112 posts categorized "2018 Spring Collection"

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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06/10/2018

Sun 10

Ombre Butterfly
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello. Penny here today with a die cut I used as a stencil. Most die cuts can be used as intended or turned into a stencil for other effects like inking, modeling paste and more.

Now that's a win-win!

 

Here we go:

 

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

 

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Cut a piece of White cardstock just a bit smaller than the base. Die cut Honeycomb Square two times from a scrap of cardstock. Position as desired and ink with Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. Flick some water across panel and blot with paper towel. Adhere to card front.

 

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Die cut Drifting Side Butterfly (I mean really...this is my all time favorite butterfly die). Blend same inks creating an ombre effect. Adhere to card front.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set on to Black cardstock. Notch end and adhere to card front with a tiny staple.

 

Happy Crafting,

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06/08/2018

Fri 08

"Outta of this world"
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy card which is "outta this world".  

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To create this card I started by die cutting the Starry Ring in the center of a piece of alcohol inked cardstock.  I like to make all sorts of backgrounds and then I save them to create cards.  

I glued the die cut piece to a black cardstock mat, which I then glued to a white cardstock strip that had been spattered with gold ink.

Next I die cut the planet from gold metallic cardstock and glued it to the card front.

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To finish the card I stamped the sentiment in black ink and adhered the card front to a black card base.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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06/06/2018

Wed 06

Rainbow Beauty
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I have a bright and colorful card to share with you all, inspired by warmer temperatures and spring blooms. Let's get started!

 

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For my background today I decided to get a little inky. I masked off a wide stripe with some tape and started to ink a rainbow using a foam blending tool and some different colors of ink. I started with the bright pink and worked my way down until all the colors were blended together how I wanted them. Then I used some shimmer spray to create the glitter dots before taking my tape off. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Bee Yourself set, but after inking it I wiped off the second letter e since I didn't use a bee on my card today. Don't be afraid to wipe off letters to get your stamps to work for you.

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I die cut the Vine Butterfly in black and then used a clear glitter brush pen to make it sparkle. I glued it all to a black card and added some gems to finish it off.

Have a fabulous and crafty week!
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06/04/2018

Mon 04

Six Dies and a Flip-Flop Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm calling today's card a Flip-Flop Card because it combines two cards of different sizes to open in a flip-flop kind of way.  You'll see what I mean as I go through the steps I used in creating this card.

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I found it easiest to precut all of the papers first before assembling the card.

White Cardstock Base

  • Cut one A strip 4 1/4" wide by 9" long.  Score at 5 1/2" from the left edge.  Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut one B strip 3 1/2" wide by 7" long.  Score at 3 1/2".  Fold and crease with a bone folder.

Black Cardstock Layers

  • To go with the A strip, cut one piece 5 1/4" by 4", and cut two pieces each 3 1/4" by 4".
  • To go with the B strip, cut three pieces each 3 1/4" by 3 1/4".

Squash Dot Paper Layers

  • To go onto the black layers on the A strip, cut one piece 5" by 3 3/4" and two pieces 3" by 3 3/4".
  • To go onto the black layers on the B strip, cut three pieces each 3" by 3".

Cut these Memory Box Dies from Black Cardstock:

Now to assemble everything.  I used a tape runner and adhered all of the dot paper pieces to their corresponding black base layers.  I then used the tape runner to attach those pieces to the white cardstock base layers.  On the A strip, the large layer goes on the inside with the smaller piece on the righthand side of the fold and the other one that is the same size on the back of that fold.

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On the white cardstock B strip, I added the layers to the front and to the two inside panels.

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The next step was to put the two cards together to create the flip-flop.  I opened up the larger base card and placed the smaller card on top of the large lefthand page about 1/2" in from the edge of the black base layer, securing it with the tape runner.  

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The fun part next was deciding which of the die cut images would go where.  

I started by opening the smaller square card.  Inside on the left I added a shortened Forget me Not Blooms and one of the Sweet Honeybees.  Inside on the right I added the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame and the other of the Sweet Honeybees.

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I kept this smaller card open while finishing inside the larger base card.  On the righthand panel I used the snipped flowers from the Cheery Flower Collage and the intricate Drifting Side Butterfly.  I also added some rub-on words.  

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Keeping the smaller card open, I flipped the butterfly page closed on top of the Honeycomb page.  On the newly exposed panel I added the Cheery Flower Collage square.  Then I flipped the Sweet Honeybee/Forget Me Not page over it to close the card.  I used a foam pop-dot to add the Intricate Bee to the front of the card to finish it off.

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Because of the dimensions I chose, this card fits into a standard A2 envelope.

I do love cards that open in interesting ways.  Happy Crafting!

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06/03/2018

Sun 03

Rainbow Butterflies
by Penny Ward

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Hello my friends. Penny here today with a little inspiration for the Rainbow Challenge now on this blog. Look for the Challenge button on the upper right of this page. You are making cards anyway, you might as well enter for a chance at prizes.  :)

 

Let's do this:

 

Start with a White cardstock base trimmed to 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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Die cut Starry Sky Border from a scrap of White cardstock. Color the stars with Spectrum Noir markers or medium of your choice.

Lay the negative of the die cut on card front and position as desired. Now adhere the stars back into their respect places, then lift negative off.

Wala!!!

 

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Stamp sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

On a scrap of White cardstock, color stripes of the rainbow with markers, position Calais Butterflies over stripes and die cut.

Adhere to card front as shown.

 

Make sure to join in the Rainbow Challenge!  :)

 

Happy Crafting,

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05/30/2018

Wed 30

Have a Blast!
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a cute card for a boy's birthday!

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To create this card I started with an alcohol ink background.  I used a piece of glossy black cardstock and applied alcohol inks to it.  Once this was dry I spattered gold and white ink to the background.  I die cut the astronaut once from white cardstock and silver cardstock.  I only used the mask from the silver die cut.  I inked the white suit parts with Hickory Smoke distress ink and drew red stripes on the suit.  

The moon and planet I created from a piece of cardstock that I sponged with distress inks and misted with water and hand cut the moon and planet shapes.  I drew in the craters on the planet with colored pencil. 

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I glued the astronaut, planet and moon to the alcohol inked layer and adhered the sentiment to the card front.  

 Then I glued the prepared card front to a white cardstock layer that had been sponged with Vintage Photo ink, spattered with gold ink and had two strips of washi tape adhered to the cardstock. 

To finish the card I stamped the "Happy Birthday" in the bottom right corner of the card and adhered this to a black card base. 

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Thanks for stopping by today!

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05/27/2018

Sun 27

Father's Day
by Penny Ward

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Hello...Penny here today with something really simple for dads day. It's just around the corner, so you better get started!! I love this gears frame and how fun that I found gears buttons at my local Michaels store.

 

Here go go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

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Cut a piece of Navy cardstock or pattern paper just a bit small than the base and adhere. 

Die cut Gearworks Frame from White cardstock and adhere to card front. Hand letter the word "father", stamp and trim  "day" from the Wireworks Heart stamp set.

 

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Finish the card by adding painted gear buttons. Wrap with Navy string and add bow.

 

Happy Crafting,

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