14 posts categorized "Anniversary"


Thu 28

Double-Emboss a Watercolored Crystal Heart by Jean Okimoto

Add a double layer of texture to a watercolored Crystal Heart with pressure- and heat-embossing.  It's an easy way to add dimension to a detailed design...without paper-piecing.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die from our 2021 Valentine Collection.

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of picked raspberry, worn lipstick and ripe persimmon Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the inks.

Pressure emboss it with the Crystal Heart die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Leave the diecut in the die and sponge it with VersaMark.  Remove the die.  Heat-emboss the VersaMark-ed sections with detail gold powder - the watercolor paper adds texture to the embossing.  Clean both sides of the VersaMark-ed die with a damp washcloth, then dry it with a paper towel.

Cut Crystal Heart again from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Punch a tiny hole near the top center of the watercolored heart.  Tie the hearts together with gold cord.  Curl the cord ends with the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower burnishing tool. P1002843

Press worn lipstick ink onto a large acrylic stamp block then brush the ink onto the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Shake Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz to blend the contents.  Use the bottom of the tube to splatter the painted background with a specks of gold.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of the watercolor paper with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Heat-emboss it with clear powder. Trim it and add it to the card.


Hope you enjoy the versatility of Memory Box dies as much as I do.  They're great for pressure-embossing, cutting stencils and as the actual stencil as we've used Crystal Heart here.  

Thanks for visiting...





Fri 24

Memory Box Valentine's Day Card with Selective Coloring
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today sharing a Valentine's Day card that uses typical supplies in a less than typical way.

By now, I am sure you all know of my love for gold foiled cardstock and papers.  I wanted to create a card that shows you one of the reasons that I love white and gold foiled papers in particular.

Last week I was in the city for an appointment and I had time to run into Joann's as I was looking for Sateen Supima Cotton in a certain color and the particular store I was in has a much larger fabric selection than the one near my home.  I didn't find the fabric I was looking for, but I almost always do a quick walkthrough of the Scrapbooking section on my way out.  I was pretty excited when I saw this 6 x 6 Mat Stack from Die Cuts With a View that contained all white and gold foiled cardstock.  It doesn't have a GSM or weight on the paper but it's comparable to Text Weight Papers if you want a comparison.  Anyhow, there were two of these at 60% off and I grabbed them both.  My total came to $4.00 and some change.  

While I do love the gold, I also love the things you can create using White & Gold papers like these.  You can do ink blending on them to get the exact background color you want, or you can use any one of several coloring media to make it your own, which is what I did today.  

I grabbed my drawer containing all of my Red and Red Violet Copic Markers and sat down to start coloring the sheet seen above.  I have a stacking four drawer unit that has all of my markers in them and those two color groups are in the same drawer.  

I knew I wanted to use a favorite Memory Box Die to create this card but I wanted something other than a solid color behind it so I started coloring in the flowers.  I could also have colored in the leaves, but I didn't want that look, so I only colored the flowers.  Let me just say, I am not a person who has "Mad Coloring Skills" as they like to say in this industry.  But I was really only looking to enhance the white paper by adding bits of color.  My approach would have been different if I wanted to use it for the whole background, but for what I wanted, this was great.  

The single 6 by 6 sheet yielded two hearts for behind the La Rue Heart.  In order to get the correct sized heart to go behind, I used the negative piece from the Die Cut Gold La Rue Heart as my template. 

If I would have used the die for my template to trace around, it would have been too large, so I traced the negative opening and then fussy cut them.  Yes, I did actually fussy cut the two hearts!  Most of my followers know that I detest fussy cutting, but sometimes you just have to do it.  I slipped the extra heart into the stamp pocket that has the La Rue Heart in it for future use.  

After I did that, I also had this long diagonal piece left to use.  I used it to put a band across the bottom of the card for my die cut Love Airy Script Die.  I die cut a background panel from red cardstock for the base using the largest Basic Rectangle Dies.  I cut the second largest rectangle from some scrapbooking paper in a similar color to the flowers that I colored with Copics.  It's not quite red, but not quite coral either.  And with the gold foil accents, it was perfect! 

I love how this card turned out and there won't be another like it anywhere.  That is one of the many advantages of using White and Gold Coiled cardstock and making it your own. 

 This made such a striking card!  I love that I could add a single little gem to the center of the La Rue Heart for that additional touch of bling. 

In case you'd like to try this technique for yourself, I did a few other examples of adding color to White and Gold Foiled Papers for you here. The sky is the limit.  I also love that many times the patterns for this are geometric because most guys like geometric patterns.  You can make make stripes in straight or diagonal, quilt patterns or any kind of random coloring you want.  Use Ink Blending Brushes, Mini Round Ink Blending Tools, Markers, or even paint if you have the time and desire to do that.  The amount of time you spend is up to you.  I hope you enjoyed this post and if you try this out, be sure to tag us on social media!  

Don't forget this month's challenge is a friendship card and this would be a fun way to make something special.  





Tue 12

Showering You With Love
by Melissa Rusk

With Valentine's Day coming up fast I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for this  week or even a wedding or baby shower card. It would be easy to change up the colors to fit the theme of the bridal shower or baby shower.


I started with some bright pink paper and die cut the Heart Sprinkles die. It's so cute! Then I layered it on a lighter pink paper before putting it on the card.

The stamp set from Birch Press Designs called Wishing You the Best has so many great sentiments to choose from. The showering you with love is so cute, I stamped it on the side of the card and then finished it off with some little enamel heart stickers that I had.

Have a wonderful day!





Thu 24

Neighborhood Heart Frame and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


Add dimension with a pressure-embossed Neighborhood Heart Frame - then highlight it with diecut elements and a simple greeting.  Shiny bikes and sparkly hearts make it extra-bright!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile card for Valentine's Day -  or a special anniversary.


Pressure-embossing is a great way to add a coordinating textured background for diecuts and greetings.  Use the plates and mats recommended for your machine.  Here's how I embossed the Neighborhood Heart Frame's square outer frame on my Platinum - 


Begin with the die face-up on the platform.  Add the cardstock (cut to 4-¼" x 11") face-down. Use the rubber embossing mat and embossing plate instead of the cutting plates. Emboss along the right edge of the cardstock.  Score and fold the cardstock in half to create a side-folded A-2 card.

Cut the inner heart from white cardstock.

Cut two of the little balloon hearts from red glittered cardstock and trim the bottoms.

Attach black and red duct tape to lightweight cardstock or scrapbook paper and cut two bikes.  I ran ran the die through the machine several times to cut completely through the tape.  The tape adds a glossy enameled look and really stands out against the neutral Kraft and white backgrounds.

Prep black cardstock with embossing powder tool. Stamp the greeting from the   Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to the card -  use foam dots for the greeting.


Get the most from your Memory Box frames  by pressure-embossing and diecutting.  There are so many great frames to chose from for holidays and everyday greetings!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress!  And thanks for the great snacks and treats Jenny and Jan - you're spoiling us!  Thanks too - Ann, Lynne and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

Save the date - this Saturday, January 26th - for the special Valentine Event at both Impress stores. Enjoy inspiring samples, great displays, demos (from 10:00-12:00 noon*) and the latest collections of Valentine dies, stamps, papers and embellishments. *Be there for a chance to win prizes from 10:00-Noon too  - customers must be present to receive a prize.  Take your  wishlist of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs  products you've been admiring - and have a great time shopping!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday...






Thu 17

Heart Border Frame and Have a Heart Die Set by Jean Okimoto


Create a glittery floating Heart Border Frame card for Valentine's Day, weddings or anniversaries - then add layered hearts from the Have a Heart Die Set.  Here's a quick and easy card that may look a bit complicated...but isn't.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple way to adhere two delicate frames - and add glitter - with just a single square of tape.  The inner square of the outer frame (!) is filled with a square of tape.  The tape multi-tasks by attaching the layers...and creates a glittery background too.  

Cut both Heart Border Frames from white cardstock.  

Cover a 3-½" square of white cardstock with Scor-Tape or Couture Creations tape.  Cut it with the 3" Square Basics die.


Carefully adhere the edges of the taped surface behind the large frame.  Attach the smaller frame diagonally.  Brush ultra-fine glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  I've used Martha Stewart Crafts Amethyst Glitter from my stash here.

Cut two each of the three hearts from the Have a Heart Die Set.  Layer them for dimension.  Glue the stacked hearts to the background.  It takes a few minutes for the glue to set up.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card.  Add pink or lavender gem stickers.


Hope you like hearts and glitter - and quick and easy cards like this!  Our latest release is filled with beautiful and versatile designs for Valentine's Day - and romantic celebrations throughout the year.  

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  It was great to see all of you again after the holiday break.  Thanks to Jenny for the great flavors of popcorn in those cute heart containers - and to Robin for her special granola Krispie bars.    Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

There are so many ways to use the latest Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - we're using again in the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX (and Poppystamps) class this weekend.  We're making 3 very Valentine cards - and three all-occasion cards  - with the latest and greatest dies and stamps.  If your Valentines are already done - chose a different greeting to create a thank you or thinking-of you card.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram and enter our Valentine's 2019 Collection giveaway.    We're at memoryboxco -  and we're giving away great prizes from our new release this week.

Thanks for stopping by...







Fri 27

Watercolored Die Cuts
by Sharon Harnist

Hello, Memory Box Fans ... Sharon Harnist here with you again!  Today I'm sharing how you can watercolor your die cuts, to create a project quickly and easily, by cutting all the elements from white watercolor paper then watercoloring each of the pieces! 

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For this card, I used two different colors (deep blue and deep purple) of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on damp watercolor paper, let it dry, then splattered the background with white watercolor to create a starry effect.  Next, I die cut the Starry Ring from the upper left corner of the background, then mounted the background to a white card base. The Roaring Rocket and its flames were die cut from white watercolor paper, then the rocket pieces watercolored with silver, white, black, blue and violet:

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I finished the card by heat embossing the Outta this World sentiment in white onto black cardstock. Both the rocket and the sentiment piece were popped up with foam tape.  Clear sequins were scattered over the background.

Thanks so much for joining me today ... I hope you'll give watercoloring your die cuts a try!  Happy weekend!

- Sharonsig



Thu 15

Happy Day
by Sharon Harnist

Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies!  They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card!

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For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die:

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I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it.  I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock.  Then I popped the heart up with foam tape over a 5.25" x 4" white cardstock panel that had the Heart Rays die cut into it and sentiment also gold heat embossed.  The background panel was placed onto a gold metallic card base -- I love how the base peeks through the tiny die cut hearts!

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I really like the simple elegance of this monochromatic gold metallic color scheme, but you could easily change up the colors of the cardstock and/or heat embossing (or stamp in a colored ink), to greatly change the feel of this card!  What colors would you use?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

- Sharonsig






Sat 25

Nothing "Beets" Love
by Sherry Hester

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hopefully you will all "beet" the heat this weekend!

Today's card once again features the Garden Variety set of stamps and dies. I must be loving the beet die from this set because this is the second card I've done with this cute little veggie! I'm thinking this would make an unusual but cute anniversary card!

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I stamped and die cut two of the beets, then sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink on the leaves, Worn Lipstick on one beet, and Dried Marigold on the other.  The faces were stamped next, and as you can see, I added brows to the boy beet and lashes to the girl. I had to add a touch of Worn Lipstick to the girl because a girl beet in love surely must be blushing! I then set the beets aside to add later.

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I next sponged Peeled Paint through the Distress Grid stencil on the bottom half of a white card base. I took another quarter sheet of white card stock, positioned one of the Stitched Border dies about two thirds of the way down, and die cut that. Using the same die, I cut another border from a narrow strip of green card stock, and adhered that below the edge of the white piece, offsetting it just a bit for a more interesting border.  I lightly sponged Dried Marigold onto the center of the white piece, and used the negative of a circle die cut to sponge a little green at the bottom. I then splattered Forest Moss Distress Ink onto the entire piece before adhering it to the card base.

I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock and added it to the bottom right of the card. I had to get a little creative with the rest of the sentiment. I snipped the word "happy" from the Springtime Bunnies set, and the word "in" from the Birthday Bunnies set, put them together on an acrylic block and stamped as shown with Versamark Onyx Black ink. 

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I adhered the smitten little beets with foam tape to the card front. The hearts were cut from white card stock using one of the dies from the Banner Parade set and I sponged Worn Lipstick onto the ones that I used, adding them where shown. I topped off the hearts and the beet faces with clear Wink of Stella.  And they lived happily ever after!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay cool this weekend!







Fri 12

Dazzling Heart
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! I have a quick Valentine's Day card for you this afternoon using the beautiful Dazzling Heart die.


To create the background, I used the largest set of rings from the Stitched Rings set and cut it out four times with white paper. When you glue the rings to the white card stock it creates a beautiful texture for an embossed look on your card.


I cut the Dazzling Heart with a red mirror card paper that has the perfect amount of shine for your favorite Valentine. Add a gem or pearl to the center of the heart to finish it off. 


I hope you all have a lovely weekend!







Sun 15

Rainbows and Butterflies
by Lindsay

Hello friends!

I am stopping in today to share a bright rainbow inspired card, using quite a few fabulous Memory Box products! I know the snow is going to appear any time, hence the need for a bright and happy card! Watch out gray skies! I have a rainbow here!

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I started with the amazing Stitched Lattice Background, die cutting it from white card stock. I took a rainbow of colors from my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, and added color to the bottom portion of each diamond, blending the color upwards with a waterbrush. 

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I set that aside to dry, and began die cutting the lovely Stitched Vivienne Butterfly from Vellum. Next, I die cut the Sketchbook Love from black card stock, multiple times, and glued them together to get a thicker piece. I then adhered the panel to a white card base with lots of foam tape, and adhered the butterflies, and Love die cut to it. To finish it, I adhered a few black sequins to tie in the black of the sentiment.

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Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you give rainbows a try on your next project!