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30 posts from November 2021

Wed 10

Peace Love and Joy
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.   I’m in full Christmas card making mode and am counting down with the Hallmark channel as they play Christmas movies 24/7 till then! 😆   So I have a mini slimline Christmas card to share today created with many products from the current Holiday collection.  

Started by die cutting the Serene Bird from alcohol marker-friendly paper and colored it with Copic markers.   The pine needles were die cut out of green paper from the Lush Green paper pack.   Shading was added to them using a finger brush and Rustic Wilderness distress ink (DI).  The pine cones were die cut out of brown plaid paper from the Woodsy Plaid paper pack.   I thought the bits of gold in it tied in nicely with the sentiment.   White gouache paint was added to the ends of each of their layers with a sponge dauber. 


For the background, mixed media paper was trimmed to 3.25”x6.25” and put through my die cutting machine along with the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate.   Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were then ink blended on with blender brushes.   Arranged and adhered the bird, pine needles and pine cones to the panel next before splattering with white gouache paint for a snowy effect.


The Bennet Alphabet letters were die cut next out of gold glitter paper from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad and their shadow from scraps of Bristol paper.   Heat embossed ”love and joy” from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with white embossing powder on black cardstock, then assembled the card onto a white 3.25”x6.25” card base to finish.

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




Tue 09

Joy and Cheer
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, with a simple card today. No coloring, no stamping, just die cutting and gluing.  I die cut the Joy and Cheer word die using three different glitter colored papers. I used the champagne glitter die cut as the base. Than I trimmed the word Joy, and Cheer from the other die cut colored glitter words. I adhered them directly to the champagne glitter base.


I adhered the sentiment onto its shadow base. Next, I die cut the pattern paper and adhered that to the card base with foam adhesive. 

Last, I added a few die cut pine boughs and amber colored crystals.

Thanks for taking a peek! Hope you have a great week!

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Mon 08

Snowman House Frame and Let It Snow
by AnneThompson

Today's cards feature the SNOWMAN HOUSE FRAME 94604 and LET IT SNOW POSH SCRIPT 94583 along with more WOODSY PLAID PP1018 of course!


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And more variations, this time adding snow from the GINGERBREAD HOUSE FRAME 94603 on the roof edges...


Saw my first snowflakes the other day which disappeared as soon as they hit the ground.  I figure I can send these cards almost anytime now!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 07

Joy and Cheer
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  

Today I have a quick and easy card for you! 

For the card background, I used red foil paper and embossed it using the Stunning Mandala 3D embossing folder. I glued the background to a white cardstock mat, which was adhered to a black mat.  Next, adhere the background to a white card base.


I die cut the words "Joy and Cheer" from black cardstock and the shadow from white cardstock.  Glue the words to the shadow die cut and use foam tape to adhere it to the card.


To finish the card, add some Fairy gemstones and that's it!  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!





Sat 06

Contempo Poinsettia, Joy Posh Script…and Glitter by Jean Okimoto


Add glitter to the bold new Contempo Poinsettia and delicate Joy Posh Script on a Madras Plaid slimline design.  Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones add more sparkle...there's a lot happening on this card!  Happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from our 2021 Holiday Collection.


Cut Contempo Poinsettia from a dark coral 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Trim the surrounding solid area to 1-¾" x 4".  

Cut the petals from the red sheet in the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad and remove the petals.   Flip the outline diecut over onto a non-stick surfacee and attach strips of lined doublestick tape across the width of every 3 petals.  Use just enough tape to hold the petals - it doesn't need to be completely taped.  Flip it over and attach the glittered petals.

Cut a ½" square of the yellow-gold sheet from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  Attach it behind the tiny holes in the center.

Cut the solid Joy Posh Script background from the reverse side of White Woodgrain Paper.  Pressure-emboss it with the delicate Joy diecut  and the plate(s) and rubber embossing mat required for your machine.  Cut the delicate Joy from the yellow-gold Majestic Hues sheet.  Assemble the greeting.

Cut a 1-¾" x 6-⅜" strip of the Madras Plaid Coral and Green sheet - cut it vertically for a bit of extra length at the top.  Trim the rough top edge.

Attach the diecuts to a White Woodgrain slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamtape for the greeting.  Add Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.

Cover the card front with a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect it in the mail.


The Contempo Poinsettia Stencil comes with a matching stencil - we'll use it for another design later.


Thanks for visiting the blog during this winter-y fall weekend - it's great card-making weather!




Fri 05

Spread the Cheer!
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!
It's Angie here today with this masculine "Spread the Cheer" holiday card!
Here's a closer look:

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As you can see I used a lot of masculine looking colors and items on my card.
First I used the "Curled Holly Branch die" and cut it twice from a dark brown card stock from the "Earth Neutral paper pack, and once from plaid paper from the "Woodsy Plaid" paper pack and layered them slightly offset. I took Distress Ink in "Tea Dye" and inked the edges of the holly die cut. Next I took a piece of a brown paper sack and tore a square piece out of it, then ran it through my embossing machine with the Ringadings 3D embossing folder. I also inked the torn edges of paper sack square with the ink.

I adhered it to the center of a square piece of card stock 4.5" by 4.5" and added both the holly cut and a sentiment from the "Festive Christmas Greetings" stamp set. Lastly I added some "Autumn Fairy Crystals" to the berries on the holly die cut. If you look at the picture below, you can see just how pretty those crystals are as they reflect light. Just gorgeous!

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Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you like my card for today. It's a great masculine design, if you are needed masculine cards for family or friends. Be sure to check out all the amazing new release items in the 2021 Memory Box Holiday Release. There's just so many awesome products!







Thu 04

Glitter, Glitter and More Glitter by Jean Okimoto

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Turn the new Contempo Holly on its side and build an arrangement of glittered diecuts for holiday greetings.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile layered slimline design you can make in a wide range of colors - traditional reds & greens, jewel tones, white-on-white or winter pastels.

The Contempo Holly set includes a matching stencil -  save that for another card.  Cut Contempo Holly from white cardstock and trim it to about 1-¾" wide (or high, on this horizontal design). Attach it to a white slimline card (8-½"x 3-⅝").  

Cut the leaves from the chartreuse Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Cut Pine Needle Trio from the chartreuse sheet too.  Attach them to the card - offset the holly leaves for dimension. 


Cut Layered Poinsettia from a pink 6x6 in the Vibrant Violet Collection.  Vigorously shake the Dewdrop Glitter Glue and squirt dots of it onto the diecuts.  I already spread the glue on the top center diecut - it adds a glossy, glittery iridescent sparkle.  Spread the glue on the diecuts and gently crease them along the center lines.  Set them aside to dry.

Adding a layer of Open Studio Glitter Glue to detailed diecuts like Layered Poinsettia adds gloss and sparkle - and highlights the details.  They come in 23 beautiful shades and are perfect for holiday designs.

Cut the center section with the three circles twice from a yellow sheet in the Sunny Orange Collection.  Cut a 1-¼" circle of the pink cardstock with a Circle Basics die.  Assemble the poinsettia - use the circle as a base to hold the pieces.  It's a lot easier that way...trust me!  Layer the 2 yellow pieces in the center.

Stamp JOY - from the new Festive Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the matching die.  Cut two pink backgrounds and layer them slightly above and below the stamped greeting for dimension and a bit of color.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.

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Add Winter Fantasy Fair Gemstones (I used the color from the center column).  Here's a tip - punch ¼" circles of cardstock in a similar color and use them as 'markers' (no adhesive!) to determine the perfect locations for the gemstones before you adhere the actual gemstones.

Cover the card front with a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect it for mailing.

Big thanks to everyone who ordered the BOO! card kits from Impress and Stamps and Memories.  Hope you liked the designs, especially the spooky eyes slimline!

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




Wed 03

Sleigh Ride Winter Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a winter card today featuring the Horse and Sleigh die set.  I love making winter scenes and this die set is perfect for the wintery feel.


Horse and Sleigh:

Die cut the horse from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from the outside in first time Distress Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, and then just a little Walnut stain around the outside only.  Take a fine tip black marker and add an eye and color in the hooves.  Take a light charcoal pencil and add additional shading to define the horse features.  Die but the sleigh out of black card stock.  Die cut out the bottom blade from silver paper from the Polished Foil pad and trim off any excess to leave just the blade.  Die cut the top of the sleigh from heavy white card stock and trim off the bottom.  Ink blanket the sleigh from the outside in Distress Oxide ink first with Festive Berry and then Age Mahogany around the outside.  Glue the blade and top of the sleigh on the black sleigh.


Die cut the 2 pcs of the smallest and 1 pc of 2nd smallest Square Basics set die out of heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from the outside in with Distress Oxides, Blue Print Sketch, Mustard Seed, and Rustic Forrest.  Die cut the bows from the Crisp Bows from red, yellows and green paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad.  Glue the bows on the square die cuts.  Trim off the end of the ribbon and use it to make a horizontal ribbon.  Glue the presents into the Sleigh.



Die cut the Pine Needle Trio from the darkest green in the Lush Green paper pad. I used the full sheet only cutting the largest pine needle die 3 times.  Add dries white glue to the tips off the pine needles and cover with white and silver mixed embossing power.  Heat set.  Repeat for all pine needles "trees"



Ink blend a 4" x 5 1/4" white card panel with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink lengthwise.  Don't over blend and leaving the ink blotchy.  Add Snowspeckle Wide Washi tape over the top to create the perfect snow fall sky.  

Snow Banks:

Cut a 5 1/4"x2.5" strip of white heavy card stock.  Trim off the top to create a snow bank.  Add dries white glue to the top and cover with the embossing powder used no the pine needles.  Heat set.  Add foam tape to the bottom of the snow bank.  Cut a 51/4" x 3/4" strip of white heavy card stock.  Trim off the top leaving a little wavy look.  Stamp Spread and Cheer from the Festive Christmas Greeting stamp set.  Add the same embossing power to the top of the paper strip and heat set.  Glue 2 smaller strips to the bottom portion of the snow bank.  



Use a A2 card base and adhere an A2 size card panel out of silver Polished Foil paper.  Adhere the snowy sky panel to the center.  Adhere the larger snow bank to the bottom and then the smaller snow bank on top.  Add a piece of foam tape to the top of the sleigh and glue to the bottom of the blade and adhere to the top snow bank.  For the horse add 2 pieces of card stock to the back of the body and glue to the hooves and adhere to the top snow bank.  Add the. Pine Needle die cuts to the background around the sleigh and horse.




Tue 02

Glad Tidings
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today's card features a technique that I saw on Gina K Designs, Youtube channel called Carved Wood Technique.

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". On the 4" side I scored my paper every 1/2".  

Next, I took 3 brown ink pads and starting with the lightest, I dragged the inkpad down the front of the paper (my scored lines are recessed).  I repeated this step with all 3 colors. This gives the paper a wood grained look.


Next, I placed the inked paper into the Stunning Mandala 3D embossing folder.  I made sure to place it in the folder so the embossing would be raised on the inked side of the cardstock.

Once it was embossed, I rubbed a white pigment ink pad over the embossed areas to make them stand out.


Next, I die cut the sleigh and horse from black cardstock.

The trees where die cut from green cardstock, glued together and a white gel pen was used to add snow to them.

The word Joy was die cut from red foil cardstock and the shadow from vellum.  I glued the foil word on top of the vellum shadow.

I stamped the sentiment on a white strip of cardstock, inked the edges lightly with brown ink and mounted it on a strip of black cardstock.


I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip to the card.  Next, I used foam tape to glue the sleigh and horse on top of the sentiment strip.

The trees were glued in place behind the sleigh, and the word Joy was adhered to the top right corner of the card.

To finish the card I added some fairy crystals and gemstones to the top of the trees.

Thanks for stopping by today!






Mon 01

Memory Box Challenge #78- Circles and Ovals

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Greetings friends. It is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Please note that prizes can only be mailed within the United States at the moment in case you are participating in the November challenge.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's holiday challenge. We always love seeing your designs and everyone needs holiday ideas!

The winner of the blog badge was Izzy Scrap from the Izzy Scrap blog. We loved her elegant design:


The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Inkami from the Inkami 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.

Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.



Circles and ovals are fun shapes to use in cardmaking. They can be frames, backgrounds or just a fun geometric pattern to use. How do you use circles and/or ovals? Stamping? Die cutting? Embossing folders? Stencils. We would love to see your designs.

All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Here are some designs by our team members featuring circles and ovals.




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 #mbchallenge78 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Monday, November 29th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes.