392 posts categorized "Winter"


Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #68- Hearts

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Greetings friends. Congratulations on making it to 2021! 2020 was incredibly tough, so I wish for a much better new year for everyone.

January marks a new month, so it is time for another challenge.  I hope you will join us this month for the crafting fun.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's challenge. It is always fun to be inspired by tree cards. I know I use them year- round. The winner of the blog badge was Joyce M from the Cards by the Sea blog. We loved the bright colors of her tree design:



The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Kanda from the KandA Creative Moments blog.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.


This month's theme is hearts.  It pairs well with the latest Memory Box release and is perfect for those thinking about making Valentine's Day cards. Of course, you don't have to restrict yourself to Valentines. What cards do you like to make with hearts? Friendship? Weddings? Anniversaries? Who do you make cards with hearts for? Your kids? Your friends? Your spouse? We would love to see your interpretation. All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Check out these samples to get you started:




There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge68 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Saturday, January 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry.  One project will be chosen at random to win the following prize:





Tue 29

Let it Snow
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a winter scene. I used a few dies to create this scene: Wooded Glen Collage Die, Snowglobe Backer Die, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die, and Spirit of Christmas Stamp Set.


These are the steps I followed:

Trim card base to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and ink up the base with broken china, salty ocean and blue print sketch distress oxide inks.

Next, secure the stitch rectangle die to a piece of white cardstock.  Place the wooded glen collage die in the center of the stitch rectangle die and secure. Run through your die cutting machine. Die cut the tree tops seperately. Die cut the deer.

I used Copic Markers to color the trees and deer. I used shades E41, E42, E43, E44, E49; G40, G43, G46, G99. 

I adhered the tree tops to the tree trunks.  Stamp the sentiment with black ink. Than adhere the die cut stitch rectangle panel to the card base with foam tape. 

I splattered some white paint over the card base. Allow to dry than adhere the deer. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.


Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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Tue 29

Peace and Joy
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. Today I was going to make another quick and easy thank you card for after Christmas thank you notes. However, 2020 has been such a harsh year for all of us, and I was really inspired by the "peace and joy" sentiment. It truly is what I wish for all of us in the new year....perhaps add in a little health as well.

To make the card, it was as simple as die cutting two layers of trees to make my forest. I chose silver glitter for the inside/smaller layer and plain white for the outer. Just as I said- very quick and easy! You could definitely crank out a lot in a short amount of time.

Here is a close up of the sparkle:


I wish you all the very best for the new year!







Sun 27

Embossed Thank You Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends. I don't know about you, but I am in the process of making and sending thank you cards. If 2020 taught me anything, it is to be grateful for the wonderful people around me and to tell them how thankful I am for all they do for me.

For today's card, I used one of the Memory Box 3-D embossing folders. Sometimes I use the embossed paper "as is" and don't color it, but today I felt like a splash of color.

To make the design, I ran my folder through my die cut machine to emboss the paper. Remember to spritz the cardstock lightly with water before embossing it to help the details of the folder really become noticeable.

Once I ran my paper through the machine, I turned the paper over so that I was using the flat "de-bossed" side of the paper ranter than the bumpy side of the paper.

First, I sponged on some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink:


Next, I added some Stormy Sky Distress Ink to the top and sides of the card:


Finally, a little Bundled Sage to color the trees:


To finish the card, I added my sentiment to the center. I am also thinking about using this design for winter birthdays.

I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!







Thu 24

Quiet Winter Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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It's a very different Christmas this year - winter pastels and muted textures somehow seem so right for 2020.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with my last Christmas design of the season.  We're looking forward to sharing our Valentine 2021 designs with you soon! MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxStitchedBurst, StitchedCards, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts

Cut light gray cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help remove the tiny dots.  Cut the circle with Stitched Burst.  Use Scotch Transparent Tape to attach pink floss to the backside of the diecut.  Begin at an outer point, skip over 4 points and stitch through the 5th point.  Repeat around the circle.

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Use pink sparkly yarn for the final stitching - from one outer point to the outer point on the opposite side.

Cut Knotted Diamond Background from light gray cardstock - leave everything in the die.  Attach strips of tape across the back of the diecut to keep the pieces intact.

Cut light gray cardstock with Pinpoint Snowflake Plate.  Trim it to 2-½" wide. Attach the background panels and Stitched Burst to a pink A-6 card - use foam tape to attach the Stitched Burst.  

Prep pink cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray specks of embossing powder.  Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die set  -  with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail silver powder.  Trim it and attach it with foamdots.

Punch ¼" dots of the silver sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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This design works for birthdays and other celebrations too - hope you'll try this stitched pattern.  Stitching can be very relaxing, productive and therapeutic...really!

Thanks for visiting - have a safe, healthy and happy holiday!





Tue 22

Merry Christmas with Collage Dies
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello and welcome, it'a Angie here today with a "Merry Christmas" card using all dies from Memory Box.
For my card I stacked the "Special Christmas" sentiment die atop three layers of collage dies: "Evergreen Sky Collage", "Small Pine Tree Collage", and the "Tall Fir Collage".  
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With blender brushes,  I inked the two green layers before die cutting them.  The ink colors I used were "Lucky Clover" and  "Pine Needles" Distress Inks.   The opening of the layered collage dies was backed with "Delicate Pastel Glitter" paper for a sparkly background to feature the trees and sky.  The top layer collage die was cut with the same glitter paper
The sentiment was cut from red and white and stacked slightly off-center to create dimension.  I trimmed down the collage panels and added them to a red background panel, then added white gel pen to the green trees for the look of snow.
Here's another look:
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I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas card using dies and partially blended Distress Oxide inks.
Thanks so much for stopping by!





Mon 21

Winter Scene Gift Tags
by Sara Cook

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Good morning everyone. I'm so excite to be a designer for Memory Box.  This is my first post and hope you try this simply and fast tag project.  This sure will make your presents standout.  

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To make the sky background cut out 3 1/8" square from white card stock.  I used 80lb to keep the tag light weight.

Blend on the blue ink about 3/4 of the way down the square.  I like using Silicone Blue Fresh Ink as my snow cloud sky.  It has the perfect blend of blue and light grey to give the feel of snow in the air. 

After ink is dry press a clear embossing ink pad on the upper portion of the sky. Lightly sprinkle on ultra thick white embossing powder for snowflakes and heat set.  The heat gun can blow away some of the powder so, keep the heat gun at a distance until the powder starts to melt.

Scene WIP

Use just the inside frame and cabin die of the Family Cabin Frame die and cut out of white 80lb card stock.  Keep the pieces for the side of the cabin and door.   Die cut the framed scene again but out of a red card stock. Fussy cut out the smoke and snowbank leaving the frame.

Mask off the chimney on the cabin. Use a blending tool to add a light grey color to the smoke. Make the pressure random as color is added so it give it depth. For the grey I used Morning Mist Versa Fine Clair ink.  

Take the cabin walls and blend on a brown ink. I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Do the same thing for the door but with red ink.  I used Fired Brick Distress Ink to match my red frame. I took a scrap piece of paper and lightly colored it with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Then lightly pencil marked the outline of the house on the yellow colored paper.  Fussy cut the paper out and glued it behind the house.  Glue in the cabin walls and door pieces.

In the lower left corner of the snowbank write To: and From: with a red pen to match the door and frame.  I used NO. 6 Brown Marvy pen with the fine point.

Now for final assembly.  Glue the framed scene on the sky background paper and then glue the red frame over the white frame.  Add a piece of double sided tape to the back leaving the backing on the tape to peel off when ready to add to a gift.

Change up the color scheme to match your wrapping paper.  I used red that matched my wrapping paper.

Tag on present

Sara Signature





Sun 20

Family Greetings and the Pine Tree Collage

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Handcrafted, heartfelt greetings mean more than ever this Christmas.  Add a tiny heart and make it extra-special.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute holiday design.


Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from the Garland 6x6 gray floral corner print.  Cut the rectangle with the Pine Tree Collage.  Carefully remove and save the offcut for another project.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Cut the extra trees from turquoise cardstock and the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die set - on chartreuse cardstock.  Attach it with foam tape.

Add ¼" dots punched from the pale blue Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the remainder of the greeting on the inside with Tulip Red.


Cut one heart of each size from the Heart Board die and attach them to the card. 

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





Sat 19

Clean & Simple Slimline Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo


Hello, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple slimline card using Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" and "Christmas Tiles" stamps and dies.  I love stamping a large stamp image and cutting it into smaller pieces to use on my cards.  This time I did this with the large "Berry Wreath" stamp and die set.  Here's a closer look:


I stamped the wreath in black and heat embossed it in clear, then colored it with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  After die cutting the image, I cut it into two piece to use on a slimline card base.  After I adhered both piece to the card front, I took the "peace, love & joy" sentiment from the "Christmas Tiles" stamp set and cut it to fit into the white spaces between the wreath branches.  I stamped the words in black and heat embossed them in clear to match the wreath.

Here's one last look at my card:


I really love clean and simple designs!  I think its my favorite style of card making because I just love bright white space!  I hope I've inspired you to look at some of your larger stamps to see if you can use them in smaller pieces.  Thanks so much for stopping by!






Thu 17

Scatter Snowspeckles on a Watercolored Background by Jean Okimoto


'Twas the week before Christmas...time to make some simple cards for holiday thank you notes.   Hi, Jean Okimoto combining Memory Box Wide Washi Tape and Open Studio Watercolor Paper on quick cards.

Paint the smoother side of the watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of green, blue and yellow dye ink refills or Distress Oxides.  Let the colors blend and air-dry for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Attach Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape to the painted watercolor paper.  For a softer, frosty look, add a layer of Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Cut ¾" x 4" and ¾" x 4-½" accent strips of green cardstock for the vertical cards. P1001836

 Cut ¾" x 3-¾" and ¾" x3-¼" strips for the horizontal card.

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Punch ¼" circles of the gold and bright green Holiday 6x6 glittered cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 cards. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!