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43 posts from January 2014

Fri 31

Pretty Perky Poppy

Perky Poppy 

Hello Crafty Friends!

  Today I'm bringing you the new Perky Poppy--my version is the California Poppy because it is orange instead of the usual bright red color.  Here in California it is our official state flower.  They are commonly seen growing wild alongside freeways and open fields.  Love those poppies!

Perky Poppy

     To make this Poppy slightly dimensional I cut the flower twice and layered a few petals with mounting squares.  Slight shading was added using dark orange ink onto the petal pieces using a small inking sponge. The beautiful Donnington Tendril was added as extra gorgeous foliage.  It's so versatile--I cut the tendril on the right and moved the curved piece to the mid-section.  Felt like I was arranging real flowers!

  Thanks for checking in on the blog today--hope you enjoyed this beautiful Perky Poppy and Donnington Tendril card---make it for any occasion!

Sunday is the Super Bowl---any fans out there?  Who are you rootin' for?

Happy Friday!


Thu 30

Delivering Trucks of Love


Good Morning, Marnie here with a bit of a technique card.  You know how sometimes you have an idea but it's not quite cooked?  Well this was half cooked idea then I was sitting chatting with my kiddos and BAM crazy how fast the completed idea comes and I had to get up and do it right away before I forgot.  I dug through my drawers and found my furnace tape and my Alcohol Inks and colored up a piece of tape with a yellow/gold color.  I then cut out 3 of the Dump Trucks.  With a Black copic I carefully colored the outside of the wheels and set them aside.  Then came the background piece which was sponged with brown, green and blue Distress ink to create an outdoor scene.  Using the Happy Arrows Stencil I created a sign by stenciling Distress Ink over it outlining it in black ink and cutting it out.   The brown is just a couple of handcut strips of brown cardstock and the sign is stuck on top to create the sign posts.   At this point one truck get cut in half so that it can be dumping some of the hearts on the ground. Then the Dump Trucks are stuck down and a ton of hearts are cut with the Heart of Hearts Die and put into the back of the trucks.  Hope you like it I am totally excited by the metal trucks!   This would be a fun fun Boy Card you could put all kinds of things in the truck.

Products Used -

  • Dump Truck - 98476
  • Happy Arrows Stencil - 88509
  • Heart of Hearts - 98781
  • Russian Sage Card Base
  • Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Crushed Olive, Stormy Sky, Mustard Seed
  • Alcohol Ink - Butterscotch and Sunshine Yellow
  • Furnace Tape
  • Brown & Red Cardstock
  • Copic Marker - 100 and a Black Multiliner

Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by!


Wed 29

Tulip Stems and Queen of Hearts...


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Pam up today ... a Thank you and a Valentine with the NEW Memory Box Tulip Stems die and the NEW Queen of Hearts die.

I die cut, embossed and then colored the Tulips and stems with Copic Sketch Markers... V22, 25, 28,  YG21, 23, 25, 17.

The sentiment is from the Thank You Background stamp.  I just used one line of it. Inked, stamped and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.


Memory Box Distress Dots Violet pattern paper and Violet notecard.

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I die cut the Queen of Hearts die from silver glitter card-stock and red card-stock.  I only used the heart from the red cut and I dry embossed it with the NEW Flourish Stencil by running it through the Big Shot.  I aged it a bit with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the ink blending tool.  I wish I'd used silver or something though, instead of Walnut Stain.  hmmm... : )   I might still do that! 


I used the Upper Case Classic Alphabet set to die cut the word LOVE. I LOVE the Memory Box Alphabet sets!  

Both cards are A-2 size.  

Thanks for looking and holler if you have any questions!

Tue 28

Grande Thank You!!!

Hello, Stampers!

Time has been at a premium, and I've been suffering withdrawal from not being able to make any cards, but I managed to sneak off and make a little something this morning. It may be a simple card, but it's the kind of card you can make in under five minutes (literally) and still manage to make its recipient very happy. (I'm sorry for the dim lighting, btw.)


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Memory Box die (Grand Thank You) and cardstock; Prima patterned paper; sequins (Cartwright), gems & pearls (Mark Richards), enamel dots (Basic Grey)

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 27

Using Stencils to Create Dimension

  • I don't usually post twice in the same day, but I was having so much fun with my stencils yesterday that I couldn't resist sharing what I did with gesso and stencils.

Remember when brass stencils and embossing pastes were all the rage?  I thought I might try some of my old embossing pastes with the new Memory Box stencils.  But they were all dried up.  What to do?  I had a jar of gesso with my paints and I thought that might work--and it did!  Here's how I used the gesso to add dimension to panels I made for card fronts.






How cool is that!  


  • Gesso by Golden
  • palette knife (but stiff cardstock or a credit card would work)
  • Peeled Paint Distress Reinker
  • Neenah White cardstock
  • Memory Box Stencil Texture Disperse No. 88507
  • Tape the stencil in place over the piece of cardstock.  I worked on a piece of waxed paper.  Put a dollop of the gesso onto the waxed paper and add a drop or two of the reinker.  Mix with the palette knife.  Spread evenly over the stencil.  Carefully peel up the stencil and set the piece aside to dry. (It may take several hours depending on how thick the gesso is applied.)

To assemble the card--Materials/Procedure

  • Trim the dotted piece to fit the card front
  • Tie a piece of coordinating ribbon around this piece
  • Adhere to the front of a Dill notecard
  • Die cut and assemble Fabulous Flox Die No. 98511 to create the blossom
  • Add a pearl in the center and adhere the blossom to the upper left corner of the card panel.

Here are a few other cards I made using the same technique of gesso over a stencil.  With these I did not add color to the gesso before using with the stencil.  


Here's a page of just the white gesso using the Testure Disperse stencil again on a piece of white cardstock.  And here's the finished card--I just did direct to paper Hero Arts Butter Bar ink on the dots.


  • Gesso and palette knife
  • Texture Disperse Stencil No. 88507
  • Memory Box Graceful Silhouette Die No. 98604
  • scrap of Memory Box Skip to my Lou paper from the Minuet Collection
  • Squash Distressed Dots paper
  • large circle punch
  • dotted yellow ribbon
  • White notecard


  • Gesso and palette knife, white cardstock
  • Memory Box Stencil Garden Fronds No. 88502
  • Memory Box Die Cottage Leaf No. 98342
  • scraps of Memory Box Skip to my Lou paper from the Minuet Collection
  • Dill cardstock
  • White notecard
  • green ribbon and fabric 


  • Gesso and palette knife, white cardstock
  • Memory Box Stencil Diamond No. 88522
  • Distress Ink in Forest Moss, ink blending tool
  • Memory Box Die Kylie Stem No. 98590
  • scrap of Memory Box Skip to my Lou paper from the Minuet Collection
  • green ribbon
  • Memory Box firefly stamp--discontinued
  • Hero Arts black ink
  • small circle punch


  • Gesso, palette knife, white cardstock
  • White notecard
  • Memory Box Texture Honey Comb Stencil No. 88521
  • Wild Honey Distress Ink, ink blending tool
  • Memory Box Die Honey Bee Skep No. 98491
  • Squash Distressed Dots paper
  • Memory Box stamp Happy Bee-Day No. B1764
  • bee stickers

I know that there are several new embossing pastes available and they are on my wish list.  In the meantime I am quite happy with the results using gesso.

Happy Crafting!

Mon 27

Floral Bouquet

For today's post I created a floral bouquet against a stenciled background.



  • Memory Box White Notecard
  • Garden Vines Stencil No. 88523
  • Forest Moss Distress Ink and Blending Tool
  • Fresh Foliage Die No. 98502
  • PoppyStamps Lorelai Leaf Die 839
  • scrap of paper leftover from Memory Box Tinsel Collection, I think
  • Frangia Bouquet Die No. 98568
  • Squash Distressed Dots paper
  • Texture Disperse Stencil No. 88507
  • Prismacolor Pencil Olive Green


  • tape the stencil down over the front of the notecard
  • apply Forest Moss ink using a blending tool


  • Adhere diecut Fresh Foliage to the card front


  • Add the diecut Frangia Bouquet, using popdots on the flower blossoms 


  • Add the diecut Lorelai Leaf on top of the other two pieces, using tiny popdots on some of the leaves



  • To add some interest on the left margin, I used the Testure Disperse Stencil and an olive Prismacolor pencil.  I moved the stencil around and colored in the dots until I had a design I liked.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new Memory Box stencils.  I'm playing with all sorts of ways to use them--inking, spraying, layering one stencil over another, and coloring inside a stencil for a hand-drawn look. I'm experimenting with lots of different materials and techniques.  Fun!  I hope you've gotten some stencils and have begun playing with them as well.

Happy Crafting!

Sun 26

Heart of Hearts

Hi - hope you had a great weekend!  Jean Okimoto here with another idea featuring our new Love Designer Stencil from the Creative Elegance Collection. It's a great backdrop for many of the new dies in the 2014 Collection.

It's stenciled here with ColorBox Chestnut Roan Pigment Ink, then embossed with ColorBox Opalescent Clear Powder.  

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Love Designer Stencil 88511
  • Cupid Heart Die 98281
  • NEW Heart of Hearts Die 98781
  • NEW Hearts and Stars Die 98755
  • Kraft Cardstock

Visit our Ideas Gallery for more details and Valentine inspiration.

Looking for Valentine ideas?  Join us for the SWEETHEARTS class at the Tukwila Impress on Sunday February 2nd.  I'll share 5 great candy packaging designs - little boxes, pockets and a 2-sided tote, all with matching tags for your sweeties.  And as a bonus - there's a SPECIAL 12% shopping discount at both stores in honor of the Seahawks on February 2, 2014!


Thanks for stopping by!





Sun 26

Be My Valentine


Good morning - how about another Valentine card today?  Jean Okimoto here, with a stenciled and diecut design featuring our Creative Elegance Collection - and our favorite Poppystamps Labrador die too.

I just stenciled the frame portion of the new Love Designer Stencil 88511 with ColorBox Cupid Pigment Ink, then embossed it with ColorBox Opalescent Clear Powder.  I think the artsy lines create a nice backdrop for the Yorkshire Tree 98769 and Yorkshire Tree Background 98770.  The word "love" would appear in the upper left corner, where the leaves are. The Lab and some hearts from the new Mini Heart Collection 98765 are diecut from felt for extra texture and dimension.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for additional details and directions for today's card.

Thanks for stopping by!






Sat 25

Adore Card

MM adore card 2014 2

Hi Everyone,

Today, I have a card which features one of the new dies just released, and one of the new designer stencils. I paired these with one of my favorite stamps.  You could use this card for several different occasions, including Valentine's Day.

The following Memory Box Products used to create this card are as follows:

  • Donnington Trendril Die #98764
  • Tessatina Stencil #88516
  • Adore Peony Collage Stamp #G1433
  • Parchment, Licorice and Dill Cardstock

I hope you all have a great week-end!


Fri 24

Garden Flora Stencil...


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Pam here with two cards using the NEW Garden Flora Stencil.  On this card, I laid the stencil on top of a piece of white cardstock and taped it down with removable tape.

Using the Colorbox pigment Queue called Surfs Up, I applied the ink, all the colors, randomly, all over.

I removed the stencil and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

Using the rubber stamp Mail Definitions Ranger Archival Black ink and a Stamp a ma jig, I stamped   the panel, starting at the top and moving down, inking and stamping three times.

Heat up your craft iron. Lay the heat embossed and stamped panel face down onto scrap paper, I use a piece of newsprint folded in half, and iron off the embossing.  Be sure to protect your work surface from the heat.


I used some Antique Linen Distress ink and the ink blending tool to add some color to the white areas.  The areas that were heat embossed, still pretty much resist the ink.

Mat the panel with black, add your die cuts, washi tape and mount to a Parchment notecard.  I used the Kylie Stem  and hello script dies.

This next card I used the same Garden Flora Stencil and Mail Definitions stamp but the text is in the background instead of on the flowers and stems.


I taped the stencil to the white piece of card-stock.

Inked it all with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Stamped it three times with Ranger Archival Black ink and the Stamp a ma jig.

Then removed the stencil.

I spritzed the panel with Glimmer Mist Dazzling Diamonds Spray.  I wish it showed up in the photos but it's really pretty IRL!

I die cut the NEW Zinnia Bouquet and Zinnia Bouquet Background dies from white cardstock.  I inked the three background pieces with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the ink blending tool.

Glue the background pieces to the Outline piece.


Adhere the flower to the card with mounting squares.

Tie on Hemp cord.

Add the sentiment 'FLOWERS' from the April Showers Bring May Flowers stamp by mounting it to a piece of the Contempo Circle Border die.

Mat the panel with Black card-stock and adhere it to a Kraft notecard.

There are so many techniques to try with the NEW Stencils and dies!  Can't wait to see what you all come up with too!

THANKS so much for looking and your comments!  I appreciate it!