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33 posts from January 2017

Tue 31

Masculine Happy Birthday
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  Have you checked out the dies from the latest release to help with those "challenging" masculine cards?


Most of us are much more comfortable with the pretty flowers and butterflies and toss in a few sequins and life is good.  That is until we need a card for the men in our lives.  Now if they would just like all the aforementioned things...life would be good.  But alas, the men in my life don't like those pretty sparkly things so I need to create differently.

I pulled out my new Ken Oliver color bursts to create the background.  I sprinkled the dry colors onto my craft sheet and added water.  I dragged my water color paper through the mixture and then sprayed the paper more to get the colors to blend and run even more.  The edges were inked with distress inks (forest moss, black soot and gathered twigs).  Faded stencil technique creates the corners.


The sentiment was created using the die Happy Birthday upright script cut twice and layered.  The focal point is the workshop border die cut from copper metallic paper.  You can barely see in the picture, but I carried through the design to the inside of the card with the same colors of color burst crystals and the Workshop border die.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today and hopefully, you're inspired a little bit to get creating for the men in your lives!!



Mon 30

"thinking of you" Stitched Aster Panel with Stitched Aster Blooms
by Anne Thompson

Guess I've got a "thing" for stitched asters lately.  Today's card features the STITCHED ASTER PANEL die no. 99687 with some STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS die no. 99672 layered on.


I cut the Stitched Aster Blooms from Pool Distressed Dots paper. Then I cut the Stitched Aster Panel twice, once from a rich dark green cardstock and once from Pool Distressed Dots paper. I snipped the three dot blooms from the panel.

I adhered the green Stitched Aster Panel to the bottom edge of a top-folded Pool notecard using narrow double-sided tape.  I placed the snipped blooms on top with Glue Dots and layered the Stitched Aster Blooms on one of the two larger flowers.  I added pearls to the flower centers.


I then used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp "thinking of you" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE clear stamp set CL5196.


Once I decide who will receive this card I can add a pretty ribbon, some coordinating washi tape, or stamp another sentiment on the front or inside.  Such a pretty card!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 29

by Penny Ward


Welcome to the Memory Box blog. One of the newest die sets is the Morning Garden Butterflies. Six pretty butterflies in six sizes. LOVE!!!

On my card today I have used a few of them to give you an idea of how big and small they are.




Using watercolor paper as the background I scribbled it with four different colors of blue Zig Brush Pens. Touched that paint with a wet brush to move the color around.




White cardstock was trimmed to 5.50 x 5.50 inches. Placed the Morning Garden Butterflies and die cut. I then trimmed this panel to 4 x 5.50 inches.

Each butterfly was coated with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and let dry before adhering to card front.

Thank you Manuscript was die cut from watercolor paper 3 times, then painted with a Zig Brush Pen and wet paintbrush. Stack and adhere together before gluing to card front.

Tiny Crystal Drops were added for a spot of color.


Have a crafty day,


Sat 28

Thinking of You
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! The sun is shining again in Southern California! Our prayers for rain were answered, and then some! Today I'm sharing a monochromatic card that might be used as a "just because" card, a get well card or even a sympathy card.

Aster - Thinking of You - 1

I used two dies from the Rectangle Basics set to create the frame and the solid piece. I sponged Hickory Smoke Distress Ink through the Cressida stencil for the background on the solid piece and adhered it to the black card base. The sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set was inked in Versafine Onyx Black and stamped at the bottom. I then adhered the frame as shown.

Aster - Thinking of You - 2

I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from white card stock, shaped them and glued them together, offsetting each layer. Two of the Windswept Stems were cut from white and dark gray card stock. Before adhering them to the frame, I bowed them slightly, adding glue to the bottom of the stems and a bit at the top and positioning them so that the slightly bowed shape remained. I adhered the assembled aster blooms to the bottom left corner. Of course there is always room for a little bling, and I was happy to find some gray-ish gem stones in my stash. I added a large one to the flower center, and scattered the others as shown.

Aster - Thinking of You - 3

If any of you are like me, as in rushing to make a card as I'm going out the door, this is a pretty quick and easy card to put together.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and here's to a lovely weekend!



Fri 27

Sending Love
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today  I have a card for you which mixes the old with the new.  Sometimes with all the new products being shown, we forget about all the older dies and stamps we have in our stash. 


The first thing I did to create this card is die a watercolor paper card layer, using the Cool Cloud die.  Next I sponged a piece of Sugar Plum cardstock, with Picked Raspberry Distress ink and misted it lightly with water to blend the ink.  The Little Balloon is die cut from Silver glitter cardstock, as is the heart.  The edges of both die cuts are lightly sponged with black ink.


To assemble the card I placed a piece of washi tape on the left side of the cloud card layer and glued that to the pink card layer.  Glue this to a Licorice cardstock layer and adhere to a white notecard.

Stamp the sentiment "sending love" in the bottom right corner of the card.  I cut a banner from white cardstock and stamped the "xoxo" and glued this to a pink button.  I glued some clear dots to the card front for a final embellishment.

I hope you have a great weekend!



Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto


The entire Tall Poppy Left Corner  and a matching Classic Stitched Heart create another versatile card tonight.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another mix-and-match layered design in soft, sweet pinks.

Is it a Valentine card for a friend - or a friendship card with hearts?  It's your choice - our latest collection of dies and stamps has everything you need to create the perfect greeting!


Cut Tall Poppy Left Corner from green cardstock.  Cut the flowers and bud from pink cardstock - and cut extras of the smallest flower from green and pink.  They'll add a bright spot of color along the left edge - and help secure the delicate tip of the frame too.

Cut natural cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the largest Classic Stitched Heart from pink glittered cardstock and green cardstock.  Cut the matching Classic Stitched Heart from natural cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance. 

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale pink cardstock - offset the flowers and pink heart for dimension.  Add iridescent clear sequins.


Save the date - Saturday, January 28th - for the annual Valentine Open House at Impress!  Be inspired by the latest in Valentine designs, demos and beautiful displays.  Join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30 - we're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper that's easier-than easy.  Learn to use new - and classic favorite - products in ways you never expected.  It's all about getting the most from our tools and supplies.    See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...see you here on Outside the Box in February!





Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Stitched Heart Layers and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto


A quick pruning trims the Tall Poppy Left Corner into a set of blossoms to adorn a Stitched Heart Layer for a simple friendship or Valentine card.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another design combining some of my favorite products from different releases.  


I recently re-discovered my Stitched Country Borders set of 5 great, versatile dies.  The small scalloped border is used  to visually balance the Stitched Heart and create the illusion of a grassy border.  Deep thinking here!

Don't you just love it when we're able to mix and match and get the most from our Memory Box and Open Studio designs?

Cut Tall Left Poppy Corner from green cardstock and lay it on white cardstock.  Place the largest Stitched Heart Layer over it to determine where to trim it.  

Cut the two flowers and the bud from pink cardstock.  Cut the remaining flower from pink glittered craft foam.  Trim the stems and attach the three pink cardstock pieces.  Diecut the heart around the poppies.  Add tiny dots of glue to secure the bottom of the stems.  Attach the craft foam heart.

Run the small scalloped Country Stitches Border through the machine twice to cut a 4-½" long border.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons Electric Pink  and  emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


It may be a bit too cold to be out gardening...but that won't stop us from trimming our favorite diecuts to create cards for the special people in our lives!  

Thanks for stopping by...






Wed 25

Friendship From the Heart
by Lindsay


I am so glad you are joining me today! I am truly a stamper at heart, and when Memory Box comes out with a new stamp set, I get excited! Combine stamps with dies, and it's a match made in heaven! The So Many Things To Love stamp set, and matching dies are just the perfect combination for a clean and simple design!


I started with a white panel of card stock, and die cut the large heart from its center. I placed it temporarily onto my white card base, and made a few marks, removed the panel, and stamped the coordinating heart/flower image. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers, and added light blue shading to the inside of the heart.


For the panel, I took a light blue ink, and sponged it onto the edges. I stamped a sentiment, also from the set, and then adhered the panel to my card front with a generous amount of foam tape. I finished it with a few sequins!


I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create with your coordinating stamp and die sets! Which Memory Box sets are your favorite? I would love to know!


Tue 24

New Valentine Look Book



Have you flipped through the new Memory Box Valentine Look Book yet?  It is loaded with tons of ideas by the very talented Pam Sparks who shared many ideas for using the latest Valentine stamps and dies.  Click on the picture above to go to the new Look Book or click on the respective section on our sidebar to view past and present Look Books.  They are absolutely loaded with card making inspiration!

Tue 24

Happy Valentine's Day
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you've been stocking up on the gorgeous new release dies.  I finally had a play date with my paper and dies in my craft room today and realized Valentine's day is just around the corner.  Thank goodness for the new Valentine dies:)


I had several of my zig clean color markers sitting on my desk from another project and of course they kept calling my name.  I pulled out some acetate and gave the pinks and a purple a good scrubbing onto the acetate.  Then they got a cool misting shower from the water bottle and found a home on the Fabrano hot press watercolor paper.  They proceeded to do their thing...trying to travel as far and as fast as the water would allow them.


They then called up their distress ink buddies to help get the edges filled in so not as much off-white paper was popping through.  All that was left was to die cut the Elegant Script Happy Valentine's Day and the Heart Connection die from water paper with Stick It adhesive on the back of it.  Add a few sequins in random places (or to hide any oops) and a colorful and Happy Valentine's Day card is ready to go!  Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.