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Fri 31

It's a Pink Christmas

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate.  So of course I came up with a Christmas card for you today:)  The design team has been playing with some of the awesome products from Imagine Crafts and show you some really cool techniques throughout the week.  I'm hope you've been able to find some inspiration.

Pink christmas

I love to do non-traditional colors for Christmas so I pulled out the Radiant Neon Electric Pink pigment ink from Imagine Crafts along with the clear embossing powder and Creative medium.

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The Memory Box products used were:

Frosted Christmas Trio

Frosted Spruce Tree

Splatter Stencil

Merry Christmas Combo stamp

The background was created with the the Electric Pink pigment ink, Splatter stencil and clear embossing powder.  Apply the ink directly to the stencil; place the cardstock on the inked up side of the stencil and run stencil and cardstock through the die cutting machine.  I have a Big Shot and used this sandwich: Tab 1, acrylic plate, stencil (inked side up), cardstock, silicone rubber mat and then the black impression plate.  This also allows the stencil to be used be embossed on the cardstock as well.

Cover cardstock with clear embossing powder and heat set.

I used a paintbrush and applied the Creative Medium to the Frosted Christmas Trio and then added fine glitter for a little bit more shimmer and sparkle.

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Thanks for stopping by today and hope your Halloween is spooky and your weekend wonderful.






Fri 31

Snow Globe Joy in the Woods

Welcome to Fantastic Day Five of the Memory Box-Imagine Crafts blog blitz!

If you recall, we Design Team members were each sent a box of goodies from the terrific people at Imagine Crafts, and I've been playing with mine regularly. My favorite inks thus far are the Encore Ultimate Metallics and the Delicata pads. The only thing I can complain about is that I can't capture their incredible richness in a photograph (but I suspect that speaks to my mediocre photography skills and not the products - lol).

I'm also IN LOVE with their Sheer Shimmer Spritzers. I have trouble with spritzers and sprays - I just seem to leave globs of product instead of the delicate spray I envy so much on others' cards. Well, shut the front door, sports fans, because even I can get a sweet sheer shimmery spray (with NO globs) from these babies! 

I tried a variety of lighting but wasn't able to fully capture the beautiful and subtle sparkle of the inks and sprays; however, photo number two may provide a better look at the depth of the ink colors:

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M E M O R Y   B O X   D I E S   &   S T A M P

I M A G I N E   C R A F T S   P R O D U C T S
  1. Create a top-folding 4.25" x 5.5" card base.
  2. Cut cardstock panel, (approximately 4" x 5.25") and dry emboss with Sizzix Brick folder.
  3. Direct-apply Satin Rose ink to embossed panel and spray with Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Heat set and set aside.
  4. DIe cut 2 Grand Snow Globes from white cardstock, 5 Ho Ho Holly Leaves from dark green shimmer paper, and 1 Curled Ribbon from dark blue cardstock. From one of the globes, die cut Cottage in the Woods.
  5. Apply Delicata ink directly to one of the globe bases and set aside to dry; discard the other base.
  6. Apply blue ink with sponge dauber to the full globe and edge with silver ink; set aside to dry.
  7. Lightly edge the landscape portion with silver ink along the bottom and side edges.
  8. Stamp sentiment with blue ink.
  9. Adhere inked globe to embossed panel.
  10. Adhere landscape globe to inked globe with dimensional tape and attach base.
  11. Layer and adhere ribbon and holly leaves, followed by pearls.
I hope you've been enjoying our design team blitzes here at Outside the Box and over at Imagine Crafts blog earlier this month. Remember to come back later this afternoon to see what our Shelby has created for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Thu 30

Holiday Snowfall

 Hello Crafty Friends,

  I'm sharing a another wintery card with you today.  Thanks to the wonderful products from Imagine Crafts I can depict an icy pine tree, snow falling from the sky, a bright and shiny star as well as a snowy hill for the cabin.


 Here's how I created these "special effects"...

For the snow fall I sprayed "irRESISTible texture spray" in white (wedding dress) onto a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of clear acetate, then set aside to air dry.

 The Imagine Crafts blue craft mat you see in the photos is a fantastic work surface.  You can heat, spray, ink, and glue on it and it cleans up like a dream. It's also a non-skid surface--so handy!


 On a second piece of clear acetate I dabbed Staz-On "Cotton White" ink using a segment of Ink-blushers (sponges) onto the lower area. (figure 1)

Figure 1

    To form the snowy landscape I "erased" areas of the ink using the dauber topped Staz-On ink cleaner. It removed the ink and left the acetate clean.  Presto!  (figure 2)

Figure 2

Once both layers of acetate are dry, adhere the snowy slope piece on top of the falling snow piece of acetate.

The "icy" look on the pine was created by heat embossing Iridescent powder all over the cut and colored die cut.  I added a second coat of Versamark ink and powder to give it an extra thick and shiny effect.


The shining star was also embossed twice.  Two coats of silver embossing powder really makes the star stand out.  The Merry and Bright sentiment was stamped in Black Cherry Staz-On ink.


 I hope you are enjoying this week's blog posts using both Memory Box and Imagine Crafts products.  Have you found a favorite technique or special effect to try out?  I know, there's so many fantastic products from both companies.

Happy Thursday!

Thu 30

Silvery Snowflakes

 We are continuing on our week of the Memory Box/Imagine Crafts Blitz.  Marnie here to share a Silvery Snowy Card with you.   


I love using the stencils for perfect backgrounds.  Who needs patterned paper when we have all of these amazing stencils and so many techniques and amazing products to create fun affects.


First I've created a snowy background using the Winter - Snowflake Lace Stencil 88576 and some black paper.  I sponged Memento Luxe Wedding Dress over the stencil then sprinkled on Imagine Crafts Sparkle Embossing Powder.

The entire piece was heat set.   And OH MY does it sparkle.  It is very hard to convey in a photo.

Next on another sheet of black I stamped the Forest Pine G2016 stamp in Delicata Sivlery Shimmer Ink and added Imagine Crafts Silver Embossing Powder. 

The entire piece was cut down to size and lastly I used the Sheer Shimmer Spritzer in Frost to add dots by taking the pump out of the bottle and dropping the dots one by one from the tube.  Once these dried they SHIMMER and SHINE so much! 

The card base is a Dove Gray Card and to set the tree off I used a mat of Silver Mirror Cardstock.

I hope you like it!  The Silvery Glittery Mix makes me whistful for the sparkle of the first snowfall.  Which apparently is a possibility for Halloween night here. 

Memory Box Products Used:

Winter Snowflake Lace Stencil 88576

Forest Pine Stamp G2016

Dove Gray Card


Imagine Crafts Products Used:

Memento Luxe Wedding Dress Ink

Sparkle Embossing Powder

Delicata Silvery Shimmer Ink

Silver Embossing Powder

Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz


Thank you for stopping by to see all of the creative projects this week.  Be sure to come back later and see what Jenny has concocted for you and Deborah and Shelby will be here tomorrow with more Amazing Projects.


Wed 29

Homespun Christmas



Welcome to the midpoint of our Memory Box + Imagine Crafts Blitz!  Jean Okimoto here this evening, with an inky, spritzy Christmas design for you.  

If you've taken my classes at Impress, you'll know that I'm afflicted with Spritzophobia.  I love the look of spritzes, but am seriously intimidated by the fear of overspraying.  Not a problem today - Imagine Crafts Fireworks Spritzes and Sheer Shimmer Spritzes make it easy - even for me!

We're using some of my favorite products for this project - like the versatile Craft Mat, which minimizes clean-up and is a great, cushion-y surface for stamping and stenciling.  I've had mine for quite a while, and it cleans up easily with a damp washcloth.  They're available at Impress.  

Memory Box Products

  • Wish Collage Stamp C1941
  • Drip Rings Designer Stencil 88582
  • Mini Heart Collection  Die 98763
  • Bubblegum Moroccan Signature Print
  • Parchment Cardstock

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Daubers
  • Craft Mat
  • Fireworks Spritz – Lilac Posies, Tangelo
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz – Gold
  • Memento Luxe Pigment Inkpads – Espresso Truffle, Rose Bud, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Olive Grove
  • Delicate Golden Glitz Inkpad
  • Handcut Monterey Pine – Mitten, Tree and Star (6pk, 2 of each)


Place watercolor paper (smoother side-up) on the Craft Mat and spritz it with Lilac Posies, Tangelo and Gold.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then heat-set.  Stamp Wish Collage with Espresso Truffle and heat-set it. 


Stencil some of the rings and spots from Drip Rings onto the background with Golden Glitz and heat-set it.

Ink the Monterey Pine star with Dandelion.  Ink the mitten with Rose Bud.  Spread some Pear Tart on the Craft Mat and blend a tiny (very tiny!) amount of Olive Grove into it.  Ink the tree with the blended inks.  Heat-set the pieces.  Dot some craft glue on the back of the pieces and let it set up for a minute, then attach them to the background.

“Handcut” Monterey Pine  doesn’t just sound cool and DIY-ish.  Laser-cutting would create sealed edges, which would resist the inks.  The handcut edges are porous – and absorb the Memento Luxe inks for a beautiful, finished look for your craft projects.

Attach the background to a top-folded A2 card of Parchment Cardstock.  Attach the Monterey Pine pieces with craft glue.  Attach dark pink sequins. The card's weight and thickness will require additional postage and special handling - but I think it'll be a very special keepsake card for someone on your list this year.  

Thanks for stopping by – hope you’re enjoying our partnered company blitz and have discovered some creative ways to combine our great products on your holiday cards.  Be sure to join us again tomorrow - Marnie and Jenny have some special projects to share with you!


Wed 29

Sparkly Snowfall


Hi everyone! Welcome back to our collaboration with Imagine Crafts. I think most of you who have been following my postings for the last month or two have seen quite a variety of the Imagine Craft products in my posts.

Today's card is the last in my snowfall series featuring none other than the snowfall stamp. I stamped the snowfall with Memento summer sky ink. I free cut the snow drifts and sprayed them with frost shimmer spritz. I attached the drifts to the snowfall stamped image with foam tape. I added the embellishments of the wooden tree and the snow bling. The sentiment was stamped with memento LUXE teal zeal.


If you missed the previous snow fall posts, please check here and here. The variety of products from Imagine Crafts make each one of these cards unique and yet cohesive.


The variety of products from Imagine Crafts make each one of these cards unique and yet cohesive.

I hope you enjoyed this series using the snowfall and starfall stamps from Memory Box.



Tue 28

Elliana Ornament and more...



 Hi everyone! Pam here, jumping in to post this week with some Memory Box and Imagine Crafts goodness! 

I started with a Parchment A-2 Notecard for my card base. 

I cut another Parchment A-2 Notecard in half and die cut the Musicality collage die in it. (don't worry about keeping any of the pieces, you just want the hole)

I die cut the Musicality Collage die in black glossy card-stock and inlaid it into the cut in the parchment piece.  Doing it this way keeps the lines straight and everything in place. Because I'm mounting it on the same color card-stock, I don't need to inlay all the little pieces. Works slick!  : )  I scotch tape it in place on the back side.

Adhere the Parchment panel to your notecard.

I stamped the sentiment Joyful Combo  with Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black Pigment Ink and embossed it with Imagine Crafts Clear Embossing Powder. (I use a stampamajig for stamp placement)



I die cut the Poinsettia Bloom Trio die in Cranberry card-stock and covered all the pieces with Imagine Crafts irRESISTible Love Letter Pico Embellisher. It's a glossy color finish that comes with a  fine line applicator.

Add a black pearl in the center of the poinsettia.

I die cut the Elliana Ornament die in White card-stock.  I inked all the pieces with Imagine Crafts Versamark ink and embossed them with multiple coats of Imagine Crafts Black and Sparkle Embossing Powders to get an ornament that 'looks like glass' effect.

I die cut the Ornament Hooks and Caps die in Black glossy card-stock for the cap and from Silver Glitter card-stock for the hook.

Wish I could show it to you IRL!


Here's another card I made because I wanted to use some more inks and spray... as if I hadn't made a big enough mess already! haha


I started with an A-2 top folding White card base.

I cut a white card-stock panel and embossed the panel with the new Large Snowflakes Stencil  by running it through my Big Shot. (I show this on a couple videos. Click on the video category on the left.)

Leaving the stencil in place, I adhered it to my desk with removable tape and using Imagine Crafts finger daubers, I inked the snowflakes with Imagine Crafts Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment ink.  Remove the stencil and emboss with Imagine Crafts White Embossing Powder. 

Using three Imagine Crafts Versacolor square ink pads, Opera Pink, Peony and Raspberry, I rubbed ink over the snowflakes.

Then I sprayed on Imagine Crafts Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and rubbed the inked surface to blend and wipe the ink off the snowflakes.

I die cut the Peace Script die in White card-stock, smeared it with Versacolor Opera Pink ink and embossed it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.

I die cut the Pine Border Background die in White card-stock also.  I adhered the Peace Script cut to the trees with little dots of Tombow Mono Multi glue, then sprayed them with the Sparkle Shimmer Spritz and mounted the trees to the card with mounting squares.

I hope you can see the sparkle in the photo.  I took the picture in full sunlight, hoping it would show up.  I really like all of Imagine Crafts products.. hard to say what is my favorite because they are all FABULOUS!!!

THANKS so much for stopping by today!  It's sunny and beautiful here in IA... yay!



Tue 28

Happy Halloween



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Hi everyone!

This week on the blog we are incorporating Imagine Crafts products with Memory Box products. Since it's right before Halloween I have card to share with you.


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For the background of the card I sponged White cardstock with Versafine Black Onyx Ink and Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.  Sprinkle with Gold embossing powder and heat set. Sponging the ink on gives you a subtle texture on the paper. Rub Jet Black StanzOn ink pad over the embossed cardstock. This bring out the embossed texture of the cardstock. Sponge Dusty Concord Distress Ink over the cardstock.  This will fill in any areas that were not embossed.

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Stamp the Memory Box image with Onyx Black Versafine Ink. Using a sponge dauber add Electric Yellow Radiant Neon ink to the middle of the stamped image. Sponge with Morocco Memento Luxe ink over the rest of the stamped image. Using Dusty Concord Distress Ink sponge the edges of the cardstock. Use Onyx Black ink to darken the edges of the cardstock.

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Stamp Happy Halloween on a strip of White cardstock.  Ink the edges with Black ink.  I sponged the edges of the white cardstock layers with Delicata Golden Glitz Ink and embossed the edges with Gold embossing powder.  Assemble card as shown.

Memory Box Products used:

  • Web and Wilows Stamp # F1799
  • Happy Halloween Stamp # B2004
  • White and Licorice Cardstock

Imagine Crafts Products used:

  • Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad
  • Golden Glitz Delicata Ink Pad
  • Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Ink Pad
  • Morocco Memento Luxe Ink Pad
  • Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Jumbo Dauber

Thanks for joining us today!

Enjoy the rest of this week's inspiration.


Mon 27

Texture that is IrRESISTible!

Welcome to another kind of Blog Blitz! This week the design team will be posting Memory Box inspiration but with a slight twist.  All the designers will also be incorporating products from Imagine Crafts in their projects.  The Artists in Restidence over at Imagine Crafts did a phenomenal job on their blog using Memory Box products, and we are returning the favor. 

I'm featuring these products from IMAGINE CRAFTS:

  • IrRESISTible Colored Texture Spray in Wedding Dress (white)
  • Kaleidacolor Raised Rainblow Dye Inkpad in Fresh Greens
  • Jumbo Dauber
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Silver

For the Small Forest Pines card I used the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor Inkpad.


This is what Kaeidacolor Ink looks like when you open the case: 


There's a tab to slide the inks together to create a rainbow pad before inking up your stamp. (Just slide them apart again for storing the inkpad.)


I used Memory Box stamp SMALL FOREST PINE stamp D2011, with the top of the tree placed on the lightest green, reinking the stamp each time to add four trees to the front of a white notecard.  I then used a Jumbo Dauber to add more of the inks around the edge of the card and in the sky area.  

I used a light spray of the Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Silver for the next layer.  This adds a nice sparkly sheen.

The final layer is IrRESISTible Spray in Wedding Dress for more shine and dimension.


This is my new favorite snow!!!

So, of course, I never stop at just one card!  The WOODLAND TREE SILHOUETTE die no. 98969 was just begging to be in a snowstorm:


And then the FROSTED VINE BORDER die no. 98993 had to be frosted!  I started by spraying the front of a Russian Sage notecard before diecutting the Frosted Vine Border:


Placing the die on the card front at an angle left this great look for the finished card:


All I need to do is stamp a sentiment on the white inside of the card, either hiding under the snowy blue or out in the open.  

I made even more cards once I finished these, using the Gold IrRESISTible spray.  I just love the shine and the dimension these sprays add to a card!

I hope you'll get a chance to try some of the great products at Imagine Crafts!

Happy Crafting!

Mon 27

Blog Blitz Winners

Hi everyone!  I am taking a quick break from out week featuring Imagine Crafts products to post the winners from last week"s  Blog Blitz.  Thanks everyone for visiting us and for sharing your comments.

Monday, Oct 20

Forest Pine Branch die- KT Fit Kitty

Woodland Tree Silhouette- Patricia Guenigault

Tuesday, Oct 21

Woodland Tree Silhouette- Vicky C

Snowy Tree die- Barbara Macaskill

Wednesday, Oct 22

Andover Ornament die- Lynn Gauthier

Bundled Bear die- Beatrice Lawson

Thursday, Oct 23

Woodland Tree Silhouette- Bonnie Feller Hagen

Let it Snow Clouds- Pam

Friday, Oct 24

Pinecone Frame die- Tammy

Frosted Vine Border die- Mitzi

Congratulations winners!  I sent you an email to get your information.