66 posts categorized "Poppystamps"


Mon 27

Narwhals with Glitter and Distress Oxide Ink Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome!

I am excited to share a video today that features two projects with some of my favorite techniques. The first card shows how you can create a completely different look with your craft dies by doing an easy masking technique with your glitter. The second card uses some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz to create amazing spattered backgrounds - and they turn out perfect for ocean themed cards!


See those soft wave patterns - embedded in the glitter? It is so easy to achieve this look - and it definitely opens up your craft dies to new possibilities! 

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

Once you get the hang of how to create those patterns in the glitter area then you can really let your creativity take off. I did a simple wave pattern, but you could get really focused and create some intricate designs. And adding different color combinations of glitter is so fun! I chose a tone on tone look, but anything goes if you are going to use glitter.


This glitter technique is definitely an attention getter - I used the Underwater Collage die with double stick adhesive sheets to create the background and notice the bubbles on the side are glittered too. No matter what you put on top of the glittered area, people are going to say wow!


I based both of the projects on this cute little guy - the Neighborly Narwhal. Some simple paper piecing is required to put him together and here I have cut him out in varying shades of cardstock to show off his light and dark areas.


I wanted to give the idea that he was sort of floating on the waves and I think it worked. Cutting him out of matte cardstock and then placing him over the glitter background gives him a halo of sparkle and shine.


I varied the glitter a little bit here - adding a green color to make the two shades stand out a bit more. It is a lot more noticeable and I had some fun experimenting to see which combinations I liked best.


The Cheerful Crab die is a bright addition to the card - I added some Glossy Accents to make his shell look a little bit wet. And the sentiment is from a Poppy Stamps Clear Stamp set called Flower Patch - I just stamped the Thank You in black ink near the bottom, tucked into one of the rounded edges of the die shape.


The Underwater Collage works with two other dies - the Coral Collage and the Seaweed Collage - to create some really interesting 3D papercraft projects. You can see above that when they are layered together you can create a dimensional scene - fish can be poking their heads out from behind the edges and you can tuck in little bits of coral and seaweed. 

For the cards in the video though, I just kept it simple and used one layer at a time. The nice thing is that they can still be used individually!


I had a blast putting this simple slider card together - when it is "closed" you see the Neighborly Narwhal swimming in the window I created with the Seaweed Collage. And when the card is "open" the Narwhal slides out of the way, revealing the sentiment underneath.


The Narwhal is proportioned just right to float in the middle of the opening - I used the same cardstock color scheme again to create him because I wanted it to go nicely with the "bubbly" background.


Creating the background was a breeze - I used Distress Oxide inks in three colors (Broken China, Wilted Violet and Faded Jeans) to make a beautiful marine inspired background. After blending the three colors, I spritzed lightly with water and watched the drops create glowing spots on the ink. It looks just like bubbles coming up from the sea.


I kept the design pretty simple - I loved the background so much that I didn't want to put a lot on it! But you could mix things up and stamp the sentiment on the open area, and add more fish and ocean things into the hole. We have an entire section of nautical themed dies that are ready for a scene just like this!


I had some extra Cheerful Crabs from the first project, so I glued one onto the tip of the slider. That way the card recipient gets their attention drawn to the side and will know to pull!


A little bit of color from the Seaweed Stalks may be a nice addition - we have lots of ocean inspired designs for you to choose from. Careful though, you may get carried away!

Enjoy the show! 



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 06

Harvest Thanks
by Penny Ward


Hello friends.....Penny here today with a card that should look somewhat familiar. I made a card for the Memory Box Challenge inspiration HERE, and on this card I used the leftover die cuts. It's like a twofer!!!

Let me walk you through this:


Start by inking a white cardstock panel with Wild Honey and Peeled Paint distress inks. Flick some water to activate those wonderful water spots.

Let it dry and die cut with Radiant Frame.



Make a base card from Light Orange cardstock. Adhere the "frame" portion of Radiant Frame with a removable adhesive (I prefer spray on).

Take each of the "rays", apply foam adhesive and place them back into their designated spot. When finished, lift off the frame.


Finish the card by die cutting and coloring the pumpkin from the Harvest Pumpkin Oval Frame and the tiny Plump Pumpkin.

Add a sentiment that is heat embossed on black for a nice visual effect.


Make sure you play in this months challenge...enter HERE...prizes involved!!


Happy Crafting,



Wed 22

Plush Anemone in Bloom
by Jean Okimoto


A felt Plush Anemone thank you card is like a frosty Creamsicle on a hot summer day...refreshingly bright and perfect for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - the late bloomer who finally caught up with the Plush Felt Flowers trend! 

Did you see the great Plush Flowers video by Memory Box's now-famous Dee and Brenda?  It explains - and shows - all you need to know about creating these delightful flowers.  Attach them to cards, layouts, tags and gifts - if they get crushed, they'll bounce right back and be as pretty as ever.  Thanks Brenda and Dee - you did a great job!


The video recommends a glue gun - but I used tacky glue to keep the flower flat and flexible for the card.   A tiny blob is all you need - just press the felt together for a few seconds while it sets up.

Cut 5 medium and 5 small felt petals and assemble the flower.  Cut the center fringe from black felt - you'll use just half of the strip for this flower.  Attach a narrow strip of double-stick tape along the bottom of the fringe, then coil it into a tight circle.  Trim about ⅛" from  the bottom.  Dip the coiled end into a blob of glue, then press it into the center of the flower.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker paper to light yellow and green felt and cut some small flowers and a set of leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from saturating the little pieces.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thank Clear Stamp Set - on green cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine.  Attach everything to a dark gray A-2 card.  Add silver sequins.   It'll probably require extra postage...but I think your recipient will appreciate it!


Thanks for stopping by.  See you in the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on Saturday the 25th.  Can you believe it's almost the 4th of July?








Tue 17

Grand Voyage Balloon
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features the new Grand Voyage Balloon die. This works perfectly with Breezy Clouds Detail Plate.  It's fun to mix the old and the new.


To create this card begin by die cutting the Grand Voyage BalloonQuilted Balloon Stripes, Curled Ribbons and Breezy Clouds Detail Plate from watercolor paper. Paint the cloud background, balloon, and balloon stripes with watercolors. Stencil over the balloon using Fired Brick distress ink and the Dot Grid stencil.  The bunny is stamped, colored, cut out and glued behind the balloon basket. The sentiment came from a Poppystamps set called Into the Woods, which was stamped on watercolor paper and cut into a banner.  Glue the banner to a toothpick which was stained with Vintage Photo Distress ink. 


To finish the card adhere the balloon to the cloud background using foam adhesive.  Embellish with clear glass dots. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great week!



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Sun 27

Ornament Fun
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

I think this card is THE most favorite card that I have ever made! I had so much fun designing this one! I had an initial idea and as I went it just kept growing...so here it is...I really hope you like it!


I used the Stunning Spectacles die from Poppystamps for the glasses and several sizes of googly eyes. Who doesn't love googly eyes!


I used the new Embossed Angel Wings for hair for both the dad and for the mom. The dad and kid's mouths are made from the cut out part of the ornament caps! Oh and I used the two small mustaches from the Memory Box Moustache set to make the mom's mouth!


I love finding unique ways to use dies...don't you? So tell me in the comments some fun different ways you have found to use Memory Box dies....other than what they were intended to be used as I mean...I can't wait to hear your ideas! JenniferVPsignature(1)


Sat 29

Interlocking Happy Birthday


Hello everyone!

Today I am bringing you a fun card that can be customized for the birthday boy or girl (or man or woman) based on their favorite colors and their name. The base design of the card would remain the same you can just change out the name you put on the ribbon portion of the card and change the colors of paper you select based on the birthday person's favorite colors! Then they get a custom card that and get to feel extra special because you took the time to personalize it just for them. It lets them know that you take the time to notice the little details like...hey orange is James's favorite color, so Aunt Jen made a card using Orange just for James!


I took a card base and scored it for a gatefold then turned it on it's side. I attached the Stitched Happy Birthday Circle Frame to the larger Open Studio Pinpoint Circle Layers base then using pop dots attached that to the Bottom section of the gate fold.

I then cut out the Upper Case Alphabet Soup and attached the name of the birthday boy to my cut out Ribbon from the largest ribbon from the Poppystamps Classic Ribbons Die set. I then attached that with foam pop dots from the Top section of the gate fold of my card. The sections then close together with each piece sort of floating on top of the base card. It gives dimension to the card and protects the pieces from getting smashed when the card is opened and closed.


If this were a card for a girl I might add some bling or a ribbon somewhere, but since it was a masculine card I just left it alone. I hope you like the card and that you are staying cool and having fun crafting this summer!


Tue 11

Watercolored Inlaid Roses

Hey, there!

Today I made a one-layer card featuring a little inlaid die action with one of the new dies and a sentiment from the last PoppyStamp release:



Memory Box die (English Rose Stem) and PoppyStamps sentiment stamps (Hope & Thanks); Paper: Memory Box cardstock, Canson watercolor paper; Inks: Ranger Archival Ink; Other: Zig watercolor brush markers, Twinkling H20's



    1. Make 4.25" x 5.5" card base.
    2. Die cut rose stem from panel of watercolor paper.
    3. Before removing die-cut, place tape on back side of die-cut sheet to keep internal bits of flowers in place.
    4. Remove die-cut and paint background of panel using washes of Twinkling H20's.
    5. Stamp sentiment and heat set.
    6. Paint internal pieces of flowers using Zig watercolor markers.
    7. Highlight flowers with white pen.
    8. Use white pen to create dot trios randomly across card.
    9. Paint die-cut separately, dry, and insert into panel.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!



Wed 01

Butterfly Trail Mini Perfect Patches



Big congrats to our Butterfly Challenge winners - Justyna and Sonya!  Thanks very much to everyone who entered the challenge - we love your cards and your support.  

Ready for the July Challenge?  Get the details here - can't wait to see your great designs!

Jean Okimoto here this afternoon - yes, still in the butterfly mode.  I love how Butterfly Trail fits perfectly onto half of the Mini Perfect Patches Die to create a tile-ish look.  Fireworks! and Sheer Shimmer Spritzes highlight the Peerless Watercolors, adding a luminous glow.

Memory Box Products

  • Mini Perfect Patches Die 99162
  • Butterfly Trail Stamp E2044
  • Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set CL405
  • Pool Notecard 
  • Pool Envelope

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Fireworks! Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritzes - Gold, Sparkle
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad   
  • VersaMark Inkpad    
  • Memento Bahama Blue Inkpad

The versatile Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamps is already one of our favorite 
 greetings set - look at these great phrases:


Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Set CL405

Project directions and supply lists are posted over at our Ideas Gallery.

Have you been to the Birch Press site lately?  You'll love their selection of classic, timeless designs - and yes, Peerless Watercolors too!



Looking for something really cool to do on Friday July 3rd?  Join us for the DIE-VERSITY Class in refreshing AC-d comfort at Impress!  Stencil, emboss, and deconstruct our favorite diecut designs and push some great dies to the max to get the most out of them.  

Thanks for stopping by - join us for one of Marnie's cool designs tomorrow.

Happy 4th!




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Sat 27

Circle Forest Scene BBQ...




You can plan a BBQ even if it's not your birthday though!  Pam here to celebrate birthdays and Summer with a fun scene card!

I cut a white piece of card-stock 4.25 in. x 11 in., scored and folded it for a top fold card base.  Top fold cards are the easiest to photograph and another photo tip, if you're using natural light, be sure to pull up the blinds!  Open blinds let in light but you'll be amazed how much better it is when you pull them all the way up and out of the way! Your camera will thank you! lol

oops!  Got off track there for a minute, back to the card!

I die cut the Circle Forest Scene parts from cold press watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored them, the grass/trees with Peerless and the grill, houses and clouds with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

The little curvy fence is from the Wide Open Spaces Open Studio die set. I just trimmed off the bottom...perfect fit!  




I wish I'd  used the Celebrate from this set because it's just enough larger. I didn't see it until I'd already stamped this one from poppystamps Into the Words set.  'It's your birthday' is from the same set. 

I die cut a circle frame to place over the top from the Shaker Circle Frames die set.

Well, I see I goofed.  The Grill has been discontinued!!!  I wouldn't have thought... so think bicycle or golf cart or even the new tractor die!  Sorry about that!

All that's left to do is layer everything up!  I use ATG, Tombow mono multi glue, thin and regular 3L/Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares.


Happy Summer day to you!  Thanks for stopping by!