344 posts categorized "Winter"

01/13/2020

Mon 13

Berry Branch Loving Heart and Hello Banner Script Winter Cards for Friends
by Anne Thompson

Here are a couple of winter cards I made to send to friends later this month.  An inspiration perhaps for this month's Memory Box Challenge?

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While I had the die out I cut a few more of the Berry Branch hearts from foiled cardstock to use for valentines.

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I cut even more from gold foiled cardstock, dot papers, and other print papers so I have a large supply for my valentines class later this week.  I will have a stack of white notecards, a variety of background papers, pearls and gems in many colors, and my ribbon box so we'll have plenty of choices for our cards.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

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Berry Branch Loving Heart 94374

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Hello Banner Script 94392

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Friendship Floral Heart CL 5250

12/20/2019

Fri 20

Clean and Simple Holiday Thank You
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but this time of year I am in need of thank you cards.  I cheat a little and sometimes make combination Christmas/birthday thank you cards (a perk of having a birthday near Christmas), but overall, I find that it is prudent to have a stack on hand.

To make my card, I started with some beautiful plaid paper from the Dashing Holiday pack and then added my white circle and white die cut letters.  I thought that my snowflakes would get lost in the design if they were also in white paper, so I cut them out of silver metallic cardstock.  Unfortunately, the metallic paper didn't have enough sheen and sparkle to it, so I thought I should help it along by adding some Stickles.

I placed my snowflakes onto a non-stick sheet and painted them with some sparkly glitter glue.  It took a bit of time for them to dry, but I knew it would make less of a mess if I added my sparkle and then added my dried glittery snowflakes to the card:

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Here is a closeup of the finished glittered elements:

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Good luck finishing up any remaining holiday cards and think about having a few thank you cards on hand.  You just might need them!

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12/12/2019

Thu 12

Watercolored Joy and a Mistletoe Swag by Jean Okimoto

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Layer Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape over the Mistletoe Swag for a new look combining two special holiday designs.  The bold Joy Airy Script - watercolored to match the berries - and clear gem stickers add the final touch.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card of a very quick and busy year.  Mistletoe isn't usually bright green with pink berries...but it is today.

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Stamp the large swag from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set on watercolor paper with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Paint it with diluted inks from the Fruitcake Kaleidacolor inkpad. Yes, fruitcake!  Dry the inks, then cover it with a layer of Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the large Stylish Frame.  Diecutting the tape-covered paper or cardstock leaves a smooth,beveled edge - it's a nice finishing touch on your cards.

Attach the frame to a 5-½" square white card. add the stamped circle - layer it over one of the delicate sections on the right side.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the pink used for the berries.  Dry the ink, the cut it with Joy Airy Script.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.   Attach the greeting to the card.  Tiny dots or slivers of ScorTape or Couture Creations doublestick tape will attach it to the washi tape.

Add clear gem stickers.

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Layering Twas the Night wide washi works with all of the Holiday 2019 clear stamps.  I wish I had used this technique sooner!  It's a great technique for tags too - the tape reinforces the hole punched for the cord or ribbon.  

If you're in Seattle - join us for the Whittle, Scribble and Stack class at Impress on December 14th.  We're making 6 everyday cards  - two each with the Poppystamps Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and stacking dies from Birch Press Designs.  We'll use several items from the Memory Box and Poppy 2020 Valentine Collection.  You'll love the new designs - and the wide range of heart-styles.  There's a heart for everyone!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

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12/11/2019

Wed 11

Northern Lights Christmas
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  Inspired by this month’s challenge, I have another holiday card to share today.  One of my favorite Winter scenes to create is the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis.  It’s simple to do, and yet it gives the most “wow” factor.   There are many different mediums that could be used, but my preference is ink blending.  But before I got inky, I did some partial die cutting with the Pine Tree Hill die to create the row of trees from black cardstock.

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Laura did a post on partial die cutting and essentially, anything under the cutting plate will cut.  

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Used scissors to connect those partial die cut trees and create the front row of trees.

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Partial die cut the double trees twice to create the back row of trees.

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Forgot to take a picture, but these lined up to create the row of trees as seen on the finished card.  Now onto the Northern Lights... but be forewarned, it’s going to look like a hot mess before things come together in the end. 😂

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Started by adding streaks of Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet distress inks (di) to a piece of Bristol paper using the edge of a mini blending tool.

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Next applied Chipped Sapphire di in between the colors and Black Soot di around the edges... and that pretty much completes the background.  I know it still doesn’t look that great, but persevere till the end and it will turn out. 😉  For sone sparkle, spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo).

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Adhered the trees to the bottom, then splattered with white gouache paint.  Die cut the Peace Airy Script sentiment three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension to finish.

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Hope you will give this a try.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a great day.

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12/09/2019

Mon 09

Stencils + Die Cuts = Wintery Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

I recently got together with friends to make holiday cards and I took stencils to create interesting backgrounds for my cards.  I had so much fun revisiting stenciling that I decided to use two of my favorite Memory Box stencils for today's three cards.

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For the first card (the one lying down in the photo above), I started with bright white cardstock, the Winter Snowflakes stencil 88609, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and my ink blending tool.  I used washi tape to secure the paper and the stencil to my work surface to insure sharp inked images.

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I cut a bunch of snowflakes using the SPARKLING SNOWFLAKE TRIO 94287 from some turquoise-y blue cardstock that matched the ink pretty well.

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I used Glue Dots in the snowflake centers to adhere three of them over the stenciled snowflakes and pulled the radiating "arms" up a bit from the cardstock. 

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 I cut the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 twice, white cardstock for the bottom layer and blue for the top.  I played around a bit with the orientation of the card and the placement of "joy" before glueing the letters on and adding the panel to a matching blue notecard.  For the finishing touch I added dimensional pearls to the snowflake centers.

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Next I took the Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597, bright white cardstock, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and the blending tool to create another background before adding more of the blue snowflakes.

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I layered up the Joy Airy Script again, added it to the panel, adhered it to a blue notecard, and popped pearls into the three snowflake centers.

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As I was working on that card I remembered the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 and thought that its swirling dotted lines might match those of the stencil.  So I inked up another background using the Sprinkle Dots stencil on the front of a white notecard and added the oval tree cut from bright white cardstock and the swirly sky background pieced in using  blue cardstock.  You'll notice that the dots are lighter than on the other cards.  I just used less pressure with the blending tool while adding ink over the stencil.

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I added "joy and peace this season" from the MERRY AND BRIGHT MISTLETOE clear stamp set CL5246 stamped with VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  

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I think when I remake this card I will make it as a panel to adhere to a blue notecard like I did on the first two cards.  In fact I might just cut this one apart and do that.  I think a layer of the solid blue underneath it all will tie in better with the blue background of the winter tree.

I plan to make more cards using the stencils.  These designs can work all winter for many occasions by just changing up the sentiment. 

I wish I could say that I've made all of the holiday cards I will need to send out this month.  I'm going to be a busy girl this week!  Are yours done and in the mail?  Have you posted one for our Holiday Cards Challenge?  I'd love to see what you've been creating!

Happy Crafting!

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Winter Tree Oval Frame 94309
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Joy Airy Script 94325
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Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597
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Sparkling Snowflake Trio 94287
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Winter Snowflakes 88609
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Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set CL 5246

12/07/2019

Sat 07

Wintergreen Leaves on the Petite Leaf Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm holiday wishes with a watercolored Petite Leaf Frame card - or make it a birthday card for someone celebrating in December.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that's great for any occasion.  Different colors would have made it a fall card just a few weeks ago. 

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Diecut the large Petite Leaf Frame from white cardstock and set it aside.  Save the center square too.

Pressure-emboss it on watercolor paper.  This will be a guide for watercoloring the leaves in a random mix of green.  Carefully remove the frame with the leaves intact.   Paint the leaves - I used the different shades from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Set it aside to dry.  

Attach the white diecut frame to a 5-½" square white card.  Patiently attach the painted leaves.  It took a bit of time, but it was a welcome distraction after spending several hours at the Emergency Vet with Taffy last night.

Stamp the greeting - from the Winter Greenery Clear Stamps and Die Set - on the center square with Golden Glitz Delicata.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  I don't usually clear-emboss metallic inks, but this gave it a very cool shimmer.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the green inks.  Cut 3 little leaves and 1 large leaf.  

Cut the seed pod from gold glittered cardstock.

Assemble the card.  

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this one's special enough to deserve it.  Hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday.  Have a great weekend!

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12/05/2019

Thu 05

Holly Circle Collage and Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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The modern Holly Circle Collage - layered over Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape - creates a quick holiday card today.  It's a combination of old and new -  text from the 1800 Christmas story with the cool, minimal holly collage.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here  - this is what we're using today -

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Cut red cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  The Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics sets are temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available at your favorite retail store.

Cut the rectangle with the Holly Circle Collage.  Cut the collage again from green cardstock and save the leaves.  

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Here's a tip I shared earlier - it's an easy way to select background colors for wide washi tape. Attach a big swatch of tape to a clear background - acetate, a tranparency, or a Memory Box poly bag.  Place your swatch over different backgrounds to see how the tape will look.  It's quick, easy and saves time and tape.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to Kraft cardstock.  Cut it with the 3" circle die.  Attach it behind the collage.  Attach the leaves.  ScorTape and Couture Creations doublestick tapes are great for attaching layers to the wide washis.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings clear stamps set  - on green cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Claire.  Cut it with the coordinating die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card.  Add red gem stickers and ½" green circles.

 

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Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's classes at Impress. It was great meeting our new students and I appreciate that so many 'regulars' took both classes!  Thanks for the holiday-wrapped Ghiradellis Jan, for the chocolate chip cookies Jacky, for the popcorn and cookies Jenny, and for the big M&M's Debbie!  Did we have enough to eat?  Thanks too Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their baskets again.

No classes this weekend - I'll be prepping for the December 14 WHITTLE, SCRIBBLE & STACK class. We'll be using the Poppystamps' Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and the stacking dies from Birch Press Design.  Hoping to use some of the new designs from our Valentine 2020 Collection!

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe.  See you again on Saturday.

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11/29/2019

Fri 29

Simple Noel Card with Dashing Holiday Papers
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  It's Vicki here with you today featuring a quick and easy holiday card using some of the products from the 2019 Holiday Release.  There's just a little more than 3 weeks left (not counting Sundays when there is no mail) to send out your holiday cards before Christmas is here.  Although, I can tell you I never mind it when I get a few after Christmas Day either.  So even if you're a few days late, send them anyhow! 

For today's card, I started with a white card base made with Cougar Super Smooth Digital White Cardstock.  Using the 2nd largest Rectangle Basics die, I cut one from the teal, green, and white Snowflake Pattern Paper you can find in the Dashing Holiday Paper Pack.  As usual, I gave it several mists of shimmer spray and then set it under a heavy glass block I have to dry flat. 

Next, I die cut the Antique Holly Label from White and Green Shimmer Cardstock.    I adhered the white outline to the patterned paper, then I inlaid the sentiment strip and the holly leaves of the green shimmer cardstock into the outline using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  

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I die cut the Noel word from Mini Vintage Varsity Christmas dies.  To do this, I ran a strip of white cardstock, slightly larger than my sentiment through my little Xyron Sticker Maker before cutting this so that these tiny letters would already have adhesive on them.  This made placement super easy.  I usually start with the center one or two letters and then work my way out to keep everything pretty centered.  I don't measure, I just eyeball it.  *Ü*

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I embellished the holly leaves with some "hole-less" sequins in three sizes for the berries.  You could use Liquid Pearls, Nuvo Drops or any sequins or gems you might have on hand.  Once the glue was dry, I added my panel to the front of my card base. 

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Looking through my stash of embellishments, I found these cute little snowflakes which added the perfect whimsical touch. This was a quick and easy card and would be very easy to recreate in multiples if you wanted.  

Have a fantastic day and I'll be back next week with a new project for you.  

 

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11/28/2019

Thu 28

Jovial Wreath, Vintage Varsity Alphabet and the Dashing 6x6 Sets by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the delicate Jovial Wreath and the bold Vintage Varsity Alphabet on a Christmas card in contemporary colors.  It's an easy card - and great for mass production.  Hello -  and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  Jean Okimoto here with merry and bright greeting in contemporary holiday colors.

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Cut a 3" circle of the pale gray and white dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 Set.  Cut Jovial Wreath from green cardstock.  Cut one of the Singing Birds from red glittered craft foam.

Attach red duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut "NOEL."  

Cut accent strips - the dark Dashing Holiday plaid (3-¾" x ¾"), Dashing Holiday gray text (2-¾" x ¾") and green cardstock (3-¼" x ¾").

Score, fold and cut a gray textured A2 card.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

 

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Need more holiday inspiration and supplies?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us at Impress for the annual Holiday Open House, and two Memory Box holiday classes - MERRY + QUICK and OUTSIDE THE BOX-HOLIDAY FAVORITES.   Don't forget  your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design wish list!  The first 25 people at the store opening will receive a special gift.  

There's a special Memory Box Art Pins Pop Up this weekend too!  Be the first to see these beautiful works of art - just in time for holiday gifting.  

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

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11/23/2019

Sat 23

Spritz, Emboss and Layer the Chandele Snowflake by Jean Okimoto

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Celeberate the season with the delicate Chandele Snowflake - layered over its embossed image for extra dimension.  Add a pair of greetings from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set and glittery blue accents.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here on a winter-y fall weekend.

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Have a water spritzer ready for this process.  Snap the Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink colors together with the lever on the side of the inkpad.  Lift and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the inks about 20 times for complete coverage.  Spritz it lightlty with two short bursts of water.  Spritz the inked brayer lightly too.  Roll the brayer over the damp watercolor paper to create a variegated blue background.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, then dry it completely with a heat-tool.  Spray with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.

Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  The die set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box but your Retailer may have some.  Pressure-emboss it with the Chandele Star die - slightly offset.  

Cut Chandele Snowflake from white cardstock.  Attach it to the circle.

Separate the inks using the lever.  Stamp the greeting - from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set - with the ink in the center section.  Stamp the second portion of the greeting inside the card.

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Diecut the tiny ovals surrounding the starburst in the center of the die from a scrap of blue glittered cardstock.   Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  

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Why not brayer some extra backgrounds while your supplies are out - be sure to clean the roller before each re-inking.  Your backgrounds will be ready when you need them for future projects.

We'll use similar techniques in the November 30th OUTSIDE THE BOX holiday cards class at Impress.  We're making variations of cards inspired by my designs here on the blog.  Not identical to these cards - lots of tweaking and techniques - and we're using some Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products too.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area that weekend.  Skip the malls, enjoy lots of parking and support Memory Box and Impress on Small Business Saturday!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend...

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