119 posts categorized "2015 Holiday Collection"


Mon 30

Antique Heart Label and the Pinpoint Leaf Plate by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Pinpoint Leaf Plate creates the perfect backdrop for any occasion.  The intricate details surround and highlight the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out and the Antique Leaf Label on a simple Valentine I've designed for you. Hello, Jean Okimoto here on the second-to-the-last day of another decade!  

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

Cut it with the new Pinpoint Leaf Plate.  Round the corners of the rectangle - and a top-folded light gray A-2 card.  They'll match the Antique Heart Label.  

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from red cardstock.  This great die set dual-tasks as 4 stitched outlines and 4 solid hearts - it's a new favorite here at Memory Box!

Cut Antique Heart Label from dark gray carstock.  Cut the top 4 hearts from silver glitter cardstock and the bottom 3 hearts from red glitter cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Valentine's - on white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black. Dry the ink, then trim it with the Antique Leaf Label.

Assemble the card...then sign, seal and give it to someone special.

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Big thanks to everyone from last week's first VALENTINE WISHES class at Impress!  More thanks to Jenny, Jan and Jacky for the pretzels, Valentine and New Year's treats and German Santas - and to Robin for the blueberry fritters and Jan's birthday lunch!  My dogs and I thank Debbie for her cool Mindful Pet Parent bag.  (I resolve to be more mindful and less mindless in '20.) Thanks too - Ann, Shari, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill those baskets with the Memory Box and Poppy Valentine Collections.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the new LOVENOTES Valentine class at Impress on January 4th.  There are so many great new dies and stamps in the 2020 Valentine's Collection that it's hard to chose which design to use next!

Hope you liked today's card.  I really appreciate all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year...thank you!











Mon 30

Halloween Greetings
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have my final Halloween card for the 2017 season. 


I was playing with alcohol ink backgrounds, and thought this one looked like a great Halloween background.  

To create this background I took Butterscotch, Terra Cotta, Lettuce, Purple Twillight and Gold Metallic Mixative alcohol inks and added drops of each ink onto Yupo paper.  Then I brushed across the paper with rubbing alcohol and dried it with my heat tool. To add a little more interest to the background I spattered it with rubbing alcohol and dried it once again with the heat tool.  


I die cut the spider web in the top right hand corner of the card and mounted this to a white cardstock layer.  The word "Greetings" was die cut and embossed with gold embossing powder and then glued to a strip of vellum paper.  I adhered this to the card front and then stamped and embossed the word "Halloween" to the card front. 


To finish the card, I glued a spider to the web and mounted my card front to a Licorice cardstock layer, which I then adhered to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed todays card and have a Happy Halloween!






Wed 23

Single Deer Oval, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto


Versatile Memory Box Ovals - Single Deer, Dancing Snowflake and Stitched Oval Layers - add a classic, traditional look to holiday cards. They make it quiick and easy to create dimensional winter scenes like this one.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring the new Single Deer Oval.


Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from chartreuse cardstock. 

Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from watercolor paper - leave the diecut in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for my Platinum - platform, diecut in the die (face-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut Single Deer Oval from dark kraft cardstock.

Attach the ovals to a Parsley Notecard, offsetting the Single Deer Oval slightly to the right -  and use foam dots behind the deer's head - for some shadowy dimension.

Place the Curled Ribbons die behind a scrap of red glittered craft foam and cut a portion of the ribbon so it curls up and towards the left.  Trim it to create a scarf.  

Add gold gem stickers.


I always try to get the most from my Memory Box designs and want to share these ideas with you.  I love how easy it is to combine them in unique ways by layering or altering them to become something entirely different. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to make a 2017 Holiday Collection card at the Impress Holiday Kickoff last weekend.  Hope you liked it, and were inspired to glitter your way through the holidays!




Wed 08

Wishing You Love
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy February!

I can't quite believe that this month is here already! I get excited when February comes around, because as a card maker, it means a lot of Love and Friendship cards to make! Sending people a handmade card is more appreciated that we know. I won't lie, though..I have a hard time actually getting them in the mail. You too? 


The latest release, however, makes it super easy to get these sweet cards made! I used the Classic Stitched Heart Rings to create this dreamy card, today. Let me tell you how I did it. I took the hearts, and placed them onto an A2 white card base, and ran it through my die cut machine. I then took a piece of typing paper, and covered the back of the front piece using a lot of adhesive. I ran the hearts through again, with gold card stock, and reinserted the outer heart rings back in the front of the card. The hearts that I had die cut from the card front that were inked with Distress Inks in Teal, Fuchsia, and light Pink, and reinserted back into the heart openings as well. 


I then began working on my sentiment. I used a combination of stamps, and a die to create a bit more interest to my sentiment. The Love die cut is from the 2015 Holiday collection, so my apologies if you are unable to find it, however, any similar font would work! I die cut it multiple times from black card stock, and layered them up. I stamped the Wishing You from the So Many Things to Love stamp set, and adhered the die cut down with liquid glue.


To finish it, I adhered a scattering of clear sequins across the front of the card. I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create a few love themed, or friendship cards to send to people you care about! Have a great day!




Fri 14

Winter Peace
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

  Imagine yourself in a snowy forest and you come upon this view...I would stay a while, wouldn't you?  

With the latest Memory Box holiday dies this card comes together rather easily.  Here are the steps...

Wintery Peace

  • Create the snowflake backgrounds on both blue background panels by spreading texture paste over the snowflake stencil, set aside to dry (only takes 5 minutes or so).  When dry, die cut the dark blue snowflake panel using the circle die which is closest in size to the forest die.
  • Die cut the tree branch circle die from silver glitter paper using the snowflake panel opening as a guide for placement.  
  • Die cut the deer family circle die from white paper, again using the snowflake panel opening as a guide.
  • Attach light blue snowflake panel behind the deer family layer.
  • Adhere all layers together aligning openings.  Trim any uneven edges with paper trimmer and attach all layers to a top fold note card.
  • Die cut the peace die three times (from fun foam, silver glitter paper and white paper).
  • Adhere the glitter Peace die cut to the fun foam material then adhere white layer onto glitter layer (offset slightly to show the glitter layer).
  • Adhere Peace stack onto snowflake panel.  

There are several steps but they're all easy-peasy and worth it.  


This card could have easily been made into a shaker card by adding an acetate window and fun foam for the spacing along with a pretty glitter-sequin-bead mix for the shaking materials.  Next time!  Be sure to check out the other circle die cuts from the new collection...besides the Tree Branch and Deer Family designs there is a Pine Branch and Countryside circle too!  

Thanks for stopping by today, Hope you found some inspiration to create cards this weekend! 

Wintery J Griffiths


 Happy Friday!



Wed 24

Valley Deer Trio and the Holly Swirl Oval Frame
by Jean Okimoto


The Holly Swirl Oval Frame creates a soft monochromatic backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio and their warm felt scarves.  Dasher, Dancer and Prancer?  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with - can you believe it - a Christmas card in traditional holiday colors!  


Cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from textured natural cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Dry-emboss it for more dimension using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine.  Attach it to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of textured natural cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to dark kraft cardstock and cut Valley Deer Trio.  The paper backing adds a bit of dimension to the trio.  Attach label paper to red and moss green felt and diecut three of the small bow from the Truly Gifted set.  



Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle collage from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive shiny red dots!  Try the other collage patterns too - they're all great with metallic paper, glittered cardstock and velvet paper.  I love multi-tasking products - and the collage sets create artsy dry-embossed backgrounds and accents too!

Stamp "merry christmas" - from the Open Studio Scribble Christmas Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink.  Diecut the greeting using a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim off the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer to create a greeting block to match the stitched holly frame.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.


There are so many ways to use the Open Studio Rectangle Dies - for layering, dry-embossing, frames and greeting blocks.  They save time - and cardstock - because they're always straight and instantly add a crisp, professional look to any design.  

I used them to trim the  leafprints for the Garden Greetings samples for the August 28th class at Impress.  We'll use fresh leaves from my backyard to print and emboss a set of notecards and a matching portfolio.  You can bring your dies, plates and machine to trim your prints - or I'll provide an Open Studio  template to use with your paper trimmer.  It's a refreshing, relaxing class and I'll have extra leaves for you to take home to make more notecards later.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!




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!




Tue 29

A Frosty Winter Card
by Lindsay


 Now that Christmas is past, I thought I would bring you a bit of winter cheer! Have you gotten any snow yet? Now is a great opportunity to get out the greenery dies, and blue inks!


For my card, I began by die cutting the Distressed Addington Collage from a panel of white card stock. I then added two different shades of blue ink to my card base, using a foam applicator. Using Foam, I popped up the panel, and then flicked gold shimmer spray onto the front.


Using the Sketchbook Peace die, I ran it through my Big Shot with silver card stock, and adhered it to my panel, along with the lovely Pinecone and Greenery die. I used more ink blending on my greenery, leaving it in the negative while I inked it, as to not rip it. I also added a touch of Glossy Accents to the berries for a little shine and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Have a great day!





Wed 23

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

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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





Mon 21

Joy to You and Yours in this Holiday Season!
by Anne Thompson

Greetings!  I've been making and sending out a lot of cards this  month.  The one I'll show today is one of my favorites.  I used five dies to pull together a simple wreath card.  




  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS 30016   I used the two circle dies shown in the first photograph to make a circle frame that I used for the base of the wreath.  I cut this from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and added it to the front of a Memory Box White Notecard.
  • BLISSFUL BUNDLE 99235   I cut three of these from the Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and attached them loosely to the circle frame with glue dots under the center berry circles and nearby leaves which I then covered with white pearls in three sizes.  
  • STITCHED BOWS 30056   I cut the medium sized bow from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper and assembled it with glue dots.  I placed it on the left side of the wreath using a glue dot.
  • CURLED RIBBONS 98936   I cut the curled ribbons from the same Blueberry paper and slid the one with a single loop over one side of the bow for a bit more ribbon on the wreath.


  • SKETCHBOOK JOY 99242   I cut this from more of the Blueberry paper, gluing it to the front of the card in the lower left, near the bow.  I used a lime green gem for the dot.  


I love the dimensionality of this card!  Enjoy the holidays and I'll be back in the New Year with more ideas to share.

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