630 posts categorized "Christmas"

08/23/2019

Fri 23

Winter Tree Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Combine a snowy Winter Tree Frame - from the 2019 Holiday Collection - and bright Resting Birds for a classic Christmas scene.  Add a greeting from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple holiday design from our latest collection.

Prep the frame dies by rubbing them briskly with a wad of scrunched waxed paper.  This helps the dies release the diecuts.  Cut the tree frame and outer frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Here's a tip - keep the outer frame in the die.  Attach narrow strips of tape.  Press the diecut (still in the die) firmly onto a textured white A-6 (6-¼" x 4-½") card.  Carefully remove the die, leaving the diecut attached to the card.  

Pressure emboss Patina cardstock with the tree die.  Trim it to 3" square.  It adds dimension and texture to the design.

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Squeeze a bit of Zinc White Gouache onto an acrylic stamp block.  Blend it with a small amount of water.  Splatter a few drops of it onto the embossed square.  Set it aside to dry.  Attach it behind the white tree frame.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the Rectangle Basics die.

Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape behind glittered red craft foam.  Cut Resting Birds.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold gem stickers.

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Hope your favorite retailer has ordered the 2019 Holiday Collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The dies and clear stamp sets reflect a wide range of styles and themes.  We're busy creating and sharing fall and winter cards for everyone on your list.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

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08/20/2019

Tue 20

Sparkling Snowflake Trio from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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The 2019 Holiday Collection of dies and stamps has arrived!  It's a wonderful fall and winter mix of frames, snowflakes, botanicals, holiday icons and greetings.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many cards featuring our latest release.  

View the collection and holiday idea books here.

Prep the delicate dies by rubbing them briskly with waxed paper scrunched into a loose wad.  This makes it easier to remove the diecuts.  It also makes it easier to release pinpoint and stitched dies - and detailed frames.  

Cut the Sparkling Snowflake Trio from white cardstock.  Cut Joy Airy Script from silver metallic cardstock - save the little piece over the "j."

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Here's an easy way to attach delicate diecuts to a background.  Attach Diecut 'n Bond doublestick tape   to pink cardstock.  Cut it with the 4" Square Basics die.  Carefully attach the snowflakes and greeting to the adhesive background - save the tape liner.  Use the liner to firmly press the diecuts to the background.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Cut three ¾" cardstock accent strips - 4-½" of Rock Candy, 3-¾" of pink and 3-¼" of Easter Grass.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock using a clean VersaMark inkpad.   Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge Starlite Black Brilliance over the greeting so it resembles a label-maker tape.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square card.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed creating cards with the new Memory Box and Poppystamps releases.  Special thanks to Jenny too - for the great ginger cookies and chocolate mints!   Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop and find those great new designs.

See you again on Friday!  

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08/08/2019

Thu 08

Just a Little Note with the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Combine leaves and blossoms from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set with improvised "stems" from the Wave Ribbon Collage.  It's another design featuring the versatile Rose Bouquet stamps and die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with a simple design that works for any occasion.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from black cardstock.  Trim the edges to about ⅛" wide.      

Stamp the individual blossoms and leaves from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps with Nocturne.   Dry the ink, then diecut the pieces.  Add highlights to the center of the blossoms with Imagine Crafts Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Stix.  Shake it (cap on, top down!) vigorously about 20 times - then press it onto the centers to add a sparkly shimmer.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp set - with Nocturne and emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale gray cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and top center flower.  Attach green gem stickers. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the August 11 AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) class at Impress!  We're making colorful floral cards with our favorite dies, stamps and papers - and several of the newest designs from Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...see  you again next week!

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07/29/2019

Mon 29

Christmas in July Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

Usually I spend a good part of July getting a head start on my Christmas cards.  Not so this year!  I have one, and here it is featuring the Rose Bouquet from the ROSE BOUQUET CLEAR STAMP SET CL5241.

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I began this card by stamping the large Rose Bouquet image on a piece of off-white cardstock using VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink (black).   I then got out all of my red and green PrismaColor pencils and began coloring the images, layering on a variety of shades and using different pressures and a small circular motion to color both the flowers and the leaves until I was pleased with the look.  I used just a bit of yellow for the many-petaled star-shaped flower center.  

To add some snow-like shine, I used a very water-wet brush and silver Finetec metallic watercolor paint available from Birch Press Design to spatter the image.

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I trimmed the Rose Bouquet to a bit smaller than a standard A2 card, added a green mat under it which left a very narrow border, and adhered this to a dark red notecard.

I die cut the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 twice from silver cardstock, glued the two together for more dimension and then glued it to the lower right of the card.

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Voila!

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This has made me think about other floral stamps and dies I have that might be treated to a red and green makeover for Christmas cards.  Hmm...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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07/19/2019

Fri 19

Merry & Bright
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

I couldn't let the month go by without creating a "Christmas in July" card.

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I also wanted to show you how versatile your dies can be.  I used the Birds and Blossoms craft die to create my Christmas Card.  All I did was cut off the flowers from the die cut then added Red Nuvo drops for berries in their place. 

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I die cut the Birds and Blossoms from watercolor paper.  I lightly traced the circle opening on my white cardbase and sponged it with Broken China Distress ink.  I spattered it with clean water and used a paper towel to pick up the water.  This left my background looking like it had snowed.  I used foam tape and adhered my card front to my cardbase.  

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I die cut the pine branches and the holiday lamp post from white cardstock.  I used only the circle with the tree branches and cut away the lamp post.  

All the die cuts were painted with Distress Inks.  I also painted a red strip of paper that I used to white heat emboss my sentiment.  

To assemble the card, I glued the Birds and Blossom into the circle.  Next I glued the pine tree circle on top of that.  The birds were adhered to the card using foam tape.  I spattered the circle area with white acrylic paint and then added my red Nuvo drops.

I used foam tape to adhere my sentiment strip.

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To finish the card, I glued the pine branches to the top left side of the card front and added a red button in the center of the branches.

I hope this inspires you get a jump start on your Christmas cards!  

Thanks for stopping by today!

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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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