615 posts categorized "Christmas"

12/31/2018

Mon 31

Peaceful Wish for the New Year
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  For the last day of 2018, I wanted to make a card that would be a prayer for the new year. I am hoping for much more peace and kindness in the world for 2019.  I feel like we need it.

To make the background, I took some Colorburst Powders, sprinkled them onto a non-stick craft sheet, spritzed the whole thing with water and then dragged some 140lb watercolor paper through the mixture to get a splattered watercolor paint background.  I used the Silver Colorburst Liquid Metal in with the colors so get a bit of a metallic shine.  Here is a close up so that you can see the metallic better:

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I cut out the word piece from the same watercolor paper so that it would match.

When I cut out the winged dove from white cardstock, I thought it was a bit to stark in color.  To add a bit of emphasis to the wings, I lightly colored the outside edges with a blue watercolor pencil and the tiniest smidge of brown watercolor pencil.  I then softened all of the pencil with a Dove Blender Pen.

To finish the card, I popped up the dove with foam tape and added a layer of silver metallic cardstock to pick up the silver in the watercolor background.

Happy New Year everyone.  I wish you all much health, happiness and peace in the new year.

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12/25/2018

Tue 25

Penguin Holiday
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  To those of you who celebrate it, have a very Merry Christmas!  Today I am sharing a card that could be used for Christmas as well as a winter birthday.  I must confess that when I made the card, I didn't realize that the snowflake window die had been discontinued.  However, I think you will find that cutting a window and using the Delicate Stitched Snowflakes die will work just as well.  There is acetate behind the window, so the snowflakes glue easily on top.

To color the penguin and presents, I used an assortment of Copic markers.  Here is how I colored each of the areas:

  • C00- edges of the inside of penguin belly….add a bit of C1 to the very edge.  You want to add a bit of grey shading so that it won't be stark white.
  • C5- outside edges of penguin
  • C7- add a bit of shading to the outside edges of the penguin (under pits, at the base)
  • R11- penguin cheeks
  • Y38- penguin beak and feet
  • G19, R35, G14- presents…optional…add a bit of C1 to outside edges of presents for shading

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Merry Christmas!  I wish you all much peace and happiness.

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12/24/2018

Mon 24

Hallelujah
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope you are all doing well.  Today I wanted to share a card that I did using one of the sweet Memory Box bunnies as well as some Copic markers

Here is a breakdown of how I colored the image:

E51- color entire bunny

E33- color left side of bunny (about 2/3 of the way in) as well as behind and under the hymnal

E35- add darkest shading to ear, tail, armpits, base

R20- bunny cheeks

R32- entire hymnal

R35- shading of hymnal

B0000- color around the bunny..hint… start at the bunny outline and flick the color outwards till it fades to white

B00- optional..if you want a bit more color, add a little of this darker blue around the bunny lines

C1- add a bit of “ground” under the bunny

C00- optional…if you want to add a bit more ground, you can add a bit of C00 under the area you colored with the C1

 

General hints for the shading:

Don’t color the bunny faces too dark!!!  That is why I started with a really light brown

I wanted the upturned bunny faces to be in the light, so that affected which parts of the bunnies would be in the light and which parts would be darker

The browns that we are blending together are quite different from each other.  If you are having trouble blending, scribble a darker color onto some palette paper or another non purpose surface and pick up with a lighter color to blend on your paper.

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To finish the card, I added a green frame and the hallelujah sentiment.  I hope everyone has a great day!

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12/23/2018

Sun 23

Peace & Noel
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with my final Christmas card. I have been making holiday cards since July, and it just never gets old.

 

Let's get to it:

 

As always start with a White cardstock base, then start layering with Navy Blue.

 

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On a panel of White cardstock stamp your sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Elements in the bottom right corner using Majestic Blue ink.

Take a scrap of plain paper, cover your sentiment , then stamp with the background stamp from the same set.

 

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Finish card by stamping the diagonals from the Bold Christmas Greetings, trim and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add a pretty bow and call it done.

 

We hope you have the merriest of Christmas's,

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12/22/2018

Sat 22

Winter Scene
by Melissa Rusk

The winter skies have been mostly gray around my house so I decided I needed a card to brighten up winter just a bit. I pulled out my alcohol inks and gave them a try. I am just starting to use them but they are already so much fun. 

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For the background I took three colors in blues and teals and played around with the alcohol inks on Yupo paper. Once it was dry I took the alcohol resist ink pad and stamped the Typewriter Holiday Elements background stamp on the alcohol ink background I created. I love how it turned out! I will be using this technique in the future for sure.
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To finish the card I die cut the Delicate Pine Frame in white and then colored it with the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to make it sparkle. I also added some glitter to the tree to add to the winter sparkle.
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Thanks for stopping by the blog and I hope you have a wonderful holiday week!
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12/21/2018

Fri 21

Memory Box Triangle Clear Stamp Sets, Typewriter Holiday Elements and Wintry Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday treats are sweeter when they're prettily packaged - and the Memory Box triangle clear stamp  sets make it quick and easy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto sharing my last Christmas 2018 design today.  Valentine projects are coming soon!

Score 8-½" x 11" sheet of smooth white cardstock lengthwise at 4" and 4-½".  Cut it into four 2-½" wide strips. Crease them on the score lines.  Cut or punch two angled corners.

Stamp the triangles from the Looking For Mr. Right Triangle, That's Acute Triangle,  Equal Triangle Clear Stamp Sets. Here's a list of the VersaFine Clair colors I've used - Verdant, Charming Pink, Tulip Red, and Green Oasis.  Use some Brilliance inks too - Pearlescent Orchid, Gamma Green and Starlite Black (for the "noel").

The greetings and 25-circles are from the very popular Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps Set.  

If you're making several of each design - clean the stamps with a damp washcloth after you've used each stamp two or three times.  This eliminates a build-up of dried ink and helps keep the lines and edges sharp and crisp.  

Diecut two silver glittered cardstock snowflakes with the Wintry Snowflakes Deep Edge Dies.

Punch ¼" circles of gold glittered cardstock.  

Attach the candy or treat with a bit of doublestick tape or glue dots.  I've filled these with Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  Punch holes and add gold cord ties.

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I love that there aren't any rules about "Christmas colors" anymore - especially with the wide range of pinks and greens available.  They're just waiting to be mixed, matched and layered. These simple treat wrappers would make great tags too.  

Here are the red and greens for a traditional look -

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Are  you loving the Memory Box triangles too?  It's hard not to use them!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend.

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12/20/2018

Thu 20

Simply Stamped Gift Tags with Winter Greenery, Bold Christmas Greetings and Typewriter Holiday Elements by Jean Okimoto

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Add the final touch to your Christmas gifts with simple tags created using the realistic botanical images from the new Winter Greenery Clear Stamps Set.  They're ideal for simple stamping  - or layering - and they complement our favorite Memory Box holiday greetings.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a set of six tags to identify the great gifts you'll place under the tree this year.

 Cut smooth white cardstock to about 2-¼" x 4-¼" and cut or punch two angled corners.  

Stamp the Winter Greenery branches and leaves with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis or Shady Lane and Delicata Silvery Shimmer.  The pink "joy" card on the left was created by stamping off the Shady Lane ink before stamping the image on the left.  Stamp the center branch with a freshly-inked stamp - then quickly stamp the branch again, partially behind the center branch.  

Stamp the stars - also from the Winter Greenery Set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red or Charming Pink.  

The words are from the Winter Greenery,  Bold Christmas Greetings or Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamp Sets.   Stamp them with Tulip Red, Charming Pink, Silvery Shimmer or Gamma Green Brilliance.  Dry the inks.

Attach 3/16" gold eyelets - they add a  warm brightness on the tags stamped with silver too.  Attach red or fuchsia cords.

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Special thanks to everyone from last week's STASH CARDS - MANY THANKS class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards and all of the new techniques.  Enjoy the "stash extras" you received - you'll be able to make several more class cards with those supplies.  Thanks too - Jan and Jenny - for the great holiday treats!  Thanks to Erin and Lynne too - for helping us find the right products and supplies for our class cards.

Hope your holiday prep is  just about done - but save some time to make the quick holiday treat wrappers I've designed for Friday's post.  See you!

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12/19/2018

Wed 19

Noel
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

I can't believe Christmas is almost here! Today I have a quick and easy card for you in case you need some last minute inspiration.

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To create this card, I started with watercolor paper and inked the pine branch from the Winter Greenery Stamp Set with Forest Moss Distress Ink. Then I stamped it several times to create a pine bough.  

I spattered the background with watered down Forest Moss ink and stamped the word noel in the bottom right hand corner of the paper.  I used red acrylic paint and a toothpick to add the berries.

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I die cut the ribbon from red glitter paper and glued this to the top of the pine bough.

To finish the card I matted the card front with red cardstock and adhered it to a white notecard.

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This is my last post for 2018, I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

See you in 2019!

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12/18/2018

Tue 18

Merry Christmas Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha and as you know, last week I was playing with my alcohol inks so here is one more CAS card using alcohol ink background on yupo paper. This gives a perfect backdrop for the pretty and delicate pine frame die.

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I started by cutting a white mat layer from Yupo paper and applied some alcohol inks to it. Keeping some white space gives the airy feel to the card. Let it dry. 

I then die cut the Delicate Pine Frame die using  white cardstock 3 times and stacked them together. I applied Nuvo clear shimmer pen to this piece and adhered it to the alcohol ink piece. I then embossed a piece of paper using glitter gold embossing powder and die-cut two birds. Adhered it to my focal panel. I now stamped the sentiment to the cardbase and adhered the panel to it.

Here is a close up

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Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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12/17/2018

Mon 17

Decorative Gift Boxes
by Anne Thompson

I always keep a collection of gift boxes on hand, purchasing them when I find them on sale and stashing them away for when I need one.  In looking through what I had to use for Christmas gifts, I found these great kraft paper boxes with clear acetate circular windows that I thought would be perfect for holiday candies.  That sent me off looking through Memory Box dies for round ones that could frame that window.

These are the dies I selected.

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Let's look at the Poinsettia Circle Frame box first.

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  • The box is 4" square on the top and bottom and the sides are 1 1/2" X 4".  
  • I cut pieces of decorative paper 1/16" smaller than those dimensions--one large square for the top and four rectangles for the sides.  
  • In order to figure out how to cut the center circle to expose the acetate, I tried sitting several dies ( cutting side up) from the WRAPPED CIRCLES die set 30114 on the acetate until I found one just a bit smaller than the acetate circle.  I added two pieces of washi tape under the die, placed that sticky side up on top of the acetate circle and put my paper face down and stuck the die to the paper square where I wanted it to cut. IMG_0987
  • This size turned out to be perfect for the center of the three circle dies I chose for the boxes!
  • I used Scor-Tape to adhere the papers to the top and sides of the box.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the Poinsettia Circle Frame around the exposed acetate circle and the small poinsettia in the center of the acetate circle.
  • There's a small U-shaped cut-out in the front panel to make it easier to open the box.  I found a tiny circle punch and used that to make the half-circle U.
  • I then took some narrow Scor-Tape and ran it around the center of the side panels of the box and added a red ribbon over that which I tied in a bow at the front.  

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  • To finish the box I added some tiny white pearls in the centers of the poinsettias.

For the second box I chose the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame.

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  • I assembled this box in the same manner as the first one.
  • I used a wired red ribbon and red pearls in two sizes on the holly wreath and added the small holly curvy branch to the acetate circle.

For the third box I used the Hutton Wreath die with some small white pearls and a green-dotted red ribbon.  This die was actually from the 2018 Summer Collection but it works perfectly as a holiday wreath when cut from green cardstock.

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Three pretty boxes to fill with sweet treats for friends!

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I've found some kraft coffee bags with acetate windows that I can decorate in the same way.  And I have other boxes and bags that I can die cut circles into and add my own acetate windows before decorating them.  I love the sneak peek of the contents that the little acetate window provides!

Happy Crafting!

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