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Wed 15

Sending Love by Lindsay

Hi friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I wanted to share a simple card with you today, that I created using one the the flowers from the latest release. 


I started with a panel of water color paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4. Using a foam blending tool, I added spots of green, and pink in the approximate location of my flower die cut. I took some water, and a brush, and splattered the panel, lifting I then die cut the gorgeous Blooming Peony Stem multiple times, and then glued them together. 


After I had adhered the flower layers together, I adhered it over the inked panel. I took a simple sentiment from the So Many Things To Love stamp set, and stamped it in the lower right corner. I adhered the panel to a pink card base with foam tape, and finished it with a few clear sequins. 


I hope you've enjoyed, and are inspired to create a little something special today by layering your die cuts! Have a great day!



Fri 10

Sending Love
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a card for you which has a spring like feel to it.  It is wishful thinking, considering yesterday we got over 18" of snow!  One can dream.


To create this card I sponged Spun Sugar Distress ink over a stencil onto watercolor paper.  While the stencil was still on the paper I lightly misted it with water to soften the color.  Once this has dried spatter the background with black watercolor.  The watercolor dries softer than black ink which gives it more of a dark gray look.  I used watercolor paper to die cut the other card elements and painted them with watercolors. Watercolor a strip of paper to match the tire swing and stamp the sentiment using Versa Ink and emboss with white embossing powder.


Once all the watercolored die cuts were dry I glued them to the front of the card.  I used the Grateful Hearts Die and Sugar Plum cardstock to create the hearts.  Adhere the card front to a Licorice cardstock layer, and glue this to a Sugar Plum card base using foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by today!






Thu 09

So Many Things to Love About the Cherub Hearts and Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto


Vibrant colors, a Cherub Heart and the Heart Wire create a quick backdrop for a great stamp from So Many Things to Love.  It seems as though the year just started, but it's almost mid-February.  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with my last Valentine card from the 2017 collection.  I've paired the classic Cherub Hearts, from a previous release,  with the delicate Heart Wire cut from glittery silver cardstock.  These great design elements aren't just for February 14th - they're perfect for weddings, anniversaries and caring cards for the special people in your life.


Cut the 2-½" x 3-½" Pinpoint Rectangle from watercolor paper.  Ink a 2" soft rubber brayer with Imagine Crafts Rocket Red Gold Brilliance - then spritz it with water.  Brayer the diluted ink onto the paper and set it aside to dry.

Stamp the smoother side of watercolor paper with the floral heart and VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Paint the paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2.7" x 2.4" Cherub Heart die.  

Cut Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of watercolor paper - use foam dots to attach the watercolored heart.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


Hope you've been inspired to create special Valentines for friends and family - but don't stash your supplies just yet.  There are so many ways to use these versatile dies and stamps from throughout the year.

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  I loved sharing my ideas and techniques with you  - and even surprised myself by finding so many Memory Box and Poppystamps products that were great for our contemporary Asian cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied throughout the morning.  

See you again on Saturday the 11th - we're celebrating with colorful, technique-y cards for your favorite birthday guys and gals.  Because birthdays happen!

Thanks for stopping by...




Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto



Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.


Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  


Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.


Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!




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Mon 30

"thinking of you" Stitched Aster Panel with Stitched Aster Blooms
by Anne Thompson

Guess I've got a "thing" for stitched asters lately.  Today's card features the STITCHED ASTER PANEL die no. 99687 with some STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS die no. 99672 layered on.


I cut the Stitched Aster Blooms from Pool Distressed Dots paper. Then I cut the Stitched Aster Panel twice, once from a rich dark green cardstock and once from Pool Distressed Dots paper. I snipped the three dot blooms from the panel.

I adhered the green Stitched Aster Panel to the bottom edge of a top-folded Pool notecard using narrow double-sided tape.  I placed the snipped blooms on top with Glue Dots and layered the Stitched Aster Blooms on one of the two larger flowers.  I added pearls to the flower centers.


I then used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp "thinking of you" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE clear stamp set CL5196.


Once I decide who will receive this card I can add a pretty ribbon, some coordinating washi tape, or stamp another sentiment on the front or inside.  Such a pretty card!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Fri 27

Sending Love
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today  I have a card for you which mixes the old with the new.  Sometimes with all the new products being shown, we forget about all the older dies and stamps we have in our stash. 


The first thing I did to create this card is die a watercolor paper card layer, using the Cool Cloud die.  Next I sponged a piece of Sugar Plum cardstock, with Picked Raspberry Distress ink and misted it lightly with water to blend the ink.  The Little Balloon is die cut from Silver glitter cardstock, as is the heart.  The edges of both die cuts are lightly sponged with black ink.


To assemble the card I placed a piece of washi tape on the left side of the cloud card layer and glued that to the pink card layer.  Glue this to a Licorice cardstock layer and adhere to a white notecard.

Stamp the sentiment "sending love" in the bottom right corner of the card.  I cut a banner from white cardstock and stamped the "xoxo" and glued this to a pink button.  I glued some clear dots to the card front for a final embellishment.

I hope you have a great weekend!




Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto


The entire Tall Poppy Left Corner  and a matching Classic Stitched Heart create another versatile card tonight.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another mix-and-match layered design in soft, sweet pinks.

Is it a Valentine card for a friend - or a friendship card with hearts?  It's your choice - our latest collection of dies and stamps has everything you need to create the perfect greeting!


Cut Tall Poppy Left Corner from green cardstock.  Cut the flowers and bud from pink cardstock - and cut extras of the smallest flower from green and pink.  They'll add a bright spot of color along the left edge - and help secure the delicate tip of the frame too.

Cut natural cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the largest Classic Stitched Heart from pink glittered cardstock and green cardstock.  Cut the matching Classic Stitched Heart from natural cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance. 

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale pink cardstock - offset the flowers and pink heart for dimension.  Add iridescent clear sequins.


Save the date - Saturday, January 28th - for the annual Valentine Open House at Impress!  Be inspired by the latest in Valentine designs, demos and beautiful displays.  Join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30 - we're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper that's easier-than easy.  Learn to use new - and classic favorite - products in ways you never expected.  It's all about getting the most from our tools and supplies.    See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...see you here on Outside the Box in February!





Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Stitched Heart Layers and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto


A quick pruning trims the Tall Poppy Left Corner into a set of blossoms to adorn a Stitched Heart Layer for a simple friendship or Valentine card.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another design combining some of my favorite products from different releases.  


I recently re-discovered my Stitched Country Borders set of 5 great, versatile dies.  The small scalloped border is used  to visually balance the Stitched Heart and create the illusion of a grassy border.  Deep thinking here!

Don't you just love it when we're able to mix and match and get the most from our Memory Box and Open Studio designs?

Cut Tall Left Poppy Corner from green cardstock and lay it on white cardstock.  Place the largest Stitched Heart Layer over it to determine where to trim it.  

Cut the two flowers and the bud from pink cardstock.  Cut the remaining flower from pink glittered craft foam.  Trim the stems and attach the three pink cardstock pieces.  Diecut the heart around the poppies.  Add tiny dots of glue to secure the bottom of the stems.  Attach the craft foam heart.

Run the small scalloped Country Stitches Border through the machine twice to cut a 4-½" long border.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons Electric Pink  and  emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


It may be a bit too cold to be out gardening...but that won't stop us from trimming our favorite diecuts to create cards for the special people in our lives!  

Thanks for stopping by...







Wed 25

Friendship From the Heart
by Lindsay


I am so glad you are joining me today! I am truly a stamper at heart, and when Memory Box comes out with a new stamp set, I get excited! Combine stamps with dies, and it's a match made in heaven! The So Many Things To Love stamp set, and matching dies are just the perfect combination for a clean and simple design!


I started with a white panel of card stock, and die cut the large heart from its center. I placed it temporarily onto my white card base, and made a few marks, removed the panel, and stamped the coordinating heart/flower image. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers, and added light blue shading to the inside of the heart.


For the panel, I took a light blue ink, and sponged it onto the edges. I stamped a sentiment, also from the set, and then adhered the panel to my card front with a generous amount of foam tape. I finished it with a few sequins!


I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create with your coordinating stamp and die sets! Which Memory Box sets are your favorite? I would love to know!



Thu 19

Sending Love with the Antilles Floral Bouquet and Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto


Send a lovely greeting with the new Antilles Floral Bouquet wrapped in the Heart Wire - and make someone smile on a cold winter day.  It's easy with a pair of dies from our latest release.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for Valentine's Day...or any day!


Cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and remove the flowers.  Cut the flowers again from pink cardstock.  Attach a scrap of green cardstock behind the centers.

Cut Heart Wire from gold mirror cardstock. 

Cut white cardstock with the 4-½" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the bouquet and Heart Wire to the background - trim the ends of the wire a bit.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded white A2 card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love stamp set - on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Rose Bud Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with Imagine Crafts Irirdescent Powder for a clear, sparkly effect.   Trim it with the smallest die from the Rectangle Basics set.  Attach it with foam dots.

Attach Scor-Tape behind green glittered cardstock and cut the circle pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive glitter dots!


I confess that I tried it with the Heart Wire loop circling the stems.  Oh dear...it looked like I was trying too hard to be clever.  Not good at all.   Hope you like how it turned out here!

Thanks for stopping by.  Spend a few minutes combining and layering your diecuts - you'll discover some great combos that will be perfect for your next card!