367 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Fri 21

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a fun Christmas Card for you which features new products from the 2022 Memory Box Christmas Release.

To make this card, I started by creating an ink blended background using Distress Oxide Inks. 


I spattered the background with plain water and pressed a dry paper towel to it to remove some of the color. 


Next I die cut a circle from white cardstock for the moon. I used a blender brush to apply Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks to color the moon.  I spritzed it with plain water to add texture to the moon.  Once the moon was dry I glued it to my background.

The trees where die cut from white cardstock and glued to the background.

The Santa and sleigh were die cut from black cardstock, and glued in place across the moon.

Then I stamped the words "Merry Christmas" in black ink at the bottom right hand corner of the card.

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I spattered the card front with white paint and adhered it to a white cardstock mat.  This was glued to a black mat and adhered to a white card base.

To finish the card, I added a red jewel to the reindeer's nose.  

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






Mon 10

Merry Christmas Slimline
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a fun mini slimline card featuring the new Layered Narrow Pines (94706) die.

Here's a closer look at my card:

Close 1

To create my card I first die cut the tree die layers from white card stock and colored them with alcohol markers while there were still in the card stock panel.  This makes it very quick coloring and you don't have to stay in the lines!

Coloring trees

Once they were colored I popped them out of the panel and layered them much like you see on the packaging above.  For the background I used a dome blender foam on a blender tool on a 3" by 6" card base with both Speckled Egg and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide inks.  Once I was happy with the colors, I added a little Brushed Corduroy Distress ink  around the top and side edges to darken them and stamped the sentiment from "Sweet Christmas."  

Here's a close look at the edges:

Close 2

After the trees were assembled I went back with the same markers and added highlights and lowlights then lots of white gel pen to look like snow.  Next, I used lots of white gel pen around the darker edges for snow there as well.


After adding the trees to the card base with liquid glue, I added lots of twinkling jewels on the trees and a few on the card front.  Here's one last look:


I hope you like my mini slimline card for today!  I had a lot of fun getting inky and creating it.  These trees are perfect for both A2 and slimline cards and would also be perfect for a camping or outdoor scrapbook layout!  Thanks for stopping by!







Fri 30

Merry Christmas with Frilling Snowflake Ornament
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a fun holiday card featuring the new "Frilling Snowflake Ornament" die.  Here's a closer look at my card:



The sentiment is from a previous holiday release and it's called "Special Merry Christmas" and I cut it in both silver and black glossy card stocks and stacked them up.  

The ornament backs are cut from the glossy black card stock and the ornament itself is cut from silver mirror card stock from the Vintage Mirror Pad.  I added the silver outline ornament to the black background die cut and then placed all 3 of them on the card front, with 2 of them hanging off the edges.  After the glue dried, I cut the extra of the sides of the card.  

Lastly I added lots of jewels and crystals, all from Memory Box, to jazz up my ornaments.  I really like all the colorful gems with the silver and black!  

Here's one last look:


Working with amazing dies like these makes it so easy and quick to create beautiful one of a kind card designs.  Be sure to check out the whole release for all the products that just came out!  You will be amazed at all the possibilities!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like my card for today!







Wed 28

Cozy Frame Polar Bear Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Celeste Plate and Rectangle Basic to create a custom frame for the Layered Polar Bear.



Die cut the Celeste Plate from the medium purple blue paper from the Stormy Blue paper pack.  Die cut a rectangle from the center using the 9 largest die from the Rectangle Basic Set.  Adhere to a A2 card base of the same color paper.  Die cut the same size rectangle from the center.  Die cut a frame using the same rectangle die and 1 size larger.  Adhere around the center cut out.  Adhere the frame using foam tape to the lightest purple blue from the Stormy Blue paper pad.



Die cut the largest die cut from the Layered Polar Bear from the same light purple blue paper from Stormy Blue paper pad.  Die cut the rest of the dies from heavy white card stock.  Adhere a piece of black paper to the back of the eyes and nose.  Adhere the die cuts together using the front image as a guide.  Die cut the scarf from the Tap; Bundled Snowman die set from a green/blue  paper from the Woodsy Plaid pad.  Adhere to the polar bear.



Stamp warm wishes from the Typewriter Holiday Elements with Freesia Fresh Ink on white card stock.  Trim down.


Adhere the frame and card base to a A2 white card.  Adhere the polar bear to the center.  Add clear Fairy Jewels around the polar bear.  Adhere the sentiment to the lower left side of the card.  Stamp the Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy sentiment from the Sweet Christmas clear stamp set with the same Freesia Fresh Ink.  






Thu 25

Halloween Candy Bar Wrapper
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a cute Halloween treat holder using some new products from the 2022 Memory Box Fall Release.

I cut a piece of white cardstock, 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" and used the eraser on the top of a pencil to add black dots to create a patterned background paper.


Next, I applied double sided tape to one side of the paper on the 6 1/2" side and on the bottom of the backside of the paper.  Place a candy bar in the middle of the backside of the paper and wrap it around the candy bar.  Make sure you can easily pull the candy bar out.


I punched a hole at the top of the wrapper and threaded a piece of ribbon through the hole to hold the candy bar.  Push the candy bar through the holder and ribbon.  To remove the candy bar all you have do is pull the 2 ends of the ribbon and the candy bar slides up.



To decorate the front of the holder, I die cut an oval shape from Glossy Black cardstock and one from white cardstock. I die cut the Creepy Cabin in the middle of the black oval and adhered it to the white cardstock oval.  Next, I die cut a larger oval from orange cardstock and glued the cabin oval to it. 

The pumpkin was die cut from orange paper and glued in place on the oval.

I die cut the words "Boo to You" from orange cardstock and the shadow from black cardstock.  The orange words were glued to the black shadow and adhered to the oval.  I glued this to the front of the wrapper.


I tied a bow at the top of the wrapper to keep the candy bar in place.  

That's it for today!  Have a great weekend!





94587 Boo Posh Script Die

#94634 Creepy Cabin Die



Sun 21

Flying Witch Halloween Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I am loving this new Halloween release.  So many good dies to make little Halloween scene cards. I have a scene card with the Flying Witch over the moon.



Ink spray on heavy white card stock with Distress Hocus Pocus Mica Stain and Dylusions Postbox Red Shimmer Spray.  Leaving the upper center of the card free of ink.  Let dry.  Trim down the card to 4"x 5 1/4".  In the upper center of the card ink blend with Distress Spiced Marmalade ink.  Then ink blend around the edges with Distress Black Soot ink.  Use the 3" circle die from the Circle Basics Set and die cut the upper center of the card.  Adhere a piece of vellum to the back of the cut out.  Adhere a slightly smaller card to the back using the lightest yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad.



Die cut the Flying Witch from heavy black card stock.  Die cut the cape and hat from a purple paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad.  Add Distress Antique Linen Crayon to the witch's face and broom.  Adhere the hat and cape to the witch.


Tree and Cattails:

Die cut the Woodgrain Tree Truck and Cattail Border dies from heavy black card stock.  Add Distress Vintage Photo Crayon to the Woodgrain Tree Truck and rub in.  Add Distress Antique Linen Crayon to the Cattails. 



Die cut the background die from the Boo Posh Script die and the top die from heavy black card stock.  Adhere together with glue.


Trim down the same purple paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad to 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".  Adhere to the center of a black A2 size card.  Adhere the Woodgrain Tree Truck to the right hand side laving a small section of the background to show.  Adhere the witch over the moon.  Then Adhere the cattails to the bottom of the background panel.  Trim off any hanging die cuts.  Add the sentiment to the lower right hand side. Adhere the background panel to the center of the purple glitter paper.  Adhere a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4" light weight card to the inside of the card to write the personalized message. A07E8BD2-BE09-4F9A-8FDB-99D9032612A6_1_201_a





Sun 14

Side Stella Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I’m stretching the Stella Butterfly from the 2022 May release to create a simple off-the-edge standard A2 size shaped card.

Took a Bristol scrap piece measuring approximately 4.25”x5.75” from my stash and drew a line across approximately 5.5” high.  Placed the Stella Butterfly background die at an angle straddling the line so only the left wing extends beyond the line.  Partial die cut above the line like this.


Trimmed along the drawn line up to the die cut part of butterfly to get this.


Embossed the bottom portion with the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) to give it some dimension  


The butterfly and sentiment were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and black glossy paper.  To turn the full butterfly into a side flying one, it was cut in half and one of the antennas was cut off.  Colored them with Copic Sketch markers RV02, RV04 and RV09.  For a bit of texture, splattered the butterfly background piece with diluted white gouache paint.  To mount to the card base, the flat edge of the partial die cut butterfly was aligned with the folded end of a white top folding A2 size card base.  Measure 5.5” from the end of the butterfly wing and trimmed using a paper trimmer.  Added some clear Fairy Drops to finish.

For some reason it looks shorter than 5,5” in length in the photo, but trust me it’s not. 😂  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.





Thu 11

Watercolored Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage die using an easy watercolor technique.  Perfect to send a note to a friend. 



Watercolor Open Studios Watercolor paper using a green, blue, yellow and silver paint.  Use a larger sized paint brush for this technique. Spritz both sides of the paper with water then lightly wipe off the any excess water.  Add the paint, starting with the darker colors, by just dabbing on the paper randomly.  Make sure it does not create a pattern and just slightly overlapping the colors as you go.  The colors with slightly blend together.  Using a heat gun, dry the paper.  After dry, die cut the Butterfly Coterie Collage die from the center of the paper (save the butterflies for a later project).  Die cut the 2nd largest Wrapped Stitched Rectangle dies. Measure the die cut and then trim a rectangle out of black paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Adhere the black mirror rectangle at a slight angle behind the watercolor butterfly rectangle.  



Hot foil the Posh Just a Note sentiment using green foil onto the same black paper from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Die cut using the matching die from the set.  Add double sided foam tape to the back.



Adhere the butterfly and black mirror card rectangles at an angle onto a white A2 size card.  Adhere the Just a Note sentiment at the lower right hand corner aligning it with the card.  Adhere the Winter Fantasy Gemstones in the lightest and 2nd lightest gems to the center larger butterflies.  For the smaller butterflies add the clear gems from the Pastel Fairy Jewels set to the center.








Sat 09

Oceans of Happiness
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I used the Curling Waves stencil last time, so thought I would use the Curling Waves embossing folder (EF) and matching dies this time.  I will admit this did not turn out the way I wanted. ☹️

Anywho, I started by foiling the Sunburst hot foil plate with Champagne hot foil in the upper left corner of a Bristol panel.  Die cut a circle stencil to apply Wild Honey distress ink (DI) for the sun.  Applied Squeezed Lemonade DI for the sky.  


For the ocean, blended Blueprint Sketch DI.  Die cut the curling waves from scraps of white paper next, then dry embossed them with the EF.  Turquoise dye ink was then used to add shading to them.  Arranged and glued the waves to the panel.  Stamped the sentiment in black and added turquoise jewels to finish.


Pretty straight forward.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Wed 06

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today's card features new products from the 2022 May and June Memory Box release.  

To make my card, I used the Sunburst Hot Foil Plate to add gold foil to white cardstock.  Next, I used a circle die to cut a circle around the foiled sunburst.  I used Distress Oxide Inks to add color to the sunburst.  The colors I used were: Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks.

The leaves were embossed and die cut from the new Tropical Leaves 3D Embossing Folder and Dies.  I used a blender brush and Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks to add color to the leaves.


I trimmed the sunburst circle and glued it to a white cardstock panel, which I adhered to a black cardstock mat.  I glued this panel to a white card base.  I stamped the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed it.  This was glued along the bottom of the foiled sunburst.  Next, I glued the leaves in place.

The seagulls were die cut from black cardstock and glued to the card.

To finish the card, I spattered it with gold ink.


That's it for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!