Saturday, January 18, 2020

Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection


Hello everyone!  I have several cards for you today featuring the Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection.  You know how much I love to use gold on my cards and so of course, I have a few of those.  I also have some cards that don't use gold and where I used the Drifting Hearts Stencil with some Glitz Glitter Gel on colored cardstock to make my own backgrounds.  I know - it's a shocker!  I definitely have a signature style for a lot of things but I also work really hard to bring you fresh ideas and content.


The first three cards I have for you today do feature gilded paper and gold foil die-cuts as well as some heat embossing.  I started with my foiled background paper and die cut it with the Rectangle Basics in the 2nd to the largest size. Once I had that cut, I used the largest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Dies in the largest size with an embossing sandwich to put the impression into the background panel.


Next, I die cut the Verdant Leaf Loving Heart Die from Gold Foiled Cardstock and Sweet Blush Cardstock.  I carefully glued the Gold Outline to the background panel with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Then using the leaves from the pink cardstock, I inlaid them into the frame and glued them down.

I got super close to the card in these next two images so that you can see that detail impressed into the paper.  This makes a natural impression so that it's easy to line up your die cut with the impression.

Can you see the little scallop detail that's impressed in the background panel?  Next, using the leftovers from the pink cardstock, I heat embossed the sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp Set.  I added that to a foil mat cut just a bit larger.  I used a paper trimmer to do this, so nothing fancy.  You could also use a pair of scissors if you have some with a long blade.  I attached the finished card panel to a Rose Gold Shimmer Cardstock top-folding card base.


 This card uses another sheet of those papers from the same kit.  It doesn't say which company the papers are from, so I'm no help there.  This time I wanted to use the Berry Branch Loving Heart.  Again, I impressed the Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Die to emboss the detail into the background panel.


For this card, I die cut two of the Berry Branch Loving Hearts from plain gold cardstock and then added a layer of the gold foiled cardstock for the top layer.


It's very cloudy on the day I am taking pictures so I have several for you as I feel it was hard to get an accurate color representation.  The card base for this card is Ink to Paper's Rustic White.  There are very faint words in the background lin columns like you would see in a dictionary and then the more prominent gold foiled leaf and branch and images.


I used lots of gems and pearls to add that special touch to this card.  The Pearls are from Little Things from Lucy's cards in Glossy Eggshell.  The gems are some I've had around for ages and I have no idea if they are available anymore.  I'm pretty sure these were from Close To My Heart.



I heat embossed the"Valentine's Day" sentiment from the Big and Little Valentines and die cut the Love Airy Script word from Gold Foil Cardstock.

Next up, I have this beautiful Gilded Tree Paper.  These papers all came from a kit I got from Simon Says Stamp over a year ago.  For this one, I did not make the Scallop Pinpoint Heart impression as I thought you wouldn't really see it with all of the tree branches or the die-cut Leafy Heart. I know it is hard to see on the others as well.


I used one of the scraps to heat emboss my sentiment and matted that in gold foiled cardstock as well.  All of these cards were very simple to make because I used golded papers and added gold die cuts.  It's also fun to add heat embossed sentiments to the printed papers as long as the pattern is small enough to use.


I thought this would be a nice, not too girly card to send to my father-in-law for Valentine's day so he'll know we're thinking about him, but it's not too lovey-dovey for him.

Next up, I have a couple of cards featuring the Drifting Hearts Stencil.  For my first card, I used Scarlet Jewel Cardstock with the stencil and a palette knife to apply some Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel in White.  I carefully removed the stencil once I had the glitter gel applied and set that aside to dry. You want to clean your stencil off at this point before the paste dries.


Once I had it cleaned and dried it off, I repeated the process on a piece of Sweet Blush Cardstock using Bubblegum Pink Glitz Glitter Gel.  It seems like it only took about 15 minutes for these to dry and I did some die cutting while I was waiting, so I don't know for sure how long it took.


I actually had some Magenta Foiled Cardstock and Glitter Paper.  I even embossed the Sentiment using Wow Metallic Platinum Sparkle embossing powder and added a triple-stacked layer of the Magenta Foil Hugs Loving Heart as one did not seem sufficient.  I have to say, this is my least favorite of the group.  It looks like a sugary pink confection that I'll send to my grandaughters for Valentine's Day.  They will love it!  It's cute, but I prefer a more elegant and sophisticated color palette for sure.




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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Ink to Paper featuring From the Heart Frame Die

I am back today with another project made using products from the Ink to Paper December 2019 Release.  I love stamping and die-cutting, but lately, it seems like I've done more die cutting than stamping.  I'm getting all geared up to get back to stamping and just polished up my MISTI so I'll be prepared.  I've even managed to get most of the things on my desk put away, but have a few things still left to do.

In my crafty parcel sent by Ink to Paper for my guest post, I received the To Die for Sentiments: Love and I knew I wanted to incorporate them with the On the Border: From the Heart Frame Die.


I started by die cutting a frame from Gold Foiled Cardstock and another from Stamper's Select White Cardstock using my Gemini Junior Die Cutting Machine.  Since this is a very delicate and fine die, I wanted to use my electronic cutting machine, although most of the time I still use my Cuttlebug.  I removed the center heart portion, setting it aside, and then adhered the frame part of the die-cut to a panel of Scarlet Shimmer Cardstock.  I also left the leaf interior in the die, but you could remove that part as well if you only want the outline portion of the frame.  Next, I carefully removed the detailed portion of the center heart from the gold panel and added it to the white interior heart, running it through my Xyron Sticker machine.  I pressed everything down with my Teflon bone folder.


Next, I die cut the words "Love You" from Red Glitter Cardstock.  This greeting is so big and bold that I decided I wanted to put the "Love" on the outside and the "you" on a heart on the inside.  This is a fun way to decorate the inside of your card and makes for a great visual impact on the card.  For the inlay style, the biggest secret is using a double-sided adhesive for the die-cuts. It just makes it so much easier than trying to glue down those delicate pieces or sentiments, so once I had the inlaid pieces adhered to the card, it made it super easy to use the leftover bits of scraps for the interior heart.  I used Multi Medium Matte for the glitter word, but the double-sided adhesive is much easier most of the time.  I'm still trying to finish up several bits and pieces of things for Christmas, so I grabbed my always-ready bottle of Multi Medium Matte.

Normally, I would shimmer mist the white cardstock but because I was using glitter cardstock for the word dies, I wanted to keep it a matte white.




The Scarlet Shimmer Cardstock is so beautiful.  You can get it in a sampler pack with multiple colors to see if you like it, but it is heavyweight cardstock, just like all of Ink to Paper's other cardstock. I added my card front panel to a top folding, vertical card base.


The inside of the card is just as lovely as the outside and the gold and glitter really have a big impact when you open the card up.  I see myself doing more of this in the future but I also love the Inside Sentiments that Ink to Paper has been releasing so you can also do that if you like.

This frame die is simply gorgeous and I will definitely be using it a lot this Valentine's Day!    Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate it when you take the time to leave me a comment!


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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Memory Box Double Stitch Happy Heart Dies & Floral Bouquet Heart


Hello Everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by today to see my project.  The last few weeks have been wild and wacky around here so I needed some creative time pretty badly!

I have been out of town a lot (2200+ miles in less than two weeks) and I just wanted to sit down and make something pretty.  I needed a special card for one of our nieces who sang a solo for her grandmother's funeral and so I got to use pretty pinks and golds to pull this card together.


In the most recent Valentine's Collection from last month, there are two styles of hearts that coordinate with the other hearts in this collection.  There are Happy Hearts, which is taller and more elongated while Loving Hearts are shorter and squattier and puts a pretty scalloped detail around the opening.  The choice of hearts for the exterior depends on which heart you choose for the interior.

In this case, I die cut the Happy Heart largest die which leaves a cutout with stitching all the way around.  I cut the same heart from a scrap of Cream, White and Gold Striped paper to go behind the focal image heart, Floral Bouquet Heart which I die cut from Gold Foiled Cardstock. The gold in the focal image matches the background paper perfectly.


I am pretty frugal with my scraps and keep them if they are big enough to cut anything out of such as a shape or letter or what have you.  This is one of those scraps.

This card is really straightforward, clean in style and easy to replicate.  I don't always have time to do something elaborate.  I felt like the die-cut Love Airy Script needed a little sprucing up, so I attached some Gold Foiled Hearts around the image to tie it all together.  Before then, it just kind of faded into the background.  I made a card very similar to this for my niece, but I forgot to photograph it.

I have some amazing planned projects for you in the weeks to come now that the pace of my life is getting back to normal.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Don't forget to tag us on Social Media (#memoryboxco) if you try something in a similar design. We enjoy seeing your projects!


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