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31 posts from November 2015

Mon 30

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. Now that Turkey Day is over, we have officially entered the Christmas season.


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For my card today, I die-cut the word "Merry" in the center of a piece of white cardstock which has been cut to 5" x 3 3/4". Stamp the word Christmas from the "Gnome for Christmas" clear stamp set, under the die-cut "Merry."  Ink the "Cabin Pine" stamp with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink and stamp around the outside edge of the cardstock.  Sponge the edge of the cardstock with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. Spatter the front of the card with red acrylic paint. Layer the prepared card onto a piece of crimson cardstock which is cut to 5 1/4" x  4".  Tie a piece of twine around the card front and adhere this to a white note card.  Embellish with a snowflake and sequins.

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Thanks for stopping by today! I hope this card inspires you to create some festive holiday cards of your own!




Sun 29

Snowflake Collage Beaded Dress
by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxBeadedDress-MemoryBoxSnowflakeCollage-MemoryBoxMerryAndBright-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsMay your holidays be merry and bright...and oh-so-fashionable with a glittered Snowflake Collage Beaded Dress!  Hi - happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a quick Memory Box and Open Studio card for you.

Cut Snowflake Collage from textured white cardstock.  Cut the collage background again with Beaded Dress.  Attach ScorTape to white cardstock, place the Beaded Dress die on the side with the ScorTape, then cut the dress again.   Remove any pieces left in the 'beads.'  Attach the tape-covered dress behind the snowflake dress.  Brush ultra-fine silver glitter onto the snowflakes.

Trim the hem of the dress with the Breezy Waves Die.

Cut a 2.5" x 3.5"  piece  of red cardstock with the Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Stamp Merry and Bright on white cardstock with VersaFine Satin Red.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2.75" x 1.75" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess cardstock with the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots to attach the dress.  Add some shiny lime green sequins.


Clean, simple, quick and easy - everything on my holiday wishlist!

Big thanks to everyone who took yesterday's Gift Tags to Go class at Impress yesterday - hope you liked the portfolio+tags set!

Thanks for stopping by...


Sat 28

Bright & Colorful Ornaments
by Lindsay

Hi everyone!

Thanks for joining me today! Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the Christmas cards will be plentiful! Feast your eyes on these ornaments! Fun! Let me tell you how I did it!


 I first used the Studio Circle Layers to die cut multiple size circles from masking paper. I then took a panel of white card stock, and placed my mask onto it, and blending in different colors of ink. I repeated this three times to get three different colored ornaments! I then took the Sketchbook Peace die, and ran it through my panel, along with three pieces of black card stock. I layered all of those up, gluing them together, and adhering it back into the original panel.

I used the fun Ornament Caps and Hooks, and die cut those from gold and silver card stock, adhering them onto my panel.



Once I was finished, I adhered the panel to a black card base, and adhered a few black enamel dots.

Have you tried the inlaid die cutting technique? Give it a try! There are so many fabulous Memory Box dies to chose from! Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you have a great one!Lindsaysignature


Fri 27

Who Let the Dogs Out?
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

How was your Thanksgiving? Are you recovering from your "turkey coma" like I am?  If you're reading this you are probably not hitting the Black Friday store deals and I'm glad you joined me right here. 

As a dog lover I have been planning this card since I first saw the set and dies in the new release.  These adorable pups are out enjoying the snow and they're decked out in their faux antlers, Santa hat and plaid sweater.  

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 I colored the trees and dogs with colored pencils and a touch of Copic markers.  I used the curved die to create some snowy hills and added a touch of glitter on the edges.

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Now that Thanksgiving is behind us it's Christmas full steam ahead and these little cuties are wishing you "happy howl-adays!"

 Happy Friday!Jennysig

Thu 26

Plush Bundled Snowman and the Season to Sparkle
by Jean Okimoto

P1280837'Tis the season to sparkle with a Plush Bundled Snowman from our Winter 2015 Collection.   Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  Jean Okimoto here...if you're not cooking, grab a plate of cookies or chocolates (or both!) and a warm drink and make a card with me.

P1280856I've seen some beautiful handstitched Plush Bundled Snowman projects - but we're taking it easy today, and just diecutting and glittering.  Anne Thompson's great no-sew Plush Dies post was my inspiration.


Cut the snowman from white cardstock.  Cut several strips from Scor-Tape sheets - make them about ¼" x 2".  Snip about ½ way thru the strips so they'll be flexible enough to attach along the edges of the snowman.  Attach the strips along the edges - snipped sides along the outer edges.

Cut one 3-½" and two  1-½" Studio Circle Layers from white cardstock and attach them behind the snowman to cover the holes.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive in the holes on the front of the snowman.  It's hard to see here, but the glitter outlines the snowman with a soft sparkle.  I love the Impress Sparkle Glitter - there's a lot of it, consistent with my Costco mentality of buying an eternal supply of anything pretty.  

Cut the hat from glossy black cardstock.  Trace around it on black cardstock.  Handcut it slightly smaller than the hat and attach it behind the hat, covering the holes.

Punch the eyes and back them with a scrap of black cardstock.  Attach adhesive label paper to orange felt and diecut the nose.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps any glue from soaking through.  Cut the scarf from red glittered craft foam and trim the pieces to make room for the snowflake and greeting.    Cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage design from silver glittered craft foam.

Stamp Season to Sparkle on green cardstock with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle and emboss it with detail clear powder.  It's a great color when black is too dark and brown is too...brown.

Attach the pieces to an A6 card (4-⅝" x 6-¼") of gray cardstock - attach the hat and greeting with foam dots.   Just to be safe - ask your favorite post office employee if extra postage is required because of the thickness.


Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of the week - hope you have the day off tomorrow.  

See you at the Gift Tags to Go Class at Impress on Saturday - we'll make a simple portfolio and fill it with 10 colorful holiday tags for friends, family - and your favorite pup(s)!



Wed 25

Merry and Bright Stitched Star Layers
by Jean Okimoto

OpenStudioStarsAtNight-OpenStudioStitchedStarLayers-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-MemoryBoxMerryAndBright-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Delicata-RadiantNeons-ImpressCardsAndCraftsA merry and bright card with colorful felt  Stitched Star Layers adds a bit of winter warmth to a chilly day.  Jean Okimoto here with another quick card to make before the Thanksgiving countdown  begins.  

Attach adhesive label paper to felt to prep it for diecutting.  It stabilizes the felt - and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  It takes less than a minute - but makes a big difference.  Be sure to use good felt too - Impress carries a a great wool blend in a rainbow of beautiful colors.  


I love combining  detailed vintage-y designs like Stars at Night with the classic, contemporary Stitched Star Layers.  There are so many great ways to layer our stamps and dies - view the entire collection for more inspiration.

Delicata Golden Glitz from Imagine Crafts is the perfect gold for the holidays.  It's great for detailed, intricate stamps and adds a sparkly shimmer to any design.  Radiant Neons Electric Pink makes the greeting pop, especially when it's embossed with detail clear powder.  

Want to custom-cut a stitched  block?  Stamp (or stamp and emboss) the image  first. Cut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer - use the rectangle that's closest in size.  Trim off any excess cardstock using the inner edge of one of the dies.  It's easier than it sounds and you'll have perfect squares or rectangles with a great detailed edge.  

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


Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Memory Box!


Tue 24

O Christmas Shaker Tags
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning all!  Happy Thanksgiving (this week) to those celebrating.  Of course after Thursday, the mad rush to Christmas begins.  With that in mind, I thought I'd get a head start on some shaker Christmas tags.


This one uses both the positive and negative portions of the stitched mittens die cut.  The negative creates the window and the positive is placed on the base portion of the tag.


I used the Gnome for Christmas stamp set for the sentiment and snowflakes and stamped with Azure blue Stazon ink since the tag front was a non-porous paper.


Tags are super easy to make when using the shaped die cuts like this one where I used the stitched hexagon dies.  On the base portion of the tag I stamped the O Christmas Tree stamp using distress inks (Pine Needles and Lucky Clover) and spritzed with Green Patina Perfect Pearls.  I also spritzed the front portion of the tag with the same perfect pearls and then blended in some Gathered Twigs distress inks.


I stamped the sentiment and star with Versamark and then embossed with Gold Pearl embossing powder.


How stinkin cute is this little guy?  I used Plush Sheldon to create the negative shape for the window of the tag and I drew in his eyes and nose.


The hat and scarf and arms are all part of the die though I trimmed down the scarf.  I also used some flat back black pearls for the buttons.


And last but not least is this adorable gnome all dressed up with Copics!  I stamped the background with the snowflakes in the Gnome for Christmas stamp set and embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder (have to look very closely in this picture:))  The window was cut out using the Stitched Rectangular layers.

And that's it for today's Christmas Shaker tags!  Fun, easy and hopefully a little "wow" for the recipients. Have a fantastic rest of your week



Mon 23

Winter Joy
by Anne Thompson

This Winter Joy card uses five of my favorite dies on a card I can send anytime once the snowflakes start falling here in the northeast.  With an additional sentiment stamped on the inside, I can use this card for any number of celebrations--Winter Solstice, Christmas, Happy New Year, a winter birthday, or just to celebrate a snow day.


Materials Used

  • white notecard
  • blue marbled paper (text weight); white, kraft, and two shades of green cardstocks
  • tiny white pearls
  • LARGE WINTER SLED die 99283
  • BLISSFUL BUNDLE die 99235
  • SKETCHBOOK JOY die 99242


Happy Crafting!

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Sun 22

by Penny


Hello my Memory Box friends...Penny here today with an unusual color combo. The Aqua makes me think of Tiffany's gift boxes (we should all be so lucky to receive one...still waiting here). And what is a Christmas card without red? 


Let's Make a Card:

Make a base card from Aqua card stock measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, folded in half.

Cut watercolor paper 4 x 5.50 inches. Swirl water around the middle section out towards the right side of card. Now start adding some Aqua watercolors. When you are happy, finish the panel by flicking Aqua paint and let dry. 

Cut watercolor panel at an angle as shown. Adhere top section to card base with foam adhesive.

Die cut Poinsettia Ribbon from Red card stock and adhere to watercolor on the angle.

Die cut Poinsettia Ribbon from White card stock and spritz with Lady Bug Fireworks Spray. Let dry, trim away "ribbon" and adhere over Red Poinsettia. Add Red Faux Pearl to flower center.




With the left over bottom watercolor panel, die cut the Sketchbook Joy. Adhere this bottom panel to bottom of card base.

Die cut Sketchbook Joy two times from Aqua card stock. Stack and adhere all three sentiment die cuts together making sure the watercolor one is on top and adhere to card front.

Adhere Aqua Pearl as the tittle of the letter J.


So there you have it. A most unusual Christmas card, but it works.

Hoping you have a very crafty day,



Sat 21

Shimmery Shaker Ornament
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone!  Sherry here with a fun shaker card for you today!  Shaker cards are such a blast to make, and this one comes with lots of glitter and glam!

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I wanted a shimmery background for this card, so I decided to use the Starry Night Background die.  I cut a piece of card stock to 5" x 3.75", die cut the background, and then layered it onto a piece of double sided tape, which exposed the "sticky" on the open stars.  I poured light blue Glitter Ritz on the openings, achieving the shimmer I was looking for.  I then die cut the second largest ornament from the Drop Ornament Layers from the glittered piece.  The ornament that is cut out can be used for another card.

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I adhered a piece of acetate to the back of the glitter piece, then die cut another ornament from fun foam that was cut to slightly smaller than the glittered piece, and adhered that to the back of the that piece.  I gathered my sprinkles of beads, glass glitter and sequins, into the center of the card base, and then adhered the assembled front over the sprinkles to create the shaker portion.  I die cut all three of the Shimmering Snowflakes, plus one extra of the small one, from double sided tape, peeled off the top later, and covered the flakes with dark blue and gold glitter.  I did the same with the "Joy", and positioned them as shown.  

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I had fun with this one, and hope you enjoyed it too!  Thanks for stopping by!