372 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Sun 19

Backyard Floral Stems & Fence Picket Dies + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a mini slimline "Hello" card featuring the new Backyard Floral Stems and the Woodgrain Fence Pickets dies.  Here's a look at those dies below along with a short video showing how I made my card:

Dies I used


In the video you will see how I color the die-cuts with markers and colored pencils to get a fun realistic rustic look on them.  I also used some Distress Inks with pencil type blending brushes.  Putting the card together was so much fun!  I made the fence by using the pickets vertically and horizontally by cutting off the tops.  Here's a couple more pictures of my card:

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I also share a tip for getting really clean white embossing on black card stock.  I prefer to use black alcohol ink card stock because it's such a dark solid black.  It's a little more expensive than just regular black card stock but it really holds up to the heat and the reaction the white embossing powder has on the paper, is always clean and bright white.

Here's a closer look:

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I had so much fun making this card and video for you today.  

Here's one last look:

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Let me know what you think in the comments and I will see you next time!  Be sure to come back every day for more inspiration from the team.

Check out my blog post HERE if you're interested in links to purchase the products.  Thanks so much for stopping by!






Tue 28

A Feathery View
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Using dies from the current 2023 February release, I created this thank you card.  To be honest I set out to do something else, but this resulted instead. 😂

Once again, I saw several watercoloring/painting reels on Instagram (IG) and wanted to give it a try.  Started by adding blobs of gouache paints on the smooth side of Memory Box’s watercolor paper in the order of the desired colors.


Using flat watercolor brushes and as little water as possible, created a background wash.


Took a small round brush and black gouache paint and painted in the land mass.  Lightly splattered with diluted white gouache paint for the stars.  Also used white gouache paint to paint the moo and reflection in the water.


The artists in the IG reels painted in their own silhouettes.  I didn’t want to take the chance of ruining my progress, so I die cut my silhouettes from black cardstock using the Backyard Floral Stems die.


The Plumed Gypsy Feather background die was then used to die cut the feather aperture from an A2 size Bristol panel.  The detailed top layer was also die cut from Bristol and mounted onto the back cutout layer.  Die cut the Tilted Thanks sentiment 3x to stack for dimension, then assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.  


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a lovely day.





Thu 23

by Donna Sledzik


Hi everyone!  I have another card using new products from the 2023 Memory Box Spring Release.  I love the pattern on the new Curlicue Die Plate and thought I would try it using Simon Hurley's Stamping Foam.


I heated the circle stamping foam with a heat tool and quickly pressed it into the die.  Next, I inked the foam with dye inks and misted it lightly with water to stamp it onto watercolor paper.



The stamped image looks like a watercolor painting.  I dry embossed the circle frame around the stamped image using the largest circle from the circle die set and followed the directions on my die cutting machine for embossing with a die.

The leaves were die cut from green cardstock and inked with Rustic Wilderness Distress ink, then glued in place on the card.


I die cut the word hugs from white cardstock and the shadow from black cardstock.  I used foam tape to glue the word to the card.

Next I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat and adhered it to a white card base.


To finish the card, I added some fairy crystals to add a little shine.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by.






Sun 12

Luxe Peony For You
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have an all-occasion card today featuring the Luxe Peony and For You Posh Script dies from the 2023 Valentine’s collection.

The peony was die cut three times from white cardstock.  Using a finger brush, ink blended Victorian Velvet distress ink to each piece before layering / gluing them together.  For some sparkle, spritz them with a shimmer spray.  The leaves were die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock then colored with Copic Sketch markers YG61, YG63 and YG61.


The sentiment was die cut once from gold mirror paper and twice from thick white paper, then stacked onto its white shadow piece.  On a white A2 size panel, splattered with diluted black gouache paint for a bit of texture.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, popping up the middle peony with foam squares.  Added a few clear Fairy Drops to finish  


That’s it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.





Sat 28

Cuppa Love Stack
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have this super easy rainbow card to share today featuring the Cuppa Love die from the current 2023 Valentines collection.

Started by picking out a light and darker color paper of each color hue.  The outline/handle was die cut from the light color paper white the cup was die cut from the darker one.  Unwanted parts were cut off before stacking the cups in rainbow order.


Glued the cup stack onto an A2 size white woodgrain panel.  Die cut the sentiment twice from white paper and mounted them onto its black shadow piece.  Die cut the heart from white cardstock and adhered to the cup to finish.


Did I mention how super easy this was? 😂  That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.





Fri 21

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a fun Christmas Card for you which features new products from the 2022 Memory Box Christmas Release.

To make this card, I started by creating an ink blended background using Distress Oxide Inks. 


I spattered the background with plain water and pressed a dry paper towel to it to remove some of the color. 


Next I die cut a circle from white cardstock for the moon. I used a blender brush to apply Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks to color the moon.  I spritzed it with plain water to add texture to the moon.  Once the moon was dry I glued it to my background.

The trees where die cut from white cardstock and glued to the background.

The Santa and sleigh were die cut from black cardstock, and glued in place across the moon.

Then I stamped the words "Merry Christmas" in black ink at the bottom right hand corner of the card.

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I spattered the card front with white paint and adhered it to a white cardstock mat.  This was glued to a black mat and adhered to a white card base.

To finish the card, I added a red jewel to the reindeer's nose.  

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!






Mon 10

Merry Christmas Slimline
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a fun mini slimline card featuring the new Layered Narrow Pines (94706) die.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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To create my card I first die cut the tree die layers from white card stock and colored them with alcohol markers while there were still in the card stock panel.  This makes it very quick coloring and you don't have to stay in the lines!

Coloring trees

Once they were colored I popped them out of the panel and layered them much like you see on the packaging above.  For the background I used a dome blender foam on a blender tool on a 3" by 6" card base with both Speckled Egg and Iced Spruce Distress Oxide inks.  Once I was happy with the colors, I added a little Brushed Corduroy Distress ink  around the top and side edges to darken them and stamped the sentiment from "Sweet Christmas."  

Here's a close look at the edges:

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After the trees were assembled I went back with the same markers and added highlights and lowlights then lots of white gel pen to look like snow.  Next, I used lots of white gel pen around the darker edges for snow there as well.


After adding the trees to the card base with liquid glue, I added lots of twinkling jewels on the trees and a few on the card front.  Here's one last look:


I hope you like my mini slimline card for today!  I had a lot of fun getting inky and creating it.  These trees are perfect for both A2 and slimline cards and would also be perfect for a camping or outdoor scrapbook layout!  Thanks for stopping by!







Fri 30

Merry Christmas with Frilling Snowflake Ornament
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a fun holiday card featuring the new "Frilling Snowflake Ornament" die.  Here's a closer look at my card:



The sentiment is from a previous holiday release and it's called "Special Merry Christmas" and I cut it in both silver and black glossy card stocks and stacked them up.  

The ornament backs are cut from the glossy black card stock and the ornament itself is cut from silver mirror card stock from the Vintage Mirror Pad.  I added the silver outline ornament to the black background die cut and then placed all 3 of them on the card front, with 2 of them hanging off the edges.  After the glue dried, I cut the extra of the sides of the card.  

Lastly I added lots of jewels and crystals, all from Memory Box, to jazz up my ornaments.  I really like all the colorful gems with the silver and black!  

Here's one last look:


Working with amazing dies like these makes it so easy and quick to create beautiful one of a kind card designs.  Be sure to check out the whole release for all the products that just came out!  You will be amazed at all the possibilities!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you like my card for today!







Wed 28

Cozy Frame Polar Bear Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card featuring the Celeste Plate and Rectangle Basic to create a custom frame for the Layered Polar Bear.



Die cut the Celeste Plate from the medium purple blue paper from the Stormy Blue paper pack.  Die cut a rectangle from the center using the 9 largest die from the Rectangle Basic Set.  Adhere to a A2 card base of the same color paper.  Die cut the same size rectangle from the center.  Die cut a frame using the same rectangle die and 1 size larger.  Adhere around the center cut out.  Adhere the frame using foam tape to the lightest purple blue from the Stormy Blue paper pad.



Die cut the largest die cut from the Layered Polar Bear from the same light purple blue paper from Stormy Blue paper pad.  Die cut the rest of the dies from heavy white card stock.  Adhere a piece of black paper to the back of the eyes and nose.  Adhere the die cuts together using the front image as a guide.  Die cut the scarf from the Tap; Bundled Snowman die set from a green/blue  paper from the Woodsy Plaid pad.  Adhere to the polar bear.



Stamp warm wishes from the Typewriter Holiday Elements with Freesia Fresh Ink on white card stock.  Trim down.


Adhere the frame and card base to a A2 white card.  Adhere the polar bear to the center.  Add clear Fairy Jewels around the polar bear.  Adhere the sentiment to the lower left side of the card.  Stamp the Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy sentiment from the Sweet Christmas clear stamp set with the same Freesia Fresh Ink.  






Thu 25

Halloween Candy Bar Wrapper
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone!  Today I have a cute Halloween treat holder using some new products from the 2022 Memory Box Fall Release.

I cut a piece of white cardstock, 6 1/2" x 5 1/2" and used the eraser on the top of a pencil to add black dots to create a patterned background paper.


Next, I applied double sided tape to one side of the paper on the 6 1/2" side and on the bottom of the backside of the paper.  Place a candy bar in the middle of the backside of the paper and wrap it around the candy bar.  Make sure you can easily pull the candy bar out.


I punched a hole at the top of the wrapper and threaded a piece of ribbon through the hole to hold the candy bar.  Push the candy bar through the holder and ribbon.  To remove the candy bar all you have do is pull the 2 ends of the ribbon and the candy bar slides up.



To decorate the front of the holder, I die cut an oval shape from Glossy Black cardstock and one from white cardstock. I die cut the Creepy Cabin in the middle of the black oval and adhered it to the white cardstock oval.  Next, I die cut a larger oval from orange cardstock and glued the cabin oval to it. 

The pumpkin was die cut from orange paper and glued in place on the oval.

I die cut the words "Boo to You" from orange cardstock and the shadow from black cardstock.  The orange words were glued to the black shadow and adhered to the oval.  I glued this to the front of the wrapper.


I tied a bow at the top of the wrapper to keep the candy bar in place.  

That's it for today!  Have a great weekend!





94587 Boo Posh Script Die

#94634 Creepy Cabin Die