Thu 27

Nightime Forest Crows

 Good Morning!  It's time for another Spooky Halloween Card!   This time it's the Forest Crows Dies 99197 cut from black mirror cardstock.  The purple background was created with Distress Ink and Stickles.  All of these were layered onto Memory Box Patterned Paper and a bit of black cording was added.

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Day and enjoying our mini break from summer until it returns this weekend!   


Thank you so much for stopping by! 


Wed 26

Gametime...Swirling Ghosts and Bat Cave Bats

MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxMiniPerfectPatches-MemoryBoxBatCave-OpenStudioArticlesLedger-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsHere's an easy Halloween design - let the Swirling Ghosts and bats from Bat Cave create a quick little gamecard for your favorite goblins!  Jean Okimoto here this evening, let's get started...

Stamp Articles Ledger on orange cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray and dry the ink.  Cut the orange and black cardstock with Mini Perfect Patches.  Cut the ghosts and bats.  Attach everything to a square 5.5" card of gray cardstock.  Add chartreuse, orange and black sequins.  

Just for fun...cut extra sets of ghosts and bats and toss them into the card for a real surprise when the card is opened!


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for more info and a few other holiday designs.


 Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening!


Wed 26

Sketch Form Butterfly and Zippy Dots


MemoryBoxSketchFormButterfly-MemoryBoxZippyDots-OpenStudioPinpointRectangleLayers-OpenStudioSmile-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-Brilliance-VersaFine-VersaMark-ImpressCardsAndCraftsSo many butterflies, so little time - use the beautiful Sketch Form Butterfly to capture a bit of the fleeting  summer.   There are so many great butterfly stamps, dies and stencils in our collection that it's hard to chose just one for a card.   Jean Okimoto here today - with a Kaleidacolored  butterfly card.  

We're double-dipping with the Caribbean Sea inkpad here - for the watercolored background, and the Sketch Form Butterfly.  It's a quick matchup - and some of my favorite colors too!

Zippy Dots, stencilled in Pearlescent Jade, softens the seriousness of the bold butterfly and plays up the Pinpoint Rectangle Layer border.   Deep thinking.

Add a quick greeting - from the Open Studio Smile clear stamp set...and there's your card!


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists.

Big thanks to everyone who took Sunday's Color, Create and Enjoy class at Impress!  Hope you liked the 8 cards, artsy colors and techniques I shared from the July Look Book.

Looking for holiday card ideas?  Join us for Cool Winter Wishes at Impress - here's a peek at some of the cards - 

 Thanks for visiting - hope you'll return for another card this evening...



Tue 25

Happy Halloween Boo

Welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog!

Today's card features punkin' dies in honor of Halloween being just around the corner. (I say this rather tongue in cheek given we're still in August and all the craft stores have been displaying Halloween since July 5th.)



Memory Box dies (Jolly Jack O Lanterns, Contour Typewriter Keys, Swooning Bats) and papers (Kraft, Jack O Lantern); Ink: Distress Ripe Persimmon (Ranger); Pen: Zig Fine Point Black; Accents:  gems (Mark Richards); Other: fun foam

S U P P L Y   S U B S T I T U T I O N S

If you don't have the Memory Box dies above, substitute Bat Cave or Batty Border for the bats. Stitched Pumpkins can fill in for Jolly Jack O Lanterns. If you're missing Contour Typewriter Keys, use Typewriter Lowercase Alphabet and a circle punch.



  1. Make 3.5" x 5" card base from kraft.
  2. Cut kraft panel 3" x 4.5".
  3. Ink edges of card and panel with Ripe Persimmon.
  4. Die cut Jolly Jack O Lanterns twice and letters from Contour Typewriter Keys.
  5. Edge all die-cuts with Ripe Persimmon and adhere to card.
  6. Die-cut and adhere bats.
  7. Adhere gems.
  8. Write sentiment on kraft panel and snip ends for a banner. Score banner twice at each end, fold, and adhere to card.


If you don't have a sentiment that fits the bill, just write it by hand. If you're afraid to write on your card, write on a banner so you can re-do it if needed. And, of course, you can always computer-generate a sentiment and print it on cardstock.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 24

Halloween Card

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Hello everyone!

 Donna here with a another fall card.  I love Halloween and have so much fun creating Halloween projects.  There have been so many inspiring Halloween cards from the other design team members.

For my card I first die cut the Stitched Halloween Circle Frame from Licorice cardstock.  Save the bottom portion of the die cut.  I pieced this back in place when I glued the frame to my card.  I prepared a piece of White cardstock by sponging Distress Inks onto it.  Then I stenciled various designs on top of that.  Mist lightly with water to blend the colors.  I die cut the Jolly Jack O Lanterns from this paper. 

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Die cut a circle from White cardstock which is the same size as the circle frame.  Punch a circle mask from a post-it-note.  Place the mask in the top of the sky area.  Sponge over this with Green Distress Ink.  Spatter with water.  Adhere the Halloween frame and bats to the circle.  Glue the die cut pumpkins on the bottom portion of the frame.  

Prepare a 5" x 5" square card base as follows:

Paint stripes across the front of the card using Orange Distress Ink.  Apply washi tape to the left side of the card.  Spatter the card front with Black paint.  Adhere your prepared circle to the front of the card.  

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I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by.



Sun 23

Tag Card

I needed a quick and easy project for a class recently and I wanted to incorporate the Open Studio STITCHED BOWS die set no. 30056.  I started by making a simple tag using the largest of the STITCHED BOWS and a BOTANICAL STEM die no. 99088 adhered to a manila shipping tag.  


I cut the bow from Memory Box Dots paper and the Botanical Stem from Memory Box Distressed Dots, both in Pool.  I was going to stop there until I found the perfect Memory Box notecard and a piece of their discontinued cloud paper.  Voila:  Tag Card!


 Here's the easy strategy I taught for making the bow using Glue Dots:

  • Put a Glue Dot in the center of the bow on the front and stick on the tiny piece that you will wrap around the center later.  (We did this first so we wouldn't lose the tiny piece.)
  • Put another Glue Dot on the center of the bow on the back and carefully secure the tab on each end of the bow loop to that dot.
  • Add another Glue Dot on top of those secured tabs and wrap the tiny piece around the center of the bow and secure it on the dot.
  • Add another Glue Dot on the front top edge of the ribbon piece and secure it to the back of the bow.

When I'm ready to send this card, I'll stamp or write an appropriate sentiment over the clouds or on the tag and write a message on the inside of the card where I've already glued in a strip of the cloud paper.

And, of course, I made a second card--this one has the Stitched Bow and Botanical Stem off at an angle leaving me more room for a sentiment on the tag itself.

 Happy Crafting!

Sat 22

Bat Cave and Drippy Green Goo

 MemoryBoxBatCave-MemoryBoxSpookyBackground-MemoryBoxHappyHalloween-OpenStudioStitchedSquareLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeons-VersaFine-ImpressCardsandCraftsThe new Bat Cave from the 2015 Holiday Collection is perfect for drippy green goo!  Jean Okimoto here this afternoon, with another Halloween design for you.  It would be too challenging to try to follow Sherry's beautiful card with a pretty card of my own - so I decided to veer off towards creepy instead.

Radiant Neon Electric Orange is perfect for the Spooky Background - especially with that scary-bright green Stitched Square Layer from Open Studio.

It's nice that Halloween cards permit inky splatters.  I wanted the popular cool random dots look - but got some splats instead - and actually like them.  They're just dots of Memento Tuxedo Black refill ink - scary, huh?

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for details and directions for today's card - and a few more holiday designs.  


Big thanks to everyone who signed up for tomorrow's special Color, Create and Enjoy Look Book class at Impress.  Can't wait to see you again!   Lots of Memory Box and Open Studio diecuts, Imagine Crafts inks, Peerless Watercolors - and techniques.  I'll bring this card so you can see how creepy and bright it really is!


Thanks for stopping by - be sure to scroll down for Sherry's beautiful holiday card too - 

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Sat 22


Good morning, everyone!  Sherry here with another holiday card for you.

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I first die cut the Pinecone and Greenery from green card stock.  I wanted to create dimension and texture on the pinecone portion of this die, so I cut a small piece of brown card stock sized to die cut only the pine cone.  I cut another small piece of brown card stock, added it to a piece of double sided adhesive, then peeled off the top liner and adhered the die cut pinecone, leaving the open areas with the adhesive now exposed.  I trimmed out the pine cone, and sprinkled chestnut colored glitter onto the exposed adhesive, then glued the entire piece on top of the green pine cone. 

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I die cut three of the Sketchbook Peace from cream colored card stock, stacked them on top of each other and covered the word with clear Wink of Stella.  I cut one layer from the Rectangle Layers set, and splattered Shabby Shutters ink onto the surface.  I used foam tape to mount that to the card front.  I added red gemstones for the berries.  I used foam tape behind only the pinecone to adhere it to the layered piece, then added the sentiment as shown.  I thought a little more greenery was in order, so I used two of the Garland Greenery cuts to add as filler.  

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I added a bow from some red sparkly embroidery thread, and then one more little gemstone to finish it off.   Hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Fri 21

The Sky's the Limit

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Happy Friday everyone!

I have another Autumn inspired card for you today.  I love the Stars at Night stamp, and feel you can use it for so many occasions.  We have so many Autumn birthdays in our family and felt this could be a good card for one of the guys.  

To create this card I punched a circle from a post-it-note to use as a mask for the moon.  I placed the mask on a White strip of cardstock.  Using several colors of Distress Ink, I sponged color over the cardstock.  Spray the inked cardstock with Gold Perfect Pearls spray ink.  This spray is translucent and gives just a shimmer to the inked cardstock.  Once the cardstock is dry I stamped the image using Black Ink.  Layer this prepared cardstock to another White layer of cardstock.  Layer this onto a Black cardstock layer.  Adhere this to a White card.   Die cut the Forest Crows twice from Black cardstock.  Trim the branch and crows and assemble as desired.  Stamp the sentiment on the bottom portion of the card.  I used two sentiments from the Poppystamps Clear Stamp Set, "Into the Words #CL403".   


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It is hard to see the shimmer in the picture, but it is there.


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Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!



Thu 20

New Look Book and Contest


Poppystamps just released a new look book created by the very talented Jeanne Jachna.  It is loaded with amazing ideas to inspire you for Fall and Halloween.  The look book allows you to page through the samples for inspiration and all products used in the book are identified by name and product number, making it easy for you to find your favorites and start your wish list.

To see the August Look Book, go to August Look Book or click on the look book icon in the right hand margin!
BirchpressdesignAnd now how about a giveaway?  To celebrate the new look book, we are having a Birch Press giveaway.  I don't know about you, But I get so excited for Fall to arrive.  I love the crisp air, beautiful foliage, and of course, the wonderful cooking smells.   Birch Press Design has gorgeous pie plates to help you with all of your baking. Plus, as a special thank you, you can use the code SUMMER to save 20% off everything on the site, including sale items, and enjoy FREE shipping on orders over $20! (Hurry, this offer ends August 30).


Want to win a pie plate?  All you have to do is visit the Birch Press Design store.   Have a look around, and then come back here and leave a comment to let us know what what your favorite product would be for Fall entertaining.    We'll be picking one random comment to win this hand crafted pie plate (your choice of color from the store).  The winner will be announced on August 28.

For a second chance to win - visit the Poppystamps blog and enter their give away!



Thu 20

Swirling Ghosts and Bat Cave Battyness



The new Swirling Ghosts and bats from the new Bat Cave popped into the Woodland Oval for a quick fall card today.  Jean Okimoto here with a Halloween design that's probably a little more smiley than it is scary.  The three dies are from our Holiday 2015 Collection.

Diecut the bottom with the zigzag from the Stitched Country Borders Die for a threatening  half-Jaws look. Are you scared now?

The Open Studio Articles Ledger background is stamped with Smokey Gray VersaFine - it's a great inkpad for fine lines and details.  

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists.  


Looking for something artsy to do on Sunday the 23rd?  Join us for the Color, Create + Enjoy Class at Impress.   We'll play with Imagine Crafts inkpads and Peerless Watercolors and make 8 very inky, technique-y cards from the July Look Book.  Get the most from your stash of great products from Memory Box, Open Studio, Peerless Watercolors and Imagine Crafts.  Stamp, brayer, stencil, transfer, smush, watercolor and daub - you'll love the special effects produced by our favorite brands!

Here's a peek...


Thanks for stopping by today!


Wed 19

Merry Evergreen Christmas!


Hello all,

I know it is August but here in San Diego we are in the middle of a heat wave and I had to focus on cooler things so I created this fun card focused on winter times with the evergreen trees in Christmas colors!


I had a great deal of fun creating this card using the Simple Evergreen Frame die, Evergreen Trio die, the 'christmas' part of the Curved Merry Christmas die and the Upper Case Alphabet Soup Die.


I used the Wink of Stella clear shimmer pen to add some snow to the tips of the edges of the trees. I popped the trio of evergreens on the front with foam tape to give them some dimension too. Oh and I used a little crystal bling to dot the 'i' in Christmas! I have a hard time doing cards without using some bling after all!


Tue 18

Pinecone and Greenery Joy

Welcome back, card lovers!

The focus of my card today is the new Pinecone and Greenery die:



Memory Box dies (Pinecone and Greenery, Parker Alphabet), patterned paper, cardstock (Kraft, Thistle, Vanilla Bean); Ink: Ranger Distress embossing; Embossing Powder: Wow; Accents: sequins (Cartwright), gems (Mark Richards), wood veneer star (Studio Calico), ribbon 



  1. Make 4.25" x 5.5" card base from Kraft cardstock.
  2. Cut patterned paper and cardstock panels and adhere to card.
  3. Die cut Pinecone and Greenery twice from Vanilla Bean cardstock and once from Thistle cardstock and adhere to card.
  4. Die cut three sets of letters from Vanilla Bean cardstock, stack, and adhere to card.
  5. Tie three bows from ribbons, bind together, and adhere to card with glue dot.
  6. Apply embossing ink and powder to wood veneer star, heat, and adhere to bow.
  7. Adhere gems and sequins. 
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Tue 18

Happy Halloween a Bit Early

It's a Halloweeny kind of day around here!   I've created this Happy Halloween card using the Stitched Halloween Circle 99280 for my focal point.  I've added the word Happy with Upper Case Alphabet Soup 99154 and the Alphabet Soup 98785 love how the greeting turned out with the 2 different fonts.  For a creepy little extra I've cut the Skeleton Hand 99257 and positioned it reaching into the circle.

The entire focal piece is layered over a Distress Inked circle with some black dots created with a Glaze Pen.  I've added some Memory Box Patterned Paper as a background to make everything POP off the card. 


Hope everyone is enjoying their week.  At CraftFancy we're getting ready for the Scrapbook Expo here this week and we're very excited to attend the show and meet everyone that stops by our booth!  Plus I get to crop all day Saturday I can hardly wait!   


Have a Wonderful Day!

Mon 17

Party Supplies

I collect bags and boxes when I find them on sale to save for wrapping gifts or for use as party decor.  For some reason, I've been finding a lot of red and white striped items lately.  (Leftovers from the Fourth of July?)  I decided to repurpose them for party supplies for a picnic, adding white cardstock die cuts to dress them up.


Here I've used red and white striped favor bags and white dishes for my place setting on the picnic table.  The one on the left might hold an invitation or the menu for the gathering or a note/card for an attendee.  The top is folded over twice and decorated with  the largest of the STITCHED BOWS die no. 30056, the longest of the CURLED RIBBONS die no. 98936, and a TRUMPET VINE die no. 99075 with a red gemstone in the center of the largest blossom.  For the bag on the right, I folded up the bottom of the bag and glued it on the back to make a short silverware pouch to hold a paper napkin and plastic cutlery.  This one is decorated with the largest STITCHED BOW with a red gemstone in the center and the shorter of CURLED RIBBONS.


And here's the popcorn box with the largest of the STITCHED BOWS and the TRUMPET VINE, again with a red gemstone in the center of the largest blossom.  I could add a small glass inside the box with flowers from my garden.  Or the box might actually hold popcorn or crackerjacks, pretzel sticks, or another snack food.  Or I could put favors in the box that tie in with the picnic's theme.


Here I've got a different place setting using another of the treat bags.  This time I folded the top down twice to make a cuff on the top of the bag, glued a ribbon to that cuff, and tucked a TRUMPET VINE under the ribbon bow so that it is on top of one of the slanted red stripes.  I used this pocket for a paper napkin and plastic cutlery, set inside a white salad bowl on top of a red plate.

I'm already thinking about how I might use more of these treat bags and popcorn boxes to wrap holiday gifts, again decorating them using die cuts from the 2015 releases.

Happy crafting!