32 posts categorized "2017 Winter Collection"

02/17/2018

Sat 17

Make a Snow Bunny Panda - with Bamboo Poles and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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Bamboo Poles, Little Dragonflies - and a Snow Bunny transformed into a panda?  Why not?  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with another outside-the-box idea for you today.

The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die set creates more than bunnies...remember our puppy?  

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That required a bit of imagination - but the pieces were repurposed into a friendly little pup.  Today's panda was more challenging (those eyes!) - the Clutch of Eggs die and a screw punch were perfect for that sweet, droopy expression.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the face, muzzle, midsection and two noses (for the paws) from the felt.

Cut two 1" circles of black cardstock with the Circle Basics die for the ears.  Cut the body section, nose and paws from black cardstock. 

Cut two big eggs from the Clutch of Eggs set from black cardstock.  Punch eye circles with a screw punch.

Assemble the panda.  Smile.  Trim it to about 3-⅜" tall.  

Cut Bamboo Poles from green cardstock.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut two Little Dragonflies from Shizen Design gold glitter paper.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of textured green cardstock.

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Hope you enjoyed creating a panda - and finding more ways to use your Memory Box dies!  Pandas are my second-favorite animal, after dogs.  We have two cocker spaniels - but no pandas.

Enjoy the long weekend if you have a holiday on Presidents Day.  If you're in the Seattle area and need a few birthday card ideas -  join us for another CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on February 19th.  Six colorful cards that may seem complicated - but are super-easy and quick.  

Thanks for stopping by...

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01/25/2018

Thu 25

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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Create a Valentine Tree with the Swooping Branches Deep Edge dies - then add a smiling owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies.  It's all about getting the most from your collection of Memory Box dies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another colorful Valentine design to brighten your winter day.

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Cut the the branch and leaves from dark kraft and red cardstock and construct a simple tree.

Cut the Feathered Friends owl from screen printed paper - I've used a colorful striped pattern from Shizen Design.  Impress can order it for you - it's #HP1156.  Cut another owl from dark gray cardstock and attach it - slightly offset - behind the striped owl for dimension and a sliver of a shadow. 

Cut the face from natural cardstock.  Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pale peach and red felt and diecut the rosy cheeks and wing.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking thru.

Color a section of orange cardstock with a black marker for the eyes.  Cut the eyes and orange beak.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of recycled natural cardstock.  

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Add some pretty accents from Birch Press Design -  pale peach sequins from the Grandma's Roses assortment and a bit of washi tape from the Sugar Tape set.  Birch Press Design is an upscale online shop featuring craft supplies, cards, kitchen and home products.  It's owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Hope the deep edge dies have earned a place in your collection - and that we've inspired you to mix and match prints, papers and fabrics on unique cards for any occasion.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Impress Valentine Open House on Saturday January 27th.  I'll be doing a Memory Box Heart Candy Box make and take from 10-11:30.  We've added another LOVE IS SWEET class that day too - from 12-1:45.  

Thanks for visiting - see you on Saturday!

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01/16/2018

Tue 16

Snow Bunny, Sentimental Happy Valentine’s Day and Dibble Heart Border by Jean Okimoto

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Snow Bunny - from the Deep Edge Dies Collection - gets ready for February 14th with the new Sentimental Valentine's Day greeting and some hearts from the new Dibble Heart Border.  Together they create a sweet greeting for a special child or grandchild - or anyone who likes to smile.

 Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another design featuring Valentine dies from our latest release.  Here's the same bunny that appeared as a puppy a few weeks ago - and he'll definitely be back for Easter!  

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Diecut Snow Bunny from natural cardstock.  Cut the accent pieces from printed paper, felt (rosy cheeks and tail) and cardstock (eyes and nose).  Add a sparkly red glittered cardstock heart cut with the Dibble Heart Border.  Assemble and trim the bunny so it fits on a 5-½" square card of kraft cardstock.

Attach Scor-tape behind red cardstock and cut Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day - save the apostrophe for "valentine's."  There's also a tiny dot over the "i" - but I used a glittered dot from the Dibble Dot Border for extra sparkle.  OK - confessing -it's because I lost the greeting's original dot somewhere between my Platinum machine and the card.

Gently flex the words into wonky curves and attach them to the card.  Add tiny glittered hearts from the Dibble Dot Border.

Square cards take extra postage - but this bunny is sure to make someone smile!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards and candy tote - and were inspired to try color and paper combinations of your own too.  Extra thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding all of the supplies we needed and filling those shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class on January 20th.  Create 6 cards featuring the latest release - and some classic favorites from my stash.  You know how much I  love combining products and finding new ways to use "old" dies.  I think you'll love the pretty papers, glittery accents and designs I've selected to take advantage of all of the great products Dave's designed for us.  

We've added a second LOVE IS SWEET class.  It's on the last weekend in January - details are coming soon.  Hope you can join us then if you missed the first class a few weeks ago.  We're making 6 cards, including a candy card.  Lots of glitter, pretty papers and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments during last week's Blog Blitz.  See you again next week!

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01/06/2018

Sat 06

Just a Note
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Weekend friends! It's super cold here so I am trying to find any way I can to make these winter days seem a little bit brighter. For my card today I used as many happy colors as I could find!

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For the background of my card I used thin strips of card stock in different colors and some silver glitter paper. I used a sheet of glue and placed it on the card front, that made it super easy to just glue down all of my paper strips.

Then I used the Wrapped Circles die and the Starlight Snowflake Collage die and glued that to the front of the card.


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I stamped the just a note from the Sentimental Iris stamp set and added a little bit of clear Wink of Stella over it. I finished the card off with a few gems.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! 
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01/04/2018

Thu 04

New Distressed Heart Collage, Dibble Heart Border and Have a Heart by Jean Okimoto

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The new Distressed Heart Collage, Dibble Heart Border and Have a Heart create a bold background for the happy owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a Spring 2018 Release preview Valentine card for you today.

The Distressed Heart Collage set of four cool/vintage/bold/edgy designs  creates great backgrounds - and little heart cutouts in a array of versatile sizes.  They make sweet DIY accents from glittered cardstock, mirror cardstock, felt and vellum.  This set will definitely earn a place in your stash.

Cut the Distressed Heart Collage from black cardstock.  It's not torn along the edges - that's what it's supposed to look like - I promise!  Cut gold glittered cardstock with the same Distressed Heart Collage die.  Save the outlines for another project - it's too pretty to toss.  Use three - or as many as you wish - of the sparkly heart cutouts here.

Cut the red cardstock heart with a Have a Heart die.  

Cut the Feathered Friends owl from printed paper - like this cool screenprint from Shizen Design.  Cut another owl from black cardstock to layer for dimension and bit of a shadow effect along the right and bottom edges.

Cut the face from textured natural cardstock. Cut the wing from gold glittered cardstock.

Here's an improvement of technique I shared earlier.  Stick two layers of orange cardstock together with doublestick tape to add dimension to the little pieces. The deep edge dies are great for cutting through multiple layers.  Scribble a portion of it with a black Sharpie.  Position the eyes+beak die on the cardstock so it cuts the black section just for the eyes - and the orange section for the beak.  That's a lot easier than cutting the pieces from black and orange cardstock.  It's also beats trying to color the tiny eye circles with a black marker (like I did earlier).   Live and learn!

Cut red glittered cardstock with Dibble Heart Border for that little heart on the owl.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 card (4-⅝" x 6-¼") of kraft cardstock.  No need to add sequins or gems - it's already blinged!

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Hope you're enjoying this week's  preview of our Spring 2018 Release.  Hearts, borders, flowers, butterflies, bunnies, sea creatures, collages, greetings, clear stamp sets and matching dies - it's everything you'll need for Valentines, holiday gift thank-yous and spring cards.  Be sure your favorite retailer has placed their order - I know Impress has!  View them here.  I saw Jeannie busy receiving and stocking them  - and Becca was packing some for online orders too.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the first class of 2018 at Impress this Saturday.  We're starting off with LOVE IS SWEET - 6 Valentine cards featuring the new release.  Can't wait to see everyone again this weekend!

Thanks for visiting...

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12/31/2017

Sun 31

Snowflake
by Penny Ward

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Happy New Years Eve!!!! 

Penny here with a very simple yet stylish Thank You card. With Christmas behind us for another year, it is time to write Thank You cards to friends, family and coworkers. This creation of mine really stands out using only White and Kraft cardstocks. Do parents still teach their children to write Thank You notes? My kids are in their late 20's and I taught them long before I started making cards. You can't hold a tweet or Facebook post in your hand, or slip it into a shoe box to bring out later to admire. 

I do love sending real cards because I like receiving them also. How about You?

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Round the corners.

 

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Cut a piece of Kraft cardstock 3.75 x 5 inches, round the corners and ink the edges with Distress Oxide Vintage Photo. Adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut Chancery Snowflake Outline with White cardstock and die cut Chancery Snowflake with White Glitter cardstock. Adhere together, then to the center of the card front.

Stamp and heat emboss greeting from the Sentimental Iris stamp set.

Add Natural Jute as shown.

 

Pretty Easy Peasy Mr. Sneezy!!!!

 

Hope you have the most wonderful and crafty 2018,

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12/30/2017

Sat 30

Snow Bunny Becomes a Friendly Puppy On Stitched Curves by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Deep Edge Snow Bunny die set creates a sweet bunny and - with a bit of creativity - a friendly little puppy too!  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here, on the last weekend of a very busy year.  I love using Memory Box dies in unique ways - and this may be an extreme makeover - but I think he looks quite spiffy.  Hope you agree!

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Cut the head and midsection from kraft cardstock.  Cut three paws from dark kraft cardstock - one will be his mouth.

Cut his arms from dark kraft cardstock - they'll be his back paws.  Hind paws?

Cut two midsections from printed paper and fold them to form floppy ears.  I've used this great print from Shizen Designs - Impress can order it for you.  It's item #HP1172.  Love how the lines converge and curve to add dimension.

Cut the body and the angled scarf section from printed paper.  The scarf section will be a tail.

Cut the straight scarf section from red felt attached to adhesive label paper for stability.  That's his collar!

Cut eyes and a nose from black cardstock.  Cut the nose from pink cardstock for a tongue.

Assemble the bunny-turned-into-a-puppy.  Use foam dots for the ears and head

Cut two layers of Stitched Curves from textured natural cardstock.  Glue them together, then trim them with the long edge of the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Borders a bit shorter than the card create neat edges that don't look bulky.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - on a 5-½" square card of textured natural cardstock with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink and attach the pup.  Add a red glittered heart sticker and gold gem stickers.

Square and thick cards require extra postage - but I think this little guy and his kind message will brighten someone's day.  

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Thanks very much for visiting our blog, for liking us on Facebook - and for all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year!  We have a huge collection of new designs coming next week and can't wait to share our ideas and designs with you.

I look forward to sharing more ideas with you here and in classes in 2018.  Here's a preview of my classes at Impress - hope to see you soon!

    Winter and Early Spring Classes at Impress in Tukwila, Washington - Phone 206 901.9101

                Love is Sweet - January 6

                So Many Hearts - January 13

                NEW from Memory Box - January 20

                Cakes, Candles and Birthday Wishes - February 10 and 19 (Presidents Day)

                Simply Asian - February 24

                Springtime Greetings - March 10

                Paper and InKollage - March 24

Hope you'll be back for Penny's great project tomorrow.  

Wishing you a safe and very Happy New Year!

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12/23/2017

Sat 23

Merry, Light and Bright…Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Starlight Snowflake Collage and Piccolo Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Tisdale Snowflake Collage and Starlight Snowflake Collage dies are perfect for super-fast projects on this eve of Christmas eve.  Simple vellum candle sleeves take just a few minutes and add another reason to have these beautiful contemporary dies in your personal Memory Box Collection.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight with a quick project for your dining table, mantle or windowsill.  

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Cut a sheet of white vellum sized to fit around big and little battery-operated candles with a ½" overlap.  Diecut the large piece three times with the Tisdale Snowflake Collage placed slightly diagonally.  Cut the three  uncut areas with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candle.

Oops...you'll probably notice that the curvature of the candle pushes the center portion of one of the large Tisdale snowflakes out like little spikes.  Attach Scor-Tape behind a scrap of white vellum and cut the smallest Piccolo Snowflake three times.   Carefully attach these self-adhesive Piccolo snowflakes over the center of the defiant Tisdale snowflake points to secure the little pieces.  They're the center top and bottom snowflakes in the picture above.  The delicate Piccolo snowflake not only controls the little pokies - it also adds a bit of dimension to the collage.

Cut the small strips of vellum with the Starlight Snowflake Collage.  Wrap the vellum around the candles.

That's it...done!

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Thanks very much for stopping by on this busy weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress during the holidays to complete your collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  They're making room for our January Release too - so it's a good time to shop for some of the current designs on your wishlist before they go away!

Please join us again for Penny's Christmas Eve project tomorrow.

Merry, Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating on Monday!

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Sat 23

2017 Holiday Look Book

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Looking for a bit of just-in-time inspiration?  Here's our 2017 Holiday Look Book of designs for ornaments, gifts, sewing and cards.  Enjoy!

 

12/19/2017

Tue 19

Faux Letterpress Merry Christmas
by Anne Thompson

I needed just a few more Christmas cards and I wanted a bit of a challenge, so I looked online for techniques I hadn't tried.  This faux letterpress technique was featured on a Jennifer McGuire video.  It is similar to inking up an embossing folder to get a colored impression.  The difference is that you layer up two or three die cuts and add a bottom layer of the same design cut from vellum.  Then you ink up the vellum, place the stacked images on watercolor paper, and run it through your die cut machine using the embossing stack of plates.  The process leaves the inked words deeply etched in the watercolor paper.  This was my first attempt:

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I used the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS die 99804.  I cut it three times from thin white cardstock and once from vellum.  I stacked up the images right side up using a glue pen with the vellum layer on the bottom.  I inked up the vellum with Lady Bug Memento dye ink.  (Everything I read about this technique suggested that dye ink is the best for this purpose.)  I carefully placed the words ink side down on a piece of watercolor paper and set up my die cut machine plates for embossing.  After running this through the machine, I peeled off the die cut stack revealing the words pressed into the paper.  I trimmed it a bit smaller than the notecard and added strips of washi tape before adhering it to the notecard.  I added a red gem to dot the "i".

I re-inked the words using Ancient Page Aegean Blue dye ink for a second card.  (The word stack is reusable.  I made two more cards after these two and the stack is still good to use more times.)

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I was curious to see how this technique would work with other images.  I used the DECORATIVE POINSETTIA TRIMMING die 99865 (two layers of cardstock with one vellum layer) with Festive Berries Distress Ink.

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And then--TALL PINE die 99848 and Distress Evergreen Bough ink.  

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 Because these images were more detailed, and they tore when removing them, I wasn't able to get multiple impressions from each stack.  I think that if I lightly misted the paper with water I might get a different result with a deeper, smoother, and inkier image with less stress on the paper.  Think you might try this technique?  I'm already thinking ahead to valentines and hearts...

Happy Crafting!

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