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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...






Mon 14

Little Bundled Snowman Scene
by Anne Thompson

Today's challenge for me in assembling this card was keeping track of all the little pieces for the LITTLE BUNDLED SNOWMAN 94678.  I really need to clear off my work surface before beginning a new project each time!  I missed one snowman layer (which I didn't realize until I looked closely at the picture on the envelope after I had the card together) and I substituted a pearl for the tiny pompom on his cap as both pieces went AWOL. IMG_3955-ink

To make this card I started with a blank white A2 notecard and covered the front with a blue plaid from the SPRING PLAID  PP1012 6X6 paper pad.  I then cut the FOREST PATH 94702 twice, once from white cardstock and again from a second piece of the same blue plaid.  I layered the white scene minus the white path onto the background paper and added the blue path layer to make a stream in the forest.


To construct the LITTLE BUNDLED SNOWMAN 94678 I cut everything from white cardstock.  I used an orange marker to color the nose.  I used fingertip daubers and VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink to color the twig arms and VersaFine Clair Tulip ink to color the scarf and hat parts.  I added small black jewels to make coal eyes and buttons and a large pearl for the hat's pompom.


I assembled all of the pieces using the narrowest Scor-Tape (1/8") and added the snowman next to the stream using foam dimensional dots.


I've left room to add an appropriate sentiment later.  This all-occasion card design will work for the holidays, winter, even Valentine's Day.  And there are so many color and paper options, too.  I'll definitely be making more of these Little Bundled Snowmen!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Mon 03

Layered Narrow Pines Along a Forest Path
by Anne Thompson

I often send cards to mark the change of season.  As we've recently moved from summer into fall and those cards have been sent, I've started working on cards to mark the Winter Solstice and to celebrate the transition from fall into winter.  The snowy Layered Narrow Pines and the Forest Path work well together (and even alone) to create that wintery feel.


materials used for this card:

  • white notecard
  • brown plaid and green plaid papers from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • white cardstock
  • FOREST PATH 94702

to make this card

  • cover the front of a white notecard with brown plaid paper 5 1/2 X 4 1/4
  • die cut the Forest Path and the snowy layers of the pines from white cardstock
  • die cut the narrow pines from a dark green plaid paper--while I had the dies out, I also cut some trees from green cardstock from the Lush Green Collection and lots of snowy layers


  • use a glue pen to attach the snowy details to the pine trees
  • glue the Forest Path background and the path to the notecard
  • add the three Layered Narrow Pines
  • leave space in the snowy foreground to add a sentiment later


For the second card I used a blue paid for the background, snipped off the white trees from the Forest Path, and added five of the Layered Narrow Pines that I had cut from the green cardstock.


And for the third card, I used just the three Layered Narrow Pines against a soft green plaid background.


These are also good designs for cards to send to guys on your list--just change up the sentiment for any winter celebration.

I love how so many of the Memory Box dies work together.  I think the combination that I used for these cards was sort of expected.  But I've been trying out some other more unexpected combinations of dies, papers, and techniques to see what happens as I start to create more holiday cards.  It's exciting to see what works and what doesn't--maybe I'll even share some of both!  Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Mon 26

Another Home Decor Idea Reimagined as a Card
by Anne Thompson

Last week I showed you my front door as a card--a pair of skates with a big plaid bow.  Something else I've done in the past is prop an old sled by the front door with a pair of skates tied to it and a red bow.  Today's card is a variation on that theme using the LAYERED SLED and the smaller CLASSIC PAIR OF ICE SKATES.


These are the materials I used.

  • red plaid papers from JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019
  • a tiny scrap of brown plaid paper from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • a scrap of dark brown cardstock from EARTH NEUTRAL SP1009
  • white cardstock
  • a scrap of BLACK GLOSSY SH44004
  • a scrap of silver from VINTAGE PASTEL MIRROR PAD FP1002
  • red embroidery thread and a large-eyed needle
  • a tiny red/white dots bow
  • LAYERED SLED 94686
  • GLORIETTE SNOWFLAKE COLLAGE 94696 (just the outline that makes the solid shape)

Here's a photo of almost everything on my list.


to make this card

  • start with a white notecard and add a piece of red plaid paper 5 1/4 X 4 to the front
  • die cut the outline Gloriette Snowflake from a lighter red plaid paper and add it to the notecard
  • die cut the Layered Sled three times--from dark brown cardstock for the base, from silver for the runners, and from a light brown plaid for the wooden slats on the sled top; assemble using a glue pen--don't forget to add the wooden steering bar; add it to the snowflake shape at a bit of an angle
  • for the skates, die cut them three times--from white cardstock, from black glossy paper for the sole and heel, and from silver mirror cardstock for the skate blades; assemble using a glue pen
  • thread a large-eyed needle with a double thread of embroidery floss; tape the ends behind the body of the skate and sew through the loops to make the skate lacings, up from underneath each time; tie the threads for each skate together and secure to the card with a Glue Dot behind the knot
  • add a bow to cover the knot


When I was working on this card I felt it needed something to anchor the sled and skates.  I tried a variety of shapes behind them before settling on the snowflake outline and then opted to make that in a red plaid paper for more color.  Thinking about it now as I'm writing this I want to make this card again and try a glitter snowflake for even more texture and some added sparkle.  I know I'll be making more sleds--the combinations of papers is limitless--and I'm already thinking of other dies that will work with the sled.  I love how one idea sparks a multitude of others. 

This finished card can be used for many occasions throughout the coming winter just by adding an appropriate sentiment inside. 


What inspires you when you sit down to design a card? How does that initial idea develop and even change as you gather materials and put things together?  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

These are the papers I used.


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Mon 19

My Front Door Decor as a Card
by Anne Thompson

For the holidays and throughout the winter I hang my old white and well-worn ice skates with a big plaid ribbon on the front door, and that was the inspiration for today's card.


For this card

Here's what I did to make the skates.

  • I threaded a large-eyed needle with deep red perle cotton and looped it doubled up through the eyelets on the two white cardstock skates.  I sewed from the bottom to the top, taping the loose ends at the bottom on the back of each skate and leaving extra long tails at the top.  (You could use any type of cording or embroidery thread for this.)
  • It works best to assemble the skate starting from the bottom layer--the silver blade.  I put small Glue Dots on the round knobs on the top of the silver skate blades and secured that piece to the back of the black heel/sole of the skates.
  • Then I used a narrow line of glue with a Glue Pen on the top edge of the black piece and added it to the bottoms of the white skates.
  • I knotted the "laces" and used a Glue Dot to anchor that near the top center of the card after I had added a piece of red plaid paper 5 1/4 X 4 to a white notecard.
  • I placed a few Glue Dots behind each skate to attach them to the background paper.


  • I glued the plaid and white layers of the bow parts together and then assembled the bow using large glue dots behind the small rounded center piece to attach the loops and ribbons.  When I added it to the card I used foam dimensional dots behind the loops and center.


I have a card that I can use for Christmas or any time throughout the winter.  It might even become an invitation to a skating party.


You can view all of the 2022 Christmas Collection here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Thu 08

A September Celebration! by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate Stamptember with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp!  Here's the fabulous new and exclusive Memory Box Beautiful Moments Stamp Set designed by Dave Brethauer for this annual celebration of design, creativity and inspiration.

It's a versatile, classic design that's only available while supplies last.  You'll love creating cards, layouts, journals and mixed media projects with this great set of clear stamps.

Hi friends, Jean Okimoto here with a simple back-painted vellum slimline design.  It's a classic botanical image that's perfect for any occasion.  

Prep heavy white vellum with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray powder flecks.  Stamp the image with VersaMark, then emboss it with detail white powder.  Trim it with the 4-¾"x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Dribble Distress Oxide refill inks onto a large acrylic stamp block.  I've used abandoned coral, twisted citron and mowed lawn.  Paint the reverse side of the stamped vellum using a barely damp paintbrush and the refill inks.  Airdry the inks.  

Stamp the greeting - also from this great new stamp set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the 2-¾"x 1-½" Rectangle Basics die. P1018953 2

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card - 3-⅝" x 8-⅝".  Foamtape the greeting.  Use tiny pieces of doublestick tape behind several outer points of the stamped image.  

Add green Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Place a very tiny dot of adhesive on the vellum behind the jewels to secure the  three corners.

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


Here's a link to order your exclusive Beautiful Moments set - remember it's a limited edition exclusive, available only while supplies last.

Thanks for joining us for Stamptember 2022!  See you again next week...





Mon 15

Floral Photo Cards with Die Cut Flowers
by Anne Thompson

When I visited the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens recently I took nearly 100 photographs, mostly of stone walls and stone sculptures and fairy houses.  I did find three photographs of yellow flowers, however, and decided to use them on cards with coordinating die cut flowers, keeping with the yellow theme for this month's blog challenge.  First up, California Poppies with three Memory Box poppy dies--RUFFLED POPPY STEM 94667, SWEET POPPY STEM 94648, and GRACEFUL POPPY STEMS 94651.

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I trimmed the 3.5 X 5 photograph of the California Poppies and added it to the lower right corner of a white notecard.  I die cut the three poppy dies from one of the yellow cardstocks and one of the orange cardstocks in the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002.  I assembled the yellow flowers and used only the orange stamens for the flower centers.  I added the completed flowers to the left side of the notecard.  I cut the flowers again from one of the green cardstocks in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 and added just the stems on top of the yellow ones.

the other two cards:


This time I mounted the photographs on green cardstocks from the Lush Green Collection and used another green for the TALL FRILLY LEAF STEMS 94615 which I added to the left edge of the photographs, three stems on each card.

For the flowers I used a yellow cardstock from the Sunny Orange Collection and the LAYERED PERIWINKLE die 94614.  I cut five for each card and assembled them with Glue Dots.  I used an orange marker to color the flower centers.  I added the flowers to the card using large Glue Dots for three and foam dimensional dots for two.

materials used:




I've used die cuts before with photographs on scrapbook pages but I think this is the first time I've used them with photographs on greeting cards.  I will definitely do this again!  It's actually a great way, too, to use less than great photographs where the die cuts can be used in empty-ish spots or to cover something up or to draw attention to a particular element in the photo.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 14

Side Stella Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I’m stretching the Stella Butterfly from the 2022 May release to create a simple off-the-edge standard A2 size shaped card.

Took a Bristol scrap piece measuring approximately 4.25”x5.75” from my stash and drew a line across approximately 5.5” high.  Placed the Stella Butterfly background die at an angle straddling the line so only the left wing extends beyond the line.  Partial die cut above the line like this.


Trimmed along the drawn line up to the die cut part of butterfly to get this.


Embossed the bottom portion with the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) to give it some dimension  


The butterfly and sentiment were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and black glossy paper.  To turn the full butterfly into a side flying one, it was cut in half and one of the antennas was cut off.  Colored them with Copic Sketch markers RV02, RV04 and RV09.  For a bit of texture, splattered the butterfly background piece with diluted white gouache paint.  To mount to the card base, the flat edge of the partial die cut butterfly was aligned with the folded end of a white top folding A2 size card base.  Measure 5.5” from the end of the butterfly wing and trimmed using a paper trimmer.  Added some clear Fairy Drops to finish.

For some reason it looks shorter than 5,5” in length in the photo, but trust me it’s not. 😂  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.





Fri 12

Embossed, Stencilled Butterfly Wishes by Jean Okimoto


Embossed, stencilled and diecut butterflies highlight a special moment.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo of butterfiles ready to celebrate in shimmery shades of turquoise, green and purple.



Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3" x 4-¼" Basic Rectangles die.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage.   

Stencil the embossed butterflies with the Butterfly Coterie Stencil and Distress Oxides - skip the two that will be hidden by the Ava Butterflies.  Ink colors used here - wilted violet, cracked pistachio and salvaged patina.

Blend the same inks - plus twisted citron - on a strip of watercolor paper.  Spritz and splatter it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry the ink for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  Cut it into 2 strips and lightly ink the edges with Cracked Pistachio.

Cut Ava Butterflies from the turquoise and purple 6x6 sheets in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Attach them with foamdots.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Art Deco Birthday Greetings Clear Stamps - on watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio die.


Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") Cream Woodgrain Paper card - use foamdots for the greeting.

Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A-6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Butterflies are great for any occasion.  Emboss, stencil and diecut them in coordinating colors - or a lively mix of inks and papers.

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Have a great weekend!Jeansignature-3










Sun 07

by Trina Pham

Aloha everyone.  Today I’m sharing a simple summer card with a tropical vibe made with the Tropical Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) and matching dies from the June Island Vacation release.

Bristol paper was used for all the white die cuts.  After die cutting the leaves, spritz them with water then embossed them using the EF.  Had planned on playing with alcohol inks (AI) on yup paper to create the background, but couldn’t find my yupo paper, so ended up doing the AI on  acetate technique instead (you may have noticed the reflection from the acetate 😉).  Drops of Pool and Mermaid AIs were applied to an A2 size piece of acetate, then rubbing alcohol and a hand blower were used to move the inks around.


The die cut Vintage Varsity letters were ombré colored next using turquoise dye ink and a blender brush before heat embossing them with clear glitter embossing powder.  Die cut the letters from black cardstock as well to offset for a drop shadow.  The periwinkle blooms were then colored with Scattered Straw and Wild Honey distress inks using a finger blender brush.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then added clear shimmer to the flowers to finish.


Wishing you all a wonderful week.  Thank you for joining me today.