144 posts categorized "Snowflakes"

10/25/2019

Fri 25

Chandele Star and Chandele Snowflake
by Vicki Finger

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I have a new project for you today featuring some fantastic items from Memory Box's latest Holiday 2019 Release.  I fell in love with this Chandele Star Die and knew I wanted to make it shiny & sparkly!  Those are my two favorite colors after all! 

I also used the coordinating Chandele Snowflake Die to both die-cut and to dry emboss my background panel. Just FYI, this word is pronounced "shan-dell" just in case you are like me and want to make sure you are pronouncing things correctly. 

I have a huge bin of scraps that I try to use as often as possible.  I noticed I had one in a coordinating color that had been die cut and had also been heat embossed - ON THE WRONG SIDE!  This is exactly why I keep those scraps.  So I took the Chandele Snowflake Die and using an embossing sandwich, dry embossed the image into this scrap card panel of Peacock Metallic Cardstock.

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Then I die-cut the Chandele Snowflake from White Glitter Cardstock.   This die does cut each of the tiny dots and other pieces that are shown in the image, but I am just not that patient so I wanted only the white glitter snowflake to put behind the Chandele Star Die.

I chose a light pool colored glitter cardstock and die-cut the Chandele Star Die from that.  Then I used the Memory Box Shining Star Set to die cut a simple Star shape in the largest size to go behind the Chandele star and the next size down to cut one from white to go behind the die-cut Chandele Star. You'll probably have to open the image in a new tab to see the color differences, but I promise you it's there.  I definitely needed that White to make the glitter cardstock die cuts really pop. 

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I wanted to add a few simple embellishments, so I added a jewel in the center of the star and also at the pointed tips of the star.  I also chose to cut the "Peace" word die from the same white glitter cardstock.  I tried a few different colors and the white definitely was the right choice.  Who doesn't wish for a little peace around the holidays? 

Originally, I had planned to line the star up in true North/South orientation, but when I was playing around with orientation before I adhered it, I liked it better in this "tipped" to the left version, which also does a better job of highlighting the Chandele Snowflake.  I used foam tape on the back-side of the snowflake to give it a little bit of dimension. 

Between the Shimmer Cardstock, the Glitter Cardstock and the little gems, this card is absolutely breathtaking in person. Thanks for stopping by today!  I love it when you take the time to leave me a comment!  

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10/08/2019

Tue 08

Bauble Snowflake Frame & Sparkling Snowflake Trio
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  It's Vicki and today I have a card for you featuring some of the new Holiday 2019 Dies from Memory Box!  Given my love for shimmer and shine any time of year, you know that I had to use some of that on a winter snowflake card!  I started by misting up a couple of 4.25 x 5.5 card panels with clear shimmer mist.

I strongly considered using white on white for this card, but I wanted an "icy" color for the card base.  I chose Pearlized Powder Blue from PaperPapers.com.  Once my white card panels were dry, I die cut the Bauble Snowflake Frame Die from one panel and a couple of the smaller snowflakes from the Sparkling Snowflake Trio.  I mean, with "Sparkling" in the name, you know I had to do it.  With the other panel, I cut several more of the snowflakes so that I could layer them up on the front of the card and the inside of the card as well.  I could also have used a shimmer or metallic white cardstock but that paper doesn't give quite the same effect as the white card stock with shimmer mist on it.  These dies cut so well that I don't have any trouble popping them out of the negative.

Memory Box Dies are made in the USA of 100% US Steel.  I don't know about you, but that is something that's important to me as a US Citizen.  They also cut beautifully, every single time.  I am not using a metal adapter plate, but as my cutting pads wear, I may need to add one to my die-cutting sandwich.  I do have a Gemini, but I feel faster cranking everything through my Cuttlebug. When I found out that the Cuttlebug was being discontinued, I bought a dozen sets of "B" plates and a couple of "C" plates.  Eventually, I will have to switch over, but I'm going to be fighting it every step of the way.

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Once I had all the snowflakes die-cut, I started laying them on top of each other to see how I would group them.  I always like to put a sparkly little gem in the very center, so it was mostly a matter of what snowflake went on top of which other one. I pretty much always do the largest on the bottom getting smaller with each layer.  I also rotate the additional layers slightly to make it look like there are as many "branches" as possible together.  After I adhered them together at the centers, I laid them on a piece of white printer paper and Misted them yet again with the some Silver Iridescent Shimmer Mist.

After I set those aside, I grabbed the frame and used micropore tape all along the backside of it to keep the little pieces from falling out.  Then using my Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Pen, I went all over the front of the frame.  This gives the most sparkle possible but you need to be squeezing the brush a little the whole time to keep the product coming out.  I wouldn't really do it on something that was any larger because it would be pretty hard on your hands, but I wanted that super shimmery shine today.

After making my card base, I laid everything out on my card to decide how I wanted the layout to look.  I put foam tape all the way around the large frame and adhered it to the card base.  Next, I put Multi Medium Matte all around the small, skinny frame with the dotted detail and adhered it directly to the card.  I put gems around the larger frame at the inner corners and then at the center point on each outer side of the frame in the center of that side.  The detail in all Memory Box dies is just incredible and I have to say I love working with them.

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Normally, I try to block the sunlight from the afternoon hours by pulling down my blinds.  I hadn't quite gotten it done when I snapped this picture.  The sun had just gone partly behind a cloud eliminating the really dark shadows that come with full sun.  

This is really simple to do as it is primarily assembly.  With a variety of small one-word dies to choose from, it's easy to put a card together.  You could do mass die cutting, and then sit in front of the television and do mass assembly if you wanted to.  I have so many projects and ideas to share right now, so I'll be back soon with another project to share with you.  I'm trying to get better at remembering to take process photos for you, but there weren't really any in this case.  It was simple die-cutting and assembly.

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09/04/2019

Wed 04

The Chandele Snowflake and Shining Star Set by Jean Okimoto

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Create holiday magic with the beautiful new Chandele Snowflake and layers of the Shining Star Set.  Two stars - one brushed with glitter - adhere and accent the delicate snowflake.  It's a happy day when glittering and attaching a detailed die can be accomplished in one easy step!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another quick-glittered design that would be great for mass-production.  Chose your favorite colors - winter pastels, jewel tones or tradtionals - or make personalized cards in the recipients' favorite holiday shades.  

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Cut the largest Shining Star from white cardstock.  

Attach Diecut 'n Bond  tape to white cardstock and cut the second-largest Shining Star.

Scrunch some waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Chandele Snowflake die - this helps release the little bits and pieces from the die.  Cut the snowflake from white cardstock.  Save the offcut for another beautiful project.

Attach the snowflake to the adhesive-covered star - save the tape liner.  Use the tape liner as a presscloth to secure the detailed design.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter over the exposed adhesive.  Press it again with the liner.

Cut ¾" x 3-½" and 4" strips of Flintstone and Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut textured pink cardstock with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅝" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.

Prep a scrap of white cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail silver powder.  Trim it with the 1" x 2" Pinpoint Rectangles Layers die.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  I appreciate how you braved the holiday traffic on ferries and freeways to join us.  Thanks too - Ann and Shari - for helping everyone fill those shopping baskets again.  

Thanks for visiting - see you tomorrow...

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08/20/2019

Tue 20

Sparkling Snowflake Trio from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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The 2019 Holiday Collection of dies and stamps has arrived!  It's a wonderful fall and winter mix of frames, snowflakes, botanicals, holiday icons and greetings.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many cards featuring our latest release.  

View the collection and holiday idea books here.

Prep the delicate dies by rubbing them briskly with waxed paper scrunched into a loose wad.  This makes it easier to remove the diecuts.  It also makes it easier to release pinpoint and stitched dies - and detailed frames.  

Cut the Sparkling Snowflake Trio from white cardstock.  Cut Joy Airy Script from silver metallic cardstock - save the little piece over the "j."

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Here's an easy way to attach delicate diecuts to a background.  Attach Diecut 'n Bond doublestick tape   to pink cardstock.  Cut it with the 4" Square Basics die.  Carefully attach the snowflakes and greeting to the adhesive background - save the tape liner.  Use the liner to firmly press the diecuts to the background.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Cut three ¾" cardstock accent strips - 4-½" of Rock Candy, 3-¾" of pink and 3-¼" of Easter Grass.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock using a clean VersaMark inkpad.   Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge Starlite Black Brilliance over the greeting so it resembles a label-maker tape.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square card.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed creating cards with the new Memory Box and Poppystamps releases.  Special thanks to Jenny too - for the great ginger cookies and chocolate mints!   Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop and find those great new designs.

See you again on Friday!  

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12/21/2018

Fri 21

Memory Box Triangle Clear Stamp Sets, Typewriter Holiday Elements and Wintry Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday treats are sweeter when they're prettily packaged - and the Memory Box triangle clear stamp  sets make it quick and easy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto sharing my last Christmas 2018 design today.  Valentine projects are coming soon!

Score 8-½" x 11" sheet of smooth white cardstock lengthwise at 4" and 4-½".  Cut it into four 2-½" wide strips. Crease them on the score lines.  Cut or punch two angled corners.

Stamp the triangles from the Looking For Mr. Right Triangle, That's Acute Triangle,  Equal Triangle Clear Stamp Sets. Here's a list of the VersaFine Clair colors I've used - Verdant, Charming Pink, Tulip Red, and Green Oasis.  Use some Brilliance inks too - Pearlescent Orchid, Gamma Green and Starlite Black (for the "noel").

The greetings and 25-circles are from the very popular Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps Set.  

If you're making several of each design - clean the stamps with a damp washcloth after you've used each stamp two or three times.  This eliminates a build-up of dried ink and helps keep the lines and edges sharp and crisp.  

Diecut two silver glittered cardstock snowflakes with the Wintry Snowflakes Deep Edge Dies.

Punch ¼" circles of gold glittered cardstock.  

Attach the candy or treat with a bit of doublestick tape or glue dots.  I've filled these with Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  Punch holes and add gold cord ties.

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I love that there aren't any rules about "Christmas colors" anymore - especially with the wide range of pinks and greens available.  They're just waiting to be mixed, matched and layered. These simple treat wrappers would make great tags too.  

Here are the red and greens for a traditional look -

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Are  you loving the Memory Box triangles too?  It's hard not to use them!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend.

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12/02/2018

Sun 02

Peace
by Melissa Rusk

We got our first big snow this past week so I felt it was time to make some cards with snowflakes on them.

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I went with a different color scheme for this card and die cut snowflakes from the Crystal Snowflakes set and the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame set in two colors of teal paper. I added some splatters of gold glimmer mist on the diagonal to give the snowflakes a path to land on.
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Once the snowflakes were glued to the card I added gold sequins, clear drops and pearls to add more sparkle. I stamped the word peace from the Bold Christmas Greetings set in a coordinating teal color.

Have a wonderful and crafty day!
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11/20/2018

Tue 20

Winter Journal Frame, Joy Journal Frame and Pinpoint Snowflake Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Combine spring Stitched Rain Boots and winter Journal Frame diecuts for a quick and easy holiday card.  Layer the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame for a unique greeting. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design that's great for mass-production while watching TV or waiting for Thanksgiving dinner if you're not the chef or pastry chef of the day.

Cut the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame from white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dots from  the "i" and the "j" safely in the dies until you're ready to attach them to the card.

Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Circle from bright red cardstock. Cut a 1-¾ inch circle of white cardstock and attach it behind the red circle.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of black cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 notecard - use foam dots for the rain boot on the right.

Add silver gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the simple origami starburst and tree.   Special thanks too - to Jan for the sweet fall candy totes and to Jenny for great chocolates.

If you're in the Seattle area - we have two holidays classes at Impress on Saturday November 24th.  Start the day with MERRY AND QUICK - then stay for DREAMING OF  BRIGHT CHRISTMAS.  We're using several of the just-released Birch Press Design dies and stamps too - especially the great new triangle!

 Thanks for visiting...Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating on Thursday!

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09/22/2018

Sat 22

Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Classic Ice Skates by Jean Okimoto

 

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A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays.  Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card.  Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today.  

Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging.  Here's a solution...

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Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake  Circle Frame.  Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project.  We're using the larger inner circle today.

Cut the snowflake frame and attach it (slightly offset) to the adhesive-covered background.  Cut the Classic Ice Skates from silver glitter cardstock.  Attach the skates to the background.

Here's the cool part....brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the diecuts and onto all of the remaining exposed adhesive.  This  process adheres the snowflake frame and the skates and adds a layer of glitter to the adhesive.  The delicate diecuts are attached and there's a layer of sparkly glitter surrounding them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray.  Diecut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Ready to save some time by adhering and glittering your delicate design elements in a single quick and easy step?  Try  this with your holiday cards and tags too!

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you next week!

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09/13/2018

Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  

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Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

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Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...

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09/07/2018

Fri 07

Let it Snow
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! I love that the challenge this month is all about one of my favorite things, washi tape. I have built up a large stash over the years so I decided to break some of it out for my card today.

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I knew I wanted to use the Crystal Snowflakes on my card so when I went to my washi tape drawer I kept that in mind. I picked some silver, blue, teal and black tapes, some with glitter and some without to use on my background. I cut out a piece of white paper and started in the top corner with my tapes on a diagonal and secured them next to each other, filling in colors and patterns as I liked. It was so much fun and made me want to make more use of my tapes.
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I kept the bottom portion of the cardstock without tape so I would have room to stamp my sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set. This stamp set is so great and I have already gotten a ton of use out of it, so many great sayings! I glued three of the snowflakes that I die cut in white and covered with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I added some clear gems on the snowflakes to make them sparkle a little more to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by the blog! I hope you pull out some tape and enter the challenge this month that was posted on the 1st!
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