Sun 29

Quick Backgrounds for Holiday Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I have 2 quick cards using some fast background techniques, 1) wide washi tape and 2) scoring.  For both my Christmas cards I used the brand newly released "Large Vintage Sled" the previously released "Special Merry Christmas" die. Here's a look at some of my die cutting and card making prep:

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For the slimline card, I took "Watercolor Forest Greenery" wide washi tape and adhered it to a 3.5" by 8.5" piece of white card stock. Next on the washi tape background, I sponged Distress Ink in "Cracking Campfire" to the outside edges, added white paint pen to highlight some spots and to create some snow dots. After die cutting the sled dies and sentiment from white, kraft and red card stock, I stacked them slightly offset from each other for dimension. I added my washi tape background panel to a slimline card base which was 8.5" by 3.5". I adhered the sentiment directly to the washi tape and popped the sled up on foam tape at an angle. Lastly I used "Dragonfly Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue" to simulate sparkling snow on the background and the sled.  Here's a closer look at my slimline card where you can see the white highlights, inking and glitter glue.

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For my second card I took my scoreboard and scoring tool and scored lines down a white piece of card stock measuring 4" by 5.25" every 1/2" and then added "Tea Dye" Distress Ink direct to paper to create a faux woodgrain look. I adhered that panel to a piece of plaid paper from the "Christmas Plaid" paper pack and the to the card base. Next it was time to add the sled and sentiment dies. On the sled die cuts this time, I didn't offset the kraft on the red but put it directly on top. I think I like that look better because you can see more of the red showing through the bottom of the sled. Either way, it's a gorgeous die and I had so much fun playing with it to create these cards! Here's one more look at my A2 size sled card:

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And here is one last look at both cards side by side:

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I hope I have inspired you to create some quick background for cards today. Using wide washi tape and the faux wood look with scoring and ink direct to paper, you can come up with so many quick and easy background to showcase your dies and stamps!
Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!



I hope I have inspired you to create some quick background for cards today. Using wide washi tape and the faux wood look with scoring and ink direct to paper, you can come up with so many quick and easy background to show case your dies and stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by and see you next time!




Thu 26

Vintage Sled Christmas Gift Tags
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a few Christmas gift tags I created using the new Vintage Sled Die. Grab an assorted mix of colored cardstock and let's get busy! I die cut the sled 9 times using red, pink, green, aqua, teal, light gray, dark gray, kraft, and black cardstock.


I assembled the slatted pieces with foam tape. I used a small fussy scissor to trim long thin strips of foam tape. I applied them to the base of the die cut sled, than lay the slatted pieces on top. You can also use liquid glue if you do not want a raised look.


After the sleds are assembled, set aside. Let's die cut all the trimmings!


I used the tree tops from the new Collage Dies, Pine Tree Collage, Wooded Glenn Collage, and Little Orchard Collage Dies. I also used Bauble Snowflakes Dies but unfortunately they are no longer available. However, Jolly Snowflake Trio Dies are  a perfect swap! I used the same cardstock colors plus I added white to die cut all the trimmings. 


Now have fun layering the leaves in different colors, shapes and patterns! Layer each cluster with a snowflake and a gem.  The pink sled and red sled are my favorite!

I also added some shimmer to the sled, cluster of leaves and snowflake.

All the sentiments are from the stamp set Christmas Tiles. I used bakers twine in different shades to tie the tags to some candy canes. The tags can also make cute ornaments!

Hope you enjoyed this post and make some vintage sled gift tags!!!! Have a great weekend!

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Thu 26

A Day of Thanks by Jean Okimoto


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  A handcrafted card with stamped, embossed branches and a simple message would be appreciated during these challenging times.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a basic design that works in seasonal colors throughout the year.  Examples - soft green branches + lavender berries for spring, chartreuse branches + yellow berries for summer,  and dark green + bright red for the holidays.


Prep kraft and orange cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray specks of powder.  I've added a bit of detail clear embossing powder to my Imagine Crafts Copper Mboss for a smoother image. Use a 1:5 ratio of clear powder to copper powder.  Mix the powders with a few shakes before each use.  Stamp the branches on kraft cardstock with VersaMark and emboss it with copper powder.  A tip...pre-heat the stamped, powdered cardstock from the backside for a few seconds first, then finish embossing from the right side.   That prevents over-heating and produces a smoother, glossy finish.

Stamp and emboss the 2 extra leaves on orange cardstock.

Cut the cooled branches and leaves with the matching dies from the set.  Diecut dark brown cardstock to mat the branches and leaves for added dimension.

Stamp the greeting on turquoise cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.

Cut the turquoise sheet from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the berries die from the Mistletoe Bundle set.

Attach everything to a kraft A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape for the greeting.


As always, thanks for visiting - and for selecting Memory Box designs and products for your handcrafted projects.  We appreciate your support and love sharing our ideas with you!




Wed 25

Christmas Cardinal
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card using the Memory Box cardinal stamp.  Although the cardinal is my state bird, I realized I wasn't really sure of the coloring.  When I did an image search, I found this photo on


I was surprised by a couple of things.  First, there was more of a blue/black to the wings that I would have thought.  I also noticed some areas that had a little orange to them.  The cardinal wasn't as bright red as I thought.  Second, I wouldn't have guessed that there was any pink to the beak.

I used the photo as a guide for my coloring and chose to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush makers.  As I have said before, the brush nib allows you to take a lighter pen and go over a darker color without ruining your light colored nib.  With that in mind, I added my blue grey pen to the outside edge of the bird and then blended the color out with some of my red pen.  I added a little mustard to the center of the bird and then blended everything with the flesh colored marker.  Sometimes I use a waterbrush to blend the colors, but I decided to just use the markers themselves so that the color would remain bright and vibrant.

Here is a close up:


To finish the card, I added some decorative Memory Box paper and a popped up sentiment from the same clear stamp set as the cardinal. 

These are the colors of Zig markers that I used:

Bird- Red, Mustard, Flesh Colour, Blue Grey

Beak- Orange, Yellow, Pale Rose, Flesh Colour

Thanks for visiting today!






Tue 24

Watercolor Texture Technique
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a watercolor technique that I learned from the Peerless Watercolor Instagram page.  I love working with watercolors and am always interested in new techniques.  All you are going to need for this technique is some watercolor paint (I used Peerless, but you could use any brand), watercolor paper (I used Memory Box) and some bubble wrap.  Who doesn't have bubble wrap this time of year?

Step one- tape down your watercolor paper so that the paper won't warp too much with all the paint and water.  I used washi tape since it is low tac and then taped it onto some heavy weight chip board:


Step two- spritz your watercolor paper with water so that the paint you add will blend easier.  Next, add a bunch of paint with a wet brush.  You can tell from my picture that my paper got quite wet:


Final step, place a piece of bubble wrap on top, place a book on top, and allow it to dry naturally.  I let it sit for about two hours.  You could also just leave it till the next day.  I made a bunch of these backgrounds at the same time so that I would have ready to use decorative papers for future cards.  Here is the background I ended up using for this card:


You can see that the bubbles left different looking imprints depending on how inflated the bubbles were.  To finish the card, I cut out my snowman and added some teal cardstock behind it. 

Tip for the backgrounds- if your paper ends up warped, you can press it under a heavy book or just use a lot of tape to hold it down.

Thanks for stopping by today!






Mon 23

Dutch Barn Fun Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

This week I continued experimenting with some new-to-me fun folds.  I decided for this post to focus on the Dutch Barn fun fold card after watching some YouTube videos and reading some blog tutorials.  This fun card fits into a 5 X 7 envelope.  The barn roof flips up and the doors open to reveal your greeting inside.


materials used and steps to make the Dutch Barn card

  • white cardstock for the base; cut 5 X 11; score at 7"
  • white cardstock for the lower doors, cut 3 1/2 X 3; score at 1/2" on the 3" side
  • fold and burnish the score lines
  • attach the doors:  put adhesive on the folded 1/2" flaps and glue them onto the inside of the card, lining up the folded edge with the side and the bottom edges of the card on the left and the right
  • with the card flat, the doors open, attach a piece of black cardstock 4 3/4 X 6 3/4 (this covers the flaps where the doors attach); add a layer of white cardstock on top measuring 4 1/2 X 6 1/2
  • On this inside panel I added one piece of pine from POINTY PINE NEEDLE SPRIGS 94487 cut from green plaid paper.
  • to decorate the barn roof top-fold flap, first round the two lower corners; cut a piece of black cardstock 4 3/4 X 3 3/4, round the two lower corners and attach it to the flap; add plaid paper cut 4 1/2 X 3 1/2, also with rounded corners 
  • On the barn roof I added the POINTED PINE NEEDLE FRAME 94483 cut from green plaid paper and the SPECIAL MERRY CHRISTMAS 94499 cut from black cardstock.
  • on the doors, add black mats 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 and plaid paper 2 X 3
  • for the bar that attaches to the left door, cut white cardstock 3 1/2 X 1, add a layer of black cardstock 3 1/4 X 3/4 and a layer of plaid paper 3 X 1/2
  • I added the other piece of pine from Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs to the bar.

This looks like a lot of steps but the card goes together rather quickly and easily.  


There are so many ways to decorate this card form.  And plenty of space for more plaids from the CHRISTMAS PLAID PP1009 6x6 pack!   I made a second card using the  two dies from BOUNTIFUL WREATH 94490 cut from white cardstock and added to another plaid barn.


Have you used this form before?  I can't wait to make more of them and not just for Christmas.  In fact I will probably use the second card for Thanksgiving this week.  I think it's my new favorite fold!

Happy Crafting!

And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto


The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.


Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.


Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  


Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.





Sat 21

Fall Slimline with Halloween Pumpkin
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I'm sharing a slimline fall "Thinking of You" card made with Memory Box "Halloween Pumpkins" stamp and die set.  I love this large pumpkin image along with the many awesome stamps in this set!

I stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear, all the images I wanted to use on my card, then colored them with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  Here's look at my coloring up close before I die cut them with the matching dies.

Coloring the pumpkin card

After die cutting the images, I stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment in the label die cut.  Next I laid all the images out on my slimline card base and arranged them some with glue and others with foam tape.  Lastly I added a couple of clear water droplets.  Here's one last look at my card:

Slimline pumpkin closer

I hope I have inspired you today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!





Fri 20

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a fun card for you which features water stamping on a blended distress oxide background.

To make the background I used a blending brush and applied distress oxide inks to the cardstock. You want to make sure you get a good amount of ink on the paper for the water stamping to work.


I placed my stamps in a Misti Stamping tool, misted it lightly with plain water and stamped on the cardstock. I dried the paper and then repeated the stamping to cover the background. I used smaller stamp images to fill in the open areas.



Next, I die cut the Bountiful Wreath in the center of the background and adhered the background piece to white cardstock that was cut to the same size as the card front. I glued the die cut center piece of the wreath in place in the open space. Now it looks like a white white die cut wreath.

Next I picked a pink glitter paper for the word "Merry" but it was a little too light, so I colored the paper with a copic marker to darken it. Then I die cut the word Merry once from the glitter paper and two times from white cardstock. I glued all the words together ending with the glitter word.


Next, I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and used foam adhesive to adhere it to my card.  I stamped and white heat embossed the word Christmas on a strip of black cardstock and glued it in place on the card. The word merry was glued to the card just above the bunny image.


Next I mounted the card front on a black cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I added some sequins to finish off the card. That's it for today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Thu 19

Build a Pinpoint Burst Plate Birdhouse by Jean Okimoto


The Pinpoint Burst Plate creates a dramatic background for any occasion.  Take it a step further and add texture to the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Easel Set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a shaped card featuring great designs from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  My stash includes the Poppystamps dies and stamps I buy for my class kits - and I love sharing ideas for using them.

First - a sideview of the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Up Easel Set card - using the basic construction pieces and some extras.  A portion of the packaging shows the pieces included in the set.  It includes a cardinal, but we're using the Memory Box Singing Birds here.


Cut the smoother side of Patina cardstock with the first die shown on the package.  It embosses wood panel lines too, but we don't need the lines - so turn the diecut over to the backside where the embossed lines are less visible. Cut it with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.

Cut the textured side of Navajo cardstock with the largest die and crease it backwards on the scored line.  Cut kraft cardstock with the second house layer.  Cut the snowy roofline and the entry ring from a white glittered cardstock sheet in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the pine brances from minty-green cardstock.

Attach the kraft house to the folded tab on the easel.  Add the other diecuts.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to red felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt.  Attach the birds with foam tape - use two layers of tape for the bird on the right.  Add ¼" punched dots of the red glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.


Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the matching die.


Cut the narrow "snowline" from the same white glittered cardstock and trim it to form a "stopper" to support the birdhouse.


Here's the finished easel card, perfect for an A-2 envelope.  Hope you like it!  

Special thanks to Ann at Impress Cards + Crafts and Roxanne at Stamps + Memories for buying my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits for your stores. Thanks also to everyone ordering their kits for holiday crafting.

Keep warm...thanks for visiting, see you again this weekend!