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30 posts from December 2018

Mon 31

Peaceful Wish for the New Year
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  For the last day of 2018, I wanted to make a card that would be a prayer for the new year. I am hoping for much more peace and kindness in the world for 2019.  I feel like we need it.

To make the background, I took some Colorburst Powders, sprinkled them onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed the whole thing with water and then dragged some 140lb watercolor paper through the mixture to get a splattered watercolor paint background.  I used the Silver Colorburst Liquid Metal in with the colors so get a bit of a metallic shine.  Here is a close up so that you can see the metallic better:

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I cut out the word piece from the same watercolor paper so that it would match.

When I cut out the winged dove from white cardstock, I thought it was a bit to stark in color.  To add a bit of emphasis to the wings, I lightly colored the outside edges with a blue watercolor pencil and the tiniest smidge of brown watercolor pencil.  I then softened all of the pencil with a Dove Blender Pen.

To finish the card, I popped up the dove with foam tape and added a layer of silver metallic cardstock to pick up the silver in the watercolor background.

Happy New Year everyone.  I wish you all much health, happiness and peace in the new year.

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Sun 30

Die Cut Earrings
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello.....  So not a card today, but a fun way to use your die cuts. When I first received the Equal Triangles stamp and matching die, I knew I wanted to make earrings and finally got around to it. Follow along so you too can make these little cuties for yourself or as a gift.

 

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These earrings were made with Shrinky Dinks Ruff N' Ready. Follow the manufacturer directions for inking, painting, etc.

Die cut your shapes with Equal Triangle die. Paint the smallest of the rhombus with white paint, stamp with the striped triangle using StazOn Jet Black ink.

Ink the largest with Jet Black.

Punch holes near top edge.

 

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The fun part is watching them shrink in your oven.

Again, follow the manufacturers direction for this step.

Turn on your oven light and enjoy the magic!

 

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Assemble earrings using a jump ring and a earring.

 

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How stinkin' cute?!?  Think of the possibilities with all of the dies in your stash.

 

Happy crafting and make 2019 your best year yet,

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Sat 29

Cheers Jotted Script, Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the upbeat Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Cheers Jotted Script for a special celebration...like welcoming the New Year!  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a very stamp-y design for you on my last post of 2018.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  

The Imagine Crafts inkpads used here are - Charming Pink VersaFine Clair, Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance, Starlite Silver Brilliance and Celestial Copper Delicata.  Place your cardstock on a padded surface - like the Craft Mat from Imagine Crafts -  for the perfect amount of cushioning.   I like to stand when stamping, and look directly through the acrylic block from the top.  Stamp each image, then briefly airdry it before proceeding with the next image.

Stamp the largest solid triangle with Charming Pink, clean the stamp, then stamp the "offset reflection" image with Pearlescent Orchid.  Repeat the process with the other two solid triangles.  Stamp the diagonally lined triangles with Charming Pink.

Clean the stamp and stamp the solid triangles with Starlite Black.  Stamp the double-lined triangles with Starlite Black too.

Stamp the smallest solid triangles with Celestial Copper.

Gently heat-set all of the inks.

Cut Cheers Jotted Script from Flintstone and white cardstock.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Thanks for selecting genuine Memory Box, Poppystamps and and Birch Press Design products for your projects.  They're personally designed by Dave Brethauer - and made in the USA.  We appreciate your support!

Special thanks to everyone who drove, flew or ferried to Impress in Tukwila for my classes throughout the year.  It's always great to see you again  - and to meet new students and friends too.  Hope you enjoy the classes and are inspired to create unique designs too.

Cheers and happy wishes for the New Year!

Jeansignature-3

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Thu 27

Cocktail Hour with Bubble Burst, That’s Acute Triangle Die Set and Cheers Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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Create a glittery starburst for a New Year's card with the diamond die from the That's Acute Triangle Dies Set.  Layer it over the cool Bubble Burst background, add some Cocktail Hour drinks and say "cheers!"

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a very glittery design - and some inspiration for our December Holiday Sparkle and Shine Challenge.  

Cut four of the slender diamonds from the That's Acute Triangle set from silver glittered paper.  Cut center circle with the 1" Circle Basics die.  Layer the diamonds and top it with the circle for a smooth finish.

Cut white cardstock with the  3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die.  Cut it with Bubble Burst.

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Attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut the Cheers Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "cheers" from coral cream cardstock - and leave the diecut in the die.  Remove the inner pieces from the h, e and s.  Carefully press the coral cream cheers diecut (still in the die) onto the adhesive-covered background greeting. 

Remove the diecut using the pokey tool.

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Brush ultra-fine silver glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to rose gold or blush glitter paper.  The extra layer adds dimension.  Cut the large Cocktail Hour glass twice.  Punch ¼" accent circles.

Attach everything to a side-folded 4-¼" square card of coral creme cardstock.

Hope you like this design - and a lot of glitter!  Memory Box dies are great for cutting specialty products  like glittered cardstock, doublestick tape, mirror cardstock, silkscreened and embossed papers.  If you're cutting a very delicate, intricate design - scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die before you layer it over the cardstock or paper.    It'll be easier to remove the diecut when you're done.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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Wed 26

Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set, Thanks Jotted Script and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Here's an easy way to combine the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with the Thanks Jotted Script dies and say thanks for holiday invitations and gifts.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card featuring two very popular - and versatile - products.  The two smaller pink cardstock triangles shown above are diecuts from the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies - the big piece under the card was hand-cut.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Keep the colors separated and press the vibrant inks of the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor onto an acrylic block.  Paint overlapping, random strips of the inks with a damp wide flat paintbrush.  Let the colors blend and airdry for a few minutes.  Gently heat-set it - apply the heat to both sides of the cardstock to eliminate curling.

Stamp the solid and patterned designs from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Brilliance Starlite Black.  Heat-set it.  It's a beautiful combination of Starlite Silver and Graphite Black.  

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Create a custom-matched greeting by painting a scrap of cardstock with the Kaleidacolor ink(s).  Dry it and cut it with the delicate Thanks Jotted Script die.  Save the off-cut - maybe we can use it for another project.  We save everything, don't we?

Cut the greeting background from dark gray cardstock.

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Attach everything to a side-folded light gray A-2 card.  Add clear gem stickers.

Think of the countless variations you can create with all of the triangle clear stamps and dies.  They're perfect for contemporary New Year's cards too!

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow...

Jeansignature-3

 

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Tue 25

Penguin Holiday
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  To those of you who celebrate it, have a very Merry Christmas!  Today I am sharing a card that could be used for Christmas as well as a winter birthday.  I must confess that when I made the card, I didn't realize that the snowflake window die had been discontinued.  However, I think you will find that cutting a window and using the Delicate Stitched Snowflakes die will work just as well.  There is acetate behind the window, so the snowflakes glue easily on top.

To color the penguin and presents, I used an assortment of Copic markers.  Here is how I colored each of the areas:

  • C00- edges of the inside of penguin belly….add a bit of C1 to the very edge.  You want to add a bit of grey shading so that it won't be stark white.
  • C5- outside edges of penguin
  • C7- add a bit of shading to the outside edges of the penguin (under pits, at the base)
  • R11- penguin cheeks
  • Y38- penguin beak and feet
  • G19, R35, G14- presents…optional…add a bit of C1 to outside edges of presents for shading

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Merry Christmas!  I wish you all much peace and happiness.

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Mon 24

Hallelujah
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope you are all doing well.  Today I wanted to share a card that I did using one of the sweet Memory Box bunnies as well as some Copic markers

Here is a breakdown of how I colored the image:

E51- color entire bunny

E33- color left side of bunny (about 2/3 of the way in) as well as behind and under the hymnal

E35- add darkest shading to ear, tail, armpits, base

R20- bunny cheeks

R32- entire hymnal

R35- shading of hymnal

B0000- color around the bunny..hint… start at the bunny outline and flick the color outwards till it fades to white

B00- optional..if you want a bit more color, add a little of this darker blue around the bunny lines

C1- add a bit of “ground” under the bunny

C00- optional…if you want to add a bit more ground, you can add a bit of C00 under the area you colored with the C1

 

General hints for the shading:

Don’t color the bunny faces too dark!!!  That is why I started with a really light brown

I wanted the upturned bunny faces to be in the light, so that affected which parts of the bunnies would be in the light and which parts would be darker

The browns that we are blending together are quite different from each other.  If you are having trouble blending, scribble a darker color onto some palette paper or another non purpose surface and pick up with a lighter color to blend on your paper.

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To finish the card, I added a green frame and the hallelujah sentiment.  I hope everyone has a great day!

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Sun 23

Peace & Noel
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with my final Christmas card. I have been making holiday cards since July, and it just never gets old.

 

Let's get to it:

 

As always start with a White cardstock base, then start layering with Navy Blue.

 

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On a panel of White cardstock stamp your sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Elements in the bottom right corner using Majestic Blue ink.

Take a scrap of plain paper, cover your sentiment , then stamp with the background stamp from the same set.

 

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Finish card by stamping the diagonals from the Bold Christmas Greetings, trim and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add a pretty bow and call it done.

 

We hope you have the merriest of Christmas's,

Pennysignature

 

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Sat 22

Winter Scene
by Melissa Rusk

The winter skies have been mostly gray around my house so I decided I needed a card to brighten up winter just a bit. I pulled out my alcohol inks and gave them a try. I am just starting to use them but they are already so much fun. 

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For the background I took three colors in blues and teals and played around with the alcohol inks on Yupo paper. Once it was dry I took the alcohol resist ink pad and stamped the Typewriter Holiday Elements background stamp on the alcohol ink background I created. I love how it turned out! I will be using this technique in the future for sure.
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To finish the card I die cut the Delicate Pine Frame in white and then colored it with the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to make it sparkle. I also added some glitter to the tree to add to the winter sparkle.
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Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you have a wonderful holiday week!
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Fri 21

Memory Box Triangle Clear Stamp Sets, Typewriter Holiday Elements and Wintry Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday treats are sweeter when they're prettily packaged - and the Memory Box triangle clear stamp  sets make it quick and easy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto sharing my last Christmas 2018 design today.  Valentine projects are coming soon!

Score 8-½" x 11" sheet of smooth white cardstock lengthwise at 4" and 4-½".  Cut it into four 2-½" wide strips. Crease them on the score lines.  Cut or punch two angled corners.

Stamp the triangles from the Looking For Mr. Right Triangle, That's Acute Triangle,  Equal Triangle Clear Stamp Sets. Here's a list of the VersaFine Clair colors I've used - Verdant, Charming Pink, Tulip Red, and Green Oasis.  Use some Brilliance inks too - Pearlescent Orchid, Gamma Green and Starlite Black (for the "noel").

The greetings and 25-circles are from the very popular Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps Set.  

If you're making several of each design - clean the stamps with a damp washcloth after you've used each stamp two or three times.  This eliminates a build-up of dried ink and helps keep the lines and edges sharp and crisp.  

Diecut two silver glittered cardstock snowflakes with the Wintry Snowflakes Deep Edge Dies.

Punch ¼" circles of gold glittered cardstock.  

Attach the candy or treat with a bit of doublestick tape or glue dots.  I've filled these with Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  Punch holes and add gold cord ties.

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I love that there aren't any rules about "Christmas colors" anymore - especially with the wide range of pinks and greens available.  They're just waiting to be mixed, matched and layered. These simple treat wrappers would make great tags too.  

Here are the red and greens for a traditional look -

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Are  you loving the Memory Box triangles too?  It's hard not to use them!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend.

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