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04/05/2018

Thu 05

Plush Narrow Succulent, Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A deconstructed Plush Narrow Succulent becomes a felt flower on a spring card here...just another outside-the-box way to use one of the popular die sets from the Plush Collection.  The Lavender Folia Handmade Paper from Birch Press Design creates a leafy background to match a trio of Little Dragonflies.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here combining an assortment of different textures and materials with one great feature in common - they all cut perfectly with Memory Box dies!  Handmade screenprinted papers, wool-blend felt and glittered cardstock are beautiful additions to any project - but can be challenging to cut with scissors, paper trimmers, punches and rotary cutters.  Cutting them with dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design makes it quick and easy, with perfect results.

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Cut the Folia leafprint with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Plush Narrow Succulent petals and centers from purple felt.  

Cut Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square from gold glittered cardstock.

Layer the individual petals and glue them in pairs.  Attach them around a 1-½" circle of scrap cardboard.  It's easier to work with them that way - and you can rotate the entire flower to find the perfect spot for them when assembling the card.  Attach the two center layers and a glittered hexagon.

Stamp the greeting - from the Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - on a side-folded 5-½" square gray card with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.  Purple Delight VersaFine Clair would be a great ink for this too if you can find it.  I've ordered one from Impress and look forward to using it here and in classes.

Attach the diecuts to the card...that's it!  Square cards and multiple layers require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this card is worth the effort, and a few extra cents.

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Thanks a bunch for visiting - join us for Sharon's great design tomorrow.

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04/04/2018

Wed 04

Forget Me Not Blooms, Grass Stitched Circle Frame and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Let's scatter some Forget Me Not Blooms flowertops across the Grass Stitched Circle Frame for a fresh spring greeting.  A Garden Sketches greeting banner, glittery Wink of Stella highlights and gem stickers add pretty accents.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the details behind my April Floral Challenge inspiration card.  It's great to go through my stash of watercolored papers and find just the right colors for a background.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills were used here.  Add a few dotty accents in Brilliance Pearlescent Jade with a design from the Open Studio Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set.  Cut it with the 2-¾" Square Basics die.

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Cut a bunch of flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms set from scraps of the watercolored paper.  The little blossoms aren't attached to the stems - it's quick and easy to cut them separately, without the delicate stems.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set on the ultra-smooth Bright White Cardstock from Impress with Memento Grape Jelly.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the matching Garden Sketches die.  We love this smooth white cardstock for stamping, diecutting and crisp white cards!

Cut Grass Stitched Circle Frame from the same Bright White Cardstock.  

Attach two strips of Pastel Purple washi tape - one of the many pretty colors and patterns from Birch Press Designs - to a side-folded A-2 card of...yes, Bright White Cardstock.  Attach the diecuts - use foam dots for the greeting.

Highlight the flower centers with clear glittered Wink of Stella.  Add light purple gem stickers.

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Impress recently published their spring class schedule - hope you can join us if you live in the Seattle area, or if you're planning to visit soon.  If you like cards, colors, techniques, laughs and creativity - give Impress a call to reserve a seat - it's 206 901.9101.  Here's what we're doing...

    -Thoughts and Thanks - April 14, 10:30-12:30

    -Green Greetings - Earth Day - April 22, 11:30-1:30 - the Impress Annual Sale

                           is April 19-22 

    -Asia Now - May 5, 10:30-12:30

    -Beyond the Box - May 28, 11:00-1:00 -  and June 16, 10:30-12:30   

    -Summer Hearts - June 16, 1:30-3:30

    -Surf and Turf - June 30, 10:30-12:30

    -Blossoms and Butterflies - July 4, 11:00-1:00 - and July 14, 10:30-12:30

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

 Jeansignature-3

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04/02/2018

Mon 02

BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME Spring Cards
by Anne Thompson

I have four cards to show you today that all use the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME die 99993 along with a larger circle cut with one of the WRAPPED CIRCLES dies set 30114.  

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I used a variety of accent papers from my stash as well as small doilies, bows, and flowers.  The tiny Opal Flowers are ones I found at Birch Press Design--where I bought a package of each kind they have, some tiny ones and other larger sizes!  Love them!!!

Let's take a closer look at the first card.

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I used a Key Lime Memory Box  notecard as the base with a panel cut from a green tiny floral paper.  I added a 4" white doily in the center using Scor-Tape.  The Wrapped Circle was cut from an older 12X12 Memory Box paper that I've had for years and years--I just love the tiny trees.  I cut the Bird Branch Circle Frame from dark green cardstock and the birds from scraps of the same green floral print paper.  I edged the birds with Hero Arts Green Hills ink.  I secured the larger circle to the doily using Scor-Tape.  I used a glue pen on the branch circle and tiny pop-dots on the birds.  I added two silk leaves (found in the wedding decor section at ACMoore), a tiny cream pearl-centered bow (also from ACMoore), and five of the tiny Opal Flowers from Birch Press Design using glue dots. I've left the inside blank and will add the appropriate sentiment when I decide how I will use the card.  It may end up as an anniversary card.

Here's a look at the basic supplies.

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Card Two:

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This time I used a Bayou Memory Box notecard, a circle cut from a stash of Memory Box Pool clouds paper, the branch circle cut from dark green cardstock, and the birds were cut from a tiny scrap of watercolored paper.  The edging ink was Hero Arts Tide Pool.  I used a turquoise small doily, a pool/white dotted bow, and more of the little just right flowers from the same Opal Flowers Birch Press collection as I used previously.  

Card Three:

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I started with a lavender notecard, a scrap of floral/stripey paper, a heart-shaped doily, lavender and dark green cardstocks, and birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Elderberry ink for edging the die cuts.  The final touches were a purple bow and some white stamens at the bottom of the heart.

Card Four:

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I used a Powder Memory Box notecard (a very soft blue), a scrap of floral paper, a circle cut from Bluebird Distressed Dots paper, a dark green cardstock branch circle frame, and tiny birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Bahama Blue for edging the die cuts.  The only addition was a large light blue satin ribbon bow.

Happy Spring!!!

and Happy Crafting!

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03/29/2018

Thu 29

Spring Greetings
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Spring! We have finally had a few days that feel like Spring around here so I thought it was time to celebrate that with a card.

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I die cut the beautiful Forget Me Not Blooms die in white card stock. I colored the stem in a green with a Copic marker. For the flowers I used a purple glitter pen from Nuvo to make them pop and sparkle. So much fun!
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I added a few strips of fun washi tape from Birch Press Designs as the base of my card design. Then I stamped my greeting from the Spring Bunnies stamp set and glued the flower to the card. A pretty and simple card to send off a little Spring to someone who needs it.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
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03/22/2018

Thu 22

Vine Butterfly with the Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background create a colorful setting for the new Vine Butterfly here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a mirror-image version of my earlier Hutton Gate design.  

I knew I needed the Hutton Gates and Backgrounds when I saw them  during the design team preview - but I didn't know what to do with them when they arrived.  Now I can't stop using them - they've worked their way to the front of the stash!  Hope your favorite retailer has ordered them - I know Impress has!

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Find some pretty spritzy, watercolored paper in your stash and cut with the Right Gate Background.  Cut a piece with the 2-½" Circle Basics die too.  These pieces were painted with diluted layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills and set aside to dry before cutting.

Cut Right Hutton Gate and Vine Butterfly from white cardstock.  

Cut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from white cardstock - we're using just the outer frame here.  

Layer the watercolored circle over the frame, then attach the Vine Butterfly.

Attach the Right Hutton Gate to the Right Gate Background.

Attach the right edge of the circles under the gates.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Air-dry it,  then stamp the tiny hexagons over it with Rose Gold Delicata.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for perfectly-sized accents for any project

Attach the diecuts to the card.

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There are so many ways to use the Hutton Gates and the Gate Backgrounds throughout the year.  Pair them with pretty colors for spring, then with bright summer colors.    Imagine them in orange+black for Halloween - and festive reds with glitter for the holidays.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the PAPER AND INKOLLAGE class at Impress this Saturday!  We're using artpapers - and accents from my stash - with great dies and inks on artsy, layered designs.  Everyone gets a packet of "extras" from my stash too - to make a few more class cards at home.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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03/21/2018

Wed 21

Some Bunny Loves You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! It's finally spring and it's the perfect time of year to send a little love to your favorite bunny. 

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For my card today I stamped this cute line of bunnies from the new stamp set Spring Bunnies onto a white piece of paper. I also stamped the same image onto a piece of masking paper. I cut out the mask I created and placed it on top of the bunnies. I took my ink blending tool and some teal ink to create the color around the bunnies. When you remove the mask then the bunnies are ready to be colored. I used some Copic Markers to color these cuties.

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I stamped the sentiment and the little heart under the bunnies and then glued it to a kraft card. I colored the heart with some clear Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle to the card to finish it off.

Have a wonderful day!

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03/19/2018

Mon 19

Sweet Bunnies and Painted Flower Stems in Simple Garden Pots
by Anne Thompson

For a while now I've been wanting those beautiful oriental papers that Jean Okimoto uses in her posts here on Outside the Box.  And now we can all have them!  Birch Press Design is carrying a lovely selection of these gorgeous papers--25 patterns!-- on their website under the paper section with the heading "Handmade" !!!  Mine arrived recently and the cards for today feature Green Folia, Lavender Folia, and Pebble Gold papers.  AND I have a NEW die set,too--SIMPLE GARDEN POTS 99999.  There are two pots, one large and one small.  The neat thing about them is that the die cuts a slit in the rim of the pots so it's incredibly easy to tuck things into them!  

Here's the first card.

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Here I tucked bunnies into the larger of the garden pots!  

  • I started with a purple notecard similar in color to the purple in the Green Folia paper.  I mounted the printed paper onto white cardstock using wide Scor-Tape.  Because this paper is similar in texture to mulberry paper, a tape runner just pulled off a thin off layer of the paper.  
  • I ran a strip of gold washi tape down the left side of the notecard.  I then added the panel to the front of the top-folded notecard.
  • I cut all of the Garden Pots from the Pebble Gold paper.  
  • I cut out three of the SWEET BUNNY 99905 images from white cardstock, taping a snippet of white cardstock with brown marker dots for eyes and pink for the nose behind each of the heads.  
  • As I tucked the bunnies into their pots, the one on the left is taped flat to the Green Folia paper, the one on the right has one layer of foam tape behind it, and the one in the center of the three has a double layer of foam adhesive.

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  • I stacked up three of the small pots, tipping each one a bit, and taped them to the card front.
  • For the final large pot, I used a snippet of grass cut from a light green cardstock using the GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924.  Looks like something sprouting!

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For the second card, I started with the Lavender Folia paper and some silver sticky-backed glitter paper  for pots filled with silver PAINTED FLOWER STEMS 99942.

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  • This side-fold card has the Lavender Folia paper on white cardstock on a light purple notecard and garden pots cut from a scrap of the same purple color notecard.
  • I cut the silver flowers apart and tucked the stems into the flower pots.  As I glued down the pots to the card front, I lined up the glittery stems on top of the purple stems in the printed paper.  The two largest flowers each got a large pot and the smallest flower is in the smaller pot.  I added purple gems to the flower centers.

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I'm so happy with the way these cards turned out!  I know I'm going to enjoy growing lots of different flowers in these pots!!!

Happy Crafting!

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03/17/2018

Sat 17

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

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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.

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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 water.  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.

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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03/15/2018

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.

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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.

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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!

Donnasignature

 

 

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03/03/2018

Sat 03

Big Butterfly Wing and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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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.  

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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?

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Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

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