226 posts categorized "Donna"

10/15/2021

Fri 15

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have a Christmas card that features more traditional Christmas colors, which I seem to be drawn to lately.

I used the new Geometric Crystals 3D embossing folder to create the background for my card.

Next, I adhered the background to a red cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I stamped and die cut the image, then used colored pencils to color it.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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To finish the card, I stamped and die cut "Merry Christmas" and used foam tape to mount it to the card.  That's it!

It's a fairly quick and easy card to create.  

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

 

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10/01/2021

Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #77- Holidays!

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Greetings friends. It is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Please note that we changed the rules for the monthly challenge, so be sure to read the rules if you are participating in the October challenge.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's stripe challenge. We always love seeing your incredible creations.

The winner of the blog badge was Bonnie from the Stamping with Klass blog. We really loved the elegant striped background of her card.

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The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Lynne R from Lynne's Craft Haven.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

**Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.**

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Memory Box has a new holiday release, so it is the perfect time to introduce a holiday challenge.  We would love to see how you interpret the theme. It could be Christmas, but it definitely doesn't have to be! What holidays do you celebrate?

All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Our design team member Donna Sledzik created a card to help inspire you and wrote instructions to help you recreate the design.

 

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To make the card, die cut the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate from white cardstock and use Old Paper, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks to color the panel.

Next, die cut the lamp post from black cardstock and the candle from white cardstock.  Color the candle with colored pencils then glue the lamp to a piece of acetate and trim away the excess acetate.  

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Die cut the pine needles and holly branch from green cardstock.  

Heat emboss the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock.

To assemble the card, glue the candle to the background and then adhere the lantern over it.  

Glue the greens in place and add some Tim Holtz Snow Texture Paste to the greens.  While the paste was still wet, sprinkle glitter over the wet paste.

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Splatter the card with white ink and added some Red Fairy Crystals and Fairy Jewels.

Glue a red bow to the lamp post and used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.

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There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge77 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Sunday, October 31st.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes. 

 

One project will be chosen at random to win the Lamp post die featured in this post as well as some holiday jewels to decorate:

 

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09/24/2021

Fri 24

Thankful
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have an easy, no coloring card for you.

I started by stamping and white heat embossing the pumpkin image onto kraft cardstock.  Next I used a gray water based marker to add some shadows to the image.  

I spattered the background with white and black inks.

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I mounted the kraft panel onto a black cardstock mat and tied a piece of jute around the bottom of the card front.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

Next I stamped the word "Thankful" on a strip of black cardstock, white heat embossed it and used foam tape to glue it to my card front.

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To finish the card, I added some Black Nuvo Drops to add a little dimension.

That's it for today! Have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

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09/17/2021

Fri 17

Just a Note
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  As we're heading into the fall season, I thought this card would be ideal for any occasion.

To begin, I sponged watercolor paper with Distress Ink and misted it with water.  

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When it was dry, I spattered it with black ink and adhered it to a black cardstock mat.  I used foam tape to glue it to a white card base.

Next, I die cut the wreath 3 times from brown cardstock.  One of the die cuts I cut up to make the wreath fuller.

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I glued one wreath die cut to my card and then adhered the cut pieces to fill in.  Next, I glued the other die cut to the top of the wreath.

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I die cut the shadow from Just a Note from white cardstock and the words from black cardstock.  I glued the words to the shadow die cut and adhered it to the center of the wreath.

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To finish the card, I added some orange and yellow bright jewels to the wreath.

That's it for today's card!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Donnasignature

 

 

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09/10/2021

Fri 10

Hello Friend
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features the new Simon Says and Memory Box STAMPtember exclusive stamp set.  I know that these stamp sets sell out quickly, so I thought I would give some inspiration for those who did order the limited edition set.

Let's make the card:

  • Die cut a slim line layer from White Bristol Smooth cardstock.
  • Stamp and Black heat emboss the flowers twice on the cardstock. 
  • Zig Clean Color Brush markers were used to color the image.
  • Using a blender brush, lightly add Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the background.
  • Lightly mist the background with plain water.
  • Once the background is dry, spatter it with black ink.

 

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  • Mat the card front to a black mat and adhere that to a white card base.
  • Die cut the Hello Cursive Script Circle from black cardstock and glue it to a vellum die cut circle.
  • Apply glue to the back of the circle and adhere it to the card front.
  • White heat emboss the word friend on a strip of black cardstock and use foam tape to adhere it to the card.

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That's it for today! Have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

 

 

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08/27/2021

Fri 27

Happy Haunting

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Happy Friday everyone!  For today's card I used the castle stamp and turned it into a Haunted House.  It's a great way to get the most out of your everyday stamps.

Let's make the card:

  • Create a blended background on white cardstock using Distress Oxide inks.

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  • Lightly spritz with plain water and blot with a dry paper towel.
  • Stamp the castle on white cardstock and color with colored pencils.  Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink, and die cut the image with the coordinating die.
  • Die cut the ghosts and moon from white cardstock and lightly ink the edges with Black Soot Distress ink.  Add a little bit of Mustard Seed Distress ink to the moon.
  • Die cut the gates and tree branches from black cardstock.
  • Stamp and white heat emboss the Happy Haunting on a strip of black cardstock.

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  • Glue the moon and the branches to the card.
  • Next, adhere the ghosts and the railings to the back of the haunted house and glue it to the card.
  • Use foam tape to adhere the sentiment under the haunted house.
  • Glue the card front to a black cardstock mat and adhere it to a white card base.
  • Use a thin lined black marker to add cracks to the windows.

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That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

Donnasignature

 

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08/20/2021

Fri 20

Hello
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have another easy summer themed card for you.

To begin, I created an ink blended background, misted it with plain water, and embossed it with the Waves 3D embossing folder. 

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To highlight the embossed image, I rubbed over the embossing with a white pigment ink pad.  Next, I applied clear embossing powder over the whole background and heat embossed it.  The powder only stuck to the white pigment ink which gave it a glossy look.  

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I die cut the word hello 3 times from white cardstock and stacked and glued them for dimension.  Next, I glued the hello die cut to a vellum strip of paper and adhered this to the card.  

Next, I die cut the fish from white cardstock, used foam tape to adhere it to the card, and added a few fairy drops to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

 

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08/13/2021

Fri 13

Hello Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy card for you using the new stamp set, Elegant Succulent Sentiments, and the Simon Hurley stamping foam. 

To make this card, I placed the foam stamping block on my work surface and heated it with my heat tool.  Once the block was hot I pressed it on my stamp.  

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Next, I rubbed the stamping block with ink, misted it lightly with water and stamped it on watercolor paper.

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Because there was still ink on the stamping block, I remisted it and stamped it again.  I was able to do this 4 times before I ran out on ink on my stamping block.  What a quick and easy way to make multiply backgrounds!

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Simon Hurley has many videos on YouTube using the stamping block and I urge you to check them out. 

I used the first stamped image and die cut it with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Next I used foam tape, glued it to a blue cardstock mat and then adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the word hello from white cardstock and glued it to a strip of green cardstock.  I inked the edges of the green cardstock with the Later Gator ink.

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Finally, I added some white epoxy dots to finish the card.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

 

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07/16/2021

Fri 16

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a CAS card for you featuring the new Eucalyptus Collage Die.

I started by die cutting the Eucalyptus die in the center of a green cardstock panel.  I sponged Forest Moss Distress ink on the stems and lower portion of the leaves to add some depth to them.

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 I adhered a white piece of cardstock behind the die cut and mounted that on a lighter green cardstock mat.  Next, I used foam tape and mounted it on white and black cardstock mats.

On a strip of black cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment. Using foam tape, I glued it to the card.

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I adhered the card front to a white card base and used some fairy drops to finish the card.

That's it for today! I hope you have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

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07/09/2021

Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features products from the new Memory Box Summer Daydreams Collection.  I saw a fun technique that Gina K demonstrated on her Youtube channel called Emerging Watercolor.

I taped a piece of watercolor paper to my surface and colored the background using two colors of Tombow Markers.  You can use any water based markers, watercolor or inks for this technique. 

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Once my background was colored, I used a paintbrush and plain water to blend the color.  I dried the background completely, then used embossing ink to stamp the fish on the background.  I used clear embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped fish.

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Next, I sprayed the background with water and used a dry paper towel to pick up the color. I did this several times to remove as much color as I could.  The embossing powder acts as a resist and the end result is almost a batik look to your background.

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Once the background was dry I used the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to die cut my paper.  I glued two strips of orange cardstock to the background and used foam tape to adhere the die cut anchor to the card. 

I die cut the banner from white cardstock, stamped "Happy Birthday" in orange ink and used foam tape to glue it to my card.

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I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base and glued some Fairy Drops to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

 

 

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