31 posts categorized "2020 Holiday Collection"

10/27/2020

Tue 27

Warm Wishes with the Stitched Circle and Knotted Circle Wreaths by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Stitched Circle Wreath add a burst of contemporary color to a traditional design.  Need glitter?  Bright sparkly berries and bows from the Mistletoe Bundle set are the perfect accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea for you.

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Prep Stitched Circle Wreath by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dots.  Cut it from Granny Smith cardstock.  Trim it with the 3-¼" and 1-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Stitch the starbursts with green floss - tape the ends of the floss to the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

Cut the largest Knotted Circle Wreath from Granny Smith too.  Cut the Mistletoe Bundle berries and two bows from red glittered cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Prep the smoother side of Intense Kiwi carstock with the embossing powder tool and stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Love that typeface!

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the greeting with foam tape.

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Prep the inside with the powder tool and stamp and emboss another greeting from the set.  Attach a few more glittered dots.

 

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Hope you're enjoying the versatility of the new ready-to-stitch designs (94404, 05, 06, 07) as much as I am.  There are so many ways to use them with a wide range of basic threads and sparkly specialty yarns.  I can't sew, knit, quilt or crochet - but I can stitch these simple designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday...

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10/24/2020

Sat 24

Halloween Treat Wrappers with Fall and Winter Dies by Jean Okimoto

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Designs from our latest Christmas collection are great for Halloween treat wrappers too!  Mistletoe Swags grow into a scary tangle of twigs, cozy Cabin Collage becomes a haunted house and Little Orchard Collage sets the scene for ghosts, bats and pumpkins.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a project inspired by a wintry fall weekend.

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Cut black and dark orange cardstock into 8-½" x 3" strips.  Score and crease them at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜" to form a wrapper for snack-size KitKats, chocolate bars or Mounds.  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.

 

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The Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set includes ghosts and pumpkins to cut from white and light orange cardstock. Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Pumpkins and Whittle Ghosts too.   Attach black cardstock scraps behind the Whittle Ghosts and Pumpkins for their mouths.

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Cut white and dark kraft cardstock with the medium-sized Geodesic Oval die.  We're using the inner oval offcuts here, save the delicate oval frame for another project. Cut Little Orchard Collage from the offcuts.   Cut a set of tree shapes from orange cardstock.  Cut the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer bats from the offcuts too.  Attach the diecuts to black wrappers.

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Cut Cabin Collage from black cardstock, trim it and round the corners.  Attach it to a dark kraft wrapper - don't adhere the front and back porch sides. Add the ghosts and pumpkins.

Cut two sets of Mistletoe Swags from black cardstock - we're using two of the narrower diecuts and one of the wide diecut.  Attach them to the dark orange wrapper - adhere just the outer sections.  Tuck the ghosts and pumpkin behind the swags.

Punch ¼" holes for the ties. Attach the candy with double-stick tape.  Tie the wrappers with green tulle or netting.  I used about 10" of 3" wide green netting and trimmed the ends. 

Thanks for visiting...make treat wrappers, eat candy and enjoy the weekend!

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10/22/2020

Thu 22

Build a Background for the Gilded Angel by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another mix of new dies and classic favorites designed to make the most of our Memory Box stash.  Trim the new Pinpoint Burst Plate with a Knotted Circle Wreath and create a radiant background for the Gilded Angel.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed - but simple - card in just a few colors.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut the offcut with the central portion of the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Wondering if you'll have a zillion little dots falling out?   No - thank goodness - the die pierces the cardstock without creating a pile of loose dots!

Cut the wreath again from Smoky cardstock and attach the interior circle behind the white circle to add contrast to the pinpoint design.  Attach the gray and white pieces to a side-folded A-2 card of Petunia cardstock.

Cut delicate Gilded Angel from the silver sheet in the new Polished Foil 6x6 Pad - save the two pieces we'll attach as accents later.   The new Memory Box Polished Foils are the perfect weight for detailed designs and you won't have any of those annoying little metallic "strings" found on double-layered foil cardstock.

Cut the solid Gilded Angel Background from the smother side of Petunia cardstock and pressure-emboss it with the detailed Gilded Angel using the plate(s) and rubber embossing mat required for your machine. Embossing the background adds dimension and makes it easy to inset and attach the detailed silver diecut.  Attach the silver diecut as an "offset-inset."

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Orchid Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then diecut the cardstock with the smallest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut gray cardstock too - for the narrow crescent accents.

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Use the entire design - or just a portion - of the new Pinpoint Plates for cards, layouts and mixed medial projects.  Layer them over contrasting cardstock to make the designs stand out. View our growing collection of pinpoint dies and create great holiday and everyday greetings!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend!

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10/18/2020

Sun 18

Let It Snow Pink
by Trina Pham

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Happy Sunday everyone.  October is breast cancer awareness month and there are several challenges honoring it with a pink theme.  I’m sure you’ve figured out where my inspiration came from. 😉  One of the challenges is generously donating $4 per entry to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Pretty amazing, right?  So if you are interested in entering to donate, head on over to the Jingle Belles challenge HERE.  

Okay, now onto my simple pink Christmas card.  Started by die cutting the Charming Snowman Collage die from mixed media paper resulting in this.

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Adhered a torn snowy ground mask to the bottom of the panel, and ink blended Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks (DI) with blender brushes to create the bright pink sky.  After the photo was taken, I lightly blended Black Soot DI around the top and side edges.  Spritz it with water then blot with a paper towel to give it texture.

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Die cut the snowman again, this time from white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Colored the outline piece with Copic Sketch markers C00, C1, C3 and 100 (arms), then inlaid it into the panel. 

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For better details and definition, the hat and scarf were die cut from alcohol ink friendly paper, colored with Copic markers then pieced on top.  The mixed media eyes, nose and buttons were also colored with Copic markers then inlaid back.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Spirit of Christmas stamp set with clear glitter embossing powder and mounted the panel to a white card base to finish.

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Not my usual or comfortable color to create with, but it was a fun change up.  And that’s it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.

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10/17/2020

Sat 17

Christmas Slimline Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I have made two slimline Christmas cards using some of the newly released dies from Memory Box.  I used the new "Knotted Diamond Background" die cutting it twice and putting one on the top half of the slimline and the other on the bottom half.  The sentiments are in the center where the two larger dies meet.

I cut the background die twice from the beautiful turquoise glitter paper in the "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack and also  from white card stock for my first card.  I adhered the white diamond backgrounds to the card base, then paper pieced in the glitter paper inside the white die cut.  For the sentiment, I cut the largest "Knotted Circle Wreath" die from black and white card stock and pieced it together before stamping/heat embossing the sentiment from the "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set.  The tiny bow on the circle is from the "Mistletoe Bundle" die and it is cut from the turquoise glitter paper.

Next, I added some red metallic pen dots where the lines crossed in the background and added clear gems on top of the red dots.  I have used the technique a lot because it actually saves quite a bit of money on gems if you just use clear ones, but color the spot underneath where you adhere it.  To add a little to the sentiment circle I adhered three tiny snowflake sequins from my stash.

Here's one last look at my first card:

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Here's my second slimline card made with some of the leftovers from my first card:

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For my second card, I used the two leftover turquoise "Knotted Diamond Background" dies and backed them with two cut rectangles from the "Delicate Paster Glitter Paper."  I cut the "Mistletoe Wreath" out of red glitter paper and added it to the center of my card.  The heat embossed sentiments from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set was placed on foam tape right where the two diamond background dies met in the center.  Here's a closer look so you can see the lovely shine and glitter up close:

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I love being able to get a second card by using the leftovers from one card and adding just a few extras to it.  Be sure to check out all the brand new release goodies from Memory Box, there are some really gorgeous products!  Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!

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10/15/2020

Thu 15

Build the New Charming Snowman by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs.  It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today.

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Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut.  

Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons.  The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like lumps of coal.

Cut the scarf from the green 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet. A tip - turn the glittered cardstock over and trim the scarf from the white side if the glitter and shiny blade make it hard to see what you're trimming. Cut the twiggy arms from dark kraft cardstock - including the sections that extend from the arm over to the edge of the snowman.  Place pieces of tape across backside of the collage where the scarf and arms will be inserted and press the diecuts onto the exposed adhesive.

Attach the Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Another tip - run the tape-covered cardstock through your diecut machine with the cutting plate(s) to firmly compress the tape. Attach the tape-covered cardstock behind the snowman to fill the outlines. 

Cut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured dark gray A-2 card.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Christmas Tiles Clear Stamp Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Add a Resting Bird.

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Here's a link to view our latest release - including some beautiful designs from Birch Press Designs too.  It's a very contemporary collection of favorite holiday icons.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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10/14/2020

Wed 14

Mistletoe Print Making Coloring Technique
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have another simple Christmas card to share today featuring the just released Mistletoe Bundle die and a fun and easy watercolor background technique called Print Making Coloring that Kathy Racoosin shared HERE.  

The mistletoe was die cut from Memory Box (MB) watercolor paper and placed on top of a full sheet of MB watercolor paper.  Spritz lightly with water then started watercoloring the mistletoe using Zig markers.

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Spritz more water to get the colors to move and flow over onto the bottom piece.  While the mistletoe is still wet, flipped it over onto the panel to make the “print(s)”.  I wanted a lighter print background, so I used more water and added less color to the die-cut.  Repeated the process until I was happy with it.

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For texture and more interest, added black splatters.  Set aside to dry.

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Next, die cut a window opening from Bristol paper using Double Stitch Rectangle.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Berry Wreath stamp set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on the bottom.

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The bow and Stitch Rectangle Trimmings frame were die cut from gold foil paper in the Polished Foil Pad.  The berries were die cut from white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Used C1 and C3 Copic markers to add shading to them.  Adhered the print background piece directly onto the card base.  Popped the Bristol panel on top with foam tape then assembled the card to finish.

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More new products have been added to the Holiday collection, so make sure to check them out.  And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day. 

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10/11/2020

Sun 11

Stitch a Giant Candy Corn by Jean Okimoto

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10/08/2020

Thu 08

Turn Stitched Burst into a Spiderweb by Jean Okimoto

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Ready for Halloween?  Stitch a spiderweb using the Stitched Burst die, add a pair of bats, some pumpkins and glittery ghosts too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - subbing glittery bats for spiders because I don't have a spider die.  Big bats swooping down over little ghosts...why not?

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Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge or brush the damp paper with ripe persimmon, mowed lawn and black soot Distress Oxides.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die and the Stitched Burst.  Punch a ⅛" hole near the center of the burst.  

Stitch it with Aunt Lydia's White Pearl Metallic Crochet Thread - tape the thread ends on the reverse side with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).  The thread makes the web sparkle - like spiderwebs on a rainy day.

Cut the Cave Bat and the 3 bats from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the black Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the ghosts from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the pumpkins from a scrap of watercolor paper sponged with ripe persimmon Distress Oxide.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 card - use foam dots for the Cave Bat and the second pumpkin from the left.

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Blend mowed lawn and ripe persimmon onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor paper - my sponges had some of the black soot ink on them. Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Onyx Black Versafine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 3-¼" x 2" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach the remaining two bats.

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I love the stitching dies - for what they actually are, and for what they can be with a little imagination.  Like using the Stitched Tree die to create a giant candy corn.  That's another project...wish me luck with that!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend...

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10/04/2020

Sun 04

3-D Snowglobes & Glitter Paper
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  I have made a couple of pretty 3-D scenes using the newly released snowglobe dies and some beautiful glitter papers from Memory Box.  These die sets can be used individually or in combination with each other to create lovely 3D snowglobes.  In addition to the main large die piece in each set, they come with other small dies such as a cloud, a cabin, critters, snowmen, and more.

For my projects today, I combined four dies for the first one and three dies for my second snow globe.

To see how these dies work together, check out Laura's post HERE.  She has some great tips and pictures that show just how easy they are to assemble.

For the first snow globe, I applied Distress Oxide and Distress inks direct to white card stock panels, splattered them with white acrylic paint and die cut the following:

1)  "Snowmen Snowglobe":  Iced Spruce Oxide panel

2)  "Cabin Snowglobe":  Speckled Egg Oxide panel

3)  Background opening:  Pastel Glitter Paper (blue) 

4)  The cloud die:  White Pastel Glitter paper

5)  The tiny cabin:  Watercolor paper inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink

6)  "Snowglobe Backer" & snow on cabin:  White card stock (I added a strip of Iced Spruce on the bottom front)

7)  Chimney smoke and back of cabin:  Brown card stock

Once the die cutting was complete, it was very easy to assemble because the backer has score marks to 1) show you where to place the inner snowglobe dies and 2) another one on the edge to actually fold upward to create the bottom snow drift in the front.  I had cut the backer in white and after assembling it, i decided I wanted Iced Spruce on the bottom snowdrift, so I used a scrap of that card stock to die cut just the bottom of the backer die.  I trimmed it with scissors and added it to the front of my snow globe.  Now my bottom snow drift was the color I wanted it to be!

Here's a look at my second one:

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This time I used Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide ink then die cut the "Radiant Snowglobe" background.  I only used the sky background from that piece and combined it with all other white die cuts.  The trees in the front were cut from white using the "Cabin Snowglobe" die set.  After adhering the two snowglobe dies together inside the backer die, and before gluing the bottom snowdrift on the backer die up, I stamped the sentiment from the "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set.  I added a star gem from my stash on the background to draw your eyes to the gorgeous radiant die-cut lines.

On both projects, I added thin gold twine in a loop though the holes at the top.  Now I can either hang them on my tree or use them as home decor items during the holidays!

Here's a few more views of my finished snowglobes:

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I hope you like my projects for today....be sure to check out all the newly released products from Memory Box's 2020 Christmas release.  There are so many beautiful things to be made with them.

Thanks so much for stopping by, see you next time!

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