74 posts categorized "Animals"


Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto


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.


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.


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!


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!




Thu 30

Tall Fern Left Corner and Scalloped Stitch Fancy Frames
by Jean Okimoto


The new Tall Fern Left Corner creates a great background for the Springtime Bunnies.  Bunnies don't usually wear flower garlands, but this is a special trio.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card to welcome spring - and hope it's really arrived this time!


You're probably wondering why the Wintertime Joy die is shown here - I would!  I needed a bunch of tiny flower shapes and decided the littlest snowflakes would work.  Diecut them from scraps of painted watercolor paper, then snip them apart with a pair of detail or manicure scissors.

The Tickle Flower Landscape die would be a smarter alternative for the tiny flowers - 


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through the felt.


Dry-embossing the Scallopped Stitch Fancy Frame is an easy way to add a subtle background accent.  Here's how I layered everything for my Platinum - I bought the extra magnetic platform too.  (Caution, the magnetic field can be harmful to anyone with a pacemaker.)  Place the die - cutting-edge-up - on the platform first.  Add the front of the card, rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate.  

Attach the diecuts and add sparkly green gem stickers.


Thanks for visiting - have a great evening.  Join us again tomorrow for another great design from Donna!




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.