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03/09/2017

Thu 09

Meadow Road Oval Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

Hello, and welcome to the Blog Blitz!  Be sure to check out all of the previous posts this week.  And leave comments all week, Monday through Sunday, on our Design Team posts in order to be eligible to win prizes from the newest SPRING 2017 RELEASE FROM MEMORY BOX!!!

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Today I'm sharing cards I made using the MEADOW ROAD OVAL 99746 as the focal point with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 as the sentiment.  I also used a large rectangle from the STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS SET 30086 (16 dies in this set!) and an oval from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS SET 30069. Four dies on this one card!

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Have you seen Dave's video yet on his glitter inlay technique?  Scroll down to see it here on the blog posted on Saturday March 4th.  That is how I did the road on this card...I cut a piece of double-sided tape sheet to fit behind the road, sprinkled on some ultrafine brown Art Glitter, and rubbed it in.  Voila!  Lovely sparkly road!  (Glitter is on my shopping list for this week--lots of white,  little brown, and not much else in my stash; and Dave's technique has inspired me to work on my Glitter Queen status!)

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To assemble the card, I used a tape runner to secure the Squash Dot Paper rectangle to the front of a Sunflower Notecard.  I then used a glue pen to put the layers of the Meadow Road Oval together, lining up the squash cardstock layer behind the Meadow Road Oval just a bit off so that some of the stitching shows on the righthand side.  The double-sided tape behind the glittery road also helps to hold those two layers together.  I used the glue pen again to add the "happy birthday" die cut sentiment.  I added a small pearl to dot the "i".  I then used the tape runner to adhere the completed oval layers to the front of the notecard.  The finishing touch?--Ribbon!  Just had to add some yellow-green sheer ribbon tied in a pretty bow since this month's challenge is to use ribbon in some way.  

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I also made a card with a more masculine flair in shades of blue with a bright red "happy birthday" and a red/white-dotted ribbon. 

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 Be sure to leave me a comment and you could win the MEADOW ROAD OVAL.  You have until midnight, Sunday March 12th to post your comments.  I look forward to reading what you have to say about the newest dies and about the glitter technique!

Happy Crafting!

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Thu 09

Butterfly Swell on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Butterfly Swell joins our Spring Blog Blitz today!  Hello - hope you're enjoying our blitz and loving the great new dies as much as we enjoy sharing our designs with you.  Jean Okimoto here, with a watercolored butterfly design for you.

Be sure to add your comments to each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win a new die from our latest collection of spring and nautical designs.  Our blitz began on March 6th  and continues through March 12th.

Here are the directions for this simple card.  Paint a background on watercolor paper.  Splotchy and bright stands out more than soft and dreamy for this design - trust me!   

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Cut Butterfly Swell from white cardstock and layer it over the background.  Slip the top and bottom center "tabs" behind the background to create the illusion of floating butterflies.  The die is actually designed to cut through the top and bottom portions so the butterflies are suspended between two sections of cardstock.  I decided to give it a different look here.  

Trim the Butterfly Swell panel to fit onto a textured white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Round the right corners of the panel and the card.

Cut the antennae - from the new Morning Garden Butterflies Set - from pink glittered cardstock.  The Morning Garden Butterflies are designed to match the solid butterflies of the Butterfly Ensemble set too.  

Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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Hope you like this colorful and easy design.  Paint a stash of watercolored backgrounds in your favorite spring and summer shades - they'll be ready when you need them for a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HEY THANKS class at Impress.  Hope you enjoyed the techniques - and being among the first to create cards with the Spring Release.  Everyone got to meet Steve and Quincy too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping us fill those shopping baskets with the latest must-haves.

Want a chance to win the Butterfly Swell?  Just leave a comment here - and you'll be entered to win this versatile, classic design that would make a great addition to your stash of Memory Box dies.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts throughout the blitz for more chances to win great dies from our new collection.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   Good Luck!

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03/08/2017

Wed 08


Underwater Thank You by Lindsay

Hello, and welcome!

I hope you are enjoying this week on the blog! There are so many fun and creative dies from this release, and fabulous projects, too! I used quite a few for my card today, so let's get started!

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I started with a panel of Teal card stock, and ran it through my die cut machine using the Underwater Collage die. I then took the panel and splattered white paint onto it. As that dried, I began die cutting all of my elements. 

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Using the Delicate Sea Fan die, I cut two different coral colors, and adhered those to my card base. I then cut out a few Seaweed Stalks in yellow, and orange, and adhered those also. When the panel had dried, I adhered it to my card base using foam adhesive, and finished with a couple of green Seaweed Ribbons, adhered on top of the panel.

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Taking Thank You Manuscript die, I die cut it multiple times from black card stock, and adhered them together with liquid glue. I adhered the sentiment to the card, and added Glossy Accents to make them shine! 

I hope you've enjoyed, and took away a few ideas on how to use these super fun ocean themed dies! Have a great day!

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03/07/2017

Tue 07

Dancing in the Deep Blue Sea
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone. The blog blitz for the new release is in full swing, and I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration coming your way!

I’ve never made an “ocean-themed” card before, and I have to say I had a blast creating this one. I started with a white top-fold A2 card base, and sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the Mini Dots stencil to cover the background.

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I cut three of the fourth largest Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames from white card stock, stacked them and glued them together, as I wanted to the scene to be slightly recessed. I used one of the inner pieces for the base of the scene, which I covered by sponging Faded Jeans over the entire surface. I sprayed some water into my hand and shook some drops onto the surface … just love how the ink reacts with water for a perfect underwater backdrop.

I cut two of the Wandering Jellyfish, and two of the Delicate Sea Fan from white card stock. I sponged a variation of Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw on each of the jellyfish, concentrating more of the color on the tops, and less on the tendrils. I sponged just a little Aged Mahogany on one of them. I then added some dots with a white pen, and glittered the bottom edges with a pumpkin-colored glitter. Looks a little like they're doing a dance, right?

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I sponged Scattered Straw on both sea fans, and added Aged Mahogany on the tips, shading it inward just a bit. I used the same pumpkin-colored glitter on the tips. I adhered one of the sea fans at the bottom left corner, arranging it so that there was room for the jellyfish, and then snipped off the excess. I glued one jellyfish directly to the piece, and popped the other one with foam tape. I adhered the other sea fan to the top left corner, and then adhered the assembled piece as shown before adding the white frame over that.

I decided it needed a little something-something more, so I die cut the curved seaweed ribbon from the Seaweed Ribbons set, and sponged it heavily with Faded Jeans. I cut it in half and added the two pieces under the sea fan as shown. And of course it wasn’t complete without a little bling in the form of tiny sequins.

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If you’d like a chance to win the Delicate Sea Fan, please be sure to leave a comment on this post. Comments on all of the posts need to be in by Sunday, March 12th, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of the blitz!!

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Tue 07

Under the Sea
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box fans!

Let's carry on with yesterdays ocean theme using dies from the newly released Spring collection blended with the Under the Sea Collage from the previous release.  Isn't it great that the two collections coordinate and you can build on a theme?--it makes your dies even more versatile!  Today I am taking you on an underwater adventure with beautiful coral, seaweed ribbons, even a crab and some fish.  This theme will delight all ages!

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Start off by cie cutting the Under the Sea oval collage and delicately watercolor the sea grass, coral, fish and water bubbles with distress inks: salty ocean, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and shabby shutters.  Smear the inks onto a craft sheet and add enough water to paint the desired intensity of colors onto your card.  Air dry or heat dry throughly before mounting onto blue background panel with dimensional foam tape.  

Now to add the extras from the brand new release...seaweed ribbons (genius!), coral and the cheerful crab.  The coral was watercolored with spiced marmalade and squeezed lemonade inks and the seaweed just had to be die cut from light and dark glitter paper. The seaweed ribbons are 3 separate pieces so you can arrange them anyway you like.  

The cheerful crab comes in a set of two but I used only the baby one and added some sparkle to his shell (wink of stella).  The orange fish also got a sparkly treatment.  

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This card was so fun to create and find places to add all the new dies to my already favorite Under the Sea Collage.  It reminds me of my scuba diving days off Catalina Island when I saw fish and sea plants of every color--even the sand crabs.

Thanks for stopping by our blog today to see what's 'under the sea' and be sure to leave comments on the various designer posts.  Each designer post will have one comment chosen at random to win a Memory Box die. From my post the winner will receive the Under the Sea Collage and you have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments.  

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03/02/2017

Thu 02

Butterflies and Watercolored Grosgrain Ribbons
by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a simple March Challenge inspiration card with my current favorites - Morning Garden Butterflies, Butterfly Ensemble and watercolors.   It's a Ribbons Challenge - and our Grosgrain Ribbons set is perfect for the occasion too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a quick card for anyone, anytime.

Cut scraps of watercolored paper with the three Grosgrain Ribbon dies - run the dies through the machine lengthwise for best results.  Leave the paper in the dies and dry-emboss them for added texture using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Weave four horizontal and three vertical strips.  Flip everything over to the backside and tape the strips together so they're easier to work with.  Attach it to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  

Cut the solid Butterfly Ensemble butterfly from turquoise vellum.  Cut the detailed Morning Garden Butterfly from white cardstock.  Cut the center portion - from the Morning Garden set - from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.  

Here's an easy, invisible way to attach the vellum butterfly - just place a narrow strip of doublestick tape on one of the horizontal strips where it will be covered by the butterflies.  It'll blend right in with the background.

Attach Scor-Tape behind blue glittered cardstock and diecut it with the Honeycomb Background die.  Instant self-adhesive glittered hexagons...a whole sheet of them for spring and summer projects!

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Gather your favorite ribbons and Memory Box dies and join our March Challenge - we'd love to see your design!

Be sure to visit Impress Tukwila, University Village or online for our latest release of wonderful spring and summer dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  We'll be using some of them in our HEY THANKS class in Tukwila on Saturday March 4th - see you there!

Thanks for visiting...

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02/27/2017

Mon 27

Imagine
by Sherry Hester

Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. 

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I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.

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I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die.  I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension. 

I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold.  I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.

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I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.

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I honestly had so  much fun making these little flowers. If you  haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!

Sherrysig

 

02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom with the Morning Garden Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto

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 Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like?  Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers.

I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same.  Let's  see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets.  

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Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper.  Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from aqua glittered cardstock.  Assemble the butterflies - attach the overlay just along the center so they'll lift and flutter upwards.

Cut a 2-½" square of watercolored paper with the Square Basics die.  

If your cardstock is heavily-textured, place a side-folded 5-½" x 4-⅛" card between two sheets of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine with the cutting plates to smooth it out a bit for stamping.   The card is a bit shorter than the usual 4-¼" to let the butterfly's wing extend beyond the edge  - but have the card fit into a standard A-2 envelope.  Details, details!

Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom set with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card and add medium and small clear iridescent sequins.

Love butterflies - but just can't decide which Memory Box butterflies to buy?  The Morning Garden Butterflies and Butterfly Ensemble sets are the perfect choice.  Mix, match and layer these great designs for beautiful cards for any occasion!

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Save the date - Saturday, February 25th is Memory Box Catalog Day at Impress!  New catalogs are arriving and will be free with your Memory Box purchase while supplies last.  Enjoy 10% off all Memory Box and Poppystamps dies too!  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again next week - or at the HEY THANKS class at Impress on Saturday March 4th.

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Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.

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Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

  Jeansignature-3

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! 

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