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10/24/2018

Wed 24

Stitched Bump Border and That’s Acute Triangle Halloween Treat Wrappers by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a variation of the Stitched Bump Border treat wrappers - with That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps, Friendly Ghosts, Swirling Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another Halloween project and an excuse to buy more candy.  Hershey Snack Size KitKats and Milk Chocolate with Almonds are the perfect size for this version of my treat wrappers.  Trust me - I did a lot of  candy research for you!

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Cut Mango Dots and Gingham patterned papers to 5-½" x 9-¼".  Starting at a short edge - score it at 1-¼", 5", 5-¼" and 5-½".  The 1-¼" section will become the folded flap.

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Cut it with Stitched Bump Border.  Divide it into three pieces of varying widths.  Fold it on the 1-¼" scoreline to determine how much space you'll have for stamping.  Mark it lightly along the edge of the border with a pencil.

Stamp the That's Acute Triangles with VersaFine Habanero and dry the ink.  Stamp the black images with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  Dry the ink.  Erase the pencil lines.

Cut Swirling Ghosts, Friendly Ghosts, Crouching Cat and Cool Cat.  Attach scraps of black or orange cardstock behind their faces for the eyes if they won't be placed over orange or black backgrounds.  

Fold the wrappers on the remaining scorelines.  Attach the treats with doublestick tape.  Punch a ¼" hole and attach orange tulle.

Have fun with these candy projects - there are so many ways to use our great triangle stamps and Halloween dies.

Hope you're designing and linking a Halloween or candy-themed project for our October Treats and Tricksters Challenge.  Or combine both themes a create a Halloween candy project for your favorite kids!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/23/2018

Tue 23

GRAND MAPLE FRAME HELLOs
by Anne Thompson

I had some fun this week playing around with the new GRAND MAPLE FRAME 94079 and the HELLO JOTTED SCRIPT 94069 dies using a variety of papers and notecards that evoke the colors of fall in Maine.  For this first card I used a mottled gold and brown paper on a copper metallic notecard.

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I used all three parts of the GRAND MAPLE FRAME die 94079--the outside decorative square frame, the plain circle that just fits inside it, and the maple leaf circle oriented with the stem at the top.  The HELLO JOTTED SCRIPT die 94069 comes in two parts.  I cut the larger outline from brown cardstock and the detailed "hello" from more of the decorative paper and adhered them together with a glue pen.  I used a5 1/2 X 4 1/4 copper metallic notecard. 

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For the second card I used a scrapbook paper that was printed with a cork pattern.  I used the frame and the maple leaf circle on the front of a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I slid the maple leaf circle toward the bottom of the frame and tilted it just a little bit so the stem leans toward the bottom right.   I used the plain circle inside the card to mark the area where I will write a message. And I used more of the brown cardstock and the cork paper for the "hello" on the card front.

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For the third card, I used a top-folded glossy black notecard and some tiger fur patterned scrapbook paper.

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And on the inside I added half of a large scallop-edged circle, the plain circle from the Grand Maple Frame, and the "hello" cut from more of the tiger paper.

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Before I mail the cards to out-of-state friends I have one more project to enclose in each envelope.  Remember when we were kids and we used to press leaves between sheets of waxed paper to preserve them?  I have a pile of leaves from the yard in colors similar to the papers I used, some waxed paper, an iron, and a pressing cloth at the ready.  I thought it would be a nice surprise to have a pile of colorful Maine maple leaves fall out of the card when opened!  Happy fall!!!

And Happy Crafting!

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10/19/2018

Fri 19

Good Cheer
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a fall themed card that could be used for many occasions.  I used the same Distress Oxide Ink technique as I did on my previous post for the background behind the leaf.  

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When I play with different ink techniques I like to use a whole sheet of paper to create backgrounds, that way I can quickly use them for other projects. 

For this card I die cut the leaf from metallic gold cardstock and adhered it to my prepared background. Then I glued it to a white and kraft cardstock layer.

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On a strip of metallic cardstock, I inked the horizontal stripe border with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I adhered it to the letf side of my card front.

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I glued the leaf panel to the card front and stamped the sentiment below it.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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10/18/2018

Thu 18

That’s Acute Triangle with Cool Cat and Poinsettia Circle Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery black Cool Cat with a Playful Boo, orange poinsettias and That's Acute Triangles?  Yes, if it works for Halloween!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a beyond-the-box way to extend the holiday season and use the beautiful Poinsettia Circle Frame in October.

Orange flowers on a black background are a little scary - and a great frame for the Cool Cat.  Add a That's  Acute Triangle greeting pennant and this cat's message is very clear.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Poinsettia Circle Frame die to help release the intricate diecut.  Cut the frame from orange cardstock.  Cut Playful Boo from the same bright orange.

Cut white cardstock with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Sponge it lightly with Starlight Black Brilliance to create a stormy backdrop for Cool Cat.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright green cardstock behind the face for a pair of glowing green eyes.

Stamp the That's Acute Triangle on bright green cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut around it with a die from the That's Acute Triangle set.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded black A-2 card - use foam dots for the right edge of the greeting.  Add orange sequins.

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The new That's Acute Triangle dies and clear stamps sets will be an obvious  go-to combination for Christmas trees.  Why not turn them on their sides for pennants and greeting blocks too?  Mix, match and layer them in bright colors and metallic artpapers for cool, abstract contemporary greetings.  

Or go way beyond the box and use the dies to cut bright triangles and diamonds of paper and fabric to make rolled "beads" for your mixed media and collage designs.  I"ll design a card with them and share it soon.  I think I have a few scraps of paper I can use...do you?

Till then - have fun discovering new ways to use dies and stamps from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for your fall and holiday projects!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/17/2018

Wed 17

New Poinsettia Circle Frame and Typewriter Holiday Elements by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery Poinsettia Circle Frame can create a pretty pink slip-through window card for the special people on your list.  Add a simple greeting from the new Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps and a sparkly single poinsettia.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a very girlie design for you today.

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Cut pale pink cardstock to 5-¼" x 10-½".  Score it at 3-¼" and 8-½".  Round the inner corners.

Cut Poinsettia Circle Frame.  Attach Scor-Tape to a 4-¼" square of pale pink cardstock and cut it with the 4" Circle Basics die. Save the paper liner.

Attach the frame to the adhesive-covered circle.   Use the liner like a presscloth to securely attach the intricate diecut.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive of the frame and the center circle.

Cut the center out with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Cut the single poinsettia from the glittered center circle.

Attach the frame to the left panel - not centered, but about ¼" over to the left.

Cut a 2" circle of white cardstock and stamp "noel" from the Typewriter Holiday Elements set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Fold the card - and determine where to place the tape to attach the greeting circle. Attach the greeting to the right panel of the folded card.  It will slip through the frame and help keep the card folded.

Attach pale pink gem stickers to the poinsettias.  Add ¼" circles of silver glittered cardstock.

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Poinsettia cards are everywhere now as we prep for the holidays - but this beautiful die doesn't have to be a holiday design.  It's the perfect flower frame for any occasion - imagine it in white with a sparkly yellow center, or fuchsia with a chartreuse center. Or bright orange and black with a Cool Cat on a glam-creepy Halloween card?  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL + DELIGHTFUL and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Jan for her cool Memory Box Batty Favor Box treats - and to Jenny for the rich and creamy real Lindt chocolates from  her recent trip to Europe.  Loved your Halloween cards too Jacky and Jenny!  And thanks for a great lunch Robin!  Wondering if we ate all day?   We did, and we made cards between the snacks.  

If you're in the Seattle area be sure to stop by Impress for their holiday event on Saturday the 20th.  Beautiful displays, inspiring samples and a great selection of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for holiday projects.  Demos from 10-Noon, make and takes throughout the day - and a goodie bag to the first 25 customers at each store. Enjoy a 10% discount on holiday items too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -

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10/16/2018

Tue 16

Cool Cats at the Cottage Garden Gate Tri-Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  I got two new Memory Box dies last week from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection that I used for a tri-fold fall/Halloween card:  COOL CAT 94087 and COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082.  

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This is basically a matchbook card turned on its side with a narrow scallop-edged tab that folds over the card front.  

And this is what you see on the inside.

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  • Maybe you remember the Blackbird paper collection that Memory Box featured years and years ago.  I found some this last week in the bottom of my Halloween box and decided to finally use it for this project.  (So hard to part with paper I know can't be replaced.  My friend Connie would say that this card then will have to go to a very worthy person indeed!)
  • I started with a black matchbook pre-made card.  But this is easy to recreate.  The overall dimensions are  4 1/4 X 11 1/4.  Score it at 4 1/4 and at 9 1/4.  Use a die or a punch to create a decorative edge on the righthand narrow strip.
  • I added paper to the inside first, cutting each piece a bit smaller than each of the panel dimensions in order to have a black border around each of the decorative papers.

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  • For the front cover, I cut apart the piece of paper with the birch tree and orange/gold ground area against a black sky and trimmed it to fit the two panels.  
  • I added a moon to the sky with a 1 1/4" circle punched from more of the Blackbird paper.
  • I die cut the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE from both black and white cardstock and layered them together a bit offset.  I secured this to the card front on the orange/gold ground using a glue pen.
  • I die cut three cats using the COOL CAT die, two black and one white.  I put one black cat in front of the gate on the right side and the white one to the left of the gate.  I put the other black cat on the inside left panel.
  • I used the tiniest gold sequins I could find and teeny tiny glue dots to secure eyes on each of the cats.
  • There's plenty of room for a message in black ink on the inside panels.  

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This was a fun card shape to work with and I love the way it turned out.  No Blackbird paper in your stash?  Try the Memory Box patterned papers in Mango and Squash dots or gingham!

Happy Crafting!

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10/12/2018

Fri 12

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a Halloween theme birthday card.  I have several friends that have birthdays in October that share my love of Halloween, so why not a Halloween birthday card!

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To make this card I created a Distress Oxide inked background which I used behind the lamp die cut.  I applied various colors of oxide inks to my craft mat and sprayed them with plain water.  I took a piece of glossy cardstock and ran it through the inks.  I used the heat tool to dry each layer before adding more ink.

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Once the ink was dry on the paper, I used a blending tool with a foam applicator to apply Micro Glaze over the top of the inked paper.  This will brighten up your color and bring out the layers of ink (I forgot to take a picture of the color before the glaze was applied).

Next I die cut the Hanging Lantern Frame from black cardstock and used only the inside circle portion of the die cut.  I lightly applied Prima gold paste wax to the die cut to give it a vintage look.  

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I glued a piece of vellum behind the lantern and adhered the lantern die cut to the circle I cut from my background paper.

Using watercolor paper I inked the background for my card front with the same distress oxide inks and adhered my lantern die cut to the card front. 

I die cut the bats and the word "wishing" from black cardstock and glued those to the card front.  I stamped my sentiment using a couple of sentiments and masked off the words I didn't want to use.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you all have a great weekend!

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10/11/2018

Thu 11

New Equal Triangle, Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Tricks, treats and the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps are ready for Halloween...are you?  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a simple treat wrapper for your favorite little tricksters.

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Who would have thought the Stitched Bump Border die could be used for a trio of candy wrappers?

 

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Trim 8-½" x 11" white cardstock to 8" x 11".  Score and fold it lengthwise at 4" and cut it into two 4"x 5-½" pieces.  Place the Stitched Bump Border die just below cut edges and cut through both layers of each half.   Score both sides of the folded cardstock ¼" away from the original 4" scoreline.  

Cut it into three sections of varying widths.  

Stamp them with random, overlapping layers of the cool triangles and diamonds from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Sunshine and Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  This combination of stamps and inks creates crisp, sharp images.  The vibrant inks take a few seconds to dry - then look artsy and dimensional with very little effort.  

Fold the bottoms along the scorelines to create a ½" wide base.  Punch a hole through the top.  

Diecut Cool Cat, Crouching Cat, Whimsy Cat and Friendly Ghosts.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind the Crouching Cat's and Whimsy Cat's eyes.

Use doublestick tape or a glue dot to attach the candy inside the wrapper.   Two pieces of Miniature KitKats will fit in the widest wrapper.  Tie the tops with orange tulle.  Fold the ends of the tulle together lengthwise and trim it at a sharp angle for a zig-zaggy edge.  

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Halloween candies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Stitch Bump Borders is perfect for that because it cuts the top edge and lets you adjust the height of the treat wrapper. Make some wrappers with your favorite candy.  Don't wait till the 31st - share them with co-workers now or tuck them into family lunches for a sweet surprise.  Then go out and buy more candy!

Thanks for visiting - have fun with this project!  Enjoy randomly layering the stamps - no rules about composition, white space or visual balance here.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Impress on Saturday.  We're making five Halloween cards and a treat wrapper in the STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL class at 10:30.  Then it's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.  

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10/09/2018

Tue 09

New Celebrate Jotted Script and Friendly Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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Let the lovable Friendly Ghosts peek through the branches of the Sapling Collage on a Halloween card that I hope is more delightful than frightful.  It's hard to imagine these simple white shapes can have so much personality!  One of them even multi-tasks as part of an exclamation mark inside the card.

Cut Sapling Collage from dark orange cardstock - be sure to leave some space around it to cut the outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set.  Cut the frame  - leave the diecuts in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges of the frame and inner rectangle.  Flip everything over onto a top-folded black A-2 card.  Press the die firmly onto the card to transfer the diecuts, then carefully remove the die.  Nice and easy and perfectly aligned!

Tuck the ghosts under the collage and add green gem stickers.

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Attach Scor-Tape to dark orange cardstock and cut the Celebrate Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "celebrate" from black cardstock.  Attach the black diecut to the adhesive-covered background.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive around the black diecut.  

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Attach the glittered greeting and the littlest Friendly Ghost to the inside of the card.  Create a ghosty exclamation point with the help of the cool Whimsy Cat die - cut the cat  from white cardstock and use one eye offcut for the dot below the little ghost.  (Did I just hear someone say I need to get out more and get a life?)

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Hope you enjoyed this friendly Halloween design and have fun creating with the great new dies and stamps from our Holiday Happenings release!  

Be sure to enter the October Tricks + Tricksters Challenge - share your Halloween or candy-themed projects for big and little kids for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for visiting...Laura has a great project for you tomorrow.  I'll see you again on Thursday, or at Impress on Saturday.  We have two classes coming up - STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL at 10:30 and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.

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10/08/2018

Mon 08

HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB Stencil Background
by Anne Thompson

I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones.  When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing:  HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610.  I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock.  I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.

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I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it.  This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image.  As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge.  You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.

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I loved this!  I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4".  I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8".  This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web.  I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.

I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.

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  • I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors.  Don't you love these wonky little houses! 
  • I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871
  • And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.

Don't forget about your stencils!  They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.

Happy Crafting!  And enter your Halloween projects in our current monthly challenge here.

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