52 posts categorized "Blog blitz"


Thu 22

Making Spirits Bright
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Crafty Friends~ it's day four of the blog blitz featuring the newest release from the Memory Box holiday collection.  Having fun so far?  Be sure to check in on the blog all week for more inspiration and creativity---and prizes!   

Today I'm showing off the gorgeous Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and the Adler Star Collage, my picks for this first week Outside the Box.    

Poinsettia Ornament

After die cutting the Adler Star Collage from a sky blue note card, I added a panel of watercolored paper to the inside cover allowing the mix of blues, greens and purples to show through.  The watercolors are from the handy watercolor sheets from Birch Press--found here.

I die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from both white and concord Memory Box paper then mixed-and-matched the parts between the two ornaments.  The solid Classic Ornament diecut was used as a base for all the pieces and gives stability when adhering the parts in place.  A bit of tumbled glass blue distress ink was sponged onto one poinsettia while I left the other one white---both poinsettias were pressed firmly in the center on a sponge pad to coax the petals forward before adhering the petal layers in place.

Poinsettia J Griffiths

 Emboss the sentiment onto a strip of vellum with platinum embossing powder and secure the ends around the edges of the card. Lastly, add a pretty silver cord to the top of the ornaments, wrapping over the top edge and secure on the inside.  A second panel added on the inside hides the vellum edges, watercolor paper and silver cords.

Poinsettia detail

This week was also the reveal on Simon Says Stamp for the exclusive STAMPtember stamp set designed by Memory Box and I'm happy to share this fun card featuring the Love & Laughter set: 


Join us all this week for ideas and chances to win prizes.  One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th- Friday, September 23 will be chosen at random to win a prize.  You have until Sunday, September 25 at 11:00pm EST to leave your comments.  Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, September 26.  

The lucky winner chosen from my post will receive the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament. 



Thu 22

Peace Card
by Donna

Peace card

Hi everyone!

Welcome to day 4 of the Memory Box Blog Blitz.  Today I have a Christmas card for you that features two of the new dies from the September release.  I love the delicate feel of the Enchanted Deer Collage die cut and thought the Pool cardstock worked great for a background.  For a little pop of color I decided to emboss the die cut word using gold embossing powder.


I misted the Pool cardstock with gold ink and once it dried I adhered the deer die cut to the cardstock.  Glue the word Peace to the bottom of the card front and adhere this to a white note card.  To finish the card I glued some gold sequins to the card.  

Would you like a chance to win the Brush Stroke Peace die?  Join us all this week for a chance to win prizes. One comment from each designer post from Monday, September 19th-Friday, September 25th will be chosen at random to win a prize. You have until Sunday, September 25th, at 11:00pm to leave your comments. Winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday September 26th.  

Good luck everyone and have a great day!





Wed 21

Bright Snowflake Closer and STAMPtember’s Love + Laughter
by Jean Okimoto


The new Bright Snowflake Closer pairs perfectly with Simon Says Stamp's STAMPtember exclusive Love and Laughter set today!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our September Release Blog Blitz.  It's great to be introducing you to not just one - but two - great designs this week.  

Our September Release  - and the Memory Box STAMPtember Love and Laughter set available at  Simon Says Stamp - are a great combination.  There are so many ways to combine the designs and we love sharing our ideas with you.  Let's get started on this fun interlocking snowflake card...


Cut a 5-½" x 12" piece of watercolor paper.  Score it (deeply) at 1-⅝", 3-¾", 8" and 10-⅛".  Fold and crease the paper on the 1-⅝" snd 10-⅛" scorelines.  Tape the snowflake halves securely into the 1-⅝" and 10-⅛" scorelines as shown - wiggle the dies until the long straight edges "lock" into the scorelines.  Diecut the watercolor paper.  If necessary, place a sheet of cardstock over it and run it through your machine again to cut all of the tiny details in the small snowflakes.   Carefully remove the excess cardstock.

Fold and crease the paper along the remaining scorelines to create your card.

Stamp the greetings on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Rose Bud.  Stamp the hearts with Love Letter and the snowflake with Morocco  - alongside the "love and joy."  Heat-emboss everything with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for clear, sparkly highlights. Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe inks are rich and vibrant - and great for embossing.  

Diecut the greetings with the small dies from the Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers set.  Attach the "love and joy" portion inside the card.  Attach the outside greeting with foamdots.  Add pink, orange, red and tiny clear sequins.

There are several ways to interlock the slotted snowflake halves.  I found it easiest to let both halves meet in the center, then carefully slip the loose end of one half around the other.  The slight crease that forms  where the snowflakes are attached to the edge will help lock them in place.  It's a lot easier than it sounds - you'll love the results, and it fits nicely into an A-2 envelope.  


Want a chance to win the Bright Snowflake Closer set?  Just add your comment to this post - and you could be the lucky winner!  Be sure to comment on ALL of the Design Team posts during the Blog Blitz from September 19th thru the 23rd.  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST this Sunday, September 25.


Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's JUST A THOUGHT class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Shaby - for prepping that big table and helping us fill our shopping baskets with the September Release, and a lot more.  It was a quick, refreshing detour from our holiday cards -  and now I'm ready to make more.   Are you?

Thanks for stopping by...don't forget to add your comments here and throughout the Blog Blitz for a chance to win a great prize! 




Fri 08

Harvest Thank You
by Lindsay


I am so glad you could join me today! Are you enjoying the new release projects as much as I am? I just love the new holiday stamps, dies, and stencils, and this one is no exception. Though I am nowhere near ready for Christmas or snow for that matter, I was able to get myself in the spirit of fall. Here is a look at some of the products that I used for this card. 


Bristol Smooth Card Stock is a nice soft paper, when used with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, blends the color like butter. 
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To start, I ran the Harvest Pumpkin Oval die through my die cut machine twice. Once with black card stock, and again with the Bristol. I then painted the pumpkin, and trimmed it out. I set both aside to work on the card base. 

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I used a few Distress Inks to create a gradient background, to which I flicked on some water that reacted with the ink, and pulled the color up by laying a cloth on top of it. I allowed it to dry, and then stamped a simple sentiment from the Veggie Good Set. 

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I used the other portion from my die cut to add blue ink to the edges, and adhered all of my pieces to my inked card base.

Are you interested in a chance to win the Harvest Pumpkin Oval Die? Just leave a comment, and it could be you! Thanks so much for stopping by!



Wed 06

Let it Snow
by Shelby Thomas

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Welcome back to this afternoon's post.  I hope everyone has been enjoying the fabulous new release dies and stamps and checking out the wonderful makes from the DT!!  I have a wintery themed card for you today.  On days like today when it's 90+ degrees it's hard to believe that snow and cold will arrive again.

Let it snow

The card base is 5.25 x 5.25 which shows off the wonderful Snowflake Ring.  I cut out the snowflake ring twice and snipped one of the rings so I could have the interlaced.  The background for this card was done with watercolors and some bubble wrap which created the dots you see.  The "snow" on the card was done with UTEE heated from the backside so all of the embossing powder didn't fly all over my desk.  I used a  stipple brush and white acrylic paint to lightened up the edges of the panel.

And finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set in blue stazon ink.

For a chance to win the Snowflake Ring, leave a comment to be entered into the random drawing.  Good luck to everyone and don't forget to come back and visit tomorrow to see more more wonderful inspiration and another chance to win!!




Tue 05

Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto


Making Spirits Bright - really bright - is the theme of tonight's Blog Blitz card!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, introducing the great trees and snowflakes of my new favorite Christmas stamp and die combo.  

View our 2016 Holiday Collection video - and pick your favorite new holiday die, stamp or stencil design.  Leave a comment here telling us what you like best - yes, it's a tough choice, with so many great new products!

We'll have a random selection prizewinner from each blitz post.   The prize from my post?  It's the versatile Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set. Genius Dave designed the snowflakes so they'd be great as summer flowers too...or stamp and diecut them for the  perfect centers to adorn plush felt flowers and succulents!  I'll share a blossom card featuring them that way later in the month. 

Back to Christmas cards...

Stamp the trees on white cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime, Coral, Jade and Lavender and dry the inks.  I didn't even mask them - but that's optional.  Stamp the tree overlay with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder - I used a stamp positioner, but I'll bet you can do it freehand.  Trim the winter scene with the Stitched Oval Layer.

Stamp and emboss the snowflakes and diecut them.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") turquoise card - use foamdots for the snowflakes.  Add a trio of clear iridescent sequins.



SPECIAL THANKS too - to everyone who took yesterday's Summer Blitz class at Impress.  I appreciate it!  Thanks Ann and Shari for opening the store on the 4th of July for everyone to take the class -  get a headstart on selecting their Memory Box and Poppystamps holiday designs for the best Christmas ever.

Looking for more holiday card ideas?  Join us for the CHRISTMAS WITH MEMORY BOX class at Impress on Sunday July 10th.  We'll make 5 cards featuring the 2o16 Holiday Collection (and a few favorite classics from earlier releases).  Yes - another slider card - and sequins, glitter and felt too! 

Thanks for joining us on our blitz - enjoy the inspiration, add your comments* and have a great time.  View Laura's blitz post and the video.   You'll love her beautiful Snowflake Spectacle card, and the inspiring holiday video!  The deadline for entering your comments on each blitz post is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 10th.  Good Luck to you.

*Just a reminder about your comments...please enjoy the video, then tell us what us which of the new items featured in the video is your favorite!





Wed 01

Sweet Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto


Bumblebee Daydreams, Peerless Watercolors and giveaways from our Blog Blitz...it's a great day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, welcoming you to the midpoint of our summer blitz.  View our latest collection - and be sure to leave a comment on each designer's blog blitz post this week for a chance to win a great new stamp set.


There's a lot happening today - Laura announced the winners of our May Challenge and the details of our June Challenge.  Sherry posted another beautiful card...and I got a bit carried away with the cool, contemporary Bumblebee Daydreams Die and Stamp Sets.  I think I stamped and diecut enough flowers for another card later this month.

Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with pink, peach, orange and yellow Peerless Watercolors and dry it with a heat-tool.  Stamp the flowers with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the little bee on yellow cardstock too. Stamp and emboss the honeycomb on white cardstock.  Diecut the pieces. 

Color the interior of the bee's wings with a white pencil.  Use a glue pen to fill the area and cover it with pearlescent white glitter.  Don't tap the excess glitter off yet - leave the whole pile of it there and let the glue dry. My glued glitter theory?   Some of the glitter sinks into the glue, then some of the excess fills the gap.

Attach Scor-Tape to green vellum.  Stamp the leaves with Brilliance Graphite Black - dry it, then diecut them.  I wanted the flowers to take center-stage, and pop against the subtle vellum leaves.

Stamp the greeting onto a side-folded A-2 card of lightly-textured white cardstock.  Attach the honeycomb, leaves and flowers - the bottom pink flower is attached with foam dots.  Wondering why I didn't just stamp the honeycomb onto the card?  Not sure where I'd place it, so I wanted it to be on a separate piece so I could move it around until it found a home.  I also wanted the smooth cardstock to contrast the texture of the card.  

Attach the bee with foamdots.  Add green, pink and orange sequins.


Big THANKS to everyone who took Monday's Butterflies and Blossoms class at Impress.  Special thanks to Shari and Erin too - for prepping the classroom and finding everything we needed for our projects...and more!  See you again at the THANKS A LOT class on Sunday June 5th.  We'll be using great new products, and I'll share a few more tips, tricks and extras from my stash so you can make more class cards when you're back in your studio.

Want to win one of the new release stamp sets? Leave a comment on any of the designer posts this week for your chance to win. The more designer posts you comment on during the week, the more chances you will have to win! On Saturday, June 4th, we will draw five random winners from the comments to win the new stamp set of their choice. Good luck to you!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're enjoying our blitz as much as we love sharing our ideas with you.  Be sure to visit again tomorrow morning for Jenny Griffiths' great card - and another chance to win a new stamp set!






Wed 01

Can't Be Beet!
by Sherry Hester

It’s day three of our blog blitz showcasing the new release of adorable stamps and matching dies. My card today features the Garden Variety stamps and dies … oh what fun for summer cards!  If you’d like a chance to win a new stamp set of your choice, be sure to leave comments on any or all of the designer posts this week. Five random winners will be drawn from the comments, and you could be one of the lucky one!!

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I cut a piece of white card stock 5” x 3.75”, and splattered it with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I die cut the Honeycomb Background and snipped out a pleasing pattern of hexagons. I sponged Dried Marigold Distress Ink over the top and adhered that to the white piece as shown. I saved a few of the little hexagons and placed them randomly back into the honeycomb.  I die cut three of the beets from the set, sponged two of them with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, and one with Dried Marigold and Wild Honey Distress Inks. The leaves were sponged with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks, and I added a little highlight on each beet with a white gel pen.

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I stamped a face onto the Marigold beet, and added some Wink of Stella over the leaves, then arranged and adhered the beets as shown. The Marigold beet was popped with foam tape. I added the sentiment from the clear stamp set, then adhered the assembled piece with foam tape to the card base.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a set of your own choosing! Come back this afternoon and the rest of the week for more inspiration! Thanks for stopping by.






Thu 07

A Spring Thank You
by Lindsay

 Happy Friday, friends!

I am back again this week, sharing another Spring-like card that uses some of the newly released dies. I really wanted to use them in a creative way, so let me show you what I did with these trees!


To start, I took a panel of card stock, and applied a lovely shade of teal to it, using a circular motion. I set that aside, and die cut quite a few of the Torrance Trees dies to create a faux flower. I applied color to each die cut using Copic Markers, and when I was finished, adhered them in a flower like arrangement onto the panel. I then took the Thank You Tiles, and used the positive portion, lining them up on the panel with a ruler.


Using the Dizzy Butterflies die set, I ran it through with gold card stock, and trimmed it out, adhering it to the center of the "flower" using a foam square. I then backed the panel with more gold card stock, and adhered that to a white card base.

I am always up for looking at dies in a different light. I hope it inspired you to see what you can do with your stash! Leave me a comment below, any will do, and you could win the fabulous Thank You Tiles Dies!


Thu 07

Bold & Beautiful Thank You Card
by Jenny Griffiths

Good Morning Crafty Friends,

 Welcome to Day Four of the Memory Box Spring Blog Blitz!  Our team has shared some awesome cards and there's more to come!  Be sure to check in each day for your daily dose of inspiration.  

Today's card features the Silver Springs Butterfly and the Thank You Tiles dies.  I've watercolored the butterflies in vibrant colors so if you need a morning wake up, this should do it!  Wow, the colors really popped on the black background, don't you think?  

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Starting off,  I die cut the Sterling Springs Butterfly die from white card stock and watercolored both butterflies with my Kuretake paints.  You can use any form of watercolors you wish...Peerless, tube, cake, crayon or pencil colors.  I was careful to outline the butterfly wings, where they attach to the vertical border, with my watercolor brush to clearly define the wing shape. I also added the butterfly bodies from another die set, #99098 Leavenworth Butterfly Trio.

The Thank You Tiles are really fun to work with as you get both the positive and negative letters---so I used them both!  A T-ruler helped to align the letters vertically and horizontally.  The letters really stand out because of the black card base peeking through.   

Colorful butterflies detail 

Both of the dies featured today are "must haves" but if you would like a chance to win the Silver Springs Butterfly Die, leave a comment on this post by Sunday, April 17th at 11:59 pm EST for your chance to win. Prize winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, April 18th.  Crossing my fingers for you!

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to join in the fun everyday for more of the new release!