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31 posts from May 2021

Tue 11

Coral Reef Scene with Video
by Sara Cook

Greetings.  I have a beautiful coral reef scene card using the new release dies from Under the Sea.  The dies and glitter paper makes it easy to recreate a coral reef scene.  There are a lot of steps but they go fast.  Check out the video tutorial, link below.



Select 3 colors from the Fresh Aqua paper pack. Trim down to A2, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Die cut the Kelp Collage die from the lightest color paper and then Bubble Coral Collage die from the medium color and the Deepwater Collage die from the darkest color.  Center the dies with the first die cut to align the scene. Trim off all the kelp, coral and seaweed pcs from the die cuts.  


Die cut coral dies from Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Bubble Coral Collage out of pinke paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter pad and orange from the Frosted Glitter pad.  I die cut all dies from each paper.  Then choose 2 of the die cuts one from pink and one from orange paper and color with R32 Copic marker to create 2 coral colored glitter.


Die cut the kelp dies from the Coral and Kelp Ribbon and Kelp Collage out of aqua Polished Foil Pad pack twice.

Start gluing the coral and kelp die cuts on the collage die cuts.  Change up colors and styles as you go.  Always stock the collage die cuts together to make sure the coral and kelp is where you want it.  Keep a spot open in the upper portion of the scene for the turtle.  Add double sided foam tape to the back of the collage die cuts.

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Die cut the turtle from the Sea Creatures out of 110lb white card stock.  Color the turtle shell with Copic marker E23 and E27. Cover each square in the shell with E23 and then go back with E27, flicking the ink from top to bottom, not covering up the full area.  Go back over the area with E23.  Cover the area around the squares with YG03 and then YG63.  Go around the outside of the shell with YG63.  Brush Ranger Collage Medium Matte on the shell and let dry.  Color the turtle with YG03 and then add YG63 on the under side of the body and color in the fee.  Color the edge of the feet and eye with E37 and go over with YG63.


Cut glossy, white, paper into 6, 2 inch squares.  Appy Distress Oxide ink onto each square, Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feather, Cracked Pistachio and Ketch Flamingo. To secure the ink on the glossy paper, blend Distress Glaze on top of each paper and then wipe  excess with a cloth.  Die cut each color paper from the smaller School of Fish die.  

Start to adhere in the fish in and around the coral and kelp collage die cuts, arranging the fish until you like it.  Cut a thin piece of acetate to 1/2" x 5 1/2 ".  Adhere the acetate strop on the backside of the Kelp Collage die cut centering it.  Adhere the turtle to the top portion of the acetate strip, looking like the turtle is swimming up towards the surface.  Remove the backing from the foam tape and adhere the largest to smallest collage die cuts on top of each other.  Adhere the 3 layered collage dies to a A2 card base.  The card base should be a dark color then the 3 layers.







Mon 10

Tool Shed Guy Cards
by Anne Thompson

I need a lot of cards to send out to guys this month and the new TOOL SHED EMBOSSING FOLDER EF 1019 is perfect!  


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I still have quite a lot of Christmas Plaid paper left from the holidays because I love the plaids and bought so many pads of it.  I took plaids that I thought worked well with the embossed charcoal paper and that had a masculine feel to them.  

I chose one of the darkest colors in the Earth Neutral Collection to use with the Tool Shed Embossing Folder.  Using a sanding block on the embossed image reveals bits of white which adds interest and highlights details on the various tools.

The simplest card has the red plaid paper behind the embossed panel.

The next one has a green/black/thin red stripe plaid behind the embossed panel with a ribbon tied around the folded edge.

The most involved card has the black and white check background behind the embossed panel with another strip of the plaid on top, finished with a gingham bow and some black pearls.


To change things up a bit on a few more cards, I used the new WHITE WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44001 with the Tool Shed embossing folder.


These all-occasion cards are just what I need for my card stash in May.  And leftovers can be used for Father's Day cards in June!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 09

Blooming Sweet Pea and Special Hugs by Jean Okimoto


Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating today!

The blossoms, leaves and tendrils of the new Blooming Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder create a delicate background for a thoughtful greeting.  The glossy heat-embossed design adds extra dimension and contrast.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for any occasion.


Cut a sheet from the Vibrant Violet Collection with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Use a hard rubber brayer and a clean, well-inked VersaMark pad to transfer the ink the top section of the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder.  Pressure-emboss inked areas with detail clear powder.

Here's a technique we use in classes - preheat the embossing powder by applying the heat-tool to the reverse side of the the cardtock first.  Let the heat-tool cool off for a minute or two, then heat-emboss the design from thge right side.  

Stamp the greeting - from the All the Happiness Clear Stamp and die set - on a pale lavender sheet from the Vibrant Violet Collection with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the Double Stitch Happy Heart die.

Cut a darker lavender sheet with the 2" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die. Cut a partial heart  from the rectangle - tape the heart to the rectangle on the reverse side.

Attach the pieces to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add clear Fairy Drops.


The new 3D Embossing Folders give you the option of simply embossing - or adding ink.  Hope you take the time to try the different techniques 

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!





Sat 08

Memory Box Under the Sea Release


Hi everyone. By now you should have seen lots of new samples and even a video with the latest release, but have you taken a moment to look through the new catalog and look book? You can flip through the pages and finds so many ideas and bits of inspiration to use the latest products. We hope you will give them a look. Click on either of the pictures to take you directly to the catalog or look book and then flip through the pages at your leisure.


You can also use these links to find the books:


Look Book

Hope you have a fantastic and crafty weekend!

Fri 07

Shell Shaped Cards with "Grand Spiral Shell" Die - Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!

It's Angie here today with two shell shaped cards made with a brand new die called
"Grand Spiral Shell" die. I also used the "Reverse Little & Big Words" stamp and die set.

Here's a short video showing how I made these cards.  If you prefer you can watch it on YouTube by clicking on the YouTube text on the video.

Here's two close ups, one of each card:

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And here's one last look at both cards:

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I hope you enjoyed my cards today! I have linked my supplies below if you are interested in therm.

Be sure to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the amazing new release products, including dies, woodgrain paper, and the new "Fairy Gems."

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Thu 06

Flowers from the Graceful Jellyfish by Jean Okimoto

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Flip Graceful Jellyfish upside-down and they can be Vibrant Violet flowers - with a bit of determination and a lot of imagination.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to get the most from your Memory Box dies - and a glittered Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow.

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Cut the detailed Graceful Jellyfish overlays from six shades of Vibrant Violet 6x6 cardstock.  Cut the tops of 2 big and 1 small Seed Stems from black cardstock.  Trim them and attach them between two layers of the jellyfish overlay diecuts.  

Cut Vertical Line Collage from black cardstock - we're using 3 of the offcut strips for stems here.  Attach them to the flowers.

Cut the largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with Vertical Line Collage.  Cut a 1-⅜" wide strip of the lightest gray from the 6x6 Earth Neutral Collection.  Attach it behind the collage.  Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").

Cut the Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow from the fuchsia Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Attach the diecuts to the card - use foamtape for the shortest flower.  Add ¼" dots punched from the silver Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.


We'll use the Graceful Jellyfish as actual jellyfish in a future post.  I thought I'd share today's card first, for anyone looking for a just-in-time design for Mother's Day.

Thanks for visiting - see you next week!




Wed 05

Slimline Octopus
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I want to share I made as part of a card challenge. The challenge was "Beatles Songs." Can you guess the name of the song I chose? The answer is at the end of this post.

To make the card, I started by cutting paper to make a slimline card. I really like the look of slimlines, and I like the fact that they don't cost any extra to mail.

I cut out the Bubble Coral Collage die from my white piece of cardstock. I then cut the Deepwater Collage die from green cardstock to layer behind the coral and cut out darker green pieces from the Kelp Collage to layer onto my underwater scene.

When I cut out the first two layers, this is what they looked like on top of each other:


I decided I wanted the bubbles to be blue, so I cut out strips of blue paper to glue behind the round openings:


I found that cutting out strips of paper to glue behind the circles worked much faster than cutting out little circles from the die that would fit into the openings.

For the sea background, I pulled out a watercolored blue sheet I had in my stockpile:


I had originally sprayed watercolor paper with distress sprays and then placed a stencil on top to transfer the pattern. However, it didn't work out as planned and you can only barely see the stencil pattern. The paper went into my scrap drawer and stayed there for a long time. I advise you to always keep your "mistakes." They may not have turned out like you wanted, but they might work for another project. I thought this piece worked well for an underwater card.

All that was left was to layer all the pieces of my card, add my sentiment and attach some Memory Box Fairy Drops to look like bubbles.

So, did you guess the Beatles song? It was "Octopus's Garden."






Mon 03

Just Keep Swimming
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some alcohol ink fun! You'll need Yupo Paper to create the background, but, I found in a pinch glossy photo paper works well also!  The newest Memory Box Challenge is WATER...show us your water theme project and play along!!!

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I used alcohol inks in shades lettuce, mermaid, and indigo, and the blending solution. Allow to dry. Then I die cut the panel with Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die. Adhere the die cut panel to the card base.  

I die cut the sea creatures using only white cardstock for a nice contrast. Lastly, I embossed the sentiment from the stamp set, Peony Garden Corner Stamp and scattered some clear jewels.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Mon 03

Stripes, Dots, Christmas Plaids, Waves, and Swimming Creatures in Bubble Coral Collages
by Anne Thompson

I had a lot of fun creating these little underwater Bubble Coral Collage scene cards:IMG_3121-ink

I began with four white notecards and these paper pads:



I selected papers that I thought would look interesting when embossed with the Waves folder and made quite a few. Then I selected colors of Stripes and Dots that I thought would look like good underwater colors and cut several of the Bubble Coral Collages and the separate coral pieces in that set.

The next step was to choose solid cardstocks from these two pads:

and then I cut multiples of the SCHOOL OF FISH 94570 and SEA CREATURES 94564 from the three colors I chose.


The fun part was mixing up the various elements to create the four cards, assembling the larger paper layers with Scor-Tape, using Glue Dots to attach the single coral pieces, and adhering the swimmers with Glue Dots and dimensional foam dots.



Who would have thought that Christmas Plaids would make such cool waves?!  To finish each card I added just a few FAIRY JEWELS in brights, pastels, or clear that coordinated best with the colors in each card and placed them in the tiniest bubbles.

I'm thinking these will make great Father's Day cards or cards to send to guy friends for any occasion...just add an appropriate sentiment to each one before signing and popping into an envelope.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 02

Textured Layers for the Grand Spiral Shell by Jean Okimoto

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Double-embossing creates layers of dimension and sparkle on the new Grand Spiral Shell from our Under the Sea Collection. Ring Stack - filled with gold-specked offcuts - adds a bouncy look for a trio from the School of Fish.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope you're having a great weekend!

Cut the solid Grand Spiral Shell from watercolor paper inked with soft overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor dye inks.  Pressure-emboss it with the set's detailed Grand Spiral Shell - use the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Leave the diecut in the die and sponge it with VersaMark - a clean, well-inked pad gives the best results.  Heat-emboss it with Imagine's Iridescent Mboss Powder for a glossy, sparkly look. Clean the die with a wet washcloth.

Sponge or brayer more of the Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor paper with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with School of Fish - cut the entire set and save the extras for future projects.

Cut the detailed shell from a light aqua sheet in the 6x6 Fresh Aqua Collection.  Cut it again from a gold sheet in the Polished Foil Pad. Attach the diecuts - offset them for dimension.

Flick specks of Imagine's Sheer Gold Shimmer Spritz onto white cardstock.  Airdry it for a few minutes, then  heat-set.  Cut it with Ring Stack - we're using the offcuts. 

Cut Ring Stack again from the gold sheet in the Polished Foil Pad.  Attach it to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Adhere the gold-specked offcuts.  Attach the fishes - use foamtape from the green and aqua fishes.

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Hope you're taking advantage of the variety and versatility of the designs in our Under the Sea Collection.  Chose nature's realistic colors or your favorite tropical brights and have fun with these great designs!  

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