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30 posts from August 2021

Tue 10

Hello Willow Globes in Prints, Dots, Stripes, and Plaids
by Anne Thompson

Here's a quartet of cards featuring the WILLOW GLOBE 94559 with the HELLO STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94540:


Let's look at one close up and see how I put the pieces together.


  • I started with a white notecard and covered the front with one of the print papers where the floral corner would peek through the globe frame.
  • I die cut the Willow Globe twice, once from the striped paper and once from a solid green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection and layered them just a tiny bit askew before gluing the image in the lower left corner.  
  • I also cut the birds and flowers from that set twice from the same solid green cardstock.  I added the flowers to the vines and the birds outside the globe toward the upper right.
  • I cut the Hello from a scrap of the striped paper and added it to the card .

The other cards are made in a similar way with the mustard/stripe/reds card using only one layer of the Willow Globe.

For something a little different I made one more card that also included the EUCALYPTUS COLLAGE 94524:


I think these will get boxed up as a gift with envelopes, stamps, and a pretty pen as they can be used at any time of the year.  If I decide to keep them and send them out one by one I will probably add Fairy Jewels to the flower centers for some extra sparkle.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 09

Hello Slim Line Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a mixed media background slim line card featuring the Floral Chain die.



Die cut from heavy white card stock the largest rectangle die from Slim Basics.  I used a slim line sized jelly plate to spray Dylusions ink sprays.  Lemon Zest on top and bottom, Rose Quartz in the middle, then a few sprays of Funky Fuchusia.  Take a print off the plate.  I had to blot more ink in areas missing color.  Clean off the plate. Let the background dry. I wanted the background a little lighter for I also sprayed White Linen and lightly blended it. Let dry. Still not as light as I wanted, so I took Distress Picket Fence ink and a briar to add ink to the jelly plate.  I put the Leafy Rows stencil on the plate and then randomly blotted the ink on the background off the plate to create lighter areas of leaves.  Let dry. Then splatter some gold paint for some sparkle.


Die the lightest pink from Berry Red paper pack with the Floral Chain die.  Then add golden dots to the center of the flower with a gold gel pen.  Add double sided foam tape to the back of the flower centers.



Die cut the Hello Streamlined Scripted die from heavy black card stock, twice.  Color one with the same gold gel pen.  Let dry.  Glue the golden Hello offset on the solid black die cut to create a shadow. 


Die cut the Glade Butterfly base form white card stock and the top die from black card stock.  Color the butterfly base from the center out creating an ombre affect using alcohol markers.  I used Copic Y06 to RV10 to BV00.  Glue the black top of the butterfly to the base.  Shape the wings over one of the pens, curving them at the ends. 



Die cut the largest and 3rd largest die from Slim Basic Rectangles from heavy black card stock to create a frame. Add double sided foam tape to the back of the frame.  Die cut the largest Crystal Frame die from the same heavy black card stock.


Add the mixed media background to a slim line card base.  Adhere the frame with foam tape. Adhere the Crystal Frame to the right side of the card, adhering the 2 end points to the card base and the 2 points on the top and bottom to the frame.  This will create a 3d effect of the frame.  Adhere the sentiment in the center of the Crystal Frame.  Adhere the flowers with the double sided tape diagonally on the left hand side, leaving the petals on top of the frame.  Adhere the butterfly on top of one of the flowers.




Sun 08

Floral Chain on a Plaid Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Surprise someone you haven't seen recently with a Floral Chain friendship card.  The Jumbled Line Collage creates a crisp Spring Plaid Slim background for the soft lavender blossoms.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple slimline that's easy to create in a variety of colors and plaids from our latest collections.


Cut white cardstock with the largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  


Here's a tip that's mildly obsessive - but it's an easy way to cut straight borders and avoid wonky collage cutouts.  Use a scoreboard's straight edges to align cardstock and dies that require even spacing and straight lines.  Add a straight-edged acrylic or wood block as a spacer and place the die up against the spacer - then tape the die to the cardstock.

(My scoreboard has barely-visible gray-on-gray measurements lightly debossed along the left and top edges.  I've attached 12" of ruler-print washi tape for a measuring guide  when I'm scoring cardstock.)

Prep the Jumbled Line Collage by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little strips.  Cut the rectangle with the collage die.  Attach a strip of the Spring Plaid Slim print behind the collage.  The delicate gold lines add a nice bright accent.  Attach the collage and plaid print to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").

Cut Floral Chain from a pale lavender 6x6 from the Vibrant Violet Pack.  Punch or cut a ⅜" circle stencil from scrap paper.  Daub Pearlescent Purple Brilliance ink through the stencil.  Heat-set the ink.

Stamp the greeting - from the Signature Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink.  Diecut the greeting.  Diecut a scrap of slightly darker lavender from the Vibrant Violet set.  Attach it - offset as a shadow - behind the stamped greeting.  

Attach the Floral Chain with foamtape.  Attach the greeting.

Color 5 Clear Jewels with a violet marker, dry the ink, then attach them to the card.


Hope these ideas and techniques inspire you to create and send a caring card to someone this weekend.

See you again on Thursday...




Sat 07

White Focal Point Hello
by Trina Pham


Happy Saturday everyone.  I have a fun and colorful graphic card to share today inspired by this month’s White Focal Point challenge. 

Started by die cutting the Hello Cursive Script Circle from Bristol paper.  A circle die from Circle Basics was then used to die cut a black circle from black cardstock.  Adhered them together forming the white focal point.


After my last post featuring the Twiggy Alphabet dies, I was left with partial pieces of color paper, so I put them to use.  These pieces were die cut with the Circle Basic dies in increasing size.  It would have been easy to just stack them on top of each other, but that would have made the card very thick.  To resolve this, inlaid diecutting was used.  Took the die one size smaller than the respective circle and die cut from one edge, resulting in crescent moon shaped pieces.


A piece of mixed media paper was embossed with the Waves 3D embossing folder next.  Assembled the card, then added a few clear jewels to finish.

The card is not only flat, I have another set of circles to make another card.  And that is it!  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Fri 06

Knowing You Are There Nautical Card
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello welcome, it's Angie here today with this nautical card using lots of products from Memory Box.  Some are from the brand new 2021 Summer Day Dreams release and others from the 2021 Under the Sea Spring release.  Here's another look at my card:
The sentiment and anchor I used are from the "You Anchor Me" stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and heat embossed in clear and the anchor was stamped in Hero Arts Navy Ink, then die cut with the coordinating die.  Here's a closer look at the Ocean Porthole die with torn paper to represent water and sand.  I also put metal brads on the circles in the porthole die and twine on the anchor.
For the sand and water papers along with the kraft woodgrain background, I used my scissors edge to rough up the edges for a tattered look.  The background wood planks were die cut with the Wood Grain Planks die and cut from ivory woodgrain paper, then inked with Distress ink as seen below:
Then I glued them to some white card stock and cut the excess white off.
I matted that on a piece of cream woodgrain paper then on kraft woodgrain paper.
The torn paper for the water is from the Fresh Aqua paper pack.  The porthole die was also cut from kraft woodgrain paper then adhered to a white one and inked several times with the Distress Ink.
Below you can see to make the sand layer, I used the back of the woodgrain paper and inked it lightly then added some light tan dots with an alcohol marker.

I stamped the sentiment and adhered it inside the porthole just at the top so I could slip in the water and sand papers.  Once they were situated, I cut off the extra.  The anchor was attached in one spot with glue, then with glue dots I adhered the twine on the porthole and the back of the circle.  The porthole was then popped up on fun foam circle for dimension.  

Lastly I added one of the "Graceful Ocean Birds" after coloring his beak, legs and adding an eye with a black marker.  Here's closer look at the bird:
And here's one last look at my card with all the Memory Box products:
I love making nautical cards and they are so easy to do when you have such amazing ocean dies and stamps from Memory Box.  Be sure to check out all the new releases for 2021 HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by!




Thu 05

Willow Globe Floral Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Extreme paper hoarding revealed...with my favorite print from 2020's Garland 6x6 set!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of old and just-released designs.  I love combining dark florals and bright colors - and the new Willow Globe with its own sweet hummingbird was a great reason to break into my stash of hoarded papers.

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Cut the Garland 6x6 print with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the print to a top-folded white A2 card.  It's easy to find - and cut - the best part of the print using the die vs. measuring and guessing.  

Cut Willow Globe from a matching 6x6 Lush Green Collection sheet.  Tie a gold cord through the precut slot.  Curl the cord with the side of a bonefolder or plastic flower burnishing tool.

Cut Hello Streamlined Script from the glittered light yellow-green 6x6 Frosted sheet.

Cut the flowers from the Willow Globe set from two shades of pink 6x6 sheets in the Berry Red Collection. Cut the hummingbird from the pale khaki 6x6 Earth Neutral Collection sheet. 

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Here's a tip that's almost too basic to share, but I'll explain anyway!  Leave the diecut in the die and color the eye by gently tapping the tip of a black Sharpie through the "push-out" hole on the die.  The hole pressure-embosses a teeny little bump that's easy to color with the marker.  Clean the ink from the die.

Cut another bird from cardboard and layer it for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to the card.

Color 3 Clear Jewels with pink and orange markers.  Attach them to the 3 light pink flowers.

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The 2020 Garland 6x6 pack is currently available - but products from previous releases sell out and are replaced by new items.  Hope your favorite Retailer has a chance to reorder it before it's gone!

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




Wed 04

Elegant and Simple Any Occasion Card
by Sara Cook

I have an elegant and simple card for any occasion featuring the Elegant Succulent stamp.  This stamp is easy to color and can be used for many different occasions. 

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Stamp and silver emboss the Elegant Succulent stamp on Watercolor paper then heat set.  Lightly mist watercolor paper with water. Lightly add Nuevo Shimmer Powders  Solar Flare and Blue Blitz.  Spritz with more water and let the yellow and blue colors run together.  You can use a damp brush to help spread the color around. Let dry.  On the leaves and berries add water with a brush and then dot off with a paper towel to lighten up this area. Let dry. Die cut with the matching die.  Find a matching dark paper from Fresh Aqua pack and die cut with the Succulent die, no need to stamp.  This is going to create a shadow.

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Stamp the Wishing You the Best stamp from the Signature Greetings set on the same dark Fresh Aqua paper and heat emboss with silver.  Die cut with the matching die.  

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Create a A2 card base from a matching aqua color card stock. Adhere the stamped succulents on top of the dark aqua card stock, offsetting to create a shadow effect.  Adhere the 2 pcs to the card front of the top fold of the card  about 2/3 the way down the card.  Trim off excess with scissors.  Adhere the die cut sentiment to the front lower right hand corner.

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Tue 03

Just a Little Note by Jean Okimoto


Succulents - framed in Stylish Rectangles - add a natural, organic touch to friendship cards.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple stamped and colored design from the Summer Daydreams collection.


Stamp the succulents - from the Elegant Succulent Sentiments Clear Stamp and Die Set - on smooth white cardstock with Olive Grove Memento Luxe.  Emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the matching dies.  Sponge or brush them with yellow, turquoise and green inks.  Distress Oxiodes squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, peacock feathers and lucky clover were used here.  Cut the suculents with the matching dies.

Stamp and emboss the greeting - from the stamp and die set - on the yellow-green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.

Color Clear Jewels with a blue-green Sharpie or Copic Marker.

Cut two of the Stylish Rectangles.  

Attach the inked diecuts to a slimline card (8-½" x 3-½") - use foamdots for the 2 outer succulents.  Add the inked jewels.


Friendship cards mean more than ever now.  Say hello or send caring thoughts on simple cards in upbeat colors - or the recipient's favorite colors.  

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday!




Mon 02

Elegant Succulent Thank You
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a card I created using Elegant Succulent Stamp Set from the newest Summer Daydreams Release.  I randomly stamped the succulents onto a piece of cardstock. I used gray ink. I colored the florals with Copic Markers in shades:

Blueish Succulent- BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, BV23; Green Succulent- G20, G21, G24, G46, BV23, RV93; Green leaves- YG23, YG25, YG17, BV25; 

Blueish Leaves- BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78; Red Branch- RV69, RV99; Background- RV91 

Next, I used the Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out Die and die cut the colored panel. I splattered some white paint and allowed to dry. Than I chose a piece of dark gray paper from the Earth Neutral 6x6 Paper Pack. I trimmed it to fit the card base than used the same die to cut the stitched frame. 

For the sentiment, I die cut the Thank You Streamlined Script Die two times. I used the Holiday Glitter Pad and a piece of cardstock I colored with the BG75.  I layered the sentiment. I assembled the card than added some clear jewels.

Hope you give it  a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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Sun 01

Memory Box Challenge #75- White Focal Point

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Greetings friends. It is the last month of summer for many of us, and it is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's nautical challenge. We always love seeing your incredible creations.

The winner of the blog badge was Vinita Jain from the madewithlovencare blog. We loved her gorgeous nautical collage:



The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Liz Cavill from the Crafty Sunflower blog.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.


We often think of winter whites, but why not do something of a white challenge in the summer? Instead of asking you to make an all white project, we would like to see cards using white as a focal point. For example, do you stamp in white? Emboss in white? Die cut white paper? Your card can be any color you wish, but the focal point should include a white element. There are so many possibilities, and we would love to see your take on the theme.  All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out these samples to get you started:


Sample 1- Diecutting in White


Sample 2- White Embossing


Sample 3- White Text


Sample 4- White Diecutting paired with White Stamping

There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge75 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Monday, August 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prize: