54 posts categorized "Landscapes"

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

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!

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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

 

08/17/2016

Wed 17

A Christmas Tag Set
by Lindsay

Hello!

 I am so glad you stopped by today! I have a fun tag set for you, using one of the newly released stamp sets, and it's coordinating die. These are very easy to make, and are a lovely addition to any gift that you give!

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I started by stamping all of my images onto Bristol Smooth White paper, and coloring them using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then die cut them out, and added a bit of ink blending, and stenciling to the globes. 

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To create this particular tag, I colored in the pine trees with Copic Markers, and set them aside. I then used some light blue ink, and blended upward to make it look like a bit of blue sky. I added some snowflakes using the Scattered Flakes stencil, and added the snow mound that was die cut from the set. I layered all of my elements into the tag with foam, and added some details with a white gel pen, along with ribbon, and twine. 

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I used the same techniques for this, except I colored the images with watercolor markers. After they were dry, I adhered them to my inked, and stenciled tag.

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Again, the same inking done, I colored my Santa with the Zig markers, and adhered him with a bit of foam tape.

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There you have all four! I hope you've enjoyed, and were inspired to create your own tags! These can be used directly on a gift, or put them on a card! Your recipient will love it! 

Thank you again for stopping by! Have a crafty day!

Lindsaysignature

06/17/2016

Fri 17

Garden of Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today!

I have a fun, bright floral card, using a simple border die to share with you today. I used quite a bit of ink blending, and Copic coloring for this.

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I took a panel of white card stock, and die cut the Thought Cloud in the center. I sponged on blue ink, and set it aside. I took a scrap of white card stock and ran it through with the Summerville Landscape die. I then colored it in with a variety of Copic Marker colors. 

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I masked off the sides of my white card base, and sponged in a gradient of yellow, and adhered the panel with foam tape. I added some glitter to the flowers using a glitter brush pen, as well as stamping a sentiment from the Veggie Good set in black ink. I finished it off with a few black pearls. 

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I hope you enjoyed, and thanks again for stopping by! Take a look at some of your Memory Box dies to see if you can color them, as well as use them in different ways! 

Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature

04/24/2016

Sun 24

Cattails of Happiness
by Penny

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Hey there Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a bit of nature. Needing a card for a man (and you know those are the hardest cards for me to make), this card came together so easily because Memory Box dies are so simple to pair together. With Father's Day just around the corner, it is time to get prepared. Those Tall Cattails are just stinkin' adorable and would perfect for any "manly" card.

 

So...Let's do this:

White card base inked with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress inks. The script portion of Skywriting was inked and stamped along the edge for a little interest. Seeds of Happiness sentiment was stamped using VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink.

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Tall Cattails were die cut from White card stock then colored with Copic markers and adhered to card front.

Wildflower Landscape was die cut from White card stock and colored with Copics. My colors were way too bright, so I colored over the whole thing again with a pale Green Copic marker giving the Wildflowers a muted, yet colorful look.

 

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Wildflower Landscape was adhered to card front with two pieces of foam adhesive in the center giving it lots of dimension.

 

What have you been making with the new Collection of dies? We would love to see your artwork on our Facebook page here.

 

Happy Crafting,

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03/03/2016

Thu 03

Serene Snow Scene
by Lindsay

Hello! 

What is the weather doing where you are? Here in Ohio, it was 60 the other day, and today, it's snowing, and 25..My card reflects a bit of that today. 

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I did quite a bit of watercoloring on this, using very simple techniques. I started with a panel of watercolor card stock, and wet it liberally with water. I then dropped in my colors, adding more where I wanted it more concentrated. I let that dry, and brought in white for the bottom, to look like snow. 

DSC_0028I die cut the lovely Forest Tree Frame, and added generous amounts of pigment to it. I then trimmed it out, and adhered it to my panel. The snow was carefully added using the leftover pieces from the Starlit Breeze die. I adhered the panel to a white card base, using a piece of fun foam, and decided it didn't need a sentiment. 

If you didn't want to add this to a card base, it could easily be framed, and used as decor for your home! The possibilities are endless!

I hope you were inspired to create something with your dies, today! Thank you for stopping by!

Lindsaysignature