119 posts categorized "2018 Spring Collection"

07/20/2018

Fri 20

Floating Swan
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday everyone! Today I have a fun card using the Floating Swan die to share.

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or they background I had some fun with liquid watercolors. I used a sheet of photo paper and placed a few drops of two different blue liquid water colors. Then I sprayed the paper with water and watched the colors move on the paper. I added a gold shimmer spray on top to make it sparkle. Once everything was dry I die cut the Floating Swan in order to get the ripples on the water I created.

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Then I die cut the swan in a white paper and used some Copic markers to color it in. I glued it all to a dark blue card and then added some sequins to finish it all off. 

If you have some liquid watercolors give them a try on photo paper, super fun way to use them!
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07/15/2018

Sun 15

Beach Birds
by Penny Ward

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Hello friends. Penny here today with my creation of Beach Birds. OK...so the Swan doesn't really fit in....but that is the beauty of art. You can make whatever you want. :)

Are you playing along in this months challenge?  The theme is Beach/Surf. Create something wonderful and link to our challenge HERE. Someone has to win those beautiful prizes, it might just be you!

 

Let's do this card:

 

Start with a base of White cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Slide the edges along a Delicata Copper ink pad.

Cut another panel of White cardstock just a bit smaller. Treat the edges the same way and adhere to base.

 

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Die cut Radiant Frame and use as a stencil, spraying the card front using an eBrush and light yellow marker.

Die cut Wave Ribbon Collage and Garland Greenery from Olive cardstock. Die cut Seaweed Ribbons from Sage cardstock. Die cut Elegant Shorebirds and Floating Swan from White cardstock.

Now all you have to do is assemble as shown in my example.

 

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For the sentiment, die cut the Thanks Jotted Script sentiment and the shadow from White cardstock. Adhere together, then to card front.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and don't forget about our monthly challenge.

 

Happy Crafting,

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07/12/2018

Thu 12

Big Butterfly Wing, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Kaleidacolors by Jean Okimoto

 

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Big Butterfly Wing and Kaleidacolor inkpads make it easy to design simple summer cards for any occasion.  Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create the perfect frame to balance the bold butterfly without competing for attention.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card for you.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing.

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Keep the inks separated and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor.  Lift and roll the brayer towards you 10 to 15 times to ink the entire roller. Brayer the inks onto the rougher side of  watercolor paper - roll the brayer back and forth several times to transfer all of the ink to the watercolor paper.

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Use a waterbrush to move the colors around and blend them a bit.  Extend the top and bottom colors to fit the height of the butterfly diecut.  Add a light spritz of water to create a few random light and dark areas.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool.  Alternately heating both sides of the watercolor paper reduces curling.  

Trim the watercolor paper using the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the body/antennae section from gold glittered cardstock or heavy paper.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of yellow cardstock.    Add green gem stickers.

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Butterflies are great with watercolors - the Big Butterfly Wing takes full advantage of them.    Kaleidacolor dye inks range from soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones.  They work like liquid watercolors and their great color combinations eliminate the guesswork of picking colors.   Brayer them directly onto the paper as we did here - or press them onto a large stamp block for a palette of five perfectly coordinated inks.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another BUTTERFLIES AND BLOSSOMS class at Impress on the 14th.  Mix, match and layer great artpapers, felt, sequins and industrial tape on bright summer cards for birthdays, thank-yous and just to say "hello."  We'll use Big Butterfly Wing and Flitter Side Butterfly -  and the best-selling Poppystamps Plumed Peacock, with matching flowers.

Thanks for visiting - we're just one day away from the weekend!

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07/10/2018

Tue 10

Thanks Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Are you enjoying the new release products. They are fun to create with. I especially love all the Script words :) It's hot and sunny here and I see butterflies fluttering by in my garden, so now you know my inspiration :)

I really like the look and size of the "Flitter Side Butterfly", which I combined with the "Drifting Side Butterfly" from the previous release. I decided to use patterned paper to give some color to this card. So it's perfect for someone who has no time for coloring!!

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I started with a white cardbase. I then cut a mat layer using watercolor paper. I then dabbed blue distress ink onto my craft mat and using a flat brush, painted some watercolor lines.

I then die-cut a vellum circle.

Now I die-cut the solid part of the butterflies and the thin Thanks word script using patterned paper. 

I then cut the delicate top part of the butterflies and emboss them using two colors of glitter embossing powders for some added interest.

Now, I adhered these to the solid die-cut. 

I die-cut the Thanks solid word using white cardstock and adhered the thin script over it. Assemble the card as per the photo.

 

Here is a close up.

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 To finish, I adhered some sequins (Fairy Sparkle, Mermaid Tail) from Poppy Stamps.

Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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07/09/2018

Mon 09

Wave Ribbon Collage as Not Waves
by Anne Thompson

Since my cards on June 18th,  I've been experimenting with ways to use the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE die 94005 as not waves.  Here's what I came up with first.

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 I started with Lemongrass notecards, Violet Dot paper, and black cardstock.  

These are the dies I used.

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  • I cut the WAVE RIBBON COLLAGE 94005 in the front of each Lemongrass notecard, one card horizontally and the other vertically.
  • I glued down a piece of Violet Dot paper 4 X 5 1/4 to the inside right panel of each notecard.
  • I die cut the FORGET ME NOT BLOOMS 99997 multiple times--the stems from black cardstock and the blossoms from the Violet Dot paper.
  • I die cut the FLITTER SIDE BUTTERFLY 94002--the solid body twice from Violet Dot paper and the more detailed butterfly outline twice from black cardstock.
  • For the card on the left, I used the horizontal wave cut and added two Forget Me Not stems and Violet Dot blossoms, popping up one of the blossoms and adding white pearls to the blossom centers.  I used a glue pen to put the butterfly together and popped it up on the card near one cluster of blossoms.
  • For the second card with the vertical wave ribbon, I added one stem to the right edge of the cut-out and blossoms with pearl centers at the top and popped on the second butterfly.

The second card got me thinking that I could use the vertical Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out as stems which resulted in this card.

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This time I used a Key Lime notecard and Key Lime Gingham paper, using the waves as stems for the Forget Me Not blooms.

And then I couldn't stop coming up with ideas!  Here are two more.

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The one on the left incorporates the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME 99993 cut from black cardstock and placed over the vertical Wave Ribbon Collage.  I perched just one of the birds on the branch.  The card on the right showcases the TREE BLOSSOM STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99914 cut from black cardstock and placed on top of the horizontal Wave Ribbon Collage with another Flitter Side Butterfly added.

And these are the dies I used.

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So...wave ribbons don't have to be waves.  They can be stems or just an interesting detail on a card front to showcase another die or to highlight an interesting paper inside or placed directly behind the Wave Ribbon Collage cut-out.

Happy Crafting!

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06/28/2018

Thu 28

Wave Ribbon Collage, Thanks Jotted Script and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Wave Ribbon Collage and Thanks Jotted Script have become instant favorites - and it's easy to see why!  Add some blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set for a quick see-through card that works for any occasion.

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another idea featuring the Summer 2018 Collection. Duo-tone Memory Box Notecards are great for the Wave Ribbon Collage - the vibrant outer colors contrast against the crisp white interior and create some very cool shadow effects as the card is opened.  

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Cut an unfolded Key Lime Notecard with the Wave Ribbon Collage.  Cut Thanks Jotted Script from a portion of a Key Lime Notecard for the background - and a darker green for the delicate script.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to bright orange felt and cut the blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the felt.  Cut another set of blossoms from white cardstock. "Sandwich" the delicate green stem lines between the felt and white blossoms.  This creates a clean back view and sturdy base for the felt pieces.  

Attach the greeting and add clear gem stickers...5 instead of my usual 3!  

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Wave Ribbon Collage can be used in so many ways.  Create an underwater scene and add  strands of seaweed. Turn it horizontally for waves on a beachy summer card.  Transform the delicate lines into balloon strings too.  It can be quite scary in black on a spooky Halloween card.  Laura wove strips of artpapers from her stash thru the collage for a very cool look.  

I love designing with abstract dies like Wave Ribbon Collage - hope you do too!  There are so many ways to use the great dies from our Summer 2018 Collection.  We appreciate your support and choice of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products - personally designed by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this weekend's SURF + TURF class at Impress!  Yes, we'll be using Wave Ribbon Collage as a backdrop for a very easy* (*promise!!) origami fish.  Impress just received more great screenprints from Shizen Designs..can't wait to use them too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again here on Saturday, or at Impress...

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06/27/2018

Wed 27

You Make Me Smile Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have another summer card featuring the new Riverbank Oval die.  

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To create this card, I die cut the the Riverbank Oval from white cardstock, using the oval opening as a stencil for my background.

I used a circle punch to create a mask from a post-it-note and placed that over the sky area before I began sponging my inks on the background.

I used tape to secure the oval die card to my card front and sponged the background using Distress Oxide Inks, using Fossilized Amber, Antique Linen, Broken China and Faded Jeans. (I love the soft color the oxide inks give the background!) I misted the background with plain water to give the sponged area some texture.

Once the area was dry, I removed the circle mask and painted the sun in using Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink. 

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Next, I glued the Riverbank Oval die cut over the sponged background and glued my die cut sailboat in place.  I used a sponge to apply Antique Linen ink to the bottom of the boat and painted the waves under the boat with white acrylic paint.  

I stamped the sentiment on a kraft strip of cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.

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I adhered the card front to a pool cardstock layer, which I glued to a kraft card base, and I finished it off with a few clear embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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06/14/2018

Thu 14

Left Hutton Gate, Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for another simple summer design?  The Left Hutton Gate creates a great frame for a gold Dazzling Dragonfly.  It's both bold and delicate, like the dragonfly.  Add a pair of Little Dragonflies as accents to balance the composition, and your card is done!    Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card that will be ready for any occasion.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Left Hutton Gate to help release the little pieces.  Cut Left Hutton Gate from black cardstock.

Cut red cardstock with the 2-¼" Circle Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Dazzling Dragonfly.

Attach Scor-Tape behind black cardstock and cut Little Dragonflies.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of recycled kraft cardstock.  Add tiny black sequins.

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The Left and Right Hutton Gates are a versatile backdrop for any season - and they're especially great for summer cards.   They complement Memory Box butterflies, birds and flowers too -  and can be used separately, or in pairs.  Planning ahead?  The Huttons could also add a spooky touch to a Halloween card -  imagine a little ghost peering through the semicircle. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's classes at Impress!  There's a repeat of the BEYOND THE BOX class, using Memory Box and Poppystamps designs as Dave intended - and in a few unexpected ways too.  The afternoon's SUMMER HEARTS class takes great heart-themed cards beyond Valentine designs.  I've re-designed some of my heart cards to take advantage of the Summer Release dies that start shipping to retailers on June 15th.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be back for Laura's great card on Friday!

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06/13/2018

Wed 13

Vintage Watering Can, Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots by Jean Okimoto

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Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots aren't just for spring...they can multi-task on summer cards too!  My cocker spaniels and I see more June bunnies than Easter bunnies - and rain boots work as garden boots  throughout the year.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with with a spring-into-summer card designed get the most from some favorite dies. 

Attach lavender duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Vintage Watering Can.   Memory Box dies are great for cutting duct tape and colored masking tape.  Just attach the duct tape to lightweight cardstock, then diecut it.  

Attach packing tape or glossy laminate to turquoise cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.  This gives the cardstock a shiny, waterproof look.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and cut Quick Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with VersaFineClair Fantasia.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the Green Folia screenprinted paper from Birch Press Design with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of pale green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and the boot on the right.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Put those sweet Spring Release bunny dies to work throughout the year.  Brown or grey felt adds to their versatility as everyday woodland creatures.   I enjoy using my Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products in as many ways as possible -  hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting...

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06/11/2018

Mon 11

Sun Printing on Fabric with Memory Box Die Cuts
by Anne Thompson

Friday here in central Maine was a gorgeous day--sunny and warm with a breeze to keep the bugs at bay-- as I ventured north to Farmington for a sun printing lesson with artist Mary MacFarland.  In preparation, I die cut multiples of many Memory Box images from thick and thin white and black cardstocks. 

Here's what three of the pieces look like when finished.

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Mary provided a variety of fabrics to work with--cotton, linen, taffeta, and more--and a huge selection of pre-mixed translucent fabric paints.  We worked outdoors on a large picnic table in the shade.  I chose a fabric from my class packet (a scrap of old linen tablecloth), placed it on a piece of laminated board, and painted it however I wanted. I chose a kind of rainbow look for this one.  While it was still wet, I placed the SOARING BIRD die cut on the fabric and added more paint on top to help anchor it to the fabric.  I also sprinkled some kosher salt on the purple section.  Then I put the board in the sun to dry.

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I repeated this process several times, using a variety of fabrics, translucent fabric paint colors, and die cuts.  

Once they were dry, I peeled the fabrics off the boards and removed the paper die cuts.  Then I hung them on the clothesline with everyone else's until I had finished all of my pieces.

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The final step was to heat set them using a hot iron at the ironing station inside her studio.

This piece will hang on my porch with my prayer flags.

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Some of the other pieces will become pockets on garments  or may be incorporated into quilts or fabric wallhangings.  I may also over-paint on some of them with opaque fabric paints or add accents with fabric markers.

Here's a closeup of one where I used the FLORAL CLUSTER.

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There are many resources and specific directions online for sun printing both on fabric and on paper.  I remember years ago making sun prints with my students using those blue paper kits.  I'm thinking that may be my next sun printing adventure so I can use them on greeting cards.  Thanks, Mary!  

Happy Crafting!

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