1421 posts categorized "Dies"


Mon 19

Sweet Bunnies and Painted Flower Stems in Simple Garden Pots
by Anne Thompson

For a while now I've been wanting those beautiful oriental papers that Jean Okimoto uses in her posts here on Outside the Box.  And now we can all have them!  Birch Press Design is carrying a lovely selection of these gorgeous papers--25 patterns!-- on their website under the paper section with the heading "Handmade" !!!  Mine arrived recently and the cards for today feature Green Folia, Lavender Folia, and Pebble Gold papers.  AND I have a NEW die set,too--SIMPLE GARDEN POTS 99999.  There are two pots, one large and one small.  The neat thing about them is that the die cuts a slit in the rim of the pots so it's incredibly easy to tuck things into them!  

Here's the first card.


Here I tucked bunnies into the larger of the garden pots!  

  • I started with a purple notecard similar in color to the purple in the Green Folia paper.  I mounted the printed paper onto white cardstock using wide Scor-Tape.  Because this paper is similar in texture to mulberry paper, a tape runner just pulled off a thin off layer of the paper.  
  • I ran a strip of gold washi tape down the left side of the notecard.  I then added the panel to the front of the top-folded notecard.
  • I cut all of the Garden Pots from the Pebble Gold paper.  
  • I cut out three of the SWEET BUNNY 99905 images from white cardstock, taping a snippet of white cardstock with brown marker dots for eyes and pink for the nose behind each of the heads.  
  • As I tucked the bunnies into their pots, the one on the left is taped flat to the Green Folia paper, the one on the right has one layer of foam tape behind it, and the one in the center of the three has a double layer of foam adhesive.


  • I stacked up three of the small pots, tipping each one a bit, and taped them to the card front.
  • For the final large pot, I used a snippet of grass cut from a light green cardstock using the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924.  Looks like something sprouting!


For the second card, I started with the Lavender Folia paper and some silver sticky-backed glitter paper  for pots filled with silver PAINTED FLOWER STEMS 99942.


  • This side-fold card has the Lavender Folia paper on white cardstock on a light purple notecard and garden pots cut from a scrap of the same purple color notecard.
  • I cut the silver flowers apart and tucked the stems into the flower pots.  As I glued down the pots to the card front, I lined up the glittery stems on top of the purple stems in the printed paper.  The two largest flowers each got a large pot and the smallest flower is in the smaller pot.  I added purple gems to the flower centers.


I'm so happy with the way these cards turned out!  I know I'm going to enjoy growing lots of different flowers in these pots!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.


Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with waterinks.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.


The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!







Fri 16

Quick Bunny Window Card
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Friday, Memory Box fans -- Sharon Harnist with you again and today I'm sharing a Quick Bunny Easter window card!

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These adorable Quick Bunnies from the new 2018 Spring Release fit perfectly around the Grass Stitched Circle Frame!  I simply die cut a circle out of a lavender notecard about the same size as the stitched frame opening, then glued the frame on the card front.

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Of course, the bunnies needed tiny pom-poms glued on for tails, and pink noses dabbed on with Copic R20 to complete their cuteness!

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Inside the notecard, I placed the pretty Happy Easter Perky Script (die cut from Cherry Blossom notecard).  I love the dimension, looking through the grass to the inside of the card at the greeting:

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Easter weekend is only two weeks away ... are you ready?  Thanks so much for joining me today!

- Sharonsig





Thu 15

Bee Yourself
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you featuring some new products from the Memory Box Spring 2018 release.


To create this card I die cut the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame in the center of white cardstock.  Next I die cut the Sweet Honeybee and Forget Me Not Blooms from watercolor paper and painted them.  I also painted a piece of watercolor paper to place behind the die cut honeycomb circle.


I spattered the white cardstock layer, that the honeycomb was die cut from, with black paint and glued the yellow watercolored piece behind the circle.  I then glued the honeycomb circle frame into the die cut circle and glued this to a lilac cardstock layer.  Using foam tape I adhered this to a white card base. 

 I glued the flower stem to the card and then adhered the bee and flowers using foam adhesive.  To finish I glued pearls to the flower centers to add some dimension.

The sentiment I stamped with black ink in the bottom right hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Wed 14

Left Hutton Gate, Simple Chicks and Sweet Bunny by Jean Okimoto


The new Left Hutton Gate - sideways - creates a leafy setting for two Simple Chicks and the Sweet Bunny.  Add one of the Half a Dozen Eggs - cut from Lawn Fawn's Simply Plaid Spring prints - for a quick Easter card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with an outside-the-box way to use the just-released Left Hutton Gate horizontally instead of vertically, as intended.


Cut the Left Hutton Gate from light green cardstock.  

Cut two small Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of flamingo cardstock behind them for beaks.

Cut Sweet Bunny from white cardstock.  Use a black marker to scribble black dots on a scrap of flamingo cardstock and place it behind the bunny for a nose and eyes.  

Cut the second-largest egg from the Half A Dozen Eggs set from Lawn Fawn's Simply Plaid Spring paper.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A2 card of textured green cardstock.  Save some time by attaching just the straight edges of the Left Hutton Gate so you can tuck the egg and bunny behind it.  A bit of glue behind the chick twins will secure the curved edge.

Add orange gem stickers for a contrasting pop of color.


The new Left and Right Hutton Gates are actually a coordinating pair designed to be displayed vertically.  Add them to your collection for spring and summer cards - or for romantic designs for Valentines and weddings.  Scatter flowers, birds or butterflies among the lacy leaves too!


Big Thanks to everyone for taking last week's SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress - and spending a few hours indoors on that unexpected sunny and warm winter day!  It really did feel like spring had arrived.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with latest and greatest new release items, papers, VersaFine Clairs and felt for our Easter cards.

Visit Impress or their site to view their collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  

Just a note...Impress' first shipment of the new VersaFine Clairs sold out immediately - but many of the new colors have been re-stocked in time for your spring cards.  Get there quickly before they sell out again!

Thanks for stopping by...






Mon 12

Sweet Bunny Baskets with the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and half of the Cracked Up Egg
by Anne Thompson

I decided to create some Easter baskets for cards this week using the SWEET BUNNY die 99905, the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME die 99924, and the zig-zagged half of the CRACKED UP EGG die 99951.  I also used one of the ovals from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of eight dies 30069 and the HAPPY BIRTHDAY CURSIVE die 99949 for a "happy day" sentiment on  Key Lime notecards.



to make the first bunny basket card

  • Die cut the zig-zagged half of the Cracked Up Egg from Lawn Fawn plaid paper.
  • Die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame from Key Lime dot paper twice and again from a scrap of Key Lime notecard.  Glue the layers together, offsetting them a bit for showing more blades of grass.
  • Adhere the patterned half-egg on top of the grass circle, lining it up so the frame acts as a basket handle.
  • Die cut a large oval from the set of Stitched Oval Layers dies using white cardstock and adhere it to the Key Lime notecard.
  • Die cut the Sweet Bunny from off-white cardstock.  Mark a scrap of the same paper under his head where the eyes and nose are, color those spots using markers, then adhere it to the back of his head.
  • To attach the basket for some dimension, put two pop-dots or other foam adhesive in the center of the basket and tape or glue around the side and bottom edges before sticking onto the white oval layer.  This lets the basket bow out from the card front.
  • Tuck the bunny into the basket with tape or glue on his bottom half and a pop-dot behind his head.
  • Add a bow on the basket handle.
  • Die cut the Happy Birthday Cursive from more of the Key Lime dot paper.  Snip off the "day" to create the "happy day" sentiment at the top of the white oval.



The basket for this card is assembled in the same way using layers of the Key Lime dot paper.  The top half of the notecard is covered with Key Lime dot paper and the basket is adhered to a white paper doily on the notecard.


Here's a close-up of the first bunny basket:


Happy Crafting!  Remember that Easter is on April 1st this year so you still have plenty of time to create!

Anne Signature



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

New Butterfly Parade with Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Butterfly Parade - layered and glittered - is too beautiful to save for a summer card.  It's delicate and detailed - and a perfect fit for  a die from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Add the center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set and you have a card for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another March Green Challenge inspiration card today. 


Cut Butterfly Parade from white cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut three of the matching butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble die set.  Attach the butterflies - slightly offset and adhesive-side-up behind the Butterfly Parade.  

Brush glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive on the butterflies.  I've used Sugar Plum, Sour Apple and Wintermint from the Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent set.  

Attach the diecut to a 1-¼" x 4-¾" strip of textured pale green cardstock.  

Cut the butterfly centers from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set from gold glittered cardstock and attach them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on a green A-6 card with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.  

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add purple gem stickers.


Butterfly Parade would be beautiful layered over one of your watercolored backgrounds.  Or dry-emboss it for a elegant, textured tonal look...and a super-quick card when you need something in a hurry.  Add it to your special collection of Memory Box butterflies and it'll soon become a favorite go-to design.

Thanks for visiting.  See you next week - or at Impress for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class on Saturday!







Tue 06

Singing Birds, Half a Dozen Eggs and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


 The new Singing Birds - diecut from bright wool-blend felt - are more than ready for Spring.  Aren't we all?  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Easter idea - and another design featuring the pretty screen-printed handmade papers and felt in our stash.  A branch from the Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies set is the perfect, sturdy perch for the colorful birds.


Cut a pretty spring print with the 2-½" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I've used Shizen Design  screen-printed handmade  paper from Birch Press.  It's made of recycled cotton fabric scraps sourced from t-shirt factories in India.  

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pink, fuchsia and turquoise wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut three of the Singing Birds.  

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge Dies from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded natural A-2 card with the new VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Dry the ink, attach the diecuts to the card, and add pale turquoise gem stickers. 

Singing Birds is another great set for all seasons.  Imagine this design with a floral heart, circle or oval for the summer.  Shiny black birds would create a spooky Halloween card.  Red glittered or velvet birds on snowy branches would be beautiful for winter cards.  Hope the Singing Birds set is already in your Memory Box collection, or on your wishlist!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS  class at Impress on March 10th.  We'll make 5 cards and a little candy wrapper for Easter chocolates.  Pretty colors, the promise of warmer weather, flowers - and dark chocolate in cute wrappers  - so many reasons why Easter is my favorite holiday!  What's yours?

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.







Mon 05

Cracked Up Egg, Sweet Bunny, and Cheery Flower Stems
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting on cards for Easter using the CRACKED UP EGG 99951, SWEET BUNNY 99905, and CHEERY FLOWER STEMS 99947.  I have made two cards with flowers and/or bunnies tucked into the pocket created by the half shell placed on top of the egg.

Card 1:


  • Use a Key Lime notecard as the base.
  • Die cut the Cracked Up Egg from two different pieces of Lawn Fawn plaid paper.
  • Die cut a larger oval from white cardstock using one of the dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069 that is a bit larger than the egg.
  • Attach the white oval to the front of the notecard.
  • Add the plaid oval in the center of the white one.
  • Die cut the Cheery Flower Stems from a scrap of a Key Lime notecard, Key Lime Dot paper, and Squash Dot paper.  Layer the Key Lime Dot stems on top of the solid stems, offsetting them a bit.  Snip off the Squash Dot flowers and and add them on top of the others.  Place pearls in the flower centers.
  • Shorten the stems so they won't stick out below the half shell.  Glue the stems onto the plaid egg.
  • Add the half shell on top of the flowers.
  • Die cut the Sweet Bunny from white cardstock.  Add a scrap of pink and a scrap of black behind his head for the nose and eyes.  Add a tiny bow at his neck.  Pop dot the bunny onto the egg.


Card 2:


  • Die cut the Cracked Up Egg and the larger oval as for the first card.
  • Die cut three of the Sweet Bunnies and attach them to the plaid egg, one flat, and two popped up.
  • Put adhesive around the outside edge of the half shell and place it over the bunnies so it curves out a bit over them. 
  • Add a tiny bow on the half shell.


These cards would be very quick to mass produce once the die cutting was done.

These were the supplies I used:


Can't wait to try tucking other die cuts into this egg shell pocket!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature