Sandi MacIver, Paper Craft Artist -

Memory Box Backyard Wren

Hi cardmaking friends.  Today I’m circling back around to play again with some new products from Memory Box .  This is a new release last month and I just received the Memory Box Backyard Wren so of course I had to stop everything to make a card.  This series of dies is all about the Magnolia Branch, one of my most favorite signs of spring.  They don’t grow here, so it was fun to sit and make my own.    There is an entire set of Dies, embossing folders and select pattern papers for this release and you can view them all here at SIMON SAYS STAMP.

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Memory Box Backyard Wren

These dies cut like butter, they are beautifully etched and add great detail. Making cards with them is super easy as all you have to do is ink blend the pieces.


I used Distress Oxide Inks for todays card in:

Seedless Preserves for the flower centers

Gathered Twigs for the branch

Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and Pine Needles for the leaves.

I added the color with small blending brushes from Simon Says Stamp and Waffle Flowers.

For the Wren I did a base of Simon Says Stamp Pawsitivily Saturated Inks in:  Latte, Cappuccino, Mocho, Sunshine and Blush and then added a small amount of Seedless Preserves on his wings and tail.

hand made greeting card with magnolia branches and a wren created with new card making dies from Memory Box

How to create the Memory Box Backyard Wren card:

Start by die cutting all the pieces from Hammermill white cardstock.

Use the Curved Magnolia Branch, cut twice, and the Wren.

Next, using the small blending brushes, add the colors.  For the leaves, cover the entire leaf in Mowed Lawn and then add the other two colors over top.

Then, glue all the pieces together.  Reference the die package for placement.

hand made greeting card with magnolia branches and a wren created with new card making dies from Memory Box

Putting the Memory Box Backyard Wren Card Together:

Start by cutting a piece of the Memory Box Magnolia Plaid 6 x 6  paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and mount it to a piece of black cardstock 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″.

Next, mount this to a top folding A2 sized white card base.

Then use the Spellbinders Essential Arches to create the matte gold window background

Next, use small pieces of foam squares on the back of the branch pieces and mount them to the top and bottom of the card around the window.

Finally, use foam squares to add the Wren.  I added a gold embossed sentiment from my stash. (It’s spellbinders but sorry, I don’t remember what set it’s from).

Want more inspiration from this release?

hand made card with a magnolia branch and flowers created with new card making dies from Memory Box I shared this card a few weeks back.

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6 thoughts on “Memory Box Backyard Wren”

  1. Oh my goodness, that’s beautiful Sandi! The colors and design are perfect, love those die images! 🙂

  2. What a beautiful card Sandi, the wren is beautiful but that magnolia branch is gorgeous. Lovely card!

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