214 posts categorized "Patterned Papers"


Tue 25

Let it Snow
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. Memory Box Co has designed a series of stitch-able dies....Have you seen them? I wanted to show off this adorable snowman, unstitched. I used Memory Box's watercolor paper to die cut the snowman because I love the texture and it's a perfect shade of off -white and matches perfectly with the pattren paper pad. It comes with a separate die for the face and scarf.

I used the same pattern paper as the background to die cut the scarf and some scraps of orange and black cardstock to die cut the face. I die cut Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs and used Copic markers in shades G46, and G29 to color. 

I embossed the sentiment from one of the newest stamp sets, Spirit of Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed this post!  Have a great week!

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Mon 03

Blog Blitz Day 2
by Michelle Bala


Welcome back to Day 2 of Memory Box's Blog Blitz Week!!! If you missed Day 1, check out Anne's post HERE. There will be a chance to win some of the newest products from 2020 Christmas Release!!! The products I used on this card today are some of my favorite!!! 

The Pinecone Stacker die is amazing!!! I die the layers and used Copic Markers in shades W1, W3, W6.  I adhered the layers together and added some Dew Drop Glitter Glue for some shimmer. Next, I die cut the Forest Pine Branch and used shades W3, W6, YG03, YG61, YG67 to color. I adhered the pinecones to the pine brach. 

I die cut the Vintage Sled and used shades R56, R46, R35, N5, C7, C4 to color. Lastly, I die cut Special Merry Christmas sentiment using the Polished Foil Paper.  The shimmer on the foil paper is incredible!!!  For the card base I trimmed a piece of pattern paper from the Christmas Plaid Paper Pad and a strip of gold glitter from Holiday Glitter Pad. I assembled my card and finished it off with twine bow and some sequins.

Would you like a chance to win the new Vintage Sled Craft Die? Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm EST. One comment will be chosen at random to win the die. Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside The Box Blog on Monday, August 10th at 6pm EST. GOOD LUCK!! One comment/ entry per person per day.

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Thu 09

Watercolor, Spotlight and Distress the Chrysanthemum Field by Jean Okimoto

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Sun 31

Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham



Hello there.  Today is not just the last day in May, it‘s also my birthday.  And with that, I have an easy monochromatic birthday card to share using products from the newest Garden Party release.

The Birthday Cursive Script Circle was die cut three times from scraps of Bristol paper and stacked for dimension.  Used scissors to snip away the circle.  The solid candles from Tall Birthday Candles were then die cut from regular white cardstock and various aqua/teal pattern papers in the Garden Folly paper pack.  Trimmed off the flame on the pattern paper candles and pieced on top of the white candles.


Next, ombre blended Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans distress inks with blender brushes onto a Bristol rectangle panel.  Splattered with water and lifted with a paper towel to give it texture.  Dried the panel completely with my heat tool then heat embossed “wishes” from Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout stamp set with white embossing powder.


Mounted the panel onto a white card base with fun foam and and assembled the card.  Spritz the entire card with a sparkle spray for some shimmer to finish.   Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day and week.






Mon 11

Glittery Small Clutch of Eggs in a Glittery Twiggy Nest on Floral Papers
by Anne Thompson

The last few days we have seen warm weather, sunshine, a polar vortex snowstorm, and heavy winds.  In spite of these extremes, there has been a lot of activity at the bird feeders and in the house.  Dad (97) built and painted two more birdhouses and Mom (91) has been watching the orange marmalade feeder for the return of the Baltimore orioles who always show up on Mother's Day or a few days before.  I've been leaving nesting materials outside--bits of twine and the snippings from giving Mom a haircut.  So with all three of us focusing on birds I thought it appropriate to make a spring card featuring a nest with a clutch of eggs.


I used a nice pink cardstock to make the card base and papered the front and the two inside panels with prints from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 paper pad.


I chose pink and pale green glitter papers from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001 for die cutting the TWIGGY NEST 94424 and the SMALL CLUTCH OF EGGS 94456.

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I placed the nest on the card front using glue dots to secure it and the eggs in place.


I added a white cardstock panel over the darker printed paper on the inside and put three more eggs in the lower right corner.


The only thing left to do is to stamp an appropriate sentiment once I know where the card is going and for what occasion.

I love the way the die cut nest and its eggs work against the floral paper.  


It won't be long before our birdhouses all have residents sitting on nests filled with eggs.  Happy spring!

As businesses begin to reopen, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and stay safe.  I'm still planning to stay home as much as possible, avoid the big box stores, and wait for my online orders to arrive. 

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 04

Cherry Blossom Branches Thank You Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my pursuit of finding interesting folded cards, and I have a fun and easy one for today's post.


I used medium blue double-sided striped and dotted papers from COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS PP1004, a bright blue glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003, and white cardstock to make the layers in this card.  The blue glitter paper embellishments are multiple CHERRY BLOSSOM BRANCHES 94434 with tiny white pearls in the centers of the blossoms.


  • Start with a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 X 11.  I used white, but you could use any color that coordinates with whatever printed papers you choose to use.
  • Cut it at 4 1/4.
  • Score the 4 1/4 X 11 piece of cardstock at 5 1/2.
  • Cut off 2 3/4 from the front.  Save the piece that you cut off because that will become the horizontal front panel on top of the now smaller card front.  


  • Cut all of your printed papers to go on the various panels.  One piece at 5 1/4 X 4 will be the inside of the card.  Cut two pieces each 2 1/2 X 4 for the outside and inside of the front of the card.


  • Layer the papers on the white card base.
  • Take that piece that you cut off in the fourth step.  Add a printed paper panel 2 1/2 X 4 and a white cardstock panel 2 1/4 X 3 3/4 on top of that.  You might want to do any stamping before gluing down the white panel.
  • Remember when you add this to the card to put adhesive only on the part of the panel that attaches to the card front.


  • Add one more white cardstock piece inside the card 2 1/2 x 3 3/4.  Snug it up near the fold so it will be hidden by the front flap.  Again you might want to do any stamping before gluing down the white panel.


At this point stamping and decorating can be anything you want it to be.  I used die cuts of Cherry Blossom Branches but any of the Memory Box floral dies would work.  I chose stamps from the WILD ROSE STEM CL5258 for the sentiments inside and out on this card, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I should mention here that the Wild Rose Stem clear stamp set also comes with coordinating dies if you order CL5258-D.



I had an extra Cherry Blossom Branch which I added on the back of the large tab.  (I should probably admit that I did that to cover an ink smudge which I was able to hide under one of the blossoms.  "Mistakes" are good excuses for using more embellishments!)


I know that this is a card my mom will take for her stash.  She celebrated her 91st birthday on Saturday and has used up most of the thank you cards I had made before this one.   

We are still staying home except for occasional trips to the small local grocery store and the self-serve farm stand though many more businesses in other towns near us are beginning to open.  Hope that wherever you are you're staying safe and finding time to make things.

Happy Crafting!

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Tue 28

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a mixed media type of card for you.  I used washi tape to create the flowers and the leaves for the card and a piece of patterned paper for the vase. So let's begin.

The first thing I did was to adhere a piece of the Rose Bouquet wide washi tape to white cardstock. Next I picked the flowers and the leaves I wanted to use and cut them out.


Next I chose a piece of patterned paper that I wanted to use for the vase and die cut it from the rectangle die set.  

I used a piece of the new watercolor paper for my background and laid out my design. 


I made a light pencil line for my table and proceded to watercolor the background.  I wanted a very fluid look for the watercolor so I watered down my paint. 


Once I was happy with the background I used matt medium to glue down my vase, leaves and flowers.

I used copic markers to add some shading to the flowers and leaves.  Next I used a fine black marker to outline the leaves and flowers to define them. Then I used a white marker to add a higlight to the vase.  

Next I used a stencil and sponged Tumbled Glass Distress ink to add some interest to the table and the background. I used a light touch for this.  I only wanted a hint of color.


The next thing I did was spatter the background with several colors of paint and some gold ink. I might of got a little carried away with the spatters.


To finish the card I die cut the word Love from gold metallic cardstock and glued that to my card front.  I used foam tape to adhere this to a white cardbase.

I hope you enjoyed this card today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!









Mon 20

Spring Card with a Pocket
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying out different kinds of folds using both cardstock and printed papers to change up the forms of cards I've made this last week.   For today's post I created a card with a sentiment panel tucked into a pocket which with just two simple folds provided several surfaces for showcasing a bunch of coordinated papers from both SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 and SPRINGTIME BOUQUET STRIPES AND DOTS PP1007 6X6 paper pads.  

This is what this card looks like with the flap closed and held in place by the tab.


And this is what you see when you open the top flap.


materials used and procedures

  • cut white cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • score it at 2 1/2 and 6 1/2; use a bone folder to get a nice crease on each fold line; the wider flap is at the top
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the top flap 5 1/4 X 2 1/4, one for the outside and another for the inside of the flap
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the outside of the bottom flap 5 1/4 X 1 3/4 
  • for the inside of the card between the fold lines, cut and adhere patterned paper 5 1/4 X 3 3/4
  • with the card opened flat, attach Score-Tape or another sturdy adhesive to the side edges of the bottom flap and fold it up to create the pocket
  • to make the tab that holds the pocket card closed, cut white cardstock and printed papers using two sizes from the MATINEE RECTANGLE LAYERS 94438 and attach it on the back only at the very bottom edge of the larger rectangle with Scor-Tape or another sturdy adhesive
  • for the sentiment panel that tucks into the pocket, cut white cardstock 4 1/2 X 3 1/4
  • stamp "Spring is a time..." sentiment from Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL 491 using Versafine Tuxedo Black ink
  • cut PRETTY BLOSSOM STEM 94422 from bright yellow glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003 and adhere it using glue dots or glue next to the sentiment; trim it to fit


You might add paper to the sentiment panel before stamping and decorating it.  You might also add another sentiment or a die cut to the tab on the front of the card.  Or you could omit the tab and add other stamped or die cut images on the flaps.  You could use other color combinations and different floral die cuts or butterflies.  I could go on and on with suggestions because I think there are so many possible ways to decorate this card inside and out.

Happy Crafting!

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Mon 13

Splendid Poppy Stems Spring Card
by Anne Thompson

I have a spring card today that features the SPLENDID POPPY STEMS cut from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD green glitter paper and lots of layers of patterned papers from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET 6X6 paper pad.


materials used

I started by cutting the green plaid paper first and adhering that to the notecard.  I then chose three other coordinating green printed papers and cut them in a variety of sizes and backed each one with white cardstock, planning the sizes based on how they would stack up.  I stamped the sentiment on the green rectangle which would become the top layer on the card front.  I added the bottom two layers flat to the card front (the tiny floral print and the green leaves on white)  with a tape runner and the top sentiment layer with dimensional foam dots.  I cut the Splendid Poppy Stems from the green glitter paper.  I arranged the die cut so that the larger blossom adhered flat to the green leafy paper tucked under a corner of the popped up panel and the smaller blossom stuck to the sentiment panel. 


After securing the stem ends to the green leafy paper panel I added the green satin bow using glue dots.  Voila!


I'm sending out cards as fast as I can make them as another way to keep in touch with friends during this time of sheltering in place and self-quarantine.  I'm finding that having some creative time each day makes me less anxious and more grateful for what I do have.  And if I run low on craft supplies, I can order online and have them delivered to my door!

Happy Crafting!  Stay safe!

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Fri 03

Watercolor Flowers on Easter/Spring Cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you watched Dave's video yet on watercolor techniques?  You can view it here.  I've spent some time this past week playing with my watercolors (Kuratake Japanese watercolors, set of 36) and the new stamp sets to create some Easter and spring cards.  

This first card uses the WILD ROSE STEM clear stamp and die set CL5258-D reimagined in yellows, oranges, and reds.  It's the card I shared in the introduction to this month's Memory Box Challenge:  #60 Spring Fling (Spring Themed Cards).

I stamped the image with VersaMark on the new Open Studio Watercolor Paper WP101 and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Once it was painted and dried, I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I adhered it with Scor-Tape to an orange striped paper from the COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS PP1004 pad on a white notecard.  (I find that Scor-Tape works the best to secure painted watercolor paper to another surface in order to get a nice flat adherence.)  The sentiment "thinking of you at Easter" is from the Poppystamps set CL491 SPRINGTIME FUN stamped on the striped paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

This next card is stamped and embossed, painted and die cut in the same way using the single blossom and two leaves from that same stamp set.  The paper is also from the Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pad.  The sentiment is another from the Poppystamps Springtime Fun set of clear stamps.


For this third card I chose the large SUNFLOWER WREATH CL5253.  It is a very large image and I positioned it on the edge of the watercolor paper cutting off some of the blossoms on the left.  I used three different yellows and an orange for the petals and three browns and a purple for the seedy centers.  Once it was painted and dried I fussy cut around the image and used Scor-Tape to adhere it to the papered notecard.  The background paper is from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 pad.  The sentiment "a happy HELLO" is from the Poppystamps Springtime Fun set.


Two more:  the single sunflower stamped multiple times, painted and spattered; the two leaves stamped multiple times, painted and spattered; "Happy Spring" from the Open Studio BIG AND LITTLE SPRING CL5254 clear stamp set


My next adventure is to try other sets of watercolors I have as well as watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils.  I seem to have more time to play in my craft room these days.  Hope you are all well and finding more crafting time, too.  Someone sent me a note the other day stating that instead of saying that she is sheltering in place she is now an artist in residence.  I think I will adopt that title as well!  And maybe you should too!!!

Happy Crafting!

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