133 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


Sun 20

Can of Flowers
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. So what happened to Spring? Where did it go? It seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer. UGH!  It is too hot in Florida for flowers, so I have to create my own flower beds...or containers in this case. 


Let's pull this one together:


Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.


I love plaid!!!! I mean really...it looks good with everything. I am getting a new craft studio while I write this and you can be sure there will be plaid in my new room. 

oops...back to the card... I used a scrap of plaid just at the corner.




Die cut the Vintage Watering Can, color with Silver Metallic marker and a Red Sparkle pen.

Die cut Glorious Floral Stem, color with Magenta Sparkle pen, add white dots with a Gel pen around flower centers.


Trim a White cardstock panel same size as your base. Cut a curve at the bottom right corner. Using a ruler and Dark Pink gel pen, draw around the edges.

Adhere Vintage Watering Can with foam adhesive and glue giving it a "dome" shape on the card front. Add in you Floral Stems. Ground the can by coloring a small section of "dirt" just below the can with Spectrum Noir markers as shown.




Die cut Calligraphy Pop Thanks from White cardstock. Color the shadow die cut section with Sparkle marker. Stack sentiment together, then to card front with foam adhesive.

 Add Crystal Drops to flower centers.


Happy Crafting,






Sun 13

by Penny Ward



Hello there. Penny on the blog today with some fuzzy Honeybees buzzing. Spring is finally in the air and these cute insects were just itching to make it on to a card.


Let me walk you through it:


Start with a White cardstock base 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Add a panel of Black cardstock the same size.




Cut watercolor paper 5.5 x 4 inches. Color with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers or your favorite Yellow medium. Adhere to card front.

Die cut Peony Oval Frame from Black cardstock and adhere to card front. On a scrap of watercolor paper, paint some various stripes of Yellow and Orange, let dry, then cut again with the Peony Oval Frame saving all the tiny pieces. Glue the tiny pieces into the Peony.




Die cut the Sweet Honeybees from White cardstock. Color their heads and legs with a Brown marker. Coat their bodies with Glossy Accents, then add Moss Green Ultra Fine Flower Soft and let dry. Color their wings and adhere all to card front as shown.

Add dots of Crystal Drops for added interest.

Stamp and heat set sentiment from the Bee Yourself set, trim and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.


Make sure to play along with our Insects/Butterfly Challenge this month. Enter your creation HERE!


Happy Crafting,






Sun 06

Dragonfly Birthday
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with a bit of inspiration for the May Challenge here on Outside the Box. I love dragonflies...they are said to be messengers from heaven when you see one. I must confess, when I do see one in the yard, I always say "hi dad, mom, Rick" whichever one I am missing most at the time. I know it's silly...but I like it!


So...on to the card:


Start with a White cardstock base. Most of my cards are 5.5 x 4.25 inches, but you make yours whatever size you like.




To make the "honeycomb paper" I laid down several strips of Block Pink washi tape from Birch Press Design on to white cardstock, then die cut the panel with Hex Drift. Using the negative die cut as a guide, I then adhered the washi die cuts on to the front of my card.

I also adhered a strip of the washi tape along the left edge of my card, wrapping it to the backside.




Die cut the Dazzling Dragonfly from watercolor paper as well as Paintbrush Happy. Color with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers or your choice of medium. Adhere to card front as shown. Stamp and heat emboss the "birthday" sentiment from the Wishing You set, trim ends and use foam adhesive.


This card would be great for man, woman or child. :)

 Make sure to join our Insects, Butterfly Challenge this month. Just click HERE.

Happy Crafting,






Sun 29

by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.....Penny here today with one of my favorite style of cards to make. Monochromatic!  I needed a Sympathy card and fast, so staying in the same color family is always easy. For a bit of interest, add a die cut embellishment that is just a few shades lighter or darker....like the bird in my example.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base, then start building on.




Light Gray cardstock is the main background. I then stamped a sentiment from the Prayers Sentiment set in the bottom corner with a Dark Gray ink. I also embossed around the card front with a scoring board...gives it just a little something, something!




Die cut Bird Branch Circle Frame from Light Gray and Very Light Gray cardstocks. Adhere together slightly off center, then to the card front. I die cut 2 additional birds and popped them up with foam adhesive.




I really love how simple this card is to make, yet it provides such an impact to the receiver.


Happy crafting,






Mon 23

Pretty Paper
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with...Oh.My.Word.....how gorgeous is this designer paper?!?  Birch Press Design was kind enough to send me a sample of this handmade paper. I am in L O V E !!! Wanting to really showcase the the exquisite colors and texture, I went with some stacked frames in a complimentary color.

Let me show you:


I most always start with a White cardstock base of 5.5 x 4.25. Then I start adding on.




I die cut the Wrapped Stitch Frames from both White and Aqua cardstocks. As you can see, I snipped here and there on the frames for added interest.

I framed the small handmade paper with both White and Aqua.




I also die cut the Fine Cut Leaves (one of my favorites) from Aqua cardstock and tucked them beneath the frame.

Add a couple of pretty sequins and you have a finished masterpiece.

I usually put some kind of sentiment on the front, but with this little pretty, I wanted the Bouquet Handmade Paper to be the star of the show.

Happy Crafting,






Sun 15

To The Moon
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Something fun today for all the little people in your life. Who out there doesn't say this to their kids?!? Such a fun and easy card to make and slip into a lunch box.

Let's get going:


Start with a White cardstock base. Now take a White cardstock panel trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink it up with Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and a bit of Black Soot. Keep blending until you are happy with your night sky effect. Flick some White paint across the panel for your "stars".




Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Outta This World set in the bottom right corner.




Die cut all the pieces from the Unbelievable UFO's and Deep Space Planets from White cardstock, then color with Spectrum Noir markers or medium of your choice.

For the Rocket outline piece, I die cut two and colored both with Delicata Shimmery Silver reinker. Stack and adhere together except at the bottom where you can see I lifted the "wings" off the rocket to give it dimension.

Once colored, adhere to card front as shown using glue and foam adheisve for the moon.


Happy Crafting,







Sun 08

Bee Yourself
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of Spring. These new Simple Garden Pots are just adorable, especially when you add flowers. The challenge this month is Anything Floral, so be sure to make something pretty and join us HERE.


To build this little scene:


Start with a White cardstock base. Die cut the two largest of the Stitched Oval Layers to make the frame. I colored mine with a Spectrum Noir marker or you could just use colored cardstock.




Die cut and color the Simple Garden Pots. Again, I used Spectrum Noir markers throughout this card, but use whatever you desire.

Adhere them to card front as shown, then add the Frame and snip off a small section at the bottom right to make room for a sentiment.




Die cut Fresh Flowers and color as desired. Add a touch of glue to backside of stem and slide them into the Garden Pot opening.

Ground your potted flowers with a bit of coloring underneath the pots as shown.

Stamp and heat set Bee Yourself Sentiment.

Make sure to stamp a few bees around the card front. :)


Happy Crafting,






Sun 25

Forget Me Nots
by Penny Ward



Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bouquet of Forget Me Nots. The new Spring release is filled with all sorts of goodness like these flowers and the gorgeous Hutton Gate die cuts. Use this intricate die up, down, on the side...so many choices!!!


Start with a White cardstock base and then start layering.

I die cut the Left Hutton Gate from White cardstock and layered that onto a Blue die cut Left Gate Background.




Adhered it to the card with foam adhesive. I die cut the Forget Me Not Blooms three times from coordinating Peach cardstocks. The branches I die cut from Olive cardstock and added just a touch of shading with a Spectrum Noir marker.




Finally I stamped the sentiment from the Prayers set, then die cut that with the smallest of the Stitched Oval Layers.


Pretty simple really, but it makes a wonderful keepsake for someone going through a rough time.


Happy Crafting,







Sun 18

Pastel Butterfly
by Penny Ward



Hello. hello Memory Box friends. Spring is in the air and that means flowers blooming, bees buzzing and butterflies flitting here and there. Today for you I have a watercolor and Metallics mash-up. Nothing better than watercolored butterflies !!!


Start with a White cardstock base and adhere a Black cardstock panel on top.




Die cut Big Butterfly Wing from watercolor paper. I used Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers, but use whatever you have to achieve pretty pastel colors.


Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from Spring Lilacs set.

Die cut Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame from White cardstock and Metallic Gold cardstock. Layer slightly off center.




Adhere Honeycomb Frame over sentiment, then adhere Big Butterfly on top. For the Butterfly body, I colored it with Delicata Golden Glitz reinker.


Happy Crafting my friends,







Sun 11

by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.  If you read this blog often enough, you know that masculine cards are really hard fr me. Yayness to Memory Box for making this the easiest card EVER!!!!

Shiny gearworks any man will love.


Here is how I made it:


Start with a Black cardstock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches.



Cut a peice of White cardstock 5.50 x 5.50 inches. Lather it up with Decofoil Transfer Gel and let dry. Using Holographic foil, run it through a laminating machine.

Now die cut this panel with Gearworks Frame. Isn't it gorgeous?!?

Adhere to Black panel.




On the leftover Holographic scrap, add a die cut sentiment. I used the Calligraphy Pop Thanks by Birch Press Designs.


Add Gearworks buttons and your notched sentiment to card front.


Happy Crafting,