Sun 20

Ghosts in the Garden by Jean Okimoto


Create an interactive Halloween card with a triple-layered fall scene - the dies from our latest release do all of the work for you!  The top two Dome Layers are just tied at the top and swing back and forth just for fun.  Hello - happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a card that acquired a life of its own.  It started as 2 layers and 2 ghosts, but grew to 4 layers, 4 ghosts and 2 pumpkins.


Cut a solid orange background with the inner edge of the Snowglobe Backer die.  

Cut Haunted Entrance Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from dark taupe cardstock.  Cut Winter Wood Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the orange inner dome to the Winter Wood Dome Layer - tape the pieces together across the back.

Cut 4 ghosts from Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Cut the pumpkins from dark orange cardstock.  

Attach the pumpkins to the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer - use a foam dot for the smaller pumpkin.  Attach a small ghost to the dark taupe dome layer.  Attach a big ghost to the orange background.

Cut the olive green floral print from the Garland 6x6 pack with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die. Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.  Tie a gold cord through the holes at the top of the 3 Dome Layers then attach everything to the floral print.  Add 2 more ghosts.

Shake the bottle of Goldfinch Glitter Glue and squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to dot some of the flowers with the glue.



Winter Wood and Haunted Entrance Dome Layers aren't just for Halloween - use them for winter scenes over a snowy background too.  Add bunnies and eggs to the Dome Layers for spring cards in April. Thanks for visiting...have fun creating with the great coordinating designs!










Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.


For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  


Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.


For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.


Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.


I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.





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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