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23 posts from July 2012

Mon 30

A Special Gift Box

I recently received a gift packaged in a little brown papier mache box that I immediately saved in my ITEMS TO RECYCLE stash.  I like to repurpose packaging by adding Memory Box papers, stamps and die cuts along with pretty ribbons to create unique gift boxes.  



  • box
  • purple Tombow pen
  • Ranger's Collage Glue Stick (the green one)
  • 98325 Hibiscus Flower Die
  • Viola papers in Pocket Posie and Candied Violets
  • a scrap of dark purple cardstock
  • ribbon

Begin by coloring the top edges and sides of the box cover and the corners of the box base with the purple Tombow pen.  This covers any of the original box color.  You might skip this step if you prefer to have the box color show if it coordinates with the papers you've chosen.

Measure the top of the cover and the sides of the box and cut Pocket Posie pieces to fit.  Attach them to the box using the Collage Glue Stick. (Or use your favorite adhesive.  Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive white glue is another one I like.)

Using 98325 Hibiscus Flower die, break apart the flower and the stamen by gently bending. Die cut three Hibiscus Flowers from Candied Violets paper.  I die cut the stamens from a scrap piece of dark purple cardstock.  Use tiny glue dots to adhere the stamens into the centers of the flowers.  Glue two of the flowers to the box top and pop dot the third one for more dimension.

To make a tag for the top of the box, cut a piece of dark purple cardstock and layer on a smaller piece of the Pocket Posie paper.  Tie a piece of green ribbon around the tag and pop dot the tag to the box top.  Once I decide who will receive a gift in this box, I'll add an appropriate sentiment from my Memory Box stamps to the tag.


Finish the box by wrapping a piece of the same ribbon around the box, tie a bow, and secure the ribbon with a couple of tiny glue dots.

Start saving those little boxes and other packaging, bags, etc., and create your own special gift boxes!  I hope to have quite a few of my own ready for the holidays.

Happy Crafting!

Sat 28

Tropical Tag

Tropical tag

Today I have a fun tropical tag that could be used in a summer album or on a card.

  • Die cut the turtle border #98331 and the tropical leaf #98331 from acetate.
  • Place turtle border on the right side of the tag and mist with Dylusions spray ink. Remove the mask.  Repeat with the tropical leaf die cut and mist again with another color.
  • Ink edges with vintage photo distress ink. With left over ink dye your ribbon.
  • Die cut 2 Hibiscus flowers- #98325, from cranberry distressed dots.  Ink all edges with vintage photo distress ink. 
  • Cut 3 tropical leafs #98329 from key lime distressed dot paper. Ink all edges.

Assemble as shown. Enjoy!


Fri 27

Leafing it up to you, four and a big farewell!!


Well Everyone, this is post is rather bittersweet. Not only is it the last posting of my lorelai leaf die series, but it is my last posting as a design team member for Memory Box. Some of you may know, that after working as a nurse for 30 years I need to obtain my BSN as part of my job. I didn't think it was possible, but yes you can teach an old dog new tricks, but school is time consuming, so unfortunately I had to step down from MB. :( It has been a wonderful 2 years and I hope to rejoin when I am done school in about another year and a half.

This last lorelai card actually uses the cut out of the die. I think it is pretty self explainatory. Here is a recap of the last three cards.



Week One



Week two


Week Three


I hope you enjoyed my series of cards using the lorelai leaf die. My favorite ones were week one and four. What was your favorite? 

Saying goodbye is to all of you is so hard. Please stay in touch by checking out my personal blog, The Creative Studio. I plan to have a Memory Box Monday at least twice a month featuring all of Memory Box and Poppystamps products.

Love and happy creating!


Fri 27

Tags, Tags, Tags


The Pocket Gift Tag Die 98347 is great for a quick summer project when it's too hot to even think about being creative...just diecut the scored, tabbed tag, attach the reinforcement that's included and add a colorful tie.  The Brioche 6x6 set - and the Dots, Gingham and Distressed Dots patterns are perfect together - and a great way to turn your scraps into colorful tags for any occasion.  See the great Memory Box Dies Collection here.

The patterns featured on the inserts are (left to right, top to bottom) - Mango Dots, Mango Gingham, Pool Distressed Dots, Blueberry Gingham, Squash Gingham, Pool Dots, Squash Distressed Dots and Key Lime Gingham.  To and From (B1826) was stamped in the great new ColorBox Archival Dye Inkpad shades of Gooseberry, Coral, Pinetree and Midnight.

Don't worry if your once-clear cutting plate is scratched - the scratches create a cool crinkly pattern on the white side of the tag - instant texture!


Big thanks to everyone who took my Impress classes last weekend...hope you liked the cards and tags. There's a busy summer ahead - and great new dies and stamps to play with in coming weeks!



Thu 26

ATC Book - The Other Side


Today is my last post for the Memory Box DT.  I am sad to say goodbye to this wonderful team.  Dave & Monica have been wonderful to work with and the Memory Box stamps, dies and papers are beautiful.

I thought I would share the flip side of my book which I shared during the hop for my last project. 

P1010199The papers are from various releases of Memory Box. I added additional stamps and dies mixed and blended into the pages. I featured a few of the different collage stamps to add the different words to the pages.


The new Whisper print flowers make a beautiful addition to the pages.  The Bird die was cut and stamped over with a birdcage and wreath in the background.

Products used:Inspire Butterfly Collage, Butterfly Ballet Paper, Wild Roses, Darla Butterfly, Vintage Scroll, Vintage Dreams, Whisper Print Daisy, Adore Peony Collage, Delicate Vine, Whisper Print Geranium, Whisper Print Wildflower, Create Art Collage, Forest Bird Die, Dogwood Wreath, Bird Cage, Miracles of Springtime 



Tue 24

Glittery Delicate Fern

I've been wanting to try this technique for a long time and just love, love, love the results!   I first saw this technique done by one of the former MB Design Team members, Debbie Fitch.  You can see her original post here.

For this technique we're using Glitter Ritz Glitter.  It's very fine and smooth and feels like velvet when applied to your card.    Here's what I designed using this technique.

Delicate Fern edited

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I wish the glittery-ness showed up better.  It's simply stunning!


  1. Cut Sookwang tape 5 ¼” X 3 ½” and attach to white card stock (5 ½ X 4)  Save protective sheet.
  2. Die Cut this piece using Debutante Frame die cut.
  3. Trim to 3”
  4. Use the protective sheet that you peeled off the Sookwang tape to die cut the Delicate Fern.
  5. Peel off other protective sheet from Sookwang tape to reveal the sticky side.
  6. Carefully lay the fern you die cut from the protective sheet down on the sticky side and make sure it is completely adhered.  I used the protective liner to cover and then pushed down on it.
  7. Add Sky Blue Glitter Ritz glitter and use the liner to burnish the glitter into the sticker.
  8. Use tweezers to peel off fern mask and then add Kiwi Green Glitter Ritz glitter and burnish again.  Set aside.
  9. Attach Cottage Flower paper to Licorice paper and attach to front of Lavender Note Card.
  10. Attach Delicate Fern piece to front of card.
  11. Stamp sentiment with black ink onto white card stock and adhere to Lavender card stock then attach to front of card using foam tape.
Mon 23

Flower Fun

Hello from Sunny San Diego,

It has been hot here in San Diego recently, which gave Laura Fisher, one of the teachers here at The Stamp Addict the perfect excuce to get into her craft room for a while.  She came up with this simple but stunning card that is quick and easy.


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She stamped "Whisper Print Geranium" (G1864) on a white piece of cardstock just smaller than her card.  She stamped it once in VersaMark, then used a mica powder (Goldfinch and Kimono Red). She stamped one flower and a time, then stippled over it with the mica powder, wiped off the paper and did the next one (This helped to keep each flower its own color). She repeaded this until she had a simple and beautiful card.

I hope you enjoy!

Fri 20

Leafing it up to you, three.


Welcome to the third week of my lorelai die series. Only one more week left. 

Today I created an embossed frame using my spellbinder dies and I die cut the lorelai leaf die inside the frame. Inside the card I adhered a piece of the key lime distressed dots paper. The key lime peaks through the leaf opening. I embellished with the primula bloom #98149 die cut from mango distressed dots paper and a few pearls. Add a saying of your choice and you have a quick and easy card.

Check out weeks one and two for the previous cards in this series. Please come back next Saturday for the last card in the lorelai leaf series.

Fri 20

Nature Calls

Whether you're creating a card for a nature-lover, gardener or a "no frills" friend, this card may just fit their style.  In this case my friend could be described as all three.  With a birthday just days away I planned this card to be a little something special for his special day.   All it takes is a little distressing, stamping, inking and layering.  


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G1862 Whisper Print Leaf

G1848  Disressed Garden Record

B1851 For your Birthday 

98349 Floral Delights 

98337 Floral Vine

33011 Dill Notecard

Memory Box Patterned paper


  1. Stamp Distressed Garden Record onto eggshell paper using Jumbo Java Versamagic ink.
  2. Sponge Gingerbread Versamagic ink around edges
  3. Ink Whisper Print Leaf with multiple Tombo markers.  Mist colors with water then stamp onto Distressed Garden Record.
  4. Cut various sizes and shapes of paperned paper and rough up edges with a distressing tool.
  5. Stamp sentiment in black and layer with multi colored patterned paper.
  6. Custom color white ribbon by inking with Adirondack red pepper ink and misting with Ranger Perfect Pearls.  Crumple, wrinkle and dry ribbon (hair dryer for me).  Form a messy bow tied with twine and a metal button then attach to raised panel.  Die cut Floral Vine, add tiny flowers from Floral Delights die and secure behind ribbon with adhesive.
  7. Add a gift card and a personal message inside and you have a wonderful birthday gift for your nature lover.  

It's as easy a that and it comes with your personal touch.  I'll be teaching my next Memory Box Class July 27th at Stamping Details in Poway, Ca.  If you're in the area, come join us!

Happy Friday!


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Thu 19

Whisper Print Geranium

The whisper print stamps are so soft and pretty. I created a little wildflower scene with the Whisper Print Geranium  and the Meadow Dragonfly The dragonfly has a little bit of stamping in brown ink using the Vintage Dreams stamp and sponged with brown dye ink.  The flowers are inked up first with a soft pink and stamped. Then an olive green watercolor pencil was traced over the stems to add the green touches.  The sentiment was stamped in a coordinating green dye ink and cut to a banner. Mount on white card base. Accent with crystals.

Have a great weekend!