58 posts categorized "January 2015 Collection"


Sat 27

Happy Easter
by Donna

Good morning everyone!

I have another Easter card today using the left over "Easter" die cut from my last post.  This is a great way to use your extra pieces from a previous die cut instead of throwing them away.

FullSizeRender (71)

To create this card, spatter a Kraft card base with gold and white ink.  From scrap paper cut two banners and adhere these to the left side of the card.  Glue the word "Easter" to the bottom right of your card base.  Stamp the word "Happy" with black ink over the Easter.  Die cut the egg from white cardstock.  For the egg outline,  sponge gold ink over it and glue it to the card.  Spatter the solid egg shape with gold ink and glue inside the egg outline.  Cut the chick from black cardstock and sponge the edges with gold ink.  Tie a bow with twine and glue that to the middle of the egg.   Using foam adhesive adhere the chick over the twine.  Embellish with a little bling.  


I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by.



Sat 26

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar
by Jean Okimoto


Gather your favorite Memory Box and Open Studio dies and stamps, Peerless Watercolors and Imagine Crafts Inkpads and create a colorful calendar to welcome 2016!  Jean Okimoto here this holiday weekend with a trio of calendar pages for you.  The little calendars are from Impress.



Cut watercolor paper with the approximately 3-¾" x 4-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.  Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Chandra Stem from silver glitter craft foam, turquoise vellum and gold mirror cardstock.  Attach gold, silver and turquoise sequins.


Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors, then cut it with the approximately 3" x 4" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.   Cut the Open Studio Stitched Heart Layers from white vellum and iridescent vellum.  Attach silver and clear sequins.


Stamp Delicate Flight with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Daub the background with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime.  Attach adhesive label paper to white felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.  Attach clear and pearlescent lavender sequins.

Combine these great dies, stamps and beautiful colors and create a calendar to brighten each day of the New Year.  Display them on a bulletin board, set them on an easel - or showcase them like little works of art on card holders from Birch Press Design.  


Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back with the April, May and June designs on Sunday.  





Thu 19

Paper Angel of Wonder
by Marnie Bushmole

Good Morning!  Holiday preparations are in full swing here.  I did find a little time to play with some new techniques.   Today my cards background uses one of these.   The card is embellished with a gold matte and shiny Paper Angel(she is so adorable) layered on top of card stock and matte gold card stock cut from the Pinpoint Circle Layers.  For the greeting I stamped the word "Wonder" from the Words to Live By stamp set, in Versamark by Imagine Crafts and embossed it with Imagine Crafts Gold embossing powder.

For this background  I've used Tulip dry fabric dye as a watercolor medium.  It is so much fun to play with and I love how the dye reacts when water is added.  Here I have used black dye only, I wet the sprinkled dye then added some drops of Perfect Pearls Mist "Sunflower Sparkle" for a hint of gold.   I love how the black dye had all of these other colors pop out of it not just black but pink and oranges as well. 



Wed 24

New Possibilities - The Reverse Butterfly Collage




Have you joined our Butterfly Challenge?  View the details - and post your project soon - the deadline is 11:59 PM EST on June 28th.  Jean Okimoto here - let's combine our popular Reverse Butterfly Collage with a quick, spritzy, inky technique.

Watercolored backgrounds are quick and easy.   To "D" or not to "D"  - ??? - distress inks work for this technique, but so do the beautiful colors of Memento DewDrops.  Just splotch the DewDrops onto the Craft Mat from Imagine Crafts and spritz it with water.  Let the colors blend for several seconds - then pick them up with watercolor paper.  Pretty cool, always unique and perfectly random for butterflies!


Memory Box Products

  • Reverse Butterfly Collage Die 99145
  • Fairyland Butterflies Die Set 99078 (use the antennae)
  • Open Studio Studio Rectangle Layers Die Set  30033
  • New Possibilities Stamp B2052
  • Graphite Notecard (for stamping)

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento DewDrops - Lilac Posies, Bahama Blue, Grape Jelly, Bamboo Leaves
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • Craft Mat 

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's card - and more butterfly challenge inspiration.


Thanks for stopping by - join us again for Laura's post later today.





Sat 20

Sunrise Poppy and Perfect Patches

MemoryBoxSunrisePoppy-MemoryBoxPerfectPatches-MemoryBoxKindnessof People-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Brilliance-Fireworks!Spritz-SheerShimmerSpritz

Hi there - hope you're enjoying a warm, sunny weekend wherever you are!  Jean Okimoto here with a card in my favorite 'keep cool' colors.  


Memory Box Products

  • Perfect Patch Strip Die 99166
  • Sunrise Poppy Die 99133
  • Open Studio Stitched Square Layer Die Set 30038 (cut & trim the greeting)
  • Kindness of People Stamp C2068
  • Violet Notecard and Envelope
  • Notecards for diecutting and stamping - Wisteria, Dill, Robins Egg

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Brilliance Victorian Violet Inkpad
  • Fireworks! Spritzes - Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grape Jelly
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold
  • Memento Dye Inkpad - Bahama Blue

Spritz watercolor paper with Bahama Blue, Pear Tart and Grape Jelly and airdry the inks.  Spritz it with Gold, airdry it for a few minutes - then heat-set it with a dry iron or heat-tool.  Cut it with Perfect Patches.  Ink the edges with Bahama Blue.

Cut Sunrise Poppy from Wisteria and Dill.  Remove the two leaves above the large blossom.  Stamp Kindness of People on Robins Egg with Victorian Violet and dry the ink.  Cut it with a Stitched Square Layer - then trim excess with the edge of one of the larger squares.

Attach the greeting with foam dots and add purple and silver sequins.

Thanks for stopping by this weekend...see you again on Wednesday!



Wed 03

Geo Fragments and Floating Butterflies

MemoryBoxOpenStudioGeoFragments-MemoryBoxFairylandButterflies-MemoryBoxFloatingButterflies-OpenStudioOhHelloAgain-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeonsWondering what to do with the cool new Open Studio Geo Fragments Set?  Here's an idea for you - cut a trio of butterflies and float them over a black background.   Add a quick HELLO - that's it. Jean Okimoto here today with a bright-and-white card for you.  I love how the Radiant Neons make the Geo Fragments pop and just about bounce off the card!


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Open Studio Geo Fragments Die Set 30054
  • Open Studio Oh Hello Again Die Set 30010
  • Fairyland Butterflies Die Set 99078  (used the antennae)
  • Floating Butterflies Background Die 98991
  • Floating Butterflies Die 98978

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Radiant Neons Inkpads - Electric Blue, Electric Green, Electric Purple
  • Daubers

Cut the solid Floating Butterflies Background from white cardstock and black cardstock.  Cut the detailed Floating Butterflies from black cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of black cardstock and cut the three antennae from the Fairyland Butterflies set

Refer to the detailed Floating Butterflies diecut to determine the location of the overlapping wingtips.  Daub Electric Blue, Green and Purple inks onto the butterflies - use scraps of paper to mask the wingtip areas between the Blue and Purple and the Purple and Green. 

Cut each butterfly with the Geo Fragments, then attach the inked butterflies to the black background.  Attach it to a 5" square card of textured white cardstock.  Attach the antennae and green, blue, lavender and clear sequins.

Cut HELLO from smooth white cardstock - save the little piece in the center of the "O."  Back the diecut with black cardstock and attach the little piece.  

Big THANKS to everyone who took the Greetings from Seattle classes at Impress.   Hope you like the cards - and the versatility of the dies, stamps and stencils!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be back to see another Geo Fragments card this evening...





Wed 13

A Butterfly's Delicate Flight

MemoryBoxDelicateFlight-PoppystampsHopeAndThanksStamps-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-PeerlessWatercolors-ImagineCrafts-RadiantNeonsButterflies and flowers are great together and the new Delicate Flight design is the perfect combination for any occasion.   Create a stash of these - and some stamped greetings - and save yourself a trip to the cardshoppe.  A set of ten would be a lovely gift for a special teacher too.  Jean Okimoto here, let's get started...

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Delicate Flight Stamp F2043
  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Lavender and Wisteria Notecards    
  • Wisteria Envelope

Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set CL405

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Radiant Neons Inkpads - Electric Blue, Electric Green, Electric Purple
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad    
  • Daubers

Create a soft background by daubing light layers of Electric Blue, Purple and Green Radiant Neons onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting - and you're ready to stamp and watercolor.  

Use the two largest Stitched Rectangle Layer dies to custom-cut a narrow rectangle.  Cut it with the 3.4" x 4.4" die first, then cut one long edge with the  largest die to create a rectangle to showcase your stamped design.  

Add a greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thanks set - and some sequins.  It's as easy as that - so make a few extra cards while you're at it.  You'll be glad you did.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions, supply lists, and more spring card designs.

Thanks for visiting...see you again this evening!




Sun 10

Plant Seeds of Happiness with a Row of Poppies

MemoryBoxRowOfPoppies-MemoryBoxSeedsOfHappiness-OpenStudioStitchedSquareLayers-OpenStudioArticlesLedger-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-MementoDyeInkpadsHi there - hope you're enjoying a sunny spring weekend!  Time for me to get serious about gardening - no more "but it's too cold" excuses.  Jean Okimoto here this afternoon...let's get started.


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Row of Poppies Die 99137
  • NEW Seeds of Happiness Stamp B2054
  • Open Studio Stitched Square Layers Die Set 30038
  • NEW Open Studio Articles Ledger Cling Stamp CS2211J
  • Notecards for stamping and diecutting - Mango, Dill, Key Lime, Squash

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Dye Inkpads - Pistachio, Morocco, Cantaloupe
  • VersaFine Smokey Gray Inkpad    
  • Daubers


There are so many specialty inkpads out there today...but sometimes getting back to basics is all is takes to create a good card.  Memento Dye Inkpads are quick-drying on porous surfaces and perfect for stamping and highlighting.  Classic shades like Morocco, Pistachio and Cantaloupe are great for backgrounds, shading and making those diecut stitches really stand out.

Please scroll down for another spring card - and visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions, supply lists and more  designs.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you again on Wednesday!


Sun 10

Sunrise Poppy on a Distressed Windham Collage

MemoryBoxSunrisePoppy-OpenStudioDistressedWindhanCollage-OpenStudioRectangleLayers-PoppystampsHopeAndThanks-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-BrillianceHello - and Happy Mother's Day to Mothers and Grandmothers everywhere!  Jean Okimoto here with a fresh flowery card today.


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Sunrise Poppy Die 99133
  • NEW Open Studio Distressed Windham Collage Die Set 30041
  • Open Studio Rectangle Layers Die Set 30033
  • Notecards for diecutting - Violet, Key Lime, Granny Smith

Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Cling Stamp Set CL405

Brilliance Starlite Black Inkpad


Distressed Windham Collage (30041)
© 2015 Memory Box

It's easy to create a trellis-y framed background for the Sunrise Poppy.  Cut a Studio Layered Rectangle - then cut the Windham Distressed Collage diamond pattern twice, facing opposite directions.  There are so many ways to use the great designs in the collage set - you'll be seeing it often here on Outside the Box, and in my classes at Impress.

Looking for more card ideas?  Please visit our Ideas Gallery for directions for today's card - and more.

Thanks for stopping by today...see you again with another card this evening!



Wed 08

Come Rain or Shine

MemoryBoxBloomingLotus-OpenStudioComeRainOrShine-JeanOkimotoEver have a day that keeps switching between warm and sunny and then - just minutes later - cold and gray?  Here's a card for a day like that!  Jean Okimoto here with a typical Seattle spring card for you today.


Memory Box Products

  • Blooming Lotus Outline Die 99099
  • Blooming Lotus Background Die 99097
  • Open Studio Come Rain or Shine Die Set 30027
  • Graphite Notecard
  • Dove Gray, Squash, Sweet Corn and Key Lime Notecards (for diecutting)
  • Squash Gingham Signature Pattern
  • Squash Dots Signature Pattern
  • Squash Envelope

Cut the raindrops twice, at an angle, on Dove Gray.  Cut Blooming Lotus Background from Squash.  Cut Blooming Lotus Outline from Sweet Corn.  Cut the center portion again from Key Lime.

Cut the umbrellas from Squash Gingham and Dots.  Cut the handles from silver mirror cardstock.

Attach everything to a Graphite Notecard and add some clear sequins.

Why not make a few of these in pretty spring colors and have them handy for thinking-of-you cards to cheer someone up?

Want more ways to use some great dies?  Join us for the DIE-VERSIONS Class at the University Village Impress on Sunday April 12th.  Take dies beyond basic cutting - and repurpose them to stencil, emboss, deboss and alter your diecuts to get the most from them.  5 cool cards and lots of techniques!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening...