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31 posts from November 2013

Sat 09


Hello, Stampers!

It's my day to post on the Memory Box Design Team blog, Outside the Box, and I've been playing with our dies again! 

One of the things I like best about the Advent Calendar dies are their versatility. You have the ornaments with the numbers removed from a solid background, the "cut-out" numbers, the solid ornaments and the outlined ornaments. I used the solid dies to cut out ornaments from patterned paper - the bear images are the perfect size for this. I could have made one "25" ornament, but I wanted two ornaments from the contrasting paper and thought I'd go with the "2" and the "5."

I wanted this card to be as flat as possible for mailing, so I didn't use any dimensional tape under the ornaments. This is one of the rare times my plan for a card actually resulted in something that looked the way I envisioned it - lol! Anyway, it looks as nice as I imagined so I'm very happy.


Card featuring Memory Box Advent Calendar & Classic Upper Alphabet dies.

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Memory Box cardstock and 6x6 Yuletide patterned papers; Classic Upper Alphabet & Advent Calendar dies; MME enamel dots; Krylon silver leaf pen and black Zig fine marker

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Fri 08

Christmas Ornament

MB ornament2

Hi everyone!

Today I have a  simple Christmas Ornament for you to make.  I started with a black frame I got at one of the craft stores.  I cut a piece of cardstock to fit in the frame, then stamped my scene.  Place the  stamped scene into the frame and you're done.  I glued a bow onto the top of the frame and a ribbon onto the back of the frame to hang the ornament on the tree.

Memory Box Products used:

  • Twelve Days Rubber Stamp #G1899
  • Deer in the Field Rubber Stamp #F1944
  • Mini Holly Leaves Die #98674

I hope you have a great week-end!


Fri 08

Chalk Talk

 Chalkboard art has become a big trend in home decorating as well as papercrafting so let's talk chalk with this rustic, old-school Christmas card.

   Chalkboard Christmas

The Chalkboard technique is very easy and it's fun to break out the chalk sticks for this one.

  • To begin, stamp the sentiment image with clear embossing ink onto "flooded" black paper. "Flooded" just means that the cardstock is basically white with black printed over the surface on one side--as opposed to cardstock that has color running throughout the paper.  Memory Box cardstock is "flooded" which is indicated by it's white core and white opposing side (great for stamping the inside of your card too). It's important to use this type of paper to get the result you see.
  • Apply clear or Frosted Crystal embossing powder, then heat emboss.  The frosted crystal embossing powder has a slightly rough texture when heated which really grabs the chalk, but you can use just clear powder too.
  • Using plain school chalk, scribble over the embossed image until fully covered.  Be sure to scribble in all directions to get the chalk in all the nooks and crannies. 


  •  Once chalk is completely covering the embossed image just rub it with your finger until the chalk dust is blended.  To better define the sentiment, wipe your finger with a baby wipe to remove the chalk, then keep wiping until you are happy with the chalkboard effect.  Remember, it's supposed to look "rustic" so don't wipe off all the chalk. It's as easy as that!


 I used the square-ish frame from the Victorian Frame set to cut a red paper layer, placed it behind the chalkboard message, die cut the Winter Cabin Landscape in cream, distressed the edges, cut green and brown trees to paper piece onto the white layer and finally, added glitter to the bare trees and roof tops.  

The Mini Holly Leaves were die cut from green velvet paper and added a nice touch to my "old school" look too.  Just a little squiggle-dot-squiggle around the card edges with my white gel pen completes the card.  

Ready to play with your chalks too?

Materials used:

C1873 Vintage Merry Christmas

98709 Winter Cabin Landscape

98535 Victorian Frame Set

98658 Mini Holly Leaves

Happy Friday!


Thu 07

May all your christmas wishes come true

Hello dear scrappy friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. I love this christmas season, the decorations are already out and all the shops look so pretty, just magical months.

And today I wanted to share with you one more card.




Memory Box products used:

  • Dies: Lindeman Snowflake (98616)
  • Hayden Twigs (98722)
  • Paper-cranberry dots
  • Stamp: May all your christmas wishes come true


Wed 06

Merry Little Christmas Trees


Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with another easy card for you.  Yes, Christmas will be here in seven weeks!

Here's a design featuring the versatile Pine Border Background 98738 and A Batch of Gingerbread 98652. Although it's not used for this card, the Pine Border Outline 98674 is also shown in the picture below - it's perfect for glittery overlays and shimmery accents over the background die.


Attach Scor-Tape behind red cardstock and diecut the Pine Border Background.  Snip off the tree trunk sections.  Cut Pine Border Background again from Granny Smith Cardstock.  Punch some holes, then attach it  - slightly offset - to the tape-covered diecut.  

Brush Clearsnap's Ruby Slippers Glitter onto the adhesive thru the holes and along the right edge of the trees.  Attach it to a rectangle of Key Lime Cardstock.

Cut A Batch of Gingerbread from Gold Mirror Cardstock and attach them to a strip of red cardstock.

Attach everything to a Granny Smith Notecard.  Stamp Merry Christmas Flourish B1953 inside the card with ColorBox Fireberry Archival Dye Ink.  Coordinate the card with a matching Granny Smith Envelope.

See our Holiday 2013 Collection.



Thanks for visiting!


Visit our Gallery of Cards for more ideas and inspiration!


Wed 06

Christmas Ornament

I wanted to do something other than a card today, so I made an ornament using a Memory Box die.

First, I started with a simple paper mache ornament that I got from a craft store.  I painted the whole thing with gesso so that it would take the paint better:



Next I painted the ornament with blue acrylic paint.  I let a bit of the gesso show through so that it looked more like sky:

To finish the ornament, I cut out the Cottage in the Woods die (98536) and colored it with markers.  I had to cut the die a bit so that I could reassemble it in a way that would fit inside the ornament.  To finish the card, I glued in a bunch of white flower soft.


Tue 05

Thanks...Quick and Easy

Hi - Jean Okimoto here, with another quick thank you card for you.  I was surprised and pleased with the mix of Mocha, Granny Smith and Peony - and a dot of Vanilla Bean Gingham - in this design.  Selecting colors is challenging (but fun!) - hope you like this combination.

Featured here are Lovely Aster 98510, Fresh Foliage 98502 and Pop-Up Thanks 98241.  Use the Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate with intricate dies like Fresh Foliage - perfect results every time!  View the Memory Box collection of dies, stamps and papers here.


Thanks for visiting!



Mon 04

Tags for Holiday Packages

I am teaching a tag class later this month to a group of people who have never stamped before.  I've been making up lots of quick and easy samples using some of my favorite holiday (and other) stamps from Memory Box on large white tags.  I stamped the larger background images  with Hero Arts Wet Cement Mid-Tones Shadow Ink. The other ink colors are also from the Hero Arts Mid-Tones Shadow inks collection--Raspberry Jam, Green Hills, and Cup O' Joe.  I did any additional coloring of images with Prismacolor Pencils.  Here are some of my favorites

Tag 1

  • G1899 Twelve Days
  • D1399 I used just the pears and branch from Partridge in a Pear Tree by maskeing the bird with a small post-it note
  • B1826 To and From

Tag 2

  • G1830 Winter Collage Background
  • B1826 To and From (I stamped this in the center of the image where it did not stamp completely)

Tag 3

  • G1839 Mail Definitions Background
  • D1396  Poinsettia Outline

Tag 4

  • G1780  Blank Ticket
  • D1841  Drift Flowers
  • just the bow from C1952 Mistletoe Bundle
  • B1826  To and From

Tag 5

  • G1899 Twelve Days
  • C1873  Vintage Merry Christmas
  • C1952  Mistletoe Bundle
  • B1826  To and From

Tag 6

  • G1941  Wish Collage
  • D1806  Vertical Merry Christmas
  • C1952  Mistletoe Bundle
  • B1826  To and From

Making these tags was a great way to revisit and repurpose some of the larger background stamps I have. Everyone in my class should be able to make quite a few of these in an hour or two!  Once the presents are wrapped, all one needs to do is fill in the names on the tags and attach them with coordinating ribbons to the packages.

Happy Crafting!

Sun 03

Saying Thanks



Set the clocks back an hour - and celebrate cool, crisp November days with a simple thank you card.  Jean Okimoto here, with a card that  says thanks in many ways.


Pair the Prized Chrysanthemum Outline 98566 and Prized Chrysanthemum Background 98630.  Add greenery with the classic Madera Corner 98237.  Memory Box has a great selection of garden design dies for fall cards, layouts and decor projects - it'll be hard to decide which ones to use next!  

Layer them over Thank You Background G1922 stamped with ColorBox Candied Yam Chalk Ink.  It's the perfect prelude to Thanksgiving.

Thanks to everyone who took my added classes at the Tukwila Impress yesterday - and for braving the heavy winds too!  The Asian Christmas Designs class starts on Saturday the 9th, and we'll be making stamped and stenciled calendars on Veterans Day, Monday the 11th.

Thanks for visiting!




Fri 01


Thanks again to everyone who participated in our fall card contest.  We will have more card contests soon, so be sure to be on the lookout for them!

Without further ado, here are our three winners:

First, here is a card by patscrap91

She used the Perched Reedbird (98160) and Honeyblossom Sprig (98333) dies on her card and selected wonderful fall colors.  We loved the soft landscape in the background.  It really made the foreground images pop.

Next, we have a card by Lundy Lynn:

She created a beautiful composition using the Spooky Frame Set (98703) around the Web and Willows stamp (F1799).  She then finished it by adding one of the spiders from the Scary Spiders die set (98704).

Finally, our third winner was by Ruff Edge Design:

We absolutely loved her embroidery take on the fall theme.  She used the Whisper Print Leaf stamp (G1862) and added the Thread Spool die (98525) which she wrapped in thread that coordinated with the stamp.  The embroidery hoop she drew herself.

Congratulations, winners.  You are so incredibly talented!  As a prize, you will each get to select the Memory Box die of your choice.  I will be contacting you shortly via Flickr mail with further details.