Sun 23

Pretty Poinsettias
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a Holiday diecut that I have totally fallen in love with. Using the Poinsettia Collage you are able to use the positive cut, the negative cut or make it a stencil. The large leaves on the center Poinsettia....use them all year long with just about any flower.

Let me show you how simple this is:


Start with a White card base 4.25 x 5.50 inches. On a White cardstock panel, die cut the Poinsettia Collage.

By eyeing where my diecut will be placed, I eBrushed the base card with Copic markers. Spray some Red copic, lay the diecut panel down, lift it up and spray some more. Doing the same thing for the Green copics.


You can see from the picture above, I was doing this rather quickly and managed to get some of the sprayed color onto my diecut panel. :)

I kind of liked it, so I just went with it. Once I was happy with my eBrushing, I then sprayed the edges of the card base.

Trim the diecut panel to 4 x 5.50 inches and adhere to base card.


Die cut all three Grosgrain Ribbons and color as shown doing an Ombre effect.

Die cut Fanciful Ornament, snip the Poinsettia from the actual ornament, eBrush and layer together.

Adhere the tiny Poinsettia and ribbons as shown.

Add sequins as desired.


Happy Crafting,


Sat 22

Peaceful Winter Scene
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a peaceful winter scene to share with you using some dies from the latest Memory Box release. Let's get started!


I started with some white card stock and die cut the Countryside Circle and the Whispering Pine Landscape. I layered them together with some foam tape and then glued a piece of the Memory Box Pool Snowflake paper to complete my winter scene.


Using some silver mirror card paper, I die cut the brush stroke peace and glued it to the card. To finish it off, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add some sparkling snow to the trees and then I drew some stitching lines with a white gel pen to create a border around the card.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend!



Fri 21

Peace Card
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a simple but elegant Christmas card for you using the Mighty Oak die. This is a versatile die that can be used for many different occasions, but since we're going to be heading into the holiday season soon, I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it out with a winter theme.

Peace tree card

To create this card I die cut the oak tree from white cardstock and applied Versa Mark ink to the die cut and covered it with silver embossing powder.  Using a heat tool, I heat set the embossing powder.  For the card background, I die cut a piece of white cardstock using the Speckled Background and sponged the die cut background with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink, spattering with plain water.  Once the backgound was dry, I adhered the die cut tree to the prepared card layer.  I cut a strip of vellum and wrapped it around the card layer, adhering it to the back of the paper.  I then took this layer and glued it to a white card base.  The word Peace was die cut from white cardstock and embossed with white embossing power and adhered to the vellum strip.


I hope this will inspire you to begin creating your Christmas cards!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!


Thu 20

Spooky Airin Birds, Resting Birds and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


The Airin Bird, Airin Bird Background and Resting Birds venture down a different path for a Halloween card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - let's use some un-Halloween designs to create a card for that spooky day.  I love how versatile Memory Box dies are - and how these easily turn from sweet, pretty birds into dark creatures of the night.


Stamp Sketch Journal on light gray cardstock with Imagine Crafts Delicata Black Shimmer.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim it with the 2-½" x 3-¾"  Stitched Rectangle Trimming die.

Cut Airin Bird from dark orange cardstock.  Cut Airin Bird Background from black cardstock.  

No die for a witch hat?  Time to improvise!  Cut a small tree from the Making Spirits Bright die set from black cardstock.  Cut a"cake top" from the Time for Some Cake die set from black cardstock.  Layer the pieces to create a witchy hat for a Halloween bird - then bling it with small gold sequins.

Cut Resting Birds from black glittered craft foam.

Cut a 1" x 4-½"" strip of dark orange cardstock.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of dark gray cardstock - use foam dots for the hat.  Add more small gold sequins - and a few black ones too.


Hope you like this unusual design...and ideas for transforming favorite everyday designs into a cool, creepy card for Halloween.  

Big thanks to everyone who braved last weekend's storm warnings and joined us for the first of two Cool Winter Wishes classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Ann, Stacy and Marianne for helping everyone fill their baskets with holiday products, bling and a lot more.  


Have you seen Impress' exclusive new Memory Box die?  It'll be featured on a shimmery, glittery card I'm designing for next week.  Here's what I'll be using along with the special Fawn'd Friends die - Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Snow Burst, Delicata Celestial Copper, Peerless Watercolors Bonus Pak, and green and blue glitter cardstock.  Hope you'll have a chance to shop at (or order from) Impress so you can create along with me.

Thanks for stopping by...see you next week!






Wed 19

A Snowflake Card Trio
by Lindsay


I am bringing you not one, but three holiday card ideas using a simple snowflake and sentiment die. When it comes to mass producing your holiday cards, dies make it so easy, and quick! 


To make these three cards, I took the beautiful Arpeggio Snowflake die, along with the Playful Merry Christmas die. Other supplies I used included three different embossing powders, white spray mist, and colored card stocks. Let me share how these three cards came together..

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After I had die cut the snowflake from my colored card stocks, I applied embossing ink to the die cut, along with either gold, platinum, or sparkling clear powders. I then heat set them, and repeated the process a couple more times. I wanted a nice raised effect on the die cuts. 

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I took white mist, and flicked it onto my panels, and allowed them to dry. I adhered the panel to a white card base, and reinserted the die cut. I then added my black sentiment.

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For this card, I followed the same steps, adding more mist in the bottom right, and allowing the overspray to fall onto the whole panel. I had die cut the snowflake from the center of the panel, and reinserted the gold positive piece back in, and added the word Merry only, from the Playful Merry Christmas die.



For the last card, the simplicity won out, and I decided to leave the sentiment off. I did a very light splatter of white ink on the red panel, and used a sparkly clear embossing powder for my snowflake die cut. 


I really hope these cards gave you a few ideas on ways to create your holiday cards this year! Let me know in the comments if you've started, and what you are making! I would love to know!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, have a great one!




Tue 18

It's a White Christmas
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I have a quick and easy, yet elegant Christmas design for you today.


For today's card I went with a monochromatic white on white card using 3 dies and a stamp!  This would be very easy to replicate for multiple cards...and who doesn't want that for their Christmas mailing list.  I used the hexagon stitched dies and layered them and on top I used the Deer in the Tree Silhouette.  I added dimension to the deer die using foam dots and stamped the sentiment using pigment Ombre ink from Hero Arts and then embossed in clear embossing powder.


A couple of tips when doing monochromatic cards...make sure you are using the same cardstock for all of the components of your card.  You think white is white until they are together on a card and then all of sudden you realize there are tons of different shades/tones of white:)!!  Also, for this particular die, which has an embossing component to it (the deer), I run the die through the machine twice.  The first time is using the thin metal sandwich and then the second time, the sandwich is set for embossing.

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope the rest of your week is wonderful.



Mon 17

Spooky Countryside Circle Haunted by Big and Small Spiders
by Anne

How about using the COUNTRYSIDE CIRCLE die no. 99579 along with the BIG AND SMALL SPIDERS die no. 99546 to create a spooky scene for a Halloween card?  I gathered these materials:


I made two cards using black and white cardstock and black and squash dotted papers.  For the "spooky" sentiment, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a long-retired SPOOKY COLLAGE stamp G1387 on white cardstock, trimmed it down, and secured it to a piece of the black dot paper.  

For this first card, I used black cardstock and made a top-folded card:


I used a tiny tiny piece of the squash dot paper for the house's window and punched a 1" circle moon for the night sky.  I pop-dotted the small spider onto the moon and added the large spider to the dot ribbon I tied at the top of the card.

The second card:


Similar to the first card, this one has the black dot paper covering the front of a white notecard.  The Countryside Circle was cut from a piece of black cardstock and then I tore the lower edge so more of the dot paper would be exposed on the card front.  I also added the sentiment on an angle near the bow and the large spider.

 Spooky enough?  I think so!!!

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 16

by Penny Ward


Hello friends. Penny here today with something on the manly side. There are those few good men who receive holiday cards from us, and I do try to make them a little more masculine, rather than poinsettias or ornaments. Do you design your cards with someone special in mind?

This is how I made my Peaceful card:


On watercolor paper, ink with Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough Distress inks. Once you are satisfied, die cut the Fresh Pine Curved Border. Adhere this to the bottom of your White card base.


Die cut Deer in the Trees Silhouette from White cardstock. Ink trees with the same inks as the Fresh Pine Border. Color deer with Pencils or whatever medium you choose. Adhere to card front.



Finish the card by die cutting Stitched Cloud Trio from White cardstock. I coated these with White Amplify! and let dry.

To give the card just a bit of color, I added some washi tape tags beneath the largest cloud. I also used a scrap of leftover watercolor paper to stamp and heat emboss my sentiment from the Delightful Ornament stamp set.


I love this die for the fact that you get an added bonus of the embossed deer. Now I wish I had made a matching tag.

On the to-do list!


Happy Crafting,


Sat 15

Filled with Joy
by Sherry Hester

Good morning, everyone! Hurray, it's the weekend! I have a very simple card to share with you today.

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I absolutely love using stencils on my cards, and this one features a portion of the Garden Holly Bough stencil.  Using a piece of white card stock cut to 4" x 5-1/4", I aligned the stencil so that it would drape down from the top left corner. After sponging Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the leaves, being careful to avoid the leaves I didn't want to show, I added small dollops of glue and sprinkled on red glitter for the berries.

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I added red glitter to one of the Resting Birds and adhered it to a leaf with foam tape. Love these little birds ... they seem to add just the right touch.

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I arranged the sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Love and Laughter set onto a clear block and stamped it in the lower left corner with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, then added  the assembled piece to the card base with foam tape. Very quick and easy to duplicate.

I hope you've enjoyed this card and thanks as always for stopping by!



Fri 14

Winter Peace
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

  Imagine yourself in a snowy forest and you come upon this view...I would stay a while, wouldn't you?  

With the latest Memory Box holiday dies this card comes together rather easily.  Here are the steps...

Wintery Peace

  • Create the snowflake backgrounds on both blue background panels by spreading texture paste over the snowflake stencil, set aside to dry (only takes 5 minutes or so).  When dry, die cut the dark blue snowflake panel using the circle die which is closest in size to the forest die.
  • Die cut the tree branch circle die from silver glitter paper using the snowflake panel opening as a guide for placement.  
  • Die cut the deer family circle die from white paper, again using the snowflake panel opening as a guide.
  • Attach light blue snowflake panel behind the deer family layer.
  • Adhere all layers together aligning openings.  Trim any uneven edges with paper trimmer and attach all layers to a top fold note card.
  • Die cut the peace die three times (from fun foam, silver glitter paper and white paper).
  • Adhere the glitter Peace die cut to the fun foam material then adhere white layer onto glitter layer (offset slightly to show the glitter layer).
  • Adhere Peace stack onto snowflake panel.  

There are several steps but they're all easy-peasy and worth it.  


This card could have easily been made into a shaker card by adding an acetate window and fun foam for the spacing along with a pretty glitter-sequin-bead mix for the shaking materials.  Next time!  Be sure to check out the other circle die cuts from the new collection...besides the Tree Branch and Deer Family designs there is a Pine Branch and Countryside circle too!  

Thanks for stopping by today, Hope you found some inspiration to create cards this weekend! 

Wintery J Griffiths


 Happy Friday!


Thu 13

DIY Tanglewood Stitched Oval, Swirling Ghosts and the Big and Small Spiders
by Jean Okimoto



Create a spooky Stitched Oval background with the beautiful Tanglewood Frame...why didn't I think of that sooner?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to turn a favorite background die into an oval frame for the friendly ghost trio.


Cut Tanglewood Frame from black cardstock.  Cut the 4" tall Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock - use the negative here, save the oval for another project.  Frame your favorite portion of the background by prepping the underside of the negative's rim with a tape runner, then attaching it over the Tanglewood background.  


Cover the back  - and any exposed adhesive - with dark orange cardstock.  Place the 4.4" tall oval die over it and diecut  the three layers - the black frame, the Tanglewood diecut and the dark orange background.  You may need to shim it with the metal adapter plate and/or run it through the machine more than once.  The framed Tanglewood background is ready for the ghosts.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt to stabilize it - then diecut Swirling Ghosts.  There'll be an extra ghost for another project.  Punch mouth-circles with a screwpunch or rotating leather punch.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind their eyes.

Cut the small spider from the Big and Small Spiders set from black glittered craft foam.  

Attach striped washi tape to the bottom of a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green and orange sequins. 


 Imagine the possibilities!  We have so many Memory Box layers and frames to combine - creating even more ways to use the dies for backgrounds as simple - or as detailed - as you chose.  

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's Halloween class!  Hope you liked the origami folds that opened into scary cards and a little treat basket - as well as the bright, colorful cards.  See you again this Saturday at the COOL WINTER WISHES class at Impress!