59 posts categorized "Blog blitz"

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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09/22/2016

Thu 22

Making Spirits Bright
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Crafty Friends~ it's day four of the blog blitz featuring the newest release from the Memory Box holiday collection.  Having fun so far?  Be sure to check in on the blog all week for more inspiration and creativity---and prizes!   

Today I'm showing off the gorgeous Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and the Adler Star Collage, my picks for this first week Outside the Box.    

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After die cutting the Adler Star Collage from a sky blue note card, I added a panel of watercolored paper to the inside cover allowing the mix of blues, greens and purples to show through.  The watercolors are from the handy watercolor sheets from Birch Press--found here.

I die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from both white and concord Memory Box paper then mixed-and-matched the parts between the two ornaments.  The solid Classic Ornament diecut was used as a base for all the pieces and gives stability when adhering the parts in place.  A bit of tumbled glass blue distress ink was sponged onto one poinsettia while I left the other one white---both poinsettias were pressed firmly in the center on a sponge pad to coax the petals forward before adhering the petal layers in place.

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 Emboss the sentiment onto a strip of vellum with platinum embossing powder and secure the ends around the edges of the card. Lastly, add a pretty silver cord to the top of the ornaments, wrapping over the top edge and secure on the inside.  A second panel added on the inside hides the vellum edges, watercolor paper and silver cords.

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This week was also the reveal on Simon Says Stamp for the exclusive STAMPtember stamp set designed by Memory Box and I'm happy to share this fun card featuring the Love & Laughter set: 

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Join us all this week for ideas and chances to win prizes.  One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th- Friday, September 23 will be chosen at random to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  

The lucky winner chosen from my post will receive the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament. 

 

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Thu 22

Peace Card
by Donna

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Hi everyone!

Welcome to day 4 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz.  Today I have a Christmas card for you that features two of the new dies from the September release.  I love the delicate feel of the Enchanted Deer Collage die cut and thought the Pool cardstock worked great for a background.  For a little pop of color I decided to emboss the die cut word using gold embossing powder.

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I misted the Pool cardstock with gold ink and once it dried I adhered the deer die cut to the cardstock.  Glue the word Peace to the bottom of the card front and adhere this to a white note card.  To finish the card I glued some gold sequins to the card.  

Would you like a chance to win the Brush Stroke Peace die?  Join us all this week for a chance to win prizes. One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th-Friday, September 25th will be chosen at random to win a prize. You have until Sunday, September 25th, at 11:00pm to leave your comments. Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday September 26th.  

Good luck everyone and have a great day!

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09/21/2016

Wed 21

Bright Snowflake Closer and STAMPtember’s Love + Laughter
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Bright Snowflake Closer pairs perfectly with Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember exclusive Love and Laughter set today!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our September Release Blog Blitz.  It's great to be introducing you to not just one - but two - great designs this week.  

Our September Release  - and the Memory Box STAMPtember Love and Laughter set available at  Simon Says Stamp - are a great combination.  There are so many ways to combine the designs and we love sharing our ideas with you.  Let's get started on this fun interlocking snowflake card...

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Cut a 5-½" x 12" piece of watercolor paper.  Score it (deeply) at 1-⅝", 3-¾", 8" and 10-⅛".  Fold and crease the paper on the 1-⅝" snd 10-⅛" scorelines.  Tape the snowflake halves securely into the 1-⅝" and 10-⅛" scorelines as shown - wiggle the dies until the long straight edges "lock" into the scorelines.  Diecut the watercolor paper.  If necessary, place a sheet of cardstock over it and run it through your machine again to cut all of the tiny details in the small snowflakes.   Carefully remove the excess cardstock.

Fold and crease the paper along the remaining scorelines to create your card.

Stamp the greetings on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Rose Bud.  Stamp the hearts with Love Letter and the snowflake with Morocco  - alongside the "love and joy."  Heat-emboss everything with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for clear, sparkly highlights. Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe inks are rich and vibrant - and great for embossing.  

Diecut the greetings with the small dies from the Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers set.  Attach the "love and joy" portion inside the card.  Attach the outside greeting with foamdots.  Add pink, orange, red and tiny clear sequins.

There are several ways to interlock the slotted snowflake halves.  I found it easiest to let both halves meet in the center, then carefully slip the loose end of one half around the other.  The slight crease that forms  where the snowflakes are attached to the edge will help lock them in place.  It's a lot easier than it sounds - you'll love the results, and it fits nicely into an A-2 envelope.  

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Want a chance to win the Bright Snowflake Closer set?  Just add your comment to this post - and you could be the lucky winner!  Be sure to comment on ALL of the Design Team posts during the Blog Blitz from September 19th thru the 23rd.  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST this Sunday, September 25.

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Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's JUST A THOUGHT class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Shaby - for prepping that big table and helping us fill our shopping baskets with the September Release, and a lot more.  It was a quick, refreshing detour from our holiday cards -  and now I'm ready to make more.   Are you?

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to add your comments here and throughout the Blog Blitz for a chance to win a great prize! 

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