34 posts categorized "Gifts"


Thu 07

Warm Wishes Treat Box
Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a cute little treat box or gift card holder for you.

I started with a pre-made Kraft pillow box that I bought at Hobby Lobby, then used white ink and the Snow Flurries Stencil to create the snow background on the box.


I glued a band around the box using a 3/4" strip of plaid paper from the Christmas Jolly paper pad.

Next, I die cut the Aurora Snowflake from white cardstock and the shadow from red cardstock, glued them together, and used foam tape to adhere it to the box.

I stamped and white heat embossed the words "Warm Wishes" on a strip of black cardstock then cut it into a tag.

I wrapped twine around the box, and adhered the word strip and bells to the box.


That's it for today!  It's a pretty fast project using a pre-made box to embellish!






Fri 13

Vintage Tray Background Blocks by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a trio of new 6x6 prints and create a collage-y winter background for a favorite Layered Polar Bear.  He's borrowing a cozy scarf from the new Bundled Bird.  Tag a special gift with the new Merry Christmas Foil Greetings White Tabs.  Hi, Jean here with an easy way to build a background for the holidays, or any day.

Cut the poinsettia and snowflake prints from the new Poinsettia Garland 6x6 Pack with the artsy die from the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set.  Cut a matching plaid from the Poinsettia Plaid 6x6 Pack.  You'll have a total of 15 great mix-and-match blocks!  

Trim the Rainbow Reflections turquoise 6x6 to fit in the Vintage Tray Embossing Folder.  Emboss the design, then cut it with the coordinating die.  That's 5 more great blocks - these are shimmery and have woodgrain texture.  

Cut two of the loopy Crisp Bows from the pale gold Majestic Hues Glitter Pad 6x6 and layer them for dimension.   Attach them to an embossed Vintage Tray diecut - tape the lower edge behind the "giftbox."  Attach a crisp MERRY CHRISTMAS gold-foiled greeting tab - like a big gift tag.

Cut Layered Polar Bear from heavy white cardstock.  Assemble the layers - place black and brown scraps behind the cutouts for his eyes, nose and ears.

Cut the scarf layers - from the new Bundled Bird set - from the turquoise Rainbow Reflections sheet.

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Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square white card.  Use foam tape for the bear and foiled greeting tab.  Add turquoise Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a 5-½" square of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.  Square cards require special handling and extra postage - I hope you think this design deserves that!

It's great being able to combine favorites from earlier releases with our Christmas 2023 Collection.   Layered Polar Bear and the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set are perfect partners.  The Vintage Tray cuts perfectly proportioned blocks - eliminating guessing, thinking and measuring.  That's a good thing!  

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!







Mon 23

Sweets Packages for My Sweeties
by Anne Thompson

Here are simple little packets to hold sweets for your sweeties.

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  • I actually made quite a few of these over the weekend using up more of the Jolly Christmas 6X6 papers.

This is the way I assembled them.

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  • Trim your paper to 3" X 4 1/2".  You'll need two of these.
  • Score both pieces at 4".
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  • Add a piece of double-sided tape (I used Scor-Tape) on the back side of one of the folds.
  • Add the other scored piece on top, matching the inside and outside plaids.  This forms the base of the packet so it will stand up.
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  • Add a strip of a coordinating paper to the center front.
  • Punch a hole on either side of that strip near the top of the packet.  You will add baker's twine (or another kind of ribbon, twine, etc.) to close the packet once you've added the sweets.

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  • I used large Glue Dots to secure the chocolate squares inside the packet, attaching one to each inside strip.  

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  • I decorated this packet simply, adding small white pearls to the flower centers and larger red Fairy Dewdrops over the berries printed on the paper, and tied the packet closed with baker's twine.

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  • For this packet I die cut three of the SCALLOP PINPOINT LOVING HEART CUT OUT 94364  from white card stock.  I used the heart centers by gluing the largest one to the front center strip and then adding the others with foam dimensional dots between each one.
  • I used baker's twine to tie the packet closed.

For a quicker assembly, use 8 1/2" X 11" card stock.  I prepared these for my valentines class at the senior center.

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  • Cut your card stock strips 3" X 8 1/2".
  • Score at 3 7/8" and 4 5/8".
  • Add decorative papers and embellishments to the front, add your sweets to the inside, punch two holes at the top through all the layers, and tie the packets closed.

You might need to adjust the size of your strips (width, length) depending on what kind of sweets you want to tuck inside...peanut butter cups, needhams, small candy bars, bags of sweets.  

And for decorating them--any of the hearts and floral dies and the valentine words dies from Memory Box!  Mix it up even more and add vintage valentine images, paper clips, buttons, ribbons, etc. 

Happy Crafting!

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Tue 08

Wrap a Dreamy Bow Giftbox by Jean Okimoto

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Thu 26

Vintage Sled Christmas Gift Tags
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a few Christmas gift tags I created using the new Vintage Sled Die. Grab an assorted mix of colored cardstock and let's get busy! I die cut the sled 9 times using red, pink, green, aqua, teal, light gray, dark gray, kraft, and black cardstock.


I assembled the slatted pieces with foam tape. I used a small fussy scissor to trim long thin strips of foam tape. I applied them to the base of the die cut sled, than lay the slatted pieces on top. You can also use liquid glue if you do not want a raised look.


After the sleds are assembled, set aside. Let's die cut all the trimmings!


I used the tree tops from the new Collage Dies, Pine Tree Collage, Wooded Glenn Collage, and Little Orchard Collage Dies. I also used Bauble Snowflakes Dies but unfortunately they are no longer available. However, Jolly Snowflake Trio Dies are  a perfect swap! I used the same cardstock colors plus I added white to die cut all the trimmings. 


Now have fun layering the leaves in different colors, shapes and patterns! Layer each cluster with a snowflake and a gem.  The pink sled and red sled are my favorite!

I also added some shimmer to the sled, cluster of leaves and snowflake.

All the sentiments are from the stamp set Christmas Tiles. I used bakers twine in different shades to tie the tags to some candy canes. The tags can also make cute ornaments!

Hope you enjoyed this post and make some vintage sled gift tags!!!! Have a great weekend!

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Thu 17

3-D Embossed Chrysanthemum Field Slimline Card by Jean Okimoto


Creating a colorful card is easy with our 3-D Embossing Folders - here's the Chrysanthemum Field on a simple fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add color and texture to any project.  It's also a nice way to use that stash of watercolored paper - like I did for today's card. Brighter colors are great for this process.

Trim watercolored cardstock (or watercolor paper) to fit into the Chrysanthemum Field folder.  Spray it with a light mist of water to soften the paper a bit, then pressure-emboss it using the plates recommended by the manufacturer.  Trim it with the 3-¾" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Place it on a smooth, hard surface and scruff it with sandpaper or a sanding block to remove the color of the raised patterns.  Use short, upward strokes.  Remove the residue with a tissue.

Cut the delicate white frame with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with coral ink.  I used Impress' Melon Fresh Ink.

Cut a ¾" strip of the pink glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack.

Attach everything to a white slimline card - I trimmed mine to 3-⅝" x 8-¾".

Cut gold metallic accent dots from the new 6x6 Polished Foil Pad.  The Poppystamps Big Dot Border die is perfect for this!


Add color to your projects with simple techniques like these.  Use your stash of watercolored papers - or create a bunch of them while hunkering-down at home.  Pressure-emboss them with a 3-D folder and make the design the central point of your card.  

Thanks for visiting!





Tue 13

You Are Special
by Sharon Harnist

Could you use a little pampering today, to get ready for Valentine's Day?  I'm here to help!  Hello, Memory Box fans -- I'm Sharon Harnist.  I'm new here to the blog and design team and I couldn't be more thrilled!  I've loved and used Memory Box products for MANY years and I am very grateful and excited to begin this journey!


I recently hosted my neighborhood ladies Bunco game night and wanted these wonderful women to feel special and pampered, so I came up with these relaxing bath salts gifts for them!  An internet search for homemade bath salts will yield dozens of recipes for you to try ... I settled on Lavender and Rose Petal.  The easiest part of this project was putting together these sweet tags, to tell the recipients how special they are!  I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set:


To stamp the medium wirework heart on the 3-1/2" x 1-7/8" tags, I used Tsukineko Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink.  For the Rose Petal salts, I used Tsukineko Memento Rose Bud ink to stamp the small heart and sentiment.  For the Lavender bath salts, I used Ranger Distress Oxide Wilted Violet ink for the small heart and sentiment.  Then I just tied the tags around the jars with colored twine:


To finish the gifts, I simply made a label to cover the tops of these repurposed frappuccino bottles!


There are TONS of other things you could package as gifts into jars, then just use this versatile stamp set to dress them up and make the recipient feel that much more special!  Thanks so much for joining me today and Happy Valentine's Day!






Sat 23

2017 Holiday Look Book


Looking for a bit of just-in-time inspiration?  Here's our 2017 Holiday Look Book of designs for ornaments, gifts, sewing and cards.  Enjoy!



Sat 09

Jolly Old Santa
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend! Today I have a fun way to brighten up your gift bags this holiday season using on of the new deep cut dies. Let's get started!


I used the super cute Jolly Old Santa die and used some fun papers to put him together. To give him a little bit of a vintage look I ran some brown chalk ink around all of the die cut pieces. Then I glued all of the pieces and put them on a brown gift bag. With the deep edge dies you could cut out a bunch at one time and then decorate all of your gift bags for the holiday season. Just be sure to use a metal shim if you are cutting more than one layer of paper.


The die made this gift bag so quick and easy and you know that no one else will have the same bag under the tree this year!

Have a wonderful and crafty weekend!





Tue 07

Snowy Pine, Slider Grooves, Snowdrift Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Snowy Pine, Snowdrift Breeze snowflakes, Rectangle Basics and Slider Grooves team up to create a shimmery Christmas design that's also a giftcard holder.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another card designed to get the most use from your Memory Box dies.  


Giftcards are always appreciated - but slipping them into a card just doesn't seem special enough.  Slider Grooves will diecut a cool, curvey custom tuck-in slot for the perfect presentation.  Now isn't that better?

Cut pearlescent graphite cardstock to 6-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 4-5/8"  and 9-1/4" to create an inside pocket.  Diecut a Slider Groove slot near the left edge of the narrow bottom panel.  Fold it up and attach the sides to the card.  Attach a gluedot on a blank area on the back of  the giftcard to secure it.  

Cut Snowy Pine from silver glitter cardstock.  

Cut pear cardstock with the 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut a strip of red cardstock.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper and remove the snowflakes.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pear cardstock with Candied Apple Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-1/4"Rectangle Basics die.

Assemble the card and add red gem stickers.


Everyone loves a giftcard  from their favorite store - receiving it in your special card makes it even better.  Of course you can use Slider Grooves to make slider cards too!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS  class at Impress! Hope you liked the simplicity of the designs and the beautiful silkscreened papers cut with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for filling our shopping baskets with the latest/greatest supplies.  I've added a second class to the schedule - it's on Sunday November 19th if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  

If  Veterans Day is a holiday for you (or even if it isn't!) - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress.  We're making 7 deceptively-simple cards that don't look quick and easy - but they will be!  No origami, I promise.  

Thanks for stopping by...why not spend a few minutes making some giftcards for the holidays?  They'll  be ready when you need them in December.