35 posts categorized "2018 Summer Collection"

06/17/2019

Mon 17

A Simple Summer Card
by Anne Thompson

Do you ever go to make a card with one idea in mind and the card becomes something else?  That's what happened to me on this  simple summer card.  This isn't at all where I thought I was headed, but I like where I ended up.

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I started with the piece of decorative paper.  This has been in my 12x12 stack for years--a Memory Box paper from many years ago.  The next step was to search through blank notecards for ones in coordinating colors.  I found some Juniper ones in my December box that I thought went well with the trees.  I cut the printed paper into three pieces each 4 x 5.25, one for the front of the notecard and two for the inside panels, and attached the pieces using a tape runner. 

The next step was to audition die cut images for the front of the card.  I tried several different birds and butterflies.  I felt like whatever I chose needed to be anchored with something more.  The dies I finally chose were SOARING SWALLOW 99995, GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924, and one of the smaller circles from WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114.  

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I sacrificed another Juniper notecard and die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and the Soaring Swallow from it.  I used a scrap off off-white for the Wrapped Circle which I glued under the grass.

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For more dimension I added a foam dot behind the bird.  When I set the finished image on the card I thought that ought to be raised as well so I added more foam dots behind the circle.

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When I am ready to send out this card to celebrate the summer solstice later this month I plan to stamp a sentiment directly on the printed paper or glue on some die cut words from more of the Juniper cardstock. 

A suggestion:  Choose a pretty paper and a coordinating card and see where you end up!

Happy summer!

Happy Crafting!

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03/11/2019

Mon 11

"sending oceans of love" Scene Card
by Anne Thompson

I was inspired by the Wonderful Whale Frame to create an ocean scene card to send to my son and his family.  They have just confirmed a trip to Maine this summer and we'll be staying in a coastal town, with views much like this one.

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to assemble this scene

  • Cut the Wonderful Whale Frame twice, once from the blue cardstock and once from the white cardstock.
  • Layers the pieces together using a glue pen, offsetting them a bit for a blue shadow behind the white frame and the waves.
  • Adhere this to the front of the notecard, near the top.
  • Cut the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves from white cardstock.
  • Cut the lighthouse again from the scrap of yellow cardstock.  Place this piece behind the white one for lights in the windows.
  • Cut the waves again from the same blue cardstock used before.  Glue these behind the white waves, offsetting them a bit.
  • Add the lighthouse and the waves to the scene.
  • Cut the Soaring Swallow from white cardstock.  Secure it to the card using a foam pop-dot.
  • Stamp the sentiment "sending oceans of love" using the Hero Arts Cornflower ink.

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This scene was so much fun to create, combining new dies and stamps with the older lighthouse/waves die.  Hmmm...this gets me thinking about creating more scenes representative of places I've been.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

01/08/2019

Tue 08

Sending Thanks with the Woodland Heart Frame
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to the second day of our Blog Blitz celebrating all things LOVE with the newest Memory Box Collection to kick off 2019.  

After the holidays in December, I find that I always need more thank you cards than I have prepared.  Luckily for me the 2019 valentines dies and clear stamps arrived just in time to create something new!  Today's cards features these dies and stamps.

  • WOODLAND HEART FRAME  4" square die 94121 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • tiny "thanks" from BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5237 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • "Sending" and "Love" from SENDING LOVE Clear Stamps Set CL8126 (from Birch Press Design)

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  • THANKS JOTTED SCRIPT dies 94011 (from Memory Box summer 2018)

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  • HEART SPRINKLES die 94112 (NEW from Memory Box)

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This first card is 4" X 4".  I cut down an A2 card to fit the 4" square die cut and the 4" square of Bubblegum Distressed Dot paper under it.
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I snipped the prongs off a pink glittery heart brad and attached it with a foam dot over the heart space in the trees.  I cut the background outline "thanks" from more of the Bubblegum paper and used a glue pen to add the narrower "thanks" from the same brown cardstock I used for the Woodland Heart Frame before gluing the sentiment over the trees circle.  

And then I did something different with the inside of the card using the Heart Sprinkles die.  IMG_1018

I thought it might be a fun twist to use this die to cut the inside of the card where I will write a message on more of the Bubblegum paper. I've often added die cuts to the inside of cards but this is the first time I actually cut a design into the inside of the card itself.

I used red and white dotted paper (single-sided) to back that panel (which then left white space on the back of the card for more room to write) and added a 4" square scrap patterned paper on the left panel.  I then stamped "Love" in VersaClair Pinecone ink.  I saved all of the tiny hearts that cut out and may enclose them as a kind of confetti inside the card when I mail it.

For this second card I used just the inside circle from the Woodland Heart Frame, cut from white cardstock, and mounted on a panel of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  Again I added a pink glittery heart brad and the "thanks" sentiment cut from the two papers.

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Inside  I added more of the dot paper on the left and a rose-decorated scrap on the right before cutting that rose panel with the Heart Sprinkles die.  I placed more of the dot paper under the cut-out hearts and also covered the back of the card with it.  (note:  When I used this card to send to a friend, I added a smaller piece of light pink paper on top of the red dots paper on the inside left panel in order to write a longer message.)

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I had a little difficulty with this third card.  As I was poking out the last tiny pieces from the square frame I tore one of the corners.  Rather than sacrificing the whole thing, I cut the frame in half and glued it to the 4" X 5 1/4" Bubblegum dot paper panel.  I added the inner tree circle under it.  I had a white die cut  heart left from the last card which I colored with a hot pink Tombow marker  before gluing it into the heart space.  I added "Sending thanks" as the stamped sentiment using VersaClair Pinecone ink.  On the inside I layered a piece of Bubblegum dot paper onto more of the brown cardstock and stamped "Love" in the lower right corner.

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Once I photographed everything I sat down on New Year's Day to write my thank you notes in order to post them on the 2nd.  My next task is to design some valentine cards for a workshop later this month at my town's senior center.  With so many new stamps and dies in the valentines release, that will be fun!!!

Please leave your comments on this post and you could be the winner of the WOODLAND HEART FRAME DIE!  Comments close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 and winners from each day of the Blog Blitz will be announced on Monday the 14th on the Outside the Box blog at 6 PM.  Be sure to check all of the posts this week and leave comments for chances to win prizes!

Happy Crafting!

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12/17/2018

Mon 17

Decorative Gift Boxes
by Anne Thompson

I always keep a collection of gift boxes on hand, purchasing them when I find them on sale and stashing them away for when I need one.  In looking through what I had to use for Christmas gifts, I found these great kraft paper boxes with clear acetate circular windows that I thought would be perfect for holiday candies.  That sent me off looking through Memory Box dies for round ones that could frame that window.

These are the dies I selected.

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Let's look at the Poinsettia Circle Frame box first.

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  • The box is 4" square on the top and bottom and the sides are 1 1/2" X 4".  
  • I cut pieces of decorative paper 1/16" smaller than those dimensions--one large square for the top and four rectangles for the sides.  
  • In order to figure out how to cut the center circle to expose the acetate, I tried sitting several dies ( cutting side up) from the WRAPPED CIRCLES die set 30114 on the acetate until I found one just a bit smaller than the acetate circle.  I added two pieces of washi tape under the die, placed that sticky side up on top of the acetate circle and put my paper face down and stuck the die to the paper square where I wanted it to cut. IMG_0987
  • This size turned out to be perfect for the center of the three circle dies I chose for the boxes!
  • I used Scor-Tape to adhere the papers to the top and sides of the box.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the Poinsettia Circle Frame around the exposed acetate circle and the small poinsettia in the center of the acetate circle.
  • There's a small U-shaped cut-out in the front panel to make it easier to open the box.  I found a tiny circle punch and used that to make the half-circle U.
  • I then took some narrow Scor-Tape and ran it around the center of the side panels of the box and added a red ribbon over that which I tied in a bow at the front.  

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  • To finish the box I added some tiny white pearls in the centers of the poinsettias.

For the second box I chose the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame.

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  • I assembled this box in the same manner as the first one.
  • I used a wired red ribbon and red pearls in two sizes on the holly wreath and added the small holly curvy branch to the acetate circle.

For the third box I used the Hutton Wreath die with some small white pearls and a green-dotted red ribbon.  This die was actually from the 2018 Summer Collection but it works perfectly as a holiday wreath when cut from green cardstock.

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Three pretty boxes to fill with sweet treats for friends!

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I've found some kraft coffee bags with acetate windows that I can decorate in the same way.  And I have other boxes and bags that I can die cut circles into and add my own acetate windows before decorating them.  I love the sneak peek of the contents that the little acetate window provides!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

09/06/2018

Thu 06

Tape Too Challenge Inspiration with Studio Hexagon Layers and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Bright washi tape-covered Studio Hexagon Layers create a quick card for someone who's simply awesome.  A change of colors would make this a guy-card too.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a Tape Too Challenge inspiration card today.

Unlike everyone with bins full of washi tape - my entire washi tape stash barely fills a little 8" square cakepan. That doesn't stop me from designing cards with them - I love their bright colors and convenience.  Mix, match and layer strips of tape over white cardstock.  The pink and orange patterns are Scotch Expressions tape.  The wide pink tape - also used for the greeting - is Scotch Expressions masking tape.

Cut three hexagons from the taped cardstock using the three smallest Studio Hexagon Layers.  Diecutting creates those smooth, crisp edges we love - and presses the tapes firmly onto the cardstock.  

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Attach a strip of pink masking tape to a scrap of white cardstock and diecut the delicate "awesome."  Cut the bold "awesome" background from light gray cardstock.

Stamp "you are simply"  - from the Birch Press Design Best Friend Clear Stamps Set - onto a side-folded white A-2 card with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.   Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - hope you're entering our September "Tape Too" challenge.  Details are listed here.  

We've added another GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class on Saturday September 8th - hope you can join us if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  We're making 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards featuring Birch Press Design dies and stamps, and artpapers from Shizen Design.  

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08/29/2018

Wed 29

Silver Rose
by Olga

Hi there, I hope your Wednesday is going on great!

I know that Christmas has entered our minds already but the summer is still here and I don't want to let it go! So here they come - roses and butterflies!

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I have used a combination of specialty cardstocks to add more variety to texture and then attached some clear droplets to rose petals:

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To learn exactly how I made this card watch the step by step tutorial here:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope to see you again quite soon!

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08/16/2018

Thu 16

Be Cool with the New Sunburst Stripe Circle and the Sweet Seal by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sunburst Stripe Circle sets a summer scene for the Sweet Seal and offcuts of the Wave Ribbon Collage.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a friendship card I've created for you today.  

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Cut Sunburst Stripe Circle from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-¼" Rectangle Basics die. 

Cut   Sweet Seal from gray cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his face.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage - we'll just use the offcuts here today.  Attach the offcuts - staggered and in wonky order -  to an A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  The top two offcuts are from the top and bottom of the die.  Their straight edges are partially concealed by the seal.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock - with Summertime VersaFineClair.  Love that great orange!  Trim the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

Attach the sun and seal to the card - then add some orange gem stickers.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or nearby!)  - save Saturday the 18th for the Impress Holiday Kick-Off.  Great displays, the latest holiday products, inspiring samples - and a Birch Press Design trunk show too!  The first 25 people at each store receive an Impress  goodie bag - and everyone gets a 10% shopping discount.  Make a Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Designs  wistlist and bring it with you!

Join us for my the first Birch Press Design class at 1:00 pm on the 18th (a new time) too.  Make 6 cards - 3 for the holidays and 3 for any occasion -  using the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press,  and beautiful artpapers from Shizen Design.  Birch Press steel dies - like those from Memory Box and Poppystamps - are original designs by Dave Brethauer and they're made in the USA.  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again on Saturday - here on Outside the Box - or at Impress in Tukwila, WA.

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07/25/2018

Wed 25

Christmas in July
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I know it's hard to think of the holidays when the summer heat is on, but (believe it or not) it's only 153 days until Christmas!  

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To make this card, I used the Wave Ribbon Collage Frame die to create snowbanks instead of waves for my card front.  I just cut away a few wave lines and glued a few wave die cut pieces to create the snowbanks on the bottom.

Next, I cut a background piece of paper the same size as the frame, sponged Broken China Distress Ink onto the paper, and glued the wave die cut onto the sponged paper. I used a white pen to add some snow dots to the background.

I adhered the finished background to a red cardstock mat and glued that to a white cardstock layer.  I die cut a scalloped stitch frame from white cardstock, glued that to a red cardstock layer, and adhered it to a white card base.

I stamped, colored, and die cut the snowman, glued it to the front of the card, and used texture paste underneath the snowman for snow.

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To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment, glued a pom pom to the snowman's hat, and added some snowflakes to the card front.  

I know we're still a long way off from winter, but I hope I've inspired you to get a jump start on your Christmas cards! Like all of you, I'm looking forward to using the new release that's just come out; you can expect to see some of the new products in my next post.

Have a great day!

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07/24/2018

Tue 24

Awesome Friend Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love all the Script words :)

Today, I wanted to share a fun sponged background with copic coloring with you. I also partially stamped the sentiment. It's simple, just mask the area of the sentiment you don't want using masking paper before inking the stamp.

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I started with a white cardbase. I then took a mat layer and sponged using distress inks to create a background panel. I then flicked some water for the added texture. I now, die-cut this piece using the wrapped Scalloped Rectangles die.

I stamped the image onto a white cardstock using memento black ink and colored it in using copic markers. I now adhered this image to the mat layer using 3D foam.

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I die-cut the word two times out of white cardstock and stacked them together. Adhered this to the card and stamped the Friend word under it.

Here is a close up.

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 To finish, I added some nuvo drops as accents.

Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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07/22/2018

Sun 22

Summer Meadow
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. Sometimes you just need to create a card in a hurry and this one is for you. Less than 10 minutes and you have a creation that is simple and makes a statement

 

Here we go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut a Light Gray cardstock the same size and adhere to base.

 

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Die cut Summer Meadow Collage from Medium Gray cardstock. Adhere to card front leaving some of the center cutouts free of glue. Lift them up a bit with your fingernail for more dimension.

 

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Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set using White embossing powder.

Die cut one of the smaller butterflies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set in Teal cardstock.

Adhere to card front as shown, then embellish card with White Crystal Drops.

 

I told you it was simple to make. :)

 

Happy Crafting,

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