30 posts categorized "Gifts"


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!

ButterflyBox2 ButterflyBox1

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!




Tue 07

Acetate Butterfly Favor Box with Matching Card


Remember to Scroll down to see Pam's post of today's morning...



Hello My dear Stamper Friends: Here Bibiana...

We continue with the new, "Gorgeous" official 2014 release of all Memory Box products...!!!

Today, I am sharing with you a party
"Butterfly Favor Box" with its matching Card in Acetate...
This project can be perfect  for a valentine's souvenir, a birthday gift or any kind of party!!!


Acetate favor both die


It is always a challenge to take a photo of acetate cards...I hope you can see that I stamped the card with white stazon the "drift flowers" stamp, added some glitter and decorated the card to match the box...

This amazing butterfly border is called "Kensington border"  and it is a new die from the new collection...

Acetate favor card front


The box top was decorated with the beautiful "Vivienne" butterfly die from a past collection...added some more glitter and finished the box with the "Kensington border" die on the bottom,from the new collection...

To have the chance to win this gorgeous "Butterfly Favor Box" die that you see on the back...leave me a comment at the end of this post ...and at the end of the blog blitz (jan 12th) the winners will be announced!

Acetate favor box


A last view of today's project...


Acetate favor both last


Remember to visit me at the language blogs too!

The French one: "Un Brin De Créativité"


The Spanish one: "A Crear se Dijo!"

I will have as well projects featuring the new dies, stencils and prizes too!!!!

Good Luck!

 see you tomorrow for another project at the language blogs

and keep on checking here all the wonderful projects that the DT has come up with! 



Fri 11


  Here come the holidays and you may be called on to bring the wine or sparkling cider to the dinner party, gift exchange or tree trimming party.

  Whatever the occasion, dress up the bottle to suit the festivities by creating a decked out "bottle bib".  Every hostess would love to see you at her door with this thoughtful gift.  


This is a full size wine bottle and the bib measurement is 3.5" x 11".  I scored one end at 3.5" to create the collar area and die cut the Large Circle Burst to give a stylish bottle neck opening.  I think this is my favorite part--the bottle peeks though the radiating holes giving a hint to the contents.

The Grand Merry Christmas die was cut and layered onto Memory Box's Beary Good paper and the elf hat was added as a jaunty flourish.  It adds a touch of whimsy like elves themselves.

To match the Beary Good paper, I added the Holiday Spirit Bear and dressed him up with some Mini Holly on his neck scarf--too cute! 

I'm not sure if you can see it very well but there is a dangling Precious Snowflake on the bow bejeweled with gemstones--gotta have sparkle for the holidays! 

I'm going to make a few of these to have at-the-ready for holiday occasions...better make some for Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Year's too....lots to make, gotta go!

Happy Friday~



Sat 27

Night Before Christmas

Hi - Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!  Jean Okimoto here, with a simple card featuring more great products from the 2013 Holiday Collection.  


The delicate Elyse Christmas Tree 98667 is layered over the Winterland Tree Background 98733.  Presents of Joy D1951 is stamped on the background and onto Cranberry Distressed Dots, Key Lime Gingham and Cranberry Dots.  The patterned gifts are simply cut and attached to the background - quick and easy!

Diecut and emboss A Batch of Gingerbread 98652 in one quick step - and attach them for shiny accents. You'll love their detailed little faces, buttons and bowties.

Big thanks to everyone who took the DIE DESIGNS - AND MORE class at Impress last Wednesday.  It's great meeting new Memory Box fans.  I appreciate it when someone drives 3-1/2 hours from the Oregon Coast for a class - or takes time from a family trip from Puerto Rico to make cards with us.  I love designing for Memory Box and sharing ideas with people everywhere.

Please call Impress - 206 901.9101 - if you can join us!






Wed 09

Phlox Photo Frame

It's the Fabulous Phlox Photo frame!  Say that 3 times fast.

Welcome to the Memory Box Blog Blitz, where all the designers gang up this week to show off the new stamps and dies.  My choice?  The Fabulous Phlox die~


This flower is one I was not too familiar with so I did a little internet research and found this lovely:


Dozens of color varieties turned up in my search and my favorite was the purple and white with a dark center. 

To start, die cut several flowers and use a paint brush to apply the pigment ink onto the individual flower centers, let dry then curve the petals to form the flower.

For the stamen, working on top of my mouse pad, I firmly pressed my pen into the center. Then add a drop of glue into the flower center and carefully push the stamen down into the glue.  Hold in place until set.


A tiny bit of Fabric-Tac glue (or a hot glue gun would work) easily holds the flower in place while building the cluster. Start in the corner with the larger flowers and taper the sizes out to the ends. Add a small bloom to the inside corner for fullness.  Phlox grow in clusters.  Add the greenery as you go--it's easier than tucking it in at the end.


There you go--all finished. Add your favorite photo and enjoy!

I think this would make a nice gift and you could make a complementary card to give with the frame.  

Hope you're enjoying the new dies and stamps...would you like to win one?  Leave a comment on any of our posts this week and you may become the lucky owner of a new Memory Box die!

Come back to check out the next post tomorrow morning with Linda!