32 posts categorized "2017 Fall Collection"

09/30/2017

Sat 30

Boo!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy weekend friends! Today I have a fun shaped card to share with you, perfect for Halloween. 

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For my card base I used a Persimmon note card and I die cut it with the largest circle in the Studio Circle Layers set making sure to leave a part of the fold so the card still opens. Then I cut the Circle Web Collage in black and used another circle from the layers set to cut it out. I added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella glitter pen to make the web shine before gluing it to the card.

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I added the super cute Whimsy Ghost in white to the card and gave him some eyes with some stickers that I had. To finish the card I die cut the Playful Boo in black and added some Wink of Stella to the letters before gluing them to the card.

This would be fun to add to a treat bag or to just send off in the mail. I hope you have a great weekend!

Melissasigimage


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09/29/2017

Fri 29

Halloween Greetings
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have another Halloween card using dies from the fall release.  These little mummies are so cute!

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To make this card,  I used a piece of watercolor paper as my card front and used Wilted Violet distress ink to watercolor the background. 

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Next, I die cut the mummies and pumpkins from watercolor paper and colored them with distress inks.  The mummies were lightly sponged with Black Soot distress ink and the pumpkins were painted using Carved Pumpkin distress ink.  I glued scrap pieces of black cardstock behind the mummies eyes. Using Licorice cardstock, I die cut the word "greetings" and inked it with Versa Mark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.    The word Halloween was stamped in the upper left corner of the card and embossed with black embossing powder.

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To finish the card, I glued a piece of washi tape to the bottom of the card front and adhered the mummies and pumpkins to the card, using foam tape to raise some of them from the card surface.

The word "greetings" was glued to a strip of vellum and then adhered to the bottom right of the card.  To finish off, I glued the card front to a Concord Grape notecard and then the card was done!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 


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09/27/2017

Wed 27

Zig Zag Slider Video by Dave Brethauer

Hello and welcome!

I am always trying to use my dies in new and different ways - and I wanted to share a new idea for working with slider dies. Sometimes these ideas do not come easy - I am always super impressed when I see designers use dies in a way that I never would have imagined - so I was excited to try this when I started thinking about connecting the paths of sliders.

This idea uses the Memory Box Slider Grooves die set to create a unique slider pathway in a zig zag shape. Take a look at the video to see how it works...

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

I am fascinated by interactive cards, so slider cards have been really inspiring to me lately. I received my Mechanical Engineering degree about 25 years ago and even after all this time I still gravitate a bit towards cards that have some sort of movement involved. And what better way to spend an afternoon than to play with some slider cards! (Instead of pursuing an engineering career I took up stamping, then started Memory Box, then Poppystamps and then Birch Press - and I have had a lot more fun in this creative field!) 

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I decided to apply the zig zag slider idea to a Halloween card so I used the Whimsy Ghost and the Playful Boo dies to create the scene.

When you put the ghost in the upper right corner and start to tilt the card back and forth, the ghost twirls and slides down the pathway to the bottom!

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When I designed the Whimsy Ghost die I was playing with the notion that some areas could be cut out (like the bow tie) and some areas could just be cut (like his smile). I think creating designs for craft dies has endless possibilities and every time I sit down at my desk to design I literally smile while I am drawing.

When I am creating a die design I think about how fun it will be to try out the new die, and to see what others will do with it. When I was drawing the ghost I was thinking how fun it will be to put a little dot of white ink (from a White Gel Pen) onto his eyes! That little twinkle gives him a little bit of charm - don't you think? I was thinking that he would look kind of good with a small witch's hat - and then thought the witch's hat would look good on a stamp set I was drawing at the time (the set was the Feline Spooky set in poppystamps, and the hat would be perfect on one of the cats!).

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I wanted the background for the slider card to be a little special- so before I cut the slider pathways into the black cardstock, I splattered it with metallic watercolor paint. This set of metallic watercolor paint is my favorite - a few sprinkles of this onto a card transforms the whole thing!

What is it about silver and gold on black cardstock that looks so magical and rich? I think I splattered paper for about 10 minutes before I remembered that I had other things to do!

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I love these paints - they are so bright and dense, and when you start building the color onto the black cardstock it becomes hard to stop.

I was trying to create sort of a sparkling and spooky effect - like the ghost is flying across a starry sky. But then I saw some Distress Oxide inks on my desk and...

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...I had to try it with a Distress Oxide background! I used Wilted Violet and Broken China with a spritz of water to create this look - a magical background with more of a twilight color scheme.

Then, I thought - well this would work as a beautiful color scheme for a winter card - and I bet a snowflake would work as the slider!

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I went through my designs and grabbed the Batavia Snowflakes and matching Batavia Stitched Snowflakes to create a winter themed slider element. The Batavia Stitched Snowflakes are slightly larger than the Batavia Snowflakes - so that when you layer them together, the result is dimensional and detailed.

I put the snowflake slider card together in a flash - and I show it in the video too as a bonus card. The snowflake spins down the zig zag pathway, just as you might expect a snowflake to drift back and forth as it settles to the earth. The Let It Snow die is a peaceful and subtle addition to the lower corner.

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I spritzed the background with a bleach and water solution - about 2 teaspoons of bleach to a cup of water. This is a little stronger than I usually use for a bleach and water solution - but I noticed something when I was playing with this solution the other day.

You will notice that where the drops hit the paper, they spread just a little into the surrounding ink and lighten it - this creates a bright spot in the middle of the splatter, which is then surrounded by a little halo of color. Can you see it on the close up above? It really shows up in the Wilted Violet area - there is a nearly white spot in the middle, surrounded by a soft blue halo of color.

I think this is really effective for snow scenes - the way this softens the colors and gives the idea of snow blurring slightly as it falls.

I hope you enjoyed today's video! Get out your slider dies and create this card! What will you come up with? 

I want to encourage your creativity so I am having a giveaway! Please leave your idea for a fun zig zag slider card in the comments section by September 30, 2017 Midnight Pacific Time. I will choose one comment at random - and that person will win a metallic watercolor set from Finetec! I can't wait to read what people come up with!

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Wed 27

A Fall Sunset
by Melissa Rusk

Today I wanted to share a fun technique to make a sunset to accompany some of the new dies from the Fall release. Let's get crafting!

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To create this fun background I used the Distress Oxide inks on photo paper. I layered the colors Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey by placing some in on a non-stick mat and sprayed it with water. Then I dragged the photo paper through it and then dried it with a heat tool. I repeated this step until the paper was covered to my liking, the colors will be dull at this point. To make them bright I took a baby wipe and wiped it over the photo paper to create the bright and shiny background.

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It's so much fun! To finish off the card I cut the House Trio and Curved Hilltop dies to create a scene. I glued it all to a pretty Concord colored note card to finish off. It would make a cute Halloween card or a Fall card.

I hope you try out this fun technique!

Melissasigimage

 

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09/25/2017

Mon 25

Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Grove Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are back again - floating through the Grove Collage this time.  Two Playful Boos create a drop-shadow effect - and snack-size Kit Kats make it officially Halloween.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with another combo of iconic designs from several collections.  I love how everything works together, and gives a whole new look to something "old."  This fast-paced papercrafts industry considers something old after a year, or even just a few months.

Cut the 2.75" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with the Grove Collage.  Cut a portion of a Persimmon Notecard with the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  These three dies are a perfect fit, there's no need to measure or trim anything - thanks Dave!  

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Save the big guy for another project. Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs set was included in the picture?  It's the easiest way to cut black cardstock to fit behind the ghosts for their eyes!  That's an extreme example of getting the most from your supplies - but it works perfectly.  

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Cut Playful Boo from a scrap of Persimmon, and again from dark kraft cardstock.  Layer them for a cool effect.

Attach the diecuts  to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots at the top of the ghosts so they'll look like they're floating out of the trees.  Add the tiny sequins from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal sequins set.  Birch Press Design is an online shop - owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer - featuring upscale, trendy home products, gifts, stationary and craft products.  View their entire new Sequins Collection too!

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Sad news...couldn't find any snack-size Heath Bars for my Halloween posts this year.  Found these triple-chocolate Kit Kats instead.   Would you believe that I bought them only because they matched this card and looked pretty?  Oh, sure.  I'll also be using them for my treats wrapper in the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again later this week!

 

Jeansignature-3
 

 

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09/23/2017

Sat 23

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Woodland Oval by Jean Okimoto

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A Playful Boo-faced Stitched Farm Pumpkin joins the Swirling Ghosts on tonight's card.  The Woodland Oval creates the perfect backdrop for these little guys - attached with foam dots at the top, so they appear to float out of the branches.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're having a great weekend!  Whimsy Cat is taking a break (probably napping) - so I've pulled the great Swirling Ghosts die from my stash for this design.  

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Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  Here's a tip...use pieces of rolled painter's tape to attach the die to the cardstock for cutting.  That section will be tossed out, so it's OK if the tape damages the cardstock.  The cutout section is folded upwards to show the tape here.

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper - save the fourth ghost for another project.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind them for eyes.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from orange cardstock, watercolor paper  and Licorice Dots.  Cut the orange pumpkin with Playful Boo - save that teeny little piece inside the "b."  Cut the big pumpkin again from black cardstock.  Attach it behind the orange pumpin and add the little piece you saved - and googly eyes.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard - use foam dots for the "boo" pumpkin and at the top of the ghosts.  Persimmon is quickly becoming my favorite new notecard color.  I love its almost-scary brightness - and how it works with so many colors including teal, lime, gray, gold, olive and violet.  Yes, violet!  Here's a link to an Asian-inspired card posted earlier. 

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend - join us again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 23

Circle Web Collage, House Trio and Whimsy Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Whimsy Cat joins the new Circle Web Collage and House Trio on another fun card today. Whimsy Cat's a big favorite among the great dies in our Halloween 2017 Collection - and it's easy to see why!  

Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bit of a change from my usual less-is-more theme.  Halloween is my annual "excuse"  to layer a whole of bunch of diecuts on a card - and add sequins too.  These pretty brushed gold beauties are from the new Birch Press collection of sequins.  These are from the Not So Heavy Metal set of brushed gold, bronzy-copper, tiny twinkly gold, star and heart sequins - and gold glitter.  It's a set for all seasons!

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Cut the largest Stitched Oval from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  

Cut Circle Web Collage from textured white cardstock.  Trim it to fit between the trees.

Cut Whimsy Cat from dark orange cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind the eyes and nose and brush Martha Stewart Crafts Onyx Glitter onto the adhesive in the cutouts.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper behind a scrap of newspaper.  I used the stocklists page of the Journal for the tiny print and neat columns.  Cut the houses and their trim details.  Assemble the houses - trim the roof section of the center house so it'll fit below the web.  I left the doors "open" - as though the spiders entered through the windows and everyone ran outside!

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard.  It's easier if you attach the oval first - just along the outer edges.  Tuck and attach the web and houses under the trees.  Attach Whimsy Cat with foam dots.  Add those pretty brushed gold sequins from Birch Press!

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Want a chance to win the Whimsy Cat die?  If you haven't already done so - comment on my  Blog Blitz post on September 20th before the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on September 24th for a chance to enter our random selection drawing.  Big thanks to everyone for all of their comments!

Comment on all of the Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th through the 22nd - for more chances to win a great prize from our Fall Collection.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3


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09/22/2017

Fri 22

Raiding the Pumpkin Patch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hi Friends!

 Today is the final day of our Memory Box Halloween Blitz---guess that means I'm bringing up the rear.  Hope you have enjoyed a daily dose of Halloween fun with the new dies and I am happy to introduce my favorite new die...Whimsy Mummy.  His pose just cracks me up and I love the embossed detail of his mummy wrap.  Looks like he's up to some mischief, doesn't it?  Yes, I think he's raiding the pumpkin patch...

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I die cut our mummy friend from pale ivory paper, left the die in place and lightly chalked the exposed paper areas in grey.  After removing the paper from the die, the bandage lines really stand out.   

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I die cut the Curved Stitched Hilltops twice (end to end) into the green distressed dot paper, adhered it to the Concord Grape notecard then pieced the fence line (two pieces, end to end) onto the hilltop.  Where the fences meet it is slightly crooked so the pumpkin patch was placed there.  

The harvest moon was die cut, sponged and positioned in the corner and the overlap areas were trimmed off.

The pumpkins were inked with copic markers on the stems and seams and the Playful Boo added just for fun.  

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Another fun embellishment on this card is the brand new star sequins from the Festival of Lights pack by Birch Press Design. 

I only used stars from this assortment but there are gorgeous blue (round/cupped) and tiny clear flower sequins in the package too.  There are 18 new assortments and all come in cute little round metal tins...check them out here 

Now for the important announcement...

The Whimsy Mummy is today's give away!  One comment on this post will be randomly chosen as the winner.  Be sure to comment on all the posts this week for a chance to win other dies too.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always nice to "see" you.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

 

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09/21/2017

Thu 21

Whimsy Halloween
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! The Halloween blog blitz is in full swing with lots of fun inspiration!

The Whimsy characters are ... well, they're just real characters! I chose to use the Whimsy Bat and the Whimsy Ghost in the composition of my Halloween card today.

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I started with a piece of white card stock cut to 3-3/4" x 5", and then die cut one of the smaller circles from the Circle Basics set of dies from light weight paper. Using the opening as stencil, I sponged on Scattered Straw to create the moon. I then masked that off with the die cut circle and began sponging on Black Soot Distress Ink, a little darker at the top and with a lighter touch moving downward, also adding a few smudges over the moon. On top of that, I sponged on Dusty Concord, again lightening the intensity moving downward.  I then splattered Dusty Concord on the background.

Next I die cut three Whimsy Ghosts from white card stock, and the Whimsy Bat from black card stock. I lightly sponged Black Soot around the edges of each ghost for definition, and added a piece of black card stock to the backs of each of the ghosts, with a dot of white for the eyes. I filled in the ties on the ghosts with purple glitter (although it's a little hard to see in the picture), and used the same purple glitter on the bat's wings. I added a piece of white card stock behind the bat's eyes and added black dots for its eyes. I die cut two of the Woodland Branch from black card stock, and snipped away a part of one so they would look different. The little specks you see on the ghosts are from the glitter ... couldn't seem to control it!!

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I then arranged the ghosts into the branch limbs as shown. Foam tape was added to the backs of the ghosts and the bat and then adhered. I die cut the little "boo" word from black card stock and added it where shown. To finish the card, I added some of the Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press Design.

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If you'd like to win the Whimsy Ghost die, please leave a comment on this post! There are great prizes each day, so be sure to add your comments on all of them! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th. One comment will be randomly chosen for each post, and it just might be yours!!!  Have a wonderful rest of the week, and thanks for stopping by!

Sherrysig


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09/20/2017

Wed 20

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning!

Welcome to day three of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  This week there will be many Halloween card ideas featuring the new dies, as well as a chance to win prizes!  So come back each day to be inspired by the design team!

For my card today, I am featuring several new dies to create my Halloween scene.

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For my card I die cut the Circle Web Collage, in the center, top portion of a white piece of cardstock.  The Curved Stitched Hillside, I also cut from white cardstock and lightly inked the edge with black ink.  I die cut the House Trio from Licorice cardstock and glued them behind the hill.  For the background behind the spider web, windows and doors, I sponged white cardstock with several colors of distress ink and glued them behind the die cuts.

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I adhered the spider web card front to a licorice cardstock layer using foam tape,and glued that to a persimmon card base.  I once again used foam tape to glue the houses and hill to the card front.  The card front is spattered with black ink.  The sentiment I stamped and embossed on a licorice strip of cardstock.  

Would you like a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win!

Thanks for stopping by today and Good Luck!

Donnasignature


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