78 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


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,



Wed 04

More New Products to Love
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello.....Happy New Spring Release from Memory Box. Penny here today showing a couple of the new dies that are now available at your favorite retailers. Have you been following the Blog Blitz this week? Make sure to check out what the designers have created/will create for you....and you have a chance to win some new goodies.

Just make sure to comment on each designers projects between January 2 - January 8th at 11:59pm EST.

Bookmark this blog so you don't miss a thing!!!!



For my card today I started with an Aqua Blue cardstock panel. I die cut the Carnival Happy Birthday from white cardstock, layed it into position on the Aqua panel, then penciled in the curve, cut with scissors.

Aqua panel was adhered to Lime Green cardstock, trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Dry embossed around the edges with a scoring board.



Leaves from Birch Press Design Brushed Greetings were stamped with Memento inks to add just a bit of color to my creation.

Carnival Happy Birthday was adhered to curve of card front with foam adhesive behind the "happy" and glue on the word "birthday". The tiny scallops at the bottom of the greeting were then pried upwards. "HAPPY" was coated with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle for that little something, something!

Antilles Floral Bouquet was die cut from white cardstock, snipped apart and placed behind the letter "H".

Finish the card with Crystal Drops or Faux Pearls as desired.


Make sure to comment and come back each day this week to see all the new dies and stamp set that Memory Box has created for your Valentines, Spring and Easter crafting.

I am giving away a Carnival Happy Birthday to one lucky person who comments

on this post before 11:59pm January 8th!


Happy New Year and happy crafting,



Sat 31

So Many Things
by Penny Ward


Hello friends of Memory Box products! Penny here today with new dies and stamps for the season of LOVE!

With the New Year ringing in tomorrow, this will give you a jump start for inspiration on the next big holiday of card making.

A couple of stamps and 1 die set...so many possibilities!

Let's get started:



Cut white cardstock 4.25 x 10 inches and score at 5.50 inches.

Die cut Classic Stitched Heart Collection from 3 shades of pink and a tiny heart from purple cardstock.

Using a few of your favorite embossing folders, run the hearts through your machine for texture.



Add hearts to edge of card randomly, finishing with the purple heart popped up with foam adhesive. Purple thread was added to the back of the sticky foam and Glossy Accents added to the heart.

Stamp sentiment from the So Many Things to Love set using VersaFine Imperial Purple. 

Tiny hearts from the Bumblebee Daydreams set were stamped with Memento Luxe inks Angel Pink, Rose Bud & Lilac Posies.

Finish the card with a few crystal sequins.


Happy Valentine Crafting,



Sun 25

Christmas Day 2016
by Penny Ward



Merry Christmas Memory Box friends. The designers at Memory Box are wishing you the most wonderful day.

I love the layout of this card and with a few tweaks, it is a design to be used all year long.


Starting with the Blue card stock base, stamp sentiment from the Love and Laughter set available at Simon Says Stamp using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Dry emboss around the edges with a bone folder and scoring board. 

Cut a piece of White card stock 3 x 5.50 inches, die cut along one edge with the largest of Circle Bump Borders. Dry emboss around the other three edges with a bone folder and scoring board. Adhere over Blue base with foam adhesive.


Die cut and color Poinsettia Flourish, Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament and Botanical Stem. Build the poinsettia as shown and adhere to card front.



Trim Botanical Stem as needed and slide beneath White panel and a bit of glue.

Add clear sequins and a flower center as desired.


Thanks so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting,



Sun 18

Bright Spirits
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. The countdown is on with just a few days left until Christmas. Do you need a really simple way to design those last minute cards? 10 minutes with this one and you are ready for giving or mailing.


Let's do this:


Start with a Black card stock base trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

Cut White card stock just a bit smaller, adhere 3 strips of washi tape.




Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp and die set.

Die cut Poinsettia Bloom Trio from Green card stock. Die cut Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from Red card stock.




Adhere together as shown, then add a glass dot for the flower center.


It just doesn't get any easier than that.

Happy Crafting,