Fri 08

Bird House Holiday Greetings Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a holiday card using the House Frame dies to create a bird house for the Serene Bird.  I use the branch die to hang the bird house in this snowy scene.


Bird House:

Die cut the House Frame from Memory Box Kraft Woodgrain card stock and the fence from the Cream Woodgrain card stock.  Die cut the House Frame Background from cream card stock and the heart from both the same cream card stock and then from the Kraft Woodgrain card stock.  Trim the House Frame die at the first score line to create a frame.  Take the Distress Oxide Antique Line ink pad and run it at an angle with the grain of the paper. Use your finger or small blending tool to blend the ink and add extra ink as needed.  Make sure to ink the edges to create depth.  Take the Kraft Woodgrain heart frame and do the same but with Distress Oxide ink in Crackling Campfire and then Barn Door.  Ink blend the inside of the cream card stock die cut heart with Distress Oxide Antique Line ink and then use Ground Espresso making the outside darker then the center.  Make sure the ink the edges.  This helps to create depth. Take the Distress Oxide Weathered Wood ink pad and run it at an angle on the fence and the House Frame background die cuts. Center the Heart frame die in the center of the House Frame Background die cut and run through the die cut machine.  Keep the heart frame die and glue it behind the red woodgrain die cut.  Ink the edges with Distress Oxide Ground Espresso.  Glue the inked wood House Frame on tope of the background.  Tie some cream colored twine to the top of the house.  Keep the end long to tie to the branch.


Serene Bird and Branch:

Die cut the bird dies from heavy weight cream card stock.  Die cut the wings twice.  Die cut the branch from the same cream card stock.  Take a small bending tool, like a eyeshadow brush, and ink blend Distress Oxide Iced Spruce on the leaves.  Then ink blend the branch with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo.  Make sure to ink the edges of the die cuts.  Ink blend the bird body in Distress Oxide Abandon Coral, stay light towards the bottom center of the bird and heavier on the tail and top of the head.  Ink blend with Crackling Campfire.  Ink blend the wing first with Crackling Campfire and then around the edges with Barn Door.  Take the second wing die cut and trim just the top portion, following the cut lines.  Heavily ink blend with Barn Door.  Ink blend the beak with Mustard Seed.  Add a dot with a fine tip black marker to the eye.  Glue the beak and wings on the bird.  Glue just the main branches, just a few drops, on top of each other, off setting the die cuts to make a longer branch.  Tie the twine from the bird house in the center of the branch, only hanging about 1/4".



Take cream card stock and trim to 4" x 5 1/4".  Ink blend with Distress Oxide inks from the center out staring with Stormy Sky and then Weathered Wood.  Heavily spray with water and bleach solutions.  I have a spray bottle that I keep with just about 1/10 of the bottle of bleach and the rest with water.  Let the water set for a minute and take a towel and bot off the excess.  Heat dry.  I repeated the process a few times until I had the effect I wanted.  I thought I had to start over but it turned out perfect.


Die cut the middle sized die from the Banner Sentiment Trio set from cream card stock.  Stamp Holiday Greetings from the Festive Christmas Greetings stamp set with Distress Oxide Barn Door ink in the center.  Take a small blending tool and ink the edges up to the stitching with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. 


Adhere the bird house to the bottom center of the background panel.  Glue the heart frame in the cut out.  Glue the fence along the bottom center of the house.  Glue the branch over the bird house, adding glue only to the main branch.  Arrange and glue down some of the branches leading to the leaves to make the branch look more full.  Add some white ink platers with thinned out gesso or a white spray ink. Let dry. Adhere the bird on top of the branch with foam tape, tucking it behind some of the leaves.  Adhere the hear die cut in the bird house, tucking it behind the fence.  Add the sentiment banner with foam tape to the bird house.  Adhere to background to an A2 size brown panel and then to a A2 size cream side folded card.  Add some Clear Fairy Drops around the card. 




Thu 07

Halloween Scene on the Slim Pinpoint Burst by Jean Okimoto

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The new Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate can be a starburst, sun or fireworks. Today it's a subtle textured background for a collection of Halloween diecuts.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a layered boo-window design for you.  

Cut pale orange cardstock with the 3.l x 8.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with the center section of the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Attach it to a dark gray slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").

P1008725Cut "boo" through the layered rectangle and card front using the larger Bennet Alphabet letters.  Cut the smaller "boo" from the orange 6x6 sheet in the new Glitzy Glitter Pad.  Close the card and attach the letters through the cutouts for accurate placement.

Cut the bats - from the Haunted Dome Entrance Layer - from the black-gold sheet in the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  It's a beautiful new color!

Cut the face section of the Jack O Lantern bucket from the dark orange sheet in the Sunny Orange Collection. Cut the plain semicircle and handle from black cardstock. 

Cut the smallest Nested Globe from a white sheet in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad  and from black cardstock too.  Use a screwpunch to punch 3 small holes.   Layer the pieces to create a little ghost. P1008724

Hope you're liking the projects we've designed with our new Christmas collection.  Thanks for visiting!




Wed 06

No Bake Gingerbread House
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing the newest 2021 Holiday Release.   I used the Gingerbread House Frame Die. It comes with all the accessories you would need to decorate your house. I did add some previously released dies, the Pine Trees from the Pine Tree Collage Die and the deer from the Snowglobe Backer Die.

I due cut all the images using Copic friendly paper and colored with Copic Markers. I used shades R17 R29; BG000 BG11 BG32 BG13; 

YG21 YG23 YG25; Y11 Y15; RV10 RV11 RV13; E41 E43 E23 E37 E29. I inked up the background with kitsch flamingo, spun sugar and black soot distress oxide inks. Than I added some paint splatters. I assembled all the die cuts and added Dewdrop Glitter Glue. 

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I used the stamp set Yuletide Moments. I had so much fun creating this Gingerbread House...mess free HAHA!!! 

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Tue 05

Icy Old Lamp Post Christmas Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a Christmas card today featuring the Old Lamp Post and Merry Christmas Posh Scrip die.  I use the some mix media techniques to get a icy effect on the "glass" of the lamp post. 


Old Lamp Post:

Trim down acetate to fit behind the cutout for the candle.  Add a thin layer of Distress Collage Medium tMatteo the acetate. Let dry.  With a pallet knife apply a thick layer of Distress Icicle Crackle Paste on top of the Collage Medium.  Leaving it thinner in the center where the candle would be.  Let dry for several hours.  It takes a long, long, long time to dry:).  Add some Distress Grint paste to the sides in chunky small pieces.  Let dry.

Spay Memory Box watercolor paper with Lindy's Dylusions Laidback Lilac ink spays. Spry it on heavy to create a extra dark color.  Heat dry. Die cut the Old Lamp Post die from sprayed watercolor paper.  Use Versafine Clair Nocturne and ink blend on top of the die cuts to create a rusty black look.  Make sure the edges also are inked.  let dry.  Die cut the top portion of the lamp post 2 more times from black card stock, long with the post 1 more time.  Glue the extra pieces to the back of the inked dye cuts except the cutout for the candle.  Adhere the long piece behind the lamp post.  Add Distress Grit paste to the top of the die cuts to make it look like icy snow. Let dry.


Melted Candle:

Die cut the larger candle from Memory Box watercolor.  Color the flame with a small tipped water based marker.  I used Marvy Markers, Persimmon, Yellow and Brilliant Yellow, coloring from the center with red to the light yellow on the outside.  Add the yellow and brilliant yellow to a nonporous surface and use a small blending tool to add to the base of the candle.  Blend a little Distress Antique Linen to the base of the candle.  Add Distress Vintage Photo to the sides of the candle and melted wax die cut to add shading.  Glue the melted wax to the top of the candle.  

Slim Pinpoint Burst Background:

Die cut the top of the  Slim Pinpoint Burst from Memory Box watercolor paper. Trim to 3 3/4"" x 5 3/4"", keeping the burst in the upper portion of the base.  Ink blend from the center of the burst with Distress Oxide Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, then Spiced Marmalade.  From the outside to the hello burst use Stormy Sky and ink blend with Spice Marmalade.  From the outside again use Chipped Sapphire then Black Soot to darken the edges.  Let dry.  Add white splatter with a white spray ink to create the look of snow.  

Merry Christmas Posh Sentiment:

Die cut the top die Merry Christmas Posh Script from the dark red Polished Foil paper.  Die cut the bottom die from the brown Majestic Hues Glitter Pad.  Adhere the top die to the bottom die.



Select a matching paper from the Woodsy Plaid pack. Remove the the pack fully in tacked.  Trim down only the sides (keeping the edge with the hole in the center) to 4 1/2" wide by 6 3/4" tall.  Trim a small piece of the excess plaid paper and adhere to the back to cover up the hole.  Adhere to a black card base 4 3/4" x 7". Adhere the 2 pcs to the a 4 3/4" x 7" card base, with the hole sin the plaid paper on the bottom of the card.  I used the a light brown card.  Stamp the inside with a sentiment from the Yuletide Moments Sentiment stamp set.  

Adhere the Slim Pinpoint Burst background to the center of the card.  Trim the candle down to fit behind the lamp post and adhere so the flame is in the center of the burst.  Adhere the 2 black die cut to the candle.  Then adhere the top rusty black top to the icy "glass". acetate.  Trim any excess that over hangs.  Adhere over the candle and the black matches die cuts.  Adhere the post below the candle and the top piece.  Die cut one of the  Crisp Bows from dark red Polished Foil paper pack 3 times.  Trim the center piece from each die cut and trim the tails from the bow on 2 die cuts.  Glue the 2 pieces to the back to show the 2 bows behind the top.  Adhere to the center of the lamp post.  Adhere the sentiment to the bottom of the card, hiding the hole in the plaid paper.




Mon 04

Florentina Wreath with Serene Bird and Branch and Curled Holly Branch Holiday Joy Cards
by Anne Thompson

I am loving the newest release from Memory Box--2021 Holiday--and I am totally inspired to start making my holiday cards!  I think my favorite item is the 6X6 WOODSY PLAID paper pad PP1018.  I used up almost all of one pack this past week and have three more ordered already!  I have tried many of the new dies with these papers and settled on a card design for this post that uses the FLORENTINA WREATH 94592, SERENE BIRD AND BRANCH 94620, CURLED HOLLY BRANCH 94599, and JOY POSH SCRIPT 94591.  With so many beautiful plaids to choose from in the Woodsy Plaid paper pad I made cards in three colorways--green, blue, and brown.


I made the blue card first and it is the simplest one with two layers of coordinating plaids for the wreath, and three layers each of the Branch that comes with the bird die set and the Curled Holly Branch.  I used a light blue cardstock from the FRESH AQUA COLLECTION SP1004 to cover the front of a white notecard. I chose a darker blue for the bird and its wing as well as for the background Joy piece.  I cut "Joy" from a scrap of one of the blue plaids.  The bird's eye is one of the small black gems from the new AUTUMN FAIRY JEWELS JWL004.  


For the brown card I chose a light brown plaid paper to cover the front of a white notecard.  I selected other brown plaids for two layers of the wreath and the bird's branch and for three layers of the holly branch.  I used  two shades of brown cardstock from the EARTH NEUTRAL COLLECTION SP1009 for the bird's body and wing.  I cut the Joy background from one of the cardstock scraps and "Joy" from one of the plaid paper scraps.  The eye is a gold gem from the Autumn Fairy Jewels.


For the green card I cut a light green plaid 4X5.25 and added it to the front of a white notecard.  I used three layers of three different plaids for the wreath, the bird's branch and the holly branch.  Lots of dimension!  I also chose a soft green cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 for the bird's body and the Joy background; and the wing and "Joy" are cut from scraps from one of the green plaids.  The bird's eye is a black gem from the Autumn Fairy Jewels.


I did secure the branches to the backs of the birds with Glue Dots before using dimensional foam to attach the birds and branches to the wreaths.

Dies Used:

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You can view the 2021 Holiday Collection here!  There are so many things to love--new papers, embossing folders, crystals-gems-dewdrops-jewels, stamps and dies.  Anda those windows!  And glitter papers!

Happy Crafting!

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Sun 03

Pine Wreath
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I was celebrating World Card Making Day when I made this card yesterday.  Did you get a chance to celebrate?  My favorite cardmaking season is here, especially with the latest Holiday release from Memory Box!  One of my favorites from last year’s release was the Pinecone Stackers dies, so I was really excited to see there are more pine cone sizes this year.  I used the smallest size pine cone from Smooth Pine Cone with the Pine Needle Trio dies to create a wreath for my card.

This was rather straight forward since the dies did all the work. 😂   The pine cones were die cut from brown Earth Neutral paper then white gouache paint was added to the bottom of each layer with a sponge dauber before assembling.  The pine needles were die cut from Lush Green paper then Rustic Wilderness distress ink was applied with a detail blender along the spine for some shading.  The berries were die cut from the new Festive glitter paper using the new Holly Bundle die.  Took two circle dies from Circles Basics next and die cut a circle frame from the same green paper as the pine needles and created the wreath on it.


The sentiment from the new Yuletide Moments stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock, then die cut out with the same smaller circle die used to in creating the frame.  Kraft woodgrain paper was then cut to A2 size (4.25”x5.5”) then scored vertically every 1”.  Assembled the card onto a white card base to finish.


I wasn’t sure with the glitter berries and all, but I think this could pass for a masculine card. 🤔   Anyway, that is it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful week.




Sat 02

An Oval Snowman Collage for World Cardmaking Day by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate World Cardmaking Day with the Oval Snowman Collage from the 2021 Holiday Collection.  It's just one of many great new dies, 6x6 plaids and glitter cardstock and a beautiful assortment of fairy drops, crystals and dewdrops.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a frosty winter collage design.  

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Cut the large Stylish Rectangle Trio from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the Oval Snowman Collage.   Color his nose and arms with orange and brown markers.

Cut a pale blue 6x6 from the Stormy Blue Collection with the Stylish Rectangle.  Save the delicate frame for another project - we're using the interior offcut here.  Cut the offcut with the top portion of the new Slim Confetti Plate.  Attach it behind the snowman rectangle.

Cut a 3-⅜" x 4" piece of a white 6x6 from the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad.  Attach it behind the Stormy Blue piece to create a frosty dotted background.  Attach the 3-layered diecuts to a slightly darker blue A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the delicate Stylish Rectangle frame.

Cut the hat from black cardstock.


Cut the scarf from a blue plaid in the new Woodsy Plaid 6x6 pack.

Attach an adhesive label sheet or sticker paper to bright red felt and cut Resting Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through the fabric.

Attach 3 birds, the scarf, hat and three Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.


Stamp the greeting - from the new Yuletide Moments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock witgh Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Attach the greeting and a bird inside the card.

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Hope you'll have time to create a card - or two - this weekend. 2021 has gone by so quickly it seems like I'm running from one holiday to the next!

Have a great weekend...






Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #77- Holidays!

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Greetings friends. It is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Please note that we changed the rules for the monthly challenge, so be sure to read the rules if you are participating in the October challenge.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's stripe challenge. We always love seeing your incredible creations.

The winner of the blog badge was Bonnie from the Stamping with Klass blog. We really loved the elegant striped background of her card.


The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Lynne R from Lynne's Craft Haven.

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.

**Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.**


Memory Box has a new holiday release, so it is the perfect time to introduce a holiday challenge.  We would love to see how you interpret the theme. It could be Christmas, but it definitely doesn't have to be! What holidays do you celebrate?

All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Our design team member Donna Sledzik created a card to help inspire you and wrote instructions to help you recreate the design.



To make the card, die cut the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate from white cardstock and use Old Paper, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks to color the panel.

Next, die cut the lamp post from black cardstock and the candle from white cardstock.  Color the candle with colored pencils then glue the lamp to a piece of acetate and trim away the excess acetate.  


Die cut the pine needles and holly branch from green cardstock.  

Heat emboss the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock.

To assemble the card, glue the candle to the background and then adhere the lantern over it.  

Glue the greens in place and add some Tim Holtz Snow Texture Paste to the greens.  While the paste was still wet, sprinkle glitter over the wet paste.


Splatter the card with white ink and added some Red Fairy Crystals and Fairy Jewels.

Glue a red bow to the lamp post and used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.



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 #mbchallenge77 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Sunday, October 31st.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes. 


One project will be chosen at random to win the Lamp post die featured in this post as well as some holiday jewels to decorate:




Thu 30

Be Merry
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing some of the newest products from the Holiday Release!! 

I used Festive Christmas Greetings Stamp and Die Set

Serene Bird and Branch Die

Pinpoint Daisy Background Die

Christmas Fairy Crystals

I colored all images with Copic Markers and used gold embossing powder to emboss the oval frame and sentiment.

Hope you'll check out the full release HERE






Wed 29

Poinsettia Full of Joy
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today featuring some brand new holiday products just recently released!

Here are the new supplies I used from the 2021 Christmas Release!

Contempo Poinsettia Die and Stencil 94607
Joy Posh Script Die 94591
Embossing Folder EF1021
Christmas Fairy Crystals CRY102

First I cut the Contempo Poinsettia out of white card stock two times and trimmed the flower from the rest of the die. I used the coordinating stencil and Distress Oxide "Fired Brick" ink with a dauber and added it to white card stock, then added some sparkle embossing powder to it and melted it with my heat tool.  It created this lovely shiny red stenciled poinsettia. I also did this on a plain piece of card stock so I could use it to die cut the background for the "Joy" word die.

I took a Tim Holtz brayer and added "Salvaged Patina" Distress Oxide to my glass mat and from there I rolled the brayer in the ink and then on  debossed side of the 3D embossing folder.  Next I added card stock inside, and ran it through my die cutting machine. I did this 2 times. I used one of them for the background and I fussy cut the embossed flower in the center from the 2nd one so I could use it as a layer over the stenciling.

First I added one die cut white poinsettia to the shiny red stenciled poinsettia, but only glued it in the center so the edges can pop up. Next I added the light blue embossed layer and then topped it off with the 2nd white outlined poinsettia die cut. Again, I only glued the center so the leaves of the flower could move freely and to give it all more dimension. Then with my scissors I carefully cut around the whole poinsettia so I could add it to the center of the Savaged Patina embossed panel.

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Below you can see the shine of the stenciled, heat embossed red section.

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Next I added the gems and the "Joy" word die in the center.

Here's a look from the side so you can see the layers clearly:

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And here's an even closer look at the side:

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And here's one last look at my card:

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I really love the new release from Memory Box! There are so many gorgeous dies, stencils, papers, embossing folders, gems, etc. to create with. They are perfect for all your holiday cards.
Check them out HERE!

Hope you like my card for today!
I had so much fun creating it and hope I have inspired you to make some lovely holiday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!