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33 posts from December 2015

Sun 20

Joy, Love and Gifts
by Jean Okimoto


Cards are done, the tree is decorated, cookies are baked...let's make  quick gift tags today!  Hi - happy last-weekend-before-Christmas - Jean Okimoto here with a few more ideas featuring my favorite holiday and everyday dies from Memory Box and Open Studio.

The Celadon Skinny Chemist Cup  - from Birch Press Design -  holds some berried Nandina branches in the background.  Have you visited their site to check out their new items and specials lately?  Maybe you'll find the perfect gift for a special someone - you!  Birch Press Design is owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box.  Their classic style and appreciation of fine design is reflected in the selection of beautiful products there too.

Here are the directions for the tags - from left to right, top to bottom (bullet points aren't working - they must be on Christmas vacation today!)       

Cut red cardstock with a Stitched Star Layer, cut Sketchbook Joy from gold mirror cardstock, add a gold cord and chartreuse sequins

Layer the Distressed Snowdrift Collage pattern over red and blue cardstock, add a gold cord and some sequins

Cut blue cardstock with a Stitched Hexagon Layer, cut Sketched Tree from white cardstock, cut Contempo Birds from red glitter craft foam, attach red grosgrain ribbon

Cut a Stitched Heart Layers from Red Dots, white cardstock and red cardstock, cut the tree from Santa Paws from green cardstock, attach green cord and red sequins 

Cut white cardstock with a Stitched Hexagon Layer, cut  Shimmering Snowflakes from silver glitter , craft foam, stamp "celebrate"  from Party Time with VersaFine Satin Red and emboss it with detail clear powder, add a gold cord                             

Cut a Stitched Star Layer from white cardstock, cut the Santa Paw Dies Set tree from green glitter cardstock, cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes from red glitter craft foam,  attach a silver cord

Cut Stitched Heart Layers from red and white cardstock, cut the Ho Ho Holly leaves from green cardstock, attach a green cord and sequins


Thanks for stopping by...keep warm and enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Sat 19

A Simple Merry
by Sherry Hester

Merry almost Christmas!  Sherry Hester here with a simple holiday card that's fast and easy to put together.

Merry - 1

I cut a 5" x 3.75" piece of cream card stock, and lightly sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto this piece through one of my go-to stencils, Adornment ... love this stencil!  I went very lightly on the pouncing.  I cut the heart frame using the second and third largest hearts in the Glorious Hearts set from cream card stock and inked it with Peeled Paint.  From cream card stock, I cut the three separate snowflakes that come in the bundle, and then cut the Wintry Snowflake from dark green card stock.  I arranged this on top of and through the opening of the heart as shown.

Merry - 2

I absolutely love how this die perfectly hugs this heart.  It perfectly hugs other shapes as well, and it's one of my favorites.  I cut another one from a rich red card stock, snipped off one of the red snowflakes, and added it to the heart center just for a pop of color.  I'll save the rest of the die cut for another card.  From the Moose Crossing stamp set, I snipped the "Merry" from the "Merry Christmoose" stamp, inked it in Fired Brick Distress Ink and stamped it as shown.  I added mounting tape to the back of the stenciled piece and adhered it to the card front.  I added mounting tape to the back of the assembled heart as well and adhered that to the top of the stenciled piece.  I added some glitter to the cream snowflakes for a little shimmer.  Easy peasy!!! 

Merry - 4


So glad you topped by.  I wish everyone the merriest Christmas and and a very Happy New Year!



Fri 18

Happy Holidays Card
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!  It's hard to believe that a week from today is Christmas.  Today I have a quick and easy card for you in case you need any last minute inspiration.  




For this card you simply die cut the "Curved Happy Holidays" and the "Stitched Let it Snow" from white cardstock and use only the snowflakes from the "Let it Snow" die cut.  Die cut the "Sketch Tree" on the right side of a piece of pool cardstock which is cut 4" X 5 1/4".  Spatter the pool cardstock with white acrylic paint.  Adhere this to a white card.  Trim the Happy Holidays die cut piece to 2" wide strip and glue this to the pool cardstock.  Add red bling to the top of the tree to finish the card.


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Thanks for dropping by today. I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!




Thu 17

Snowflake Collage Drop Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


Here's a multi-tasking Snowflake Collage Drop Ornament idea for you - it can be a last-minute card, a tag or a tree ornament!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick glittery, shimmery sparkly design to simplify your holiday prep.


Diecut Snowflake Collage from textured white cardstock.  Cut it again with the largest Drop Ornament Layer. Fold a 10" x 4" strip of white cardstock in half at 5".  Cover the top layer of the folded strip with Scor-Tape.  Place the Drop Ornament Layer so the top edge is about ⅛" above the fold to create an uncut hinge.  Cut the ornament.

Attach the snowflake ornament to the folded cardstock.  Brush Martha Stewart Wintermint Glitter onto the adhesive in the snowflake cutouts.

Score and fold a strip of gold mirror cardstock.  Diecut the unfolded edges with the small scalloped Stitched Country Border.  Attach it to the ornament.  Punch a hole and attach a gold cord.

Stamp Merry and Bright inside the ornament with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Here are 3 choices for the next step: 

    -Attach it to a 4-⅝" x 6-¼" card of pearlescent aqua cardstock and add a diecut Sketchbook Joy

    -Use it as a gift tag for a special gift

    -Hang it as a tree ornament


Whatever you chose...I hope you like it!

Visit our site for a last-minute look at some of the great multi-tasking designs we feature.

Be sure to view the gorgeous Look Book and videos created by Poppystamps Designer Olga Direktorenko - 25 beautiful designs AND videos too.  You will love it and be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening.




Wed 16

Divine Dahlia Snowflake Tag
by Jean Okimoto


The Divine Dahlia,  Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes and  Tanglewood Frame become a merry trio on today's card.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a just-in-time design for another holiday card.  Or a Christmas thank-you card. 

I've been admiring the beautiful holiday florals on dresses, scarves and giftwrap paper - and decided to combine some Memory Box and Open Studio dies and see what I come up with.  I think the Divine Dahlia - cut in rich red felt - resembles a winter camellia.  Hope you agree!


Cut the medium Tag You're It Rectangle and Tanglewood Frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Attach the Tanglewood Frame to lime green cardstock, then cut it with the tag die again.  Wondering why not just attach it to the lime green background?  It's sturdier and easier to cut when it's attached to the cardstock before it's cut and it's a lot easier to handle that way.  Trust me.

Cut the bow - from the Truly Gifted Set - from Key Lime Distressed Dots.  Assemble the bow and attach it to the tag, then attach the tag to a side-folded A2 card of lime green cardstock.  

Cut the Distressed Snowdrift Collage snowflakes from glittered white craft foam.  Here's a tip - instead of pulling the delicate diecut snowflakes out of the surrounding craft foam, pull the excess foam away from the snowflakes to release them.  

Attach adhesive label paper to red and moss green wool-blend felt and cut the sold and detailed Divine Dahlias and the leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt - especially helpful for the detailed dies - and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.    Attach the dahlia, leaves and snowflakes to the card.

Hope you like my Memory Box version of the popular holiday florals out there this year!


Special thanks to everyone who joined us for the Winter Bliss class at Impress last weekend.  It was my last class of 2015...and now I can't wait to start designing class cards with the 2016 release.   Extra special thanks to Linnell for her surprise holiday/last-class-of-the-year/birthday (shared with Jan!)  lunch - what a delicious and truly special occasion that was.  Loved the party favors and sweet treats from Chris and Jan too and birthday thanks to Robin, Deanna and Thalia too!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow.




Tue 15

Merry Wreath Card
by Lindsay A.


Lindsay here with you today, sharing a little rustic Christmas card! The days are truly counting down, and it will be here before we know it! Have you sent out your cards yet? Here is a fun idea for you to try, using some basic dies, and a little ink.

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To begin, I took a panel of rustic card stock, and applied a light blue ink to the front, in a circular motion. I set that aside, and began die cutting my wreath pieces, beginning with the Pinpoint Circles. Once I had my main circle cut out, I took the next smallest one, and cut the center out. I then die cut my leaves from different shades of green. I glued the circle down to the panel, and started adhering the greenery. 


I then die cut the sled from black, and Kraft card stocks, trimming the pieces, and adhering them together. I also added a bit of ink to the sled with a sponge blending tool. Using the berries from the Stitched Holly leaves die set, I adhered them to the wreath, along with glossy accents to make them shiny. Lastly, I added a Merry sentiment die cut from gold card stock, and foam tape. 

I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great one!



Tue 15

Oh Hello Again
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning and Hello again!  Any time is a good time for butterflies, and I was in a butterfly type of mood yesterday. I pulled out the gorgeous Reverse Butterfly collage and some new water soluble oil pastels to create a water color effect on an A2 card


I scratched the oil pastel crayons on my craft mat and then diluted with water and did a wet to wet technique for a softer appearance of the colors.  I spritzed the dried panel with Pearl Pearls for some shimmer which is so hard to capture on camera but looks perfectly shimmery in person.  I die cut the Reverse Butterfly collage and then adhered to vellum to create a glass type of look


I cut the Cascadia Butterfly trio twice from vellum and used one of the "Hellos" from the Open Studio die set called Oh Hello Again.  This particular die is great for shaping the word into a slight arc.  I added a few crystals and glass beads to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to come back later for Lindsey wonderful Christmas card.



Mon 14

holiday/winter thank you notes
by Anne Thompson

At this time of the year I always need to keep thank you notes on hand.  This design goes together quickly in assembly line fashion once the dies are cut.  I used four dies on this card front.  


Here's the completed card:


  • white notecard; marbled blue text weight paper, brown cardstock in light and dark tones
  • BEADED BACKGROUND 99132   This creates a great snowy backdrop when cut from the blue marbled paper and mounted on the front of a white notecard.
  • SMALL FOREST ARCHWAY 99156 cut from dark brown cardstock   If you don't have this die, substitute any of the trees you have!
  • LITTLE DEER 99304  Isn't he adorable!  I popped him up for a bit of dimension on the card front.  


  • A LITTLE THANKS 98575   

    Note:  If you see a die in a new release and you really want it, get it!  A LITTLE THANKS 98575 from the Holiday Release is no longer available on the Memory Box website but you might still find one at your local stamp store or on one of the on-line shops that carries Memory Box dies.  

I still have more Christmas cards to make and mail out after getting forty done this weekend.  Back to work!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 13

Merry Christmoose
by Penny


Hello Memory Box friends...Penny here today. I absolutely love Blue Christmas cards, and isn't it convenient that Blue is the perfect color for shadows in snowdrifts?!? This card is really simple to make so just follow along:

Start with White card stock cut 4.25 x 10 1/2 inches, fold in half for a base card.

Cut White card stock 4 x 5.50 inches. Flick Masking Fluid across this panel, let dry. Tear a piece of printer paper into a snowdrift shape to use as a mask. Starting near the top with your snowdrift mask, begin swiping Ranger Stormy Sky ink onto white panel. Move the snowdrift mask and continue adding swipes of ink until you are happy.

Darken the top of the card by inking with Ranger Sapphire.

Stamp the trees with Simon Says Stamp Caribbean Blue ink. Rub off the Masking Fluid to reveal the "snow". 

Stamp sentiment using Imagine Crafts VersaFine Majestic Blue ink. Using a White Gel Pen, go around the sentiment to highlight.


Wrap twine around card front and adhere to base card.

Stamp, die cut and color adorable Moose...don't forget to add his scarf and adhere over twine with foam adhesive. Add a few Sparkling sequins for fun.


I believe some Christmas cards should be fun and some sentimental...today you got fun!

We would love to see the cards you are making with the Moose Crossing stamp set on our Facebook page.

Have a wonderful crafty day,



Sat 12

Let it Snow
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  I hope your week was fantastic or as good as can be if you were working:).  I have a bright fun card today using a some fun and unique paper combined with of course the awesome Memory Box products.

I had played around with Yupo paper numerous years ago, and it was to say... disastrous.  However, I thought I would give it a go again when my LSS got some in stock.  Lo and behold this is nothing like what I worked with before.  This material is basically very thin gorgeously smooth plastic so it's a non-porous material but that doesn't mean  it can't be crafted on!


I stamped Valley Berries with blue Stazon (Stazon is perfect for non-porous surfaces) for the background.  I then dabbed on 3 different colors of Distress Paint (shaded lilac, salty ocean and picket fence) directly on the paper and spritzed just enough water to for the paints to begin to blend.  I placed small bubble wrap on top of the paint and set it aside for a couple of hours to dry as much as possible.  Note...with Yupo paper the medium will dry on top of the paper so your project will take much longer than when using a porous material/paper.  You can heat dry it, but if too much heat is applied,  the product will warp and well, let's just say you'll start the process of shrinky dinks!

Remove the bubble wrap and  gorgeous pattern was created though it still wasn't completely dry, but  I finished the quick dry process with heat.  I used the wet paint left behind on the bubble wrap and created a positive impression for the inside of the card.


I die cut the Snowburst die twice and layered them together and added a flat back glass bead to the center.  The sentiment from the Gnome for Christmas set "let it snow" was stamped in black Stazon.  And there you have, a brightly patterned winter themed card for any occasion.

Thanks for visiting today and have a wonderful weekend.  And only 13 more days until Christmas!!!