Thu 09

Kindness Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features stamps and stencils from the Spring Cheer release.

I started by die cutting the Vintage Tray Die from Gina K Designs masking magic paper.  I placed the mask on a white cardstock panel, and used a blending brush to apply light blue ink around the edges of the blocks.  This creates a nice shadow around the blocks.

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I left the mask in place and stamped the Cheerful Flower with black ink.  I used a heat tool to dry the image before using the coordinating layering stencils to add color to the stamped image. I used dye inks and blending brushes for the coloring.  I followed the steps on the stencil guide to add color to the stamped image.

To add some texture to the panel, I inked the back side of the Altenew Grip Mat with white ink and stamped it across my panel.  

Next, I spattered the background with white and gold inks.  Once the inks were dry, I removed the mask from the paper. I trimmed it and glued it to a thin black cardstock mat.  This was glued to a pink cardstock mat and then adhered to a white card base.

I stamped and die cut the word kindness from white cardstock and glued it to the card.  Underneath the word I stamped the words "changes everything".

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To finish the card I added some Fairy Drops for more texture, and that's it!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Wed 08

Flower Frame Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! I have a birthday card featuring the Anemone release and stitched rectangle dies to create a frame.  

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Sentiment:

Take a Happy Birthday Foil Greeting White Circle tab and add Glossy Accents over the front.  Set aside to dry for several hours.

Flowers:

Die cut the Anemone Bud Duo and Anemone Blooms from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend the petals using Distress Oxide Dried Marigold from the bottom up, leaving the tops white.  Ink blend the stamen using Distress Oxide Scorched Timber.  Ink blend the leaves using Oxide Shabby Shutters and then Scorched Timber at the end and stem.  Adhere to flowers using the envelope as a guide.  

Bird:

Die cut the Nested Chickadee Duo from heavy white card stock and ink blend the top and bottom of the head using Distress Oxide Scorched Timber. Ink blend the wings with Oxide Shabby Shutters and add Scorched Timber to the bottom wing.  Glue together using the envelope as. guide.

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Use the 2nd largest Stitched Rectangle die and 2nd smallest Double Stitch Rectangle Cut outs to create a frame from heavy white card stock.  Adhere foam tape to the back.  Trim a piece of white card stock slightly larger than the cut out.  Lightly ink blend using Distress Oxide Stormy Sky.

Assembly:

Adhere the ink blended sky to the center of an A2 white card.  Adhere some natural raffia paper to the bottom of the sky to create a bird nest.  Adhere the bird inside of ht nest.  Adhere the frame with foam tape.  Arrange the flowers around the frame tucking leaves behind the flowers.  Adhere the Happy Birthday to you sentiment tab over the flower stems.

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Tue 07

Slimline Birthday Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Need a celebration card for spring and summer birthdays?  Hi, Jean here with a basic design that would work in many color combinations with prints from our Glimmering Gladiola 6x6 pack.  Here's a purple version of my hybrid card combining dies from our floral collection - Clara Blooms on the Curved Magnolia Branch.  

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Cut Curved Magnolia Branch from a bright green 6x6 in the Greenery Collection.  Color the stem with a brown marker.

Cut Clara Blooms from a medium-purple 6x6 in the Twilight Purple Collection.  Cut an extra set of the small petals and trim 2 of them to create a bud.  Cut the group of 4 smaller centers from the chartreuse Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Assemble the 2 larger flowers.  

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Cut the purple and gold petal print from the Shimmering Gladiola 6x6 with a portion of the 2" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  It'll be shorter than the die - but it's easier than measuring.  Cut lavender cardstock with the 1-½" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the rectangles with a corner rounding punch.

Cut, score and fold a lavender slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") and round the corners.

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Attach the diecuts - use foam tape for the blossoms.  Add a Happy Birthday Foil Greetings White Circle Tab for an instant greeting.

Thanks for visiting our blog!

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Mon 06

Airbrushed Butterflies
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I have been on an airbrush kick lately in cardmaking. I find that if I have a tool out on my desk, I might as well make several projects with it. Once again, you could use inks and sponges instead of an airbrush.

To make the card, I first created a textured background with white cardstock and the chrysanthemum embossing folder. I thought because the card design is simple, it would look too stark without the textured background

For the butterflies, I cut everything out of white cardstock and then airbrushed the pieces with rainbow colors of Copic markers. I added a bit of a transition between the butterflies by using two colors for each butterfly. I had a red/orange one followed by an orange/yellow, yellow/green, green/blue and blue/purple.

Here is a close up:

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To finish the card, I added my sentiment and the brown bodies to the butterflies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Laurasignature

 

 

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Sun 05

Pretty in Pinks Sensational Gladiola Stem
by Anne Thompson

Today's card features the SENSATIONAL GLADIOLA STEM 94789 in many shades of pink.

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These are the materials I used:

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This month's blog challenge (here) is Pretty in Pink.  What will you create and post?  

Happy Crafting!

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Sat 04

Airbrushed Gladiolas
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. I wanted to share a card today that I airbrushed with Copic markers. Of course, you could achieve a similar look by sponging the petals with your favorite inks.

To make the card, I cut out my gladiola pieces out of white cardstock and then chose Copic markers that matched the plaid paper I had chosen. I used R24, YR04, Y06, Y08 and E25. To color each petal, I first airbrushed a light layer of color over the petal and then added more of same marker at the center of the petal to make it darker. When I airbrushed the center of the petal, I also held the airbrush close to the paper to really layer on the color. If you were using ink and a sponge, you would press harder on the paper with the sponge to really intensify the color. Here are my colored petals:

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To add color to the yellow flower, I did actually have to use a marker that was slightly darker since I wasn't getting enough of a difference when shading with the same marker. Yellows are so light that you might have to use a darker color of yellow ink to get a more pronounced difference.

When I assembled the petals, the flowers looked like this:

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I debated for longer than I should have on whether or not I should pop up the top petals with foam tape for extra dimension. I decided to go with the flatter look for easier mailing.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Laurasignature

 

 

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Fri 03

Hybrid Garden Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Thu 02

Anemone Thank You Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another thank you card using the Greeting Tabs.  This one features the Blooming Anemone flower in a warm yellow and brown.

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Background: Ink blend a A2 watercolor paper panel with Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber than Tea Dye and then Scorched Timber.  3D embossing using the Magnolia Bloom embossing folder.  Splatter with gold paint.

Flower: Die cut the Blooming Anemone from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend the petals with Distress Fossilized Amber fro heavy in the center to light at the tips.  Ink blend the center with Tea Dye and lightly add Scorched Timber.  Adhere together using the envelope as a guide. Shape the petals with the body of the pen.  Splatter with gold paint.

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Frame: Create a frame using the middle Double Stitch Square Cut Out die and 2 size larger die from the Square Basics set.  Use the shiny gold paper from Vintage Pastel Mirror pad and position the 2 dies to create a frame and die cut.  Adhere foam tape to the back from the frame.  Use the same Square Basics die and but fro white card stock.  Ink blend with Distress Oxide Tea Dye and then Scorched Timber.  Adhere the frame to the square die cut.

Assembly: Adhere the background panel to a cream A2 card.  Adhere the frame to the center of the card.  Adhere the flower in the center.  Adhere a Thank You Foil Greeting Black Tab.

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Wed 01

Memory Box Challenge #107- Pretty in Pink

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Happy May everyone!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the birthday challenge. We loved seeing your projects because who doesn't need birthday card inspiration?  We hope you will join us in our latest challenge.   

The winner of the blog badge was Denise Bryant on Splitcoast Stampers with her beautiful floral birthday card:

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The random pick winner of the prize pack was ionnabunny from the Crafty Nomad blog.  Please contact me at [email protected] with your full name and US address 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.

Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.

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They say April showers bring May flowers. I don't know about you, but I am seeing a lot of bright colors lately, especially pink. For this month's challenge, we are asking you to make a card featuring the color pink. You can make any themed card you want and with any designs/images you want. We just ask that you highlight the color theme of pink. We definitely look forward to seeing your interpretation of the theme.  All we ask is that you highlight pink on a card and that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Here are some samples of pink themed cards to help inspire you:

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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 #mbchallenge107 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Thursday, May 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes. 

Here is what you could win:

 

 

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Tue 30

Just a Note with Exquisite Butterflies
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello there, it's Angie here today with a mini slimline card featuring the new Exquisite Butterflies die 94771, just released this month.  I also used some patterned paper from the new release called Glimmering Gladiola Paper Pad PP1028.  The sentiment was released last month and it's called Just a Note Daily Script die set 94663.  It's a really nice sentiment that has 3 parts that are cut with 2 dies.  A background die plus a 2nd die that cuts the outline of the words and also individual letters inside the outline, so there are many ways to use this sentiment die.  Here's a close up of my card:

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Another really cool feature about the butterfly die is that it is just one die but it cuts all the parts for all five butterflies.  It's great because you don't have to try to keep up with tiny metal dies or lose them while your are doing your die cutting.   As you can see below, some of the butterflies have center bug parts and the smaller ones don't, so I added a jewel to those centers for some shine!  

Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you have had a chance to check out all the lovely gladiola dies and papers that were released by Memory Box this month.  They are truly gorgeous and go well with these butterflies that were also just released.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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