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28 posts from March 2013

Thu 21

Pretty Pippi and Isabella Butterflies...

Hello everyone,

Today I'm going to share one of the cards that I am teaching at Ink About It on April 4th.  If you are local, it would be great to have you there.  We'll be making three cards that will be perfect for Spring birthdays, Mother's day, Easter....any occasion.


It uses the 2 new butterfly dies in the 2013 release.  Isabella(#98507) is a solid butterfly and Pippa(#98508) is a lacy topper with the same silhouette as Isabella.  They can be used alone or together.  Both have the separate body included.  On my card I cut Isabella out of double sided sticky paper.  I adhered it to my card with one sticky side and then glittered the top.  I cut Isabella out of pink metallic paper and adhered it's center to the glittered base.   I used a Copic marker to darken the body and used liquid adhesive to adhere it.  

Here is a more detailed shot of the card.  The butterflies have a nice dimensional look and the glitter really catchs the light.

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I cut the the Catalina Border die (#98123) out of cream metallic card stock and used that as foliage for the butterflies.  I stamped "Miracles of Springtime" (#B1766) in black ink above a glittered piece of double sided tape on the bottom right.  The fabric tape is from Maya Road and the patterned paper is from Crate Paper. The glitter is from Art Glitter.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wed 20

Memory Box Dies - Perfect for Stencils and Glitter

P1050638Let Memory Box and Poppystamps Dies make Easter cards a quick and easy project.  Jean Okimoto here - with a colorful card in bright shades of spring.  

Just diecut Classic Egg from vellum - then use the negatives to stencil the pretty colors from the ColorBox Playful Archival Dye Inkpads Set.  Layer the inks and discover some great new colors.  The background is diecut with the Small Debutante Frame - and the Poppystamps Grassland Border is trimmed to match.

Combine the Classic Egg and Filigree Egg Dies - and Sugar Shimmer Fairy Dust Glitter for a sparkly sugared egg.  Add Easter Joy for a quick greeting in Iris .

P1050627Just heard that I'll have 8 new classes in the Spring Schedule at Impress - I'll post the details as soon as everything is finalized.  Can't wait to share more ideas and designs with you - and to see everyone again.  Here are the class titles:

  • Memory Box - Just In!
  • ColorStyle
  • Birthdays Happen!
  • Die Fusion
  • Guy Cards
  • InKollage
  • Summer Scenes
  • Great Bloomin' Greetings

Thanks for visiting!




Mon 18

Let's Build a House!

This card was designed by Stacy Sawyer here at The Stamp Addict using both Memory Box and PoppyStamps dies. I absolutely love the way she put everything together. She is teaching this card on Tuesday at our store, so if you want to learn how to put it all together....give us a call to reserve your seat!


For this card she uses the following dies:

Madison House Set

Window Quad

Small Madison Window

Lacy Curtains

Small Flower Box

Picket Fence

Flower Mound

Fresh Foliage

or Lorelai Leaf (I am not sure which she used but either would work)

Magnificent Pine

Marshmallow Clouds

Resting Birds

Walking Cat

I think she did a wonderful job putting them all together! Don't you think this would be a great card to give for a housewarming?


Sun 17

Hello Spring...

Spring is around the corner!  Yesterday we stopped at my mother-in-law's and sure enough, her daffodils are coming up!  Click the photos to get a full size view...

I started this step card with the Orchard Tree Frame die.  I cut it three times and layered/glued them together.  The background piece is Memory Box Morroccan Bluebird card-stock,  I ran it through the big shot with the frame die but I didn't shim it, that way it didn't cut clear through. The pieces that did cut completely I pieced them back in.  The next layer up was cut in black and the top layer in white.  The white layer I colored with Copic Sketch Markers.

I used the Summer Border die for the bottom.  I cut it out of Memory Box color card-stock and pieced it together.  I cut two green pieces, cutting the flowers and stems completely off of one.  Then I sanded them, just a touch!


I LOVE the Parker lower case alphabet!  I die cut it in white and mounted the words 'hello spring' with thin mounting squares that I cut into strips.  I used Poppystamps Picket Fence die and Memory Box Puffy Clouds, Set of Swings, Lavish Branch and Vintage Bicycle dies. I cut the swing out of white card-stock and colored it with Copics to look like rope and a tire.

Step cards are easy to make and so fun to create a scene with! This is a 5 1/2 inch square card.

Thanks for visiting Outside the Box blog today!




Fri 15

Beautiful Blooming Vine

It's Friday already--where did this week go?  

I'm happy to share my card with you and really, I must have had orange Creamsicles on the brain when designing this card.  The orange and cream color combination remind me of my favorite frozen treat.

Just this week the Blooming Vine die arrived and I couldn't wait to try it out.  I absolutely love the graceful curved vine and delicate flowers---so pretty!

 After cutting two from green card stock and another two from cream, I snipped the cream flowers off, glued them onto the green vines (use those tweezers) and added a touch of light orange marker to the flowers and gemstones.  There is also some shading on the vine leaves with green marker.  

I positioned one vine intact onto the card over the layered panels.  The second vine was cut into segments and added around the Large Circle Burst and the Thank You sentiment which was scissor trimmed on the right side to fit into the circle curve.  To adhere the delicate vines, hold the vine with tweezers and carefully dab tiny amouts of Tombo Mono Aqua liquid glue onto the reverse side--if you over do it, glue will goosh out (a real word) and need to be blotted off immediately.  A little dab will do ya.  I prefer this glue as it doesn't leave a trace where its been wiped off.


So that's it--hope you will recreate this card or make another version with these great dies...now I'm off to find an orange Creamsicle.


98470 Blooming Vine Die

98478 Large Circle Burst Die

B1751 Thank You Combo Stamp

77905 Mango Distressed Dots Paper

Copic Markers YR02, G82, YR15

If you are in the Spartanburg, South Carolina area on April 26-28th check out the Upstate Crop & Paper Crafter Festival and come to my Memory Box classes!  I'll be teaching two classes on Friday and looking for you!

Happy Friday!


Thu 14

Diecut Sweet Easter Treat Boxes


Big Thanks to everyone who took last weekend's Fresh and Springy classes at Impress.  I love the pretty colors (and dark chocolate eggs) that reflect the change of seasons...hope you did too!

Create colorful spring takeout boxes for Easter candies - and top them with pretty diecut felt flowers - what could be easier than that?  Jean Okimoto here - with an easy spring project featuring some great Memory Box and Poppystamps dies for Easter and Spring celebrations:

  • Memory Box Mini Takeout Box 98522
  • Memory Box Blooming Rosette and Center 98121
  • Memory Box Lovely Aster 98510
  • Memory Box Scalloped Buttons 98136
  • Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia 861 


Cut and score boxes from 12x12s  - left to right:  Pocket Posie, Flower Cottage and Veronica.  Then cut and score boxes from Snapdragon Dots and Key Lime Dots.  Cut matching 6" x 1/4" strips for handles. Assemble the boxes and attach the handles with mini-brads.

P1050526Cut the Blooming Rosette and Center from Baby Blue felt, then trim the strip  to 1.25" wide. Sew a running stitch along the straight edge with heavy thread or floss (it doesn't even have to match or look nice - it'll be hidden).  Gather it into a circle and secure it with several knots.  Glue the center on the knotted side.

Cut Lovely Aster from Yellow and Spring Tickle felt.  Cut Blooming Poinsettia from Lavender (purple) and Wisteria felt.  Cut Scalloped Buttons from Lavender, Baby Blue and Spring Tickle felt and glue them to the flowers.  I love to diecut felt - and Impress has a beautiful selection of high-quality wool-blend felt for your spring projects.

Fill the Mini Takeout Boxes with treats and share them with the special people in your life.  There's also a bigger takeout box die - Small Takeout Box 98521 - that works perfectly with the Grand Calibur and Big Shot Pro machines.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great evening!


Tue 12

St. Patrick's card...

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

After all those beautiful vibrant colors from Anne, see post below, ...I am going for Green!!...

Here Bibiana...with another teaser...:)


Trefle supplies blurry

Want to see more... and how the card turned out?

Well...this card is featured at "un Bin de Créativité", so click here, to go there...

And for the ones that they are joining us for the first time, Memory Box has two very recent blogs written in Spanish "A Crear Se Dijo" and in French "Un Brin De Créativité"  for all of our foreigh speaking supporters...so click on the blog titles to see what cards I have made in these blogs...

Thanks always for all your support and Hope to see you over there, bye

Mon 11

Vibrant Watercolor/Die Cut Flowers

Start with wet watercolor paper and add bands of color using Twinkling H2Os. These paints shimmer when dry and really sparkle and shine in the sunlight.  Let dry thoroughly.  (I used my heat tool to speed up the drying time.)  Then get out flower dies and a die cutting machine and get to work!  I used double sided tape, mini glue dots, and a Zig glue pen to attach the die cuts.

Cut flowers 1

Card 1 (above left)

  • 98483  Lovely Peony Background
  • 98482  Lovely Peony Outline
  • Violet Gingham paper for outline
  • 839  Lorelai Leaf, PoppyStamps
  • Viola Wildbloom paper
  • Violet Notecard

Card 2 (above right)

  • 866 Cecilia Flower, PoppyStamps
  • 867  Cecilia Flower Outline, PoppyStamps
  • Violet Gingham paper for outlines
  • Viola Veronica paper
  • Violet Notecard

Cut flowers 2

Card 3 (above left)

  • 98483  Lovely Peony Background
  • 98482  Lovely Peony Outline
  • 98510  leaves from Lovely Aster
  • Bubblegum Distressed Dots paper for outlines and background
  • Cherry Blossom Notecard

Card 4 (above right)

  • 866 Cecilia Flower, PoppyStamps
  • 867  Cecilia Flower Outline, PoppyStamps
  • 839  Lorelai Leaf, PoppyStamps
  • Bubblegum Distressed Dots paper for outline and background
  • Cherry Blossom Notecard

Cut flowers 3
Card 5 (above left)

  • 98475  Dogwood Blossom
  • 98481  Dogwood Blossom Outline
  • Bubblegum Distressed Dots and Violet Gingham papers for outlines
  • Viola Stripe paper
  • Snapdragon Notecard

Card 6 (above right)

  • 98475  Dogwood Blossom
  • 98481  Dogwood Blossom Outline
  • Violet Gingham paper for outline
  • Viola Stripe paper
  • Violet Notecard

I now have six cards ready for finishing touches.  When I'm ready to send them out, I'll add an appropriate sentiment to the front of the card, another stamped image and a note on the inside, and a decorative stamp on the envelope, too.

I hope you'll get out your watercolors and make some backgrounds for die cutting your own bouquet of spring flowers!

Happy crafting!

Sat 09

Enjoy All the Miracles of Spring

Hello, Stampers!

I've been wanting to play with the cat dies that have been released through Poppy Stamps - and this particular die comes in more than one size!

(BTW, I made a video of this card, but it hasn't finished uploading yet (boo!); I'll insert it here as soon as it's finished.)


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To see the instructions, a tip, and a video of this card being assembled, please check out today's post on my blog, Society of Stampaholics.

Don't forget to scroll down to see the lovely card Patter posted earlier today!




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Fri 08

Colorful, Happy Day

As I was putting away some new washi tape, I realized how cute the packaging was. I knew I could combine it with some great Memory Box products to create something fun and colorful. So, here is what I created:


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Memory Box Papers: licorice cs and notecard, squash gingham, used white side of misc. retired paper
Memory Box Dies: Virtuoso Music 98356
Memory Box Stamp: Wishing You Combo B1853
Stamp Ink: Archival Ink jet black
Embellishments: Blue Fern Studios Icon Set One painted with gesso and Jenni Bowlin lemon drops dabber paint; Prima Overature C and Soubrette pink/orange flowers; teal flower from Wild Orchid Crafts; Zva Creative white flowers; Golden black gesso; misc. ribbon; misc. packaging; sewing machine

I cut the packaging into strips and layered them onto the white side of a piece of retired Memory Box paper. I then used my sewing machine to sew between the strips of paper and splattered on some black gesso. While that was drying, I stamped the Memory Box Wishing You Combo stamp (B1853) onto a piece of Memory Box squash gingham paper using black ink. I also die cut the Memory Box Virtuoso Music die (98356) onto Memory Box licorice cardstock. I then adhered the music die cut at the bottom of the colored pieces, wrapped some yellow ribbon round the paper, and attached the entire piece to a Memory Box licorice notecard. Lastly, I added some embellishments and the sentiment to finish the card.

I don't know about you but both music and bright colors make me happy so hopefully this card will brighten someone elses day too. Thanks for stopping by!