145 posts categorized "Valentines"

01/24/2019

Thu 24

Neighborhood Heart Frame and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Add dimension with a pressure-embossed Neighborhood Heart Frame - then highlight it with diecut elements and a simple greeting.  Shiny bikes and sparkly hearts make it extra-bright!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile card for Valentine's Day -  or a special anniversary.

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Pressure-embossing is a great way to add a coordinating textured background for diecuts and greetings.  Use the plates and mats recommended for your machine.  Here's how I embossed the Neighborhood Heart Frame's square outer frame on my Platinum - 

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Begin with the die face-up on the platform.  Add the cardstock (cut to 4-¼" x 11") face-down. Use the rubber embossing mat and embossing plate instead of the cutting plates. Emboss along the right edge of the cardstock.  Score and fold the cardstock in half to create a side-folded A-2 card.

Cut the inner heart from white cardstock.

Cut two of the little balloon hearts from red glittered cardstock and trim the bottoms.

Attach black and red duct tape to lightweight cardstock or scrapbook paper and cut two bikes.  I ran ran the die through the machine several times to cut completely through the tape.  The tape adds a glossy enameled look and really stands out against the neutral Kraft and white backgrounds.

Prep black cardstock with embossing powder tool. Stamp the greeting from the   Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to the card -  use foam dots for the greeting.

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Get the most from your Memory Box frames  by pressure-embossing and diecutting.  There are so many great frames to chose from for holidays and everyday greetings!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress!  And thanks for the great snacks and treats Jenny and Jan - you're spoiling us!  Thanks too - Ann, Lynne and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

Save the date - this Saturday, January 26th - for the special Valentine Event at both Impress stores. Enjoy inspiring samples, great displays, demos (from 10:00-12:00 noon*) and the latest collections of Valentine dies, stamps, papers and embellishments. *Be there for a chance to win prizes from 10:00-Noon too  - customers must be present to receive a prize.  Take your  wishlist of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs  products you've been admiring - and have a great time shopping!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday...

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01/21/2019

Mon 21

Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame Valentines
by Anne Thompson

I recently made several valentines using the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94114, another of my favorite dies from the Valentine's Collection 2019.

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These cards became quite three-dimensional when I started adding paper flowers.  Guess these will have to go into the gift bags with valentine goodies rather than mailing them!  

Card One:

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  • I began with a white side-folded notecard and covered the front with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame from white cardstock.
  • I used a glue pen to attach the heart circle first and then the pinpoint circle around it.
  • I added tiny pearls in the oval bases between the leaf shapes.
  • I then found a pink paper rose, some white stamens, and a pretty pink satin bow to add to the center of the circle.

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  • On the left panel inside the card I covered it with more of the gingham paper.  I used a glue pen to add the extra circle, one of the heart stems, and a single heart which all came from the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame die cuts.
  • On the righthand panel I added a piece of decorative paper and stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 clear stamps set.

Card Two:

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  • I used a pale pink textured paper for the die cutting.
  • For this card I added miniature pink paper roses between each of the hearts in the circle and a cluster of three in the very center. 
  • I then put tiny pearls in each of the hearts.

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  • On the left panel inside the card, you can see that I had some fun adding elements that cut from the die--the solid circle, both heart stems, and the six hearts.

Card Three:

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  • This time I made my card base from a textured pink paper and cut it  4 X 4 1/4.
  • I cut the die using a darker pink cardstock and placed the center heart circle on the front of the card.
  • I added some tiny pearls at the base of the design between each of the hearts, though they are hard to see because of so much foliage in the center.

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  • I added a rose print paper on the left panel and more of the gingham paper on the right.
  • To finish the inside I added the two heart stems in opposite corners.
  • This card could then be either a top-fold card or a side-fold card.

I love that the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame gives me spaces to add some paper flowers.  I have soooo many in my stash!  And they are the perfect touch, along with the pearls, for really sweet valentines.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

01/18/2019

Fri 18

Valentine Candle Holder
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a easy Valentine home decor project for you.  I am once again using the new Heart Board Die to create a wrap that goes around a votive holder.  I feel that it's fun to show you several ideas using the same product.  I know if I invest in a craft product I appreciate seeing it used in various ways!

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To create this project I cut a strip of red cardstock that fit around the votive holder I was using.  For my project I needed to cut the Heart Board 4 times to create my candle wrap. 

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I cut a strip of vellum paper and glued it behind the heart die cut cardstock.

Next I applied a thin strip of double sided tape ( I used 1/8" red line tape) to one end of the cardstock and to secure it around the votive holder.  

To further embellish the candle holder I tied twine around the top of the candle and added a bow and a metal arrow.  I die cut a red cardstock heart, stamped the word love on a strip of kraft cardstock and glued these to the arrow.


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I added a battery operated tea light to candle holder.  Because we are using paper and ribbons the battery operated candles are your safest option for this project.


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I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Have a great weekend.

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01/17/2019

Thu 17

Heart Border Frame and Have a Heart Die Set by Jean Okimoto

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Create a glittery floating Heart Border Frame card for Valentine's Day, weddings or anniversaries - then add layered hearts from the Have a Heart Die Set.  Here's a quick and easy card that may look a bit complicated...but isn't.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple way to adhere two delicate frames - and add glitter - with just a single square of tape.  The inner square of the outer frame (!) is filled with a square of tape.  The tape multi-tasks by attaching the layers...and creates a glittery background too.  

Cut both Heart Border Frames from white cardstock.  

Cover a 3-½" square of white cardstock with Scor-Tape or Couture Creations tape.  Cut it with the 3" Square Basics die.

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Carefully adhere the edges of the taped surface behind the large frame.  Attach the smaller frame diagonally.  Brush ultra-fine glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  I've used Martha Stewart Crafts Amethyst Glitter from my stash here.

Cut two each of the three hearts from the Have a Heart Die Set.  Layer them for dimension.  Glue the stacked hearts to the background.  It takes a few minutes for the glue to set up.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card.  Add pink or lavender gem stickers.

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Hope you like hearts and glitter - and quick and easy cards like this!  Our latest release is filled with beautiful and versatile designs for Valentine's Day - and romantic celebrations throughout the year.  

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  It was great to see all of you again after the holiday break.  Thanks to Jenny for the great flavors of popcorn in those cute heart containers - and to Robin for her special granola Krispie bars.    Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

There are so many ways to use the latest Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - we're using again in the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX (and Poppystamps) class this weekend.  We're making 3 very Valentine cards - and three all-occasion cards  - with the latest and greatest dies and stamps.  If your Valentines are already done - chose a different greeting to create a thank you or thinking-of you card.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and enter our Valentine's 2019 Collection giveaway.    We're at memoryboxco -  and we're giving away great prizes from our new release this week.

Thanks for stopping by...

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01/14/2019

Mon 14

Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame Valentine
by Anne Thompson

Here's a lovely valentine using the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame.

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  • I started with a standard A2 white card, side-folded.  I covered the front of the card and both inside panels with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94106 from white cardstock.

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  • I used glue dots under the hearts to secure that inner circle to the card front.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the larger pinpoint circle, touching the bases of the two circles.  I placed a bow at that spot.
  • I put tiny pearls at the ends of the spiral vines.
  • I stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 stamp set inside the circle using VersaClair Pine ink.

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Inside the card:

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  • I used a glue pen to add the plain circle from the die cuts to the right panel where I plan to write a message.
  • I put a foam dot on the back of the larger pinpoint heart (which cuts from the center of the circle) and overlapped the circle with it.

Simple, sweet card using one stamp and one die!  And the first card sample is ready for my class at the senior center next week!  With all of the new stamps and dies available in the latest release, making valentines is so much fun!  Have you started yours yet?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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01/10/2019

Thu 10

Valentine’s 2019 Blog Blitz Giveaway…Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day #4 of our Blog Blitz...here's a very Valentine design featuring the new Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set and a sweet greeting from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple stamped hearts card for your favorite sweetie.

Have a Heart Clear Stamps - and its coordinating die set - make it easy to mix, match and layer the design elements.  Use basic colors or a rainbow of pastels, then add a dash of metallic ink, glitter and gem stickers. 

Cut smooth white cardstock with the 4" x 2-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the red images with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Air-dry the ink for a few minutes.

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Here's the diagonal  technique I recommend in classes for very precise stamping.  Attach the stamp diagonally for better visibility  - it keeps  your fingers off to the side instead of directly over (and covering) the stamp.  This also eliminates the distracting top edge of the block and lets you "point" the stamp exactly where you want it.  

Stamp the vertical and horizontal lines over the big solid heart with Brilliance Lightning Black.  Stamp the solid outline over the lines.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - and the small hearts.  Dry the inks.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of black glitter paper.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of red Wax Lips cardstock.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of Rock Candy cardstock.  Add red gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win this great set of heart stamps?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person will  be randomly selected to win the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set.    All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!

If you're in the Seattle area and want a few more Valentine ideas - join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress on Saturday January 12th.  We're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper.  Fold a simple freeform origami heart on beautiful Shizen Design screenprinted paper.  Add great inks, glitter and sequins to your cards and make them extra-special.

Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Donna's cool design, and another chance to win a great prize from the Valentine's 2019 Collection!

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01/09/2019

Wed 09

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another fun day of our Blog Blitz! 

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Today I am sharing the Bright Hearts die and the coordinating Bright Rays die. I started with the Bright Hearts and cut it out in a white circle. Then using the Bright Rays die I was able to cut perfect slices of white paper that I colored in a rainbow with my Copic markers and glued them behind each line of hearts. It fits perfectly and is so much fun to play with!


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To finish off the card I stamped the you make me smile from the Best Life Typewriter stamp set. This is such a great set that you are sure to get a lot of use out of, I know I will.


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Now for the fun part! Would you like a chance to win the Bright Rays die for your very own?  Leave a comment to this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!
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01/06/2019

Sun 06

Heart Board, Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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The new Heart Board creates a versatile background - and cuts sweet Valentine confetti too!  Add glitter, Awesome Jotted Script and a greeting from the new Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a simple but special design for Valentine's Day - or any day.

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  

Here's a quick tip to keep the painter's tape or washi tape from damaging the cardstock when the design requires very specific positioning.  Lightly brush the areas to be taped with the embossing powder tool.  It leaves a very light dusting of powder that allows the tape to adhere - but still be removable.

Cut the rectangle with the new Heart Board.

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You could cut 25 glittered hearts and fill the cutouts individually.  Or - use this quick technique to add color using pink and salmon Scotch Expressions Magic Tape.  Just attach strips of tape to the reverse side of the diecut rectangle.  It doesn't need to look pretty - it's just the back.

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Flip it over and brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the pink and salmon tape in the cutouts.  

Cut Awesome Jotted Script from pink and dark gray cardstock.  

Prep dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp "you are enough" - from the new Best Life Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Trim it - and it's a quick upgrade from "enough" to "awesome."

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card.  Add pink gem stickers.  

Hope you've loving the Valentine's 2019 Collection as much as we're enjoying sharing these ideas with you.  Thanks for stopping by!

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01/05/2019

Sat 05

New – Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame and Love Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame, Love Jotted Script - and lots of glitter - create a sparkly Valentine that's sure to impress!  Hello, Jean Okimoto  here with a warm pink design on a cold winter weekend.

Paint watercolor paper with diluted Memento Dye Ink refills - Rosebud, Angel Pink and Lilac Posies.  Heat-set it from both sides to minimize curling.  Still curled?  Cover the dried watercolor paper with printer paper and press it by running it through a diecut machine with the cutting plate and platforn.

Remove the inner heart from the die and cut pink glittered paper and a scrap of white cardstock.  Layer the hearts, slightly offset, for dimension.

Attach Scor-Tape to watercolor paper and cut it with the narrow outer frame.  

Cut the inner portion from white cardstock - leave the diecut in the die.  Remove the offcuts.  

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Remove the tapeliner from the large circle.  Press the diecut (still in the die) firmly onto the adhesive-covered large circle.  The pokey tool is propping the die up to show the die being removed from the diecut attached to the adhesive.  The crumpled tape liner is nearby, just for special effects! 

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Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive around the diecut.  The diecut is now completely adhered - and surrounded by pretty glitter.

Cut the delicate Love Jotted Script from pink glittered paper - back the paper first with an adhesive label or sticker sheet if it's very lightweight.  Squeegee glue onto a scrap of white cardstock then cover it with another piece of cardstock.  Place it between two sheets of printer paper and run it through the a diecut machine with the platform and cutting plate to adhere the pieces.  Cut it with the bold greeting background.

Attach the diecuts to a white  A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Attach gray gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a Sharpie or Copic Marker.

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Hope the Valentine's 2019 Collection is on its way to your favorite Retailer.  It's a great mix of delicate and bold,  dies and stamps -  perfect for February 14th - and throughout the year.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

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01/04/2019

Fri 04

Hearts and Hugs
by Melissa Rusk

Today I have another card to share with you filled with love from the new release. The new Have a Heart stamp set is so much fun to play with I just had to feature it on another card.

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I started with a lot of small white circles and I stamped the smaller hearts in the set in various pinks and reds. I did two of each heart for a total of 12 circles. Then I lined them all up and glued them to a pink card with foam tape to give them some fun dimension.
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I placed a piece of vellum over the center two rows of hearts and that made the perfect spot for the Big Hugs Premiere that I die cut in a bright pink paper. 

If you changed out the colors of the hearts and the card it would make a great everyday encouragement card any time of the year.

Have a wonderful day!
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