Sun 05

Watercolor Holly Clusters
by Michelle Bala

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Hello, Michelle here, sharing some water colored holly clusters. I used the Holly Bundle Die and Open Studio Water Color Paper and die cut the holly pieces. I used Karin Brushmarkers  to add color. For the leaves, I used blue sapphire, lush green, and ocean teal. For the berries I used lipstick red and burgundy. Set aside to dry.
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Next, I trimmed a piece of Wood Grain Paper in white to fit an A2 card base. I used the Merry Christmas Posh Script Die  and a piece of dark gray paper from the Earth 6x6 Paper Pack. I die cut the sentiment 3 times and adhered them together.
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I adhered the holly clusters with foam tape, than added the berries. I added a layer of Dew Drop Glitter glue to the berries, than adhered the sentiment. 

Hope you give this a try!

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Sat 04

Snow Day by Jean Okimoto

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Glittered pink trees and a snowy background set the scene for a design from our 2021 Holiday Collection.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope you're having a great weekend!

Snowmen usually wear a black tophat - but this snowgal has a poufy red hat instead. Her trees are pink,  not their usual green, and it appears to be snowing indoors.  

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Attach Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Cover it with a sheet of printer paper and run it through the diecut machine between the usual plates to eliminate tiny wrinkles and airpockets.  Cut it with the Snowman House Frame - we're using just the interior section here.

Cut the frame from white cardstock and again from gray cardstock.  Attach the snowflake section to the white frame leave a small gap to insert the snowgal. Attach the gray frame behind it to add dimension and a little contrast on the top and right edges.

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Cut the trees from 2 shades of pink in the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  Assemble the trees .  Shake the Open Studio Orange Sherbet Glitter Glue vigorously - then squirt ¼" dots of it on each tree section.  Apply the glitter glue with your finger - use a light tapping motion.  Set the trees aside to dry.

Cut the snowman from the smoother side of Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Color the twiggy arms with a marker.  Tuck a bit of scrap paper under the carrot nose and carefully color the nose with a marker.  Cut the scarf from the dark red 6x6 in the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Cut another snowgal from black cardstock, remove the arms.  Attach the black diecut behind the white diecut for dimension.

The hat is a DIY project - it's a little fidgety, but it works! Cut the red glitter sheet with the tips of the 2 tree sections that have rounded tops instead of pointy tops.  Trim them to fit behind the head - attach the larger piece first, then add the smaller piece.  Tuck the snowgal behind the inner edge of the frame.  Attach the trees - use foamtape for the big tree.

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Tie the frame with silver cord.  Curl the cord with the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Cut the greeting background from white cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the delicate greeting - use the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Cut the greeting from a pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Assemble the greeting.  Embossing the background makes it easier to attach the delicate diecut and adds dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Hope you'll enjoy some crafting time this weekend...keep warm!

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Fri 03

Santa’s Sleigh
by Trina Pham

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Happy Fri-YAY everyone!  It’s crunch time as Christmas is fast approaching!   So today, I’m sharing another easy Christmas card featuring the Gilded Sleigh die from the 2021 Holiday collection.

The sleigh was die cut out of leftover red paper from the Berry Red paper pack.  The trim and runners were each die cut from Bristol paper twice.   Put the sleigh together with just one of the trim and runner pieces, then added shading to the sleigh with red Copic markers.   The other trim and runner were then stacked on top to cover up any markings that may have gotten on the first pieces.   And it gave lovely dimension, too.

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The gifts and candy canes were created using the Gingerbread House Frame die.  The candy canes were die cut from white Copic-friendly cardstock.  On the solid cut-out, red lines were hand drawn in using a red Copic marker.   The gifts were trimmed to size with a paper trimmer and on the white ones, a ruler and Copic markers were used to draw in those stripes.   The “ribbons” on the gifts were made by die cutting the door and window, then cutting away the unwanted parts with scissors.   Each Bennet Alphabet letter was then die cut twice from Bristol paper and once out of white glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad, then stacked (with the glittery letter on top) for dimension. 

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The dark gray background panel was die cut with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and Black Soot distress ink applied to the bottom with a blender brush.   Adhered the sleigh ensemble to the bottom before splattering with diluted white gouache paint and adding full strength white gouache paint to the ground and bottom of the sleigh for snow.  Assembled onto a white card base, then added the “ho” letters to finish.

Once again, my card was inspired by this month’s Snow challenge.   Hope to see you play along.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thu 02

Frosty, Glossy and Weathered Old Lamp Post by Jean Okimoto

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A frosty background and a glossy finish for the Old Lamp Post create a comfy perch for glittery winter birds.  Give the lamp post a weathered, wintery texture for Christmas too.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a different look for everyone's favorite holiday light fixture.  

Weather the White Woodgrain Paper (it's actually cardstock) with an ink pod or brayer and iced spruce Distress Oxide.  Skim the surface of the cardstock to emphasize the grain, then let the ink dry.  Cut it with Old Lamp Post.

Create the look of frosted glass with white vellum and a glossy laminating sheet.  They're usually 9x12" and sold at craft or office supply stores.  Attach the laminate to one side of the vellum - about 2-½" square.  Attach a square of lined double stick tape to the other side of the vellum.  Place the laminated side on the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate and diecut the top starburst section. 

Cut the starburst section into 3 pieces with the Old Lamp Post die. 

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Cut the dark green Garland 6x6 print with the 4-¼" x 5-1/2" Rectangle Basics die. Attach the top section of the lamp post, then add the vellum panels - adhere them with the doublestick tape.  Add the bottom section. (The die set includes a decorative horizontal post that's not used here.)  Burnish the edges of the vellum from the reverse side - or cover the piece with printer paper and run the rectangle through a diecut machine.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded light gray A2 card.

Cut the Poppystamps Chirping Birds from the dark red sheet in the Festive Glitter Pad.  

Stamp JOY - from the Festive Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - on pale gray cardtock with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the die included in the set.  Cut a layer of the red glitter sheet too - offset it to add a pop of color.

Attach the diecuts to card and add Treasure Chest Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front during mailing.

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It's hard to see here - but the laminated, pinpointed vellum has a frosty, glossy surface like textured glass.    Try this technique to add a clear, glassy look to other diecuts too - like lakes, skating rinks, cars, candy jars, chocolate cupcakes, candycanes or windows.

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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Wed 01

Memory Box Challenge #7-

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Greetings friends. It is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Please note that prizes can only be mailed within the United States at the moment in case you are participating in the December challenge.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's oval/circle challenge. We always love seeing your designs and everyone needs holiday ideas!

The winner of the blog badge was Jenny Martin from the My Paper Epiphany blog. We loved her beautiful circle-framed winter scene:

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The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Chris Dring from the Chrispy's Creations 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.

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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Are you experiencing snow lately? Are you preparing for snow? In any case, it is a good time to make some snow-themed cards. Does the snow make you think of white landscapes? Snowmen? Snowflakes? There are so many possibilities.  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? Here are some designs by our team members featuring snow-themed items:

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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 #mbchallenge79 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Thursday, December 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. 

 

 

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Tue 30

Warmest Wishes Snowmen
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a glittery "Warmest Wishes" card featuring dies and papers from the latest 2021 Holiday Release!

Here's a closer look at my card.

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I cut the Memory Box Oval Snowman Collage Dies using papers from both the Memory Box Festive Glitter Pad and the Memory Box Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  The snowmen and trees are super easy to put together.  I like to use Glossy Accents for my glue when using glitter paper as it's a very heavy duty glue too!  I wanted trees and another snowman so I used the Memory Box Snowman House die set.  

Next I got out the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp for the sentiment strip which was heat embossed in white on black card.  After putting everything togethert, I added white gel pen snow dots to the trees and with markers and I colored the snowmen's noses orange and their mouths and eyes black.

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today!  Memory Box dies cut so well, even from Memory Box Glitter paper which is very thick.  One pass through the die cutting machines and it cuts perfectly.  Hope you will have a chance to look at all the beautiful products in the 2021 Holiday Release!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Mon 29

Joy and Cheer Large Pine Cone Greetings
by Anne Thompson

In line with this month's blog challenge to use circle and ovals, today's card uses another plaid stitched circle to anchor the sort of oval-ish (okay, that's a bit of a stretch) Large Pine Cone.

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These are the supplies I used:

  • white notecard
  • brown and green plaid papers from PP1018 WOODSY PLAID
  • large die from STITCHED CIRCLE LAYERS 30036
  • KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003
  • LARGE PINE CONE 94594
  • GENTLE PINE NEEDLE SPRIG 94597
  • PINE NEEDLE TRIO 94600
  • Uni-Ball Signo white pen
  • Prismacolor pencils, Metallic Copper and medium brown
  • white cardstock
  • JOY AND CHEER 94590

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  • I started this card by covering the front of a white notecard with a dark brown plaid.
  • I added a large circle from Stitched Circle Layers cut from a light brown plaid.
  • I cut the Large Pine Cone from the Kraft Woodgrain Paper and used the Metallic Copper pencil to color in the lower edge sections of each pine cone part and added the medium brown on the radiating lines.  I assembled the pine cone using Glue Dots on each section.
  • I die cut two of the gentle Pine Needle Sprig from green plaid paper and the Pine Needle Trio from a different green plaid.  I used the white Signo pen to paint the tips of each for a snowy effect.  I added those to the top of the pine cone.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the pine cone and needles to the circle.

I think this photo below shows best the lovely glimmer that the metallic copper pencil added to the pine cone.

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  • For the sentiment I used just the detailed lettering from JOY AND CHEER 94590 cut from white cardstock and applied with a glue pen.  I liked the white cardstock lettering with the white-tipped pine needles and the white lines in the plaid circle.

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A dusting of snow here yesterday morning...just enough to encourage me to get out the holiday decorations and start planning what will go where this year.  Have a few more cards to make still and more stamps and dies from the Holiday 2021 Collection that I haven't used yet.  With colder weather coming I'm looking forward to more indoor crafting time.  

Happy Crafting to you!

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Sun 28

Snowman Gift Tag and Ornament
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing this adorable snowman gift tag/ ornament. I used the House Frame and Snowman House Frame dies. 
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After the images were die cut, I used Copic Markers to color them. The front side of the frame has a snow mound. The back frame is plain and I adhered the fence to the inside of the back frame. I assembled the trees and snowman than adhered them to the front house frame. 
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Than I adhered both frames together. I used some red twine to make a handle. I also added a black button. I added some Dewdrop Glitter glue to create snow. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoy today's post.

 

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Sat 27

Double-Stencil a Floating Contempo Poinsettia by Jean Okimoto

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The new Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil set is great for detailed paper-piecing when you have some leisurely crafting time...and it's perfect for quick stenciling when you don't.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a double-stencilled design for the holidays. MemoryBoxContempoPoinsettiaAndStencil, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxTwinklingJewelGlitterPad, MemoryBoxWinterFantasyFairyGemstones, MemoryBoxYuletideMomentsClearStamps, JeanOkimoto, StencilledCards, PoinsettiaCards, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutCards, DIYCards, MakeCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, BrillianceInkpads

Brush or sponge a light layer of Rocket Red Gold Brilliance onto white cardstock.  Rotate the stencil and re-align it with offset petals.  Stencil the center with a very light layer of Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide, then let it airdry.  Stencil it with a second layer of Rocket Red Gold. Dry the ink.

Trim the cardstock with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die. Trim the outer edges with a corner rounder.  Cut a circle of the yellow sheet from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the ½" Circle Basics die.  Attach it to the poinsettia.

Spray Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz onto white cardstock.  Dry the ink, then cut the Contempo Poinsettia.  Trim the top, bottom and left edges with the 5-¼" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Trim the outer edges with a corner rounder.

Attach the stencilled cardstock to the Contempo Poinsettia diecut just along the top, bottom and left edges of the diecut.  Don't adhere the poinsettia outline or center - let them 'float' over the stencilled design.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Yuletide Moments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Rocket Red Gold.  Cut it with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

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Cut, score and fold a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") and round the corners.  Attach the diecuts - use foamtape for the greeting.  Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.

Contempo Poinsettia is very versatile - use it to also pressure-emboss watercolor paper or heavy cardstock, or quickly cut petals for paper-piecing.  Use the petals as leaves too!  

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend.  See you in December.  December!

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Fri 26

Gingerbread House Ornament
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today I am already moving on to getting some Christmas gifts and decorations done.

My ornament today features some of the new house dies. I made mine into an ornament because I like to have some small gifts on hand for the holidays. We don't have our Christmas tree up yet, so I hung it up on our Christmas cactus, which always seems to bloom for Thanksgiving instead of Christmas.

If you haven't checked out the new dies, there are designs to help you make a gingerbread house, a nativity, a birdhouse, and a forest/snowman scene. The dies are all the same size, so you can mix and match to make lots of different ornament or card scenes.

To make my ornament, I cut out the gingerbread pieces from two colors of kraft cardstock. I wanted the frame of the house as well as the window and door frame to be in a darker kraft color than the main house.

I couldn't help myself. I had to keep decorating the house with peppermints, gumdrops and faux frosting. Here is a close up of the house:

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I hope you can see the extra detail on the roof. I cut out my gumdrops from glitter paper so that they would look like sugared candies. To adhere the gumdrops, I added some glitter glue to the roof to look like sparkling snow. When the glitter glue dried, it held my gumdrops in place.

Do you make your own ornaments or gifts? I would love to hear about your designs.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Thu 25

Thanks Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Today I have an easy Thank-You card for you.

To create the background, I used Simon Hurley's Stamping Foam and pressed it on the Ringadings 3D Embossing folder.  

Next, I rubbed the ink pads directly onto the stamping foam, misted it lightly with plain water and stamped it onto white cardstock.  

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I mounted the background on a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

I die cut the word Thanks from glitter cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.  

Then I glued it onto the shadow die cut and adhere it to the card.

To finish the card,  I added some Clear Fairy Drops.  

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That's it for today!  I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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