100 posts categorized "2016 Spring Collection"


Sun 17

Making Spirits Bright and a Plush Succulent
by Jean Okimoto


Hi there - we're in a big flowers mode this weekend - let's combine a Plush Succulent with some snowflakes from the Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set.  Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying a sunny summer weekend!  

Our Plush Collection makes beautiful poufy felt flowers and succulents when petals and pieces are hot-glued in a natural, organic arrangement.  Or, try a more stylized look using 5 each of the Plush Succulent petals - except the largest and smallest. I'm gluegun-challenged so I just attached the velvet paper diecuts with doublestick tape.  It helps to attach the petals to a circle of cardstock first, then you can move it around to find the perfect spot for your flower.


Paint a background with Peerless Watercolors and heat-set it.  Diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  

All of the stamps are from the new Making Spirits Bright set - they're officially snowflakes, but create beautiful flowers too!  Stamp the solid design on the smooth side of flamingo cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black and cut it with the coordinating die from the Making Spirits Bright die set.  Stamp the others on the watercolor paper.

Diecut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from glossy black cardstock.  Leave the cardstock in the dies and dry-emboss them for extra texture - use the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Diecut the leaves from the Large Billow Flower Background and Leaves set.  Add clear sequins.

Want your card to be the perfect shade of white to match your watercolor paper?  Just use watercolor paper to make your card!  Use the smoother side  inside for your stamped greeting or handwritten note.  


See you at Impress again on July 23rd for two holiday classes - CHRISTMAS WITH MEMORY BOX and HOLLY JOLLY HEADSTART.  We'll create colorful holiday cards ranging from artsy + advanced to simple + "mass-produceable" - with diecuts and stamps, sequins, glitter and cool techniques.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by again today - enjoy the rest of your weekend!





Sat 16

Plush Anemone Party Time!
by Jean Okimoto



Celebrate a special birthday with a zingy orange felt Plush Anemone and Party Time's big 2-9.  It's an easy way to personalize a card and make it extra-special for the birthday girl - or your favorite store!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card I designed for Impress' 29th Birthday this weekend.


Cut the 4" Stitched Circle Layer from the smoother side of textured yellow cardstock.  Stamp Articles Ledger with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive.  Stamp the triangle circle, numbers and inside greeting from the Party Time set on the smoother side of a cardstock scrap with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss them with detail clear powder. Cut them with Stitched Circle Layers.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.   

Cut 5 each of the Plush Anemone petals from orange felt.  Cut the center fringe piece from black cardstock - use just half of it for this flower.  Trim 2 of the strips from one end to reduce the size of the center.  Attach a narrow strip of doublestick tape along the bottom of the fringe and roll it into a tight circle.  

It's optional - but I like to glue the petals onto a 1.25" circle of scrap cardstock so it's easier to handle the completed flower - instead of gluing it directly to the background.  Assemble the flower - leave an open circle of space in the center to attach the base of the black fringe.

Attach label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow felt to stabilize the little felt pieces and cut Blooming Border.  Attach one of the little yellow flowers in the center. 

Attach everything to a 5.25" square card of textured yellow cardstock.  Add bright orange sequins.  The weight, thickness and shape of the card will require extra postage and handling - but hey, it's a special birthday!


If you're in the area (or within driving, biking, sailing, running or walking distance!) - head to Impress for their celebration and 25% shopping discount today - July 16th.   Happy Birthday to Ann, Cindi, Lara and the entire Impress Team.  29 Years of upscale creativity, inspiration, great customer service - and a wonderful selection of Memory Box and Poppystamps products!

Thanks for stopping by...




Sun 03

Color Blocking
by Penny


Hey friends. Penny here today with a card that is so simple to recreate, you will finish it in mere minutes. And as a bonus...you actually end up with a couple of cards. Simple but striking with this color block look.

Let's get to it:


Cut colored card stocks to 4 x 5.25. Die cut Silver Springs Butterfly along the left edge of each card stock.

Die cut White card stock using the same die. (Cut two from the White card stock and you end up with two cards).  :)




Flip colored and White card stocks so the back is facing you. Line up all three pieces so they fit together. Using Multi Medium Matte glue, adhere all intersecting edges. Let dry.

Flip over and stamp New Possibilities sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

Adhere your three color card front to a White card base with foam adhesive.




Die cut Pippi Butterfly from White card stock and adhere to card front as shown.

Add Rhubarb, Glossy White and Caribbean Ocean Crystal Drops as desired.


Wasn't that fun?!?

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Make sure to check back tomorrow for more inspiration from the Memory Box Designers.

Happy Crafting,




Wed 29

Bumblebee Daydreams and Blooming Sketch Border


The Blooming Sketch Border was just waiting to be used again this summer - it's a great backdrop for some bright Bumblebee Daydreams blossoms!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, mixing old and new again, with one of my favorite stamps from a previous collection.  


Paint watercolor paper with shades of pink, orange and coral Peerless Watercolors - and some yellows and greens too.   Set it aside to dry.  Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Stamp the leaves and flowers with Onyx Black.  


Add some details to the large flowers by masking the lower portion and stamping the small flower over them.  (Sorry about the ickyness of my supplies - but these are well-used, go-to stamps and blocks.)  Diecut the leaves and flowers.

Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-1/4") card of textured white cardstock.  Add some pink and yellow/orangey splatters.  

Assemble the card  - use foam dots for the large flower on the left - and add green sequins.  

Hope you like this combo of old and new - and how we've added new details to our flowers here.  

We're getting ready to reveal our Holiday 2016 Collection of dies, stamps and stencils soon...be sure your favorite Retailer has placed their order for this extraordinary collection of fall and winter designs.  Can't wait to see the new display they'll have at Impress soon!

Thanks for visiting...keep cool!



Wed 29

Plush Narrow Succulent and Stitched Rectangle Layers
by Jean Okimoto


Looking for a way to feature the Plush Narrow Succulent on your cards?  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a simple, flat version of another Plush Felt Flower diecut.  Simple and flat...sounds exciting, doesn't it?


Diecut the 4" x 3" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Press the Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad against a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette of inks - keep the inks separated so you can work with the individual colors.  Brush the colors onto the paper and set it aside to dry.

Cut 5 each of the 2 biggest Plush Narrow Succulent single petals from chartreuse felt.  Cut one each of the 5-petaled centers from felt.  Cut one of the small centers from black cardstock.

Punch a 1-¼"  circle of scrap cardboard.  The circle serves as a base for attaching the petals - and adds a bit of dimension too.  Attach the petals to the circle - working from the largest to the smallest - with a small dab of liquid adhesive.  Overlap the largest petals just a  bit to prevent gaps.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add green sequins.  Extra postage will probably be required because of the flower's thickness.


Special thanks to everyone who took the last Saturday's SUMMER BLISS CLASS at Impress.  Big thanks also to Shari and Erin for finding the supplies we 'needed' to supplement our stashes!    Missed the first class?  Join us for another session at 11:00 AM on July 4th.  We're making a bunch of 5 happy, colorful cards - including a slider - with a shiny red car,  plush felt anemone, flip-flops and watercolored flourish flowers.  Don't worry...they're not all on one card!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening...





Sun 26

Coffee Filter Flowers
by Penny


Hey there Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some very simple flowers and clean lines. I have decided I am obsessed with the color Teal and just can't get enough of it. What is your go to color for now? Just change out the color on the flowers and a different washi tape for this card to make it your own.

Here we go:




Start with a White card base, add a large strip of Black card stock along the left side. Add a bit of washi tape.

Die cut Swirling Stitches as shown and stamp Hope sentiment with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.



For the fun part..... Die cut the Plush Gardenia three times from a coffee filter. For my card I used the largest of each flower die giving me a total of six petals. Scrunch three of the smallest "petals" into a ball and roll it in a bit of watercolor. (you want a lot of white showing, so only roll it in paint lightly).

Let dry and uncurl. 

Scrunch the remaining three largest petals and spritz with water. Let dry, then uncurl. 

Add small painted petal to large white petal and adhere to card front. Die cut Botanical Stems from Coffee Filter and tuck beneath flowers.

Add Glossy White, Dandelion and Caribbean Ocean Crystal Drops as desired.


I love using things around the house on my cards...do you?  I could use some new ideas, so I would love to see what you are creating on our Facebook page. Click HERE to show us what you are making.

Happy Crafting,





Thu 23

Veggie Good
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

Donna here with another card featuring the new Veggie Good stamp set.  These images are so much fun to watercolor!

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To create this card, I stamped the images with black ink and watercolored them anddie cut them with the coordinating die. For the card front and the purple strip of paper, I did a watercolor wash on watercolor paper and spattered the background with the watercolors.  


Once the watercolor is dry, I used black ink to stamp the sentiment. I assembled the card as shown and added black embellishments to finish the card.  That's it!  Quick and easy.


I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and thanks for stopping by today!




Wed 22

Plush Anemone in Bloom
by Jean Okimoto


A felt Plush Anemone thank you card is like a frosty Creamsicle on a hot summer day...refreshingly bright and perfect for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - the late bloomer who finally caught up with the Plush Felt Flowers trend! 

Did you see the great Plush Flowers video by Memory Box's now-famous Dee and Brenda?  It explains - and shows - all you need to know about creating these delightful flowers.  Attach them to cards, layouts, tags and gifts - if they get crushed, they'll bounce right back and be as pretty as ever.  Thanks Brenda and Dee - you did a great job!


The video recommends a glue gun - but I used tacky glue to keep the flower flat and flexible for the card.   A tiny blob is all you need - just press the felt together for a few seconds while it sets up.

Cut 5 medium and 5 small felt petals and assemble the flower.  Cut the center fringe from black felt - you'll use just half of the strip for this flower.  Attach a narrow strip of double-stick tape along the bottom of the fringe, then coil it into a tight circle.  Trim about ⅛" from  the bottom.  Dip the coiled end into a blob of glue, then press it into the center of the flower.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker paper to light yellow and green felt and cut some small flowers and a set of leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from saturating the little pieces.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thank Clear Stamp Set - on green cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine.  Attach everything to a dark gray A-2 card.  Add silver sequins.   It'll probably require extra postage...but I think your recipient will appreciate it!


Thanks for stopping by.  See you in the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on Saturday the 25th.  Can you believe it's almost the 4th of July?







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.






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!