Mon 03

Happy Easter Gift Baskets
by Anne Thompson

I've never liked working with glitter until I watched Dave's video on the glitter inlay technique, and now I'm absolutely loving glitter!  Using Scor-Tape with the glitter eliminates the mess I used to make with glue and creates a truly stunning project.  I made several Easter basket cards using this technique for today's post.  Here are the items I assembled for my card-making "eggs-travaganza".

 

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  • Scor-Tape 6X6 sheets
  • STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069 for cutting the Scor-Tape
  • GIFT BASKET OVAL 99649, silver and gold metallic papers, light purple cardstock
  • HAPPY EASTER JOURNAL SCRIPT 99660, silver and gold metallic papers
  • CLUTCH OF EGGS 99728 cut from paint chips from the local hardware store
  • PETITE FLOWER BUNCH 99654 cut first from green cardstock and blossoms cut from paint chips
  • WHITE NOTECARDS
  • a variety of fine and extra fine glitters

I started by cutting several ovals from the Scor-Tape.  I die cut the Gift Basket Oval from a light purple cardstock, peeled off the backing of one of the ovals about the same size, and adhered the basket to the exposed tape. I didn't get it exactly even--you can see where some of the purple glitter edges out a tiny bit beyond the oval frame. The next step was to sprinkle on glitter in several colors, rubbing the glitter into the tape with my finger.  I used a Swiffer cloth to wipe off the excess glitter.  Oooh!  So pretty!  I then carefully peeled off the backing behind the glittered basket oval and stuck it to a white notecard, smoothing everything down with my fingers.  I then filled the basket with eggs (I used Glue Dots to stick them on) that I had cut from the paint chips.  I loved using the paint chips for this because of the bright colors and the enameled look of the eggs.  I added the die cut Happy Easter and a bow to finish the card.

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For the second card, I used an oval slightly larger than the Gift Basket Oval and adhered it directly onto a white notecard.  I cut the basket from gold metallic paper and set it onto the exposed tape.  I added glitter to cover all of the exposed tape, more of the paint chip eggs, just the word "Easter" cut from more of the gold paper, and a red bow.  Voila!

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For the third card, I used silver metallic paper for the basket and "Easter".  I used the same procedure as for the first card but made sure to trim off any extra exposed tape beyond the oval frame. This time I added a bouquet of flowers to the basket by cutting the Petite Flower Bunch in green cardstock and then I layered on flowers cut from paint chips.  I added a few eggs outside the basket in the light blue glittered area (hmmm....they don't show in the photo) and tiny pearls in the centers of the flowers.  

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I LOVE these cards!  And I think the people that receive them will love them!  

Having tried the paint chips for the eggs and for the flower bunch, I'm now thinking about creating more bouquets with pretty blossoms.  I'm doing everything I can think of to bring spring, especially after our April Fool's snowstorm on the weekend.  I'm hoping it looks and feels more like spring wherever you are!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 02

Ocean view
by Penny Ward

Under-the-Sea

Hello there Memory Box friends. Penny here today with yet another "manly" card. I mean really.....this is the best release EVER!!!!!

I am so loving all the water plants included with the new collection. Ocean lovers are going crazy!!!!

Let's get started:

 

Start with White cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Stencil bottom portion with Distressed Grid and Peacock Feathers Distress ink. Then start adding Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean inks to top portion of card. Flick water across panel to achieve droplets.

 

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Die cut Underwater Collage, Small Brain Coral, Seaweed Ribbons and Seaweed Stalks from White cardstock. 

Adhere Underwater Collage to inked panel. Color the "weeds" and coral as desired. I used Copic markers, but anything you have such as pencils will do.

Adhere to card front as shown.

 

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Wrap card with a pretty ribbon where the Underwater Collage and stenciled area meet. 

Add Glossy Accent drops around the card front.

 

I hope you enjoyed my ocean themed card today. Which new dies are your favorite?

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 01

Memory Box Challenge #23- Celebrating Mom

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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 ribbon challenge.  We probably had the most eclectic interpretation of a theme that we ever had.  It was wonderful to see how people used their ribbons.

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is Darlene Pavlick from Dar's Crafty Creations.  Here is her card using the Memory Box Grosgrain ribbons:

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The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Junique by Julye B from the blog of the same name.

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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Mother's Day will be here soon, so it seems appropriate to make cards that celebrate mom.  This month's challenge is to make a card that reminds you of your mom or a mother figure in your life.  How would you make a card or scrapbook page that reminds you of your mom?  Would you use her favorite color?  Her card style?  Does she love flowers?  Sports?  Do you want to make her a card to tell her how much you care?  We would love to see your entries, but we would also love to hear about your mom or an important woman in your life.

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

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by Melissa Rusk with a card sending love to her mom

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by Laura Fulcher using a Memory Box stencil and watercolors for her mom who has been pinning everything "watercolor" on Pinterest lately

Ready to create your project that celebrates mom?  There are two ways to enter.

1.)  Link your finished work below. 

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge23 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Saturday, April 29th 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:

 

 

Fri 31

Oceanside Lighthouse
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have another card for you featuring the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die.  I told you this would be one of my favorite dies!

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To make this card I started by painting a watercolor a piece of paper that is die cut using the Rectangle Basics Set. I die cut the lighthouse twice, once from a red stripe piece of patterned paper and once from licorice cardstock.  I saved the windows from the licorice die cut and cut the top of the lighthouse. Glue the top to the striped lighthouse and adhere it to the painted background.  Insert the licorice cardstock windows into the lighthouse. Punch a circle from a yellow scrap piece of paper and glue this to the card front. I used the Seaweed Stalks die and watercolor paper to cut the elements on the side of the lighthouse. They were painted with watercolors. 

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Glue the seaweed stalks and the wave to the prepared card layer. I added some details to the lighthouse with paint and a black ink pen. Spatter the scene with white acrylic paint.  I added texture paste to the bottom of the scene and sprinkled it with sand.  

To finish the card, adhere the prepared card layer to a larger rectangle using foam tape and adhere this to a white card base.  Stamp your sentiment below the scene.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thu 30

Tall Fern Left Corner and Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frames
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Fern Left Corner creates a great background for the Springtime Bunnies.  Bunnies don't usually wear flower garlands, but this is a special trio.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card to welcome spring - and hope it's really arrived this time!

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You're probably wondering why the Wintertime Joy die is shown here - I would!  I needed a bunch of tiny flower shapes and decided the littlest snowflakes would work.  Diecut them from scraps of painted watercolor paper, then snip them apart with a pair of detail or manicure scissors.

The Tickle Flower Landscape die would be a smarter alternative for the tiny flowers - 

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through the felt.

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Dry-embossing the Scallopped Stitch Fancy Frame is an easy way to add a subtle background accent.  Here's how I layered everything for my Platinum - I bought the extra magnetic platform too.  (Caution, the magnetic field can be harmful to anyone with a pacemaker.)  Place the die - cutting-edge-up - on the platform first.  Add the front of the card, rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate.  

Attach the diecuts and add sparkly green gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - have a great evening.  Join us again tomorrow for another great design from Donna!

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Thu 30

Watching the World Bloom with the Montpellier Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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Create a colorful thank you  with the new Montpellier Butterfly on a watercolored card - it's sure to be noticed, and appreciated!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a quick design that's also perfect for birthdays, congrats and thinking-of-you cards too.

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Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills and heat-set it.  Flick a few water droplets onto the dried paper.  Let it air-dry, then cut it with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.

Cut Montpellier Butterfly from watercolor paper.  Remove the bottom flower and leaflet to create a new look.  It's such a versatile die - great as designed, or using just the top three or bottom three flowers with the beautiful butterfly.  

Cut a coordinating turquoise vellum butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Cut the center portion from gold mirror cardstock using the Morning Garden Butterflies die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom stamp set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with VersaMagic Turquoise Gem.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach everything to a top-folded smooth white 5-½" square card.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Watercolors and butterflies are meant for each other.  Our collection includes butterflies in all shapes and sizes, perfect for any occasion.  Paint a dreamy, colorful background then layer it with your favorite Memory Box butterfly or butterflies for a card that's sure to be appreciated and admired.

Thanks very much for visiting!

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Wed 29

Happy Easter
by Melissa Rusk

It's hard to believe that the month is almost over and that Easter is on it's way. Today I decided to get a jump start on my Easter cards using some of the fabulous new butterfly dies that were just released.

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For this card I die cut the Potenza Butterfly Trio out of a pink sparkly paper. I glued them to a white piece of paper that I die cut using the largest rectangle in the Pinpoint Rectangle Layers set. 

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For the beautiful Happy Easter Journal Script I used a silver mirror card paper. I love how the silver jumps off the card. To finish the card I added some sequins. You could use this same design with a happy birthday or thank you card all year long.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a great day!

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Tue 28

Lavender Kisses
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! Can you believe spring has sprung already? And what a difference this spring has been. With all of the rain we had, everything is green and blooming! The card I’m sharing today is all spring and blooms!

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My A2 card base was cut from a pale gray card stock. I cut a frame from white card stock using two of the dies from the Rectangle Basics set. I also cut a frame from the Petite Doily Frames, and snipped off one long side. I sponged Milled Lavender on this piece, and edged it with a touch of Dusty Concord. I adhered this along the right side of the white frame. I added the tiny sentiment to the bottom right corner of the frame.

I cut one Antilles Floral Border from white card stock and snipped away the two flowers on the left. I cut the border again, but this time positioned the die so that only the three flowers on the right were cut. I sponged my fav … Peeled Paint … on the stems and leaves, and sponged Seedless Grapes on all of the flowers, varying the pressure to get different shades. To add some dimension, I shaped the top flowers and adhered them over the other flowers, offsetting them just a bit. I then adhered this to the bottom of the frame, snipping off the excess from the bottom.

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I cut two of the Lavender Bunch from white card stock, and added Peeled Paint to the leaves and stems of one. I sponged Milled Lavender on all of the flowers, and shaded them with Dusty Concord. I snipped off the flowers from one die cut, shaped them, and added them over the top of the corresponding flower, again offsetting them just a bit. I also sponged a small area of white card stock with Dusty Concord, and die cut the Mini Butterflies from that area.

Now for the assembly. I added foam tape to the back of the frame, but before I adhered it to the card base, I held it over the base, and positioned the lavender flowers where I wanted them, adhering them in place, then adhered the frame. The three tiny butterflies were adhered where shown, and I decided to add some white dots with a gel pen to finish off the card.

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I hope you will be inspired to have a spring fling of your own! Have a great week, and thank you as always for stopping by.

Sherrysig

 

Mon 27

Narwhals with Glitter and Distress Oxide Ink Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

I am excited to share a video today that features two projects with some of my favorite techniques. The first card shows how you can create a completely different look with your craft dies by doing an easy masking technique with your glitter. The second card uses some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz to create amazing spattered backgrounds - and they turn out perfect for ocean themed cards!

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See those soft wave patterns - embedded in the glitter? It is so easy to achieve this look - and it definitely opens up your craft dies to new possibilities! 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

Once you get the hang of how to create those patterns in the glitter area then you can really let your creativity take off. I did a simple wave pattern, but you could get really focused and create some intricate designs. And adding different color combinations of glitter is so fun! I chose a tone on tone look, but anything goes if you are going to use glitter.

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This glitter technique is definitely an attention getter - I used the Underwater Collage die with double stick adhesive sheets to create the background and notice the bubbles on the side are glittered too. No matter what you put on top of the glittered area, people are going to say wow!

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I based both of the projects on this cute little guy - the Neighborly Narwhal. Some simple paper piecing is required to put him together and here I have cut him out in varying shades of cardstock to show off his light and dark areas.

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I wanted to give the idea that he was sort of floating on the waves and I think it worked. Cutting him out of matte cardstock and then placing him over the glitter background gives him a halo of sparkle and shine.

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I varied the glitter a little bit here - adding a green color to make the two shades stand out a bit more. It is a lot more noticeable and I had some fun experimenting to see which combinations I liked best.

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The Cheerful Crab die is a bright addition to the card - I added some Glossy Accents to make his shell look a little bit wet. And the sentiment is from a Poppy Stamps Clear Stamp set called Flower Patch - I just stamped the Thank You in black ink near the bottom, tucked into one of the rounded edges of the die shape.

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The Underwater Collage works with two other dies - the Coral Collage and the Seaweed Collage - to create some really interesting 3D papercraft projects. You can see above that when they are layered together you can create a dimensional scene - fish can be poking their heads out from behind the edges and you can tuck in little bits of coral and seaweed. 

For the cards in the video though, I just kept it simple and used one layer at a time. The nice thing is that they can still be used individually!

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I had a blast putting this simple slider card together - when it is "closed" you see the Neighborly Narwhal swimming in the window I created with the Seaweed Collage. And when the card is "open" the Narwhal slides out of the way, revealing the sentiment underneath.

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The Narwhal is proportioned just right to float in the middle of the opening - I used the same cardstock color scheme again to create him because I wanted it to go nicely with the "bubbly" background.

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Creating the background was a breeze - I used Distress Oxide inks in three colors (Broken China, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans) to make a beautiful marine inspired background. After blending the three colors, I spritzed lightly with water and watched the drops create glowing spots on the ink. It looks just like bubbles coming up from the sea.

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I kept the design pretty simple - I loved the background so much that I didn't want to put a lot on it! But you could mix things up and stamp the sentiment on the open area, and add more fish and ocean things into the hole. We have an entire section of nautical themed dies that are ready for a scene just like this!

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I had some extra Cheerful Crabs from the first project, so I glued one onto the tip of the slider. That way the card recipient gets their attention drawn to the side and will know to pull!

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A little bit of color from the Seaweed Stalks may be a nice addition - we have lots of ocean inspired designs for you to choose from. Careful though, you may get carried away!

Enjoy the show! 

 

Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper.  Easter eggs are optional!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.

Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity?  Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards.  The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.  

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Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper -  so he'll face the Grassland Collage.  This pretty print is from Hanko Designs.  Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.


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Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of  folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design.  This lets you avoid  the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage.  Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas.  The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of.  This is easier done than explained - give it a try!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf.  The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.  

I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.  

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  The  Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects,  making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies.  Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

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