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27 posts from October 2013

Thu 31

Gingerbread Wishes

Winter Joy-Gingerbread-Memory Box-Jean Okimoto

Hi - Happy Halloween!  Jean Okimoto here, sharing a winter pastels version of my Winter Joy (98640) holiday greeting.  It's one of my favorite dies from the Holiday 2013 Collection.

Just diecut the beautiful intricate design from textured white cardstock.  Use the Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate for perfect results every time.  Attach some tape behind the 'joy' and press Clearsnap's Cotton Candy Glitter onto the adhesive thru the cutouts. 

Diecut A Batch of Gingerbread (98652) twice - from scrap cardboard - and layer the pieces for a dimensional, chipboard-y effect.  

Diecut the background from Bubblelgum Distressed Dots using one of the Sideshow Tickets (98514). Attach everything to a Sugar Plum Notecard - and coordinate it with a matching Sugar Plum Envelope.

Wasn't that easy?  View the 2013 Holiday Collection of dies and stamps.

We're making 6 quick and easy cards at another Christmas With Poppystamps class at the Tukwila Impress on Saturday November 2nd.  It's an added class and we have just a few seats available.  We'll create 6 cool, colorful cards - and everyone receives a special giftbag from Dave and Monica (and some candy because what's Christmas without chocolate?).

Christmas With Poppystamps class at the Tukwila Impress 

Thanks for visiting!




Thu 31

Happy Halloween!

Mmhappy halloween
Happy Halloween everyone!!!

I thought I was done with Halloween Cards for this year, but then I realized that I had to post on Halloween. So I have one more Halloween Card for you today.  Then I  will move on to my other favorite holiday, Christmas!

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Spooky Mansion #E1974
  • Licorice and Parchment Cardstock

I hope everyone one has a safe and Happy Halloween!


Mon 28

Happy New Year

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today with another new year/christmas themed card. or this card I used non-christmas released dies and this design can easily be changed for any occasion you need. Hope you will be inspired to play a bit:)


Some close ups:


The Astrid Circle (98498) i cut from the vellum



Memory Box Products used:

  • Trellis Border (98476)
  • Silverdale Heart (98454)
  • Astrid Circle (98498)
  • red dot paper


Till next time,



Sun 27

White on White

Today I wanted to showcase a new teacher here in San Diego at our store The Stamp Addict, Therese P.  She will be teaching 3 classes in November featuring Memory Box and Poppystamps dies. The classes will be held on Tuesday Nov. 26th and here is one of the cards she will teach you how to make.

White on White

I love the White on White look....very elegant and stylish! What do you think? It is very stunning in person....a little hard to photograph but play with this effect and you might really enjoy the effects!



Fri 25

Autumn Wreath

Well, it's starting to happen....there's a chill in the air, leaves are starting to change and the Fall TV shows are in full swing.  Whether you call it Autumn or Fall---it's here!  

Today I went to a local Pumpkin Patch, complete with hay bales, corn stalks and pumpkins, with two of my grandsons....yes, Fall has arrived.  To mark the season, I'm sharing this colorful wreath card with you.

Fall wreath

Since I have been teaching classes with Copics lately, I decided to change it up and pull out the Prismacolor pencils for the leaves.  I like these colors on Kraft paper.  

This beautiful Harvest Wreath stamp deserves to be the featured image--it's a great size and offers a variety of leaves to color any way you want.  

The flowers and leaves at the top were cut from the Norrland Flower die to add dimension and more color.

Sneaky me used the Small Canning Jar as a tag (the neck of the jar is tucked into the flower clusters)--it was just the right size to capture the word "Autumn" from the Autumn Leaf Collage stamp.  Sometimes the most unlikely die or stamp is just what you need --so try to envision uses for them other than the intended purpose.

Did you notice the pumpkin candles in the photo?  I made a quick stop at the famous Knorr Candle Factory on the way home from the Pumpkin Patch and picked up these beeswax cuties! One can never have too many stamps, dies or candles...right?

Click on the stamp and die links above to get all the info on each delightful product used on this card or take this list to your local store and go shopping!

G1791 Harvest Wreath

G1795 Autumn Leaf Collage

98505 Norrland Flower

98383 Sm. Canning Jar

Happy Friday!


Thu 24

and to all a good night...


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Did the title throw you?  think Christmas?  Well, I just thought it might be fun with this owl! Guess it could say, "and to owl a good night"!  Although it doesn't look like he'll be sleeping anytime soon...bright eyes!

The background stamp is Moonlight Woods  stamped on parchment card-stock and aged with Distress inks and the ink blending tool.  I did a reverse mask so I could ink the moon with Dusty Concord and Spiced Marmalade.  I stamped the Night Owl on parchment twice, cut one out completely and just the wing out of the other and inked both with Walnut Stain Distress ink and Memento Espresso ink.  

I layered to Jack O Lantern card-stock and distressed the edges with a paper distressing tool.

A piece of the Grand Oak Tree cut from Licorice card-stock to extend the branch 'look'.

I stamped the Vintage Scroll stamp on all four corners of an A-2 Kraft notecard.  Aged the edges with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

I inked up the sentiment so part went above the panel and the good night went on a Pastry Label die cut from Jack O Lantern card-stock.



I cut the branch above and below so I could slide the owl behind and have him sitting on the branch.  I made the marks for his feet with a black ink pen.

I used a white gel pen on the eyes and Ranger black enamel for the dot.  I tried googly eyes but...they just weren't quite right! 

Well, it's time for me to say good night! : )  Thanks for looking and hope you're enjoying the Fall card contest going on right now!


Christmas Class...

Snow Place like Home

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Join me Thursday, Nov. 14th, 1 to 3 p.m.

@ the Craft and Hobby Connection in Ottumwa, IA

404 Church Street
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Wednesday – Friday 11am-8pm
Saturday 10am-5pm

call 515-965-1102 or stop in to reserve your spot!

Bring Basic Class Kit, liquid glue (Tombow Mono Multi) or glue pen, mounting squares, bone folder, adhesive eraser, tweezers, pencil, ruler, paper piercer; Optional: stylus set with mouse pad, Die Cutting machine such as Big Shot, etc.

Create 3 beautifully-detailed cards designed with snowy accents and pretty poinsettias from Memory Box! Plus, learn the mechanics to make an easel card and tips for cutting detailed dies.

* kits available *



Wed 23

A Silly Little Project

Memory Box-Halloween-Dies-Pumpkin-Jack o' Lantern-Jean Okimoto

Hi - Jean Okimoto here again - with a project to make you smile.  Or laugh, and comment that I need to get some help!  

It started with a seasonal craving for cheese puffs.  I love how they resemble the ribbed texture of pumpkins.   You may think we ate just a few and used the rest of the bag for projects.  Not true. 

See the great collection of Memory Box dies, stamps and papers.

Attach Scor-Tape to black felt and diecut Perky Pumpkin Face 98421.  Be sure to use good felt - like the wool blends sold at Impress - for best results, without the little fuzzies that cling to the edges.  Attach the pieces to a mason jar.  Add the cheese puffs, before they're gone.

Diecut Blooming Rosettte 98121 from Moss felt.  Gather the straight edge using heavy duty thread and long running stitches - about 1/2" long.  Tie it securely into a circle.  Glue a strip of felt along the sides of the jar lid.  Attach the rosette. 

Attach Scor-Tape to Moss felt and diecut the Blooming Rosette Center.

Twist 4 strands of 26-gauge gold wire together. Twist them around a paintbrush to create tendrils.  Attach the tendrils and center to the rosette.  

Great news...we've added another Christmas with Poppystamps class to the schedule at the Tukwila Impress.  It's from 11:00 to 1:00 on Saturday November 2.  Six great festive cards, lots of techniques - and giftbags too!  Space is limited to 7 more students because there are 2 other classes there that day - please call ahead to save a seat if you can join us.  It's 206 901.9101.  

Christmas with Poppystamps class at Impress taught by Jean Okimoto

Thanks for visiting!







Tue 22

Urban Halloween


The Cityscapes Nightline Die is great for a backlit Halloween scene - and a few Perfect Pumpkins add the finishing touch.  Just punch a few holes, place them against the black highrises, and they'll have faces too.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a fall party favor - or cool little gift for someone who doesn't like candy. IF you know anyone who doesn't like candy!  The night scene looks big here - but it's actually just a 2.5" tall battery-operated votive

Stamp Harvest Moon G1804 on white vellum with ColorBox Limited Edition Red Barn Chalk Ink and gently heat-set it.  Tear the top edge, then trim the vellum to 2.5" tall and the circumference of your votive plus a .5" overlap.

Diecut Cityscape Nightline 98398 from text weight black paper and attach it to the vellum.  Diecut Perfect Pumpkins 98707 from Mango Cardstock and punch holes for the eyes and mouths.   Attach the pumpkins to the cityscape.

Diecut A Bunch of Bats 98708 from black paper and attach them to a 1" circle of white paper.  Attach everything to the vellum with dots of adhesive just where the wings extend over the edge of the 1" circle.  This prevents the dreaded 'adhesive-show-through' on the white circle when the votive is lit.

Attach the vellum to the votive with double-stick tape at the overlapping edges. If you're keeping the votive, you'll be able to remove the vellum later and use the votive for another holiday.  

View the Memory Box Collection of dies, stamps and papers.

On a totally different subject...BIG THANKS to all who took the Christmas with Poppystamps class at the Tukwila Impress on Sunday. You worked so quickly we were able to create 6 cards and end 30 minutes early. Hope you liked the special giftbag and enjoy using the products from Dave and Monica!

I've added another Christmas with Poppystamps class - it'll be on Saturday November 2nd at the Tukwila Impress.  It's a morning class - and I'll post the time as soon as it's confirmed.  More great gifts!

Thanks for visiting!





Tue 22

Spooky potions....

Hello everyone,

Mary here today to share a Halloween card I made featuring the new Bubbling Potions stamp.  I colored the stamped image with Copic markers and used Glossy Accents to make the bottles look like glass.  The Dangling Spider, die cut from glitter paper, looks like he is going to grab one of the bottles.




Memory Box products used:


Bubbling Potions stamps     C1972

Spooky Frame set               98703

Dangling Spider                  98386

Key Lime note card

Violet Dots paper


Thanks for stopping by.


Mon 21

Variations on a Theme

Here are three variations on the same theme.  I used five different dies on each of the cards with a focus on corner placement and a diagonal "line".

Circle 1

A Christmas Card

  • Pool Notecard
  • Virtuoso Music Die No. 98356, black cardstock
  • Frostyville Wreath Die No. 98418, white cardstock
  • Corner Bow Die No. 98371, medium blue cardstock
  • Lovely Aster Die No. 98510, Cranberry Dot Paper
  • Pearl in the center of the Flower
  • leaves from the Sonora Rose Die No. 98572, green cardstock

Circle 2
Same dies as on the first card except that I switched out the Frostyville Wreath for

  • Chesapeake Circle Die No. 98449
  • and I used Flower Cottage paper from the Viola Collection for the Lovely Aster.

Circle 3
This is actually the card I made first, but I think the circle die I used may no longer be available.  It's not in the latest catalog.  I think it was called Cornerstone Seal.  I used it because I liked the way I could tuck the music in the opening along the circle's edge.  

You could remake this card with any circular element in the upper left corner, layered with a longer rectangular die and the corner bow.  Any flower could be used in place of the Lovely Aster in the lower right.  There are so many from Memory Box to choose from!!!

Happy Crafting!