Mon 27

ROW OF POPPIES card for every month of the year!

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the new ROW OF POPPIES die no. 99137: 


The other day I started cutting out lots of them in a variety of papers.  Then I cut other dies to coordinate with them:  STITCHED CLOUDS no. 30053 and MINI PERFECT PATCHES no. 99162 and BEADED BACKGROUND no. 99132.

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The next step was to get some blank cards and start playing around with various combinations.  At that point I knew I needed to add some stencil backgrounds for a few of the poppies:  SPRINKLE DOTS no. 88597.  (For one card I used HEART CONFETTI no. 88588 from the 2015 winter collection which seems to be no longer in the catalog.  You could easily substitute one of the other hearts stencils.)


Once I had some cards made, I started looking through the new stamps to find suitable sentiments.  What I realized at that point was that the months of the year from WELL PLANNED CL5155 would be perfect!


And here are the finished cards for eight of the months!  (I still have to finish June, August, September, and December for a complete set.)





A set of these with stamped envelopes would make a great Christmas gift.  Now I just need to figure out how to make a little box for them all!

Happy crafting!

Sun 26

Fluttering By

Good morning everyone!  I hope you've been enjoying your weekend and playing around with your collection of Memory Box products:)

I'm loving the new release and the stamps are just wonderful and oh so versatile.


Love love love this new butterfly stamped called Fluttering.  I pulled out my Copic markers and Copic refills.  I colored up the butterflies with the markers and the background was created using the refill inks.


The inside was stamped with just a portion of the stamp.  The sentiment is also from the new release and is called Happiness.


Thanks for stopping by today.



Sat 25

Summer Themed Card

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Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the Blog Blitz last week and were inspired by the awesome projects. And congratulations to those who were lucky enough to win some of those new products!

Today's card is featuring some more great products from the 2015 Spring Release. I used one of the dies from the Open Studio Distressed Baptisia Collage Die set, and die cut it twice using watercolor paper. I sponged various colors of Distress Ink on the die cut piece and misted it with water. Spatter another piece of watercolor paper with diluted Distress Inks for the card background. The Sketchy Rings were die cut from Kraft Cardstock and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Die cut the Swimming Seahorses from Jack-O-Lantern Cardstock and ink the edges using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.   For the sentiment, ink only a portion of one of the sayings from the Open Studio Smile stamp set.






Memory Box Products used:

  • Open Studio Smile Clear Stamp Set #CL5152
  • Open Studio Distressed Baptisia Collage Die Set #30044
  • Sketchy Rings Die #99149
  • Swimming Seahorses Die #99115
  • Jack O Lantern, Pool and Kraft Cardstock


Have a great day and thank's for stopping by!


Fri 24

Deer Friend

Good Morning Crafty Friends!

Have you seen all the new Memory Box stamps, dies and stencils?  Woo Hoo, they are spectacular!  Last week we had a fun blog blitz (scroll back to see it if you missed it) and congrats to all the daily winners.  

Today I am featuring the Happy Fawn --he's got a lot of personality and there is a perfect sentiment from Poppy Stamps for a friendship card...."you are a deer friend".  

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I watercolored this little fawn and the Blooming Leaf Border using ordinary "hard cake" watercolors---just add water!  I like using a #3 round brush and I "paint" plain water in my path before adding the actual color.  I find the color travels and blends well this way.  I created the ground he is standing on with watered down black watercolor paint... just scribble the color around his hooves and stretch it out towards the edge of the card. 

WC Fawn_Jenny GriffithsI also used one of my favorite dies, Stitched Rectangle Layers from the Open Studio collection--it's extremely versatile and the stitched detail is clever, don't you think?

I have met so many wonderful people in this crafty world and many become dear friends, this card is for you all!

Happy Friday!

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Thu 23

Shabby Chic Spring card class with Pam...


Scrapmania April 11 Shabby Chic Spring

Hi everyone!  Pam share the cards from my Shabby Chic Spring class.  I had nine awesome stampers in the a.m. class, April 11th at Scrapmania in Cedar Rapids, IA and we had a great time!  


Here I am giving instructions...



On your mark, get set, go!  machines lined up and ready!



I was so happy with these cards...Memory Box dies, Dark Vanilla, Parchment, Kraft and Pool notecards and pattern pretty!  







I wish you all could've been there! :D  Thank you Scrapmania for having me come!  

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  





Wed 22

Butterfly Trail Wishes

MemoryBoxButterflyTrail-MemoryBoxHopeInYourHeart-OpenStudioStitchedCountryBorders-OpenStudioCherubHearts-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCraftsKnow someone who might appreciate a cheer-me-up card?  Here's one featuring the new Butterfly Trail.  It's stamped on a watercolored background, then highlighted with Peerless Watercolors.   Add a thoughtful greeting from our new collection of stamps.  Jean Okimoto here today, with more new items from our Spring Release.


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Butterfly Trail Stamp E2044
  • NEW Hope in Your Heart Stamp B2058
  • NEW Open Studio Stitched Country Borders Die Set 30042
  • Open Studio Cherub Hearts Die Set 30008
  • Pool Notecard (for stamping)
  • Pool Envelope
  • Pool Distressed Dots Signature Prints

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Dye Ink Refills - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart    
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad
  • Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz


Use a wet wide flat paintbrush to brush the refill inks onto damp watercolor paper.  Dry it with an iron (on the cotton setting) then spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it with a heat-tool.  Stamp and emboss the butterfles, then color them with Peerless Watercolors.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed instructions and supply lists in a simple printable format. 

Big Congrats to all the Spring Blog Blitz prizewinners!  We love the new designs - and know you will too!

Thanks for stopping by...







Tue 21

Clean & Simple: Create

Hello, Stampers!

Welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog!

Today's card features a die from the last release, one of the new dies and a stamp from one of the new clear stamp sets. I think they're both AWESOME!!!



Memory Box dies (Distressed Windham Collage, Loveland Corner), stamp (Words to Live By); Inks: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (PTI); Accents: gems (Mark Richards); Other: foam dimensional squares





  1. Make 3.5" x 5" card base.
  2. Cut green panel approximately 1/8" smaller and adhere.
  3. Cut whate panel approximately 1/8" smaller than green panel, die cut Distressed Windham Collage, and adhere.
  4. Ink top of "create" sentiment stamp with light ink and bottom with darker ink; stamp on white scrap and cut end in banner points.
  5. Adhere sentiment banner with foam dimensional tape.
  6. Die cut Loveland Corner from pink cardstock and adhere hearts with foam dimensional tape.
  7. Adhere gems.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 20

Congratulations Blog Blitz Winners!

Thank you to everyone who joined us last week during out blitz.  We hope your were just as excited about the new products as we are.  I hope you will continue following the blog as we have so much more to show you!

Without further ado, congratulations blitz winners!

Winner of Oceana Corner die from Anne's Post- Jenna Batik

Winner of Monterey Sunrise stamp from Shelby's Post- Sar Tann

Winner of Open Studio Circle Forest Scene from Deborah's post- Nancy Ward

Winner of Samuel Fox stamp from Donna's post- Carol Froehlich

Winner of English Rose Bouquet die from Pam's post- Dee Ann Matthews

Winner of Fillipa Corner from Sherry's post- Jill H

Winner of Row of Poppies die from Marnie's post- Jane Halcomb

Winner of Open Studios Articles Ledger stamp from Jean's post- Lynn Gauthier- Michigan

Winner of Sunrise Poppy die from Jenny's post- Libby Chibe

Winner of Open Studios Words to Live by stamp set from Jennifer's post- Laurie

Winner of Sketchy Rings die from Evgenia's post- Judy D

Winner of Delicate Flight stamp from Laura's post- Beth Lee


Congrats again, and thank you so much to everyone who participated!

Mon 20

Pennington Rose Pink Postage

Good Afternoon, Marnie here with a pretty glittery floral card, perfect for Mother's Day or for a Special Birthday whatever you may need coming up.  I have used the new Pennington Rose Blossoms 99147 layered light pink on top of dark pink on the Perfect Patch Strip 99166 I cut some small squares of the Moroccan patterned paper to go into the squares this made the flowers pop more and then I added glitter to the flowers.  To complete the card I layered the squares onto the  Postage Set 99131 (just the small square corner) and the Postage Strip 99168 (just the border strip).  I love how the 2 layers of flowers pop off the squares.


Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a Wonderful Monday!


Sun 19

Nathaniel Bunny Card

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Hi Everyone!

I hope you're having a great weekend.  We are finally getting some warm temperatures here in New England and it finally feels like spring.

For my card today I used some new stamps from the Spring Release. For the card background I inked the Pensive Alphabet with Orange, Pink and Purple Distress Inks and misted the stamp with water. I then stamped it onto water color paper. When the paper was dry I inked the Articles Ledger Stamp with Brown Distress Ink and stamped over the Alphabet image. 


Nathaniel Bunny was stamped with Black Ink and water colored using Distress Inks. I drew a balloon for Nathaniel to hold. Spatter the card background and the bunny image with various colors of  Distress Inks.  The Tag Frame was die cut from Jack O Lantern Cardstock, using the Open Studio Tag You're It Rectangles.  The sentiment was from the Poppystamps Clear set called Into the Words. 

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Nathaniel Bunny Stamp #C2034
  • Articles Ledger Stamp #CS2211J
  • Pensive Alphabet Stamp #CS2212J
  • Open Studio Tag You're It Rectangles Die #30040
  • Open Studio Rectangle Layers Die #30033

Poppystamps Product Used:

  • Into the Words Stamp Set #CL403


I hope you have a great day and thank's for stopping by.


Sat 18

Stitched Scalloped Circles on a Blossom Branch


Sun's out, flowers are blooming - it's a great weekend!  Jean Okimoto here with a quick card featuring two more items from our Spring Release.  Everyone's excited about the NEW Open Studio Stamps Collection - and it's easy to see why!  

They're classic designs, perfect for cards, layouts, home decor, fabric arts, mixed media and collages.  They're perfectly-proportioned for A2 cards - but are easily trimmed and great for layering.  You'll see a lot of them here, and in my classes.


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Open Studio Blossom Branch Cling Stamp CS2213J
  • NEW Open Studio Stitched Scalloped Circles Die Set 30047
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Cherry Blossom Die Set 98316
  • Cherry Blossom Notecard (for stamping)
  • Sugar Plum Notecard
  • Cherry Blossom Envelope

VersaFine Vintage Sepia Inkpad

It's such a quick card - I won't use up any of your precious weekend time with wordy directions here.  Please visit our Ideas Gallery for a quick view of my easy-to-print instructions and supply lists.

If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here quickly (!) - stop by the Tukwila and University Village Impress stores for their Annual Spring Sale this weekend.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything in stock - including the new Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps Spring Release!  The store sale ends tomorrow - but the online sale  STARTS tomorrow and runs through April 25.  Enter the code "SALE!" on your online orders for the special 20% savings.  


 Thanks for stopping by - and for all of your sweet, wonderful comments on my April 16th post.  Be sure to comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz (April 13th through the 17th) for a chance to win great products from the Spring Release!


Sat 18

Follow Your Bliss - It's a Blooming Sketch Border Bird

 MemoryBoxFollowYourBliss-MemoryBoxBloomingSketchBorder-OpenStudioBirdsOfAFeather-MemoryBoxStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCraftsHave you enjoyed our Spring Blitz?  Be sure to comment on each designer's post from April 13th thru the 17th for your chance to win one of the great new products featured on each card.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on April 19th.  Lucky winners will be announced on April 20th.

There are so many wonderful designs in the Spring Release - it's hard to pick just one favorite.  Jean Okimoto here,  with a card featuring three must-haves - the Blooming Sketch Border and Follow Your Bliss stamps and the Open Studio Birds of a Feather Die Set.  Here's just one of many designs you can create with this brand-new trio.


The Open Studio Layers sets include a magnetic storage sheet to keep everything together, neat and tidy.  I use my layering dies so often I store them on metal curtain hooks like the one shown above.  You can find them at fabric stores and wherever shower curtains are sold.  They're much easier to open than some binder rings.  I've saved my magnetic sheet to use when I finally put my dies away for a rest - but that won't be anytime soon. 

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Blooming Sketch Border Stamp F2037
  • NEW Follow Your Bliss Combo Stamp B2080 (there's a tiny bird stamp attached to the side)
  • NEW Open Studio Birds of a Feather Die Set 30045
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set
  • Wisteria, Meadow and Graphite Notecards
  • Wisteria Envelope

Imagine Crafts Products

  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad 
  • Fireworks! Bahama Blue and Grape Jelly Spritzers
  • Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz

 Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's card.  


Have you already been the annual Impress Spring Sale?  Buy everything you need, want or wish for at a 20% discount.  The store sale runs through April 19th.    There are prizes, special displays, scheduled demos and drawings for two $50 gift certificates from each store.  The online sale is April 19th-25th - and the code is "SALE!"

Thanks for joining us during the blitz - hope you'll be one of the winners announced on Monday.  Good Luck!










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Fri 17

Final Post of the Blitz


I really hope that you have enjoyed the blitz this week.  Don't forget that you have until Sunday, April 19th at 11:59 EST to leave comments to our posts of the week for the chance to win prizes.  We will announce the winners on the Outside the Box blog next Monday.  Good luck! 

For my card today, I used the new Postage Set die (99131) along with the coordinating Postage Set stencil (88606).  When you cut out the postage, you get rectangles that look like this:


The stencil coordinates with the die so that you can use it as a mask to create your postage.  In this picture, I didn't line things up perfectly, but I wanted to show you the dies with the stencil:



I sponged the rectangle I selected with Salty Ocean Distress Ink:


Next, I layered a second stencil on top (Dot Grid 88600) and sponged it with the same blue ink:


I stamped the Delicate Flight image (F2043) on top and colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  I like Prismacolor pencils because they are opaque and cover a lot of things underneath them:


To finish the card, I added a saying from the Words to Live By clear set (CL5154).

Would yo like to win the Delicate Flight stamp?  It is such a fun image to color.  Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win!

Fri 17

Romantic card using new release

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today and I really hope that you have enjoyed our blitz and my card will also inspire you a bit to browse through our new release.

I was just drooling over this die (Sketchy Rings (99149)) once I saw it


So I cut this ie twice from the white and pale pink cardstock and was playing layers as usual...


and one more detailed image for you:


Memory Box dies used:

  • Sketchy Rings (99149)
  • Pennington Rose Border (99142)


You also have a chance to play with one of the  dies that I ahve used on teh card:)

Comment on this post to be entered to win the die below! I promise, you will love it!




Fri 17

Butterfly Collage fun!

Hello everyone!

This is Jennifer from The Stamp Addict in San Diego. I hope you are enjoying this blog blitz with all the new Memory Box dies and stamps as much as I have, it has been so much fun seeing what everyone has made!  I couldn't wait to get my hands on these and have been having so much fun! Here is the first card I made using the Reverse Butterfly Collage die and the Open Studio Words To Live By stamp set!


I used some alcohol inks on glossy paper and stuck that on the inside face of the card so the colors showed through the diecut image of the butterflies! I added some bling and pearls to the butterflies and stamped the 'CREATE' and 'shine' in a rainbow ink pad that matched the colors used for the butterflies and voila a vibrant card ready for any occasion!



Comment on this post to be entered to win one of the Open Studio Words To Live By Stamp is so versatile and fun!