Sat 06

Slimline Flowers and Friendships by Jean Okimoto

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Surprise a special friend and celebrate a lasting friendship with a flowery slimine card.  The Slim Diagonal Collage creates a subtle, dimensional background and a nice contrast to the bold flowers.  Hi, Jean Okimoto - and yes, it's another slimline card!  I love how slimlines provide a lot of the whitespace to balance large design elements and bright colors.

Stamp the floral design from the All the Happiness Clear Stamp and Die Set on smooth white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge the stamped image with Distress Oxides - picked raspberry, worn lipstick, wild honey, twisted citron and mowed lawn.  Dry the inks, then cut it with the coordinating die.

Stamp the greeting on ivory cardstock with Onyx Black and dry the ink. Cut the greeting circle with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Blend the green inks on a scrap of white cardstock and cut another 2" circle. Attach the green circle - offset to the right - behind the greeting.

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Trim a sheet of ivory cardstock to 8-½" tall x 7-½" wide.  Save the remaining 8-½" x 3-½" piece for the back panel.  Score the 7-½" wide piece at ¾" and 4-¼".  Fold and crease the cardstock on the scored lines.

Unfold the cardstock and cut Slim Diagonal Collage about 1" to the right of the ¾" scoreline - run the die through the machine lengthwise.  

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Assemble the card - attach the ¾" folded section behind the 3-½" x 8-½" panel to for the back of the card.  Fold the remaining section to the inside and attach it with narrow strips of foamtape about ¼" away from the diagonal cutouts.  Foamtape adds shadows and dimension.

Attach the stamped pieces.  Add ¼" dots punched from the yellow-orange Frosted Glitter sheet.

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There are two floral clear stamps and matching dies in the All the Happiness set.  Create a similar design with the other stamp and die.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you like slimline cards too!

Jeansignature-3

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Fri 05

Floral Shaker Card with Video
by Sara Cook

Welcome everyone.  Hope you're ready for some creativity.  I have a floral shaker card featuring the Stained Glass Floral die cut from the spring release.  I have a video for this card as well, link is below.

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Start by die cutting the Stained Glass Floral die out of 110lb white card stock, twice.  Keep 1 set of the flower petals and leaves.  Use Washi or low tack tape to secure the petals and leaves back into the die cut.  Color each petal using Copic markers, YR07 for the dark tone and YR02 for the light tone.  Flick the darker orange from the bottom of each petal to the middle leaving streaks.  Use the light tone, YR02, and blend from the bottom to the top.  Take the YR07 and color just at the bottom on each petal.  For the center of the flow use Copi Y00.  Don't worry about any extra color on the outside of the die cut, that is why the other die cut is for. For each leaf use the same technique with YG03 the dark tone and YG11 as the light tone.  Glue the other die cut on top.

For the top paper of the shaker card, choose a paid pattern from Madras Plaid Coral and Green. I chose one with grid lines and centered the die in the middle.  Cut the paper to 4"x51/4", keeping a 3/4" boarder from the cut out on each side and top of the paper. Glue acetate on the back side making sure to cover the square cut out.  Glue on the Stained Glass Floral die cut on the shaker window.

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On the back side of the plaid paper add double sided adhesive around the cut out.  Make sure not to leave any gaps.  Create a top fold A2 card out of 110lb while card stock.  Place the shaker element in the center of the card base.  I used HAI Supply TMM Cherry Blossoms.  Remove the bacon from the foam tape, center, and place on the card base.

Die cut Glade butterfly base out of white 80lb card stock and the top die from the darker gold from Polished Fold Pad.  Color the butterfly base with Copics.  Go from darker on the outside to lighter on the inside blending the colors.  Darkest is YR02, then R20, and Y00.  Glue the gold top to the bottom. 

Die cut Just a Note Posh Script bottom die out of 110lb card stock and top die from the darker gold from Polished Fold Pad.  Glue the top die cut on the bottom. 

Glue the sentiment below the shaker window and the butterfly in the bottom right hand corner pop the shaker window

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Thu 04

Send Special Hugs with Dreamy Freesia by Jean Okimoto

 

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Let the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers eliminate guessing and measuring to create perfectly-proportioned design elements for your projects.  They're great for backgrounds and layering on stylish slimline cards.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Madras Plaid and wildflower design from our Spring Collection.

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Cut the layering strips with the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers - from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet Collection (1-⅛" x 6-⅛"*), watercolored and gold-spritzed paper (1-⅜" x 6-⅜") and from the Twilight Purple Collection  (⅝" x 5-½").  *Use the entire sheet - including the extra amount at the top - for the 6-⅛" strip.

Cut Dreamy Freesia from the yellow-green sheet in the 6x6 Lush Green Collection.  

Stamp the greeting on white cardstock with Electric Purple Radiant Neon.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

Add ¼" dots punched from the purple Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

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Memory Box 6x6 Spring Collection plaids are designed to coordinate with many of the 108 shades in our 9 new 110# cardstock gradient color collections.  It's so easy to quickly select the right colors for your cards, layouts and mixed-media projects.  Plaids + wildflowers are my new favorite combination!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend!

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Wed 03

Sentiment Background
by Trina Pham

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Hello and happy Wednesday!  I have a super easy card to share today made with more products from the fabulous 2021 Spring release.  It was inspired by this month’s Beautiful Backgrounds challenge.  I’m not going to lie, but this went in a slightly different direction than what I had in mind. 😂

I love the posh script line of sentiment dies and thought they would make beautiful sentiment backgrounds.  Each sentiment is made of two pieces die cut from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  Arranged and adhered them at an angle onto an A2 sized Bristol panel for a faux dry embossed effect.  

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To highlight the sentiment further, the back shadow was die cut from the darkest purple Graceful Garden Glitter paper.  The sentiment was then die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked.   Adhered the whole piece over top one of the background sentiments.  The Sylvan butterfly was die cut from Bristol paper and coloured with a blender brush and Seedless Preserves distress ink.  Adhered the right side of the butterfly off the edge and popped the left side up with mounting tape to finish.

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Easy-peasy.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day!

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Mon 01

Wildflower Thank You
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a Thank You card I created using some of the new flower dies from the Spring Release:

Lavender Stems Die, Wildflower Stems Die, and Daisy Stems Die. I die cut the flowers using Memory Box Watercolor Paper

and used Karin Brush Markers to watercolor.  

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While the watercolored flowers are drying, I used the Crysral Frame Die and the Twilight Purple 6x6 Paper Pack and die cut the frame. I adhered the frame directly to the card base of an A2 card. When the flowers are dry, I layered them on top of the frame, over-lapping.
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I die cut the Thank You sentiment using the Sunny Orange 6x6 Paper Pack, 3 times. I adhered them layer by layer. Than adhered the sentiment on top

of the stems. For a finishing touch I added a twine bow and some iridescent gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Mon 01

Memory Box Challenge #70 Beautiful Backgrounds

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Greetings friends. It is March and time for a brand new challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's purple challenge. The winner of the blog badge was Beverly S from Bev's Creative Path. We loved her purple card using our retired gnome set:

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The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Inkami from the Inkami blog.

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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Memory Box has a lot of new dies and nothing sets them off better than a beautiful background. Do you use patterned papers, embossing folders, texture plates, inks or washi tapes? What inspires you the most? We would love to see what kinds of backgrounds you can design. The choice is really up to you. We would love to see your interpretation of the theme. All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out these samples to get you started:

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This first sample uses one of our wide washi tapes. It is a quick and easy way to add a bright decorative background.

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How about using watercolor and a texture plate? This background really helps to focus on a central image or die on the card.

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How about an ink background? What are your favorite inks to use?

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Sometimes you don't want the background to overshadow the foreground, but you still want to add a bit of interest. Why not use a texture plate?

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 #mbchallenge70 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Tuesday, March 30th.   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 prize:

 

 

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Sun 28

Look for Rainbows Slimline Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello, it's Angie here today with some of the new 2021 Spring dies, stamps and papers from Memory Box!  This latest release not only has some amazing new large stamp sets and beautiful dies, it also has the newest product - 6" X 6" card stock pads in the most amazing solid coordinating colors!  My card showcases several of the gorgeous colors available in these new pads of card st0ck.

I used several new dies, new paper and a new stamp set, along with a few previously released dies too. 

 Here's a video showing how I made this card:

1)  The rainbows were made with the new "Arch Collage" die and five of the new 6" x 6" solid color paper pads.  I first used the arch die on seven colors of card stock.  Next I cut the arches from a slimline white panel, adding a white backing panel to it, so I could paper pieced the strips into the negative space on both rainbows.

I also used several of the newly released slimline dies.  I love to make slimline cards and these dies make it so easy to do.

2)  The white panels were cut with the new "Wrapped Slim Stitched" rectangle dies and the black panel was cut with one of the new "Slim Basic Rectangle Layers" die.  This die set has so many sizes to create layers of any size on your slimline creations.

3)  The sentiment is heat embossed in white on black card stock and it is from the "Joyful Moments" clear stamp set.  I die cut it with the smallest die in the "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die set.

4)  The hearts were cut from the same pink paper with the "Sprinkle Heart Collage" die and placed on the card front.

5)  Lastly I added the card to the card base (which was 3.5" x 8.5") and added lots of shimmer pen to all the hearts and all the arched colored pieces.  It's hard to see the shine but in person, it just glistens!

Here's one more look:

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I hope you have a chance to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the wonderful new products.  This release is one of my favorites ever!  

The video above of the making of this card is also on my YouTube channel if you would like to see it, click HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to stop by every day this week to see the new products featured by the design team!

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Sat 27

Joyful Moments with Fresh Flowers and Madras Plaid by Jean Okimoto

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Dies and papers from the Spring Collection make it easy to create fresh cards for every occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another flowers+plaid idea.  The colors Dave chose for the Spring Plaid, Madras Plaid Coral+Green and Madras Plaid Blue+Violet offer so many design options for spring and summer projects.

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To remove the green plaid sheet carefully from the pack...place the open pack on a hard surface and press firmly along the center line to loosen the sheet,  then carefully pull it out.  The 6-⅜" x 1-⅜" die from the new Slim Basic Rectangle Layers fits perfectly if you include the extra length at the top.

Cut the green sheet from the 6x6 Lush Green Collection with the narrowest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  

Cut two sets of Layered Fresh Flowers from the two shades of the darkest yellow sheets in the 6x6 Sunny Orange Collection. Cut two of the  starburst-style centers from the gold 6x6 Polished Foil pack sheet.  

Cut a 1" x 4-½" strip of the yellow Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a green circle for an offset layer behind the greeting.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Punch ¼" circles of the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

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Thanks for all of your Instagram likes and comments for the coral plaid and Seed Stems version of this basic design.  Mix and match - or contrast - the different colors and plaids in our Spring Collection with the new floral dies.  Add the sparkle of glitter and shimmery Polished Foil highlights too!

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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Fri 26

Spring Slimline Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone! Today I have a Spring themed slimline card for you. I used  products from the new 2021 Spring Release to create this card.

I began by die cutting one of the Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles from white cardstock. Next, I placed painters tape on the long sides of the die cut to create a 1/4" border on the rectangle. I used Distress Oxide Ink to make a blended background on the rectangle and spattered the background with plain water before I removed the tape. The Distress Oxide colors I used were Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, and Picked Raspberry. 

Once the background was dry I stamped and gold heat embossed the sentiment.

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Next I stamped and Gold heat embossed the flowers and painted them with same Distress Oxide colors I used for the background. I used the coordinating die to cut the flowers. I also trimmed a few leaves off the bottom of the stamped image to fit my card design.  Next, I die cut the small Crystal Frame twice from gold foil paper and cut the die cuts in half to fit behind the stamped image. 

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I glued the foil die cuts to the card and used foam tape to adhere the flowers. 

Next, I used foam tape to adhere the background to a white card base. That's it!

I hope you enjoyed today's card and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

 

 

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Thu 25

Crystal Corner and Layered Cosmos by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten a winter day with a paper-pieced Crystal Corner and a pair of Layered Cosmos - diecut from the new 6x6 Color Wheel Collections. There are 108 beautiful colors to chose from - all on 110# cardstock for stamping, diecutting and layering.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a flowery-bright Spring Collection design.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Prep Crystal Corner by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help remove the little pieces, then cut the rectangle. Splatter the rectangle with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  You won't really notice the gold at first, but it adds shimmery sparkles to any background.

Cut the darker gold sheet from the Polished Foil Pad with Crystal Corner.

Cut the rectangle with Crystal Corner. Cut the pink, violet and orange 6x6 sheets  - from the Berry Red, Vibrant Violet and Sunny Orange Collections - with Crystal Corner.  Try to keep the offcuts in the Crystal Corner diecuts so it'll be easier to paper-piece later.

Attach Diecut 'n Bond or ScorTape behind the entire Crystal Corner cutout on the white rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded A-2 card with additional tape.  Starting with the 3 corners place the gold diecut carefully in the cutout.  Add the pink, orange and violet pieces.

Cut two sets of Layered Cosmos from the lavender sheet in the Vibrant Violet Collection.  Cut the flower center from the violet cardstock used for the Crystal Corner.  Punch a ¼" circle of the violet cardstock, place it in the flower center and cut a smaller textured center circle for the small flower.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set it, then cut it with the set's coordinating die.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foamtape for the greeting.

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Try different color combinations for the Crystal Corner and flowers.  I think you'll be surprised at how the Polished Foil Pad's gold unifies the colors and makes them pop against the white card.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...

Jeansignature-3
 

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