30 posts categorized "Gifts"

11/30/2012

Fri 30

Holiday Tags

Here are two tags we created for a multi-store event happening here in San Diego this weekend. This first one uses the stamps Snow Day (B1378) and Snowy Pine Landscape (F1900) plus the dies DISTRESSED TAG (98244) and Beaded Snowflake (98396). We cut the base tag out of a dark blue cardstock then stamped the Snowy Pine Landscape in ColorBox Frost White ink at the bottom of the tag, filling in the unstamped area below the trees with our white ink. Then we embossed it with our Turquoise Irridescent Super Sparkle Embossing powder. Next we took the Snow Day stamp and stamped in the Frost white the words then used the 3 snowflakes on the side of the stamp randomly on the rest of the tag front and on the back. Before attaching the snowflake to the card we also embossed it with the Turquoise Irridescent Super Sparkle Embossing powder to give it some extra shimmer and bling...hard to see in the photo but it looks great in person! We added a fun frilly white ribbon and voila! A great holiday tag!

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For the 2nd tag we used the Memory Box To and From (B1826) stamp and the Penne Frame (98387) Die on a cut out rectangle of decorative Christmas paper with a fancy corner punch used to dress it up! Add a few Bling gems and some red and white twine and you have a wonderful tag to put on any present you are giving this year!

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I hope you enjoy making the tags as much as I did, we will be making them all weekend here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego!

 

11/01/2012

Thu 01

Warm Wishes for Fall

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To our customers, friends and families affected by the devastating force of the hurricane - we  send our caring thoughts and wishes for your safety and recovery.  Be safe, keep warm - and know that we are thinking of you.

It's time to turn to autumn and Thanksgiving cards - here's another way to use your Nightfall 6x6 prints - with this fall's new Classic Pear and Embellished Pear Dies.  

First cut the background print with the Classic Pear, leaf and stem.  Ink the edges of the pear with ColorBox Candied Yam Limited Edition Chalk Ink.  Next,  cut the beautiful intricate Embellished Pear overlay from another Nightfall print using the Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate with the other plates required for thin metal dies.  

Stamp Happy Fall, with the attached trio of little leaves, on Squash Distressed Dots with Candied Yam and ink the edges.  Attach everything to a Jack o' Lantern Notecard - use foam dots for the top of the leaf and the greeting.  Coordinate your card with a matching Jack o' Lantern Envelope.

View the Memory Box Holiday 2012 Collection - you'll love it!

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Memory Box Products

  • Classic Pear Die 98392
  • Embellished Pear Die 98393
  • Happy Fall B1420
  • Nightfall 6x6 Set
  • Jack o' Lantern Notecard and Envelope

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The leaf and stem are part of the Classic Pear set - but can easily be separated to use with different papers.  To keep them together in storage - just tape the smaller pieces to the die, and they'll be there when you need them.  Be sure to tape them to the cutting side of the die - so you don't accidentally run the pear thru the machine with them taped to the back!

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10/22/2012

Mon 22

Put a Squirrel On It!

I found a grapevine wreath in my fall box and decided to decorate it to hang on the door through Thanksgiving.  Then I put together eight thank you gift bags for people who have been doing kind things for my parents and me while I've been undergoing surgery and chemotherapy during my second go-round with breast cancer this summer/fall.  And even though I have LOTS of Memory Box bird dies and stamps, I decided to start a new trend I'm calling "Put a Squirrel On It!"  Let's see if this catches on!

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Dies:

  • 98427 Secret Squirrel
  • 98293 Cornerstone Seal
  • 98240 Script Thanks

Stamp:  G1795 Autumn Leaf Collage

Ink:  Ancient Page Sienna

Papers:

  • Neenah Desert Storm
  • Mango Gingham
  • scraps from Nightfall Woodland Path

Ribbon:  brown/orange plaid from ribbon stash

Jewels:  Memory Box tiniest Black and small Amber from Halloween Jewels

 

GIFT BAG (and contents)

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Die:  98427 Secret Squirrel

 

Happy Crafting!

10/19/2012

Fri 19

Which Holiday are We In?

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you 3 different projects…I couldn’t decide which one will be appropriate for today’s post, since Halloween is upon us, I am planning already for my Thanksgiving table settings and in everywhere in the stores you see Christmas decorations…so Which holiday are we supposed to be in?

This is one of the funny and “so” characteristic traits that you get by living here in the US…choice, choice, choice everywhere! ...Well, I am grateful for this and my “creation” juices enjoyed it very much!

Onto the projects…

Did you know that MB dies can cut not only though paper, but felt, shrink paper, cardboard, thin cork? In this case all the pouches were made out of felt, die cut from the “Small debutante frame” and decorated with various Memory Box dies.

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This charming one can be filled with delicious chocolates for those special children (or adults) in your life. Notice that I only sew half way through and then fold one side.

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This second pretty fall looking sac can serve as a pocket and will look fabulous on your Thanksgiving Table with the cutlery tucked inside. In this sample, the “Blanket Stitch” was made using precious metal embroidery floss (platinum and copper).

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And finally, the 3rd lovely gray bag can hold a festive gift card, money or a tiny exclusive gift that you will hang on your Christmas tree or over the fireplace with all your stockings. I die cut Two of the “Bianca snowflakes” and they look so delicate underneath the “Madeleine Bird”! How adorable! The small snowflakes on the straps are the “negative” form the center of the Bianca Snowflake.

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As you can see the use of these receptacles can be endless, just decorate them as you wish with all your memory box dies and you will have a nice handmade gift to give away that, I am sure, people will treasure.

TIP: use a “high” wool quality felt, otherwise it will fray and will not have a clean cut

NOTE: If you search “blanket stitch” you will have several tutorials on this particular embroidery stitch (the one on the edges)… if you already do not know how to make it… try it! …it is very simple…and beautiful! and BTW, the items that I did not sew I glue them with "Fabri-tac".

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If you got inspired, remember to leave a comment and share with all of us what do you plan to do with them! Thanks!

09/01/2012

Sat 01

Autumn Home Decor

During the blitz a few weeks ago, I showed you a Holiday Wall Hanging project I made with many of the new Christmas dies.  Remember this:

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I decided to decorate the other side, so it could double as a fall home decor piece as well. What do you think?

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There are so many dies in the new collection that worked beautifully for this project. I also used a few dies from previous releases and two from Poppy Stamps.  Most of the dies were cut from a variety of Memory Box pattern papers, regular dot and distressed dots. Dies used are listed below:

Classic Upper Alphabet 98361

Whimsical Flourish 98373

Dangling Spider 98386

Magic Flourish 98420

Perky Pumpkin Face 98421

Great Pumpkin 98423

Tender Leaves 98313

Oak Leaf 98243

Lorelai Leaf 839 (Poppy Stamps)

LorelaiLeaf Outline 840 (Poppy Stamps)

 

I think this home decor piece will make a great gift for teachers, neighbors, friends and family. My creative wheels are turning with ideas for more panels to celebrate other seasons/holidays, too. Keep an eye out for my Winter/Valentine hanging - coming soon!

I am offering a workshop to make this wall hanging at Ink About It on Sat, Sept 8th from 10am-1pm. Call the store if you are in our area and would like to make your own - 987.392.0321

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08/17/2012

Fri 17

Pumpkin Coasters

Did you know that you can use your Memory Box dies on materials other than paper?  They work beautifully on felt!

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 I found the Great Pumpkin die and coordinating stamp to be the perfect size for coasters.

Just die cut these pieces from various Fall colored felt.  Be sure to cut 2 of the pumpkins to give the coasters a nice double thickness for drinks.  

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I used black tailors chalk on the top layer of felt with the Great Pumpkin stamp.  Just lay the felt over the "sunny side up" stamp and gently rub the chalk on the raised detail.

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Sew a simple "running stitch" along the chalk lines and on the leaves to show off their detail.

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Layer the stitched pumpin atop the second plain one and join together using a blanket stitch around all edges.

Blanket Stitch:

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Brush away the chalk lines.  You may need to rub the last traces of chalk away with a scrap piece of felt or use an iron to disolve any residue.

Tack on the leaves with just a few stitches and glue on the pumpkin stem in a contrasting color.

Supplies Used:

Great Pumpkin Die #98423

Great Pumpkin Stamp G1882

Fresh Leaves Die #98406

Swooping Bats Die #98409

Gothic Halloween Stamp B1872

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Bundle several coasters together and give the set as a gift!  

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When the weather turns chilly (hopefully soon) these coasters will come in handy with some cocoa and marshmallows.

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Well, this is the final post for our blitz week and we hope you have enjoyed our ideas and feel inpired to create with these new stamps and dies.  It's also your last opportunity to win some fabulous new Memory Box goodies by leaving a comment below.

There will be two winners chosen daily from the post comments, and you have until 11:59 EST to enter. So take a minute and give us your thoughts--we love to hear from you all.

Also, there is a contest on Flickr running through the end of this month.  Until August 31st 11:59 EST, you can post a fall or winter holiday card using at least one Memory Box die or stamp.  Two winners will be chosen and their card will be featured on the Outside the Box blog.  One bonus winner will be selected who uses at least one die or stamp from the new 2012 What's in the Box release.  

Happy Friday!

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08/16/2012

Thu 16

'Tis the season

Welcome to the What's In The Box 2012 blog blitz!  It's a fun week of inspiration and sharing with all the wonderful new Memory Box stamps and dies. Hopefully, you've been able to see the new release at a local shop, but if not - we've got you covered here at the Design Team Blog. Not only do we have many ideas, but there is also a CONTEST and PRIZES!  Who doesn't love prizes!  Be sure to leave your comments on each post for a chance to win Memory Box dies. More info on that at the end of this post.

I decided to show a holiday project for the blitz. Here's what I started with:

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Stamps: G1899 Twelve Days and D1879 Solid Madeleine Bird

Dies: 98360 Classic Lower Alphabet, 98361 Classic Upper Alphabet, 98378 Drop Ornament, 98397 Crystal Snowflake, 98416 Eyelet Stocking, 98371 Corner Bow, 98424 Madeleine Bird, 98213 Blank Ticket

Papers: Current Dots, Key Lime Gingham, Bluebird Moroccan, Latte Distressed Dots

Inks: Adirondack Aque and Espresso, Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Other: black Micron pen for faux stitched edging, blending tool, Diamond Stickles, Metallic Silver paper for ornament top, pearl shimmer paper for snowflake and stocking top, chocolate glitter paper for corner bow and alphabet, Accuct die to cut 8x8 scalloped square, decorative hanger by Melissa Frances

And, here's my completed holiday home decor project.

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I started by cutting three 8x8 scalloped squares from an Accucut die. The base is chipboard and the front and back are covered with Latte Distressed Dots paper.  I stamped the new Twelve Days image in Espresso ink onto cream cardstock and cut with the Blank Ticket die. Cut the Drop Ornament, the Corner Bow, the Crystal Snowflake and the Eyelet Stocking. Stamp the Madeleine Bird onto Bluebird Moroccan with Aqua ink and cut with matching die. The bird body will be a little darker, but your wing will remain light. Edge all die cuts with the Vintage Photo ink and a blending tool, including the 8x8 base.  Lay out the dies in the arrangement you like best and start adhering. Add dimension by raising the ornament and bird with foam tape. Use chocolate brown glitter paper to cut the alphabet and spell out "Tis the season" as shown. With a black Micron pen, make faux stitch marks all around your base. Accent the ornament, snowflake and stocking with small amounts of Stickles to give your project just the right amount of sparkle. Here's a closer look at some of the details.

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This is a fun project that you can easily alter to make more personal. Change up the dies and the greeting if you like. Play around with the idea and have fun. This would make a nice holiday gift, too.

Remember - you have many chances to win FREE Memory Box dies this week, so keep the comments coming! There will be two winners chosen daily from the post comments, and you have until 11:59 EST each day to enter.

Also, there is a contest on Flickr running through the end of this month.  Until August 31st 11:59 EST, you can post a fall or winter holiday card using at least one Memory Box die or stamp.  Two winners will be chosen and their card will be featured on the Outside the Box blog.  One bonus winner will be selected who uses at least one die or stamp from the new 2012 What's in the Box release.
Don't be shy! Show us your work.
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Thu 16

'Tis the season

Welcome to the What's In The Box 2012 blog blitz!  What a fun week of inspiration and sharing with all the wonderful new Memory Box stamps and dies. Hopefully, you've been able to see the new release at a local shop, but if not - we've got you covered here at the Design Team Blog. Not only do we have many ideas, but there is also a CONTEST and PRIZES!  Who doesn't love prizes!  Be sure to leave your comments on each post for a chance to win Memory Box products.

I decided to show a holiday project for the blitz. Here's what I started with:

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Stamps: G1899 Twelve Days

 

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04/25/2012

Wed 25

Garden Treasure Box (aka: Die Crazy!)

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Ok, I admit I went a little crazy using Memory Box dies on this altered cigar box project.  Once I got started, it was hard to stop. There were so many dies that just worked perfectly with my vision for this garden themed treasure box.  And I just love the vintage mini garden faucet for the knob.  

I won't go into detail on making the box because that's a unique process that each person would do on their own.  (See the Ink About It workshop calendar for a Cigar Box workshop in June.)  Instead, I will focus on showing how I incorporated the many dies and hopefully inspire you to create a treasure box of your own.

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Here's a closer view of the top.  As you can see, it's very dimensional thanks to the many dies used. I like the way the Tessatina Border mimic garden lattice, so I wove the Grove Branch through it and added the flowers and leaves.

Darla Butterfly (98264),Vivienne Butterfly (98265), Willow Dragonfly (98319), Grove Branch (98311), Fancy Blossoms (98312), Tender Leaves (98313), Tessatina Border (98302)

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I added the Estate Fence ( 98285) to both sides of the box.  For adhering delicate, intricate dies like the fence, I learned a tip from a crafty friend, Mary Russo. She uses a basic sponge brush dipped in glue (thinned with a bit of water) and applies by dabbing the brush lightly over the back of the die. Place the die where you want it and lay your hand over it for a few seconds to set the glue. This is great if you are doing a larger project with lots of dies such as this box. I find my Quickie Glue Pen works just great when I am adhering only one or two dies.

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Finally, when you open the box, you are greeted by another gardenscape. I continued the use of the fence inside. Next, I layered the Debutante Frame (98297), stamped with the Hope Collage image (G1732), with the Twirling Vine Frame (98299).  I highlighted the word hope by adhering a glass pebble over it.  The outside front of the box is embellished with the Chadwick Label (98209) and the smaller label from the Promo Labels set (98139).  I hand wrote "Hopes, Dreams and Wishes" on the label.

I am pleased to be giving this particular box to a special friend. I hope the project inspires you to create something unique for yourself or to give as a gift - which is so fun to do!

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03/07/2012

Wed 07

Sweet Wishes

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Memory Box dies, stamps, and papers, ColorBox inks and glitter, and chocolate...do we need anything else?  Yes - Poppystamps dies - including some great new ones too!

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Colorful diecuts - Meadow Leaf, Gentle Leaf, Tilth Floral and Primo Labels and the Viola 6x6 print decorate a simple tin box from Clearsnap's new Basic Necessities Collection of containers and cool little objects just waiting to be inked, glittered, altered and filled.  View their great new catalog here.

PROJECT SUPPLIES:

Memory Box Products

  • Tilth Floral Die 98320
  • Primo Labels Die 98130
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Wishing You Combo B1853
  • Viola 6x6 Set
  • Parsley Cardstock
  • Wisteria Cardstock
  • Pool Cardstock

Poppystamps Products

  • Meadow Leaf Die 806
  • Tender Leaf Die 807

Other Supplies

  • Clearsnap Basic Necessities Square Tin
  • Grape Fizz and Ocean Spray Glitter
  • Grape Slushy ColorBox Archival Dye Inkpad
  • Clearsnap Peridot and Grape Fizz Glitter
  • Diecut Machine and Plates
  • Scor-Tape    
  • 1/8" Foam dots

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Using the Metal Adapter Plate along with the other plates required for cutting thin metal dies, diecut Poppystamps Meadow Leaf and Gentle Leaf from Parsley Cardstock.  Diecut Tilth Floral from Wisteria Cardstock (the back of the cardstock is shown here) - leave it in the die and attach a 1" square piece of doublestick tape to the back.  Press the tape firmly to secure each of the petals, then pop it out of the die.  This creates a delicate outline flower with attached petals.

Cut a 3.25" square of the Viola 6x6 background print an round the corners.  Ink the edges with Grape Slushy, then attach it to the Basic Necessities Tin.  Attach the leaves to the center of the flower.  Attach foam dots to 3 or 4 petals to add dimension to the flower, then attach the flower to the background.

Diecut the longer label from the Primo Labels die and stamp Wishing You Combo (there's a musical note stamp attached to the side of the stamp) using a stamp positioner and Grape Slushy.  Attach the label to the background.  Press three 1/8" foam dots near the bottom right corner and press Ocean Spray Glitter onto the adhesive.  Attach Scor-Tape to scrap purple cardstock and press Grape Fizz Glitter onto the adhesive.  Punch a 1/2" circle of the glittered cardstock and attach it to the flower.

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Fill the tin with Easter grass and candies - and bring a smile to someone's face!  Speaking of smiles, join Clearsnap's Altered Basics Blog Hop.  It runs through March 8.  You could be the smiling winner of some great new Basic Necessities. View another decorated tin featuring Memory Box stamps and dies here.

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