84 posts categorized "Blog blitz"

02/28/2019

Thu 28

Blog Blitz - New Happy Octopus and Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to our Spring Collection Blog Blitz!  Watercolors are the backdrop for the new Happy Octopus, Underwater Scene fishes and Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments on today's card.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a nautical design  - and a few techniques.  I'm hoping it looks like the octopus is emerging from the water and greeting the fishes.  

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Create a quick ombre look with Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor.  Follow the instrucions on the container to move the individual inkpads together for brayering, but separated for storage.  Spritz the smoother side of watercolor with water.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer by rolling  it repeatedly (about 25 times) over the inks.  Cover the entire inkpad by rolling it in one direction instead of  back and forth.  

Hold the inked brayer horizontally (to prevent drips) and spritz it with water - two spritzes are better than one.  Roll the inks onto the damp watercolor paper.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  

Spritz it lightly with water, wait a few seconds, then heat-set  both sides to minimize curling. Cut it with the waves and frame section of the Happy Octopus set - run it through your machine with the waves running horizontally instead of vertically.

Here's an easy way to select a specific section of the paper to diecut the fishes - 

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Cut the fishes from a Post-It - use the offcut to select the area you want to cut.

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Place the die back into the cutout and cut the fishes, exactly where you want them!

Cut the octopus head twice from watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes of one head.  Layer the second head behind it for dimension.  Cut the tentacles.  Attach the head and two tentacles behind the waves.  Slip two tentacles between the wave slots and tape them behind the waves.  

Stamp the greeting from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Electric Purple Radiant Neon.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it into a strip with the scalloped edge of the wave section.

Attach the diecuts to a Violet Notecard - use foam dots for the fishes, greeting and octopus head.  Color clear gem stickers with a Sharpie or Copic Marker that matches the greeting.  The ink is much pinker that it appears on the inkpad.

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Want a chance to win the whimsical Happy Octopus die set?  Add a comment on  this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the set.  There will be a chance to win one of the new release items each day this week through Sunday.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!

Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards - and all of the techniques we used with those great dies and stamps.  Thanks also to  Ann, Erin and Lynne for your help in finding the supplies we needed for our cards.

Be sure to comment on all of the Design Team's blitz posts.  Hope you're a winner!

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01/11/2019

Fri 11

Hello
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everybody!

Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog blitz of 2019.  We're featuring the new Valentine release.  I hope you've enjoyed all of the inspiring blog posts this week and have left comments on each one for a chance to win one of the new dies!

Today I have a card for you that features several new products that I love!

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To make the card, I die cut the Heart Board Die twice on a strip of white cardstock.

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Next I cut a strip of watercolor paper a little smaller than the die cut strip and painted the the background which will go behind the hearts. 

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When my background was dry I glued my die cut strip to the watercolored strip of paper.

I spattered a white cardstock layer with black paint and glued my heart die cut strip to it.  I die cut the word hello from black cardstock and adhered this to a strip of vellum paper.  I added the strip of vellum to my card by folding the strip behind the card front and gluing it in place.


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I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing power.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.

Would you like a chance to win the Heart Board die for yourself?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6 pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  

Good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!

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01/10/2019

Thu 10

Valentine’s 2019 Blog Blitz Giveaway…Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day #4 of our Blog Blitz...here's a very Valentine design featuring the new Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set and a sweet greeting from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple stamped hearts card for your favorite sweetie.

Have a Heart Clear Stamps - and its coordinating die set - make it easy to mix, match and layer the design elements.  Use basic colors or a rainbow of pastels, then add a dash of metallic ink, glitter and gem stickers. 

Cut smooth white cardstock with the 4" x 2-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the red images with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Air-dry the ink for a few minutes.

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Here's the diagonal  technique I recommend in classes for very precise stamping.  Attach the stamp diagonally for better visibility  - it keeps  your fingers off to the side instead of directly over (and covering) the stamp.  This also eliminates the distracting top edge of the block and lets you "point" the stamp exactly where you want it.  

Stamp the vertical and horizontal lines over the big solid heart with Brilliance Lightning Black.  Stamp the solid outline over the lines.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - and the small hearts.  Dry the inks.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of black glitter paper.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of red Wax Lips cardstock.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of Rock Candy cardstock.  Add red gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win this great set of heart stamps?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person will  be randomly selected to win the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set.    All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!

If you're in the Seattle area and want a few more Valentine ideas - join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress on Saturday January 12th.  We're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper.  Fold a simple freeform origami heart on beautiful Shizen Design screenprinted paper.  Add great inks, glitter and sequins to your cards and make them extra-special.

Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Donna's cool design, and another chance to win a great prize from the Valentine's 2019 Collection!

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01/09/2019

Wed 09

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another fun day of our Blog Blitz! 

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Today I am sharing the Bright Hearts die and the coordinating Bright Rays die. I started with the Bright Hearts and cut it out in a white circle. Then using the Bright Rays die I was able to cut perfect slices of white paper that I colored in a rainbow with my Copic markers and glued them behind each line of hearts. It fits perfectly and is so much fun to play with!


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To finish off the card I stamped the you make me smile from the Best Life Typewriter stamp set. This is such a great set that you are sure to get a lot of use out of, I know I will.


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Now for the fun part! Would you like a chance to win the Bright Rays die for your very own?  Leave a comment to this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!
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08/11/2018

Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:

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And here is the first card:  white on white on white...

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This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:

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This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  

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I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.

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The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.

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And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.

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And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.

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Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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08/10/2018

Fri 10

Joy
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to day 5 of  the Memory Box Blog Blitz!

I hope you are enjoying all the design team's inspiring posts!

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There are so many wonderful products in this new release that it was hard to decide what to use!  I loved the simplicity of the Joy Circle die so I thought I would start with that as my focal point.

I began by adhering a piece of plaid washi tape to the left side of my card front. I placed my joy die in middle of the card and die cut it.  This left me with a circle that was cut through the washi tape as well as the cardstock and the die cut image.  I was able to peel off the washi tape from my die cut, but if you have difficulty peeling the tape off, just die cut another one from white cardstock.

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Next I spattered the background with black ink and stamped a few music notes on the card front.  Then I adhered this to a red mat layer and glued it to a white card base.

I glued the Joy die cut inside the circle.

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Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock.  The sentiment said "joy to the world" but I masked the word joy and used the rest of the sentiment for my card. I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and glued it to the sentiment strip of paper.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card front. 

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I hope I inspired you today!

How would you like a chance to win the Joy Circle craft die?

Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6 pm EST.

Good Luck!

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08/09/2018

Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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08/08/2018

Wed 08

Silent Night
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello. Penny here today with my very favorite holiday color combination. White, Navy and Silver. This card is simple, yet elegant. This is the week we are showing all the new goodies from our Holiday release. Make sure to check out all the posts this week as prizes are involved.

 

Let's do this 10 minute card:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Add a panel of Mirrored Silver cardstock to base.. Cut White cardstock just a bit smaller and adhere that to base also.

 

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For the frame...adhere Navy cardstock to fun foam, THEN die cut with the largest frame in the Pine Forest Frame set. Die cut Nativity Circle from Navy cardstock and color just the star with Delicata Shimmering Silver reinker.

 

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Just look at the dimension I achieved with the frame using the fun foam. LOVE!!!!

 

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Adhere all die cuts as shown, then add Silver cording for the bow.

Sometimes simple is more elegant and that is why I will save my greeting for the inside of the card. :) 

 

Don't forget to comment by 11:59pm August 12th for your chance to win the beautiful Nativity Circle die. 

Winners will announced on August 13rh

 

Happy Holiday Crafting,

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08/07/2018

Tue 07

Snow Much Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 2 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz! Today I am highlighting one of the brand new stamp sets, Snow Much Fun! 

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For my card today I started with a background of Distress Oxide in a teal color and sprayed it with water to give it the cool oxide look. Then I created some snow with glitter, to make it all sparkle.
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I stamped my images and colored them in with Copic markers and die cut the out. To give the scarves more detail after I colored them I took the colorless blender and added dots to one and lines to the other one to give them a fun texture. I added my die cut and colored bunnies to the card with foam tape to make them stand out.

Now for the fun part of this post! Want a chance to win the new Snow Much Fun stamp set?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST. Good luck and be sure to stop by the rest of the week for more blog blitz fun!
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08/06/2018

Mon 06

Blog Blitz Begins
by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  We have already started highlighting the latest items from Memory Box on the Outside the Box blog, but this week is all about celebrating the new release with projects for inspiration as well as a chance to win prize each day.  We hope you will join us from Monday, August 6th- Sunday, August 12 for the blitz.  Each blog post during the week will have a chance to win a prize.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on the daily post.  That's it!  Enter each day for more chances each day.  One person will be chosen at random from each post to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, August 12th at 11:59 pm leave comments and to enter.  Good luck!

Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog at 6pm EST on Monday, August 12th and winners will all be contacted directly by email to get their shipping information.  The blog post of winners will also be tagged under the category of "winners" for easy reference.

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The first card of the blitz features the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame as well as the Penguin Cheer stamps and dies.  When you die cut the Snowflake Frame, these are the pieces you get:

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You can use as many of the various layers as you wish.  I decided to use everything except the individual snowflake for the card.  The dies came nested within each other, but I was able to easily die cut all of the pieces without cutting the dies apart.  I always like to keep the dies attached if possible so I am less likely to lose them.  I did use a metal shim when diecutting to since the die is so intricate and detailed.

Next, I die cut the penguin using the coordinating die:

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Lets talk a bit about the coloring.  First, I put down a base layer of C7 and Y38 Copic markers.  Whenever a want to color something black, whether it is hair, a cauldron, or in this instance a penguin, I tend to color it with dark grey markers or paint. Black tends to be too dark.

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Next, I added a bit of shading.  The YR16 was added to the base of the penguin's foot, and the C10 marker was added to the base of the penguin arms and body.  I didn't want to leave the belly so stark white, so I added some C1 and C3 to the outside of the tummy and around the face.

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To finish the card, I added some R11 marker to the cheeks and added a little bow tie that was colored with R35 and R46 markers.  I glued a piece of blue glitter paper behind the snowflake frame and then layered everything on top of the glitter paper.  The blue cardstock behind the penguin is a piece of 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" paper I cut to fit in the frame and the snowbank I hand cut to provide a little base for my penguin. 

I decided to leave the inside of the card blank for now.  I don't know if I am going to use the card as a Season's Greetings card or if I will use it for a winter birthday card.  I like having a card in my stash with options!

Want a chance to win the new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame die to make your own Winter scene?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  Once comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6pm EST.

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