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24 posts from August 2013

Sat 31

Penguin Parade

Memory Box Peguin card

Hi Everyone!

Happy Labor Day week-end.  This means the end of summer and time to start thinking about the Christmas Season.  If you haven't thought about your Christmas Cards yet, let me give you a little inspiration. 

This cute card features one of the new stamps from the summer release called "Penguin Parade".  I colored them with colored pencils and used Broken China Distress Ink sponged on the sky area.  I used another newly released stamp, "Snow Fall" for the background behind the penguins. I embossed the image using white embossing powder. Once again I used Broken China Distress Ink to sponge over the sky area. I stamped "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"on the bottom of the snow layer. I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Card and it will inspire you to get a start on your Christmas Cards! 

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Snow Fall Stamp #E1961
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland #B1960
  • Penguin Parade #F1945
  • White Cardstock
  • Cranberry Distressed Dots

Have a great Day!


Fri 30

Bringing You Joy

  These adorable penguins seem to be parading by bringing Joy, gifts, and maybe a chuckle or two.  Their little expressions seem to range from determination to bewilderment as they pull along their Holiday presents in a snowy blizzard.  

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While making this card the little penguins made me smile as I cut them apart and posed them around the raised gift boxes.  I especially like the one popping out of the gift box--seems he's the "look-out" or navigator.  And the little one trailling behind needs his hand held so he doesn't get lost...the other two are decked out in Santa hats.

After the card was stamped with Presents of Joy, I added falling snow using an embossing folder and white pigment ink lightly swiped onto the raised snow pattern. After the ink dries add diamond glitter glue to the snow dots.  The gifts were paper pieced and elevated with foam squares.  

The penguins were stamped on scrap paper, cut apart, colored (rosy cheeks, pale blue/gray on their tummys) and adhered to the card.  Of course I changed their positions a few times before settling on the line-up shown (it's the little things that amuse me).  

Here's all you need:

Penguin Parade F1945

Presents of Joy D1951

Merry Little Christmas B1943

Even though its 96 degrees and humid today, it felt a little cooler playing in the snow with my favorite penguins.

Happy Friday!


Thu 29

A "Thank you" card

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share with you a small thank-you card which I made for my friend. I keep using wonderful MB paper perfectly suitable for any occasion.





98302 98321 B1915 



Have a nice day!!



Tue 27

Sweet Gardenias and Mixed Greens

P1110365Summer's almost over but there's still time to enjoy a few lovely gardenias. Jean Okimoto here, with an easy card featuring the Gorgeous Gardenia Background Die and the detailed Gorgeous Gardenia Outline Die.  

Diecutting the intricate Gorgeous Gardenia Outline Die using the Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate (with the other plates required for thin metal dies) gives you perfect blossoms every time.  I saved a few of the little pieces from the center of each flower and attached them with Scor-Tape.  That accents the flowers and helps attach them to the white Gorgeous Gardenia Background.


See the Memory Box Collection of stamps, dies and papers here.

An extra set of leaves, in Granny Smith Cardstock, helps attach the diecut to the Thank You Background that was stamped with ColorBox Grasshopper Archival Dye Ink. 

To view the details and product lists on our website product gallery - just click on "Read more" below.

Big thanks to everyone who took the Summer Garden Delights and Big Fab Flowers classes at the Tukwila Impress on Sunday.  We laughed a lot - but somehome managed to make 5 cards and 5 tags!

Talking about gardenias and classes reminded me to tell you about the Memory Box classes I'm planning to teach at Rubber Stamp Fantasy in December.  That's  Debbie and Gary's great store in Marietta, Georgia.  Looking forward to seeing them again - and meeting more members of the growing Memory Box community.

If you like the look of Washi Tape (and who doesn't?) - here's a set of cards featuring more Memory Box Flower Dies, and the great Washi stamps.  They're the  Washi Tape Strips and Washi Tape Dots -  with the lovely Peony Outline, Prized Chrysanthemum Outline and Tilth Floral Dies.  The details are on the Clearsnap Blog - http://blog.clearsnap.com/2013/08/spritzing-if-at-first-you-dont-success-by-jean-okimoto/



Thanks for visiting!




Mon 26

Along came a spider...

Today's card features the Delicate Web die No. 98706.  

Spiders too
Materials Used:

  • Dove Gray Notecard
  • Neenah White Cardstock
  • Black Cardstock
  • Memories Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Tombow Black Pen to color in the spider bodies and draw the line from the web to the large spider (I did use a ruler to make sure I drew a straight line, too.)
  • Memory Box Black Gemstones in 2 sizes for the spider heads
  • double-sided tape for adhering layers; glue dot for the center of the web
  • Delicate Web die No. 98706
  • Halloween Collage Stamp G1395
  • Orb Spider Stamp B1731--This stamp in my Halloween box is now discontinued.  You might substitute one of these dies:  Dangling Spider 98386; Creepy Spider 98385; or Scary Spiders 98704

We'll be making this card in the Monday stamping group that meets at Your Maine Stamper on the 26th.

Happy Crafting!

Sun 25

Deer in the Meadow

I love this card Stacy Sawyer, one of our teachers will be teaching on September 17th at our store The Stamp Addict in San Diego. 

Deer in meadow


It is a great combination of new and older Memory Box stamps and dies, inks and a little sparkle! If you are in the area and want to take the class give us a call at (619)667-5060 to reserve your seat! I hope you like it as much as I do!

Okay so those of you who saw this post in the 1st six hours that it was live saw a 'squished' version of the card....my apologies. I am not sure what happened, but got a little technical help from my hubby and fixed it when I saw the post this morning. Hope you like the 'real dimension' card above!

Sat 24

Merry Christmas Tidings, Take 1

Happy Saturday, everybody!

Today I used the Merry Christmas Tidings die on some of the gold Shimmer Paper that Memory Box used to make (I've been hoarding it). After adhering it, I used some green Stickles over the letters. This actually looks fantastic in person, but glitter is very hard for me to capture on film. (BTW, I really like this die cut and will be showing you other variations throughout September!)


  • Die cut Merry Christmas Tidings and temporarily adhere it to your craft sheet. Apply Stickles. Peel up and adhere to card when dry.
  • You will have perfect and instant bonding if you use spray adhesive on the back of the die cut!
Merry Christmas Tidings die.

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Memory Box cardstock and Merry Christmas Tidings die; gems; Stickles

This is an easy card to make for Christmas mailings, and you can have a child apply the Stickles. If you follow my tips above, it won't matter how messy things get on the craft sheet, it'll look perfect when you've peeled it up and adhered it to your card!

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Fri 23

Pumpkin Card

MB Pumpkin

Hi everyone!

Today I have a Autumn card featuring some of the latest Memory Box Stamps. If you love washi tape then these two stamps are for you. They are Washi Tape Stripes #D1931 and Washi Tape Dots #D1978. I stamped the main image using the Plump Pumpkin Border #F1977.  This is one of four cards I will be featuring for my Sept. Collection of Cards Class at The Inspiration Station.

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Plump Pumpkin Border F1977 Stamp
  • Washi Tape Stripes D1931
  • Washi Tape Dots D1978
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Mango Dot Cardstock

Have a great day!


Thu 22

Spider Attack!



There's nothing scarier than being in a houseful of ghosts - AND attacked by spiders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - with a Memory Box Halloween card for you.


The  Country House Die 98165 is always perfect for cozy, traditional Christmas scenes - but it's also great with spiders and ghosts.  The door and second-story windows can be propped open on the scored lines to add a bit of dimension - and a little ghost.  Although Curly Web F1966 is embossed with detail white powder it looks orange here - but trust me, it's white!  It even has a spider stamp attached to its side.

The background is one of the favorites from last year's collection - Vintage Halloween Words G1802.  The new Ghastly Ghosts 98701 die is quickly becoming one of the 2013 Holiday Collection favorites.

Memory Box Signature Prints  - in Licorice Gingham, Dots, Distressed Dots and Moroccan - are perfect for fall projects.  Country House is diecut from Distressed Dots - but they're all great for Halloween!







Wed 21

Deck the Halls...


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Pam posting today... just couldn't resist showing off a couple of the first Christmas cards I made when the new release came out.  Just can't get enough of the NEW Pinecone Corner die...love the NEW Hayden Twigs die with Frosted Lace Stickles and Glitter Domes!  How cool is the NEW Snowcap Ornament die in Cranberry Dots card-stock!  The little snowflakes I cut out of NEW Gabriella Border die and put White Glitter Domes in the centers. It all just pops on the white card.



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Here's the NEW Fabulous Holly Wreath die, cut twice and layered on top of two cuts of the Bramble Circle die.  I just love this layered twiggy, greenery look! I used a piece of the Pine Needle Border, love it!  Four cuts of the half bow from the Crisp Bows dies, pieced together to make the full bow and then a Glitter Dome in the center.

I stamped the Winter Collage Background stamp in brown ink on Memory Box Kraft card-stock.  Stamped it again on Cranberry to get an extra bird, cut it out and mounted it on the full stamped piece.

Mounted the Kraft piece to Cranberry, to Vanilla Bean and then to a Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots card base.  No snow on this one but you could sure add some to cool things off! haha

Thanks for visiting Outside the Box today...I appreciate your comments, they always make me want to go make more cards! : )