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Wed 22

Build A Snowman and the New Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto





The new Elegant Snowflake Double Frame is the perfect backdrop for any holiday icon - like Build A Snowman! Add a coordinating snowflake - also from the new frame set - and a greeting from the new Typewrite Holiday Sentiments.  Very jolly!

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another frosty card for your holiday stash...


Cut Elegant Snowflake Double Frame and the large single snowflake from white cardstock. Cut a background of pale blue cardstock with the 4" Square Basics Die.  Attach them to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card.

Cut - and assemble - the Build A Snowman from white cardstock.  Cut the hat and scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the pouf, eyes, buttons, nose, and twiggy arms from white, black, orange and brown cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments - on white cardstock with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail  clear powder.  Cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it for dimension.

Assemble the snowman.  Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the snowman.  Add pale aqua gem stickers.


BIG thanks to everyone from my first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and the trunk show at Impress last weekend!  Special thanks to Dave and Monica for all of their deliveries and treats.  Thanks to Jenny for the sweet/salty popcorn munchies, and Jacky for the special berry jam.  Many of you drove, flew, or ferried long distances to take the class...I appreciate that!   It was great to introduce everyone to Dave's wonderful dies and stamps and share ideas and techniques with you. I think we just added 20 new Birch Press Design followers.  Please leave a comment if you'd enjoy having more Birch Press Design classes and products at Impress.  

Hope our snowy, frosty winter cards are inspiring you - and cooling you off too!








Tue 21

Merry Christmas Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. As I wrote in my last post, I just started playing with the new holiday collection and it's so difficult to stop.  Have you started creating your Christmas cards already? We have a wide range of dies and not to forget the adorable stamps too :)

So, for today's card I used the new stamps and dies and created this fun scene using distress inks and zig clean color real brush markers as my watercolors.


I started by creating a top folding card using dark blue cardstock. I then cut a mat layer from watercolor paper. I dabbed some distress inks to the craft mat and used them as watercolors to create the background. Let it dry.

I die-cut the lamp post and the branches, colored them with zig clean color markers. I then stamped the images and colored them. Now I adhered all the elements to the card and flicked some white paint. 

Finally, I added some glossy accent to the lamp and added novo crystal drops here and there to create the glowing snow :)

Here is a close up.


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









Mon 20

Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Holly Flourish Cards
by Anne Thompson

I've been getting into that holiday spirit and created more cards this week, this time using the WRAPPED HOLLY CIRCLE FRAME 94040, the HOLLY FLOURISH 94023, and some unexpected cardstock colors.


These 5 1/2 inch square cards are quick and easy to put together.  I cut some 8 1/2 X 11" cardstock to 5 1/2" wide  by 11" , folded them in half, and creased each one with a bone folder.  (I plan to use them as top-fold cards but they could easily be side-fold ones.)  I used pieces of cardstock in the same colors to die cut the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and the Holly Flourish which I adhered to crisp white paper doilies.  I added pieces of coordinating papers from my scrap bins to the inside of each card as spaces for stamping greetings and writing messages.


On this bright purple one, I used all three layers of the Holly Circle for a wide edge against the white doily.  I added the little sprig (a part of the die that cuts separately) in the center and popped on a large pearl at that junction and then added the two smaller pearls.  


For the other two cards, I used the center Holly Circle and the largest stitched circle.  I glued the two circles abutting each other in one spot and then let the larger circle swoop out from that point.  I decided not to use the sprig but to add the Holly Flourish for each center.  I glued it down only at the curled end before adding a glue-dotted bow and a few small pearls. 


Love these dies!  And who wouldn't love to receive a lime green, kelly green, or bright purple holiday card!!!   I have lots more interesting colors to audition and a stack of paper doilies on my work table.   It'll be easy to mass produce a bunch of these.  

Have you started making your holiday cards yet?  There are soooo many great products in the Holiday 2018 Collection.  Check it out!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 19

A Shining Candle
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with this super simple glowing card. A few die cuts with vellum background creates a subtle glow when you add a tealight candle. Such a fun card to send to friends and family.


Let me show you how:


Start with 110lb Black cardstock measuring 10 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Score this panel at 1/2 inch and 5 1/2 inch. This will be your easel.




Cut another piece of the Black cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut the center with Stitched Oval Layers. Take a large scrap of Black cardstock and die cut Pine Candle Oval Frame.

Adhere the Candle Frame to Oval . (Yes, it is a perfect fit).

Adhere a large scrap of Vellum behind the candle.




Adhere this front panel to the 1/2 inch scored easel. Use bone folder to make sharp creases so the card will fold nicely.

Die cut Candlelit Shine from Silver Mirrored cardstock and adhere to card front as shown.

Die cut Holiday Twigs from Green Glitter cardstock. Slide twigs between the candle and Vellum, adhere a few branches.




Finish the card by sliding the edges along a Delicata Shimmery Silver inkpad.

Die cut a section of Holly Flourish from Green Glitter cardstock. Adhere to card base and add Autumn Red Crystal Drops.


Send the card as is or include a tealight candle for a little something, something.


Happy Holiday Crafting,





Sat 18

Watercolor Tips with Markers Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I had the chance to play with one of the new Christmas stamp sets and wanted to show a couple of tips for creating watercolor looks with markers. You can adjust the brightness of the color by using a few simple techniques to get the look you want!

To view this video in HD click here

I used two different techniques in the video - the first technique is to apply the marker directly to the paper and then work the color with a wet brush. The second technique is to apply the marker to a separate palette, pick up the color with a wet brush, and then apply it to the paper.


For all of the projects today I used 140 lb. cold press (textured) watercolor paper, Zig Clean Color Markers and a plain old paintbrush (waterbrushes will work great too!). I stamped the CL5226 Be Jolly Clear Stamp set with a waterproof black ink so that my stamp lines wouldn't run when applying the water.


I first used the technique of applying the marker directly to the watercolor paper and then blending it out with a wet brush. As you will see in the video, it takes a few layers to make it look smooth! The first layer will likely have a marker line that doesn't quite blend out - but after a few layers this will look a lot better.


The great thing about this technique is that you can get really intense color! The brown areas, for example, get a a really deep shade and create some nice dimension. Now take a look at the difference with the other technique...


...it is so much more pastel! For this card, I scribbled some marker onto a piece of plastic, dipped my brush into it and then started painting on the paper. The color is naturally more diluted - it blends easier and lays down less color. This is a great look too - it would just depend on whether you wanted a soft look or a more intense look!


Once I had made a few of these layouts I had some time to paint and die cut a few of the pieces (using the matching 32226 die)- and use them on some alternate cards. I did some easy ink blending with Distress Oxide Broken China and Wilted Violet to create a halo around the center.


I embossed the words "peace and joy" from the stamp set with white embossing powder and then set the skating bunny in the middle. I love how it turned out!


I repeated the same composition again - this time creating a "window" with the bunny die and adhering the bunny to the inside of the card. A little bit of sponged Fossilized Amber ink adds a glow around the opening!


I went ahead and colored in the sled and gift images too - and made a little scene showing the bunny pulling things along. A thin golden thread became a rope for the sled and fit just right with the card. The watercolor kept everything looking soft and gentle - 


As I got towards the end, I realized I hadn't used the "for you" words yet from the set - and I immediately thought of the Poppystamps 1857 Taglet and Bow die. There was just enough room on there for the words and the heart and I thought it would make an interesting collage element with the bunny. I used the tips of the markers to create stripes on the bow - trying to mimic a bit of baker's twine.


Of course, the card wouldn't be complete without a bit of glitter so I spread some Diamond Glitter Glue over the heart to give it some sparkle!

I hope you learned a few things with today's video - watercolor is so much fun and markers provide a few options for getting things to look just like you want them to.

Thanks for stopping by today!





Fri 17

Snow Much Fun
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!


For today's card I was inspired by Dave's Alcohol Scrunch Background video that he posted on August 10th, on the blog.  If you've not seen it yet, please take the time to do so to see how I created my background.  That was my inspiration for the sky on my card and it worked great with the new product release!

I created my alcohol ink background on Yupo Paper and then die cut the Snowy Circle from that. 


These backgrounds are so addicting to make and I am sure I will use them in other posts!


I can see some Christmas and Halloween projects using these backgrounds.


To make this card I die cut the Mountain Valley die in the center of a white cardstock layer.  I sponged the mountains with Hickory Smoke distress ink and glued the snow circle behind the mountains.  I adhered this to a silver metallic card mat and I used foam tape to glue it to a white card base.  

Next I die cut a stitched circle frame from silver cardstock to frame the mountain scene. 

I stamped, colored, and die cut the penguins and adhered them to the card front using foam tape.



To finish the card I stamped the sentiment, glued the mountain caps on top of the mountains, and added a snowflake embellishment.

Thanks for stopping by today!





Thu 16

Be Cool with the New Sunburst Stripe Circle and the Sweet Seal by Jean Okimoto



The new Sunburst Stripe Circle sets a summer scene for the Sweet Seal and offcuts of the Wave Ribbon Collage.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a friendship card I've created for you today.  


Cut Sunburst Stripe Circle from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-¼" Rectangle Basics die. 

Cut   Sweet Seal from gray cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his face.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage - we'll just use the offcuts here today.  Attach the offcuts - staggered and in wonky order -  to an A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  The top two offcuts are from the top and bottom of the die.  Their straight edges are partially concealed by the seal.  


Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock - with Summertime VersaFineClair.  Love that great orange!  Trim the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

Attach the sun and seal to the card - then add some orange gem stickers.


If you're in the Seattle area (or nearby!)  - save Saturday the 18th for the Impress Holiday Kick-Off.  Great displays, the latest holiday products, inspiring samples - and a Birch Press Design trunk show too!  The first 25 people at each store receive an Impress  goodie bag - and everyone gets a 10% shopping discount.  Make a Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Designs  wistlist and bring it with you!

Join us for my the first Birch Press Design class at 1:00 pm on the 18th (a new time) too.  Make 6 cards - 3 for the holidays and 3 for any occasion -  using the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press,  and beautiful artpapers from Shizen Design.  Birch Press steel dies - like those from Memory Box and Poppystamps - are original designs by Dave Brethauer and they're made in the USA.  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again on Saturday - here on Outside the Box - or at Impress in Tukwila, WA.






Wed 15

Nativity Circle
by Melissa Rusk

Hello friends! Today I have a card to share using more of the fabulous dies from the latest Memory Box release. Let's make a card!


I combined a few different dies today. I started with the outside frame from the Country Church Frame in white. For the background pieces I used the Distress Oxide inks in a purple and teal color. After covering my paper with ink, I sprayed it with water to create the magic, it shows up the best on the dark purple background. 

I die cut the Sunburst Stripe Circle and then covered it with a yellow Distress Oxide ink and added some water drops. Then I started to add everything to my square card. The top layer is the beautiful Nativity Circle die. I layered it towards the bottom of the Sunburst Stripe Circle on the front.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and I hope you are having a wonderful and crafty week!




Tue 14

Be Jolly Shaker Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new Holiday release products? They are AWESOME isn't it? I just started playing with them and it's so difficult to stop.  Have you started creating your Christmas cards already? We have a wide range of dies and not to forget the adorable stamps too :)

So, for today's card I used the All Heart Snowman as my main focal image and created a shaker card with it. FUN!!!


I started by making a square top fold card. I then sponged it using distress oxide inks for an Ombrè effect. Once I was happy with the background, I flicked some gold color shine onto it and let it dry. Meanwhile, I die-cut the dainty circle frame using the Wrapped Holly Circle Frame die and applied Tsukineko Delicata gold ink to it to match it with the gold splatters.

Now I die-cut the All Heart Snowman, I colored the nose and the heart using copic markers and kept them aside. I then die-cut this piece in a circle to fit in behind the circle frame.

Now I adhered the acetate piece onto the back side of this focal piece. I adhered 3D foam tape onto the acetate and made sure not to leave any gaps in between so the shaker materiel stays inside the 3d foam well. Now I filled the shaker area using chunky glitter and some iridescent stars. I closed this using another piece of acetate.

Now I adhered this piece to the cardbase and added the circle frame to it. Finally, I stamped the sentiment using the black ink and adhered the colored heart and the nose.


Here is a close up.


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






Mon 13

Blitz Winners

Greetings friends.  We would like to post the winners from last week's blog blitz.  Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by to see the new products and to leave a comment.  One winner was chosen at random from each blitz post to win a prize.  Also, Dave added a technique video during the week, so we decided to draw a bonus winner for that post as well.

Winner of the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame 94024 from Laura's post- Becky Green

Winner of the Snow Much Fun stamp set CL5224 from Melissa's post- Judy Rowland

Winner of the Nativity Circle 94035 from Penny's post- Melissa SunshineHoneyBee

Winner of the Snowy Circle 94044 from Jean's post- Gail Scott

Winner of the Joy Circle die 94019 from Donna's post- Debbie Paysen

Winner of the Countryside Fence Frame 94034 from Anne's post- Theresa Doyle 

Winner of the Elegant Holly Double Frame 94018 from Penny's post- Becca Yahrling

Winner of the Thanks Jotted Script 94011 die from Dave's bonus video during the week- Rosie Waldt


Thanks for playing along with us.  Winners have also been contacted by email and this post tagged under "winners" for future reference.

We will be doing another contest on Instagram later in the month....so be sure to follow us there as well.  Our Instragram account is memoryboxco.