22 posts categorized "Shaped Cards"


Sat 24

Circle Bump Borders, Halloween Sideshow and the Swirly Ghost Circle
by Jean Okimoto



The new Circle Bump Borders set creates a great frame for the Swirly Ghost Circle - and a few of his Swirling Ghost buddies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here this fall weekend.  I was inspired by Melissa's great Blog Blitz card and decided to give you not one - but TWO reasons to add this versatile new border set to your collection. 


Everything was going fine...until I realized that the white-side-out Graphite Notecard I used on my first card is no longer available.  On to Plan B - re-doing the card using a "back-in-stock" Licorice Notecard.  Licorice is the obvious choice for Halloween cards - stock up on them now.  This explains why the pic above shows a gray notecard.  You'll want to use Licorice instead!


Open the notecard and attach the largest Circle Bump Border and Swirling Ghost Circle to the white side of the card.  Have both short edges of the die extend over the edge of the notecard for a complete trim. (I had to trim it a bit...live and learn!)  It's easy to position the ghost circle - the two tiny holes at the top indicate the eyes.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from orange cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the ghost on the bottom left corner for ghostly eyes.  Attach them to the card - use foam dots at the top of the ghost at the bottom left.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps - with Imagine Crafts Habenero VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Add green and violet sequins.


Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team's blog blitz posts from September 19th through the 23rd for a chance to win a great new die from our September Release!  The entry deadline is 11:00 PM EST tomorrow night - September 25th.  Good Luck - I hope you're a winner!





Sat 12

Let it Snow
by Shelby Thomas


Good morning everyone!  I hope your week was fantastic or as good as can be if you were working:).  I have a bright fun card today using a some fun and unique paper combined with of course the awesome Memory Box products.

I had played around with Yupo paper numerous years ago, and it was to say... disastrous.  However, I thought I would give it a go again when my LSS got some in stock.  Lo and behold this is nothing like what I worked with before.  This material is basically very thin gorgeously smooth plastic so it's a non-porous material but that doesn't mean  it can't be crafted on!


I stamped Valley Berries with blue Stazon (Stazon is perfect for non-porous surfaces) for the background.  I then dabbed on 3 different colors of Distress Paint (shaded lilac, salty ocean and picket fence) directly on the paper and spritzed just enough water to for the paints to begin to blend.  I placed small bubble wrap on top of the paint and set it aside for a couple of hours to dry as much as possible.  Note...with Yupo paper the medium will dry on top of the paper so your project will take much longer than when using a porous material/paper.  You can heat dry it, but if too much heat is applied,  the product will warp and well, let's just say you'll start the process of shrinky dinks!

Remove the bubble wrap and  gorgeous pattern was created though it still wasn't completely dry, but  I finished the quick dry process with heat.  I used the wet paint left behind on the bubble wrap and created a positive impression for the inside of the card.


I die cut the Snowburst die twice and layered them together and added a flat back glass bead to the center.  The sentiment from the Gnome for Christmas set "let it snow" was stamped in black Stazon.  And there you have, a brightly patterned winter themed card for any occasion.

Thanks for visiting today and have a wonderful weekend.  And only 13 more days until Christmas!!!






Tue 24

O Christmas Shaker Tags
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning all!  Happy Thanksgiving (this week) to those celebrating.  Of course after Thursday, the mad rush to Christmas begins.  With that in mind, I thought I'd get a head start on some shaker Christmas tags.


This one uses both the positive and negative portions of the stitched mittens die cut.  The negative creates the window and the positive is placed on the base portion of the tag.


I used the Gnome for Christmas stamp set for the sentiment and snowflakes and stamped with Azure blue Stazon ink since the tag front was a non-porous paper.


Tags are super easy to make when using the shaped die cuts like this one where I used the stitched hexagon dies.  On the base portion of the tag I stamped the O Christmas Tree stamp using distress inks (Pine Needles and Lucky Clover) and spritzed with Green Patina Perfect Pearls.  I also spritzed the front portion of the tag with the same perfect pearls and then blended in some Gathered Twigs distress inks.


I stamped the sentiment and star with Versamark and then embossed with Gold Pearl embossing powder.


How stinkin cute is this little guy?  I used Plush Sheldon to create the negative shape for the window of the tag and I drew in his eyes and nose.


The hat and scarf and arms are all part of the die though I trimmed down the scarf.  I also used some flat back black pearls for the buttons.


And last but not least is this adorable gnome all dressed up with Copics!  I stamped the background with the snowflakes in the Gnome for Christmas stamp set and embossed with Silver Pearl embossing powder (have to look very closely in this picture:))  The window was cut out using the Stitched Rectangular layers.

And that's it for today's Christmas Shaker tags!  Fun, easy and hopefully a little "wow" for the recipients. Have a fantastic rest of your week




Wed 07

A Very Beary Christmas Card
by Lindsay Amrhein


I am so happy to share a Christmas card with you today! As I created this card, all I could see out my window were changing leaves, green grass, and sun! Sure enough, though, the Christmas season will be here! 

For my card today, I used a couple of the newest products that were just released, Stitched Octagon Layers, and the adorable, Gnome For Christmas stamp set, and matching dies

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To begin my card, I die cut the largest octagon die twice, and set one aside. I applied two shades of blue ink to the top, blending downward. I then hand cut a couple snow mounds, and set bot aside. I stamped out my trees, as well as the adorable Polar bear, and colored those with Copic Markers, die cutting them out when I finished.

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I then stamped my sentiment, which I trimmed so that I could stack them. Don't worry, you can always put them back together to stamp the way it was intended. Taking the second octagon, I scored the top portion of it, and adhered that flap to the card front, so that it would open. As a finishing touch, I added snow using my white gel pen, and glittered the bears scarf with a bit of glitter pen.

I hope you've had a chance to check out the fabulous new products available! There are so many to chose from, and all are fun! 

Would you like a chance to win the Gnome For Christmas stamp set? Leave a comment on this blog post by Sunday, October 11 (11:59 pm EST) for your chance to win.  A winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the die.  Don't forget to visit the Outside the Box blog often during the blitz for more inspiration and more chances to win some of the new products.  Good luck.





Tue 24

A Halloween Trio Class...


Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Here Bibiana...I wanted to share with all of you this trio of halloween cards that we did at one of my last classes...and Give a huge Thanks to all my Beloved Students...for coming to class!

Here are the projects that the gilrs had to make...

Trio halloween 2013

They all were amazed to recieve the gorgeous New Memory Box catalog and they all LOVE it!!!


Class trio halloween catalog

Here some of them really concentrated making their projects...


Class trio halloween 2 bis

Class trio halloween 2

 And here with some of their cards all finished!

Among the projects,  they had to make a  "Triangular Diorama" card...HERE is a Video, if you want to learn how to make a card with this shape (different theme/card) but the same concept!

Class trio halloween cards

and on the photo below, Can you spot the Halloween dies?

No? huh!,

Well  the store was almost "depleated" from all The Halloween Dies...and the Huge winner was the "The Grand Willow Tree", so THANK YOU,  ladies for the big support that you give to Memory Box!.

Anyways is so difficult to resist with such beautiful dies and stamps don't you think?


Class trio halloween supplies

Ok, my Dear Stamper Friends, I just want to remind you that I will be so glad to see you swinging by the language blogs: The Spanish one  "A Crear se Dijo!" and The French one: "Un Brin de Créativité" where  I post different projects using the gorgeous stamps and dies from Memory Box... remember you can use "google translate"... I hope to see you there too! bye for now...


Wed 10

Tee Pee Advent Card

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Here Bibiana....I am sure that you, ALL, are so excited with the New Collection 2013 as We, The DT, are! ...just look at all those extraordinary samples from the DT from past days...


Tee pee advent front best

Today, It is my turn here in the English blog, (I hope you have stoped by the language blogs ones too for the chance to win a die there too)...

I am presenting to you the new dies:  "Advent  Calendar Set"...and the "Lindeman Snowflake"...

I decided to make a "Card" as an advent and this Tee Pee shaped card was perfect for this idea...

Tee pee advent side
Here it is a close-up of the top;

Tee pee advent star
and a closer view of the windows:

Tee pee advent windows

I paired this set with with some new and past dies and LOTS of sentiment stamps...when you reveal the sentiments for each day it looks like this:

Tee pee advent messages reavealed
IDEA: Instead of using stamped sentiments like mine, you can write xmas shores or bible verses...


Do you know that you can mail this card?...

if you want to see how  click HERE to see a video that I made for the tutorial on this type of card;or click directly on the video below...


For my post today here, if you leave me a comment you will have the chance to win "The Advent Calendar Set"... make sure to visit all the posts in all 3 blogs...

Remember that at the language blogs, at the Spanish blog : "A crear se Dijo!" and at the French Blog: "Un Brin de Créativité" there are new projects as well...

and you can have the opportunity to win a die THERE TOO, just comment on each post and by the end of the "Blog Blitz" winners from each post will be selected randomly ...



Sun 26

Bendi Fold Card

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

I am so excited to be able to show you here at "Outside The Box" blog this card that I did a while ago and I had presented it at my personal blog.



Bendi front

I am constantly looking for fun folds to be able to display the georgeous Dies and stamps that Memory Box carries and when, I saw this unique fold, called the "Bendi Fold", I fell in love and I knew right away that I wanted to do something with MB dies!


Bendi twist

I am showing you here today this card because, what is new, is that I did a  

VIDEO TO SHARE with all of you on how to make this card...

I am always happy to be able to transmit and share what I have learnt with all you followers out there...

The video was featured at "Splitcoaststampers" SCS, under their "tutorials" section, but you can find it as well on my peronnal YOU TUBE channel...

Enjoy it and I Hope to see many, many cards using this whymsical fold with MB dies!

NOTE: mail it in a box, if handed in person put it in a clear/acetate box (bought or made; search in You Tube for tutorials on how to make a box). OR mail it flat in a yellow office envelope 9x12, just fold one flap and insert a note explaining that the flaps need to be inserted in the notches and voilà!


list of dies used: Grand Oak Tree;  Set Of Swings; SideShow Tickets; Pocket Gift Tag; Resting Birds; Picket Fence; the stamp: "Fence"



Mon 13

A Spring Folding Screen!

Hello Dear Stamper Friends:

Here Bibiana,... I  am very happy to Welcome you for another post here at the English blog for Memory Box...

Today, I am bringing to you a "Folding Screen" card fold to cheer you up a bit this Spring season...taking into account all the "crazy" weather that is going on in some parts of the country...

Folding screen front
The fold in itself it is very easy to make, just fold in half a regular A2 card (4 1/4" X 5 1/2") and again in half each panel...

In this card I used several of the wonderful new dies from the Spring 2013 catalog.

For the top of each panel I just used the top portion of the "Victorian Frame Set" and the "Botanic Frame Set" was cut in half to decorate just the angles of each panel..using the extra little flower that comes in this set...

This season MB has released a set of  "Frame sets" which all come with 4 separate dies which makes them very versatile to use.

Folding screen center

On the center panels, the "Woven Basket" and the "Forest Snail" are just adorable. They pair very well and remind me so much of Spring...

This is a view of the card from the left side...

Folding screen left
Notice the tiny bows on each of the "Summer Kites"  and the minuscule white buds come from the "Flower Mound"...all these details make the difference...don't you think?

View of the "Folding Screen" closed...ready to put in an envelope and be sent to a dear friend

Folding screen 1st panel
I think, that for the back panel I should of write "BYE", Maybe next released we will have a pairing die for the "Hello Script" that would say "BYE",  just an idea...:)

Folding screen final

To browse the Spring 2013 catalog click HERE.

And finally, I would like to remind you all that MB has 3 blogs written in 3 different languages all of each featuring different cards for your inspiration..

So we invite you to come to ALL 3 blogs...

Remember you can use the Google translate tool if you are stuck in the language part...but the photo-inspiration cards speak by themselves...

if you have friends that would like to see a blog written in their native tongue,

spread the word...

We have The French blog: "Un Brin De Créativité" HERE and the Spanish one : "A Crear se Dijo!" HERE

I Hope to see you more often at those 2 other blogs...

For any question do not hesitate in contacting me, Bibiana,  I will be happy to answer any doubts that you may have...

Until a next time, here or over there...:)


Wed 06

Create a Cottage with Poppystamps Dies


Hi - here's a sweet country cottage featuring the versatile new Poppystamps Madison House Die Set 883.   The set includes the roof, rooftrim, door, window, windowbox and a narrow roofline die to trim the top of the notecards.  The finished house fits perfectly into an A2 envelope.  


I've also used the Poppystamps Window Quad Die 882 - it cuts 4 rectangular openings for a see-through effect when used with the windows from the Madison House Set.   One of the openings can also be covered with the door from the Madison House Set.  

P1030288Have fun building your own houses with the new Poppystamps dies - they're versatile, coordinated and great for any occasion or holiday.  The windowbox is filled with flowers cut with the Wildflower Patch Die 820 - a favorite from a previous release.  View the new Poppystamps Dies here.

We're updating our Memory Box blogs - and I'll be posting my designs more often here on Outside the Box and on the Poppystamps Blog instead of on InKollage.  Thanks for visiting InKollage throughout the years - I look foward to seeing you here!



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Fri 02

“Happy Day of the Dead”!

Today, I am bringing to you a Mexican holiday celebrated mainly throughout Mexico, Central America and some parts of the world.

In Mexico, “death” is something to be celebrated.

This holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration takes place on November 1, [in connection with the Catholic holidays All Saints Day] and on November 2 [All Souls Day], which is today!

Besides visiting cemeteries and churches, the tradition includes building private altars honoring the deceased. These colorful and beautiful altars are built at home, at schools, at churches…everywhere you can and decorated using photos and memorabilia of your departed, sugar skulls, flowers, in particular Marigolds, candles and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed.

You can look amazing photos altars here: Google Altars

DOTD front

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You can reproduce this card or create your own for yourself or perhaps offer it to a Mexican friend to be put in his/her family altar…I am sure that the person receiving it will be gratefully surprised of your gesture and knowledge of the festivity…!

This card is called a “Tent” card, I did another one here: 3D Card…as you can see this shape card is great to display die cuts and can be used for any occasion…

Skeleton dolls and sugar skulls are made to enjoy on this day and they are a big part of the event, so the Dancing Skeleton is perfect for this holiday!

NOTE: I use the hat for the skeleton from the Gentleman Leaping die.

Enjoy and “Feliz Dia de los Muertos!”


1- Die cut the front of your card with the die “Grand Gothic Window” to make the window

2- For the inside: use the left over from the “window/aperture” for the inside of your card…see the “side” picture. Stamp the “Distressed Tag” on it and write your message.

3- Die Cut all your pieces

4- Assemble the card, then add embellishments   

Side View: 

DOTD side    

TIP: Use a piece of acetate to glue the skeleton see below:

DOTD acetate

For my altar, I cover in newspaper a “Papier Maché” skull from the craft store and I decorated with some butterflies, flowers and some bling. The card and the skull will be a great addition to my altar!

DOTD altar

(click on photo to enlarge)

For the skull I use these two butterflies:

The Vivienne Butterfly and The Darla Butterfly

DOTD skull


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