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Sat 23

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Woodland Oval by Jean Okimoto


A Playful Boo-faced Stitched Farm Pumpkin joins the Swirling Ghosts on tonight's card.  The Woodland Oval creates the perfect backdrop for these little guys - attached with foam dots at the top, so they appear to float out of the branches.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're having a great weekend!  Whimsy Cat is taking a break (probably napping) - so I've pulled the great Swirling Ghosts die from my stash for this design.  


Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  Here's a tip...use pieces of rolled painter's tape to attach the die to the cardstock for cutting.  That section will be tossed out, so it's OK if the tape damages the cardstock.  The cutout section is folded upwards to show the tape here.


Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper - save the fourth ghost for another project.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind them for eyes.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from orange cardstock, watercolor paper  and Licorice Dots.  Cut the orange pumpkin with Playful Boo - save that teeny little piece inside the "b."  Cut the big pumpkin again from black cardstock.  Attach it behind the orange pumpin and add the little piece you saved - and googly eyes.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard - use foam dots for the "boo" pumpkin and at the top of the ghosts.  Persimmon is quickly becoming my favorite new notecard color.  I love its almost-scary brightness - and how it works with so many colors including teal, lime, gray, gold, olive and violet.  Yes, violet!  Here's a link to an Asian-inspired card posted earlier. 


Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend - join us again tomorrow for Penny's great design!



Sat 23

Circle Web Collage, House Trio and Whimsy Cat by Jean Okimoto


Whimsy Cat joins the new Circle Web Collage and House Trio on another fun card today. Whimsy Cat's a big favorite among the great dies in our Halloween 2017 Collection - and it's easy to see why!  

Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bit of a change from my usual less-is-more theme.  Halloween is my annual "excuse"  to layer a whole of bunch of diecuts on a card - and add sequins too.  These pretty brushed gold beauties are from the new Birch Press collection of sequins.  These are from the Not So Heavy Metal set of brushed gold, bronzy-copper, tiny twinkly gold, star and heart sequins - and gold glitter.  It's a set for all seasons!


Cut the largest Stitched Oval from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  

Cut Circle Web Collage from textured white cardstock.  Trim it to fit between the trees.

Cut Whimsy Cat from dark orange cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind the eyes and nose and brush Martha Stewart Crafts Onyx Glitter onto the adhesive in the cutouts.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper behind a scrap of newspaper.  I used the stocklists page of the Journal for the tiny print and neat columns.  Cut the houses and their trim details.  Assemble the houses - trim the roof section of the center house so it'll fit below the web.  I left the doors "open" - as though the spiders entered through the windows and everyone ran outside!

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard.  It's easier if you attach the oval first - just along the outer edges.  Tuck and attach the web and houses under the trees.  Attach Whimsy Cat with foam dots.  Add those pretty brushed gold sequins from Birch Press!


Want a chance to win the Whimsy Cat die?  If you haven't already done so - comment on my  Blog Blitz post on September 20th before the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on September 24th for a chance to enter our random selection drawing.  Big thanks to everyone for all of their comments!

Comment on all of the Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th through the 22nd - for more chances to win a great prize from our Fall Collection.

Thanks for stopping by...



Fri 22

Halloween Blog Blitz
by Isha Gupta

Hello and welcome to the Halloween Blog Blitz. You might have enjoyed so many GORGEOUS creations by the team using the new products. I love them :) This week September 18-22 there will be lots of new ideas shared by the Design Team and chances to win prizes each day.

I decided to create a frame for my sideboard and it looks lovely in real life. My photos couldn't do justice as we have dull rainy weather and it was difficult to photograph the 3D frame.


I used lots of new products to create my scene. As soon as I saw this whimsical bus, I knew I need this :) So I started by sponging the bus and then added a bit of rainbow black embossing glitter by WOW!

I then sponged the windows in yellow.

Then I die-cut two hills using the Stitched Curves dies. I sponged them using green shades of distress inks. I then die-cut the pumpkins, color them light grey and added black splatter. I die-cut the bat and the ghost. Colored them and added googly eyes :)

then, I die-cut the circle web collage die and cut our the spider web.

Lastly, I sponged the blue background using distress inks and then assembled everything together.


Really love how it came out and also I got a pretty decoration piece for Halloween :) Thanks for stopping by!

Want a chance to win the new Double Decker bus die?  Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment at random to win the new die.  Good luck!




Fri 22

Raiding the Pumpkin Patch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hi Friends!

 Today is the final day of our Memory Box Halloween Blitz---guess that means I'm bringing up the rear.  Hope you have enjoyed a daily dose of Halloween fun with the new dies and I am happy to introduce my favorite new die...Whimsy Mummy.  His pose just cracks me up and I love the embossed detail of his mummy wrap.  Looks like he's up to some mischief, doesn't it?  Yes, I think he's raiding the pumpkin patch...

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I die cut our mummy friend from pale ivory paper, left the die in place and lightly chalked the exposed paper areas in grey.  After removing the paper from the die, the bandage lines really stand out.   

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I die cut the Curved Stitched Hilltops twice (end to end) into the green distressed dot paper, adhered it to the Concord Grape notecard then pieced the fence line (two pieces, end to end) onto the hilltop.  Where the fences meet it is slightly crooked so the pumpkin patch was placed there.  

The harvest moon was die cut, sponged and positioned in the corner and the overlap areas were trimmed off.

The pumpkins were inked with copic markers on the stems and seams and the Playful Boo added just for fun.  

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Another fun embellishment on this card is the brand new star sequins from the Festival of Lights pack by Birch Press Design. 

I only used stars from this assortment but there are gorgeous blue (round/cupped) and tiny clear flower sequins in the package too.  There are 18 new assortments and all come in cute little round metal tins...check them out here 

Now for the important announcement...

The Whimsy Mummy is today's give away!  One comment on this post will be randomly chosen as the winner.  Be sure to comment on all the posts this week for a chance to win other dies too.  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th

Thank you for stopping by today, it's always nice to "see" you.

 Happy Friday!Jennysig




Thu 21

Whimsy Halloween
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone! The Halloween blog blitz is in full swing with lots of fun inspiration!

The Whimsy characters are ... well, they're just real characters! I chose to use the Whimsy Bat and the Whimsy Ghost in the composition of my Halloween card today.

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I started with a piece of white card stock cut to 3-3/4" x 5", and then die cut one of the smaller circles from the Circle Basics set of dies from light weight paper. Using the opening as stencil, I sponged on Scattered Straw to create the moon. I then masked that off with the die cut circle and began sponging on Black Soot Distress Ink, a little darker at the top and with a lighter touch moving downward, also adding a few smudges over the moon. On top of that, I sponged on Dusty Concord, again lightening the intensity moving downward.  I then splattered Dusty Concord on the background.

Next I die cut three Whimsy Ghosts from white card stock, and the Whimsy Bat from black card stock. I lightly sponged Black Soot around the edges of each ghost for definition, and added a piece of black card stock to the backs of each of the ghosts, with a dot of white for the eyes. I filled in the ties on the ghosts with purple glitter (although it's a little hard to see in the picture), and used the same purple glitter on the bat's wings. I added a piece of white card stock behind the bat's eyes and added black dots for its eyes. I die cut two of the Woodland Branch from black card stock, and snipped away a part of one so they would look different. The little specks you see on the ghosts are from the glitter ... couldn't seem to control it!!

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I then arranged the ghosts into the branch limbs as shown. Foam tape was added to the backs of the ghosts and the bat and then adhered. I die cut the little "boo" word from black card stock and added it where shown. To finish the card, I added some of the Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press Design.

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If you'd like to win the Whimsy Ghost die, please leave a comment on this post! There are great prizes each day, so be sure to add your comments on all of them! The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 24th. One comment will be randomly chosen for each post, and it just might be yours!!!  Have a wonderful rest of the week, and thanks for stopping by!



Wed 20

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning!

Welcome to day three of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  This week there will be many Halloween card ideas featuring the new dies, as well as a chance to win prizes!  So come back each day to be inspired by the design team!

For my card today, I am featuring several new dies to create my Halloween scene.

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For my card I die cut the Circle Web Collage, in the center, top portion of a white piece of cardstock.  The Curved Stitched Hillside, I also cut from white cardstock and lightly inked the edge with black ink.  I die cut the House Trio from Licorice cardstock and glued them behind the hill.  For the background behind the spider web, windows and doors, I sponged white cardstock with several colors of distress ink and glued them behind the die cuts.

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I adhered the spider web card front to a licorice cardstock layer using foam tape,and glued that to a persimmon card base.  I once again used foam tape to glue the houses and hill to the card front.  The card front is spattered with black ink.  The sentiment I stamped and embossed on a licorice strip of cardstock.  

Would you like a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win!

Thanks for stopping by today and Good Luck!



Wed 20

Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto


Meet the new Whimsy Cat, Stitched Farm Pumpkins and Cat Tail Sunrise (as the full moon here) - from our newest Halloween Collection!  Also used - but mostly hidden, is the negative portion cut with the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - welcome to the Day 3 of our Blog Blitz.  

We can't wait to share our projects with you - and hope you'll be inspired to use these great new designs for some cool and colorful Halloween cards.    Join us for some spooky creativity - and a chance to win a die from each designer's post.   

Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from dark kraft cardstock and trim the ends.   Cut the bottom with the long die from the Curved Stitch Hilltops set.  

Attach Scor-Tape to white vellum and cut it with the 1-1/2" Circle Basics Die.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from half of a Persimmon Notecard.  I love this bright new addition to our notecards collection.  It almost glows - it's sure to be noticed!

Cut Whimsy Cat from black cardstock - save the eyes.  Tape the eyes back in place to create a level surface to attach the googley eyes.  Attach the googley eyes. Glue a scrap from a Persimmon Notecard behind the nose.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from Licorice Dots and textured white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Give your card a few shakes and enjoy the weird and funny expressions on Whimsy Cat's face!

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Add your comment to each of our Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th thru 22nd - for a random selection chance to win a new product from our latest release.  I've chosen the great Whimsy Cat as the prize you could win from this post.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday September 24th.  Hope you're a winner!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Calendar Express class at Impress!  Would you believe we used more than 55 diecuts (I stopped counting at 55) on our calendars?  We did - and the yummy Whimsy Cat Cupcakes designed by the Tukwila team kept us going!  Impress is ready for Halloween...are you?


Taking a short break from classes - and I'll see everyone again at BOO! class on October 14th.  We'll make 5 cards and a bright little treat wrapper for your favorite tricksters.   

Thanks for stopping by - Donna's posting another of her great designs this afternoon.  Be sure to comment on her post too!



Tue 19

Halloween Blog Blitz Day Two
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day Two of the Halloween Blog Blitz!  If you missed Laura's introductory post yesterday, just scroll down to see her cute Halloween scene.  As we highlight the latest Memory Box release this week September 18-22 there will be lots of new ideas shared by the Design Team and chances to win prizes each day.

How many of the newest dies can one use on a card?  It turns out that one can use quite a few!  


 Today's Halloween scene incorporates five of the dies from the 2017 Fall Collection::  CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881, PLAYFUL BOO 99875, CURVED STITCHED HILLTOPS 99871, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, and HOUSE TRIO 99877!!!!!  (Plus a circle from the Studio Circle Layers ! and a 1" punch.)


I made the web first by cutting the Circle Web Collage from black cardstock and then trimmed it down using one of the dies from the Studio Circle Layers die set 30016.  I then cut the Playful Boo from silver paper and adhered it to the center of the web using a glue pen.

Next I cut the largest of the Curved Stitched Hilltops from brown striped paper.  I cut the Curved Picket Fence twice, once from white cardstock and again from black cardstock; and I glued them together with the black on top and just a smidgen of the white showing on the edges of the fence posts before gluing it to the hilltop.

Then I made the little House Trio.  I cut them from black cardstock first.  I ran the die through my Big Shot again using gold cardstock and the plate stack for embossing metal stencils.  I used my detail scissors to cut out the embossed houses, trimming just a tad off each one (so the gold wouldn't show under the house edges) before assembling the houses on top.  I decided to leave the doors off so more of the gold "light" would show.

To put it all together, I first adhered the hilltop/fence to the bottom of a Jack O' Lantern notecard.  I tucked the houses just a little bit behind the hilltop.  I used a foam pop dot to secure the web in the upper right.  And then I added a moon from the same gold cardstock, using a 1" circle punch.


 Want a chance to win the Circle Web Collage die?  All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 PM EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win this new die!

Keep checking back this week for more spook-tacular Halloween-y goodies!!!

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 18

New Release Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings  friends.  We have been showing you  a lot of Christmas/seasonal cards lately, but we wanted to take this week to highlight Halloween cards using the latest Memory Box release.  There will be lots of new ideas as well as chances to win prizes, so be sure to join us each day from September 18th- September 22nd.

For my card today, I created a Halloween scene using some of the latest dies.  The Curved Stitch Hilltops that I used to create the ground coordinates with the Curved Picket Fence, so it is easy to create a backdrop landscape.  To decorate the scene, I added some Stitched Farm Pumpkins as well as the Whimsy Mummy.  I really like the mummy because when you run him through the die cut machine, you get the impressions of all the wrapped bandages for extra dimension.

To create the background, I used the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to make a frame for the scene and added a "moon" from the Studio Circles Layers and added the Whimsy Bat on top.  The moon was cut out of cream paper and then edged with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  Here is a close up of the card so that you can see that the bat and one of the pumpkins is popped up with foam tape:


Want a chance to win the new Curved Stitch Hilltops die?  You can use it to create your own scene for just about any season.  All you have to do is leave a comment to this post by Sunday, September 24th at 11:59 pm EST.  One comment at random will be chosen to win the new die.  Good luck!



Sun 17

Metallic Snowflakes
by Penny Ward


Hello Memory Box friends. I love metallic cardstock!!! Do you?  The cardstock paired with the beautiful Chancery Snowflake and Outline dies create a wow factor!

This is how I put my card together:


I started by cutting the Luxury Purple and Silver cardstocks on the short side so I could butt them together and tape them down on the backside.

It still needed something so I cut a bunch of 1/4 inch strips of the Metallic cardstock and adhered them to a piece of paper laying them on the diagonal, trimmed to 5.50 inches and adhered to the backside of my card front.




Now for the easy peasy Mr. Sneezy part....Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline from both Silver and Purple metallic cardstocks. Die cut the Chancery Snowflake from just the Purple cardstock.

Adhere to card front as shown.




Trim snowflake from the top and right edges, add a faux pearl for snowflake centers and call it done.

Because metallic cardstocks are hard to stamp on (ink doesn't adhere and stamps tend to slide, I put the sentiment inside the card).


Happy holiday crafting,