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29 posts from May 2018

Sat 19

Bright and Happy Birthday!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! Today I have a bright and fun card that I created with some of my ink cubes and some washi tape. Let's get started!

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For my card I wanted to use my ink cubes in another way so I started out with a piece of white paper and some thin washi tape. I took pieces of the tape and put them down at different angles to create a masked off area of diagonal lines. Then starting with the pink ink cube I dragged it over the top left corner of my paper. 
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I continued dragging the next two colors until they were all as dark as I wanted them. You could also do this part with an ink blending foam for a different look. Once it was how I wanted it I took off the tape and revealed my white lines. 
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I layered the background on to a pink piece of card stock and then onto a black card base. Some washi tape was added to the front before I added my die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday to the card. It was cut out in black and then I added some clear Wink of Stella pen over it to make it sparkle. I finished it off with some black gems.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, I hope you have a bright and crafty weekend!
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Fri 18

Butterfly Spectacle and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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The Butterfly Spectacle joins a group of favorite dies on today's card - like butterflies prepping for a summer reunion.  I love how Memory Box dies can be mixed and mingled into endless combinations.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another quick card for you.

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Cut natural cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut it with Butterfly Spectacle.  Cut the Bouquet handmade paper - from Birch Press Design - with three butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  It's such a pretty print, with so many options!

Cut the the matching antennae/center sections - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set - from gold glitter paper.  I've used just a tiny portion of the large (21-½" x 30" sheet!) gold glitter paper from Impress.  It supplies many, many of these delicate little pieces...and a lot more!

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of natural cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of natural cardstock with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale turquoise gem stickers.

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Experiment with the dies in your Memory Box collection.  You'll be amazed at how many different ways you can use them - as intended - or in creative, outside-the-box ways that Dave probably didn't expect.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress on May 28th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area and have the day off for Memorial Day, or if you're visiting that weekend.   

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

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Thu 17

Big Butterfly Wing and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card!  Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you.

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Cut bright white cardstock with the  3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project.  We're recycling and using the "offcut" here.  That's what I call it  - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly.

Find the perfect bright and flowery section of the screenprinted paper.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Using the slightly smaller die eliminates measuring, guessing and wasting that beautiful paper!

Cut the center/antennae section from gold glitter paper.  I love the new 21-1/2"x 30" gold glitter paper from Impress!  It's easy to diecut - with very little "flaking" and works perfectly with both detailed and solid dies.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of bright white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a marker.

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Have a stash of pretty artpapers?  The Big Butterfly Wing will help you use them!  Make a set of cards for special teachers or carpool moms - or for someone who's always scrambling to find a card at the last minute.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great, sunny day!

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Wed 16

You Are Awesome card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. I had the Hutton Gate dies on my desk from my last card and I love the delicate dies. So for my card today, I used the same dies as last post again but changed the technique. I used my dies to emboss the background panel instead of cutting it :)

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I started with a coral card base. I then cut a white mat layer and used the left and right Hutton Gate dies to emboss the layer instead of cutting it. I then die-cut a circle and sponged some distress oxide ink onto it. I then stamped the florals using the same color ink. I then stamped the sentiment. Now I added a bit of wink of stella clear glitter pen to some of the flowers. 

To finish I added a drop of Nuvo jewel drop. 

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

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Tue 15

Gatefold Card with Real Mirror
by Olga

Hi crafty friends, 

Today's card has a real mirror incorporated into it. My original intention was to make a card with "You are beautiful" sentiment, but then I thought it would be more fun to add a real mirror and then just write "beautiful" below it - so that you'll know who the beauty is :)

This is a gatefold card with a sentiment written inside. I have used a bunch of dies from Memory Box 2018 Spring Release to create it.

Scroll down for some close up, a video tutorial and a supply list!

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial! Have a lovely day!

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Mon 14

Dragonflies on Inner Stair Step Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature die cut dragonflies on pre-scored Inner Stair Step Cards, cards we'll be making at the local senior center this week.  I found several packages of these cards in my stash, but there are tutorials online for making stair step cards using an A2 notecard, a craft knife, and a scoring tool to cut and score the center panel.

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I precut all of the dies from Memory Box Bluebird Gingham patterned paper.  I used these dies:

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I used a glue pen to secure the pieces to the card, laying it out kind of flat, being careful to keep the glue away from the fold lines on the steps.  

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Here's another one, this time using Memory Box Bubblegum Dots patterned paper, placing the die cuts in different spots.

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And a third card where I used plain white cardstock and no cattails.  I also used a foam dot to pop up the dragonfly.

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These cards do fold flat to put in an envelope for mailing.  Because some of the pieces stick up above the folded card, I will use a larger envelope than the typical A2 size (and probably extra postage).  I can also add a sentiment easily on the front center panel.  Another idea for this month's Insects/Butterflies/Dragonflies Challenge!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 13

Honeybees
by Penny Ward

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Hello there. Penny on the blog today with some fuzzy Honeybees buzzing. Spring is finally in the air and these cute insects were just itching to make it on to a card.

 

Let me walk you through it:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Add a panel of Black cardstock the same size.

 

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Cut watercolor paper 5.5 x 4 inches. Color with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers or your favorite Yellow medium. Adhere to card front.

Die cut Peony Oval Frame from Black cardstock and adhere to card front. On a scrap of watercolor paper, paint some various stripes of Yellow and Orange, let dry, then cut again with the Peony Oval Frame saving all the tiny pieces. Glue the tiny pieces into the Peony.

 

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Die cut the Sweet Honeybees from White cardstock. Color their heads and legs with a Brown marker. Coat their bodies with Glossy Accents, then add Moss Green Ultra Fine Flower Soft and let dry. Color their wings and adhere all to card front as shown.

Add dots of Crystal Drops for added interest.

Stamp and heat set sentiment from the Bee Yourself set, trim and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

 

Make sure to play along with our Insects/Butterfly Challenge this month. Enter your creation HERE!

 

Happy Crafting,

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Sat 12

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you, featuring the Rolling Wave Collage die and some playful seals.

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To create this card, I die cut the Rolling Wave from a piece of white cardstock, and then glued it onto a background layer which I painted with watercolors.

I stamped, colored and die cut the seals and the ball, then adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive. 

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I then stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card and glued the card front to a white notecard.

I hope I inspired you to create a few cards!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Fri 11

Rainbow Birthday
by Sharon Harnist

Hello Memory Box Fans, Sharon Harnist back with you again today, bringing you a bright rainbow full of birthday cheer!

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Did you realize this wonderful cupcake image is included in the adorable Spring Bunnies stamp set?  I love stamp sets that have a ton of versatility, and this one sure does!  It's not only great for Easter and Spring, but also babies, love, and birthdays!  I stamped the fabulous cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card, then colored it up with these Copic markers:

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Then I die cut the cupcakes with their coordinating Spring Bunnies die set and glittered them with Nuvo Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer.  Next, I die cut Sentimental Happy Birthday from Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with the same markers, with an ombre effect.

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To complete the card, I anchored the birthday die cut with a piece of washi tape, and stamped the Sweetest sentiment (also from the Spring Bunnies stamp set).  I hope you have a weekend full of rainbows and sunshine!  And if you are a Mother or will be spending the weekend with your Mother, Happy Mother's Day!

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Thu 10

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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A felt owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies delivers a bright  greeting here today.  Coordinate them with the perfect printed and embossed papers from Birch Press for more texture and zingy color.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design for spring and summer celebrations.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to fuchsia felt and diecut the Feathered Friends owl.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the face from natural cardstock.  

Cut the eyes and beak - from orange cardstock.  Color the eye circles with a black marker.

Cut the branch - from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge dies set - from  recycled cardboard.

The gold embossed paper and bright leafprint are from Birch Press Design.  They quickly add bright splashes of color and earthy texture to the design.  Cut them with the 2" x 3-¼" and 1-¾" x 3" dies from the Rectangle Basics set.  Cut the wing from the embossed paper too.

Stamp the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set on an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.  I love how the leaves match the shape of the owl and wing...little things like that make me so happy!

The Deep Edge Dies are timesavers for quilting and fabric arts because they cut thru multiple layers of fabric and are specially made to easily release the diecut pieces.  Of course you can use them for cardstock - and handmade artpapers that can sometimes be challenging to cut.  

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!   Hope you liked the cards - and the great Shizen Designs artpapers we used.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura too - for helping us find the dies, papers and inks we needed!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy the sunshine! Jeansignature-3

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