193 posts categorized "Jenny Griffiths"

12/12/2017

Tue 12

Golden Snowbreeze
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello and welcome crafty friends,

   The Batavia Snowbreeze die is once again featured on our blog.  In the last several days it has been in the spotlight on this blog by different designers (we never know which dies are being featured by one another until it posts) and guess what?  same die but very different designs, colors and techniques on each card.  Take a look back on this blog and you'll see what I mean.

This holiday season I am drawn to colors of gold and rose gold.  I bought some new holiday decor and rose gold is my favorite color theme.  Here's a card with those colors in mind.  

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Layers, layers and more layers...I can't help it.  I started with a top fold ivory note card, die cut the Batavia Snow Breeze along the right edge and gold embossed the Christmas sentiment.

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Beneath the ivory layer, I added some beautiful gold glitter paper that peeks through the snowflakes, tiny breeze circles and the side edges.  One more layer of metallic chocolate card stock was added behind the glitter paper because I planned on using the sequin mix with the chocolate sequins (my fav).  This sequin mix is from Birch Press and is called "Not so heavy metal".

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As a final layer, I added three gold Batavia Snowflakes postitioned over the beautiful Snowbreeze design.  A few sequins later and I'm ready to send this and other cards out for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back right after Christmas---very warm holiday wishes to you and your family.  

  Jennysig

 

11/28/2017

Tue 28

Winter Skates
by Jenny Griffiths

 Welcome Memory Box Friends,

  Here's a look at the Classic Ice Skates--a new die from Memory Box's Winter 2017 release.  I have paired it with the Holly Collage from the Holiday release and the Snowflakes stencil from a while back.  I like to mix the new with the well loved "experienced" products.  

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These snowflakes are raised and glittered giving them dimension and sparkle.  I taped the snowflake stencil directly onto the blue card stock and spread Opaque Matte texture paste onto the stencil as though I was applying "frosting" using an offset palette knife.  Once all the open areas were filled and smoothed with texture paste I removed the stencil and doused the wet snowflakes with ultra fine irridescent glitter.  (note: make sure you immediately rinse the paste off the stencil as it sets up quickly and is difficult to remove when dry.)  

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 After the background dried I added the cluster of green holly leaves and the skates which were paper pieced with silver mirror paper on the skate blades.   I also changed out the ribbon with red card stock.

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 This would be a good card to create in a production line if you are making several of the same design.  

These snowflakes and skates have me thinking about winter and the holidays.  Several shopping centers here open up ice rinks during December and January for the young and the young-at-heart who like to get out there on the ice.   I'll be there cheering them on!

Hope you give this quick and easy card a go...remember to mix your new and "experienced" dies or stencils on your cards too.

Thank you for stopping by today!

 Jennysig

 


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11/14/2017

Tue 14

Snow Kitty Couple
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Crafty Friends,

   Today you have a  chance to win a special prize and see another new Deep Edge die up close.  Deep Edge dies can be the workhorse you've been looking for.  Wouldn't you love to cut several layers of paper, fabric, felt, plastic or even thin metal and wood at one time?  These dies work best with a metal shim when cutting multiple layers but you can also cut a single layer without the shim.  

The fabrics I used on these ornaments include a thin muslin, a quilted cotton, an upholstery weave, a shimmery linen, a grossgrain ribbon and a thick faux suede/leather...I tried to select a wide variety of fabrics to show the possibilies.  I've shown a photo of the fabrics at the end of this post.  I bought only 1/8 of a yard of each so there is plenty left to make more ornaments and cutting multiple layers at a time will really speed things up.  

On the thinner fabrics I used an iron-on fusible interfacing to stiffen the fabric a bit.  

Now check out this cute couple of snow kitties...

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On this girl kitty I used the quilted cotton for her head and body while the ears and tail were die cut from dotted ribbon.  You'll see a special accent on her reverse side too.  Photos below.  By the way, the whiskers on both kitties are cuttings from my household broom (shhhh, don't tell). 

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And, here's the boy kitty with his handsome faux suede/leather outfit.  His ears and tail were backed with the fusible cotton interfacing to add stability to the fabric, otherwise they would droop.  The beautiful sparkly metallic hanger is from the new collection of woven Italian ribbons offered by Birch Press--just WOW!


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The fabrics I chose all had wonderful texture and worked so well with the new dies---for about $8 I bought all this fabric and have enough to make dozens of ornaments!

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 You may have noticed the hats and tails on these kitties are in mirror image positions.  I die cut them this way intentionally so they could hang on the tree close together as a couple.  Simply die cut both the tail and hat of one kitty on the reverse side of the patterned fabric.  This way one orients to the left and the other to the right.  You will need to remember this again when you make the solid backing for both kitties.

Front side...
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 Reverse side... I simply cut the basic shape pieces a second time in a solid color and glued them to the reverse side.  And now you can see the little red heart on the girl's bum.  When these hang on a tree both sides look finished.  They would make a wonderful gift package topper too. 

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Since the finished size of each snow kitty measures 5.5" x 4" they would fit into an A2 size envelope--just add extra postage.  


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Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment on this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

Thank you for stopping by today, hope you feel inspired to make your own ornaments with these new Snow Kitty Deep Edge dies!


Jennysig

 

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10/24/2017

Tue 24

Snowy Christmas
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome!

   Today's card is a combination of embossing, ink blending, die cutting and paint spritzing using the new dies for the holidays.  It was fun to get out my supplies (ok, they were already out--I'm a messy crafter at times) and charge into this layered card...check it out.

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The trees and the cabin are two different dies that align perfectly to create this wintery scene.  I cut both from white paper and pieced the trees and cabin with solid colored card stock.  A little bit of diluted white acrylic paint spritzed on the trees created the snow pattern and a touch of white pen filled in "naked" areas.  

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For the beautiful night sky I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on a white paper panel, then spritzed with water to create a speckled effect.  This panel was positioned and adhered behind the circular opening giving the trees and cabin a starry backdrop.   

Using the Circle Basics die set, I selected the die closest in size to the tree and cabin circle sets for the front panel opening.  Next, a quick run through of this panel with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and then adhered all four layers together.  Starting from the back, that's Sky panel, tree layer, cabin layer then embossed white panel.

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For a touch more red, I added the smallest size of Poinsettia Blooms and the Brushed Merry Christmas sentiment....all sitting pretty on a green note card.  How's that for traditional Christmas colors!  Now to make a few more (per week) in time for the holiday mailings.  How many cards do you send out?  Each year my list grows longer since everyone loves a handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at this snowy Christmas card! Jennysig

 

10/10/2017

Tue 10

Garden Sketch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   I'm excited to share this lovely new set called Garden Sketches.  It's a clear set with coordinating dies which also include several sentiment flags--bonus!  

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I wanted to create clusters of these beautiful flowers which are about the size of a quarter coin so, using my stamp positioning tool, I made quick work of it.  The pigment ink colors I used were Raspberry, Sugar Plum and Orchid for the flowers and Lemon Grass, Jungle and Mint to Be for the leaves.  Inks from Avery Elle.

I also used the beautiful new Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press which have a magical translucent sparkle and shine!

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A minimal squeeze of dimensional drops in the center of each flower was a fun addition as well as the Dainty Dragonfly whizzing by. 

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I'm planning on using watercolors on these flowers and leaves for a future card--the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for stopping by today and a big thank you to all my students this past weekend who took my Memory Box Christmas Card class at The Stamp Addict--we had a ball didn't we?  

Have a great week everyone!
Jennysig

 

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09/22/2017

Fri 22

Raiding the Pumpkin Patch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hi Friends!

 Today is the final day of our Memory Box Halloween Blitz---guess that means I'm bringing up the rear.  Hope you have enjoyed a daily dose of Halloween fun with the new dies and I am happy to introduce my favorite new die...Whimsy Mummy.  His pose just cracks me up and I love the embossed detail of his mummy wrap.  Looks like he's up to some mischief, doesn't it?  Yes, I think he's raiding the pumpkin patch...

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I die cut our mummy friend from pale ivory paper, left the die in place and lightly chalked the exposed paper areas in grey.  After removing the paper from the die, the bandage lines really stand out.   

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I die cut the Curved Stitched Hilltops twice (end to end) into the green distressed dot paper, adhered it to the Concord Grape notecard then pieced the fence line (two pieces, end to end) onto the hilltop.  Where the fences meet it is slightly crooked so the pumpkin patch was placed there.  

The harvest moon was die cut, sponged and positioned in the corner and the overlap areas were trimmed off.

The pumpkins were inked with copic markers on the stems and seams and the Playful Boo added just for fun.  

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Another fun embellishment on this card is the brand new star sequins from the Festival of Lights pack by Birch Press Design. 

I only used stars from this assortment but there are gorgeous blue (round/cupped) and tiny clear flower sequins in the package too.  There are 18 new assortments and all come in cute little round metal tins...check them out here 

Now for the important announcement...

The Whimsy Mummy is today's give away!  One comment on this post will be randomly chosen as the winner.  Be sure to comment on all the posts this week for a chance to win other dies too.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always nice to "see" you.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

 

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09/16/2017

Sat 16

Christmas Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hi Friends!  

Do you like puzzles?  I do, and this card reminds me of one--just a bit.  Today's card features the Soaring Bird die which cuts several layers of the beautiful bird's outstretched wings.  So I chose to layer the colors.


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Here's a close up...I die cut the bird in four different colors, 2 blues, a grey and a white.  The deepest blue was used for the body/outline and the other colors were for the detailing.  

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To start, I placed the outline piece face down on a craft sheet then added tiny amounts of wet glue to all areas.  It's important to use very tiny amounts so the glue doesn't gush out when it is positioned onto the background panel.  

Rather than pick up the die cut with wet glue on the back, carefully aligned the background panel over-top the die cut and lowered it onto the adhesive.  By leaving it on your craft sheet, the bird will maintain its original shape and not stretch-- which is important because the "puzzle pieces" will fit snugly and the openings need to remain the appropriate size. 

Next, add the interior paper pieces choosing from the 4 different colors already die cut.  A tiny bit of glue on the reverse side of each piece, and tweezers for placement is all that's needed.   

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Next, die cut the pretty Holly Collage leaves in a few shades of green, adhere near the bird's feet and add some bright red gem stones.  Add the panel to a note card, stamp and adhere the sentiment--done!  

Hope you're starting to feel inspired to start your Christmas cards---anyone started yet?

Bonus: Don't forget you have enough pieces left over to make 3 more cards for a variety of pretty birds!

  Jennysig


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09/07/2017

Thu 07

Playtime Elves Slider Card
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Everyone!

   Ready for a little slider fun and an introduction to a brand new clear stamp set and coordinating die?  Take a look at these adorable "Playtime Elves" having a great time running and sledding in the snow.    

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  These slider cards are easy to create using the Straight Slider Grooves dies and I have a few steps to show you how this one came together.

  After sponging the center-front of a sky blue note card with broken china distress ink, I stamped the "spread some Cheer" sentiment (included in the set) using my stamp positioning board.  I also added a white strip of card stock (shown) which is positioned to show through the slider channel coming up in the next step.  A fun splattering of white ink imitates falling snow for this wintery scene.

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 The photo below shows the Stitched Curves layers adhered together to form the snow drifts.  The longest of the Straight Slider Grooves was cut into the snow drift on the left.  The snow drift panel on the right was cut short (1/2" above the slider groove opening) so that the die only had to cut through one layer of card stock.   The penny shown has double stacked mounting adhesive cut a bit smaller than the width of the slider groove.  A bit of anti-static powder applied to the edges of this mounting adhesive ensures there will be no sticking and the sledding elf can glide effortlessly across the scene.  

  Position the double stacked mounting tape into the slider groove (penny on the reverse side), peel off the protective paper and attach the colored sledding elf.  Generously cover the reverse side with more mounting tape making sure to avoid the area in the path of the penny...you don't want to impede the penny's movement.   Peel off the tape's backing and attach to the blue note card and finish up...

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Add the trees, second elf and the heart (all included in this new set) to the playful scene.  In the next few photos note the sledding elf's progress across the note card.

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Here is the sledding elf half way across the snow drift!

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 And now he has made it all the way across the snowy landscape thanks to the slider groove!

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 That was fun!  Hope you enjoyed getting a look at the new stamps and dies and feel a bit inspired to create your own cheery sliding scene. 

  Jennysig


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08/22/2017

Tue 22

Snowflake Ovals
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Everyone!

So glad you dropped by today as I share two cards using the same dies but with very different looks.  The Batavia Snowflake Oval and Poinsettia Blooms are the featured dies today.  I'll be posing the question, "which one do you like the best" so be thinking about that as I explain my process...

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The blue card on the left is cool and serene while the card on the right is bold and dramatic.  After creating the blue card I realized I made several using the same or similar colors in the past few months so I switched gears and designed the black card...maybe it was the eclipse yesterday, I don't know. 

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Starting with a splattering of gold paint onto black card stock is always a good start.  There's something satisfying about letting it fly.  To go along with the gold paint, I used gold glitter paper---as a vertical strip on the (throughly dried) note card and to overlay snowflakes onto the oval.  The Batavia Snowflakes are very intricate yet cut through the glitter paper with ease.  I cut the green background from the Stitched Oval Layers die set, stamped and adhered it to the reverse side of the snowflake oval.

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The poinsettia...I love this die so much.  The petals are embossed so you see the detailed veins AND there are three sizes in the set.  For this bloom I die cut the largest in licorice gingham, the mid-size in red as well as two of the small size.  The die set even includes the little perfect centers (I googled the technical names of all the flower parts but I going with "petals" and "centers"). 

I couldn't resist adding a little gold crazy wire (sometimes called bullion wire) for pizzaz.

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Changing direction...literally going horizontally now... I postioned the Batavia Snowflake Oval, backed with the stamped light blue card stock, onto the note card atop of some thin silver stripe washi tape.  Cut from silver and blue glitter paper, the Batavia Snowflakes were adhered over the corresponding snowflakes on the oval.   

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Once again I used the Poinsettia Blooms die set and created the flower using more glitter paper and white paint splattered onto red petal layers.  Oh! and silver crazy wire this time.

I hope you like these cards and see how the same dies can create such different looking cards...now, here it is..."which one do you like the best"?

Thanks again for stopping by today...

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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08/08/2017

Tue 08

Poinsettia Bloom
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Friends!

 Ready to get a jump on your Christmas cards?  We all know you can spend a lot of time on your cards but sometimes it's the design idea that takes the most time--planning composition, colors, embellishments and textures....here's one idea for you to try out.  

  So many of us think of poinsettia flowers as deep red in color but I have seen some lovely pink ones...here's mine.

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Starting with the background, I sponged these colors randomly onto white card stock: faded jeans, broken china, and fossilized amber distress oxide inks.  A few spritzes of plain water which, when blotted, add the speckles (aka falling snow) to the blended inks.  I love making these backgrounds since no two look alike...the colors flow and swirl to make beautiful original bases for the next step. 

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I die cut the Decorative Poinsettia from a vanilla colored card stock along with a smaller size flower from the Poinsettia Blooms Open Studio die set for layering purposes.    Next, a second set of both flower sizes were die cut from white card stock which I sponged with Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink.  I added more concentrated color to the petal's center and lightened the pressure towards the petal tips.  To show both layers, I slightly offset the petals and gently curved the paper before adhearing together.  A quick spray of aerosol adhesive on the pink layers grabbed the chunky glitter for a frosty look.   

The Batavia snowflakes added a bit more sparkle by using silver glitter paper--which cut through easily, even with the intricate detail on the dies!

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Finally, the beautiful Brushstroke Merry Christmas  die cut was adhered in place (again using spray adhesive...watch your surroundings for overspray though).  Make several cards at a time using the "assembly line" method and find yourself ahead of the holiday crazies...you'll thank yourself!

I thank you for stopping by today and any comments you give...I read every one and appreciate the time you take to connect.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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