58 posts categorized "Landscapes"

11/15/2017

Wed 15

Mountain Village Houses Fabric Mini-Quilt/Ornament
by Anne Thompson

More new dies from Memory Box!  I'm so excited!!!  Some of them are new DEEP EDGE dies which will cut up to six (yes, 6!) layers of fabric at once!  I knew when I saw the MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOUSES 30106 that I would create a mini-quilt that could also be used as a tree ornament.

The finished project:

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Materials used:

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Steps:

  • Choose a batik square for the background sky.  Die cut the Stitched Mountains from a green batik and the snow caps from white.  Glue the snow caps onto the mountains with fabric glue and glue the base of the mountains to the sky fabric.
  • Die cut the Evergreen Hillside Slope from a darker green batik.  Glue it to the mountains.
  • Die cut one of the Gentle Stitched Landscapes from a large piece of snowy batik fabric and glue it over the bottom of the Evergreen Hillside Slope.  This piece has to be large enough for all of the houses you will use.
  • Die cut a bunch of houses and their roofs from a variety of batiks.  Place them where you'd like them. (I even flipped some of my houses.)  Use a little fabric glue to hold them in place. (I decided not to add all of the little windows and doors for this project.)
  • Even up the edges of your panel and place it on a piece of felt a little bit larger all around.  Use your sewing machine to quilt it.  I used a blanket stitch all the way around the outside edges first and then went back and used a straight stitch to make all of the vertical lines.  Then I sewed all of the horizontal lines.  This stitching really secures all of the small pieces.
  • To finish, add a ribbon to serve as the hanger.
  • The final dimensions of my piece:  5 1/4" W X 7 1/4" L.

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This second one is actually the prototype I started first.

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The base is gray felt with mountains, snow (which is almost completely covered by the houses) and trees also from felt.  The green trees really shredded because I used an inexpensive craft felt instead of a good quality felt.  The houses and roofs are cut from a variety of cottons and homespun. I used fabric glue to put it together and then set it aside to work on the other one.  I think I like it better now that it is quilted even though the green trees are wonky.  

Because I cut so many houses and roofs at once, I have lots more to mix and match for another fabric project!  All of these new dies can also be used with paper and I can't wait to craft some cards using these same dies to make more mountain villages.

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!

and ... Happy Crafting!

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10/24/2017

Tue 24

Snowy Christmas
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome!

   Today's card is a combination of embossing, ink blending, die cutting and paint spritzing using the new dies for the holidays.  It was fun to get out my supplies (ok, they were already out--I'm a messy crafter at times) and charge into this layered card...check it out.

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The trees and the cabin are two different dies that align perfectly to create this wintery scene.  I cut both from white paper and pieced the trees and cabin with solid colored card stock.  A little bit of diluted white acrylic paint spritzed on the trees created the snow pattern and a touch of white pen filled in "naked" areas.  

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For the beautiful night sky I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on a white paper panel, then spritzed with water to create a speckled effect.  This panel was positioned and adhered behind the circular opening giving the trees and cabin a starry backdrop.   

Using the Circle Basics die set, I selected the die closest in size to the tree and cabin circle sets for the front panel opening.  Next, a quick run through of this panel with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and then adhered all four layers together.  Starting from the back, that's Sky panel, tree layer, cabin layer then embossed white panel.

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For a touch more red, I added the smallest size of Poinsettia Blooms and the Brushed Merry Christmas sentiment....all sitting pretty on a green note card.  How's that for traditional Christmas colors!  Now to make a few more (per week) in time for the holiday mailings.  How many cards do you send out?  Each year my list grows longer since everyone loves a handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at this snowy Christmas card! Jennysig

 

09/06/2017

Wed 06

New Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves by Jean Okimoto

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The new Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves are made for each other - literally - and for your Christmas cards too!  Slider Grooves are also designed to coordinate with the new Stitched Curves to create frosty snowscapes, grassy hills, sandy beaches and fall landscapes - they're a pair for all seasons.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a holiday slider card for you. Our Design Team will be sharing slider cards thru Sunday and we hope you'll be inspired to create some too!

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Stamp the elves and gift on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the Christmas Elves die set.  Color them with watercolor pencils.  Cut the elf on the right side from watercolor paper again.  Attach it behind the watercolored elf to add dimension and extra momentum as he slides along the snowbank.  (Oops...the new Stitched Curves die set is missing from the photo.)

Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with the shortest die from the Slider Grooves set.  Cut the top curve of the snowbank from watercolor paper.  Trim it with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die it to match  the  background and attach it to the background.

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There are many, many ways of adding the slider including pennies, foam tape and bits of cardboard.  Here's what I tried...pompoms!  The 5mm pompoms are perfect with the curved Memory Box Slider Grooves and the Straight Slider Grooves.   Pompoms add the height required for a slider without adding too much weight to the card.  Glue two of them to a scrap of watercolor paper that's smaller than the diecut.  

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Insert the pompoms (attached to the scrap of watercolor paper) from behind the panel.  Attach the double-layered diecut from the front of the panel.  Attach a scrap of Pool Distressed Dots to the front of a Pool Notecard to disguise the groove.  Attach the panel to the card.

Cut Snowy Pine from watercolor paper - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Attach the left elf with foam dots.  Attach the gift.  Add silver gem stickers.  Extra postage will probably be required - but it's a design that's sure to make someone smile.  They'll probably be tempted to peek behind the elf and smile again when they spot the pompoms.  There's just something fun about pompoms and they're not just for bunny tails anymore.

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's HOLLY, JOLLY AND HAPPY class at Impress!  Hope you liked the new techniques - and the cards we made.  Thanks to Jacky too - for her perfectly rich but light Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes served on Christmas napkins, in September.  Yum!    Thanks also to Ann, Shari and Erin for finding the products we needed and helping us fill those shopping baskets!  

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the CALENDAR EXPRESS...MORE PAPER PLEASE! class on September 16th.  We'll make an artsy desk calendar with dies, stamps and great artpapers.  It's a great way to get a bit more from your dies and stamps...and use some of the beautiful papers we've been stashing!

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3


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07/26/2017

Wed 26

New Sheer Treescape, Stitched Curves and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Fresh colors, textures - and great new dies - are all you need for a simple winter landscape.  Here's a quick and easy design for your headstart on the holidays.  Deciding where to attach the sparkly gems was probably the most challenging part of this simple greeting!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easy to mass-produce and create in your favorite colors.   The Wrapped Stitch Rectangles five-piece set is quickly becoming another new favorite.  It's basic - but quirky - and adds just enough of an accent to highlight any design.  It's also designed to complement all of the other great stitched dies in our collection.  

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Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Cut Sheer Treescape from green cardstock and trim it to about 5-1/8" wide.  Snip the outer edges of the first and last trees at an angle.

Stamp "merry Christmas" - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with worn lipstick Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut it with the die from the new Stitched Curves set.  

Cut glittered pink cardstock stars using the Starlit Breeze die.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.  That's it!

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Like quick and easy designs?   Hope this inspired you to get started on your holiday cards during these hot summer days.

Big thanks to everyone from last Saturday's classes at Impress.  I appreciate that so many of you drove (and ferried!) long distances to take both classes.   Hope you loved the 2017 Holiday Collection as much as I enjoyed designing those cards for you.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied with Memory Box, Poppystamps and Open Studio products!

We just added another  NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS class - from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday August 12th.  The afternoon PAPER PLEASE class has been moved up to 11:00-1:00 that morning so those of you who couldn't take  the holiday release class on July 22nd can join us from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Please call Impress - 206 901.9101 - to save a seat, and a bit of that refreshing AC!

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool...

Jeansignature-3

 


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04/04/2017

Tue 04

Sunset Beach
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and Welcome!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  It's "toes-in-the-sand" time so lets head down to the beach today...

I'm calling this card Sunset Beach but it could also be a sunrise, right?  Either way I would love to be right there in this scene enjoying nature.  
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 It's time for me to admit that I changed up the components of the main die a bit.  You will see that these dies are very versatile and can take on several looks.  On this card I snipped off the sun (moon?), and both dragonflies (see actual die photo below).  Save them to use on the inside of the card.

I watercolored a separate card size panel with these distressed inks in a horizontal pattern: barn door, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and tumbled glass.  Half of the watercolored paper was adhered to the inside of the card to fit the long rectangle opening and the remaining half was used to die cut the shells, dragon flies and both circles for the sun (moon).  

I really like the elegant shore birds so they "made the cover" and were tucked into the tall grass then the watercolored shells, setting sun and flying gulls were added to complete the relaxing scene.

 A word about the kraft chipboard note cards...I love these new chipboard note cards!  Seriously, you must give these a try.  They are heavier than card stock (hence the term chipboard) and give the card weight and stability---by the way, the Memory Box dies cut the chipboard paper beautifully.  Ahhh...

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 Now, since I snipped the dragonflies off the front of the card, they were available to add to the inside of the card.  I added them along with a waterclored overlay, another moon and an inspiring sentiment--all adhered onto solid color card stock panel.  A matching solid paper panel was added to the left side which "hides" the back of the watercolored panel facing the front cover. 

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These new sea life dies make me so happy---they feel like vacation time!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed your "mini vacation" right here.  

Jennysig


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03/27/2017

Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper.  Easter eggs are optional!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.

Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity?  Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards.  The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.  

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Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper -  so he'll face the Grassland Collage.  This pretty print is from Hanko Designs.  Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.


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Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of  folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design.  This lets you avoid  the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage.  Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas.  The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of.  This is easier done than explained - give it a try!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf.  The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.  

I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.  

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  The  Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects,  making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies.  Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 


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02/22/2017

Wed 22

Thinking of You
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Wednesday! 

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! 

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I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. 

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To create the tree, I die cut it twice from water color paper, and left it in the cardstock. I then applied brown ink to one, and green to the other. I then began the process of adhering the green leaves to the brown die cut tree. It took forever, no lie. BUT, I figured it was therapy and I wasn't doing dishes. ;0) The best tip I have is be patient, turn on some music, get your tweezers, and a sticky tool to help pick up the little pieces. Once it was complete, I adhered it to the center of the panel with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things to Love stamp set. I then adhered a few clear embellishments, and popped it up onto a Kraft card.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! So, what is the most tedious card you've created? How long did it take you? I would love to know! 

Lindsaysignature

 

12/07/2016

Wed 07

Peaceful Christmas
by Lindsay

Hello!

Lindsay with you today, and I am sharing yet another Christmas card! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a large stack to send, and this one is now included with them! I just adore the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, and die combo, and thought those sweet deer needed to be colored, and put onto a card. 

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Going very clean and simple, I took a piece of white card stock, and cut it down to 4 x 5 1/4. I then masked off a round hill with a piece of scrap paper, and sponged on a faint horizon line for my trees to sit on, and around. I stamped my images onto Copic safe card stock, and colored them in. Using the coordinating dies, I ran each image through, and adhered them to the panel. 

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I stamped the sentiment in a crisp black ink, and rounded the corners of the panel. I then adhered the panel to a white card base, using foam tape, and applied some glittery shine to the trees with a glitter pen. Again, a very simple card, and easy to make a few of! Besides, coloring is always a welcome distraction from certain chores, right? Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Lindsaysignature

 

11/17/2016

Thu 17

Snowy Pines
by Lindsay

Hello!

I am so happy you've stopped by today! I have a winter themed card to share with you, using the lovely Fresh Pine Landscape die. As the temperature drops here in Northeastern Ohio, I am mentally preparing myself for the snow, even if it is cardmaking with a snow theme! 

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I began with a white card base, and sponged on blue ink, using a foam blending tool. Using white acrylic paint, I added some water to it, and flicked a little bit onto the card front. I then allowed that to dry, and white it did, I worked on my snowy tree hill.

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I die cut the piece from water color card stock, and applied the paint using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Working in layers, I added more color on the left side of the trees, and some gray shadows underneath them. Once I was happy with the color and saturation, I allowed it to dry, and die cut three more from regular card stock. I stacked them together using liquid glue, and adhered the piece to my card base. 

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I stamped a sentiment from the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, and adhered a few sequins to finish the card. Do you have this die, and how have you used it? I would love to know! 

Thanks so much for visiting today! 

Lindsaysignature

09/09/2016

Fri 09

Last Dream of Summer
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box fans!

I know, I know..summer is on its way out, but I am desperate to hold on to it! With Autumn, and Christmas looming, I am about to shock you with a blast of color! So, as a last ode to the loveliness that is this season, I reached back to last release, and picked out this amazing silhouette image. With a bit of ink blending, and a simple die cut, I tried to capture my love for summer.

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I started with a white card base, and blended in hues of blue, teal, and green. I spritzed some water onto the front, and daubed it up with a paper towel, achieving a splatter effect. Using the Spring released Wildflower Landscape die, I cut it from white card stock, and adhered it to the bottom of the card front.

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Using a sentiment from the May released, Veggie Good set, I white heat embossed it onto black card stock. I trimmed it out, and adhered the block to the front of my card. To finish the card, I adhered a few butterflies, and a dragon fly from the Blooming Chrysanthemum die set. 

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I added a bit of shimmer to the butterflies, and called it done. Thank you for humoring me and my summer themed card! I think I "might" have gotten it out of my system! Until then, happy crafting!

Lindsaysignature