159 posts categorized "Penny Ward"


Sun 09

by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.....Penny here today with a super simple easel card. Use as is, or tuck a small votive candle inside for a nice touch. This would make a great Christmas card that you actually deliver to a friend. The holiday is almost here...are you ready?


I have used White cardstock and Metallic Red cardstock keeping it pretty simple.



Cut your easel base 4.25 x 11 inches. Score at 3/8" and 6"

Take Red Metallic cardstock and trim to 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Die cut a Basic Circle near the top. Cover the opening with clear acrylic on the backside. Wrap this panel with a pretty sheer ribbon.

Adhere the back of the card front to the small scored section of the easel base.



Die cut Hanging Lantern Frame from White cardstock. Adhere to front of card. (I use spray adhesive when attaching to acrylic)

Die cut Believe Jotted Script from White cardstock (for the shadow) and Red Metallic cardstock for the sentiment. Stack and adhere together, then attach to card front as shown with foam adhesive.


Make a pretty bow and adhere to card front.


Happy Holiday card making,







Sun 25

O Holy Night
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.....  Penny here today with a super quick and easy card. This is the kind of card that you could try and duplicate several times and no two will be alike.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base. Add a panel of Matte Gold Metallic cardstock.




Trim Watercolor paper 4 x 5.25 inches. Using Zig watercolor pens in a couple colors of blue, paint some squiggles along the right side of card, let dry.

Stamp sentiment from the Bold Christmas Greetings using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.




Die cut Dove Circle from White cardstock. Paint just the circle with Gold Metallic paint.

Adhere to card front over the watercolor as shown using foam adhesive.

Add a pretty bow and cord.


#quick      #easy      #elegant


Happy Holiday Crafting,







Sun 18

by Penny Ward



Hello friends.  Penny here today with a fun and elegant card using some of the newest goodies from Memory Box. It's a shiny time of year and Holiday cards need a little something, something...don't you think?


Let me show you:


I always start with a White cardstock base, then start adding from there.




Add Red Metallic cardstock to base. Then a small narrow strip of White cardstock is stamped with Typewriter Holiday Elements, heat embossed and inked with Spectrum Noir Red Berry. Add this to the right side of the card front.


Cut White cardstock 4 x 5.5 inches. Make a 1 inch slit along the right side of card as shown. Fold from the slit to both corners. Using a Red pen, make dashed lines.




Foiling is all the rage right now, and I couldn't be left out. I foiled a large scrap of White cardstock with the Gemini Foilpress, then die cut it with Poinsettia Circle Frame.

Cut the Poinsettia Circle in half and adhere to card front as shown.




Adhere Poinsettia, then make and adhere notched sentiment from the Bold Christmas Greetings set.


Happy Holiday Crafting,







Sun 11

by Penny Ward



Hi there. Penny here today with another fantastic holiday card for anyone on your list. These new Triangle stamps and matching dies will be useful all year long.

Yes, Please!!!


Here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Add a couple of small strips of Navy to top and bottom of base card.


Trim a panel of White cardstock 4.25 x 5 inches. Emboss with a pretty embossing folder.




Die cut the Equal Triangle set several times from pattern paper, plain cardstock and metallic cardstocks.

Adhere as shown straight to the card front making sure a couple of the triangles are popped up with foam adhesive.




Stamp and die cut sentiment from the Bold Christmas set. Adhere with foam adhesive to a strip of Silver Metallic cardstock that has been notched at each end.

Wrap the left end with some matching twine, then adhere to card front.


So quick and easy...the hard part is deciding on which cardstocks to use.  :)


Happy Holiday crafting,






Sun 04

Colors of Fall
by Penny Ward



Hi there Memory Box friends. Penny here today with some Fall colors. I mean really...is there anytime of the year prettier than Fall?!? Now to disclose that I live in Florida where there is no Fall. Boohoo!!!! But I girl can dream and make Fall cards anyway!


Here we go:


As always start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 when folded. Add a panel of Purple cardstock right on top.




On White cardstock stamp the Equal Triangles using Spectrum Noir inks Crushed Velvet, Orange, Bordeaux, Lemon Tonic and Smoked Emerald.

I used a Misti tool for placement of the triangles and to be able to stamp them with two different colors at once.




Cut stamped panel on the diagonal, mat with Orange cardstock and trim again as shown. Now layer to card front.

Die cut Thankful Jotted Script from Burnt Orange cardstock. Layer and adhere to card front with foam adhesive.

Add a tiny bow to the letter "k" ...just for fun!


Be sure to enter our Falling For You challenge HERE!


Happy Holiday Crafting,






Sun 28

Merry 25
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello!  Penny here today with my favorite holiday color combo. Nothing better than a Blue Christmas! A little stamping, a little heat embossing, a little die cutting. 

And really...how stinkin' cute is the background stamp?!? Probably my favorite Holiday stamp ever!


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Round the upper right corner. Stamp the card front with Typewriter Holiday Elements background and heat set with White embossing powder.





Ink around the panel with Spectrum Noir Baby Blue, Ocean Blue, Midnight and Silent Night. I love the ombre effect!

Stamp an strip of Navy cardstock with the sentiment and stripe from the Bold Christmas Greetings set. Trim the stripe and adhere to card front with foam adhesive as shown.

Die cut sentiment with Stitched Ovals.




Finish the card by stamping the "25" with Spectrum Noir Silent Night ink and die cut or use a 1" punch. Adhere to card front with foam adhesive.


Not too frou-frou, so it would make a wonderful card for any men in your life.


Happy Holiday Crafting,







Sun 14

Garden Gate
by Penny Ward



Hello..... Penny here. I am so in love with this Cottage Garden Gate! Great for a Fall themed card, Halloween card, Winter card. Apologies for my funny looking tree. You know somewhere in my stash of goodies there must be a tree die cut, but I couldn't find one so I used a Botanical Stem. It works in a pinch.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded. Add a layer of Brown cardstock.




Die cut Cottage Garden Gate and Hello Jotted Script from Kraft cardstock. Die cut Botanical Stem (or a tree if you have one  :)  ) from Brown cardstock.




Snip the leaves from the Botanical Stem. Using your favorite wet glue, adhere Flower Soft in several colors to the branches. Let dry.




Adhere Garden Gate and tree to card front. Add some color beneath the gate with markers and more bits of Flower Soft.




Adhere Flower Soft to Hello Jotted Script. Let dry, then adhere to card front with foam adhesive.


Lots of fun texture on this one.


Happy crafting,







Sun 07

Cool Cat
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello... Penny here today with a Halloween greeting. It is just around the corner. Are you ready? As soon as I saw the Cool Cat, I knew he had to be incorporated into a Halloween card. For cat lovers, this die will be a year round staple in your craft room.


Let's do this:


As always start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches when folded.

Layer the base with Black cardstock.

Die cut White cardstock with the largest of the Wrapped Scalloped Rectangles. Go ahead and adhere it to card front.




Die cut Cottage Garden Gate, Plump Pumpkin and the tiny pumpkin from Happy Halloween Channel from White cardstock. Die cut Cool Cat and Playful Boo from Black cardstock. For a bit of color, die cut Boo from Orange cardstock also. Stack and adhere the letters slightly off center.

Color the gate with light gray marker. Color pumpkins as desired. I used Spectrum Noir markers, but use whatever medium you have available.




Assemble card front as shown. Use foam adhesive for Cool Cat and tiny pumpkin.

Shade the ground under the gate with green and gray markers, then adhere the greeting.


Make sure to join our Tricks and Treats challenge this month HERE.


Happy crafting,









Sun 23

Holiday Card Holder
by Penny Ward



Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with something a little different. I love to make cards and I love to sew purses...so I combined them a bit.

My friends love receiving a package of cards for them to send as they please, and I wanted to make the packaging a bit more fancy.

So today you are getting a purse tutorial that doubles as an A2 card holder.




The Purse Holder can carry about 7 cards. Less if you make bulky cards, more if you make one layer cards.




Let's start with the actual box.

Cut heavy White cardstock 10 /34 x 7 inches. Score all the way around the panel at 2 1/2 inches.

Cut the long sides as shown. Fold the short edges towards the middle and adhere together to make a box.




Now for the fun part..... start with this Purse Template here or you can draw out your own and cut from Heavy White cardstock.




On the Purse Holder above I embossed the panel, added some pretty pattern paper, then die cut and colored Holly Flourish and Poinsettia Flourish.

I used Spectrum Noir markers, but you could use the medium of your choice.

Cut two strips for handles measuring 1/2 x 11 inches. Adhere them to Purse Holder about an inch from each side as shown.




For this little pretty, I embossed just the edge of the panel, then die cut Ric Rac Ribbons from Navy and Silver Metallic cardstocks.

Smallest of the Stitched Oval Layers was also die cut from Silver Metallic cardstock, then cut in half for the purse "latch".




Pine Wreath was die cut from Navy cardstocks and adhered to card front as shown.

The adorable tassel....cut a strip of Navy cardstock 4 x 2 inches. Snip every 1/4 inch coming just shy of cutting all the way through the scrap. Roll and glue in place. Add a skinny strip of Silver Metallic cardstock at the top. Add Silver cord and hang around purse strap.


Once you have the purse front made and embellished, adhere it to box. I didn't embellish the backside of the purse, but you could.


With Christmas just around the corner, this is a great way to pretty up some of your lovely handmade cards and give as gifts.


Happy Holiday Crafting,







Sun 16

be jolly
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello!  Penny here today with a card that is super easy to pull together and would make a great candidate for assembly line producing. I love to challenge myself with 10 minute cards....how about you?


Let's do this:


Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Now add a Shimmering Red cardstock background and a Matte Metallic Silver cardstock just a bit smaller.




Die cut Three Candle Circle from Red cardstock. To add a bit of something, something to my candles I have shown here how to use True Snow for dimension and Glitter Ritz for some shine. I love this combination for snow caps and melting candles.




Add pretty washi tape near the bottom and adhere the Candle Circle in the center. (I use spray adhesive for delicate die cuts).




Die cut Snowberry Sprigs from Green Glitter cardstock, snip off a bit of the sprig and adhere to top of circle as shown.

Add a Metallic Silver cord for ornament hanging and a bow to make it festive.


Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Typewrite Holiday Sentiments set using white embossing powder. Adhere to card front with tiny staple.


Make sure to link your washi tape cards to the challenge this month HERE.


Happy crafting,