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39 posts from October 2015

Sat 31

Seeds of Happiness and the Blooming Leaf Border
by Jean Okimoto


MemoryBoxBloomingLeafBorder-MemoryBoxSeedsOfHappiness-OpenStudioStitchedSquareLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-MementoInkpads-VersaFine-ImpreccCardsAndCraftsHappy Halloween to everyone from Memory Box!  Holidays always make me realize how fast the year has gone by - especially Halloween.  Jean Okimoto here today with a colorful fall design for you.

The versatile Blooming Leaf Border is great for Thanksgiving and autumn birthday cards.  You can carefully color each delicate detail...or simply (and quickly!) daub it with Memento dye inks and highlight a few of the berries, seedpods and leaves.  


I love the soft watercolored look...without watercoloring.  Just daub Memento Dandelion, Morocco, Tangelo and Bamboo Leaves dye inks over a stamped, embossed Blooming Leaf Border on watercolor paper.  

Press the Morocco inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block to transfer some of that rich dark coppery orange ink.  Use a waterbrush to lightly tint the berries and seedpods and several of the leaves with Morocco. P1280388

Add the great seasonal greeting and some sequins - and that's it.  Please visit our Ideas Gallery for details, supply lists and more card designs.  

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!


Fri 30

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

I can't believe tomorrow is Halloween!  To celebrate, I have a quick and easy Halloween card for you.


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Today's card features the Halloween Sideshow Stamp and Die set, and the Sketchy Rings Die. Stamp and color the Jack-o-lantern, then die cut it using the coordinating die.  The Sketchy Rings were die cut from Licorice cardstock.  Sponge Twisted Citron Distress Ink onto white cardstock.  Mist lightly with water.  Spatter orange acrylic paint onto the inked cardstock.  Adhere a piece of black and white chevron washi tape to the left side of the card front. Glue the Sketchy Rings die cut over the washi tape.  Using foam tape, adhere the Jack-o-lantern to the card.  Stamp Trick or Treat on the bottom right side of the card front.  Embellish the card with some orange sequins.  Layer the finished card front to a licorice cardstock layer, and adhere that to a white note card.  

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I hope you enjoyed my last Halloween Card for 2015.

Thanks for stopping by and have a very Happy Halloween!



Thu 29

Frosty Mitten Card
by Marnie Bushmole

Good Thursday Morning!  It seems winter is quickly on it's way here we've changed quickly from Lovely Fall to blustery cold.  All I could think about was mittens and gloves and scarves and well you get the idea.  Time to prepare to bundle up.  Not just ourselves but our projects as well.  So today I have this fun card to keep us warm.  

I've used the Plush Frosty Mitten and cut it out of felt.  Then I stitched it and all of the elements to a piece of burlap.   The entire piece is attached to some Memory Box Gingham paper and then onto a Kraft Card with a touch of green ribbon to finish it off.

Thank you so much for stopping by we really appreciate it!  Don't forget there is only a little over a day for the October Memory Box Challenge - Black and White get your entries in for some Wonderful Prizes.


Have an Amazing Weekend and don't forget to check back for some other Great ideas.


Wed 28

Swirling Ghosts, Jolly Jack O Lanterns and the Halloween Sideshow
by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxJollyJackOLanterns-OpenStudioWideOpenSpaces-OpenStudioSkywriting-OpenStudioHalloweenSideshow-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsHey there...looking for a few more ways to use your favorite Halloween designs now that your cards are on their way?   Jean Okimoto here today, with a trio of treat packs and a quick diecut candle wrap for you.

Cut Spidery Web Collage from vellum and stamp a few of the Halloween Sideshow spiders with Brilliance Graphite Black.  Yes, Brilliance inks dry on vellum!  Color the spiders' bodies with a black Sharpie.  Set it aside to dry while you create your treat packages.

Cut 2.75" x 8.5" strips of Key Lime, Mango and Licorice Distressed Dots.  Score them at 4" and 4.5" - then stamp the Key Lime and Mango  strips with Skywriting and VersaFine Onyx Black.  Stamp the spiders too - then color the bodies with a Sharpie.  Round the corners.

Diecut Swirling Ghosts from white cardstock and attach black cardstock scraps behind them for the eyes.  Cut the Wide Open Spaces cityscape from black cardstock.  Cut Jolly Jack O Lanterns from bright orange cardstock.

Pack Hershey snack-siz candies in little polybags (about 2" x 2-⅝").  Place the polybag over the folded tags and punch a ¼" hole at the top.  Place the bag between the layers of the tag and tie everything together with 3" wide strips of tulle.

Trim the vellum to fit around a battery-operated candle, with a ½" overlap.  Overlap and tape the ends together in the back.

MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxJollyJackOLanterns-OpenStudioSkywriting-OpenStudioWideOpenSpaces-MemoryBoxSpideryWebCollage-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsHave fun with these projects - you'll have the most popular Halloween treats in your neighborhood!

Thanks for stopping by...see you in the Sweet Thoughts class at the Tukwila Impress on October 31st.  We'll be making cake and sweet-themed cards for celebrations and everyday greetings.  The class is from 10:30-12:30 - you'll be home in plenty of time for Hallloween!



Tue 27

Jolly, Happy & Grateful
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

Today I bring you a card I made using one of my favorite quote stamps from the new Winter Collection. I used the Jolly Holly Frame but instead of using Christmas or winter colors I did it in Fall colors with Color Burst powders.


I stamped the quote on an octagon from the Studio Octagon Layers set that I also did in the same Fall colors with Color Burst powders and popped it up with foam tape to give it some dimension on the card and a little more emphasis for the sentiment.


This sentiment really speaks to my heart and had me thinking of all the things and people in my life that I am very grateful for...my husband Eric and son Riley, my mom & dad, my church family & friends, the ability to craft and create...just to name a few. In this season with Thanksgiving approaching, I love being reminded to think about and remember all the blessings I have in my life. So what are you most grateful for?


Mon 26

White Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card featuring a few new stamps from the 2015 Holiday Release.

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  • Ink the Open Studio Pine Tree Cabin with Pine Needle Distress Ink.
  • Mist lightly with water and stamp onto watercolor paper.  Stamp the White Christmas sentiment using Black ink.
  • Mask the sentiment using a circle punched from a post-it-note.
  • Lightly sponge Vintage Photo distress ink over the masked circle and the edges of the watercolor paper.
  • Spatter with white acrylic paint.  Embellish with a piece of twine, a snowflake, and a red bell.
  • Adhere the stamped layer to a piece of cranberry cardstock.  Glue that to a white note card.




I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Thanks for stopping by!


Sun 25

Winter Bird
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone!  I hope you're enjoying your weekend so far!

Today's card features dies from the Open Studio Gilded Birds set, as well as Who Let the Birds Out, Shimmering Snowflakes and Garland Greenery dies.

Bird Cage Card 1

I dry embossed the front of an A2 size card cut from cream card stock.  I cut a light tan piece of card stock to 5-1/2" x 3-1/4".  I sponged Frayed Burlap Distress Ink through the Stars Shimmer stencil, added small drops of glue to the stars and sprinkled with clear glitter.  From cream card stock, I cut two each of the large and medium snowflakes, and one each of the bird cage, sprigs set and little swing.  I added the swing behind the bird cage top, then rounded the bottom of the bird cage, added foam tape to the bottom center, added glue around the edges and top, and adhered to the tan piece.  I cut the bird from red card stock, added a black dot for the eye, and sponged Frayed Burlap on the right for dimension.  The bird was then added to the swing using a piece of foam tape.

Bird Cage Card 2

For each of the snowflakes, I glued one on top of the other, offsetting them slightly, added pearls to the center, and after "fluffing" them with my fingers, I adhered them with foam tape as shown.  The sprigs were then tucked and glued behind the snowflakes.

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I hope you enjoyed this card.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and thanks again for stopping by! Sherrysig

Sat 24

Autumn Border Birthday
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

This month has several birthdays in our family so I the card I came up with today is a fall birthday card, I do hope you like it!


I used the Ken Oliver Color Burst colors laying each color on layer by layer...starting with the yellow by wetting the paper then putting the powder on and drying the layer with a heat tool then doing the orange layer, spritzing with water adding the colored powder then drying with a heat tool again and once again with the green. I love the results!


If the color gets too intense in one area you can just add some water to wash it out and then add some more color if you wash it out too much....just play until you get a combination you love!


Fri 23

Felt Ornaments
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

I can't stop making these fun, felt ornaments using the new Memory Box Winter dies.  I love needlework and these dies work beautifully with, among other things, felt. You won't believe how easily the dies cut into the felt---like butter!  Take a look at all the fun I've been having...

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 The stitching was done with embroidery thread and it's super easy, why?  Because the die actually cuts the stitching holes for you!  It takes all the guesswork out of where to place the threaded needle and the spacing.  Thank you Memory Box....you're making it easy for us!

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 This is one of my favorites--the Plush Mitten.  To create a hanging tree ownament as shown, just stitch a ribbon loop to the top so it hangs on a branch.  How fun would it be to add pine scented oil to the cotton batting used to stuff the ornaments.  Since I didn't have any batting I just added cotton balls--easy peasy!

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And... one more.  A pretty snowflake stocking.  These would be easy to customize --just add die cut felt letters (alphabet dies).  These would also make a pretty gift tag on a special gift bag or box.

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Can I tell you a little secret?   I experimented with other fabrics (muslin, cotton, flannel etc) but then I picked up a roll of white bamboo paper towels (a great find from my visit to the county fair this summer) and it cuts like a dream.  If you're familiar with bamboo paper towels, you know they are touted as reusable because they are so durable.  The best results came from wool or wool-blend felt but check your craft room stashes for other options.  

Now I'm off to make more!  Next up...the snowmen!

Happy Friday Everyone! Jennysig


Fri 23

Watercolor Journey
by Penny Ward


Hello ....Penny here today with a super simple way to achieve a watercolor look. Watercolor is all the rage in card making land and I have found a way to participate. I was not blessed with an artistic hand, so using a Misti stamping tool makes watercoloring for someone like me easy peasy Mr. Sneezy. 



Let's make a card:

Cut watercolor paper 4 x 5.25 inches. Using a Misti stamping tool, position Maple Leaf Sunset stamp as desired (I did not ink the "sunset" portion of the stamp). Color leaves with Memento markers, mist with water and stamp unto the watercolor paper. Color the leaves again with a different marker for variations in the leaves, mist with water and stamp again.

With a wet paint brush, touch the edges of the stamped images and squiggle your paintbrush outwards pulling some color with it. (To darken the color, place a little bit of marker ink onto craft sheet. Pick up color with a wet paintbrush and add it to the edge of your stamped image). Flick paint splatter across this panel. Let dry.

Using the Dashing Through The Snow die, make a curved edge in the watercolor panel.

On the small bottom watercolor portion, add water across the whole panel. Using Memento marker add "paint" to this panel pretty heavily and hold paper vertical so the ink runs to the bottom. Let dry. Stamp sentiment with VersaFine Spanish Moss ink.

Cut Olive Green card stock to 4.25 x 11 inches and fold in half. Add watercolor panel at top with foam adhesive. Add sentiment at bottom with favorite glue. (This should leave a small section between the two panels). Add Sparkling Clear sequins as desired.


Thanks so much for swinging by today. I hope you found inspiration in my card and have a wonderful crafty day,