27 posts categorized "Birch Press Design"

05/18/2018

Fri 18

Butterfly Spectacle and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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The Butterfly Spectacle joins a group of favorite dies on today's card - like butterflies prepping for a summer reunion.  I love how Memory Box dies can be mixed and mingled into endless combinations.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another quick card for you.

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Cut natural cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut it with Butterfly Spectacle.  Cut the Bouquet handmade paper - from Birch Press Design - with three butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  It's such a pretty print, with so many options!

Cut the the matching antennae/center sections - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set - from gold glitter paper.  I've used just a tiny portion of the large (21-½" x 30" sheet!) gold glitter paper from Impress.  It supplies many, many of these delicate little pieces...and a lot more!

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of natural cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of natural cardstock with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale turquoise gem stickers.

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Experiment with the dies in your Memory Box collection.  You'll be amazed at how many different ways you can use them - as intended - or in creative, outside-the-box ways that Dave probably didn't expect.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress on May 28th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area and have the day off for Memorial Day, or if you're visiting that weekend.   

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

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05/17/2018

Thu 17

Big Butterfly Wing and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card!  Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you.

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Cut bright white cardstock with the  3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project.  We're recycling and using the "offcut" here.  That's what I call it  - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly.

Find the perfect bright and flowery section of the screenprinted paper.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Using the slightly smaller die eliminates measuring, guessing and wasting that beautiful paper!

Cut the center/antennae section from gold glitter paper.  I love the new 21-1/2"x 30" gold glitter paper from Impress!  It's easy to diecut - with very little "flaking" and works perfectly with both detailed and solid dies.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of bright white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a marker.

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Have a stash of pretty artpapers?  The Big Butterfly Wing will help you use them!  Make a set of cards for special teachers or carpool moms - or for someone who's always scrambling to find a card at the last minute.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great, sunny day!

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05/12/2018

Sat 12

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a fun birthday card for you, featuring the Rolling Wave Collage die and some playful seals.

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To create this card, I die cut the Rolling Wave from a piece of white cardstock, and then glued it onto a background layer which I painted with watercolors.

I stamped, colored and die cut the seals and the ball, then adhered them to the card front using foam adhesive. 

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I then stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card and glued the card front to a white notecard.

I hope I inspired you to create a few cards!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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05/10/2018

Thu 10

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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A felt owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies delivers a bright  greeting here today.  Coordinate them with the perfect printed and embossed papers from Birch Press for more texture and zingy color.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design for spring and summer celebrations.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to fuchsia felt and diecut the Feathered Friends owl.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the face from natural cardstock.  

Cut the eyes and beak - from orange cardstock.  Color the eye circles with a black marker.

Cut the branch - from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge dies set - from  recycled cardboard.

The gold embossed paper and bright leafprint are from Birch Press Design.  They quickly add bright splashes of color and earthy texture to the design.  Cut them with the 2" x 3-¼" and 1-¾" x 3" dies from the Rectangle Basics set.  Cut the wing from the embossed paper too.

Stamp the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set on an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.  I love how the leaves match the shape of the owl and wing...little things like that make me so happy!

The Deep Edge Dies are timesavers for quilting and fabric arts because they cut thru multiple layers of fabric and are specially made to easily release the diecut pieces.  Of course you can use them for cardstock - and handmade artpapers that can sometimes be challenging to cut.  

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!   Hope you liked the cards - and the great Shizen Designs artpapers we used.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura too - for helping us find the dies, papers and inks we needed!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy the sunshine! Jeansignature-3

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05/06/2018

Sun 06

Dragonfly Birthday
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.  Penny here today with a bit of inspiration for the May Challenge here on Outside the Box. I love dragonflies...they are said to be messengers from heaven when you see one. I must confess, when I do see one in the yard, I always say "hi dad, mom, Rick" whichever one I am missing most at the time. I know it's silly...but I like it!

 

So...on to the card:

 

Start with a White cardstock base. Most of my cards are 5.5 x 4.25 inches, but you make yours whatever size you like.

 

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To make the "honeycomb paper" I laid down several strips of Block Pink washi tape from Birch Press Design on to white cardstock, then die cut the panel with Hex Drift. Using the negative die cut as a guide, I then adhered the washi die cuts on to the front of my card.

I also adhered a strip of the washi tape along the left edge of my card, wrapping it to the backside.

 

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Die cut the Dazzling Dragonfly from watercolor paper as well as Paintbrush Happy. Color with Spectrum Noir Aqua markers or your choice of medium. Adhere to card front as shown. Stamp and heat emboss the "birthday" sentiment from the Wishing You set, trim ends and use foam adhesive.

 

This card would be great for man, woman or child. :)

 Make sure to join our Insects, Butterfly Challenge this month. Just click HERE.

Happy Crafting,

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05/03/2018

Thu 03

May Challenge Inspiration – the Plush Elegant Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Plush Elegant Butterfly combines a little May Challenge inspiration - and a lot of copper thread - here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed design that's a bit more involved than my usual "quick and easy" ideas.    Hope you like it!

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Spritz watercolor paper and paint it in pale, watery layers of pink, orange, yellow and teal Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  They're vibrant, concentrated inks that can be used as liquid watercolors.  Dry the inks.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind the pink portion and diecut it with the Plush Elegant Butterfly.  Diecut the center portion too.

Punch a 2 or 3mm hole in the center of the butterfly.  Securely tape one end of a  strand of metallic copper thread behind the butterfly.  Sew long stitches - beginning at the center hole - through and around the left half of the butterfly.  Repeat on the right half.  Tape the thread ends to the backside of the butterfly.

Diecut another butterfly from white cardstock and attach it behind the stitched butterfly to add dimension (and cover the backside of the stitches!).

Stitch the butterfly center with the copper thread.

Diecut the big antennae - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set- from rose gold mirror cardstock.  Attach it between the butterfly and the center portion.

Cut another section of the watercolored paper with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Stamp "follow your bliss"   on a 5-½" square white card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach two strips of tape from the Sugar Tape set, available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots to elevate the wings.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try this technique.  It takes a few minutes - but the  detailed, sparkly results are worth the effort...promise.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ASIA NOW class at Impress on Saturday!

 

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04/25/2018

Wed 25

Happy Birthday to You
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone.

Today I have a card that features another new die from the spring release, and a beautiful embossed background paper from Birch Press Design called Cabbage Rose red handmade paper.

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To create this card I die cut the Cheery Flower Collage in the center of a white cardstock mat layer. Then I cut my red embossed paper slightly larger than the white card layer and glued that to the red paper. 

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I spattered the front of the card with gold ink and adhered my stamped sentiment using foam adhevesive.  

To finish the card I added some black epoxy embellishments to the flower centers. 

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Have a great day!

Donnasignature

 

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04/23/2018

Mon 23

Pretty Paper
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with...Oh.My.Word.....how gorgeous is this designer paper?!?  Birch Press Design was kind enough to send me a sample of this handmade paper. I am in L O V E !!! Wanting to really showcase the the exquisite colors and texture, I went with some stacked frames in a complimentary color.

Let me show you:

 

I most always start with a White cardstock base of 5.5 x 4.25. Then I start adding on.

 

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I die cut the Wrapped Stitch Frames from both White and Aqua cardstocks. As you can see, I snipped here and there on the frames for added interest.

I framed the small handmade paper with both White and Aqua.

 

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I also die cut the Fine Cut Leaves (one of my favorites) from Aqua cardstock and tucked them beneath the frame.

Add a couple of pretty sequins and you have a finished masterpiece.

I usually put some kind of sentiment on the front, but with this little pretty, I wanted the Bouquet Handmade Paper to be the star of the show.

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/12/2018

Thu 12

Bee Yourself Clear Stamps with Tall Grassy Stems Border and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings by Jean Okimoto

 

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Stand out in a crowd - and bee yourself - like the tall  Paper Flower from Birch Press Design.  The new Bee Yourself Clear Stamps add a lighthearted touch to any spring card, especially with glittery little bees.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a sunny yellow card designed to brighten a drizzly spring day.

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Cut 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings from marshmallow chick cardstock.  Keep it in the die.   Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the back edges to keep the outer frame and inner rectangle together.  Stamp the bee - from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamps Set - with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Impress recently received their 3rd shipment of these great VersaFine Clairs.  They're perfect for large solid areas and detailed designs. You can even emboss with them - just be sure to have your embossing powder and heat-tool handy and ready.  The Clairs are easy to stack and the snug lids keep the inks fresh and ready for your next project!

Cut about 4" of Tall Grassy Stems Border from green cardstock.  Trim it to fit the yellow background using the same rectangle die.  No measuring needed!

Stamp the greeting and another bee with Nocturne.  Dry the ink and cut it with the ¾" x 2" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Keep it in the die and attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the back edges again.

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card.  

Attach paper flowers from Birch Press Design  - these vintage-y beauties are from the Mine Flowers set.  Add some pretty yellow gem stickers.  Highlight the  bees with a clear glitter Wink of Stella pen.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone again at this Saturday's THOUGHTS AND THANKS class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - 3 thinking-of-you-themed cards and 3 thank-yous.  Lots of diecuts, techniques, specialty papers, great inks and stamps.

Thanks for visiting...please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great card!

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