Fri 24

Starlit Breeze
by Melissa Rusk

Hello everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for the 4th of July featuring the Starlit Breeze die and a lot of sparkle.

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This die was so much fun to play around with. For this card, I started with my white card stock and the Starlit Breeze die. The first time I used the die on the diagonal, then I die cut the white paper two more times to fill in the blank space.

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Once the die cutting was finished, I glued the three different colors of glitter paper behind the white. I did red, white and blue for a fun patriotic card but this would look great with so many different color combinations. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you have a great weekend!

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Thu 23

Veggie Good
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

Donna here with another card featuring the new Veggie Good stamp set.  These images are so much fun to watercolor!

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To create this card, I stamped the images with black ink and watercolored them anddie cut them with the coordinating die. For the card front and the purple strip of paper, I did a watercolor wash on watercolor paper and spattered the background with the watercolors.  

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Once the watercolor is dry, I used black ink to stamp the sentiment. I assembled the card as shown and added black embellishments to finish the card.  That's it!  Quick and easy.

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I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by today!

Donnasignature

 

Wed 22

Plush Anemone in Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

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A felt Plush Anemone thank you card is like a frosty Creamsicle on a hot summer day...refreshingly bright and perfect for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - the late bloomer who finally caught up with the Plush Felt Flowers trend! 

Did you see the great Plush Flowers video by Memory Box's now-famous Dee and Brenda?  It explains - and shows - all you need to know about creating these delightful flowers.  Attach them to cards, layouts, tags and gifts - if they get crushed, they'll bounce right back and be as pretty as ever.  Thanks Brenda and Dee - you did a great job!

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The video recommends a glue gun - but I used tacky glue to keep the flower flat and flexible for the card.   A tiny blob is all you need - just press the felt together for a few seconds while it sets up.

Cut 5 medium and 5 small felt petals and assemble the flower.  Cut the center fringe from black felt - you'll use just half of the strip for this flower.  Attach a narrow strip of double-stick tape along the bottom of the fringe, then coil it into a right circle.  Trim about ⅛" from  the bottom.  Dip the coiled end into a blob of glue, then press it into the center of the flower.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker paper to light yellow and green felt and cut some small flowers and a set of leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from saturating the little pieces.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thank Clear Stamp Set - on green cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine.  Attach everything to a dark gray A-2 card.  Add silver sequins.   It'll probably require extra postage...but I think your recipient will appreciate it!

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Thanks for stopping by.  See you in the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on Saturday the 25th.  Can you believe it's almost the 4th of July?

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Wed 22

Bumblebee Daydreams and Honeycomb Remnant
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate summer with the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die sets and the new Honeycomb Remnant today.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - mixing and matching old and new again.  The stems and florets  from the Long Stem Lavender set  create the bright green foliage  for the flower trio.  You can dry-emboss the new Honeycomb Remnant instead of cutting it for the perfect garden-themed background.  

There are so many great designs in our Spring and May releases - hope summer stays around long enough for me to use all of them before we get started on fall and holiday projects!

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors, dry it, then stamp the flowers from Bumblebee Daydreams with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut the flowers.  Move some of the colors around with a waterbrush to create shadows and variations.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to green cardstock and cut Long Stem Lavender.  It adds a bit of dimension without having to glue the layers together.  

Make a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  Dry-emboss it with the Honeycomb Remnant - use the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Attach the flowers and foliage - use foamdots for the yellow flower.

Stamp and emboss Seeds of Happiness on yellow cardstock.  Cut it with the Stitched Square Layer.  Attach green sequins.

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Thanks for visiting...hope you love the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die sets as much a I do.    There are so many ways to use this versatile combo...I'm not done yet!  See you again this evening with another summer garden design.

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Tue 21

Dizzy Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

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Welcome to the 2nd day of summer!  I had a fun play with some deli paper and the Ranger Distress Crayons to create a unique effect for today's cards.

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The Dizzy Butterflies die was cut from deli paper which had been colored up with the distress crayons and then die cut.  The background paper was created with Distress Inks (peacock feathers and Squeezed lemonade) with a water technique and the edging was done with the same DI colors sponged onto the cardstock.

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Same technique and design elements for this card.  I just changed up the colors to Seedless Preserve and Festive Berries for the Distress Ink Colors.

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Popped on some flat back clear glass embellishments to finish the card off.  If you've not played with deli paper, it's fun and relatively easy and the look is different every time!

Here is a tutorial showing how I created the design of the card using the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade color palette.

 

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit!!

Shelbysig

 

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Mon 20

Possibilities...Airplane Adventures???
by Anne

The two cards I made today feature the tiny airplanes from the AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die set 99389.  Either of these cards would be just the thing to send to someone off on a summer trip or to the new graduate.

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For the card on the left:

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  • White notecard
  • STARLIT BREEZE die 99398 cut into the card front
  • STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from Memory Box Dot Paper and mounted at three different levels
  • AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card
  • "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black

For the second card:

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  • Blue Memory Box notecard
  • 2nd largest oval from STITCHED OVAL LAYERS Die Set 30069 cut from blue distressed dots paper
  • SWIRLING STITCHES die 99315 cut into the dotty oval
  • STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from white cardstock and mounted at three different levels
  • AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card
  • "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 19

Blooming Flower Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a floral card to share with you using the Blooming Flower Frame.

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I love how the Blooming Flower Frame cuts and embosses those cute flowers. I decided to highlight the embossed portions with my Copic Markers. I die cute the blue background paper with the Zimmer Oval Background and then used some foam tape to glue the Blooming Flower Frame onto the card.

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I stamped the butterflies and the you are so sweet from the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die set to finish off the card.

I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!

Melissasigimage

 

Sun 19

3D Cattails
by Penny

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with something on the "manly" side. It seems all of a sudden I need these kinds of cards.

Super Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy and just take a look at those adorable 3D cattails.

Here is how to recreate this:

 

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Cut Lime card stock as a base. Cut Gray card stock just a bit smaller, emboss Thank You Tiles across the center as shown. (Depending on your die cut machine, most likely you will use a rubber mat instead of a cutting mat to achieve an embossed look) Adhere this panel to the Lime with just the left and bottom edges peeking out.

 

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Die cut Tall Cattails from White card stock. Use Copics, paint or colored pencils on the stems. Coat the fuzzy cattail section with White Amplify!, then heat set and watch the magic happen as it puffs up. Tap a dark brown marker against the cattail (Copic E47 was used here), until happy with results.

Adhere to card front and trim as necessary. Add Apple Green Crystal Drops.

This is a 10 minute card...you can do it too!

 

Happy Crafting,

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Fri 17

Plush Flower Wreath Video

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Hello everyone and welcome - we have created a special blog post featuring our plush floral dies! We've had a lot of questions on the basics of using these fantastic dies, so we've created a video that shows a step by step lesson on how to assemble a flower from scratch. 

The video was created by Dee (our inventory manager) and Brenda (our shipping manager) - these two are in charge of getting our orders pulled and shipped to stores around the globe. In addition to working hard at Memory Box, they are serious crafters - and we found time for them to put together this awesome tutorial. Dee cut out and assembled the dozens of felt flowers that you see in the video - and Brenda did the voiceover! It was so much fun creating one of these videos with the two of them - they both have a great attitude and keep things hopping around here. I am hoping to convince them they should do more videos!

 

The most wonderful thing about making these flowers is that each bloom will be unique - how you glue the petals together and how closely you space them will make the flowers bigger or smaller, tighter or looser. It is so fun to see the felt flowers "bloom" right in front of your eyes!

Dee created the flowers using 99423 Plush Ruffled Rose, 99425 Plush Succulent, 99429 Plush Narrow Succulent, 99427 Plush Camelia, 99419 Plush Perfect Gardenia and 99421 Plush Classic Rose - and she used a rainbow of colors. The assembled bouquet is breathtaking!

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Once you make a few of these you realize how quick they are to assemble and it is so easy to make extra - so that you have a stash of them to use on projects. 

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Before you know it, you'll be assembling floral projects, like the wreath in the video! A project like this is so satisfying - the felt is substantial enough that you know it will last for a long time and be so appreciated. Will you give it away once you finish?

Or maybe keep it for yourself? It may be hard to let this project go!

Be sure and check out our other resources for the plush flower dies and other felt projects - we have a step by step photo tutorial that offers a different perspective on assembling these flower projects - and there is also a Felt Look Book featuring some amazing hand sewn projects. I hope you love working with these plush dies as much as we do!

Be sure to check out all the Plush Dies we have to offer - so many floral and seasonal holiday designs  - and more to come this year! You can see the collection by clicking here!

 

 

 

Fri 17

Garden of Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today!

I have a fun, bright floral card, using a simple border die to share with you today. I used quite a bit of ink blending, and Copic coloring for this.

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I took a panel of white card stock, and die cut the Thought Cloud in the center. I sponged on blue ink, and set it aside. I took a scrap of white card stock and ran it through with the Summerville Landscape die. I then colored it in with a variety of Copic Marker colors. 

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I masked off the sides of my white card base, and sponged in a gradient of yellow, and adhered the panel with foam tape. I added some glitter to the flowers using a glitter brush pen, as well as stamping a sentiment from the Veggie Good set in black ink. I finished it off with a few black pearls. 

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I hope you enjoyed, and thanks again for stopping by! Take a look at some of your Memory Box dies to see if you can color them, as well as use them in different ways! 

Have a great day!

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Thu 16

Peas Keep In Touch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

  Todays card features the adorable peas in a pod from The Garden Variety set and a fun patchwork background.  I have to say, the pea pod and the corn on the cob are my favorites in the set---but the eggplant, potato, onion and the beet are pretty cute too---the whole set is a "must have" in my book.  "Peas keep in touch" now that's kinda "punny".Peas front J Grifftihs I used the four smallest rectangles from the Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die set and cut them all from 4 different colors of card stock so I could mix-n-match the sizes and colors.  That also leaves me with 3 more sets of die cuts to make more cards--I always try to make cards in multiples.  After working the puzzle pieces to fit the card front (some had to be shortened at the bottom) everything was glued in place.  

The pea pod was stamped with black waterproof ink and painted with Peerless watercolors .  By the way, these watercolors are so easy to work with and the colors are beautiful.  On this card I used olive green, light green and myrtle green.  I love all the choices of greens in my set.   Next...a little splattering of paint over the pea pod, let it dry then adhere off center over the patchwork background.  

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It's always nice to reach out to friends who have either moved away, retired from the workplace or are so busy but you want to stay in touch---this card lets them know you are thinking about them and want to stay connected.  

Happy Father's Day on Sunday to all the Dads out there!

  Jennysig

Wed 15

I forgot your Birthday
by Donna

Hi everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy card for you.  I love all the cute veggie images from the new release, but for today I decided to use the ear of corn to make a belated birthday card.

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To create this card stamp the corn image on white a piece of white cardstock and cover the entire piece.  Stamp the corn image one more time on a piece of white cardstock, and color and die cut the image using the coordinating die. On a licorice strip of paper stamp and emboss the sentiment.  Type the sentiment, I forgot your Birthday, on the computer.  

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Assemble the card front as shown and spatter with black paint.  Attach this to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card!  Have a great week!

Donnasignature

 

Tue 14

Row of Poppies Thank You
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! Sherry here with a summery card featuring the Row of Poppies die. I hadn't used this die yet, and I thought it was about time. It's so delicate when cut, and it can easily be snipped apart to use on a smaller note card if desired. I made this a thank you card, but this design could also be used for just about any occasion.

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I first cut a circle from the Stitched Circle Layers, and sponged on Peeled Paint through the Distressed Grid Stencil. I die cut the poppies from green card stock and again from white card stock. I sponged Scattered Straw Distress Ink on all of the white flowers, and added Spiced Marmalade to shade them. I then snipped off each of the sponged flowers and attached them to the corresponding flower on the green die cut. I then adhered these to the circle, snipping off the stems that hung over the bottom of the circle.

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I thought it looked a bit boring when I laid it over a clean white card base, so I decided to splatter Forest Moss ink onto everything. Love that splattering! It still looked too plain to me, so I added two of the Grosgrain Ribbon die cuts to the background, then added the assembled circle to the card base using foam tape. I inked up the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamped the "Thank You" at the top. Uh-oh ... the rest of the sentiment was a little too long to stamp in a straight line at the bottom, so I decided to curve the saying to match the curve of the circle, and it fit just perfectly.

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I added three of the butterflies from the Mini Butterflies set, along with a few gemstones to complete the card. So glad you stopped by! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Sherrysig