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28 posts from March 2013

Fri 29

Summer Birthdays and State Fairs

Looking ahead to family birthdays, there are a few in the Summer that happen to coincide with our local State Fair which we never miss.  So here's a birthday card for dear 'ol Dad complete with his favorite things, even the peanut brittle.

Summer Birthdays and State Fairs
Summer Birthdays and State Fairs

I cut the Vintage Bycycle from Black, brown, crimson, licorice dot and blue papers.  The black bicycle was used as the base and the rest were "parted-out".  The wheels were cut and layered in brown and the bicycle seat and banner flag was from the crimson paper.  More banner flags were made from the small triangle scraps from the bicycle wheels...a happy discovery!

Vintage Bicycle Parts

Memory Box has released a very helpful Narrow Metal Shim (2.75" x 11.25") to help with cutting the long dies like this Cosmic Star Border.  Those little stars were perfect for scattering around the card so I cut some in red too!

Since the overall appearance of the card was meant to appear aged, I distress inked some edges with light brown ink using a finger daubber.

The black moustache is one of my favorite elements on this card and when popped up on the stamped and layered Sideshow Tickets adds a funny touch.  You've heard about the moustache trend....I "mous-tache" you ..."  (I must ask you...) Anyway, it's lots of fun to add to cards in different creative ways.

So...I "moustache" you to make some special cards using Memory Box stamps and dies for those upcoming birthdays and give this one a try!


98484 Vintage Bicycle Die

98469 Moustache Set Die

98460 Cosmic Star Border Die

98101 Narrow Adaptor Plate

98514 Sideshow Tickets Die

B185 Something Special Stamp

G1839 Mail Definitions Stamp

Kraft Paper 44019

Crimson Note Cards 22029

Licorice Dot Cardstock 77902

Gingerbread Versa Magic Ink/ Finger Daubbers


Thu 28

A Flower in Bloom


Flowers, sunny days and pretty pastels - perfect for Memory Box cards!  Jean Okimoto here - with a card featuring three great, versatile die sets.  I've used Carnival Tickets 98515,  Large Typewriter Lowercase Alphabet Set 98439 and Norrland Flower 98505. 

The Carnival Tickets Die Set combines cutting and embossing in one quick step - I like to add extra detail by embossing twice, like I did on the Key Lime ticket. Just leave the cardstock in the die and run it thru the machine again.  Here's how I layer the stack for the Grand Calibur - gray base plate, Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate, die face-up with the cut ticket still in it, tan rubber embossing mat, light pink embossing plate.


Sparkling Amethyst Glitter, from Clearsnap,  adds the finishing touch!

Have a Happy Easter - and a wonderful holiday weekend...




Wed 27

Bella Bouquet and Fresh Foliage...

Lovely Bella Bouquet die...delicate lines and embossed flowers...an awesome die!  I paired it with Fresh Foliage then added one of the Pastry dies and the Tessatina Border.  The text 'flowers' is part of a new Memory Box stamp!  Sneak Peak! : )  Click the photos for the full size...this is an A-6 size card.

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How about a super close up picture!  Bella Bouquet is cut out of green and dark pink Memory Box card-stock.  I cut the pink flowers off and glued them with Tombow Mono Multi glue to the green cut.  I edged the leaves, stems and label with Peeled Paint Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Pattern paper is Memory Box Distressed Currant HERE and Moroccan Currant HERE.  The solids I used to cut the dies are Meadow and Raspberry HERE.


I use the Memory Box metal plate to cut the dies that have detail and small lines, like stems. Here's a three minute You Tube by Dave on using the metal adaptor plate. I'm really glad I purchased the metal plate...cuts the fine detail dies great!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Scroll down for Donna's morning post...


Wed 27

Adore Card

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Hi Everyone,

My card today could be used for a Wedding or Anniversary Card. I love this "Adore Peony Collage Stamp". I went with the Purple and Greens today, because they remind me of Spring. I am hoping our snow goes away soon and we will see signs of spring.

Memory Box Products Used

  • Stamp: G1433 Adore Peony Collage
  • Dies: #98502 Fresh Foliage, #98489 San Marzano Border
  • Cardstock: Parchment, Meadow and Snapdragon Distressed Dots


  1. Stamp the Adore image with Black Ink onto Parchment cardstock. Trim around image. Color as desired.
  2. Die cut the San Marzano Border from Parchment Cardstock.  Weave  purple ribbon through it.
  3. Using Meadow cardstock, die cut Fresh Foliage 3 times. 
  4. Cut Snapdragon Distressed Dot paper and adhere to Parchment card base.
  5. Adhere the stamped image to the card front.  Then glue on the border.  Cut the leaves apart and adhere as desired. 
  6. Add a bow and some pearls.

Enjoy and have a great day!


Mon 25

"Nature's first green is gold..."

When I think of spring, this poem by Robert Frost always comes to mind and my card for this post was inspired by it.


Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower;

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay.


Spring card 1
Materials used (all from Memory Box unless noted otherwise)

  • Dill notecard
  • Grass Shimmer cardstock
  • brown cardstock, The Paper Cut
  • Woodgrain pattern cardstock, source unknown
  • Squash Distressed Dots cardstock
  • green strip ribbon, scrap. source unknown
  • E1850 Leafy Branch Globe stamp
  • E1711 Circle Word Background stamp (discontinued)
  • Hero Arts Cup O' Joe mid-tone ink
  • Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Ranger
  • PrismaColor pencil in Spring Green
  • circle punches in three sizes--EK Success Fiskars, PaperShapers
  • Scotch double-sided tape; Glue Dots, mini

To make the focal image, ink up the Circle Word Background E1711 with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and stamp it on a scrap piece of paper before stamping it on the 3" square of Squash Distressed Dots paper for a softer look.  I made this card before checking the on-line catalog and since this stamp is now discontinued, here's a substitution plan if you don't have this stamp in your stash.  Punch a circle from a post-it note or scrap paper and discard it, using the frame that is left to mask the 3" square before stamping the words portion of any of the Memory Box collage stamps.  G1733 Journey Collage is a good choice. 

Using the same Cup O' Joe ink, stamp the Leafy Branch Globe E1850 on top of the word circle background.  Add some color to the leaves--I used a PrismaColor Spring Green colored pencil.

Cut a 3 1/4" square from the brown cardstock.  Punch out two large circles from the Squash Distressed Dots paper, then two medium and four small circles from the woodgrain pattern paper.  Ink the edges of all the Squash Distressed Dots papers with Distress Gathered Twigs ink.

Cut a 4X5 1/4" piece of the Grass Shimmer cardstock.  Tie the ribbon around this piece before adhering the other elements.  Then secure the whole piece to the Dill notecard.

In spite of a blizzard on the day before the First Day of Spring, I'm in a spring-y mood!  There are daffodils in a vase on my table and Peeps on the kitchen counter--both of which are important signs of spring at my house!

Happy Crafting!

Sun 24

New design Team member- Evgenia Petzer

Hello dear friends! My name is Evgenia Petzer and I am super excited to make my first post here.

I am a russian girl, who lives in sunny South Africa over 2 years and really loves new country:)

I love to make cards and Memory box dies are the best in the industry for me. Lots and lots of designs to choose from, superb quality... what else can I wish for? I am so lucky to be a part of this team and really hope to give you some inspiration.

So here is my first project.



Memory box products used:

Pippi Butterfly (98508)

Fresh Foliage (98502)

Chesapeake circle (98449)

Cherry blossom and Pool Morocan papers

stamp sentiment

Thank you for looking!


Sat 23

Hearts and Flowers

Hey, there!

Don't you love how Memory Box products have a consistent feel and how the various collections can be mixed and matched? I was able to take the Grand Heart and Heart Pocket dies PLUS the Intricate Heart stamp and make a lovely combination with them!


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Instructions for this card can be found on my blog, The Society for Stampaholics.

Have a blessed day!

Fri 22

Florida Classes and a Sneak Peak!

Make sure you check out Donna's post from earlier today......

I'm getting really excited about my upcoming classes in Florida!  I'll be using all new stamps and dies that have yet to be released!!  They're super secret for now.....hhhmmppphh.  

Would you like to be among the first to play with the stamps/dies??  Check out my classes scheduled in Florida and call one of the stores to sign up!


Stamp & Scrap A-Latte - April 11, 2013

Priceless Scrapbooks - April 13, 2013

Scraporium - April 15, 2013  

Violette's - April 16, 2013

A Small Cleverness - April 19 and 20, 2013


Now for the good stuff.....here's a little sneak peak of one of the cards we'll be making during these classes.  


Don't tell Dave!!!   I just can't wait to see the complete collection!

Hope to see you in Florida!

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Fri 22

Springtime Greetings


Chair 3Hi everyone,
I am sitting here looking at the snow and wishing I was looking at green leaves on the trees.  I have always loved the Cozy Chair Stamp and thought this was great to use for today's card. Let's get started.

Memory Box products used:

  • Cardstock: Kraft and Parchment
  • Distressed Dots: Squash
  • Rubber Stamps: Cozy Chair -D1184, Springtime Greetings-B1226 and Tree Frame-E1326
  • Die: Small Madison Window-816


  1. Ink the flat side of an embossing folder with Frost White pigment ink.  Place a Kraft cardstock layer in folder and emboss.  
  2. Die cut the Madison Window using Parchment cardstock.
  3. Ink the Tree Frame Stamp with Brown ink and stamp on Parchment cardstock.  I turned the stamp so the branches would be facing upward. Trim to fit behind the die cut window. Using acrylic paint, I stippled some green and yellow paint on the branches to look like leaves.
  4. Ink the Cozy Chair Stamp with black ink and stamp onto Squash distressed dot paper.  Cut out the stamped image.
  5. Stamp "Springtime Greetings" on a strip of parchment cardstock.  Form a banner.
  6. Ink all edges of paper with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
  7. Assemble card as shown.

Have a great day!


Thu 21

Meadow Bird with a Spring Song...

Birds singing...a sure sign of Spring!  Here's the Meadow Bird wishing you a happy day! Click on the photo to see the card full size...

I used the Grapevine wreath die to create the nest... snipped it into pieces, layered and glued the pieces together with Tombow Mono Multi glue.  

The eggs are die cut from the tall oval tree in the  Modern Landscape die.  

I used the smallest leaf from the Tender Leaves die for the tree leaves but afterwards I thought it'd be quicker to cut the Lavish Branch die once and use the leaves from it!

I used Memory Box gingham and dot papers,  HERE and HERE

The cute little music notes stamp comes on the end of the 'Wishing you a happy day' stamp!

A little dot of Viva Decor Pearl pen in the flower centers... a sweet, quick card! 

*** Scroll down for Mary's post... thank you for visiting today!

Dies and stamp I used...