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05/18/2018

Fri 18

Butterfly Spectacle and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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The Butterfly Spectacle joins a group of favorite dies on today's card - like butterflies prepping for a summer reunion.  I love how Memory Box dies can be mixed and mingled into endless combinations.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another quick card for you.

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Cut natural cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut it with Butterfly Spectacle.  Cut the Bouquet handmade paper - from Birch Press Design - with three butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  It's such a pretty print, with so many options!

Cut the the matching antennae/center sections - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set - from gold glitter paper.  I've used just a tiny portion of the large (21-½" x 30" sheet!) gold glitter paper from Impress.  It supplies many, many of these delicate little pieces...and a lot more!

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of natural cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of natural cardstock with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale turquoise gem stickers.

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Experiment with the dies in your Memory Box collection.  You'll be amazed at how many different ways you can use them - as intended - or in creative, outside-the-box ways that Dave probably didn't expect.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress on May 28th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area and have the day off for Memorial Day, or if you're visiting that weekend.   

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

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05/17/2018

Thu 17

Big Butterfly Wing and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card!  Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you.

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Cut bright white cardstock with the  3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project.  We're recycling and using the "offcut" here.  That's what I call it  - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly.

Find the perfect bright and flowery section of the screenprinted paper.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Using the slightly smaller die eliminates measuring, guessing and wasting that beautiful paper!

Cut the center/antennae section from gold glitter paper.  I love the new 21-1/2"x 30" gold glitter paper from Impress!  It's easy to diecut - with very little "flaking" and works perfectly with both detailed and solid dies.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of bright white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a marker.

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Have a stash of pretty artpapers?  The Big Butterfly Wing will help you use them!  Make a set of cards for special teachers or carpool moms - or for someone who's always scrambling to find a card at the last minute.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great, sunny day!

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05/14/2018

Mon 14

Dragonflies on Inner Stair Step Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature die cut dragonflies on pre-scored Inner Stair Step Cards, cards we'll be making at the local senior center this week.  I found several packages of these cards in my stash, but there are tutorials online for making stair step cards using an A2 notecard, a craft knife, and a scoring tool to cut and score the center panel.

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I precut all of the dies from Memory Box Bluebird Gingham patterned paper.  I used these dies:

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I used a glue pen to secure the pieces to the card, laying it out kind of flat, being careful to keep the glue away from the fold lines on the steps.  

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Here's another one, this time using Memory Box Bubblegum Dots patterned paper, placing the die cuts in different spots.

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And a third card where I used plain white cardstock and no cattails.  I also used a foam dot to pop up the dragonfly.

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These cards do fold flat to put in an envelope for mailing.  Because some of the pieces stick up above the folded card, I will use a larger envelope than the typical A2 size (and probably extra postage).  I can also add a sentiment easily on the front center panel.  Another idea for this month's Insects/Butterflies/Dragonflies Challenge!

Happy Crafting!

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05/12/2018

Sat 12

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you, featuring the Rolling Wave Collage die and some playful seals.

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To create this card, I die cut the Rolling Wave from a piece of white cardstock, and then glued it onto a background layer which I painted with watercolors.

I stamped, colored and die cut the seals and the ball, then adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive. 

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I then stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card and glued the card front to a white notecard.

I hope I inspired you to create a few cards!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

 

 

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05/11/2018

Fri 11

Rainbow Birthday
by Sharon Harnist

Hello Memory Box Fans, Sharon Harnist back with you again today, bringing you a bright rainbow full of birthday cheer!

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Did you realize this wonderful cupcake image is included in the adorable Spring Bunnies stamp set?  I love stamp sets that have a ton of versatility, and this one sure does!  It's not only great for Easter and Spring, but also babies, love, and birthdays!  I stamped the fabulous cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card, then colored it up with these Copic markers:

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Then I die cut the cupcakes with their coordinating Spring Bunnies die set and glittered them with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer.  Next, I die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday from Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with the same markers, with an ombre effect.

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To complete the card, I anchored the birthday die cut with a piece of washi tape, and stamped the Sweetest sentiment (also from the Spring Bunnies stamp set).  I hope you have a weekend full of rainbows and sunshine!  And if you are a Mother or will be spending the weekend with your Mother, Happy Mother's Day!

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05/10/2018

Thu 10

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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A felt owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies delivers a bright  greeting here today.  Coordinate them with the perfect printed and embossed papers from Birch Press for more texture and zingy color.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design for spring and summer celebrations.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to fuchsia felt and diecut the Feathered Friends owl.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the face from natural cardstock.  

Cut the eyes and beak - from orange cardstock.  Color the eye circles with a black marker.

Cut the branch - from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge dies set - from  recycled cardboard.

The gold embossed paper and bright leafprint are from Birch Press Design.  They quickly add bright splashes of color and earthy texture to the design.  Cut them with the 2" x 3-¼" and 1-¾" x 3" dies from the Rectangle Basics set.  Cut the wing from the embossed paper too.

Stamp the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set on an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.  I love how the leaves match the shape of the owl and wing...little things like that make me so happy!

The Deep Edge Dies are timesavers for quilting and fabric arts because they cut thru multiple layers of fabric and are specially made to easily release the diecut pieces.  Of course you can use them for cardstock - and handmade artpapers that can sometimes be challenging to cut.  

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!   Hope you liked the cards - and the great Shizen Designs artpapers we used.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura too - for helping us find the dies, papers and inks we needed!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy the sunshine! Jeansignature-3

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05/07/2018

Mon 07

Drifting Side Butterfly with Cheery Flower Collage Challenge Cards
by Anne Thompson

I have two fast and easy cards today that use the DRIFTING SIDE BUTTERFLY die 99900 and the CHEERY FLOWER COLLAGE die 99946 for this month's Insects/Butterflies/ Dragonflies Challenge.  Let's look at the blue one first.

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I used a Memory Box notecard and Bluebird Distressed Dots paper along with some plaid papers from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the Cheery Flower Collage into the front of the notecard and added large pearls in the flower centers.  I used a piece of Lawn Fawn plaid paper for the inside of the card where I can write or stamp a message that will either show through the opening or not.  I cut the solid butterfly from a different Lawn Fawn plaid and cut the outline butterfly from the dot paper.  I used a glue pen to adhere the two pieces and pop-dotted it onto the card front.  Easy peasy!

Here's a close-up of the butterfly.

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Here's Card #2.

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This time I used a raspberry notecard and double-sided patterned paper which I adhered behind the window and added another piece on the inside where I will write or stamp my message.  I added a narrow strip on the card front as well.  I used two complementary prints from the same collection to make the butterfly and inked its edges with Distress Spun Sugar.  I added two tiny pearls to the flower centers.

Have you submitted your work for this month's Challenge?  We always look forward to what you share with us!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

05/04/2018

Fri 04

I Bee-lieve in You
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Friday, Friends!  To go along with the current new Memory Box Challenge #37 to use Insects, Butterflies, or Dragonflies on your projects, I created this card:

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I had fun watercoloring my die cuts again!  The Honeycomb Square was die cut from watercolor paper I colored with gold metallic watercolor ... it has such pretty golden shimmer!  The beautiful Intricate Bee was watercolored with with yellow and light black, to help keep it soft and subtle. The bee's wings were watercolored with a white/silver mixture and the cut-outs left/held in place by placing foam mounting tape under them.

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The background was created by die cutting the Hex Collage out of adhesive stencil material and using it as a stencil to apply aqua watercolor onto a watercolor paper panel.  Finally, leftover black watercolor was flicked onto the background and the Bee Yourself sentiment stamped in Memento Gray Flannel.

I hope you'll join us in this month's Memory Box Challenge and create your own Insect/Butterfly/Dragonfly project!

Sharon-Signature

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05/03/2018

Thu 03

May Challenge Inspiration – the Plush Elegant Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Plush Elegant Butterfly combines a little May Challenge inspiration - and a lot of copper thread - here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed design that's a bit more involved than my usual "quick and easy" ideas.    Hope you like it!

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Spritz watercolor paper and paint it in pale, watery layers of pink, orange, yellow and teal Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  They're vibrant, concentrated inks that can be used as liquid watercolors.  Dry the inks.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind the pink portion and diecut it with the Plush Elegant Butterfly.  Diecut the center portion too.

Punch a 2 or 3mm hole in the center of the butterfly.  Securely tape one end of a  strand of metallic copper thread behind the butterfly.  Sew long stitches - beginning at the center hole - through and around the left half of the butterfly.  Repeat on the right half.  Tape the thread ends to the backside of the butterfly.

Diecut another butterfly from white cardstock and attach it behind the stitched butterfly to add dimension (and cover the backside of the stitches!).

Stitch the butterfly center with the copper thread.

Diecut the big antennae - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set- from rose gold mirror cardstock.  Attach it between the butterfly and the center portion.

Cut another section of the watercolored paper with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Stamp "follow your bliss"   on a 5-½" square white card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach two strips of tape from the Sugar Tape set, available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots to elevate the wings.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try this technique.  It takes a few minutes - but the  detailed, sparkly results are worth the effort...promise.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ASIA NOW class at Impress on Saturday!

 

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04/30/2018

Mon 30

Happy Thoughts
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for some card making fun.  I have a bright, fun, happy card to go with our beautiful spring weather.

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To create this card, I stamped the floral wreath image on watercolor paper, using Versa Mark ink pad and then heat embossed the image using white embossing powder.  

I sponged the whole stamped background piece using several colors of Distress Oxide Inks.  I started in the center of the paper using Fossilized Amber ink, next Carved Pumpkin and finished with Picked Raspberry.  With a dry tissue, I wiped across the embossed image to remove any ink left on top of the embossing.

Next, I removed ink from the leaves and flowers with a paintbrush and plain water.  I loaded my paint brush with the water and painted inside the flowers and then blotted them with a dry paper towel. I continued this process for all the leaves and flowers.  Not all of the ink will be removed, but they will be noticeably lighter. I saw a video that Jennifer McGuire did, and since then have seen many more on YouTube.

I dried my paper and then went in with colored pencils to add some contrasting color to the stamped image.  This is a small image so you don't see as much detail as in a larger stamped imaged.  I used a blender pen to soften the colored pencil. 

I spattered the paper with pain water, blotted that it with a dry towel, and spattered it with gold ink. 

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I die cut the word "happy" from gold foil paper and glued this to a strip of vellum paper. I adhered this to the card front and gold embossed the word "thoughts" underneath the vellum strip.  

To finish the card, I used foam adhesive to adhere the card front to a white cardstock mat, which I then glued to a pink mat.  These I glued to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

 


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