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31 posts from April 2018

Wed 11

Seas the day
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a clean and simple card for you featuring one of the new dies from the spring release.  


To make the card I die cut the Sailboat Circle Frame from watercolor paper.  I did not use the sky portion of the die cut.  The water, boat and sails were all colored with distress oxide inks.  


The card front is watercolor paper that I sponged with Distress Oxide Ink.  I started sponging the ink from the center outward, having my darkest color in the center and fading the color as it went out to the edge of the paper.  I misted the Smash stencil with plain water and then placed the stencil, water side down, onto the inked watercolor paper.  I placed a piece of paper towel on top of the stencil and lightly pressed it down. Leave this in place for a minute or so and then lift off the stencil.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper.  Once the paper is dry you see a soft look where the water on the stencil removed some of the ink.


To assemble the card I glued the Sailboat Circle Frame die elements to the card front, and stamped the sentiment on a black strip of cardstock, and adhered that to the card.  I adhered the card front to a black cardstock mat, which I then glued to a white card base.

To finish off the card I used a black marker to add some details to the boat and water. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card!

Have a great day!





Tue 10

Lovely Lighthouse
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I was really excited about the new Lighthouse Collage die because I love anything nautical/beach related.  Lighthouses are fun to work with because they can really be used for any occasion.

For today's card, I used both the Lighthouse Collage as the Rolling Wave Collage.  The two dies are meant to together as well as separately for extra versatility.  The two dies also work with the other Memory Box Open Studio circle dies. 

To make the card, I cut out the lighthouse scene out of white cardstock and then colored the rays with a Y04 Copic marker and the lighthouse window parts with  Y14 and E53 markers.  The die comes with a solid lighthouse part, so I cut that out with black cardstock and then layered it behind the white lighthouse outline.

For the overlaying wave, I cut it from navy cardstock and again in medium blue cardstock and then pieced the two parts together to create a two-toned wave.

Finally, I added a piece of light blue cardstock behind my lighthouse collage, attached a white circle layer and attached a navy circle in the background.  Here is a closeup:


I hope everyone has a great day!






Mon 09

"happy spring" Easel Card
by Anne Thompson

Today's card is an easel card.  I'd never made one until last week.  I watched a bunch of you-tube videos and read some on-line tutorials before attempting my first one.  The one I'm posting is probably my fifth or sixth--I can't stop making them!


  • I started with a Powder (soft blue) Memory Box notecard.  I used a bone folder to get a really nice crease on the fold.  
  • Then I scored the front of the card halfway at 2 1/8, made that fold toward the inside of the card, and creased it sharply with the bone folder.
  • I took another Powder notecard and cut it close to the fold line to use as the card's front panel.
  • I cut a piece of Squash Dot Paper 4 X 5 1/4 and cut a strip of Key Lime Dot Paper 1/8 by 5 1/2.  I also cut a strip of white cardstock 1 X 5 1/2.

Next, I die cut all of the pieces I would need.


To put this card together:

  • Assemble the front panel.  Glue on the circle and use a large pop-dot to secure the bee.  Then add the Key Lime Painted Flower Stems, trimming the "hill" to fit.  At this point I added dimensional flowers purchased from Birch Press Design--three of the smallest Ainsely Flowers.
  • Set this panel aside and pick up the folded notecard.  On the largest flat area, add the Squash Dot Paper panel.
  • Next put adhesive (I used Scor-Tape) on the bottom folded part, being careful not to get any on the crease.  Line up the bottom of the finished panel with the bottom of this folded area and secure the panel to the notecard.  You'll see that your panel now wants to stand up, showing part of the base that is where the Squash  Dot Paper is.
  • Take the 1" white cardstock piece and add the 1/8" strip of Key Lime Dot Paper across the top.   I used Archival Jet Black Ink to stamp "happy spring" from the SPRING BUNNIES Clear Stamps Set CL5220 .
  • Add foam dimensional tape to the back of the stamped cardstock strip and adhere it to the card base where you want the panel to rest when it is standing up.  


As you untuck the panel from the base stopping strip, you'll see that the card will then lie flat for tucking into a standard A2 envelope.

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I hope you'll try making an easel card.  I can't wait to send mine off to a friend.  

Now I'm on a quest to try other types of interactive cards!  

Happy Crafting!

  Anne Signature


Sun 08

Bee Yourself
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of Spring. These new Simple Garden Pots are just adorable, especially when you add flowers. The challenge this month is Anything Floral, so be sure to make something pretty and join us HERE.


To build this little scene:


Start with a White cardstock base. Die cut the two largest of the Stitched Oval Layers to make the frame. I colored mine with a Spectrum Noir marker or you could just use colored cardstock.




Die cut and color the Simple Garden Pots. Again, I used Spectrum Noir markers throughout this card, but use whatever you desire.

Adhere them to card front as shown, then add the Frame and snip off a small section at the bottom right to make room for a sentiment.




Die cut Fresh Flowers and color as desired. Add a touch of glue to backside of stem and slide them into the Garden Pot opening.

Ground your potted flowers with a bit of coloring underneath the pots as shown.

Stamp and heat set Bee Yourself Sentiment.

Make sure to stamp a few bees around the card front. :)


Happy Crafting,





Sat 07

Jumbo Peony, Rectangle Basics and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


A watercolored Jumbo Peony meets matching washi tapes from Birch Press Design on a quick card for a busy spring weekend. Add a trio of glittery Honeycomb Square hexagons for sparkly accents and your card is ready for any occasion.

Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a quick card in some of my favorite colors.  Hope you like them too!


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to the smoother side of watercolor paper.  It keeps all of the pieces together when you cut the Jumbo Peony.  Carefully remove everything from the die with the pieces intact.

Press Wilted Violet, Lucky Clover and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint the peony in loose, overlapping layers of diluted inks and set it aside to dry.

Diecut Jumbo Peony from watercolor paper - toss the little pieces and attach the delicate diecut to the dry watercolored background.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  You'll never have to guess about the right dimensions for layers and backgrounds if the Rectangle Basics set is part of your Memory Box stash.  The 16 versatile dies are perfectly proportioned for A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too!  

Attach strips of washi tape from the Birch Press Design collection to a Violet Notecard.  I love how the tapes' colors change when they're layered over bright backgrounds.  

Cut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for DIY instant bling.  


Here's a tip - use Honeycomb Square to cut Scor-Tape sheets into perfectly-sized sticky-dots to attach the glittered hexagons.  Attach it to a scrap of brightly-colored cardstock so it's easy to find when you need it.  

Use a piercing tool to position the top liner and adhesive wherever you want to attach an accent.  Remove the liner, press your sequin or hexagon securely onto the adhesive. Use the blunt end of the piercing tool to give it an extra press.  That's it - no glues to dry, set up or squish out.

Take a few minutes to create a quick card (and maybe a few extra watercolored backgrounds) - and have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Penny's great card.






Fri 06

Floral Prayers
by Sharon Harnist

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, requiring just the right balance of color and elements to achieve a somber and reverent message.  Today I'm using some gorgeous Birch Press handmade papers and tape, combined with beautiful Memory Box dies and stamps that hopefully strike that delicate balance:

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This card started with a Memory Box Custard notecard with a strip of Birch Press Mineral Green washi tape along the right edge.  The next background layer is some beautiful Birch Press Ivory Cabbage Rose handmade paper, matted with gold metallic cardstock.  Next is a layer of gorgeous Birch Press Bouquet hand screen printed paper, with a touch of gold metallic outlining -- aren't the colors amazing?!!

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The pretty sentiment is from the Memory Box Prayers Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz onto an ivory Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame. An additional Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and glued on top.  The ivory flower die cut was colored with Copic BG23 to match the floral paper and washi tape.  The circle element was popped up with foam tape.   Finally, the elegant Soaring Swallow was die cut from ivory cardstock and accented with gold metallic watercolor, then mounted with foam tape.

I made this card for our monthly Memory Box Challenge -- I hope you'll read all about it here and join in on the fun (you could win an awesome prize!).  Thanks so much for joining me today!  

- Sharonsig





Thu 05

Plush Narrow Succulent, Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


A deconstructed Plush Narrow Succulent becomes a felt flower on a spring card here...just another outside-the-box way to use one of the popular die sets from the Plush Collection.  The Lavender Folia Handmade Paper from Birch Press Design creates a leafy background to match a trio of Little Dragonflies.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here combining an assortment of different textures and materials with one great feature in common - they all cut perfectly with Memory Box dies!  Handmade screenprinted papers, wool-blend felt and glittered cardstock are beautiful additions to any project - but can be challenging to cut with scissors, paper trimmers, punches and rotary cutters.  Cutting them with dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design makes it quick and easy, with perfect results.


Cut the Folia leafprint with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Plush Narrow Succulent petals and centers from purple felt.  

Cut Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square from gold glittered cardstock.

Layer the individual petals and glue them in pairs.  Attach them around a 1-½" circle of scrap cardboard.  It's easier to work with them that way - and you can rotate the entire flower to find the perfect spot for them when assembling the card.  Attach the two center layers and a glittered hexagon.

Stamp the greeting - from the Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - on a side-folded 5-½" square gray card with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.  Purple Delight VersaFine Clair would be a great ink for this too if you can find it.  I've ordered one from Impress and look forward to using it here and in classes.

Attach the diecuts to the card...that's it!  Square cards and multiple layers require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this card is worth the effort, and a few extra cents.


Thanks a bunch for visiting - join us for Sharon's great design tomorrow.




Wed 04

Forget Me Not Blooms, Grass Stitched Circle Frame and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto


Let's scatter some Forget Me Not Blooms flowertops across the Grass Stitched Circle Frame for a fresh spring greeting.  A Garden Sketches greeting banner, glittery Wink of Stella highlights and gem stickers add pretty accents.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the details behind my April Floral Challenge inspiration card.  It's great to go through my stash of watercolored papers and find just the right colors for a background.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills were used here.  Add a few dotty accents in Brilliance Pearlescent Jade with a design from the Open Studio Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set.  Cut it with the 2-¾" Square Basics die.


Cut a bunch of flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms set from scraps of the watercolored paper.  The little blossoms aren't attached to the stems - it's quick and easy to cut them separately, without the delicate stems.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set on the ultra-smooth Bright White Cardstock from Impress with Memento Grape Jelly.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the matching Garden Sketches die.  We love this smooth white cardstock for stamping, diecutting and crisp white cards!

Cut Grass Stitched Circle Frame from the same Bright White Cardstock.  

Attach two strips of Pastel Purple washi tape - one of the many pretty colors and patterns from Birch Press Designs - to a side-folded A-2 card of...yes, Bright White Cardstock.  Attach the diecuts - use foam dots for the greeting.

Highlight the flower centers with clear glittered Wink of Stella.  Add light purple gem stickers.


Impress recently published their spring class schedule - hope you can join us if you live in the Seattle area, or if you're planning to visit soon.  If you like cards, colors, techniques, laughs and creativity - give Impress a call to reserve a seat - it's 206 901.9101.  Here's what we're doing...

    -Thoughts and Thanks - April 14, 10:30-12:30

    -Green Greetings - Earth Day - April 22, 11:30-1:30 - the Impress Annual Sale

                           is April 19-22 

    -Asia Now - May 5, 10:30-12:30

    -Beyond the Box - May 28, 11:00-1:00 -  and June 16, 10:30-12:30   

    -Summer Hearts - June 16, 1:30-3:30

    -Surf and Turf - June 30, 10:30-12:30

    -Blossoms and Butterflies - July 4, 11:00-1:00 - and July 14, 10:30-12:30

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!




Tue 03

Bamboo Grove
by Olga

Hi fellow die cutting lovers! The card I am showcasing today is just for people like us because it is built up entirely of die cuts without any stamping or inking or much of other techniques.  Everything here is die cut - a background, bamboo circle and stems as well as a frame and a sentiment.

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I have combined a bamboo circle with bamboo poles to create one continuous image although it changes color as it goes. I demonstrate exactly how it's done in a video tutorial below. 

Bamboo Grove 2

Placing a sheet of vellum behind the die cut background allows to add some backlighting for a bit more dramatic effect. It is also going to help hiding the written message inside. 

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 I guess this neutral shade card will do great for both men and women. Watch the video for the step by step guide on how to make it:

Thanks for joining me today! Hope to see you again really soon on Memory Box blog!





Mon 02

by Anne Thompson

I have four cards to show you today that all use the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME die 99993 along with a larger circle cut with one of the WRAPPED CIRCLES dies set 30114.  


I used a variety of accent papers from my stash as well as small doilies, bows, and flowers.  The tiny Opal Flowers are ones I found at Birch Press Design--where I bought a package of each kind they have, some tiny ones and other larger sizes!  Love them!!!

Let's take a closer look at the first card.


I used a Key Lime Memory Box  notecard as the base with a panel cut from a green tiny floral paper.  I added a 4" white doily in the center using Scor-Tape.  The Wrapped Circle was cut from an older 12X12 Memory Box paper that I've had for years and years--I just love the tiny trees.  I cut the Bird Branch Circle Frame from dark green cardstock and the birds from scraps of the same green floral print paper.  I edged the birds with Hero Arts Green Hills ink.  I secured the larger circle to the doily using Scor-Tape.  I used a glue pen on the branch circle and tiny pop-dots on the birds.  I added two silk leaves (found in the wedding decor section at ACMoore), a tiny cream pearl-centered bow (also from ACMoore), and five of the tiny Opal Flowers from Birch Press Design using glue dots. I've left the inside blank and will add the appropriate sentiment when I decide how I will use the card.  It may end up as an anniversary card.

Here's a look at the basic supplies.


Card Two:


This time I used a Bayou Memory Box notecard, a circle cut from a stash of Memory Box Pool clouds paper, the branch circle cut from dark green cardstock, and the birds were cut from a tiny scrap of watercolored paper.  The edging ink was Hero Arts Tide Pool.  I used a turquoise small doily, a pool/white dotted bow, and more of the little just right flowers from the same Opal Flowers Birch Press collection as I used previously.  

Card Three:


I started with a lavender notecard, a scrap of floral/stripey paper, a heart-shaped doily, lavender and dark green cardstocks, and birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Elderberry ink for edging the die cuts.  The final touches were a purple bow and some white stamens at the bottom of the heart.

Card Four:


I used a Powder Memory Box notecard (a very soft blue), a scrap of floral paper, a circle cut from Bluebird Distressed Dots paper, a dark green cardstock branch circle frame, and tiny birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Bahama Blue for edging the die cuts.  The only addition was a large light blue satin ribbon bow.

Happy Spring!!!

and Happy Crafting!

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