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34 posts from December 2016

Sat 31

So Many Things
by Penny Ward


Hello friends of Memory Box products! Penny here today with new dies and stamps for the season of LOVE!

With the New Year ringing in tomorrow, this will give you a jump start for inspiration on the next big holiday of card making.

A couple of stamps and 1 die set...so many possibilities!

Let's get started:



Cut white cardstock 4.25 x 10 inches and score at 5.50 inches.

Die cut Classic Stitched Heart Collection from 3 shades of pink and a tiny heart from purple cardstock.

Using a few of your favorite embossing folders, run the hearts through your machine for texture.



Add hearts to edge of card randomly, finishing with the purple heart popped up with foam adhesive. Purple thread was added to the back of the sticky foam and Glossy Accents added to the heart.

Stamp sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set using VersaFine Imperial Purple. 

Tiny hearts from the Bumblebee Daydreams set were stamped with Memento Luxe inks Angel Pink, Rose Bud & Lilac Posies.

Finish the card with a few crystal sequins.


Happy Valentine Crafting,


Fri 30

Happy Valentine's Day
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a great holiday! Today I have a card for you which features a few new dies from the Memory Box Valentine release. It's hard to believe we are already moving on from Christmas!


To make the card, I die cut the Happy Valentines Day Elegant Script, using red glitter paper.  From silver glitter paper I die cut the Classic Hearts and glued them to a white cardstock layer.  Adhere the Happy Valentine die cut over the top of the hearts. 


I glued this card front to a red glitter cardstock layer and adhered this using foam tape to a white card base.  To finish the card, I embellished it with white sequins.

A few die cuts and you have a quick and easy card!

There are so many beautiful dies in this new release and I hope you are inspired by all the design teams posts this week!

Thanks for stopping by today!



Thu 29

Sending Love
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! Sherry here to share a card using dies from the new Memory Box Valentine release. Wow! There are so many beautiful designs to choose from!

Sending Love - 1

One of the things I like to do with new dies is to cut each of them from inexpensive white card stock so that I can play and arrange and decide on a layout. I really like the font style of "sending love" from the Sending Love Heart, so after die cutting the image from rose card stock, I snipped out the words from the opening. The die itself cuts a window, as you can see in the card Laura shared earlier this week. Love it!!  

I then die cut the Peyton Heart and one of the hearts from the Classic Heart Collection from the same rose card stock. I just happened to notice that the design in the Peyton Heart die is almost exactly the same as the design in the Arpeggio Snowflake. Woo hoo! I die cut the snowflake from ivory card stock, then snipped off one of the points and adhered it behind the center of the solid heart, which I thought nicely tied the two hearts together.

Sending Love - 2

I die cut one of the squares from the Stitched Square Layers set, and used an embossing folder to create the background. I adhered the square to the card base with mounting tape. I also used mounting tape to adhere the solid heart. I arranged the Peyton Heart as shown, and added the sentiment. I thought it needed a little glam and luckily had some heart gems in my stash. I added the larger ones to the hearts and scattered the smaller ones on the card front. There is no inking, stamping, or sponging on this card, making it a super quick, no muss-no fuss kind of card!

Sending Love - 3

Thank you for stopping by, and have a safe and very happy New Year!



Wed 28

Heart Wire and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto


Heart Wire - another new design - creates a subtle dry-embossed background for the sweet flowered heart and greeting from the new So Many Things to Love clear stamp set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing another idea featuring our great new Valentine release debuting in stores right now!

I love how the new Valentine release is so versatile - it's a go-to collection that we can use throughout the year.  


Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with shades of pink Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" die from the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set.  Save the delicate frame portion of the diecut for another project.

Stamp the rectangle with the heart from the So Many Things to Love and Imagine Crafts Smokey Gray VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Watercolor the flowers and leaves.  

Cut textured pink cardstock with the same rectangle die - use the frame on the card and save the rectangle for another project.

Stamp the greeting on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Smokey Gary and heat-set it.  Cut it with the smallest die from the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set.  

A tip - leave the pieces in the die and place a few strips of Scor-Tape along the edges of both pieces and run it through the machine again.  Leave the adhesive-covered pieces in the die until you're ready to attach them to the card.  


Cut, score and fold a 5.5" square card of textured pink cardstock.  Dry-emboss the lower portion of the folded card using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  It's much easier than carefully positioning the card to emboss just the front - and it adds a bit of interest to the inside.  Hope you like that idea!

Assemble the card and add some tiny clear sequins.


Thanks for visiting...and for your sweet and thoughtful comments and "likes" throughout 2016.  I design about 250 cards annually for our Design Team blog and my classes.  Multiply that by 8 years of blogging for Memory Box and that's 2,000 cards.  I love every moment of it - thanks to great viewers like you and my wonderful students and friends.  Ann, Cindi, Lara and Shari and everyone at Impress - Debbie and Gary at Rubber Stamp Fantasy - and my loyal students make this all possible.  

Special thanks to Dave and Monica and everyone at Memory Box for continuously developing such great products that inspire us to keep designing and creating.  

Not to get all mushy about it - but this card really does reflect how it feels to end 2016...thank you!






Wed 28

Heart Wave and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto


Send your love with the new Heart Wave from our Valentine 2017 Collection...there are so many things to love about it!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of the just-released designs from our latest collection.  Ready to get started on Valentine cards?

Heart Wave is serious multi-tasker - for heart confetti,  inlaid designs, dry-embossing and stenciling in addition to basic diecutting.   The new So Many Things to Love clear stamp set and its coordinating die set are perfect for far more than Valentine cards.  They'll quickly become your favorite combination for many occasions.


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and heat-set it.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  

Cut the largest Stitched Rectangle Trimming from pale grey textured cardstock.  Cut Heart Wave diagonally across the rectangle.  Add a light layer of Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Dry-emboss the watercolored paper with Heart Wave.  It'll provide an outline for trimming the watercolor paper and add extra dimension to the design.  Trim and attach the dry-embossed watercolor paper behind the diecut rectangle.

Cut extra hearts from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Stamp "sending love" and "xoxo" - from the new So Many Things to Love clear set - with Rose Bud Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest die from Stitched Rectangle Trimmings.

Attach the pieces to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of pale gray cardstock.  Add the extra hearts and tiny clear sequins.


We're can't wait to share more Valentine designs with you - hope you enjoy this week's preview!  Hearts are perfect for so many occasions, everyday greetings and celebrations.  You'll love the latest additions to the Memory Box collection of greetings from the heart.

Big thanks to everyone in the Celebrate the New Year class at Impress yesterday.  It was time to use some of the precious imported artpapers we've been stashing with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Enjoy your calendar throughout the year!

The Valentine Collections from Memory Box and Poppystamps are coming soon to Impress - match the great new designs with their huge selection of papercrafting products to create beautiful cards to share your love!

Thanks for stopping by...





Tue 27

Glittery Sending Love
by Laura Fulcher


I enjoy a sparkly card, but it is very important to me that I use a strong enough adhesive that the glitter has no chance of coming off the card.  For my card today, I purposely chose an adhesive sheet from Elizabeth Crafts that is extremely strong. 

I started the card by die-cutting the new Sending Love die out of white cardstock and then placing it onto a sheet of double-sided adhesive paper.  The one thing you need to be careful of when die-cutting the message is to save the little dot that goes over the "I." 


The next step on the card is to add a ton of glitter to it so that it sticks to all the exposed areas.  I decided the glitter behind the saying wasn't enough, so I made a matching glitter sheet to use as a layer on the card.  After all, can you really have too much glitter.  I made sure to really press the glitter down onto the adhesive and wiped away all the extra glitter with a brush.  Once I did that, you can rub your finger over the glitter and none will come off onto your hand.  Fantastic!


One last thing of note...  when I put the double-sided adhesive behind the message, I made sure to glue it down onto some white cardstock to make sure that the color of the glitter really showed.  If you look at the card itself, it looks like I glued the white layer onto a black layer.  However, if I had done that, the glitter wouldn't have been as shiny.  There is a hidden white layer behind the glitter and on top of the black cardstock.

I'm curious...are people pro glitter or anti glitter on their projects?



Mon 26

New Valentines
by Laura Fulcher


Hello everyone.  It is so hard to believe that we are already at the end of December.  Where did the time go?  The good news is that Memory Box has new stamps and dies to start thinking about Valentine's Day, love, and friendship projects.

For my card today, I wanted to share a heart and sentiment from the new So Many Things to Love clear set.  What I really like about this set is that it is great for Valentine's Day, but it has images and sentiments that can be used year round for so many occasions.  I love anything that is practical.  Want to see more of the Valentine release?  You can see the whole release here.

Before I start showing you how to color the image, I wanted to show you the difference adding a little white pen can make o a project (especially on kraft cardstock).  Here is the before picture without the white:


To make the card, I started by stamping the heart and sentiment onto one of the brand new chipboard notecards with black Versafine ink.  The chipboard notecards are great because they have a really nice thickness for single-layer cards.  Plus, chipboard is rather hard to cut, score and fold by yourself.  It is nice to have some that are already pre-made in a pack.

Once I gave the ink a long time to dry, I colored the outside edges with a dark red Prismacolor pencil.  Notice how I colored really heavily on the outside edges and then with lighter pressure as I moved towards the center of the heart:


Next, I added a medium red color of Prismacolor pencil so that it was heaviest where the two reds met and then lighter towards the center:


Finally, I added a pink pencil in the center with heavy pressure to finish out the coloring.  I didn't use any Gamsol to soften the colors of the Prismacolor pencils.  Some people use Gamsol with wax-based pencils for easier blending, but I find that it gives a bit of a watercolor look that doesn't show up quite as dynamically on kraft cardstock.  I wanted to use the pencils themselves to blend and add a thick, opaque layer of color that looked more like acrylic paint when I was done than pencil.


I finished the card by coloring the leaves and flowers with more pencils and then embellished with a white gel pen and some yellow Nuvo liquid pearls.

How about you guys?  Are you ready to start projects for the new year?



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,


Sat 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Jenny Griffiths

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

As my last Christmas card this season I wanted to share one of my favorites.  I have taught this card in a number of classes since August and it was said by many to be their favorite too.  Maybe it's simplicity and the stately scene make it so.  

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One of the best parts is the stacking of the tree boughs.  The gold with speckled boughts were created with a base of metallic gold paint on watercolor paper with metallic paint speckled over top.  Each color layer was throughly dried before the next color was added.  The Marvelous Pine Snow Branches was die cut from the painted panel and the boughs were laid out largest-to-smallest size onto the card.  Not all the boughs were used on the card and an extra benefit is that you can use the "negative" of the die cut gold panel for another card.  Each bough is layered with a tiny strip of dimensional foam tape at the top edge to give the tree nice dimension.


I added little touches of turquoise watercoloring on the card front before adding the stacked boughs and layering onto a mocha colored note card.  A bit of red embroidery floss made do as a holiday scarf on the deer.  

My wish for each of you is a safe and cozy holiday with loved ones and anticipation for creative and inspiring things to come---because they are coming and you're going to love it all.

Merry Christmas Eve,