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35 posts from January 2011

Sun 30

Wonderland Butterfly Thank You

Today I reread the posts from our Blog Blitz of the last two weeks, looking to see if we'd missed any stamps from What's in the Box.  I found that no one had used Wonderland Butterfly E1713 or Leafy Background E1715.  I decided to see if I could use them together on a thank you card.  

These are the materials I pulled out to use:


Stamps:  Wonderland Butterfly E1713; 
Leafy Background E1715; 
and  (not photographed) Thank You A445

Distress Inks:  Broken China; Black Soot
Papers from the Minuet 6X6 collection
Cards:  Russian Sage


Here's the finished card:



Cut a 2" wide piece of the butterfly paper that has two tiny versions of the Wonderland Butterfly and adhere it to the left side of a Russian Sage notecard.  Ink the edges of the card with Black Soot.

Using another Russian Sage notecard and the Broken China Distress Ink, stamp Leafy Background E1715 twice.  Cut out one and ink the edges with Black Soot.  Punch two circles of different sizes from the other image.  Stamp Thank You A445 in Black Soot on the smaller one and ink the edges of both circles with Black Soot.

On the piece of paper that has the branch and the muted sheet music, stamp Wonderland Butterfly in Black Soot over the sheet music, cut out, and ink the edges with more of the Black Soot.  You can snip off the antennae rather than trying to cut around them.

Adhere the leafy background image to the notecard, placing it in the upper right.

Stamp Wonderland Butterfly in Black Soot over the Leafy Background, going off the edge a bit onto the butterfly paper.  Use pop dots to place the cut out butterfly on top of the stamped image.  (Note that the antennae are stamped onto the background.)

Pop dot the large circle in the blank space on the lower right of the card front.  Pop dot the smaller Thank You circle on top of that.

Add a piece of sheer white dot ribbon tied around the card and finished in a bow.


I've needed to make a lot of thank you cards recently. Wonderland Butterfly and Leafy Background work together beautifully with all the new Minuet papers if I vary the colors of Distress Ink I use for the Leafy Background and select notecards in complementary hues.  There are some lovely greens and blues in this collection and a stunning gray which would be perfect with black and white and silver accents.  I usually dislike making more than one of any particular card, but I think I could make a dozen or more of this design because of all the options available with just a few materials.    

Happy Stamping!

p.s.  Two other little stamps didn't show up last week either, 
Street Light B1727 and Fence B1731 (cloud on the side).
Combined with City Tree B1724,
this is the small scene I created for a tiny 3X3 enclosure card:  

I'll add a sentiment when I'm ready to use this tiny card. 


Fri 28

The Painted Ladies?

This simple card features three new images from What' In The Box 2011, and it reminds me a bit of a family trip we took to San Francisco.  Those beautiful row houses, otherwise known as the "Painted Ladies" along Alamo Square in San Francisco are more elaborately adorned, but the new Cozy Home (D1726) and Home Sweet Home (D1725) images have a similar charm.  Pair them up and add lots of color with Prisma pencils or Copic markers to create your own Painted Ladies.

I stamped the images several times in black ink directly onto an eggshell notecard and also onto masking paper. I cut the masks and covered the houses so I could stamp a background of foliage with Bird Branch Print (G1720). After removing the masks I colored the houses with a variety of Prisma pencils.

I tried to get this close up to show you the overflowing flower boxes I created with Sweet Pea flower soft. A little blurry, but you get the idea.  I'm more of a stamper than a photographer  :-)   I also stamped a few more houses on scrap paper so I could color and cut out the roofs. I popped those up with foam tape for alittle dimension.

I think this would be a nice card to accompany a housewarming gift or to welcome a new neighbor with a along with a plate of cookies.

This concludes our blog blitz week from the design team sharing ideas about the What's In The Box 2011 release.  I hope you have enjoyed our projects, and that you have been inspired by these new stamps and papers. Today is the last day to get into our random drawing for two great Memory Box prizes. All you have to do is post a comment to be eligible.   Good luck!



Wed 26

Romancing Paris


For the 4rth time in as many weeks the Philadelphia area is being hit with another snow storm. While I look out my window of my studio and see the wind blowing and the snow swirling, my mind turns to warmer thoughts. Paris in the spring! Such a cliche but one I would love to experience. Memory Box's new stamps truly evoke the romance of Paris. 

Channeling my clean and simple spirit (not an easy feat for me as you all know!) I created this card showing the simple beauty of Paris.

I created a stencil by die cutting a heart on copy paper. I stamped the Journey Collage G1733 over the stencil with black ink. I created a smaller heart stencil and centered it in the script heart and sponged Momento angel pink ink to create heart.  I placed the larger heart cut out over the script heart and sponged the pink ink around the edges to make the heart shape more pronounced. Using Memory Box's DS Bubblegum 77889 paper i punched a small heart and attached it with a pop dot.

To create the Eifel Tower I took a variety of grey copic markers and just random streaks of color and stamped and embossed the Eifel Tower D1723 with silver and cut out and attached with a pop dot too.



For a bit of an embellishment I added 3 pink pearls. I mounted this piece onto light pink card stock.

So for a few pleasant moments I walking along the streets of Paris with my guide map in May looking for the Eifel tower.

I hope this card warms your hearts in these wintery days.







Wed 26

Brioche, Blueberry and a Butterfly

Hope you're enjoying our two-week What's In the Box blitz featuring our just-released stamps and papers.   Be sure to add a comment to each post.  We're random-selecting winners throughout the blitz - up through January 28th - you could win a great Memory Box prize!

Here's another design featuring my newest, new favorite - Vintage Record Sheet (G1712).  Eiffel Tower (D1723), Circle Word Background (E1711) and Cocoa Bean Butterfly (C1714) complete the collagey look of this card.  The collage background, butterfly and partial-circle prints are from our new Brioche 6x6 Set.


The new Gingham 8.5x11" paper is just one of four great prints in Blueberry - Distressed Dots, Moroccan and Dots are the other patterns.  They're from a collection of twelve colors, all designed to coordinate with and complement our notecards, 6x6 and 12x12 prints.  

P1020922 P1020929 P1020941

Here are some close-ups of the Cocoa Bean Butterfly inked, then embossed with Clearsnap's Opalescent Clear Embossing Powder.   It's a quick and easy way to highlight Dave's beautiful butterfly.  

I love layering and blending inks - and we'll be doing more of than in this Sunday's LoveNotes Lite Cards class at the Bellevue Impress.  It's an added class, so it isn't listed on the printed schedule or website.  We'll make 9 cards, modifying the designs from the LoveNotes book class a few weeks ago.  I'll have an assortment of Valentine, thank you and birthday stamps - everyone can select the perfect greeting to add a personal touch to their cards.  Here are some of the class cards...










Tue 25

A Tree Sprout Thank You


I hope you are all having fun and getting inspired from our "What's in the Box" Blog Blitz! 

It is like Christmas when I open up a box of goodies from Dave and see all of the wonderful new images.  I love how this new release has a little bit of whimsy, a little bit of modern and a little bit of elegance.  There is sure to be a favorite stamp for everyone's taste! 

I saw this Reverse Tree Sprout (E1716) and instantly the idea for this card popped into my head.  I used a Mango card as my base and then layered on my strips of paper. 

1.  First I cut a strip of Kraft colored cardstock that I punched with the EK Success Dotted Wave Edger Punch and laid that down on my card.

2.  I then cut out a strip of "Neighborhood Cafe" from the new Brioche paper line and layered it on top of the kraft paper.  I love the fun and bright colors of this paper!

3. I then cut a strip of natural colored cardstock and stamped my Thank You sentiment in Pumice Stone Distress Ink and layered that onto the top of my patterned paper.

4.  For the final element of my strips of paper I cut a small strip about 1/8 in wide from the Brioche 6x6 paper pack and layered that on the seam between the stamped Thank You and my "Neighborhood Cafe" patterned paper.

5.  For the image I stamped the Reverse Tree Sprout onto white cardstock using versamark and then covered it with Espresso Embossing powder from Ranger and heat set it.  I colored in the tree and the leaves with my copic markers.  The embossed image resists the ink from the copic markers making it very easy to color!  I trimmed the image right to the very edge so that no white cardstock would be showing and then layered it onto a piece of red cardstock.  I adhered the image onto my card using foam tape.

6.  To finish off my card I had to add some sort of bling.  I can't help myself!!  I added 24 Karat and Berry Pearls in an alternating pattern across the top of the sentiment.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my card.  I will be teaching this card and three more cards from the newest release at Colorful Creations in Hyannis, MA on Saturday February 19th from 10a-12p.  Call the store to sign up!  I would love to meet you :)

Happy Crafting!

Mon 24

Another Contest!

I hope you have been inspired by all the wonderful samples by the Memory Box design team featuring the 2011 What's in the Box release.  In celebration of all the new products, the design team will be teaching classes all around the country with the latest stamps and papers.  Is there a class being taught in your area?  To find out, simply select the tab at the top of the Outside the Box blog labeled "Find a Memory Box Class near you."  Head over to that page, look at the classes, and leave a comment in the contest section for a chance to win one of the new stamps as well as the 6" x 6" pack of Minuet paper!

Mon 24

More Winners

Welcome to week two of the 2011 What's in the Box Blog Blitz.  I thought I would list a couple more winners.

Winner of the Eiffel Tower (D1723) stamp....Lucille Kearin.  She said:

Jenny's card is so beautiful, love the effect of the perfect pearls on the flower buds.  I have always wanted to visit Egypt, the pyramids fascinate me :)

I also randomly selected two more people who left blog post comments to win prizes:

1.  Ann I. who said, "Gorgeous card!!Can't wait to see what other goodies come out of the box!!"  Congrats Ann, you win the Orchid Branch Print (G1718) featured in Sue's post.

2.  Beverly BL who said, "What a nice little/big city.  Thanks for the how to tips."  Congrats Beverly, you win the Cocoa Bean Butterfly (C1714) featured in my quick collage video post.

Congrats winners!  I will be emailing you to get your information.

Don't forget to leave comments to the blog posts during the blog blitz!  There will be more winners selected at random....


Mon 24



The background of my card and the inspiration for this card are from the Brioche 6x6 papers. There is a combination of blues, red tones, and creamy yellow all blended in the papers and they are all beautiful.


  1. Stamp the Circle Word Background E1711 using Versafine Vintage Sepia  pigment ink. Mask and sponge Memento Rich Cocoa and Ranger Distress Inks Wild Honey over the stamped circle. 
  2. Stamp the Eiffel Tower D1723 using the brown pigment ink on the Brioche paper and cut out.
  3. Die cut the bird using Sizzix Caged Bird Die Cut from the Brioche paper. (Loved how I accidentally cut the wing in red and the bird in the creamy yellow)
  4. Stamp Journey Collage G1733 onto the bird and another piece of the Brioche paper using the brown pigment ink. 
  5. Cut out a mat for the sentiment and the background from a Red Pepper card base. Cut the card base from Truffle Soiree cardstock. (5 1/2" x 5 1/2")
  6. Distress edges of all pieces of Brioche using brown dye ink.
  7. Cut the word Journey from the stamped  paper. Mount onto backgrounds and onto card.
  8. Assemble card.
  9. Accent with a few buttons and twine.

Have a wonderful week!



Sun 23

It's All About the Mood!

As soon as I saw this photo of my daughter, I just cracked up. It not only brought back memories from our trip last summer but also how tired she was of being in the car! I asked her permission before I scrapped it to post "around the internet," and she said "sure." So, from a 16 year old, I took that as a "go ahead, Mom."  :) :)  To help "enhance" the mood of the photo, I used the new Memory Box licorice distressed dots patterned paper for my page base. It was just perfect. The piece of grey paper in the Memory Box Minuet 6x6 pack was also perfect for this.  And can you find the stamps I used on here? :)
Papers:  Memory Box Minuet, Memory Box licorice distressed dots
Memory Box Stamps:  Journey Collage G1733 (for title), Bitsy Car A1729
Stamp Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink black soot
Embellishments: Creative Café buttons, Scenic Route chipboard alpha, Heidi Grace flowers, misc. paper flowers, Pink Paislee Fascinating chipboard leaves, Copic 100, Dymo labeler

If you didn't find them, let's look at how I used the new stamps on this layout: 

Journey Collage G1733--I stamped just the lower half of this stamp onto Minuet paper. I then trimmed it down and incorporated it into my title!

Bitsy Car A1729--Next I stamped this image several times on the layout: twice down by the title and once on the journaling tag. Just a bit of the car "peeps" through on the journaling tag. I thought that would be fun just to show a part of the image.

Remember, for close-up details of these photos, just click on the photos themselves to see a larger image.

Also, for one more layout using the new What's in the Box 2011 goodies, please see this post on my Memory Box Create x3 blog for more "reveals" and ideas!

Please don't forget to leave a comment to be eligible for our random prize give aways.  The Blog Blitz will end Friday, January 28th, so be sure to stop back by often. We have two posts today in fact so you want to stop back later today to see what Suzz created!  Enjoy, and thanks for looking! 


Sun 23

Whats in the Box Valentine

Usually I'm drawn to the nature images:  flowers, trees, birds, etc., but I had to make a card with one of the houses.  There were so many great images and papers in this Whats in the Box release it was very hard to choose where to start. 

Stamp D1725 Home Sweet Home with Mememto Tuxedo Black on Bluebird Gingham paper.  Next stamp the house again on Curious Iridescents Cryogen White with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I used Tria markers to color the house stamped on white.  Copic matching colors are E08 for the house, E39 for the house trim, BV23 (the closest I found to Tria 5425) was used for the curtains, door and part of roof, B91 was used for the windows, and B32 was used for the rest of the roof.  Using a stamp positioner, stamp D1312 Tree of Love with black.  Fill in the hearts (from the end of the tree stamp) with VersaFine Crimson red.  Cut out house trimming very closely and omitting trim at top of roof.  Glue house on top of house stamped on blue gingham paper.  Using a border punch cut "grass" from Key Lime Dots paper.  Layer on black cardstock and mount all on an Iris A2 card (trimmed to 4-1/4").  Wouldn't this make a cute valentine for someone special or even Welcome to your new Home card.   

This card was a little "out of the box" for me, but it was very fun to make.  Hope you're able to see the entire Whats in the Box collection soon at a store near you or take one of the Whats in the Box classes. 

Make a comment for a chance to win a prize and keep coming back this week to see the other cool samples by the other designers!  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!