53 posts categorized "Laura"


Mon 06

Blog Blitz Week for the New Release
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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.

Here is another closeup:


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.




Sun 05

Golden Fern
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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:


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.



Sat 04

Golden Dragonflies
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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.


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




Wed 01

Memory Box Challenge #21- It's All About Love, Clean and Simple

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A 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 Winter Blues challenge.

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is Liz Cavill from the Crafty Sunflower blog. We loved the ombre effect of the blue.  It really highlighted the challenge theme well:

Ombre balloon

The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Julie Beech from the Crafted By Jules blog.

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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A little love and kindness is always a good idea, so why not take the time to tell the people in your life how much they matter to you?  For this month's theme, the challenge is to create a craft project that celebrates love using a clean and simple style.  It doesn't have to be a Valentine project.  You could make something for a wedding, an anniversary, or even a project celebrating friendship.  It is really up to you.  The only stipulation is that your project has to use at least one Memory Box product (stamp, die, or stencil).

Here are a few ideas to help get you started:







Ready to create your own "It's All About Love" clean and simple project?  There are two ways to enter.

1.)  Link your finished work below. 

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge21 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Sunday, February 26th 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:



Fri 06

Dragonfly Thinking of You
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to show you one of the new dies that features dragonflies.  I absolutely love dragonflies and butterflies, so I was really pleased to see the new additions. 

To make my card, I started with a couple of scraps of paper that I had colored with Colorburst powders and some water.  These two sheets were not my favorites, but I save everything that I color with Colorbursts.  One of the papers had dark spots that I didn't like, but I figured I could just cover them with some die cuts.  For the other paper, I figured I could cut out my favorite sections with the dragonfly die.  Here were the original papers:


To finish the card, I cut out two fern corners out of light green paper.  I added a bit of green PanPastel here and there to the fern fronds so that I had some sections that were darker and some that were lighter green.  As a final step, I added some glitter to the wings of the dragonfly and a sentiment from the new Valentine stamp set.

Want to win the new Dazzling Dragonfly die?  Leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on January 8th.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck!




Tue 27

Glittery Sending Love
by Laura Fulcher


I enjoy a sparkly card, but it is very important to me that I use a strong enough adhesive that the glitter has no chance of coming off the card.  For my card today, I purposely chose an adhesive sheet from Elizabeth Crafts that is extremely strong. 

I started the card by die-cutting the new Sending Love die out of white cardstock and then placing it onto a sheet of double-sided adhesive paper.  The one thing you need to be careful of when die-cutting the message is to save the little dot that goes over the "I." 


The next step on the card is to add a ton of glitter to it so that it sticks to all the exposed areas.  I decided the glitter behind the saying wasn't enough, so I made a matching glitter sheet to use as a layer on the card.  After all, can you really have too much glitter.  I made sure to really press the glitter down onto the adhesive and wiped away all the extra glitter with a brush.  Once I did that, you can rub your finger over the glitter and none will come off onto your hand.  Fantastic!


One last thing of note...  when I put the double-sided adhesive behind the message, I made sure to glue it down onto some white cardstock to make sure that the color of the glitter really showed.  If you look at the card itself, it looks like I glued the white layer onto a black layer.  However, if I had done that, the glitter wouldn't have been as shiny.  There is a hidden white layer behind the glitter and on top of the black cardstock.

I'm curious...are people pro glitter or anti glitter on their projects?




Mon 26

New Valentines
by Laura Fulcher


Hello everyone.  It is so hard to believe that we are already at the end of December.  Where did the time go?  The good news is that Memory Box has new stamps and dies to start thinking about Valentine's Day, love, and friendship projects.

For my card today, I wanted to share a heart and sentiment from the new So Many Things to Love clear set.  What I really like about this set is that it is great for Valentine's Day, but it has images and sentiments that can be used year round for so many occasions.  I love anything that is practical.  Want to see more of the Valentine release?  You can see the whole release here.

Before I start showing you how to color the image, I wanted to show you the difference adding a little white pen can make o a project (especially on kraft cardstock).  Here is the before picture without the white:


To make the card, I started by stamping the heart and sentiment onto one of the brand new chipboard notecards with black Versafine ink.  The chipboard notecards are great because they have a really nice thickness for single-layer cards.  Plus, chipboard is rather hard to cut, score and fold by yourself.  It is nice to have some that are already pre-made in a pack.

Once I gave the ink a long time to dry, I colored the outside edges with a dark red Prismacolor pencil.  Notice how I colored really heavily on the outside edges and then with lighter pressure as I moved towards the center of the heart:


Next, I added a medium red color of Prismacolor pencil so that it was heaviest where the two reds met and then lighter towards the center:


Finally, I added a pink pencil in the center with heavy pressure to finish out the coloring.  I didn't use any Gamsol to soften the colors of the Prismacolor pencils.  Some people use Gamsol with wax-based pencils for easier blending, but I find that it gives a bit of a watercolor look that doesn't show up quite as dynamically on kraft cardstock.  I wanted to use the pencils themselves to blend and add a thick, opaque layer of color that looked more like acrylic paint when I was done than pencil.


I finished the card by coloring the leaves and flowers with more pencils and then embellished with a white gel pen and some yellow Nuvo liquid pearls.

How about you guys?  Are you ready to start projects for the new year?




Wed 21

Dancing Snowflake Square
by Laura


Greetings everyone. For today's card, I wanted to show you one of the new dies that creates a wonderful frame for winter or holiday cards.  It is called the Dancing Snowflake Square, and it cuts out intricate snowflakes as well as embosses elegant snowflake details. 

Here is a close up to see the embossed elements:


To make the card, I took 140lb watercolor paper and added some Color Burst powders and water to create a blue/purple watercolor background.

Next, I cut out the snowflake frame.  Before I removed the white paper from the snowflake frame die, I ran it through my die cut machine a second time with a tan embossing mat to really emboss all the little snowflake details.

I removed the cut out from the die and adhered it on top of my watercolored background.

For the central snowflake, I cut it out using one of of the snowflakes from the Loop Snowflake Trio and added some glitter and a rhinestone for extra sparkle.  I popped it up using some fun foam cut using the same snowflake die.  Here is a close up of the snowflake and the foam used to pop it up off of the card:


Want to win the new Dancing Snowflake Square?  Leave a comment to this post by  Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random from the comments and the winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!





Mon 19

September Release Blog Blitz
by Laura


Memory Box has a brand new release of dies that build upon the Fall and holiday release.  There are snowflakes, snowglobe items, fancy closure dies, and in the case of my card, a stag.  I am thrilled that there is a new deer die because it makes beautiful holiday cards as well as cards for men.

For my card, I created a background using some 140lb watercolor paper and some Color Burst powders.  You can definitely play around with the colors you choose for the card.  I went with warm Fall colors, but you could just as easily use blues and purples for a winter scene.

Here is a close-up of the background:


The die itself cuts a beautiful window that you can use to layer onto a card or to create a peek-a-boo look that shows through to the inside of the card.

Join us all this week for ideas and chances to win prizes.  One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th- Friday, September 23 will be chosen at random to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!

Leave a comment on my blog post for your chance to win the new Graceful Stag Collage die.



Tue 05

Holiday Release Blog Blitz and Video
by Laura


We are absolutely thrilled to start sharing the new 2016 Holiday Release with you.  There are lots of new stamps, stencils and dies  that we hope will inspire you for Fall and Winter cardmaking.  The video above is a quick slideshow to kick of this week's blog blitz.  If you can't view the embedded video, you can also view it directly on YouTube here:  https://youtu.be/V1ingy88N4E  The blitz will run from Tuesday, July 6th till Sunday, July 10th with 2 posts a day.  As always, there will be chances to win prizes!



As I mentioned before, my most popular card class each year is my 10 in 10 Christmas card class.  People seem to like card ideas that allow you to create a large number of cards in a short amount of time.  The card above fits into this category.  The three windows and snowflakes are all created from one die called Snowflake Spectacle

To make the card, I placed the die onto white cardstock and cut out the windows/snowflakes.  I placed a piece of  double-sided adhesive behind the window (I used Elizabeth Crafts adhesive sheets) and sprinkled the whole thing with blue glitter.  I added some blue metallic paper behind the white cardstock to make the glitter "pop" even more.  To finish the card, I added some rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes.

Here is a close-up of the glitter and the die:


If you need to make more than 20 holiday cards, then this is a good design to use.  You can change up the colors and switch to red/green or silver/gold depending on your preferences.

Want to win the new Snowflake Spectacle die?  Watch the video above and leave a comment on this post listing your favorite new die featured in the video.  You have until 11:59 EST on Sunday, July 10th to enter.  Good luck!  Don't forget that each designer blog post during the blitz will have a chance to win a prize, so check back often.