193 posts categorized "Laura Fulcher"

04/17/2021

Sat 17

Woodgrain Hugs
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It is time to rest up, play with your favorite spring stamps and prepare yourself for the new Memory Box release....which arrives on Monday! The release is called "Under the Sea," and I know you are going to love it. Also, be prepared for some new videos!

As I prepare samples with the latest release, I want to share a card that features the Wooden Alphabet set. I love this set because it cuts out the letters as well as gives you the texture of woodgrain at the same time (you don't have to run it through your die cut machine twice). I find that it works for pretty much any occasion, even for those sometimes difficult to make masculine cards.

To make my card, I cut out the letters using dark brown cardstock and layered them onto a kraft colored heart cut from one of the Valentine release dies. I don't know about you, but I tend to use hearts year-round.

To finish the card, I sponged some Vintage Photo Distress ink to the edges of my heart and layered it onto some of the new Memory Box plaid papers.

Thanks for visiting today!

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04/04/2021

Sun 04

Paper-Pieced Crystal Frames
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings Friends. I wanted to share with you a couple of cards I made using the Crystal Frame die as well as some of the new Memory Box plaid papers. The frame is a great way to really highlight whatever sentiment you desire.

For the first card, I chose a purple and yellow color scheme to really make the card "pop." I started with solid papers from the Sunny Orange pack and then added elements from the Twilight Purple pack. The plaid is from the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet collection. I cut out each color/pattern with the same Crystal Frame die and then paper-pieced them together to get the look I wanted. The nice thing about that is now I have a lot of leftover pieces to make a couple more cards.

To finish the first card, I added my sentiment and then cut out pieces from the new Layered Daisies set to build my own flower. Most of the flower consists of cardstock from the Sunny Orange pack, but I added a little Copic marker to the petals to give them a bit of dimension.

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I made a second card using some of the extra pieces from the first card. I figure if you have your machine out and are diecutting, you might as well make several cards. To finish this card, I used a thank you die as well as some lavender and a little bit of twine.

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. If you celebrate Easter, I wish you a happy holiday.

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04/02/2021

Fri 02

Quick and Easy Watercolor Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I wanted to share a couple of quick and easy cards that use simple watercolor backgrounds as a backdrop for my die cuts. I like to pair the watercolors with solid die cuts because they show up really well, even if you have lots of different colors in the back.  Here is a second card:

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To make both cards, I started with Memory Box watercolor paper and taped it to my work surface using washi tape. I like washi tape because it is very low tac and tends not to tear your paper. (Hint..the washi I use to hold down watercolor  paper and then use it again on envelopes I mail for a decorative element). It is a good idea to tape down the paper so that it doesn't curl when you work on it. You might also want to tape it down on some heavy cardstock so that you can easily move it to the side as it dries.

Once my paper was taped, I wet the paper with water and a brush to whatever shape I desired. For both cards, I made a rectangle. In this picture, I slightly tinted the water blue so that you could see the shape on camera:

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Next, I added some green, blue and purple Peerless watercolor paint to my rectangle:

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I like Peerless a lot because the colors are vibrant and blend well.  My tips on watercolors:

  1. Don't judge a watercolor until it is dry. Often times they look so different wet and dry that the ones I thought I would hate become my favorite.
  2. Don't overwork your paint. You will want to keep fussing to make your colors blend "perfectly," but don't. The more you try to control watercolors, the worse it will look. Let it do it's own thing.
  3. Paint will pool at the edges of your shape in this technique. Let the puddles dry that way. You will end up with really interesting looking edges.
  4. Don't over-blend. This one goes with tip #2. Let the colors run into each other and do their own blending. If you blend too much, you will end up with one solid color instead of many.

Once my pieces were dry, all that was left was to add my die cuts. Easy!

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01/12/2021

Tue 12

Detailed Hearts
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I want to share a card that uses two forms of detailed hearts. The pink hearts on the left hand side are from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut out dies. When you die cut this set of nesting dies, the scallop heart detail is left on your strip of cardstock and the center cuts out solid hearts. I like that you can use the scallop heart as a frame on your card and you are left with plain hearts that can be used for just about anything. So practical!

The hearts on the right are from the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate. The die can be used for a slimline card or cut down for a standard sized card. The plate runs through your die cut machine like any other die, but instead of cutting out individual hearts, you are left with little pinpricks in the shape of hearts. I love that you get a detailed background without doing much work. It is also nice that you don't have to poke out anything from your die once you run it through the machine.

To finish the card, I added the Big Hugs Posh Script sentiment to the top.

Here is a close up of the two types of hearts:

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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01/02/2021

Sat 02

New Release Glitter Heart
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I am so happy to say that there is a new Memory Box release! I was immediately drawn to the new Crystal Heart die because I knew that the possibilities were endless for how you decide to color the die.

For my card, I decided to use 6 colors of glitter paper from the Memory Box Frosted Glitter pad. I chose six because I figured it was enough colors that I wouldn't have to worry too much about how to place the colors without the same color being next to itself.

To make the card, I cut out 6 glitter hearts:

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Now I have lots of leftover pieces of glitter paper to make more cards. The glitter paper is thick enough that the pieces didn't just fall out. However, I did place repositionable tape behind the leftover pieces so that they wouldn't fall out of the die and I would be able to find the correct pieces at a later date.

I paper-pieced the glitter pieces into a black cardstock heart and then added my sentiment below. Here is a close up:

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I'm curious. How would you use the die? Would you paper-piece the heart? Color the triangles? I would love to know. Have a great weekend!

 

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12/29/2020

Tue 29

Peace and Joy
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I was going to make another quick and easy thank you card for after Christmas thank you notes. However, 2020 has been such a harsh year for all of us, and I was really inspired by the "peace and joy" sentiment. It truly is what I wish for all of us in the new year....perhaps add in a little health as well.

To make the card, it was as simple as die cutting two layers of trees to make my forest. I chose silver glitter for the inside/smaller layer and plain white for the outer. Just as I said- very quick and easy! You could definitely crank out a lot in a short amount of time.

Here is a close up of the sparkle:

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I wish you all the very best for the new year!

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12/27/2020

Sun 27

Embossed Thank You Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I don't know about you, but I am in the process of making and sending thank you cards. If 2020 taught me anything, it is to be grateful for the wonderful people around me and to tell them how thankful I am for all they do for me.

For today's card, I used one of the Memory Box 3-D embossing folders. Sometimes I use the embossed paper "as is" and don't color it, but today I felt like a splash of color.

To make the design, I ran my folder through my die cut machine to emboss the paper. Remember to spritz the cardstock lightly with water before embossing it to help the details of the folder really become noticeable.

Once I ran my paper through the machine, I turned the paper over so that I was using the flat "de-bossed" side of the paper ranter than the bumpy side of the paper.

First, I sponged on some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink:

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Next, I added some Stormy Sky Distress Ink to the top and sides of the card:

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Finally, a little Bundled Sage to color the trees:

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To finish the card, I added my sentiment to the center. I am also thinking about using this design for winter birthdays.

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

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12/09/2020

Wed 09

Glittered Winter Wonderland
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a dimensional card I made using a primarily white color palette with a glittery winter forest.  To make the card, I cut out two layers of trees.  The first layer is the Pine Tree Collage, which definitely has an evergreen/winter feel to it.  The second layer is the Wooded Glen Collage.  I usually use it for an autumnal card.  However, I found that if you cut it out in white and added white glitter, it looked great for winter.  For the inside of the card, I used the Cabin Collage die.  When you cut out that die, it looks like this:

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I just wanted the cabin and the base of the cabin for my card, so I cut it out like this using my scissors:

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For the glittery backs of the tree, I used a combination of the Frosted Glitter and Holiday Glitter papers.  I didn't have enough of either, so that is why I used both paper packs.  Both papers are glittery, but the frosted is a bit more muted and the holiday really brings the glitz.  Here is a close up of the sparkle:

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To assemble the card, I used a little foam tape so that there was a little extra dimension to the card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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11/30/2020

Mon 30

Watercolor Poinsettia
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I have been on a watercolor kick lately.  I just can't seem to stop using my watercolor markers. To make this card, I first chose some floral paper that I really liked from the Garland 6" x 6" paper pack and then chose markers that matched the colors.

One of the best tips I heard about coloring a poinsettia is that the green leaves are basically the same as the red leaves...they are just a different color.  Therefore, I stamped my poinsettia flower twice onto Memory Box watercolor paper in black archival ink and then colored one red and one in greens to assemble a larger finished poinsettia.

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I first added some dark red Zig clean color real brush marker to the base of the petals.

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Next, I blended out the color with a lighter color.

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For the green leaves, I used three shades of green.  I used just a touch of the darkest color....

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.... and then blended with the two lighter colors.

All that was left was to cut out a few of the leaves and tape them behind my red flower.  I then popped up the circle date with a little bit of foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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11/25/2020

Wed 25

Christmas Cardinal
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card using the Memory Box cardinal stamp.  Although the cardinal is my state bird, I realized I wasn't really sure of the coloring.  When I did an image search, I found this photo on dictionary.com:

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I was surprised by a couple of things.  First, there was more of a blue/black to the wings that I would have thought.  I also noticed some areas that had a little orange to them.  The cardinal wasn't as bright red as I thought.  Second, I wouldn't have guessed that there was any pink to the beak.

I used the photo as a guide for my coloring and chose to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush makers.  As I have said before, the brush nib allows you to take a lighter pen and go over a darker color without ruining your light colored nib.  With that in mind, I added my blue grey pen to the outside edge of the bird and then blended the color out with some of my red pen.  I added a little mustard to the center of the bird and then blended everything with the flesh colored marker.  Sometimes I use a waterbrush to blend the colors, but I decided to just use the markers themselves so that the color would remain bright and vibrant.

Here is a close up:

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To finish the card, I added some decorative Memory Box paper and a popped up sentiment from the same clear stamp set as the cardinal. 

These are the colors of Zig markers that I used:

Bird- Red, Mustard, Flesh Colour, Blue Grey

Beak- Orange, Yellow, Pale Rose, Flesh Colour

Thanks for visiting today!

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