126 posts categorized "Birds"


Tue 06

Singing Birds, Half a Dozen Eggs and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


 The new Singing Birds - diecut from bright wool-blend felt - are more than ready for Spring.  Aren't we all?  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Easter idea - and another design featuring the pretty screen-printed handmade papers and felt in our stash.  A branch from the Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies set is the perfect, sturdy perch for the colorful birds.


Cut a pretty spring print with the 2-½" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I've used Shizen Design  screen-printed handmade  paper from Birch Press.  It's made of recycled cotton fabric scraps sourced from t-shirt factories in India.  

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pink, fuchsia and turquoise wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut three of the Singing Birds.  

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge Dies from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded natural A-2 card with the new VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Dry the ink, attach the diecuts to the card, and add pale turquoise gem stickers. 

Singing Birds is another great set for all seasons.  Imagine this design with a floral heart, circle or oval for the summer.  Shiny black birds would create a spooky Halloween card.  Red glittered or velvet birds on snowy branches would be beautiful for winter cards.  Hope the Singing Birds set is already in your Memory Box collection, or on your wishlist!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS  class at Impress on March 10th.  We'll make 5 cards and a little candy wrapper for Easter chocolates.  Pretty colors, the promise of warmer weather, flowers - and dark chocolate in cute wrappers  - so many reasons why Easter is my favorite holiday!  What's yours?

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.







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...







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,






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 25

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


Create a Valentine Tree with the Swooping Branches Deep Edge dies - then add a smiling owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies.  It's all about getting the most from your collection of Memory Box dies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another colorful Valentine design to brighten your winter day.


Cut the the branch and leaves from dark kraft and red cardstock and construct a simple tree.

Cut the Feathered Friends owl from screen printed paper - I've used a colorful striped pattern from Shizen Design.  Impress can order it for you - it's #HP1156.  Cut another owl from dark gray cardstock and attach it - slightly offset - behind the striped owl for dimension and a sliver of a shadow. 

Cut the face from natural cardstock.  Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pale peach and red felt and diecut the rosy cheeks and wing.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking thru.

Color a section of orange cardstock with a black marker for the eyes.  Cut the eyes and orange beak.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of recycled natural cardstock.  


Add some pretty accents from Birch Press Design -  pale peach sequins from the Grandma's Roses assortment and a bit of washi tape from the Sugar Tape set.  Birch Press Design is an upscale online shop featuring craft supplies, cards, kitchen and home products.  It's owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Hope the deep edge dies have earned a place in your collection - and that we've inspired you to mix and match prints, papers and fabrics on unique cards for any occasion.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Impress Valentine Open House on Saturday January 27th.  I'll be doing a Memory Box Heart Candy Box make and take from 10-11:30.  We've added another LOVE IS SWEET class that day too - from 12-1:45.  

Thanks for visiting - see you on Saturday!







Thu 04

New Distressed Heart Collage, Dibble Heart Border and Have a Heart by Jean Okimoto


The new Distressed Heart Collage, Dibble Heart Border and Have a Heart create a bold background for the happy owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a Spring 2018 Release preview Valentine card for you today.

The Distressed Heart Collage set of four cool/vintage/bold/edgy designs  creates great backgrounds - and little heart cutouts in a array of versatile sizes.  They make sweet DIY accents from glittered cardstock, mirror cardstock, felt and vellum.  This set will definitely earn a place in your stash.

Cut the Distressed Heart Collage from black cardstock.  It's not torn along the edges - that's what it's supposed to look like - I promise!  Cut gold glittered cardstock with the same Distressed Heart Collage die.  Save the outlines for another project - it's too pretty to toss.  Use three - or as many as you wish - of the sparkly heart cutouts here.

Cut the red cardstock heart with a Have a Heart die.  

Cut the Feathered Friends owl from printed paper - like this cool screenprint from Shizen Design.  Cut another owl from black cardstock to layer for dimension and bit of a shadow effect along the right and bottom edges.

Cut the face from textured natural cardstock. Cut the wing from gold glittered cardstock.

Here's an improvement of technique I shared earlier.  Stick two layers of orange cardstock together with doublestick tape to add dimension to the little pieces. The deep edge dies are great for cutting through multiple layers.  Scribble a portion of it with a black Sharpie.  Position the eyes+beak die on the cardstock so it cuts the black section just for the eyes - and the orange section for the beak.  That's a lot easier than cutting the pieces from black and orange cardstock.  It's also beats trying to color the tiny eye circles with a black marker (like I did earlier).   Live and learn!

Cut red glittered cardstock with Dibble Heart Border for that little heart on the owl.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 card (4-⅝" x 6-¼") of kraft cardstock.  No need to add sequins or gems - it's already blinged!


Hope you're enjoying this week's  preview of our Spring 2018 Release.  Hearts, borders, flowers, butterflies, bunnies, sea creatures, collages, greetings, clear stamp sets and matching dies - it's everything you'll need for Valentines, holiday gift thank-yous and spring cards.  Be sure your favorite retailer has placed their order - I know Impress has!  View them here.  I saw Jeannie busy receiving and stocking them  - and Becca was packing some for online orders too.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the first class of 2018 at Impress this Saturday.  We're starting off with LOVE IS SWEET - 6 Valentine cards featuring the new release.  Can't wait to see everyone again this weekend!

Thanks for visiting...







Tue 02

New Heart Rays and Have a Heart with the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies by Jean Okimoto


Happy New Year!  Here's a preview of our latest release...introducing the new Heart Rays and Have a Heart dies.  The Spring 2018 Release of  dies and clear stamp sets starts shipping this week and the Design Team is busy creating Valentine projects to share with you.  

Hello - Jean Okimoto here - let's start with two classic heart designs that will never go out of style.  Here they are - with a happy bird from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies.


Cut the heart from natural and red cardstock.  Cut the natural heart again with a portion of the Heart Rays die.  Layer them - slightly offset - and attach them to a side-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.

Cut the Feathered Friends bird from sage cardstock and printed paper.  Attach the printed portion to an extra layer of sage cardstock for more dimension.

Cut the wing from gold glittered cardstock.

The beak, eye and rosy cheek are on one die.  Cut them from watercolor paper.  Color them with markers.

Assemble the bird and attach it to the card - angle it so it looks like he's whistling a lovesong.  (I hope!)  Use foam dots on the tail section.

Add gold gem stickers.


The 5-piece Have a Heart set ranges from 4.5" to 1.7" tall - perfect for all of your projects.  You'll love them for heart-shaped cards and tags for weddings, anniversaries, birthday and baby cards throughout the year.  

The Heart Rays die is designed to cut cool little stitches across the width of an A-2 card - and seven hearts that are just waiting to be glittered or layered over mirror cardstock, velvet paper or vellum.  

They're just two of many versatile new designs for Valentine's Day, Spring, birthdays and any occasion that calls for a unique card that you've designed to make it an extra-special event.

Thanks for visiting - join us for Laura's great project tomorrow!












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!







Sat 02

Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies, Snowflake Ring and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Let a festive member of the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies trio brighten your holiday cards.  This cheery bird would be happy in any color combo - like pinks and reds for your favorite gal-friends.  Or "he"  would be great in greens and blues for the guys, especially those Seahawks fans.  Keep the gray background and white Snowflake Ring - just change the accent strips, circle and gem stickers.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here today, with the details behind my December Challenge inspiration card.  The Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies are great with felt, heavy handmade artpapers, cork, fabric and wood veneer strips.  I've chosen some of my favorite papers  from Shizen Design - the pretty pink/red print and embossed red floral pattern.  Bits of felt create the eye, beak and rosy cheek. 


Diecut the shapes from artpapers.  Cut the background from neutral cardstock.  Cut the facial features from black, orange and pale peach wool-blend felt backed with a layer of adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet.  The backing stabilizes the little pieces and keep adhesives from soaking through.

Cut the white Snowflake Ring and a light pink Circle Basics background to fit behind the ring.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Cut a ¾" x 5-⅝" strip of red cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape to bright pink cardstock and cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter makes anything look great - even those scary shades of cardstock and strange printed papers hiding in your stash!  It's just $4.95 for a generous supply of this wonderful stuff. 

Attach everything to a gray A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card - use foamdots for the bird.  Add red gem stickers.


Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to create unique and special cards for everyone on your Christmas list.  See you again this evening...I'll be switching from today's  big bird to tiny ornaments for tonight's card!










Tue 21

Birthday Wishes with Feathered Friends, Wrapped Circles and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


Send birthday wishes to someone a year older - but wiser - with the happy owl from the new Deep Edge Feathered Friends and Deep Edge Swooping Branches and Leaves.  This big, bright owl is framed by the new Wrapped Circles diecuts.  So many dies, so many ways to use them!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another matchup of innovative Memory Box dies and beautiful printed and embossed papers from Shizen Design.  Deep Edge dies are specially-designed for heavier, thicker materials and multiple layers of diecutting.  They're great for quilters, fabric artists and teachers who need to cut duplicates for their students.  The heavy artpapers are made from cotton fabric scraps from the t-shirt industry - but the dies cut right through with clean smooth edges, without leftover bits of threads and fibers.  


Cut two Wrapped Circles from white cardstock.  

Cut two Swooping Branches from cardboard and layer them for dimension.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to black, peach, light orange and dark orange felt.  Diecut the owl's face, eyes, beak and rosy cheeks.  (I borrowed the smaller rosy cheeks die from the birds.)   The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Assemble that sweet face - it'll make anyone smile, even on their birthday!

Cut the wing from dark orange felt and black cardstock - it's easy to cut both layers with the Deep Edge Dies.

Cut the rest of the owl from the floral print and black cardstock - again, both layers at once.

Attach the black diecuts  - slightly offset for a shadow effect - behind the wing and owl.

Cut the leaves from embossed paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the strip with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the center and top of the owl.  Add gold gem stickers.  The card's thickness will probably require extra postage - but it celebrates a special day!


Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's Asian Holiday Greetings class!  It was great to meet so many new students - and Memory Box fans - and to see my friends again.  Special thanks to Ann and Becca - for keeping us well-stocked with artpapers, washi tape and Memory Box and Poppystamps dies!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating on Thursday!  If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday the 25th  for two holiday classes at Impress.  It's MERRY AND QUICK at 10:30 - 7 quick and easy Christmas cards that don't look quick and easy.

The GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class starts at 1:30.  We're making a fold-out portfolio and filling it with 8 colorful tags.  It's a great little gift - and it can be mailed in an A-6 envelope too.   As a bonus, I've added a candy card to the class - perfect for  delivering a holiday treat to the special people on your list. Of course we'll have to sample a bit of that chocolate too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Friday!