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Thu 10

Joy Poinsettia Holiday Card
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with this fun "Joy" Christmas card featuring the new poinsettia die from the 2022 Christmas release.  Here's a closer look at the card:

For my card I used the new "Poinsettia Watercolor Floral" die with Memory Box "Holiday Festive Glitter" paper pad for the pink, green, and yellow parts and "Rainbow Reflections Mirror" paper pad for the reds.  The JOY was cut with the same mirror paper using the "Wooden Alpha Craft Dies" set to give it lots of texture.

The tan card stock was embossed with the "Geometric Crystals 3D" embossing folder and then each square was filled with "Clear Fairy Jewels."  Here's one last look: 

I hope you like my card for today.  Be sure to stop by the Memory Box blog often for more inspiration from the design team!  Thanks for stopping by!






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.





Sun 24

Blooms for Mom
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Mother’s Day is celebrated at different times of the year all over the world.  With my Mother’s Day in two weeks, I have a Mother’s Day card I created for my mother-in-law to share today.  It features the Riverbank Large Layered Blooms and Exquisite Leaf Set dies from the recent Spring release.  

Because I wanted these large blooms to all fit on the card without crowding or hanging off-the-edge, this card is A6 size.  The card base and a layering piece are 4.5”x6.25” cut from heavy-weight white paper.  Using the partial die cutting technique with a long and narrow extended cutting pad, ran the layering piece through the die cutting machine twice with the Slim Pinpoint Heart Plate resulting in this.



Down the middle was a mess, but it didn’t matter as most of it will be covered up anyway.  For some texture, splattered it with diluted black gouache paint, then set aside to dry.



The flower layers and leaves were die cut next from white cardstock.  The leaves and flower centers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.

greens - YG61, YG63, YG67
white centers - C00, C1, C3

Ink blending with distress inks (DI) was used to color the flower layers.  Shaded Lilac DI was applied to the middle circumference area of each layer using a blender brush, while Villainous Potion DI was applied to the centers with a finger brush before putting them together. 


“Mom” was die cut from white glitter paper using the shadow dies of the Bennett Alphabet die set for a chunkier greeting.  Glued the letters onto a 1” Twilight Purple paper strip, then added the drop shadow with a C3 Copic Sketch marker.  Assembled the card, popping the bottom right flower up with foam adhesives for additional dimension.  Applied clear shimmer on the flowers for more sparkle to finish.

And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.






Fri 21

Slimline Paper-Pieced Valentine by Jean Okimoto

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Hi everyone,  Jean Okimoto here with a Valentine design that's a bit wonky and unusual - but I hope you like it!  Do you save offcuts and bits and pieces "for future projects" but forget to use them?  Here's a design using the gold foil Ring Stack and 2 sets of offcuts (red and white).

Cut white cardstock with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Ring Stack - we're using the white offcuts here too.

Cut gold Polished Foil 6x6 with Ring Stack - save the gold offcuts for that elusive "future project."

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Here's an easy way to build a smooth inlaid background.  Place the rectangle face-down on a non-stick surface (used a plastic embossing plate here).  Attach ⅛"  (3mm) strips of lined doublestick tape to the reverse side of the diecut rectangle.  Skinny strips of tape instead of an entire adhesive-covered area provide a little wiggle-room for paper-piecing.

Flip it over and place the gold foil Ring Stack into the adhesive-backed cutouts.  Attach the white oval offcuts.

Cut a bright red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection. Tape pairs of red ovals to form 3 hearts in graduated sizes.  Attach the hearts with foamtape.

Cut Love Airy Script from the bright red Festive Glitter 6x6  sheet.

Cut black cardstock with Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  You can cut 4 sets of GROWS at once.  Use a stack of 3 or 4 Post-It notes as a straight edge guide to attach the letters.

Add the dark yellow/orange Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!





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!





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.  





Sun 26

New Year’s Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Boxing Day!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.   Now that Christmas is over, my card today focuses on the next big celebration.  And since the edge-to-edge or infinity or pocket or frameless or flat shaker card (yes, it is known by all these names!) is so popular right now, I thought they pair well together.

3 things come to mind when I think of new year’s - glitz, glam and gold! 😉  Started by creating a golden bokeh background on watercolor paper.  Using the wet-on-wet technique, applied clean water to the entire watercolor panel, then randomly dropped in various colours of yellow
from my Gansai Tambi" watercolor paints.  Once dried, used DIY circle stencils from my stash to add white pigment ink and white gouache paint with a sponge dauber through these stencils.   Trimmed the panel down to A2 size and spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle.


Next, a piece of clear plastic was trimmed to slightly larger than A2 size.   Added strong double-sided tape along the four sides on the back of the panel.   Remove the release paper from three sides and fold the plastic over and secure.  This will create a pocket with the opening on one end.  Add in the shaker bits , then close off the final side. 


Mounted the shaker panel to a white card base.   Die cut the letters from gold glitter paper, then adhered on top of the plastic to finish.


Thank you for joining me today.  Have a safe and happy new year!  See you next year!





Sun 21

Golden Pine Cone Holiday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone. I have a holiday card featuring the Large Pine Cone and Gentle Pine Needle Sprig.   


Large Pine Cone:

Die cut the Large Pine Cone from a medium warm brown from the Earth Neutral paper pad.  Ink blend each die cut from the top with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs to create depth.  Use your finger to add from wax metal bronze wax paint to give it some shine. In the diamond shape ends add glue then sprinkle with Distress Rock Candy glitter. The glue reacts with the paper giving the glitter a golden color.  This was a happy accident. After the glitter is dry, glue the pine cone together following the diagram on the back of the packaging.  


Gentle Pine Needle Sprig:

Die cut the Gentle Pine Needle Sprig out of a mid green from the Lush Green paper pad 3 times.  Color the branch with a brown marker. Making sure to color the sides of the paper to cover up the white.  I used Marvy Marker No 18, Dark Brown.  Ink blend the pine needles with Distress Ink Rustic Wilderness.  Blend from the branch out, so not to crumble the paper.  



Die cut joy with the smaller dies from the Bennet Alphabet set out of gold glitter from the Festive Glitter paper pad. 



Die cut heavy white card stock with the Pinpoint Daisy Background die.  Ink blend with Distress Oxide Aged Mahogany to create the fuzzy warm feel.  Trim down the panel to 4"x5 1/4".  Trim the same gold glitter paper as the sentiment to A2 size. Mount the background panel on the glitter paper.  I used heavy glue to make it stick.



Adhere the pine needle sprig to the right hand side and adhere the pine cone with foam tape.  In the bottom left hand side adhere the letters to spell joy.  Mount on a A2 card and add a sentiment inside.





Fri 19

Hollyday Greetings
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Fri-YAY everyone!   This will be a quick post because I have a very easy clean and simple Christmas card to share today.

The Holly Branch was die cut from alcohol marker-friendly cardstock and the berries colored in with Copic markers R24, R46, R89.  The punny sentiment was die cut out of red Polished Foil paper using the Twiggy Alphabet die set.   “Greetings” from Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set was stamped on white cardstock with Barn Door distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.


The Fresh Aqua paper was then trimmed to 4”x5.25”.  Salvaged Patina distress ink was then applied to the top with a blender brush before lightly splattering it with white gouache paint.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


Easy-peasy… and that’s it for today!   Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.





Wed 27

Purple Birthday Wish Wreath Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a purple on purple leafy wreath birthday card.  The dark purple glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad matched the new Distress Ink color had to create a card using both.  This card could easily be changed into a Halloween card as well.



Spray Memory Box Watercolor paper with Distress Villainous Potion Oxide and normal sprays.  Spray another watercolor paper with Distress Oxide Shaded Lilac and lightly with Distress Villainous Potion spay.  Dry.  Die cut the branch from the Serene Bird and Branch out of the sprayed papers and the dark purple glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad 6 times each.  Take the 2nd and 3rd largest circle dies from the Circle Basics Set and die cut from black card stock to create a circle frame.  Glue the branch around the circle frame alternating the branches.  



Take a 5" x5" heavy white card stock paper and ink blend with Distress Shady Lilac Oxide ink all over.  Then ink blend Distress Villainous Potion Oxide from the outside avoid the center.  Ink blend Distress Villainous Potion just around the outside.  Go back over with each color until you have a dark to light blend.  Ink blend Distress Black shoot just around the outside edge to frame the paper.



Die the the letter WISH from the Twiggy Alphabet die set from the dark purple glitter paper from the Festive Glitter pad.  


Adhere the ink blended background to a 5"x5" card.  Adhere the wreath in the center of the card.  Add the purple gems from the Autumn Fairy Crystals around the wreath.  Adhere the word WISH to the center of the card.