Fri 09

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you which features an easy stamped resist background.


To make the background for this card I placed many rectangle stamps inside my Misti Stamping Tool.  I inked the stamps with Versa Ink and stamped onto white cardstock.  Then I covered the images with white embossing powder and heat set it.  


I used Carved Pumpkin Distress ink and sponged over the embossed images. The embossing resists the ink and the images are revealed.  I misted the paper with plain water and dried it.  Once it was dry I spattered it with black ink.


I trimmed the background and adhered it to a piece of patterned paper and used foam adhesive to glue it to a white card.  

Next I stamped, watercolored and die cut the whale.  Using foam tape I adhered it to my card front.

I stamped and white embossed my sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and glued that to my card under the whale.


To finish the card I just added a few epoxy dots!

I hope you enjoyed today's post and have a great weekend!








Thu 08

Just a Little Note with the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Combine leaves and blossoms from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set with improvised "stems" from the Wave Ribbon Collage.  It's another design featuring the versatile Rose Bouquet stamps and die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with a simple design that works for any occasion.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from black cardstock.  Trim the edges to about ⅛" wide.      

Stamp the individual blossoms and leaves from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps with Nocturne.   Dry the ink, then diecut the pieces.  Add highlights to the center of the blossoms with Imagine Crafts Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Stix.  Shake it (cap on, top down!) vigorously about 20 times - then press it onto the centers to add a sparkly shimmer.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp set - with Nocturne and emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale gray cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and top center flower.  Attach green gem stickers. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the August 11 AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) class at Impress!  We're making colorful floral cards with our favorite dies, stamps and papers - and several of the newest designs from Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...see  you again next week!




Wed 07

Acrylic Block Stamping
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I’m still playing with my water-based markers and created a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card inspired by this month’s warm colors challenge.


I used the markers this time to do some simple acrylic block stamping.  Took a red, orange and yellow marker and randomly scribbled onto a long acrylic block.  Spritz it with water until droplets pooled (4 or 5 times) then stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Because these colors are analogous (they are next to each other on the color wheel), I “wiggled” the block back and forth slightly to get the colors to blend better.  Left the block sitting on top and set it aside for several minutes so the colors absorbed into the paper.


In the meantime, the large daisy from Daisy Silhouette was die cut three times from Bristol paper.  A square die from Square Basics was used to die cut the three windows from a Bristol panel.  Drew lines on the back to help with alignment.  Used the square die one size up with that die to create the frames. 


Adhered the watercolor background piece to a white top folding card base, then popped the panel and daisies over top with mounting tape for some dimension.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter Sentiments on a black cardstock strip to finish.  And that does it for me.  Thank you for dropping by... and extra thanks for those who take the time to leave such kind comments.  I really appreciate it.  Have a super day.





Tue 06

Airbrushed Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a card I made by airbrushing an oval onto white cardstock.  I wanted my oval to work as a frame for my leaf diecuts.

To make the card, I placed my oval stencil on top of white cardstock and airbrushed it with a blue Copic marker:


To add a bit of dimension, I airbrushed green Copic marker around the edges.  I went a little heavier with the green than planned, but you can still see that there are two colors:


Although I airbrushed both parts, you could also ink your masked oval.  Start at the edge of the oval with your inked sponge and color towards the center of the oval.  It is important to work from the outside edges of the stencil to the center so that you don't get ink under the stencil.

To finish the card, I added my dies and sentiment and used some thin washi tape to edge my white cardstock.  I liked the metallic detail of the washi tape.

Here is a close up:


Thanks for stopping by today!






Mon 05

Some Like It Hot Rose Bouquet
by Anne Thompson

Some Like It Hot is the name of this month's Memory Box Challenge with a focus on red, orange, and yellow.  You can find the information so you can participate here.  I decided to play along, using the Rose Bouquet stamp and die and some Distress Inks.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon.  I used the smoosh technique-- I just smooshed some of each color onto the watercolor paper and spritzed with water.  I reused a gold shimmer mist bottle so there is some sheen to the dried inks.


I stamped the Rose Bouquet on the inked paper using VersaFine Clair Pinecone Ink.


I took the outline die and placed it over the image and ran it through my die cutting machine.


 I placed the die cut on top of a yellow notecard and aligned the cut edges with the top folded edge and the right edge.


I snipped off the pieces that hung over the edges of the notecard.  Then I used a waterbrush and Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed Distress Inks to fill in the unpainted leaves.

To finish the card I added a crisp orange satin ribbon tied in a simple bow.


Join the Challenge!  I look forward to seeing what you will create!

Happy Crafting!

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Sat 03

Hello Jotted Script With the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolor the Rose Bouquet and diecut it for a bright, flowery summer card.  Add a simple greeting - from the Jotted collection - and finish it with gem stickers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the popular Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die set.  

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Stamp Rose Bouquet on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  


Press the inks from the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it lightly with a fine mist of water.  Colorwash the embossed image with diluted pink ink so the image is visible for detailed painting.  Paint it with diluted inks from the inkpad.  Dry it, then diecut it with the bouquet die from the coordinating set.  

Trim the diecut with the 4-¼" x 5-½"  Rectangle Basics die.

Diecut Hello Jotted Script from dark brown and coral creme cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 textured natural notecard.  Add orange gem stickers.

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Hope you'll try this design in other colors too - yellow, red, lavender or lilac are just a few suggestions.  Assemble the cards and have them ready for any occasion.  The simple greeting is quick and easy to add later.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend, see you again next week!






Fri 02

Share Happy Thoughts with the Brilliant Sunflower by Jean Okimoto

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Sunflowers are happy flowers...and a glittered beautifully-detailed Brilliant Sunflower sparkles on a watercolored background. Add a color-matched greeting from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps Set - and brighten someone's day.  

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with some August Challenge inspiration. The new Challenge theme is "Some Like It Hot" - featuring warm reds, oranges and/or yellows on your entry.  

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Spritz a 5" square of watercolor paper with a light mist of water.  Roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad to ink it completely - lift and roll it about 15-20 times for good coverage.  Spritz the inked brayer with water, then roll the colors onto the moist watercolor paper.  Set it aside to air-dry for a few minutes.  

Spritz it again to create some ink variations.  Dry it with a heat-tool.  Cut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.

Cut Brilliant Sunflower and two leaves from green cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to yellow cardstock. Cut it - with the tape on the top - with the solid sunflower die.

Attach the adhesive-topped yellow sunflower behind the detailed green sunflower.  Brush iridescent glitter over the exposed adhesive.  I like to use Impress Sparkle Glitter - it makes everything look pretty.

Cut three ¾" circles from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Here's a tip I've shared in classes - start the embossing process by heating the backside of the cardstock for a few seconds, then finish it from the front for a nice glossy finish.  Set it aside to cool.

Sponge it with the 2nd green ink of the Melon Melody inkpad.  Gently buff the excess ink from the embossing with a soft tissue.  Trim it to resemble a label-maker greeting.  

Attach everything to a side-folded white textured A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Attach yellow gem stickers.

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Enjoy the sun...but save some time to make a few summer-y cards with the flowers and butterflies from Memory Box.  They play well together...and the details are amazing!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday! Jeansignature-3



Thu 01

Memory Box Challenge #52 Some Like it Hot (Red, Orange, Yellow)

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Greetings friends.  It is a new month and time to introduce another Memory Box challenge. We hope you will play along with the theme through the end of the month.  You will even have the chance to win prizes!  Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who played along with us for our last challenge. We are always inspired by your submissions!

The winner of the blog badge was SmilinStef from the Ingenious Inkling blog.  We loved how the stripes showed off the butterfly dies.


The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prize of dies was ExperimentsinC from the Experiments in Craft blog.  Congratulations!

Please contact me at to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.


It's Summer, and the weather is really hot.  We thought it was a perfect time to use warm colors for a color challenge (red, orange and/or yellow).  What is your favorite warm color for cardmaking?  You can use one color or many.  The choice is really up to you. All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Here is a card by Jean Okimoto to help get you started:



There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge52 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Friday, August 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prizes from our latest collection:








Wed 31

Large Double Peony and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of Little Dragonflies and a Large Double Peony create a simple summer card today.  Soft peach tones, gold and gray highlight the pressure-embossed peony.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card you can use for any occasion.


Cut arroyo cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Round the top right and bottom left corners.  

Pressure-emboss Large Double Peony using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Attach the diecut to the embossed background, slightly offset for dimenson and shadows.

Cut Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut accent strips - ¾" x 3" of arroyo cardstock, ¾" x 3-¾" of textured gold paper from Shizen Design and ¾" x 4-½" of flintstone cardstock.

Score and fold a side-folded A-2 card of coral creme cardstock.  Round the top right and bottom left corners.

Attach the diecuts and strips to the card.


Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's HOLIDAY FAVORITES class at Impress - I appreciate that you drove, flew and ferried to join the group!   We discovered many new ways to use our Memory Box, Birch Press and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  Hope you'll find them in your stash too!  Special thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for always being there on Saturdays to help us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes this weekend - I'll be prepping for the August 11 AWESOME BLOSSOMS class.  We'll use the several of the just-released Birch Press and Poppystamps designs the Sidekicks and Stacking Dies!  

Thanks for visiting - see you in August!





Tue 30

Masked Stenciling
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I was inspired to make a challenge card.  I was over on the site and the "Try a New Technique" theme was "Masked Stenciling."  The basic idea is to mask off part of your card front, add a stencil and then add some ink so that you end up with a decorative backdrop for the card.  You can read all about their current challenge here.

For my card, I started by cutting out a circle mask using Eclipse masking tape and a circle die.  I made sure to adhere the masking tape to some cardstock first so that it would run through my die cut machine:


Next, I placed my mask onto my card front so that it ran off of the bottom left-hand corner:


I placed the stencil on top of the mask and then made sure to tape it down really well:


Finally, I used my Copic airbrush to color over the stencil.  You could just as easily sponge the piece with ink.  Important..make sure that you airbrush or sponge the stencil with a straight down motion.  You don't want to have ink seep under the stencil if you can avoid it:


To finish the card, I curved a clear sentiment around my masked stencil area and added some flowers I colored with Copic markers.

Colors for airbrush- B02, B18, G07

Colors for poppy 1- R22, R27

Colors for poppy 2- YR15, YR07

Colors for stems and stamens of both poppies- G09, Y13, Y38

** Please note, I used an older Memory Box stencil that is no longer available.  However, there is a very similar Memory Box chevron stencil that is still available.  I will attach a link to that stencil at the end of this post.

What about you guys?  Do you do a lot of challenges?  Do they help inspire you to be creative and try new techniques?