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Mon 31

Spooky Halloween Haunted Dome Layers by Jean Okimoto


Spooky Halloween wishes begin with great dies like the new Haunted House and Haunted Entrance Dome Layers.  Layer the pumpkins, bats and ghosts - and even recycle an offcut for a second card.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many Halloween cards created by our Design Team as we introduce our latest collection.  

The collection incudes three Dome Layers designed to coordinate with the Snowglobe Backer from the previous release.  The Dome Layers can also be used individually or combined with the Snowglobe Backer die.  Everything is coordinated!

Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from black cardstock and the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet - save the plaid offcut for the orange card.  The bats, ghosts and pumpkins are part of the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set.  Cut the bats from the 6x6 black glitter sheet in the Frosted Glitter Plaid.  Cut the pumpkins from the different orange sheets in the Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut the ghosts from heavy white cardstock.  

Tie the plaid dome layer with white twine.  Tie the black dome layer with brown twine.


Attach strips of the light orange glitter sheet behind the plaid house for creepy glowing windows. Tuck the small ghost behind the house, then attach the dome layer to a black slimline (6-¼" x 3-½") card.  Cut a heavy white cardstock circle with the ¾" Circle Basics die.  Attach the diecuts to the card.  Stamp the greeting from the new Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set on bright orange cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair and dry the ink

Here's the second card. It upcycles the plaid dome layer offcut.  Stamp the greeting from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Die Set onto the notecard with Onyx Black. Attach strips of pale yellow-green glittered cardstock  behind the windows.  Attach the dome layer to a Persimmon Notecard.  Add the bat, ghost and pumpkin.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you'll be inspired to start your Halloween cardmaking soon!




Sun 30

Snowy Stitched Tree and Sparkly Red Resting Birds by Jean Okimoto


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There are many ways to sew a Stitched Tree - here's a simple design in crisp white.  A border of Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape adds a frosty look, glittered Resting Birds and a star make it merry.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a stitched holiday design for you.  

Cut green cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics Die.  Rub scrunched waxed paper briskly over the new Stitched Tree die to prep it to help release all of the tiny dots.  Cut the rectangle with the Stitched Tree.  

Cut a 9' piece of white floss.  The 9' is a generous length to make it easier.  Pierce a hole about ½" below the center of the bottom row of stitch-dots.  Use a toothpick or skewer to enlarge the hole for the needle.  Attach one end of the floss to the reverse side of the rectangle with Scotch Tape and stitch the horizontal rows beginning at the bottom right corner.  Stitch diagonally - using every other hole - from top to bottom.  Stitch both sides.

Stitch the vertical line - bypass the bottom row of the tree and go through the punched hole.  Tape the thread on the back and trim off the excess.

Diecut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet twice to get 5 of the "sitting" birds.  Save the extras for another project.  Diecut the large Starlit Breeze star from the gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the short ends.

Attach Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock and cut a 1" x 5-¼" accent strip. Attach everything to a white A6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Create unique Stitched Tree designs with the wide range of threads and yarns available. Variegated, ombre, metallic and silky fibers in beautiful colors provide so many options.  Stitching is oddly relaxing.  I'm not a stitcher or a sewer - if I can do this, you can too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!




Sat 29

Insets, Offsets and the Single Pine Landscape Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A snowy Single Pine Landscape sets the scene for the sweet little bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Emboss some snowy accents - and add a new greeting from the Poppystamps Christmas Fun Clear Stamps set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - it's plaid time!

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Cut Single Pine Landscape Frame from green cardstock, remove the offcut and leave the remainder in the die.  Daub VersaMark through the cutouts on the die and emboss it with white powder.  

Cut the frame again from white cardstock - save the frame for another project  Stamp the great greeting - from the new Poppystamps Christmas Fun set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Inset the white offcut into the frame and tape the pieces together on the reverse side. 


Cut the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet with the largest Rectangle Basics die and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Attach the Single Pine Landscape Frame, offset at an angle.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt to stabilize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the bear.  Use a toothpick to define the eyes.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the eyes and nose.  Cut the reverse side of the plaid sheet with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.  The bear die has a debossed center section - but the felt obscures it - so it looks like he's gained some pandemic pounds.  Attach the egg diecut.  It complements the plaid background...and makes him look a little slimmer.

Attach ¼" punched circles of the red glitter sheet from the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Have fun with your holiday cards - see you again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting...




Fri 28

Quick and Easy Christmas Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Each season, I like to make a couple of cards that could be easily replicated for those of us who make lots of holiday cards.  For this card, I took advantage of the Garland patterned paper to do the coloring on my card.  There are lots of beautiful holiday floral patterns in this 6" x 6" pack that would work equally as well.

For the focal point of the card, I used both the Small Pine Tree Collage and Tall Fir Collage dies.  There are other dies from the new release that stack well with these dies, but I didn't want to add too much die cutting to the card. I wanted there to be dimension between the layers so that everything didn't run together.  Therefore, I popped up the top layer with some foam tape:


To finish the card, I added my little deer.  The die indents a spot for his eye, but I decided to add a dot of black marker in the center to make it show up better.  I also added a dot of brown Copic marker to make a nose.

Have a great weekend!






Thu 27

Evergreen Sky Collage on a Snowspeckled Background by Jean Okimoto


Build a frosty winter scene with the new Evergreen Sky Collage and Garland 6x6 poinsettia print, glittery birds and a majestic pine from last year's holiday collection.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here mixing classic favorites with designs from our 2020 Christmas Collection.  

Cut Everygreen Sky Collage from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia corner print.  Trim the paper to a 5-½" square. Cut the Delicate Pine Frame tree from the collage offcut and attach it behind the collage.  


Attach a large piece  of the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to a side-folded 5-½" square green card.  The blue piece below the washi tape is a strip of plastic cut from a dollar-store kitchen cutting board.  It keeps the tape's torn edge from sticking back onto the roll, helps tear the tape and keeps the tape from rolling away.  All of that from a skinny little piece of plastic!

Cut the birds -from the Delicate Pine Frame set - from the red glitter cardstock in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  


Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set - on a scrap of the 6x6 print with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.   Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut it with the matching oval die from the set.  Cut red glitter cardstock with the oval die and layer the pieces.  


Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue vigorously, then squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to add dots of it to the berry clusters.  Set it aside to dry.

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll look for ways to combine old favorites with new designs to greet the season.  See you again this weekend!  






Tue 25

Let it Snow
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. Memory Box Co has designed a series of stitch-able dies....Have you seen them? I wanted to show off this adorable snowman, unstitched. I used Memory Box's watercolor paper to die cut the snowman because I love the texture and it's a perfect shade of off -white and matches perfectly with the pattren paper pad. It comes with a separate die for the face and scarf.

I used the same pattern paper as the background to die cut the scarf and some scraps of orange and black cardstock to die cut the face. I die cut Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs and used Copic markers in shades G46, and G29 to color. 

I embossed the sentiment from one of the newest stamp sets, Spirit of Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed this post!  Have a great week!

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Tue 25

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have another Christmas card for you featuring new dies from the 2020 Christmas release. I really love the new Forest Pine Branch die! I'm sure you'll see me use it in many more projects.

To make this card, I die cut the Pointed Pine Needle Frame in the center of my white cardstock panel. Then I die cut frame, colored it and glued it back in place to assemble the card. Next I used Versa Mark Ink and stamped the word background on the panel and white heat embossed it.  Next I sponged over the paper using Simon Hurley's Woof dye ink pad and glued the card front to a white card base. 

I die cut the Forest Pine Branch 3 times from white cardstock and sponged them with Distress Ink. For the branches I used Gathered Twig and the pine needles were Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss.  For the frame I used Old Paper Distress ink.  Once everything was colored I cut some branches apart to place on my card.  I glued the frame in place first and then went on to fill in with my branches.


I die cut the words Merry Christmas once from Red Foil Paper and twice from white cardstock. I glued the 2 white pieces together and added the red foil piece on top. This gives the words some dimension. Next I glued the words to the center of the card front.


To finish the card I added some red pearls for berries. And that's it for today!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!







Mon 24

Pine-y Christmas
by Anne Thompson

Today's Merry Christmas card features three of the pine dies.


materials used

how I made this card

  • I started with a white notecard and a 4 X 5 1/4 panel cut from olive-y green cardstock.
  • I then did all of the die cutting--the Forest Pine Branch from brown cardstock; the Pointed Pine Needle Frame from a green plaid;  lots of Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs from more of the same green plaid and another plaid so I would have lots to choose from; and the Special Merry Christmas from a red and green plaid scrap.



  • I adhered the Pointed Pine Needle Frame to the notecard panel using a glue pen and then glued on two of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs on top of the frame one.


  • Then I worked with the Forest Pine Branch and more of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs to create a fuller needle-y branch which I tucked under the other corner sprigs.


  • The last step for this panel was to add the Merry Christmas sentiment strip using foam tape.


  • On the inside I added another olive-y green panel, a scrap of red plaid paper, a white box in which to write a message, and three more of the pine needle sprigs.


I love how the narrow gold stripes on the papers bring a little sparkle and shine to all of the card elements.

More dies and new stamp sets have been added to the 2020 Christmas Collection including a bunch for fall and Halloween!  See them here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 23

Single Pine Christmas Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a couple of crafty tips with you today.  First is the use of velvet paper.  There are a lot of different brands out there that sell it, but I have to admit that I had some sitting in one of my craft drawers for years.  It gives the look of suede to your card.  One of the things I like about the velvet paper is that when you run it through a machine with a die that both cuts and embosses, it looks amazing.  Here is a close up of my tree:


Normally when I work with a die like this, I put cardstock on the die, run it through the machine and then leave the paper in the die.  Next, I rearrange the plates of my Big Shot and run it through a second time using a tan embossing mat.  The first time through the machine cuts out the die and the second time through with the mat helps emboss all the little details of the die.

With the velvet paper, I skipped the embossing step.  I simply ran it through the machine and it cut and embossed at the same time.

The second thing I want to share is how to create a radiant of light on your card like I did around the star:


Step one is to choose  a center dot on your card.  I chose he top of my tree.  Next, I placed my mask/index card at that point and then sponged a little yellow ink off of the paper.  Any dye based ink works well.

I continued moving the index card and continued with my sponging:


Once I worked my way around and formed a circle, I lightly sponged all over the ink to smooth the edges a bit.

To finish the card, I added an epoxy star sticker and some floral Memory Box holiday paper.

Thanks for visiting!






Sat 22

Stitching With Dies

Have you tried stitching on your cards yet?  Memory Box has several brand new dies for the holidays that help you create fun textured cards.

There are two new plushie dies that can be used on cards or can be stitched to be made into ornaments or home decor.  They are perfect for small gifts:



The color of thread as well as how you decide to stitch between the holes can greatly affect the finished look. Take, for example, the Stitched Circle die.  In one sample, it looks like a wreath for the holidays.  In the other, it looks like a frame for  a central image.  How would it look in red/white/blue?  Perhaps black/orange for Halloween?  It can definitely be used year-round.



Another example of how you can choose your stitching pattern is the new Stitched Tree die. What pattern would you use to stitch your tree?  What colors would you choose? 




Have a great weekend!