65 posts categorized "Laura"

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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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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