107 posts categorized "Frames"


Wed 28

Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Poppy Stitched Circle Frame celebrates friendship - and the approach of spring - in fresh  greens and purples.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card for a special friend.  


Cut Poppy Stitched Circle Frame from green cardstock.  Cut a yellow-green background circle with a Circle Basics die - then cut the background into concentric circles.  

Press a Kaleidacolor Riviera inkpad onto an acrylic block to create a palette of inks.  Paint watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green, teal and purple.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut the poppy section and the additional layer - from the watercolored paper. Attach the watercolored poppy over the green poppy.  Attach a scrap of cardstock behind the poppy, then attach it to the background.  The piece of cardstock gives the poppy a bit of dimension without the thickness of a foam dot.

Cut Little Dragonflies from the watercolored paper.

Stamp a top-folded white A-2 card with the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - using the new VersaFine Warm Breeze inkpad.

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


Memory Box frame diecuts look great over contrasting or matching backgrounds.  They also  create quick and easy cards when layered directly over a contrasting card front.  Mix and match them with one of the "Basics" dies for a collage-y look with minimal effort.  Suspend them on a window card for an interactive greeting.  There are so many ways to use these great designs!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you're enjoying our Asian classes - and the origami!    Special thanks also to Ann and Erin for helping everyone find the perfect stamps, inks and papers for their Spring and Easter projects.

No classes for me this weekend. It's time to  start prepping for the March 10 SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress.  We'll make 5 cards and a sweet little Easter candy holder - pretty colors, glitter and nature-inspired cards to welcome the new season! 

Thanks for stopping by...









Sat 27

Stitched Circle Landscape, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames by Jean Okimoto


There's a lot to love about the Happy Penguin, especially on a Valentine card!  The floating hearts of the Stitched Circle Landscape create a cool background with Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Spring print.  Thanks for the great papers Lawn Fawn!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Valentine idea for you.  It's just 2-½ weeks away - let's get started!


Stitched Circle Heartscape can be used in so many ways - and it's great combined with the new Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames too.  I've used just the Heartscape's top inner portion with the Wrapped Stitch Circle Frame and inner circle.


Cut the 3.6" Circle Frame from bright pink cardstock.  Attach the frame to a top-folded 5.5" square card.  Attach the inner circle - slightly offset and overlapping the right edge of the frame.

Cut the heart background section of Stitched Circle Landscape from the Perfectly Plaid Spring paper.  Attach it to the pink circle

Cut  Happy Penguin twice - from watercolor paper and black cardstock.  Use a marker to color two black "eye dots" on a scrap of orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the penguin.  Layer the additional black penguin behind the white penguin to add dimension.  

Cut the head and flippers section from black cardstock.  Or - as I did, from a piece of shiny black duct tape attached to a scrap of cardstock.  That gives him a glossy look - like he just emerged from a quick winter swim.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Cut Dibble Hearts Border from pink glittered cardstock.  Attach small hearts to the penguin and the background.  Accent the greeting with the bigger heart.

Add orange gem stickers.


Thanks for stopping by this weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress if you're in the Seattle area today - it's their annual Valentine Open House and it begins at 10:00 AM.  Demos, make+takes, classes, samples and a day of creative inspiration!  Stop by for my Memory Box candy box make+take - and join us for another Love Is Sweet class at noon.









Thu 28

Happy New Year 2018
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Memory Box Friends and Happy New Year 2018

  Another year has whizzed by and in this time, Memory Box has brought us so many fresh and exciting dies and stamps to inspire our creations.  I planned to name my favorites here but my list grew and I realized there were too many to recap...and there are so many more on the way.  Can't wait for you to see what is coming soon.   2018 is going to be a stellar year!

Looking back over my Memory Box stamps and dies I selected a few favorites --some new, some older and some in-beween.  You may just have these in your stash already so here's a suggestion to create a New Year's card...quick, it's almost here!  

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 The Pinpoint Double Frame is a two-parter.  The inner rectangle cuts out completely and will fit snugly back in place but I wanted a little black background to peek through so I ever-so-slightly trimmed the inner rectangle piece smaller.  After piecing the sentiment together to read, "wishing you a happy" I stamped it on the trimmed rectangular panel and added the gold mirror numbers 2018.  

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The white panel (minus the center) was covered with foam mounting tape for a little "lift" and adhered to the black layer.

Next, the shiny Tall Pine and Small Quite Deer silhouette were added on the right side.

I can truthfully say the most difficult part of this card was photographing it without catching my own reflection in that shiny gold paper!  (My husband was laughing at me and my acrobatics as I was photographing the card--glad I could amuse you Sweetie.)

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 Thank you for stopping by today!

 May you have a truly wonderful year-end season and look forward to 2018 with peace, hope and creativity in your heart.





Sat 26

Poinsettia Blooms, Pinpoint Single Frame and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto


Details, details - the new Poinsettia Blooms set includes 3 deeply-embossed blossoms, 2 centers and 2 delicate tendrils - everything you need for a classic holiday card.  The Single Pinpoint Frame highlights these details and adds a bit of dimension.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with another simple design that would work in many colors - try it in red, fuchsia or gold mirror cardstock too.


Cut one large, two medium and three small flowers from light pink mirror cardstock.  Leave the diecuts in the die each time and dry-emboss them using the rubber embossing mat and other plates required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, diecuts in the die (cutting-edge-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind chartreuse cardstock and cut two sets of the centers.  Cut two sets of tendrils from green cardstock.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle again with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Cut Pinpoint Single Frame again from green cardstock - save the delicate frame for another project, we're using just the rectangle here.


Stamp the outside greeting - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata. Stamp "FROM ALL OF US" inside the card.  Dry the ink.

I love how easy it is to mix and match portions of the greeting with a quick (but careful!) snip of detail scissors.  The Open Studio greetings stamp sets are great for creating the perfect message for your holiday cards.  Snip them apart, then combine, stack or stair-step them to greet the season.

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.


Looking for more Memory Box and Poppystamps holiday card ideas? Visit Impress at Tukwila or University Village for some great inspiration! 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by this weekend.  Penny's sharing another of her great designs tomorrow!







Thu 17

Dazzling Dragonfly, Little Dragonflies, Square Basics and Wrapped Stitch Frames
by Jean Okimoto


A Persimmon Notecard is the perfect background for a bright summer-into-fall card layered with the Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies.  This great new color is an eye-opening orange ideal for a simple design created with artpapers cut using dies from the Square Basics and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles sets.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick dragonfly card in splashy summer colors.  If you obsessively buy/collect/save/hoard beautiful artpapers - but stash them away because they're too pretty to cut into - Memory Box dies are the answer.  They cut through handmade, silkscreened, metallic, marbled and embossed papers - like these from Shizen Design - quickly and easily, producing clean edges and sharp corners.  The fibers and beautiful textures of these papers won't yield to paper punches - but our dies cut through them as easily as they slice through papers and cardstock.  


Dies save time - and minimize wasted paper.  Just use the open dies to "frame" portions of the papers to see and select what you'll be cutting.  If you're not sure which of two sizes you need to cut, cut the larger size - you can easily trim it with the smaller size if necessary.  Rectangle Basics and Wrapped Rectangle Frames are proportioned to cut perfect layers for A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 and A-7 sizes too.

Cut the floral print and embossed Shizen Design papers with Square Basics dies.  Impress at Tukwila recently started selling a select assortment of these fabulous artpapers.   I'll be using them for classes as often as I can - especially during the holidays.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  This new set of five dies is quickly becoming a favorite at Impress.  It adds so much - in a subtle way - as an accent that doesn't compete with the main elements of a design.  We love it!

Cut Dazzling Dragonflies and Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.


Just a reminder - if you're in the Seattle area, join us for the Impress Holiday Kickoff event this Saturday.  Goodie bags to the first 25 people at both stores, a 10% shopping discount, inspiring samples and displays - and Cindi, Whitney and I will be demo-ing or doing make+takes at Tukwila on Saturday morning.  View the Memory Box Collection at Impress - and bring your wishlist!

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







Mon 31

New Snowy Pine Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


The new Snowy Pine Oval, glittery Piccolo Snowflakes and gem stickers create a frosty winter scene - a cool illusion on a hot summer day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a "medium" card - not too simple, not too complicated, something in between.


Start off by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto watercolor paper.  Spritz it lightly - and from about 12" away - to blend the inks.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-3/8" tall Stitched Oval.  

Diecut Snowy Pine Oval from textured white cardstock.  

Diecut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes from pale blue glittered cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the new Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - onto a 5-1/2" square card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.



Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Maybe it was pretty easy after all!

Square cards require extra postage - but the holidays are so special, and so are the friends and relatives we create our cards for.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Thursday.




Sat 10

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Pinpoint Circle Frame
by Jean Okimoto


Let's celebrate summer with a  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies.  They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them.  Hope you agree!


Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block.  Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block and set it aside to airdry for a few minutes.  Dry it completely with a heat-tool. 

Cut it with Pinpoint Circle Frame.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop stencil plastic using the dot die from the Modern Border Trim set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4")  card of smooth white cardstock. Mask a few rows at the bottom of the stencil.  Sponge Imagine Crafts Delicata Gold Shimmer through the stencil.  Dry the ink.

Assemble the card and add light green gem stickers.


Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend.  No classes for me this weekend - I'll post another card tonight.  See you then?






Wed 24

Floral Frame Thank You Card by Lindsay


Before I begin, I just wanted to let you know that this will be my last post for Memory Box. Life has taken me in another direction, and I have found I just cannot devote the time and attention to card making like I used to do. I am so appreciative of your comments, and kindness these last two years, as I shared my projects with you. I will leave you with a clean and simple Thank you! 

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The Floral Fantasy Frame is a must have. I just had to do an inlay technique with it the moment I saw it! However, I must warn you! Proceed with plenty of time in mind. Guys, this took a ridiculous amount of time, not to mention patience, and good lighting! I began my taking four panels of white card stock, and inking them with yellow, teal, pink, and purple inks, using a sponge dauber. I then ran them through my die cut machine, using the Frame. I sat them aside, and die cut a white frame, to which I adhered it to a white card base. 

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Once the frame was adhered, I began inserting the pieces from the colored panels into the open flowers on my card base. I alternated my colors, and then added a black center to each flower. For my sentiment, I chose the Perky Thank You die, and cut it three times from black card stock, and once from white. I then layered them together, and adhered them to the center of the card. 

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To save a bit of time, and ink on your fingers, you could certainly use plain colored card stocks instead. I just preferred the soft inked look that the blending gave. Thank you so much for stopping by today. Until we meet again in card blog land, don't stop creating, and have a wonderful day!






Wed 03

A Simple Happy Birthday
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! The first few days of May have been beautiful here in southern California. Those April showers really did bring May flowers!

The card I’m sharing today was inspired in part by Jennifer McGuire’s "Stamping on the Go" video during which she used the layering dies from Birch Press Design to create some gorgeous clean and simple cards. I don’t YET have any of these dies, but they are at the top of my wish list. My card has no resemblance to hers, I admit. It simply got me thinking in the direction of the card I eventually came up with. Without further ado ...

Happy Birthday - 1

I started with a white A2 card base. I used an embossing folder from my stash on a slightly smaller piece of white card stock and adhered it directly to the base. My intention was to create a white on white background using two of the Stitched Aster Corner die, but they got lost on the embossed background. The same thing happened when I arranged them on a piece of white card stock over the embossed background.

Then I decided to use one of the frames from the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames … okay, I’m seriously addicted to this die set! One frame wasn’t enough, so I cut four just for good measure, stacked and glued them together. But even using the raised frame around with the Aster cuts on a white piece of card stock didn’t work for me. I ended up cutting a piece of light gray card stock to fit inside the frame. I arranged the two Aster die cuts on the gray piece, snipped off what was extending over the edges all around, and adhered that piece to the embossed background, then set the frame down. This allowed the flowers to stand out, and I liked it much better. By the time I was done, my craft table looked like a war zone!

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To finish, I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from yellow card stock.  I shaped one large and two small flowers, layered them together, and adhered the assembled bloom to the bottom left corner of the frame, then added black Prills to the flower center. I cut a strip of black card stock, inked the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set in Versamark, and embossed it with white embossing powder, flagged one end and adhered as shown.

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I may try another card using these same flowers or one of the other intricate flower dies. I would cut enough to stack them and cover the entire card front to create a deeply textured background, then add a colorful focal point on top. The ideas are popping! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by today!




Sun 23

Teal Greetings
by Penny Ward


Hello there Memory Box friends. I hope this card qualifies as "manly" even though it has a butterfly on it. All of a sudden I needed a bunch of masculine cards.

This one is REALLY simple to make, yet the impact from the layers looks like it took all day.


Follow along with me:




Using a whole sheet of watercolor paper, sprinkle on some Lindy's Magicals. I used Rusty Lantern Lime, Time Travel Teal, Shabby Turbine Teal and Tibetan Poppy Teal. Have you figured out yet that my favorite color is TEAL ?!?

Sprintz the watercolor paper with water and watch the magic happen. Wait for it to dry or zap with a heat gun if you are impatient...like me.  :)



Die cut the largest of the Scalloped Stitch Trimmings, the third largest and the fifth largest. Cut these from Black cardstock along with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script and smallest of the Morning Garden Butterflies.

Adhere the large Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim around it to make your first layer.

Adhere your mid-size Scallop Trim to watercolor paper and trim again. Adhere this layer to base layer with foam adhesive.

Do the same step for your final layer.

Adhere greeting and butterfly as shown.

Color butterfly with Spectrum Noir Glitter marker.


Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!


Happy Crafting,