34 posts categorized "Houses"


Tue 08

Puppy Love by Jean Okimoto


Here's a Valentine design for dog people - and a bit of pink-spiration for February's Tickled Pink Challenge.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, let's build a woodgrained doghouse for the Poppystamps Whittle Scottie.  

The Poppystamps Whittle Scottie and Word Balloons were bought to make card kits  - they're great with Memory Box designs too!

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Cut House Frame Background fron a pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Prep the Wood Grain Planks die by rubbing it briskly with a scrunched waxed paper for easier removal.  Cut pink background with the Wood Grain Planks die - leave the pieces in the die.  Tape the pieces together with Scotch Tape or Magic Tape for easier removal as a single background piece vs. separate planks.

Cut the woodgrain background with the door die.  Cut the door again with a taupe 6x6 from the Earth Neutral Collection.  Cut the House frame including one scored section at the bottom from the same taupe 6x6 - keep the tiny piece at the top and tape it in place.  

Cut the streamer sections of the Heart Streamer Globe from a bright pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Sbnip the streamers from the globe frame - keep the "string" attached to the hearts at the ends.  Attach the streamers behind the edges of the taupe frame - and between the streamers

Attach the pink woodgrain background.

Cut 2 fence pieces - from the House Frame set - from natural cardstock.  Trim one right and one left side.  

Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Scottie from a dark brown Earth Neutral 6x6.  Cut another Scottie from black cardstock and layer it for dimension.  Color the nose with a black marker.  Attach three pink jewels from the Bright Jewels set.

Cut the word bubble from the Poppystamps Word Balloons set. Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine Words Clear Stamps - with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder,


Attach the diecuts to a Cream Woodgrain Paper (cardstock) A-2 card - use foamtape behind the top of the house and the Scottie's head.

Lots of little details on this design - but they'll be appreciated by the recipient! Thanks for visiting - see you again on Friday...





Sat 18

Minty Woodgrain Gingerbread House by Jean Okimoto

Favorite holiday flavors - minty, sweet and spicy - decorate a snow-topped gingerbread house. Add shaded Kraft Woodgrain trim and shuttters - and glitter, of course!  Hi -  Jean Okimoto here on the busy weekend-before-Christmas - but there's still time for holiday traditions.

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Thu 18

Sparkling Nativity Scene by Jean Okimoto


A strip of Madras Plaid updates a traditional holiday scene in shades of blue. Specks of gold and Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones balance the frosty colors and add some warmth.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with more holiday ideas from our newest release.  


Cut and assemble the new Nativity House Frame and truss from the blue 6x6 in the Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut the nativity figures from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.

I diecut an ink-blended scrap from my stash for the background and added specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink, then attach the background behind the frame.  Tie a gold cord at the top and curl the ends with the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.  For best results follow the natural curl of the cord.

Diecut a pale blue 6x6 from the Ocean Blue Collection with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle.  Cut a a ¾" x 5" strip of the Madras Plaid Blue and Violet sheet.

Cut the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio strip from a slightly darker blue 6x6.  Stamp the greeting -  from the Festive Christmas Greetings Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  


Attach everything to an off-white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the greeting.  Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized sheet of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Hope you like this mix of a plaid and a nativity scene - it's the first time I've ever designed a card with a nativity scene.    Thanks for visiting -see you next week.







Thu 14

New House Frames and the Serene Bird by Jean Okimoto

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Black felt and Majestic Hues black glittered cardstock transform the new Serene Bird and Branch from sweet to spooky.  Build a Madras Plaid birdhouse and add some ghostly visitors and colorful Halloween candies. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more ways to use the great new designs from our 2021 Holiday Collection.

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Cut the solid House Frame Background from a Madras Plaid Coral and Green sheet, then cut the circle out.  Cut the circle frame from a brown sheet in the Earth Neutrals 6x6.

Cut it with the Gingerbread House Frame.  Assemble the house and tie the frame with gold cord.  Curl the cord using the side of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Attach adhesive lable paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the Serene Bird.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking thru the fabric.  Cut the wings from the black 6x6 in the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  Cut the beak from orange cardstock in the Sunny Orange 6x6.

Cut 2 branches from Serene Bird set from the brown Earth Neutrals sheet.  

Cut the ghosts - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set - from White Woodgrain Paper.  Define and eyes with a paper piercing tool. Attach scraps of black cardstock behind the faces.

Cut the candies - from the Gingerbread House Frame set - from pink and orange cardstock in the Berry Red and Sunny Orange 6x6's.  Cut the candies again from the black glittered cardstock. Assemble the candies.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A2 card of Kraft Woodgrain paper.  

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Big thanks to everyone who ordered the BOO! Halloween cards + treat wrapper kit from Impress!  Kits are also on their way to Stamps and Memories!

Thanks for visiting - see you this weekend...





Fri 08

Bird House Holiday Greetings Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a holiday card using the House Frame dies to create a bird house for the Serene Bird.  I use the branch die to hang the bird house in this snowy scene.


Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame from Memory Box Kraft Woodgrain card stock and the fence from the Cream Woodgrain card stock.  Die cut the House Frame Background from cream card stock and the heart from both the same cream card stock and then from the Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Trim the House Frame die at the first score line to create a frame.  Take the Distress Oxide Antique Line ink pad and run it at an angle with the grain of the paper. Use your finger or small blending tool to blend the ink and add extra ink as needed.  Make sure to ink the edges to create depth.  Take the Kraft Woodgrain heart frame and do the same but with Distress Oxide ink in Crackling Campfire and then Barn Door.  Ink blend the inside of the cream card stock die cut heart with Distress Oxide Antique Line ink and then use Ground Espresso making the outside darker then the center.  Make sure the ink the edges.  This helps to create depth. Take the Distress Oxide Weathered Wood ink pad and run it at an angle on the fence and the House Frame background die cuts. Center the Heart frame die in the center of the House Frame Background die cut and run through the die cut machine.  Keep the heart frame die and glue it behind the red woodgrain die cut.  Ink the edges with Distress Oxide Ground Espresso.  Glue the inked wood House Frame on tope of the background.  Tie some cream colored twine to the top of the house.  Keep the end long to tie to the branch.


Serene Bird and Branch:

Die cut the bird dies from heavy weight cream card stock.  Die cut the wings twice.  Die cut the branch from the same cream card stock.  Take a small bending tool, like a eyeshadow brush, and ink blend Distress Oxide Iced Spruce on the leaves.  Then ink blend the branch with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo.  Make sure to ink the edges of the die cuts.  Ink blend the bird body in Distress Oxide Abandon Coral, stay light towards the bottom center of the bird and heavier on the tail and top of the head.  Ink blend with Crackling Campfire.  Ink blend the wing first with Crackling Campfire and then around the edges with Barn Door.  Take the second wing die cut and trim just the top portion, following the cut lines.  Heavily ink blend with Barn Door.  Ink blend the beak with Mustard Seed.  Add a dot with a fine tip black marker to the eye.  Glue the beak and wings on the bird.  Glue just the main branches, just a few drops, on top of each other, off setting the die cuts to make a longer branch.  Tie the twine from the bird house in the center of the branch, only hanging about 1/4".



Take cream card stock and trim to 4" x 5 1/4".  Ink blend with Distress Oxide inks from the center out staring with Stormy Sky and then Weathered Wood.  Heavily spray with water and bleach solutions.  I have a spray bottle that I keep with just about 1/10 of the bottle of bleach and the rest with water.  Let the water set for a minute and take a towel and bot off the excess.  Heat dry.  I repeated the process a few times until I had the effect I wanted.  I thought I had to start over but it turned out perfect.


Die cut the middle sized die from the Banner Sentiment Trio set from cream card stock.  Stamp Holiday Greetings from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with Distress Oxide Barn Door ink in the center.  Take a small blending tool and ink the edges up to the stitching with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. 


Adhere the bird house to the bottom center of the background panel.  Glue the heart frame in the cut out.  Glue the fence along the bottom center of the house.  Glue the branch over the bird house, adding glue only to the main branch.  Arrange and glue down some of the branches leading to the leaves to make the branch look more full.  Add some white ink platers with thinned out gesso or a white spray ink. Let dry. Adhere the bird on top of the branch with foam tape, tucking it behind some of the leaves.  Adhere the hear die cut in the bird house, tucking it behind the fence.  Add the sentiment banner with foam tape to the bird house.  Adhere to background to an A2 size brown panel and then to a A2 size cream side folded card.  Add some Clear Fairy Drops around the card. 





Wed 06

No Bake Gingerbread House
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing the newest 2021 Holiday Release.   I used the Gingerbread House Frame Die. It comes with all the accessories you would need to decorate your house. I did add some previously released dies, the Pine Trees from the Pine Tree Collage Die and the deer from the Snowglobe Backer Die.

I due cut all the images using Copic friendly paper and colored with Copic Markers. I used shades R17 R29; BG000 BG11 BG32 BG13; 

YG21 YG23 YG25; Y11 Y15; RV10 RV11 RV13; E41 E43 E23 E37 E29. I inked up the background with kitsch flamingo, spun sugar and black soot distress oxide inks. Than I added some paint splatters. I assembled all the die cuts and added Dewdrop Glitter Glue. 

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I used the stamp set Yuletide Moments. I had so much fun creating this Gingerbread House...mess free HAHA!!! 

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Mon 21

Winter Scene Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

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Good morning everyone. I'm so excite to be a designer for Memory Box.  This is my first post and hope you try this simply and fast tag project.  This sure will make your presents standout.  

Background wip

To make the sky background cut out 3 1/8" square from white card stock.  I used 80lb to keep the tag light weight.

Blend on the blue ink about 3/4 of the way down the square.  I like using Silicone Blue Fresh Ink as my snow cloud sky.  It has the perfect blend of blue and light grey to give the feel of snow in the air. 

After ink is dry press a clear embossing ink pad on the upper portion of the sky. Lightly sprinkle on ultra thick white embossing powder for snowflakes and heat set.  The heat gun can blow away some of the powder so, keep the heat gun at a distance until the powder starts to melt.

Scene WIP

Use just the inside frame and cabin die of the Family Cabin Frame die and cut out of white 80lb card stock.  Keep the pieces for the side of the cabin and door.   Die cut the framed scene again but out of a red card stock. Fussy cut out the smoke and snowbank leaving the frame.

Mask off the chimney on the cabin. Use a blending tool to add a light grey color to the smoke. Make the pressure random as color is added so it give it depth. For the grey I used Morning Mist Versa Fine Clair ink.  

Take the cabin walls and blend on a brown ink. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Do the same thing for the door but with red ink.  I used Fired Brick Distress Ink to match my red frame. I took a scrap piece of paper and lightly colored it with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Then lightly pencil marked the outline of the house on the yellow colored paper.  Fussy cut the paper out and glued it behind the house.  Glue in the cabin walls and door pieces.

In the lower left corner of the snowbank write To: and From: with a red pen to match the door and frame.  I used NO. 6 Brown Marvy pen with the fine point.

Now for final assembly.  Glue the framed scene on the sky background paper and then glue the red frame over the white frame.  Add a piece of double sided tape to the back leaving the backing on the tape to peel off when ready to add to a gift.

Change up the color scheme to match your wrapping paper.  I used red that matched my wrapping paper.

Tag on present

Sara Signature





Mon 08

by Anne Thompson

I often get so carried away with the newest products and techniques that I forget to go back and revisit some of the older ones.  When I was thinking about Halloween cards and trying to come up with background ideas, I remembered that I had a Memory Box stencil that might be the perfect thing:  HALLOWEEN DELICATE WEB 88610.  I also had a new-to-me ink I wanted to try out--VersaFine Clair Morning Mist, a soft grey that I hoped would be perfect on light gray linen-textured cardstock.  I found a package of Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools and got to work.


I started with my ink blending tool off the stencil and worked in a circular motion onto it.  This helped to avoid distinct round marks on the web image.  As I worked I sponged a bit more ink along one edge.  You can see in the photo below that I was left with crisp light gray lines once I removed the stencil.


I loved this!  I made a few more and then trimmed them to 5 1/4" x 4".  I mounted each one on black cardstock that I cut 5 3/8" X 4 1/8".  This gave me a 1/8" border of black all around the web.  I then attached each one to a standard A2 sized light gray notecard which left a 1/8" inch border of the notecard showing.

I used one of the web backgrounds and some favorite dies to make this a top-fold card.


  • I cut the three little houses from black cardstock using HOUSE TRIO 99877 and added some light orange cardstock scraps behind the windows and doors.  Don't you love these wonky little houses! 
  • I tucked them behind a black cardstock double hill I made using the smallest of the CURVED STITCH HILLTOPS 99871
  • And then I popped on a PLUMP PUMPKIN 99521 cut from orange and lime green cardstocks edged with VersaFine Clair Pinecone ink.

Don't forget about your stencils!  They make great backgrounds for your stamped and die cut images.

Happy Crafting!  And enter your Halloween projects in our current monthly challenge here.

Anne Signature




Mon 20

Cabin Circle and Snowy Tree Circle Combinations
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards combine elements from two of the NEW dies:  SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 and CABIN CIRCLE 99884 .  I've also used Memory Box papers that are available from Birch Press Design:  Pool Gingham , Pool Snow, and Cranberry Snow.  I used a large circle die from CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 to cut out each of the other circles.  The sentiment is from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL 5212.

Card One:


steps to create this card

  • Using white cardstock, place the Cabin Circle die inside a large circle die and run it through your die cutting machine.  Save the white roof for this card and the other pieces for later.
  • Cut a circle from the Cranberry Snow paper and adhere it behind the Cabin Circle.
  • Make a little stack of red gingham paper, red cardstock, and woodgrain paper under the cabin part of the die and cut it out.  Save the two cabins and the red door for this card and any other usable pieces for later.
  • Take a small piece of yellowy gold cardstock and glue it behind the log cabin house to fill the windows.  Trim extra paper off.
  • Line up the red gingham house under the lit-windowed log cabin and adhere them together.  Snip off the brown chimney to expose the "brick" one.
  • Add the white roof and the red door.
  • Glue the cabin into the notched place in the snow.
  • Run the Snowy Tree Circle die four times through your machine, twice with white cardstock and twice with dark green cardstock.  Snip off the trees.  (You can save the rest of the Snowy Tree Circles for other projects--perhaps for use with polar bears or elves!)
  • Glue the green trees on top of the white ones exposing some of the white along the tops of the boughs to look like snow.  Then secure them to the scene.
  • Cut another piece of Cranberry Snow paper slightly smaller than your white notecard and adhere it to the front.  Add the completed Cabin Circle on top.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment inside.

Card Two


Here's what's different:

  • Start with a white notecard and cover the front completely with Pool Gingham paper.
  • Die cut the Snowy Tree Circle from white cardstock nestled inside a slightly larger Circle Basics die.  Cut it again from dark green cardstock, snip off the tree and put it on top of the white one.
  • Cut a circle from the Pool Snow paper and adhere it behind the tree scene.
  • Make the cabin using the Cabin Circle die with brown paper and a scrap of yellow behind it for window lights.  Add a white roof and a door cut from the woodgrain paper.  Place the cabin in the scene nestled in the snow to the right of the tree.
  • Pop dot the Snowy Tree Circle onto the card front.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I'm pretty sure that you can think of lots more ways to use these two dies alone and together.  I'll use mine as Christmas cards.  But I can imagine changing up the background paper and notecard colors for each season and for many occasions.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sat 23

Circle Web Collage, House Trio and Whimsy Cat by Jean Okimoto


Whimsy Cat joins the new Circle Web Collage and House Trio on another fun card today. Whimsy Cat's a big favorite among the great dies in our Halloween 2017 Collection - and it's easy to see why!  

Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bit of a change from my usual less-is-more theme.  Halloween is my annual "excuse"  to layer a whole of bunch of diecuts on a card - and add sequins too.  These pretty brushed gold beauties are from the new Birch Press collection of sequins.  These are from the Not So Heavy Metal set of brushed gold, bronzy-copper, tiny twinkly gold, star and heart sequins - and gold glitter.  It's a set for all seasons!


Cut the largest Stitched Oval from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  

Cut Circle Web Collage from textured white cardstock.  Trim it to fit between the trees.

Cut Whimsy Cat from dark orange cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind the eyes and nose and brush Martha Stewart Crafts Onyx Glitter onto the adhesive in the cutouts.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper behind a scrap of newspaper.  I used the stocklists page of the Journal for the tiny print and neat columns.  Cut the houses and their trim details.  Assemble the houses - trim the roof section of the center house so it'll fit below the web.  I left the doors "open" - as though the spiders entered through the windows and everyone ran outside!

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard.  It's easier if you attach the oval first - just along the outer edges.  Tuck and attach the web and houses under the trees.  Attach Whimsy Cat with foam dots.  Add those pretty brushed gold sequins from Birch Press!


Want a chance to win the Whimsy Cat die?  If you haven't already done so - comment on my  Blog Blitz post on September 20th before the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on September 24th for a chance to enter our random selection drawing.  Big thanks to everyone for all of their comments!

Comment on all of the Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th through the 22nd - for more chances to win a great prize from our Fall Collection.

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