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Fri 31

Ghostly Greetings

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Thu 30

Memory Box Birdie!


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I had a bunch of fun with this little birdie! I started with the Madeleine Bird (98424) die then painted the pieces with Twinkling H2O's in a light green/blue color that gave it a great deal of shimmer. Then I embossed the birdie with Claret Red embossing powder using the Outline Madeleine Bird (D1878) stamp. I then cut out the Cherise Label (98402) die and mounted the birdie in the middle and popped his wing with a foam dot. I put that entire piece on some textured cardstock and voila a great card with style and class.

I hope you enjoy it!


Wed 29

3D Card

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Tent detail wm Tent side wm

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you a shaped card called a “Tent” card…all the Memory Box dies are excellent to embellish these type of cards… They are very fun to make and very special to give away …So I hope you give it a try…BTW you can use any kind of “window” shape for the aperture on the middle of your front panel…

TIP:  use the left over from the “window/aperture” for the base of your card…see the “side” picture.


1)   For the inside: stamp “the brilliant tree” (heat emboss it with white EP) and stamp “the woodland vine” in brown; distress w/ blue inks, wipe “tree” with baby wipe

2)   Die Cut all your pieces:            

1 cage in gold mirror CS*

1 lacy butterfly in white CS*

1 solid butterfly in white CS*, distress w/ blue ink;

1 window aperture on the front panel of your card

TIP: Use the remaining CS* for base of card, score 3 times into fourths and fold (2 valley folds and one mountain fold)

3)    Add embellishments, then assemble the card and Voila! a "Tent" card      


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Mon 27

On the ninth day of Christmas...

9 ladies dancing


  • blush pink notecard
  • Virtuoso Music die 98356, scrap of black card stock
  • Twelve Days stamp G1899, cream card stock, Archival Jet Black ink
  • Cranberry Distressed Dots paper, for backing the song, for shoes and dress
  • Bubblegum Distressed Dots paper, for dancer
  • Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive, pop-dots, double-sided tape

Hmmm...I'm actually thinking about making a Twelve Days of Christmas card series for this year using the Virtuoso Music die and the Twelve Days stamp on each one and then adding an appropriate image either die cut or stamped from my Memory Box collection. Some other new die possibilities:  Gentleman Leaping die 98395; Classic Pear die 98392 with Embellished Pear die 98393;  Flying Goose die 98425; Fancy Drum die 98388; Gentle Swan die 98426.  

Now that I've gotten that idea into my head, I can't stop!  Here are two more cards!

...in a Pear Tree



  • Dill note card
  • Virtuoso Music die 98356, scrap of black card stock
  • Twelve Days stamp G1899, cream and red card stock, Archival Jet Black ink
  • Classic Pear die 98392, papers from the Yuletide 6X6 pack
  • Embellished Pear die 98393, paper from the Yuletide 6X6 pack

On the sixth day of Christmas...



  • Licorice note card
  • Virtuoso Music die 98356, scrap of black card stock
  • Twelve Days stamp G1899, cream card stock, Archival Jet Black ink, Licorice Distressed Dots paper
  • Flying Goose die 98425, copper card stock scrap

Guess you know what I'll be doing the rest of the day!!!  

Happy Crafting!

Sat 25

Stretching Your Dies!


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Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you a card that has its little story…

The “Classic Flourish” that you see was one of the very first stamps that I ever bought… later, when I met Dave, at a class, I had him autograph it for me…two years later here I am posting in Memory Box blog! ... Isn’t this strange? Life is a compendium of little pieces that fits like a puzzle…

Ok now onto the card: the “Catillion Frame” fits an A7 card, but I wanted to use it in an A2 card…so I cut an A2 piece of paper, I only die cut one end (1 or 2 cranks in your machine) then I took it out, switch the paper and cut the other end (1 or 2 cranks in you machine) then I took it out again and finish the middle section with scissors to make both ends connect…the result: I have a unique frame that fits my A2 cards…

As for the “Jasmine” frame, I cut it at the corners to stretch it out, you could die cut 2 and have 4 corners for a bigger card…

Moral of the story: see your dies with a different eye and you will get unexpected results, going back to the title of this post!

This card can be used for any occasion but the serenity of the bird and the colors were perfect for me for a sympathy card, which I used for a dear friend/student of mine that her dad passed away…



1- stamp the “Classic Flourish” (heat emboss 1st with white EP)                       

2- distress with blue ink the frame (already died cut see explanation above) and the label

3- die cut all the other elements

4- stamp the sentiment onto the label

5- embellish

4- assemble the card


Thanks for looking...

Thu 23

Boo! to you


These little ghosts are just too cute.  I really love this new die - Ghost Trio (98376).  It's hard to tell in the photo but I used a white shimmery paper to cut them which looks neat in person.  The card base is pumpkin with a layer of licorice distressed dots and the top layer is from a squash note card.  With black ink, I stamped the new Winter Trees image (G1897) onto the card, and stamped a little bit of the branches onto one of the ghosts.  One ghost is raised with foam tape. I finished the card by using the new Classic Lower Alphabet (98360)die to make the "boo!" greeting.

Stop into your local stamp store and pick up some of these adorable stamps and dies for your fall and Halloween projects.

Happy crafting!


Wed 22

Simply Wonderful Wishes

Here's a quick card featuring three new holiday dies - the intricate LaRue Ornament 98377, Drop Ornament 98378 and Whimsical Flourish 98373.  Detailed designs like the LaRue Ornament and Whimsical Flourish are easy to diecut using the Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate in addition to the other plates required for thin metal dies.  

View the entire Holiday 2012 Collection here.


The stacking sequence I use for the Big Shot or Big Kick is:

  • Multi-purpose platform
  • Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate
  • Clear cutting plate
  • Die - face-up
  • Cardstock - right side face-down
  • Clear cutting plate.

Placing your Metal Adapter Plate between the multi-purpose platform and first cutting plate protects it from the curving and scratching of the second cutting plate. 

And just one more reason why I love Memory Box Dies...the Starry wreath shown on this card:


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Tue 21

Pumpkin Trio in Pencil

Hi, everyone....well, have we all recovered from the blog blitz last week?  That was a lot of fun.  And thank you all for the wonderful comments.  We really do appreciate the kind words and encouragement.

Today, my card features the Pumpkin Trio.  One of the things I like about this stamp is that it has so many options for coloring.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to use Copics, Twinkling H2O's, watercolor markers, or pencils.  I finally decided to use Prismacolor pencils because I'm still trying to perfect my technique.

Pumpkin Trio

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I stamped the Pumpkin Trio with Coffee Archival Ink onto a piece of Parchment paper 4 3/4" X 1 3/4".  Then I started off with a Sand pencil and colored the area that would by highlighted.

1_Sand Prismacolor Pencil

Then I moved to Yellowed Orange and very lightly colored over the entire pumpkin except where I wanted the shadow. 

2_Yellowed Orange Pencil

Next, I chose Goldenrod and continued to blend the color away from the highlight.  This time, I colored the areas that I knew would be darker.  Note how I'm not really concerned about my pencil strokes here.  I just want to get the color down.

3_Goldenrod Pencil

Then, I chose Pumpkin Orange to really bring in the depth of the pumpkin.

4_Pumpkin Orange

Finally, I used a bit of Poppy Red where the shadow would be on the right and bottom. 

5_poppy red pencil

I came back in with the Pumpkin Orange and blended the Poppy Red into the rest of the pumpkin.  Then, the last thing I did was take the Goldenrod Pencil and went over the whole pumpkin again in small circles to blend all of the colors together.

6_all blended

Because the pencil has a waxy finish, I knew I was going to have to use a permanent ink to stamp on top of it.  I actually chose to stamp the Jack O'Lantern Faces with Archival Ink again and then heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  But you could also use something like Staz On which is meant for non-porous surfaces.

Here's how I assembled the card:

  • Cut a piece of Squash Dots 4 X 5 1/4 and distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Attach to a Licorice mat (4 1/8 X 5 3/8) and then adhered to a Squash Note Card.
  • Cut a piece of pattern paper from the Nightfall 6 X6 paper pack to 2" X 5" and attached to the lower 1/2 of the card.
  • Use the Scalloped Circle Die to die cut a piece of Licorice paper and the Circle from the Grand Globe Die to cut a piece of pattern paper from the Nightfall 6 X 6 paper pack.  Attach these to the front of the card.
  • Finally, I distressed the pumpkin trio with Vintage Photo and attached to a black mat (4 5/8" X 1 7/8") and used foam tape to attach to the front of the card.


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Sat 18

Friday Winners

I hope you have enjoyed the week highlighting the new products from Memory Box.  I also hope you have a chance to welcome Bibiana to the design team.  Her first post on Saturday was outstanding!

Our final winners for the week are:

Mimi R who said, "Love the felt coasters! I'm going to make some now! Thanks for the inspiration."


Ann Merry who said, "Love the folk art feel to this scene. Would not have thought of that color combination, but it works beautifully!"

Congratulations!  You win the new Brand New Bicycle die (98404):

FridayI will be contacting you shortly to get your information.

Sat 18

Greetings from California

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Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you All …my very first Post!

My name is Bibiana, I am from South America, a passionate card maker and …officially as of today member of the design team! What a wonderful life!

When I was invited to be part of the design team of “Memory Box” I was more than thrilled to be part of this fantastic company that I have admired for years.

I look forward to incredible times ahead playing with all these marvelous stamps, gorgeous dies and teaming up with these sensational group of talented ladies!

Thank you “Memory Box” for the amazing opportunity and the warm welcoming of everybody…

Ok, now into the card, I thought that this card was so appropriate for the occasion since I live in the sunny state of California and where the poppies are the state flower …this card was part of a class that I taught at my local craft store and everybody liked the elegant versatility and simplicity of it.

Memory Box dies are awesome, besides their beauty they are very adaptable to any occasion: You can use this card as a thank you card, a birthday card, a sympathy card or a greeting one like for today’s post.



1-Die Cut:                       

(1) poppy in white cardstock

(1) poppy in silver mirror cardstock (mirror side down)

(1) “Tessatina” border in parsley cardstock

(1) “Madera” corner in parsley cardstock

2- Assemble the card


Thanks for looking,