Fri 26

by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a fairly quick and easy birthday card for you.  

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To create this card, begin by sponging watercolor paper with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  Mist lightly with plain water to create a watercolored look.  Once the paper is dry spatter with green and brown inks.  Die cut the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from white cardstock and glue it to the watercolored card layer.  White emboss the sentiment on a strip of Licorice cardstock and adhere it to the card.  

Stamp, color and die cut the owl and tree stump and glue that to the card using foam adhesive. Attach a strip of striped paper to the left side of the card front and glue this to a white card base.



To finish off the card glue a few black epoxy dots to the front and you're done!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!


Thu 25

Elegant Harvest Pumpkins
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have an elegant pumpkin card to share with you all.  I am in love with the Quincy Frame, it makes such a great statement and I paired it with some pumpkins for a fancy Fall card.


This card feels a little like Cinderella to me with the beautiful Quincy Frame that I die cut in a matte gold paper and then glued to orange card stock. For my three pumpkins I used the Plump Pumpkin die for the smaller pumpkins and the larger pumpkin from the super cute Harvest Pumpkin Oval Frame.


I have been using my Copic Markers a lot lately, so that is what I used on these spotted pumpkins. Each of the pumpkins were glued to the card with foam tape. After this card and some cooler weather this week, I am ready for Fall to get here!

Have a wonderful day!



Wed 24

Watercolored Millbrook Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


The beautiful delicate Millbrook Ornament sparkles over a watercolored Classic Ornament on a unique card in winter's jewel tones.  Add silver Zippy Dots and glittery aqua accents for a cool winter wishes-theme.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a contemporary design for you this evening.

See that streaky purplish background?  It started out as a scrap of watercolor paper used for a color test.  I love how it dried - and thought it would be a pretty background for the Millbrook Ornament.   MemoryBoxMillbrookOrnament-MemoryBoxClassicOrnament-MemoryBoxOpenStudioMakingSpiritsBrightStamps-MemoryBoxOpenStudioPinpointRectangleLayers-MemoryBoxHoneycombBackground-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-watercolors

Press an Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor inkpad across a large acrylic block to transfer the multi-colored inks.  Cut a 2-½" x 3-½" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from watercolor.  Paint it with streaks of purple, then dry the ink.   Stencil some Zippy Dots along the left edge with Silver Shimmer Delicata.  

Paint watercolor paper with overlapping layers of the Blue Breeze colors.  Dry it and cut it with the Classic Ornament.  

Cut Millbrook Ornament and the extra ornament cap from silver mirror cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Victorian Violet Brilliance.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle.

Attach Scor-Tape behind aqua glitter cardstock and cut a sheet of self-adhesive  hexagons with the Honeycomb Background.  It's a quick, easy way to create unique accents with something you already have in your stash.  

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of snapdragon cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Make it extra-special and more dimensional with double-layered glittered hexagons.  Living on the edge!


Thanks very much for stopping by again - hope you like this artsy idea!  See you at the Garden Greetings class at Impress on Sunday...





Wed 24

Valley Deer Trio and the Holly Swirl Oval Frame
by Jean Okimoto


The Holly Swirl Oval Frame creates a soft monochromatic backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio and their warm felt scarves.  Dasher, Dancer and Prancer?  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with - can you believe it - a Christmas card in traditional holiday colors!  


Cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from textured natural cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Dry-emboss it for more dimension using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine.  Attach it to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of textured natural cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to dark kraft cardstock and cut Valley Deer Trio.  The paper backing adds a bit of dimension to the trio.  Attach label paper to red and moss green felt and diecut three of the small bow from the Truly Gifted set.  



Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle collage from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive shiny red dots!  Try the other collage patterns too - they're all great with metallic paper, glittered cardstock and velvet paper.  I love multi-tasking products - and the collage sets create artsy dry-embossed backgrounds and accents too!

Stamp "merry christmas" - from the Open Studio Scribble Christmas Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink.  Diecut the greeting using a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim off the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer to create a greeting block to match the stitched holly frame.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.


There are so many ways to use the Open Studio Rectangle Dies - for layering, dry-embossing, frames and greeting blocks.  They save time - and cardstock - because they're always straight and instantly add a crisp, professional look to any design.  

I used them to trim the  leafprints for the Garden Greetings samples for the August 28th class at Impress.  We'll use fresh leaves from my backyard to print and emboss a set of notecards and a matching portfolio.  You can bring your dies, plates and machine to trim your prints - or I'll provide an Open Studio  template to use with your paper trimmer.  It's a refreshing, relaxing class and I'll have extra leaves for you to take home to make more notecards later.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!



Tue 23

Swirling Ghost
by Shelby


Good morning everyone!  The nights are definitely getting cooler and the days just a little shorter which means Fall is definitely on the way with Halloween right around the corner. I love the warm colors of Fall and used them for today's Halloween themed shaker card.


The background was done with Distress Paints (barn door, mustard seed and carved pumpkin) and water creating a marbling effect.  I inked up the edges with Black Soot to tone down the colors.  The Swirling Ghost Circle die is a die whose cut is meant to stay in the paper so I used that for my shaker window.  I then cut another Swirling Ghost Circle from white paper and cut out the ghost portion and adhered to the in the paper cut. I discovered a whole bin of googly eyes I had stashed away in a dark corner of my craft room and popped some on the largest ghost to increase the cuteness factor!


I added a few more of these stinkin cute ghosts from the Swirling Ghost die and then stamped the word Boo over top with black archival ink to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!




Mon 22

Snowflake Bird
by Jenny Griffiths

Good Morning Memory Box Friends!

I've recently returned from Colorado Springs where I had the pleasure of teaching some Memory Box classes at Simple Pleasuresa wonderful store-- and not just because they stock every single Memory Box stamp and die....but that is one good reason.  If you're ever in the area you must spend some quality time at that store,  you'll love all the friendly folks there too.  A highlight was meeting the 0h-so-talented Shelby from our Memory Box Design Team and sharing an evening of laughs and more laughs.

Here is one of the cards in my "All That Glitters" class.  

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 Colorado gets a lot of snow and the owner, Cathy, asked for a Wintery class so I designed four cards using many of the new snowflake dies and stamp sets.   One of my favorites is the Snowflake Ring and I love how the Snowflake Bird sits right inside.  I cut some extra snowflakes from both dies using blue glitter paper to add color and texture.  I wish you could see the beautiful gold shimmer on the bird---I heard several people in class say they will be making more for their Christmas cards this year.  This is such a simple card made festive with just a few touches.

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I will also be teaching the All That Glitters class close to home at The Stamp Addict in San Diego on September 24th. (Follow the link for more information).   

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As you can see, adding glitter adds such a wonderful Wintery sparkle and shine.

Happy Monday, 


Sun 21

a Fall Journey
by Penny


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some Fall colors. I live in Florida where it is hot, hot, hot 365 days of the year. But I can dream of cooler weather!

Give this a try:


Start with Olive Green card base. On White cardstock, brayer on some Kaleidacolor Tomato Vine ink. Add the Lovely Oak stencil on top and apply the same inks with a sponge dauber.




Die cut a couple of Stitched Ovals from Olive Green and White cardstocks as shown. Stamp Journey sentiment with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink.

Wrap card front with Olive Burlap String and adhere Stitched Ovals.




Add a triple bow of string. Finish card by die cutting leaves from the Delightful Ornament set. Stamp, color and adhere to card front.

Add Crystal Drops as desired.

This card is really quite easy. I love the variation in the Fall ink colors. I can almost feel a slight breeze coming my way. :)


Happy Crafting,




Sat 20

Swift Reindeer and the Snowflake Ring
by Jean Okimoto



The Swift Reindeer - boldly prancing through the Snowflake Ring - creates a quick card for everyone on your list.  Add a glittery red scarf, sequins and a greeting from the Party Time Open Studio Stamp Set for a simple, classic design that's easy to mass-produce.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea that just might help keep you a bit cooler during the heat wave.


Attach dark kraft cardstock to adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) and diecut Swift Reindeer - you don't need to cut the entire scarf because it'll be replaced by the bright, flowing red glittered scarf.  The paper backing adds a bit of dimension without any extra effort.  My favorite kind of design! 

Trim the kraft scarf just a bit beyond his neck.  Cut the scarf portion again from glittered foam and leave it in the die.  Attach a strip of Scor-Tape to the diecut and run it through the machine again to cut through the tape.  That's usually easier than trying to cut through the foam, the tape and the tape liner all at once.  Snip the wide end into a shallow "v."

Cut Snowflake Ring from smooth natural cardstock.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  

Stamp the greeting on smooth natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe Love Letter.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Attach it with foam dots.  Add gold sequins.


Hope you like this quick card and - make a few of them when you're feeling creative but don't have the time to design something from scratch.

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool and please join us again tomorrow for Penny's great design!


Sat 20

Making Spirits Bright with a Watercolored Wreath
by Jean Okimoto


Making Spirits Bright and cooling off with a frosty snowflake wreath might be wishful thinking this weekend...but it's worth a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping a pile of colorful diecut snowflake confetti might keep us refreshed today.  

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in shades of green, turquoise, aqua, teal and chartreuse.  Dry the paper, then diecut several sets of snowflakes with the Snow Burst and Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies.  Diecut silver glitter cardstock with Snow Burst.


Diecut the 3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from white cardstock.  Dry-emboss a Studio Octagon Layer onto the rectangle using an embossing mat and the plates recommended for your machine.   It may seem strange to use an octagon instead of a circle for a template - but trust me, it works.  Promise!

Attach the larger snowflakes to the center of each side of the embossed octagon.  Having 8 reference points - instead of trying to divide the circle - makes it quick and easy.  Fill the open spaces with medium and small snowflakes.  Add the glittered snowflakes

Stamp the greeting - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  Dry the ink, then cut it with a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add pale aqua sequins.


Memory Box snowflakes - in all shapes, sizes and colors - are perfect for layering and creating winter  collages.  Diecut a stash of them now - they'll be ready and waiting when you need them!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's Asian Express class at Impress - and to Ann, Lindsay and Erin for keeping our shopping baskets full!  I love how Memory Box and Poppystamps dies cut quickly and perfectly through the silkscreened and textured papers we added to our cards. 

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores for the Holiday 2016 event today.  Great goodie bags are ready for the first 25 shoppers at each store.  You'll love and and be inspired by their beautiful displays and samples - and be among the first to discover the latest products, arriving every day.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you at another  Holly Jolly Headstart class at Tukwila on Sunday!


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Fri 19

Thinking of You
by Donna

Hi everyone!

I have another fall themed card for you today because I am so done with the dog days of summer!  I'm dreaming of crisp cool autumn days. 

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For the card background spread texture paste through the Falling Maple Leaves stencil onto white cardstock.  Immediately sprinkle with gold embossing powder.  Shake off the embossing powder and leave the piece to dry.  Once dry, emboss the paper using a heat tool.  Sponge Wilted Violet and Ripe Persimmon distress ink over the embossed leaves.  Spatter with gold ink.  Die cut the pumpkins from orange paper and ink with Vintage Photo ink.  Cut a banner from striped paper and adhere it to the left side of your embossed card background.  Using foam adheasive, glue your die cut pumpkins in place.  The sentiment is gold embossed on white cardstock and the edges inked with Vintage Photo ink.   Tie jute around the top edge of the card and add a bow and button.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!



Thu 18

Elegant Celestial Snowflake

    Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I'm "beating the heat" with an elegant snowflake card--I can dream can't I?  I'm hoping this card can take the sizzle out of the hot temperatures here in SoCal.

Let's cool off...

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 Navy, silver and white have always been one of my favorite holiday color combinations so I die cut the snowflake in silver glitter paper.  This glitter paper is easy to use with the Memory Box die cuts since the glitter is very fine and the paper is thin.  You may want to test several brands to find your favorite.  I pieced in some gold glitter paper for the hanging ribbon as my accent color.  

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I die cut the snowflake into a white panel, lined it with a navy blue card stock panel cut the same size as the white panel and dropped in the gold ribbon and silver snowflake (using a dot tape runner type of adhesive on the reverse side of the glittered pieces).  The sentiment was stamped over the gold ribbon which took the ink well.  I also used a double thickness of mounting tape behind the white panel.

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I stenciled the Scattered Flakes Stencil onto the top-fold note card using texture paste---so fun, like frosting a cake!  After the paste dried, which takes only a few minutes, I afixed the white panel to the notecard.  Lastly, I added various gems, pearls and sequins to surround the beautiful Celestial Snowflake, completing the card. 

This card could be my favorite card for the holidays this year (so far) and it's easy to assemble dozens at a time.  

Now I feel cooler, don't you?



Wed 17

A Christmas Tag Set
by Lindsay


 I am so glad you stopped by today! I have a fun tag set for you, using one of the newly released stamp sets, and it's coordinating die. These are very easy to make, and are a lovely addition to any gift that you give!


I started by stamping all of my images onto Bristol Smooth White paper, and coloring them using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then die cut them out, and added a bit of ink blending, and stenciling to the globes. 


To create this particular tag, I colored in the pine trees with Copic Markers, and set them aside. I then used some light blue ink, and blended upward to make it look like a bit of blue sky. I added some snowflakes using the Scattered Flakes stencil, and added the snow mound that was die cut from the set. I layered all of my elements into the tag with foam, and added some details with a white gel pen, along with ribbon, and twine. 


I used the same techniques for this, except I colored the images with watercolor markers. After they were dry, I adhered them to my inked, and stenciled tag.


Again, the same inking done, I colored my Santa with the Zig markers, and adhered him with a bit of foam tape.


There you have all four! I hope you've enjoyed, and were inspired to create your own tags! These can be used directly on a gift, or put them on a card! Your recipient will love it! 

Thank you again for stopping by! Have a crafty day!


Tue 16

We Wish You
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans!  It's the best day of the year (besides Christmas morning)...the first day of school.  The summer was great, but now it is on to Autumn and the Christmas season


For today's card I used the gorgeous new We Wish You Elegant Script.  The background is more simple than it appears using just some distress paints, stains and embossing folder. The below video is step by step and organized by card speed up or slow down to get to the part which strikes your fancy.



Distress and Embossing from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!  See y'all next time