68 posts categorized "Laura"

11/23/2017

Thu 23

Warm Wishes Penguin & Black Friday Sales
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Happy Thanksgiving!  I can't think of a better holiday than one that takes a moment to give thanks in life.

For today's card, I had to play with a brand new penguin die.  The nice thing about this die set is that it cuts out a window as well as a penguin body and face.  It makes it really easy to make a little window scene.  For those of you who make shaker cards, the dies make it really easy to create one.

In the background, I took a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled it with Colorburst powders.  I lightly misted it with water to blend the colors.  Once it was dry, I splattered it with bigger droplets of water to create circles on the paper that looked like snow.  I love how the Colorbursts are reactive with water, even after you let them dry.

After I layered the card, I added some Mermaid Tale sequins from Birch Press Design.  As you can see from the picture, I stacked some of the sequins on top of each other to create a different look:

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Speaking of Birch Press, they are currently having a sale through the 27th in case you want to try out the new sequins, ribbons from Italy, dies,

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! For shopping that is! We're excited to share our Black Friday sale! It begins today and runs through Midnight USEST on November 27!! Now's the time to add all your favorites to your collection! Use code "create25" at check out to save 25% off your entire order!

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Need more Black Friday deals?  How about a sale at Poppystamps?

It's the most wonderful time of the year! For shopping that is! We're excited to share our Black Friday sale! It begins today and runs through Midnight USEST on November 27!! Now's the time to add all your favorites to your collection! Use code "poppy25" at check out to save 25% off your entire order!

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Have a very happy, healthy, and save holiday everyone!

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11/11/2017

Sat 11

Snowy Cabin
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Memory  Box has brand new dies that are perfect for Christmas or Winter cards.  I chose to share with you the Stitched cabin along with the Snowy Tree Circle.

When you cut out the Snowy Tree Circle, this is what you end up with:

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I ran the die through the machine again with blue paper to end up with this:

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I colored the tree and the pieces of the cabin with an assortment of  Copic markers to end up with these pieces:

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Next, I place a piece of white cardstock behind the opening on the card:

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The reason why I placed the white cardstock scrap behind the opening was to allow me to paper piece the blue "sky" on top of it.  Once I did that, the white scrap in the background appeared in the openings of the blue cardstock to look like snowflakes:

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As a final step, I added the cabin and some glitter to the snow to make it sparkle:

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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11/04/2017

Sat 04

Hashtag Elfies
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card using the sweet Playtime Elves clear stamp set.  I absolutely love puns, so the #elfies stamp made me smile.

First I started with some 140lb watercolor paper and placed a snowflake stencil on top.  Next, I sprinkled it with some Colorburst powders and spitzed the whole thing with water.  I used enough water that you can barely see the pattern for the stencil.  Any geometric stencil would work well here because the pattern is so faint.

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Next, I cut out and colored my little elf and trees with Copic markers.

Here are the marker colors I used:

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Here is a close up of the little elf:

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I tend to color elves with blonde hair because of the Hermey character in  "Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer."  Does anyone else think about the little elf who wanted to be a dentist? 

One of the things I want to talk about with the Copic coloring pertains to the trees in the background.  I placed the smaller ones in the back so that they would look like they were further away.  I also colored them darker to give them the appearance of being behind the lighter tree in the front.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and those on Daylight Savings time enjoy an extra hour of sleep.

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10/12/2017

Thu 12

A Simple Change of color
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to talk a bit about choosing color palettes to get vastly different results.  Therefore, I decided to use the exact same dies and layout to create one card that was perfect for Halloween and one that would work for Fall or Thanksgiving. 

For both cards, I used the Bubble Burst die, which is a favorite die of mine to focus attention to an element on the card.  The shape of the die draws your eye in to the pumpkins on the card.  With the Halloween card, I used an orange card with a black layer.  When you cut out the Bubble Burst from the black layer, the orange card shows through the little circles.  I didn't glue individual circles to the card, which would have taken forever to do!  Next, I added pumpkins from the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins set.  I like these pumpkins because the stitching really shows up well when you die cut them.  As a finishing touch I added sequins from the Birch Press Fairy Sparkle collection.

Next, I made a Fall pumpkin card:

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I made the card exactly the same way as the first, but this time I used a dark brown notecard and a kraft cardstock layer.  The sequins I used were from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal collection.

I hope try playing around with color palettes to see all the different results you can achieve!

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10/05/2017

Thu 05

Halloween Treat Jars
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  To me, Halloween is all about the treats and making your own treat jars is something that is so easy to do. 

First, you need to use some old jars.  It is a great way to recycle those old containers.  Just make sure you wash them really well.  I used an old jar that had salt in it and two smaller containers that had embossing powder in them:

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Next I cut out some embellishments using some of the latest Memory Box Halloween dies.  The one I want to focus on to explain in a bit more detail is the web.  When you cut out the spider web, it will look like this:

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I wanted to show you how this die cuts so that you could picture how you would use it in your projects.  I put some strong double stick tape behind the web and sprinkled the whole thing with black glitter for sparkle.  I then cut it out with a circle die so that the web would fit onto my round jar lid.

Another thing I want to talk about is the new sequins from Birch Press Design.  I used some of the sequins in various ways to decorate my jars.

First was simply gluing stars from the Not So Heavy Metal collection onto the lid:

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Next was stacking two different sequins from the Festival of Lights collection on top of each other.  I started with the bigger silver stars and then offset the smaller blue stars and glued them on top of the silver.  After all, why not build your own sequin designs?

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Finally, this last technique needs a sequin for it, but it doesn't matter the color since you will be covering it.  I started with a sequin that was the size I wanted and glued it onto the web.  I then filled the "bowl" of the sequin with black Enamel Accents from Ranger.  I ended up with an enamel accent that looks like a mix between a black pearl and a really thick enamel dot.  Why not just use a pearl or a dot?  First, when I try to make my own pearls, they never come out round.  Filling a sequin made my accent a perfect circle.  Enamel dots are nice, but they can get expensive.  It was much more cost effective to make my own.  Plus, I like that my embellishment has more dimension than an enamel dot.  Here is the black filled-in sequin:

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I hope you try making your own treat jars.  They are a fun way to make an easy gift or home decoration.

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10/03/2017

Tue 03

Alternative Christmas Transportation
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am a big fan of the new Double Decker bus die.  When I first saw it, I envisioned a Halloween bus with pumpkins in the windows.  Then Isha made a great Halloween card using some of the latest Memory Box Halloween dies.  I wanted to do something different, so I made a Christmas card instead.  I think it is the first black Christmas card I have ever made!

I chose the new Dashing with Reindeer images and dies because I figured Santa's reindeer could probably use a night off from pulling the sleigh.  I was tempted to put all 9 of the reindeer in the bus, but it started to get a little crowded in there.  I did however make sure to put Rudolph in the front, since that seemed like the correct placement.

To color the reindeer I used some of my brown Copic markers (E31, E35, and E51).  For Santa, I used more Copic markers (E50 for the skin, R27 for his suit, and C3 and C7 for his belt). 

For the background, I sponged Distress Oxide inks onto black cardstock and then lightly spritzed the ink with water to help the colors blend.  When the paper was dry, I splattered the sky with watered-down white acrylic paint to look like stars or snow.

Underneath the bus, I cut a black hill from the Curved Stitch Hilltops dies and then added a bit of road washi tape.  I am sorry I no longer know the washi tape brand, but you could just as easily get the same look with a ruler and a white gel pen or white Prismacolor pencil.

For the lights, I used an assortment of Copic markers and then coated them with a clear glaze pen to make them look like glass.  Here is a close up:

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For the inside of the card, I used one of the sentiments from the same Dashing with Reindeer stamp set.  I thought it was a different take on "dashing through the snow."  One of the nice things to remember about Memory Box notecards is the inside is white and makes adding a sentiment to the inside very easy.  Here is the inside of my Memory Box Licorice notecard:

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The Double Decker bus is a lot of fun to use on a card and rather versatile.  I am already planning to use it for a birthday party bus. 

Have a great day!

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09/18/2017

Mon 18

New Release Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings  friends.  We have been showing you  a lot of Christmas/seasonal cards lately, but we wanted to take this week to highlight Halloween cards using the latest Memory Box release.  There will be lots of new ideas as well as chances to win prizes, so be sure to join us each day from September 18th- September 22nd.

For my card today, I created a Halloween scene using some of the latest dies.  The Curved Stitch Hilltops that I used to create the ground coordinates with the Curved Picket Fence, so it is easy to create a backdrop landscape.  To decorate the scene, I added some Stitched Farm Pumpkins as well as the Whimsy Mummy.  I really like the mummy because when you run him through the die cut machine, you get the impressions of all the wrapped bandages for extra dimension.

To create the background, I used the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to make a frame for the scene and added a "moon" from the Studio Circles Layers and added the Whimsy Bat on top.  The moon was cut out of cream paper and then edged with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  Here is a close up of the card so that you can see that the bat and one of the pumpkins is popped up with foam tape:

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Want a chance to win the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die?  You can use it to create your own scene for just about any season.  All you have to do is leave a comment to this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck!

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09/12/2017

Tue 12

Folk Art Tree by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card from a recent quick and easy card class.  I also wanted a chance to show you how versatile the new Folk Art Tree can be.

When you cut out the die, these are the pieces you get:

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I started with a rectangle piece of kraft paper to cut out the die.  I saved the rectangle frame as well as the outside edges around the tree (the negative space).  My tree outline was kraft, so I colored it with a neon Copic marker.  I used a neon color so that it would show up on kraft cardstock.  As you can see, the color changed a lot since I colored the kraft with bright blue and ended up with a green look.  Next, I added some double sided tape behind the open rectangle window:

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I placed the green tree outline into the kraft rectangle frame and the double sided tape held it in place.  Where there was open tree area, I sprinkled some glitter on top:

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The tree looks like white glitter since I hadn't removed the backing of the tape yet.  You could leave it on if you wanted a solid look behind the glitter.  I wanted a translucent look to the tree so that you could see the patterned paper underneath.  Therefore, I removed the tape backing and stuck it down onto the patterned paper:

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I liked the sparkly tree window that I created, but there is so much more yo could do with the die.  Here are some scraps that I had sitting on my desk.  You can see the mix/mach possibilities of the tree.  I think of it as a patchwork tree that you could assemble any way you wanted:

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It really is a great way to use up those paper scraps you have!

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08/16/2017

Wed 16

Peppermint Striped Snowman
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I have another snowman to share with you today.  Can you tell that I like them a lot?  The die I used today is called Snowman Panel.  When you cut the die, this is what you get:

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As you can see, the stripes and snowman are all connected.  I thought that if I put red behind the white stripes, it would resemble peppermint stripes.

Next, I added the hat, eyes, scarf, buttons, and nose I cut from the Snowman Heart die.  To finish the card, I cut a hill from the Stitched Curves set and added one of the sentiments from the Merry Merry die set.  As a last step, I added some Stickles to the curve hill.  Here is a closeup of the snowman with embellishments as well as the sparkly hill:

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08/02/2017

Wed 02

Clean and Simple Poinsettia Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greeting friends.  If you have seen my style of cardmaking before, you know that I am a big fan of clean and simple cards for the holidays.  Whenever I am  making 20+ cards, I  really like to think about how many layers I am adding and how long each card will take. 

Each year I teach a quick and easy holiday card class where we create 10 different cards.  The card above is one from this year's class.  I will be teaching it again on Saturday, September 2nd in Herndon, VA, at Angela's Happy Stamper, so if you are in the area, I would love to see you!

To create this card, I embossed some cream cardstock with a floral embossing folder.  After all, why limit your floral items to Spring/Summer?  I then cut out the Decorative Poinsettia Trimming out of gold metallic paper.   This poinsettia die cuts out both the flowers and the side strings as one individual piece.  I also added a piece of red metallic paper behind it:

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If you are going simple with the design, sometimes it is nice to add metallic paper to add a bit of pizazz to the card.  To finish the design, I added a sentiment from the Blessed clear set with Crimson Red Versafine ink and added three gold rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia.

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