30 posts categorized "Holiday"


Wed 18

A Vintage Holiday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Christmas is just a week away!  Are you ready yet?  Sadly, I’m still working on my holiday cards. 🙈  And on that note, I have a mixed media vintage holiday card to share today.

I started by adhering Twas the Night wide Washi tape to thick white cardstock, then die cutting it down to A2 size using Rectangle Basics largest die.  I wanted to watercolor on it, but Washi tape is non-porous so watercolors would just slide off.  To resolve this, white gesso was applied to the Washi tape with a flat brush.  Gesso is a primer that gives surfaces a slight texture, allowing them to accept paints, watercolors, etc.  


Once the gesso panel dried, it was watercolored with a few brown reinkers.  Kept it darker around the edges and lightest in the center.  Allowed that to dry completely before stamping the pine branch from Winter Greenery with Archival black ink.  Treated the panel with an anti-static bag, then stamped the same pine branch with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.


Added white splatters using white gouache paint.  Finished with a custom sentiment, die cut from black foil paper using Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet die.  The apostrophe is the center of the letter “A”. 


This wraps up my first year as a designer here. 😉   I want to thank everyone again for all the support and encouragement.  Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas... see you next year!





Thu 12

Watercolored Joy and a Mistletoe Swag by Jean Okimoto

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Layer Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape over the Mistletoe Swag for a new look combining two special holiday designs.  The bold Joy Airy Script - watercolored to match the berries - and clear gem stickers add the final touch.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card of a very quick and busy year.  Mistletoe isn't usually bright green with pink berries...but it is today.

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Stamp the large swag from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set on watercolor paper with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Paint it with diluted inks from the Fruitcake Kaleidacolor inkpad. Yes, fruitcake!  Dry the inks, then cover it with a layer of Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the large Stylish Frame.  Diecutting the tape-covered paper or cardstock leaves a smooth,beveled edge - it's a nice finishing touch on your cards.

Attach the frame to a 5-½" square white card. add the stamped circle - layer it over one of the delicate sections on the right side.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the pink used for the berries.  Dry the ink, the cut it with Joy Airy Script.  Leave the dot over the "j" in the die until you need it.   Attach the greeting to the card.  Tiny dots or slivers of ScorTape or Couture Creations doublestick tape will attach it to the washi tape.

Add clear gem stickers.

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Layering Twas the Night wide washi works with all of the Holiday 2019 clear stamps.  I wish I had used this technique sooner!  It's a great technique for tags too - the tape reinforces the hole punched for the cord or ribbon.  

If you're in Seattle - join us for the Whittle, Scribble and Stack class at Impress on December 14th.  We're making 6 everyday cards  - two each with the Poppystamps Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and stacking dies from Birch Press Designs.  We'll use several items from the Memory Box and Poppy 2020 Valentine Collection.  You'll love the new designs - and the wide range of heart-styles.  There's a heart for everyone!

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







Wed 11

Northern Lights Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Inspired by this month’s challenge, I have another holiday card to share today.  One of my favorite Winter scenes to create is the Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis.  It’s simple to do, and yet it gives the most “wow” factor.   There are many different mediums that could be used, but my preference is ink blending.  But before I got inky, I did some partial die cutting with the Pine Tree Hill die to create the row of trees from black cardstock.


Laura did a post on partial die cutting and essentially, anything under the cutting plate will cut.  


Used scissors to connect those partial die cut trees and create the front row of trees.


Partial die cut the double trees twice to create the back row of trees.


Forgot to take a picture, but these lined up to create the row of trees as seen on the finished card.  Now onto the Northern Lights... but be forewarned, it’s going to look like a hot mess before things come together in the end. 😂


Started by adding streaks of Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon and Wilted Violet distress inks (di) to a piece of Bristol paper using the edge of a mini blending tool.


Next applied Chipped Sapphire di in between the colors and Black Soot di around the edges... and that pretty much completes the background.  I know it still doesn’t look that great, but persevere till the end and it will turn out. 😉  For sone sparkle, spritz it with a DIY shimmer spray (couldn’t capture it in the photo).


Adhered the trees to the bottom, then splattered with white gouache paint.  Die cut the Peace Airy Script sentiment three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension to finish.


Hope you will give this a try.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a great day.






Sat 07

Wintergreen Leaves on the Petite Leaf Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm holiday wishes with a watercolored Petite Leaf Frame card - or make it a birthday card for someone celebrating in December.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that's great for any occasion.  Different colors would have made it a fall card just a few weeks ago. 


Diecut the large Petite Leaf Frame from white cardstock and set it aside.  Save the center square too.

Pressure-emboss it on watercolor paper.  This will be a guide for watercoloring the leaves in a random mix of green.  Carefully remove the frame with the leaves intact.   Paint the leaves - I used the different shades from the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Set it aside to dry.  

Attach the white diecut frame to a 5-½" square white card.  Patiently attach the painted leaves.  It took a bit of time, but it was a welcome distraction after spending several hours at the Emergency Vet with Taffy last night.

Stamp the greeting - from the Winter Greenery Clear Stamps and Die Set - on the center square with Golden Glitz Delicata.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  I don't usually clear-emboss metallic inks, but this gave it a very cool shimmer.

Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the green inks.  Cut 3 little leaves and 1 large leaf.  

Cut the seed pod from gold glittered cardstock.

Assemble the card.  


Square cards require extra postage - but I think this one's special enough to deserve it.  Hope you like it!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday.  Have a great weekend!







Thu 05

Holly Circle Collage and Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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The modern Holly Circle Collage - layered over Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape - creates a quick holiday card today.  It's a combination of old and new -  text from the 1800 Christmas story with the cool, minimal holly collage.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here  - this is what we're using today -

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Cut red cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  The Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics sets are temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available at your favorite retail store.

Cut the rectangle with the Holly Circle Collage.  Cut the collage again from green cardstock and save the leaves.  


Here's a tip I shared earlier - it's an easy way to select background colors for wide washi tape. Attach a big swatch of tape to a clear background - acetate, a tranparency, or a Memory Box poly bag.  Place your swatch over different backgrounds to see how the tape will look.  It's quick, easy and saves time and tape.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to Kraft cardstock.  Cut it with the 3" circle die.  Attach it behind the collage.  Attach the leaves.  ScorTape and Couture Creations doublestick tapes are great for attaching layers to the wide washis.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings clear stamps set  - on green cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Claire.  Cut it with the coordinating die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card.  Add red gem stickers and ½" green circles.


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Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's classes at Impress. It was great meeting our new students and I appreciate that so many 'regulars' took both classes!  Thanks for the holiday-wrapped Ghiradellis Jan, for the chocolate chip cookies Jacky, for the popcorn and cookies Jenny, and for the big M&M's Debbie!  Did we have enough to eat?  Thanks too Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their baskets again.

No classes this weekend - I'll be prepping for the December 14 WHITTLE, SCRIBBLE & STACK class. We'll be using the Poppystamps' Whittles, Memory Box Scribbles and the stacking dies from Birch Press Design.  Hoping to use some of the new designs from our Valentine 2020 Collection!

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, be safe.  See you again on Saturday.






Wed 04

Masculine Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  Inspired by this month’s Holiday Cards challenge and needing more masculine cards, I have a masculine Christmas card to share today.

Started by trimming three 1-1/4” wide strips of pattern paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots paper pack.  Lined up the Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters on painter’s tape as shown in this post HERE, then die cut “merry” from each strip, staggering them from top left to bottom right. Adhered the negative die-cut strips to a black A2 sized panel.


The camouflage/hidden sentiment technique was used here, so I made sure not to lose any of the die cut pieces.  In this particular case, the centers of the R’s.  Placed the R die-cut into the appropriate spots and used as a guide to position and adhere the inner pieces to the black panel.  Each letter was then die cut four times from black cardstock and stacked with the pattern letter for dimension.  Inlaid the stacked letters to complété the hidden sentiments.  Finished off with a trio of sparkling snowflakes and a Christmas script sentiment all die cut from Bristol paper.  


The camouflage sentiment technique is one of my favourite die cutting techniques.  And before I go, I want to respond to a question left by Kathie on my last post.  She asked if I have a YouTube channel.  The answer is yes, but I’m not set up to make process videos {yet}, so I’m afraid my channel would be of no use at this time. 😂  Thank you to everyone who leaves encouraging comments.  I really appreciate it.  Thank you for joining me today.   Have a great day.  






Mon 02

Glad Tidings
by Michelle Bala

Hello there! Michelle here, stopping by to share a Christmas card I created using Tidings Wreath

clear stamp set.  I stamped the wreath onto Copic Marker friendly cardstock.  

Here is a list of the colors I chose, for the greenery: YG61, G24, YG67;  the berries: R24, R29, R59;

white/ gray: W00, W1, W2, W3, W6;  blue/ gray: BG70, BG72, BG75;

the background: V20, V22, and colorless blender.

For large images, I color a small section at a time. I don't like to color all the same- colored images at once.

I tend to get bored and make mistakes. Coloring a small section allows me to see where I want to lay my shadows.

After the image is complete, trim your panel. This card measures 4 1/4 by 5 1/2.

I adhered the panel to a card base, than splattered some white and gold paint. After the paint splatter dries

I added some clear Stickles glitter glue. I embossed two sentiments from the same stamp set with gold embossing powder.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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Mon 02

Tidings Wreath Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I've been wanting to use the Tidings Wreath stamp set CL5244 and have been waiting for inspiration to strike.  To kickstart the inspiration I decided to use more of the Memory Box patterned papers, VersaMark ink, and silver embossing powder to create a bunch of images to choose from for a holiday card.  I settled on making two cards from one wreath stamped and embossed on green striped paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots papers PP1002.  Here's the one where I used the Joy Airy Script die 94325.


Here is the process I went through.


The Tidings Wreath is a very large stamp which I placed on a large acrylic block.  I inked it up with the clear VersaMark ink and stamped on a bunch of papers from the Dashing Holidays papers PP1001 and cards of various blue tones, added the silver embossing powder, and heat set the images.


As much as I loved the silver shimmer on those, I really liked the way the wreath looked on both green striped paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots  6X6 pad and the blue distressed dots paper.  I decided to fussy cut them around the outside edges and also took out the centers.


I found some green notecards that I thought went well with the green striped wreath and began to assemble the first card.  I used a tape runner to adhere half of the wreath to the left front of the notecard and snipped off the other overhanging part.  I took that smaller piece and placed it against the fold on the second card. 
I added dimensional white pearls to both wreaths in the berries circles.  For the card on the left above I stamped the word "peace" from the TidingsWreath stamp set using VersaMark ink and embossed it with the silver powder.


For the second card I cut the Joy Airy Script from sticky-backed glitter paper.  I oriented the card with the fold at the top and added "joy" to the bottom right.


In the next photo you can see how the two parts of the wreath fit back together on the two separate cards.


One stamped wreath=two holiday cards!  

I think I'll make two Hanukkah cards from the blue wreath next on coordinating blue notecards.  Fun!

How are you coming with your holiday cards? I still need to make so many more.  Here in the northeast I should have a snow day this week and that will be a motivating factor in creating a bunch.  Consider posting your cards on our Holiday Cards Challenge this month.  We really love seeing what you can do with Memory Box products.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

p.s.  After I finished this post I decided to add some paint splatters to both cards because I thought they looked too green and they could use some snow.



Tidings Wreath CL5245

Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002

Joy Airy Script 94325


Fri 29

Peace on Earth
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a Christmas card using the amazing Ruffled Poinsettia Die!!! 

This card is fairly simple to create. Here is how I went about it...I die cut the poinsettia three times. 

I colored the petals, leaves, and flower centers with Copic Markers. I left the frame of the petals and leaves


The lighter poinsettia Copic colors: RV00, RV02, RV04.  The darker poinsettia Copic colors: RV63, RV66, RV69.

For the leaves: G40, G43, G46. For the flower centers: YR21, YR24. I splattered white paint on the leaves and petals and set aside to dry. 

I used a piece of black card stock for the background. Splattered some white and gold paint and set aside to dry.

I die cut Peace sentiment twice, once with silver glitter card stock the other with basic black card stock. I adhered them

together slightly off center to create a shadow. Emboss and trim the sentiment from the stamp set Tidings Wreath.


Assemble the card as you desire. This is the fun part! You can arrange the flowers and sentiments any way you choose!

I adhered the poinsettias first with foam tape. Than I trimmed the over hang. Than I adhered the die cut sentiment,

also with foam tape. The embossed sentiment I adhered with glue.

For a finishing touch, I added some Stickles clear glitter glue to the flower centers.

Hope you give this a try!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thu 28

Jovial Wreath, Vintage Varsity Alphabet and the Dashing 6x6 Sets by Jean Okimoto


Combine the delicate Jovial Wreath and the bold Vintage Varsity Alphabet on a Christmas card in contemporary colors.  It's an easy card - and great for mass production.  Hello -  and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  Jean Okimoto here with merry and bright greeting in contemporary holiday colors.


Cut a 3" circle of the pale gray and white dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 Set.  Cut Jovial Wreath from green cardstock.  Cut one of the Singing Birds from red glittered craft foam.

Attach red duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut "NOEL."  

Cut accent strips - the dark Dashing Holiday plaid (3-¾" x ¾"), Dashing Holiday gray text (2-¾" x ¾") and green cardstock (3-¼" x ¾").

Score, fold and cut a gray textured A2 card.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.



Need more holiday inspiration and supplies?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us at Impress for the annual Holiday Open House, and two Memory Box holiday classes - MERRY + QUICK and OUTSIDE THE BOX-HOLIDAY FAVORITES.   Don't forget  your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design wish list!  The first 25 people at the store opening will receive a special gift.  

There's a special Memory Box Art Pins Pop Up this weekend too!  Be the first to see these beautiful works of art - just in time for holiday gifting.  

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!