87 posts categorized "Blog blitz"


Wed 08

Blog Blitz…Introducing the New Antique Leaf Label and Scribble Roses Outline and Background
by Jean Okimoto


Welcome to our Garden Bouquet Collection Blog Blitz!  Here's a trio of  beautiful new botanical dies perfect for garden greetings - Antique Leaf Label, Scribble Roses Background and Scribble Roses Outline.  The greeting is from our new Open Studio Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps Set.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple watercolored design ready for any occasion.  I love artsy, round flowers - and the "dark floral" look that seems to reappear each spring.  Overlapping layers of Peerless Watercolors fall into place between the delicate details of the Scribble Roses Outline dies.


Cut Scribble Roses Background from watercolor paper - leave the diecuts in the offcut and tape them lightly on the reverse side  so they're easier to handle.  Paint them with loose, overlapping layers of pink, peach and yellow watercolors.  Heat-set them, then define the different shades with a wet paintbrush.    Paint a scrap of watercolor paper for a greetings background. Dry the watercolors

Cut the Scribble Roses Outline and Antique Leaf Label from white cardstock.  Save the leaves - we'lll need 5 for the card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set - with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then diecut the label.

Assemble the roses, then attach the diecuts to a top-folded card of Rock Candy cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers and a few of the diecut leaves. 


Here's a great new feature Dave's added to several of the new dies - little arrows on the offcuts indicating the tops of some of the floral dies.  Just draw a pencilmark on the back of the diecut at the arrow and the guessing is over!

It was hard to pick a die for our blitz giveaway because there are so many great designs to chose from!  I decided to pick the Antique Leaf Label because it's so versatile and easy to use - and I'll be using it often here on the blog. Would you like a chance to win your own Antique Leaf Label die? Add a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th.  One winner will be selected at random to win the new die.  All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST.  Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!


Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's STASH CARDS - BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards and techniques!  Enjoy making more class cards at home with the packet of extras from my stash.  Thanks Erin and Lynne for helping us fill those shopping baskets!

Looking for something to do on Mother's Day?  Join us for another ASIA NOW class at Impress - we're making 6 contemporary Asian cards - and using a lot of Memory Box and Poppystamps designs.  

Impress is celebrating Mom and Ladies Day at Tukwila too - Moms and ladies receive a 30% discount on one item of their choice on Sunday, May 12th.   Take advantage of that great deal and buy one of the Memory Box dies you've been eyeing.

Thanks very much for stopping by - be sure to comment on all of the Design Team's blog blitz posts for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection!






Sun 03

Faux Stained Glass + Blog Blitz Giveaway
by Trina Pham


Happy Sunday everyone!  Trina here and I am capping off the week for the 2019 Spring Collection Blog Blitz.  With it being named Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame, I couldn’t resist using the faux stained glass technique to create my card with it!  There are many ways to do this technique and I’m sharing my favourite method. 


Started by die cutting a circle from X-press It cardstock with the second largest die in the Circlr Basics set.  Next added Stick It adhesive to the back of two pieces of white cardstock and one piece of black cardstock then die cut them with the Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame.  Adhered one of the white ones to the circle.


Colored the piece with Copics.  Thought it would be fun to have the roses in rainbow colors.  Did some light shading for the other areas.  It’s going to look like one hot mess.


But no worries because the second white piece will cover it all up like so.


For the stained glass effect, applied Crystal Glaze (could use Glossy Accents instead) to each individual section, and set it aside to dry.  The black piece was then inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for some shine.  I did this twice to get a smoother look.  I would have preferred to use foil paper, but I didn’t have any black.  When the Crystal Glaze dried, the black piece was added on top.


The sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings was white heat embossed on a black strip.  Attached the circle frame to a dark gray panel that was adhered to a white card base, then popped up the sentiment strip on with foam tape to finish.  This technique is not limited to just this die.  Many of Memory Box’s intricate dies would look amazing.


Now the final giveaway!  For your chance to win the Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame die, leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm EST tonight.  The random winner will be announced tomorrow at 6:00 pm EST here on the blog.  Thank you for visiting.  Good luck!





Sat 02

Blog Blitz – New Floating Butterfly and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto



Set the scene for spring with the new Floating Butterfly and screenprinted papers in beautiful colors.  Welcome to Day #6 of our Spring Collection Blog Blitz!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a set of super-quick cards featuring the delicate new butterfly and Bold Friendly Greetings from our latest release.


There are so many ways to fill the butterfly's background including watercolors, glitter, fabric or sequins.  I chose a beautiful paper from Shizen Design's 18-piece set of 6 color-coordinated prints.  This one's a swirly pattern of flowers, tendrils and paisleys.  The paper set is a popular spring design - I bought it at Impress.

Cut three of the 4"x2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Stamp the messages - from the Bold Friendly Greetings clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade, Orange and Purple.  Dry the inks, then cut Floating Butterfly.  Save the white diecuts for another project - were're using the offcut here.

Attach sections of the printed paper behind the cutout.

Cut the butterfly again from Coral Creme, Navajo and Kachina cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 cards of Kachina, Snapdragon and Coral Creme cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers.


Want a chance to win the beautiful - and versatile - new Floating Butterfly?    Add a comment to this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the butterfly.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!

Be sure to add your comment to all of the Blog Blitz posts from February 25th thru March 3rd.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday...Jeansignature-3







Thu 28

Blog Blitz - New Happy Octopus and Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto



Welcome to our Spring Collection Blog Blitz!  Watercolors are the backdrop for the new Happy Octopus, Underwater Scene fishes and Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments on today's card.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a nautical design  - and a few techniques.  I'm hoping it looks like the octopus is emerging from the water and greeting the fishes.  


Create a quick ombre look with Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor.  Follow the instrucions on the container to move the individual inkpads together for brayering, but separated for storage.  Spritz the smoother side of watercolor with water.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer by rolling  it repeatedly (about 25 times) over the inks.  Cover the entire inkpad by rolling it in one direction instead of  back and forth.  

Hold the inked brayer horizontally (to prevent drips) and spritz it with water - two spritzes are better than one.  Roll the inks onto the damp watercolor paper.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  

Spritz it lightly with water, wait a few seconds, then heat-set  both sides to minimize curling. Cut it with the waves and frame section of the Happy Octopus set - run it through your machine with the waves running horizontally instead of vertically.

Here's an easy way to select a specific section of the paper to diecut the fishes - 


Cut the fishes from a Post-It - use the offcut to select the area you want to cut.


Place the die back into the cutout and cut the fishes, exactly where you want them!

Cut the octopus head twice from watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes of one head.  Layer the second head behind it for dimension.  Cut the tentacles.  Attach the head and two tentacles behind the waves.  Slip two tentacles between the wave slots and tape them behind the waves.  

Stamp the greeting from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Electric Purple Radiant Neon.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it into a strip with the scalloped edge of the wave section.

Attach the diecuts to a Violet Notecard - use foam dots for the fishes, greeting and octopus head.  Color clear gem stickers with a Sharpie or Copic Marker that matches the greeting.  The ink is much pinker that it appears on the inkpad.


Want a chance to win the whimsical Happy Octopus die set?  Add a comment on  this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the set.  There will be a chance to win one of the new release items each day this week through Sunday.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!

Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class at Impress!  Hope you like the cards - and all of the techniques we used with those great dies and stamps.  Thanks also to  Ann, Erin and Lynne for your help in finding the supplies we needed for our cards.

Be sure to comment on all of the Design Team's blitz posts.  Hope you're a winner!





Fri 11

by Donna Sledzik

Hello everybody!

Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog blitz of 2019.  We're featuring the new Valentine release.  I hope you've enjoyed all of the inspiring blog posts this week and have left comments on each one for a chance to win one of the new dies!

Today I have a card for you that features several new products that I love!


To make the card, I die cut the Heart Board Die twice on a strip of white cardstock.


Next I cut a strip of watercolor paper a little smaller than the die cut strip and painted the the background which will go behind the hearts. 


When my background was dry I glued my die cut strip to the watercolored strip of paper.

I spattered a white cardstock layer with black paint and glued my heart die cut strip to it.  I die cut the word hello from black cardstock and adhered this to a strip of vellum paper.  I added the strip of vellum to my card by folding the strip behind the card front and gluing it in place.


I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing power.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.

Would you like a chance to win the Heart Board die for yourself?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6 pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  

Good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!






Thu 10

Valentine’s 2019 Blog Blitz Giveaway…Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day #4 of our Blog Blitz...here's a very Valentine design featuring the new Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set and a sweet greeting from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple stamped hearts card for your favorite sweetie.

Have a Heart Clear Stamps - and its coordinating die set - make it easy to mix, match and layer the design elements.  Use basic colors or a rainbow of pastels, then add a dash of metallic ink, glitter and gem stickers. 

Cut smooth white cardstock with the 4" x 2-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the red images with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Air-dry the ink for a few minutes.

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Here's the diagonal  technique I recommend in classes for very precise stamping.  Attach the stamp diagonally for better visibility  - it keeps  your fingers off to the side instead of directly over (and covering) the stamp.  This also eliminates the distracting top edge of the block and lets you "point" the stamp exactly where you want it.  

Stamp the vertical and horizontal lines over the big solid heart with Brilliance Lightning Black.  Stamp the solid outline over the lines.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - and the small hearts.  Dry the inks.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of black glitter paper.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of red Wax Lips cardstock.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of Rock Candy cardstock.  Add red gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win this great set of heart stamps?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person will  be randomly selected to win the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set.    All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!

If you're in the Seattle area and want a few more Valentine ideas - join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress on Saturday January 12th.  We're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper.  Fold a simple freeform origami heart on beautiful Shizen Design screenprinted paper.  Add great inks, glitter and sequins to your cards and make them extra-special.

Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Donna's cool design, and another chance to win a great prize from the Valentine's 2019 Collection!








Wed 09

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another fun day of our Blog Blitz! 


Today I am sharing the Bright Hearts die and the coordinating Bright Rays die. I started with the Bright Hearts and cut it out in a white circle. Then using the Bright Rays die I was able to cut perfect slices of white paper that I colored in a rainbow with my Copic markers and glued them behind each line of hearts. It fits perfectly and is so much fun to play with!


To finish off the card I stamped the you make me smile from the Best Life Typewriter stamp set. This is such a great set that you are sure to get a lot of use out of, I know I will.


Now for the fun part! Would you like a chance to win the Bright Rays die for your very own?  Leave a comment to this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  Good luck!




Sat 11

The BLOG BLITZ continues! featuring the Holiday Collection 2018 and my "Peace in the Country" cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you been enjoying this Blog Blitz as much as I have?!!!  There are so many great new dies and stamp sets in this collection!  And so many great ideas from the Design Team!  Here's  the link to the Holiday 2018 Collection catalog.  Check it out!!! 

Remember that you have a chance each day to win a prize by commenting on each blog post.  I look forward to reading your comments for this post.  You might be the lucky winner of the COUNRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Just leave me a comment before 11:59 PM on Sunday, August 12th.  One person at random will be chosen and all of the winners for all of the posts will be announced on the Outside the Box blog on Monday evening, 6 PM, August 12th.  Winners will be notified directly by email to get their shipping info.  Good luck!!!

I'm loving this newest bunch of dies and stamp sets and getting a head start on making my holiday cards.  Today I'm featuring the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME 94034 and the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017 on cards I'm calling "Peace in the Country".

Here are the dies:


And here is the first card:  white on white on white...


This is a top-folded notecard, 4 1/4" square.  After I die cut the Countryside Fence Frame from white cardstock, I used wide Scor-Tape on the back of the three frames to keep them together.  I used an embossing folder and a scrap of white cardstock to make the snowy panel that I trimmed to fit inside the window behind the fence.  I die cut the Peace Cheshire Script three times and layered them together with a glue pen before gluing it to the snowy hill.  I used wide foam tape on the back to pop this panel onto the notecard.  Simple, elegant, and my first ever all-white card!

Now for the same thing but different:


This time I cut everything from white cardstock and from a warm medium brown cardstock.  


I kept the middle brown frame (the one without dots) and snipped off the brown fence and the hill from the larger die cut.  I kept the white frame with the hill and fence and the outermost white frame.  I cut "peace" twice from white cardstock and once from brown and layered them with brown on the bottom and showing just a bit for a shadow.

I added the brown fence behind the white one, offset a bit to look like a snow on a wooden fence.  Then I added the brown frame and then the largest white frame.  I used Scor-Tape on the back of the frames to hold them in place.


The next step was to add the embossed snowy panel behind the fence in the center frame. IMG_0600

I selected a white A2 notecard and added a panel of brown dot paper cut 4" X 5 1/4".   I adhered the framed piece to the bottom of the panel using dimensional foam tape.  I then added "peace" above that using a glue pen.


And because I got carried away and couldn't stop playing with these dies, how about two more square cards with red accents.


And here's one where the sky area is a blue watercolor panel that I'd sprinkled with salt while it was very wet.


Five cards done for this coming holiday season!  These cards will work for Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, or the New Year, and the design will also make a great guy card to send anytime this winter.  And because I live out in the country, this may be the card design I send the most this December.

Remember to leave me a comment and you could be the lucky winner of the COUNTRYSIDE FENCE FRAME!  Happy Crafting!

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Fri 10

by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to day 5 of  the Memory Box Blog Blitz!

I hope you are enjoying all the design team's inspiring posts!

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There are so many wonderful products in this new release that it was hard to decide what to use!  I loved the simplicity of the Joy Circle die so I thought I would start with that as my focal point.

I began by adhering a piece of plaid washi tape to the left side of my card front. I placed my joy die in middle of the card and die cut it.  This left me with a circle that was cut through the washi tape as well as the cardstock and the die cut image.  I was able to peel off the washi tape from my die cut, but if you have difficulty peeling the tape off, just die cut another one from white cardstock.


Next I spattered the background with black ink and stamped a few music notes on the card front.  Then I adhered this to a red mat layer and glued it to a white card base.

I glued the Joy die cut inside the circle.


Next I stamped and embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder on a strip of black cardstock.  The sentiment said "joy to the world" but I masked the word joy and used the rest of the sentiment for my card. I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and glued it to the sentiment strip of paper.  I used foam tape to adhere it to the card front. 


I hope I inspired you today!

How would you like a chance to win the Joy Circle craft die?

Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, August 12th.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  The winner will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 13th at 6 pm EST.

Good Luck!









Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto


It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!


Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!