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Thu 26

A Day of Thanks by Jean Okimoto


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  A handcrafted card with stamped, embossed branches and a simple message would be appreciated during these challenging times.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a basic design that works in seasonal colors throughout the year.  Examples - soft green branches + lavender berries for spring, chartreuse branches + yellow berries for summer,  and dark green + bright red for the holidays.


Prep kraft and orange cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray specks of powder.  I've added a bit of detail clear embossing powder to my Imagine Crafts Copper Mboss for a smoother image. Use a 1:5 ratio of clear powder to copper powder.  Mix the powders with a few shakes before each use.  Stamp the branches on kraft cardstock with VersaMark and emboss it with copper powder.  A tip...pre-heat the stamped, powdered cardstock from the backside for a few seconds first, then finish embossing from the right side.   That prevents over-heating and produces a smoother, glossy finish.

Stamp and emboss the 2 extra leaves on orange cardstock.

Cut the cooled branches and leaves with the matching dies from the set.  Diecut dark brown cardstock to mat the branches and leaves for added dimension.

Stamp the greeting on turquoise cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.

Cut the turquoise sheet from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the berries die from the Mistletoe Bundle set.

Attach everything to a kraft A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape for the greeting.


As always, thanks for visiting - and for selecting Memory Box designs and products for your handcrafted projects.  We appreciate your support and love sharing our ideas with you!





Sat 21

Fall Slimline with Halloween Pumpkin
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  Today I'm sharing a slimline fall "Thinking of You" card made with Memory Box "Halloween Pumpkins" stamp and die set.  I love this large pumpkin image along with the many awesome stamps in this set!

I stamped in black ink and heat embossed in clear, all the images I wanted to use on my card, then colored them with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  Here's look at my coloring up close before I die cut them with the matching dies.

Coloring the pumpkin card

After die cutting the images, I stamped the "Thinking of You" sentiment in the label die cut.  Next I laid all the images out on my slimline card base and arranged them some with glue and others with foam tape.  Lastly I added a couple of clear water droplets.  Here's one last look at my card:

Slimline pumpkin closer

I hope I have inspired you today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!






Fri 20

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a fun card for you which features water stamping on a blended distress oxide background.

To make the background I used a blending brush and applied distress oxide inks to the cardstock. You want to make sure you get a good amount of ink on the paper for the water stamping to work.


I placed my stamps in a Misti Stamping tool, misted it lightly with plain water and stamped on the cardstock. I dried the paper and then repeated the stamping to cover the background. I used smaller stamp images to fill in the open areas.



Next, I die cut the Bountiful Wreath in the center of the background and adhered the background piece to white cardstock that was cut to the same size as the card front. I glued the die cut center piece of the wreath in place in the open space. Now it looks like a white white die cut wreath.

Next I picked a pink glitter paper for the word "Merry" but it was a little too light, so I colored the paper with a copic marker to darken it. Then I die cut the word Merry once from the glitter paper and two times from white cardstock. I glued all the words together ending with the glitter word.


Next, I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and used foam adhesive to adhere it to my card.  I stamped and white heat embossed the word Christmas on a strip of black cardstock and glued it in place on the card. The word merry was glued to the card just above the bunny image.


Next I mounted the card front on a black cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I added some sequins to finish off the card. That's it for today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!






Thu 19

Build a Pinpoint Burst Plate Birdhouse by Jean Okimoto


The Pinpoint Burst Plate creates a dramatic background for any occasion.  Take it a step further and add texture to the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Easel Set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a shaped card featuring great designs from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  My stash includes the Poppystamps dies and stamps I buy for my class kits - and I love sharing ideas for using them.

First - a sideview of the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Up Easel Set card - using the basic construction pieces and some extras.  A portion of the packaging shows the pieces included in the set.  It includes a cardinal, but we're using the Memory Box Singing Birds here.


Cut the smoother side of Patina cardstock with the first die shown on the package.  It embosses wood panel lines too, but we don't need the lines - so turn the diecut over to the backside where the embossed lines are less visible. Cut it with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.

Cut the textured side of Navajo cardstock with the largest die and crease it backwards on the scored line.  Cut kraft cardstock with the second house layer.  Cut the snowy roofline and the entry ring from a white glittered cardstock sheet in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the pine brances from minty-green cardstock.

Attach the kraft house to the folded tab on the easel.  Add the other diecuts.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to red felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt.  Attach the birds with foam tape - use two layers of tape for the bird on the right.  Add ¼" punched dots of the red glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.


Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the matching die.


Cut the narrow "snowline" from the same white glittered cardstock and trim it to form a "stopper" to support the birdhouse.


Here's the finished easel card, perfect for an A-2 envelope.  Hope you like it!  

Special thanks to Ann at Impress Cards + Crafts and Roxanne at Stamps + Memories for buying my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits for your stores. Thanks also to everyone ordering their kits for holiday crafting.

Keep warm...thanks for visiting, see you again this weekend!





Thu 12

Create a Tri-Fold Fall Collage by Jean Okimoto


Layer the Wooded Glen and Little Orchard Collages and diecut a mix of tree backgrounds from 6x6 prints for a tri-fold fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a collage-y, layered forest scene for a thank you or Thanksgiving greeting.  Here are the supplies for this card...


I wasn't sure if I wanted a tall slimline card - or a shorter version - so I started with the taller version, then shortened it later.


Trim kraft cardstock to 10-½"* x 6-¼". (*a correction!) Score it horizontally at 3-½" and 7".  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.  Cut Wooded Glen Collage from the front of the first panel on the left.  Cut Little Orchard Collage from the back of the center panel.  

Cut an assortment of tree backgrounds from the 6x6 dark red and coral Garland Stripes and Dots.  Cut more backgrounds from the dark maroon floral Garland print. (It's shown on the bottom left corner of the paper pack.)  Attach the backgrounds behind the tree trunks of both collages.

Stamp the greeting - from the Harvest Love and Kindness Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the smooth side of turquoise cardstock with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  

Cut a 3" x  5-¾" strip of turquoise cardstock, round the corners and attach in to the third panel.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.

It needed a sparkly - but matching  - accent so I spread some Open Studio Sunlit Gold Glitter Glue on the dark red striped print.  Heat-set it in short bursts to prevent scorching.  Let it cool, then punch ¼" circles.

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The tree collages are designed for layering - but they're also great on individual panels.  Little kids would love the little trees - maybe with a bear or deer from the Snowglobe Backer set added just for fun.

Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!






Tue 10

Special Delivery on the Vintage Sled by Jean Okimoto


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Create a holiday scene with interactive dies from our 2020 Christmas Collection - and the Resting Birds from many collection ago.  Mix and match your designs and enjoy the satisfaction of getting the most from your supplies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little composition of holiday icons.

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Cut the base of the Vintage Sled from turquoise cardstock.  Cut the top layer from thin wood veneer.  Attach the veneer sections with ⅛" wide double-stick tape.  

Cut the deer - from the Snowglobe Backer set - from dark kraft cardstock.  Color the antlers, nose and hooves with a brown marker.  Attach the antlers.  Add highlights and spots with a white pencil.  Loop a strand of red crochet thread around the deer and tie a knot, then tie the other ends to the sled.  Keep the threads loose and curvy.  

Cut Resting Birds from red cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

Cut the tree trunk - from the Pine Tree Collage set - from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the tree triangle from green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the matching die.  

Cut a white cardstock background with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a kraft A-2 card.

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Think of all the different ways you can combine the Memory Box holiday dies. Diecut several of each design, cut some backgrounds and stamp an assortment of greetings.  Trim the greetings, fold some cards and you're ready to design unique holiday cards for everyone on your list. Greetings from the heart will be more important - and appreciated - than ever this year. 

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and create some great cards!






Sat 07

Magnificent Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello, it’s Angie here today sharing a holiday card with a twist!
The poinsettia image on this card is made with Memory Box’s “Magnificent Poinsettia 3D Embossing Folder.” I started by using the folder on a white piece of card stock. After I dry embossed it, I lightly inked the flower and leaf sections with red and green Distress Inks and an ink blending tool. After I had a light coloring of inks on them, I fussy cut out the image and then added alcohol markers and colored pencils to it.

I added lots of dark colors of colored pencils to the nooks and crannies and light colors to the edges to show off the amazing details in this 3-D embossing folder!


For the background, I cut a piece of glitter paper from the “Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad” and used it for a shiny backdrop for the poinsettia. I glued it directly onto the glitter paper, then added two thin strips of black card stock on either side. The sentiment is from the “Spirit of Christmas” stamp set heat embossed in white on black card stock.

Lastly I added silver Nuvo drops to both the flower center and the sentiment strip. I wish you could see the shine of that gorgeous glitter paper - it’s amazing! There are so many beautiful colors of Memory Box glitter paper and it's nice, thick and sturdy too.

Here's one last look of my card:


Hope I’ve inspired you to try something different today. It’s always fun to see a different way to use crafty products! Thanks so much for stopping by!







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!







Thu 05

Add a Penguin to a Stitched Burst Winter Card by Jean Okimoto

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A very cool little penguin from the Snowglobe Backer die set joins the Stitched Burst on a contemporary slimline card for the holidays.  Frosted Glitter Pad accents add a bit of sparkle.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design - and more stitch therapy!

Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dot offcuts.  Cut it from kraft cardstock.


Here's a tip - round the corners of the cardstock so the extra floss doesn't get stuck on the corners as you're stitching.  (Yes, it would be smarter to precut the circle - but I wasn't sure if I wanted a circle, square or octagon when I began.)  Stitch it with black floss - tape the ends of the floss on the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).


Stitch it with white floss.  

Stitch the final starburst with red floss.  Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.

Cut the penguin from white and black cardstock. Define the eyes with a paper piercer or skewer. Cut the flippers from orange cardstock.  Cut a scrap of orange cardstock, place it under the white diecut and mark eye positions.  Color the eye markings with a black marker.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on a strip of red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-⅛" strip of the black sheet from the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of green cardstock.  Punch ¼" dots from the Green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet. 

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  The red greeting strip is very wonky and the green strip extends above the top edge.

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Don't be intimidated by Memory Box stitching dies - they're easy to use, versatile and will be great for cards throughout the year.  Stitched Burst can also be a sun, medallion, fireworks - even a flower.  Experiment with different threads, colors and patterns.  It can be a great stress-reliever and create a feeling of accomplishment when you add that final stitch!

Thanks for visiting...





Wed 04

Sapphire Poinsettia Christmas
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I am sharing a non-traditional monochromatic color Christmas card today made with several products from the 2020 Christmas collection.

Started by stamping the poinsettia from Spirit of Christmas on Memory Box watercolor paper with light blue Archival ink.  Did no-line watercoloring using Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  Added dots to the center with a white gel pen before die cutting it out with the coordinating die.


Next, ink smooshed Faded Jeans distress oxide ink (DOx) onto more watercolor paper then die cut with the Forest Pine Branch and Mistletoe Swags from it.  On a smaller piece of watercolor paper, ink smooshed Stormy Sky DOx then die cut from it with the berries in the Mistletoe Bundle die set.  


A Stitched Rectangle Trimmings frame was then die cut from silver foil paper in the Polished Foil Pad.  Heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set with white embossing powder onto a dark blue panel.  Assembled the card, popping the poinsettia up with foam tape.  Added shading to the berries with a dark blue Polychromos pencil to finish.

And that‘s it it for me.  Thank you for joining me.  Enjoy your day.