Fri 21

by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a clean and simple card that is perfect for the rush of the holiday season.


I started with a navy blue card and added three strips of silver washi tape, leaving a little space in between each piece of tape to create the background of my card.

Then I die cut the Winged Dove in a white card stock and I used some foam tape to glue it to the card over my washi tape stripes. I then cut the Peace Cheshire Script in white and glued it to the card under the stripes of washi tape.

This clean and simple design could be used with a variety of Memory Box dies. Switch out the dove for a snowflake and change the sentiment to Merry Christmas. You could also change up the colors and make birthday cards or thank you cards with the same design. Make a few cards with different sentiments and this same simple design to make a cute set for a gift. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend!




Thu 20

Thanks Jotted Script with Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Stitched Square Layers and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


Let's diecut bright tapes with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Square Layers for a quick and easy thank you card.  Add Thanks Jotted Script and top it off with glossy Honeycomb Square accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with the simple directions for my September Tape Too Challenge inspiration card.


Cover a 6" square of white cardstock with washi tape and pink Scotch Expressions Magic Tape.  Cut it into triangles and random shapes using the edges of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Stitched Square Layers dies. 

Cut Thanks Jotted Script from bright pink and dark gray cardstock.  


Attach orange Scotch 3M duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut it with Honeycomb Square.  You may need to run it through the machine two or three times - it's serious,  heavy-duty tape!  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card.  


Have fun making a few more cards with the extra pieces and hexagons.  Diecutting washi taped cardstock is a quick and easy way to create great design elements for cards and tags.  Geometric shapes, butterflies, simple flowers, leaves, houses, balloons - anything goes!

Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's second SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you liked the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs diecuts we transformed into Asian-inspired icons and design elements.  Special thanks to Jenny for her trio of great popcorns and to Robin for her special Chai-spiced dessert bars.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for helping everyone find the stamps, dies and papers we needed for our cards.

There's a new holiday class on Sunday September 23rd.  It's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS - with holiday cards in traditional reds and greens, jewel tones and winter pastels.  Lots of techniques, beautiful artpapers and genuine Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs dies and stamps personally designed by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

Thanks for stopping by!







Wed 19

A Watercolor Background Technique for the MEADOWTREE FRAME
by Anne Thompson

Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045.

I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017.


The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor.  After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles.  The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the brush handle over the watercolored paper.


While I had the die out I cut more of the Meadowtree Frame from white cardstock, and I made two more cards.

This first one has an embossed dots background for the sky. 


The second one uses Memory Box Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the card front with the die layered on top and "peace" cut from the same dot paper.  You'll notice that I left out the plain center frame piece.


Three more cards for my holiday box!


Happy Crafting!!!

Anne Signature

Tue 18

Warm Holiday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another Christmas card featuring more new dies from the 2018 Holiday Release.


To create this card I die cut the Family Cabin Frame, Meadowtree Frame and the Countryside Fence Frame from watercolor paper and painted each frame.  

On the back of the Family Cabin frame I placed a piece of tape behind the cabin to keep all the pieces in place.


Once the die cuts were watercolored I used foam tape to stack the frames on top of each other.  


I used a glue pen to add glitter to the die cuts and then spattered it with white paint.


I adhered the stacked frames to the front of a white card base and stamped the sentiment underneath it.  To finish the card I added some bling to the end of the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by today!





Mon 17

Woodland Deer Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Fall is in the air for us and I simply love fall. The colors are amazing and the feel of the fresh crisp air. What do you like about fall?

So, for my card today, I decided to create a sponged background and used the Woodland Bridge Frame die from the new Holiday collection. This die set has adorable deer, frame and bridge dies.


To start, I created a top folding Kraft cardbase. I then die-cut the outer frame 4 times using the same Kraft cardstock and stacked it together to create a dimensional frame.

Now I took a white mat layer to create the background. I sponged various distress inks for a fall sky effect. I then flicked some water for additional texture.

Now, I die-cut the inside frame and the deer using black cardstock and adhered it to the background piece. I adhered this piece to the cardbase and then added the frame we created earlier. The stitched details in the frame gives this CAS card some more texture.

I like to keep some seasonal cards without the sentiments, so I can use them whenever needed. This die I feel is great for such cards.

Here is a close up.


 Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!





Sun 16

be jolly
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello!  Penny here today with a card that is super easy to pull together and would make a great candidate for assembly line producing. I love to challenge myself with 10 minute about you?


Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Now add a Shimmering Red cardstock background and a Matte Metallic Silver cardstock just a bit smaller.




Die cut Three Candle Circle from Red cardstock. To add a bit of something, something to my candles I have shown here how to use True Snow for dimension and Glitter Ritz for some shine. I love this combination for snow caps and melting candles.




Add pretty washi tape near the bottom and adhere the Candle Circle in the center. (I use spray adhesive for delicate die cuts).




Die cut Snowberry Sprigs from Green Glitter cardstock, snip off a bit of the sprig and adhere to top of circle as shown.

Add a Metallic Silver cord for ornament hanging and a bow to make it festive.


Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments set using white embossing powder. Adhere to card front with tiny staple.


Make sure to link your washi tape cards to the challenge this month HERE.


Happy crafting,





Sat 15

Spooky Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a fun and a little bit spooky Halloween card to share using one of the new dies from the Holiday release. Let's get started!


For my spooky purple background I covered a white sheet of paper with a purple Distress Oxide ink with a foam blending tool. Once all of the paper was covered with ink I sprayed it with water to create the oxide magic. Then I added a spray of a shimmer mist to make it sparkle.

I die cut the Woodland Bridge Frame in black and then covered it with clear Wink of Stella to make it sparkle. I die cut a circle moon and added a little bit of ink before gluing it all to my card.

My final touch was the eyes. I glued them to the scene in a few different places to look like a spooky creature peeking out at you. Thanks for visiting the blog today and have a fabulous and crafty weekend!




Fri 14

Be Merry Snowman
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to make a Season's Greeting card instead of a Christmas card.  I changed up the colors a bit and chose a die and sentiment that could be used for various occasions.

When you cut out the All Heart Snowman die, it looks like this:


I placed a piece of white cardstock behind the large heart openings and lightly traced around the edges with a pencil:


I used the pencil marks as a guide to color the hearts with an RV02 Copic Marker and an RV55 Copic Marker.  Notice I didn't bother to stay in the lines:


I put a piece of strong double stick tape from Elizabeth Crafts behind the die cut openings and then stuck the die on top of my pink splotches:


You could still see the pencil marks since I didn't line up everything exactly, but I didn't worry about it because I knew I would be adding some glitter on top.  I also didn't worry about the small hearts because I knew I would be coloring the cut out hearts red and sticking them down onto the exposed double stick tape.  Once I colored the small hearts with an RV29 marker and the nose with a YR12 marker, I placed them onto the card.  The larger hearts still had exposed double stick tape, so I sprinkled glitter onto the sticky surfaces:


To finish the card, I added a sentiment and some die cut snowflakes.





Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto



Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  


Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.


Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...







Wed 12

Joy to the World
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I'm showing  you how to create the "Tape Challenge" card I did for this month.


I randomly placed washi tape on a white cardstock  card layer, and die cut the Pine Tree Deer Collage in the middle of the paper.  I also die cut the deer from black cardstock and used only the deer head from that.


I glued the washi tape background to a white card base and spattered the middle with black ink.  I adhered the black deer head to the card on top of the washi tape.  I spattered the deer with white ink.  


I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and layered that to a kraft and white cardstock mat.

To finish the card,  I added a few snowflake embellishments.

I hope this inspired you to get out that washi tape and join the challenge!

Have a great weekend!





Tue 11

Snow Much Fun with the Elegant Holly Double Frame by Jean Okimoto


Emboss the Elegant Holly Double Frame and add caroling bunnies from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set to a holiday card.  Detailed Memory Box dies - like the Elegant Holly Double Frame set - create great embossed backgrounds too.  Capture the details and textures of the dies by pressure-embossing them on watercolor paper as a quick alternative to dieutting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a review of some basic cardmaking techniques.  Let's begin with embossing...

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Cut watercolor paper with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Emboss it with the larger outer frame from the Elegant Holly Double Frame.    Here's how I layered everything on the platform of my Platinum machine - die with the cutting edge face-up, diecut watercolor paper, rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  Please use the plates, mats and stacking sequence recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Attach the embossed frame to a 4-½" x 6-¼" card of textured green cardstock.

Cut watercolor paper (smoother side up) with the 3" Stitched Square Layers die.  Stamp the bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.


Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of cardstock and use it as a palette to color the stamped image.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Snow Much Fun Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair. Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled greeting with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layers die.

Cut a holly sprig from the frame set from yellow-green cardstock.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the left edge of the greeting square.  Add green gem stickers.

Embossing watercolor paper - or heavy cardstock - creates subtle backgrounds that won't compete with stamped images.  It's quick and easy too!

Thanks for visiting!