Sun 01

Hearty Valentine's

Happy Super Bowl Sunday everyone!  I know there are a couple of Seattle Seahawk fans out there (and at Memory Box Co) getting ready for the big game.  Best of luck to whichever team you are cheering on!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, well right after Punxsutawney Phil lets us know how many more weeks of winter we'll endure!  I had a play around with the die Half a Heart 99130 (I kept calling it Have a Heart in my head and wondered why it didn't come up in the search on the MB site!) and thought I'd do a quick tutorial to show you two ways to use the die.


The first set of images will demonstrate how to make a full heart with a bit of dimension.  Lay the die in the desired position.  I always use removable tape to hold my dies in place even when I'm using the Sizzix magnetic plate.  Run through your die cut machine.


This is what the first cut will look like. 


Turn cardstock over and place die adjacent to the first cut and align to create a heart.  Tip:  to create  dimensional hearts that stays in the cardstock, make sure the die is not overlapping the previous cut.  Run through die cut machine.


Voila...a full heart.  In the card shown below,  I adhered decorative paper to the layering card stock and did the above steps. So for sure, the die will cut through 2 layers of medium weight card stock.


With this image, I used one piece of two sided decorative paper, placed the die in the desired position, ran it through the die cutting machine.  Then I folded the paper back onto itself to create a full heart showing the other side of the paper.  How cute is that?


Here's the card created with the Half a Heart and I added a bows from the Open Studio die set called Truly Gifted.  I cut the same bow 3 times. There are 3 different and  fantastic bows to choose from in this them all.


Thanks for stopping by today and hope your team wins and the rest of your weekend is fantastic.



Fri 30

Fairyland Butterflies

Good Morning Crafty Friends~

Ready for the weekend?  Before it starts, I have this colorful Fairyland Butterflies card to share with you.  When I saw the new 2015 collection for the first time, this die stood out as my definite favorite.

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The front of the white note card is die cut with the Fairyland Butterflies die, backed with blue patterned paper, fitted and layered with the same die from black paper, then cut along the right side of the butterfies giving it a "cut lace" effect.  

 Bluebird Distressed Dot paper is adhered inside of the card and will be embellished also.  When the card is closed you might not notice the cut edges because it lays over the blue patterned paper.  When opened, the front of the card looks like this:

Fairyland Butterflies-cut edge

Now, I'm not going to fib, the paper piecing on this card took some time and careful tweezer action.  Each piece of colored cardstock on the butterflies was inlaid into the black outline.  Sometimes I'm in the mood to create an intricate card like this one and enjoy the process.

 To make a quicker card, simply back the butterflies with a single color of patterned paper which will show through the delicate die cut openings as in this version: (you will still need to create the 'cut lace' effect by cutting around the right side of the butterflies)

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  The inside of the card features the Surely Stitched Circle, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, Cascade Butterfly Trio and the Hello Script die.  When adhering the "hello" die inside, I was careful to line it up with the butterflies on the front of the card, making sure it would be out of sight when the card was closed.

Fairyland Butterfly-Inside

I hope you enjoyed this card and find some time this weekend to create a card or two.  Thanks for stopping by~

Happy Friday!


Thu 29

Floral card

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today and I ahve another pretty floral card for you today. Love that tiffany color, with white and kraft it looks even better as for me... The delicacy of Memory Box dies are just perfet touches for this card.

When playing with your dies just don't forget to add layers, this little bit of 3D effect can really give you a wow factor:)


Memory Box dies used:

  • Shrewsbury Stem (99106)
  • Leafy Border (98628)





Have a lovely day,


Wed 28

Cherub Hearts and the Tanglewood Frame



Looking for another quick Valentine idea?  Combine layered Cherub Hearts - diecut with LOVE - and the beautiful Tanglewood Frame.  Quick, easy and no stamping for this design.  Jean Okimoto here, let's get started...

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Memory Box Products

  • NEW Memory Box Tanglewood Frame Die 99009
  • NEW Open Studio Cherub Hearts Die Set 30008
  • NEW Open Studio All About the Love Die Set 30005
  • Holly Berry Notecards (for diecutting)
  • Kraft Notecard
  • Holly Berry Envelope

It's so easy...just diecut the background, hearts and greeting and layer everything onto a Kraft Notecard.  Add a trio of sequins...and you're done!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists - and more Valentine ideas.

Special thanks to everyone who took last weekend's BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards and and techniques - and are enjoying the January 2015 Collection as much as I am.

We have another class this Sunday - from 12:00 to 2:00 - you'll be home in time to watch the big game!  Each card features  inky techniques and/or hidden tricks that you may not notice here - but trust me, there's a lot happening in those two quick hours.   Here are a few class cards...

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 Scroll down a bit - Donna shared a Valentine shaker card earlier in the day.  Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening...


Wed 28

Heart Shaker Card

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Hi Everyone,

It's Donna here today with a Heart Shaker Card which uses the new Open Studio Rectangle Shapes.

I die cut the rectangle shaker frame using the Open Studio Shaker Rectangle Frames.  The other rectangle layers were cut from the Open Studio Rectangle Layers. Using the rectangle layers takes all the guess work out of figuring the correct size for your card layers.  Die cut the Heart Ribbon Die from Parchment Cardstock.  Make sure you  save the inside pieces.  I inked those with Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I adhered a thin piece of double sided tape to the backside of the die cut and turned it over and inserted the inside pieces.  Stencil the background cardstock of the shaker layer using Fired Brick Distress Ink and the Heart Confetti Stencil. Spatter the stenciled background with brown ink.  I adhered a piece of acetate to back of the shaker frame.  Place thin double sided tape to the edge of the stenciled background cardstock. Sprinkle the center with glitter and sequins. Adhere the frame to the top of that layer. Assemble the rest of the layers as shown.


Memory Box Products Used:

  • Heart Ribbon Die #99085
  • Open Studio Rectangle Layers #30033
  • Open Studio Shaker Rectangle Frames #30003
  • Heart Confetti Stencil #88588
  • Parchment, Kraft, Cranberry and Vanilla Bean Cardstock 

Have a great day!


Tue 27

I Love You Valentine

Hello, Card Makers! Welcome to the  Memory Box Design Team's blog, Outside the Box!

My card today features two of the new Memory Box dies: Fairytale Flower Frame and Double Heart Banner. I'm still very attracted to monochromatic palettes this month, so bear with me - LOL!


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Memory Box cardstock and dies (Fairytale Flower Frame, Double Heart Banner); Patterned Paper: MMI; Pens (Tsukineko, Faber-Castell); Accents: gems (Mark Richards), enamel dots (MMI)

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If you don't own the exact sentiment, write one yourself. I did that here and then traced over it with a white pen, and I'm quite satisfied with the results. So give it a try!  
(I'm still on Recovery Road attempting to conquer my Bronchitis that morphed into Sinisitus, so this post will have to be a shortie.)
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 26

Cross Stitched Love


Good Morning!  Marnie here  today with  another fun card using the Memory Box January 2015 Release.  This was a fun quick card using the Cross Stitched Love 99128 twice on a piece of red mirror card.  I layered the red onto black cardstock and popped it over some very cute satin ribbon hearts on top of the Dot Licorice paper.   This would be a great mass produced card if you had to make some for a full class or office.   Please forgive the glare I sometimes have issues taking photos of the mirror card.



Memory Box Products Used:
Cross Stitched Love 99128

Dot Licorice Paper 77902

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like it.  Have an Wonderful Day!

Sun 25

Blooming Love

Good Morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your weekend is going well.  It's Shelby with you today and hopefully can  bring you a little inspiration on this Sunday morning.


I'm loving the new release and the crazy great variety and creativity in the designs!
  For the background I used the Bengal Background cut out in white cardstock.  The Bloomington Border die was cut out twice, embossed and then inked with white chalk ink while still in the die to ink up just the embossed areas.


The Bloomington Border was adhered using foam dots for some dimension.  I cut out All About Love word die and used some foam dots to attached to the Bloomington border.


I hope you enjoyed today's card and enjoy whatever is left your weekend!



Fri 23

Sweet birthday

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today,s howing you another fresh birthday card. I love the nature inspired dies of Memory Box, so here I made them a focal point.

and my favorite color combo of summer- fresh green and reds...


Memory Box dies used:

  • Shrewsbury Stem (99106)
  • Darling Poppies (98879)

Memory Box stamp:

Sweet Birthday Combo (B2010)


Have  a lovely Friday,


Thu 22

Pink Splendid Clarkia


Good Morning!  Marnie here today with  another fun card using the Memory Box January 2015 Release.  I love how modern this card turned out with the bright pink Splendid Clarkia - 99068 flower embedded in the mat silver cardstock and the modern LOVE font from All About the Love - 30005 out of green shimmer cardstock.  This is, of course, part of my Die Cut Discovery class at CraftFancy this month and will also be featured at the CraftFancy Valentine Event this Saturday along with so many more projects created with this line of dies. 



Memory Box Products Used:

 All About the Love - 30005

Splendid Clarkia - 99068

 Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like it.  Have an AMAZING Day!