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28 posts from November 2022

Wed 30

Merry Christmas with Pine Needle Frame Die
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today featuring a card using the "Pine Needle Frame" die. This die has two dies, the frame and another die to cut some extra pine needles.

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I started out by smooshing Distress Inks onto a large piece of watercolor card and then used it to die cut two frames from the watercolor paper. I also cut one from some dark green from the "Lush Green" paper pack.  I used the inside parts of the frame along with the dark green pine leaves to paper piece together for a cool look.

As we go through the steps on making this card I have pictures of the card plain, then followed by the same card with added snow embossing powder on it. Below you can see the picture of the same card but with added melted snow on it.

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The sentiment was cut from Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad red paper and from white and stacked for dimension with the "Merry Christmas Curled Script" die. I added "Christmas Fairy Dew Drops" in red in clusters of 3 to simulate berries around the card front. And here's a close up look at it without snow and with snow.

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today! Check out all the wonderful products from Memory Box HERE!




Tue 29

Create a Pinpoint Snowflake Ornament by Jean Okimoto


Create unique ornaments with basic diecut shapes, pinpoint plates, and shimmery metallic 6x6 Mirror Pads.  The designs add texture and luster to simple shapes for cards and holiday decor.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add special details to your diecuts.

Cut the basic Frilling Snowflake Ornament from the pale blue Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Here's a tip for selecting and cutting the perfect section of a large die...


Cut a contrasting paper template with the basic background die.  Use the offcut to select a section of the Snowflake Plate to be transferred to the ornament.  (It'll be reveresed on the card.)  Place the ornament diecut face-down into the template and diecut the details onto the ornament.

Punch a hole and tie the ornament with gold cord.  Use the side of a bonefolder - or the plastic burnishing tool - to curl the cord.  Follow the curve of the cord for best results.

Diecut Joy Posh Script from a light lavender sheet in the Twilight Purple Collection - and from the violet Glitzy Glitter sheet.

Cut the turquoise Rainbow Reflections 6x6 and a darker lavender Twilight Purple 6x6 with the second-smallest  Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

I used scrap of ink-blended Open Studio Watercolor Paper from my stash for the background.  It's sprayed with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, air-dried for a few minutes, then heat-set. Trim it to 1-⅞" x 3-¾".

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add lavender Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardtock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - hope you'll try these techniques on your holiday cards!






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 27

Little Bundled Snowman
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Continuing with my Christmas cards I have a sweet Christmas card to share today featuring a few products from the 2022 Christmas release.  

Started with the background and did layered masking.  Using the single snowflake die from the Frilling Snowflake Ornament die set, a bunch of snowflakes were die cut from waterproof masking paper.  Placed a few onto the smooth side of Memory Box watercolor paper and did an ombré watercolor wash using a flat brush and Uncharted Mariner and Salvaged Patina distress inks (DI).


Dried the panel with the heat tool then repeated the process two more times, adding more snowflake masks each time.  This was the result after the third time with masks still in place.


Removed the masks and you can see the color variation in the snowflakes from the different layers of masking.  You will also notice watercolors seeped underneath some of them.  


To fix the three initial ones that should have been the color of the watercolor paper, die cut three snowflakes from white and cover them up.  Or you could skip the first step and start the masking after the first watercolor wash and die cut the white snowflakes at the end.


For snow, splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Allow to dry then trimmed the panel to 1/8” smaller than a regular A2 size card.


The Little Bundled Snowman was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the layers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Die cut the sentiment from black cardstock and hand cut a snowbank from Bristol paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.




Fri 25

A Fun Little Christmas Ornament
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving.  Now it's time to transition into the Christmas season!

Today I have a simple Christmas ornament for you to create.  

I started by die cutting a 3.5" circle from plaid paper and set it into a 3" wooden embroidery hoop.  I centered the die cut circle over the smaller piece of the embroidery hoop.  I gently folded the paper over the hoop.  Next, I placed the larger hoop on top of the paper.


I die cut the saying from white foil paper and glued it to the center of the plaid paper.

Next, I die cut the Pine Needle Frame from white cardstock and cut the pine boughs from the frame.  I used a blending brush and Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink to add a little color to the pine die cuts.

I used liquid glue to adhere them to the embroidery hoop.


To finish the ornament I added some Christmas Fairy Crystals to the ornament.  I tied a piece of twine thru the top of the hoop to hang the ornament.

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





Thu 24

Truly Grateful by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  We are truly grateful and appreciate your support of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design throughout the years.  Hope we've inspired and encouraged you to share your creativity on your projects.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall slimline for you.

Paint watercolor paper with watery, layered inks in shades of pink, orange, yellow and green.  Spritz it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry.

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Cut cream cardstock with the 2-¼" x 7-⅛" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  

Cut kraft cardstock with the Birch Tree Trunks die set.  Save the other trees for another project. 

Cut the dried watercolored paper with the Exquisite Leaf Set.

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Attach the leaf and tree diecuts to the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to the a slightly darker cream slimline card (3-⅝" x  8-½").

Stamp the greeting - from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamps Set - with Lightning Black Brilliance. 

Add gold gemstones from the Autumn Fairy Crystals set.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

This basic design works for other seasons - and reasons - too.  Switch to shades of green for a leafy spring card.  Add butterfiles and/or tiny blossoms for a summer card.  Or snowflakes with a snowman or sled for the holidays!

Thanks for visiting the blog!  Keep warm - and have a great weekend too...





Wed 23

Snowflake Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I just love the snowflakes and pastel colors this season.  I cannot stay away from it with all the matching papers and beautiful dies.  Today I have a snowflake gift tag design that is easily repeatable for mass production of tags.  The Delicate Pastel Glitter paper and Vintage Pastel Mirror paper match along with the pastel jewels making it easy to create.


Tag base:

Die cut white card stock with the 2nd largest Nested Globes set.  Die cut the next smaller size from a light colored plaid design from the Jolly Christmas papers.  Adhere the 2 together and punch a hole in the top center.



 Choose 3 different colors that match from the Pastel Glitter paper and Vintage Pastel Mirror paper. Die cut 1 set of the Starburst Snowflake Discs and 2 set Feathery Snowflake Discs from each paper.  Make sure to use a cutting plate a the papers are thick and the dies intricate. Discard the little cut outs as it will be easier to use Fairy Jewels to fill in.  Take the inter snowflakes out and pop them in the matching color of the different type of paper.  



Stamp "Holiday Greetings" from the Festive Christmas Greetings set on white card stock.  I used a stamp platform and a smaller piece of paper that I can move every 1/2 to stamp several sentiments in a row.  Die cut each sentiment using the smallest die from the Slim Basic Rectangles Layers set.  Trim off the one end to decided length with scissors.



Adhere the snowflakes in the 3 different sized onto the tags.  Add matching Pastel Fairy Jewels around the cut out to hide the plaid paper.  If you don't have the Fairy Jewels the Fairy Sugar glue also works!  I did run out of Fairy Jewels and needed to color the clear with an alcohol marker.  Add the sentiment to the right side of the tag.  Add some matching twine through the hole to adhere to the present.  You can add your message to the back of the tag. 






Tue 22

Heartfelt Holiday Greetings by Jean Okimoto


Glittered cardstock and plush felt create warm, sparkly winter accessories for the 
Tall Bundled Snowman.  Add a greeting from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamps and your card is ready to go!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a  basic holiday design you can personalize with your favorite colors and 6x6 prints.

Cut the small and medium Tall Bundled Snowman shapes.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind the eyes and buttons.  Cut the carrot nose and twiggy arms from orange cardstock.  Color the arms with abrown marker.  Attach the nose and arms to the small snowman.  Layer the small snowman over the medium-sized diecut for dimension.


Cut the hat and scarf from the turquoise Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to turquoise felt and diecut the scarf and hat again.  The label paper stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Assemble the hat and scarf.  Save the extra pieces for another project.

Cut the heart - from the Heart Streamer Globe set - from a red 6x6 in the Festive Glitter Pad.

Stamp the greeting from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on a light green 6x6 Lush Green Collection 6x6 with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 2-¼" x 1-⅛" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Garland 6x6 print with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the rectangle to a white side-folded A2 card.

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Attach the diecuts to the background - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add pale turquoise Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating on Thursday!




Mon 21

My Winter Solstice/Greetings from Maine Card
by Anne Thompson

I designed a card for today that will most likely be the one that I use to send a Winter Solstice message or greetings from Maine this holiday season.  As I write this post, this card very much looks like the view from my window--a dark evening sky, silhouettes of bare trees among the pines, and a few scattered snow flurries.


  • This is a card of many layers.  I started with a white A2 notecard and covered the front with a brown/blue plaid from WOODSY PLAID PP1018.
  • For the next layer I added the BIRCH TREE TRUNKS 94701 cut from a light brown Woodsy Plaid paper.




Because I plan to make a bunch of these cards I will set up an assembly line process, die cutting multiples for each step.  If everything goes according to plan they'll be ready to be sent out in time to celebrate the Winter Solstice.  If not--they'll be Happy New Year greetings!  

Happy Crafting!

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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!