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05/25/2017

Thu 25

Sheer Circle Wreath, Little Dragonflies and Dazzling Dragonfly
by Jean Okimoto

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Wondering how to use the new Sheer Circle Wreath in May?  Don't wait till the holidays - it's a great backdrop for the Dazzling Dragonfly on a summer card.  Diecut circles and rings create an artsy background or accent for any occasion.  Try it with butterflies, birds or your favorite design from Fish Tales.  And with snowflakes in December!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with congrats to all of the May Blog Blitz winners - enjoy your prize!  

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Sheer Circle Wreath is great for diecutting soft,  textured papers - like marbled paper from Shizen Design.  The swirly waves of metallic inks form little coves and corners for the wreath.  Cut the wreath first, then trim the paper with the Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Dazzling Dragonfly from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.  Assemble it - with the wings beneath the body instead of above it,  for a different look.  Cut Little Dragonflies from Rose Gold mirror cardstock too.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square cream card.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Open Studio Thank You Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Broken China.  Love how the versatile stamp set lets you create the perfect "corner" to complement the rectangle.  Dry the ink, then assemble your quick card.

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Join us for another SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress on Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th.  We have so many great heart designs in our stash...let's use them throughout the year, not just in February.  

Thanks for visiting - hope you liked this simple design.  Diecutting Shizen Design's special artpapers with Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies produces great results - they cut right through the fibers, metallic inks and textures of handmade papers.  Pull those treasured papers from your stash and give it a try!

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05/20/2017

Sat 20

Inlay a Felt Plush Elegant Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Plush Elegant Butterfly - designed to be lovingly layered and stitched - is also perfect for quick inlaid felt designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Gather some scraps of summer-colored wool-blend felt and back them with adhesive label or sticker paper.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

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Diecut the felt pieces.  Here's an easy way to remove the little stitch dots - place the diecut on a scrap of felt in a weird color that you won't be using - then use a toothpick or BBQ skewer to push the little dots out and onto the felt scrap under it.  The little dots will stick to the felt scrap and can easily be disposed of.  Skip this step if you're actually stitching the butterfly - the needle and floss will do it for you!

The light peach-colored piece in the center is layered - the other felt diecuts are inlaid.

Attach gold glittered washi tape to a scrap of paper and diecut the largest butterfly center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Diecut the folded card with the Straight Stitches die to add some texture to the front - and inside - of the card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink.

Attach the butterfly.  Add green gem stickers. 

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this happy card deserves special handling.  Hope you agree!

The Memory Box Plush Collection creates great felt keepsakes and hand-stitched gifts.  They're also great for cards, layouts and mixed media.  Get the most from your dies by using them in different ways- you'll love their versatility.

Thanks very much for stopping by - have a great weekend!

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05/15/2017

Mon 15

Today is a beautiful day for Spring Lilacs
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I'm going to show you three cards I made featuring the SPRING LILACS Clear Stamp Set CL 5199 and BEAUTIFUL DAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set CL5209.  The first card is a matchbook card, 11 1/2" X 4 1/4" and scored at 4 3/4" from one end and 1 1/4" from the other end so that it folds down from the top and the shorter piece folds up from the bottom to make the shape with the top edge then tucking behind the smaller flap.  The finished folded size is the same as an A2 card!

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Now for a little bit about how I made this and the other two cards.

These are the materials I used:

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  • Beautiful Day Sentiments Clear Stamp Set CL5209
  • Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set CL5199
  • Spring Lilacs Die Set 32199
  • one medium-sized oval from the Stitched Oval Layers Die Set 30069
  • Deep Purple Archival Ink
  • Forever Green Hero Arts Ink
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink; Memento Dandelion Ink
  • Memento Markers:  Grape Jelly, Lilac Posies, Angel Pink, Lulu Lavender, Pear Tart, Rich Cocoa
  • clear acrylic blocks, ribbon, twine, and sparkly gems from my stash
  • white cardstock and envelopes; dark purple cardstock

I started by doing all of my stamping and coloring first on one sheet of white cardstock.  You'll notice that I colored outside the lines.  I did that on purpose so that the color would extend to the edge of the image once it was cut out.  It also made it really easy to color in broad strokes.  You can see where I tested out some colors on and around the imperfectly stamped images I wasn't going to use.

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I used Washi tape to secure the dies over the lilacs and leaves before running them through the die cutting machine.  I attached two leaves to the back of each lilac stem using glue dots.  I then used foam dots to attach the lilacs to a purple cardstock stitched oval layer already taped onto the card front.  Because the lilacs were popped up it was easy to tie twine around the stem and secure it with a glue dot under the knot.  I then stamped the sentiment, adding the little sun stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Ink and stamped again with Memento Dandelion Ink.  I finished up with a few black sparkly gems.  

I used standard A2 cards for the other two, adding a white ribbon tied in a bow on one and purple gems on the other.  

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Don't forget about the envelope!  I added the small cluster of lilacs from the Spring Lilacs stamp set and one of the sentiments from the Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set.

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I can't wait for the lilacs to blossom and fill the air with their beautiful scent.  Happy Crafting!

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05/12/2017

Fri 12

A Whale of a Good Time
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! I have another look at the fun stamp set Whale Hello There to share with you today for our Blog Blitz.

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I just love the waves in this stamp set! I stamped them 4 times on the base of my card in a darker ink of the same color to create the background. Then I stamped these cute sea creatures and die cut them using the coordinating die set and colored them with Copic Markers. To add the texture to the whale and the octopus, I used dots of the same colors I used to color each image as well as some dots of the colorless blender. It creates such a fun look.

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I stamped my sentiment on a light blue strip of paper and glued it to the card. I added the sea cuties with some foam tape and finished the card off with some sequins.

Now for the fun part! Want a chance to win this cute stamp set? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, May 14th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp set.  Don't forget to check back during the week.  Each designer post will have its own chance of winning a prize.  Good luck!

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05/10/2017

Wed 10

Whale Hello There!
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 3 of the Blog Blitz! Today I have a fun card using the new stamp set Whale Hello There! It has so many cute sea creatures and sayings I know you are going to love.

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For my card today I started by stamping the whale and die cutting him out. He is super cute! I colored him with my Copic Markers in colors C00, C1, C3 and C5. I added some dots with the markers to give him some texture.

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Next I die cut the new Pinpoint Circle Frame. I stamped the waves onto the inside circle using a teal ink and my sentiment in black ink under the outside circle. To put the card together, I used a foam tape to glue the outer white circle to the card and then with a regular tape runner I glued the stamped circle to the card. Some more foam tape for the whale and a few sequins finish off the card.

Now for the fun part! Want a chance to win this cute stamp set? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, May 14th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the stamp set.  Don't forget to check back during the week.  Each designer post will have its own chance of winning a prize.  Good luck!

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05/02/2017

Tue 02

Tags are IT!
by Anne Thompson

Tags are IT!  I LOVE tags.  I try to keep a bunch of them on hand in a basket near the gift bags and gift wrap.  This time of the year--May and June--I seem to need a tag for something quite often.  Between May baskets, birthdays, Mother's Day, graduations, Father's Day, and more I seem to be always wrapping up a present or sending off some little trinket or basket of pansies somewhere.  In straightening up things in my crafting area recently I found a couple packages of tags I'd picked up on sale after the holidays--some larger green ones and some smaller ones in weird mid-tone pastel colors.  So one afternoon I got out some nice white cardstock (I like  Neenah Solar White) and a stack of dies from the spring Memory Box release.

And this is what happened:

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 The smaller tags, 1 3/4 X 3 1/4, were the perfect size for many of the ocean-themed dies.  

  • BEACHFRONT GULLS 99724
  • ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730
  • OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736
  • CHEERFUL CRABS 99722


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I also used the same sized tags with the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER 99710.

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The larger bright green tags, 2 1/2 X 5, were perfect for a variety of the left corner dies.

  • DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER 99659
  • TALL UMBELS LEFT CORNER 99673
  • LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688

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I made one more large tag using the BIRDHOUSE TRIO 99599.

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By using white cardstock for the images, I can use a patterned wrapping paper or gift bag that coordinates with the tag color and add either a white or colored ribbon to attach the tag.  I love the crisp white against the tag colors.  And there's room to add a name or a tiny sentiment stamped on either the front or back of each tag.  You, too, can create dozens of tags in very little time! 

Happy crafting!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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