Hello everyone - we have been working away to bring you a whole new collection to play with in the new year! We will be releasing, January 2, to stores around the world...108 new Memory Box and Poppystamps dies!
Looking at the date of my last entry was a bit of a surprise today! I have been busy designing the next collection of Memory Box products and it is amazing how quickly 6 weeks can fly by!
I am doing my best to draw inspiration from the changing seasons and appreciate the curve of branches, the birds flying south as the weather gets colder and even the last curling morning glory vines that we are taking off our garden trellis as we prepare for winter. I have read Steinbeck, gone on long runs with my son and daughter and watercolored in the studio to get my creative juices flowing.
So it was a really wonderful experience to get the email below, knowing that someone, half a world away was having fun with Memory Box products. I wanted to share the note with you - I have taped it up in our packing area for everyone to see!
Hello Dave and family,
We as a society are very quick to complain but
alas slower to compliment!!
I have had a great day today playing with and
using my new Memory Box and Poppystamp dies. I am in love with them.I have cut
windows,cats,birds,bikes,branches and bird cages.The little cats are sitting
behind panes of glass in the window.They are also walking on a picket fence
while the bigger cat sits and watches.The Woodland Branch....well thats just
everywhere because it just adds to all that I have done.The beautiful bike sits
in front of a picket fence with flowers in the basket.Dave I could go on but I
am sure you get the idea.I have had so much fun and pleasure from my dies
today.Creating has been easy and I have diaries and little gift cards all ready
for my friend for gifts.
I think I really could be a roving ambassador
for Memory Box!!I do recommend to friends and am sure they are as pleased with
their purchase as I am.I love the intricate detail your dies give me.I can't
wait for the next release of new dies.Work hard and get in into stores for us to
Thank you so much and keep up the good work.
Thanks so much Christine! It is wonderful to hear!
It's been such an exciting summer here at Memory Box! It seems we are growing more and more with each passing week! I have had some time to focus on new products since I decided to take the summer off from our usual class tour (though I do miss that part of my job!). Thanks to everyone who supports Memory Box, including our good friends at simonsaysstamp.com! It is very rewarding to receive such nice emails from Memory Box fans around the world each and every day!
I've been able to work a little bit in the studio lately and I even found a few minutes to get out my paints and watercolor paper for this project. Getting a chance to paint - even a simple wash like I did here - is very relaxing and gets my creativity flowing! Any time I want to color a large area, like this ornament, I reach for my paints and brushes.
I am using the 98378 Drop Ornament die...
...and one of the ornament shapes that fits over it, the 98379 Colette Ornament die.
You'll start this fast and easy project by getting a piece of hot press (smooth) watercolor paper and wetting it with plain water. I then painted it with two colors of paint - a bright pink and deep red watercolor paint. Adding the paint directly to a wet surface allows the two colors to blend much more easily than if you tried to blend them on dry paper - so remember to wet the watercolor paper first. Allow the paper to dry completely - at least an hour, or you can hurry the process along by gently warming the paper with an embossing gun.
You can see from the photo how wet the area is - and the pink and red paint is already mingling together as I apply the paint.
Once the area is dry, you'll die cut the Drop Ornament out of the painted paper. I designed the drop ornament with a clear grid so that you could easily see where the die was going to cut - and the grid really helps line up details.
I did another swatch using shades of green paint - same technique using the wet paper and paints...
Try doing a few color schemes to see which ones you like - then you can decide on a winner before putting together your final project!
The next step is to die cut out the overlay using the Colette ornament...
When I designed the Colette Ornament die, I wanted to give the idea of gentle loops across the die and I was so pleased with how intricate they turned out. I cut the shape out of white cardstock, but you could use any color you like!
It's easy to assemble the layers - just tape the Drop Ornament onto a card and then carefully glue the Colette Ornament on top - I used toothpicks to apply crafters glue to the back of it in little tiny dots. And see the cap of the ornament? I cut it out of some silver cardstock. I'm not sure which I like better, the red ornament or the green ornament. What do you think?
If you are interested in some other ideas, you can check out my videos, beginning with this one, which has become my most popular:
Hi There! As we head into a nice warm weekend here in Seattle, I thought it would be fun to look at a project that my friend Wanda created using our lake image (F1770 On the Lake). The colors and the glitter make such a wonderful project.
The focal image was popped up on some foam tape to add inerest. The tree was masked off and then some puffy clouds were inked in the background. Can't you just picture yourself under that tree, or in that boat...without a care in the world?
Take some time to relax and enjoy the ride! Thank you for stopping by the Memory Box store and blogs. We appreciate it!
We've officially released all 100 new Holiday products to stores across the globe - and we are celebrating by doing a Blog Blitz this week! Simply go to our Outside the Box blog to check it out and you can even participate for a chance to win some prizes!
You can see all of the new stamps and dies by clicking here!
Guess what we've been up to for the past couple of months? In between our regular work at Memory box (and releasing our Summer Collection), we've been listening to Christmas music to get in the mood for our Holiday Collection!
It has been quite a lot of work - but I feel really proud of what we are releasing! I hope everyone will like it too! Just as we've done for many years now, we allowed stores to sign up to receive the entire collection early - and they will have it in their stores this week. The only catch was that they had to order the entire collection - without knowing what they were getting!
They will have the new stuff exclusively at their stores for a couple weeks - and then we will let all Memory Box stores receive the new Holiday Collection. There are almost 100 (yes, one hundred!) new dies and stamps! To see a list of participating stores, click here.
We haven't put any of the new stuff up on the site yet - but you can see the Snowflake Tree die, one of my favorites - in the picture above!
A bit of news today - Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs is doing a re-release of exclusive stamps that I designed for them a year ago. The Sweet Bird Collage 2-stamp set and Bloom Collage 2-stamp set are available for just a few weeks, and then they are retired forever. So get yours now if you missed out when they originally offered them in Feb 2011 for 3 short weeks (to order these stamps, you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org at or call them at (719) 528 1338). Here they are:
This is G1755 the Sweet Bird Collage. I designed it to go with
B1757 Simple Pleasures combo (it has the saying on the front of the stamp and a fun little bird on the side of the stamp). Also available is...
...the G1756 Bloom Collage. Again, I designed a saying to go with this one as well...
...the B1758 Flower and Friendship combo. For those of you who are collecting all of my large collage stamps, these are a limited edition design, only available through Simple Pleasures!
If anyone missed out on these the first time, this is your last chance to get them!