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16 posts from October 2012

Mon 29

Three Layer Stamping

I am very blessed to have several wonderful teachers that teach for me here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego. Pat Holcomb is one of those teachers and I always look forward to seeing the cards she comes up with and learning the new techniques she uses on them! I don't know the 'secret' to this technique yet as I will have to take the class on Nov. 6th to learn it, but I wanted to share the card with you all so you can see it and get the chance to take the class too! Pat calls it Three Layer Stamping...


She used the Memory Box Birch Branch Print stamp (G1720) and the Wonderland Butterfly stamp (E1713) and it is hard to see in the photo but all the butterflies have this wonderful shimmer to them! I hope you like it as much as I do....truly a stunning card! Call (619)667-5060 to reserve your seat in this great class, who knows I might end up sitting next to you!

Sun 28

Christmas in the City


Memory box cityscape
Hi Everyone,

Today I have a Christmas card that has a masculine feel to it. Memory Box Dies make this a very quick and easy card to create.

Memory Box Supplies:

  1. Leaping Deer Die #98390
  2. Cityscape Silhouette Die #98399
  3. Cityscape Nightline Die #98398
  4. Merry Christmas Script Stamp #B925
  5. Cardstock: White, Kraft and Licorice

Other supplies: Black Ink pad, Antique Linen Distress ink pad, 1 1/2" circle punch, dot embossing folder and white acrylic paint.


  • Die cut the Leaping Deer and Cityscape Nightline from Kraft cardstock.  Using licorice cardstock, die cut Cityscape Silhouette.
  • Punch a circle from white cardstock.
  • Emboss the white cardstock layer with the dot embossing folder, leaving a 1/2" strip at the bottom.  Ink the Merry Christmas stamp with black ink and stamp it on the plain strip.
  • Assemble card as shown.
  • Glue a red gem on the deer's nose and spatter with white paint.



Sun 28

Happy Halloween Punkin'

Hi, everyone!

My card today was inspired by these very old books my mother had as a child that I later enjoyed during my own childhood. They were printed back in the late 1930's, and their version of color was black, white, orange, and a really dull olive green. (Yeah - I know - what an odd combo.) However, it works for a Halloween card, so I decided to use it! Another thing that brings that period to mind is gingham, so here's what I came up with:


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S U P P L I E S:

(All papers, stamps and dies are by Memory Box unless otherwise stated.) Cardstock: Licorice, Jack'o'Lantern; Patterned Paper: Mango Gingham; STAMPS: Gothic Halloween (B1872), Great Pumpkin (G1882), Halloween Collage (G1395); Dies: Great Pumpkin (98423), Perky Pumpkin Face (98421); Inks: VersaFine Black Onyx, Copic marker (black), Zig fine-point marker (black), Ranger Distress marker (Olive); Other: dimensional foam (American Crafts)

Have a blessed day!


Fri 26

Peace, Love and Joy

We've made it to the end of another week...I won't shock you by mentioning how many weeks until Christmas.  Let's just say it's time to start your cards if you haven't yet.  Fear not...we will be posting many holiday cards right here for your creative inspiration.  That said, I bring you glitter and sparkle with this snowflake wreath...

Snowflake Wreath               (click on photo to show detail)

  • Frostyville Wreath Die #98418
  • Leaping Deer Die  #98390
  • Peace, Love and Joy B1114
  • Sapphire Notecards 33040
  • Twinkle Shimmer Card Stock


  • Silver micro fine glitter
  • Be Creative tape sheet
  • Clear domes and white pearls
  • Design Adhesive glue
  • Foam squares
  • ribbon


  1. Cover white cardstock (4" x 5") with double sided tape sheet.  Die cut wreath on cardstock side (it's harder to cut on the release paper side).  
  2. Peel away release paper, sprinkle silver glitter on sticky side of die cut wreath and press glitter into tape for a strong hold.
  3. Make sure to punch out any tiny pieces of the design that may have remained.
  4. Carefully apply wet glue (use fine tip bottle) to reverse side of glittered wreath and position on navy panel (4" x 5 1/8"),
  5. Apply pearls and clear stones to wreath.
  6. Die cut Leaping Deer from twinkle cardstock. Tie ribbon scarf and adhere with dot of white glue.  Hold in place until dry and secure.  Attach foam squares to back of deer for elevation and position in center of wreath.
  7. Stamp sentiment then layer with red card stock.  Use foam squares for elevation.
  8. Repeat above steps until you've made enough for all your friends and family (snicker).

I particularly like the look of sparkly glitter and don't mind the side effects (glitter on my face, clothes, floor and always, always on the dogs---they like to hang out near me when I craft--can you relate?).

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.  ~Peg Bracken

Happy Friday!

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Wed 24

Autumn Trees Card

Check out this great card using the Autumn Trees Stamp (G1896) and the Riviera Corner Die (98372).


Julia, one of our teachers here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego will be teaching how to make this card and many others (usually 6-7 cards) using Memory Box stamps and dies on Saturday Oct. 27th from 10AM-12:30PM or on Monday Oct. 29th from 10:30AM-1PM. There are still seats available if you want to sign up....just call (619)667-5060 to reserve your seat!

I hope you enjoy the card and hope to see you in the class!

Mon 22

Put a Squirrel On It!

I found a grapevine wreath in my fall box and decided to decorate it to hang on the door through Thanksgiving.  Then I put together eight thank you gift bags for people who have been doing kind things for my parents and me while I've been undergoing surgery and chemotherapy during my second go-round with breast cancer this summer/fall.  And even though I have LOTS of Memory Box bird dies and stamps, I decided to start a new trend I'm calling "Put a Squirrel On It!"  Let's see if this catches on!




  • 98427 Secret Squirrel
  • 98293 Cornerstone Seal
  • 98240 Script Thanks

Stamp:  G1795 Autumn Leaf Collage

Ink:  Ancient Page Sienna


  • Neenah Desert Storm
  • Mango Gingham
  • scraps from Nightfall Woodland Path

Ribbon:  brown/orange plaid from ribbon stash

Jewels:  Memory Box tiniest Black and small Amber from Halloween Jewels


GIFT BAG (and contents)

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Die:  98427 Secret Squirrel


Happy Crafting!

Fri 19

Which Holiday are We In?

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Today, I am sharing with you 3 different projects…I couldn’t decide which one will be appropriate for today’s post, since Halloween is upon us, I am planning already for my Thanksgiving table settings and in everywhere in the stores you see Christmas decorations…so Which holiday are we supposed to be in?

This is one of the funny and “so” characteristic traits that you get by living here in the US…choice, choice, choice everywhere! ...Well, I am grateful for this and my “creation” juices enjoyed it very much!

Onto the projects…

Did you know that MB dies can cut not only though paper, but felt, shrink paper, cardboard, thin cork? In this case all the pouches were made out of felt, die cut from the “Small debutante frame” and decorated with various Memory Box dies.

Pouch all wm

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This charming one can be filled with delicious chocolates for those special children (or adults) in your life. Notice that I only sew half way through and then fold one side.

Pouch halloween wm

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This second pretty fall looking sac can serve as a pocket and will look fabulous on your Thanksgiving Table with the cutlery tucked inside. In this sample, the “Blanket Stitch” was made using precious metal embroidery floss (platinum and copper).

Pouch thanksgiving wm

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And finally, the 3rd lovely gray bag can hold a festive gift card, money or a tiny exclusive gift that you will hang on your Christmas tree or over the fireplace with all your stockings. I die cut Two of the “Bianca snowflakes” and they look so delicate underneath the “Madeleine Bird”! How adorable! The small snowflakes on the straps are the “negative” form the center of the Bianca Snowflake.

Pouch xmas wm

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As you can see the use of these receptacles can be endless, just decorate them as you wish with all your memory box dies and you will have a nice handmade gift to give away that, I am sure, people will treasure.

TIP: use a “high” wool quality felt, otherwise it will fray and will not have a clean cut

NOTE: If you search “blanket stitch” you will have several tutorials on this particular embroidery stitch (the one on the edges)… if you already do not know how to make it… try it! …it is very simple…and beautiful! and BTW, the items that I did not sew I glue them with "Fabri-tac".


If you got inspired, remember to leave a comment and share with all of us what do you plan to do with them! Thanks!

Wed 17

The Spiders are Coming!


Spiders or ghosts - it's your choice - they're all quick and easy to cut with the Memory Box Ghost Trio, Dangling Spider (small) and Creepy Spider (bigger)) dies.  They're shown here, with the just-released Poppystamps Small Madison Arched Window. The spooky background, from the Nightfall 6x6 Set, is cut with the Small Debutante Frame Die.

Here's a link to view the Poppystamps Dies - including the great new windows, cats, French Doors, flowers, stems and vases. 

P1010557Memory Box Products

  • Ghost Trio Die 98376
  • Dangling Spider Die 98386
  • Creepy Spider Die 98385
  • Small Debutante Frame 98340
  • Nightfall 6x6 Set (background and spiders)
  • Mango Distressed Dots (window)
  • Mango Notecard
  • Mango Envelope

Poppystramps Product

  • Small Madison Arched Window Die 848

Other Supplies

  • Diecut Machine and Plates
  • White Cardstock
  • Foam Dots


  • Diecut Small Madison Arched Window from Mango Distressed Dots
  • Diecut two ghosts from the Ghost Trio from white cardstock
  • Diecut Small Debutante Frame from the dark swirly Nightfall print
  • Diecut three spiders from the orange and black Nightfall print
  • Attach the pieces to a Mango Notecard - use foam dots to attach the spiders
  • Coordinate the card with a matching Mango Envelope

Here's another idea featuring the Small Madison Arched Window on the Poppystamps blog, where it's the perfect night for Halloween.


And here's one with the Ghost Trio and Dangling Spider on the Clearsnap Blog.


Be sure to stop by Impress on Saturday October 20th - it's already time for their annual Holiday Open House.  Here are the details - 




Tue 16

Woodland Christmas Tree Wishes

I just returned from teaching four Memory Box classes at A Small Cleverness in Orange Park, FL.  It's times like this that remind me how blessed I am to be a part of the Memory Box Design Team.  To be able to share the wonderful stamps, dies, and papers with crafters is so inspiring!  Thank you, Dave for this opportunity.   And to the store owners out there, thanks to you, too.   We love teaching at your stores with Memory Box products!!

Now, on to my post.  This is a tag I taught at my classes this past weekend at A Small Cleverness.  Everyone loved the Woodland Christmas Tree.

Woodland Christmas Tree Tag

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  • Swipe 3-4 colors of Distress Inks onto a non-stick craft mat.  Make sure the colors are close together, but not overlapping.  I used Festive Berries, Tumbled Glass, and Shabby Shutters.
  • Lay the Twelve Days of Christmas stamp into the ink and turn not quite a quarter turn.  Then stamp at the bottom of a strip of Parchment paper.
  • Ink up the stamp again and stamp lining up the bottom of the stamp with the previous stamping.  Repeat one more time.  Clean the craft mat.
  • Dry this stamped image with heat gun.  Trim to 5 3/8” X 2 ½”.
  • Ink up Woodland Tree stamp with Coffee Archival Ink and stamp over music.  Color image with Distress Markers of your choice.  Distress this piece with Antique Linen Distress Ink using ink blending tool and foam and adhere to Mocha paper.
  • Add hardware to the top left of the stamped image. 
  • Distress #8 Manila tag with 3 colors of your choice.  I used Festive Berries, Tumbled Glass, and Shabby Shutters.   Spritz water in your hand and flick it onto the tag and dry with heat gun.
  • Adhere the stamped image to the tag.  Loop about 6” of your ribbon through the hole in the tag to get the length you want.  Save the leftover.
  • Dye some seam binding ribbon to match the tag.  Attach ribbon and button to tag.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Sun 14

Happy Halloween Graveyard

Hello, Stampers!

Today's card is one I recently taught in a class. It's fairly fast and easy as punkin' pie to make!



All supplies are by Memory Box unless otherwise noted. 

Cardstock: Licorice, white; Patterned Paper: Nightfall; Stamps: Gothic Halloween (B1886); Dies: Ghost Trio (98376), Graveyard Landscape (98375), Swooping Bats (98409), Nestabilities circles; Ink: Ranger Distress embossing ink; Other: Ranger Distress Ultrafine Silver Embossing Powder; gems, pop-dots 

Have a blessed day!