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31 posts from May 2021

Fri 21

See You Soon
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today's card features more new products from the new Under the Sea release. 

I started by partially die cutting the Jumbled Line Collage on white cardstock. I wanted it to fit an A2 size card.

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I glued the die cut background to a light blue piece of cardstock, then adhered it to a red cardstock mat. 

Next, I embossed a navy blue piece of cardstock using the Waves 3D embossing folder. I lightly sanded the paper to reveal the raised lines of the waves. I trimmed across the waves so that the boat I'm adding would look like its sailing on the ocean.


*I changed the background paper behind the die cut to a lighter color. I forgot to take a picture of it.

Next, I die cut the boat from white cardstock and used colored pencils to color it. I cut a slit in the waves to insert the boat.

I used foam tape to adhere the waves and boat to the card front.

I used a scrap of red cardstock to make a flag for the boat.

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To finish the card I white heat embossed the sentiment on red cardstock, used a circle die to cut out the shape and glued it to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Thu 20

Sanded, Embossed Toolshed Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with the bold, industrial look of the new Toolshed 3D Embossing Folder.  The silver Polished Foil Pad captures the dimensional details of the folder - trimmed to a narrow strip - and sanded to highlight the tools.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add extra contrast to an embossed design.


Attach a strip of adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to the silver Polished Foil Pad sheet for extra thickness.  Place the strip near the right edge of the Toolshed 3D Embossing Folder and emboss it using the plate(s) and embossing mat required for your machine.  Trim it to 2 x 5-¾".


Place the embossed strip on a hard, smooth surface and carefully sand just the embossed tools with a sanding block.  Use long, level vertical strokes first, then short, level horizontal strokes.  Sanding the raised areas creates a contrast between the shiny background and matte, sanded areas.

Cut the dark orange and teal 6x6 sheets from the Sunny Orange and Fresh Aqua Collections with the 3rd smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the light orange Sunny Orange Collection sheet with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim the greetings with the die from the stamp set - shorten the "happy" strip by diecutting the extra space at the ends.

Attach everything to a slimline card (3-½ x 8-½") of the new White Woodgrain cardstock to coordinate with the card's toolbox theme - use foamtape for the greeing.

Add the orange Fairy Jewels from the Bright Jewels set.


Hope you'll try the sanding technique with other Polished Foil Pad colors and Memory Box 3D Embossing Folders - the Waves and Underwater embossing folder designs would be great on the blue foils.

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





Wed 19

Grand Scallop Shell Easel Card
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a masculine card to share today using products from the Under the Sea collection.  The card was going to be a regular landscspe card just as you see above, but then I thought turning the Grand Scallop Shell into an easel would be more fun. 😉  


I started by die cutting the Grand Scallop Shell background twice from mixed media paper.  Took one of them and partial die cut with the Pinpoint Burst Plate to get rays.  Ink blended Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch distress inks (DI) on both, but only splattered water on the one without the rays and dabbed off with a paper towel to give it texture.  The top piece with the rays had so much going on, it didn’t need it.  


The scuba divers were die cut from black cardstock while the coral and fish were die cut from white cardstock and colored in with Copic markers.  The outline Grand Scallop Shell was then die cut from Bristol paper twice, adhered together then the inside sections cut out with scissors, leaving a white border.  Assembled the underwater scene. 

The woodgrain background was created from Kraft Woodgrain paper.  Scored it every inch then blended Antique Linen DI on it to bring out the woodgrain details better.  The ropes were die cut from Cream Woodgrain paper and Antique Linen DI was blended on it as well.  Adhered this panel to a white card base.

The easel was created by partial die cutting a white card base so it was still attached at the fold.


Next, fold the front in half (no measuring required) and when assembling the easel, add adhesive only to the area below the folded line (red arrow).


The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock and stacked with two more pieces of cardstock to give it a bit of dimension as it acts as a stopper, allowing the easel to stand up for display.  Adhered the easel to the card front, then added clear Fairy Drops as bubbles to finish.


And that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.




Mon 17

Love Sick Jellyfish
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, using the newest Under the Sea Release.  I had a lot of fun creating with these Graceful Jellyfish. I added a light wash of color onto watercolor paper with Karin Brushmarkers. After the paper dried I die cut the jellyfish. I added glitter to some the tentacles and body and assembled. 


Next, I die cut the Ring Stack Die two times using the 6x6 Polished Foil Pack. I adhered the rings diagonally. Than I adhered the jellyfish over them.

Using the left over watercolored paper, I stamped the sentiments. For a finishing touch I added some Fairy Drops.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mon 17

Graceful Jellyfish Underwater
by Anne Thompson

There is another new embossing folder in the Under the Sea Collection that I chose to use as the backdrop for Graceful Jellyfish on today's cards--UNDERWATER EMBOSSING FOLDER F1012.

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For all of the cards I made for this post (and I made a lot of them!) I used the same embossing folder and the Graceful Jellyfish set of dies.


  • I began with a stack of papers that I chose for using with the UNDERWATER EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1012.  Some of the papers were pale green dots, a muted blue plaid, and the new White Woodgrain. 
  • I just kept making embossed panels, trimming some to 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 and some 5 1/4 X 4.
  • I chose VersaFine Clair inks in Shady Lane (an olive-y green), Warm Breeze (blue) and Green Oasis and I applied the ink to the embossed panels by rubbing the ink pads directly across the raised images.
  • Next I started making a bunch of the GRACEFUL JELLYFISH 94574 using scraps of glitter papers, foil papers, solid cardstocks, stripes and dots papers, and plaids.  I mixed and matched until I had jellyfish that coordinated with the inked embossed panels.
  • I used white notecards and added the embossed panels and jellyfish with Scor-Tape.  On a couple of the cards I added a plaid paper behind the embossed panel as well.

Cards One, Two, and Three


Cards Four, Five, and Six


These cards will be great for lots of different occasions this summer.  I can easily add a stamped sentiment inside with my handwritten message.  Or a selection of them with envelopes and stamps would make a lovely gift for a summer birthday or as a thank you to someone special.  

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 16

Clean & Simple Mixed Media Card + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie today with this fun CAS (clean and simple) mixed media card.
I used lots of dies from Memory Box including the newly released "Jumbled Line Collage" die, which I used as a stencil for some embossing paste.

I have a short video below showing how I made this card.  If you prefer, you can click on the "YouTube" on the bottom of the video to watch it on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel while you are there so you won't miss new content!

Here's a closer look at the center of the card:

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 I have a few more pictures to share below:

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Here's one with the Memory Box supplies I used:

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today!

Be sure to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the newest products that came out this month!
So many amazing dies, plus woodgrain paper, and the most gorgeous gems and droplets too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Sat 15

Abstract Ocean Scene
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I am sharing a card that uses the Jumbled Line Collage as a backdrop for some fish. I love the collage element because you can make it be any color that you like and use it with pretty much any other die you choose.

To make the rectangles look more like water, I used strips of paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack along with a few strips of Delicate Pastel Glitter paper. I like the mix of matte and sparkly paper.

To color the fish, I used some paper from my scrap pile:


The paper is watercolor paper covered with Colorburst powders and water. It was in my scrap pile because if you use too much powder, you sometimes get weird, dark spots on your paper. I thought it worked well with the fish though because some of the fish ended up having a nice gloss to them.

Have a great weekend!





Fri 14

Long Time No Sea
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Friday! Today I have another Summer themed card featuring new products from the new Under the Sea release.

To create the background for the card, I began by adhering scrap strips of blue cardstock to a piece of white cardstock.  


I trimmed the background and embossed it with the Waves 3D embossing folder. Next I lightly rubbed a white pigment ink pad over the embossed background and spattered it with orange and white paint.


Using watercolor paper, I die cut the octopus and fish. Next I used Distress Ink to color the die cuts. The rope was cut from kraft cardstock and inked with Vintage Photo Distress ink.


To assemble the card, I used foam tape to adhere the embossed background to a white cardstock mat. I glued blue cardstock strips to each end of the white cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.

Next I glued the rope die cut to the card front and used foam tape to adhere the Octopus and Fish.

On a strip of black cardstock I white embossed the sentiment and glued that to the card using foam tape.


To finish the card, I glued some Fairy Drops to look like bubbles.

That's it for today! I hope you have a great day!







Thu 13

Grand Scallop Shell and Graceful Ocean Birds by Jean Okimoto


Opposites attract in a pastel beach scene here. The bold Grand Scallop Shell, delicate Graceful Ocean Birds, matte cardstock from our 6x6 Collections, and sparkly Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad accent strips, soft colors and  bright birds create a medley of contrasts.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another Under the Sea Collection design for you.  Not sure if a scallop shell and these flamingo-wannabe birds belong together - but here they are!


Cut pastel-painted watercolor paper with the solid Grand Scallop Shell.  I've used a stash scrap colored with diluted Kaleidacolor ink refills. Pressure-emboss the shell with the detailed Grand Scallop Shell die - use the rubber embossing mat and other plate(s) required for your machine.  Leave the shell in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and sponge VersaMark onto the open areas of the shell.  Remove the die and heat-emboss the shell with Imagine's Iridescent Mboss Powder.  Clean the die with a damp washcloth.

Cut the blue sheet - from the 6x6 Fresh Aqua Collection - with the detailed scallop die.  Attach the diecut to the embossed shell.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 8" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Cut the pale aqua 6x6 Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad sheet with Vertical Line Collage.  Attach the 5 offcut strips to the rectangle.

Cut Graceful Ocean Birds from the pink-coral 6x6 Berry Red Collection sheet.  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It Note and color the beaks and legs with a marker.  The pale gray Zebra Mildliner over the pink-coral cardstock created a dark taupe/brown.

Attach the diecuts to the rectangle - use foamtape for the top of the shell.  Attach the rectangle - at an angle -  to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-⅝").  Add jewels from the Open Studio Pastel Jewels - I used the color in the first column.



Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!




Tue 11

Birds of a Feather
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a fun flock of birds! I used the Graceful Ocean Birds Die, die cut them two times and added some color with Copic Markers. I used the Wrapped Stitched Die and die cut the panel. Than I used the Jumbled Line Collage Die and secured it to the center of the die cut stitched panel. 


Using the card base, I inked up some rainbow colors to show through the Jumbled Line Collage.  Adhere the die cut panel to the rainbow inked base.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set, All the Happiness. 

I adhered the birds than added some Bright Jewels.

Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!

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