43 posts categorized "2014 summer collection"


Thu 05

Got Eggs? Springtime Bouquet 6x6 Pack, Adriana Pop Up Easel Set by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxDeliatePastelGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpringtimeBouquet6x6, MemoryBoxWildGrassBorder, MemoryBoxBigAndLittleSpringClearStamps, MemoryBoxGentleBunny, MemoryBoxSmallClutchOfEggs, MemoryBoxLittleBunnyTrio, MemoryBoxClutchOfEggs, PoppystampsAdrianaPopUpEaselSet, JeanOkimoto, EasterDiecuts, SpringDiecuts, PopUpEaselCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

The Poppystamps Adriana Pop Up Easel Set - turned sideways - sets the scene for Easter with the new Springtime Bouquet 6x6 Pack of beautiful pastel prints.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that went thru quite a transformation from Dave's original design.  I love sharing different ways to use our products - and unlike the usual infomercial disclaimers...DO try this at home!

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The Adriana Pop Up Easel Set is designed to create a vertical easel card. There are even pieces for little "stoppers" to keep the upright card from flopping down.  I've used it horizontally - and replaced the beautiful botanical diecut with a garden print from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 set.  

Cut the large card base from white cardstock.  Crease the tab towards the backside of the diecut.  


Attach Scor-tape to the tab.  Cut the green 6x6 print with the background die, attach it to the card base using the tape on the tab.  Cut the new Wild Grass Border from green cardstock - trim the bottom edge with the Adriana background die.

We have two egg sets with small eggs to fit the grassy border.  I've used the Clutch of Eggs set - cut 5 of the smaller eggs from the white glitter cardstock in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Color them with Sharpies or Copics.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Gentle Bunny (and his tail) and Little Bunny Trio.  We're just using the two larger bunnies from the trio.  Cut felt tails for the other bunnies using a leather punch.  Attach the bunnies and eggs to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Open Studio Big and Little Spring Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.  Attach the greeting - at an angle - with foam tape.

MemoryBoxDeliatePastelGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpringtimeBouquet6x6, MemoryBoxWildGrassBorder, MemoryBoxBigAndLittleSpringClearStamps, MemoryBoxGentleBunny, MemoryBoxSmallClutchOfEggs, MemoryBoxLittleBunnyTrio, MemoryBoxClutchOfEggs, PoppystampsAdrianaPopUpEaselSet, JeanOkimoto, EasterDiecuts, SpringDiecuts, PopUpEaselCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Hope you'll try different designs with the versatile Adriana Pop Up Easel Set!

If you're in the Seattle Area - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on March 7th.  A simple origami fish, cherry blossoms, wide washi tape, new and old favorites, art papers - there are so many ways to combine Asian  and almost-Asian designs.  

Thanks for visiting - see you next week!





Sun 07

Clean and Simple Tulips
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I wanted to share a card that was inspired by this month's "clean and simple" challenge.

Memory Box has a lot of new circle dies, but that doesn't mean that you have to use the entire die.  When you cut the new Springtime Tulips die, this is what you get:


As you can see from the picture, I used just the tulips without the circle and then cut everything out of white cardstock.  You could cut it using different pieces of cardstock, but I found it easier to use white paper and then color the pieces with Copic markers.  That way I only had to run the die through once and I could have white outlines for the petals and color the stems and leaves green.

To give a light shading to the background, I used my Copic airbrush.  However, you could just as easily use Distress inks and sponge on your color.  The first step was to mask the left side and bottom of the card:


Next, I airbrushed a little green and blue onto the card for the ground and sky.  I started on top of the mask and then moved the color onto the paper so that I wouldn't get splotches of color onto my cardstock.  If you were using ink and a sponge, you would want to do the same thing.  Start by putting your brush onto the mask and then sponge onto the cardstock.  Go lightly with your color.  You can always add more color, but you can't take it away:


I removed the masks and was left with a crisp edge on the left side and bottom of my card.  As a finishing touch, I added my tulips, sentiment and a few rhinestones:


When I colored the tulips, I colored the smaller petals a shade lighter to add a little bit of interest.

Thanks for visiting today!







Thu 03

Juicy Grapes

Good morning to all!  Sherry here with some juicy grapes!

Ivy and Grapes - 2

Most of the action was created on the small layer of white card stock which was cut from one of the Rectangle Layers set.  I swiped Peeled Paint Distress Ink directly onto the Scraped Paint stencil, covering a good portion of it, but leaving some areas without ink.  I spritzed the surface with water, then laid the white card stock onto the stencil, making sure it was lined up straight, and lightly rubbed the back of the card to pick up the color.  I used a heat tool to dry the card before going on to the next step.  I cleaned the stencil, then swiped one area (doesn't matter where) with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink, and spritzed again with water.  I took the stenciled piece of card stock, and just touched it to the inked stencil at various spots, just to add that pop of color.

Ivy and Grapes - 4

I dried the piece again with the heat tool, then used a dauber to pick up the Seedless Preserves color from the pad, and very lightly swirled it onto the areas of the card that were somewhat bare.

I die cut the leaves and the vine from green card stock, then used a dauber to sponge Peeled Paint and a little Seedless Preserves on the leaves.  I also sponged Seedless Grapes on one side of the grapes to give them some dimension.  I then assembled the grapes and leaves as shown.  I added some sequins and small green gems to complete the piece, and mounted it with foam tape onto the light green card front.  The "Thank You" is from the Hope and Thanks" clear stamp set.

Ivy and Grapes - 1

I had fun spritzing and inking, and hope you'll give this a try.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Wed 05

Splish Splashing Puddles and Resting Birds

MemoryBoxRestingBirds-MemoryBoxSplashingPuddles-OpenStudioStitchedStarLayers-OpenStudioSmile-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-PeerlessWatercolorsKeep cool - like the Resting Birds - with Splashing Puddles and a watercolored background.  Jean Okimoto here today - with more inspiration for our August Challenge.  The theme?  Cool Thoughts for Warm Days - like some of the record-breaking days we've had lately.  

Memory Box Products

  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Open Studio Stitched Star Layers Die Set 30055
  • Resting Birds Die 98527
  • Splashing Puddles Die 99062
  • Sunflower Notecard (for diecutting)
  • Pool Notecard and Envelope

Imagine Crafts Inkpad

  • Teal Zeal Memento Luxe Pigment Inkpad

Peerless Watercolors

Paint a watercolored background and diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Diecut Stitched Star Layers and Splashing Puddles.  

I love using our dies with felt - here's a tip for you.  It's great fpr diecutting - make it even better by stabilizing it with adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to control the fuzzies and keep liquid adhesives from soaking through.  

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for totay's card.


 Thanks  for stopping by - hope you'll join us again this evening for another card and a peek at the samples for my Look Book class - COLOR, CREATE  & ENJOY - at Impress on August 23rd.




Tue 18

Horse Country...


Hello and welcome to Outside the Box blog today! My post is a little bit different this time...I'm sharing two cards I created with Starlitstudio's exclusive new die from Memory Box, called Horse Country.

A Fall card...






and a Winter card...




I used the Memory Box Golf Club Landscape border die in the background on both cards. (I cut off the flag)

On the Fall card I added the small leaf from the Memory Box Marvelous Maple diepoppystamps new Fancy hello die, Trotting Pony die and Country Fence die. On the inside I used the Memory Box Give Thanks Combo stamp (leaves and sentiment) and Memory Box A-2 Notecards in Sky and Kraft.


On the Winter card I used Memory Box A-2 Notecards in Sapphire and White, Ho Ho Holly Leaves die and poppystamps new Vintage Seasons die. I just used the Greetings part on the front and on the inside, I cut the 's' from the end of Season's and stamped the words 'of the' from the Memory Box Wonderful Time Combo stamp.

The Christmas, Winter Horse Country scene card is spattered with white spray ink and then sprayed with Imagine Crafts Sparkle Spray.

I will be making Horse Country up in Spring and Summer versions too!  Thanks for visiting today and Season's Greetings to you!



Sun 02

53 more...

days until Christmas! Every year I think I'm going to be organized and ready since of course each year Christmas falls on the exact same date:)  I've yet to meet my goals of organization and readiness.

Redgrey christmas

I love love love the look of mirrored paper but oh my is it difficult to photograph well enough to capture the richness and overall prettiness of the paper and the design.

I used the stencil Cursive Merry and embossed the red paper to add a subtle texture.  The die Gleaming Bells takes center stage.  I used silver paper and cut the die Gleaming Bells  ribbon two additional times to create more volume for the top portion of the bell. The sentiment Merry Christmas combo was stamped with black Stazon onto the same silver paper.

Redgrey christmas2

This picture shows the embossing that was done with the stencil.  Thanks for swinging by today, and I hope everyone has a fantabulous day and found some extra sleep or craft time with the wonderful extra hour!






Thu 16

Fall Thanks



Good Morning, Marnie here.  Today I have another Fall Thank You card, since Fall is officially here not only in date but also just with the weather.  It's time to begin staying in and crafting on gloomy, rainy, cold days. 

For this card I used the Elliana Background 98956 which is cut out of Gold Mirror Card.  I pieced together a background fall colored strips of cardstock and popped up the Elliana Background with foam tape over the handmade background.    I layered some of the Marvelous Maple Leaves 98766 in the bottom right corner using the Fall Colored Cardstock found in the background then I cut the Thanks Cloud 98875 on top of the leaves to make the word pop.

The card is a standard A2 Card and measures 4.25" x 5.5".   The Elliana Background 98956 measures 4.25" x 5.5" as well  so it completely covers the card.  I love the idea of creating your own background with this die, not just piecing paper but also stamping or many die cuts as well as patterned paper, fabric, ribbon etc.  Use up your scraps.  Depending on what colors and textures you choose this die could go for any Season, Holiday or Event.

Memory Box Items used on this card -

Elliana Background 98956

Thanks Cloud 98875

Marvelous Maple Leaves 98766

Also Used -

Gold Satin Ribbon

Gold Mirror Card

Cardstock in Fall Colors

I hope you like it have a Wonderful Thursday!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see an Fabulous Creation by Jennifer.



Sun 21

Thinking of Fall

Good morning everyone.  I hope your weekend has been a good one and thanks for swinging by today.  I've definitely been thinking of and wishing for Fall this past week since the temperatures were somewhat on the "too hot" for Fall side.

If you're like me, sometimes a card with a simple design and only a couple of steps to completion is just what is needed.

Thinkingof fall

I've been reorganizing my craft space and came across things that either a) I forgot I had or b) I don't remember ever purchasing and the 3D stamping paint was one of those finds.  The copper color of the paint is much more glittery IRL but was very easy to use with the stencil all the same.

I taped off the center of the card with painter's tape and laid down the stencil Flourish (88519) over the 4x5.25 layering cardstock.  I spread the paint over the stencil using a palette knife.  This paint feels and works very similarly to embossing paste and dries relatively quickly though I hurried it along with my heat gun.  Adhere the layering cardstock to 4.25 x 5.5 cardbase

The sentiment is Thinking of You combo (81909) and the die cut is  Marvelous Maple Leaves (98766) cut once in black glossy cardstock and once with gold cardstock.

Thinkingof fall2


Thu 18

Silvery Hanging Ornaments Christmas Card


Good Morning!  Marnie here with a pretty quick Christmas Card using the Hanging Ornament Die 98929 in some fresh modern colors.  For this card I cut the die first out of white cardstock and then out of the silver.  I used the negative of the white cardstock and embedded the silver mirror card Hanging Ornaments into the white piece.   Super simple just some fine detail gluing needed.  The Bluebird Distress Dots with red is my favorite color combo so far this year.  For some accent I have added some black mirror card strips and the entire thing is mounted on a red card.

I hope you like it. Have a Wonderful Day Today and thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to check back tomorrow for an Amazing Creation by Jennifer. 



Sun 24

Grand Birthday

Good morning everyone! I hope your weekend is going well and you're finding yourself doing something you love and enjoy.

In the last couple of class sessions, I asked the participants what cards they'd like to see or themes they'd like to work on.  One of the most repeated request was for more masculine cards.  I know I'm guilty of not always thinking of my husband or male friends/relatives when I'm creating, and then I'm always surprised when I can't find something in my card stash that doesn't have a butterfly or flower on it!


I went with a more traditionally masculine color palette and created the background with watercolors.  If you look closely (I'm hopingthe picture is clear enough!), I also used the stencil Diamond 88522 and created an impression (dry embossing) in the watercolor paper for some texture.

The die Grand Happy Birthday 98838 was used for the focal point and cut down to fit the design.  I used Beloved Stars 99056 for the flourish aspect. 


However, I didn't think my husband would love the bow on this die, so I trimmed the bow off and replaced with a larger star (cut from the Beloved Stars die).

Thanks for swinging by today and enjoy the rest of your weekend!