Sun 15

Watercolor Sending Love
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I have been making Valentine's Day cards, but I prefer to make cards that can be used year-round. I made this sending love card to have on hand in case I loved one who needs a little bit of support in the mail.

To make the card, I started with the smooth side of Memory Box watercolor paper and wet a strip on the paper with a large paintbrush and some clean water. I then touched different spots on the wet strip with some of my favorite colors of watercolor paint. The paint spread easily because the paper was pre-wet, and the color stayed in the areas I had wet with my paintbrush. Here is the finished look when it dried:

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Next, I cut out a heart using one of my new dies. This is what it looked like:

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The Pinpoint Burst Heart die adds all the little lines to the heart, which makes it a bit more interesting. To finish the card, I added my sentiment as well as some rhinestones:

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I cut my card into a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square, but I will mail it in a standard A2 envelope so that it won't require any extra postage.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Laurasignature

 

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Sat 14

Love You
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have a simple Valentine's Day card for you featuring new dies from the new Valentine's Day release.

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I die cut the Pinpoint Burst Heart in the center of a white cardstock panel and used Distress Oxide Ink to add color to the heart.  

Next, I used foam tape and adhered the white panel to a black cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I glued the die cut heart back in place on the card.

I die cut the "Love You" words in the middle of a strip of white cardstock.  Next, I glued the die cut to a piece of pink cardstock, matted it to a strip of black cardstock, and glued it across the die cut heart. 

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I die cut the words again from red cardstock and used only the hearts and glued them on to the words Love & You.

To finish the card I applied Glossy Accents to the hearts and adhered red fairy crystals to the card.

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

Donnasignature

 

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Fri 13

Foil Plate Embossing with the Blissful Heart by Jean Okimoto

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Add a glossy pressure-and heat-embossed Blissful Heart to your Valentines with the new hot foil plate.  It's a quick and easy way to highlight the beautiful details of this versatile die - without foil, for a different look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a fresh pink greeting for a coffee-lover.

Spray 2 light spritzes of water onto each side of textured pink cardstock.  It softens the cardstock and preps it for pressure embossing.  Place the Blissful Heart Hot Foil Plate face-down onto the textured side of the moist cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

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Briefly heat-set the cardstock if it's still damp, then let it cool.  Place it on a hard, flat surface and brayer it with VersaMark - use a clean, juicy inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Let it cool, then trim it asymmetrically with the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.

Prep the detailed Cuppa Love die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little pieces.  Cut it from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Cut the side of the cup from the textured pink cardstock.  Cut the coffee oval from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the interior of the heart from a pink sheet in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  

Prep the Sending Love Posh Script die with waxed paper and diecut it from a white glittered sheet in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad - leave the tiny dot for the "i" in the die until you need it.

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded recycled Kraft A2 card.

Memory Box Hot Foil Plates create beautifully foiled detailed images.  They're also great with just basic pressure embossing for a subtle monochromatic look.  Or follow this technique for glossy, highlighted designs.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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Thu 12

Heart Shaped Wreath Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a heart shaped wreath card for any occasion featuring the new For You Posh script die set.

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Background:

Cut a heavy Kraft card stock to 4" x 5 1/4" panel.  Die cut a heart in the center of the panel using the 2nd largest die form the Double Stitched Loving Heart Cut Out die set.  Splatter with white ink and gold metallic watercolor paint.  Add double sided foam to the backside of the panel.

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Flowers and Leaves:

Doe cut the following flower dies from a heavy white card stock several time, Layered Star Flowers, 2 smallest Layered Impatiens, and 2 smallest Paisley Blooms.  I used Pan Pastels to color to color the flowers. The main colors were applied from the tip of the petal to the center. For the Star Flowers I used the pastel purple and then lightly applied fuchsia.  For the Paisley I used fuchsia and pastel purple.  For the Layered Impatiens I used fuchsia and red/orange. For the centers I used the primary yellow and applied with a small makeup foam brush and pushed the color into the petals, lightly blending.  Shape the Layered Star Flowers using a straight reverse tweezers, placing them in the center of the petal and pinching the petal upward over the tweezers.  Adhere all the layers together with liquid glue on a foam mat and pushing on the center to set the glue.  For the impatiens and paisley blooms use a ball tip shaper that is just slightly smaller then the petal.  From the backside of the flower on the foam pad press from the tip of the petal to the center to have the petal cup over the ball tip.  When complete with all the petals flip the flowers over and use a smaller ball point shaper to push in the center to cup the full flower.  Glue all the flower layers together.   Die cut the leaves from the Layered Star Flowers from a dark and mid-tone green from the Fresh Green paper pad 3 times.  

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Sentiment:

Die the bottom of the For You Posh Script die set from shiny gold paper and the top from peach paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad. Adhere together.

Assembly:

Add the background panel to a side folding white A2 size card.  Adhere the largest of the leaves from the Layered Star Flower die set around the heart cut out alternating the colors.  Add the flowers around the heart starting with the largest flowers then filling in with the smallest.  Fill in the wreath with the smaller leaves, trimming as needed.  Add the sentiment with tape runner to the center of the heart cut out.  I found it easer to tuck it in after the wreath was made.   Add any sentiment on the inside.  I make my cards ahead and leave the inside blank and add a sentiment when I need a card. 

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Wed 11

For You Posh Script Card Duo
by Angie Cimbalo



Hello and welcome! I have 2 cards made from one embossed panel as shown above!
I took the Memory Box "Blooming" 3D embossing folder and a Tim Holtz brayer and Versamark Ink and inked up the debossed side of the folder and ran it through my die cutting machine. I used the "Fresh Aqua Collection" paper pad and chose a dark teal card stock. Then I put clear embossing powder on it and heating it with my heat gun.

Next I used a dauber to add white ink to the raised areas. Here's a look at the finished embossed panel.



Next I took scissors and cut it into 2 sections as seen below:



I trimmed down the panels to fit on the sides of card bases and created two cards.

Here's a look at card number one:



The sentiment for both card is the brand new "For You Posh Script" cut from white and from the darkest teal paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror. Here's a close up look at card number one:




Here's a look at the second card:



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I love it when you can make two cards with one panel! And I really love how these turned out. The "Blooming 3D" embossing folder is one my all time favorites and it goes perfectly with the newly released word die.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


 

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Tue 10

Hearts and Flowers by Jean Okimoto

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Chocolate Easter bunnies are everywhere each spring.  Have you ever seen a dark chocolate (70% cacao!) Valentine bear?  Let's create one - from the popular Layered Polar Bear set - for your next card.  Add a row of floral hearts with the new Heart Ring Stack and Bright Fairy Jewels for some sparkle. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a Valentine slimline design of hearts, flowers and a friendly brown bear.

Cut the Layered Polar Bear base bear from dark brown cardtock.  Cut the top layers from a slightly lighter shade of brown.  Attach kraft cardstock scraps behind the ears.  Attach a semicircle of Glossy Black Paper behind the eyes and nose.  The glossy cardstock brightens his eyes.  It looks like he just emerged (early) from hibernation and realized Valentine's Day is just 5 weeks away!

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Assemble the bear - leave a portion of his arm unattached to hold the heart diecut.  Use foamtape to attach the top layers of his paws.

Cut white cardstock with the 1.7" x 6.7" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Heart Ring Stack.  Cut a dark pink 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the Heart Ring Stack - save the 5th heart offcut for the greeting.

Lay the rectangle over the dark floral Garland 6x6 and find some flowers to fill the heart cutouts.  Mark the area to be cut using the edges of the rectangle as a guide.  Cut the floral print with the next-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  No measuring or guessing needed!

Attach the print behind the Heart Stack Cut Out.  Add the red outlines, slightly offset for dimension.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine's  Clear Stamps - on the saved heart with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. 

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamdots for the bear and the top half of the stamped heart.

Add red and light green Bright Fairy Jewels.

Cut a slimline-sized rectangle to cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Create different bear breeds with different shades of brown and change the greeting to match any occasion. There's a light brown teddy-bearish bear coming in my new Valentine cards kit.

Thanks for visiting...have a great week!

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

 

 

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Mon 09

Using Your Dies as Stamps
by Anne Thompson

I decided to make a technique post after watching this YouTube video recently where Jennifer McGuire demonstrated how to make stamps from dies using craft foam.  So this post today is about how you might try that technique with your Memory Box dies.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to download any of the many photos I took to accompany this post.  So...you are going to have to use your imagination along with what I've written below.  And then I would suggest that you watch Jennifer's video for a more detailed demonstration and stamping tips.

  • I bought Sticky Back Foam Sheets in a package of five at the local Dollar General store for $1. 
  • I used the white craft foam sheet for the two samples I made for this post. 
  • I chose the BLISSFUL HEART HOT FOIL PLATE MBF014 first, mostly because I don't have the materials to do hot foiling and I'd been trying to find another way to use that die. 
  • The other die I chose was the PINPOINT BURST HEART 94639
  • I die cut both of them from the white foam craft sheet, one at a time, using the same set-up in my Big Shot as I would for die cutting card stock. 
  • I then inked up each new foam stamp with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink.  I found that using a stylus or or other pointy tool to hold the stamp in place while I inked it up kept my fingers from getting too inky.  After flipping each stamp over onto a white notecard, I used a piece of scrap paper over the back as I applied even pressure to the stamp to transfer the ink and that scrap paper caught whatever ink was still on my fingers. 
  • Because the craft foam has a sticky backing, using a Misti tool would also make the inking up and stamping much easier and would allow for multiple layers of ink for better coverage.

With the Blissful Heart Hot Foil Plate the raised images on the die are recessed on the stamp so those parts allow the white of the notecard to come through inside the red heart.  (That is the opposite effect of what happens when you use foil--the raised parts become the foiled images.)  With the Pinpoint Burst Heart, the little dots are white against the red heart.

What a great technique for expanding the use of the dies in my craft room!  Who knew that you could make stamps from your dies this way and very inexpensively.  I can't wait to try this technique with a variety of Memory Box dies.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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Sun 08

Chocolate Valentine
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a CAS (clean and simple) and fun non-traditional chocolate bar Valentine’s card to share today.  I was going to make a card with a heart box of chocolates, but Jean beat me to it. 😂

Started by embossing brown cardstock with the Geometric Crystal 3D embossing folder (EF) for the chocolate.   Applied the same color brown dye ink with a foam blending tool to it for dimension.  Trimmed a piece of silver paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad next and tore it to create the silver foil wrapping.

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The outer chocolate bar wrapper was created from Twilight Purple paper.  Decorated it by ink blending Shaded Lilac distress ink (DI) over the edge of a piece of acetate for the rays.  The sentiment was die cut from white cardstock usimg the new Love You Gallery Script die.  Modified the “L” to get the “I”.  Assembled onto a white woodgrain panel to finish. 

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Easy-peasy and fun, right?  That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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Fri 06

Bear Hugs for You by Jean Okimoto

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The Layered Polar Bear - from our Christmas release - makes a great addition to Valentine cards too.  Cut this very popular guy from soft white felt and

Open Studio Watercolor Paper for plush texture and contrasting shades of white.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my favorite design from our holiday release.  Pair the friendly bear with the Woodgrain Tree Trunk and imagine "xoxo" carved into the trunk with Poppystamps' Poetic Lowercase Alphabet.

Prep white wool-blend felt by attaching it to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize it and prevent adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the large bear background.  Color the eartips with a pink marker.  Let it dry for a few minutes - then blot it to be sure it's really dry.

Cut the other bear sections from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Attach a scrap of Black Glossy Cardstock behind his face.  The glossy finish makes a big difference  - his eyes look brighter.  Assemble the bear - use foamtape behind the top layers of the paws and leave a section on the left unattached to insert the hugs heart

 

Cut a bright red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the smallest

Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  

Cut "xoxo" and "hugs"  - from the Poppystamps Poetic Lowercase Alphabet - from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the letters to the heart.

Cut Woodgrain Tree Trunk from medium-brown cardstock.

Prep bright red felt with adhesive label paper or a stick sheet and cut 3 of the Layered Birds.  Cut the coordinating smaller top layers from the Berry Red 6x6.

 

 

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Attach the diecuts to a light kraft slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber-colored Autumn Fairy Crystals.  

Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Add a greeting - the new For You Posh Script - cut from light kraft cardstock and the bright red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut 2 background layers from the kraft cardstock and pressure-emboss 1 using the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Pressure-embossing creates a debossed area to easily attach the detailed top layer.  Attach the other kraft background behind the greeting for extra dimension.

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Construct a brown bear with brown felt and cardstock if they're more common in your neighborhood - like they are here.   He's also great for baby and kid cards too - and birthdays, holding a balloon or cupcake!    Add a scarf for extra color on winter cards.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe and have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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Thu 05

Cup of Love Valentines Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a Valentines card featuring the Cuppa Love die set.

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I started with the front panel.  Cut a dark red from the Berry Red paper pad to A2.  Die cut the Sprinkle Heart Collage die on the left hand side.  Save the hole hearts to use later.  Die cut the hole hearts from gold mirror paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  Take a white A2 card side folding card and trim off 1 1/8" from the left side.  Adhere the front panel to the card base, leaving the die cut portion of the card front to see through to the inside of the card.  Fold the card closed and adhere the gold hearts on the inside of the card through the front to line them up.

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Die cut the outline of Cuppa Love from the same gold mirror paper from Vintage Pastel Mirror and just the heart from white.  Die cut the solid pieces from white card stock.  Ink blend the background piece for the coffee with Distress Antique Linen then darken the edges with Vintage Photo.  Adhere the gold outline on the white solid die cuts.  adhere to the center bottom of the card.  Adhere the white heart in the outline.  

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For the sentiment die cut the solid Love from the Love You Gallery Scrip die. Die cut the heart of the outline die from mirror gold from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  Adhere to the heart of the Love die cut. Adhere to the upper center of the card.

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On the inside of the hard stamp happy Valentine's Day from Big and Little Valentines clear stamp set in black.  arrange the red hearts around the sentiment.

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