357 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Wed 29

Fin-Tastic Goldfish Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  The 3D embossed fish are so pretty.  Having the options to color, die cut, and emboss the fish with any combo makes the set so versatile.  I used the Ocean Fish die set and 3D Embossing Folder with the Memory Box Mirror paper to create the fish.  Also used several other flower dies to create the water lily and lily pad.  



Die cut the goldfish from the Ocean Fish die set from gold and bronze Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.  Secure in the fish in the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder using temporary tape and run through the die cutting machine.  Repeat for the 2nd fish. 



Cut a white card stock to 3 3/4" x 5".  in the lower left hand side ink blend with dye ink, I used my new Elements ink in the bright blue and turquoise with  a brush.  I left some of the brush marks to create movement.  Sprinkle with water, let stand for few seconds, and blot off with a paper towel.  Set aside to dry.


Die cut the smallest and 2nd smallest Happy Daisy Stem flower dies from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend with a light pink from the bottom up with a light pink ink.  Die cut the pistil from the Ruffled Poppy Stem die set from heavy white card stock.  Color with a bright yellow ink.  Glue the pistil to the larger flower and then the smaller on top.  Die cut the stems from the Ruffled Poppy Stem die set from heavy white card stock.  Color with a light and mid tone green ink.  You can use pens, watercolor, or any ink pads.  I used Elements Ink pads for all my coloring today.  Die cut the 4th smallest circle die from Circle Basic set from white card stock. Use the flower pad from the Ruffled Poppy stem die to die cut in the shape of the lily pad. Take Tim Holtz paper distressed to rough of the edge around the pad. Ink blend with a light green ink and then a mid-tone green ink.  Take a dark green color pencil and draw in some lines.  


Stamp a strip of white card stock with the You Are Fin-tastic sentiment from Deep Blue Ocean stamp set in black ink.  Back with a strip of black paper from Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad.


Cut the black paper from Rainbow Reflections Mirror paper pad to an A2 panel.  Adhere to a white A2 card.  Adhere the stems to the left side of the card, the lily pad, and then the waterlily.  Adhere the goldfish to the bottom left of the card, with 1 fish hanging off the side.  Trim off.  Adhere the sentiment to the upper righthand side.  Add a few clear Fairy Drops in the water.  Adhere the panel to the card using mounting foam tape.





Thu 23

Curling Waves Butterfly
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  The new mini Island Vacation release is live and consists of fun embossing folders with matching dies and/or stencils.  I stretched the Curling Waves layering stencil set of 2 from the release to create my card today.  But these waves look so cool when used as intended. 😉
Normally, I leave the sentiment till the end, but because I am hot foiling directly onto the panel, the Posh Hello sentiment was hot foiled with silver foil first.  Using blender brushes next, Milled Lavender, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Villainous Potion distress inks were ink blended for an ombré.  Wiped off excess ink with a paper towel, then lightly splattered with diluted white gouache paint for some texture.


For the Stella Butterfly, the background was die cut from vellum, while the outline top layer was die cut twice from Bristol paper.  Glued the background piece to one of the outline pieces, then applied clear glitter onto the vellum through the openings.  Added the other outline piece on top to cover up any glitter that may have accidentally got onto the first piece.  Completed the butterfly by die cutting the body/antenna three times from Bristol paper and stacking them for dimension.  A finger brush was then used to apply white pigment ink over the Curling Waves stencil (used the first stencil layer with the larger opening) to create the butterfly trail.  Mounted the butterfly, then added star and dot details along the trail with a white gel pen to finish.


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



88624 Curling Waves stencil 


Wed 15

Hello Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone! I am enjoying this release so much with the mixture of foil plates and flowers.  So many beautiful cards to create.  The Stella Butterfly and Background die set and Black Glossy paper makes a stunning focal image to the flower and leaves dies.


Exquisite Leaves:

Use the Exquisite Leaves plate to hot foil aqua green on the dark Fresh Aqua paper.  I chose the last, greener paper. Die cut using the matching die.  Make 3 die cuts.


Die cut the 2 smallest flowers from the Bouquet Blooms and Leaves from the darkest blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut 3 times.

Stella Butterfly and Background:

Die cut the top die and center of the butterfly from Black Glossy paper.  Die cut the background from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from center out with VersaFine Clair Cheerful, Warm Breeze from center to end, then Paradise from ends to just before the center.  Ink up the edge of the die cut with Paradise.  Glue the top die cut on tope then glue the center in the middle.  Use your fingers to round the end wings downwards. Then press up the wings while pressing down on the center.  



Die cut the outline Hello Daily Script from Black Glossy paper.  Die cut the background from the same Fresh Aqua paper.  Adhere together.


Adhere a A2 size paper matching paper from the Madras Plaid Blu and Violet paper paid to a white A2 card.  Trim the Black Glossy paper to 4" x 51/4" and die cut out the center using 4the smallest die from Open Studios Oval Layers die set.  Adhere vellum to the back of the cut out.  Adhere the paper to to the center of the card.  Arrange and adhere the leaves on the left hand side around the oval cut out, leaving some of the leaves off the card.  Trim off the leaves.  Adhere the Hello sentiment to the upper right side of the oval cut out.  Adhere the butterfly to the lower right side, making sure the wings over lap the sentiment and leaves. Add the flowers to the center of the leaves.  Add the gold Fairy Gems and Fairy Jewels to the center of the flowers.






Sun 12

Butterfly Birthday Shaker
by Trina Pham


Hello there!  It’s been a while since I last posted, I almost forgot how.  😂*lol*   Anyway, I have a fun and simple birthday shaker card to share today featuring the Butterfly Coterie Collage and Posh Birthday Wishes dies from the May 2022 release.

Started by trimming two A2 size panels from Bristol paper.  Took one of them and die cut from it twice with the butterfly die to stretch the butterflies across from corner to corner.  The Posh Birthday Wishes foil plate was then hot foiled in black using the Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System, and die cut out with the matching die.


On the other panel, ink blended Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron distress inks before prepping it for an infinity shaker to go behind the butterfly panel.  To minimize bulk. the small clear Fairy Drops were separated out and used for the shaker bits.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish,  


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







Wed 06

Easter Bouquet Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have an Easter bouquet in a paper wooden basket.  



Die cut the 2nd and 3rd smallest Half Dozen Egg dies from heavy weight white card stock.  Spray the eggs with spray inks, Distress Oxide spray then a Dylusions Shimmer spray.  I used Speckled Egg and Calypso Teal, Kitsch Flamingo and Past Box Red, then Squeezed Lemonade and Tarnished Brass Mica Spray.  


Leaves and Flowers:

Spray heavy weight white card stock with pray inks, Distress Oxide spray then a Dylusions spray.  For the leaves Old paper and Dirty Martini and flowers Shaded Lilac and Funky Fuchsia.  Die cut the 2 smaller leaf dies out of the green paper.  Die cut the 2 smaller of the Layered Impatiens from the purple flowers.  Shape the flowers with a small stylist.  Turn the die cut upside down and pull the stylist from the end of the petal to the center.  Turn the flower over and press in the center.  Add glue to the center of the flower and press another flower on top, off centering petals.  On the back side of the leaves take a medium stylist and pull from the edge of the leave to the center vein.  Die cut the the Tall Frilly Leaf Stem die 2 times.  



Cut a piece of Woodgrain card stock 2" wide then cut into 1/4" strips.  Color each strip with Distress Brushed Corduroy and then ink up sides of the strip with Distress Ground Espresso.  Take 1 strip and add adhesive to the backside.  Adhere strips diagonal.  Weave in 2 strips and adhere the last weave together.  Trim off excess and cut a rounded corners at the bottom.  



Create a landscape A2 size card from cream textured card stock.  In the lower left corner adhere the Tall Frilly Leaf stems, then adhere the Exquisite Leaf Set.  Adhere the eggs to the bottom of the bouquet.  adhere the basket over the bouquet and adhere the flowers mourned the leaves.  Add a yellow Fairy Jewels.  Die cut the Happy Easter Posh Script die from purple Polished Foil paper pad.  Adhere to the right side of the card.






Thu 03

Magical Wreath Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a wreath card with a magical faerie scene in the center using the new Paisley Bloom Leaf Arch die set and Friends and Family stamp set.



Trim a piece of Open Studio Watercolor paper to 4"x5 1/4".  Die cut a 3 3/4" diameter circle in the upper center of the paper with Open Studios Circle Basics die set.  Spray each side with water.  On the front spray with Distress Oxide Stain; Spun Sugar, Villainous Potion and mica Hocuspocus.  Randomly spray with inks leaving some light and dark areas.  If it gets too dark after drying spray with bleach water and pad off with a paper towel.  Heat Dry.



On the lower right hand corner of the background, tamp and heat emboss with a white with glitter embossing powder the "You are Something Magical" stamp from the Friends and Family stamp set.



Die cut the wreath branches for the Paisley Bloom Leaf Arch die set out of a mid tone color from the Lush Green paper pack 2 times.  Die cut the branches from the Layered Star Flower die set from a lighter tone color from the Lush Green paper pack 3 times.  Form the leafs on the branches by turning them upside down on a foam pad and taking a ball stylist and drag the stylist from the edge of the leaf to the stem.  Turn the branches over and take a small stylist and light push at the base of the leave on the stem to make the leaves pop more.  Spray with a clear shimmer spray to give a magical feel to the leaves.  I make my own out of water and perfect pearls.



Die cut the flowers from the Layered Star Flower set 4 times from white card stock, medium weight. Add some Distress Oxide Stain Villainous Potion to the flowers with a water brush.  I sprayed a little of the stain on my glass mat and then some water added a little of the purple to the water and covered the full flower.  Then take straight stain and add it to the center letting it bleed outward.  Spray with the same shimmer spray as the leaves.  Let dry.  Form the flowers with reverse close tweezers positioned in down the center of the flower petal and pinch the petal up over the tweezers.  Repeat on all petals.  Take a small stylist and push down in the center of each flower on a foam pad.  I randomly glued layers together. I add the glue with the flowers on the foam pad to push down until the glue dries to keep their shape.  This will get glue on your foam pad, I have a small section where I use to glue flowers together and another for forming them.  



Die cut Poppy Stamps Thoughtful Faerie body from cream card stock, medium weight.  Then color with Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy.  Used a small tip dark brown water based ink pen to color in the hair.  Cut the body again but our of the dark purple paper from the new Rainbow Reflections paper pad.  Trim out just the dress and glue on the faerie.  Die cut the wing out of white from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  Glue over vellum and trim around the wing.  Glue the wing behind the faerie.



Spray the upper center of the white A2 card with Distress Oxide Stain Spun Sugar, masking the edges.  Add foam tape to the background panel and adhere the the card base.  Glue the faerie in the lower portion of the cut out.  Add a golden Fairy Gemstone  from the Treasure Chest pack to the hand of the faerie.  Take a gold gel pen and add dots around the gem then blend with a water brush.  Let dry.  Add some glimmer with a glitter brush pen around the cut out.  Around the cut out, adhere 3 wreath branches, tucking in the end of one under the beginning of the next.  Glue 2 large and 2 small flowers to the bottom left of the wreath and 2 small and 1 large flower to the upper right.  Trim some of the branches from the Layered Star Flowers and adhere around the wreath. Tucking them in and around the flowers as well.  Add a golden color from the Pastel Fairy Jewel pack to the center of each flower.






Thu 17

Floral Mini Slimline with 2022 Spring Release
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today with these two mini slimline floral cards featuring products from the brand new Spring 2022 release!

I have a video also showing how I made my cards. If you prefer to watch it on YouTube, just click HERE.  Please consider subscribing while you are there so you won't miss any new content!


Here's a closer look at one of the cards:


Both cards are very similar, just have different colors of the same die-cuts on each.


Here's another look at my cards!


These were super fun to create and easy too. These newly released floral dies are perfect for all your Spring cards and there are a lot of dies in this collection to choose from!

Here's one last look at my cards:


I hope you enjoyed my card and video for today! Please check back on the Memory Box blog each day for more inspiration from this awesome new release!

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Sun 30

Vellum "With Love"
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here today with a different kind of Valentine's Day card that I made for someone very special!  It's not quite a full size slimline card but slightly smaller at 3.25" wide and 7.5" long.  
I have a video showing how I made this card below and on YouTube.  If you prefer to watch it on YouTube, just click on the logo in the video below and it will take you right there.  And while you're there please consider subscribing to my channel so you won't miss any new content!

Here's closer look at my card:

I have a list of Memory Box supplies used below and also on my YouTube channel video.  
The flowers are heat embossed on vellum in a rose gold embossing powder and inserted into the die cut opening in the plaid paper.  The sentiment is from the "Reverse Big & Little Words" stamp set.
Here's one last look at my card:
I hope you enjoy the video and my card for today!  Be sure to stop by this blog every day for more inspiration from our whole team.
Thanks so much for stopping by!




Sun 16

Blossom Birthday Wishes
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Sunday, everyone.  I have a simple birthday card to share today featuring the Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral die from the 2022 Valentine’s collection.

The flower layers were die cut from Bristol paper and two shades of the Vibrant Violet paper.  The leaves were die cut from two shades of the Lush Green paper.  Added clear shimmer to the entire flower for some sparkle.


Next, white woodgrain paper was trimmed to 4.25”x5.5” (A2 size) and the Double Stitch Loving Heart was die cut from it.  Die cut the heart again this time from the same color paper as the flower center. Ran this heart cutout through the die cutting machine with the Pinpoint Burst Plate to give it the burst detail before inlaying it into the woodgrain panel opening.  The sentiment from Birthday Blowout stamp set by Poppy Stamps was initially white heat embossed directly on the heart, but the pinpoint detailing made it look splotchy… so it was heat embossed on the same plain color paper, fussy cut out and adhered over top. 



A few clear Fairy drops finished off the card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week. 






Sat 15

Hello Friend Blue Bird Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have an any occasion card using the new Cottage Flower Stem and the Hello Friend Posh Script dies.  I used a blue color scheme but you can use any color you or the recipient of the card like.  Using the new flower die and the colored paper packs make it easier to create the color you want.




Die cut the base of the Cottage Flower Stem die from white card stock 3 times.  Trim the stem off the flower. Die cut the 2nd layer from a light tone blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad 3 times.  Die cut the center of the flower out of a light yellow from the Sunny Orange paper pad. Glue the 3 pieces together using the picture on the front of the packaging.  Shape the flowers with your fingers.



Die cut the leaves from Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral. The solid leaf from a dark tone green and die cut the other leaf die out of a light green from the Lush Green paper pad. I ran out of a dark tone green so I used the med tone and colored with Distress Rustic Wilderness ink.  



Die cut the bird base from a dark blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut the wing 2 time one with the med tone blue than the same light tone blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad.  Die cut the beak out of orange from the Sunny Orange paper pad. Fussy cut the light blue die cut wing, cutting just the top of the wing.  Glue the pieces together.



Die cut the bottom of the Hello Friend Posh Scrip from the same dark blue from the Ocean Blue paper pad as the bird.  Die cut the top die from white card stock.  Glue together.


Tree Branch:

Die cut, Forest Pine Branch, 2 times, a med tone brown from the Earth Neutral paper pad.  Trim off the pine needles from both die cuts.  Adhere 1 branch just after the second brach, curving the branch downward.  Trim off the access from the first branch.



Use Open Studio Watercolor paper and spray inks to create a deep blue background.  I used Distress Oxide Broken China, Dylusions Periwinkle Blue and White Linen.  Heat dry.  Emboss using the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing folder.  Trim down to 4"x5 1/4" panel.



Adhere the background to the center of a A2 card base.  Adhere the branches to the upper half of the card.  Adhere the bird right above the branch to make it looks like it is sitting.  Adhere the flowers to the branch and then tuck in the leaves.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom right hand side.


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