356 posts categorized "All-Occasion"

04/22/2017

Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 22

Butterfly Wing Medley on the Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some of my favorite dies.  

Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind.  Ever have days like that?  

I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it for you anyway.

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Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it again.  Cut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the edges are cut out and the center remains intact.  Lightly crease the centers and cut or gently pull the butterflies until they're released from the background.

Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.

Cut Heart Wire from pink cardstock.  Trim portions of the hearts above and below the "wire" - just enough so they won't be visible when the butterflies are overlaid.  

Cut a 3-¾" x 5" rectangle of smooth white cardstock with the Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp New Beginnings with Rocket Red Gold.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

Place Heart Wire on the background and attach the butterflies over it - use foam dots for the two largest and left corner butterflies.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly centers from the Butterfly Wreath Set.  Trim four centers to fit the smaller butterflies.  Attach the centers and add gold gem stickers.

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Challenge yourself to devise new ways of using your favorite Memory Box designs - you'll be surprised and happy with the great results!  Then - if you're in the Seattle area - reward yourself for being so creative by shopping at the Impress Spring Sale  this weekend.  Enjoy the 20% discount off everything on your wishlist.  Here are some links to get you started - 

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/dies/memory-box.html

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/clear-sets/memory-box.html

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/20/2017

Thu 20

Watercolored Dazzling Dragonfly on a Distressed Baptisia Collage
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of watercolored Dazzling Dragonflies on a gold-stenciled Baptisia Collage background...quick, easy and ready for any occasion!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's play with more watercolors tonight.

Cut three Dazzling Dragonflies from brightly-watercolored paper.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Basic Rectangle from watercolored paper lightly tinted in soft shades of Peerless Watercolors.  

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Cut the square pattern from the Baptisia Collage set from The Crafters Workshop stencil plastic.  Stencil the pattern onto the left side of the rectangle with Delicata Golden Glitz.  

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.   

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create some watercolored cards for spring greetings  It's the fastest, easiest way to create splashy backgrounds and vivid accents for any papercrafting project.  

If you're in the Seattle area - this the THE weekend to stop by the Tukwila and University Village Impress stores for the annual not-to-be-missed Spring Sale.  Enjoy the 20% discount on everything - including brand new items that arrived just in time for the sale.

Join us again tomorrow...Donna has another great design to share!

Jeansignature-3

 

04/17/2017

Mon 17

Studio Hexagon Layers Tags with Large Antilles Floral Left Corners
by Anne Thompson

I continued my experimenting this last week using the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 and the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610.  I decided to make some tags that also work for this month's blog challenge #23 Celebrating Mom.  

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I began with a stack of notecards in a variety of colors and the largest die in the Studio Hexagon Layers set.  I placed one edge of the die just a tiny bit above the fold line on the A2 notecard and ran it through my die cutting machine.

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I then took the hexagon that was just a little bit smaller and cut it from a variety of plain cardstocks and printed papers.  I cut a few more hexagons using the next sized die from the set.  Then I layered up the hexagon papers onto the hexagon cards, some with just one layer and some with two.

I cut a bunch of the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from various greens, blues, purples, and yellows.  I placed the green ones in the center of each card and cut the blooms from the others to add on top of the green blossoms.  I then added pearls or gems to the flower centers and as accents on the card front before tying on a ribbon.  Here's another look at the finished cards.  I really like how the tallest flower pops above the fold and the ribbon gives it a bit more stability.

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I think this card is my favorite because I lined up the layers in kind of a wonky way.

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Now I have tags or gift box enclosure cards for Mother's Day presents all done!  Just need to add a little note inside.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/13/2017

Thu 13

Neighborly Narwhal
by Melissa Rusk

The new release has so many cute under the sea creatures! Today I made a card using the Neighborly Narwhal die that is great for any occasion.

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For my underwater background I used some of the new Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans. I blended the three colors on water color paper and then sprayed it with water. The result is so fun! I used the Studio Circle dies to cut out a circle from the inked background and cut a larger circle from a blue card stock.

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I die cut the narwhal in a gray card stock and his horn from a glitter paper. Then I die cut a few of the small brain coral die in a light blue to add some embellishment. I finished the card with some sequins that look just like bubbles.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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04/12/2017

Wed 12

New Possibilities with the Butterfly Spectacle
by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for more Butterfly Spectacle inspiration?  Create a window card that opens to reveal a watercolored Butterfly Ensemble trio and some sparkly lavender gems.  Hi again, Jean Okimoto here with my 401st post on Outside the Box.

The actual post count is a bit higher - maybe around 550 - it all began about 9 years ago on the InKollage blog.  It was a very steep learning curve for me - but Dave was very patient about it all.  Thanks Dave!  And to all of you,  thanks for visiting, and for all of your comments and likes on our Facebook page too!

Back to today's card...here's the inside view:

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Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to help release all of the little bits.  Next, here's an easy way to diecut Butterfly Spectacle without ruining the card front -

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Attach pieces of rolled painter's tape in the areas that will be cut away.   No worries about tearing the front of the card when you remove the die!  Diecut Butterfly Spectacle, then carefully peel the die away from the card.

Stamp New Possibilities with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  PJ is my favorite color for butterfly cards.  What's your favorite Brilliance inkpad color?

Cut three of the Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from watercolored paper.  Attach them inside the card using foam dots near the centers

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Cut the butterfly centers from turquoise glittered cardstock using the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add lavender gem stickers.  Square cards require extra postage - but I think it'll be worth it.  Hope you agree!

If you're in Seattle - I'll see you at Impress for Saturday's  GOING GREEN class - and more butterfly cards.

Thanks for stopping by - please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great design!

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Wed 12

New Beginnings with the Butterfly Swell
by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Butterfly Swell is quickly becoming a new favorite - and it's easy to see why!  Here is it, on a watercolored background diffused by pearlescent vellum.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die.

My watercolored paper stash included this colorful piece of spritzed, splashed and spotted inkiness.  It was just waiting for the right die to come along!

Cut Butterfly Swell from a 3-¾" x 5-¾" rectangle  of white cardstock.  I shimmed some of the detailed areas with painter's tape.  Cut three Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from pearlescent vellum.  

Stamp the greeting with Memento Luxe Olive Grove and heat-set it.

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Tape the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Swell.  Slip the watercolored background behind the top and bottom Butterfly Swell tabs.   Attach it to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.

Attach three butterfly centers of gold mirror cardstock cut with the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Butterfly weather will be here soon...you'll find so many ways to use Butterfly Swell and the coordinating Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies sets.  They're like basic ingredients in a recipe - literally waiting for new beginnings.

Special thanks to everyone from last week's RAINING CATS + DOGS class at Impress!  Rain, cats and dogs are such a big deal here - it was time we featured them on our cards.  We tried to keep the noise down, but probably laughed out loud more than ever that day.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for finding the supplies we needed to create cards, cards and more cards!

See you all again at the GOING GREEN class on April 15th.  We're making 6 cards in a spectrum of greens, with green themes and accents from my stash.  I'll share paper recycling ideas too - like upcycling leftover prints into cool "where did you get that paper?" designs.   Everyone gets a pack of stash extras too.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/10/2017

Mon 10

Dazzling Dragonfly Hovers Near the Lavender Stems Left Corner on Studio Hexagon Layers
by AnneThompson

Today's cards were the result of a happy accident when I was going through my shape dies for layering and I wondered if the LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688 would fit on any of the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073.  As you can see from this first card, I got just the result I was hoping for!

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I die cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner and a larger hexagon from dark green cardstock.  I cut a smaller hexagon from white cardstock.   I used a glue pen to adhere the Lavender Stem Left Corner to that white hexagon, lining up the bottom of the lavender piece with one edge of the hexagon.  That gave me a straight line then on the left from the lower to upper corners of the white hexagon.  Perfect!  For the next step I cut the Lavender Stem Left Corner again from a purple cardstock, snipped off the flowers, and used a glue pen to layer them on top of the green blossoms.  I then adhered this to the front of a top-folded lighter purple notecard.  I cut the DAZZLING DRAGONFLY 99688 twice, once from black cardstock and once from silver cardstock.  Again I used the glue pen to attach the dragonfly pieces to the notecard.  I added a few small sparkly purple gems to finish it up.

Here's a look at the dies I used.  You'll see that I chose three of the Studio Hexagon Layers dies (from the set of nine) and I cut multiple papers and mixed and matched to get the result I wanted for each of the three cards I made.

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For the second card, I chose to use my favorite Key Lime dot paper, a standard A2 Lettuce notecard, and some green dot stickers.

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Then I got out my watercolors and some watercolor paper cut in hexagons and started playing with backgrounds for the Lavender Stems Left Corner.  For the third card, I chose a green/yellow/blue background cut with the smallest hexagon I had selected, the lavender stems cut from a Meadow notecard, and the largest of the three hexagons cut from a scrap of blue distressed dots paper, all mounted on a white notecard.  And I used leftover bits from the other dragonflies to make a silver one with black wings.  Once I attached the lavender flowers, I added some large purple gems stones for more of that color on the card front. 

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My next task???  I want to see how the other Memory Box corner dies work with a variety of the Studio Hexagon Layers.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/07/2017

Fri 07

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Little Dragonflies
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Little Dragonflies and the Dragonfly Stems Left Corner create a shimmery garden scene in hopes of a warm, sunny day.  Mat and frame them with two Rectangle Basics dies and you'll have a unique card ready for any occasion.  Hi and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring the great dragonflies from our latest collection.

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Paint watercolor paper with pastel shades of diluted Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Inkpad refills.  Dry the ink.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from onyx shimmer cardstock.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pink glittered cardstock and cut Little Butterflies.  The additional layer adds a bit of dimension to the diecuts.

Cut smooth white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Press a Brilliance Starlight Black inkpad onto an acrylic block to transfer the shimmery black ink.  Use a waterbrush to pick up and splatter Starlight Black onto the left side of the rectangle.  Gently dry it with a heat-tool.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Raining Cats and Dogs class at Impress this Saturday.  We're making 6 cards in rainy-day, dog and cat themes.  Don't worry - they're not all on one card!  They're a big part of our life here - so let's create cards with them.

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3
 

04/06/2017

Thu 06

Goldfish Collage and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio from the new Goldfish Collage shimmers on a  Mini Perfect Patches square for a quick and easy card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with  a simple watercolored design in shades of pink, peach and gold.

I've re-discovered the Mini Perfect Patches die - 16 neatly-stitched 1" squares - perfect for backgrounds, collages, gameboards and layering.  It's great with the Goldfish Collage - and perfect for contemporary Asian designs too.

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Paint watercolor paper in dark peachy-pink shades of Peerless Watercolors, air-dry it, then spray it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it and cut Goldfish Collage.  Punch ¼" dots from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Paint another piece of watercolor paper in soft, watery layers of pink and peach.  Dry it, then cut it with Mini Perfect Patches.  

Diecut a piece of  The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Sheet with the dotted design from the Modern Border Trim set.  Stencil the dots onto three of the patches with Delicata Gold Shimmer.

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Use a sanding block to lightly "scruff" gold mirror cardstock for a soft matte finish to complement the fish and stenciled dots.  Punch two ¼" circles.

Cut textured natural cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of smooth natural cardstock.  Layering adds a subtle textural contrast and frames the design.  

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Assemble the card, add a quick note and send it on its way to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try these techniques when you're mass-producing card sets for gifts and giveaways.  Twenty goldfish and sixteen mini patches make it quick and easy - and each card will be unique!

Jeansignature-3