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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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11/16/2017

Thu 16

NEW Feathered Friends and Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies.  They're from our  Winter 2017 Release - and  great for Christmas ornaments, placecards, gift tags -  and cards throughout the year.  They pair nicely with the new Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies too! 

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with one of many cards I'll be making with these sweet birds.  Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through multiple layers at once to save time.  They're great for cutting some of the challenging materials we love - heavy felt, vinyl, fabric, wood veneer and handmade papers like these beautiful silkscreened and embossed prints from Shizen Design.

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Want a way to select the perfect section of printed paper for your projects? Diecut the shape from a contrasting piece of  cardstock - save the negative.  Slide it over the paper until you find the perfect mix of colors and patterns for your diecut.  Place the die into the negative to position it and diecut the paper.  I cut several birds from similar areas of this red and coral fan-shaped print for future cards.

Here are some suggestions from Laura.  Layer deep edge dies like your other metal dies using the same die cutting "sandwich" if you are cutting only one layer at a time. When cutting multiple layers at once - include a metal adapter plate in the sandwich  - and cut into the metal plate for precise cuts.  This will eventually warp your metal plate, but the upside is that you will save yourself tons of time cutting out all your projects.

Cut the wings and top layers of the birds from patterned and embossed papers.  Cut gold mirror cardstock with largest hooks from the Ornament Caps and Hooks set.  

Cut the beaks, eyes and cheeks from orange, black and peach felt attached to adhesive label paper or sticker sheets.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  

Attach the patterned papers and felt to a  bird background - use foam dots near the center of the wing.

Attach the hook behind the decorated bird.  Attach the second bird background behind it to create a nice finished back view.

Attach Scor-tape behind lightweight wood veneer and diecut the branch.  Cut the leaves from textured paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a  top-folded 5.5" square white card with Distress Oxides Candied Apple. Heat-set the ink.  I love the Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress - it's perfect for stamping and diecutting their collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies

Attach the bird to the card with foam dots - don't attach the ornament hook to the card.  Attach the branch - securing the end of the hook under it.  Add the leaves and red gem stickers.

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The Feathered Friends set contains 12 dies and Swooping Branches and Leaves has 4 dies.  Slip them onto curtain rings to keep them organized and ready for your next project.  Curtain rings are a strange thing to find in a papercrafting store - but Impress sells them to keep die sets organized...and together!

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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die set?  Leave a comment on all of the designer posts from November 13th thru Friday November 17th.  Three winners will be chosen at random from all of the comments to win the deep edge die set of their choice.  The more posts you comment on between these dates,  the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day). Good Luck!

Thanks for stopping by.  Join us again tomorrow for Donna's great project, and another chance to win a deep edge set of your choice!

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09/22/2017

Fri 22

Raiding the Pumpkin Patch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hi Friends!

 Today is the final day of our Memory Box Halloween Blitz---guess that means I'm bringing up the rear.  Hope you have enjoyed a daily dose of Halloween fun with the new dies and I am happy to introduce my favorite new die...Whimsy Mummy.  His pose just cracks me up and I love the embossed detail of his mummy wrap.  Looks like he's up to some mischief, doesn't it?  Yes, I think he's raiding the pumpkin patch...

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I die cut our mummy friend from pale ivory paper, left the die in place and lightly chalked the exposed paper areas in grey.  After removing the paper from the die, the bandage lines really stand out.   

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I die cut the Curved Stitched Hilltops twice (end to end) into the green distressed dot paper, adhered it to the Concord Grape notecard then pieced the fence line (two pieces, end to end) onto the hilltop.  Where the fences meet it is slightly crooked so the pumpkin patch was placed there.  

The harvest moon was die cut, sponged and positioned in the corner and the overlap areas were trimmed off.

The pumpkins were inked with copic markers on the stems and seams and the Playful Boo added just for fun.  

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Another fun embellishment on this card is the brand new star sequins from the Festival of Lights pack by Birch Press Design. 

I only used stars from this assortment but there are gorgeous blue (round/cupped) and tiny clear flower sequins in the package too.  There are 18 new assortments and all come in cute little round metal tins...check them out here 

Now for the important announcement...

The Whimsy Mummy is today's give away!  One comment on this post will be randomly chosen as the winner.  Be sure to comment on all the posts this week for a chance to win other dies too.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always nice to "see" you.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

 

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09/20/2017

Wed 20

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning!

Welcome to day three of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  This week there will be many Halloween card ideas featuring the new dies, as well as a chance to win prizes!  So come back each day to be inspired by the design team!

For my card today, I am featuring several new dies to create my Halloween scene.

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For my card I die cut the Circle Web Collage, in the center, top portion of a white piece of cardstock.  The Curved Stitched Hillside, I also cut from white cardstock and lightly inked the edge with black ink.  I die cut the House Trio from Licorice cardstock and glued them behind the hill.  For the background behind the spider web, windows and doors, I sponged white cardstock with several colors of distress ink and glued them behind the die cuts.

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I adhered the spider web card front to a licorice cardstock layer using foam tape,and glued that to a persimmon card base.  I once again used foam tape to glue the houses and hill to the card front.  The card front is spattered with black ink.  The sentiment I stamped and embossed on a licorice strip of cardstock.  

Would you like a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win!

Thanks for stopping by today and Good Luck!

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Wed 20

Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise (as the full moon here) - from our newest Halloween Collection!  Also used - but mostly hidden, is the negative portion cut with the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - welcome to the Day 3 of our Blog Blitz.  

We can't wait to share our projects with you - and hope you'll be inspired to use these great new designs for some cool and colorful Halloween cards.    Join us for some spooky creativity - and a chance to win a die from each designer's post.   

Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from dark kraft cardstock and trim the ends.   Cut the bottom with the long die from the Curved Stitch Hilltops set.  

Attach Scor-Tape to white vellum and cut it with the 1-1/2" Circle Basics Die.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from half of a Persimmon Notecard.  I love this bright new addition to our notecards collection.  It almost glows - it's sure to be noticed!

Cut Whimsy Cat from black cardstock - save the eyes.  Tape the eyes back in place to create a level surface to attach the googley eyes.  Attach the googley eyes. Glue a scrap from a Persimmon Notecard behind the nose.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from Licorice Dots and textured white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Give your card a few shakes and enjoy the weird and funny expressions on Whimsy Cat's face!

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Add your comment to each of our Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th thru 22nd - for a random selection chance to win a new product from our latest release.  I've chosen the great Whimsy Cat as the prize you could win from this post.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday September 24th.  Hope you're a winner!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Calendar Express class at Impress!  Would you believe we used more than 55 diecuts (I stopped counting at 55) on our calendars?  We did - and the yummy Whimsy Cat Cupcakes designed by the Tukwila team kept us going!  Impress is ready for Halloween...are you?

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Taking a short break from classes - and I'll see everyone again at BOO! class on October 14th.  We'll make 5 cards and a bright little treat wrapper for your favorite tricksters.   

Thanks for stopping by - Donna's posting another of her great designs this afternoon.  Be sure to comment on her post too!

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07/21/2017

Fri 21

Home for the Holidays
Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to day 5 of our blog blitz!  I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful posts from the design team.

Today I have a Christmas card that features a few of the new dies.

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To make this card I used one of the one of the rectangles from the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die set, and die cut this from watercolor paper.  I used Fired Brick Distress Oxide ink to create the background.  I die cut Home for the Holidays, but cut a portion of the die off to read "Home for the Holidays".  Once it was cut, I embossed the words with Gold embossing powder and saved the cut-off snowflakes to glue on later.  

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Next, I die cut the Snowy Cabin and Stitched Snowbanks from white cardstock. I trimed a thin horizon line under the cabin and glued this to the bottom of the card front. The trees I inked with Peeled Paint distress ink, cut them off the snow hill and glued them onto the horizon line.  Using a glue pen, I added glitter to the horizon line and the cabin roof.  Next, I glued the embossed words in place and added the snowflakes.

To finish the card, I glued the card front to a green cardstock layer. I glued this to a card base and add some bling to the center of the snowflakes. Lastly, I used a white pen to add some snow dots to the background.

Would you like a chance to win the Home for the Holiday die? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  

Thanks for stopping by today and Good Luck!

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07/20/2017

Thu 20

New Piccolo Snowflakes from the Holiday 2017 Collection
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Piccolo Snowflakes set is featured here, with the new Snowflake Wire,  in our  Blog Blitz today!  They're just two of the many fabulous new designs from our Holiday 2017 Collection of dies and stamps.  The Design Team can't wait to share holiday inspiration with you - and provide a chance to win some great products!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a beautiful snowflake set that's about to become a new favorite...

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Press broken china, faded jeans, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto a large acrylic block.  Position the 1-3/4" x 3" Rectangle Basics die and cut three sides of Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper.  Paint the watercolor paper with slightly diluted, overlapping layers of ink.  Heat-set the ink.  Love how the inks mix and mingle and cover the little lumps and bumps of this great paper!

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes and Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.  Here's a tip - rub a wad of scrunched wax paper briskly over the delicate dies to make it easier to remove the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-1/2" square white card.  Add violet gem stickers.

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There's also a coordinating set of Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes to mix and match on your holiday projects.  Snowflake Wire - like the Heart Wire - can be used in so many ways too.  Combine these great designs and make your cards stand out in any crowd!

Want a chance to win the Piccolo Snowflakes?  Just add your comment to this post and you'll be entered to win our random selection drawing.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 23rd.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for Impress' first holiday class of the year.  The New Memory Box Christmas Collection Cards (whew!) class starts at 11:00 on Saturday.  Make 6 holiday cards with the latest - and greatest - from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  It's followed by the Outside the Box class at 2:00 - we're making 6 cards inspired by my designs on our blog - with a few tweaks, and lots of techniques. Shop their great selection of Memory Box products - including the new notecard colors - and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases... see you!

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during our Blitz for a chance to win products from our Holiday 2017 Collection...

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