132 posts categorized "Birds"

06/07/2018

Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto

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Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.

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Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...

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05/24/2018

Thu 24

Elegant Shorebirds and Cat Tail Sunrise by Jean Okimoto

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The Elegant Shorebirds pose as flamingos and the Cat Tail Sunrise frames a watercolored sunset on a summer card today.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a sunny-day idea that takes Memory Box dies a bit beyond their original, intended designs.

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask them with scraps of paper and sponge VersaFine Clair Nocturne on their beaks and legs to create a trio of flamingo-wannabes.  

Spritz a light mist of water onto watercolor paper.  Paint it in pale, overlapping shades of pink, yellow, and coral - and a light tinge of gray in a few areas.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills were used as liquid watercolors here.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with a fine mist of Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut gray cardstock with Cat Tail Sunrise.  Trim it with the same Rectangle Basics die - keep the cutting edge of the rectangle away from the delicate circle.  Trim the spikey tips of any cattails that were cut off.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of coral creme cardstock.  I've used the smoother side of textured cardstock here

Cut little coral glittered hexagons with the Honeycomb Square.  It's the perfect size for bright sparkly accents - try it with mirror cardstock too.  

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We appreciate your support of Memory Box designs and hope you'll experiment with different ways to use them - as intended, or in your unique creative ways!  Thanks for visiting...see you soon!

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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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04/06/2018

Fri 06

Floral Prayers
by Sharon Harnist

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, requiring just the right balance of color and elements to achieve a somber and reverent message.  Today I'm using some gorgeous Birch Press handmade papers and tape, combined with beautiful Memory Box dies and stamps that hopefully strike that delicate balance:

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This card started with a Memory Box Custard notecard with a strip of Birch Press Mineral Green washi tape along the right edge.  The next background layer is some beautiful Birch Press Ivory Cabbage Rose handmade paper, matted with gold metallic cardstock.  Next is a layer of gorgeous Birch Press Bouquet hand screen printed paper, with a touch of gold metallic outlining -- aren't the colors amazing?!!

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The pretty sentiment is from the Memory Box Prayers Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz onto an ivory Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame. An additional Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and glued on top.  The ivory flower die cut was colored with Copic BG23 to match the floral paper and washi tape.  The circle element was popped up with foam tape.   Finally, the elegant Soaring Swallow was die cut from ivory cardstock and accented with gold metallic watercolor, then mounted with foam tape.

I made this card for our monthly Memory Box Challenge -- I hope you'll read all about it here and join in on the fun (you could win an awesome prize!).  Thanks so much for joining me today!  

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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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03/30/2018

Fri 30

Modern Leaf Circle Frame, Singing Birds and Left Gate Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Left Gate Background's off-cut unexpectedly creates the perfect background for the new Modern Leaf Circle Frame and a pair of Singing Birds.  Add some glittery Honeycomb Square hexagons, washi tape from Birch Press Designs -  and a greeting from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps - and you have a card!

Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a design that would surely win the "Smallest Piece of Washi Tape on a Card Challenge" if we ever have one.  I spent way more time than I'll admit trying to work a bigger piece of that pretty pale lavender tape into the design - but it always looked excessive.  I fussed and fidgeted with it over and over again, but one little piece won.  So that's how we got here!

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The background is the negative portion that remained after I diecut the Left Gate Background for an earlier card (above).  It's the watercolored background behind the leafy Left Hutton Gate (the watercolored circle was cut separately with a Circle Basics die).

Trim the top, bottom and right edge of the off-cut with portions of a Rectangle Basics die for crisp, even edges without measuring.  

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Cut Modern Leaf Circle Frame from watercolor paper.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to purple and chartreuse felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the birds again from watercolor paper and layer them for extra dimension.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1-¼" Square Basics die.

Cut turquoise glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of watercolor paper.  Add a bit of the washi tape from Birch Press Design.

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Thanks for stopping by - join us for Laura's great card tomorrow!

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03/06/2018

Tue 06

Singing Birds, Half a Dozen Eggs and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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 The new Singing Birds - diecut from bright wool-blend felt - are more than ready for Spring.  Aren't we all?  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Easter idea - and another design featuring the pretty screen-printed handmade papers and felt in our stash.  A branch from the Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies set is the perfect, sturdy perch for the colorful birds.

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Cut a pretty spring print with the 2-½" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I've used Shizen Design  screen-printed handmade  paper from Birch Press.  It's made of recycled cotton fabric scraps sourced from t-shirt factories in India.  

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pink, fuchsia and turquoise wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut three of the Singing Birds.  

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge Dies from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded natural A-2 card with the new VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Dry the ink, attach the diecuts to the card, and add pale turquoise gem stickers. 

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Singing Birds is another great set for all seasons.  Imagine this design with a floral heart, circle or oval for the summer.  Shiny black birds would create a spooky Halloween card.  Red glittered or velvet birds on snowy branches would be beautiful for winter cards.  Hope the Singing Birds set is already in your Memory Box collection, or on your wishlist!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS  class at Impress on March 10th.  We'll make 5 cards and a little candy wrapper for Easter chocolates.  Pretty colors, the promise of warmer weather, flowers - and dark chocolate in cute wrappers  - so many reasons why Easter is my favorite holiday!  What's yours?

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.

Jeansignature-3



 

 

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02/22/2018

Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto

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It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.

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Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

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02/18/2018

Sun 18

Marvelous Hummingbird
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends.   Spring is just around the corner and that means gorgeous flowers and pretty birds flitting here and there. In my backyard I have birdhouses, blooming flowers, bushes, shrubs and a hummingbird feeder. We have yet to see one of those pretty little birds outside our window. But I keep hoping!!!

Sometimes you have to make your own happiness, as I have done here with this new Marvelous Hummingbird die.

 

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I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird from watercolor paper, then colored with Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers. (Fern, Bud Green & Prussian Blue).

I also die cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles from watercolor paper and added a couple of the same colors.

 

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I used one of my favorite flower dies Hibiscus, along with the sweet Fine Cut Leaves popped up with foam adhesive.

 

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Stamped greeting from the Sentimental Iris set with Black ink.

I love how delicate the Hummingbird is with all its intricate wings. Just another feminine card to send to a special friend.

 

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

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02/16/2018

Fri 16

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Hello Friends! Today I pulled out some of my Zig Clean Color brush pens out and did a little watercoloring. Let's make a card!

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First, I die cut the Marvelous Hummingbird out of watercolor paper. I cut a few to work on at the same time since each one turns out a little bit different. To color with these markers I took the marker directly to the paper in a small area and then came in with a water brush to blend the color out. I repeated this with each color I added, making sure to allow a little time to dry in between layers of color.

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I kept adding and blending until I got it to how I wanted it. Be careful with the thinner lines like the wings and the tail, adding too much marker and water will tear them.

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To create the card I glued a piece of white that I stamped with a sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary set and I cut with one of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle dies and glued it to a Key Lime note card that matched my hummingbird. I finished it all of with a black gem for the eye and some green gems for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today! I hope you get a chance to make something fun!
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