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32 posts from March 2016

Thu 31

Blossom Card
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

 We're finally seeing some signs of spring!   That's my inspiration for today's card.  

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 Begin with a 5" square piece of white cardstock.  Ink the Blossom Branch stamp with Versa Ink and stamp the image on the white cardstock.  Sprinkle the image with white embossing powder and heat.  Sponge Fossilized Amber and Picked Raspberry Distress inks over the embossed image.  Mist lightly with water to blend the inks. Die cut the flowers from white cardstock, using the Seraphine Laurel die.  Glue the flowers over the stamped image and add pearls to the flower centers.  


The sentiment was stamped in the bottom right corner of the card, using Versamark Onyx Black ink.  

I hope you have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by.



Wed 30

New Possibilities with the Hovering Butterfly Frame
by Jean Okimoto


The beautiful Hovering Butterfly Frame was just too good to tuck away after just one card...so it's back again this evening.  New possibilities...literally!  Hello there - Jean Okimoto here - with a variation of the previous design.  I love being able to use these great products in different ways - and sharing the ideas with you.

Cut Hovering Butterfly Frame from textured natural cardstock and leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the rubber mat and embossing plate(s) recommended by the manufacturer of your diecut machine. Don't remove it from the die just yet - stencil it with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons -  Electric Blue, Purple and Green.  Use Imagine Crafts' craft mat - folded in half for extra cushioning when stenciling.   Sorry my inkpads are looking a little scruffy...but these are some hardworkers, and I love the vibrant colors.


Remove the die and clean it with a damp washcloth.  Replace the die and sponge VersaMark over the Radiant Neons.  Remove the die and clean it up again - before we forget that it's been VersaMarked!  Heat-emboss the butterflies with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for a sparkly shine.

Prep black cardstock with the embossing powder tool, then stamp New Possibilities with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.  Trim it with one of the slightly larger Pinpoint Rectangle Layers, then trim the excess with the inner edge of the die.  Cutting with a paper trimmer works too...but it's easier and more accurate for me to use the dies.

Attach Scor-Tape to black cardstock and cut three of the Darla Butterfly antennae.

Place the frame, at an angle,  on an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of natural textured cardstock and lightly mark the area for the greeting.  Remove the frame, attach the greeting, then attach the frame.  Use bits of foam tape where the wings overlap the greeting.  Attach the antennae.  A lot of attachment.


Thanks for stopping by - join us again tomorrow for Donna's great project!





Wed 30

Butterfly Ensemble in the Hovering Butterfly Frame
by Jean Okimoto


Vellum butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble flutter over the Hovering Butterfly Frame as we look forward to some sunshine this week.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, let's get started on this colorful card...


Dry-emboss Hovering Butterfly Frame on textured white cardstock following your machine manufacturer's instructions.  Leave the cardstock in the die to use it as a stencil.  Daub Brilliance Lightning Black onto the embossed areas and heat-set the ink.  Trim it to 5.25" x 4" and round the corners.  

Prep the center of it with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp Kindness of People with VersaMark and emboss it with detail gold powder.  

Cut the butterflies from green,  purple and turquoise vellum with the Butterfly Ensemble dies.  Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the two antennae from the Butterfly Wreath set and four from the Fairyland Butterflies set.   The self-adhesive antennae attaches the butterflies to the background too.  One less thing to do...6 times!

Attach the cardstock to a top-folded 5.5" square card of smooth white cardstock.  Add purple opalescent sequins.


 A quick switch of greetings turns this versatile design into a thank you, birthday, anniversary  or graduation card. Vellum comes in so many pretty colors - diecut your favorites and have a bunch of these cards ready for any occasion.

Thanks for stopping by...see you at the Tukwila Impress for the Best of Seattle cards class on Sunday!  




Tue 29

by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! Sherry here with a Spring card featuring my go-to flower, Sketch Daisy. If I haven't mentioned it before, I love the versatility of this die, and have used it so many ways. I hope you like this die as much as I do!

Sketch Daisy Journey - 1

It's almost impossible for me do a one layer card, and this one is no exception! I first cut a white piece of card stock to 3-3/4" x 5", softly sponged Spun Sugar Distress Ink where shown, and splattered Peeled Paint Distress Ink over that. I die cut three of the Sketch Daisy from a medium green card stock, and snipped off the flowers. I cut three of only the flower in white card stock.  I sponged a fairly heavy layer of Spun Sugar through the Peony Blossoms stencil onto a piece of white card stock, and cut three of the solid petals out of that.

Sketch Daisy Journey - Close Up

I offset the patterned petals onto the white open petals and glued them together. I adhered the stems and leaves first, then mounted the solid leaves with glue at the bottom tips and a small piece of foam tape towards the top of each leaf before adding them to the open leaves, again offsetting them slightly. I did the same with the flowers, adding a small piece of foam tape towards the top of two petals, and adhered them to the top of the stems using glue at the bottoms. This was worth the effort as I wanted the flowers and leaves to be three-dimensional.

Sketch Daisy Journey - 3

The sentiment was stamped using Versamark Onyx Black ink. I added dew drops to the flower centers and scattered a few more. That assembled piece was then added to the card base with foam tape.  Thanks for stopping by, and have a great rest of the week!



Mon 28

Small Billow Flower
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I have a fun technique to share how to create stamps with your dies.


For this trio of cards, I die cut the Small Billow Flower and the Small Billow Flower Background using craft foam. I die cut three sets, one for each color of ink I wanted to use.


Put a little bit of tape or glue on the back of the foam and glue it to an acrylic block and ink up your foam stamp. Stamp the background of the flower first all over the paper.


Then using the same ink, stamp the detail layer on top. The ink will get darker where it has been stamped more than once to create the tone on tone look.


Once the flowers have been stamped you can then add in the leaves. I die cut a piece of cardstock with the Small Billow Flower Background to create a mask to protect the flowers when stamping the leaves.


Last, add a sentiment and some pearls and you have a stamped trio of cards. I would love to hear if you have ever tried making stamps with craft foam and your dies. It's a lot of fun. Have a wonderful week and be sure to stop by the blog for more inspiration. 



Sun 27

Pearl Butterfly
by Penny


Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a card that looks so elegant in person, yet I can never capture the beautiful shine on camera. So....please use your imagination.  :)   I must admit I use this sentiment a lot because it is one of my all time favorites and I always have friends who could use a pick me up happy mail.

Let's pull this card together:

White card stock is trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches. Die cut the Swirling Stitches, then adhered this panel to Purple card stock.

Die cut Rylan Butterfly Stem (I only used the largest butterfly) and Seraphine Laurel from white card stock. Coat all of these pieces with Texture Luxe Pearl and let dry.


Loosely lay your peices on the card front so you know where to place your sentiment. When happy, stamp Hope in your Heart with VersaFine Imperial Purple ink.

Adhere your embellishments and finish card by adding Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling sequins and Clear dots.


So happy you were able to visualize all that scrumptious shine.

Make it a crafty day,



Sat 26

Half a Dozen Eggs and Sketch Bunny Backgrounds
by Jean Okimoto


Half a Dozen Eggs topped with felt Sketch Bunny Backgrounds - what could be easier for quick Easter basket fillers?  Or maybe placecards for a special brunch or dinner!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute idea for those who celebrate Easter.  Easter is my favorite holiday - I love the pretty colors, and it's also a candy-holiday.  Two key factors when selecting a favorite holiday.

Today's project was inspired by Jenny's great card in jellybean colors.  A craving for dark chocolate was also an incentive.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to felt and diecut Sketch Bunny.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking thru.  Set them aside - don't forget to save the poufy little tails too!

Score 3"x 8.25" pieces of Memory Box Signature Patterns at 4-⅛", 4-¼" and 4-⅜".  Fold it on the 4-¼" scoreline.  Place the folded edge about ¼" above the bottom cutting edge of the egg die.   Cut the folded eggs.  Crease them along the other two scored lines.  

Signature Patterns are perfect for diecutting, backgrounds and party favors.  Used here are - Mango Distressed Dots, Key Lime Dots, Pool Dots, Squash Gingham, Bubblegum Distressed Dots and Key Lime Distressed Dots.

Attach the felt bunnies and their sweet little tails in colorful combinations for a bright pop of spring color.  You could also add some optional diecut felt flowers, leaves and names or initials - but hey, it's already Easter eve!


Fold the wider edge of the wrapper behind, then attach a Peppermint Patty egg with doublestick tape.  Punch a hole through the tops.  I used a vintage (1990's !!) handheld oval punch - but a ¼" circle works just fine.  Yes, it would be easier to punch the holes first...smile!

Tie the tops with tulle -  10-11" strips of 6" wide tulle make it easy.  Fold the ends into lengthwise layers and trim them in a deep, narrow  "V-shape."


Thanks for stopping by on this busy spring weekend...see you again next week!





Fri 25

Celebrate Spring!
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

   Who wouldn't be feeling happy with this bright and cheery card?  It could be to celebrate Easter, a birthday or a special accomplishment.  The Drifting Butterfly Frame die lends itself to interesting backgrounds--today it's watercolored.  In looking back on my previous cards I noticed that I gravitate towards these colors so, bear with me as I share this card today with "jelly bean" colors.

 Spring Celebrate

Onto a panel of watercolor paper I loosely painted color into the 4 corners then misted the paper to allow the colors to come together and blend on the edges to create additional colors.  Wherever they needed a "push" I nudged the color with a paintbrush then dried the paper with a heat gun (I just can't wait for the air dry technique).  

The Butterfly frame measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"--perfect for an A2 card.  I layered the frame and the watercolored panel onto an inverted notecard with the color showing inside.

From the Celebrate Circle Frame die, I carefully snipped the word free from the frame and used it alone in the card center.   

The "Oh happy day!" sentiment is from the "Into the Woods" (CL403) clear set from Poppy Stamps.  I selected the words from a few existing phrases, cut them apart and reassembled to create this sentiment.  I'm careful to keep the small words together once they have been cut apart so I can use the original phrase again.  Once stamped and heat embossed in white on black scrap paper, I cut a little "fish tail" on one end and adhered it onto the card.  

 The jelly bean props?  I don't know where they went after the photos were taken...wink.

Spring Celebrate 2


 Happy Friday!Jennysig

Wed 23

Happy Easter Pastel Rainbow
by Lindsay

 Hello, Memory Box fans!

I hope you are having a great week so far! I have an Easter card to share with you today, as it is this weekend, hard to believe, using a simple die, and some watercolors.  

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Using the Happy Easter Egg die, I ran it through three times with white card stock, and glued them together. I set that aside and worked on watercoloring a panel in rainbow order.

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I used some basic colors, and watered them down well, adding them to my panel in thick washes. I made sure to dry each color as I went, so that they didn't run together.  

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Once it was dry, I trimmed it down, and added foam tape to the back, and adhered it to a white card base. I then adhered the layered die cut, and added a few clear sequins. 

I hope you have a restful, and meaningful Easter. Thank you so much for stopping in today! 



Wed 23

Waltham Egg Shaker Card
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! Melissa here, with a fun shaker card using the Waltham Egg die.


On the base of the card, I stamped the solid egg from the Springtime Bunnies stamp set and used a clear embossing powder to create an interesting texture on the card. The background of my shaker egg is a simple watercolor background using distress ink.


I die cut one of the eggs from the Half a Dozen Eggs set to create the window on the front of the card for the shaker. Glue the Waltham Egg on the front of the card after the shaker has been created. Add pearls and ribbon for a final touch.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day!