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30 posts from June 2018

Sat 30

Birthday Jotted Script, Grassland Collage and Goldfish Collage by Jean Okimoto



Celebrate a summer birthday with the new Birthday Jotted Script - and some favorites from the Memory Box Collection of dies and stamps.  The new layered Jotted Script die sets - Birthday, Wonderful, Thanks and Awesome - are more than just the greetings.  The fresh typestyle and bold background become design elements themselves.

Hello, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here.  After a week of separate internet, phone and email outages it's nice to create something handmade, with no chance of failure.   Just place the Memory Box die on the cardstock and roll it through  the machine for great results, every time!  Without resets, passwords or error messages.

Cut black cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut Grassland Collage.  Trim the rectangle with one edge of the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  No measuring or guessing required.

Attach red duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and cut Goldfish Collage.  You'll have a pile of textured, glossy red fish ready for summer and fall projects.

Cut a silver and black screenprint moon with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.

Cut Birthday Jotted Script from red and black cardstock.  Quickly - before it gets lost - attach the little red dot for the "i" onto the black background.  

Stamp the HAPPY portion of the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set on red cardstock with VersaFine Claire Nocturne.

Attach everything to an A-2 card of recycled Kraft cardstock.  


Hope you're enjoying - and being inspired by - the Summer 2018 Collection cards from our Design Team.  We love sharing our ideas with you!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Sunday for Laura's announcement of the June Challenge winners, and details about the July Challenge.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the SURF + TURF class at Impress today - and at BLOSSOMS + BUTTERFLIES on July 4th!






Fri 29

Full of Roses
by Melissa Rusk


Today I have an inky, fun card to share using the beautiful Rose Bloom Collage die. To start my card I used several colors of alcohol inks and created a fun background on Yupo paper. Then I die cut a piece of white cardstock by positioning the rose die in a few different places on my paper to fill up all of the space.


Then I glued the die cut piece carefully to the alcohol ink background and on to the front of my card. To finish it off I created a glitter black frame and glued it to the card. It was so fun to play with alcohol inks, it is a technique that I am going to have to try again. 

Have a wonderful weekend!




Thu 28

Wave Ribbon Collage, Thanks Jotted Script and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto



The new Wave Ribbon Collage and Thanks Jotted Script have become instant favorites - and it's easy to see why!  Add some blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set for a quick see-through card that works for any occasion.

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another idea featuring the Summer 2018 Collection. Duo-tone Memory Box Notecards are great for the Wave Ribbon Collage - the vibrant outer colors contrast against the crisp white interior and create some very cool shadow effects as the card is opened.  


Cut an unfolded Key Lime Notecard with the Wave Ribbon Collage.  Cut Thanks Jotted Script from a portion of a Key Lime Notecard for the background - and a darker green for the delicate script.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to bright orange felt and cut the blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the felt.  Cut another set of blossoms from white cardstock. "Sandwich" the delicate green stem lines between the felt and white blossoms.  This creates a clean back view and sturdy base for the felt pieces.  

Attach the greeting and add clear gem stickers...5 instead of my usual 3!  


Wave Ribbon Collage can be used in so many ways.  Create an underwater scene and add  strands of seaweed. Turn it horizontally for waves on a beachy summer card.  Transform the delicate lines into balloon strings too.  It can be quite scary in black on a spooky Halloween card.  Laura wove strips of artpapers from her stash thru the collage for a very cool look.  

I love designing with abstract dies like Wave Ribbon Collage - hope you do too!  There are so many ways to use the great dies from our Summer 2018 Collection.  We appreciate your support and choice of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products - personally designed by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this weekend's SURF + TURF class at Impress!  Yes, we'll be using Wave Ribbon Collage as a backdrop for a very easy* (*promise!!) origami fish.  Impress just received more great screenprints from Shizen Designs..can't wait to use them too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again here on Saturday, or at Impress...






Wed 27

You Make Me Smile Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another summer card featuring the new Riverbank Oval die.  


To create this card, I die cut the the Riverbank Oval from white cardstock, using the oval opening as a stencil for my background.

I used a circle punch to create a mask from a post-it-note and placed that over the sky area before I began sponging my inks on the background.

I used tape to secure the oval die card to my card front and sponged the background using Distress Oxide Inks, using Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, Broken China and Faded Jeans. (I love the soft color the oxide inks give the background!) I misted the background with plain water to give the sponged area some texture.

Once the area was dry, I removed the circle mask and painted the sun in using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. 


Next, I glued the Riverbank Oval die cut over the sponged background and glued my die cut sailboat in place.  I used a sponge to apply Antique Linen ink to the bottom of the boat and painted the waves under the boat with white acrylic paint.  

I stamped the sentiment on a kraft strip of cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.


I adhered the card front to a pool cardstock layer, which I glued to a kraft card base, and I finished it off with a few clear embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!





Tue 26

Woven Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  When I saw the new Wave Ribbon Collage die, I thought of several ways that I wanted to use it....including turning it into an actual ribbon collage.  After all, who doesn't have a ton of paper scraps that need some way to use them?

To make the card, I cut out the wave ribbon from the front of a cream card:


I wanted the area to be bigger, so I moved the die down and cut it out a second time.  I didn't measure anything (not my style), and you can see it didn't match up in one spot on the right:


I used some scissors and trimmed it where the two dies didn't match.  Easy!

Next, I pulled out my assortment of scraps.  I have Colorburst powder papers, Gelli Plate papers, patterned papers, metallic papers, and some interesting handmade/textured papers from Birch Press Design.  I wanted to have a nice mixture of colors, textures, thicknesses, and patterns:


I cut strips of paper and then wove them through the die cut opening.  Hint...when you get to the end, it is easier to put in a strip that is not right next to the border.  I took a picture to show you what I mean.  The open area on the card shows you where I wove the last piece onto the card:


If you try to put in the last piece in next to the edge/border, you will have a better chance of ripping your paper as you weave.

Here is a close up once I trimmed the paper strips and glued them down.  I also added the thanks sentiment that is popped up on the card with some foam:


After I made the card, I couldn't help but think about how it would look out of a gold metallic card so that the tiny paper ribbons I would use to weave would be metallic.  Hmmmm.... plans for next time.






Mon 25

Rose Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love love love all the Script words :) But today, I used another of my favourite "Rose Bloom"

I really like the look of bold colors on black. This is one of my favourite look :)


I started with a white cardbase. I then took a black mat layer and die-cut the panel using Rose Bloom die. I then die-cut the same using a white cardstock. Now I used the black die-cut mat layer and used this as my reference to sponge some pink and yellow distress inks to the white base layer. I flicked some white paint to this.

I then colored in the white leaves using zig clean color real brush markers. Now I adhered the black die-cut layer to the base and adhered the leaves using adhesive onto to the base. I curled the tips to give some dimension.

Now, I die-cut a black frame and adhered it to the card. I added some Nuvo glitter drops to the tiny circles. This gives a beautiful effect. 

Here is a close up.


 To finish, I assembled everything together. Stamped and embossed the sentiment from the Birch Press design "Just Because Stamp", cut a stripe and adhered to the card.

Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!






Sun 24

Watercolored Rose
by Penny Ward



Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today showcasing the Rose Bloom Collage die cut. Don't you just love all the shading on the flower and leaves?

Let me show you how I did it:


As always, start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut a Red and Green panel the same size as base, then cut on the diagonal and adhere opposite colors to base.




Take a large piece of watercolor paper and sprinkle one end with Lindy's Magicals Rudolph's Nose Red and the other end with Frosty Forest Green. Spritz with water and let dry.

(if you look closely at the photo above you can see my white card front panel was sitting too closely when I spritzed the water and it sprayed a bit of color along the left side of my card front...oops!)

Now die cut the Rose Bloom Collage from each end of the watercolored paper. SAVE the center section between your two die cuts. It is going to be the focus of my card next week. :)




Trim White card stock just a bit smaller than card front. Die cut with Rose Bloom Collage and adhere to front panel. Adhere tiny watercolored pieces back into their respective holes.

Only glue one end of the leaves and lift the other end for dimension.

Die cut Birthday Jotted Script from White cardstock. Adhere to card front as shown.

Add Crystal drops as desired.


Make sure to check back next Sunday to see what I created with the leftover center section of my watercolored paper.


Happy Crafting,





Sat 23

by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I want to highlight a few of the new dies from the latest release. It has been so fun to see all of the design team using them this week. 


For my card today I used the beautiful Hutton Border die and I cut the edge on the front of the card. I just love how it turned out. I glued a piece of teal paper to the inside of the card, it makes the die cut edge really stand out.

I added a piece of silver glitter paper to the front of the card and then die cut the two layers of the Thanks Jotted Script die. The background layer was cut in vellum and the top layer was cut in a black mirror card. I glued them to the card to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by the blog have a wonderful weekend!



Fri 22

New Flitter Side Butterfly and Thanks Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto


The new Flitter Side Butterfly and Thanks Jotted Script add a breezy touch to any card - here's a bright summer design for you.   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from the Summer 2018 Collection.  

Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills - leave a few white areas for contrast.  Spritz it lightly with water, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape to the top of coral creme cardstock and cut the solid Flitter Side Butterfly.  Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from gray cardstock.

Remove the tape liner and attach the detailed butterfly - slightly offset.  Brush clear iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive to create a very sparkly butterfly.  

Diecut Thanks Jotted Script from coral creme and gray cardstock.  Layer the pieces - adhere the first and last letters, then adhere the remaining letters.

Cut a 1-¾" x 3-¾" strip of coral creme cardstock.  

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of gray cardstock - use foamdots for the right edge of the butterfly.  Add peachy-pink gemstickers




The loose, elegant typestyle of the four Jotted Script dies makes it easy to add a fresh, contemporary look to cards.planners and layouts.  A few tiny dots of glue adheres the layers.  You'll see a lot of Jotted Script cards here on our blog!

Thanks very much for stopping by again...enjoy the weather and have a great weekend!




Thu 21

New Summer Meadow Collage and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto


Butterflies and blossoms from the just-released Summer Meadow Collage create the perfect backdrop for the new Awesome Jotted Script set.  Add a watercolored background and pale turquoise gem stickers and you'll have a sweet card for a very special person.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with more inspiration from our Summer 2018 Collection.


Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 4-¾" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.  Cut Summer Meadow Collage - save the center offcut.  This die is designed to  cut a delicate frame with an open center.  We'll recyle the offcut to create a solid background for the greeting here.

Paint watercolor paper with pale, diluted layers of Kaleidacolor ink refills.  They're perfect as liquid watercolors - and come in over 50 great shades ranging from soft pastels to bright jewel tones.  Airdry it for a few minutes, give it light spritz of water to soften the colors,  then heat-set it.  Cut it with the same Pinpoint Rectangle Layer die. 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps - on the collage offcut with Starlite Black Brilliance.  

Cut the delicate Awesome Jotted Script from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the background from pink cardstock.  Here's a tip to make layering quick and easy...attach both ends of the delicate script to the matching background first, then secure the remaining portion.  You'll never run out of background - or have too much background.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square white card.  Add pale turquoise gem stickers.


There are three other Jotted Script die sets - birthday, thanks and wonderful - and we love all of them too!  They may look fragile - but they're easy to diecut.  Trust me - I cut twelve "awesome" sets and twelve "thanks"  for last week's Summer Hearts class in just a few minutes.  

Special thanks to everyone from the BEYOND THE BOX and SUMMER HEARTS classes at Impress last weekend.  I appreciate how so many of you took both classes - and drove or ferried to Tukwila for the entire day!  Thanks too - Shari and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow...