Thu 17

by Michelle Bala


Happy Friday! Michelle here, sharing my version of watercoloring! I used a whole bunch of distress oxide inks and colored pencils. 

First I stamped the pumpkin onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper with waterproof black ink, like InkOn3 black out ink. After the ink sets, I use washi tape to secure it to a flat surface. Next, I brush some water all over the paper. Not too much. I do not saturate the paper. Now I grab my distress oxide inks and start watercoloring. I smoosh my ink pad onto a non porous surface like a piece of plastic. Than I add some drops of water and mix up the color. Using a small paint brush, apply your color. 

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I used shades dried marigold, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, barn door, squeezed lemonade, crushed olive, mowed lawn, and vintage photo. This is a slow process. Add a color at a time, a layer at a time.  After the inks and paper dry I added some shading with colored pencils.  The next step is a little tricky. I placed the panel in my Mini Misti so I can get perfect placement for heat embossing. I used gold embossing powder. 


Next,, I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than my A2 card base. I added some gold paint splatters. I adhered the pumpkin panel onto a gray cardstock base with foam tape. 

Lastly, I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder and added a few gems.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you give this watercoloring technique a try!

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Thu 17

3-D Embossed Chrysanthemum Field Slimline Card by Jean Okimoto


Creating a colorful card is easy with our 3-D Embossing Folders - here's the Chrysanthemum Field on a simple fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add color and texture to any project.  It's also a nice way to use that stash of watercolored paper - like I did for today's card. Brighter colors are great for this process.

Trim watercolored cardstock (or watercolor paper) to fit into the Chrysanthemum Field folder.  Spray it with a light mist of water to soften the paper a bit, then pressure-emboss it using the plates recommended by the manufacturer.  Trim it with the 3-¾" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Place it on a smooth, hard surface and scruff it with sandpaper or a sanding block to remove the color of the raised patterns.  Use short, upward strokes.  Remove the residue with a tissue.

Cut the delicate white frame with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with coral ink.  I used Impress' Melon Fresh Ink.

Cut a ¾" strip of the pink glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack.

Attach everything to a white slimline card - I trimmed mine to 3-⅝" x 8-¾".

Cut gold metallic accent dots from the new 6x6 Polished Foil Pad.  The Poppystamps Big Dot Border die is perfect for this!


Add color to your projects with simple techniques like these.  Use your stash of watercolored papers - or create a bunch of them while hunkering-down at home.  Pressure-emboss them with a 3-D folder and make the design the central point of your card.  

Thanks for visiting!




Wed 16

Warmest Wishes
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hi, it's Angie Cimbalo, and I am thrilled to be joining the Memory Box design team! 

I’m a semi-retired school music teacher from Texas. My husband and I have 4 adult children, 5 grandchildren with one more on the way.  When not crafting, I’m having tons of fun helping music students and their directors in schools in the area. I’ve enjoyed crafting my whole life, but paper crafting is my favorite of all. 

I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with Memory Box's amazing products and to share my creations with you, alongside the super talented Memory Box designers.

My first project is a "Warmest Wishes" holiday card with a very rustic feel.

I started with a piece of Memory Box watercolor paper for my background, first smooshing the textured side of the paper into some Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then dragging the ink pad across the paper. Memory Box watercolor paper is nice and thick and gives you a choice of a smooth or a textured side. Dragging the ink pad on it really highlights the texture of the watercolor paper. 


I cut that panel with the second largest "Stitched Rectangle Layers" die and used the largest die in the set to cut a brown rectangle to mat behind it.

To make the pine needles, I took more watercolor paper and added Distress Oxide Pine Needles ink pad directly to paper, but this time I used the smooth side of the paper. I splattered it with a little white paint mixed with water and a paint brush. After it dried, I used both "Pointy Pine Needles" and "Forest Pine Branch" dies to cut out the green pine needles. I also cut the branch from brown card stock and then pieced the brown and green parts together.

The pine cones were cut with the "Pinecone Stacker" dies. The way the die is laid out shows you exactly how to piece it together to get 2 pine cones, one large and one small. After cutting them I used some of the score lines to bend them inward, then glued the pieces together.

I inked them first with more Walnut Stain ink, then took colored pencils and a white gel pen to get more detail and depth on the pinecones. I traced the bottom of each piece of die-cut with dark brown, then used a lighter brown pencil to smooth it out. I used the same dark brown to accent the lines in the die so you can see them better, then added both white colored pencil and white gel pen to the edge of each one of the cone scales. The pictures below show before and after pencil accents were added. I think they look very realistic either way!

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Both pine cones and the sentiment were popped up on foam tape on the card for dimension.

The sentiment is from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set, heat embossed in white on brown card stock. Lastly I added a few water droplet gems on top of dots of gold paint pen, to give them a golden glow.

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I hope you like this "Warmest Wishes" card made with lots of Memory Box goodies. It was a so fun to create!

See you next time!





Tue 15

Fall Greetings, Simply Stated by Jean Okimoto


Get ready for fall with versatile floral "corner prints" from the Garland 6x6 pack.  Beautiful botanical prints are just waiting to be turned into cards to greet the new season.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another mix of classic favorite flower dies and papers and stamps from our latest release.  


Cut the floral print with the second-largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Cut two Sketch Blooms from yellow cardstock and the offcuts of the floral print.  Cut the smallest Scribble Roses Outline and Scribble Roses Background from yellow cardstock and the floral print offcut.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Harvest Love and Kindness Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Attach everything to a yellow A2 card.  Highlight the printed and diecut flowers with Sour Apple Sparkle Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Set the card aside to dry the glitter glue.


The Garland 6x6 set is filled with 2 each of 12 beautiful floral prints perfect for fall and holiday projects.  Transform them into quick cards, tags or diecut them into ornaments and giftbag toppers.  Fold them in half - and you'll have 24 colorful small slimline cards ready for quick notes and stamped greetings.


Thanks for visiting! 




Mon 14

Thankful Harvest
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time recently making cards with the new HARVEST LOVE AND KINDNESS Clear Stamp/Die Set CL5262-D.  (This set is also available with just the stamps--CL5262.)  I stamped it with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink several times on Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101.  I'm going to show you two of the cards I made using different coloring materials.

Card One


For this card I used watercolor pencils, sometimes dipping the pencil tip in water and applying the color to the berries and leaves.  Other times I scribble-colored with a dry pencil and used a waterbrush to move the color around and soften it.  I used some red watercolor from a set of pan paints and a fat brush with lots of water to spatter the image before I die cut it.  I tried to suggest Bittersweet in its fall colors.

I added the colored image to a dark green plaid from the CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 PACK PP1009, mounted that on a Licorice (black) notecard, and trimmed off the little bits that extended beyond the card.  I stamped "THANKFUL" from the same stamp set on a scrap of watercolor paper, adhered it to a scrap of the dark green plaid paper, and then secured that to a scrap of black cardstock before adding it to the front of the card.

Card Two


For this card I used colored pencils on the watercolor paper because I wanted to highlight the texture of the paper.  (The other side of the paper is smooth.)  Once I finished coloring I die cut the image before adding some BUTTERCUP GLOW FAIRY SUGAR 40101 (Memory Box glitter glue) to the berries for some extra sparkle.  I oriented the spray upside down from the first card and added the sentiment in the lower right corner.

I send more cards at Thanksgiving than I do at Halloween so I know that I will make many more cards using this stamp/die set.  There is a good variety of sentiments with this set for card fronts or interiors as well as some single leaves that can be used with them or on the envelopes.  Fall is in the air!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 13

Clean and Simple Halloween Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share a quick Halloween card with you.  I rather liked the simplicity of the design.

To make the card, I first masked two sides of the card and then sponged it with various colors of Distress Oxide Ink:


Next, I removed the masks so that I was left with crisp edges:


As a final touch, I popped up a circle with foam tape and added a few bats cut from black glitter paper.  You need a little sparkle after all!


Thanks for stopping by today!





Sat 12

Autumn Greentings


Greetings friends.  Have you started your fall cards yet?  There are lots of upcoming holidays as well as birthdays and general greetings.  Memory Box has some new images and dies for fall as well as an idea book for inspiration.  Have you utilized the idea books before?  They have lots of samples using the latest release as well as an index of all the items used.

The latest idea book can be found herd-  Fall 2020 Idea book

Flip through the pages and see what inspires you!

Here are a few other samples of what you can find:



Also, we would like to direct you to our Instagram page today (memoryboxco).  We have teamed up with Simon Says Stamp for their Stamptember event.  Saturday, September 12th  features a limited Memory Box stamp set that you can only get for a limited time on Simon Says Stamp.  Both Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp will be highlighting the set on Instagram all day.  We hope that our fall set for them will also inspire you and that you will stop by to join the fun!

Have a great weekend!


Thu 10

I Love Fall Most of All
by Michelle Bala


Hey there, Michelle here! The newest Christmas Release has to be my  favorite! Especially this stamp set, Harvest Love and Kindness. There is something beautiful about warming fall tones. I used colored pencils to add color.

First I embossed the autumn cluster with white embossing powder than I shaded with colored pencils. I used the darker shades first, medium than lightest. After the coloring is complete I die cut the cluster. Next, I used Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die and die cut the base panel. I embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder.

I adhered the die cut kraft panel onto a card base. Than I layered the die cut leaf cluster. Lastly, I splattered some white and gold paint and added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 10

Watercolor Pumpkin
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Have you started making fall cards yet?  If you know me, then you know that I am sucker for a pumpkin stamp.  I do have a lot of them!  They make me so happy.

To make the card, I used an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color my pumpkin.  I started with some Memory Box watercolor paper and then stamped my pumpkin using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  One of the tips I have when trying to color an image and decide where to add the shading is to look for any cross hatching in the design.  This pumpkin has a lot of cross hatching, so I used those places to be the darkest areas of the pumpkin.  I added brown marker over the cross hatched areas and then blended outwards using a dark orange marker.  I then continued to blend outwards using lighter markers.  The great thing about Zig markers is that you can't ruin them using a lighter marker over a darker one.  If you have any residual color on your light marker from a darker marker, all you have to do is scribble your marker onto scrap paper until the marker is "clean."  The darker marker won't stain your lighter marker.  For the lightest areas of the pumpkin, I used a waterbrush to drag the color from the darker areas into the lighter areas. 

Here is a close up of the coloring:


Have fun coloring your fall cards!






Wed 09

Bats, Ghosts and Halloween Dome Layers by Jean Okimoto

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Say "Boo" with the great new ghosts and bats in a lattice-bordered frame from Poppystamps. Square cards usually require extra postage and special handling - but this fits perfectly into an A2 envelope.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a square-ish Halloween design for you,

Cut the Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame from gray cardstock.  Fold it back along the scored left edge to form a tab.  Cut a 4-¼" x 5-½" rectangle of the same cardstock.  Use the tab as a hinge to attach the frame to the back of the rectangle.  Rub the Poppystamps Lattice Small Curve Border with scrunched waxed paper to prep it for easy removal of the little pieces.  Cut two curve borders and attach them to the card front.

Cut an orange circle with the inner edge of the Circle Fold Frame.  Attach the lattice borders.

Cut the house from the Haunted House Dome Layer from black cardstock.  Trim the bottom with the inner edge of the Circle Fold Frame.  

Cut the ghosts and bats from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set from the black and white sheets of the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut the bats again from black cardstock and attach them behind the glittered bats for extra dimension.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Die Set - on green cardtock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink and cut it with the 1" Circle Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to the circle and the card. Cut little accent squares of the green Frosted Glitter Pack sheet.


Create unique window cards for holiday or everyday greetings.  Layering the smaller diecuts helps create a little story within the cutout and keeps the little pieces organized.  

Thanks for visiting!





Tue 08

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have another Halloween card featuring a few more products from the new Memory Box release.

I started by lightly sponging white cardstock with Carved Pumpkin Distress ink and spattering it with black ink.  

Next I cut 3 strips of patterned paper, inked the edges with Black Soot Distress ink and glued them to the card front. This is a good way to use up those scraps of paper we all have!

I sponged white cardstock with Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks, then stamped and die cut the Trick or Treat sign.  I inked the edges of the die cut with Black Soot Distress ink and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

The bats were die cut from white cardstock and inked with Black Soot Distress ink, then glued to the card.


To finish the card I adhered the card front to a black card base.

That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!