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31 posts from September 2013

Thu 12

Holly Holiday Frame and Glowing Candles...

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Pam here with a festive Christmas card to carry peace and goodwill to all!  I enjoy creating with Memory Box dies, stamps, notecards and card-stocks so much! This is a 5 1/2 inch square card.


I used two dies from the 2013 Merry and Bright release...Holly Holiday Frame set and Glowing Candles.  I hope you can see how awesome the frame embosses... gorgeous!  Oh and look at the embossed detail on the leaves... very cool!


Here's a short video I made to show the way I 'die-pieced' the Glowing Candles cuts together.


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Memory Box notecards and cardstocks I used...
Thistle Moroccan
Thistle Gingham


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Thank for stopping by today!  Love hearing from you and if you have any questions be sure to leave a comment and I'll get back to you!


Wed 11

Snowy Forest Scene


Hi - Jean Okimoto  here again - with another quick and easy holiday card for you.  This design features the new Snowy Evergreens F1956 stamp on a backdrop of Thistle Cardstock.  It's stamped with Top Boss Clear Embossing Ink and embossed with detail white powder.



Add a strip of red velvet paper - and diecut Resting Birds 98527 from the velvet paper too.  Accent strips of Memory Box Signature Prints in Thistle Distressed Dots and Gingham are topped with 3/8" circles of gold mirror cardstock.  

View our Holiday Collection here.

I love cutting the Gingham Signature Pattern diagonally - for a bit of contrast, and a fool-the-eye technique when the eyes don't see as well as they used to.  The full-sized sheets of Signature Patterns in the foreground look more like another great winter color - Pool -  in this lighting, but they're Thistle, I promise!  Our Collection of Signature Patterns have every color you need for the holidays - view them here.   

Attach everything to a Juniper Notecard - and that's it!  Add a quick greeting from our selection of holiday phrases and sentiments, sign your name and tuck it into a matching Juniper Envelope.

Thanks for visiting!




Tue 10



Here's a happy one for you - and it's quick and easy too!  Jean Okimoto here, sharing a really simple card featuring three of our Holiday Collection dies:

  • Grand Happy Holidays 98717
  • Holiday Hats 98736
  • Beard Set 98726

Grand Happy Holidays is cut from Key Lime Moroccan - it's perfect for Christmas, with its tiny snowflake-starbursty pattern.  It would also  be great with the other Key Lime Signature Prints - Dots, Distressed Dots or Gingham.

Santa's face is just a 3/4" circle of Kraft Cardstock.  His hat and the three circles are velvet paper.  The beard, mustache and pompom are textured white cardstock.  

Attach everything to a Dill Notecard - and coordinate it with a matching Dill Envelope.  That's it!

Thanks for visiting - have a great evening...



Mon 09

Carnations by the Bunch

Today's cards feature the Cluster of Carnations Die Number 98693.

Carnations 3

Who would have thought you could use this on a Halloween card?!  I die cut the Cluster of Carnations from Licorice Dot paper and adhered it to a piece of paper from the Nightfall Collection which I had already placed on a piece of black cardstock.  I stamped the Spooky Halloween stamp B1807 on a scrap of that same paper, mounted it on a scrap of black cardstock and placed it at an angle on the front of the card. I attached it all to a Mango notecard.  I finished it up with a bow from a black/white/orange ribbon.

Carnations 6
Here's one for Christmas.  I placed the green die cut carnations over a piece of Moroccan Cranberry paper and fussy cut around the edges of the flowers.  I added the Grand Merry Christmas die (Number 98680) cut from a scrap of a cranberry notecard and adhered everything to a white notecard.

Once I got going, I couldn't stop!

Carnations 1

Carnations 5

Carnations 2
Love this black and white one on the Key Lime notecard with that flower bow on top of one of the carnations.

Carnations 4
For this one, I added the Love Script Die Number 98639.  I also cut an extra Cluster of Carnations in green and cut off the leaves to paste over the Bluebird dotted ones.

Carnations 7
How pretty is this one all in pink?!  Sweet Sixteen?  New baby girl?  Birthday?  

Cluster of Carnations is a very versatile die.  Just changing the colors of the paper for the die cutting or the notecards and adding ribbons or pearls gives you such different looks.  What have you done with this die?  

Happy Crafting!

Fri 06

Winter Wonderland

Hello Everyone! One week ago today my son was born! I was hoping to have a wonderful baby card to share with you all but that will have to wait for a future post. In the meantime I want to share a card made by one of the teachers at my store The Stamp Addict in San Diego. Stacy is known for her elaborate beautiful cards and this one just makes me want winter to be here now! She uses a bunch of Memory Box dies and I just love how she put it them all together! I hope you like it as much as I did and if you get the chance come on by to take the class from her on Sept. 23rd to learn how to make it yourself!

Winter Wonderland Card


Thu 05

Quick - Close the Jar!

It's time for another Halloween card today!  Jean Okimoto here, combining some favorites from last year's release with quickly-becoming-favorites from the Holiday 2013 Collection.


View the entire Memory Box Collection here.

Here's what I've used for today's project:

  • Tall Canning Jar 98382
  • Creepy Spider 98385 (big)
  • Dangling Spider 98386 (medium)
  • NEW Delicate Web 98706
  • NEW Washi Tape Stripes D1931
  • NEW Washi Tape Dots D1978
  • Gothic Halloween B1872

Memory Box Signature Prints featured are:

  • Mango Distressed Dots
  • Mango Gingham
  • Key Lime Distressed Dots
  • Violet Distressed Dots

ColorBox Pigment Inkpads in Grasshopper, Black and Iris are perfect for stamping washi-style tapes.

The jar lid is cut from silver mirror cardstock.  Everything is attached to a Licorice Notecard.  Use scraps of Mango Distressed Dots to create address labels - and send your spooky greeting off in a matching Licorice Notecard.

Be sure to view the updated Poppystamps site too - there's a great new release of holiday stamps and dies this week!  Visit the Poppystamps blog too - they're having a blog blitz there.

Thanks for visiting - have a great evening...




Wed 04

Summer and Winter...


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Pam here today...A charming little garden scene, a reminder that Summer is still kinda hangin' around!


Love how the Botanic frame flowers emboss!


Dies, Notecards and Stamps I used...

98539 98571 98476 98502 B1910 825 33039 33011 33021 33055



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How about some shiny Christmas cheer next!  Memory Box dies cut and emboss so awesome!


Dies and Notecards I used...

98716  98649 98659 9872933040 33023

So glad you stopped by the blog today!  'preciate it!

Wed 04

Poppystamps Blog Blitz

Dave Brethauer, the owner of Memory Box also owns Poppystamps. Our sister site is having an exciting blog blitz from September 4- September 17 introducing 74 new dies and 20 new cling stamps for fall and winter. They are going to have tons of inspiration as well as chances to win some of the new goodies. You won't want to miss it, so be sure to visit http://poppystamps.typepad.com/


Tue 03

Spooky Mansion in Copics

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday yesterday!  I know I sure needed a break and took the time to relax and play a little in my stamp room.

Here's a card I created with the Spooky Mansion stamp.

I stamped the Spooky Mansion (E1974) on Parchment card stock and then masked the moon and the house.   I distressed the lower portion of the paper with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and the upper portion with Orange Marmalade and Dusty Concord Distress Inks.  Then I removed the mask and made "shadows" over the moon with a bit of Dusty Concord. I colored the windows, the roof tops, and the side walk with Copics.

I die cut the Sevington Border (98692) out of orange felt and attached it to a Granny Smith Note Card.  I used a printed paper from my stash and attached it to a piece of Licorice card stock.  I attached the stamped image to a piece of Licorice card stock and popped it up with foam tape.   For the finishing touch I die cut the Bunch of Bats (98708) out of Licorice card stock and added them to the front of the card along with the Halloween Flourish (B1965).

We'll talk to you soon!

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Sun 01

3-Tiered Chocolate Birthday Cake

P1110478September is a popular month for birthdays - celebrate with a 3-tiered cake from Memory Box!  Jean Okimoto here with a party cake composed of Vanilla Bean Memory Box Signature Prints - Dots, Moroccan and Distressed Dots.  

View the Memory Box Collection of dies, stamps and Signature Prints here.



Diecut Petite Cake 98547 from the prints, flip the scalloped icing trim accents over to the unprinted side and attach them to each piece.  Cut Scalloped Cake Stand 98541 from Thistle Cardstock.  Assemble the layers and attach everything to a rectangle of Peony Cardstock.

Stamp Happy Birthday Background G1921 on Thistle Cardtock with Glacier Lake.  Ink the edges with Glacier Lake.  Attach a strip of Thistle Dots.  Punch 3/8" circles of Thistle Gingham.  Attach the pieces to a Peony Notecard.  Coordinate the cheerful card with a matching Peony Envelope - or a Thistle Envelope, just to be different!

While you're at it, diecut two more sets of the Scalloped Cake Stand and make two more cards using the extra Petite Cake pieces.  Memory Box Signature Prints are designed to be mixed, matched and layered.

Thanks for visiting...