36 posts categorized "Home Decor"


Tue 14

Snow Kitty Couple
by Jenny Griffiths

Welcome Crafty Friends,

   Today you have a  chance to win a special prize and see another new Deep Edge die up close.  Deep Edge dies can be the workhorse you've been looking for.  Wouldn't you love to cut several layers of paper, fabric, felt, plastic or even thin metal and wood at one time?  These dies work best with a metal shim when cutting multiple layers but you can also cut a single layer without the shim.  

The fabrics I used on these ornaments include a thin muslin, a quilted cotton, an upholstery weave, a shimmery linen, a grossgrain ribbon and a thick faux suede/leather...I tried to select a wide variety of fabrics to show the possibilies.  I've shown a photo of the fabrics at the end of this post.  I bought only 1/8 of a yard of each so there is plenty left to make more ornaments and cutting multiple layers at a time will really speed things up.  

On the thinner fabrics I used an iron-on fusible interfacing to stiffen the fabric a bit.  

Now check out this cute couple of snow kitties...

IMG_0119 copy

On this girl kitty I used the quilted cotton for her head and body while the ears and tail were die cut from dotted ribbon.  You'll see a special accent on her reverse side too.  Photos below.  By the way, the whiskers on both kitties are cuttings from my household broom (shhhh, don't tell). 


And, here's the boy kitty with his handsome faux suede/leather outfit.  His ears and tail were backed with the fusible cotton interfacing to add stability to the fabric, otherwise they would droop.  The beautiful sparkly metallic hanger is from the new collection of woven Italian ribbons offered by Birch Press--just WOW!

IMG_0097 copy

The fabrics I chose all had wonderful texture and worked so well with the new dies---for about $8 I bought all this fabric and have enough to make dozens of ornaments!

  IMG_0126 copy

 You may have noticed the hats and tails on these kitties are in mirror image positions.  I die cut them this way intentionally so they could hang on the tree close together as a couple.  Simply die cut both the tail and hat of one kitty on the reverse side of the patterned fabric.  This way one orients to the left and the other to the right.  You will need to remember this again when you make the solid backing for both kitties.

Front side...
IMG_0127 copy

 Reverse side... I simply cut the basic shape pieces a second time in a solid color and glued them to the reverse side.  And now you can see the little red heart on the girl's bum.  When these hang on a tree both sides look finished.  They would make a wonderful gift package topper too. 


Since the finished size of each snow kitty measures 5.5" x 4" they would fit into an A2 size envelope--just add extra postage.  

IMG_0119 copy

Want a chance to win your own deep edge die?  Leave a comment on this post as well as the other designer posts through Friday, November 17th.  Three people at random will be chosen from all the comments to win the deep edge die of their choice.  The more days you leave a comment, the more chances you have to win! (Limit one comment per person per day).  Good luck!

Thank you for stopping by today, hope you feel inspired to make your own ornaments with these new Snow Kitty Deep Edge dies!






Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto


A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!


The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.


Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!






Wed 28

Swirling Ghosts, Jolly Jack O Lanterns and the Halloween Sideshow
by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxJollyJackOLanterns-OpenStudioWideOpenSpaces-OpenStudioSkywriting-OpenStudioHalloweenSideshow-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsHey there...looking for a few more ways to use your favorite Halloween designs now that your cards are on their way?   Jean Okimoto here today, with a trio of treat packs and a quick diecut candle wrap for you.

Cut Spidery Web Collage from vellum and stamp a few of the Halloween Sideshow spiders with Brilliance Graphite Black.  Yes, Brilliance inks dry on vellum!  Color the spiders' bodies with a black Sharpie.  Set it aside to dry while you create your treat packages.

Cut 2.75" x 8.5" strips of Key Lime, Mango and Licorice Distressed Dots.  Score them at 4" and 4.5" - then stamp the Key Lime and Mango  strips with Skywriting and VersaFine Onyx Black.  Stamp the spiders too - then color the bodies with a Sharpie.  Round the corners.

Diecut Swirling Ghosts from white cardstock and attach black cardstock scraps behind them for the eyes.  Cut the Wide Open Spaces cityscape from black cardstock.  Cut Jolly Jack O Lanterns from bright orange cardstock.

Pack Hershey snack-siz candies in little polybags (about 2" x 2-⅝").  Place the polybag over the folded tags and punch a ¼" hole at the top.  Place the bag between the layers of the tag and tie everything together with 3" wide strips of tulle.

Trim the vellum to fit around a battery-operated candle, with a ½" overlap.  Overlap and tape the ends together in the back.

MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxJollyJackOLanterns-OpenStudioSkywriting-OpenStudioWideOpenSpaces-MemoryBoxSpideryWebCollage-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsHave fun with these projects - you'll have the most popular Halloween treats in your neighborhood!

Thanks for stopping by...see you in the Sweet Thoughts class at the Tukwila Impress on October 31st.  We'll be making cake and sweet-themed cards for celebrations and everyday greetings.  The class is from 10:30-12:30 - you'll be home in plenty of time for Hallloween!




Fri 23

Felt Ornaments
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

I can't stop making these fun, felt ornaments using the new Memory Box Winter dies.  I love needlework and these dies work beautifully with, among other things, felt. You won't believe how easily the dies cut into the felt---like butter!  Take a look at all the fun I've been having...

Red Felt Stocking- JGriffiths_edited-1

 The stitching was done with embroidery thread and it's super easy, why?  Because the die actually cuts the stitching holes for you!  It takes all the guesswork out of where to place the threaded needle and the spacing.  Thank you Memory Box....you're making it easy for us!

Stocking Heart_edited-1

 This is one of my favorites--the Plush Mitten.  To create a hanging tree ownament as shown, just stitch a ribbon loop to the top so it hangs on a branch.  How fun would it be to add pine scented oil to the cotton batting used to stuff the ornaments.  Since I didn't have any batting I just added cotton balls--easy peasy!

Grey Mitten-JGriffiths_edited-1

And... one more.  A pretty snowflake stocking.  These would be easy to customize --just add die cut felt letters (alphabet dies).  These would also make a pretty gift tag on a special gift bag or box.

Winter Stocking-JGriffiths_edited-1

Can I tell you a little secret?   I experimented with other fabrics (muslin, cotton, flannel etc) but then I picked up a roll of white bamboo paper towels (a great find from my visit to the county fair this summer) and it cuts like a dream.  If you're familiar with bamboo paper towels, you know they are touted as reusable because they are so durable.  The best results came from wool or wool-blend felt but check your craft room stashes for other options.  

Now I'm off to make more!  Next up...the snowmen!

Happy Friday Everyone! Jennysig



Wed 11

Valentine Heartlights

HeartConfetti-OpenStudioStitchedHeartLayers-MemoryBox-Valentines-JeanOkimoto-candle-ImagineCrafts-VersaMarkDazzleHappy Midweek!  

Looking for more quick Valentine's Day projects?  Here's a quick and easy idea that takes just a few minutes.  Our four new Valentine Designer Stencils are perfectly proportioned for the standard 6" tall battery-operated candles and create a great backdrop for special greetings.  The classic favorite Solo Hearts design is great for cards too.   Jean Okimoto here - let's get started...

Memory Box Products

  • Heart Confetti Designer Stencil
  • Open Studio Stitched Heart Layers

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Frost VersaMark Dazzle Inkpad
  • White Embossing Powder

Stencil Heart Confetti onto pink vellum with Frost and emboss it.   Trim the vellum  to fit around a battery-operated candle with a bit of overlap in the back.  Diecut some Stitched Hearts from pink, red and shimmery orange vellum.  Add a few dark chocolate hearts to set the scene for a perfect celebration.


Special Thanks to everyone who took last weekend's Birthdays Happen! class at Impress.  Hope you liked the designs and techniques and playing with the great designs from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you'll stop by for another quick Valentine's Day project this evening.

Have a great afternoon...





Sat 20

Festive Holiday Tableware!

Hello all,

I hope this Christmas season is finding you all well and happy! I have really been enjoying getting ready for our son's 2nd Christmas but the first one where he will be able to open presents and really be an active participant of the festivities!

I have a few things to show you today, done by one of our fantastic instructors, Therese P. at our store The Stamp Addict in San Diego. She did these for her holiday tables and brought them into the store to show off and I just had to share them with you!


She made a little Candle light holder for part of her centerpiece using star dies for the cut outs and the Snowflake Favor Box die as a base....isn't she clever!


She also made a cute angel out of one of those boxes to put in her centerpiece as well and decorated the angels dress (box) with the Starfall stamp!


Then she made these name placeholders....just add a foldover name topper and some ribbon...and voila!


And these napkin holders...all using the box die as a base and poinsettia die for the topper with some ribbon to add some bling! Hint, to get the napkin through the box, she used an all over/repositionable circle punch on two of the sides of the box.


I love what she did with all of them...I know her Christmas table setting will look fabulous this year and I hope what I showed you inspires you to try a few ideas out for your next celebration too!

Merry Christmas!


Sat 28

Butterflies by Starlight


Can you believe it's almost July?  Jean Okimoto here with some patriotic summer celebration ideas for you today.   Stencil a simple vellum candle wrap - and fill Butterfly Favor Boxes with sweet treats for everyone.  It's quick, easy - and sure to turn any party into an event!

Memory Box Products

  • Butterfly Favor Box Die 98771
  • Swirl Butterfly Die 98894
  • Solo Stars Designer Stencil 88565
  • Star Dust Designer Stencil 88573
  • Blueberry Signature Prints - Moroccan and Dots
  • Cranberry Signature Prints - Dots, Gingham and Distressed Dots
  • Parchment Cardstock
  • Blueberry Cardstock
  • Cranberry Cardstock

Diecut Butterfly Favor Boxes and crease them along the scorelines.  Carefully snip halfway down the center of one butterfly - and halfway up the center of the other butterfly - using the scorelines as a guide. Assemble the boxes, then interlock the slotted sections.  Diecut and attach Swirl Butterfly overlays from Parchment, Cranberry and Blueberry Cardstock.

Cut a piece of vellum to fit around a battery-operated candle, plus a 1/2" overlap.  Stencil Star Show in the center with Versamark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Stencil and emboss Star Dust on the left side of Star Show. Clean the stencil, flip it over and stencil and emboss Star Dust on the right side of Star Show.

Get the most out of your Memory Box products and add a special touch to your summer parties, picnics and barbeques!

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll stop by again this evening for another summer project.



Fri 02

Stencil and Tiles

Whoohoo the weekend is almost here, and I'm definitely looking forward to the 75 degrees and sunny forecast for Saturday!!  With Mother's Day and Father's Day just around the corner, I wanted to do something a little bit different for today's post and show a wonderful way to use stencils to make a great gift set.

I created a set of coasters for my Dad for Father's Day though of course Moms drink tea and coffee as well:)


I've used the fabulous stencil called Rings and Puddles 88506. As soon as I saw this stencil all I could think of is that it looks just like the coffee rings and spots on the "good furniture" (as my mother would say) that my dad created with his coffee cups!  I wanted to give him a reminder of the good ol days:)

I picked up the 4x4" unglazed tiles from Lowe's (you can find them at Home Depot too)...they may be referred to as natural stone tiles depending on the store.  I washed the tiles with warm water and soap just to get the extra dust off so the ink would take better to the tile.  I used a rag and added copic refill (Y28) to the rag and rubbed it on the tile to give the tile a little darker color.


I prefer using tiles that aren't completely smooth to add a little more character and texture, and it looks a little more natural and worn as well. 

Spray the backside of the stencil with a temporary adhesive as the stencil will tend to slip since the tile is not flush with the table top like paper.  I've found Stazon ink is the best ink when I work on tile because it dries quickly and is permanent.  I applied the ink using a blending tool and foam pad. I stamped out different portions of the stencil varying the patterns on each of the tiles so each had a slightly different unique look.


I cut a 3.75 x 3.75" piece of self adhesive cork and apply to the back of the tile.  I used a corner rounder prior to applying the cork, but that's my own personal preference.  The last step is to apply several coats of acrylic sealer letting the tiles completely dry before applying each coat.

I hope I've inspired you to a little bit today!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and can find some time to do what they enjoy.



Wed 10

Tee Pee Advent Card

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Here Bibiana....I am sure that you, ALL, are so excited with the New Collection 2013 as We, The DT, are! ...just look at all those extraordinary samples from the DT from past days...


Tee pee advent front best

Today, It is my turn here in the English blog, (I hope you have stoped by the language blogs ones too for the chance to win a die there too)...

I am presenting to you the new dies:  "Advent  Calendar Set"...and the "Lindeman Snowflake"...

I decided to make a "Card" as an advent and this Tee Pee shaped card was perfect for this idea...

Tee pee advent side
Here it is a close-up of the top;

Tee pee advent star
and a closer view of the windows:

Tee pee advent windows

I paired this set with with some new and past dies and LOTS of sentiment stamps...when you reveal the sentiments for each day it looks like this:

Tee pee advent messages reavealed
IDEA: Instead of using stamped sentiments like mine, you can write xmas shores or bible verses...


Do you know that you can mail this card?...

if you want to see how  click HERE to see a video that I made for the tutorial on this type of card;or click directly on the video below...


For my post today here, if you leave me a comment you will have the chance to win "The Advent Calendar Set"... make sure to visit all the posts in all 3 blogs...

Remember that at the language blogs, at the Spanish blog : "A crear se Dijo!" and at the French Blog: "Un Brin de Créativité" there are new projects as well...

and you can have the opportunity to win a die THERE TOO, just comment on each post and by the end of the "Blog Blitz" winners from each post will be selected randomly ...



Thu 14

Got Kids {or Grandkids}?

For those of you with more than one kiddo or grandchild, you know that it can be difficult to keep up with their chores. Actually, they never can seem to remember whose turn it is to feed the dogs or do the dishes, etc. LOL! When we moved into our new home 7 months ago, I couldn't use our old chore chart. So, I broke out my Memory Box dies, papers, and stamps, and here is how we handle chores now:

I first stamped the Memory Box Vintage Record Sheet stamp {G1712} onto 6 different tags. I stamped two in purple, two in green, and two in red. We assigned our identical triplets colors when they were born, and 18 years later, we still use them. LOL! It works great! After stamping the tags, I trimmed them down a bit as they were going to be a bit too long.

Next, I used the Memory Box Large Typewriter Lowercase Alphabet set {98439} to die cut their initials and adhered them to each tag. I used various Memory Box 8 1/2 x 11 papers for that (violet dot, granny smith, and cranberry distressed dots). And here is how it turned out:


Pin It


Each morning I just flip the tags to reveal whose turn it is for each chore. I have 4 of these hooks on this board across my laundry room wall so it is very easy for everyone to see, and it definitely keeps the bickering down to zero. What the board says goes. Yes, even at 18. LOL!

Have a blessed Valentine's Day, and I hope this is a little gift to all of you parents and grandparents out there so that you can more easily assign tasks that might help you in your home!