34 posts categorized "Gifts"


Mon 21

Kitchen Essentials Gift Tags
by Anne

It's almost time for Cookie Swap Season, so I've been going through cookbooks and holiday magazines reading cookie recipes.  I'm not much of a cookie baker, though--but I do know how to freeze those I buy during a Cookie Walk at the local church fair!  Because the packaging is important to me when giving food gifts, I made some tags featuring the KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527.  

Materials Used:


  • KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527 cut from silver mirror cardstock
  • STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES die set no. 30047, a center one cut from Cranberry Snow Memory Box patterned paper and a larger one from a heavy white cardstock
  • miniature bows (in a package of 6 from JoAnn's)
  • Black dots on white grosgrain ribbon
  • hole punch; double-sided tape/tape runner; glue dots

A Stack of Four Tags:


These are going to look soooo cute tied onto bags of cookies!  


I  know I will make another dozen or more of these tags to tie onto other food gifts from my kitchen (strawberry jam) and small loaves of breads.  Having the tags ready will help motivate me to get to work in the kitchen this December!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 20

Golden Gift
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with my newest love in paper...Gold Mirror cardstock.


Found it at my local craft store and it die cuts beautifully! But I just had to take this particular Oh So Merry Frame die to the next level....

as a gift card holder.

Here we go:



Die cut the Oh So Merry Frame from mirrored cardstock. Very important to keep the pieces below the word Merry.

Flip die over and tape those three pieces back in place.




For the background panel I used Lindy's Magicals Steel Shimmer on watercolor paper. After that was dry, I added some Gansai Tambi Gold paint and let dry.



Adhere Gold Oh So Merry Frame to watercolor panel.

NOTE:  Only glue around the frame area and just along the bottom of the "merry" section, not the actual letters themselves.

This will leave you with an area to slide a gift card.  :)

Card and gift all in one...I like it!


Happy holiday crafting,




Wed 17

A Christmas Tag Set
by Lindsay


 I am so glad you stopped by today! I have a fun tag set for you, using one of the newly released stamp sets, and it's coordinating die. These are very easy to make, and are a lovely addition to any gift that you give!


I started by stamping all of my images onto Bristol Smooth White paper, and coloring them using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then die cut them out, and added a bit of ink blending, and stenciling to the globes. 


To create this particular tag, I colored in the pine trees with Copic Markers, and set them aside. I then used some light blue ink, and blended upward to make it look like a bit of blue sky. I added some snowflakes using the Scattered Flakes stencil, and added the snow mound that was die cut from the set. I layered all of my elements into the tag with foam, and added some details with a white gel pen, along with ribbon, and twine. 


I used the same techniques for this, except I colored the images with watercolor markers. After they were dry, I adhered them to my inked, and stenciled tag.


Again, the same inking done, I colored my Santa with the Zig markers, and adhered him with a bit of foam tape.


There you have all four! I hope you've enjoyed, and were inspired to create your own tags! These can be used directly on a gift, or put them on a card! Your recipient will love it! 

Thank you again for stopping by! Have a crafty day!



Mon 07

by Anne


Here are some quick and easy tags made using the PLUSH SPRING BUNNY die no. 99322.   I cut all of the parts in the die set (body, two ears, tail) from white cardstock, attaching the ears with glue dots and the tail with a pop-dot.   I used a pink Prismacolor pencil to add a bit of color inside one ear and on the bunny's cheek.  A matte black stick-on dot was used as an eye. I made a collar for the bunny with some glittery orange ribbon and a fancy stick-on bow.  That's it!  I found cute carrot-shaped cellophane bags (at A.C.Moore), filled them with a dozen individually wrapped chocolate eggs, and tied them closed with an orange and white-dotted ribbon.  I then attached a bunny to each one using glue dots.

 Soooo cute and no-sew easy!!! 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Wed 03

Wrap it Up with Geo Fragments

Got gifts?  Here's another way to use the new Geo Fragments Dies - create little giftboxes wrapped in bright geo-wrap!  Jean Okimoto here with a colorful card for you this evening.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Open Studio Geo Fragments Die Set 30054
  • Open Studio Truly Gifted Die Set 30039
  • Open Studio Share the Happiness Die Set 30007
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Open Studio Stitched Square Layers Die Set 30038
  • NEW Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamps Set CL5153
  • Pool Notecard and Envelope
  • Key Lime, Violet, Wisteria, Pool, Peony and Robins Egg Notecards for diecutting

Brilliance Victorian Violet Inkpad

Cut Geo Fragments from Robins Egg, Violet and Pool.  Attach the strips to Peony, Key Lime and Wisteria.  Cut 'giftboxes' with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layers and Stitched Square Layers dies. 

Cut the bows and assemble them - mix and match the streamers and knots for a variety of looks.  Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape behind scraps of Peony, Key Lime and Wisteria.  Cut strips to create the vertical ribbons.  Wrap them around the boxes and attach the ends behind the boxes.  

Stamp "birthday" on white cardstock with Victorian Violet and dry the ink.  Cut around it with the Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Cut the "HAPPY" - save the little pieces in the "P's."  Save the little piece in the "A" - or just cut a little triangle from white cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a Pool Notecard.  Attach tiny chartreuse sequins.  Coordinate the card with a matching Pool Envelope.


Thanks for stopping by - have fun with the great new Geo Fragments Dies.  There are so many ways to use them - borders, backgrounds, stencils, or overlays.   You can even diecut your own confetti from brightly-colored cardstock!  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the INKOLLAGE...THINK INK! class at Impress on Saturday.  We'll be using Geo Fragments - and a lot more - to create a bunch of cool, colorsplashed cards.






Fri 26

Valentine Duo

Hello Everyone!

I know Christmas was just yesterday, but it is not too soon to be planning for Valentine's Day! Here is a card and gift box set class that will be offered at our store The Stamp Addict here in San Diego, CA. on January 13th...you get to learn and make both for $5 so if you happen to be in the area give us a call to reserve a seat!



Both use the Floral Heart Die and the Card also uses the Precious Hearts Die. Bling them both us and add a few accent flowers for dimension and voila! A wonderful set ready for your special sweetie!

I hope to see you in class!



Wed 17

Tags, Techniques and Watercolors



It's time to wrap it up!  I love wrapping gifts - and watercolored tags add an artsy, personal touch to any gift.  Jean Okimoto here - let's get started...


Memory Box Products

  • Merry Christmas Stamp B2019
  • Jolly Combo Stamp B2014 (there's a little holly stamp attached to the side)
  • Cheers Script Die 98900
  • Snowflake Heart Die 99031
  • Party Glasses Die 98530
  • A Batch of Gingerbread Die 98652
  • Pool Notecards
  • Key Lime Notecards

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor Inkpad
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • Memento Luxe Love Letter Pigment Inkpad
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Clear Embossing Powder

Press the Caribbean Sea inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Use a slightly damp wide, flat paintbrush to apply overlapping bands of ink to a strip of watercolor paper - rinse the brush between colors.  Air-dry the inks for about 5 minutes, then heat-set them.  

Stamp Merry Christmas with VersaMark, emboss it with gold powder.  Stamp Jolly Combo with Love Letter, emboss it with clear powder.   

Cut Cheers Script from white cardstock.  Cut A Batch of Gingerbread and Snowflake Heart from gold mirror cardstock.  Cut Snowflake Heart again from red mirror cardstock.  Cut Party Drinks from silver mirror cardstock.

Cut the notecards in half - they're the perfect size for gift tags.  Assemble the tags and add gold cord ties.


Merry, Merry!

Thanks for visiting..



Wed 09

Butterfly Favor Boxes...and an Easter Card

Jean Okimoto-Butterfly Favor Box-Memory Box

Looking for a quick, pretty - and impressive -  party favor for a special brunch or celebration?  Make Butterfly Favor Boxes and fill them with sweet treats, then make a quick Easter Card.  Jean Okimoto here - with two Spring projects today.

Memory Box Products

  • Butterfly Favor Box 98771
  • NEW Swirl Butterfly 98894
  • Vivienne Butterfly 98625
  • Dots Signature Prints - Thistle, Key Lime, Snapdragon, Squash, Bubblegum
  • Cardstock - Juniper, Granny Smith, Violet, Mango, Raspberry
  • Metal Adapter Plate

Jean Okimoto-Butterfly Favor Boxes-Memory Box

Cut Butterfly Favor Boxes from Memory Box Dots Signature Prints.  


Snip through each wing on the scorelines - halfway down from the top on one wing, and halfway up from the bottom on the other wing.  Fold the box on the remaining scorelines.  Begin assembling the box by attaching the side tab.  Fold the bottom flaps towards the center and attach them with tape.  


Fill the boxes.  Here's a quick tip - after attaching tape between the "cover flaps," clamp them with tweezers to secure the tape.  Next, partially (and carefully!) cross the two snipped wing centers and slot one into the other to close the box.  

Use the Metal Adapter Plate and the other plates required for thin metal dies to cutter the delicate butterfly overlays. Cut the Swirl Butterfly and antennae from Violet, Juniper and Raspberry Cardstock.  Cut the Vivienne Butterfly and antennae from Granny Smith and Mango Cardstock.

Attach the butterfly overlays and antennae to the boxes with 1/8" wide Scor-Tape - use a pin to push any excess tape behind the diecuts. 

And - double-dipping now, here's an Easter card for you...

Jean Okimoto-Memory Box-Fresh Foliage-Perched Reed Bird-Mesh Designer Stencil

Memory Box Products

  • Mesh Designer Stencil 88517
  • Fresh Foliage 98502
  • Perched Reed Bird 98160
  • Jack O Lantern and Granny Smith Cardstock
  • Signature Prints - Violet, Squash and Pool Distressed Dots
  • Signature Prints - Bubblegum and Mango Dots
  • Aloe Notecard and Envelope

Imagine Crafts Inkpads

  • Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme
  • Memento Tangelo

Other Supplies

  • Yellow Felt attached to adhesive label paper
  • Egg Punch
  • Screwpunch (chick's eye, backed with black cardstock)

Attach two of the punched eggs to the card then stencil Mesh over them for a bit of dimension.

Diecut Perched Reed Bird twice - from yellow felt and again from Jack O Lantern Cardstock.  Snip off both tails and a tiny bit of the felt feet.  Layer the felt bird (now a chick!) over the cardstock diecut, then snip off a tiny bit of the cardstock feet.

Big thanks to everyone from the Stencil It - Beyond the Basics class at Impress. Hope you enjoyed learning different ways to use your Memory Box designs.  

Memory Box Dies and Designer Stencils make it quick and easy to create Easter and Spring projects. Please visit our Ideas Gallery for additional details and more Spring designs.

Have a great evening!





Sat 15

Butterfly Boxes!

Spring is here in San Diego and one of our instructors Therese P. at The Stamp Addict is teaching three great classes on making these wonderful Butterfly Boxes! The classes are happening this coming Wed. March 19th from 10:30-11:30AM, 2-3PM and 6:30-7:30 PM. So give us a call if you want to reserve a spot in one of the classes!

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She is using Memory Box and Poppy Stamps dies and I love what she came up with...wouldn't you love to get an Easter or Mother's Day or a 'just because' surprise in one of these boxes?! I know I would!


Mon 10

Sweets for the Sweet

I wanted to package up some sweets to give to friends and family members this Valentines Day.  So I bagged up some Hershey's kisses and made some sweet tags.













  • white cardstock
  • NEW Memory Box Stencil Texture Honey Comb No. 88521
  • Delicata Gold Ink, fingertip sponge dabber
  • Clear Embossing Powder, heat tool
  • Memory Box Die Distressed Tag 98244
  • Memory Box Die Cupid Heart 98281
  • NEW Memory Box Die Sweet Heart 98794
  • Memory Box Die Honey Bee Skep 98491
  • Memory Box Stamp Happy Bee Day/bumblebee on the side B1764
  • Memory Box Stamp Fun Firefly B1880 (could use the firefly on the side if you don't have the Happy Bee Day bumblebee)
  • Memory Box Stamp Sweet Cupcake/"You are so SWEET" B1374 (discontinued--substitute another sentiment such as Thank you B1751, wishing you a happy day B1853, or love B1423)
  • Hero Arts Black Ink
  • Wild Honey Distress Ink, ink blending tool
  • Uniball Signo pens in metallic gold and metallic silver
  • Tombow marker Black

After I stamped and embossed numerous sections of the Texture Honey Comb stencil on white cardstock, I die cut two tags for each bag of sweets--one using the Distressed Tag Die and another using either the Cupid Heart Die or the NEW Sweet Heart Die.  I cut the Honey Bee Skeps from a light brown cardstock and adhered them to the large tags.

 I inked the edges of each tag and the Honey Bee Skep with an ink blending tool using Wild Honey Distress Ink.  I then stamped the bees and colored them in with the pens--gold on the bodies, silver on the wings, and black for the head.  I added the stamped flight path using the Fun Firefly stamp.  I stamped the sentiment on each of the heart tags.

I punched a hole in the corner of each heart tag.  I tied the gold ribbon around the bag, knotted it once, added the two tags, and tied a bow.


 When giving gifts this Valentines Day, create your own unique tags for each one!!!
Happy Crafting!