Monday, April 7, 2014

YOU ARE SPECTACULAR

Here I am playing with another Memory Box die again....as well as some other elements that I don't use very often. Here's my card:
The first thing I did to make this 5x7" card was to cut my diecuts. The star wreath was cut out of Birch Wood Veneer and colored with "Faded Jeans" Distress Stain. I love the way this Distress Stain allows me to color the wood, without covering up the woodgrain! Next, I cut some stars out of adhesive-backed cork and a small piece of white cardstock.

I positioned the die cuts (not glued!!) on the Color Mates "Dark Creamy Cocoa" paper (cut in a 4.5x6.5" piece to allow for a 1/4" white border on all sides). I did this to get an idea of how I wanted to proportion the rest of the elements on my card. I also made small pencil marks to mark the center of my wreath to know where to place my stamped sentiment.

I cut a 2"strip of gray corrugated cardstock and tore the long edges. I then wrapped navy twine around this piece and attached it to my "Cocoa" background. This background piece was then attached to my 5x7" white cardstock base. Using my pencil marks for the center of the wreath, I inked my stamps from Technique Tuesday's "Incredible stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then, I glued my starry wreath and the individual stars onto my card base. The single white star was covered with "Faded Jeans" Distress Stickles.

The "spectacular" sentiment (from the same Technique Tuesday stamp set) was also inked with Versamark onto a vellum strip, then heat embossed with white embossing powder. This was then glued to the card with small dots of "Glossy Accents" (my favorite adhesive!)

To purchase the Memory Box stencil used here, as well as other high quality craft items, please visit www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com  
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Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THINKING OF YOU

I've been having so much fun playing with brand new and never used items lately. I just received the stencil used on this card, and the sentiment "Thinking of you" die has been sitting around my craft room a while now, having never been used. Here's the card I made:
Here's how I made it:
The stencil used is Memory Box's "Garden Umbrel" (#88512). I stenciled the image on white cardstock using "Peeled Paint" Distress Ink and Hero Arts "Soft Purple" Shadow Ink. Some tips for using this stencil:

  • Be very careful when stenciling the green "flower" portion of the image. The corner pieces where the flower base portions meet with the stem are not attached to each other, so they lift up easily, causing smudges. I would suggest taping them down slightly above the "joint areas" and stencil that area and the stem first. Then remove the tape and stencil the rest of the flower base, still being extra careful.
  • I flipped the stencil over, after cleaning it, to stencil the leaf portion. I wanted it bending toward the stem, rather than away from it.
  • When I stenciled the purple portion of the card, I stenciled once, then shifted the stencil slightly up and to the sides a couple of times to get the fullness that I wanted.
After the stencil was complete, I trimmed the white cardstock and distress the edges with "Milled Lavender" and "Dusty Concord" Distress Inks. Before gluing it to the purple background, I tied some purple twine around the lower portion of the image. Once adhered to the purple background, I adhered it to my white 5x7" cardstock base.

The die cut sentiment was cut out of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp's "Thinking of You" die (#S122).

For the butterflies, I used the Martha Stewart "Classic Butterfly 3-in-1" punch, and flat back pearls for the centers.

To purchase the Memory Box stencil used here, as well as other high quality craft items, please visit www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com  
for excellent prices and top-notch customer service!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

DARLING POPPIES

The California state flower is the California Poppy. When they are in bloom, you see gorgeous fields of these beautiful orange-colored flowers. During our years of living in Canada, it was very evident that the red poppy holds great significance in regard to remembering those who gave their lives for their country. On Remembrance Day (Veteran's Day in the U.S.), everyone wears a red poppy on their lapel, blouse, shirt, etc. as a sign of their gratitude for and recognition of, those who have served in the military.  Poppies have also become popular flowers in crafting - lots of dies, stamps, etc. incorporate the poppy. I recently received this beautiful poppy die (from Memory Box) and was so excited to give it a try! Here's the card I made:
I'm a very simple person, and like simple designs. I've been called a minimalist by friends. (I hope they mean it in a good way! :D)  This die from Memory Box is so beautifully detailed and delicate, I just didn't want to add much else to the card that could take away from it! I'm very pleased with the clean and simple, but elegantness (if that's a word!) of this A2 size card. Here's how I did it:

The die cut was made with white cardstock. I saved the inner pieces of the flowers, colored them red (with Copic markers), then re-inserted them into the die cut. I really like that look better than just coloring in the empty space. The die cut was adhered to a piece of kraft cardstock then adhered, to a slightly larger piece of red cardstock with foam tape. I love dimension on my cards! This was then adhered, off-centered, to my white cardstock base. Then I added a very simple sentiment to the bottom right corner.

The die used for this card is Memory Box's "Darling Poppies" (#98879). To purchase the Memory Box dies used here, as well as other high quality craft items, please visit www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com  
for excellent prices and top-notch customer service!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

YOU'RE SPECIAL

I just received some new items from Memory Box and am having so much fun creating with them!!  Here's the first card I made using a brand spankin' new stencil set:
This is a 5x7" card made with Memory Box's "Garden Leaf & Berry" and "Garden Whimsy Branch" stencils (#'s 88552 and 88553 respectively). This is a double-layer stencil. I did mask some areas of the stencil (shortened a branch and decreased the amount of berries). I think the look that the layered stencils make is soooooo cool!

Here's how I did it:
First I stenciled the "Garden Whimsey Branch" onto a 5x7" piece of kraft cardstock. I used "Frayed Burlap" and "Peeled Paint" Distress Inks. I've found that you have to be VERY careful inking around some of the branches, as some of the areas where the branches join lift easily, making it difficult to stencil without any smudges. (I had to practice a few times before I was happy with the result. There's still some smudging on this one, but they are tolerable!)

Second, I layered the "Garden Leaf & Berry" stencil over my stenciled image. These stencils are made to fit together, so lining it up was quite easy! I then stenciled over the "leaf" areas with "Walnut Stain" and "Forest Moss" Distress Inks. This gave the really awesome two-tone affect of the stencil.  I masked off the berries that I didn't want to use, and inked the rest with "Aged Mahogany" Distress Ink. The sentiment stamp (Hero Arts #CL497) was inked with Memento's "Rich Cocoa" ink.

I trimmed the stenciled portion of the card, rounded the corners, and glued it to a slightly larger piece of coordinating paper. This was then affixed to a 5x7" kraft cardstock base.

For the final touch, I glued flat-back pearls to the card for dimension to the berries.

To purchase the Memory Box dies used here, as well as other high quality craft items, please visit www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com  
for excellent prices and top-notch customer service!

Thanks for looking!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

CITYSCAPE HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Here's another card with Memory Box's "Cityscape" die set:

The dies used for this card are Memory Box "Cityscape Nightline" (#98398) and "Cityscape Silhouette" (#98399).

To purchase the Memory Box dies used here, as well as other high quality craft items, please visit 
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Monday, March 24, 2014

JUST BECAUSE

I've been wanting to use this Memory Box Cityscape die set for a long time!! I'm trying a few different things, so hopefully there'll be more posts with these dies in the near future!!
The dies used for this card are Memory Box "Cityscape Nightline" (#98398) and "Cityscape Silhouette" (#98399).

To make this A2 size card, I masked off the bottom portion of the card (to leave white for my sentiment). I swiped "Squeezed Lemonade" Distress Ink over the unmasked portion. I punched a circle mask (for my sun), and continued to sponge various colors of distress ink around it to give the appearance of a sunset. Distress Ink colors used were: "Mustard Seed", "Spiced Marmalade", "Fired Brick" and "Chipped Sapphire". 

To purchase the Memory Box dies used here, as well as other high quality craft items, please visit 
www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com  for excellent prices and top-notch customer service!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE LORD BLESS YOU

This card incorporates one of my favorite Scripture passages. These verses always bring me so much comfort and peace!

This is a 5X7" card. The poppy die cut is Memory Box "Prim Poppy" (#98310) which was cut out of white cardstock, then colored with Copic markers. The black frame is a piece that I cut using my Silhouette Cameo. The stamp is Stampendous "Shine on You".

To purchase the Memory Box die used here, please visit www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com  for excellent prices and top-notch customer service!