Mon 11

Sending Love Cards
by Anne Thompson

I decided this week to make some valentines that use products from the Valentines 2021 new collection as well as some favorites from the Christmas 2020 release.  I love that so many of the holiday 6X6 papers are perfect for valentines and a lot of the dies can be used beyond Christmas as well.  I made three cards that all use the same dies with different paper combinations.  The WOODGRAIN HEART 94552 is the centerpiece on each one.

Card One

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Card Two

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Card Three

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So even though we've moved into a new year and a focus on upcoming holidays, don't forget to look at some of what you have left from past projects to see how things might be repurposed.

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 10

Slimline Hugs Valentine
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello, it's Angie here today! I hope you've enjoyed the 2021 Memory Box Valentines Day release and blog blitz this past week and remember,  you still have until tonight, January 10 at 11:59 pm EST, to leave a comment on any of the posts (Monday through Friday) for your chance to win the corresponding giveaway.

Today I’m using the "Twiggy Hugs" die again, which you can win from Donna's post on Tuesday.  I combined that die with the "Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate", the "Scallop Pinpoint Heart Loving Cut Out" die set and the "Pointy Pine Needle Sprig" die to make my slimline card for today.   I just love making Valentine's Day cards and the new release is filled with lots of dies to make beautiful cards!

Here's how I made my card:

1)  I first took a long piece of card stock and ink blended my background using the following Distress Oxide ink:  Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.  

2) After ink blending it I sprayed it with water and let it dry.  Next, I ran it through by Gemini Junior with the new "Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate" die and then die cut the "Twiggy Hugs" from the bottom section.

3)  I also cut the "Twiggy Hugs" from white and black card stock and glued them all together, stacked slightly offset for dimension. Here's a closer look at the word die:

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4)  I added some white gel pen dots and spots (I used #10 gelly roll pen)  randomly to the ink blended sections of the card.  Here's a closer look at the ink blending at the top:

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5)  Next, I used the smallest die from the "Scallop Pinpoint Loving Cutout" die set to cut small hearts from 2 shades of "Delicate Pastel Glitter Paper" and adhered them on top of some of the pinpoint hearts created with the slimline die.  The glitter paper pad is so gorgeous!  

6)  Lastly I added three die cut "Pointy Pine Needle Springs" cut from white glitter paper in the spaces left on the card.  Once I had my top panel complete, I adhered it to my slimline card base which is 3.5" by 8.5".

Here's one last look at my card:

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We hope you have had fun this week seeing the amazing new dies for the 2021 Memory Box Valentines Day release and blog blitz.  The winners will be announced tomorrow, and you have until 11:59 p.m. EST tonight to leave a comment on the posts from Monday, January 4th through Friday, January 8th for your chance to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my slimline "HUGS" card!  Happy Sunday!

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Sat 09

Double Emboss Gracious Woodgrain
by Trina Pham

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Happy new year everyone!  Did you enjoy the Valentine blog blitz this past week?  You still have until tomorrow, January 10 at 11:59 pm EST, to leave a comment on any of the posts for your chance to win the corresponding giveaway.  Today I’m using the Woodgrain Heart die again, which you can win from Michelle’s post yesterday, to create a masculine love card.  Because this die is solid, it was perfect for one of my favourite double embossing techniques using a die and an embossing folder (EF).

Started by opening the Gracious Leaves 3D EF.  Adhered the Woodgrain Heart die with cutting edge facing up onto the flat side of the EF. 

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Secured a piece of mixed media paper over top with temporary adhesive.  This is the die/EF setup for the technique. 

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Placed an embossing mat then cutting plate on top and ran it through my die cutting machine according to its recommendation.  For a good impression, I ended up adding a couple of shims. Having secured the paper with temporary adhesive in the previous step allows for multiple run throughs.  This is what resulted.

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As you can see, the patterns of both die and EF are now dry embossed onto one piece.  Important things to note about this technique: 1. die must be solid 2. heavy thick paper or cardstock works best 3. do not close the EF.

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To complete the card, the heart was die cut from masking paper and the negative cut piece was used as a stencil.  Blended two shades of brown dye inks to colour the woodgrain heart.  The sentiment was die cut twice from white cardstock and once from dark brown and stacked for dimension.  The butterfly was die cut from white Polished Foil paper and popped up with mounting tape.  Crystal glaze was added to the sentiment for more shine to finish.

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And that does it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend. 

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Thu 07

Big Hugs Slimline Valentine Card
by Michelle Bala

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Hello! Michelle here. Welcome back to Day 5 of our Valentine Blitz and giveaway! I'm sure you have been enjoying the newest Valentine supplies!!! Toady I am showcasing a mix of new and old. 

First, I used the new Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate to emboss and die cut the long panel.  I used a light pink cardstock. I adhered the panel to my card base. 

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Next, I used the new Woodgrain Heart Die and die cut a heart from kraft paper.  I used two previously released dies, Bountiful Wreath Die and Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs Die, and die cut some branches as a filler behind the heart. I used aqua and lime green cardstock and Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad to die cut the branches.  I adhered the heart and branches to the card base with foam tape.

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Last, I die cut the new sentiment, Big Hugs Posh Script. I used Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad for the script die and black cardstock for the shadow die.  I layered a piece of silver thread between the heart and sentiment before adhering.  For a finishing touch I splattered some white paint and I scattered some gems.

Would you like a chance to win the new WOODGRAIN HEART DIE? Just leave a comment here before 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 10th for a chance to win. One comment will be selected at random to win the die, and all winners will be posted on the blog  Monday, January 11th at 5pm EST.

Thanks for visiting the blog today!

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Thu 07

Paper-Pieced Crystal Heart and Big Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to Day 4 of our Valentine Blitz and giveaway!  

The new Crystal Heart sets the scene for a colorful mix of contemporary brights and the sparkle of gold Polished Foil.  Make it a trio with Double Stitched Loving Heart Cut Outs. Glittered Big Hugs Posh Script is paired with its background diecut for added dimension.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a bright mix of colors, shiny gold and sparkly pink - hope you like this combination.  Be sure to add a comment below for a chance to win the Crystal Heart for your collection of Memory Box heart dies.

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Attach a layer of lined doublestick tape to gray cardstock and cut it with the 2nd-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Cut Crystal Heart from a gold Polished Foil Pad sheet - remove the little pieces but leave the delicate diecut in the die.  Press the diecut onto the adhesive-covered heart and carefully remove the die.

Cut Crystal Heart from orange, pink and dark pink cardstock.  Attach a mix of colored pieces to the exposed adhesive. 

Cut orange and pink cardstock with the same Double Stitch Loving Heart die - then cut the hearts again with the smallest heart from the set.

Cut the Big Hugs background from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the delicate words from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  

Attach the diecuts to a dark gray slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝") - attach the greeting with foamtape.

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Diecut your favorite colors and create bright, pastel, traditional or contemporary cards for the special people in your life.  Three sets of colorful Crystal Heart offcuts will create three cards.  Celebrate a marriage in the couple's wedding colors.  Try this idea as a vertical slimline card.  There are so many ways to use this great new die - it's great for watercoloring and pressure-embossing too!

Would you like a chance to win the new CRYSTAL HEART die? Just leave a comment here before 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 10th for a chance to win. One comment will be selected at random to win the die, and all winners will be posted on the blog  Monday, January 11th at 5pm EST.

Thanks for visiting!  

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Wed 06

NEW RELEASE! Heart Pop Up Card by Sara Cook

Having fun with the new Valentine's releases. I have a project today inspired by my daughter wanting a surprise on the inside of the card.  It is a pop up card featuring the new Crystal Heart die.  

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Pop Up Heart:

Take 140lb Open Studio watercolor paper.  Spray with water then lightly with ink sprays.  I used pink and purple Dylusions spray by Ranger.  Let dry and then die cut a heart using the 2nd largest of the Double Stitched Loving Heart Cut Out. Cut out the Crystal Heart die out of a darker color paper that matches the background heart.  Glue together.  Add some Drewdrop Fairy Sugar glitter glue to some of the open areas and then Glossy Accents to other areas, leaving some areas blank.

Sentiment:

Die cut the Big Hugs Scrip foreground die out of the sprayed watercolor paper and the background out of the same dark purple paper used for the Crystal Heart outline.  Glue together.

Front:

Die cut a lighter color purple paper using the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Die cut a circle opening using the 24x24 Stitched Circle Layer die centering it over the burst. Save the cut out circle. Die cut a frame using the 28x28 and 24x24 Stitched Circle Layer dies out of the same dark purple paper.  Take a A2 size card base and temporary tape the Pinpoint Burst base on the outside.  To cut out the circle add temporary tape on back of the saved circle cut out and put back in the center.  Remove the Pinpoint Burst panel., leaving the circle die cut.  Line up the 24x24 circle die over the cut out circle.  Unfold the card so only the front panel will be cut through and die cut. Glue the Pinpoint Burst panel back on the front along with the frame and sentiment.

Inside Sentiment:

Use the "Sending" stamp from the Big and Little Words and "all my love" from the Big and Little Valentines to stamp the inside sentiment.  I used Monarch VersaFine Clair ink.

Inside:

Cut out a strip of paper 1/2"x31/2".  At one end score at 1/2" and add glue to just the 1/2"score . Place the strip of paper w/glue side up on inside of the card half way down from the opening and close the card until glue dries.  Glue the Crystal Heart on the strip centering it in the circle frame.  Trim off any excess paper on the right side of the heart.  Cut another strip of paper 1/2"x2 1/2". Score every 1/2".   Fold on all score marks.  Glue one end on top of the other forming a box. Add glue to 1 side of the box and place behind the heart. Fold down the box and on the opposite side (from the side glued to the heart) add glue and fold card closed to glue to back of card.  Cut random heart sizes from the sprayed watercolor paper using the Sprinkle Heart Collage.  Glue around the inside for more love.

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Tue 05

Hugs
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone! Welcome to day two of the 2021 Memory Box Valentines Day release and blog blitz. 

Instead of a card, I decided to make a quick home decor item for Valentine's Day. I used a Tim Holtz wood vignette box as the base for my project.

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I started by painting the box with white acrylic paint. Once it was dry I sanded the edges of the box for a distressed look. I also sponged the edges with black ink. 

Next I die cut the word "HUGS" from red cardstock and glued them to the front of the box. I stamped the "xoxo" with black ink under the words.

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To finish the project I wrapped ribbon around the box and added a bow to the top. That's it! A quick and easy project.

Would you like a chance to win the new Twiggy HUGS die? Just leave a comment before 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 10th for a chance to win. One comment will be selected at random to win the die, and all winners will be posted on the blog  Monday, January 11th at 5pm EST.

Good luck and have a great day!

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Mon 04

Blog Blitz! Valentines!
by Anne Thompson

Hello!  Welcome to the Valentines 2021 Collection Blog Blitz!  We are so excited to have new dies to work with and a focus on love-ly cards.  Even our monthly blog challenge is all hearts!  We have so many products and samples to share with you!  Be sure to leave comments on the blog posts each day this week (Monday, January4th-Friday, January 8th). You might just win one of the new dies!

For my three cards today I used the VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE 94525, CRYSTAL HEART 94517, and SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 with Christmas Plaids and foil papers.

Card One

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  • 5 X 7 cream notecard, top-fold
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE 94525,  cut from cream/maroon/light green/gold CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009 and trimmed to fit; glued on the left
  • CRYSTAL HEART 94517, cut from the same plaid and backed with Scor-Tape to make it easy to adhere the outline shape on the right
  • another scrap of the plaid placed above the heart with three flat cream discs
  • SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 cut from gold POLISHED FOIL PAPER FP1001, also backed with Scor-Tape and tucked into the bottom of the leafy rectangle
  • a brown satin ribbon bow attached to the stem at the top of the leaves

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Card Two

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  • A2 Juniper notecard, top-fold
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE cut into the front of the notecard
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE cut from blue-green foil paper with the snipped leafy branch layered and glued behind the one on the notecard
  • a piece of gray snowy paper glued behind the Verdant Leaf Collage 
  • CRYSTAL HEART and SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT both cut from more of the same Scor-Tape-backed foil and added to the card front
  • a tiny pearl to dot the i and three larger ones in the lower right 

 

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  • A2 Holly Berry red notecard, top-fold
  • VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE, CRYSTAL HEART, and SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT all cut from red/white/gold CHRISTMAS PLAID and layered onto white cardstock and trimmed to fit the front of the notecard
  • a scrap of the plaid added above the heart with three white pearls

For each of these cards I have also papered the inside and lined their envelopes with the same or coordinating Christmas Plaid papers.  I love that I can use so many of the patterns for valentines and other occasions throughout the year.

Want to have the VERDANT LEAF COLLAGE for your own?  Just leave a comment before 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 10th for a chance to win. One comment will be selected at random to win the die, and all winners will be posted on the blog on Monday, January 11th at 5pm EST.  Don't forget to enter your designs in our monthly challenge and keep checking back each day to see what the Design Team has to show you!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 03

Twiggy Hugs on the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate by Jean Okimoto

 

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Sparkly red hearts, tall Twiggy Hugs and the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate create a quick card from our 2021 Valentine Collection.  Add the contrast of pale gold glittered dots...and your card is ready!  

Our newest dies are artsy and bold - perfect for both CAS and collage-y designs, and for embossing, overlays, and cutting stencils too.  Hello and Happy 2021 - Jean Okimoto here with one of many Valentine designs we'll be sharing in the coming weeks.

Cut Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate from pale gray cardstock.  Cut it twice with the smallest heart from the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out to create 2 heart-shaped windows. Cut it again with Twiggy Hearts.  

Attach the pinpoint plate to a red slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").  Cut 3 red glittered hearts from the Holiday Glitter Pad and insert 2 in the cutouts. Punch ¼" glittered gold dots from the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Save the 3rd glittered heart to create a seal for the envelope.

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Combining elements like 2 pinpoint patterns - or the tall Twiggy Hugs + the slimline card - simplifies things when you have so many great designs to chose from.

Thanks for visiting...enjoy creating special Valentines with this versatile new collection! Jeansignature-3

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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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