Sun 03

Playing with Patterned Papers
by Anne Thompson

This month's Outside the Box blog challenge is to work with patterned papers.  In an effort to use a whole bunch of them from Jolly Christmas and Garland paper pads, here's the card I made.

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to make this card

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  • begin by selecting coordinating papers--I chose ones from JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019 and GARLAND PP1010
  • cover the front of a white note card with the paper that has the floral detail in the lower left corner
  • cut one of the papers--I used the plaid with the most white in it--3 X 4 1/4; mount that onto a dark plaid and trim a close border
  • cut another of the darker plaids 2 X 3 1/4 and paste it on top of the lighter plaid, a little off center 


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  • die cut the WINTER TREE ARCH 94735 from white card stock and set it aside

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  • die cut the SMALL POINSETTIA LAYERS 94756 multiple times from the floral paper that matches the base layer paper; assemble the flowers using glue dots

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  • assemble the card front by adding the layered paper panel--I oriented it so the larger white plaid space was on the right
  • add the Winter Tree Arch 

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  • add the three small poinsettias and put tiny pearls in their centers

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  • choose one of the white MERRY CHRISTMAS FOIL GREETINGS WHITE TABS ST001 and glue it to the card front under the Winter Tree Arch

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And here's the finished card!  Go through your papers and pull at least four or five coordinating papers in any color combination that is pleasing to you.  Change up the card stock color of the Winter Tree Arch.   Move the small poinsettias around before gluing them down to see where you might like to place them.   And adding center gems in other colors to the small poinsettias can change the look of this design.  I love the Foil Greeting Tabs and have been using them on many of my cards this year.

Happy Crafting!  It's time to start getting those cards in the mail!!!

Anne Signature

Sat 02

Aurora Snowflake on a Vintage Tray by Jean Okimoto

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Cut Vintage Tray from pink cardstock - we're using just the frame and left center offcut for the greeting.  Cut the Poinsettia Plaid 6x6 and 2 pale pink and gold Poinsettia Garland 6x6 prints.  You'll have a total of 15 great offcuts to mix, match and layer - save the extras for future projects.

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Cut the Aurora Snowflake background from the pale gold Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad6x6.  Spritz the reverse side with a light mist of water and pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  This creates a debossed snowflake that makes it easy to attach the pink snowflake.  It even looks great just embossed, without the detailed pink layer.

Cut the detailed Aurora Snowflake from pink cardstock.

Prep the solid pink offcut with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Shining Star Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail gold powder.

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Attach the Vintage Tray frame and offcuts to a top-folded pink A2 card.  Add the snowflake - use foamtape for the points.  Add pale pink Pastel Jewels.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

December arrived sooner than expected.  Beautiful printed papers and the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set make it quick and easy to design  cards that look complicated, but aren't.  Diecut several coordinating prints and colors - you'll be surprised at how easy it is to create your holiday cards!  Be sure to enter December's Patterned Paper Challenge too.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on December 29.  Good Luck - can't wait to see your entry!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend...

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Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #102- Let There Be Light(s)

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It is time for the last challenge of the year, so we hope you will join us in some cardmaking fun.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the "Let there be Light" challenge. We loved seeing all of your designs.

The winner of the blog badge was Pat J off of SplitcoastStampers. Her window scene was absolutely beautiful:

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The random pick winner of the prize pack was Aimeslee from the Paper Paisleys blog. Please contact me at [email protected] 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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I don't know about you, but it seems really easy to build up a collection of patterned papers. This month we challenge you to dust them off and add them to your creations. You can make a card, a holiday gift, a scrapbook page, etc. All we ask is that you add some patterned paper to your project and that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry. You will have a chance to win two of Memory Box's latest 6" x 6" patterned paper packs. Good luck!

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 #mbchallenge102 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Friday, December 29th.   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

Hummingbird Joy
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a holiday card featuring the new Layered Hummingbird, Classic Pine Needle Springs and Brilliant Joy dies from the latest release.  I combined it with a previously released die called Forest Pine Branch.

Here's a closer look:

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I cut the bird, branch and some of the pine sprigs from white card stock and then I cut more sprigs from 2 different colors from the Fresh Aqua paper pack.  I stacked one white and one of each of the other two aqua colors and glued them together at the base stem slightly offset from each other.  I wanted the branches to seem really full so by doing this it gives a lot more dimension and texture to the whole card.  

I colored the branch and bird with alcohol markers.  The original branch die had pine springs on it but I cut them off to use the springs from the new classic set of dies.  I added the branch with the new tri-stacked sprigs and then popped the bird up on the branch.  Here's another look:

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The Joy die cut was cut from white and black glitter paper, the black is from the Glitzy Glitter pack and the white is from the Vintage Pastel Glitter pack.  I cut the background die from the black and the other die from the white.  This die is very cool because it also has an outline inside the 2nd word die.  So when you cut both dies from 2 different colored papers, you can make a combination of three complete word dies which saves lots of time, and you have 2 extra word dies to use on other cards.  One tip I have if you need to glue something to the glitter paper, it's a lot easier to use Glossy Accents and it adheres with a much more permanent bond.

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my Christmas card for today, it's super easy to make and I think it looks so very festive.  I know just who I will be sending this card to!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope your holiday season is wonderful.

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Wed 29

Christmas Tags
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have some festive Christmas tags you can make using rub-ons and patterned paper.

I started by die cutting patterned paper using one of the Nested Globe dies.  I also cut 2 plain pieces of cardstock to glue on the back of the tag to cover the vellum strip that I glued to the  tag.

Next, I picked two images from the Poinsettia Rub-On sheet and applied them to a piece of white cardstock.  The next step was the most time consuming part of the tag...fussy cutting the images.  

I cut 2 strips of vellum paper, stamped and heat embossed "Merry Christmas" on them, and  wrapped them around the tag. Be sure to glue the ends to the back of the tag.

 

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The plain cardstock die cuts were glued to the back of the tags.  

I used foam tape to adhere the rub-on images to the tags, then spattered the holly tag with some gold ink. 

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To finish the tags, I punched a hole in the top of the tag and added some twine for the tie.

That's it for today!  Have a great week!

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Tue 28

Snowflake Shaker Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a another snow globe shaped card but this is an actual shaker card.  The Nested Globe dies make it easy to create snow globe shaker cards.  

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Die cut the 3rd larges die from the Nested Globe die set from white card stock  Ink blend with Elements Della Blue allover and then around the edges with Dark Denim.  Heat dry completely.  White heat emboss the Aurora Snowflake stamp.  Then stencil the Snow Flurries stencil with white pigment ink .  

Shaker:

Take an A2 black side folder card and line up the largest die from the Nested Globe die set so the left side edge does not cut the fold and run through the die cutting machine.  Take the largest and 3rd largest Nested Globe dies and die cut a frame from black card stock.  Adhere a piece of acetate behind the frame die cut.  

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Assembly:

Adhere the background to the center of the shaker card.  Then add black foam tape around the edges.  Fill with Distress Mica Flakes.  Then remove the backing from the foam tape and adhere the frame.  Die cut the Celeste Snowflake Trio from white card stock and adhere the largest die cut to the center and the 2 smaller on the frame.  Adhere a Merry Christmas Black Greet Tabs to the center of the snowflake. 

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Mon 27

Dramatic Christmas Poinsettias
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I was working on another card featuring the Small Poinsettia Layers die from the current 2023 Christmas collection when my die cutting machine stopped working.  πŸ˜£<grrr>  So I looked at what I had and this dramatic CAS (clean and simple) card resulted after seeing the new Black, White and Gold color challenge at AAA Cards.  Needless to say, this will be a very quick post. πŸ˜‚

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The poinsettia layers and pine needle sprigs were die cut from white paper.   Each poinsettia is made up of three layers.  Used gold foil paper and a 1/4” circle punch for the centers.  The sentiment is the Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Black Tabs.  Assembled the card onto a black panel to finish.

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And that’s it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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Sun 26

Golden Holiday Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Surprise someone with a frosty pink slimline holiday greeting this year.  The unexpected shape and color will stand out in a crowd of traditional designs. Hi, Jean here - hope you're enjoying a great weekend!  

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We're using the Poinsettia Garland 6x6 pack with its array of beautiful metallic gold and matte florals, starbursts and botanicals.  Cut two of the pale pink and gold 6x6's with the Frilling Snowflake Ornament background die.  Attach narrow strips of cardstock behind the tops of the ornaments to reinforce the hole for the gold cord.  

Cut light pink cardstock with the same die. Cut a gold Rainbow Reflections 6x6 with the snowflake that's included in the Frilling Snowflake Ornament set.

Punch the holes and tie the ornaments with gold cord.  Curl the cord with the side of a bonefolder or that plastic burnishing too.

Cut two 2 pieces of white cardstock with the 2-ΒΌ" x 7-ΒΌ" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Spritz both sides of one rectangle with a light mist of water and pressure-emboss it with the Happy Holidays Streamlined Script die at a slight angle.  This step debosses the rectangle and makes it easy to attach the gold greeting diecut. Attach the other rectangle behind the embossed rectangle to add dimension.

Cut Happy Holidays Streamlined Script again from the gold Rainbow Reflections 6x6 - leave the tiny dot for the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Attach the gold greeting to the rectangle.  It'll fit perfectly into the debossed area.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝"). Add pale pink Pastel Jewels.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

This design is great if you have a stack of Memory Box holiday papers in your stash.  The color-coordinated prints create beautiful ornaments and the single gold snowflake adds a cool contrast.

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you in December!

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Fri 24

Pink Poinsettia, Plaid and a 6x6 Print by Jean Okimoto

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Thu 23

Holiday Hummingbird Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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A bright Christmas-red Layered Hummingbird delivers a holiday message here.  Mixed textures of velvet paper, plain cardstock and Rainbow Reflections Mirror Cardstock add dimension to a festive little bird.  Hi, Jean here on a wintery fall day.

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Cut the berry print from the Garland 6x6 pack and natural cardstock slightly larger than 4.25" x 5.5". Glue the two sheets together, then cut them with the largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangles die.  Pressure-emboss the attached sheets with the new Merry Christmas Streamlined Script die.  

Cut Merry Christmas Streamlined Script from green cardstock and attach it to the background. The double layer highlights the embossed greeting and creates the perfect guide to easily attach the greeting. Nice and straight - without wiggle-words!

Cut Classic Pine Needle Sprigs from green cardstock and trim the bottom right section of the large sprig.  Color the stems with an orange marker - a brown marker will be too dark.  Attach the small trimmed section over the corner print.  Attach the remaining sprigs to the top corner.

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Cut the main section of Layered Hummingbird from red velvet paper or red felt attached to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet.  Cut the wings from the red Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6.  Cut the remaining pieces from red cardstock.  Color the beak and a spot for the eye with a black marker.  Assemble the bird. 

Add red Bright Jewels.  Cut an A2-sized sheet of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog!

 


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