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Sun 21

Prayers & Pinpoints
by Penny Ward

Thoughts

Hello my friends. Penny here today with a Sympathy card. I like to have a few of these in my stash for unexpected occasions.  I love all the textures with the dotted lines, stitched swirl and dimensional flowers. Doesn't this card just look peaceful? 

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with an Olive Green card base.

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Pale Peach cardstock.  Die cut the Swirling Stitches to the left side of this panel.

Before adhering this panel to the card base, take a scrap of White cardstock, ink lightly with Oxide Fired Brick and flick water. Figure out where your Pinpoint Circle Frame will fall and adhere the Oxide panel to card base. Now adhere to the Pinpoint panel to card base with foam adhesive.

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Die cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from Medium Peach cardstock, Climbing Vines and Lavender Bunch from Olive Green cardstock. Snip here and there to make an "arrangement" and glue down to the outside of circle.

 

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Die cut just the Pinpoint Circle Frame from Dark Peach cardstock. Stamp and heat set sentiment from the Prayers Sentiment stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and Clear embossing powder.

Adhere over the stems of your floral arrangement with foam adhesive.

Add Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle marker to flowers and leaves for a shimmery effect.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature


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Sat 20

Inlay a Felt Plush Elegant Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Plush Elegant Butterfly - designed to be lovingly layered and stitched - is also perfect for quick inlaid felt designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Gather some scraps of summer-colored wool-blend felt and back them with adhesive label or sticker paper.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

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Diecut the felt pieces.  Here's an easy way to remove the little stitch dots - place the diecut on a scrap of felt in a weird color that you won't be using - then use a toothpick or BBQ skewer to push the little dots out and onto the felt scrap under it.  The little dots will stick to the felt scrap and can easily be disposed of.  Skip this step if you're actually stitching the butterfly - the needle and floss will do it for you!

The light peach-colored piece in the center is layered - the other felt diecuts are inlaid.

Attach gold glittered washi tape to a scrap of paper and diecut the largest butterfly center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Diecut the folded card with the Straight Stitches die to add some texture to the front - and inside - of the card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink.

Attach the butterfly.  Add green gem stickers. 

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this happy card deserves special handling.  Hope you agree!

The Memory Box Plush Collection creates great felt keepsakes and hand-stitched gifts.  They're also great for cards, layouts and mixed media.  Get the most from your dies by using them in different ways- you'll love their versatility.

Thanks very much for stopping by - have a great weekend!

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Inlay a Felt Plush Elegant Butterfly by Jean Okimoto - Outside The Box

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Fri 19

You're my Anchor
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a cute summer card featuring a few new stamp sets from the May release.  There are so many cute images that it makes it hard to figure out which ones I wanted to use.

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To make this card, I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and stamped the waves using Blueprint Sketch distress ink.  With clear water and a paint brush, I brushed over the waves to activate the ink and give a watercolor look to the waves. Next, I spattered the paper with the same Blueprint  Sketch ink and die cut a frame using the Octagon Layers dies. After that, I sponged the frame with Vintage Photo ink and glued it onto the card front.  I stamped the sun inside the frame and watercolored it; the boat, I stamped once on watercolor paper and once on a piece of washi tape and cut them both out.  I only needed to cut the bottom of the boat from the washi tape, and I adhered it to the watercolor paper boat.  

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I stamped my sentiment and anchor using black ink and added a black marker line from the anchor to the boat.  To finish the card, I glued the card front to a Crimson cardstock layer and glued this to a white card base.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!

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Thu 18

Spring Lilacs and Birthday Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day!  Add a trellis-y  background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring.  It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring.  The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background.  Eliminate that issue by tinting the background with a light wash of your dominant color and air-dry it.  I've used a tiny, very diluted amount of the Pansy Dye Ink Refill for Kaleidacolors.  Iron it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth the paper out again.  Stamp the lilacs with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.   MemoryBoxSpringLilacsClearStampSet-MemoryBoxSpringLilacsDieSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxOpenStudioDistressedBaptisiaCollageSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioBirthdaySentimentsClearStampSet-JeanOkimotoWatercoloredCards-ImagineCrafts-WatercoloredFlowerCards

Watercolor the image with diluted Pansy, Spring Green and Spruce refill inks.  Let it dry.  Cut it with the coordinating Spring Lilacs die.  Diecutting the lilacs is quick and easy if you align the die with the stem and lower edges of the leaves first - then with the blossom at the top.  A bit of painter's tape at those 4 spots will secure the die and produce great results!

Stamp and emboss the greeting from the new Open Studio Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock.  Cut it with the 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  

Cut white cardstock with the grid pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Trim it with the 2" x 3-1/4" Rectangle Basics Die.  It's a must-have set of 16 dies perfectly proportioned cutting layers for A-2 cards - and it's great for A-6 and A-7 cards too.  I can't design a rectangle card without it!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots behind the lilacs at the top.   Add pale violet gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  We discovered a few new ways to use our favorite  heart dies, stamps and papers.  They're classic, versatile and perfect for summer celebrations and events - or just to say "I'm thinking of you."  Thanks too - Becca and Erin - for helping us find everything we needed for our summer cards!

There's a second SUMMER HEARTS class on May 29th.  It's Memorial Day, and classes on a holiday seem to be more relaxing - and it's always a great time to meet new friends and catch up with those you haven't seen in a while.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed last week's May Release Blog Blitz.  I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments!

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Wed 17

Holy Mackerel Birthday Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

Summer is so close, and all of those fun activities will be happening soon! I am excited! One of my family's favorite things to do is go fishing, so I couldn't resist playing around with the adorable Fish Tales stamp set. Using some watercolors, and a stamping tool, I was able to create a fun background for this colorful birthday card. 

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I started by taking all of the fish, and and laying them out over my panel. I then picked them up with the door of my stamp tool, and inked it up with black ink. I cleaned them really well, and did the same thing for the other portion of the panel. I then filled in the spaces with some of the fish. 

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For the coloring, I used Gansi Tambi Watercolors from Kuretake. These are really creamy, and pigmented! I did several layers to get a bit of depth. After the fish were dried, I added a light blue pigment around them. I then added a touch of white gel pen to a select number of fish. 

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For the sentiment, I white heat embossed on black card stock, and trimmed it down, adhering it to the panel with foam tape. I then adhered several black sequins. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy your week!

Lindsaysignature


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Tue 16

Simply Amazing card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! Did you check out the new release yet? It's GORGEOUS...love it. Today, I used one of the new dies and sentiment from the new stamp set for my CAS mixed media card. Love how delicate it turned out.

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To create this card, I started with die-cutting this delicate Floral Fantasy Frame die out of white cardstock (notice, I didn't remove all the die-cut pieces. This is just for added interest). I then Took another piece of white cardstock to create the background. First, I applied picked raspberries, squeezed lemonade and mustard seed distress ink onto the piece. I then dabbed the ink-pad to the craft mat, added a little water and flicked some ink. Once dry, I applied some Gesso and let it dry.

Then I stamped the sentiment and adhered the die-cut floral border to the layer. Finally, I adhered this to a white cardbase. To finish, I applied some Nuvo Drops to accent the card.

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Hope you enjoyed today's creation. Thanks for stopping by!

Ishasignature

 


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Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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Sun 14

Awesome Lilacs
by Penny Ward

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Hello and welcome to the last day of our Memory Box Blog Blitz. So happy you have stopped by and I am hoping you have checked out all the new dies and stamps that are now available at you favorite retailer. This stamp set I am using today Spring Lilacs has soooo much to offer. Adorable flowers for Summer and Spring, pretty leaves to use now or in the Fall, and great sentiments to use year round.

 

Here is how I made this card:

 

Start with a white case card. I always make my base cards the same...cut white cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half.

Cut a white cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink this panel with Distress Oxide Iced Spruce and Cracked Pistachio...I know the color sounds awful together, but it really works. Now flick a little water across this panel and let dry. Adhere inked panel to card base.

 

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Cut white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches and die cut with Pinpoint Double Frame as shown.  Use a scoring board to emboss a few lines along the left side of card, then adhere to card base.

 

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Stamp and die cut the Spring Lilacs. Color with Spectrum Noir markers VB1,  VB3 as well as AB1, AB3 and the leaves with YG1 and YG3.

Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment onto Vellum.

Add a bow to the flowers and drops of Glossy White Crystal Drops to flower centers. (white drops take on the color of the alcohol marker after they dry)

 

So.....which dies or stamps are your favorite?

Please leave me a comment before Midnight May 14th (that's today) and I will be giving away the Spring Lilacs stamp set to one very lucky person.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature


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Sat 13

Whale of a Smile
by Sherry Hester

Welcome everyone to day six of our blog blitz! I hope you’ve been enjoying all of the inspiration this week. There are so many possibilities with the new Memory Box “Whale Hello There” set and matching dies. Another super die is the Sheer Circle Trimming die ... a thin but mighty die ... which is also used on this easy-peasy card. The ocean’s the limit with these stamps and dies from the fun and fabulous new release!!

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I started with a 5” x 3.75” piece of white card stock, and ran the Sheer Circle Trimming die twice through my die cutting machine, one right above the other, starting approximately two-thirds of the way down on the piece. To give it an “oceany” feel, I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink over the die cut area. The waviness of this die provided a perfect background for the focal point.

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I next stamped and die cut the whale and one of the fish from the Whale Hello There sets. I sponged a light gray color onto the whale’s body, adding a little pink for his cheek. The smaller fish was sponged with Dried Marigold with a little pink for the cheek as well.

I mounted the whale and the fish onto the white card stock with foam tape. I stamped and die cut the heart and sponged it in with Worn Lipstick. This was mounted just above the whale’s spout with foam tape. I then stamped the bubbles and filled them in with Faded Jeans. I added some clear glitter to the heart and the bubbles for a little sparkle.

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This assembled piece was then mounted with foam tape to a white A2 card base, as shown.

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If you would like a chance to win the Sheer Circle Trimming die … one of my favorites from the new release, by the way … please leave a comment on this post! You have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, May 14th, to comment on this and all of the posts. The winning comment will be chosen at random … it just might be you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherrysig


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Fri 12

A Whale of a Good Time
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! I have another look at the fun stamp set Whale Hello There to share with you today for our Blog Blitz.

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I just love the waves in this stamp set! I stamped them 4 times on the base of my card in a darker ink of the same color to create the background. Then I stamped these cute sea creatures and die cut them using the coordinating die set and colored them with Copic Markers. To add the texture to the whale and the octopus, I used dots of the same colors I used to color each image as well as some dots of the colorless blender. It creates such a fun look.

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I stamped my sentiment on a light blue strip of paper and glued it to the card. I added the sea cuties with some foam tape and finished the card off with some sequins.

Now for the fun part! Want a chance to win this cute stamp set? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, May 14th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp set.  Don't forget to check back during the week.  Each designer post will have its own chance of winning a prize.  Good luck!

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