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36 posts from May 2014

Sat 31

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars...


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Pam here...Take a look at the new Star Garlands die  Isn't it grand!  Sorry if you have the Star Spangled Banner stuck in your head for the rest of the day...rehearsing for the 4th of July! : )


 I used the words from the happy and birthday cloud dies and the Classic Uppercase alphabet for USA. 

Memory Box White A2 Notecard for the card base... Cranberry and Sapphire notecards for the die cuts and Silver glitter cardstock for the Star Garlands.

I had to try another card with the Star Garlands too... welcome baby!


On this card I only used half of the
Star Garlands cut.  Then I used the Parker lowercase Alphabet to spell baby and Alphabet Soup to spell out the name.

The Baby Carriage die is cut from white and mounted on a Cherry Blossom A2 NotecardThe Rattle and Duck are cut from the Baby Stuff die.  I accented the rattle and the centers of the carriage wheels with a RV21 Copic marker.

The 'rug' the carriage is on is from the Palace Oval Frame Set.

I'm having a blast creating with the new Summer 2014 release!  It sounds like they are arriving at stores everywhere!  Happy creating to you and Thanks for looking today!


Fri 30

NEW…Floating Butterflies!

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Hi - Yes, it's Happy Friday and time for another reveal of more just-released designs from our beautiful Summer 2014 Collection.  Jean Okimoto here - with another quick card for you this afternoon.  It would be perfect for graduation thank you cards.  Or maybe for parents thanking the grad for receiving that long-anticipated degree!

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Floating Butterflies Background Die 98991
  • NEW Floating Butterflies Die 98978
  • Darla Butterfly Die 98264
  • Kaleidoscope Butterfly Die 98261
  • Thank You Background G1922
  • Graphite Cardstock
  • Parchment Cardstock (5" square card)

Stamp Thank You Background on Parchment Cardstock with Brilliance Starlight Black and dry the ink.  Diecut a stencil of the Floating Butterflies Background from The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Plastic.  Stencil the butterflies with Radiant Neons Electric Blue, Electric Green and Electric Purple.

Emboss them with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.  

Diecut Floating Butterflies from Graphite Cardstock.  Attach Scor-tape behind a piece of Graphite Cardstock and cut two of the Darla Butterfly antennae - and one of the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Antennae. Layer the diecut outlines over the stenciled butterflies and attach them with the self-adhesive antennae.

Attach turquoise, green and lavender sequins.  That's it!

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Our great new Collection is arriving in stores right now - be sure your favorite retailer has placed their order.  It's already available at the Tukwila Impress - and the dies will be arriving at the University Village store tomorrow.  You'll love the beautiful designs!

Also wanted to send a big thanks to everyone from last Monday's JUST SAYING THANKS class at Impress.  It was the stampiest class we've had in a while - but we managed to add a bunch of stencils and diecuts too - thanks for working so hard!

Looking for more card ideas?  You'll find some great projects in the Ideas Gallery on our website.

Have a great weekend - but before you go, be sure to scroll down to see some photos from Pam's class - and some of her great cards too!





Fri 30

The Great Yosemite Stamp Escape...

Hi everyone!  It was my pleasure to be invited to teach for Memory Box at the Great Yosemite Stamp Escape the first weekend of May.

The weekend began Friday evening at the sponsoring store, The Cat's Meow in Oakhurst, California, with registration, refreshments and ATC trading.  It was great to meet Sharon Fitzgerald, her assistant Melissa Cash, her awesome customers and shop in her wonderful stamp store! 

Thank you to Lori Anne and Gary for driving me around! From the store we headed to the Pines Resort.  The late night view in the chalet was so cool, I loved how you could see the pines above the drapes.  Guess I was to tired to take a good photo though, but you get the idea.



 Saturday and Sunday it was up early and off to class!  93 Fabulous and talented ladies to create with!

Here's a view of the pines from the resort where the classes were held. It was gorgeous weather all weekend!



 There were four instructors and we each taught the same class 4 times.  Here's a photo of the last class. We shared a lot of laughs...a little ornery. lol

I'm the one in the striped blue and peach shirt, 3rd from the left. 


Another after everyone was finished. It still makes me smile thinking about the fun times and meeting new stamping friends! 



After the last class we all assembled in the main room of the resort for the prize giveaways and more.

Here's a photo of Sharon introducing us...from the left, Linda Bradbury, me, Sharon, Jennifer Dove and Karen Burniston.



Sharon had a store set up for the ladies to shop while they were there... here's some photos of the ladies shopping and enjoying all the wonderful new supplies!  There were demos and make and takes going on Saturday evening too! 








Look at all the Memory Box dies and stencils!  Here's Sharon working hard!  She does an amazing job organizing and setting everything up.  This was their 14th Stamp Escape!!!



Before I close this post, I better show you the cards I designed for them to make.  We used Memory Box dies, stencils, paper, stamps and some poppystamps dies too.









Thank you Memory Box for sending me to teach and thank you Sharon for having me!  Thank you all for your support here on Outside the Box.  I'll be back tomorrow with more from the new Summer 2014 release!  See you then!



Thu 29


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MORE of what we love!  Memory Box dies!  YAY!  The 2014 Summer Release! 

For this ‘yellow’ card I used the NEW Thank You Garland, Delicate Butterfly Arch, Solid Arch Background, Kensington Branch (I trimmed out two of the butterflies, cut them in white and yellow) from the NEW release and the Peaceful Butterfly Wings from the Spring release.


Add some baby white pearls and I was done.  Oh,  I did cut the Butterfly Wings twice so I could trim out a few butterflies and layer them over the ones close to the border of the Arch cuts.

The next card was really fun too!  I used the NEW Fancy Potted Flower and Happy Birthday Garland.


It just makes me happy!  It almost makes me think I could be a flower gardener!  NOT.  Bummer though.  I do have one hanging flower this year and it’s still alive!  woohoo! lol

Look at the potential with this die!  Use it as it cuts… the flowers in the pot… or trim the flowers out and use them as a row of flowers in the grass, I love this! Or trim off the flower heads for ground cover!  Sweet!  Of course I had to do all three!

TIP!  Leave the petal pieces in the die and use the Pick up tool to place them directly from the die…then you know right where they go!  Great time saver!


Love these garland sentiments!  I did cut them three times and glued them up with Tombow Mono Multi.


See that sprig of green in there?  That’s from the Fabulous Phlox die… love it!  Fresh Cut Grass die from poppystamps!

Memory Box Signature Pattern paper, Notecards and Card-stocks.  Both cards are A2 size.

I’m so excited…can’t wait to show you some more cards!  I’ll be back tomorrow!  Thanks for looking!


Thu 29

Peaceful Butterfly Sky


Good Morning,  Well summer is almost here.  For the kids anyway....  What does that mean for the parents?  OMG we have to come up with a way to entertain them for 2 1/2 months.  EEEK  Ok I have 1 week to get my ideas together!  In the mean time I'm looking forward to non rainy days with this card, which reminds me of a summer sky full of butterflies and fluffly clouds.  For the background I used  Large Ringlets 98790 cut out of mirror card and for the butterflies I used Peaceful Butterfly Wings 98880 (I cut them out of the background), and Butterfly Delights 98130 also used were the  Mini Clouds 98689.

I hope you like this summery card!  Have a Wonderful Day!



Wed 28

Tremaine Square Stretched


Memory Box will be releasing their summer collection on May 29th. They will be shipped to stores on May  28.

Here is a wee preview of the Tremaine Square die. I cut is three times and colored it with copic markers and created a flowering vine across my card. 

This cards oozes spring to me. Be sure to check out Memory Box on May 29 the for all the new releases!


Tue 27

Purple Passion

Hello, Stampers!

Today's card features THREE stencils, two stamps, and one die. (Yowza!)

I decided to change it up today and get a little inky, try a little layering, etc. because I hear the best way to recharge your creative batteries is to attempt doing something you usually don't do. Here's what I came up with:


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Memory Box dies (Grand Heart), stencils (Flutter, Leafy Stems, Mesh), and stamps (Just Thinking of You Combo, Vintage Dreams); Inks: Ranger Distress and Dylusions Spray Inks (Ranger), Copics; Accents: bias tape, decorated gem (Prima), gems (Mark Richards)


Double- and triple-stencilling can be a lot of fun, so I suggest you try it! Here's how I did my background. Use two pieces of low-tack tape to adhere a panel to your craft sheet, then tape the Leafy Stems stencil over the panel to prevent slipping. Pounce with ink. Do not remove the Leafy Stems stencil, and place the Mesh stencil on top of it and tape down; then pounce ink using a different ink color. (I used the foam ink applicators by Ranger for this project.) Remove the Mesh stencil (but keep the Leafy Stems stencil) inkup Vintage Dreams, and stamp over the stencil. (You actually can't see this on mine because my base color of ink is very dark).

I have a second tip on my blog if you want to see what I did to transform my white bias tape into the lovely ribbon you see above!

Hope you give this one a try because it can be visually exciting (and it's fun)!

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 26

1 Stencil + 1 Die + 1 Stamp = a set of similar yet different cards

For today's post I chose one stencil, one die, and one stamp and challenged myself to make a set of thank you notes for a friend. 


Materials Used:

  • white notecards and envelopes
  • Stencil:  Leafy Stems No. 88545
  • Die:  Script Thanks No. 98240
  • Stamp:  Flower Shadow A1742
  • inks:  Hero Arts Cornflower Blue, Green Hills; Archival Deep Purple
  • sticky-back blue cardstock (for use with the "thanks" die)

The fun thing here was to use the stencil in various positions on the card front, even flipping it over for a different look.  Don't be afraid to move your stencils around!  You can always mask off the area where you don't want any extra ink by using post-it notes or scrap paper.


You can see the envelopes peeking out from under these cards.  I stamped a single flower on each one in either the upper lefthand corner or to the left of where the recipient's address will be written.




I rarely make the same card twice even when using the same materials in basically the same way!  Because I've used the same stencil, die, and stamp, it really is a coordinated set without being matchy-matchy.

I'm still repeatedly scrolling back through the last two weeks of posts to get more ideas for using my stencils.  I hope you've been able to try out some of the projects shown or used the posts for inspiration and put your own spin on things.  

Happy crafting!

Sun 25

Wildflower and Butterflies

Happy Memorial Day weekend to everyone, and I hope you're able to find time to activities you love!  It's my turn (Shelby) to provide a little inspiration for you.

I've combined a few Memory Box products today.  I've used the Chickenwire stencil (88534) and watercolor paints to create the background.  I cut out the Rhone Butterfly Wings (98869) twice...one I left the die cut pieces in and the other I removed them to create two different looking butterflies.  The corner die is the gorgeous Wildflower Corner (98895).  The flatback gems were found hidden deep in my hoard:)!


To add a little dimension to the Wildflower corner, I filled the open petal space with some glossy accents which I'm not sure if you can see from the pictures.

I hope the rest of your weekend is wonderful and Happy Memorial Day.

Sun 25

On the lake

Watercolor lake card

Hello everyone!

I hope you're all enjoying a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.  Today I have a quick and easy watercolor card for you.  I stamped my image on watercolor paper using Antique Linen Distress Ink pad.  Then I used watercolor pencils to color my stamped image. I love the light and airy look the watercolor pencils give to the image. Once the paper was dry I lightly spattered the image with watered down paint.  For a little sentiment, I taped off a portion of the Wishing You Combo stamp and stamped only the words Wishing You.

Memory Box Products used:

  • On the Lake stamp #F1770
  • Wishing You Combo Stamp #B1853

Have a great day!