701 posts categorized "Christmas"


Mon 27

Sprinkle Dots Peony Joy
by Anne Thompson

This is my last holiday card this month before I start using products from the new 2020 Christmas release which you will be able to see on the Memory Box site TODAY!  

I made today's Christmas-in-July card with Memory Box supplies from previous collections.  It all started because I had a peony left from a previous project that I wanted to incorporate, I had found a package of Holly Berry notecards with last year's Christmas stamps and dies as I was rummaging through things, and I knew I wanted to use a favorite stencil to create the background.



to make this card

  • Tape the stencil on top of the smooth-sided watercolor paper and apply ink using a fingertip dauber.  Trim this panel to 4 X 5 1/4 and adhere it to the front of a Holly Berry notecard.


  • Using the Matinee Rectangle Layers, cut one from a piece of the Cottage Stripes and Dots red paper and a smaller one from a scrap of smooth-sided watercolor paper.


  • Stamp "joy" using the same VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink on the watercolor paper rectangle.


  • Layer the two rectangles and place them in the lower right corner of the front panel.
  • Stamp, watercolor, and die cut a single peony (or do what I did and use a flower left from a prior project) and glue it over the upper left corners of the two rectangles.  


And there you have it...


Be sure to look at the newest 2020 Christmas release and start writing out your wish list.  There are new dies, glitter glues, and 6X6 paper pads as well as two new embossing folders.  And keep checking the blog in the days to come for samples from the Design Team!

Happy Crafting!

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Wed 22

Gracious Leaves Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  It’s still July... Christmas in July, that is.  So I have another Christmas card to share today. I think the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) from the Garden Party collection is just beautiful.  It also reminded me of mistletoe, so that was what inspired me to stretch it and make a Christmas card with it. 

There are basically two steps in creating my card so this will be a very short post  😂   Dry embossed a piece of Bristol paper with the EF by running it through my Big Shot.


Die cut the Merry Christmas Noted Script sentiment four times from thick white cardstock and once from blue glitter paper then stacked them for a floating effect. Assembled to finish!  


You could switch up the glitter paper / sentiment and this would be great for mass producing.


Did I mention that this is going to be a short post? 😂  Well that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.    






Tue 21

Peace and Good Will
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I'm back today with another Christmas in July card for you.

To make this card, I started by stamping several images from the Mistletoe Swag stamp set and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  


Next comes the fun part! Painting all the images.



I was planning on leaving the background white, but I decided it needed something to make the leaves and berries pop. Once the paint was dry, I spattered the background with white paint.

I die cut the word Peace from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum strip of paper. Next I gold embossed my sentiment on a strip of navy cardstock and adhered it to the vellum paper.  I adhered the vellum strip to my card front and glued it to a white card base.


That's the card for today!  Thanks for stopping by.







Mon 20

Peace and the Pretty Blossom Stem Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still working on my July personal challenge to make holiday cards from Memory Box Spring 2020 and Garden Party products I have on hand with sentiments from previous holiday releases.  Today's card features the Peace Jotted Script, the Pretty Blossom Stem, and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles on a pretty piece of Garden Party paper.




In the photos above you can see how I cut everything from red glitter paper and white cardstock.  I trimmed a piece of pretty floral paper 4 X 5 1/4 and adhered that to the front of a white notecard.  I used foam tape to place the red glitter Wrapped Rectangle at an angle.  I used large Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the Pretty Blossom Stem to the white Wrapped Rectangle and then used Scor-Tape to secure that to the glitter rectangle.  The next step was to use a glue pen to layer the Peace Jotted Script, red glitter paper on top of white cardstock.  After trying a number of various placements, I used just one large Glue Dot under the "a" to attach "peace" to the panel.


To finish the card I added white pearls to the flower centers.  And on the inside I added a narrow strip of the same Garden Party paper I used on the card front.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Fri 17

Foiled Ornament Christmas
by Trina Pham

Happy Fri-YAY everyone.  Continuing with the Christmas in July theme, I have another Christmas card to share today featuring foiling with stencils.  I love the look of foiling on cards, but am not a fan of having to use a laminator.  So when the Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo came out earlier this year giving the option of foiling without heat, I was all for it. 

Using a circle die from Circle Basics, a circle stencil was created from Cornelia Variegated Wide washi tape and adhered to a Bristol panel.


Placed the Ring Tile stencil from Birch Press Designs on top and applied the transfer gel duo with a palette knife over it.  Set it aside to dry and become tacky to the touch.  Once ready, removed the washi tape and added the foil with shiny side facing up.


Slipped it into a folded piece of copy paper (to protect the foil from my scratched up plates), and ran it through my Big Shot resulting in this.


To complete the card, the Vintage Varsity letters were die cut from silver foil and black cardstock and offset for a shadow. 


Created the attachment piece (between the ribbon and bauble) by die cutting a square from silver foil cardstock with the smallest die from Square Basics, then die cutting with the same circle die used in creating the stencil.  The pine branches were die cut from Bristol paper twice and stacked for dimension.  Assembled the card then matte it on silver foil cardstock before mounting to a white card base to finish.


I really like the no-heat option for foiling so while all supplies were out, I made a second card following the same process and design... just changed up the foil.


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







Tue 14

Let it Snow
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! I have another Christmas card for you today!

I started by stenciling texture paste through a snowflake stencil onto white cardstock.  I only used a portion of the stencil. Once the paste was dry, I used foam tape to adhere this to a white card base.


Next I die cut the Diagonal Stripe Collage from red cardstock and glued that to my card.  

I die cut the Scribble Snowman from white cardstock and the Scribble Outline from black cardstock.  I glued the outline to the snowman backgound and put this aside.  Next I added washi tape to the card and used foam tape to adhere my snowman on top of the tape.  To embellish the snowman, I hand cut a nose and hat. Then I used some epoxy dots for the eyes, mouth, and buttons.  I tied a piece of twine around his neck for a scarf.


On a strip of black cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed "Let it Snow" and glued that to my card.

I added 3 buttons to my card for a finishing touch. It's a pretty simple card.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!







Mon 13

Giulia Border Joy Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my challenge this month to create holiday cards from Memory Box materials I have on hand, not necessarily holiday-themed, and mostly pulling from the Garden Party and Spring 2020 collections.


This is actually the second card I made and my favorite of the two.  

materials used for both cards

I started my cards by die cutting everything first.  I actually cut the Joy Airy Script twice and the Giulia Border four times to have what I needed for the two cards.


Then I made a sandwich for my Big Kick and embossed the Leafy Jumble stencil twice on thin white cardstock.  I used the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink direct to paper over the raised leaves to use as the base on the card fronts.


I used Scor-Tape to attach the leafy panel to the front of a white notecard.  I added a strip of white cardstock  1 1/2 X 5 1/4 which I first edged with the Tulip Red ink.  I used Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the red glitter Giulia Border on that white strip.  Then I adhered the Joy Airy Script with a glue pen.


On the inside I added a piece of paper from the Cottage Meadow pad and a white cardstock rectangle.


Then I went back to the front of the card and auditioned a bunch of different ribbons and bows before settling on the red satin bow.


The other card has the fold at the top edge, the embossed and inked leafy panel, and three narrow strips of white cardstock with the Giulia Border on each one.


From the outside it is not obvious that it is a holiday card because...


...the sentiment is on the inside.

Are you thinking Christmas in July?  Have you thought about ways that you might repurpose some of your stamps and dies to create holiday cards?  And have you made and posted anything to this month's Framed! challenge yet?  So many questions...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 11

Nesting Nativity Christmas
by Trina Pham


Happy Saturday!  As the expression goes, it’s Christmas in July and I am sharing a Christmas card today.  I saw this video from Laura Fadora using thin frame dies to create backgrounds / patterns.  I thought of giving it a try with regular nesting dies (since I already have them), but kept forgetting.  So when thin frame dies popped up lately (Jennifer McGuire has a couple of videos here and here), I thought it was time.

My card is quite simple.  I chose to use my least used Square Basics nesting dies and started by aligning them all on temporary tape.


Picked up the whole thing and used it to dry emboss a piece of Bristol paper.  Follow your machine’s recommendations for this.


Used it again, but this time to die cut from regular white cardstock.


I don’t have much in the way of color cardstock, and by die cutting from white, I can color the sections I need with my Copic Sketch markers.  Matched and adhered the coloured frames over the dry embossed background.


To complete the card, the Drop Nativity was die cut three times from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Removed unwanted parts with scissors and cut a flat bottom edge with my paper trimmer.  The Chesshire Peace was die cut from blue glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter pad and also from black cardstock and offset for a shadow.  Assembled the card to finish.


This is a great way to stretch your nesting dies.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Tue 07

Christmas in July
by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  Today I have a clean and simple (CAS) Christmas card for you! 

I love an excuse to start Christmas projects, and Christmas in July is one of my favorite things!

For my card today I wanted to show you how to use everyday dies and make them work all year long.

I began by die cutting the Verdant Leaf twice from watercolor paper. I used watercolor paper because it was a nice contrast from the white cardstock.  I cut one of the leaf images apart and glued them to my cardstock.


Then I die cut the word "Merry" 3 times from red cardstock and glued them all together to give the word a little more dimension.  Before I adhered the word to my card I stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and glued that to my card.  Then I adhered the word Merry above my sentiment. 


To finish the card I added some sequins to the leaves and used foam tape to adhere my card front to a white card base.

That's it for today!  Have a great week.








Mon 06

Framed! December Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

Framed! is the Memory Box Challenge for July.  My personal challenge every July is to get a head start on creating my holiday cards.  For today's post I am combining both challenges to make two sparkly December holiday cards, repurposing dies from both the Spring 2020 and Garden Party Collections to work as holiday images.


materials used:

Magnolia Wreath card


When I first looked at these dies I thought they would work for a holiday wreath, sort of poinsettia-like.  I cut both the Magnolia Wreath and the Magnolia Double Arch from the light green glitter paper.  Using tiny Glue Dots under each flower, I placed the arch with the largest flower on the left of the card front, added the wreath on top of that and then added the other arch piece on top of the wreath.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots, tucking it inside the wreath a bit and overlapping the right edge.

On the inside I added a piece of dot paper topped with a white cardstock rectangle and used Glue Dots to attach another one of the Magnolia arches.

Bubbles Circles Joy card


The Bubbles Circles remind me both of the wreaths that my dad makes and the pretty balls that he uses to decorate them.  I cut all three of the Bubble Circles from the light green glitter paper and stacked them on the top-fold card front, snugging them together in the lower left corner.  

For the sentiment label, I chose the two smallest rectangles from the Matinee Rectangle Layers set.  I cut the larger one from the same light green glitter paper and the smaller one from white cardstock.  I layered them together with Scor-Tape and then added the Joy Airy Script cut from more of the light green glitter paper.  I attached the label with foam dots in the upper right corner.  I added a white satin bow in the lower left where the three circles meet.

On the inside I attached a piece of the green dots paper centered with a white cardstock panel.  I used Glue Dots to attach one of the Magnolia Arches in the upper right corner.

Do you work on holiday cards in July as well?  What Memory Box dies and stamps in your stash could be used for them?  Take another look at what you have and how you might repurpose those dies and stamps for holiday greetings.  

Happy Crafting!

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