57 posts categorized "2015 Winter Collection"


Mon 27

Sprinkle Dots Peony Joy
by Anne Thompson

This is my last holiday card this month before I start using products from the new 2020 Christmas release which you will be able to see on the Memory Box site TODAY!  

I made today's Christmas-in-July card with Memory Box supplies from previous collections.  It all started because I had a peony left from a previous project that I wanted to incorporate, I had found a package of Holly Berry notecards with last year's Christmas stamps and dies as I was rummaging through things, and I knew I wanted to use a favorite stencil to create the background.



to make this card

  • Tape the stencil on top of the smooth-sided watercolor paper and apply ink using a fingertip dauber.  Trim this panel to 4 X 5 1/4 and adhere it to the front of a Holly Berry notecard.


  • Using the Matinee Rectangle Layers, cut one from a piece of the Cottage Stripes and Dots red paper and a smaller one from a scrap of smooth-sided watercolor paper.


  • Stamp "joy" using the same VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink on the watercolor paper rectangle.


  • Layer the two rectangles and place them in the lower right corner of the front panel.
  • Stamp, watercolor, and die cut a single peony (or do what I did and use a flower left from a prior project) and glue it over the upper left corners of the two rectangles.  


And there you have it...


Be sure to look at the newest 2020 Christmas release and start writing out your wish list.  There are new dies, glitter glues, and 6X6 paper pads as well as two new embossing folders.  And keep checking the blog in the days to come for samples from the Design Team!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Thu 08

Plush Sheldon’s New Friend – Plush Shelley
by Jean Okimoto


Plush Sheldon is the sweetest snowman ever - but maybe we need a snowlady?  Meet Plush Shelley!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here tonight - with a bit of stitching, a lot of sparkle, and some December Challenge inspiration. 


Cut two Plush Sheldons from white felt and stitch them together.  Cut the arms from scrap cardboard.  Daub the ends with glue and slip them between the felt layers.  They'll be nice and secure - and won't show on the back.

Cut the tiny streamers from the Truly Gifted bow set from glittered pink craft foam.  Cut it to create a sparkly pink scarf.

Attach Scor-Tape behind scraps of glossy black cardstock and dark orange cardstock and cut the eyes and nose.

Stamp Merry Background on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Daub Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Memento Luxe Lilac Posies over some of the merries.  Use a tissue to remove any residual ink on the Espresso Truffle background.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut Shimmering Snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-⅜" square card of light gray textured cardstock.  

Tonight's weather prediction inspired this design...keep warm everyone!   Thanks for stopping by - can't wait to see everyone at Saturday's WINTER BLISS  (any occasion, un-holiday) class at Impress.  It's all about getting  the most out of our favorite products...and using bits and pieces from our stashes!






Wed 14

Plush Sheldon, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


Three holiday releases meet up tonight -  Plush Sheldon, Delicate Stitched Snowflakes and the brand-new Dancing Snowflake Oval.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - loving how compatible the Memory Box dies are!  Sheldon - from 2015 - gets the cutest face ever -  his carrot nose is a tiny piece cut from the center of the largest Delicate Stitched Snowflake.  Multi-tasking once again - see that little piece in the top snowflake below?


Cut Sheldon from watercolor paper and stitch him.  Attach Scor-Tape behind black cardstock and cut the hat, eyes and buttons - they'll be self-adhesive when you need them.  Cut the branches from kraft cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of orange cardstock and cut the center of the largest snowflake.

Cut the two scarf pieces from mint felt.  Trim the ends of the short strip and lay it vertically over him.  Wrap the longer strip snugly around his neck and tape the ends behind him.  Trim the ends of the other strip, and secure it with strip of Scor-Tape.  The card may require extra postage - but I think the plush, layered felt scarf adds a bit of dimension and winter warmth.  Attach the nose, eyes, button and arms.  

Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from watercolor paper - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut three Delicate Stitched Snowflakes from silver glitter cardstock.

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard.  Sheldon looks like he's attached with foamtape, but he's not.  There's already a lot going on behind the scenes  -  the arms and ends of the scarf give him a great little boost from behind.


Thanks very much for stopping by again - hope you like Sheldon too.  Just combine him with the Delicate Stitched Snowflakes and just-released Dancing Snowflake Oval for a card that's sure to impress.

Speaking of impress...see you at the September 17th JUST A THOUGHT class at Impress.  We'll take a quick detour around our holiday cards and make pretty everyday cards to boost a spirit, cheer a heart or make someone smile again.  Their huge delivery of the September Release should be arriving soon...join us for the class, then enjoy a 10% class discount on all of your purchases that day!








Sat 20

Making Spirits Bright with a Watercolored Wreath
by Jean Okimoto


Making Spirits Bright and cooling off with a frosty snowflake wreath might be wishful thinking this weekend...but it's worth a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping a pile of colorful diecut snowflake confetti might keep us refreshed today.  

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in shades of green, turquoise, aqua, teal and chartreuse.  Dry the paper, then diecut several sets of snowflakes with the Snow Burst and Distressed Snowdrift Collage dies.  Diecut silver glitter cardstock with Snow Burst.


Diecut the 3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from white cardstock.  Dry-emboss a Studio Octagon Layer onto the rectangle using an embossing mat and the plates recommended for your machine.   It may seem strange to use an octagon instead of a circle for a template - but trust me, it works.  Promise!

Attach the larger snowflakes to the center of each side of the embossed octagon.  Having 8 reference points - instead of trying to divide the circle - makes it quick and easy.  Fill the open spaces with medium and small snowflakes.  Add the glittered snowflakes

Stamp the greeting - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  Dry the ink, then cut it with a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add pale aqua sequins.


Memory Box snowflakes - in all shapes, sizes and colors - are perfect for layering and creating winter  collages.  Diecut a stash of them now - they'll be ready and waiting when you need them!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's Asian Express class at Impress - and to Ann, Lindsay and Erin for keeping our shopping baskets full!  I love how Memory Box and Poppystamps dies cut quickly and perfectly through the silkscreened and textured papers we added to our cards. 

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores for the Holiday 2016 event today.  Great goodie bags are ready for the first 25 shoppers at each store.  You'll love and and be inspired by their beautiful displays and samples - and be among the first to discover the latest products, arriving every day.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you at another  Holly Jolly Headstart class at Tukwila on Sunday!


A Reverse Butterfly Collage Celebration </br> <small> by Jean Okimoto </small>
Holiday 2015 Collection - The Snowflake Collage
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Follow Your Bliss...the Reverse Butterfly Collage


Sat 16

Up up & Away
by Penny

Proud of you

Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today reviving an older set from this past Fall release. Mr. Memory Box comes out with so many new dies and stamps that I never got a chance to play with this adorable set while I was busy making card with leaves and pumpkins. I thought it would be fun to do a "dig through my stash" and give a little love to an older set.

Let's do this:


Starting with white card stock, I masked the area with a torn piece of printer paper to ink the "clouds" background with VersaMagic Aspen Mist.

Die cut the curve with Curved Dashing.

Attach this panel to an Orange panel that has been embossed with a Wave folder.


Stamp and die cut the balloons, clouds, airplane and sentiment from white card stock using the Flying High set. Color them as desired and adhere to card front as shown.

The die cut clouds have been lathered with White Amplify!, then heat set to make the product "puff".

These tiny balloons are fun, but have you seen the larger Hot Air Balloons Memory Box came out with this month. Gorgeous!!!


Thanks so much for flying by today. Make sure to show us your creations on our Facebook page.


Happy Crafting,





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





Tue 22

Delicate Ornament
by Penny


It's beginning to look a lot like.....Penny here today with that song in my head. Nothing says Christmas like Red and Green. Are you loving this delicate ornament as much as I am. To be honest, it went on several of my cards this year. Simple, yet elegant!

Let's Make this Card:

Start with a base card of White card stock trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches and folded in half.

Cut another piece of White card stock 4 x 5.50 inches and die cut Stitched Octagon near top center. Stamp sentiment using Image Crafts Versafine Spanish Moss ink. Adhere to card base with foam adhesive.

Die cut Pitelli Ornament and Tippington Vine. Color as shown using Copic markers YG93 and YG95. Color Holly with Copic marker R59, adding Stickles Stardust on top. Let dry.



Adhere Tippington Vine across top of Stitched Octagon. Add a bow made from twine to Pitelli Ornament and "hang" from branch....OK, you can a smidge of glue so the ornament stays in place. :)


Hoping you have a wonderful crafty day,




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!




Thu 17

Snowflake Collage Drop Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


Here's a multi-tasking Snowflake Collage Drop Ornament idea for you - it can be a last-minute card, a tag or a tree ornament!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick glittery, shimmery sparkly design to simplify your holiday prep.


Diecut Snowflake Collage from textured white cardstock.  Cut it again with the largest Drop Ornament Layer. Fold a 10" x 4" strip of white cardstock in half at 5".  Cover the top layer of the folded strip with Scor-Tape.  Place the Drop Ornament Layer so the top edge is about ⅛" above the fold to create an uncut hinge.  Cut the ornament.

Attach the snowflake ornament to the folded cardstock.  Brush Martha Stewart Wintermint Glitter onto the adhesive in the snowflake cutouts.

Score and fold a strip of gold mirror cardstock.  Diecut the unfolded edges with the small scalloped Stitched Country Border.  Attach it to the ornament.  Punch a hole and attach a gold cord.

Stamp Merry and Bright inside the ornament with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Here are 3 choices for the next step: 

    -Attach it to a 4-⅝" x 6-¼" card of pearlescent aqua cardstock and add a diecut Sketchbook Joy

    -Use it as a gift tag for a special gift

    -Hang it as a tree ornament


Whatever you chose...I hope you like it!

Visit our site for a last-minute look at some of the great multi-tasking designs we feature.

Be sure to view the gorgeous Look Book and videos created by Poppystamps Designer Olga Direktorenko - 25 beautiful designs AND videos too.  You will love it and be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening.





Tue 15

Merry Wreath Card
by Lindsay A.


Lindsay here with you today, sharing a little rustic Christmas card! The days are truly counting down, and it will be here before we know it! Have you sent out your cards yet? Here is a fun idea for you to try, using some basic dies, and a little ink.

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To begin, I took a panel of rustic card stock, and applied a light blue ink to the front, in a circular motion. I set that aside, and began die cutting my wreath pieces, beginning with the Pinpoint Circles. Once I had my main circle cut out, I took the next smallest one, and cut the center out. I then die cut my leaves from different shades of green. I glued the circle down to the panel, and started adhering the greenery. 


I then die cut the sled from black, and Kraft card stocks, trimming the pieces, and adhering them together. I also added a bit of ink to the sled with a sponge blending tool. Using the berries from the Stitched Holly leaves die set, I adhered them to the wreath, along with glossy accents to make them shiny. Lastly, I added a Merry sentiment die cut from gold card stock, and foam tape. 

I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!