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23 posts from February 2018

Fri 23

Floral Butterfly Birthday
by Sharon Harnist

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Happy Saturday, crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a birthday card made for my dear, sweet husband's aunt who turned 94 years young this week!  It came together quickly and easily, by using these fabulous dies:  Fresh Picked Flowers, Primavera Butterfly, Adora Butterfly, Sentimental Happy Birthday.

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I started by die cutting the solid Primavera Butterfly from white cardstock, then the Adora Butterfly die cut from gold metallic cardstock and placed on top.  I love that this gives the look of gold metallic embossing, but a lot easier and less mess!  The butterfly was mounted to a kraft card base with foam tape on the top right wing, to give it some dimension.  The beautiful Fresh Picked Flowers die was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers G20, G21, and R20.  It was also mounted to the card using foam tape behind the leaves and glue dots behind the flower centers, to create more dimension.  The flower that was originally behind the butterfly was cut off the stem and added with foam tape to the top of the lower right flower.

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Finally, the pretty Sentimental Happy Birthday was die cut from gold metallic and white cardstocks then layered together, offset, to create a shadow effect.  To finish the card, clear sequins were scattered on the background and white Nuvo drops added to the flower centers.

Thanks for checking in today . . . I hope you enjoy your weekend!




Fri 23

Painted Flower Stems
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! It has been so gloomy and rainy here all week that I needed some bright sunshine. I decided to make it myself with the colors on my card today. I don't know about you but I am ready for Spring!


 started with my pretty yellow card and some of the plaid paper from Lawn Fawn in a bright blue. Then I die cut the Painted Flower Stems in white and glued all of the layers to the card.



Then I die cut the Sentimental Happy Birthday in a navy paper and glued it to a piece of vellum before adding it to my card. I finished it off with some gems in the center of the flowers. This card is sure to brighten anyones day!





Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto


It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.


Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.


Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...






Wed 21

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another spring birthday card for you.  We had 6" of snow over the weekend, but today is a beautiful sunny day with temperatures in the high 60s!  I am happy to say the snow is gone!  So today's card was inspired by spring colors and flowers.


I started this card by sponging the white cardstock layer with Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  I misted it lightly with plain water and dried it with a heat tool.  Then I used Heidi Swapp's gold ink to spatter the background.

Next I die cut the Jumbo Peony and Fine Cut Leaves twice from watercolor paper which had double sided tape applied to the back of the paper.  I did this to keep all the tiny parts of the flowers and leaves inside the die cut, since I wanted them to be a solid image.


To color the flowers and the leaves I used Distress Oxide inks and Claritystamp brushes to apply the ink.  I like using the brushes to achieve a nice soft color.  Once I was done coloring the die cuts I glued them to the card front.  

I die cut the Happy Birthday from watercolor paper and adhered it to the card front.


To finish the card, I glued the card front to a white cardstock layer which was then adhered to a Peony notecard using foam tape.  I glued on a few epoxy embellishments to complete the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!





Tue 20

Just a Note
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Spring is just round the corner and I can't help but think of all the pretty flowers, Easter and crisp air :) So, I decided to use some of the new spring theme products to create this spring theme card.



I started by creating the mat layer for my card, for this I die-cut a watercolor paper using Wrapped Stitch Frames die. I used the inside rectangle piece of it. I also die-cut a blue panel using the same die to use the frame.

For the background, I  used distress ink and smooshing technique to the watercolor panel and let it dry. I then die-cut the Woven basket (Love the embossed details), colored it using various copic markers. I adhered this to the watercolor panel. 

Next, I die-cut the Bunny and colored him using copic markers. I then die-cut the Devonshire Wreath and snipped parts of it to use as flowers and leaves. I colored these using copics and adhered everything onto the panel. I then adhered this watercolor panel to the cardbase and stamped the sentiment. 

Finally, I adhered the frame to the card using 3d foam adhesive. To finiah, I added some Nuvo drops in the flower centers and the bunny's eyes and nose.

Here is a look at the embossed effect in close-up



Hope you enjoyed this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!






Mon 19

SWEET BUNNY card for Easter
by Anne Thompson

I have a Sweet Bunny card for you today that I will use for Easter.


prep work to make this card:

  • Select a Powder notecard--This pale blue is the perfect background.
  • Choose a white paper circle doily.
  • Using WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114, die cut a circle larger than the doily from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and one the same size as the solid center of the doily from a scrap of Powder notecard.
  • Die cut two of the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924 from more of the Key Lime Distressed Dots paper.  
  • Die cut the QUICK BUNNIES 99902 from white cardstock and glue on their little circle tails.
  • Die cut SWEET BUNNY 99905 from white cardstock.  Glue a scrap of pink cardstock behind the nose opening and a tiny strip of black cardstock over that and behind the eye openings.


 to assemble the card:

  • Glue the largest dot paper circle on the front of the notecard.
  • Glue the doily on top of that dot paper circle.
  • Add the powder circle to the center of the doily.
  • Secure one of the Grass Stitched Circle Frames on top of the powder circle.
  • Add the second Grass Stitched Circle Frame on top of the first one, setting it a bit askew so that more grass stems show.
  • Tuck in the little Quick Bunnies among the grass stems.
  • Pop dot the Sweet Bunny on the lower left edge of the doily/circle.
  • Tie a bow from some green dotted ribbon and glue it to the top right corner of the doily.

I left room at the bottom front of the notecard to add a handwritten or stamped sentiment later.  

And on the inside:

I added another piece of the dot paper cut 4 X 5 1/4.  On top of that I placed a piece of powder notecard scrap cut 3 X 4 1/4.  I added two of the Quick Bunnies, the small one in the upper left and the larger one in the lower right. Now I have plenty of room to write a message and elements from the card front are carried over to the inside which is something that I like to do.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 18

Marvelous Hummingbird
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends.   Spring is just around the corner and that means gorgeous flowers and pretty birds flitting here and there. In my backyard I have birdhouses, blooming flowers, bushes, shrubs and a hummingbird feeder. We have yet to see one of those pretty little birds outside our window. But I keep hoping!!!

Sometimes you have to make your own happiness, as I have done here with this new Marvelous Hummingbird die.




I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird from watercolor paper, then colored with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. (Fern, Bud Green & Prussian Blue).

I also die cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles from watercolor paper and added a couple of the same colors.




I used one of my favorite flower dies Hibiscus, along with the sweet Fine Cut Leaves popped up with foam adhesive.




Stamped greeting from the Sentimental Iris set with Black ink.

I love how delicate the Hummingbird is with all its intricate wings. Just another feminine card to send to a special friend.


Happy Crafting,





Sat 17

Make a Snow Bunny Panda - with Bamboo Poles and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


Bamboo Poles, Little Dragonflies - and a Snow Bunny transformed into a panda?  Why not?  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with another outside-the-box idea for you today.

The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die set creates more than bunnies...remember our puppy?  


That required a bit of imagination - but the pieces were repurposed into a friendly little pup.  Today's panda was more challenging (those eyes!) - the Clutch of Eggs die and a screw punch were perfect for that sweet, droopy expression.


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the face, muzzle, midsection and two noses (for the paws) from the felt.

Cut two 1" circles of black cardstock with the Circle Basics die for the ears.  Cut the body section, nose and paws from black cardstock. 

Cut two big eggs from the Clutch of Eggs set from black cardstock.  Punch eye circles with a screw punch.

Assemble the panda.  Smile.  Trim it to about 3-⅜" tall.  

Cut Bamboo Poles from green cardstock.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut two Little Dragonflies from Shizen Design gold glitter paper.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of textured green cardstock.


Hope you enjoyed creating a panda - and finding more ways to use your Memory Box dies!  Pandas are my second-favorite animal, after dogs.  We have two cocker spaniels - but no pandas.

Enjoy the long weekend if you have a holiday on Presidents Day.  If you're in the Seattle area and need a few birthday card ideas -  join us for another CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on February 19th.  Six colorful cards that may seem complicated - but are super-easy and quick.  

Thanks for stopping by...





Fri 16

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Hello Friends! Today I pulled out some of my Zig Clean Color brush pens out and did a little watercoloring. Let's make a card!


First, I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird out of watercolor paper. I cut a few to work on at the same time since each one turns out a little bit different. To color with these markers I took the marker directly to the paper in a small area and then came in with a water brush to blend the color out. I repeated this with each color I added, making sure to allow a little time to dry in between layers of color.


I kept adding and blending until I got it to how I wanted it. Be careful with the thinner lines like the wings and the tail, adding too much marker and water will tear them.


To create the card I glued a piece of white that I stamped with a sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary set and I cut with one of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies and glued it to a Key Lime note card that matched my hummingbird. I finished it all of with a black gem for the eye and some green gems for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get a chance to make something fun!




Thu 15

Happy Day
by Sharon Harnist

Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies!  They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card!

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For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die:

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I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it.  I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock.  Then I popped the heart up with foam tape over a 5.25" x 4" white cardstock panel that had the Heart Rays die cut into it and sentiment also gold heat embossed.  The background panel was placed onto a gold metallic card base -- I love how the base peeks through the tiny die cut hearts!

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I really like the simple elegance of this monochromatic gold metallic color scheme, but you could easily change up the colors of the cardstock and/or heat embossing (or stamp in a colored ink), to greatly change the feel of this card!  What colors would you use?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

- Sharonsig