113 posts categorized "2017 Holiday Collection"


Sun 31

by Penny Ward



Happy New Years Eve!!!! 

Penny here with a very simple yet stylish Thank You card. With Christmas behind us for another year, it is time to write Thank You cards to friends, family and coworkers. This creation of mine really stands out using only White and Kraft cardstocks. Do parents still teach their children to write Thank You notes? My kids are in their late 20's and I taught them long before I started making cards. You can't hold a tweet or Facebook post in your hand, or slip it into a shoe box to bring out later to admire. 

I do love sending real cards because I like receiving them also. How about You?


Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Round the corners.




Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock 3.75 x 5 inches, round the corners and ink the edges with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Adhere to card front.




Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline with White cardstock and die cut Chancery Snowflake with White Glitter cardstock. Adhere together, then to the center of the card front.

Stamp and heat emboss greeting from the Sentimental Iris stamp set.

Add Natural Jute as shown.


Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!!


Hope you have the most wonderful and crafty 2018,






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!



Sun 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Penny Ward



Merry Christmas Eve. 

Penny here with one last holiday card from me to you.  All around the world, Christmas Eve is an exciting day, but for the Ward family it is extra special as our grandson is having a birthday today. 

I hope your holiday card making is done, but just in case, this is a really quick one to put together.


Here we go:


As always ...start with a White card base.  




Trim a piece of Kraft cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the snowflake from Snowflake Joy three times and adhere to bottom of Kraft panel as shown.




Die cut Brush Merry Christmas from White cardstock and adhere to top portion of the Kraft panel.

Wrap pretty Red Ribbon above the snowflakes, add a bow and adhere panel to base card.


I just love 10 minute cards!!!


From all of us at Memory Box, we are wishing you the most wonderful Christmas. 

Many happy blessings,




Sat 23

Merry, Light and Bright…Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Starlight Snowflake Collage and Piccolo Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto



The Tisdale Snowflake Collage and Starlight Snowflake Collage dies are perfect for super-fast projects on this eve of Christmas eve.  Simple vellum candle sleeves take just a few minutes and add another reason to have these beautiful contemporary dies in your personal Memory Box Collection.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight with a quick project for your dining table, mantle or windowsill.  


Cut a sheet of white vellum sized to fit around big and little battery-operated candles with a ½" overlap.  Diecut the large piece three times with the Tisdale Snowflake Collage placed slightly diagonally.  Cut the three  uncut areas with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candle.

Oops...you'll probably notice that the curvature of the candle pushes the center portion of one of the large Tisdale snowflakes out like little spikes.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of white vellum and cut the smallest Piccolo Snowflake three times.   Carefully attach these self-adhesive Piccolo snowflakes over the center of the defiant Tisdale snowflake points to secure the little pieces.  They're the center top and bottom snowflakes in the picture above.  The delicate Piccolo snowflake not only controls the little pokies - it also adds a bit of dimension to the collage.

Cut the small strips of vellum with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candles.

That's it...done!


Thanks very much for stopping by on this busy weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress during the holidays to complete your collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  They're making room for our January Release too - so it's a good time to shop for some of the current designs on your wishlist before they go away!

Please join us again for Penny's Christmas Eve project tomorrow.

Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating on Monday!







Sat 23

2017 Holiday Look Book


Looking for a bit of just-in-time inspiration?  Here's our 2017 Holiday Look Book of designs for ornaments, gifts, sewing and cards.  Enjoy!



Thu 21

Tiny Tree Triplet, Sketchbook Joy, Starlit Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Six little trees -  from the new Tiny Tree Triplet set - create a quick and easy last-minute holiday greeting.  Glittery gold stars and a matching Sketchbook Joy add the finishing touch.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with my final card of the season for you today.


Cut smooth white cardstock with the 1-½" x 2-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the 6-trees die.  Cut turquoise, red and green cardstock with the 1-¼" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  This great rectangles set eliminates the guesswork, measuring - and hoping the colored rectangles won't show along the edges of the white rectangle.  Christmas is just four days away - this will be quick!

Cut the turquoise rectangles with the 5-trees die.  Cut the red rectangle with the 3-trees die.  Layer the turquoise, red and green rectangles behind the white piece.  

Cut Sketchbook Joy from green glittered cardstock - it'll be easy to remove the delicate diecut if you place a layer of medium-weight plastic (like a shopping bag) between the die and the cardstock.  Save the little dot that goes above the "j."  The plastic-covered diecut will slip right out of the die.  Just peel the plastic off, then wiggle the negative sections away from the "joy" instead of vice-versa.  It works, trust me!

Cut ¾" x 4-½"  and ¾" x 3-¾"" accent strips of turquoise and red cardstock.

Cut gold glittered cardstock stars with the Starlit Breeze die.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.


Big thanks to everyone from last weeks WINTER BLISS class at Impress - and extra-big thanks to everyone who joined us for classes throughout 2017.   A total of 34 classes, including the repeats!  Thank you very much for taking the time and traveling from near and far to mix, match, layer, stamp, fold and attach - and laugh and chat - while we made cards, calendars, tags and treat wrappers.  Special thanks to everyone at Impress too - for all of your help!  

2018's classes begin on January 6th with my LOVE IS SWEET Valentine class.  More techniques, zingy colors, glitter and another candy-card for your special sweeties.

Thanks for stopping by - see you soon!











Tue 19

Faux Letterpress Merry Christmas
by Anne Thompson

I needed just a few more Christmas cards and I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I looked online for techniques I hadn't tried.  This faux letterpress technique was featured on a Jennifer McGuire video.  It is similar to inking up an embossing folder to get a colored impression.  The difference is that you layer up two or three die cuts and add a bottom layer of the same design cut from vellum.  Then you ink up the vellum, place the stacked images on watercolor paper, and run it through your die cut machine using the embossing stack of plates.  The process leaves the inked words deeply etched in the watercolor paper.  This was my first attempt:

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I used the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS die 99804.  I cut it three times from thin white cardstock and once from vellum.  I stacked up the images right side up using a glue pen with the vellum layer on the bottom.  I inked up the vellum with Lady Bug Memento dye ink.  (Everything I read about this technique suggested that dye ink is the best for this purpose.)  I carefully placed the words ink side down on a piece of watercolor paper and set up my die cut machine plates for embossing.  After running this through the machine, I peeled off the die cut stack revealing the words pressed into the paper.  I trimmed it a bit smaller than the notecard and added strips of washi tape before adhering it to the notecard.  I added a red gem to dot the "i".

I re-inked the words using Ancient Page Aegean Blue dye ink for a second card.  (The word stack is reusable.  I made two more cards after these two and the stack is still good to use more times.)


I was curious to see how this technique would work with other images.  I used the DECORATIVE POINSETTIA TRIMMING die 99865 (two layers of cardstock with one vellum layer) with Festive Berries Distress Ink.


And then--TALL PINE die 99848 and Distress Evergreen Bough ink.  


 Because these images were more detailed, and they tore when removing them, I wasn't able to get multiple impressions from each stack.  I think that if I lightly misted the paper with water I might get a different result with a deeper, smoother, and inkier image with less stress on the paper.  Think you might try this technique?  I'm already thinking ahead to valentines and hearts...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Fri 15

Quick and Easy Christmas Card
by Melissa Rusk

Hello friends! Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card if you are like me and are still in need of a few!


I am in love with the Wrapped Rectangle die set and I have been using it every chance I get. I die cut two of the sizes for this card, one in red and one in white. On the white piece I then die cut the Deco Trees die. These trees are super cute!

I put some green paper behind the trees and then layered the two rectangles. On my kraft card I wrapped some cream and gold twine before gluing the rectangles to the card. To finish it off I added a gold gem to the top of each tree. Easy and quick for a last minute card!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!





Thu 14

Build a Snowman
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

We're getting close to Christmas!  I love making cards this time of year with the  wonderful dies and stamps from Memory Box which are so inspiring.  For today's card I couldn't resist using the cute "Build a Snowman" die set.  


To make this card I used texture paste and the Snowflake stencil to create the background of the card front.  Once the texture paste dried, I glued the card front to a red cardstock mat and glued that to a white card base. 

I die cut all the card elements from watercolor paper and used distress inks to color them. For the fur on the snowman's hat and the snow in the background I used a Snow Writer, which puffs up once it is heated with a heat tool. I assembled the snowman and then adhered him to the snowglobe.  Once the snowglobe was assembled I added the snow to the background. 


Before I glued the snowglobe to the card front, I tied twine around it and embellished it with a bow and bell.  

To finish the card I glued a snowflake to the top right of the snowglobe.  

Thanks for stopping by today!




Wed 13

Batavia Snowflake Channel, Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and Starlight Snowflake Collage by Jean Okimoto


Add a diecut snowflake wing to one of the Feathered Friends for a holiday design to match the delicate Batavia Snowflake Channel.  The matchup of soft peach, crisp white and gray creates a fresh look for Christmas - and a few gem stickers add a bit of bling.

Hi, Jean  Okimoto here, sharing another Feathered Friends Deep Edge die design.  The birds and owl will be great throughout the year - in fabric, felt, wood veneer, silkscreened prints...even recycled La Croix cans!  


Cut the bird from pale peach cardstock and gray printed paper.  Cut the eyes and beak from orange cardstock. Color the eye circle with a black Sharpie.  

Cut Starlight Snowflake Collage from white cardstock, then cut it with the Feathered Friends wing die.

Assemble the bird - offset the gray layer  for dimension, and to add a pretty peach outline along one side.  

Cut Batavia Snowflake Channel from white cardstock.  Trim it with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics Die.  Attach it to a top-folded gray A-2 card with a tape runner or double-stick tape.  Here's an optional step -  I like to protect the card with printer paper and run the open card through my Spellbinders Platinum machine to seal the edges where the card meets the Batavia Snowflake panel.  This creates nice, neat edges and seals any gaps.  Details, details!

Attach the bird with foamdots.  Add silver and dark peach gem stickers.  Color clear gem stickers with a marker if you don't have matching gem stickers.  


Imagine the same basic design with a column of hearts in February - or a leafy border in the spring.  Use a floral border in the summer and autumn leaves in the fall.  These birds will be busy!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's ASIAN INSPIRATION class at Impress!   Who would have guessed that so many Memory Box and Poppystamps designs could be used to diecut those beautiful silkscreened papers and Asian icons.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for gathering those dies and papers for everyone.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my last class of 2017 - WINTER BLISS - on December 16th.  Make 6 un-holiday cards  - including a low-profile (OK...flat) shaker card using Memory Box products to create custom-sized shaker packets for glitter and diecut bits and pieces.  We're using the Feathered Friends dies too - Impress just received another shipment of them.

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!