176 posts categorized "Jenny Griffiths"

03/21/2017

Tue 21

Fish Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

Fishy Greetings!

I hope you are as big a fan of the new sea life dies as I am...today's card has a large school of fish carrying special wishes.  The Family of Fish die is a charming design and reminds me of goldfish crackers.  With a bit of watercoloring and glitter paper I created this fun and colorful card...

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To color the fish, I smeared Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Barn Door inks onto my craft mat and dipped my wet paintbrush into each color separately, then onto a piece of water color paper.  By letting each color dry before introducing the next color, I was able to get distinct colored areas without a big blend of all the colors.  A little blending is Ok but not too much.  I die cut the fish several times and adhered them to a wide strip of glitter paper which was placed behind the curved die cut papers.

 I used the slim curved die from the Pasture Grass die set and cut into the blue panel twice.  I only used the top and bottom pieces because I was using the glitter paper for the middle section.   Simply adhere all 3 pieces to a white note card, then trim off the overage from the bottom blue panel to keep it an A2 card size.

The coral pieces were also die cut from watercolored paper--this time I used Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet and Shaded Violet inks.  They were adhered randomly along the lower edge and overhanging pieces were trimmed off.  

The fun part was adding the sentiment along the curve.  From the clear stamp set, So Many Things To Love, I selected the sentiment from two different phrases and joined them together to read, "wishing you a special day".  I laid out the uninked words onto the card to make sure the sentiment would fit, repeating it twice.  Using an acrylic block, I positioned the clear stamps in a curved shape to match the paper curve (trial and error), then inked and stamped the sentiment in place.  For the repeating sentiment I repositioned the clear stamps on the block to match the right side of the curve.  Easier than it sounds.  You could also use a stamp positioning tool to accomplish this too. 

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I hope you like these colorful fish swimming in sparkling blue waters bringing special wishes today.  

Thanks for stopping by, until next time!
Jennysig

03/07/2017

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!

Under the sea

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.  

 Jennysig

01/12/2017

Thu 12

Birthday Asters
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Fans,

Sometimes you find yourself with several birthdays to celebrate in a short time span....that's my situation for January.  There are 6 in my family so yes, today I am featuring a birthday card.  Now it may look like a gate-fold card but actually it's not....you'll see.  

The Stitched Aster Panel die caught my eye right away when the new collection was revealed.  I had ideas of a trellis type of design in mind and here's my take on this wonderful die.

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I love the stitched detail on the asters and the different sizes of centers.  As you can see, there are two panels placed face-to-face to create an all-over pattern.  I created a Z-fold card which displays them together and apart!

Aster Detail

 When the card is opened, the right panel becomes part of the inside of the card.  I inverted the fold on a Lagoon colored notecard (white on the reverse side) and folded the card front in half to create a Z-fold with color on the front and inside of the card.

I stamped the sentiment onto a 2" coordinating panel along with another small aster flower, tucking it just a bit right of the fold.  

Tips: Z-fold cards can spring open so make sure to use a bone folder or other pressing tool to get a sharp crease on the folds to insure the card stays closed until the reveal.  Also, keeping the sentiment panel clear of the fold will help the card stay closed.  I always tell students in class, " avoid crowding the fold".  Sound familiar ladies?  A band could also be made and slipped on and off the card to keep it from spring open too soon. The extra nice feature of a Z-fold card is that it's balanced and stable when on display. 

Aster Inside

Thank you all for stopping by today, see you soon!
Jennysig

01/03/2017

Tue 03

Lovely Lavender
by Jenny Griffiths

Happy New Year Greetings!

  Welcome to the blog blitz and you know what that means...new creativity, new products revealed and lots of inspiration...also, a chance to win today's Lavender Bunch die.  

   The new Lavender Bunch die was a no-brainer for me--I LOVE lavender and the clippings of lavender in my photos are from my own garden.  

  First up...a silhouette type card. 

Lavender Silhouette

  I dampened the surface of an oversized watercolor paper panel with plain 'ol water and introduced the colors using these convenient watercolor sheets which I bought from Birch Press Designs.  For best results allow each color to dry (or nearly dry) before adding another color so they are a bit more distinct and not muddy together.  I often dab a color with a paper towel or cloth if it is on a runaway course.  You can always add more color back in if you like and cut down on the water.

 Once the colors were in place and dried, I determined the best size and place to position the Pin Dot Rectangle die--it adds such a nice finished edge.  Next, I die cut the Lavender Bunch and saved the unused portion for another card--double duty! 

 I stamped the sentiment and layered the panel using dimensional foam tape onto black card stock, then onto the folded note card.  

Lavender Silhouette detail

 Who could resist one more chance to use this dynamic die? Not me!

I die cut the Lavender Bunches, twice from green card stock, once from watercolor paper.  After coloring the flower heads on the watercolor paper (again using the watercolor sheets), I pieced them onto the green stems and adhered all to a side fold cream colored notecard.  Now was my opportunity to use the new "So Many Things To Love" clear stamp and die set again to add the beautiful heart and sentiment.  This is a fantastic set which I know will be used a lot. 

Lavender Love

I'd like to share my love for Lavender and offer the Lavender Bunch Die as today's prize.  A winner will be randomly selected from comments posted below and on each day for a chance to win different prizes!  You have until 11:59pm EST on January 8th to leave your comment.  Jennysig

12/24/2016

Sat 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Jenny Griffiths

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

As my last Christmas card this season I wanted to share one of my favorites.  I have taught this card in a number of classes since August and it was said by many to be their favorite too.  Maybe it's simplicity and the stately scene make it so.  

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One of the best parts is the stacking of the tree boughs.  The gold with speckled boughts were created with a base of metallic gold paint on watercolor paper with metallic paint speckled over top.  Each color layer was throughly dried before the next color was added.  The Marvelous Pine Snow Branches was die cut from the painted panel and the boughs were laid out largest-to-smallest size onto the card.  Not all the boughs were used on the card and an extra benefit is that you can use the "negative" of the die cut gold panel for another card.  Each bough is layered with a tiny strip of dimensional foam tape at the top edge to give the tree nice dimension.

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I added little touches of turquoise watercoloring on the card front before adding the stacked boughs and layering onto a mocha colored note card.  A bit of red embroidery floss made do as a holiday scarf on the deer.  

My wish for each of you is a safe and cozy holiday with loved ones and anticipation for creative and inspiring things to come---because they are coming and you're going to love it all.

Merry Christmas Eve,

Jenny
Jennysig

12/06/2016

Tue 06

Winter Reindeer
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Friends!

Today's card features the beautiful Swift Reindeer within the Snowflake Oval frame. This reindeer looks sleek and elegant so I placed him in an upward slant with sparkly snowflakes surrounding him and set the card on a branch in my own Christmas tree.   Makes a nice addition to the ornaments!

Winter Reindeer

I hope you are able to see how sparkly this card is--it's sometimes difficult to photograph sparkle. The background paper was die cut with an Open Studio oval and is watercolored with turquoise pigment powders and a liquid metallic sky blue color added. I also selectively die cut some of the snowflakes in the oval with silver glitter paper and pieced them into their corresponding places. You can see that I did the same silver glitter paper piecing on the long neck scarf. For even more sparkle (pulling out all the stops) topaz colored gemstones were added to several snowflake centers. The reindeer is elevated with mounting tape on the reverse side and the oval is also raised before attaching it to a metallic gray side-fold note card.

Winter Reindeer detail

I admit that I love all things sparkly and now is the season to go all out. So adding gemstones, glitter and metallics to my card feels right at home to me. Do you have a sparkly side too?

Thank you for stopping by today!

 

Jennysig

 

11/24/2016

Thu 24

Warm Winter Wishes by Jenny Griffiths

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! 

If you're celebrating this day with friends and family--good for you!  If you're celebrating with a traditional turkey and all the "fixin's--even better.  

Today's card is designed for either for the holidays or the entire Winter season using only tree dies--and it's very sparkly.

Warm Winter Wishes

I began by creating the blue watercolored background layer.  Using watercolor paper, paint over the entire surface with clear water, then paint on your color (in this case, I used Color Burst powder pigments) allowing the color to travel randomly.  I used a turquoise color on the lower half and an ultramarine color at the top and tipped the card to let the colors flow and blend on the midline.  The fun part is that each card you make in never exactly like the last one--each one is unique, just like snowflakes.  

Allow the paper to dry throughly, then layer the white Snowflake Spectacle die cut onto the blue panel.  

Next, die cut the Loop Snowflake Trio from sparkly silver glitter paper.  You can use ready-made glitter paper or make your own using double sided adhesive and loose glitter.  Now, simply adhere the glittery snowflakes in place, using a detail tip on a wet adhesive bottle, over the corresponding white snowflakes from the Snowflake Spectacular die.   Add gemstones, of course.

Finally, die cut the "Warm Wishes" border, afix it to the lower edge using two layers of foam mounting tape for extra dimension and mount all layers onto a navy blue top-fold note card.

If you prepare the parts ahead, you could easily assemble several in just a short time.  We still have time to get those cards out in time for Christmas or send them out in January.

Warm Winter Wishes detail

 Now back to your regularly scheduled Turkey Day...thanks for stopping by today!

Jennysig

10/25/2016

Tue 25

Thanksgiving Deer
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

 Today I am happy to share a "thankful" card featuring the beautiful Enchanted Deer Collage die and an old favorite technique--shaving cream marbling.  Enchanted Deer Thanks

 I think I played with this technique back in the days of planning classes as a stamp store owner...Ok, maybe it was when I was a Girl Scout...anyway, it's always fun since everyone's project turns out differently and it's inexpensive with great results---sometimes surprisingly so.

 On today's card I am die cutting into the marbled paper instead of using it as a background panel as it's commonly used.  

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Here's a step-by-step of my marbling experience---and don't think it wasn't fun keeping the shaving cream off my camera while shooting the steps!  No phone calls please during this process.

  • Shake then squirt aerosol shave cream (unscented and not gel) into a shallow container.
  • Drop dye inks (reinkers) onto shave cream. (I used 3 colors, slate, mushroom and espresso dye inks)
  • Blend ink drops, as little or as much as you like.  The more you blend the inks, the smaller and more muted the marbling patterns.  I used a plastic pickle fork for my blending tool (because I always have pickle forks handy). 

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  • Place card stock face down onto inky shave cream, press to make contact in all areas of paper.
  • Lift off or slide paper off cream, set face up on washable surface, then remove all cream.  I used a window squeegy and it all came off in one swipe.

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  • Now, repeat with another sheet of card stock--make lots!
  • You can add more inks and blend again--experiment!  Remember your color combinations.
  • Air dry or use a heat tool to dry throughly before die cutting.
  • Easy clean up in the sink with plain water.  
  • Buy more shaving cream and keep playing.  My can of shaving cream cost only $1.39 (that's a lot of fun for the money) Start over and use different color palettes.

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  To finish the card, I die cut the Enchanted Deer Collage into the center area, rounded the corners, then mounted it onto a top-fold brown notecard and added the sentiment strip.  Because the marbling can give a very busy look, I kept the rest of the card simple.  I can make about 10 more cards with the marbled papers I now have on hand after playing with different colors and blending techniques---it's addicting and so fun! 

Enchanted Deer Thanks
 

 Happy Tuesday!Jennysig

10/14/2016

Fri 14

Winter Peace
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

  Imagine yourself in a snowy forest and you come upon this view...I would stay a while, wouldn't you?  

With the latest Memory Box holiday dies this card comes together rather easily.  Here are the steps...

Wintery Peace

  • Create the snowflake backgrounds on both blue background panels by spreading texture paste over the snowflake stencil, set aside to dry (only takes 5 minutes or so).  When dry, die cut the dark blue snowflake panel using the circle die which is closest in size to the forest die.
  • Die cut the tree branch circle die from silver glitter paper using the snowflake panel opening as a guide for placement.  
  • Die cut the deer family circle die from white paper, again using the snowflake panel opening as a guide.
  • Attach light blue snowflake panel behind the deer family layer.
  • Adhere all layers together aligning openings.  Trim any uneven edges with paper trimmer and attach all layers to a top fold note card.
  • Die cut the peace die three times (from fun foam, silver glitter paper and white paper).
  • Adhere the glitter Peace die cut to the fun foam material then adhere white layer onto glitter layer (offset slightly to show the glitter layer).
  • Adhere Peace stack onto snowflake panel.  

There are several steps but they're all easy-peasy and worth it.  

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This card could have easily been made into a shaker card by adding an acetate window and fun foam for the spacing along with a pretty glitter-sequin-bead mix for the shaking materials.  Next time!  Be sure to check out the other circle die cuts from the new collection...besides the Tree Branch and Deer Family designs there is a Pine Branch and Countryside circle too!  

Thanks for stopping by today, Hope you found some inspiration to create cards this weekend! 

Wintery J Griffiths

 

 Happy Friday!

Jennysig

09/29/2016

Thu 29

Dancing Snowflakes
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

Take a look at this beautiful die called Dancing Snowflakes Square--Not only does it cut exquisite snowflakes but it also embosses depth and dimension to portions of the die.  That's a double whammy in my book!  Let's take a look...

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 If you haven't worked with dies like this before, here's how to achieve a cut, embossed and colored card--

  1. Run the die cut through your machine as you would normally then...
  2. leave the paper in the metal die cut but change out your plates/rubber embossing pads according to your machine's "sandwich" instructions (for my Big Shot, I add the rubber embossing pads and swap out the main platform for a thinner one).
  3. For extra depth, I run it through twice.
  4. Finally, still keeping the paper in the die, sponge blue dye inks (tumbled glass and stormy sky) over the embossed side.  This way you are only inking the embossed raised areas.
  5. Pop out the paper from the die and admire your handywork.

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Before attaching the snowflake square onto your card front, heat emboss the sentiment (I used Ranger's cornflower blue powder) onto a 1 inch wide vellum strip.  To cut down on the vellum warping, preheat your heat tool before bringing it to the paper.  

Adhere the vellum strip into position (use tiny amounts of tape adhesive in areas that will be inconspicous later) followed by the dancing snowflake square.  Trim any vellum overage from the sides.  

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I added very thin strips of silver glitter paper (1/8") to the top and bottom of the square and layered poinsettias from the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die in the corners. 

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Dropping down from the snowflakes is a silver glittered single snowflake from the Precious Snowflakes set (#98729) whick looks nice but also helps anchor the vellum.

Pearls and gemstones?  Of course!

Thanks to all the wonderful ladies in my Memory Box classes this week (The Stamp Addict and Stamp Delights)...a great time was had by all.  See you again soon!

Jennysig