1618 posts categorized "Dies"


Fri 24

Saying “Hello” with Birds and Blossoms by Jean Okimoto


The Birds and Blossoms set is quickly becoming a new favorite - it's perfect for anyone, young or aged to perfection.  Diecut it, ink it and add a quick greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set.  The sweet little felt bird diecuts contrast the glossy embossed flowers and leaves.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design from our Garden Bouquet Collection.  It's easy to see why everyone loves this die set.  It's great for spring and summer cards - and would brighten anyone's day.


Cut Birds and Blossoms from Twig cardstock - keep the diecut and the offcut togeter - it's easier to ink it that way.  Use a cotton swab to ink the leaves with Lime VersaColor.  Ink the flowers with Electric Coral Radiant Neons.  Heat-emboss the inked areas.  

Stamp the greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set on white cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the frame too.  Heat-set the inks.   Trim the frame  and round the corners - I used the 4mm corner rounder section from a WeRMemoryKeepers punch.

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to turquoise felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from saturating the felt.  Cut three birds.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.  Add turquoise gem stickers.


These little felt birds are cute and sweet right now...but they'll be perfectly spooky in black felt with fall colors for Halloween.

If you're looking for something creative this weekend - join us for the SEATTLE STYLE class at Impress on Monday, May 27th.  Our cards will feature our favorite made-in-the-USA stamps and dies from our favorite Seattle companies.  We're making a sweet (and simple!) little origami sailboat too.

Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!





Thu 23

Light and Layered Sketch Flower Spray by Jean Okimoto

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The new Sketch Flower Spray is light, airy and great for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that works for grads, birthdays, weddings, new jobs, a promotion.  Add a greeting - this is from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set - and you're all set!

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Use a soft rubber brayer to ink a quick background by repeatedly rolling  it over a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad. Spritz it lightly with water, then roll the inks onto watercolor paper.  Air-dry the inks for a few minutes, then spritz it lightly with water to add  some splotchy interest to the background.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼"Rectangle Basics die.

Cut Sketch Flower Spray from Lime Crush Cardstock.  Cut three sets of the flowers from white cardstock.  Ink the center of one flower set with Cheerful VersaFine Clair.  Cotton swabs are great for little jobs like this!

Attach two uninked flowers behind the inked flower - slightly offset.   Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6") white card.  Add yellow gem stickers.

Stamp the greeting - from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

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Thanks for visiting - hope you love flowers too!








Mon 20

Seashell Circle Frame with an Elegant Shorebird
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card made with leftovers!  Often when I'm die cutting I won't use all of what I cut for that current project.  I usually tuck the leftovers into the paper envelopes with the dies.  This card uses an extra Seashell Circle Frame and an extra bird from the set of  four Elegant Shorebirds, both already cut from white cardstock.


materials used:


Coloring the images was easy using a waterbrush and these Distress inks.


  • Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, and Gathered Twigs on the shells
  • Peeled Paint on the seaweed stalks
  • Salty Ocean on the inner and outer circles
  • Peeled Paint and Salty Ocean on the shorebird


By using the waterbrush directly onto the ink pads I was able to lift color, test it on scrap white cardstock, and lighten it out as I wanted without oversaturating the cardstock.  I started with the darkest color in the center of the shells and worked lighter colors to the outer edges of each one before painting the seaweed and the inner and outer circles.  I used Peeled Paint to outline the bird, filling it in with a wash of the Salty Ocean blue.

As the paints were drying I looked for a notecard color and some patterned paper that would go well with the painted images.  I chose an orangey jack o'lantern notecard and some mango distressed dots paper from my stash.  I rounded the corners of the patterned paper before sticking it to the notecard.  (I'll use more of this paper on the inside of the notecard with a white box for writing a message.)  I tested the painted circle against the mango paper and decided to add some Gathered Twigs on the outermost edge of each shell so they would show up better sitting against the colored dot paper.

Once the watercolors were dry I assembled the card, peeling the Scor-Tape backing behind the shells and using that to stick the Seashell Circle Frame to the patterned paper already adhered to the notecard.  I used a glue pen on the bird's leg and tucked it behind the inner circle.  I used two small foam dots on its body to give it some dimension in the center of the circle.  The finishing touch was adding light blue pearls in opposite corners.


Keeping extra die cuts on hand speeds up crafting time!  This can be especially helpful when you need a card in a hurry.  I keep thinking that I'll set aside a day and just cut images and file them away for future use, but I haven't gone that far yet.  :-)  So I am often surprised when I go to an envelope to pull out a die and find pre-cuts ready and waiting for me.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 18

Combine Picture Perfect Flower and the Butterfly Meadow by Jean Okimoto


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Create a dimensional card with the new Picture Perfect Flower peeking through Butterfly Meadow grasses.  Brighten it with glittery butterflies, then add a thoughtful greeting.  Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring something "old" with something new.  The quick pace of the papercrafts industry makes it feel as though a product introduced a few months ago is already old - but it's perfect for the Garden Bouquet Collection.  

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Diecut a top-folded Limeade A-2 card with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Picture Perfect Flower and Butterfly Meadow from green cardstock.  Save the Picture Perfect Flower offcut and tape it back into the delicate blossom outline.

Cut peach cardstock with the blossom portion and the extra blossom from the Picture Perfect Flower.  Layer them - slightly offset for dimension - over the green blossom and outline. 

Cut the flower center from black cardstock.

Attach Butterfly Meadow to the card front.  Align and attach Picture Perfect Flower inside the card.

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Cut white glitter cardstock butterflies with the die included in the Butterfly Meadow set.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smooth side of limeade cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.

Attach the butterflies.  "Sandwich" a few strands of the meadow grass between two butterflies to add dimension and cover the adhesive behind the butterfly.

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Hope you're enjoying our new collection as much as we love sharing our ideas with you!  The botanical designs are great for summer cards - and they'll continue to be favorites throughout the year.  Flowers and greenery are classic design elements -  think of all the ways you can combine them with items from your stash!

Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!





Fri 17

Add a Scribble Rose Accent to the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto


Congratulations to all of the Garden Bouquet Blog Blitz prizewinners - and thank you for your comments!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the Scribble Rose Outline and Background - and the new Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set too.  Loving the cool,  contemporary Scribble designs!


Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Brush loose, outside-the-lines layers of diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills onto the image.  Skip the large rose in the center - it'll be covered  by Scribble Rose diecuts.  Dry the inks.

Trim it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet set - onto the smoother side of Snapdragon cardstock with Nocturne. 

Cut the large Scribble Rose Background from periwinkle cardstock.  Cut the large Scribble Rose Outline from black cardstock.


Several of the new flower dies from the Garden Bouquet Collection have tiny arrows (which remain on the offcut after cutting) to help align the coordinating dies.  

Cut a 4-¾" x ¾" strip of Sour Apple cardstock.

Assemble the card and add pale aqua gemstickers.

Christmas will arrive sooner than you think...why not get the Scribble Roses Background set now and be ready to diecut a wonky snowman in a few months!  Use the background dies with the Scribble Roses Outline for floral and garden cards this summer - then build a snowman for the holidays.


Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!  We keep discovering that so many products from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs are perfect for Asian-themed cards.  Thanks too - Shari and LaVonne - for helping everyone shop and fill those baskets!  And thank you for the beautiful spring  flowers Elaine!

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the SEATTLE STYLE class on Monday, May 27th.  Join us if you have a holiday that day!

Thanks for visiting...






Wed 15

"sending oceans of love" with the Seashell Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

It's me again this week with another card that uses alcohol pearl inks to create a background, this time for the Seashell Circle Frame.

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materials used:

  • Key Lime  top-fold notecard
  • blue-dotted lime paper
  • white cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Ink cardstock
  • Ranger Alcohol Pearl Inks--Tranquil (blue) and Sublime (green)
  • Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
  • "sending oceans of love" from the OCEANSIDE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamps Set CL5240
  • Hero Arts inks--Green Hills and Tide Pool
  • a plain circle die, straw, waterbrush, glue pen, Scor-Tape, pop dots, blue and green gemstones

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  • On a piece of the Alcohol Ink Cardstock, add drops of the Alcohol Pearl inks and then drops of the Blending Solution. 
  • Use the straw to blow the inks around.  Continue adding inks and blending solution, blowing the inks around, until you like what you've got.
  • Spatter the paper with a paintbrush soaked in Blending Solution. 
  • Use a circle die a bit larger than the center of the Seashell Circle Frame to cut this inky paper once it's dry.

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  • Die cut the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 from white cardstock.
  • Using a water brush, add some of the Green Hills ink to the seaweed fronds and the outer circle of the die cut.  Add more of the Green Hills ink to the outer circle using the ink pad directly onto the paper.
  • Edge the three shells with more of the Green Hills ink directly onto the paper.
  • Use a glue pen to anchor the inner circle of the frame to the circular inky piece.
  • Put Scor-Tape on the back of that inky circle and adhere the piece to the front of the notecard which has been covered with the dotted paper.
  • Pop the three shells up in the center of the circle and add a few blue and green gemstones.

That finishes the front of the notecard.  Let's look at what I did on the inside.

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  • Die cut a smaller circle from the dotted paper.  Here I used a die from the WRAPPED CIRCLES set 30114.
  • Die cut the center shells from the Seashell Circle Frame using a scrap of white cardstock.  
  • Edge the shells with the Green Hills ink, direct to the paper images.
  • Glue the two smallest shells onto the circle and add some blue gemstones. 
  • Stamp "sending oceans of love" from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments stamps set using the Tide Pool ink.
  • Add the third shell just above that.

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Another all-occasion card finished!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Tue 14

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoyed last week's blog blitz and are as inspired as we are by all the new products!

Here is my card for today using some of the fabulous stamps and dies!


To create this card I once again went to a alcohol inked background that I had in my stash.  

I die cut the Small Fringed Peony from my background paper and kept the outline of the flower to place back into my die cut.  I also die cut the Scribble Leafy Branch Background 3 times from another piece of alcohol inked paper.  Then I die cut the Scribble Leafy Branch Outline 3 times from white cardstock.


I adhered my background to a white card base and glued the peony outline back in place in the die cut. Then I glued my leaf background pieces in place and added the white die cut outlines on top of them.  I did trim some of the leaf die cuts to fit the card.

I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.    


To finish the card I added some epoxy water drop embellishments.  

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!






Mon 13

"expect miracles", Sofia Butterfly, and Cottage Flower Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Today's card got me playing with pearlized alcohol inks, blending solution and alcohol ink cardstock.


materials used:

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To start I put drops of the alcohol inks onto the alcohol ink cardstock followed by drops of the blending solution.  Because these are pearl inks I had to shake the bottles a bit first to mix in the pearlized material.  I used a straw held close to the paper and blew the inks around a bit.  I kept adding ink and blending solution, blowing it around with the straw, until I liked the way it looked.


Then I used the paintbrush soaked with blending solution to spatter the design.  This added interesting little drops and more texture.


From this panel I die cut the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and adhered it to the front of the top-fold notecard.


You can see in this closeup photo where I added the extra flower sprig to the inside right-hand side of the circle frame and used tiny pearls for the flower centers.

I repeated the inks and blending solution process to make another panel for cutting out the Sofia Butterfly.


I stamped "expect miracles" in the lower left corner after popping the butterfly on the upper left.  I rounded the bottom corners of the card and added a small white bow with a pearl in its center.  Done!  Another card ready for almost any occasion.


I wish photos could show more easily the shine on these die cut pieces.  The pearlized inks glisten on the alcohol ink cardstock and look almost like enamel.  I also love the way that two colors of ink blend to create more colors.  I can tell that I'm going to need a larger supply of alcohol ink cardstock for future projects!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sat 11

Create a Dark Floral Card with Scribble Posies and Scribble Fronds by Jean Okimoto


Combine Scribble Posies Outline,  Scribble Frond Background and Scribble Frond Outline on a spring card delivering a simple upbeat message.  There were happy thoughts - literally - when I saw this great new collection!  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another blog blitz design and a chance for you to win a die from the Garden Bouquet Collection.  Bright florals on a dark background are a great spring theme - but it can be challenging to create that look with stamps.  Memory Box dies and cardstock create that look quickly and easily.


Cut Scribble Frond Outline from Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut Scribble Frond Background from Juicy Pear cardstock.

Cut Scribble Posies Outline from flamingo, white and Coral Creme cardstock.  Save the delicate center and outer outlines too.   (Outer outlines??)  

Cut scraps of yellow glittered cardstock and attach them behind the blossoms.  

Stamp the label outline - from the new Big and Little Words Clear  Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the greeting.  Dry the ink, the trim the cardstock and trim the corners with a corner punch.  I used the 4mm corner section  from the WeRMemoryKeepers corner rounder.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-⅜" square card of textured dark gray cardstock.  Add pale peach gemstickers.


Would you like a chance to win Scribble Posies Outline Die Set?  Just 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!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another ASIA NOW class at Impress on Mother's Day, May 12th.   We're making 6 contemporary cards featuring our favorite almost-Asian dies, beautiful artpapers and lots of techniques.

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 this great discount and buy one of the Memory Box dies you've been eyeing!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!






Thu 09

Wishing you the Best
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying all the designer's posts this week!  There are so many inspiring ideas using these wonderful new Memory Box products.

For my card I decided to use the beautiful new Rose Bouquet stamp set.  This floral image is so much fun to color and I can see using it for many projects.


To create the card I stamped and colored the image using colored pencils.  Once the coloring was done, I spattered the image and a white card base with black ink.


I trimmed my stamped image to fit onto my card at an angle. I adhered this to a piece of black cardstock and trimmed the black to only mat two sides of my paper. To finish the card, I glued this to my card base and then added my die cut word "wishing" and my stamped sentiment to the card front as shown.


Would you like to win your own Rose Bouquet stamp set? Leave a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th. One winner will be selected at random to win the new stamp set. 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!

Have a great weekend and good luck!