570 posts categorized "Christmas"

09/24/2018

Mon 24

Fa La La Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Today, I want to share how we can create Christmas cards using the new holiday collection using non-traditional Christmas colors. My daughter asks for such colors on the cards for her teacher and friends :) The new stamps and dies are perfect to create cute, fun cards.

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To start, I created a top folding white square card. I then die-cut the holly frame using pearl gray cardstock. I die-cut the same frame using a gray cardstock and stacked them together. 

Now, I stamped the images and some of the music notes. I colored in the images using copic markers and pencil colors. I used the co ordinating dies to cut all the images.

I adhered the frame to the white base and stamped the sentiment. I then adhered all the images. The frame grounds the adorable bunnies perfectly.

Here is a close up

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Hope you got inspired from today's card to use non traditional colors for fun card for the kids. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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09/23/2018

Sun 23

Holiday Card Holder
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with something a little different. I love to make cards and I love to sew purses...so I combined them a bit.

My friends love receiving a package of cards for them to send as they please, and I wanted to make the packaging a bit more fancy.

So today you are getting a purse tutorial that doubles as an A2 card holder.

 

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The Purse Holder can carry about 7 cards. Less if you make bulky cards, more if you make one layer cards.

 

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Let's start with the actual box.

Cut heavy White cardstock 10 /34 x 7 inches. Score all the way around the panel at 2 1/2 inches.

Cut the long sides as shown. Fold the short edges towards the middle and adhere together to make a box.

 

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Now for the fun part..... start with this Purse Template here or you can draw out your own and cut from Heavy White cardstock.

 

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On the Purse Holder above I embossed the panel, added some pretty pattern paper, then die cut and colored Holly Flourish and Poinsettia Flourish.

I used Spectrum Noir markers, but you could use the medium of your choice.

Cut two strips for handles measuring 1/2 x 11 inches. Adhere them to Purse Holder about an inch from each side as shown.

 

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For this little pretty, I embossed just the edge of the panel, then die cut Ric Rac Ribbons from Navy and Silver Metallic cardstocks.

Smallest of the Stitched Oval Layers was also die cut from Silver Metallic cardstock, then cut in half for the purse "latch".

 

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Pine Wreath was die cut from Navy cardstocks and adhered to card front as shown.

The adorable tassel....cut a strip of Navy cardstock 4 x 2 inches. Snip every 1/4 inch coming just shy of cutting all the way through the scrap. Roll and glue in place. Add a skinny strip of Silver Metallic cardstock at the top. Add Silver cord and hang around purse strap.

 

Once you have the purse front made and embellished, adhere it to box. I didn't embellish the backside of the purse, but you could.

  

With Christmas just around the corner, this is a great way to pretty up some of your lovely handmade cards and give as gifts.

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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09/22/2018

Sat 22

Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Classic Ice Skates by Jean Okimoto

 

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A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays.  Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card.  Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today.  

Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging.  Here's a solution...

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Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake  Circle Frame.  Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project.  We're using the larger inner circle today.

Cut the snowflake frame and attach it (slightly offset) to the adhesive-covered background.  Cut the Classic Ice Skates from silver glitter cardstock.  Attach the skates to the background.

Here's the cool part....brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the diecuts and onto all of the remaining exposed adhesive.  This  process adheres the snowflake frame and the skates and adds a layer of glitter to the adhesive.  The delicate diecuts are attached and there's a layer of sparkly glitter surrounding them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray.  Diecut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Ready to save some time by adhering and glittering your delicate design elements in a single quick and easy step?  Try  this with your holiday cards and tags too!

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you next week!

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09/21/2018

Fri 21

Peace
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a clean and simple card that is perfect for the rush of the holiday season.

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I started with a navy blue card and added three strips of silver washi tape, leaving a little space in between each piece of tape to create the background of my card.

Then I die cut the Winged Dove in a white card stock and I used some foam tape to glue it to the card over my washi tape stripes. I then cut the Peace Cheshire Script in white and glued it to the card under the stripes of washi tape.
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This clean and simple design could be used with a variety of Memory Box dies. Switch out the dove for a snowflake and change the sentiment to Merry Christmas. You could also change up the colors and make birthday cards or thank you cards with the same design. Make a few cards with different sentiments and this same simple design to make a cute set for a gift. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend!
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09/19/2018

Wed 19

A Watercolor Background Technique for the MEADOWTREE FRAME
by Anne Thompson

Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045.

I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017.

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The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor.  After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles.  The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the brush handle over the watercolored paper.

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While I had the die out I cut more of the Meadowtree Frame from white cardstock, and I made two more cards.

This first one has an embossed dots background for the sky. 

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The second one uses Memory Box Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the card front with the die layered on top and "peace" cut from the same dot paper.  You'll notice that I left out the plain center frame piece.

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Three more cards for my holiday box!

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Happy Crafting!!!

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09/16/2018

Sun 16

be jolly
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello!  Penny here today with a card that is super easy to pull together and would make a great candidate for assembly line producing. I love to challenge myself with 10 minute cards....how about you?

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Now add a Shimmering Red cardstock background and a Matte Metallic Silver cardstock just a bit smaller.

 

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Die cut Three Candle Circle from Red cardstock. To add a bit of something, something to my candles I have shown here how to use True Snow for dimension and Glitter Ritz for some shine. I love this combination for snow caps and melting candles.

 

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Add pretty washi tape near the bottom and adhere the Candle Circle in the center. (I use spray adhesive for delicate die cuts).

 

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Die cut Snowberry Sprigs from Green Glitter cardstock, snip off a bit of the sprig and adhere to top of circle as shown.

Add a Metallic Silver cord for ornament hanging and a bow to make it festive.

 

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments set using white embossing powder. Adhere to card front with tiny staple.

 

Make sure to link your washi tape cards to the challenge this month HERE.

 

Happy crafting,

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09/13/2018

Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  

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Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

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Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...

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09/12/2018

Wed 12

Joy to the World
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I'm showing  you how to create the "Tape Challenge" card I did for this month.

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I randomly placed washi tape on a white cardstock  card layer, and die cut the Pine Tree Deer Collage in the middle of the paper.  I also die cut the deer from black cardstock and used only the deer head from that.

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I glued the washi tape background to a white card base and spattered the middle with black ink.  I adhered the black deer head to the card on top of the washi tape.  I spattered the deer with white ink.  

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I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and layered that to a kraft and white cardstock mat.

To finish the card,  I added a few snowflake embellishments.

I hope this inspired you to get out that washi tape and join the challenge!

Have a great weekend!

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09/11/2018

Tue 11

Snow Much Fun with the Elegant Holly Double Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card.  Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too.  Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques.  Let's begin with embossing...

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame.    Here's how I layered everything on the platform of my Platinum machine - die with the cutting edge face-up, diecut watercolor paper, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  Please use the plates, mats and stacking sequence recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Attach the embossed frame to a 4-½" x 6-¼" card of textured green cardstock.

Cut watercolor paper (smoother side up) with the 3" Stitched Square Layers die.  Stamp the bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of cardstock and use it as a palette to color the stamped image.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Snow Much Fun Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled greeting with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layers die.

Cut a holly sprig from the frame set from yellow-green cardstock.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the left edge of the greeting square.  Add green gem stickers.

Embossing watercolor paper - or heavy cardstock - creates subtle backgrounds that won't compete with stamped images.  It's quick and easy too!

Thanks for visiting!

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09/09/2018

Sun 09

All is Calm
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with some inking, stamping and die cutting. Because that is what making cards is all about. A little of everything.

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with Cream cardstock for a base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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Die cut the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles and ink with Spectrum Noir Baby Blue and Midnight inks. Flick water across panel, then blot with paper towel.

Adhere this panel to Cream panel.

Die cut Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish from White cardstock. eBrush the inner circle and Holly with Spectrum Noir markers DG1 and YG3 or color with medium of your choice. Color the outer ring with Spectrum Noir BT8. Adhere circles to card front.

 

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To give your Holly Flourish some dimension, turn it over and gently rub with a Ball Stylus tool. I used a piece of foam as the base for doing this technique.

Now your leaves are no longer flat.

 

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Stamp sentiment from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments in the center with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Pull it all together by wrapping Navy string around the card front, add a bow and weave the Holly Flourish in.

Add White Crystal Drops as desired.

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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