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30 posts from July 2020

Thu 30

A Work in Progress
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. I'm sharing a work in progress...

My new favorite thing is to color dies with Copic Markers. I'm using some of the newest release....stay tuned for next week when we highlight the products!!! I'll have the card assembled and ready for show. The Pinecone Stackers and Vintage Sled were so much fun to color!!! They will surely be a customer favorite!! I also love the Forest Pine Branch. It's truly beautiful!

Have you heard... Memory Box Co has new 6x6 paper pads...don't you love a perfect Christmas plaid!!! I do!!! There is also a foil paper pad! I diecut the Special Merry Christmas sentiment with red foil paper... the shimmer is beautiful!!!

Ok! No more gushing!!!

Hope you'll join us next week! I promise you won't be disappointed!!!

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Thu 30

A Special Merry Christmas with a Small Pine Tree Collage by Jean Okimoto


Cool winter wishes continue with more great new designs from our 2020 Holiday Collection.  It's the perfect mix of classic, contemporary, glittery, shimmery and artsy elements for Christmas crafting.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little bit of everything from our latest release. P1160530

Cut the corner berries and greenery print from the new Garland 6x6 with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Prep the Small Pine Tree Collage die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper - to make it easier to remove the cardstock after diecutting.  Cut the collage.  Instead of pulling the diecut away from the offcuts - gently wiggle the offcuts away from the diecut.

Attach a piece of Poppystamps' Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to a top-folded green A-2 card - position it to fill the oval cutout.  Attach the diecut rectangle.

Prep the Special Merry Christmas die with waxed paper and cut the lighter red glitter cardstock from the new Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach it with tiny dots of Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. 

Punch ¼" circles of the gold Holiday Glitter Pad cardstock.

Shake the new Ruby Crystal Glitter Glue to blend the contents, then squeeze a large drop onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer to add dots of Ruby Crystal to several leaf clusters.  Set the card aside to dry the glue.


It's a week of celebrations here with our holiday release  - and the 33rd birthday of Impress Cards and Crafts.  Join the party and shop the Impress online store for a special 20% savings (excluding class kits, custom stamps and items on sale)  on July 30 and 31.  It's a great time to stock up on papercrafting supplies for your holiday and year-round projects.  Here's the sale promo code - happy33.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend with another holiday idea!




Wed 29

Adding Dimension to your Embossing Folders
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share a card made with the other new embossing folder.  This time I ran the folder through the machine twice so that I had a base of the entire poinsettia and then a second piece that allowed me to cut out the flower petal section by hand.  I wanted to add this step so that the poinsettia could have some extra dimension.  I also really like the look of the petals hanging over the edges of the frame.  If you were making lots of holiday cards, you might want to cut out this part to make the card making process much faster.

I placed my poinsettia piece over some of the new Memory Box patterned paper.  One of the 6" x 6" packs is filled with holiday plaids and the other has holiday florals.  The best part is the two sets of patterns coordinate with each other, so it is easy to play with matching patterns that you might not normally pair with each other.  I really liked how the flowers looked with the plaid.

Once again, I added my sentiment with some of the new foil paper.


Do you have any questions about using the 3-D embossing folders?  I would be happy to help...just leave a comment in the post.






Tue 28

New Holiday Embossing Folders
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Memory Box has a new holiday release with dies, papers, embossing folders and glitter glue.  Hooray!  If you want to see the full collection you can find it here.  One of the things I am most excited about is the new 3-D embossing folders.  They give such incredible dimension.  I would like to share a card today and one tomorrow using the two new designs.

One of the things I love about the embossing folders is that you can crank out really beautiful Christmas cards in a short amount of time.  This is definitely a great idea for anyone who makes 20 + cards.

To make this card, I lightly sprtized my cream cardstock with water and placed it inside the embossing folder.  The light about of water really helps your cardstock from cracking.

Next, I ran my folder through my Big Shot machine.  I opened the base plate to the embossing folder section and then ran my folder through the machine using only one of the two clear plates.  The 3-D folders are thicker than other embossing folders, so you will only need one plate.

I layered my piece onto some new Memory Box glitter and plaid paper.  Finally, I added my sentiment with the new foil paper.  The foil paper is incredible.  It is thin enough to cut out really detailed dies, but it is also thick enough that it is easy to adhere to your card with glue and without any buckling.  I think it is my favorite new product of the release!

Here is a close up of the card:


Have a great week everyone!







Mon 27

Sprinkle Dots Peony Joy
by Anne Thompson

This is my last holiday card this month before I start using products from the new 2020 Christmas release which you will be able to see on the Memory Box site TODAY!  

I made today's Christmas-in-July card with Memory Box supplies from previous collections.  It all started because I had a peony left from a previous project that I wanted to incorporate, I had found a package of Holly Berry notecards with last year's Christmas stamps and dies as I was rummaging through things, and I knew I wanted to use a favorite stencil to create the background.



to make this card

  • Tape the stencil on top of the smooth-sided watercolor paper and apply ink using a fingertip dauber.  Trim this panel to 4 X 5 1/4 and adhere it to the front of a Holly Berry notecard.


  • Using the Matinee Rectangle Layers, cut one from a piece of the Cottage Stripes and Dots red paper and a smaller one from a scrap of smooth-sided watercolor paper.


  • Stamp "joy" using the same VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink on the watercolor paper rectangle.


  • Layer the two rectangles and place them in the lower right corner of the front panel.
  • Stamp, watercolor, and die cut a single peony (or do what I did and use a flower left from a prior project) and glue it over the upper left corners of the two rectangles.  


And there you have it...


Be sure to look at the newest 2020 Christmas release and start writing out your wish list.  There are new dies, glitter glues, and 6X6 paper pads as well as two new embossing folders.  And keep checking the blog in the days to come for samples from the Design Team!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 26

Emboss and Distress the Garden Party Floral Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Blend the warm colors of a summer sunset onto Open Studio Watercolor Paper and add 3D embossing to create a floral card for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another Garden Party Collection design before we introduce you to our 2020 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 4" Square Basics die.  Spritz it with a light mist of water and sponge it with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I've used spun sugar, squeezed lemonade and dried marigold here - but any combination of your favorite soft pastels would work for this design.

Air-dry the inks.  Moisten the reverse side of the paper with another quick spritz of water to prep it for embossing.  Emboss it with the Floral Corner 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's what I used for my Platinum - thick base platform, folder with the watercolor paper (inked side up) and two layers of 80# cardstock.  No embossing mats or plates.

Place the embossed paper on a smooth, hard surface and distress it with sandpaper or a sanding block.  I used #180 sandpaper and short, light upward strokes. Remove the residue with a tissue.  Attach it to a side-folded 5-½" square white card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top and two sides with the 2-½" Square Basics die, then trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Color the white glitter sheet from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad with a Copic, Sharpie or Zebra Mildliner pen.  Punch ¼" accent dots.

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Our Design Team can't wait to start sharing our newest release and holiday designs with you...great dies, embossing folders, new glitter glues, artpapers and 6x6's.   There's something for everyone!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday - 





Fri 24

Distress Oxide Inks on Black Card Stock
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. This is my last card created with The Garden Party Release! I can't wait to start playing with the newest Christmas Release! I really love the stencil Leafy Jumble! I adhered it to a piece of black card stock and used distress oxide inks in shades picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon.  I splattered the stenciled background with white and gold paints.

I inked up some black card stock with the same distress oxide inks and die cut the sentiment die, Best Wishes Banner Script, and Scribble Leaf Die Cut.

I adhered all the die cuts to the stenciled panel and adhered the panel to a black card base. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Have a great weekend!

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Fri 24

Sneak Peek of Things to Come


Heads up everyone!  Memory Box has a new release of products coming soon and it is all about the holidays.  Do you make Christmas cards?  Have you started them yet?  We hope you will be inspired by all the new goodies.  There are dies, papers, embossing folders and new color of glitter glues.  Keep an eye on the blog and you will see what we have in store for you. Happy holidays!


Thu 23

Build a Birthday Cake with Snowglobe Bases by Jean Okimoto




One of my favorite classes to teach at Impress is BEYOND THE BOX.  We take ideas from my blog posts then tweak them, using Memory Box products in unexpected and unintended ways.  For example, build a 4-layer birthday cake with the popular Snowglobe Bases and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that could have two reactions -  #1-OK, maybe it's a birthday cake - or #2-what was she thinking?    It all begins with Snowglobe Bases


Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut various sections of it with Snowglobe Bases.


Stack the layers and tape them together.  Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from the pink Delicate Pastels 6x6 glitter cardstock.  Color the flame sections with a Sharpie, Zebra Mildliner or Copic Marker.  Attach the candles behind the top layer.  Trim the left edge of the two bottom layers.

Attach peachy-pink cardstock to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet and cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle.  Leave the tiny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Attach the diecut to a side-folded white A2 card.  Add the tiny dot.

Stamp "wishes" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the same cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it and attach it to the card with foam tape.

Cut three butterflies from the Birch Press Design Butterfly Cluster set from the pale pink Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock.  Color them with a peach marker, dry the ink, and attach them to the card.

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Enjoy experimenting and creating different looks with dies, stamps and papers from your Memory Box stash.  I think you'll be surprised and happy to discover so many ways to use Dave's great designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend...





Wed 22

Gracious Leaves Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  It’s still July... Christmas in July, that is.  So I have another Christmas card to share today. I think the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) from the Garden Party collection is just beautiful.  It also reminded me of mistletoe, so that was what inspired me to stretch it and make a Christmas card with it. 

There are basically two steps in creating my card so this will be a very short post  😂   Dry embossed a piece of Bristol paper with the EF by running it through my Big Shot.


Die cut the Merry Christmas Noted Script sentiment four times from thick white cardstock and once from blue glitter paper then stacked them for a floating effect. Assembled to finish!  


You could switch up the glitter paper / sentiment and this would be great for mass producing.


Did I mention that this is going to be a short post? 😂  Well that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.