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32 posts from October 2018

Sun 21

Fall Birthday - Days
by Penny Ward



Hello my friends. Penny here today with a Birthday card. Isn't it fun that we card makers can turn a season into a card? Today is my hubby's Birthday and this card will be perfect for him. Not too girly!


Here is how I made it:


I start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded.

Add a Teal cardstock panel to base and a panel of pattern paper trimmed just a bit smaller.




Now let's start die cutting. From Burnt Orange cardstock, die cut Stitched Maple Circle Frame. Die cut just the big leaf from Burnt Orange, Teal and Purple cardstocks.

Adhere as shown to card front.




For the banner sentiment, cut a strip of pattern paper, stamp sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set using Black ink. Notch ends, then add a scrap of Burnt Orange to ends, trim and notch again, adhere to card front with foam adhesive, weaving in and out of the frame.

Add large leaves as shown.


Love, love, love the Fall colors!!!

Happy Crafting,





Sat 20

Let's Talk About Card Challenges

Greetings friends!  Today I want to talk about two card challenges happening this month.  The first is the Memory Box challenge, which is called "Tricks and Tricksters (Halloween and/or Candy)." Our linking tool for submissions was down for part of the month, but it is now back.  Because of that, there haven't been as many entries, and your chance of winning a prize has increased!  Here is a link to the challenge.

Next, we are sponsoring the October Challenge over at the Crafter's Castle Blog.  Their designers have been working with some of our Winter/holiday dies and have even been posting video tutorials.  I encourage you to visit their site and enter to win a Memory Box prize. Good luck!

I am posting one of the video tutorials here and then linking you to the rest in case you want to have a look: 



Here are links to the other video tutorials:

Another Holiday Luminary by Rebekah

Holiday Shaker card by Priya

Christmas Ornament by Jeanie

Christmas Card by Bev

Holiday Card by Tasha


Hope you have a fun, crafty weekend and consider entering some of the contests!


Fri 19

Good Cheer
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a fall themed card that could be used for many occasions.  I used the same Distress Oxide Ink technique as I did on my previous post for the background behind the leaf.  


When I play with different ink techniques I like to use a whole sheet of paper to create backgrounds, that way I can quickly use them for other projects. 

For this card I die cut the leaf from metallic gold cardstock and adhered it to my prepared background. Then I glued it to a white and kraft cardstock layer.


On a strip of metallic cardstock, I inked the horizontal stripe border with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. Then I adhered it to the letf side of my card front.


I glued the leaf panel to the card front and stamped the sentiment below it.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!





Thu 18

That’s Acute Triangle with Cool Cat and Poinsettia Circle Frame by Jean Okimoto


A glittery black Cool Cat with a Playful Boo, orange poinsettias and That's Acute Triangles?  Yes, if it works for Halloween!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a beyond-the-box way to extend the holiday season and use the beautiful Poinsettia Circle Frame in October.

Orange flowers on a black background are a little scary - and a great frame for the Cool Cat.  Add a That's  Acute Triangle greeting pennant and this cat's message is very clear.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Poinsettia Circle Frame die to help release the intricate diecut.  Cut the frame from orange cardstock.  Cut Playful Boo from the same bright orange.

Cut white cardstock with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Sponge it lightly with Starlight Black Brilliance to create a stormy backdrop for Cool Cat.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright green cardstock behind the face for a pair of glowing green eyes.

Stamp the That's Acute Triangle on bright green cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut around it with a die from the That's Acute Triangle set.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded black A-2 card - use foam dots for the right edge of the greeting.  Add orange sequins.

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The new That's Acute Triangle dies and clear stamps sets will be an obvious  go-to combination for Christmas trees.  Why not turn them on their sides for pennants and greeting blocks too?  Mix, match and layer them in bright colors and metallic artpapers for cool, abstract contemporary greetings.  

Or go way beyond the box and use the dies to cut bright triangles and diamonds of paper and fabric to make rolled "beads" for your mixed media and collage designs.  I"ll design a card with them and share it soon.  I think I have a few scraps of paper I can use...do you?

Till then - have fun discovering new ways to use dies and stamps from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for your fall and holiday projects!

Thanks for visiting...








Wed 17

Typewriter Holiday Elements Stamp Set
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I've been playing with our first 6x8" clear stamp set at Memory Box and wanted to share a project with you! The CL5234 Typewriter Holiday Elements stamp set is really versatile - and I think it will be a stamp set that you use again and again.


I stamped one of the large words from the set (believe) onto red cardstock to add a bit of color to the middle of the card  - and accented it with a number of other artistic elements. The 99790 Holly Collage was perfect for this collage-type project - I used it on the background first and then cut out the holly again on different shades of green cardstock,. When I inserted the green holly leaves back into the holes, they provided some contrast to the background paper. You can see in the image how nicely the embossed lines show up on the leaves - which adds a bit of texture.

To watch this video in HD click here

The background is the poem " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas", written in our popular typewriter font and it provides a terrific background for this card. Although it will stamp out clean and crisp, I only partially inked it - so that it would fade in and out to create a unique backdrop for the other collage elements on the card. You can see more of that in the video.


The large format of this stamp set was refreshing to work with - it will stamp out an area approximately 5 3/4 inches square, which is more than enough to cover an A2 sized background. Plus, it has some larger words and a few icons to work with as well.


I used the 94085 Dove Circle too - cutting it out once in gray and once in white and then piecing the two together. It is a beautiful image to add to the project and looks great in crisp white.


The striped element is from the CL5233 Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp set - I just embossed the striped image on a piece of vellum with white embossing powder. The vellum lets you see through to the holly leaves a bit, while the bold white stripes add a little pattern to the composition.

At the end, I realized it could probably use a little something more - so I added a few snowflakes from the 99813 Batavia Stitched Snowflakes set- and then I called it a day.

You will be seeing more of this fun set - I think it is a must have for your studio! 

Wed 17

New Poinsettia Circle Frame and Typewriter Holiday Elements by Jean Okimoto


A glittery Poinsettia Circle Frame can create a pretty pink slip-through window card for the special people on your list.  Add a simple greeting from the new Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps and a sparkly single poinsettia.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a very girlie design for you today.


Cut pale pink cardstock to 5-¼" x 10-½".  Score it at 3-¼" and 8-½".  Round the inner corners.

Cut Poinsettia Circle Frame.  Attach Scor-Tape to a 4-¼" square of pale pink cardstock and cut it with the 4" Circle Basics die. Save the paper liner.

Attach the frame to the adhesive-covered circle.   Use the liner like a presscloth to securely attach the intricate diecut.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive of the frame and the center circle.

Cut the center out with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Cut the single poinsettia from the glittered center circle.

Attach the frame to the left panel - not centered, but about ¼" over to the left.

Cut a 2" circle of white cardstock and stamp "noel" from the Typewriter Holiday Elements set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.


Fold the card - and determine where to place the tape to attach the greeting circle. Attach the greeting to the right panel of the folded card.  It will slip through the frame and help keep the card folded.

Attach pale pink gem stickers to the poinsettias.  Add ¼" circles of silver glittered cardstock.


Poinsettia cards are everywhere now as we prep for the holidays - but this beautiful die doesn't have to be a holiday design.  It's the perfect flower frame for any occasion - imagine it in white with a sparkly yellow center, or fuchsia with a chartreuse center. Or bright orange and black with a Cool Cat on a glam-creepy Halloween card?  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL + DELIGHTFUL and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Jan for her cool Memory Box Batty Favor Box treats - and to Jenny for the rich and creamy real Lindt chocolates from  her recent trip to Europe.  Loved your Halloween cards too Jacky and Jenny!  And thanks for a great lunch Robin!  Wondering if we ate all day?   We did, and we made cards between the snacks.  

If you're in the Seattle area be sure to stop by Impress for their holiday event on Saturday the 20th.  Beautiful displays, inspiring samples and a great selection of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for holiday projects.  Demos from 10-Noon, make and takes throughout the day - and a goodie bag to the first 25 customers at each store. Enjoy a 10% discount on holiday items too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -













Tue 16

Cool Cats at the Cottage Garden Gate Tri-Fold Card
by Anne Thompson

Hooray!!!  I got two new Memory Box dies last week from the 2018 Holiday Happenings Collection that I used for a tri-fold fall/Halloween card:  COOL CAT 94087 and COTTAGE GARDEN GATE 94082.  


This is basically a matchbook card turned on its side with a narrow scallop-edged tab that folds over the card front.  

And this is what you see on the inside.


  • Maybe you remember the Blackbird paper collection that Memory Box featured years and years ago.  I found some this last week in the bottom of my Halloween box and decided to finally use it for this project.  (So hard to part with paper I know can't be replaced.  My friend Connie would say that this card then will have to go to a very worthy person indeed!)
  • I started with a black matchbook pre-made card.  But this is easy to recreate.  The overall dimensions are  4 1/4 X 11 1/4.  Score it at 4 1/4 and at 9 1/4.  Use a die or a punch to create a decorative edge on the righthand narrow strip.
  • I added paper to the inside first, cutting each piece a bit smaller than each of the panel dimensions in order to have a black border around each of the decorative papers.


  • For the front cover, I cut apart the piece of paper with the birch tree and orange/gold ground area against a black sky and trimmed it to fit the two panels.  
  • I added a moon to the sky with a 1 1/4" circle punched from more of the Blackbird paper.
  • I die cut the COTTAGE GARDEN GATE from both black and white cardstock and layered them together a bit offset.  I secured this to the card front on the orange/gold ground using a glue pen.
  • I die cut three cats using the COOL CAT die, two black and one white.  I put one black cat in front of the gate on the right side and the white one to the left of the gate.  I put the other black cat on the inside left panel.
  • I used the tiniest gold sequins I could find and teeny tiny glue dots to secure eyes on each of the cats.
  • There's plenty of room for a message in black ink on the inside panels.  


This was a fun card shape to work with and I love the way it turned out.  No Blackbird paper in your stash?  Try the Memory Box patterned papers in Mango and Squash dots or gingham!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Mon 15

Warm Wishes Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha and today, I want to share a fun Christmas cards using dies only. I also want to show that you don't really have to color or sponge the whole background, just a bit of color and the pretty dies can give you wonderful cards.


To start, I created a white cardbase. I then cut a mat layer and added some color towards the center. I used distress inks, dabbed them onto the craft mat and used these as watercolors. Let this dry.

I then added some Heidi Swapp gold flick.

I then die-cut a white cardstock using the silent snowflake frame die. and adhered it to the mat layer. Adhere this to the cardbase. I then flick some black paint to this piece and added some more gold to the edges.

Now, I die cut the warm christmas wishes using gold mirror cardstock and adhered it to the card.

Here is a close up


Hope you got inspired by this CAS winter card. Have a wonderful crafty day






Sun 14

Garden Gate
by Penny Ward



Hello..... Penny here. I am so in love with this Cottage Garden Gate! Great for a Fall themed card, Halloween card, Winter card. Apologies for my funny looking tree. You know somewhere in my stash of goodies there must be a tree die cut, but I couldn't find one so I used a Botanical Stem. It works in a pinch.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Add a layer of Brown cardstock.




Die cut Cottage Garden Gate and Hello Jotted Script from Kraft cardstock. Die cut Botanical Stem (or a tree if you have one  :)  ) from Brown cardstock.




Snip the leaves from the Botanical Stem. Using your favorite wet glue, adhere Flower Soft in several colors to the branches. Let dry.




Adhere Garden Gate and tree to card front. Add some color beneath the gate with markers and more bits of Flower Soft.




Adhere Flower Soft to Hello Jotted Script. Let dry, then adhere to card front with foam adhesive.


Lots of fun texture on this one.


Happy crafting,






Sat 13

Peace Ornament
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I have been working on holiday gifts, so I thought I would share.  Today's project is an ornament I made using a porcelain disk, some Memory Box dies, and some glitter.  It is a fast project and VERY inexpensive.  I bought a set of disks at Michaels last year after Christmas for a cheap price, but even at full price, they shouldn't be over $1 each.  Adding the paper, glitter, tape and ribbon will still keep the project under $2.

To make my ornament, I cut out a circle from white cardstock that was the same size as my Peace Circle die.  Before running the white cardstock through my Big Shot, I put very strong tape (from Elizabeth Crafts) on both sides of the white paper.  I did that because I wanted the circle to stick really well to the porcelain and I wanted to add die cuts and glitter to the other side without either falling off the ornament.


I removed the tape backing from the front of the circle and then added my tree die, the peace circle and a red bird on top.  Once all the dies were in place, I sprinkled the open spaces with glitter so that all the open areas were covered with sparkle.  As a finishing step, I cut away the rest of the tree frame, taped my bird scene to the disk and added a ribbon:


What about your guys?  Do you make any of your holiday gifts?  I am always looking for new ideas.