305 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Sat 10

Happy Spring
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Spring, Friends!  The Spring rainy season has been here and now green is popping up everywhere ... I love it!  To celebrate, I thought these adorable Spring Bunnies would be appropriate!

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Aren't those bunnies adorable?!!  I stamped them in Memento Gray Flannel ink, then colored them with Copic T0, T1, T2, and gave them rosy cheeks and pink ears with Copic R00 and R20.  Next, I die cut Blossom Circle from a green alcohol ink background paper I created with Copic Various Ink Refills and glued it in place around the bunnies.  Next, I used Broadsworth Floral Border to cut the card front right edge of my white top-folding card base.  Then I glued a strip of pink alcohol ink background paper to the inside of the card, to make the delicate die cut edge pop.

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To finish the card, I stamped the "happy spring" sentiment from the Spring Bunnies stamp set with Memento Rose Bud ink.

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I hope you are enjoying a nice Spring weekend wherever you are!

- Sharonsig






Wed 07

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



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.


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.  


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.  








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.





Sat 23

Merry, Light and Bright…Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Starlight Snowflake Collage and Piccolo Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto



The Tisdale Snowflake Collage and Starlight Snowflake Collage dies are perfect for super-fast projects on this eve of Christmas eve.  Simple vellum candle sleeves take just a few minutes and add another reason to have these beautiful contemporary dies in your personal Memory Box Collection.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight with a quick project for your dining table, mantle or windowsill.  


Cut a sheet of white vellum sized to fit around big and little battery-operated candles with a ½" overlap.  Diecut the large piece three times with the Tisdale Snowflake Collage placed slightly diagonally.  Cut the three  uncut areas with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candle.

Oops...you'll probably notice that the curvature of the candle pushes the center portion of one of the large Tisdale snowflakes out like little spikes.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of white vellum and cut the smallest Piccolo Snowflake three times.   Carefully attach these self-adhesive Piccolo snowflakes over the center of the defiant Tisdale snowflake points to secure the little pieces.  They're the center top and bottom snowflakes in the picture above.  The delicate Piccolo snowflake not only controls the little pokies - it also adds a bit of dimension to the collage.

Cut the small strips of vellum with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candles.

That's it...done!


Thanks very much for stopping by on this busy weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress during the holidays to complete your collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  They're making room for our January Release too - so it's a good time to shop for some of the current designs on your wishlist before they go away!

Please join us again for Penny's Christmas Eve project tomorrow.

Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating on Monday!








Tue 07

Snowy Pine, Slider Grooves, Snowdrift Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Snowy Pine, Snowdrift Breeze snowflakes, Rectangle Basics and Slider Grooves team up to create a shimmery Christmas design that's also a giftcard holder.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another card designed to get the most use from your Memory Box dies.  


Giftcards are always appreciated - but slipping them into a card just doesn't seem special enough.  Slider Grooves will diecut a cool, curvey custom tuck-in slot for the perfect presentation.  Now isn't that better?

Cut pearlescent graphite cardstock to 6-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 4-5/8"  and 9-1/4" to create an inside pocket.  Diecut a Slider Groove slot near the left edge of the narrow bottom panel.  Fold it up and attach the sides to the card.  Attach a gluedot on a blank area on the back of  the giftcard to secure it.  

Cut Snowy Pine from silver glitter cardstock.  

Cut pear cardstock with the 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut a strip of red cardstock.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper and remove the snowflakes.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pear cardstock with Candied Apple Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-1/4"Rectangle Basics die.

Assemble the card and add red gem stickers.


Everyone loves a giftcard  from their favorite store - receiving it in your special card makes it even better.  Of course you can use Slider Grooves to make slider cards too!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS  class at Impress! Hope you liked the simplicity of the designs and the beautiful silkscreened papers cut with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for filling our shopping baskets with the latest/greatest supplies.  I've added a second class to the schedule - it's on Sunday November 19th if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  

If  Veterans Day is a holiday for you (or even if it isn't!) - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress.  We're making 7 deceptively-simple cards that don't look quick and easy - but they will be!  No origami, I promise.  

Thanks for stopping by...why not spend a few minutes making some giftcards for the holidays?  They'll  be ready when you need them in December.








Thu 02

Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto



The clean, crisp details of the Tisdale Snowflake Collage create a quick, contemporary card that's easy to mass-produce.  A quick Silvery Shimmer-stamped greeting and some sparkly sequins from Birch Press Design are all you need to finish it off.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - and yes it's just 52 days until Christmas.  Let's create a simple card that works for anyone on your list.  Try it in pale aqua, bright teal or chartreuse too!


Cut bright red cardstock with the  3.5"  x 4.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage - it's a perfect fit!  Save the delicate snowflake from the top left corner.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Silvery Shimmer Delicata.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1" x 2.25" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square card of Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress.  It's a beautiful winter-white that's perfect for stamping.

Add a trio of pretty sequins from the Birch Press Design Fairy Sparkle set.  View - and fall in love with - the entire collection of Birch Press Design Sequins.


If you're in the Seattle area, join us for this Saturday's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress.  Dies, silkscreened imported artpapers, origami and cool techniques create 6 contemporary cards reflecting the simple elegance of Japanese design.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...







Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.


Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  


Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  


Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.


If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items.  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.









Wed 30

Sentimental Iris and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


The beautiful butterflies from the Open Studio Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set just seemed right for a summer card today.  I love their cool, artsy details...they just look happy and carefree, and perfect for a simple color-splashed design.   Hello -  Jean Okimoto here tonight, with another almost-the-end-of-summer card for you.


Press inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint the pretty colors onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  


Arrange the butterflies and greeting from the Sentimental Iris set on the watercolored background.  Place the acrylic block over the arrangement and press firmly to attach the stamps to the block.  Not quite rocket-science, but it's a lot easier than trying to guess where to stamp and how to fit the images within the background.  Stamp it with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder

Lightly watercolor the butterflies with the Melon Melody inks used for the background.

Cut strips of yellow and green cardstock with the long edges of the 4" tall and 4-3/4" tall Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies.  The dies add the right amount of texture and interest without competing with the butterflies.  Just another reason to add the versatile Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to your stash!

Attach the diecuts to a Key Lime Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.


Can't wait to see everyone at the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAYS class at Impress this weekend!  We're adding  6 more Christmas designs to the holiday card stash - lots of diecuts, layering, techniques, glitter and pretty colors!  New fall and winter items keep arriving at Impress  -  everything you need/want/wish for!  View their great collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps here.

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening...




Fri 25

Let it Snow
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you featuring a few new dies from the 2017 Holiday release.

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To make this card I die cut the Snowflake Swell from white cardstock and adhered it to kraft cardstock using foam adhesive.  I sponged white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and die cut the words Let it Snow, and glued them to the card front.

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Then I glued the card front to a white card base.  To finish the card I added some bling and sequins.  That's it!  I told you it was quick and easy.

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Thanks for stopping by today and  have a great weekend!






Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  


Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.


Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.


Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.



If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!