286 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

05/24/2017

Wed 24


Floral Frame Thank You Card by Lindsay

Hello!

Before I begin, I just wanted to let you know that this will be my last post for Memory Box. Life has taken me in another direction, and I have found I just cannot devote the time and attention to card making like I used to do. I am so appreciative of your comments, and kindness these last two years, as I shared my projects with you. I will leave you with a clean and simple Thank you! 

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The Floral Fantasy Frame is a must have. I just had to do an inlay technique with it the moment I saw it! However, I must warn you! Proceed with plenty of time in mind. Guys, this took a ridiculous amount of time, not to mention patience, and good lighting! I began my taking four panels of white card stock, and inking them with yellow, teal, pink, and purple inks, using a sponge dauber. I then ran them through my die cut machine, using the Frame. I sat them aside, and die cut a white frame, to which I adhered it to a white card base. 

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Once the frame was adhered, I began inserting the pieces from the colored panels into the open flowers on my card base. I alternated my colors, and then added a black center to each flower. For my sentiment, I chose the Perky Thank You die, and cut it three times from black card stock, and once from white. I then layered them together, and adhered them to the center of the card. 

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To save a bit of time, and ink on your fingers, you could certainly use plain colored card stocks instead. I just preferred the soft inked look that the blending gave. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Until we meet again in card blog land, don't stop creating, and have a wonderful day!

Lindsaysignature

 

 

05/23/2017

Tue 23

A note of Thanks
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   Jenny here with a note of thanks to share today.  I like to keep 'thank you cards' on hand just to be ready since sometimes I can't get to my craft room to create one quick enough.  This one went to someone I had never met but showed great kindness to me and my family.  It was unexpected and I was happy to give this card which I enjoyed making and loved the way it turned out.  

One of my favorite clear sets from the new release is this Thank You Sentiments set.  It's not a large set but it has just the right sentiments to say 'thank you'.  This is just one variation using this versatile set.  Also, don't overlook the cute stars included in the set---they sure hit the spot with the Leafy Ring die.

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 I embossed the stars and sentiments in gold and layered a lavender paper panel behind the ring to show off the beautiful cut outs.  The Leafy Ring is what I call a 'negative die cut'.  The pieces removed by the die cut are pretty but the best part is the design that remains...now that makes a 'negative' a 'positive' really!

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I added a few of the new leaves from the Stitched Leaves die set, which I love as each leaf has cute pin dots or stitching detail.  

Several gems and pearls dressed up the beautiful Leafy Ring and this card was ready for it's new home, with my thanks.

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Thanks for stopping by today...hope you find some time to create a few 'thank you' cards to keep handy for those thoughtful people in your life!  

Jennysig

05/13/2017

Sat 13

Whale of a Smile
by Sherry Hester

Welcome everyone to day six of our blog blitz! I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the inspiration this week. There are so many possibilities with the new Memory Box “Whale Hello There” set and matching dies. Another super die is the Sheer Circle Trimming die ... a thin but mighty die ... which is also used on this easy-peasy card. The ocean’s the limit with these stamps and dies from the fun and fabulous new release!!

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I started with a 5” x 3.75” piece of white card stock, and ran the Sheer Circle Trimming die twice through my die cutting machine, one right above the other, starting approximately two-thirds of the way down on the piece. To give it an “oceany” feel, I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the die cut area. The waviness of this die provided a perfect background for the focal point.

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I next stamped and die cut the whale and one of the fish from the Whale Hello There sets. I sponged a light gray color onto the whale’s body, adding a little pink for his cheek. The smaller fish was sponged with Dried Marigold with a little pink for the cheek as well.

I mounted the whale and the fish onto the white card stock with foam tape. I stamped and die cut the heart and sponged it in with Worn Lipstick. This was mounted just above the whale’s spout with foam tape. I then stamped the bubbles and filled them in with Faded Jeans. I added some clear glitter to the heart and the bubbles for a little sparkle.

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This assembled piece was then mounted with foam tape to a white A2 card base, as shown.

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If you would like a chance to win the Sheer Circle Trimming die … one of my favorites from the new release, by the way … please leave a comment on this post! You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 14th, to comment on this and all of the posts. The winning comment will be chosen at random … it just might be you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherrysig

 

 

05/03/2017

Wed 03

A Simple Happy Birthday
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! The first few days of May have been beautiful here in southern California. Those April showers really did bring May flowers!

The card I’m sharing today was inspired in part by Jennifer McGuire’s "Stamping on the Go" video during which she used the layering dies from Birch Press Design to create some gorgeous clean and simple cards. I don’t YET have any of these dies, but they are at the top of my wish list. My card has no resemblance to hers, I admit. It simply got me thinking in the direction of the card I eventually came up with. Without further ado ...

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I started with a white A2 card base. I used an embossing folder from my stash on a slightly smaller piece of white card stock and adhered it directly to the base. My intention was to create a white on white background using two of the Stitched Aster Corner die, but they got lost on the embossed background. The same thing happened when I arranged them on a piece of white card stock over the embossed background.

Then I decided to use one of the frames from the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames … okay, I’m seriously addicted to this die set! One frame wasn’t enough, so I cut four just for good measure, stacked and glued them together. But even using the raised frame around with the Aster cuts on a white piece of card stock didn’t work for me. I ended up cutting a piece of light gray card stock to fit inside the frame. I arranged the two Aster die cuts on the gray piece, snipped off what was extending over the edges all around, and adhered that piece to the embossed background, then set the frame down. This allowed the flowers to stand out, and I liked it much better. By the time I was done, my craft table looked like a war zone!

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To finish, I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from yellow card stock.  I shaped one large and two small flowers, layered them together, and adhered the assembled bloom to the bottom left corner of the frame, then added black Prills to the flower center. I cut a strip of black card stock, inked the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set in Versamark, and embossed it with white embossing powder, flagged one end and adhered as shown.

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I may try another card using these same flowers or one of the other intricate flower dies. I would cut enough to stack them and cover the entire card front to create a deeply textured background, then add a colorful focal point on top. The ideas are popping! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by today!

Sherrysig

 

 

04/26/2017

Wed 26

Serene Summer
by Lindsay

Hello paper crafting friends!

I have a colorful card to share with you today, using more of the fabulous Spring release! As you know, I love ink blending, and bold color, so obviously, that is what you will get today.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and applied several shades of ink to it using a foam blending tool. I then spritzed on some water, let it sit for a few seconds, and blotted the water off with a paper towel. 

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I sat the paper aside, and began die cutting the Antilles Floral Border with white card stock. I die cut enough to cover the whole piece. I then adhered it with tiny pieces of foam tape, and finished it with sequins.

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I hope you were inspired today! Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you have a beautiful day!

Lindsaysignature

 

04/22/2017

Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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04/20/2017

Thu 20

Watercolored Dazzling Dragonfly on a Distressed Baptisia Collage
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of watercolored Dazzling Dragonflies on a gold-stenciled Baptisia Collage background...quick, easy and ready for any occasion!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's play with more watercolors tonight.

Cut three Dazzling Dragonflies from brightly-watercolored paper.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Basic Rectangle from watercolored paper lightly tinted in soft shades of Peerless Watercolors.  

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Cut the square pattern from the Baptisia Collage set from The Crafters Workshop stencil plastic.  Stencil the pattern onto the left side of the rectangle with Delicata Golden Glitz.  

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.   

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create some watercolored cards for spring greetings  It's the fastest, easiest way to create splashy backgrounds and vivid accents for any papercrafting project.  

If you're in the Seattle area - this the THE weekend to stop by the Tukwila and University Village Impress stores for the annual not-to-be-missed Spring Sale.  Enjoy the 20% discount on everything - including brand new items that arrived just in time for the sale.

Join us again tomorrow...Donna has another great design to share!

Jeansignature-3

 

Thu 20

Watercolor the Butterfly Wing Medley
by Jean Okimoto

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Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video.  Follow Dave's water-dipping  process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages.

Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind.  I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours.  His video is a must-see for all of the details and techniques.  

Paint the saturated paper with Peerless Watercolors and set it aside to dry.  Spritz it Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the die is designed to cut the wing outlines but keep the center intact.  Crease each butterfly lightly where it's still attached to the background then carefully cut or pull it away.  Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.  

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Cut textured white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Run the die through the machine lengthwise and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border.  It's  easier to run dies through lengthwise - especially long designs like borders, greetings and ribbons.  (The Spellbinders label appears twice here because I'm using a new, clear cutting plate above the die, cardstock and bottom cutting plate.)

Cut another 4" x 5-¼" rectangle for the background.  Attach the border to the background.  Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and dry the ink.  Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for a few of them.

Attach it to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's GOING GREEN class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us gather everything we needed to create our cards.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or  can get here this weekend!) - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for their annual Spring Sale!   It starts today and runs through Sunday April 23rd.  Enjoy a 20% discount, find the best selection of the newest products and have a chance to win great prizes.   It's the best time to stock up on the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs on your wishlist - and the papers and felt you'll want for diecutting and stamping.

Thanks for stopping by... Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/19/2017

Wed 19

A Trio of Spring Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Spring!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. 

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I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base. 

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I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers. 

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I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature

 

04/11/2017

Tue 11

Sprouting Vines & Butterfly Wings
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a super simple Thank You card to share today.

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I started off with a top folding A2 white card base. I cut another piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75" and sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Garden Peony Blossoms stencil. That stencil is one of my favorites.

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I cut three of the fifth largest frames from the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames Set and adhered them one on top of the other. By the way, I think this frame set is a must have!  I cut two of the Sprouting Vines and adhered them to the top back of the frame, cutting off the excess at the top. I then adhered the adorned frame to the stenciled piece, offsetting it to the left just a bit.

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I stamped the "Thank You" portion of the "Thank You Kindly" sentiment from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set. I always try to remember to stamp the sentiment before I add the mounting tape and adhere it. I don't know about you, but I've made the mistake of trying to stamp it afterwards, and it's not pretty!

I die cut the smallest butterfly from the Potenza Butterfly Trio using yellow card stock, and adhered it to the bottom right corner. To finish the card, I added some yellow pearls to the vines and here and there, and put one big one on the butterfly center. This was a very easy card to make. The sentiment could be changed to go with almost any occasion.

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Have a wonderful week, and thanks for taking the time to visit!

Sherrysig