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10/19/2020

Mon 19

Cards From Last Week's Plaid Collections Envelopes
by Anne Thompson

Today I have three cards made from three of my plaid collections envelopes that I posted last Monday.  Remember these?  You can find that post here.

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I thought I might begin with this envelope...

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And here is the finished card, both the front and the inside.

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I used a white notecard as a backdrop for the darker red plaid and used a white cardstock mat behind the brighter red plaid before layering on the holly branch and the cardinal.  I used a different red plaid for the background inside.  Then I layered on a white square on more of the bright red plaid before adding another holly branch.  In retrospect I think I should have added another white mat behind that second plaid so it would show up more.  The holly branch and the cardinal are from the Spirit of Christmas stamps and dies set.

For the second card I used leafy stems from the Berry Wreath stamp and die set on three different plaid layers.  I really like the way these three different plaids work so well with each other and the watercolored leafy stems.

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I made it originally to be a top fold card, but it also works with the side fold.
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For the third card I used my favorite red/orange plaid matched up with an orange striped paper on the front and a red dot paper on the inside.

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Again the striped paper under the white box on the inside gets lost against the dots so I think another white mat would look better...something I'll keep in mind as I complete more cards from these envelopes.  

materials used for these cards

  • white notecards and cardstock
  • Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101
  • CHRISTMAS PLAID 6 X 6 PAPER PACK PP1009
  • GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS 6 X 6 PAPER PACK PP1011
  • SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS STAMPS/DIES SET CL5261-D
  • BERRY WREATH STAMPS/DIES SET CL5260-D
  • VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink
  • pan watercolors and water brushes

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Have you been using the plaid papers in interesting ways?  This month's challenge on the blog is Playing with Plaids.  Check out that post for more inspiration!

Happy Crafting!

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10/18/2020

Sun 18

Let It Snow Pink
by Trina Pham

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Happy Sunday everyone.  October is breast cancer awareness month and there are several challenges honoring it with a pink theme.  I’m sure you’ve figured out where my inspiration came from. 😉  One of the challenges is generously donating $4 per entry to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Pretty amazing, right?  So if you are interested in entering to donate, head on over to the Jingle Belles challenge HERE.  

Okay, now onto my simple pink Christmas card.  Started by die cutting the Charming Snowman Collage die from mixed media paper resulting in this.

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Adhered a torn snowy ground mask to the bottom of the panel, and ink blended Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry distress inks (DI) with blender brushes to create the bright pink sky.  After the photo was taken, I lightly blended Black Soot DI around the top and side edges.  Spritz it with water then blot with a paper towel to give it texture.

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Die cut the snowman again, this time from white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Colored the outline piece with Copic Sketch markers C00, C1, C3 and 100 (arms), then inlaid it into the panel. 

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For better details and definition, the hat and scarf were die cut from alcohol ink friendly paper, colored with Copic markers then pieced on top.  The mixed media eyes, nose and buttons were also colored with Copic markers then inlaid back.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Spirit of Christmas stamp set with clear glitter embossing powder and mounted the panel to a white card base to finish.

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Not my usual or comfortable color to create with, but it was a fun change up.  And that’s it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.

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10/17/2020

Sat 17

Christmas Slimline Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I have made two slimline Christmas cards using some of the newly released dies from Memory Box.  I used the new "Knotted Diamond Background" die cutting it twice and putting one on the top half of the slimline and the other on the bottom half.  The sentiments are in the center where the two larger dies meet.

I cut the background die twice from the beautiful turquoise glitter paper in the "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack and also  from white card stock for my first card.  I adhered the white diamond backgrounds to the card base, then paper pieced in the glitter paper inside the white die cut.  For the sentiment, I cut the largest "Knotted Circle Wreath" die from black and white card stock and pieced it together before stamping/heat embossing the sentiment from the "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set.  The tiny bow on the circle is from the "Mistletoe Bundle" die and it is cut from the turquoise glitter paper.

Next, I added some red metallic pen dots where the lines crossed in the background and added clear gems on top of the red dots.  I have used the technique a lot because it actually saves quite a bit of money on gems if you just use clear ones, but color the spot underneath where you adhere it.  To add a little to the sentiment circle I adhered three tiny snowflake sequins from my stash.

Here's one last look at my first card:

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Here's my second slimline card made with some of the leftovers from my first card:

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For my second card, I used the two leftover turquoise "Knotted Diamond Background" dies and backed them with two cut rectangles from the "Delicate Paster Glitter Paper."  I cut the "Mistletoe Wreath" out of red glitter paper and added it to the center of my card.  The heat embossed sentiments from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set was placed on foam tape right where the two diamond background dies met in the center.  Here's a closer look so you can see the lovely shine and glitter up close:

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I love being able to get a second card by using the leftovers from one card and adding just a few extras to it.  Be sure to check out all the brand new release goodies from Memory Box, there are some really gorgeous products!  Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!

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10/15/2020

Thu 15

The Spirit of Christmas
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a non traditional Christmas wreath. I used the stamp set Berry Wreath and the coordinating die. I stamped the wreath using Memento Ink in desert sand and used a no line coloring technique.  I used Copic Markers to color in shades B21, B23, B39, BV04 (blue shaded berries); BG11, BG23, BG75, BV20 (aqua shaded berries); W2, W5, BG96, BG99 (leaves). Die cut after coloring is complete.
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Trim and score a card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  I trimmed a piece of black gingham pattern paper from Christmas Plaid 6x6 paper pad.  Adhere to the card base. Situate the wreath and mark where you want to trim the excess. Also mark where you want your sentiment.
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Emboss the sentiment with gold powder. Adhere the wreath with foam tape. For a finishing touch I splattered some gold paint, scattered some sequins,  and added a twine bow with bells. 

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Thu 15

Build the New Charming Snowman by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs.  It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today.

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Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut.  

Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons.  The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like lumps of coal.

Cut the scarf from the green 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet. A tip - turn the glittered cardstock over and trim the scarf from the white side if the glitter and shiny blade make it hard to see what you're trimming. Cut the twiggy arms from dark kraft cardstock - including the sections that extend from the arm over to the edge of the snowman.  Place pieces of tape across backside of the collage where the scarf and arms will be inserted and press the diecuts onto the exposed adhesive.

Attach the Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Another tip - run the tape-covered cardstock through your diecut machine with the cutting plate(s) to firmly compress the tape. Attach the tape-covered cardstock behind the snowman to fill the outlines. 

Cut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured dark gray A-2 card.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Christmas Tiles Clear Stamp Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Add a Resting Bird.

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Here's a link to view our latest release - including some beautiful designs from Birch Press Designs too.  It's a very contemporary collection of favorite holiday icons.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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10/14/2020

Wed 14

Mistletoe Print Making Coloring Technique
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have another simple Christmas card to share today featuring the just released Mistletoe Bundle die and a fun and easy watercolor background technique called Print Making Coloring that Kathy Racoosin shared HERE.  

The mistletoe was die cut from Memory Box (MB) watercolor paper and placed on top of a full sheet of MB watercolor paper.  Spritz lightly with water then started watercoloring the mistletoe using Zig markers.

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Spritz more water to get the colors to move and flow over onto the bottom piece.  While the mistletoe is still wet, flipped it over onto the panel to make the “print(s)”.  I wanted a lighter print background, so I used more water and added less color to the die-cut.  Repeated the process until I was happy with it.

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For texture and more interest, added black splatters.  Set aside to dry.

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Next, die cut a window opening from Bristol paper using Double Stitch Rectangle.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Berry Wreath stamp set with Liquid Platinum embossing powder on the bottom.

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The bow and Stitch Rectangle Trimmings frame were die cut from gold foil paper in the Polished Foil Pad.  The berries were die cut from white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Used C1 and C3 Copic markers to add shading to them.  Adhered the print background piece directly onto the card base.  Popped the Bristol panel on top with foam tape then assembled the card to finish.

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More new products have been added to the Holiday collection, so make sure to check them out.  And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day. 

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10/11/2020

Sun 11

Stitch a Giant Candy Corn by Jean Okimoto

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10/10/2020

Sat 10

Christmas Cardinal
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  I have a simple Christmas card to share today made with products from the latest Christmas release.  It was inspired by this month’s Playing with Plaids challenge.  I don’t know about you, but plaids are great for masculine Christmas cards. 

Alcohol ink-friendly cardstock was used for the cardinal from Spirit of Christmas stamp set and the Forest Pine Branch die-cut.  Did no line coloring on both using Copic Sketch markers (R24, R27, R46, R89, Y32, Y35, Y38, 100 for the cardinal and BG93, BG96, BG99, E23, E25, E29 for the branch).  Added snow to the branch with a white gel pen and die cut the cardinal out with the coordinating die.  My alignment was off, so had to fussy cut to fix it.

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Dies from Rectangle Basics were then used to die cut from the Christmas Plaid paper pack and from suede cardstock.  Heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Inked around the edges with suede dye ink and lightly with Black Soot distress ink.  Added gold and black splatters for some texture then assembled the card to finish.  Since it’s a masculine card, no bling or fun embellishments. 😂

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Currently, there is a problem with the challenge link tool, so feel free to enter your plaid cards on Instagram using hashtag #mbchallenge66.  That does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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10/09/2020

Fri 09

Grateful
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I have another fall themed card for you. The colors are very similar to my last card I posted. I guess I liked that color scheme. 

To create this card I started by using a stencil to dry emboss the card background. I used 110 lb. cardstock and ran it through my die cut machine as if I was embossing a die cut.  

Next I stamped the pumpkin and multiple leaves from the Halloween Pumpkin clear stamp set. I only used the leaves on the top portion of the pumpkin image. I used Copic Markers to color my images. Once they were all colored, I fussy cut them.

Copic colors used: B99, BG34, BG32, BG11, YG97, YG95, YG63, R27, YR07, YR04 and Y35.

I also colored a 1" strip of white cardstock with a Copic Markers, BG34 and B99. I stamped and gold heat embossed the word grateful on the strip. I also die cut the Scribble Leafy Branch Outline 3 times from white cardstock and colored them with the same color markers.

I placed my strip across my card front and and arranged my leaves and die cuts around it. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I went back and glued everything in place.

 

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10/08/2020

Thu 08

Turn Stitched Burst into a Spiderweb by Jean Okimoto

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Ready for Halloween?  Stitch a spiderweb using the Stitched Burst die, add a pair of bats, some pumpkins and glittery ghosts too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - subbing glittery bats for spiders because I don't have a spider die.  Big bats swooping down over little ghosts...why not?

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Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge or brush the damp paper with ripe persimmon, mowed lawn and black soot Distress Oxides.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die and the Stitched Burst.  Punch a ⅛" hole near the center of the burst.  

Stitch it with Aunt Lydia's White Pearl Metallic Crochet Thread - tape the thread ends on the reverse side with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).  The thread makes the web sparkle - like spiderwebs on a rainy day.

Cut the Cave Bat and the 3 bats from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the black Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the ghosts from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Cut the pumpkins from a scrap of watercolor paper sponged with ripe persimmon Distress Oxide.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 card - use foam dots for the Cave Bat and the second pumpkin from the left.

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Blend mowed lawn and ripe persimmon onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor paper - my sponges had some of the black soot ink on them. Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Onyx Black Versafine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 3-¼" x 2" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach the remaining two bats.

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I love the stitching dies - for what they actually are, and for what they can be with a little imagination.  Like using the Stitched Tree die to create a giant candy corn.  That's another project...wish me luck with that!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend...

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