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30 posts from June 2018

Wed 20

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a summer themed card which features some of the new dies from this year's Summer release.  


I decided to go with a monochromatic themed card.  I die cut the new Wave Ribbon Collage  twice on white cardstock.  For the background behind the waves I sponged Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks on white cardstock which I cut the same size as the wave die cut paper.  I glued my wave die cut paper to the inked background and I adhered that to a Sky notecard. 

I inked a piece of white cardstock with the same color inks as the background and die cut my jelly fish from this paper. Note: The jelly fish die I used was discontinued, but in it's place you could use the Wandering Jellyfish Die #99743. Then I glued those to the card front.


I inked another piece of white cardstock with Twisted Citron ink and die cut the shadow background from the new Birthday Jotted Script Die.  I used white cardstock for the word birthday and glued this on top of the shadow die cut.  Once these are glued together I adhered it to the card front.  

The word "wishes", came from a sentiment in the Spring Lilacs clear stamp set.  I used a Versa Mark Pen and only inked the word "wishes" from the sentiment and stamped it on sky cardstock and then heat embossed it using white embossing powder.

To finish the card I glued some clear embellishments to the card front.

I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by today!






Tue 19

Wonderful Friend 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 :) So today, I chose "WONDERFUL" and "Hutton Wreath" and created a one layer card.


I started with a white cardbase and sponged some distress inks onto the card front. I then embossed the wreath die onto the center. To emboss using dies is really fun and it leaves a beautiful impression. It's one of my favourite techniques. All you need extra is the embossing mat. I used the tabs on my big shot as I would if I am using an embossing folder but instead of embossing folder, I use the embossing mat under my paper. 

I then die-cut the script dies using white cardstock. I applied clear sticky ink to the word "wonderful" and added some gold embossing powder and used heat tool to emboss this. I then adhered it to the white base.  I adhered the word to the cardbase using 3d foam.

Here is a close up to see the wonderful embossed texture using dies.


 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!







Mon 18

Riverbank Oval Cards with Wave Ribbon Collage, Floating Swan, and Birthday Jotted Script or Flitter Side Butterfly
by Anne Thompson

Another gorgeous day today and new Memory Box dies to play with--what more could one ask for!  I made two cards that feature the RIVERBANK OVAL 94010 as a frame added on top of the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 where the FLOATING SWAN 94012 rests.


Let's talk about the birthday card on the left first.  

  • I started with a Pool notecard and die cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 into the front of the card.  
  • I die cut the RIVERBANK OVAL 94010 from dark brown cardstock and used a glue pen on the top and bottom edges to add it to the notecard.  
  • I used white cardstock to cut out the FLOATING SWAN 94012.  I put a thin line of glue on its bottom front edge and slipped it behind one of the waves to adhere it to the card.  
  • I then added a piece of Pool Gingham Paper cut 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside of the notecard on the righthand panel.  
  • Using the BIRTHDAY JOTTED SCRIPT 94003,  I cut the solid greeting from the dark brown cardstock and used the smaller script die to cut into the pool gingham paper.  I layered them together using the glue pen and adhered it to the card front.
  • When writing on the gingham paper inside, I'll need to remember not to write where the waves are as anything in that space will show when the card is closed.


I assembled the second card in the same way except I used the FLITTER SIDE BUTTERFLY 94002 instead of the birthday greeting.  I cut the solid wings part of the butterfly from the gingham paper and the more detailed outline from the dark brown cardstock.  I used a glue pen to adhere the two pieces together and then used a foam dot to add it to the card front.


These dies make great cards for me to send as reminders to others of this special place where I live.  We have Canada Geese and many varieties of ducks in our pond (though we've never had a swan) and eventually the cattails will grow on the banks.  There are lots of butterflies and dragonflies about during the day and fireflies in the evening now.  I know these dies are going to be used over and over again!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 17

Serene Thanks
by Penny Ward



Hi Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a masculine card. Memory Box makes it so easy to create cards for the men in your life with their wonderful nature themed dies.

And this new Jotted Script die that is available in four different greetings....LOVE!


Here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches.




Using Distress Oxide inks in Peacock Feathers and Broken China, blend the two in an oval shape on the card front. Don't worry about keeping the oval small. You want a little color outside of the die cut oval.

Die cut Riverbank Oval, ink with VersaClair Medieval Blue, color the rest with Spectrum Noir markers and adhere to card front.




Die cut Floating Swan from White cardstock and adhere to card front.

Die cut Thanks Jotted Script from White cardstock. Ink the shadow, adhere the two die cuts together, then to the front of the card with foam adhesive.


Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!


Happy Crafting,





Sat 16

Acetate Hutton Border
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a card that uses acetate along with the new Hutton Border die.  The Hutton Border pairs well with the Hutton Gate dies or the Hutton Circle Collage.  Here is a side view of the card that makes it a bit easier to see the border and the acetate behind it:


To make the card, I cut a piece of white paper to make a card with the hinge at the top.  Next, I opened up the card and taped the border die at the bottom of paper using some repositionable tape.  Here is a hint when cutting out border dies- It usually works best to have your long die go through the die cut machine in a "landscape" position so that the roller of your die cut machine travels down the length of the die.  You end up with much better cuts.  However, I couldn't run my die through the machine this way because it was attached to an entire card.  If you have to run a long die through the machine so that the roller doesn't get to travel down the length, be sure to use a metal plate to get a better cut and make your die cut "sandwhich" in such a way that the die faces upwards to cut through the paper.  Here is how I ran the die through the machine:


This is what the die looked like before going through the machine.  All I had to do was add the top plastic plate on top of the "die sandwich."  It is hard to see the position of the die under the paper, so that is why I held it into place with some tape.  I don't know why you get a better cut with the die face up rather than face down, but you do.

Once I cut out the border, I added a strip of acetate behind the border to help support the design and because it added an interesting element to the card.

For the front of the card, I sponged some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide in the middle and gradually sponged away from the center till I had a soft blue background. 

Next, I added the new Hutton Wreath die and the new Large Swallow die.

To color the swallow, I cut it out of 140lb watercolor paper and colored it with an assortment of Zig Clean Color Brush Markers (Flesh, Dark Oatmeal, Dark Brown, Shadow Mauve, and Blue Grey) and softened everything with a waterbrush.  Here is a closeup:


Thanks for stopping by today!






Fri 15

New Summer Die Release
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Memory Box has a new release of dies for the Summer, and you will definitely want to check them out on the website!

I knew when I saw the new Rose Bloom Collage die that it was going to be my first project.  Roses seem to be perfect for so many different occasions.  To color the rose petals and leaves, I used an assortment of Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Here is a closeup:


One of the reasons I like the Zig markers is that they are really easy to use for watercoloring.  The brush nibs are similar to Copic markers in that it doesn't hurt the marker at all to go over a darker color with a lighter color.  To color each item, I die cut the image out of 140lb watercolor paper.  Next, I drew a solid line of Geranium Red at the base of the petals and then softened it with a line of bright Peach Pink and finally blended with the lightest Blush color.  On the petals that are primarily pink, I started with the Peach Pink, blended with the Blush and then softened everything with a waterbrush.  The coloring itself was very quick and easy. 

For the green petals, I used a combination of Green, Light Green, and Pale Green markers.

When I was done with each marker, I scribbled them onto scrap paper to clean off any residual color from another marker.

To finish the card, I added the Thanks Jotted Script die, which includes both the background and foreground parts of the word "thanks."  I colored the word thanks with the Peach Pink marker to match my rose, but I realized afterwards that it took too much time to do it that way.  I should have just looked for a pink piece of cardstock that was somewhat similar to my rose. 

I hope you will continue to check back to the blog to see the new items and to be inspired.  Have a wonderful weekend!







Thu 14

Left Hutton Gate, Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


Looking for another simple summer design?  The Left Hutton Gate creates a great frame for a gold Dazzling Dragonfly.  It's both bold and delicate, like the dragonfly.  Add a pair of Little Dragonflies as accents to balance the composition, and your card is done!    Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card that will be ready for any occasion.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Left Hutton Gate to help release the little pieces.  Cut Left Hutton Gate from black cardstock.

Cut red cardstock with the 2-¼" Circle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Dazzling Dragonfly.

Attach Scor-Tape behind black cardstock and cut Little Dragonflies.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of recycled kraft cardstock.  Add tiny black sequins.


The Left and Right Hutton Gates are a versatile backdrop for any season - and they're especially great for summer cards.   They complement Memory Box butterflies, birds and flowers too -  and can be used separately, or in pairs.  Planning ahead?  The Huttons could also add a spooky touch to a Halloween card -  imagine a little ghost peering through the semicircle. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's classes at Impress!  There's a repeat of the BEYOND THE BOX class, using Memory Box and Poppystamps designs as Dave intended - and in a few unexpected ways too.  The afternoon's SUMMER HEARTS class takes great heart-themed cards beyond Valentine designs.  I've re-designed some of my heart cards to take advantage of the Summer Release dies that start shipping to retailers on June 15th.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be back for Laura's great card on Friday!







Wed 13

Vintage Watering Can, Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots by Jean Okimoto


Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots aren't just for spring...they can multi-task on summer cards too!  My cocker spaniels and I see more June bunnies than Easter bunnies - and rain boots work as garden boots  throughout the year.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with with a spring-into-summer card designed get the most from some favorite dies. 

Attach lavender duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Vintage Watering Can.   Memory Box dies are great for cutting duct tape and colored masking tape.  Just attach the duct tape to lightweight cardstock, then diecut it.  

Attach packing tape or glossy laminate to turquoise cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.  This gives the cardstock a shiny, waterproof look.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and cut Quick Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with VersaFineClair Fantasia.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the Green Folia screenprinted paper from Birch Press Design with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of pale green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and the boot on the right.  Add turquoise gem stickers.


Put those sweet Spring Release bunny dies to work throughout the year.  Brown or grey felt adds to their versatility as everyday woodland creatures.   I enjoy using my Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products in as many ways as possible -  hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting...








Tue 12

Coloring Dies with Copic Markers
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about coloring your die cuts with some Copic markers to add a bit of shading for more interest on your card.

For the card itself, I used the new Forget Me Not die and decided to leave the flowers white rather than coloring them blue.  I also cut out a pot from the Simple Garden Pots die using orange cardstock.  I could have left the pot as it was, but I thought it would be much more interesting if I added some color to the edges of the pot, underneath the rim of the pot, and inside the pot to look like dirt.  Here is a close up:


The flower pot on the right is what you get by cutting it out from orange paper.  The flower pot on the left is one that I colored with markers.  I took the darker YR24 marker and added color to the outside of the pot and used the lighter YR21 marker to soften the darker color.  Adding darker colors to the edges and leaving the center light will trick the eye into thinking the item is dimensional and has curved edges.  Can you tell from the picture that I left the very center the original cardstock color and added no marker there?

To finish the pot, I added a line under the rim with the darker marker and used that same marker to color the inside of the pot.  You can't really tell if it is just a shadow on the inside of the pot or if it is dirt.

For the rest of the card, I cut out a window in the center of kraft cardtock and put a piece of heavy vellum behind the window. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the entire kraft "window" is popped up onto a white notecard using some foam tape.  I then added the stems, flowers, and some yellow pearls.

I hope this inspires you to try coloring your die cuts more.  You can achieve so many different looks!





Mon 11

Sun Printing on Fabric with Memory Box Die Cuts
by Anne Thompson

Friday here in central Maine was a gorgeous day--sunny and warm with a breeze to keep the bugs at bay-- as I ventured north to Farmington for a sun printing lesson with artist Mary MacFarland.  In preparation, I die cut multiples of many Memory Box images from thick and thin white and black cardstocks. 

Here's what three of the pieces look like when finished.


Mary provided a variety of fabrics to work with--cotton, linen, taffeta, and more--and a huge selection of pre-mixed translucent fabric paints.  We worked outdoors on a large picnic table in the shade.  I chose a fabric from my class packet (a scrap of old linen tablecloth), placed it on a piece of laminated board, and painted it however I wanted. I chose a kind of rainbow look for this one.  While it was still wet, I placed the SOARING BIRD die cut on the fabric and added more paint on top to help anchor it to the fabric.  I also sprinkled some kosher salt on the purple section.  Then I put the board in the sun to dry.


I repeated this process several times, using a variety of fabrics, translucent fabric paint colors, and die cuts.  

Once they were dry, I peeled the fabrics off the boards and removed the paper die cuts.  Then I hung them on the clothesline with everyone else's until I had finished all of my pieces.


The final step was to heat set them using a hot iron at the ironing station inside her studio.

This piece will hang on my porch with my prayer flags.


Some of the other pieces will become pockets on garments  or may be incorporated into quilts or fabric wallhangings.  I may also over-paint on some of them with opaque fabric paints or add accents with fabric markers.

Here's a closeup of one where I used the FLORAL CLUSTER.


There are many resources and specific directions online for sun printing both on fabric and on paper.  I remember years ago making sun prints with my students using those blue paper kits.  I'm thinking that may be my next sun printing adventure so I can use them on greeting cards.  Thanks, Mary!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature