54 posts categorized "2016 September Collection"


Fri 29

Happy New Year
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Next up is New Years, and I hope it is a happy and healthy one for all of you!


For my New Year's card I die cut the Woodland Oval from black cardstock and embossed it with aged black embossing powder from Stampendous.  It gives the die cut a nice shimmer and texture.


To create the background for the card I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide Ink over a white cardstock layer, using masks for the moon and the hills.  

Remove the masks and use the circle that the mask was cut from as a stencil and ink the moon with Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink.  I used the reverse mask and inked the hills with the same ink.

I spattered the background with white acrylic paint.  Once the paint was dry I glued my die cut to the background.  

I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide ink onto a white cardstock strip and stamped the saying with black ink.  Using foam adhesive I adhered  the sentiment to the card front.


To finish the card I glued the card front to a white card base and embellished the card with some sequins.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Fri 28

Merry Christmas
Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another Christmas card for you.  I love thinking of crisp winter days when the summer heat is upon us.

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To create this card I sponged Broken China Distress Oxide ink onto white cardstock and misted it with plain water.  I love how soft the color looks when you use the oxide inks.  Once the cardstock was dry I glued the Country Road Oval die cut to the card front.  White cardstock was used for the die cut.  I adhered a strip of vellum around the bottom portion of the card and glued on the silver glitter die cut words "Merry Christmas" to the vellum.

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I glued the card front to a silver glitter piece of cardstock and then adhered that to a white card base using foam tape.  

To finish the card I added some glitter to the roof tops, trees and hill, and a snowflake embellishment.   I also added some snow dots with a white pen.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!




Sun 25



I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and are able to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. I have a very clean and simple card to share with you today, using two dies, and some ink, I created a monochromatic winter card.


Using the Arpeggio Snowflake, I cut it from typing paper. I then placed it onto a white card, and tapped on a light blue ink. I moved the stencil around the card, until I was happy with the amount. I then took a thin glue pen, and traced the inner portion of the snowflake, sprinkling on some glitter, and allowing it to dry.


White that dried, I die cut several of the Brush Stroke Peace, and layered them together. For the top layer, I sponged on more of the same blue ink, and then adhered the piece to the card front. 

If you get a chance to create this week, keep this simple design in mind! Thank you so much for stopping by!



Sun 25

Christmas Day 2016
by Penny Ward



Merry Christmas Memory Box friends. The designers at Memory Box are wishing you the most wonderful day.

I love the layout of this card and with a few tweaks, it is a design to be used all year long.


Starting with the Blue card stock base, stamp sentiment from the Love and Laughter set available at Simon Says Stamp using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Dry emboss around the edges with a bone folder and scoring board. 

Cut a piece of White card stock 3 x 5.50 inches, die cut along one edge with the largest of Circle Bump Borders. Dry emboss around the other three edges with a bone folder and scoring board. Adhere over Blue base with foam adhesive.


Die cut and color Poinsettia Flourish, Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and Botanical Stem. Build the poinsettia as shown and adhere to card front.



Trim Botanical Stem as needed and slide beneath White panel and a bit of glue.

Add clear sequins and a flower center as desired.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting,



Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto


A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!


The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.


Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!





Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto


Brighten someone's Christmas with a glittery giftcard holder - it's easy with the Square Bump Borders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an idea to avoid another shopping trip just to buy a giftcard holder.  

Have you noticed how pricey the nice giftcard holders are this year?    Wouldn't you  rather add another $5 to the giftcard instead - and present it in a color-coordinated holder?   Here's an easy way to make a quick holder that you can customize with the right colors.  


Cut a 5-½" x 10-¼" piece of lightly textured white cardstock.  Score it and fold it at 4-¼" and 8-½" to make an A-2 card with  a extra 1-¾" wide section on the bottom.  Diecut the edge of the extra section with the Square Bump Border to create a little bump-out tab.  

Attach "happy holidays" from the Scribble Christmas set to an acrylic block.  Carefully lift both ends of the greeting, curve them, and press them firmly onto the block again. Use a stamp positioner and stamp it with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach foam dots near the top outer corners of the diecut edge and fold the bottom up to form a pocket.

You can write the giftcard amount just above the pocket line where it'll be hidden until the giftcard is removed.  Secure the giftcard in the pocket with removable glue dot placed on a blank area.


If you're planning to stamp more than one card - check to be sure the curvy ends haven't returned to their original straight design.  They tend to straighten out after a few minutes.  A greeting stamp with an attitude!

Stamp the tree on green cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die.  Cut the small tree from green and silver glittered cardstock.  Cut the larger tree from pink and aqua cardstock and trim them to different heights.  

Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from white cardstock.  Attach adhesive along the edges of the inner rectangle.  Attach the narrow frame behind it.  (Lots easier than first attaching the delicate frame by itself.)  Attach them to the card.  Add the trees - use foam dots for the green and silver trees.  Add tiny silver sequins.


Yes,  I promised an easy card - it's a wordy tutorial, but it really is easy.  It's also faster than driving to the store to find a giftcard holder that may or may not match the giftcard.  Details, details!

Thanks for stopping by during the busy holiday season...





Thu 22

Merry Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

It's hard to believe that we are only a few days away from Christmas. Today I have a quick and graphic Christmas card for you, let's get started!


I used the Circle Bump Borders set for this fun card. I die cut each size in the set in alternating colors. Then I glued them all together and placed them on the card on an angle.


I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Christmas Botanicals stamp set to finish it off. This design would work great with any colors and would be great for a birthday or thank you card.

Have a wonderful day!




Sun 18

Bright Spirits
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. The countdown is on with just a few days left until Christmas. Do you need a really simple way to design those last minute cards? 10 minutes with this one and you are ready for giving or mailing.


Let's do this:


Start with a Black card stock base trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

Cut White card stock just a bit smaller, adhere 3 strips of washi tape.




Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp and die set.

Die cut Poinsettia Bloom Trio from Green card stock. Die cut Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from Red card stock.




Adhere together as shown, then add a glass dot for the flower center.


It just doesn't get any easier than that.

Happy Crafting,



Wed 14

Plush Little Penguin Ornament Card
by Jean Okimoto


A Plush Little Penguin ornament would look quite sweet on a tree or a wreath - but Christmas is just 11 days away and we need a few shortcuts to get him ready!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with the express version of this plush little guy.  But first - a disclaimer that I'm definitely (and obviously) not a seamstress - so if I can do this, you can too!

Here's what Plush Little Penguin should like when properly sewn...


Here are my shortcuts for today's quick-chick:

    - Stitch with black floss (instead of using white floss and Fiberfill) to add some dimension  

    - Stitch all the way around the two white layers - then glue the black top over it

    -   If any white felt shows through the holes,  brush the felt with a stylus and the holes will be less visible          

    - Trim the holes from the bottom of the scarf, then just overlap and glue the ends together

     - Attach Scor-Tape behind black and yellow-orange felt and cut the eyes and beak

    - Glue the arms and feet behind him


Now my favorite trick to hide the knot and ends of the hanging cord, the floss knots and the backs of the arms and feet - attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of felt and diecut a self-adhesive penguin coverup.  Attach it behind him and the unsightlies will be hidden.  Forever.


Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from textured white cardstock - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine - leave it in the die again.  Daub Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Memento Luxe through the open areas.  (OK - now remove it from the die!)  Heat-emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for extra sparkle.  Clean the die with a damp cloth to remove the residual ink.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow/orange felt and cut it with Honeycomb Remnant.  You can also cut it with the Honeycomb Background I've used many times before - but I just needed a few accents so I used the smaller die.

Attach everything top a top-folded card of white cardstock - attach the penguin with removable gluedots.  Additional postage will probably be required because of the card's thickness.  Be sure to send it to someone who'll realize it's a hanging ornament!

Big thanks to everyone who took last week's WINTER BLISS class at Impress - and special thanks to design star Debby Hughes for her inspiration!  Thank you for allowing me to share your special LIME DOODLE DESIGN ideas Debby.  

That was to be my last class of '17 - but I've added two more classes on December 27th.  First, it's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR - we're making an Asian artpapers calendar and a New Year card from 11:00 to 1:00.  Then it's an extra WINTER BLISS class from 2:00 to 4:00.  Many, many great Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and cool, resourceful ways to use some of those papers in our stash.

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









Sun 11

Snowflake JOY
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a bit of Blue Joy! This has to be one of my favorite dies, yet I think this is the first time I have actually used the snowflake as part of the sentiment (I keep finding other die cuts to use for the "O", such as ornaments or critters).

Here are the steps I used:


Start with a White card stock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Emboss around the edges with a Scoring board.

On a scrap piece of White card stock, stencil with Scattered Flakes and an eBrush. You could also use ink or paste...whatever your heart desires.

Die cut the Snowflake Joy from this panel, then completely ink the Snowflake (I used a B06 Copic marker).



Die cut the Snowflake Joy for a second time and color with marker. Glue letters together, slightly offset and adhere to card front as shown.

Adhere snowflake, a tiny bow and snowflake center.



For the top portion of the card I first embossed a small piece of White card stock with a stripey folder. EBrushed with Copic B06, then die cut this panel with Curved Dashing.

Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

To cover up a LARGE booboo, I stamped two snowflakes from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set, die cut them with the matching dies and glued them to cover the mistake. :)


I love embellishments, don't you?

Happy Crafting,