Fri 03

Foil and Butterflies

Happy Holiday weekend to everyone in the US.  I hope the weekend is fun and you're able to see some awesome fireworks displays!


I finally got around to playing with my new MINC machine and was just loving foiling up everything in sight.  These die cut butterflies just so happened to fall in to the foil fever and turned out oh so pretty.  The die used is the Fluttering Corner.  This is one of my fav dies!!  It's all one die, but the butterflies cut out separately which allows for some fun color combinations and extra butterflies if so desired.  I cut the die twice and just used the butterflies from the second cutting.

The sentiment, Happiness, was stamped in teal pigment ink and clear embossed to create an emboss resist when I used Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron) to paint a water color background.


Don't forget the new challenge going on this month with the color theme of Red, White and Blue.  It was great to see all of the fabulous entries last month and looking forward to the amazing creations this month.

Thanks for visiting today and enjoy your weekend.



Thu 02

Little Pink Houses

Good Morning,  how is everyone enjoying their summer?  We have had a slow start weather wise but  my kids are determined everyday to wear summer clothes even though it is only 69 degrees outside.   We are still having fun and doing most of our regular summer activities.  


Today I have a fun summer card using the Circle Forest Scene 30043 using pink for the little houses.  The sky in the background is just inked with torn paper and ink then the clouds.  To add the greeting I used  some of the Open Studio stamps Smile CL5152 and Hello CL5150.  I love how all of these Open Studio stamp sets work together to build phrases.   Tip:  To get solid ink coverage on your clear mount stamps rub them with a white eraser before using them.  You can see I should have been a bit more patient and rubbed just a little more on the N and the J in enjoy. 

Hope your having a great day and getting ready for a Wonderful Safe Holiday weekend!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the new  July Memory Box Challenge Here.

Wed 01

Butterfly Trail Mini Perfect Patches



Big congrats to our Butterfly Challenge winners - Justyna and Sonya!  Thanks very much to everyone who entered the challenge - we love your cards and your support.  

Ready for the July Challenge?  Get the details here - can't wait to see your great designs!

Jean Okimoto here this afternoon - yes, still in the butterfly mode.  I love how Butterfly Trail fits perfectly onto half of the Mini Perfect Patches Die to create a tile-ish look.  Fireworks! and Sheer Shimmer Spritzes highlight the Peerless Watercolors, adding a luminous glow.

Memory Box Products

  • Mini Perfect Patches Die 99162
  • Butterfly Trail Stamp E2044
  • Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set CL405
  • Pool Notecard 
  • Pool Envelope

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Fireworks! Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritzes - Gold, Sparkle
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad   
  • VersaMark Inkpad    
  • Memento Bahama Blue Inkpad

The versatile Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamps is already one of our favorite 
 greetings set - look at these great phrases:


Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Set CL405

Project directions and supply lists are posted over at our Ideas Gallery.

Have you been to the Birch Press site lately?  You'll love their selection of classic, timeless designs - and yes, Peerless Watercolors too!



Looking for something really cool to do on Friday July 3rd?  Join us for the DIE-VERSITY Class in refreshing AC-d comfort at Impress!  Stencil, emboss, and deconstruct our favorite diecut designs and push some great dies to the max to get the most out of them.  

Thanks for stopping by - join us for one of Marnie's cool designs tomorrow.

Happy 4th!




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Wed 01

Memory Box Challenge #2- Red, White, and Blue

Challenge icons

It is the first of the month, so that means it is time to announce another Memory Box Challenge.    The design team will provide a few samples for inspiration and hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even  have the chance to win prizes!

Before announcing the winner of the June prize, I first wanted to say a big thank you to all the people who entered the Memory Box challenge last month.  We were overwhelmed by your amazing work.  Memory Box has a special fondness for butterflies, so it was inspiring to see what you created with them.

The winner of our blog badge for last month's "butterfly" challenge" is Justyna from justacards.  Her butterfly card was bright, fun, and gorgeous:


The lucky winner of the draw for the  monthly prize is sonya from the Stamps'n Quackers blog.

Please contact me at to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and  link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize.  In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You can enter as many times as you like, and you are welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar!

In honor of July, this month's challenge is "Red, White and Blue."  You can make the card any theme you like as long as you use red, white, and blue as your color palette and use at least one Memory Box die or stamp.  Inspired to make a patriotic card?  Floral card?  Christmas card?  Birthday card?  It is up to you!

Need a little inspiration?  Here are some samples from the design team to get you started!

Laura Fulcher


 Anne Thompson


Laura Fulcher

Ready to create your own red, white, and blue project?  Link your finished work below.  You have until the end of the day (EST) on July 29th to enter.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes:

Good luck, and I can't wait to see what you create!



Tue 30

Thank You Card


Hi everyone,

Today I have a thank you card that is quick and easy.   I applied texture paste through the Birch Trees Stencil onto White cardstock.   Stamp the fox and the bunny on watercolor paper and color the images.  Cut out each of animals. Die cut the word Thank from Bubblegum cardstock. Stamp the word "you" from the Smile clear stamp set.  Assemble card as shown.


Memory Box Products used:

  • Samuel Fox Stamp #CS2032C
  • Nathaniel Bunny #CS2034C
  • Patient Benjamin Fox #CS2035C
  • Smile Clear Stamp Set #CL5152
  • Open Studio Many Thanks Die #30051
  • Birch Trees Stencil #88527

Thanks for stopping by today!



Mon 29

the giant watering can in the sky

As I write this post, it's another rainy Sunday in Maine.  We seem to be stuck in a pattern of weekend rain.  Hence, another rain card!  This might make a good "sorry you're under the weather" card to send to a friend.  This is just one of the cards we'll be making at the Memory Box Catalog Party I'm hosting Monday the 29th.

I've titled this post "the giant watering can in the sky" and it features the GARDEN WATERING CAN (die 98859) along with some STITCHED CLOUDS (die no. 30053) which are creating the SPLASHING PUDDLES (die no. 99062).


The SPLASHING PUDDLES background is cut from a piece of 12X12 Rolling Hills Memory Box paper from the Brioche line that I've been hanging onto.  (I only have one piece left!)  It is mounted on a Pool notecard.

The STITCHED CLOUDS are cut from Pool Distressed Dots paper and the smaller one is popped up with a dimensional foam dot.

The GARDEN WATERING CAN is cut/embossed in gold shimmer cardstock and mounted on a Wobble so it can move as if it is pouring down the rain from the sky.


 All of this rain really helps the garden to grow...and the weeds, too!  

Happy Crafting!

Sat 27

Shaker Box Card Class


Shake It Up features some of the latest Memory Box and PoppyStamps products (clear stamp sets with matching dies, doily dies and patterned papers)! You'll make three (3) A2-sized (4.25" x 5.5") cards and learn how to make shaker cards.

NOTE: This is NOT a coloring class, so you will need to bring your own pens, markers, Copics, colored pencils, etc. to color the images.

S T O R E:  Neu Scrapbooking Store  (317.781.7970)

L O C A T I O N: 5135 South Emerson,  Suite F, Indianapolis, IN 46237

W H E N:  Sunday, July 12, 2015
T I M E:  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
C O S T:  $20.00

W H A T   Y O U' L L   M A K E:  3 A2-sized shaker cards (envelopes included)

S K I L L S   I N V O L V E D:  Easy to Intermediate

W H A T   T O   B R I N G:
  • Tape runner and/or ScorTape
  • Foam dimensional tape/dots
  • Mutli-Medium Matte or Glossy Accents
  • Corner rounder
  • Detail scissors
  • Scoring board
  • bone folder
  • Trimmer
  • Black fine-point pen/marker
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Colored pencils / Copics / color medium of your choosing
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Sat 27

Circle Forest Scene BBQ...




You can plan a BBQ even if it's not your birthday though!  Pam here to celebrate birthdays and Summer with a fun scene card!

I cut a white piece of card-stock 4.25 in. x 11 in., scored and folded it for a top fold card base.  Top fold cards are the easiest to photograph and another photo tip, if you're using natural light, be sure to pull up the blinds!  Open blinds let in light but you'll be amazed how much better it is when you pull them all the way up and out of the way! Your camera will thank you! lol

oops!  Got off track there for a minute, back to the card!

I die cut the Circle Forest Scene parts from cold press watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored them, the grass/trees with Peerless and the grill, houses and clouds with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

The little curvy fence is from the Wide Open Spaces Open Studio die set. I just trimmed off the bottom...perfect fit!  




I wish I'd  used the Celebrate from this set because it's just enough larger. I didn't see it until I'd already stamped this one from poppystamps Into the Words set.  'It's your birthday' is from the same set. 

I die cut a circle frame to place over the top from the Shaker Circle Frames die set.

Well, I see I goofed.  The Grill has been discontinued!!!  I wouldn't have thought... so think bicycle or golf cart or even the new tractor die!  Sorry about that!

All that's left to do is layer everything up!  I use ATG, Tombow mono multi glue, thin and regular 3L/Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares.


Happy Summer day to you!  Thanks for stopping by!  



Fri 26

Blooming Sketch Border Thank You...




Welcome to the blog today!  Pam here to share a pretty floral border thank you card with you.

I started by stamping the beautiful Blooming Sketch Border stamp with Ranger Archival Black ink  on watercolor paper and coloring with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

After it was dry, I die cut the panel with the largest rectangle die from the Cross Stitched Frame Borders die set and layered it to an A2 card base.




I embossed the poppystamps Thank You sentiment with super fine white embossing powder on a black banner and stamped the friend sentiment directly on the watercolor paper with the MISTI stamp tool. Both are from the Hope and Thanks set.

I die cut the Pennington Rose Border die in white card-stock but just used the right end and one other rose from the cut to embellish above the banner. I added a few enamel dots in green.  I love the fun touch the dots add to the mix.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a creative, relaxing Summer weekend!


Thu 25


Hello everyone from sunny southern California!  Sherry here with a summery card for you today.

Happiness Card 1

The water colored background was created using Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Spun Sugar Distress Inks.  I then sponged Peeled Paint through the Texture Scraped Paint stencil over one area of the background, and turned it once to create the cross hatch. I am loving this stencil!

Happiness Card 3

I trimmed this background piece down and splattered some watered down Peeled Paint over the entire top before adding the Happiness stamp and the Flllipa Corner.  I had some leftover background, and used it to cut the solid layer of the butterfly from the Cascadia Butterfly Trio set.  The top layer is one of the butterflies from the Butterfly Exhibit Die which I snipped from the entire die cut piece, and it happens to match the solid butterfly.

Happiness Card 2

The card was completed with a scattering of pink, green and yellow sequins.  I adhered the assembled piece to a piece of warm white card stock that was cut smaller than the card base, then added that to the card base using foam tape. 

This was a fun card to make, and I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thu 25

Playful Dolphins


Good Morning Happy Thursday!  Today I am mom to an official 15 year old!  EEEEK when did that happen?   I swear she was just 3 years old and her sister was a baby.  Time flies while your running around that is for sure! 

It's officially summer so I'm  bringing you a fun ocean card today.  First I created the background with Distress Inks then added the Diving Dolphins 99134 and Sketchy Circles 99149 to create their splashes.  The Dolphin is water color paper colored with Distress Ink and shimmered.  The Breezy Waves 99164 finish off the scene along with some strategic Stickles and sequin usage.  The gingham patterned paper is Memory Box as well.  I've added a little twine at the top of the card to add a bit more nautical. 

Hope everyone is having an Amazing Summer!  Thanks so much for stopping by!   Be sure to check back daily for tons more amazing inspiration.

Wed 24

New Look Book!

Poppy look book

If you hadn't seen it yet, our sister company Poppystamps posted a new look book loaded with ideas.  It was designed by the very talented Poppystamps designer Jeanne Jachna and features the newest Poppystamps products.

What is a Look Book you ask?  It is a digital book you can flip through on your computer.  All of the product numbers are listed, so it is easy to identify the items used.

To flip through the book, you can click on the picture above or find it here:

Poppystamps Look Book

Want to do a little shopping with the items you find?  You can locate them here:

Poppystamps Products

Wondering about what is new for Memory Box?  Here is a bit of a teaser of what will be arriving in stores this July!





Wed 24

New Possibilities - The Reverse Butterfly Collage




Have you joined our Butterfly Challenge?  View the details - and post your project soon - the deadline is 11:59 PM EST on June 28th.  Jean Okimoto here - let's combine our popular Reverse Butterfly Collage with a quick, spritzy, inky technique.

Watercolored backgrounds are quick and easy.   To "D" or not to "D"  - ??? - distress inks work for this technique, but so do the beautiful colors of Memento DewDrops.  Just splotch the DewDrops onto the Craft Mat from Imagine Crafts and spritz it with water.  Let the colors blend for several seconds - then pick them up with watercolor paper.  Pretty cool, always unique and perfectly random for butterflies!


Memory Box Products

  • Reverse Butterfly Collage Die 99145
  • Fairyland Butterflies Die Set 99078 (use the antennae)
  • Open Studio Studio Rectangle Layers Die Set  30033
  • New Possibilities Stamp B2052
  • Graphite Notecard (for stamping)

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento DewDrops - Lilac Posies, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly, Bamboo Leaves
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • Craft Mat 

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's card - and more butterfly challenge inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by - join us again for Laura's post later today.




Tue 23

Follow Your Bliss (and Be Bright About It)!

Hello, Hello!

Our theme this month is butterflies. so I decided to pair one of my favorite dies, the Cascadia Butterfly Trio, with the Geo Fragments die (another favorite).



Memory Box Follow Your Bliss stamp, Geo Fragments and Cascadia Butterfly Trio dies, Bubblegum, Key Lime, Mango, and Pool Gingham patterned papers and Squash Distressed Dots patterned paper, and Bubblegum cardstock; Distress Inks: Broken China, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick  (Ranger); Accents: gem stickers (Starform)



  1. Make 4" x 5.5" card base from white cardstock and score (but don't fold yet).
  2. Die cut Geo Fragments from front of card.
  3. Fold card and round bottom corners.
  4. Stamp sentiment in Mowed Grass.
  5. Adhere Bubblegum cardstock panel to back of card front.
  6. Die cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from Bubblegum, Key Lime, Mango, and Pool Gingham PP and Squash Distressed Dots PP.
  7. Edge butterflies with contrasting inks: Bubblegum PP = Spiced Marmalade; Key Lime PP = Broken China; Mango PP = Bubblegum; Pool PP = Crushed Olive;  Squash PP = Wild Honey.
  8. Arrange butterflies and adhere.
  9. Adhere gem stickers.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!