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33 posts from April 2014

Wed 30

Kraft with pops of red by Evgenia

Hello dear friend! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today. I have a simple card to share with you today that will suit any occasion.


Memory Box products used:

Kensington Border (98743)

Caserta Bloom (98785)

Bamboo Shoots (98793)


Tue 29

Sophia Bloom In Gold

Good Morning,  Today I have a quick card using the Sophia Bloom Die(98840), Hello Script Die(98580) and the Distressed Grid Stencil(88531).  I am having fun playing with all of the flower dies and stencils. I die cut the flowers in white and spritzed them with a mist I created out of gold acrylic paint and water, I heat set them a bit but set them aside to dry for a bit.   Then I sponged Picked Raspberry Distress ink over the stencil and layered that over a piece I oulined with a Gold Wink of Stella pen.  The Hello Script was cut out of black cardstock and then again in gold cardstock and layered on top of each other.  Once the flowers were dry I adhered them to the card front with bits of foam tape(pop dots) and added little rhinestones to the center of each.  For a finishing touch I added a bit of gold twine.  I love the fresh way it turned out.


I hope you like it and have a Wonderful Day! 

Mon 28

Spring Bouquets

I focused on using dies for the two cards I'm posting today.  Since I love turquoise-y colors with brown, I chose that color palette from the Memory Box Patterned Papers in Pool and accented with a warm brown cardstock and a scrap I had left of the Pocket Posie Paper from the Viola Collection.

Card Number 1:


  • Vanilla Bean Notecard
  • Tulip Stems Die No. 98782
  • Small Alder Tree Die No. 98792
  • Norwich Corner Die No. 98800
  • Plush Bow Die No. 98870

I love how the layering of the various elements fills out the bouquet.  Using the Small Alder Tree as a leafy element adds interesting texture against the card and supports the tulips.  


And the curly tendrils and more leaves adds interest to the central base of the bouquet when placed on top of the other elements.  The little bow "ties" it all together!


Card Number 2:

This card uses the Garden Watering Can as the holder for a bouquet.


  • Pool Notecard
  • Garden Watering Can Die No. 98859
  • Small Alder Tree Die No. 98792
  • Sophia Bloom Set Die No. 98840
  • tiny turquoise pearls

Here's a close-up of the embossed details you get when die cutting the Garden Watering Can:



Happy Crafting!

Sun 27

Special Birthday

MB bird card

Hi Everyone,

Today I have a birthday card for you that mixes the old with the new, using two new stencils and a few older stamps.

The Lagoon Cardstock was dry embossed using the Brilliant Stencil. I ran the stencil through the Cuttlebug using the sandwich for embossing, giving it a subtle embossed image, which is what I wanted. To get a more pronounced embossed image you can lightly mist your cardstock with water before embossing.

The sandwich for the Cuttlebug is as follows:

  1. White platform
  2. B plate
  3. embossing mat
  4. cardstock
  5. stencil
  6. B plate
  7. Metal shim or piece of cardboard(you may not need this if you have a newer Cuttlebug)

I stamped the Heart Bird image using Black Pigment Ink and embossed the image with clear embossing powder. I layered the Mesh Stencil over the image and sponged through the stencil using Broken China Distress Ink Pad.  Assemble card as shown.

Memory Box Products:

  • Brilliant Stencil #88559
  • Mesh Stencil #88517
  • Something Special Combo Rubber Stamp #B1851
  • Heart Bird Keepsake Stamp #F1439
  • Parchment, Lagoon and Mango Cardstock

Have a great day!




Sat 26

Find the Flower



Hi - Jean Okimoto here again - and yes, it's another neons card this weekend.  You're probably thinking "she's addicted to Designer Stencils and Radiant Neons"  - you're right!  I tried this design with other inks, but in the end, the neons won.

Can you see the big, abstract,  5-petaled multi-colored flower created by Pop Dots and Radiant Neons on the left?  I like to find 'hidden' patterns in the Designer Stencils - and thought this was so cool.  What do you think?

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Thanks Cloud Die 98875
  • Adorable Posies Die 98837
  • NEW Pop Dots Designer Stencil  88554
  • Parchment Cardstock
  • Key Lime Gingham

Radiant Neons

  • Electric Coral, Electric Blue, Electric Green, Electric Orange

Stencil Pop Dots onto Parchment Cardstock - let the great colors overlap to create some cool new shades.  Memory Box Parchment Cardstock is great for stenciling - it's smooth - and lets the colors pop.  Attach it to a side-folded Parchment Cardstock card.  Diecut Cloud Thanks from Graphite Cardstock and black cardstock.  Save the cloud and little pieces from inside the a, n and k for another project.  Layer "thanks" for dimension, then attach it to the background in a slight curve.  Relax, this is supposed to be a fun card.

Diecut Adorable Posies from Key Lime Gingham.  Attach a sequin.  That's it!

Working on my designs for the Neons, Neons, Neons card at the Tukwila Impress on May 10th and June 14 - I'll post the samples as soon as they're ready.

If you're in the area (or if you can get here by tomorrow!!) - be sure to stop by the Tukwila or University Village Impress stores for their Annual 20% Off Sale. Tomorrow is the last day.  Great products - new releases, classic favorites and papercrafting treasures you didn't even know you needed.  See you there!

Before you head out to Impress...be sure to scroll down to see a card that Jennifer posted this morning.  It's from a class at her store - Stamp Addict, in sunny San Diego.

Thanks for visiting...




Sat 26

Beautiful Bella!

Hello from sunny San Diego!

I am bringing a card to you today that is being taught at The Stamp Addict today and on Monday April 28 in the Cuttlebug class with Julia. So if you are in the area be sure to give us a call to save you a seat in the class!


Julia used the Bella Bouquet and Debutant Frame dies plus the Tessatina stencil to create a fantastic background to showcase the dies. Add some bling and a bow and voila...a wonderful card for any occasion!


Fri 25

Bountiful Basket of Birthday Wishes...



Hi everyone! Beautiful flowers in a beautiful embossed basket!  
Happy Birthday to someone somewhere today! 

Dies I used...
Memory Box Bountiful Basket HERE
Memory Box Blushing Bouquet HERE
Dainty Leaf and Classic Ribbons Poppystamps

Cardstock I used...
Memory Box Signature Patterns HERE
Memory Box Notecards HERE


Rubber stamp I used...
Happy Birthday Special Combo HERE


This is an A2 size card.  


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy stamping and die cutting!


Wed 23

HOORAY for You!




Hi - Happy Midweek!  Jean Okimoto here, with a quick-and-splashy card to celebrate any special event or great achievement.



Memory Box Products

  • Smash Designer Stencil 88569
  • Happy Arrows Designer Stencil 88509
  • Key Lime Cardstock
  • Juniper Notecard    
  • Juniper Envelope 

Other Supplies

  • Memento Luxe Inkpads - Lilac Posies, Teal Zeal and Dandelion
  • Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder    
  • Heat-tool    
  • Foam Dots
  • Sequins

So quick and easy - just stencil Smash with the vivid, beautifully-blendable Memento Luxe Inks for a bright splashy background.  Heat-set the inks.  Stencil HOORAY and emboss it.  Add a few pretty sequins...that's it!

Getting ready for the opening day of the Annual Impress Cards and Crafts Sale?  It kicks off with a special 8:00 AM opening just for Thursday. Ann, Cindi, Shari - and the entire Impress Team - are busy setting up displays and stocking the shelves for this great event.  It's your chance to stock up on the Memory Box and Poppystamps products on your wishlist.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...please visit our Ideas Gallery for more info and card designs.




Mon 21

A Big Thanks


Looking for another way to use the Flower Power Designer Stencil?  Jean Okimoto here, with a bright and easy idea for you.


Memory Box Products

  • Flower Power Designer Stencil 88539
  • Thanks Cloud Die 98875
  • Thistle Cardstock
  • Violet Cardstock
  • Thistle Notecard
  • Thistle Envelope

Radiant Neon Inkpads

  • Electric Pink
  • Electric Blue
  • Electric Purple
  • Electric Yellow

Stencil Flower Power onto Thistle Cardstock and heat-set the inks.  Cut it into a triangle and ink the edges with Electric Blue.  Diecut Thanks Cloud from Thistle and Violet Cardstock - save the little pieces inside the Thistle a, k and s. Place the Violet greeting in the Thistle cloud and attach the saved pieces in the openings of the a, k and s.   Attach everything to a Thistle Notecard and add some pink sequins.  Quick and easy!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for more details and designs.  

Thanks for visiting!





Mon 21

One for the Guys

Here's a card idea for any guy in your life who happens to be handy with tools.  If you don't have these Memory Box dies yet, you might want to get them in plenty of time for making Father's Day cards!

  • Crafts Man Tools No. 98804

  • Handy Man Tools No. 98799

  • Mini Gears No. 98847


Materials Used:

  • Kraft notecard

  • Memory Box Patterned Paper, Vanilla Bean Distressed Dots

  • Strip, punched oval for the sentiment, and punched square for "Dad's Tool Box" handwritten label-- kraft cardstock
  • scrap of woodgrain printed paper for the tool box

  • tools and gears cut twice from silver mirror cardstock and brown cardstock (for tool handles)

    Sentiment stamp:  "thinking of you MAKES ME SMILE"  B1765; Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

     Happy Crafting!