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03/05/2021

Fri 05

Floral Shaker Card with Video
by Sara Cook

Welcome everyone.  Hope you're ready for some creativity.  I have a floral shaker card featuring the Stained Glass Floral die cut from the spring release.  I have a video for this card as well, link is below.

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Start by die cutting the Stained Glass Floral die out of 110lb white card stock, twice.  Keep 1 set of the flower petals and leaves.  Use Washi or low tack tape to secure the petals and leaves back into the die cut.  Color each petal using Copic markers, YR07 for the dark tone and YR02 for the light tone.  Flick the darker orange from the bottom of each petal to the middle leaving streaks.  Use the light tone, YR02, and blend from the bottom to the top.  Take the YR07 and color just at the bottom on each petal.  For the center of the flow use Copi Y00.  Don't worry about any extra color on the outside of the die cut, that is why the other die cut is for. For each leaf use the same technique with YG03 the dark tone and YG11 as the light tone.  Glue the other die cut on top.

For the top paper of the shaker card, choose a paid pattern from Madras Plaid Coral and Green. I chose one with grid lines and centered the die in the middle.  Cut the paper to 4"x51/4", keeping a 3/4" boarder from the cut out on each side and top of the paper. Glue acetate on the back side making sure to cover the square cut out.  Glue on the Stained Glass Floral die cut on the shaker window.

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On the back side of the plaid paper add double sided adhesive around the cut out.  Make sure not to leave any gaps.  Create a top fold A2 card out of 110lb while card stock.  Place the shaker element in the center of the card base.  I used HAI Supply TMM Cherry Blossoms.  Remove the bacon from the foam tape, center, and place on the card base.

Die cut Glade butterfly base out of white 80lb card stock and the top die from the darker gold from Polished Fold Pad.  Color the butterfly base with Copics.  Go from darker on the outside to lighter on the inside blending the colors.  Darkest is YR02, then R20, and Y00.  Glue the gold top to the bottom. 

Die cut Just a Note Posh Script bottom die out of 110lb card stock and top die from the darker gold from Polished Fold Pad.  Glue the top die cut on the bottom. 

Glue the sentiment below the shaker window and the butterfly in the bottom right hand corner pop the shaker window

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02/23/2021

Tue 23

Happy Easter
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an Easter Slimline Card. I used a few of the newest products from the 2021 Spring Release

  • Happy Easter Posh Script Die
  • Bunny Face Die
  • Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles Die
  • Spring Plaid Slim Paper Pack
  • Vibrant Violet 6x6 Paper Pack

 
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A traditional slimline measure 3 1/2 by 8 1/2, so I used the slimline stitched rectangles die slightly smaller than the card base and die cut the largest panel. The smallest slimline stitched rectangle die can be any size you choose. I chose a much smaller one so I could see more of the pattern paper.

*TIP: When I die cut pattern paper I always use the same die and cut an extra piece from a sturdier cardstock ( mine is white) and adhere them together.

I adhered the pattern paper panels to the card base with foam tape. I die cut the Happy Easter sentiment three times and adhered them together. Than adhere the sentiment to the center panel.

I die cut the Bunny Face and colored him with Copic Markers. I added a small twine bow. I adhered the bunny to the center panel with foam tape.
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For a finishing touch I added some sequins.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Hope you have a great week!

Michellesignature (1)

 

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02/14/2021

Sun 14

Bunny Hugs for a Snowy Weekend by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxBunnyFace, MemoryBoxWoodenAlpha, MemoryBoxLayeredDaisies, MemoryBoxSlimBasicRectangleLayers, MemoryBoxSpringPlaidSlim, MemoryBoxDelicatePastelGlitterPad, MemoryBoxOpenStudioWatercolorPaper, MemoryBoxColorWheel6x6, MemoryBoxTwilightPurple6x6, MemoryBoxSunnyOrange6x6, MemoryBoxFreshGreen6x6, MemoryBoxTwilightPurple6x6, MemoryBoxBigAndLittleReverseWordsClearStampAndDieSet, JeanOkimoto, BunnyDiecuts, PlaidPapers, SlimlineCards, FlowerDiecuts, ImpressCardsAmdCrafts, StampsAndMemories

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone celebrating today!  Decisions, decisions...should I design another Valentine, a "let it snow," or a Bunny Face card for today's post?  Bunny Face won - it's too irresistible to wait for spring.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a sunny-bright card on a snowy Seattle weekend.

I used a ton of new Spring Collection designs and colors - they (amazingly) all fit onto one slimline card.  Dave's always designed great dies, stamps and 6x6's - now the introduction of 9 Color Wheel paper sets makes it even easier to create cards. They'll add bright splashes of color to my card kits for Impress and Stamps+Memories too. 

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We have Spring Plaid Slim papers too - 65#, double-sided, with gold highlights on one side.  Cut a sheet of it with the new Slim Basic Rectangle Layers 2.2" x 7.2" die.  It's great to have this slim set for perfect layers - wonky handcut rectangles are too obvious on slim cards!

Cut the Wooden Alpha letters from the Twilight Purple Color Wheel sheet - run the dies through the machine with the grain (lengthwise) for great results.  

Cut Layered Daisies from the Sunny Orange (2 yellow shades) and Fresh Green Color Wheel sheets. 

Cut Bunny Face from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Cut the ear sections from the pink Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad sheet.  Glue a tiny scrap of pink behind the nose section.  Cut the month/nose section again from the purple sheet and attach it behind the face for a slightly offset shadow effect.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white with Neon Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the stamp set's die and trim it to 1-¼".

Attach everything to a white slimline card - use foamtape for the greeting.

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Thanks for visiting...hope you're enjoying the new collection as much as we are!

Jeansignature-3

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01/16/2021

Sat 16

Love Birds by Sara Cook

Welcome everyone!  Have a Valentines day card for those love birds out there. A scene inspired by the sunset that was half pink and blue. Perfect for Valentines card and the new Sweet Bay Collage die frame it.

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Sky:

Take a 3” square white paper and blend 2/3 Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and 1/3 Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  

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Birch Trees:

Die cut using Woodland Heart Frame out of 110 lb white card stock. Color the edges of the tress with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Drag some color across the trees randomly to create the bark of the birch tree.

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Humming Birds:

Die cut using Poppy Stamps Little Hummingbirds out of 110 lb white card stock. Color first, using Tumble Glass everywhere but the wings.  Then color the birds head and body with Peeled Paint.  Then color the wings with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  I used a light charcoal pencil to  outline the feathers in tail and wings, color in the beak and added an eye. 

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Sentiment:

Color 110 lb card stock 1/2 Tumbled Glass and 1/2 Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Die Cut using Sending Hugs dies centering the die between the 2 colors.  

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Foreground:

Die cut Sweet Bay Collage die out of green card stock and fussy cut out leaves and steam.  Die cut the Sweet Bay Collage again out of brown A2 sized card stock   Glue the leaves and steam on the brown.

Assemble:

Glue the birch trees on the sky in the center of paper.  Glue the Sweet Bay Collage aligning it over the birch trees and sky background.  Glue the humming birds over the heart shaped branches.  Glue on the sentiment.  Mount on a A2 card.

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12/14/2020

Mon 14

Plush Big Penguin Pocket Pet
by Anne Thompson

I'm working with a penguin theme for my grandsons' Christmas gifts this year--large quilted stuffed penguins, penguin pajamas, and penguin fabric for art smocks I'm sewing for them.  In looking through Memory Box products featuring penguins, thinking I would make cards and gift tags, I decided to first sew the boys some penguin pocket pets using the PLUSH BIG PENGUIN 94403 die set.

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I tried several kinds of felt and found that the stiffer craft felt gave me the best cuts with holes that didn't tear while sewing.  (I could have added a fusible stabilizer to the softer felt and that would have worked well too.)   I used my sewing machine and a zigzag stitch to add the white face/tummy to one of the two black body pieces.  I used some fabric glue to attach the eyes and nose to the face and to attach the feet between the two black layers.  I used six strands of black embroidery floss and a large-eyed needle and just did a running stitch in the holes around the edge to join the front and back, pausing every once in awhile to tuck in a bit of stuffing.  

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One finished and another cut out and ready to sew.  This penguin is just the right size to be a perfect pocket pet.  In fact, I think they will end up tucked into the pockets of the art smocks when I mail their gifts this week.

Plush Big Penguins would also make cute package tie-ons or Christmas tree ornaments, with or without stuffing them.  Don't have felt or sewing supplies?  Cut some single layer penguins from black and white and orange cardstock to add to cards or for gift tags.   I'll be making Plush Big Penguin tags for the boys' presents with their names and "Love from Nanne" written on the tummies.  Cute!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

11/22/2020

Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.

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Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.

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Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  

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Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.

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11/10/2020

Tue 10

Special Delivery on the Vintage Sled by Jean Okimoto

 

MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

Create a holiday scene with interactive dies from our 2020 Christmas Collection - and the Resting Birds from many collection ago.  Mix and match your designs and enjoy the satisfaction of getting the most from your supplies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little composition of holiday icons.

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Cut the base of the Vintage Sled from turquoise cardstock.  Cut the top layer from thin wood veneer.  Attach the veneer sections with ⅛" wide double-stick tape.  

Cut the deer - from the Snowglobe Backer set - from dark kraft cardstock.  Color the antlers, nose and hooves with a brown marker.  Attach the antlers.  Add highlights and spots with a white pencil.  Loop a strand of red crochet thread around the deer and tie a knot, then tie the other ends to the sled.  Keep the threads loose and curvy.  

Cut Resting Birds from red cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

Cut the tree trunk - from the Pine Tree Collage set - from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the tree triangle from green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the matching die.  

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

Attach the diecuts to a kraft A-2 card.

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Think of all the different ways you can combine the Memory Box holiday dies. Diecut several of each design, cut some backgrounds and stamp an assortment of greetings.  Trim the greetings, fold some cards and you're ready to design unique holiday cards for everyone on your list. Greetings from the heart will be more important - and appreciated - than ever this year. 

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and create some great cards!

Jeansignature-3

 

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11/08/2020

Sun 08

Sparkly, Poufy and Bright by Jean Okimoto

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The Stitched Circle Wreath can be a poufy, sparkly addition to holiday cards with a special yarn - and a some simple stitching.  Add a soft felt polar bear, a quick greeting and layered 6x6  prints.  Hi, Jean Okimoto back again after some photo-uploading glitches last night.

Cut red cardstock with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut the circle with the Stiched Circle Wreath.  Stitch it with white sparkly yarn - tape the ends of the yarn to the reverse side of the circle with Scotch Transparent Tape.  Sparkly yarn is my new favorite accent - and it's perfect for the Memory Box ready-to-stitch die designs.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and cut the bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Define the polar bear's eyes using a needle or skewer.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the face for  the eyes and nose.

Cut a 6" x 2-¾" strip of the Christmas Plaid sheet.  Cut a ¾" x 8-⅜" strip of lime green cardstock.   The greeting is from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Stamp it with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair on the chartreuse striped sheet from the Garland Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting.

Punch ¼" dots of glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach everything to a slimline Smoky card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.

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Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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11/05/2020

Thu 05

Add a Penguin to a Stitched Burst Winter Card by Jean Okimoto

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A very cool little penguin from the Snowglobe Backer die set joins the Stitched Burst on a contemporary slimline card for the holidays.  Frosted Glitter Pad accents add a bit of sparkle.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design - and more stitch therapy!

Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dot offcuts.  Cut it from kraft cardstock.

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Here's a tip - round the corners of the cardstock so the extra floss doesn't get stuck on the corners as you're stitching.  (Yes, it would be smarter to precut the circle - but I wasn't sure if I wanted a circle, square or octagon when I began.)  Stitch it with black floss - tape the ends of the floss on the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

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Stitch it with white floss.  

Stitch the final starburst with red floss.  Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.

Cut the penguin from white and black cardstock. Define the eyes with a paper piercer or skewer. Cut the flippers from orange cardstock.  Cut a scrap of orange cardstock, place it under the white diecut and mark eye positions.  Color the eye markings with a black marker.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on a strip of red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-⅛" strip of the black sheet from the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of green cardstock.  Punch ¼" dots from the Green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet. 

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  The red greeting strip is very wonky and the green strip extends above the top edge.

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Don't be intimidated by Memory Box stitching dies - they're easy to use, versatile and will be great for cards throughout the year.  Stitched Burst can also be a sun, medallion, fireworks - even a flower.  Experiment with different threads, colors and patterns.  It can be a great stress-reliever and create a feeling of accomplishment when you add that final stitch!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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09/06/2020

Sun 06

Bats Flying Over the Stitched Circle Wreath by Jean Okimoto

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The new collection of stitching dies creates the perfect backgrounds for fall cards. Stitched Circle Wreath adds a textured, starburst-y look to a simple Halloween card.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a September Halloween Challenge idea for you.

Cut the Stylish Frame Trio circle from orange cardstock.  Rub the Stitched Circle Wreath briskly with scrunched waxed paper to prep the die for easy removal of the tiny circles.  Cut the circle.  Stitch the circles with black crochet thread or embroidery thread.  Tape the ends of the thread behind the circle with Scotch Tape.  

Cut Cave Bat from the black glittered sheet in the new Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut the smaller bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Set - from black cardstock.  Cut a 1" white cardtock cirlcle.  Attach the bats - use foam tape for the Cave Bat.  The smallest bat will be attached inside the card with the greeting.

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Die Set - with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Attach the extra bat.

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The stitched details would be great for other occasions too - as fireworks for July 4th, in metallic gold or silver for the winter holidays and splashy bright colors for a birthday.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

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