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Memory Box Challenge #56- Holiday Cards

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Greetings friends.  It is a new month and time to introduce another Memory Box challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who played along with us for our last challenge.  We really enjoyed your patterned paper creations

The winner of the blog badge was Vinita Jain from the madewithlovencare blog. We loved how she made the patterned paper the main focus of her card.

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The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prize was ExperimentsinC from the Experiments in Crafts blog.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

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How do you celebrate the winter season?  Christmas?  Hanukkah?  Warm Winter Wishes?    I don't know about you, but I can always use a little holiday card inspiration....either for last minute cards or starting to plan for the next year.  We would love to see your holiday cards!  You can use any materials you like...stamps, papers, dies, hand lettering, etc.  All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product.

Here are some samples to help inspire you.

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By Donna Sledzik

There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge56 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Monday, December 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prize:

 

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Fri 29

Peace on Earth
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a Christmas card using the amazing Ruffled Poinsettia Die!!! 

This card is fairly simple to create. Here is how I went about it...I die cut the poinsettia three times. 

I colored the petals, leaves, and flower centers with Copic Markers. I left the frame of the petals and leaves

white. 
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The lighter poinsettia Copic colors: RV00, RV02, RV04.  The darker poinsettia Copic colors: RV63, RV66, RV69.

For the leaves: G40, G43, G46. For the flower centers: YR21, YR24. I splattered white paint on the leaves and petals and set aside to dry. 

I used a piece of black card stock for the background. Splattered some white and gold paint and set aside to dry.

I die cut Peace sentiment twice, once with silver glitter card stock the other with basic black card stock. I adhered them

together slightly off center to create a shadow. Emboss and trim the sentiment from the stamp set Tidings Wreath.

 
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Assemble the card as you desire. This is the fun part! You can arrange the flowers and sentiments any way you choose!

I adhered the poinsettias first with foam tape. Than I trimmed the over hang. Than I adhered the die cut sentiment,

also with foam tape. The embossed sentiment I adhered with glue.

For a finishing touch, I added some Stickles clear glitter glue to the flower centers.

Hope you give this a try!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Fri 29

Simple Noel Card with Dashing Holiday Papers
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  It's Vicki here with you today featuring a quick and easy holiday card using some of the products from the 2019 Holiday Release.  There's just a little more than 3 weeks left (not counting Sundays when there is no mail) to send out your holiday cards before Christmas is here.  Although, I can tell you I never mind it when I get a few after Christmas Day either.  So even if you're a few days late, send them anyhow! 

For today's card, I started with a white card base made with Cougar Super Smooth Digital White Cardstock.  Using the 2nd largest Rectangle Basics die, I cut one from the teal, green, and white Snowflake Pattern Paper you can find in the Dashing Holiday Paper Pack.  As usual, I gave it several mists of shimmer spray and then set it under a heavy glass block I have to dry flat. 

Next, I die cut the Antique Holly Label from White and Green Shimmer Cardstock.    I adhered the white outline to the patterned paper, then I inlaid the sentiment strip and the holly leaves of the green shimmer cardstock into the outline using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  

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I die cut the Noel word from Mini Vintage Varsity Christmas dies.  To do this, I ran a strip of white cardstock, slightly larger than my sentiment through my little Xyron Sticker Maker before cutting this so that these tiny letters would already have adhesive on them.  This made placement super easy.  I usually start with the center one or two letters and then work my way out to keep everything pretty centered.  I don't measure, I just eyeball it.  *Ü*

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I embellished the holly leaves with some "hole-less" sequins in three sizes for the berries.  You could use Liquid Pearls, Nuvo Drops or any sequins or gems you might have on hand.  Once the glue was dry, I added my panel to the front of my card base. 

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Looking through my stash of embellishments, I found these cute little snowflakes which added the perfect whimsical touch. This was a quick and easy card and would be very easy to recreate in multiples if you wanted.  

Have a fantastic day and I'll be back next week with a new project for you.  

 

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Thu 28

Card Basics with Wide Washi Tape Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

We've had a lot of fun with the new wide washi tape in our collections and I thought that sharing a video making some holiday cards might be a good idea! Washi tape has a translucent property that can transform a project into something magical - the possibilities are endless and this will get your creative juices flowing!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

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Listed below are close up photographs of the cards used in the video - along with a list of the supplies and links to where you can get them! More links are available in the supplies list in the video!

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Antique Holly Collage

94334 Antique Holly Label

WT501 Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape

Memory Box Mistletoe Swag clear stamp set 

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Snowflake Collage

94302 Sparkling Snowflake Trio

WT501 Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape


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Golden Drop Nativity

94314 Bauble Snowflake Frame

94313 Drop Nativity 

Shimmer Burst Wide Washi Tape


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Golden Pine Oval

94283 Pine Needle Oval Frame

1522 Chirping Birds

Memory Box Holiday Greenery clear stamp set


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Joyful Greenery Sprig

94325 Joy Airy Script 

Dashing Holiday 6x6 Paper Pad 

Snow Flurries Wide Washi Tape


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Thu 28

Jovial Wreath, Vintage Varsity Alphabet and the Dashing 6x6 Sets by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the delicate Jovial Wreath and the bold Vintage Varsity Alphabet on a Christmas card in contemporary colors.  It's an easy card - and great for mass production.  Hello -  and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  Jean Okimoto here with merry and bright greeting in contemporary holiday colors.

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Cut a 3" circle of the pale gray and white dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 Set.  Cut Jovial Wreath from green cardstock.  Cut one of the Singing Birds from red glittered craft foam.

Attach red duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut "NOEL."  

Cut accent strips - the dark Dashing Holiday plaid (3-¾" x ¾"), Dashing Holiday gray text (2-¾" x ¾") and green cardstock (3-¼" x ¾").

Score, fold and cut a gray textured A2 card.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

 

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Need more holiday inspiration and supplies?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us at Impress for the annual Holiday Open House, and two Memory Box holiday classes - MERRY + QUICK and OUTSIDE THE BOX-HOLIDAY FAVORITES.   Don't forget  your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design wish list!  The first 25 people at the store opening will receive a special gift.  

There's a special Memory Box Art Pins Pop Up this weekend too!  Be the first to see these beautiful works of art - just in time for holiday gifting.  

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

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Wed 27

Ombre Washi Tape Holiday Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card I made using some of the new wide washi tape from Memory Box.  I decided on a purple ombre card, but you could use any color that you like.  I chose purple because it is my mom's favorite and I wanted to make her a purple Christmas card.  You don't have to restrict yourself to red and green!

Step 1 was to glue 1/2" strips of purple cardstock onto a cardstock base going from dark to light purple.  I added a 1/2" strip of white cardstock in the center as a spacer for my purple strips:

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There was a little extra of my base cardstock showing at the top.  I used a larger base than I knew would be on my finished card because I knew once I was done with the strips and tape, I would want to trim everything with my paper cutter so that the strips would match.

The next step was to add a piece of the Twas the Night washi tape over my purple gradient cardstock:

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After I added the tape, I trimmed everything and layered it onto my card.  As a final step, I added the Snowflake Marquee die above and below my sentiment that I stamped in purple Versafine ink.

Here is a close up:

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I hope if you are traveling for Thanksgiving that you have a very safe trip!

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Tue 26

Joy Christmas Ornament
by Donna Sledzik

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Hi everyone!  Today I have a fun Christmas ornament project for you. 

To create the ornament, I used the "Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape" to cover a wooden ornament I bought at the craft store.  I trimmed the excess tape from the ornament and used a piece of sandpaper the smooth the edges.

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I stamped the word "Joy" and heat embossed it with red embossing powder.  I sponged the edge of the ornament with white acrylic and sprinkled glitter over the paint.

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Next I die cut the "Antique Pine Label Die" from a piece cardstock from the 6"x 6" Dashing Stripes and Dots paper pad.  I cut the pine branches from the label and glued them to the top of the ornament.  I used a gold paint pen to color the top of the ornament.  

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To finish the ornament, I spattered it with white acrylic paint and added some red pearls for berries.  

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I hope enjoyed this project and have a great week!

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Mon 25

Watercolor a Set of Scribble Leaf Bundle Notecards by Jean Okimoto

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The new Scribble Leaf Bundle Background and Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline dies are the perfect pair for quick cards. Stamping the casual greetings from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps set directly onto the cards saves even more time.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a set of six simple notecards for a hostess- or teacher-gift that's sure to be appreciated.

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Paint watercolor paper with soft, overlapping layers of earthy colors.  I've used Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut a set plus one extra leaf with the Scribble Leaf Bundle Background.  Cut a set plus an extra leaf of the Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline from matte gold cardstock.  

Cut  two 1-½" x 2-¾" rectangles of green, yellow and orange cardstock.  The  Rectangle Basics set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box - your Retailer may have some.

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Stamp the greetings from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps Set with coordinating colors.  I used Verdant and Summertime VersaFine Clair and Wild Honey Distress Oxide.


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Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 cards of cream cardstock.  Add green, orange and yellow gem stickers.

It's quick and easy - and not boring, because each leaf is as unique as its watercolored background.  Hope you'll have some time to make a few cards this week, especially quick and easy cards.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

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Sun 24

Scribble Holly Trio Outlines
by Vicki Finger

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Hello!  Vicki here with you today sharing a project that is very simple but elegant card for you.  This card uses the Scribble Holly Trio Outlines dies with some very old Creative Memories Patterned Paper.  I was a long time Creative Memories Consultant - like 20 years, so you know I have a lot of paper from back then. Most of it is not really suitable for cardmaking because it isn't heavy enough and I'm normally not much for a patterned paper.  However, when I was looking through my scrap stash today, I came across this scrap that I've been saving and I thought it was just perfect for my card.  I'm pretty sure this was from a collection called Reminisce Noel but I don't know if I am remembering that correctly or not.   I would consider this a collage style of paper and I wish I had more of it, but I only have scraps left by now. You can see a little of the shimmer mist here, but I kept it very subtle. 

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I started by die cutting the Scribble Holly from Gold Cardstock and an Olive Shimmer.  For Die Cut Inlay techniques, it doesn't get any simpler than this.  I just popped the green parts out and moved them to the inside of the gold ones.  I love how the gold outlines add so much without taking over the whole card.

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There are dies that cut the whole inside of the leaves, but I don't have them and I don't feel that I need to have them.  As I said, it was simply a matter of popping out the gold and popping in the green.  I hope that when people receive my cards, their first thought is "oh, how pretty", but their second thought is that they really appreciate the details and thought that went into the card.

I used some deep red gems that I've also had for several years for the berry cluster. I have a zippy bag on my desk that contains all of my bling collected through the years.  Since I primarily use little crystals or pearls, I don't get into the bag often, but this was just the thing needed to give a little pop of color and dimension to this card.

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I used the Brush Merry Christmas Die for my Sentiment.  This is one of my favorites as I really like dies that have the whole saying in them. I usually run my cardstock through my Xyron and then die cut it which is what I did here.  Once I place the sentiment down, I put the die over the sentiment and pop out the dot for the "i" (called the "tittle") with my craft pick so that I have it placed correctly.  This makes it super easy to get it in the correct spot.  As always, I used Rectangle Basics Dies to cut my layers for the backgrounds.  This is a super quick card to make if you want something that is fast that you can easily make multiples of.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

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Sat 23

Spritz, Emboss and Layer the Chandele Snowflake by Jean Okimoto

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Celeberate the season with the delicate Chandele Snowflake - layered over its embossed image for extra dimension.  Add a pair of greetings from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set and glittery blue accents.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here on a winter-y fall weekend.

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Have a water spritzer ready for this process.  Snap the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink colors together with the lever on the side of the inkpad.  Lift and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the inks about 20 times for complete coverage.  Spritz it lightlty with two short bursts of water.  Spritz the inked brayer lightly too.  Roll the brayer over the damp watercolor paper to create a variegated blue background.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, then dry it completely with a heat-tool.  Spray with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  The die set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box but your Retailer may have some.  Pressure-emboss it with the Chandele Star die - slightly offset.  

Cut Chandele Snowflake from white cardstock.  Attach it to the circle.

Separate the inks using the lever.  Stamp the greeting - from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set - with the ink in the center section.  Stamp the second portion of the greeting inside the card.

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Diecut the tiny ovals surrounding the starburst in the center of the die from a scrap of blue glittered cardstock.   Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  

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Why not brayer some extra backgrounds while your supplies are out - be sure to clean the roller before each re-inking.  Your backgrounds will be ready when you need them for future projects.

We'll use similar techniques in the November 30th OUTSIDE THE BOX holiday cards class at Impress.  We're making variations of cards inspired by my designs here on the blog.  Not identical to these cards - lots of tweaking and techniques - and we're using some Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products too.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area that weekend.  Skip the malls, enjoy lots of parking and support Memory Box and Impress on Small Business Saturday!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend...

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