82 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


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 04

Whirling Butterfly
by Penny Ward


Hey there Memory Box friends. So I get out one of my favorite stencils and some Creative Medium paste. I mean really...are you loving that background?!? Softened the whole look with that beautiful Whirling Butterfly. So simple, I may have to mass produce this one.


Let's get to it:


Start with a Black card base. Trim White cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches.



Using the Distressed Grid stencil, begin adding Creative Medium in Copper, Gold and Bronze until you are happy with the look. Let dry.



Die cut Whirling Butterfly Silhouette from Rust & Black cardstocks, offset slightly and adhere together. Glue to card front.

Add a small amount of Copper Creative Medium to a scrap of Rust cardstock, let dry, then diecut with the second smallest butterfly from the Morning Garden Butterflies set. Adhere to card over the swirl.

Die cut two Grosgrain Ribbons as shown, stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Hope & Thanks set by Poppystamps. Adhere to card front with a small staple.


This would make a great "manly" card, even with the butterfly. :)


Happy Crafting,




Sun 26

Happy Easter
by Penny Ward


Hello friends.... Penny here today with a die cut frame sitting on top of paper that has been airbrushed. Easter is just around the corner...better hop to it! 

It just doesn't get any easier!!!!

Follow along with me:


Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 inch White cardstock panel. Spritz it with an eBrush and Copic markers. (This would also be beautiful with liquid sprays you might have on hand).



Die cut the Easter Eggstravagaza Frame from White cardstock. Die cut Grand Happy Easter from White and Black cardstocks.

Slightly offset the black and white "happy" and glue together. Trim away all excess cardstock. Adhere this panel to to eBrushed card base.

Adhere two tiny strips of Black cardstock across the letters and bottom of card.



Adhere the Easter Eggstravaganza Frame to top portion of card, trimming just below the eggs as shown.

eBrush the cut off section and adhere to White cardstock, trim to make a bookmark/tag.


It's a twofer with one diecut...LOVE it!


Happy Crafting,



Sun 19

a Lacy Easter
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello Memory Box fans. We hardly get one holiday over and I making cards for yet another. With Easter around the corner, I wanted to show off the new Stitched Aster Blooms die and how you can incorporate them into an Easter blessing.

Let's get started:


Cut heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half.


Die cut the top right corner with Distressed Addington Collage, then round the corner.



On watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals, then spritz with water. Let dry and die cut Stitched Aster Blooms several times and also Happy Easter Perky Script.

Adhere to card front as shown, then add sequins as desired.

Quick, simple Easter card without a lot of pastels. :)


Happy Crafting my friends,



Sun 12

Delicate Flower
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring and a very delicate flower. I love the simplicity of the card and how the Budding Peony stands out with its vibrant color. I saw a card layout on the CardMaker Magazine blog with the checks and flowers and just knew I had to create something like it.

Here's how it's done:


Make a White cardstock base trimmed 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Use a Black marker and color about 1/4 inch of the top edge.



Cut watercolor paper 4  x 5.50 inches. Paint gray stripes both vertical and horizontal, let dry. 

Curve the bottom left edge with scissors (I used a bread plate as a guide) then attach to card base.



On a large scrap of watercolor paper, sprinkle some Lindy's Magicals and mist with water. In my example I used Autumn Maple Crimson, Time Travel Teal and Rusty Lantern Lime. 

Die cut this panel with Budding Peony and Sprouting Vine.

Adhere to card front as shown.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from So Many Things to Love. Trim ends and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add Ebony Black Crystal Drops as desired.


Happy Crafting my friends,




Sun 05

A framed Heart
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today.  I want you to immediately scroll down to see the true effect of this embossed card, that of course does not show up until I get within inches with my camera.   Go ahead and scroll to the next picture...I will wait.

Ok...how elegant is that embossing with a die?!?  It really gives the card a little something, something don't you think?



To recreate this fairly simple card, just cut a White cardstock panel to 4.25 x 5 inches. Emboss the Climbing Vine along the left edge of the panel.



Stamp the small heart from the So Many Thing to Love set using a Medium Gray ink. Color in the flowers as desired. In my example, I used Polychromo pencils.



Now die cut the panel with two Stitched Oval Layers to make a frame.

Adhere the White panel to a Light Blue card base that has been trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half.

Now adhere the frame matching up the stamped area using foam adhesive.

Add Midnight Blue Crystal Drops as desired on the flowers and sequins across the card front.


Happy Crafting,



Sun 29

by Penny Ward


Welcome to the Memory Box blog. One of the newest die sets is the Morning Garden Butterflies. Six pretty butterflies in six sizes. LOVE!!!

On my card today I have used a few of them to give you an idea of how big and small they are.




Using watercolor paper as the background I scribbled it with four different colors of blue Zig Brush Pens. Touched that paint with a wet brush to move the color around.




White cardstock was trimmed to 5.50 x 5.50 inches. Placed the Morning Garden Butterflies and die cut. I then trimmed this panel to 4 x 5.50 inches.

Each butterfly was coated with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and let dry before adhering to card front.

Thank you Manuscript was die cut from watercolor paper 3 times, then painted with a Zig Brush Pen and wet paintbrush. Stack and adhere together before gluing to card front.

Tiny Crystal Drops were added for a spot of color.


Have a crafty day,



Sun 22

a Dazzling Dragonfly
by Penny Ward


Hello and welcome to the Memory Box blog. We recently revealed all the new dies and stamps for the Spring crafting season and I just can't get enough of this adorable Dazzling Dragonfly.

Assuming you read this blog daily, you already know I am loving the Lindy's Magicals you use with watercolor paper.  Sprinkle, spritz and let dry before selecting placement of your diecut. No two Dragonflies (or any other die cut for that matter) will ever be the same.



The card front is actually a pale Gray with a bit of faux stitching down the side.

Die cut Dazzling Dragonfly and Tall Poppy Right Corner from prepared watercolor paper.




Stamp sentiment from the Hope and Thanks set by PoppyStamps onto Olive cardstock, tear top portion and adhere all elements to card front as shown.

Finish card with sequins for added interest.


Happy crafting...until next time,



Sun 15

happy happy Birthday!
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. As you probably know by now that my favorite color combo is Blue and Lime...LOVE!!!

And with just two colors, this card is super simple to pull together (really fast if you have a Misti tool). It is just a matter of stamping repeatedly, a die cut and some twine.



On a White cardstock panel, stamp "happy" from the Party Time set repeatedly down the right side of card front. I used Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink.

I then die cut "birthday" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script three times. Stacked and adhered them together, then inked with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue. Coat the greeting with Glossy Accents and let dry.



I did some scoring lines on the left side of card, yet it doesn't show well in the photograph. Wrap twine three times and add a triple bow.


Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!!


Happy crafting,



Sun 08

Florals to DIE for
by Penny Ward


Hello and welcome to the last day of the Memory Box Blog Blitz. Have you been loving all the new stamps and dies for the Spring crafting season?

If this is your first look at the Valentines, Spring and Easter ...then you must click HERE to start at the beginning of the 7 day Blitz.

Make sure to comment on each designers inspiration, as there are prizes to be won each and every day!


I must admit I am in love with all the new floral dies! What says Spring better than flowers?!?



Using a White card front, I embossed the Lavender Bunch into the paper, then die cut the Sketch Floral from Teal cardstock.

Happy Birthday Friendship Script was die cut from White cardstock three times, stacked and adhered together to give it some height.

Sheer Shimmer Sparkle was added to the words for some sparkly goodness.



To tie the flower into the card, I added a small strip of Teal cardstock at the bottom and wrapped a pretty ribbon over the seam.

I am kinda liking how the sentiment is laying over the ribbon just a bit.

Finish card with Crystal Drops, sequins or faux pearls.


Today I am giving away the Sketch Floral die to one lucky person that comments on this post.

All comments must be made by 11:59pm EST January 8th.  (That is TODAY)



Happy crafting,