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36 posts from May 2015

Sun 31

Love the Bunnies


Greetings everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I have really enjoyed the new Memory Box bunny stamps and thought I would take the chance to show you one of the cards I made with a bunny and some of the new postage dies/stencils.I like the postage dies because they add fun accents to cards that let you really focus on the "framed" image.

For my card,  die cut my postage stamp, placed the postage stencil on top and stamped my bunny.  I then watercolored the bunny with Peerless watercolors and then sponged Distress Inks around the outside of the bunny.  To finish the card, I added a ledger background to the card and added a saying from Poppystamps.

Here is a close up of all the elements.  You can see how combining the postage die and stencil give you a nicely framed edge.


Materials used:

Peerless Watercolors- Neutral tint Arbutis Pink, Burnt Umber, Sepia Brown

Inks-  Black Versafine  (to stamp the bunny),  Distress Inks- Stormy Sky, Antique Linen


Nathaniel Bunny C2034

Articles Ledger (CS2211J)

Saying from Popyystamps Clear Set Into the Words CL403


Postage Set 99131


Postage Set 88605


Sat 30

Answering Your Questions


We have had a lot of questions about Kay Miller's dress card from the Look Book.   Many people have asked if the the flowers at the bottom of the dress were hand painted.  They are actually from a stamp called Blooming Sketch Border (F2037) that was clear embossed and then watercolored.  Really gorgeous effect, wasn't it?

Fri 29

Color Block Card


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Happy Friday everyone!

For today's card I created a color block pattern using the Postage Assemblage Stencil.  Sponge various colors of distress ink through different size rectangles of the stencil.  Once the blocks are colored, simply place various texture stencils over each rectangle and remove color using a baby wipe.  This gives you a batik effect on each block.  Water down one color of distress ink and spatter the background.  Stamp your sentiment and you're done.  


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Memory Box Products used:

  • Postage Assemblage Stencil #88606
  • Zippy Dots Stencil #88568
  • Splatter Stencil #88581
  • Drip Rings #88582

Poppystamps Product used:

  • Into the Words Stamp Set #CL403


I hope you enjoyed today's card, and have a great week end!


Thu 28

Mini Cloud Stencil on Acetate - Smile Today

Good Morning,  Happy Thursday everyone.  Marnie here today and I have a semi-Happy household since school is almost out and the countdown has begun.  The "Semi" is because there are still some Finals to be taken but otherwise we are in the home stretch. 

For you today I have a fun technique using paste and a stencil on an acetate card.   I love the affect achieved with the Mini Cloud Stencil 88603 and some white embossing paste.  The inside of the card has the Medium Forest Archway 99159 along with A Lovely Smile Open Studio 30012 as well as an Open Studio Stamp Hello CL5150 - Today stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black by Imagine Crafts.    The patterned papers are by Memory Box along with some black and brown cardstock and of course the clear acetate card.

Thank you all for taking time out of your busy days to check out the blog.   Be sure to take a look at the latest Memory Box Look Book with amazing samples from the current release as well as all of the blog posts of wonderful inspiration.  Have a GREAT DAY! 

Wed 27

Masculine Happy Birthday

Hello everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.

I'm always running short on masculine cards so I'm making a more concerted effort to build my stash.


This A2 card was made with several Memory Box products.  I cut the die Grand Happy Birthday Script into the patterned paper and then cut it again with the brown cardstock for the "Birthday" and parts of the "Happy".  I inlaid the brown cardstock pieces into the patterned paper so the wording stood out more.

In the corners I used the Gearworks Border (die cut twice) and then snipped sections apart to create the corner pieces.


The background was created uses the new stencil called Shimmer in varying coordinating colored inks, and the edges were inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen.


Thanks for visiting today and don't forget about all of the men in your life, and they really do love getting cards even if they don't understand our crafting hobby/obsession/hoard:)



Tue 26

Sunrise Poppy on a Postage Stamp

Hello and welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog!

Today's card features two new dies, (Sunrise Poppy and Postage Assemblage) a sentiment from that fantastic new PoppyStamps clear stamp set Hope and Thanks, and some more of the retired Sprout 6x6 patterned paper that I've been hoarding.



Paper: retired Spruce 6x6 patterned paper (Memory Box); Stamp: Hope and Thanks (PoppyStamps); Inks: VersaFine Onyx Black (Imagine Crafts); Dies: Sunrise Poppy, Postage Assemblage (Memory Box); Accents: enamel dots (MME), ribbon (Offrey); Other: foam dimensional tape



  1. Make 4" x 5.5" cardbase.
  2. Cut panel of PP and mat of cardstock; adhere panel to mat.
  3. Wrap matted panel with ribbon and adhere on back, then adhere to card front.
  4. Die cut one postage stamp, stamp sentiment, and set aside.
  5. Die cut top poppy twice (one each from PP and cardstock). 
  6. Adhere cardstock outline of poppy to postage stamp; follow with PP interior die cuts of PP.
  7. Stamp sentiment.
  8. Adhere enamel dots.
  9. Mount postage stamp die cut using foam dimensional tape.
You can literally make this card in under ten minutes but your recipient will never guess. (Shhhh - it'll be our little secret - hee-hee!)
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day! 


Mon 25

Layouts using Memory Box dies

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today and I wanted to share with you something  a bit different- the layouts that I did for my youngest son, both of them use Memory Box dies and I picked the white paper for that, so they can really pop out more.


Lots of fussy cutting from the papers and the elegant dies just suit this album perfectlyG45_2

Memory Box products used:

  • 99149 Sketchy rings
  • 99142 Pennington Rose Border
  • 99133 Sunrise Poppy


Have a lovely scrappy day, 


Sun 24

Celebrate Summer

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Good Morning everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying your Memorial Day weekend.  Since this is the unofficial start of the summer season, I thought I would create a summer theme card for you.

I used the new Postage Set Die to cut a muslin layer and a watercolor paper layer for my card.  Using the Postage Set Stencil, I placed the stencil over the watercolor paper and inked with Broken China Distress Ink through the stencil.  Keeping the stencil in place mist lightly with water.  Die cut the Swimming Seahorses, Seaside Treasures and a rectangle layer from watercolor paper and color using various distress inks.  Using gold metallic paper, die cut the Sketchy Rings.  Once your card is assembled, stamp the word Celebrate and emboss with gold embossing powder. 


Memory Box Products used:

  • Postage Set Die #99131
  • Postage Set Stencil #88605
  • Swimming Seahorses Die  #99115
  • Seaside Treasures Die #99107
  • Sketchy Rings Die #99149
  • Open Studio Rectangle Layers Die #30093

Poppystamps Product used:

  • Into the Words Stamp Set #CL403


I hope you enjoyed today's card and have a great Memorial Day Weekend!


Sat 23

Blooming Lotus Postage Set


Hello...hope your holiday weekend is off to a great start!  Jean Okimoto here today with a design featuring our new Postage Set Die  and Postage Set Designer Stencil.  There are so many ways to use this great combination - here's just one of them...

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Postage Set Die 99131
  • NEW Postage Set Designer Stencil 88605
  • NEW Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamp Set CL5153
  • NEW Open Studio Articles Ledger Cling Stamp CS2211J
  • Blooming Lotus Outline Die 99099
  • Blooming Lotus Background Die 99097  
  • Bubblegum Notecard
  • Bubblegum Envelope
  • Sugar Plum and Cherry Blossom Notecards (for diecutting and stamping)

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Brilliance Pearlescent Inkpads - Lime, Coral, Orchid, Orange
  • Memento Dye Inkpad - Bamboo Leaves
  • Memento Luxe Pigment Inkpad - Olive Grove
  • Daubers


Stencil the Brilliance inks onto white cardstock with the Postage Set Designer Stencil.  Remove the stencil and clean it.   Dry the inks .  Replace the stencil and stamp Articles Ledger over it  - at an angle - with Bamboo Leaves.  Cut it with the Postage Set Die.

Cut the Blooming Lotus from pink vellum and Sugar Plum (keep the center portion) .  Assemble the flower and trim the left side.  Stamp the greeting on Cherry Blossom with Olive Grove and emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach the pieces to a Bubblegum Notecard - use foam dots for the greeting.  Attach pale green opalescent sequins.  Coordinate the card with a matching Bubblegum Envelope.

Want to do something creative on Memorial Day?  Join us for the GREETINGS FROM SEATTLE  class at the Tukwila Impress - it's comfortably air-conditioned and cool in so many ways!  The class is from 11:00 to 1:00 - so sleep in a bit, take a class, and still have time to picnic or barbeque.  

While you're at Impress or shopping online - use the Coupon Code MD2015 for a special 30% discount off the price of one item -  from May 23rd thru the 25th.  It's the perfect time to buy that special Memory Box, Open Studio or Poppystamps item on your wishlist.

One last subject  (I promise!) - Peerless Watercolors are now available at Birch Press.  Peerless Watercolors are special papers coated with vibrant, saturated colors.  Just use a waterbrush or wet paintbrush to pick them up and transform them into dreamy backgrounds and watercolored images.  The Bonus Pack is an assortment of 40 beautiful colors.

Birch Press is an online specialty shop owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer.  It's a unique collection of beautifully-designed cards, journals, party goods, and items for dining, entertaining and daily enjoyment.  Visit Birch Press and click on "what's new" - you'll love what you see there.

Thanks for visiting - see you at Impress this weekend!






Sat 23

Old Glory Cards


Hello from San Diego!

Here are two patriotic cards that Therese from my store is teaching at The Stamp Addict on Tuesday June 9th. If you want to get your red, white and blue on and come take a fun class be sure to give us a call to reserve your seat!



I hope you like the cards as much as I did! I loved her use of the Postage Assemblage dies as stripes on the flag...very creative don't you think?! Then the use of the Starry Night Background die as an element on one card and using the stars for the other card....versatility and no waste! I never would have thought of using the Ferrand Heart die in a patriotic card but I love the simplicity of layering the white on the red and blue background....just beautiful! I hope to see you in class!