39 posts categorized "Holiday"

08/06/2020

Thu 06

Blitz Day #4 - Layer the Single Pine Over the Tall Fir Collage by Jean Okimoto

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It's already the 4th day of our holiday blitz and giveaway!  There are so many great designs in our 2020 Christmas Collection that it's hard to select a new favorite. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a collage-in-a-frame idea that combines two new dies - and a chance for you to win one of them!

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Cut the holiday floral print from the new Garland 6x6 set with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the oval using with the inner Winter Tree Oval Frame.  Save the dark gray diecut tree for a Halloween card.

Cut the tree and a portion of the snowy bottom from the silver 6x6 sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Cut the bottom half of the Tall Fir Collage from green cardstock.   Trim and attach the silver and green trees behind the oval cutout. Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A2 card.

Cut the Starlit Breeze stars from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.  Starlit Breeze is a versatile die from an earlier release.  

Shake the Sunlit Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents, then squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer to place dots of Sunlit Gold on a few blossoms.  Set the card aside to dry the glitter glue.

The Garland 6x6 set of floral prints is part of our new Christmas Collection - but the vivid designs (2 each of 12 prints) aren't just for the holidays.  Several are perfect for summer and fall cards too - and the colors coordinate beautifully with the new Garland Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  

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Want a chance to win the new Tall Fir Collage for your holiday projects?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 10th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!  One comment/entry per person per day please.

Thanks for visiting - hope you're loving the blitz!  Enjoy Trina's card - and have another chance to win a prize tomorrow.

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08/02/2020

Sun 02

Inlaid Single Pine Landscape Frame on a Christmas Plaid Background by Jean Okimoto

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Set the Single Pine Landscape Frame into a Christmas Plaid offcut and create a simple guy card for the men on your list.  The card is simple...not the guy!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another 2020 Christmas Collection design for you.

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Cut the new Single Pine Landscape from Open Studio Watercolor Paper and leave the diecut in the die.  Add more texture by pressure-embossing it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut the green and white plaid background from the new Christmas Plaid 6x6 set - we're using the offcut here.  Place the offcut in the frame and tape the plaid and watercolor paper together on the reverse side.  Attach it to a green slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  

Cut three of the Singing Birds from the red glitter cardstock in the new Holiday Glitter 6x6.  Attach them to the card - use foam tape for the center and right birds.  

Prep the Celebrate Cursive Script die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to help release the diecut. Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from the red sheet in the new Polished Foil Pad.  It's easy to cut delicate designs with this special foil and you won't have to remove those stringy threads.  Attach the shimmery greeting to the card...and that's it!

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I love slimline cards and how they can surprise someone who thinks the business-sized envelope they've received is just another bill or "special offer."  See the new dies, printed papers, foil, glitter cardstock, embossing folders and glitter glue here, write your wishlist, then visit or order your holiday designs.

Thanks for visiting!

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07/30/2020

Thu 30

A Work in Progress
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. I'm sharing a work in progress...

My new favorite thing is to color dies with Copic Markers. I'm using some of the newest release....stay tuned for next week when we highlight the products!!! I'll have the card assembled and ready for show. The Pinecone Stackers and Vintage Sled were so much fun to color!!! They will surely be a customer favorite!! I also love the Forest Pine Branch. It's truly beautiful!

Have you heard... Memory Box Co has new 6x6 paper pads...don't you love a perfect Christmas plaid!!! I do!!! There is also a foil paper pad! I diecut the Special Merry Christmas sentiment with red foil paper... the shimmer is beautiful!!!

Ok! No more gushing!!!

Hope you'll join us next week! I promise you won't be disappointed!!!

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Thu 30

A Special Merry Christmas with a Small Pine Tree Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Cool winter wishes continue with more great new designs from our 2020 Holiday Collection.  It's the perfect mix of classic, contemporary, glittery, shimmery and artsy elements for Christmas crafting.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little bit of everything from our latest release. P1160530

Cut the corner berries and greenery print from the new Garland 6x6 with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Prep the Small Pine Tree Collage die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper - to make it easier to remove the cardstock after diecutting.  Cut the collage.  Instead of pulling the diecut away from the offcuts - gently wiggle the offcuts away from the diecut.

Attach a piece of Poppystamps' Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to a top-folded green A-2 card - position it to fill the oval cutout.  Attach the diecut rectangle.

Prep the Special Merry Christmas die with waxed paper and cut the lighter red glitter cardstock from the new Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach it with tiny dots of Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. 

Punch ¼" circles of the gold Holiday Glitter Pad cardstock.

Shake the new Ruby Crystal Glitter Glue to blend the contents, then squeeze a large drop onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer to add dots of Ruby Crystal to several leaf clusters.  Set the card aside to dry the glue.

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It's a week of celebrations here with our holiday release  - and the 33rd birthday of Impress Cards and Crafts.  Join the party and shop the Impress online store for a special 20% savings (excluding class kits, custom stamps and items on sale)  on July 30 and 31.  It's a great time to stock up on papercrafting supplies for your holiday and year-round projects.  Here's the sale promo code - happy33.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend with another holiday idea!

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07/20/2020

Mon 20

Peace and the Pretty Blossom Stem Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still working on my July personal challenge to make holiday cards from Memory Box Spring 2020 and Garden Party products I have on hand with sentiments from previous holiday releases.  Today's card features the Peace Jotted Script, the Pretty Blossom Stem, and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles on a pretty piece of Garden Party paper.

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In the photos above you can see how I cut everything from red glitter paper and white cardstock.  I trimmed a piece of pretty floral paper 4 X 5 1/4 and adhered that to the front of a white notecard.  I used foam tape to place the red glitter Wrapped Rectangle at an angle.  I used large Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the Pretty Blossom Stem to the white Wrapped Rectangle and then used Scor-Tape to secure that to the glitter rectangle.  The next step was to use a glue pen to layer the Peace Jotted Script, red glitter paper on top of white cardstock.  After trying a number of various placements, I used just one large Glue Dot under the "a" to attach "peace" to the panel.

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To finish the card I added white pearls to the flower centers.  And on the inside I added a narrow strip of the same Garden Party paper I used on the card front.

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Happy Crafting!

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07/13/2020

Mon 13

Giulia Border Joy Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my challenge this month to create holiday cards from Memory Box materials I have on hand, not necessarily holiday-themed, and mostly pulling from the Garden Party and Spring 2020 collections.

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This is actually the second card I made and my favorite of the two.  

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I started my cards by die cutting everything first.  I actually cut the Joy Airy Script twice and the Giulia Border four times to have what I needed for the two cards.

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Then I made a sandwich for my Big Kick and embossed the Leafy Jumble stencil twice on thin white cardstock.  I used the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink direct to paper over the raised leaves to use as the base on the card fronts.

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I used Scor-Tape to attach the leafy panel to the front of a white notecard.  I added a strip of white cardstock  1 1/2 X 5 1/4 which I first edged with the Tulip Red ink.  I used Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the red glitter Giulia Border on that white strip.  Then I adhered the Joy Airy Script with a glue pen.

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On the inside I added a piece of paper from the Cottage Meadow pad and a white cardstock rectangle.

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Then I went back to the front of the card and auditioned a bunch of different ribbons and bows before settling on the red satin bow.

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The other card has the fold at the top edge, the embossed and inked leafy panel, and three narrow strips of white cardstock with the Giulia Border on each one.

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From the outside it is not obvious that it is a holiday card because...

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...the sentiment is on the inside.

Are you thinking Christmas in July?  Have you thought about ways that you might repurpose some of your stamps and dies to create holiday cards?  And have you made and posted anything to this month's Framed! challenge yet?  So many questions...

Happy Crafting!

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07/11/2020

Sat 11

Nesting Nativity Christmas
by Trina Pham

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Happy Saturday!  As the expression goes, it’s Christmas in July and I am sharing a Christmas card today.  I saw this video from Laura Fadora using thin frame dies to create backgrounds / patterns.  I thought of giving it a try with regular nesting dies (since I already have them), but kept forgetting.  So when thin frame dies popped up lately (Jennifer McGuire has a couple of videos here and here), I thought it was time.

My card is quite simple.  I chose to use my least used Square Basics nesting dies and started by aligning them all on temporary tape.

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Picked up the whole thing and used it to dry emboss a piece of Bristol paper.  Follow your machine’s recommendations for this.

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Used it again, but this time to die cut from regular white cardstock.

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I don’t have much in the way of color cardstock, and by die cutting from white, I can color the sections I need with my Copic Sketch markers.  Matched and adhered the coloured frames over the dry embossed background.

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To complete the card, the Drop Nativity was die cut three times from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Removed unwanted parts with scissors and cut a flat bottom edge with my paper trimmer.  The Chesshire Peace was die cut from blue glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter pad and also from black cardstock and offset for a shadow.  Assembled the card to finish.

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This is a great way to stretch your nesting dies.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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07/06/2020

Mon 06

Framed! December Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

Framed! is the Memory Box Challenge for July.  My personal challenge every July is to get a head start on creating my holiday cards.  For today's post I am combining both challenges to make two sparkly December holiday cards, repurposing dies from both the Spring 2020 and Garden Party Collections to work as holiday images.

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Magnolia Wreath card

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When I first looked at these dies I thought they would work for a holiday wreath, sort of poinsettia-like.  I cut both the Magnolia Wreath and the Magnolia Double Arch from the light green glitter paper.  Using tiny Glue Dots under each flower, I placed the arch with the largest flower on the left of the card front, added the wreath on top of that and then added the other arch piece on top of the wreath.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots, tucking it inside the wreath a bit and overlapping the right edge.

On the inside I added a piece of dot paper topped with a white cardstock rectangle and used Glue Dots to attach another one of the Magnolia arches.

Bubbles Circles Joy card

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The Bubbles Circles remind me both of the wreaths that my dad makes and the pretty balls that he uses to decorate them.  I cut all three of the Bubble Circles from the light green glitter paper and stacked them on the top-fold card front, snugging them together in the lower left corner.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots in the upper right corner.  I added a white satin bow in the lower left where the three circles meet.

On the inside I attached a piece of the green dots paper centered with a white cardstock panel.  I used Glue Dots to attach one of the Magnolia Arches in the upper right corner.

Do you work on holiday cards in July as well?  What Memory Box dies and stamps in your stash could be used for them?  Take another look at what you have and how you might repurpose those dies and stamps for holiday greetings.  

Happy Crafting!

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05/09/2020

Sat 09

A Bouquet for Mom
by Michelle Bala

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Michelle here! Happy to be sharing the Mother's Day card I created for my mom!!  But first, Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful moms!!! 
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I started by stamping a piece of Copic friendly paper repeatedly with the Birthday Rose Corner stamp. I pretty much covered the paper. At this point I wasn't sure what size card I was going for, so I colored up most of the flowers. I'll have enough left over for another card.

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When I color large spaces I stick with one color group at a time. For the magenta color flowers I used Copic shades RV63, RV66, RV69, RV99. For the blue flowers I used B21, B63, B66. For the berries I used shades E70, RV93, RV95.

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The yellow roses I used Y11, Y13, Y21, Y17. The peach roses I used R01, E93, R22. For the pointed leaves I used YG23, YG17, BG99. For the rounded leaves I used YG91, G43, G46.

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I decided to trim up a piece of the colored florals to 3 1/4 x 8 1/4. I colored the background with BG10. Than I added some splatters with gold and white paint. I trimmed a piece of black cardstock to fit the card base of 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 and adhered the floral background.

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I used Vintage Varsity Alphabet Dies and Twinkling Jewel Glitter Paper Pad to cut the words 'For You Mom' and adhered them with foam adhesive.  For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Hope you have a great day! Stay safe!

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12/18/2019

Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, I’m still working on my holiday cards. 🙈  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  

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Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

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Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter “A”. 

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This wraps up my first year as a designer here. 😉   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!

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