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12/26/2023

Tue 26

Embossed, Glossed Holiday Thank You Card by Jean Okimoto

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Need thank you cards for holiday gifts?  Create winter thank-yous with Memory Box holiday designs like the Perfect Poinsettias  3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies.

Hi, Jean here - moving from bright reds and greens to soft winter pastel pinks on a glossy double-embossed design. Snowflakes, poinsettias, birds, polar bears or snowmen would be great on holiday thank you cards!

Heat-embossing the pressure-embossed design darkens the background and details - adding gloss, contrast and dimension.  The remaining sections retain their original matte light pink color. Yellow ink highlights the centers.

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Cut a piece of textured pink cardstock to fit into the Perfect Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder.  We'll emboss the smoother side of the cardstock to contrast the textured card.

Place the open folder on a hard, flat surface and use a soft rubber brayer to ink the top half of the folder with VersaMark (from a clean, juicy inkpad).  Brayer the ink horizontally, vertically and diagonally - be sure the leafy bottom half of the design is well-inked.  Heat-emboss the entire design with detail clear powder.  Switch the heat-tool off several times during the process so it doesn't overheat.

Cut completely cooled design with the approximately 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the corners with a corner-rounding punch.  

Punch a ¼" hole from scrap paper and stencil the centers with Pearlescent Yellow Brilliance ink.  Or Sunflower Yellow for a brighter look.  Move the stencil around a bit so they're not perfect circles.  Heat-set the yellow ink.  Run the heat-tool briefly over the edges of the embossed rectangle to eliminate any rough spots or corners.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the smoother side of the pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the die that's included in the set.

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Round the corners of a textured pink A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add clear Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

We appreciate your support and enjoy the beautiful Memory Box designs you post on social media throughout the year - thank you!

Thanks for visiting our blog...see you next year!

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12/25/2023

Mon 25

Holiday Wishes from Memory Box by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday wishes of peace, love and joy from Memory Box to everyone celebrating today!  Hi, Jean here with a mix-and-match holiday greeting.  The ornament trio combines classic favorites, Christmas '23, and some extras from Poppystamps and Birch Press Design. 

The sweet Layered Hummingbird - with a few alterations and minimal layering - becomes a peace dove here.  He's perched on a Birch Press Design diecut that (I hope!) resembles a young olive branch.

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Cut the Frilling Snowflake Ornament background from three shades of green cardstock.  Punch holes at the top and attach gold cord.  Curl the cord with the side of the flower burnishing tool or a bonefolder - follow the curve of the cord for best results.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white wool-blend felt and cut the main section of Layered Hummingbird.  Cut the top of the head/beak section from orange cardstock.  Color the eye area with a black marker.  Attach it behind the felt diecut, then trim the long hummingbird's beak to resemble a dove's beak.  Cut two of the big wings from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  Trim the little point from one wing. Attach the wings.

Cut the branch - from the Birch Press Design Jovial Blooms and Leaves Contour Layers set - from darker green cardstock.

Cut the Poppystamps Heart Jumble hearts from the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the largest Alpine Snowflake from the white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.

Glue two pieces of white cardstock together and diecut them with the 2" x 7" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝"  8-½") - use foam tape for the bird.  Stamp the greeting - from the Shining Star Clear Stamp Set - on lime green cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with one end of the 1.1" x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die, then trim the excess with an edge of a larger die.

Attach the greeting with foam tape.  Add red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again tomorrow!

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12/24/2023

Sun 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Anne Thompson

Here's another card that uses several patterned papers which has been my December focus.  

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Start by covering the front of a white note card, fold at the top,  with one of the GARLAND PP1010 papers and orient it so that the floral spray will be in the lower left corner.  I chose one with poinsettias for the corner.

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Die cut the VINTAGE TRAY DIE (comes with the 3D Embossing Folder) EF1040 from red card stock.  Glue this to the front of the note card on top of the floral paper.

Die cut the Vintage Tray Die again from a coordinating plaid paper--I used one from JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019.  Take the largest rectangle plaid piece and insert it into the largest rectangular opening in the frame.

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Die cut the detailed "Merry Christmas" from more of the red card stock using the MERRY CHRISTMAS CHARMED SCRIPT DIE 94749.  Use a glue pen to add this to the plaid block.

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Die cut the LAYERED EVERGREEN TREES 94751 from two of the Jolly Christmas green plaids and add them to the card front.

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Add a red Fairy Jewel to dot the i in "Christmas" and yellow ones to the centers of the poinsettias.  I used ones from JWL004 AUTUMN FAIRY JEWELS.

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Because of the amount of white space the frame creates, this design would also make a wonderful large tag with plenty of room for To and From and even a brief message.  In fact, that is probably exactly what I'll do with this card--use it as a giant tag on a gift.  

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate.  And Happy Change of the Season to all of us who are celebrating the lengthening moments of daylight from now on.  No snow in Maine for Christmas this year--we're still mopping up from rain and major flooding and warming up from several days without power.  We've had crews from all over the United States and Canada here since the power went out on Monday and hopefully the last 1200 or so people will have their power restored by this evening.  It has been quite a week.

I'll be back with the last card of this year on the last day of this year!

Anne Signature

12/23/2023

Sat 23

Carved Wood Poinsettias
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Two more sleeps till Christmas and I have another Christmas card to share today. 😂  It’s a rustic masculine poinsettia card created with the Carved Wood technique using the Perfect Poinsettias 3D embossing folder (EF) from the current 2023 Christmas collection.  I saw this technique years ago, but this recent video HERE inspired me to finally give it a try. 

Started with a white panel from my stash and three gradient brown color dye ink pads.  Scored the panel vertically at 1/2-inch intervals, then dragged the lightest color ink pad direct-to-paper down the length of the panel several times until satisfied with the faux woodgrain look.  BTW, the ink pads should be the felt type (like the distress inks) and not the foam ones.
 
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Spritz the back of the panel with water, then placed it into the EF on the flat side with the faux wood pattern facing up and ran it through the die cutting machine.  The image will be debossed, resulting in the reverse image being pushed in.  It’s barely visible in the photo below.
 
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So to reveal the “carved” image, repeated the direct-to-paper ink pad dragging step with the medium and darkest color ink pads.  Oops, I went a bit heavier handed than I would like.  Doesn’t it looked carved?

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The panel was then trimmed down slightly smaller than A2 size and matted onto dark brown cardstock.  Added the Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Rose Tab for a pop of color.

 

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Used the Poinsettia Stem die to die cut the poinsettia centers from gold mirror paper.  Assembled and mounted the card onto a white card base to finish.

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That does it for me this year.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a happy holiday!  See you next year.
 
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12/22/2023

Fri 22

Simple Poinsettia Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a simple slimline version of Poinsettia Rub On designs spotlighted on diecut circles.  Accent it with a bright rose-colored  Foil Greeting Tab, Fairy Crystals and Jewels.  Hi, Jean here with a quick design that would also work for holiday thank-you cards with a stamped or diecut greeting.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the 2.25", 2.5" and 3" Circle Basics dies. I keep my Basics dies organized on shower curtain rings from a fabric or home store.  

Cut the Poinsettia Rub Ons - leave a generous border around each design.  Carefully remove the paper liner.  Gently tap the design onto the circles.  Place it between two pieces of printer paper and run it through a diecut machine using the plates you'd use for diecutting.  Carefully remove the frosty plastic liner.

Cut the smoother side of pink textured cardstock with the  2.25" x 7.25" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

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Attach the diecuts to a pink slimline card (8-⅝" x 3-⅝").  Trim slightly less than ⅛" from the short ends of a Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Rose (colored) Tab.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.  Greeting Tabs are great for last-minute and/or mass-produced cards.  You'll appreciate the versatile set of 40 tabs - 4 each of 10 typefaces.

Add yellow Bright Jewels to the center of the poinsettia.  Add green Christmas Fairy Crystals for extra sparkle.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Poinsettia Rub Ons have a natural watercolored look and are great for gift tags or holiday treat wrappers too.

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Have a very Merry Christmas if you're celebrating on Monday!

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12/21/2023

Thu 21

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  It's hard to believe Christmas is almost here!  

To make today's card, I began by die cutting the Aurora Snowflake Frame from white cardstock and adhering it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the Pine Needle Frame and the one of the Small Poinsettia Layers from green cardstock.  I used Mowed Lawn Distress ink to deepen the color of the green cardstock.  I glued the Pine Needle Frame on top of the Aurora Snowflake background.

The Nested Chickadee was die cut from white, black and kraft cardstock.  I used brown Distress Ink to deepen the color on the wings and add a soft color to the belly of the bird.  I used a orange copic marker to color the beak of the bird.  I assembled the bird and glued it in place on the card.

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The Merry Christmas was die cut from red cardstock and then glued to the white cardstock shadow die cut.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

To finish the card, I glued a twine bow to the top left hand corner of the card and glued the green leaves and red fairy crystals on top of the bow.

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That's it for today!  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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12/20/2023

Wed 20

Vintage Lantern Merry Christmas
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a glittery Christmas card featuring the newly released Vintage Lantern die and the Starlight Snow stencil.  I also used previously released Pine Needle Frame die along with Glitzy Glitter Paper Pad.  Here's a close look at the stenciling I did with Champagne Mist Deco Foil Metallix Gel.

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After using the paste/gel on the blue cardstock, I set it aside to dry and then took 2 pieced of gold glitter paper and cut the lantern and pine frame from them.  I inked a separate small piece of white card stock with blue inks to put behind the lantern.  Here's a close up look at the shine from that glitter paper:

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I added the pieces of the lantern to build it up and then glued it to the inked background and cut off the excess.  Next I glued the frame around the stenciled panel and popped up the lantern on foam tape.  To finish my card I added one of the white sentiment tabs that were also released just recently.

Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you like my glittery card for today.  I loved creating it and can't wait to send it to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by!

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12/19/2023

Tue 19

Starlight Snow Day by Jean Okimoto

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Backyard Wren - from a previous release - was a bit neglected during the current flurry of holiday designs from our Christmas '23 Collection.  He's joining the party, with a hat borrowed from Bundled Bird, on a Starlight Snow backdrop.  Hi, Jean here with another winter scene for holiday inspiration.

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Prep a 6" square of dark blue/gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stencil the Starlight Snow design with Wedding Dress Memento Luxe.  Heat-emboss it with detail white embossing powder.  Trim it with the 3.5" wide Nested Globes die.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to tan, red and white wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the main section of Backyard Wren from the tan felt. 

We're using the Bundled Bird's hat - but we need it to face the opposite direction.  Diecut the red and white felt from the reverse side (paper-side-up) to create a custom hat for Backyard Wren.

Cut the wings from the copper Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut the beak section (it goes behind the main felt piece) from orange cardstock and color the eye area with a black marker.  Cut the head overlay from light kraft cardstock.

Cut the Poinsettia Stem branch from kraft cardstock.

Cut the Brilliant Joy background from heavy white cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed Brilliant Joy die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Cut red cardstock with the detailed die and attach the individual letters to the pressure-embossed white background.  Attach red cardstock scraps behind the cutouts in the letters O and Y.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4.5" x 6.25") - use foam dots for the bird and greeting.  Attach clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

A lot of little details here...thanks for visiting our blog!

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12/17/2023

Sun 17

More Play with Patterned Papers
by Anne Thompson

Here's a quick and easy way to make three cards using just three pieces of Memory Box 6X6 paper and some solid card stock.  These cards continue my focus this month on using lots of patterned papers on a card.

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My quilting friends call this technique Stack and Whack.  Basically you start with three coordinating papers, stack them up, and cut them together.

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I chose three coordinating papers from GARLAND PP1010 and JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019.

I stacked them and cut them 3 3/4 X 5.  Keeping them stacked I then cut them into three pieces.  My paper cutter did not like this, even with a new blade, so I ended up keeping them together, drawing lines on the top one, and cutting them apart with my big scissors.

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You can really cut them however you'd like as long as you end up with three pieces of each paper and they are all the same size.

Next, cut three pieces of card stock in a coordinating color.  They need to be 4 X 5 1/4.  Arrange your patterned paper pieces on the card stock rectangles, using all three patterns on each card.  You can either leave a small space between the papers so the card stock shows a bit or snugly match them up.  Add these finished panels to white note cards.

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I then added ST002 MERRY CHRISTMAS FOIL GREETINGS ROSE TABS to the cards.  (I love that the plaid papers help me to get them on straight!)

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You could stop right here and have three finished cards.  I did that with one of mine.  For the other two, I kept going, adding a bow to one and CHRISTMAS FAIRY DEWDROPS DDP101 to another.

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You could even go further by adding a die cut image or a stamped small panel, or you could change out the sentiment to one die cut or stamped on a card stock banner.  So many options!

I started another set using papers with lots of greens and green card stock.  You could make winter cards this way with the snowflake papers, blue plaids, and blue card stock.  This is a great technique for any time of the year or for any occasion.  And it's a good way to use up some papers in your stash.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

12/16/2023

Sat 16

Nested Bundled Red Robin
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I didn’t want the Bundled Bird die from the current 2023 Christmas collection to have FOMO (fear of missing out) 😂*lol*, so I took creative licence and turned him into a red robin for another bird themed Christmas card.

Except for the nest, which was die cut from Kraft cardstock, all pieces were die cut from white cardstock then ink blended with distress inks (DI).  Shading and details were added to the hat brim and pom-pom with Copic Sketch markers C00/1/3/4.  
A quick side note - I wanted the bird to fit better in the nest, so he was slimmed down by placing his body piece back in the die, offsetting it and then die cutting it again.  
 
DI used:
bird - Rusty Hinge, Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot 
nest - Gathered Twigs, Black Soot 
hat - Lumberjack Plaid, Black Soot 
branch - Black Soot
 
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The background is 5x3.75-inch mixed media paper ink smooshed with Black Soot DI in the bottom right corner.  Assembled the scene onto the panel, then painted white gouache paint onto the branch and nest for accumulated snow, and splattered diluted white gouache paint for falling snow.  May have went a little overboard with this step. 😂*lol*   Stamped the sentiment in red, inked around the edges and then adhered onto a white card base to finish.
 

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That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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