90 posts categorized "Borders"


Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Stitched Heart Layers and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto


A quick pruning trims the Tall Poppy Left Corner into a set of blossoms to adorn a Stitched Heart Layer for a simple friendship or Valentine card.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another design combining some of my favorite products from different releases.  


I recently re-discovered my Stitched Country Borders set of 5 great, versatile dies.  The small scalloped border is used  to visually balance the Stitched Heart and create the illusion of a grassy border.  Deep thinking here!

Don't you just love it when we're able to mix and match and get the most from our Memory Box and Open Studio designs?

Cut Tall Left Poppy Corner from green cardstock and lay it on white cardstock.  Place the largest Stitched Heart Layer over it to determine where to trim it.  

Cut the two flowers and the bud from pink cardstock.  Cut the remaining flower from pink glittered craft foam.  Trim the stems and attach the three pink cardstock pieces.  Diecut the heart around the poppies.  Add tiny dots of glue to secure the bottom of the stems.  Attach the craft foam heart.

Run the small scalloped Country Stitches Border through the machine twice to cut a 4-½" long border.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons Electric Pink  and  emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


It may be a bit too cold to be out gardening...but that won't stop us from trimming our favorite diecuts to create cards for the special people in our lives!  

Thanks for stopping by...







Mon 23

Antilles Floral Border and the Classic Stitched Heart Collection
by Jean Okimoto


A Classic Stitched Heart joins the beautiful Antilles Floral Border on a sweet and simple card to celebrate Valentine's Day, a birthday - or any day.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a few timesaving techniques to share with you too.

Cut a Stitched Rectangle Trimming background to frame and add a bit of dimension to the border.  Here's an easy way to attach it to the Cherry Blossom Notecard...


Cut the 4-½" x 3-½" rectangle from a portion of a Cherry Blossom Notecard.  Leave it in the die and attach narrow strips of doublestick tape along the edges - be sure to tape both the delicate frame and the inner rectangle.  


Remove the tape liner and flip the diecut (still in the die) over onto the notecard.   Press it to remove the diecut pieces and attach both of them at once...perfectly!


Delicate designs like the Antilles Floral Border can be tricky to remove from the die - here's a tip that will make it a lot easier!  Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to prep it.


Attach two narrow strips of doublestick tape to green cardstock.  Diecut Antilles Floral Border.  Remove the diecut from the negative by snipping the left and right bottom corners - then gently wiggling and pulling the negative portion away from the diecut.  Remove the green flowers - they'll  be replaced by pink felt flowers and a glittered foam Stitched Classic Heart.

Attach the border to the background.  The two rows of doublestick tape will adhere the bottom and center of the border.  Adhesive from the  flowers and heart will adhere top of the stems.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to pink felt and cut four of the flowers.  The label stabilizes the felt and makes it easy to poke  the tiny holes out without leaving any fuzzy felt residue.  Punch four ½" circles of bright pink cardstock and attach them behind the felt flowers.  

Cut a pink glittered foam heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection. Attach the heart - use foam dots at the top.  Add green sequins.

Hope these little tricks will save you some time and make it quick and easy to create cards for any occasion!

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's Greetings from the Heart class at Impress!  Thanks too Shari, Erin and Stacey - for helping us find the everything we need for great Valentines.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday January 28th for their annual Valentine Open House.  Demos, special displays and the very best  products for your cards, layouts and planners.   Save the afternoon too - for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30.  We're making 5 cards and a candy wrapper for your favorite sweeties.  See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...






Thu 19

Heart Wave, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and the Tall Grassy Stems Border
by Jean Okimoto


Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border.  Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts?   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today!


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink.  Diecut it with Heart Wave.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.  

Leave a border at the bottom and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from textured gray cardstock - use the Metal Adapter Place for best results.    Trim the border with the small scalloped Stitched Country Borders die.  

Cut white cardstock with the   4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Curtain rings are a great way to organize layering dies like Rectangle Basics.  Clip them together and hang the ring from a hook near your work area.  You'll reach for them over and over again - and always find the perfect size and shape!

Attach just the bottom of the grassy border to the rectangle.  Dot some glue over the grass tips that will receive a heart - then just attach the heart and the tip of the grass onto the background to secure both pieces.  Leave the unadorned grass tips un-glued.  They'll be just fine - promise!

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock.  Add tiny clear sequins.


Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Have fun with this card - it's hard to stop attaching the hearts once you get started! 

Thanks to everyone who took the first GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class on Monday - and to Shari, Jeannie and Becca for helping us find everything we needed - and a lot more!

Want more Valentine ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class at Impress on January 21st.  The class date has been moved up a week earlier - the annual Valentine event will now be celebrated on January 28th.  We're  making 6 cards on the 21st - including a sweet card with a simple little origami pocket heart and doily dress card.  We'll be using some accents from my stash - everyone receives a packet of "stash extras" to make more class cards at home.  See you!





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Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto


Brighten someone's Christmas with a glittery giftcard holder - it's easy with the Square Bump Borders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an idea to avoid another shopping trip just to buy a giftcard holder.  

Have you noticed how pricey the nice giftcard holders are this year?    Wouldn't you  rather add another $5 to the giftcard instead - and present it in a color-coordinated holder?   Here's an easy way to make a quick holder that you can customize with the right colors.  


Cut a 5-½" x 10-¼" piece of lightly textured white cardstock.  Score it and fold it at 4-¼" and 8-½" to make an A-2 card with  a extra 1-¾" wide section on the bottom.  Diecut the edge of the extra section with the Square Bump Border to create a little bump-out tab.  

Attach "happy holidays" from the Scribble Christmas set to an acrylic block.  Carefully lift both ends of the greeting, curve them, and press them firmly onto the block again. Use a stamp positioner and stamp it with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach foam dots near the top outer corners of the diecut edge and fold the bottom up to form a pocket.

You can write the giftcard amount just above the pocket line where it'll be hidden until the giftcard is removed.  Secure the giftcard in the pocket with removable glue dot placed on a blank area.


If you're planning to stamp more than one card - check to be sure the curvy ends haven't returned to their original straight design.  They tend to straighten out after a few minutes.  A greeting stamp with an attitude!

Stamp the tree on green cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die.  Cut the small tree from green and silver glittered cardstock.  Cut the larger tree from pink and aqua cardstock and trim them to different heights.  

Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from white cardstock.  Attach adhesive along the edges of the inner rectangle.  Attach the narrow frame behind it.  (Lots easier than first attaching the delicate frame by itself.)  Attach them to the card.  Add the trees - use foam dots for the green and silver trees.  Add tiny silver sequins.


Yes,  I promised an easy card - it's a wordy tutorial, but it really is easy.  It's also faster than driving to the store to find a giftcard holder that may or may not match the giftcard.  Details, details!

Thanks for stopping by during the busy holiday season...





Sat 29

Square Bump Borders, Happy Birthday Tiles, Swirling Ghosts and Honeycomb Background
by Jean Okimoto


It's already October 29th but I just had to use Swirling Ghosts  - peeping out from behind a Square Bump Border - one more time before the big day.  The Happy Birthday Tiles were waiting to be used too - so why not add a label-maker "BOO!" and transform it into a Halloween greeting?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here tonight, with a quick card for the kids.


Cut the edge of a side-folded orange A2 card with the Square Bump Border.

Dry-emboss the "HAPPY" and "DAY" portions of Happy Birthday Tiles using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Print "BOO!" on a labelmaker.

Cut five Swirling Ghosts from white cardstock and attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for eyes.  

Create an assortment of bright accents by attaching several strips of washi tape to white cardstock and diecutting Honeycomb Background.  Place the little hexagons on a scrap of felt and burnish them with the large end of a stylus to add a little dimension.  

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the big ghost on the right.  Add tiny black sequins.


There are so many ways to use the new Square Bump Borders - and the Circle Bump Borders - to add interesting layers and dimension to your cards.  Hope you've enjoyed the Halloween ideas presented by our Design Team.  We've loved sharing them with you!

Thanks for stopping by...enjoy the rest of your weekend!






Tue 05

Sparkling Butterfly
by Lindsay

 Hello Memory Box Fans!

I hope you have been enjoying the parade of new products coming your way, on the blog this week! There is so much more to see! I have a colorful card for you today, using a few really fun dies, and some ink blending.


To start this card, I took a white piece of card stock, and cut it down and scored it to 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. I then applied a few colors of ink, which included yellow, orange, and some pink. I set that aside, and die cut the gorgeous Chrysanthemum Corner die from white card stock, twice. I used spray adhesive on the back, and attached both to my card front. 


I then die cut the lovely Dizzy Butterflies die, and selectively trimmed out one of the butterflies.  Using a couple of Copic Markers, I colored it in, and added a good coating of Wink of Stella Glitter. I adhered it to the center of the card, and adhered a few sequins. 

Would you like to win the Dizzy Butterflies die? Leave me a comment, and you will be entered to win! Thanks so much for stopping by today!




Tue 22

Elliana Border and Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone.  Shelby with you today to bring hopefully just a little cheer to your day.


I pulled out my distress inks (again) to create the background.  The colors used were Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke.  The texture was added with a stencil and distress paint (antique linen) applied through the stencil.  The birds (trio of doves) was cut from watercolor paper using the same colors, but I used the refills instead of the pad which with the same amount of water creates a strong color.


I die cut the Elliana border on some shimmer white linen paper and on top I layered a couple of different butterfly dies.  I love to look to see all the different ways I can use the dies and often time, cutting elements from the die gives a lot more flexibility in the use of the die.  The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival black ink.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic






Sat 19

Springtime Bunnies, Grosgrain Ribbons and Washi Tape
by Jean Okimoto


A trio of Springtime Bunnies - cut from flowered washi tape - is the perfect excuse for adding another roll of washi tape to your stash!  It's also a quick and easy way to design another inspiration  card for our March Blossoms and Bunnies Challenge.


 Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, having one of my rare washi tape moments.  Unbelievably,  I don't have a stash of these versatile tapes - I just bought this one at Impress and couldn't wait to use it.


Attach several strips of tape to white cardstock.  Diecut the Springtime Bunnies trio from black cardstock and save everything.  Use the negative as a template to determine where to place the die.  


Snuggle and tape the die back into the negative and diecut the bunnies - exactly where you want them - with the negative intact.  It's a lot easier and more accurate than trying to secure the die while removing the negative.

Attach the black diecuts (slightly offset) behind the tape bunnies to create a sliver of a shadow for a bit of dimension.

Cut the 4" Stitched Oval Layer from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock, then trim a section of it with the oval.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from a slightly darker shade of yellow-green cardstock - run them through the machine lengthwise for more texture.  For even more texture keep the ribbons in the dies, then dry-emboss them with embossing plates and rubber mats -  follow your machine manufacturer's directions for embossing with thin metal dies.   

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the oval.  Attach just the centers of the ribbons and let the ends "float" for dimension.  Attach orange and chartreuse sequins.


Big thanks to everyone who took last week's Simply Asian class at Impress!  I love using Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies with silkscreened papers - they cut smoothly and effortlessly through the fibers and metallic inks and create perfect highlights for simple, classic Asian designs.

Our new schedule will be out soon - see you in Tukwila!

Thanks for stopping by...






Thu 10

Springtime Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs, Blooming Sketch Border and Pasture Grass
by Jean Okimoto


A chocolate Springtime Bunny stops by with an Easter wish and a watercolored egg today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another spring design and some quick tips too.  We've moved so quickly thru our January release...Easter is less than three weeks away!

Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.5" tall egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set, then paint it with Peerless Watercolors.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock.  Paint scraps of watercolor paper with pink, yellow and violet - then cut little eggs using the die from the Springtime Bunnies Set.  Attach the eggs (big and little) behind the grass.  That's a lot easier than gluing the grass to the card, then trying to glue the eggs behind the grass.

Prep a scrap of cardstock from a Mocha Notecard with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the bunny with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Springtime Bunnies Die Set.

Stamp the greeting on natural cardstock with Electric Purple Radiant Neon and emboss it with detail clear powder.  It really is purple, but the embossing turned it into a pretty pink.  Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer - then trim the excess cardstock with the inner edge of a larger rectangle.

Attach everything  to a side-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock- use foam dots for the bunny.  Add small iridescent sequins.

Here's an easy way to organize, store and use Peerless Watercolors .  Find them at Birch Press Design - a cool, upscale online collection of beautifully functional products for dining, decorating, crafting and gift-giving.  It's owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box and Poppystamps.   Their great design aesthetic is reflected at Birch Press too!


Use plastic divider boxes for storage, and as palettes - be sure they're sealed between each section so the colors won't flow into each other.  Print the names on return address labels and attach them to a rectangle of watercolor paper that's divided into sections.  

Place little blocks of the colors in each section and add a drop or two of water when you're ready to paint.  You won't waste a bit of it - whatever you don't use with stays right there in its own section.  Let it dry, and it'll be ready for your next project!

These containers come in different sizes and configurations.  I use several of them because mine have 11 sections - I would have picked something larger - but I used what I had.  If I had waited till I found the "perfect" containers, I would have forgotten what I had planned to do with them!

 I'm not usually a super-organized label-er, but this really does save time - and it's handy for on-the-go projects too.


Special thanks to everyone from last week's Springtime Greetings and Birthday Wishes classes at Impress!  Hope you liked the projects - and those yummy spring colors.  See you again at the Asia Now class on Saturday the 12th for some contemporary Asian designs using silkscreened papers, dies and easy origami.  "Easy" and "origami" are rarely used together - but it'll be easy...promise!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this evening.





Wed 02

Springtime Bunnies, Floral Breeze, Half a Dozen Eggs and Blooming Sketch Border
by Jean Okimoto


One of the cuddly little Springtime Bunnies is the perfect complement to a big egg from Half  a Dozen Eggs.  Spring means flowers too - and Blooming Sketch Border came out of hibernation for today's card.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here again, with the details for my Bunnies and Blossoms Challenge inspiration card.

I love combining designs from current and previous releases.  It challenges me to get the most use from my supplies - and sort of  justifies the huge stash of great Memory Box products in my office.  Sort of!

Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the egg with the 2.5" die from the Half a Dozen Eggs Set.  You can actually get two eggs from one stamping.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.

Cut another egg from charcoal cardstock and layer it - slightly offset - on the right side, for a bit of dimension.

Stamp the bunny from the Springtime Bunnies Clear Stamp Set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Espresso Truffle and emboss it.  Watercolor the ears and nose, then diecut it with the coordinating die from the Springtime Bunnies Die Set.

Diecut the front of a Key Lime Notecard with Floral Breeze.  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the bunny.  Add pink, yellow and orange sequins.  


Save the other stamped, diecut egg for another card - we'll work on that later.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...see you in classes at the Tukwila Impress on March 5th!    (And at Rubber Stamp Fantasy in Mariettta, GA in April!)