Wed 28

Blog Blitz Winners
by Laura

Greetings everyone.  Thank you so much for stopping by the blog last week during our blog blitz and congratulations to all of you who were randomly selected from the comments to win prizes.  I have sent emails to everyone to get your mailing addresses.

Here are our winners:

Winner of the Graceful Stag Collage die- Joan VanCourt

Winner of the Graceful Cattails die- Laurie

Winner of the Quiet Cabin Landscape die- Alexandra Madison

Winner of the Snowflake Joy die- LynneZ

Winner of the Bright Snowflake Closer die- Shelia Bacon

Winner of the Dancing Snowflake Square die- Veronica Roske

Winner of the Brush Stroke Peace die- Susan E

Winner of the the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die- Donna Phelan

Winner of the Snowflake Joy die- Suzy Que

Winner of the Arpeggio Snowflake die- Jan Anglemyer



Tue 27

Love, Hope and Joy
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you had a wonderful time last week looking at all of the wonderful new dies and the fantabulous creations from the design team.  Today I'm using the new stamp set made exclusively for the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration called Love and Laughter.


I pulled out and dusted off my Copic airbrush system to create the background.  Of course the lamp and wreath were masked before laying down the background.  The simple, yet beautiful lamppost and wreath were colored with Copics.  I stamped the snowflakes with versafine and embossed with fine white detailed embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts ombre pigment inks and then heat embossed.


The front panel was cut to 4x5.25 and adhered to the A2 cardbase.  The airbrush system definitely makes for a quick yet dramatic background!  Of course the same background can be created using distress inks or other inks that lend themselves to blending.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today.





Mon 26

Mara Bird
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have a card filled with sparkle to share using the fabulous Mara Bird die.


For this card I used a glittery background paper. If you don't have a paper like this it would be easy to make one like it using some Stickles and drawing out diagonal lines. A background stamp with some glittery embossing powder would also look nice.


I die cut the Mara Bird and the Elodee Bird Background in a white card stock and glued them together and placed them on the center of the card. To finish it off, I added some gems for just a little extra sparkle.

I hope you have a great week that is filled with a little bit of sparkle!



Sun 25

Fancy Poinsettias
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with more new goodies from the September Release. If you visit here quite often, you already know I take liberties with the color of Poinsettias. I really wish they came in every color possible. Since they do not....I create my this Aqua Poinsettia.

Let me show you how easy this card is to reproduce:


Start with a White card base. Cut watercolor paper 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Sprinkle on some Autumn Maple Crimson Lindys Magicals, spritz with water and let dry.  Along the right side of this panel, go ahead and die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament. (so, I am being cheap....we are going to cover the right side of this panel...who will know that you diecut something from it?) Go ahead and die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from Aqua cardstock.




From White cardstock and Aqua, diecut the largest of the Circle Bump Borders. Adhere together so the Aqua is just peeking out. Stamp sentiment near the bottom from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set. Adhere twine where the ornaments will hang, tape twine on the backside.

Adhere this panel to the base card using foam adhesive.




Adhere the Fanciful Poinsettias as shown. Only use dots of glue on Poinsettia centers so you can raise the petals a bit.

Add twine bows and Glossy White Crystal Drops as desired.


After this week of new products from Memory Box, which are your favorites? 


Happy crafting my friends,



Sat 24

Circle Bump Borders, Halloween Sideshow and the Swirly Ghost Circle
by Jean Okimoto



The new Circle Bump Borders set creates a great frame for the Swirly Ghost Circle - and a few of his Swirling Ghost buddies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here this fall weekend.  I was inspired by Melissa's great Blog Blitz card and decided to give you not one - but TWO reasons to add this versatile new border set to your collection. 


Everything was going fine...until I realized that the white-side-out Graphite Notecard I used on my first card is no longer available.  On to Plan B - re-doing the card using a "back-in-stock" Licorice Notecard.  Licorice is the obvious choice for Halloween cards - stock up on them now.  This explains why the pic above shows a gray notecard.  You'll want to use Licorice instead!


Open the notecard and attach the largest Circle Bump Border and Swirling Ghost Circle to the white side of the card.  Have both short edges of the die extend over the edge of the notecard for a complete trim. (I had to trim it a and learn!)  It's easy to position the ghost circle - the two tiny holes at the top indicate the eyes.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from orange cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the ghost on the bottom left corner for ghostly eyes.  Attach them to the card - use foam dots at the top of the ghost at the bottom left.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps - with Imagine Crafts Habenero VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Add green and violet sequins.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team's blog blitz posts from September 19th through the 23rd for a chance to win a great new die from our September Release!  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST tomorrow night - September 25th.  Good Luck - I hope you're a winner!




Sat 24

Birdhouse Trio
by Melissa Rusk


Happy Saturday! Today I have another brand new die to share from the September release. The Birdhouse Trio is super cute! For this card, I used a few different size ovals from the Studio Oval Layers set in different shades of blue paper. I layered them together and glued them to a white card. 


I die cut the Birdhouse Trio die in white paper 4 times and glued them together to add dimension to the card. To finish it off, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add some sparkle to the largest oval and I drew some stitching lines with a white pen on the smallest oval. 

Have a great weekend everyone!



Fri 23

Arpeggio Snowflake
by Melissa Rusk

It's the last day of the blog blitz friends! I hope you have loved seeing all of the inspiration and new dies as much as I have this week. For my card today I used the new Arpeggio Snowflake and the Circle Bump Borders for a blue Christmas card.


The Circle Bump Borders are so much fun! I used the largest in the set to cut out the card front and the dark blue paper for a fun edge. I then cut out the Arpeggio Snowflake from silver mirror card paper and glued it to the circle. 


To finish the card, I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Botanical Christmas Tree stamp set and then added some gems.

Now for the fun part! You have a chance to win the Arpeggio Snowflake die. Leave a comment on this post by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th. Winners will be chosen on Monday, September 26th. Good luck!



Fri 23

by Sherry Hester

Good Morning, everyone. I hope you've been enjoying this blog blitz week with all of the wonderful cards showcasing the latest Memory Box release! My card today features the Snowflake Joy die. There are lots of ways to use this die, and because it's nice and large, you can always substitute a variety of things for the "O". Love it!

Joy and Snowflake - 1

I cut a piece of white card stock to 4" x 5-1/4", and covered it by sponging Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Pattern Tula stencil. I adhered this piece to a white card base, and added at 1" strip of red card stock as shown.  I die cut two of the Snowflake Joy, one from red card stock and the other from white. I covered the snowflake with glitter, and arranged it and the letters in a diagonal onto a piece of green card stock cut to 2-3/4" x 4-1/8", using foam tape for dimension. I added the center of the red snowflake onto the center of the glittered one.

Joy and Snowflake - 2

Once that was assembled, I added it to the card front with mounting tape. I scattered a few shiny sequins, and that completed this quick and easy card!

Joy and Snowflake - 3

There will be one more card added to the blitz today, so be sure to check back a little later! You don't want to miss a single thing! If you leave a comment on this post, you will have a chance to win the Snowflake Joy die. You have until 11:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 25, 2016, to leave comments on each of our posts this week, and the winners will be randomly chosen and announced on this blog on Monday, September 26, 2016.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great weekend!



Thu 22

Making Spirits Bright
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Crafty Friends~ it's day four of the blog blitz featuring the newest release from the Memory Box holiday collection.  Having fun so far?  Be sure to check in on the blog all week for more inspiration and creativity---and prizes!   

Today I'm showing off the gorgeous Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and the Adler Star Collage, my picks for this first week Outside the Box.    

Poinsettia Ornament

After die cutting the Adler Star Collage from a sky blue note card, I added a panel of watercolored paper to the inside cover allowing the mix of blues, greens and purples to show through.  The watercolors are from the handy watercolor sheets from Birch Press--found here.

I die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from both white and concord Memory Box paper then mixed-and-matched the parts between the two ornaments.  The solid Classic Ornament diecut was used as a base for all the pieces and gives stability when adhering the parts in place.  A bit of tumbled glass blue distress ink was sponged onto one poinsettia while I left the other one white---both poinsettias were pressed firmly in the center on a sponge pad to coax the petals forward before adhering the petal layers in place.

Poinsettia J Griffiths

 Emboss the sentiment onto a strip of vellum with platinum embossing powder and secure the ends around the edges of the card. Lastly, add a pretty silver cord to the top of the ornaments, wrapping over the top edge and secure on the inside.  A second panel added on the inside hides the vellum edges, watercolor paper and silver cords.

Poinsettia detail

This week was also the reveal on Simon Says Stamp for the exclusive STAMPtember stamp set designed by Memory Box and I'm happy to share this fun card featuring the Love & Laughter set: 


Join us all this week for ideas and chances to win prizes.  One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th- Friday, September 23 will be chosen at random to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  

The lucky winner chosen from my post will receive the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament. 



Thu 22

Peace Card
by Donna

Peace card

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day 4 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz.  Today I have a Christmas card for you that features two of the new dies from the September release.  I love the delicate feel of the Enchanted Deer Collage die cut and thought the Pool cardstock worked great for a background.  For a little pop of color I decided to emboss the die cut word using gold embossing powder.


I misted the Pool cardstock with gold ink and once it dried I adhered the deer die cut to the cardstock.  Glue the word Peace to the bottom of the card front and adhere this to a white note card.  To finish the card I glued some gold sequins to the card.  

Would you like a chance to win the Brush Stroke Peace die?  Join us all this week for a chance to win prizes. One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th-Friday, September 25th will be chosen at random to win a prize. You have until Sunday, September 25th, at 11:00pm to leave your comments. Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday September 26th.  

Good luck everyone and have a great day!




Wed 21

Dancing Snowflake Square
by Laura


Greetings everyone. For today's card, I wanted to show you one of the new dies that creates a wonderful frame for winter or holiday cards.  It is called the Dancing Snowflake Square, and it cuts out intricate snowflakes as well as embosses elegant snowflake details. 

Here is a close up to see the embossed elements:


To make the card, I took 140lb watercolor paper and added some Color Burst powders and water to create a blue/purple watercolor background.

Next, I cut out the snowflake frame.  Before I removed the white paper from the snowflake frame die, I ran it through my die cut machine a second time with a tan embossing mat to really emboss all the little snowflake details.

I removed the cut out from the die and adhered it on top of my watercolored background.

For the central snowflake, I cut it out using one of of the snowflakes from the Loop Snowflake Trio and added some glitter and a rhinestone for extra sparkle.  I popped it up using some fun foam cut using the same snowflake die.  Here is a close up of the snowflake and the foam used to pop it up off of the card:


Want to win the new Dancing Snowflake Square?  Leave a comment to this post by  Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random from the comments and the winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!




Wed 21

Bright Snowflake Closer and STAMPtember’s Love + Laughter
by Jean Okimoto


The new Bright Snowflake Closer pairs perfectly with Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember exclusive Love and Laughter set today!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our September Release Blog Blitz.  It's great to be introducing you to not just one - but two - great designs this week.  

Our September Release  - and the Memory Box STAMPtember Love and Laughter set available at  Simon Says Stamp - are a great combination.  There are so many ways to combine the designs and we love sharing our ideas with you.  Let's get started on this fun interlocking snowflake card...


Cut a 5-½" x 12" piece of watercolor paper.  Score it (deeply) at 1-⅝", 3-¾", 8" and 10-⅛".  Fold and crease the paper on the 1-⅝" snd 10-⅛" scorelines.  Tape the snowflake halves securely into the 1-⅝" and 10-⅛" scorelines as shown - wiggle the dies until the long straight edges "lock" into the scorelines.  Diecut the watercolor paper.  If necessary, place a sheet of cardstock over it and run it through your machine again to cut all of the tiny details in the small snowflakes.   Carefully remove the excess cardstock.

Fold and crease the paper along the remaining scorelines to create your card.

Stamp the greetings on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Rose Bud.  Stamp the hearts with Love Letter and the snowflake with Morocco  - alongside the "love and joy."  Heat-emboss everything with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for clear, sparkly highlights. Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe inks are rich and vibrant - and great for embossing.  

Diecut the greetings with the small dies from the Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers set.  Attach the "love and joy" portion inside the card.  Attach the outside greeting with foamdots.  Add pink, orange, red and tiny clear sequins.

There are several ways to interlock the slotted snowflake halves.  I found it easiest to let both halves meet in the center, then carefully slip the loose end of one half around the other.  The slight crease that forms  where the snowflakes are attached to the edge will help lock them in place.  It's a lot easier than it sounds - you'll love the results, and it fits nicely into an A-2 envelope.  


Want a chance to win the Bright Snowflake Closer set?  Just add your comment to this post - and you could be the lucky winner!  Be sure to comment on ALL of the Design Team posts during the Blog Blitz from September 19th thru the 23rd.  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST this Sunday, September 25.


Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's JUST A THOUGHT class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Shaby - for prepping that big table and helping us fill our shopping baskets with the September Release, and a lot more.  It was a quick, refreshing detour from our holiday cards -  and now I'm ready to make more.   Are you?

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to add your comments here and throughout the Blog Blitz for a chance to win a great prize! 



Tue 20

Joyful Bunnies
by Penny Ward


Hello and welcome to Day 2 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz.

Penny here this afternoon with new goodies just released this month. I am sure you have seen these adorable bunnies with their shared scarf. They are part of the STAMPtember collaboration with Simon Says Stamp.


Anytime I can use an imagine in place of a letter...I go for it. The Snowflake Joy die was designed this way to use the snowflake as the "O", but the bunnies were just too cute to resist.

Let me show you how:


Make a White cardstock base. Paint the top half with Metallic Blue paint.



Cut a White cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut upper left corner with Adler Star Corner. Wrap sheer ribbon as shown and adhere to base card.

Die cut Snowflake Joy from scrap of White cardstock. Paint letters and Snowflake with Metallic Blue paint. Let dry.

Position letters as desired, then stamp and heat emboss bunnies from the Love & Laughter stamp set. Color with Copics or other medium.


Adhere letters on each side of bunnies. Adhere snowflake on top of ribbon.



Love all those shiny images (painted the scarf and headband also).


Join us all this week for ideas and chances to win prizes.  One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th- Friday, September 23 will be chosen at random to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!

Winner chosen from my post will receive the Snowflake Joy.


Happy Holiday Crafting,


Tue 20

Love and Laughter
by Lindsay


I have a frosty, fun card to share with you today, that features an adorable stamp set designed by Memory Box for Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember celebration! The set is called Love and Laughter, and the images are absolutely adorable. The possibilities are endless with what you can create using it! I made a snowy scene for this card, let's take a closer look.


I began with a white card stock panel, and masked off the top area while I brought in blue ink for the ice. I then removed the mask, stamped the adorable rabbit, and his sled, and inked the top portion of the panel, creating a sunset sky. 


I allowed the inked panel to completely dry, before stamping, and embossing the snowflakes. On a separate piece of card stock, I stamped, and masked a stack of gifts, and colored them with Copic Markers, and a Wink of Stella Gold Glitter pen. I trimmed them out, and adhered them to the colored wagon with foam adhesive. Once the rabbit was colored, I stamped the sentiment, which continues to the inside, and popped the panel up onto a white card base. 


I also added a stack of envelopes in the rabbit's hands, and sprinkled "snow" around the sky with a white gel pen. 

I hope you were inspired, and grab a set for yourself! Thank you so much for joining me today!

6a00d83454a17469e201b7c89339e3970b-640wiThe stamp set is only available through Simon Says Stamp, but if you leave a comment to this post saying what you like about this stamp set, you will have a chance to win the brand new Memory Box Quiet Cabin Landscape die.   You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comment.  The winner be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!



Mon 19

Graceful Cattails Thank You
by Anne

Welcome to our BLOG BLITZ!!!  All week we'll be showcasing the newest of the new products from Memory Box.  And there will be prizes to win by leaving comments on each blog post.  Yahoo!!

For this post I chose the GRACEFUL CATTAILS die 99574 and partnered it with "THANK YOU" from the THANK YOU set of 6 dies number 30084.


I cut both the Graceful Cattails and the Thank You in the front of a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I backed the cattails with a scrap of "vintage" Memory Box Halloween paper.  (I can't believe this is the last piece I have in my stash!)  I cut the cattails again in gold cardstock and layered in just the moon pieces.  I backed the Thank You with more of the gold paper and added in the tiny pieces for the centers of the A and the O.  


And because you know I never post just one card, I made a second thank you card that features the GRACEFUL STAG COLLAGE die 99604.  (Be sure to read Laura's post from this morning which also features this die--a comment on her post and you might win the Graceful Stag Collage!)  I cut the Graceful Stag Collage from black cardstock and mounted it to the front of the white notecard.  I then cut the Thank You into the card front and backed it with black cardstock, adding the white pieces for the centers of the A and O.


These are the perfect cards for outdoorsy folks, guys or gals!!!  Be sure to leave me a comment for your chance to win the GRACEFUL CATTAILS die!  You will have until 11:00 PM on Sunday the 25th.  Winners chosen from comments on each post will be announced on the blog on Monday the 26th.  And be sure to check back each day, twice a day, for more projects from this latest Memory Box release!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 19

September Release Blog Blitz
by Laura


Memory Box has a brand new release of dies that build upon the Fall and holiday release.  There are snowflakes, snowglobe items, fancy closure dies, and in the case of my card, a stag.  I am thrilled that there is a new deer die because it makes beautiful holiday cards as well as cards for men.

For my card, I created a background using some 140lb watercolor paper and some Color Burst powders.  You can definitely play around with the colors you choose for the card.  I went with warm Fall colors, but you could just as easily use blues and purples for a winter scene.

Here is a close-up of the background:


The die itself cuts a beautiful window that you can use to layer onto a card or to create a peek-a-boo look that shows through to the inside of the card.

Join us all this week for ideas and chances to win prizes.  One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th- Friday, September 23 will be chosen at random to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  Good luck!

Leave a comment on my blog post for your chance to win the new Graceful Stag Collage die.