Tue 02

Tags are IT!
by Anne Thompson

Tags are IT!  I LOVE tags.  I try to keep a bunch of them on hand in a basket near the gift bags and gift wrap.  This time of the year--May and June--I seem to need a tag for something quite often.  Between May baskets, birthdays, Mother's Day, graduations, Father's Day, and more I seem to be always wrapping up a present or sending off some little trinket or basket of pansies somewhere.  In straightening up things in my crafting area recently I found a couple packages of tags I'd picked up on sale after the holidays--some larger green ones and some smaller ones in weird mid-tone pastel colors.  So one afternoon I got out some nice white cardstock (I like  Neenah Solar White) and a stack of dies from the spring Memory Box release.

And this is what happened:

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 The smaller tags, 1 3/4 X 3 1/4, were the perfect size for many of the ocean-themed dies.  

  • BEACHFRONT GULLS 99724
  • ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730
  • OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736
  • CHEERFUL CRABS 99722


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I also used the same sized tags with the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER 99710.

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The larger bright green tags, 2 1/2 X 5, were perfect for a variety of the left corner dies.

  • DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER 99659
  • TALL UMBELS LEFT CORNER 99673
  • LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688

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I made one more large tag using the BIRDHOUSE TRIO 99599.

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By using white cardstock for the images, I can use a patterned wrapping paper or gift bag that coordinates with the tag color and add either a white or colored ribbon to attach the tag.  I love the crisp white against the tag colors.  And there's room to add a name or a tiny sentiment stamped on either the front or back of each tag.  You, too, can create dozens of tags in very little time! 

Happy crafting!

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Mon 01

Memory Box Challenge #24- Magic of Markers

Challenge iconsA 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 celebration of moms.  I hope you were inspired to create cards for your mom or the other women who are important in your life.

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is Cathy R from Cathy's Card Spot.  Here is her card for Mother's Day:

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The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is karenladd who entered her project on Flicker.

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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Papercrafters seem to love to using markers in their projects...  Copics, Tombo, Zig Clean Color Brush markers, Marvy markers, Distress markers, etc.  There are so many varieties available and so many techniques you can try.  Do you use Copic markers for seamless blending?  Do you paint with markers to achieve watercolor effects?  Do you airbrush with markers?  We would love to see how you use markers on your cards or scrapbook pages.  This month's challenge is to make a card, scrapbook page or other art project using your favorite markers.  It is really up to you!

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

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by Penny Ward- airbrushed marker onto die cuts

Donna

by Donna Sledzik- markers used for watercoloring

Melissa

by Melissa Rusk- marker background and die cut coloring

Ready to create your on project featuring markers?  There are two ways to enter.

1.)  Link your finished work below. 

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge24 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Tuesday, May 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:

 

 

Sun 30

For Dad
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends....  Yes, I know this a Father's Day card and we haven't even finished April yet. But, you have to think ahead. This new die cut Workshop Border is just the right embellishment for a dad's card. Besides the actual border, you can clip off each tool and use them individually. Now that's getting your monies worth!!!

Let's build a card:

 

The background is just white cardstock that has been smooshed onto a craft mat inked with Delicata Silver Glitz, spritzed with water.

 

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After the background is dry, then use the Starry Nights stencil along with Earl Gray Gelatos and Whipped Spackle to give the card front some texture.

 

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Die cut Workshop Border and "dad" from the Typewriter Alphabet dies using Black cardstock. Adhere to card front and stamp sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Add a strip of striped paper along the left edge as shown, trim card to size and add a card base of white cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half.

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 29

Timberland Scene card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Today, I have yet another of the pretty butterfly card for you. I really love these delicate butterflies from the Potenza Butterfly Trio dies. 

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For this card, I first die-cut the Timberland collage die using white cardstock. I then die-cut the Grove Collage die using Mint cardstock. Then I simply sponged some distress ink onto my cardbase. I adhered all the layers using 3D foam tape for added dimension.

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I then die-cut the biggest butterfly using white cardstock and colored it using copic markers. For some subtle shimmer I used Wink of stella clear glitter pen over it.

Finally, I adhered the butterfly onto the card front. 

Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for stopping by!

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Fri 28

Ocean Card
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have a ocean theme card for you, featuring some of the summer dies that were just released.

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To make this card I die cut the Seaweed Collage,Windswept Stems and the Swimming Seahorses from watercolor paper and painted them with watercolors.  For the background behind the Seaweed Collage I embossed watercolor paper with the Family of Fish die and watercolored that.  Once it was dry I spattered it with white paint and glued it to a white card base.

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I used foam tape to adhere the seaweed collage die cut to the card and glued the other die cuts in place.  To finish the card I glued some cheesecloth and shells to the bottom of the card and then sprinkled some sand across the cheesecloth.  I added some glass drops to further embellish the card and you're done!

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Thu 27

Simple and Sweet Birthday
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a sweet and simple birthday card to share with you all. Let's get started!

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I picked a simple design and just a few colors to let the dies shine. I die cut the Tall Fern Left Corner in a green and glued it to a white card stock. For the Happy Birthday Friendship Script I used a black mirror card paper to give it that little pop of shine.

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I just love using the mirror card paper with words, it takes a simple card to the next level. I glued everything to a teal card base to finish. 

Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Wed 26

Serene Summer
by Lindsay

Hello paper crafting friends!

I have a colorful card to share with you today, using more of the fabulous Spring release! As you know, I love ink blending, and bold color, so obviously, that is what you will get today.

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I started with a piece of watercolor paper, and applied several shades of ink to it using a foam blending tool. I then spritzed on some water, let it sit for a few seconds, and blotted the water off with a paper towel. 

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I sat the paper aside, and began die cutting the Antilles Floral Border with white card stock. I die cut enough to cover the whole piece. I then adhered it with tiny pieces of foam tape, and finished it with sequins.

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I hope you were inspired today! Thank you so much for joining me! I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Mon 24

Beautiful Butterflies
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Spring is here and slowly we are going towards summer...well!!! we do have some snow this week :) A perfect April weather for April. We had sun, snow, rain and wind all in one week. 

Anyhow!!! There are some butterflies fluttering by too and I love them, so wanted to create this card using the Butterfly Spectacle and Potenza Butterfly Trio dies. 

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To create this card, I first created the sky background using vellum. I sponged Sail Boat Blue alcohol ink onto the vellum and let it dry. I then die-cut the white layer using Butterfly Spectacle to create a window. I adhered the sky background behind this window. Love the soft effect.

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I then die-cut the butterflies using the Potenza Butterfly Trio die. I colored them using Zig Clean Color real brush markers and applied some zig clear shimmer over them. I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the butterflies onto the mat layer. 

I then adhered the mat layer to a light grey cardstock.

Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sun 23

Teal Greetings
by Penny Ward

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Hello there Memory Box friends. I hope this card qualifies as "manly" even though it has a butterfly on it. All of a sudden I needed a bunch of masculine cards.

This one is REALLY simple to make, yet the impact from the layers looks like it took all day.

 

Follow along with me:

 

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Using a whole sheet of watercolor paper, sprinkle on some Lindy's Magicals. I used Rusty Lantern Lime, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Tibetan Poppy Teal. Have you figured out yet that my favorite color is TEAL ?!?

Sprintz the watercolor paper with water and watch the magic happen. Wait for it to dry or zap with a heat gun if you are impatient...like me.  :)

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Die cut the largest of the Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, the third largest and the fifth largest. Cut these from Black cardstock along with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script and smallest of the Morning Garden Butterflies.

Adhere the large Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim around it to make your first layer.

Adhere your mid-size Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim again. Adhere this layer to base layer with foam adhesive.

Do the same step for your final layer.

Adhere greeting and butterfly as shown.

Color butterfly with Spectrum Noir Glitter marker.

 

Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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