60 posts categorized "Laura"

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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07/17/2017

Mon 17

New Holiday Release Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  It is that time again.....time for the Memory Box release of holiday dies!  It is never too soon to start getting holiday inspiration and to start working on your holiday cards, scrapbook pages, and holiday gifts.  All this week we will be highlighting some of the latest designs from Memory Box, so be sure to stop by daily to see what is new.  There will even be chances to win prizes!

For my card today, I used the new Snowman Heart Collage die.  When you cut him out, he looks like this:

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I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but there is a piece of double-stick adhesive behind the heart cutout.  I sprinkled some Rock Candy Distress glitter on top of the tape and then removed the backing on the other side of the tape to adhere the sparkly snowman onto some red cardstock.  The red cardstock showed through the glitter so that it looked like the heart on the card was red.

The snowman die also comes with all the accessories to decorate your snowman.  Here is a picture of the accessories as well as the green holly leaves I cut from the Holly Collage die.  I also cut red berries for the holly using a hole punch:

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Notice that I cut the accessories out of white cardstock.  I find it much easier to run the die through the machine once with white cardstock and color each element with various Copic markers than to cut the hat from black cardstock, the scarf with red cardstock, etc.  You might as well save yourself some time and effort!  I used the dots that come with the die for the eyes and buttons, but you could also use black enamel dots, rhinestones, etc.

Here is a close up of the accessories and the glittered heart:

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To finish the card, I added the word "Love" from the Love Sentiments clear set using Versafine Crimson Red ink and paired it with "From All of Us" from the Merry Christmas Sentiments clear set.

Would you like to win the new Snowman Heart Collage die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  Good luck!

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07/09/2017

Sun 09

Watercolor Bird Plus MISTI Tutorial
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I am back again watercoloring one of the new clear stamp sets from Memory Box.  This time I used the Bird Sanctuary set with coordinating dies.  As I did with my previous post, I colored my central image with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers as well as a waterbrush to soften the colors.  Here is a close up of the bird:

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For the rest of the card, I cut a large white circle using the one of the nesting Circle Layers dies as well as green foliage using the Tall Fern Left Corner and Tall Fern Right corner dies.  For the sky, I used a cloud template and sponged some Tumbled Glass Distress ink to give the impression of the sky with clouds.  Finally, I added my sentiment from the same stamp set, added a few sequins and popped up the bird with some foam tape. 

I wanted to do a mini tutorial about how to line up stamp with coordinating dies.  Everyone has their own method, but I thought I would show you step by step what I do.

I start by cutting a piece of cardstock in half and then die cutting the dies from my coordinating set.  I usually cut all of the dies, even if I am not using all of the images for my current project.  After all, if you have the die cutting machine out, why not cut extra?

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In picture 1, you can see my MISTI stamp positioner.  I set aside all the birds I cut in the die cutting machine and took my half sheet of paper that had the negative space of the birds and placed it in the MISTI.

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In Picture 2, I placed the coordinating stamps in the bird shaped holes of my template I had in the MISTI.  It helps to stand up over your MISTI as you do this so that you can look straight down and move the stamps around until they are centered in each of the holes.

Shut the MISTI cover and press down so that all of your clear stamps stick to the MISTI lid.

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Picture 3- when you open the MISTI lid, you will see your template on the left with the bird shaped holes in the paper, and on the right hand side, you will have the stamps that are stuck to the lid.

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Picture 4- place your die cut birds back into the bird shaped holes of your template and ink your stamps with whatever ink you choose.  In this case, I used black Versafine since I would be watercoloring my images.

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Picture 5- close the MISTI lid and stamp the birds onto the bird die cuts.  If you don't get a clean image, reink the birds and stamp again.  I like to use the MISTI because I often have to stamp my images more than once when I am stamping on watercolor paper.

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Picture 6- Optional...  cut out lots of birds and keep repeating the process.  The step that takes the longest is making sure your stamps are centered in your template with the bird shaped holes.  Once you get everything lined up, it makes sense to stamp a bunch to have on hand when you need to make a quick card.  I usually cut a bunch and have them ready to color.

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Picture 7- I don't usually color images in advance because I don't know what colors I will want to use in the future.  However, I sometimes sit in front of the tv and get in a coloring zone.  I went ahead and colored the birds in an assortment of colors.

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Picture 8- For storage, I use a clear pocket from Avery Elle and load it with the stamps, the dies, and all of my cut images.  I do that so that I don't lose any of the small pieces and I can easily find what I am looking for.

I hope this tutorial helped.  Let me know if you have any questions or if I didn't explain something very well.

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07/08/2017

Sat 08

Watercolor Iris
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.   I hope you are doing something fun this weekend, perhaps even a little stamping!  For my card today, I wanted to share the new Sentimental Iris stamp set with coordinating dies.  The stamp set is rather nice because it also includes butterflies as well as everyday occasion sentiments such as "get well soon" and "just a note."  I chose the friendship sentiment because I have a friend who absolutely loves irises, and this card is for her.

Irises can be so many different colors.  I chose to go with the purple colors we get in are yard.  Here is a close up of the iris as well as the colors of Zig Clean Brush Markers I used:

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 I started with watercolor paper stamped with black Versafine ink and then outlined the edges of each petal with one of the Zig markers.  I then took a waterbrush and colored each petal towards the center of the flower.  As you move away from the outside edge of the flower with a waterbrush, you will notice the color getting lighter and lighter and will end up with a gradient of color.  If the color isn't getting lighter fast enough, wipe off your waterbrush onto a paper towel to get rid of any extra paint and continue with a clean brush.

In the center of the card, I used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to cut out a window.  The sentiment is on the inside of the card and all the watercolored images are glued to the outside.  The circle frame is nice because it adds a subtle dotted ring about anything you choose to highlight on your card.  In the final picture, you can see the window a bit better as well as the detail of the pinpoint frame:

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Have a great weekend!

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05/08/2017

Mon 08

New Release and Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today we would like to introduce you to the new Memory Box May 2017 release.  It has brand new dies as well as clear stamp sets with coordinating dies.  We hope you will stop by often this week to see all the new goodies and for chances to win prizes.

For my card today, I used the new Seal of Approval clear stamp set.  It has fun images such as seals, a turtle, a boat, anchors, and lots of coordinating "punny" sentiments.  To make my card, I cut out and stamped my images using black Memento ink.  I then colored the seal with an assortment of Warm Grey Copic Markers (W00, W1, W3, W5) as well as the R11 Copic marker for his cheek.  I also die cut some waves from the die cut set and added a small notched ribbon I cut by hand to hang from the #1 seal that comes with the set.

To cut a window in my card, I used the new Pinpoint Circle Frame.  It cuts a circle into your paper as well as add tiny little pinpoints around the circle for extra detail.  Here is a close up of the circle frame:

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As a final detail for the card, I embossed some white paper using the Dot Grid stencil.  Did you know that you can run plastic stencils through your Big Shot (or Cuttlebug) to emboss paper to achieve similar results to embossing folder?  You need a tan embossing mat to do it, but the results are amazing, and you get so much more use out of your stencils.  I once did a video tutorial on how to emboss with stencils.  You can view it on YouTube here- https://youtu.be/gpHEIf0hcJc

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

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05/01/2017

Mon 01

Memory Box Challenge #24- Magic of Markers

Challenge iconsA new month means that it is time to announce a new challenge.   We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you so much to everyone who created such wonderful projects for last month's celebration of moms.  I hope you were inspired to create cards for your mom or the other women who are important in your life.

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is Cathy R from Cathy's Card Spot.  Here is her card for Mother's Day:

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The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is karenladd who entered her project on Flicker.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

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Papercrafters seem to love to using markers in their projects...  Copics, Tombo, Zig Clean Color Brush markers, Marvy markers, Distress markers, etc.  There are so many varieties available and so many techniques you can try.  Do you use Copic markers for seamless blending?  Do you paint with markers to achieve watercolor effects?  Do you airbrush with markers?  We would love to see how you use markers on your cards or scrapbook pages.  This month's challenge is to make a card, scrapbook page or other art project using your favorite markers.  It is really up to you!

Here are a few ideas from the design team to help get you started:

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by Penny Ward- airbrushed marker onto die cuts

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by Donna Sledzik- markers used for watercoloring

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by Melissa Rusk- marker background and die cut coloring

Ready to create your on project featuring markers?  There are two ways to enter.

1.)  Link your finished work below. 

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge24 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Tuesday, May 30th to enter.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes:

 

 

03/06/2017

Mon 06

Blog Blitz Week for the New Release
by Laura Fulcher

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Memory Box has a new release of dies that we think you are going to love.  There are ocean-themed dies as well as Spring related  dies that coordinate really well with the items that were released in January.  I hope you will stop by each day this week through Sunday to be inspired by the new goodies.  There will even be chances to win prizes.

To make my card, I sprinkled some Cerulean Blue and Ultramarine Colorburst powders onto a non-stick craft sheet and spritzed them with water.  I then dragged some 140lb watercolor paper through the puddles of color and spritzed my piece with water to give it a splattered look.  Here is a close up of my background:

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Next, I  used the Ocean Swell die to cut out the little sea collage in the center.  The fun thing about this die is that even though you might cut through the center of you piece of paper (as I did with my white cardstock), the left side and right side are still connected to each by the jellyfish and one of the smaller fish at the bottom.

After I cut out the collage of sea creatures, I glued my white cardstock piece onto the background I had made with the Colorburst powders.  To embellish the card, I cut out various sizes of coral and added a few sequins that matched the colors on the card.  Hint...  My delicate fan coral die was too big for the card because it covered up some of the wonderful fish and shells.  I simply cut off the parts of the coral that were blocking the fish and made it a size that fit the card much better.  It would be very easy to cut this die to make coral in any shape or size you wanted.

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My card is just the first that highlights the new release.  Be sure to stop by frequently and leave comments on the various designer posts.  Each designer post will have one comment chosen at random to win a Memory Box die.  You have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59pm EST to leave your comments.  Good luck!

For the chance to win the new Ocean Swell die, leave a comment on my post letting me know what you like most about making ocean or beach themed projects.

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03/05/2017

Sun 05

Golden Fern
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share another card that I created using some metallic paints paired with a metallic die cut and metallic layers.  Using the gold paper really makes the metallic paint "pop" a bit more.

Here is a close-up under the light so that you can see the metallic sheen a bit better:

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To make the card, I started with a piece of kraft cardstock and painted the stripes on the left freehand using the Fine Tec metallic paints.  The paints are really shiny, and the colors range from a silvery white, to a champagne gold to more intense dark golds.  On the right side of the card, I added more water to the paints and flicked the colors onto the cardstock to get a splattered effect.

To finish the card, I added a birthday sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set and the Tall Fern Left Corner die cut from gold metallic paper.

Here is a final close up:

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I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  Look for samples of the latest release this week on the blog as well as chances to win prizes.

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02/04/2017

Sat 04

Golden Dragonflies
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share with you a card I made using some Fine Tec gold paints from Birch Press Design, black cardstock, and the new Dragonfly Stems Left Corner die.

To make the card, I started with a center panel of black cardstock and painted stripes with various colors of the Fine Tec gold paints.  I overlapped the colors and purposely left it a bit streaking for two reasons.  First, it was regular cardstock, so I didn't want to over-saturate the paper and have it warp. Second, I liked the effect of having some of the black show through.  Here is a close up of the paints and how shiny they are:

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For the second black panel, I used an old paintbrush and flicked gold paint onto the paper to get a speckled look.  Hint for this technique...use and old stiff brush for this.  The softer the bristles are, the harder it is to get the paint to splatter.

To finish the card, I added the dragonflies cut from more black cardstock and added a layer of gold cardstock to really get the metallic paints to pop.

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Thanks for visiting today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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