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39 posts from July 2015

Fri 31

Watercolor Birthday Wishes

Hi Crafty Friends!

Any Summer birthdays to celebrate?  Today let's break out the watercolors, Peerless Watercolors, available from Birch Press Designs, and a few really cool Memory Box dies.

Watercolor Birthday Wishes-Jenny Griffiths

Personally, I love these watercolors.  They are color intense, long lasting and easy to access.  I arranged mine in a notebook with color swatches inside the plastic sleeves but the actual watercolor laden paper on the outside of the plastic.  You can get the urge to watercolor and be creating in just a few seconds--just add a brush and water.
Peerless Colors-J Griffiths
Once you get started, it's hard to stop---this is one of many backgrounds made during a brief crafty session.

Watercolor base-J Griffiths

 In order to get an accurate arch I employed a nearby flower pot saucer--it had the basic curve I was looking for.  I set the saucer on the paper and adhered the individual die cut letters, following the curve--easy!

Curve aid-J Griffiths

 A little watercoloring on the butterfly background and some essential sequins finished this cheerful, Summer-y card.  Makes you think of rainbow sherbet doesn't it?

Watercolor Birthday Wishes-Jenny Griffiths

Watercolor Birthday detail-J Griffiths

 If you have a Summer birthday, this one's for you!--hope you have a very happy birthday.

Happy Friday!


Wed 29

Birds of a Feather in the Woodland Oval


Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with a simple Christmas design for you today.  It's Make Merry time with Birds of a Feather and the new Woodland Oval die.  

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Open Studio Make Merry Die Set 30062
  • NEW Open Studio We Wish You Die Set 30064 ("christmas" attached inside the card)
  • NEW Woodland Oval Die 99185
  • Open Studio Rectangle Layers Die Set 30033
  • Pool Distressed Dots Signature Pattern

Hope you like the contrast of the sparkly red glittered craft foam birds and the plush red velvet greeting.  The Pool Distressed Dots Signature Pattern creates the illusion of a soft snowy background.  Attach everything to a 5" x 7" card of crisp white cardstock.  Add gold sequins...and that's it!

A special note to Jenny-the-stamping-engineer and the other great students....yes FIVE gold sequins, not my usual three!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery  for additional details - and more holiday designs.


Have you posted your card for this month's Red, White and Blue Challenge?  The deadline is 11:59 PM EST...tonight!    View the details  - and great entries - here.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!


Mon 27

A Happy Halloween Card!

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share another card that I will be teaching at The Stamp Addict in San Diego on Saturday Aug. 1st in my Memory Box Holiday Cards class.

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I used my Micron pen to draw some eyes on each bat!

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I used the Glue Gloss pen to glue all the pieces down...I love that little lipgloss like sponge tip applicator, it is so easy to use!

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So please tell me you see the smiley face! :)

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And I even put the extra bat on the inside so when the recipient opens the card they get a little batty surprise!

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I used the Uppercase Alphabet Soup and Stitched Halloween Circle Frame Die sets for this card.

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This was a fun, quick card for Halloween that isn't spooky at all!!! I hope you like it! Remember if you would like to join me for the class on Aug. 1st and you are in the San Diego area, just give the store a call to reserve your seat!


Sat 25

It's Party Time - and Time for Some Cake

MemoryBoxStitchedHappyHolidaySquareFrame-MemoryBoxBloomingSketchBorder-OpenStudioTimeForSomeCake-OpenStudioPartyTime-JeanOkimoto-ImpressCardsAndCrafts-ImagineCrafts-PeerlessWatercolorsIt's time for some cake and a party time celebration!   Thanks for stopping by - Jean Okimoto here this evening.  

Don't save the new Stitched Happy Holiday Square Frame for winter cards...use it for celebrations throughout the year.  The "holiday" portion of the die is separate and interchangeable so you can mix and match typestyles, backgrounds and colors.  I've combined it with the "birthday" from the Open Studio Party Clear Set.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Stitched Happy Holiday Square Frame Die 99265
  • Blooming Sketch Border Stamp F2037
  • Open Studio Time for Some Cake Die Set 30020
  • Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamp Set CL5153

Imagine Crafts Products

  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad    
  • VersaMark Inkpad        
  • Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid and Sunflower Yellow Inkpads    
  • Memento Morocco Pigment Inkpad   
  • Daubers   

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

Have you shopped at Dave and Monica Brethauer's Birch Press Design store recently?  It's an online collection of beautiful, classic must-haves for your home, gifting and entertaining.  View the new collection there - then return to the "Birch Press and Another Prize" post on Outside the Box and tell us what your favorite new item is.   You'll be entered in a drawing for a small flame rolling pin - perfect for summer tarts!   View the details here.  Hurry... the entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on July 26th.


Have a great weekend - see you again on Wednesday!




Sat 25

A Blooming Poppy and Seeds of Happiness



Hi there - looking for a way to use the other section of the new Blooming Poppy Die?  We used the left side in my previous post - now we get to play with a beautiful butterfly and some glitter.  Jean Okimoto here today with a flowery summer design for you.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Blooming Poppy Die 99223
  • NEW Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die Set 30065
  • Seeds of Happiness Stamp B2054
  • Cascadia Butterfly Trio 99095

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Dye Ink Refills - Angel Pink, Dandelion
  • Brilliance Inkpads - Pearlescent Lime, Orange, Coral and Thyme - and Sunflower Yellow and Rocket Red Gold
  • Daubers

Watercolor the background with diluted Angel Pink and Dandelion inks.  Daub the diecut with Brilliance inks.  Cut the large Cascadia Butterfly from Scor-Tape.  Attach it behind the Blooming Poppy butterfly and brush glitter onto the adhesive.  

Here's a quick tip for you.  The Pinpoint Rectangle Layers add a perfect frame to any design.  Use it to cut custom-sized greeting shapes too.    Stamp the greeting and cut it with the one of the smaller dies - then trim off any excess using just one edge of a larger die.  


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's project - and other designs from our new release.

 Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening!



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...


Thu 23

Shimmery Corby Merry Christmas

Good Afternoon!  Christmas In July is in full swing at the store I teach at CraftFancy.  So we are all very inspired by the fun stuff Memory Box and Poppy have come up with.  Everyone is humming Christmas Carols and plotting their holiday projects!   It always makes for a fun little break in the Summer festivities.

 Here is a Christmas card I created using the Corby Ornament 99264 which is colored and shimmered with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls.  This is layered over a shiny red Drop Ornament Layers 99225 on top I added a cap from the Ornament Caps and Hooks 99213.  The Merry Christmas is from 2 Open Studio sets Make Merry 30062  and We Wish You 30064 cut from green then shimmered with Wink of Stella clear.  All of the Patterned Paper are Memory Box Signature Patterns.  Also the bow is a twine with a bit of gold in it!  Gotta love that!

I hope you like it!  I'm excited about this one!  I love things that sparkle and shimmer especially for the Holidays.

OK I'm done now back to our regularly scheduled Summer Festivities.....At least for now!  Thank you for stopping by have a Wonderful Day!


Thu 23

Birch Press and Another Prize


Greetings everyone!  We finished our Blog Blitz last Friday, but we will continue to show you ideas for using all the new products during the weeks to come.

We also wanted to  continue our celebration of the new holiday release, so we are offering the chance to win another prize.  This time you could win a Small Flame Rolling Pin from Birch Press Design.


Interested in winning the rolling pin? All you have to do is visit the Birch Press What's New section and take a look at the new products.  Then, return to this post and leave a comment below letting us know which one is your favorite.  It's that easy!  You have until Sunday, 26th at 11:59 EST to enter.  Good luck!

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!



Tue 21

Blissful Bundle Ornament

Welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog, Outside the Box! We have a brand new release and I'm feeling like celebrating a little Christmas in July! Today's card is a monochromatic study with subtle texture (which is a little hard to see in the photo, but it's there)!


M E M O R Y   B O X   S U P P L I E S

O T H E R   S U P P L I E S
White cardstock, Wink of Stella (Clear) pen, Mark Richards gems and pearls, foam dimensional squares, Ranger Distress embossing ink and Platinum embossing powder
  1. Make card 4.25" x 5.5" base.
  2. Cut 4" x 5.25" panel, emboss with Bengal Detail Plate and adhere.
  3. Die cute two Drop Ornament layers and Blissful Bundle.
  4. Adhere larger ornament.
  5. On smaller ornament, stamp Most Wonderful Time of the Year with embossing ink, apply Platinum embossing Powder, and heat set.
  6. Color Blissful Bundle with clear Wink of Stella and adhere to smaller ornament with foam dimensional squares.
  7. Adhere smaller ornament to larger ornament with foam dimensional squares.
  8. Adhere gems and pearls.
Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


P.S. Check back tomorrow for a new card from Jean!