308 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Wed 06

NEW RELEASE! Heart Pop Up Card by Sara Cook

Having fun with the new Valentine's releases. I have a project today inspired by my daughter wanting a surprise on the inside of the card.  It is a pop up card featuring the new Crystal Heart die.  


Pop Up Heart:

Take 140lb Open Studio watercolor paper.  Spray with water then lightly with ink sprays.  I used pink and purple Dylusions spray by Ranger.  Let dry and then die cut a heart using the 2nd largest of the Double Stitched Loving Heart Cut Out. Cut out the Crystal Heart die out of a darker color paper that matches the background heart.  Glue together.  Add some Drewdrop Fairy Sugar glitter glue to some of the open areas and then Glossy Accents to other areas, leaving some areas blank.


Die cut the Big Hugs Scrip foreground die out of the sprayed watercolor paper and the background out of the same dark purple paper used for the Crystal Heart outline.  Glue together.


Die cut a lighter color purple paper using the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Die cut a circle opening using the 24x24 Stitched Circle Layer die centering it over the burst. Save the cut out circle. Die cut a frame using the 28x28 and 24x24 Stitched Circle Layer dies out of the same dark purple paper.  Take a A2 size card base and temporary tape the Pinpoint Burst base on the outside.  To cut out the circle add temporary tape on back of the saved circle cut out and put back in the center.  Remove the Pinpoint Burst panel., leaving the circle die cut.  Line up the 24x24 circle die over the cut out circle.  Unfold the card so only the front panel will be cut through and die cut. Glue the Pinpoint Burst panel back on the front along with the frame and sentiment.

Inside Sentiment:

Use the "Sending" stamp from the Big and Little Words and "all my love" from the Big and Little Valentines to stamp the inside sentiment.  I used Monarch VersaFine Clair ink.


Cut out a strip of paper 1/2"x31/2".  At one end score at 1/2" and add glue to just the 1/2"score . Place the strip of paper w/glue side up on inside of the card half way down from the opening and close the card until glue dries.  Glue the Crystal Heart on the strip centering it in the circle frame.  Trim off any excess paper on the right side of the heart.  Cut another strip of paper 1/2"x2 1/2". Score every 1/2".   Fold on all score marks.  Glue one end on top of the other forming a box. Add glue to 1 side of the box and place behind the heart. Fold down the box and on the opposite side (from the side glued to the heart) add glue and fold card closed to glue to back of card.  Cut random heart sizes from the sprayed watercolor paper using the Sprinkle Heart Collage.  Glue around the inside for more love.






Sat 19

Clean & Simple Slimline Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple slimline card using Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" and "Christmas Tiles" stamps and dies.  I love stamping a large stamp image and cutting it into smaller pieces to use on my cards.  This time I did this with the large "Berry Wreath" stamp and die set.  Here's a closer look:


I stamped the wreath in black and heat embossed it in clear, then colored it with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  After die cutting the image, I cut it into two piece to use on a slimline card base.  After I adhered both piece to the card front, I took the "peace, love & joy" sentiment from the "Christmas Tiles" stamp set and cut it to fit into the white spaces between the wreath branches.  I stamped the words in black and heat embossed them in clear to match the wreath.

Here's one last look at my card:


I really love clean and simple designs!  I think its my favorite style of card making because I just love bright white space!  I hope I've inspired you to look at some of your larger stamps to see if you can use them in smaller pieces.  Thanks so much for stopping by!






Wed 16

Let It Snowglobe
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I have a fun non-traditional color winter card to share today.  I really wanted to use the Snowglobe Bases die set again.  There are four snowglobe base sizes and initially I had planned on making a tag with this size, but ended up turning it into a card instead.  The largest die actually makes a great shaped card.

So I started by die cutting a circle from Bristol paper using Circle Basics.  Took the next smaller size die and die cut a circle frame.  Oops, I think I used a circle die that is one (or two) size too big. 😆  Next, masked off the snowy ground on the circle and ink blended Wilted Violet and Spun Sugar distress inks (DIs) for the fun sky.  Flicked on some water, then blot with a paper towel to give it texture.  


The snowglobe base and snowmen with their accessories were die cut from alcohol marker friendly paper and colored in with Copic Sketch markers.  The background is also Bristol paper die cut with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Blended on Spun Sugar DI, then black heat embossed the sentiment from Spirit of Christmas with clear glitter embossing powder.  Assembled the card on a white card base to finish.  


And that’s it from me today.  I want to thank everyone for joining me and leaving such kind comments throughout this crazy year.  2021 can only get better.  Whatever occasion you celebrate, have a happy holiday!  Stay healthy and keep safe.





Sun 06

Stitched Circle Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here with a fun Christmas card made with the  Stitched Circle Die.  

I die cut the die in my Gemini Junior, then began the stitching with red embroidery thread first as you can see below.94404


Once I finished with the red, I added green thread stitching in the middle of each point.  The sentiment, from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set, was heat embossed on black card stock in white embossing powder.  Then I die cut the sentiment with one of the  "Knotted Circle Wreaths" dies and another one from red glitter paper from the "Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad."  I used the outer piece of the red glitter card stock to frame the sentiment and then added a gem from my stash at each of the star points, and to the sentiment.  Here's a closer look:

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Stitching on a card front is very therapeutic and I really enjoy the many stitching die options from Memory Box.  I also think adding this fun stitched element to a card makes it even more special for the recipient!  Here's one last look at my card:


I hope I have inspired to you use some stitching on a card.  It doesn't take much time, about the same as coloring an image in detail.   I did this while I watched tv one night and then made it into a card the next day.  I have several panels already die-cut with the stitching dies that I keep by my chair so in the evening, I can leisurely add the stitching when I want something to keep my hands busy!  Be sure to check out all the stitching dies from Memory Box, there are a lot to choose from!  Thanks so much for stopping by!







Thu 15

Build the New Charming Snowman by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs.  It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today.


Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut.  

Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons.  The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like lumps of coal.

Cut the scarf from the green 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet. A tip - turn the glittered cardstock over and trim the scarf from the white side if the glitter and shiny blade make it hard to see what you're trimming. Cut the twiggy arms from dark kraft cardstock - including the sections that extend from the arm over to the edge of the snowman.  Place pieces of tape across backside of the collage where the scarf and arms will be inserted and press the diecuts onto the exposed adhesive.

Attach the Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Another tip - run the tape-covered cardstock through your diecut machine with the cutting plate(s) to firmly compress the tape. Attach the tape-covered cardstock behind the snowman to fill the outlines. 

Cut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured dark gray A-2 card.


Cut smooth white cardstock with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Christmas Tiles Clear Stamp Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Add a Resting Bird.

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Here's a link to view our latest release - including some beautiful designs from Birch Press Designs too.  It's a very contemporary collection of favorite holiday icons.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!




Thu 24

Spooky Cute Haunted House
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a hauntingly cute card! I used two of the newest layer dies, Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Die and Haunted House Dome Layer Die.  I die cut the dome layers with Copic friendly paper and colored the scene with Copic Markers. 


When assembling the dome layers, fold the scored edges so the flap of the top scene folds back and the flap of the back scene folds forward.  Adhere together at the bottom flaps and at the top of the dome.  Set aside to dry.  When dry, I tied a bow with bakers twine through the top slot.


I trimmed a piece of gray cardstock and adhered to a card base than inked up the edges with chipped sapphire distress oxide ink. Than I added a few splatters of black paint. Allow to dry. Trim a piece of vellum paper and stamp the sentiment. I used the stamp set Halloween Pumpkin. 

Copic shades: E25, E27, E29; V15, V17, V09, BV08; C1, C4, C6; YG17, YG95; YR04, YR07, R08


I assembled the card and finished it off with a few scattered sequins.

Thanks for peeking!!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Wed 02

Have a Spooky Halloween
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here...sharing a fun Halloween card using some of the newest dies and stamps from Memory Box. The large bat die is called Cave Bat. I die cut the bat twice and used Copic Markers in shades C3, C4, C5, C7 and C9 to color. The large jack-o-lantern is called Jack-o-lantern Bucket. I used shades YR04, YR07, and E08 

The smaller dies, pumpkins, ghosts and bats are from the one of the newest layer dies called Haunted Entrance Dome Layer. I used Copic Markers to color in shades 100, W1, W00, G94, YR04, YR07, E08.  For the background, I inked up a piece of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with broken china, seedless preserves, and black soot distress oxide inks. 

The sentiment is from one of the newest stamp sets, Halloween Pumpkin. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!! 

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Mon 20

Peace and the Pretty Blossom Stem Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm still working on my July personal challenge to make holiday cards from Memory Box Spring 2020 and Garden Party products I have on hand with sentiments from previous holiday releases.  Today's card features the Peace Jotted Script, the Pretty Blossom Stem, and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles on a pretty piece of Garden Party paper.




In the photos above you can see how I cut everything from red glitter paper and white cardstock.  I trimmed a piece of pretty floral paper 4 X 5 1/4 and adhered that to the front of a white notecard.  I used foam tape to place the red glitter Wrapped Rectangle at an angle.  I used large Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the Pretty Blossom Stem to the white Wrapped Rectangle and then used Scor-Tape to secure that to the glitter rectangle.  The next step was to use a glue pen to layer the Peace Jotted Script, red glitter paper on top of white cardstock.  After trying a number of various placements, I used just one large Glue Dot under the "a" to attach "peace" to the panel.


To finish the card I added white pearls to the flower centers.  And on the inside I added a narrow strip of the same Garden Party paper I used on the card front.


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Tue 09

Trio of Inked Backgrounds – Part 1 by Jean Okimoto

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Ink it once, spritz twice and create a trio of watercolored backgrounds for greetings from  the Garden Party Collection.  The Leafy Jumble Stencil is perfect for this process inspired by Jennifer McGuire's great technique.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a variation that takes advantage of the great stencils in our collection.  We're using Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the colors from the open areas of the stencil.  The resulting backgrounds have a shadowy, lightly-embossed look.


Spritz the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water and sponge the paper with Distress Oxides. Colors used here -  peeled paint, twisted citron, mowed lawn and cracked pistachio.  Heat-set the inks.

Have your embossing mat and plate ready. Start stacking the layers - paper towel, inked Open Studio Watercolor Paper, stencil.  

Spritz the smoother side of plain Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a "medium" coat of water (not too light, not too drippy). Place the spritzed side of the watercolor paper over the stencil.  Add the embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Run it through the machine 2 or 3 times.  A leafy layer of ink will be transferred to the uninked watercolor paper.

Spritz another sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper and run it through the machine for a second, lighter transfer of ink through the stencil.

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Here are the backgrounds we've created.  Heat-set the three sheets of watercolor paper.  Clean the stencil, then align it over the original inky background and sponge the design with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  We'll use the other two backgrounds on another post.

Cut the darker leafy background with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the Graceful Rose and Background from yellow cardstock  Pressure-emboss the background with the coordinating detailed die. Attach the detailed diecut to the embossed background.

Cut Leafy Frond from green cardstock.  Cut white cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp "hello" - from the

Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square white card.  (Square cards require extra postage.)  Add ¼" punched dots of the green glittered cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.

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Looking for more Garden Party Collection card ideas?  The Garden Party Greetings Cards Kit from Impress Cards and Crafts features three technique-y, layered floral designs for your summer cards.  The pieces are precut, instructions and envelopes are included.

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!





Thu 14

Dreamy Butterfly and the Butterfly Heart Frame by Jean Okimoto


Blend a bright Open Studio Watercolor Paper background for the Butterfly Heart Frame - then top it with a glittery Dreamy Butterfly. Add a greeting from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamp Set.  Butterfly season is approaching - Memory Box has a great collection of butterfly dies, 6x6 prints and glittered cardstock for every occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design to create in your favorite colors.

Spritz the textured side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water.  Sponge it with loose, overlapping layers of Distress Oxides.  I used shaded lilac, cracked pistachio, twisted citron, peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade.  The water helps helps blend the inks and eliminates dark starting points.  Dry the inks.  Cut it with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die. Splatter it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

Scrunch waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Butterfly Heart Frame to help release the delicate diecut. Cut the frame from smooth  white cardstock.  Cut purple and turquoise butterflies with the coordinating die.  

Cut Dreamy Butterfly from the violet glittered cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.  The cardstock is actually brighter and redder than it appears here.  Cut the butterfly body and antennae with the die from the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines set.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem clear stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from Rectangle Basics.

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - use foam tape for the right half of the greeting strip.  Add ¼" punched circles of the green glittered cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 pack.


Big thanks to everyone who ordered my TOGETHER Class Kit from Impress!  Thank you for your support - personally - and for supporting Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design and Impress.  Although the store is closed, Ann and Shari have been busy with online orders and doorside deliveries and pickups. 

Thanks for visiting!