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36 posts from August 2015

Sat 29

Interlocking Happy Birthday


Hello everyone!

Today I am bringing you a fun card that can be customized for the birthday boy or girl (or man or woman) based on their favorite colors and their name. The base design of the card would remain the same you can just change out the name you put on the ribbon portion of the card and change the colors of paper you select based on the birthday person's favorite colors! Then they get a custom card that and get to feel extra special because you took the time to personalize it just for them. It lets them know that you take the time to notice the little details like...hey orange is James's favorite color, so Aunt Jen made a card using Orange just for James!


I took a card base and scored it for a gatefold then turned it on it's side. I attached the Stitched Happy Birthday Circle Frame to the larger Open Studio Pinpoint Circle Layers base then using pop dots attached that to the Bottom section of the gate fold.

I then cut out the Upper Case Alphabet Soup and attached the name of the birthday boy to my cut out Ribbon from the largest ribbon from the Poppystamps Classic Ribbons Die set. I then attached that with foam pop dots from the Top section of the gate fold of my card. The sections then close together with each piece sort of floating on top of the base card. It gives dimension to the card and protects the pieces from getting smashed when the card is opened and closed.


If this were a card for a girl I might add some bling or a ribbon somewhere, but since it was a masculine card I just left it alone. I hope you like the card and that you are staying cool and having fun crafting this summer!

Fri 28

Chaparral Stems with Distress Ink Background

Good morning Memory Box junkies!  Ooooh the weekend is almost here and hope everyone has some fun things happening. I have another video so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom for the video showing how to create this fun and relatively simple background.

I had play around with some distress inks and perfect pearls and of course the fantabulous Memory Box products and the results are:



Isn't that a fun all purpose card with some wonderful colors going on?  And doesn't take too long to make!


I hope you can see a little bit of the shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.

And here is the video showing how to create the shimmery background


Thanks for stopping by today and hope everyone has an amazing weekend!






Thu 27

Nightime Forest Crows

 Good Morning!  It's time for another Spooky Halloween Card!   This time it's the Forest Crows Dies 99197 cut from black mirror cardstock.  The purple background was created with Distress Ink and Stickles.  All of these were layered onto Memory Box Patterned Paper and a bit of black cording was added.

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Day and enjoying our mini break from summer until it returns this weekend!   


Thank you so much for stopping by! 


Wed 26

Gametime...Swirling Ghosts and Bat Cave Bats

MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxMiniPerfectPatches-MemoryBoxBatCave-OpenStudioArticlesLedger-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsHere's an easy Halloween design - let the Swirling Ghosts and bats from Bat Cave create a quick little gamecard for your favorite goblins!  Jean Okimoto here this evening, let's get started...

Stamp Articles Ledger on orange cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray and dry the ink.  Cut the orange and black cardstock with Mini Perfect Patches.  Cut the ghosts and bats.  Attach everything to a square 5.5" card of gray cardstock.  Add chartreuse, orange and black sequins.  

Just for fun...cut extra sets of ghosts and bats and toss them into the card for a real surprise when the card is opened!


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for more info and a few other holiday designs.


 Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening!


Wed 26

Sketch Form Butterfly and Zippy Dots


MemoryBoxSketchFormButterfly-MemoryBoxZippyDots-OpenStudioPinpointRectangleLayers-OpenStudioSmile-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-Brilliance-VersaFine-VersaMark-ImpressCardsAndCraftsSo many butterflies, so little time - use the beautiful Sketch Form Butterfly to capture a bit of the fleeting  summer.   There are so many great butterfly stamps, dies and stencils in our collection that it's hard to chose just one for a card.   Jean Okimoto here today - with a Kaleidacolored  butterfly card.  

We're double-dipping with the Caribbean Sea inkpad here - for the watercolored background, and the Sketch Form Butterfly.  It's a quick matchup - and some of my favorite colors too!

Zippy Dots, stencilled in Pearlescent Jade, softens the seriousness of the bold butterfly and plays up the Pinpoint Rectangle Layer border.   Deep thinking.

Add a quick greeting - from the Open Studio Smile clear stamp set...and there's your card!


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists.

Big thanks to everyone who took Sunday's Color, Create and Enjoy class at Impress!  Hope you liked the 8 cards, artsy colors and techniques I shared from the July Look Book.

 Thanks for visiting - hope you'll return for another card this evening...



Tue 25

Happy Halloween Boo

Welcome back to the Memory Box Design Team blog!

Today's card features punkin' dies in honor of Halloween being just around the corner. (I say this rather tongue in cheek given we're still in August and all the craft stores have been displaying Halloween since July 5th.)



Memory Box dies (Jolly Jack O Lanterns, Contour Typewriter Keys, Swooning Bats) and papers (Kraft, Jack O Lantern); Ink: Distress Ripe Persimmon (Ranger); Pen: Zig Fine Point Black; Accents:  gems (Mark Richards); Other: fun foam

S U P P L Y   S U B S T I T U T I O N S

If you don't have the Memory Box dies above, substitute Bat Cave or Batty Border for the bats. Stitched Pumpkins can fill in for Jolly Jack O Lanterns. If you're missing Contour Typewriter Keys, use Typewriter Lowercase Alphabet and a circle punch.



  1. Make 3.5" x 5" card base from kraft.
  2. Cut kraft panel 3" x 4.5".
  3. Ink edges of card and panel with Ripe Persimmon.
  4. Die cut Jolly Jack O Lanterns twice and letters from Contour Typewriter Keys.
  5. Edge all die-cuts with Ripe Persimmon and adhere to card.
  6. Die-cut and adhere bats.
  7. Adhere gems.
  8. Write sentiment on kraft panel and snip ends for a banner. Score banner twice at each end, fold, and adhere to card.


If you don't have a sentiment that fits the bill, just write it by hand. If you're afraid to write on your card, write on a banner so you can re-do it if needed. And, of course, you can always computer-generate a sentiment and print it on cardstock.

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!


Mon 24

Halloween Card

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Hello everyone!

 Donna here with a another fall card.  I love Halloween and have so much fun creating Halloween projects.  There have been so many inspiring Halloween cards from the other design team members.

For my card I first die cut the Stitched Halloween Circle Frame from Licorice cardstock.  Save the bottom portion of the die cut.  I pieced this back in place when I glued the frame to my card.  I prepared a piece of White cardstock by sponging Distress Inks onto it.  Then I stenciled various designs on top of that.  Mist lightly with water to blend the colors.  I die cut the Jolly Jack O Lanterns from this paper. 

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Die cut a circle from White cardstock which is the same size as the circle frame.  Punch a circle mask from a post-it-note.  Place the mask in the top of the sky area.  Sponge over this with Green Distress Ink.  Spatter with water.  Adhere the Halloween frame and bats to the circle.  Glue the die cut pumpkins on the bottom portion of the frame.  

Prepare a 5" x 5" square card base as follows:

Paint stripes across the front of the card using Orange Distress Ink.  Apply washi tape to the left side of the card.  Spatter the card front with Black paint.  Adhere your prepared circle to the front of the card.  

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I hope you have a great week!  Thanks for stopping by.



Sun 23

Tag Card

I needed a quick and easy project for a class recently and I wanted to incorporate the Open Studio STITCHED BOWS die set no. 30056.  I started by making a simple tag using the largest of the STITCHED BOWS and a BOTANICAL STEM die no. 99088 adhered to a manila shipping tag.  


I cut the bow from Memory Box Dots paper and the Botanical Stem from Memory Box Distressed Dots, both in Pool.  I was going to stop there until I found the perfect Memory Box notecard and a piece of their discontinued cloud paper.  Voila:  Tag Card!


 Here's the easy strategy I taught for making the bow using Glue Dots:

  • Put a Glue Dot in the center of the bow on the front and stick on the tiny piece that you will wrap around the center later.  (We did this first so we wouldn't lose the tiny piece.)
  • Put another Glue Dot on the center of the bow on the back and carefully secure the tab on each end of the bow loop to that dot.
  • Add another Glue Dot on top of those secured tabs and wrap the tiny piece around the center of the bow and secure it on the dot.
  • Add another Glue Dot on the front top edge of the ribbon piece and secure it to the back of the bow.

When I'm ready to send this card, I'll stamp or write an appropriate sentiment over the clouds or on the tag and write a message on the inside of the card where I've already glued in a strip of the cloud paper.

And, of course, I made a second card--this one has the Stitched Bow and Botanical Stem off at an angle leaving me more room for a sentiment on the tag itself.

 Happy Crafting!

Sat 22

Bat Cave and Drippy Green Goo

 MemoryBoxBatCave-MemoryBoxSpookyBackground-MemoryBoxHappyHalloween-OpenStudioStitchedSquareLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeons-VersaFine-ImpressCardsandCraftsThe new Bat Cave from the 2015 Holiday Collection is perfect for drippy green goo!  Jean Okimoto here this afternoon, with another Halloween design for you.  It would be too challenging to try to follow Sherry's beautiful card with a pretty card of my own - so I decided to veer off towards creepy instead.

Radiant Neon Electric Orange is perfect for the Spooky Background - especially with that scary-bright green Stitched Square Layer from Open Studio.

It's nice that Halloween cards permit inky splatters.  I wanted the popular cool random dots look - but got some splats instead - and actually like them.  They're just dots of Memento Tuxedo Black refill ink - scary, huh?

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for details and directions for today's card - and a few more holiday designs.  


Big thanks to everyone who signed up for tomorrow's special Color, Create and Enjoy Look Book class at Impress.  Can't wait to see you again!   Lots of Memory Box and Open Studio diecuts, Imagine Crafts inks, Peerless Watercolors - and techniques.  I'll bring this card so you can see how creepy and bright it really is!


Thanks for stopping by - be sure to scroll down for Sherry's beautiful holiday card too - 

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Sat 22


Good morning, everyone!  Sherry here with another holiday card for you.

Pinecone peace 2

I first die cut the Pinecone and Greenery from green card stock.  I wanted to create dimension and texture on the pinecone portion of this die, so I cut a small piece of brown card stock sized to die cut only the pine cone.  I cut another small piece of brown card stock, added it to a piece of double sided adhesive, then peeled off the top liner and adhered the die cut pinecone, leaving the open areas with the adhesive now exposed.  I trimmed out the pine cone, and sprinkled chestnut colored glitter onto the exposed adhesive, then glued the entire piece on top of the green pine cone. 

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I die cut three of the Sketchbook Peace from cream colored card stock, stacked them on top of each other and covered the word with clear Wink of Stella.  I cut one layer from the Rectangle Layers set, and splattered Shabby Shutters ink onto the surface.  I used foam tape to mount that to the card front.  I added red gemstones for the berries.  I used foam tape behind only the pinecone to adhere it to the layered piece, then added the sentiment as shown.  I thought a little more greenery was in order, so I used two of the Garland Greenery cuts to add as filler.  

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I added a bow from some red sparkly embroidery thread, and then one more little gemstone to finish it off.   Hope you enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend!

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