45 posts categorized "Flourishes"


Wed 03

Pink Inspiration with the Billow Flowers and Swirling Stitches
by Jean Okimoto


Here's some pink challenge inspiration with the Large and Small Billow Flowers and the versatile Swirling Stitches...it's quick and easy!

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with big congrats to the winners of our January Challenge!  Looking forward to seeing your Tickled Pink Challenge entries too.  Here are the directions for my Challenge inspiration card.   The featured dies and greeting  (inside the card) are from our fabulous January 2016 Release.


Paint watercolor paper with pink and peachy-pink Peerless Watercolors and let them dry.  Cut them with the Small and Large Billow Flowers - save the little circles from the centers.  Brush glue on the centers and sprinkle them with Lemon Drop Glitter from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Cut the leaves from green cardstock.  Cut the Large and Small Billow Flower Backgrounds from textured white cardstock and attach them behind the watercolored flowers.


Diecut a (folded) side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with Swirling Stitches.  Using a stamp positioner, stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Bunnies Clear Stamp Set - with Memento Luxe Rose Bud.  Emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Powder to add sparkly highlights

We usually run the unfolded card through the machine to accent just the front of the card - but I wanted to add some stitches to the inside too.  The swirls create curvy little areas for your signature.   Hope you like the idea - if not, simply unfold the card and run it through the machine, positioned so the inside of the card remains uncut.

Attach the flowers, leaves and clear pink sequins to the card - use foam dots for the small flower.  


Big thanks to everyone who took the impromptu watercolored calendar class on Sunday.  I loved seeing everyone add unique and beautiful backgrounds to each page with Kaleidacolors, Brilliance, and Peerless Watercolors.  Thanks for suggesting the class Jacky C!

See you at another So Many Hearts class at Impress on Saturday February 6th.  Good Luck with February's Tickled Pink Challenge!

Thanks very much for stopping by...





Sat 23

A Celebration of Homespun Hearts
by Jean Okimoto


Need another Valentine idea?  Celebrate your love with the glittered  Homespun Heart floating thru the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame -both are great new designs from our January 2016 Collection.    Jean Okimoto here with a bright, sparkly design to warm this winter weekend.  


Cut a 2.8" Studio Circle Layer of watercolor paper.  Paint it with some pink and peachy Peerless Watercolors.  Using an acrylic stamp block as a palette, paint a light, diluted wash of Gold Peerless Transparent Metallics  over the pinks and peaches.  Dry it with a heat-tool and attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

The Peerless Transparent Metallics are rich, concentrated inks in shades of gold, silver and copper.  They add a soft, sheer glow to watercolored and painted backgrounds...and they come in the cutest bottles!  

Attach adhesive label paper behind watercolor paper and cut Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame.  The additional layer adds some dimension to the diecut without having to glue the layers together.  

Cut Homespun Heart from bright pink glittered cardstock.  Attach the big heart and the second heart from the right to the watercolored circle.  Attach the frame to the card - over the Homespun Heart on the right side and under it on the left side.  (Trust me, it's easier than it sounds here, it just takes a bit of coordination!)   Attach the loose hearts.  Leave the delicate swirls unattached.  


Talked with Debbie and Gary of Rubber Stamp Fantasy in Marietta, GA last night.  We're planning some Memory Box Spring Classes there in April - I'll post more info soon.  Can't wait to see them - and all of my sweet Southern gal-friends there!  

Thanks for stopping by...hope you love creating Valentines with  the January 2016 Collection as much as I do!  Be safe - and keep warm - this wintery weekend.


Noel, Noel


Wed 13

Homespun Hearts and Swirling Stitches
by Jean Okimoto


Homespun Hearts and Swirling Stitches are a great pair for Valentine's Day.  Jean Okimoto here, loving these swirly freeform designs on a background  of Peerless Watercolors.  Swirling Stitches creates a great subtle backdrop for any design - I think of it as a 'quiet detail.'  The just-released January 2016 collection is much more than just a Valentine collection - check it out here.

Cut a 4" x 3" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Brush a layer of water onto the paper, then paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  


Cut Homespun Heart from light pink glittered cardstock.  Cut the watercolor paper with Swirling Stitches.  Stamp "LOVE" - from the Open Studio Smile Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Coral.  Dry the ink - then cut the greeting with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Trim the excess paper using the inner edge of a larger Stitched Rectangle.  

Attach everything to a Peony Notecard.  Attach small silver sequins.


Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's NEW from Memory Box  and Love is Sweet classes at Impress.  What was your favorite new die?

Here's a card we'll be making in the So Many Hearts class at Impress on Sunday January 17th.  The sweet little origami heart is super-easy - promise!


I've added another class too - Memory Box Calendar and Watercolor Workshop - on Sunday January 31st at Impress.  Create great designs with Peerless Watercolors, Kaleidacolors, diecuts and sequins.  


Thanks for stopping by -  before you leave, be sure to check out Laura's post listing the winners of last week's blog blitz - congrats to all of the winners!




Thu 15

A Little Birdie Told Me
by Marnie Bushmole


Good Morning!  Hope everyone has recovered from the Blog Blitz last week! We have but the fun doesn't have to stop we are still creating with the new products!  Today I've created a very soft card with this adorable Autumn Birdie Clear Stamp Set.  The bird was colored with Copic then I cut it out with the Pinpoint Circles.  The background is also created with Copic.  More circles  and a Scallop Pinpoint Circle cut out of Memory Box Papers and glitterized.  I love how the focal point turned out!  


The background was created by cutting the Tippington Vine over and over and layering it onto Memory Box Paper.  Gives a soft raised look to the background.  Finally a satin ribbon to finish it off.

Hope your having a wonderful week.  Thank you so much for stopping by be sure to check back for more amazing ideas with this latest release! 





Tue 29

Autumn Birdie
by Design Marnie Bushmole

Happy Tuesday!  Or should I say Happy Autumn?   With Autumn comes a New Release from Memory Box.  I love some of the new stamps and matching dies.   I've used the, oh so cute, Autumn Birdie set with my copic markers to create this adorable card.  For the background I created a background using the Cloud Cover Stencil and some paste.  The postage stamp comes from the Postage Set and layers added from the Perfect Patch Strip.  I am in love with the new Tippington Vine as well which our little birdie is perched on.

 Of course I've added a bit of glitter for some sparkle on the clouds.  I adore how it turned out!  That little bit of sparkles sets everything off perfectly.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a Wonderful Tuesday!




Thu 25


Hello everyone from sunny southern California!  Sherry here with a summery card for you today.

Happiness Card 1

The water colored background was created using Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold and Spun Sugar Distress Inks.  I then sponged Peeled Paint through the Texture Scraped Paint stencil over one area of the background, and turned it once to create the cross hatch. I am loving this stencil!

Happiness Card 3

I trimmed this background piece down and splattered some watered down Peeled Paint over the entire top before adding the Happiness stamp and the Flllipa Corner.  I had some leftover background, and used it to cut the solid layer of the butterfly from the Cascadia Butterfly Trio set.  The top layer is one of the butterflies from the Butterfly Exhibit Die which I snipped from the entire die cut piece, and it happens to match the solid butterfly.

Happiness Card 2

The card was completed with a scattering of pink, green and yellow sequins.  I adhered the assembled piece to a piece of warm white card stock that was cut smaller than the card base, then added that to the card base using foam tape. 

This was a fun card to make, and I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Thu 25

Playful Dolphins


Good Morning Happy Thursday!  Today I am mom to an official 15 year old!  EEEEK when did that happen?   I swear she was just 3 years old and her sister was a baby.  Time flies while your running around that is for sure! 

It's officially summer so I'm  bringing you a fun ocean card today.  First I created the background with Distress Inks then added the Diving Dolphins 99134 and Sketchy Circles 99149 to create their splashes.  The Dolphin is water color paper colored with Distress Ink and shimmered.  The Breezy Waves 99164 finish off the scene along with some strategic Stickles and sequin usage.  The gingham patterned paper is Memory Box as well.  I've added a little twine at the top of the card to add a bit more nautical. 

Hope everyone is having an Amazing Summer!  Thanks so much for stopping by!   Be sure to check back daily for tons more amazing inspiration.


Sun 21

Beauty card by Evgenia Petzer

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer woth you today. Thit time I am playing with delicate dies and pastel colors that work together beautifully. I love to add some contrast to my works by using white cardstock for my die cuts. So lets have alook at what I came up with today:


and some close ups:


and my favorite rings:


Memory Box products used:

  • 99149 Sketchy rings
  • 99142 Pennington Rose border



Mon 25

Layouts using Memory Box dies

Hello dear friends! Its Evgenia Petzer with you today and I wanted to share with you something  a bit different- the layouts that I did for my youngest son, both of them use Memory Box dies and I picked the white paper for that, so they can really pop out more.


Lots of fussy cutting from the papers and the elegant dies just suit this album perfectlyG45_2

Memory Box products used:

  • 99149 Sketchy rings
  • 99142 Pennington Rose Border
  • 99133 Sunrise Poppy


Have a lovely scrappy day, 



Sat 14

Top o' the Mornin'

Need something for St. Patrick's Day and there's not a Shamrock in sight?  Use your Memory Box heart stencils to create your own!


These are the materials I used to create some quick and easy cards:


  • Memory Box stencil COLLECTIVE HEARTS Style No. 88594
  • Kaleidacolor Raised Rainbow Dye Ink Pad--Fresh Greens, Imagine Crafts
  • fingertip dauber, Imagine Crafts
  • Memory Box stamp HERRINGBONE FLOURISH D1905


 May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.

     --a traditional Irish blessing


Happy Crafting!