121 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


Sun 18

Marvelous Hummingbird
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends.   Spring is just around the corner and that means gorgeous flowers and pretty birds flitting here and there. In my backyard I have birdhouses, blooming flowers, bushes, shrubs and a hummingbird feeder. We have yet to see one of those pretty little birds outside our window. But I keep hoping!!!

Sometimes you have to make your own happiness, as I have done here with this new Marvelous Hummingbird die.




I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird from watercolor paper, then colored with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. (Fern, Bud Green & Prussian Blue).

I also die cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles from watercolor paper and added a couple of the same colors.




I used one of my favorite flower dies Hibiscus, along with the sweet Fine Cut Leaves popped up with foam adhesive.




Stamped greeting from the Sentimental Iris set with Black ink.

I love how delicate the Hummingbird is with all its intricate wings. Just another feminine card to send to a special friend.


Happy Crafting,






Sun 11

Heart Flowers
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I have a fun card for you today. I do love how it is not limited to Heart Day, just by changing the sentiment.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base 5.50 x 4.25 inches. 

Trim Black cardstock the same size and adhere to base.




Die cut Wrapped Stitch Frame and Cheery Flower Stems from White cardstock. Die cut a small strip of Really Rainbow pattern paper by Lawn Fawn with Wrapped Stitch Frames.

Die cut Vintage Watering Can from Metallic Silver cardstock. Die cut Heart Rays from Red cardstock.




Adhere Wrapped Stitch Frames to card front as shown.

Adhere Vintage Watering Can using foam adhesive to card front just touching the pattern paper.

Color the stems with your favorite green marker and snip off the flowers. Adhere Red hearts to stems. Adhere these to card front just under the Watering Can.


Finish the card with a sweet sentiment from the Garden Sketches set and add a few more small hearts.

Color all the hearts with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.


Happy Crafting,







Sun 04

Hanging Hearts
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a little Valentine's Day inspiration. Is that mini clip just too cute holding the die cut hearts?!?

Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base. Trim and adhere the Red Gingham paper from Lawn Fawn.




Cut a piece of White cardstock a bit smaller than base panel. Using a favorite embossing folder, place White cardstock inside and hit it with a rubber mallet instead of running it through a machine. This way you get small areas of raised embossing instead of an all over look. 

Wrap red and white twine three times and adhere to panel back. Adhere this panel to card base.




Stamp sentiment from the Wireworks Heart set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Die cut the word "valentines" from the Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day set in Red. Adhere to card front.

Die cut two of the Double Stitched Hearts from Red and Gingham cardstocks. Clip to twine with a Mini Clip.


Make sure to join our Hearts Challenge this month HERE.


Happy Crafting,







Sun 28

Elegant Hearts
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with my favorite thing to make...a 10 minute card. A bit of embossing, a couple of die cuts, pretty ribbon and you have a simple yet elegant creation.

Follow along:


Start with a White cardstock base, then add a piece of shimmering Red paper.




Cut a panel of White cardstock just a bit smaller then the Shimmering cardstock. Die cut two of the Double Stitched Hearts near the upper right corner. Now emboss the panel with a Polka Dot folder.




Wrap panel with Sheer Ribbon and adhere to card front. Add die cut hearts by using foam adhesive and setting them slightly off center.

Add a pretty bow and call it done.


Happy Crafting,






Sun 21

Drifting Butterfly
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box fans. Penny here today. All these new dies in my craft room and I selected to use a butterfly and some pretty papers. I just couldn't help myself....I mean really, how beautiful is that Drifting Side Butterfly?!?   So.........Change the color scheme and the sentiment and you have a lovely Valentine's Day card.  :)


Let's go:


Start with a Coral cardstock base.

On the pretty paper from Birch Press Designs, I stitched across the lower part of the panel with Black thread. I then added a couple of scoring lines with a Scoring Board.




The focal point of the card is the gorgeous Drifting Side Butterfly also die cut from Coral cardstock. I adhered just the body of the Butterfly so her wings were free to fly with the bit of Spectrum Noir Sparkle I added. The butterfly needed just a little something, something, so I colored the body with a Black pen.




Sentiment from the Wireworks Heart stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.


Happy Crafting,






Sun 14

Blue Valentine
by Penny Ward



Hello friends.  Penny here today with a Valentine's Day card....using no Red or Pink.!?!  In all honesty, I really just wanted to use the new Denim Blues sequins by Birch Press Designs and a red theme would just not work. But who says Valentine's Day has to be about Red? So I am starting a new trend with the Blue. :)


And here we go:


I used a monochromatic theme of Sky Blue cardstock. Make a base, then add the largest of the Wrapped Stitch Frames.




Please note that I have no idea why this picture looks mint green...UGH!

Die cut the smallest of the Wrapped Stitch Frames and Cheery Flower Stems. Adhere the Cheery Flower Stems to the center right of the card front. Add a pinch of Denim Blues sequins, then adhere the small Wrapped Stitch Frame over all of it. Don't forget to add a small panel of acrylic cardstock to back of Wrapped Stitch Frame BEFORE placing over sequins...ask me how I know.   (I use two layers of foam adhesive so those sequins move easily).




Die cut "valentine" from the Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day. Position as shown, then stamp rest of greeting from the Wireworks Hearts stamp set using Delicata Sapphire Blue ink.

...and yes I cut the acrylic stamp apart for easier positioning. ")


What colors are using for your Valentine's Day card????


Happy Crafting,






Fri 12

Heart Collage
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends and welcome to our last day of the 2018 Spring Collection Blog Blitz!

Have you made your shopping list of new Valentine's dies and stamps? Before you finish that list, I wanted to show you a couple of more new goodies.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base and add a panel of Dark Pink cardstock.




Cut a piece of Light Pink cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches. Die cut Distressed Heart Collage from the bottom right side. Adhere this panel as well as the die cut to card front.




Die cut the smallest of the Wrapped Stitch Frames and the smallest heart from the Wireworks Hearts from the Light Pink cardstock.

Die cut the largest heart from Wireworks and the most adorable Fine Cut Leaves from the Dark Pink cardstock.


Adhere Fine Cut Leaves in a grouping as shown.

Adhere a scrap of Vellum to the frame. Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Wireworks Hearts set, then adhere to card front using foam adhesive.

Add the hearts to corner of the frame.


We hope you have enjoyed our week of inspiration using the new Spring Collection of dies and stamps.


For a chance to win the Fine Cut Leaves die...leave me some love (comment) before midnight  1-14-18.

(winner will be announced January 15th.)   :)


Happy Crafting,








Sun 07

Floral Gingham
by Penny Ward



Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a fun new product called Floral Cluster, die cut with Gingham paper. Using the Gray papers still lends to a winter feel, but the flowers are making me hopeful for Spring.

Here is how to put this together:


Start with a White cardstock base, then add Black cardstock on top.




Add a two inch strip of White cardstock and a 2.25 inch strip of Gray Gotta Have Gingham (by Lawn Fawn) as shown.

Die cut Floral Cluster from Dark Gray cardstock and again from Gray Gingham paper. Adhere to card front, filling in the little pieces of the flower with Gingham.




Stamp sentiment from the Wirework Hearts stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Draw a box around sentiment with a ruler and Black fine line marker.

Stamp tiny hearts from the stamp set with Delicata Ruby Red ink.

I colored along the vein of the leaves with a Black pencil.


Look for lots of inspiration this coming week as we bring you creations with the newest release starting tomorrow.


Happy Crafting,






Sun 31

by Penny Ward



Happy New Years Eve!!!! 

Penny here with a very simple yet stylish Thank You card. With Christmas behind us for another year, it is time to write Thank You cards to friends, family and coworkers. This creation of mine really stands out using only White and Kraft cardstocks. Do parents still teach their children to write Thank You notes? My kids are in their late 20's and I taught them long before I started making cards. You can't hold a tweet or Facebook post in your hand, or slip it into a shoe box to bring out later to admire. 

I do love sending real cards because I like receiving them also. How about You?


Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Round the corners.




Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock 3.75 x 5 inches, round the corners and ink the edges with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Adhere to card front.




Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline with White cardstock and die cut Chancery Snowflake with White Glitter cardstock. Adhere together, then to the center of the card front.

Stamp and heat emboss greeting from the Sentimental Iris stamp set.

Add Natural Jute as shown.


Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!!


Hope you have the most wonderful and crafty 2018,






Sun 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Penny Ward



Merry Christmas Eve. 

Penny here with one last holiday card from me to you.  All around the world, Christmas Eve is an exciting day, but for the Ward family it is extra special as our grandson is having a birthday today. 

I hope your holiday card making is done, but just in case, this is a really quick one to put together.


Here we go:


As always ...start with a White card base.  




Trim a piece of Kraft cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the snowflake from Snowflake Joy three times and adhere to bottom of Kraft panel as shown.




Die cut Brush Merry Christmas from White cardstock and adhere to top portion of the Kraft panel.

Wrap pretty Red Ribbon above the snowflakes, add a bow and adhere panel to base card.


I just love 10 minute cards!!!


From all of us at Memory Box, we are wishing you the most wonderful Christmas. 

Many happy blessings,