Wed 28

Have a Spooky Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  I can't believe Halloween is this week! So here's an idea for a quick last minute card.

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To make this card, I die cut the Diagonal Stripe Collage die on the left side of a piece of white cardstock.  I spattered the cardstock with black ink, trimmed it and then glued it to a orange card base. 

I die cut three black bats from black cardstock and adhered them to the card front. I only put glue on the bats body so that they would have some dimension.

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To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and that's it!

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I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! Thanks for stopping by today.

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Tue 27

Warm Wishes with the Stitched Circle and Knotted Circle Wreaths by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Stitched Circle Wreath add a burst of contemporary color to a traditional design.  Need glitter?  Bright sparkly berries and bows from the Mistletoe Bundle set are the perfect accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea for you.

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Prep Stitched Circle Wreath by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dots.  Cut it from Granny Smith cardstock.  Trim it with the 3-¼" and 1-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Stitch the starbursts with green floss - tape the ends of the floss to the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

Cut the largest Knotted Circle Wreath from Granny Smith too.  Cut the Mistletoe Bundle berries and two bows from red glittered cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Prep the smoother side of Intense Kiwi carstock with the embossing powder tool and stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Love that typeface!

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the greeting with foam tape.

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Prep the inside with the powder tool and stamp and emboss another greeting from the set.  Attach a few more glittered dots.

 

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Hope you're enjoying the versatility of the new ready-to-stitch designs (94404, 05, 06, 07) as much as I am.  There are so many ways to use them with a wide range of basic threads and sparkly specialty yarns.  I can't sew, knit, quilt or crochet - but I can stitch these simple designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday...

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Mon 26

Merry Christmas Among the Pines
by Anne Thompson

I had some time this week to experiment with the PINPOINT SNOWFLAKE PLATE 94513 and cut a number of backgrounds from a variety of materials--foil papers, different colored cardstocks, and printed papers.  I love the way it cuts not just the pinpoint snowflakes but the edges for a perfect card front at 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.  I chose the one I made from the pale green dot paper as the background for the PINE TREE COLLAGE 84504.

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to make this card

  • I began by adhering the Pinpoint Snowflake paper to cover the front of a white notecard.
  • I cut the Pine Tree Collage pieces from white cardstock and trimmed the tree frame to fit so that a little of the Pinpoint Snowflake paper showed around the edges.  
  • I used Glue Dots to add the four tree triangles.
  • I cut both the Special Merry Christmas and the Pointed Pine Needle Frame from the darker green dot paper.  I snipped off most of the frame and place the pine needles in the upper right corner after adding Merry Christmas across the tree tops.

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I have been thinking of ways to add light behind the Pinpoint Snowflakes...perhaps a three-dimensional box card lit from above with tiny LED lights might give me the effect I'm after.  I'll let you know if I come up with a plan and a product!

...And because I love working with the plaid papers...and it is fall...and plaid is this month's challenge theme...here is a bonus card for inspiration.

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Happy Crafting!

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Sun 25

Clean & Simple Mistletoe Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!

I have a clean and simple Christmas card made with some of the brand new mini release from Memory Box! I used a brand new backgound pinpoint die and a new beautiful mistletoe die set.

Here's how I made my card:

1) Die cut bright white 5.5" by 4.25" piece of card stock with "Snowflake Pinpoint Plate" die  
2) Using green & red glitter paper from "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack cut the "Mistletoe Bundle" die
3) Added the "Snowflake Pinpoint" panel to a piece of black card stock so you can see the design clearly
4) Adhered the "Mistletoe Bundle" die pieces to the front of the card
5) Heat embossed the sentiment from the "Berry Wreath " stamp set with white embossing powder on black card stock
6) Adhere top panel to card base

Here's one last look at my card. It's hard to capture just how shiny and glittery the Memory Box glitter paper is - it's really gorgeous in person!

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I hope I've inspired you to create some clean and simple cards using these amazing new dies from Memory Box. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Sat 24

Halloween Treat Wrappers with Fall and Winter Dies by Jean Okimoto

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Designs from our latest Christmas collection are great for Halloween treat wrappers too!  Mistletoe Swags grow into a scary tangle of twigs, cozy Cabin Collage becomes a haunted house and Little Orchard Collage sets the scene for ghosts, bats and pumpkins.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a project inspired by a wintry fall weekend.

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Cut black and dark orange cardstock into 8-½" x 3" strips.  Score and crease them at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜" to form a wrapper for snack-size KitKats, chocolate bars or Mounds.  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.

 

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The Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set includes ghosts and pumpkins to cut from white and light orange cardstock. Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Pumpkins and Whittle Ghosts too.   Attach black cardstock scraps behind the Whittle Ghosts and Pumpkins for their mouths.

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Cut white and dark kraft cardstock with the medium-sized Geodesic Oval die.  We're using the inner oval offcuts here, save the delicate oval frame for another project. Cut Little Orchard Collage from the offcuts.   Cut a set of tree shapes from orange cardstock.  Cut the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer bats from the offcuts too.  Attach the diecuts to black wrappers.

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Cut Cabin Collage from black cardstock, trim it and round the corners.  Attach it to a dark kraft wrapper - don't adhere the front and back porch sides. Add the ghosts and pumpkins.

Cut two sets of Mistletoe Swags from black cardstock - we're using two of the narrower diecuts and one of the wide diecut.  Attach them to the dark orange wrapper - adhere just the outer sections.  Tuck the ghosts and pumpkin behind the swags.

Punch ¼" holes for the ties. Attach the candy with double-stick tape.  Tie the wrappers with green tulle or netting.  I used about 10" of 3" wide green netting and trimmed the ends. 

Thanks for visiting...make treat wrappers, eat candy and enjoy the weekend!

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Fri 23

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a fun technique for you called " Die Cut Letterpress". I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Here. I used the new Mistletoe Wreath Die for my card.

I die cut the Wreath 3 times from cardstock and once from vellum. Next I glued them all together, with the vellum wreath on top.  This forms our faux letterpress die. You want the vellum die cut on top to have a non-porous surface to ink the die cut.

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Next I inked the vellum side of the die cut with Distress Oxide Inks and placed it ink side down onto a piece of watercolor paper. I lightly misted the watercolor paper with plain water before I placed my die cut down. I ran this through my die cut machine as if embossing a die cut. All machines are different so just follow the instructions for embossing.

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The die cut will peel right off the paper. You can wipe the ink off it and use it again.

I spattered the background with the green inks and sponged the edges of the card with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used various sized hole punches to create the berries and glued them around the wreath.

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I die cut the shadow portion of the word wishing from kraft cardstock and the writing portion from white cardstock. Next I glued the word to the shadow and adhered them to the card.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of kraft cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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To finish the card, I used foam tape to glue the card front to a kraft mat and adhered that to a white card base.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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Thu 22

Build a Background for the Gilded Angel by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another mix of new dies and classic favorites designed to make the most of our Memory Box stash.  Trim the new Pinpoint Burst Plate with a Knotted Circle Wreath and create a radiant background for the Gilded Angel.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed - but simple - card in just a few colors.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut the offcut with the central portion of the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Wondering if you'll have a zillion little dots falling out?   No - thank goodness - the die pierces the cardstock without creating a pile of loose dots!

Cut the wreath again from Smoky cardstock and attach the interior circle behind the white circle to add contrast to the pinpoint design.  Attach the gray and white pieces to a side-folded A-2 card of Petunia cardstock.

Cut delicate Gilded Angel from the silver sheet in the new Polished Foil 6x6 Pad - save the two pieces we'll attach as accents later.   The new Memory Box Polished Foils are the perfect weight for detailed designs and you won't have any of those annoying little metallic "strings" found on double-layered foil cardstock.

Cut the solid Gilded Angel Background from the smother side of Petunia cardstock and pressure-emboss it with the detailed Gilded Angel using the plate(s) and rubber embossing mat required for your machine. Embossing the background adds dimension and makes it easy to inset and attach the detailed silver diecut.  Attach the silver diecut as an "offset-inset."

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Orchid Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then diecut the cardstock with the smallest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut gray cardstock too - for the narrow crescent accents.

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Use the entire design - or just a portion - of the new Pinpoint Plates for cards, layouts and mixed medial projects.  Layer them over contrasting cardstock to make the designs stand out. View our growing collection of pinpoint dies and create great holiday and everyday greetings!

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

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Tue 20

A Winter Forest Shaker Card
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. Today I am sharing a shaker card I created using some of the newest collage dies, Pine Tree Collage Die, Wooded Glenn Collage Die, and Little Orchard Collage Die. I chose three coordinating shades of cardstock for the Collage layers. I die cut the tree tops with the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad. Adhere the tree tops to the tree trunks before layering.
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I trimmed a piece of clear acetate paper and adhered between the medium shade and darkest shade cardstock.  I filled with coordinating shades of sequins. Adhere all layers. I splattered with white paint to mimic snow.  

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I embossed the sentiments with silver powder. I used two  of the newest stamp sets, Spirit of Christmas and Berry Wreath.  For a finishing touch I added some sequins.

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Tue 20

Blessed Fall Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a fall card with you.  I absolutely love the season and never want to skip over it just to work on holiday cards.

For today's card, I paired the Little Orchard die with some plaid papers.  I found the papers in the Christmas Plaid 6" x 6" pack also work well for fall.  I also like to mix patterns, so I paired it with some polka dot paper.

The Little Orchard die has a coordinating die that is larger in case you want to create a forest scene that has depth.  You can also choose to use the die on its own.

To make the card, I colored some Memory Box watercolor paper with red, orange and yellow watercolor paint and then let the paper dry completely.  Next, I cut out the tree foliage with the new dies.  Although watercolor by nature does not give you a lot of control.  You do have some control in that you can die cut your favorite pieces.  Here is a close up:

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To finish the card, I popped up my tree panel and added my sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Mon 19

Cards From Last Week's Plaid Collections Envelopes
by Anne Thompson

Today I have three cards made from three of my plaid collections envelopes that I posted last Monday.  Remember these?  You can find that post here.

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I thought I might begin with this envelope...

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And here is the finished card, both the front and the inside.

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I used a white notecard as a backdrop for the darker red plaid and used a white cardstock mat behind the brighter red plaid before layering on the holly branch and the cardinal.  I used a different red plaid for the background inside.  Then I layered on a white square on more of the bright red plaid before adding another holly branch.  In retrospect I think I should have added another white mat behind that second plaid so it would show up more.  The holly branch and the cardinal are from the Spirit of Christmas stamps and dies set.

For the second card I used leafy stems from the Berry Wreath stamp and die set on three different plaid layers.  I really like the way these three different plaids work so well with each other and the watercolored leafy stems.

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I made it originally to be a top fold card, but it also works with the side fold.
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For the third card I used my favorite red/orange plaid matched up with an orange striped paper on the front and a red dot paper on the inside.

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Again the striped paper under the white box on the inside gets lost against the dots so I think another white mat would look better...something I'll keep in mind as I complete more cards from these envelopes.  

materials used for these cards

  • white notecards and cardstock
  • Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101
  • CHRISTMAS PLAID 6 X 6 PAPER PACK PP1009
  • GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS 6 X 6 PAPER PACK PP1011
  • SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS STAMPS/DIES SET CL5261-D
  • BERRY WREATH STAMPS/DIES SET CL5260-D
  • VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink
  • pan watercolors and water brushes

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Have you been using the plaid papers in interesting ways?  This month's challenge on the blog is Playing with Plaids.  Check out that post for more inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 18

Let It Snow Pink
by Trina Pham

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Happy Sunday everyone.  October is breast cancer awareness month and there are several challenges honoring it with a pink theme.  I’m sure you’ve figured out where my inspiration came from. 😉  One of the challenges is generously donating $4 per entry to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Pretty amazing, right?  So if you are interested in entering to donate, head on over to the Jingle Belles challenge HERE.  

Okay, now onto my simple pink Christmas card.  Started by die cutting the Charming Snowman Collage die from mixed media paper resulting in this.

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Adhered a torn snowy ground mask to the bottom of the panel, and ink blended Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks (DI) with blender brushes to create the bright pink sky.  After the photo was taken, I lightly blended Black Soot DI around the top and side edges.  Spritz it with water then blot with a paper towel to give it texture.

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Die cut the snowman again, this time from white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Colored the outline piece with Copic Sketch markers C00, C1, C3 and 100 (arms), then inlaid it into the panel. 

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For better details and definition, the hat and scarf were die cut from alcohol ink friendly paper, colored with Copic markers then pieced on top.  The mixed media eyes, nose and buttons were also colored with Copic markers then inlaid back.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Spirit of Christmas stamp set with clear glitter embossing powder and mounted the panel to a white card base to finish.

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Not my usual or comfortable color to create with, but it was a fun change up.  And that’s it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.

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