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29 posts from February 2019

Sat 09

You are Enough
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a card that is perfect to send to someone who needs a little encouragement. 


The Lace Butterfly die is beautiful and perfect for thinking about Spring cards or encouragement cards. To highlight the beauty of the butterfly I decided to keep things simple and stamp repeatedly the sentiment you are enough from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set in a light teal color. Then I glued the butterfly to the card and added a line of pearls on the body.

This sentiment is one I can see using again and again in cards to friends. I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!




Fri 08

Love Always
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features several new products as well as a previous one.  


To create this card I adhered strips of painters tape to watercolor paper and then randomly stamped the heart images on the exposed paper.  I inked the stamps with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed the images with white embossing powder.  

Next I watercolored the images and once the paint was dry I removed the tape. 


I glued strips of gold washi tape to the center of the blank stripes and then spattered the whole piece with gold ink.  

I inked the heart image and the sentiment with Versa Mark Ink and stamped them on watercolor paper. Then I heat embossed them using gold embossing power.

I watercolored and die cut the heart image, then trimmed the sentiment and used foam tape to glue them to the card front.


To finish the card I adhered the card front to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!




Thu 07

Sweet Treats with Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set and Heart Board by Jean Okimoto


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Make some Valentine candy wrappers with the Have a Heart Clear Stamps  and the Heart Board - it's sweet, quick and easy!    Create these simple tag-shaped wrappers, add a glittery heart and a pink tulle tie.  It's as easy as that!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful Valentine project for a cold winter day.

Trim white cardstock to 8" x 11.  Score it lengthwise at 3-⅞" and 4-1/8"  - but don't fold it.   Cut it into 8" x 2-½" strips.    

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Stamp it with designs from the Have a Heart Clear Stamps Set.  The Imagine Crafts inks used here are Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, Memento Luxe Rose Bud, VersaFineClair Glamorous, Charming Pink and Nocturne.

Fold the cardstock on the scorelines.  Trim the top corners.  Attach candy to the tag with gluedots or doublestick tape.   Add a ⅜" gold eyelet.  Tie it with pink tulle.

Stamp some greetings on white cardstock with the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps

Cut red glittered cardstock with Heart Board.  Attach the larger hearts to the treat wrappers.  

Why not make some treat wrappers for co-workers - or tuck them into backpacks and lunchboxes for a special surprise.  They're easy to make and  will be appreciated long after the candy's gone.  

Thanks for stopping by - 





Wed 06

Glittered Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame with Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


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Glitter a Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame and brighten a cold winter day for a special friend or family member.  Heart dies don't need to be tucked away once  your Valentines are done.  Life happens...send a thoughtful, unexpected card to make someone smile.

Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with another reason you'll want the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame.   Use it throughout the year for weddings, anniversaries and baby cards too.  

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Cut the delicate heart frame from dark gray cardstock.  Cut hearts from a portion of a Peony Notecard and Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the 2" inner circle from the light gray cardstock you'll use for the card.

Attach Scor-Tape to a 4" square of light gray cardstock.  Cut it with the large outer frame.  Remove and save the tape liner.  Press the delicate heart frame onto the adhesive - offset to the right.  Press the light gray 2" circle onto the center.  

Press the Peony and Coral Creme hearts onto the adhesive.  Use the saved tapeliner as a press cloth to secure the diecuts.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter is my favorite - we use a lot of it in classes too.  It makes everything look better!

Cut the little flowers from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the little hearts  from a scrap of the Peony Notecard.

Prep dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Cut an 11" x 4-¼" piece of light gray cardstock.  Score and crease it 4-¼" from one short end.  Create  the visual impact of a square card - without the extra postage.

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale peach sequins - or clear sequins colored with a Sharpie.

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Hope you'll try this glitter-and-go design.  An adhesive-covered background is the fastest, foolproof way to attach delicate diecuts and add glitter at the same time.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!





Tue 05

3-D Valentines...Circle Frames, Hearts, and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

3-D Valentines for gift tags/home decor/ornaments...

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These were so much fun to put together!

I started with some papier mache-ish circle and heart ornament forms that I purchased ages ago at a local craft store.  The circles are about 3 3/4" in diameter and a little less than 1/2" thick, and they already have the gold cord attached for hanging them up.  The first thing I did was to color the edges and overlap a bit onto the front and back of each shape using a red Memento marker.  That way none of the kraft paper showed once I added the decorative papers and die cuts.


Let's look at these two first, inspired by this month's pink and red challenge.


I used the same dies for each of these:

For the one on the left, I covered both the front and the back of the circle form with white cardstock Wrapped Circles.  It was important to use Scor-Tape to attach the papers to the cardboard form.  On the front I used the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame cut from a nice red cardstock, attaching it with glue dots under each of the hearts.  I then added tiny pink roses between each of the hearts and popped up the central heart from the die cuts with three more tiny roses on it.  I added a pink bow and another rose at the top, on the edge near the gold cord loop.  

For the one on the right, I used a shimmery pink cardstock for the Wrapped Circles on the front and the back.   I added the red cardstock Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame, popped up the center heart, and added tiny red pearls at the ends of the vine spirals.  I tucked some red stamens and three tiny red roses under the center heart and  popped on two larger roses.  I then finished it with a large pink satin bow next to the gold loop at the top.


For the one on the left, I cut Wrapped Circles from red/white dot paper.  I added the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94114 cut from white cardstock.  A cluster of flowers in the center, some small white pearls  on the frame, and a white satin bow finish this one.

For the one on the right, I cut Wrapped Circles from red cardstock for the front and back of the form.  I then cut the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from white cardstock before cutting it again with the Wrapped Circles die and then placed it on top of the red circle.  I used a few red pearls to emphasize the hearts and a larger one in the center before adding a few red stamens and a red/white polka dot bow at the top. 


This heart-shaped one was a little different.  I didn't have a heart die that was exactly the right size or shape, so I traced the cardboard heart on the back of the red dot paper.  I cut it out a little bit smaller than what I traced to make it fit, one for the front and one for the back.  What did work really well with this shape was the center section of the NEIGHBORHOOD HEART FRAME 94102.  I cut it from white cardstock and added a cluster of white flowers, some red and white stamens, and a white satin bow on top of the gate.  Because I'd already used a bow, I decided to attach pearls around the outer edge, graduating them from largest to smallest on each side of the gold loop.

No forms to work with?  Die cut (or punch) circles or heart shapes from cardstock and layer them up to make a thick base.  Or use cardboard from cereal boxes or packing boxes or fun foam.  You can always cover the edges with narrow ribbon or cording. 

Valentines Day is coming soon!  Now if I can just stop eating the candy I've already purchased to go with these ... 

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 04

Showering Love
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone!  Trina here and with Valentine’s only 10 days away, I am sharing another Valentine’s card made with products from the recent 2019 Valentine’s Release.  No surprise, my card is inspired by several challenges, in particular this month’s Memory Box color challenge of Pink and Red.  Here is my card.


Started by black heat embossing the sentiment from Wishing You the Best stamp set with clear glitter embossing powder on a white A2 sized panel trimmed from Whisper White cardstock.  Die cut the heart frame from Neghborhood Heart Frame die three times - twice from Bristol paper and once from black cardstock.  Mounted the two white ones together and offset the black piece for a shadow effect.  Adhered the frame below the sentiment.


Took one of the heart cutouts and blended on Rubellite and Pink Diamond dye inks with a mini blending tool.  A DIY heart stencil was created next with the Heart Sprinkles die and acetate.  Real Red dye ink was then applied with a sponge dauber through the stencil.  Cupid from Cupid with Swing die was die cut from Bristol paper and adhered to make him look like he’s sprinkling the hearts.  The heart was inlaid back into the stacked heart frame.  Highlights were added to the hearts with a white gel pen to finish.


Pink and red is the color challenge this month, and you have until February 27th to play along.  Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!  







Sun 03

(Heart) Someone with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and You Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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A watercolored background sets the scene for a quick Valentine with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and You Jotted Script.  Splashy dots (splots?) of Starlite Silver and gem stickers balance the brightness and add a bit of sparkle.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here - hope you have a few minutes for one more Valentine card today.  

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Diecut smooth white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  It's my favorite go-to die for great backgrounds and layers.  I cut several rectangles to make a few extra backgrounds for future projects.

Press the vibrant inks of the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a big acrylic stamp block.  Paint random,  overlapping  strips of diluted colors with a ¾" wide flat brush.   Air-dry the inks for a few minutes, then heat-set them from both sides to minimize curling.  If the dried cardstock is still a little wonky, place it between sheets of printer paper and run it through a diecut machine between the cutting plates.

Stamp the large solid heart -  from the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set -  with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then stamp the lined heart (slightly offset) with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Stamp the little dots from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Rotate the stamp, re-ink it  and stamp it again.  

Diecut You Jotted Script from white cardstock and charcoal glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Hope we've inspired you to create some very special Valentines  - and a few extra cards for other special moments throughout the  year.  

Enjoy the rest of the weekend  - see you again on Wednesday!




Sat 02

You Got This with Embossed and Stenciled Bright Hearts by Jean Okimoto


Here's an idea for our February Pink and Red Challenge - embossed and stenciled  Bright Hearts in yummy shades of Angel Pink, Love Letter and Electric Pink.  Add a greeting from Best Life Typewriter Sentiments and a strip stamped to resemble washi tape.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here with some challenge inspiration and an easy way to multi-color an embossed design.  


Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss the circle with Bright Hearts -  use the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I've used the platform, die (face-up), watercolor paper (face-down), rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate on my Platinum.  


Cut three Bright Hearts paper stencils.  Daub the two larger embossed hearts with Angel Pink Memento Luxe. Use a cotton swab for the two smaller hearts. Heat-set the ink.

Ink the other hearts with Electric Pink Radiant Neon and Love Letter Memento Luxe - use Post-it Notes between the colors to prevent smudges.  Heat-emboss everything with detail clear powder.  Although the Angel Pink ink was heat-set it attracted some embossing powder too.

Use well-inked stamp pads for this technique - you don't want to spend all weekend daubing hearts.   The vibrant inks from Imagine Crafts are perfect! 

Stamp the stripes - from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps Set - on gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and dry the ink.   Trim it to ⅜" x 4-½".  

Cut a ⅜" x 3-¾" strip of pink cardstock.  Cut a ⅜" x 3-¼" strip of charcoal glittered cardstock.

Prep dark gray cardstock with anti-static powder and stamp the greeting  - from Best Life Typewriter Sentiments - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to a light gray 5-¼" square card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add silver gem stickers.

Many of the designs from our Valentine's 2019 Collection are perfect for pressure-embossing and stenciling...it's hard to decide which one to use next.  Have fun with this technique!

Thanks for visiting...





Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #46- Pink and Red

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Greetings friends.  It is a new month, a new year, and 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 last challenge. We are always inspired by your submissions!

The winner of the blog badge  was Greta H from the GG Creations blog.  She creates such an elegant Valentine card:


The random winner drawn from all the entries was Heidi H, who entered on Instagram.

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.


Are you ready for a color challenge?  We chose pink and red as the theme because Valentine's Day is coming, but you are certainly not restricted to that holiday!    We would love to see your birthday cards, congratulations cards, or even Halloween cards (if that floats your boat).   All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry and that your primary color scheme be pink and red.

Need some Pink and Red inspiration for the current challenge?  Check out these samples by Jean Okimoto:

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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 #mbchallenge46 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Wednesday, February 27th.   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: