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Sat 21

The May Collection…New Poppy Stems and Foiled Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Happy weekend!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here, discovering more ways to combine the great new dies from our May Collection.  Ruffled Poppy Stem (on the left) and Sweet Poppy Stem complement each other on a simple slimline. A delicate hot-foiled diecut Posh Thank You balances the bright bold blossoms with classic gold and black.

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Cut Ruffled Poppy Stem from a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Cut Sweet Poppy Stem from a pinkish red 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Cut the flower centers from Black Glossy Paper.  Assemble the poppies - add dimension with foamtape between the layers.  

Cut Kraft Woodgrain Paper with the 6-¾" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut aqua and coral strips with the two smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers dies.  Diecutting simple layered accent strips creates smooth crisp edges and perfect proportions - without tedious measuring.

Foil and diecut Posh Thank You following the directions for your machine.  The classic greeting would be great with any of the floral or butterfly diecuts from the May Collection.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add turquoise Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The new Sweet Poppy Stem, Ruffled Poppy Stem and Graceful Poppy Stems are simple and elegant individually - or combined for more impact.  The stems will be great with other floral diecuts too - like the Ruffled Blooms and layered blossoms from earlier releases.  They'll be classic, versatile additions to your collection of Memory Box floral dies.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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Fri 20

Hello Slimline with Foil Plates
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with this mini slimline "hello" card featuring some of the brand new release products. The three new dies I used are:

1) Hello Daily Script 94658
2) Sunburst Hot Foil Plate MBF009
3) Bouquet Blooms & Leaves die set 94652

I combined those with the Stitched Circle Layers dies 30036 and the Slim Pinpoint Burst die 94557. Here's another look at my card:


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Here's how I made my card
1) Using foiling machine I foiled the sunburst in Turquoise foil
2) With the left over negative piece and foiled it on an separate piece of card stock.
3) Using the circle dies, cut the center from the negative foiled piece.
4) Trim down the main panel with the blue sunburst to fit on a mini slimline size card base
5) Run it through my die cutting machine with the Slim Pinpoint Burst die
6) Cut the flower from both the blue negative foil and a piece of silver negative foil, piece them together.
7) Add the circle die cut to the center of the main panel lining up the sunbursts
8) Pop up the flower in the center of the sunburst.
9) Cut the Hello shadow piece twice from white and once from the extra turquoise negative foil.
10) Cut the rest of the hello die from white card and piece it all together.
11) Add the hello die-cut to the bottom of the card.
12) Round the corners of the card.

Here's one final close up look at my card:


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I hope you like my card for today, because I had a lot of fun creating it!

Be sure to check out all the new dies in the newest Memory Box release!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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1) Hello Daily Script 94658

2) Sunburst Hot Foil Plate MBF009

3) Bouquet Blooms & Leaves die set 94652

4) Stitched Circle Layers dies 30036 

4)  Slim Pinpoint Burst die 94557

 

 

 

 

Thu 19

Layered Daisies
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I needed a happy card to send a friend, so I automatically thought of the new Daisy Stem die. I thought it would also pair well with the Exquisite Leaf Frame.

For my card, I decided to use the frame but wanted it to be smaller in size. I started by cutting the frame roughly in half:

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Next, I layered the two pieces together to make a smaller frame:

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To make the flowers of the card, I die cut the petals, stem and stamen from cardstock and then edged the pieces with Distress Ink to give them a bit of dimension. For the yellow petals, I added some Fossilized Amber ink as well as a smidge of Wild Honey ink. For the centers of the flower, I added a touch of Walnut Stain ink. When I assembled the larger flowers, I added a touch of foam tape between the layers to make them pop:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Wed 18

Lavender Field Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a birthday card using the New Sunburst hot foil plate and Lavender Bouquet to create this beautiful field of lavender with golden sun.  I can imagine laying under the sun and taking a nap in the lavender field.  

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Sunburst:

Cut white card stock to 5"x5" square.  Position gold foil and Sunburst hot foil plate in the upper right hand corner of the paper.  Heat and run through your die cutting machine per their instruction.  I use Gemini Junior system and followed their instructions for foil plates and it turned out on the first run.  Ink blend Distress Broken China from the bottom left corner up over to the upper right hand corner.  Do not ink blend in the center of the sun. Ink blend the sun with Distress Squeezed Lemonade.  Ink blend the bottom left corner with Distress Twisted Citron keeping to the edges to create look of green steams.  

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Lavender Field:

Die cut all the Lavender Bouquet dies from fun foam.  Add some double sided tape to stamp block and position the fun foam die cuts on the tape.  Ink up with Distress Dusty Concord on the flower and Lucky Clover on the stem.  Randomly stamp first through 3 generation on the ink blended background.  Having taller lavender in the left corer and shorter toward the right corner.  Die cut the Lavender Bouquet from a mid green Lush Green paper pad, 2 times.  Die cut just the flower of the Lavender Bouquet from a dark and medium purple from the Twilight Purple paper pad, 2 times.  Trim off any of the stem that is left and glue on the matching green die cuts.  Adhere on top of the stamped background randomly mixing the light and dark lavender flowers.  

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Butterflies:

Heat foil the Intricate Mini Butterflies from the same gold foil and medium tone Twilight Purple paper. Only foil first then run through the die cut machine again for die cutting.  Use temporary tape to secure the foil and paper securely to the paper so the die does not move.  Form the wings with your fingers to pop them up.

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Sentiment:

Hot foil the Birthday Wishes plate with gold and the midtone Twilight Purple paper.  After foiling use the cutting die to die cut out the sentiment.  

Assembly:

Create a 6"x6" card base from white card stock.  Cut the same mid-tone Twilight Purple is the flowers and sentiment to 6"x6".  Cut a gold paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad to 5 1/2"x5 1/2". Adhere the purchase on the card base, the gold paper, then the card base.  Adhere the butterflies, 2 in the lavender and 1 in the sky.  Adhere the sentiment with foam tape over the sun. 

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Tue 17

New Stella Butterfly and Background from the May Collection by Jean Okimoto

 

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The beautiful new Stella Butterfly and Background set is perfect with a leafy, flowery background. Try it with a Bubble Border too!  Add a diecut circle greeting and iridescent Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones to complete the look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another new butterfly set from our May Collection.

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Cut the detailed Stella Butterfly from the shiny aqua Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut the solid Background from a Fresh Aqua 6x6 sheet.  Cut the antennae/body from a gold Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Assemble the butterfly.

Cut a pale lavender 6x6 from the Twilight Purple Collection with the 1-⅞" wide Slim Basics Rectangles die.  Cut it with Bubble Border.  Trim the excess from the short ends.

 

I used a sheet of ink-blended and gold-spritzed Open Studio Watercolor Paper for the background.  Cut it with the 2-⅛" wide Slim Basics Rectangles die.  Trimming layers with the Slim Basics Rectangles dies saves time and eliminates guessing -  and those wonky edges.

Stamp the greeting - from the Friends and Family Clear Stamp Set - on the pale lavender 6x6 with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to a lavender slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - attach foam tape to the center of the butterfly and let the wings appear to be floating over the background.  Attach the greeting circle with foam tape too.  Add the lightest Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

 

Hope you're loving the May Collection as much as we enjoy sharing our newest designs with you!  Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend.

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Mon 16

Butterflies Everywhere--Butterfly Coterie Collage Stencil and Butterfly Coterie Collage Die Together
by Anne Thompson

Butterflies are flitting everywhere on today's card where I used the Butterfly Coterie Collage Stencil 88617 for the background butterflies and the Butterfly Coterie Collage die butterflies on top of the stenciled ones to create a card suitable for any occasion.

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materials used

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to make this card

  • start with a piece of white cardstock and attach the Butterfly Coterie Collage Stencil on top with washi tape
  • use fingertip dauber to add VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink over the stencil

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  • trim the stenciled panel 3 1/4 X 4 1/2
  • die cut the Butterfly Coterie Collage die using one of the coral plaid papers
  • add the die cut butterflies on top of the stenciled ones (I used glue dots on the bottom wing portions so I could bend the upper wing part up a bit)
  • using the dauber add more smudgy ink around the edges of the panel and then use the ink directly from the pad around the outer edge
  • add clear Fairy Drops to the centers of the wings

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  • cut a piece of another coral plaid paper 4 X 5 1/4 and add it to the front of the notecard
  • attach the butterfly panel to the front of the notecard

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This card is appropriate for any number of occasions, so I will wait to add an appropriate sentiment when I know where and when it is going out.  I'm also going to try this design  with in other color combinations and with floral background papers.  So many possibilities!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 15

Playing with Watercolor
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share I card I made using the new foil plates, dies, and some watercolor paints I haven't used before.

I wanted to create a background for my white butterflies, so I used some Memory Box watercolor paper, spritzed it with water and then randomly added some Derwent Graphtint paints. The watercolors are made with graphite and have a more muted tone. I thought they would really show off the white butterflies well.  Here was the background before I added everything:

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To be honest, I wasn't sure if I liked the colors when they were still wet. However, I liked them a lot once they dried. I always say to never judge watercolor when it is wet. I should have listened to my own advice.

I added my butterflies to the card so that the larger butterflies were in the bottom left-hand corner and the smaller butterflies were in the top-right. I wanted to give the impression they were flying away.

Here is the finished card:

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Fri 13

A Trio of Ava Butterflies from the May Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Send caring thoughts and special hugs with a trio of the new Ava Butterflies.  They're diecut from pearlescent 6x6's in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad - and perfect when you need a really quick card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another slimline design and a bit of rescued background paper from my stash.

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Cut Ava Butterflies from the pale blue, peach and aqua Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6 sheets.  

Sponge the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with salvaged patina, spun sugar and broken china Distress Oxides.  Add a light spritz of water and let the inks blend a bit.  Heat-set it, then cut it with the smallest Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Here's my favorite way to align and assemble the new Hugs Daily Script greeting.  Attach Scor-tape to the top of white cardstock and diecut the solid background.  Cut the detailed letters from a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Remove the diecut pieces, then place the letters back into the die. (That's easier than pulling the offcuts out!)  Save the tape liner and press the adhesive-covered background onto the letters. Use the saved tape liner to press the letters firmly onto the adhesive.  Cover the remaining exposed adhesive with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder, tap the excess off, then heat-emboss the greeting.  It'll be straight, completely adhered and sparkly!

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foamtape at the centers of the butterflies and let the wings lift at the outer edges.  Add turquoise Bright Jewels.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

    

 


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Thu 12

Hello
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  I was so excited when I saw the foil plates and dies in the 2022 May release!

To make the card, I used the Sunburst Hot Foil Plate to add gold foil to white cardstock using a foiling machine.  Next, I used a blender brush to apply Distress Oxide inks to my foiled cardstock.  Because the foil is like a letterpress design that is debossed into the paper, the ink doesn't cover the foil. 

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I trimmed the cardstock and adhered it to a black cardstock mat, which I then glued to a white card base.

Using black cardstock, I die cut the Graceful Poppy Stems and the Sweet Poppy Stem and glued those to the card front. 

Next, I die cut the shadow from the Hello Daily Script die from white cardstock, and the word hello from black cardstock.  I glued the black hello word die to the shadow and adhered it to the card.

On a strip of black cardstock I white heat embossed the sentiment and adhered it to the card.

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To finish the card, I added some yellow sequins for some dimension.  

And that's it for today! Have a great day!

Donnasignature

Wed 11

The May Collection – a Sunny Hello by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple Hello slimline card with a mix of bright yellows -  and new blossoms from the May 2022 Collection.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with some double-dipping dies from our latest release.  We're converting coneflowers into daisies and lavender stems into grassy fillers for a sunny bouquet.  The layered greeting gathers and adheres the delicate stems.  

Cut several Happy Daisy Stem blossoms from yellow sheets in the Sunny Orange 6x6 Collection.  Color the centers with a marker.   Assemble the flowers.

Cut Lavender Bouquet from 6x6 sheets in the Lush Green Collection.

Cut watercolor paper with the 6-½" x 1-½" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Spritz it with water.  Sponge it lightly (and splotchy-ly) with twisted cirtron Distress Oxides.  Heat-set it while it's still splotchy to create a variegated background.

Here's an easy way to adhere individual letters to a solid word background.  Attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of a yellow 6x6 sheet and cut the Hello Daily Script background.  Cut the letters from a Lush Green 6x6.  Remove everything from the die - then put the letters back into the die.  Lay the die on a hard flat surface. Save the tape liner - press the adhesive-covered background onto the letters to attach them in a straight line.  Use the saved tape liner to press the letters firmly onto the adhesive. Spread detail clear embossing powder over the remaining exposed adhesive, tap the excess powder off.  Heat-emboss the greeting.

It's actually easier than it sounds - even if the process took a whole paragraph!  The letters will be adhered - in a straight line - and the yellow background will be glossy and bright.

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Attach the diecuts to a light yellow slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foamtape for the greeting  Add orangey-yellow Autumn Fairy Jewels.

The May Collection is a great collection of classic flowers and butterflies for cards for everyday and special greetings. Hope you're enjoying the cards the Design Team has created for you.  

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you on Friday...

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