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03/23/2017

Thu 23

A Wildwood Collage Easter Scene
by Jean Okimoto

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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."

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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.

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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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03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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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!

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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!

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02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.

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Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

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02/14/2017

Tue 14

Plush Folk Hearts and Valentine Wishes
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Plush Folk Hearts and a bit of gold create a special card for you...Happy Valentine's Day!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design that just about created itself as a happy discovery.   The stitch holes on the Plush Folk Hearts made it easy to quickly build this abstract pattern of sparkly gold cord.  

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Cut two of the medium hearts from pink cardstock.  Punch a 3/16" hole - offset to the right.  Sew long stitches from the punched hole out to the diecut holes along the top edge.  Skip some holes along the left bottom edge.  Sew a few more long stitches.  Knot the thread behind the hearts.  

The Plush Folk Hearts set also includes a slightly smaller third heart - without the stitching holes.  It's great for layering and stenciling.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Splatter it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz - shake the container, then gently tap the bottom of the spritzer tube over the center and left side of the square.  Heat-set the ink.  It's easier to splatter first, then add the other design elements.  

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from gray cardstock - leave them in the die.  Dry-emboss them for extra texture using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Attach pink and gold washi tape, the grosgrain ribbon diecuts and the heart to the square.  Attach two layers of adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to gray cardstock and cut the "Happy" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script set.  Adhesive paper makes it quick and easy to add dimension to the greeting without gluing the layers together.  

Print "valentine's day" with a labelmaker.

Attach everything to a 5-½" square card of white cardstock.

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Gold and silver - or the bride's special colors - would transform this into a pretty wedding card too.   Experiment with different stitch patterns - there are so many possibilities!

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Karen too - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we wanted - and more.  Who would have guessed there were so many creative ways to use our dies and stamps - way beyond the obvious uses.

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

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02/09/2017

Thu 09

So Many Things to Love About the Cherub Hearts and Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

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Vibrant colors, a Cherub Heart and the Heart Wire create a quick backdrop for a great stamp from So Many Things to Love.  It seems as though the year just started, but it's almost mid-February.  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with my last Valentine card from the 2017 collection.  I've paired the classic Cherub Hearts, from a previous release,  with the delicate Heart Wire cut from glittery silver cardstock.  These great design elements aren't just for February 14th - they're perfect for weddings, anniversaries and caring cards for the special people in your life.

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Cut the 2-½" x 3-½" Pinpoint Rectangle from watercolor paper.  Ink a 2" soft rubber brayer with Imagine Crafts Rocket Red Gold Brilliance - then spritz it with water.  Brayer the diluted ink onto the paper and set it aside to dry.

Stamp the smoother side of watercolor paper with the floral heart and VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Paint the paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2.7" x 2.4" Cherub Heart die.  

Cut Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of watercolor paper - use foam dots to attach the watercolored heart.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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Hope you've been inspired to create special Valentines for friends and family - but don't stash your supplies just yet.  There are so many ways to use these versatile dies and stamps from throughout the year.

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  I loved sharing my ideas and techniques with you  - and even surprised myself by finding so many Memory Box and Poppystamps products that were great for our contemporary Asian cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied throughout the morning.  

See you again on Saturday the 11th - we're celebrating with colorful, technique-y cards for your favorite birthday guys and gals.  Because birthdays happen!

Thanks for stopping by...

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02/02/2017

Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.

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Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  

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Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.

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Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

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01/26/2017

Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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The entire Tall Poppy Left Corner  and a matching Classic Stitched Heart create another versatile card tonight.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another mix-and-match layered design in soft, sweet pinks.

Is it a Valentine card for a friend - or a friendship card with hearts?  It's your choice - our latest collection of dies and stamps has everything you need to create the perfect greeting!

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Cut Tall Poppy Left Corner from green cardstock.  Cut the flowers and bud from pink cardstock - and cut extras of the smallest flower from green and pink.  They'll add a bright spot of color along the left edge - and help secure the delicate tip of the frame too.

Cut natural cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the largest Classic Stitched Heart from pink glittered cardstock and green cardstock.  Cut the matching Classic Stitched Heart from natural cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance. 

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale pink cardstock - offset the flowers and pink heart for dimension.  Add iridescent clear sequins.

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Save the date - Saturday, January 28th - for the annual Valentine Open House at Impress!  Be inspired by the latest in Valentine designs, demos and beautiful displays.  Join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30 - we're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper that's easier-than easy.  Learn to use new - and classic favorite - products in ways you never expected.  It's all about getting the most from our tools and supplies.    See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...see you here on Outside the Box in February!

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01/19/2017

Thu 19

Heart Wave, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and the Tall Grassy Stems Border
by Jean Okimoto

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Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border.  Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts?   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today!

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink.  Diecut it with Heart Wave.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.  

Leave a border at the bottom and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from textured gray cardstock - use the Metal Adapter Place for best results.    Trim the border with the small scalloped Stitched Country Borders die.  

Cut white cardstock with the   4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Curtain rings are a great way to organize layering dies like Rectangle Basics.  Clip them together and hang the ring from a hook near your work area.  You'll reach for them over and over again - and always find the perfect size and shape!

Attach just the bottom of the grassy border to the rectangle.  Dot some glue over the grass tips that will receive a heart - then just attach the heart and the tip of the grass onto the background to secure both pieces.  Leave the unadorned grass tips un-glued.  They'll be just fine - promise!

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock.  Add tiny clear sequins.

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Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Have fun with this card - it's hard to stop attaching the hearts once you get started! 

Thanks to everyone who took the first GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class on Monday - and to Shari, Jeannie and Becca for helping us find everything we needed - and a lot more!

Want more Valentine ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class at Impress on January 21st.  The class date has been moved up a week earlier - the annual Valentine event will now be celebrated on January 28th.  We're  making 6 cards on the 21st - including a sweet card with a simple little origami pocket heart and doily dress card.  We'll be using some accents from my stash - everyone receives a packet of "stash extras" to make more class cards at home.  See you!

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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten someone's Christmas with a glittery giftcard holder - it's easy with the Square Bump Borders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an idea to avoid another shopping trip just to buy a giftcard holder.  

Have you noticed how pricey the nice giftcard holders are this year?    Wouldn't you  rather add another $5 to the giftcard instead - and present it in a color-coordinated holder?   Here's an easy way to make a quick holder that you can customize with the right colors.  

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Cut a 5-½" x 10-¼" piece of lightly textured white cardstock.  Score it and fold it at 4-¼" and 8-½" to make an A-2 card with  a extra 1-¾" wide section on the bottom.  Diecut the edge of the extra section with the Square Bump Border to create a little bump-out tab.  

Attach "happy holidays" from the Scribble Christmas set to an acrylic block.  Carefully lift both ends of the greeting, curve them, and press them firmly onto the block again. Use a stamp positioner and stamp it with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach foam dots near the top outer corners of the diecut edge and fold the bottom up to form a pocket.

You can write the giftcard amount just above the pocket line where it'll be hidden until the giftcard is removed.  Secure the giftcard in the pocket with removable glue dot placed on a blank area.

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If you're planning to stamp more than one card - check to be sure the curvy ends haven't returned to their original straight design.  They tend to straighten out after a few minutes.  A greeting stamp with an attitude!

Stamp the tree on green cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die.  Cut the small tree from green and silver glittered cardstock.  Cut the larger tree from pink and aqua cardstock and trim them to different heights.  

Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from white cardstock.  Attach adhesive along the edges of the inner rectangle.  Attach the narrow frame behind it.  (Lots easier than first attaching the delicate frame by itself.)  Attach them to the card.  Add the trees - use foam dots for the green and silver trees.  Add tiny silver sequins.

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Yes,  I promised an easy card - it's a wordy tutorial, but it really is easy.  It's also faster than driving to the store to find a giftcard holder that may or may not match the giftcard.  Details, details!

Thanks for stopping by during the busy holiday season...

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