Sat 23

by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I want to highlight a few of the new dies from the latest release. It has been so fun to see all of the design team using them this week. 


For my card today I used the beautiful Hutton Border die and I cut the edge on the front of the card. I just love how it turned out. I glued a piece of teal paper to the inside of the card, it makes the die cut edge really stand out.

I added a piece of silver glitter paper to the front of the card and then die cut the two layers of the Thanks Jotted Script die. The background layer was cut in vellum and the top layer was cut in a black mirror card. I glued them to the card to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by the blog have a wonderful weekend!



Fri 22

New Flitter Side Butterfly and Thanks Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto


The new Flitter Side Butterfly and Thanks Jotted Script add a breezy touch to any card - here's a bright summer design for you.   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from the Summer 2018 Collection.  

Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills - leave a few white areas for contrast.  Spritz it lightly with water, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape to the top of coral creme cardstock and cut the solid Flitter Side Butterfly.  Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from gray cardstock.

Remove the tape liner and attach the detailed butterfly - slightly offset.  Brush clear iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive to create a very sparkly butterfly.  

Diecut Thanks Jotted Script from coral creme and gray cardstock.  Layer the pieces - adhere the first and last letters, then adhere the remaining letters.

Cut a 1-¾" x 3-¾" strip of coral creme cardstock.  

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of gray cardstock - use foamdots for the right edge of the butterfly.  Add peachy-pink gemstickers




The loose, elegant typestyle of the four Jotted Script dies makes it easy to add a fresh, contemporary look to cards.planners and layouts.  A few tiny dots of glue adheres the layers.  You'll see a lot of Jotted Script cards here on our blog!

Thanks very much for stopping by again...enjoy the weather and have a great weekend!




Thu 21

New Summer Meadow Collage and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto


Butterflies and blossoms from the just-released Summer Meadow Collage create the perfect backdrop for the new Awesome Jotted Script set.  Add a watercolored background and pale turquoise gem stickers and you'll have a sweet card for a very special person.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more inspiration from our Summer 2018 Collection.


Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 4-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Cut Summer Meadow Collage - save the center offcut.  This die is designed to  cut a delicate frame with an open center.  We'll recyle the offcut to create a solid background for the greeting here.

Paint watercolor paper with pale, diluted layers of Kaleidacolor ink refills.  They're perfect as liquid watercolors - and come in over 50 great shades ranging from soft pastels to bright jewel tones.  Airdry it for a few minutes, give it light spritz of water to soften the colors,  then heat-set it.  Cut it with the same Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die. 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps - on the collage offcut with Starlite Black Brilliance.  

Cut the delicate Awesome Jotted Script from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the background from pink cardstock.  Here's a tip to make layering quick and easy...attach both ends of the delicate script to the matching background first, then secure the remaining portion.  You'll never run out of background - or have too much background.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square white card.  Add pale turquoise gem stickers.


There are three other Jotted Script die sets - birthday, thanks and wonderful - and we love all of them too!  They may look fragile - but they're easy to diecut.  Trust me - I cut twelve "awesome" sets and twelve "thanks"  for last week's Summer Hearts class in just a few minutes.  

Special thanks to everyone from the BEYOND THE BOX and SUMMER HEARTS classes at Impress last weekend.  I appreciate how so many of you took both classes - and drove or ferried to Tukwila for the entire day!  Thanks too - Shari and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow...









Wed 20

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a summer themed card which features some of the new dies from this year's Summer release.  


I decided to go with a monochromatic themed card.  I die cut the new Wave Ribbon Collage  twice on white cardstock.  For the background behind the waves I sponged Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks on white cardstock which I cut the same size as the wave die cut paper.  I glued my wave die cut paper to the inked background and I adhered that to a Sky notecard. 

I inked a piece of white cardstock with the same color inks as the background and die cut my jelly fish from this paper. Note: The jelly fish die I used was discontinued, but in it's place you could use the Wandering Jellyfish Die #99743. Then I glued those to the card front.


I inked another piece of white cardstock with Twisted Citron ink and die cut the shadow background from the new Birthday Jotted Script Die.  I used white cardstock for the word birthday and glued this on top of the shadow die cut.  Once these are glued together I adhered it to the card front.  

The word "wishes", came from a sentiment in the Spring Lilacs clear stamp set.  I used a Versa Mark Pen and only inked the word "wishes" from the sentiment and stamped it on sky cardstock and then heat embossed it using white embossing powder.

To finish the card I glued some clear embellishments to the card front.

I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by today!






Tue 19

Wonderful Friend Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love love love all the Script words :) So today, I chose "WONDERFUL" and "Hutton Wreath" and created a one layer card.


I started with a white cardbase and sponged some distress inks onto the card front. I then embossed the wreath die onto the center. To emboss using dies is really fun and it leaves a beautiful impression. It's one of my favourite techniques. All you need extra is the embossing mat. I used the tabs on my big shot as I would if I am using an embossing folder but instead of embossing folder, I use the embossing mat under my paper. 

I then die-cut the script dies using white cardstock. I applied clear sticky ink to the word "wonderful" and added some gold embossing powder and used heat tool to emboss this. I then adhered it to the white base.  I adhered the word to the cardbase using 3d foam.

Here is a close up to see the wonderful embossed texture using dies.


 To finish, I assembled everything together. Stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Birch Press design "Just Because Stamp", cut a stripe and adhered to the card.

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







Mon 18

Riverbank Oval Cards with Wave Ribbon Collage, Floating Swan, and Birthday Jotted Script or Flitter Side Butterfly
by Anne Thompson

Another gorgeous day today and new Memory Box dies to play with--what more could one ask for!  I made two cards that feature the RIVERBANK OVAL 94010 as a frame added on top of the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 where the FLOATING SWAN 94012 rests.


Let's talk about the birthday card on the left first.  

  • I started with a Pool notecard and die cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 into the front of the card.  
  • I die cut the RIVERBANK OVAL 94010 from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen on the top and bottom edges to add it to the notecard.  
  • I used white cardstock to cut out the FLOATING SWAN 94012.  I put a thin line of glue on its bottom front edge and slipped it behind one of the waves to adhere it to the card.  
  • I then added a piece of Pool Gingham Paper cut 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside of the notecard on the righthand panel.  
  • Using the BIRTHDAY JOTTED SCRIPT 94003,  I cut the solid greeting from the dark brown cardstock and used the smaller script die to cut into the pool gingham paper.  I layered them together using the glue pen and adhered it to the card front.
  • When writing on the gingham paper inside, I'll need to remember not to write where the waves are as anything in that space will show when the card is closed.


I assembled the second card in the same way except I used the FLITTER SIDE BUTTERFLY 94002 instead of the birthday greeting.  I cut the solid wings part of the butterfly from the gingham paper and the more detailed outline from the dark brown cardstock.  I used a glue pen to adhere the two pieces together and then used a foam dot to add it to the card front.


These dies make great cards for me to send as reminders to others of this special place where I live.  We have Canada Geese and many varieties of ducks in our pond (though we've never had a swan) and eventually the cattails will grow on the banks.  There are lots of butterflies and dragonflies about during the day and fireflies in the evening now.  I know these dies are going to be used over and over again!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 17

Serene Thanks
by Penny Ward



Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a masculine card. Memory Box makes it so easy to create cards for the men in your life with their wonderful nature themed dies.

And this new Jotted Script die that is available in four different greetings....LOVE!


Here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches.




Using Distress Oxide inks in Peacock Feathers and Broken China, blend the two in an oval shape on the card front. Don't worry about keeping the oval small. You want a little color outside of the die cut oval.

Die cut Riverbank Oval, ink with VersaClair Medieval Blue, color the rest with Spectrum Noir markers and adhere to card front.




Die cut Floating Swan from White cardstock and adhere to card front.

Die cut Thanks Jotted Script from White cardstock. Ink the shadow, adhere the two die cuts together, then to the front of the card with foam adhesive.


Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!


Happy Crafting,





Sat 16

Acetate Hutton Border
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card that uses acetate along with the new Hutton Border die.  The Hutton Border pairs well with the Hutton Gate dies or the Hutton Circle Collage.  Here is a side view of the card that makes it a bit easier to see the border and the acetate behind it:


To make the card, I cut a piece of white paper to make a card with the hinge at the top.  Next, I opened up the card and taped the border die at the bottom of paper using some repositionable tape.  Here is a hint when cutting out border dies- It usually works best to have your long die go through the die cut machine in a "landscape" position so that the roller of your die cut machine travels down the length of the die.  You end up with much better cuts.  However, I couldn't run my die through the machine this way because it was attached to an entire card.  If you have to run a long die through the machine so that the roller doesn't get to travel down the length, be sure to use a metal plate to get a better cut and make your die cut "sandwhich" in such a way that the die faces upwards to cut through the paper.  Here is how I ran the die through the machine:


This is what the die looked like before going through the machine.  All I had to do was add the top plastic plate on top of the "die sandwich."  It is hard to see the position of the die under the paper, so that is why I held it into place with some tape.  I don't know why you get a better cut with the die face up rather than face down, but you do.

Once I cut out the border, I added a strip of acetate behind the border to help support the design and because it added an interesting element to the card.

For the front of the card, I sponged some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide in the middle and gradually sponged away from the center till I had a soft blue background. 

Next, I added the new Hutton Wreath die and the new Large Swallow die.

To color the swallow, I cut it out of 140lb watercolor paper and colored it with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (Flesh, Dark Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Shadow Mauve, and Blue Grey) and softened everything with a waterbrush.  Here is a closeup:


Thanks for stopping by today!






Fri 15

New Summer Die Release
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Memory Box has a new release of dies for the Summer, and you will definitely want to check them out on the website!

I knew when I saw the new Rose Bloom Collage die that it was going to be my first project.  Roses seem to be perfect for so many different occasions.  To color the rose petals and leaves, I used an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Here is a closeup:


One of the reasons I like the Zig markers is that they are really easy to use for watercoloring.  The brush nibs are similar to Copic markers in that it doesn't hurt the marker at all to go over a darker color with a lighter color.  To color each item, I die cut the image out of 140lb watercolor paper.  Next, I drew a solid line of Geranium Red at the base of the petals and then softened it with a line of bright Peach Pink and finally blended with the lightest Blush color.  On the petals that are primarily pink, I started with the Peach Pink, blended with the Blush and then softened everything with a waterbrush.  The coloring itself was very quick and easy. 

For the green petals, I used a combination of Green, Light Green, and Pale Green markers.

When I was done with each marker, I scribbled them onto scrap paper to clean off any residual color from another marker.

To finish the card, I added the Thanks Jotted Script die, which includes both the background and foreground parts of the word "thanks."  I colored the word thanks with the Peach Pink marker to match my rose, but I realized afterwards that it took too much time to do it that way.  I should have just looked for a pink piece of cardstock that was somewhat similar to my rose. 

I hope you will continue to check back to the blog to see the new items and to be inspired.  Have a wonderful weekend!







Thu 14

Left Hutton Gate, Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


Looking for another simple summer design?  The Left Hutton Gate creates a great frame for a gold Dazzling Dragonfly.  It's both bold and delicate, like the dragonfly.  Add a pair of Little Dragonflies as accents to balance the composition, and your card is done!    Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card that will be ready for any occasion.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Left Hutton Gate to help release the little pieces.  Cut Left Hutton Gate from black cardstock.

Cut red cardstock with the 2-¼" Circle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Dazzling Dragonfly.

Attach Scor-Tape behind black cardstock and cut Little Dragonflies.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of recycled kraft cardstock.  Add tiny black sequins.


The Left and Right Hutton Gates are a versatile backdrop for any season - and they're especially great for summer cards.   They complement Memory Box butterflies, birds and flowers too -  and can be used separately, or in pairs.  Planning ahead?  The Huttons could also add a spooky touch to a Halloween card -  imagine a little ghost peering through the semicircle. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's classes at Impress!  There's a repeat of the BEYOND THE BOX class, using Memory Box and Poppystamps designs as Dave intended - and in a few unexpected ways too.  The afternoon's SUMMER HEARTS class takes great heart-themed cards beyond Valentine designs.  I've re-designed some of my heart cards to take advantage of the Summer Release dies that start shipping to retailers on June 15th.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be back for Laura's great card on Friday!







Wed 13

Vintage Watering Can, Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots by Jean Okimoto


Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots aren't just for spring...they can multi-task on summer cards too!  My cocker spaniels and I see more June bunnies than Easter bunnies - and rain boots work as garden boots  throughout the year.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with with a spring-into-summer card designed get the most from some favorite dies. 

Attach lavender duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Vintage Watering Can.   Memory Box dies are great for cutting duct tape and colored masking tape.  Just attach the duct tape to lightweight cardstock, then diecut it.  

Attach packing tape or glossy laminate to turquoise cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.  This gives the cardstock a shiny, waterproof look.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and cut Quick Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with VersaFineClair Fantasia.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the Green Folia screenprinted paper from Birch Press Design with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of pale green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and the boot on the right.  Add turquoise gem stickers.


Put those sweet Spring Release bunny dies to work throughout the year.  Brown or grey felt adds to their versatility as everyday woodland creatures.   I enjoy using my Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products in as many ways as possible -  hope you do too!

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