Fri 22

Foxy Friends Postage

Good Morning Crafty Friends!

I'm sharing a card today using several "critter" stamps, new dies and even a coordinating stencil.  I haven't been able to keep my hands off the new Fox stamps and today I added their friend Nathaniel Bunny to the inside of the card.

Foxy Friends Postage_Jenny Griffiths

Using the coordinating stencil for the postage dies, I sponged various ink colors onto the backgrounds of each postage piece.  Next, I colored the bunny, foxes and butterfly with Tombo markers, detail cut them out and split up the message by cutting the clear phrase stamp into two parts and stamping separately---stamp surgery! All pieces were added to the Beaded Background layer which I die cut from Kraft paper.  I just love the Peek-A-Boo dots!  

For the inside of the card, check out this adorable Nathaniel Bunny...looks like he's saying, "Yoo Hoo, fox friends, don't forget about me!"

Bunny Interior_Jenny Griffiths

Thanks for stopping by today on your way to a wonderful weekend!  Be sure to check in often for more creativity and inspiration from us.

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Here are the stamps, dies and stencil used on this card.

99171 Postage Assemblage Die

99132 Beaded Background Die

D2011 Small Forest Pine

C2047 Curious Benjamin Fox

C2032 Samuel Fox 

C2035 Patient Benjamin Fox

C2034 Nathaniel Bunny

E2044 Butterfly Trail

CL403 Into the Words (Poppy Stamps)

30054 Geo Fragments (Open Studio)

88606 Postage Assemblage Stencil

Happy Friday!

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Fri 22


Good Morning,  Marnie here again today with a mostly stamped card.  I fell in love with the Windswept CS202J stamp as soon as I saw it.  I love the idea of using it for ever season and time of day.  Of course this may be because I'm from the Windy City?  Who knows?   Here I stamped it in Green and misted the entire background in blue.  For the letters I stamped the Pensive Alphabet CS2212J stamp in brown  and cut out the letters for my greeting.   Finally the bird was cut from red cardstock using the new Birds of a Feather 30045 Open Studio set.   I did go back and add some Stickles dots to some of the leaves to give a bit of sparkle and dimension it looked flat without it.  I do love how it turned out. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today for tons more inspiring ideas check out  The new Memory Box Look Book it has so many amazing samples from the latest release you really really don't want to miss it!


Thu 21

Fairyland Butterflies Postage Assemblage

MemoryBoxPostageAssemblage-MemoryBoxFairylandButterflies-MemoryBoxDotGridDesignerStencil-MemoryBoxModernPostageAssemblageDesignerStencil-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-MementoInkpads-DelicataInkpadsHi, Jean Okimoto here today.  Wondering what to do with the new Memory Box postage dies and coordinating stencils?  Here's an idea...stencil a colorful Modern Postage Assemblage background with Memento Dye Inkpads - then diecut it with the Postage Assemblage Die.  

Stencil Grid Dots with Golden Glitz - then attach some beautiful Fairyland Butterflies and a few opalescent purple sequins.  

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions, supply lists and other spring designs.  


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Modern Postage Assemblage Designer Stencil 88606
  • NEW Postage Assemblage Die 99171
  • NEW Dot Grid Designer Stencil 88600
  • Fairyland Butterflies Die 99078
  • Juniper Notecard for diecutting

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Dye Inkpads - Lulu Lavender, Bahama Blue, Pear Tart
  • Delicata Golden Glitz Inkpad    
  • Daubers
  • MermoryBoxPostageAssemblage-MemoryBoxModernPostageAssemblage-MemoryBoxFairylandButterflies-MemoryBoxDotGrid-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts

Special thanks to everyone who took the first Butterflies and Blossoms class at Impress!  I've added a second class on Saturday June 13 - hope everyone who was on the waiting list will be able to join us that day.  

Thanks for stopping by!


Wed 20

New Look Book!


We are so excited to share a new Look Book with you loaded with page after page of great designs by the very talented Kay Miller. Kay is a member of the Poppystamps design team, and she created a lovely collection of cards using watercolor paints as well as some of the latest Spring 2015 Memory Box dies and stamps.

You can click on the Look Book in the sidebar to view the catalog, or you can view it directly here.  So, sit back, relax, and flip through the latest catalog of designs.  You are sure to be inspired!


Tue 19

Distressed Baptisia Collage

Welcome back, card lovers!

Today's card features two new dies from the latest Memory Box release. I also used the new Hope and Thanks set by PoppyStamps again. (As I stated in my last post, this set is versatile!)



Dies: Distressed Baptisia Collage, Cascadia Butterfly Trio (Memory Box); Stamp: Hope and Thanks (PoppyStamps); 6x6 Patterned Papers: Sprout (Memory Box, retired); Distressed Embossing Ink (Ranger); Unicorn Embossing Powder (Hero Arts) Accents: pearls (Mark Richards)



  1. Make 4.25" x 5.5" card base.
  2. Die cut card front with Distressed Baptisia Collage.
  3. Adhere patterned paper panel behind die cut.
  4. Die cut and adhere butterflies and bamboo.
  5. Stamp sentiments, apply EP, and heat set.
  6. Adhere pearls. 

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 18

Fillipa Corner + Sunrise Poppy = Pretty Card

The FILLIPA CORNER die no. 99146 and the SUNRISE POPPY die no. 99133 work really well together to create a really pretty card.  


I die cut several of the Fillipa Corners from a variety of printed Memory Box papers (current patterned papers and discontinued ones from my paper stash).  Then I used the same papers to cut multiples of the Sunrise Poppy, being careful to save all the little flower parts.  The fun part was combining Fillipa Corners with matching Sunrise Poppy outlines and then filling in each flower with a coordinating paper.  

I added pearls on the ends of the curlicues on both the Fillipa Corner and the Sunrise Poppy for a little shine.

I then stamped a word on each card front that I selected from the WORDS TO LIVE BY CL5154stamp set.

 I still have quite a few pieces left to mix and match for a few more cards.  

Happy Crafting!

Sat 16

Can't Help But

Smile...because the weekend is here!!


I finally had a play with the new Ken Oliver color bursts.  For this card I used them more in the vein of a watercolor technique to create a smoother vibrant look to the design.

The sentiment was created using the set from the new release called Smile.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with silver embossing powder to create a resist technique for the watercolors. 


For the inside of the card, just the top and bottom edges of the watercolor paper were colored to coordinate with the front panel design.


The word die cut Smile (30012) was die cut twice to create a shadow effect.  The bottom "smile" was cut in black cardstock and the top layer was cut using the same colors as the rest of the design and then adhered to the black cardstock.

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope your weekend is creative and fantastic.



Fri 15

Aberdeen Branches, Pennington Rose and Row of Poppies cards from Pam...




Spring and it a coincidence that Mother's Day is in the Spring?!  I'm sure you are all enjoying your flowers and plants you received!  I know I am!

So I'll carry on with three flower card ideas today.

I used the NEW Aberdeen Branches die for my first card...die cut in green, then used scraps of yellow and orange to cut extra flowers and the butterfly.  Trim those cuts and glue in the centers to the green cut.

The sentiment is from the NEW poppystamps clear set 'Into the Words'. 

I used a white Signo Broad gel pen on the little white flowers and Ranger White Enamel to make the green 'buds' white.


Here's a close up so you can see a little better...





How about a CAS card using the NEW Pennington Rose die and NEW Kindness of People stamp...I love how this turned out. The beauty of a single Rose! :D





And one more card using the NEW Row of Poppies die, the NEW Open Studio Postage Rectangle Layers die set and the NEW Open Sudio Party Time Clear Stamp set. Poppies are layered on one of the Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers dies.




All three cards are A2 size. 

Thanks for visiting us today! Happy card-making weekend to you!  


Fri 15

Enjoy Card

Good Morning Everyone!

For today's card I used several stamps from the new release.  There are so many wonderful products in the spring release, it is hard to pick what to use.  


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To create this card I stamped and embossed the Stars at Night image onto White cardstock  using Black ink and Clear embossing powder.  The word "Enjoy" came from the Smile Clear Stamp Set. This was stamped using Versa Ink and Clear embossing powder.  Sponge the cardstock using Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  Mist the inked background lightly with water to create some texture. On a strip of White cardstock stamp the sentiment, "the sky's the limit" using Black ink.  Mount the stamped strip onto Licorice cardstock.  Assemble the card as shown.  Embellish the card front with Stars.


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Memory Box Products used:

  • Stars at Night Stamp - CS2201H
  • Open Studio Smile Stamp Set - CL5152
  • White and Licorice Cardstock


  • Into the Words Stamp Set - CL403


Thank's for stopping by today! 


Wed 13

Gilded English Rose Bouquet

Good Morning!  Marnie here today and I have a very elegant clean and simple card for you today using the English Rose Bouquet 99139.  Here I've used it two ways first I embossed it into the Ivory Cardstock and second I cut it out of Gold Mirror Card and foam taped it over and offset just a bit.  It is very simple but very elegant especially when matted with more Gold Mirror Card. 

I adore how the Gold enhances the embossing in the leaves they really stand out. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Hope you have an Amazing Day!

Wed 13

The Blooming Sketch Border Goes Postal

MemoryBoxBloomingSketchBorder-MemoryBoxPostageStrip-MemoryBoxBreezyWaves-JeanOkimotoHere's another idea featuring the great Blooming Sketch Border - turn it into faux postage for a spring or summer card.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here this evening - let's get started.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Blooming Sketch Border Stamp F2037
  • NEW Postage Strip Die Set 99168
  • NEW Breezy Waves Die 99164
  • Key Lime Notecard (for diecutting)
  • Jack O Lantern Notecard
  • Jack O Lantern Envelope

VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad

MemoryBoxBloomingSketchBorder-MemoryBoxBreezyWaves-MemoryBoxPostageStrip-JeanOkimoto-ImpressThe Postage Strip Die Set includes the stamp-shaped die - and a long border strip.  They're great for faux postage, edging and borders - and the set is featured in What's New on the  Impress newsletter this week.

I added the Key Lime swoosh - from the Breezy Waves Die - because sometimes a card just needs a bright dash of color.  What do you think?

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions, supply lists and other Spring Release card designs.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Saturday's Butterflies and Blooms class at Impress.  We'll be using and repurposing a bunch of great  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Open Studio designs  - along with watercolors, and our favorite Imagine Crafts inks.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next Wednesday!



Wed 13

A Butterfly's Delicate Flight

MemoryBoxDelicateFlight-PoppystampsHopeAndThanksStamps-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-PeerlessWatercolors-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeonsButterflies and flowers are great together and the new Delicate Flight design is the perfect combination for any occasion.   Create a stash of these - and some stamped greetings - and save yourself a trip to the cardshoppe.  A set of ten would be a lovely gift for a special teacher too.  Jean Okimoto here, let's get started...

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Delicate Flight Stamp F2043
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Lavender and Wisteria Notecards    
  • Wisteria Envelope

Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set CL405

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Radiant Neons Inkpads - Electric Blue, Electric Green, Electric Purple
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad    
  • Daubers

Create a soft background by daubing light layers of Electric Blue, Purple and Green Radiant Neons onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting - and you're ready to stamp and watercolor.  

Use the two largest Stitched Rectangle Layer dies to custom-cut a narrow rectangle.  Cut it with the 3.4" x 4.4" die first, then cut one long edge with the  largest die to create a rectangle to showcase your stamped design.  

Add a greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thanks set - and some sequins.  It's as easy as that - so make a few extra cards while you're at it.  You'll be glad you did.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions, supply lists, and more spring card designs.

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



Tue 12

Hoping This Note Finds You Well

Hello, Stampers!

I'm on my last day of grading responsibilities and then I will be FREE for the summer - yay! (And I'll be teaching some Memory Box classes in Indianapolis at Neu Scrapbooking, so I'm all excited!)

Today's card features one of the dies and two stamps from the latest release, along with some retired Memory Box 6x6 patterned paper that I've been hoarding.

One thing I really love about the sentiment set I used here (Hope and Thanks - CL405 by PoppyStamps) is how incredibly versatile it is. You get two starter phrases ("Hoping" and "Thank You") in both a script and a block font PLUS 14 "finisher" phrases in various fonts and sizes.

So if I wanted to, I could have replaced my finisher statement below with to see you soon, you feel better soon, you have a terrific birthday, you have a wonderful anniversary, you are doing great, or you have a fabulous vacation

As an additional bonus, some of the finishers can be used solo (example: "You are doing great")! 



Die: Postage Assemblage (Memory Box); Stamps: Petey Bird (Memory Box), Hope and Thanks (PoppyStamps); 6x6 Patterned Papers: Sprout (Memory Box, retired); Inks: VersaFIne Onyx and Sepia (Imagine Crafts), Distressed Brushed Corduroy (Ranger); Colored Pencils: Spectrum Noir; Accents: pearls (Mark Richards), ribbon (May Arts)



I always mean to stamp more on patterned paper. This particular bird stamp is perfect for the distressed look of this paper. After coloring in the bird, I edged the borders with distress inks and you'd almost think this block was printed just as it is.  

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!