Friday, October 18, 2019

Memory Box Blog Blitz - Day Five + Giveaway


Hello there!  Memory Box is having a Blog Blitz this week which means we have a few new products for you!  There's a link to the catalog for you here.

There are many, many new dies, two Alphabets including a mini, two 6 x 6 Patterned Paper Pads, and two Washi Tapes. 

Merry Christmas Noted Script Die
Corner Holly Swirl Die 
Also, you have a chance to win a "Merry Christmas" Noted Script Die" by leaving a comment here on my blog.

I started by selecting a patterned paper from the Dashing Holiday Paper Pad which has a matte black background with a holly design on it.  It's my favorite from the pack.  I gave it my usual treatment of shimmer mist and set it aside while I did a bit of die-cutting to put my card together.

Bauble Snowflake Corner
I die cut a Bauble Snowflake Corner from white cardstock.  I almost always use #110 cardstock for everything.  I also wanted to use a few other new dies, including the Merry Christmas Noted Script die and two Corner Holly Swirls from some scraps.  These were cut from some loosely watercolored paper that I had done for another project which will be coming up, so they were kind of a lighter green than what I wanted for this card.  By doing some ink blending with a small ink blending brush around the exterior edges of everything, it deepened the color to something more in keeping with my background paper.  The sled and the sentiment are both cut from red satin cardstock.

Another piece of some of the green watercolored paper that I used for the leaves.
After I die cut the Corner Holly Swirls, I embellished them with some Icicle Stickles and set them in my window sill to dry.  This is actually one of my favorite things about my studio is my large picture window just above my glass countertop.  It gets the afternoon sun and is a great place to let things (especially watercolor things) dry.


I attached the background paper to a top folding A2 card base and then loosely laid my elements out on my card front until I got a look that I liked.  Initially, I was planning to use the entire Bauble Snowflake Corner, but it seemed too much for everything else I had going on with this card, so I attached it with just a portion of the corner and cut the excess off.

Next, I placed the sled over the Bauble Snowflake Corner.  You can probably see that I embellished what would normally be the metal parts of the sled, with some Christmas Red Stickles. Next came the Corner Holly Swirls, complete with more of the Xmas Red Stickles on the berries, attached to the lower left and upper right-hand corners of my card.  The Holly Leaves were also embellished with a bit of Icicle Stickles by using the tip of the bottle to "paint" them on the leaves.  In some cases, I find Stickles easier to work with than Nuvo Drops as they have a transparent base making them perfect when you want a "touch" of sparkle without completely covering the elements in glitter.  I added a single of the smallest Bauble Snowflakes in the upper left corner.  That left the perfect place for my sentiment.


The little speckles that are visible on the patterned paper, are the bits of shimmer in my shimmer mist.  I'm working on my photos to show you with and without props to make it easier for Memory Box to add projects to their website.


This card really catches the light and I don't feel the pictures does it justice!  I added little gems to the center of the single snowflake and for the dot on the "i" in Christmas.

Want to win your own Merry Christmas Noted Script Craft Die? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST. One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the die. Visit the Outside the Box Blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day. Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST. Good luck!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Memory Box Holiday Greetings Stamp Set


Hello!  Today I thought I would do something a bit different for you.  I used the new Holiday Greenery Stamp Set from Memory box for my Watercolor Card. Isn't this swag just beautiful?  I'd love to have something so fresh and Christmasy in my own home during the holidays.

This was really easy to create.  I started by heat embossing the image onto a piece of Canson Bristol Smooth Cardstock using Versamark and Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I took a combination of May Green, Green, and Dark Green in my Zig Markers and just scribbled it into each of the leaves.  Using a brush with very little water, I moved the color into the edges and let everything just kind of blend together how it wanted to.  I used the Red Zig for the Berries.  Next, using light blue, I went all around the swag, working the color outward with more water this time.  Once I got in and around all the berries and greenery, I added more of the light blue and worked it outward, turning the paper rather than trying to turn my hand.

I set this aside to let it dry before continuing on to the next steps.  While I was waiting, I chose the colors I wanted to use for all of the background layers. I chose Navy, Teal, and Satin Red, and die cut them with Rectangle Basics Dies.


I mounted those to a 4.25 x 5.5 Top Folding Navy Cardbase.  Using my Copic White medium, I mixed a little bit on the top of an acrylic block and using a Princeton Neptune #1 Script Brush, I put white splatter over the entire panel to make it look like snowfall.  Again, I set that aside to dry.  I've found that the longer bristles and smaller sized brush give me the type of splatter I was looking for in this case. 

Once that was completely dry, I added some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell (white pearl) for the little berries and some White Blizzard for the highlight on the red berries.  I let that dry overnight and then hit it with some shimmer mist on the following morning.  Not too much as I didn't want the watercolor to run, but enough so that the recipient will notice when they receive the card.  Then I attached that panel to the card base with all the layers that I had prepared.  I also added a plain white panel on the interior for a note.  A simple gold sentiment to math the gold embossing, "Peace" in Cheshire Script finishes this card off.


This is a little bit different of a style for me, so I hope you like it or that it inspires you to try something new to you.   I'm not super comfortable with this type of watercolor, but I keep practicing, so I am improving. Thanks for stopping by today.


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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Memory Box Peace Winter Card


Hello there!  Today I have a card for you featuring some of the new Holiday 2019 Dies from Memory Box!  Given my love for shimmer and shine any time of year, you know that I had to use some of that on a winter snowflake card!  I started by misting up a couple of 4.25 x 5.5 card panels with clear shimmer mist.

I strongly considered using white on white for this card, but I wanted an "icy" color for the card base.  I chose Pearlized Powder Blue from PaperPapers.com.  Once my white card panels were dry, I die cut the Bauble Snowflake Frame Die from one panel and a couple of the smaller snowflakes from the Sparkling Snowflake Trio.  I mean, with "Sparkling" in the name, you know I had to do it.  With the other panel, I cut several more of the snowflakes so that I could layer them up on the front of the card and the inside of the card as well.  I could also have used a shimmer or metallic white cardstock but that paper doesn't give quite the same effect as the white card stock with shimmer mist on it.  These dies cut so well that I don't have any trouble popping them out of the negative.


Memory Box Dies are made in the USA of 100% US Steel.  I don't know about you, but that is something that's important to me as a US Citizen.  They also cut beautifully, every single time.  I am not using a metal adapter plate, but as my cutting pads wear, I may need to add one to my die-cutting sandwich.  I do have a Gemini, but I feel faster cranking everything through my Cuttlebug. When I found out that the Cuttlebug was being discontinued, I bought a dozen sets of "B" plates and a couple of "C" plates.  Eventually, I will have to switch over, but I'm going to be fighting it every step of the way.

Once I had all the snowflakes die-cut, I started laying them on top of each other to see how I would group them.  I always like to put a sparkly little gem in the very center, so it was mostly a matter of what snowflake went on top of which other one. I pretty much always do the largest on the bottom getting smaller with each layer.  I also rotate the additional layers slightly to make it look like there are as many "branches" as possible together.  After I adhered them together at the centers, I laid them on a piece of white printer paper and Misted them yet again with the some Silver Iridescent Shimmer Mist.

After I set those aside, I grabbed the frame and used micropore tape all along the backside of it to keep the little pieces from falling out.  Then using my Tonic Nuvo Shimmer Pen, I went all over the front of the frame.  This gives the most sparkle possible but you need to be squeezing the brush a little the whole time to keep the product coming out.  I wouldn't really do it on something that was any larger because it would be pretty hard on your hands, but I wanted that super shimmery shine today.

After making my card base, I laid everything out on my card to decide how I wanted the layout to look.  I put foam tape all the way around the large frame and adhered it to the card base.  Next, I put Multi Medium Matte all around the small, skinny frame with the dotted detail and adhered it directly to the card.  I put gems around the larger frame at the inner corners and then at the center point on each outer side of the frame in the center of that side.  The detail in all Memory Box dies is just incredible and I have to say I love working with them.


Normally, I try to block the sunlight from the afternoon hours by pulling down my blinds.  I hadn't quite gotten it done when I snapped this picture.  The sun had just gone a little behind a cloud eliminating the really dark shadows that come with full sun.

This is really simple to do as it is primarily assembly.  With a variety of small one-word dies to choose from, it's easy to put a card together.  You could do mass die cutting, and then sit in front of the television and do mass assembly if you wanted to.  I have so many projects and ideas to share right now, so I'll be back soon with another project to share with you.


I'm trying to get better at remembering to take process photos for you, but there weren't really any in this case.  It was simple die-cutting and assembly.

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