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Gifts from the Heart are the Best Gifts of All Print E-mail
Events
Written by Cathy Smith   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00
Scrapbooking those special times with the special people
in our lives is a wonderful to preserve those memories.

 
Our store anniversary is always a very special time for us,
so it was an overwhelming surprise to receive this
album that Cathy's mom made to commemorate
 
Simple Pleasures 18th Anniversary Celebration.
A side note - Mom "says" she doesn't scrapbook, so we
refer to her as a "closet scrapbooker"!

 
18th

 
So here it is.
We want to share this very special album with you -
look closely, you may just see yourself in one of the photos!

 
 SP 18AA Cover

Mom used the Memory Box/Poppystamp

Madison House die set for the rooflines
and windows on the album.

She recreated the styling of the door and windows and  took a picture,
which she miniturized, of the Simple Pleasures sign
to duplicate the actual building.
Actual photos  were also miniturized to show the "view" as
you look into each of the windows.

I spy someone in the window .... really!! 
Here's a closer view looking in the windows.

 
 SP 18AA Front Windows 1

 
 This is the inside front cover of our
18th Anniversary Album.

 
SP 18AA Inside Front Cover 3

 

Staffers Becky and Angie in the left photo
and shopping fun in the right photo.
Memory Box die cut accents the page.

 
 SP 18AA Becky and Angie 4

 
We had a make'n take on Friday, the first day of our
three day anniversary celebration.

The pic below, left side, is  Shelby hosting one station with the eBosser
 where everyone die cut our exclusive Memory Box Rose stamp and die set.
Then an acetate pillow box got embossed on the eBosser, too!

In the photo on the right side, Mom is hosting part two of the make'n take
where Copic markers were used to color
in the stamped, die cut rose.

 
SP 18AA MT Shelby Friday 5

 
Here's a close up of our Memory Box Exclusive Rose Set as it
was being put through its paces!

 
SP 18AA CloseUp Rose Set 6

 
 This is the cutey patootie project ....

 
SP 18AA Rose MT


 
Shopping fun captured in the album here, 
even the guys turn out for the festivities.

 
SP 18AA Shopping Fun 7

 
 In addition to shopping, we have drawings throughout
the three-day anniversary celebration.

So, in prep for the barrage of drawings,
we place numbers on the tile floor all over
the entire store ....... 
sometimes we find a stray number or two
on the floor months later!!!

 
SP 18AA Numbers for Drawings 8


 
 Looks like Becky is helping Mary Kay out in picture below.

What is REALLY amazing is how mom was able to take
so many photos during the event -
as she was sneaking to take them in between
helping on the sales floor, hosting make'n takes,
and taking care of the staff.

 
SP 18AA Shopping Mary Kay 9

 
Below is Suzanne, helping a customer on the
phone. Things were so crazy, noisy, fun that we had to
plug our other ear to try to lessen the din in order
to hear.
 
SP 18AA Suzanne 10

 
Another random pic -
still lovin' the Memory Box accent dies
Mom used throughout the album.

 
 SP 18AA More Shopping 11

 
Els, from Elizabeth Craft Designs, demo'd her dies,
glitters, shimmer sheetz and stickers for the entire day on Saturday.
It was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend ...

Thanks, Els! 

 
 SP 18AA Els Demo 12

 
There was always a crowd around Els -
she had so many great ideas to share.

 
 SP 18AA Pics Els Demo Pics 13

 
Here's Marianne holding down the fort behind the register.

 
SP 18AA Marianne 14

 
 Check out time at the register ...

 
 SP 18AA Check Out Time 15

 
 Whew - that takes us thru Day 2 of our three day celebration,
so by now it was time for some time for sustenance ...
we needed FOOD!

 
SP 18AA Sat Dinner 16

 
 Dessert was an absolute MUST -
after all, we would need lots of energy
for our final day of the anniversary celebration!

 
SP 18AA Elephant Bar Dessert 17

 
 One of the most heartwarming and special things about our
anniversary event is getting to share it with you,
our friends and customers -
without whom we would not be here.

 
 SP 18AA I Spy Pics 18

 
 SP 18AA Cust Pics 19

 
 Shelby had soooooo much info to share with everyone
as she demo'd the eBosser throughout the day.
Shelby embossed acetate and chipboard,
die cut intricate dies as she showed the eBosser magnetic shim,
used the 8 1/2 x 11 eBosser embossing folders
and lots, lots more.

 
Thanks, Shelby!

 
SP 18AA Shelby Demo 20

 
 SP 18AA Shelby eBosser Demo 21

 
We had two make'n take projects on Sunday,
the final day of our anniversary event.

 
Here's Cathy's mom in action hosting a
Memory Box project with our
exclusive Memory Box Daisy set and
the Memory Box Pocket Tag die.

 
 SP 18AA Mom Make n Take 22

 
And here's the cute project everyone got to make!

 
 SP 18AA Daisy MT

 
The second make n take we had on Sunday
was this card that Caron did with an
Impression Obsession cover-a-card background
 stamp and butterfly die.

 
Thanks, Caron.

SP 18AA IOB Card

 
Back to the album.
We had so many activities going on in the store
on the final celebration day, BC,
 our rep from Artistic Paper,hosted his demo with the
eBosser into our classroom for anyone interested -
 such a cool die cutting machine!

 
Thanks, BC!

 
SP 18AA BC eBosser Demo

 
 Mom finished off the commemorative album with a
couple of "behind the scenes" photos of us preparing  to ship our
exclusive Memory Box Rose and Daisy sets.

 
To date, we have shipped these special sets across the US,
including Alaska and Hawaii. Not to mention international shipments
to Canada, Sweden, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Autralia and New Zealand.

 
 SP 18AA Shipping Dept

 
A very special "Thanks" to Dave Brethauer and
the entire Memory Box team for creating these
exclusive sets to commemorate our 18th Anniversary!

 
 MBO Exclusives 2013

 
Hope you enjoyed this recap of our anniversary,
through Mom's album,
even if you weren't here to enjoy it in person with us.

 
We are ever so thankful to be a part of the papercrafting
community and consider it a privilege to be part of your crafting journeys
 and thank YOU for supporting this local, non-chain store.


 
 Without you, we would not be here.

 
Pic Cathy and Mom Summer 2010

 
 Thanks, Mom, for the gift of this wonderful album -
and for your loving support.
You're the Best!!!
 
Happy Birthday Card with Hexagons Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:00

  Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons
"Happy Birthday" Card

This card is the second in our series of cards using Sizzix Hexagon dies,
sharing ideas and "how to's" for unique everyday cards featuring Hexagons.
 

“Happy Birthday” card using Sizzix Hexagon dies (1 ¼” sides and ¾” sides dies)

DTS HB HC Finished Card 1

 

 

  

Can’t decide which patterned paper or embellishment to use? Then this is the card for you!  The simplicity of the Sizzix Hexagon dies makes them a quick, easy element for your card or project.  Combine both the 1 ¼” and ¾” sizes and you have the perfect canvas for your favorite papers and embellishments.  This tutorial features the Sizzix Hexagon die in the 1 ¼” and ¾” side styles and incorporates chipboard to create depth and interest.  These dies cut cardstock and chipboard quickly and cleanly.  Depending on your paper and embellishments they can also be used for any theme or easily incorporated into a scrapbook layout. 


 

DTS HB HC Supplies 2

 

                               

                           

Supplies

 

         Sizzix Hexagon dies -  1 ¼” Side #658318 and ¾” Side #658316
Memory Box dies -  Blooming Posie #862, Floral Delights #98349
JustRite Clear Stamp Sets Topsy Turvy Cakes #CR-02230
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Inkssentials Blending Tool & Foam
Cosmo Cricket Papers -  Baby Jane Hop & Skip #68091 and Giggles #68088, Tea for Two Rose Petal Jam #68075
Bazzill Basics cardstock: Candle and Java
Chipboard
Miscellaneous Embellishments – wool felt, ric rac, fibers, ribbon, pins, rhinestones, cork paper and buttons
Scor-Pal
Die Cut Machine such as BigShot or eBosser
Other supplies –  Glossy Accents, Scotch Quick-Dry adhesive
              

Assembly

For die cutting, this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot; however other die cut machines like the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for cutting details.  The Sizzix dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, keep in mind you will only need the two Cutting Plates when using these dies.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  The project also incorporates the Memory Box dies which are easily used in the Big Shot.  With the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these dies,  the cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Memory Box dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with the cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently, both the Sizzix and Memory Box dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

       

 

  Start with one piece of Bazzil Basics Candle card stock cut to 6” x 12”.  Score at 6” along the 12” edge, fold to make a 6” x 6” square card size.

 

 

 

DTS HB HC Yellow ScorPal Card 3

 

 

 

 

 

  Then cut a 5 ½” x 5 ½” piece of Java card stock for the layer.     

 

DTS HB HC Brown ScorPal Panel 4

 

Now for some die cutting!  Using the Sizzix, 1 ¼” sides and ¾” sides Hexagon dies, cut a piece of each of the patterned papers in both the large and small sized dies.  You will cut the Cosmo Cricket, Baby Jane, Giggles paper twice for each size as you will need both the front and back of this patterned paper.

After cutting all of the patterned papers, you will need to cut the chipboard. For this project, there are two of the Sizzix 1 1/4" sides Hexagons and four of the Sizzix 3/4" sides Hexagons using chipboard. The chipboard cuts easily and utilizes the cutting plate order, or "sandwich", starting at the bottom - Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  

 

DTS HB HC DC Chipboard 5

 

So now you have an assortment of hexagons!  Begin laying these out on your card layer to find the perfect combination.

DTS HB HC Die Cut Hex Shapes 6


 

 

 

Now onto the embellishments, yay!  For this project treat each hexagon as its own canvas.  Let’s take a closer look at the cork and felt flower on the bottom row.  This flower utilizes two Memory Box dies.  The flower uses the Memory Box Blooming Posie die and cork.  The flower center is made using the Memory Box Floral Delights die and wool felt.  When using the Memory Box Dies, these are steel type dies, the cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  These dies cut beautifully on these unusual surfaces!

DTS HB HC Cork MBO Die 7

 

DTS HB HC Felt MBO die 8


 

 

For the sentiment tag, this project uses the JustRite Clear Stamps, “Happy Birthday”, in the Topsy Turvy Cakes set.  Using Memento, Rich Cocoa ink, stamp the sentiment onto a piece of patterned paper or complimentary card stock.  Cut out with a circle punch or die and ink the edges with the Rich Cocoa ink.  Attach a pin and ribbon to complete the embellishment.

DTS HB HC Stamp 9

 

 

Attach all of your patterned paper to the chipboard using adhesive. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive is great for attaching paper to paper as it dries quickly and clear. 

 DTS HB HC Glue DC Chpbd to Paper 10

 

Next, using Tim Holtz, Distressed Ink in Walnut Stain and an Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, ink the edges of each of the covered chipboard hexagons for a finished look.

DTS HB HC Distress Shapes 11

 

Finally, attach all of your elements to your card with adhesive. Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive is great for attaching tiny die cuts as it has a small tip and dries quickly and clear. For those heavier and awkward embellishments, try Inkssentials Glossy Accents. The dry time is longer, it dries clear and holds beautifully for those odd-shaped, non-paper items.

DTS HB HC Finished V2

 

The Sizzix 1 ¼” side and ¾” side Hexagon dies keep the design simple, while  giving you great opportunities to showcase your embellishments and style.  Try this with holiday papers or use as accents for a scrapbook layout… lots of great options with these dies!

 

   DTS HB HC Finished 1

We've got one more card up our sleeves -
the final card in our "Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons"

.... in the meantime, happy hexagon krafting!

 
30 Sensational Memory Box Cards Print E-mail
Memory Box
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 21 April 2013 00:00

That's Right,

 30 Sensational Memory Box Cards
to inspire you!

 

We are thrilled to carry Memory Box and Poppystamp dies and stamps
and are happy to mail them if you are unable to get them in your area.

 

 

MBO Hello Card 1

 

 

 

 MBO Wishing You a Happy Day Patter

 

 

 

 

 

Here are lots and lots of cards featuring Memory Box goodies.
The cards shown below were created by Memory Box design team members including Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler,

Deborah Nolan, Donna Sledzik, Evgenia Petzer, Jean Okimoto, Jenny Griffiths, Laura Flucher, Mary Russo, Olga Vasilieva, Patter Cross and Pam Sparks.

 

 

MBO Sweets for the Sweet 2

 

 

 

 

 

MBO Bee Mine 3


 
MBO Bouquet 4

 

 
How about some Springtime Inspiration?

 
MBO April Showers Grn 5

 
MBO April Showers Field of Flwrs

 
MBO April Showers Brn 6

 
 
 MBO Spring Border with supplies 7

 

Here's a bit closer look at Jean's Spring Border card ...

 

 MBO Spring Border Card 8

 

 

 

MBO Simple Spring Card 9


 

 

 

 

Butterflies and Borders are alway  Memory Box favorites ...

 

 

 

MBO Butterfly Card Olga 10


 

 

MBO HB Butterfly 10


 

 And how about a few more Birthday Cards?

MBO Birthday Bird 12

 

 

 MBO Springtime Birthday 13


 

Thinking of You and Sympathy Cards

 

MOB Just Thinking of You 14

 

MBO Meadow Flowers Sympathy 15

 

MBO Sympathy Heart 16

 

Now on to some Floral Cards -
nobody does Florals better than Memory Box!!!


MBO Blog Lovely Aster 17
 

MBO Luminous Poppies Card Donna 18

 

 

MBO Lg Floral Card Bibiana

 

 

 

 

MBO Whimsical Flwr ECD F

MBO Lovely Aster Card Pam 20

 
MBO Luminous Poppies Mary 21

 

Thank You cards are always handy to have on hand.
Consider some of these for your card stash.

MBO Dress Form Thnx Jean 22

 

MBO Lab Thanks 23


MBO Thanks Bckgrnd 23


 

MBO Cecelia Thanks 25

 

 

 MBO Thanks Turq Dress Jean 26

 

 

 


And amoung my favorites is this Thanks card,

 

 

MBO Thanks Pine Card Pam 27
 

 

 

How about you - what does you list of Memory Box favorite cards look like?

 

One last fav for today,

 

 MBO Owl Card 28

                      

        

Owl Be Seeing You - Bye for Now!

    

 
Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons Print E-mail
Techniques & Tutorials
Written by Sandi Briggs   
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 00:00

  Unique Everyday Cards with Hexagons
"Thinking of You" Card

This card is the first in our series of three cards using Sizzix Hexagon dies,
sharing ideas and "how to's" for unique everyday cards featuring Hexagons.
 

 

DTS TY Finished Card 1

 

 

  

 A handmade card is a special way of let someone know that you care.
  This unique card features the versatility of the Sizzix Hexagon dies,
while taking advantage of their simplicity.  This project utilizes the ¾” sides size,
some fabulous trims and papers and you have a beautiful card to share.


 

 

 

DTS TY Supplies 2

 

                                           

                           

Supplies

 

         Sizzix dies:  ¾” Side Hexagon #658316, Scallop Card #4 Bigz XL #657372
          Memory Box dies: Scalloped Frame #98247, Magic Flourish #98420
         Sizzix Embossing Folder Birds & Blooms Set #657393
        JustRite With Sympathy Set #CR-03570
         Memento Rich Cocoa Ink
         Elizabeth Craft Designs Gold Shimmer Sheetz
         Cosmo Cricket Tea for Two papers, Butter #68079 and Rose Petal Jam #68075
         Bazzill Basics Leapfrog cardstock
         Maya Road Pleated Satin Trim
         Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls
         Miscellaneous Embellishments – craft and green cardstock scraps 
        
Scor-Pal
         Die Cut Machine such as BigShot or eBosser
     Other supplies – Liquid/dry adhesive, glue gun, scissors

 

Assembly

For die cutting, this tutorial uses the Sizzix Big Shot; however other die cut machines like the eBosser can be used. Just check your product for cutting details.  The Sizzix dies are easy to use in the Sizzix Big Shot, keep in mind you will only need the two Cutting Plates when using these dies.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich”, used for these dies, starting at the bottom – Cutting Plate, die with cutting edge up, paper and Cutting Plate.  The project also incorporates the Memory Box dies which are easily used in the Big Shot.  With the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these dies,  the cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Memory Box dies, starting at the bottom – Multi-Purpose Platform, Cutting Plate, paper, die with the cutting edge down and Cutting Plate.  While each machine is calibrated differently, both the Sizzix and Memory Box dies are super easy to use and did not require any “shimming”.

       

 

   Start with one piece of Bazzill Basics Leapfrog card stock cut to 4 ¼” x 12”.  Using the Sizzix Bigz XL, Scallop Card #4 die to cut and score your card base.  The final card base is a standard A2 size card that opens along the top with a scalloped bottom edge.    

 

 

 DTS TY Card Base 3

DTS TY HC Score Card 4

 

Using the Sizzix ¾” sides Hexagon dies, cut two to three pieces of each of the patterned papers. Cut two pieces using the Shimmer Sheetz. This is a wonderful material that can be embossed, distressed and stamped.

DTS TY HC Shimmer Sheetz 5

 DTS TY HC Die Cut Shimmer Sheetz 6

 

After cutting the Shimmer Sheetz, emboss using the Blooms folder from the Sizzix, Birds & Blooms Set.  Place your previously die cut hexagon of Shimmer Sheetz into the embossing folder. The embossing folders can be easily used in the Big Shot.  You will need the Multi-Purpose Platform and the two Cutting Plates for these folders.  The cutting plate order, or “sandwich” used for the Sizzix Embossing folders, starting at the bottom is Multi-Purpose Platform Cutting Plate, embossing folder with paper inside and Cutting Plate.

DTS TY HC Emboss Shimmer Sheetz 7

 

Next, let’s do some die cutting with the Memory Box dies.  With the Scalloped Frame die,cut a piece of the Cosmo Cricket, Tea for Two, Rose Petal Jam paper. I used theback side of the paper for the project.  Second, using the Magic Flourish die, cut two pieces of green cardstock, in two colors.  Both of these dies are super versatile and can be utilized inso many different ways on your projects!

 

DTS TY HC MBO Scallop Frame die 9

 

 DTS TY HC MBO Magic Flourish Die 10

 

For the sentiment, this project uses the JustRite Clear Stamps, With Sympathy Set.Using Memento, Rich Cocoa ink, stamp the “Thinking of You” sentiment on a smallpiece of craft cardstock.  Banner or flag cut the left edge for accent, and attach to the card front, wrapping around the ends of the Magic Flourish.

DTS TY HC Stamp Message 11

 


Using the Maya Road, Pleated Satin trim, attach along the right side of the card edge,lining up the edge of the trim with the card base.  Then attach the Scallop Frame die cut, slightly offset on the card base.  Place the Patterned Paper and Shimmer Sheetz hexagons in the desired design and adhere to the Scallop Frame.  Trim the excess, using the card base as a guide. Attach the two Magic Flourish dies, but only attach at the thickest part of the die cut so you can wrap the ends around the sentiment later.

 DTS TY HC Closeup Emb Hex 12b

 

DTS TY HC Closeup Flwr Message

 

  To complete the flower accent shown above, you will need a piece of the Maya Road, Pleated Satin Trim, a small scrap of craft cardstock and a glue gun.  Wrap the Pleated Trim in a coil, starting tightly and then getting looser toward the end.  Place a small bit of hot glue on the stitched edge of the trim and place on the cardstock scrap.  Adjust to the desired look, and trim any excess.  Attach to the card front. 

DTS TY HC Ribbon Flower 12

 

Embellish with Kaisercraft Chocolate pearls along the top edge,
and you are done!

 The Sizzix ¾” side Hexagon die is super versatile, yet simple and easy to use. Don't forget Shimmer Sheetz, wow what a difference a little shimmer can make on a project!

 

DTS TY HC Finished Card 1

Stay tuned for our next
 Hexagon Card in this card series.

 

 
Simple Stories Mini Book Print E-mail
Scrapbooking
Written by Lynne Kramer   
Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00
DTL SSMB 1

 A fun mini book to commemorate those random photos you love.
Capture those moments in a monthly format like I did in this album
or simply create pages and scrap away! 

Supplies: 

Simple Stories This & That, Odds'n Ends,
Simple Stories Fabulous and Documented Papers
Simple Stories Yearography Journal Inserts
Simple Stories Memoriabilia Pockets
Memory Box dies - Tabbed Pocket, Library Pocket, Fringe Circle,
Lg Meadow Dragonfly and Cornerstone Seal
Tim Holtz Word Play Alphabet die
Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Buttons
Kaisercraft Mint Rings
Adhesives
 Crop-a-Dile or Big Bite hole punch
Big Shot or eBosserto die cut  letters, numbers and accents
 

These are some of the goodies used in this mini book.
The memorabilia pockets were used as the pages,
hole punched and joined with rings to create the book itself. 

DTL SSMB Supplies 2

 

Lots of great choices with Simple Stories -
so easy because you can mix and match papers from
their various collections in the same project!

 DTL SSMB Papers 3

 

Here's the inside front cover of the book.

DTL SSMB Inside Front Cover 4

 

Pocket Pages are great additions to any mini book,
and an easy way to include any additional photos or mementos.

 DTL SSMB PP 5

 

Now on to some of the pages in this
month by month mini book.

The Tim Holtz Word Play die came in handy
for recording the dates of the photos!

DTL SSMB April 6

 

On this page, the title on the photo
was journaled directly on the picture.
Buttons helped add some color to this page.

DTL SSMB May 7

 

Below, the "98" was used to record the year
of Rem's first ever Rockies Baseball game,
at the early age of one month!

DTL SSMB July 8

 

 Two months were combined on the same page on this page.
The journaling spot created with the Memory Box fringe die
helped separate the photos.

DTL SSMB Oct Nov 10

 

"Enjoy the Simple Things" seemed a perfect sentiment
for this special December photo.

 Who can resist those smiles?!

 

DTL SSMB Dec Enjoy 11

 

 

 

 

 There it is - some very special photos in a fun presentation.

Do you have some of those special photos just waiting to be scrapped?

Try a mini book - you'll be glad you did!


DTL SSMB Grouping 12

 

 

 

   
 
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