Friday, February 21, 2020

Memory Box Spring 2020 Blog Blitz + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog!  I took a short vacation at the beginning of the month, but now I'm back and have several new projects to share with you today.  Memory Box has just released its Spring 2020 Collection and there are lots of fun new things in this collection of products, including Patterned Paper, Glitter Cardstock, Stencils, Washi Tapes, Glitter Glue (called Fairy Sugar), and some new 3D Embossing Folders.

I was having a hard time deciding what to feature first so I have a few projects for you today!  I also have a chance to win a giveaway for you as thanks for stopping by and seeing my projects.  One commenter will receive a free Arched Happy Easter Die # 94446 from Memory Box!  

We also have Glitter Cardstock 6 x 6 Pads in Pastels and Brights!  The paler colors are called Delicate Pastels and the brights are called Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  I'm sure you know I had to have the one with the word "Twinkling" in the name.  

There are also some new Washi Tapes in wide and narrow widths.  The one I'm featuring here is the Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape.  It's similar in style to the Watercolor Woodland Washi Tape from our 2019 Winter Collection.  I thought it would be fun to combine with some little bunnies, Spring florals, and Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue.  

I added the wide Washi Tape to a piece of white cardstock and then die cut it with the Matinee Rectangle Layers in the largest size.  Then using a little finger dauber, I added some color to the Magnolia Circle Frame and the Pretty Blossom Stem.  Next, I added some Fairy Sugar to the leaves and blooms.  

Once that was dry, I added some pearls to the center of the blooms and some inking to the outside edges of the Little Bunny Trio.  I added a black dot with a tiny white highlight for the eye on each little bunny.  Once I attached the Matinee Rectangle, I added some additional Fairy Sugar in Iris and Strawberry Ice to the berries in the washi tape for texture and bling.  

My next card also uses the Matinee Rectangle Layers.  I die cut the 2nd from largest one from white cardstock covered with the Washi Tape and the largest was cut from some pale pink cardstock.  This helps the soft colors in the washi tape to really pop and accent my die cuts.  I used Fairy Sugar in Strawberry Ice, Iris and Berry Mist.  I also used the "Hello" Banner Script die from last month's release to make a simple spring card.  

For my next card,  I used one of the Cottage Meadow Patterned Papers.  Each of these designs has a full floral pattern on one side of the paper and a corner design on the other side of the paper.  These designs remind me very much of something Annie Rifle might create for Rifle Paper Company. I really love having a choice of using the full sheet of print or the corner design.  

For my card, I chose to use a corner design that I thought would fit well with my die choices.  I chose the Cherry Blossom Frame along with the Arched Happy Easter, and the Flitter Side Butterfly.   

This card is sweet and simple, and to me, it instantly evokes the feeling of spring.  The top layer of all the die cuts are made from the new Watercolor Paper and I colored it with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in Sugared Almond Pink and Green Shadow.  

I added Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue in Iris to the flower centers on the patterned paper and added some gems to the center of the flowers on the die-cut.  

This card features several new Easter Egg dies with some of the new Glittered Cardstock.   Aren't Filagree Easter Eggs just so pretty and elegant?  They remind me of FabergĂ© Eggs. If you don't know what those are, here's a search on Pinterest to see some fabulous examples.  If you're interested in more of the history of the House of FabergĂ©, you can find information here on Wikipedia.  

I used Rectangle Basics Die in the largest size to cut the green glittered background.  I added some of the Birchpress Design Shimmer Burst Washi Tape to colored cardstock.  I also cut 1 each of the Genoese, Emmaline and Lacework Eggs from Gold Foiled Cardstock that had Couture Creations Double Sided Adhesive on the backside. 

Next, I ran the colored, washi-taped cardstock through with my die cutting machine with an embossing sandwich to get the impression of the egg which makes fussy cutting around it very easy.  You could also do Die Cut In-lay if you like that style.  That would have taken a lot more time than what I felt I had available today so that I can show you as many of the new products as I can.  

The Gilded Washi Tape, the Gold Foiled Cardstock and the glitter cardstock all work together to make a fun and sparkly card for Easter.  

By dry embossing the eggs onto the cardstock, it gives the look of inlay without the time it would take to do that and also provides the outline for the egg shape for quick and easy fussy cutting of a simple shape.  

I had to sneak one more card in here at the very end that features one of the new stencils, Leafy Jumble.  I was planning to foil it, but I couldn't find my jar of Deco Foil Transfer Gel (until the card was finished, of course), so I ended up using Ink Blending to add the pattern to the cardstock in Turquoise Sea and Tranquil Teal.   

I first added some Pixie Spray to the back of the stencil and let that dry for a few minutes.  This allows the repositionable adhesive to "set" so that you can use it over and over without having to add more. It also holds your stencil in place without moving so that your pattern stays clean and crisp.  

Once that was done, I used the Basic Rectangles to cut a mat layer, a glitter layer and then a top layer for my card from the ink blended piece.  I die cut the Side Butterfly Circle from white cardstock 3 times and glued the layers together. I cut the interior part of the butterfly from cardstock scraps and the outlines of the butterflies from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I also cut the Flitter Side Butterfly using the same papers so that I could have two butterflies facing each other.  Once I had those adhered, I added Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen to the insides of the wings for that touch of sparkle that I love.

There are many more new products available at Memory Box and it's other companies, Poppy Stamps and Birch Press Design.   Be sure to stop over at the Memory Box Blog, Outside the Box, and take a look at all of the new items that were just released.  I'll have a couple more projects for you next week.  Don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog for your chance to win the Arched Happy Easter Die.  


Friday, January 31, 2020

Memory Box Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder

Hello, friends!  First off, I want you to know that I will be out of the Studio for most of February, but I will be back in full swing by March!  The first part of the month, my husband and I are going on a cruise to the Caribbean. Considering what's coming down the pike for me next, I am planning to enjoy it to the fullest.

Some of you already know that I have Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  I have been on several treatments for this, which are not working.  It is a somewhat sticky situation because I already do what is called a "Biological" for my RA.  In 2014, I was on two different biologicals, plus Methotrexate, which is Chemo in pill form.  The combination nearly killed me when I caught a cold and developed severe complications and almost died from said cold.  This past year has been a very tough one for me physically with a lot of pain involved, and we have to do something as my MS is progressing, so we can't continue to do nothing.

Beginning on January 10th, I'll be starting a round of infusions that will be all day, for 4 days in a row and will give me flu-like symptoms for up to two weeks following the conclusion of this first round of infusions.  So, you'll notice that I won't be posting or around much for the next month.  But after this initial treatment of multiple infusions, it will be one infusion, once every 4 weeks, so I'll get back in the swing of things after that. I hope you'll stick with me while I take some time away to attend to my health situation.

Today's Memory Box project uses Card Stock, Nuvo Dream Drops, and the gorgeous Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder, the Love Airy Script, and one of the dies from the Champagne Heart Dies.  It is simply stunning by itself, but I wanted to create a jazzed-up version for you doing a technique that I developed not too long ago where I "paint" with Nuvo Drops onto the embossed parts of the card stock. I'm just using the tip of the bottle for my paintbrush.

For whatever reason, I have found the consistency of the Nuvo Dream Drops to work the best for this technique.  The Regular Nuvo Drops seem a bit thicker and they don't level out as much as the Dream Drops which are all iridescent in color. I was hoping they would add some new colors to this year's offering, but so far that hasn't happened.  The six colors remain Cloud 9, Fairy Wings, Gold Luxe, Love Potion, Indigo Eclipse, and Dragon Scales.

This technique is very easy, but it does take some time and I would recommend practicing before you do a full-on project.  I love this folder, so I really wanted to use this technique.  Start by misting your cardstock with water only on the front and back to keep your paper from cracking and help get a really crisp design.  This folder works better with a heavier weight card stock.  I used 110# Cougar Super Smooth Digital White cardstock.

Once the cardstock is completely dry, I use a blending brush to go over it in a color from the same family.  This creates the darker shadows.   Once that is done and dry, I start painting with the very tip of the Dream Drops Bottle.  Since the drops are self-leveling, they kind of spread out a bit and show some of the leafy details as well as some of the flowers better, making it easier to paint.  The wreath is so pretty by itself, but this is a great way to focus on just it, and if you want more, you can add a die-cut or two, to the card as well.

Here are some more examples for you of the card done in aqua.

And also a few views of the pink one where I am not putting a sentiment on it as of yet.  I'm not sure who I'll send this to, so I want to hold off on that until I decide.

This card has quite a bit more details that have been painted, so I will want to keep the sentiment simple.  This is a quick post, but as I said, I hope you try out the technique.  I have some other ones I want to try as well, but it will be several weeks before I have time.  I apologize again that I just haven't had very good light to work with for my photos.  

I'll be back and the end of the month with new projects for you.  See you then!


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas - January 2020 Edition

Hello there!  It’s the 25th of the month and I have my first Christmas Cards of the year on my blog today for our Monthly Keeping Christmas Blog Hop.  Kelly Lunceford started this tradition on her blog many months ago (February 25, 2017) and eventually the former "The Challenge" designers came to be a part of it.  We share Christmas cards and projects with you on the 25th of each month to show you different ideas, techniques or projects to help you get a jump start on your Holiday cards and tags for the coming year.  All of the designers have projects to share with you today.  We have 3 new members this year and I know they are names you’ll recognize!  We are joined by Carol Hintermeier, Nancy Penir and Marybeth Lopez this year! Here is the Blog Roll:

I have a single card for you today.  I normally try to do multiple cards or projects, but I haven't had much time in the last several weeks.  We did a lot of traveling in the weeks before and after Christmas and we are getting ready to go on a short vacation the first of February so I'm scrambling slightly to get my work done before we leave.  I've also made several cards for other things as well.  We lost my Mother-In-Law between Christmas and New Years Day, so I had several "Thank You" cards to make for some of the special people who helped as we were making arrangements to say goodbye.  So I've been creating, just not necessarily on Design Team projects.

I got this beautiful Stitched Poinsettia Die from Pretty Pink Posh just a few weeks before Christmas, but since I was finished with all of my cards, I hadn't had a chance to use it yet.  I set it aside, but still on my desk to use for this month's card.

I used some Pure Poppy Cardstock to die cut the bloom with Ripe Avocado for the leaves. I used some iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist on the cardstock once I die cut it and let that dry.  I wanted something a little less traditional for the card base and I chose to use Aqua Mist Cardstock.  The label I used is an old favorite.  I got it at the Dallas Scrapbook Expo in 2006 at the Spellbinders Booth.  It is a bookplate label that has been unavailable for many years.  I still love it and it both cuts and embosses!  It embosses much better if you mist the cardstock from the backside before you run it through with an embossing mat. Then, leaving the paper in the die, I also inked it up through the openings to add the colored detail using Aqua Mist Ink. This particular Spellbinders die can also be used as a stencil for the details.  I think most of their dies work like that, but I'm not positive.

I just wanted to make something simple for this month.  I will be gone for most of February and will just be getting back in time to work on next month's Keeping Christmas Blog Hop Projects. The sentiment that I used here is from the Papertrey Ink "Happiest of Holidays".  I used Versamark to ink it up and then heat embossed it with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder which continues to be my favorite.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great month and get a jump start on your holiday cards!