110 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


Sun 24

a Channel of Snowflakes
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box friends. Last week I was showing you Purple snowflakes, this week you get Red. You are the artist...you can make them any color you want!

Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.

Add a piece of Green cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches to the base card.




Trim Red cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches and die cut the long edge with Batavia Snowflake Channel. Set this panel aside for just a bit.

Cut a piece of watercolor paper 2 x 5 inches. Sprinkle and spritz with Lindy's Magicals Frosty Forest Green and Rudolph's Nose Red. Let dry.

Adhere the watercolor panel behind the Batavia Panel and wrap a festive ribbon. Adhere this panel to the card front.




Die cut Batavia Snowflake Channel with a scrap of Red cardstock and trim out one snowflake. Adhere to card front as shown and add a faux pearl for snowflake center.

Die cut Brush Merry Christmas from Green cardstock three times. Stack and adhere together, then to the card front. Add a faux pearl for the tittle over the letter "i".


Happy Holiday cardmaking,





Sun 17

Metallic Snowflakes
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. I love metallic cardstock!!! Do you?  The cardstock paired with the beautiful Chancery Snowflake and Outline dies create a wow factor!

This is how I put my card together:


I started by cutting the Luxury Purple and Silver cardstocks on the short side so I could butt them together and tape them down on the backside.

It still needed something so I cut a bunch of 1/4 inch strips of the Metallic cardstock and adhered them to a piece of paper laying them on the diagonal, trimmed to 5.50 inches and adhered to the backside of my card front.




Now for the easy peasy Mr. Sneezy part....Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline from both Silver and Purple metallic cardstocks. Die cut the Chancery Snowflake from just the Purple cardstock.

Adhere to card front as shown.




Trim snowflake from the top and right edges, add a faux pearl for snowflake centers and call it done.

Because metallic cardstocks are hard to stamp on (ink doesn't adhere and stamps tend to slide, I put the sentiment inside the card).


Happy holiday crafting,




Sun 10

Swinging Elf
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Have you enjoyed this past week of Slider cards? They really are fun and easy to make and who wouldn't love getting a card like this?!?

So here we go:


My card is slightly larger than a normal A2. I wanted to give Mr. Elfy a little room to swing from the tree. This card is 4.5 x 7 inches, but of course you can make your version any size.

I started with the Classic Ornament to get an idea of placement for the slider. Ornament was die cut from Luxury Silver cardstock . I then die cut another Classic Ornament from Shimmering Red cardstock, then die cut that with Classic Ornament Triplet to give it a little decoration.

Stamp, color and die cut the elf from the Christmas Elves set. With a craft knife, notch out the section between his legs and make small cuts to let his arms lift. Slide him onto the Classic Ornament and add a length of twine behind him.



If you are making the same size card as my example, you will want to cut heavy weight white cardstock 4 x 6.5 inches. Die cut this panel with the curved Slider Grooves leaving enough space at the bottom to stamp your sentiment. Go ahead and stamp sentiment now. I used one of the greetings from the Christmas Elves set with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Position elf as desired over slider area. Flip over and add a small piece of foam adhesive. Adhere a penny over the foam adhesive. Elf should slide freely at this point.



Position elf/ornament to the very far left of the slider and pull twine to top of panel securing on backside with tape. Try sliding the elf back and forth. He should have enough twine to go left and right.

Die cut Sapling Collage and Botanical Stem from scrap cardstock. Color as desired then snip Sapling Collage so you only have a couple of branches to work with. Snip leaves from Botanical Stem using only the smallest leaves. Adhere to slider panel as shown.

On backside of slider panel use double stacked foam adhesive all around the card (don't get too close to the slider area). Adhere this panel to your card base.


Thank you for joining us this week. We designers hope you are inspired to try your own slider cards.


Happy holiday cardmaking,






Sun 03

Fall is in the Air
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Have you fallen in love with the Felt movement? Wool felt makes such lovely flowers, especially with Fall colors.

Let me show you how easy this is to recreate:


Start with Kraft cardstock trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches, die cut with Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Cut another piece of Kraft and die cut with the next smallest of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.




Stamp sentiment on smaller panel from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set. 

Die cut Leaf Collage from three colors of 100% Wool Felt. Die cut Scalloped Posie from coordinating Felt. Roll flowers and secure with glue.




Wrap stamped panel with Natural Burlap String and tie bow. Adhere flowers and leaves as shown.

I love the simplicity of this card and the Felt just adds to the beauty!


Happy holiday crafting,




Sun 27

3D Bauble
by Penny Ward


Hi crafty friends. Penny here today with a 3D ornament. I love when Memory Box makes symmetrical dies..they are so easy to turn into pretty gifts you can give to friends, teachers, etc.

Let me show you how simple it is to put this Plush Gift Ornament die to good use.


Die cut the Plush Gift Ornament six times from Luxury Blue Glitter cardstock.



Use a scoring board to make a crease right down the middle of each die cut. Using the scalloped die as a guide, draw with Crystal Drops Midnight Blue and Gold as shown, let dry. Add Silver Crystal Drops as desired and let dry.

Adhere one half bauble to another half bauble on the backside until you have a complete circle. 

Add a Hat Pin with beads to bottom of ornament by sliding it through the tiny opening.

Wrap top of ornament with pretty ribbon and add a loop of twine/cording for a hanger.


Happy Holiday Crafting,





Sun 20

Tree Line
by Penny Ward


Hello and hi there. Penny here today with a snowy tree line card. I love to ski at Breckenridge and Vail....this card makes me want to get out there now! However...I will have to wait until January. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

Here we go:


Start with a piece of White cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink the top portion with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves until happy with your "sky".

Adhere this panel to a base card of White cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, folded in half.



Now for the die cutting. Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 panel of White cardstock. Die cut Stitched Tree Horizon (yes, some of your trees will get cut off). Now die cut Stitched Circle Trees from a large scrap of White cardstock. Trim the top portion of the circle away. I also die cut a small portion of the Stitched Curves to adhere over the "circle" so it looked more uniform.




Adjust your tree line as desired and adhere trees with foam adhesive and bottom of card front with glue. (Back row of trees has one layer of foam adhesive, front trees have two layers of foam adhesive).  Stamp sentiment from Blessed to Know You with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Wrap card front with sheer Navy ribbon and tie a knot.

Pretty simple yet stunning with all the white space.


Happy crafting....




Sun 13

Snowflake cut out
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with something so simple, you will be able to duplicate this card in less than 10 minutes. Do you need a lot of holiday cards? This is the design for you!


Let's get started:


Trim heavy White cardstock 5.50 x 8.50 inches, fold in half. Place the Chancery Snowflake Outline die on the front side of card near top, center. Die cut ONLY the front panel of your card.



Trim top and bottom portion of card front away with scissors as shown. Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline again from Luxury Navy Blue cardstock. Adhere to inside of card using the opening as a guide.




Trim a thin piece of Luxury Navy cardstock and adhere to left side of card front. Trim a 1 inch strip of same cardstock, stamp with Merry Christmas Sentiments and heat set. Notch one end and add to card front. Finish with White Crystal Drops, Glass Drops and iridescent snowflakes as desired.


See.....that was easy! It took longer to type this up then to actually make the card. :)


Happy Holiday crafting.....




Sun 06

by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends....Penny here today and I was shooting for a Fall creation, but my leaves came out on the Pastel side. So I am calling this a pre-Fall card. :)

If you are loving the pale colors, then go with it, otherwise adjust your inks, gelatos for a darker shade of leaves.

Here we go:


As always...start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.


Die cut Leaf Collage two times from a piece of acetate (we are making a stencil that you can keep).


Cut White cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Using your new stencil, apply gelatos mixed with Modeling Paste. In my example I used Metallic Mint, Raspberry and Orange Soda Gelatos.

While that is drying, die cut the Leaf Collage again from Watercolor paper. Choose a few of the largest leaves and watercolor them with your favorite paints, pencils or markers.




Wrap your stenciled panel with Purple ribbon, stamp the sentiment from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Add a sheer bow and a few of the watercolor leaves.

I love how versatile the Leaf Collage is for using on a card, scrapbook or making a stencil.  L O V E !!!


Happy Crafting,




Sun 30

Stitched Stars
by Penny Ward


Hello, hello..... These stars!!!!!  I made them into ornaments, but oh the possibilities! Depending on how you arrange the stars on your cardstock before diecutting, you can have stitched, non stitched or a combination of both like I have done on my card.

Let's do this:


Start with a White card base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half. Ink the long edges with VersaFine Majestic Blue.




Cut Shimmering White cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches. Emboss some diagonal lines with a Scoring Board. Stamp sentiment from the Merry Christmas Sentiment stamp set using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.




Die cut Stitched Stars from Luxury Matte Silver cardstock. (While cardstock is still in the metal die, I take tiny bits of clear tape to keep the parts together).

Adhere Blue twine to back of stars and wrap over the edge of the White panel. Now adhere the card front to base card.


Now that was pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!


Happy crafting,




Sun 23

Trio of Candles
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with the last day of the Christmas in July Blitz. I like to get started early on my holiday cards, so it is a good thing that Memory Box comes out with their holiday collection in the summer. How about the adorable trio of watercolored candles? And that Stitching!!!!!  L O V E !!!!!

So...here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half. Die cut one side of the card base with the largest of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles. Wrap Burgundy sheer ribbon and secure in front.



Die cut the second smallest of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from White cardstock and adhere over ribbon with foam adhesive. Die cut Stitched Holly Leaves from Green cardstock, trim and adhere just under the raised rectangle.



Die cut Little Candle Trio from Watercolor paper. Color with paints or use Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers as I have done. Adhere to raised rectangle.

Stamp sentiment from Merry Christmas Sentiments stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Add Autumn Red Crystal Drops as desired around the card front.


 We hope you enjoyed seeing our creations with some of the new Holiday collection.

If you want a chance to win the Little Candle Trio, just leave a comment before Midnight TONIGHT July 23, 2017.

Happy Holiday card making,