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37 posts from July 2016

Sun 31

Loopy Snowflakes
by Penny


Hi Memory Box fans. Penny here today with so scrumptious non traditional holiday colors. Are you loving the Teal, Pink and Purple?

I get so bored making holiday cards with Red and Green...thought I would jazz it up a bit. And a really cool way to show off the colors is with this brand new die called Snowflake Spectacle.

Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock panel measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the Snowflake Spectacle, just south of center.

Ink the opposing corners with Falling for Blue ink. Stamp sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright set with VersaFine Imperial Purple ink.


Apply foam adhesive to backside of panel. Cut small strips of Teal, Pink and Purple cardstocks, apply to backside.

Wrap card front with Grape Burlap String and adhere panel to a card base.




Die cut Loop Snowflake Trio from Purple, Teal and Pink cardstocks. Smear on a little Stardust Stickles and let dry.

Adhere to card front over matching snowflakes, but off just a bit so you see a little of the White snowflake also. :)

Add Crystal Drops as desired to finish card.


Are you loving all the new goodies from the Holiday Collection? This Snowflake Spectacle is my favorite...so far.

Happy Holiday crafting,



Sat 30

Marvelous Pine and Marvelous Pine Snowy Branches
by Jean Okimoto


Cool off with a frosty Marvelous Pine card this weekend...it's sure to beat the heat!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another combination of designs from our Holiday 2016 Collection of dies, stamps and stencils.  I love embossing - especially embossing with glitter.


Cut Marvelous Pine from green cardstock.

Dry-emboss Marvelous Pine Snowy Branches on watercolor paper using the mats and plates recommended for your machine.  Don't remove the die - you'll be stenciling with it next.  Daub Memento Luxe Wedding Dress pigment ink through the openings of the die, onto the embossed sections.   

Remove the die and sprinkle the inky sections with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.  It's clear and sparkly and really highlights the snowy branches.  Heat-emboss it.  Clean the die to remove any residual ink.  Diecut the frosty layers and attach them to the green pine tree.  I didn't use the littlest layer at the top.  Attach the tree to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of watercolor paper. The branches on the left extend a tiny bit beyond the card. 

Stamp the greeting - from the new Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - with Memento Luxe Love Letter and heat-set it.  

Cut Resting Birds from red glittered craft foam.  Leave the birds in the die and place a strip of Scor-Tape across the back of the foam.  Run everything through the machine again to cut the tape and create self-adhesive birds.  Die-cutting through the craft foam and the tape might have been difficult - the second trip through the machine easily cuts right through the tape.  Attach clear sequins.


Thanks very much for stopping by - I appreciate your taking the time to visit this weekend...




Fri 29

Christmas Botanicals Two Ways
by Lindsay


I am so glad you stopped by today! I have two cards to share with you today, using the fabulous Christmas Botanicals stamp and die sets! If you are familiar with what I create, you will know that I adore, and I do mean adore, florals of all kinds. When I saw this stamp set, I was extremely excited! It is so lovely, and die cuts to match too! Let me show you what I did!


This card took on a life of it's own, I tell ya! I started out with a panel of water color paper, and stamped the wreath image all over it. I then added some details to the open areas, and water colored in the background with blue pigment. Once it dried, I colored in the flowers, and leaves.


When the panel was completely dry, I used the wreath die, and cut out the center image, along with three die cuts from black card stock. I then layered them up, and reinserted it back in the area. I used a piece of vellum to secure it to the panel.

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I took a beautiful script sentiment from the set, and white heat embossed it onto a piece of black card stock, and adhered it to the front. 

For this next card, I went very simple! I used simple stamping onto colored card stocks, along with the coordinating dies.

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I started with the Scattered Flakes Stencil, and added blue ink to the background of my white card base. I then took fuchsia and dark green card stock, stamped the coordinating image in Versamark ink, and white heat embossed them. 

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After die cutting all of the images, I stamped my greeting, and clustered my flowers, and leaves around it. I finished it with a few black pearls in the flowers centers.

I hope you were inspired today, and gathered a few more ideas on what to do with this gorgeous floral set. Have a great day!


Thu 28

Poinsettia Band and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto


Combine the new Poinsettia Band and classic Stitched Oval Layers for a seriously sparkly card that's sure to attract a lot of attention.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick and easy design that's easy to duplicate for the special people on your list!


Cut the 4.8" tall Stitched Oval Layer from textured white cardstock.  Cut Poinsettia Band from the oval.  Cut it again from gold mirror cardstock - save the tiny wedge- and diamond-shaped pieces.   Cut the Poinsettia sections - and one of the tiny "flowers"  - from red glittered craft foam.  Leave the pieces in the die- it'll be easier to attach them to the background later.

Cut the 4.4" tall Stitched Oval Layer from a Scor-Tape sheet.  Attach it behind the Poinsettia Band cutout on the larger oval.  Love how that smaller oval cuts the perfect size and shape of Scor-Tape to secure the Poinsettia Band!  Set the gold Poinsettia Band onto the exposed adhesive.  Attach the two tiny gold pieces you saved.  One is on the left edge of the band near the small flower.  The other piece goes below the large flower, near the left edge of the band.

Set the diecut glittered foam pieces into the open areas.  Snip the stem from the tiny glittered foam flower and attach it in the center of the top Poinsettia.  

Attach the oval to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add gold sequins.


Hope you like this colorful sparkly combination of glittered foam, mirror cardstock and sequins!

Big Thanks to everyone who took last weekend's Holly Jolly Headstart and Christmas with Memory Box classes at Impress!  Special thanks to Erin and Lindsay too - for prepping the classroom and helping everyone find all of the supplies and tools they need for the holidays.  



Looking for a special gift for someone (or yourself!) ?  Today's the last day of the summer sale at Birch Press Design - a lifestyle collection of products for decorating, dining and gifting.  Birch Press Design is owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer - owners of Memory Box and Poppystamps.  Their great sense of style and design is reflected in the products they've selected for their upscale online store.  Why not view the new online catalog and take advantage of this great sale today?

Thanks for stopping by today - see you again this weekend...


Wed 27

Snow Globe Wishes
by Jenny Griffiths

Hi Everyone,

   Remember snow globes?  These days they're considered "Vintage"--am I revealing my generation?  As a child I had a palm size snow globe with a delicate deer and bottle brush trees inside.  When it was shaken, the snow would float around until it gently settled to the bottom, then I'd shake it again over and over.  Unless our family drove up to the mountains we would never see snow so this was mesmerizing to me.

I created this card to replicate my childhood snow globe--wonder what ever happened to it?

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The Snow Globe Wishes clear stamp set has so many wonderful parts and pieces--there are three different deer, a Santa, trees, a star, snowflake, sentiments, a thought bubble and of course, the globe itself.  There is a coordinating set of dies for this set as well.  You could make so many different snow globe scenes with all these included pieces...even scenes without the globe.  I love it when there are a wide variety of ways to use my stamp sets.

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This card has a bit of sparkle from the glitter paper I used on the snow mound and sides of the front panel---always up for some sparkle, right?  I used colored pencils on all the parts and pieces--it's so relaxing to stamp out images and just color them while hanging out with the family.  I later cut them out with the coordinating dies then assemble many different cards in short order.

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Thanks for stopping by today for a little snow globe fun!


Tue 26

Making Spirits Bright
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! One way to beat the summer heat, at least a little bit, is to make a Christmas card!

Today I’m featuring the beautiful Poinsettia Pillar die. The card base is from white card stock. I cut another piece of white to 3.75” x 5.5”, spattered on Forest Moss Distress Ink and lightly sponged Peeled Paint around the edges and slightly inward.

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I cut the entire candle die from white card stock, then just the holly from green card stock, and just the berries again from white card stock. I sponged Milled Lavender distress ink on the candle body starting at the bottom left and feathering it out. I used my finger to softly spread glue over this area and then added glitter. I sponged Milled Lavender on the white outlines and solid pieces of the berries, as well as the candle drips and the area underneath the flame, adding glitter to all. Unfortunately the Milled Lavender did not photograph as well as I would have liked … it’s much prettier in person.

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I adhered the green holly outline onto the corresponding white holly, shadowing them as well as the solid leaves with Peeled Paint. Before adding the solid leaves, I turned the candle over, pieced everything together and taped them in place. I adhered the berry outlines and solid pieces over the corresponding green berries.

I cut one of the Jolly Holly Branches from green card stock and glued it to the back of the candle as shown. I adhered the candle to the sponged and spattered piece with foam tape. The sentiment is from the Making Spirits Bright clear stamp set.  I then adhered the assembled piece to the card base.

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Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!



Sun 24

Night Sky
by Penny


Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a relatively simple holiday card that can be created in just minutes. (It only looks complicated).

White card stock, a few dies and a little ink. ...Really!

Let me show you how:


Start with a White cardstock base. Ink it all over with Stormy Sky and Tumbled Glass Distress inks.




Die cut Fresh Pine Curved Border two times from White cardstock. Stamp one with the Believe sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set.

Arrange the Fresh Pine Border on card front so they are offset.  (Bottom border with glue, top border with foam adhesive)

Can you find the deer head in the picture above?  Go ahead and die cut the Valley Deer Trio, trim one and tuck him into the forest.



Finish the card by diecutting the Stitched Cloud Trio. Pop a couple of them into the sky with foam adhesive.


Can you believe I/we are crafting Christmas in July?!?  Hey, you have to start early, so your cards are all finished by the beginning of December, then you have the whole month to be merry and not stressed.  :)


Happy Holiday crafting,


Fri 22

Happy Halloween
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Friday!

I have a fun Halloween card to share with you today, using a couple of new products from this release! 

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I chose a panel of watercolor paper to create my night sky with, because the ink blends so well on it. I used quite a few colors of ink, such as pinks, purples, yellows, and blues. To see how you can create this background, I recommend looking up videos on YouTube, and finding a combination that suites you.  

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Once I had my colors blended, I added water and white acrylic paint splatters. I allowed it to dry, and then took the Delicate Web Stencil and applied white pigment ink through it. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder onto the webs, and heat set it until the powder was melted. Make sure the ink blended panel is completely dry, as your ink will still be slightly wet, and the powder will stick in places you don't want it to.

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After that was done, I took the Haunted Happy Halloween die, and without separating the die, ran it through with the panel. I adhered a piece of typing paper to the back of it that had a generous amount of adhesive on it. I then ran the same die through three more times with black card stock, and layered up each individual letter, and reinserted them back into the panel to get a raised look. I adhered strips of purple glitter paper to the top and bottom of the panel, and adhered it to a white card base.

I hope you've enjoyed! Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Thu 21

Merry Christmas
by Donna

Hi everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you, because it's always fun to think of Christmas during the hot months of summer.

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To create this card, I simply stamped and colored the images, then die cut them with the coordinating dies.  I watercolored the card background and spattered it with gold and green paint.  The sentiment was stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder.  


To finish the card,I glued the stamped sentiment to the card front.  The santa and the ho ho ho were glued to the card using foam adhesive.  I added a few sequins to further embellish the card. 

Thanks for stopping by today!



Wed 20

Botanical Christmas Tree
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! It's hot outside so it is making me long for cooler weather and Christmas! I am in love with one layered stamped cards right now. Today I have one using the beautiful Botanical Christmas Tree set.


The card is quick and easy and would be great to do if you have to make a lot of Christmas cards this year. I stamped the tree first, and then stamped all of the other elements and the Merry Christmas. I used my Copic markers to color in the tree and the birds.


I mounted the stamped piece on a gold piece of card stock and glued it to my card. To finish it off, I added some gems to make the tree sparkle.

Thanks for stoping by today and enjoy the rest of your week!