Fri 12

Garden Greetings…New Blossom and Butterflies by Jean Okimoto

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Designs from the new Gladiola Collection are great for slimline cards.  Layer the tall, elegant blossoms over a matching Gladiola Plaid background - then add a pair of the new Exquisite Butterflies and a Thank You Foil Greetings Circle.  Hi, Jean here with another design from our latest release.

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Spray a pale pink ink-blended scrap of cardstock with a spritz of Imagine's Gold Sheer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  Cut Gladiola Blossom and Leaves stamens from the dark gray Festive Glitter Pad 6x6.  Cut the leaves from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the blossom from the gold-spritzed cardstock.

A simple tip shared earlier...cut a matching circle of cardstock slightly smaller than the finished gladiola.  Use it as a base to adhere and assemble the blossom.  It adds dimension - and makes it easy to find the perfect spot and angle for the blossom.

Another simple tip...attach the stamen pieces behind the top-layered petal instead of on the background petals.  No guessing how much of it will be visible - and if any glue will ooze out! 

Cut the detailed Exquisite Butterflies from a gold Rainbow Reflections Pad 6x6.  We're just using these 2 here - save the others for another project.  

Cut the pink Gladiola Plaid with the 1-⅝" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  The die is longer than the plaid - but it's easier to cut a straight plaid piece with the die - just place a short edge of the die against the top edge of the plaid.  Cut a dark pink Blush Collection 6x6 with the ⅞" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card ( 3-½" x 8-½").  Add a Thank You Foil Greetings Black Circle Tab and gold Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstone.  Cut a slimline-size piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...hope we're inspiring you to create special greetings from the garden with the Gladiola Collection!

Jeansignature-3

 

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Thu 11

Gladiola Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I'm using new products from the 2024 Memory Box Gladiola release.  These flowers are so beautiful and I can't wait to make more cards with them!

I began by die cutting the Celeste Plate from white cardstock so I could use it as a stencil.

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I used a blending brush to add Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to the card panel.

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Next, I spritzed the background with plain water, dried it, then spattered the background with gold and white ink.  Once this was dry, I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

All the flowers and leaves were die cut from white cardstock, and Distress Ink was used to add color to them.

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Next, I glued all the flower pieces together and arranged them on my card front.  I glued everything in place and used foam tape to adhere the center flower to the card.

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To finish the card, I glued a sentiment tab to the card and that's it for today!

Have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

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Wed 10

Gladiola Blossom and Leaves
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with card featuring products from the latest release - 2024 Gladiola!  This release if full of different gladiola dies along with two beautiful paper pads, one of them that I used today is plaid - my favorite!

Here's a closer look at my card:

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To make my card I first cut all the parts of the Gladiola Blossom and Leaves 94795 die out of white card stock.  The good thing about these dies is even though they have several pieces, everything is contained in one larger die so you don't lose any of the smaller dies!  Once they were cut I colored them with alcohol markers, then added colored pencil for more interest.  I'd seen the most beautiful gladiolas one day that were reddish and maroon on the tips but more yellow toward the center so that's how I colored them.  The other good thing about Memory Box dies is they have a lot of detail so you can lay a colored pencil on it's side and add lots of interesting shading to the leaves and blooms.  Here's a close up of the flower, sentiment and plaid paper:

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The sentiment was cut from white and also parts were colored with markers.  The sentiment is the Friend Daily Script 94659 from last month's release.  This die is very versatile because it has the shadow or larger die along with a 2nd die that cuts both individual letters and an outside frame of the word - so there are lots of different looks you can get to use on your cards.  And the plaid paper is called Gladiola Plaid, of course, PP1027.  Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today!  I had lots of fun creating it for you and I hope I've inspired you to create some gorgeous floral cards with Memory Box dies!  Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to come back every day for more inspiration from the design team!

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Tue 09

Spring Birthday Wishes from the New 2024 Gladiola Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a spring birthday with great designs from the new 2024 Gladiola Collection of dies, plaids and prints!  Combine them with the solid-core 6x6 sheets from the Greenery and Sunrise Collections  - and add a Happy Birthday Greetings Tab and gold gemstones.  Hi, Jean here with garden greetings from our new release.

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Cut Sensational Gladiola Stem from a light yellow Sunrise Collection 6x6 and a bright green Greenery Collection 6x6.  The die set has 2 stem sections. One stem layer is cut from yellow and includes the background flowers and buds.  You won't have to attach the tiny bud-tops separately!  The second layer is cut from green and attached over the yellow layer.  Pointy green pieces are added at the top.  Petal layers add extra dimension and depth to the blossoms along the stems.

Cut the yellow Gladiola Plaid 6x6 with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut an yellow-orange Sunrise Collection 6x6 with the rectangle die too.  

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Attach the diecuts to a yellow notecard.  Add a Happy Birthday Foil Greetings White Tab.  The tab set includes 4 each of 10 typefaces - there's a design for everyone!

Add gold Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

A little background plaid adds a bit of colorful contrast to floral designs.  Colors that coordinate - but aren't too match-y - let the flowers stand out as the main design element.

We're be featuring our 2024 Gladiola Collection in the coming weeks - hope you'll be inspired to create flower garden designs for every occasion!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Friday!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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Mon 08

Glad for Gladiolas
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Memory Box has a new release that features gladiolas. They are an absolutely beautiful floral, and I am really enjoying working with them.

For my first card of the collection, I cut out the Budding Gladiola Stem three times so that I would have a card full of flowers. I wanted the flowers on the left side of each stem to be darker, so I cut out each flower from a base color (red, yellow, and pink) then colored the left side of the plant with a darker copic marker. I also added some green Copic marker to the base of the leaves for a bit more dimension. Here is a close up:

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To finish the card, I took some paper from the new Glimmering Gladiola 6" x 6" pack and cut out an arch. I layered it onto a light yellow notecard and then stamped my sentiment towards the top using black ink. All that was left was to pile all of my florals and leaves onto the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope everyone had an outstanding weekend.

Laurasignature

 

 

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Sun 07

Cheerful Floral
by Anne Thompson

For today's birthday card I chose the large CHEERFUL FLORAL CL5278 and the coordinating BOLD CHEERFUL FLORAL CL5279 clear stamp sets along with a set of Distress Inks in shades of blue to highlight the largest flower.

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to make this card

Stamp the large floral image from CHEERFUL FLORAL CL5279 on white card stock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink.

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These next stamps are all from BOLD CHEERFUL FLORAL CL5279.

Stamp the largest bold flower using the lightest blue Distress Ink, Tumbled Glass.

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Stamp this next image using Salvaged Patina Distress Ink.

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Stamp this center of the flower image using Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.
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Then stamp the smallest image in the flower center using Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.
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By using inks that start out really pale and finish with the brightest, you get some interesting depth and texture in the flower.

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I chose a coordinating blue card stock from LAGOON SP1010, a plaid from ANEMONE PLAID PP1025, and a floral from ANEMONE GROVE PP1026 for a variety of layers on this card.

Working from the top layer, trim each paper as listed below and attach them as you go (stamped image to the blue card stock to the floral paper, etc.)

  • trim the stamped image to 2 1/4 X 3 1/4
  • trim blue card stock 2 1/2 X 3 3/4
  • trim floral paper 3 X 4 1/4
  • trim blue card stock 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
  • trim plaid paper 4 X 5 1/4 

Add the finished layered panel to the front of a top-fold A2 (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) note card.

When I attached the stamped image to the next paper layer, I positioned it toward the top to leave room to add one of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOIL GREETINGS WHITE TABS ST006.

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I'm not sure that I lined up all of my stamping perfectly, but I like the end result using the bold stamps to color the central flower.  These are the two stamp sets:

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I think I'd like to try this again maybe using shades of pink and red or yellows and oranges.  And maybe I'd add some leaves because there are interesting bold stamps for those, too.  Have you used these two sets together yet?  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

Sat 06

3D Embossing Folder Coloring Technique
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I keep seeing a technique online for coloring embossing folder papers. I think the final look resembles a wood block stamped look. I wanted to give it a try, so I will share with you the steps that I took.

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To make this card, I started by embossing white cardstock with my 3D embossing folder that features butterflies. Remember to lightly spritz your cardstock with water before running it through your die cut machine so that the paper doesn't crack. Once you have your embossed paper, flip it so the flat side is up along with debossed images (the raised side will be on the bottom).

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Next, sponge ink over the various butterflies, leaves and flowers. You can use any inks you like. Both pigment and dye-based inks will work.  Don't worry if it is messy and if some colors end up where you didn't intend them to. To finish the look of the paper, wipe the top of the card with a black dye-based ink pad. Dye-based works better because of the hard felt pad of the ink. As you wipe the ink pad across the paper, the pad will color the top of the paper and skip over the debossed areas:

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Keep adding dark ink until you get the look that you want. For my finished card, I cut out my favorite part of the paper, added some layers of cardstock and my sentiment.

You can even skip the ink sponging step if you want a simpler look. Here is embossed white cardstock with black ink rubbed on top:

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Here are some close ups of the other finished cards:

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I hope you will give the technique a try if you haven't already. It is an easy way to create a lot of cards in a short amount of time. Have a great weekend!

Laurasignature

 

 

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Fri 05

From Buds to Bloomers by Jean Okimoto

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Combine Anemone Bloom and stems and leaves from the Anemone Bud Duo for a spring birthday greeting.  A Foil Greetings Tab and gemstones add sparkle and finish the design.  Hi, Jean here with a simple slimline and inspiration for April's Birthday Greetings Challenge.

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Cut Anemone Blooms from a medium-blue 6x6 in the Ocean Blue Collection.  Color the stamens with a black marker and assemble the blossoms.

Cut the stems, leaves and stamens of the Anemone Bud Duo set from a dark green 6x6 in the new Greenery Solid-Core Collection.  

Cut the blue/lavender Anemone Plaid with the 6-⅛" x 1-½" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut a pale blue Ocean Blue Collection 6x6 with the 5-⅞" x ⅞" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  Trim the short ends and attach a Happy Birthday Foil Greetings Black Tab with foam tape.  Add the green/gold Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstone.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Mix and match Memory Box's dimensional layered blossoms and detailed leaves to create unique floral greetings for every occasion.  Add, subtract or rearrange the petals for a different look - or transform the designs from buds to blooms - it's your creative garden!

Thanks for visiting our blog...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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Thu 04

Happy Birthday Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Thursday everyone!  Today's card features more new products from the Spring Cheer Release.  

I began by creating a background for my card, by die cutting a circle in the middle of a piece of masking paper.  I used Gina K Designs, Masking Magic Paper and Masking Magic Strips.

I placed the die cut masking paper over a white cardstock panel and then adhered 1/8" masking strips across the circle.  I used a blending brush to apply purple inks to the circle. I started with the lightest purple on the top and ended with the darkest purple.

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I removed the strips of masking paper, leaving the die cut circle mask in place and lightly inked around the edge of the circle.

I removed the masking paper and glued the background panel to a gold metallic mat.  Next, I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

I die cut the Clara Blooms from white cardstock and used a blending brush to add color to the flowers and leaves.

I arranged the flowers and leaves around the circle and glued them in place.  

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To finish the card, I glued a Happy Birthday Foil Strip to the canter of the circle.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

Donnasignature

 

 

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Wed 03

Floral Bouquet Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card using the dies to create other images.  I wanted to create a bouquet of flowers and needed to create something to hold it.  I used the bird's nest to create a basket.  

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Baskest:

Use the ink smooshing technique on heavy cream card stock to create a multi color paper.  I used Distress Oxide Antique Linen, Gathered Twiggs, and Scorched Timber.  Let the paper dry completely before die cutting using the Bird's Nest.  Die cut the nest 3 times.  Adhere the bottom layer to a dark brown card stock, putting the 3 die cuts in a column.  Trim around and under in some areas around the die cuts.  Adhere the next 2 layers on one top of each other.  

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Bouquet:

Die cut several times,using a heavy white card stock, of the following dies; Clara Blooms, Leaf BunchesLayered Star Flowers (both flowers and leaves), and Birch Press Design Budding Twigs Contour Layers. For the bouquet ink blend using Oxide inks, with heavy to light inking to create variance in color. Colors used for the leaves and steams was Bundled Sage and Scorched Timber and flowers Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac.  Shape and adhere the flower die cuts together.Also die cut several of the branches from the Berry Branches and Leaves from Neenah Desert Storm card stock.  

Assembly

Die cut white card stock using the largest die from the Postage Rectangle Layers.  Ink blend using Oxide Dried Marigold all over back ground.  Add foam tape to back and adhere to a white A2 size card.  Add double sided tape runner to the back of the basket and arrange the flowers.  Add additional adhesive to secure the flowers.  Adhere to the front of the card.  Add any other leaves, branches, flowers to fill in any empty spots.  Adhere a Happy Birthday Greetings White Tab to the basket.

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Tue 02

Blossoms and Birthday Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a spring birthday with flowers, plaids and an extra-thick gold foiled circle Greeting Tab.  They're precut and ready to go - 4 each of 9 great typefaces in traditional, elegant and contemporary styles for everyone on your birthday list.  Hi, Jean here with a slimline birthday greeting today.

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Cut the new Clara Blooms twice from a pale lavender/blue Twilight Purple Collection 6x6.  Assemble the flowers - save the extra one for another project.  Ink the center diecuts with Sunflower Yellow Brilliance.  

Cut matching cardstock circles - about ⅝" in diameter - to use as a base for the flowers.  Cover the circle with adhesive, then attach the petals. Highlight the centers with a bit of Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance ink.  Attaching the petals to a base makes it easy to ink the centers and adds dimension.  

Cut the large stem section from the Fresh Cut Stems set - from a medium-green 6x6 in the Greenery Collection.

Glue the center back of the assembled flowers over the stems  - the petals will curl upwards for a natural look.  You won't even need foam tape!

Cut a blue/lavender Anemone Plaid 6x6 with the 1-⅜" x 6-⅜" Slim Basic Rectangles die - cut it vertically including the extra portion at the top edge of the sheet.

Cut a smoky blue 6x6 from the Stormy Blue Colllection with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.

Cut a 1-¼" wide strip of the  light violet/purpled 6x6 from the Twilight Purple Collection with the short end of the largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die. 

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add a Happy Birthday Foil Greetings Circle Tab.  Add purple Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Foil Greeting Tabs save time and effort and are available in a variety of typefaces on heavyweight pre-cut circles and strips for birthdays and thank-yous.  They'll add the perfect finishing touch to your handcrafted cards.

Thanks for visiting...see you on Friday!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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