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28 posts from December 2020

Sun 20

Family Greetings and the Pine Tree Collage

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Handcrafted, heartfelt greetings mean more than ever this Christmas.  Add a tiny heart and make it extra-special.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute holiday design.


Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from the Garland 6x6 gray floral corner print.  Cut the rectangle with the Pine Tree Collage.  Carefully remove and save the offcut for another project.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Cut the extra trees from turquoise cardstock and the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die set - on chartreuse cardstock.  Attach it with foam tape.

Add ¼" dots punched from the pale blue Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the remainder of the greeting on the inside with Tulip Red.


Cut one heart of each size from the Heart Board die and attach them to the card. 

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




Sat 19

Clean & Simple Slimline Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple slimline card using Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" and "Christmas Tiles" stamps and dies.  I love stamping a large stamp image and cutting it into smaller pieces to use on my cards.  This time I did this with the large "Berry Wreath" stamp and die set.  Here's a closer look:


I stamped the wreath in black and heat embossed it in clear, then colored it with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  After die cutting the image, I cut it into two piece to use on a slimline card base.  After I adhered both piece to the card front, I took the "peace, love & joy" sentiment from the "Christmas Tiles" stamp set and cut it to fit into the white spaces between the wreath branches.  I stamped the words in black and heat embossed them in clear to match the wreath.

Here's one last look at my card:


I really love clean and simple designs!  I think its my favorite style of card making because I just love bright white space!  I hope I've inspired you to look at some of your larger stamps to see if you can use them in smaller pieces.  Thanks so much for stopping by!





Fri 18

Warmest Wishes Ornament
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! Today I have fun ornament for you.  I had some birch slices left over from another project and decided to make ornaments. They are very simple to do and great for a last minute gift.

To make these ornaments, I stamped my image with black pigment ink and colored the image with colored pencils. I heat set the stamped image with a heat tool before coloring the holly. 


I used a white paint pen to add snow dots to the background and added twine for the hanger.

I made a second ornament for those who like a little added glitz. All I did was add glitter around the edge of the ornament. 



This is my last post for for 2020. I wish you all Happy Holidays and hopefully a great 2021.  Thank you so much for all the kind comments through the year. I will see you all next year!






Thu 17

Scatter Snowspeckles on a Watercolored Background by Jean Okimoto


'Twas the week before Christmas...time to make some simple cards for holiday thank you notes.   Hi, Jean Okimoto combining Memory Box Wide Washi Tape and Open Studio Watercolor Paper on quick cards.

Paint the smoother side of the watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of green, blue and yellow dye ink refills or Distress Oxides.  Let the colors blend and air-dry for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Attach Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape to the painted watercolor paper.  For a softer, frosty look, add a layer of Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Cut ¾" x 4" and ¾" x 4-½" accent strips of green cardstock for the vertical cards. P1001836

 Cut ¾" x 3-¾" and ¾" x3-¼" strips for the horizontal card.

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Punch ¼" circles of the gold and bright green Holiday 6x6 glittered cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 cards. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!






Wed 16

Let It Snowglobe
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a fun non-traditional color winter card to share today.  I really wanted to use the Snowglobe Bases die set again.  There are four snowglobe base sizes and initially I had planned on making a tag with this size, but ended up turning it into a card instead.  The largest die actually makes a great shaped card.

So I started by die cutting a circle from Bristol paper using Circle Basics.  Took the next smaller size die and die cut a circle frame.  Oops, I think I used a circle die that is one (or two) size too big. 😆  Next, masked off the snowy ground on the circle and ink blended Wilted Violet and Spun Sugar distress inks (DIs) for the fun sky.  Flicked on some water, then blot with a paper towel to give it texture.  


The snowglobe base and snowmen with their accessories were die cut from alcohol marker friendly paper and colored in with Copic Sketch markers.  The background is also Bristol paper die cut with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Blended on Spun Sugar DI, then black heat embossed the sentiment from Spirit of Christmas with clear glitter embossing powder.  Assembled the card on a white card base to finish.  


And that’s it from me today.  I want to thank everyone for joining me and leaving such kind comments throughout this crazy year.  2021 can only get better.  Whatever occasion you celebrate, have a happy holiday!  Stay healthy and keep safe.




Mon 14

Plush Big Penguin Pocket Pet
by Anne Thompson

I'm working with a penguin theme for my grandsons' Christmas gifts this year--large quilted stuffed penguins, penguin pajamas, and penguin fabric for art smocks I'm sewing for them.  In looking through Memory Box products featuring penguins, thinking I would make cards and gift tags, I decided to first sew the boys some penguin pocket pets using the PLUSH BIG PENGUIN 94403 die set.


I tried several kinds of felt and found that the stiffer craft felt gave me the best cuts with holes that didn't tear while sewing.  (I could have added a fusible stabilizer to the softer felt and that would have worked well too.)   I used my sewing machine and a zigzag stitch to add the white face/tummy to one of the two black body pieces.  I used some fabric glue to attach the eyes and nose to the face and to attach the feet between the two black layers.  I used six strands of black embroidery floss and a large-eyed needle and just did a running stitch in the holes around the edge to join the front and back, pausing every once in awhile to tuck in a bit of stuffing.  


One finished and another cut out and ready to sew.  This penguin is just the right size to be a perfect pocket pet.  In fact, I think they will end up tucked into the pockets of the art smocks when I mail their gifts this week.

Plush Big Penguins would also make cute package tie-ons or Christmas tree ornaments, with or without stuffing them.  Don't have felt or sewing supplies?  Cut some single layer penguins from black and white and orange cardstock to add to cards or for gift tags.   I'll be making Plush Big Penguin tags for the boys' presents with their names and "Love from Nanne" written on the tummies.  Cute!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 13

Build a Pop-Up Easel Bird House with Memory Box 6x6’s by Jean Okimoto

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Showcase your construction skills with Memory Box 6x6 papers and the Poppystamps Bird House Pop-Up Easel Set.  The bird house is designed to fit into an A-2 envelope but we're adding it to an A-6 card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here on a cold winter weekend that's perfect for cardmaking.


Cut the easel base from red cardstock and fold the tab backwards.  Cut the house background from dark olive cardstock and attach it to the folded tab. 


Cut the house from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia print.  Cut the door frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the roof trim from the chartreuse striped Garland 6x6 sheet.  Cut the snowy roof accent from the pale gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the cardinal from red cardstock. The face and beak are embossed for coloring on the cardinal.  It was easier for me to cut that section again from orange cardstock and use a black Sharpie to color a portion of it.  Attach the cardinal with foamdots.


Cut the short pine branch and one of the long branches and attach them at the bottom of the easel.  Add ¼" dots punched from the pale gold glitter pad sheet.  The branches and dots will support the house when the card is displayed.  Attach the house to a dark olive A-6 card.  (4-½" x 6-¼") 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on bright chartreuse cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the coordinating die.  

Have fun mixing and matching our glitter, foil and holiday prints to create a card that will be enjoyed and appreciated more than ever this Christmas.

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










Fri 11

Peace Card
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! Today's card is a fairly simple card to make. I started with a piece of green cardstock and gold heat embossed the wreath image.

Then I used a blender brush and Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink to deepen the color green. 


I also used a paint brush and the same green to deepen the color of the leaves. You can add as much detail to your image as you want, but I really wanted to keep it simple.

Next I used a white gel pen to add color to my berries and spattered the background with white acrylic paint.

I die cut the word "peace", once from gold foil paper and twice from white cardstock. I glued all the words together ending with the gold word on top.


I gold embossed the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and glued that to my card. 

I adhered the card front to a white card base and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today!





Thu 10

Trio of Sparkly Stitched Trees by Jean Okimoto


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Create the look of frosty bottlebrush trees with the Stitched Tree die.  This sparkly trio - in soft pastels - could brighten a cold winter day for someone special.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of hunker-down stitch therapy. 

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Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper, Smoky and Berry Blush cardstock with the largest die from the Birch Press Design Tall Triangle Set.  You'll need the entire tree of watercolor paper, the top three sections from Berry Blush and top two sections from Smoky.  Punch a small hole about ¼" below the bottom row of the watercolor paper tree, then trim about ⅛" below the hole.

Trim the Berry Blush tree below the 3rd section and the Smoky tree below the 2nd section

As always, prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper top help release the tiny dots.  Tape one end of the sparkly yarn behind the diecuts and stitch horizontally from the bottom to the top of each tree.  

Sew a long vertical stitch from the top to the punched hole on the watercolor paper tree.  Sew long vertical stitches from the top to the bottoms of the smaller trees.  Tape the thread ends on the reverse side.

Diecut the stars from the Starlit Breeze die from the pale gold sheet of the Holiday Glitter Pad. Cut the largest Stylish Rectangle from white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape along the center and bottom of the watercolor tree.  Use doublestick tape for the smaller trees.  The post office may require special handling or additional postage for thicker cards. 

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Try stitch therapy for a creative break from daily routines.  It's satisfying and productive - and adding a stitched design to your projects makes it uniquely yours.

Thanks for visiting!






Wed 09

Glittered Winter Wonderland
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a dimensional card I made using a primarily white color palette with a glittery winter forest.  To make the card, I cut out two layers of trees.  The first layer is the Pine Tree Collage, which definitely has an evergreen/winter feel to it.  The second layer is the Wooded Glen Collage.  I usually use it for an autumnal card.  However, I found that if you cut it out in white and added white glitter, it looked great for winter.  For the inside of the card, I used the Cabin Collage die.  When you cut out that die, it looks like this:


I just wanted the cabin and the base of the cabin for my card, so I cut it out like this using my scissors:


For the glittery backs of the tree, I used a combination of the Frosted Glitter and Holiday Glitter papers.  I didn't have enough of either, so that is why I used both paper packs.  Both papers are glittery, but the frosted is a bit more muted and the holiday really brings the glitz.  Here is a close up of the sparkle:


To assemble the card, I used a little foam tape so that there was a little extra dimension to the card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!