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37 posts from September 2016

Fri 30

by Lindsay


I am so glad you stopped by today! I have a clean and simple Christmas card using some of the new release. There are so many gorgeous new dies out, including the holly and ivy. 


I started by taking a piece of white card stock, and die cutting the large Dancing Snowflake Oval and setting the detailed layer aside. I then took the open oval and backed it with vellum. Then, using silver card stock, I die cut the lovely Holly Holiday Corner, along with colored card stocks to create a colorful corner piece. I did that twice, and adhered those to my vellum backed frame.


Taking more of the silver card stock, I ran it through with the Brush Stroke Peace word die, along with several layers of black, and adhered them all together. I placed it in the center of the panel. I adhered the other piece of the Dancing Snowflake Oval behind the vellum, and affixed the whole piece to a white card base.


As a finishing touch, I added a bit of shimmer to one side of each leaf. There are so many possibilities with these dies, gold instead of silver, non traditional colors for the leaves, and berries, etc. So many fun holiday cards you could make with these! 

Thanks so much for joining me! Have a wonderful weekend! 



Thu 29

Dancing Snowflakes
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

Take a look at this beautiful die called Dancing Snowflakes Square--Not only does it cut exquisite snowflakes but it also embosses depth and dimension to portions of the die.  That's a double whammy in my book!  Let's take a look...

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 If you haven't worked with dies like this before, here's how to achieve a cut, embossed and colored card--

  1. Run the die cut through your machine as you would normally then...
  2. leave the paper in the metal die cut but change out your plates/rubber embossing pads according to your machine's "sandwich" instructions (for my Big Shot, I add the rubber embossing pads and swap out the main platform for a thinner one).
  3. For extra depth, I run it through twice.
  4. Finally, still keeping the paper in the die, sponge blue dye inks (tumbled glass and stormy sky) over the embossed side.  This way you are only inking the embossed raised areas.
  5. Pop out the paper from the die and admire your handywork.


Before attaching the snowflake square onto your card front, heat emboss the sentiment (I used Ranger's cornflower blue powder) onto a 1 inch wide vellum strip.  To cut down on the vellum warping, preheat your heat tool before bringing it to the paper.  

Adhere the vellum strip into position (use tiny amounts of tape adhesive in areas that will be inconspicous later) followed by the dancing snowflake square.  Trim any vellum overage from the sides.  


I added very thin strips of silver glitter paper (1/8") to the top and bottom of the square and layered poinsettias from the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die in the corners. 


Dropping down from the snowflakes is a silver glittered single snowflake from the Precious Snowflakes set (#98729) whick looks nice but also helps anchor the vellum.

Pearls and gemstones?  Of course!

Thanks to all the wonderful ladies in my Memory Box classes this week (The Stamp Addict and Stamp Delights)...a great time was had by all.  See you again soon!


Wed 28

Snowflake Ring, Stitched Circle Layers and Love and Laughter for STAMPtember
by Jean Okimoto


The little iceskater from STAMPtember's Love and Laughter glides across the lake, framed by the delicate Snowflake Ring.  How can you not love such a sweet guy?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another STAMPtember card featuring the Memory Box holiday set for Simon Says Stamp.


Diecut the 3.2" Stitched Circle Layer from the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Maybe I'm just imagining it - but it seems like diecutting it before stamping compresses the paper and smooths it out and preps it for stamping.  Cover your cutting plate with printer paper if the plate is scratched.  

Stamp the bunny and the greeting with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Color it with Peerless Watercolors.  

Diecut Snowflake Ring from watercolor paper.  Cut strips of Pool and Licorice Distressed Dots.  Attach everything to a Pool Notecard.  Add pale aqua sequins.


For the inside of the card...paint scraps of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and dry them.  Stamp and emboss the greetings and diecut them with the Stitched Circle Layer.  Run a waterbrush along the edges of the circles - the colors will build up in the stitches and highlight them.  Just a little trick!

Stamp and emboss the ampersand, then attach the circles.

Hope you like this sweet little card.  Bunny's a bit hidden by the delicate snowflakes - partly because he's shy,  but mostly because I'm just not an advanced color-er like the rest of my Design Team.  I'm happy just to stay  (mostly) inside the lines.

Time to start prepping for my Fall Classes at Impress.  First up is TRICKS, TREATS AND GREETS on October 8th - five Halloween cards and a quick little folded treat holder.  That's also the day of Impress' Holiday Open House - an annual celebration of great products, demos,displays and design inspiration.  See you there!

Thanks for visiting...



Wed 28

Blog Blitz Winners
by Laura

Greetings everyone.  Thank you so much for stopping by the blog last week during our blog blitz and congratulations to all of you who were randomly selected from the comments to win prizes.  I have sent emails to everyone to get your mailing addresses.

Here are our winners:

Winner of the Graceful Stag Collage die- Joan VanCourt

Winner of the Graceful Cattails die- Laurie

Winner of the Quiet Cabin Landscape die- Alexandra Madison

Winner of the Snowflake Joy die- LynneZ

Winner of the Bright Snowflake Closer die- Shelia Bacon

Winner of the Dancing Snowflake Square die- Veronica Roske

Winner of the Brush Stroke Peace die- Susan E

Winner of the the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die- Donna Phelan

Winner of the Snowflake Joy die- Suzy Que

Winner of the Arpeggio Snowflake die- Jan Anglemyer



Tue 27

Love, Hope and Joy
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you had a wonderful time last week looking at all of the wonderful new dies and the fantabulous creations from the design team.  Today I'm using the new stamp set made exclusively for the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration called Love and Laughter.


I pulled out and dusted off my Copic airbrush system to create the background.  Of course the lamp and wreath were masked before laying down the background.  The simple, yet beautiful lamppost and wreath were colored with Copics.  I stamped the snowflakes with versafine and embossed with fine white detailed embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped with Hero Arts ombre pigment inks and then heat embossed.


The front panel was cut to 4x5.25 and adhered to the A2 cardbase.  The airbrush system definitely makes for a quick yet dramatic background!  Of course the same background can be created using distress inks or other inks that lend themselves to blending.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today.





Mon 26

Mara Bird
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I have a card filled with sparkle to share using the fabulous Mara Bird die.


For this card I used a glittery background paper. If you don't have a paper like this it would be easy to make one like it using some Stickles and drawing out diagonal lines. A background stamp with some glittery embossing powder would also look nice.


I die cut the Mara Bird and the Elodee Bird Background in a white card stock and glued them together and placed them on the center of the card. To finish it off, I added some gems for just a little extra sparkle.

I hope you have a great week that is filled with a little bit of sparkle!



Sun 25

Fancy Poinsettias
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with more new goodies from the September Release. If you visit here quite often, you already know I take liberties with the color of Poinsettias. I really wish they came in every color possible. Since they do not....I create my own...like this Aqua Poinsettia.

Let me show you how easy this card is to reproduce:


Start with a White card base. Cut watercolor paper 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Sprinkle on some Autumn Maple Crimson Lindys Magicals, spritz with water and let dry.  Along the right side of this panel, go ahead and die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament. (so, I am being cheap....we are going to cover the right side of this panel...who will know that you diecut something from it?) Go ahead and die cut the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament from Aqua cardstock.




From White cardstock and Aqua, diecut the largest of the Circle Bump Borders. Adhere together so the Aqua is just peeking out. Stamp sentiment near the bottom from the Making Spirits Bright stamp set. Adhere twine where the ornaments will hang, tape twine on the backside.

Adhere this panel to the base card using foam adhesive.




Adhere the Fanciful Poinsettias as shown. Only use dots of glue on Poinsettia centers so you can raise the petals a bit.

Add twine bows and Glossy White Crystal Drops as desired.


After this week of new products from Memory Box, which are your favorites? 


Happy crafting my friends,



Sat 24

Circle Bump Borders, Halloween Sideshow and the Swirly Ghost Circle
by Jean Okimoto



The new Circle Bump Borders set creates a great frame for the Swirly Ghost Circle - and a few of his Swirling Ghost buddies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here this fall weekend.  I was inspired by Melissa's great Blog Blitz card and decided to give you not one - but TWO reasons to add this versatile new border set to your collection. 


Everything was going fine...until I realized that the white-side-out Graphite Notecard I used on my first card is no longer available.  On to Plan B - re-doing the card using a "back-in-stock" Licorice Notecard.  Licorice is the obvious choice for Halloween cards - stock up on them now.  This explains why the pic above shows a gray notecard.  You'll want to use Licorice instead!


Open the notecard and attach the largest Circle Bump Border and Swirling Ghost Circle to the white side of the card.  Have both short edges of the die extend over the edge of the notecard for a complete trim. (I had to trim it a bit...live and learn!)  It's easy to position the ghost circle - the two tiny holes at the top indicate the eyes.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from orange cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the ghost on the bottom left corner for ghostly eyes.  Attach them to the card - use foam dots at the top of the ghost at the bottom left.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps - with Imagine Crafts Habenero VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Add green and violet sequins.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team's blog blitz posts from September 19th through the 23rd for a chance to win a great new die from our September Release!  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST tomorrow night - September 25th.  Good Luck - I hope you're a winner!




Sat 24

Birdhouse Trio
by Melissa Rusk


Happy Saturday! Today I have another brand new die to share from the September release. The Birdhouse Trio is super cute! For this card, I used a few different size ovals from the Studio Oval Layers set in different shades of blue paper. I layered them together and glued them to a white card. 


I die cut the Birdhouse Trio die in white paper 4 times and glued them together to add dimension to the card. To finish it off, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add some sparkle to the largest oval and I drew some stitching lines with a white pen on the smallest oval. 

Have a great weekend everyone!



Fri 23

Arpeggio Snowflake
by Melissa Rusk

It's the last day of the blog blitz friends! I hope you have loved seeing all of the inspiration and new dies as much as I have this week. For my card today I used the new Arpeggio Snowflake and the Circle Bump Borders for a blue Christmas card.


The Circle Bump Borders are so much fun! I used the largest in the set to cut out the card front and the dark blue paper for a fun edge. I then cut out the Arpeggio Snowflake from silver mirror card paper and glued it to the circle. 


To finish the card, I stamped the Merry Christmas from the Botanical Christmas Tree stamp set and then added some gems.

Now for the fun part! You have a chance to win the Arpeggio Snowflake die. Leave a comment on this post by 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 25th. Winners will be chosen on Monday, September 26th. Good luck!