missing something but was not sure what. I was looking around my craft room and came across some batting and thought "this could work as smoke!". I torn a small piece off and glued it beneath the chimney to add some more dimension to the house. Lastly, to give the ornament a finished look and add stability I cut an addition snow globe from felt and placed my string in between the two layers.  

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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment to this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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