244 posts categorized "2015 Collection"


Thu 23

Single Daisy Stem on a Pinpoint Leaf Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Leaf Frame background for the Single Daisy Stem. Stamp a greeting - one of the many great messages from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps Set - and diecut it with a Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design from the 2020 Valentine's  Collection.

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Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  This versatile set is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available from your favorite Retailer.  Cut the rectangle with the Pinpoint Leaf Frame.

Cut Single Daisy Stem from gray cardstock.  Cut the blossom from pink cardstock.  

Cut a 1-¾" x 3-¾" rectangle of white cardstock.

Round the corners of both rectangles and a top-folded gray A-2 card.  

Stamp "#loveyou" on light pink cardstock with Brilliance Starlite Black and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Cut another heart and layer them for dimension.

Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Memory Box class at Impress. Thanks for the pretzel chips and Jelly Belly Valentines Jan!  We love the latest release...and think it's the best Valentine Collection ever!  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping us shop and fill those baskets with Memory Box products.

The Impress Valentine Open House begins at 10 AM this Saturday - with demos from 10-Noon, make and takes, cupcakes, great displays and inspiring samples.  Bring your Memory Box/Poppy/Birch Press Designs wishlists and take advantage of the 10% off shopping discount too!

Join us for another Valentine Wishes class at Impress from 1-3:00 on the 25th too. Our cards will feature the new Valentine designs - and a simple origami heart.  Add special effects to Banded Hearts with the Nuvo Shimmer Powder too!

Thanks for stopping by...






Sat 29

Square Bump Borders, Happy Birthday Tiles, Swirling Ghosts and Honeycomb Background
by Jean Okimoto


It's already October 29th but I just had to use Swirling Ghosts  - peeping out from behind a Square Bump Border - one more time before the big day.  The Happy Birthday Tiles were waiting to be used too - so why not add a label-maker "BOO!" and transform it into a Halloween greeting?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here tonight, with a quick card for the kids.


Cut the edge of a side-folded orange A2 card with the Square Bump Border.

Dry-emboss the "HAPPY" and "DAY" portions of Happy Birthday Tiles using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Print "BOO!" on a labelmaker.

Cut five Swirling Ghosts from white cardstock and attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for eyes.  

Create an assortment of bright accents by attaching several strips of washi tape to white cardstock and diecutting Honeycomb Background.  Place the little hexagons on a scrap of felt and burnish them with the large end of a stylus to add a little dimension.  

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the big ghost on the right.  Add tiny black sequins.


There are so many ways to use the new Square Bump Borders - and the Circle Bump Borders - to add interesting layers and dimension to your cards.  Hope you've enjoyed the Halloween ideas presented by our Design Team.  We've loved sharing them with you!

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the rest of your weekend!






Fri 05

A Reverse Butterfly Collage Celebration
by Jean Okimoto


A colorful Reverse Butterfly Collage is great for any summer celebration - and watercoloring it is almost as enjoyable as the event itself.  Yes, it's Friday!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring one of my favorite dies.

Paint a rectangle of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors  in a random pattern of greens, blues, teals, violets and purples.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, the press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Cut Reverse Butterfly Collage from white cardstock.

Place the watercolor paper behind the collage and lightly tape the layers together with removable tape.  Trim the layers into a rectangle.  Remove the watercolor paper and cut it slightly smaller than the collage so any colored edges won't peek out along the sides.  Attach the watercolor paper behind the collage.  Attach it to an A-6 card of textured turquoise cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut two sets of the antennae from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio die set.  Attach the antennae to the collage.  

Stamp "celebrate" - from the Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamps - on white cardstock with Radiant Neons Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.   Attach it to the card - use foam dots on the right side to compensate for the thickness of the collage and watercolor paper on the left.   Add gold sequins.

I think summer birthdays, graduations and weddings would be the perfect occasions for this card...hope you agree!


See you at the STAMPS AND A DIE - OH MY! class at Impress tomorrow.  We'll be using some of our favorite/classic/go-to stamps and dies on bright summer cards.  There'll be a few soon-to-be favorites too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend...




Mon 13

Bird Song
by Anne

At our monthly card-making group, my friend Connie shared a technique for card fronts that I want to pass along to you.  Start with a decorative paper in a 4" square and cut it on the diagonal.  Attach the two triangles to opposite corners of  an A2 notecard which leaves a band across the center.  This band will go from the top left to bottom right or top right to bottom left depending on the triangle placement.IMG_2840

The next step is to add whatever decorations you wish to the card front--die cuts, stamps, stickers, etc.  (You could also change this up a bit by placing the triangles on another piece of coordinating cardstock a bit smaller than the size of the card front before decorating the card.)

I chose to use two die cuts--the largest bird from BIRDS OF A FEATHER 30045 and the FANCY MUSIC BORDER 99408.  I cut my triangles from Memory Box Distressed Dots papers and used Memory Box notecards to create three cards.  


To continue this month's challenge theme, I used watercolors on watercolor paper for my die cut birds.   I cut The Fancy Music Border from black cardstock and adhered it over the bird with tiny glue dots.  The only other embellishment is a small black gem for the bird's eye.   For the Key Lime notecard, I did add two white cardstock die cuts of the large bird layered under it as a shadow to give it a more distinct presence against the similar card and paper color.

Happy Crafting!


Anne Signature



Sat 02

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #4
by Jean Okimoto


***1/11/16 UPDATE***We've added a Memory Box Calendar + Watercolor Workshop class to the Impress class schedule!  It's  on Sunday January 31st from 12:00 to 3:00 PM - $43 includes a metal calendar stand too.  Please bring a waterbrush.  Please call 206 901.9101 to reserve a seat.

We've reached the final quarter of our watercolored calendar.  Jean Okimoto here with a few of my favorite seasonal dies from Memory Box and Open Studio, Peerless Watercolors - and of course, more sequins.  I love how those tiny, sparkly little circles of prettiness can add so much to a design.  


Cut three of the 4-¾"x 3-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers from watercolor paper.   Paint one of them with orange, rust and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper and daub Memento London Fog lightly along the edges of three of them.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for eyes.  Attach black and copper sequins.


Cut a 3-½" x 2-½" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from green cardstock.  Paint of strip of cream cardstock with orange, green, and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Cut Autumn Border from the watercolored cardstock.  Attach chartreuse sequins.


Paint a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer with turquoise, blue and teal Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Snow Burst from white glitter craft foam.  Attach clear and turquoise sequins


Hope you've enjoyed creating this calendar with me!  Designs for previous months are shown here, here and here.  

Here's a link to InKollage, my Pinterest page and gallery of designs from Outside the Box.  I know most people pin someone else's designs on their pages...but I refer to it for a quick personal reminder of what I've done in the past - and a one-stop look at some of the great Memory Box and Open Studio products in my stash.  

Thanks for visiting Outside the Box, taking my classes, and for all of your special comments throughout 2015.  I'm looking forward to sharing more ideas, designs and techniques with you as we unveil our 2016 Collection.  You'll love it!



Sat 02

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #3
by Jean Okimoto


Ready for the next three months of our Memory Box and Open Studio watercolored calendar?   Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope these warm summer colors will help brighten this wintery day!


Cut three more Pinpoint Rectangle Layers from watercolor paper.  Paint one of them with blue and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Breezy Waves and the smallest Stitched Star Layer from red cardstock.  Stamp Articles Ledger on a scrap of watercolor paper with Majestic Blue VersaFine.  Dry the ink and cut another small star.  Attach large light blue sequins.


Cut Blooming Lotus Background  from watercolor paper.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Blooming Lotus Outline from orange cardstock.   Using the outline diecut as a guide, lightly mark the oval center of the background diecut with a pencil.  Paint the center yellow.  Dry the ink, then cover the center with glue and sprinkle it with Martha Stewart Crafts Lemon Drop Glitter.  Assemble the lotus and trim the left edge.  Attach it to the background, add the calendar and green and gold sequins.


Create a back to school theme with some geometry and alphabets for September.  Cut the approximately 3" Open Studio Octagon Layer from watercolor paper and paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it and stamp it with Open Studio Pensive Alphabet and Spanish Olive VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then cut it with five of the smaller Octagon Layers.  Lightly ink the outer edges of each section  with Spanish Olive and reassemble the octagon.  Place a strip of Scor-Tape behind green cardstock and cut the first five letters of Alphabet Soup.   Attach everything to the background and add copper sequins

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by again this evening for the October, November and December designs as we complete our watercolored calendar!


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Mon 28

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #2
by Jean Okimoto


Let's make three more calendar pages with our Memory Box and Open Studio dies and Peerless Watercolors.  Jean Okimoto here with more  of our 2016 calendar - have fun with these pretty colors and shimmery sequins!  The cute little calendars are from Impress.

They all begin with an Open Studio Stitched Pinpoint Layer...then add splashes of color, more diecuts, and a scattering of pretty sequins.  I've designed these as calendar pages, but they'd be nice birthday cards too - create personalized greetings by highlighting the date of someone's birthday.


Diecut watercolor paper and paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the blues and purples, dry it, then cut the Open Studio Come Rain or Shine umbrellas.  Attach a piece of Scor-Tape behind silver mirror cardstock and cut the handles.  Trim the top of the handles a bit before attaching them to the umbrellas.  Add teal and purple sequins.  


Cut the background and a portion of Blooming Poppy from watercolor paper.  Paint them with Peerless Watercolors.  Attach tiny opalescent white sequins.


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut it with the Sorona Butterfly.  Cut Lydia Butterfly from watercolor paper and attach both pieces to a diecut background.  Add clear mini sequins and opalescent purple sequins.

Thanks very much for stopping by - hope you're enjoying this little calendar series as much as I enjoy sharing the ideas with you!


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Sat 26

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar
by Jean Okimoto


Gather your favorite Memory Box and Open Studio dies and stamps, Peerless Watercolors and Imagine Crafts Inkpads and create a colorful calendar to welcome 2016!  Jean Okimoto here this holiday weekend with a trio of calendar pages for you.  The little calendars are from Impress.



Cut watercolor paper with the approximately 3-¾" x 4-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.  Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Chandra Stem from silver glitter craft foam, turquoise vellum and gold mirror cardstock.  Attach gold, silver and turquoise sequins.


Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors, then cut it with the approximately 3" x 4" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.   Cut the Open Studio Stitched Heart Layers from white vellum and iridescent vellum.  Attach silver and clear sequins.


Stamp Delicate Flight with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Daub the background with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime.  Attach adhesive label paper to white felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.  Attach clear and pearlescent lavender sequins.

Combine these great dies, stamps and beautiful colors and create a calendar to brighten each day of the New Year.  Display them on a bulletin board, set them on an easel - or showcase them like little works of art on card holders from Birch Press Design.  


Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back with the April, May and June designs on Sunday.  





Wed 23

Message from Memory Box – Sketchbook Joy, Love and Peace
by Jean Okimoto

Memory Box Sketchbook Joy, Memory Box Sketchbook Love, Memory Box Sketchbook Peace, Open Studio Stitched Square Layers, Memory Box Snow Burst, Jean Okimoto

Sketchbook Joy, Love and Peace and Snow Burst create a message from everyone at Memory Box this holiday season.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a special Christmas greeting from all of us to all of you.  

Attach strips of ScorTape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Sketchbook Joy, Sketchbook Love and Sketchbook Peace.  Cut Stitched Square Layers from white textured cardstock.  Cut Snowburst from red glitter craft foam and attach them like snowflake asterisks.   Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.  Add light gold sequins.

Thanks for selecting Memory Box and Open Studio for your beautiful Holiday 2015 cards, tags, layouts and decor projects.  We appreciate it - and look forward to sharing another year of inspiration, creativity and designs with you in 2016.

Happy Holidays!

Memory Box Sketchbook Joy, Memory Box Sketchbook Love, Memory Box Sketchbook Peace, Open Studio Stitched Square Layers, Memory Box Snow Burst, Jean Okimoto





Sun 20

Joy, Love and Gifts
by Jean Okimoto


Cards are done, the tree is decorated, cookies are baked...let's make  quick gift tags today!  Hi - happy last-weekend-before-Christmas - Jean Okimoto here with a few more ideas featuring my favorite holiday and everyday dies from Memory Box and Open Studio.

The Celadon Skinny Chemist Cup  - from Birch Press Design -  holds some berried Nandina branches in the background.  Have you visited their site to check out their new items and specials lately?  Maybe you'll find the perfect gift for a special someone - you!  Birch Press Design is owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box.  Their classic style and appreciation of fine design is reflected in the selection of beautiful products there too.

Here are the directions for the tags - from left to right, top to bottom (bullet points aren't working - they must be on Christmas vacation today!)       

Cut red cardstock with a Stitched Star Layer, cut Sketchbook Joy from gold mirror cardstock, add a gold cord and chartreuse sequins

Layer the Distressed Snowdrift Collage pattern over red and blue cardstock, add a gold cord and some sequins

Cut blue cardstock with a Stitched Hexagon Layer, cut Sketched Tree from white cardstock, cut Contempo Birds from red glitter craft foam, attach red grosgrain ribbon

Cut a Stitched Heart Layers from Red Dots, white cardstock and red cardstock, cut the tree from Santa Paws from green cardstock, attach green cord and red sequins 

Cut white cardstock with a Stitched Hexagon Layer, cut  Shimmering Snowflakes from silver glitter , craft foam, stamp "celebrate"  from Party Time with VersaFine Satin Red and emboss it with detail clear powder, add a gold cord                             

Cut a Stitched Star Layer from white cardstock, cut the Santa Paw Dies Set tree from green glitter cardstock, cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes from red glitter craft foam,  attach a silver cord

Cut Stitched Heart Layers from red and white cardstock, cut the Ho Ho Holly leaves from green cardstock, attach a green cord and sequins


Thanks for stopping by...keep warm and enjoy the rest of your weekend!