463 posts categorized "Christmas"

08/17/2017

Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  

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Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.

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Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.

 

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If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!

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08/14/2017

Mon 14

Snowy Pine Oval with Poinsettia Blooms
by Anne thompson

I'm on a roll creating Christmas cards.  There are sooo many wonderful dies and stamps in the Holiday Release that make this an easy and fun task!  Today's cards feature the SNOWY PINE OVAL die 99831 and the POINSETTIA BLOOMS set of five dies 30093.  Each notecard base is a different green--using up what I have for single cards in my green basket.   

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Here's the first card I made:

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To start this card, I cut the Snowy Pine Oval as well as the stamens from the Poinsettia Blooms in white cardstock.  I then cut the poinsettia blooms from both red and dark green cardstocks--I set the largest green ones aside to use as leaves.  I secured the oval to a green notecard, just putting glue on the oval outline.  I then decided that I needed green trees behind the white ones for more dimension and definition, so I cut the Snowy Pine Oval from dark green cardstock, snipped off the trees, and slid them behind the white trees.  A few dots of glue secured the two layers together.  I assembled the Poinsettia Blooms with a glue dot between each layer, added two of the green leaves to the base of the flower, white stamens and a white pearl in the center and secured it to the card with a dimensional foam square.  I chose the "merry Christmas" from the Merry Christmas Sentiments clear stamp set CL5212 and curved it a bit on an acrylic block before stamping it in Archival Jet Black ink in the upper left.  I used a clear Wink of Stella pen to add some glittery goodness to the trees and the poinsettia.  Here's a closeup from one of the cards.

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I made a second card in the same manner, using a white poinsettia with a green gem center.

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For the third card, I offset a dark green Snowy Pine Oval underneath a white one which was definitely the easiest and quickest layering strategy and I curved the sentiment a bit more to fit closer around the oval's edge.  This is the design that I will reproduce multiple times.

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For the bonus card, I used the TALL PINE OVAL 99845 cut from white cardstock and the TALL PINE 99848 cut from dark green cardstock layered underneath the white with the sticking-out bits snipped off.  I added a Poinsettia Bloom cut from metallic gold cardstock and some brown pearls.  Love the gold!

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I really like the look of the dark green branches under the white trees.  And the Wink of Stella adds just enough sparkle!  

These layered trees would also make great "Let it snow!" cards for this winter.  (Planning ahead...)  Happy Crafting!

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08/13/2017

Sun 13

Snowflake cut out
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with something so simple, you will be able to duplicate this card in less than 10 minutes. Do you need a lot of holiday cards? This is the design for you!

 

Let's get started:

 

Trim heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half. Place the Chancery Snowflake Outline die on the front side of card near top, center. Die cut ONLY the front panel of your card.

 

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Trim top and bottom portion of card front away with scissors as shown. Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline again from Luxury Navy Blue cardstock. Adhere to inside of card using the opening as a guide.

 

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Trim a thin piece of Luxury Navy cardstock and adhere to left side of card front. Trim a 1 inch strip of same cardstock, stamp with Merry Christmas Sentiments and heat set. Notch one end and add to card front. Finish with White Crystal Drops, Glass Drops and iridescent snowflakes as desired.

 

See.....that was easy! It took longer to type this up then to actually make the card. :)

 

Happy Holiday crafting.....

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08/12/2017

Sat 12

Merry Christmas
by Sherry Hester

Hello friends! My card today features the Cozy Mugs die set from the latest holiday release. This is a great set that can be used all year round and for just about any occasion.

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I die cut the largest mug from white card stock and stenciled Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the body, masking off the handle. I then masked the body and sponged Peeled Paint onto the handle. I added a little glitter to each dot, and lightly sponged Peeled Paint around the edges of the mug.

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I die cut one of the frames from the Stitched Frame set and adhered it to the green A2 card base. The mug was slightly shaped and adhered with foam tape as shown. From the Poinsettia Blooms set, I die cut the middle poinsettia and two of the smallest. After shaping them, I adhered them together, offsetting them slightly. The centers were cut from white card stock and sponged with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. It's not seen well in the picture, but I added some glitter to the center as well. The assembled poinsettia was then adhered to the bottom right of the mug. I cut the tendrils from white card stock and sponged with Peeled Paint, then tucked them as shown to the left of the Poinsettia.

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I cut the snowflakes from white card stock, and also snipped the smaller snowflakes from the Snowflake Wire, adhering them as shown, leaving room for the sentiment. I added glitter to all of the snowflake centers. The sentiment was inked with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

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Once I decided on the layout, this card was easy and quick to assemble. I hope you enjoyed this card, and I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherrysig

 

 

 

 

08/08/2017

Tue 08

Poinsettia Bloom
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Friends!

 Ready to get a jump on your Christmas cards?  We all know you can spend a lot of time on your cards but sometimes it's the design idea that takes the most time--planning composition, colors, embellishments and textures....here's one idea for you to try out.  

  So many of us think of poinsettia flowers as deep red in color but I have seen some lovely pink ones...here's mine.

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Starting with the background, I sponged these colors randomly onto white card stock: faded jeans, broken china, and fossilized amber distress oxide inks.  A few spritzes of plain water which, when blotted, add the speckles (aka falling snow) to the blended inks.  I love making these backgrounds since no two look alike...the colors flow and swirl to make beautiful original bases for the next step. 

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I die cut the Decorative Poinsettia from a vanilla colored card stock along with a smaller size flower from the Poinsettia Blooms Open Studio die set for layering purposes.    Next, a second set of both flower sizes were die cut from white card stock which I sponged with Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink.  I added more concentrated color to the petal's center and lightened the pressure towards the petal tips.  To show both layers, I slightly offset the petals and gently curved the paper before adhearing together.  A quick spray of aerosol adhesive on the pink layers grabbed the chunky glitter for a frosty look.   

The Batavia snowflakes added a bit more sparkle by using silver glitter paper--which cut through easily, even with the intricate detail on the dies!

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Finally, the beautiful Brushstroke Merry Christmas  die cut was adhered in place (again using spray adhesive...watch your surroundings for overspray though).  Make several cards at a time using the "assembly line" method and find yourself ahead of the holiday crazies...you'll thank yourself!

I thank you for stopping by today and any comments you give...I read every one and appreciate the time you take to connect.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig

 

08/04/2017

Fri 04

Pretty Poinsettias
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! Today I have another new and beautiful die to share with you from the Holiday release. These pretty poinsettias are perfect for Christmas.

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For this card I started by die cutting the Poinsettia Oval in a shimmery white paper. Then I die cut the Poinsettia Oval Background flowers in a red glitter paper. I lined up the red glitter flowers and glued them to the Poinsettia Oval. Using foam tape I glued the Poinsettia Oval to a shimmery white oval of the same size.

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I used the largest oval from the Studio Oval Layers set in a green glitter paper for my card. I glued everything to an embossed dot card stock and added some gold glitter gems to the centers of the flowers to finish it off.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog!

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08/03/2017

Thu 03

New Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


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Mix and match the new Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes as a sparkly trio on a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  Glitter makes it better, and sequins add the finishing touch!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design in frosty winter pastels.

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I found a pretty little scrap of Distress Oxide-painted watercolor paper in my stash and cut it with the 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Dry-emboss it with the smallest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle. 

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Here's the stacking sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  The dry-embossed Wrapped Stitch Rectangle creates a subtle stitched frame on the background.   It's a nice way to add texture without competing with main design elements like snowflakes.

Diecut the snowflakes from silver, aqua and pink glittered cardstock.  

Stamp "believe" - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Add the diecuts and small silver sequins.  

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A simple, basic layout like this works throughout the year.  Try it with various sizes of hearts, stars, butterflies or flowers - and  ghosts in October.  I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life and save time.  This will be a go-to template for other cards I'll be designing for you.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on August 5th.  We'll make 7 Asian-inspired cards with beautiful silkscreened artpapers, dies and great techniques.  Enjoy the AC - and your 10% class discount on a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps products - and everything else on your wishlist!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Keep cool, think snowflakes and winter pastels - even here in Seattle, with sunny skies and highs around 100.

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08/02/2017

Wed 02

Clean and Simple Poinsettia Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greeting friends.  If you have seen my style of cardmaking before, you know that I am a big fan of clean and simple cards for the holidays.  Whenever I am  making 20+ cards, I  really like to think about how many layers I am adding and how long each card will take. 

Each year I teach a quick and easy holiday card class where we create 10 different cards.  The card above is one from this year's class.  I will be teaching it again on Saturday, September 2nd in Herndon, VA, at Angela's Happy Stamper, so if you are in the area, I would love to see you!

To create this card, I embossed some cream cardstock with a floral embossing folder.  After all, why limit your floral items to Spring/Summer?  I then cut out the Decorative Poinsettia Trimming out of gold metallic paper.   This poinsettia die cuts out both the flowers and the side strings as one individual piece.  I also added a piece of red metallic paper behind it:

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If you are going simple with the design, sometimes it is nice to add metallic paper to add a bit of pizazz to the card.  To finish the design, I added a sentiment from the Blessed clear set with Crimson Red Versafine ink and added three gold rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia.

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07/31/2017

Mon 31

New Snowy Pine Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowy Pine Oval, glittery Piccolo Snowflakes and gem stickers create a frosty winter scene - a cool illusion on a hot summer day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a "medium" card - not too simple, not too complicated, something in between.

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Start off by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto watercolor paper.  Spritz it lightly - and from about 12" away - to blend the inks.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-3/8" tall Stitched Oval.  

Diecut Snowy Pine Oval from textured white cardstock.  

Diecut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes from pale blue glittered cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the new Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - onto a 5-1/2" square card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

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Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Maybe it was pretty easy after all!

Square cards require extra postage - but the holidays are so special, and so are the friends and relatives we create our cards for.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Thursday.

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Mon 31

Glittered New Deco Trees
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Looking for another quick Christmas card idea?  The new Deco Trees die is perfect for quick cards - and it's great with glitter too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design in the simple, clean contemporary style I love.


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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured white cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees.

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Here's a tip...instead of backing the entire cutout one large piece of tape to attach the glitter - cut three pieces of tape instead.  Attach the tape behind each tree and apply the glitter one tree at a time to keep the colors from mixing.  Using a paintbrush to apply the glitter helps too - it's a lot neater than dumping glitter onto the adhesive.   The pretty colors used here are from Martha Stewart Crafts - Blueberry Blush, Sugar Plum and Wintermint.

Cut strips of violet and turquoise cardstock with a portion of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to create accent strips for the left side of the card.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from silver glittered cardstock - save the three dots too.  Attach the dots and snowflakes.  Attach everything to a white side-folded A-2 card.  

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Can you believe it's already the end of July?  It's OK if the entire Christmas-in-July thing was just a dream -  Impress has a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies and stamps ready for the holidays - and you!