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33 posts from February 2013

Thu 28

Diecut a Rainy Day Card

P1050320A simple card can say a lot.  Pair Memory Box dies - Petite Umbrella, A Little Rain and Puffy Clouds - with everyone's favorite Labrador from Poppystamps on a thoughtful thank you card that'll make anyone smile.  Diecutting them from felt creates a soft, plushy texture and colored twine "collars" add a bright touch.


Stamp a subtle Distressed Garden Record background with ColorBox Cookie Dough Archival Dye Ink and add a quick greeting to finish it off.   Or attach a "thinking of you" greeting instead - it's sure to brighten someone's day!



Wed 27

Just a note

Just a note

Hi everyone!  This is one of my favorite dies from the new release.  This is just one of the many ways to use this die set in your paper crafting projects.

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Owl Die Set #98529
  • Just a note to say hello, stamp #B1852
  • Cardstock: Vanilla Bean,Kraft,Mango,Dill,Parchment and Mango distressed dots


  1. Using Vanilla Bean cardstock cut tree.
  2. Cut two leaf clusters using Dill cardstock.
  3. Cut one owl body using Mango Distressed Dot paper and the other owl body with the feet, from Parchment cardstock.
  4. Cut two wings from Mango cardstock.
  5. Rub white dye based ink over the die cut tree.
  6. Ink all edges of paper with Vintage Photo Ink.  Glue owl parts together.  Draw in eyes with a black marker. Using a white marker add dots to eyes. Cut a beak out of brown paper and glue in place.
  7. Adhere all die cut pieces to Kraft cardstock layer.
  8. Stamp sentiment on Kraft layer using black ink.
  9. Tie a ribbon around the Kraft layer. Adhere to Parchment card. Glue a button to the bow.

Have a great day!


Tue 26

Stamping on Your Painted Background

Note: Be sure to check out Bibiana's post from earlier today. Just scroll down or click here.

The other day I shared a tutorial on how to create a painted background. If you missed that, please click here. I created several backgrounds that day so today I wanted to share a card using another one of my painted backgrounds.

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Memory Box Papers: sage nc, sapphire cs, Minuet Skip to my Lou
Memory Box Dies: Fresh Foliage (98502)
Memory Box Stamp: Mercer Rose Background G1842
Stamp Ink: SU whisper white, Ranger clear ep
Embellishments: Blue Fern Studios Icon Set One heart (painted with Tim Holtz distress crackle paint); Hug Snug; Zva Creative pearl flourish; misc. acrylic paints for background; flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts; misc. lace; sewing machine

As I looked at the painting on this background, it was dark with a mix of blues and greens. So, I immediately thought I should lighten it up. What better way to do that than with white ink! So, I grabbed the Memory Box Mercer Rose Background stamp (G1842) and inked it up with white ink. I then stamped it onto my dark, painted background and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

For the rest of the card, I layered (from the bottom up) a Memory Box sage notecard, then a piece of Memory Box Minuet Skip to my Lou paper, then a piece of Memory Box sapphire cardstock followed with my painted and stamped background. I then used the scraps from the painted background to cut out a few leaves with the Memory Box Fresh Foliage die (98502) and layered several embellishments to finish.

I am torn as to what to do with this card. My dear online friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer. She has an MRI tomorrow, and it looks as if she will need a complete mastectomy. I want to mail this to her but I also feel that it looks like a card for a wedding, and my best friend's daughter is getting married this weekend. Hmmm? What to do? If you have an opinion, would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section!

Thanks for stopping by, and I would love to know if you have tried the painted backgrounds yet. If you have, next trying layering it with some Memory Box stamping. Blessings,

Tue 26

Lovely Peony...

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Well...! my friends!...to see the "Lovely Peony" card, you have to hop to "Un Brin de Créativité"...

see you there...bye

Mon 25

Simple & Elegant Aster Fun!

Hi Everyone,

Here is one of the cards Julia Quinsey taught this month at The Stamp Addict, here in San Diego. She used an embossing folder on the background piece of white paper the aster is sitting on then used the Memory Box Lovely Aster Die set and layered it all onto a cream cardbase. Simple and Lovely!


Julia colored the flower petals and leaves with Copic Markers then layered them on the card and topped it all off with a wonderful Pearl embellishment for the flower center. I hope you like it! I really enjoy the simple elegance of the card.


Mon 25

Watercolor with Distress Inks and Memory Box Stamps

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Materials Used:
  • Violet Notecard, Memory Box
  • Wildbloom Viola paper, Memory Box
  • Violet Gingham paper, Memory Box
  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • scrap of cold press watercolor paper
  • G1857 Chrysanthemum Frame stamp, Memory Box
  • Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, and Mowed Lawn
  • 3 purple gems
I inked up the stamp with Seedless Preserves and Mowed Lawn inks and stamped it on the watercolor paper. Because Distress Inks are reactive with water, I used a watercolor technique using a tiny brush and water to pull the ink colors from the stamped outline into the empty spaces.  I then smooshed the four ink pads onto separate areas of my craft sheet and used a wet brush to pick up additional color which I added to create the final watercolored image.  This is a great technique to use with any of the Memory Box floral stamps.  The effect looks like an original watercolor!  When I am ready to send this card, all I need to do is stamp an appropriate sentiment onto the watercolored tag with an Archival ink.
Happy Crafting!
Sun 24

A Flower for Your Thoughts

P1050165Memory Box Dies are perfect for cutting flowers and felt - combine them, and create a stash of this simple card to have on hand for any occasion.  Jean Okimoto here - sharing a quick and easy spring card featuring three of our newest dies - Trellis Border 98476, Fresh Foliage 98502 and Fabulous Phlox 98511.

I love the color of Citrus Tickle felt  - it's a blend of synthetic and wool fibers and it's easy to cut too.  Impress carries a beautiful selection of felt in great colors - perfect for diecutting into flowers, rosettes, leaves and labradors with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.

Here's a card that combines Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - it's on the Poppystamps Blog:


On a totally different subject...here's a technique I shared on Clearsnap's  blog - stamping the Madeleine Bird with a spring-ish blend of some new ColorBox pigment inks, then diecutting - view the details and directions here.  It's a fun technique - with unique results each time!


Thanks for visiting!







Sat 23

U & I

I have yet another card for the month of love, but this one can also be used for an anniversary, etc. It's also very fast and easy to make (bonus)!


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Card: Cotton Candy Eggshell, Licorice, Raspberry; Dies: UC Alphabet, Numbers Set, Precious Heart Box, Loom Circle; Accents: Nailheads; Embossing folders: Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug), Tim Holtz Alterations Spring Background & Borders (Sizzix)

Fri 22

Happy Spring

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Hi everyone!  I would like to think of spring, since our forecast for this week-end is more snow! So let's get started with our card.

Memory Box Products used:

  • Blossom Bird Stamp #D1052
  • Happy Spring Stamp #B1215
  • Twelve Days #G1899
  • Contempo Circle Border Die #98451
  • Penne Frame #98378
  • Cardstock: Lagoon, Vanilla Bean, Kraft  and Parchment
  • Distressed Dots Cardstock:Vanilla Bean


  1. Ink Blossom Bird with Broken China Distress Ink and branch portion with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Stamp onto Parchment cardstock that was punched using a 1 1/2" plain circle punch.  Ink the music stamp with Vintage Photo Ink.  Off stamp it onto scrap paper, then stamp over image.
  2. From Lagoon cardstock punch a 1 3/4" circle.
  3. Using Vanilla Bean distressed dot paper, die cut the Penne Frame.
  4. Die cut the Contempo Border using Kraft cardstock. (a good tip for using intricate dies, is to place a piece of waxed paper between the die and your cardstock.  This helps release and cut those tiny pieces). 
  5. Ink all the edges of your cardstock with Vintage Photo Ink.
  6. Using your Vintage Photo Ink pad, swipe some color onto a craft mat or palette.  Water down the ink and using a paint brush spatter ink on the lagoon cardstock layer.  Stamp Happy Spring with Vintage Photo Ink.  I took my stamp off the wooden block by placing it in the microwave on high for 10 seconds.  Carefully peel it off the wood block.  I cut it in half and placed them on an acrylic block to stamp them.
  7. Assemble layers as shown in photo. Adhere to a Vanilla Bean Note Card. Glue pearls on sides of frame.

I hope you enjoyed this spring card!


Thu 21

Grab Those Paints

Note: Be sure to check out Mary's post from earlier today. Just scroll down or click here. :)

I love trying new background techniques. I had so much fun with this one that I wanted to share it with you. Today's card uses acrylic paint. This is not only a super easy technique but you also get several backgrounds at once so you will have more to use for several cards or other creations. Let' look at my card, and then I will share this easy technique.

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Memory Box Papers: blue poppy cs, meadow nc, misc. scraps, misc. vellum
Memory Box Dies: Fresh Foliage (98502)
Memory Box Stamp: Peace Love and Joy (G1874) 
Stamp Ink: SU elegant eggplant 
Embellishments: Blue Fern Studios Nested Circle (decorated with modeling paste, Making Memories eggplant acrylic paint, and lime green Stickles); Prima Soubrette G flower; Manor House Creations cornflower; Hug Snug; misc. acrylic paints for background; sewing machine

This particular card uses just a portion of the Memory Box Peace Love and Joy stamp (G1874). I inked up the word 'joy' and stamped it onto vellum. I wanted the background to still show so that's why I chose vellum. The leaves are cut from my favorite Memory Box Fresh Foliage die (98502). I cut them out of Memory Box blue poppy cardstock so that they would match the colors in my painted background. My painted background is mounted onto a Memory Box meadow notecard.

Now, to create the fun background like the one in my card above, you will need:

  • Waxed paper
  • Acrylic paints (any color and any brand)
  • Brayer
  • Scrap cardstock (the back of scrap Memory Box paper works great)

Now, let's get started:

1. Place waxed paper on a table and begin putting dots of acrylic paint on the waxed paper. Use different colors and place them around on the waxed paper.

2. Using your brayer, roll through the paint vertically and horizontally so that you get a nice mix of paint. Set your paint-filled brayer aside on the edge of your waxed paper.

3. Take a scrap piece of white cardstock and lay on top of the paint. Smooth with hands.

4. Gently lift the cardstock to reveal your beautiful painted background. (See my background on my card above.)

5. Sometimes you can get another painted background but not as bold. So, lay down a second piece of scrap paper on the paint to see what you get.

6. Get a new piece of waxed paper, lay down a scrap piece of cardstock, and run your paint-filled brayer  (that you set aside in Step 2) across the top of the paper. You will then not waste your paint, and you will get another quick and different background.

7. Let all pieces dry. Then decorate on a card as I have done above.

Oh, and clean up is easy! Just crumple up the waxed paper and toss in the garbage. I don't even wash my brayer because I get all of the paint off on paper. I hope you have enjoyed today's technique and card. Have fun!