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32 posts from May 2016

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.



Mon 30

Veggie Good
by Donna

Hi everyone,

Welcome to day 1 of our Mini Blog Blitz! I hope you enjoyed Laura's cards this morning!  For my post today I am featuring the new stamp and coordinating die set, Veggie Good.  



To make this card, start by stampimg the tomato images on watercolor paper and painting them with watercolors.  Die cut the images with the coordinating die.  For the card front, spatter white cardstock with blue paint.  Adhere a strip of patterned paper to the bottom edge of the white cardstock.  Stamp and emboss the words "Thank You" on a strip of licorice cardstock and glue that to the card front before stamping the saying "from my head tomatoes" under the "Thank You."



To finish the card, tie a piece of jute on the card front and adhere the die cut tomatoes.  Glue the card front to a licorice cardstock layer and adhere this to a white card base. Add a few black epoxy embellishments and you're done!

I hope you'll enjoy all the inspiring posts that will be featured this week!  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.

Good Luck!

Have a great week!






Mon 30

New Stamp Sets- Blog Blitz Day 1
by Laura


Greetings everyone! Have you noticed that Memory Box has a new release of of clear stamp sets with coordinating stamps?  There are new  fruits and veggies as well as a sweet bumblebee set that will make wonderful cards for the summer.

This week from Monday, May 30th- Friday, June 3rd, the Memory Box Design Team will be showing you ideas for using the new products.  There will be lots of inspiration and even chances to win prizes!

To get the week started, I am going to share a couple of cards using the new Easy Peasy set. 


For the card above, I die cut the Botanical Stem die and then cut it into pieces to thread through the lattice of the Zimmer Oval Background.  The Oval Background reminded me of lattice from the garden, so I thought it would be a nice backdrop for the peas.  For the peas, I stamped them with Black Tuxedo Memento ink and then colored them with various Copic Markers (YG25, G24, G19, and G28)

Here is a close up of the peas:



For the second card, I used the same stem die as well as the same pea stamp set:


For the background "paper," I used the Memory Box Peony Blossoms stencil and placed it onto light yellow cardstock.  I then sponged the stencil with a Versamark ink pad over then entire surface.  I removed the stencil and then sponged the surface with blue and green PanPastel chalks.  Here is a close up of the peas and stencil with chalk:


Now for the fun part...  would you like to win one of the new release stamp sets?  Leave a comment on any of the designer posts this week for your chance to win.  The more designer posts you comment on during the week, the more chances you will have to win!  On Saturday, June 4th, we will draw five random winners from the comments to win the new stamp set of their choice.  Good luck!

Donna will be posting another idea later today, so be sure to check back!




Sun 29

Summer Butterflies
by Penny



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a card fit for summer. Flowers, butterflies and a little bling! I am so loving the technique of using a die to emboss with. Yes, look closely...beneath the butterflies and twine I have embossed rather than using the die to cut with.


Let's make a card:


Start with a base card of medium Pink card stock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut White card stock just a bit smaller in width. 

Using  the Modern Blooming Frame stencil, eBrush with bright Copic markers. Emboss this panel with Silver Springs Butterfly die as shown.




Adhere airbrushed panel to base, then wrap with Grape Burlap String. Die cut the two smallest butterflies from the Rylan Butterfly Stem with Pink card stock. Color the edges of butterflies with a dark pink marker and add Stardust Stickles. Adhere to card front.




Die cut Paintbrush Happy two times, stack and adhere together. Add Stardust Stickles, let dry.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from Birthday Bunnies set onto Black card stock, trim and adhere to card with foam adhesive.

Add Liquid Pearls to Butterfly bodies as desired.


This card is so versatile, it is just a matter of changing the sentiment to work with most any occassion.


Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting.



Sat 28

Speckled Background Tutorial
by Laura


Greetings everyone.  Today I wanted to talk about the versatility of the Speckled Background die.  It is a die that adds a nice dotted background to your paper.  What you might not know is that Dave designed the die so that you have the option of running the die once through a die cutting machine to get a few dots, or you can rotate the die 180 degrees and run it through a second time to get twice the number of dots.  He planned the location of each hole in the die in such a way that if you rotate the die 180 degrees to use it a second time, none of the dots overlap each other.

Here is a picture to give you an idea of what I am trying to explain.  I did everything in black and white for my card to try and make the process more visible:


In the picture on the left, you can see the die at the top and the number of holes it cut in my paper on the bottom.  I put a piece of tape on the side of the die to mark the initial position of the die.   In the picture on the right, you can see that I rotated the die 180 degrees.  Notice how the tape is now on the other side.   The paper stayed in the same position.  I ran the die through the machine a second time to get twice the number of dots.   You can see that none of the dots overlapped each other.

Here is the paper looks like when you die cut it once with the Speckled Background:


Here is what it looks like if you run it through a second time after rotating the die:


For my card today, I chose to use the background with more dots to look like stars.  I added large die cut star from the Stitched Star Layers Set and added a sentiment from the Words to Live By set.  I am planning to use this card as a bit of an nontraditional graduation card.  Because of the "shine" sentiment, I thought the card needed a few sequins to make it sparkle:


I hope the tutorial helped you figure out how you can customize your dot backgrounds using the Speckled Background die.

Have a great weekend!




Fri 27

A Honeycomb Thank You
by Lindsay


Summer is finally here in my neck of the woods, and I love it! I also love the new dies from Memory Box, combined with ink blending! I chose a couple of dies from the latest release to showcase on my project today. Let's take a look!


The Honeycomb Background die is so fun, and I decided to make it the focus of my project, by ink blending a few bright masculine colors of ink, and running it through my die cut machine with the die.

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I started by blending in a lime green, turquoise, and bright blue from different sides of my paper. I then die cut the paper, and left in a few of the pieces, taping them in with clear tape. I added foam to the edges, as well as to the inlaid pieces, and popped it up onto a white card base.


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I then die cut the Honeycomb Background again, using black card stock, and reinserting a few pieces here and there. I then die cut the Thank You from the Thank You Tiles die, and adhered those before covering them in Glossy Accents. 

How do you use your background dies? Do you paint them, ink blend? The possibilities are endless! Thanks so much for stopping by today! 



Thu 26

Tickle Flower Landscape
by Melissa Rusk

Spring is finally here so let's celebrate with a simple floral card! The Tickle Flower Landscape is a perfect die for this, let's get started.


For this card, I die cut a scalloped circle and a regular circle in blue card stock to form the background. Then using the Tickle Flower Landscape, I die cut two in green and then four more in the colors that I wanted to make my flowers.


Glue the two green flower borders to the circle. Then cut off the flowers from the different colors of paper and glue them onto the green borders. Add in some gems for some sparkle to finish off the card.

Have a great day!



Wed 25

Butterfly Whirl, Mini Butterflies, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio, Cascadia Butterfly Trio
by Jean Okimoto


The embossed Butterfly Whirl takes celebrations to a whole new level today!   Bright bits of felt, rosegold cardstock and a greeting from the Open Studio Party Time Set make any event special and memorable.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here...it's time to celebrate!

Do you like butterflies?   You'll love theMemory Box Collection of butterfly dies and stamps.  You'll find them in all sizes from teeny tiny to big and bold, individually and in groups, simple outlines or delicate details.  They're classic and universal and always perfect.


Cut textured white cardstock with the 3-⅜" x 4-⅜" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Dry-emboss a portion of Butterfly Whirl using the mat and plates specified by your machine's manufacturer.  

Dry-embossing with dies may seem confusing...diecut before embossing or vice-versa?  Think of it like the alphabet - "D" before "E" - diecut before embossing!

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to orange, peach, turquoise and yellow-green felt and diecut Mini Butterflies.  Cut the big Cascadia Butterfly from turquoise felt.  Cut the big Leavenworth Butterfly - and the body+antennae from rosegold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the butterflies to the background.  Match the felt minis to the background butterflies...or place them randomly wherever they seem "right."  Assemble the Leavenworth Butterfly - including the delicate edge outline.

Stamp "celebrate" on textured white cardstock with VersaFine Habanero and emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of teal cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.


Graduations, weddings, new jobs, promotions, new house...any celebration deserves a handmade card.  Hope this simple design inspires you to pick your favorite colors and get started.

Join us for classes at Impress this weekend.  It's THANKS A LOT on Saturday May 28th - and BUTTERFLIES AND BLOSSOMS on Memorial Day, May 30th.  We'll be using several of the brand new stamps and dies from our May Release in THANKS A LOT...I think you'll love the great designs!

Thanks for visiting...









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Tue 24

Chrysanthemum Bouquet
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your week is off to an awesome start and those who have school aged kids, you're getting ready for the impending summer vacation:)

For today's card, I've used the gorgeous Chrysanthemum (anyone else have to look to get the spelling right of this flower?!!) Bouquet combined with the Honeycomb Collage.


I inked up the panel portion with 3 distress inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron) using the inks and water and just allowed the inks to do their thing. The layering panel was inked lightly with squeezed lemonade to provide a little contrast to the white A2 card base.  I foiled the flowers with the MINC using the turquoise foil.


I cut 2 of the Chrysanthemum and layered the heads of the flowers for additional dimension and then added a gem in the center for a little bling bling and to also hide the foam dot! 

An easy peasy card with bright happy Springy colors...nothing better!  I hope everyone has an enjoyable week and a wonderful holiday weekend.  Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.