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32 posts from August 2020

Thu 20

Peace and Good Will
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. I've been creating a lot of Christmas cards using Memory Box's newest release! I really love this new die, Tall Fir Collage. It coordinates with with the rest of the fir collage dies, but I like using it alone too! I centered the die on kraft cardstock than colored the scene with Copic Markers. I used shades G29, G46, YG23.  I adhered the die cut panel to a white card base with foam tape.

Next, I die cut Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs and used the same shades as the fir trees but I also included E27, and E29.  I adhered them to the kraft panel and added a twine bow and some red sequins. I splattered white paint onto the card.

Next, I die cut the deer from Snowglobe Backer Die. I used shades E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, W00, and W1.  Isn't he adorable! I embossed the sentiment from an earlier released stamp set, Tidings Wreath Clear Stamp Set. I adhered the deer and sentiments to the kraft panel. 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 20

Tall Fir Collage Window Winter Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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The new Small Pine Tree Collage, Tall Fir Collage and Evergreen Sky Collage are designed for dimensional layering like Trina's card - and they're great individually for window cards too.  Here's a holiday idea featuring the Tall Fir Collage and the sweet little deer from the new Snowglobe Backer dies set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of dies, papers and techniques.

Score, cut and fold a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Prep the Tall Fir Collage by rubbing it briskly with scrunched wax paper to help release the delicate trees.

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Here's an easy way to align an oval die when cutting the card itself.  The pair of "push-out" holes on the die are aligned vertically - so attach the die with both holes 2-⅞" from the right edge of the card front.  Cut the collage and remove the offcuts by gently wiggling the pieces and pulling the offcuts away from the collage instead of tugging on the delicate trees

Cut the Garland green and red 6x6 print with the small inner oval from the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame set.  Attach it so it shows through the collage.  It's slightly smaller than the collage for an extra layer of dimension.

Prep the Special Merry Christmas die with waxed paper and cut the greeting from the green glittered sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut one antler set and  two Snowglobe Backer deer from Kraft cardstock.  Color the antlers with a marker. Define one eye with a paper piercing tool.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye.  Attach the two deer diecuts - with the antlers between the layers.  Cut a scarf from the red glittered sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Highlight the nose and hoofs/hooves with a black pen.  Add tiny dots of white gel pen to the tail and side.

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Thanks for visiting...have fun creating holiday cards!





Wed 19

Winter Woodland
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  I couldn’t let the other larger collage dies from the Christmas release not be featured in their own shadow box card, so I have another shadow box card to share today.  Unlike the previous shadow box card I did in the spring using large collage dies from the Spring collection, this time I did a pop-up shadow box card as shared by Jennifer McGuire HERE.  

Mixed media paper was used to create my card.  Started with two 6.25”x5.5” rectangles.  Scored down the long side at 0.5” and 1” on each end of both pieces.  These are the front and back of the card.  Mountain and valley fold the scored lines.


The largest of the collage dies - Evergreen Sky - was die cut in the middle of the front panel.  The third largest or second smallest collage die (used in the Wnter Cabin shadow box card - Tall Fir - was then die cut in the middle of a 5.5”Hx4”W piece and mounted with mounting tape behind the front opening.


Next, a piece was dry embossed with the Snowy Forest 3D embossing folder (EF) using Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet distress inks like I showed HERE.  I adhere the paper to the (EF) with temporary adhesive, so that I can repeat the inking/embossing process to darken the colors.


Trimmed that panel down to size and adhered it directly to the back panel.  The second largest collage die - Lamplight Tree - was then die cut from a 5.5”Hx4”W piece.  Colored the lamplight with a black Copic marker.  The reindeer from Snowglobe Backer was die cut from kraft cardstock.  Added shading by applying brown dye ink with a detailed blending tool.  


Adhered the Tall Fir cut out piece over top the reindeer and Snowy Forest background with mounting tape as well.  So lots of dimension happening here  😂


Forgot to mention, all panels were spritz with a sparkle spray, but as you can see (or don’t see), the shimmer does not show up in the photos.


Attached the front and back panels together and white heat embossed the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag on black cardstock to finish. 


This card collapses down to A2 (5.5”x4.25”) size and fits into a standard A2 size envelope.  Because I used mounting tape, it’s a super tight fit and is not mail friendly.  To avoid these issues, just don’t use mounting tape. 😉


That does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.





Tue 18

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone.  Today I have a easy card featuring more of the new dies from the Christmas release. 

To make this card I started with a piece of watercolor cardstock and loosely painted a background using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Oxide Ink.  When it was dry I spattered white ink on the background to look like snow. 

Next I die cut the sled from silver foil paper and glued it to a strip of vellum paper. I die cut the words Merry Christmas from black cardstock and adhered this to the same strip of vellum. I wrapped the vellum strip around the watercolored background and glued it to the back of the paper.

Next I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.


On a strip of black cardstock I stamped the sentiment and white heat embossed it.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.


To finish the card I added a snowflake embellishment to the sentiment strip.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!





Mon 17

Playful Penquins Christmas
by Anne Thompson

Last week I gave you three polar bears sledding in the snow.  This week it's penguins from the other pole!


materials used


how I made this card

  • First I cut the blue glitter paper to 4 X 5 1/4 and die cut the Stitched Burst into it before adhering this to the front of a side-folded white notecard.  This for me represented the South Pole.
  • I chose one of the white glitter papers for snow, trimmed it to 4" and fussy cut the top to look hilly and attached it to the bottom of the blue glitter panel under the burst.
  • I assembled the sled from the red striped paper, gluing the narrow strips onto the sled slats, and I tied on a piece of thin twine as a tow rope.
  • I cut three penguins from the Watercolor Paper and colored them with the orange and black Tombow pens.  I popped the body pieces back into the die and put Scor-Tape on their backs to hold them together and then used glue to attach their feet.  I placed two penguins on the sled with foam dots behind their heads.  The third one standing on the hill holds the tow rope attached with a glue dot and he has two layers of foam tape behind his body.
  • Lastly I added the Special Merry Christmas cut from black cardstock and adhered it with glue.


I love the Vintage Sled and have made several from the striped papers to use on future cards.  I keep them tucked in the envelope with the dies so I will know where to find them when I need them. 

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 16

New Snowglobe Dies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to share a dimensional vignette using some of the new snowglobe dies.  You can use the dies individually flat on a card (samples at the end of the post), or you can use them in conjunction with each other to make a dimensional ornament or home decor item for your shelf. I was pleasantly surprised that my scene stood up just fine on its own, so I think I will keep it on my desk instead of hanging it on the tree this Christmas.

To make my snowglobe, I cut out various layers from the new dies.  Notice that the treelines are staggered in what I think of as "stadium seating." The back trees and snowbanks are higher so that you can see them.


Originally, I was going to use a light blue cardstock for the back, but I later switched to grey to make a night scene.

If you are building a snowglobe scene, there is a backer die that forms the back of the scene as well as the base and front snowbank.  Everything is scored and when you fold it, it looks like this:


The base has three scored lines.  I did not fold at these lines because they are meant to be guidelines of where to add your various snowglobe layers. 

When I added all of my layers to the base, I was left with a 3-D scene.  Here is a view from the side:


The dies cut a hole at the top so that you can add a string to turn your scene into an ornament.  I used the backer and all 3 snowglobe scenes to build a very detailed vignette.  However, you could fold the base smaller and only use 1 or 2 of the snowglobe dies for a thinner scene.  I will show you how in an upcoming post.

As I mentioned earlier, if you only have one snowglobe die, you don't have to make it into a home decor item.  You can adhere it flat onto a card, and it still looks just as great.  Here are some samples:

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I hope everyone is having a great weekend!






Sat 15

Playing With Pinecones


Pinecones are such a great addition to any holiday or winter card.  Today we would like to highlight some of the cards you can create using the new Pinecone Stackers die.  Of course, don't forget the new patterned papers and glitter papers to accessorize your cards!

You can build your pinecone any way you want.  Adding a bit of Distress Oxide ink to the edges will add a bit of dimension to your finished piece.


Choosing a specific patterned paper for the background can change the look dramatically.  The plaids can get you a rustic vintage look.


How about sponging some Distress Oxide ink to the background to "frame" your diecuts?  Don't forget the splatters!


Who says pinecones have to be brown?  You can make them any color you want for a dramatic effect!

Have a great weekend!





Fri 14

Winter Cabin
by Trina Pham


Happy Fri-yay everyone.  I love how the collage dies from the Christmas collection layer so beautifully together.  So I used the two small ones - Tall Fir and Small Pine Tree - to create a simple cabin in the woods shadow box scene card. 

To begin, two A2 size (4.25”x5.5”) panels were die cut from mixed media (MM) paper using the largest die from Rectangle Basics.  These serve as the front and back of the box card.  Scored each panel at 4.25” and 5.25” then die cut the Tall Fir Collage (the larger of the two dies) from one for the front.


Trimmed a piece of MM paper to 4.25”H x 4.125”W next and die cut the Small Pine Tree Collage in the middle of it.  Adhered it behind the Tall Fir Collage front panel.  For added support, a hand cut snowdrift piece was added.


Created the “log” cabin with the brown stripe paper from the new Garland Stripes and Dots paper pad, the snowy rooftop with the white glitter paper from the new Holiday Glitter pad, and the back of the cabin from regular white paper coloured with Copic markers to give colours to the windows and door.  More trees were die cut with the Small Pine Tree Collage die.  


The hilly insert is a 5.25”x2” MM strip scored at 1/2” from each end and the slope was hand cut.  Attached the cabin and trees to it.


The “snowy” sky is a 4.25” square piece from the Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots paper pad.  I trimmed it down slightly just so it wouldn’t interfere with the folds.  The sentiment from Mistletoe Swag stamp set was white heat embossed onto a black strip.  Assembled the card to finish.


The finished card size is 4.25”x4.25”x1”.  It flattens to 4.25”x5.25” and fits easily into a standard A2 size envelope.


Just a quick reminder there is still plenty of time to enter this month’s Happy Holidays challenge.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.




Thu 13

Snowglobe Backer Bear in the Bramble Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments during last week's Christmas Blog Blitz and congrats to all of the prizewinners!  Have fun creating special holiday and all-occasion cards with the great dies and papers in our latest release. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a lot of colors and details on today's card...hope you like the results!

The sweet little Polar Bear from the new Snowglobe Backer holiday set is great for a friendship card too.  Add a trio of glittered Resting Birds and tuck them into the Bramble Collage.  

Cut the Garland 6x6 corner floral print with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Bramble Collage.  Cut the large mound from the Poppystamps Whittle Mounds set from the olive green Garland Stripes & Dots 6x6 print. Attach the mound behind the bottom of the Bramble Collage.

Cut the bear - from the new Snowglobe Backer set - twice from Dark Kraft cardstock.  Use a paper piercing tool to define the eyes on one of the bear diecuts.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the diecut for his eyes and nose.  Layer the diecuts for dimension.

Cut a small Heart Board heart from the red sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut Resting Birds from the yellow-green sheet in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Save the extra birds for another project or use them inside the card.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded pale pink A-2 card

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Whittle Love Clear Stamps Set - on the  smoother side of pale pink cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach the greeting with foamtape

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Enjoy mixing, matching and layering the holiday icons and design elements in the Christmas Collection and create unique cards for everyone on your list.  Thanks for visiting!






Tue 11

A Winter Scene
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here! Today I am sharing an easy winter scene using two of the newest Collage Dies,  Lamplight Tree Collage Die and Tall Fir Collage Die.  Here are some easy tips when using the collage dies:

*Trim each panel the same size

*Secure the die directly to the center of the panel... this will ensure that the patterns will line up correctly

After I die cut each panel I chose some Copic Markers to add some color. For the trees I used G24, G28 and E25, E27.  For the lamp post I used C7, C10.For the drifting cloud and snow shadows I used BV20 and colorless blender.

My background panel is piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I inked it up with some distress oxide inks in shades fossilized amber, tumbled glass and chipped sapphire. Than I splattered some white paint. 

I adhered the die cut panels with foam tape. I die cut the sentiment with Special  Merry Christmas Die.  For a finishing touch I added some Dew Drop Glitter Glue to the "snowy parts".

Thanks for stopping by!


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