Sat 10

Happy Spring
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Spring, Friends!  The Spring rainy season has been here and now green is popping up everywhere ... I love it!  To celebrate, I thought these adorable Spring Bunnies would be appropriate!

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Aren't those bunnies adorable?!!  I stamped them in Memento Gray Flannel ink, then colored them with Copic T0, T1, T2, and gave them rosy cheeks and pink ears with Copic R00 and R20.  Next, I die cut Blossom Circle from a green alcohol ink background paper I created with Copic Various Ink Refills and glued it in place around the bunnies.  Next, I used Broadsworth Floral Border to cut the card front right edge of my white top-folding card base.  Then I glued a strip of pink alcohol ink background paper to the inside of the card, to make the delicate die cut edge pop.

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To finish the card, I stamped the "happy spring" sentiment from the Spring Bunnies stamp set with Memento Rose Bud ink.

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I hope you are enjoying a nice Spring weekend wherever you are!

- Sharonsig





Fri 09

Bunny Hello
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I couldn't help myself with the Sweet Bunny die.  I just kept picturing him peeking in from various points on the card.  He definitely is a great die for Spring/Easter, but honestly, I plan to use him year-round.

To make the card, I cut out four little bunnies and then colored them with Copic markers (RV10, 100, C3).  The bunny cuts out two eyes and a little nose, so I colored a piece of white cardstock and glued it behind the eye/nose openings rather than try to glue the tiny cut out pieces back onto the bunnies.  I really wanted to make the bunnies pop forward so I outlined them with the C3 marker.  Here is a close up of the outlining:


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!




Thu 08

Devonshire Wreath
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! It is feeling like winter again this week so I decided to think Spring for my card today. It has to come some time right?!


The Devonshire Wreath die is beautiful. To show it off on my card today I simply cut it out in white card stock. I layered some bright colors for the background of my card and then placed the wreath on a woodgrain looking paper that I created.

I took a white piece of cardstock and scored it at every 1/4 inch. Then I took a light gray ink pad and wiped it over the paper, dragging it from top to bottom and not pressing too hard. The score lines stay white and then you end up with a wood grain effect. To lighten up the paper I then took a white ink pad and wiped it over top. It ended up looking like a weathered wood. So fun!

To finish it off I added some pearls to the center of the flowers. I hope you can make a little bit of Spring for yourself today!




Wed 07

New Butterfly Parade with Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Butterfly Parade - layered and glittered - is too beautiful to save for a summer card.  It's delicate and detailed - and a perfect fit for  a die from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Add the center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set and you have a card for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another March Green Challenge inspiration card today. 


Cut Butterfly Parade from white cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut three of the matching butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble die set.  Attach the butterflies - slightly offset and adhesive-side-up behind the Butterfly Parade.  

Brush glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive on the butterflies.  I've used Sugar Plum, Sour Apple and Wintermint from the Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent set.  

Attach the diecut to a 1-¼" x 4-¾" strip of textured pale green cardstock.  

Cut the butterfly centers from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set from gold glittered cardstock and attach them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on a green A-6 card with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.  

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


Butterfly Parade would be beautiful layered over one of your watercolored backgrounds.  Or dry-emboss it for a elegant, textured tonal look...and a super-quick card when you need something in a hurry.  Add it to your special collection of Memory Box butterflies and it'll soon become a favorite go-to design.

Thanks for visiting.  See you next week - or at Impress for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class on Saturday!






Tue 06

Singing Birds, Half a Dozen Eggs and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


 The new Singing Birds - diecut from bright wool-blend felt - are more than ready for Spring.  Aren't we all?  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Easter idea - and another design featuring the pretty screen-printed handmade papers and felt in our stash.  A branch from the Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies set is the perfect, sturdy perch for the colorful birds.


Cut a pretty spring print with the 2-½" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I've used Shizen Design  screen-printed handmade  paper from Birch Press.  It's made of recycled cotton fabric scraps sourced from t-shirt factories in India.  

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pink, fuchsia and turquoise wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut three of the Singing Birds.  

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge Dies from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded natural A-2 card with the new VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Dry the ink, attach the diecuts to the card, and add pale turquoise gem stickers. 

Singing Birds is another great set for all seasons.  Imagine this design with a floral heart, circle or oval for the summer.  Shiny black birds would create a spooky Halloween card.  Red glittered or velvet birds on snowy branches would be beautiful for winter cards.  Hope the Singing Birds set is already in your Memory Box collection, or on your wishlist!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS  class at Impress on March 10th.  We'll make 5 cards and a little candy wrapper for Easter chocolates.  Pretty colors, the promise of warmer weather, flowers - and dark chocolate in cute wrappers  - so many reasons why Easter is my favorite holiday!  What's yours?

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.






Mon 05

Cracked Up Egg, Sweet Bunny, and Cheery Flower Stems
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting on cards for Easter using the CRACKED UP EGG 99951, SWEET BUNNY 99905, and CHEERY FLOWER STEMS 99947.  I have made two cards with flowers and/or bunnies tucked into the pocket created by the half shell placed on top of the egg.

Card 1:


  • Use a Key Lime notecard as the base.
  • Die cut the Cracked Up Egg from two different pieces of Lawn Fawn plaid paper.
  • Die cut a larger oval from white cardstock using one of the dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS 30069 that is a bit larger than the egg.
  • Attach the white oval to the front of the notecard.
  • Add the plaid oval in the center of the white one.
  • Die cut the Cheery Flower Stems from a scrap of a Key Lime notecard, Key Lime Dot paper, and Squash Dot paper.  Layer the Key Lime Dot stems on top of the solid stems, offsetting them a bit.  Snip off the Squash Dot flowers and and add them on top of the others.  Place pearls in the flower centers.
  • Shorten the stems so they won't stick out below the half shell.  Glue the stems onto the plaid egg.
  • Add the half shell on top of the flowers.
  • Die cut the Sweet Bunny from white cardstock.  Add a scrap of pink and a scrap of black behind his head for the nose and eyes.  Add a tiny bow at his neck.  Pop dot the bunny onto the egg.


Card 2:


  • Die cut the Cracked Up Egg and the larger oval as for the first card.
  • Die cut three of the Sweet Bunnies and attach them to the plaid egg, one flat, and two popped up.
  • Put adhesive around the outside edge of the half shell and place it over the bunnies so it curves out a bit over them. 
  • Add a tiny bow on the half shell.


These cards would be very quick to mass produce once the die cutting was done.

These were the supplies I used:


Can't wait to try tucking other die cuts into this egg shell pocket!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 04

Fresh Picked Flowers
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Spring is in the air and I do love making cards with flowers. Oh so easy watercoloring, a bit of die cutting and stamping...makes for a happy cardmaker!


And here we go:


I used two shades of Pink cardstock sized to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. 




Die cut panel with the largest of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Flick a bit of Dark Pink watercolor paint onto the top panel.

Stamp the bottom panel with a sentiment from Wishing You the Best and Black ink. Position the bottom sentiment so it connects with the top and stamp with Dark Pink ink.




On a large scrap of watercolor paper, use Lindy's Magicals powder and spritz with water. Let this panel dry, then die cut with Fresh Picked Flowers.

Adhere die cut to top panel just gluing the center of the flowers. Lift some of the leaves just a bit to give them dimension

Use Crystal Drops for flower centers and let dry


Doesn't this card just make you Smile?!?


Happy Crafting,










Sat 03

Big Butterfly Wing and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


Wondering if the new Big Butterfly Wing  and a splashy green background can make spring and summer arrive soon?  Let's give it a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of March Green Challenge inspiration this weekend.

The bold Big Butterfly Wing would look great on any backdrop - jewel tones, pastels, or garden colors.  There are so many ways to use this versatile die - I chose a quick and easy technique.  


Press a Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens inkpad - with the colors separated - onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it with water and let the 5 shades of green just begin to mix and mingle.  Press watercolor paper onto the blended inks.  Remove the paper and set it aside to airdry if everything looks great.  Or - for more color - spritz the block again to rehydrate the residual inks and press the paper onto it again.  That should do it!

Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water to create little spots and splotches - then heat-set it with an embossing tool.

Cut the dry paper with the 4" x 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Cut the butterfly from black cardstock.

Here's a tip - place the diecuts on the card  (without any adhesive) and decide where the greeting should be.  Remove the diecuts and stamp the greeting and any extra accents, then dry the ink.  

I've used a greeting  from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on a 5-½"square white card -  with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Air-dry it for a few seconds, then stamp the diamond pattern with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to the card and add green gem stickers.

Why not create a stash of backgrounds and have them ready for future projects and future butterflies?


Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!







Fri 02

Bee Happy
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to show you the Intricate Bee die paired with a background made from the Honeycomb Square craft die.  I absolutely love using bees and butterflies on cards and tend to use them for just about every occasion.  For this particular card, I made it a "bee happy card" by using a "be mine" die and a "happy birthday" die.  I appreciate being able to get more out of my dies than just their intended uses.

To make the card, I cut out the bee and words from black cardstock (you need to cut out the word "be" twice to make "bee").  Next, I cut out the honeycomb three times to get it to fit across the card.  When I glued the honeycomb onto light yellow paper, I made sure to glue some of the inside hexagons onto the card to make it look more like honeycomb.  I glued dark yellow cardstock behind the bee wings and bee body to give it color.  As a final step, I added Glossy Accents to wings to give them shine and dimension.  Here is a closeup of the wings:


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!







Thu 01

Memory Box Challenge #35- Color Challenge Green

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Greetings friends.  It is time to introduce another Memory Box challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you so much to everyone who played along with us for our hearts challenge.  There were such beautiful entries.

The winner of our blog badge for the last challenge was Juan from Juana Create.  What an absolute fun scene!

March winner


The random winner drawn from all the entries was Nora from the Nora-scrapworthy blog.

Please contact me at to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.


March always makes me think of St. Patrick's Day, shamrocks, and lots and lots of green.  However, it is also a month that starts Spring and has lots of new things growing.  For this challenge, we want you create a project featuring the color green.  It can be a project for any theme or occasion, but it should predominately feature green for your coloring.  We would love to see your take on the challenge.   Don't forget to include at least one Memory Box product for your entry.

Here are a few ideas from the design team to help get you started:


by Jean Okimoto


by Donna Sledzik


by Melissa Rusk

There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge34 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Friday, March 30th to enter.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes:

Here is what one random participant will win: