Fri 23

Easter Peeps
by Sharon Harnist

Good Friday to you, Peeps!  Sharon Harnist back with you again today, with some more Easter card inspiration!

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Who doesn't like some iconic Peeps over Easter celebrations?  These were easy to create with the adorable Sweet Bunny die, by just die cutting a few different colors of cardstock, plus white.  I placed foam tape behind the bunny heads to mount them to the card base, then placed the eyes and noses die cut from white bunnies back into the colored bunnies. I love the one pink nose on the blue bunny!  :)

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To make my Peeps look like they were sitting in a pretty box, I die cut the Curved Happy Easter from pretty pastel patterned paper and green cardstock, then layered the two together, offset just a bit:

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Thanks so much for joining me today ... Wishing you a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter next week!






Thu 22

Vine Butterfly with the Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background by Jean Okimoto



The new Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background create a colorful setting for the new Vine Butterfly here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a mirror-image version of my earlier Hutton Gate design.  

I knew I needed the Hutton Gates and Backgrounds when I saw them  during the design team preview - but I didn't know what to do with them when they arrived.  Now I can't stop using them - they've worked their way to the front of the stash!  Hope your favorite retailer has ordered them - I know Impress has!


Find some pretty spritzy, watercolored paper in your stash and cut with the Right Gate Background.  Cut a piece with the 2-½" Circle Basics die too.  These pieces were painted with diluted layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills and set aside to dry before cutting.

Cut Right Hutton Gate and Vine Butterfly from white cardstock.  

Cut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from white cardstock - we're using just the outer frame here.  

Layer the watercolored circle over the frame, then attach the Vine Butterfly.

Attach the Right Hutton Gate to the Right Gate Background.

Attach the right edge of the circles under the gates.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Air-dry it,  then stamp the tiny hexagons over it with Rose Gold Delicata.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for perfectly-sized accents for any project

Attach the diecuts to the card.


There are so many ways to use the Hutton Gates and the Gate Backgrounds throughout the year.  Pair them with pretty colors for spring, then with bright summer colors.    Imagine them in orange+black for Halloween - and festive reds with glitter for the holidays.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the PAPER AND INKOLLAGE class at Impress this Saturday!  We're using artpapers - and accents from my stash - with great dies and inks on artsy, layered designs.  Everyone gets a packet of "extras" from my stash too - to make a few more class cards at home.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!






Wed 21

Some Bunny Loves You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! It's finally spring and it's the perfect time of year to send a little love to your favorite bunny. 


For my card today I stamped this cute line of bunnies from the new stamp set Spring Bunnies onto a white piece of paper. I also stamped the same image onto a piece of masking paper. I cut out the mask I created and placed it on top of the bunnies. I took my ink blending tool and some teal ink to create the color around the bunnies. When you remove the mask then the bunnies are ready to be colored. I used some Copic Markers to color these cuties.


I stamped the sentiment and the little heart under the bunnies and then glued it to a kraft card. I colored the heart with some clear Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle to the card to finish it off.

Have a wonderful day!





Tue 20

You make me Smile Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Today, I have a fun technique for you and it's using the dies to emboss and create a background. 


 To start with, I used Peony Collage die onto a white cardstock and used it to emboss the background instead of cutting it. I then die-cut the Humming Bird using watercolor paper and used zig clean color real brush markers for the watercolor effect. I then stamped and embossed the sentiment onto a black cardstock. 

Finally I assembled everything together.

Here is a closeup to see the details.


Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!





Mon 19

Sweet Bunnies and Painted Flower Stems in Simple Garden Pots
by Anne Thompson

For a while now I've been wanting those beautiful oriental papers that Jean Okimoto uses in her posts here on Outside the Box.  And now we can all have them!  Birch Press Design is carrying a lovely selection of these gorgeous papers--25 patterns!-- on their website under the paper section with the heading "Handmade" !!!  Mine arrived recently and the cards for today feature Green Folia, Lavender Folia, and Pebble Gold papers.  AND I have a NEW die set,too--SIMPLE GARDEN POTS 99999.  There are two pots, one large and one small.  The neat thing about them is that the die cuts a slit in the rim of the pots so it's incredibly easy to tuck things into them!  

Here's the first card.


Here I tucked bunnies into the larger of the garden pots!  

  • I started with a purple notecard similar in color to the purple in the Green Folia paper.  I mounted the printed paper onto white cardstock using wide Scor-Tape.  Because this paper is similar in texture to mulberry paper, a tape runner just pulled off a thin off layer of the paper.  
  • I ran a strip of gold washi tape down the left side of the notecard.  I then added the panel to the front of the top-folded notecard.
  • I cut all of the Garden Pots from the Pebble Gold paper.  
  • I cut out three of the SWEET BUNNY 99905 images from white cardstock, taping a snippet of white cardstock with brown marker dots for eyes and pink for the nose behind each of the heads.  
  • As I tucked the bunnies into their pots, the one on the left is taped flat to the Green Folia paper, the one on the right has one layer of foam tape behind it, and the one in the center of the three has a double layer of foam adhesive.


  • I stacked up three of the small pots, tipping each one a bit, and taped them to the card front.
  • For the final large pot, I used a snippet of grass cut from a light green cardstock using the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924.  Looks like something sprouting!


For the second card, I started with the Lavender Folia paper and some silver sticky-backed glitter paper  for pots filled with silver PAINTED FLOWER STEMS 99942.


  • This side-fold card has the Lavender Folia paper on white cardstock on a light purple notecard and garden pots cut from a scrap of the same purple color notecard.
  • I cut the silver flowers apart and tucked the stems into the flower pots.  As I glued down the pots to the card front, I lined up the glittery stems on top of the purple stems in the printed paper.  The two largest flowers each got a large pot and the smallest flower is in the smaller pot.  I added purple gems to the flower centers.


I'm so happy with the way these cards turned out!  I know I'm going to enjoy growing lots of different flowers in these pots!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 18

Pastel Butterfly
by Penny Ward



Hello. hello Memory Box friends. Spring is in the air and that means flowers blooming, bees buzzing and butterflies flitting here and there. Today for you I have a watercolor and Metallics mash-up. Nothing better than watercolored butterflies !!!


Start with a White cardstock base and adhere a Black cardstock panel on top.




Die cut Big Butterfly Wing from watercolor paper. I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers, but use whatever you have to achieve pretty pastel colors.


Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from Spring Lilacs set.

Die cut Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame from White cardstock and Metallic Gold cardstock. Layer slightly off center.




Adhere Honeycomb Frame over sentiment, then adhere Big Butterfly on top. For the Butterfly body, I colored it with Delicata Golden Glitz reinker.


Happy Crafting my friends,






Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.


Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with waterinks.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.


The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!






Fri 16

Quick Bunny Window Card
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Friday, Memory Box fans -- Sharon Harnist with you again and today I'm sharing a Quick Bunny Easter window card!

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These adorable Quick Bunnies from the new 2018 Spring Release fit perfectly around the Grass Stitched Circle Frame!  I simply die cut a circle out of a lavender notecard about the same size as the stitched frame opening, then glued the frame on the card front.

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Of course, the bunnies needed tiny pom-poms glued on for tails, and pink noses dabbed on with Copic R20 to complete their cuteness!

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Inside the notecard, I placed the pretty Happy Easter Perky Script (die cut from Cherry Blossom notecard).  I love the dimension, looking through the grass to the inside of the card at the greeting:

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Easter weekend is only two weeks away ... are you ready?  Thanks so much for joining me today!

- Sharonsig




Thu 15

Bee Yourself
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you featuring some new products from the Memory Box Spring 2018 release.


To create this card I die cut the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame in the center of white cardstock.  Next I die cut the Sweet Honeybee and Forget Me Not Blooms from watercolor paper and painted them.  I also painted a piece of watercolor paper to place behind the die cut honeycomb circle.


I spattered the white cardstock layer, that the honeycomb was die cut from, with black paint and glued the yellow watercolored piece behind the circle.  I then glued the honeycomb circle frame into the die cut circle and glued this to a lilac cardstock layer.  Using foam tape I adhered this to a white card base. 

 I glued the flower stem to the card and then adhered the bee and flowers using foam adhesive.  To finish I glued pearls to the flower centers to add some dimension.

The sentiment I stamped with black ink in the bottom right hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by today!






Wed 14

Left Hutton Gate, Simple Chicks and Sweet Bunny by Jean Okimoto


The new Left Hutton Gate - sideways - creates a leafy setting for two Simple Chicks and the Sweet Bunny.  Add one of the Half a Dozen Eggs - cut from Lawn Fawn's Simply Plaid Spring prints - for a quick Easter card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with an outside-the-box way to use the just-released Left Hutton Gate horizontally instead of vertically, as intended.


Cut the Left Hutton Gate from light green cardstock.  

Cut two small Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of flamingo cardstock behind them for beaks.

Cut Sweet Bunny from white cardstock.  Use a black marker to scribble black dots on a scrap of flamingo cardstock and place it behind the bunny for a nose and eyes.  

Cut the second-largest egg from the Half A Dozen Eggs set from Lawn Fawn's Simply Plaid Spring paper.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A2 card of textured green cardstock.  Save some time by attaching just the straight edges of the Left Hutton Gate so you can tuck the egg and bunny behind it.  A bit of glue behind the chick twins will secure the curved edge.

Add orange gem stickers for a contrasting pop of color.


The new Left and Right Hutton Gates are actually a coordinating pair designed to be displayed vertically.  Add them to your collection for spring and summer cards - or for romantic designs for Valentines and weddings.  Scatter flowers, birds or butterflies among the lacy leaves too!


Big Thanks to everyone for taking last week's SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress - and spending a few hours indoors on that unexpected sunny and warm winter day!  It really did feel like spring had arrived.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with latest and greatest new release items, papers, VersaFine Clairs and felt for our Easter cards.

Visit Impress or their site to view their collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  

Just a note...Impress' first shipment of the new VersaFine Clairs sold out immediately - but many of the new colors have been re-stocked in time for your spring cards.  Get there quickly before they sell out again!

Thanks for stopping by...