314 posts categorized "Butterflies"


Tue 10

Marvelous Metallics
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. One of the most exciting things about the new Memory Box release is that there are now new foil plates and dies! Break out your foil machines and start adding dynamic and elegant shine to your projects. I decided to pair some of Memory Box's Mirror Paper with the foil to really make the shine of the card "pop."

To make the card, I first used a foil machine to add the Sunburst and Posh Hugs sentiment to black cardstock. If you haven't seen foil on cards, you end up with a very shiny surface that looks like letterpress. It isn't raised like heated embossing powder. The results look quite professional as if they were printed onto the paper. Here is a close up of the shine:


The Sunburst Plate created a frame for my butterfly in the center. The Stella Butterfly die comes with the solid background die as well as the detailed/intricate die that is layered on top of the background. I used gold mirror paper to cut out the solid butterfly and black cardstock to cut out the detailed butterfly. To finish the card, I popped up the wings with a little foam tape.

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!









Sat 26

Flowering Trail Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing a simple spring birthday card I created for a crafty friend whose birthday is next month.

The background panel is Bristol paper embossed with the Geometric Crystal 3D embossing folder.  The Happy Birthday posh script sentiment was die cut once from gold Rainbow Reflections mirror paper and twice from white cardstock, then stacked for dimension.  To make it work for my card design, the happy part was cut off.  These two items were actually from my leftover bits bag.  Stretched the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set and stamped “wishes” from it with white pigment ink on Bristol paper and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.



Next, the Layered Impatiens die was used to die cut the flowers from scraps of white cardstock and Twilight Purple papers.  Used BV Copic markers to shade and flick details on them for some interest.  The butterfly back layer was die cut from a smooshed Villainous Potion distress ink piece also from my stash.  The butterfly outline top layer was die cut from black glossy paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then for some sparkle, added clear shimmer to the butterfly/flowers and clear jewels to the flower centers to finish.


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






Sun 20

Friends Become Family
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with this light and pretty card for a dear friend.

Here's a close up look of my card:

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Here are the steps to make this card:

1) Emboss A2 panel of watercolor card stock with the "Blooming Sweet Pea" 3D embossing folder

2) Use one of the smaller "Stitched Rectangle Layers" dies and cut out of the center of the embossed panel

3) Add "Rose Gold Metallic Gilding Paste" from Cosmic Shimmer to the raised areas of the small embossed white rectangle

4) Cut a little larger rectangle with same die set from "White Woodgrain Card Stock", then swiped it also with the same rose gold paste.

5) Stamp the sentiment from "Friends and Family" stamp set in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat emboss in clear on a piece of vellum.

6) Add the vellum to some double sided adhesive, then trim the edges and add to the small rectangle (You can see the rose gold enhanced embossing through and behind the vellum."

7) Add the vellum + embossed rectangle to the woodgrain rectangle and then to the main large A2 white embossed card front panel.

8) Cut the "Glade Butterfly" die from black card stock and added to top left side of card

9) Add pink "Pastel Fairy Jewels" to the butterfly middle and in the corners of vellum

Here's another look at my card: Close use

I really like how you can see the light rose gold raised areas of the dry embossing peeking through the vellum heat embossed sentiment. Even though sentiment on this card is the focal point, it's nice to see the embossed patterned on the white background continue through to behind the vellum.

Here's one last look:

Close use

The sentiments in this stamp set "Family and Friends" are so sweet and there are a lot of them in the set.
I hope you enjoyed my card for today, I really had fun creating it.

Please be sure to stop by the Memory Box often to see the wonderful inspiration from out design team.
Thanks so much for stopping by!







Mon 10

Hello Friend Slimline
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with this slimline card using some newly released dies from Memory Box.  Memory Box released 3 new dies today and they are 2 gorgeous layering flower dies plus this beautiful sentiment die.

The new dies are "Hello Friend Posh Script Die" (94586), "Cottage Flower Stem" (94611) and "Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral" (94618).  

Here's a closer look at my card:


The new flower die has been cut from Yupo paper that was inked with alcohol inks and the flower centers were cut from the glitter papers. I embossed the top portion of the slimline panel after cutting it with the "Wrapped Stitched Slimline" die and then added a strip of the lighter glitter paper to tuck the stems under. Some flowers are popped up and others were glued directly to the background. Both the butterfly and the sentiment were both cut from the glitter papers and after adding them to the card, I added a few gems.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my slimline floral card for today. Be sure to stop by the Memory Box blog each day for more inspiration from the whole design team.

Thanks for stopping by!







Sat 21

Flowering Cactus, Vellum and Watercolors by Jean Okimoto

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Remember vellum?  It's great stamped and layered for light, airy butterflies from the Flowering Cactus Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Pair it with the bold cactus and a quick greeting - these design elements are all included in the versatile set.  The vellum cactus highlights some of the background color variations. 

Hi...Jean Okimoto here with a quick-stamped and diecut card for a busy weekend.  Stamp the cactus and butterflies on colored vellum with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Emboss them with detail clear powder - take a few extra steps to protect the vellum.  Begin by briefly pre-heating the back of the image - hold the heat-tool about 4" away.  Finish the embossing from the front, with the heat tool about 4" away again.  Pre-heating from the backside helps prevent overheating and scorching the image.  It also seems to offset the curling caused by the heat.  

Cover the entire reverse side of stamped cactus with lined doublestick tape and diecut it.  Attach ¼" strips of lined doublestick tape just behind the center of the wide butterflies and cut it.  Attach a ¼" strip behind the left edge of the narrow butterfly and cut it.  The ¼" strips will adhere just portions of the butterflies.

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Cut a strip of inked or watercolored paper  with the approximately  1-½" x 6-½" Wrapped Stitch Slim Rectangle die.

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

Stamp the greeting on the light teal 6x6 from the Fresh Aqua Collection with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Attach it with foamdots.

Color Clear Jewels with a turquoise Sharpie of Copic Marker and add them to the card.

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered my new Bloomers Card Kit from Impress here in Seattle!  I'm shipping kits to Stamps and Memories in Hawaii too.

Thanks for viewing the project - enjoy the weekend.  See you again on Thursday!






Mon 09

Hello Slim Line Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a mixed media background slim line card featuring the Floral Chain die.



Die cut from heavy white card stock the largest rectangle die from Slim Basics.  I used a slim line sized jelly plate to spray Dylusions ink sprays.  Lemon Zest on top and bottom, Rose Quartz in the middle, then a few sprays of Funky Fuchusia.  Take a print off the plate.  I had to blot more ink in areas missing color.  Clean off the plate. Let the background dry. I wanted the background a little lighter for I also sprayed White Linen and lightly blended it. Let dry. Still not as light as I wanted, so I took Distress Picket Fence ink and a briar to add ink to the jelly plate.  I put the Leafy Rows stencil on the plate and then randomly blotted the ink on the background off the plate to create lighter areas of leaves.  Let dry. Then splatter some gold paint for some sparkle.


Die the lightest pink from Berry Red paper pack with the Floral Chain die.  Then add golden dots to the center of the flower with a gold gel pen.  Add double sided foam tape to the back of the flower centers.



Die cut the Hello Streamlined Scripted die from heavy black card stock, twice.  Color one with the same gold gel pen.  Let dry.  Glue the golden Hello offset on the solid black die cut to create a shadow. 


Die cut the Glade Butterfly base form white card stock and the top die from black card stock.  Color the butterfly base from the center out creating an ombre affect using alcohol markers.  I used Copic Y06 to RV10 to BV00.  Glue the black top of the butterfly to the base.  Shape the wings over one of the pens, curving them at the ends. 



Die cut the largest and 3rd largest die from Slim Basic Rectangles from heavy black card stock to create a frame. Add double sided foam tape to the back of the frame.  Die cut the largest Crystal Frame die from the same heavy black card stock.


Add the mixed media background to a slim line card base.  Adhere the frame with foam tape. Adhere the Crystal Frame to the right side of the card, adhering the 2 end points to the card base and the 2 points on the top and bottom to the frame.  This will create a 3d effect of the frame.  Adhere the sentiment in the center of the Crystal Frame.  Adhere the flowers with the double sided tape diagonally on the left hand side, leaving the petals on top of the frame.  Adhere the butterfly on top of one of the flowers.





Sun 20

Stained Glass Butterfly Birthday Mail
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today today with two cards featuring the "Stained Glass Butterfly", "Pinpoint Burst" and "Birthday Mail Posh Script" dies.
Here's a look at my 2nd card:

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For both cards I cut several black and white butterflies with the die and stacked them up slightly offset from each other.  The plan was to back them with smooshed watercolored paper for the first card, and an alcohol inked panel for the 2nd card.

For card 1 I used the "Pinpoint Burst" die on the white back panel and on the 2nd card I used it directly on the alcohol inked panel.

I added the stacked butterflies to their backgrounds and then added lots of clear fairy gems to the centers of them. The sentiment "Birthday Mail" was die cut from black, white and the smooshed/alcohol inked panels and stacked for dimension. I love that this die has both the thin letters plus an outlined die. It makes it so versatile and you can use it in many ways.

Here's another look at both cards:

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The first card is a regular A2 size card and the 2nd card is a mini slimline card sized at 3" by 6".

Here's one last look:

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I absolutely love combining dies to create card with no stamping.  Memory Box has so many wonderful versatile dies to combine on your cards, be sure to give them a look on the Memory Box website.

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Sat 19

Color Paper Striping
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today is my niece’s 16th birthday… I can’t believe she’s driving age already!  Anyway, this started out as her card, but I ended up sending her something else so it would hopefully arrive in time.  My intention was to take advantage of the 6x6 color paper packs that contain four each of 12 different colors of the same color family to create a clean and simple (CAS) ombré stripe background.

I started by picking out four gradient color sheets from the Vibrant Violet paper pack.  Used the Vertical Line Collage die to die cut from each color resulting in 1/8” strips.  Took a square die from Square Basics next and die cut an opening in an A2 sized Bristol panel.  Traced the opening onto the front of a white card base to use as a guide for adhering the strips over.


Next, the Stained Glass Butterfly was die cut three times from Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  The sentiment from Big and Little Reverse Words was stamped with Archival Black ink and partial die cutting was then used to die cut it out.  Assembled the card to finish… but as an after thought and for something fun, I decided to turn it into a faux shaker card and added a whole bunch of clear jewels. 😂


Now I wasn’t planning to share this next card because I was making it for my dad for Father’s Day.  I didn’t get a chance to complete it before he passed away.  He was always excited to receive my cards and would proudly display them.  This was the reason I decided to finish it for him and changed my mind about sharing it.  He loved the ocean so…


Used my paper trimmer to cut strips from the Sunny Orange and Ocean Blue paper packs.  Adhered the strips to Bristol paper before die cutting it out with a circle die.


The rest is pretty straight forward.  As always all supplies are listed below.  


Before I go, I wanted to address Jan’s question regarding the Dendritic Paint Printing technique featured in my last post.  You can use any color acrylic paint.  I used white because it is all I have.  I don’t think it will work with ink pads or re-inkers because it needs to be a certain thickness and opacity.  I’ve only seen acrylic paints used, but if you tried other mediums and it worked, please share.

And that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Thu 15

Watercolor and Double-Emboss the Stained Glass Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a sunny spring week with the popular - and versatile - Stained Glass Butterfly.  It's pressure- and gold-embossed for extra dimension.  Add a wonky DIY embossed slimline background and a greeting from Poppystamps too.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more ways to use this great addition to the Memory Box butterfly collection.

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Cut a 3" square of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Paint the smoother side with overlapping diagonal layers of ink.  I used diluted shades of Imagine's dye ink refills - Vermillion, Lemon, Teal and Chartreuse.  Heat-set it, then pressure-emboss it with Stained Glass Butterfly using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.

Trim it with the 2-½" Square Basics die.  Add a few specks of the Teal ink, air-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.