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08/23/2017

Wed 23

Single Deer Oval, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto

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Versatile Memory Box Ovals - Single Deer, Dancing Snowflake and Stitched Oval Layers - add a classic, traditional look to holiday cards. They make it quiick and easy to create dimensional winter scenes like this one.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring the new Single Deer Oval.

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Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from chartreuse cardstock. 

Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from watercolor paper - leave the diecut in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for my Platinum - platform, diecut in the die (face-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut Single Deer Oval from dark kraft cardstock.

Attach the ovals to a Parsley Notecard, offsetting the Single Deer Oval slightly to the right -  and use foam dots behind the deer's head - for some shadowy dimension.

Place the Curled Ribbons die behind a scrap of red glittered craft foam and cut a portion of the ribbon so it curls up and towards the left.  Trim it to create a scarf.  

Add gold gem stickers.

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I always try to get the most from my Memory Box designs and want to share these ideas with you.  I love how easy it is to combine them in unique ways by layering or altering them to become something entirely different. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to make a 2017 Holiday Collection card at the Impress Holiday Kickoff last weekend.  Hope you liked it, and were inspired to glitter your way through the holidays!

  Jeansignature-3



08/17/2017

Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  

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Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.

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Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.

 

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If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!

Jeansignature-3
 

08/03/2017

Thu 03

New Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


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Mix and match the new Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes as a sparkly trio on a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  Glitter makes it better, and sequins add the finishing touch!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design in frosty winter pastels.

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I found a pretty little scrap of Distress Oxide-painted watercolor paper in my stash and cut it with the 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Dry-emboss it with the smallest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle. 

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Here's the stacking sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  The dry-embossed Wrapped Stitch Rectangle creates a subtle stitched frame on the background.   It's a nice way to add texture without competing with main design elements like snowflakes.

Diecut the snowflakes from silver, aqua and pink glittered cardstock.  

Stamp "believe" - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Add the diecuts and small silver sequins.  

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A simple, basic layout like this works throughout the year.  Try it with various sizes of hearts, stars, butterflies or flowers - and  ghosts in October.  I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life and save time.  This will be a go-to template for other cards I'll be designing for you.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on August 5th.  We'll make 7 Asian-inspired cards with beautiful silkscreened artpapers, dies and great techniques.  Enjoy the AC - and your 10% class discount on a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps products - and everything else on your wishlist!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Keep cool, think snowflakes and winter pastels - even here in Seattle, with sunny skies and highs around 100.

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

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07/31/2017

Mon 31

New Snowy Pine Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowy Pine Oval, glittery Piccolo Snowflakes and gem stickers create a frosty winter scene - a cool illusion on a hot summer day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a "medium" card - not too simple, not too complicated, something in between.

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Start off by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto watercolor paper.  Spritz it lightly - and from about 12" away - to blend the inks.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-3/8" tall Stitched Oval.  

Diecut Snowy Pine Oval from textured white cardstock.  

Diecut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes from pale blue glittered cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the new Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - onto a 5-1/2" square card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

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Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Maybe it was pretty easy after all!

Square cards require extra postage - but the holidays are so special, and so are the friends and relatives we create our cards for.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Thursday.

Jeansignature-3

Mon 31

Glittered New Deco Trees
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Looking for another quick Christmas card idea?  The new Deco Trees die is perfect for quick cards - and it's great with glitter too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design in the simple, clean contemporary style I love.


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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured white cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees.

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Here's a tip...instead of backing the entire cutout one large piece of tape to attach the glitter - cut three pieces of tape instead.  Attach the tape behind each tree and apply the glitter one tree at a time to keep the colors from mixing.  Using a paintbrush to apply the glitter helps too - it's a lot neater than dumping glitter onto the adhesive.   The pretty colors used here are from Martha Stewart Crafts - Blueberry Blush, Sugar Plum and Wintermint.

Cut strips of violet and turquoise cardstock with a portion of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to create accent strips for the left side of the card.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from silver glittered cardstock - save the three dots too.  Attach the dots and snowflakes.  Attach everything to a white side-folded A-2 card.  

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Can you believe it's already the end of July?  It's OK if the entire Christmas-in-July thing was just a dream -  Impress has a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies and stamps ready for the holidays - and you!

 

07/29/2017

Sat 29

Bright Felt Resting Birds on the New Snowy Pine
by Jean Okimoto

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Branches of the new Snowy Pine welcome a trio of bright felt Resting Birds.  Their colors - bright and a bit un-birdy - really pop against a background cut with a die from the new Wrapped Stitch Rectangle 5-piece set.  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here today.  Looking for a unique card that's easy to mass-produce?  This could be the answer!  It's not just simple in design - Resting Birds cuts five birds at once, so also you'll have an instant supply of 15 birds in three colors to mix and match on your cards. 

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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from natural cardstock.  Cut Snowy Pine from glittered silver cardstock.  Cut the stars from gold mirror cardstock with the Starlit Breeze die.  

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to wool-blend orange, red and bright pink felt and cut Resting Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  

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Quick and easy cards are the way to go - even when there's still plenty of time till Christmas. Create a stash of them now and cross "make cards"  off your to-do list. You'll have more time to make (or enjoy)  cookies and dark chocolate truffles in December.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3
 

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07/27/2017

Thu 27

Glittered New Piccolo Snowflake Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


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Looking for more holiday designs featuring our 2017 Holiday Collection?  A background of Peerless Watercolors creates a special setting for the versatile new Piccolo Snowflake Ornament.  It's delicately contemporary and so easy to cut from glittered cardstock.  The cap and hanger - from the Millbrook Ornament set - add the finishing touch!

Hello again - Jean Okimoto here - with another simple Christmas design that's great for mass-production.  

Cut watercolor paper with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Diecut Piccolo Snowflake Ornament from your favorite glittered cardstock, then paint a coordinating background of Peerless Watercolors with a flat paintbrush or waterbrush.   Diecut a 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" rectangle from a portion of a Pool Notecard.  

Cut the solid Classic Ornament background from  the Pool Notecard.  Cut the Millbrook Ornament caps and the hanger from gold mirrored cardstock.  Assemble the ornament - sandwich the top of the Piccolo Snowflake Ornament between the two layers of the Millbrook Ornament caps.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of watercolor paper.  Add gold gem stickers.

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I like mass-producing cards that are a little different each time.  Variations in the watercolored background keep this design from being too repetitive - and it looks great in so many color combos.  Try it in pink/coral/orange - or frosty shades of blue.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Saturday.   No classes for me this weekend - I'm working on designs for my next class at Impress - Simply Asian on August 5th.  

Jeansignature-3 

 

07/26/2017

Wed 26

New Sheer Treescape, Stitched Curves and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Fresh colors, textures - and great new dies - are all you need for a simple winter landscape.  Here's a quick and easy design for your headstart on the holidays.  Deciding where to attach the sparkly gems was probably the most challenging part of this simple greeting!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easy to mass-produce and create in your favorite colors.   The Wrapped Stitch Rectangles five-piece set is quickly becoming another new favorite.  It's basic - but quirky - and adds just enough of an accent to highlight any design.  It's also designed to complement all of the other great stitched dies in our collection.  

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Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Cut Sheer Treescape from green cardstock and trim it to about 5-1/8" wide.  Snip the outer edges of the first and last trees at an angle.

Stamp "merry Christmas" - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with worn lipstick Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut it with the die from the new Stitched Curves set.  

Cut glittered pink cardstock stars using the Starlit Breeze die.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.  That's it!

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Like quick and easy designs?   Hope this inspired you to get started on your holiday cards during these hot summer days.

Big thanks to everyone from last Saturday's classes at Impress.  I appreciate that so many of you drove (and ferried!) long distances to take both classes.   Hope you loved the 2017 Holiday Collection as much as I enjoyed designing those cards for you.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied with Memory Box, Poppystamps and Open Studio products!

We just added another  NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS class - from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday August 12th.  The afternoon PAPER PLEASE class has been moved up to 11:00-1:00 that morning so those of you who couldn't take  the holiday release class on July 22nd can join us from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Please call Impress - 206 901.9101 - to save a seat, and a bit of that refreshing AC!

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool...

Jeansignature-3

 

07/20/2017

Thu 20

New Piccolo Snowflakes from the Holiday 2017 Collection
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Piccolo Snowflakes set is featured here, with the new Snowflake Wire,  in our  Blog Blitz today!  They're just two of the many fabulous new designs from our Holiday 2017 Collection of dies and stamps.  The Design Team can't wait to share holiday inspiration with you - and provide a chance to win some great products!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a beautiful snowflake set that's about to become a new favorite...

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Press broken china, faded jeans, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto a large acrylic block.  Position the 1-3/4" x 3" Rectangle Basics die and cut three sides of Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper.  Paint the watercolor paper with slightly diluted, overlapping layers of ink.  Heat-set the ink.  Love how the inks mix and mingle and cover the little lumps and bumps of this great paper!

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes and Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.  Here's a tip - rub a wad of scrunched wax paper briskly over the delicate dies to make it easier to remove the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-1/2" square white card.  Add violet gem stickers.

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There's also a coordinating set of Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes to mix and match on your holiday projects.  Snowflake Wire - like the Heart Wire - can be used in so many ways too.  Combine these great designs and make your cards stand out in any crowd!

Want a chance to win the Piccolo Snowflakes?  Just add your comment to this post and you'll be entered to win our random selection drawing.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 23rd.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for Impress' first holiday class of the year.  The New Memory Box Christmas Collection Cards (whew!) class starts at 11:00 on Saturday.  Make 6 holiday cards with the latest - and greatest - from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  It's followed by the Outside the Box class at 2:00 - we're making 6 cards inspired by my designs on our blog - with a few tweaks, and lots of techniques. Shop their great selection of Memory Box products - including the new notecard colors - and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases... see you!

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during our Blitz for a chance to win products from our Holiday 2017 Collection...

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/08/2017

Thu 08

June Challenge Inspiration…Pinpoint Single Frame + Wishes from the Fishes
by Jean Okimoto

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Neighborly Narwhal (minus his tusk) becomes a birthday whale with Rectangle Basics, Pinpoint Single Frame and Family of Fish.   Everyone's joining in on a summer celebration.   Hello - Jean Okimoto here - loving how the Family of Fish is reversible and can swim in both directions!

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Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of green and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut it with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Rotate the inner rectangle for increased color contrast.

The Rectangle Basics set eliminates the guesswork (and wonky paper trimmer edges) and makes it so easy to layer everything!  The Basic Sets - Rectangle, Square and Circle - save time and eliminate wasted cardstock (from miss-cuts).  Each set includes 16 dies.  If you're not sure which size to use, cut it with a larger die - you can always trim it with a smaller size if necessary.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Cut orange cardstock with the 3-1/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut turquoise cardstock with the 2-3/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Cut Family of Fish from dark orange cardstock.

Cut a strip of black glittered cardstock.  Can't find any?  Attach double-stick tape to black cardstock and brush ultra-fine black glitter on it.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured natural cardstock.  Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SURF AND TURF class at Impress.  It was surely the "laughing-est" class ever - but we somehow folded an origami fish, made 6 cards and ended 30 minutes early.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with everything on our wishlists...and more!  See you next time at SUMMER BLISS on June 17th - 6 colorful summer cards and more beautiful Memory Box diecuts of artpapers from Shizen Design.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this weekend!

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