22 posts categorized "2018 January Collection"

02/02/2018

Fri 02

Have a Heart, Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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The Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and the Have a Heart die set are more than just Valentine designs.  They're perfect throughout the year and will quickly become go-to products for many occasions.  Use them for friendship cards, thank-yous, showers, weddings, baby cards and anniversaries too.  

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with another Hearts Challenge inspiration card today.  February arrived so quickly - here's another way to use our heart-themed designs for Valentine and year-round greetings.

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Stamp the large Wirework Hearts image  on pale pink cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.8" x 3" Have a Heart die.  Cut a gray heart with the same die - it'll add dimension to the stamped heart.

Stamp and emboss the greeting on flamingo cardstock.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut flamingo cardstock with the 3.4"x3.7" Have a Heart die.

Attach  a 1" x 4-⅞" strip of pale pink cardstock to a top-folded 5-½" square gray card.  Attach strips of tape from the Sugar tape set - available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Have a few extra minutes?  Make a bunch of these cards in your favorite colors and have them ready when you need a special card.  Add a greeting later.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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01/31/2018

Wed 31

Wrapped Stitch Hearts, Happy Penguin and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today.  Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go!
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Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½"  Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper.  

Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black cardstock.  Color two eye dots on a scrap of orange cardstock with a black marker and attach it behind the white penguin.  Attach the additional black penguin behind the white, slightly lower for dimension.  

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut a glossy contrasting overlay for the head and flippers.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Smile Clear Stamp Set  - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Trim it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a white  A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Cut a bunch of red glittered hearts with the Dibble Heart Border die.  Attach one of the little hearts to the penguin.  Add black sequins.

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Need a more gal-ish design?  Just diecut some fuchsia, pink or peach Wrapped Stitch Hearts and add a garden print instead.  Finish it off with pastel or glittery gem stickers.  

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to make a Heart Gift Box at my Impress make and take last Saturday!  Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Love Is Sweet Valentine cards class too - and to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding those great dies and papers for all of our projects.  See you again at the CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class on February 10!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday too...

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01/29/2018

Mon 29

Sending my Llove
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a new week, hopefully including some card making!  I hope to inspire you with another cute Llama card.

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To make this card, start by die cutting the heart frame from white cardstock and glue this to a white cardstock layer that was cut the same size as the frame.  Tie a ribbon around the card layer and adhere this to a black card base.

Die cut the grass circle frame and a plain circle the same size for the background from white cardstock.  Sponge the plain circle with Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron Distress inks and mist with water to blend the inks.  Stamp, color and die cut the llama and glue that onto the inked circle.  Adhere the grass circle die cut on top of the circle and glue this to the card front using foam adhesive.  

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To finish the card, stamp the sentiment in the bottom right corner and embellish the card with pink pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

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01/27/2018

Sat 27

Stitched Circle Landscape, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames by Jean Okimoto

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There's a lot to love about the Happy Penguin, especially on a Valentine card!  The floating hearts of the Stitched Circle Landscape create a cool background with Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Spring print.  Thanks for the great papers Lawn Fawn!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Valentine idea for you.  It's just 2-½ weeks away - let's get started!

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Stitched Circle Heartscape can be used in so many ways - and it's great combined with the new Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames too.  I've used just the Heartscape's top inner portion with the Wrapped Stitch Circle Frame and inner circle.

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Cut the 3.6" Circle Frame from bright pink cardstock.  Attach the frame to a top-folded 5.5" square card.  Attach the inner circle - slightly offset and overlapping the right edge of the frame.

Cut the heart background section of Stitched Circle Landscape from the Perfectly Plaid Spring paper.  Attach it to the pink circle

Cut  Happy Penguin twice - from watercolor paper and black cardstock.  Use a marker to color two black "eye dots" on a scrap of orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the penguin.  Layer the additional black penguin behind the white penguin to add dimension.  

Cut the head and flippers section from black cardstock.  Or - as I did, from a piece of shiny black duct tape attached to a scrap of cardstock.  That gives him a glossy look - like he just emerged from a quick winter swim.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Cut Dibble Hearts Border from pink glittered cardstock.  Attach small hearts to the penguin and the background.  Accent the greeting with the bigger heart.

Add orange gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by this weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress if you're in the Seattle area today - it's their annual Valentine Open House and it begins at 10:00 AM.  Demos, make+takes, classes, samples and a day of creative inspiration!  Stop by for my Memory Box candy box make+take - and join us for another Love Is Sweet class at noon.

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01/26/2018

Fri 26

Double Stitched Hearts
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! Today I got a little bit messy with my card but it's filled with love. Let's get started!

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For my messy background I used three colors of the Distress Oxide Inks in different pinks. I started with my lightest color and pressed some ink into my non-stick craft mat and then sprayed it with some water. I took a piece of water color paper and then pressed it into the wet ink a few times. I used a heat tool to dry the first layer before adding more ink. I kept layering the different colors and drying them in between until I got a background that I liked. I was actually able to do two backgrounds at the same time with this technique.

I took some gold water color paint and added a few splatters to complete my messy background.
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I die cut three of the Double Stitched Hearts in a bright pink paper. To make them sparkle I covered them with glitter using my clear Wink of Stella brush pen. To complete the card I placed a piece of gold stripe washi tape along the left side of my background and then glued it to a pink card. I used foam tape to glue the three hearts down and I added just a little more sparkle with some clear gems.

Have you made a messy background like this yet? It's so much fun!
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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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01/24/2018

Wed 24

Rolling Wave Collage, Sweet Seal and Heart Rays by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the new Rolling Wave Collage and Sweet Seal for a simple Valentine design.  Add a trio of glittery hearts with the Heart Rays die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here today - with a quick project for Valentines of any age.

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Cut a Pool Notecard with the Rolling Wave Collage.  Stamp the greeting from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set  with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Memory Box Notecards - with their crisp white interiors - create the ideal background contrast our the collage dies.  Try re-folding the card with the white side out for an entirely different look.  

Cut Sweet Seal twice from gray cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the cutouts for his face.  Attach the seal over the waves.  Attach the second seal behind the waves to create a nice finished look on the interior of the card.

Diecut Heart Rays from red glittered cardstock.  Attach the large heart on the card front.  Attach two smaller hearts inside the card.  You'll have just enough space to write or stamp a sweet message inside the card.  No pressure to write a long loveletter!

Memory Box Collage Dies are great when you want a quick card with a detailed look.  Less is definitely more here - less time, more impact.

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Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!   Hope you liked the techniques, cards and candy box.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill shopping baskets with the perfect dies, papers and inks for their Valentine projects.  

If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday January 27th for the Impress Valentine Event.  Special displays, samples and demos.  Stop by for some great inspiration - I'll show you how to make and decorate a heart candy box for your sweeties.  I've also added another LOVE IS SWEET class that day - from 12:00 to 1:45.  We're making 5 Valentine cards and a special candy card too.

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow, and on Saturday.

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01/20/2018

Sat 20

Happy Valentine's Day!
by Melissa Rusk

Hello Friends! Love is in the air, so today have a simple card perfect for your favorite Valentine!

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For my card I used the Heart Rays Die and just cut it onto my card base. Then I glued a piece of red paper behind the die cut to make those hearts pop. I covered each of the hearts with my Clear Wink of Stella pen to make them sparkle.

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I cut the Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day out of a pink paper and also colored that with my Clear Wink of Stella pen to add even more sparkle. I finished off the card with some clear gems. An easy and cute card perfect for your favorite Valentine.

Have a wonderful day!
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01/17/2018

Wed 17

Shrink Plastic Wireworks Heart with Colored Pencils
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I am playing with some shrink plastic today and wanted to share a few tips for using this fun medium. I've been itching to color something with pencils lately and remembered how much fun it is to see colored pencil get really intense when it shrinks down.

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It really is magical when you see how small a shrink plastic piece becomes after it has been heated - the stamped lines become crisp (and tiny!) and all of that color becomes really solid and vibrant.

 

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If you haven't used shrink plastic before that's ok - it is easy to work with. The only hiccup that I have ever had is when shrinking it, occasionally it will stick to itself (watch the video for a tip on how to correct this). Otherwise, it is easy to do and the results are fun. 

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After scratching up the shrink plastic with sandpaper (you need to roughen the shiny surface of the shrink plastic in order for the colored pencil to stick) you will stamp the plastic with a permanent ink (I used Brilliance Graphite Black and made sure to let it dry before coloring). I used the heart from the Wireworks Heart Clear Stamp set - it is FULL of lots of little areas for adding color.

Once your ink is dry, you can color away! I used Prismacolor pencils - but any soft, wax based pencil will work. The best part? Shrink plastic is very forgiving! You do want to stay inside the lines - but if you miss covering an area completely, chances are that it won't matter because once the piece has shrunk down, the color tends to fill itself in a bit! 

You can see on the heart above that there are some areas of color that are a little uneven - but don't worry, that will all go away.

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Here's a closeup of the heart after shrinking it down - the color gets really dense! Any imperfections become so tiny that they aren't noticeable.

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You can use these shrink art pieces a number of ways - as charms, buttons, or embellishments - I used them as art pieces on my greeting cards today. I stamped the sentiment from the Wireworks Heart Set and die cut the edge with the Poppystamps 1847 Dotted Border.

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All of the little dots from the border add some activity to this simple card - I didn't want to have too much going on, there is plenty happening on the heart as it is!

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I colored another heart - this time with shades that were a little closer to one another. I chose reds, pinks and oranges for a tighter color scheme, to see how that would look.

Here I took a picture of it before I started the shrinking process - and I stamped the "just because" on there so you could see how large the heart was to begin with.

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And here it is after shrinking! I added Glossy Accents to the heart after shrinking - it makes it look like enamel! Again, those colors get really intense and seem to be bursting with vibrancy.

The 1997 Double Stitch Circle Frame makes a simple frame around the heart - my aim was to keep the focus on the heart piece.

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I added a thick layer of Glossy Accents over the piece and the cool thing is that it levels itself and then naturally bevels at the sides. It is important to make sure that your piece is really flat after shrinking - I have tips in the video for making sure this happens!

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It was now time to switch things up. I had been using white shrink plastic in the beginning - but decided that I wanted to try out the same project on black shrink plastic.

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The prep is the same - but you will get a much different look with the black shrink plastic. The color intensifies once you have completed the shrinking process - but without the white base, the colors do not get quite as bright. This is just a different look - still quite beautiful as you will see.

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Probably the biggest challenge here is coloring inside the lines! It is a little difficult to find the boundaries of the stamped image on the black shrink plastic - so you can see where some areas touch other areas when the heart is smaller.

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I added the heart as an embellishment to the 30116 Wrapped Stitch Hearts and glued the Poppystamps 1825 Big Luxe Love to the side for a simple collage.

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I was really intrigued with the black shrink plastic after that first project. The black shrink plastic yielded a more distressed look - the colored pencil strokes showed up a bit more and because I was coloring outside the lines a bit, the areas of color were pressing against each other after shrinking.

I decided to try a different color scheme - this time with blues and purples - and also to try and stay inside the lines!

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And I got another fun result! I wanted to make a little "scene" with this piece so I used the Poppystamps 2011 Little Hummingbirds on either side and framed the heart with the Poppystamps 2000 Double Stitch Square.

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These are truly art pieces - your card recipient may wonder how in the world you got all of that tiny coloring into those little spaces!

Thanks for checking things out today - now, go make something amazing!

 

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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