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30 posts from August 2016

Wed 31

Snowflake Spectacle
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a cute way to turn the Snowflake Spectacle die into an ornament. Let's get started!


I die cut the super cute Snowflake Spectacle die on a 4 inch square piece of silver mirror card paper. Then I glued it to a piece of blue glitter paper that was also 4 inches. I punched two holes at the top and tied a silver piece of rick rack for my ornament to hang.


I took my finished ornament and hung it on my front door, it makes a cute little door hanging too. This would be a great gift tag that someone could also turn into an ornament, maybe on a plate of cookies for a friend or neighbor this holiday season. There are so many possibilities!

Have a wonderful day!



Tue 30

Autumn Bird
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I hope you had a fabulous weekend and found some crafting time.  I had some time to experiment with some acrylic paints and embossing and voila, today's card.


On black cardstock, I stamped Drifting Oak Leaves with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used yellow acrylic paint and brushed over the cooled embossing and allowed it to dry to the touch. The cool thing is the yellow paint took on a greenish shade when paired with the black cardstock.  With a slightly damp cloth, I removed some of the paint from the embossed areas and from the black cardstock.  This technique also worked well with several different colors, but the paint needs to air dry between each coat for the best results.


I used distress paints (squeezed lemonade and dried marigold) and the marbling technique and cut out the Elodee Bird and then slightly inked over the bird with Hickory smoke distress ink to tone down the bright colors.  Adhered the Elodee Bird to the coordinating background and placed it on top of the Wild Prairie stems.

Super fun and easy technique and would look great with lots of different colors too.  Thanks for stopping by today.



Mon 29

Bold Merry Christmas
by Lindsay


Even though it is in the 90's in northeast Ohio, I have Christmas on the brain. These gorgeous stamp and die combinations make it easy to get carried away with making holiday cards! You know I have a slight obsession with the Christmas Botanicals set, and I chose it for today's card. Let me tell you how I created it!


To start, I used one of the small images that is the center of the flowers, to create a background using Versamark, and white embossing powder. After I heat set the images, I blended on shades of blue and green, using an ink blending tool. I then splattered the card with water, and applied a towel to absorb the moisture. I am left with fun texture, along with the white heat embossed detailing. 

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I set the card base aside, and began working on my floral cluster, stamping my images in a clear sticky ink, and white heat embossing them. I then applied ink again, using a foam ink blending tool, and die cut them out using the matching dies. I white heat embossed my sentiment onto black card stock, trimmed it out, and adhered it, as well as my flower cluster to the front of my colorful card base. 

Have you created any Holiday cards yet? I would love to know! I hope you were inspired to try a different color combination using your Memory Box stamps, and dies! Thanks so much for stopping by!



Sun 28

Elegant in White
by Penny


Hello Memory Box fans. Penny here today with one of my favorite color combos...White on White! Using the same color palette with different elements on a card makes it look so elegant. 

Let me walk you through this:


Start with a White card base. Now cut a panel 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the loopy looking die from the Distressed Baptista Collage in opposite corners.

TIP: Just get close to the corner, then trim after die cutting.



On the die cut panel, apply Heidi Swapp Reactive Screen ink with Holly Bough stencil. Let dry.

Run through Laminator with White foil. Adhere this panel to card base.




Die cut Poinsettia Flourish from White cardstock. Coat the Poinsettia with White Enamel Accents, color the foliage with Copic markers. Adhere to card front.

Die cut Poinsettia Bloom Trio from White cardstock and adhere to card front. Add faux Pearl to flower center.

Stamp sentiment from the Making Spirits Bright set, trim and adhere under poinsettia embellishment.


Lots of fun to make and I love how the White foil adds sparkle to this card.


Happy Crafting,


Sat 27

Thank You for All Your Help
by Sherry Hester

Good Morning everyone! Sherry here with a Thank You card that would also work for any all occasion card. I had no idea what my card would end up like, but I wanted to do something using the Chrysanthemum Collage as a stencil. I cut the die and stenciled VersaMark Ink through a section of it onto a light gray card stock.

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I embossed the images with white embossing powder, then sponged Hickory Smoke distress ink on the background. This was easy to do since the embossed areas acted as a resist. I sponged Spun Sugar distress ink in the flower centers. And then I didn't know what to do with it!!  As I continued to experiment, I cut a couple of circle dies  from the Studio Circle Layers, and ended up turning one of them into a vase by cutting a flat top and a narrower flat bottom.  I decided to use the Bamboo Shoots and the Wild Prairie Stems to fill the vase, gong with a black, gray and pink color scheme. I know, not very realistic, but that's why card making is so much fun! I cut the Bamboo Shoots from gray card stock and the Tall Bamboo from black card stock. The prairie stems were cut from white card stock and I sponged them with Spun Sugar.

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I cut a piece of the same gray card stock to 4" x 5.5" and very lightly sponged Hickory Smoke through the Chicken Wire stencil. I then splattered Black Soot onto the background before adhering it to a black card base. I stamped the sentiment from the Hope and Thanks clear stamp set. To give the shoots some dimension, I shaped them with a stylus. I glued the black shoots directly to the card front, and adhered the gray shoots and pink stems to the back of the vase. I then added the assemblage to the card front with foam tape. And that completed the card! Pretty simple once it all came together.

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Enjoy your weekend, and thanks as always for stopping by!



Fri 26

by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a fairly quick and easy birthday card for you.  

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To create this card, begin by sponging watercolor paper with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  Mist lightly with plain water to create a watercolored look.  Once the paper is dry spatter with green and brown inks.  Die cut the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from white cardstock and glue it to the watercolored card layer.  White emboss the sentiment on a strip of Licorice cardstock and adhere it to the card.  

Stamp, color and die cut the owl and tree stump and glue that to the card using foam adhesive. Attach a strip of striped paper to the left side of the card front and glue this to a white card base.



To finish off the card glue a few black epoxy dots to the front and you're done!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!


Thu 25

Elegant Harvest Pumpkins
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have an elegant pumpkin card to share with you all.  I am in love with the Quincy Frame, it makes such a great statement and I paired it with some pumpkins for a fancy Fall card.


This card feels a little like Cinderella to me with the beautiful Quincy Frame that I die cut in a matte gold paper and then glued to orange card stock. For my three pumpkins I used the Plump Pumpkin die for the smaller pumpkins and the larger pumpkin from the super cute Harvest Pumpkin Oval Frame.


I have been using my Copic Markers a lot lately, so that is what I used on these spotted pumpkins. Each of the pumpkins were glued to the card with foam tape. After this card and some cooler weather this week, I am ready for Fall to get here!

Have a wonderful day!



Wed 24

Watercolored Millbrook Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


The beautiful delicate Millbrook Ornament sparkles over a watercolored Classic Ornament on a unique card in winter's jewel tones.  Add silver Zippy Dots and glittery aqua accents for a cool winter wishes-theme.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a contemporary design for you this evening.

See that streaky purplish background?  It started out as a scrap of watercolor paper used for a color test.  I love how it dried - and thought it would be a pretty background for the Millbrook Ornament.   MemoryBoxMillbrookOrnament-MemoryBoxClassicOrnament-MemoryBoxOpenStudioMakingSpiritsBrightStamps-MemoryBoxOpenStudioPinpointRectangleLayers-MemoryBoxHoneycombBackground-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-watercolors

Press an Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor inkpad across a large acrylic block to transfer the multi-colored inks.  Cut a 2-½" x 3-½" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from watercolor.  Paint it with streaks of purple, then dry the ink.   Stencil some Zippy Dots along the left edge with Silver Shimmer Delicata.  

Paint watercolor paper with overlapping layers of the Blue Breeze colors.  Dry it and cut it with the Classic Ornament.  

Cut Millbrook Ornament and the extra ornament cap from silver mirror cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Victorian Violet Brilliance.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle.

Attach Scor-Tape behind aqua glitter cardstock and cut a sheet of self-adhesive  hexagons with the Honeycomb Background.  It's a quick, easy way to create unique accents with something you already have in your stash.  

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of snapdragon cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Make it extra-special and more dimensional with double-layered glittered hexagons.  Living on the edge!


Thanks very much for stopping by again - hope you like this artsy idea!  See you at the Garden Greetings class at Impress on Sunday...





Wed 24

Valley Deer Trio and the Holly Swirl Oval Frame
by Jean Okimoto


The Holly Swirl Oval Frame creates a soft monochromatic backdrop for the Valley Deer Trio and their warm felt scarves.  Dasher, Dancer and Prancer?  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with - can you believe it - a Christmas card in traditional holiday colors!  


Cut Holly Swirl Oval Frame from textured natural cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Dry-emboss it for more dimension using the embossing mat and plates recommended for your machine.  Attach it to a top-folded 5-¼" square card of textured natural cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to dark kraft cardstock and cut Valley Deer Trio.  The paper backing adds a bit of dimension to the trio.  Attach label paper to red and moss green felt and diecut three of the small bow from the Truly Gifted set.  



Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle collage from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive shiny red dots!  Try the other collage patterns too - they're all great with metallic paper, glittered cardstock and velvet paper.  I love multi-tasking products - and the collage sets create artsy dry-embossed backgrounds and accents too!

Stamp "merry christmas" - from the Open Studio Scribble Christmas Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink.  Diecut the greeting using a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim off the excess cardstock using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle Layer to create a greeting block to match the stitched holly frame.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.


There are so many ways to use the Open Studio Rectangle Dies - for layering, dry-embossing, frames and greeting blocks.  They save time - and cardstock - because they're always straight and instantly add a crisp, professional look to any design.  

I used them to trim the  leafprints for the Garden Greetings samples for the August 28th class at Impress.  We'll use fresh leaves from my backyard to print and emboss a set of notecards and a matching portfolio.  You can bring your dies, plates and machine to trim your prints - or I'll provide an Open Studio  template to use with your paper trimmer.  It's a refreshing, relaxing class and I'll have extra leaves for you to take home to make more notecards later.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!



Tue 23

Swirling Ghost
by Shelby


Good morning everyone!  The nights are definitely getting cooler and the days just a little shorter which means Fall is definitely on the way with Halloween right around the corner. I love the warm colors of Fall and used them for today's Halloween themed shaker card.


The background was done with Distress Paints (barn door, mustard seed and carved pumpkin) and water creating a marbling effect.  I inked up the edges with Black Soot to tone down the colors.  The Swirling Ghost Circle die is a die whose cut is meant to stay in the paper so I used that for my shaker window.  I then cut another Swirling Ghost Circle from white paper and cut out the ghost portion and adhered to the in the paper cut. I discovered a whole bin of googly eyes I had stashed away in a dark corner of my craft room and popped some on the largest ghost to increase the cuteness factor!


I added a few more of these stinkin cute ghosts from the Swirling Ghost die and then stamped the word Boo over top with black archival ink to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!