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32 posts from June 2015

Mon 22


As I write this post, I'm celebrating the summer solstice on a very rainy day in Maine.  It has been raining pretty steadily for more than twelve hours now.  We have really needed the rain, so I am grateful for it as are the flowers and vegetable plants in my gardens.

This card seemed appropriate for the day--a mixture of sun and clouds marking the beginning of summer.



  • Stitched Clouds die 30053; Blueberry Distressed Dots paper DS77885
  • Sketchy Rings die 99149; white cardstock
  • "shine" stamp from Words to Live By CL5154; VersaFine Onyx Black ink
  • 2" punch for the sun tucked behind the rings; Squash Distressed Dots paper DS77913
  • Sage Notecard
  • glue pen, tape runner, pop-dots


 Happy Summer and Happy Crafting!

Sun 21

Beauty card by Evgenia Petzer

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer woth you today. Thit time I am playing with delicate dies and pastel colors that work together beautifully. I love to add some contrast to my works by using white cardstock for my die cuts. So lets have alook at what I came up with today:


and some close ups:


and my favorite rings:


Memory Box products used:

  • 99149 Sketchy rings
  • 99142 Pennington Rose border


Sat 20

Sunrise Poppy and Perfect Patches

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Hi there - hope you're enjoying a warm, sunny weekend wherever you are!  Jean Okimoto here with a card in my favorite 'keep cool' colors.  


Memory Box Products

  • Perfect Patch Strip Die 99166
  • Sunrise Poppy Die 99133
  • Open Studio Stitched Square Layer Die Set 30038 (cut & trim the greeting)
  • Kindness of People Stamp C2068
  • Violet Notecard and Envelope
  • Notecards for diecutting and stamping - Wisteria, Dill, Robins Egg

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Brilliance Victorian Violet Inkpad
  • Fireworks! Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold
  • Memento Dye Inkpad - Bahama Blue

Spritz watercolor paper with Bahama Blue, Pear Tart and Grape Jelly and airdry the inks.  Spritz it with Gold, airdry it for a few minutes - then heat-set it with a dry iron or heat-tool.  Cut it with Perfect Patches.  Ink the edges with Bahama Blue.

Cut Sunrise Poppy from Wisteria and Dill.  Remove the two leaves above the large blossom.  Stamp Kindness of People on Robins Egg with Victorian Violet and dry the ink.  Cut it with a Stitched Square Layer - then trim excess with the edge of one of the larger squares.

Attach the greeting with foam dots and add purple and silver sequins.

Thanks for stopping by this weekend...see you again on Wednesday!


Sat 20

Butterflies and a Lovely Smile



MemoryBoxLeavenworthButterflyTrio-MemoryBoxCascadiaButterflyTrio-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-OpenStudioALovelySmile-JeanOkimotoVellum butterflies on a watercolor background - delicately sweet, summery and perfect for any occasion.  Cut the solid Cascadia Butterfly Trio from vellum, then layer it over the detailed Leavenworth Butterfly Trio for a soft, diffused look.   Jean Okimoto here, with more challenge inspiration for you.  


Memory Box Products

  • Cascadia Butterfly Trio Die 99095
  • Leavenworth Butterfly Trio Die 99098
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Open Studio A Lovely Smile Die Set 30012
  • Open Studio Smile Clear Stamp Set 30012
  • Key Lime Notecard (for diecutting)

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Kaleidacolor Bouquet Inkpad
  • VersaMark Inkpad

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for instructions and supply lists.

Special thanks to everyone who took Memory Box classes at Impress this quarter!  Hope you liked the techniques and designs - and are inspired to join our Butterfly Challenge this month.  



Fri 19

The Great Outdoors--My Happy Place

Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing a card featuring the Circle Forest Scene die set from the Open Studio collection.  With it, I created a scene much like a place I would love to live, or at least visit often.  This is what my "Happy Place" looks like.  The fresh air, mountains, trees and just a few cabins...

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This die has it all--2 variations of rolling hills, 2 cabins, clouds and a forest of trees.  By the way, the larger cabin has a door that opens---welcoming you home.

Forest Scene-jennygriffithsThis card measures 5 1/2" square so there's plenty of room to stencil the breezy swirls in the background.  I selected the Sprinkle Dots stencil, sponged white ink onto the light blue panel, heat embossed with clear powder, then sponged different shades of blue all over.  I added a few butterflies from the Butterfly Delights die to enjoy the mountain breezes too.

I added the Hello Combo stamped sentiment so it could be sent to someone who also loves "the great outdoors".

Happy Friday, thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!    


Thu 18

You Make Me SMILE



 Good Morning!  Summer has begun and we are in full swing summer activities.   As are the little foxes on our card today.  I've colored Samuel Fox CS2032C and Patient Benjamin Fox CS2035C with Copic Markers and added the background by airbrushing over  the positive and negative of the Solid Arch Background 98992 this is one of my favorites for doing hills.  The first part of the greeting is stamped with the Open Studio Stamp set Smile CL5152 which works with A Lovely Smile die 30012 and is how we have the block letters for SMILE.  The little butterflies come from Butterfly Delights 98130

I love how the cute little foxes turned out.  They pop off the page with the airbrushing.  Hope you like it.

 Have a wonderful day and don't forget the Memory Box Butterfly challenge all of the details can be found HERE so you can join in and win some Awesome Prizes.




Wed 17

New Possibilities...the Lydia and Sorona Butterflies



Looking for some Butterfly Challenge ideas?  Here are two to get you started.  Jean Okimoto here today - let's get started!


Memory Box Products

  • Sorona Butterfly Die 99091
  • Lydia Butterfly Die 99089
  • Darla Butterfly Die Set 98264  (used the antenna)
  • NEW - New Possibilities Stamp B20562
  • Granny Smith Notecard and Envelope
  • Pool and Key Lime Notecards (for stamping and diecutting)

VersaFine Deep Lagoon Inkpad

It's quick and easy - attach Scor-Tape to Key Lime and diecut a Sorona Butterfly.  Cut Lydia Butterfly from Pool and attach it to the Sorona Butterfly.  Brush Impress Glitter onto the remaining adhesive...and you have a glittered butterfly!

Here's another idea - posted on the Challenge page - with our new Happiness stamp C2062, Open Studio Articles Ledger Stamp CS2211J and the Floating Butterflies Dies 98991 and 98978.


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for directions and supply lists for both cards.

Thanks for visiting today.   Be sure to view our Challenge post for the details - and to admire some of the beautiful cards already submitted!

See you again on Saturday...







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Tue 16

Butterfly Pipes

Hello, stampers, and welcome back to our design team blog, Outside the Box!

I hadn't used our pipe dies yet and the focus this month is butterflies, so I decided to put a spin on the process of metamorphosis. 



Memory Box dies (Large Steampunk Pipes, Medium Steampunk Pipes, Small Steampunk Pipes, Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Isabella Butterfly), retired 6x6 patterned paper (Jubilee collection); Inks: Distress Festive Berries (Ranger); Accents: gems (Mark Richards); Other: PrismaColor pencils 


Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 15

Petey Bird Postage

I haven't been using my PrismaColor colored pencils much lately, so I decided to make some cards that offered me a chance to color!  I chose the PETEY BIRD stamp no. CS2030E (the clear stamp but it is also available wood-mounted as E2030) for this purpose.  


I started with some plain white cardstock and the Memory Box stencil 88600 DOT GRID which I inked using a fingertip dauber and Hero Arts Cornflower ink.  I then used the POSTAGE SET die no. 99131 to cut out my stamps.  I inked up PETEY BIRD CS2030E using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and set him in the center of the largest postage stamp I die cut and then colored him.

I also die cut some smaller blue birds from cardstock using the Open Studio die BIRDS OF A FEATHER no. 30045 and glued them to smaller postage stamps to finish the front of the card.

For the second card, I used Washi tape to secure the POSTAGE SET stencil no. 88605 to a piece of white cardstock.  I inked the center of each section using Hero Arts Cornflower ink and a jumbo dauber.  I then stamped PETEY BIRD twice in the largest of the small rectangles and once in the small square with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.  I removed the stencil and replaced it with the POSTAGE SET die no. 99131 to cut out my postage stamps.  I then colored in the birds with my PrismaColor colored pencils.  I decided to add a stamped sentiment on an extra rectangle postage stamp left from another project--"always keep hope in your heart" CS2058B (wood-mounted B2058).   I snipped it off at the right edge of the card to fit.

These blue birds look so pretty on the Pool notecards. The Postage Set die and the coordinating stencil make it super easy to create your own faux postage!

Happy Crafting!

Sun 14

Steampunk Pipes Tag

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Hi everyone!

Today I have a tag which features the new Steampunk Pipes Die.  I die cut the pipes several times from Black cardstock.  Then I glued them to a Black shipping tag.  Once you have them all glued in place, paint the entire tag using Black acrylic paint.


When the Black paint was dry, I sponged several colors of Distress Paint on the tag.  I blended the colors with my fingers.  Dry the paint with a heat tool.  Lightly rub over the tag with Black Soot Distress Ink Pad.  Mist lightly with water.  While the tag is still wet, sprinkle lightly with Rust embossing powder.  Heat the tag with a heat tool to melt the embossing powder and to dry the tag.

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Cut a piece of watercolor paper using the Postage Set Die.  I die cut a rectangle in the middle of the medium size postage piece.  This gives you a frame for our watercolor piece. Cut the frame to the size you want.  Ink the frame with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and sprinkle lightly with Rust embossing powder.  Heat to melt the powder. I used Ken Oliver's  Color Burst Pigments to watercolor the rectangle die cut.  Spray the watercolor paper with water.  Tap a little bit of the pigments onto the wet paper.  These powders are highly pigmented, only a tiny bit is needed.  Mist paper lightly to further blend the colors.  Dry with a heat tool.  Ink the edges with Vintage Photo Ink.

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Adhere the prepared frame to the dry watercolor piece and glue this to the tag.  

Die cut the Beautiful Balloon from watercolor paper.  Color balloon using the Color Burst Pigments. I put a little pigment in a palette and used a paintbrush and water to apply the color.  The Kaleidoscope Butterfly and Antique Gears were cut from Black cardstock.   The gears were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and embossed with Rust embossing powder.  

Stamp the "Not Knowing"  sentiment on cardstock and cut the saying apart.  Ink all the edges with Vintage Photo Ink.  I dyed the ribbon using the Color Burst Pigments. Assemble tag as shown.

Memory Box Products used:

  • Medium Steampunk Pipes Die #99157
  • Beautiful Balloon Die #98854
  • Antique Gear Set Die #98966
  • Open Studio Rectangle Layers Die #30033
  • Postage Set Die #99131
  • Kaleidoscope Butterfly Die #98261
  • Not Knowing Stamp # C2050

Have a great day!