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Thu 16

'Tis the season

Welcome to the What's In The Box 2012 blog blitz!  It's a fun week of inspiration and sharing with all the wonderful new Memory Box stamps and dies. Hopefully, you've been able to see the new release at a local shop, but if not - we've got you covered here at the Design Team Blog. Not only do we have many ideas, but there is also a CONTEST and PRIZES!  Who doesn't love prizes!  Be sure to leave your comments on each post for a chance to win Memory Box dies. More info on that at the end of this post.

I decided to show a holiday project for the blitz. Here's what I started with:

Stamps: G1899 Twelve Days and D1879 Solid Madeleine Bird

Dies: 98360 Classic Lower Alphabet, 98361 Classic Upper Alphabet, 98378 Drop Ornament, 98397 Crystal Snowflake, 98416 Eyelet Stocking, 98371 Corner Bow, 98424 Madeleine Bird, 98213 Blank Ticket

Papers: Current Dots, Key Lime Gingham, Bluebird Moroccan, Latte Distressed Dots

Inks: Adirondack Aque and Espresso, Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Other: black Micron pen for faux stitched edging, blending tool, Diamond Stickles, Metallic Silver paper for ornament top, pearl shimmer paper for snowflake and stocking top, chocolate glitter paper for corner bow and alphabet, Accuct die to cut 8x8 scalloped square, decorative hanger by Melissa Frances

And, here's my completed holiday home decor project.

I started by cutting three 8x8 scalloped squares from an Accucut die. The base is chipboard and the front and back are covered with Latte Distressed Dots paper.  I stamped the new Twelve Days image in Espresso ink onto cream cardstock and cut with the Blank Ticket die. Cut the Drop Ornament, the Corner Bow, the Crystal Snowflake and the Eyelet Stocking. Stamp the Madeleine Bird onto Bluebird Moroccan with Aqua ink and cut with matching die. The bird body will be a little darker, but your wing will remain light. Edge all die cuts with the Vintage Photo ink and a blending tool, including the 8x8 base.  Lay out the dies in the arrangement you like best and start adhering. Add dimension by raising the ornament and bird with foam tape. Use chocolate brown glitter paper to cut the alphabet and spell out "Tis the season" as shown. With a black Micron pen, make faux stitch marks all around your base. Accent the ornament, snowflake and stocking with small amounts of Stickles to give your project just the right amount of sparkle. Here's a closer look at some of the details.

This is a fun project that you can easily alter to make more personal. Change up the dies and the greeting if you like. Play around with the idea and have fun. This would make a nice holiday gift, too.

Remember - you have many chances to win FREE Memory Box dies this week, so keep the comments coming! There will be two winners chosen daily from the post comments, and you have until 11:59 EST each day to enter.

Also, there is a contest on Flickr running through the end of this month.  Until August 31st 11:59 EST, you can post a fall or winter holiday card using at least one Memory Box die or stamp.  Two winners will be chosen and their card will be featured on the Outside the Box blog.  One bonus winner will be selected who uses at least one die or stamp from the new 2012 What's in the Box release.
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Great project! Thanks for all these ideas & inspiration using the new collection. ;-)

Wow what a great project -- loving the new collection.

This is such a fun project and I'm loving seeing how the DT make use of their supplies. I would have thought that bow die would make a great corner flourish, I wouldn't have thought to use it as part of the ornament! Thanks for the inspiration.

Great little hanging! Love all the dies that were used!

Oh very pretty. I love the dies and your home decor is perfect. TFS AJ-

What a fun project for the holidays ! Great dies, I have my eye on the oh so delicate snowflake...

Hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner!!!!! Love the new dies...saving my pennies!
Paper Hugs,

Wonderful ideas this week! Now I have to go try to get in the holiday card-making mood. :)

What a great project! I like the variety of dies used to make this gem!

Great idea!! it would make a easy way to display a card too. Love it.

Love your project,Lori. How about a class at Ink About It?!

Great project!!!! I love that you can use the dies for home decor as well as other paper crafts.

Thanks for this great idea. Little Madeline Bird is quite popular!

What festive fun! Your hanging would make fabulous gifts!

Sweet hanging project! I love the dies you used! The ornament is one that's at the top of my wish list! The stocking, bird and snowflake are lovely too!

Nice this would make quick and easy gifts. Thanks for sharing.

Nice to see a project with the new dies that would make a great gift ! Thanks for the inspiration !

That hanging is very cute!

Your wall decor is lovely. I like the ornament die and like how you cleverly put the bow on top with the tails flowing down. So graceful looking.

What an adorable wall hanging! I see many possibilities with these dies! Just beautiful!

This is so cute! Love the new dies and inspiration!

How easy this looks to use the dies to make the wall hanging! Very pretty.

Fun to see how the wall hanging idea is so adaptable for the seasons and all ages!

So Cute call me stupid but I had no clue what you would do with that bow die... Now I get it... LOL Thanks for showing me I'm slow sometimes... LOL

Cute wall decor! I hope our local store will soon get its full order in so we can play along too!

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