Wed 22

Gracious Leaves Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  It’s still July... Christmas in July, that is.  So I have another Christmas card to share today. I think the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) from the Garden Party collection is just beautiful.  It also reminded me of mistletoe, so that was what inspired me to stretch it and make a Christmas card with it. 

There are basically two steps in creating my card so this will be a very short post  😂   Dry embossed a piece of Bristol paper with the EF by running it through my Big Shot.


Die cut the Merry Christmas Noted Script sentiment four times from thick white cardstock and once from blue glitter paper then stacked them for a floating effect. Assembled to finish!  


You could switch up the glitter paper / sentiment and this would be great for mass producing.


Did I mention that this is going to be a short post? 😂  Well that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.    





Tue 21

Peace and Good Will
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  I'm back today with another Christmas in July card for you.

To make this card, I started by stamping several images from the Mistletoe Swag stamp set and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  


Next comes the fun part! Painting all the images.



I was planning on leaving the background white, but I decided it needed something to make the leaves and berries pop. Once the paint was dry, I spattered the background with white paint.

I die cut the word Peace from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to a vellum strip of paper. Next I gold embossed my sentiment on a strip of navy cardstock and adhered it to the vellum paper.  I adhered the vellum strip to my card front and glued it to a white card base.


That's the card for today!  Thanks for stopping by.






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



Sun 19

Using Your Scraps- Glitter Edition
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to use up some of my Memory Box glitter paper scraps, so I thought what better way than to make a birthday card.  After all, everyone needs a little sparkle on their special day.

To make the card, I chose the Cascadia Background Strip because it reminds me of pennants hanging for a party.  When I cut out the die, I first cut it out of a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" piece of white cardstock.  That was the front of my card.  For all the individual sections, I placed my die onto my Big Shot and taped all of piece on top so that I could cut them all at the same time:


Once I cut out all my pieces, I glued them in each of the various sections on the white card.  To finish the card, I cut out the "celebrate" from a piece of purple glitter cardstock and added some glitter dots for decoration:


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.






Fri 17

Foiled Ornament Christmas
by Trina Pham

Happy Fri-YAY everyone.  Continuing with the Christmas in July theme, I have another Christmas card to share today featuring foiling with stencils.  I love the look of foiling on cards, but am not a fan of having to use a laminator.  So when the Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo came out earlier this year giving the option of foiling without heat, I was all for it. 

Using a circle die from Circle Basics, a circle stencil was created from Cornelia Variegated Wide washi tape and adhered to a Bristol panel.


Placed the Ring Tile stencil from Birch Press Designs on top and applied the transfer gel duo with a palette knife over it.  Set it aside to dry and become tacky to the touch.  Once ready, removed the washi tape and added the foil with shiny side facing up.


Slipped it into a folded piece of copy paper (to protect the foil from my scratched up plates), and ran it through my Big Shot resulting in this.


To complete the card, the Vintage Varsity letters were die cut from silver foil and black cardstock and offset for a shadow. 


Created the attachment piece (between the ribbon and bauble) by die cutting a square from silver foil cardstock with the smallest die from Square Basics, then die cutting with the same circle die used in creating the stencil.  The pine branches were die cut from Bristol paper twice and stacked for dimension.  Assembled the card then matte it on silver foil cardstock before mounting to a white card base to finish.


I really like the no-heat option for foiling so while all supplies were out, I made a second card following the same process and design... just changed up the foil.


And that’s it for today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Thu 16

Concentric-Cutting with Square Basics by Jean Okimoto


Multi-colored diecut frames are everywhere right now and the 16-piece Square Basics set is a great way to create that look.  View Jennifer McGuire's video for her great techniques and examples.  

You won't need a special set of dies to cut frames - thick or thin.  This link to our #300-series of dies displays our nesting sets of squares, rectangles, hexagons, ovals, octagons and circles that are perfect for frame-cutting. 

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that began as a trial and became a card.  Tape the 2", 1-½", 1" and ½" dies together.  Brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder tool to reduce the tackiness so the tape won't damage the diecuts.  


Instead of patiently piecing strips of the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad and diecutting them into nesting frames I diecut the glossy cover of the 6x6 pad "for practice" and decided to use it for today's card.  

Remove the frames from the die and rotate them to arrange contrasting colors.  Cut the ½" square again from another section for better color contrast. Re-assemble the pieces and tape them together on the reverse side.  Pale peach sections keep the card from looking too sweet or like a pink and blue baby card.  

Cut the butterfly print - from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 set - with the 3" square die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Lilac Posies Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 1-½" square die.

Cut the 2 small Poppystamps Intricate Cut Butterflies from the pink Delicate Pastel 6x6 sheet.  It's a set of 4 detailed butterflies...beautiful details without the little pieces!  


Attach the diecuts to a side-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam tape for the butterflies.  Square cards require extra postage.

Revisit your stash of prints, glitter and metallic cardstock and up-cycle them into great frames.  I'll  use the blue and green frame squares for a weekend project.

Thanks for visiting!





Tue 14

It's All About The Stencil
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, showing off this beautiful stencil, Ring Tile Stencil. I inked it up on some Memory Box's Watercolor Paper....awesome paper!! 

I used distress oxide ink in victorian velvet....a perfect dusty mauve shade!  I stamped the sentiment in black ink. Than I adhered my stenciled panel to the card base.  I stamped and die cut the Peony Garden Corner Stamp. I really wanted the stencil to stand out, so I only used one Copic Marker to add subtle color. I used shade E41 and just added some shadows to the petals and leaves. 

I positioned the corner bouquet in the corner and adhered with foam tape.  Than I die cut some leaves using an oldie but goodie die, Scribble Leaf Bundle Outline. Adhere the leaves than add some paint splatters in black. For a finishing touch I added some glittery gems. 

Thanks for peeking!

Michellesignature (1)




Tue 14

Let it Snow
by Donna Sledzik


Good morning everyone! I have another Christmas card for you today!

I started by stenciling texture paste through a snowflake stencil onto white cardstock.  I only used a portion of the stencil. Once the paste was dry, I used foam tape to adhere this to a white card base.


Next I die cut the Diagonal Stripe Collage from red cardstock and glued that to my card.  

I die cut the Scribble Snowman from white cardstock and the Scribble Outline from black cardstock.  I glued the outline to the snowman backgound and put this aside.  Next I added washi tape to the card and used foam tape to adhere my snowman on top of the tape.  To embellish the snowman, I hand cut a nose and hat. Then I used some epoxy dots for the eyes, mouth, and buttons.  I tied a piece of twine around his neck for a scarf.


On a strip of black cardstock, I stamped and white heat embossed "Let it Snow" and glued that to my card.

I added 3 buttons to my card for a finishing touch. It's a pretty simple card.


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!






Mon 13

Giulia Border Joy Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my challenge this month to create holiday cards from Memory Box materials I have on hand, not necessarily holiday-themed, and mostly pulling from the Garden Party and Spring 2020 collections.


This is actually the second card I made and my favorite of the two.  

materials used for both cards

I started my cards by die cutting everything first.  I actually cut the Joy Airy Script twice and the Giulia Border four times to have what I needed for the two cards.


Then I made a sandwich for my Big Kick and embossed the Leafy Jumble stencil twice on thin white cardstock.  I used the VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink direct to paper over the raised leaves to use as the base on the card fronts.


I used Scor-Tape to attach the leafy panel to the front of a white notecard.  I added a strip of white cardstock  1 1/2 X 5 1/4 which I first edged with the Tulip Red ink.  I used Glue Dots under the flowers to attach the red glitter Giulia Border on that white strip.  Then I adhered the Joy Airy Script with a glue pen.


On the inside I added a piece of paper from the Cottage Meadow pad and a white cardstock rectangle.


Then I went back to the front of the card and auditioned a bunch of different ribbons and bows before settling on the red satin bow.


The other card has the fold at the top edge, the embossed and inked leafy panel, and three narrow strips of white cardstock with the Giulia Border on each one.


From the outside it is not obvious that it is a holiday card because...


...the sentiment is on the inside.

Are you thinking Christmas in July?  Have you thought about ways that you might repurpose some of your stamps and dies to create holiday cards?  And have you made and posted anything to this month's Framed! challenge yet?  So many questions...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sun 12

Giulia Border and a Concentric-Cut Set of Echo Blossoms by Jean Okimoto


The new Giulia Border is a delicate backdrop for the bold concentric-cut Poppystamps Echo Blossoms.  It's esy to create the look of stacked floral layers - without the bulk - by cutting a single layer of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with 6 of the Echo Blossoms dies. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here sharing a summer design today.

Arrange the dies - cut-side down - and tape them together.

Flip them over and brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder prep tool to keep the tape from sticking to the whatever you're diecutting.  The tape holds the dies securely - while the powder coats and deactivates the rest of the adhesive.  

I diecut some pink/coral/orange-sponged Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper from the stash. Leave the diecuts in the die and tape them together across the back to handle them as one piece.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of the inked paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the second-smallest Echo Blossom Die.

Cut the gray Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 cardstock with the medium Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white cardstock and cut Giulia Border.  The extra layer adds dimension to the diecut without having to glue two diecuts together. 

Attach the diecuts to a light gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Cut yellow glitter cardstock - from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pack - with the smallest Echo Blossom die.  Punch matching ¼" circles for little accents too.


Special thanks to everyone who ordered my VERY SIMPLY ASIAN class kits from the Impress OnLine Store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii (808 484.9107)  I appreciate your support personally - and for independent businesses like Memory Box, Impress OnLine and Stamps and Memories.  It's time to prep another kit - BUTTERFLIES, BLOSSOMS & BLING - 5 colorful cards with glossy diecuts and accents, glitter and favorite summer icons.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!