349 posts categorized "Flowers"

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

 

 

05/18/2017

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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05/14/2017

Sun 14

Awesome Lilacs
by Penny Ward

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Hello and welcome to the last day of our Memory Box Blog Blitz. So happy you have stopped by and I am hoping you have checked out all the new dies and stamps that are now available at you favorite retailer. This stamp set I am using today Spring Lilacs has soooo much to offer. Adorable flowers for Summer and Spring, pretty leaves to use now or in the Fall, and great sentiments to use year round.

 

Here is how I made this card:

 

Start with a white case card. I always make my base cards the same...cut white cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half.

Cut a white cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink this panel with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce and Cracked Pistachio...I know the color sounds awful together, but it really works. Now flick a little water across this panel and let dry. Adhere inked panel to card base.

 

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Cut white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches and die cut with Pinpoint Double Frame as shown.  Use a scoring board to emboss a few lines along the left side of card, then adhere to card base.

 

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Stamp and die cut the Spring Lilacs. Color with Spectrum Noir markers VB1,  VB3 as well as AB1, AB3 and the leaves with YG1 and YG3.

Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment onto Vellum.

Add a bow to the flowers and drops of Glossy White Crystal Drops to flower centers. (white drops take on the color of the alcohol marker after they dry)

 

So.....which dies or stamps are your favorite?

Please leave me a comment before Midnight May 14th (that's today) and I will be giving away the Spring Lilacs stamp set to one very lucky person.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

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

 

04/19/2017

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

 

04/18/2017

Tue 18

Watercolor Dip Technique Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

If you have ever struggled with creating a smooth watercolor blend then you should check out today's video. I am sharing a tried and true technique for making sure that you have enough water on your watercolor paper to create beautiful blending.

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There are many factors that go into creating a beautiful watercolor look - in addition to the amount of water that you use, you also need to pay attention to how quickly you are painting to avoid hard lines of color. You also want to keep in mind the importance of layering colors.

In the video I show you how to make things easy on yourself with this method - and when you are done you will have four different cards that showcase your watercolor skills!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The Happy Birthday Upright Script is an especially good shape for this technique - you can use each letter to designate a color on the rainbow. The letters are small so you don't have to worry about rushing to get all of your areas covered with paint - you can take your time and focus on dabbing color where it needs to go. I cut out all of the shapes today from watercolor paper (this is important) because this technique saturates the paper - it doesn't matter if you use hot press or cold press watercolor paper, but plain old cardstock won't work. I used Peerless Watercolors for the video, I love how convenient they are to use! 

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The color scheme that you choose is up to you - I suggest keeping things in rainbow order in the beginning. Colors next to each other on the rainbow are obviously easier to blend - but as you get more comfortable, try blending colors that are further apart.

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The Stitched Butterfly Trio from Poppystamps is so popular - and it really shines with this technique. The stitching detail has this great feature where the paint collects a little in the cut lines - and notice the texture of the watercolor paper (this is cold press). All of those little dimples give the die cut a rich appearance - note that the process of die cutting the paper may flatten this out a bit, but the watercolor paper still looks thick and terrific once things have dried.

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I used the Stitched Oval Layers to create a base to put everything on and kept the background simple. The colors on the Happy Birthday greeting were so vivid that I decided a plain background was probably best.

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I moved onto a more complicated design for the second project using the Large Antilles Floral Right Corner die. I created lots of corner dies this year for layering and creating nature scenes - the right corners match with left corners for example, and you can layer these corners with other corners and borders. To check out an example, take a look at Sherry's post using the Antilles Border along with the Lavender Bunch. For this project I wanted the watercolor to be the star of the show so I just used one die cut.

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I let the edges of the flowers be my guide when applying the color - I made the color more intense at the tips of the petals and then softer as I approached the center. And really, the water did most of the work, as you can see in the video.

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On the red blossom card I used Distress Ink in Ground Espresso to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment (this sentiment is from the Memory Box Clear Stamp set CL5153 Party Time) and added Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint around the edges of the card.

I couldn't resist trying the same composition in a different color scheme - so I created the same card with blue petals and then edged the card with Distress Oxide Ink Iced Spruce. I loved how that subtle gray color went with the blue - so I stamped the Happy Birthday in the Iced Spruce as well.

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I might even like this color scheme better!

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The blue on the petals and the yellow in the centers marry so beautifully to create subtle areas of green. The wonderful thing about watercolor is that you get unexpected results - areas of light and dark, subtle new color variations and the process happens before your eyes as you add paint here and there.

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Another important factor with watercolor is layering. When you want to achieve intense color, it is critical to think of your painting in terms of layers. I chose a small die (this is the Paintbrush Happy die) so that we could do multiple layers of color quickly.

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You can see here how vivid the color can get with multiple layers of watercolor - and this layering can also help the blending process. After two or three layers you lose the distinction between different areas of color so it is hard to see where one color stops and the next one starts. The "birthday" stamp image is from the Party Time stamp set again (stamped in Distress Oxide Fired Brick) - I just left some space above it on the Poppystamps Stitched Tunnel Tag.

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And look what a difference a new color scheme makes!

It is the same composition but now on a teal card and shifted in the color palette to more blues and greens. I stamped "birthday" with Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China
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One major advantage of using the dip technique is that you save on the amount of paint that you use. You are only painting the die cut - rather than painting the watercolor paper and then running it through your machine. That way you can spot paint any little areas that you want to accentuate - for example, I wanted the "y" in happy to still have a little bit of yellow left at the tips so I was careful when I brought the green onto the "y" not to completely cover the yellow.

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Once you've master the dip technique and how quickly you need to move around the die cut piece, then you should try a large area! I used the Hovering Butterfly Frame because it has a lot of area to paint and also because the shapes are interconnected (perfect for blending!).

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I guarantee that no two will look alike when you work on this card! Just keep a palette of your watercolors out and as you apply paint you will be inspired to try all sorts of color combinations! Again on this card, I wanted the watercolor blending to be the focus, so I just added the Poppystamps Scribble Thank You in the center for a basic greeting.

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The die has some embossing areas that create some pattern in the butterfly wings - it adds another level of interest on the card when those raised areas catch the light. You will need to use an embossing pad to create the raised areas (die cut first, leave the paper in the die cut, then run it back through your machine with an embossing pad). 

I hope you enjoy the video - watercolor is really one of the best ways I have found to relax. I become so absorbed in the process that I forget everything else!

So now's the time! Go grab your brushes and paints and start blending!

 


 

04/16/2017

Sun 16

Happy Easter
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello and Happy Easter. This time of year calls for Spring colors and pastels, wearing your Sunday best and pretty baskets filled with chocolate bunnies and peeps.

I do hope the Easter Bunny remembers I love chocolate!!!!

 

For my card today I wanted to bring the Spring season to paper. A fun stencil and some pretty flower die cuts make this card easy to recreate whether it is Easter, Mother's Day or just something special you are sending to a friend.

 

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On a white card base, stencil the Postage Set with an eBrush and Spectrum Noir marker BP2.

Die cut Climbing Vine from Mint cardstock and Sketch Floral from Magenta cardstock. As you can see a die cut a second Sketch Floral, adhering all the pieces with glue on the backside giving yet a different look.

 

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I die cut the Happy Easter Perky Script two times from different color cardstocks, layered them slightly off center and adhered to card front.

Use Grape Burlap String, tie into a triple bow and attach to flower stem.

 

Hope you have a wonderful day and many crafty blessings,

Pennysignature

03/30/2017

Thu 30

Tall Fern Left Corner and Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frames
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Fern Left Corner creates a great background for the Springtime Bunnies.  Bunnies don't usually wear flower garlands, but this is a special trio.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card to welcome spring - and hope it's really arrived this time!

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You're probably wondering why the Wintertime Joy die is shown here - I would!  I needed a bunch of tiny flower shapes and decided the littlest snowflakes would work.  Diecut them from scraps of painted watercolor paper, then snip them apart with a pair of detail or manicure scissors.

The Tickle Flower Landscape die would be a smarter alternative for the tiny flowers - 

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through the felt.

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Dry-embossing the Scallopped Stitch Fancy Frame is an easy way to add a subtle background accent.  Here's how I layered everything for my Platinum - I bought the extra magnetic platform too.  (Caution, the magnetic field can be harmful to anyone with a pacemaker.)  Place the die - cutting-edge-up - on the platform first.  Add the front of the card, rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate.  

Attach the diecuts and add sparkly green gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - have a great evening.  Join us again tomorrow for another great design from Donna!

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03/28/2017

Tue 28

Lavender Kisses
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! Can you believe spring has sprung already? And what a difference this spring has been. With all of the rain we had, everything is green and blooming! The card I’m sharing today is all spring and blooms!

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My A2 card base was cut from a pale gray card stock. I cut a frame from white card stock using two of the dies from the Rectangle Basics set. I also cut a frame from the Petite Doily Frames, and snipped off one long side. I sponged Milled Lavender on this piece, and edged it with a touch of Dusty Concord. I adhered this along the right side of the white frame. I added the tiny sentiment to the bottom right corner of the frame.

I cut one Antilles Floral Border from white card stock and snipped away the two flowers on the left. I cut the border again, but this time positioned the die so that only the three flowers on the right were cut. I sponged my fav … Peeled Paint … on the stems and leaves, and sponged Seedless Grapes on all of the flowers, varying the pressure to get different shades. To add some dimension, I shaped the top flowers and adhered them over the other flowers, offsetting them just a bit. I then adhered this to the bottom of the frame, snipping off the excess from the bottom.

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I cut two of the Lavender Bunch from white card stock, and added Peeled Paint to the leaves and stems of one. I sponged Milled Lavender on all of the flowers, and shaded them with Dusty Concord. I snipped off the flowers from one die cut, shaped them, and added them over the top of the corresponding flower, again offsetting them just a bit. I also sponged a small area of white card stock with Dusty Concord, and die cut the Mini Butterflies from that area.

Now for the assembly. I added foam tape to the back of the frame, but before I adhered it to the card base, I held it over the base, and positioned the lavender flowers where I wanted them, adhering them in place, then adhered the frame. The three tiny butterflies were adhered where shown, and I decided to add some white dots with a gel pen to finish off the card.

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I hope you will be inspired to have a spring fling of your own! Have a great week, and thank you as always for stopping by.

Sherrysig