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45 posts from March 2014

Mon 31

Flowering Whimsy Branches/Leaves and Berries

It's raining cats and dogs here in central Maine as I write this post, and I'm hoping that it will help to melt the snow and ice so the real blossoms of spring can start poking their little heads out of the ground soon.  The downside to all this rain is the MUD--I live on a dirt road that is really impassable at the moment.  

So what to do on a day like today?  I'm continuing my love of blending stencils and dies, this time creating some flowery spring-y cards.   These first two feature the Flowering Whimsy Branch stencil.

  • Whimsy Branch Stencil No. 88553
  • Sophia Bloom Set Die No. 98840
  • Plush Bow Die No. 98870  {Don't you just LOVE this little bow?!!!)
  • punches:  1', 1 1/4", 1 1/2"
  • Memory Box patterned papers
  • Hero Arts Green Hills Ink


  • Whimsy Branch Stencil No. 88553
  • Fancy Blossoms Die No. 98312
  • used die cut paper with blossoms removed for the stencil for the orange flower 

 These next two cards focus on the Leaves and Berries stencil for the background.


  • Garden Leaf and Berry Stencil No. 88552
  • Pavilia Bloom Background Die No. 98899
  • Pavilia Bloom Outline Die No. 98888


  • Garden Leaf and Berry Stencil No. 88552
  • Pavilia Bloom Background Die No. 98899
  • Pavilia Bloom Outline Die No. 98888

Hurry up, Spring!!!

Happy crafting!

Mon 31

Blog Blitz Winners!

I wanted to thank everyone for stopping by last week to see our samples featuring the new Memory Box dies and stencils.  Thank you also for all the great comments.  We really appreciate them!

And now, drumroll please...the winners!

Winner of the Garden Watering Can Die from Anne's Monday Post- Mary Myers

Winner of the Bountiful Basket Die from Pam's Monday post- Courtney Skerl

Winner of the Consenza Tree Border die from Sue's Tuesday post- Blue Rose

Winner of the Happy and Birthday Cloud dies from Laura's Tuesday post- Heather North

Winner of the Baby Suit die from Deborah's Wednesday post- Jocelyn Sun

Winner of the Darling Poppies die from Jean's Wednesday post- Margarita Navarro-Rivera

Winner of the Dream Cloud from Marnie's Thursday post- Bridget

Winner of the Beautiful Ballon die from Donna's Thursday post- Carol Gillogly

Winner of the Verona Bouquet from Jenny's Friday post- Nancy Soetaert (belgium)

Winner of the Blushing Bouquet die from Shelby's Friday post- Debs


I will be emailing you shortly to get your contact information,


Sun 30

Modern Fantasy Flowers Ensemble


Hi - Hope you're having a great weekend!  Jean Okimoto here with a spring-ish stenciled card for you.  I've used two great Designer Stencils from the wonderful Spring and Summer Collection - Modern Fantasy Flowers and Dressmaker.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Modern Fantasy Flowers Designer Stencil 88547
  • NEW Dressmaker Designer Stencil 88562
  • Ava Party Dress Die 98610
  • Petite Umbrella Die 98296
  • Avenue Shopper Die 98544
  • Sugar Plum Cardstock
  • Robins Egg Cardstock
  • Juniper Notecard
  • Juniper Envelope

Imagine Crafts Inkpads

  • Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and Pearlescent Orange
  • Memento Luxe Angel Pink, Gray Flannel and Tuxedo Black

Modern Fantasy Flowers-Dressmaker-stencils-Memory Box-diecuts-Ava Party Dress-Petite Umbrella-Jean Okimoto

Stencil the Modern Fantasy Flowers onto white cardstock and dry the inks.  Diecut Ava Party Dress and the top of the Petite Umbrella from the stenciled cardstock.  Stencil a portion of the tapemeasure - at an angle -  onto Robins Egg Cardstock with Gray Flannel.  Stencil the top and bottom of the dressform with Tuxedo Black.

Diecut a stencil of the Petite Umbrella and stencil the tip and handle onto the background with Tuxedo Black.  Diecut Avenue Shopper  and the extra handle from Sugar Plum Cardstock.  Fold the bottom edge back along the scoreline and snip the corners off.  Attach the second handle.

Attach everything to a Juniper Notecard.  Add pink sequins.  Coordinate the card with a matching Juniper Envelope.  

Want another spring idea?  Scroll down for the sweet, pretty Cascadia Wreath card Shelby posted earlier today.  

Thanks for visiting...hope you enjoyed last week's Spring and Summer Collection Blog Blitz.  Be sure to add your comment to each designer's post during the blitz for a chance to win a great prize!  The entry deadline is 10:00 PM EST...tonight!



Sun 30

Spring is coming!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their weekend and Spring weather is making its way to you!  It's my turn (Shelby) to bring you a little bit of inspiration this morning and hopefully a little Spring sunshine in your day.


I love using pinks and greens together for Spring themed cards.  The wonderfully gorgeous butterflies are from the new collection and are called Rhone Butterfly Wings 98869.  As you can see this die doesn't completely cut all the way through and makes for some wonderful effects.  No worries though if you love having a full cut out die as a couple of tiny snips with the scissors on the top and bottom gives you a full cut. 

The other Memory Box products used are:

Cascadia Wreath 98820

Huckleberry Branch Stamp D1889

Cherry Blossom paper 44004

Thanks for visiting today and may everyone have a wonderful new week!!

Fri 28

Bright Blushing Bouquet

Oh happy happy Friday!  Only a couple more hours until the weekend:)  I hope everyone has enjoyed the amazing new release this week and drooled over the awesome creations of the uber talented design team...I know I have!!

This is the last post for this blog blitz so make sure you leave a comment here for a chance to win and on the previous posts.


Can you say holy Bright Spring colors Batman?!! I had a little bit of play with the new stencil Blooming Frame 88563 and Dylusion inks and oh my are those some bold colors:) 

To create the border, I filled up separate large brush water brushes for each color of ink I used and randomly applied the inks and then spritzed the paper with water to create different effects.  Tip:  When I use thinner liquid mediums with stencils, I like to use temporary adhesive on the backside of the stencil so the liquid medium isn't getting underneath the stencils.

The gorgeous new bouquet is called Blushing Bouquet 98890.  I cut it out 3 times and snipped away the sections I didn't want to use and then cut out the flowers to add some additional dimension through layering of the flower heads.  The Botanic Frame set has an individual flower which is a perfect match to these flowers as well.

The flowers fit perfectly in the Garden Watering Can 98859.  I added a bit of stickles to the flower heads and to water can for a little bit of bling!

Thanks for stopping by today. For a chance to win the Blushing Bouquet 98890, don't forget to leave a comment on today's post!

Fri 28

Verona Bouquet

Good Morning Crafty Friends,

Enjoying our Blog Blitz week so far?  Today is our last day so be sure to catch another post this afternoon with Olga! 

I chose to feature the new Verona Bouquet and decked it out in greens and purples--a favorite color combination of mine.

Verona Bouquet
Verona Bouquet - Click to enlarge photo

For the background I embossed the Fronds Stencil.  It's a fun technique to play with using a stencil, paper and a thin rubber mat, then running it through a die cut machine.  I find that the embossing looks deeper and more detailed when I mist the surface of the paper with rubbing alcohol before sending it through.  The rubbing alcohol dissipates quickly and the paper dries faster than misting with water.  

Using the beautiful Memory Box Signature Patterned Papers, I added two Iayers to the petals and curved the top layer forward for dimension.  For a little extra greenery I added the versatile Eva Stem along with a smattering of pearls, a silk ribbon and a happy greeting.  Inside the card I added a strip of gingham and dotted paper to compliment the purple and green color scheme on the front.

Think this could brighten someone's day?  Maybe it would brighten your day to win the Verona Bouquet die.  Simply leave a comment to this post for a chance to win one.  Every blog post this week will have a chance to win a prize.  The deadline for submitting comments is 10:00pm EST on Sunday, March 30th.  Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, March 31st.  Good luck!

Happy Friday---Thank you for stopping by!

Verona Bouquet Tilt  DA995DF6505C9086364AE6FF4AF862C2

Thu 27

Hot Air Balloon

MB Hot Air 5

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to day 4 of The Spring Collection Blog Blitz. My card feature's two of the new dies and a new stencil.

New Memory Box Products used:

  • Beautiful Balloon Die #98854
  • Golf Club Landscape #98889
  • Modern Cloud Cover Stencil #88558

Other Memory Box Products:

  • Mesh Stencil #88517
  • Dill, Crimson and Parchment Cardstock
  • Happy Birthday Stamp

For this card I die cut the Golf Club Landscape twice using Dill Cardstock. I cut the flag off of each piece. On the Parchment Cardstock I used the Modern Cloud Cover Stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to create the background. Using Crimson Cardstock, die cut the Beautiful Balloon. Sand over the balloon to reveal the embossed areas. With White Ink stencil over the background using the mesh stencil. Assemble the card as shown.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.

Don't forget to leave a comment to this post for a chance to win the Beautiful Balloon Die. Every blog post this week will have a chance to win a prize. The deadline for submitting comments is 10:00pm EST on Sunday, March 30th. Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box Blog on Monday, March 31st.

Good Luck!


Thu 27

Dream Cloud - Dreaming of Butterflies

DreamcloudGood Morning,  Today I have a card for you using the new Dream Cloud - 98872 die cut.   I first cut out one of the clouds with plain white paper and then colored another piece of paper with copic markers and cut the cloud again to get the colored word "dream" which was then glued into the opening in the white cloud.   I've also created a background using the Cloud Cover - 88558 stencil with white embossing paste and Butterfly Delights - 98130 which were colored with copic markers as well.

Leave a comment to this post for a chance to win the Dream Cloud die cut.  Every blog post this week will have a chance to win a prize.  The deadline for submitting comments is 10:00pm EST on Sunday, March 30th.  Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, March 31st.  Good luck!

Have a Wonderful Day! 


Wed 26

Springtime Poppies

Jean Okimoto-Memory Box-Darling Poppies-Zippy Dots

Hi and welcome to our Spring Collection Blog Blitz!  Jean Okimoto here, with a simple card to welcome the new season, and our great collection of new Memory Box Dies and Designer Stencils.  Let's combine a quick watercolor-y technique with the wonderful spring products today.

Memory Box Products

  • Darling Poppies 98879
  • Zippy Dots Designer Stencil 88568
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Granny Smith Cardstock
  • Peony Cardstock
  • Parchment Cardstock
  • Granny Smith Envelope


  • Imagine Crafts Lady Bug irRESISTible Colored Texture Spray
  • Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata
  • Imagine Crafts Pearlescent Lime Brilliance.

Spritz water and Imagine Crafts Lady Bug irRESISTible onto a craft mat and allow the water and ink to blend.  Press a rectangle of 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper onto the diluted ink, then heat-set it briefly, just till it's still slightly damp.

Press some ink from a Delicata Golden Glitz inkpad onto a clean section of the craft mat and spritz the ink lightly with water.  Press the watercolor paper into the diluted Golden Glitz to pick up some soft gold highlights.  Heat-set the paper, trim it and ink the edges with a waterbrush dipped into a blend of Lady Bug and water.

Diecut Darling Poppies from Granny Smith Cardstock.  Cut the flowers again from Peony Cardstock and press a piece of Scor-Tape onto the backside of the flowers to keep the pieces intact.  Stencil Zippy Dots onto the watercolor paper with Pearlescent Lime.  Assemble the card - offset the Peony Cardstock flowers so the Granny Smith portion appears as a slight shadow.  Attach three green sequins.  Tuck the card into a spring green Granny Smith Envelope and send it to someone special.

Be sure to add your comment to all of the posts during our blitz this week - you'll be entered to win a product from each designer's project.  I'll be giving away the beautiful, delicate Darling Poppy Die!

Every blog post this week will have a chance to win a prize.  The deadline for submitting comments is 10:00pm EST on Sunday, March 30th.  Winners will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, March 31st. 

Thanks for visiting - and be sure to scroll down to see Deb's IT'S A BOY card too - and add your comment there for another chance to win a great prize!



Wed 26

Boy, Oh, Boy Baby Suit

Hello, Everyone!

Yesterday I had an Epic Fail with my post (as in I forgot to upload the actual picture of my card). I apologize for being such a dimwit!!! So here's a repost of yesterday's post. This time with a picture of my card.

I hope....

Aaaaaanyway, let go right ahead and get into it!

And here we are at Day Three of the Blog Blitz featuring the new 2014 Spring and Summer Memory Box dies and stencils! 

I made a bunch of cards, but I'm sharing my Baby Boy card today. If you'd like to see my Baby Girl card, check out my blog.


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Memory Box die (Baby Suit), stencil (Stars Starry Nights), stamp (Boy Oh Boy), and cardstock; Ink: Ranger Distress Peacock Feathers (Ranger); Accent: gem (Mark Richards); Other: foam dimensional squares

Leave a comment to this post for a chance to win the Baby Suit die. Every blog post this week will have a chance to win a prize. The deadline for submitting comments is 10:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, March 30th.  Winners will be announced here on Monday, March 31st.  Good luck!

Don't forget to check back later today for the afternoon post and keep comin' back for the rest of the week to see the magic (and get in the running for a prize)!

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!