721 posts categorized "Christmas"

09/26/2020

Sat 26

Christmas Berry Wreath
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! I have two cards for you today made with just one of the large beautiful wreaths from Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" stamp set. My first card above used a larger portion of the wreath and my second card used the left over piece for a more clean and simple look.

I stamped the wreath on an oversized piece of black card stock then embossed it in gold. Here's a look at the nine colored pencils I used:

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On the leaves and berries I left the darkest parts black, adding the darkest shades of green/red, progressively getting lighter toward the ends of the leaves and to one side of the berries. After laying down a little color from dark to light, I went back over each area where the colors met and blend them a little. You can also color light to dark as shown below on the right side:

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I added white colored pencil to the lightest areas. Here's the complete colored wreath: 

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To create cards, I cut the wreath with the second largest "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die and matted it on the largest die from the same set, cut from white card stock. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set on vellum and cut it with "Stitched Circle Layers" die, cutting a 2nd circle from white for the mat.
With tiny dots of glue on the back of the vellum under the letters, you can't see the adhesive from the front.  For a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents to the berries.
Here's another look at the card:

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Here's my second card that I made with the left over portion of the wreath:

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There was a thin left over black strip from the wreath to use on my 2nd card.  Using my Misti, I lined up the wreath with the gold embossing so I could re-stamp the wreath on white card stock. After lining it up I closed the lid on my Misti, removed the black piece and stamped the whole wreath on the white card base.

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Then all I had to do was line the black strip up with the white part of the stamp and adhere it to the card. I used the same sentiment and circle dies for this card.

The wreath stamp from the "Berry Wreath"stamp is large and I love that you can get several Christmas cards from one stamp!  So many possibilities with this stamp...maybe divide the wreath however you like, or use just half of the wreath on each card - so many options!

I hope you like my idea of splitting the large stamp into several different Christmas cards and hope I've inspired you to try something new!

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!

Angiesignature

 

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09/24/2020

Thu 24

Share the Spirit of Christmas by Jean Okimoto

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The Garland 6x6 prints are uniquely pretty - and perfect with the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Dies too.  Add a diecut greeting and frosty white Poppystamps berries too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for you.

Stamp the poinsettia on orangey-pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair, emboss it with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the leaves on matching green cardstock.  Cut both images with the coordinating dies from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set.  The stamps are bold and perfect for watercoloring...but I'll leave that for Dave and the coloring experts on our Design Team!

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on white with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the oval die from the set.  

Cut two berry sprigs from the Poppystamps Garden Leaves and Berries set from the white sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad.

Cut the corner floral print from the beautiful (and new favorite!) Garland 6x6 set with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut white vellum with the 3-¾" x 2-½" die.

Attach the poinsettia, leaves and berries to the vellum with doublestick tape - liquid adhesives may curl some types of vellum.  Adhere doublestick tape behind the vellum where it'll be concealed by the diecuts.  Attach the vellum to the Garland print.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

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Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents then squirt some onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer or toothpick to glitter the poinsettia and set it aside to dry.

The Garland 6x6 coordinates beautifully with many of the Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Mix and match them and create unique holiday cards for everyone on your list!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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09/19/2020

Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.

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For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  

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Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.

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For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.

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Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.

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I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.


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09/16/2020

Wed 16

Warmest Wishes
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hi, it's Angie Cimbalo, and I am thrilled to be joining the Memory Box design team! 

I’m a semi-retired school music teacher from Texas. My husband and I have 4 adult children, 5 grandchildren with one more on the way.  When not crafting, I’m having tons of fun helping music students and their directors in schools in the area. I’ve enjoyed crafting my whole life, but paper crafting is my favorite of all. 

I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with Memory Box's amazing products and to share my creations with you, alongside the super talented Memory Box designers.

My first project is a "Warmest Wishes" holiday card with a very rustic feel.

I started with a piece of Memory Box watercolor paper for my background, first smooshing the textured side of the paper into some Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then dragging the ink pad across the paper. Memory Box watercolor paper is nice and thick and gives you a choice of a smooth or a textured side. Dragging the ink pad on it really highlights the texture of the watercolor paper. 

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I cut that panel with the second largest "Stitched Rectangle Layers" die and used the largest die in the set to cut a brown rectangle to mat behind it.

To make the pine needles, I took more watercolor paper and added Distress Oxide Pine Needles ink pad directly to paper, but this time I used the smooth side of the paper. I splattered it with a little white paint mixed with water and a paint brush. After it dried, I used both "Pointy Pine Needles" and "Forest Pine Branch" dies to cut out the green pine needles. I also cut the branch from brown card stock and then pieced the brown and green parts together.

The pine cones were cut with the "Pinecone Stacker" dies. The way the die is laid out shows you exactly how to piece it together to get 2 pine cones, one large and one small. After cutting them I used some of the score lines to bend them inward, then glued the pieces together.

I inked them first with more Walnut Stain ink, then took colored pencils and a white gel pen to get more detail and depth on the pinecones. I traced the bottom of each piece of die-cut with dark brown, then used a lighter brown pencil to smooth it out. I used the same dark brown to accent the lines in the die so you can see them better, then added both white colored pencil and white gel pen to the edge of each one of the cone scales. The pictures below show before and after pencil accents were added. I think they look very realistic either way!

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Both pine cones and the sentiment were popped up on foam tape on the card for dimension.

The sentiment is from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set, heat embossed in white on brown card stock. Lastly I added a few water droplet gems on top of dots of gold paint pen, to give them a golden glow.

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I hope you like this "Warmest Wishes" card made with lots of Memory Box goodies. It was a so fun to create!

See you next time!

Angiesignature

 

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08/30/2020

Sun 30

Snowy Stitched Tree and Sparkly Red Resting Birds by Jean Okimoto

 

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There are many ways to sew a Stitched Tree - here's a simple design in crisp white.  A border of Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape adds a frosty look, glittered Resting Birds and a star make it merry.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a stitched holiday design for you.  

Cut green cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics Die.  Rub scrunched waxed paper briskly over the new Stitched Tree die to prep it to help release all of the tiny dots.  Cut the rectangle with the Stitched Tree.  

Cut a 9' piece of white floss.  The 9' is a generous length to make it easier.  Pierce a hole about ½" below the center of the bottom row of stitch-dots.  Use a toothpick or skewer to enlarge the hole for the needle.  Attach one end of the floss to the reverse side of the rectangle with Scotch Tape and stitch the horizontal rows beginning at the bottom right corner.  Stitch diagonally - using every other hole - from top to bottom.  Stitch both sides.

Stitch the vertical line - bypass the bottom row of the tree and go through the punched hole.  Tape the thread on the back and trim off the excess.

Diecut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet twice to get 5 of the "sitting" birds.  Save the extras for another project.  Diecut the large Starlit Breeze star from the gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the short ends.

Attach Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock and cut a 1" x 5-¼" accent strip. Attach everything to a white A6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Create unique Stitched Tree designs with the wide range of threads and yarns available. Variegated, ombre, metallic and silky fibers in beautiful colors provide so many options.  Stitching is oddly relaxing.  I'm not a stitcher or a sewer - if I can do this, you can too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 
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08/29/2020

Sat 29

Insets, Offsets and the Single Pine Landscape Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A snowy Single Pine Landscape sets the scene for the sweet little bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Emboss some snowy accents - and add a new greeting from the Poppystamps Christmas Fun Clear Stamps set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - it's plaid time!

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Cut Single Pine Landscape Frame from green cardstock, remove the offcut and leave the remainder in the die.  Daub VersaMark through the cutouts on the die and emboss it with white powder.  

Cut the frame again from white cardstock - save the frame for another project  Stamp the great greeting - from the new Poppystamps Christmas Fun set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Inset the white offcut into the frame and tape the pieces together on the reverse side. 

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Cut the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet with the largest Rectangle Basics die and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Attach the Single Pine Landscape Frame, offset at an angle.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt to stabilize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the bear.  Use a toothpick to define the eyes.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the eyes and nose.  Cut the reverse side of the plaid sheet with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.  The bear die has a debossed center section - but the felt obscures it - so it looks like he's gained some pandemic pounds.  Attach the egg diecut.  It complements the plaid background...and makes him look a little slimmer.

Attach ¼" punched circles of the red glitter sheet from the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Have fun with your holiday cards - see you again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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08/28/2020

Fri 28

Quick and Easy Christmas Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Each season, I like to make a couple of cards that could be easily replicated for those of us who make lots of holiday cards.  For this card, I took advantage of the Garland patterned paper to do the coloring on my card.  There are lots of beautiful holiday floral patterns in this 6" x 6" pack that would work equally as well.

For the focal point of the card, I used both the Small Pine Tree Collage and Tall Fir Collage dies.  There are other dies from the new release that stack well with these dies, but I didn't want to add too much die cutting to the card. I wanted there to be dimension between the layers so that everything didn't run together.  Therefore, I popped up the top layer with some foam tape:

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To finish the card, I added my little deer.  The die indents a spot for his eye, but I decided to add a dot of black marker in the center to make it show up better.  I also added a dot of brown Copic marker to make a nose.

Have a great weekend!

Laurasignature

 

 

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08/27/2020

Thu 27

Evergreen Sky Collage on a Snowspeckled Background by Jean Okimoto

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Build a frosty winter scene with the new Evergreen Sky Collage and Garland 6x6 poinsettia print, glittery birds and a majestic pine from last year's holiday collection.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here mixing classic favorites with designs from our 2020 Christmas Collection.  

Cut Everygreen Sky Collage from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia corner print.  Trim the paper to a 5-½" square. Cut the Delicate Pine Frame tree from the collage offcut and attach it behind the collage.  

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Attach a large piece  of the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to a side-folded 5-½" square green card.  The blue piece below the washi tape is a strip of plastic cut from a dollar-store kitchen cutting board.  It keeps the tape's torn edge from sticking back onto the roll, helps tear the tape and keeps the tape from rolling away.  All of that from a skinny little piece of plastic!

Cut the birds -from the Delicate Pine Frame set - from the red glitter cardstock in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set - on a scrap of the 6x6 print with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.   Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut it with the matching oval die from the set.  Cut red glitter cardstock with the oval die and layer the pieces.  

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Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue vigorously, then squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to add dots of it to the berry clusters.  Set it aside to dry.

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll look for ways to combine old favorites with new designs to greet the season.  See you again this weekend!  

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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08/25/2020

Tue 25

Let it Snow
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. Memory Box Co has designed a series of stitch-able dies....Have you seen them? I wanted to show off this adorable snowman, unstitched. I used Memory Box's watercolor paper to die cut the snowman because I love the texture and it's a perfect shade of off -white and matches perfectly with the pattren paper pad. It comes with a separate die for the face and scarf.
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I used the same pattern paper as the background to die cut the scarf and some scraps of orange and black cardstock to die cut the face. I die cut Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs and used Copic markers in shades G46, and G29 to color. 
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I embossed the sentiment from one of the newest stamp sets, Spirit of Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed this post!  Have a great week!

Michellesignature (1)

 

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08/24/2020

Mon 24

Pine-y Christmas
by Anne Thompson

Today's Merry Christmas card features three of the pine dies.

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how I made this card

  • I started with a white notecard and a 4 X 5 1/4 panel cut from olive-y green cardstock.
  • I then did all of the die cutting--the Forest Pine Branch from brown cardstock; the Pointed Pine Needle Frame from a green plaid;  lots of Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs from more of the same green plaid and another plaid so I would have lots to choose from; and the Special Merry Christmas from a red and green plaid scrap.

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  • I adhered the Pointed Pine Needle Frame to the notecard panel using a glue pen and then glued on two of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs on top of the frame one.

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  • Then I worked with the Forest Pine Branch and more of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs to create a fuller needle-y branch which I tucked under the other corner sprigs.

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  • The last step for this panel was to add the Merry Christmas sentiment strip using foam tape.

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  • On the inside I added another olive-y green panel, a scrap of red plaid paper, a white box in which to write a message, and three more of the pine needle sprigs.

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I love how the narrow gold stripes on the papers bring a little sparkle and shine to all of the card elements.

More dies and new stamp sets have been added to the 2020 Christmas Collection including a bunch for fall and Halloween!  See them here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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