Thu 10

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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A felt owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies delivers a bright  greeting here today.  Coordinate them with the perfect printed and embossed papers from Birch Press for more texture and zingy color.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design for spring and summer celebrations.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to fuchsia felt and diecut the Feathered Friends owl.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the face from natural cardstock.  

Cut the eyes and beak - from orange cardstock.  Color the eye circles with a black marker.

Cut the branch - from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge dies set - from  recycled cardboard.

The gold embossed paper and bright leafprint are from Birch Press Design.  They quickly add bright splashes of color and earthy texture to the design.  Cut them with the 2" x 3-¼" and 1-¾" x 3" dies from the Rectangle Basics set.  Cut the wing from the embossed paper too.

Stamp the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set on an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.  I love how the leaves match the shape of the owl and wing...little things like that make me so happy!

The Deep Edge Dies are timesavers for quilting and fabric arts because they cut thru multiple layers of fabric and are specially made to easily release the diecut pieces.  Of course you can use them for cardstock - and handmade artpapers that can sometimes be challenging to cut.  

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!   Hope you liked the cards - and the great Shizen Designs artpapers we used.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura too - for helping us find the dies, papers and inks we needed!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy the sunshine! Jeansignature-3

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Wed 09

Hugs card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. I have a fun card to share with you and it's perfect for us crafters :)

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I started with a white card base. I then sponged some distress oxide inks onto it and flicked a little water. I then die-cut the Left and Right Hutton Gate dies onto a white cardstock and adhered them to the cardbase. I then stamped the sentiment and die-cut it using the Birch press Just Because stamp and die. 

Now I die-cut the Devonshire wreath from white cardstock and trimmed the flowers. I then sponged ink onto the flowers and adhered it to the card along with the sentiment.

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Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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Tue 08

Blossom Circle
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Tuesday! Today I have a sunny and bright card to share with you inspired by the sun and blue skies we have been lucky enough to have this week.

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I used the beautiful Blossom Circle die and made it the focus of the card today. I die cut it in white and then glued it to a light blue circle I cut out using the Wrapped Circles set. This was layered with foam tape onto a larger circle in a darker blue. 

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The yellow plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and it added the right amount of sunshine to my blue card. I finished with a few pearls on the flowers.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
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Mon 07

Drifting Side Butterfly with Cheery Flower Collage Challenge Cards
by Anne Thompson

I have two fast and easy cards today that use the DRIFTING SIDE BUTTERFLY die 99900 and the CHEERY FLOWER COLLAGE die 99946 for this month's Insects/Butterflies/ Dragonflies Challenge.  Let's look at the blue one first.

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I used a Memory Box notecard and Bluebird Distressed Dots paper along with some plaid papers from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut the Cheery Flower Collage into the front of the notecard and added large pearls in the flower centers.  I used a piece of Lawn Fawn plaid paper for the inside of the card where I can write or stamp a message that will either show through the opening or not.  I cut the solid butterfly from a different Lawn Fawn plaid and cut the outline butterfly from the dot paper.  I used a glue pen to adhere the two pieces and pop-dotted it onto the card front.  Easy peasy!

Here's a close-up of the butterfly.

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Here's Card #2.

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This time I used a raspberry notecard and double-sided patterned paper which I adhered behind the window and added another piece on the inside where I will write or stamp my message.  I added a narrow strip on the card front as well.  I used two complementary prints from the same collection to make the butterfly and inked its edges with Distress Spun Sugar.  I added two tiny pearls to the flower centers.

Have you submitted your work for this month's Challenge?  We always look forward to what you share with us!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 06

Dragonfly Birthday
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with a bit of inspiration for the May Challenge here on Outside the Box. I love dragonflies...they are said to be messengers from heaven when you see one. I must confess, when I do see one in the yard, I always say "hi dad, mom, Rick" whichever one I am missing most at the time. I know it's silly...but I like it!

 

So...on to the card:

 

Start with a White cardstock base. Most of my cards are 5.5 x 4.25 inches, but you make yours whatever size you like.

 

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To make the "honeycomb paper" I laid down several strips of Block Pink washi tape from Birch Press Design on to white cardstock, then die cut the panel with Hex Drift. Using the negative die cut as a guide, I then adhered the washi die cuts on to the front of my card.

I also adhered a strip of the washi tape along the left edge of my card, wrapping it to the backside.

 

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Die cut the Dazzling Dragonfly from watercolor paper as well as Paintbrush Happy. Color with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers or your choice of medium. Adhere to card front as shown. Stamp and heat emboss the "birthday" sentiment from the Wishing You set, trim ends and use foam adhesive.

 

This card would be great for man, woman or child. :)

 Make sure to join our Insects, Butterfly Challenge this month. Just click HERE.

Happy Crafting,

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Fri 04

I Believe in You!
by Melissa Rusk

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It's the end of the school year and a perfect time to send someone a little extra encouragement. This cute stamps set Bee Yourself got the job done. I started with the background of the card. I used the Hex Drift die and I cut it on a white piece of paper 5 times. Each time I turned the die around to create this background. I glued it on to a piece of cardstock that I colored with small ink pads. Using two different yellow colors I stamped the small square ink pads all over a white piece of paper to get the pops of yellow you see through the background.


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I stamped the I bee-lieve in you sentiment and two bees from the set on white and then colored them with a yellow Copic marker and some clear wink of stella glitter for the wings. I mounted it on a black piece of paper and glued it to the card. I finished the whole thing off with some black gems.

Have a fabulous and crafty weekend!
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Fri 04

I Bee-lieve in You
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Friday, Friends!  To go along with the current new Memory Box Challenge #37 to use Insects, Butterflies, or Dragonflies on your projects, I created this card:

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I had fun watercoloring my die cuts again!  The Honeycomb Square was die cut from watercolor paper I colored with gold metallic watercolor ... it has such pretty golden shimmer!  The beautiful Intricate Bee was watercolored with with yellow and light black, to help keep it soft and subtle. The bee's wings were watercolored with a white/silver mixture and the cut-outs left/held in place by placing foam mounting tape under them.

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The background was created by die cutting the Hex Collage out of adhesive stencil material and using it as a stencil to apply aqua watercolor onto a watercolor paper panel.  Finally, leftover black watercolor was flicked onto the background and the Bee Yourself sentiment stamped in Memento Gray Flannel.

I hope you'll join us in this month's Memory Box Challenge and create your own Insect/Butterfly/Dragonfly project!

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Thu 03

May Challenge Inspiration – the Plush Elegant Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Plush Elegant Butterfly combines a little May Challenge inspiration - and a lot of copper thread - here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed design that's a bit more involved than my usual "quick and easy" ideas.    Hope you like it!

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Spritz watercolor paper and paint it in pale, watery layers of pink, orange, yellow and teal Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  They're vibrant, concentrated inks that can be used as liquid watercolors.  Dry the inks.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind the pink portion and diecut it with the Plush Elegant Butterfly.  Diecut the center portion too.

Punch a 2 or 3mm hole in the center of the butterfly.  Securely tape one end of a  strand of metallic copper thread behind the butterfly.  Sew long stitches - beginning at the center hole - through and around the left half of the butterfly.  Repeat on the right half.  Tape the thread ends to the backside of the butterfly.

Diecut another butterfly from white cardstock and attach it behind the stitched butterfly to add dimension (and cover the backside of the stitches!).

Stitch the butterfly center with the copper thread.

Diecut the big antennae - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set- from rose gold mirror cardstock.  Attach it between the butterfly and the center portion.

Cut another section of the watercolored paper with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Stamp "follow your bliss"   on a 5-½" square white card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach two strips of tape from the Sugar Tape set, available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots to elevate the wings.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try this technique.  It takes a few minutes - but the  detailed, sparkly results are worth the effort...promise.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ASIA NOW class at Impress on Saturday!

 

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Wed 02

Elegant Birthday
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am always in need of a birthday card.  Luckily, the Spring Bunnies stamp and die set came with cupcakes, a balloon, a present, and a cake stand as well as sweet bunnies.  I chose to use the line of cupcakes from the set because I knew they would be fun to color.

To make the card, I stamped and cut out the cupcakes using Black Versafine ink and 140lb watercolor paper.  I colored the cupcakes with Zig Clean Color markers and softened the colors with a waterbrush.  To make the card more elegant, I used a clean design and layered everything onto some Circle Ivory handmade paper from Birch Press Design.  The pattern of the paper is embossed and has a pearlescent shimmer.  Here is a closeup to see shine of the paper better:

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For extra sparkle, I added some sequins to the card and some Stickles to the cupcakes.

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Tue 01

Memory Box Challenge #37- Insects/Butterflies/Dragonflies

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Greetings friends.  It is time to introduce another Memory Box 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 played along with us for our flower challenge.  Flowers can be used year round and having all that inspiration was wonderful.

The winner of the blog badge was Bonnie from the Stamping with Klass blog.  We loved her elegant birthday card that could be used for so many other occasions:

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The random winner drawn from all the entries was Ellie Knol from the Paper-Stamps-Color 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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This month's theme is all about creating cards using insects.  You can use bees, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, etc....  You can stamp them, die cut them, make a bug shaped card or whatever your heart desires.  Do you want to make a creepy crawly card for a young kid or an elegant card with iridescent wings and shimmer?  The choice is completely up to you!  You can make  a project for any theme or occasion, but it should predominately feature at least one insect on it. We can't wait to see your take on the challenge.   Don't forget to include at least one Memory Box product for your entry.

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

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by Jean Okimoto

 

There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge37 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Wednesday, May 30th.   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:

 

 

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