131 posts categorized "Snowflakes"

08/09/2018

Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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08/06/2018

Mon 06

Blog Blitz Begins
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  We have already started highlighting the latest items from Memory Box on the Outside the Box blog, but this week is all about celebrating the new release with projects for inspiration as well as a chance to win prize each day.  We hope you will join us from Monday, August 6th- Sunday, August 12 for the blitz.  Each blog post during the week will have a chance to win a prize.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on the daily post.  That's it!  Enter each day for more chances each day.  One person will be chosen at random from each post to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 pm leave comments and to enter.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog at 6pm EST on Monday, August 12th and winners will all be contacted directly by email to get their shipping information.  The blog post of winners will also be tagged under the category of "winners" for easy reference.

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The first card of the blitz features the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame as well as the Penguin Cheer stamps and dies.  When you die cut the Snowflake Frame, these are the pieces you get:

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You can use as many of the various layers as you wish.  I decided to use everything except the individual snowflake for the card.  The dies came nested within each other, but I was able to easily die cut all of the pieces without cutting the dies apart.  I always like to keep the dies attached if possible so I am less likely to lose them.  I did use a metal shim when diecutting to since the die is so intricate and detailed.

Next, I die cut the penguin using the coordinating die:

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Lets talk a bit about the coloring.  First, I put down a base layer of C7 and Y38 Copic markers.  Whenever a want to color something black, whether it is hair, a cauldron, or in this instance a penguin, I tend to color it with dark grey markers or paint. Black tends to be too dark.

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Next, I added a bit of shading.  The YR16 was added to the base of the penguin's foot, and the C10 marker was added to the base of the penguin arms and body.  I didn't want to leave the belly so stark white, so I added some C1 and C3 to the outside of the tummy and around the face.

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To finish the card, I added some R11 marker to the cheeks and added a little bow tie that was colored with R35 and R46 markers.  I glued a piece of blue glitter paper behind the snowflake frame and then layered everything on top of the glitter paper.  The blue cardstock behind the penguin is a piece of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" paper I cut to fit in the frame and the snowbank I hand cut to provide a little base for my penguin. 

I decided to leave the inside of the card blank for now.  I don't know if I am going to use the card as a Season's Greetings card or if I will use it for a winter birthday card.  I like having a card in my stash with options!

Want a chance to win the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame die to make your own Winter scene?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST.

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08/02/2018

Thu 02

2018 Holiday Collection…Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

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The Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame from the 2018 Holiday Collection is quickly becoming a new favorite...and it's easy to see why.   It makes me think of a frosted snowflake doughnut or sugar cookie - perfect with a cup of hot chocolate topped with poufy mini-marshmallows. OK,  they're actually snowballs from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps.  

Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of August's  Keep Cool and Carry On Challenge inspiration.  

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Cut the large snowflake from the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame from silver glittered cardstock.  Place it on pink cardstock - then diecut the medium Cozy Mug and trim the snowflake at the same time.  

Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the snowflake frame to help release the tiny pieces. Cut it from white cardstock.

Stamp the snowballs - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Claire Nocturne.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from Snow Much Fun set.  Stamp the greeting, also from the set,  with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.

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Here's a way to use two dies from Pinpoint Rectangle Layers  to cut a custom-sized greeting strip.  Cut the greeting with the 1-⅜" x 2-⅜" die.  Trim the excess with a long edge of the 1-¾" x 2-¾" die - place the left edge of the die along the outer edge of the smaller rectangle to keep the die straight.  It sounds very complicated, but it's really easy. Trust me.

Another tip - create a masking tape hinge along the left edge of the printed stamp sheet and the clear backing sheet.  The backing sheet won't blend in with the background and "disappear" on your work surface.  Having the stamps stored between the printed and clear sheets keeps them clean.

Attach the diecuts to a 5.25" square white card - use foam dots for the cup. Punch silver glittered cardstock with a ¼" circle punch and attach the dots.

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If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two classes at Impress on August 4th.  It's PARTY ANIMALS at 10:30 and MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 AT 1:30.  We're making 6 animal-themed celebration cards  in the morning - and 6 holiday cards featuring the latest Memory Box and Poppystamps designs in the afternoon.  Lots of techniques, great artpapers - and a few surprising ways to use our great stash of supplies!  Please call Impress to reserve a seat if you can join us -  206 901.9101.

Thanks for visiting - hope you're enjoying our 2018 Holiday Collection preview.  It's a great combination of dies and stamps  - personally designed by Dave Brethauer - and proudly made in the USA.  

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07/21/2018

Sat 21

Holiday 2018 Collection…All Heart Snowman, Crystal Snowflakes and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Holiday 2018 Collection has arrived - meet the lovable All Heart Snowman and delicate Crystal Snowflakes!  I love their contrasting sizes and the cool set of Typewriter Holiday Sentiments with every greeting you'll need for Christmas.  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many, many holiday designs for 2018.

View the new collection here.  You'll love the great mix of traditional and contemporary, bold and delicate - everything for everyone on your list.  Shipments began on the 20th - they'll be at your favorite retailers soon!

Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of diluted Powder Pink Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Dry the ink with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.

Cut a 3-¼" Stitched Square from white cardstock.  Stamp "make merry"  - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Here are two All Heart Snowman tips to accelerate your holiday cardmaking...

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Instead of taping the die to the square - where it might tear the cardstock - attach the die to the cardstock with pieces of rolled tape in two of the large hearts that will be removed.  They'll be tossed out anyway.  

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Mark the two tiny "push-out" circles at the top with a Sharpie.  Draw a line between them.  Position the line parallel with the top of the square and it'll be perfectly aligned for diecutting.  No wonky snowman - thanks for such a great feature Dave..I appreciate it!

Cut the snowman from the square.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind the carrot nose.  Attach a scrap of red glittered cardstock behind the heart.

Diecut Crystal Snowflakes from white glittered cardstock.  Save the center of the smaller snowflake.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.  It would be pretty on an A-6 of textured white cardstock too.

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Hope you liked our first Holiday 2018 inspiration design.  Our Design Team can't wait to share more ideas and techniques with you in the coming weeks.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress on July 29th.  Be among the first to work with the great new release - and a few classic favorites - from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  Make 6 cards with great techniques, a bit of watercoloring, beautiful artpapers, glitter and special accents.  

Impress is celebrating their 31st Birthday today - enjoy a 25% shopping discount on all purchases.  It's time to stock up Memory Box and Poppystamps designs!  The discount code for online shopping is 31st birthday.

Thanks for visiting...join us  for Penny's great design tomorrow!

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12/23/2017

Sat 23

Merry, Light and Bright…Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Starlight Snowflake Collage and Piccolo Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Tisdale Snowflake Collage and Starlight Snowflake Collage dies are perfect for super-fast projects on this eve of Christmas eve.  Simple vellum candle sleeves take just a few minutes and add another reason to have these beautiful contemporary dies in your personal Memory Box Collection.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight with a quick project for your dining table, mantle or windowsill.  

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Cut a sheet of white vellum sized to fit around big and little battery-operated candles with a ½" overlap.  Diecut the large piece three times with the Tisdale Snowflake Collage placed slightly diagonally.  Cut the three  uncut areas with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candle.

Oops...you'll probably notice that the curvature of the candle pushes the center portion of one of the large Tisdale snowflakes out like little spikes.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of white vellum and cut the smallest Piccolo Snowflake three times.   Carefully attach these self-adhesive Piccolo snowflakes over the center of the defiant Tisdale snowflake points to secure the little pieces.  They're the center top and bottom snowflakes in the picture above.  The delicate Piccolo snowflake not only controls the little pokies - it also adds a bit of dimension to the collage.

Cut the small strips of vellum with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candles.

That's it...done!

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Thanks very much for stopping by on this busy weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress during the holidays to complete your collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  They're making room for our January Release too - so it's a good time to shop for some of the current designs on your wishlist before they go away!

Please join us again for Penny's Christmas Eve project tomorrow.

Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating on Monday!

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12/13/2017

Wed 13

Batavia Snowflake Channel, Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and Starlight Snowflake Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Add a diecut snowflake wing to one of the Feathered Friends for a holiday design to match the delicate Batavia Snowflake Channel.  The matchup of soft peach, crisp white and gray creates a fresh look for Christmas - and a few gem stickers add a bit of bling.

Hi, Jean  Okimoto here, sharing another Feathered Friends Deep Edge die design.  The birds and owl will be great throughout the year - in fabric, felt, wood veneer, silkscreened prints...even recycled La Croix cans!  

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Cut the bird from pale peach cardstock and gray printed paper.  Cut the eyes and beak from orange cardstock. Color the eye circle with a black Sharpie.  

Cut Starlight Snowflake Collage from white cardstock, then cut it with the Feathered Friends wing die.

Assemble the bird - offset the gray layer  for dimension, and to add a pretty peach outline along one side.  

Cut Batavia Snowflake Channel from white cardstock.  Trim it with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics Die.  Attach it to a top-folded gray A-2 card with a tape runner or double-stick tape.  Here's an optional step -  I like to protect the card with printer paper and run the open card through my Spellbinders Platinum machine to seal the edges where the card meets the Batavia Snowflake panel.  This creates nice, neat edges and seals any gaps.  Details, details!

Attach the bird with foamdots.  Add silver and dark peach gem stickers.  Color clear gem stickers with a marker if you don't have matching gem stickers.  

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Imagine the same basic design with a column of hearts in February - or a leafy border in the spring.  Use a floral border in the summer and autumn leaves in the fall.  These birds will be busy!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's ASIAN INSPIRATION class at Impress!   Who would have guessed that so many Memory Box and Poppystamps designs could be used to diecut those beautiful silkscreened papers and Asian icons.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for gathering those dies and papers for everyone.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my last class of 2017 - WINTER BLISS - on December 16th.  Make 6 un-holiday cards  - including a low-profile (OK...flat) shaker card using Memory Box products to create custom-sized shaker packets for glitter and diecut bits and pieces.  We're using the Feathered Friends dies too - Impress just received another shipment of them.

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

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12/12/2017

Tue 12

Golden Snowbreeze
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello and welcome crafty friends,

   The Batavia Snowbreeze die is once again featured on our blog.  In the last several days it has been in the spotlight on this blog by different designers (we never know which dies are being featured by one another until it posts) and guess what?  same die but very different designs, colors and techniques on each card.  Take a look back on this blog and you'll see what I mean.

This holiday season I am drawn to colors of gold and rose gold.  I bought some new holiday decor and rose gold is my favorite color theme.  Here's a card with those colors in mind.  

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Layers, layers and more layers...I can't help it.  I started with a top fold ivory note card, die cut the Batavia Snow Breeze along the right edge and gold embossed the Christmas sentiment.

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Beneath the ivory layer, I added some beautiful gold glitter paper that peeks through the snowflakes, tiny breeze circles and the side edges.  One more layer of metallic chocolate card stock was added behind the glitter paper because I planned on using the sequin mix with the chocolate sequins (my fav).  This sequin mix is from Birch Press and is called "Not so heavy metal".

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As a final layer, I added three gold Batavia Snowflakes postitioned over the beautiful Snowbreeze design.  A few sequins later and I'm ready to send this and other cards out for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back right after Christmas---very warm holiday wishes to you and your family.  

  Jennysig

 

12/04/2017

Mon 04

Classic Ice Skates Gatefold Card
by Anne Thompson

Holiday Greetings!  That's the Memory Box Challenge, #31, for this month. Have you submitted an entry yet?  Maybe my gatefold card today will provide some inspiration.

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  • I began with a pre-scored gatefold notecard where the two side panels close to meet in the center on the front of the card.  I added a 2" wide strip of Blueberry Distressed Dots paper to each of those side panels and I added a 4" wide piece on the inside center.
  •  I die cut two 3.7" circles from white cardstock using the new WRAPPED CIRCLES DIE 30114 and one from the Blueberry Distressed Dots paper 3.1" in diameter.  This is a great set of 6 circle dies with interesting stitching on the edges.
  • I cut the CLASSIC ICE SKATES 99889 from white cardstock.  I adhered them to the smaller dot paper circle and then used a tape runner to add that to one of the larger white circles.
  • I then used the tape runner on the left half of the assembled circle piece and secured it to the left panel of the card front.  I added a small blue gem to the center of the bow.

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Now for the inside:

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  • On the inside of the card, I added the other white circle lined up with the front one.
  • I then die cut the three PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850 from more of the dots paper.  I stacked them up using glue dots and used another glue dot to secure it to the white circle.  I added a small white adhesive-backed dot to the center.
  • I stamped "merry Christmas" from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5212using Blueberry Sky dye ink (Papertrey Ink).

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I like the way this card stands slightly open to give at hint at what's inside. And I like that it opens in a way that is different from most holiday cards. 

The next challenge for me is to write messages in all of the cards I've made, address and stamp the envelopes, and get them to the post office.

Happy Crafting!

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12/02/2017

Sat 02

Tiny Ornament Triplet, Snowflake Wire and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Tiny Ornament Triplet - one of three triplet sets - is great for a less-is-more design!  Add a delicate Snowflake Wire, glitter and the "little things" greeting from the Garden Sketches coordinating clear stamp and die sets.  Merry and minimal!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend - Jean Okimoto here tonight - with a simple little design for you.  The Tiny Ornament Triplet set confused me at first - I'm very easily confused.  Cut it from different shades of cardstock and play with the layering combinations - and you'll love the designs you can create.

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Cut bright fuchsia cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and the 5-ornament die.

Cut green and lime cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the green rectangle with the 4-ornament die.  Cut the lime rectangle with the 3-ornament die.

Layer the 3 rectangles and cover the entire back with Scor-tape.  Brush Impress Sparkle Glitter onto the adhesive in the first, third and fifth ornaments.  Shop the Impress collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps while you're there!

Cut Snowflake Wire from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on lime carstock with Black Soot Distress Oxides and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Garden Sketches Die Set.

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Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Add gold gem stickers.

I'll be designing more cards featuring the Triplet Dies - you'll love how they work together to create cool, contemporary designs.  I enjoy making cards that have people asking "how do you do that?" - and sharing the process with you.  Thank goodness for Memory Box and Dave's designs - imagine a world without dies!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week.

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Sat 02

Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies, Snowflake Ring and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let a festive member of the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies trio brighten your holiday cards.  This cheery bird would be happy in any color combo - like pinks and reds for your favorite gal-friends.  Or "he"  would be great in greens and blues for the guys, especially those Seahawks fans.  Keep the gray background and white Snowflake Ring - just change the accent strips, circle and gem stickers.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here today, with the details behind my December Challenge inspiration card.  The Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies are great with felt, heavy handmade artpapers, cork, fabric and wood veneer strips.  I've chosen some of my favorite papers  from Shizen Design - the pretty pink/red print and embossed red floral pattern.  Bits of felt create the eye, beak and rosy cheek. 

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Diecut the shapes from artpapers.  Cut the background from neutral cardstock.  Cut the facial features from black, orange and pale peach wool-blend felt backed with a layer of adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet.  The backing stabilizes the little pieces and keep adhesives from soaking through.

Cut the white Snowflake Ring and a light pink Circle Basics background to fit behind the ring.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Cut a ¾" x 5-⅝" strip of red cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape to bright pink cardstock and cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter makes anything look great - even those scary shades of cardstock and strange printed papers hiding in your stash!  It's just $4.95 for a generous supply of this wonderful stuff. 

Attach everything to a gray A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card - use foamdots for the bird.  Add red gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to create unique and special cards for everyone on your Christmas list.  See you again this evening...I'll be switching from today's  big bird to tiny ornaments for tonight's card!

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