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28 posts from October 2023

Tue 31

Aurora Snowflake Holiday Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today and I want to wish you a Happy Halloween!

Here in my part of Texas we are having our first freeze warning and the temperature has been super cold for this time of year - poor kiddos going trick or treating!  They are going to have to dress super warm for this holiday!!! 

Well, since it's so cold around here,  I'm featuring some beautiful snowflake products that were in the 2023 Christmas new release.  I have two cards for you today using a panel I used the emboss resist technique on.  

First I stamped and heat embossed in translucent embossing powder, the larger Aurora Snowflake background rubber stamp on a large panel of thick white card stock.  I next inked the background with Speckled Egg Distress Ink and an inking tool.  I also used the Snow Flurries stencil and put it on top of the panel and used a white gel pen to make lots of dots (like tiny snow dots) on the panel for more interest.  It took a little time, but I like the way it turned out.

I inked a little past the stamp on just the white non-embossed portion so I could use that part to heat emboss the sentiment for card #1 with white embossing powder.  Just be sure you wait until the inking dries before you stamp and heat emboss the sentiment so the powder won't stick to the inking.  Here's a super close look at the Aurora Snowflake on card #1:

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As you can see I cut that new 2 piece die from both a white and a light blue glitter paper and layered the frame over the blue one, then added small red jewels and one larger crystal to the center.

I took the emboss resist panel and cut a frame using the the largest and 3rd largest dies from the A2 Rectangle die set.  I will use the center section for my 2nd card.  On the front of the card base, I inked the front with the same color ink, using the Snow Flurries stencil.  Here's a look at the dots it created on the card front.

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I added the sentiment strip to the bottom of the card and then the outside frame on top of it.  Lastly I added the beautiful large Aurora Snowflake to the card front.  Here's one last look at card #1:

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Here's a look at my second card:

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As you can see I used the inside rectangle from the heat resist panel.  I also added inked dots to the card front of this card.  I took red/foil paper from the Poinsettia Garland paper pad and used the largest two dies from the same rectangle frame die set to cut a thin frame for around the card front.  I used the same paper and cut the Merry Christmas Streamlined Script sentiment die from.  I also cut two extra sentiments from thick white card and stacked all 3 together for a more substantial and sturdier sentiment.  Here's a closer look at that. 

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I added the frame to the outer edge with glue, the heat resist panel in the middle.  Next I added tiny red jewels to the snowflake centers.  Lastly I added the sentiment at an angle.  Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my cards for today and also have inspired you to create some fun snowflake cards for the holidays.  If you'd like more info and links to products, check out my blog post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!





Mon 30

Snowy Pine Trees
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  My monochromatic masculine Christmas card today was inspired by this card on IG made with an embossing folder.  I used the Pine Tree Grove die from the current 2023 Christmas release with the Layered Narrow Pines dies from last year’s Christmas collection for my card.

I didn’t have two gradient blue color cardstock, so all pine tree layers were die cut from white Bristol paper, ink blended with either Stormy Sky or Faded Jeans distress inks using blending brushes, then glued together.  A clean tree sample can be seen to the left of the card in the photo above.


The torn paper mask technique was used again, this time to create the snowy hills on navy blue cardstock.  Printer paper was torn to look like slopes, then white pigment ink was applied over their edges.


Next, arranged and adhered the trees onto the panel before splatteringn with diluted white gouache paint for falling snow.  Painted white gouache paint at the tree bases and on the trees for accumulated snow.  White heat embossed the sentiment on a navy blue cardstock strip to finish. 


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




Sun 29

One More Pretty in Pink Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I have one last Pretty in Pink holiday card for this month of October--I'll be switching up colors in November.  This is a very simple quick card using Poinsettia Garland paper, a Poinsettia Rub On, and a few Christmas Fairy Jewels along with a white Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Tab.

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materials used

to make this card

  • begin by covering a white note card with one of the poinsettia print papers
  • add one of the poinsettia rub ons to a scrap piece of white card stock; trim to 3X4; ink the edges with a pink ink, direct to paper
  • add one Merry Christmas White Foil Greeting tab in the lower right corner after adding a bit of the pink ink on the edges
  • attach that panel to the front of the note card

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  • place five of the solid gold Fairy Jewels in the poinsettia center

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Simple enough for creating a number of cards at once--which I did in preparation for this post as I covered several card fronts with papers from the Poinsettia Garland paper pad and then used six poinsettia rub ons on white card stock pieces trimmed to 3X4.  I finished one card to post and with a little ink, greeting tabs, and Fairy Jewels I'll have six more cards ready to go in a jiffy. 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Sat 28

Happy Fall with Mirror Cardstock
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a pretty "Happy Fall" card on this fine October day!

Here's a close up look at my card:


To create my card I used the brand newly released "Happy Fall Posh Script" word die, the "Birch Tree Forest 3D embossing folder, and the "Gypsy Oak Leaves" die set.

First I dry embossed a panel of Memory Box watercolor cardstock with the birch tree folder and set it aside.  I took two more pieces of the watercolor paper and used Distress Inks and my water sprayer on my glass mat and smooshed the watercolor paper into the ink water mixture.  I did each color separately and dried them in between each color.  I started with the lightest, Mustard Seed, then Spiced Marmalade, 3 shades of green (Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn and Crushed Olive mixed together with the water), Brushed Corduroy, and then Aged Mahogany.

I used one colored panel to cut the base of the leaves from and the other for my card's background.  I also cut some of the base of the leaves from white card stock for stacking them and giving them dimension.  For the leaves outline dies and the background word die, I used the copper/orange color mirror cardstock from the "Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad."   I also cut extras of the word dies from white cardstock for more stacking and dimension.

Then all I had to do was add the embossed panel to the smooshed background, add the stacked leaves and stacked sentiment and my card was complete.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card for today.  The latest release from Memory Box had just a bit of fall goodies and lots of upcoming Christmas/Winter Holiday products, including some brand new foiled sentiment strips tabs.  There's also lots of 3D embossing folders with dies, stencils. and so many gorgeous dies to chose from.  For links to all my products, please click HERE to go to my blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to come back each day for more inspiration from our design team.





Thu 26

Halloween Display Dome
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a cute Halloween project for you.

I started with a Tim Holtz Display Dome, and used die cuts to decorate the dome.

From black cardstock, I die cut the trees and the haunted house.  I die cut 2 houses and sandwiched a piece of vellum between the 2 houses.  The trees were die cut with the Ghosts in the Forest die and trimmed at the bottom to fit in the dome.

Next, I die cut 2 ghosts from white cardstock and glued them to the back of the Haunted House.


To assemble the dome, I used a glue gun to glue the house to the base of the dome.  Next, I glued the trees to the base.  I glued a layer of moss to the base and a little pumpkin in front of the house.

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To finish the dome, I white heat embossed the word "Boo" on a strip of black cardstock.  I punched a hole on each side of the stamped strip, threaded a piece of twine through the holes and wrapped it around the base of the dome.


That's it for today!  Have a great Halloween! 🎃





Wed 25

Christmas Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I enjoy making gift tags for the holiday season.  Having a smaller space to work with help with creativity for me.  There are a lot of smaller dies in this year release that are perfect sized for gift tags.  


Tag Bas.

I used a trimmer that cuts at a 45 degree angle to create the base tag. The tag is 2 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" tall and then the upper corners are cut at a 45 degree angle.  Select and trim the front and back to the base size. I used white card stock to create the first one with the trimmer and then fussy cut the rest of the tags by using temporary tape to hold in place while cutting on the angle for the rest.  For the front panels I used the Poinsettia Garland pattern paper.  I chose papers with subtle backgrounds.  then ink blended the sides with a darker ink then the paper.  


Focal points:

For the brown tags I used the Poinsettia Stem die and Vintage Lantern and die cut out of white card stock.  Ink blended the flower with Lumberjack Plaid and Ketch Flamingo.  The stem and leaves where Pealed Paint and Rustic Wilderness.  I did add a little Vintage Photo to darken up some areas of the leaves.  The center was Squeezed Lemon Aide and Mustard Seed.  The lantern was colored first with black then Gilded Foundry Wax.  Then it was too bright and toned it down with Antiqued Bronze Distress Crayon and rubbed in with my finger.  I then added some shading using a black Distess Crayon applying it with a damp paint brush.  The candle I used watercolor markers in a light yellow and orange for the flame and a tope and light olive green for the base.  

For the aqua tags I kept is simpler.  I used the Aurora Snowflake die cut in white card stock and left it as is.  For the last tag I used the Classic Pair of Ice Skates. Die cut from white and the blade out of silver from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  I ink blended the boot portion with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue around the outside edge. The base I ink blended with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used a matching embroidery floss and a needle to thread up the skates and to hang from the top of the tag.  



On the white backs I stamped To and From from the Birch Press Designs Glide Tidings clear stamp set.  I adhered the front to the back.  Then punched the hole in the center top. I added the focal points and a sentiment with the new Rose and White Greeting tabs.  Tied some gold ribbon through the hole.





Tue 24

Layered Cardinal Joyful Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Send joyful winter wishes with a bright red felt Layered Cardinal and a frost-topped Woodgrain Bird House.  Shades of red, green and glittery white create a classic scene here.  Hi, Jean here with winter wishes from our Christmas 2023 Collection.

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Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to bright red wool-blend felt and cut the main portion of Layered Cardinal.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the wings from the red Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6.

Cut both head pieces from yellow/orange cardstock.  Color the top layer with a black marker.  Attach a scrap of yellow-orange cardstock behind the eye.  Assemble the cardinal - use foam dots for the outer tip of the small wing.

Cut Woodgrain Bird House from two shades of green cardstock.  Cut the snowy roof from the white  Festive Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach a scrap of light yellow/green cardstock behind the entrance.

Cut Classic Pine Needle Sprigs from chartreuse cardstock.

Cut natural cardstock with the 2.25" and 2.75" wide A2 Rectangle Frames die.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Shining Star Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 1.75" wide A2 Rectangle Frames die.

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Attach the diecuts to a natural A6 card (4.5" x 6.25").  Attach red Bright Jewels.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The Christmas release includes several birds, the Woodgrain Bird House and a delicate layered Bird's Nest for your holiday cards.  Combine different textures, glitter, matte and metallic papers to create an assortment of colorful birds for cards, tags and tree ornaments.

Thanks for visiting the blog!






Mon 23

Snowy Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a snowflake card using a resist embossing technique.  

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Stamp and heat emboss with an A2 size white panel and silver embossing powder using the Aurora Snowflake stamp.  Ink mush using Distress Oxide inks, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Blueprint Sketch.  Make sure to heat set in between each color.  Start with the latest to the darkest.  Only add a little of the Blueprint Sketch color.  Wipe off any of the ink off the snowflakes when complete.  Take the Snow flurries stencils and use shimmer texture paste.  I have a very old Pearlesent paste from Dreamweaver.  There are similar products on the market.  

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Trim down the inked panel at an angle at the top.  Adhere the snowy panel to a A2 size panel made from a matching color from the Stormy Blue paper pad.  Stamp and white heat emboss the LET IT SNOW sentiment from Birch Press Designs Glad Tidings stamp set, on the blue paper at the same angle.  Add a strip of silver paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad. 

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Anne Signature






Sun 22

More Pretty in Pink Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards use several items from the Memory Box 2023 Christmas Collection--printed papers, rub ons, a stencil, and a clear stamp set.  Here's the trio I made, again with a focus on pink.

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materials list

to make these cards

  • cover the front of a white notecard (or trim the paper down so there's a white border around the edge) with paper from the Poinsettia Garland paper pad

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  • cut a smaller piece of white card stock; use the Snow Flurries stencil, pink ink, and a fingertip dauber to add scattered pink dots

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  • add rub ons from the Poinsettia Rub On pages to the dotted panels


  • stamp sentiments from the Shining Star stamp set using black ink (VersaFine Clair Tuxedo is what I used)

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  • add the finished panel to the front of the notecard

Here are close-ups of the cards individually.

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This is another set of cards that went together fairly easily and quickly in assembly-fashion-style.  I certainly could add more dimension and sparkle to them by adding Glitter Glue to the berries or using Fairy Drops, Jewels, Crystals, Dewdrops, or Gemstones--Memory Box offers quite a few choices in the Glitz department!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 21

Embossed Poinsettia Cards
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with two cards made with the new 3D embossing folders just released.  These folders come with dies, but I did not use them for these cards.

As you can see above, the two cards were made with different embossing folders but I used basically the same technique on them.  Here's a look at my first card:

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I've been seeing a lot of inking on embossing techniques online and I decided to try one of them, inking on the debossed side of the embossed card stock.  I embossed a dark red piece of card stock with the "Perfect Poinsettias 3D embossing folder" (and dies) set and then inked with dark red and black inks on the debossed side and got this beautiful panel.  I added some gold paint pen in flower centers and then trimmed it down a little.  Here's a closer look:

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The sentiment is one of the brand new "Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Black Tabs" just released.  I used those on both cards.  They have several different fonts in each packages so you can find just the right ones for your holiday cards.  Here's one last look:

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Now for my second card I thought I'd take that same technique but make it more my own.  I love to do "half card" designs so that's what I did this time.  Here's a look:

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First I embossed a light pink piece of card stock with the Poinsettia Corner 3D Embossing Folder (and dies) and added lots of Aged Mahogany Distress ink with an ink blender to the debossed side.  Once it dried, I took my scissors and picked a section to cut out of one side of the embossed panel.  I put it back in the embossing folder and re-embossed it but slightly off center to give it more depth with a shadowed look.  

I embossed an extra piece of watercolor cardstock and then added the 1/2 embossed red panel on top of the white one.  I choose the sentiment tab I thought would look nice and then added gold paint pen accents to the flower centers and the berries. Here's a close up look:

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Both card were ink the same way, just cut the 2nd one up and used a partial piece of the whole embossed panel.  Here's one last look at them both.

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I hope you like my cards for today!  I really enjoyed getting inky and creative.  Be sure to come back each day for more inspiration from the design team.  Thanks for stopping by!