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

Fish

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.

Lookbook

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

Sat 25

Hello Weekend! by Jean Okimoto

 

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Here's an afternoon post for a sunny summer weekend.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here  - there was an open day in our posting schedule so it's just me (again) with another great 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set from our latest release.

The new Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies set is perfect for tropical summer designs.  Pair it with bright blossoms - like Layered Fresh Flowers - or some of the friendly jungle animals from Poppystamps.  (That's a future card.)

Cut the leaves from a medium green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  Place the leaves into the embossing folder and run it through the machine. Use a small brayer - or an inkpod (it looks like a freeze-dried marshmallow) to highlight the design with Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance ink.

Cut Layered Fresh Flowers from two shades of the Berry Red Collection sheets.

Cut Hello Daily Script from two shades of the Lush Green set.  Cut an extra layer of the background from cardboard for extra dimension.

Cut textured green cardstock with the 6-½" x 1-½" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

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Attach the diecuts to a light yellow-green slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add yellow Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline- sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set is #EF1030.  We'll add the new item link as soon as it's available.

Thanks for visiting...keep cool and have a great weekend!

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Fri 24

Island Vacation Ocean Scene by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Ocean Fish Embossing Folder and Die Set creates a beachy scene ready for any occasion.  Try it in warm shades of orange, coral and orchid with the crisp white shimmer of a sheet from the Polished Foil Pad.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer design for a warm sunny weekend.

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Cut the solid Grand Scallop Shell from white cardstock - leave the diecut in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and brush, daub or sponge it with pearlescent Brilliance inks - Orange, Coral and Orchid.  If necessary use a cotton swab for the tiny sections along the left and right edges.

Cut the detailed Grand Scallop Shell from the white 6x6 in Polished Foil Pad.  Cut the large rope frame from the End of My Rope set from a white Polished Foil Pad sheet too.  Remove a loop from one of the corners.

Assemble the shell.  Stenciling the inks through the die adds narrow white borders to each section of the shell and creates a bit of visual dimension.

Cut 3 pieces of the coral sheet in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad and diecut the fish.  Carefully position them in the Ocean Fish embossing folder and run the folder through the machine with the plates required for your machine.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam dots for the top and bottom fishes.

This great  summer collection of dies, embossing folders and stencils works perfectly with the nautical designs from previous releases.  The glittered, mirrored, foil and glossy 6x6's add sparkly and pearly highlights to your designs. Have fun with this great release!

Thanks for visiting our blog - have a great weekend!

Here's a list of supplies for this design.  We'll add a link for the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Dies #EF1031 as soon as it's available.

 

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Thu 23

Curling Waves Butterfly
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  The new mini Island Vacation release is live and consists of fun embossing folders with matching dies and/or stencils.  I stretched the Curling Waves layering stencil set of 2 from the release to create my card today.  But these waves look so cool when used as intended. 😉
 
Normally, I leave the sentiment till the end, but because I am hot foiling directly onto the panel, the Posh Hello sentiment was hot foiled with silver foil first.  Using blender brushes next, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Villainous Potion distress inks were ink blended for an ombré.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel, then lightly splattered with diluted white gouache paint for some texture.

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For the Stella Butterfly, the background was die cut from vellum, while the outline top layer was die cut twice from Bristol paper.  Glued the background piece to one of the outline pieces, then applied clear glitter onto the vellum through the openings.  Added the other outline piece on top to cover up any glitter that may have accidentally got onto the first piece.  Completed the butterfly by die cutting the body/antenna three times from Bristol paper and stacking them for dimension.  A finger brush was then used to apply white pigment ink over the Curling Waves stencil (used the first stencil layer with the larger opening) to create the butterfly trail.  Mounted the butterfly, then added star and dot details along the trail with a white gel pen to finish.

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That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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88624 Curling Waves stencil 

Wed 22

Tropical Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have tropical birthday card, perfect for a young boy, featuring the new Tropical Leaves embossing folder and cutting dies.

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Leaves:

Die cut the Tropical Leaves from Rainbow Reflections Mirror green and aqua paper. Secure the die cuts in the embossing folder with the foil side down on the matching impressed side using small pieces of Washi tape.  To add some additional interest using Copic marker.  For the green leaves die cuts use Y17 for highlights and G17 for shading.  For the aqua leave die cuts use Y06 for highlights and BG09 for shading.

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Lion:

Die cut Poppystamps Whittle Lion body from white card stock.  Die cut the mane and tail from gold paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad.  Color the body of the lion with Copic marker Y06.  Add some shading with Y17 allow the cuts around the legs and feet.  Go back over with Y06 to blend into the body.  Cut the fur off the tip of the tail and glue to the body.  Glue the mane over the head.  Take a fine tip black marker on the cuts in the face.  

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Assembly:

Cut a light aqua blue paper from Fresh Aqua pad to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Ink blend VersaFine Clair Twilight along 1 long end around the sides.  Adhere to a white A2 card.   Cut a mid tone aqua paper from Fresh Aqua pad to 1" x 5 1/2".  Use long scissors to cut small hills into on 1 side.  Gold heat emboss Happy Birthday in the Lower center using the Deep Blue Ocean stamp set.  Adhere to the bottom of the card.  Adhere the lion on top of the ground in the center of the card.  Adhere the Tropical Leaves on the top of the card.  Trim off excess off the leaves.

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EF1030 Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies

 

Tue 21

Stenciled Butterfly Coterie Collage by Jean Okimoto

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The Butterfly Coterie Collage is great for quick cards - just layer it over an ink-blended background and add a greeting.  Or - if you have more time - here's another way to use this versatile die.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful summer design.

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 Blend salvaged patina, twisted citron and shaded lilac Distress Oxides on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Add a light spritz of water and let it airdry for a few minutes.  Heat-set it.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage using a rubber embossing mat and the plate(s) required for your machine.  

Stencil it with VersaMark and the Butterfly Coterie Stencil using a clean, well-inked inkpad - don't stencil the largest butterfly.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut it with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die (it's a close fit) - save the 4 larger narrow triangle offcuts.

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Place the delicate frame on a white A2 card.  Attach the inner offcut - overlapping the edges of the frame wherever they meet.  Attach the skinny triangle offcuts - layer them over the frame to help attach the frame and add a bit of color along the edges.  

Cut the smaller Ava Butterfly from the aqua sheet in the Polished Foil Pad.  Attach it with foam tape.  Add the purple-ish Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

A design alternative...diecut the small Ava Butterfly from a 6x6 sheet in our color collection - then heat-emboss the butterflies with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder.  

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday!

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

 

 

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Mon 20

Rainbow Butterfly Birthday
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a fun full size slimline card made with 2 new products from the latest release.

1)  Intricate Mini Butterflies Dies  94641 and 2)  Posh Happy Birthday Hot Foil Plate MBF011

Here's a closer look at my card:

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This card was super fast to create and here's how I did it.

1)  Ink blend on a  large piece of white card stock with your favorite inks in rainbow order.  I choose lighter colors of Distress Oxide Ink for a more pastel look but you could use any inks you have.

2)  I cut one strip about 2 inches wide for my car and added it to the card base with two thin strips of black card stock on either side.

3)  Using the rest of your ink blended card stock, die cuts several butterflies with the mini butterfly die.  It's great because it cuts out a lot of them all at once.   I cut it about 3 times so I would have lots of butterflies to chose from and some left over for my stash.

4)  Add some color to the edges of the butterflies.  I used colored pencils and also tan ink with a finger dauber, just to give them a little more depth and contrast.

5)  Arrange the butterflies like you want and glue only the center of each down to the rainbow strip.

6)  Once dried, lift the wings for dimension and add tiny gems to their back centers.

7)  With the hot foil plate create your sentiment.  I used Aurora Foil from Gemini on black card stock and then used the coordinating die to cut it out.

8)  After glueing the sentiment on, I added little antenna for each butterfly and random black dots with a fine tip black marker all over the card front.

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my rainbow card for today.  I'm looking forward to sending this to a friend who loves rainbows!

Be sure to check out all the new wonderful items in the latest Memory Box release and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sun 19

Wishing You the Best with Charlotte Blooms and Leaves
by Anne Thompson

Oops--I'm awfully late posting this!  Sorry... 

Today's card features the CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645 against a SLIM CONFETTI PLATE 94551 background.  The sentiment "WISHING YOU THE BEST" is from the SIGNATURE GREETINGS CL5272 clear stamp set.

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to make this card

  • Start with a white notecard and envelope and one of the yellowy greens from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003.
  • Use the  SLIM CONFETTI PLATE 94551 to cut that cardstock.  Add it to the right front of the notecard and trim as needed to fit.

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  • Cut multiples of the flowers, leaves, and flower centers using the CHARLOTTE BLOOMS AND LEAVES 94645 dies, choosing a yellow for the flowers from the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002, a different green from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 for the leaves, and cut the flower centers from one of the dark brown plaids from WOODSY PLAID PP1018.

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  • Assemble the flowers however you like and add them to the front of the notecard.

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  • Stamp the sentiment on a scrap of the paper used for the flowers using VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink.  Trim it either with a coordinating die or detail scissors.

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  • Use foam dots to add the sentiment to the card front.  Tie a coordinating ribbon around the card in the white space on the left edge for additional color and texture.

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That's it!  Another card done that is perfect for so many occasions!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

Sat 18

Charlotte Daisies Birthday
by Trina Pham

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Hello and happy weekend.  Today I’ve stretched the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves dies from the 2022 May release and turned them into daisies to create a birthday card inspired by this month’s blue and yellow colour challenge at The Flower Challenge in support of Ukraine.
 
The flowers were die cut from Bristol paper while the centers were die cut from the lightest yellow Sunny Orange paper.  Each flower is two of the same flower cutouts, and offset.  Coloring / shading was then done with Copic Sketch markers.
 
yellows - Y11, Y15, YR24
greys - C4, C2, C1, C00
 
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The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  The “trellis” was die cut from Bristol paper using the Double Diamond Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps.  It’s actually a full A2 size, but was reduced by die cutting a frame with Rectangle Basics dies then adhering it over top and trimming away the excess. 

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The Posh Happy Birthday sentiment was foiled next with Prism hot foil using the Spellbinders Glimmer hot foil system.  Applied Mermaid Lagoon DI to it, wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (foil resists the ink) and die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then added clear shimmer to the yellow centers to finish. 

Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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Fri 17

Create a Card Front from a Frame by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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Add extra leaves to the center of the Exquisite Leaf Frame and create a botanical background for flowers from our latest releases.  The diecuts from the Exquisite Leaf Set fill the frame and surround the layered blossoms.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another easy way to get more from your Memory Box dies.

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Cut Exquisite Leaf Frame from white cardstock and attach it to a side-folded white A2 card.

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Cut additional leaves from Exquisite Leaf Set - cut 2 of the single leaf.  Trim the bottom right leaf from the 4-leaf diecut.  Attach the extra leaves to the background - the violet asterisks in the photo mark the locations for the added diecuts.  

Cut the flowers from three shades of Vibrant Violet 6x6 pack with the Layered Cosmos and Poppystamps Petite Blooms Flower Set.    Mix and match the layers and centers.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Signature Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to the card.  Add the flowers and green Christmas Fairy Jewels.

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Adding our new butterflies would be another way to use this techique.  There are so many ways to use the great products in the latest release.  Hope our Design Team posts are inspiring you to create beautiful cards, tags and layouts.

Thanks for visiting - have a safe and happy weekend...

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