Sat 13

A Glittered Fragile Heart – in Reverse
by Jean Okimoto



Save the little pieces from the delicate Fragile Heart - leave them in the die and up-cycle them for a sparkly last-minute Valentine.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a confession today.  I didn't realize how much I liked pink until Laura announced the Tickled Pink theme for this month's challenge.

Peachy pinks, blush pinks, sweet pinks, bluish pinks...there are so many shades to chose from. Combine that with the great collection of heart dies designed by Dave Brethauer - and I could continue making Valentine cards thru February 29th!


Here's a design that uses the leftovers from diecutting the Fragile Heart from watercolor paper.  Keep the pieces in the die.  Attach Scor-Tape to pink cardstock and diecut the Stitched Heart Layer.  Press the pieces (still in the die) onto the adhesive-covered heart.   If any of the pieces refuse to budge, push them out with a piercing tool - or a pokey tool, as we affectionately call it in classes at Impress.  


Remove the "empty" die, then brush Martha Stewart Crafts Bubble Gum Glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Diecut the 3" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors and let it dry.  Highlight sections of it with a sheer, diluted layer of Silver Peerless Transparent Metallics.

Stamp "LOVE" - from the Open Studio Smile Clear Stamps Set - on the smoother side of textured gray cardstock with Brilliance Starlight Black.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.


Tuck the upper right corner of the cardstock into the corner of the die to keep it from slipping, then secure it with removable tape and trim the excess cardstock on the left.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock - use foam dots for the heart.  Attach charcoal and clear iridescent sequins.  Here's a closeup - it's even glittery-er in real-life!


Have a day off on Presidents Day?  Join us for the Birthday Wishes class at Impress and make 6 special cards - 3 for gals and 3 for guys.  Lots of techniques, glitter, sequins and accents from my stash - and a packet of stash-extras so you can make more of the class cards at home.

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Valentine's Day to you from everyone at Memory Box!Jeansignature-3


Fri 12

Dazzling Heart
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! I have a quick Valentine's Day card for you this afternoon using the beautiful Dazzling Heart die.


To create the background, I used the largest set of rings from the Stitched Rings set and cut it out four times with white paper. When you glue the rings to the white card stock it creates a beautiful texture for an embossed look on your card.


I cut the Dazzling Heart with a red mirror card paper that has the perfect amount of shine for your favorite Valentine. Add a gem or pearl to the center of the heart to finish it off. 


I hope you all have a lovely weekend!






Fri 12

Here Comes Spring
by Jenny Griffiths

Good Morning Crafty Friends,

There are bunnies on the scene today welcoming the early signs of glorious Spring.

Here in San Diego our poor plants are throughly confused by recent drenching rain and wild winds immediately followed by temps in the high 80's.  The fruit trees and roses are budding already.  This should be interesting come April or so.  

Anyway, these little bunnies are happily romping through the high grasses amidst the Spring flowers.  

Here comes Spring

I double layered the tall pasture grass and tucked the bunnies and flowers into place.  All the coloring on this card was done with my Prismacolor pencils--mostly pastel shades.  It's a wonder I stayed in the lines since I was coloring while watching the political process on TV--whew!


These balloons seem to be caught up in a nice breeze and the strings attached can be simply drawn with a fine line black marker.


A few freshly picked carrots and these two are having a great day---hope you are having a great day too!

Thank you for stopping by today.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

Thu 11

Happy Spring
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

After wondering for so long where our winter was, we are now counting the days until warmer weather arrives.  Ever since the groundhog predicted an early spring, we have had snow every day.  Having said that, spring and the adult coloring book craze is what inspired today's card.  

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Coloring is such a relaxing activity, why not use that for a card background?  To create the background I randomly stamped images from several Memory Box clear stamp sets onto white cardstock.  Now have fun coloring!


Die cut the largest ribbon from the Grosgrain Ribbon die set.  Stamp the sentiment "Happy Spring" on the ribbon.  Layer the ribbon on a piece of kraft cardstock and trim.  Embellish the ribbon with a button and string.  Layer the colored background to a piece of crimson cardstock and adhere this to a white note card.


I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you can find some time to color this week!


Wed 10

Sweet Treats - Plush Folk Hearts Candy Pocket
by Jean Okimoto


Share your love - and a bit of chocolate - with a Plush Folk Heart candy pocket that's sure to brighten someone's day - or at least satisfy their sweet tooth.   Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a little Valentine project for you today.  I love designing little pockets and packages for holiday treats and the Memory Box Plush Dies and Open Studio Stitched Country Borders are perfect for the occasion.  

View our January 2016 Collection here.  



Attach fusible interfacing or adhesive label paper to bright pink, white, fuchsia, green and pale pink felt to stabilize it.  Cut a dainty scalloped edge using the Stitched Country Borders die.  


Cut about two-thirds of the large Plush Folk Heart - at an angle - to create a scalloped pocket.  Cut a whole heart too.  Stitch the two pieces together along the outer edges with white floss.

Cut small felt hearts and flowers using the Plush Folk Hearts and Plush Flower Buttons.  Layer and stitch them with white floss.  Glue them to the heart pocket.  

Stamp "LOVE" - from the Open Studio Smile Clear Set - on Bubblegum Gingham with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the small heart from the Plush Folk Hearts die set.  Tuck it into the pocket and add a chocolate - or a giftcard.

Hosting a Valentine's Day celebration?    Personalize the pockets with guests' names and present them as placecards.  Or tuck them  into lunch bags or backpacks for a sweet surprise!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's So Many Hearts class at Impress!  Hope you liked the techniques - especially the messy-is-better watercolored heart.  See you again at the Birthday Wishes class on Presidents Day.  We'll make 6 cool cards - 3 for gals and 3 for the guys with our favorite dies, watercolors and stamps - and accent them with bits and pieces from my stash.  You'll also receive a package of "extras" from my stash so you can make more of the class cards later.

Thanks for stopping by - have fun making these treat pockets for the special people in your life.




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Tue 09

Watercolored Billowing Flowers
by Shelby Thomas

Hello everyone.  We had a fun filled day of Memory Box dies at Simple Pleasures on Saturday.  Lots of wonderful creations by everyone.  One of the cards in the classes used the Billow Flower (small and large) dies. 


We used the clean color II real brush markers to color up a piece of watercolor paper and then cut out the dies.  The wonderful thing is these pens are so easy to use that everyone was able to use the colors most appealing to them and no two cards were identical...whoohoo!  I think the pop of color against the textured white background and the white card base is just right. 


The mini butterflies were cut from the same paper as the flowers and a separate piece of watercolor paper was colored green for the leaves.


When I was coming up with class ideas, I was playing around with different color combinations and how to arrange the leaves and how many leaves to use. I love to give people different ideas and ways of creating something different using the supplies available in class.


The mini butterflies again were cut from the same watercolored paper.  The front panel was adhered using foam tape which gives a some dimension to the card.

Thanks for popping by for a visit today!




Mon 08

Heart and Scrollwork Sleeves
by Anne Thompson

I ordered the HEART SLEEVE no. 99359 and the SCROLLWORK SLEEVE no. 99369 because I'd never seen anything like this, and I wanted to see how they worked and in what ways I might use them on cards.  Because they actually have fold lines that are embossed in the die cutting process,  I would recommend using a lightweight cardstock or the Memory Box Patterned Papers and I also use a metal plate for the extra pressure.  They work perfectly added to the bottom front of a top-folded A2 notecard using 1/4" double-sided tape.  The flaps fold to the inside of the card and adhere neatly.

On the HEART SLEEVE cards I added HOMESPUN HEART no. 99374.


And on the SCROLLWORK SLEEVE cards I added the SMALL BILLOW FLOWER BACKGROUND no. 99371 and the SMALL BILLOW FLOWER no. 99368.


These sleeves make lovely pockets for adding items to the card fronts.  I've used several for displaying valentines from my childhood.



The pockets could also hold photographs, invitations, announcement cards, small collages, memorabilia, or other ephemera customized for each recipient.  There really is quite a bit of room for adding items to the pockets; and though they look delicate, they are quite sturdy...


I hope you will try out these dies.  I think they'd be perfect for baby announcements, party invitations, or for all of the various printed pieces in wedding invitation packets.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 07

Easter Bunnies
by Penny


Hi Memory Box friends.....Penny here today with a little Easter goodness. Yes, yes, yes I know it is not even Valentine's yet, but you have to think ahead in cardmaking.  So easy to put together and when you goof up the background, splatter some paint. :)


Let's Make a Card:


Die cut Grand Happy Easter (don't forget to save the tiny inner piece for the letter "e"). Adhere to a pattern paper base card. Splatter paint or leave as is.


Stamp and die cut the two Bunnies from the Birthday Bunnies set. I colored my bunnies with Copic markers, but any medium will work fine.

Pop them up with foam adhesive on card front.

Super cute and Super easy!


Thanks for coming by today. Make sure to check out our latest challenge...Prizes to be won!

Happy crafting,



Sat 06

Thank You
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I have a thank you card for you today, using my favorite stamp set along with a new die from the January release.  

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I started by sponging Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers distress ink onto white cardstock. Mist lightly with water to blend the colors. Die cut the Scalloped Thank You Circle Frame from white cardstock. Spatter a white cardstock panel with Peacock Feathers ink and die cut a circle in the top portion of the panel. Use foam tape to adhere the die cut thank you to the prepared panel. Stamp the sentiment under the die cut.The sentiment I used is from a Poppystamps clear stamp set called, Hope and Thanks. Glue the sponged background behind the die cut circle. Glue a stripe of patterned paper and some twine to the bottom of the panel. Stamp, color and die cut the bunny from the Springtime Bunnies clear stamp set and add that to your card layer with foam tape.  This panel is adhered to a white note card.  

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I hoped you enjoyed today's card!  Have a great week-end.



Fri 05

Plush Folk Hearts and Santa Paws?
by Jean Okimoto


Here's a way to use the Santa Paws Die and coordinating stamp set with Plush Folk Hearts - in February!  Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with something a little different today.  I don't usually post 'family' photos here on Outside the Box - but this picture of chocolate Taffy and beige Sage makes us laugh whenever we see it.  I hope it brings a smile to your face too! 

Taffy does have eyes - they match her fur and are very deep-set, so you don't see them here.  She's the happiest dog on earth - even wags her tail during her frequent timeouts.  Sage is the rescued princess who doesn't smile very much, especially when she's being used as an armrest.  

The January 2016 Collection has so many great hearts it's hard to decide which one to use - they're great for baby, birthday, wedding and anniversary cards too!

Stamp the cocker spaniel - from the Santa Paws Clear Stamp Set - on kraft cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Heat-set the ink, then color it with a pink Peerless Watercolors and a white watercolor pencil.  Cut it with the coordinating die from the multi-tasking Santa Paws Die Set.

Attach adhesive label paper behind red and pink felt.  The paper stabilizes the felt and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the red felt heart and the flowers.  Stitch the heart and tie double-stranded knots on the flowers.  

Cut the photo and another heart from natural cardstock.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock - use foam dots for the left side of the dog.  Attach pink sequins.


We'll make a  a quick scalloped candy pocket using the Plush Folk Hearts set next time. It's a "why didn't I think of this sooner?" type of project!   Thanks for stopping by today - see you next week, or at the So Many Hearts class at Impress on Saturday.






Thu 04

Rose Branch Thinking of you
by Lindsay


I have a colorful watercolor card to share with you today, using one of my favorite dies from this release. It is delicate, and lovely!


I started with a panel of water color paper, and applied different shades of red, pink, and purple to it, using a piece of acetate. To achieve the look, simply smoosh your ink onto a piece of acetate, spritz with water, and apply it to your water color paper. I allowed it to dry, and worked on die cutting the Sketch Rose Branch three times, and layered them together with liquid glue. 


I adhered the panel to a piece of gray striped patterned paper, and popped it up onto a white card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Thoughtful Bunny stamp set, in a gray ink, and added the lovely die cut. 

Thank you so much for joining me today, and happy paper-crafting!