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Thu 20

Oh Christmas tree....

Hello everyone,

I am Mary Russo, the newest member of the Memory Box design team.  I've always loved Memory Box products and am really looking forward to sharing  some of my projects with you here.  I work at a great paper crafting store in Westford, Massachusetts called Ink About It.  I also teach classes there and will be adding some new Memory Box classes after the first of the year.  I live in Massachusetts with my husband Joe and our three boys.  I've been stamping and paper crafting for years and have always been a "crafty" person.  I am an avid scrapbooker and will be sharing scrapbook pages here too.


My first project  is a card I made for the holiday season this year.  The flowering Christmas tree die has always been one of my favorites and I wanted to try something a little different with it.  I cut the tree out twice and later it over itself with small foam dots.  It gives the card a beautiful dimensional quality that really makes it stand out.


The detail pictures below capture the layering a little better.





Instructions -

  1. Stamp Hope Collage (G1732) several times with Brilliance Starlite Silver ink onto a cranberry note card to cover the background.  This does not need to be perfect as the tree covers most of it.
  2. Ink the edges of the card with the same silver ink pad.
  3. Put a piece of decorative tape on the left side of the card.
  4. Cut 2 Flowering Christmas Trees (98167) out of white card stock.
  5. Cut one Star of Wonder (98195) from silver glittered paper.
  6. Adhere one of the trees to the card.
  7. Adhere the star to the top of the tree on the card.  Note that if you adhere the star side-ways, it won't stick off the top of the card like mine.  I'm not mailing this one and liked it better this way.
  8. Put foam dots behind the flowers on the remaining tree and layer it over the tree on the card.
  9. I used a black Viva pearl pen to make the dimensional flower centers on my card.
  10. I fashioned the pot that my tree is in using an older punch that I have using the same glittered card stock I used on the star.  The punch makes and index tab that I cut in half to make the pot.  I then adhered it with foam tape.  You could hand cut a bucket shape from card stock to get the same look. 
  11. Spray the card with shimmery spray to make it even more sparkly.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed my project and are having fun doing some holiday crafting of your own.



Beautiful card Mary! Looking forward to seeing lots more of your creations here!

Sandra ltb

So excited to read that you're a Memory Box design team member - congrats! All the readers are in for a treat as you share your incredible talent:-)

I love the "double look" of the piece, really brings the 3D aspect of the die to the card. Such a lovely Christmas card - Merry Christmas to one and all! Cindy H

I love the double look, I have the swirly tree and love these dies! I really like how you layered the tree this way!!
Hugs, antonella :-)

Love, love the layered tree. So beautiful! Have a wonderful Christmas. Can't wait to see what else you have in store for us :)

Beautiful work! Love the color choice and the layered tree. You will be a wonderful addition to the team. Congratulations.

Such a terrific idea to put the tree on double! Merry Christmas!

A beatiful card from a teacher from a great store in my area /yeah....

Great card, Mary! Congratulations on joining the MemoryBox team!! Can't wait for your classes at Ink About It!!!

thanks for the deets on how you got the look Mary!!!
ava g

So pretty.

I have this die and had not thought to cut two and stack them. Thanks for the great idea.

So beautiful! Love the dimention!

Great card, Mary! Congratulations on becoming a Memory Box design team member. I will "favorite" this blog now :)

Beautiful card Mary! Congratulations on becoming a MB design team member. You will knock their socks off!
Lot's of LOVE and a Merriest Ever Christmas!

Mary, What a great honor to be on the Memory Box team. I love the way you used a double layer of the tree die. I'll have to try it on some of my die cuts.
I will see you at Ink About It.

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