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Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto


Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.


Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with waterinks.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.


The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!







Thu 15

Bee Yourself
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you featuring some new products from the Memory Box Spring 2018 release.


To create this card I die cut the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame in the center of white cardstock.  Next I die cut the Sweet Honeybee and Forget Me Not Blooms from watercolor paper and painted them.  I also painted a piece of watercolor paper to place behind the die cut honeycomb circle.


I spattered the white cardstock layer, that the honeycomb was die cut from, with black paint and glued the yellow watercolored piece behind the circle.  I then glued the honeycomb circle frame into the die cut circle and glued this to a lilac cardstock layer.  Using foam tape I adhered this to a white card base. 

 I glued the flower stem to the card and then adhered the bee and flowers using foam adhesive.  To finish I glued pearls to the flower centers to add some dimension.

The sentiment I stamped with black ink in the bottom right hand corner.

Thanks for stopping by today!







Sat 03

Big Butterfly Wing and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


Wondering if the new Big Butterfly Wing  and a splashy green background can make spring and summer arrive soon?  Let's give it a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of March Green Challenge inspiration this weekend.

The bold Big Butterfly Wing would look great on any backdrop - jewel tones, pastels, or garden colors.  There are so many ways to use this versatile die - I chose a quick and easy technique.  


Press a Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens inkpad - with the colors separated - onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it with water and let the 5 shades of green just begin to mix and mingle.  Press watercolor paper onto the blended inks.  Remove the paper and set it aside to airdry if everything looks great.  Or - for more color - spritz the block again to rehydrate the residual inks and press the paper onto it again.  That should do it!

Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water to create little spots and splotches - then heat-set it with an embossing tool.

Cut the dry paper with the 4" x 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Cut the butterfly from black cardstock.

Here's a tip - place the diecuts on the card  (without any adhesive) and decide where the greeting should be.  Remove the diecuts and stamp the greeting and any extra accents, then dry the ink.  

I've used a greeting  from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on a 5-½"square white card -  with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Air-dry it for a few seconds, then stamp the diamond pattern with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to the card and add green gem stickers.

Why not create a stash of backgrounds and have them ready for future projects and future butterflies?


Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!








Wed 28

Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Poppy Stitched Circle Frame celebrates friendship - and the approach of spring - in fresh  greens and purples.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card for a special friend.  


Cut Poppy Stitched Circle Frame from green cardstock.  Cut a yellow-green background circle with a Circle Basics die - then cut the background into concentric circles.  

Press a Kaleidacolor Riviera inkpad onto an acrylic block to create a palette of inks.  Paint watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green, teal and purple.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut the poppy section and the additional layer - from the watercolored paper. Attach the watercolored poppy over the green poppy.  Attach a scrap of cardstock behind the poppy, then attach it to the background.  The piece of cardstock gives the poppy a bit of dimension without the thickness of a foam dot.

Cut Little Dragonflies from the watercolored paper.

Stamp a top-folded white A-2 card with the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - using the new VersaFine Warm Breeze inkpad.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add silver gem stickers.


Memory Box frame diecuts look great over contrasting or matching backgrounds.  They also  create quick and easy cards when layered directly over a contrasting card front.  Mix and match them with one of the "Basics" dies for a collage-y look with minimal effort.  Suspend them on a window card for an interactive greeting.  There are so many ways to use these great designs!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you're enjoying our Asian classes - and the origami!    Special thanks also to Ann and Erin for helping everyone find the perfect stamps, inks and papers for their Spring and Easter projects.

No classes for me this weekend. It's time to  start prepping for the March 10 SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress.  We'll make 5 cards and a sweet little Easter candy holder - pretty colors, glitter and nature-inspired cards to welcome the new season! 

Thanks for stopping by...









Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto


It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.


Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.


Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...







Sat 17

Make a Snow Bunny Panda - with Bamboo Poles and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


Bamboo Poles, Little Dragonflies - and a Snow Bunny transformed into a panda?  Why not?  Hi, happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with another outside-the-box idea for you today.

The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Die set creates more than bunnies...remember our puppy?  


That required a bit of imagination - but the pieces were repurposed into a friendly little pup.  Today's panda was more challenging (those eyes!) - the Clutch of Eggs die and a screw punch were perfect for that sweet, droopy expression.


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the face, muzzle, midsection and two noses (for the paws) from the felt.

Cut two 1" circles of black cardstock with the Circle Basics die for the ears.  Cut the body section, nose and paws from black cardstock. 

Cut two big eggs from the Clutch of Eggs set from black cardstock.  Punch eye circles with a screw punch.

Assemble the panda.  Smile.  Trim it to about 3-⅜" tall.  

Cut Bamboo Poles from green cardstock.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut two Little Dragonflies from Shizen Design gold glitter paper.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of textured green cardstock.


Hope you enjoyed creating a panda - and finding more ways to use your Memory Box dies!  Pandas are my second-favorite animal, after dogs.  We have two cocker spaniels - but no pandas.

Enjoy the long weekend if you have a holiday on Presidents Day.  If you're in the Seattle area and need a few birthday card ideas -  join us for another CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on February 19th.  Six colorful cards that may seem complicated - but are super-easy and quick.  

Thanks for stopping by...






Fri 16

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Hello Friends! Today I pulled out some of my Zig Clean Color brush pens out and did a little watercoloring. Let's make a card!


First, I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird out of watercolor paper. I cut a few to work on at the same time since each one turns out a little bit different. To color with these markers I took the marker directly to the paper in a small area and then came in with a water brush to blend the color out. I repeated this with each color I added, making sure to allow a little time to dry in between layers of color.


I kept adding and blending until I got it to how I wanted it. Be careful with the thinner lines like the wings and the tail, adding too much marker and water will tear them.


To create the card I glued a piece of white that I stamped with a sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary set and I cut with one of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies and glued it to a Key Lime note card that matched my hummingbird. I finished it all of with a black gem for the eye and some green gems for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get a chance to make something fun!





Wed 14

Ready for Spring – Everglade Collage, Stitched Rain Boots and Proper Umbrella by Jean Okimoto


Stitched Rain Boots, Everglade Collage and Proper Umbrella are ready to welcome spring - even if it is Valentine's Day!   Hello and Happy Valentine's Day  - Jean Okimoto here with a quick spring design for you today.


Cut an unfolded Parsley Notecard with the Everglade Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with the new Charming Pink VersaFine CLAIR .  It's a clear, bright fuchsia-pink that'll brighten a dark winter day.  

Cut Proper Umbrella from a colorful floral print.  I've used #1125 by Shizen Design, available at Impress,  and #61096 at Birch Press Design.    Cut the umbrella again from a scrap of cardboard and from gold metallic cardstock. Attach the gold umbrella behind the floral portion of the umbrella- every so slightly offset along the top edge  to outline it against the Parsley Notecard background.    Attach the cardboard umbrella behind them for more definition.

Attach a layer of laminate over turquoise cardstock and diecut Stitched Rain Boots.  The laminate adds a glossy, waterproof look - like real rainboots!  Diecut another pair of rain boots from scrap cardstock and layer them for added dimension.

Add pink gem stickers.


Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's CAKES, CANDLES & BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!   Hope you liked the birthday cards we made - and the new VersaFine CLAIR inkpads we used.  Yummy colors, great for both solid images and detailed designs and quick embossing too - the perfect inkpad.  Big thanks to Erin and Laura too - for helping everyone fill their baskets with dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps, VersaFine CLAIRS and great papers.

There's a second class on Presidents Day, February 19th.  Join us if you have the day off (or even if you don't!)  Thanks for visitng - see you again on Saturday...







Sat 03

Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set, Have a Heart, Heart Rays and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto



Have a Heart - 5, to be exact - is a great matchup for the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set.  It's a practical, versatile die set you can use throughout the year.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here again, with the details behind my February Challenge inspiration card.


I found some pretty pieces of watercolored, shimmery spritzed papers in my stash and diecut them with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Have a Heart sets to create contrasting backgrounds. 

Stamp the large Wirework Hearts design onto another piece of watercolored paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with 1.5" x 1.7" heart.

Attach the watercolored diecut rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of white textured cardstock.  Cut both the rectangle and card front with a portion of the Heart Rays die.  Save the largest Heart Rays watercolored heart.  

Attach the saved heart in the opening you'll discover (oops!) on the backside of the cardfront.  This sounds silly and complicated, but it'll be a sweet surprise when the recipient finds that watercolored heart inside the card. Really.

Attach the hearts to the card - use foam dots to add a bit of lift on the right side of the background heart.  Add pink gem stickers. 



Hope you're joining the February Hearts Challenge - Memory Box has so many great heart designs for you to chose from!  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!








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.


(To view this video in HD click here)

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!