Sun 29

Summer Butterflies
by Penny



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a card fit for summer. Flowers, butterflies and a little bling! I am so loving the technique of using a die to emboss with. Yes, look closely...beneath the butterflies and twine I have embossed rather than using the die to cut with.


Let's make a card:


Start with a base card of medium Pink card stock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut White card stock just a bit smaller in width. 

Using  the Modern Blooming Frame stencil, eBrush with bright Copic markers. Emboss this panel with Silver Springs Butterfly die as shown.




Adhere airbrushed panel to base, then wrap with Grape Burlap String. Die cut the two smallest butterflies from the Rylan Butterfly Stem with Pink card stock. Color the edges of butterflies with a dark pink marker and add Stardust Stickles. Adhere to card front.




Die cut Paintbrush Happy two times, stack and adhere together. Add Stardust Stickles, let dry.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from Birthday Bunnies set onto Black card stock, trim and adhere to card with foam adhesive.

Add Liquid Pearls to Butterfly bodies as desired.


This card is so versatile, it is just a matter of changing the sentiment to work with most any occassion.


Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting.



Sat 28

Speckled Background Tutorial
by Laura


Greetings everyone.  Today I wanted to talk about the versatility of the Speckled Background die.  It is a die that adds a nice dotted background to your paper.  What you might not know is that Dave designed the die so that you have the option of running the die once through a die cutting machine to get a few dots, or you can rotate the die 180 degrees and run it through a second time to get twice the number of dots.  He planned the location of each hole in the die in such a way that if you rotate the die 180 degrees to use it a second time, none of the dots overlap each other.

Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I am trying to explain.  I did everything in black and white for my card to try and make the process more visible:


In the picture on the left, you can see the die at the top and the number of holes it cut in my paper on the bottom.  I put a piece of tape on the side of the die to mark the initial position of the die.   In the picture on the right, you can see that I rotated the die 180 degrees.  Notice how the tape is now on the other side.   The paper stayed in the same position.  I ran the die through the machine a second time to get twice the number of dots.   You can see that none of the dots overlapped each other.

Here is the paper looks like when you die cut it once with the Speckled Background:


Here is what it looks like if you run it through a second time after rotating the die:


For my card today, I chose to use the background with more dots to look like stars.  I added large die cut star from the Stitched Star Layers Set and added a sentiment from the Words to Live By set.  I am planning to use this card as a bit of an nontraditional graduation card.  Because of the "shine" sentiment, I thought the card needed a few sequins to make it sparkle:


I hope the tutorial helped you figure out how you can customize your dot backgrounds using the Speckled Background die.

Have a great weekend!




Fri 27

A Honeycomb Thank You
by Lindsay


Summer is finally here in my neck of the woods, and I love it! I also love the new dies from Memory Box, combined with ink blending! I chose a couple of dies from the latest release to showcase on my project today. Let's take a look!


The Honeycomb Background die is so fun, and I decided to make it the focus of my project, by ink blending a few bright masculine colors of ink, and running it through my die cut machine with the die.

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I started by blending in a lime green, turquoise, and bright blue from different sides of my paper. I then die cut the paper, and left in a few of the pieces, taping them in with clear tape. I added foam to the edges, as well as to the inlaid pieces, and popped it up onto a white card base.


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I then die cut the Honeycomb Background again, using black card stock, and reinserting a few pieces here and there. I then die cut the Thank You from the Thank You Tiles die, and adhered those before covering them in Glossy Accents. 

How do you use your background dies? Do you paint them, ink blend? The possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 



Thu 26

Tickle Flower Landscape
by Melissa Rusk

Spring is finally here so let's celebrate with a simple floral card! The Tickle Flower Landscape is a perfect die for this, let's get started.


For this card, I die cut a scalloped circle and a regular circle in blue card stock to form the background. Then using the Tickle Flower Landscape, I die cut two in green and then four more in the colors that I wanted to make my flowers.


Glue the two green flower borders to the circle. Then cut off the flowers from the different colors of paper and glue them onto the green borders. Add in some gems for some sparkle to finish off the card.

Have a great day!



Wed 25

Butterfly Whirl, Mini Butterflies, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, Cascadia Butterfly Trio
by Jean Okimoto


The embossed Butterfly Whirl takes celebrations to a whole new level today!   Bright bits of felt, rosegold cardstock and a greeting from the Open Studio Party Time Set make any event special and memorable.  Hello, Jean Okimoto's time to celebrate!

Do you like butterflies?   You'll love theMemory Box Collection of butterfly dies and stamps here.  You'll find them in all sizes from teeny tiny to big and bold, individually and in groups, simple outlines or delicate details.  They're classic and universal and always perfect.


Cut textured white cardstock with the 3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Dry-emboss a portion of Butterfly Whirl using the mat and plates specified by your machine's manufacturer.  

Dry-embossing with dies may seem confusing...diecut before embossing or vice-versa?  Think of it like the alphabet - "D" before "E" - diecut before embossing!

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to orange, peach, turquoise and yellow-green felt and diecut Mini Butterflies.  Cut the big Cascadia Butterfly from turquoise felt.  Cut the big Leavenworth Butterfly - and the body+antennae from rosegold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the butterflies to the background.  Match the felt minis to the background butterflies...or place them randomly wherever they seem "right."  Assemble the Leavenworth Butterfly - including the delicate edge outline.

Stamp "celebrate" on textured white cardstock with VersaFine Habanero and emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of teal cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.


Graduations, weddings, new jobs, promotions, new house...any celebration deserves a handmade card.  Hope this simple design inspires you to pick your favorite colors and get started.

Join us for classes at Impress this weekend.  It's THANKS A LOT on Saturday May 28th - and BUTTERFLIES AND BLOSSOMS on Memorial Day, May 30th.  We'll be using several of the brand new stamps and dies from our May Release in THANKS A LOT...I think you'll love the great designs!

Thanks for visiting...









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Tue 24

Chrysanthemum Bouquet
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your week is off to an awesome start and those who have school aged kids, you're getting ready for the impending summer vacation:)

For today's card, I've used the gorgeous Chrysanthemum (anyone else have to look to get the spelling right of this flower?!!) Bouquet combined with the Honeycomb Collage.


I inked up the panel portion with 3 distress inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron) using the inks and water and just allowed the inks to do their thing. The layering panel was inked lightly with squeezed lemonade to provide a little contrast to the white A2 card base.  I foiled the flowers with the MINC using the turquoise foil.


I cut 2 of the Chrysanthemum and layered the heads of the flowers for additional dimension and then added a gem in the center for a little bling bling and to also hide the foam dot! 

An easy peasy card with bright happy Springy colors...nothing better!  I hope everyone has an enjoyable week and a wonderful holiday weekend.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.




Mon 23

All Dressed Up
by Anne

There are so many occasions this spring and summer when one needs a pretty party dress.  MINI DRESSES die no. 99323 and the MODERN DRESSMAKER stencil no. 88562 are combined on this pre-cut card to create a dress shop window.


I stamped "Yes" from the WORDS TO LIVE BY clear stamp set no. CL5154 in VersaFine Onyx Black..."Say YES to the dress!" I used a jumbo dauber to ink in the stencil and to add some definition around the window with Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink.


When to use a card like this?  Asking a friend to be in your wedding party.  You are going to LOVE the dress I chose for you.  Hooray--you have a date for the Prom.  Let's make a date to go shopping together soon.  You looked absolutely fabulous!   Your new dress is Sew Special!  Time to start a Mother-of-the-Bride (or Groom) Pinterest page to gather ideas for what you will wear to the wedding.  ...Or any time you want to acknowledge or celebrate being all dressed up with someplace to go.

Inks, dresses, and ribbons can all be coordinated for whatever the occasion.  This second card uses a collection of little white dresses framed by cutting out the sentiment from the middle of the STITCHED HAPPY BIRTHDAY RECTANGLE die no. 99379.  It was the perfect size to frame a black ATC card.


This would make a great card to acknowledge someone's engagement or for a wedding shower.  These Mini Dresses would also be really cute on tags attached to gifts for the bride or members of her wedding party.  

I think the next card I make will celebrate the Little Black Dress--black dresses on a white ATC framed in black and mounted on black and white paper, all on a black notecard.  

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 22

Honeycomb Bliss
by Penny


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. Really loving the new Honeycomb Corner die and wanted to feature it on a rather simple card.


Follow along:


Start with a base card of Purple card stock measuring 4.25 x 5 .50 inches. Adhere White card stock that has been trimmed to 4 x 5.50. ( I really like the interest of the white card stock rising above the Purple).

Stamp Follow your Bliss sentiment using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Now for the fun part:



On a large scrap of White card stock, ink with Ranger Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry. Adhere this panel to a large piece of fun foam. Die cut Honeycomb Corner leaving all the pieces intact. 

Put a small drop of glue on the backside of each Honeycomb, lay on card front as shown and slowly peel up the die cut making sure to pay attention to the small glued pieces (so they don't pull up).



Finish card by die cutting Brigitte Butterfly from White card stock that has been inked with Ranger Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry.

Adhere as shown, then curl the wings outward.


Thanks for flitting by today and we hope to see what you are creating with Memory Box products in our monthly challenge HERE.



Sat 21

Party Trees, Torrance Trees and Kindness
by Jean Okimoto


The Torrance Trees and Party Trees were just waiting to be used this drizzly spring weekend -  and a thank you card seemed like a good idea.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're enjoying your weekend, wherever you are!

Have you visited your favorite retailer lately?  The brand new May 2016 Release of Memory Box and Poppystamps clear stamps and coordinating dies began shipping this week.   I saw them at Impress...and spotted these shiny black dog brads there too.  They were just waiting to be paired with our trees.


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in springy shades of green and yellow.  Dry them, then cut the Party Trees and Torrance Trees treetops.  Attach doublestick tape behind the Torrance trees before removing the all of the little pieces.  Remove a few of the pieces, then brush gold glitter onto the adhesive where the pieces were removed.  Attach doublestick tape behind the Party Tree, then brush glitter onto the adhesive - it'll look like party lights.  

Attach doublestick tape behind a scrap of cardboard and cut the tree trunks.  

Stamp Kindness on white cardstock with VersaFine Spanish Moss and dry the ink.  Cut it with the 4-¾" x 3-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Attach the trees.  

Attach the dog brads - don't press the prongs too hard - they might leave an imprint on the front of the cardstock.  Just insert the brads, press them gently, then tape the prongs to the back of the cardstock so the dogs will obediently sit and stay.  These are good dogs!  


Thanks very much for stopping by this weekend...I appreciate it!


Sat 21

Adelaide Stem and New Beginnings
by Jean Okimoto


The delicate Adelaide Stem - like spring - seems like a symbol of new beginnings.  A double layer of it, on a watercolored background, invites a trio of Mini Butterflies to pause and stay awhile.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a simple card in some of my favorite colors.


Cut the 3" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Paint it with light, overlapping streaks of Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz it with a quick burst of water, then let the colors blend for a few seconds.  Blot it lightly with a tissue if it looks too watery.  Dry it with a heat-tool.

Load a waterbrush with a bit of diluted teal ink and tap the brush to drop a few random dots of ink over and around the watercolors.    Air-dry it.  Stamp Beginnings with VersaFine Olympia Green and emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut Adelaide Stem from mossy green and lime green cardstock.  Cut Mini Butterflies from pale aqua glitter cardstock.  Attach everything to a Violet Noteard.


Hope you like the simple design and enjoy the techniques as much as I like sharing them with you!  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening...





Thu 19

Inlaid Rose Bouquet
by Lindsay

Hello friends!

 I have a fun die cut card to share with you today, using the English Rose Collage die. This die is amazing, let's see how I used it today. 


I won't lie, this card was time intensive, but I believe anyone can do it. The inlaid die cut technique is one of my favorites, and when I have time, it can be a really relaxing way to spend my crafty moments! I started by applying a mix of purple watercolor wash over a panel of watercolor paper. I allowed it to dry, and then ran my floral die through. You may need a shim, or a extra pressure to cut all of the intricate pieces.


I backed the panel with a piece of copy paper covered in adhesive, and began reinserting pieces of card stock, previously cut out with the same die. I just used tweezers to get a hold of the small pieces and inserted them in their corresponding slots. Once they were all in, I added line detail to the leaves with a dark green marker, and placed it onto a card base with glitter paper.

I hope you give it a try with some of your Memory Box dies! I would love to see! Thanks for stopping by, and happy crafting!




Thu 19

Happy Butterflies
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,  

How about a "just because" card for someone to brighten their is one I'd like to share today in the hopes it brings you inspiration and sparks your card making creativity.

I wanted to show that you can use corner stamps in a different way.  This beautiful Chrysanthemum corner is placed at an angle and adds an interesting twist to conventional card compositions.  Happy Butterflies-JGriffiths

After it was layered and positioned "askew" onto the Speckled Background,  I added the Paintbrush Happy sentiment which is stacked 5 layers high for great dimension.  It's easy to glue the layers together using a very fine tipped wet glue bottle and a pair of tweezers---tweezers were used to squeeze the letters into alignment where needed.  

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My new Mini Butterflies die was put into action today to create an ombre effect using varying shades of purples.  I'm not sure you can tell from the photos but the mini butterflies and the "happy" sentiment were lightly glittered--it just seemed right that "happy" and butterflies should sparkle!

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You may know someone who needs a "Happy" card from out of the blue--from you.  

Happy Thursday and thank you for stopping by today!