Friday, May 31, 2013

Luminous Poppies- Memory Box

Oops....It's been a little too long since I've posted here on my personal blog.  You can also see my posts over on the Memory Box blog Outside the Box.

Today I wanted to feature a very pretty card that we made in the classes I recently taught at Violette's in Lakeland, Florida.  This is such a great store.  So much product in a great space.   It's got a great victorian feel to the store and Diana and the staff there are fantastic.   And the customers??!!  Well, they couldn't be beat.  I had such a great time with all of them!

Here's a card I designed with one of Memory Box's newest stamps, Luminous Poppies (G1911).  It's available mounted on wood or as a cling!

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  • Use Distress Markers to color directly onto the Luminous Poppies stamp.  Color stems with Shabby Shutters andd Peeled Paint. Color poppies with Barn Door, then lightly swipe on Black Soot at the base of the poppies.
  • “Huff” on the stamp with your warm breath then stamp onto white cardstock.
  • Adhere stamped image to Cranberry paper and then to front of Licorice Note Card
  • Stamp Happy Birthday Special combo (B1910) onto a small piece of white cardstock toward the right side using Black Archival Ink.  Cut into a flag. 
  • Then adhere to Licorice piece and cut into flag.  Then attach to front of card.
  • Add black twine to red button and attach to front of card with a glue dot.

This is such an easy card to make.  I also thought it would be versatile for different occasions by swapping out the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Loving the Classes in Florida

So, I've been in Florida since Wednesday teaching card classes using all new dies and stamps from Memory Box.   I am having a blast!

So far, I've had the privilege to teach at Stamp & Scrap A-Latte in Spring Hill and Priceless Scrapbooks in Ocala!  What amazing stores!!!   Such wonderful owners and fantastic customers!!!   I'm just thrilled with the turn out for these classes, but I guess I should have expected it since the world has fallen in love with Memory Box!

Here's one of the cards we made in the class at Stamp & Scrap A-Latte.

And here's on of the cards we made at Priceless Scrapbooks.

Next up is Scraporium in Lutz!

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pippi Butterfly - Memory Box

Sharing a card that I posted over on the Outide the Box blog today!

Spring is in the I used that as my inspiration today.   I decided to keep my design really clean and simple, which as you know is quite difficult for me!

Here's what I came up with...
  • Cut a length of ribbon approximately 4 1/2" in length and adhere to a piece of Latte Moroccan paper (3 7/8" X 5 1/8").  Attach this to a piece of Bubblegum paper (4" X 5 1/4") and then attach to Kraft Note Card
  • Distress a small piece of white paper with Distress Inks of your choice.  I used Scattered Straw, Picked Raspberries, Peacock Feathers, and a bit of Evergreen Bough.  Then die cut this paper using the Isabella Butterfly die.  Save the body of the butterfly too!
  • Die cut a piece of Kraft Paper using the Pippi Butterfly die and attach to the Isabella Butterfly with a glue dot.  Use a touch of liquid glue to add the body of the butterfly then attach all on top of the ribbon.
  • Stamp sentiment of your choice.
See!  I told you it was super simple!    Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

MB - Intricate Heart

This is a card I shared over on the Outside the Box blog.  That's the blog featuring designs from the Memory Box design team.

I wanted to share a few more details over here on how this card was designed.   I am a huge fan of anything Tim Holtz and frequently choose the Distress line of products when designing my cards.


  • I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue paper to about 4 1/2 X 5 1/2 and using a "dries clear" liquid glue, I glued it to a piece of Memory Box paper in Parchment to 3 7/8" X 5 1/8".  I actually used Ranger Ink's Glue 'n' Seal.  Love that product.   Once dry, I trimmed off the excess tissue paper and then distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink using an ink blending tool and foam.
  • This piece was adhered to Memory Box Licorice paper (5 1/4" X 4") and then adhered to a Memory Box Pool Note Card.
  • I cut a piece of Connection Paper from the Fourteen Collection by Crate Paper  and adhered it to a piece of MB Licorice paper
  • I stamped the Memory Box Intricate Heart using Versamark Ink onto a piece of MB Parchment Paper and heat embossed with Judi-kins Opaque White embossing powder. My new fav!!  {smile}
  • I distressed the image with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink using a blending tool and foam.  Then I layered on Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and finished up with some Fired Brick Distress Ink to add some depth and shadowing.
  • Here's a neat tip.  Take a tissue and moisten it with your breath (I know...sounds and LOOKS strange)....then buff the heart.  This removes any excess ink from the embossed area and really makes it pop.
  • Die cut the heart using the Memory Box Grand Heart die.   I then used a finger dauber and put a just a hint of Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the heart.  This just added a bit of shadowing and I like the effect.
  • I attached this to the front of the card.
  • Thread twine through a button and tie in back, then fold ribbon in half and tie with remaining twine.  Use large glue dot to adhere to front of card.
I hope you like the card. Have a great day!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bingham Heart - Memory Box

Hi, everyone.   Wow....what a week.   My dad went into the hospital unexpectedly for a few days.  He's back home now and we're all trying to get back to our normal routines.  For me, that means finding a moment to post a new card I created for the Memory Box Design Team.

This is a card I designed featuring the new Bingham Heart die and corresponding Grand Heart die both from Memory Box.  The print papers are from the new American Crafts Collection XOXO.

Here are some quick and easy instructions:
  1. Die cut Pool Gingham paper using the Bingham Heart die and run the Xyron to make it a sticker.
  2. Die cut Currant paper using the Grand Heart die.  Adhere the Bingham Heart to the Grand Heart.   There will be pieces of the Bingham Heart that hang over the edge.  We don't want those to be sticky, so take a bit of baby powder or corn starch and rub it on the sticky parts.  This removes the stickiness.  Set this aside for now.
  3. Cut a piece of scrap paper (the word paper) 1 X 4 1/2" and adhere to a piece of Bubblegum paper 1 1/8" X 4 5/8".
  4. Cut a piece of scrap paper (the black hearts/flowers paper) 1 1/2 X 4 1/4" and adhere to a piece of Bubblegum paper 1 5/8" X 4 3/8".  Add these two layers to the front of a Pool Note Card.
  5. Attach Bingham Heart with foam tape.
  6. I added three rhinestones to the bottom right of the card, but you could also add a sentiment instead.
  7. finally, I added Turquoise Stickles to various parts of the Bingham Heart.
This is one of the cards I'll be teaching at Scrapadoodle in Peoria, IL on Monday, January 28.  I hope you can join us!

 Have a great week!


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Journal for Lou

Today I want to share a journal that I made for a very very dear friend and co-worker, Lou.  She is so special to me.  We've worked together for 12 years and I couldn't ask for a better friend and confidant.  I absolutely love how this journal turned out and I secretly wanted to keep it for that bad???!  {wink}.

Some of the product is probably older and no longer available (like the paper) but I'm going to list it here just so ya know....

The journal size is 5 X 8 and I assembled it using a Zutter Bind-it-All.  The covers are just plain thick chipboard and covered with Bo-Bunny paper.  It's Unwritten from the Gabrielle Collection.  It was perfect for the front of the journal.  The design on the front of the cover is actually how the paper was designed!  PERFECTION!

The verse is from Stamper's Anonymous.  It's actually a wood stamp designed by Tim Holtz that I've had for a while. They issued it as part of one of Tim Holtz's unmounted stamp collections called Just Thoughts.

I added a bit of Tim Holtz film strip tape on the left side.  The little jars are also Tim Holtz corked vials.  I found some clear pebbles and dyed them with Copic refills.  Glued in the little corks and added a bit of twine.  Just too precious.

The roses, of course, are my absolute favorite part of the journal and I just love making them.  They are made from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grunge Paper and Tim's Tattered Florals Sizzix die (the medium sized 6 petal flower).  I just stamped the pieces with a background stamp and covered them with Distress Ink using a Blending Tool and Foam.  Then assembled the flowers. The leaves are actually die cut from My Favorite Things but I can't recall which die.  {shame}  

The last thing I did was add a bit of Stickles to the rose petals....and let them dry before adding them to the front of the journal.

The inside of the journal is just plain kraft text weight paper.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you like my journal.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Trendy Trees - Outside the Box

Sharing my  post from the Outside the Box blog...

What a great class we had at Scrapadoodle in Peoria this weekend!  Thanks to everyone that took the class.  Lots of new crafters I hadn't met before!   We had loads of fun.

Next up, I'll be teaching at A Small Cleverness in Orange Park, FL on October 12 and 13.   Anyone that signs up for both of my classes, will get to make a bonus a thank you from me!   Here's one of the bonus cards....

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I  have to say some of my favorite products from Memory Box are the stamps and matching dies.  Here I used the Trendy Trees stamp (F1891) with the matching Trendy Trees die (98428).

  • Stamp Trendy Trees with Brown Archival Ink (Ranger) on Parchment paper and then stamp just the top part of the trees again on scrap paper.  I used a piece from the Blackbird 6X6 Paper Pack.
  • Color the image that you stamped on the scrap paper with markers, Prismacolor pencils, or watercolor pencils.  I used Ranger's Distress Markers then topped off the leaves with a bit of Stardust pen from Sakura.
  • Cut out the image around the tree tops.  Leave as one big piece rather than cutting the tree (circles) individually.  Distress with Distress Inks of your choice.  I used Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters, and Tumbled Glass.
  • Die cut the image you stamped on the Parchment paper with the Trendy Trees die.  See Patter's video here for some great tips on cutting your image perfectly!  Distress this piece with your choice of ink.  I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
  • Adhere the "tree tops" to the cream cardstock and set aside.
  • I cut a tag from Kraft paper about 2 1/4" X 4 1/4" and attach to a piece of Vanilla Bean paper about 2 3/8" X 4 3/8" and trim to a tag shape.  Attach the Trendy Trees to the tag and set aside.
  • Cut a piece of Thistle Distress Dots paper and attach to a Vanilla Bean mat then attach to Kraft Note Card.
  • Attach the stamped image to front of card.  I added a bit of ribbon and a button to top off the card.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather!