Thu 24

Summer Hearts, Layered Daisies, Spritz and Sparkle by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate a summer engagement, wedding or anniversary with layers of hearts and flowers.  The Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set is perfect for any occasion.  Add soft, shimmery highlights to Memory Box Cream Woodgrain cardstock and a Berry Red Collection 6x6 for a custom, color-coordinated look.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer card using favorite designs from recent releases. Matching metallic papers and solid cardstock can be challenging among different brands, textures and colors.  Our 108 colors of 110# 6x6 papers - 9 collections of 12 colors each - make it so easy!  Just spritz, brayer, sponge or brush it with metallic inks for the perfect match or coordinating color.  

The Woodgrain 8.5x11" cardstock sheets are great on their own - or add shimmery highlights with metallic inks.  The 3 colors - white, cream and kraft - add subtle texture and dimension to any design.


Cut Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from Berry Red's dark coral 6x6 sheet.  Cut a coral plaid strip from the Madras Plaid Coral and Green pack using the 1.1 x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Cut a horizontal grain Cream Woodgrain strip with the .9 x 5.9" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die - trim it to 5". Splatter it with just a few specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set the ink.  Brayer (or sponge) it with Pink Shimmer Delicata and heat-set it again.

Cut the Layered Daisies set twice from Berry Red'd light coral 6x6 sheet.  Spritz one set with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  Layer the diecuts - alternating gold-spritzed and un-spritzed petals.  Add the center section.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 Cream Woodgrain card (6-¼ x 4-½").


Color 5 of the clear Fairy Jewels with orange and dark pink markers.  I use Sharpies because I have a lot of them - Copic Markers work well too.  Custom-colored jewels are quick and easy with clear Fairy Jewels - 300 jewels per sheet!

Thanks for visiting - keep cool, safe and hydrated this weekend!




Wed 23

Woodgrain Cardstock Technique
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to talk about incorporating the new 80 lb 8 1/2" x 11" woodgrain papers into your cardmaking. The papers come in white, cream, and kraft and have a woodgrain embossed texture on them. They take inks really well, but I decided to use sprays with my white paper.

This is what a close up of the woodgrain ridges:


I had thought about going the tradition route and coloring my paper with browns or greys, but I thought I would make an underwater scene that would have some interesting texture. When I sprayed my paper with a combination of Distress and Dylusions sprays in light blue, dark blue and green. This was the result:


Both sprays are reactive to water, so allowed the ink to dry a bit and then spritzed it with some plain water to give the impression of bubbles. I liked the combined effect of the splotches and the texture of the paper:


To finish the card, I cut out the solid paper of my nautilus with cream shimmer paper and then added the top detailed layer out of brown cardstock. I must admit, I had to Google a nautilus to remind myself what colors to use.  Memory Box has a fun clear set called "Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments" that would have worked really well with the card. I love puns! However, I decided to go with a more generic sentiment that can be used for a lot of different occasions.  As a final step, I added a few clear rhinestones that reminded me of bubbles under the sea.

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Tue 22

Backlit Under the Sea Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hello.  I have a card using the Pinpoint Burst Plate die cut over a acetate card so it shows the light through the back to create rays of light showing in the water scene. Such a easy way to create this effect.   



Die cut the Pinpoint Burst Plate from 110 card stock. Ink blend from the center of the Burts with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and then Salty Ocean. Randomly add Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough with Salty Ocean and lightly blend together.  Then add Chipped Sapphire to the bottom and half way up the side of the panel.  Spray with water and let sit then damped off with a towel.  In the center add white Pan-pastel to mute out the yellow a little. Try to keep the backside of the card clean as it will show.



For the coral ink bland Distress Oxide Abandon Coral than Squeezed Lemonade on white card stock.  Die cut the coral from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Bubble Coral Collage.  For the kelp ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss √. Die cut the kelp from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Kelp Collage. For other plants ink bland Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio than Evergreen Bough on white card stock.  Die cut the plants from from the Deepwater Collage.  Glue them in plant round the bottom and halfway up the side with the plants pointing  towards the center point.



Die cut the mermaid from Mermaid Wonder Frame from dark brown card stock and then just the tail from a aqua paper from Polished Foil pack.  Fussy cut the tail and glue over the body.  Color the hair with a red alcohol marker and color the cuts in the hair with a black alcohol marker. Glue a shell sequin for the top to the mermaid.  Glue the mermaid to the center of the card.



Ink bland Distress Oxide Forest Moss on white card stock and die cut the base die from the Birthday Mail Posh Script die.  Die cut the top die out of the same aqua Polished Foil paper.  Glue the top die cut on the bottom die cut. Add mounting tape to the back of the sentiment die cut.


Create an A2 size card out of heavy acetate.  Add a thin line of glue on the  around the edge on the backside of the card base and adhere to the front of the acetate card.  Hold firm in place until dry.  For the inside die cut the larger die from Stitched Rectangle Trimmings set from white card stock. Add glue and adhere on the inside of the card to cover up the glue from the front panel.  To create to write a personal message, cut 2 small pieces of white, light weight ,card stock.  Adhere 1 to the inside of the card and the other to the back side to cover the adhesive that shows.  Adhere the sentiment to the front panel, center top.







Mon 21

Male Birthday Mail
by Anne Thompson

Today I made more guy cards, this time specifically for birthdays...Male Birthday Mail!


Materials Used

to make this card

  • cut the plaid paper to cover the front of the notecard
  • cut a smaller piece of red cardstock to use as a mat and add it to the front of the card
  • emboss the Toolshed image onto the cream woodgrain paper
  • lightly drag the ink pad over the top of the embossed image to add a bit of color to highlight the tools
  • trim this embossed image down to fit on the mat, leaving a narrow edge of the red exposed
  • cut the Birthday Mail background from a scrap of the red cardstock and the detailed letters from a scrap of the plaid...I found it helpful to add Scor-Tape on the back of the plaid paper to make it easier to place those letters on the background piece.
  • adhere the sentiment to the card front and add a tiny gem to dot the i

Here are the three cards I using the cream woodgrain paper (shown above), one using the KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003, and one using the WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44002.


For the kraft paper card I used a larger piece of the woodgrain paper to cover the card front as well as embossing another piece with the toolshed folder.  I also used a brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 as a mat for the embossed image and for the Birthday Mail background.


I love the texture of the woodgrain papers and the way the woodgrain highlights embossed images especially when I use ink direct-to-paper on the embossing.  Cool! 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 20

Stained Glass Butterfly Birthday Mail
by Angie Cimbalo

Main 1

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today today with two cards featuring the "Stained Glass Butterfly", "Pinpoint Burst" and "Birthday Mail Posh Script" dies.
Here's a look at my 2nd card:

Main 2

For both cards I cut several black and white butterflies with the die and stacked them up slightly offset from each other.  The plan was to back them with smooshed watercolored paper for the first card, and an alcohol inked panel for the 2nd card.

For card 1 I used the "Pinpoint Burst" die on the white back panel and on the 2nd card I used it directly on the alcohol inked panel.

I added the stacked butterflies to their backgrounds and then added lots of clear fairy gems to the centers of them. The sentiment "Birthday Mail" was die cut from black, white and the smooshed/alcohol inked panels and stacked for dimension. I love that this die has both the thin letters plus an outlined die. It makes it so versatile and you can use it in many ways.

Here's another look at both cards:

Main 4
Main 4

The first card is a regular A2 size card and the 2nd card is a mini slimline card sized at 3" by 6".

Here's one last look:

Main 6
Main 6

I absolutely love combining dies to create card with no stamping.  Memory Box has so many wonderful versatile dies to combine on your cards, be sure to give them a look on the Memory Box website.

Thanks so much for stopping by!




Sat 19

Color Paper Striping
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today is my niece’s 16th birthday… I can’t believe she’s driving age already!  Anyway, this started out as her card, but I ended up sending her something else so it would hopefully arrive in time.  My intention was to take advantage of the 6x6 color paper packs that contain four each of 12 different colors of the same color family to create a clean and simple (CAS) ombré stripe background.

I started by picking out four gradient color sheets from the Vibrant Violet paper pack.  Used the Vertical Line Collage die to die cut from each color resulting in 1/8” strips.  Took a square die from Square Basics next and die cut an opening in an A2 sized Bristol panel.  Traced the opening onto the front of a white card base to use as a guide for adhering the strips over.


Next, the Stained Glass Butterfly was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Big and Little Reverse Words was stamped with Archival Black ink and partial die cutting was then used to die cut it out.  Assembled the card to finish… but as an after thought and for something fun, I decided to turn it into a faux shaker card and added a whole bunch of clear jewels. 😂


Now I wasn’t planning to share this next card because I was making it for my dad for Father’s Day.  I didn’t get a chance to complete it before he passed away.  He was always excited to receive my cards and would proudly display them.  This was the reason I decided to finish it for him and changed my mind about sharing it.  He loved the ocean so…


Used my paper trimmer to cut strips from the Sunny Orange and Ocean Blue paper packs.  Adhered the strips to Bristol paper before die cutting it out with a circle die.


The rest is pretty straight forward.  As always all supplies are listed below.  


Before I go, I wanted to address Jan’s question regarding the Dendritic Paint Printing technique featured in my last post.  You can use any color acrylic paint.  I used white because it is all I have.  I don’t think it will work with ink pads or re-inkers because it needs to be a certain thickness and opacity.  I’ve only seen acrylic paints used, but if you tried other mediums and it worked, please share.

And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Fri 18

Simon HurleyDiecut Technique Video

Greetings everyone. You may or may not have noticed that Simon Hurley posted a die cut technique video on his channel using our latest sea-themed dies. One of the cards also features his new Lunar Paste. Be sure to check it out because it is loaded with information. Here are some of the cards he created:







Fri 18

Thinking of You
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a bright and colorful card for you!

I started by die cutting all my elements from watercolor cardstock and figuring out my card layout. 


Next I used Distress Inks to add color to the die cuts.  


I spritzed the circle die cut with plain water to add interest to the background.  I think I liked it better before I added the water. Lol

Next, I die cut the boat from black cardstock and glued it to the circle.  

I adhered the circle to the Pinpoint Burst background and then adhered this to a black cardstock mat.

Next, I glued the flowers and the leaves to the card front and stamped my sentiment on a vellum strip of paper which I adhered to the card. I added some yellow Nuvo Drops to the flower centers.


To finish the card, I used foam tape an adhered it to a white card base.

That's it for today! Have a great weekend!





Thu 17

Birthday Wishes with Layered Fresh Flowers by Jean Okimoto


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Celebrate a summer birthday with Layered Fresh Flowers on a soft background of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple slimline design for a birthday gal who loves flowers.  

I usually decide on a design, then select the Memory Box items I want to use.  Tried the opposite approach for this card - I wanted to use the Stylish Rectangle Trio, 6x6 paper collections, Birthday Mail Posh Script, Layered Fresh Flowers, Clear Jewels and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape. 

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Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio.  Remove just the narrow wedge-shaped offcuts - leave the delicate frame and large center rectangle in the die.  Add doublestick tape or tiny dots of glue, then flip the diecuts (still in the die) over and press it onto a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½").  A quick background...done!

Color 5 Clear Jewels with markers - I used the bright orange and pink Sharpies.  Set the jewels aside to dry.  Clear jewels and markers make it easy to create custom-colored accents to complement your designs.

Cut two sets of Layered Fresh Flowers from two shades of pink 6x6 sheets from the Fresh Berry Collection.  Assemble the flowers - switch the colors of the roundish centers.

Cut Birthday Mail Posh Script from two shades of the green 6x6 sheets in the Lush Green Collection.  Attach a scrap of the lighter green behind the dot for the "i" in Birthday.  

Assemble the card - use foamtape for the big flower.  Add the custom-colored jewel stickers. MemoryBoxLayeredFreshFlowers, MemoryBoxSunsetBlushWideWashiTape, MemoryBoxBirthdayMailPoshScript, MemoryBoxStylishRectangleTrio, MemoryBoxBerryRedCollection, MemoryBoxLushGreenCollection, MemoryBoxClearJewels, JeanOkimoto, MemoryBoxCo, MemoryBoxDies, FlowerDiecuts, WordDiecuts, HandmadeCards, HandmadeBirthdayCards, HandmadeFloralCards, ImpressCarddsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemoriesHawaii

Take advantage of the floral watercolored look of the Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape -  and all of the color-matching options of our 6x6 paper collections  - to create unique color combinations for fresh floral cards.

Thanks for visiting  - see you next week!





Tue 15

Fish You Were Here
by Michelle Bala


Hi there! Michelle here, sharing a fun underwater scene! Here is a list of the Memory Box supplies I used:

Kelp Collage Craft Die

School of Fish Craft Die

Clear Jewels

Earth Neutral 6x6 Pack

Fresh Aqua 6x6 Pack

Poppy Stamps Whittle Sealife Sentiments Clear Stamps


I trimmed a piece of black paper from the Neutral 6x6 pack and adhered it to my card base, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

I trimmed a piece of aqua paper from the Fresh  Aqua 6x6 pack the same as the card base.

I secured the Kelp Collage Die to the center and die cut the collage panel. I added some distress oxide ink to the kelp and sea grass.

Adhere the die cut panel to the card base with foam adhesive.

I die cut the School of Fish and colored them with distress oxide inks.

I adhered them to the card base and added some clear jewels to look like bubbles.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment, trimmed, and adhered it to the card base.


Thanks for peeking!

Michellesignature (1)




Tue 15

Weaved Paper Technique
by Sara Cook

Hello everyone.  I have not been too motivated to create and looking towards different inspirations.  I have a been experimenting with different styles and techniques lately. My inspiration today came from my sister, who sent me a "get well" card for my lack of creativity.  I hope this help inspired your designs and will try the weaved paper technique with the Vertical Line Collage die. 


Weaved Panel:

Die cut the Vertical Line Collage die from the Earth Neutral, mid-tone warm brown (trim to size 6" x 1 1/2"), and Garden Folly red paper with the ferns.  Keep the red paper strips for weaving.  Save the die cut for a later card.  The die's envelope makes it easy to save die cuts for use in other projects.  Cut a 1/8" strip out of dark gold from the Polished Foil pack.  Weaving the red paper strips through the Vertical Line Collage die cut 5 time each side.  Weave the gold strip once on both ends.  Then adhere the strip on top of the ends around 1/8" from the first weave on both ends.  Adhere the weaved die cut to a strip of rice paper and trim around the outside.  Then adhere the weaved die cut to a strip of gold foil paper that is 6"x 1 3/4". Adhere mounting tape to the back. 


Focal Point:

Die cut Dreamy Freesia out of dark gold from the Polished Foil pack and red card stock from Berry Red, matching the Garden Folly paper.  Having the solid, 110lb, paper makes it super simple to match paper to your project.  Fussy cut just the flower from the red card stock and use Distress Oxide Cracking Campfire to the outer edges of the flower. Quickly shape the flower with your fingers and adhere to over the gold foil flower. Add a Clear Jewels to the center of the flower and color with a yellow alcohol markers.  *Color clear jewels to match your project with any alcohol markers.*


Card base:

The card base is 6" x 4 3/4" from the Earth Neutral, dark tone warm brown. Then adhere the Garden Folly red paper with the ferns that is cut to 5 3/4" xc 4 1/2".  Cut a 4 3/4' x 3" strip from Kraft Woodgrain paper and ink blend Distress Oxide Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain. Adhere, centering it to the left side, 1/4" from the border. 


Adhere the weaved panel to the center of the panel.  Adhere to a top fold card the same size as the card base.


Sara Signature