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33 posts from August 2017

Thu 31

Snowflakes and Poinsettias
by Sherry Hester

Hello Memory Box friends! Wow, the last day of August already! Even though the summer has gone by fairly fast, I'm sure ready for sweater weather, aren't you? Maybe my card today will bring some cooler thoughts! It features the Snowflake Wire die and the Poinsettia Blooms from the latest release.

Snowflakes and Poinsettia - 1

I decided to do one of my favorite techniques for the background of this card. I just love to smoosh!! I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3-1/2", and smooshed on Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. I like this technique because you have some control over where you want the various colors to go. If you haven't done this before, it's super easy. Take your ink pad and squiggle some onto any non-porous surface and spritz with water. Then take a piece of packaging, like the one that our dies come in, bring it down to the ink, pick up the color and bring it over to the area you want to smoosh, then lay it onto the surface use your finger to spread the color underneath, making a one-of-a-kind pattern. Fill in the open spaces with the other colors using the same technique, then dry the whole surface with a heat tool. Once my piece was dry, I lightly sponged Seedless Preserves on all four edges, then adhered it directly to the front of a white A2 card base.

Snowflakes and Poinsettia - 2

Next I cut two of the Snowflake Wire and added an orchid colored glitter to all of the snowflakes. I offset the two snowflake wires and adhered them to the top right corner of a 2-1/2 by 4-3/4" piece of white card stock, then stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment in the open area. From white card stock, I then cut three of the smallest poinsettia from the Poinsettia Blooms set. I heavily sponged Seedless Preserves on two of the poinsettias, offset them and glued them together, and added the orchid glitter to the top one. I sponged Peeled Paint on the third poinsettia so there would be some contrast and also to pair it with green that was smooshed. I snipped it apart, adhering three petals at the top back, and two to the bottom right.

Snowflakes and Poinsettia - 3

I adhered to stamped piece of card stock with foam tape to the top left of the smooshed piece, then adhered the poinsettia with foam tape as shown. I was thrilled to find some orchid colored gem stones in my stash, so I scattered them around to finish the card.

Snowflakes and Poinsettia - 4

I hope you enjoyed this card, and once again, thanks so much for stopping by!



Wed 30

Sentimental Iris and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


The beautiful butterflies from the Open Studio Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set just seemed right for a summer card today.  I love their cool, artsy details...they just look happy and carefree, and perfect for a simple color-splashed design.   Hello -  Jean Okimoto here tonight, with another almost-the-end-of-summer card for you.


Press inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint the pretty colors onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  


Arrange the butterflies and greeting from the Sentimental Iris set on the watercolored background.  Place the acrylic block over the arrangement and press firmly to attach the stamps to the block.  Not quite rocket-science, but it's a lot easier than trying to guess where to stamp and how to fit the images within the background.  Stamp it with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder

Lightly watercolor the butterflies with the Melon Melody inks used for the background.

Cut strips of yellow and green cardstock with the long edges of the 4" tall and 4-3/4" tall Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies.  The dies add the right amount of texture and interest without competing with the butterflies.  Just another reason to add the versatile Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to your stash!

Attach the diecuts to a Key Lime Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.


Can't wait to see everyone at the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAYS class at Impress this weekend!  We're adding  6 more Christmas designs to the holiday card stash - lots of diecuts, layering, techniques, glitter and pretty colors!  New fall and winter items keep arriving at Impress  -  everything you need/want/wish for!  View their great collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps here.

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening...



Wed 30

Goldfish Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Fish Tales
by Jean Okimoto


The Goldfish Collage makes a great birthday card for your favorite guy - and he'll never guess how quick and easy it was!   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with a simple summer design.


Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark blue cardstock. The wonky stitches are hard to see here - but they add a bit of a frame and some texture.    Cut it with Goldfish Collage.  Save the fish for another project - we're using the negative  portion on today's card.

Cut a piece of laminate using the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the Goldfish Collage - save the liner.  Flip the diecut over to the front and use the slippery side of the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the laminate.  Brush extra-fine light gold glitter onto the exposed adhesive in the fish cutouts.  Tap off the excess glitter, then press the glittered fish with the liner to secure the glitter and smooth it out.

Cut a scrap of light gray cardstock with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it the laminate to keep the printed paper and card front from showing through.  A backing layer of gray, white or black cardstock makes the glitter stand out and  keeps any background patterns or colors  from showing through.  

Diecut a 2-3/4" x 4"  piece of silkscreened paper.  This crisp, beachy print is from Shizen Design.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Majestic Blue VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics die.

Cut Dibble Dot Border from gold mirror cardstock - save the circles.

Attach the diecuts to dark kraft A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foam dots for the greeting.


Glittered diecuts are a great way to dress a card up for any occasion or holiday.  It's quick - no drying required - and makes a great impression.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!




Tue 29

Warm Christmas Wishes
by Isha Gupta

Hello everyone! Isha here sharing yet another CAS card. Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? It sure is early but the sooner the better :) I started mine using the new Holiday 2017 collection.


I started with die-cutting the snowflakes using glitter cardstock and stars using white cardstock. I then die-cut the sentiment using gold glitter paper. 

I cut a white mat layer using watercolor paper and created a wash using distress inks. Once the mat layer was dry, I adhered all the die-cut elements. Easy and it looks so pretty in real life.



Hope you enjoyed the card and got inspired. Have a wonderful crafty day!



Mon 28

Let it Snow
by Isha Gupta

Hello everyone! Isha here sharing yet another CAS card. Have you started on your Christmas cards yet? It sure is early but the sooner the better :) I started mine using the new Holiday 2017 collection.


I started with die-cutting the Silent Snowflake Frame die. I then created a top folding card and sponged some distress inks for the subtle color. 

Now I adhered the die-cut frame to the cardbase.

I die-cut Little candle trio die 3 times. Once using white cardstock and 2 times using black cardstock. Color the white die-cut using copic markers and apply wink of stelly clear glitter. Stack all the die-cuts together.

Die-cut the sentiment using gold cardstock. Assemble everything together.


Simple isn't it? Hope you enjoyed the card and got inspired. Have a wonderful crafty day!




Sun 27

3D Bauble
by Penny Ward


Hi crafty friends. Penny here today with a 3D ornament. I love when Memory Box makes symmetrical dies..they are so easy to turn into pretty gifts you can give to friends, teachers, etc.

Let me show you how simple it is to put this Plush Gift Ornament die to good use.


Die cut the Plush Gift Ornament six times from Luxury Blue Glitter cardstock.



Use a scoring board to make a crease right down the middle of each die cut. Using the scalloped die as a guide, draw with Crystal Drops Midnight Blue and Gold as shown, let dry. Add Silver Crystal Drops as desired and let dry.

Adhere one half bauble to another half bauble on the backside until you have a complete circle. 

Add a Hat Pin with beads to bottom of ornament by sliding it through the tiny opening.

Wrap top of ornament with pretty ribbon and add a loop of twine/cording for a hanger.


Happy Holiday Crafting,




Sat 26

Poinsettia Blooms, Pinpoint Single Frame and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto


Details, details - the new Poinsettia Blooms set includes 3 deeply-embossed blossoms, 2 centers and 2 delicate tendrils - everything you need for a classic holiday card.  The Single Pinpoint Frame highlights these details and adds a bit of dimension.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with another simple design that would work in many colors - try it in red, fuchsia or gold mirror cardstock too.


Cut one large, two medium and three small flowers from light pink mirror cardstock.  Leave the diecuts in the die each time and dry-emboss them using the rubber embossing mat and other plates required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, diecuts in the die (cutting-edge-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind chartreuse cardstock and cut two sets of the centers.  Cut two sets of tendrils from green cardstock.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle again with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Cut Pinpoint Single Frame again from green cardstock - save the delicate frame for another project, we're using just the rectangle here.


Stamp the outside greeting - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata. Stamp "FROM ALL OF US" inside the card.  Dry the ink.

I love how easy it is to mix and match portions of the greeting with a quick (but careful!) snip of detail scissors.  The Open Studio greetings stamp sets are great for creating the perfect message for your holiday cards.  Snip them apart, then combine, stack or stair-step them to greet the season.

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.


Looking for more Memory Box and Poppystamps holiday card ideas? Visit Impress at Tukwila or University Village for some great inspiration! 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by this weekend.  Penny's sharing another of her great designs tomorrow!






Sat 26

Snowflake Lens, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Blessed to Know You
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowflake Lens fits perfectly in the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle, creating another simple watercolored holiday card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, on this last weekend of August.  2017 is moving so quickly...it's 120 days before Christmas!

Snowflake Lens is a bit wreath-y, very contemporary and plays well with Peerless Watercolors.  Spray the watercolored background lightly with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry. 


Cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES"- from the new Open Studio Blessed to Know You clear stamp set - with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Dry the ink.  

Cut Snowflake Lens - make it easy by placing two or three  small, sticky-side-out rolled pieces of painter's tape on the open areas between the snowflakes.  They'll attach the die to the cardstock for diecutting -  and those sections will be removed and tossed out when you're done.  

Trim the dry watercolored background to fit behind the Snowflake Lens.

Cut 5/8" strips of cardstock - 3-3/4" of teal, 4" of lavender and 4-1/4" of turquoise.  Cut one edge of the lavender strip with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle for an accent.

Cut, score and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured white cardstock.  Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Square cards require extra postage - I think they're extra-special and will stand out in a crowd.  


Watercolor a stash of backgrounds in your favorite holiday shades.  They'll be ready when you're ready to create a collection of quick holiday cards.  

For an even simpler design - eliminate the colored accent strips and attach the rectangle to a A-2 card in a coordinating color.  Add gem stickers, enamel dots or sequins...and you're done! 

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.  No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAY class at Impress on September 2nd.  See you!





Fri 25

Let it Snow
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you featuring a few new dies from the 2017 Holiday release.

MB best green

To make this card I die cut the Snowflake Swell from white cardstock and adhered it to kraft cardstock using foam adhesive.  I sponged white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and die cut the words Let it Snow, and glued them to the card front.

Mb 1 green

Then I glued the card front to a white card base.  To finish the card I added some bling and sequins.  That's it!  I told you it was quick and easy.

Mb 2green

Thanks for stopping by today and  have a great weekend!





Wed 23

Single Deer Oval, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto


Versatile Memory Box Ovals - Single Deer, Dancing Snowflake and Stitched Oval Layers - add a classic, traditional look to holiday cards. They make it quiick and easy to create dimensional winter scenes like this one.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring the new Single Deer Oval.


Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from chartreuse cardstock. 

Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from watercolor paper - leave the diecut in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for my Platinum - platform, diecut in the die (face-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut Single Deer Oval from dark kraft cardstock.

Attach the ovals to a Parsley Notecard, offsetting the Single Deer Oval slightly to the right -  and use foam dots behind the deer's head - for some shadowy dimension.

Place the Curled Ribbons die behind a scrap of red glittered craft foam and cut a portion of the ribbon so it curls up and towards the left.  Trim it to create a scarf.  

Add gold gem stickers.


I always try to get the most from my Memory Box designs and want to share these ideas with you.  I love how easy it is to combine them in unique ways by layering or altering them to become something entirely different. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to make a 2017 Holiday Collection card at the Impress Holiday Kickoff last weekend.  Hope you liked it, and were inspired to glitter your way through the holidays!