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02/07/2018

Wed 07

Sweet and Simple - with the Heart Gift Box and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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Sweet, simple and special...a Heart Gift Box filled with a Valentine treats!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - Valentine cards are already signed, sealed and on their way,  so let's make some pretty treat boxes today.

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Cut pink, red and flamingo cardstock with the Heart Gift Box die.  It cuts, scores and adds a heart window in one quick step. 

Cut screenprinted papers - like these from Shizen Design and available at Impress - with the 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Round diecuts let you rotate the circle until you find the perfect combination of colors and patterns to fill the heart cutout.  Attach the circle behind the cutout.

Fold the box on the pre-scored lines and attach the side tabs.  Punch holes at the top, thread them with gold cord, and add the candy.  Tie a knot and curl the cord with a bone folder or the side of that green plastic burnishing tool.  

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Heart-shaped favor boxes aren't just for February 14th...they're great for engagement parties, showers, weddings, Mother's Day brunch, or just to remind someone how special they are.

Thanks for stopping by - have fun making these sweet and simple treat boxes!

See you again next week...or at the CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES afternoon class at Impress on February 10th.  

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02/03/2018

Sat 03

Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set, Have a Heart, Heart Rays and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

 

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Have a Heart - 5, to be exact - is a great matchup for the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set.  It's a practical, versatile die set you can use throughout the year.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here again, with the details behind my February Challenge inspiration card.

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I found some pretty pieces of watercolored, shimmery spritzed papers in my stash and diecut them with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Have a Heart sets to create contrasting backgrounds. 

Stamp the large Wirework Hearts design onto another piece of watercolored paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with 1.5" x 1.7" heart.

Attach the watercolored diecut rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of white textured cardstock.  Cut both the rectangle and card front with a portion of the Heart Rays die.  Save the largest Heart Rays watercolored heart.  

Attach the saved heart in the opening you'll discover (oops!) on the backside of the cardfront.  This sounds silly and complicated, but it'll be a sweet surprise when the recipient finds that watercolored heart inside the card. Really.

Attach the hearts to the card - use foam dots to add a bit of lift on the right side of the background heart.  Add pink gem stickers. 

 

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Hope you're joining the February Hearts Challenge - Memory Box has so many great heart designs for you to chose from!  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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01/31/2018

Wed 31

Wrapped Stitch Hearts, Happy Penguin and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today.  Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go!
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Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½"  Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper.  

Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black cardstock.  Color two eye dots on a scrap of orange cardstock with a black marker and attach it behind the white penguin.  Attach the additional black penguin behind the white, slightly lower for dimension.  

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut a glossy contrasting overlay for the head and flippers.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Smile Clear Stamp Set  - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Trim it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a white  A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Cut a bunch of red glittered hearts with the Dibble Heart Border die.  Attach one of the little hearts to the penguin.  Add black sequins.

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Need a more gal-ish design?  Just diecut some fuchsia, pink or peach Wrapped Stitch Hearts and add a garden print instead.  Finish it off with pastel or glittery gem stickers.  

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to make a Heart Gift Box at my Impress make and take last Saturday!  Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Love Is Sweet Valentine cards class too - and to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding those great dies and papers for all of our projects.  See you again at the CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class on February 10!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday too...

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01/27/2018

Sat 27

Stitched Circle Landscape, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames by Jean Okimoto

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There's a lot to love about the Happy Penguin, especially on a Valentine card!  The floating hearts of the Stitched Circle Landscape create a cool background with Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Spring print.  Thanks for the great papers Lawn Fawn!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Valentine idea for you.  It's just 2-½ weeks away - let's get started!

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Stitched Circle Heartscape can be used in so many ways - and it's great combined with the new Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames too.  I've used just the Heartscape's top inner portion with the Wrapped Stitch Circle Frame and inner circle.

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Cut the 3.6" Circle Frame from bright pink cardstock.  Attach the frame to a top-folded 5.5" square card.  Attach the inner circle - slightly offset and overlapping the right edge of the frame.

Cut the heart background section of Stitched Circle Landscape from the Perfectly Plaid Spring paper.  Attach it to the pink circle

Cut  Happy Penguin twice - from watercolor paper and black cardstock.  Use a marker to color two black "eye dots" on a scrap of orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the penguin.  Layer the additional black penguin behind the white penguin to add dimension.  

Cut the head and flippers section from black cardstock.  Or - as I did, from a piece of shiny black duct tape attached to a scrap of cardstock.  That gives him a glossy look - like he just emerged from a quick winter swim.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Cut Dibble Hearts Border from pink glittered cardstock.  Attach small hearts to the penguin and the background.  Accent the greeting with the bigger heart.

Add orange gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by this weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress if you're in the Seattle area today - it's their annual Valentine Open House and it begins at 10:00 AM.  Demos, make+takes, classes, samples and a day of creative inspiration!  Stop by for my Memory Box candy box make+take - and join us for another Love Is Sweet class at noon.

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01/25/2018

Thu 25

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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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.

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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.  

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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!

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01/24/2018

Wed 24

Rolling Wave Collage, Sweet Seal and Heart Rays by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the new Rolling Wave Collage and Sweet Seal for a simple Valentine design.  Add a trio of glittery hearts with the Heart Rays die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here today - with a quick project for Valentines of any age.

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Cut a Pool Notecard with the Rolling Wave Collage.  Stamp the greeting from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set  with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Memory Box Notecards - with their crisp white interiors - create the ideal background contrast our the collage dies.  Try re-folding the card with the white side out for an entirely different look.  

Cut Sweet Seal twice from gray cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the cutouts for his face.  Attach the seal over the waves.  Attach the second seal behind the waves to create a nice finished look on the interior of the card.

Diecut Heart Rays from red glittered cardstock.  Attach the large heart on the card front.  Attach two smaller hearts inside the card.  You'll have just enough space to write or stamp a sweet message inside the card.  No pressure to write a long loveletter!

Memory Box Collage Dies are great when you want a quick card with a detailed look.  Less is definitely more here - less time, more impact.

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Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!   Hope you liked the techniques, cards and candy box.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill shopping baskets with the perfect dies, papers and inks for their Valentine projects.  

If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday January 27th for the Impress Valentine Event.  Special displays, samples and demos.  Stop by for some great inspiration - I'll show you how to make and decorate a heart candy box for your sweeties.  I've also added another LOVE IS SWEET class that day - from 12:00 to 1:45.  We're making 5 Valentine cards and a special candy card too.

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow, and on Saturday.

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01/16/2018

Tue 16

Snow Bunny, Sentimental Happy Valentine’s Day and Dibble Heart Border by Jean Okimoto

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Snow Bunny - from the Deep Edge Dies Collection - gets ready for February 14th with the new Sentimental Valentine's Day greeting and some hearts from the new Dibble Heart Border.  Together they create a sweet greeting for a special child or grandchild - or anyone who likes to smile.

 Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another design featuring Valentine dies from our latest release.  Here's the same bunny that appeared as a puppy a few weeks ago - and he'll definitely be back for Easter!  

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Diecut Snow Bunny from natural cardstock.  Cut the accent pieces from printed paper, felt (rosy cheeks and tail) and cardstock (eyes and nose).  Add a sparkly red glittered cardstock heart cut with the Dibble Heart Border.  Assemble and trim the bunny so it fits on a 5-½" square card of kraft cardstock.

Attach Scor-tape behind red cardstock and cut Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day - save the apostrophe for "valentine's."  There's also a tiny dot over the "i" - but I used a glittered dot from the Dibble Dot Border for extra sparkle.  OK - confessing -it's because I lost the greeting's original dot somewhere between my Platinum machine and the card.

Gently flex the words into wonky curves and attach them to the card.  Add tiny glittered hearts from the Dibble Dot Border.

Square cards take extra postage - but this bunny is sure to make someone smile!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards and candy tote - and were inspired to try color and paper combinations of your own too.  Extra thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding all of the supplies we needed and filling those shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class on January 20th.  Create 6 cards featuring the latest release - and some classic favorites from my stash.  You know how much I  love combining products and finding new ways to use "old" dies.  I think you'll love the pretty papers, glittery accents and designs I've selected to take advantage of all of the great products Dave's designed for us.  

We've added a second LOVE IS SWEET class.  It's on the last weekend in January - details are coming soon.  Hope you can join us then if you missed the first class a few weeks ago.  We're making 6 cards, including a candy card.  Lots of glitter, pretty papers and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments during last week's Blog Blitz.  See you again next week!

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01/10/2018

Wed 10

Blog Blitz – New Sweet Seal, Heart Rays and Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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The new Heart Rays and Sweet Seal get ready to celebrate Valentine's Day - and the midpoint of our Blog Blitz.  A versatile greeting from the new Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set becomes a Valentine message with the addition of a diecut heart.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - hope this card makes you smile today!

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Cut a 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with Heart Rays.  

Cut Sweet Seal from speckled gray cardstock or a scrap of cardboard.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye and nose cutouts.  Cut another seal from black cardstock and layer it for dimension and a bit of a shadow.  Lightly sponge the edges with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Stamp the greeting on white cardstock with Lightning Black.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the large heart from Heart Rays (hidden behind the seal in the photos) from bubblegum pink cardstock.  Stamp it - at an angle to match Heart Rays -  with the "day" portion of the greeting.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (6-¼" x 4-⅝") bubblegum pink card - use foam dots to attach the greeting.  Add gold gem stickers

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Hope you're enjoying our Blog Blitz and are inspired to start creating your Valentine cards, treat wrappers and tags with the great dies and stamps from our January Release.  

Want a chance to win the Heart Rays die?  Leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, January 14th.   Be sure to stop by and comment each day through Friday, January 12th.   Designers are sharing new ideas and offering a prize each day.  Winners will be posted here on the blog on the afternoon of Monday, January 15th.  

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's LOVE IS SWEET class at Impress!  You were the first to see - and use - our latest release of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs.  Chocolate, lots of glitter, conversation and laughs made it a great day.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for filling our shopping baskets with the latest products! 

Hope to see you again on Saturday January 13th for our second Valentine class -  SO MANY HEARTS.  An origami heart, diecuts, artpapers, more glitter, Distress Oxides - and chocolate, of course.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by - don't forget to comment here, and on everyone's post from January 8th through the 12th.  Join us for Melissa's great design tomorrow.

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01/04/2018

Thu 04

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

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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!

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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...

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12/28/2017

Thu 28

Happy New Year 2018
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Memory Box Friends and Happy New Year 2018

  Another year has whizzed by and in this time, Memory Box has brought us so many fresh and exciting dies and stamps to inspire our creations.  I planned to name my favorites here but my list grew and I realized there were too many to recap...and there are so many more on the way.  Can't wait for you to see what is coming soon.   2018 is going to be a stellar year!

Looking back over my Memory Box stamps and dies I selected a few favorites --some new, some older and some in-beween.  You may just have these in your stash already so here's a suggestion to create a New Year's card...quick, it's almost here!  

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 The Pinpoint Double Frame is a two-parter.  The inner rectangle cuts out completely and will fit snugly back in place but I wanted a little black background to peek through so I ever-so-slightly trimmed the inner rectangle piece smaller.  After piecing the sentiment together to read, "wishing you a happy" I stamped it on the trimmed rectangular panel and added the gold mirror numbers 2018.  

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The white panel (minus the center) was covered with foam mounting tape for a little "lift" and adhered to the black layer.

Next, the shiny Tall Pine and Small Quite Deer silhouette were added on the right side.

I can truthfully say the most difficult part of this card was photographing it without catching my own reflection in that shiny gold paper!  (My husband was laughing at me and my acrobatics as I was photographing the card--glad I could amuse you Sweetie.)

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 Thank you for stopping by today!

 May you have a truly wonderful year-end season and look forward to 2018 with peace, hope and creativity in your heart.

 Jennysig

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