95 posts categorized "2021Holiday"


Mon 31

A Valentine for a Special Fella
by Anne Thompson

I found a few pieces of brown plaid paper from the Woodsy Plaid paper pad that I think worked quite well to make a more masculine valentine for today's post.  (I apologize for the quality of the photos--not sure what is going on with my camera.)


to make this card

  • begin with a white notecard and add a piece of brown WOODSY PLAID PP1018 paper cut 4 X 5.25  Thumbnail
  • using the HEART FRAME BACKGROUND 94606 and KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003, cut out the house to use as a birdhouse with the heart as the opening; cut a few extra hearts--the die cuts both outlines and solid hearts


  • add the house to the card front; stack three of the heart outlines together and glue into the birdhouse opening; stack the three small hearts together and add to the lower left on the card front using a foam dot
  • die cut the body of the SERENE BIRD 94620 from one of the light brown papers in the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 and its wing from one of the dark browns 


  • secure the wing to the bird with a Glue Dot; add foam dimensional dots behind the bird and add it to the card; add a tiny black gem for its eye
  • die cut the GENTLE PINE SPRIG 94597 from a dark brown plaid paper and again from the dark brown cardstock; layer them together with the plaid on top, and tuck under the bird with another Glue Dot


  • for the inside of the card die cut the letters LOVE using dies from WOODGRAIN ALPHA 94579 from both the dark brown cardstock and the dark brown plaid; layer them together with the plaid on top


When mailing a card that has lots of dimension on the front and/or gems, add a piece of cardstock or thin bubble wrap on top when placing the card in the envelope.  It will help to protect both the card front and the envelope.  Cards like this usually take more postage and may need to be hand-cancelled. 


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Tue 25

Slim Pinpoint Burst Valentine by Jean Okimoto

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Send big hugs with a glitzy, glittery pinpoint slimline design in a mix of neutrals and bright reds.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple, bold Valentine idea today.  

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.8" wide Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate.  

Cut two strips of the dark brown Earth Neutral 6x6 sheet with the second-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Attach the strips along the top and bottom edges of the rectangle.

Cut the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet with the second-smallest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die. 

Cut the bright red Polished Foil 6x6 with the smallest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out die.  Apply glue to the small heart and press it very firmly onto the glittered heart.  The pressure  and the glittered background produce a slightly textured surface - almost like hammered metal or rough concrete. 

Cut the BIG Hugs greeting from dark grayish Majestic Hues Glitter Pad 6x6. Cut the background from light kraft cardstock.  Pressure-emboss the backghround with the detailed greeting die.  Embossing adds texture and makes it easier to attach the top layer - just add tiny dots of glue and press it into the debossed areas.

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Attach the diecuts to a light kraft slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add dark brown Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front if you're mailing the card.

 I chose earthy neutrals for this guy-card - try it in shades of peach or pink with sparkly iridescent pastel Fairy Crystals for the gals. This basic design would also work as a vertical slimline.

Big thanks to everyone ordering my WINTER BLISS Cards Kit from Impress!  Hope you like the designs and techniques and are discovering ways to use your UFO supplies - unused, forgotten and/or overlooked!

Thanks for visiting our blog...see you again on Friday!






Mon 24

Sending Love Valentine
by Anne Thompson

For the card I made today I repurposed the Contempo Poinsettia and the Pinpoint Daisy plate both from the Holiday 2021 collection to create a Sending Love valentine.


I began to create this card by using white cardstock with the PINPOINT DAISY BACKGROUND 94621.


I then took half of a red notecard and cut into it with the CONTEMPO POINSETTIA die 94607.


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Then I removed the five petals on that right side.


I chose another red notecard as the base for the card, trimmed the Pinpoint Daisy Background to 4X5.25 and adhered it to the front of the card using Scor-Tape.  Using more Scor-Tape I added the red Contempo Poinsettia panel on top.

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In my next step I added five small CLEAR FAIRY DROPS CLD101 to the flower center.

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I chose the SENDING LOVE POSH SCRIPT 94543 for the sentiment and cut it from white cardstock and glued it to the notecard.

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the finished card:

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This was a fun self-challenge to find and repurpose holiday supplies to use for a valentine.  What supplies do you already have on hand that might also be used to create valentines?  This particular design might also be used for a variety of other purposes just by changing the sentiment--hello, thinking of you, thank you, birthday, and more.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 08

Not Just an Old Lamp Post
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Hope your first week of the new year is off to a good start.  Mine pretty much picked up where 2021 left off, so I’m hoping for a better year! 🤗  Anyway, it may be a new year, but I’m still playing with products from the Holiday collection last year.  I didn’t get a chance to use the Old Lamp Post die yet, so I stretched it into a birdhouse for a love/Valentine’s card.

Started by die cutting the lamp post, heart frame, branch and birds from Bristol paper.  The heart frame was die cut twice and stacked for dimension.  This also resulted in two cutouts of the inside heart.  Took one of them and blended gray and black dye inks on it… it will be inlaid later on.  Next, traced the lower portion of lamp post onto white woodgrain paper and fussy cut out, forming the background layer.   Used a finger blending brush to apply Picked Raspberry distress ink (DI) to it and the birds.


Since there was leftover white woodgrain paper, the letters were die cut from it and then ombré colored with Picked Raspberry DI as well.  Adhered and assembled the pieces onto a gray panel then mounted it onto a white card base.  Dotted in the birds’ eyes with a fine black pen to finish.


So as I was completing my card, I saw something else I could stretch this lamp post to.  😉


It makes an adorable coffee cup, don’t you think?  I decided to make a masculine birthday card this time.  As you can see, the top of the lamp post was cut off.  The other heart cutout from the first card was colored with Candied Apple and Black Soot DI.


The cup sleeve was embossed with the Ringadings 3D embossing folder, then a light brushing of Black Soot DI was applied to help the pattern show.  A punny sentiment finished it off!


And that is it from me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Enjoy your day.





Fri 07

It’s a Daisy Today by Jean Okimoto


It's easy to create a daisy with the Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil Set from our holiday collection.  Offset the outline, add a glittered heart and Vintage Varsity Alphabet greeting.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Valentine slimline design - and some inspiration for our January Alphabet Challenge.


Need a longer strip of cardstock for diecutting?  Join 2 strips of the Vibrant Violet 6x6 and cut it with the  7.2" x 2.2" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle die.  The seamline  - near the top of the strip in the photo above - will be covered by the petals.


Cut Contempo Poinsettia from a white glittered 6x6 in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Save the delicate outline diecut for another project - we're using the petal offcuts here.  Use the Contempo Poinettia stencil as a template to attachthe petals to the rectangle - except 1 large petal.  Attach the petals so they'll conceal the joined sections of the rectangle background.  Attach the remaining petal to the background.

Cut the poinsettia again from white cardstock - save the petals for another project - we're using the white outline to contrast the white glittered petals.  Cut the heart - from the Have a Heart set - from a dark pink 6x6  in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  Attach the white outline and the glittered heart.  


Cut LOVE from a light pink 6x6 in the Vibrant Violet Collection with the Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  Attach the rectangle to a slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") of White Woodgrain Paper (it's actually cardstock).  Add pale lavender Fairy Gemstones  from the Winter Fantasy set.  The gemstone colors look similar from the top - turn the acetate sheet over to the backside and it'll be easy to identify the different shades.

Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to cover and protect the card front for mailing.

Contempo Poinsettia can be used throughout the year for different blossoms and seasons.  Build unique flowers in soft spring pastels, bright summer colors and rich fall shades.  As my friend Jacky says, "it's the die that keeps on giving!"  The Memory Box 6x6 Color Collections and Glitter Pads have the perfect colors for every season and occasion.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!





Wed 05

Any Occasion Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a any occasion card for you today.  I always take my extra time off to create cards using my holiday product that can be used for any occasion.  The Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die is a die that can be used for any occasion.  This card can be used for next year as a Christmas card, a Lunar New Year card, or a birthday card.  


Contempo Poinsettia:

Die cut the Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die from gold Polished Foil paper.  Die cut Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die from the dark red Festive Glitter paper, saving the petal die cuts.  Emboss the Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil die from dark red card stock, same as card base.  Fussy cut out the flower on the inside of the outside intend.  Adhere the fussy cut flower behind the gold die cut.  Then glue in the red glitter petals.




Gate Fold Card Base:

Cut a dark red card stock to 81/4" x 5 1/2".  Score along the long side 2 1/8", flip and score the other end at 2 1/8".  Folder along the scored lines to create a gate fold.  Die cut the Pinpoint Daisy Background from the same red card stock.  Cut in half to create a panel 2 1/8' x 5 1/2". 



Adhere the Contempo Poinsettia assemblies die cut to the left side of the gate fold card.  Adhere the Pinpoint Daisy Background panel to the left side. Add a dark red Fairy Jewels to the center of the Poinsettia. Cut a light white card stock to 3 3/4 x 5 and adhere to the inside of the card to wright the chosen sentiment on the inside.







Mon 03

Heart Streamer Globe Hugs Quintet
by Anne Thompson

I spent some time this past week going through my collection of Memory Box dies to see what I might use for designing some valentine cards.  The Heart Streamer Globe from Spring 2021 has always been a favorite so I decided to make some cards featuring that image.  Here are four that also use Cottage Meadow papers, the Twiggy HUGS die, and some tiny hearts cut using the Double Stitch Loving Hearts dies set.


materials used on these four cards

  • white notecards
  • white cardstock, red cardstock
  • COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 papers
  • TWIGGY HUGS 94519
  • DOUBLE STITCH LOVING HEART CUT OUT 94359, the smallest heart


The  fifth card (which was the first card I made, actually) used the last piece of paper I had left from SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006.


to make these cards

  • cut a pretty background paper 4X5.25 and adhere to the front of a white notecard
  • die cut the Heart Streamer Globe from cardstock and attach it to the card front with glue on the outside frame
  • add Fairy Jewels to the tiny hearts on the streamers and three more to cover the hole at the top 
  • die cut two tiny hearts and glue them under the streamers area on the card front
  • die cut the Twiggy Hugs from white cardstock or scraps of the printed papers; sneak some of the letters behind and/or over the lowest streamer
  • add more of the die cut tiny hearts inside with a message

Valentines Day will be here before you know it!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Thu 30

Glitter Spread the Cheer
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello and welcome!  I'm up on the Memory Box blog with this fun sparkly card using the "Curled Holly Branch Die", the "Stunning Mandala" 3D embossing folder, some fairy gems, heat embossing and some gorgeous blue glitter paper.  Here's a closer look:

Don't you just love the depth of that gorgeous Memory Box glitter paper?

To make my card 

1)  I first inked the debossed side of the Mandala 3D embossing folder.

2)  I die cut a piece of dark blue card stock from the "Ocean Blue" paper pad with a "Wrapped Stitched" rectangle die.

3)  I die cut a piece of blue "Twinkling Jewel" glitter paper with a smaller "Wrapped Stitched" rectangle die.

4)  I added both rectangles to the embossed panel and then stamped the sentiment from "Festive Christmas Greetings" on white card stock with black ink and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder.

5)  I cut the sentiment into a thin strip and then I die cut the "Curled Holly Branch" die from white card and added it to the glitter paper.

6)  I added some Christmas Fairy Jewels to the berries and then added the sentiment strip to the bottom.

7)  I added the panel to a card base and my card was complete!

Here's one last look at my card:

I I hope you enjoy my card for today, it was one of my favorite Christmas card that I sent out this year!
Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for more design team inspiration.








Wed 29

Thank You Memory Box
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing my last Memory Box blog post as part of their design team:( Thank you, Dave and Monica, for your generosity and the beautiful products you supplied to us!!!!  And a HUGE THANK YOU to all my crafty friends on this blog!!! I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!!

Today's card is pretty basic. I used the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing Folder and embossed a piece of white cardstock. Than I trimmed the cardstock to measure 4 x 5 2/4". The card base meausres 4 2/4 x 5 1/2. I adhered the embossed panel to the card base with foam tape.

Next, I used the Bennet Alphabet Dies. This set of dies has two dies per letter. The letter die and it's coordinating shadow. I die cut the words 'thank you' from the 6 x 6 pattern paper pack Woodsy Plaid. I took the shadow dies ( the larger die) and die cut the glitter background from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad. I adhered the plaid pattern on top of the glitter. Than I adhered the whole letter to the embossed panel with foam tape.

That's all for me...God Bless you all!

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Tue 28

Flower Die Fireworks New Years Card
by Sara Cook

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend.  It is time for the New Years celebrations next.  I have a New Years card design using the Seed Stem die as fireworks.  Memory Box dies are so versatile, making them my favorite. The Bennet Alphabet die set makes it easy to create your own sentiment.



Cut black card stock to 4"x51/4" and emboss using the Ringadings 3D embossing folder.  Center it in the folder and hold in place with temporary tape.  Splatter with metallic silver and blue paint.  I used Gansai Tambi Gem and Starry water color sets.



Die cut the top of the Seed Stems die from silver and blue glitter paper from the Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Die cut 2 silver and 1 blue.  Trim off the stem.  Turn the die cut upside down and it looks like firework.  



Die cut "happy new year" from the same silver and blue glitter paper as the fireworks using the Banner Alphabet die set.



Cut a A2 panel from the same blue glitter paper and adhere to a A2 card base.  Adhere the embossed background panel in the center.  Adhere the fireworks, upside down Seed Stems, with just tape or glue in the center of the due cut, at the top center of the card.  Arrange the die cut letter in the lower half of the card to spell happy new year.