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Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto




The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper.  Easter eggs are optional!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.

Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity?  Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards.  The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.  


Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper -  so he'll face the Grassland Collage.  This pretty print is from Hanko Designs.  Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.


Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of  folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design.  This lets you avoid  the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage.  Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas.  The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of.  This is easier done than explained - give it a try!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf.  The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.  

I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.  

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  The  Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects,  making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies.  Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!






Thu 23

A Wildwood Collage Easter Scene
by Jean Okimoto


The new Wildwood Collage fits perfectly onto one of the Half a Dozen Eggs to create a sweet little Easter scene.  Don't you just love it when everything fits together like they were made for each other...and they were!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design for you today.

Are you old enough to remember those precious hollow "window" eggs with the little Easter scenes inside?   That's my inspiration today - let's make a snailmail-able version of those vintage pieces.  Yes, objects from my childhood are now officially "vintage."


Cut the big egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the Wildwood Collage.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through the felt.

Cut glittered cardstock eggs using the small Clutch of Eggs dies.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of lime green cardstock.


Easter's my favorite holiday.  I love the colors, flowers, bunnies and dark chocolate eggs (not necessarily in that order) that  always make it so special, and pretty.    What's your favorite holiday?

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress!  It was a chocolate-powered session - and we certainly flew through the cards and treat tote, and even ended ahead of schedule.    Thanks too - Ann and Karen - for helping us fill our baskets with all of the pretty, glittery supplies we need for Easter.

I've added a new special class from 1:00-3:00 this Saturday - it's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED.  We're making 7 cards, including a simple origami butterfly and a bunny with silkscreened artpapers.  It's time to stop saving those beautiful prints and start cutting them into accents, backgrounds and perfect squares for origami with our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  

Thanks for stopping by...



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Wed 22

Spring Forest By Lindsay

Hello, and welcome!

I have a masculine card to share with you today using a few of the Spring release! Masculine cards are sometimes challenging, but with a few choice colors, and specific dies, you can make something any man would love to receive. 


To begin, I die cut a panel of lime green card stock using the Sapling Collage die. I also die cut the front of a top folding white note card with the same die. I trimmed the green panel down, and die cut it using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames die set, adhering it to my white card using foam tape.


I stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things To Love set, using gray ink. I then die cut a few deer from an older set, called Valley Deer Trio, and inked them using brown ink. I adhered them to the card front, as well as the inside using liquid glue, as well as foam tape.


To finish it, and give it more interest, I sponged on a couple of blue shades on the inside panel of the card. 



Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto



The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!


Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

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






Wed 07

Peaceful Christmas
by Lindsay


Lindsay with you today, and I am sharing yet another Christmas card! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a large stack to send, and this one is now included with them! I just adore the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, and die combo, and thought those sweet deer needed to be colored, and put onto a card. 


Going very clean and simple, I took a piece of white card stock, and cut it down to 4 x 5 1/4. I then masked off a round hill with a piece of scrap paper, and sponged on a faint horizon line for my trees to sit on, and around. I stamped my images onto Copic safe card stock, and colored them in. Using the coordinating dies, I ran each image through, and adhered them to the panel. 


I stamped the sentiment in a crisp black ink, and rounded the corners of the panel. I then adhered the panel to a white card base, using foam tape, and applied some glittery shine to the trees with a glitter pen. Again, a very simple card, and easy to make a few of! Besides, coloring is always a welcome distraction from certain chores, right? Thanks so much for stopping by! 




Thu 10

Impress Exclusive Memory Box Die, Snow Burst and Sketchbook Joy
by Jean Okimoto


Fawn'd Friends - Impress' exclusive Memory Box die - takes great advantage of a Pool Notecard for a wintery scene.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another design featuring a very special holiday die.  I love how simply refolding Memory Box notecards inside-out creates the perfect backdrop for winter designs.


Cut Fawn'd Friends on the white side of a Pool Notecard.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata over the deer.  Gently heat-set the shimmery ink.

Cut Snow Burst from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle design from the Distressed Baptisia Collage die set.

Cut Sketchbook Joy from an extra Pool Notecard - leave it in the die.  Remove the unnecessary pieces inside the "loops."  Place dots of glue on the backside of the greeting, then flip the whole thing over and use a piercing tool to push it out of the die and onto the card.  That's a lot easier than trying to wiggle it - and the tiny dot - into place!

Attach the snowflakes and red dots.  

Diecutting the design high on the card leaves ample space to stamp a festive greeting and sign your name on the inside.  


Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress.  Hope you liked the designs - and enjoy the beautiful silkscreened papers you selected for your 2016 Christmas cards.  Memory Box and Poppystamps dies are great for cutting through the layers of ink and fibers on silkscreened artpapers and make it ever so easy to create simple, classic cards for everyone on your list.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you like today's  card.  See you again this evening!




Mon 24

Impress Exclusive Fawn’d Friends, Snow Burst and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


Fawn'd Friends - an Impress exclusive Memory Box die - takes center stage on a shimmery, sparkly card for the holidays.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple Peerless Watercolor-ed card for you today. 


Here's a collection of supplies I posted earlier. Fawn'd Friends is perfectly sized and shaped for shaker cards, gift tags and placecards if you set a formal table for the holidays.  You'll love it for Christmas...and again for Valentines' Day.  View more Memory Box - and Poppystamps - dies at Impress online.

Cut the 3-¼" x 4-½"  Stitched Rectangle Trimming on the smoother side of watercolor paper - save the delicate outer "frame." Cut the 4" x 2-¾" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from the previously-cut rectangle.  Watercolor the center portion - in a loose, irregular block - with teal and aqua Peerless Watercollors. Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the same Peerless shades to diecut color-matched Snow Burst snowflakes for accents.     Set the papers aside to dry.

Cut Fawn'd Friends from watercolor paper and trim it to about 3" x 2-¼".  Mask the adjacent areas with a Post-It note and daub Delicata Celestial Copper onto the deer.  Heat-set the ink.  

Diecut Snow Burst from the watercolored paper, green glitter cardstock and blue glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of matching watercolor paper.   I cut slivers from a Scor-Tape sheet to attach the Fawn'd Friends and rectangle trimming.  Add tiny silver sequins.

I love how the Stitched Rectangle Trimming creates a delicate frame to highlight the winter scene.  It's a great set of 8 dies - each die cuts a rectangle and a frame.  They're also perfectly proportioned for layers and backgrounds on A-2 and A-6 cards.



Thanks for stopping by today - see you again on Thursday!  





Tue 18

It's a White Christmas
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I have a quick and easy, yet elegant Christmas design for you today.


For today's card I went with a monochromatic white on white card using 3 dies and a stamp!  This would be very easy to replicate for multiple cards...and who doesn't want that for their Christmas mailing list.  I used the hexagon stitched dies and layered them and on top I used the Deer in the Tree Silhouette.  I added dimension to the deer die using foam dots and stamped the sentiment using pigment Ombre ink from Hero Arts and then embossed in clear embossing powder.


A couple of tips when doing monochromatic cards...make sure you are using the same cardstock for all of the components of your card.  You think white is white until they are together on a card and then all of sudden you realize there are tons of different shades/tones of white:)!!  Also, for this particular die, which has an embossing component to it (the deer), I run the die through the machine twice.  The first time is using the thin metal sandwich and then the second time, the sandwich is set for embossing.

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope the rest of your week is wonderful.




Tue 11

Mighty Oak
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I love the rich colors of Autumn and decided to incorporate the richness of the season into a perfectly masculine card.  Even guys enjoy receiving cards (even if they don't admit it)!


I used the wonderful die called Mighty Oak Frame and put the die Small Deer behind the tree.  2 perfectly paired dies = a fast easy card and perfectly masculine card.  Remember this video from a few months back using deli paper and distress crayons?

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Well instead of using distress crayons to create the color on the deli paper, I used DecoArts Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle and Black Shimmer.  I applied the medium in several different ways.  For a thin coat, I used a paintbrush loaded with a lot of water and then lessened the amount of water to increase the opacity.  For the heaviest coverage, I applied the medium directly to the deli paper with my finger.


The sentiment is from an exclusive Memory Box set available from Simple Pleasures Stamps and Scrapbooking which was stamped in Versafine and then embossed with Copper embossing powder.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today!  See you next week:)!!





Wed 07

Holly Swirl Oval Frame and the Swift Reindeer
by Jean Okimoto



Create a classic holiday scene with the Swift Reindeer leaping over the Holly Swirl Oval Frame - easy to make and ideal for mass-production. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a few quick technique tips for my challenge inspiration card.


The delicate Holly Swirl Oval Frame is beautiful as is - but add another layer of dimension to highlight the details.  Diecut it from watercolor paper and leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Don't remove it from the die just yet...stencil the leaves through the open areas of the die with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Lime and Pearlescent Thyme.  OK...now it's time to pop it out of the die!  Admire it for a second - then clean any residual ink from the die with a damp paper towel.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to dark kraft cardstock to add a layer of dimension.  Diecut Swift Reindeer - you don't need to cut the entire scarf from kraft cardstock - you'll be replacing it with velvet paper.  Mask the adjacent areas and sponge some Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate onto the deer's antlers, nose and hooves.  

Cut two of the scarves from velvet paper and trim them.  Attach the shorter piece under the deer and the longer piece over his neck.  

Cut red glittered craft foam with the circle pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set - leave it in the die.  Attach Scor-Tape behind the foam and diecut it again...you now have about 40 self-adhesive glitter dots!

Attach everything to a top-folded 5.5" square card of watercolor paper.  Square cards require extra postage...but I think (hope?) your recipients will love your card.


Looking for a unqiue gift idea for some very special people?  Join us for the WATERCOLOR CALENDAR class at Impress on Saturday September 10th.  We'll highlight the holidays and seasons of 2017 with stamps, diecuts, glitter, sequins, Imagine Crafts inks and Peerless Watercolors.  Each calendar kit includes a cool little metal stand to make it the perfect gift or personal  desk accessory.

Thanks for stopping by in the middle of your busy week - I appreciate it!