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33 posts from December 2015

Thu 31

Versatility of Christmas Stamp Sets
by Laura Fulcher


One of my favorite stamp sets from the latest release was the "Santa Paws" set.  It was loaded with cute dogs, snowy elements, and fun holiday sayings.  Even though Christmas is over, I still wanted to use the set.  I know so many "dog" people that would like cute canine images on their cards year-round. 

For today's card, I started with the Grand Happy Birthday die.  I have used this die with balloons, cakes,  butterflies, flowers, and now dogs.  It makes personalizing a birthday card so easy.  I felt like the dogs needed party hats and noticed the Santa Paws set had trees in it that could be converted to hats.

Here are the trees:


I added colorful stripes with colored pencils.


Once I cut out the tops of the trees, I put my "hats" on the dogs.  At the top of each hat, I added a rhinestone.

For the dachshund, I colored him with E31, E34, and E37 Copic markers:


The second little dog looked like an English Bulldog to me, so I colored him with W00, W1, W2, R20, and R00 Copic markers.  The bone comes in that same stamp set, and I colored it with C1 and C3 Copic markers.  I finished it by adding a bow:


 I hope you are inspired to use elements from seasonal stamp sets all through the year!




Wed 30

Clean and Simple Winter Card
by Laura Fulcher


I don't know about you, but after the holidays, I want to make quick and easy cards to give out as thank you notes.  I spend a lot of tome on holiday cards, but I tend to simplify things a bit afterwards.  For today's post, I am including a card that works as a thank you card, a thinking of you card, a happy holiday's card, or even a winter birthday. 

• Place snowflake die onto silver paper and hold into place with repositionable tape
• Run through die cut machine
• Place a strong double-sided adhesive behind the snowflakes
• Sprinkle glitter over the card so that the snowflakes become glittery.
• Layer the pieces of the card
• Optional- stamp saying on outside or inside of card
• Add sequin to center snowflake with gluepen

Here is a close up of the snowflakes to try and see the glitter a bit better:


Tomorrow I will be back with a more elaborate card  using Copic coloring, but for now, I wanted to go clean and simple.



Tue 29

A Frosty Winter Card
by Lindsay


 Now that Christmas is past, I thought I would bring you a bit of winter cheer! Have you gotten any snow yet? Now is a great opportunity to get out the greenery dies, and blue inks!


For my card, I began by die cutting the Distressed Addington Collage from a panel of white card stock. I then added two different shades of blue ink to my card base, using a foam applicator. Using Foam, I popped up the panel, and then flicked gold shimmer spray onto the front.


Using the Sketchbook Peace die, I ran it through my Big Shot with silver card stock, and adhered it to my panel, along with the lovely Pinecone and Greenery die. I used more ink blending on my greenery, leaving it in the negative while I inked it, as to not rip it. I also added a touch of Glossy Accents to the berries for a little shine and dimension.

Thanks so much for joining me today! Have a great day!




Mon 28

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #2
by Jean Okimoto


Let's make three more calendar pages with our Memory Box and Open Studio dies and Peerless Watercolors.  Jean Okimoto here with more  of our 2016 calendar - have fun with these pretty colors and shimmery sequins!  The cute little calendars are from Impress.

They all begin with an Open Studio Stitched Pinpoint Layer...then add splashes of color, more diecuts, and a scattering of pretty sequins.  I've designed these as calendar pages, but they'd be nice birthday cards too - create personalized greetings by highlighting the date of someone's birthday.


Diecut watercolor paper and paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the blues and purples, dry it, then cut the Open Studio Come Rain or Shine umbrellas.  Attach a piece of Scor-Tape behind silver mirror cardstock and cut the handles.  Trim the top of the handles a bit before attaching them to the umbrellas.  Add teal and purple sequins.  


Cut the background and a portion of Blooming Poppy from watercolor paper.  Paint them with Peerless Watercolors.  Attach tiny opalescent white sequins.


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut it with the Sorona Butterfly.  Cut Lydia Butterfly from watercolor paper and attach both pieces to a diecut background.  Add clear mini sequins and opalescent purple sequins.

Thanks very much for stopping by - hope you're enjoying this little calendar series as much as I enjoy sharing the ideas with you!


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Sat 26

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar
by Jean Okimoto


Gather your favorite Memory Box and Open Studio dies and stamps, Peerless Watercolors and Imagine Crafts Inkpads and create a colorful calendar to welcome 2016!  Jean Okimoto here this holiday weekend with a trio of calendar pages for you.  The little calendars are from Impress.



Cut watercolor paper with the approximately 3-¾" x 4-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.  Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Chandra Stem from silver glitter craft foam, turquoise vellum and gold mirror cardstock.  Attach gold, silver and turquoise sequins.


Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors, then cut it with the approximately 3" x 4" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.   Cut the Open Studio Stitched Heart Layers from white vellum and iridescent vellum.  Attach silver and clear sequins.


Stamp Delicate Flight with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Daub the background with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime.  Attach adhesive label paper to white felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.  Attach clear and pearlescent lavender sequins.

Combine these great dies, stamps and beautiful colors and create a calendar to brighten each day of the New Year.  Display them on a bulletin board, set them on an easel - or showcase them like little works of art on card holders from Birch Press Design.  


Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back with the April, May and June designs on Sunday.  




Sat 26

Do You Instagram?


Have you noticed that Memory Box has social media links on the right hand side of the blog?  We have had Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest accounts for quite some time.  However, we are happy to announce that we have added Instagram!  There is a link on the right, or you can also follow us by our profile name...  memoryboxco

We hope to see you there!  Don't be shy about sharing your projects/creations with us.  We would love to see them.

Fri 25

Happy Holidays!


Greetings everyone!  I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season.  Today is Christmas, and it is the final day of Olga's "25 days of Christmas videos with Memory Box" over on the Memory Box YouTube channel.  I hope that you have enjoyed the series.  She did an amazing job creating videos with fun projects, tips, and techniques.

If you receive our blog entries as an email and can't view the embedded video pictured above, you can follow this link directly to the video- https://youtu.be/sYqg136A92U?list=PLZyrrzvuadZXA_dxJhRUcyF48yeRewIC_

Did you miss the series?  Don't worry!  The holidays are a perfect time to catch up with all 25 videos.  The projects have a Christmas theme, but the ideas and techniques can be used year-round for every occasion.  Here is a link to the entire series- https://youtu.be/NbwuGivcYko?list=PLZyrrzvuadZXA_dxJhRUcyF48yeRewIC_

Happy Holidays from Memory Box!

Wed 23

Message from Memory Box – Sketchbook Joy, Love and Peace
by Jean Okimoto

Memory Box Sketchbook Joy, Memory Box Sketchbook Love, Memory Box Sketchbook Peace, Open Studio Stitched Square Layers, Memory Box Snow Burst, Jean Okimoto

Sketchbook Joy, Love and Peace and Snow Burst create a message from everyone at Memory Box this holiday season.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a special Christmas greeting from all of us to all of you.  

Attach strips of ScorTape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Sketchbook Joy, Sketchbook Love and Sketchbook Peace.  Cut Stitched Square Layers from white textured cardstock.  Cut Snowburst from red glitter craft foam and attach them like snowflake asterisks.   Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.  Add light gold sequins.

Thanks for selecting Memory Box and Open Studio for your beautiful Holiday 2015 cards, tags, layouts and decor projects.  We appreciate it - and look forward to sharing another year of inspiration, creativity and designs with you in 2016.

Happy Holidays!

Memory Box Sketchbook Joy, Memory Box Sketchbook Love, Memory Box Sketchbook Peace, Open Studio Stitched Square Layers, Memory Box Snow Burst, Jean Okimoto




Tue 22

Delicate Ornament
by Penny


It's beginning to look a lot like.....Penny here today with that song in my head. Nothing says Christmas like Red and Green. Are you loving this delicate ornament as much as I am. To be honest, it went on several of my cards this year. Simple, yet elegant!

Let's Make this Card:

Start with a base card of White card stock trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches and folded in half.

Cut another piece of White card stock 4 x 5.50 inches and die cut Stitched Octagon near top center. Stamp sentiment using Image Crafts Versafine Spanish Moss ink. Adhere to card base with foam adhesive.

Die cut Pitelli Ornament and Tippington Vine. Color as shown using Copic markers YG93 and YG95. Color Holly with Copic marker R59, adding Stickles Stardust on top. Let dry.



Adhere Tippington Vine across top of Stitched Octagon. Add a bow made from twine to Pitelli Ornament and "hang" from branch....OK, you can a smidge of glue so the ornament stays in place. :)


Hoping you have a wonderful crafty day,



Mon 21

Joy to You and Yours in this Holiday Season!
by Anne Thompson

Greetings!  I've been making and sending out a lot of cards this  month.  The one I'll show today is one of my favorites.  I used five dies to pull together a simple wreath card.  




  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS 30016   I used the two circle dies shown in the first photograph to make a circle frame that I used for the base of the wreath.  I cut this from Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and added it to the front of a Memory Box White Notecard.
  • BLISSFUL BUNDLE 99235   I cut three of these from the Key Lime Distressed Dots paper and attached them loosely to the circle frame with glue dots under the center berry circles and nearby leaves which I then covered with white pearls in three sizes.  
  • STITCHED BOWS 30056   I cut the medium sized bow from Blueberry Distressed Dots paper and assembled it with glue dots.  I placed it on the left side of the wreath using a glue dot.
  • CURLED RIBBONS 98936   I cut the curled ribbons from the same Blueberry paper and slid the one with a single loop over one side of the bow for a bit more ribbon on the wreath.


  • SKETCHBOOK JOY 99242   I cut this from more of the Blueberry paper, gluing it to the front of the card in the lower left, near the bow.  I used a lime green gem for the dot.  


I love the dimensionality of this card!  Enjoy the holidays and I'll be back in the New Year with more ideas to share.

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