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38 posts from June 2016

Thu 30

Bunny Links
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

Keeping cool? or in some places warm?  Here in Southern California we're having a blistering heat wave which is especially dangerous and concerning during the current wild fire conditions. We're safe but our evacuation bins are packed and ready to go.

 To take my mind off the heat, I created this cheery bunny card using the clever Square Links die and the adorable Birthday Bunnies stamp set (since today is my birthday--hee hee). 

Bunny Link J Griffiths

I die cut the links from white card stock, adhered it vertically to the base card and saved the two larger square cut outs to stamp the bunnies which I colored with Prisma pencils.  I left a few squares empty allowing the grey background paper to show through and used solid and patterned scrap papers to partially die cut the other square areas.   If you save left over scrap papers like I do, dig them out and use them here.  

Detail link J.Griffiths

I also added the heart in the uppermost square cut from coral colored felt---it just added a little dimension and texture.  I made sure to repeat the coral color in one of the link squares too.  The dainty flowers in the center square are from the Summerville Landscape die---this is a great die to use even if you only need a couple of flowers as I did here.  After paper piecing the flower heads in different card stock colors I added a cupped sequin to the yellow flower which made it look like a daffodil.  I love adding different elements like felt and sequins to cards for a little added "oomph".  It also makes me feel like my out-of-control crazy stash of "stuff" is warranted--know the feeling? 

Bunny Link J Griffiths

I always try to remember that card making is doubly beneficial---it helps me by keeping my mind and hands occupied as I design and creating the cards, and it brings a smile to the person who receives it or sees it.  These bunnies are so adorable and charming, they're sure to brighten anyone's outlook--so, if you have a particularly challenging day, head into your crafting zone and create.  If you can't think of what to make or how to proceed just look for inspiration from other card makers (yoo hoo, over here!) to kick-start your "mojo".  The more you create, the more ideas and inspiration will flow.  

Thinking of you,


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...




Tue 28

Love Grows
by Shelby Thomas


Happy Tuesday morning everyone!  I hope all is going well.  I pulled out one of my favorite MB clear stamp sets for today's post.  I love the versatility of this set and how I can use it all year round.  I mean who couldn't use a little love all year?!!


I used just a couple of stamps from the set to create today's card.  I stamped the pot, then masked the pot with Inkadinkadoo masking paper and stamped the flowers so it appears as though they are coming from the pot.  The seed packets were stamped while the pot was still masked just in case my eyes were playing tricks on me, and I hadn't lined everything up like I intended.  Everything was stamped with MFT hybrid ink in black licorice.


These stamps make for easy and fast coloring with Copics (or any medium actually).  I popped on a few bits and bobbles as I'm still trying to get comfortable with clean and simple design!!

I added a popped of color to break of the white and white with purple card stock and placed the panel on an A2 card base.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit and hope the rest of your week goes well.



Sun 26

A Whole Bunch Card
by Lindsay


Now that summer is here, I am so excited about what is happening in our garden! So far we have been able to enjoy lettuce, and spinach, as well as summer squash! But, the one vegetable I am super excited to harvest is carrots! I don't think there is anything better than a home grown carrot. Well, maybe to me! So, to show my love for this humble vitamin A-packed veggie, I bring you this card. 


I love the Veggie Good set, and matching dies. I began by die stamping and then cutting out five carrots, coloring them with Copic Markers, and setting them aside. I took a panel of watercolor card stock, and created a blue washed background, and after it had dried, ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinpoint Square Layers Die.


I stamped a sentiment from the set, and then I adhered the panel to a white card base using foam. I layered, and adhered my carrots. 


Did you plant a garden this year? If so, what are you looking forward to harvesting? I would love to know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy crafting.



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,



Sat 25

Nothing "Beets" Love
by Sherry Hester

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hopefully you will all "beet" the heat this weekend!

Today's card once again features the Garden Variety set of stamps and dies. I must be loving the beet die from this set because this is the second card I've done with this cute little veggie! I'm thinking this would make an unusual but cute anniversary card!

Can't Beet Love - 1

I stamped and die cut two of the beets, then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the leaves, Worn Lipstick on one beet, and Dried Marigold on the other.  The faces were stamped next, and as you can see, I added brows to the boy beet and lashes to the girl. I had to add a touch of Worn Lipstick to the girl because a girl beet in love surely must be blushing! I then set the beets aside to add later.

Can't Beet Love - 2

I next sponged Peeled Paint through the Distress Grid stencil on the bottom half of a white card base. I took another quarter sheet of white card stock, positioned one of the Stitched Border dies about two thirds of the way down, and die cut that. Using the same die, I cut another border from a narrow strip of green card stock, and adhered that below the edge of the white piece, offsetting it just a bit for a more interesting border.  I lightly sponged Dried Marigold onto the center of the white piece, and used the negative of a circle die cut to sponge a little green at the bottom. I then splattered Forest Moss Distress Ink onto the entire piece before adhering it to the card base.

I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock and added it to the bottom right of the card. I had to get a little creative with the rest of the sentiment. I snipped the word "happy" from the Springtime Bunnies set, and the word "in" from the Birthday Bunnies set, put them together on an acrylic block and stamped as shown with Versamark Onyx Black ink. 

Can't Beet Love - 3

I adhered the smitten little beets with foam tape to the card front. The hearts were cut from white card stock using one of the dies from the Banner Parade set and I sponged Worn Lipstick onto the ones that I used, adding them where shown. I topped off the hearts and the beet faces with clear Wink of Stella.  And they lived happily ever after!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay cool this weekend!






Fri 24

Starlit Breeze
by Melissa Rusk

Hello everyone! Today I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for the 4th of July featuring the Starlit Breeze die and a lot of sparkle.


This die was so much fun to play around with. For this card, I started with my white card stock and the Starlit Breeze die. The first time I used the die on the diagonal, then I die cut the white paper two more times to fill in the blank space.


Once the die cutting was finished, I glued the three different colors of glitter paper behind the white. I did red, white and blue for a fun patriotic card but this would look great with so many different color combinations. 

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




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?