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30 posts from September 2021

Thu 30

Be Merry
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some of the newest products from the Holiday Release!! 

I used Festive Christmas Greetings Stamp and Die Set

Serene Bird and Branch Die

Pinpoint Daisy Background Die

Christmas Fairy Crystals

I colored all images with Copic Markers and used gold embossing powder to emboss the oval frame and sentiment.

Hope you'll check out the full release HERE






Wed 29

Poinsettia Full of Joy
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today featuring some brand new holiday products just recently released!

Here are the new supplies I used from the 2021 Christmas Release!

Contempo Poinsettia Die and Stencil 94607
Joy Posh Script Die 94591
Embossing Folder EF1021
Christmas Fairy Crystals CRY102

First I cut the Contempo Poinsettia out of white card stock two times and trimmed the flower from the rest of the die. I used the coordinating stencil and Distress Oxide "Fired Brick" ink with a dauber and added it to white card stock, then added some sparkle embossing powder to it and melted it with my heat tool.  It created this lovely shiny red stenciled poinsettia. I also did this on a plain piece of card stock so I could use it to die cut the background for the "Joy" word die.

I took a Tim Holtz brayer and added "Salvaged Patina" Distress Oxide to my glass mat and from there I rolled the brayer in the ink and then on  debossed side of the 3D embossing folder.  Next I added card stock inside, and ran it through my die cutting machine. I did this 2 times. I used one of them for the background and I fussy cut the embossed flower in the center from the 2nd one so I could use it as a layer over the stenciling.

First I added one die cut white poinsettia to the shiny red stenciled poinsettia, but only glued it in the center so the edges can pop up. Next I added the light blue embossed layer and then topped it off with the 2nd white outlined poinsettia die cut. Again, I only glued the center so the leaves of the flower could move freely and to give it all more dimension. Then with my scissors I carefully cut around the whole poinsettia so I could add it to the center of the Savaged Patina embossed panel.

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Below you can see the shine of the stenciled, heat embossed red section.

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Next I added the gems and the "Joy" word die in the center.

Here's a look from the side so you can see the layers clearly:

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And here's an even closer look at the side:

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And here's one last look at my card:

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I really love the new release from Memory Box! There are so many gorgeous dies, stencils, papers, embossing folders, gems, etc. to create with. They are perfect for all your holiday cards.
Check them out HERE!

Hope you like my card for today!
I had so much fun creating it and hope I have inspired you to make some lovely holiday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!





Tue 28

Glittery Poinsettia
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. The new Holiday 2021 release has arrived! In addition to dies, there are also stamps, papers, embossing folders, and jewels. There is a little something for everyone. If you would like to see the entire release, you can view it here.

For my card today, I really wanted to highlight the new papers. There is a great plaid 6" x 6" paper pack as well as lots of glitter papers.

To make the card, I first cut out my poinsettia using kraft cardstcok and layered it onto some plaid paper:


The poinsettia is interesting because it can be removed from the sidebar of paper if you want an individual flower, or you can leave it attached as I did. There is even a coordinating stencil that comes with the die if you want to color specific areas of the flower. Handy!

Next, I offset a gold glitter poinsettia on top of the first:


Finally, I paper-pieced some red and pink glitter paper onto the gold poinsettia outline. I left the bottom layer of kraft poinsettia petals plain so that the green plaid would show through and give the impression of leaves:


To finish the card, I added some of the new Autumn colored Fairy Gemstones to the center of the flower and added a sparkling "Joy" sentiment.

Here are the items I used for the card:

94607 Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil

94591 Joy Posh Script

CRY101 Autumn Fairy Gemstones

GP1007 Glitzy Glitter Pad

GP1006 Festive Glitter Pad

PP1018 Woodsy Plaid


Mon 27

*2021 Holiday Release* Holiday Wreath Card with Video
by Sara Cook

It is an exciting day.  I am sharing a preview of the new Christmas release. My favorite time of the year.  There is so many fun dies in this release.  My first holiday card features the Florentina Wreath die.  


Florentina Wreath:

Die cut the Florentina Wreath die from heavy cream card stock and from a mid-tone green from Lush Green paper pack.  On the green die cut ink the center with Distress Oxide Ink Rustic Wilderness and then Vintage Photo along the outside and inside of the wreath.  For the cream wreath add dots of Sunlit Gold Fairy Sugar glue to the round berries.  Let dry.

Smooth Pine Cones:

Die cut the smallest Smooth Pine Cones 3 times from a dark brown from Earth Earth paper pack. Glue the pieces together starting from the smallest die and stacking the next die on top. Create 2 pine cones that are longer and 1 shorter pine cone. Shape the pine cones using your fingers.  Apply Distress Grit paste with a pallet knife.  Let dry.

Curled Holly Branch:

Die cut the Curled Holly Branch 3 times from the same mid-tone green from Lush Green paper pack.  Trim 2 of the die cut  branches to remove the last leave and 2 berries.  Save the 3rd die cut to add in leaves and berries as needed.



Die cut the bottom Joy Posh Script die from the rustic orange/red paper from the Glitzy Glitter paper pack.  Add double sided tape behind the gold paper from the Polished Foil paper pack.  Keep the bottom release paper on.  Die cut the top die.   Adhere the top die cut to the bottom die cut.



Trim the light brown and cream plaid paper from the Woodsy Plaid paper pack to 4" x" 51/4".  Adhere to a A2 size front panel from the same dark brown from Earth Earth paper pack used in make the pine cones.  Adhere to a top fold A2 size light brown card.   Glue the green wreath in the center of the card by adding dots of glue to just the center of the wreath.  Glue the cream wreath on top of the green wreath.  Adhere the trimmed Curled Holly branch to the bottom center of the wreath.  Adhere the short pine cone in the bottom center than add the 2 long pine cones on either side.  Adhere the sentiment on the top of the wreath and pine cones.  Add in extra leaves around the sentiment to fill in any empty spaces.  Adhere matching rustic orange/red embellishments from the Treasure Chet Fairy Gemstones. Stamp the inside with May the Magic of the Christmas season fill your heart with Joy from the Yuletide Moments stamp set.






Sun 26

Into the Archives for Halloween Cards
by Anne Thompson

I had to go into the archives for the Halloween cards I made for this post.  Remember using stencils, sponge daubers, and ink to create card backgrounds?  I went to the Memory Box online catalog and found that there was still a spider web stencil available that I could use to create some great card backgrounds--HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610, first released for the 2016 Holiday Collection.  And from the Holiday Happenings Collection in 2018 I chose the HANGING LANTERN FRAME 94078 as the central image to place on top of the stenciled card.  I also found that I had a stack of black envelopes that were perfect to address with a white pen for cards that I can be sent anytime in October.


These cards were so simple to make.  

For the first card I used the notecard oriented with a top fold.  

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In this next photo are two side folded cards and for one of them I added a small scrap of yellow cardstock behind the lantern to suggest a lit lantern.


For the last two cards I chose the letters B and O from the 2021 WOODEN ALPHA DIES SET 94579 to spell out BOO in black cardstock.


I think the lanterns were originally intended for Christmas but in black against the webs they make interesting Halloween card images.  Look through your dies, stamps, and other supplies to see what you have that could be repurposed for Halloween.  And don't forget that stencils make awesome backgrounds!

Happy Crafting!

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Sat 25

Paper-Pieced Plaid Ring Stack by Jean Okimoto

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Great news...coral and pink join orange and black as Halloween colors this year! The Sunny Orange and Madras Plaid Coral and Green paper packs are filled with warm plaids and orange and yellow 6x6's for your Halloween cards. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a layered slimline design for fall.


Cut ivory cardstock with the 2-¼" x 7-¼" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Ring Stack.  Attach strips of lined doublestick tape behind the cutouts - Couture Creations  ⅛" tape is great for this.  

Cut the light gold 6x6 from the Polished Foil Pad with Ring Stack.  Cut the coral Madras Plaid sheet with Ring Stack too.  We're using the plaid oval offcuts here.  Set the gold Ring Stack outline into the taped rectangle. Attach the oval offcuts.  

Cut Jack o Lantern Bucket base from the dark orange Sunny Orange 6x6 sheet.  Cut the plain semi-circle and handle from black cardstock.  Assemble the bucket.

Cut the bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from the black Frosted Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the light sandy orange 6x6 sheet with Onyx Black VeraFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.


Cut it near the left edge with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Trim the excess on the right edge with a larger die from the same set.  It's a quick-cut custom-sized greeting strip without the measuring and trimming.

Attach everything to an ivory slimline card - 3-½" x 8-½".  Add orange jewels from the Bright Jewels set.

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!




Fri 24

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have an easy, no coloring card for you.

I started by stamping and white heat embossing the pumpkin image onto kraft cardstock.  Next I used a gray water based marker to add some shadows to the image.  

I spattered the background with white and black inks.


I mounted the kraft panel onto a black cardstock mat and tied a piece of jute around the bottom of the card front.  I used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

Next I stamped the word "Thankful" on a strip of black cardstock, white heat embossed it and used foam tape to glue it to my card front.


To finish the card, I added some Black Nuvo Drops to add a little dimension.

That's it for today! Have a great weekend!





Thu 23

Balloon Bunch Background
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I needed to build up my birthday card stash, and the Balloon Bunch die from the Summer Daydreams collection fit the bill! 😉  I just stretched it to create a balloon background.

A bunch (pun intended 😁) of the balloons were die cut out from masking paper.  Modified them by cutting away different areas to get the look I wanted, then adhered them to a Bristol panel.


Using blender brushes next, ink blended Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks (DI) for an ombré look.   Spritz with water and pat with a paper towel.  I find this not only gives texture, but helps the inks to blend better as well.


Splattered the entire panel with water and white gouache paint before removing the balloon masks revealing this…


YAY was die cut with the Twiggy Thank You die three times from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.   I could have used the Twiggy Alphabet dies, but I felt the larger size of the Twiggy Thank You worked better for my card.


The sentiment from Birthday Rose Corner stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock and trimmed into a strip.  Some clear drops were added to finish.


And since the supplies were out, I made a second card in rainbow colors to add to my stash!  


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





Wed 22

Create a Spooky Scene with Layered Collages by Jean Okimoto


Create a Halloween scene with layered collages and a felt Poppystamps Whittle Cat - all on a 6x6 print from the Garland paper pack. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another mix of old and new, seasonal and everyday.

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Cut the 6x6 Garland print with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die and attach it to yellow A-2 card.  

Cut a bright yellow 6x6 from the Sunny Orange Pack with the 3" wide Nested Globe die.

Cut Willow Globe and Haunted House Dome Layer from 6x6 sheets in the Earth Neutral Pack.  Trim the bottom of the diecuts to match the height of the yellow globe.  Cut a moon with the white Frosted Glitter Pack 6x6 and the ½" Circle Basics die.  Attach the layers.

The willow and house layers have holes punched at the top.  Pierce a matching hole on the yellow globe diecut.   Tie the 3 layers together with gold cord.


Cut the ghost - from the Haunted Dome Layer set - from the white glittered sheet too.  Cut another ghost from black cardstock to add dimension.  Define the eyes with a piercing tool.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind the ghost's mouth.  

Attach packing tape to a scrap of the orange sheet from the Sunny Orange Pack and cut the pumpkins from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set.

Attach an adhesive label - or a sticker sheet - to black poly/wool felt.  Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Cat.  The adhesive backing stabilizes the felt and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking thru the diecut.

Cut the bat from the Haunted Dome Layer set with the black 6x6 sheet in the Frosted Glitter Sheet.  

Attach ¼" wide strips of doublestick tape behind the window and door cutouts on the house. Attach the house dome to the yellow background.  Brush unltrafine iridescent glitter onto the adhesive to illuminate the windows and door.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the pumpkins.

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Matching papers, colors and diecuts turn bits and pieces from the stash into coordinated designs.  Discover different combinations for your cards, layouts and mixed media projects.  Enjoy the satisfaction of recycling papers and dies and creating new designs!

Thanks for visiting...see you this weekend!





Tue 21

Something Blue
by Anne Thompson

I've been making so many cards lately with oranges and golds and browns that I needed a major change. So I went looking through my Memory Box paper collections and found two pieces of a great blue plaid left in my Spring Plaid 6X6 pad PP1012 and a coordinating pale blue cardstock from the Stormy Blue Collection SP1006 which inspired me to make two sweet hello cards to send to friends this week.


  • For each card I cut the plaid paper 5.5 X 4.25 and covered the fronts of white notecards.
  • From the pale blue cardstock I die cut three sets of each of the flowers--Layered Fresh Flowers 94474 for the left card and Layered Daisies 94472 for the right card.
  • I put the flowers together with Glue Dots.  These flatter cards will be less expensive to mail and there is still lots of dimension to them.
  • Also from the pale blue cardstock I cut two of the Hello Cursive Script Circle 94521 and used a glue pen to adhere them to the card fronts.


Easy peasy! 

Do you find yourself in a color rut using the same combinations again and again?  Look through all of your papers and find yourself a color challenge!  For me it was thinking about what to do with that blue plaid paper that got me looking for coordinating cardstock and then I spent a lot of time looking through my dies to choose something I thought might work,  auditioning and discarding several before settling on the layered flowers and that hello circle sentiment.  



Happy Crafting!

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