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27 posts from February 2018

Sun 18

Marvelous Hummingbird
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends.   Spring is just around the corner and that means gorgeous flowers and pretty birds flitting here and there. In my backyard I have birdhouses, blooming flowers, bushes, shrubs and a hummingbird feeder. We have yet to see one of those pretty little birds outside our window. But I keep hoping!!!

Sometimes you have to make your own happiness, as I have done here with this new Marvelous Hummingbird die.




I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird from watercolor paper, then colored with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. (Fern, Bud Green & Prussian Blue).

I also die cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles from watercolor paper and added a couple of the same colors.




I used one of my favorite flower dies Hibiscus, along with the sweet Fine Cut Leaves popped up with foam adhesive.




Stamped greeting from the Sentimental Iris set with Black ink.

I love how delicate the Hummingbird is with all its intricate wings. Just another feminine card to send to a special friend.


Happy Crafting,





Sat 17

Make a Snow Bunny Panda - with Bamboo Poles and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


Bamboo Poles, Little Dragonflies - and a Snow Bunny transformed into a panda?  Why not?  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with another outside-the-box idea for you today.

The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die set creates more than bunnies...remember our puppy?  


That required a bit of imagination - but the pieces were repurposed into a friendly little pup.  Today's panda was more challenging (those eyes!) - the Clutch of Eggs die and a screw punch were perfect for that sweet, droopy expression.


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the face, muzzle, midsection and two noses (for the paws) from the felt.

Cut two 1" circles of black cardstock with the Circle Basics die for the ears.  Cut the body section, nose and paws from black cardstock. 

Cut two big eggs from the Clutch of Eggs set from black cardstock.  Punch eye circles with a screw punch.

Assemble the panda.  Smile.  Trim it to about 3-⅜" tall.  

Cut Bamboo Poles from green cardstock.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut two Little Dragonflies from Shizen Design gold glitter paper.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of textured green cardstock.


Hope you enjoyed creating a panda - and finding more ways to use your Memory Box dies!  Pandas are my second-favorite animal, after dogs.  We have two cocker spaniels - but no pandas.

Enjoy the long weekend if you have a holiday on Presidents Day.  If you're in the Seattle area and need a few birthday card ideas -  join us for another CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on February 19th.  Six colorful cards that may seem complicated - but are super-easy and quick.  

Thanks for stopping by...





Fri 16

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Hello Friends! Today I pulled out some of my Zig Clean Color brush pens out and did a little watercoloring. Let's make a card!


First, I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird out of watercolor paper. I cut a few to work on at the same time since each one turns out a little bit different. To color with these markers I took the marker directly to the paper in a small area and then came in with a water brush to blend the color out. I repeated this with each color I added, making sure to allow a little time to dry in between layers of color.


I kept adding and blending until I got it to how I wanted it. Be careful with the thinner lines like the wings and the tail, adding too much marker and water will tear them.


To create the card I glued a piece of white that I stamped with a sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary set and I cut with one of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies and glued it to a Key Lime note card that matched my hummingbird. I finished it all of with a black gem for the eye and some green gems for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get a chance to make something fun!




Thu 15

Happy Day
by Sharon Harnist

Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies!  They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card!

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For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die:

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I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it.  I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock.  Then I popped the heart up with foam tape over a 5.25" x 4" white cardstock panel that had the Heart Rays die cut into it and sentiment also gold heat embossed.  The background panel was placed onto a gold metallic card base -- I love how the base peeks through the tiny die cut hearts!

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I really like the simple elegance of this monochromatic gold metallic color scheme, but you could easily change up the colors of the cardstock and/or heat embossing (or stamp in a colored ink), to greatly change the feel of this card!  What colors would you use?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

- Sharonsig





Wed 14

Ready for Spring – Everglade Collage, Stitched Rain Boots and Proper Umbrella by Jean Okimoto


Stitched Rain Boots, Everglade Collage and Proper Umbrella are ready to welcome spring - even if it is Valentine's Day!   Hello and Happy Valentine's Day  - Jean Okimoto here with a quick spring design for you today.


Cut an unfolded Parsley Notecard with the Everglade Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with the new Charming Pink VersaFine CLAIR .  It's a clear, bright fuchsia-pink that'll brighten a dark winter day.  

Cut Proper Umbrella from a colorful floral print.  I've used #1125 by Shizen Design, available at Impress,  and #61096 at Birch Press Design.    Cut the umbrella again from a scrap of cardboard and from gold metallic cardstock. Attach the gold umbrella behind the floral portion of the umbrella- every so slightly offset along the top edge  to outline it against the Parsley Notecard background.    Attach the cardboard umbrella behind them for more definition.

Attach a layer of laminate over turquoise cardstock and diecut Stitched Rain Boots.  The laminate adds a glossy, waterproof look - like real rainboots!  Diecut another pair of rain boots from scrap cardstock and layer them for added dimension.

Add pink gem stickers.


Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's CAKES, CANDLES & BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!   Hope you liked the birthday cards we made - and the new VersaFine CLAIR inkpads we used.  Yummy colors, great for both solid images and detailed designs and quick embossing too - the perfect inkpad.  Big thanks to Erin and Laura too - for helping everyone fill their baskets with dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps, VersaFine CLAIRS and great papers.

There's a second class on Presidents Day, February 19th.  Join us if you have the day off (or even if you don't!)  Thanks for visitng - see you again on Saturday...






Tue 13

You Are Special
by Sharon Harnist

Could you use a little pampering today, to get ready for Valentine's Day?  I'm here to help!  Hello, Memory Box fans -- I'm Sharon Harnist.  I'm new here to the blog and design team and I couldn't be more thrilled!  I've loved and used Memory Box products for MANY years and I am very grateful and excited to begin this journey!


I recently hosted my neighborhood ladies Bunco game night and wanted these wonderful women to feel special and pampered, so I came up with these relaxing bath salts gifts for them!  An internet search for homemade bath salts will yield dozens of recipes for you to try ... I settled on Lavender and Rose Petal.  The easiest part of this project was putting together these sweet tags, to tell the recipients how special they are!  I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set:


To stamp the medium wirework heart on the 3-1/2" x 1-7/8" tags, I used Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.  For the Rose Petal salts, I used Tsukineko Memento Rose Bud ink to stamp the small heart and sentiment.  For the Lavender bath salts, I used Ranger Distress Oxide Wilted Violet ink for the small heart and sentiment.  Then I just tied the tags around the jars with colored twine:


To finish the gifts, I simply made a label to cover the tops of these repurposed frappuccino bottles!


There are TONS of other things you could package as gifts into jars, then just use this versatile stamp set to dress them up and make the recipient feel that much more special!  Thanks so much for joining me today and Happy Valentine's Day!





Mon 12

Double Stitched Hearts with Wrapped Stitch Frames
by Anne Thompson

I have one last valentine before Wednesday and it uses multiples of the DOUBLE STITCHED HEARTS 99929 and the WRAPPED STITCH FRAMES 30117.  


to make this card:

  • Start with a cream notecard.
  • Die cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Frame  4X5.2 from red cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard.
  • Die cut the next to the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from cream cardstock and adhere both pieces--the frame and the inside rectangle--to the front of the notecard, placing it at an angle.
  • Die cut the Double Stitched Hearts (five hearts in different sizes) from red cardstock, Cranberry Distressed Dots paper, and Cranberry Gingham paper.  
  • Secure the hearts to the cream frame, placing some flat and raising some with pop-dots.  (I did not use all of the ones I had cut out.  I saved one for the inside and stowed the others away in the envelope with the die for another project.)


for the inside of the card:


  • Die cut the Wrapped Stitch Frame 2.5X3.8 from red cardstock.  Adhere on the inside of the notecard at the top.
  • Add a piece of the Cranberry Gingham paper underneath it.
  • Die cut the smallest Wrapped Stitch Frame 1.8X3 from cream cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment "you are so special" from the WIREWORKS HEART Clear Stamp Set CL5218 on the cream rectangle.   I used Archival Vermillion ink.
  • Adhere the cream frame and inner rectangle at an angle over the red one.  Add one of the Cranberry Gingham hearts to finish it.

Here are the materials I used:


Happy Valentines Day!!! and Happy Crafting!!!

Anne Signature


Sun 11

Heart Flowers
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I have a fun card for you today. I do love how it is not limited to Heart Day, just by changing the sentiment.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base 5.50 x 4.25 inches. 

Trim Black cardstock the same size and adhere to base.




Die cut Wrapped Stitch Frame and Cheery Flower Stems from White cardstock. Die cut a small strip of Really Rainbow pattern paper by Lawn Fawn with Wrapped Stitch Frames.

Die cut Vintage Watering Can from Metallic Silver cardstock. Die cut Heart Rays from Red cardstock.




Adhere Wrapped Stitch Frames to card front as shown.

Adhere Vintage Watering Can using foam adhesive to card front just touching the pattern paper.

Color the stems with your favorite green marker and snip off the flowers. Adhere Red hearts to stems. Adhere these to card front just under the Watering Can.


Finish the card with a sweet sentiment from the Garden Sketches set and add a few more small hearts.

Color all the hearts with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.


Happy Crafting,






Fri 09

Floral Bloom Card
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

 It has been a rough week with all this winter weather, so I'd like to inspire you with a spring themed birthday card.


To create this card I die cut the Floral Bloom Oval Frame three times, once from watercolor paper and twice from gold metallic paper.  I kept the inside pieces from the watercolor die cut and taped them in the back to keep the pieces in place.  I sponged the die cut with Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress inks.  

For the card front I applied Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and a little Picked Raspberry distress ink to the paper and misted it with water to blend the inks. I spattered the card front with gold ink.  Once the paper was dry I glued the watercolor die cut to the card front.  I only glued the oval frame and not the flowers so that I could tuck some of the gold die cuts behind the flowers.


I took one of the gold die cuts and glued it on top of the watercolor one, and the second one I cut the flowers and leaves apart and tucked them behind the other flowers.  Once the flowers were in place,  I glued all the other flowers down.  

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a strip of cardstock and sponged the edges with Peeled Paint distress ink.  Using foam tape I adhered this to the card front.

To finish the card I glued the card front to a green cardstock layer and adhered this to a white card base.  I added some pink Nuvo dots to add a little texture.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!





Thu 08

You Make My Heart Flutter
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday! Today I have a fun card perfect for your Valentine. Let's get started!


To create this card I started with my card base and a pretty plaid from Lawn Fawns Perfectly Plaid Spring paper pad. I layered them together and then I die cut my heart window with the largest heart in the Have a Heart set. I taped a piece of clear thread on the card in the middle of the heart and then glued the plaid paper on to the card to hide the thread.


Next I die cut the darling Drifting Side Butterfly and glued the two pieces together. Then I taped the butterfly to the clear thread in the middle of the heart window so it floats in the middle of the card. Cut two of the solid piece of the butterfly to hide the tape and the thread.


I finished off my card with some teal paper on the inside and I stamped the adorable sentiment from the Birch Press Designs stamp set Sending Love. I added a little heart to my stamped banner to match.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by the blog!