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Sat 26

Christmas Berry Wreath
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome! I have two cards for you today made with just one of the large beautiful wreaths from Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" stamp set. My first card above used a larger portion of the wreath and my second card used the left over piece for a more clean and simple look.

I stamped the wreath on an oversized piece of black card stock then embossed it in gold. Here's a look at the nine colored pencils I used:


On the leaves and berries I left the darkest parts black, adding the darkest shades of green/red, progressively getting lighter toward the ends of the leaves and to one side of the berries. After laying down a little color from dark to light, I went back over each area where the colors met and blend them a little. You can also color light to dark as shown below on the right side:


I added white colored pencil to the lightest areas. Here's the complete colored wreath: 


To create cards, I cut the wreath with the second largest "Wrapped Stitched Rectangle" die and matted it on the largest die from the same set, cut from white card stock. 

I heat embossed the sentiment from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set on vellum and cut it with "Stitched Circle Layers" die, cutting a 2nd circle from white for the mat.
With tiny dots of glue on the back of the vellum under the letters, you can't see the adhesive from the front.  For a finishing touch I added Glossy Accents to the berries.
Here's another look at the card:


Here's my second card that I made with the left over portion of the wreath:


There was a thin left over black strip from the wreath to use on my 2nd card.  Using my Misti, I lined up the wreath with the gold embossing so I could re-stamp the wreath on white card stock. After lining it up I closed the lid on my Misti, removed the black piece and stamped the whole wreath on the white card base.


Then all I had to do was line the black strip up with the white part of the stamp and adhere it to the card. I used the same sentiment and circle dies for this card.

The wreath stamp from the "Berry Wreath"stamp is large and I love that you can get several Christmas cards from one stamp!  So many possibilities with this stamp...maybe divide the wreath however you like, or use just half of the wreath on each card - so many options!

I hope you like my idea of splitting the large stamp into several different Christmas cards and hope I've inspired you to try something new!

Happy crafting and thanks so much for stopping by!






Wed 23

Thankful Pumpkin
by Trina Pham


Hello there.  it’s a shocker, but I am sharing a fall themed thank you card today! *lol*😂  I needed to get in some coloring therapy and the Halloween Pumpkin stamp from the Christmas collection fits the bill.  This was not quick because of the coloring, but it’s an easy one so this will be a short post.

The leaves on top of the pumpkin were stamped along the bottom edge of an A2 sized alcohol ink-friendly panel using the masking technique.  Stamped the pumpkin image, removed the masks, then colored in with Copic Sketch markers and Polychromos color pencils.


The sentiment from Harvest Love and Kindness stamp set was heat embossed on black cardstock with Liquid Platinum embossing powder.  Assembled the panel onto a white card base and added highlights with a white gel pen to finish. 


And that was it!  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.







Tue 22

Boo Card
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a clean and simple Halloween card for you. I took several elements from the new dome dies to create this simple card.

To begin, I used gray cardstock and die cut only the haunted house from the Haunted House Dome Layer Die. Next I die cut the Winter Wood Dome from black cardstock and glued the haunted house behind it.  After I glued the die cut to white cardstock, I adhered the card front to a gray cardstock mat.  The matted card front was then mounted to a white card base. 


To finish the card I die cut the pumpkin from orange cardstock and glued that to my card. Next I used black cardstock and white embossed the word Boo. I used a 1" circle punch to cut out the word and glued it to the top of the dome.


That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!






Thu 17

3-D Embossed Chrysanthemum Field Slimline Card by Jean Okimoto


Creating a colorful card is easy with our 3-D Embossing Folders - here's the Chrysanthemum Field on a simple fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add color and texture to any project.  It's also a nice way to use that stash of watercolored paper - like I did for today's card. Brighter colors are great for this process.

Trim watercolored cardstock (or watercolor paper) to fit into the Chrysanthemum Field folder.  Spray it with a light mist of water to soften the paper a bit, then pressure-emboss it using the plates recommended by the manufacturer.  Trim it with the 3-¾" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Place it on a smooth, hard surface and scruff it with sandpaper or a sanding block to remove the color of the raised patterns.  Use short, upward strokes.  Remove the residue with a tissue.

Cut the delicate white frame with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with coral ink.  I used Impress' Melon Fresh Ink.

Cut a ¾" strip of the pink glitter paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pack.

Attach everything to a white slimline card - I trimmed mine to 3-⅝" x 8-¾".

Cut gold metallic accent dots from the new 6x6 Polished Foil Pad.  The Poppystamps Big Dot Border die is perfect for this!


Add color to your projects with simple techniques like these.  Use your stash of watercolored papers - or create a bunch of them while hunkering-down at home.  Pressure-emboss them with a 3-D folder and make the design the central point of your card.  

Thanks for visiting!





Wed 16

Warmest Wishes
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hi, it's Angie Cimbalo, and I am thrilled to be joining the Memory Box design team! 

I’m a semi-retired school music teacher from Texas. My husband and I have 4 adult children, 5 grandchildren with one more on the way.  When not crafting, I’m having tons of fun helping music students and their directors in schools in the area. I’ve enjoyed crafting my whole life, but paper crafting is my favorite of all. 

I'm so happy to have the opportunity to work with Memory Box's amazing products and to share my creations with you, alongside the super talented Memory Box designers.

My first project is a "Warmest Wishes" holiday card with a very rustic feel.

I started with a piece of Memory Box watercolor paper for my background, first smooshing the textured side of the paper into some Walnut Stain Distress Ink, then dragging the ink pad across the paper. Memory Box watercolor paper is nice and thick and gives you a choice of a smooth or a textured side. Dragging the ink pad on it really highlights the texture of the watercolor paper. 


I cut that panel with the second largest "Stitched Rectangle Layers" die and used the largest die in the set to cut a brown rectangle to mat behind it.

To make the pine needles, I took more watercolor paper and added Distress Oxide Pine Needles ink pad directly to paper, but this time I used the smooth side of the paper. I splattered it with a little white paint mixed with water and a paint brush. After it dried, I used both "Pointy Pine Needles" and "Forest Pine Branch" dies to cut out the green pine needles. I also cut the branch from brown card stock and then pieced the brown and green parts together.

The pine cones were cut with the "Pinecone Stacker" dies. The way the die is laid out shows you exactly how to piece it together to get 2 pine cones, one large and one small. After cutting them I used some of the score lines to bend them inward, then glued the pieces together.

I inked them first with more Walnut Stain ink, then took colored pencils and a white gel pen to get more detail and depth on the pinecones. I traced the bottom of each piece of die-cut with dark brown, then used a lighter brown pencil to smooth it out. I used the same dark brown to accent the lines in the die so you can see them better, then added both white colored pencil and white gel pen to the edge of each one of the cone scales. The pictures below show before and after pencil accents were added. I think they look very realistic either way!

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Both pine cones and the sentiment were popped up on foam tape on the card for dimension.

The sentiment is from the "Berry Wreath" stamp set, heat embossed in white on brown card stock. Lastly I added a few water droplet gems on top of dots of gold paint pen, to give them a golden glow.

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I hope you like this "Warmest Wishes" card made with lots of Memory Box goodies. It was a so fun to create!

See you next time!






Thu 10

I Love Fall Most of All
by Michelle Bala


Hey there, Michelle here! The newest Christmas Release has to be my  favorite! Especially this stamp set, Harvest Love and Kindness. There is something beautiful about warming fall tones. I used colored pencils to add color.

First I embossed the autumn cluster with white embossing powder than I shaded with colored pencils. I used the darker shades first, medium than lightest. After the coloring is complete I die cut the cluster. Next, I used Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die and die cut the base panel. I embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder.

I adhered the die cut kraft panel onto a card base. Than I layered the die cut leaf cluster. Lastly, I splattered some white and gold paint and added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tue 08

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have another Halloween card featuring a few more products from the new Memory Box release.

I started by lightly sponging white cardstock with Carved Pumpkin Distress ink and spattering it with black ink.  

Next I cut 3 strips of patterned paper, inked the edges with Black Soot Distress ink and glued them to the card front. This is a good way to use up those scraps of paper we all have!

I sponged white cardstock with Carved Pumpkin, Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress inks, then stamped and die cut the Trick or Treat sign.  I inked the edges of the die cut with Black Soot Distress ink and used foam tape to adhere it to the card.

The bats were die cut from white cardstock and inked with Black Soot Distress ink, then glued to the card.


To finish the card I adhered the card front to a black card base.

That's it for today!  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!







Sun 06

Bats Flying Over the Stitched Circle Wreath by Jean Okimoto

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The new collection of stitching dies creates the perfect backgrounds for fall cards. Stitched Circle Wreath adds a textured, starburst-y look to a simple Halloween card.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a September Halloween Challenge idea for you.

Cut the Stylish Frame Trio circle from orange cardstock.  Rub the Stitched Circle Wreath briskly with scrunched waxed paper to prep the die for easy removal of the tiny circles.  Cut the circle.  Stitch the circles with black crochet thread or embroidery thread.  Tape the ends of the thread behind the circle with Scotch Tape.  

Cut Cave Bat from the black glittered sheet in the new Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut the smaller bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Set - from black cardstock.  Cut a 1" white cardtock cirlcle.  Attach the bats - use foam tape for the Cave Bat.  The smallest bat will be attached inside the card with the greeting.


Stamp the greeting - from the new Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Die Set - with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Attach the extra bat.

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The stitched details would be great for other occasions too - as fireworks for July 4th, in metallic gold or silver for the winter holidays and splashy bright colors for a birthday.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday!





Fri 04

Trick or Treat
by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone! Today I have a Halloween card for you featuring new products from Memory Box. I started by sponging a piece of black cardstock with Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Inks. Once the ink was dry I spattered the paper with orange, white and black inks.

I die cut the Jack o Lantern Bucket from orange cardstock and the background of the pumpkin from black cardstock. Using Black Soot Distress Ink, I lightly sponged the edges of the pumpkin. I glued the black background behind the jack o Lantern and used foam tape to adhere it to my card front.  

Next I used white cardstock and die cut many ghosts. I used the ghost dies from the new Haunted House Dome Layer Die and an older die called Floating Ghosts. I lightly inked the edges of the ghosts with Black Soot Distress Ink and then glued them to my card as if they were coming out of the pumpkin.


I white heat embossed the words Trick or Treat on my card and then glued the card front to a orange patterned paper mat. Next I used foam tape to adhere this to a white card base.


That's it for today! Have a great Labor day Weekend!







Mon 31

Spooky Halloween Haunted Dome Layers by Jean Okimoto


Spooky Halloween wishes begin with great dies like the new Haunted House and Haunted Entrance Dome Layers.  Layer the pumpkins, bats and ghosts - and even recycle an offcut for a second card.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many Halloween cards created by our Design Team as we introduce our latest collection.  

The collection incudes three Dome Layers designed to coordinate with the Snowglobe Backer from the previous release.  The Dome Layers can also be used individually or combined with the Snowglobe Backer die.  Everything is coordinated!

Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from black cardstock and the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet - save the plaid offcut for the orange card.  The bats, ghosts and pumpkins are part of the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set.  Cut the bats from the 6x6 black glitter sheet in the Frosted Glitter Plaid.  Cut the pumpkins from the different orange sheets in the Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut the ghosts from heavy white cardstock.  

Tie the plaid dome layer with white twine.  Tie the black dome layer with brown twine.


Attach strips of the light orange glitter sheet behind the plaid house for creepy glowing windows. Tuck the small ghost behind the house, then attach the dome layer to a black slimline (6-¼" x 3-½") card.  Cut a heavy white cardstock circle with the ¾" Circle Basics die.  Attach the diecuts to the card.  Stamp the greeting from the new Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamp and Die Set on bright orange cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair and dry the ink

Here's the second card. It upcycles the plaid dome layer offcut.  Stamp the greeting from the Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Die Set onto the notecard with Onyx Black. Attach strips of pale yellow-green glittered cardstock  behind the windows.  Attach the dome layer to a Persimmon Notecard.  Add the bat, ghost and pumpkin.

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you'll be inspired to start your Halloween cardmaking soon!