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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

 

 

 

   
 
2013 Memory Box Exclusives - ONLY at Simple Pleasures Print E-mail
Memory Box
Written by Cathy Smith   
Sunday, 10 February 2013 00:00

 New exclusive Memory Box sets created just for Simple Pleasures
to commemorate our 18th Anniversary!!

MBO 2013 Exc Lg Purse

 

Each of these two new exclusive sets comes with a wood mounted rubber stamp
that is complimented by a matching die of the same size.

MBO 2013 Exc Both


No need for fussy cutting, the die will cut your stamped shape effortlessly!

Here is the new Memory Box Daisy stamp and die set.
The Simple Daisy stamp measures 1.25 x 3.75 inches.


     MBO 2013 Daisy Set   

 

 

MBO 2013 Daisy Card

                  


And here is the new Memory Box Rose stamp and die set.
The Simple Rose stamp measures 2 x 3.75 inches.

 

MBO 2013 Rose Set
          

 

MBO 2013 Rose Layout
  

 Here is a close up view of the Rose from the layout.
Lynne curled the rose petals and "gussied up" the rose with some glitter, too!

MBO 2013 Rose Layout CloseUp



Use these sets separately or combine them for many more possibilities!

You can stop in to the store to pick up these lovelies to add to your stamp and die repertoire.

Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or give us a call at 719-528-1338 and and we will be
happy to send these exclusive Memory Box sets your way.

Each set is $24.95

Shipping Charges - US and APO Addresses:

1 - 2 exclusive Memory Box Sets $6.95

3 - 5 exclusive Memory Box Sets $7.95

Note: We can easily add several Memory Box dies to your shipment
for no additional shipping charge.


Shipping Charges - Canada:

1 - 4 exclusive Memory Box sets $19.95
Note: We can easily add several Memory Box dies to your shipment
for no additional shipping charge.

Yes, we do also ship to other International Locations.
Email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a shipping quote.

Check back to our Blog and Facebook Page -
we will definitely be adding samples featuring these new sets!

 

 
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