113 posts categorized "Foliage"

06/14/2022

Tue 14

Slimline Hugs and Flowers by Jean Okimoto

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Send special hugs with sunny yellow blossoms layered over a leafy slimline collage from Poppystamps. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a  spring-into-summer design for any occasion.

Cut white cardstock to 8-½" x 4-¼".  Cut it with the Poppystamps Slim Leafy Collage - about 1-¼" from the left edge.  Score and crease it the cardstock vertically at ¾" to create a hinge.  Attach it to an 8-½" x 3-½" piece of green cardstock - for a leafy green background.

Cut Layered Cosmos twice from a medium-yellow 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection. Cut Layered Fresh Flowers from pale yellow and mustard yellow 6x6's.  Assemble the flowers - mix and match the centers.

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Cut white cardstock with the 6-⅛" x 1-⅛" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Attach the flowers to the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to the card - don't use any adhesivebehind the flowers on the left side because it will be visible from inside the card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant Versa Fine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim the cooled cardstock with the greeting strip die that's included ion the stamp set.

Attach the greeting to the background rectangle with foam tape.  Add the pale yellow Pastel Fairy Jewels.

Thanks for visiting our Design Team blog.  Hope we're inspiring you to create unique greeting cards for every occasion.

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06/07/2022

Tue 07

Woodgrain Garden Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Say thanks with a splash of flowers and leaves from our latest releases - layered over a faux tile woodgrain background.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for anyone who loves flowers.

To create the look of woodgrain tiles with the White Woodgrain Paper Pack - score it in 1" sections.  Lay it on a hard, flat surface and brayer it with Starlite Black Brilliance (used here) or Graphite Black Brilliance. The debossed scorelines won't receive the brayered ink.  Trim it to 5-¼" x 2-⅜".  Attach it to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

Diecut Charlotte Blooms and Leaves, Ruffled Blooms and Layered Fresh Flowers from red and pink 6x6's in the Berry Red Collection. 

Cut the 6-stem Lavender Bouquet piece and the leaves from the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves sets from the Lush Green Collection sheets.  

Cut the flower centers from the Charlotte and Ruffled Blooms sets from the dark blue/black sheet in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on a Lush Green sheet with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the tab die that's part of the stamp set.

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Attach the leaves and flowers to the background.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.  Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Gather your Memory Box flower dies and cut a stash of them from our 6x6 paper collections.  Cut some leaves too.  They'll be ready for your next card, layout or mixed media project.  Make some quick gift tags too.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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05/26/2022

Thu 26

Hugs
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have a fun background technique that I saw on Jennifer McGuire's YouTube channel.  It's not a quick technique, but I think the end result is very nice and worth the time.

I started by die cutting the flowers and leaves many times from colored cardstock.  I used a light and dark shade of the blue and green.  I used navy blue cardstock for my background.

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Next, comes the fun part!  I glued the large flowers onto the navy cardstock panel first, then filled in the background with leaves and smaller flowers.  Once I was happy with the background I placed it flower side down onto the Pinpoint Leaf Cover Plate Die and ran it through my die cut machine.  This presses the flowers and leaf die cuts into the paper and leaves Pinpoint Leaf image on the card. 

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I glued the card front to a white card base using foam tape.

Next, I die cut the word hugs from black cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.   I die cut the shadow 3 times from white cardstock and glued them together to give the word more dimension.

The butterflies were die cut from vellum, and the sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  

To finish the card I added some fairy crystals to the flower centers. 

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Donnasignature

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05/09/2022

Mon 09

Exquisite Leaves Birthday Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with this mini slimline birthday card featuring new hot foiling dies from Memory Box. Here's a close up look so you can see the foiling better:

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I used both the "Exquisite Leaves" (MBF002) and "Posh Happy Birthday" (MBF011) with Rose Gold foil.

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The top panel is from the off white Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad (FP002) attached to a mini slimline card base. I used a strip of rose gold card stock from the same paper pad over where the two leave clusters meet and then added the sentiment over it.

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Lastly, I added a few gold/amber jewels also from Memory Box.
Here's one last view:

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I hope you like my card for today. I really enjoyed using the Gemini foil press with these new beautiful dies from Memory Box.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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05/03/2022

Tue 03

Flowers for Mom by Jean Okimoto

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Gather an assortment of spring blossoms for a Mother's Day card and mix, match and layer them for dimension.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for a stylish Mom - with casual upside-down Wooden Alpha W's instead of the proper M's.  We're using the new Birch Press Design Wispy Bloom Contour Layers for their pointy, contrasting look.

Blend salvaged patina and shaded lilac Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock.  Add a light spritz of water and let the colors blend as they dry.  Cut it with the 2-¼" x 7-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Cut Ruffled Blooms from different shades of Lush Green and Fresh Aqua 6x6 sheets.  Cut some extra centers from Lush Green sheets.  

Cut Layered Periwinkle from Vibrant Violet and Twilight Purple 6x6 sheets.

Cut the Birch Press Design Wispy Blooms Contour Layers from Twilight Purple sheets.  Cut the stems from a Lush Green sheet.  

Cut the wide leaves from the Exquisite Leaf Set from a Lush Green sheet.  Trim the larger branch - we're using the 2 lower leaves here.

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Attach the ink-blended rectangle - at a wonky angle - to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝"). Attach the leaves and the assembled flowers.

Diecut the letters from the turquoise Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6.  Use the upside-down W's instead of the M's from the Wooden Alpha set for a casual look. Or use the more formal M.  Either way, the Wooden Alpha dies add great texture to the mirror cardstock.

Attach the yellow-gold Christmas Fairy Jewels.

This design works in a rainbow of color combos...try your favorites!  It would be nice with mirrored floral diecuts and/or leaves too.  

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If your Mom's card is already done - rotate the M's right-side-up to say "WOW". It would be great for a grad, a new hire or to celebrate a recent promotion or achievement.   Even a new flower garden!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Friday...

Jeansignature-3

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04/30/2022

Sat 30

Such a Good Friend
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with this plaid mini slimline card for a dear friend. I used a lot of different products today to create this card.

First of all I used the "Nested Globes" die set - 94532 to do some partial die-cutting. I ran card stock through my die cutting machine with the bottom cutting line of the globe hanging off the edge of the cutting plates so it wouldn't cut through the paper. Then I measured how long I wanted the oval panel to be to fit on my card front, and turned the die around the other way, again with the bottom flat side cutting line hanging off the edge of my cutting plates. This created my pretty oval shape for the focal point of my card and sentiment placement.

The leaves were actually made with the Pinpoint Leaf Plate 94381. I took white card stock and ran it through my die cutting machine with the pinpoint die, then added Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon ink direct from the pad on to the paper. That left little tiny white dots where all the pinpoints were. Next, I fussy cut out a few of the leaves and added them around the edges of my oval panel. I also cut a black mat in the same globe shape to help offset the white from the plaid a little better.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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The paper for the main background on the card came from the Madris Blue and Purple Plaid paper pad PP1014. I used the Layered Star Flower dies 94612, to cut my flower from peach, pink and orange Vintage Pastel Mirror Card Stock FP1002, and added a Pastel Jewels to the center of the flower and scattered on the front of the card.

The sentiment is from the Friends and Family stamp set CL5276, stamped in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.

Here's one last look at my card:


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I hope you like my card for today, I had a lot of fun creating it! Be sure to come back to the Memory Box blog often to see the wonderful creations from our amazing design team!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

AngiesignatureNEW

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04/27/2022

Wed 27

Spring Flower Boutique Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have more flower shaping today using the flower dies released in February.  Today I have a card that can be used for birthday or a mother's day card.  I use the Memory Box colored paper to make coloring the flowers and leaves easier.  Also the shaping of these flowers are pretty simple with how the dies cut into the paper.

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Riverbank Large Layered Bloom Flower:

Die cut the Riverbank Large Layered Blooms from a light orange/pink card from the Berry Red paper pad 1 time.  Ink blend from the center out, half way, with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink then Clair Purple Delight.  Ink blend from the tip of the petal with VersaFine Clair Cheerful.  In between each ink blending I added ink to the flower center.  Shape the flower with an extra large stylist, on a foam mat, by pulling from the tip of the petal to the center on the front side of the die cut.  Turn the flower over and lightly push in the center. Us the same stylist on the back side of the flower center and roll it around.  Adhere the flower together, offsetting the petals.  Add the center of the flower with double sided foam tape to keep the shape.  To darken the center, tap watercolor markers around randomly.  I used Marvy Markers in black, dark brown, and dark green brown. I was trying to recreate my favorite color of African Daisies.  I pulled up a picture online to use as a reference to get the color and shaping just right.

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Periwinkle Flowers:

Die cut the Layered Periwinkle from a medium Vibrant Violet paper paper pack. (I chose a color a few shades lighter then VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.) Ink blend from the center out, half way, with VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Use a white Posca pen and outline the tip of each petal white.  Shape the flower with an medium sized stylist, on a foam mat, by pulling from the tip of the petal to the center on the front side of the die cut.  Turn the flower over and lightly push in the center. Adhere the 2 smaller die cuts together, offsetting the petals.  I also pulled up a picture of the periwinkle online to use as a reference to get the color and shaping just right.  

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Leaves:

Die cut the Exquisite Leaf Set out of a medium green paper from the Lush Green pad 3 times.  Ink blend the larger leaves with VersaFine Clair Cheerful from the tips to the center, then fold the leaf in half and color the center.  Then ink blend the stem with VersaFine Clair Shady Lane.  Ink blend the smaller leaves with the same technique using VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.

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Sentiment:

Die cut Happy Birthday Posh Scrip die bottom from the orange/pink Vintage Pastel Mirror paper pad and the top from the same paper as the Riverbank flower die from the Berry Red paper pad.  Ink blend the Berry Red paper with VersaFine Clair Purple Delight before die cutting.  Adhere together.

Assembly:

Use a white 5" x 7" card base and adhere a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" light blue panel on top. Arrange the flowers on the left hand side focusing mainly in the lower corner.  Adhere some of the leaves with foam tape to give more dimension.  Add Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones to the center of the Periwinkle flowers, yellow for the large and purple to the small. Adhere the sentiment in the upper right hand corner.

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04/24/2022

Sun 24

Blooms for Mom
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year all over the world.  With my Mother’s Day in two weeks, I have a Mother’s Day card I created for my mother-in-law to share today.  It features the Riverbank Large Layered Blooms and Exquisite Leaf Set dies from the recent Spring release.  

Because I wanted these large blooms to all fit on the card without crowding or hanging off-the-edge, this card is A6 size.  The card base and a layering piece are 4.5”x6.25” cut from heavy-weight white paper.  Using the partial die cutting technique with a long and narrow extended cutting pad, ran the layering piece through the die cutting machine twice with the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate resulting in this.

 

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Down the middle was a mess, but it didn’t matter as most of it will be covered up anyway.  For some texture, splattered it with diluted black gouache paint, then set aside to dry.

 

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The flower layers and leaves were die cut next from white cardstock.  The leaves and flower centers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.


greens - YG61, YG63, YG67
white centers - C00, C1, C3
 

Ink blending with distress inks (DI) was used to color the flower layers.  Shaded Lilac DI was applied to the middle circumference area of each layer using a blender brush, while Villainous Potion DI was applied to the centers with a finger brush before putting them together. 

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“Mom” was die cut from white glitter paper using the shadow dies of the Bennett Alphabet die set for a chunkier greeting.  Glued the letters onto a 1” Twilight Purple paper strip, then added the drop shadow with a C3 Copic Sketch marker.  Assembled the card, popping the bottom right flower up with foam adhesives for additional dimension.  Applied clear shimmer on the flowers for more sparkle to finish.

And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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04/22/2022

Fri 22

Recycled Background Earth Day Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Let's build a background of recycled scraps and create a card to celebrate Earth Day.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here using Lush Green Collection scraps from my stash to fill the Jumbled Line Collage.  It made just a teeny tiny dent in my big stack of scraps - but I feel so resourceful and earth-friendly.  

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Attach a strip of doublestick tape to printer paper.  Cut assorted 3/4" strips of the Lush Green Collection 6x6's.  Attach them to the paper - we're using paper so it won't be too bulky.

Cut white cardstock with the largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Jumbled Line Collage.  Lay the collage over the strips before adding any adhesive.  Trim the edges of the paper to fit behind the collage, then attach it behind the collage.  Attach the rectangle to a slimline card (3-5/8" x 8-1/2").

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Cut different shades of yellow 6x6's from the Sunny Orange Collection with the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral and Layered Fresh Flowers dies.  Assemble the flowers -  mix and match the blossoms and the centers. Use a center from the Layered Fresh Flowers set for the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral.

Cut the solid leaves - from the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral set - from a sheet Lush Green sheet.  Press a scrap of the same green onto a VersaMark inkpad.  Heat-emboss the inked area with detail clear powder.  Cut the detailed leaves from the embossed cardstock.  They'll be slightly darker and glossy to contrast with the solid background leaves.

Stamp the greeting from the Signature Greetings Clear Stamps and Dies Set on a yellow 6x6 with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim one end with the second-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die - then just cut the other end with a paper trimmer.

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Assemble the card - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add yellow Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the jewels and card front for mailing.

The coordinated colors of the Memory Box 6x6 Collections save time and simplify cardmaking with a 108 choices.  They match our 6x6 prints and plaids, glitter, foil and mirror cardstock too.  

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Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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04/15/2022

Fri 15

Woodgrain Candy Totes by Jean Okimoto

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Got chocolate??  Create sturdy Woodgrain Paper Pack candy totes for Easter celebrations with Gentle Bunny and mixed blossoms from Memory Box and Poppystamps.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a project that took on a life of its own once I started diecutting the flowers from Memory Box 6x6 Color Collections.  No special treat  tote dies required for these!

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Score Kraft Woodgrain Paper (that's actually cardstock) lengthwise at 4-¼".  Score it again at 4" and 4-½" and fold it on the 4-¼" scoreline.  Attach the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die to the folded cardstock - place the bottom short edge about 1/16" below the fold and cut the folded rectangle.  Repeat twice.

Cut the folded rectangles with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die to create a handle - save one little rectangle offcut for each tote.  Round the corners of the folded rectangle and the little rectangle.  Crease the bottom of the tote to form a gusset for the candy.

Cut Gentle Bunny from white cardstock.  Attach a 5mm pompom instead of the tail from the bunny set.  

Cut Layered Star Flowers from 3 shades of pink in the Berry Red Collection.  Cut the flowers again from 3 shades each of the yellow and orange Sunny Orange sheet.  Cut 2 sets of the leaves from the Layered Star Flower set from a light green Lush Green Collection sheet.  Cut the longer stem into 2 sections.

Cut the Poppystamps Flower Field Corner from dark orange and yellow sheets in the Sunny Orange set.  Cut it again from a pink sheet in the Berry Red set.  It'll form the pink, orange and pale yellow base layer of the flowers.

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Attach the front half of the folded tab to the tote for spacing. Attach the Flower Field Corners - leave some areas un-glued to add the leaves.  Add the leaves and a colorful mix of big and little blossoms.  

Attach Gentle Bunny.  Tape the chocolate inside the tote - Ghiradelli squares are a perfect fit.  Close the tote and adhere the back half of the tab.  Optional - you can also add a sparkly Fairy Crystal, Dewdrop or Gemstone to the tab to dress it up a bit - more handbag, less tote.

Mother's Day will be here soon...replace Gentle Bunny with more flowers or a heart if you're hosting Mother's Day Brunch.  The design also works for bridal showers or wedding favors.  Or anytime you want to share a bit of chocolate!  The Rectangle Basics set includes 16 sizes - there's a rectangle for any treat!

Thanks for visiting...Happy Easter if you're celebrating this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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