Sat 26

Christmas Berry Wreath
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! I have two cards for you today made with just one of the large beautiful wreaths from Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" stamp set. My first card above used a larger portion of the wreath and my second card used the left over piece for a more clean and simple look.

I stamped the wreath on an oversized piece of black card stock then embossed it in gold. Here's a look at the nine colored pencils I used:

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On the leaves and berries I left the darkest parts black, adding the darkest shades of green/red, progressively getting lighter toward the ends of the leaves and to one side of the berries. After laying down a little color from dark to light, I went back over each area where the colors met and blend them a little. You can also color light to dark as shown below on the right side:

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I added white colored pencil to the lightest areas. Here's the complete colored wreath: 

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To create cards, I cut the wreath with the second largest "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die and matted it on the largest die from the same set, cut from white card stock. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set on vellum and cut it with "Stitched Circle Layers" die, cutting a 2nd circle from white for the mat.
With tiny dots of glue on the back of the vellum under the letters, you can't see the adhesive from the front.  For a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents to the berries.
Here's another look at the card:

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Here's my second card that I made with the left over portion of the wreath:

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There was a thin left over black strip from the wreath to use on my 2nd card.  Using my Misti, I lined up the wreath with the gold embossing so I could re-stamp the wreath on white card stock. After lining it up I closed the lid on my Misti, removed the black piece and stamped the whole wreath on the white card base.

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Then all I had to do was line the black strip up with the white part of the stamp and adhere it to the card. I used the same sentiment and circle dies for this card.

The wreath stamp from the "Berry Wreath"stamp is large and I love that you can get several Christmas cards from one stamp!  So many possibilities with this stamp...maybe divide the wreath however you like, or use just half of the wreath on each card - so many options!

I hope you like my idea of splitting the large stamp into several different Christmas cards and hope I've inspired you to try something new!

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!

Angiesignature

 

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Thu 24

Spooky Cute Haunted House
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a hauntingly cute card! I used two of the newest layer dies, Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Die and Haunted House Dome Layer Die.  I die cut the dome layers with Copic friendly paper and colored the scene with Copic Markers. 

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When assembling the dome layers, fold the scored edges so the flap of the top scene folds back and the flap of the back scene folds forward.  Adhere together at the bottom flaps and at the top of the dome.  Set aside to dry.  When dry, I tied a bow with bakers twine through the top slot.

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I trimmed a piece of gray cardstock and adhered to a card base than inked up the edges with chipped sapphire distress oxide ink. Than I added a few splatters of black paint. Allow to dry. Trim a piece of vellum paper and stamp the sentiment. I used the stamp set Halloween Pumpkin. 

Copic shades: E25, E27, E29; V15, V17, V09, BV08; C1, C4, C6; YG17, YG95; YR04, YR07, R08

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I assembled the card and finished it off with a few scattered sequins.

Thanks for peeking!!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thu 24

Share the Spirit of Christmas by Jean Okimoto

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The Garland 6x6 prints are uniquely pretty - and perfect with the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Dies too.  Add a diecut greeting and frosty white Poppystamps berries too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for you.

Stamp the poinsettia on orangey-pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair, emboss it with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the leaves on matching green cardstock.  Cut both images with the coordinating dies from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set.  The stamps are bold and perfect for watercoloring...but I'll leave that for Dave and the coloring experts on our Design Team!

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on white with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the oval die from the set.  

Cut two berry sprigs from the Poppystamps Garden Leaves and Berries set from the white sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad.

Cut the corner floral print from the beautiful (and new favorite!) Garland 6x6 set with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut white vellum with the 3-¾" x 2-½" die.

Attach the poinsettia, leaves and berries to the vellum with doublestick tape - liquid adhesives may curl some types of vellum.  Adhere doublestick tape behind the vellum where it'll be concealed by the diecuts.  Attach the vellum to the Garland print.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

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Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents then squirt some onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer or toothpick to glitter the poinsettia and set it aside to dry.

The Garland 6x6 coordinates beautifully with many of the Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Mix and match them and create unique holiday cards for everyone on your list!

Thanks for visiting...

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Wed 23

Thankful Pumpkin
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  it’s a shocker, but I am sharing a fall themed thank you card today! *lol*😂  I needed to get in some coloring therapy and the Halloween Pumpkin stamp from the Christmas collection fits the bill.  This was not quick because of the coloring, but it’s an easy one so this will be a short post.

The leaves on top of the pumpkin were stamped along the bottom edge of an A2 sized alcohol ink-friendly panel using the masking technique.  Stamped the pumpkin image, removed the masks, then colored in with Copic Sketch markers and Polychromos color pencils.

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The sentiment from Harvest Love and Kindness stamp set was heat embossed on black cardstock with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Assembled the panel onto a white card base and added highlights with a white gel pen to finish. 

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And that was it!  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.

 

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Tue 22

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you. I took several elements from the new dome dies to create this simple card.

To begin, I used gray cardstock and die cut only the haunted house from the Haunted House Dome Layer Die. Next I die cut the Winter Wood Dome from black cardstock and glued the haunted house behind it.  After I glued the die cut to white cardstock, I adhered the card front to a gray cardstock mat.  The matted card front was then mounted to a white card base. 

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To finish the card I die cut the pumpkin from orange cardstock and glued that to my card. Next I used black cardstock and white embossed the word Boo. I used a 1" circle punch to cut out the word and glued it to the top of the dome.

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That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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Mon 21

Going Batty in the Woods
by Anne Thompson

I don't make many Halloween cards, so today's work was a good challenge for me.  I don't like to see bats up close and flying around my head here in the woods even though they eat mosquitoes, but these black glitter ones are pretty cute!  I also love the glitter paper woodland layers against that black/white/gold plaid!

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To start I went through my dies to see what could be used to create a Halloween card, and I pulled these.

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I actually made a practice card first before the final glittery one so I could try out an idea I had about putting the domed layers together.

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I like this first gray/black/browns card but felt I needed more color on the front in addition to the glitter papers on the next one.

So I added a piece of plaid paper from the CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 PACK PP1009 to a Licorice (black) notecard.  Then I die cut everything using black and two different gold glitter papers from the FROSTED GLITTER PAD GP1004 and the HOLIDAY GLITTER PAD GP1005.  

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Here's an explanation of the something different way I layered the dies together.  I put the Snowglobe Backer piece down first, then the darker gold Winter Wood Dome Layer, dropping the top of that piece to snug up against the the inside of the first arch.  I used glue on the pieces that attached to the plaid paper and Scor-Tape that adhered to the glitter paper layer behind it.

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I added the black glitter Haunted House Entrance Dome Layer in the same way.

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Next I added the tiny bats inside the domes against the plaid paper.  I placed a larger Cave Bat in the upper right.  I stamped "Boo" from the HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CLEAR STAMP SET CL5264 on a scrap of the plaid paper using VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink, mounted it on a scrap of gold glitter paper, and mounted that onto a scrap of the black glitter paper.  To add it at the bottom center, I used a skinny piece of foam tape at the bottom edge of the sentiment piece so it would lay flat against the glitter paper layers nearer the top of the sentiment.

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On the inside of the card I added a piece of black and white checked paper from the same paper pad and another large Cave Bat.  I stamped "HAPPY HALLOWEEN" from the same stamp set using the same ink.

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I think these two cards will go in the Halloween box I send to my grandsons next month.  Happy Halloween!

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Happy Crafting!

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Sun 20

Ghosts in the Garden by Jean Okimoto

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Create an interactive Halloween card with a triple-layered fall scene - the dies from our latest release do all of the work for you!  The top two Dome Layers are just tied at the top and swing back and forth just for fun.  Hello - happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a card that acquired a life of its own.  It started as 2 layers and 2 ghosts, but grew to 4 layers, 4 ghosts and 2 pumpkins.

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Cut a solid orange background with the inner edge of the Snowglobe Backer die.  

Cut Haunted Entrance Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from dark taupe cardstock.  Cut Winter Wood Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the orange inner dome to the Winter Wood Dome Layer - tape the pieces together across the back.

Cut 4 ghosts from Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Cut the pumpkins from dark orange cardstock.  

Attach the pumpkins to the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer - use a foam dot for the smaller pumpkin.  Attach a small ghost to the dark taupe dome layer.  Attach a big ghost to the orange background.

Cut the olive green floral print from the Garland 6x6 pack with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die. Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.  Tie a gold cord through the holes at the top of the 3 Dome Layers then attach everything to the floral print.  Add 2 more ghosts.

Shake the bottle of Goldfinch Glitter Glue and squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to dot some of the flowers with the glue.

 

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Winter Wood and Haunted Entrance Dome Layers aren't just for Halloween - use them for winter scenes over a snowy background too.  Add bunnies and eggs to the Dome Layers for spring cards in April. Thanks for visiting...have fun creating with the great coordinating designs!

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Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.

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For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  

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Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.

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For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.

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Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.

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I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.


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Thu 17

Thankful
by Michelle Bala

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Happy Friday! Michelle here, sharing my version of watercoloring! I used a whole bunch of distress oxide inks and colored pencils. 

First I stamped the pumpkin onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper with waterproof black ink, like InkOn3 black out ink. After the ink sets, I use washi tape to secure it to a flat surface. Next, I brush some water all over the paper. Not too much. I do not saturate the paper. Now I grab my distress oxide inks and start watercoloring. I smoosh my ink pad onto a non porous surface like a piece of plastic. Than I add some drops of water and mix up the color. Using a small paint brush, apply your color. 

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I used shades dried marigold, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, barn door, squeezed lemonade, crushed olive, mowed lawn, and vintage photo. This is a slow process. Add a color at a time, a layer at a time.  After the inks and paper dry I added some shading with colored pencils.  The next step is a little tricky. I placed the panel in my Mini Misti so I can get perfect placement for heat embossing. I used gold embossing powder. 

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Next,, I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than my A2 card base. I added some gold paint splatters. I adhered the pumpkin panel onto a gray cardstock base with foam tape. 
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Lastly, I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and added a few gems.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this watercoloring technique a try!

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Thu 17

3-D Embossed Chrysanthemum Field Slimline Card by Jean Okimoto

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Creating a colorful card is easy with our 3-D Embossing Folders - here's the Chrysanthemum Field on a simple fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add color and texture to any project.  It's also a nice way to use that stash of watercolored paper - like I did for today's card. Brighter colors are great for this process.

Trim watercolored cardstock (or watercolor paper) to fit into the Chrysanthemum Field folder.  Spray it with a light mist of water to soften the paper a bit, then pressure-emboss it using the plates recommended by the manufacturer.  Trim it with the 3-¾" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Place it on a smooth, hard surface and scruff it with sandpaper or a sanding block to remove the color of the raised patterns.  Use short, upward strokes.  Remove the residue with a tissue.

Cut the delicate white frame with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with coral ink.  I used Impress' Melon Fresh Ink.

Cut a ¾" strip of the pink glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack.

Attach everything to a white slimline card - I trimmed mine to 3-⅝" x 8-¾".

Cut gold metallic accent dots from the new 6x6 Polished Foil Pad.  The Poppystamps Big Dot Border die is perfect for this!

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Add color to your projects with simple techniques like these.  Use your stash of watercolored papers - or create a bunch of them while hunkering-down at home.  Pressure-emboss them with a 3-D folder and make the design the central point of your card.  

Thanks for visiting!

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Wed 16

Warmest Wishes
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hi, it's Angie Cimbalo, and I am thrilled to be joining the Memory Box design team! 

I’m a semi-retired school music teacher from Texas. My husband and I have 4 adult children, 5 grandchildren with one more on the way.  When not crafting, I’m having tons of fun helping music students and their directors in schools in the area. I’ve enjoyed crafting my whole life, but paper crafting is my favorite of all. 

I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with Memory Box's amazing products and to share my creations with you, alongside the super talented Memory Box designers.

My first project is a "Warmest Wishes" holiday card with a very rustic feel.

I started with a piece of Memory Box watercolor paper for my background, first smooshing the textured side of the paper into some Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then dragging the ink pad across the paper. Memory Box watercolor paper is nice and thick and gives you a choice of a smooth or a textured side. Dragging the ink pad on it really highlights the texture of the watercolor paper. 

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I cut that panel with the second largest "Stitched Rectangle Layers" die and used the largest die in the set to cut a brown rectangle to mat behind it.

To make the pine needles, I took more watercolor paper and added Distress Oxide Pine Needles ink pad directly to paper, but this time I used the smooth side of the paper. I splattered it with a little white paint mixed with water and a paint brush. After it dried, I used both "Pointy Pine Needles" and "Forest Pine Branch" dies to cut out the green pine needles. I also cut the branch from brown card stock and then pieced the brown and green parts together.

The pine cones were cut with the "Pinecone Stacker" dies. The way the die is laid out shows you exactly how to piece it together to get 2 pine cones, one large and one small. After cutting them I used some of the score lines to bend them inward, then glued the pieces together.

I inked them first with more Walnut Stain ink, then took colored pencils and a white gel pen to get more detail and depth on the pinecones. I traced the bottom of each piece of die-cut with dark brown, then used a lighter brown pencil to smooth it out. I used the same dark brown to accent the lines in the die so you can see them better, then added both white colored pencil and white gel pen to the edge of each one of the cone scales. The pictures below show before and after pencil accents were added. I think they look very realistic either way!

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Both pine cones and the sentiment were popped up on foam tape on the card for dimension.

The sentiment is from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set, heat embossed in white on brown card stock. Lastly I added a few water droplet gems on top of dots of gold paint pen, to give them a golden glow.

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I hope you like this "Warmest Wishes" card made with lots of Memory Box goodies. It was a so fun to create!

See you next time!

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