142 posts categorized "2014 Holiday Collection"


Wed 17

Tags, Techniques and Watercolors



It's time to wrap it up!  I love wrapping gifts - and watercolored tags add an artsy, personal touch to any gift.  Jean Okimoto here - let's get started...


Memory Box Products

  • Merry Christmas Stamp B2019
  • Jolly Combo Stamp B2014 (there's a little holly stamp attached to the side)
  • Cheers Script Die 98900
  • Snowflake Heart Die 99031
  • Party Glasses Die 98530
  • A Batch of Gingerbread Die 98652
  • Pool Notecards
  • Key Lime Notecards

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Inkpad
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • Memento Luxe Love Letter Pigment Inkpad
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Clear Embossing Powder

Press the Caribbean Sea inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Use a slightly damp wide, flat paintbrush to apply overlapping bands of ink to a strip of watercolor paper - rinse the brush between colors.  Air-dry the inks for about 5 minutes, then heat-set them.  

Stamp Merry Christmas with VersaMark, emboss it with gold powder.  Stamp Jolly Combo with Love Letter, emboss it with clear powder.   

Cut Cheers Script from white cardstock.  Cut A Batch of Gingerbread and Snowflake Heart from gold mirror cardstock.  Cut Snowflake Heart again from red mirror cardstock.  Cut Party Drinks from silver mirror cardstock.

Cut the notecards in half - they're the perfect size for gift tags.  Assemble the tags and add gold cord ties.


Merry, Merry!

Thanks for visiting..


Wed 17

Merry, Bright and Glittery


'Twas the week before Christmas...time to be merry, bright and glittery!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with my last Christmas card of the year today.  Next  up?  Tags and thank-yous.


Memory Box Products

  • Lydia Ornament Die 98911
  • Traditional Ornament Die 98917
  • Small Globe Ornament Die 98957
  • Merry and Bright Combo Stamp B2005 (there's a little star stamp on the side)
  • Wisteria, Key Lime and Lagoon Notecards for diecutting
  • Pool Notecard and Envelope

Imagine Crafts Inkpad

  • VersaMagic Turquoise Gem

Cut Small Globe Ornament from Wisteria and Key Lime.  Cut the ornament cap from gold mirror cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape to the top of Lagoon and cut Traditional Ornament.  Cut Lydia Ornament from textured white cardstock.  Attach it to the adhesive-topped Traditional Ornament.  Brush Impress iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.

Score a rectangle of textured white cardstock to create the ornament "strings."  

Stamp Merry and Bright Combo with Turquoise Gem.  Attach the sequins.  Coordinate your Pool Notecard with a matching envelope.

Quick, easy and very merry!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for many more holiday ideas.



Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Winter Bliss class at Impress.  It was fun meeting all of you - hope you enjoyed the class and were inspired to create more cards in the coming year!




Tue 16

Cabrini Ornament Glitters...




Pam here...I love Christmas!  All the creating, sending and receiving cards...just makes me happy! Here's the Cabrini Ornament die cut in Licorice, Cranberry and Meadow card-stocks and pieced together.  I really like the black outline. I'm so glad I purchased the Pine Needles die!  They just finish the presentation of so many of the winter/Christmas dies.  I glittered with stickles glitter glue... I know... the glitter cheater way! haha




The whimsical touch of bakers twine...just have to stop myself from using it on every card! 

A little Copic coloring on the ornament, holly and berries...

and then that background stamp... so simple but so much!  Merry Background stamp comes wood or cling mount.

The cranberry card-stock rectangle is stamped with the Candy Cane Stripes stamp in red ink.

The kraft card-stock rectangle is stamped with the Mistletoe Bundle stamp in Gathered Twigs Distress ink.

Ranger White Enamel dots on the berries.

The Christmas word is from the Grand Merry Christmas Script die.

An A2 size card - Dill notecard.


I'm off to the PO to get a stash of cards in the mail!  Hitch up the sleigh! HOHOHO

All the best to you this happy creating season!


Tue 16

Merry Christmas Men

Good morning and welcome back, stampers!

I'm afraid I have some dreadful cough that is making it very tricky for me to breathe without hacking up a lung, so my post today will be somewhat short by necessity. Today's card raises a toast to the holiday cheer we often encounter at this time of the year - lol!


Pin It

And a close-up....



Memory Box Dies: A Batch of Gingerbread, Tiny Candy Canes, Mini Mugs, Mini-Clouds; Stamp: Merry Christmas; Paper: Antique Gold shimmering cardstock; Thistle, white; Patterned Paper Thistle Distressed Dots (Memory Box); Embossing ink (Ranger); Red and green Markers Other: dimensional foam tape, Scor-Tape, Antique Golden embossing powder (Ranger)


  1. Make 4.25" x 5.5" card base from copper shimmer paper.
  2. Cut a 4 x 5" panel from patterned paper and adhere to center of card using Scor-Tape.
  3. Stamp Merry Christmas with embossing ink, apply embossing powder, and heat set.
  4. Cut square panel from copper shimmer paper and a square of Thistle Distessed Dots; layer and adhere to center of card.
  5. Die cut gingerbread men from copper shimmer paper, mug from patterned paper, cloud and candy canes from white paper.
  6. Stripe candy canes with markers and adhere to back of mug; adhere cloud to top of mug and attach mug to card with dimensional foam.
  7. Adhere gingerbread men.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!



Sun 14


Good morning to everyone! 

I hear the clock ticking down to Christmas and the final push to get all of the Christmas cards completed and sent out. 


I wanted to stay (relatively that is) within the traditional color palette with this card.  I couldn't help tossing in a little bit of pink though!  The background was created with various die inks using different sized circular stamps.

The die Noel Tiles (98933) was cut twice (once in red and once in green) with the green letters inlaid into the red tiles.  I added some gold liquid pearls on the tiles as well as on the background.


I used the Grape Vine die 99002 cut twice and placed one primarily behind the tiles and the other primarily above the tile.  I used foam tape to adhere the decorative panel to the green layered cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope the rest of your weekend is fantastic and creative.




Wed 10

Holiday Stars and Flourishes


Pretty colors, shimmery inks and little gold stars...quite the opposite of the winter storm and power glitches we're having right now!  Jean Okimoto here with a "something old, something new" design for you.


Memory Box Products

  • Winterland Tree Background Die 98733
  • Elliana Background Die 98956
  • Snowflake Heart Die 99031
  • Zippy Dots Designer Stencil 88568
  • Merry Christmas Combo Stamp B2008 (there's a little dove stamp on the side)
  • Robins Egg Notecard (for stamping)
  • Pool Notecard and Envelope

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Fireworks Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Gold
  • Delicata Inkpad - Golden Glitz
  • Radiant Neon Inkpads - Electric Blue, Electric Purple
  • Craft Mat

Spray watercolor paper with water - then spritz it with Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly and Gold.

Dry the inks, then stencil the background with Zippy Dots and Golden Glitz. Stamp Merry Christmas Combo with Electric Purple and emboss it with clear powder.

Diecut Winterland Tree Background from gold mirror cardstock and dry-emboss it with the Elliana Background.  Distress the raised areas with a sanding block. Diecut Snowflake Heart from gold mirror cardstock and save the little pieces.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for more details and holiday card ideas. 

Big Thanks to everyone who took the first Winter Bliss class at Impress.  If you weren't able to get into that class - we have another class on Saturday December 13th.  We'll make 6 un-holiday cards - fresh colors, glitter, sequins and watercolor background techniques.  See you there!

Thanks for visiting - join us again tomorrow for one of Marnie's special designs.





Wed 10

A Bit of Tree-Trimming




Hello from windy, rainy Seattle!  Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Christmas card for you.  Memory Box Juniper and Thistle - and Memento Luxe Love Letter - are my favorite holiday colors and I just had to use them on another card today.


Memory Box Products

  • Snowy Tree Die 99013
  • A Flock of Birds Die 98752
  • Wonderful Time Combo Stamp B2013 (there's a little Christmas tree stamp on the side)
  • Juniper Notecard and Envelope
  • Thistle and Holly Berry Notecards (for diecutting and stamping)
  • Thistle Moroccan Signature Patterns

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Luxe Love Letter Pigment Inkpad    
  • Iridescent Embossing Powder

Trim the bottom tier of the Snowy Tree - and cut a little treetrunk from the scraps.  Attach some birds diecut from glittered felt and Holly Berry.  Stamp and emboss Wonderful Time Combo.  Add a few sequins.  Wasn't that easy?

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for more details and holiday ideas.

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll return this evening for another Christmas idea! 






Sun 07

Lydia Ornament

Good morning everyone!  I hope your weekend has been creative and fun filled.  The week long Thanksgiving break was nice and the kids had some fun, but dang, was I happy to have them back in school! 

I had all of my watercolor supplies out after teaching so I thought I'd have a play around with different colors and see what I came up with.


Not the most traditional of colors but one my fav color combinations.  The ornament is called Lydia Ornament 98991 and the coordinating solid die is called Traditional Ornament 98917, and I paired them up with the die called Curled Ribbons 98936. The sentiment, Merry Christmas Combo, was stamped with VersaFine in black.  I added some liquid pearls for a little more bling and dimension.


The die cuts were attached with dimensional foam dots for dimension.


Since I had extra papers and supplies out, I just created a second card with the same materials (just flipping the colors on the ornaments) and added crystals instead of the liquid pearls for a fast and easy card.


Thanks for stopping by today!




Thu 04

Welcome to Finale of the Memory Box/Poppystamps Blog Hop



Hope you've been inspired by the projects we've created for you during the Memory Box and Poppystamps  Holiday Gift Tags and Treats  blog hop.  As an added bonus, you'll have a chance to win prizes from Birch Press Design!

Dave Brethauer, the owner and creater of Memory Box and Poppystamps, has a new venture called Birch Press Design.  It's a stylish, upscale online shop featuring classic letterpress, laser cut, and printed cards, calendars, journals - and beautiful products for your home.  

Here's a complete list of today's hop destinations:

Memory Box  


Kay Miller 

Deborah Nolan 

Marybeth Lopez 

Jeanne Jachna

Pam Sparks 

Lezlye Lauterbach  

Patty Tanuz 

Zuzana Obert



Each day of the hop (December 2-4) we'll be giving away a prize from Birch Press Design.  There will be two winners each day - one selected by Poppystamps and another by Memory Box.  So while you're hopping be sure to leave comments along the way.  Winners will be selected from the Design Team posts. Today's prize is a Birch Press Design Apron - the winner gets to chose her favorite design!  Want to see the other designs?  You can view them here.

You have until  December 10 to leave a comment – winners will be posted on December 15 on the Memory Box and Poppystamps Blogs.  The winners will be selected at random from the design team posts.

Want another chance to win a great prize from Birch Press Design?  Like them on Facebook and share the post about the hop!

Let's get started on today's projects...

Memory Box Products

  • Snowflake Favor Box Die 99030
  • Currant Signature Patterns - Distressed Dots
  • Pool Signature Patterns - Dots and Distressed Dots
  • Key Lime Signature Patterns - Dots and Distressed Dots

Poppystamps Products

  • Merry Christmas Background Die 1065

Imagine Crafts Products

  • VersaMark Dazzle Frost Inkpad
  • Dauber    
  • White Embossing Powder


Diecut Snowflake Favor Box from the Signature Prints.  Daub Dazzle onto the snowflake halves and emboss them.  Crease the boxes on the scorelines and assemble them.  Add your favorite holiday treats - then interlock the two snowflake halves.  That's it - very easy, very merry.

For the stencilled candle wrapper - diecut Merry Christmas Background from vellum.  Stencil it onto another sheet of vellum with Dazzle and emboss it.  Trim it to wrap around a battery-operated candle, with a 1/2" vertical overlap along the back. 

Thanks for hopping with us.   Now hop on over to the Poppystamps blog!



Wed 03

Blog Hop Day 2- Merry Christmas Treat Bag

Hi Everyone!

This week,  we are doing something a little special and having a three day blog hop with the Poppystamps design team.  The hop is all about Holiday Gift Tags and Treats.  We hope you will find all kinds of holiday inspiration using Memory Box and Poppystamps products. As an added bonus, you will have the chance to win prizes from Birch Press Design!

Dave Brethauer, the owner and creator of Memory Box and Poppystamps, has a new venture called Birch Press Design that features letterpress, laser cut, and printed card designs, as well as beautiful products for your home.

The Day 2 blog hop prize is a Tea Towel of your choice.

Want to see the other tea towel designs?  You can view them all here.

Today I have a simple Merry Christmas treat bag for you.
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To create this treat bag I die cut the Poppystamps Merry Christmas Background from Licorice cardstock. I sponged White ink onto the die cut to create a chalkboard effect. This is adhered to White cardstock which was inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Glue this layer to Cranberry Distress Dot cardstock. I cut the Memory Box Forest Pine Branch twice from Dill cardstock. Tie a red ribbon around the layered panel. I tucked the die cut Pine Branches under the bow and added some white glitter to the ends of the branches. Glue a snowflake to the bow and adhere this panel to a clear cellophane bag. Cut a piece of White cardstock to tuck into the bag to give it some stability.  All you have to do now is fill the bag with your favorite treats!
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Memory Box products used:
  • Forest Pine Branch Die # 98909
  • Licorice, White, Dill and Cranberry Distressed Dot Cardstock

Poppystamps product used:

  • Merry Christmas Background Die # 1065

Be sure to leave a comment on this post and all the other designer posts, and you’ll be entered to win a Birch Press Design Tea Towel, winner's choice!  There will be one winner chosen by Memory Box and one chosen by Poppystamps! 

For a second chance to win – like Birch Press Design on Facebook, and share the post about the hop.  One person who does both will win a prize from Birch Press Design.    

 You have until   December 10 to leave a comment – winners will be posted on December 15 on the MB and Poppy Blogs.  The winners will be selected at random from the DT posts.

Here are the designers on today's hop:

Memory Box- Donna Sledzik (You are here)

Have a good day, and head on over to the Poppystamps blog!