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39 posts from September 2017

Sat 30

by Melissa Rusk

Happy weekend friends! Today I have a fun shaped card to share with you, perfect for Halloween. 


For my card base I used a Persimmon note card and I die cut it with the largest circle in the Studio Circle Layers set making sure to leave a part of the fold so the card still opens. Then I cut the Circle Web Collage in black and used another circle from the layers set to cut it out. I added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella glitter pen to make the web shine before gluing it to the card.


I added the super cute Whimsy Ghost in white to the card and gave him some eyes with some stickers that I had. To finish the card I die cut the Playful Boo in black and added some Wink of Stella to the letters before gluing them to the card.

This would be fun to add to a treat bag or to just send off in the mail. I hope you have a great weekend!



Fri 29

Halloween Greetings
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have another Halloween card using dies from the fall release.  These little mummies are so cute!

Mb mummy 3

To make this card,  I used a piece of watercolor paper as my card front and used Wilted Violet distress ink to watercolor the background. 

Mb mummy 2

Next, I die cut the mummies and pumpkins from watercolor paper and colored them with distress inks.  The mummies were lightly sponged with Black Soot distress ink and the pumpkins were painted using Carved Pumpkin distress ink.  I glued scrap pieces of black cardstock behind the mummies eyes. Using Licorice cardstock, I die cut the word "greetings" and inked it with Versa Mark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.    The word Halloween was stamped in the upper left corner of the card and embossed with black embossing powder.

MB Mummy 1

To finish the card, I glued a piece of washi tape to the bottom of the card front and adhered the mummies and pumpkins to the card, using foam tape to raise some of them from the card surface.

The word "greetings" was glued to a strip of vellum and then adhered to the bottom right of the card.  To finish off, I glued the card front to a Concord Grape notecard and then the card was done!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!




Fri 29

Poppystamps Blog Hop and Sale


Our other company Poppystamps is having a blog hop today along with Buttons Galore. Be sure to join the hop at http://poppystamps.typepad.com/…/poppystamps-and-buttons-ga… There is a chance to win one of two Poppystamps $20 gift certificates. As an added bonus, Get 20% off your entire Poppystamps order + FREE shipping now through October 1, 2017 at Midnight Pacific Time. (Sale is limited to stock on hand) Just enter sale code BUTTONS to get your discount and free shipping.


Fri 29

Playful Boo, Hallloween Sideshow and Seaweed Collage by Jean Okimoto



Turn the Seaweed Collage upside-down - and create a creepy vine background for some fun characters from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and Die Set.  Add a bright Playful Boo and a Seaweed Stalks diecut - and there's your card!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a nautical scene that transformed itself into a Halloween background.

Cut black cardstock with the  2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Seaweed Collage.  Cut the long wavy piece from the Seaweed Stalks set.  Attach the bottom of it behind the Seaweed Collage.

Stamp two ghosts, the caterpillar and the Jack o' Lantern from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Cut them with  the coordinating Halloween Sideshow Die Set.  Color the ghosts' mouths with a pink marker.

Rough-cut a wedge from the right side of the pumpkin - and pretend the caterpillar did it.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded dark kraft A-2 card.  Attach the ghosts with foam dots - trim the right side of the lower ghost and slide him up to the inner edge of the collage.  

Attach the pumpkin.  Attach the caterpillar with foam dots.

Diecut Playful Boo from orange cardstock.

Add silver gem stickers for a bit of bling.


Who would have guessed we'd find another way to use the Seaweed Collage?  See what great backgrounds you can create with other Memory Box Collage dies - then add your favorite Halloween icons and surprise someone with a fun fall card.  Find some great combinations from the Memory Box Collection at Impress.

Thanks for stopping by - join us later today for Donna's great card!



Wed 27

Zig Zag Slider Video by Dave Brethauer

Hello and welcome!

I am always trying to use my dies in new and different ways - and I wanted to share a new idea for working with slider dies. Sometimes these ideas do not come easy - I am always super impressed when I see designers use dies in a way that I never would have imagined - so I was excited to try this when I started thinking about connecting the paths of sliders.

This idea uses the Memory Box Slider Grooves die set to create a unique slider pathway in a zig zag shape. Take a look at the video to see how it works...

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

I am fascinated by interactive cards, so slider cards have been really inspiring to me lately. I received my Mechanical Engineering degree about 25 years ago and even after all this time I still gravitate a bit towards cards that have some sort of movement involved. And what better way to spend an afternoon than to play with some slider cards! (Instead of pursuing an engineering career I took up stamping, then started Memory Box, then Poppystamps and then Birch Press - and I have had a lot more fun in this creative field!) 


I decided to apply the zig zag slider idea to a Halloween card so I used the Whimsy Ghost and the Playful Boo dies to create the scene.

When you put the ghost in the upper right corner and start to tilt the card back and forth, the ghost twirls and slides down the pathway to the bottom!


When I designed the Whimsy Ghost die I was playing with the notion that some areas could be cut out (like the bow tie) and some areas could just be cut (like his smile). I think creating designs for craft dies has endless possibilities and every time I sit down at my desk to design I literally smile while I am drawing.

When I am creating a die design I think about how fun it will be to try out the new die, and to see what others will do with it. When I was drawing the ghost I was thinking how fun it will be to put a little dot of white ink (from a White Gel Pen) onto his eyes! That little twinkle gives him a little bit of charm - don't you think? I was thinking that he would look kind of good with a small witch's hat - and then thought the witch's hat would look good on a stamp set I was drawing at the time (the set was the Feline Spooky set in poppystamps, and the hat would be perfect on one of the cats!).


I wanted the background for the slider card to be a little special- so before I cut the slider pathways into the black cardstock, I splattered it with metallic watercolor paint. This set of metallic watercolor paint is my favorite - a few sprinkles of this onto a card transforms the whole thing!

What is it about silver and gold on black cardstock that looks so magical and rich? I think I splattered paper for about 10 minutes before I remembered that I had other things to do!


I love these paints - they are so bright and dense, and when you start building the color onto the black cardstock it becomes hard to stop.

I was trying to create sort of a sparkling and spooky effect - like the ghost is flying across a starry sky. But then I saw some Distress Oxide inks on my desk and...


...I had to try it with a Distress Oxide background! I used Wilted Violet and Broken China with a spritz of water to create this look - a magical background with more of a twilight color scheme.

Then, I thought - well this would work as a beautiful color scheme for a winter card - and I bet a snowflake would work as the slider!


I went through my designs and grabbed the Batavia Snowflakes and matching Batavia Stitched Snowflakes to create a winter themed slider element. The Batavia Stitched Snowflakes are slightly larger than the Batavia Snowflakes - so that when you layer them together, the result is dimensional and detailed.

I put the snowflake slider card together in a flash - and I show it in the video too as a bonus card. The snowflake spins down the zig zag pathway, just as you might expect a snowflake to drift back and forth as it settles to the earth. The Let It Snow die is a peaceful and subtle addition to the lower corner.


I spritzed the background with a bleach and water solution - about 2 teaspoons of bleach to a cup of water. This is a little stronger than I usually use for a bleach and water solution - but I noticed something when I was playing with this solution the other day.

You will notice that where the drops hit the paper, they spread just a little into the surrounding ink and lighten it - this creates a bright spot in the middle of the splatter, which is then surrounded by a little halo of color. Can you see it on the close up above? It really shows up in the Wilted Violet area - there is a nearly white spot in the middle, surrounded by a soft blue halo of color.

I think this is really effective for snow scenes - the way this softens the colors and gives the idea of snow blurring slightly as it falls.

I hope you enjoyed today's video! Get out your slider dies and create this card! What will you come up with? 

I want to encourage your creativity so I am having a giveaway! Please leave your idea for a fun zig zag slider card in the comments section by September 30, 2017 Midnight Pacific Time. I will choose one comment at random - and that person will win a metallic watercolor set from Finetec! I can't wait to read what people come up with!


Wed 27

Warm Wishes
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! September is almost over and before we know it, it will be time to post the Christmas cards. I am always last minute so this year I decided to start sooner :) I can't resist these cute and adorable images from our winter release.

I decided to use the cute and adorable snowman and some light bulbs to decorate my scene.


I started with die-cutting the Timberland Collage die onto white cardstock. Then I sponged some pink shaded of distress inks to another piece of white cardstock. Once I had it to my liking, I flicked some silver and gold paints onto it. I then stamped the snowman and the lights, colored them with Copic markers. I then die-cut them using the co-ordinating dies. I used some 3D foam behind the collage die panel and adhered it to the inked panel. Then I adhered this panel to the cardbase.


Hope you enjoyed my project and got inspired to start with your Christmas cards. Thanks for stopping by!





Wed 27

A Fall Sunset
by Melissa Rusk

Today I wanted to share a fun technique to make a sunset to accompany some of the new dies from the Fall release. Let's get crafting!


To create this fun background I used the Distress Oxide inks on photo paper. I layered the colors Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey by placing some in on a non-stick mat and sprayed it with water. Then I dragged the photo paper through it and then dried it with a heat tool. I repeated this step until the paper was covered to my liking, the colors will be dull at this point. To make them bright I took a baby wipe and wiped it over the photo paper to create the bright and shiny background.


It's so much fun! To finish off the card I cut the House Trio and Curved Hilltop dies to create a scene. I glued it all to a pretty Concord colored note card to finish off. It would make a cute Halloween card or a Fall card.

I hope you try out this fun technique!





Tue 26

Blog Blitz Winners

Congratulations to those who won prizes during our Halloween blog blitz.  We really appreciate your support and hope you were inspired during the week.  Here is a list of the winners:


Winner of the Curved Stitched Hilltops from Laura's post- Laura Chiesa

Winner of the Circle Web Collage from Anne's post- Starqueen

Winner of the Whimsy Cat from Jean's post-  Debbie Kaste

Winner of the Circle Web Collage from Donna's post-  Marjorie Dumontier

Winner of the Whimsy Ghost from Sherry's post-  Lindy

Winner of the Whimsy Mummy from Jenny's post-  Bonnie Feller Hagen

Winner of the Double Decker Bus from Isha's post- ionabunny


I sent emails to the winners to collect names and addresses.  Congrats again!

Mon 25

Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Grove Collage by Jean Okimoto


Swirling Ghosts are back again - floating through the Grove Collage this time.  Two Playful Boos create a drop-shadow effect - and snack-size Kit Kats make it officially Halloween.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with another combo of iconic designs from several collections.  I love how everything works together, and gives a whole new look to something "old."  This fast-paced papercrafts industry considers something old after a year, or even just a few months.

Cut the 2.75" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with the Grove Collage.  Cut a portion of a Persimmon Notecard with the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  These three dies are a perfect fit, there's no need to measure or trim anything - thanks Dave!  


Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Save the big guy for another project. Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs set was included in the picture?  It's the easiest way to cut black cardstock to fit behind the ghosts for their eyes!  That's an extreme example of getting the most from your supplies - but it works perfectly.  


Cut Playful Boo from a scrap of Persimmon, and again from dark kraft cardstock.  Layer them for a cool effect.

Attach the diecuts  to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots at the top of the ghosts so they'll look like they're floating out of the trees.  Add the tiny sequins from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal sequins set.  Birch Press Design is an online shop - owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer - featuring upscale, trendy home products, gifts, stationary and craft products.  View their entire new Sequins Collection too!

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Sad news...couldn't find any snack-size Heath Bars for my Halloween posts this year.  Found these triple-chocolate Kit Kats instead.   Would you believe that I bought them only because they matched this card and looked pretty?  Oh, sure.  I'll also be using them for my treats wrapper in the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again later this week!






Sun 24

a Channel of Snowflakes
by Penny Ward


Hi Memory Box friends. Last week I was showing you Purple snowflakes, this week you get Red. You are the artist...you can make them any color you want!

Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 11 inches, fold in half.

Add a piece of Green cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches to the base card.




Trim Red cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches and die cut the long edge with Batavia Snowflake Channel. Set this panel aside for just a bit.

Cut a piece of watercolor paper 2 x 5 inches. Sprinkle and spritz with Lindy's Magicals Frosty Forest Green and Rudolph's Nose Red. Let dry.

Adhere the watercolor panel behind the Batavia Panel and wrap a festive ribbon. Adhere this panel to the card front.




Die cut Batavia Snowflake Channel with a scrap of Red cardstock and trim out one snowflake. Adhere to card front as shown and add a faux pearl for snowflake center.

Die cut Brush Merry Christmas from Green cardstock three times. Stack and adhere together, then to the card front. Add a faux pearl for the tittle over the letter "i".


Happy Holiday cardmaking,