Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

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Sun 14

Awesome Lilacs
by Penny Ward

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Hello and welcome to the last day of our Memory Box Blog Blitz. So happy you have stopped by and I am hoping you have checked out all the new dies and stamps that are now available at you favorite retailer. This stamp set I am using today Spring Lilacs has soooo much to offer. Adorable flowers for Summer and Spring, pretty leaves to use now or in the Fall, and great sentiments to use year round.

 

Here is how I made this card:

 

Start with a white case card. I always make my base cards the same...cut white cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half.

Cut a white cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink this panel with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce and Cracked Pistachio...I know the color sounds awful together, but it really works. Now flick a little water across this panel and let dry. Adhere inked panel to card base.

 

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Cut white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches and die cut with Pinpoint Double Frame as shown.  Use a scoring board to emboss a few lines along the left side of card, then adhere to card base.

 

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Stamp and die cut the Spring Lilacs. Color with Spectrum Noir markers VB1,  VB3 as well as AB1, AB3 and the leaves with YG1 and YG3.

Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment onto Vellum.

Add a bow to the flowers and drops of Glossy White Crystal Drops to flower centers. (white drops take on the color of the alcohol marker after they dry)

 

So.....which dies or stamps are your favorite?

Please leave me a comment before Midnight May 14th (that's today) and I will be giving away the Spring Lilacs stamp set to one very lucky person.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 13

Whale of a Smile
by Sherry Hester

Welcome everyone to day six of our blog blitz! I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the inspiration this week. There are so many possibilities with the new Memory Box “Whale Hello There” set and matching dies. Another super die is the Sheer Circle Trimming die ... a thin but mighty die ... which is also used on this easy-peasy card. The ocean’s the limit with these stamps and dies from the fun and fabulous new release!!

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I started with a 5” x 3.75” piece of white card stock, and ran the Sheer Circle Trimming die twice through my die cutting machine, one right above the other, starting approximately two-thirds of the way down on the piece. To give it an “oceany” feel, I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the die cut area. The waviness of this die provided a perfect background for the focal point.

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I next stamped and die cut the whale and one of the fish from the Whale Hello There sets. I sponged a light gray color onto the whale’s body, adding a little pink for his cheek. The smaller fish was sponged with Dried Marigold with a little pink for the cheek as well.

I mounted the whale and the fish onto the white card stock with foam tape. I stamped and die cut the heart and sponged it in with Worn Lipstick. This was mounted just above the whale’s spout with foam tape. I then stamped the bubbles and filled them in with Faded Jeans. I added some clear glitter to the heart and the bubbles for a little sparkle.

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This assembled piece was then mounted with foam tape to a white A2 card base, as shown.

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If you would like a chance to win the Sheer Circle Trimming die … one of my favorites from the new release, by the way … please leave a comment on this post! You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 14th, to comment on this and all of the posts. The winning comment will be chosen at random … it just might be you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Fri 12

A Whale of a Good Time
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! I have another look at the fun stamp set Whale Hello There to share with you today for our Blog Blitz.

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I just love the waves in this stamp set! I stamped them 4 times on the base of my card in a darker ink of the same color to create the background. Then I stamped these cute sea creatures and die cut them using the coordinating die set and colored them with Copic Markers. To add the texture to the whale and the octopus, I used dots of the same colors I used to color each image as well as some dots of the colorless blender. It creates such a fun look.

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I stamped my sentiment on a light blue strip of paper and glued it to the card. I added the sea cuties with some foam tape and finished the card off with some sequins.

Now for the fun part! Want a chance to win this cute 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 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!

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Thu 11

May Release Blog Blitz – A Fish Tales Stamp Set Giveaway
by Jean Okimoto

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Bright tropical colors and the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set send birthday wishes today.  Hello, welcome back to our May Release Blog Blitz! Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great new clear stamp set and the matching set of dies.

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It's easy to organize (and find!) your favorite "open" die sets if they're attached to curtain rings from a fabric or home store.  I attach the rings to a magnetic bar that's attached to a shelf in my work area.  That's a lot of attachment - but it works for me!

Paint deckle-edged rough watercolor paper from Shizen Design with Peerless Watercolors and air-dry it.  Add a pearly wash of diluted Peerless Transparent Silver and heat-set it.  The deckled edges and texture enhance the shimmery layer and contrast nicely against the matte diecuts.   Trim the right and bottom edges with a Rectangle Basics die.  

Gather an assortment of yellow, orange, flamingo, turquoise and green cardstock.  Stamp the happy little fish and wavy seaweed  from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.   Heat-set the ink, then diecut the designs  with the matching Fish Tales Die Set. 

Diecut Seaweed Stalks from light green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on lime green cardstock.  Cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Attach the diecuts and greeting - use foam dots for the bright yellow, orange and turquoise fishes.  Add blue gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set?  Just add your comment to today's post - and it may soon join your Memory Box and Open Studio Collection.  Add your comment to Jenny's Fish Tales blog blitz post too - and all of the other Design Team posts during this week's blog blitz.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 14th.  Good Luck to you!

We'll be using a few of the newest dies and stamps at the May 13th SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress.  We have so many great heart- and love-themed dies, stamps and papers - let's put them to work on summery cards for weddings, thank-yous and cards to say "I'm thinking of you."  See you on Saturday!

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Wed 10

Whale Hello There!
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 3 of the Blog Blitz! Today I have a fun card using the new stamp set Whale Hello There! It has so many cute sea creatures and sayings I know you are going to love.

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For my card today I started by stamping the whale and die cutting him out. He is super cute! I colored him with my Copic Markers in colors C00, C1, C3 and C5. I added some dots with the markers to give him some texture.

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Next I die cut the new Pinpoint Circle Frame. I stamped the waves onto the inside circle using a teal ink and my sentiment in black ink under the outside circle. To put the card together, I used a foam tape to glue the outer white circle to the card and then with a regular tape runner I glued the stamped circle to the card. Some more foam tape for the whale and a few sequins finish off the card.

Now for the fun part! Want a chance to win this cute 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 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!

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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! 
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Mon 08

Leafy Ring with Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

Good afternoon!  It's the first day of our Blog Blitz here at Outside the Box.  Scroll down to see Laura's post from this morning.  It's just the beginning of a week full of goodness!  I'm so excited to share with you some of the newest dies and stamps from the just-released May 2017 collection!  

From where I sit at my computer I can see our lilac bushes just beginning to leaf out and sprout buds.  So I just had to use the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and the SPRING LILACS Die Set 32199 for this post.  Because I chose to use the smaller blossom clusters, I featured the LEAFY RING  Die 99780 in my card designs.

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Once I got started I couldn't stop!  Here are the dies I used.

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I used two of the circles from the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS set30016, one that the leafy ring fit tightly inside of and the next largest circle.  The three smaller dies are for the two leaf shapes and the blossom cluster from the Spring Lilacs Die Set.

These are the rest of the supplies:

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Let's look at the purple cards first to see what I did.

Card 1:

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I die cut the Leafy Ring from white cardstock.  I put some purple/white washi tape across the center of the Leafy Ring, then cut a larger dark green circle which I adhered under the Leafy Ring.  The next step was to die cut the small Spring Lilac blossoms bunch twice from light purple cardstock and stamp the blossoms in Archival Ink Deep Purple before cutting the two leaves from the Spring Lilacs set from the same dark green cardstock and stamping the leaf patterns with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I used a Pear Tart Memento marker to color the flower centers.  I used Glue Dots to hold the bunch together (two flower clusters, two leaves) and used foam dots to adhere it to the Leafy Ring.  I stamped "Happy Spring" from the Spring Lilacs stamp set using the VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I added a simply knotted purple/white ribbon to complete the card.

Card 2:

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I began by stamping the individual lilac blossoms (I grouped them on one clear block and kept rotating them as I stamped) from the Spring Lilacs stamp set onto the card front using the Archival Deep Purple ink and colored the flower centers with the Pear Tart marker.  I lined up the Leafy Ring and the larger circle as shown in the photo above to cut that shape from white cardstock.  I cut dark green cardstock with the smaller circle and adhered it underneath the Leafy Ring.  I used the same process as on the first card to create the flower bunch from lighter purple cardstock, adding the green leaves and popping it up from the ring's center.

Then I made two different green cards.

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Here I cut the Leafy Ring from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and backed it with a lighter green cardstock.  I cut the flower blossoms from white cardstock and colored them using a Pear Tart memento marker for the centers and layers of a Lulu Lavender Memento marker for the flowers.  (This month's Challenge is using markers.  Have you posted your project yet?)  I used four clusters of flowers and two leaves for the center bouquet.  And I found a piece of lime green twine to tie around the card in a bow.

The last card:

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The only real difference here was placing the Leafy Ring directly on top of a Meadow notecard using foam dots.  I did use a more olive-y green for the leaves and stamped the outline with Hero Arts Forever Green ink.  And I used two shades of purple cardstock for the flower bunches.   I thought I was finished until I found the cute little bow to add.

Remember to leave comments for me about this post and on all of the others from the Design Team this week.  You have until 11:59 PM EST on Sunday May 14th to post your comments for a chance to win one of the new stamp sets or one of the new dies.  Someone who comments on this post will win the Leafy Ring die!

Happy Crafting!

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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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Sun 07

Through the Forest
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Have you checked out the Challenge for this month? Click here to read all about it and to participate. Using markers with die cuts is the theme this month and I have chosen to use Spectrum Noir markers with a Craftwell eBrush. I think this will make a great Father's Day card.

Let me walk you through this creation:

 

Start by die cutting Sapling Collage and Thicket Collage from white cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5 inches for each panel.

 

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Using an eBrush, spray the trees with Spectrum Noir GB10 & TN7. Mask the trees and spray the outer card with DG3 & DG2. (I hope you do a better job of masking than I did.  :(  )

 

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Using foam adhesive, layer the two panels together with the largest trees in the front. Wrap this panel with a pretty green ribbon and tie a knot.

Make a base card from white cardstock measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.

Ink the center of base card with Distress Oxide Broken China and Wilted Violet. Adhere a small scrap of striped paper to bottom of base card.

Now adhere your trees panel to base card.

Finish with a sentiment or leave blank as I have done.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Happy Crafting,

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