102 posts categorized "Birthday"


Fri 24

Happy Birthday
by Donna

Good morning everybody!

I have a simple birthday card for you today featuring the Happy Birthday Elegant Script die.  By changing the background colors of card, it could be used for a female or male birthday card.

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To make this card I sponged white cardstock with Picked Raspberry and Ripe Persimmon Distress inks.  The ink was applied darkest at the top and lightest towards the bottom.  Similar to an ombre effect. I placed a stencil over the inked cardstock and sponged over the stencil with Wilted Violet Distress ink, keeping the color the darkest at the top.

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Once the ink was dry I spattered the card with white acrylic paint.  Using licorice cardstock I die cut the Happy Birthday and glued it to the prepared card front.  Adhere the card front to a licorice cardstock layer and use foam tape to glue this to a white card base.  To finish the card I embellished the front with some sequins and used a silver pen to color the stars on the die cut.

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I hope you enjoyed todays card!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!



Wed 22

Spring Forest By Lindsay

Hello, and welcome!

I have a masculine card to share with you today using a few of the Spring release! Masculine cards are sometimes challenging, but with a few choice colors, and specific dies, you can make something any man would love to receive. 


To begin, I die cut a panel of lime green card stock using the Sapling Collage die. I also die cut the front of a top folding white note card with the same die. I trimmed the green panel down, and die cut it using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames die set, adhering it to my white card using foam tape.


I stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things To Love set, using gray ink. I then die cut a few deer from an older set, called Valley Deer Trio, and inked them using brown ink. I adhered them to the card front, as well as the inside using liquid glue, as well as foam tape.


To finish it, and give it more interest, I sponged on a couple of blue shades on the inside panel of the card. 



Sun 19

by Penny Ward


Hello and welcome to the Memory Box blog. Penny here today with more goodies from the newest release. I don't know about you, but for me making "manly" cards is tough...until this newest release. So many things to be excited about!!!

Let me walk you through it:

Start with a White cardstock base and "emboss" Scalloped Stitch Trimmings using the largest and third largest of the dies.


Ink blend as shown using Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks.

For the sky ...die cut the largest Stitched Cloud Trio, then use as a mask and swipe VersaMagic Aspen Mist ink upwards leaving soft cloud formations on your card front.



Die cut Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves from White cardstock. I colored the Lighthouse by using the Collective Hearts stencil and eBrushing with a Copic marker. Small strip of Black cardstock was used behind the windows.

Wave was inked with Peacock Feathers then coated with Stardust Stickles. These were adhered to card front with foam adhesive.

Greeting from the So Many Things to Love set was stamped and heat embossed unto Vellum.

The Flying Gulls were die cut from White cardstock.


Are you loving the Ocean themed release? Which is your favorite so far?


Happy Crafting...



Thu 09

Meadow Road Oval Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

Hello, and welcome to the Blog Blitz!  Be sure to check out all of the previous posts this week.  And leave comments all week, Monday through Sunday, on our Design Team posts in order to be eligible to win prizes from the newest SPRING 2017 RELEASE FROM MEMORY BOX!!!


Today I'm sharing cards I made using the MEADOW ROAD OVAL 99746 as the focal point with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 as the sentiment.  I also used a large rectangle from the STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS SET 30086 (16 dies in this set!) and an oval from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS SET 30069. Four dies on this one card!


Have you seen Dave's video yet on his glitter inlay technique?  Scroll down to see it here on the blog posted on Saturday March 4th.  That is how I did the road on this card...I cut a piece of double-sided tape sheet to fit behind the road, sprinkled on some ultrafine brown Art Glitter, and rubbed it in.  Voila!  Lovely sparkly road!  (Glitter is on my shopping list for this week--lots of white,  little brown, and not much else in my stash; and Dave's technique has inspired me to work on my Glitter Queen status!)


To assemble the card, I used a tape runner to secure the Squash Dot Paper rectangle to the front of a Sunflower Notecard.  I then used a glue pen to put the layers of the Meadow Road Oval together, lining up the squash cardstock layer behind the Meadow Road Oval just a bit off so that some of the stitching shows on the righthand side.  The double-sided tape behind the glittery road also helps to hold those two layers together.  I used the glue pen again to add the "happy birthday" die cut sentiment.  I added a small pearl to dot the "i".  I then used the tape runner to adhere the completed oval layers to the front of the notecard.  The finishing touch?--Ribbon!  Just had to add some yellow-green sheer ribbon tied in a pretty bow since this month's challenge is to use ribbon in some way.  


I also made a card with a more masculine flair in shades of blue with a bright red "happy birthday" and a red/white-dotted ribbon. 


 Be sure to leave me a comment and you could win the MEADOW ROAD OVAL.  You have until midnight, Sunday March 12th to post your comments.  I look forward to reading what you have to say about the newest dies and about the glitter technique!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Fri 03

Happy Birthday!
by Melissa Rusk

I don't know about you, but during the Spring months I need a lot of birthday cards. So I decided to get a jump start with this floral birthday card I want to share with you today.


The Stitched Aster Corner and Stitched Aster Blooms dies are so pretty. I die cut the Stitched Aster Corner in a green paper and then die cut the Stitched Aster Blooms in a coral color. I glued them to a white background on a kraft paper card for a simple color scheme.


I am so in love with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script die, it is so beautiful. I know it's going to be one I reach for a lot. For the center of the flowers I used some gold enamel dots to add a little bit of sparkle.

Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!




Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto



A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.


I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.


Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!



Mon 13

Dad's Workshop Birthday Card
by Anne Thompson

My dad is celebrating his 94th birthday this week, so he needs a special card.  Since he is quite a creative guy who spends a lot of time in his workshop--he makes dustpans from old license plates, for example--Memory Box has the perfect carpenter tools and workshop dies!  

I started this card by doing some die cutting first.  I used more of the metallic gold paper from my stash to cut the CARPENTER TOOLS 99396, the WORKSHOP FRAME 99704, and the WORKSHOP BORDER 99699.


I also used the STUDIO SQUARE LAYERS 30021 to cut a square from some woodgrain-printed paper about the same size as the Workshop Frame.  These I layered together on the front of a black top-fold notecard made from cardstock, 5.50" X 4.25"--standard A2 size.  And I glued on the Carpenter Tools, a saw and a hammer.


I I knew I needed to add something more to the card front, so I used two of the smaller squares from the Studio Square Layers to make a frame to fit inside the Workshop Frame.  Then I cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 three times.  It took two of those using the letters d, a, and d to spell "dad" which I placed inside the gold frame inside the Workshop Frame.


Not finished yet...I still had the Workshop Border and another Happy Birthday.  Here's what I did on the inside:


I had a little red heart left from one of the valentine dies to dot the "i" and a gold Uni-ball Gel Impact gold pen for the writing.  I'm sure that Dad will be pleased.

These dies--Craftsman Tools, Workshop Frame, and Workshop Border--are perfect for those hard-to-design guy cards.  Cut from metallic paper, they are stunning.  

Happy Crafting!

 Anne Signature




Sun 12

Delicate Flower
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring and a very delicate flower. I love the simplicity of the card and how the Budding Peony stands out with its vibrant color. I saw a card layout on the CardMaker Magazine blog with the checks and flowers and just knew I had to create something like it.

Here's how it's done:


Make a White cardstock base trimmed 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Use a Black marker and color about 1/4 inch of the top edge.



Cut watercolor paper 4  x 5.50 inches. Paint gray stripes both vertical and horizontal, let dry. 

Curve the bottom left edge with scissors (I used a bread plate as a guide) then attach to card base.



On a large scrap of watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals and mist with water. In my example I used Autumn Maple Crimson, Time Travel Teal and Rusty Lantern Lime. 

Die cut this panel with Budding Peony and Sprouting Vine.

Adhere to card front as shown.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from So Many Things to Love. Trim ends and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add Ebony Black Crystal Drops as desired.


Happy Crafting my friends,




Mon 06

Dragonflies and Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

I think Laura Fulcher and I have been on the same wavelength this week since I, too, chose to highlight both the FINE TEC METALLIC WATERCOLORS from Birch Press Design and dragonflies.

I started with one of the new Chipboard notecards from Memory Box/Birch Press Design and splattered it generously with one of the lightest of the metallic paints--the center one in the photo below.


I then cut out the DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER DIE NO. 99659 and the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER die no. 99710 from black cardstock.


The next step was to cut the DAZZLING DRAGONFLY die no. 99668 from both black and copper cardstocks.


The final preparation before assembling the card was to cut the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT die no. 99684 twice also from black cardstock and glue the two layers together.

Once the paint splatter was dry and my die cuts were ready, I used a fine tip glue bottle to apply glue on the backs of the dragonfly corners and adhered them to the card front.  I assembled the black Dazzling Dragonfly and then added the copper wings on top of the black ones.  I placed the happy birthday a little off-kilter at the top of the card and used a matte black dot for the i.  I then glued on three copper sequins to pull the copper color through the design.  


I wish my photo showed the lovely metallic paint spatter better.  Those spots really shimmer in the light.  I've also added a few more copper sequins to the inside and plan to write my message in gold ink.  

Happy Crafting!


Anne Signature




Tue 31

Masculine Happy Birthday
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  Have you checked out the dies from the latest release to help with those "challenging" masculine cards?


Most of us are much more comfortable with the pretty flowers and butterflies and toss in a few sequins and life is good.  That is until we need a card for the men in our lives.  Now if they would just like all the aforementioned things...life would be good.  But alas, the men in my life don't like those pretty sparkly things so I need to create differently.

I pulled out my new Ken Oliver color bursts to create the background.  I sprinkled the dry colors onto my craft sheet and added water.  I dragged my water color paper through the mixture and then sprayed the paper more to get the colors to blend and run even more.  The edges were inked with distress inks (forest moss, black soot and gathered twigs).  Faded stencil technique creates the corners.


The sentiment was created using the die Happy Birthday upright script cut twice and layered.  The focal point is the workshop border die cut from copper metallic paper.  You can barely see in the picture, but I carried through the design to the inside of the card with the same colors of color burst crystals and the Workshop border die.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today and hopefully, you're inspired a little bit to get creating for the men in your lives!!