Thu 15

Awesome Faux-Flamingos from Elegant Shorebirds
by Jean Okimoto

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Transform Elegant Shorebirds into glittery faux-flamingos on a quick summer card for a great grad or someone on your awesome list.  These beautiful multi-taskers are great cranes for an Asian card too!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, still playing with my Distress Oxides.  I have 10 of them - but these four colors create the perfect combination for our Spring and May Releases.  They are Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick.  I used a scrap of watercolor paper to blot some of the darker areas on a larger piece of spritzed,  smushed inks and ended up with this dreamy background.  

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Cut the watercolored paper with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Deep Lagoon VersaFine.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock and trim the edges a bit.  Cut a 1/2" base using the curved die included in the Pasture Grass set.  The curved border works alone too.  It's great for rolling hills, shorelines, curving country roads and snowdrifts - or when you just want a simple, wonky curved edge.  

Cut the birds from pink glittered cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-1/2" square white card - use a foam dot for the wings of the left bird.   Add pink and green gem stickers.  Yes - five gem stickers in two colors - she's living on the edge here!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on June 17th.  We're using our dies to make a medallion, a folded butterfly...and more faux-flamingos.  My Distress Oxides are packed and ready for class too!

Thanks for stopping by...

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Mon 12

Chantilly Butterfly Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantilly Butterfly dies: CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY 99777, CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY BACKGROUND 99783, and CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY COLLAGE 99781. And I particularly like these three dies used in combination with the LEAFY RING 99780! I have become so enamored of Dave's glitter technique using Scor-Tape sheets and glitter that I had to purchase more glitter last week!

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On this first card I began by die cutting the Leafy Ring into the front of a white notecard. I added a circle cut from olive green cardstock behind it. I then cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background twice, once from yellow cardstock and once from Scor-Tape. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly once from the same yellow cardstock. I carefully peeled off the Scor-Tape backing from the Chantilly Butterfly Background and aligned it with the Chantilly Butterfly, exposing tape in all the little butterfly segments that I then filled in with different glitters. Next I peeled off the other protective layer on the back of the glittered butterfly, placed the righthand wing adhesive side down onto the front of the notecard. Then I cut one half of the butterfly from the yellow cardstock Chantilly Butterfly background and adhered it on the left side of the butterfly, bending that wing up off the card front. I stamped "TODAY IS A beautiful day" from the BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209 in the center of the Leafy Ring with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I found some lime green gems in a variety of sizes and added some to the butterfly center and some on the notecard.

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The second card is similar only this time I used a circle die along with the Leafy Ring and cut them from purple cardstock at the same time and cut another circle from key lime distressed dots paper for underneath. I made the butterfly in the same manner, except I used purple cardstock on the back of the entire glittered butterfly and used glue dots in its center to secure it to the Leafy Ring so I could bend up its wings. I used another sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and pink gem stones to finish this one.

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The third card is just a little bit different. This time I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Collage into the front of a white notecard. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background from Scor-Tape, peeled off one layer of protective paper and adhered it behind the butterfly, exposing glue under the little parts of the wings so I could glitter it up. I cut another Chantilly Butterfly Background from white cardstock, peeled off the protective layer under the glitter, and stuck it on. Then I inset the Leafy Ring cut again from purple cardstock along with a circle die and with a key lime distressed dots circle underneath the opening made by the Chantilly Butterfly Collage. I used another piece of cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 on the inside of the notecard to secure everything in place. I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and gemstones in two shades of pink to finish the card.

These cards were so much fun to make!  I love this technique for adding glitter that stays where you put it.  You can watch Dave's video here: http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2017/03/glitter-inlay-technique.html

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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Sun 11

Hibiscus
by Penny Ward

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Hello and welcome to our Memory Box blog. Today I have created a card using brand new dies and pulled an older one out of my stash. We all have those older dies that just don't see much action, but I love to find ways to combine them with newer items. 

My new favorite color is Coral, so be prepared for future creations in this color. :)

Let's make this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base trimmed 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half. On this panel, color the two long edges with Copic R35 marker. I eBrushed the area where the die cut will show through, but you could easily just color with a Copic R32 marker.

 

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Cut White cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches. Die cut near the bottom left with Leafy Ring. Wrap card front with Sheer White ribbon and adhere in front with tape.

Die cut Hibiscus Flower and two leaves from the Spring Lilacs set. Color with Copics (R30, R32, R35, YG95, YG97) or use other medium.

 

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Adhere flower and leaves on top of ribbon using foam adhesive. Add Clear sequins as desired around the card front.

Have I told you my new trick for using sequins?

Take a pinch of sequins, let them drop onto card front and glue where they land. It is quite fun and a great way to move those ever growing sparkly discs

out of their storage container. :)

Add a sentiment or leave blank as I have so when a certain occasion arises, I just need to add a small banner with a greeting.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 10

Bicycle, Mini Butterflies and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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Something old, something new...the classic favorite Brand New Bicycle, Mini Butterflies, Rectangle Basics and Distress Oxides meet up on a quick card tonight.  The greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - makes it perfect for a special grad!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another simple diecut design on a background of spritzed, smushed Distress Oxides. The bicycle was one of my very first Memory Box dies.  I love how it still complements new designs and greetings and is always ready for another summer card.  What's your favorite Memory Box die?

Press Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio inks onto separate areas of an acrylic block that's larger  than 2-3/4" x 4".  Spritz it lightly with water.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, the heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut blue cardstock with the 3" x 4-1/4" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Brand New Bicycle from dark gray metallic cardstock.  Cut Mini Butterflies from white glittered cardstock.

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Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of watercolor paper - keep the smoother side of the paper on the outside of the card.  Stamp the greeting with Worn Lipstick and heat-set it.

Assemble the card.  Attach blue gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by again - and be sure to return for Penny's great design tomorrow!  

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Sat 10

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Pinpoint Circle Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate summer with a  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies.  They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them.  Hope you agree!

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Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block.  Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block and set it aside to airdry for a few minutes.  Dry it completely with a heat-tool. 

Cut it with Pinpoint Circle Frame.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop stencil plastic using the dot die from the Modern Border Trim set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4")  card of smooth white cardstock. Mask a few rows at the bottom of the stencil.  Sponge Imagine Crafts Delicata Gold Shimmer through the stencil.  Dry the ink.

Assemble the card and add light green gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend.  No classes for me this weekend - I'll post another card tonight.  See you then?

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Fri 09

Happy Birthday Wishes with Lilacs

Hello everyone!

It's kind of unusual for me to create a card using only one stamp set, with no dies or popping anything up with foam tape. It was my muse who said, "Go one-dimensional for a change!" There's really no limit to all the many ways this set can be used ... as you've seen from the beautiful cards already presented by my fellow design team members! And I love all the sentiments that come in the set, not to mention the matching set of dies.

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I decided to "hang" the lilac stamp for a little different look, although it would have worked just as well the other way. If you turn the card upside down, you'll see what I mean! I stamped it twice with Versamark ink onto purple card stock cut to 3.75" x 5.5", then embossed the images with white embossing powder. I added three more single flowers in the same way. Using diluted white acrylic paint, I colored in all of the flower petals. I applied Peeled Paint distress ink onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink with a wet paint brush to color the leaves and empty spaces.

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I inked the sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped it as shown, embossing it with white embossing powder. I then used the same diluted white paint to splatter the background. I finished the card by adding clear glitter to the flower centers. I adhered this piece to a piece of darker purple card stock, cut just slightly larger, then adhered that to an A2 white card base.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by today!

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Thu 08

June Challenge Inspiration…Pinpoint Single Frame + Wishes from the Fishes
by Jean Okimoto

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Neighborly Narwhal (minus his tusk) becomes a birthday whale with Rectangle Basics, Pinpoint Single Frame and Family of Fish.   Everyone's joining in on a summer celebration.   Hello - Jean Okimoto here - loving how the Family of Fish is reversible and can swim in both directions!

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Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of green and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut it with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Rotate the inner rectangle for increased color contrast.

The Rectangle Basics set eliminates the guesswork (and wonky paper trimmer edges) and makes it so easy to layer everything!  The Basic Sets - Rectangle, Square and Circle - save time and eliminate wasted cardstock (from miss-cuts).  Each set includes 16 dies.  If you're not sure which size to use, cut it with a larger die - you can always trim it with a smaller size if necessary.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Cut orange cardstock with the 3-1/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut turquoise cardstock with the 2-3/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Cut Family of Fish from dark orange cardstock.

Cut a strip of black glittered cardstock.  Can't find any?  Attach double-stick tape to black cardstock and brush ultra-fine black glitter on it.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured natural cardstock.  Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SURF AND TURF class at Impress.  It was surely the "laughing-est" class ever - but we somehow folded an origami fish, made 6 cards and ended 30 minutes early.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with everything on our wishlists...and more!  See you next time at SUMMER BLISS on June 17th - 6 colorful summer cards and more beautiful Memory Box diecuts of artpapers from Shizen Design.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this weekend!

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Mon 05

Masking with Glossy Accents Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Today's video incorporates glitter and coloring - two of my favorite things to do when making handmade cards! For those of you who can't get enough sparkle, you'll really appreciate the shimmer on these cards. I combine glitter glue over a glitter embossed image for plenty of underwater brilliance.

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And how easy is it to create an underwater scene with Distress Oxide inks! Just adding droplets of water onto a background that has been sponged with these wonderful inks creates the look of little bubbles - perfect for the brightly colored fish to swim around in. 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The Fish Tales Clear Stamp set is the the star of the show for the cards made in the video - it has a bunch of outlined fish to work with (great for coloring!) and some good, basic sentiments to use on a variety of cards. I positioned the clear stamp images with my MISTI so that I can make multiple cards in no time.

The background was created using several Distress Oxide inks - I sponged and overlapped Faded Jeans, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio and Fossilized Amber. I wanted the card to be full of color, so I made sure that I applied ink everywhere, carefully overlapping colors a little so that the ink transitioned from one shade to another.

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I also tried a different combination - trying to catch some sunset colors that might be filtering into the ocean. This combination uses Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick and Fossilized Amber - and what a different look! I added a little bit more blue to the fish to cool down the color scheme a little, and I love the results! The Distress Oxide inks blend so beautifully that it is hard to go wrong with color combos.

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Here is an up close shot of the glittery fish - the backgrounds are smooth and seamless and you can see the little flecks of glitter on the fish.

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Getting a good dose of glitter onto the fish is a two step process - first, the image is stamped with Black Pigment ink and embossed with Judikins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder

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The amazing thing about this embossing powder is that the glitter in it is heat reactive - the longer that you hold your embossing tool on an area of glitter, the color of the glitter changes!

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You can see that there are a rainbow of colors on the embossed lines. When the embossing powder first melts, the glitter changes to a blue shade. If you hold the heat on that spot for another second, it changes to green. 

And then yellow.

Then orange!

Then red!!

(OK, you have to stop here, because if you hold it in the same spot after it has turned red then the color goes away - and you might be burning your paper!)

This embossing powder is so much fun - note the tub of powder that I use in the video, I have a lot! I bought a one pound jar of it when I first started stamping (I loved it so much!) and still have plenty, 21 years later.

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After you have colored in the fish, it is time to apply glitter glue to images. I used Diamond Stickles for this part - which allows colors to show through while adding just the right amount of sparkle.

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Once the glitter glue is dry you can add a layer of Glossy Accents to each fish. This not only adds some shine, but it acts as a mask when you rub over the paper with the Distress Inks! The Glossy Accents amplify the glitter effect - it really is amazing in real life and you can't help but touch the fish!

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I finished the card by stamping "sending Birthday Fishes" onto a circle I cut out using the Open Studio Stitched Circle set. The circle works great with all of the background bubbles!

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Since I am using the Fish Tales stamp set in the video, I thought I'd add a simple card idea using the matching Fish Tales Shadow stamp set too. This is where a MISTI can really come in handy. At first I made the card really simple...

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...but I loved that Distress Oxide background so much that I replicated it on this card too. The composition is similar - but this card is fast and easy.

Rather than worrying about masking, I created the background with inks and a spritz or two of water. Then I stamped the Fish Tales Shadows and finally the Fish Tales images on top - and you're done! Well, almost - I decided it needed a little something since we weren't using any glitter, so I added some detail with a white gel pen to make things pop a little bit.

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These sets are so much fun -  especially if you like to play with color! There are endless color combos - and the whimsical images and cheeky sentiments create some terrific handmade cards.

Enjoy the video and start creating your own beautiful underwater fish scenes!

 

Mon 05

Pinpoint Circle Frame and Pinpoint Double Frame Happy Birthday Cards by Anne Thompson

In keeping with this month's challenge, I made two birthday cards to share today.  For one I used the PINPOINT CIRCLE FRAME 99760 and for the other I used the PINPOINT DOUBLE FRAME 99765, each cut into the front of a green notecard.  On both cards I chose the PERKY HAPPY BIRTHDAY 99761 as the sentiment which I cut from black cardstock.

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Let's look at the Pinpoint Double Frame Card first.

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I began by cutting the Pinpoint Double Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center rectangle which popped out.  Using two dies from the Rectangle Layers set 30086, I cut two rectangles from doublesided leaf/dot printed paper, one a bit larger than the popped out rectangle and one a bit smaller.  I adhered the larger rectangle inside the opening, leafy side out.  I then layered the popped out green rectangle and the smaller leafy rectangle on top of the dotty one on the inside of the card front. 

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On a scrap of white cardstock, I stamped the small flowery heart from the So Many Things to Love stamp set CL5196 using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.   I colored it in using Memento pens--Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Pistachio, Rose Bud, Lilac Posies, and Lady Bug.  I cut it out carefully and popped it on the card front using dimensional foam tape.  A black sparkly gem dotted the i.

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Now let's look at the Pinpoint Circle Frame card.

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I began by cutting the Pinpoint Circle Frame into the front of the notecard, saving the center circle which popped out.  Using the two dies from the Studio Circle Layers set 30016, I cut two circles from doublesided leaf/dot printed paper, one a bit larger than the popped out circle and one a bit smaller.  I adhered the larger circle inside the opening, leafy side out.  I then layered the popped out green circle and the smaller leafy circle on top of the dotty one on the inside of the card front.  The next step was to die cut the Perky Happy Birthday from black cardstock and the Petite Flower Bunch 99654 from both dark green and gold cardstocks.  I snipped off the gold flowers and glue-dotted them on top of the green ones in the bouquet.  I then used a glue pen to add the Happy Birthday sentiment to the front of the card at a bit of an angle below the circle frame.  I secured the flowers using more glue dots.  Adding a yellow gingham bow and some tiny pearls finished off this one.

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Two birthday cards ready for summer celebrations!  I'll be looking for your creations for this month's challenge!!!  Happy Crafting!

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Sun 04

Funny Fish Pincushion
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today and as you can tell, it's not a card. As soon as I received the Plush Funny Fish die, I immediately knew he should become a pincushion. I am forever looking for pins to unclog glue bottles, or poke out small pieces left in dies. Now I will always have pins at my fingertips.

Pretty cute isn't he?!?

 

Gather your bright colored felt, Elmers glue, yarn and a large eye needle.

 

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Die cut two of the largest pieces of the Plush Funny Fish, then a couple of fins, the heart and a couple of scalloped "scales".

Position and glue on the scales, fins and mouth as shown. Adhere the back piece leaving an opening of about two inches at the bottom of the Fish.

 

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Use about a three foot length of yarn and start sewing at the edge of the opening you left at the bottom of the Plush Funny Fish. I chose to wrap the yarn over the edges, but a straight stitch would work also. Once you get to the other side of your opening, fill the fish with plain uncooked rice, then continue stitching him up. Tie and knot yarn on backside.

 Add a wiggly eye or add felt eye die cuts provided with the Plush Funny Fish.

 

Enjoy!!!!

 

So easy peasy Mr. Sneezy...your kids could make these as gifts...or at least keep them busy over the summer.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature