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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Wed 11

Whimsy Cat, Circle Web Collage, and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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Concord Grape, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet don't sound very Halloween-ish - but combine them with Whimsy Cats and the Circle Web Collage and they will be!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a few more Halloween tricks and techniques.

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Cut the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the new Circle Web Collage.  Press a piece of blue painters tape lightly against the backside of the collage to remove any wispy little cardstock remnants that would show up against the dark purple Concord Grape Notecard.  

Stamp the triangles from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Stamp the dots (from the same stamp set) with Twisted Citron.  I love the bonus circles, triangles and diamond shapes that are included in this great stamp set.  

Cut Whimsy Cat twice from orange and black cardstock.  Layer them - a bit offset - for a shadowy effect and to add even more personality to their friendly faces.

Stamp the spiders from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Color the centers with a black marker.  Matching black inks can be challenging - a black Sharpie is a perfect match for Onyx Black

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the black cat.  Add green gem stickers.

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There's a lot happening on this card - but I hope the repetition of circles, ovals and triangles  makes it look cohesive.  What do you think?

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper for your favorite kids (or adults!).  We'll combine great dies from the stash with some of the latest designs from the Fall 2017 Collection.  See the Impress collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps here.

Thanks for stopping by...

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Tue 10

Holiday Cards That Move Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to share a couple of interactive card ideas that hopefully will get you inspired to create some memorable holiday cards.

Like many of you, I have made A LOT of holiday cards over the years! I love handmade cards with moving elements, but I often find myself short on time to mass produce them - so they have to be simple. These projects are perfect - simple to make, but they are really fun to receive and look like you worked really hard on them!

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My first project is a "pocket card" that can be used as a holder for a holiday photo. I have created lots of photo cards over the years - embellished with stamps, or ribbon or dies. But for this one, I had designed a die with this very purpose in mind!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

When I created the Snowman Panel I was thinking that there would be some sort of layer behind the panel that could just slide away to reveal a new background. At the time, I wasn't sure exactly what the background would be but after playing with the die a bit in the studio, I got an idea.

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So I began with the Pinpoint Rectangle set - by cutting two large rectangles I could create a "pocket" by gluing them together. But before I glued them, I cut the Snowman Panel in the front.  When you put the insert into the pocket, all you see is white.

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But when you pull the slider piece out (I stamped the top of it with the Merry Christmas Sentiments set), then you see the background! I chose a bold red, so that the snowman would really stand out.

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I decided to dress him up just a little bit too - so I used a few shapes from the Snowman Heart Collage die to create his hat, eyes and carrot nose. I think this adds a little character on the all white background!

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Here's a look at what the Snowman Heart Collage looks like all done up - I used some soft velvet paper to fill in the heart area, and various cardstock colors for his face, hat and scarf. I used the stamp set called Each Day is a Blessing for the sentiment - this set is very versatile and can be used on all sorts of cards.

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I only used a few of the elements - just the eyes, nose and hat - so that I could keep things simple!

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You can use the back of the sliding panel for a photo, a recipe or simply your holiday greeting. The person receiving the card will have so much fun moving the panel up and down.

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And here is what the slider piece looks like when it is flipped over - a cute photo card! The person who receives the card can display the photo separately from the slider pocket - it's like receiving two for one!

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Now there is another die that I designed with the same goal in mind - the Snowy Spectrum die. I created the same idea here - this time using the Stitched Rectangle Layers to create my pocket.

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I thought it might be fun to create a Distress Oxide background for this card - so I blended Wilted Violet, Broken China and Faded Denim to make a snowy wintertime background for the snowflakes. I spritzed with just a bit of water for some simple texture and that was all there was to it!

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I love this color scheme - a nice alternative to traditional red and green! I could embellish this a bit further - the snowflakes in the Snowy Spectrum die match the Batavia Snowflakes die - so I could cut some out and layer them on here in some sparkly white cardstock, but I decided to keep it simple.

For my second project, I was still really into slider cards, so I wanted to create a card that had that interactive element, but was still relatively simple to mass produce.

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So I used one of the Jumping Elves from the Christmas Elves Die set and  Christmas Elves Clear Stamp set and figured out a way to make him "leap" over the word Christmas. I realized that the Large Sentimental Merry Christmas was big enough for what I had in mind.
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I got out my Copic markers for some simple coloring - the elf is small so you can color him in pretty quickly! 

I had to choose the right slider die and found that the Slider Grooves set worked perfectly. It has a small curved arch that creates the perfect path for making the elf look like he is leaping! In the video, I show the basics for making a slider card - and how easy it is to get him to spin.

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To dress it up a bit, I used a Poppystamps Holly Berry Sprig die in the corner - just something simple to put a little more color onto the front of the card. I inlaid the cut out paper - green cardstock for the leaves and some sparkly red cardstock for the berries. This created just the right touch.

There are endless variations on these ideas - reindeers jumping over chimneys, polar bears hopping from igloo to igloo, the list goes on and on. What will you make?

 

Tue 10

Garden Sketch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   I'm excited to share this lovely new set called Garden Sketches.  It's a clear set with coordinating dies which also include several sentiment flags--bonus!  

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I wanted to create clusters of these beautiful flowers which are about the size of a quarter coin so, using my stamp positioning tool, I made quick work of it.  The pigment ink colors I used were Raspberry, Sugar Plum and Orchid for the flowers and Lemon Grass, Jungle and Mint to Be for the leaves.  Inks from Avery Elle.

I also used the beautiful new Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press which have a magical translucent sparkle and shine!

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A minimal squeeze of dimensional drops in the center of each flower was a fun addition as well as the Dainty Dragonfly whizzing by. 

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I'm planning on using watercolors on these flowers and leaves for a future card--the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for stopping by today and a big thank you to all my students this past weekend who took my Memory Box Christmas Card class at The Stamp Addict--we had a ball didn't we?  

Have a great week everyone!
Jennysig

 

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Mon 09

Three October Cards
by Anne Thompson

Fall in all its glory is here in Maine!  The colors on the trees are spectacular! And I've created three cards for today that celebrate autumn.  The key component on each card is an image of a plant called Chinese Lanterns from the new Studio Clear Stamps Set GARDEN SKETCHES CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204.

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For this card I stamped the Chinese Lanterns three times on cream cardstock and colored them with orange Prismacolor pencils before die cutting them.  I used small pop dots behind each "lantern"and arranged the three stems in an arc near the top edge of a top-folded Concord Grape notecard.  I then cut the STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882 once from a dark orange cardstock and again from Mango Distressed Dots paper and layered them together.  I glued the medium-sized ones to the notecard and popped on the larger and smaller pumpkins.  I cut AUTUMN GREETINGS 99880 twice using scraps from a Jack O' Lantern notecard and glued them together before adding them to complete the design.  

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For this card I used the same dies but arranged the images differently. Because I used a Jack O' Lantern notecard as the base, I put the sentiment on a strip of mango distressed dot paper before adding the Chinese Lanterns and the pumpkins.

Card Three:  For this card I added the CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881 cut out within a larger circle from the CIRCLE LAYERS DIE SET.  And I wrapped the Chinese Lanterns around the left side of the web.

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This is my favorite season of the year and I love making cards in my favorite fall colors.  I can use these cards for a number of purposes--thank you notes, birthday cards, thinking of you messages, and more.  These cards have got me thinking about using these images for Halloween treat bags and tags.  So it's back to work!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 08

Whimsy Bat
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. I am back................... Penny here today after a forced break from crafting due to hurricane Irma. Six days with no electricity and 11 days with no cable or internet. Let's face it...I was miserable because I could not do much crafting. But once the power was back on and the laundry was done.....everyone knew where to find me...in my Happy Place!

Let's put this sweet card together:

 

Start with a White base card, eBrush the left side with a bit of Gray Copic marker.

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Cut a Black cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches, then die cut using Circle Web Collage and adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut Happy Halloween Channel from Orange cardstock, trimming top and bottom for desired height. Adhere to card front, then color pumpkin and add foam adhesive to back.

 

Finish the card by die cutting Whimsy Bat (is he too adorable or what?), Color him gray, then add him to card front with one of his wings poking into the web.

 

Have you started your holiday cardmaking? This is a great card to make multiples of because it is strictly die cutting. 

Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 07

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Grassland Collage and Swirling Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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A snowman-style stack of the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins meets the Swirling Ghosts here today.  Have you noticed a lot of triple-stacked pumpkin displays lately?  I have - and although the laws of gravity (and cardmaking) would have them layered in front of the pumpkins below, I wanted the stems to show.  So here they are!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another matchup of old and new design elements from several releases.  A googly-eyed pumpkin cut from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard adds a bright dash of color that every Halloween card needs.  

Cut Grassland Collage from orange cardstock and trim around it with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the right edge.  The Rectangle Basics and Square Basics sets are great trimmers when your design requires straight edges and uniform borders.  Using a rectangle or square die guarantees at least three straight, accurate edges - then just cut one remaining edge for a perfect frame!

Cut Mango Distressed Dots with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics Die.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from a portion of a  Persimmon notecard,  green cardstock and Licorice Distressed Dots.  

Attach the diecuts to a black A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the two ghosts in the collage.   Add green gem stickers.

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Halloween just seems to say it's OK to switch colors around a bit, add a big dotty moon  - and a cross-eyed Jack o' Lantern. Have fun with your cards - and surprise the lucky recipients this fall!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...

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Fri 06

Warm Wishes
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha here today, sharing a fun CAS Christmas card which is easy to mass produce. I can't resist these cute and adorable dies from our winter release. I really like how it turned out. Added bonus, once we have the Deco Trees cut out from three different cardstock, we can make 3 cards :)

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To start, I die-cut the white mat layer using the "Deco Trees" die. I then die-cut the same using 3 colors of glitter paper. I then die-cut the Warm Winter Wishes sentiment using red and clear glitter cardstock and stacked them together, making sure the red peeks through a little.

I then die-cut a scalloped stitch trimming and adhered it to the white mat layer. 

Now it's time to put pieces to the puzzle. I adhered craft foam to the back side of my white layer and added pieces of deco tree to the panel. I randomly picked the colors. I then adhered the sentiment and adhered this panel to the red cardbase. 

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Hope you enjoyed my project and got inspired to start with your Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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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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Wed 04

Cat Tail Sunrise, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Halloween Sideshow by Jean Okimoto

 

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Cat Tail Sunrise creates a sunset backdrop for a Challenge inspiration card  - and the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and the Die Set has the perfect designs to complete the scene.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple fall card for you.  It's really beginning to feel like fall in Seattle, spiders and all,

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Cut half of a Persimmon Notecard with the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from black cardstock - leave about 1.5" of extra cardstock at the bottom.  Trim the bottom with the same Wrapped Stitch Rectangle

Cut Mango Distressed Dots cardstock with 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Stamp the spider - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set - at the "9:00 position" of the circle with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Stamp the jolly pumpkin trio - also from the Halloween Sideshow set - on bright orange cardstock.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut them with the coordinating Halloween Sideshow dies.  Color the center with a marker.

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots for the pumpkins.  Add tiny copper sequins.

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I love to keep my Memory Box dies handy - and organized - with curtain rings. You already know they're great for the Circle, Square and Rectangle Basics - and the specialty sets like Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.  Use them for the "open" die sets like Halloween Sideshow too.  They're secure and won't fall off - and it's easy  to preview a diecut by keeping the die on the curtain ring and holding it over your stamped image or printed paper.  

I'm headed to Impress today - my little stay-cation is almost over and I "need" to pick up a few new items for my Fall Quarter classes there.  Here's a quick list of the new classes - join us if you're in the area.  We have a large class area, the biggest and latest collection of papercrafting supplies for your fall and holiday projects - and a creative store team to help you with product selection and designs.  (They sell those curtain rings too!)

        BOO!  -  October 14th

    Cool Winter Wishes from Seattle  -  October 28th

    Asian Holiday Greetings  -  November 4th

    Merry and Quick  -  November 10th and 25th

    Gift Tag Portfolio  -  November 25th

    Asian Inspiration (mini calendar and a New Year card)  -  December 9th

    Winter Bliss - December 16th

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to enter the October Black and Orange Challenge.

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