181 posts categorized "Jenny Griffiths"

06/20/2017

Tue 20

Life is better Near the Ocean
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello crafty friends,

Cuteness alert!  The following fun nautical scene is from the new Whale Hello There stamp and die sets and is loads of cuteness.  There are so many clever components...fish, waves, sea weed, and the coolest octopus ever.  You can make a variety of scenes and soooo many cards from just this one set.  Here's one I created today...

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I also used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to create a sort of "porthole" effect and stamped the waves with Peacock Feathers blue ink on the front of the note card.  The "porthole" layer was added and raised up slightly to give a little dimension.  I stamped and die cut all the pieces, then colored with Copic markers.  I created enough to make several cards at once.  I took my time arranging (and rearranging) the fish scene and quickly realized I was simply enjoying playing with them instead of finishing the card-- Ahemmm.  

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I used a bit of pink Nuvo drops on the cheeks for a spot of color and Wink of Stella pen to add shine and sparkle to these cute denizens of the deep.  Oh and the clear air bubbles are crystal clear Nuvo drops too.   Along with the sentiment from the stamp set (which I love) is a collection of shells and a starfish from the Sea Bottom Treasures die set---a must- have for these nautical scenes.  

With Summer upon us ocean theme cards are right on point and a welcome card to receive for any occasion.  We're having a heat wave here in San Diego and the ocean sure looks inviting.

Thanks for stopping by, please let me know if you like this new set--is it on your wish list or do you already have it?  

 Jennysig

05/23/2017

Tue 23

A note of Thanks
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   Jenny here with a note of thanks to share today.  I like to keep 'thank you cards' on hand just to be ready since sometimes I can't get to my craft room to create one quick enough.  This one went to someone I had never met but showed great kindness to me and my family.  It was unexpected and I was happy to give this card which I enjoyed making and loved the way it turned out.  

One of my favorite clear sets from the new release is this Thank You Sentiments set.  It's not a large set but it has just the right sentiments to say 'thank you'.  This is just one variation using this versatile set.  Also, don't overlook the cute stars included in the set---they sure hit the spot with the Leafy Ring die.

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 I embossed the stars and sentiments in gold and layered a lavender paper panel behind the ring to show off the beautiful cut outs.  The Leafy Ring is what I call a 'negative die cut'.  The pieces removed by the die cut are pretty but the best part is the design that remains...now that makes a 'negative' a 'positive' really!

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I added a few of the new leaves from the Stitched Leaves die set, which I love as each leaf has cute pin dots or stitching detail.  

Several gems and pearls dressed up the beautiful Leafy Ring and this card was ready for it's new home, with my thanks.

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Thanks for stopping by today...hope you find some time to create a few 'thank you' cards to keep handy for those thoughtful people in your life!  

Jennysig

05/09/2017

Tue 09

Fun Fish Tales
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome to another fun day on the blog as we spotlight several brand new designs from the May 2017 release...it's another great one.

My favorite is the Fish Tales clear stamp set.  I designed two cards today, the first using distress inks to watercolor the scene and the second card using Tombow markers.    

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After stamping the fish onto watercolor paper using black archival ink, I watered down several distress ink swatches applied to my craft sheet and painted the fish a variety of whimsical colors.  I used Mermaid Lagoon (background), picked raspberry, ripe persimmon, mustard seed, carved pumpkin, shaded violet, cracked pistachio and peeled paint distress inks on the lively fish!  The set includes two types of sea grass stamps which were used on the background---this stamp set has it all!  

Once the watercolor paper dried completely, I die cut the stitched oval, using the largest size in the set, and mounted it onto the green notecard, then added the embossed sentiment for a so-fish-ticated card!  

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Next up, same clear set but this time creating faux postage on the front and inside of the card...

I colored the fish and sea grass with Tombow water based markers and die cut them using the Postage Rectangle Layers dies.  To give each rectangle a hint of blue background, I left the paper in the die and sponged ink onto the paper allowing the rectangle frame to protect the edges from ink...

I added a double layer of mounting tape under the sentiment rectangle and overlapped it onto the other two pieces.   Clear dew drop embellishments add the look of bubbles--so fun!

Birthday Fishes

 Here is a look at the inside of the card using one more cute postage fish and a second birthday sentiment.  I love finishing the inside of cards with coordinating stamps or dies.   

Fish Wishes-inside

Since this week is our new release reveal celebration...how about a chance to win the featured clear stamp set---Fish Tales!

Let us know what you think of this set---do you like that there are sentiments and design images combined on one set?  (I do!)

 Do you like whimsical  looking fish?  How about that sea grass?  Holy Mackerel, YES!

Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, May 14th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp set.  Don't forget to check back during the week.  Each designer post will have its own chance of winning a prize.  Good luck! 
Jennysig

04/18/2017

Tue 18

Blooming Poppy
by Jenny Griffiths

Good Tuesday Everyone!

I'm happy you stopped by today as I share a pretty poppy and butterfly card.  If you have been in one of my classes in Southern California lately you made this card already but it seemed to be a favorite so here goes...

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Starting off...use Peeled Paint, Moss green, Squeezed Lemon and Orange Marmalade distress inks to water color the appropriate areas on the poppies.  Just swipe the inks directly onto a craft mat or other waterproof surface and add small amounts of water to get the desired color intensity and paint onto the Poppy die cut.  Leave the butterfly blank for now.  Let the watercoloring dry throughly and snip the flowers apart at the base allowing 3 blooms on each portion.  

Adhere the scalloped ring, created by die cutting a scalloped circle die with a smaller basic circle die inside, to the card front.  Be sure to save the blue circle die cut from the opening to use inside the card. 

Using Salty Ocean distress ink, stamp the sentiment on the card front.

From the inside, position the painted poppies in the circle opening, allowing a bud on either side to overlap the scalloped ring. Secure the lower portion of the poppies inside the card using adhesive (I used scotch tape).  

To hide the taped poppies on the inside adhere the pale yellow panel and gives the front of the card a pretty yellow backgrond behind the poppies.  

For the blue glitter butterfly overlay, position a small piece of glitter paper over the butterfly, glitter side down on the cut side of the die and run through your die cut machine.   Adhere into position using small dabs of wet glue in several areas.  

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 For the inside, adhere the retained blue circle to the card then add the remaining poppies (cut the stems shorter if needed to fit the area).  

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Hope you enjoyed today's card!  Have a great week!
Jennysig

04/04/2017

Tue 04

Sunset Beach
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and Welcome!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  It's "toes-in-the-sand" time so lets head down to the beach today...

I'm calling this card Sunset Beach but it could also be a sunrise, right?  Either way I would love to be right there in this scene enjoying nature.  
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 It's time for me to admit that I changed up the components of the main die a bit.  You will see that these dies are very versatile and can take on several looks.  On this card I snipped off the sun (moon?), and both dragonflies (see actual die photo below).  Save them to use on the inside of the card.

I watercolored a separate card size panel with these distressed inks in a horizontal pattern: barn door, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and tumbled glass.  Half of the watercolored paper was adhered to the inside of the card to fit the long rectangle opening and the remaining half was used to die cut the shells, dragon flies and both circles for the sun (moon).  

I really like the elegant shore birds so they "made the cover" and were tucked into the tall grass then the watercolored shells, setting sun and flying gulls were added to complete the relaxing scene.

 A word about the kraft chipboard note cards...I love these new chipboard note cards!  Seriously, you must give these a try.  They are heavier than card stock (hence the term chipboard) and give the card weight and stability---by the way, the Memory Box dies cut the chipboard paper beautifully.  Ahhh...

Sunset Beach detail

 Now, since I snipped the dragonflies off the front of the card, they were available to add to the inside of the card.  I added them along with a waterclored overlay, another moon and an inspiring sentiment--all adhered onto solid color card stock panel.  A matching solid paper panel was added to the left side which "hides" the back of the watercolored panel facing the front cover. 

Sunset Beach Inside

These new sea life dies make me so happy---they feel like vacation time!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed your "mini vacation" right here.  

Jennysig

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!

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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.  

 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!

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 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. 

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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