35 posts categorized "Easter"


Thu 23

A Wildwood Collage Easter Scene
by Jean Okimoto


The new Wildwood Collage fits perfectly onto one of the Half a Dozen Eggs to create a sweet little Easter scene.  Don't you just love it when everything fits together like they were made for each other...and they were!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design for you today.

Are you old enough to remember those precious hollow "window" eggs with the little Easter scenes inside?   That's my inspiration today - let's make a snailmail-able version of those vintage pieces.  Yes, objects from my childhood are now officially "vintage."


Cut the big egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the Wildwood Collage.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through the felt.

Cut glittered cardstock eggs using the small Clutch of Eggs dies.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of lime green cardstock.


Easter's my favorite holiday.  I love the colors, flowers, bunnies and dark chocolate eggs (not necessarily in that order) that  always make it so special, and pretty.    What's your favorite holiday?

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress!  It was a chocolate-powered session - and we certainly flew through the cards and treat tote, and even ended ahead of schedule.    Thanks too - Ann and Karen - for helping us fill our baskets with all of the pretty, glittery supplies we need for Easter.

I've added a new special class from 1:00-3:00 this Saturday - it's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED.  We're making 7 cards, including a simple origami butterfly and a bunny with silkscreened artpapers.  It's time to stop saving those beautiful prints and start cutting them into accents, backgrounds and perfect squares for origami with our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  

Thanks for stopping by...



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Sun 26

Happy Easter
by Penny Ward


Hello friends.... Penny here today with a die cut frame sitting on top of paper that has been airbrushed. Easter is just around the corner...better hop to it! 

It just doesn't get any easier!!!!

Follow along with me:


Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 inch White cardstock panel. Spritz it with an eBrush and Copic markers. (This would also be beautiful with liquid sprays you might have on hand).



Die cut the Easter Eggstravagaza Frame from White cardstock. Die cut Grand Happy Easter from White and Black cardstocks.

Slightly offset the black and white "happy" and glue together. Trim away all excess cardstock. Adhere this panel to to eBrushed card base.

Adhere two tiny strips of Black cardstock across the letters and bottom of card.



Adhere the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame to top portion of card, trimming just below the eggs as shown.

eBrush the cut off section and adhere to White cardstock, trim to make a bookmark/tag.


It's a twofer with one diecut...LOVE it!


Happy Crafting,



Sun 19

a Lacy Easter
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello Memory Box fans. We hardly get one holiday over and I making cards for yet another. With Easter around the corner, I wanted to show off the new Stitched Aster Blooms die and how you can incorporate them into an Easter blessing.

Let's get started:


Cut heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half.


Die cut the top right corner with Distressed Addington Collage, then round the corner.



On watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals, then spritz with water. Let dry and die cut Stitched Aster Blooms several times and also Happy Easter Perky Script.

Adhere to card front as shown, then add sequins as desired.

Quick, simple Easter card without a lot of pastels. :)


Happy Crafting my friends,



Sat 26

Half a Dozen Eggs and Sketch Bunny Backgrounds
by Jean Okimoto


Half a Dozen Eggs topped with felt Sketch Bunny Backgrounds - what could be easier for quick Easter basket fillers?  Or maybe placecards for a special brunch or dinner!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute idea for those who celebrate Easter.  Easter is my favorite holiday - I love the pretty colors, and it's also a candy-holiday.  Two key factors when selecting a favorite holiday.

Today's project was inspired by Jenny's great card in jellybean colors.  A craving for dark chocolate was also an incentive.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to felt and diecut Sketch Bunny.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking thru.  Set them aside - don't forget to save the poufy little tails too!

Score 3"x 8.25" pieces of Memory Box Signature Patterns at 4-⅛", 4-¼" and 4-⅜".  Fold it on the 4-¼" scoreline.  Place the folded edge about ¼" above the bottom cutting edge of the egg die.   Cut the folded eggs.  Crease them along the other two scored lines.  

Signature Patterns are perfect for diecutting, backgrounds and party favors.  Used here are - Mango Distressed Dots, Key Lime Dots, Pool Dots, Squash Gingham, Bubblegum Distressed Dots and Key Lime Distressed Dots.

Attach the felt bunnies and their sweet little tails in colorful combinations for a bright pop of spring color.  You could also add some optional diecut felt flowers, leaves and names or initials - but hey, it's already Easter eve!


Fold the wider edge of the wrapper behind, then attach a Peppermint Patty egg with doublestick tape.  Punch a hole through the tops.  I used a vintage (1990's !!) handheld oval punch - but a ¼" circle works just fine.  Yes, it would be easier to punch the holes first...smile!

Tie the tops with tulle -  10-11" strips of 6" wide tulle make it easy.  Fold the ends into lengthwise layers and trim them in a deep, narrow  "V-shape."


Thanks for stopping by on this busy spring weekend...see you again next week!






Wed 23

Happy Easter Pastel Rainbow
by Lindsay

 Hello, Memory Box fans!

I hope you are having a great week so far! I have an Easter card to share with you today, as it is this weekend, hard to believe, using a simple die, and some watercolors.  

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Using the Happy Easter Egg die, I ran it through three times with white card stock, and glued them together. I set that aside and worked on watercoloring a panel in rainbow order.

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I used some basic colors, and watered them down well, adding them to my panel in thick washes. I made sure to dry each color as I went, so that they didn't run together.  

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Once it was dry, I trimmed it down, and added foam tape to the back, and adhered it to a white card base. I then adhered the layered die cut, and added a few clear sequins. 

I hope you have a restful, and meaningful Easter. Thank you so much for stopping in today! 



Wed 23

Waltham Egg Shaker Card
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! Melissa here, with a fun shaker card using the Waltham Egg die.


On the base of the card, I stamped the solid egg from the Springtime Bunnies stamp set and used a clear embossing powder to create an interesting texture on the card. The background of my shaker egg is a simple watercolor background using distress ink.


I die cut one of the eggs from the Half a Dozen Eggs set to create the window on the front of the card for the shaker. Glue the Waltham Egg on the front of the card after the shaker has been created. Add pearls and ribbon for a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!




Mon 21

Happy Easter
by Anne

It's spring!  (Hard to believe when we're expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight.)  And--it's almost Easter!  Here's a quick and easy Easter card using two dies:  HAPPY EASTER EGG no. 99342 and PETER COTTONTAIL no. 99373.


 I used two shades of green watercolors to paint a piece of watercolor paper before cutting it to fit the front of a white notecard.  I die cut the HAPPY EASTER EGG and PETER COTTONTAIL from white cardstock.  I adhered the HAPPY EASTER EGG to the watercolor panel using a glue pen.  On PETER COTTONTAIL  I added a black gem eye and used a Blush Prismacolor pencil to add a rosy cheek and to color the inside of one ear. I added the tail using a small pop-dot.  A piece of green dotted ribbon finished it off.  

 A couple more of these and I'll have all the cards I need.  Just need to address the envelopes and get them in the mail before Wednesday!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 19

Springtime Bunnies, Grosgrain Ribbons and Washi Tape
by Jean Okimoto


A trio of Springtime Bunnies - cut from flowered washi tape - is the perfect excuse for adding another roll of washi tape to your stash!  It's also a quick and easy way to design another inspiration  card for our March Blossoms and Bunnies Challenge.


 Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, having one of my rare washi tape moments.  Unbelievably,  I don't have a stash of these versatile tapes - I just bought this one at Impress and couldn't wait to use it.


Attach several strips of tape to white cardstock.  Diecut the Springtime Bunnies trio from black cardstock and save everything.  Use the negative as a template to determine where to place the die.  


Snuggle and tape the die back into the negative and diecut the bunnies - exactly where you want them - with the negative intact.  It's a lot easier and more accurate than trying to secure the die while removing the negative.

Attach the black diecuts (slightly offset) behind the tape bunnies to create a sliver of a shadow for a bit of dimension.

Cut the 4" Stitched Oval Layer from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock, then trim a section of it with the oval.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from a slightly darker shade of yellow-green cardstock - run them through the machine lengthwise for more texture.  For even more texture keep the ribbons in the dies, then dry-emboss them with embossing plates and rubber mats -  follow your machine manufacturer's directions for embossing with thin metal dies.   

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the oval.  Attach just the centers of the ribbons and let the ends "float" for dimension.  Attach orange and chartreuse sequins.


Big thanks to everyone who took last week's Simply Asian class at Impress!  I love using Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies with silkscreened papers - they cut smoothly and effortlessly through the fibers and metallic inks and create perfect highlights for simple, classic Asian designs.

Our new schedule will be out soon - see you in Tukwila!

Thanks for stopping by...






Tue 15

Happy Easter Shaker Card
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans.  Easter, for those who celebrate, is just around the corner, and I'm finally on time for a Holiday!  I've made a shaker card with the wonderful "Happy Easter" die.  I cut the "egg" out of the white panel for the main shape (negative part of the die) and then cut again on paper colored with distress inks for the positive portion of the die.


The shaker portion was created using the Fuse tool from We R Memory Keepers and then filled with various shaker elements.  I cut the Prairie grass twice for a layered look and then placed the eggs and chicks within the grass.  The paper behind the shaker element was created using distress ink refills and an acrylic block.  The distress colors were peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade and mowed lawn.  The grass was also cut from watercolor paper colored with distress inks using the refills and blocks using mowed lawn and twisted citron.


Thanks for swinging by today for a visit, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! 






Thu 10

Springtime Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs, Blooming Sketch Border and Pasture Grass
by Jean Okimoto


A chocolate Springtime Bunny stops by with an Easter wish and a watercolored egg today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another spring design and some quick tips too.  We've moved so quickly thru our January release...Easter is less than three weeks away!

Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.5" tall egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set, then paint it with Peerless Watercolors.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock.  Paint scraps of watercolor paper with pink, yellow and violet - then cut little eggs using the die from the Springtime Bunnies Set.  Attach the eggs (big and little) behind the grass.  That's a lot easier than gluing the grass to the card, then trying to glue the eggs behind the grass.

Prep a scrap of cardstock from a Mocha Notecard with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the bunny with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Springtime Bunnies Die Set.

Stamp the greeting on natural cardstock with Electric Purple Radiant Neon and emboss it with detail clear powder.  It really is purple, but the embossing turned it into a pretty pink.  Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer - then trim the excess cardstock with the inner edge of a larger rectangle.

Attach everything  to a side-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock- use foam dots for the bunny.  Add small iridescent sequins.

Here's an easy way to organize, store and use Peerless Watercolors .  Find them at Birch Press Design - a cool, upscale online collection of beautifully functional products for dining, decorating, crafting and gift-giving.  It's owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box and Poppystamps.   Their great design aesthetic is reflected at Birch Press too!


Use plastic divider boxes for storage, and as palettes - be sure they're sealed between each section so the colors won't flow into each other.  Print the names on return address labels and attach them to a rectangle of watercolor paper that's divided into sections.  

Place little blocks of the colors in each section and add a drop or two of water when you're ready to paint.  You won't waste a bit of it - whatever you don't use with stays right there in its own section.  Let it dry, and it'll be ready for your next project!

These containers come in different sizes and configurations.  I use several of them because mine have 11 sections - I would have picked something larger - but I used what I had.  If I had waited till I found the "perfect" containers, I would have forgotten what I had planned to do with them!

 I'm not usually a super-organized label-er, but this really does save time - and it's handy for on-the-go projects too.


Special thanks to everyone from last week's Springtime Greetings and Birthday Wishes classes at Impress!  Hope you liked the projects - and those yummy spring colors.  See you again at the Asia Now class on Saturday the 12th for some contemporary Asian designs using silkscreened papers, dies and easy origami.  "Easy" and "origami" are rarely used together - but it'll be easy...promise!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this evening.