56 posts categorized "Landscapes"

09/06/2017

Wed 06

New Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves by Jean Okimoto

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The new Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves are made for each other - literally - and for your Christmas cards too!  Slider Grooves are also designed to coordinate with the new Stitched Curves to create frosty snowscapes, grassy hills, sandy beaches and fall landscapes - they're a pair for all seasons.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a holiday slider card for you. Our Design Team will be sharing slider cards thru Sunday and we hope you'll be inspired to create some too!

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Stamp the elves and gift on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the Christmas Elves die set.  Color them with watercolor pencils.  Cut the elf on the right side from watercolor paper again.  Attach it behind the watercolored elf to add dimension and extra momentum as he slides along the snowbank.  (Oops...the new Stitched Curves die set is missing from the photo.)

Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with the shortest die from the Slider Grooves set.  Cut the top curve of the snowbank from watercolor paper.  Trim it with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die it to match  the  background and attach it to the background.

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There are many, many ways of adding the slider including pennies, foam tape and bits of cardboard.  Here's what I tried...pompoms!  The 5mm pompoms are perfect with the curved Memory Box Slider Grooves and the Straight Slider Grooves.   Pompoms add the height required for a slider without adding too much weight to the card.  Glue two of them to a scrap of watercolor paper that's smaller than the diecut.  

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Insert the pompoms (attached to the scrap of watercolor paper) from behind the panel.  Attach the double-layered diecut from the front of the panel.  Attach a scrap of Pool Distressed Dots to the front of a Pool Notecard to disguise the groove.  Attach the panel to the card.

Cut Snowy Pine from watercolor paper - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Attach the left elf with foam dots.  Attach the gift.  Add silver gem stickers.  Extra postage will probably be required - but it's a design that's sure to make someone smile.  They'll probably be tempted to peek behind the elf and smile again when they spot the pompoms.  There's just something fun about pompoms and they're not just for bunny tails anymore.

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's HOLLY, JOLLY AND HAPPY class at Impress!  Hope you liked the new techniques - and the cards we made.  Thanks to Jacky too - for her perfectly rich but light Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes served on Christmas napkins, in September.  Yum!    Thanks also to Ann, Shari and Erin for finding the products we needed and helping us fill those shopping baskets!  

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the CALENDAR EXPRESS...MORE PAPER PLEASE! class on September 16th.  We'll make an artsy desk calendar with dies, stamps and great artpapers.  It's a great way to get a bit more from your dies and stamps...and use some of the beautiful papers we've been stashing!

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3


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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

 


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04/04/2017

Tue 04

Sunset Beach
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and Welcome!  Hope your week is off to a great start.  It's "toes-in-the-sand" time so lets head down to the beach today...

I'm calling this card Sunset Beach but it could also be a sunrise, right?  Either way I would love to be right there in this scene enjoying nature.  
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 It's time for me to admit that I changed up the components of the main die a bit.  You will see that these dies are very versatile and can take on several looks.  On this card I snipped off the sun (moon?), and both dragonflies (see actual die photo below).  Save them to use on the inside of the card.

I watercolored a separate card size panel with these distressed inks in a horizontal pattern: barn door, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade and tumbled glass.  Half of the watercolored paper was adhered to the inside of the card to fit the long rectangle opening and the remaining half was used to die cut the shells, dragon flies and both circles for the sun (moon).  

I really like the elegant shore birds so they "made the cover" and were tucked into the tall grass then the watercolored shells, setting sun and flying gulls were added to complete the relaxing scene.

 A word about the kraft chipboard note cards...I love these new chipboard note cards!  Seriously, you must give these a try.  They are heavier than card stock (hence the term chipboard) and give the card weight and stability---by the way, the Memory Box dies cut the chipboard paper beautifully.  Ahhh...

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 Now, since I snipped the dragonflies off the front of the card, they were available to add to the inside of the card.  I added them along with a waterclored overlay, another moon and an inspiring sentiment--all adhered onto solid color card stock panel.  A matching solid paper panel was added to the left side which "hides" the back of the watercolored panel facing the front cover. 

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These new sea life dies make me so happy---they feel like vacation time!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed your "mini vacation" right here.  

Jennysig


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03/27/2017

Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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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.  

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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.


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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 


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02/22/2017

Wed 22

Thinking of You
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Wednesday! 

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! 

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I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. 

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To create the tree, I die cut it twice from water color paper, and left it in the cardstock. I then applied brown ink to one, and green to the other. I then began the process of adhering the green leaves to the brown die cut tree. It took forever, no lie. BUT, I figured it was therapy and I wasn't doing dishes. ;0) The best tip I have is be patient, turn on some music, get your tweezers, and a sticky tool to help pick up the little pieces. Once it was complete, I adhered it to the center of the panel with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things to Love stamp set. I then adhered a few clear embellishments, and popped it up onto a Kraft card.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! So, what is the most tedious card you've created? How long did it take you? I would love to know! 

Lindsaysignature

 

12/07/2016

Wed 07

Peaceful Christmas
by Lindsay

Hello!

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. 

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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. 

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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! 

Lindsaysignature

 

11/17/2016

Thu 17

Snowy Pines
by Lindsay

Hello!

I am so happy you've stopped by today! I have a winter themed card to share with you, using the lovely Fresh Pine Landscape die. As the temperature drops here in Northeastern Ohio, I am mentally preparing myself for the snow, even if it is cardmaking with a snow theme! 

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I began with a white card base, and sponged on blue ink, using a foam blending tool. Using white acrylic paint, I added some water to it, and flicked a little bit onto the card front. I then allowed that to dry, and white it did, I worked on my snowy tree hill.

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I die cut the piece from water color card stock, and applied the paint using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Working in layers, I added more color on the left side of the trees, and some gray shadows underneath them. Once I was happy with the color and saturation, I allowed it to dry, and die cut three more from regular card stock. I stacked them together using liquid glue, and adhered the piece to my card base. 

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I stamped a sentiment from the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, and adhered a few sequins to finish the card. Do you have this die, and how have you used it? I would love to know! 

Thanks so much for visiting today! 

Lindsaysignature

09/09/2016

Fri 09

Last Dream of Summer
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box fans!

I know, I know..summer is on its way out, but I am desperate to hold on to it! With Autumn, and Christmas looming, I am about to shock you with a blast of color! So, as a last ode to the loveliness that is this season, I reached back to last release, and picked out this amazing silhouette image. With a bit of ink blending, and a simple die cut, I tried to capture my love for summer.

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I started with a white card base, and blended in hues of blue, teal, and green. I spritzed some water onto the front, and daubed it up with a paper towel, achieving a splatter effect. Using the Spring released Wildflower Landscape die, I cut it from white card stock, and adhered it to the bottom of the card front.

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Using a sentiment from the May released, Veggie Good set, I white heat embossed it onto black card stock. I trimmed it out, and adhered the block to the front of my card. To finish the card, I adhered a few butterflies, and a dragon fly from the Blooming Chrysanthemum die set. 

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I added a bit of shimmer to the butterflies, and called it done. Thank you for humoring me and my summer themed card! I think I "might" have gotten it out of my system! Until then, happy crafting!

Lindsaysignature

 

08/17/2016

Wed 17

A Christmas Tag Set
by Lindsay

Hello!

 I am so glad you stopped by today! I have a fun tag set for you, using one of the newly released stamp sets, and it's coordinating die. These are very easy to make, and are a lovely addition to any gift that you give!

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I started by stamping all of my images onto Bristol Smooth White paper, and coloring them using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I then die cut them out, and added a bit of ink blending, and stenciling to the globes. 

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To create this particular tag, I colored in the pine trees with Copic Markers, and set them aside. I then used some light blue ink, and blended upward to make it look like a bit of blue sky. I added some snowflakes using the Scattered Flakes stencil, and added the snow mound that was die cut from the set. I layered all of my elements into the tag with foam, and added some details with a white gel pen, along with ribbon, and twine. 

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I used the same techniques for this, except I colored the images with watercolor markers. After they were dry, I adhered them to my inked, and stenciled tag.

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Again, the same inking done, I colored my Santa with the Zig markers, and adhered him with a bit of foam tape.

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There you have all four! I hope you've enjoyed, and were inspired to create your own tags! These can be used directly on a gift, or put them on a card! Your recipient will love it! 

Thank you again for stopping by! Have a crafty day!

Lindsaysignature

06/17/2016

Fri 17

Garden of Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello! Thanks for stopping by today!

I have a fun, bright floral card, using a simple border die to share with you today. I used quite a bit of ink blending, and Copic coloring for this.

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I took a panel of white card stock, and die cut the Thought Cloud in the center. I sponged on blue ink, and set it aside. I took a scrap of white card stock and ran it through with the Summerville Landscape die. I then colored it in with a variety of Copic Marker colors. 

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I masked off the sides of my white card base, and sponged in a gradient of yellow, and adhered the panel with foam tape. I added some glitter to the flowers using a glitter brush pen, as well as stamping a sentiment from the Veggie Good set in black ink. I finished it off with a few black pearls. 

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I hope you enjoyed, and thanks again for stopping by! Take a look at some of your Memory Box dies to see if you can color them, as well as use them in different ways! 

Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature