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31 posts from May 2021

Mon 31

Simlple and Elegant Wedding Card
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone!  I know there is an explosions of weddings this summer.  I will show how to make a quick and elegant wedding card using the new Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder.


Emboss a white 80 lb white card with the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder. Trim down to 4 1/4" tall by 2 1/4" wide.  Trim a black card to 4 / 1/4" tall by 2 1/2" wide and adhere to the back of the embossed card.


For the flower I choose the Dreamy Freesia die for the focal point. You can choose any flower to match the wedding.  There are so many elegant flowers from the spring release to choose from. I watercolored the flower but die cutting from a matching color  paper would also be stunning.  There are so many colors to chose from. I die cut the flower from Memory Box Watercolor Paper. I used Kuretake watercolors to water color the flower using a dry technique with a wet brush.  Concentrating the darker color in the center and lighter at the end of the petals.  For the puds I used very little water to get a darker color.  Let dry.  watercolor the stem.  Let dry.  I used a Posh white paint pen to add a white center and outline the petals.


Create an A2 card out of white card stock.  Adhere the matted embossed panel to the left of the card.  Stamp the "wishing you all the happiness in the world" on the right hand side with black ink from the All the Happiness stamp set.  Adhere some Fairy Drop embellishments around the sentiment.  Adhere the flower onto the 3D embossed panel.  





Sun 30

Put It In Gear Birthday Slimline by Jean Okimoto


Switch gears from flowers and prettiness to a slimline design for your special guy's birthday.  Slimlines provide plenty of space for bold designs, strong colors and a bit of sparkle.  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design featuring the new Put It In Gear 3D Embossing Folder.

Trim the brown 6x6 from the Earth Neutral Collection to about 4-½ x 6".  Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Put It In Gear folder.  Cut it using part of the 3-⅛ x 8-⅛" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die.  Trim it to 5-½" wide.

Cut the dark orange 6x6x from the Sunny Orange Collection with the 6-¾ x 1-¾" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the cardstock to 3-¾" wide.  Spritz it with a generous amount of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Let it airdry for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Add rich highlights to any of the 6x6 Collection sheets with Imagine's spritzes for customized metallic cardstock to match your designs.

Cut Birthday Mail Posh Script from the green 6x6 Lush Green Collection sheet and the dark brown Earth Neutral sheet.  It's a perfectly-sized mix of two great fonts that are easy to diecut and attach.  An added bonus - the tiny dot over the "i" is diecut from the background instead of the delicate script.  Just glue a scrap of brown cardstock behind the dot instead of saving and attaching that tiny dot.


Cut three of Tall Birthday Candles overlay from the dark teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Cut three solid backgrounds from the light orange Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  Assemble the candles starting at the flame and working towards the bottom.  Attach the candle flame with foamtape.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½").  Slim Basic Rectangle Layers create perfectly proportioned layering pieces for slimline cards.  The die set also eliminates measuring and cutting (and re-cutting!) layers that might otherwise be noticeably wonky on such slim  cards.

Add turquoise jewels from the Bright Jewels set.  


Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!





Sat 29

Embossed Watercolor Scene + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this underwater scene card featuring the brand new 3D "Underwater" embossing folder. I combined it with lots of other Memory Box supplies. I also have a short video showing how I made this card:

In the video above, you can see how I used inks plus water and paint brushes with watercolors and and Fairy Sugar dew drops to enhance the detailed embossing you get with these 3D folders.    Here's a closer look at my card:

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And don't you just love the new clear jewels that were just released?  They really make the scene come alive and look like real water droplets on the card.  This card was a lot of fun to create! I have linked my supplies below if you are interested in them.
Here's one last look:

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Thanks so much for stopping by!




Fri 28

by Donna Sledzik


Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! Today's card celebrates the unofficial start of the Summer season, so I went with a patriotic color scheme.

I started by applying Antique Linen Distress Ink to my craft mat and misting it with water. Next, I took a piece of watercolor paper and dragged it through the ink. I wanted a very subtle application of ink, so one swipe was enough, and then I dried the ink with my heat tool.

Next, I glued red and blue strips of cardstock to the left side of the inked paper and spattered it with white and black ink.

I die cut the Spiral Shell from watercolor paper. I lightly sponged Antique Linen Distress Ink on the shell outline and used Chipped Sapphire, Barn Door and Antique Lined for the shell background. I spattered the shell background with plain water and dried it with a heat tool. 


I glued the shell outline to the shell background and used foam tape to adhere it to the card front.

Next, I white heat embossed the word celebrate and glued it to the shell.

I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!





Thu 27

Graceful Jellyfish Floating in the Kelp Collage by Jean Okimoto



Frame a glittered Graceful Jellyfish with the new Kelp Collage and attach multi-sized Fairy Drops for added sparkle. Hello - Jean Okimoto here - hope you're enjoying our Design Team's  Under the Sea Collection cards and Challenge inspiration.  

Why not share your designs and enter May's Water Challenge?  the entry deadline is Sunday May 30th.  We'd love to see your cards!


Cut the dark purple 6x6 sheet from the Twilight Purple Collection with the largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut it with the Kelp Collage.  Cut a piece of ink-blended paper to attach behind the collage.  Attach both layers to a top-folded purple A-2 card.


Cut one of the Graceful Jellyfish from the pale blue 6x6 Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the textured underlayer from the white glitter pad sheet.  Attach the layered jellyfish to the background.  Add different sizes of the clear Fairy Drops.

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Clear Fairy Drops add sparkly highlights to brightly-colored design elements.  Protect the gems on mailed cards with a layer of cardstock.  Embellished designs may require special handling and additional postage.


Here's another way to use the great Graceful Jellyfish die set...invert them and create flowers!  Here's a link with the details.

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




Tue 25

Tropical Centerpiece
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a card I created inspired by some images I googled. I was looking for a giant shell with flowers in the center as a centerpiece. I found some great inspiration! The Grand Tulip Shell was the perfect base. Memory Box has an abundance of flower dies and the newest Under the Sea Release has coral and sea grass!!


I die cut all the images using Open Studio Watercolor Paper and inked them up with distress oxide inks. 

Grand Tulip Shell Die/ tattered rose, dried marigold, victorian velvet, worn lipstick

Layered Fresh Flowers Die/ pink- picked raspberry and spun sugar, orange- rusty hinge and fossilized amber/ centers- evergreen bough

Forest Pine Branch Die/ crushed olive and evergreen bough

Coral and Kelp Ribbon Die/ coral- salvaged patina and peacock feathers; kelp- twisted citron and rustic wilderness

Thank You Posh Script Die/ salvaged patina and peacock feathers

The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps, Whittle Sealife Sentiments 


After I assembled the seashell and florals I added some white paint splatter. Both cream and kraft paper are the newest Woodgrain Paper Packs. I die cut the top panel using Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die. For a finishing touch I scattered some Bright Jewels Gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tue 25

Pop Up Sea Scape Card
by Sara Cook

Wondering what your friend is up to?  How about creating a pop up card with a sea scape view to get back in touch with an old friend.


Card Layout:

Take heavy card stock, at least 110lb, and cut 2 panels to 5 1/2" x 6 1/4".  Score on the long side at 1/2" and 1" on both ends of the panels.  For all scores, fold the outer 1/2" score up and over and the inside 1" score inside.  

Front Window:

Cut the blue/green stripped paper from the Garden Folly pack to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Use the 4th largest die from the Nested Globes die set and die cut a winder in the middle of the paper.  Take 1 of the card panels and secure, with removable tape, the patterned paper to the middle of the card and align the Nested Glade die in the cut out.  Run through the die cutting machine.  Take the 3rd largest die from the Nested Globes die set and the 4th largest and tape together to create a window frame.  Die cut the frame from the white Woodgrain Paper.  Color the paper with Distress Ink Antique Linen and then lightly with Vintage phot.  Adhere the pattern paper to the panel and then the frame.


Sea Scape:

Embossing a light mid tone blue paper rom the Ocean Blue paper pack with Waves 3D embossing folder.  Take sand paper and lightly sand the top of the waves.  Lightly add Distress Picket Fence ink over the waves.  Blend lightly with foam pad.  Let dry.  Fussy cut around the waves about half way down.  Die cut the smallest post from Marina Sailboat dies.  The sails are from Fresh Aqua.  The base of the boat is from Kraft Woodgrain Paper (lightly add Distress Vintage Photo to enhance the wood grain).  the Pole is cut from silver card stock.   Die cut the Oceanside Lighthouse from white and dark blue from Ocean Blue paper.  Cut off the top of the Lighthouse under the railing and glue on the white die cut.  Die cut the Waves from white and same blue of the embossed waves and glue together.


Ink plend a white 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel with Distress Squeezed Lemonade from the bottom and Broken China from the top and lightly blend in the middle.  


Stamp "water you up to?" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiment stamp set with a light blue ink on white card stock.  Trim down to the  1/4" tall.  Adhere under the window frame.

Flying birds:

Die cut the Flying Gulls birds out of white card stock.  Cut 2 strip of acetate to 4 1/2" x 1/4".  Adhere 1 bird to end of each strip.  Save 1 bird to adhere to the back panel.


Take the back scored and folder panel and adhere the sky panel in the center.  Adhere the 3D embossing waves at the bottom of the panel.  Adhere the lighthouse and wave to the right hand side, tucking it behind the waives.  Make sure you can see the lighthouse through the window.  Adhere the sails boat on top of the waves slightly off center to the left. Ahdere 1 bird in the sky.  Take the 2 bird acetate strips and adhere them with tap on the 1/2" score section of the back panel.  Add strong glue to the outer 1/2" score on both end and add the front panel on top creating a tab. 

Pop Up:

Push the tab into the card and slide into an envelope.  When you pull the card out it will pop up.





Mon 24

Waves-tossed Grand Tulip Shell
by Anne Thompson

Continuing with this month's water theme I made a card that features a Waves-tossed Grand Tulip shell.


To make this card I began with a Pool notecard and a sheet of aqua cardstock from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 which I embossed using the WAVES EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1013.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the waves to the card front after trimming it to 4 X 5 1/4.


Next I used two pieces of the Open Studio WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 and my small set of Kuretake watercolors to create the papers I needed for the shell.  I did refer to the GRAND TULIP SHELL outline die as I painted one of the papers so that I would have a darker area in the shell opening which is at the bottom right.  I used the GRAND TULIP SHELL dies 94566 to cut the outline from one of the papers and the solid shell from the other.



I used a glue pen to attach the outline to the solid shell layer and Scor-Tape to secure the shell to the waves paper.  I then added three small blue Fairy Jewels to complete the card.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 23

Double-Emboss for Extra Details by Jean Okimoto


Add extra dimension and highlight the details of the School of Fish by pressure-embossing and heat-embossing it.  This technique presses the details down into the Open Studio Watercolor Paper so it retains more of the original white color when inks are sponged onto the surface. Hope you're enjoying the weekend - Jean Okimoto here with an Under the Sea design in soft shades of green, teal and lavender.


Pressure-emboss School of Fish on the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper - use the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Place the paper on a hard flat surface and sponge the design with peacock feathers, cracked pistachio and shaded lilac Distress Oxides - color-blend the inks just on the surface of the embossed paper - don't press the inks into the embossed design.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder, and let it cool completely.  Cut it with School of Fish.

Cut the pale blue-lavender 6x6 sheet from the Stormy Blue Collection with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Center the rectangle in the Underwater 3D Embossing Folder and pressure-emboss the design.  Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.

Attach 5 fishes  - use foamtape for the top, 3rd and 4th fishes.  

Cut the delicate coral from the lavender Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut the seaweed stalk twice from the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Trim about 1" from the bottom of one stalk and divide it into two narrow pieces.  Attach the seaweed and coral to the background.  There's a lot happening on the card - but the layered, blended colors play nicely with the detailed design.  I hope!


Thanks for visiting...hope you'll try this technique to highlight and emphasize the details of this versatile die.  It can be a Father's Day or birthday card for that special guy.  See you again on Thursday!





Sat 22

Shell by the Sea Shore Card
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone. I have a sea shore inspired card using the new Under the Sea release dies. Perfect card to send to someone you have not talked to for awhile. 



Emboss the Grand Tulip Shell outline die on cream card stock then use the base die to cut it out.  This will help in the coloring of the shell.  Die cut the out line out of the same cream card stock. Ink blend the shell and out line all over with Distress Oxide Antique Linen. Then ink blend Distress Oxide Tattered Rose all over the outline die cut and on the shell around the areas that were embossed with the outline. Add more ink in the smaller sections of the shell.  For the opening of the shell ink blend Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry at the top of the opening and blend down.  Glue the outline to the base shell.  To set the color and add a gloss to the shell apply a layer of Distress College Medium Matte and let dry.


Standing Birds

Use the Graceful Ocean Birds to die cut 2 birds out of 110lb card stock.  Color the feet and shade the underneath of the birds with Distress Oxide Antique Linen ink. Ccolor in the beaks with a yellow/orange watercolor marker.  For the eye use a fine tip black marker and add a dot.


Need 2 wood planks.  Check out my blog post on how to make wood planks (insert link).  Trim 2 pcs of mounting tape to 1/8' think and 1" tall and 1/4" think and 1/2" tall.  Peal off the backing and center the wood plank on the tape vertically.  Wrap the edges of the wood plank around to the back side.  Secure with glue, if needed.  Color any white showing with a alcohol based dark brown or black marker.  Color the bottom with the marker and blend in the color.


Die cut the smaller Cheerful Crab out of heavy red card stock.  Add 2 layers of Glossy Accents to the crab, drying in between each layer. 

Rope Boarder:

Die cut and emboss the boarder die from the End of My Rope die set twice, 1 form cream card stock and 1 from dark brown card stock.  Glue cream card stock on top of the brown.  Ink blend Distress Antique Linen all over die cut.  Use the die as a stencil and putting it over the die cut and ink blend Distress Brushed Corduroy on the cut out areas.  Take the Brushed Corduroy and add a little to the sides of the boarder die cut.



Sandy Beach:

Use a tan colored card stock to make a 4 1/4'x5/12' panel.  Use a small fan brush to splattered ink on the bottom portion of the panel.  Use the following inks, IN THE FOLLOING ORDER, to create the beach, Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy and Vintage Photo, Oxide Ink: Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Picket Fence.


On 110lb white card stock, ink blend from one end to the other, wide wise, with Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon.  Use a narrow blending brush to add waives out of Tumbled Glass and Picket Fence.  Let dry.  Stamp the Long Time No Sea with dark blue pigment ink from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments.  Tare from the front side of the paper 1/2" ~ 3/4" off the bottom to show the white card stock to make the look of water crashing on the beach.


Adhere the ocean/sky panel to the beach panel.  Adhere the pilings, cutting off any excess, and then set the feet of the standing birder into the pilings. Adhere all the other elements to the card.  I also added a Flying Gulls cut from white card stock in the upper sky area.  Adhere to a A2 size card.