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31 posts from September 2013

Sun 22

Spideriffic Halloween

Here is a spooky Spideriffic Halloween card made by Julia one of the fantastic teachers here at The Stamp Addict in San Diego. She uses a combination of Memory Box stamps and dies and even one from PoppyStamps to put together this creative masterpiece! I hope you like it!


If you want to take the class and make the card just give us a call at (619)667-5060 to reserve your spot. Julia will be teaching it on Oct. 8th from 11-12Noon or from 12Noon to 1PM.


Sat 21

Fresh Foliage for Fall...


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Pam here...having fun with Fall colors! I stamped the Memory Box Gingham Heart on a Memory Box Fresh Foliage die cut from Memory Box Kraft card-stock.  I die cut the new from Poppystamps Trulani Wreath from Kraft, Jack O Lantern and Crimson and pieced them together and layered it on Lagoon. I cut the new Poppystamps Berry Sprig from Dill.



The sentiment is from Memory Box, Wishing You Combo stamp.  I added some gems on the berry sprig.   I added the hemp because I used a Lagoon notecard and it covered the fold marks then.  I edged the Lagoon layer with Distress Broken China ink and the ink blending tool.

 The card is 5 1/2 inches square.



Happy Saturday to you!  Thanks for looking and hope you're inspired to create as you scroll through the blog!  

Fri 20

A purple card

Hello all! Here is another purple card which I would like to share with you. This time I used also several stamps in different ways - for the background, as decoration (butterflies) and text.

The white flowers are handmade and some day I plan to make a tutorial on how to make them. It's easy though ))




Here are the materials I used:

98312 98183  G1838  F1917





Thu 19

Night Before Christmas



Mix old and new, traditional and contemporary on your Memory Box Christmas cards...like this one.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a cheery mix of holiday designs.  Visit our website and browse thru the entire collection of mixable/matchable holiday dies and stamps.  

P1110671A  favorite stamp from last year - Vintage Merry Christmas C 1873 - adds a touch of tradition to this mix of the new Mini Mugs 98673 and A Batch of Gingerbread 98652.  

Holiday Hats 98736 and Beard Set 98726 create a new Santa for 2013 with the addition of a circle punched from Kraft Cardstock.

The festive Memory Box Signature Patterns are:

  • Key Lime Distressed Dots
  • Key Lime Gingham
  • Cranberry Dots
  • Cranberry Moroccan
  • Cranberry Gingham

ColorBox Ruby Pigment Ink is a great rich red for the greeting.  Grasshopper Archival Dye Ink adds a fresh green accent along the edges. 

Everything is layered onto a Key Lime Notecard - then signed, sealed and delivered in a matching Key Lime Envelope.

Thanks for visiting - have a great evening!







Wed 18

A bright birthday card

Hello all, after a nice vacation I had some time ago I would like to share with you this card. It's autumn now and often raining outside so let this card make weather warmer, mood better and life brighter!))

Besides the white-and-red red flowers are handmade and you can easily make them if you'd love to.



These are the materials I used to create the card:

9850298540 9831298401 10119





Tue 17



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Pam here... do you knit?  I don't but two of our daughters do.  They make beautiful creations. I was delighted to see this new Zig Zag knit die in the new Poppystamps release. I could hardly wait to use it with the Memory Box Toasty Mitten die!  Brrrrrrr  Mittens are right up there with snowmen on my favorites for Winter list!

••• Be sure to click over to the Poppystamps blog for daily posts showing the new collection!  Chances to win every day too! Just leave a comment on each blog post over there.  Hope you win! •••

I used the bow from the largest Memory Box  Precious Snowflakes die. There's that gorgeous MB Frostyville border die, MB Lagoon, Key Lime notecards and Key Lime gingham card-stock.



A few other new Poppystamps dies...Garden Sprig, Small Garden Sprig and Berry Sprig.

This is a 5 1/2 inch square card.  I embellished a little with 3mm and 5mm white glitter domes.

Thanks for the visit today!  Remember to click over and visit the gals @ Poppystamps too!  


Mon 16

A Retake on Christmas in the City

So I decided to take the terrific advice I got from my blog readers and the readers here who commented on my original Christmas in the City card, and I like the new version very much!

I ended up not only taking your advice, readers, I also switched out my sentiment and added a whole new stamp in the background. And then I decided to remake the stamped panel, too.

So here's the original....

Card features Memory Box stamps Christmas In the City and Birds on a Lamp Post.

And here's the remake:


Featuring Memory Box stamps Snow Place Like Home, Snow Fall, and Birds on a Lamp Post

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So what do you think?

I added the new Snow Fall stamp in the background (stamped with Memento's London Fog  to make it fade into the background) and switched to the Snowplace Like Home sentiment stamp because it fit in the panel.

I "drew" a wreath on the lamp post by randomly pouncing the brush end of a green Memento marker in a circle. The berries are Red stickles.


Memory Box cardstock and Snow Place Like Home, Snow Fall and Birds on a Lamp Post stamps; Memento Bamboo Green brush marker and London Fog dye ink; Ranger Distress inks (Milled Lavendar, Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire); Yellow and Red Stickles

Don't forget to check out Jean's card from earlier today!

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 16

Close the Windows, Lock the Door!

Some Mondays are just more typically Monday than others...welcome to my week!  Jean Okimoto here - caring for an aging dog who never complains today. (As opposed to a drama queen puppy who always complains!)

Here's another fun card - just dies this time.  It's very scary when you're just a friendly little ghost and the spiders are as big as you are.  Favorites from the past are:

  • Small Creepy Web Frame 98431
  • Small Debutante Frame 98430
  • Village House 98594

The new dies from our 2013 Holiday Collection are:

  • Ghastly Ghosts 98701
  • Scary Spiders 98704

Everything's attached to a Graphite Notecard - and ready to send off in a matching Graphite Envelope.


Big THANKS to everyone from the Memory Box Calendar classes at Impress - hope you liked all 12 of the designs.  A lot of diecutting, some stamping and some great papers too!  Surprise - and impress - everyone on your giftlist with a unique calendar to enjoy throughout 2014.

Lots of great Memory Box - and Poppystamps - classes coming up at Impress.  Theresa Laurent will be teaching too - sharing great designs and fun techniques, as always.  

Thanks for visiting...







Sat 14

Christmas in the City

Good afternoon, Stampin' Sistahs!

Do you remember what it looks like when you peer out the window on a cold, foggy, snowy day at about twilight? I decided to try to evoke that memory in my card today with the help of Ranger Distress inks, foam applicator tools and a paintbrush.

Card features Memory Box stamps Christmas In the City and Birds on a Lamp Post.

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Memory Box cardstock and Christmas In the City and Birds on a Lamp Post stamps. Ranger Distress inks (Weathered Wood, Scattered Straw, Stormy Skies, Festive Berries), Yellow Stickles

I did a little masking to make a snow bank in the background, but I'm wondering if the card base should be a patterned paper - something with red, maybe? Or just a plain dark red cardstock? What do you think?

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Fri 13

Winter Games

These playful penguins are involved in their own mini Winter Olympics and it is time for the downhill racing event!  Check out that spectator penguin on the right...he's actually inside the card as you will see.

I love the penguin in the center--he seems to be picking up speed while the one on the left is looking a little anxious about being next in line.


Yes, this card is made from clear acetate and everything on the inside, shows through to the front.


I die cut the penguins in black, white and orange paper.  I free-hand cut the white ones to include the tummy area only, then cut just the beaks and feet from the orange and pieced the parts onto the black penguins.  

The Swirling Snowflakes were adhered to the front of the card directly onto the acetate using tape runner adhesive---carefully, so you don't pull apart the delicate snowflakes.  The adhesive showed through the acetate on the inside of the card so I cut another Swirling Snowflakes and adhered it inside, directly matching up with the one on the front.  Now when the card is open the adhesive is covered up!  Much prettier and neater.

On the inside, I added a panel of distress dots Bluebird paper and I free-form cut the snow landscape. The third penguin was positioned so he would appear to be standing atop the show drift on both the inside and front of the card.  

Next, die cut the trees (the die has 6 trees, I trimmed away two) and the tree outline, then adhered them to the snowdrift. On the front, position additional trees directly covering the inside trees.  

The sentiment was stamped with permanent ink onto a vellum strip and adhered (vellum tape runner) to the inside top of the card which is hidden when the card is closed. 

This was a fun card to create and here is all you will need:

98653 Swirling Snowflakes Die

98734 Playful Penguins

98738 Pine Border Background

98674 Pine Border Outline

C1954 May All Your Christmas Wishes Stamp

77881 Distressed Dot Blueberry card stock

Playing in the snow sure sounds good after the heat we are experiencing--it's been a very hot and humid summer, can you relate?

Happy Friday!