Tuesday, 3 September 2019


Last month I came upon a Memory Box Challenge. I was delighted to find it as I have loads of Memory Box dies ...they are one of my very favourite manufacturers of dies. I was fortunate enough to have the card I entered chosen as the winner! and I was naturally simply thrilled. This month the challenge is to include a frame of some sort. 
For my card I used a piece of card which I had smooshed with Inka Gold and some distress inks and cut with the Memory Box base Layer of Christmas trees. I used gold card for the outline of the trees and the sentiment. I cut the front panel with SSS stitched rectangle dies to make the frame.
I'm not sure of the make of the sentiment die, (I keep my dies on magnetic sheets in box files and the packaging is stored away elsewhere.) I chose it because I fancied one which began with a capital letter and was not too overpowering for the delicacy of the trees.
I dry embossed a little piece of card with a snow folder from Sheena Douglass to pop behind the trees.

My second card today is also framed but in a slightly different way... this one has a dry embossed frame around the 4 inchies.

The challenge at CAS Mix Up is to use inchies. 

I don't remember making any inchies before despite having owned this Inkadinkadoo stamp set for several years! I think I picked it up in a Michael's somewhere or other on one of our trips to the USA.
I dug out a piece of card with some failed acrylic pouring on it, which looked dreadful, but I saved it anyway!
I stamped the inchies onto selected bits of this card and clear embossed them, before cutting out with a Sizzix die, It is actually a 3 squares die, but I just used an end one each time to cut them out. Once cut, I triple clear embossed them to make them into tiny tiles, then mounted them onto a black square.
The sentiment, embossed in white, is from Sugar Peas Designs.
I don't feel that this card was my finest hour so I will be trying again very soon!


  1. Both cards are lovely Chrissie, the trees look amazing in the gold, and I love how you've framed the inchies, Cathy x

  2. Your framed Christmas trees are beautiful, Chrissie! The inka gold looks like stained glass in the picture! Love your framing and the snowy background! And your inchie tiles are gorgeous! What beautiful little stamps and they look so lovely on the backgrounds! Aren't you glad you saved that piece as it is perfect for this fantastic card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. Love your gold smooshed and outlined trees, Chrissie. Gorgeous and elegant Christmas card!

    Your inchie are fabulous. Look how amazing your "failed" acrylic panel turned out. It's amazing with the stamped design. Love all the shine from the glossy accents. Gorgeous framed in black and then again with the recess framing from your card front. Beautiful card Chrissie! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  4. Both cards are dashing. The first is rich and full of dimension for that string of Christmas trees. The second is delightful, love that save of acrylic pouring. Both are beauties. Thanks for joining us at CAS Mix Up!

  5. Your Inka Gold smooshed tree card is so beautiful, Chrissie! The choice for the sentiment (delicate style) is perfect.
    Your inchies card is amazing! The acrylic pour panels look so beautiful (and a fantastic save, if you feel the original was "failed"). I love all 4 inchies and the way they're framed. Thank you so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!
    Hideko xx

  6. love both cards, but especially those golden trees.

  7. I can't find the Memory Box base Layer of Christmas trees die. Do you know where I can get it?

    1. Hi I think this die may now be retired... it's called Pine Border Background to co-ordinate with Pine Border Outline which is probably also obsolete. I would think that EBAy may be a good place to look for it!


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