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30 posts from May 2013

Fri 31

Merry Christmas!

Chalkboard xmas
Happy Friday everyone!  Yes, you saw a Christmas card.  I know it is 90 degrees here and I'm thinking of Christmas.  I have a monthly Christmas Card Class, and I thought I would share one of the cards from this month's class. The faux chalkboard look is so popular now and I thought this "Vintage Merry Christmas" stamp #C1873 would work well for this technique. 


  • Stamp saying with Versa Mark Ink and emboss using white embossing powder.
  • With a sponge, lightly rub white ink on the edge of the cardstock and around the words.  This will look like chalk dust.
  • Die cut the Victorian Frame from White cardstock.  Ink frame lightly with Antique Linen Distress Ink. 
  • Layer stamped image onto Licorice Gingham Paper.
  • Glue 2 strips of red ribbon under the stamped image.
  • Adhere frame on top of the stamped image.
  • Glue on a red bow and pearls to frame.

I hoped you enjoyed the Christmas Card! 



Thu 30

Number One Dad

Grill card
Hi Everyone!

With Father's Day fast approaching, I thought I would create a quick card featuring a few of the new dies. I used Licorice Cardstock to die cut the Party Grill #98593. I die cut the Mansfield Frame #98534 using Crimson Cardstock.  On a Kraft note card, I used white acrylic paint and dry brushed some brush strokes onto the card.  I then spattered with white paint. I randomly glued some book paper down on top of the painted area.  I die cut the words "dad" and the number one using the Classic Lower Alphabet #98360 and Number set #98362.  I glued the number one to a 1" circle.  I cut a strip of Parchment Cardstock and glued the word Dad to it.  Assemble the card as shown.



Wed 29

Memory Box Online Class

Several of you have expressed an interest in taking an online Memory Box class, so I've been working really hard to create something worthy of our products and our audience.

And I'm pleased to say I think I've got something you're going to love!

The class will go live at 9:00 a.m., EST, this Sunday, June 2, at The Art Studio which is operated by Scrapbook News and Review. This self-paced class is the first in a series that will focus on friendship and encouragement cards featuring Memory Box fashion dies. I can't share photos of the cards - although you can see the bottom of at least one that made the final cut in the picture below (as well as some of the goodies that are embellishing the cards). I also included a few detail thumbnails - one from each card - to give you an idea of what you'll be making!


 C L A S S   D E S C R I P T I O N

Through HD video instruction, you'll make three cards featuring four of the "fashion" dies from the latest 2013 die release. These are original card designs with clever sentiments utilizing fashion designer names. (They are suitable for framing and would make a great addition to any crafter or stitcher's studio!)   

A V A I L A B I L I T Y  &  S U P P O R T

You'll have life-long access to the course materials (3 videos, 5 instructional PDFs with photos, 3 printable sentiments in PDF format, and a complete supplies list), a group forum, and a gallery (which I hope you'll use). I'll also be available through email.

C O S T:  


D A T E   &   T I M E:

The class goes live at 9:00 a.m., EST, on Sunday, June 2, 2013, and the content, gallery and board will remain forever active and open to students. Since it's a self-paced class, you can come and go as you please to watch the videos, download the PDFs, and post on the board and gallery. You can see more details on the class info page at The Art Studio when the class goes live on Sunday. 

S T O R E   D I S C O U N T

The Art Studio's official online partner store is Crop Stop. The owner, Haylie-Jo, is graciously offering enrolled students a 10% discount on all products purchased during the class's active phase and she's also waving the $30 minimum purchase requirement!

I hope you'll consider taking this class as the cards have received high marks from test students for both their design and ease of construction!


Wed 29

Cards for the Guy(s) in Your Life


Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick look at some of the cards from the re-scheduled GUY CARDS class at the Tukwila Impress (phone 206 901.9101) on Sunday June 2nd.  I love pretty, flowery cards in fresh colors...but guy-cards were always a bit of a challenge.  No problem - Dave's designed a bunch of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies to resolve that!  Some even have matching stamps - like Vintage Clock Die 98622 and stamp E1930.

A bunch of our most popular designs are featured in the class -

  • Auto Parts 98626
  • School of Fish 98567
  • Cityscape Nightline 98398
  • Resting Birds 98527
  • Owl Hearts Tree Set 98529
  • Small Circle Burst 98480
  • Large Typewriter Lower Case Alphabet 98439 
  • Vintage Bottles 98496
  • Swirling Cutwork 98586
  • Poppystamps Labrador 879

Join us if you can - it's all possible in just two hours from 11:30 to 1:30.  Everything's precut for you, the origami fish is really easy (trust me - everyone in the previous class loved it!) - and I'll share a bunch of layering techniques and diecutting tips.






Tue 28

Happy Birthday to Me...LOL

Okay...so today is my birthday.   And I do think its true that the older I get, the "spacier" I get.  For weeks, when anyone asked how old I was going to be, I reluctantly answered 48.  ugh..     But then I realized over the weekend that I'm only going to be 47!  Oh, joy!!!!   Math is not my strong suit, apparently.

Here's a super quick and easy birthday card.  When I taught this card recently everyone loved the simplicity and that it could easily be changed up to be a masculine card or something for a child!  Just switch out the background papers.

Happy Birthday Background2

  • Ink up Happy Birthday Background (G1921) with Versafine Black ink on white paper and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  Adhere this piece to corresponding Licorice paper.  Set aside
  • Attach Licorice mat (5 3/8" X 4 1/8") to Aloe Note Card.
  • Attach Aloe paper to top part of card and Veronica paper to the lower part of the card.  Layer the strip of Licorice paper over the seam.
  • Make a flag out of the end of the Blueberry Dots paper (center will be ½” up from end).  Attach to Licorice paper and cut into flag.  Attach to front of card.
  • Use foam tape and attach stamped image to front of card.

Have a wonderful day!

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Mon 27

New Arrival

Hi everyone! Today I would like to show you my new card with different dies and MB paper. As usually I made the flowers myself but this time I used MB dies to make them.




And these are the flowers. It's very simple to make them: I've cut out the shapes, painted the middle with watercolors, embossed it with the special stick and let it get dry. Then I put a stamen into the middle. That's all.


Here are the dies I used:

9851998313 9831298528

And paper:




Sun 26

Bendi Fold Card

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

I am so excited to be able to show you here at "Outside The Box" blog this card that I did a while ago and I had presented it at my personal blog.



Bendi front

I am constantly looking for fun folds to be able to display the georgeous Dies and stamps that Memory Box carries and when, I saw this unique fold, called the "Bendi Fold", I fell in love and I knew right away that I wanted to do something with MB dies!


Bendi twist

I am showing you here today this card because, what is new, is that I did a  

VIDEO TO SHARE with all of you on how to make this card...

I am always happy to be able to transmit and share what I have learnt with all you followers out there...

The video was featured at "Splitcoaststampers" SCS, under their "tutorials" section, but you can find it as well on my peronnal YOU TUBE channel...

Enjoy it and I Hope to see many, many cards using this whymsical fold with MB dies!

NOTE: mail it in a box, if handed in person put it in a clear/acetate box (bought or made; search in You Tube for tutorials on how to make a box). OR mail it flat in a yellow office envelope 9x12, just fold one flap and insert a note explaining that the flaps need to be inserted in the notches and voilà!


list of dies used: Grand Oak Tree;  Set Of Swings; SideShow Tickets; Pocket Gift Tag; Resting Birds; Picket Fence; the stamp: "Fence"


Sat 25

Another christmas card

Hello everyone! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today with another christmas card. I love how it turned out, like this color combo for cosy christmas...



some close ups:


I love use cinnamon sticks and little elements on my cards...


Memory box products I used:

  • red dot paper
  • Dies: Silverdale Heart (98454)
  • Chesapeake Scrollwork (98442)
  • Astrid Circle (98498)


Till nex time, warm hugs



Fri 24

The Lovely Peony

A while back I was on a flower card kick, after sharing my Beautiful Blooming Vine, Asters Anyone? and the Fabulous Phlox Photo Frame I asked which Memory Box flower you would like to see next and many of you mentioned the Peony.  So today I bring you the Lovely Peony in 2 versions--2 because I just couldn't decide which one I liked best.  Maybe you'll weigh in on this decision...

Version #1 Glittered Peony


Here are the easy steps to the Peony:

  1. Afix Sook Wang or Be Creative double sided tape to plain white cardstock.  Place the Lovely Peony Outline die onto the carrier side and die cut.  It may take a few passes through the die cut machine to cut through the carrier sheet.  Handle carefully so as to keep the flower intact.  You do not want the petals to seperate from the outline.
  2. Carefully remove just the carrier sheet on the outer petals only (tweezers work best) revealing double sided tape, douse with the darkest color glitter (fuschia). Polish the glitter into the sticky areas, brush off excess.
  3. Remove carrier sheet from remaining petals, douse with light pink glitter, polish into sticky areas, brush remaining loose glitter back into bottle.
  4. Finally, remove carrier from outline, douse with highlight (translucent) glitter, polish, brush.
  5. Glitter the leaves using double sided tape on cardstock, removing carrier liner, dousing, polishing, brushing residual glitter.

It is important to always start with the darkest color glitter and finish with the lightest color so as to keep the lighter colors bright and clear.

Now for Version #2 


  1. Die cut the Lovely Peony Background from bubblegum gingham paper and again from several layers of pink tulle netting.
  2. Die cut the Lovely Peony Outline from Azalea pink metallic paper.  Afix all three layers together using glue dots or hot glue.
  3. Stamp Mail Definitions (G1839) onto flat white button using Staz-On ink (permanent).  Thread embroidery floss through button holes and tie off.
  4. Die cut Lavish Branch (98486) from green and fuschia paper.  Paper piece pink flowers onto green branch, cut in half, tucking and securing both pieces with glue dots behind Peony.


98482 Lovely Peony Outline

98483 Lovely Peony Background

98406 Fresh Leaves

98486 Lavish Branch

G1839 mail Definitions

B1909 Just Thinking of You


Which version do you like the best?  #1 or #2?

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Friday!


Thu 23

A Summer Party...

Here is another card from my last class at Ink About It.  I wanted to create a summer patio party scene.  I was inspired by the leafy border die (#98628).  Upside down it seemed to be the perfect party canopy hanging from a pergola at a summer party.


The lanterns (#98600) looked pretty hanging from the  Corner Bow die (#98371).   I made a table from Pool Gingham paper and the Fleur de Lis Border die (#98577) upside down on the edge of the card.  The Party Glasses (#98530) were lined up along the edge of the table and cut.  I taped acetate behind the glasses and cut Moroccan paper in cranberry and mango  to look like fruity drinks in the glasses.   I used glossy accents to adhere the paper behind the acetate.  I stamped the sentiment (#B1910), matted it and adhered it to the card.  This would also make a nice anniversary or wedding card.

Thanks for stopping by.