120 posts categorized "Fall"


Wed 20

Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto


Meet the new Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise (as the full moon here) - from our newest Halloween Collection!  Also used - but mostly hidden, is the negative portion cut with the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - welcome to the Day 3 of our Blog Blitz.  

We can't wait to share our projects with you - and hope you'll be inspired to use these great new designs for some cool and colorful Halloween cards.    Join us for some spooky creativity - and a chance to win a die from each designer's post.   

Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from dark kraft cardstock and trim the ends.   Cut the bottom with the long die from the Curved Stitch Hilltops set.  

Attach Scor-Tape to white vellum and cut it with the 1-1/2" Circle Basics Die.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from half of a Persimmon Notecard.  I love this bright new addition to our notecards collection.  It almost glows - it's sure to be noticed!

Cut Whimsy Cat from black cardstock - save the eyes.  Tape the eyes back in place to create a level surface to attach the googley eyes.  Attach the googley eyes. Glue a scrap from a Persimmon Notecard behind the nose.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from Licorice Dots and textured white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Give your card a few shakes and enjoy the weird and funny expressions on Whimsy Cat's face!


Add your comment to each of our Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th thru 22nd - for a random selection chance to win a new product from our latest release.  I've chosen the great Whimsy Cat as the prize you could win from this post.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday September 24th.  Hope you're a winner!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Calendar Express class at Impress!  Would you believe we used more than 55 diecuts (I stopped counting at 55) on our calendars?  We did - and the yummy Whimsy Cat Cupcakes designed by the Tukwila team kept us going!  Impress is ready for Halloween...are you?


Taking a short break from classes - and I'll see everyone again at BOO! class on October 14th.  We'll make 5 cards and a bright little treat wrapper for your favorite tricksters.   

Thanks for stopping by - Donna's posting another of her great designs this afternoon.  Be sure to comment on her post too!






Mon 04

Embossed Leaf Collage Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature the LEAF COLLAGE die 99800, both as an embossed image on a card front and as die cuts adhered on top of the embossing.  I had never tried embossing a regular die until I had this idea today.  Easy Peasy!

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I followed the directions with my Big Shot for embossing with a metal stencil, using a piece of red plumbers rubber since I didn't have a silicone rubber mat.  This is my sandwich from the bottom up:  Tab 1, plastic plate, rubber, cardstock, die face down, plastic plate.  I love the way the embossing came out, particularly when I used metallic papers as in the photo below.


 Card No. 1:  embossed Leaf Collage on gold metallic paper, die cut brown leaves adhered with popdots over the embossed image, tiny gold pearls on the leaves and in the lower right corner; this piece layered over more of the brown cardstock and aligned with the right edge of a top-fold cream notecard; black/metallic washi tape added on the left edge; three more leaves inside card and some more washi tape and stamped message from the EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL 5214:  "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" in Archival Jet Black ink.


Card No. 2:  embossed Leaf Collage on brown cardstock, die cut leaves from Mango Distressed Dots Paper; stamped "THANKFUL FOR EVERY" from Each Day is a Blessing Clear Stamp Set in VersaMark ink and gold-embossed; die cut BLESSING die 99864 from more of the Mango dots paper; four small amber gemstones; this panel adhered to a piece of Mango dots paper that covers the front of the cream top-fold notecard; more mango dots paper inside for the message.

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Card No. 3:  embossed Leaf Collage on copper metallic paper , die cut leaves from mango and red cardstocks, panel adhered to Mango Distressed Dots Paper and then onto a red side-fold notecard... IMG_0021 (1)

...more Mango dots paper inside, a red leaf, and "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.

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These will be some of the cards I send at Thanksgiving this year, and I plan to make more.  I love how the look of each one changes with the papers I select.   I have soooo much paper--more experimenting ahead!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 03

Fall is in the Air
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Have you fallen in love with the Felt movement? Wool felt makes such lovely flowers, especially with Fall colors.

Let me show you how easy this is to recreate:


Start with Kraft cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches, die cut with Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Cut another piece of Kraft and die cut with the next smallest of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.




Stamp sentiment on smaller panel from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set. 

Die cut Leaf Collage from three colors of 100% Wool Felt. Die cut Scalloped Posie from coordinating Felt. Roll flowers and secure with glue.




Wrap stamped panel with Natural Burlap String and tie bow. Adhere flowers and leaves as shown.

I love the simplicity of this card and the Felt just adds to the beauty!


Happy holiday crafting,



Sat 02

Leaf Collage
by Anne Thompson

LEAF COLLAGE die 99800 is my choice for a card perfect for this month's blog challenge: Falling for Fall Autumn Cards.  

(Sorry about the line that shows on the card front...must have scratched my camera lens.)


This is a quick and easy card!  I started with a piece of black cardstock 8 1/2" X 5 1/2" and scored it at 4 1/4" to make a top-folded A2 card.  I placed the Leaf Collage die on the card front and ran it through my Big Shot, saving the black leaves to use on the envelope and inside the card.  I went through my pre-painted watercolor papers and found one with lots of orange tones and cut it to 5 1/4" X 4" and adhered it to the inside cover of the card.  Voila!  Autumn leaves!!!  

The sparkly bits are amber-toned gems in two sizes adhered in the oval leaves as leaf veins.  

On the inside message part of the card, I added a piece of white cardstock cut 5 1/4" X 4" and glued on some of the smaller black maple leaves in opposite corners.  I added one of the black oak leaves to the envelope.

To finish the card I added three more of the amber gems to the front.


It's always fun to see what you do with the monthly challenge!  Hope you'll join in this month and create your own Falling for Fall Autumn Card.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 06

by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends....Penny here today and I was shooting for a Fall creation, but my leaves came out on the Pastel side. So I am calling this a pre-Fall card. :)

If you are loving the pale colors, then go with it, otherwise adjust your inks, gelatos for a darker shade of leaves.

Here we go:


As always...start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.


Die cut Leaf Collage two times from a piece of acetate (we are making a stencil that you can keep).


Cut White cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Using your new stencil, apply gelatos mixed with Modeling Paste. In my example I used Metallic Mint, Raspberry and Orange Soda Gelatos.

While that is drying, die cut the Leaf Collage again from Watercolor paper. Choose a few of the largest leaves and watercolor them with your favorite paints, pencils or markers.




Wrap your stenciled panel with Purple ribbon, stamp the sentiment from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Add a sheer bow and a few of the watercolor leaves.

I love how versatile the Leaf Collage is for using on a card, scrapbook or making a stencil.  L O V E !!!


Happy Crafting,



Sat 19

Stencil a Falling Maple on a Sketch Journal Background
by Jean Okimoto


Here's another design featuring the Sketch Journal Cling Stamp - with the Falling Maple Garden Stencil.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight. We have so many great dies and stamp sets in our Holiday Collections - I almost forgot about the great stencils we have too!


Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Vintage Sepia VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Mask the adjacent areas and stencil Falling Maple diagonally across the stamped background with Brilliance Rocket Red, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Olive.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Cut dark orange cardstock with the same die.  Attach the rectangle and orange frame to a top-folded 5-½" square card of dark kraft cardstock.  


Cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from dark orange cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Flip it over and attach strips of ¼" wide Scor-Tape along the bottom and near the tops of the "l," "b," and "t."  Run the tape-covered diecut through the machine again to cut the tape.  Seeing the cutting lines lets you attach the tape just where you really need it - and the self-adhesive greeting is  easier to work with when the entire piece isn't sticky.  Another tip!

Cut the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer from green cardstock and attach the greeting.

Attach the greeting strip to the card with foam dots.  Add green sequins.


Thanks for stopping by again - hope this inspires you to re-discover stenciling and include it in your repertoire of cardmaking techniques.  See you again on Wednesday.  Penny's sharing a great project with you tomorrow!





Sat 19

Lovely Oak, Sketch Journal, Grosgrain Ribbons and Stitched Rectangle Layers,
by Jean Okimoto


Sketch Journal - rotated 90 degrees - creates a backdrop for the Lovely Oak garden stencil on a fall card I'd like to share today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an inky, spritzed, stenciled card for any autumn occasion.


Spritz watercolor paper with water and paint a light background with fall shades of Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.  Stamp Sketch Journal with Imagine Crafts Olympia Green VersaFine.  The dark green ink blends with the orangey background and creates a soft image that's more subtle than it it was stamped in black.  

Place the leaves over the branches and mask the adjacent areas with Post-It notes - I love the super sticky full-adhesive version that my friend Donna Mikasa shared with me.  It makes life so much easier...thanks Donna!  Sponge the leaves over the stamped branches with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold, Pearlescent Olive and Rocket Red.  Dry the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Not exactly rocket-science, but here's a tip...if you're not sure which die size to use when trimming something, start with the larger size first.  You can always re-cut it with a smaller die if it doesn't look right.  That's what I did here.

Spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and dry the ink.

Cut two of the widest Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.  Another tip  - run the die through the machine lengthwise for best results.   For extra texture, leave each diecut in the die and dry-emboss it using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Trim the ribbons to 4-⅝" and 5".

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of dark orange cardstock.  Add copper sequins.


Very special thanks to everyone from my classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a busy day - especially for those who took both classes - and for Ann, Shari and Becca who helped us fill our shopping baskets.  See you again in the Merry and Quick speedy Christmas cards class next weekend - on November 26th!

Thanks for stopping by on this busy fall weekend...






Mon 07

Drifting Oak Leaves and Lovely Oak Thank You Notes
by Anne

At Thanksgiving, I usually send out thank you notes to friends and relatives, sort of  "thank you for being you" cards.  I made three cards to share in this post.  Here are the materials I used for the first two cards:


I began with the DRIFTING OAK LEAVES cling stamp CS2217J stamped on white cardstock with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink for the background, cut and mounted on a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I added a bouquet of oak leaves using the LOVELY OAK stencil 88607--I inked several leaves with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks and then fussy-cut them out.  And I used two of the thank yous from the THANK YOU die set.

 Finished cards:



For the third card, I stenciled the Lovely Oak on white cardstock again using the Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks, stenciling extra leaves to cut out for an oak leaf bouquet.


Oak leaf bouquet, popped up with dimensional foam dots:


 The last thing I added to each card was a twine bow (and a few sequins on the first two).  These were fun cards to make combining a stamp, dies, and a stencil.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 05

Stenciled Felt Plump Pumpkin, Sketch Journal and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


Halloween came very quickly and was gone in a flash - but now it's time to upcycle our Plush Pumpkin and Happy Halloween Channel dies on a fall card.  It's a versatile design - for Thanksgiving, birthdays, thank yous or just to say Hello.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here this weekend...we're stenciling on felt today instead of dry-embossing to add dimension.


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to orange, moss green and yellow-orange felt stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from soaking through. Cut Plush Pumpkin from the orange felt. Leave it in the die and pounce (don't "scrub")  it with Imagine Crafts Morocco Memento Luxe to add dimension. Remove it from the die and gently heat-set the ink.


Cut Grape Vine from moss green felt - and an extra leaf from yellow-orange felt. Cut two of the pumpkins - from the Happy Halloween Channel set - from orange felt.

Now cut the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings from natural cardstock. Begin with the 3-¾" x 5 die - save the delicate frame. Cut the inner rectangle with the 3-¼" x 4-½" die and save the frame again. Save the inner rectangle for another project - it'll be easier to stamp the background on a larger piece of cardstock and trim it.

Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor - the perfect combo and sequence of great fall colors!  Trim it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" die.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured natural cardstock. Add bronze, green and copper sequins.


If you're in the Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress tomorrow - I'll bring my recent cards so you can see how cool and realistic the stenciled plush Plump Pumpkin looks in real life!   Thanks for visiting today - enjoy your weekend... 




Fri 04

Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Grape Vine, Stitched Celebrate Circle, Wine Glasses and Bottle
by Jean Okimoto


Frame a fall greeting with the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to celebrate the season with the Grape Vine and Wine Glasses and Bottle dies.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design composed of layered diecuts and inks.


My Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die set - from the September Release - isn't getting any rest right now.  It's become one of my go-tos for Design Team and class cards.  Each of the 8 dies will cut a rectangle and a delicate stitched frame that are perfectly proportioned for layering onto A-2, A-6 and A-7 cards.  Use the frame with its matching rectangle - as shown here - or mix and match the frames and rectangles for an artsy, collage-y look.

Cut Grape Vine from watercolor paper.  Ink the diecut with Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata, VersaFine Habanero, and Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, Olive and Thyme.  Gently heat-set the layered inks.

Cut Stitched Celebrate Circle from beige cardstock.  

Attach gold glitter tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut Wine Glasses and Bottle.

Cut the 4-½" x 3-¼" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from natural cardstock.  

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured natural cardstock - use foam dots for the wine bottle.  Add copper and small green sequins. MemoryBoxStitchedRectangleTrimmings-MemoryBoxGrapeVine-MemoryBoxStitchedCelebrateCircle-MemoryBoxWineGlassesAndBottle-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts

Coordinated layers and delicate frames create a subtle backdrop for any composition.   They don't compete against key design elements - and it's OK if they're wonky and offset!  Try a Stitched Rectangle Trimming on your next card - I think you'll love how it enhances your design.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress on Saturday. We're using several items from Memory Box and Poppystamps on simple, festive cards sure to be appreciated by everyone on your list.  

Thanks for stopping by...