21 posts categorized "2016 May Collection"


Sat 10

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Pinpoint Circle Frame
by Jean Okimoto


Let's celebrate summer with a  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies.  They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them.  Hope you agree!


Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block.  Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block and set it aside to airdry for a few minutes.  Dry it completely with a heat-tool. 

Cut it with Pinpoint Circle Frame.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop stencil plastic using the dot die from the Modern Border Trim set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4")  card of smooth white cardstock. Mask a few rows at the bottom of the stencil.  Sponge Imagine Crafts Delicata Gold Shimmer through the stencil.  Dry the ink.

Assemble the card and add light green gem stickers.


Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend.  No classes for me this weekend - I'll post another card tonight.  See you then?






Thu 08

June Challenge Inspiration…Pinpoint Single Frame + Wishes from the Fishes
by Jean Okimoto


Neighborly Narwhal (minus his tusk) becomes a birthday whale with Rectangle Basics, Pinpoint Single Frame and Family of Fish.   Everyone's joining in on a summer celebration.   Hello - Jean Okimoto here - loving how the Family of Fish is reversible and can swim in both directions!


Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of green and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut it with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Rotate the inner rectangle for increased color contrast.

The Rectangle Basics set eliminates the guesswork (and wonky paper trimmer edges) and makes it so easy to layer everything!  The Basic Sets - Rectangle, Square and Circle - save time and eliminate wasted cardstock (from miss-cuts).  Each set includes 16 dies.  If you're not sure which size to use, cut it with a larger die - you can always trim it with a smaller size if necessary.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Cut orange cardstock with the 3-1/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut turquoise cardstock with the 2-3/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Cut Family of Fish from dark orange cardstock.

Cut a strip of black glittered cardstock.  Can't find any?  Attach double-stick tape to black cardstock and brush ultra-fine black glitter on it.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured natural cardstock.  Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.



Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SURF AND TURF class at Impress.  It was surely the "laughing-est" class ever - but we somehow folded an origami fish, made 6 cards and ended 30 minutes early.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with everything on our wishlists...and more!  See you next time at SUMMER BLISS on June 17th - 6 colorful summer cards and more beautiful Memory Box diecuts of artpapers from Shizen Design.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this weekend!






Mon 10

Scribble Christmas for any Occasion
by Anne

I decided to use some of the stamps from the SCRIBBLE CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5181 to create some backgrounds for not only Christmas cards but for Halloween, fall, and birthday cards.  I auditioned the large and small solid circles first, stamping many of each and trying different ink colors on a variety of white and colored cardstock.  I then went back with the large and small scribble circles and added those lines around the stamped circles.  

I think this Halloween card is one of my favorite finished cards.  After stamping the black circles with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a sunflower yellow notecard, I used the largest scribble circle stamp and MementoLuxe Love Letter red ink to make halos around each of the black circles.  They looked like eyeballs to me so I just had to add an assortment of wiggly eyes to complete the look.  


I cut both the HARVEST PUMPKIN OVAL FRAME 99525 and the PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 from Mango dot paper and the Plump Pumpkin leaf from Key Lime dot paper.  By cutting the large pumpkin from its frame, I was able to pop dot it over the smaller one and adhere the oval in a slightly different orientation, tucking the snipped ends behind the pumpkins.  A little Hero Arts Cup O' Joe brown ink smudged on the pumpkins and some black ribbon tied in a bow at the top finished this card.


What about the large circle and the large scribble circle to make a moon?  I framed the black moon using the FOREST OVAL FRAME 99497 cut from black cardstock and pop-dotted on a large black cat (cut with an older Poppystamps die).  I then trimmed the image and mounted it on Licorice dotted paper already adhered to a white notecard.  (I actually made this card several times with different ink colors for the moon/sun--a deep yellow-orange and a fiery red.)


I think the most successful Christmas cards were the ones using the small circle and the large scribble circle stamped in MementoLuxe Love Letter red on a white notecard with dark green cardstock holly leaves cut from the HOLLY HOLIDAY CORNER 99590.   I added three sparkly red berries, brushed some green Wink of Stella on the leaves, and tied on some pretty red ribbon with a bow. The "happy holidays" sentiment stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink is from the same Scribble Christmas clear stamp set.


And for a birthday card?  How about white cardstock, Tide Pool ink (Hero Arts) and Pool dot paper with a little blue ribbon?  The sentiment is from the "Love and Laughter" set, a Memory Box STAMPtember clear stamp set SSS101668 available only through Simon Says Stamp.


So, take another look at your stamps and see how you might repurpose them for an occasion other than that for which they were intended.  Happy crafting!

Anne Signature


Fri 09

Last Dream of Summer
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box fans!

I know, I know..summer is on its way out, but I am desperate to hold on to it! With Autumn, and Christmas looming, I am about to shock you with a blast of color! So, as a last ode to the loveliness that is this season, I reached back to last release, and picked out this amazing silhouette image. With a bit of ink blending, and a simple die cut, I tried to capture my love for summer.


I started with a white card base, and blended in hues of blue, teal, and green. I spritzed some water onto the front, and daubed it up with a paper towel, achieving a splatter effect. Using the Spring released Wildflower Landscape die, I cut it from white card stock, and adhered it to the bottom of the card front.


Using a sentiment from the May released, Veggie Good set, I white heat embossed it onto black card stock. I trimmed it out, and adhered the block to the front of my card. To finish the card, I adhered a few butterflies, and a dragon fly from the Blooming Chrysanthemum die set. 


I added a bit of shimmer to the butterflies, and called it done. Thank you for humoring me and my summer themed card! I think I "might" have gotten it out of my system! Until then, happy crafting!




Sun 26

A Whole Bunch Card
by Lindsay


Now that summer is here, I am so excited about what is happening in our garden! So far we have been able to enjoy lettuce, and spinach, as well as summer squash! But, the one vegetable I am super excited to harvest is carrots! I don't think there is anything better than a home grown carrot. Well, maybe to me! So, to show my love for this humble vitamin A-packed veggie, I bring you this card. 


I love the Veggie Good set, and matching dies. I began by die stamping and then cutting out five carrots, coloring them with Copic Markers, and setting them aside. I took a panel of watercolor card stock, and created a blue washed background, and after it had dried, ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinpoint Square Layers Die.


I stamped a sentiment from the set, and then I adhered the panel to a white card base using foam. I layered, and adhered my carrots. 


Did you plant a garden this year? If so, what are you looking forward to harvesting? I would love to know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy crafting.




Sat 25

Nothing "Beets" Love
by Sherry Hester

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hopefully you will all "beet" the heat this weekend!

Today's card once again features the Garden Variety set of stamps and dies. I must be loving the beet die from this set because this is the second card I've done with this cute little veggie! I'm thinking this would make an unusual but cute anniversary card!

Can't Beet Love - 1

I stamped and die cut two of the beets, then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the leaves, Worn Lipstick on one beet, and Dried Marigold on the other.  The faces were stamped next, and as you can see, I added brows to the boy beet and lashes to the girl. I had to add a touch of Worn Lipstick to the girl because a girl beet in love surely must be blushing! I then set the beets aside to add later.

Can't Beet Love - 2

I next sponged Peeled Paint through the Distress Grid stencil on the bottom half of a white card base. I took another quarter sheet of white card stock, positioned one of the Stitched Border dies about two thirds of the way down, and die cut that. Using the same die, I cut another border from a narrow strip of green card stock, and adhered that below the edge of the white piece, offsetting it just a bit for a more interesting border.  I lightly sponged Dried Marigold onto the center of the white piece, and used the negative of a circle die cut to sponge a little green at the bottom. I then splattered Forest Moss Distress Ink onto the entire piece before adhering it to the card base.

I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock and added it to the bottom right of the card. I had to get a little creative with the rest of the sentiment. I snipped the word "happy" from the Springtime Bunnies set, and the word "in" from the Birthday Bunnies set, put them together on an acrylic block and stamped as shown with Versamark Onyx Black ink. 

Can't Beet Love - 3

I adhered the smitten little beets with foam tape to the card front. The hearts were cut from white card stock using one of the dies from the Banner Parade set and I sponged Worn Lipstick onto the ones that I used, adding them where shown. I topped off the hearts and the beet faces with clear Wink of Stella.  And they lived happily ever after!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay cool this weekend!







Wed 22

Bumblebee Daydreams and Honeycomb Remnant
by Jean Okimoto


Let's celebrate summer with the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die sets and the new Honeycomb Remnant today.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - mixing and matching old and new again.  The stems and florets  from the Long Stem Lavender set  create the bright green foliage  for the flower trio.  You can dry-emboss the new Honeycomb Remnant instead of cutting it for the perfect garden-themed background.  

There are so many great designs in our Spring and May releases - hope summer stays around long enough for me to use all of them before we get started on fall and holiday projects!

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors, dry it, then stamp the flowers from Bumblebee Daydreams with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut the flowers.  Move some of the colors around with a waterbrush to create shadows and variations.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to green cardstock and cut Long Stem Lavender.  It adds a bit of dimension without having to glue the layers together.  

Make a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  Dry-emboss it with the Honeycomb Remnant - use the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Attach the flowers and foliage - use foamdots for the yellow flower.

Stamp and emboss Seeds of Happiness on yellow cardstock.  Cut it with the Stitched Square Layer.  Attach green sequins.


Thanks for visiting...hope you love the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die sets as much a I do.    There are so many ways to use this versatile combo...I'm not done yet!  See you again this evening with another summer garden design.






Tue 21

Dizzy Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas


Welcome to the 2nd day of summer!  I had a fun play with some deli paper and the Ranger Distress Crayons to create a unique effect for today's cards.


The Dizzy Butterflies die was cut from deli paper which had been colored up with the distress crayons and then die cut.  The background paper was created with Distress Inks (peacock feathers and Squeezed lemonade) with a water technique and the edging was done with the same DI colors sponged onto the cardstock.


Same technique and design elements for this card.  I just changed up the colors to Seedless Preserve and Festive Berries for the Distress Ink Colors.


Popped on some flat back clear glass embellishments to finish the card off.  If you've not played with deli paper, it's fun and relatively easy and the look is different every time!

Here is a tutorial showing how I created the design of the card using the Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade color palette.


Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Thanks for stopping by today for a visit!!





Sun 19

Blooming Flower Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a floral card to share with you using the Blooming Flower Frame.


I love how the Blooming Flower Frame cuts and embosses those cute flowers. I decided to highlight the embossed portions with my Copic Markers. I die cute the blue background paper with the Zimmer Oval Background and then used some foam tape to glue the Blooming Flower Frame onto the card.


I stamped the butterflies and the you are so sweet from the Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die set to finish off the card.

I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!




Fri 17

Garden of Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today!

I have a fun, bright floral card, using a simple border die to share with you today. I used quite a bit of ink blending, and Copic coloring for this.


I took a panel of white card stock, and die cut the Thought Cloud in the center. I sponged on blue ink, and set it aside. I took a scrap of white card stock and ran it through with the Summerville Landscape die. I then colored it in with a variety of Copic Marker colors. 


I masked off the sides of my white card base, and sponged in a gradient of yellow, and adhered the panel with foam tape. I added some glitter to the flowers using a glitter brush pen, as well as stamping a sentiment from the Veggie Good set in black ink. I finished it off with a few black pearls. 


I hope you enjoyed, and thanks again for stopping by! Take a look at some of your Memory Box dies to see if you can color them, as well as use them in different ways! 

Have a great day!