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02/02/2023

Thu 02

Brown Bear Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Send bear hugs and Valentine wishes with Halloween's spooky forest, a Christmas polar bear and heart garlands from a globe die.  Take advantage of the versatility of these great dies and repurpose them for other holidays and occasions.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo designed to get the most from your Memory Box collection.

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We're using 3 shades of Kraft cardstock here - light, medium and dark.  Cut medium Kraft cardstock with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Ghosts in the Forest die.

Cut the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet with the Heart Streamer Globe.  Add a 4th heart to one of the streamers.  Attach the streamers to the trees by taping the ends behind the edges of the diecut.  Attach it to a natural A2 notecard.

Cut Layered Polar Bear's background from light Kraft cardstock.  Color the ears with a brown marker.  Attach a scrap of   Black  Glossy Paper behind the eyes and nose. Cut the remaining pieces dark Kraft cardstock.  Assemble the beqr.

Cut red cardstock from the Berry Red Collection with the smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die. Cut "hugs" from black cardstock with the Lower Case Poetic Alphabet and attach it to the heart.  Attach the heart to the bear using foam tape at the top of the heart.

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Attach the diecuts to a natural A2 notecard - use foam dots for the bear.  Add the clear Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front during mailing.

Layered Polar Bear is really a bear for all seasons.  Add bunny ears for spring - and a mask, witch hat or ghost costume for Halloween.  He's great for baby, thinking-of-you and birthday cards too! MemoryBoxLayeredPolarBear, MemoryBoxHeartStreamerGlobe, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxGhostsInTheForest, MemoryBoxBlackGlossyPaper, MemoryBoxDoubleStitchLovingHeartCutOut, MemoryBoxBerryRed6x6, MemoryBoxGlitzyGlitterPad, MemoryBoxChristmasFairyCrystals, PoppystampsPoeticLowerCaseAlphabet, JeanOkimoto, ValentineDiecuts, HeartDiecuts, Diecutting, BearCards, BearDiecuts, HandmadeValentines, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

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01/31/2023

Tue 31

For You
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have a bright, all occasion card for you.

To make the card, I started with a white cardstock panel that I masked off with removable tape.  I used a blending brush to add Distress Ink to the masked off rectangle.

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I removed the tape from the cardstock and dry embossed the panel using the Ringadings 3D Embossing folder.  To add some glimmer to the inked area of the embossed background, I used a brayer to apply gold ink to it.

Next, I adhered the background to a gold metallic mat and glued it to a white card base.

I die cut the Verdant Leaf from Vellum, and rubbed over it with gold metallic ink.  

The words "For You" were die cut from gold metallic cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.  I glued the gold words to the shadow die cut and adhered it to the center of the card.  Next I tucked in the die cut leaf behind the words.

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To finish the card, I added some gold Fairy Crystals and that's it.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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01/27/2023

Fri 27

Variable-Sizing with Memory Box Dies by Jean Okimoto

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Large detailed dies are versatile, practical and great for creating custom-sized diecuts for your projects.  Use the Basic series of dies - Square, Rectangle, Circle or Slim Rectangles - to trim large designs or spotlight specific portions of the design.

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Examples - Pinpoint Burst Plate is a full A2-sized die that's perfect for trimming into with the Rectangle Basics dies.  The new Pinpoint Burst Heart can be trimmed with the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out dies shown here - or with Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out dies.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Place the rectangle exactly where you want it on the Pinpoint Burst Plate (the diecut piece will be a reverse-image) and cut it.

Cut white cardstock with the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die - save both the diecut and the offcut - they'll be the background for the pink heart.

Cut a dark pink 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die. Place the heart on the Pinpoint Burst Heart and cut it to add the details.

Cut the smallest heart from a medium pink sheet in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.

Cut the overlay of the Hugs Daily Script from the glittered sheet too.  Cut two white backgrounds of the Hugs Daily Script.  Glue them together for dimension, then pressure-emboss them with the overlay die.  Pressure-embossing the background makes it easy to attach the top layer - just glue it into the debossed sections.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (6-¼" x 4-½").  Attach the pale pink-ish Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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01/24/2023

Tue 24

Watercolored Heart Ring Stack by Jean Okimoto

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Send heartfelt greetings with a row of ink-blended, watercolored, gold-spritzed hearts - and a pop of glitter.  Contrast it with a simple matte greeting that's just half of the great new Sending Love Daily Script die set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another favorite die from our Valentine '23 Collection.

Blend Distress Oxides on watercolor paper.  Colors used here are dried marigold, kitsch flamingo and picked raspberry.  They don't capitalize the names so I just go along with that!  Use a large round paintbrush to add splotches of water to the different colors.  Let the colors begin to blend for a few minutes then heat-set it.  Spritz it with Imagines Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Splatter it with a few drops of the spritz too.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set everything.

Cut it with the 1-⅝" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the short ends so it's about 6" wide. 

Cut white cardstock with the 1-⅜" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the short ends so it's about 5-½" wide.  Cut it with Heart Ring Stack.

Attach the Heart Ring Stack and the offcut to the watercolored strip - offset the rings for dimension.  

Cut the love background portion from the Sending Love Daily Script from a dark pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Cut the love overlay from a pink 6x6 in the Vibrant Violet Collection.

 

Cut the light coppery 6x6 from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad with the 5th heart portion of the Heart Ring Stack die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add light gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Heart Ring Stack is perfectly-sized for different card formats.  Add it to your next slimline, mini-slimline, A6 or A7 designs for a unique, classic design that's not too wonky...or too traditional.  

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01/20/2023

Fri 20

Layered Hearts by Jean Okimoto

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A combination of layered hearts from Memory Box and Poppystamps creates a simple card for Valentine's Day.  It's a basic design that works in your favorite shades of red, pink or violet.  Add a dark chocolate background and a layered greeting.  Hello,         Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy design that's easy to diecut and quick to assemble.

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Cut dark brown cardstock with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Cut the dark pink glittered 6x6 from the Glitzy Glitter Pad with the smallest heart die.

Cut a  dark violet 6x6 from the Vibrant Violet Collection with the second-largest heart die from the set too. Place the diecut in the Pinpoint Heart Burst die and cut it again to trim it and add the pinpoint details.  The versatile Pinpoint Heart Burst has a large format that's great as-is - it's also perfect for diecutting with smaller heart dies.

Cut the dark violet cardstock with the scallopped die from the Poppystamps Vintage Scalloped Heart set.  

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Layer the hearts - use double-stick tape at the bottoms and foam tape near the edges of the top half of the hearts.

Cut the background of the For You Posh Script set from the dark violet 6x6.  Cut the detailed overlay from white cardstock.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add the brown Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press have versatile collections of heart dies to mix and match to celebrate Valentine's Day, engagements, weddings and anniversaries.  They're great for friendship cards too!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm, create cards and have a wonderful weekend!

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01/17/2023

Tue 17

Lightly-Layered Luxe Peony by Jean Okimoto

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Remember vellum?  Transform the beautiful Luxe Peony into a delicate camellia with layers of sweet pink vellum.  The shadowy overlapped petals create depth and dimension and a soft background for the glittery yellow centers  from the Layered Fresh Flowers die set. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a floral slimline that could be a Valentine - or a thinking-of-you card for someone deserves a hug.

Cut two sets of Luxe Peony from pink vellum.  Layer the diecuts to build three blossoms - you'll have a few extra pieces.  Use short bits of doublestick tape near the center of the flower to attach the layers.    They'll be hidden by the centers of the flowers.Cut the two centers - from the Layered Fresh Flowers set - from a yellow 6x6 in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  Cut the small round piece in half.  Attach the centers.  Lightly curl several petals using the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Cut two sets of  leaves - from the the Luxe Peony set - from a green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.

Cut Pinpoint Burst Heart from white cardstock

Cut two white solid backgrounds from Big Hugs Posh Script.  Pressure-emboss one of them  with the delicate Big Hugs die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.The embossed greeting makes it easy to attach the pink glittered layer.    Cut a pink 6x6 from the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad with the delicate Big Hugs die.  

 

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Experiment with different colors and weights of vellum and discover new ways to use the Memory Box floral dies.  Assemble a stash of floral cards and be ready for any occasion!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Friday!

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01/13/2023

Fri 13

Foil Plate Embossing with the Blissful Heart by Jean Okimoto

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Add a glossy pressure-and heat-embossed Blissful Heart to your Valentines with the new hot foil plate.  It's a quick and easy way to highlight the beautiful details of this versatile die - without foil, for a different look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a fresh pink greeting for a coffee-lover.

Spray 2 light spritzes of water onto each side of textured pink cardstock.  It softens the cardstock and preps it for pressure embossing.  Place the Blissful Heart Hot Foil Plate face-down onto the textured side of the moist cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

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Briefly heat-set the cardstock if it's still damp, then let it cool.  Place it on a hard, flat surface and brayer it with VersaMark - use a clean, juicy inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Let it cool, then trim it asymmetrically with the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.

Prep the detailed Cuppa Love die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little pieces.  Cut it from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Cut the side of the cup from the textured pink cardstock.  Cut the coffee oval from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the interior of the heart from a pink sheet in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  

Prep the Sending Love Posh Script die with waxed paper and diecut it from a white glittered sheet in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad - leave the tiny dot for the "i" in the die until you need it.

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Attach the diecuts to a side-folded recycled Kraft A2 card.

Memory Box Hot Foil Plates create beautifully foiled detailed images.  They're also great with just basic pressure embossing for a subtle monochromatic look.  Or follow this technique for glossy, highlighted designs.  

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01/10/2023

Tue 10

Hearts and Flowers by Jean Okimoto

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Chocolate Easter bunnies are everywhere each spring.  Have you ever seen a dark chocolate (70% cacao!) Valentine bear?  Let's create one - from the popular Layered Polar Bear set - for your next card.  Add a row of floral hearts with the new Heart Ring Stack and Bright Fairy Jewels for some sparkle. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a Valentine slimline design of hearts, flowers and a friendly brown bear.

Cut the Layered Polar Bear base bear from dark brown cardtock.  Cut the top layers from a slightly lighter shade of brown.  Attach kraft cardstock scraps behind the ears.  Attach a semicircle of Glossy Black Paper behind the eyes and nose.  The glossy cardstock brightens his eyes.  It looks like he just emerged (early) from hibernation and realized Valentine's Day is just 5 weeks away!

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Assemble the bear - leave a portion of his arm unattached to hold the heart diecut.  Use foamtape to attach the top layers of his paws.

Cut white cardstock with the 1.7" x 6.7" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with Heart Ring Stack.  Cut a dark pink 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the Heart Ring Stack - save the 5th heart offcut for the greeting.

Lay the rectangle over the dark floral Garland 6x6 and find some flowers to fill the heart cutouts.  Mark the area to be cut using the edges of the rectangle as a guide.  Cut the floral print with the next-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  No measuring or guessing needed!

Attach the print behind the Heart Stack Cut Out.  Add the red outlines, slightly offset for dimension.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine's  Clear Stamps - on the saved heart with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. 

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamdots for the bear and the top half of the stamped heart.

Add red and light green Bright Fairy Jewels.

Cut a slimline-sized rectangle to cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Create different bear breeds with different shades of brown and change the greeting to match any occasion. There's a light brown teddy-bearish bear coming in my new Valentine cards kit.

Thanks for visiting...have a great week!

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01/09/2023

Mon 09

Using Your Dies as Stamps
by Anne Thompson

I decided to make a technique post after watching this YouTube video recently where Jennifer McGuire demonstrated how to make stamps from dies using craft foam.  So this post today is about how you might try that technique with your Memory Box dies.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to download any of the many photos I took to accompany this post.  So...you are going to have to use your imagination along with what I've written below.  And then I would suggest that you watch Jennifer's video for a more detailed demonstration and stamping tips.

  • I bought Sticky Back Foam Sheets in a package of five at the local Dollar General store for $1. 
  • I used the white craft foam sheet for the two samples I made for this post. 
  • I chose the BLISSFUL HEART HOT FOIL PLATE MBF014 first, mostly because I don't have the materials to do hot foiling and I'd been trying to find another way to use that die. 
  • The other die I chose was the PINPOINT BURST HEART 94639
  • I die cut both of them from the white foam craft sheet, one at a time, using the same set-up in my Big Shot as I would for die cutting card stock. 
  • I then inked up each new foam stamp with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink.  I found that using a stylus or or other pointy tool to hold the stamp in place while I inked it up kept my fingers from getting too inky.  After flipping each stamp over onto a white notecard, I used a piece of scrap paper over the back as I applied even pressure to the stamp to transfer the ink and that scrap paper caught whatever ink was still on my fingers. 
  • Because the craft foam has a sticky backing, using a Misti tool would also make the inking up and stamping much easier and would allow for multiple layers of ink for better coverage.

With the Blissful Heart Hot Foil Plate the raised images on the die are recessed on the stamp so those parts allow the white of the notecard to come through inside the red heart.  (That is the opposite effect of what happens when you use foil--the raised parts become the foiled images.)  With the Pinpoint Burst Heart, the little dots are white against the red heart.

What a great technique for expanding the use of the dies in my craft room!  Who knew that you could make stamps from your dies this way and very inexpensively.  I can't wait to try this technique with a variety of Memory Box dies.

Happy Crafting!

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01/06/2023

Fri 06

Bear Hugs for You by Jean Okimoto

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The Layered Polar Bear - from our Christmas release - makes a great addition to Valentine cards too.  Cut this very popular guy from soft white felt and

Open Studio Watercolor Paper for plush texture and contrasting shades of white.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my favorite design from our holiday release.  Pair the friendly bear with the Woodgrain Tree Trunk and imagine "xoxo" carved into the trunk with Poppystamps' Poetic Lowercase Alphabet.

Prep white wool-blend felt by attaching it to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize it and prevent adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the large bear background.  Color the eartips with a pink marker.  Let it dry for a few minutes - then blot it to be sure it's really dry.

Cut the other bear sections from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Attach a scrap of Black Glossy Cardstock behind his face.  The glossy finish makes a big difference  - his eyes look brighter.  Assemble the bear - use foamtape behind the top layers of the paws and leave a section on the left unattached to insert the hugs heart

 

Cut a bright red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection with the smallest

Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  

Cut "xoxo" and "hugs"  - from the Poppystamps Poetic Lowercase Alphabet - from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the letters to the heart.

Cut Woodgrain Tree Trunk from medium-brown cardstock.

Prep bright red felt with adhesive label paper or a stick sheet and cut 3 of the Layered Birds.  Cut the coordinating smaller top layers from the Berry Red 6x6.

 

 

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Attach the diecuts to a light kraft slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber-colored Autumn Fairy Crystals.  

Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Add a greeting - the new For You Posh Script - cut from light kraft cardstock and the bright red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut 2 background layers from the kraft cardstock and pressure-emboss 1 using the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Pressure-embossing creates a debossed area to easily attach the detailed top layer.  Attach the other kraft background behind the greeting for extra dimension.

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Construct a brown bear with brown felt and cardstock if they're more common in your neighborhood - like they are here.   He's also great for baby and kid cards too - and birthdays, holding a balloon or cupcake!    Add a scarf for extra color on winter cards.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe and have a great weekend!

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