Tue 06

A Wish for Peace by Jean Okimoto


Create a pastel holiday card of pinks, plaid and Fairy Crystals with the Poinsettia Watercolor Floral set.  The 6x6 Berry Red Collection has the perfect pinks to complement  the Christmas Jolly plaid.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for you.


Cut Poinsettia Watercolor Floral in 2 shades of pink from the Berry Red Collection.  Cut the center accent from the yellow 6x6 in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  Assemble the poinsettia - use the darker pink for the base layers and the medium pink for the tops.  

Save the extra diecuts and create an extra poinsettia with light pink base layers and darker pink tops.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on lighter pink 6x6 with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the second-smallest Nested Globe die - just turn it sideways for a greeting tab.

Cut another pink globe, the pink/red/gold/white Christmas Jolly plaid and White Woodgrain Paper with the 3", 2-½" and 2" Nested Globes dies.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured gray A-2 card - use foamtape near the tips of the poinsettia.

Add pink Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A-2 sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.


Layered, contrasting diecuts add dimension to any design.  Mix 2 shades of red or cream cardstock for a different look.  Or use a combo of matte and metallic cardstock - or matte cardstock and glittered cardstock.  Have fun with this design - rearrange the diecuts or rotate the entire poinsettia for a different look.

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







Mon 05

Sweet Holidays Wishes
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I used the Celeste Plate and the Celeste Snowflake to create a holiday card with a sweet message.


I cut the CELESTE PLATE 94699 from one of the red plaids in the JOLLY CHRISTMAS PP1019 6X6 paper pad and added it to the front of a plain white notecard.


Next I cut both parts of the CELESTE SNOWFLAKE 94697 from a sheet of white glitter paper.  This was a loose sheet in my paper box but I'm pretty sure it came from the FESTIVE GLITTER PAD GP1006.  Doesn't the snowflake look like a beautifully decorated sugary cookie?!

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From the clear stamp set SWEET CHRISTMAS CL5283 I chose the sentiment "Hope your Holidays are Sweet" and stamped it with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink on a scrap of white card stock. 


To finish the card, I trimmed the sentiment piece down a bit and added a scrap of the same red plaid I used for the Celeste Plate under it and then trimmed that.  I added the sentiment in the lower right corner.  I used a foam dot in the center of the Celeste Snowflake to add it to the card.


Whatever holidays you celebrate this month may they be sweet ones for you.

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature



Sun 04

Snow Globe Holiday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a card using the Nested Globe dies and the new matching Nested Globe Bases to create a snow globe.


Snow Globe:

Die cut 2 pcs of white card stock using 2nd smallest die from the Nested Globe die set. Ink blend one of the die cuts Distress Prize Ribbon ink then on the top ink blend with Distress Chipped Sapphire ink.  Splatter white gesso on the night sky. Fussy cut the other globe to create a snowbank.  Die cut the trees from the darkest from from the Lush Green paper pad.  Use the Snow Maker pen to add some snow effect on the trees and top of the snowbank then heat set with a heat gun.  Die cut the Nested Globe Bases from the white Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad.  Glue the edges to the base to add dimension.  Adhere the snow bank to the background, not adding glue to the top of the bank.  Tuck a few trees behind the snowbank and some in front.  Adhere the base to the bottom.




Die cut the Pine Needle Frame die from the darkest color in Lush Green pad.  Trim 1/4" strips from the same color and adhere behind to die cut.  This is to hide the 1/4" foam tape.  Add 1/2" foam tape behind the frame.  


Die cut the middle sized Banner Sentiment Trio die from white card stock.  Stamp Holiday Greetings from the Festive Christmas Greetings set with Distress Prized Ribbon ink.  Use the Snow Marker and outline the banner die cut and heat set. 


Adhere a A2 black card base to a white A2 card.  Adhere the frame, then center the snow globe to the center.  Add the sentiment with foam tape above the snow globe.  Add some Clear Fairy Jewels to the tips of the pine needles.  






Sat 03

First Snow…from Skates to Winter Boots by Jean Okimoto

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Turn a pair of ice skates into waterproof winter boots for a walk in the woods this weekend.  Add a glittery scarf and a matching pink felt hat and you're ready for winter!  Happy First Snow Weekend if you're in the northwest - Jean Okimoto here with a holiday slimline on a frosty Saturday.

If (like me!) you can't skate, but you can walk the dogs - just eliminate the blades from the Classic Pair of Ice Skates.  Diecut them in adhesive pink vinyl (attached to heavyweight white cardstock) and create glossy, waterproof boots for a walk in the woods.  Cut the sole and heel from black cardstock.  Stitch the boots with floss or crochet thread.

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We're borrowing the scarf and hat from the Little Bundled Snowman and cutting them in girlie pink.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to pink felt and cut the main portion of the hat.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the pompom and bottom band from the pink 6x6 in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad.  Cut the scarf sections from the pink 6x6 too.  Trim the fringe and assemble the scarf - I've used some of the pieces and added the short fringed end over the top to resemble a knot.  (I hope!)

Cut the small and medium Alpine Snowflakes from a silver Majestic Hues Glitter Pad 6x6.

Brayer Delicata Silvery Shimmer ink onto White Woodgrain Paper and dry the ink. Diecut it with Birch Tree Trunks.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamtape for the hat, scarf and the boot on the left.  

Keep warm, be safe and have a great weekend...see you again next week!








Fri 02

by Donna Sledzik


Hello everyone!  Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you.

I began by die cutting the Layered Narrow Pines from several pieces of green distress ink background papers.  I only used the large tree die, not the layered shadow die that comes in the set.


I stamped my greeting on the bottom portion of watercolor cardstock and then glued my trees to the paper.  I used foam tape to adhere the tallest tree and glued the other two directly onto the cardstock.  Using a blender brush I added a little bit of Bundled Sage Distress Ink under the trees. I spattered the card front with white ink and glued it to a black cardstock mat.  Next, I used foam tape to glue it to a white card base.


To finish the card, I added a red fairy crystal to the top of the middle tree.  

See how quick that was!  To save time you could die cut the trees from different color cardstock instead of creating your our background paper.

Thanks for stopping by today!






Thu 01

Memory Box Challenge #90- Bows!

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Greetings friends. We are back this month with a new challenge, and we hope you will join us! Perhaps you already have a holiday card that will fit the theme and is ready to enter.

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.   You can also enter on Instagram. 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.

Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.


The holidays are upon us and bows seem to be everywhere...on presents, trees, mantles and more. Of course, there are others celebrating winter birthdays that might have bows. Please don't be constrained by any particular season or event. We would love to see your interpretation.  You really can do whatever you want! We just ask that you use some sort of on your card and that you use at least one Memory Box product.

Here are some samples to help inspire you:




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 #mbchallenge90 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Friday, December 30th.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes. 

Here are the prizes you could win:




Wed 30

Merry Christmas with Pine Needle Frame Die
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome! It's Angie here today featuring a card using the "Pine Needle Frame" die. This die has two dies, the frame and another die to cut some extra pine needles.

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I started out by smooshing Distress Inks onto a large piece of watercolor card and then used it to die cut two frames from the watercolor paper. I also cut one from some dark green from the "Lush Green" paper pack.  I used the inside parts of the frame along with the dark green pine leaves to paper piece together for a cool look.

As we go through the steps on making this card I have pictures of the card plain, then followed by the same card with added snow embossing powder on it. Below you can see the picture of the same card but with added melted snow on it.

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The sentiment was cut from Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad red paper and from white and stacked for dimension with the "Merry Christmas Curled Script" die. I added "Christmas Fairy Dew Drops" in red in clusters of 3 to simulate berries around the card front. And here's a close up look at it without snow and with snow.

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today! Check out all the wonderful products from Memory Box HERE!




Tue 29

Create a Pinpoint Snowflake Ornament by Jean Okimoto


Create unique ornaments with basic diecut shapes, pinpoint plates, and shimmery metallic 6x6 Mirror Pads.  The designs add texture and luster to simple shapes for cards and holiday decor.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to add special details to your diecuts.

Cut the basic Frilling Snowflake Ornament from the pale blue Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Here's a tip for selecting and cutting the perfect section of a large die...


Cut a contrasting paper template with the basic background die.  Use the offcut to select a section of the Snowflake Plate to be transferred to the ornament.  (It'll be reveresed on the card.)  Place the ornament diecut face-down into the template and diecut the details onto the ornament.

Punch a hole and tie the ornament with gold cord.  Use the side of a bonefolder - or the plastic burnishing tool - to curl the cord.  Follow the curve of the cord for best results.

Diecut Joy Posh Script from a light lavender sheet in the Twilight Purple Collection - and from the violet Glitzy Glitter sheet.

Cut the turquoise Rainbow Reflections 6x6 and a darker lavender Twilight Purple 6x6 with the second-smallest  Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

I used scrap of ink-blended Open Studio Watercolor Paper from my stash for the background.  It's sprayed with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, air-dried for a few minutes, then heat-set. Trim it to 1-⅞" x 3-¾".

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add lavender Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardtock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - hope you'll try these techniques on your holiday cards!






Mon 28

Paper Strips Christmas Cards
by Anne Thompson

What to do with those extra Memory Box paper scraps or the one or two pieces left from a 6X6 paper pad?  


To make these two cards I started with my Memory Box papers scrap box and pulled out all the red plaid pieces and the few loose sheets from various 6X6 paper pads and cut them into strips of random widths.


Then I started gluing them onto the front of a white notecard on a bit of a slant, leaving just a narrow space between each paper strip and letting the strips go out over the edge of the card.

Once I had all of the strips in place I trimmed off the bits that were hanging over the edge.

What to add to the front on top of this background?  I knew I needed something rather large but simple, so for both cards I cut the background for the CELESTE SNOWFLAKE 94697 from white cardstock.  For one card I added a plaid circle cut with one of the dies from the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 under the snowflake and oriented the card so the fold was at the top.  I cut the MERRY CHRISTMAS CURLED SCRIPT 94682 from red mirror paper and added that to the center of the snowflake and dotted the i with a Christmas red jewel.

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For the second card I stamped "Be Jolly" from the SWEET CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5283 in the center of the snowflake using VersaFine Clair Tulip Red ink.


Then I made two more cards with green plaid paper strips.  This time I used the background for the GLORIETTE SNOWFLAKE COLLAGE 94696 cut from white cardstock, stamped with the sentiment "Wishing you a Christmas filled with Joy" in VersaFine Clair Shady Lane green ink from the SWEET CHRISTMAS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5283.  I  added the GENTLE PINE NEEDLE SPRIG 94597 (Holiday 2021) cut with green cardstocks from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 and finished these cards with red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops or white Christmas Fairy Crystals.


I have quite a few plaid strips left and will make several more cards like these.  With December right around the corner I've got quite a few more cards to make as well as gift tags.  It's going to be a busy week in my craft room!

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

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DDP101Gentle Pine Needle Sprig 94597
DDP101Gloriette Snowflake Collage 94696

Sun 27

Little Bundled Snowman
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Continuing with my Christmas cards I have a sweet Christmas card to share today featuring a few products from the 2022 Christmas release.  

Started with the background and did layered masking.  Using the single snowflake die from the Frilling Snowflake Ornament die set, a bunch of snowflakes were die cut from waterproof masking paper.  Placed a few onto the smooth side of Memory Box watercolor paper and did an ombré watercolor wash using a flat brush and Uncharted Mariner and Salvaged Patina distress inks (DI).


Dried the panel with the heat tool then repeated the process two more times, adding more snowflake masks each time.  This was the result after the third time with masks still in place.


Removed the masks and you can see the color variation in the snowflakes from the different layers of masking.  You will also notice watercolors seeped underneath some of them.  


To fix the three initial ones that should have been the color of the watercolor paper, die cut three snowflakes from white and cover them up.  Or you could skip the first step and start the masking after the first watercolor wash and die cut the white snowflakes at the end.


For snow, splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Allow to dry then trimmed the panel to 1/8” smaller than a regular A2 size card.


The Little Bundled Snowman was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and the layers were colored with Copic Sketch markers.  Die cut the sentiment from black cardstock and hand cut a snowbank from Bristol paper.  Assembled the card onto a white card base, then spritz with a shimmer spray for some sparkle to finish.


That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.