116 posts categorized "Snowflakes"

08/22/2017

Tue 22

Snowflake Ovals
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Everyone!

So glad you dropped by today as I share two cards using the same dies but with very different looks.  The Batavia Snowflake Oval and Poinsettia Blooms are the featured dies today.  I'll be posing the question, "which one do you like the best" so be thinking about that as I explain my process...

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The blue card on the left is cool and serene while the card on the right is bold and dramatic.  After creating the blue card I realized I made several using the same or similar colors in the past few months so I switched gears and designed the black card...maybe it was the eclipse yesterday, I don't know. 

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Starting with a splattering of gold paint onto black card stock is always a good start.  There's something satisfying about letting it fly.  To go along with the gold paint, I used gold glitter paper---as a vertical strip on the (throughly dried) note card and to overlay snowflakes onto the oval.  The Batavia Snowflakes are very intricate yet cut through the glitter paper with ease.  I cut the green background from the Stitched Oval Layers die set, stamped and adhered it to the reverse side of the snowflake oval.

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The poinsettia...I love this die so much.  The petals are embossed so you see the detailed veins AND there are three sizes in the set.  For this bloom I die cut the largest in licorice gingham, the mid-size in red as well as two of the small size.  The die set even includes the little perfect centers (I googled the technical names of all the flower parts but I going with "petals" and "centers"). 

I couldn't resist adding a little gold crazy wire (sometimes called bullion wire) for pizzaz.

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Changing direction...literally going horizontally now... I postioned the Batavia Snowflake Oval, backed with the stamped light blue card stock, onto the note card atop of some thin silver stripe washi tape.  Cut from silver and blue glitter paper, the Batavia Snowflakes were adhered over the corresponding snowflakes on the oval.   

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Once again I used the Poinsettia Blooms die set and created the flower using more glitter paper and white paint splattered onto red petal layers.  Oh! and silver crazy wire this time.

I hope you like these cards and see how the same dies can create such different looking cards...now, here it is..."which one do you like the best"?

Thanks again for stopping by today...

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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08/21/2017

Mon 21

Let It Snow: Snowflake Swell, Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my personal challenge to create as many holiday/winter cards as I can this month.  Today's post features two "merry Christmas" cards and three "let it snow" cards.  

I used the SNOWFLAKE SWELL 99828, SNOWFLAKE WIRE 99809, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and either the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS clear stamp set CL5212 or the LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866 to make the five cards.

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First up--Christmas:

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I cut the Snowflake Swell from a light blue cardstock and trimmed it down for the front of a white notecard.  I had some fun experimenting with the placement of the die--above you'll see the Swell curving left on one card and to the right on the other.  I then cut the Snowflake Wire and the Piccolo Snowflakes from navy blue cardstock.  I anchored the larger snowflake on the Wire loop to the center of the middle snowflake on the card front with a little glue.  I then used dots of glue in the centers to add the three navy snowflakes on top of the light blue ones.  This left me the option of pulling up the "legs" of the snowflakes to add more dimension to the card fronts.  I stamped "merry Christmas" in Achival Jet Black ink.  I used pearls in several sizes for the centers of the snowflakes, the little circles on the Snowflake Wire, and to accent some of the light blue open space.

Here's a close-up:

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Next--Snow:

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I constructed these cards in the same manner, just changed the orientation of the Snowflake Swell (one side-fold, two top-fold cards), the cardstock colors, and the color of the base notecards.   For the card on the left, I cut the Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes and the word "snow" from white cardstock.  For the one on the top right, I used the same color cardstock as the base notecard.  For the one on the bottom right, I cut the "let it snow" from the same dark green as the Snowflake Swell and tucked the words in along that channel.

I think it's time to replenish my stock of white pearls.  I particularly love the tiniest ones and I'm almost out. I do love a little bling!  When I'm mailing cards like these with lots of pearls or other dimensionals, I like to add a tiny piece of bubble wrap over the card front when tucking it into the envelope. Other things I like to do--add something from the card front to the inside of the card.  Each of these cards gets an extra Piccolo Snowflake inside.  And I always decorate the envelopes to coordinate and hint at what might be inside.  For these, I'll use the small snowflake stamp on the B2007 Joyful Combo wood-mounted stamp with Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink on the white envelopes.

 Happy Crafting!

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08/17/2017

Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  

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Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.

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Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.

 

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If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!

Jeansignature-3
 


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08/13/2017

Sun 13

Snowflake cut out
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with something so simple, you will be able to duplicate this card in less than 10 minutes. Do you need a lot of holiday cards? This is the design for you!

 

Let's get started:

 

Trim heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half. Place the Chancery Snowflake Outline die on the front side of card near top, center. Die cut ONLY the front panel of your card.

 

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Trim top and bottom portion of card front away with scissors as shown. Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline again from Luxury Navy Blue cardstock. Adhere to inside of card using the opening as a guide.

 

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Trim a thin piece of Luxury Navy cardstock and adhere to left side of card front. Trim a 1 inch strip of same cardstock, stamp with Merry Christmas Sentiments and heat set. Notch one end and add to card front. Finish with White Crystal Drops, Glass Drops and iridescent snowflakes as desired.

 

See.....that was easy! It took longer to type this up then to actually make the card. :)

 

Happy Holiday crafting.....

Pennysignature


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08/08/2017

Tue 08

Poinsettia Bloom
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box Friends!

 Ready to get a jump on your Christmas cards?  We all know you can spend a lot of time on your cards but sometimes it's the design idea that takes the most time--planning composition, colors, embellishments and textures....here's one idea for you to try out.  

  So many of us think of poinsettia flowers as deep red in color but I have seen some lovely pink ones...here's mine.

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Starting with the background, I sponged these colors randomly onto white card stock: faded jeans, broken china, and fossilized amber distress oxide inks.  A few spritzes of plain water which, when blotted, add the speckles (aka falling snow) to the blended inks.  I love making these backgrounds since no two look alike...the colors flow and swirl to make beautiful original bases for the next step. 

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I die cut the Decorative Poinsettia from a vanilla colored card stock along with a smaller size flower from the Poinsettia Blooms Open Studio die set for layering purposes.    Next, a second set of both flower sizes were die cut from white card stock which I sponged with Worn Lipstick distress oxide ink.  I added more concentrated color to the petal's center and lightened the pressure towards the petal tips.  To show both layers, I slightly offset the petals and gently curved the paper before adhearing together.  A quick spray of aerosol adhesive on the pink layers grabbed the chunky glitter for a frosty look.   

The Batavia snowflakes added a bit more sparkle by using silver glitter paper--which cut through easily, even with the intricate detail on the dies!

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Finally, the beautiful Brushstroke Merry Christmas  die cut was adhered in place (again using spray adhesive...watch your surroundings for overspray though).  Make several cards at a time using the "assembly line" method and find yourself ahead of the holiday crazies...you'll thank yourself!

I thank you for stopping by today and any comments you give...I read every one and appreciate the time you take to connect.

 

Happy Tuesday!

Jennysig


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08/03/2017

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.

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

07/31/2017

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.

Jeansignature-3


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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!

 


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07/27/2017

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.  

Jeansignature-3 

 


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07/25/2017

Tue 25

Snowy Spectrum
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Memory Box friends,

   I don't know about you but I am dreaming about these cool snowflakes--we need some cooler temps around here (San Diego).  It has been "blue blazin' hot", as my Grandpa used to say.

Let's take a look at the new Snowy Spectrum die featured on my card today...

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I created the multi colored background by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and faded jeans distress oxide inks on a small panel of watercolor paper.  Just as everyone says, these inks are smooth as butter and easy to blend.  A few flecks of water sprinkled then blotted off gives that wonderful spotted effect.  

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I adhered the Snowy Spectrum die cut over the throughly dried distress oxide inks (that took about 30 seconds in this heat) and added 2 more layers of snowflakes using the Batavia Snowflake die.  By lightly dabbing a tiny bit of wet glue to the main portions of the snowflake die cuts, the positioning is stress free.  The wet glue is forgiving so you can slide the additional snowflakes into perfect position on top of their mates.  Just a few strokes with the Wink of Stella glitter brush adds a subtle shimmer to each snowflake.

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You may know by now that I love to add paper layers to my card creations and I used papers that complimented the inks today.  Gray, seafoam green and pool papers were my color choices.  To coordinate with the subtle gray I stamped the merry Christmas sentiment in Versafine Smokey Gray.  I like inking with grays instead of black lately.  Black is sometimes a bit too strong and the grays know how to play well with the other colors.  

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As always, I appreciate your visit here today and love reading your comments.  Thanks for taking the time.  Jennysig


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