261 posts categorized "Birthday"


Fri 22

Butterfly Garden Slimline Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a pretty butterfly garden birthday card with using the House Frame die sets has a bird house.  These matching die sets are so versatile.  I also have an idea to create a beach house with the palm trees from the Nativity House Frame die set with the House Frame Background. 


Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame Background die from white Woodgrain paper.  Die cut the fence from the house Frame die set 2 times from white Woodgrain paper.  Adhere together.  Ink blend the edges of the white woodgrain paper with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. Die cut the circle die in the center of the house.  Keep the outline circle and discard the center.  Then die cut the circle die from Kraft Woodgrain Paper 1 times for the outline circle. Die cut again but from plan Kraft paper and just save all pieces. Adhere all 3 outline circles together with the Kraft Woodgrain paper on top.  Die the just the roof portion of the House Frame die set from same Kraft Woodgrain Paper 3 times.  Trim off any excess of the sides. Adhere together   Die cut the smallest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die set from Kraft Woodgrain Paper 2 times.  Adhere together.  Ink blend just the edges of all Kraft color die cuts with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 



Die cut all the foliage from the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems, Fresh Cut Stems, and Lavender Bouquet from various shades of green from the Lush Green paper pack.  Lightly ink blend the different foliage with Distress ink Rustic Wilderness and Old Paper.  for ht Tall Frilly Leaf Stems use Olive Green Zig to color just the stem. Die cut the flower portion of the Lavender Bouquet from Twilight Purple paper, trim off the stem and adhere to the green die cuts.  Die cut the flower port of Fresh Cut Stems from light Stormy Blue paper, trim off stems, and adhere to the green portion.   Retain the loose flowers to adhere at assembly.



Die cut the Intricate Mini Butterflies from both the same purple Twilight paper and light Stormy Blue paper.  bend in half and shape the larger butterfly wings with your fingers.

Slimline Card and Frame:

Die cut the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers set 2 times from white card stock.  Score 1 of the pieces from the back side at 1/4" from the top of the paper.  Add double sided adhesive to the scored section.  At this time it is easiest to add a sentiment on the inside of the card.  Adhere to the other panel so the card folds from the back panel.  Die cut a frame by using the largest and 2nd largest frames and cut out of Kraft Woodgrain Paper.  Die cut 3 times and adhere together.  Ink blend the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Adhere the frame to the front of the card.



Trim down the bird house pole to 3" tall.  Use the other end to cut down and adhere to the back of the bird house to prop it up.  Adhere the pole to the bottom center of the card.  Adhere the roof to the bird house and then adhere to the top center of the pole.  Adhere the circle outline in the cutout then adhere the center.  Adhere the fence to the bottom of the bird house.  Arrange the flowers and foliage at the bottom of the bird house.  Adhere the Tall Frilly Leaf Stems down first, in back of the bird house.  Then adhere Lavender Bouquest next, adhering them to the top of the birdhouse. Then add the Fresh Cut Stems, adhering towards the bottom of the card.  Adhere the butterflies around the house and garden.  Stamp Sending Birthday Wishes from he Signature Greetings stamp set using purple ink.  Die cut with the matching die.  Adhere to the top center of the card with foam tape.








Thu 14

Coral Reef Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! I just love the new Ocean Fish stencils and 3D embossing folder with matching dies.   I am having so much fun coloring the different fish.  I could not resist but to make a coral reef scene card with all the dies and products.  



I watercolored the background using Distress Specialty Stamping Paper and Element inks Mermaid and Blue Lagoon.  I used wet on dry technique and a large paint brush and a wavy motion to add the ink.  Heavier, or darker, towards the bottom and lighter towards the top. Let Dry.

Ocean Fish:

**Note: make sure the stencil is the right side up by making sure the die matching the correct direction.  Stencil the angle fish widest section with bright yellow ink.  Blend the ink from the top and bottom to the center.  Line up the narrow angle fish section and ink blent with purple ink with the same technique.  Ink the fins first with the yellow ink and then the purple with being heavier near the body of the fish and later outwards.  Don't forget the little fin in the center of the body.  Die cut the fish.  Ink around the outside of the fish to cover up any white areas.  Secure the die cut in the 3D embossing folder with Washi tape and run through the die cutting machine.  Add black to the eye with a fine tip black marker.  Heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  This give the fish a "wet" look.  Repeat the same process for the other fish.  I used VersaFine Clair for coloring the fish for the bright colors and blend ability.  I used sponges but try using small blending brushes for blending in different colors.


Coral Reef:

I die cut all the elements from heavy white card stock and ink blended each one with VersaFine Clair to match the fish, except the pink I used Fresh Ink Pink Lemonade.  For the rocks I used Coral Cottage craft die. I did cut out each side of the die and cut off the tops to create the shelf.  I kept the top portion of the die to use to full in the bottom.  Mask off the coral and ink blended with red and yellow in random round spots and then ink blended with grey and inking darker to the edges.  Ink one in pink and the other in coral color. Add Drewdrop glitter glue to the coral and let dry  I die cut all elements of the Sea Bottom Treasure craft die.  I die cut the starfish several times.  I colored the anger with grey then added bronze color Distress Crayon and Distress Age Patina.  The shells are inked with Distress ink Antique Linen and Tattered Rose.  The starfish are ink blended with different VersaFine Clair and added dots of a darker color using Paoco Paint pens.  Die cut the smaller die from the Cheerful Crab die set.  Color with a bright red ink pen and add glossy accents to top.  Die cut the rounded coral from Coral and Kelp Ribbon craft set and ink blend with pink.  Dot a yellow Posco Pen around the end.  Cut down the die cut to build up 2 other sets of coral.  Die cut the coral from the Bobble Coral Collage die set.  Color yellow/orange.  Add Drewdrop glitter glue and let dry.  Cut wood to create another coral.   Die cut the kelp and seagrass Deepwater Collage Die set and trim off the boarder.  Color green and then color the stem with a dark green Posco pen.  Trim down to different sized.  Add Glossy Accents to just the round part.  


Glue the smaller rock to the bottom center of the card base. Adhere a couple of strips of paper on the back of the rocks toward the outersides and add to the sides of the card base on.  This leaves room to add elements behind the rocks. Now decorate the rocks with all the elements to create the coral reef.  Adhere the fish around in the water.  I doubled up some of the smaller fish and used foam tape to the back of the angelfish.  Adhere to a 43/4"x6"  black panel and adhere to a 6"x61/2" navy blue panel and then to a light blue card base measuring the same size. White heat emboss Seas the Day from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set to navy card and trim down and adhere to the card in the upper left hand corner with foam tape.


White heat emboss wishing you oceans of Happiness from You Anchor Me stamp and die set along with Happy Birthday from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set.  Stamp with Versa Mark the school of fish, seaweed and kelp from the Deep Blue Ocean stamp and die set.  








Mon 20

Rainbow Butterfly Birthday
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a fun full size slimline card made with 2 new products from the latest release.

1)  Intricate Mini Butterflies Dies  94641 and 2)  Posh Happy Birthday Hot Foil Plate MBF011

Here's a closer look at my card:


This card was super fast to create and here's how I did it.

1)  Ink blend on a  large piece of white card stock with your favorite inks in rainbow order.  I choose lighter colors of Distress Oxide Ink for a more pastel look but you could use any inks you have.

2)  I cut one strip about 2 inches wide for my car and added it to the card base with two thin strips of black card stock on either side.

3)  Using the rest of your ink blended card stock, die cuts several butterflies with the mini butterfly die.  It's great because it cuts out a lot of them all at once.   I cut it about 3 times so I would have lots of butterflies to chose from and some left over for my stash.

4)  Add some color to the edges of the butterflies.  I used colored pencils and also tan ink with a finger dauber, just to give them a little more depth and contrast.

5)  Arrange the butterflies like you want and glue only the center of each down to the rainbow strip.

6)  Once dried, lift the wings for dimension and add tiny gems to their back centers.

7)  With the hot foil plate create your sentiment.  I used Aurora Foil from Gemini on black card stock and then used the coordinating die to cut it out.

8)  After glueing the sentiment on, I added little antenna for each butterfly and random black dots with a fine tip black marker all over the card front.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my rainbow card for today.  I'm looking forward to sending this to a friend who loves rainbows!

Be sure to check out all the new wonderful items in the latest Memory Box release and thanks so much for stopping by!







Sat 18

Charlotte Daisies Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy weekend.  Today I’ve stretched the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves dies from the 2022 May release and turned them into daisies to create a birthday card inspired by this month’s blue and yellow colour challenge at The Flower Challenge in support of Ukraine.
The flowers were die cut from Bristol paper while the centers were die cut from the lightest yellow Sunny Orange paper.  Each flower is two of the same flower cutouts, and offset.  Coloring / shading was then done with Copic Sketch markers.
yellows - Y11, Y15, YR24
greys - C4, C2, C1, C00
The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Tumbled Glass and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks (DI) using blender brushes.  The “trellis” was die cut from Bristol paper using the Double Diamond Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps.  It’s actually a full A2 size, but was reduced by die cutting a frame with Rectangle Basics dies then adhering it over top and trimming away the excess. 


The Posh Happy Birthday sentiment was foiled next with Prism hot foil using the Spellbinders Glimmer hot foil system.  Applied Mermaid Lagoon DI to it, wiped off excess ink with a paper towel (foil resists the ink) and die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base then added clear shimmer to the yellow centers to finish. 

Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Mon 13

Birthday Lavender Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

This month's blog challenge theme is Metallic Mania and I chose to interpret it with Mirror and Glitter papers along with my requisite bit of plaid, the Happy Birthday Posh Script, and the Lavender Bouquet.


materials used

  • white notecard and envelope

  • violet mirror paper from RAINBOW REFLECTIONS MIRROR PAD FP1003

  • violet plaids from MADRAS PLAID BLUE AND VIOLET PP1014

  • bright violet glitter paper from GLITZY GLITTER PAD GP1007




to make this card

  • trim a piece of violet mirror paper 5 1/4 X 4 and add to the front of the white notecard

  • trim a piece of violet plaid paper 4 1/4 X 3 and add it on top of the violet mirror paper

  • die cut the Lavender Bouquet from the bright violet glitter paper; glue the stems onto the plaid paper

  • die cut the background of the Happy Birthday Posh Script from a scrap of the violet mirror paper
  • die cut the detailed "Happy Birthday" from a violet plaid scrap and glue it to the violet mirror paper background


Simple.  Easy to create in multiples.  A design appropriate for any occasion just by changing the sentiment.  Adaptable to many color schemes--there are so many beautiful mirror papers and glitter papers to choose from among the Memory Box products.

Have you come up with a card for this month's Metallic Mania Challenge?  Don't forget to post your work!  We love to see what you create with Memory Box products.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 12

Butterfly Birthday Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, I almost forgot how.  😂*lol*   Anyway, I have a fun and simple birthday shaker card to share today featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage and Posh Birthday Wishes dies from the May 2022 release.

Started by trimming two A2 size panels from Bristol paper.  Took one of them and die cut from it twice with the butterfly die to stretch the butterflies across from corner to corner.  The Posh Birthday Wishes foil plate was then hot foiled in black using the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, and die cut out with the matching die.


On the other panel, ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron distress inks before prepping it for an infinity shaker to go behind the butterfly panel.  To minimize bulk. the small clear Fairy Drops were separated out and used for the shaker bits.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish,  


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







Wed 08

Bright and Sunny Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a bright and sunny birthday card featuring the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves die set.


Flowers and Leaves:

Die cut the Charlotte Blooms and Leaves die from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend the flowers using VersaFine Clair Cheerful from the center toward the tips of the petals.  Ink blend using VersaFine Clair Tulip Red from the center toward the middle of the petals.  Go back over with the Cheerful to create an orange color.  Darken the flower center with Tulip Red and add shading at the edge with VersaFine Clair Fallen Leaves.  Ink blend the leaves first with VersaFine Clair Verdant all over and then darken with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair ink.  Form the flowers by taking a large stylist from the back side to "cup" the center.  Turn flower over and run the large stylist along the petals to lightly flatten them.  Adhere the 3 flower die cuts with the largest on the bottom and smallest on top, offsetting the petals. Take an ink pen and curl the leaves over the barrel of the pen.  



Ink blend a 1.5" x 3" heavy white card stock with VersaFine Clair Cheerful. Ink blend with Tulip Red along the outside leaving the center yellow.  Then ink blend over the Tulip Red with Cheerful.  Then foil the sentiment using the Posh Happy Birthday hot foil plate and gold foil.  Then die cut out the sentiment using the matching die.  



Cut a med tone orange from the Sunny Orange paper pad to A2 size. Lightly ink blend with VersaFine Clair Cheerful and Tulip Red.  Adhere to a A2 card.  Adhere a white 4" x 5/14" white card to the center.  Add 3 flowers to the lower left corner and 1 flower to the upper right and corner.  Letting some of the flower hang off the card.  Add leaves underneath the flowers letting them hang off as well.  Trim off the excess.  Adhere the sentiment in the middle.  Add matching Fairy Jewels and Gemstones round from the lower right hand corner to the upper left hand corner.  The gem stones I used was Autumn and Treasure Chest.  








Wed 18

Lavender Field Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a birthday card using the New Sunburst hot foil plate and Lavender Bouquet to create this beautiful field of lavender with golden sun.  I can imagine laying under the sun and taking a nap in the lavender field.  



Cut white card stock to 5"x5" square.  Position gold foil and Sunburst hot foil plate in the upper right hand corner of the paper.  Heat and run through your die cutting machine per their instruction.  I use Gemini Junior system and followed their instructions for foil plates and it turned out on the first run.  Ink blend Distress Broken China from the bottom left corner up over to the upper right hand corner.  Do not ink blend in the center of the sun. Ink blend the sun with Distress Squeezed Lemonade.  Ink blend the bottom left corner with Distress Twisted Citron keeping to the edges to create look of green steams.  


Lavender Field:

Die cut all the Lavender Bouquet dies from fun foam.  Add some double sided tape to stamp block and position the fun foam die cuts on the tape.  Ink up with Distress Dusty Concord on the flower and Lucky Clover on the stem.  Randomly stamp first through 3 generation on the ink blended background.  Having taller lavender in the left corer and shorter toward the right corner.  Die cut the Lavender Bouquet from a mid green Lush Green paper pad, 2 times.  Die cut just the flower of the Lavender Bouquet from a dark and medium purple from the Twilight Purple paper pad, 2 times.  Trim off any of the stem that is left and glue on the matching green die cuts.  Adhere on top of the stamped background randomly mixing the light and dark lavender flowers.  



Heat foil the Intricate Mini Butterflies from the same gold foil and medium tone Twilight Purple paper. Only foil first then run through the die cut machine again for die cutting.  Use temporary tape to secure the foil and paper securely to the paper so the die does not move.  Form the wings with your fingers to pop them up.



Hot foil the Birthday Wishes plate with gold and the midtone Twilight Purple paper.  After foiling use the cutting die to die cut out the sentiment.  


Create a 6"x6" card base from white card stock.  Cut the same mid-tone Twilight Purple is the flowers and sentiment to 6"x6".  Cut a gold paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad to 5 1/2"x5 1/2". Adhere the purchase on the card base, the gold paper, then the card base.  Adhere the butterflies, 2 in the lavender and 1 in the sky.  Adhere the sentiment with foam tape over the sun. 







Mon 09

Exquisite Leaves Birthday Card
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with this mini slimline birthday card featuring new hot foiling dies from Memory Box. Here's a close up look so you can see the foiling better:

Real close

I used both the "Exquisite Leaves" (MBF002) and "Posh Happy Birthday" (MBF011) with Rose Gold foil.


The top panel is from the off white Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad (FP002) attached to a mini slimline card base. I used a strip of rose gold card stock from the same paper pad over where the two leave clusters meet and then added the sentiment over it.


Lastly, I added a few gold/amber jewels also from Memory Box.
Here's one last view:


I hope you like my card for today. I really enjoyed using the Gemini foil press with these new beautiful dies from Memory Box.  Thanks so much for stopping by!








Fri 06

A New Release – Butterfly Birthday Wishes from the May 2022 Collection by Jean Okimoto


Meet our newest release - the May 2022 Collection of beautiful butterflies, gorgeous flowers - and the introduction of our new hot foil plates for your cards, layouts, and mixed media projects. We're creating spring and summer projects to inspire you - and can't wait to share them with you!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many new designs we'll be creating in the coming weeks.  The new hot foil products are designed with the same precision and attention to detail that Dave Brethauer devotes to the dies - so you know they'll be a great addition to your Memory Box Collection.

Let's start with the new Sunburst Hot Foil Plate - it's bold, detailed and perfect for any celebration.  It'll be great for the holidays too!  Prepare your foiling equipment and supplies as recommended by the manufacturers.  Foil the delicate sunburst on black paper or cardstock. Trim it to a 4" square.

Hot-foil the new Posh Birthday Wishes on white cardstock.  

Color the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with watery, overlapping layers of the inks from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multicolor inkpad or any of your favorite inks.   Dry the inks, then spritz it with a light mist of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the spritz.  Cut the paper with the new Intricate Mini Butterflies - a collection of very cool detailed designs. 

Cut white cardstock to 11" x 4-½".  Score it at 6" to create a 5" indented card front.  

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Attach the foiled sunburst and greeting to the card - foam tape the left ⅔'s of the greeting and let the remainder of the greeting extend over the edge of the card front.

Attach 6 butterflies to the card front - and 1 butterfly on the opposite edge.

Hope you like butterflies and flowers - they're great for any occasion and in any combination of colors, textures and sizes.  

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Wednesday with more designs from our newest release.  Have a great weekend...and Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating!