This week has been warmer than usual and it's got me in the mood for Spring. It's my favorite time of year! Today I made for you a bright Spring floral card using some new dies.
I used the new Budding Peony die along with the Climbing Vine die for this fun card. I die cut the Budding Peony twice. Once in the green to get the stems and then again in pink for the flowers. I trimmed off the flowers in pink and glued them onto the green die cut.
I glued the Climbing Vine that I die cut in the same green as the peony stem to the card first. Then I glued the Budding Peony to the card, lining up the stems at the bottom. To finish the card I added some pearls to the centers of the flowers.
Send a lovely greeting with the new Antilles Floral Bouquet wrapped in the Heart Wire - and make someone smile on a cold winter day. It's easy with a pair of dies from our latest release. Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for Valentine's Day...or any day!
Cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and remove the flowers. Cut the flowers again from pink cardstock. Attach a scrap of green cardstock behind the centers.
Cut Heart Wire from gold mirror cardstock.
Cut white cardstock with the 4-½" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Attach the bouquet and Heart Wire to the background - trim the ends of the wire a bit. Attach the rectangle to a side-folded white A2 card.
Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love stamp set - on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Rose Bud Memento Luxe. Emboss it with Imagine Crafts Irirdescent Powder for a clear, sparkly effect. Trim it with the smallest die from the Rectangle Basics set. Attach it with foam dots.
Attach Scor-Tape behind green glittered cardstock and cut the circle pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set. Instant self-adhesive glitter dots!
I confess that I tried it with the Heart Wire loop circling the stems. Oh dear...it looked like I was trying too hard to be clever. Not good at all. Hope you like how it turned out here!
Thanks for stopping by. Spend a few minutes combining and layering your diecuts - you'll discover some great combos that will be perfect for your next card!
Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border. Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts? Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today!
Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors. Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Dry the ink. Diecut it with Heart Wave. Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe. Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest die from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.
Leave a border at the bottom and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from textured gray cardstock - use the Metal Adapter Place for best results. Trim the border with the small scalloped Stitched Country Borders die.
Cut white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Curtain rings are a great way to organize layering dies like Rectangle Basics. Clip them together and hang the ring from a hook near your work area. You'll reach for them over and over again - and always find the perfect size and shape!
Attach just the bottom of the grassy border to the rectangle. Dot some glue over the grass tips that will receive a heart - then just attach the heart and the tip of the grass onto the background to secure both pieces. Leave the unadorned grass tips un-glued. They'll be just fine - promise!
Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock. Add tiny clear sequins.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by. Have fun with this card - it's hard to stop attaching the hearts once you get started!
Thanks to everyone who took the first GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class on Monday - and to Shari, Jeannie and Becca for helping us find everything we needed - and a lot more!
Want more Valentine ideas? If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class at Impress on January 21st. The class date has been moved up a week earlier - the annual Valentine event will now be celebrated on January 28th. We're making 6 cards on the 21st - including a sweet card with a simple little origami pocket heart and doily dress card. We'll be using some accents from my stash - everyone receives a packet of "stash extras" to make more class cards at home. See you!
I hope you are having a great week so far! I have a fun card to share with you, using some of the latest release. It's all love, and hearts, along with flowers, too! I always look forward to the Valentine's Releases, because there are so many fabulous heart designs! For my card today, I chose the Heart Wave die, using the inlaid die cut technique.
You know I am a fan of techniques, and the inlaid is one of my favorites. I am being totally honest when I say, it took awhile. So, if you have plenty of time, this is for you! To begin, I created a side fold note card with white card stock, and ran the Heart Wave die across the front. I then die cut different colors of pinks, and reds, and saved the hearts. I also cut gold card stock, and saved the outline image, along with several hearts.
Once my pieces were cut, I placed a piece of paper behind the open area on my card base, covering it with adhesive. I then laid the gold outline in, along with my colored hearts. Once all of the pieces were inserted, I stamped a sentiment from the new So Many Things To Love stamp set.
Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you give this technique a try on your next project! Have a great day!
I just love using the GIFT BASKET OVAL die 99649! Last week I filled it with hearts, and today I've filled it with ASTERS!
I created a bouquet for my basket using four of the new dies, cutting the GIFT BASKET OVAL from copper cardstock to hold the florals.
To create the bouquet, I cut two of the STITCHED ASTER CORNER 99644 from medium-green cardstock. I then cut it again twice from the Squash Dots Paper and snipped the blossoms from the stems. I cut SPROUTING VINE 99643 from two shades of green cardstock.Then I made a pile of STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS 99672 from more of the Squash Dots Paper.
I placed the snipped-off squash-colored flowers on top of the green STITCHED ASTER CORNERS. I layered the STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS on top of the two largest flowers. I used Glue Dots on the front lower edge of each of the completed Stitched Aster Corners to secure them to the inside of the lower front edge of the basket, twisting them around so that some of the flowers would spill over the edge of the basket. I added in several of the SPROUTING VINE to fill in the bouquet, some over and some under the basket handle.
Before anchoring the basket to the yellow card front with dimensional dots, I added a strip of Squash Dots Paper layered with a narrower piece of a light green cardstock. Three tiny pearls on that strip and more for the flower centers were the finishing touches. There's room enough to add a stamped sentiment on the green strip. And there's another aster on the inside! This will make a lovely card for almost any occasion.
Hello Memory Box friends. As you probably know by now that my favorite color combo is Blue and Lime...LOVE!!!
And with just two colors, this card is super simple to pull together (really fast if you have a Misti tool). It is just a matter of stamping repeatedly, a die cut and some twine.
On a White cardstock panel, stamp "happy" from the Party Time set repeatedly down the right side of card front. I used Memento Luxe Pear Tart ink.
I then die cut "birthday" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script three times. Stacked and adhered them together, then inked with Memento Luxe Bahama Blue. Coat the greeting with Glossy Accents and let dry.
I did some scoring lines on the left side of card, yet it doesn't show well in the photograph. Wrap twine three times and add a triple bow.
A glittery heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection transforms Sketch Floral into a flowery Valentine or everyday card today. Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a super-quick card for you.
I love being able to create unique designs from the classic dies in the Memory Box collection. Sketch Floral is perfect as is - but tucking a glittered heart behind the delicate outlines quickly adds another dimension and extends the use of my dies. The Rectangle Basics set of 16 dies makes it so easy to cut the perfect background for any card. Both also semi-justify my ever-growing stash of Memory Box dies. If you can use it more than once, it's a good thing, right?
Cut the 3" x 4-¼" rectangle from white cardstock. Cut Sketch Floral. Cut a heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection from pink glittered cardstock. It's a great set of 5 hearts that complement the original Stitched Heart Collection of larger hearts.
Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear set - with Imagine Crafts Lightning Black Brilliance, then dry the ink.
Attach the rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of lime cardstock. Attach the pink heart. Insert the delicate Sketch Floral outline - offset the stem to reveal more of the lime green card behind the cutout. Add pink sequins.
There's your card - I think it took longer to write the instructions than it did to make the card. That's quick and easy!
Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress. There are so many great new Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - it was challenging to select my favorites for the class cards. Thanks also to Ann, Karen and Stacey for helping everyone find or order the dies on their cards and wishlists.
If you have the day off on Monday January 16th (or even if you don't!) - join us for GREETINGS FROM THE HEART, our first Valentine class. We're making 6 cards, including one with a simple origami heart. We'll also use bits from my stash - and everyone gets a packet of extras to make more class cards at home.
The weather is exceptionally mild today, so it inspired me to create a spring like card.
My card today can be used for many different occasions, and the clean and simple style makes it easy to create.
I used a new die from the 2017 release, and die cut it from white cardstock, which was then adhered to a larger gray cardstock layer. For the banner I stamped the sentiment on a strip of White cardstock and mounted that to a Sugar Plum strip of cardstock.
I added a button, twine and some bling to finish the card!
Sometimes you find yourself with several birthdays to celebrate in a short time span....that's my situation for January. There are 6 in my family so yes, today I am featuring a birthday card. Now it may look like a gate-fold card but actually it's not....you'll see.
The Stitched Aster Panel die caught my eye right away when the new collection was revealed. I had ideas of a trellis type of design in mind and here's my take on this wonderful die.
I love the stitched detail on the asters and the different sizes of centers. As you can see, there are two panels placed face-to-face to create an all-over pattern. I created a Z-fold card which displays them together and apart!
When the card is opened, the right panel becomes part of the inside of the card. I inverted the fold on a Lagoon colored notecard (white on the reverse side) and folded the card front in half to create a Z-fold with color on the front and inside of the card.
I stamped the sentiment onto a 2" coordinating panel along with another small aster flower, tucking it just a bit right of the fold.
Tips: Z-fold cards can spring open so make sure to use a bone folder or other pressing tool to get a sharp crease on the folds to insure the card stays closed until the reveal. Also, keeping the sentiment panel clear of the fold will help the card stay closed. I always tell students in class, " avoid crowding the fold". Sound familiar ladies? A band could also be made and slipped on and off the card to keep it from spring open too soon. The extra nice feature of a Z-fold card is that it's balanced and stable when on display.
Thank you all for stopping by today, see you soon!
Congratulations to the winners of the Blog Blitz. Winners we chosen at random from the list of people who left comments during the allotted blitz time. Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by last week and leave comments. We really appreciate you and hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new products.
Winners have been notified by email.
Winner from Anne's post- L.r. Smith- winner of the Heart Party Border die
Winner from Jenny's post-Sharon Mattingly- winner of the Lavender Bunch die
Winner from Melissa's post-Jane Tyrrell- winner of the Heart Connection die
Winner from Penny's post- Beth Lee- Winner of the Carnival Happy Birthday die
Winner from Jean's Stitched Heart post-Brian Poteraj- winner of the Classic Stitched Heart Collection die
Winner from Jean's Heart Wire post- Kristen- winner of the Heart Wire die
Winner from Laura's post- Vinita Jain- winner of the Dazzling Dragonfly die
Winner from Donna's post-Teresa Doyle- winner of the So Many Things to love stamp set
Winner from Penny's Sketch floral post- Darcy- winner of the Sketch Floral die