91 posts categorized "Plaid"

10/03/2022

Mon 03

Layered Narrow Pines Along a Forest Path
by Anne Thompson

I often send cards to mark the change of season.  As we've recently moved from summer into fall and those cards have been sent, I've started working on cards to mark the Winter Solstice and to celebrate the transition from fall into winter.  The snowy Layered Narrow Pines and the Forest Path work well together (and even alone) to create that wintery feel.

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materials used for this card:

  • white notecard
  • brown plaid and green plaid papers from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • white cardstock
  • FOREST PATH 94702
  • LAYERED NARROW PINES 94706

to make this card

  • cover the front of a white notecard with brown plaid paper 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • die cut the Forest Path and the snowy layers of the pines from white cardstock
  • die cut the narrow pines from a dark green plaid paper--while I had the dies out, I also cut some trees from green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection and lots of snowy layers

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  • use a glue pen to attach the snowy details to the pine trees
  • glue the Forest Path background and the path to the notecard
  • add the three Layered Narrow Pines
  • leave space in the snowy foreground to add a sentiment later

variations

For the second card I used a blue paid for the background, snipped off the white trees from the Forest Path, and added five of the Layered Narrow Pines that I had cut from the green cardstock.

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And for the third card, I used just the three Layered Narrow Pines against a soft green plaid background.

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These are also good designs for cards to send to guys on your list--just change up the sentiment for any winter celebration.

I love how so many of the Memory Box dies work together.  I think the combination that I used for these cards was sort of expected.  But I've been trying out some other more unexpected combinations of dies, papers, and techniques to see what happens as I start to create more holiday cards.  It's exciting to see what works and what doesn't--maybe I'll even share some of both!  Happy Crafting!

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09/26/2022

Mon 26

Another Home Decor Idea Reimagined as a Card
by Anne Thompson

Last week I showed you my front door as a card--a pair of skates with a big plaid bow.  Something else I've done in the past is prop an old sled by the front door with a pair of skates tied to it and a red bow.  Today's card is a variation on that theme using the LAYERED SLED and the smaller CLASSIC PAIR OF ICE SKATES.

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These are the materials I used.

  • red plaid papers from JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019
  • a tiny scrap of brown plaid paper from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • a scrap of dark brown cardstock from EARTH NEUTRAL SP1009
  • white cardstock
  • a scrap of BLACK GLOSSY SH44004
  • a scrap of silver from VINTAGE PASTEL MIRROR PAD FP1002
  • red embroidery thread and a large-eyed needle
  • a tiny red/white dots bow
  • LAYERED SLED 94686
  • CLASSIC PAIR OF ICE SKATES 94674
  • GLORIETTE SNOWFLAKE COLLAGE 94696 (just the outline that makes the solid shape)

Here's a photo of almost everything on my list.

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to make this card

  • start with a white notecard and add a piece of red plaid paper 5 1/4 X 4 to the front
  • die cut the outline Gloriette Snowflake from a lighter red plaid paper and add it to the notecard
  • die cut the Layered Sled three times--from dark brown cardstock for the base, from silver for the runners, and from a light brown plaid for the wooden slats on the sled top; assemble using a glue pen--don't forget to add the wooden steering bar; add it to the snowflake shape at a bit of an angle
  • for the skates, die cut them three times--from white cardstock, from black glossy paper for the sole and heel, and from silver mirror cardstock for the skate blades; assemble using a glue pen
  • thread a large-eyed needle with a double thread of embroidery floss; tape the ends behind the body of the skate and sew through the loops to make the skate lacings, up from underneath each time; tie the threads for each skate together and secure to the card with a Glue Dot behind the knot
  • add a bow to cover the knot

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When I was working on this card I felt it needed something to anchor the sled and skates.  I tried a variety of shapes behind them before settling on the snowflake outline and then opted to make that in a red plaid paper for more color.  Thinking about it now as I'm writing this I want to make this card again and try a glitter snowflake for even more texture and some added sparkle.  I know I'll be making more sleds--the combinations of papers is limitless--and I'm already thinking of other dies that will work with the sled.  I love how one idea sparks a multitude of others. 

This finished card can be used for many occasions throughout the coming winter just by adding an appropriate sentiment inside. 

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What inspires you when you sit down to design a card? How does that initial idea develop and even change as you gather materials and put things together?  

Happy Crafting!

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These are the papers I used.

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09/23/2022

Fri 23

Christmas 2022 Snowflakes and a Jolly Christmas Plaid by Jean Okimoto

 

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Snowflakes and plaid?  Yes, when it's a mix of new designs from our Christmas 2022 Collection!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday slimline card for you today.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Diagonal Stripe Collage.

Cut a 6" x 1-¼" strip of the pink/red/gold/white plaid from the new Jolly Christmas 6x6 set.  Attach it behind the Diagonal Stripe Collage.  Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").

Cut the new Celeste Snowflake background from the pink sheet in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.   Cut the detailed Celeste Snowflake from white cardstock.

 

Cut two of the new Alpine Snowflakes from the pink Delicate Pastel sheet too.

Cut the new Merry Christmas Curled Script from the gold 6x6 in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Notice how Dave Brethauer designed this delicate greeting so the bottom of the M in 'Merry' becomes the dot of the i in 'Christmas' - genius!

 

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Attach the diecuts to the rectangle.  Add the pale taupey-pink Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Hope you're enjoying our designs and techniques as you begin your holiday prep.  Thanks for visiting the our blog...have a great weekend!

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09/19/2022

Mon 19

My Front Door Decor as a Card
by Anne Thompson

For the holidays and throughout the winter I hang my old white and well-worn ice skates with a big plaid ribbon on the front door, and that was the inspiration for today's card.

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For this card

Here's what I did to make the skates.

  • I threaded a large-eyed needle with deep red perle cotton and looped it doubled up through the eyelets on the two white cardstock skates.  I sewed from the bottom to the top, taping the loose ends at the bottom on the back of each skate and leaving extra long tails at the top.  (You could use any type of cording or embroidery thread for this.)
  • It works best to assemble the skate starting from the bottom layer--the silver blade.  I put small Glue Dots on the round knobs on the top of the silver skate blades and secured that piece to the back of the black heel/sole of the skates.
  • Then I used a narrow line of glue with a Glue Pen on the top edge of the black piece and added it to the bottoms of the white skates.
  • I knotted the "laces" and used a Glue Dot to anchor that near the top center of the card after I had added a piece of red plaid paper 5 1/4 X 4 to a white notecard.
  • I placed a few Glue Dots behind each skate to attach them to the background paper.

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  • I glued the plaid and white layers of the bow parts together and then assembled the bow using large glue dots behind the small rounded center piece to attach the loops and ribbons.  When I added it to the card I used foam dimensional dots behind the loops and center.

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I have a card that I can use for Christmas or any time throughout the winter.  It might even become an invitation to a skating party.

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You can view all of the 2022 Christmas Collection here.

Happy Crafting!

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09/18/2022

Sun 18

Warmest Wishes Polar Bear
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Being my favourite time of the year for card making, I am so excited for the new Christmas release!  There are so many awesome products, but the Layering Polar Bear die caught my attention and I wanted to use it right away.  

Started by die cutting the bear layering pieces from Bristol paper and shading/details added with Copic Sketch markers.  The hat and scarf were die cut from the new Christmas Jolly paper pack using Tall Bundled Snowman and Little Bundled Snowman dies, respectively. The layering sled was die cut from gold Vintage Pastel mirror paper and black cardstock.  

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For the background, took an A2 size Bristol panel from my stash and applied Saltwater Taffy distress ink to it with a blender brush.  Adhered the polar bear and sled, then splattered with diluted white gouache paint for snow.  Heat embossed the sentiment from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with white embossing powder on black cardstock to finish.

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You can see the new Christmas release HERE.  So glad you could join me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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09/15/2022

Thu 15

Gated and Ghosted Creepy Cabin Happy Halloween
by Anne Thompson

I've got an extra post this week and decided to make one more Halloween card before I switch gears and start creating for the December holidays.  The Creepy Cabin sits behind the Fancy Gate while Ghosts in the Forest swirl around.  I think my grandsons will like this one!

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to make this card

  • start with a white notecard
  • cut the CREEPY CABIN 94634 in the center of a piece of BLACK GLOSSY PAPER SH44004; trim it with one of the larger rectangles from RECTANGLE BASICS SET 30086 (or trim with your paper cutter 5 1/4 X 4)
  • add scraps of orange paper behind the cabin windows and door
  • add a scrap of a coral plaid paper from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013 behind the cabin cut-out
  • attach the finished cabin panel to the front of the notecard
  • cut the FANCY GATE GLOBE 94623 from another piece of the Black Glossy Paper and attach it over the cabin, bending the side hinges a bit for more dimension
  • cut the background HAPPY HALLOWEEN POSH SCRIPT 94585 from a scrap of orange paper and the detailed lettering from a scrap of the coral plaid paper; glue them together and place at the top of the card where it will overlap the top of the gate a tiny bit
  • cut three of the small ghosts from GHOSTS IN THE FOREST 94622 using white glitter paper from the MAJESTIC HUES GLITTER PAD GP1008; add them to the front against the black paper with dimensional foam dots

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Happy Crafting!

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09/12/2022

Mon 12

Beautiful Moments Collaboration for Stamptember
by Anne Thompson

Simon Says Stamp celebrates Stamptember all month and Memory Box has created an exclusive limited edition stamp set for this event--BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS   sss202571c--available here while supplies last.  If you want this stamp set, don't hesitate--the stamp and die set is already sold out!

I made three cards for this post using one of the stamps from Beautiful Moments and sneak peek papers from JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019, a new 6X6 paper pad coming soon from Memory Box as well as some green cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003.

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the first card in the upper left

  • trim a piece of red plaid paper 5 1/4 X 4 and add to the front of a top-fold white notecard
  • stamp the poinsettia/leaves image in VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink on a light green plaid paper; trim 5 1/4 X 2 3/4; add to the notecard
  • for the berries, use five of the lightest color WINTER FANTASY FAIRY GEMSTONES GEM 102

the second card in the upper right

  • trim a piece of a light red plaid paper 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 to cover the front of a top-fold white notecard
  • stamp the poinsettia/leaves image in VersaFine Clair Rain Forest (green) ink on more of the light green plaid paper; trim 5 1/4 X 2 1/2; mount on a larger piece of light green cardstock and trim to make a narrow border; add to the notecard
  • color the stamped image with Prismacolor pencils in shades of green
  • for the berries, use five red CHRISTMAS FAIRY DEWDROPS DDP101

for the third card below the other two

  • trim a piece of green cardstock 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 to cover the front of a top-fold white notecard
  • stamp the poinsettia/leaves image on a piece of red plaid paper with VersaFine Clair Rain Forest (green) ink; trim 5 X 2 3/4; mount on a larger piece of white cardstock and trim to make a narrow border; add to the notecard
  • color the stamped images with markers
  • for the berries, use five of the Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones

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You can view Jean's post from last week here to see a card she made using other stamps from this set.  The Beautiful Moments stamp set includes the two poinsettia/leaves images as well as six smaller leaves/berries stamps and four different sentiments:  Find gratitude in every moment; There are countless beautiful reasons to be happy; Sending the very best wishes from all of us; and I feel so lucky to know you. 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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09/05/2022

Mon 05

Happy Halloween Scene
by Anne Thompson

The view from my window inspired today's card...cattails and trees border the pond in my yard.  To make it into a Halloween scene, I added a yellow full moon and the flying witch against a glittery night sky.

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There are so many papers on this 6X6 card.

  • BLACK GLOSSY PAPER SH44004 as the 6X6 background
  • WOODSY PLAID PP1018, one on top of the black glossy paper and five different plaids for trees and cattails
  • MAJESTIC HUES GLITTER PAD GP1008 black glitter paper for the inner night sky background
  • EARTH NEUTRALS COLLECTION SP1009 brown for a tree and two layers of black for the witch and the Happy Halloween background
  • SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002 for the moon and Happy Halloween lettering

These are the five dies I used.

  • a circle die from the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087
  • WOODGRAIN TREE TRUNK 94630
  • CATTAIL BORDER 94625
  • FLYING WITCH 94624
  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN POSH SCRIPT 94585

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to make this card

  • start with a piece of Black Glossy Paper cut 6X6
  • add a layer of plaid just a scant bit smaller than the black glossy paper
  • make the inner panel next starting with a 5 7/8" square of black glitter paper
  • die cut a circle for the moon from yellow cardstock and add it to the upper right corner
  • cut out a bunch of trees--I ended up using only 4 with the darkest one in the back and the lightest one popped up with dimensional foam in the foreground
  • die cut the cattails and color the tips with a brown marker; add to the bottom of the trees; trim this panel as needed and add to the card
  • die cut two of the flying witch and her cape and glue them together for more dimension and add to the upper right corner with dimensional foam dots
  • cut two of the Happy Halloween background from black cardstock and glue together
  • cut one of the detailed Happy Halloween lettering from yellow cardstock and add to the background using a glue pen
  • add the sentiment to the lower left corner of the panel

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

08/22/2022

Mon 22

Happy Halloween 6X6
by Anne Thompson

I'm loving the new Halloween/2022 Fall Collection, especially the Flying Witch.  She becomes the focal image on this 6X6 panel...

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to make this panel

  • cut a piece of BLACK GLOSSY PAPER 44004 into a 6" square
  • cut a piece of brown plaid paper from WOODSY PLAID PP1018 into 5 7/8" square
  • layer the plaid onto the black glossy square
  • cut another strip of a different brown plaid 3" X 5 7/8" and add it toward the bottom of the larger plaid panel
  • die cut a circle of orange glitter paper from the GLITZY GLITTER PAD GP1007 using the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087--I chose one that would fit the center of the white doily
  • glue the orange glitter paper circle in the center of a white doily and attach to the plaid paper in the upper left
  • die cut the FLYING WITCH 94624, the RICKETY HOUSE 94632, and the background for HAPPY HALLOWEEN 94585 from more of the black glossy paper
  • use Scor-Tape to attach the Flying Witch onto the orange glitter paper "moon"
  • add the Rickety House in the lower right corner with its fence using a glue pen
  • die cut the detailed HAPPY HALLOWEEN 94585 lettering from a bright orange paper from the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002 and use a glue pen to attach it to the black background and then secure it in the lower left corner
  • At this point I felt like it still needed something so I made a small floral arrangement for the upper right corner--some orangey leaves, gray flowers with orange centers, burlap twine, and black stamens all held together with large Glue Dots.

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I haven't quite decided how I will use this panel.  It could become the front of a 6X6 card.  It could become part of a scrapbook page with Halloween photos added.  It could become a piece of home decor for the fireplace mantel at Halloween.  It could decorate the top of a Halloween treats box.  So many possibilities...

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Happy Crafting!

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08/08/2022

Mon 08

Paper Bags and Envelopes Junk Journal
by Anne Thompson

And now for something completely different.

I visited Cumston Library in the neighboring town of Monmouth, Maine on Wednesday afternoon and the librarians there showed me the paper bag junk journals they had made with children the week before.  I thought this would make a great project for me, too, as well as one I could easily do with my grandchildren.  I changed mine a bit from what they had done by adding envelopes and used it to document this past weekend as I played tourist in the Midcoast Maine area not far from my home.

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to construct the junk journal

  • select an assortment of paper bags and envelopes in several sizes and shapes--I used two brown paper lunch bags as the base for my junk journal; tuck in and glue down the flaps on the envelopes and the flaps on the bottom of the bags

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  • fold the bags and long envelopes in half; use one of the brown bags as the outside then tuck in the other bags and envelopes to create the basic journal structure


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  • punch three, four, or five holes along the folded edge through all of the layers


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  • use thread or ribbon or cord to tie the journal together and create a spine


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  • glue cardstock to the front cover and on any of the other surfaces in the journal that you choose
  • add written details and tuck items into the various pockets

For example, I added the cover from Thursday evening's theatre program over two of the pages and tucked the theatre tickets, cast list, and musical numbers list in the first envelope pocket.

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There are pages and pockets for a trip to the library, the Sunday crossword puzzles, a visit to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and information about meals out, etc.  I left some space to add photographs from the weekend later and more journaling.

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For the cover, I chose a scrap of yellow cardstock 4X4 from the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002 (after all this month's theme for the blog challenge is YELLOW) and an even smaller scrap of a coral plaid from MADRAS PLAID CORAL AND GREEN PP1013.  Because I spent the weekend in the Midcoast area and quite a lot of time at Ocean Point on Sunday afternoon I chose to add an underwater scene to the front cover using Memory Box dies and papers. 

  • CORAL AND KELP RIBBON 94569
  • LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP 1003
  • GRACEFUL JELLYFISH 94574
  • RAINBOW REFLECTIONS MIRROR PAD PP1003
  • FESTIVE GLITTER PAD GP1006


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I think as I add photographs from the weekend into this junk journal I will also tuck in some additional Memory Box die cuts.  I'm already thinking about floral ones that will coordinate with photographs I took at the Botanical Gardens.  I have three more pockets and a couple of pages left for journaling.  I can't wait to show this to my grandchildren and have them create their own junk journals to document their adventures.

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Such a fun project!

Happy Crafting!

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