Tue 27

Say Hello With Flowers
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a card I created using the newest release, Summer Daydreams.  I die cut the new Floral Chain die two times. I colored the blossoms with Copic Markers in shades RV00, RV52, RV55; YG93, YG95, YG97, and YG99. I added some white accents with a gel pen.
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I trimmed the background panel of Woodgrain Paper in Kraft. I used the White Woodgrain Paper and die cut the panel using a Wrapped Stitched Rectangle Die.  I adhered the layers with foam tape for dimension. I die cut the word Hello using Hello Streamlined Script Die and Lush Green Paper Pack.
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For a finishing touch I scattered some clear jewels.

Thanks for peeking!!!

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Mon 26

Eucalyptus Collage with Delicate Wreath for a Trio of Hello Cards
by Anne Thompson

Eventually I am going to run out of plaid paper...but not today!  I love mixing up Memory Box plaids with Memory Box dots and Memory Box solid cardstock collections as well as thinking up ways to use dies in new combinations.  Today's three cards involve all of those as I pulled plaids and dot papers from my odds and ends box to make three cards.

Here's a look at the first card.

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Card Two

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  • Pale green dot paper to cover front of white notecard
  • Green cardstock from LUSH GREEN 6X6 PACK SP1003 for the Eucalyptus Collage; note the changed orientation of the cut out this time
  • Green plaid for the Delicate Wreath and the Hello Streamlined Script
  • Fairy Jewels

Card Three

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  • Green plaid to cover the front of a white notecard and for the Hello Streamlined Script
  • A different green plaid for the Eucalyptus Collage 
  • Solid green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection for the Delicate Wreath
  • Fairy Jewels applied to the wreath this time

Three cards I can send any time!  Adding the Delicate Wreath to the Eucalyptus Collage brings more dimension and interest to that image. Using plaid papers that have the gold stripes and Fairy Jewels bring on the bling.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Sun 25

Slimline Trio of Castle Collages by Jean Okimoto

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Send birthday wishes with a layered slimline tri-fold of castle collages from the Summer Daydreams Collection.  The collages are usually layered from small-to-large for a 3-D effect - they're stacked out of sequence here for a different look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here -  hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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Score 8-½" x 10-½" light gray cardstock at 3-½" and 7".  Diecut Fantasy Castle Collage from the front of the first panel.  Diecut Stone Keep Castle Collage from the backside of the second panel.

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Cut three of the moat border from the Fantasy Castle Collage.  Attach one to the front of the Fantasy Castle Collage - and another one behind the Fantasy Castle Collage for added support.  The backside of the Fantasy Castle Collage panel is shown above.  Trim the 3rd moat border and attach it to the front of the Stone Keep Castle Collage for added interest.  

Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4-⅛" tall Nested Globes die.  Brush or sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  Colors used here are squeezed lemonade, abandoned coral, kitsch flamingo and peacock feathers.  Spray it with a light layer of Imagine's Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it. 

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Cut Imperial Castle Collage from light gray cardstock and trim the bottom and sides.  Attach it to the globe diecut.  

Stamp the greetings from the Majestic Achievements Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the pink 6x6 sheet from the Berry Red Pack with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Cut them with the coordinating dies.  Attach the birthday banner with foamtape.  

Color 5 Clear Jewels with pink and orange Sharpie or Copic Markers and attach them to the card.

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We're celebrating a very special birthday here in Seattle this weekend...Impress is 34 years young!  The celebration includes a great 20% discount on regular-priced items (excluding class kits and gift certificates).  The sales ends tonight - July 25th - the promo code for online shopping is "happy34."  It's a great time to get the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs items on your wishlist!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday...

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Sat 24

Beautiful Things with Flowering Cactus
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this lovely cactus stamp and die set called "Flowering Cactus" from the newest Memory Box release.  It's a pretty large image with lots of gorgeous details.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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I stamped the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white on watercolor paper. I watercolored it with Distress Inks and re-inkers. Once it dried, I added colored pencils to it for more depth.

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Next I used the coordinating die and cut the watercolored image out and added it to a piece of Memory Box cream color woodgrain paper.  The woodgrain paper comes in white, cream, and kraft and has a very subtle texture that adds so much to your cards without distracting from the main focal image.  Below you can see the woodgrain pattern better:

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I heat embossed the sentiment and the 2 butterflies from the set in white on black card stock.
I used a black mat cut slightly larger than my woodgrain paper and then added that to a 5" by 7" card base.
Lastly I added Pastel Fairy Jewels, also from Memory Box. Here's one last look at my card:

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I had a lot of fun stamping and coloring this image and creating this card. The new release is full of amazing products, including dies, stamps, and embossing folders. I hope you will check them all out HERE!

I'll link my products below and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Fri 23

Royal Birthday
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a very royal birthday card! I really love the newest release, Summer Daydreams!! 
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This adorable stamp and die combo is called Majestic Achievements. It's perfect for many occasions. I love the crown and parchment scroll!!! I inked up the card base with distress oxide inks and colored all the images with Copic Markers. I added some Pastel Jewels to give some sparkle!
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This is one of those stamp sets to definitely need and will become your go to stamp set!!

Thanks for stopping by Memory Box today!

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Thu 22

Sand(paper) Sandcastles by the Sea by Jean Okimoto

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Build sandpaper sandcastles by the sea with the new Fantasy and Stone Keep Castle Collages. Trim the bottom edges and take them from collage designs to freestanding diecuts on beachy summer cards.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here combining the Under the Sea and Summer Daydreams Collections - and transforming castles from royal residences to sandy architecture.

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Prep the Fantasy and Stone Keep Castle Collage dies by rubbing them briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny pieces.  If your sandpaper starts to curl, attach it to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize it.  Diecut 100- and 150-grit sandpaper for a slight variation in color and texture.  No mass-produced sandcastles here!  Trim the bottoms.

Paint watercolor paper with diluted refill inks in blues, teals and greens.  Air-dry it,  then spritz it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 3" x 4.1" Nested Globes die.

Cut Graceful Ocean Birds from the pale blue-white Delicate Pastels 6x6 Glitter sheet.  Save the 3rd bird for another project.  Cut the birds again from a dark gray 6x6 in Earth Neutral Collection.  Trim the glittered legs and tip of the beak. Layer the glittered diecuts over the black diecuts - slightly offset for a shadowed look.

Cut the teal 6x6 from the Fresh Aqua Collection with the 4-¼" x 5-½" die.  Attach it to a side-folded white A2 card.  Attach the diecuts - use foamtape for the standing bird. Add the medium-sized Fairy Drops

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Thanks for visiting...see you on Sunday!

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Wed 21

Colored Pencils and Succulents
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I want to walk you through coloring some of the latest Memory Box designs with colored pencils. I still get questions about matching stamps with dies, so I thought I would include pictures for that as well.

The main tools that I need for lining up stamps with dies is a diecutting machine and a good stamp positioner.

First, I cut out the shape of the succulents from kraft paper, set that piece aside and then placed the outline into my stamp positioner. Use some magnets to hold the piece in place:

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Next, place your stamp inside the cut out and try to place it so that there are equal margins all around the edges. The black foam of the stamp positioner really helps you see your edges:

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Close the hinge of the stamp positioner so that the stamp sticks to the lid. Place the flower background that you already cut out back in the hole:

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Choose your color of ink and stamp onto your piece:

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Remove the cut out flowers from the stamp positioner, and you are ready to color. I leave the stamp and the guide in the stamp positioner in case I want to stamp the flowers again.

To start with the coloring, place your flowers on something with a little give to it. I usually use a magazine, but I had a stack of index cards on my desk, so I used those. I added a bit of the darkest color to the bottom of each petal:

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I then added a medium color, making sure to overlap a bit with the first color:

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Finally, I added my lightest color as a highlight at the edges. Don't forget to overlap the colors so they blend. Also, use a light hand with color. you can add more and more color, but if you start with a heavy touch, the wax of the pencil builds up quickly and it is hard to add more color on top:

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My opaque pencils covered up some of the stamped lines, so when I finished my coloring, I placed the piece back in the stamp positioner and added the lines again:

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Here is a close up of the flowers. The wax of the Prismacolor pencils reflected a bit in the photos:

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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Tue 20

Twiggy Alphabet
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for alphabet dies. 😂  No seriously, I  do!  I love how I can customize my cards with them.  And no surprise I loved the Twiggy Alphabet dies from the Sumner Daydreams release as soon as I saw it.  I used it here to create a very simple card today.

Started by picking out the papers from the different paper packs to get a rainbow.  Die cut the letters from them in rainbow order and their shadows from Bristol paper, then adhered them together.  “sending” from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock.

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The background is Bristol paper die cut with the Double Stitch Loving Heart die, then backed with Dura-Lar.  Dura-Lar is a synthetic film and its heat resistant properties make them ideal for heat embossing, which I was planing to do but changed my mind.  Assembled the card onto a split black/white card base to finish.

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So I couldn’t let July pass by without creating a Christmas-in-July card. 😉  I made it rainbow color as well, but only used the shadow for the sentiment.

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Shading was added to each letter shadow with a grey Copic marker.  

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The holly from Antique Holly Label was die cut from Bristol paper.  Left it uncolored because I didn’t want it to compete with the colourful sentiment.  Assembled the card onto white woodgrain paper, then added a few clear jewels as holly berries and clear shimmer on the letters for some sparkle to finish.

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And that concludes this post for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

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Mon 19

Twilight Purple and Violet Madras Plaid Floral Chain Thank You Notes
by Anne Thompson

I needed some thank you notes and made a trio of them this week using Twilight Purple cardstocks, Violet Madras Plaid papers, the Floral Chain and Thank You Streamlined Script dies, and some clear Fairy Jewels.

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to make these cards

  • Cover the fronts of white notecards with purple cardstocks from the Twilight Purple paper pad.
  • Die cut several of the FLORAL CHAIN from a variety of the purple cardstocks.
  • Die cut several of the FLORAL CHAIN  and THANK YOU STREAMLINED SCRIPT from a variety of the violet plaids from the Madras Plaid paper pad.
  • Stack one of the plaid floral chains on top of one of the purple cardstock floral chains offset a bit and add it to the front of the notecard with foam dimensional dots.
  • Add a separate flower cut from a cardstock chain to the center of one of the flowers with a Glue Dot.
  • Add three clear Fairy Jewels to the center of each flower.
  • Add the Thank You Streamlined Script on the lower right front of the card and three more clear Fairy Jewels. (I used a Glue Pen.)

Here's a closer look at each of the three cards.

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These cards came together quickly assembly-line style once I had everything die cut.  And I still have more of everything die cut and filed in clear storage pouches (Medium Storage Pouch pack of 50 SB10020) with each die.  Did you know that Memory Box makes both clear and colored storage pouches (six colors!) and magnet sheets?  If you look at the Memory Box catalog under Storage, you will find three sizes of each!  These are what I am using now to organize all of my dies and stamp sets in little boxes by release name/date.  What kind of a storage system do you have for your dies and stamp sets?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 18

Layers of Ocean Sights and Sounds by Jean Okimoto

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Imagine the sound of waves on the shore - or echoing in a pearly seashell - and create a slimline card of sunwashed pastels.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with some inspiration for July's Nautical Challenge.  There are many more layers than usual - hope you like the composition, textures and soft colors.   

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Cut the solid Grand Spiral Shell from watercolor paper painted in watery overlapping layers of pink, teal, cream and lavender.  Pressure-emboss the diecut with detailed Grand Spiral Shell die.  Cut the pale aqua Polished Foil 6x6 sheet with the detailed shell die.  The pressure embossing adds subtle shadows and debossed areas to secure the foil diecut.

Rub the Wood Grain Planks die briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the diecut.  Cut the planks from White Woodgrain cardstock

Cut the pale smokey blue 6x6 from the Stormy Blue Collection into 2 strips - 2-½" x 6" and 1-½" x 6".  Tape them to form a single strip.  Attach it - angled - to a White Woodgrain slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝") so the spliced section will be covered by the tallest plank.  

Cut the straight rope from the End of My Rope Set twice from White Woodgrain cardstock.  You could cut just one and cut it in half - but that would involve too much thinking for me!  Just wanted it to look like posts tied with ropes, like down at the pier.

Color three Clear Jewels with a violet Sharpie or Copic Marker.

Attach the planks, ropes, and Grand Spiral Shell to the background - use foamtape for the plank on the right. Stamp the greeting - from the new You Anchor Me Clear Stamp and Die Set - on a light lavender 6x6 from the Twilight Purple Collection with Fantasia VersaFine Clair.  Attach it with foamtape.  Add the jewels.

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Hope you're enjoying the Summer Daydreams Collection!  Thanks for visiting...

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Sat 17

Birthday Castle Gift Tag
by Sara Cook

I am having so much fun with the castle stamps and dies in this release.  I have a gift tag to go along with the birthday card from my last post using the Stone Keep Castle and Willow Globe dies.

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Die cut the Snowglobe backer die from Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Color the front frame using Distress Ink Vintage Photo by sliding the ink pad along the grain.  Die cut the Willow Globe dies from a light green in the Lush Green paper back.  Color white card stock with Distress Ink Ketch Flamingo.  Let dry and die cut a hand full of flowers from the die in the Willow Globe.  Die cut the Snowglobe backer die from grey card stock and cut on the 2nd fold line from the frame.  Die cut the Radiant Snowglobe from a medium green from the Lush Green paper pack. Die cut the Radiant Snowglobe from white card stock.  Color the sky first with Distress ink Squeezed Lemonade the sun and blend to Broken China and then Salty Ocean.   Use the matching Nest Globe die to die cut a panel from Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Glue the Kraft panel to the backside of the Radiant Snowglobe. Glue in the sky.

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Die cut the Stone Keep Castle from gray card stock, then with black fir the towers and Kraft Woodgrain for the door.  Fussy cut out the castle from the frame and shade with a small foam applicator and Distress Ink Hickory Smoke.  Color the door the same way as the frame, Vintage Photo along the wood grain.  Cut out the black tops of the towers.  Glue the owners on the castle.  Glue black card stock behind the castle to who only behind the windows and doorway.  Glue the door over the black card stock.  Glue the castle behind the gray globe frame.

Fold the front of the Snowglobe Backer 90 degrees.  Glue in the castle frame in the next section then the Radiant Snowglobe.  Glue in the flap to the back panel.  Tie the globe together with pink twine.  Glue in the flowers on the willow branches and add some Berry Mist Fairy Sugar to center of flowers. Take any left over Ketch Flamingo colored paper and stamp Happy Birthdate from the Majestic Achievements stamp set with black ink and die cut out.  Adhere to the front frame.

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