375 posts categorized "Winter"


Tue 24

Watercolor Texture Technique
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I wanted to share a watercolor technique that I learned from the Peerless Watercolor Instagram page.  I love working with watercolors and am always interested in new techniques.  All you are going to need for this technique is some watercolor paint (I used Peerless, but you could use any brand), watercolor paper (I used Memory Box) and some bubble wrap.  Who doesn't have bubble wrap this time of year?

Step one- tape down your watercolor paper so that the paper won't warp too much with all the paint and water.  I used washi tape since it is low tac and then taped it onto some heavy weight chip board:


Step two- spritz your watercolor paper with water so that the paint you add will blend easier.  Next, add a bunch of paint with a wet brush.  You can tell from my picture that my paper got quite wet:


Final step, place a piece of bubble wrap on top, place a book on top, and allow it to dry naturally.  I let it sit for about two hours.  You could also just leave it till the next day.  I made a bunch of these backgrounds at the same time so that I would have ready to use decorative papers for future cards.  Here is the background I ended up using for this card:


You can see that the bubbles left different looking imprints depending on how inflated the bubbles were.  To finish the card, I cut out my snowman and added some teal cardstock behind it. 

Tip for the backgrounds- if your paper ends up warped, you can press it under a heavy book or just use a lot of tape to hold it down.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto


The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.


Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.


Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  


Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.






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!





Mon 16

Sledding Slimline Card
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying new card forms lately.  Since I hadn't made a slimline card before, I have two to show you that feature the Large Vintage Sled on a snowy field created with the Snowmen Snowglobe die and decorated with pine branches and sprigs.  This is the first one I made...


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and this is the second one...


This time I used Cranberry Snow cardstock for the front and another piece on the inside placed on top of Cranberry Distressed Dots paper.  I named the sled Rosebud because I used both the front and back of the rosebud paper in the Garland pack to make the sled.  I also used a dark green dot paper from Garland Stripes and Dots for the pine needle pieces.

I started a third card, this time horizontal, and moved the sled to the inside.  On the front I have the white mat layer and think I will add an interesting patterned paper and my sentiment there.  


Any of these cards could be used for the holidays or could be sent any time this coming winter.  I do LOVE the large vintage sled!


Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Sun 15

Charming Snowman Collage and the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate by Jean Okimoto


The Charming (and popular!) Snowman Collage fits perfectly into the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Add frosty texture with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate -   and a layered Birch Press Mod Alphabet greeting.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here on a frosty fall weekend.  I love Memory Box collage dies for their versatility and surprising results.


Cut dark gray cardstock with the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Crease the left edge backwards on the scored line, forming a hinge to attach the front panel to the back panel.  Cut white cardstock with the Oval Fold Frame.  Remove the large oval offcut and cut it with the smaller oval die included in the Oval Fold Frame set.

Cut the white panel with the Pinpoint Snowflake Frame.  Attach the pinpoint layer to the dark gray layer.  Cut a dark gray cardstock back panel with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the card front to the back panel using the hinged tab. 


Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the smaller oval offcut.  The bottom left edge will split apart - re-assemble it later.  Color the nose offcut with an orange marker.  Color the twiggy arms of the delicate offcut with a tan marker - color it all the way, up to the inside of the circle.   Trim the arms.   Define the eyes with a skewer or piercing tool.  Attach the collage to the inside of the card.  

Cut the scarf section from the turquoise sheet in the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter pad.  Attach the nose, arms and scarf. 

Cut a red glittered Twinkling Jewel bird using the Resting Birds die.

Attach the arms, nose, scarf and bird to the collage.


The Birch Press Design Mod Alphabet Clear Stamps and Die Set includes both narrow and wide alphabet dies.  Cut JOY from white cardstock with the wider alphabet.  Cut the thinner JOY from red cardstock.  Layer the letters and attach them to the frame.


It all sounds very complicated - but it's really easy.  These unique dies create a collage-y - but flat - card for easy mailing.  There's just enough space for your signature on the inside.

Thanks for visiting...have fun designing and creating your holiday cards!





Sat 14

Christmas TriFold Card
by Trina Pham


Happy weekend everyone.  So it appears Jean and I had the same idea to create a trifold card with the latest collage dies from the Christmas release.  Even though we used the same dies, she made a fall version while I made a Christmas one.  Goes to show how versatile these dies are.

So I started by creating two A2 size card bases from mixed media paper by scoring two 5.5”x8.5” pieces at 4.25”.   On both pieces, trimmed off about 1/16” then folded on the score lines.  The shorter sides will be on the inside when these pieces interlock to create the base.  This will allow them to fit together better. 


The front panel opens like a regular card while the back panel is the opposite.  The front piece was die cut with the Pine Tree Collage die and the back piece with the Little Orchard Collage die.  To add support to the large front opening, a piece of Bristol paper was trimmed to approximately 4-1/8”x5.5” and die cut with the Wooded Glen Collage then adhered to the back. 


The accessory tree die from the Pine Tree Collage was used to die cut from Bristol paper and the white glitter paper in the Frosted Glitter Pad to form a snowy forest.  The Special Merry Christmas sentiment was die cut from the purple glitter paper in the same Frosted Glitter Pad.


To create the sky background on the inside of the front panel Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass distress inks were blended on with blender brushes.  The left side where the fold is was masked off to keep the back of the front clean.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel to give it a snowy look.  The Santa/reindeer from Cabin Snowglobe was die cut twice from white glitter paper so I could increase the reindeer from 3 to 5.  Partial stamped the sentiment from Spirit of Christmas with VersaMark ink onto a black cardstock strip and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Hand cut a fish tail then adhered it to the front of the assembled card to finish.  Here’s a quick video of my

And that’s it from me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.






Tue 10

Silent Night, Holy Night
by Michelle Bala


Hello there, Michelle here! Today I am sharing a Christmas card showcasing the Cabin Collage Die, Pinpoint Burst Plate Die, and Spirit of Christmas Stamp Set. 

First I inked up a piece of cardstock with tumbled glass and chipped sapphire distress oxide inks. Next, I used the Pinpoint Burst Plate Die to emboss the background. I trimmed the panel and adhered it to the card base.


Next, I used the Cabin Collage Die and die cut a piece of cardstock. Than I used the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die to die cut the same panel. I used Copic Markers to color the cottage in shades C1, C2, C4; N1; R39, RV99. I adhered the cottage panel with foam tape than splattered some white paint. I embossed the sentiments with silver embossing powder. Than finished the card with star sequins and gems.

Thanks for peeking!

Michellesignature (1)




Tue 10

Special Delivery on the Vintage Sled by Jean Okimoto


MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

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.

MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

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.

MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

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!






Sun 08

Sparkly, Poufy and Bright by Jean Okimoto


The Stitched Circle Wreath can be a poufy, sparkly addition to holiday cards with a special yarn - and a some simple stitching.  Add a soft felt polar bear, a quick greeting and layered 6x6  prints.  Hi, Jean Okimoto back again after some photo-uploading glitches last night.

Cut red cardstock with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut the circle with the Stiched Circle Wreath.  Stitch it with white sparkly yarn - tape the ends of the yarn to the reverse side of the circle with Scotch Transparent Tape.  Sparkly yarn is my new favorite accent - and it's perfect for the Memory Box ready-to-stitch die designs.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and cut the bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Define the polar bear's eyes using a needle or skewer.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the face for  the eyes and nose.

Cut a 6" x 2-¾" strip of the Christmas Plaid sheet.  Cut a ¾" x 8-⅜" strip of lime green cardstock.   The greeting is from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Stamp it with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair on the chartreuse striped sheet from the Garland Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting.

Punch ¼" dots of glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach everything to a slimline Smoky card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.


Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!







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!