Happy New Year Greetings!
Welcome to the blog blitz and you know what that means…new creativity, new products revealed and lots of inspiration…also, a chance to win today’s Lavender Bunch die.
The new Lavender Bunch die was a no-brainer for me–I LOVE lavender and the clippings of lavender in my photos are from my own garden.
First up…a silhouette type card.
I dampened the surface of an oversized watercolor paper panel with plain ‘ol water and introduced the colors using these convenient watercolor sheets which I bought from Birch Press Designs. For best results allow each color to dry (or nearly dry) before adding another color so they are a bit more distinct and not muddy together. I often dab a color with a paper towel or cloth if it is on a runaway course. You can always add more color back in if you like and cut down on the water.
Once the colors were in place and dried, I determined the best size and place to position the Pin Dot Rectangle die–it adds such a nice finished edge. Next, I die cut the Lavender Bunch and saved the unused portion for another card–double duty!
I stamped the sentiment and layered the panel using dimensional foam tape onto black card stock, then onto the folded note card.
Who could resist one more chance to use this dynamic die? Not me!
I die cut the Lavender Bunches, twice from green card stock, once from watercolor paper. After coloring the flower heads on the watercolor paper (again using the watercolor sheets), I pieced them onto the green stems and adhered all to a side fold cream colored notecard. Now was my opportunity to use the new “So Many Things To Love” clear stamp and die set again to add the beautiful heart and sentiment. This is a fantastic set which I know will be used a lot webpage.
I’d like to share my love for Lavender and offer the Lavender Bunch Die as today’s prize. A winner will be randomly selected from comments posted below and on each day for a chance to win different prizes! You have until 11:59pm EST on January 8th to leave your comment.
Happy New Year everyone! It is time to announce a new challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month. You will even have the chance to win prizes! Thank you so much to everyone who created such wonderful projects for last month’s giving thanks challenge.
The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge is from Joyce M from the Cards by the Sea blog. The gold scarf on the polar bear is such a fun accent piece. We definitely wanted to share it on the Memory Box blog:
The lucky winner of the draw for the monthly prize is Jacquie from the What did I do Today blog.
Please contact me at email@example.com to claim your prize.
Want to play along in this month’s challenge? The rules are simple – just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post. You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc.. To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing. In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog.
You don’t have to have a blog in order to participate. You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product. You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges. Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.
Cold weather is upon us and perhaps we have a bit of the Winter blues, but why not turn that into something positive? Shades of blue can make for some really beautiful cards. This month’s theme involves adding some of the color blue to your paper crafting projects. You don’t have to make it a winter themed card. However you chose to use the color blue on your card is up to your interpretation. The only stipulation is that your project has to use at least one Memory Box product (stamp, die, or stencil) as well as the color blue.
Here are a few ideas by the design team to help get you started:
by Sherry Hester
by Jenny Griffiths
by Penny Ward
Ready to create your own “Winter Blues” project? There are two ways to enter.
1.) Link your finished work below.
2.) Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge20 hashtag
You have until the end of the day (EST) on Monday, January 30th to enter. Don’t forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry. One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes:
Hello friends of Memory Box products! Penny here today with new dies and stamps for the season of LOVE!
With the New Year ringing in tomorrow, this will give you a jump start for inspiration on the next big holiday of card making.
A couple of stamps and 1 die set…so many possibilities!
Let’s get started:
Cut white cardstock 4.25 x 10 inches and score at 5.50 inches.
Die cut Classic Stitched Heart Collection from 3 shades of pink and a tiny heart from purple cardstock.
Using a few of your favorite embossing folders, run the hearts through your machine for texture.
Add hearts to edge of card randomly, finishing with the purple heart popped up with foam adhesive. Purple thread was added to the back of the sticky foam and Glossy Accents added to the heart.
Stamp sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set using VersaFine Imperial Purple.
Tiny hearts from the Bumblebee Daydreams set were stamped with Memento Luxe inks Angel Pink, Rose Bud & Lilac Posies.
Finish the card with a few crystal sequins.
Happy Valentine Crafting,
Good morning everyone!
I hope you all had a great holiday! Today I have a card for you which features a few new dies from the Memory Box Valentine release. It’s hard to believe we are already moving on from Christmas!
To make the card, I die cut the Happy Valentines Day Elegant Script, using red glitter paper. From silver glitter paper I die cut the Classic Hearts and glued them to a white cardstock layer. Adhere the Happy Valentine die cut over the top of the hearts.
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I glued this card front to a red glitter cardstock layer and adhered this using foam tape to a white card base. To finish the card, I embellished it with white sequins.
A few die cuts and you have a quick and easy card!
There are so many beautiful dies in this new release and I hope you are inspired by all the design teams posts this week!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Hi everyone! Sherry here to share a card using dies from the new Memory Box Valentine release. Wow! There are so many beautiful designs to choose from!
One of the things I like to do with new dies is to cut each of them from inexpensive white card stock so that I can play and arrange and decide on a layout. I really like the font style of “sending love” from the Sending Love Heart, so after die cutting the image from rose card stock, I snipped out the words from the opening. The die itself cuts a window, as you can see in the card Laura shared earlier this week. Love it!!
I then die cut the Peyton Heart and one of the hearts from the Classic Heart Collection from the same rose card stock. I just happened to notice that the design in the Peyton Heart die is almost exactly the same as the design in the Arpeggio Snowflake. Woo hoo! I die cut the snowflake from ivory card stock, then snipped off one of the points and adhered it behind the center of the solid heart, which I thought nicely tied the two hearts together.
I die cut one of the squares from the Stitched Square Layers set, and used an embossing folder to create the background. I adhered the square to the card base with mounting tape. I also used mounting tape to adhere the solid heart. I arranged the Peyton Heart as shown, and added the sentiment. I thought it needed a little glam and luckily had some heart gems in my stash. I added the larger ones to the hearts and scattered the smaller ones on the card front. There is no inking, stamping, or sponging on this card, making it a super quick, no muss-no fuss kind of card!
Thank you for stopping by, and have a safe and very happy New Year!
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Heart Wire – another new design – creates a subtle dry-embossed background for the sweet flowered heart and greeting from the new So Many Things to Love clear stamp set. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing another idea featuring our great new Valentine release debuting in stores right now!
I love how the new Valentine release is so versatile – it’s a go-to collection that we can use throughout the year.
Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with shades of pink Peerless Watercolors. Heat-set it. Cut it with the 2-¾” x 4″ die from the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set Learn More Here. Save the delicate frame portion of the diecut for another project.
Stamp the rectangle with the heart from the So Many Things to Love and Imagine Crafts Smokey Gray VersaFine. Emboss it with detail clear powder. Watercolor the flowers and leaves.
Cut textured pink cardstock with the same rectangle die – use the frame on the card and save the rectangle for another project.
Stamp the greeting on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Smokey Gary and heat-set it. Cut it with the smallest die from the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set.
A tip – leave the pieces in the die and place a few strips of Scor-Tape along the edges of both pieces and run it through the machine again. Leave the adhesive-covered pieces in the die until you’re ready to attach them to the card.
Cut, score and fold a 5.5″ square card of textured pink cardstock. Dry-emboss the lower portion of the folded card using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine. It’s much easier than carefully positioning the card to emboss just the front – and it adds a bit of interest to the inside. Hope you like that idea!
Assemble the card and add some tiny clear sequins.
Thanks for visiting…and for your sweet and thoughtful comments and “likes” throughout 2016. I design about 250 cards annually for our Design Team blog and my classes. Multiply that by 8 years of blogging for Memory Box and that’s 2,000 cards. I love every moment of it – thanks to great viewers like you and my wonderful students and friends. Ann, Cindi, Lara and Shari and everyone at Impress – Debbie and Gary at Rubber Stamp Fantasy – and my loyal students make this all possible.
Special thanks to Dave and Monica and everyone at Memory Box for continuously developing such great products that inspire us to keep designing and creating.
Not to get all mushy about it – but this card really does reflect how it feels to end 2016…thank you!
Send your love with the new Heart Wave from our Valentine 2017 Collection…there are so many things to love about it! Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of the just-released designs from our latest collection. Ready to get started on Valentine cards?
Heart Wave is serious multi-tasker – for heart confetti, inlaid designs, dry-embossing and stenciling in addition to basic diecutting. The new So Many Things to Love clear stamp set and its coordinating die set are perfect for far more than Valentine cards. They’ll quickly become your favorite combination for many occasions.
Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and heat-set it. Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.
Cut the largest Stitched Rectangle Trimming from pale grey textured cardstock. Cut Heart Wave diagonally across the rectangle. Add a light layer of Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.
Dry-emboss the watercolored paper with Heart Wave. It’ll provide an outline for trimming the watercolor paper and add extra dimension to the design. Trim and attach the dry-embossed watercolor paper behind the diecut rectangle.
Cut extra hearts from scraps of the watercolored paper.
Stamp “sending love” and “xoxo” – from the new So Many Things to Love clear set – with Rose Bud Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder. Trim it with the smallest die from Stitched Rectangle Trimmings.
Attach the pieces to an A-6 (4-⅝” x 6-¼”) card of pale gray cardstock. Add the extra hearts and tiny clear sequins.
We’re can’t wait to share more Valentine designs with you – hope you enjoy this week’s preview! Hearts are perfect for so many occasions, everyday greetings and celebrations. You’ll love the latest additions to the Memory Box collection of greetings from the heart.
Big thanks to everyone in the Celebrate the New Year class at Impress yesterday. It was time to use some of the precious imported artpapers we’ve been stashing with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies. Enjoy your calendar throughout the year!
The Valentine Collections from Memory Box and Poppystamps are coming soon to Impress – match the great new designs with their huge selection of papercrafting products to create beautiful cards to share your love!
Thanks for stopping by…
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