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32 posts from March 2016

Tue 22

Elliana Border and Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone.  Shelby with you today to bring hopefully just a little cheer to your day.


I pulled out my distress inks (again) to create the background.  The colors used were Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke.  The texture was added with a stencil and distress paint (antique linen) applied through the stencil.  The birds (trio of doves) was cut from watercolor paper using the same colors, but I used the refills instead of the pad which with the same amount of water creates a strong color.


I die cut the Elliana border on some shimmer white linen paper and on top I layered a couple of different butterfly dies.  I love to look to see all the different ways I can use the dies and often time, cutting elements from the die gives a lot more flexibility in the use of the die.  The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival black ink.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic





Mon 21

Happy Easter
by Anne

It's spring!  (Hard to believe when we're expecting 3-5 inches of snow tonight.)  And--it's almost Easter!  Here's a quick and easy Easter card using two dies:  HAPPY EASTER EGG no. 99342 and PETER COTTONTAIL no. 99373.


 I used two shades of green watercolors to paint a piece of watercolor paper before cutting it to fit the front of a white notecard.  I die cut the HAPPY EASTER EGG and PETER COTTONTAIL from white cardstock.  I adhered the HAPPY EASTER EGG to the watercolor panel using a glue pen.  On PETER COTTONTAIL  I added a black gem eye and used a Blush Prismacolor pencil to add a rosy cheek and to color the inside of one ear. I added the tail using a small pop-dot.  A piece of green dotted ribbon finished it off.  

 A couple more of these and I'll have all the cards I need.  Just need to address the envelopes and get them in the mail before Wednesday!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 20

Butterfly Wreath
by Penny


Hello Memory Box fans. Penny here today. Bright watercolors swirled together has this card screaming Spring! Are you a novice at watercolors? If so, this card is just what you need to recreate. So easy to do!!!

Let me show you how:

Start with watercolor paper cut to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the Butterfly Wreath from white card stock. Lay the wreath on the watercolor paper and add masking fluid to the center. Gotta let it dry...sorry.

Start adding watercolor around the masked area. I used four Peerless watercolors, yet you see about eight colors because they blended together.


Again...more drying time.

Peel up the masking fluid..wala...white center! Adhere the White Butterfly Wreath over the watercolor.

Add a panel of Aqua card stock to the bottom and stamp sentiment from the Party Time set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Die cut Grosgrain Ribbon from Amber card stock and adhere over seam.

Die cut Garland Greenery from Mint card stock and finish with a die cut Plush Bow.

Pretty Pink Posh Kindness sequins and Clear dots were added for a little something, something!


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Make it a crafty day,



Sat 19

Springtime Bunnies, Grosgrain Ribbons and Washi Tape
by Jean Okimoto


A trio of Springtime Bunnies - cut from flowered washi tape - is the perfect excuse for adding another roll of washi tape to your stash!  It's also a quick and easy way to design another inspiration  card for our March Blossoms and Bunnies Challenge.


 Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, having one of my rare washi tape moments.  Unbelievably,  I don't have a stash of these versatile tapes - I just bought this one at Impress and couldn't wait to use it.


Attach several strips of tape to white cardstock.  Diecut the Springtime Bunnies trio from black cardstock and save everything.  Use the negative as a template to determine where to place the die.  


Snuggle and tape the die back into the negative and diecut the bunnies - exactly where you want them - with the negative intact.  It's a lot easier and more accurate than trying to secure the die while removing the negative.

Attach the black diecuts (slightly offset) behind the tape bunnies to create a sliver of a shadow for a bit of dimension.

Cut the 4" Stitched Oval Layer from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock, then trim a section of it with the oval.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from a slightly darker shade of yellow-green cardstock - run them through the machine lengthwise for more texture.  For even more texture keep the ribbons in the dies, then dry-emboss them with embossing plates and rubber mats -  follow your machine manufacturer's directions for embossing with thin metal dies.   

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the oval.  Attach just the centers of the ribbons and let the ends "float" for dimension.  Attach orange and chartreuse sequins.


Big thanks to everyone who took last week's Simply Asian class at Impress!  I love using Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies with silkscreened papers - they cut smoothly and effortlessly through the fibers and metallic inks and create perfect highlights for simple, classic Asian designs.

Our new schedule will be out soon - see you in Tukwila!

Thanks for stopping by...





Thu 17

Bright & Glittery Butterflies
by Lindsay


The weather has finally taken on a Spring-like feel, and I am anxious to see flowers, and the lovely butterflies that come with them. In the meantime, I will have to settle for these lovely die cuts. I chose a couple of different butterfly dies for my card today, let's take a look!

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For this very clean and simple card, I wanted to do a tone-on-tone effect with the lovely butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble die set. There are such a great selection of sizes in this set, and I used most of them. I die cut a bunch of them and adhered them to my white card base. I then left a few open areas to place my colored ones. 

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I chose a medium size butterfly die, and applied some ink to each using a foam applicator. I also sprayed on a bit of white paint to give them some texture. I then took an outline die cut from the Rylan Butterfly Stem set, and coated them in glitter. Once they dried, I attached just the centers to my colored die cuts. 

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I lifted the wings a bit to add dimension, and brushed away and stray glitter bits. Tone-on-tone die cuts are a great way to create a clean and simple design, while still getting a lot of impact! 

Thank you so much for stopping in today! I hope you give this technique a try!



Thu 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day
by Donna

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  

 Today I thought I would share a fun card with you that could be used for St. Patrick's Day as well as many other occasions.

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To create this card, die cut the three hearts from watercolor paper.  Fold the hearts in half to create a vein.  Now the fun begins!  Sprinkle two different green Color Burst Pigment Powders sparingly onto a craft mat.  Less is more!  Spritz with water and drag your hearts through the wet pigments. When you are satisfied with the color, set aside the hearts to dry. Cut a stem from watercolor paper and color that as well.  



Cut a piece of white cardstock, 5" x 41/2," and die cut the upper left hand corner using a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  To create the background layer for this card, sprinkle a few drop of Yellow Gold Liquid Metals onto your craft mat.  Mist lightly with water and drag the cardstock through the pigment.  Dry slightly and press the cardstock back into the wet pigment to apply more color to the cardstock.  Dry the cardstock completely and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Adhere washi tape to the bottom left side of the card.  Using foam adhesive, mount the hearts in the shape of a shamrock onto the card front.  The word "lucky" was made with a label maker.  Tie a piece of jute through a black button and glue this to the end of the lucky label. Adhere this to the shamrock.  Spatter the card front with black paint and adhere this to a kraft card base.

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Thanks for stopping by today!



Wed 16

Feel Better Soon
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! Hope this has been a great week so far! I thought I would share a get well card this time around. This little bunny just looks like he cares!

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I cut a piece of white card stock 5-1/4" x 3-3/4", and softly sponged Peeled Paint and Faded Jeans Distress inks on the left side. I die cut the Sketch Bunny Background die in white and inked it with Old Linen and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. The Bamboo Shoot was also cut in white and sponged lightly with Peeled Paint.

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I adhered the bamboo shoots to the back of the bunny, then added foam tape so that the bunny and the shoots would pop.  I stamped the phrase using two stamps from the Hope and Thanks set in Versafine Black Onyx ink, added three of the mini butterflies and scattered a few sequins. I then mounted this piece to the card base with foam tape.

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Enjoy the rest of your week, and thanks so much for stopping by!




Tue 15

Happy Easter Shaker Card
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans.  Easter, for those who celebrate, is just around the corner, and I'm finally on time for a Holiday!  I've made a shaker card with the wonderful "Happy Easter" die.  I cut the "egg" out of the white panel for the main shape (negative part of the die) and then cut again on paper colored with distress inks for the positive portion of the die.


The shaker portion was created using the Fuse tool from We R Memory Keepers and then filled with various shaker elements.  I cut the Prairie grass twice for a layered look and then placed the eggs and chicks within the grass.  The paper behind the shaker element was created using distress ink refills and an acrylic block.  The distress colors were peacock feathers, squeezed lemonade and mowed lawn.  The grass was also cut from watercolor paper colored with distress inks using the refills and blocks using mowed lawn and twisted citron.


Thanks for swinging by today for a visit, and I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! 





Mon 14

by Anne

We've got squirrels everywhere!  The other morning when I went out to fill the bird feeders, there were at least a dozen squirrels, some red, some gray, that skittered off in all directions.  It must be late enough in the winter season here that they've forgotten where they hid the rest of the food they'd "squirreled" away.  Or they've just given up looking for it and have decided that catered meals are the way to go.  

My yard squirrels are the inspiration for today's ATC project which features two sets of dies -- BUSY SQUIRRELS No. 99394 and PLAYFUL SQUIRRELS No. 99382 -- and the "happy spring" stamp from the SPRINGTIME BUNNIES STAMP SET CL5169.


These little squirrels from the two die sets are the perfect size for ATCs.  I used watercolor ATCs which are cut 2.5"x3.5" and applied green watercolor paints with a wet brush, splattering water droplets on top.  A strip of Key Lime Distressed Dots paper added to the spring-time look I was going for.   I cut some tiny leaves from that same paper (from the Busy Squirrels dies) and put one on each ATC along with an apple green brad.  I stamped "happy spring" in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe brown ink and attached the little squirrels with glue dots.


They are the perfect size for use as tags or bookmarks, for little notes, or to tuck into an envelope with a letter.  


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 13

Blissful Butterflies
by Penny


Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a little something bright, colorful and super fast to recreate.

This card took me less than 10 minutes.

Let's get to it:

On white card stock, lay down Postage Set stencil. With Craftwell eBrush, spray each area of stencil with a different color. On my card I used Copic markers BG13, FYR1, RV04 and YG01. (Make sure to cover the openings not being sprayed).

Stamp Follow Your Bliss sentiment with VersaFine Deep Lagoon ink.



Die cut the Calais Butterflies from white card stock and eBrush with Copic markers BG13 and BG09.

Twirl a little Aqua thread onto the background and adhere the butterflies.

Finish card by adding Pretty Pink Posh Kindness sequins as desired.


Yep...Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!


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Happy Crafting,