104 posts categorized "Birds"


Sun 09

Birds Eye View
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. I just can't get enough of this new Ocean themed release. I mean really....look at these birds! I live in Florida, I see these birds daily out my back door.

Truth be told the Sandhill Crane (lower right on card) are very noisy and I could do without those!  :)


Let me show you how I put this together:


Start with White cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Blend all around with Evergreen Bough Distress ink, flick water and let dry.

Die cut with Underwater Collage.

Adhere a small scrap of cardstock inked with Tumbled Glass to back of opening.



To make the top layer, trim white cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches, blend with Peacock Feathers Distress ink, flick water across panel and let dry.

Die cut this panel with Underwater Collage also, but give the die a 180 degree turn. Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Die cut Flying Gulls and Elegant Shorebirds from White cardstock and adhere as shown. 




Finally, die cut Lavender Bunch, Seaweed Ribbons and Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves from White cardstock. Color as desired and adhere to card front. As you can tell, I had to get a little glitz on this card, so I added some glitter to the "wave".

Add Glossy Accents drops around the card and let dry.


Happy Crafting,




Thu 15

Hope and Love
by Sherry Hester

Good morning everyone! I have a quick and easy card for you today featuring the Snowflake Bird die.

Hope and Love - 1

I embossed a 2" piece of gray card stock and adhered it to the white card base about 1/4" from the left side. I die cut the Snowflake bird from white card stock and adhered it to the gray piece. I used the Misti tool to line up the sentiments to fit around the extended swirl, inked them with Versafine Onyx Black and stamped on the right.

Hope and Love - 2

I cut the poinsettias from red card stock, shaped and stacked them, and then adhered them to the center snowflake on the bird. I added two red birdies from the Resting Birds die set, and that finished the card. See how quick and easy? This card would be simple to duplicate if you have some last minute cards you need to get mailed out!

Hope and Love - 3

So glad you stopped by today! Have a great rest of the week and a wonderful weekend!





Thu 08

Challenge Inspiration – Wintertime Joy
by Jean Okimoto


Greet the season with a quick and easy Wintertime Joy card - just add sparkly glittered Resting Birds and golden Honeycomb Background accents for an extra splash of cheer.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with the quick details behind my December Marvelous Metallics Challenge inspiration design.

Glittery, shimmery, shiny and sparkly are the keywords right now - the more, the merrier.  Memory Box dies create great instant bling with solid shapes, intricate details and everything in between.   Diecut a stash of metallic accents for cards, layouts, planners, ornaments and table confetti.


Metallic mirror cardstock, glittered cardstock and glittered craft foam create quick, inexpensive accents.  Here are just a few of the great diecut-able products I got at Impress.  Attach ScorTape behind the specialty cardstock before cutting.  Glittered craft foam is usually thicker - diecut it first without the Scor-Tape.  Leave the diecut foam in the die, attach a layer of ScorTape, then run it through the machine again to cut the tape.  

Create a card, add sparkly, glittery and/or shiny accents and enter our December Marvelous Metallics Challenge!


Cut Wintertime Joy from watercolor paper and attach it to a Licorice Notecard.   Save the "joy" for another project.

Cut Wintertime Joy from gold mirror cardstock.  Insert the letters into the watercolor paper diecut and attach it to the card.  

Cut Resting Birds from red glittered craft foam - leave it in the die.   Attach Scor-Tape to the backside of the foam and run it through the machine to cut the tape and create self-adhesive glittered birds.

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Honeycomb Background to make self-adhesive gold hexagons.

Attach the birds and hexagons to the card...that's it!

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Tags, Trims and Giftcard Holders class at Impress - and to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping everyone fill their baskets.  

See you again on December 10th for my last class of 2017 (oops...2016!) - WINTER BLISS.  We're taking a relaxing break from holiday prep and making 6 un-holiday cards.  It's  a great time to run  through our stashes and upcycle extra papers and holiday bling  into everyday cards  for any occasion.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!










Wed 16

Peaceful Birdhouses
by Sherry Hester

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful day here in southern California, although I think a lot of us are ready for some cooler weather! My card today features the Birdhouse Trio die and the Brushstroke Peace die.

Peaceful Birdhouses - 1

I first sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink (I know, what a surprise!) through the Cressida stencil onto white card stock to create the background. I trimmed down the sides and adhered it to the card base.  I die cut the Birdhouse Trio from green card stock, and again from white. I covered the white center birdhouse with glitter, and glued it to the corresponding green one. I adhered this to one of the circles cut from the Stitched Circle Layers set. I then adhered this with mounting tape to the card front.

Peaceful Birdhouses - 2

I die cut just the branch part of the Birdhouse Trio die and snipped off the right part of the branch, tucking this piece under the bottom left of the circle, as shown. I cut one branch of the Garland Greenery set from dark green card stock, and then added it under the top right of the circle. I cut two of the Brushstroke Peace die and stacked them together for dimension. I added glitter to the top portions of the letters in a "dripping" fashion, then adhered this to the bottom of the card. Two little birdies from the Resting Birds set were cut from red card stock and added as shown with mounting tape. I thought it needed just a little more bling, so I added the sequins as shown.

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For all you southern Californians out there, I hope this card brought a little "cool" to your day! Thanks everyone for stopping by, and have a great rest of the week!




Thu 20

Spooky Airin Birds, Resting Birds and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


The Airin Bird, Airin Bird Background and Resting Birds venture down a different path for a Halloween card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - let's use some un-Halloween designs to create a card for that spooky day.  I love how versatile Memory Box dies are - and how these easily turn from sweet, pretty birds into dark creatures of the night.


Stamp Sketch Journal on light gray cardstock with Imagine Crafts Delicata Black Shimmer.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim it with the 2-½" x 3-¾"  Stitched Rectangle Trimming die.

Cut Airin Bird from dark orange cardstock.  Cut Airin Bird Background from black cardstock.  

No die for a witch hat?  Time to improvise!  Cut a small tree from the Making Spirits Bright die set from black cardstock.  Cut a"cake top" from the Time for Some Cake die set from black cardstock.  Layer the pieces to create a witchy hat for a Halloween bird - then bling it with small gold sequins.

Cut Resting Birds from black glittered craft foam.

Cut a 1" x 4-½"" strip of dark orange cardstock.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of dark gray cardstock - use foam dots for the hat.  Add more small gold sequins - and a few black ones too.


Hope you like this unusual design...and ideas for transforming favorite everyday designs into a cool, creepy card for Halloween.  

Big thanks to everyone who braved last weekend's storm warnings and joined us for the first of two Cool Winter Wishes classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Ann, Stacy and Marianne for helping everyone fill their baskets with holiday products, bling and a lot more.  


Have you seen Impress' exclusive new Memory Box die?  It'll be featured on a shimmery, glittery card I'm designing for next week.  Here's what I'll be using along with the special Fawn'd Friends die - Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Snow Burst, Delicata Celestial Copper, Peerless Watercolors Bonus Pak, and green and blue glitter cardstock.  Hope you'll have a chance to shop at (or order from) Impress so you can create along with me.

Thanks for stopping by...see you next week!







Mon 26

Mara Bird
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have a card filled with sparkle to share using the fabulous Mara Bird die.


For this card I used a glittery background paper. If you don't have a paper like this it would be easy to make one like it using some Stickles and drawing out diagonal lines. A background stamp with some glittery embossing powder would also look nice.


I die cut the Mara Bird and the Elodee Bird Background in a white card stock and glued them together and placed them on the center of the card. To finish it off, I added some gems for just a little extra sparkle.

I hope you have a great week that is filled with a little bit of sparkle!




Sat 24

Birdhouse Trio
by Melissa Rusk


Happy Saturday! Today I have another brand new die to share from the September release. The Birdhouse Trio is super cute! For this card, I used a few different size ovals from the Studio Oval Layers set in different shades of blue paper. I layered them together and glued them to a white card. 


I die cut the Birdhouse Trio die in white paper 4 times and glued them together to add dimension to the card. To finish it off, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add some sparkle to the largest oval and I drew some stitching lines with a white pen on the smallest oval. 

Have a great weekend everyone!




Tue 30

Autumn Bird
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and found some crafting time.  I had some time to experiment with some acrylic paints and embossing and voila, today's card.


On black cardstock, I stamped Drifting Oak Leaves with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used yellow acrylic paint and brushed over the cooled embossing and allowed it to dry to the touch. The cool thing is the yellow paint took on a greenish shade when paired with the black cardstock.  With a slightly damp cloth, I removed some of the paint from the embossed areas and from the black cardstock.  This technique also worked well with several different colors, but the paint needs to air dry between each coat for the best results.


I used distress paints (squeezed lemonade and dried marigold) and the marbling technique and cut out the Elodee Bird and then slightly inked over the bird with Hickory smoke distress ink to tone down the bright colors.  Adhered the Elodee Bird to the coordinating background and placed it on top of the Wild Prairie stems.

Super fun and easy technique and would look great with lots of different colors too.  Thanks for stopping by today.




Sat 30

Marvelous Pine and Marvelous Pine Snowy Branches
by Jean Okimoto


Cool off with a frosty Marvelous Pine card this weekend...it's sure to beat the heat!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another combination of designs from our Holiday 2016 Collection of dies, stamps and stencils.  I love embossing - especially embossing with glitter.


Cut Marvelous Pine from green cardstock.

Dry-emboss Marvelous Pine Snowy Branches on watercolor paper using the mats and plates recommended for your machine.  Don't remove the die - you'll be stenciling with it next.  Daub Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment ink through the openings of the die, onto the embossed sections.   

Remove the die and sprinkle the inky sections with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.  It's clear and sparkly and really highlights the snowy branches.  Heat-emboss it.  Clean the die to remove any residual ink.  Diecut the frosty layers and attach them to the green pine tree.  I didn't use the littlest layer at the top.  Attach the tree to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of watercolor paper. The branches on the left extend a tiny bit beyond the card. 

Stamp the greeting - from the new Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - with Memento Luxe Love Letter and heat-set it.  

Cut Resting Birds from red glittered craft foam.  Leave the birds in the die and place a strip of Scor-Tape across the back of the foam.  Run everything through the machine again to cut the tape and create self-adhesive birds.  Die-cutting through the craft foam and the tape might have been difficult - the second trip through the machine easily cuts right through the tape.  Attach clear sequins.


Thanks very much for stopping by - I appreciate your taking the time to visit this weekend...





Tue 12

Mara Bird
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  Isn't the new holiday release wonderful!!  Lots of goodies to be had.

I had a play last night with some acrylic paints for today's card which used the new Mara Bird die.


I pulled out some mixed media papers and various colored acrylic paints from DecoArt.  I applied white gesso first and then some magenta, white and pink acrylic in random patterns.  I used my newest fav mixed media product called weathered wood also from DecoArt on top of the paints and allowed it to dry.  Next came the light blue paint over top of the weathered wood medium which causes the top paint (the blue) to randomly crack for the appearance of weathered wood.  I used the magenta, white and pink paints for the Elodee Bird background.


I cut the Mara bird die twice and trimmed off the snowflakes and layered them with the primary die cut to add additional length and height to the snowflake branch.  The last step was adding in some Liquid Glass (glossy accents from Ranger would give the same look) all over the bird background for shine and dimension.  The sentiment was stamped with Azure Stazon (acrylic paint creates a non-porous surface) using the Frosted Christmas stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!  I hope the rest of your week is fantastic.