217 posts categorized "Patterned Papers"


Wed 25

Christmas Cardinal
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I wanted to share a Christmas card using the Memory Box cardinal stamp.  Although the cardinal is my state bird, I realized I wasn't really sure of the coloring.  When I did an image search, I found this photo on dictionary.com:


I was surprised by a couple of things.  First, there was more of a blue/black to the wings that I would have thought.  I also noticed some areas that had a little orange to them.  The cardinal wasn't as bright red as I thought.  Second, I wouldn't have guessed that there was any pink to the beak.

I used the photo as a guide for my coloring and chose to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush makers.  As I have said before, the brush nib allows you to take a lighter pen and go over a darker color without ruining your light colored nib.  With that in mind, I added my blue grey pen to the outside edge of the bird and then blended the color out with some of my red pen.  I added a little mustard to the center of the bird and then blended everything with the flesh colored marker.  Sometimes I use a waterbrush to blend the colors, but I decided to just use the markers themselves so that the color would remain bright and vibrant.

Here is a close up:


To finish the card, I added some decorative Memory Box paper and a popped up sentiment from the same clear stamp set as the cardinal. 

These are the colors of Zig markers that I used:

Bird- Red, Mustard, Flesh Colour, Blue Grey

Beak- Orange, Yellow, Pale Rose, Flesh Colour

Thanks for visiting today!







Mon 16

Sledding Slimline Card
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying new card forms lately.  Since I hadn't made a slimline card before, I have two to show you that feature the Large Vintage Sled on a snowy field created with the Snowmen Snowglobe die and decorated with pine branches and sprigs.  This is the first one I made...


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and this is the second one...


This time I used Cranberry Snow cardstock for the front and another piece on the inside placed on top of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I named the sled Rosebud because I used both the front and back of the rosebud paper in the Garland pack to make the sled.  I also used a dark green dot paper from Garland Stripes and Dots for the pine needle pieces.

I started a third card, this time horizontal, and moved the sled to the inside.  On the front I have the white mat layer and think I will add an interesting patterned paper and my sentiment there.  


Any of these cards could be used for the holidays or could be sent any time this coming winter.  I do LOVE the large vintage sled!


Happy Crafting!

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Fri 06

Wishing you a Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik


Happy Friday everyone! Now that it's November, it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards. 

For today's card, I started by die cutting several trees from watercolor paper using the new Pine Tree Collage die and used watercolors to paint each tree.

Next, I stamped and white heat embossed my sentiment on white cardstock. I placed a circle mask for the moon under the sentiment and sponged my paper with Red Distress Oxide Inks, leaving about an inch of plain white on the bottom of my cardstock. To finish, I spattered the paper with plain water to give it the look of snow. 

I used black cardstock to die cut the Santa and sleigh and glued it in place over the moon.


Next, I glued the trees in place along the bottom of the inked portion of the background.  Once the trees were glued in place, I spattered the card front with white paint.

I adhered the card front to a piece of patterned paper and glued that to a white top folding card base.


To finish the card, I added texture paste under the tree line and sprinkled glitter on it while it was still wet.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!







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!