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06/29/2017

Thu 29

Fish Tales…Hooked on You
by Jean Okimoto

 

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"Hooked on you" - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - makes a great greeting for your favorite kid or sweetie.  Add a bunch of watercolored fish, the Heart Wire and a hook from the Ornament Caps and Hooks set - and your card is ready to go!

Valentine and Christmas dies don't need to wait for their own season - put them to work on a summer card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, wondering why I didn't think of this combination earlier.  

Paint watercolor paper with watery layers of Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks - or use the refills (dribbled onto acrylic blocks and applied with a waterbrush).  Spritz it with water, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-1/4" Square Basics die.

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Stamp the fish on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Paint them in solid colors first using Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber.  Add colorful accents by painting a few sections of each fish with a contrasting color.  The special inks will blend and create great new shades.  Diecut the fish.

Cut Heart Wire from watercolor paper, and again from turquoise cardstock.  Layer the two diecuts - slightly offset - to add dimension and a bit of a subtle shadow.  

Determine the placement of each fish and carefully trim parts of the hearts that won't be covered by the fish.  

Stamp and emboss the greeting on a scrap of light aqua watercolored paper.  Cut it with the 3/4" Square Basics Die.  Paint a scrap of watercolor paper pale green and cut it with the 1" Square Basics die.

Cut a hook from silver mirror cardstock using the Ornament Caps and Hooks die.  

 
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Insert the hook through the circle of the Heart Wire - then attach both pieces to the background.  Tape the top of the hook behind the background.  Attach the fishes, counter-clockwise - use foam dots for the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th fishes.  Add the greeting.

Attach it to a top-folded 5-1/2" square card of textured white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

There are so many ways to use the Fish Tales Stamp Set and the Fish Tales Die Set.  Combining them with Valentine and Christmas dies just gives us another option. Search through your Memory Box stash for inspiration - you'll be amazed at how many ways you can mix and match the great designs.

If you're loving the Distress Oxides as much as I am you'll be happy to know that Impress has already ordered the 12 new colors that will be released soon.  The Impress collection of Memory Box, Open Studio, Poppystamps - and Distress Oxides - is perfect for summer papercrafting!  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.

Jeansignature-3

 


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06/25/2017

Sun 25

Sketch Form Butterflies Along the Cubic Border
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Send a summer thank you with a trio of Sketch Form Butterfly diecuts. Re-purpose a favorite stamp and take advantage of the versatile Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterfly die sets...again!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with an easy watercolored design for a summer greeting.  

Press the dye inks from a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz the smoother side of a 6"square of watercolor paper with water and paint it with watery, overlapping layers of  the orange, yellow and green inks.  Heat-set the inks.  Press the paper with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp Sketch Form Butterfly with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder. Here's a quick tip -  pre-heat the back of the stamped paper for a few seconds - then quickly finish embossing the design from the right side.  This minimizes over-heating and scorching the stamped image and keeps it nice and glossy.

Cut three butterflies with two of the Butterfly Ensemble dies.  Cut black cardstock butterflies and attach them (offset)  behind the watercolored designs to add dimension and a subtle drop-shadow look along some areas.

Cut three butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock using the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  

Cut the front of a top-folded green A-2 card with Cubic Border.  Stamp the greeting from the new Thank You Sentiments clear stamp set with Onyx Black.  

Attach the butterflies and add gold gem stickers.  

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I love thinking of ways to get the most from my huge stash of Memory Box and Open Studio designs - and sharing these ideas with you.  The rustic, hand-drawn look of the Sketch Form Butterfly makes it one of my favorite stamps - hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/24/2017

Sat 24

Butterfly Spectacle for a Special Friend
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Special friends deserve special cards - and Butterfly Spectacle makes it easy to create a quick card to celebrate a great friendship.  Coordinating diecuts from Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies add the finishing touches.

Hi, Happy Summer...Jean Okimoto here with a quick weekend card.  I've gathered a few favorite go-to supplies for today's design.  Dies from Square Basics cut the watercolored background and trim around Butterfly Spectacle.  A die from Rectangle Basics cuts the greeting block.  The butterfly die sets create great options for layering, stenciling and inlaid designs in addition to basic diecutting.  

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Lightly spritz watercolor paper with water.  Paint it with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills to create a soft, watery background in shades to match some vellum from your stash.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock.  Trim around it with the 3-3/4" Square Basics die.  Cut the watercolor paper with the same die.  

Here's a tip - trim a sliver (about 1/16") from the edges of the watercolor paper.  This provides a little wiggle room when adhering the layers and keeps any colored edges from peeking out along the side.  

Cut orange, turquoise and pink vellum butterflies with dies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Cut the butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock with the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Attach the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Spectacle.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs set - on white cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  Trim it with a Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.   Add tiny gold gem stickers.

 

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Butterfly cards are great for any celebration  - or everyday greeting.  Gather your favorite colors, Memory Box and Open Studio dies and some sparkly accents and create a stash of summer-y cards and be ready for any occasion!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's Summer Bliss class at Impress!  Memory Box and Poppystamps designs, butterflies, flowers, pretty papers from Shizen  Design, Distress Oxides...what's not to like about those great supplies?  Thanks to Shari and Erin too, for filling our shopping baskets with everything to make more cards.

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool and have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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06/22/2017

Thu 22

You're my Anchor
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Ok...I will admit this card is beyond simple. But what an impact!!!! Talk about a 10 minute card. 

With Summer in the air and July just around the corner, how fun to create a lovey card for someone special with Red, White and Blue!

 

Here are the steps:

 

Start with a White card base. Trim White cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, then fold in half.

 

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Add a small strip of Red & White striped paper along the left side, color the right edge of card base with a Copic/Spectrum Noir marker (I used DR5 to match my stripes)

 

On a piece of White cardstock measuring 3 1/2 x 5.50 inches, stamp the sentiment from the Seal of Approval set in the bottom right corner using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Adhere this panel to card front.

 

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Die cut the anchor from the Seal of Approval set, color with same medium and coat with Glossy Accents. After it is dry, adhere anchor to card front with foam adhesive.

Take Navy Blue twine, make a loop and tuck under anchor, make a few loops and adhere to card front as shown.

 

It took longer to write this up than to make the card.....hehehe

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 


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06/19/2017

Mon 19

Spring Lilacs Tag
by Anne Thompson

I know it is almost officially summer, but I couldn't resist one last Spring Lilacs tag!  I've been revisiting my Distress Inks and reviewing techniques I learned years ago.  This tag features four stamps from the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL5199 and a Distress Ink Spritz & Flick technique.

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To make a tag like this, ink up a large manila tag with ink blending foam tools inked with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink.  Start from off the edge of the tag on a non-stick craft sheet or piece of  scrap paper larger than the tag, working inward with a circular motion.  Repeat until the entire surface of the tag is inked, adding layers on layers.  For the water mark effect, spritz water into your hand (I just poured some from a bottle into my palm) and flick it over the tag.  Let it sit for just a few seconds, maybe ten.  Then blot the tag with a paper towel to create a color-lifted effect.  (You may want to use a heat tool at this point if your tag is pretty wet and you don't want to wait for it to dry on its own.)

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Next stamp the large lilac bunch from the Spring Lilacs set using VersaMark Embossing Ink.  Sprinkle liberally with Opaque White Embossing Powder, tapping the back of the tag to release extra powder.  (I sometimes use a small paintbrush to remove any excess embossing powder that is close to the image.)  For this tag I stamped the image three times, adding embossing powder after each impression.  Then use your heat tool to set the embossing powder, turning it shiny white.

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I then stamped the sentiments--FOR A SPECIAL friend; EVERYTHING YOU DO IS SIMPLY amazing; and HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes--using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock.  I punched them out using two different sized punches, and then punched some additional circles from a nice green cardstock that coordinated with the ribbon I chose.  I layered the sentiments and placed them strategically to hide any imperfections in my embossing.  I'd been saving this piece of wired ribbon and it was perfect for this tag tied in a pretty bow. 

 

Happy Crafting!

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06/18/2017

Sun 18

Metallic Butterfly
by Penny Ward

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Hey there Memory Box fans. Nothing I like better on a card than a little bling. Using Matte Metallic cardstock and some Glitter cardstock makes putting a card like this together so very easy. I love how the tiny circles really let the Blue shine come through.

 

Let me walk you through this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches, then folded in half.

 

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Cut Teal cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches, Use a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen around the edges and across the top half of the panel. Adhere this panel to the card base.

Cut Matte Metallic Purple cardstock 4 x 5.25 inches. Die cut Bubble Burst along the length of the card as shown and adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut a Morning Garden Butterfly from Purple Glitter cardstock and another of the same butterfly from Teal cardstock.

I like to keep some of the tiny pieces intact on the butterflies by adding glue to the backside.

Inlay a few of the Teal pieces into the Glitter butterfly and adhere both butterflies to card front.

 

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Wishing You Sentiments set using VersaFine Imperial Purple and Clear powder on Vellum. Add the bottom sentiment with VersaMark ink and White powder.

 

Finish the card by adding a few sequins here and there.

 

Happy Crafting,

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06/17/2017

Sat 17

Whale Hello There
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have another card using the Whale Hello There stamp set from the spring release.  This set is so cute, and the sentiment I used today could be used for many occasions.

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To make this card, die cut the Sheer Circle Trimming die two times on a strip of Licorice cardstock and trim each side following the curve of the die cut.  Glue this to a white cardstock layer, which is then glued to another layer which has been inked with Abandoned Coral distress ink.  

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from watercolor paper and ink the circle using Twisted Citron distress ink.  Mist lightly with water to blend the ink.  Once the ink is dry stamp the waves using Mowed Lawn distress ink.  Adhere this to the card front along with a gray cardstock frame which was die cut using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames.  Spatter the card front using Abandoned Coral and Twisted Citron distress inks.IMG_3201

Stamp, color and die cut the large and small whale from the stamp set.  Adhere a piece of washi tape across the bottom of the circle on the card front.  Ink a strip of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral distress ink and stamp the sentiment in black.  Trim and glue this on top of the washi tape using foam tape.  

Using foam tape glue the whales onto the card front. To finish the card, adhere the card front to a white card base and add a few epoxy embellishments.

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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06/15/2017

Thu 15

Awesome Faux-Flamingos from Elegant Shorebirds
by Jean Okimoto

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Transform Elegant Shorebirds into glittery faux-flamingos on a quick summer card for a great grad or someone on your awesome list.  These beautiful multi-taskers are great cranes for an Asian card too!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, still playing with my Distress Oxides.  I have 10 of them - but these four colors create the perfect combination for our Spring and May Releases.  They are Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick.  I used a scrap of watercolor paper to blot some of the darker areas on a larger piece of spritzed,  smushed inks and ended up with this dreamy background.  

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Cut the watercolored paper with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Deep Lagoon VersaFine.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock and trim the edges a bit.  Cut a 1/2" base using the curved die included in the Pasture Grass set.  The curved border works alone too.  It's great for rolling hills, shorelines, curving country roads and snowdrifts - or when you just want a simple, wonky curved edge.  

Cut the birds from pink glittered cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-1/2" square white card - use a foam dot for the wings of the left bird.   Add pink and green gem stickers.  Yes - five gem stickers in two colors - she's living on the edge here!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on June 17th.  We're using our dies to make a medallion, a folded butterfly...and more faux-flamingos.  My Distress Oxides are packed and ready for class too!

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3
 

 

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06/12/2017

Mon 12

Chantilly Butterfly Three Ways
by Anne Thompson

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chantilly Butterfly dies: CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY 99777, CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY BACKGROUND 99783, and CHANTILLY BUTTERFLY COLLAGE 99781. And I particularly like these three dies used in combination with the LEAFY RING 99780! I have become so enamored of Dave's glitter technique using Scor-Tape sheets and glitter that I had to purchase more glitter last week!

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On this first card I began by die cutting the Leafy Ring into the front of a white notecard. I added a circle cut from olive green cardstock behind it. I then cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background twice, once from yellow cardstock and once from Scor-Tape. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly once from the same yellow cardstock. I carefully peeled off the Scor-Tape backing from the Chantilly Butterfly Background and aligned it with the Chantilly Butterfly, exposing tape in all the little butterfly segments that I then filled in with different glitters. Next I peeled off the other protective layer on the back of the glittered butterfly, placed the righthand wing adhesive side down onto the front of the notecard. Then I cut one half of the butterfly from the yellow cardstock Chantilly Butterfly background and adhered it on the left side of the butterfly, bending that wing up off the card front. I stamped "TODAY IS A beautiful day" from the BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209 in the center of the Leafy Ring with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I found some lime green gems in a variety of sizes and added some to the butterfly center and some on the notecard.

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The second card is similar only this time I used a circle die along with the Leafy Ring and cut them from purple cardstock at the same time and cut another circle from key lime distressed dots paper for underneath. I made the butterfly in the same manner, except I used purple cardstock on the back of the entire glittered butterfly and used glue dots in its center to secure it to the Leafy Ring so I could bend up its wings. I used another sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and pink gem stones to finish this one.

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The third card is just a little bit different. This time I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Collage into the front of a white notecard. I cut the Chantilly Butterfly Background from Scor-Tape, peeled off one layer of protective paper and adhered it behind the butterfly, exposing glue under the little parts of the wings so I could glitter it up. I cut another Chantilly Butterfly Background from white cardstock, peeled off the protective layer under the glitter, and stuck it on. Then I inset the Leafy Ring cut again from purple cardstock along with a circle die and with a key lime distressed dots circle underneath the opening made by the Chantilly Butterfly Collage. I used another piece of cardstock 4 X 5 1/4 on the inside of the notecard to secure everything in place. I added a sentiment from the Beautiful Day Sentiments set and gemstones in two shades of pink to finish the card.

These cards were so much fun to make!  I love this technique for adding glitter that stays where you put it.  You can watch Dave's video here: http://davebrethauer.typepad.com/outsidethebox/2017/03/glitter-inlay-technique.html

HAPPY CRAFTING!

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06/09/2017

Fri 09

Happy Birthday Wishes with Lilacs

Hello everyone!

It's kind of unusual for me to create a card using only one stamp set, with no dies or popping anything up with foam tape. It was my muse who said, "Go one-dimensional for a change!" There's really no limit to all the many ways this set can be used ... as you've seen from the beautiful cards already presented by my fellow design team members! And I love all the sentiments that come in the set, not to mention the matching set of dies.

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I decided to "hang" the lilac stamp for a little different look, although it would have worked just as well the other way. If you turn the card upside down, you'll see what I mean! I stamped it twice with Versamark ink onto purple card stock cut to 3.75" x 5.5", then embossed the images with white embossing powder. I added three more single flowers in the same way. Using diluted white acrylic paint, I colored in all of the flower petals. I applied Peeled Paint distress ink onto an acrylic block and picked up the ink with a wet paint brush to color the leaves and empty spaces.

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I inked the sentiment with Versamark ink and stamped it as shown, embossing it with white embossing powder. I then used the same diluted white paint to splatter the background. I finished the card by adding clear glitter to the flower centers. I adhered this piece to a piece of darker purple card stock, cut just slightly larger, then adhered that to an A2 white card base.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by today!

Sherrysig


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