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30 posts from June 2018

Sun 10

Ombre Butterfly
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello. Penny here today with a die cut I used as a stencil. Most die cuts can be used as intended or turned into a stencil for other effects like inking, modeling paste and more.

Now that's a win-win!


Here we go:


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




Cut a piece of White cardstock just a bit smaller than the base. Die cut Honeycomb Square two times from a scrap of cardstock. Position as desired and ink with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. Flick some water across panel and blot with paper towel. Adhere to card front.




Die cut Drifting Side Butterfly (I mean really...this is my all time favorite butterfly die). Blend same inks creating an ombre effect. Adhere to card front.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set on to Black cardstock. Notch end and adhere to card front with a tiny staple.


Happy Crafting,





Sat 09

Rainy Pond
by Olga

Hi crafty friends, 

Today's card is one of those projects that look more complicated to make than they really are. Basically you just have to die cut all the images with Memory Box dies out of neutral cardstocks that you most likely already have and stick them down onto a card.

In a video tutorial below I am demonstrating exactly how to assemble it.
Rainy Pond 1
Rainy Pond 2
Rainy Pond 3
Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!






Fri 08

"Outta of this world"
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy card which is "outta this world".  


To create this card I started by die cutting the Starry Ring in the center of a piece of alcohol inked cardstock.  I like to make all sorts of backgrounds and then I save them to create cards.  

I glued the die cut piece to a black cardstock mat, which I then glued to a white cardstock strip that had been spattered with gold ink.

Next I die cut the planet from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to the card front.


To finish the card I stamped the sentiment in black ink and adhered the card front to a black card base.

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





Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto


Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.


Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...






Wed 06

Rainbow Beauty
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I have a bright and colorful card to share with you all, inspired by warmer temperatures and spring blooms. Let's get started!



For my background today I decided to get a little inky. I masked off a wide stripe with some tape and started to ink a rainbow using a foam blending tool and some different colors of ink. I started with the bright pink and worked my way down until all the colors were blended together how I wanted them. Then I used some shimmer spray to create the glitter dots before taking my tape off. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Bee Yourself set, but after inking it I wiped off the second letter e since I didn't use a bee on my card today. Don't be afraid to wipe off letters to get your stamps to work for you.


I die cut the Vine Butterfly in black and then used a clear glitter brush pen to make it sparkle. I glued it all to a black card and added some gems to finish it off.

Have a fabulous and crafty week!




Tue 05

You Are Special card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. It's so hot here so I wanted to use some soft colors. Actually I really love how this card came along.


I started with a white cardbase. I then die-cut a white mat layer using the 2nd. biggest die from the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles but I didn't use the positive, I actually used the negative remain of the panel as a border.

I now cut another white panel, same size as the card front. I then took some Faber Castell design memory craft Glaze , mixed it with 4 colors of distress inks and applied to the layer, let dry. This gives a beautiful, fresh look to the background.

I now die-cut the Fresh Picked Flowers 3 times using white cardstock and stacked them together. I now sponged some ink to it for color. Finally, I applied versamark ink to it and embossed using clear glitter embossing powder.

Here is a close-up to see all the glitter and shine.




 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 04

Six Dies and a Flip-Flop Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm calling today's card a Flip-Flop Card because it combines two cards of different sizes to open in a flip-flop kind of way.  You'll see what I mean as I go through the steps I used in creating this card.


I found it easiest to precut all of the papers first before assembling the card.

White Cardstock Base

  • Cut one A strip 4 1/4" wide by 9" long.  Score at 5 1/2" from the left edge.  Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut one B strip 3 1/2" wide by 7" long.  Score at 3 1/2".  Fold and crease with a bone folder.

Black Cardstock Layers

  • To go with the A strip, cut one piece 5 1/4" by 4", and cut two pieces each 3 1/4" by 4".
  • To go with the B strip, cut three pieces each 3 1/4" by 3 1/4".

Squash Dot Paper Layers

  • To go onto the black layers on the A strip, cut one piece 5" by 3 3/4" and two pieces 3" by 3 3/4".
  • To go onto the black layers on the B strip, cut three pieces each 3" by 3".

Cut these Memory Box Dies from Black Cardstock:

Now to assemble everything.  I used a tape runner and adhered all of the dot paper pieces to their corresponding black base layers.  I then used the tape runner to attach those pieces to the white cardstock base layers.  On the A strip, the large layer goes on the inside with the smaller piece on the righthand side of the fold and the other one that is the same size on the back of that fold.

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On the white cardstock B strip, I added the layers to the front and to the two inside panels.

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The next step was to put the two cards together to create the flip-flop.  I opened up the larger base card and placed the smaller card on top of the large lefthand page about 1/2" in from the edge of the black base layer, securing it with the tape runner.  


The fun part next was deciding which of the die cut images would go where.  

I started by opening the smaller square card.  Inside on the left I added a shortened Forget me Not Blooms and one of the Sweet Honeybees.  Inside on the right I added the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame and the other of the Sweet Honeybees.


I kept this smaller card open while finishing inside the larger base card.  On the righthand panel I used the snipped flowers from the Cheery Flower Collage and the intricate Drifting Side Butterfly.  I also added some rub-on words.  


Keeping the smaller card open, I flipped the butterfly page closed on top of the Honeycomb page.  On the newly exposed panel I added the Cheery Flower Collage square.  Then I flipped the Sweet Honeybee/Forget Me Not page over it to close the card.  I used a foam pop-dot to add the Intricate Bee to the front of the card to finish it off.


Because of the dimensions I chose, this card fits into a standard A2 envelope.

I do love cards that open in interesting ways.  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 03

Rainbow Butterflies
by Penny Ward



Hello my friends. Penny here today with a little inspiration for the Rainbow Challenge now on this blog. Look for the Challenge button on the upper right of this page. You are making cards anyway, you might as well enter for a chance at prizes.  :)


Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches.




Die cut Starry Sky Border from a scrap of White cardstock. Color the stars with Spectrum Noir markers or medium of your choice.

Lay the negative of the die cut on card front and position as desired. Now adhere the stars back into their respect places, then lift negative off.





Stamp sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

On a scrap of White cardstock, color stripes of the rainbow with markers, position Calais Butterflies over stripes and die cut.

Adhere to card front as shown.


Make sure to join in the Rainbow Challenge!  :)


Happy Crafting,





Sat 02

Vine Butterfly, Mini Butterflies and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


A crisp white Vine Butterfly strikes a contrast over a watercolored Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  It's another quick card for another busy summer weekend.  Add a trio of glittered Mini Butterflies and a greeting...that's it!  


Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to customize in your favorite colors.  

Paint a watercolored background of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes while you diecut a white Vine Butterfly and some glittered Mini Butterflies.  Lightly spritz the background to create little spots and specks - then heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts - and there's your card!


Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create a few cards this weekend!  Please join us again on Sunday for Penny's great design.







Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #38 Color Challenge- Rainbow

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Greetings friends.  It is time to introduce another Memory Box challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you so much to everyone who played along with us for our insect challenge.  Memory Box has a large selection of butterfly/dragonfly/bee, etc dies, so it was really great to see what everyone created!

The winner of the blog badge was Liz Cavill frrom the Crafty Sunflower blog.  We loved how she created a dimensional pop up butterfly card:

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The random winner drawn from all the entries was JennyH from the Jenfa Cards blog.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.


This month's theme is all about creating cards using a color challenge- rainbow!  Rainbows are so bright and colorful (obviously) and can be used for so many occasions.  How are you inspired to use them?  For a kid's card?  A birthday card?  A retirement card?  We can't wait to see your take on the challenge.   Don't forget to include at least one Memory Box product for your entry.

Here are a few ideas from the design team to help get you started:


by Penny Ward


by Laura Fulcher


There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge38 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Friday, June 29th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes: