73 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


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,



Sun 11

Snowflake JOY
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a bit of Blue Joy! This has to be one of my favorite dies, yet I think this is the first time I have actually used the snowflake as part of the sentiment (I keep finding other die cuts to use for the "O", such as ornaments or critters).

Here are the steps I used:


Start with a White card stock panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Emboss around the edges with a Scoring board.

On a scrap piece of White card stock, stencil with Scattered Flakes and an eBrush. You could also use ink or paste...whatever your heart desires.

Die cut the Snowflake Joy from this panel, then completely ink the Snowflake (I used a B06 Copic marker).



Die cut the Snowflake Joy for a second time and color with marker. Glue letters together, slightly offset and adhere to card front as shown.

Adhere snowflake, a tiny bow and snowflake center.



For the top portion of the card I first embossed a small piece of White card stock with a stripey folder. EBrushed with Copic B06, then die cut this panel with Curved Dashing.

Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

To cover up a LARGE booboo, I stamped two snowflakes from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set, die cut them with the matching dies and glued them to cover the mistake. :)


I love embellishments, don't you?

Happy Crafting,



Sun 04

Hummingbird Joy
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello. Penny here today on the blog with super cute, super fast. Using an object in place of a letter makes such an impact and when paired with faux watercolors...just adorable! Creating this is just too easy.....


Let me show you how:


Start with a piece of watercolor paper about 5.50 x 4.25 inches. Sprinkle on a little Lindy's Magicals Time Travel Teal and Ponderosa Pines Olive. Spritz with water and let dry (or for those like me who can't wait...dry with a heat gun).


Die cut Snowflake Joy, Classic Ornament and the small Forest Hummingbirds from the watercolor panel. Color the ornament topper with a Copper Sharpie.

Notice my Hummingbird is so much lighter? I die cut him from the edge of the watercolor panel where the color was much softer. :)



Adhere a tiny strip of the watercolor panel to a White card base along the left side. Adhere the "J, Y" with glue.

Adhere the ornament and Hummingbird with foam adhesive, along with a piece of twine as shown.


Are you still making Holiday cards? Show us what you have been up to by entering our monthly challenge HERE.


Happy Crafting,



Sun 27

Watercolor Holly
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of watercoloring. Three Kuretake Brush Pens and a water brush makes this card so simple to pull together. I am really loving the Holly against the Black background.


Let's Make a Card:


Die cut Black card stock with the largest of the Stitched Oval Layers. Make two cuts so you can use one as the "fold" of the card.

On one of the Black ovals, score along the top edge about 1/2 inch down from the top. Glue this small area to the other Black oval.




Die cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from watercolor paper. Using Kuretake Zig Brush Pens, color/paint the Holly and Berries as desired. For the outside of the frame, I painted that with Delicata Golden Glitz reinker and a paint brush.




Adhere Holly Swirl Oval to Black card base. Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Delightful Ornament set onto Black card stock, trim and adhere to card front.


There are a few days left to participate in our November Challenge. Click HERE for all the details.


Happy Crafting,



Sun 20

Golden Gift
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with my newest love in paper...Gold Mirror cardstock.


Found it at my local craft store and it die cuts beautifully! But I just had to take this particular Oh So Merry Frame die to the next level....

as a gift card holder.

Here we go:



Die cut the Oh So Merry Frame from mirrored cardstock. Very important to keep the pieces below the word Merry.

Flip die over and tape those three pieces back in place.




For the background panel I used Lindy's Magicals Steel Shimmer on watercolor paper. After that was dry, I added some Gansai Tambi Gold paint and let dry.



Adhere Gold Oh So Merry Frame to watercolor panel.

NOTE:  Only glue around the frame area and just along the bottom of the "merry" section, not the actual letters themselves.

This will leave you with an area to slide a gift card.  :)

Card and gift all in one...I like it!


Happy holiday crafting,




Sun 13

Tweet Greetings
by Penny Ward


Hey there Memory Box fans. Penny here today with a card that could be changed to use all year long. I went with a holiday theme, but change the colors and sentiment and it works for Spring, Summer, Birthday, Sympathy...all sorts of occasions.

Let's Make a Card:


Start with a White cardstock panel and stamp Skywriting along the top portion using light green ink. Mine came out a little too bright so I toned it down with gesso.


Cut a this panel with Curved Dashing. Take a large scrap of Red cardstock and cut another Curved Dashing, offset and adhere together.

Adhere a scrap of green cardstock below.

Die cut the Birdhouse Trio from White cardstock and color as desired. I used Copic markers, but paint or pencils will work also.

Adhere to card front as shown only using glue along the stems and foam adhesive for the birdhouses.


Don't forget to die cut the Resting Birds and add it to your card...so cute!

Stamp sentiment from the Delightful Ornament set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I then outlined some of the letters with a White gel pen.

Fluff the leaves and you are done!  :)


Happy holiday crafting,