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52 posts categorized "Friendship"

Seasons Change
by Janet Katz

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Happy fall, everyone! Cooler weather is just beginning to creep into central Texas and I’m here for it. For my first project as a new design team member, I wanted to design a slimline card, which typically measures 3.5” x 8.5” when folded. I started with the lovely Soaring Tree Frame cut from kraft cardstock. 

I used gold, burgundy, and rust cardstock with the Floral Cluster die, cutting off the tiny leaves on the edges and adhering them to the tree. Next, I die cut the adorable Pile of Pumpkins (I adore pumpkins!) from some deep orange cardstock.

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I knew I wanted a snowy background and the Snowspeckle Washi Tape worked perfectly. I’d never worked with washi tape this wide, and found it easiest to adhere the leading edge of the tape to my plastic table top and then unroll it. This way I could measure what I wanted and get a smooth application by just putting my cardstock onto the sticky side. 

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I used a medium blue cardstock and cut the washi-covered piece down to just fit behind the tree. I used the same blue for the card base. I used a plain circle die to create the green hill, and then I swiped Versamark ink on the tops of pumpkins, the hill, and in one area of the tree. I heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it the look of snow. I went over a few more branches with a white gel pen. 

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I adhered all these pieces together along with the washi-covered background, and then used my same fall-colored cardstock to die cut Orchard Leaves. I cut apart these to make a nice variety of leaves for the card front. I used foam adhesive tape to pop up the snowy scene and added a computer printed sentiment. I hope you enjoyed this card, and I hope the beauty and cooler temperatures of fall are waiting just outside your front door.

Janet Floral Signature copy

 

 

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All the Happiness
by Sue McRae

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Happy Monday everyone! Sue here with some stamping today! I feel like I don’t do as much stamping as I used to. It seems to be all about the die cutting.

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I inked up a floral image from the All the Happiness stamp set with embossing ink and heat set it with clear embossing powder.

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To add colour to the image I used a small blending brush and a variety of dye inks. No need to stay within the lines for this technique. By inking up the image this way you can get the job done quickly. The image was die cut with the matching die.

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I die cut the Double Scallop Oval from White Woodgrain Paper and temporarily positioned it on the card front so I could figure out where to stamp the sentiment. I used foam tape to adhere the oval frame to the light gray card base.

I attached the floral piece with thinner foam tape to the frame and added a variety of Fairy Jewels for a little bling!

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Thanks so much for joining me today on the blog and I wish you a great week!

Sue Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Sweet Friend Shaker Card
by Sue McRae

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Hello crafty friends! I’m finishing off my summer posts with this sweet ice cream shaker card. It’s still really hot where I live and am looking forward to the cooler fall temps!

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This card is a mini slimline, my first time making one! Using the Whittle Ice Cream Cone, I die cut it five times from white card stock.

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I took the cones and inked them up with Distress Ink. Here’s a little tip for you. To prevent your ink pads or die cuts from sliding around when you’re trying to ink blend, lay them on a Silpat or silicone baking mat. The texture of this mat grabs the ink pads and die cuts and keeps them in place. No more inky fingers! They are inexpensive at Amazon.

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They also come in this style. Works the same way.

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For the background of the ice cream I inked up a piece of white card stock with Distress Inks and spritzed it with Perfect Pearls for a little shimmer and texture.

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I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the cones and added foam tape. I used clear seed beads for my shaker bits then attached the rainbow inked panel on top.

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For the sparkly lines on the card front, I sprinkled clear iridescent glitter over two lines of double sided tape and burnished it in with my fingers.

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The sentiment was created with the Poetic Uppercase Alphabet. These letters are a great size for card fronts and the die cuts several of each letter at once. It’s a great way to customize your cards and it also comes in lowercase.

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I attached my panel to a light grey card base and it’s all done!

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This card could be used as a birthday card, missing you or just to say hello.

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Thanks for joining me today, I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sue Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Sending Fall Hugs
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hey Poppy friends! Anyone else in the mood for fall? I know, I know, we shouldn't rush the seasons, but I love fall. It is my favorite for so many reasons - cool weather, cozy sweaters, pumpkin everything, apple season, Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving, and so much more. Here's a card I made inspired by the beauty of changing leaves.

To start, I ink blended two panels with a variety of autumn inspired dye inks from Catherine Pooler. I blended one of the two panels a little lighter than the other. Since the inks are water reactive, I splattered both panels with water for a little texture. One panel was used as the background, and the other was used for my leaf silhouettes and die cuts.

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I tried a new (to me) technique with my Poppystamps products where made a stencil with one of the Whittle dies. I covered a piece of scrap paper with masking tape and die cut the Whittle Oak Leaf multiple times to create a pseudo stencil. With the DIY stencil, I blended the same ink colors randomly on half of one ink blended panel, and then trimmed the panel in half. From the trimmed half of the panel, I die cut several leaves as normal. I added additional ink on the die cuts to deepen the colors.

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To further differentiate the background, I dry embossed the Lattice Plate die for texture. And I popped up the leaves with foam tape for dimension. For a little sparkle, I added Fairy Jewels in coordinating colors.

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For the final touch, I heat embossed a sentiment from Whittle Everyday in white embossing powder. I ink blended the sentiment strip with the same yellow and orange inks that I used in the background.

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Hope you enjoyed this fall inspired card and I hope you try something new in your next make. See you next time!

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Tiffany Floral Signature copy

 

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Sweet Thanks
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hi friends! Tiffany here with a sweet, thank you card featuring Whittles from the latest Poppystamps release. I played with the Whittle critters previously so I wanted to try incorporating some of the Whittle food into a card design. This one was simple and lays pretty flat, so it will be easy to mass produce and send through the mail. Win-win!

I started with my base layers. On an A2-sized card base, I trimmed and added a piece of pattern paper from the Spring Plaid paper pack. For the last base layer, I die cut a piece of white cardstock with the largest layer from the Postage Rectangle Layers. I normally add a foam sheet to one or more of my base layers for dimension, but I wanted an easy to mail card. If you are missing dimension, but still want a fairly flat card, you could double or triple up any of the base layer panels.

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Next, I worked on die cutting all my card elements. Out of multiple cardstock colors, I die cut the Whittle donut, popsicle, and cupcake several times. I also die cut everything from white cardstock so I could add an extra cardstock layer to each die cut for more stability. If you ever have trouble choosing a color palette, a safe formula that I like to follow is to choose two shades of the same color, a complementary/contrasting color, and a neutral. In my card, I used two shades of purple-pink, yellow as it is opposite the color wheel from purple, and gray as my neutral. Try this simple formula in your next card to see if it works, but don't be afraid to break all the "rules" and play with colors however you see fit!

In a 3x3 grid pattern, I mixed and matched the die cuts in various color combinations. I adhered the die cuts askew so it did not have to align perfectly. I think it adds a bit more whimsy to the design. After everything was adhered, I added glitter highlights on each piece. I couldn't make a sugary, sweet card without any glitter! For extra detail, you could add glossy accents to the icing or popsicles.

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Lastly, I added my sentiment strips. From the Whittle Love Sentiments set, I performed stamp surgery on two sentiments to change their orientation. Don't be afraid to carefully alter your stamps to make them work for you and your card designs. I stamped them in clear embossing ink and heat embossed in white on dark gray cardstock. I cut little notches on the ends to mimic a banner.

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Hope you found some inspiration in this card and are enjoying your weekend. Take care!

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Tiffany Floral Signature copy

 

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Notecard Set
by Nancy Penir

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Hi and welcome! I am sharing a notecard set, something I like to keep on hand for gift giving.

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I keep them simple, with touches of handmade goodness. Usually sets of 4 or 6, and always with matching envelopes. 

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The notecards are 3 1/2 x 5 (A1), and I fit them opened, into my Misti fitted with a bar so I can stamp them assemble line.

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I chose copics to color my blooms. Above are the colors I used. Soft and pastel. An easy night while watching TV. You could use any medium. I've done this with watercolors, pencils, or even foam daubers and ink.

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My die cuts stand out against the floral blooms, but still flat enough to go through the mail.

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A set of 4, tied with a ribbon, added to a basket of baked goods... might just give this to a new neighbor down the street.

So many stamps sets to choose from in the  Memory Box Open Studio store. The dies are Poppystamps, and the links below with take you to the item. 

Hope your weekend is full of crafty goodness! 

Nancy Floral Signature copy

 

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