65 posts categorized "2016 January Collection"


Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto



Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.


Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  


Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.


Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!




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Fri 26

by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a fairly quick and easy birthday card for you.  

Owl best

To create this card, begin by sponging watercolor paper with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  Mist lightly with plain water to create a watercolored look.  Once the paper is dry spatter with green and brown inks.  Die cut the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from white cardstock and glue it to the watercolored card layer.  White emboss the sentiment on a strip of Licorice cardstock and adhere it to the card.  

Stamp, color and die cut the owl and tree stump and glue that to the card using foam adhesive. Attach a strip of striped paper to the left side of the card front and glue this to a white card base.



To finish off the card glue a few black epoxy dots to the front and you're done!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!



Fri 24

Starlit Breeze
by Melissa Rusk

Hello everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for the 4th of July featuring the Starlit Breeze die and a lot of sparkle.


This die was so much fun to play around with. For this card, I started with my white card stock and the Starlit Breeze die. The first time I used the die on the diagonal, then I die cut the white paper two more times to fill in the blank space.


Once the die cutting was finished, I glued the three different colors of glitter paper behind the white. I did red, white and blue for a fun patriotic card but this would look great with so many different color combinations. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I hope you have a great weekend!





Thu 09

Thank You Tiles
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope you are all having a great week. I have a bright and glittering thank you card to share with you today using the Thank You Tiles die. Let's get started!


On the white background paper, I used the two smaller dies from the Straight Stitches set to create a cross hatch pattern. It gives a nice place for the glittering Thank You Tiles to land. I splattered some blue watercolor ink on the white paper before using foam tape to glue down the Thank You Tiles. 


I die cut some butterflies from the Mini Butterflies set in the same color as my blue background paper and added them to my card. Blue gems add just a little more bling to finish up this card. It would be cute to make a set of cards like this in a variety of colors to give someone as a gift.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!




Sat 21

Party Trees, Torrance Trees and Kindness
by Jean Okimoto


The Torrance Trees and Party Trees were just waiting to be used this drizzly spring weekend -  and a thank you card seemed like a good idea.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're enjoying your weekend, wherever you are!

Have you visited your favorite retailer lately?  The brand new May 2016 Release of Memory Box and Poppystamps clear stamps and coordinating dies began shipping this week.   I saw them at Impress...and spotted these shiny black dog brads there too.  They were just waiting to be paired with our trees.


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors in springy shades of green and yellow.  Dry them, then cut the Party Trees and Torrance Trees treetops.  Attach doublestick tape behind the Torrance trees before removing the all of the little pieces.  Remove a few of the pieces, then brush gold glitter onto the adhesive where the pieces were removed.  Attach doublestick tape behind the Party Tree, then brush glitter onto the adhesive - it'll look like party lights.  

Attach doublestick tape behind a scrap of cardboard and cut the tree trunks.  

Stamp Kindness on white cardstock with VersaFine Spanish Moss and dry the ink.  Cut it with the 4-¾" x 3-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Attach the trees.  

Attach the dog brads - don't press the prongs too hard - they might leave an imprint on the front of the cardstock.  Just insert the brads, press them gently, then tape the prongs to the back of the cardstock so the dogs will obediently sit and stay.  These are good dogs!  


Thanks very much for stopping by this weekend...I appreciate it!


Sat 21

Adelaide Stem and New Beginnings
by Jean Okimoto


The delicate Adelaide Stem - like spring - seems like a symbol of new beginnings.  A double layer of it, on a watercolored background, invites a trio of Mini Butterflies to pause and stay awhile.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a simple card in some of my favorite colors.


Cut the 3" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Paint it with light, overlapping streaks of Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz it with a quick burst of water, then let the colors blend for a few seconds.  Blot it lightly with a tissue if it looks too watery.  Dry it with a heat-tool.

Load a waterbrush with a bit of diluted teal ink and tap the brush to drop a few random dots of ink over and around the watercolors.    Air-dry it.  Stamp Beginnings with VersaFine Olympia Green and emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut Adelaide Stem from mossy green and lime green cardstock.  Cut Mini Butterflies from pale aqua glitter cardstock.  Attach everything to a Violet Noteard.


Hope you like the simple design and enjoy the techniques as much as I like sharing them with you!  

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






Wed 11

Airin Birds and Swirling Stitches
by Jean Okimoto


Watercolor the Airin Bird,  perch it on Swirling Stitches - and you've set the scene for any occasion.  Spritzing, embossing and daubing add shimmery layers of dimension and color to a design that's uniquely artsy.

Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of  inspiration for our May Challenge.  The coordinating Airin Bird and Airin Bird Background pair up perfectly for graduation, birthday and thinking-of-you cards.  


Paint watercolor paper with some purple, blue and green Peerless Watercolors.  Air-dry it, then lightly spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz from Imagine Crafts.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool.  Diecut it with the Airin Bird Background.  

Dry-emboss it with the intricate Airin Bird using the embossing mat and plates recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  Daub it with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade to add shimmery highlights to the embossing.  

Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured natural cardstock.  Emboss the folded card with Swirling Stitches to create a double layer of the delicate design - inside and outside the card.  Stamp the greetings - using a stamp positioner - with Electric Purple Radiant Neons.  Heat-set the ink.


Attach the Airin Bird and some sequins.  


Swirling Stitches can be anything you want it to be  - garden tendrils, flourishes, butterfly flight patterns, branches - even gentle waves on a summer beach.  I love how Memory Box dies take on a whole new look when you mix, match and experiment with them.  It's all up to you!

Big thanks to everyone from last Saturday's class at Impress. We laughed and talked almost as much as we worked - but we did (somehow) create 6 cards for summer greetings.  See you at the Butterflies and Blossoms class at Impress on May 14th - more watercoloring, great techniques and a packet of  "extras" from my stash so you can make more class cards later.

Thanks for stopping by today - have a great afternoon...




Wed 04

Calla Oval Wreath Transformation
by Jean Okimoto


A quick trim transforms the delicate Calla Oval Wreath into an overlay for the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame.  It's an easy way to re-purpose two great dies and create a card that would work for any spring or summer celebration...Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, retirements, anniversaries.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another way to get the most out of your Memory Box products.


Cut Calla Oval Wreath from pale green cardstock  - but don't remove the diecut from the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  

I know you're anxious to remove the diecut and admire it...but leave it in the die for the next step too.   Using the die as a stencil, daub Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks onto the embossed flowers.  Carefully remove the diecut and heat-set it.  

Cut Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from pale green cardstock. Trim a portion of the wreath to re-shape it into a circle, then overlap the cut ends and attach the wreath to the circle frame.  The portion I altered is at the top left - the two Lilac Posies flowers at about the "eleven-o'clock" position of the circle.  

Mask off the surrounding areas with scrap paper and daub the remaining flowers with Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks from Imagine Crafts.  The colors I used are Memento Luxe Lilac Posies - and Radiant Neons Electric Pink, Orange and Coral.  They're richly-colored pigment inks so you'll need to dry them with a heat-tool.  

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from coral cardstock.  For best results, diecut the ribbons lengthwise.  For more texture - leave the diecuts in the die and dry-emboss them too.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5.5" square card of green cardstock.  Add green sequins.


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope this design inspires you to think about new ways to use your favorite products...which just happen to be from Memory Box!




Wed 27

Sketch Daisy Celebration
by Jean Okimoto


Classy, simple and elegant...the Sketch Daisy is perfect for any occasion or celebration.  The layers add  dimension and depth - and soft felt petals and leaves contrast the shimmery spritzed background.  Hello there, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design inspired by (or copied from!) the beautiful Sketch Daisy package.

Spritz watercolor paper with water.  Spritz  Bahama Blue, Pear Tart and Grape Jelly Fireworks! sprays in overlapping layers and let the colors begin to mix and mingle.  Spray it lightly with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  The great Imagine Crafts spritzes come in wide range of colors and metallic looks for quick, easy highlighting.  Cut the watercolor paper with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅛" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  


Cut Sketch Daisy from watercolor paper.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to light green and yellow-green felt and cut the leaves and petals.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  Assemble the daisy and attach it to the  background.  

Attach a strip of Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame.  Attach everything to a Pool Notecard.  Add lime green sequins.


Looking for more card ideas?  Visit the Memory Box site and click on your favorite dies and discover Design Team projects for our dies, stamps and stencils.

Thanks very much for stopping by this morning - please  join us again this afternoon for Laura's special post.






Tue 26

Whirling Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning Memory Box fans!  I have an easy peasy card (I promise) for you today.  I love when the dies are meant to be used for the entire front of an A2 card.  It makes designs easy and production even easier


The Whirling Butterflies fits perfectly on the front of an A2 card.  One die cut and voila, almost a completed card.  I was practicing using less water with my watercolor paints to work on my control and blending of colors and actually liked how this panel turned out.  I die cut the panel and then trimmed to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8" and added a light blue layering cardstock to the back of the panel. The panel was then mounted on the A2 card base with foam tape.


I opened all the butterflies (the butterflies are meant to stay in the paper) though it looked great when only a portion of the butterflies were open.  If you use watercolor paper, I would recommend using a tool to open the butterflies before adhering the panel.  It just makes manipulating the paper a little easier to get to the wings.  I used small dots of wet adhesive on the backside near the butterflies so the watercolor paper would bend and distort the shape of the card.


The Butterfly kisses sentiment is from last year's Simple Pleasures exclusive and stamped in blue versafine ink.

Glad you could pop by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fantastic.