10 posts categorized "Encouragement"


Sat 30

Snow Bunny Becomes a Friendly Puppy On Stitched Curves by Jean Okimoto



The Deep Edge Snow Bunny die set creates a sweet bunny and - with a bit of creativity - a friendly little puppy too!  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here, on the last weekend of a very busy year.  I love using Memory Box dies in unique ways - and this may be an extreme makeover - but I think he looks quite spiffy.  Hope you agree!


Cut the head and midsection from kraft cardstock.  Cut three paws from dark kraft cardstock - one will be his mouth.

Cut his arms from dark kraft cardstock - they'll be his back paws.  Hind paws?

Cut two midsections from printed paper and fold them to form floppy ears.  I've used this great print from Shizen Designs - Impress can order it for you.  It's item #HP1172.  Love how the lines converge and curve to add dimension.

Cut the body and the angled scarf section from printed paper.  The scarf section will be a tail.

Cut the straight scarf section from red felt attached to adhesive label paper for stability.  That's his collar!

Cut eyes and a nose from black cardstock.  Cut the nose from pink cardstock for a tongue.

Assemble the bunny-turned-into-a-puppy.  Use foam dots for the ears and head

Cut two layers of Stitched Curves from textured natural cardstock.  Glue them together, then trim them with the long edge of the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Borders a bit shorter than the card create neat edges that don't look bulky.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - on a 5-½" square card of textured natural cardstock with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink and attach the pup.  Add a red glittered heart sticker and gold gem stickers.

Square and thick cards require extra postage - but I think this little guy and his kind message will brighten someone's day.  


Thanks very much for visiting our blog, for liking us on Facebook - and for all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year!  We have a huge collection of new designs coming next week and can't wait to share our ideas and designs with you.

I look forward to sharing more ideas with you here and in classes in 2018.  Here's a preview of my classes at Impress - hope to see you soon!

    Winter and Early Spring Classes at Impress in Tukwila, Washington - Phone 206 901.9101

                Love is Sweet - January 6

                So Many Hearts - January 13

                NEW from Memory Box - January 20

                Cakes, Candles and Birthday Wishes - February 10 and 19 (Presidents Day)

                Simply Asian - February 24

                Springtime Greetings - March 10

                Paper and InKollage - March 24

Hope you'll be back for Penny's great project tomorrow.  

Wishing you a safe and very Happy New Year!







Sat 27

In My Prayers
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a sweet get well card to share with you using some of the latest release from Memory Box. Let's get started!


For this card I used the Leafy Ring die and cut it from white paper. I put some green card stock behind it to make the leaves pop. I die cut the Perky Prayers die in a purple and it fits perfectly in the middle of the Leafy Ring die. I then stamped in purple a saying from the Prayers Sentiments stamp set in a coordinating purple ink. 


I glued this on to two different purple pieces of paper on my card base. For the gems I didn't have any in the right color so I used some clear gems and colored them with a purple Copic marker to make it all match. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a great weekend!




Mon 20

Possibilities...Airplane Adventures???
by Anne

The two cards I made today feature the tiny airplanes from the AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die set 99389.  Either of these cards would be just the thing to send to someone off on a summer trip or to the new graduate.


For the card on the left:


  • White notecard
  • STARLIT BREEZE die 99398 cut into the card front
  • STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from Memory Box Dot Paper and mounted at three different levels
  • AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card
  • "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black

For the second card:


  • Blue Memory Box notecard
  • 2nd largest oval from STITCHED OVAL LAYERS Die Set 30069 cut from blue distressed dots paper
  • SWIRLING STITCHES die 99315 cut into the dotty oval
  • STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from white cardstock and mounted at three different levels
  • AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card
  • "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 21

Adelaide Stem and New Beginnings
by Jean Okimoto


The delicate Adelaide Stem - like spring - seems like a symbol of new beginnings.  A double layer of it, on a watercolored background, invites a trio of Mini Butterflies to pause and stay awhile.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a simple card in some of my favorite colors.


Cut the 3" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Paint it with light, overlapping streaks of Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz it with a quick burst of water, then let the colors blend for a few seconds.  Blot it lightly with a tissue if it looks too watery.  Dry it with a heat-tool.

Load a waterbrush with a bit of diluted teal ink and tap the brush to drop a few random dots of ink over and around the watercolors.    Air-dry it.  Stamp Beginnings with VersaFine Olympia Green and emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut Adelaide Stem from mossy green and lime green cardstock.  Cut Mini Butterflies from pale aqua glitter cardstock.  Attach everything to a Violet Noteard.


Hope you like the simple design and enjoy the techniques as much as I like sharing them with you!  

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






Mon 02

Torrance Trees and Resting Birds
by Jean Okimoto


Here's an idea for May's "For the Birds"  Challenge...Resting Birds sitting in the shade of the new Torrance Trees.  These contemporary trees borrow some background color for the leaves.  They could also play well together with the Half a Dozen Eggs die set for a contrasting pop of color - just diecut some green egg-shapes and layer them behind the treetop cutouts for a simple card.  

Just planning ahead...imagine the possibilities for autumn and Halloween cards with the Torrance Trees and fall colors!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of Monday inspiration to start the new week.  Cut the Torrance Trees treetops from green cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to Kraft cardstock and cut the trunks.   


Attach adhesive label paper (or sticker sheets) to yellow, orange and aqua felt and cut Resting Birds.  

I cut the "thinking of you" -  from the Springtime Bunnies clear stamp set - into two pieces for more stamping options and versatility.  Stamp the greeting with VersaFine Habanero and emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach the trees and birds - and some little gold sequins.  That's it - one of the quickest cards I've ever made - and you'll have a bunch of extra birds for a few more cards too.  



Try the same design with purple, lavender and teal birds - and stamp your greeting with VersaFine Imperial Purple.  There are so many ways to use these great dies.  View our entire collection here.

Thanks for stopping by...have a great week!



Wed 03

Pink Inspiration with the Billow Flowers and Swirling Stitches
by Jean Okimoto


Here's some pink challenge inspiration with the Large and Small Billow Flowers and the versatile Swirling Stitches...it's quick and easy!

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with big congrats to the winners of our January Challenge!  Looking forward to seeing your Tickled Pink Challenge entries too.  Here are the directions for my Challenge inspiration card.   The featured dies and greeting  (inside the card) are from our fabulous January 2016 Release.


Paint watercolor paper with pink and peachy-pink Peerless Watercolors and let them dry.  Cut them with the Small and Large Billow Flowers - save the little circles from the centers.  Brush glue on the centers and sprinkle them with Lemon Drop Glitter from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Cut the leaves from green cardstock.  Cut the Large and Small Billow Flower Backgrounds from textured white cardstock and attach them behind the watercolored flowers.


Diecut a (folded) side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with Swirling Stitches.  Using a stamp positioner, stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Bunnies Clear Stamp Set - with Memento Luxe Rose Bud.  Emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Powder to add sparkly highlights

We usually run the unfolded card through the machine to accent just the front of the card - but I wanted to add some stitches to the inside too.  The swirls create curvy little areas for your signature.   Hope you like the idea - if not, simply unfold the card and run it through the machine, positioned so the inside of the card remains uncut.

Attach the flowers, leaves and clear pink sequins to the card - use foam dots for the small flower.  


Big thanks to everyone who took the impromptu watercolored calendar class on Sunday.  I loved seeing everyone add unique and beautiful backgrounds to each page with Kaleidacolors, Brilliance, and Peerless Watercolors.  Thanks for suggesting the class Jacky C!

See you at another So Many Hearts class at Impress on Saturday February 6th.  Good Luck with February's Tickled Pink Challenge!

Thanks very much for stopping by...





Sun 31

Hearts of Hope
by Penny


Hello Memory Box fans....Penny here today with a couple of new dies you can use for Valentine's Day and beyond. Wanting to make an encouragement card for a friend going through Breast Cancer treatments, I like how the simplicity of this card makes such a big statement. I love a card I can put together in 10 minutes (no fair counting the drying time).

Let's Make a Card:


I started with watercolor paper and started dropping a bright pink shade of Peerless Watercolors. So vibrant!!! I used the new Straight Stitches die along the edge as well as adding the same beautiful pink over the stitches to highlight them.



I embellished the card with Fancy Heart Duet watercolored with a deeper pink. A couple of Black diecut Grosgrain Ribbons and my beloved Hope in Your Heart sentiment on vellum.

I finished the card by adding the small heart over the Duet and lathered on Stardust Stickles. Texture Gems in Pearl were added to the Fancy Heart Duet, but when I came back to the craft room after everything was dry, the Gems had turned pink. Crazy....but I like it!


Who do you know that could use a card of kindness or encouragement? Take the time today to make something and send it off.

 Happy crafting,




Fri 08

Whimsical Watercoloring
by Lindsay


I am so excited about this week, because the fabulous new release is here! There are so many fun dies, and products to choose from, I personally can't chose a favorite. I also couldn't stop creating, hence my two cards today! 


For my first card, I took the lovely Starlit Breeze die, and ran it through twice on my card base. I set that aside, and worked on my watercolor piece. Once it was dry, I ran the Paintbrush Happy Die through, along with the Starlit Breeze die, saving the stars. I adhered a piece of typing paper to the back of my card front, which had a generous amount of tape runner on it, and began reinserting the stars, along with black card stock pieces that were also ran through with the die.


For the sentiment, I white heat embossed the birthday word from the Birthday Bunnies stamp set, onto black card stock, and trimmed it down to a little piece. I placed the Happy die over it, and adhered them both down to my card front.


For the next card, I took the amazing Drifting Butterfly Frame, and did a bit of slicing to it. First, though, I used my watercolors to create a blended backdrop for my butterflies to stand out against. While the watercolors were drying, I took the frame, and cut off the bottom portion, keeping one of the bigger ones for the bottom of the card.


I adhered the watercolor panel to a card base, and then the frame, added the sentiment (from Birthday Bunnies), and a few sequins. So, what are your favorites from the release? Leave a comment about what you like so far, and you could be the random winner for the Starlit Breeze die! Good luck, and thanks so much for joining me today!




Sat 25

A Blooming Poppy and Seeds of Happiness



Hi there - looking for a way to use the other section of the new Blooming Poppy Die?  We used the left side in my previous post - now we get to play with a beautiful butterfly and some glitter.  Jean Okimoto here today with a flowery summer design for you.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Blooming Poppy Die 99223
  • NEW Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die Set 30065
  • Seeds of Happiness Stamp B2054
  • Cascadia Butterfly Trio 99095

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Dye Ink Refills - Angel Pink, Dandelion
  • Brilliance Inkpads - Pearlescent Lime, Orange, Coral and Thyme - and Sunflower Yellow and Rocket Red Gold
  • Daubers

Watercolor the background with diluted Angel Pink and Dandelion inks.  Daub the diecut with Brilliance inks.  Cut the large Cascadia Butterfly from Scor-Tape.  Attach it behind the Blooming Poppy butterfly and brush glitter onto the adhesive.  

Here's a quick tip for you.  The Pinpoint Rectangle Layers add a perfect frame to any design.  Use it to cut custom-sized greeting shapes too.    Stamp the greeting and cut it with the one of the smaller dies - then trim off any excess using just one edge of a larger die.  


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's project - and other designs from our new release.

 Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening!




Tue 26

Sunrise Poppy on a Postage Stamp

Hello and welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog!

Today's card features two new dies, (Sunrise Poppy and Postage Assemblage) a sentiment from that fantastic new PoppyStamps clear stamp set Hope and Thanks, and some more of the retired Sprout 6x6 patterned paper that I've been hoarding.



Paper: retired Spruce 6x6 patterned paper (Memory Box); Stamp: Hope and Thanks (PoppyStamps); Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black (Imagine Crafts); Dies: Sunrise Poppy, Postage Assemblage (Memory Box); Accents: enamel dots (MME), ribbon (Offrey); Other: foam dimensional tape



  1. Make 4" x 5.5" cardbase.
  2. Cut panel of PP and mat of cardstock; adhere panel to mat.
  3. Wrap matted panel with ribbon and adhere on back, then adhere to card front.
  4. Die cut one postage stamp, stamp sentiment, and set aside.
  5. Die cut top poppy twice (one each from PP and cardstock). 
  6. Adhere cardstock outline of poppy to postage stamp; follow with PP interior die cuts of PP.
  7. Stamp sentiment.
  8. Adhere enamel dots.
  9. Mount postage stamp die cut using foam dimensional tape.
You can literally make this card in under ten minutes but your recipient will never guess. (Shhhh - it'll be our little secret - hee-hee!)
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!