Thu 16

Blog Blitz Winners
by Laura

Hi everyone.  Thanks so much for visiting us last week during the blitz to see the new arrivals.  Winners from each post were chosen at random from the comments.  Congratulations to the winners!  I have sent you an email about your prize.

Here is a list of winners:

Laura's post winner of the Ocean Swell Die- CreaNancy

Jenny's post winner of the Under the Sea Collage Die-julye

Sherry's post winner of the Delicate Sea Fan Die-JennyH

Lindsay's post winner of the Underwater Collage Die-Jutta

Jean's post winner of the Butterfly Swell Die-Heidi H 

Anne's post winner of the Meadow Road Oval Die-karenladd

Donna's post winner of the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die-Greta H

Jean's post winner of the Sapling Collage die-Judy A/BC

Penny's post winner of the Dancing Dragonfly Collage die- Tracy

Thu 16

Faerie Cards and Techniques Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello and Welcome!

Today I am sharing a video that turned out to be much more of a project than I had originally planned for! So my apologies in advance - my short craft video took on a life of its own and before I knew it I had more cards, techniques and video than I knew what to do with!


But I think you will see that once you get started, it is easy to get carried away with using the faeries in all sorts of ways! All of the faerie dies are from our Poppystamps collection - Poppystamps is a division of Memory Box that we started about 10 years ago. The Poppystamps faeries were perfect for staging little scenes on the card - like having them carry a Dandelion Stem! I had designed the Posing Faerie so that she could carry things - and this worked perfectly for this card.

(Watch this in HD on Youtube by clicking here)

I designed 5 different faerie projects (plus some bonus cards) in the video and I feature two different techniques. These techniques are especially suited to faeries - full of color and layered with splatters and details. I wanted to create the look of fireflies dancing around the faeries - and I also wanted some watercolor backgrounds that would capture the look of light reflecting in a pool. I think you will love using these techniques!


I switched things up with the second card, using the same faerie dies but now with a different scale image. The Posing Faerie and the Dancing Faerie work just as well with the Dandelion Stem as they do with the popular Birch Collage die. 


And the delightful backgrounds you get with these simple techniques have endless possibilities. I played around with different colors, and did my sponging while things were still wet, and sometimes when things had dried. It was a new and amazing result every time!



It was easy to incorporate these backgrounds into the projects - the layers of different colors provided a lot of dimension and helped make the faeries look magical.


The watercolor technique was effortless - I used Peerless watercolors because I love their intense color and they were just perfect to create glowing areas of color. You will need some 140 lb cold press watercolor paper for this method (hot press watercolor paper will work too, but will have a slightly different look).


I think I really felt things come together when I created the butterfly faerie card - I used the Hampstead Butterfly Stem along with the Dancing Faerie to create an eyecatching scene. I tried putting as many different distress inks onto the card as I could - carefully overlapping colors and outlining the entire card with one of my favorite distress inks - Ground Espresso - until the background appeared really brilliant and then I added my "Faerie Drops". 


You can compare the two images above to see the variation you can get with this technique - bright white pops of color or subdued drops in the background. The sentiment is from the CL405 Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set - it is a great basic to have in your craft room since it's full of all sorts of sentiments that can be used for a variety of cards.



I took it up a notch with the next card - using no less than 7 designs to create this magical scene! The Thoughtful Faerie rests in the tunnel created by using the Timberland Collage, Grove Collage, Thicket Collage and Wildwood Collage - I designed these four dies to work together to create a dimensional scene on any papercraft project.


Here's what they look like when assembled in solid color cardstock - each trunk and tree scene getting smaller than the last. I imagined monkeys, squirrels, flowers and other woodland creatures resting inside. But the faeries are perfect here!



The Tiny Frogs and the Mushrooms and Toadstools were great accents for the card - I cut and colored them in using Copic markers and sponged ink, then placed them in the corners of the card. There are a lot of possibilities here - the frog could be on the mushroom, or the mushrooms could be set further into the tunnel. Once you try this project, you'll come up with a delightful scene of your own in no time.


Here's a slight variation using a different background at the horizon - and what a difference the color scheme makes. The darker tones give it an entirely different feel. I changed the faerie to a navy cardstock - and I love how it looked with the deeper blue sky.


In the end I think I preferred the background to be a bit lighter - it had the look of dawn on the horizon. I just used a bit of the background I made using the watercolor technique in the video - the only hard part about this technique was waiting for it to dry!


For the final project, I created a shaker card using the Dainty Faerie and paired her with the Garden Lantern. My intent was to use the faerie as the "glow" in the lantern - so I kept her light and bright and then created the background on the card such that it was lighter near the lantern and darker further away.


The Garden Lantern was created with a faux metal finish using a really easy alcohol ink technique - it achieves a weathered patina look that adds a lot of visual interest to a card.



The Little Dragonflies are the finishing touch - I have them flying around the lantern and since they are cut out of glitter cardstock they catch the light and really improve the look of the lantern glow.


I even came up with a few bonus card ideas along the way!

As I put together cards and cut out shapes for the projects, I discovered uses for some of the extra pieces that came out of the process! So I included these ideas in the video too - the extra Dandelion Stem that was cut out of the watercolor background was used in the cards above. I created nesting frames using the Square Basics and Circle Basics dies and set the Dandelion Stem in the center - the result is a modern looking set of stationery!

Please enjoy the video - it's a long one, so grab a cup of coffee or some iced tea and sit back and relax. I hope you'll get as inspired as I did when I was creating these!

Thu 16

Avezzano Butterflies
by Melissa Rusk

Spring is just around the corner friends! Today I have a card using the beautiful new Avezzano Butterflies die to share with you.


I wanted this card to feel like stained glass so I used black paper for my die cut. I glued it onto a piece of white watercolor paper so I could use my Zig Clean Color Brush Pens to color in the butterflies. I added some clear gems for the butterfly bodies once everything was colored and dry.


I love a simple and bright card that makes a statement. This could be used for a Spring birthday or even an Easter card. I can't wait to make a few more in some different colors!

Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by the blog!




Wed 15

By the Seaside by Lindsay

Hello, and welcome!

I am so glad you stopped by today, because I have a clean and simple card to share with you! You could say I am dreaming of the ocean, and you would be correct. The winter weather just doesn't want to leave, and I am cold! Let me share with you how I created this simple, and easy seafaring card. 

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To begin, I took the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames, and ran the second to last frame through my die cut machine four times with white card stock. I glued them together, and set it aside. I then took the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die set, and did the same. 

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Taking a white card base, I masked off the sides with Post-it tape and and applied blue and mint ink to the bottom portion. I then adhered the frame, along with the images using foam tape. 

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It truly was that simple! I hope that you were inspired to make something today. I appreciate you stopping by! Have a great day!



Tue 14

Butterflies Bring Happiness!
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! Sherry here with a light and easy monochromatic card featuring the Butterfly Swell die from the latest release.

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The base card is from the Sky note cards pack. I experimented with a couple of different ink colors that would compliment the Sky card base, and found that Evergreen Bough Distress Ink worked perfectly. I love that the Butterfly Swell die can be positioned anywhere along the length of an A2 size piece of card stock. With that in mind, I positioned the die more to the right, leaving plenty of room on the left side for the sentiment. I decided to remove the right side of the swell to create a delicate butterfly border. The nice thing is that when the die is cut, an impression is left around the attached wings, so it was easy to fussy cut around the right wings by just following the impression.

One of my favorite techniques is to "smoosh" on a background, which is done by applying ink directly to a non-porous surface, spritzing with water, then picking up the diluted ink with a piece of flexible acetate ... or in my case I used a piece of the clear packaging that our dies come in. The ink on the clear packaging can then be transferred onto the white card stock, and by running a finger over the top of the packaging, the color spreads out underneath, creating a beautiful and unique background. I used the same Evergreen Bough ink for this technique.  I inked up the sentiment in the same color and stamped where shown, and then adhered this piece to the front of the card with foam tape.

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I next die cut the Potenza Butterfly Trio from white card stock, and covered the three butterflies solidly with Evergreen Bough ink. Then came the glitter. Do you ever buy a container of glitter just because the color looks yummy, yet you have no idea when you might ever use it? Well, I was lucky enough to find some glitter in my stash that was the perfect color to add to these butterfly centers and a bit outward. Love when that happens! I glued these newly adorned butterflies to the corresponding smooshed butterflies.

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And you know what's coming ... bling! And once again, lucky for me, I had some very small colored sequins that added the final touch I was looking for. Hope you enjoy this card! Have a great week, and thank you so much for stopping by!




Mon 13

Thank You
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! I am Isha from Switzerland, where I live with my husband and 2 girls. I have been crafting for a bit more than 5 years now and just love creating. I am so excited and honored to be joining the Memory Box team. Love their products and how versatile they are :) Thank you Dave for having me here along with all the wonderful creative team.


I hope you enjoyed all the new dies featured during the blitz last week :) It's still cold here, although spring has started. Now it is time to think about And this adorable Jellyfish just wanted to float around!

For my card, I simply sponged the background using various colors of distress inks. Once I was satisfied with how it looked, I flicked some water and perfect pearl spray. This gives added dimension and a subtle sheen. I then die-cut the Jellyfishes using watercolor paper and colored them using zig clean color markers. Then, I flicked some white paint mixed with water onto them and let it dry.


I then adhered them to the background layer using some 3D foam of various thickness, to create some dimension. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment and embossed the sentiment and cut a strip.

Finally, I adhered the finished panel to a white cardbase. 

Hope you enjoyed my card. Happy crafting!






Sun 12

A Glittery finish for the Blog Blitz
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello.   Welcome to the last day of the March Blog Blitz.

Did you see the Inlay video Dave made using die cuts and glitter? If not check it out HERE.

After watching his video, I knew I had to try this technique, and wasn't it lucky I had everything I needed to create something like his. I will admit that I have had the Martha Stewart glitter in my stash for Y E A R S! I guess that stuff has a forever shelf life. :)

So here we go:0

I started with a Black card base, added a small strip of Lime cardstock down the side and ran it through my Gemini with an embossing folder.



I die cut the Dancing Dragonly Collage from Black cardstock, then lined the backside with double sided sticky paper. (Dave used a sheet of Scor-Tape, I used a sheet of Sticker paper...I will be buying Scor-Tape...just sayin').

Now the fun begins.....pour small amounts of glitter and rub around with your finger. Keep adding different colors until you are happy with the look.

I loved his tip for using a Swiffer cloth to remove the excess glitter...who knew?


Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set unto Vellum. Trim and adhere to card front.

It really is quite simple and gives your card a unique look.

So there you have it...a week full of new releases and inspiration to set your creative mojo into action.

If you enjoyed my card, please leave a comment as I am giving away the Dancing Dragonfly Collage today to one lucky person.

Comments close TODAY at midnight EST.


Happy Crafting,




Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto



The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!


Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

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





Fri 10

Oceanside Lighthouse Card
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I hope you're enjoying all the new dies featured in our blog blitz this week, as well as all the creative projects!  I love lighthouses, so the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves will quickly become a favorite die of mine!


To make this card I cut two pieces of watercolor paper the same size and ran one through the die cut machine using the Cool Cloud Collage die.  I watercolored the plain paper layer.  The die cut paper was inked lightly with vintage photo ink and misted with water (do not ink the clouds). Cover the clouds with a scrap piece of paper and spatter the paper with black ink.  Die cut the lighthouse and waves from watercolor paper.  The solid wave and lighthouse were painted with watercolors. 


Glue two strips of washi tape to the top left corner of the cloud die cut panel and use foam tape to adhere this to the watercolored panel.  Once again using foam tape adhere the lighthouse to the card front.  Glue the waves in place and add some pieces of cheesecloth to the card front. Tie a piece of jute around the card front and embellish with a button. Glue the card front to a Crimson cardstock layer and adhere this to a White card base. To finish the card, add Black epoxy dots to the top right corner.

I hope you enjoyed todays card and don't forget to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win the new Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die.  You have until Sunday, March 12th at 11:59 p.m. EST to leave your comments.

Good Luck and thanks for stopping by today!



Thu 09

Meadow Road Oval Happy Birthday
by Anne Thompson

Hello, and welcome to the Blog Blitz!  Be sure to check out all of the previous posts this week.  And leave comments all week, Monday through Sunday, on our Design Team posts in order to be eligible to win prizes from the newest SPRING 2017 RELEASE FROM MEMORY BOX!!!


Today I'm sharing cards I made using the MEADOW ROAD OVAL 99746 as the focal point with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY UPRIGHT SCRIPT 99684 as the sentiment.  I also used a large rectangle from the STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS SET 30086 (16 dies in this set!) and an oval from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS SET 30069. Four dies on this one card!


Have you seen Dave's video yet on his glitter inlay technique?  Scroll down to see it here on the blog posted on Saturday March 4th.  That is how I did the road on this card...I cut a piece of double-sided tape sheet to fit behind the road, sprinkled on some ultrafine brown Art Glitter, and rubbed it in.  Voila!  Lovely sparkly road!  (Glitter is on my shopping list for this week--lots of white,  little brown, and not much else in my stash; and Dave's technique has inspired me to work on my Glitter Queen status!)


To assemble the card, I used a tape runner to secure the Squash Dot Paper rectangle to the front of a Sunflower Notecard.  I then used a glue pen to put the layers of the Meadow Road Oval together, lining up the squash cardstock layer behind the Meadow Road Oval just a bit off so that some of the stitching shows on the righthand side.  The double-sided tape behind the glittery road also helps to hold those two layers together.  I used the glue pen again to add the "happy birthday" die cut sentiment.  I added a small pearl to dot the "i".  I then used the tape runner to adhere the completed oval layers to the front of the notecard.  The finishing touch?--Ribbon!  Just had to add some yellow-green sheer ribbon tied in a pretty bow since this month's challenge is to use ribbon in some way.  


I also made a card with a more masculine flair in shades of blue with a bright red "happy birthday" and a red/white-dotted ribbon. 


 Be sure to leave me a comment and you could win the MEADOW ROAD OVAL.  You have until midnight, Sunday March 12th to post your comments.  I look forward to reading what you have to say about the newest dies and about the glitter technique!

Happy Crafting!

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