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!

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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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Mon 29

Fanciful, Whimsical Gladiola Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Fanciful Gladiola Stem's blossoms and Whimsical Gladiola's leaves create a floral birthday greeting for spring or summer celebrations.  Hi, Jean here with quick coloring technique for detailed designs.

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Save time by stenciling the pieces before diecutting them.  Spritz the smoother side of watercolor paper with a light mist of water. Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Diecut a stencil from cardstock.

Tape the stencil over the embossed designs and sponge or brush the petals and stems.  VersaFine Clair Verdant and Cheerful and Brilliance Sunflower Yellow inks were used here.  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It note to separate the colors.  Heat-set the inks, then diecut all of the pieces.  Pre-embossing makes it easier to color the raised areas - and to align the die over the pieces for diecutting later.  Trust me!

Sponge or brush Verdant ink onto smooth white cardstock and cut two small and one large leaf set from the Whinsical Gladiola.

Assemble the Fanciful Gladiola Stem.  The green stem partially covers the yellow stem for instant buds and dimension.  I followed some portions of the diagram - and rearranged some pieces for more color variation.

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Glue two pieces of smooth white cardstock together and diecut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut it again - slightly offset - with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach both pieces - offset again - to a top-folded white A2 card.

Attach the Fanciful Gladiola Stem and Whimsical Gladiola leaves.  Add a Happy Birthday White Circle Greeting Tab and gold Treasure Chest Gemstones.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...see you again in May!

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Sun 28

Exquisite Butterflies Visit the Fanciful Gladiola Stem
by Anne Thompson

Here's another yellow gladiola card!  This time I used the Fanciful Gladiola Stem to lure in the Exquisite Butterflies!

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I used three of the plaids from GLADIOLA PLAID PP1027--one yellow plaid for the card background as well as another yellow plaid and an orange one for the EXQUISITE BUTTERFLIES 94771.

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I started this card by making the Exquisite Butterflies.  I cut them first from a yellow plaid and then from the orange one.  When I assembled them I put the yellow images underneath the orange ones and added a little bit of VersaFine Clair Acorn brown ink to the butterfly bodies.

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Then I die cut the FANCIFUL GLADIOLA STEM 94791 from yellow card stock in the SUNRISE COLLECTION SP1013 and cut it again using a green card stock from GREENERY SP1011.  I added a little bit of Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink to the blossoms.  I used the envelope to help me assemble the stem (and even then I still had a few tiny pieces leftover--I think if I had cut the die again from an orange card stock I could have figured out where all the tiny pieces would fit to accent the larger blooms).  A glue pen and tweezers were helpful tools.

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 To assemble the card, I started with a blank white top-fold note card and added the 5 1/4 X 4 yellow plaid paper to the front.  Next I glued on the completed Fanciful Gladiola Stem.  I then used tiny foam dimensional dots to add the three largest butterflies and glued on the smallest one.  I left the wing layers so that I could fold them up a bit for more dimension.  The last thing I did was to glue on one of the HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOIL GREETINGS WHITE TABS ST006.

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This card could have been a thank you one by using a different foil greeting tab or I could have stamped on an appropriate sentiment for whatever occasion I chose.  So many options with these lovely dies from the 2024 Gladiola Collection.

Happy Crafting!

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Sat 27

Gladiola Globe Thank You
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  I have a straight forward thank you card today featuring three of the beautiful Gladiola dies from the current 2024 Gladiola release. 

All flower and foliage pieces were die cut from white paper and the respective pieces were ink blended with gradient colors of dye inks in pinks and greens.  For some sparkle, added clear shimmer to the flowers/buds then put them together.

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Used the Nested Globes dies next to die cut an opening from a white woodgrain panel and a frame from Bristol paper.  To give the background through the opening dimension, the Pointy Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps was die cut from white and adhered directly onto the white card base. Assembled the card and added the Thank You Foil Greeting white tab to finish. 

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That does it for my card today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.  

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Fri 26

Gladiola Slimline Thank You by Jean Okimoto

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Need a special thank you card?  Express your appreciation with a shimmery, sparkly floral design from our latest collection.  Add blooming Gladiola Floral Duo diecuts to an extended Budding Gladiola Stem and layer them on a slimline card.  Hi, Jean here with a thank you card that grew taller and taller as it progressed - like gladiolas!

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Add a light mist of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to the dark pink/coral Blush Collection 6x6.  The new solid-core 110# sheets and Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz create vibrant customized metallic cardstock in a rainbow of colors.  Let it airdry for a few minutes, then heatset it.  

Cut the spritzed cardstock with with Gladiola Floral Duo and the stem portion of Budding Gladiola Stem.  The buds on the stem will be visible - and we'll cover the other sections with dark gray cardstock diecuts and a long, skinny strip.

Cut the remaining Budding Gladiola Stem pieces and the leaves from dark gray cardstock - leave the little pieces in the die so they'll be easy to identify and attach later.  Cut a narrow dark gray strip to create a longer stem - approximately ⅛" x 6-½".

Trim the pale peach Blush Collection 6x6 with the 1-⅜" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  The die is longer than the 6x6 - but diecutting eliminates measuring and wonky rectangles which are really noticeable on slimline cards.   Attach the spritzed stem to the rectangle.  Attach the dark gray pieces - except the one at the top - to create buds.  Add the narrow gray strip so it creates a stem that extends about ½" below the rectangle.  Add the dark gray piece at the top.  Attach the leaves.

Cut two sets of the Gladiola Floral Duo stamens and remove one section from one of the pairs.  Assemble the Gladiola Floral Duo blossoms - I like to attach the petals to a small scrap of cardstock for easy assembly and arrangement.

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Cut the Gladiola Plaid 6x6 with the same Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Attach the diecuts to a cream slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foam tape for the upper glossom.

Add a Thank You Foil Greetings Black Circle Tab.  It's a quick and easy way to complete a very detailed card!  These versatile heavyweight circle tabs are available in black/gold and white/gold - 36 tabs, 4 each of 9 typefaces.  

Thanks for visiting...have a wonderful weekend!

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Thu 25

Happy Birthday Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Once again, today's card features products from the new 2024 Gladiola Release. 

I began by die cutting the Celeste Plate from one of the foil papers from the new Glimmering Gladiola paper pads.  I glued that to a black cardstock mat, and adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the Whimsical Gladiola from white cardstock, and used Distress Ink to add color to the die cuts. 

Flowers: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries

Leaves: Peeled Paint and Forest Moss

Once the die cuts were dry, I glued them together and used foam tape to adhere it to a white cardstock panel that I spattered with gold and black ink.  That panel was glued to a gold metallic cardstock mat and adhered to the card front.

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To finish the card, I adhered a Happy Birthday Circle Tab to the card, and that's it!

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I hope you were inspired by today's card!  Thanks for stopping by!

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