Monday, November 18, 2019

Twelve Days of Holiday Cards - Day One + Giveaway


Hello everyone!  This is my first year to do a Holiday Card Series and I wanted to do one using lots of products from all of the Memory Box companies.  Memory Box, Poppy Stamps, and Birch Press Designs were all founded by Dave Brethauer.  Each company has their own unique style of products.  I plan to continue this series in the years to come.  Since I'm on the Memory Box Design Team, I have more of those products than the other two, but I am crazy about all three styles.

I will also be doing a giveaway each day of the series, so be sure to comment to be entered into the giveaway.  I will have a Winner's Post on November 30th showing each day's winner.

Today's card features all Memory Box Dies but I'll be mixing and matching during this series.  I used Peace Cheshire Script Die, Star of Wonder, and Country Church Frame.  Most of the die cuts have at least 2 layers to give a bit of dimension and stability.  I die cut two of the Country Church Frame and a couple of extras of the little church building.  One is cut from plain white cardstock and the other is cut from Simon Says Stamp White Glitter Cardstock.  This particular one is 8.5 x 11 inches, so be sure to watch for that when you order because there is also a 6 x 6-inch pack available.  I wanted that frosty, snowy look, so I chose white glitter cardstock for the top layer. 


For the little trees, I colored carefully over the glitter cardstock with a Copic Marker in the color G46 - Mistletoe.  I used the chisel point and went over it lightly so as not to damage my nib.

I wanted a background that was somewhat shimmery to go with the white glitter, so I chose Tonic Silky Sky Cardstock for the background.  I was wanting to simulate an early evening sky and thought this would work well.  The Star of Wonder was the perfect finishing touch for the focal image.  There are two on this die in two different sizes but I thought the larger sized star was not the right scale for the rest of the card so I only used the smaller one.


For the church, I also wanted to give the appearance of light coming through the windows of the building, so I put very pale gold vellum behind the windows to give it that effect.  I wanted a hint of color from say a candlelight service rather than a bright vivid color that overwhelmed the scene.

This card was a simple matter of die-cutting.  I find my Gemini Junior easily cuts the intricate dies.  It did take a little time to glue the various layers together, but you don't have to do that unless you want to.  It's also a great one to die cut in advance and then sit and assemble while you watch TV or listen to an audiobook or some music.  I am trying to make all of the projects for this post fairly simple to do and my last post for the series will be on November 30th.  Make sure you get your shopping/wish list ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  There will be lots of sales to look forward to.  Most of the dies I'll be using for this series are from the Holiday 2019 Collections.  Simon Says Stamp carries Memory Box, Birch Press Design and Poppy Stamps products in their store.

Several days during this series will have a giveaway!  To be eligible, you must leave a comment here on my blog and the winners will be chosen randomly.  All winners will be notified via e-mail, so make sure to fill in that blank when you post a comment for me.  If I'm not able to reach you, then I will select another winner.

Also, I should mention here that my husband just updated my computer to Windows 10 and forgot to back up all of my Outlook contacts.  So if you think I already have your contact information - I DON'T! I only have 6 addresses in my e-mail at this time, so if we know each other, you should send an e-mail to me so I can save it in my blank address book.  Hubby was definitely in the doghouse for a few days, but at some point, you just have to get over it and move on.  Lord help him the next time he wants someone's address from me . . . . . just sayin'! *Ü*

If you have any questions, just shoot me an e-mail through the Contact Me Form in the right-hand sidebar of my blog.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with my Day Two Post.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Memory Box Quick and Easy Holiday Cards

Hi friends and visitors!  I am up on the Memory Box Blog today, as well as here at my personal blog, 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.


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.


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.


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.   


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.  


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.


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.  


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.  


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.


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


This card 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.  


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.  


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.

Thank you so much for stopping by today to see my projects.  Be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions!  I'll link as many of the supplies as I can below for your convenience.  


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Memory Box November Challenge Inspiration


Hello there!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I thought I would give you all a bit of challenge inspiration by using a patterned paper from the new Memory Box Dashing Holiday Paper Pad.  I thought it would be super cute to have a simple wreath made from the newly released Jovial Wreath Die with the Classic Ice Skates as the focal point of the wreath.

I started by selecting one of the patterned papers from the Dashing Holiday Paper Collection.  The one I chose is the green diagonal plaid with grey and a little bit of white.  I misted it with shimmer mist and set it aside to dry while I did the rest of my die-cutting.

The white frame is a single layer that I had leftover from when I made the Shining Dove card several days ago.  That post is here.  This provided the perfect guideline for adding my wreath to the card.   I love it that with so many of the Memory Box frame dies you can mix and match with others in your collection.  


I die cut three of the Jovial Wreaths from #110 Metallic Pearlized Nickel Cardstock.  Next, I layered up each layer how I wanted them to look which was with the foliage primarily at the top of the wreath.  You could do it anywhere you want.  

I then cut three of the Classic Ice Skates dies and glued them one on top of the other to make a thicker element.  This gives a much more 3D appearance to the skates.  Using a silver metallic pen, I colored the blades of the ice skates. This was the easiest way to get a color match to the nickel cardstock.  



Next, I went back to my patterned paper and using Stick-It Adhesive, attached it to a piece of plain white cardstock so that it would be thicker.  Then I die cut it with Rectangle Basics in the 2nd to the largest size. You can really see the shimmer in some of the angles.  

I added that to a top folding card base, then continued to add the other elements into the card.  First came the frame, then the wreaths, and then the ice-skates.  I had planned to use white pearls for the decorative elements on the wreath, but when I placed them without adhesive, it was not enough contrast and so I switched over to Gold Foiled Pearls.  



For the sentiment, I die cut three of the "Peace" Cheshire Script die cut words and glued them together as well, placed them in the bottom center space that was open and added a large gold pearl on each side of the word.  Without those, I felt like the sentiment kind of got lost in the rest of the card.  


Although you can't see the shimmer in this photo, you can really see it in the next one.  I love adding shimmer mist to winter-themed cards for the frosty look.  



There was no stamping required for this card, just die cutting which is how I started making cards.  I used to detest stamping until the MISTI came along.  But I also enjoy just selecting a group of die cuts to work with and seeing how it all plays out once it's assembled.  I actually like this card much more than with the white pearls, and I hope you do too.

I've linked the supplies I used below for your convenience.  The Classic Ice Skates are no longer available from Memory Box, but there are lots of them out there if you google.  Sorry about that! 

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