27 posts categorized "2018 January Collection"


Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.


Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with waterinks.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.


The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!







Thu 15

Bee Yourself
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you featuring some new products from the Memory Box Spring 2018 release.


To create this card I die cut the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame in the center of white cardstock.  Next I die cut the Sweet Honeybee and Forget Me Not Blooms from watercolor paper and painted them.  I also painted a piece of watercolor paper to place behind the die cut honeycomb circle.


I spattered the white cardstock layer, that the honeycomb was die cut from, with black paint and glued the yellow watercolored piece behind the circle.  I then glued the honeycomb circle frame into the die cut circle and glued this to a lilac cardstock layer.  Using foam tape I adhered this to a white card base. 

 I glued the flower stem to the card and then adhered the bee and flowers using foam adhesive.  To finish I glued pearls to the flower centers to add some dimension.

The sentiment I stamped with black ink in the bottom right hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Wed 07

New Butterfly Parade with Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Butterfly Parade - layered and glittered - is too beautiful to save for a summer card.  It's delicate and detailed - and a perfect fit for  a die from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Add the center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set and you have a card for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another March Green Challenge inspiration card today. 


Cut Butterfly Parade from white cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut three of the matching butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble die set.  Attach the butterflies - slightly offset and adhesive-side-up behind the Butterfly Parade.  

Brush glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive on the butterflies.  I've used Sugar Plum, Sour Apple and Wintermint from the Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent set.  

Attach the diecut to a 1-¼" x 4-¾" strip of textured pale green cardstock.  

Cut the butterfly centers from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set from gold glittered cardstock and attach them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on a green A-6 card with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.  

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add purple gem stickers.


Butterfly Parade would be beautiful layered over one of your watercolored backgrounds.  Or dry-emboss it for a elegant, textured tonal look...and a super-quick card when you need something in a hurry.  Add it to your special collection of Memory Box butterflies and it'll soon become a favorite go-to design.

Thanks for visiting.  See you next week - or at Impress for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class on Saturday!







Tue 06

Singing Birds, Half a Dozen Eggs and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


 The new Singing Birds - diecut from bright wool-blend felt - are more than ready for Spring.  Aren't we all?  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Easter idea - and another design featuring the pretty screen-printed handmade papers and felt in our stash.  A branch from the Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies set is the perfect, sturdy perch for the colorful birds.


Cut a pretty spring print with the 2-½" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I've used Shizen Design  screen-printed handmade  paper from Birch Press.  It's made of recycled cotton fabric scraps sourced from t-shirt factories in India.  

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pink, fuchsia and turquoise wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut three of the Singing Birds.  

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge Dies from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded natural A-2 card with the new VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Dry the ink, attach the diecuts to the card, and add pale turquoise gem stickers. 

Singing Birds is another great set for all seasons.  Imagine this design with a floral heart, circle or oval for the summer.  Shiny black birds would create a spooky Halloween card.  Red glittered or velvet birds on snowy branches would be beautiful for winter cards.  Hope the Singing Birds set is already in your Memory Box collection, or on your wishlist!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS  class at Impress on March 10th.  We'll make 5 cards and a little candy wrapper for Easter chocolates.  Pretty colors, the promise of warmer weather, flowers - and dark chocolate in cute wrappers  - so many reasons why Easter is my favorite holiday!  What's yours?

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.







Wed 28

Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Poppy Stitched Circle Frame celebrates friendship - and the approach of spring - in fresh  greens and purples.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card for a special friend.  


Cut Poppy Stitched Circle Frame from green cardstock.  Cut a yellow-green background circle with a Circle Basics die - then cut the background into concentric circles.  

Press a Kaleidacolor Riviera inkpad onto an acrylic block to create a palette of inks.  Paint watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green, teal and purple.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut the poppy section and the additional layer - from the watercolored paper. Attach the watercolored poppy over the green poppy.  Attach a scrap of cardstock behind the poppy, then attach it to the background.  The piece of cardstock gives the poppy a bit of dimension without the thickness of a foam dot.

Cut Little Dragonflies from the watercolored paper.

Stamp a top-folded white A-2 card with the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - using the new VersaFine Warm Breeze inkpad.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add silver gem stickers.


Memory Box frame diecuts look great over contrasting or matching backgrounds.  They also  create quick and easy cards when layered directly over a contrasting card front.  Mix and match them with one of the "Basics" dies for a collage-y look with minimal effort.  Suspend them on a window card for an interactive greeting.  There are so many ways to use these great designs!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you're enjoying our Asian classes - and the origami!    Special thanks also to Ann and Erin for helping everyone find the perfect stamps, inks and papers for their Spring and Easter projects.

No classes for me this weekend. It's time to  start prepping for the March 10 SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress.  We'll make 5 cards and a sweet little Easter candy holder - pretty colors, glitter and nature-inspired cards to welcome the new season! 

Thanks for stopping by...









Fri 23

Floral Butterfly Birthday
by Sharon Harnist

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Happy Saturday, crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a birthday card made for my dear, sweet husband's aunt who turned 94 years young this week!  It came together quickly and easily, by using these fabulous dies:  Fresh Picked Flowers, Primavera Butterfly, Adora Butterfly, Sentimental Happy Birthday.

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I started by die cutting the solid Primavera Butterfly from white cardstock, then the Adora Butterfly die cut from gold metallic cardstock and placed on top.  I love that this gives the look of gold metallic embossing, but a lot easier and less mess!  The butterfly was mounted to a kraft card base with foam tape on the top right wing, to give it some dimension.  The beautiful Fresh Picked Flowers die was cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copic markers G20, G21, and R20.  It was also mounted to the card using foam tape behind the leaves and glue dots behind the flower centers, to create more dimension.  The flower that was originally behind the butterfly was cut off the stem and added with foam tape to the top of the lower right flower.

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Finally, the pretty Sentimental Happy Birthday was die cut from gold metallic and white cardstocks then layered together, offset, to create a shadow effect.  To finish the card, clear sequins were scattered on the background and white Nuvo drops added to the flower centers.

Thanks for checking in today . . . I hope you enjoy your weekend!




Fri 23

Painted Flower Stems
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! It has been so gloomy and rainy here all week that I needed some bright sunshine. I decided to make it myself with the colors on my card today. I don't know about you but I am ready for Spring!


 started with my pretty yellow card and some of the plaid paper from Lawn Fawn in a bright blue. Then I die cut the Painted Flower Stems in white and glued all of the layers to the card.



Then I die cut the Sentimental Happy Birthday in a navy paper and glued it to a piece of vellum before adding it to my card. I finished it off with some gems in the center of the flowers. This card is sure to brighten anyones day!






Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto


It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.


Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.


Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...







Sat 17

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


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?  


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.


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.


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...






Thu 15

Happy Day
by Sharon Harnist

Valentine's Day may be over for the year, but that doesn't mean you must put away your "Valentine" stamps and dies!  They can be great for weddings, anniversaries, or just an everyday "Wishing you a very happy day" card!

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For this card, I used the Wirework Hearts clear stamp set and coordinating Wirework Hearts die set, along with the Heart Rays die:

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I simply gold heat embossed the beautiful large wirework heart onto 110 Lb. white cardstock, and die cut it.  I prefer heavier cardstock when heat embossing, to cut down on any possible warping of the cardstock.  Then I popped the heart up with foam tape over a 5.25" x 4" white cardstock panel that had the Heart Rays die cut into it and sentiment also gold heat embossed.  The background panel was placed onto a gold metallic card base -- I love how the base peeks through the tiny die cut hearts!

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I really like the simple elegance of this monochromatic gold metallic color scheme, but you could easily change up the colors of the cardstock and/or heat embossing (or stamp in a colored ink), to greatly change the feel of this card!  What colors would you use?  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

- Sharonsig