127 posts categorized "Snowflakes"


Sat 23

Merry, Light and Bright…Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Starlight Snowflake Collage and Piccolo Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto



The Tisdale Snowflake Collage and Starlight Snowflake Collage dies are perfect for super-fast projects on this eve of Christmas eve.  Simple vellum candle sleeves take just a few minutes and add another reason to have these beautiful contemporary dies in your personal Memory Box Collection.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight with a quick project for your dining table, mantle or windowsill.  


Cut a sheet of white vellum sized to fit around big and little battery-operated candles with a ½" overlap.  Diecut the large piece three times with the Tisdale Snowflake Collage placed slightly diagonally.  Cut the three  uncut areas with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candle.

Oops...you'll probably notice that the curvature of the candle pushes the center portion of one of the large Tisdale snowflakes out like little spikes.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of white vellum and cut the smallest Piccolo Snowflake three times.   Carefully attach these self-adhesive Piccolo snowflakes over the center of the defiant Tisdale snowflake points to secure the little pieces.  They're the center top and bottom snowflakes in the picture above.  The delicate Piccolo snowflake not only controls the little pokies - it also adds a bit of dimension to the collage.

Cut the small strips of vellum with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candles.

That's it...done!


Thanks very much for stopping by on this busy weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress during the holidays to complete your collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  They're making room for our January Release too - so it's a good time to shop for some of the current designs on your wishlist before they go away!

Please join us again for Penny's Christmas Eve project tomorrow.

Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating on Monday!








Wed 13

Batavia Snowflake Channel, Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and Starlight Snowflake Collage by Jean Okimoto


Add a diecut snowflake wing to one of the Feathered Friends for a holiday design to match the delicate Batavia Snowflake Channel.  The matchup of soft peach, crisp white and gray creates a fresh look for Christmas - and a few gem stickers add a bit of bling.

Hi, Jean  Okimoto here, sharing another Feathered Friends Deep Edge die design.  The birds and owl will be great throughout the year - in fabric, felt, wood veneer, silkscreened prints...even recycled La Croix cans!  


Cut the bird from pale peach cardstock and gray printed paper.  Cut the eyes and beak from orange cardstock. Color the eye circle with a black Sharpie.  

Cut Starlight Snowflake Collage from white cardstock, then cut it with the Feathered Friends wing die.

Assemble the bird - offset the gray layer  for dimension, and to add a pretty peach outline along one side.  

Cut Batavia Snowflake Channel from white cardstock.  Trim it with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics Die.  Attach it to a top-folded gray A-2 card with a tape runner or double-stick tape.  Here's an optional step -  I like to protect the card with printer paper and run the open card through my Spellbinders Platinum machine to seal the edges where the card meets the Batavia Snowflake panel.  This creates nice, neat edges and seals any gaps.  Details, details!

Attach the bird with foamdots.  Add silver and dark peach gem stickers.  Color clear gem stickers with a marker if you don't have matching gem stickers.  


Imagine the same basic design with a column of hearts in February - or a leafy border in the spring.  Use a floral border in the summer and autumn leaves in the fall.  These birds will be busy!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's ASIAN INSPIRATION class at Impress!   Who would have guessed that so many Memory Box and Poppystamps designs could be used to diecut those beautiful silkscreened papers and Asian icons.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for gathering those dies and papers for everyone.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my last class of 2017 - WINTER BLISS - on December 16th.  Make 6 un-holiday cards  - including a low-profile (OK...flat) shaker card using Memory Box products to create custom-sized shaker packets for glitter and diecut bits and pieces.  We're using the Feathered Friends dies too - Impress just received another shipment of them.

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!







Tue 12

Golden Snowbreeze
by Jenny Griffiths

 Hello and welcome crafty friends,

   The Batavia Snowbreeze die is once again featured on our blog.  In the last several days it has been in the spotlight on this blog by different designers (we never know which dies are being featured by one another until it posts) and guess what?  same die but very different designs, colors and techniques on each card.  Take a look back on this blog and you'll see what I mean.

This holiday season I am drawn to colors of gold and rose gold.  I bought some new holiday decor and rose gold is my favorite color theme.  Here's a card with those colors in mind.  

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Layers, layers and more layers...I can't help it.  I started with a top fold ivory note card, die cut the Batavia Snow Breeze along the right edge and gold embossed the Christmas sentiment.

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Beneath the ivory layer, I added some beautiful gold glitter paper that peeks through the snowflakes, tiny breeze circles and the side edges.  One more layer of metallic chocolate card stock was added behind the glitter paper because I planned on using the sequin mix with the chocolate sequins (my fav).  This sequin mix is from Birch Press and is called "Not so heavy metal".


As a final layer, I added three gold Batavia Snowflakes postitioned over the beautiful Snowbreeze design.  A few sequins later and I'm ready to send this and other cards out for the holidays!

Thanks for stopping by and I will be back right after Christmas---very warm holiday wishes to you and your family.  




Mon 04

Classic Ice Skates Gatefold Card
by Anne Thompson

Holiday Greetings!  That's the Memory Box Challenge, #31, for this month. Have you submitted an entry yet?  Maybe my gatefold card today will provide some inspiration.


  • I began with a pre-scored gatefold notecard where the two side panels close to meet in the center on the front of the card.  I added a 2" wide strip of Blueberry Distressed Dots paper to each of those side panels and I added a 4" wide piece on the inside center.
  •  I die cut two 3.7" circles from white cardstock using the new WRAPPED CIRCLES DIE 30114 and one from the Blueberry Distressed Dots paper 3.1" in diameter.  This is a great set of 6 circle dies with interesting stitching on the edges.
  • I cut the CLASSIC ICE SKATES 99889 from white cardstock.  I adhered them to the smaller dot paper circle and then used a tape runner to add that to one of the larger white circles.
  • I then used the tape runner on the left half of the assembled circle piece and secured it to the left panel of the card front.  I added a small blue gem to the center of the bow.

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Now for the inside:


  • On the inside of the card, I added the other white circle lined up with the front one.
  • I then die cut the three PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850 from more of the dots paper.  I stacked them up using glue dots and used another glue dot to secure it to the white circle.  I added a small white adhesive-backed dot to the center.
  • I stamped "merry Christmas" from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5212using Blueberry Sky dye ink (Papertrey Ink).


I like the way this card stands slightly open to give at hint at what's inside. And I like that it opens in a way that is different from most holiday cards. 

The next challenge for me is to write messages in all of the cards I've made, address and stamp the envelopes, and get them to the post office.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 02

Tiny Ornament Triplet, Snowflake Wire and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


Tiny Ornament Triplet - one of three triplet sets - is great for a less-is-more design!  Add a delicate Snowflake Wire, glitter and the "little things" greeting from the Garden Sketches coordinating clear stamp and die sets.  Merry and minimal!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend - Jean Okimoto here tonight - with a simple little design for you.  The Tiny Ornament Triplet set confused me at first - I'm very easily confused.  Cut it from different shades of cardstock and play with the layering combinations - and you'll love the designs you can create.


Cut bright fuchsia cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and the 5-ornament die.

Cut green and lime cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the green rectangle with the 4-ornament die.  Cut the lime rectangle with the 3-ornament die.

Layer the 3 rectangles and cover the entire back with Scor-tape.  Brush Impress Sparkle Glitter onto the adhesive in the first, third and fifth ornaments.  Shop the Impress collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps while you're there!

Cut Snowflake Wire from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on lime carstock with Black Soot Distress Oxides and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Garden Sketches Die Set.


Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Add gold gem stickers.

I'll be designing more cards featuring the Triplet Dies - you'll love how they work together to create cool, contemporary designs.  I enjoy making cards that have people asking "how do you do that?" - and sharing the process with you.  Thank goodness for Memory Box and Dave's designs - imagine a world without dies!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week.






Sat 02

Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies, Snowflake Ring and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Let a festive member of the new Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies trio brighten your holiday cards.  This cheery bird would be happy in any color combo - like pinks and reds for your favorite gal-friends.  Or "he"  would be great in greens and blues for the guys, especially those Seahawks fans.  Keep the gray background and white Snowflake Ring - just change the accent strips, circle and gem stickers.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here today, with the details behind my December Challenge inspiration card.  The Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies are great with felt, heavy handmade artpapers, cork, fabric and wood veneer strips.  I've chosen some of my favorite papers  from Shizen Design - the pretty pink/red print and embossed red floral pattern.  Bits of felt create the eye, beak and rosy cheek. 


Diecut the shapes from artpapers.  Cut the background from neutral cardstock.  Cut the facial features from black, orange and pale peach wool-blend felt backed with a layer of adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet.  The backing stabilizes the little pieces and keep adhesives from soaking through.

Cut the white Snowflake Ring and a light pink Circle Basics background to fit behind the ring.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Cut a ¾" x 5-⅝" strip of red cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape to bright pink cardstock and cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter makes anything look great - even those scary shades of cardstock and strange printed papers hiding in your stash!  It's just $4.95 for a generous supply of this wonderful stuff. 

Attach everything to a gray A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card - use foamdots for the bird.  Add red gem stickers.


Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to create unique and special cards for everyone on your Christmas list.  See you again this evening...I'll be switching from today's  big bird to tiny ornaments for tonight's card!










Thu 30

Classic Ice Skates, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto



Rose Gold, Classic Ice Skates and glitter...a simple combination for a frosty Christmas design.  It's sweet, sparkly and shimmery - like icing on a special winter dessert.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card in my favorite new pastels - hope you like them too!


Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from white cardstock and leave it in the die.  Replace the cutting plate with the rubber embossing mat and plates required for dry embossing on your diecut machine.  Dry-emboss the diecut to add extra dimension to the delicate design.

Cut pale gray and pale peach cardstock with the second-largest Stitched Snowflake Oval.

Cut three snowflakes from iridescent rose gold cardstock with the Delicate Stitched Snowflake dies.


Classic Ice Skates is a beautiful - and delicate - design.  I cut 26 of them for class kits last weekend using this simple technique.  Place a layer of mid-weight plastic - like a piece from an Impress shopping bag - between the die and the cardstock before running it through the machine.  The smooth plastic helps release the diecut - just peel the plastic from it - then carefully wiggle and pull the negative sections away from the diecut instead of pulling on the diecut.  

It's also great being able to tape the die to the plastic and not ruin any of the surrounding glitter cardstock when you remove it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - on pale gray cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  It's a shimmery blend of Starlight Silver and Graphite Black Inks.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale peach cardstock - use foam dots for the skates.


Thanks for stopping by.  I'll be sharing more ideas on Saturday - hope to see you then!  (Also hope you won't get tired of seeing me so often this week.)









Wed 29

Penguin Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Snowflake Wire by Jean Okimoto


The new Penguin Collage makes it quick and easy to add a crisp layered look to your holiday cards.  Frame him with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and add a glittery red scarf and silver Snowflake Wire.  He's sure to brighten a wintery day as he delivers your holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a "less is more + glitter" design for you today.  The Penguin Collage is a great basic design that works with many backgrounds - like Licorice Distressed Dots.  A collage of snowflakes or a bright holiday print would be good backdrops too.


Here's a tip - briskly rub the die with a piece of scrunched wax paper to make it easy to remove the diecut.  This technique also helps with detailed dies, other stitched dies and pinpoint dies.  Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with the Penguin Collage and remove the center portion. 

Cut the Penguin Collage again from Licorice Dots - this cuts the center background portion.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the head and side portion of the penguin.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from soaking through.  

Another tip...cut the eyes and beak (on the same die) from light orange cardstock that's attached to Scor-Tape.  Then just color over the orange eyes with a black marker!  That's faster than cutting them all from white cardstock and then coloring those tiny pieces with orange and black markers.  Or cutting them from both black and orange cardstock.

Cut the long, wavey "tail" of the Curled Ribbons from the backside of red glittered cardstock.   This portion of the Curled Ribbons would normally be on the right side, we want it on the left side.  Trust me, it works.

Cut Snowflake Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Add red gem stickers.


Big Thanks to everyone from my MERRY AND QUICK and GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO classes at Impress last Saturday.  It was great seeing my loyal students and friends again - and welcoming new Memory Box fans too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lauren too - you certainly helped us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes for me this weekend - but I'm prepping for the December 9th ASIAN INSPIRATION calendar class.  We'll make a mini calendar using dies, stamps and artpapers - and a New Year card too.  

Thanks for stopping by!







Tue 28

Winter Skates
by Jenny Griffiths

 Welcome Memory Box Friends,

  Here's a look at the Classic Ice Skates--a new die from Memory Box's Winter 2017 release.  I have paired it with the Holly Collage from the Holiday release and the Snowflakes stencil from a while back.  I like to mix the new with the well loved "experienced" products.  

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These snowflakes are raised and glittered giving them dimension and sparkle.  I taped the snowflake stencil directly onto the blue card stock and spread Opaque Matte texture paste onto the stencil as though I was applying "frosting" using an offset palette knife.  Once all the open areas were filled and smoothed with texture paste I removed the stencil and doused the wet snowflakes with ultra fine irridescent glitter.  (note: make sure you immediately rinse the paste off the stencil as it sets up quickly and is difficult to remove when dry.)  


 After the background dried I added the cluster of green holly leaves and the skates which were paper pieced with silver mirror paper on the skate blades.   I also changed out the ribbon with red card stock.


 This would be a good card to create in a production line if you are making several of the same design.  

These snowflakes and skates have me thinking about winter and the holidays.  Several shopping centers here open up ice rinks during December and January for the young and the young-at-heart who like to get out there on the ice.   I'll be there cheering them on!

Hope you give this quick and easy card a go...remember to mix your new and "experienced" dies or stencils on your cards too.

Thank you for stopping by today!





Sun 26

Winter Wonderland
by Melissa Rusk

 Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a pretty winter card to share with you using some of the dies from the latest Memory Box release. Let's get started!

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I started with the new Wrapped Circles die set and cut out one in white and the next largest size out in a blue glitter paper. Then I took the beautiful Starlight Snowflake Collage and cut it in the white circle. I layered the circles together using foam tape to give my card some dimension.

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I placed the card on two coordinating colors of blue paper. To finish it off and add some extra magic and sparkle I used the Festival of Lights sequins set. It was the perfect color for my card today.

I hope you have a wonderful week and get some time to make something fun and fabulous!
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