64 posts categorized "Spring/Summer 2014"


Sat 14

Tremaine Square Cherry Blossom Card Set

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Good Morning!  Happy Weekend!  School is finally out here and the kids have begun enjoying their vacation, well so have I less driving around and picking up. 

With some of my new found freed time I have created this adorable card set using the new Tremaine Square 98979 this die is so Beautiful and Delicate you can reall do so much with it.  I love it as a base to support my Cherry Blossom 98316.  Each card has a white card base with a white mat embossed with the Garden Leafy Branches Stencil 88557 embossed onto it, hopefully you can see it in the second photo.  The Cherry Blossom itself was colored with Pan Pastels and Tombow Markers.   These make a lovely card set perfect for a gift!

Enjoy your weekend!  Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!


Wed 11

Simple, Tall and Skinny for the Summer


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Simple?  That's easy for me. Tall and skinny...maybe next summer?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick summer card for you.  

Wicker Panel - from the Summer Collection - and the Donnington Tendril are working overtime right now.  Just can't seem to stop using them!

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Wicker Panel 98984
  • Donnington Tendril 98764
  • Pavilia Bloom Background 98899
  • Pavilia Bloom Outline  98888
  • Adorable Posies 98837
  • Dill Cardstock
  • Peony Cardstock
  • Key Lime Cardstock (6.25" x 3.5" card)
  • Key Lime Distressed Dots


Cut the Pavilia Bloom Background from Salmon velvet paper - then attach an overlay of Pavilia Bloom Outline cut from Peony Cardstock for a bit of texture.  Cut the flower's center from Key Lime Distressed Dots with Adorable Posies.  Add a few sequins...that's it!

Looking for more card ideas?  Visit our Ideas Gallery for more designs and inspiration.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening...




Tue 10

A New Technique! (I Think)

Hey, there, Everyone! Thanks for dropping by the Memory Box Design Team blog. 

I'm really excited to share a new technique with you (new to me, anyway)!

I decided to die cut one of our newly released dies and use it's negative as a "stencil" to outline and then  color with pencils.

I love the result, and it gives you yet another way to use your dies!


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Memory Box die (Vignette Floral Branch), stamp, and cardstock; Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils; Distress embossing ink, (Ranger); Pewter embossing powder (Ranger); gems (Mark Richards); DIamond Stickles (Ranger)

H O W   T O   D O   I T

  • Cut the die out of a medium to heavy scrap of cardstock.
  • Save the actual die cut for another card because you only need the outline (or negative) of the die cut.


  • Position and tape your die cut scrap to the cardstock panel you want to use on your card. (Use low tack tape and tape down all four corners.)
  • Sharpen a light colored pencil (I used beige) to a very fine, sharp point. Then slowly and lightly trace along the edges of the die cut. Using a light colored pencil will allow you to cover it later with whatever colors you like. (Additional option: outline with a Sand Memento marker and then color the flower with alocohol markers.) 
  • When you've finished the outline, remove the scrap and start coloring. (You can see where I was using my scrap to test colors.)  :~D
  • You can use the die cut as a guide for where to draw any interior lines, and you can save your template for the next time you want to try this.

E X T R A   D E T A I L S

To answer some of the questions that were left in the comments....

I colored the flower, leaves, stems, etc. completely and then colored the rest of the panel's background with two different blue pencils (go to my blog here for a complete chart of all the colors used.) This is not hard to do - just color lightly and in circles. Lay down a light base first and then build up more color as you desire.

Because I don't use Gamsol to break down the wax in my coloring, I can't stamp a sentiment on top unless I emboss it, so that's where the embossing powder comes in.

Last of all, I spread a small amount of Stickles over the flowers and leaves to mimic that light shimmer you see in many flower petals. And because it's pretty! :~D

I hope I've explained myself better and that you give this technique a try - the possibilities are only limited by your die collection! 

Thanks for stopping and have a blessed day!



Sat 07

The Curling Cloud...


So when it's hot and humid... I stay in the house and keep cool!  How about you?  So my Summer fun is not in the air but on the ground, in the house playing with Memory dies, stencils and stamps!

Over on facebook, I posted the Floating Butterflies card this a.m. and a gal said she wanted to see something with the Curling Cloud die.  So I took the challenge for this afternoon!  

I inlaid the Mini Hot Air Balloon and Beautiful Balloon dies with the Curling Cloud, cut the Memory Box initials with the Classic Uppercase Alphabet dies, cut summer with the Alphabet Soup die and fun with Parker Lowercase Alphabet dies.


Another Curling Cloud glued on top of the card to finish it off.

It's an A2 size card - Memory Box Lagoon notecard for the card base, white, cranberry and meadow for the cuts.

Just fun, playing around with dies!  TFL! and happy weekend...hope you get to make something too! (I should be cleaning, hahaha)

Sat 07

Floating Butterflies, Bursting Berry Vine and Blushing Flower Branch...

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Hello!  Pam here today...another card using the NEW Summer 2014 Memory Box release. I started with the Floating Butterflies die cut out of a Memory Box white notecard. Next I cut out two of the inner lines so I would have one complete butterfly.  Here's a picture of the die so you can see the lines I trimmed off.


I cut the Floating Butterflies Background die from a Memory Box Sweetcorn notecard. Using the Butterfly vine stencil, I inked up the complete butterfly first, with Wild Honey Distress ink and the mini round ink blending tool.  Then moved the stencil to fit over the other two butterflies, making sure not to ink into the complete butterfly I stenciled first.

I die cut the Bursting Berry Vine and Blushing Flower Branch from a Memory Box Kraft notecard. I inked them with Gathered Twigs Distress ink and the mini ink blending tool and then colored the leaves with YG Copics.

Cut the Blushing Flower Branch again with little pieces of Memory Box Lavender notecard placed over the flowers, emboss them with a stylus or run it back through the Big Shot with a tan mat and shims.  Leaving the flowers in the die, flip it over and ink through the die with Dusty Concord Distress ink and an ink blending tool.


Using a variety of Memory Box butterfly dies... cut some butterfly bodies in lavender card...ink them a little with Dusty Concord Distress ink too.

The word 'fly' is cut from the Library Alphabet Tags set.

I glued with Tombow Mono Multi, Scrapbook Adhesives mounting squares and the ATG gun.

A2 size card...

Hope I didn't forget anything... holler if I did! Thanks for looking!



Wed 04

Butterflies, Blossoms and Birthdays

Jean Okimoto-Memory Box-Delicate Butterfly Arch-diecuts-Summer Collection-Happy Birthday Background-sequinsThere are so many beautiful dies in the Summer Collection!  Jean Okimoto here, with a quick birthday design featuring the NEW Delicate Butterfly Arch and a simple stamped greeting.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Delicate Butterfly Arch 98982
  • Isabella Butterfly 98507
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Happy Birthday Background G1921
  • Thistle Cardstock (Delicate Butterfly Arch)
  • Peony Cardstock (flower overlays and greeting)
  • Juniper Cardstock (butterfly underlay)
  • Parchment Cardstock (top-folded A2 card)
  • Thistle Envelope

Cut, layer and attach the pieces.  Attach Scor-tape behind a scrap of gold mirror cardstock and cut the antennae.  Stamp the greeting with Memento Luxe Teal Zeal, emboss it with detail clear powder and attach it with foam dots.

Add some sequins - of course - then coordinate your card with a matching Thistle Envelope for a bright surprise among the plain white envelopes in the mailbox!



Visit our Ideas Gallery for more designs and detailed directions.

Thanks for stopping by...






Wed 04

Details, Details and a Double Donnington

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another summer card for you!  It's a mix of classic favorites - the Donnington Tendril and Fabulous Phlox Dies - and the NEW Wicker Panel Die from the just-released Summer Collection.


Memory Box Products

  • NEW Wicker Panel 98984
  • Donnington Tendril 98764
  • Fabulous Phlox 98511
  • Metal Adapter Plate
  • Key Lime Cardstock    
  • Sunflower Cardstock    
  • Peony Cardstock    
  • Graphite Notecard    
  • Peony Envelope


Cut Donnington Tendril twice - once from the white side of the duplex Key Lime Cardstock.  Keep and re-insert the little cutouts from the tips.  Trim the bottom of the diecut that will create the right side of the heart-shaped frame. 

Using the Metal Adapter Plate with the other plates required for thin metal dies, cut Wicker Panel from textured white cardstock and trim it to 5".  Cut several layers of Fabulous Phlox from Peony Cardstock.  Cut the phlox centers fron Sunflower Cardstock.

Attach everything to a Graphite Notecard and add a few sequins.  Coordinate your card with a Peony Envelope for a bright pop of happy mail.

Speaking of happy...we're super-happy about the great new Memory Box Dies display at the Tukwila Impress.  Here it is!


Thanks for visiting...be sure to visit the Ideas Gallery on our website for more designs and detailed directions.





Sun 01

Sequins, Stencils and Special Effects

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Hi - Jean Okimoto dropping in for a surprise (to me too!) post this sunny afternoon.  I started playing with the intricate Lanthenay Designer Stencil and Radiant Neons  - they created the perfect backdrop for the new Floating Butterflies from the just-released Summer Collection.  I decided to share the idea with you right away, before I forgot what I did.

Memory Box Products

  • Lanthenay Desginer Stencil 88549
  • Distressed Grid Designer Stencil 88531
  • NEW Floating Butterflies Die 98978
  • NEW Floating Butterflies Background Die 98991
  • Darla Butterfly Die Set 98264 (used the antennae)
  • Kaleidoscope Butterfly Die Set 98261 (used the antennae)

Stencil Lanthenay on white cardstock with Radiant Neons Electric Purple, Electric Blue and Electric Green (sound familiar?) and dry the inks.  Diecut it with the Floating Butterflies Background.  

Stencil Distressed Grid onto a Wisteria Notecard with Electric Purple and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach the stenciled butterflies.

Diecut Floating Butterflies from black cardstock.  Attach Scor-tape behind a scrap of black cardstock and diecut two Darla Butterfly antennae  and one Kaleidoscope Butterfly antennae.  Layer the outlines over the stenciled butterflies and secure them with the antennae.  

Attach iridescent blue sequins...as you 'might' have noticed, I love sequins and use them whenever possible!

Special thanks to everyone who took the Fabulous Five Cards class at Impress yesterday.  Hope you enjoyed working with the different machines, plates, mats, dies, stencils and inks - and can use the techniques with your equally fabulous stash of great Memory Box and Poppystamps products.

Thanks for dropping by this weekend...visit our Ideas Gallery for more designs!




Sat 31

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars...


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Pam here...Take a look at the new Star Garlands die  Isn't it grand!  Sorry if you have the Star Spangled Banner stuck in your head for the rest of the day...rehearsing for the 4th of July! : )


 I used the words from the happy and birthday cloud dies and the Classic Uppercase alphabet for USA. 

Memory Box White A2 Notecard for the card base... Cranberry and Sapphire notecards for the die cuts and Silver glitter cardstock for the Star Garlands.

I had to try another card with the Star Garlands too... welcome baby!


On this card I only used half of the
Star Garlands cut.  Then I used the Parker lowercase Alphabet to spell baby and Alphabet Soup to spell out the name.

The Baby Carriage die is cut from white and mounted on a Cherry Blossom A2 NotecardThe Rattle and Duck are cut from the Baby Stuff die.  I accented the rattle and the centers of the carriage wheels with a RV21 Copic marker.

The 'rug' the carriage is on is from the Palace Oval Frame Set.

I'm having a blast creating with the new Summer 2014 release!  It sounds like they are arriving at stores everywhere!  Happy creating to you and Thanks for looking today!



Fri 30

NEW…Floating Butterflies!

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Hi - Yes, it's Happy Friday and time for another reveal of more just-released designs from our beautiful Summer 2014 Collection.  Jean Okimoto here - with another quick card for you this afternoon.  It would be perfect for graduation thank you cards.  Or maybe for parents thanking the grad for receiving that long-anticipated degree!

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Floating Butterflies Background Die 98991
  • NEW Floating Butterflies Die 98978
  • Darla Butterfly Die 98264
  • Kaleidoscope Butterfly Die 98261
  • Thank You Background G1922
  • Graphite Cardstock
  • Parchment Cardstock (5" square card)

Stamp Thank You Background on Parchment Cardstock with Brilliance Starlight Black and dry the ink.  Diecut a stencil of the Floating Butterflies Background from The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Plastic.  Stencil the butterflies with Radiant Neons Electric Blue, Electric Green and Electric Purple.

Emboss them with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder.  

Diecut Floating Butterflies from Graphite Cardstock.  Attach Scor-tape behind a piece of Graphite Cardstock and cut two of the Darla Butterfly antennae - and one of the Kaleidoscope Butterfly Antennae. Layer the diecut outlines over the stenciled butterflies and attach them with the self-adhesive antennae.

Attach turquoise, green and lavender sequins.  That's it!

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Our great new Collection is arriving in stores right now - be sure your favorite retailer has placed their order.  It's already available at the Tukwila Impress - and the dies will be arriving at the University Village store tomorrow.  You'll love the beautiful designs!

Also wanted to send a big thanks to everyone from last Monday's JUST SAYING THANKS class at Impress.  It was the stampiest class we've had in a while - but we managed to add a bunch of stencils and diecuts too - thanks for working so hard!

Looking for more card ideas?  You'll find some great projects in the Ideas Gallery on our website.

Have a great weekend - but before you go, be sure to scroll down to see some photos from Pam's class - and some of her great cards too!