243 posts categorized "2015 Collection"


Wed 16

Divine Dahlia Snowflake Tag
by Jean Okimoto


The Divine Dahlia,  Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes and  Tanglewood Frame become a merry trio on today's card.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a just-in-time design for another holiday card.  Or a Christmas thank-you card. 

I've been admiring the beautiful holiday florals on dresses, scarves and giftwrap paper - and decided to combine some Memory Box and Open Studio dies and see what I come up with.  I think the Divine Dahlia - cut in rich red felt - resembles a winter camellia.  Hope you agree!


Cut the medium Tag You're It Rectangle and Tanglewood Frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Attach the Tanglewood Frame to lime green cardstock, then cut it with the tag die again.  Wondering why not just attach it to the lime green background?  It's sturdier and easier to cut when it's attached to the cardstock before it's cut and it's a lot easier to handle that way.  Trust me.

Cut the bow - from the Truly Gifted Set - from Key Lime Distressed Dots.  Assemble the bow and attach it to the tag, then attach the tag to a side-folded A2 card of lime green cardstock.  

Cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes from glittered white craft foam.  Here's a tip - instead of pulling the delicate diecut snowflakes out of the surrounding craft foam, pull the excess foam away from the snowflakes to release them.  

Attach adhesive label paper to red and moss green wool-blend felt and cut the sold and detailed Divine Dahlias and the leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt - especially helpful for the detailed dies - and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.    Attach the dahlia, leaves and snowflakes to the card.

Hope you like my Memory Box version of the popular holiday florals out there this year!


Special thanks to everyone who joined us for the Winter Bliss class at Impress last weekend.  It was my last class of 2015...and now I can't wait to start designing class cards with the 2016 release.   Extra special thanks to Linnell for her surprise holiday/last-class-of-the-year/birthday (shared with Jan!)  lunch - what a delicious and truly special occasion that was.  Loved the party favors and sweet treats from Chris and Jan too and birthday thanks to Robin, Deanna and Thalia too!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow.





Tue 15

Oh Hello Again
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning and Hello again!  Any time is a good time for butterflies, and I was in a butterfly type of mood yesterday. I pulled out the gorgeous Reverse Butterfly collage and some new water soluble oil pastels to create a water color effect on an A2 card


I scratched the oil pastel crayons on my craft mat and then diluted with water and did a wet to wet technique for a softer appearance of the colors.  I spritzed the dried panel with Pearl Pearls for some shimmer which is so hard to capture on camera but looks perfectly shimmery in person.  I die cut the Reverse Butterfly collage and then adhered to vellum to create a glass type of look


I cut the Cascadia Butterfly trio twice from vellum and used one of the "Hellos" from the Open Studio die set called Oh Hello Again.  This particular die is great for shaping the word into a slight arc.  I added a few crystals and glass beads to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back later for Lindsey wonderful Christmas card.




Mon 14

holiday/winter thank you notes
by Anne Thompson

At this time of the year I always need to keep thank you notes on hand.  This design goes together quickly in assembly line fashion once the dies are cut.  I used four dies on this card front.  


Here's the completed card:


  • white notecard; marbled blue text weight paper, brown cardstock in light and dark tones
  • BEADED BACKGROUND 99132   This creates a great snowy backdrop when cut from the blue marbled paper and mounted on the front of a white notecard.
  • SMALL FOREST ARCHWAY 99156 cut from dark brown cardstock   If you don't have this die, substitute any of the trees you have!
  • LITTLE DEER 99304  Isn't he adorable!  I popped him up for a bit of dimension on the card front.  


  • A LITTLE THANKS 98575   

    Note:  If you see a die in a new release and you really want it, get it!  A LITTLE THANKS 98575 from the Holiday Release is no longer available on the Memory Box website but you might still find one at your local stamp store or on one of the on-line shops that carries Memory Box dies.  

I still have more Christmas cards to make and mail out after getting forty done this weekend.  Back to work!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 07

Mix It Up!
by Anne Thompson

Cookie Swap season is upon us.  I'm not much of a cookie baker.  In fact, I've been known to purchase cookies from a local bakery and wrap them up prettily for exchanging with friends.  I've got lots and lots of cookbooks and magazines dedicated to Christmas cookies and I love reading the recipes and looking at the pictures.  I did buy a new cookie sheet recently so this may be the year that I actually try baking my own!  I really would rather spend time out of the kitchen and in my craft room working on how I will package up said cookies.

Last week a friend showed me an easy way to make my own gift bags and all week I've been making bags and experimenting to make bags of varying dimensions.  (If you want to try making your own gift bags, there are lots of good tutorials and videos on-line.)  And I purchased some food-safe bags for wrapping up cookies or other yummy treats before tucking them into a made-by-me gift bag . 

And, of course, every bag needs a terrific tag--or two!


For the two tags:


  • white, brown, and shimmering blue cardstock and Blueberry Distressed Dots Paper
  • TAG YOU'RE IT SQUARES die set 30025
  • ALL MIXED UP dies 99258
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Close-up of the tiny tag:


Close-up of the larger tag:


So...the packaging is ready!  Now I have to figure out what goodies to put in it!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Fri 04

Christmas Peace
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning all!  The Christmas season is upon us and with all of the craziness that comes with this time of year, I hope all of us can find some peace, or at least try!


Blue and silver is one of my favorite Christmas color combinations and so I went with these gorgeous colors for this design.  I used the O Christmas Tree stamp and inked it up with 2 different Hero Arts Shadow inks (Navy and Pool) for a little softer look. The A2 card base was cut with some brushed silver cardstock.


I die cut the word Peace and the Choir of Angels from the same cardstock as the card base.  I adhered the word Peace to vellum so it would be more prominent and noticeable in the design.  I used silver thread to add some more interest.  Just a tip...I found it easier to wrap the thread around my fingers (I used 4 for this design since it was wider) and place on my work space.  I then apply the vellum specific tape to the vellum and place it over top of the thread to adhere the thread to the vellum.  Thee last step is to then adhere the vellum/thread combo to the panel.


I added some ultra thick embossing powder (UTE) before placing the vellum and angels for the look of snow.  I think another gorgeous combination for this design would be with green and gold. 

Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you have a marvelous weekend!




Tue 01

Dashing Through The Snow
by Marnie Bushmole

Good Morning!  We've experienced snow already it was pretty when it started like this floating around the trees.  I love the soft sound snow creates in the world it's as if everything is muffled!  Today I have created a soft card using some of my collected vintage sheet music.  Some of the sheet music I collect is to fragile to actually use or display it can then become part of a project so it can live on.  First used the Zippy Dots stencil randomly with Versamark ink and white embossing powder from Imagine Crafts.  Just sponge it randomly through the stencil, over a piece of vintage sheet music,  and add the embossing powder.  Once everything was heat set I layed down the Birch Landscape Stencil and used 2 colors of Pan Pastels, Ultramarine Blue Tint and Ultramarine Blue, over the stencil.  I kept checking for color intensity.   It had to be blue visible but still remain soft.  Finally I added the sheet music to a white card and cut a snow drift and the phrase Dashing Through The Snow from pearl paper with the Curved Dashing Die.  It is attached with foam tape for dimension.  The Midnight Blue solid twine finishes the project off. 

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Tuesday.  You can find all of the Memory Box Products used on Memory Box Co. Website  or in the InLinkz below and a shopping guide for a store near you is just at the top of this blog.


Thank you so much for stopping by have a great day!



Sun 29

Snowflake Collage Beaded Dress
by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxBeadedDress-MemoryBoxSnowflakeCollage-MemoryBoxMerryAndBright-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsMay your holidays be merry and bright...and oh-so-fashionable with a glittered Snowflake Collage Beaded Dress!  Hi - happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a quick Memory Box and Open Studio card for you.

Cut Snowflake Collage from textured white cardstock.  Cut the collage background again with Beaded Dress.  Attach ScorTape to white cardstock, place the Beaded Dress die on the side with the ScorTape, then cut the dress again.   Remove any pieces left in the 'beads.'  Attach the tape-covered dress behind the snowflake dress.  Brush ultra-fine silver glitter onto the snowflakes.

Trim the hem of the dress with the Breezy Waves Die.

Cut a 2.5" x 3.5"  piece  of red cardstock with the Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Stamp Merry and Bright on white cardstock with VersaFine Satin Red.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2.75" x 1.75" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess cardstock with the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots to attach the dress.  Add some shiny lime green sequins.


Clean, simple, quick and easy - everything on my holiday wishlist!

Big thanks to everyone who took yesterday's Gift Tags to Go class at Impress yesterday - hope you liked the portfolio+tags set!

Thanks for stopping by...



Wed 25

Merry and Bright Stitched Star Layers
by Jean Okimoto

OpenStudioStarsAtNight-OpenStudioStitchedStarLayers-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-MemoryBoxMerryAndBright-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Delicata-RadiantNeons-ImpressCardsAndCraftsA merry and bright card with colorful felt  Stitched Star Layers adds a bit of winter warmth to a chilly day.  Jean Okimoto here with another quick card to make before the Thanksgiving countdown  begins.  

Attach adhesive label paper to felt to prep it for diecutting.  It stabilizes the felt - and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  It takes less than a minute - but makes a big difference.  Be sure to use good felt too - Impress carries a a great wool blend in a rainbow of beautiful colors.  


I love combining  detailed vintage-y designs like Stars at Night with the classic, contemporary Stitched Star Layers.  There are so many great ways to layer our stamps and dies - view the entire collection for more inspiration.

Delicata Golden Glitz from Imagine Crafts is the perfect gold for the holidays.  It's great for detailed, intricate stamps and adds a sparkly shimmer to any design.  Radiant Neons Electric Pink makes the greeting pop, especially when it's embossed with detail clear powder.  

Want to custom-cut a stitched  block?  Stamp (or stamp and emboss) the image  first. Cut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer - use the rectangle that's closest in size.  Trim off any excess cardstock using the inner edge of one of the dies.  It's easier than it sounds and you'll have perfect squares or rectangles with a great detailed edge.  

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's card - and more holiday inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Memory Box!



Mon 23

Winter Joy
by Anne Thompson

This Winter Joy card uses five of my favorite dies on a card I can send anytime once the snowflakes start falling here in the northeast.  With an additional sentiment stamped on the inside, I can use this card for any number of celebrations--Winter Solstice, Christmas, Happy New Year, a winter birthday, or just to celebrate a snow day.


Materials Used

  • white notecard
  • blue marbled paper (text weight); white, kraft, and two shades of green cardstocks
  • tiny white pearls
  • LARGE WINTER SLED die 99283
  • BLISSFUL BUNDLE die 99235
  • SKETCHBOOK JOY die 99242


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Wed 18

Snowflakes Make It Merry
by Jean Okimoto


Snowflakes, watercolors and shimmery gold specks make it merry today.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a winter pastel card to greet the season with some of my favorite dies, stamps and inks.

Have you visited our site to check our latest holiday collections?

The quick watercolored background is a layered blend of Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze inks.  Shimmery specks of Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz add a touch of sparkle.  Brilliance Pearlescent Jade is a great match with the Pool Notecard and the greeting from the new Santa Paws Clear Stamp Set.  Great products from Memory Box, Open Studio and Imagine Crafts make it easy to create cool cards for the holidays.  


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for directions and supply lists for today's card - and many more!

Thanks for stopping by - see you next time!