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31 posts from October 2020

Sat 31

Happy Halloween!
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends!  I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!  I know it isn't a normal Halloween this year, but I hope you still manage to have a spooky good time today.

For today's card, I wanted to make a candy corn colored background and chose some of the Memory Box glitter papers to make the strips.  Why not have a little extra sparkle?  The nice thing about the glitter paper is that you get the glitz without the glitter falling off the card.

I decided on a clean and simple design, so I finished off the card by adding my pumpkin and bats onto a popped up sentiment.

Here is a close up:


It's a very simple design, but I like the graphic quality of the stripes.  I'm thinking of doing a similar background for some quick Christmas cards (minus the candy corn colors of course!)

A quick note about tomorrow's post- we will be extending the October plaid challenge into November since there were so many problems with the submission links.  Look for more details tomorrow and sorry for any confusion!

Have a wonderful weekend!






Thu 29

Joy & Love
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. I'm in full on Christmas mode for card making...how about you? I love the simplicity of the Bountiful Wreath Die, whether you use it as a single layer or add multiple layers. I added some of the smaller sprig dies that come with the wreath die. I colored the wreath with Copic markers in shades YG21, YG25, YG17 and YG67.

For the background, I embossed a piece of red cardstock with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate Die. I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than an A2 card base. I mounted the embossed panel with foam tape.

I used the stamp set Christmas Tiles and embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder. I adhered the wreath to the red panel and added some extra sprigs I colored earlier. Arrange and adhere the sentiments with foam tape. For a finishing touch I added a twine bow and gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 29

Stitched Tree on a Garland Background by Jean Okimoto


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A holiday background from the Garland 6x6 pack sets the scene for the Stitched Tree and glittered birds. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great ready-to-stitch tree die.

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Cut Intense Kiwi cardstock with the largest die from the Birch Press Design Tall Triangle Set.  Prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots.  Cut the tree, then punch a hole about ½" below the center of the tree.  Trim the bottom of the triangle. Tall Triangle Set is a must-have for the holidays - and it's great for small pennants too!

Create a tree trunk by stitching brown floss from the punched hole at the bottom to the hole at the top of the tree. Tape the ends of the floss on the backside of the diecut with Scotch Transparent Tape  (Magic Tape might tear). Stitch the tree with green thread in the following sequence - horizontally, along the sides, and some random diagonal stitches.

Cut a blossom and three sets of birds - with the Birds and Blossoms set - from the dark red sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the Garland print with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach it to a top-folded white A-2 card and add the tree.


Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it quickly with detail clear powder - it's a fast-drying ink!  Add the birds.

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Stitched designs have become my creative - and appreciated - diversion from the daily news and pandemic statistics.  These simple stitches reward me with a feeling of accomplishment.  Hope you'll give it a try - leave a comment if stitch therapy works for you too!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a Happy - and safe - Halloween if you're celebrating!




Wed 28

Have a Spooky Halloween
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I can't believe Halloween is this week! So here's an idea for a quick last minute card.


To make this card, I die cut the Diagonal Stripe Collage die on the left side of a piece of white cardstock.  I spattered the cardstock with black ink, trimmed it and then glued it to a orange card base. 

I die cut three black bats from black cardstock and adhered them to the card front. I only put glue on the bats body so that they would have some dimension.


To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and that's it!


I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! Thanks for stopping by today.







Tue 27

Warm Wishes with the Stitched Circle and Knotted Circle Wreaths by Jean Okimoto

Let the Stitched Circle Wreath add a burst of contemporary color to a traditional design.  Need glitter?  Bright sparkly berries and bows from the Mistletoe Bundle set are the perfect accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea for you.


Prep Stitched Circle Wreath by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dots.  Cut it from Granny Smith cardstock.  Trim it with the 3-¼" and 1-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Stitch the starbursts with green floss - tape the ends of the floss to the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

Cut the largest Knotted Circle Wreath from Granny Smith too.  Cut the Mistletoe Bundle berries and two bows from red glittered cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Prep the smoother side of Intense Kiwi carstock with the embossing powder tool and stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Love that typeface!

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the greeting with foam tape.


Prep the inside with the powder tool and stamp and emboss another greeting from the set.  Attach a few more glittered dots.



Hope you're enjoying the versatility of the new ready-to-stitch designs (94404, 05, 06, 07) as much as I am.  There are so many ways to use them with a wide range of basic threads and sparkly specialty yarns.  I can't sew, knit, quilt or crochet - but I can stitch these simple designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday...






Mon 26

Merry Christmas Among the Pines
by Anne Thompson

I had some time this week to experiment with the PINPOINT SNOWFLAKE PLATE 94513 and cut a number of backgrounds from a variety of materials--foil papers, different colored cardstocks, and printed papers.  I love the way it cuts not just the pinpoint snowflakes but the edges for a perfect card front at 5 1/2 X 4 1/4.  I chose the one I made from the pale green dot paper as the background for the PINE TREE COLLAGE 84504.


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to make this card

  • I began by adhering the Pinpoint Snowflake paper to cover the front of a white notecard.
  • I cut the Pine Tree Collage pieces from white cardstock and trimmed the tree frame to fit so that a little of the Pinpoint Snowflake paper showed around the edges.  
  • I used Glue Dots to add the four tree triangles.
  • I cut both the Special Merry Christmas and the Pointed Pine Needle Frame from the darker green dot paper.  I snipped off most of the frame and place the pine needles in the upper right corner after adding Merry Christmas across the tree tops.


I have been thinking of ways to add light behind the Pinpoint Snowflakes...perhaps a three-dimensional box card lit from above with tiny LED lights might give me the effect I'm after.  I'll let you know if I come up with a plan and a product!

...And because I love working with the plaid papers...and it is fall...and plaid is this month's challenge theme...here is a bonus card for inspiration.


Happy Crafting!

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Sun 25

Clean & Simple Mistletoe Card
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!

I have a clean and simple Christmas card made with some of the brand new mini release from Memory Box! I used a brand new backgound pinpoint die and a new beautiful mistletoe die set.

Here's how I made my card:

1) Die cut bright white 5.5" by 4.25" piece of card stock with "Snowflake Pinpoint Plate" die  
2) Using green & red glitter paper from "Twinkling Jewel Glitter" paper pack cut the "Mistletoe Bundle" die
3) Added the "Snowflake Pinpoint" panel to a piece of black card stock so you can see the design clearly
4) Adhered the "Mistletoe Bundle" die pieces to the front of the card
5) Heat embossed the sentiment from the "Berry Wreath " stamp set with white embossing powder on black card stock
6) Adhere top panel to card base

Here's one last look at my card. It's hard to capture just how shiny and glittery the Memory Box glitter paper is - it's really gorgeous in person!

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I hope I've inspired you to create some clean and simple cards using these amazing new dies from Memory Box. Thanks so much for stopping by!




Sat 24

Halloween Treat Wrappers with Fall and Winter Dies by Jean Okimoto


Designs from our latest Christmas collection are great for Halloween treat wrappers too!  Mistletoe Swags grow into a scary tangle of twigs, cozy Cabin Collage becomes a haunted house and Little Orchard Collage sets the scene for ghosts, bats and pumpkins.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a project inspired by a wintry fall weekend.


Cut black and dark orange cardstock into 8-½" x 3" strips.  Score and crease them at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜" to form a wrapper for snack-size KitKats, chocolate bars or Mounds.  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.



The Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set includes ghosts and pumpkins to cut from white and light orange cardstock. Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Pumpkins and Whittle Ghosts too.   Attach black cardstock scraps behind the Whittle Ghosts and Pumpkins for their mouths.


Cut white and dark kraft cardstock with the medium-sized Geodesic Oval die.  We're using the inner oval offcuts here, save the delicate oval frame for another project. Cut Little Orchard Collage from the offcuts.   Cut a set of tree shapes from orange cardstock.  Cut the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer bats from the offcuts too.  Attach the diecuts to black wrappers.


Cut Cabin Collage from black cardstock, trim it and round the corners.  Attach it to a dark kraft wrapper - don't adhere the front and back porch sides. Add the ghosts and pumpkins.

Cut two sets of Mistletoe Swags from black cardstock - we're using two of the narrower diecuts and one of the wide diecut.  Attach them to the dark orange wrapper - adhere just the outer sections.  Tuck the ghosts and pumpkin behind the swags.

Punch ¼" holes for the ties. Attach the candy with double-stick tape.  Tie the wrappers with green tulle or netting.  I used about 10" of 3" wide green netting and trimmed the ends. 

Thanks for visiting...make treat wrappers, eat candy and enjoy the weekend!





Fri 23

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a fun technique for you called " Die Cut Letterpress". I saw this technique on Jennifer McGuire's blog: Here. I used the new Mistletoe Wreath Die for my card.

I die cut the Wreath 3 times from cardstock and once from vellum. Next I glued them all together, with the vellum wreath on top.  This forms our faux letterpress die. You want the vellum die cut on top to have a non-porous surface to ink the die cut.

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Next I inked the vellum side of the die cut with Distress Oxide Inks and placed it ink side down onto a piece of watercolor paper. I lightly misted the watercolor paper with plain water before I placed my die cut down. I ran this through my die cut machine as if embossing a die cut. All machines are different so just follow the instructions for embossing.


The die cut will peel right off the paper. You can wipe the ink off it and use it again.

I spattered the background with the green inks and sponged the edges of the card with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used various sized hole punches to create the berries and glued them around the wreath.


I die cut the shadow portion of the word wishing from kraft cardstock and the writing portion from white cardstock. Next I glued the word to the shadow and adhered them to the card.

I stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of kraft cardstock and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.


To finish the card, I used foam tape to glue the card front to a kraft mat and adhered that to a white card base.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!







Thu 22

Build a Background for the Gilded Angel by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another mix of new dies and classic favorites designed to make the most of our Memory Box stash.  Trim the new Pinpoint Burst Plate with a Knotted Circle Wreath and create a radiant background for the Gilded Angel.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed - but simple - card in just a few colors.


Cut white cardstock with the largest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut the offcut with the central portion of the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Wondering if you'll have a zillion little dots falling out?   No - thank goodness - the die pierces the cardstock without creating a pile of loose dots!

Cut the wreath again from Smoky cardstock and attach the interior circle behind the white circle to add contrast to the pinpoint design.  Attach the gray and white pieces to a side-folded A-2 card of Petunia cardstock.

Cut delicate Gilded Angel from the silver sheet in the new Polished Foil 6x6 Pad - save the two pieces we'll attach as accents later.   The new Memory Box Polished Foils are the perfect weight for detailed designs and you won't have any of those annoying little metallic "strings" found on double-layered foil cardstock.

Cut the solid Gilded Angel Background from the smother side of Petunia cardstock and pressure-emboss it with the detailed Gilded Angel using the plate(s) and rubber embossing mat required for your machine. Embossing the background adds dimension and makes it easy to inset and attach the detailed silver diecut.  Attach the silver diecut as an "offset-inset."


Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Orchid Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then diecut the cardstock with the smallest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut gray cardstock too - for the narrow crescent accents.


Use the entire design - or just a portion - of the new Pinpoint Plates for cards, layouts and mixed medial projects.  Layer them over contrasting cardstock to make the designs stand out. View our growing collection of pinpoint dies and create great holiday and everyday greetings!

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