184 posts categorized "Jenny Griffiths"

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

 

07/25/2017

Tue 25

Snowy Spectrum
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box friends,

   I don't know about you but I am dreaming about these cool snowflakes--we need some cooler temps around here (San Diego).  It has been "blue blazin' hot", as my Grandpa used to say.

Let's take a look at the new Snowy Spectrum die featured on my card today...

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I created the multi colored background by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and faded jeans distress oxide inks on a small panel of watercolor paper.  Just as everyone says, these inks are smooth as butter and easy to blend.  A few flecks of water sprinkled then blotted off gives that wonderful spotted effect.  

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I adhered the Snowy Spectrum die cut over the throughly dried distress oxide inks (that took about 30 seconds in this heat) and added 2 more layers of snowflakes using the Batavia Snowflake die.  By lightly dabbing a tiny bit of wet glue to the main portions of the snowflake die cuts, the positioning is stress free.  The wet glue is forgiving so you can slide the additional snowflakes into perfect position on top of their mates.  Just a few strokes with the Wink of Stella glitter brush adds a subtle shimmer to each snowflake.

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You may know by now that I love to add paper layers to my card creations and I used papers that complimented the inks today.  Gray, seafoam green and pool papers were my color choices.  To coordinate with the subtle gray I stamped the merry Christmas sentiment in Versafine Smokey Gray.  I like inking with grays instead of black lately.  Black is sometimes a bit too strong and the grays know how to play well with the other colors.  

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As always, I appreciate your visit here today and love reading your comments.  Thanks for taking the time.  Jennysig

07/14/2017

Fri 14

Bird Crazy
by Jenny Griffiths

Yes it's true, I am bird crazy...crazy for these new feathered friends found in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set just released this month.  Not only are the birds delightful but there are several very useful sentiment and accessory stamps included in the set.

All three cards were created with this beautiful set and a few paper scraps!


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Just a touch of color was added to the branch and bird body using Zig Clean Color markers and Copic markers--so fun! 

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This bird looks as though he's in flight so I added some ink flecks to the background area.  After stamping the bird, I cut out and positioned a mask to shield his body before flicking the gold ink onto the card.

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...and to round out the set of three bird cards, this sweet little guy is sitting so calmly on a branch with a "Thinking of You" sentiment.  The diamond pattern below him is from the stamp set as well and was added (stamped 5 times) using a stamp positioner to keep the spacing even.  


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 Remember, there is a set of coordinating dies available which adds oodles of possiblities for other creative cards.  

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I'm so happy you stopped by today and hope you love the new July release stamps and dies too!

 

 Jennysig

 

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!

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 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.   

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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...

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 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. 

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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