Thu 17

Heart Border Frame and Have a Heart Die Set by Jean Okimoto

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Create a glittery floating Heart Border Frame card for Valentine's Day, weddings or anniversaries - then add layered hearts from the Have a Heart Die Set.  Here's a quick and easy card that may look a bit complicated...but isn't.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple way to adhere two delicate frames - and add glitter - with just a single square of tape.  The inner square of the outer frame (!) is filled with a square of tape.  The tape multi-tasks by attaching the layers...and creates a glittery background too.  

Cut both Heart Border Frames from white cardstock.  

Cover 3-½" square of white cardstock with Scor-Tape or Couture Creations tape.  Cut it with the 3" Square Basics die.

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Carefully adhere the edges of the taped surface behind the large frame.  Attach the smaller frame diagonally.  Brush ultra-fine glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  I've used Martha Stewart Crafts Amethyst Glitter from my stash here.

Cut two each of the three hearts from the Have a Heart Die Set.  Layer them for dimension.  Glue the stacked hearts to the background.  It takes a few minutes for the glue to set up.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card.  Add pink or lavender gem stickers.

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Hope you like hearts and glitter - and quick and easy cards like this!  Our latest release is filled with beautiful and versatile designs for Valentine's Day - and romantic celebrations throughout the year.  

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  It was great to see all of you again after the holiday break.  Thanks to Jenny for the great flavors of popcorn in those cute heart containers - and to Robin for her special granola Krispie bars.    Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

There are so many ways to use the latest Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - we're using again in the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX (and Poppystamps) class this weekend.  We're making 3 very Valentine cards - and three all-occasion cards  - with the latest and greatest dies and stamps.  If your Valentines are already done - chose a different greeting to create a thank you or thinking-of you card.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram.  We're at memoryboxco -  and we're giving away great prizes from our new release this week.

Thanks for stopping by...

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Wed 16

New Release
by Dave Brethauer

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The new release of dies has many new items that are perfect for Valentine's Day and Spring.  You can view the entire collection in our latest catalog, which can be found here- Memory Box 2019 Valentine's Release.

Here are some cards to help inspire you to use the new dies.  Any of the coloring shown on the cards was created by Distress Oxide inks:

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Card 1 materials:

94112 Heart Sprinkles

94119 Love Jotted Script

Wishes

Card 2 Materials:

94118 Heart Border Frame

94108 Winged Heart

94122 Wishes Jotted Script

Frame

Card 3 Materials:

94121 Woodland Heart Frame

CL5237 Best Life Typewiter Sentiments

Bike

Card 4 Materials:

94102 Neighborhood Heart Frame

CL5237 Best Life Typewriter Sentiments

Butterfly

Card 5 Materials:

94110 Butterfly Heart Frame

CL5237 Best Life Typewriter Sentiments

Cupid

Card 6 Materials:

94114 Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame

94109 Cupid Circle

CL5237 Best Life Typewriter Sentiments

Giveaway

Don't forget that we are having giveaways all this week on our Instagram page (memoryboxco).  You could win the Bright Hearts die used on the final card sample.  Good luck!

Card 7 Materials Used:

94120 Bright Hearts

94117 Bright Rays

94124 Bundle Hearts

 

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Tue 15

Hello Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha today with a clean and simple card using the new release products. Have you checked them out yet? I wanted to keep fresh look for this card.

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I started by die cutting the delicate frame using white cardstock. I then added a bit of blue and gold shimmerz paint to it. Let this dry. Meanwhile, I die-cut the word hello, applied versamark ink to it and added gold embossing powder to it. Heat emboss the word.

To create the card, I stamped the sentiment using grey ink to the card base. I then adhered the frame to it using 3D foam tape. Now I adhered the word Hello to it.

Here is a close up

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Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day!  Want to win the new Big Hello Premiere die?  Head over to our Instagram account (memoryboxco) for more information.

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Mon 14

Blog Blitz Winners and Instagram Contest

Greetings friends.  Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Blog Blitz last week.  We hope you have been enjoying the new release.  Here is a list of winners who were chosen at random from the qualifying entries:

 

From Laura's post, winner of the Bright Hearts craft die- Melanie Allen

From Anne's post, winner of the Woodland Heart Frame die- Sandra W

From Melissa's post, winner of the Bright Rays die- Deb

From Jean's post, winner of the Have a Heart Clear Stamp set- Cheryl Stauffer

From Donna's post, winner of the Heart Board die- Su Wright

Congratulations winners!  I have sent you all emails.

 

Would you like more chances to win dies from the latest release?  We are having contests over on Instragram all week long.  Here is the first post:

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Follow us on Instagram at memoryboco.  The first prize is the Cupid with Swing craft die.  Good luck and see you there!

Mon 14

Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame Valentine
by Anne Thompson

Here's a lovely valentine using the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame.

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  • I started with a standard A2 white card, side-folded.  I covered the front of the card and both inside panels with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94106 from white cardstock.

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  • I used glue dots under the hearts to secure that inner circle to the card front.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the larger pinpoint circle, touching the bases of the two circles.  I placed a bow at that spot.
  • I put tiny pearls at the ends of the spiral vines.
  • I stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 stamp set inside the circle using VersaClair Pine ink.

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Inside the card:

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  • I used a glue pen to add the plain circle from the die cuts to the right panel where I plan to write a message.
  • I put a foam dot on the back of the larger pinpoint heart (which cuts from the center of the circle) and overlapped the circle with it.

Simple, sweet card using one stamp and one die!  And the first card sample is ready for my class at the senior center next week!  With all of the new stamps and dies available in the latest release, making valentines is so much fun!  Have you started yours yet?

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 13

Distress Oxide Valentine
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I want to share a card using Distress Oxides for the background coloring along with the new Butterfly Heart Frame.  The ironic part of this card is that I chose to not use the butterfly on the card.

To make the card, I first took a 4" x 4" piece of white cardstock and sponge on three colors of Distress Oxide inks.  I then sprayed the background with water to create water spots:

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For the heart, I used a different set of inks:

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I wanted to pop up the white heart outline around the pink heart, so I cut out that piece out of foam as well white cardstock.  I glued the white cardstock on top of the foam to add extra dimension to the card.  Perhaps you can see the dimension from the side view:

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To finish the card, I added some clear rhinestones to the centers of some of the flowers for extra sparkle.

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Sat 12

Watercolor Hearts
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I felt like working with watercolors and some of the new Memory Box dies.  First, I took some 140lb watercolor paper and gently used a pencil to mark where my hearts were going to go.  I wanted to have some idea of where to color some dark orange paint.

Next, I used some Zig Clean Color brush markers to add some orange and yellow color around the hearts:

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I used my brush markers because I wanted to have some control of where the color would go on the card.  I then needed to soften the colors and have them fade out to white, so I used a waterbrush and some light yellow watercolor paint to soften all of my edges. 

For the hearts, I diecut the outlines out of black cardstock and the centers of the hearts using more of the watercolor paper.  I colored the hearts with another Zig marker and a waterbrush and then glued the hearts and outlines to the cards.  As a finishing touch, I splattered some dark pink watercolor paint onto the card.  The final step was to emboss my sentiment in white and to pop it up onto the card with some foam tape.  Here is a closeup:

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I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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Fri 11

Hello
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everybody!

Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog blitz of 2019.  We're featuring the new Valentine release.  I hope you've enjoyed all of the inspiring blog posts this week and have left comments on each one for a chance to win one of the new dies!

Today I have a card for you that features several new products that I love!

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To make the card, I die cut the Heart Board Die twice on a strip of white cardstock.

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Next I cut a strip of watercolor paper a little smaller than the die cut strip and painted the the background which will go behind the hearts. 

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When my background was dry I glued my die cut strip to the watercolored strip of paper.

I spattered a white cardstock layer with black paint and glued my heart die cut strip to it.  I die cut the word hello from black cardstock and adhered this to a strip of vellum paper.  I added the strip of vellum to my card by folding the strip behind the card front and gluing it in place.


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I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing power.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.

Would you like a chance to win the Heart Board die for yourself?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6 pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  

Good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 10

Valentine’s 2019 Blog Blitz Giveaway…Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day #4 of our Blog Blitz...here's a very Valentine design featuring the new Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set and a sweet greeting from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple stamped hearts card for your favorite sweetie.

Have a Heart Clear Stamps - and its coordinating die set - make it easy to mix, match and layer the design elements.  Use basic colors or a rainbow of pastels, then add a dash of metallic ink, glitter and gem stickers. 

Cut smooth white cardstock with the 4" x 2-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the red images with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Air-dry the ink for a few minutes.

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Here's the diagonal  technique I recommend in classes for very precise stamping.  Attach the stamp diagonally for better visibility  - it keeps  your fingers off to the side instead of directly over (and covering) the stamp.  This also eliminates the distracting top edge of the block and lets you "point" the stamp exactly where you want it.  

Stamp the vertical and horizontal lines over the big solid heart with Brilliance Lightning Black.  Stamp the solid outline over the lines.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - and the small hearts.  Dry the inks.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of black glitter paper.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of red Wax Lips cardstock.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of Rock Candy cardstock.  Add red gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win this great set of heart stamps?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person will  be randomly selected to win the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set.    All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!

If you're in the Seattle area and want a few more Valentine ideas - join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress on Saturday January 12th.  We're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper.  Fold a simple freeform origami heart on beautiful Shizen Design screenprinted paper.  Add great inks, glitter and sequins to your cards and make them extra-special.

Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Donna's cool design, and another chance to win a great prize from the Valentine's 2019 Collection!

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Wed 09

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another fun day of our Blog Blitz! 

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Today I am sharing the Bright Hearts die and the coordinating Bright Rays die. I started with the Bright Hearts and cut it out in a white circle. Then using the Bright Rays die I was able to cut perfect slices of white paper that I colored in a rainbow with my Copic markers and glued them behind each line of hearts. It fits perfectly and is so much fun to play with!


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To finish off the card I stamped the you make me smile from the Best Life Typewriter stamp set. This is such a great set that you are sure to get a lot of use out of, I know I will.


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Now for the fun part! Would you like a chance to win the Bright Rays die for your very own?  Leave a comment to this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!
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Tue 08

Sending Thanks with the Woodland Heart Frame
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to the second day of our Blog Blitz celebrating all things LOVE with the newest Memory Box Collection to kick off 2019.  

After the holidays in December, I find that I always need more thank you cards than I have prepared.  Luckily for me the 2019 valentines dies and clear stamps arrived just in time to create something new!  Today's cards features these dies and stamps.

  • WOODLAND HEART FRAME  4" square die 94121 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • tiny "thanks" from BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5237 (NEW from Memory Box)

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  • "Sending" and "Love" from SENDING LOVE Clear Stamps Set CL8126 (from Birch Press Design)

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  • THANKS JOTTED SCRIPT dies 94011 (from Memory Box summer 2018)

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  • HEART SPRINKLES die 94112 (NEW from Memory Box)

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This first card is 4" X 4".  I cut down an A2 card to fit the 4" square die cut and the 4" square of Bubblegum Distressed Dot paper under it.
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I snipped the prongs off a pink glittery heart brad and attached it with a foam dot over the heart space in the trees.  I cut the background outline "thanks" from more of the Bubblegum paper and used a glue pen to add the narrower "thanks" from the same brown cardstock I used for the Woodland Heart Frame before gluing the sentiment over the trees circle.  

And then I did something different with the inside of the card using the Heart Sprinkles die.  IMG_1018

I thought it might be a fun twist to use this die to cut the inside of the card where I will write a message on more of the Bubblegum paper. I've often added die cuts to the inside of cards but this is the first time I actually cut a design into the inside of the card itself.

I used red and white dotted paper (single-sided) to back that panel (which then left white space on the back of the card for more room to write) and added a 4" square scrap patterned paper on the left panel.  I then stamped "Love" in VersaClair Pinecone ink.  I saved all of the tiny hearts that cut out and may enclose them as a kind of confetti inside the card when I mail it.

For this second card I used just the inside circle from the Woodland Heart Frame, cut from white cardstock, and mounted on a panel of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  Again I added a pink glittery heart brad and the "thanks" sentiment cut from the two papers.

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Inside  I added more of the dot paper on the left and a rose-decorated scrap on the right before cutting that rose panel with the Heart Sprinkles die.  I placed more of the dot paper under the cut-out hearts and also covered the back of the card with it.  (note:  When I used this card to send to a friend, I added a smaller piece of light pink paper on top of the red dots paper on the inside left panel in order to write a longer message.)

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I had a little difficulty with this third card.  As I was poking out the last tiny pieces from the square frame I tore one of the corners.  Rather than sacrificing the whole thing, I cut the frame in half and glued it to the 4" X 5 1/4" Bubblegum dot paper panel.  I added the inner tree circle under it.  I had a white die cut  heart left from the last card which I colored with a hot pink Tombow marker  before gluing it into the heart space.  I added "Sending thanks" as the stamped sentiment using VersaClair Pinecone ink.  On the inside I layered a piece of Bubblegum dot paper onto more of the brown cardstock and stamped "Love" in the lower right corner.

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Once I photographed everything I sat down on New Year's Day to write my thank you notes in order to post them on the 2nd.  My next task is to design some valentine cards for a workshop later this month at my town's senior center.  With so many new stamps and dies in the valentines release, that will be fun!!!

Please leave your comments on this post and you could be the winner of the WOODLAND HEART FRAME DIE!  Comments close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 and winners from each day of the Blog Blitz will be announced on Monday the 14th on the Outside the Box blog at 6 PM.  Be sure to check all of the posts this week and leave comments for chances to win prizes!

Happy Crafting!

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