273 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"


Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto



Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.


Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  


Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.


Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

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




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Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Stitched Heart Layers and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto


A quick pruning trims the Tall Poppy Left Corner into a set of blossoms to adorn a Stitched Heart Layer for a simple friendship or Valentine card.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another design combining some of my favorite products from different releases.  


I recently re-discovered my Stitched Country Borders set of 5 great, versatile dies.  The small scalloped border is used  to visually balance the Stitched Heart and create the illusion of a grassy border.  Deep thinking here!

Don't you just love it when we're able to mix and match and get the most from our Memory Box and Open Studio designs?

Cut Tall Left Poppy Corner from green cardstock and lay it on white cardstock.  Place the largest Stitched Heart Layer over it to determine where to trim it.  

Cut the two flowers and the bud from pink cardstock.  Cut the remaining flower from pink glittered craft foam.  Trim the stems and attach the three pink cardstock pieces.  Diecut the heart around the poppies.  Add tiny dots of glue to secure the bottom of the stems.  Attach the craft foam heart.

Run the small scalloped Country Stitches Border through the machine twice to cut a 4-½" long border.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons Electric Pink  and  emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


It may be a bit too cold to be out gardening...but that won't stop us from trimming our favorite diecuts to create cards for the special people in our lives!  

Thanks for stopping by...







Wed 25

Friendship From the Heart
by Lindsay


I am so glad you are joining me today! I am truly a stamper at heart, and when Memory Box comes out with a new stamp set, I get excited! Combine stamps with dies, and it's a match made in heaven! The So Many Things To Love stamp set, and matching dies are just the perfect combination for a clean and simple design!


I started with a white panel of card stock, and die cut the large heart from its center. I placed it temporarily onto my white card base, and made a few marks, removed the panel, and stamped the coordinating heart/flower image. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers, and added light blue shading to the inside of the heart.


For the panel, I took a light blue ink, and sponged it onto the edges. I stamped a sentiment, also from the set, and then adhered the panel to my card front with a generous amount of foam tape. I finished it with a few sequins!


I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create with your coordinating stamp and die sets! Which Memory Box sets are your favorite? I would love to know!



Wed 18

So Many Things To Love
by Lindsay


I hope you are having a great week so far! I have a fun card to share with you, using some of the latest release. It's all love, and hearts, along with flowers, too! I always look forward to the Valentine's Releases, because there are so many fabulous heart designs! For my card today, I chose the Heart Wave die, using the inlaid die cut technique.

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You know I am a fan of techniques, and the inlaid is one of my favorites. I am being totally honest when I say, it took awhile. So, if you have plenty of time, this is for you! To begin, I created a side fold note card with white card stock, and ran the Heart Wave die across the front. I then die cut different colors of pinks, and reds, and saved the hearts. I also cut gold card stock, and saved the outline image, along with several hearts. 


Once my pieces were cut, I placed a piece of paper behind the open area on my card base, covering it with adhesive. I then laid the gold outline in, along with my colored hearts. Once all of the pieces were inserted, I stamped a sentiment from the new So Many Things To Love stamp set. 


Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you give this technique a try on your next project! Have a great day!




Sat 14

So Many Things to Love About Sketch Floral
by Jean Okimoto



A glittery heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection transforms Sketch Floral into a flowery Valentine or everyday card today.   Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a super-quick card for you.  

I love being able to create unique designs from the classic dies in the Memory Box collection.  Sketch Floral is perfect as is - but tucking a glittered heart behind the delicate outlines quickly adds another dimension and extends the use of my dies.  The Rectangle Basics set of 16 dies makes it so easy to cut the perfect background for any card.  Both also semi-justify my ever-growing stash of Memory Box dies.  If you can use it more than once, it's a good thing, right?


Cut the 3" x 4-¼" rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut Sketch Floral.  Cut a heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection from pink glittered cardstock.  It's a great set of 5 hearts that  complement  the original Stitched Heart Collection of larger hearts.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear set - with Imagine Crafts Lightning Black Brilliance, then dry the ink.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of lime cardstock.  Attach the pink heart.  Insert the delicate Sketch Floral outline - offset the stem to reveal more of the lime green card behind the cutout.  Add pink sequins.


There's your card - I think it took longer to write the instructions than it did to make the card.  That's quick and easy!  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress.  There are so many great new Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - it was challenging to select my favorites for the class cards.  Thanks also to Ann, Karen and Stacey for helping everyone find or order the dies on their cards and wishlists.  

If you have the day off on Monday January 16th (or even if you don't!) - join us for GREETINGS FROM THE HEART, our first Valentine class.  We're making 6 cards, including one with a simple origami heart.  We'll also use bits from my stash - and everyone gets a packet of extras to make more class cards at home.

Thanks for stopping by.  Keep warm and safe!






Fri 13

Thinking of you
by Donna

Hello everyone!

The weather is exceptionally mild today, so it inspired me to create a spring like card.


My card today can be used for many different occasions, and the clean and simple style makes it easy to create.

I used a new die from the 2017 release, and die cut it from white cardstock, which was then adhered to a larger gray cardstock layer.  For the banner I stamped the sentiment on a strip of White cardstock and mounted that to a Sugar Plum strip of cardstock.  


I added a button, twine and some bling to finish the card!  

Thanks for stopping by today!







Thu 05

Heart Wire and the Rectangle Basics Set
by Jean Okimoto


Let the new Heart Wire be more than "just" a Valentine design - it's perfect for friendship cards too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing another idea featuring this great new die - and a chance for you to win just for commenting on this post.

Cut Heart Wire from glittered pink craft foam - leave it in the die.  


Wondering why the new Magnificient Mum Floral Blooms are shown here?  Has she gone completely over the edge?  Not yet - but I thought it was a great way to diecut a bunch of tiny random double-stick shapes from Scor-Tape  to attach the Heart Wire.  Save the adhesive-covered mum outlines too - we'll use them later.  We save everything, don't we?

The Memory Box collection of dies has many, many designs that you can use to diecut adhesive pieces for your projects.  I chose the mums here because I wanted to use the outlines for another project.

Attach the sticky pieces to the hearts - and the ends.  


Use the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die to cut white cardstock.  This is another great new set of 16 dies designed to create the perfect rectangles for layering on A-2 and other cards.  Stamp the greeting - from the new So Many Things to Love set - with Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata.  Heat-set the ink.  Use a piercing tool to lightly press the adhesive-covered hearts (liners removed!) onto the rectangle.  Remove the die and press the hearts firmly onto the background.  

Wrap the two ends loosely around the edges like a heart-hug.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.  

Want to a chance to win the Heart Wire die?  Just add your comment here and you'll have a chance to add this great new design to your personal Memory Box collection.  Comment on all of our Detail Team posts during the Blog Blitz from January 2 through the 8th for many more chances to win the products our designers have chosen for you.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on January 8th.

See you at the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress on Saturday afternoon.  There are so many great new Memory Box and Poppystamps designs to chose from - I've narrowed it down to my very favorites for the 6 cards we'll be making.

Thanks for stopping by!






Sun 25



I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and are able to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. I have a very clean and simple card to share with you today, using two dies, and some ink, I created a monochromatic winter card.


Using the Arpeggio Snowflake, I cut it from typing paper. I then placed it onto a white card, and tapped on a light blue ink. I moved the stencil around the card, until I was happy with the amount. I then took a thin glue pen, and traced the inner portion of the snowflake, sprinkling on some glitter, and allowing it to dry.


White that dried, I die cut several of the Brush Stroke Peace, and layered them together. For the top layer, I sponged on more of the same blue ink, and then adhered the piece to the card front. 

If you get a chance to create this week, keep this simple design in mind! Thank you so much for stopping by!




Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto


A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!


The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.


Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!






Thu 22

Merry Christmas
by Melissa Rusk

It's hard to believe that we are only a few days away from Christmas. Today I have a quick and graphic Christmas card for you, let's get started!


I used the Circle Bump Borders set for this fun card. I die cut each size in the set in alternating colors. Then I glued them all together and placed them on the card on an angle.


I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Christmas Botanicals stamp set to finish it off. This design would work great with any colors and would be great for a birthday or thank you card.

Have a wonderful day!