Wed 06

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today's card features new products from the 2022 May and June Memory Box release.  

To make my card, I used the Sunburst Hot Foil Plate to add gold foil to white cardstock.  Next, I used a circle die to cut a circle around the foiled sunburst.  I used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to the sunburst.  The colors I used were: Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks.

The leaves were embossed and die cut from the new Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder and Dies.  I used a blender brush and Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks to add color to the leaves.

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I trimmed the sunburst circle and glued it to a white cardstock panel, which I adhered to a black cardstock mat.  I glued this panel to a white card base.  I stamped the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed it.  This was glued along the bottom of the foiled sunburst.  Next, I glued the leaves in place.

The seagulls were die cut from black cardstock and glued to the card.

To finish the card, I spattered it with gold ink.

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That's it for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Tue 05

Emboss, Stencil and Diecut the Ocean Fish by Jean Okimoto

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Tropical fish - from the new Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set - have friendly conversations here today.  They're embossed, stenciled with Distress Oxides and diecut for an all-occasion card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer design from our Island Vacation release.  

The fish seem to have personalities - so I've named them.   From left to right, top to bottom - Tiger, Mermaid, Dimples, Finn, Angel, Smiley, Papaya and Captain. (Yes, I should get out more after 27 months of hunkering down.)

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Spritz water into the air and pass smooth heavy white cardstock through the mist to soften the cardstock and make it more pliable for embossing.  Repeat with the reverse side of the cardstock. Emboss it  with the 3D Ocean Fish Embossing Folder. Stencil the fish with the Ocean Fish Stencil Set and Distress Oxides.  Inks used here are spiced marmalade, dried marigold, fossilized amber, wild honey, iced spruce, peeled paint, salvaged patina and broken china.  There are separate dies for the fins - but I just stenciled contrasting colors directly onto the fish.  Dry the ink and diecut the fish with the Ocean Fish dies.

Cut a teal 6x6 from the Fresh Aqua Collection with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Prep it for embossing and emboss it with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for some of the fishes.  

Add Clear Fairy Drops.  Cut and A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front during mailing.

Have fun stenciling the Ocean Fish in your favorite colors - pearlescent inks like Brilliance would be great too.  

Thanks for visiting our blog!

Jeansignature-3

 

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Sun 03

Ahoy There!
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. The new release of products has me in a nautical frame of mind. I chose to use the new fish 3D embossing folder, and although you can get great results using the coordinating dies and stencils, I wanted to show you it is also a great folder on its own.

As with any 3D folder, it is a good idea to spritz your paper lightly with water before running it through the die cut machine. You get such incredible detail from the folder:

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After I embossed my fish, I cut out out an anchor and rope frame to add to the card. The "You Anchor Me" stamp/die set included both the sentiment I chose and the anchor die. To add a bit of dimension, I popped the anchor up with some foam tape and added some neutral twine.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Laurasignature

 

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Sat 02

Adventure on the Curling Waves by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate the future and adventures awaiting someone moving up in life with a nautical slimline design.  The new Curling Waves 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies create a backdrop for the Grand Spiral Shell.  Hi, Jean Okimoto sharing an idea for July's Waving Hello Challenge of water-themed cards.

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Diecut, VersaMark-ed and embossed cardstock creates swirly waves for summer designs.  Cut a sheet from the Stormy Blue Collection with the Curling Waves die - leave the diecuts in the die.  Use Full-Stick Post-It Notes on the reverse side to keep the diecuts intact.  Use the dies as stencils - daub or sponge VersaMark onto the diecuts. Heat-emboss them with detail clear powder.  (photo shows what's left after the diecuts are heat-embossed, cooled and removed)

Place the heat-embossed diecuts in the Curling Waves 3D Embossing Folder and pressure-emboss them to add dimension to your design.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-½" x 7-½" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the You Anchor Clear Stamps and Die Set - on white cardstock with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the 1.1" x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Watercolor or blend blue inks on heavy white cardstock.  I used the inks from the Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpad.  Cut it with the Grand Spiral Shell background.

Cut the detailed Grand Spiral Shell from the white 6x6 in the Polished Foil Pad.  Assemble the shell.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  For contrast - I attached one of the small wave diecuts showing the reverse side - it's layered over a larger die, below the center of the greeting. Add Fairy Drops.  Cut a slimline-size piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...have a great long weekend if you're celebrating the Fourth of July!

Jeansignature-3

 

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Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #86- "Waving" Hello (Water-themed cards)

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Greetings friends. Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge last month. We loved seeing all of your spectacular metallic creations.

The winner of the blog badge from June's challenge was Greta H from the GG Creations blog. We loved her multiple uses of metallics:

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The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was loll from the Stamping With Loll blog.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com with your full name and US address 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.

Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.

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July is here, and with it, a lot of us are headed to the ocean, lakes or pools. Water is all around us, even in the form of an afternoon summer rain. For this month, we would like to use water as your inspiration. Do you feel like an underwater scene? A beach sunset? A day on a boat? Staying at home out of the heat and listening to the rain? You really can do whatever you want! We just ask that you use some element of water on your card and that you use at least one Memory Box product.

Here are some samples to help inspire you:

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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 #mbchallenge86 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Saturday, July 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes. 

Here is what you could win:

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Thu 30

Sending Heartfelt Prayers
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a sympathy card using some of the newly released floral dies.

Here's a closer look:

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To make my card I first swiped pink and green ink pads direct to watercolor card to create a textured background.  I die cut the flowers and stems using "Graceful Poppy Stems" and "Ruffled Poppy Stems" dies, from pink and green card stock and used some watercolor markers to add a little interest to them.  After putting the flowers together, I arranged them on the front of the card and added a heat embossed sentiment from "Big & Little Words" stamp set.  Lastly I added a few gems.  

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my sympathy card for today.  I always find these difficult to make because it's such a sad occasion to create for.  Hopefully, I've given you some inspiration to create cards like this when you need them.

Be sure to check out the entire new release from Memory Box!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Wed 29

Fin-Tastic Goldfish Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  The 3D embossed fish are so pretty.  Having the options to color, die cut, and emboss the fish with any combo makes the set so versatile.  I used the Ocean Fish die set and 3D Embossing Folder with the Memory Box Mirror paper to create the fish.  Also used several other flower dies to create the water lily and lily pad.  

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Goldfish:

Die cut the goldfish from the Ocean Fish die set from gold and bronze Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Secure in the fish in the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder using temporary tape and run through the die cutting machine.  Repeat for the 2nd fish. 

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Background:

Cut a white card stock to 3 3/4" x 5".  in the lower left hand side ink blend with dye ink, I used my new Elements ink in the bright blue and turquoise with  a brush.  I left some of the brush marks to create movement.  Sprinkle with water, let stand for few seconds, and blot off with a paper towel.  Set aside to dry.

Waterlily:

Die cut the smallest and 2nd smallest Happy Daisy Stem flower dies from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend with a light pink from the bottom up with a light pink ink.  Die cut the pistil from the Ruffled Poppy Stem die set from heavy white card stock.  Color with a bright yellow ink.  Glue the pistil to the larger flower and then the smaller on top.  Die cut the stems from the Ruffled Poppy Stem die set from heavy white card stock.  Color with a light and mid tone green ink.  You can use pens, watercolor, or any ink pads.  I used Elements Ink pads for all my coloring today.  Die cut the 4th smallest circle die from Circle Basic set from white card stock. Use the flower pad from the Ruffled Poppy stem die to die cut in the shape of the lily pad. Take Tim Holtz paper distressed to rough of the edge around the pad. Ink blend with a light green ink and then a mid-tone green ink.  Take a dark green color pencil and draw in some lines.  

Sentiment:

Stamp a strip of white card stock with the You Are Fin-tastic sentiment from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set in black ink.  Back with a strip of black paper from Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.

Assembly:

Cut the black paper from Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad to an A2 panel.  Adhere to a white A2 card.  Adhere the stems to the left side of the card, the lily pad, and then the waterlily.  Adhere the goldfish to the bottom left of the card, with 1 fish hanging off the side.  Trim off.  Adhere the sentiment to the upper righthand side.  Add a few clear Fairy Drops in the water.  Adhere the panel to the card using mounting foam tape.

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Tue 28

Vintage Pastel Ocean Fish by Jean Okimoto

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Summers come and go so quickly in Seattle - here's another design featuring our Island Vacation release.  A Grand Tulip Shell and fish create a relaxing tropical scene on a slimline design. The shimmery texture and dimension of the new Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set are great for any occasion.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with breezy ocean colors to refresh a warm summer day.

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Cut 3 fish from the new Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies set from pale blue, aqua and teal sheets from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  Place them in the folder and emboss them using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Details - including the tiny dotted fishscales and striped fins and tails - add shimmery dimension to the diecuts.

Cut the solid Grand Tulip Shell from smooth white cardstock.  Place it in the detailed Grand Tulip Shell die and sponge or brush it with Distress Oxides.  Cut a partial paper stencil of the narrow, pointy tip and use it to stencil twisted citron.  Colors used here are shaded lilac, tumbled glass, salvaged patina and twisted citron.  Dry the inks.

Cut the delicate shell outline from the white Polished Foil Pad sheet.  Attach it to the shell background.

Cut 2 of the fine-striped rope from the End of My Rope set.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Overlap the ends of the rope at the center and cover them with the shell.  Use foam tape for the shell and the little guy.

Attach the lightest Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones. Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set is #EF1031.

Hope you're enjoying the vacation-themed designs we're creating for you.  Summer flies by so quickly - especially here!

Thanks for visiting...see you in July!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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Mon 27

Stella Butterfly Among the Tropical Leaves
by Anne Thompson

In the 2022 JUNE ISLAND VACATION RELEASE there is a new embossing folder that has coordinating dies.  I used just the dies with green cardstocks first to create two tropical leafy cards.

Card One

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Card Two

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to make these cards

  • die cut a lot of TROPICAL LEAVES EF1030 from various shades of green cardstock in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • use a fingertip dauber to add VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink on the leaf edges

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  • cut coordinating plaids 4 X 5 1/4 and add to the fronts of white notecards
  • begin adding leaves
  • stamp "Love" from the FRIENDS AND FAMILY CLEAR STAMP SET CL5276 on one of the larger flat leaves using the VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink

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  • die cut the STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635 from coordinating shades of purple cardstock from the TWILIGHT PURPLE COLLECTION SP1008
  • glue the middles together and fold up the wings a bit 

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  • add the butterfly to the notecard that has the three long leaves, adhering it so the wings can pop up

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  • on the other card, pop up some of the leaves using dimensional foam dots for more texture and interest

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Here's a closer look at the embossing folder and the coordinating dies.

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Unfortunately, I broke my die cutting machine beyond repair when I tried making a third card using the embossing folder--I put the stack together incorrectly and tried to squeeze too thick a layer through the machine.  Lesson learned to review the directions before trying this when the new machine arrives!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

Sun 26

A New Release

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Greetings friends. We have a new release that we think you are going to love.  It is called June Island Vacation, and there are 3-D Embossing folders along with coordinating dies to add lots of dimension to your cards. There are even fish stencils in case you want to easily add extra color to your projects. Most of the collection has an ocean theme, so if you like to send summer/beach cards as much as we do, you will want to give it a look.

Here are a couple more samples using the new release:

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As always with a new release, there is a brand new idea book that you can flip through to see the products. It is absolutely packed with card ideas to inspire you. You can find it here, or you can click on the picture below.

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Have a fantastic weekend!