Sun 06

Shine Holly Jolly Corner Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here today with a simple card using a technique I copied from our company's founder, Dave Brethauer. Recently, Dave did a short little video where he stacked some napkins together and die cut them.  After that, he painted them with some watercolor which gave them a ton of texture.  I knew I really want to try that technique out for myself.  Here's a link to Dave's video if you want to watch it.

I actually use real napkins at home because I sew.  That's one of the perks of that hobby.  Also, since we're empty nesters, there's rarely more than 4 of us sitting down to eat and most of the time it's just my hubby and I.  I do have one large set of 16 napkins for if we have a lot of company, but 4 napkins are normally how many I make for a set.  I'm great at finding the fabrics that have a little over 1 yard left on them and have been clearance priced.  However, I wanted to try this die-cut napkin technique, so I ran to my Dollar General Store up the road for a pack of their super cheap napkins.  They were literally $1.00.

I love the texture that you can get using this technique and I could incorporate another of my favorites techniques which is to add a bit of gold metallic watercolor to my plain watercolor (Reinkers) to get new colors.  For Example, I added red watercolor to this Ruffled Poinsettia but I didn't feel it was dark enough so I went back with Scarlet Jewel and added a bit of gold to that which gave me the effect I was looking for.  

For the Leaves, I used Mowed Lawn watered down a bit more, then went back and added another drop of color with a drop of the gold watercolor to get a nice variation of color for the leaves.

I used plain gold watercolor for the Holly Jolly interior Corner Frame die, just n the frame part, but it was bright yellow, so I added a drop of dark chocolate to it to tone the yellow down and add some warmth to the color. 

In the end, I ended up taking the gold foiled version of the frame and snipping away the branches because I like the more consistent way it looked to have two gold foiled frames.  The other decorative elements are made from a die-cut, watercolored napkin.  

After laying the gold foiled frame on top of the holly and berry branches, I let it dry and then added Garnet Liquid Pearls for the red berries and let it dry overnight in my window sill.  I added a little Eggshell Pearl from Little Things from Lucy's Cards.

I cut a 5.5 x 8.5 piece of cardstock to make a top folding horizontal card from the color Metallic Nude.  I like how it's a nice subtle color to let the dies be the star if the show.    

In the end, I decided that I wanted a vertical sentiment down the right-hand side, and so I used the Candlelit Shine Die to cut the sentiment from a piece of  Xyroned Gold Foil Cardstock.  Because each letter is separate, you can use it vertically or horizontally.  I was very careful to place each letter where I wanted them, without pressing down, until I was sure I had them lined up well.   

Putting a letter over the poinsettia petal wasn't optimal, but really, I'm probably the only one who will notice.  Any time I have things that need to dry, I set them aside and work on other things while those are drying.  

I have a more detailed list of all the supplies used over at my personal blog, Twinkling Paper Studio.



Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate it when you leave a comment for me.  


Sat 05

Glittered Snowflake Ornament
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I felt the need for a little sparkle today, so I made a card that was a combination of both loose glitter and glittered paper. 

To make the card, I started with some white cardstock, added some strong double sided tape on top (from Elizabeth Crafts) and then cut out a circle using a metal die:


Next, I cut out a Holiday Heart Snowflake using white cardstock and stuck it down onto the exposed double sided tape.  The white snowflake was just there as a guide for coloring.  I later glued another snowflake on top of it.


I had a lot of exposed double stick tape that wasn't covered with a snowflake die, so I sprinkled the whole thing with some microfine glitter:


Next, I dabbed Copic markers on top of the glitter to color the hearts.  The Copic nibs aren't hurt by the microfine glitter, but you want to make sure that you dab the marker onto the piece rather than rub it over the surface:


The Copic marker bled onto the white snowflake guide, so I cut out another snowflake from silver glitter paper and glued it on top of the white snowflake.  I was left with a bunch of cut out silver glitter hearts that I am hoping not to lose before I start making Valentines day cards.

Here is a closeup of the glitter:


To finish the card, I added some layers of blue glitter paper, added a white ribbon and bow and finished off everything with a glitter rhinestone in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today!



Fri 04

Watercolored Metallic Background
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I created a quick background with blue watercolor paints and splattered with an assortment of gold and silver watercolor paint.

To make the background, I started with 140lb cold press watercolor paper and spritzed it with water.  I then dabbed multiple colors of blue paint until the colors all bled together.  I let the paint almost dry completely and then splattered the piece with an old toothbrush and some metallic paint.  Here is a close up:


Once my paint was completely dry, I added my snowflakes and sentiment.  I also added a piece of gold metallic paper behind my blue background and behind my white piece sentiment to really bring out the silver metallic paint on the card.  As a final touch, I added a few rhinestones for sparkle:



I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Thu 03

Challenge Inspiration with Grand Maple Frame
by Vicki Finger

Hello, Everyone!  Vicki here with you today with a blog post sharing a bit of inspiration for the Memory Box Current Challenge, "Falling Leaves". 


I love to make fall leaves from some watercolor cardstock that has been loosely watercolored and allowed to dry.  I have multiple color mediums to choose from including some Daniel Smith Watercolors, along with other artist-grade mediums to choose from but, for the completely transparent color that I prefer, I love to use re-inkers with a bit of water and a large #12 watercolor brush.  This 6 well porcelain dish is also a lot smaller than any of my other choices so it pretty much a no brainer for my needs.  I would encourage you to do whatever works best for you. 

Some types of watercolors can be kind of "milky" looking so I like to put a drop or two of reinker into my little porcelain dish with a few drops of water.  You can make it less pigmented by adding more water to the mix.  I have an empty spray bottle that I put a new label on so that it says its Water.  I keep meaning to get one of those little dropper bottles, but I also keep forgetting to order when I am already ordering something else.  When I do this type of project where I'm just letting the water travel and blend and mix with other colors, I like to work on my glass mat which is 20 x 26 in size and put a paper towel underneath my paper to help contain most of the mess.

For me, fall color is all about the deep magentas, reds, corals, golden yellows and bright pinks.   I love to mix those with a bit of Sargent Art Watercolor Magic in Metallic Gold that is easy to find at Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Amazon and a variety of other sources.  I have the 8-ounce bottle that I got a few years ago and I still have more than half the bottle left.  I especially love mixing gold into nearly all of my artwork.  It only takes a drop to add a metallic touch to many of your colors.  And you can use it by itself as well.  It's a pretty bright yellow color but you can deepen the color by adding a bit of reinker in Kraft or Dark Chocolate for more of an Antique Gold color.  Just keep mixing it in one drop at a time, until the color deepens to your desired shade.  This works with pretty much any earthy colors.  I use this watercolor for a variety of things in my studio, so it's a must-have item for me.

I took a few pictures here so you can see my process.  For demonstration purposes, I used Canson #140 Watercolor paper which has a pretty heavy texture.  In this case, that's a good thing as it leaves lots of little divots for the shimmer mist to settle into rather than sliding off with the water.

This is how it begins, lots of colors and lots of water.  I use the wide flat brush to add plain water to the paper and the #12 Round Brush to add the color.  As the paper curls up, the colors run and blend together.  You can see from the paper towels in both of these photos, that the paper towel gets very grungy!  Once the color has dried, I hit it with a liberal amount of shimmer mist.  Then I take the dirty paper towel and replace it with a clean one.  

You can see how much water is here; and how much water and color run off the sides of the paper.  Once it's dry and I hit it with Shimmer Mist, I move it momentarily, wipe my glass work surface and then put a clean paper towel under it while the shimmer mist has a chance to dry.  In this case, it happened to be overnight.

Another item that is a must-have in my studio is Sparkle Shimmer Mist from Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts.  My favorite is the Sheer Gold but I also like the Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Mist as well.  I use more gold than sheer, but I like to have the option for whatever I'm working on at the moment.  Since I took these photos at night, it's impossible to capture all of the golden goodness that is on this watercolored panel.  Hopefully, you'll be able to see it better in my end product.  and I'll try to take a better picture once the sun is up.  My husband leaves at 4:00 a.m. and today is trash day, so he wasn't too quiet, so I got up as he was leaving.

Next, I used the Grand Maple Frame Die and die cut one from Gold Cardstock and one from the watercolor background.  I made a card base using Stardream  Metallic Flame Cardstock from  These cardstocks work perfectly with the elegance of the Memory Box Dies.  I bought a bunch of different colors last May and I am so glad I did as I have a lot of colors to work with and they are fantastic with Memory Box's Elegant Dies.

I kept most of the die cut together and intact, but I wanted to use the watercolor paper to inlay for the color on the leaves.  This was very quick to do as there are only a few very small pieces at the tips of the leaves.  Everything else is a larger size and is easy to fit.  I used Post It Tape on the backside, but then as I was switching out the pieces, I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to hold them in place.

I was a little bit unsure about the corners of the actual frame, but in the end, I popped out the corner pieces, then put the rest on foam tape so that the card color comes through.  I tried those corners with inlay as well but preferred to let the cardstock color show through.

I stamped the greeting from the Memory Box Fern & Berries Stamp Set using Versafine Black Onyx and heat setting it with Clear Embossing Powder.  I used my Basic Rectangles Dies to cut the sentiment and the next size up to cut the gold layer for the sentiment.


This card was actually very quick to make, but because folks like to see the process, that took quite a bit more time so I could have those images for you as well.  I love how this card turned out and I have an extra panel just sitting here waiting to be made into another card like it.  Since I give cards to my Sisters-In-Law each year at Christmas, I need all I can get.


I loved how this particular watercolor piece turned out and I couldn't bear to get rid of any more of it than necessary.  I die cut it with 2nd largest Basic Rectangles Die but I didn't inlay the watercolor pieces this time. I just popped the pieces our of the frame so that you could see the watercolor background panel.  It was a lot faster to make this way.  It gives the frame that filigree-look that Memory Box is so famous for!


I got in really close so that hopefully you can see all the gold in with the color.  The second watercolored piece has quite a bit more gold in it, so I spent a little time playing with the various cardstock colors to see which one I want to pair it up with it.  In the end, I chose to pair it with Raspberry Fizz Cardstock to let the Pinks really pop!  I think I'm channeling my inner Dawn McVey here. Ü


I hope you enjoyed my inspiration for this month's Memory Box Challenge. The supplies I've used are linked below for your convenience.  I have a few more process photos over on my personal blog, TwinklingPaper Studio.  



Wed 02

Diecut Winter Greenery for a Cool Cat Halloween Scene by Jean Okimoto

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The Winter Greenery Clear Stamps and Die Set creates a spooky Halloween setting for Cool Cat as we enter October with a Challenge inspiration card.  Add a bright Playful Boo and gem stickers - that's it!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple fall design to delight someone before Christmas greetings fill their mailbox.

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Stamp two separate Winter Greenery leafy branch images on white cardstock with Brilliance Starlite Black.  Dry the ink, then diecut them with the coordinating die.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright orange cardstock behind it for creepy glowing eyes.  Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

Here's a quick way to attach little letters...attach Couture Creations tape behind orange cardstock.  Diecut Playful Boo - leave it in the die.  Remove the centers of the letters with a piercing tool, then remove the liners from the remaining portions.  Firmly press the letters - still in the die - onto the cardstock.  Easy!

Add turquoise gem stickers.  Why turquioise?  I tried bright scary green first, but it looked like a big intersection of synchronized green traffic lights. Not very safe, not attractive.

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Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's PAPERSTYLE 2020 calendar or notecards class at Impress!  So many diecuts, stamps, inks and little bits and pieces -  we're ready to welcome the new year.  Thanks for your fresh garden grapes Robin...a healthy snack to balance our salt and pepper potato chips!  Thanks also to Ann and Lynn for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets and prep for 2020.  No classes for me here this weekend - see you all again at the HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on October 12th.

Thanks for visiting our blog - hope you're enjoying our fall designs!



Tue 01

Memory Box Challenge #54- Falling Leaves

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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.  You guys submitted  exceptional work last month and we are truly grateful.

The winner of the blog badge was crazycardcook from Instagram.  Her cabin in the woods card was framed beautifully and had a nice depth to it:


The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prize of dies was laceyj5858 from Instagram.  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.


I don't know about you, but I get the urge to create with leaf images and dies this time of year.  Although autumn leaves are gorgeous, leaves really make great projects year round.   How do you use leaves on your cards or scrapbook pages?  We would love to see your interpretation of the theme.  All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Here are some leafy cards from the latest release to help inspire you:




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 #mbchallenge54 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Wednesday, October 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 prize:


Mon 30

Drop Nativity with Gilded Drop
by Vicki Finger

Hello there!  I'm Vicki Finger, the newest member of the Memory Box Design Team.  I am so excited to join the team!  You may already know me from my blog, Twinkling Paper Studio or my Instagram account @vicki.finger.

While I was waiting for my supplies to arrive from Memory Box, I pulled the dies that I already had and created a couple of projects to share with you.  This card features a couple of new products from their most recent release.  I decided to show you this card first because I actually remembered to take a few process photos for you.  That will take a few times for me to remember!


I started by selecting the dies I wanted to use for this card.  I love the simple Nativity image from Drop Nativity and wanted to pair it up with the Gilded Drop.  I also knew I wanted to use a frame, so I chose the Hanging Lantern Frame from a previous release because it would provide me with the opportunity to use some jewels on my card which, if you've been here before, you know I love.


It was important to figure out first, which color would go in which order.  It's the same principle as masking if it helps you to think of it that way.  In other words, what do you want to be the very front image?  I started by cutting a white cardstock Drop Nativity and one in Gold.  Next, I cut the Hanging Lantern Frame from some Stardream Lagoon Shimmer Cardstock.  I also cut the Gilded Drop from Gold Cardstock.

Using a Blending Brush, I ink blended Hawaiian Shores Ink over the background of the die-cut.  Except for the blue background, this is basically serving as my base layer to attach all the other layers onto.  I used my Nuvo Shimmer Pen to add sparkle to the background. Once that dried, I started assembling my card.  I added the gold gilded drop directly to the whole die-cut using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  Next, I put the gold die-cut Drop Nativity on top of that and set it face down on my glass mat so that I could stack a few acrylic blocks on the top.

Once I had all the layers adhered for the focal point, I made a cardbase from Cougar Super Smooth Digital White Cardstock and added the frame from the Hanging Lantern Die to the card.

Using foam tape I added the assembled Drop Nativity to the center of my frame.  I stamped the "Merry Christmas" Sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed it on a leftover piece of the Stardream Lagoon.  This happened to be the stamp that was already in my MISTI since I was waiting for my products to arrive.  I now have Memory Box Stamps to choose from for my sentiments, so you'll see those used in the future.

I added my favorite jewels to the Cross, the corners and to the sentiment strip and let them dry.  That finished off my card.  I think this is a beautiful, timeless design that will work for anyone who celebrates Christmas.  The foam tape really lets the focal point pop off the card. The shimmer on the blue background is really visible in the picture as well.


For my other project, I used Shimmer Gold Cardstock, Gold Foiled Cardstock, and Red Satin Cardstock with Hanging Lantern Frame Die and Ruffled Poinsettia Die. I did not remember to take process photos but I think you'll figure it out.


Lots of people ask me about all the gold foiled cardstock I use and I get it from different places.  Because I don't want to be limited in how much I use, I typically get it from Amazon.  This is the brand I usually purchase and they have other colors as well.  I am not an affiliate for Amazon.


Instead of jewels, I used pearls as accents on my card.  I love the Glossy Pearls from Little Things from Lucy's Cards and use Glossy Porcelain or Glossy Eggshell.




Sun 29

Offset Creepy Spiders
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  Today I wanted to share a creepy Halloween card with you.  I am really hoping no one suffers from arachnophobia.  Or at least crafting arachnophobia.

To make the card, I started by offsetting the large oval die from the Spider Web Oval Frame set on some medium grey cardstock:


I then made a background with some Distress Oxide ink (Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet) ink:


I cut out another large oval using black cardstock, cut spiders from black cardstock and cut the web oval out of dark grey cardstock:


I glued my spiders onto the card and then added a bit of Wink of Stella to the web to make it sparkle.  I also drew a line from the web to a large spider so that it looked like it was hanging from the web.

Have a great Sunday!



Fri 27

Happy Halloween
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a Halloween card which uses many new products from the holiday release.


To make this card, I used black cardstock to die cut cut the house and fence from the Haunted Hill Oval Frame.  I also die cut the Petite Leaf Frame from black cardstock. I used vellum to die the ghosts.  


For the background of my card I used an acrylic painted piece of paper that I had saved from another project.

I glued the leaf frame to the painted background and trimmed it.  Then I glued several leaves back in place from my die cut.  Next I adhered the house, hill and ghost to the panel.  I spattered the panel with gold ink.

I glued an orange and striped piece of paper to a white cardbase and spattered it with black ink. Next I glued my die cut panel to the card front using foam tape.  


To finish the card, I stamped "Happy Halloween" on the card front.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!






Thu 26

Glittered Gilded Angel in a Stylish Frame by Jean Okimoto


The delicate new Gilded Angel and Gilded Angel Background create a glittery focal point for the Stylish Frame Trio.  Add a greeting and a background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps to finish it off.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Christmas card in frosty winter pastels.


Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape to the smoother side of Romance cardstock.  Cut it with the Gilded Angel Background.  

Scrunch waxed paper into a loose wad and rub it briskly over the Gilded Angel die to help release the little pieces and delicate outline after cutting.   Cut Gilded Angel from watercolor paper.

Attach the detailed angel to the adhesive-covered background angel.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive.

Cut the small circle frame from the Stylish Frame Trio from silver glittered cardstock.

Stamp the large text background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements on smooth white cardstock with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then cut the text with the largest Stylish Frame Trio die. Save both the inner circle and the delicate rings.  

Stamp "noel" - from the Typewriter Holiday Elements -  on the smoother side of Romance cardstock.

Cut accent strips from Limeade (¾" x 5"), Patina (¾" x 4 ½") and Romance (¾" x 4").

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card - use foam dots for the greeting.  


Square cards require extra handling and postage...but I hope you'll try this design for the special people on your list!

Thanks for visiting...see you at Impress on Sunday, or here on the blog next week.