115 posts categorized "Thank You"


Wed 07

Acrylic Block Stamping
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I’m still playing with my water-based markers and created a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card inspired by this month’s warm colors challenge.


I used the markers this time to do some simple acrylic block stamping.  Took a red, orange and yellow marker and randomly scribbled onto a long acrylic block.  Spritz it with water until droplets pooled (4 or 5 times) then stamped onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Because these colors are analogous (they are next to each other on the color wheel), I “wiggled” the block back and forth slightly to get the colors to blend better.  Left the block sitting on top and set it aside for several minutes so the colors absorbed into the paper.


In the meantime, the large daisy from Daisy Silhouette was die cut three times from Bristol paper.  A square die from Square Basics was used to die cut the three windows from a Bristol panel.  Drew lines on the back to help with alignment.  Used the square die one size up with that die to create the frames. 


Adhered the watercolor background piece to a white top folding card base, then popped the panel and daisies over top with mounting tape for some dimension.  White heat embossed the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter Sentiments on a black cardstock strip to finish.  And that does it for me.  Thank you for dropping by... and extra thanks for those who take the time to leave such kind comments.  I really appreciate it.  Have a super day.






Wed 10

Thank You Kindly
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card inspired by this month’s Stripes challenge, the beautiful Rose Flower Frame die and a lovely aqua smooshed background piece I had in my stash.


Started by die cutting the Rose Flower Frame from a rectangle piece of Bristol paper.  


Taped the smaller pieces that form the rectangle frame area from behind and removed the other pieces.  Placed a stripe stencil on top and blended Smoky Slate dye ink through the stencil with a blending brush.  


I didn’t worry about blending ink on the frame or flower outline because it was covered up with a silver foil die-cut.


Inlaid the frame back into the Bristol panel.  Attached the aqua background piece behind it.  Stamped the sentiment from Watching the World Bloom with Archival black ink, then mounted the panel onto a white card base to finish.


I loved how easy it all came together, so I went through my stash for other background pieces to use and made these to send to crafty friends at the retreat I went to in May.


Have you played in our Stripes challenge yet?  You have till July 30 EST to enter.  Thank you for stopping in.  Enjoy your day.







Thu 20

Bright Mbossed Brilliant Sunflower and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Send a note of appreciation with a brightly-embossed Brilliant Sunflower - and a thank you from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamp Set.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a sunny design in just three  colors on a fresh Lemon Grass Notecard.  It's probably the first time I've made a card with just three colors - that's all you'll need with these great dies and stamps! 


Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼"  Circle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with the Brilliant Sunflower using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  A portion of the outer edge will be cut off - but it'll be completely covered by the black diecut.

Cut a stencil from a Post-It with the solid flower from the die set.  Sponge VersaMark onto the embossed flower through the stencil.  Don't remove the stencil.  It'll  keep stray specks of powder away from the adjacent areas.  Heat-emboss it with the new Imagine Yellow Mboss, remove the stencil when it's cooled to room temperature.  

That little semi-circle on the top edge of the Mboss packet is a little section I snipped from the back edge above the zip-seal to make it easier to re-open the packet.  It's visible through the front layer of the translucent packet.  Not a major breakthrough in packaging, but it makes life easier!

Cut Brilliant Sunflower from black cardstock.  Daub VersaMark over the center of the flower with a cotton swab.  Sprinkle it with Mboss, firmly tap off the excess powder, then heat-emboss it.  

Diecut two black leaves.

Attach the black diecuts to the embossed sunflower and the background.

Prep black cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the dotted strip and greeting from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamp Set with VersaMark and emboss them with more Yellow Mboss. Tear the  strip ends to resemble washi tape.  Yellow is just one of 38 powders in the new Mboss Collection.  They come in sturdy store-and-pour resealable pouches.

Attach the diecuts to a Lemon Grass Notecard.  Add the greeting (with foam dots) and yellow gem stickers.

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Celebrate summer's arrival with flowers - our Garden Bouquet Collection is literally a bouquet of beautiful designs for any occasion!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend - join us for two classes at Impress on June 22nd.  It's another SEATTLE STYLE class at 10:30 - featuring favorite locally-designed stamps and dies.  Then it's OUTSIDE THE BOX at 1:30 - make variations of cards I've shared here on Outside the Box.   A ton of diecuts, some stamps, great papers and a lot of techniques in both classes!

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your weekend - 





Mon 27

Roses and Thanks
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Monday! Today I have a sweet and simple thank you card featuring the new Antique Rose Cluster Label die. It makes card making so easy when the dies are this pretty!


First I die cut the Antique Rose Cluster Label die in white paper. Then I colored the die cut piece with Copic Markers. Once the outline was colored, I glued it to a piece of white paper that is 3 3/4" x 5". At this point it looked nice and I could have just stamped my sentiment and finished the card but I decided to add some more color with my markers and I filled in the open spaces on the roses and the leaves.

After I got the coloring how I wanted it I stamped the Thank You from the Big and Little Words stamp set. I glued it to a pink card and finished it off with some sequins.

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a wonderful and crafty week!





Tue 08

Sending Thanks with the Woodland Heart Frame
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to the second day of our Blog Blitz celebrating all things LOVE with the newest Memory Box Collection to kick off 2019.  

After the holidays in December, I find that I always need more thank you cards than I have prepared.  Luckily for me the 2019 valentines dies and clear stamps arrived just in time to create something new!  Today's cards features these dies and stamps.

  • WOODLAND HEART FRAME  4" square die 94121 (NEW from Memory Box)


  • tiny "thanks" from BEST LIFE TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5237 (NEW from Memory Box)


  • "Sending" and "Love" from SENDING LOVE Clear Stamps Set CL8126 (from Birch Press Design)


  • THANKS JOTTED SCRIPT dies 94011 (from Memory Box summer 2018)


  • HEART SPRINKLES die 94112 (NEW from Memory Box)


This first card is 4" X 4".  I cut down an A2 card to fit the 4" square die cut and the 4" square of Bubblegum Distressed Dot paper under it.

I snipped the prongs off a pink glittery heart brad and attached it with a foam dot over the heart space in the trees.  I cut the background outline "thanks" from more of the Bubblegum paper and used a glue pen to add the narrower "thanks" from the same brown cardstock I used for the Woodland Heart Frame before gluing the sentiment over the trees circle.  

And then I did something different with the inside of the card using the Heart Sprinkles die.  IMG_1018

I thought it might be a fun twist to use this die to cut the inside of the card where I will write a message on more of the Bubblegum paper. I've often added die cuts to the inside of cards but this is the first time I actually cut a design into the inside of the card itself.

I used red and white dotted paper (single-sided) to back that panel (which then left white space on the back of the card for more room to write) and added a 4" square scrap patterned paper on the left panel.  I then stamped "Love" in VersaClair Pinecone ink.  I saved all of the tiny hearts that cut out and may enclose them as a kind of confetti inside the card when I mail it.

For this second card I used just the inside circle from the Woodland Heart Frame, cut from white cardstock, and mounted on a panel of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  Again I added a pink glittery heart brad and the "thanks" sentiment cut from the two papers.

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Inside  I added more of the dot paper on the left and a rose-decorated scrap on the right before cutting that rose panel with the Heart Sprinkles die.  I placed more of the dot paper under the cut-out hearts and also covered the back of the card with it.  (note:  When I used this card to send to a friend, I added a smaller piece of light pink paper on top of the red dots paper on the inside left panel in order to write a longer message.)


I had a little difficulty with this third card.  As I was poking out the last tiny pieces from the square frame I tore one of the corners.  Rather than sacrificing the whole thing, I cut the frame in half and glued it to the 4" X 5 1/4" Bubblegum dot paper panel.  I added the inner tree circle under it.  I had a white die cut  heart left from the last card which I colored with a hot pink Tombow marker  before gluing it into the heart space.  I added "Sending thanks" as the stamped sentiment using VersaClair Pinecone ink.  On the inside I layered a piece of Bubblegum dot paper onto more of the brown cardstock and stamped "Love" in the lower right corner.


Once I photographed everything I sat down on New Year's Day to write my thank you notes in order to post them on the 2nd.  My next task is to design some valentine cards for a workshop later this month at my town's senior center.  With so many new stamps and dies in the valentines release, that will be fun!!!

Please leave your comments on this post and you could be the winner of the WOODLAND HEART FRAME DIE!  Comments close at 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 and winners from each day of the Blog Blitz will be announced on Monday the 14th on the Outside the Box blog at 6 PM.  Be sure to check all of the posts this week and leave comments for chances to win prizes!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Wed 26

Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set, Thanks Jotted Script and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Here's an easy way to combine the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with the Thanks Jotted Script dies and say thanks for holiday invitations and gifts.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card featuring two very popular - and versatile - products.  The two smaller pink cardstock triangles shown above are diecuts from the coordinating Equal Triangle Dies - the big piece under the card was hand-cut.


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

Keep the colors separated and press the vibrant inks of the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor onto an acrylic block.  Paint overlapping, random strips of the inks with a damp wide flat paintbrush.  Let the colors blend and airdry for a few minutes.  Gently heat-set it - apply the heat to both sides of the cardstock to eliminate curling.

Stamp the solid and patterned designs from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Brilliance Starlite Black.  Heat-set it.  It's a beautiful combination of Starlite Silver and Graphite Black.  


Create a custom-matched greeting by painting a scrap of cardstock with the Kaleidacolor ink(s).  Dry it and cut it with the delicate Thanks Jotted Script die.  Save the off-cut - maybe we can use it for another project.  We save everything, don't we?

Cut the greeting background from dark gray cardstock.


Attach everything to a side-folded light gray A-2 card.  Add clear gem stickers.

Think of the countless variations you can create with all of the triangle clear stamps and dies.  They're perfect for contemporary New Year's cards too!

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow...






Fri 05

by Melissa Rusk


Happy Friday! Today I have some new dies to highlight that are perfect for Fall. I started with the beautiful Stitched Maple Circle Frame die and cut it out of a gold mirror card paper. To color the leaves I used my Copic markers on this shiny paper, you could also color them with alcohol inks as well. It's such a fun technique and another way to get more out of your alcohol markers or inks.

I glued it all to the card and then I added a gold mirror card thankful that I cut using the Thankful Jotted Script die over the leaves. A fun and easy card to send to someone you are thankful for this season. Have a great weekend!





Sat 23

by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I want to highlight a few of the new dies from the latest release. It has been so fun to see all of the design team using them this week. 


For my card today I used the beautiful Hutton Border die and I cut the edge on the front of the card. I just love how it turned out. I glued a piece of teal paper to the inside of the card, it makes the die cut edge really stand out.

I added a piece of silver glitter paper to the front of the card and then die cut the two layers of the Thanks Jotted Script die. The background layer was cut in vellum and the top layer was cut in a black mirror card. I glued them to the card to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by the blog have a wonderful weekend!




Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto


Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.


Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...







Sat 21

Forget Me Not Blooms, Garden Sketches and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles
by Jean Okimoto


Let's make some bright, glossy Forget Me Not Blooms with a VersaFine Clair inkpad for a quick accent on a colorful thank you card.  It's an easy, economical way to customize matching accents for spring and summer cards.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - on my 500th post here on Outside the Box.  No, I didn't really count them, but Typepad does.  This card was created to thank you for visiting our blog - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments.  I appreciate them - and you (!) - and hope you've been inspired to get the most from your personal Memory Box Collection of dies, stamps and papers.


Brayer vibrant orange Summertime VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock.  Quickly heat-emboss it with clear powder.  Emboss the warm ink again with another layer of clear powder.  Diecut several sets of the flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms from the cooled embossed cardstock.  They'll be glossy and bright, and great for layering onto the card.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to green cardstock and cut the Forget Me Not Blooms stem.  The paper backing adds dimension - without the tedious layering and glueing of multiple pieces.  

Press the inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Spritz watercolor paper with water, then paint it in loose, overlapping layers of ink.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with water.  Dry it with a heat-tool.  Diecut it with the 2"x3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamps Set - with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.   Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the banner design from the coordinating Garden Sketches Die Set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add lime green gem stickers.


Think of all the glossy, bright accents  you can create with Memory Box dies and embossed VersaFine Clairs!  Flowers, butterflies, leaves, fishes, hearts, stars, hexagons, dots - and more.  Be sure to have your embossing powder and heat-tool ready - the Clairs dry pretty quickly.  

BIG THANKS  for stopping by - today, and for the previous 499 posts.  I appreciate your visits - and the privilege of designing for Memory Box.  Thanks Dave and Monica!