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29 posts from September 2015

Wed 30

Halloween Sideshow – Who Let the Dogs Out?
by Jean Okimoto

P1270812The scary-cute little guy from the just-released Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and coordinating Die Set was just too irresistible!  The pups - from the new Santa Paws Clear Stamp Set and coordinating Die Set team up for a bit of trick or treating too.  Swoon over the newest stamps and dies in our Winter Collection.

Mixing, matching and layering has never been easier...just stamp, color and diecut your favorite designs.  Peerless Watercolors are perfect for quick little pops of color.  Layer them over the versatile new Open Studio Stitched Hexagon Layers, add a trio of black sequins - and your card is done and ready to go!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's card.    P1270815Thanks very much for stopping by - have a great evening!




Wed 30

Watercolored Autumn Border
by Jean Okimoto


MenoryBoxAutumnBorder-OpenStudioManyThanks-OpenStudioALovelySmile-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-ThanksgivingHi there - hope you're enjoying our Design Team's fall cards this week!  We're inspired by the great designs in our latest release and can't wait to share more projects with you.  Let's fast-forward a bit and make a Thanksgiving card today.

I love the new Autumn Border Die.  It's great for watercoloring in rich, earthy tones - try the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor for the perfect color combinations.  Just press the inks onto a large acrylic stamp block (use it as a palette) then paint them onto the diecut layers with a damp brush.


The greeting is a combination of the Many Thanks and A Lovely Smile die sets.   Combine the "S" from "SMILE" with the "THANK" - then print "GIVE" with a labelmaker.  It's a great way to create custom greetings for any occasion.

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

Big thanks to everyone who took all of my September classes.  See you again on October 3rd for a fun Spooky, Spooky class at the Tukwila Impress.

Thanks for visiting...see you again this evening!




Tue 29

Autumn Birdie
by Design Marnie Bushmole

Happy Tuesday!  Or should I say Happy Autumn?   With Autumn comes a New Release from Memory Box.  I love some of the new stamps and matching dies.   I've used the, oh so cute, Autumn Birdie set with my copic markers to create this adorable card.  For the background I created a background using the Cloud Cover Stencil and some paste.  The postage stamp comes from the Postage Set and layers added from the Perfect Patch Strip.  I am in love with the new Tippington Vine as well which our little birdie is perched on.

 Of course I've added a bit of glitter for some sparkle on the clouds.  I adore how it turned out!  That little bit of sparkles sets everything off perfectly.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a Wonderful Tuesday!



Mon 28

by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!

Today I have a Halloween card featuring the "Circle Forest Scene Die".  I am using this die for a Halloween card, but it's so versatile you could use it for any occasion.

  • Die cut the Circle Forest Scene from Licorice and White cardstock.
  • Punch a 1" circle for the moon.
  • Die cut the Stitched Halloween Circle Frame from Licorice cardstock.  Cut the word Halloween from the circle.
  • With Vintage Photo Ink, sponge over a spider web stencil onto Jack O'Lantern cardstock.
  • Assemble card as shown.
  • Spritz over the card with a marker and the Tim Holtz Ink Spritzer tool.



I hope you enjoyed today's card.

Have a great week!






Sun 27

Ornament Fun
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

I think this card is THE most favorite card that I have ever made! I had so much fun designing this one! I had an initial idea and as I went it just kept growing...so here it is...I really hope you like it!


I used the Stunning Spectacles die from Poppystamps for the glasses and several sizes of googly eyes. Who doesn't love googly eyes!


I used the new Embossed Angel Wings for hair for both the dad and for the mom. The dad and kid's mouths are made from the cut out part of the ornament caps! Oh and I used the two small mustaches from the Memory Box Moustache set to make the mom's mouth!


I love finding unique ways to use dies...don't you? So tell me in the comments some fun different ways you have found to use Memory Box dies....other than what they were intended to be used as I mean...I can't wait to hear your ideas! JenniferVPsignature(1)

Sat 26

Fall Pumpkins
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello from hot Sunny San Diego,

We have been having record heat here and I am daydreaming of fall so I made this fall pumpkin card to help remind me that we are really in the fall season and it will be cooling off soon.


I used the ColorBurst Sepia and Orange for the colors on the background and pumpkins. I think I am addicted to playing with them and finding new ways to colors things and new things to color with them...so much fun and the Memory Box dies make perfect cuts in the thick watercolor paper I use so it is a match made in heaven!

Before I put the pumpkins on the card I bent them at the stitched creases and it added a little dimension to them, giving the pumpkins a very realistic look and making them seem to pop right off the front of the card. I really liked the effect.


I had some fun putting the extra birds from the Flying Birds die set that I didn't use on the card front on the inside of the card for the recipient as a little surprise for when they opened their card too. I love adding a little something unexpected on the inside of cards for people to find and I hope give them a reason to smile again. I hope you like the card, I sure had fun making it!


Fri 25

Pretty Poinsettia
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Friends!

   My last post helped bring on a cooling trend in our weather- I'm sure that caused it.  Now the heat and humidity has returned so you know what I have to do...share another Christmas card to bring the cooler temperatures back again.  I kid myself.

  Today, I bring you the Pretty Poinsettia.


 A fun detail on this card is the pink velvet petals pieced into the flower.  After die cutting the poinsettia in white, I cut a small square of  pink velvet paper  (just large enough to cover the petal area) and die cut again using the velvet paper.  I also die cut the ribbon portion of the die in black card stock, overlaid it and adhered onto the white layer.  Careful trimming where the black ribbon meets the white petal outline is necessary.


I love how the lines on the petals are visible even on the velvet paper--nice detail Memory Box!

The word "merry" was die cut from white card stock covered with a double sided adhesive sheet.  Be sure to place the die on the adhesive liner side insuring that the sticky adhesive will be on the front of "merry".  Remove the liner, apply chunky glitter then fine glitter to fill in around the chunky glitter pieces.  Apply adhesive to the reverse side of "merry" and position on your card.  

I also added white dots (using a gel pen), and several pearls.  Since the design of this card is not complex it's perfect to add all the textures ---velvet, glitter and pearls!

Now for a look at the inside...


 Yes, more pearls inside too.

I hope this card inspires you to start your Christmas cards and inspires the weather to cool down too!

As always, we appreciate your visit here today

Happy Friday! Jennysig



Thu 24

Who Let The Bats Out????
by Marnie Bushmole

Good Morning Crafty Die Cutters!  How is everyone today?  YUP you knew it was coming yet another Halloween card.  But really who can resist a silver cage full of bats with a shiny bow on top?  It was too much fun! Plus your going to have to own the die Who Let The Birds Out because everyone needs that one!  I couldn't help myself.  All of the papers including the card are by Memory Box all but the silver the cage is cut out of.   Purple, green and orange are perfect colors for this adorable card.

Hope you like it.  Thank you so much for visiting today!  Have a wonderful rest of your week.


Tue 22

Flurry Snowflake Frame + Video
by Shelby Thomas

Hello Memory Box fans!  I hope you were able to check out the new DT gal Lindsay's post yesterday and the gorgeous fall colors.

I'm moving into the next season of Winter and/or the Christmas season!! This card was fast and easy and would make for the perfect "mass" produced holiday card.  Change the background colors to your preference (or keep them), one die, one sentiment and some bling bling and you're good to go!  And I did a quick video showing how to create the background using Distress Ink Daubers.


Distress Ink Dauber Background from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

See I told you it was easy and fast!!



 Thanks for popping in for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your day is awesome!



Mon 21

A Bright Fall Card
by Lindsay Amrhein


I am so excited to be bringing you a project as a new member of the Memory Box team! My name is Lindsay, and I live in Northeast Ohio with my wonderful husband, John, and our two sons, Jonathan, and Dallas. I have been cardmaking and blogging since 2010, and can't image doing anything else with my free time. I have learned a lot of different techniques through the years, and great tools to create with, and my favorite is still the basic die cut machine. Memory Box dies are truly works of art, and can make any project shine! Today, I thought I would share a bright fall card with you using some of the fabulous fall dies!

Let's take a look at what you can make with just few dies, and some ink!


I started with a white cardstock panel, and die cut the Distressed Addington Collage out of both corners. I then took a white card base, and applied two shades of green, blending them well where they met. 

I adhered my panel over the inked card base with a liquid adhesive, and allowed it to dry while I started on the pumpkins. Taking orange and brown cardstock, I die cut the Stitched Pumpkins and the tiny stems. I applied a bit of orange ink to the sides of the pumpkins for a bit of dimension, and adhered the stems with glue. To finish it, I splattered a bit of watered down black ink onto the card front, let it dry, and adhered the pumpkins with foam and regular adhesive.

Thank you for joining me today! I hope you were inspired to try a fall themed card with just dies, and ink! See you soon!