21 posts categorized "2016 May Collection"


Wed 15

I forgot your Birthday
by Donna

Hi everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy card for you.  I love all the cute veggie images from the new release, but for today I decided to use the ear of corn to make a belated birthday card.

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To create this card stamp the corn image on white a piece of white cardstock and cover the entire piece.  Stamp the corn image one more time on a piece of white cardstock, and color and die cut the image using the coordinating die. On a licorice strip of paper stamp and emboss the sentiment.  Type the sentiment, I forgot your Birthday, on the computer.  

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Assemble the card front as shown and spatter with black paint.  Attach this to a white card base.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card!  Have a great week!




Mon 13

Bird Song
by Anne

At our monthly card-making group, my friend Connie shared a technique for card fronts that I want to pass along to you.  Start with a decorative paper in a 4" square and cut it on the diagonal.  Attach the two triangles to opposite corners of  an A2 notecard which leaves a band across the center.  This band will go from the top left to bottom right or top right to bottom left depending on the triangle placement.IMG_2840

The next step is to add whatever decorations you wish to the card front--die cuts, stamps, stickers, etc.  (You could also change this up a bit by placing the triangles on another piece of coordinating cardstock a bit smaller than the size of the card front before decorating the card.)

I chose to use two die cuts--the largest bird from BIRDS OF A FEATHER 30045 and the FANCY MUSIC BORDER 99408.  I cut my triangles from Memory Box Distressed Dots papers and used Memory Box notecards to create three cards.  


To continue this month's challenge theme, I used watercolors on watercolor paper for my die cut birds.   I cut The Fancy Music Border from black cardstock and adhered it over the bird with tiny glue dots.  The only other embellishment is a small black gem for the bird's eye.   For the Key Lime notecard, I did add two white cardstock die cuts of the large bird layered under it as a shadow to give it a more distinct presence against the similar card and paper color.

Happy Crafting!


Anne Signature



Sat 11

Zinnia Bouquet and Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto


Bumblebee Daydreams bees buzzing around the Zinnia Bouquet create a quick garden card for summer greetings today.  Pretend it's this summer's newest hybrid...a multi-colored zinnia!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with another something old/something new - and something in between -  design for you.  I love combining products from different releases - it's just another way to get the most from our favorite Memory Box  products.   


Scrunch some deli-sandwich wrap or waxed paper and rub it briskly over the detailed Zinnia Bouquet die, especially the flowertops.  This will help release the die from the gold mirror cardstock - and make it easier to remove the tiny little pieces from the die.

Attach adhesive label (or sticker sheet) paper to orange, chartreuse and pink felt and cut the Zinnia Bouquet Background.  The extra backing stabilizes the felt and keeps any liquid adhesives from saturating it. 

Stamp the bumblebees on bright yellow cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set the ink.  Diecut them.  Fill the interior of the wings with glue and pour iridescent glitter onto the adhesive.  Set it aside to set up.

Stamp Seeds of Happiness on the smoother side of light yellow cardstock with Onyx Black and dry the ink.  Cut it with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layer.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of light yellow cardstock - use foamdots for the bees.


There it is...quick and easy!  Thanks for stopping by again...enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Penny's great card will be featured tomorrow!





Sat 11

Bumblebee Daydreams Blossoms
by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate a graduation or summer birthday with watercolored blossoms from the new Bumblebee Daydreams die and stamp sets.  My new stamp and die sets aren't getting any rest this summer...there are so many ways to use them.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and dry it with a heat-tool.   Stamp the blossoms with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Watercolor the center petals of the detailed blossoms.  

Diecut Scrollwork Sleeve from medium-green cardstock.  Crease the three edges along the scorelines and attach it to an A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  Cut Tag You're It Rectangles from yellow-green and pale green cardstock.  Stamp "celebrate" - from the Party Time set - with Onyx Black.  Attach gold twine, then curl the ends with the edge of a bonefolder.  Use foamdots to attach the top of the tag to the background.

Attach the blossoms - use foamdots for the two small ones on the left.  Add clear pink iridescent sequins.


Summer events are always special - and the Bumblebee Daydreams sets make it easy to honor the "celebratee."  How many celebration cards are you creating this summer?

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!




Fri 10

Thanks a Melon
by Donna

Good morning everyone!  

Today I have a quick and easy card for you featuring a new stamp set from the May 2016 release.  The watermelon image reminds me of summer parties, and this card would be a perfect thank you for those occasions. 

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To make this card, stamp the watermelon images on watercolor paper.  I use Versafine Onyx Black ink for my stamping because once it is dry it will be permanent when you apply the watercolors. Any permanent black ink will do.  Once the images are painted, die cut them with the coordinating dies.

The card front is a watercolor layer which has been painted and spattered.  Glue the die cut images to the prepared card front. Stamp and emboss the sentiment on a strip of Licorice cardstock. Attach this underneath the watermelon images.  Tie jute around the top of the card and glue this to a piece of striped cardstock and using foam adhesive glue this to a white card base.


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



Sat 04

Bumblebee Daydreams Bee-day
by Jean Okimoto


Hope you enjoyed our blog blitz earlier this week...here's another summer-y idea featuring the happy Bumblebee Daydreams stamp and die sets.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright little birthday design for you...

Everything's stamped with VersaFine OnyxBlack and heat-set.  You'll love the sweet and happy images from our May Release - perfect for summer celebrations, thank-yous and just to make someone smile!

Stamp and heat-set the bees on bright yellow cardstock, then diecut them.  Color the interior of the wings with a white pencil, then fill the area with glue.  Dump a bunch of pearly white glitter onto the glue and set the wings aside while the glue sets up.

Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors set it aside to dry.  Stamp, heat-set and diecut the flowers.

Stamp the honeycomb on smooth white cardstock, dry it and diecut it.  Stamp the greeting on green cardstock, dry it and cut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess cardstock using the inner edge of one of the larger rectangles.  

Cut the Stitched Hexagon Rectangle from pale yellow cardstock.


Stamping something that's a bit skinny or wobbly - like the bee's flight path?  Use a stamp positioner to stabilize the stamp block - even if you don't need  to stamp the image in a specific spot.  Start stamping near the right edge of the cardstock (for right-handers) - then keep moving towards the left.  You don't even have to wait for the ink to dry because the tool will always be on unstamped cardstock.  Not exactly rocket-science - just a quick tip I wanted to share with you!

Diecut the flight paths- we'll be using three of them as flower stems today.  Assume/imagine that some of the blossoms are sharing the stems...6 stems will look too "stemmy."  Attach everything to a top-folded 5.5" square card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the bees and bottom right flower.


See you at cool, AC'd Impress for the THANKS A LOT class tomorrow!  We'll be playing with some of the newest stamps, diecuts and tools - and I'm packing a few 'extras' into your kits for you to make more class cards in your studios later.

Thanks for stopping by...Penny will be here with another of her great designs tomorrow!





Fri 03

I'm Sorta in a Pickle
by Anne

My new IN A PICKLE clear stamp set CL5174 and coordinating dies set 32174 arrived just in time!   A few days ago I planted this year's seeds for two varieties of cucumbers in seedling trays in my greenhouse.  I really didn't expect that all 100 or so would germinate.  But they are sprouting up like crazy!  As much as I loved making pickles last year for the first time from just a few plants, I can't imagine how I'd cope with 100 or more cucumber plants in my garden!  

I can definitely imagine sharing the bounty with friends, however.  And I made the cutest tags to attach to each six-pack of seedlings!





  • IN A PICKLE images stamped in Onyx Black VersaFine ink (This ink is perfect for use with watercolors.)
  • watercolor paints (I used Kuretake watercolors) on watercolor paper
  • Memento Markers in New Sprout, Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, and Pear Tart for added details once the paint was dry and for the images stamped on Key Lime Distressed Dot Paper 
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen in Silver for painting the jar covers
  • TAG YOU'RE IT SQUARES dies 30025, the medium and large sizes cut from Key Lime Distressed Dot Paper or white cardstock
  • STUDIO SQUARE LAYERS dies 30021...I used the two sizes (out of the 8 in the set) that fit perfectly with each tag size, cut from white cardstock or Key Lime Distressed Dots Paper
  • glue pen; tape runner
  • ribbon from my ribbon basket



Next on my list will be to make a set of recipe cards to go with the seedlings--more stamped, painted, and die cut images from the IN A PICKLE sets along with my favorite recipes from last summer for Bread and Butter refrigerator pickles and a simple recipe for freezer pickles.

And I couldn't resist creating a tag for a Father's Day gift for a friend who is "a really big dill"!


Just took out the last jar of freezer pickles from last summer to share with friends.  I'm actually looking forward, sorta, to being IN A PICKLE  later this summer!  Think I'm going to need a lot more tags to attach to pickle jars!!!

Now I want to hear from you!  Because this is the last post on our Blog Blitz, I'm reminding you to leave a comment, not just on this post but on all of them from the design team this week.  Every comment will enter you into a drawing to win one of the new stamp sets; and, if you win, you get to choose the stamp set you want.  How cool is that!!!  You have until midnight tonight to leave us comments.  On Saturday, June 4th, we will draw five random winners from the comments to win whatever new stamp set they each choose.  Good luck!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Wed 01

Can't Be Beet!
by Sherry Hester

It’s day three of our blog blitz showcasing the new release of adorable stamps and matching dies. My card today features the Garden Variety stamps and dies … oh what fun for summer cards!  If you’d like a chance to win a new stamp set of your choice, be sure to leave comments on any or all of the designer posts this week. Five random winners will be drawn from the comments, and you could be one of the lucky one!!

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I cut a piece of white card stock 5” x 3.75”, and splattered it with Forest Moss Distress Ink. I die cut the Honeycomb Background and snipped out a pleasing pattern of hexagons. I sponged Dried Marigold Distress Ink over the top and adhered that to the white piece as shown. I saved a few of the little hexagons and placed them randomly back into the honeycomb.  I die cut three of the beets from the set, sponged two of them with Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks, and one with Dried Marigold and Wild Honey Distress Inks. The leaves were sponged with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Inks, and I added a little highlight on each beet with a white gel pen.

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I stamped a face onto the Marigold beet, and added some Wink of Stella over the leaves, then arranged and adhered the beets as shown. The Marigold beet was popped with foam tape. I added the sentiment from the clear stamp set, then adhered the assembled piece with foam tape to the card base.

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Don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a set of your own choosing! Come back this afternoon and the rest of the week for more inspiration! Thanks for stopping by.






Tue 31

Bumblebee Daydream
by Melissa Rusk

It's time for another post in our mini blog blitz! I got the chance to use the super cute Bumblebee Daydream set that I am sure you are going to love.
I went with a simple card to let that cute little bee shine. I stamped the honeycomb and my sentiment on the yellow paper. I stamped the super cute bee onto white paper and die cut him out. I colored the bee with some Copic markers. 
I stamped the little bee's dotted flight trail and then used some foam tape to add the bee to the card. Some gems and some clear Wink of Stella brush pen on the bee's wings add some sparkle to this quick and easy birthday card. 

Now for the fun part of this post! For a chance to win a prize, please leave a comment on the blog posts this week. The more comments you leave the better chance you have to win one of the new stamps sets.  The best part is, you get to choose the set you want.  You will have until June 3rd, to leave a comment.  On June 4th, 5 lucky winners will be announced.

Be sure to stop by the blog all week long for more inspiration and chances to win!




Tue 31

You're one in a melon!
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you're enjoying the new release and getting a little inspiration! On June 4th, 5 random people (from the comment sections) will be chosen to win their choice of one of the new releases.  So the more comments you leave this week on the posts, the greater your chances are of winning....easy peasy:)


For today's card I used the stamp set, Thanks a Melon and the coordinating die set, to great a fun summery shaker card.  The watermelon pieces were stamped with MFT hybrid ink and then colored with Copics.  The background was created using distress inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn and spun sugar).  I created the shaker element using the FUSE tool from We R Memory keepers.  Love that tool and how easy it is to make the shaker elements.


The sentiment, also included in the set, was stamped with versafine in black using the MISTI.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today, and don't forget to visit later today for another fabulous creation by Melissa.