99 posts categorized "2021Holiday"


Mon 28

Paper Strips Christmas Cards
by Anne Thompson

What to do with those extra Memory Box paper scraps or the one or two pieces left from a 6X6 paper pad?  


To make these two cards I started with my Memory Box papers scrap box and pulled out all the red plaid pieces and the few loose sheets from various 6X6 paper pads and cut them into strips of random widths.


Then I started gluing them onto the front of a white notecard on a bit of a slant, leaving just a narrow space between each paper strip and letting the strips go out over the edge of the card.

Once I had all of the strips in place I trimmed off the bits that were hanging over the edge.

What to add to the front on top of this background?  I knew I needed something rather large but simple, so for both cards I cut the background for the CELESTE SNOWFLAKE 94697 from white cardstock.  For one card I added a plaid circle cut with one of the dies from the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 under the snowflake and oriented the card so the fold was at the top.  I cut the MERRY CHRISTMAS CURLED SCRIPT 94682 from red mirror paper and added that to the center of the snowflake and dotted the i with a Christmas red jewel.

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For the second card I stamped "Be Jolly" from the SWEET CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5283 in the center of the snowflake using VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink.


Then I made two more cards with green plaid paper strips.  This time I used the background for the GLORIETTE SNOWFLAKE COLLAGE 94696 cut from white cardstock, stamped with the sentiment "Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy" in VersaFine Clair Shady Lane green ink from the SWEET CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5283.  I  added the GENTLE PINE NEEDLE SPRIG 94597 (Holiday 2021) cut with green cardstocks from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 and finished these cards with red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops or white Christmas Fairy Crystals.


I have quite a few plaid strips left and will make several more cards like these.  With December right around the corner I've got quite a few more cards to make as well as gift tags.  It's going to be a busy week in my craft room!

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

DDP101Celeste Snowflake 94697
DDP101Gentle Pine Needle Sprig 94597
DDP101Gloriette Snowflake Collage 94696


Sun 20

Merry and Bright Mini Slimline
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with this mini slimline holiday card featuring the new "Watercolor Poinsettia Floral die" with the previously released "Slimline Pinpoint Burst Plate" craft die 94557

After using the pinpoint die on white card, I took a red ink pad and put it directly onto the card stock and rubbed it all over - this made it look like it was red card stock with white pinpoint dots.  Here's a closer look at that part and of the actual poinsettia die.  It's a layering die with lots of pieces to help your flower look very realistic.  I used pink, yellow and green glitter paper from "Festive Glitter Pad" GP1006 and the  red "Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad" FP1003.

The strip under the sentiment is actually cut with one of the dies from "Wood Grain Planks" craft die 94565.   The sentiment "Merry and Bright" is from the newly released "Sweet Christmas" clear stamp set CL5283.  I heat embossed it on black card stock and then cut it into a square then rounded the corners.

Here's one last look at my card:

I hope you like my card for today!  Be sure to check out all the amazing dies, paper, and stamps from Memory Box!  









Sat 29

Two Cards with Birch Tree Trunks
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with two Christmas cards featuring the new "Pine Needle Frame", "Layered Birds", and "Birch Tree Trunks." I combined them both with sentiments from last year's holiday release.

For this card I took a white piece of card stock and made an A2 card base. I die cut the "Pine Needle Frame" from green card stock in the "Lush Green Collection." The tree trunks were cut from watercolor card stock and birds were all die cut from white card stock. The red on the birds was made with markers and the ink on the birch tree was made by using Distress Inks direct to the watercolor paper, giving it a very textured look. Here's a closer look:

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I added all the die cuts to the card front. The "Joy Posh Script" sentiment was cut from both white and green card stock and glued together, then popped up on the bottom left of the card front.

Lastly I added Cosmic Shimmer "Fluffy Stuff" for snow, and then heated it up with my heat tool so they would puff up like snow.

Now on to card #2 - here's a look:

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To make this second card I took a piece of light blue card stock from the Memory Box "Stormy Blue Collection" and added lots of white ink on the bottom portion to simulate snow. This card was pretty much made exactly the same except I used different birds and the sentiment was made with the same red markers I colored the birds with. This sentiment die is called "Let it Snow Posh Script," and it's also from last year's holiday release. Here's a close up look:

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One other difference was these trees were cut from regular white card stock and not the watercolor card stock. That's why they have a little less texture on them. 

I hope you like my cards for today! I had a lot of fun creating them. Be sure to check out all the new holiday dies in this year's release. They all go so well with other holiday dies from Memory Box you may have in your stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 23

Ocean Adventure Awaits Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another quick ocean themed card for today.  This one features my favorite 3d embossing folder, Waves. DEB5770F-1D7E-419B-8499-9E3C1B6170BB_1_201_a


Ink up the Waves 3D embossing folder with Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch ink and ink emboss a blue paper from Stormy Blue pad.  Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".  Run Distress Oxide Salvage Patina ink on the waves and blend with finger.  Add white ink to top of waves with a brayer.  


Fussy cut an island out of tan card stock.  Splatter with Distress ink, Gathered Twigs. Antique Linen, and Walnut Stain.  Ink blend with Vintage photo.  Fussy cut a surf board from white card stock. Use sandpaper along to smooth the sides down.  Trim down a strip of red card stock and adhere in the center and then trim off the ends around the surf board.  Die cut the palm trees from Nativity House Frame die set from Kraft Woodgrain Paper, making sure the woodgrain is horizontal.  Ink blend with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Die cut the tops of the palm tree out of white card stock and ink blend with Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  Adhere the tops of the trees to the trunk.



Stamp Adventure Awaits from the You Anchor Me stamp set on a 1" strip of white card stock with Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide ink.  Trim down to the sentiment is towards the right side and 4" wide.


Adhere the background to a white A2 size card.  Adhere the sentiment to the top of the card.  Then Adhere the island, surf board, and palm trees to the lower right side.








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.


I pulled away the right hand cut part.IMG_3481-ink

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.