344 posts categorized "Winter"

11/15/2019

Fri 15

Memory Box Quick and Easy Holiday Cards
by Vicki Finger

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Hi friends and visitors! I am here with a post featuring just a couple of Memory Box Dies for a variety of holiday cards. These are very simple cards that you can put together if you're still needing more for your Holiday Greeting Card Stash. They are simple but elegant and very easy to make. I have lots of photos of examples for you as well.

I started by die cutting several of the Ornate Holly Swirls from Gold Foiled Cardstock and a few silver as well. I also cut an equal number of the Joy Airy Script die-cut words for these cards. I added the berries using some Glossy Pearls from Little Things From Lucy's Cards in Watermelon (pink) and Berry, and Ranger Liquid Pearls in the color "Juniper". Just by changing up the cardstock and placement of the die-cuts, it gave me a wide variety of looks.

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This card uses Gold Foiled Cardstock, Red Satin Cardstock and a white card base. The berries are Glossy Berry Mix from Lucy's Pearls.

My next card uses a gold shimmer cardstock for the card base with a Red Satin Mat and Moss Green Shimmer Metallic Cardstock front panel. The placement of the dies is pretty much the same as in the first card.

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This card also uses the Glossy Berry Pearls from Lucy's. One thing you have to be very careful of when working with die cut is the glue. Especially on the satin cardstock that I like to use, the glue can be visible if you get a little too much. I use Ranger Multi Medium Matte or Gina K Connect Glue.

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Next up is a card that uses a Blue Satin Cardstock for the front panel, but white cardstock for the card base. This particular card uses Silver Foiled Cardstock for the die cut word and the Ranger Liquid Pearls in Juniper for the berries. I use the Memory Box Rectangle Basics Dies to cut all of my panels.

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With the change in the placement of the die cuts, it looks very different than it would with gold. While you know how much I love gold if you've been here before, you know I don't use a lot of silver. But sometimes its just what looks best to my eye.

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This card features a pale aqua card front panel on a pink card base and Gold Foiled Cardstock. The Pink is Pale Peony from Papertrey Ink. The aqua is Stardream Metallic in Aquamarine from PaperPapers.com. I get nearly all of my shimmer cardstock from them.

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The pearls are Glossy Watermelon from Little Things from Lucy's Cards. I love to use this color combination at Christmas Time. I finally gave in a got myself a Crystal Katana because my Jewel Picker only works a few times before it quits picking up jewels or pearls. So that makes this go a lot faster than using tweezers or a Jewel Picker. I just put a dot of liquid adhesive and then apply the pearl or jewel on top for a couple of seconds and then it releases very easily without moving it.

I have a lot of friends that I know because of the industry I work in and I love sending them a personal Holiday Card that is meant for them and not necessarily for their family in those cases where I don't know the rest of the family or if they happen to be single.

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This particular card is done on Curious Metallic Lagoon Cardstock on a Rose Quartz Shimmer Cardstock. I had to buy the Rose Quartz in an enormous quantity (100 Sheets) to get it as no one had the specific color I was looking for on a special project I did. I found it somewhere on Amazon, but I couldn't tell where and its no longer available. Simon Says Stamp has some Tonic Papers that look similar in color if you want that really specific Mauve-y color. I again used Silver for this card with Ranger Liquid Pearls in Juniper.

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Next up is this card done in three shades of shimmer metallic cardstock; Aquamarine, Lagoon and Peacock with gold Foiled Cardstock die-cuts. Glossy Watermelon Pearls make for a Beautiful combination.

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Many of the Memory Box dies have lots of details in the die cuts like the ones in these holly leaves.

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This card style would work for a variety of seasonal cards. I have a few people in my life who don't celebrate Christmas but do celebrate the season and this type of card works great for those folks. You can change up the colors for mail or female versions of this card.

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My last card for this post is the same dies with a different type of variation to share. As I was doing all of my die cutting, I lost track of how many pieces of Gold Ornate Holly that I had cut, so having an extra, I changed it up and made a 4 x 8.5 inch card. I really like how this card turned out and hope to have time for a few more.

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For this card, I used Lavender Moon Cardstock from Papertrey Ink along with White Linen Cardstock for the front panel, also from Papertrey Ink. I popped it up on a layer of Foam Tape and stacked the die cut word for a thicker embellishment.

I hope I gave you lots of ideas for how to do a quick change up so that if you want to use the same elements but have your cards each look slightly different you can easily achieve that. Change the color, change the size or orientation, or the embellishments. By doing this, each card still keeps that handmade uniqueness for the recipient.

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11/14/2019

Thu 14

Joy Airy Script and the Shining Star Set by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for another way to use the new wide washi tapes?  Layer Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape over soft pink for a holiday card in frosty winter pastels.   Add a pair of Shining Stars cut from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 Set - then make it a trio with a star cut from silver glittered craft foam.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card in pinks and grays.  

Attach Twas the Night tape to medium pink cardstock and cut a  3" square.  The Square Basics set is temporarily unavailable from Memory Box - but your Retailer may have some.  

Cut the stars from the gray prints in the Dashing Holiday 6x6 Set and glittered craft foam.  

Cut Joy Airy Script from light pink cardstock and white cardstock.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-½" square card of textured gray cardstock.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

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Create a simple, versatile layout like this design - then experiment with different colors, prints, greetings and accents. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make a stash of cards for the holidays.

Big thanks to everyone from Monday's MERRY+QUICK class at Impress - and thank you for the turkey-shaped pumpkin bars Robin!  Hope you liked the easy cards - and that super-easy folded tree.  Thanks for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets Ann and Shari.  We're having another MERRY+QUICK class on November 30 - join us if you're in the Seattle area on Thanksgiving weekend.

Two new classes on the 16th - GRATEFUL - FALL GREETINGS and MERRY POP-INS. Noticed new names on the class list - looking forward to meeting our new Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Designs fans - and seeing everyone on Satuday!

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

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11/10/2019

Sun 10

Antique Pine Label, Joy Airy Script, and Patterned Papers
by Anne Thompson

I love the new patterned papers, both DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002 and DASHING HOLIDAY PP1001.  I've used up most of the brighter colors, so today's card features the gray plaid and a dark green stripe.  This might just be the perfect guy card to send for the holidays or any time this winter!

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I began by using a white notecard and adhered a piece of the gray plaid paper 4 X 5.25.

I cut the ANTIQUE PINE LABEL 94337 from the dark green stripe...

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...and used a glue pen to secure it to a piece of white cardstock cut 2 X 3.25.  I used foam dots to add this piece to the card front.

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I cut JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 from a scrap of the gray plaid and twice more from white cardstock and glued them together in a stack for more dimension.  I glued JOY to the label opening.

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And that's it!  Clean and simple, easy, and another way for me to use the label die.  I've been using many of the different label dies to create tags or to add to the fronts of envelopes.  I like all of the dimension on this card and the shadows created by the layers.

How have you been using the label dies?  And have you used up a whole package of the new papers yet???

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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11/07/2019

Thu 07

Greet the Season with Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape and Dashing 6x6 Prints by Jean Okimoto

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Christmas will be here in 7 weeks - let's make some quick cards with the Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape.  The beautiful pattern repeats about every 14 inches and each section yields 3 or 4 sections that are perfect for this design.  You can make a  lot of cards with each 4-½" x 11 yard roll!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, combining some classic holiday elements with a simple, contemporary greeting. Here's a preview of what we'll be using:

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Attach Watercolor Woodland tape to white cardstock and cut circles with the 3-¼" Stitched Circle Layers die.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of the dark green Dashing Stripes and Dots print.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of the red plaid Dashing Holiday print.  

Cut a matching label from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set - then trim the corners with a corner rounder.

Cut "NOEL" from silver glitter paper with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet set.

Cut, score and side-fold a white A-2 card. Attach red duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and punch ¼" accent dots.  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting label.

Another tip before you leave...here's an easy way to preview background colors for these beautiful translucent wide washis.  It's not on today's card, but I'm just using the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape here as an example.  

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Create a large swatch by attaching  a generous section of tape to a clear material... use scraps of acetate,  or recycle empty Memory Box poly bags. You have a few, right? Slide strips of cardstock behind it to preview the colors - without wasting any of that beautiful tape or having it accidentally stick to your cardstock.   Not exactly rocket-science, but it saves a lot of time and cardstock.  

I have swatches of my Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs wide washis too.  The polybags are pre-punched for hanging displays - so just use a binder ring or shower curtain ring to keep all of the swatches together and organized.

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 Thanks for visiting...keep warm and enjoy the fall colors.  If you're in the Seattle area and have a long weekend,  join us for the MERRY + QUICK cards class at Impress on Veterans Day.  We're making quick-and-easy cards that don't look quick and easy!

See you next week...

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11/05/2019

Tue 05

The Chandele Star on a Blended, Spritzed Background by Jean Okimoto

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The delicately simple Chandele Star would look great anywhere.  Layer it over metallic artpapers, felt, wood, glittered or glossy cardstock - or a watercolored background.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy ink-blending technique that's great for creating quick colored backgrounds for your holiday diecuts.

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Cut a 4-½" x 3" strip of watercolor paper.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor - lift and roll the brayer repeatedly (about 20 times) so it's fully-inked.  Spritz it lightly with water.  Roll the spritzed inks onto the smoother side of the watercolor paper.  Let the colors blend for about a minute, then dry the inks with a heat-tool.  

Spray it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.  We're using just the inner rectangle here.  

Cut Chandele Star and the biggest Shining Star from smooth white cardstock.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with the turquoise ink from the Fresh Greens inkpad.

Assemble the card.  Add ¼" punched circles of gold glittered paper.

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Hope you're enjoying the fall and winter holiday ideas from our Design Team.  We love sharing our designs and techniques with you and hope they'll inspire you to create unique handmade holiday cards this year.

Thanks for visiting!

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11/03/2019

Sun 03

Memory Box Washi Tape on Colored Cardstock
by Vicki Finger

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Hi everyone, Vicki here today!  Did you see this gorgeous card from Pam Sparks' IG or Blog on Friday, October 25th?  Since I had just finished a post using this Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from Memory Box, I was wondering what it would look like on something other than white cardstock.  As soon as I saw Pam's card in my IG feed, I knew I had to try it out for myself.

Here's a rundown of the colors I put this washi tape on:

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I tried the Winter Woodland Washi Tape on a variety of colored cardstock for you after seeing Pam's card.  Then I put several cards together for my stash.

If you are new to my blog, I make a ton of cards each year and I put little goody bags together for my Sisters-In-Law each year at our Family Christmas celebration.  So between what I use and what I give to them, I need a lot of cards!

I tried to keep things pretty simple for the most part and did a lot with my usual thing, which is Gold Cardstock with whatever.  These cards are no exception.

This card uses Gina K Designs Gold Metallic Cardstock because it was the only shade of cardstock I had on hand for the depth of color I wanted.  I used several varieties of brown cardstock I had a half sheet in my scrap bin, so it worked out alright and I was able to get two card fronts from each 4.25 x 11-inch piece of cardstock.  I also used the Corner Holly Swirl on nearly all of these cards.  I still have a few panels for other projects.  It's pretty handy to make several card panels in the same style for later use.  I keep these extras in a Stamp Pocket on my desk for when I need a card in a hurry!  This color would be awesome for the guys in your life.

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This card uses Hawaiian Shores Cardstock and I truly love the non-traditional color scheme and this ended up being one of my favorites.  As you can see, I stamped and heat embossed the additional little sentiment in Pinefeather Cardstock.  The deep green of this cardstock was the perfect finishing touch for these cards.

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This particular card also uses a green shimmer cardstock call Fairway from PaperPapers.com for the Corner Holly Swirl.  All of the red glitter berries were made with Christmas Red Stickles.  I have some Christmas Red Nuvo Glitter Drops, but they need to be warm to use.  It's been cold this week in Texas, so rather than fool around with the Nuvo Drops, I went right to the Stickles.

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This card panel was done on SU Taupe Cardstock and I also really like the color of this washi tape on it.  Pam's card was done on Hobby Lobby's Kraft Cardstock which she said was pretty much the color of a brown paper bag.

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This card panel was done on Vintage Jadeite cardstock and I also really love the color of this!  Heck, let's face it - I like all the colors!  But the Hawaiian Shores and the Vintage Jadeite happen to be my two favorites!

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This is Watercolor Woodland on grey cardstock.  I used the "on Earth" from the Tidings Wreath Stamp Set and the "& Bright" from the Merry & Bright Mistletoe Stamp Set. I cut the "Merry" apart from the rest of the sentiment so I could use it with the larger Merry word die.

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This card is done on dark blue cardstock with Silver Accents.  I really love how this turned out. For some reason, dark blue with Silver just seems more "right" in my mind and my personal color sense than Gold in most cases. The details in all Memory Box Dies are just beautiful!  

Memory Box's most recent release had several of these large word dies in "Merry", "Peace", "Wish", and "Joy".  I love them all, but my focus this time of year is Christmas!

I guess the point of this post is to literally think "outside the box", beyond just white cardstock under washi tape.  If I hadn't seen Pam's card, I wouldn't have explored the colored cardstock option nearly as soon as I did.

I hope I've inspired you to try some of your colored cardstock scraps with your Washi Tape to achieve a new look! 

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11/02/2019

Sat 02

Greet the Season with a Dashing Holiday Rosette by Jean Okimoto

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A candycane rosette - folded from a Dashing Holiday 6x6 print - creates a unique Christmas greeting.  Add coordinating prints, bright red glitter accents and a Joy Airy Script diecut for a very special card.  Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a contemporary design today.

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Cut a 3" x 6" horizontal strip of the Dashing Holiday candycane print.  Cutting it horizontally makes it easy to fold along the grainline.

Here's a tip - scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over both sides of the paper to reduce friction and make it easier to score. MemoryBoxJoyAiryScript, MemoryBoxWrapped StitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Pack, RosetteCards, JeanOkimoto, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutHolidayCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Score it in ½" increments on one side of the paper.  Turn the paper over and score it in ½" increments beginning at ¼" - at ¼", ¾", 1-¼", 1-¾" - up to 5-¾". Cut the paper into three 1" x 6" strips.  Pleat the paper along the scored lines.  Trim ¼" from one short end of each strip to adhere (and conceal) the cut edge in the fold.  Use strips of ScoreTape to join the short ends to form a pleated ring.

Cut 1-½" and  ¾" cardboard circles  with the Circle Basics dies.  Spread one side of each circle with a strong craft glue (like Tacky Glue) - leave a ¼" unglued border around the edge so any excess glue won't squish out.

Lay the pleated ring on a flat surface and press it down so it lies flat - with the reverse side of the paper on the top. The inner cut edges should meet in a small circle in the center.   Press the 1-½" glue circle onto the center and hold it until the glue begins to set up.

Turn it over, adjust the pleats, then press the ¾" glue circle onto the center.  Press it until the glue sets up. Cut a ¾" circle of red glittered cardstock and cover the ¾" cardboard circle.  

Cut a 3" circle of red cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it (offset to the left) with the 2-¾", 2-½ and 2-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Cut a 3-½" circle of the gray and white text pattern. Cut the dark gray Dashing Strips and Dots paper with the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut a 1" x 4 strip of the gray and white dottted paper.

Cut Joy Airy Script from chartreuse cardstock.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.

Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add three ¼" circles of red glittered cardstock. MemoryBoxJoyAiryScript, MemoryBoxWrapped StitchRectangles, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Pack, RosetteCards, JeanOkimoto, HandmadeHolidayCards, DiecutHolidayCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Unique cards like this require extra time, postage and post office handling - but I think they'll be enjoyed and appreciated by the special people in your life.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

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10/31/2019

Thu 31

Snow Bunny Can Be a Polar Bear Too! by Jean Okimoto

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The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die Set is great for other winter friends too...like this furry felt polar bear cub.  Add a Starry Burst background and "cheers" from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set and you've just created another Christmas card!  Hi and Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating - Jean Okimoto here with more reasons to add the Snow Bunny set to your Memory Box collection.

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Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and diecut some Snow Bunny pieces for the bear.  The paper layer stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the eyes and nose from black cardstock.  Cut the ears with the 1" Circle Basics die.

Cut all of the the accent pieces - except the small ear circles - from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 prints.  Cut the small ear circles from the Dashing Stripes and Dots print.  

Assemble the polar bear - use foam dots near the ends of the scarf.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Cut it with Starry Burst - save the 2 bigger stars.  Attach little pieces of silver glitter paper behind the star cutouts.

Stamp the greeting from the Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps on white cardstock with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½"square white card. Add the 2 saved stars.   Square cards require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this one's worth every penny of it!

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The new Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints are the perfect mix of holiday designs, plaids, stripes and dots.  They've even been designed so the very holiday-ish designs have non-holiday prints on the reverse side so you can use them for other occasions.  The versatile reds and charcoals will be perfect for Valentine's Day.  The Deep Edge dies collection is designed for mixing and layering prints - view them here, then imagine all of the ways you can use them

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

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10/29/2019

Tue 29

Build a Snow Bunny with Dashing Stripes and Dots and Dashing Holiday by Jean Okimoto

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The new Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints make it easy to build a lovable Snow Bunny.  Add a greeting from the new Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps - and you're ready for Christmas!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - combining a favorite Deep Edge Die Set with our great holiday prints.  

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Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to wool-blend white felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the Snow Bunny pieces from the felt.  Cut eyes from black cardstock.  Cut the decorative pieces from the Dashing Holiday and Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 packs.  Although it's hard to see in the photo,  the scarf is cut from the red striped pattern.  

The Rectangle Basics set is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box - it may be available from your favorite Retailer.  Cut the background rectangles from the holly print (4-½" x 3-¼"), red cardstock (1-¾" x 3") and the green dots (2-½" x 1-¼").  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die. 

Here's a tip I've shared in classes...start the heat-embossing on the reverse side of the cardstock or paper, then finish it off from the right side.  Pre-heating it from the back starts the process - and finishing it on the front creates a great glossy image and minimizes scorching. 

Score, fold and cut an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of white cardstock.  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  

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This design works for any occasion - change the papers and colors and eliminate the scarf for a baby or birthday card,  It's a great for thank-yous and birthdays too - or just to say hello.  I like combining  the Memory Box products from different releases, using products in unexpected ways...and sharing these ideas with you!  

Thanks for supporting Memory Box - and for your thoughtful comments.  I appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by...see you on Thursday!

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10/27/2019

Sun 27

Holiday Cards Featuring Pine Needle Oval Frame, Candle Centerpiece, Shining Dove & Harvest Double Arches
by Vicki Finger


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Hello Everyone!  Vicki here today with a couple of cards for you using Dies and Washi Tape from the newest Memory Box Holiday 2019 release.  

This card was very simple to create.  I cut the Pine Needle Oval and Candle Centerpiece from Rose Gold Metallic Cardstock.  Then laying just that part of the die that I needed the inlay pieces from I cut the Holly from some Moss Shimmer Metallic scraps.  I did the same for the berries only from Red Satin Cardstock.  The Candle was cut from a scrap of previously painted watercolor cardstock. 

I used some shimmer mist on the Red Satin panel and die cut it with the second largest Rectangle Basics Die.  I also misted it with some shimmer spritz and let it dry while I assembled the various pieces of the candle.  You can see the little flecks of shimmer mist.  Trust me when I tell you it is super sparkly in person! 

I used some Stardust Stickles for the center of the flame on the candle.  there is also a lot of shimmer on the paper.  It was a little bit of a waste to use Shimmer Metallic Cardstock for the background panel since I spritzed it, but it was a leftover piece, so no big deal to me.  

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This took a pretty minimal amount of time for a super beautiful look.  Once I had the candle outline attached to the card front, I used my Crystal Katana tool to inlay the other pieces.  I often wait until I decide who I am sending a card to before adding a sentiment, so this goes right into my stash until I start getting ready to mail my Christmas and Holiday cards - in about a month!!  Holy Cow, this year has flown by.  

Now onto my second project for today!   Memory Box just released its very first Washi Tape and I love the Watercolor Woodland Washi.  It is 4.5-inches wide by 11 yards long and in this case, I just adhered it to some white cardstock and then die cut a panel for the background of this card.  I have several ideas I hope to try soon using this product.

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I used the Rectangle Basics in 2nd largest size to die-cut my background panel.  I die cut two Shining Dove Frames from Cougar Super Smooth Digital White Cardstock.  One to keep pristine white and one to use the parts for my inlay technique.  

I also die cut two of each of the Harvest Double Arch dies from scraps of green cardstock.  In fact, one set is die-cut from a piece of alcohol inked background that I ran through my Minc Machine.  I had the heat setting on high and so it left too much gold foil on it for a background panel, but die cutting the branches from it was a great way to use it.  The other branches are from a green cardstock scrap.  I love using up scraps from my bin for things like this.  Of course, I've barely made a dent in them and I'm sure some of you can relate!  *Ü*

I have a few panels of white 5 x 7 cardstock that I have laminated to use when I need a slick surface to work on.  So laying the Harvest Double Arch Branches on there, I added Xmas Red Stickles to all of the berries as you see in the image above.  I ended up saving this set for another project I have in mind, but I think you will get the idea.  I find that I am having much better luck with the Stickles than I am with my Nuvo Drops, so that's what I used for these.  It makes for quick and easy clean up doing them on the laminated cardstock, and I'm using the same piece over and over rather than using paper towels that are filling up landfills.  

For the green background panel, I used some homemade shimmer mist by mixing clear shimmer spritz with a few drops of reinker in a small mister bottle.  The ones I have are from Stampin' Up and I've had them for several years.  I keep a few flat boxes under my desk for this type of thing and also for spray adhesive.  

Starting with my background panel that used the Washi Tape, I added the frame for my next layer.  Then using the circle piece that you normally throw away, I laid it (without adhesive) to use as a guide for getting the Shining Dove part of the die lined up correctly.  

For the dove, I used a Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen all over.  When that was dry, I added a black gel pen dot for the eye and a little white spec from a white gel pen for the little highlight in the eye.  I used the Brush Merry Christmas for my greeting.  One of my girlfriends loves this Shining Dove Die and Green is her favorite color, so I'm planning to send this to her.  By mixing and matching using card scraps with some new cardstock, I ended up with a card that I think turned out super pretty.  I love how the Harvest Double Arches bring in the same style as the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape.  Those same dies also match with the Silverdale Branch Die as well.  

I love creating individual cards for my close friends and family.  I make a few that are done 8 or 10 at a time in a variety of styles so that I can share cards with my Sisters-In-Law each year.  I love making and they look forward to getting their goody bags each year.  

Last Thursday, Pam Sparks created a card using the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape on a piece of colored cardstock.  While I was working on the card I created for today's post, I wondered what this would look like on other colors besides white.  Pam's IG Post was so inspiring that I wanted to show you what that would look like on multiple colors of cardstock.  I'll be making cards with them today for a later post, but just to give you a few ideas, I'm inserting an image of that here for you!

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My next post will be the cards I created with these panels using a variety of Memory Box Sentiments from the new release.

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