64 posts categorized "Spring/Summer 2014"


Tue 14

Open Studio Circle Forest Scene


Hello, Stampers!

Welcome to Day Two of  the Memory Box Blog Blitz featuring the new Summer 2015 stamp and die release! The blitz lasts from Monday, April 13, through Friday, April 17, and you have until Sunday, April 19, at 11:50 p.m. EST to leave comments on blitz blog posts for chances to win prizes. Winners will be announced here on Monday, April 20. 

P O S T   P R I Z E
The prize you can win by leaving a comment on this post is the die set I used for my card today: the new Open Studio Circle Forest Scene! (Is it not the cutest?) You get two large dies of rolling hills with trees, two house bases, two house overlays, a front door for the larger house, six trees, and three clouds! 
Here's one thing you can do with this terrific die set:


Memory Box: Open Studio Circle Forest Scene die set, cardstock, 6" x 6" Sprout  patterned paper (retired) and Vanilla Bean Morocco; Poppy Stamps: sentiment from new Hope and Thanks clear stamp set; Inks: VersaFine (Imagine Crafts), Spring Moss, Blueberry Sky (PTI); Accent: brad (Basic Grey), ribbon (Offray); Other: foam dimensional tape



Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!



Sun 06


I hope everyone in the US has had a wonderful holiday weekend and was able to have a bit of fun!! 

Have you check out the fantabulous new release yet? So many wonderful new dies, stamps and stencils...I think I need to get them all!  You can find all the newly released products HERE.

As soon as I saw this NOEL Tile (98933) die, I knew I had to have it as an idea popped in my head right away.


I've used one of the new stencils Snowflake Lace 88576 and embossed with it on watercolor paper.  The blue colors were done with a combination of distress inks.  The Noel Tiles are hanging from Tinsel Ropes 98851.

This is one of the cards we'll be making at Simple Pleasures for the Memory Box Christmas in July Class on July 19th! 

Thanks for stopping by today.



Mon 30

Wishing you a Happy Day...


 A little dirt won't hurt!  I kinda like this Vanilla Bean card-stock with Pool and Meadow card-stocks!  Accent with pink and white and there you are!  Now if I could just get photos fast on a dark and dreary day!!!  : )



For this card I cut and embossed the flowers like I did in this video HERE

Dies and stamp I used...

Zinnia Bouquet
Zinnia Bouquet Background
Toulouse Frame Background
Eva Stem
Wicker Panel
Garden Watering Can
Blissful Butterfly Border
Wishing You Combo
A2 Notecards


Tear the Vanilla Bean 'dirt border and adhere to the bottom of the A2

Pool notecard

Adhere the Wicker Panel

Adhere three Evan Stems - stick them in the 'dirt

Adhere the Toulouse Frame 

Add the zinnias with adhesive mounting squares

Adhere the one butterfly trimmed from the Blissful Butterfly Border

I have a couple Memory Box cards posted on my blog if you want to click over... HERE.


Thanks for stopping by today!  

*** Be watching...lots of new coming very soon! YAY!


Sat 28

Summer Bike Ride


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Hope you're having a great weekend - here's another summer card design for you.  Jean Okimoto here - let's get started...

Memory Box Products

  • Cosmic Star Set Die 98464
  • Vintage Bicycle Die 984845 
  • Metal Adapter Plate       
  • Star Flash Designer Stencil 88542
  • Solo Stars Designer Stencil 88565
  • Graphite Cardstock    
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Kraft Envelope

The big blue star from the Solo Stars Designer Stencil is stenciled with Danube Blue Memento Luxe and heat-embossed over the dry-embossed Star Flash background.  Add some diecut red and blue felt stars for texture and dimension.  The Vintage Bicycle adds a fun contrast to the contemporary backdrop of stars.

Speaking of stars...Big Thanks to design star Donna Mikasa for reminding me about diecutting with felt...on a warm summer day, when felt is not quite at the top of my list of go-to supplies.    It's so easy to cut, adds great dimension and comes in beautiful colors!

New classes at Impress start this week - on Friday, the 4th of July!  We'll be using some NEW Memory Box and Poppystamps designs in the Summer in Seattle class.  They're so new I'll be posting the samples in a few days.  Hope you can join us.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for additional details and instructions for today's card - and a few more!




Sat 28

Butterflies by Starlight


Can you believe it's almost July?  Jean Okimoto here with some patriotic summer celebration ideas for you today.   Stencil a simple vellum candle wrap - and fill Butterfly Favor Boxes with sweet treats for everyone.  It's quick, easy - and sure to turn any party into an event!

Memory Box Products

  • Butterfly Favor Box Die 98771
  • Swirl Butterfly Die 98894
  • Solo Stars Designer Stencil 88565
  • Star Dust Designer Stencil 88573
  • Blueberry Signature Prints - Moroccan and Dots
  • Cranberry Signature Prints - Dots, Gingham and Distressed Dots
  • Parchment Cardstock
  • Blueberry Cardstock
  • Cranberry Cardstock

Diecut Butterfly Favor Boxes and crease them along the scorelines.  Carefully snip halfway down the center of one butterfly - and halfway up the center of the other butterfly - using the scorelines as a guide. Assemble the boxes, then interlock the slotted sections.  Diecut and attach Swirl Butterfly overlays from Parchment, Cranberry and Blueberry Cardstock.

Cut a piece of vellum to fit around a battery-operated candle, plus a 1/2" overlap.  Stencil Star Show in the center with Versamark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Stencil and emboss Star Dust on the left side of Star Show. Clean the stencil, flip it over and stencil and emboss Star Dust on the right side of Star Show.

Get the most out of your Memory Box products and add a special touch to your summer parties, picnics and barbeques!

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll stop by again this evening for another summer project.



Tue 24

Sweet Cherries

Good Morning!  It's that time of year when the birdies in my yard build nests in all of our fruit trees and wait for the fruit to ripen.  This year they are using my new cocoa liners of my hanging baskets making things a bit messy but they are getting excited for their reward to come.  This card reminds me of how Happy the they will all be when they are reaping their rewards.

I used quite a few Dies for this one.  Dies used are the new Sweet and Sour Cherries - 98989 and new Wicker Panel - 98984 also used are the Gold Finch - 98756, Woodland Branch - 98187 and the Happy Cloud - 98893.  The Cherries and the Happy were cut from cardstock and then colored with Clear Glaze Pen.  The Wicker Panel was cut from Kraft paper and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Hope you like it.

Thank you so much for stopping by hope your having a great day! 



Wed 18

A Quick and Easy Stenciled Card

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Hi - Jean Okimoto here this afternoon, with some of my favorite supplies - Memory Box Designer Stencils and Dies and sequins.  You just can't go wrong with these great elements when you need a quick card.

Memory Box Products

  • Distressed Grid Stencil 88531
  • Grove Branch Die 98311
  • Cherry Blossom Die Set 98316
  • Luscious Leaves Die 98836
  • Granny Smith Cardstock
  • Peony Cardstock
  • Vanilla Bean Cardstock
  • Sugar Plum Cardstock 
  • Squash Cardstock
  • Kraft Cardstock
  • Peony Notecard and Envelope

Stencil Distressed Grid onto Kraft Cardstock with Memento Luxe Wedding Dresss.  Heat-set the ink and trim the cardstock.  

Diecut Grove Branch and trim the top of the branch on the right side.  Diecut the Cherry Blossom set from Peony, Sugar Plum and Squash.  Attach it to the background with foam dots.  Diecut Luscious Leaves from Granny Smith cardstock.  

Attach everything to a Peony Notecard and add some pretty sequins.

Big Thanks to everyone who took Saturday's NEON, NEON, NEON and HEARTS AND FLOWERS classes at Impress.  We laughed a lot - more than ever before - but somehow managed to finish ahead of schedule!

Visit our Ideas Gallery for more card designs.  

Thanks for visiting...have a lovely summer evening!


Wed 18

Stencils, Diecuts and Watercolored Backgrounds


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Start a summer card with a watercolored background, stencil Bubbles over it, add some diecuts and a dry-embossed background - it's quick, easy and sure to impress!  Jean Okimoto here - let's get started...

Memory Box Products

  • Bubbles Designer Stencil 88574
  • Line Up Designer Stencil 88551
  • Precious Daisies Die 98813
  • Hello Script Die 98580
  • Parchment Cardstock (side-folded 4.25" x 5.5" card)
  • Parchment Envelope

Lightly spritz white cardstock with water.  Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Spectrum Kaleidacolor and spritz it.  Roll the inks onto the damp watercolor paper.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then heatset it.  

Stencil Bubbles (avoid the big dot near the bottom right corner) with Versamark and emboss it with detail gold powder.  

Diecut 2 big and 1 small flower from the Precious Daisies set.  Snip off the "hanger" and layer the three flowers.  Attach a green sequin.  Attach a 1/2" wide strip of Scor-Tape horizontally behind gold mirror cardstock and diecut Hello Script.

Dry-emboss Line Up on Parchment Cardstock.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for the Grand Calibur:

  • Gray Base Plate
  • Memory Box Metal Adapter Plate
  • Stencil
  • Cardstock
  • Rubber Embossing Mat
  • Light Pink Embossing Plate

Assemble the card - attach the flower with foam dots.  Coordinate the card with a matching Parchment Envelope.



Visit our Ideas Gallery for more bright summer cards.   

Thanks for stopping by!








Tue 17

Oh Snap - Deep Ocean Lobster


Good Afternoon,  here is a fun card I've created using the Deep Ocean Lobster 98986  and the Urban Uppercase Alphabet 98881.  I love the freshness of the alphabet paired with the gingham and distressed dots papers as well as the snappy clean colors.  This card would be perfect for a Belated Birthday or a forgotten Thank You!  

I hope you like it I had a blast creating it.  Thanks for stopping by this afternoon.



Mon 16

Tremaine Square and Kensington Branch...


A great way to start the week... just thinking of you today

Memory Box Pool Notecard and matching Pool Dots Pattern Paper...Parchment and Kraft Notecards to mat the Tremaine Square die cut.  An A-2 size card.

The pretty Kensington Branch is die cut from Kraft twice, layered together and adhered over the top. The Resting Birds die is cut from Pool.


I love how delicate these dies are.  They cut like a dream! 

The new Summer 2014 collection is HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!