83 posts categorized "Animals"

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!

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05/04/2018

Fri 04

I Believe in You!
by Melissa Rusk

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It's the end of the school year and a perfect time to send someone a little extra encouragement. This cute stamps set Bee Yourself got the job done. I started with the background of the card. I used the Hex Drift die and I cut it on a white piece of paper 5 times. Each time I turned the die around to create this background. I glued it on to a piece of cardstock that I colored with small ink pads. Using two different yellow colors I stamped the small square ink pads all over a white piece of paper to get the pops of yellow you see through the background.


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I stamped the I bee-lieve in you sentiment and two bees from the set on white and then colored them with a yellow Copic marker and some clear wink of stella glitter for the wings. I mounted it on a black piece of paper and glued it to the card. I finished the whole thing off with some black gems.

Have a fabulous and crafty weekend!
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04/19/2018

Thu 19

Long Dachshund, Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The new Long Dachshund - and his mirror-image buddy - contemplate life on a simple little card today.  The washi tape background from Birch Press Design gets a quick trim with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a greeting for someone needing a bit of encouragement and support during a tough time.   MemoryBoxLongDachshund-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxDogGoneClearStamps-BirchPressDesign-JeanOkimoto-DogCards-DiecutDogCards-WashiTapeCards-DiecutWashiTapeCards

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to tan and dark brown felt.  It will stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut Long Dachshund from dark brown felt.  Cut him again from the reverse side of the tan felt to create a left-facing dachshund.  Switch their ears.  

Attach lime and turquoise duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut the collars.  

Attach strips of washi tape (about 3" long) to white cardstock and diecut the cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

Simple strips of washi tape can add so much to a quick card.  See the great patterns and beautiful colors featured on the Birch Press Design site.  

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Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's THOUGHTS + THANKS class at Impress!  It's always nice to have a stash of thank you and thinking-of-you cards ready - hope you liked the designs that we stamped, folded and layered.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets!

The Impress Annual Spring Sale starts today - and runs through Sunday April 22nd.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box and Poppystamps items - and enjoy a 20% discount on the great designs you've been waiting for!  Stock up on VersaFine Clair inkpads too - they're my favorite inks for classes and here on Outside the Box.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of the 4-day sale - and join us for the GREEN GREETINGS class on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11:30-1:30.   Green - the color and the concept - is the class theme.  Lots of green - papers, inks, accents,  recycled items - and great techniques.  Everyone receives a bonus pack of some items from my stash to make more class cards at home later.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

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03/30/2018

Fri 30

Snow Bunny, Spring Bunnies Cupcakes and a Carrot by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Deep Edge Dies Snow Bunny -  and cupcakes from the Spring Bunnies Clear Stamps -  brighten someone's day.  Washi tape from Birch Press Design adds dotty accents and a splash of color to the big bunny.  Sparkly pink gemstones are the finishing touch.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easily transformed to greet any occasion.  

Pick your favorite cupcake flavor - raspberry, lemon, blueberry, lime or carrot.  I hope it's carrot cake today.

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Stamp the cupcakes - from the Open Studio Spring Bunnies Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  If you like Onyx Black VersaFine - you will LOVE Nocturne.  It's a deeper, darker black that's great for solid images and delicate, detailed designs too.  

Press the inks from the Bouquet Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Paint the cupcakes, dry the inks, and diecut it with the coordinating die from the Spring Bunnies die set.  Paint it carefully and neatly inside the lines - or quickly and outside the lines,  as I did.

Diecut a second piece from watercolor paper and attach it behind the stamped piece for more dimension.

Stamp, emboss, paint and diecut a carrot. 

Diecut the Snow Bunny  from textured white cardstock.  Attach Birch Press Designs Dot Lime Tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut the ear and midsection accent pieces.

Paint a dot of pink ink and two dots of a black marker onto watercolor paper and diecut the eyes and nose.

Crease one of the arm pieces and attach the carrot in the fold.

Stamp the greeting on a top-folded 5-½" square gray card with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts and gem stickers.  

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Enjoy using  the Snow Bunny and Spring Bunnies sets throughout the year - not just for their namesake winter and spring seasons.  They're great for birthdays, thank yous and baby cards - and whenever you want to make someone smile.  Hope this brightened your day!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening...

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03/28/2018

Wed 28

Spring Bunnies Dies, Spring Bunnies Clear Stamps and Half a Dozen Eggs by Jean Okimoto

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An assortment of chocolate Spring Bunnies and a Birch Press washi tape egg venture a bit outside the box here today now that spring has officially arrived.  We hope!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a just-in-time Easter design for you.

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It's easy to create some great custom-colored washi tape backgrounds for diecutting.  Just attach them to bright cardstock and let a bit of the background show through the lighter areas of the tape.  Cut it with a die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I love how these three tapes - from Birch Press Design - were instantly transformed into a coordinating backdrop of greens and blues for my bunnies.  (Yes, half a dozen usually means 6 - but the smallest egg somehow slipped away from the others during the photos.)

The pressure of diecutting washi tape also bonds the tapes securely to the cardstock backing.  These pretty tapes won't be peeling away or curling before they reach their destination.  

Cut an extra egg from the smoother side of textured cardstock for a background layer with textural contrast.

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Don't you just love the different personalities reflected in the expressions on the bunny faces?  It's a great stamp set for any occasion - look at those cupcakes!

Stamp the bunnies  - from the Open Studio Spring Bunnies Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with the new Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Here's an embossing tip that I've shared in classes - wave the heat tool a few inches from the backside of the stamped, powdered image for a few seconds to preheat the embossing powder first.  Complete the embossing from the right side - as usual - for a quick, glossy finish without overheating or scorching the image.

Instead of applying watercolor pencils directly to the stamped image - and risk scraping the embossed design -  scribble them  onto a scrap of watercolor paper and use it as a palette to dissolve and blend the colors first.

Color the bunnies, blot them to be sure they're dry, then cut them with the coordinating die from the Spring Bunnies Die Set.  Diecut an extra layer of plain watercolor paper and attach it behind the stamped layer for dimension.  Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add yellow gem stickers.

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's PAPER AND INKOLLAGE class at Impress!  I appreciate your driving, ferrying or flying from Canada, Spokane and cities near and far for my class.  Hope you liked the cards - and enjoy using the "extras" on future projects.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

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Have fun creating spring cards - thanks for stopping by!

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03/26/2018

Mon 26

Puppy Birthday Card
by Laura Fulcher


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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I love making dog and cat cards.  I tend to have a lot of animal lovers in my life, and pet cards are always well received.

For today's card, I paired the new Long Dachshund die along with the new Perky Puppy die.  They are so cute!  I wanted to make a scene with the two of them, so I added the speech bubbles from the mini Dog Gone clear set and a present from the Spring Bunnies clear set.

To decorate the die cut dogs, I cut them from white paper and then colored them with the following Copic markers:

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To add a bit more of a decorative element, I mixed a couple of different strips of washi tape from Birch Press Design with varying patterns and colors (Block Pink Tape and Stripe Black Tape).  As a finishing touch, I added a saying from the Wishing You Sentiments clear set:

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I hope that you have a wonderful week!

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03/24/2018

Sat 24

To the Sweetest
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a great weekend.  Today I have a cute card which can be used as a Easter card or an all occasion card, and the best part of all, it's quick and easy!

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To make this card I stamped the bunny in the center of a piece of white cardstock.  I masked the bunny and then stamped the cake stand to make it look as if the bunny was standing on it.  I colored the stamped images with colored pencils and mounted this to a piece of black cardstock, and then adhered it to a piece of green cardstock.  

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I used foam adhesive to glue it to a white notecard, that has washi tape adhered on the right hand side of the card.  I stamped the sentiment underneath the mounted image.

To finish the card I added a pom pom to the bunny and a few black epoxy embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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03/14/2018

Wed 14

Left Hutton Gate, Simple Chicks and Sweet Bunny by Jean Okimoto

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The new Left Hutton Gate - sideways - creates a leafy setting for two Simple Chicks and the Sweet Bunny.  Add one of the Half a Dozen Eggs - cut from Lawn Fawn's Simply Plaid Spring prints - for a quick Easter card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with an outside-the-box way to use the just-released Left Hutton Gate horizontally instead of vertically, as intended.

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Cut the Left Hutton Gate from light green cardstock.  

Cut two small Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of flamingo cardstock behind them for beaks.

Cut Sweet Bunny from white cardstock.  Use a black marker to scribble black dots on a scrap of flamingo cardstock and place it behind the bunny for a nose and eyes.  

Cut the second-largest egg from the Half A Dozen Eggs set from Lawn Fawn's Simply Plaid Spring paper.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A2 card of textured green cardstock.  Save some time by attaching just the straight edges of the Left Hutton Gate so you can tuck the egg and bunny behind it.  A bit of glue behind the chick twins will secure the curved edge.

Add orange gem stickers for a contrasting pop of color.

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The new Left and Right Hutton Gates are actually a coordinating pair designed to be displayed vertically.  Add them to your collection for spring and summer cards - or for romantic designs for Valentines and weddings.  Scatter flowers, birds or butterflies among the lacy leaves too!

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Big Thanks to everyone for taking last week's SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress - and spending a few hours indoors on that unexpected sunny and warm winter day!  It really did feel like spring had arrived.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with latest and greatest new release items, papers, VersaFine Clairs and felt for our Easter cards.

Visit Impress or their site to view their collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps.  

Just a note...Impress' first shipment of the new VersaFine Clairs sold out immediately - but many of the new colors have been re-stocked in time for your spring cards.  Get there quickly before they sell out again!

Thanks for stopping by...

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02/17/2018

Sat 17

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

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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?  

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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.

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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.

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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...

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01/11/2018

Thu 11

Llama Love
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to another day of our Blog Blitz friends! Today I am sharing this cute new Llama Love stamp set as well as a few of the heart dies. There is so much to llove about this set!

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For this card I stamped the llama and the blanket onto white card stock and then used the coordinating die to cut it out. I colored the llama with my Copic markers. To make the llama look like it had some texture on the fur I drew some spirals all over in the same color that I colored the llama and then I repeated the spirals with the colorless blender pen. It makes him look so fluffy!

For the card I die cut the Dibble Heart Border three times on white and then placed a dark pink behind it. I colored the hearts and dots with a clear Wink of Stella pen to give it some sparkle. I die cut a large heart from the Wrapped Stitch Hearts set and then a smaller heart from the Double Stitched Hearts set to stamp my sentiment on.

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I layered all of my pieces onto the card and then finished it off with some clear gems.

Want to win your own Dibble Heart Border?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 14th by 11:59pm EST. Be sure to stop by each day through Friday.  Designers will be sharing new ideas and there will be a prize offered each day.  Winners will be posted on this blog Monday, January 15th in the afternoon.  Good luck!
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