361 posts categorized "Open Studio"


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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Tue 14

Snowman Shaker Tag
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  Counting down the days until Christmas.  Time to start holiday gift tags for me.  I have a shaker tag using the Nested Globe dies and the Snowman House Frame die set.  



Adhere the Poppy Stamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to a light blue from the Ocean Blue paper pack. Then die cut the 3rd largest die from the Nested Globe die set.  On the back side use a white paint pen and write To and From.  You can also use a embossing pen and use white embossing powder.  Die cut the same Globe die from acetate. 



Die cut the largest die from the Snowglobe Bases from Kraft Woodgrain card stock 2 times.  Ink blend the base with Distress Antique Linen and then Gathered Twigs to just around the outside edges.


Shaker Frame:

Take the 3rd and 4th largest die from the Nested Globe die set to create a frame.  Die cut the frame from white scrap card stock 3 times.  Die cut the frame from the white Polished Foil pad.   Glue the 3 frames together with thick glue, making sure there is glue everywhere.  Also glue in string in-between one of the layers.  Take 1 of the inside pieces of the scrap white card stock and trim about 1" off with a hill shape to create a snow bank.  Ink blend with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue at the bottom of the snowbank.


Snowman House Frame:

Die cut the snowman and trees from white card stock.  Ink blend Distress Rustic Wilderness on the tree die cuts from the top down leaving the bottom white to make it look like stock.  Ink blend Fresh Ink Silicone Blue around the snow man. Mask off the snowman body and color the snowman arms with a brown watercolor marker.  Color the hat black, nose, and the scarf red or any other color you choose using watercolor markers.  ** Trick to fix inky mistake.  I got ink on the snowman so I took a white Gell pen and colored the full die cut to hide it**


Glue the stacked shaker frames on top of the background.  Glue in the snowbank, Trees and snowman.  Add Distress Rock Candy glitter.  Glue the acetate die cut then the frame die cut form the white foil paper.  Glue 1 of the snow globe base die cut on front. Cut 4 strips of scrap paper the length of the snow glove base and glue behind the shaker base. Glue the other snow globe base the the backside for a finished look on the backside.  Die cut the top Let It Snow Posh Script die from white Festive Glitter paper. Adhere to the front on the snow globe base.  





Tue 30

Warmest Wishes Snowmen
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a glittery "Warmest Wishes" card featuring dies and papers from the latest 2021 Holiday Release!

Here's a closer look at my card.


I cut the Memory Box Oval Snowman Collage Dies using papers from both the Memory Box Festive Glitter Pad and the Memory Box Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  The snowmen and trees are super easy to put together.  I like to use Glossy Accents for my glue when using glitter paper as it's a very heavy duty glue too!  I wanted trees and another snowman so I used the Memory Box Snowman House die set.  

Next I got out the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp for the sentiment strip which was heat embossed in white on black card.  After putting everything togethert, I added white gel pen snow dots to the trees and with markers and I colored the snowmen's noses orange and their mouths and eyes black.

Here's one last look:


I hope you like my card for today!  Memory Box dies cut so well, even from Memory Box Glitter paper which is very thick.  One pass through the die cutting machines and it cuts perfectly.  Hope you will have a chance to look at all the beautiful products in the 2021 Holiday Release!

Thanks so much for stopping by!







Fri 12

Red and Green Holiday Cheer Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another card using the Pine Needle Trio die set with the white and silver embossing powder.  This time I use the pine needle die cuts as the border framing the Joy and Cheer sentiment die cut.  


Pine Needles:

Die cut 16 of the 2 smallest Pine Needle Trio dies from the darkest green from the Lush Green paper pad.  Emboss using dries white glue and white and silver mixed embossing power on the ends of the pine needles.  



Die cut the top  Joy and Cheer die from a dark green glitter paper from the Glitzy Flitter pad.  



Ink blend a A2 heavy weight card stock with Distress Oxide Ink. First add Candied Apple all over, then blend around the outside with Festive Berries and then just the outside edge with Aged Mahogany.   Add white splatters with Distress Picket Fence reindeer. Add a few water splatters as well.



Glue the sentiment to the center of the card panel.  Glue the Pine Needles around the outside edge to frame the sentiment.  Trim off the excess.  Adhere the card panel to a heavy weight A2 size card.  Cut a reddish brown from the Earth Neutral pad to A2 size.  Use the 2nd largest die from the Rectangle Basics set to cut a frame.  Adhere the frame to the front of the card.





Fri 05

Spread the Cheer!
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome!
It's Angie here today with this masculine "Spread the Cheer" holiday card!
Here's a closer look:

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As you can see I used a lot of masculine looking colors and items on my card.
First I used the "Curled Holly Branch die" and cut it twice from a dark brown card stock from the "Earth Neutral paper pack, and once from plaid paper from the "Woodsy Plaid" paper pack and layered them slightly offset. I took Distress Ink in "Tea Dye" and inked the edges of the holly die cut. Next I took a piece of a brown paper sack and tore a square piece out of it, then ran it through my embossing machine with the Ringadings 3D embossing folder. I also inked the torn edges of paper sack square with the ink.

I adhered it to the center of a square piece of card stock 4.5" by 4.5" and added both the holly cut and a sentiment from the "Festive Christmas Greetings" stamp set. Lastly I added some "Autumn Fairy Crystals" to the berries on the holly die cut. If you look at the picture below, you can see just how pretty those crystals are as they reflect light. Just gorgeous!

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Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you like my card for today. It's a great masculine design, if you are needed masculine cards for family or friends. Be sure to check out all the amazing new release items in the 2021 Memory Box Holiday Release. There's just so many awesome products!








Wed 03

Sleigh Ride Winter Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a winter card today featuring the Horse and Sleigh die set.  I love making winter scenes and this die set is perfect for the wintery feel.


Horse and Sleigh:

Die cut the horse from heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from the outside in first time Distress Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, and then just a little Walnut stain around the outside only.  Take a fine tip black marker and add an eye and color in the hooves.  Take a light charcoal pencil and add additional shading to define the horse features.  Die but the sleigh out of black card stock.  Die cut out the bottom blade from silver paper from the Polished Foil pad and trim off any excess to leave just the blade.  Die cut the top of the sleigh from heavy white card stock and trim off the bottom.  Ink blanket the sleigh from the outside in Distress Oxide ink first with Festive Berry and then Age Mahogany around the outside.  Glue the blade and top of the sleigh on the black sleigh.


Die cut the 2 pcs of the smallest and 1 pc of 2nd smallest Square Basics set die out of heavy white card stock.  Ink blend from the outside in with Distress Oxides, Blue Print Sketch, Mustard Seed, and Rustic Forrest.  Die cut the bows from the Crisp Bows from red, yellows and green paper from the Glitzy Glitter pad.  Glue the bows on the square die cuts.  Trim off the end of the ribbon and use it to make a horizontal ribbon.  Glue the presents into the Sleigh.



Die cut the Pine Needle Trio from the darkest green in the Lush Green paper pad. I used the full sheet only cutting the largest pine needle die 3 times.  Add dries white glue to the tips off the pine needles and cover with white and silver mixed embossing power.  Heat set.  Repeat for all pine needles "trees"



Ink blend a 4" x 5 1/4" white card panel with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass ink lengthwise.  Don't over blend and leaving the ink blotchy.  Add Snowspeckle Wide Washi tape over the top to create the perfect snow fall sky.  

Snow Banks:

Cut a 5 1/4"x2.5" strip of white heavy card stock.  Trim off the top to create a snow bank.  Add dries white glue to the top and cover with the embossing powder used no the pine needles.  Heat set.  Add foam tape to the bottom of the snow bank.  Cut a 51/4" x 3/4" strip of white heavy card stock.  Trim off the top leaving a little wavy look.  Stamp Spread and Cheer from the Festive Christmas Greeting stamp set.  Add the same embossing power to the top of the paper strip and heat set.  Glue 2 smaller strips to the bottom portion of the snow bank.  



Use a A2 card base and adhere an A2 size card panel out of silver Polished Foil paper.  Adhere the snowy sky panel to the center.  Adhere the larger snow bank to the bottom and then the smaller snow bank on top.  Add a piece of foam tape to the top of the sleigh and glue to the bottom of the blade and adhere to the top snow bank.  For the horse add 2 pieces of card stock to the back of the body and glue to the hooves and adhere to the top snow bank.  Add the. Pine Needle die cuts to the background around the sleigh and horse.





Sat 30

Two Cards with Contempo Holly Die
by Angie Cimbalo

Joy Holly 2
Hello and welcome!  I'm up on the Memory Box blog today with two cards featuring the Contempo Holly Die from Memory Box.  This die comes with a coordinating stencil but I didn't use that part for my cards today.  Here's another look at my first card:
Joy Holly 2
I cut the die from both white card stock and turquoise glitter paper from the "Festive Glitter Pad" and then used both of these to create my two cards.  I trimmed the branch and edges of the holly leaves from the main die cut and interchanged them with each other.  And I took a 2.25" of both turquoise and white card to complete the right sides of each card.  Then I paper pieced the leaves inside the holly leaf frames.
The sentiments are both from "Festive Christmas Greetings" stamp and die set, stamped in Versamark Ink, heat embossed in white and cut with the coordinating dies.
Lastly I added some Fairy Sugar drops in "Ruby Crystal" color.
Here's one last look at my first card:
Joy Holly 2
Here's a look at my second card:
Joy Holly 2
I decided to make this card a landscape version, unlike the portrait version on my first card.
I really like how these turned out because the glitter paper is so fantastic, you don't need a lot else on the cards!  Here's one last look at my 2nd and last card:
Joy Holly 2
Look at the depth of color of that glitter paper!  And that's just one of the colors in the pad, there are lots of gorgeous colors in the Memory Box of glitter papers.
I hope you like my cards for today!  I had so much fun making them!  Be sure to check out all of the wonderful new products in the 2021 Memory Box Holiday Release!
Thanks so much for stopping by!