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36 posts from August 2014

Sun 31

Pavilia Bloom

Happy Labor Day weekend to everyone in the US!  I hope all is going well, and no one really has to go to work tomorrow:)

I've done a couple of masculine cards the last few posts so I decided it was time to switch it up and post an all occasion femine card.


Doesn't this card just scream girly girl?!  I always find myself in need of the type of card I don't have in my stock pile.  I left off a sentiment so I could either add one later or write one on the inside of the card.

This card is an A2 card and created using Cherry Blossom paper (44004)

Elliana Background 98956

Pavilia Bloom Outline 98888

Pavilia Bloom Background 98899 which was cut 3 times; once in white for the background for the Pavilia Bloom Outline and twice in Cherry Blossom.

and Curled Ribbons 98936.


Thanks for stopping by today and hope the rest of your holiday weekend is wonderful.



Sat 30

Best Wishes Card

Mb best wishes

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend.  I love Labor Day because it means the end of Summer and the beginning of the Fall season.  For me that means getting Christmas cards ready. I have a very quick and easy card for you today.

  •  Die cut the Grand Best Wishes using Crimson Cardstock.
  • Mask the bottom portion of the card and stamp the Forest Pine stamp across the card.  I used Memento Luxe Pistachio Ink Pad for the stamping.
  • Emboss the card front using an embossing folder.
  • Assemble card as shown.

Memory Box Products used:

  • Grand Best Wishes Die #99039
  • Forest Pine Stamp #G2016
  • Crimson and Parchment Cardstock

Have a great weekend!


Fri 29

Watercolor Chloe Butterfly

Morning Crafty Friends!

I've had the Chloe Butterfly for a few months now and have not spent any quality time with it--imagine!  No time for this beautiful butterfly?  Now I just can't stop making cards with dear Chloe.  Today's card is to show you a watercolored version.

Finn Butterfly


Isn't Chloe a beauty?  Lately, I have enjoyed making cards and watercoloring the images....this is a die so it's a little different than a stamped image.  Here's how I did it:

  1. Die cut Chloe Butterfly from white paper and adhere securely to a water color paper panel.
  2. Use any form of water color paints; liquid, cake, pencil, tube or paper (Peerless).  Dip a small round point paintbrush (#4 or #5) into clean water.  Paint the water into specific areas within the die cut lines.  Only do this to a few sections at a time so the water doesn't soak in to the paper too quickly.  Next, dip your paintbrush into water color paint and dot the paint into the watery sections on your card.  The paint will travel only in the watery areas--like magic!  Add more clean water to dilute the color if desired.
  3. Move on to another section (not adjacent to the first one); paint in the water then add color.  Repeat until all areas are colored.  Add more water to lighten colors, add more water and paint to blend, shade and darken colors.  Blot color with a paper towel or cloth if too much water is puddling up. Don't worry if a little paint gets on the white die cut--it's going to be covered--you'll see what I mean.
  4. To paint large areas (backgrounds) use a flat brush (3/4" or so) and on brush clean water. Dot complementary colors into wet areas and watch the color blend and travel--beautiful!  
  5. For best results allow paper to air dry completely.  If you're running short on time use a heat gun to dry, being careful not to scorch your paper.  If the paper curls, flip it over and heat the reverse side also.
  6. Once dry, adhere a black Chloe die cut on top of the white one.  Now any previous overpainting is covered and the black layer adds definition and contrast---those colors just POP!
  7. Before you put the paints away, soak up some water and paint onto your wide brush then hold it over your card and tap the brush handle causing little splatters to land on your card.  To get the feel of it, do this step on scratch paper first.  Spatter different colors until you are happy with the results---white paint was my final spatter color.

Be sure to attach the butterfly body, layer onto a notecard, add some colorful gemstones and pearls as well as a "hello" greeting---and you have a cheery, colorful card.  

I found the watercoloring so much fun that I made several of these cards in different color combinations---while one was drying I started a couple more.  Here is one shown in rainbow colors "before" and "after" the final black die layer was added. 

IMG_7547 IMG_7552

On another note, I have a few pictures of my recent visit to beautiful Colorado Springs and Simple Pleasures Rubber Stamps & Scrapbooking where I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Cathy and her wonderful staff, while teaching Memory Box classes there.  Check out these happy stampers...



 Such friendly ladies here at Simple Pleasures!  Hello to my new friends in Colorado Springs---I miss you already!


Cathy was kind enough to show me around the town including Garden of the Gods---stunning!


And this is one I took (I'll admit it) of Cathy and I with the rock formations in the background.  Our version of a photo-bomb, I guess. IMG_0574 Ahhh, the colors of the rocks and sky, the fresh air--so beautiful, you must experience this place sometime and go see Cathy at Simple Pleasures too.

 I hope you make some watercolored cards with Chloe---you'll see how much fun it is!

Happy Friday!


Thu 28

Christmas Ribbon Ornaments

Good Morning Marnie here.  Today I have a Christmas card for you using Christmas Ribbon Ornaments 98954 and Ornament Hooks and Caps 98958.   I first cut the die out of white cardstock and used the negative piece to build my card on top of the Cranberry Distressed Dots Paper.  For the outline of the ornaments I used Black Mirror Card and cut the ornament another time from Bluebird Distressed Dots Paper to insert in the decorative areas of the ornaments.   The hooks and caps are cut with Silver Mirror Card and the ribbons with Gold Mirror Card.  The finished product is layered onto a blue card with a bit of blue ribbon.   This card does open to the side which adds to the elongated affect of the ornament grouping.   I had a lot of fun playing with and embedding the dies on this card!  I hope you get a chance to try it, it's a lot of fun!

Have a Wonderful Day!  Thank you for stopping by!

Wed 27

One of My Techniques for Adhering Intricate Dies...


Pam here...I have a video for you today showing one of my techniques for adhering intricate dies.

            Embedded Diecuts



* I did take this in high definition so after you click play,  you can click the gear for a better picture and click the frame to see it large! *

Here’s my technique for making your die cuts into stickers for perfect placement.  I’m really pleased with how it works… so many of the fine line dies from Memory Box are easy to pull out of shape.  After trying several things, this is what I came up with!  I hope you'll try it too!

One thing I didn’t show in the video is changing the color of the petals.  It’s really easy though… just cut the die in the color card-stock you want the petals and adhere them over the top after the process I show in the video.

On my Tall Taper die card, I added the black pieces over the white after using the technique I show in the video.

  1. glue the musicality background die cut to the card base (little dots of Tombow Mono Multi behind the notes)
  2. die cut the tall taper die just like I did the plush poinsettia in the video
  3. while still in the die, (after removing the waste) lay it right over the top of the musicality background piece, run it through the Big Shot just like I did in the video
  4. remove the die
  5. die cut the contrasting tall taper parts that you want a different color and glue on (or make them a sticker too)



The holly is from the Cabrini Ornament die. Die cut and then trim the holly away from the ornament with scissors.

I have a couple more cards in this color scheme with MB dies if you want to click over to my blog, HERE.

Can't believe it's the end of August! eek! At least I have a lot of Christmas cards made! lol Hope you're making progress on the stash too!

Thanks for looking! and happy adhering!

Wed 27

Hanging Ornaments


This is the first holiday card I have made this year and if you can believe it I didn't use one of the many holiday stamps that Memory Box has this year. I had to grab hanging ornaments

This wonderful die makes the prettiest clean and simple card. After I die cut it, I covered it with a versamark padI covered it with a wonderful new embossing  powder called sparkle from Imagine Crafts to add some well sparkle to my ornaments. I mounted the die cut on blue paper, but you easily mass produce these with different color backgrounds.

I think I am now getting the holiday card bug!!!


Tue 26

Joyeux Noel

Good Morning, my Stampin' Sistahs!

You know what I like? I like a holiday card I can mass-produce quickly with a minimum of fuss. A much-appreciated bonus is being able to easily switch out the background paper because I have a LOT of patterned paper scraps that have been languishing in my stash for years and I need to use 'em up!

(Please tell me I'm not the only one who has this issue.)

If you're in the market for a simple but speedy design for your upcoming Christmas card assembly line and you want pattern paper flexibility, allow me to recommend this quick, easy, and inexpensive design: 


Pin It


Memory Box dies (Joyeux Noel, Peace Doves); Memory Box Thistle Dot patterned paper, Soiree Shimmer cardstock (retired) scraps; Mark Richards gems


  1. Make card base.
  2. Cut and adhere: patterned paper to mat, then mat to card.
  3. Die cut Joyeux Noel and Peace Doves and adhere.
  4. Adhere gems.

So how stinkin' easy is that? Sit down in front of Netflix, start season one of Orange is the New Black, and you'll have your cards finished before you reach the end of the prison's Christmas pageant!

I hope this design and these tips will help make your Christmas card assembly fast, fun, and easy!

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!



Mon 25

Autumn Card

MB autumn card
Hi everyone!

The inspiration for my card comes from the beautiful fall like weather we are having. Beautiful days and crisp cool nights. Autumn is by far my favorite season.  I love this Marvelous Maple Leaves Die and have been using it for numerous projects. 

Card Instructions:

  • Sponge White cardstock using a combination of Memento Luxe Ink Pads and Distress Ink Pads. Memento ink colors are Pistachio and Morocco, and Distress Ink colors are Fired Brick, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.
  • Die cut inked paper using the Marvelous Maple Leaves Die.  Wrinkle the leaves and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • Die cut the Garden Watering Can from White cardstock. Sponge the die cut using Silver Delicata Ink Pad.  Emboss using Silver embossing powder. Rub Black Stazon Ink Pad over the Watering Can.
  • Die cut the Flowering Winterberry Branch twice using Vanilla Bean cardstock.
  • Spray the Parchment background layer with Goosebumps Texture Spray. Dry completely.
  • Ink the Vintage Dreams stamp with Vintage Photo Ink and stamp the background.  The texture spray will resist your ink.
  • Randomly sponge Pistachio Ink over the Mesh Stencil on the card background.
  • Ink edges with Vintage Photo Ink.
  • Stamp the Autumn Collage image on parchment cardstock and cut the word Autumn out.
  • Assemble the card as shown.

Memory Box Products Used:

  • Vintage Dreams Stamp #G1838
  • Autumn Leaf Collage #G1795
  • Mesh Stencil #88517
  • Marvelous Maple Leaves Die #98766
  • Garden Watering Can Die #98859
  • Flowering Winterberry Die 98391
  • Vanilla Bean, Parchment, Whitw, Kraft and Jack-O-Latern Cardstock

I hope you enjoyed today's Card.


Sun 24

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Memory Box was challenged by Simon Says Stamp to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  In addition to the ice, Memory Box also donated $100 to the ALS Association for each staff member for a total of $1100.  If you want to see the video, you can see it here:



You can also watch it directly on YouTube here.


Memory Box now challenges:

Ann Zazzi at Impress Rubber Stamps

Ellen Hutson at EllenHutson.com


Mike at Dies Direct

You have been challenged!

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!