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27 posts from January 2013

Thu 31

Love is still in the air....

Hi Everyone,

I made a valentine banner to teach at an event coming up at the store that I work at.  The event is sold out but this banner would be very easy to make on your own.  All of the heart dies work so well together!   I used double sided scrapbook paper for this project so that it looks good if it hangs somewhere that the back will show.  Both sides of the paper also show with the pocket on the "O".


The letters are all cut out of glitter paper using the new Large Upper Case Alphabet die (#98436).  
The base for "L", "V" and "E" is the Grand Heart Die (#98254).  "O" is the new Heart Pocket die (#98509). After it is folded, this die has the same footprint as the Grand heart die.


"L" has the Bella Bouquet die (#98472) under one of the hearts included with the Precious Heart Box die


LoveGarlandMemBoxL copy

"O" has a tag cut from the Cupid Heart die (#98281) tucked into the Heart Pocket.  This heart pocket would also be really pretty on the front of a card.



"V" is another one of the hearts included with the Precious Heart Box over the Grand Heart.


LoveGarlandMemBoxV copy

"E" has the Bella Bouquet again to balance out the banner with the Precious Heart Box (#98523) layered over it.  There is room in the pocket for a piece of chocolate but it keeps going missing :)


LoveGarlandMemBoxE copy

I used a standard hole punch to put a hole on each side of the hearts and then threaded a silky rose colored ribbon through them.  This project came together very quickly because all of these dies work so well together.


All of the dies on the banner are from Memory Box.  
This beautiful paper is Autentique's "Lovely" line. 
The ribbon is from May Arts.
The glitter paper is from Best Creations.


Thank you for stopping by.
Tue 29

Lovely Peony

The Lovely Peony Outline and Lovely Peony Background dies were the first ones I was drawn to from the new collection from Memory Box.     This is the card I designed using these dies.   I taught this card at The Scrapadoodle in Peoria, IL last night and everyone LOVED it! 

Just change out the sentiment and its the perfect card for a birthday, Mother's Day, or whatever!

Lovely Peonyblog


  • Cut a piece of Sugar Plum paper 3 7/8" X 5 1/8" and attach to a piece of Licorice paper (4 X 5 1/4").  then adhere to the front of a Raspberry Notecard.
  • Die cut a  1 1/2" X  4 5/8" strip of Raspberry paper using Trellis Border die.  Run die through Xyron “X” sticker maker.  Make sure you rub this piece well including in the nooks and cranny’s to make sure the sticker material adheres.  I like to use a popsicle stick or stylus.  Attach to strip of Licorice paper and then to front of card.
  • Die cut a circle out of white paper and a slightly larger circle out of Licorice paper.  Adhere the white to the Licorice then attach to the front of the card.
  • Die cut the Lovely Peony Outline froma piece of Raspberry cardstock and run through Xyron.  Then attach to the Lovely Peony Background that has been die cut from a piece of Cherry Blossom paper.  Adhere to top of circles.
  • I dyed some seam binding using Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry Distress inks.  Thread twine through a button and tie in back.  Make four loops with ribbon and tie with remaining twine.  Attach to front of card with a large glue dot.
  • I added some tiny dots of Magenta Stickles to the center of the Peony.

I hope you enjoy!!!

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Mon 28

Thinking Spring...hopeful thoughts from the cold northeast

I just had to make some cards this week to remind me that spring is not far away.  With temperatures hovering near zero, I pulled out my favorite new dies and went to work!

Hello note

MATERIALS USED (Memory Box unless otherwise noted)

  • White notecard
  • Pool cloud paper
  • Pool Distressed Dots paper
  • 98462 Grand Oak Tree Die
  • green sticky back paper from CoreDinations
  • 98527 Nesting Birds (5) Die
  • red card stock scrap from my scrap box
  • Neenah White cardstock scrap
  • B1852 Just a Note Combo Stamp
  • Versafine Satin Red ink
  • black cardstock scrap from my scrap box
  • PoppyStamps 872 Curious Cat Die

Makes me smile

MATERIALS USED (Memory Box unless otherwise noted)

  • White notecard
  • Pool cloud paper
  • Pool Distressed Dots paper
  • 98462 Grand Oak Tree Die
  • green sticky back paper from CoreDinations
  • 98527 Nesting Birds (5) Die
  • blue card stock scrap from my scrap box
  • Neenah White cardstock scrap
  • B1765 Makes Me Smile stamp
  • Peacock Feathers Distress ink
  • black cardstock scrap from my scrap box
  • PoppyStamps 872 Curious Cat Die

Hope you are getting in some quality crafting time.  I have a few more valentines to make for the people I send cards to every month.  I'll make a few extras for the boxes of cards I give at Christmas (see my post "A Gift for the Person who has Everything").  Looks like Tuesday will be my crafting day--with a forecast of sleet and freezing rain I'll be right in my craft room all day!

Happy Crafting!

Mon 28

Remaining Winners

I apologize for not posting the remaining winners from the blog blitz sooner.  The winners have all been contacted, but I know it is important to share the winner names on the blog as well.

The winner of day 3 was Pai, who said, "WOW!!!  your phlox look so real! well done!"  Pai won the Grand Oak Tree 98462:



The winner of day 4 was Jonia Smith, who said, "This is so beautiful and I love everything about it. Love the embossing folder and all.  Just Beautiful!"  Jonia won the Bella Bouquet die 98472:


The day 5 winner was Judy D, who said, "Another gorgeous card with some very fun dies and paper!  Love all the layers.  Judy D."  Judy won the Silverdale Heart die 98281:

SilverdaleCongratulations to the winners, and once again, I am so sorry for the delay.


Sun 27


Hello, Hello!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! If you have some card-crafting time, perhaps you'd like to try the design I used for today's card? It's easy and very adaptable!


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S U P P L I E S:

All products by Memory Box unless otherwise stated. Cardstock: Licorice, Lagoon; Patterned Papers: Viola 6x6 collection; Stamps: Love & Hearts (B1423), Intricate Heart (F1902); Dies: Grand Heart; Ink:Tuxedo Black (Memento); Fibers: 1/4" Black satin (Ribbon Boutique); Accents: heart brad (JoAnn's Craft Essentials); Adhesives: tape runner, foam dimensional squares; Tools: Crop-a-dile corner rounder; square punch, Vagabond  

Complete card instructions and a tip here.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Thu 24

Memory Box Valentine Cards

Here are a few of the cards I will be teaching at The Stamp Addict in San Diego, CA. today and again on Sunday Jan. 27th! I hope you like them and come join the fun if you are in the area!

On this 1st card I used the Moustache and the Large Classic Lowercase Alphabet sets and the Row of Hearts stamp! I think it is a great masculine card for Valentine's Day!

Moustache Card

On this next card I used the Bingham Heart with the Grand Heart die, oh and of course some Bling!

Bingham Heart card

This next card I used the Norrland Flower die and the Gingham Heart stamp on a shimmer textured paper!

Gingham Heart Card

I hope you like the cards, they were a great deal of fun to make!


Wed 23

Dancing in the Garden

Hope you like pink - here's a card that's all about pink!  It features the new Honeyblossom Frame 98455, designed to work with the popular Debutante Frame 98297.  

Memory Box Signature Prints in Bubblegum Dots and Moroccan create the background and dress for the Lady Dancing Die 98394. These shoes are painted on with Taffy Smooch Accent Ink from Clearsnap - but the die set includes the lady, dress and a tiny pair of shoes.  Cotton Candy and Silver Lining Glitter - also from Clearsnap - add the final touch.


Hope you're enjoying the new dies and Valentine stamps from our 2013 Collection - view them here.

Then, click over to our Poppystamps site to see the new dies there.  Here's a card featuring the new Madison House Set 883 and Labrador 879 from our Poppystamps Blog



 Thanks for visiting - have fun creating holiday thank you cards and Valentines with the great new stamps and dies!




Tue 22

Row of Hearts with Copics

Everyone who knows me knows that I <3 Copics!    I'm still trying to perfect coloring with them and need a LOT more practice....  But here's a card I created using the new Row of Hearts stamp and Copics.

Row of Hearts

  • Ink of Row of Hearts (E1904) with Black Memento ink and stamp onto Parchment Paper.
  • Color hearts with various shades of Copics from R20 to R29.  I trimmed this piece down to 4 3/4" X 1 1/2" and distressed with Antique Linen Distress ink using a Blending Tool and foam.  Then adhere to Licorice paper 4 7/8 X 1 5/8".  Set aside.
  • Cut a piece Aloe paper 3 7/8" X 5 1/8" and add 3 black brads to the top left side.  Then adhere to a piece of Licorice paper 4 X 5 1/4".  Adhere this to a Bubblegum Note Card.
  • Die cut Charlotte Border from a piece of Licorice Paper (1 X 3 7/8") and adhere behind a piece of Bubblegum Gingham paper ( 2 X 3 7/8") and attach to right side of card.
  • Attach stamped image with pop up tape.
  • I added Glossy Accents to some of the hearts to give the card some dimension.  Not sure if you can tell...perhaps if you enlarge the photo.

I'll be teaching a class at Scrapadoodle in Peoria, IL on Monday, January 28.  Here's a photo of the four cards we'll make using all new stamps and dies from MB!  Hope you can join us.  Get all the details on the Memory Box Classes blog.

Scrapadoodle Class
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Sat 19

Memory Box and Poppystamps - the Perfect Pair

P1030009Here's a Valentine greeting from the Poppystamps Blog - I think you'll love their new Madison House Set Die.  It includes a roofline, roof, door, window - and a window box, just waiting to be filled with shiny, tiny hearts diecut with the Memory Box Cherish Border.

See the Memory Box 2013 Collection.

You'll love the new Poppystamps Dies too - view them here.


The Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate is great for diecutting intricate designs like the Cherish Border.  It's also perfect with dies like the roof, rooftrim, door, window and windowbox - for quick, easy, one-step cutting and embossing!





Fri 18

Asters Anyone?

I seem to be on a botanical kick lately but with the new Memory Box dies can you blame me?

Today I share with you the Lovely Aster.  As I did last week with the Phlox...I went to the internet to research asters---what color are they?  Do they grow in clusters?  Again, I found there are many colors and varieties but this color combination appealed to me most.


And here's Nature's finest!                                            


 The actual metal die looks like this:


I layered the 3 largest die cut flowers after "stripping" each petal between my fingers and pulling downward ---much like curling ribbon with scissors.  A tiny drop of glue in the centers between each layer (in descending size) holds them in place.  As for the yellow center, I die cut 3 per flower to give it fullness.  They were "stripped" upward, layered, then slightly crushed with my thumb to create a dome.  

A little petal "fluffing" and lifting made each flower dimensional.  This card will definitely need to be hand delivered or sent in a presentation box so it won't be crushed. 

Here are all the supplies used on this card:

98510 Lovely Aster die

98508 Pippi Butterfly die

98507 Isabella Butterfly die

B1906 Filled with Love

98449 Chesapeake Circle die


10152 Flower Cottage ,44042 Sweet Corn, 44015 Hyacinth,  44038 Sapphire,  77885 Distressed Blueberry, 44010 Dill and  44037 Sage.

In my next post...the lovely Peony?  Dogwood?  Hollyhock?  Violet? ...any requests?

Happy Friday!