Sun 19

a Lacy Easter
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello Memory Box fans. We hardly get one holiday over and I making cards for yet another. With Easter around the corner, I wanted to show off the new Stitched Aster Blooms die and how you can incorporate them into an Easter blessing.

Let's get started:


Cut heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half.


Die cut the top right corner with Distressed Addington Collage, then round the corner.



On watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals, then spritz with water. Let dry and die cut Stitched Aster Blooms several times and also Happy Easter Perky Script.

Adhere to card front as shown, then add sequins as desired.

Quick, simple Easter card without a lot of pastels. :)


Happy Crafting my friends,


Sat 18

Morning Garden Butterflies and the Butterfly Ensemble
by Jean Okimoto


The new Morning Garden Butterflies Set is just what I needed to complement the Butterfly Ensemble.  It's a set of 6 delicately detailed butterflies - and antennae - designed  to coordinate with the solid shapes of the Butterfly Ensemble.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a decidedly un-seasonal design for you.  Just couldn't wait till "butterfly weather" to pair these beauties up with some paper from my stash.  It's also been a while since we last followed our bliss - let's combine everything here!


Cut scraps of watercolored paper - painted in soft watery layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors - with 3 Butterfly Ensemble designs.  Cut the coordinating Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a pale blue rectangle of watercolored paper with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink  Cut a rectangle with  the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Having 16 perfectly-sized rectangles to chose from makes it so easy to get everything straight, even and just the right proportion.  Thanks Dave!

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the top corners of the wings.  Add small clear iridescent sequins.


Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed a brief moment of warm weather bliss here today!  If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on Presidents Day, February 20th.  Make 6 cards - 3 for gals and 3 for the guys - with an array of great dies, stamps, inks and papers.



Sat 18

Dazzling Dragonfly and the Modern Border Trim
by Jean Okimoto




The new Dazzling Dragonfly pauses on a shimmery gold-stenciled background from the Modern Border Trim set - clean, simple and very easy!  Hi -  Jean Okimoto here - with a quick design for your busy holiday weekend.


Cut watercolor paper with the the 1-¾" x 3"  Rectangle Basics Set die.  Press the inks from  an Imagine Crafts Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette.  Paint the inks onto the watercolor paper with a flat paintbrush.  Dry the inks.

Diecut a stencil of  the Modern Border Trim's dotted pattern from The Crafter's Workshop stencil sheet.  Create a shimmery background by stenciling Delicata Golden Glitz onto the watercolor paper. 

Diecut Dazzling Dragonfly from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a top-folded A-2 card of turquoise cardstock.  Add small gold sequins.


Wasn't that easy?  If you have a few minutes - diecut and watercolor a bunch of backgrounds for your favorite Memory Box dies.  They'll be ready when you need them - and would create the perfect backdrop for butterflies and birds too.

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



Fri 17

Dragonfly Card
by Donna

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a simple card featuring new dies from the Spring 2017 release.


To create this card I die cut the dragonfly elements from Licorice cardstock. I colored the large dragofly with metallic pencils.  For the background I used a scrap piece of paper from a previous project and glued the die cuts to it.  The sentiment is stamped on a White cardstock strip of paper. 


To finish  the card I glued the card front to a Licorice card layer and then adhered that to a White card base.  I added some sequins to embellish the card and you're done! Simple!

Thanks for stopping by today!




Thu 16

So Many Things to Love About the Proper Umbrella
by Jean Okimoto


It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration.  

Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card.  


Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage.  You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card.  Just press a large acrylic block across the inkpad to transfer the inks.  Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Blue Breeze.  Heat-set the inks with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp the flowered hearts from So Many Things to Love onto the watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it.    Diecut three umbrella  - just the tops.   Paint a few of the flowers with colors from the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Diecut three whole umbrellas from gray cardstock.  Attach the stamped umbrella tops over the gray umbrellas.

Stamp the greeting - from Watching the World Bloom - with the 4th color on the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the edges.  Flip the diecuts (still in the die)  over onto a Violet Notecard and press them firmly onto the notecard.  

Diecut the greeting with the smallest die and attach it using the same process.

Attach the umbrellas - use foam dots for the top and bottom umbrellas.  Add purple and tiny clear sequins.


Venture outside the box when you're designing cards.  There are so many ways to use the great dies and stamps from the Memory Box collection.  Hope I can inspire you to look at your supplies in new and different ways!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday.





Wed 15

Sending Love by Lindsay

Hi friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I wanted to share a simple card with you today, that I created using one the the flowers from the latest release. 


I started with a panel of water color paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4. Using a foam blending tool, I added spots of green, and pink in the approximate location of my flower die cut. I took some water, and a brush, and splattered the panel, lifting I then die cut the gorgeous Blooming Peony Stem multiple times, and then glued them together. 


After I had adhered the flower layers together, I adhered it over the inked panel. I took a simple sentiment from the So Many Things To Love stamp set, and stamped it in the lower right corner. I adhered the panel to a pink card base with foam tape, and finished it with a few clear sequins. 


I hope you've enjoyed, and are inspired to create a little something special today by layering your die cuts! Have a great day!


Tue 14

Plush Folk Hearts and Valentine Wishes
by Jean Okimoto



Plush Folk Hearts and a bit of gold create a special card for you...Happy Valentine's Day!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design that just about created itself as a happy discovery.   The stitch holes on the Plush Folk Hearts made it easy to quickly build this abstract pattern of sparkly gold cord.  


Cut two of the medium hearts from pink cardstock.  Punch a 3/16" hole - offset to the right.  Sew long stitches from the punched hole out to the diecut holes along the top edge.  Skip some holes along the left bottom edge.  Sew a few more long stitches.  Knot the thread behind the hearts.  

The Plush Folk Hearts set also includes a slightly smaller third heart - without the stitching holes.  It's great for layering and stenciling.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Splatter it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz - shake the container, then gently tap the bottom of the spritzer tube over the center and left side of the square.  Heat-set the ink.  It's easier to splatter first, then add the other design elements.  

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from gray cardstock - leave them in the die.  Dry-emboss them for extra texture using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Attach pink and gold washi tape, the grosgrain ribbon diecuts and the heart to the square.  Attach two layers of adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to gray cardstock and cut the "Happy" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script set.  Adhesive paper makes it quick and easy to add dimension to the greeting without gluing the layers together.  

Print "valentine's day" with a labelmaker.

Attach everything to a 5-½" square card of white cardstock.


Gold and silver - or the bride's special colors - would transform this into a pretty wedding card too.   Experiment with different stitch patterns - there are so many possibilities!

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Karen too - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we wanted - and more.  Who would have guessed there were so many creative ways to use our dies and stamps - way beyond the obvious uses.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Thursday!




Mon 13

Dad's Workshop Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

My dad is celebrating his 94th birthday this week, so he needs a special card.  Since he is quite a creative guy who spends a lot of time in his workshop--he makes dustpans from old license plates, for example--Memory Box has the perfect carpenter tools and workshop dies!  

I started this card by doing some die cutting first.  I used more of the metallic gold paper from my stash to cut the CARPENTER TOOLS 99396, the WORKSHOP FRAME 99704, and the WORKSHOP BORDER 99699.


I also used the STUDIO SQUARE LAYERS 30021 to cut a square from some woodgrain-printed paper about the same size as the Workshop Frame.  These I layered together on the front of a black top-fold notecard made from cardstock, 5.50" X 4.25"--standard A2 size.  And I glued on the Carpenter Tools, a saw and a hammer.


I I knew I needed to add something more to the card front, so I used two of the smaller squares from the Studio Square Layers to make a frame to fit inside the Workshop Frame.  Then I cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 three times.  It took two of those using the letters d, a, and d to spell "dad" which I placed inside the gold frame inside the Workshop Frame.


Not finished yet...I still had the Workshop Border and another Happy Birthday.  Here's what I did on the inside:


I had a little red heart left from one of the valentine dies to dot the "i" and a gold Uni-ball Gel Impact gold pen for the writing.  I'm sure that Dad will be pleased.

These dies--Craftsman Tools, Workshop Frame, and Workshop Border--are perfect for those hard-to-design guy cards.  Cut from metallic paper, they are stunning.  

Happy Crafting!

 Anne Signature



Sun 12

Delicate Flower
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring and a very delicate flower. I love the simplicity of the card and how the Budding Peony stands out with its vibrant color. I saw a card layout on the CardMaker Magazine blog with the checks and flowers and just knew I had to create something like it.

Here's how it's done:


Make a White cardstock base trimmed 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Use a Black marker and color about 1/4 inch of the top edge.



Cut watercolor paper 4  x 5.50 inches. Paint gray stripes both vertical and horizontal, let dry. 

Curve the bottom left edge with scissors (I used a bread plate as a guide) then attach to card base.



On a large scrap of watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals and mist with water. In my example I used Autumn Maple Crimson, Time Travel Teal and Rusty Lantern Lime. 

Die cut this panel with Budding Peony and Sprouting Vine.

Adhere to card front as shown.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from So Many Things to Love. Trim ends and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add Ebony Black Crystal Drops as desired.


Happy Crafting my friends,



Sat 11

Anniversary Celebration - Simple Pleasures Exclusive Craft Dies!

Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs, CO is celebrating another year! It is their very sweet 22nd Year of being in business - everyone loves this store!

Cathy Smith, the owner at Simple Pleasures, commissioned us once again to create some exclusive products for her anniversary, and this year we've come up with an incredibly versatile word set named "Wishing You" and a beautiful collage design, "Daisy Collage". These commemorative dies are amazing!


The first set of Craft Dies uses the same flowing font used in past year's designs - but this time you can create the sentiment of "Wishing You..."

We love this set - Cathy suggested many phrases for all sorts of greetings!

Wishing You Peace

Wishing You a Happy Birthday 

and even,

Wishing You Happy Trails!

There are 11 word dies included in the set so you can create a variety of combinations!


The second Craft Die we designed for the store's anniversary is great for spring and summer - a mixed media style collage die that adds an intricate daisy pattern to the corner and edge of your project. Cut the pattern out of cardstock and position a multicolored panel behind the cut out for a brilliant effect.

These commemorative Craft dies are sale-priced through February 19 - so call today!

To purchase, simply call (719) 528 1338 or email Simple Pleasures at

You can find more information about Simple Pleasures at their website

22 years is quite an amazing feat for any store - and shows how hard Cathy and her staff work to make Simple Pleasures a beloved store for papercrafters! Congratulations Simple Pleasures!








Sat 11

Pretty In Pink
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a quick and easy Valentine's Day card if you are in need of something last minute. Let's get started!


For this card I used the new Square Basics Set and die cut three different sizes of squares. One in dark pink, one in light pink and one in white. Then I die cut the beautiful Heart Party Circle in the dark pink card stock and glued it to the white square.


I stamped the xoxo from the So Many Things to Love stamp set in a coordinating pink ink onto the card. To give it a little bit of sparkle, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen and added some glitter to the hearts. A quick and easy card for your favorite Valentine.

Have a great weekend!




Fri 10

Sending Love
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a card for you which has a spring like feel to it.  It is wishful thinking, considering yesterday we got over 18" of snow!  One can dream.


To create this card I sponged Spun Sugar Distress ink over a stencil onto watercolor paper.  While the stencil was still on the paper I lightly misted it with water to soften the color.  Once this has dried spatter the background with black watercolor.  The watercolor dries softer than black ink which gives it more of a dark gray look.  I used watercolor paper to die cut the other card elements and painted them with watercolors. Watercolor a strip of paper to match the tire swing and stamp the sentiment using Versa Ink and emboss with white embossing powder.


Once all the watercolored die cuts were dry I glued them to the front of the card.  I used the Grateful Hearts Die and Sugar Plum cardstock to create the hearts.  Adhere the card front to a Licorice cardstock layer, and glue this to a Sugar Plum card base using foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today!





Thu 09

So Many Things to Love About the Cherub Hearts and Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto


Vibrant colors, a Cherub Heart and the Heart Wire create a quick backdrop for a great stamp from So Many Things to Love.  It seems as though the year just started, but it's almost mid-February.  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with my last Valentine card from the 2017 collection.  I've paired the classic Cherub Hearts, from a previous release,  with the delicate Heart Wire cut from glittery silver cardstock.  These great design elements aren't just for February 14th - they're perfect for weddings, anniversaries and caring cards for the special people in your life.


Cut the 2-½" x 3-½" Pinpoint Rectangle from watercolor paper.  Ink a 2" soft rubber brayer with Imagine Crafts Rocket Red Gold Brilliance - then spritz it with water.  Brayer the diluted ink onto the paper and set it aside to dry.

Stamp the smoother side of watercolor paper with the floral heart and VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Paint the paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2.7" x 2.4" Cherub Heart die.  

Cut Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of watercolor paper - use foam dots to attach the watercolored heart.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


Hope you've been inspired to create special Valentines for friends and family - but don't stash your supplies just yet.  There are so many ways to use these versatile dies and stamps from throughout the year.

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  I loved sharing my ideas and techniques with you  - and even surprised myself by finding so many Memory Box and Poppystamps products that were great for our contemporary Asian cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied throughout the morning.  

See you again on Saturday the 11th - we're celebrating with colorful, technique-y cards for your favorite birthday guys and gals.  Because birthdays happen!

Thanks for stopping by...