443 posts categorized "Christmas"

12/25/2016

Sun 25

Christmas Day 2016
by Penny Ward

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Merry Christmas Memory Box friends. The designers at Memory Box are wishing you the most wonderful day.

I love the layout of this card and with a few tweaks, it is a design to be used all year long.

 

Starting with the Blue card stock base, stamp sentiment from the Love and Laughter set available at Simon Says Stamp using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Dry emboss around the edges with a bone folder and scoring board. 

Cut a piece of White card stock 3 x 5.50 inches, die cut along one edge with the largest of Circle Bump Borders. Dry emboss around the other three edges with a bone folder and scoring board. Adhere over Blue base with foam adhesive.

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Die cut and color Poinsettia Flourish, Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and Botanical Stem. Build the poinsettia as shown and adhere to card front.

 

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Trim Botanical Stem as needed and slide beneath White panel and a bit of glue.

Add clear sequins and a flower center as desired.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting,

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12/24/2016

Sat 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Jenny Griffiths

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

As my last Christmas card this season I wanted to share one of my favorites.  I have taught this card in a number of classes since August and it was said by many to be their favorite too.  Maybe it's simplicity and the stately scene make it so.  

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One of the best parts is the stacking of the tree boughs.  The gold with speckled boughts were created with a base of metallic gold paint on watercolor paper with metallic paint speckled over top.  Each color layer was throughly dried before the next color was added.  The Marvelous Pine Snow Branches was die cut from the painted panel and the boughs were laid out largest-to-smallest size onto the card.  Not all the boughs were used on the card and an extra benefit is that you can use the "negative" of the die cut gold panel for another card.  Each bough is layered with a tiny strip of dimensional foam tape at the top edge to give the tree nice dimension.

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I added little touches of turquoise watercoloring on the card front before adding the stacked boughs and layering onto a mocha colored note card.  A bit of red embroidery floss made do as a holiday scarf on the deer.  

My wish for each of you is a safe and cozy holiday with loved ones and anticipation for creative and inspiring things to come---because they are coming and you're going to love it all.

Merry Christmas Eve,

Jenny
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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten someone's Christmas with a glittery giftcard holder - it's easy with the Square Bump Borders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an idea to avoid another shopping trip just to buy a giftcard holder.  

Have you noticed how pricey the nice giftcard holders are this year?    Wouldn't you  rather add another $5 to the giftcard instead - and present it in a color-coordinated holder?   Here's an easy way to make a quick holder that you can customize with the right colors.  

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Cut a 5-½" x 10-¼" piece of lightly textured white cardstock.  Score it and fold it at 4-¼" and 8-½" to make an A-2 card with  a extra 1-¾" wide section on the bottom.  Diecut the edge of the extra section with the Square Bump Border to create a little bump-out tab.  

Attach "happy holidays" from the Scribble Christmas set to an acrylic block.  Carefully lift both ends of the greeting, curve them, and press them firmly onto the block again. Use a stamp positioner and stamp it with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach foam dots near the top outer corners of the diecut edge and fold the bottom up to form a pocket.

You can write the giftcard amount just above the pocket line where it'll be hidden until the giftcard is removed.  Secure the giftcard in the pocket with removable glue dot placed on a blank area.

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If you're planning to stamp more than one card - check to be sure the curvy ends haven't returned to their original straight design.  They tend to straighten out after a few minutes.  A greeting stamp with an attitude!

Stamp the tree on green cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die.  Cut the small tree from green and silver glittered cardstock.  Cut the larger tree from pink and aqua cardstock and trim them to different heights.  

Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from white cardstock.  Attach adhesive along the edges of the inner rectangle.  Attach the narrow frame behind it.  (Lots easier than first attaching the delicate frame by itself.)  Attach them to the card.  Add the trees - use foam dots for the green and silver trees.  Add tiny silver sequins.

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Yes,  I promised an easy card - it's a wordy tutorial, but it really is easy.  It's also faster than driving to the store to find a giftcard holder that may or may not match the giftcard.  Details, details!

Thanks for stopping by during the busy holiday season...

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12/22/2016

Thu 22

Merry Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

It's hard to believe that we are only a few days away from Christmas. Today I have a quick and graphic Christmas card for you, let's get started!

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I used the Circle Bump Borders set for this fun card. I die cut each size in the set in alternating colors. Then I glued them all together and placed them on the card on an angle.

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I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Christmas Botanicals stamp set to finish it off. This design would work great with any colors and would be great for a birthday or thank you card.

Have a wonderful day!

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12/21/2016

Wed 21

A Merry Christmas Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

We are officially in the homestretch for Christmas! My kids are counting down, and so am I (thinking of what little time I have left)! I am sure you can relate. This is truly my last Christmas card, I promise, and it is an fairly simple card. One die, and a background stamp!

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I dug into the 2016 Holiday release, and brought out the Merry Christmas Garland die. At the time of its release, I had so many ideas about what I wanted to do with it, and quite frankly, I never did any of them. Sad, but true. So, for this card, I used my favorite technique, inlaid die cutting, all from one simple die.

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I took a piece of red card stock, and trimmed it to fit my A2 size card base. I stamped the Sky Full of Snowflakes background stamp (from last year) onto it with a clear sticky ink, and let it dry. I then ran it through my die cut machine using the Garland die. Setting aside the pieces, I then ran it through again, with lime green card stock. I adhered a piece of typing paper, that I had put adhesive all over, to the back of the red pieces, and reinserted the green sentiment. I then ran the die through again, this time with gold. Taking the little half circles, I inserted them into the empty areas. I popped up the panel onto a white card base, and it was done.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See you in the New Year!

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12/20/2016

Tue 20

Merry Christmas
by Shelby Thomas

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Good morning!  One final Christmas card for 2016.  All of the Christmas cards are done, decorating done and Christmas shopping completed.  Time to relax a little bit and enjoy the season.

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I've used one of my favorite dies this season called the Millbrook ornament.  Simple yet able to use as the focal point of a card beautifully.  I was trying to do a gradient background with greens though I realized, oh darn must go shopping at my favorite LSS for a lighter shade of green to complete the look for next time!  Any excuse to shop in a crafting store!

The ornament was cut using gold color papers, I stamped a small snowflake in gold pigment ink and then added white liquid pearls to the center of the snowflakes and on the centers of the snowflakes on the ornament.

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A fast and easy card that you can whip up this week if you realize you forgot someone on your Christmas card list!  I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas has a joyful and very Merry Christmas!

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12/19/2016

Mon 19

BUNNY GIFT Tags and a Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting to wrap up Christmas presents and I'm using the BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193 to make some really cute tags and a card.  For this first set of three tags I also used dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069 to cut out the stamped images and the background midnight blue oval.

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  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069, one to cut out the stamped images and one cut from midnight blue cardstock
  • Memento Markers: Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Pear Tart, London Fog
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white dotted ribbon

For the second set of two tags, I used three of the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies from the set of 8 no. 30016.

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  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies, set of 8, no. 30016, white cardstock (edged with Memento Lady Bug ink around the circles), Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper 
  • Prismacolor Pencils in browns, red, pink, dark green, and blue
  • Wink of Stella pens:  Clear, Red, Dark Green for a little extra shimmer on the stamped images
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white-lined ribbon

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For this notecard, I also used Prismacolor pencils (gray for the bunny this time) and the red Wink of Stella pen for his coat and the package ribbons.  I used two of the Stitched Ovals, one to cut out the stamped image on the white cardstock which I popped up on another oval cut from Memory Box Cranberry dot paper.  I then placed those onto a white notecard with a piece of the Cranberry Snow paper already adhered to it.  I added the little white bow as a finishing touch.

This stamp set and the shaped dies helped me create the perfect tags for gifts and a coordinating card this Christmas.  Happy Crafting!!!

 

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12/18/2016

Sun 18

Bright Spirits
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. The countdown is on with just a few days left until Christmas. Do you need a really simple way to design those last minute cards? 10 minutes with this one and you are ready for giving or mailing.

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a Black card stock base trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

Cut White card stock just a bit smaller, adhere 3 strips of washi tape.

 

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Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp and die set.

Die cut Poinsettia Bloom Trio from Green card stock. Die cut Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from Red card stock.

 

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Adhere together as shown, then add a glass dot for the flower center.

 

It just doesn't get any easier than that.

Happy Crafting,

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12/17/2016

Sat 17

Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze
by Jean Okimoto

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Wouldn't a sweet little Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze background brighten a cold winter day?  I hope so!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card for 2017.  It's been a quick, busy year and now Christmas is just a week away...

Cut Plush Angel - except the wings, heart and facial features - from felt.  Instead of two feet ovals and two hand circles, I cut four ovals for the hands and feet.  Glue the extra ovals between the sleeve layers for her hands.  Cut the wings and heart from pink glittered craft foam.  Cut the eyes from glossy black cardstock.  

Stitch and assemble her.  The die set includes two little hairbows which would be cute in pink, but I wanted to save some bling for the glittered snowflakes.  A stitched smile would be sweet - but I took the easy way out and just cut an extra eye circle from glittered craft foam.  

Cut the 4-¼" x 5-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  Save the delicate frame for another project.  

Cut the rectangle with Snowdrift Breeze.  Attach it to an A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Cut three of the snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock and attach them as inlays.  Attach the angel - use foam dots behind her head for a bit of a boost.  The layers of felt may call for extra postage - please check with your post office.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by during the busy holiday season.  Hope you're nearing the bottom of your list of things to do and will have some time to enjoy a bit of Memory Box crafting this weekend.  Our holiday collections are filled with great dies and stamps for more than "just" cards - they're great for tags, giftcard holders, candle wraps, ornaments and treat packages too!  

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