41 posts categorized "Love"


Thu 24

Summer Hearts, Layered Daisies, Spritz and Sparkle by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate a summer engagement, wedding or anniversary with layers of hearts and flowers.  The Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out set is perfect for any occasion.  Add soft, shimmery highlights to Memory Box Cream Woodgrain cardstock and a Berry Red Collection 6x6 for a custom, color-coordinated look.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer card using favorite designs from recent releases. Matching metallic papers and solid cardstock can be challenging among different brands, textures and colors.  Our 108 colors of 110# 6x6 papers - 9 collections of 12 colors each - make it so easy!  Just spritz, brayer, sponge or brush it with metallic inks for the perfect match or coordinating color.  

The Woodgrain 8.5x11" cardstock sheets are great on their own - or add shimmery highlights with metallic inks.  The 3 colors - white, cream and kraft - add subtle texture and dimension to any design.


Cut Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out from Berry Red's dark coral 6x6 sheet.  Cut a coral plaid strip from the Madras Plaid Coral and Green pack using the 1.1 x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  

Cut a horizontal grain Cream Woodgrain strip with the .9 x 5.9" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers Die - trim it to 5". Splatter it with just a few specks of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set the ink.  Brayer (or sponge) it with Pink Shimmer Delicata and heat-set it again.

Cut the Layered Daisies set twice from Berry Red'd light coral 6x6 sheet.  Spritz one set with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry.  Layer the diecuts - alternating gold-spritzed and un-spritzed petals.  Add the center section.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 Cream Woodgrain card (6-¼ x 4-½").


Color 5 of the clear Fairy Jewels with orange and dark pink markers.  I use Sharpies because I have a lot of them - Copic Markers work well too.  Custom-colored jewels are quick and easy with clear Fairy Jewels - 300 jewels per sheet!

Thanks for visiting - keep cool, safe and hydrated this weekend!





Sun 25

Rainbow Ring Stack - Video
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today featuring a new die from the latest Memory Box 2021 "Under the Sea" release.

I have a short video below showing how I made this card.

Here's a closer look at my card:


You can see above the new bright "Fairy Jewels" I used to match each color of the rainbow!  I love these new jewels because they are the perfect size to add to your cards!

Here's another look.


The rainbow colors were made by smooshing Distress Inks in Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and Dusty Concord on watercolor paper.

Here's one last look:


I hope you enjoyed my card!

Be sure to check out all the amazing new release goodies from the latest Memory Box release!

Thanks for stopping by!






Sat 17

Woodgrain Hugs
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It is time to rest up, play with your favorite spring stamps and prepare yourself for the new Memory Box release....which arrives on Monday! The release is called "Under the Sea," and I know you are going to love it. Also, be prepared for some new videos!

As I prepare samples with the latest release, I want to share a card that features the Wooden Alphabet set. I love this set because it cuts out the letters as well as gives you the texture of woodgrain at the same time (you don't have to run it through your die cut machine twice). I find that it works for pretty much any occasion, even for those sometimes difficult to make masculine cards.

To make my card, I cut out the letters using dark brown cardstock and layered them onto a kraft colored heart cut from one of the Valentine release dies. I don't know about you, but I tend to use hearts year-round.

To finish the card, I sponged some Vintage Photo Distress ink to the edges of my heart and layered it onto some of the new Memory Box plaid papers.

Thanks for visiting today!







Fri 09

LOVE You- Heart Streamer
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. Today I am sharing a shaped card using the Nested Globes Dies. 

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Here are the steps:

Trim and score a piece of cardstock, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. 

Secure the largest globe die with the arch above the top of the card. 

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When you run it thru the die cutting machine it will not cut the top part of the card, giving you an arched shaped card.

Use the same die and cut a piece of aqua colored cardstock.  Adhere this to the card base.

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Next, die cut the Heart Streamer Globe and trim off the bottom strip (the scored part). I used a darker shade or aqua cardstock. 

I used the Wooden Alpha Dies to die cut the word L O V E.  I used the pastel glitter pad to die cut the letters and tiny hearts.

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Adhere the die cut letters to the center of the base with foam tape. Place two layers of foam tape to the die cut Heart Streamer Globe so it sits

above the die cut letters.


I stamped and trimmed the partial sentiment from the stamp set Joyful Moments.  I adhered the sentiment to the globe.  Adhere the tiny glitter hearts to the streamers and base.

Last, I threaded a button and adhered that to the arch of the Heart Streamer Globe.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Enjoy the weekend!

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Thu 11

Just Add Plaid by Jean Okimoto

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Madras Plaid, Heart Streamer Globe and bold Wooden Alphas create an easy way to design a quick guy card for the 14th.  Loving the new dies, plaids and Color Wheel 6x6 cardstock sets from our 2021 Spring Collection!  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with one of many cards featuring this wonderful release of dies, papers, stamps and an embossing folder too.  There are so many great designs and colors to chose from I didn't know where to start.  It includes nine 6x6 110# cardstock sets of beautiful colors - every color you'll ever need!  The packs are named Berry Red, Sunny Orange, Lush Green, Fresh Aqua, Ocean Blue, Stormy Blue, Vibrant Violet, Twilight Purple and Earth Neutral.

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Cut Heart Streamer Globe from Berry Red's dark red 6x6 sheet.  Cut the Madras Plaid Coral and Green background with a Nested Globe die.  Cut one large and two smaller Bright Hearts from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut Wooden Alpha's XOXO from Sunny Orange's pale yellow 6x6 sheet.  Cut the letters again from the dark red sheet.

Attach everything to a cream A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  

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Let the dies and papers do the work for you when the holiday - or occasion - is almost here. It's easy to coordinate elements and colors when everything is as well-designed as the 2021 Spring Collection is!  It's also easy to have a totally different look with different color combos like peach/pink, bright red/gray or fuchsia/pale pink. Choose the receipient's favorite colors and create a card just for them!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this afternoon with a slimline design from our latest collection...





Sun 07

Plaid Hearts Slimline Valentine Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with 2 versions of a plaid heart slimline card, plus an extra gift tag.

The first version of the card, pictured above is more clean and simple with less detail and embellishment.  Here's how I made my card:

1)  First die cut a slimline panel 3.25" by 8.25" of white card stock with the "Pinpoint Heart Plate" die

2) Cut about 20 plaid hearts from the "Christmas Plaid" paper pack with smallest die in the "Double Stitched Heart Cut Out"  or the "Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out" die set, or both at the same time if you have both sets.

3)  Glue the hearts inside the pinpoint dots of each heart on the die cut "Pinpoint Heart Plate" white die cut panel.  Below you can see mine after I had glued all the hearts down and started trimming off the overhanging edges.

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4)  After trimming off any hearts hanging off the edges, adhere that panel to a black panel that is 1/8" bigger for a mat.

5)  Add the paper-pieced panel with black mat to the card base.  (Card is 8.5" by 3.5")

6)  Heat emboss in white on black card stock, the sentiment words which are from "Berry Wreath" Christmas stamp set and attach to card front at an angle.  I love that you can use this set for much more than just Christmas by combing the separate words into exactly what you need!

7)  Using the "Sprinkle Heart Collage" die, I cut several of the smaller white hearts from the "Frosted Glitter" paper pack to use on the card front

 That completes version one, the clean and simple one.  Below you can see the second version with extras on it.

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If you prefer this second version, here's what I added:

9)  Cut thin strips of black and white glitter paper from the same paper pack to outline the top and bottom of the sentiment.  Also place more white hearts inside the some of the background plaid hearts.

There you have it!  Two versions of the same card!  Which do you like best?  Being the clean and simple gal that I am, I actually prefer the first one.

Now, while I had my supplies out, I went ahead and created this tag for a gift basket:

MB with extras

1)  Used the same heart die from "Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out" on a white A2 size panel, then backed the opening of each cut out heart with ombre shades of Distress Oxide inked card stock.  (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry) I put the ink direct to paper so this was really a quick way to get the colors behind the heart openings.

2)  Add the stamped words in black ink, from the same stamp set, "Berry Wreath," then cut the whole panel with a "Stitched Rectangle Layer" die.  I punched a small hole in the top left corner and ran some twine through to tie it on the basket.

This is a basket full of cards from a Facebook group that sends cards to show kindness to people who are in need.  I wanted to add something to the basket "with love" and these stamps and dies were perfect for making this tag!

I hope you enjoyed my projects for today!  I had so much fun creating these!  Be sure to come back tomorrow - you won't want to miss the blog posts this week - they will be amazing!   Thanks so much for stopping by!






Sat 06

Deep-Emboss the Floral Bouquet Heart by Jean Okimoto


Dies are great for embossing but they sometimes need a little extra help.  Add extra dimension to your embossed designs with some behind-the-scenes washi tape and a diecut .  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few techniques, delayed by many hours of internet connection challenges.


Two special steps in the embossing process create smooth details and minimize splitting and cracking of the cardstock.  First - attach wide washi tape behind the bright pink 80# (or heavier) cardstock to stabilize it and keep it from tearing.  It's on the backside and won't be seen.  Cut it with the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out.


Next, cut a scrap of cardboard with the Floral Bouquet Heart - use a metal shim for a smooth, complete cut.  Place the die over the pink heart as usual.  Place the cardboard diecut behind the pink heart so it functions like the bottom layer of an embossing folder. Tape the stack to the embossing mat so it won't shift.  Pressure-emboss it using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut Sprinkle Heart Collage from pink cardstock and trim the edges.  Place a strip of the white sheet from the Frosted Glitter Pad behind the cutouts.

Cut BIG Hugs Posh Script from light gray and bright pink cardstock and assemble the double-layered greeting.Attach everything to a light gray slimline card (8-½" x 3-⅝").  Add  ¼" dots punched from the silver sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Embossing adds interest to any project - let your Memory Box dies create focal points and backgrounds to complement your design without overwhelming it.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!





Thu 04

Twiggy Hugs and the Stylish Hexagon Trio by Jean Okimoto

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Mon 01

Polka Dot HUGS
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a fun Valentine's Day card perfect for all those posh teens! 

I used the Bubble Border Die and Twiggy Hugs Die, Watercolor Paper and Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.


When I die cut the Bubble Border I taped the background so they would stay in place when I colored the circles. I used Copic Markers in shades 

RV52, RV55, and RV19 and used an ombre technique. I used the colorless blender, 0, to clean up any color outside the circles.

I die cut the word HUGS and used he same technique.


I realized the sentiment needed a bit more pizazz, so I die cut the words again using the twinkling jewel Glitter Pad. I adhered the colored letters to the glitter letters.


I adhered the Bubble Border panel tot he card base than adhered the sentiment. Last, I embellished with some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Enjoy your week!

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Sun 31

Dots & Stripes Backgrounds
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with some fun cards using strips of dotted and striped patterned paper.  I used the "Garland Stripes and Dots" paper which I just love because on each sheet, one side has the dots and the reverse side has the stripes in the same color.

Above are the two cards I made with the striped side of the paper and below are the two I made with the dotted side of the paper.

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I wanted to make some heart cards with thin strips of patterned papers for the background, so I took the  paper  and cut both the stripe and the dotted sides of every color, into 1/2"strips. I glued them to a piece of white card stock and then trimmed each panel to 4.25" by 5.5" . The photo below shows the panels I made.

Preparing panels

I took the "Double Stitch Loving Heart Cutout" set and with the largest die from the set, I cut a heart from each panel. I used each of those hearts to make two clean and simple heart birthday cards.
Here's the first one made with the striped heart background.

Striped bday

Here's a closer up of the birthday card with the striped background.

Striped bday close

The word die is "Birthday Jotted Script" die and the heat embossed strip was stamped with the "Big & Little Words" stamp set. Here's the 2nd birthday card with the dotted heart background.

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And here is a close up of the dotted background birthday card:

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For the two other card, I used the left over piece with the missing heart and added a piece of white card stock behind the opening. Inside the heart I added a black heart cut out made with the two largest heart die from "Double Stitch Loving Heart Cutout", and the "Sending Love Posh Script" die, cut 4 times and layered for dimension. Here's a look at the one made with the striped background.

Stripes Sending

And here's a close up of the striped one.  I just love how that heart dies leaves a double stitched edge.

Stripes Sending close

The next card was made exactly the same with the dotted background.

Dots Sending

And here's a close up of the dotted "Sending Love" card.

Dots Sending close

I hope you like my cards for today - I love it when you can get two for one when making cards.
Using the heart for one card and the rest of the panel for a 2nd card, really helps build your card stash!

Thanks so much for stopping by!