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19 posts from December 2011

Thu 15

Christmas Wishes


A sweet tag to add to a package. 


  1. Cut tag from Acetate. Apply blue alcohol inks (stream & stonewashed) with alcohol blender. Drip 3 drips of alcohol ink and a few drops of blending solution on felt applicator. Dab over surface. Add snowcap mixative to the background.  Follow same process. Repeat until desired background is achieved.
  2. Stamp Vintage Christmas Words using versamark on reverse side of tag. Heat emboss using white embossing powder.
  3. Stamp deer on white cardstock using versamark. Heat emboss using silver tinsel embossing powder. Cut out.
  4. Stamp Christmas Wishes on white cardstock using versamark watermark ink and heat emboss using silver tinsel.
  5. Assemble tag.

Have a wonderful weekend!



Wed 14

Cool JOY

P1060401"Put JOY on it" seems to be the holiday version of "put a bird on it."  Luckily, we have the great Pop Up Joy Die 98192 to do just that!  It's teamed with the Retro Border Die 98170 used as snowflakes - and the Poppystamps Pine Tree Border Die 809.

Be sure to visit the Poppystamps blog too - add your comments about Poppystamps dies and stamps - and you may win great prizes, selected by Dave himself!  The entry deadline is Midnight Pacific this Saturday, December 17th.  

Winter Sky Designer Foils and Scor-Tape create the sparkly shimmer on the Pine Tree Border.  We used the Foils in the Holiday Express at Impress and people loved them!  Diecuts from the Retro Border sparkle with the addtion of Peridot Glitter, also adhered with Scor-Tape.  Here are the directions for this contemporary greeting:


Memory Box Products

  • Pop Up Joy Die 98192
  • Retro Border Die 98170
  • Key Lime Dots Cardstock
  • Key Lime Gingham Cardstock
  • Cranberry Cardstock
  • Parsley Cardstock
  • Soiree Jupiter Shimmer A6 Envelope

Poppystamps Die

  • Pine Tree Border Die 809

Other Supplies

  • ColorBox Tree Frog Archival Dye Inkpad
  • Clearsnap Winter Sky Designer Foils
  • Clearsnap Peridot Glitter
  • Soft Round Paintbrush
  • Scor-Tape
  • Pin 
  • Diecut Machine and Plates


  • Attach Scor-Tape to scrap cardstock and diecut it with Pine Tree Border
  • Carefully remove the tape liner and press Winter Sky Designer Foils (shiny-side-up) onto the adhesive
  • Burnish the foil with your finger, then remove the liner 
  • Diecut Pop Up Joy, at an angle, from Cranberry Cardstock
  • Trim the cardstock to 4-3/8" x 3-1/4"
  • Attach the Pine Tree Border diecut below "JOY"
  • Attach Scor-Tape to the top of a strip of Parsley Cardstock and diecut Retro Border - don't remove the liner
  • Using a pin, remove the liner from three of the diecuts and brush Peridot Glitter onto the adhesive
  • Remove the glittered diecuts from the strip and attach them to the Cranberry Cardstock
  • Cut a 2-1/2" x 5" strip of Key Lime Dots Cardstock and ink the edges with Tree Frog
  • Cut a 3-3/4" x 5-3/8" strip of Key Lime Gingham and ink the edges with Tree Frog
  • Cut, score and fold a 4-5/8" x 6-1/4" card of Parsley Cardstock
  • Assemble the card and coordinate it with a Soiree Jupiter Shimmer A6 Envelope

P1060395Hope you like this retro/shimmer combination...and that you're almost ready for Christmas!





Mon 12

It's in the Bag


Hope you can use another idea for gift giving packaging.  I really should be finishing up my Christmas cards, but this is what I'm posting.  What -- yours are already sent?  You sure have me beat.  Here's the gift bag:

This is fairly quick and easy for a last minute project.  The sample uses a craft store bag, but I'm sure you could substitute a generic lunch bag.  Measure your bag and cut a piece of corrogated paper to fit the bottom of the bag - mine is 4-11/16 x 4-7/8.  Die cut the snowflake from a piece of patterned paper 4-1/4 square - hopefully your local stamp store still has some of the snowflake paper, but you could easily substitute the Thistle Distressed dots.  Die cut a topper with your favorite die - this is Cheery Lyn French Flair-Classic.  Die Cut the Museum Tag die out of white card stock.  Stamp We Wish on tag.  Mask sentiment and stamp Peace Collage with VersaMark ink and emboss with white embossing powder.  Using dauber ink tag with VersaMagic Oasis Green (mask is still on).  Attach snowflake and white corrogated layers to bottom of bag.  Attach snowflake sticker to center.  Fold topper in half, punch two holes with Cropadile.  Thread organza ribbon through holes and tie on tag. 


  • B1808 We Wish
  • G1411 Peace Collage
  • 98145 Museum Tag Die
  • 98163 Tivoli Snowflake
  • Thistle Distress Dots
  • Memory Box Sparkling Snowflakes jewel sticker
  • Corrogated White Paper
  • White Card stock
  • VersaMagic Oasis Green ink
  • Finger Dauber
  • VersaMark ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Misc. - Ribbon, brown bag, topper die

Hope this is an idea you can use or adapt for what you need. 

Here's an exciting announcement for anyone living in or traveling through northwest Ohio -- Baas Junction has been sold but thankfully has been reopened by Melissa Bayer.  The new store is called Bayer's Pampered Stampers and is located about two miles from the old Baas Junction at 1620 Ralston in Toledo.  The phone number is (419) 724-9516.  You'll be able to find your Memory Box stamps and papers there. Stop in and say hi to Melissa if you get a chance. 

Thanks for stopping by!


Sun 11

More of that Lovely Christmas Tree Die

I can't help myself - I am IN LOVE with the Flowering Christmas Tree die!

SUPPLIES: Memory Box Midnight and Frost Soiree Shimmer cardstock, Flowering Christmas Tree die (98195), Memory Box diamond stickers, Mark Richards gems  


  1. Make card base from Frost Soiree Shimmer cardstock.
  2. Cut and adhere panel of Midnight Soiree Shimmer cardstock.
  3. Die cut tree and adhere.
  4. Adhere gems.

This is another card I can recommend for mass production - make it in an assembly line for super-fast results (use Diamond Stickles in place of the gems for even faster production).

Have a great day and thanks for looking!


Fri 09

Christmas Gift Wraps

Found the perfect gift?  Now let's talk about presentation.  

Start with ordinary kraft wrap-- you know, the kind used for mailing packages-- and transform it into gift wrap with the help of Memory Box stamps, embellishments and tags.


These small gift boxes were wrapped in both kraft packaging paper and plain 'ol white copy paper right out of the printer tray.  I added natural elements like twine and live juniper cuttings, as well as glittery die cut designs and shimmery ribbons.

Here's a closer look...(click on any photo for a larger view)


This Wintery church was easy to create.  

First, apply double sided tape (Scor-Pal or Sookwang) to a small piece (2 1/2" x 4") of white card stock, then run it through your die cut machine using the Country House die.  Add a shim between the plates and die if it doesn't cut all the way through the first time.

Pop out the shape and remove the contact sheet to expose the remaining sticky side (try not to touch the sticky side--use tweezers to handle it) then cover with cool highlight micro-fine glitter.

Next, rub you finger all over the glittered side to burnish the glitter.  This keeps it from rubbing off later and gives even coverage with a velvety feel.

Push out any window openings left intack and fold back the windows and door---welcome to church!

I used the same treatment on the Star of Wonder, using blue micro fine glitter, and attached it with a small glue dot to the bow center.

Layer the church over the large scalloped circle and adhere to the box wrapped in white copy paper---so simple!

And if you like even more sparkle and drama...


Stamp the Vintage Christmas Words in sepia ink on the kraft paper. 

Now wrap the box and use your prettiest ribbons, both sheer and crocheted, then attach the shimmery rosette using the same glittering technique as the Wintery Church box.

Instead of using the center circle that comes with the rosette die, I substituted the little Perched Reedbird die and glittered her as well.  You know what they say..."Put a bird on it!" and call it Art.

The cuttings are from my Juniper tree in the front yard--I really like the variegated type, don't you? Anyway, use whatever you have growing in the yard---or your neighbor's yard.  These dry slowly so they'll still look nice for Christmas.

With me so far?  Here's one more gift box...

Follow all the same techniques mentioned above:  ribbons, glittered die cuts, stamped die cut tag---it's easy and can you imagine their expression when you present your gift?

The only thing that could make it even better is to have Memory Box stamps and dies inside the boxes as the gifts--wouldn't you agree? 


98165 Country House Die (Church)

98160 Perched Reedbird Die

G1797 Vintage Christmas Words

98109 Scalloped Circle Die

98121 Blooming Rosette Die

98145 Museum Tag Die

98167 Star of Wonder Die

806 Meadow Leaf Die 

B1826 To and From

Distressed Dots Vanilla Bean paper

Happy Friday!




Thu 08

Wax Paper Poinsettia

I have been inspired by the Tim Holtz Twelve Tags of Christmas and created a few using my Memory Box stamps.



  1. Stamp Vintage Christmas Words using brown ink on white cardstock tag.
  2. Distress edges using distressing tool, sponge edges with brown dye ink.
  3. Crinkle surface of tag by crumpling into a ball. Smooth flat again and drag brown dye ink across surface.
  4. Create mini tag from white cardstock and stamp sentiment (We wish you a Merry Christmas) using brown ink. Distress edges and sponge. Stamp across top half of tag the Vintage Christmas words.
  5. Take wax paper from your pantry. :) Apply red alcohol inks along with blending solution over the entire 8 1/2 x 11 surface.  Add snow cap mixative by dabbing onto the surface.  Repeat until desired colors.
  6. Wipe surface after dry with static remover (Dryer sheet)
  7. Stamp Poinsettia using versamark on wax paper.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder. Repeat two more times.
  8. Cut out poinsettias.  Layer with glue dots onto corner of tag.
  9. Cut out leaves from green cardstock and distress with brown dye ink.
  10. Layer in various leaves, gem flourishes and feathers.

Have a wonderful day!




Mon 05

Quick and Easy Gifty Project

Need a small gift for a teen,friend, co-worker, child's teacher ... or whoever?  

Front (scanned image):

Snapshot F

Back (scanned image):

Snapshot B

These clipboards come together quickly and give you a new way to present sticky notepads!  You can use up all kinds of scraps to make them.  I used chipboard that I cut to the size I wanted and used my Corner Chomper to round the edges.  You could also make them from cracker or cereal boxes or recycle other cardboard packaging for the base.  

Choose papers for the front and back, tracing around the base shape.  Cut the two pieces out and adhere to the front and back of the base shape.  I used double-sided tape but any good sticky adhesive will work.  I used two coordinating papers from the Valise collection, inking up the edges with a little brown Distress Ink. Use any papers you like!

On the back of my clipboard, I added some tags cut from the Valise papers, inking the edges before adhering the tags.  I stamped D1307 Woodblock Bird in Jet Black Archival Ink and then punched out a circle around it, inked the edges, and placed it on top of the smaller tag.  Choose any small stamp for this accent piece!

I used double-sided tape on the back of the sticky notes pad (generic brand from Staples) and stuck that to the front of the clipboard.

The big magnet clip (from Staples) just clips on over the top edge of the clipboard.  That's it!  Quick (under ten minutes) and easy peasy!

We made these in my class last Monday at Your Maine Stamper. Several of the class participants planned to make a dozen or more each for stuffing in Christmas stockings or holiday gift baskets.  

Happy Stamping!

Sun 04

A Candle for you?


Hello Everyone!

Laura Fisher, one of the teacher's here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego has been stamping on candles recently. They make wonderful gifts which is especially appropriate this time of year! Today I want to share some with you and tell you how you can make some of your own! Laura will also be teaching this technique in our store on Tues. Dec. 13th!



The first one is using Wonderland Butterfly (E1713) the second is using Branch Heart (E1310).

The first thing she did was stamp the image on tissue paper and cut around it as close as she could (for the heart leave the inside of it there).  Next you place the image on your candle where you want it, and wrap wax paper around the whole candle, make sure your image doesn't move.  Hold the wax paper on the opposite side as your image and use your heat gun to melt the tissue paper and image into the candle.  For the heart she used stickles over it after it cooled. 

Hope you enjoy! And don't forget if you want to come try it yourself guve us a call at (619)667-5060 to reserve your spot in her class in San Diego!

Thu 01

Fall Birthday Card


I decided to change up from working on my holiday cards and create a masculine birthday card.  We have a few fall birthdays in our family and I am always looking for male birthday card. 

I started with the beautiful papers from the Memory Box Valise and Brioche 6x6 pads. The background stamps used were Grass Print C1721 and Tree Frame - E1326.  I stamped grass and tree branches using a brown ink.  The birds were from the following stamps: Distressed Crows (F1394), Bird in Flight (D1393).  The ticket is from the Valise paper cut, distressed and edged with the branches.  

Have a lovely day!