88 posts categorized "2015 Spring"


Fri 24

Chatfords Wreath...




Christmas in July is always so fun! Pam here...I kinda got off the beaten path color scheme wise with this card but never fear...keep scrolling and you'll find more traditional colors with the same dies.

Here's the NEW Chatfords Wreath combined with some other Memory Box dies.  Check out the links at the bottom of the post.

I die cut the wreath two times from two different green card-stocks, kept all the pieces and just interchanged them between the two cards.




I love how these cards turned out!  So fun... there is another, different one on my blog that I posted earlier in the week... just click on my name to see it too. 

The white just makes it pop! Some pearls and Liquid pearls and it's time to celebrate!  or bust out singing a carol or two!  : )




 Thanks for stopping by!



The dies I used for these two cards...



Wed 22

Blooming Poppies, Sketchbook Imagine - and a New Look Book





Congrats to all of the Holiday Blitz prizewinners - enjoy your wonderful dies!  Jean Okimoto here today with some soft pretty colors - and a bit of sparkle for you.  I love the new Blooming Poppies Die - here's just a portion of it.  I'll use the other beautiful, delicate section on another card.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Blooming Poppies Die 99223
  • NEW Sketchbook Imagine Die 99253
  • NEW Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die Set 30065
  • Open Studio Stitched Country Border Dies Set 30042
  • Cherry Blossom and Granny Smith Notecards (for diecutting)

Imagine Crafts Product

  • Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz

Paint watercolor paper with overlapping shades of pink, blue, green, teal and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Air-dry it.  Spritz it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz and air-dry it again.

Cut it with a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Cut the left portion of the Blooming Poppies from Cherry Blossom - leave a ½" wide border at the bottom.  Trim the border with the scalloped Country Border die.

Cut "imagine" from Granny Smith - leave in it the die.  Attach ¼" wide Scor-Tape horizontally across the back of the diecut and cut it again to cut the adhesive.

Attach the pieces to a top-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Attach a clear mini-sequin over the first "i" in "imagine."  Attach pale pink sequins.  Coordinate the card with a matching Cherry Blossom Envelope. 

Spring seems to have come and gone so quickly this year...remember all of the great dies and stamps from the Spring Release in April?  They're featured - along with favorites from the January release - in the July Look Book.  I'm thrilled/happy/excited to share my just-released Look Book with you today!  I hope you like it - actually, I hope you love it.  




Thanks Dave - and everyone at Memory Box - for your great editing and photography - and for inviting me to share my ideas with everyone.   I love the cool, quirky titles you gave each card too.

Special thanks to everyone who took the Holidays with Memory Box Class at Impress last week  - I loved designing cards with the new release and hope you enjoyed the class!  I'll be teaching the class again at 1:30 on August 29, after the new Cool Winter Wishes class at 10:30 that day.


 Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Saturday!




Fri 10

Color Burst Cards

I know the new release just happened but I am teaching a class on July 22nd at The Stamp Addict in San Diego and I just had to show you two of the cards I am teaching in that class. I used the new Ken Oliver Color Bursts for the background on the one card and to color the paper used for the die in the other. I love the vibrant colors and look you get with these and you get something different everytime, so each card is a unique work of art! 


On this card I used the Row of Poppies Die, Studio Square Layers Dies, Postage Square Layers Dies, and the Contour Typewriter Keys Dies.


I snipped off the top poppy and put it inside the card as an added little bonus for the person who opens the card! Doing that also helped the die fit on the square!


The second card is a simple stamp and layer on top of the Color Burst background. An easy fast but stunning card for any occasion!


I used the Open Studio Monterey Sunrise stamp for this card.


I hope you like the cards and I promise my next post will be with dies from the new release...I am having a blast playing with the new stuff!!!


Thu 02

Little Pink Houses

Good Morning,  how is everyone enjoying their summer?  We have had a slow start weather wise but  my kids are determined everyday to wear summer clothes even though it is only 69 degrees outside.   We are still having fun and doing most of our regular summer activities.  


Today I have a fun summer card using the Circle Forest Scene 30043 using pink for the little houses.  The sky in the background is just inked with torn paper and ink then the clouds.  To add the greeting I used  some of the Open Studio stamps Smile CL5152 and Hello CL5150.  I love how all of these Open Studio stamp sets work together to build phrases.   Tip:  To get solid ink coverage on your clear mount stamps rub them with a white eraser before using them.  You can see I should have been a bit more patient and rubbed just a little more on the N and the J in enjoy. 

Hope your having a great day and getting ready for a Wonderful Safe Holiday weekend!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the new  July Memory Box Challenge Here.


Wed 01

Butterfly Trail Mini Perfect Patches



Big congrats to our Butterfly Challenge winners - Justyna and Sonya!  Thanks very much to everyone who entered the challenge - we love your cards and your support.  

Ready for the July Challenge?  Get the details here - can't wait to see your great designs!

Jean Okimoto here this afternoon - yes, still in the butterfly mode.  I love how Butterfly Trail fits perfectly onto half of the Mini Perfect Patches Die to create a tile-ish look.  Fireworks! and Sheer Shimmer Spritzes highlight the Peerless Watercolors, adding a luminous glow.

Memory Box Products

  • Mini Perfect Patches Die 99162
  • Butterfly Trail Stamp E2044
  • Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set CL405
  • Pool Notecard 
  • Pool Envelope

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Fireworks! Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritzes - Gold, Sparkle
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad   
  • VersaMark Inkpad    
  • Memento Bahama Blue Inkpad

The versatile Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamps is already one of our favorite 
 greetings set - look at these great phrases:


Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Set CL405

Project directions and supply lists are posted over at our Ideas Gallery.

Have you been to the Birch Press site lately?  You'll love their selection of classic, timeless designs - and yes, Peerless Watercolors too!



Looking for something really cool to do on Friday July 3rd?  Join us for the DIE-VERSITY Class in refreshing AC-d comfort at Impress!  Stencil, emboss, and deconstruct our favorite diecut designs and push some great dies to the max to get the most out of them.  

Thanks for stopping by - join us for one of Marnie's cool designs tomorrow.

Happy 4th!




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Sat 27

Circle Forest Scene BBQ...




You can plan a BBQ even if it's not your birthday though!  Pam here to celebrate birthdays and Summer with a fun scene card!

I cut a white piece of card-stock 4.25 in. x 11 in., scored and folded it for a top fold card base.  Top fold cards are the easiest to photograph and another photo tip, if you're using natural light, be sure to pull up the blinds!  Open blinds let in light but you'll be amazed how much better it is when you pull them all the way up and out of the way! Your camera will thank you! lol

oops!  Got off track there for a minute, back to the card!

I die cut the Circle Forest Scene parts from cold press watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored them, the grass/trees with Peerless and the grill, houses and clouds with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

The little curvy fence is from the Wide Open Spaces Open Studio die set. I just trimmed off the bottom...perfect fit!  




I wish I'd  used the Celebrate from this set because it's just enough larger. I didn't see it until I'd already stamped this one from poppystamps Into the Words set.  'It's your birthday' is from the same set. 

I die cut a circle frame to place over the top from the Shaker Circle Frames die set.

Well, I see I goofed.  The Grill has been discontinued!!!  I wouldn't have thought... so think bicycle or golf cart or even the new tractor die!  Sorry about that!

All that's left to do is layer everything up!  I use ATG, Tombow mono multi glue, thin and regular 3L/Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares.


Happy Summer day to you!  Thanks for stopping by!  




Fri 26

Blooming Sketch Border Thank You...




Welcome to the blog today!  Pam here to share a pretty floral border thank you card with you.

I started by stamping the beautiful Blooming Sketch Border stamp with Ranger Archival Black ink  on watercolor paper and coloring with Zig Clean Color Brush Pens.

After it was dry, I die cut the panel with the largest rectangle die from the Cross Stitched Frame Borders die set and layered it to an A2 card base.




I embossed the poppystamps Thank You sentiment with super fine white embossing powder on a black banner and stamped the friend sentiment directly on the watercolor paper with the MISTI stamp tool. Both are from the Hope and Thanks set.

I die cut the Pennington Rose Border die in white card-stock but just used the right end and one other rose from the cut to embellish above the banner. I added a few enamel dots in green.  I love the fun touch the dots add to the mix.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a creative, relaxing Summer weekend!



Thu 25


Hello everyone from sunny southern California!  Sherry here with a summery card for you today.

Happiness Card 1

The water colored background was created using Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Spun Sugar Distress Inks.  I then sponged Peeled Paint through the Texture Scraped Paint stencil over one area of the background, and turned it once to create the cross hatch. I am loving this stencil!

Happiness Card 3

I trimmed this background piece down and splattered some watered down Peeled Paint over the entire top before adding the Happiness stamp and the Flllipa Corner.  I had some leftover background, and used it to cut the solid layer of the butterfly from the Cascadia Butterfly Trio set.  The top layer is one of the butterflies from the Butterfly Exhibit Die which I snipped from the entire die cut piece, and it happens to match the solid butterfly.

Happiness Card 2

The card was completed with a scattering of pink, green and yellow sequins.  I adhered the assembled piece to a piece of warm white card stock that was cut smaller than the card base, then added that to the card base using foam tape. 

This was a fun card to make, and I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Wed 24

New Possibilities - The Reverse Butterfly Collage




Have you joined our Butterfly Challenge?  View the details - and post your project soon - the deadline is 11:59 PM EST on June 28th.  Jean Okimoto here - let's combine our popular Reverse Butterfly Collage with a quick, spritzy, inky technique.

Watercolored backgrounds are quick and easy.   To "D" or not to "D"  - ??? - distress inks work for this technique, but so do the beautiful colors of Memento DewDrops.  Just splotch the DewDrops onto the Craft Mat from Imagine Crafts and spritz it with water.  Let the colors blend for several seconds - then pick them up with watercolor paper.  Pretty cool, always unique and perfectly random for butterflies!


Memory Box Products

  • Reverse Butterfly Collage Die 99145
  • Fairyland Butterflies Die Set 99078 (use the antennae)
  • Open Studio Studio Rectangle Layers Die Set  30033
  • New Possibilities Stamp B2052
  • Graphite Notecard (for stamping)

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento DewDrops - Lilac Posies, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly, Bamboo Leaves
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • Craft Mat 

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


Thanks for stopping by - join us again for Laura's post later today.





Tue 23

Follow Your Bliss (and Be Bright About It)!

Hello, Hello!

Our theme this month is butterflies. so I decided to pair one of my favorite dies, the Cascadia Butterfly Trio, with the Geo Fragments die (another favorite).



Memory Box Follow Your Bliss stamp, Geo Fragments and Cascadia Butterfly Trio dies, Bubblegum, Key Lime, Mango, and Pool Gingham patterned papers and Squash Distressed Dots patterned paper, and Bubblegum cardstock; Distress Inks: Broken China, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick  (Ranger); Accents: gem stickers (Starform)



  1. Make 4" x 5.5" card base from white cardstock and score (but don't fold yet).
  2. Die cut Geo Fragments from front of card.
  3. Fold card and round bottom corners.
  4. Stamp sentiment in Mowed Grass.
  5. Adhere Bubblegum cardstock panel to back of card front.
  6. Die cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from Bubblegum, Key Lime, Mango, and Pool Gingham PP and Squash Distressed Dots PP.
  7. Edge butterflies with contrasting inks: Bubblegum PP = Spiced Marmalade; Key Lime PP = Broken China; Mango PP = Bubblegum; Pool PP = Crushed Olive;  Squash PP = Wild Honey.
  8. Arrange butterflies and adhere.
  9. Adhere gem stickers.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!