1271 posts categorized "Dies"

05/26/2017

Fri 26

Whale Hello There
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Since this weekend is the unofficial start of the summer season, I thought I would create a fun summer themed card for you today.

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To create this card I used blue alcohol inks on glossy cardstock to make a background for the whale to hang out on. I stamped the whale and waves on watercolor cardstock and colored the images using distress inks.  The colors of distress ink I used were: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Pumice Stone and Worn Lipstick. 

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To assemble the card I cut out the whale and the waves.  I cut around the whale fin and tucked the waves under it. Glue these to the alcohol background layer and adhere it to a licorice cardstock layer.  Using foam adhesive I glued this to a white card base. Stamp the greeting on the bottom right corner of the card and you're done.

Pretty easy right?

 Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend!

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05/25/2017

Thu 25

Sheer Circle Wreath, Little Dragonflies and Dazzling Dragonfly
by Jean Okimoto

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Wondering how to use the new Sheer Circle Wreath in May?  Don't wait till the holidays - it's a great backdrop for the Dazzling Dragonfly on a summer card.  Diecut circles and rings create an artsy background or accent for any occasion.  Try it with butterflies, birds or your favorite design from Fish Tales.  And with snowflakes in December!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with congrats to all of the May Blog Blitz winners - enjoy your prize!  

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Sheer Circle Wreath is great for diecutting soft,  textured papers - like marbled paper from Shizen Design.  The swirly waves of metallic inks form little coves and corners for the wreath.  Cut the wreath first, then trim the paper with the Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Dazzling Dragonfly from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.  Assemble it - with the wings beneath the body instead of above it,  for a different look.  Cut Little Dragonflies from Rose Gold mirror cardstock too.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square cream card.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Open Studio Thank You Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Broken China.  Love how the versatile stamp set lets you create the perfect "corner" to complement the rectangle.  Dry the ink, then assemble your quick card.

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Join us for another SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress on Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th.  We have so many great heart designs in our stash...let's use them throughout the year, not just in February.  

Thanks for visiting - hope you liked this simple design.  Diecutting Shizen Design's special artpapers with Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies produces great results - they cut right through the fibers, metallic inks and textures of handmade papers.  Pull those treasured papers from your stash and give it a try!

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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!

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05/20/2017

Sat 20

Inlay a Felt Plush Elegant Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Plush Elegant Butterfly - designed to be lovingly layered and stitched - is also perfect for quick inlaid felt designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Gather some scraps of summer-colored wool-blend felt and back them with adhesive label or sticker paper.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

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Diecut the felt pieces.  Here's an easy way to remove the little stitch dots - place the diecut on a scrap of felt in a weird color that you won't be using - then use a toothpick or BBQ skewer to push the little dots out and onto the felt scrap under it.  The little dots will stick to the felt scrap and can easily be disposed of.  Skip this step if you're actually stitching the butterfly - the needle and floss will do it for you!

The light peach-colored piece in the center is layered - the other felt diecuts are inlaid.

Attach gold glittered washi tape to a scrap of paper and diecut the largest butterfly center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Diecut the folded card with the Straight Stitches die to add some texture to the front - and inside - of the card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink.

Attach the butterfly.  Add green gem stickers. 

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this happy card deserves special handling.  Hope you agree!

The Memory Box Plush Collection creates great felt keepsakes and hand-stitched gifts.  They're also great for cards, layouts and mixed media.  Get the most from your dies by using them in different ways- you'll love their versatility.

Thanks very much for stopping by - have a great weekend!

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05/19/2017

Fri 19

You're my Anchor
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a cute summer card featuring a few new stamp sets from the May release.  There are so many cute images that it makes it hard to figure out which ones I wanted to use.

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To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and stamped the waves using Blueprint Sketch distress ink.  With clear water and a paint brush, I brushed over the waves to activate the ink and give a watercolor look to the waves. Next, I spattered the paper with the same Blueprint  Sketch ink and die cut a frame using the Octagon Layers dies. After that, I sponged the frame with Vintage Photo ink and glued it onto the card front.  I stamped the sun inside the frame and watercolored it; the boat, I stamped once on watercolor paper and once on a piece of washi tape and cut them both out.  I only needed to cut the bottom of the boat from the washi tape, and I adhered it to the watercolor paper boat.  

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I stamped my sentiment and anchor using black ink and added a black marker line from the anchor to the boat.  To finish the card, I glued the card front to a Crimson cardstock layer and glued this to a white card base.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

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05/18/2017

Thu 18

Spring Lilacs and Birthday Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day!  Add a trellis-y  background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring.  It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring.  The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background.  Eliminate that issue by tinting the background with a light wash of your dominant color and air-dry it.  I've used a tiny, very diluted amount of the Pansy Dye Ink Refill for Kaleidacolors.  Iron it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth the paper out again.  Stamp the lilacs with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.   MemoryBoxSpringLilacsClearStampSet-MemoryBoxSpringLilacsDieSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxOpenStudioDistressedBaptisiaCollageSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioBirthdaySentimentsClearStampSet-JeanOkimotoWatercoloredCards-ImagineCrafts-WatercoloredFlowerCards

Watercolor the image with diluted Pansy, Spring Green and Spruce refill inks.  Let it dry.  Cut it with the coordinating Spring Lilacs die.  Diecutting the lilacs is quick and easy if you align the die with the stem and lower edges of the leaves first - then with the blossom at the top.  A bit of painter's tape at those 4 spots will secure the die and produce great results!

Stamp and emboss the greeting from the new Open Studio Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock.  Cut it with the 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  

Cut white cardstock with the grid pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Trim it with the 2" x 3-1/4" Rectangle Basics Die.  It's a must-have set of 16 dies perfectly proportioned cutting layers for A-2 cards - and it's great for A-6 and A-7 cards too.  I can't design a rectangle card without it!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots behind the lilacs at the top.   Add pale violet gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  We discovered a few new ways to use our favorite  heart dies, stamps and papers.  They're classic, versatile and perfect for summer celebrations and events - or just to say "I'm thinking of you."  Thanks too - Becca and Erin - for helping us find everything we needed for our summer cards!

There's a second SUMMER HEARTS class on May 29th.  It's Memorial Day, and classes on a holiday seem to be more relaxing - and it's always a great time to meet new friends and catch up with those you haven't seen in a while.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed last week's May Release Blog Blitz.  I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments!

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05/15/2017

Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

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05/11/2017

Thu 11

May Release Blog Blitz – A Fish Tales Stamp Set Giveaway
by Jean Okimoto

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Bright tropical colors and the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set send birthday wishes today.  Hello, welcome back to our May Release Blog Blitz! Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great new clear stamp set and the matching set of dies.

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It's easy to organize (and find!) your favorite "open" die sets if they're attached to curtain rings from a fabric or home store.  I attach the rings to a magnetic bar that's attached to a shelf in my work area.  That's a lot of attachment - but it works for me!

Paint deckle-edged rough watercolor paper from Shizen Design with Peerless Watercolors and air-dry it.  Add a pearly wash of diluted Peerless Transparent Silver and heat-set it.  The deckled edges and texture enhance the shimmery layer and contrast nicely against the matte diecuts.   Trim the right and bottom edges with a Rectangle Basics die.  

Gather an assortment of yellow, orange, flamingo, turquoise and green cardstock.  Stamp the happy little fish and wavy seaweed  from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.   Heat-set the ink, then diecut the designs  with the matching Fish Tales Die Set. 

Diecut Seaweed Stalks from light green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on lime green cardstock.  Cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Attach the diecuts and greeting - use foam dots for the bright yellow, orange and turquoise fishes.  Add blue gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set?  Just add your comment to today's post - and it may soon join your Memory Box and Open Studio Collection.  Add your comment to Jenny's Fish Tales blog blitz post too - and all of the other Design Team posts during this week's blog blitz.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 14th.  Good Luck to you!

We'll be using a few of the newest dies and stamps at the May 13th SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress.  We have so many great heart- and love-themed dies, stamps and papers - let's put them to work on summery cards for weddings, thank-yous and cards to say "I'm thinking of you."  See you on Saturday!

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05/08/2017

Mon 08

Leafy Ring with Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

Good afternoon!  It's the first day of our Blog Blitz here at Outside the Box.  Scroll down to see Laura's post from this morning.  It's just the beginning of a week full of goodness!  I'm so excited to share with you some of the newest dies and stamps from the just-released May 2017 collection!  

From where I sit at my computer I can see our lilac bushes just beginning to leaf out and sprout buds.  So I just had to use the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and the SPRING LILACS Die Set 32199 for this post.  Because I chose to use the smaller blossom clusters, I featured the LEAFY RING  Die 99780 in my card designs.

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Once I got started I couldn't stop!  Here are the dies I used.

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I used two of the circles from the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS set30016, one that the leafy ring fit tightly inside of and the next largest circle.  The three smaller dies are for the two leaf shapes and the blossom cluster from the Spring Lilacs Die Set.

These are the rest of the supplies:

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Let's look at the purple cards first to see what I did.

Card 1:

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I die cut the Leafy Ring from white cardstock.  I put some purple/white washi tape across the center of the Leafy Ring, then cut a larger dark green circle which I adhered under the Leafy Ring.  The next step was to die cut the small Spring Lilac blossoms bunch twice from light purple cardstock and stamp the blossoms in Archival Ink Deep Purple before cutting the two leaves from the Spring Lilacs set from the same dark green cardstock and stamping the leaf patterns with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I used a Pear Tart Memento marker to color the flower centers.  I used Glue Dots to hold the bunch together (two flower clusters, two leaves) and used foam dots to adhere it to the Leafy Ring.  I stamped "Happy Spring" from the Spring Lilacs stamp set using the VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I added a simply knotted purple/white ribbon to complete the card.

Card 2:

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I began by stamping the individual lilac blossoms (I grouped them on one clear block and kept rotating them as I stamped) from the Spring Lilacs stamp set onto the card front using the Archival Deep Purple ink and colored the flower centers with the Pear Tart marker.  I lined up the Leafy Ring and the larger circle as shown in the photo above to cut that shape from white cardstock.  I cut dark green cardstock with the smaller circle and adhered it underneath the Leafy Ring.  I used the same process as on the first card to create the flower bunch from lighter purple cardstock, adding the green leaves and popping it up from the ring's center.

Then I made two different green cards.

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Here I cut the Leafy Ring from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and backed it with a lighter green cardstock.  I cut the flower blossoms from white cardstock and colored them using a Pear Tart memento marker for the centers and layers of a Lulu Lavender Memento marker for the flowers.  (This month's Challenge is using markers.  Have you posted your project yet?)  I used four clusters of flowers and two leaves for the center bouquet.  And I found a piece of lime green twine to tie around the card in a bow.

The last card:

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The only real difference here was placing the Leafy Ring directly on top of a Meadow notecard using foam dots.  I did use a more olive-y green for the leaves and stamped the outline with Hero Arts Forever Green ink.  And I used two shades of purple cardstock for the flower bunches.   I thought I was finished until I found the cute little bow to add.

Remember to leave comments for me about this post and on all of the others from the Design Team this week.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday May 14th to post your comments for a chance to win one of the new stamp sets or one of the new dies.  Someone who comments on this post will win the Leafy Ring die!

Happy Crafting!

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05/06/2017

Sat 06

Sheer Circle Trimming and Fish Tales from the May Release
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A junior fish from the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set is the awesome alpha fish here, leading the Family of Fish across a watercolored backdrop.  The new Sheer Circle Trimming border - also from the May Release - accents this beachy scene.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a design for a Dad, grad, or anyone special.

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Paint deckled watercolor paper from Shizen Design with Peerless Watercolors and dry it.  Add a light layer of diluted Peerless Transparent Gold for a soft shimmer.  

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Specialty papers can be challenging - especially when you need straight edges and sharp corners.  Memory Box dies are the perfect solution. They're great for cutting artpapers - including this watercolor paper made from recycled garment industry fabric scraps and the metallic marbled paper for the stamped fish.  

Place the deckled edge inside the cutting edges of the Rectangle Basics die and trim the watercolor paper.  I love the way the edge complements the Sheer Circle Trimming.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-3/4" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Sheer Circle Trimming.  Determine the placement of the watercolor paper.  Cut the watercolor paper with the matching section of the Sheer Circle Trimming die.

Cut Family of Fish from Turquoise Cardstock. Remove the fish on the right side.  

Stamp the fish on metallic marbled paper from Shizen Design with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the new Fish Tales Die Set.  Cut an extra fish from cardboard and layer it for dimension.

Stamp  and emboss the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on orange cardstock.

Attach everything to a white A-2 card - use foam dots to attach the greeting.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Do you have a stash of special artpapers that are a bit challenging to cut because of their texture, fibers and metallic inks?  Trimmers, paper punches and scissors tend to slip and/or tear the paper.  Cut them with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies instead!

Please be sure to join us for our May Collection Blog Blitz next week.  We can't wait to introduce you to our newest dies and stamps - and share our ideas with you.   New products, design inspiration and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend.

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