Fri 04

Pretty Poinsettias
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! Today I have another new and beautiful die to share with you from the Holiday release. These pretty poinsettias are perfect for Christmas.

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For this card I started by die cutting the Poinsettia Oval in a shimmery white paper. Then I die cut the Poinsettia Oval Background flowers in a red glitter paper. I lined up the red glitter flowers and glued them to the Poinsettia Oval. Using foam tape I glued the Poinsettia Oval to a shimmery white oval of the same size.

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I used the largest oval from the Studio Oval Layers set in a green glitter paper for my card. I glued everything to an embossed dot card stock and added some gold glitter gems to the centers of the flowers to finish it off.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog!

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Thu 03

New Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


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Mix and match the new Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes as a sparkly trio on a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  Glitter makes it better, and sequins add the finishing touch!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design in frosty winter pastels.

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I found a pretty little scrap of Distress Oxide-painted watercolor paper in my stash and cut it with the 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Dry-emboss it with the smallest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle. 

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Here's the stacking sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  The dry-embossed Wrapped Stitch Rectangle creates a subtle stitched frame on the background.   It's a nice way to add texture without competing with main design elements like snowflakes.

Diecut the snowflakes from silver, aqua and pink glittered cardstock.  

Stamp "believe" - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Add the diecuts and small silver sequins.  

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A simple, basic layout like this works throughout the year.  Try it with various sizes of hearts, stars, butterflies or flowers - and  ghosts in October.  I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life and save time.  This will be a go-to template for other cards I'll be designing for you.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on August 5th.  We'll make 7 Asian-inspired cards with beautiful silkscreened artpapers, dies and great techniques.  Enjoy the AC - and your 10% class discount on a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps products - and everything else on your wishlist!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Keep cool, think snowflakes and winter pastels - even here in Seattle, with sunny skies and highs around 100.

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Wed 02

Clean and Simple Poinsettia Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greeting friends.  If you have seen my style of cardmaking before, you know that I am a big fan of clean and simple cards for the holidays.  Whenever I am  making 20+ cards, I  really like to think about how many layers I am adding and how long each card will take. 

Each year I teach a quick and easy holiday card class where we create 10 different cards.  The card above is one from this year's class.  I will be teaching it again on Saturday, September 2nd in Herndon, VA, at Angela's Happy Stamper, so if you are in the area, I would love to see you!

To create this card, I embossed some cream cardstock with a floral embossing folder.  After all, why limit your floral items to Spring/Summer?  I then cut out the Decorative Poinsettia Trimming out of gold metallic paper.   This poinsettia die cuts out both the flowers and the side strings as one individual piece.  I also added a piece of red metallic paper behind it:

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If you are going simple with the design, sometimes it is nice to add metallic paper to add a bit of pizazz to the card.  To finish the design, I added a sentiment from the Blessed clear set with Crimson Red Versafine ink and added three gold rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia.

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Tue 01

Memory Box Challenge #27 Go with the Flow- Water Theme (beach/fish/waves/shells/ocean)

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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 neutral palette challenge

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is Donna from the Room in a Cupboard blog.  Her project was simply amazing:

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The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Emma From Emma's Cards UK.

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 water....beaches, fish, ocean, lakes, shells, shore birds,  etc.  You are free to represent your water themed project any way that you want.  We definitely want to see your interpretation!  You can create a card, scrapbook page, gift, home decor item, or whatever you want.  The only requirement is that you have some sort of element that relates to water on your project.

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

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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 #mbchallenge26 hashtag

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

 

 

Mon 31

New Snowy Pine Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowy Pine Oval, glittery Piccolo Snowflakes and gem stickers create a frosty winter scene - a cool illusion on a hot summer day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a "medium" card - not too simple, not too complicated, something in between.

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Start off by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto watercolor paper.  Spritz it lightly - and from about 12" away - to blend the inks.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-3/8" tall Stitched Oval.  

Diecut Snowy Pine Oval from textured white cardstock.  

Diecut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes from pale blue glittered cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the new Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - onto a 5-1/2" square card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

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Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Maybe it was pretty easy after all!

Square cards require extra postage - but the holidays are so special, and so are the friends and relatives we create our cards for.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Thursday.

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Mon 31

Glittered New Deco Trees
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Looking for another quick Christmas card idea?  The new Deco Trees die is perfect for quick cards - and it's great with glitter too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design in the simple, clean contemporary style I love.


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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured white cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees.

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Here's a tip...instead of backing the entire cutout one large piece of tape to attach the glitter - cut three pieces of tape instead.  Attach the tape behind each tree and apply the glitter one tree at a time to keep the colors from mixing.  Using a paintbrush to apply the glitter helps too - it's a lot neater than dumping glitter onto the adhesive.   The pretty colors used here are from Martha Stewart Crafts - Blueberry Blush, Sugar Plum and Wintermint.

Cut strips of violet and turquoise cardstock with a portion of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to create accent strips for the left side of the card.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from silver glittered cardstock - save the three dots too.  Attach the dots and snowflakes.  Attach everything to a white side-folded A-2 card.  

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Can you believe it's already the end of July?  It's OK if the entire Christmas-in-July thing was just a dream -  Impress has a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies and stamps ready for the holidays - and you!

 

Sun 30

Stitched Stars
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello..... These stars!!!!!  I made them into ornaments, but oh the possibilities! Depending on how you arrange the stars on your cardstock before diecutting, you can have stitched, non stitched or a combination of both like I have done on my card.

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White card base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Ink the long edges with VersaFine Majestic Blue.

 

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Cut Shimmering White cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches. Emboss some diagonal lines with a Scoring Board. Stamp sentiment from the Merry Christmas Sentiment stamp set using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

 

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Die cut Stitched Stars from Luxury Matte Silver cardstock. (While cardstock is still in the metal die, I take tiny bits of clear tape to keep the parts together).

Adhere Blue twine to back of stars and wrap over the edge of the White panel. Now adhere the card front to base card.

 

Now that was pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!

 

Happy crafting,

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Sat 29

Bright Felt Resting Birds on the New Snowy Pine
by Jean Okimoto

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Branches of the new Snowy Pine welcome a trio of bright felt Resting Birds.  Their colors - bright and a bit un-birdy - really pop against a background cut with a die from the new Wrapped Stitch Rectangle 5-piece set.  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here today.  Looking for a unique card that's easy to mass-produce?  This could be the answer!  It's not just simple in design - Resting Birds cuts five birds at once, so also you'll have an instant supply of 15 birds in three colors to mix and match on your cards. 

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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from natural cardstock.  Cut Snowy Pine from glittered silver cardstock.  Cut the stars from gold mirror cardstock with the Starlit Breeze die.  

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to wool-blend orange, red and bright pink felt and cut Resting Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  

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Quick and easy cards are the way to go - even when there's still plenty of time till Christmas. Create a stash of them now and cross "make cards"  off your to-do list. You'll have more time to make (or enjoy)  cookies and dark chocolate truffles in December.

Thanks for stopping by...

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Fri 28

Merry Christmas
Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another Christmas card for you.  I love thinking of crisp winter days when the summer heat is upon us.

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To create this card I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide ink onto white cardstock and misted it with plain water.  I love how soft the color looks when you use the oxide inks.  Once the cardstock was dry I glued the Country Road Oval die cut to the card front.  White cardstock was used for the die cut.  I adhered a strip of vellum around the bottom portion of the card and glued on the silver glitter die cut words "Merry Christmas" to the vellum.

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I glued the card front to a silver glitter piece of cardstock and then adhered that to a white card base using foam tape.  

To finish the card I added some glitter to the roof tops, trees and hill, and a snowflake embellishment.   I also added some snow dots with a white pen.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Thu 27

Glittered New Piccolo Snowflake Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


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Looking for more holiday designs featuring our 2017 Holiday Collection?  A background of Peerless Watercolors creates a special setting for the versatile new Piccolo Snowflake Ornament.  It's delicately contemporary and so easy to cut from glittered cardstock.  The cap and hanger - from the Millbrook Ornament set - add the finishing touch!

Hello again - Jean Okimoto here - with another simple Christmas design that's great for mass-production.  

Cut watercolor paper with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Diecut Piccolo Snowflake Ornament from your favorite glittered cardstock, then paint a coordinating background of Peerless Watercolors with a flat paintbrush or waterbrush.   Diecut a 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" rectangle from a portion of a Pool Notecard.  

Cut the solid Classic Ornament background from  the Pool Notecard.  Cut the Millbrook Ornament caps and the hanger from gold mirrored cardstock.  Assemble the ornament - sandwich the top of the Piccolo Snowflake Ornament between the two layers of the Millbrook Ornament caps.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of watercolor paper.  Add gold gem stickers.

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I like mass-producing cards that are a little different each time.  Variations in the watercolored background keep this design from being too repetitive - and it looks great in so many color combos.  Try it in pink/coral/orange - or frosty shades of blue.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Saturday.   No classes for me this weekend - I'm working on designs for my next class at Impress - Simply Asian on August 5th.  

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