Sun 29

Shaker Smile

Good morning Memory Box fans!  It's my turn, Shelby, to bring some inspiration to your Sunday morning.

Have you checked out the wonderful Shaker Frame dies?  Oh these dies are so much fun and bring the fun to making shaker cards.


I went with a clean style card using the square shaker frame and the coordinating Studio Square layers.


The background was stamped several times with the stamp called Mercer Rose Background and the "Smile" die is from the set A Lovely Smile and was cut with 2 sided adhesive foam for added dimension.


Thanks for visiting today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Sat 28

Divine Dahlia Card

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Hi everyone!

I wish I could say we were enjoying some spring weather this morning, but we are supposed to get snow showers all day!  So with that being said, I figured my card should feature some bright spring colors.

I used the Bengal Background to create the pattern for my card background.  I placed watercolor paper on top of a piece of chipboard  to partially cut my paper when I ran it through the Cuttlebug. I also left out my cardstock shims that I normally use to die cut.  This allowed me to only partially cut my watercolor paper and give it an embossed look.


I painted the background using watercolors.  Die cut the  Divine Dahlia from White Cardstock and adhere to the prepared background.  Spatter the card with Gold acrylic paint.  Assemble card as shown.

Memory Box Products used:

Divine Dahlia #99086

Bengal Background #99060

White Cardstock

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!


Fri 27

Butterfly Specimen Cards

Good Morning Friends,

My inspiration for today's cards come from 'framed butterfly displays' and this quote from Henri David Thoreau:

"Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder." 

I've always loved butterflies--they way they flit and flutter in the garden, their colorful wings and the magic and mystery of evolving from a caterpillar.  Here are two cards intended as "His & Her" styles.

Butterfly Cards-His & Hers

These cards combine the techniques of distress inking and watercoloring.  I die cut the butterfly backgrounds from watercolored paper, then inked the edges before layering the detail outline die cuts on top.

This is the card I designed for the guys...

Butterfly Card- His

And this one for the ladies...Butterfly Card- Hers
The note card was stenciled with white ink on the "Mesh" stencil before adding the distressed inked layers. 

I call these cards my "Faux Butterfly Specimen" cards--you can't go wrong with a butterfly card--everyone loves them.

#98894 Swirl Butterfly

#98876 Asti Butterfly Wings

#98261 Kaleidoscope Butterfly

#98260 Moonlight Butterfly

#98869 Rhone Butterfly Wings

#98863 Effera Butterfly Wings

#88517 Mesh Stencil

Happy Friday Everyone--thanks for stopping by!


Thu 26

Spring Rains...

Spring rains are forecast here in Maine for the next few days with temperatures in the 40s and 50s.  Because I live at the end of a rather long dirt road, what that signals for me is the beginning of Mud Season. I'll be out splashing in the puddles and the mud in my farmer's boots!  I can't wait for all of the snow and ice to finally melt away.

Today's card features the Memory Box die Splashing Puddles No. 99062 on the cover of the card, cut from Pool Moroccan Dot paper and layered onto a Pool notecard:   IMG_1802

The sentiment is the April Showers Combo stamp B1912 which I cut into two parts so I could use"April showers" on the card front.

I used the rest of the sentiment ("BRING MAY FLOWERS") on the inside of the card along with layered die cuts using the Trumpet Vine die No. 99075:IMG_1804

I think we often focus on the card front and forget that we have all that great white space inside the card which can also be decorated.  If I mail this card, I'll add a layer of bubblewrap and/or cardboard over the flowers to keep the gems from punching through the card front.  

Have you used your Memory Box dies to make flowers or other items for the inside of your cards?  Do you add stamped or die cut sentiments inside?

Happy Crafting!

Wed 25

Tanglewood Tag Time

MemoryBoxTanglewoodFrame-OpenStudioOhHelloAgain-OpenStudioTagYou'reItRectangles-JeanOkimotoWant a different way to use the delicate Tanglewood Frame Die?  Tag it with the Tag You're It Rectangle Die Set from Open Studio.   Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring one of the most popular dies from the January 2015 Release.  It's a must-have.

Memory Box Products

  • Tanglewood Frame Die 99009
  • Open Studio Oh Hello Again Die Set 30010
  • Open Studio Tag You're It Rectangles Die Set 30040
  • Key Lime and Peony Notecards (for diecutting)
  • Peony Envelope

Cut a Key Lime tag.  Cut a portion of the Tanglewood Frame from textured white cardstock and trim it to approximately 3-⅜" x 2-⅜".  Attach the Tanglewood diecut behind the tag frame.  Cut a Key Lime Rectangle of the same size and attach it behind the Tanglewood diecut.  

Cut the flower section again from Peony - leave the petals in the die until you need them.   It'll be much easier to know where each little piece goes - trust me, I know.  (Now.)  Attach the petals, then add a tiny gold sequin in the center.

Cut "hello" from Peony.  Attach the ribbon.  Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of textured white cardstock.  Attach tiny gold sequins.  Coordinate the card with a matching Peony Envelope.


Stay out of the rain this weekend - join us for the SIMPLY ASIAN Class at Impress on Saturday, March 28th.  We'll make 5 colorful, contemporary cards with origami, beautiful Washi papers, dies,stamps and stencils.  Here's a peek - the dress and fish are simple - really!



Want more spring card ideas?  Please visit our Ideas Gallery.  

Thanks for stopping by!





Wed 25

Gathered Blooms - Come Rain or Shine



MemoryBoxGatheredBlooms-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-OpenStudioComeRainOrShine-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-MementoLuxeIs it still raining?  Gathered Blooms and a trio of umbrellas from the Come Rain or Shine Set create a flowery garden scene to remind us that yes, it really is spring.  Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for you today.

Memory Box Products

  • Gathered Blooms Stamp G2021
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027
  • Squash Notecard and Envelope
  • Key Lime and Pool Distressed Dots Signature Patterns
  • Squash Gingham Signature Pattern

Memento Luxe Olive Grove Pigment Inkpad

Stamp Gathered Blooms with Olive Grove and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Color it with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Cut the umbrellas from Distressed Dots and Gingham Signature Patterns.  Cut the handles from silver mirror cardstock.  Trim a bit from the top of the long handle.

Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach the umbrella - place the handle on the background and attach a foam dot over it.  Attach the umbrella top over the foam dot.  The handle is securely attached and the foam dot adds a bit of dimension

Attach some sequins - and coordinate your card with a matching Squash Envelope.



Looking for other spring ideas?  Visit our Ideas Gallery for more cards featuring the January 2015 Collection.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this evening!




Tue 24

Happy Day with Long Stem Lavender

Sherry Hester here with my first post as a new Memory Box Design Team member! You may know of me as a member of the Poppystamps Design Team, which was a most delightful experience with lots of very talented ladies.  Being on the Memory Box Design team is a wonderful opportunity for me, and I hope to bring you lots of creative inspiration moving forward.

My card today features the Long Stem Lavender die.  This card will be one of the cards we will be creating in an upcoming Memory Box class at Ultimate Hobbies in Orange.

Lavendar Card - 1

I cut two sets of the lavender die, and one extra stem to add some curly filler. The flowers were sponged with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and enhanced with Wink of Stella glitter brush before being adhered to the stems. I cut two of the Lenora Bloom in two shades of green, and snipped off everything above the leaves.  After sponging Shabby Shutter Distress Ink on the leaves, I arranged them as shown around the bottom of the lavender stems. 

Lavender Card - 2

I love the Open Studio Rectangle Layers sooo much!  I cut one of the layers, lightly splattered it with lavender ink, and added a sheer length of ribbon before adding the lavender and leaves.  I created a banner using the “Wishing You a Happy Day” stamp, curved the banner a bit and then added it to the layered piece as well.  I adhered the assembled layer to the card front, and added some gem stones to finish.

Hope you enjoy this card, and thanks for stopping by!

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Tue 24

Longstem Lavender Love

Hello, card fans!

It was sleeting and chilly yesterday in Indiana, so I decided I needed some spring in my life!

Today's card features four new spring 2015 dies, (including one from Open Studio) a 2014 die, and Morocco patterned paper.



Memory Box dies (Longstem Lavender, Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Bengal Detail Plate, Merci Cursive), Open Studio dies (Rectangle Layers) and Morocco patterned paper; Accents: pearls and gems (Mark Richards); vellum



  1. Make a 4.25" x 5.5" white card base.
  2. Cut strip of patterned paper and adhere at bottom of card.
  3. Die cut Rectangle Layer from white cardstock and mount on mint cardstock.
  4. Trim cardstock to approximately .25" larger and round corners.
  5. Layer and adhere panels.
  6. Die cut three lavender stems and adhere.
  7. Die cut three lavender blossoms and adhere; stack some for dimension.
  8. Brush Wink of Stella on blossoms for a delicate shimmer.
  9. Die cut butterfly, then dry emboss with Bengal Detail Plate and adhere.
  10. Die cut two Merci Cursive sentiments from cardstock and one from patterned paper. Layer and adhere to card.
  11. Adhere pearls and gems.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 23

Spring Coastal Tree

 Good Morning!  Marnie here with a fun Spring/Easter Card.   Spring Break has begun here and the snow has unfortunately returned.  So we're back to only seeing beautiful green scenes in our projects!  Oh well fun fresh projects equals a happy me!  Today my Spring/Easter card can really be used for anything.  I used the Coastal Tree 99100 and popped it up over the Solid Arch Background 98992 that I have used as the hill.  All of the little flowers are from the Blooming Border 98922 and the bunnies are from the Baby Bunnies set 99105.  All of the patterned papers are Memory Box as well, I have listed them below with links.  I love how the colors all come together to look fresh for Spring. 

Memory Box Products Used:

Coastal Tree 99100

Solid Arch Background 98992

Blooming Border 98922

Baby Bunnies 99105

Bluebird Dot Paper

Mango Distressed Dots

Squash Distressed Dots

Violet Dot Paper


I hope everyone is staying in and staying warm this first week of Spring.   Have a Wonderful Day!


Sat 21

Spring's Blooming Lotus


Shall we  fast-forward this to "March showers bring April flowers"  and create a quick spring card today?  Jean Okimoto here, with one of my favorite color combos...hope you like it too!


Memory Box Products

  • Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027
  • Blooming Lotus Background Die 99099
  • Blooming Lotus Outline Die 99097
  • Violet Distressed Dots Signature Pattern
  • Key Lime, Violet and Lavender Notecards (for cutting and stamping)
  • Wisteria Notecard
  • Wisteria Envelope

Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle Pigment Inkpad

Cut the raindrops from Come Rain or Shine and attach a strip of white cardstock behind it.  Cut Blooming Lotus Background and Blooming Lotus Outline.  Cut the center portion again from Violet Distressed Dots.  

Stamp April Showers Combo (there's a tiny flower stamp attached to the side) and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach everything to a Wisteria Notecard and add some shimmery sequins.  Coordinate the card with a matching Wisteria Envelope and send it to someone who loves flowers!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for other details, supply lists and more spring cards.

Thanks for visiting!



Fri 20

Lydia and Sorona Butterflies with Bloomington Border…




Hi everyone!  Pam here...with news!  Classes coming up in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Saturday, April 11th at Scrapmania.  I'm posting a peek today... or maybe I should say a tease!  More info coming soon and I'll post the info on the class page here as soon as I have the times. 

Thanks for stopping by!  More ideas in the new Memory Box 'Look Book'  HERE.



Thu 19

Come Rain or Shine...Springtime Bunnies and Splashing Puddles


MemoryBoxSplashingPuddles-MemoryBoxSpringtimeBunnies-OpenStudioStitchedSquareLayers-OpenStudioComeRainOrShine-JeanOkimotoWhen is a Stitched Square Layer not a square?  When it's trimming a portion of Splashing Puddles for a quick spring card!  Layer bunnies and umbrellas over another Stitched Square Layer, add clear sequins...that's it!  Jean Okimoto here  with a quick card to brighten someone's day, or at least make them smile.


Memory Box Products

  • Open Studio Stitched Square Layers Die Set 30038
  • Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027
  • Splashing Puddles Die Set 99062
  • Springtime Bunnies Die Set 99109
  • Dove Gray and Wisteria Notecards (for diecutting)
  • Key Lime Dots Signature Pattern
  • Violet Dots Signature Pattern
  • Pool Distressed Dots Signature Pattern

Cut Splashing Puddles from Dove Gray - then trim it  using the largest Stitched Square Layer.  It adds the perfect topstitched edge...and sure beats trying to cut it with a paper trimmer. 

Cut the umbrellas from Memory Box Signature Patterns.  Cut the handles from silver mirror cardstock, then trim the two longer handles just a bit.   Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to white felt to stabilize it,  then cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing also prevents liquid adhesives from soaking thru the felt.  

Attach everything to an A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock - and add some tiny clear sequins.

Big thanks to everyone who took the Splish Splash class at Impress last weekend.  Special thanks too - to Jenny for the yummy fruit pies to celebrate Pi Day.  Thanks to Julie too - for sharing your stash of Seahawks chocolate eggs, purchased from Portland.  OK, that's  3 "thanks" in one paragraph - and here come 2 more.   There's a lot to be thankful for.

Special thanks to Impress - for featuring the Splashing Puddles Die on Facebook!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day