281 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

04/22/2017

Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

Jeansignature-3

 

04/20/2017

Thu 20

Watercolored Dazzling Dragonfly on a Distressed Baptisia Collage
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio of watercolored Dazzling Dragonflies on a gold-stenciled Baptisia Collage background...quick, easy and ready for any occasion!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's play with more watercolors tonight.

Cut three Dazzling Dragonflies from brightly-watercolored paper.  Cut the 2" x 3-¼" Basic Rectangle from watercolored paper lightly tinted in soft shades of Peerless Watercolors.  

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Cut the square pattern from the Baptisia Collage set from The Crafters Workshop stencil plastic.  Stencil the pattern onto the left side of the rectangle with Delicata Golden Glitz.  

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.   

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create some watercolored cards for spring greetings  It's the fastest, easiest way to create splashy backgrounds and vivid accents for any papercrafting project.  

If you're in the Seattle area - this the THE weekend to stop by the Tukwila and University Village Impress stores for the annual not-to-be-missed Spring Sale.  Enjoy the 20% discount on everything - including brand new items that arrived just in time for the sale.

Join us again tomorrow...Donna has another great design to share!

Jeansignature-3

 

Thu 20

Watercolor the Butterfly Wing Medley
by Jean Okimoto

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Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video.  Follow Dave's water-dipping  process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages.

Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind.  I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours.  His video is a must-see for all of the details and techniques.  

Paint the saturated paper with Peerless Watercolors and set it aside to dry.  Spritz it Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the die is designed to cut the wing outlines but keep the center intact.  Crease each butterfly lightly where it's still attached to the background then carefully cut or pull it away.  Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.  

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Cut textured white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Run the die through the machine lengthwise and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border.  It's  easier to run dies through lengthwise - especially long designs like borders, greetings and ribbons.  (The Spellbinders label appears twice here because I'm using a new, clear cutting plate above the die, cardstock and bottom cutting plate.)

Cut another 4" x 5-¼" rectangle for the background.  Attach the border to the background.  Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and dry the ink.  Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for a few of them.

Attach it to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's GOING GREEN class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us gather everything we needed to create our cards.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or  can get here this weekend!) - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for their annual Spring Sale!   It starts today and runs through Sunday April 23rd.  Enjoy a 20% discount, find the best selection of the newest products and have a chance to win great prizes.   It's the best time to stock up on the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs on your wishlist - and the papers and felt you'll want for diecutting and stamping.

Thanks for stopping by... Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/19/2017

Wed 19

A Trio of Spring Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Spring!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. 

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I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base. 

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I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers. 

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I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature

 

04/11/2017

Tue 11

Sprouting Vines & Butterfly Wings
by Sherry Hester

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I have a super simple Thank You card to share today.

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I started off with a top folding A2 white card base. I cut another piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75" and sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Garden Peony Blossoms stencil. That stencil is one of my favorites.

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I cut three of the fifth largest frames from the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames Set and adhered them one on top of the other. By the way, I think this frame set is a must have!  I cut two of the Sprouting Vines and adhered them to the top back of the frame, cutting off the excess at the top. I then adhered the adorned frame to the stenciled piece, offsetting it to the left just a bit.

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I stamped the "Thank You" portion of the "Thank You Kindly" sentiment from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set. I always try to remember to stamp the sentiment before I add the mounting tape and adhere it. I don't know about you, but I've made the mistake of trying to stamp it afterwards, and it's not pretty!

I die cut the smallest butterfly from the Potenza Butterfly Trio using yellow card stock, and adhered it to the bottom right corner. To finish the card, I added some yellow pearls to the vines and here and there, and put one big one on the butterfly center. This was a very easy card to make. The sentiment could be changed to go with almost any occasion.

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Have a wonderful week, and thanks for taking the time to visit!

Sherrysig

 

04/06/2017

Thu 06

Goldfish Collage and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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A trio from the new Goldfish Collage shimmers on a  Mini Perfect Patches square for a quick and easy card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with  a simple watercolored design in shades of pink, peach and gold.

I've re-discovered the Mini Perfect Patches die - 16 neatly-stitched 1" squares - perfect for backgrounds, collages, gameboards and layering.  It's great with the Goldfish Collage - and perfect for contemporary Asian designs too.

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Paint watercolor paper in dark peachy-pink shades of Peerless Watercolors, air-dry it, then spray it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it and cut Goldfish Collage.  Punch ¼" dots from scraps of the watercolored paper.

Paint another piece of watercolor paper in soft, watery layers of pink and peach.  Dry it, then cut it with Mini Perfect Patches.  

Diecut a piece of  The Crafter's Workshop Stencil Sheet with the dotted design from the Modern Border Trim set.  Stencil the dots onto three of the patches with Delicata Gold Shimmer.

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Use a sanding block to lightly "scruff" gold mirror cardstock for a soft matte finish to complement the fish and stenciled dots.  Punch two ¼" circles.

Cut textured natural cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a side-folded A-2 card of smooth natural cardstock.  Layering adds a subtle textural contrast and frames the design.  

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Assemble the card, add a quick note and send it on its way to someone special!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try these techniques when you're mass-producing card sets for gifts and giveaways.  Twenty goldfish and sixteen mini patches make it quick and easy - and each card will be unique!

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04/05/2017

Wed 05

Masculine Happy Birthday
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box friends!

I can honestly say, I believe Spring has sprung here in Northeastern Ohio! There is a slight green fuzz on the shrubs, and it makes me happy! The Climbing Vine die also makes me happy, and I've used it on my card, today. Let me tell you how I created it.

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I began by taking three different colors of green card stock and die cutting the Climbing Vine. I set those aside, and inked up a panel using various Distress inks. 

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I took a white card base, and adhered the leaves around the edges, and then die cut the front with the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames, keeping the scallop edge still nestled in the rectangle. I also die cut the inked panel, and reinserted it into the card front, securing it front the back. 

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To finish it, I took the Happy Birthday Upright Script die, and stacked several together, and adhered it to the front of the card. Limited embellishments, and the color scheme makes this card perfect for the man in your life! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you were inspired to create with the latest dies.

Lindsaysignature

 

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

 

 

 

03/23/2017

Thu 23

Butterfly Spectacle and Watercolors
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Butterfly Spectacle is just too great to save for a warm, sunny summer day!  A cold, sunny Seattle spring day will suffice.  There are so many ways to use Butterfly Spectacle - with watercolors, vellum, powdered pigments, or layered over printed papers.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick watercolored backdrop for this beautiful addition to the Memory Box collection of butterfly dies.  

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Paint a square of watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then spritz it lightly with water and heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting. 

Cut it with the 3-1/2" square die from the Square Basics set.  Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock.  Trim around it with the 3-¾" Square Basics die.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the antennae from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-½" square card of white cardstock.  Assemble the card.  Add lavender gem stickers.

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Wasn't that quick and easy?  Paint a supply of watercolor paper and have it ready for your next project.  I like painting squares of watercolor paper - about 6"x6" - so I can select the ideal section of colors for my projects.  Having a square also means you'll be able to rotate the waterolored background up to 4 times to find that perfect blend of pretty colors!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend - join us for my last class of the quarter at Impress.  It's ASIAN DESIGNS...SIMPLY STATED - a great way to use your stash of Asian artpapers and dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  See you there!

Next quarter's classes have some quirky titles - but I promise they'll be colorful, fun and filled with techniques and great ways to use your supplies.  Enjoy and splurge with your 10% shopping discount too.  Here's what's coming up:

             -    RAINING CATS & DOGS on April 8

            -    GOING GREEN on April 15

            -    SUMMER HEARTS on May 13 and Memorial Day, May 29

            -    SURF & TURF on June 3

            -    SUMMER BLISS on June 17 and July 4

Thanks for stopping by - join us for Donna's great project tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

03/15/2017

Wed 15


By the Seaside by Lindsay

Hello, and welcome!

I am so glad you stopped by today, because I have a clean and simple card to share with you! You could say I am dreaming of the ocean, and you would be correct. The winter weather just doesn't want to leave, and I am cold! Let me share with you how I created this simple, and easy seafaring card. 

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To begin, I took the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames, and ran the second to last frame through my die cut machine four times with white card stock. I glued them together, and set it aside. I then took the Oceanside Lighthouse and Waves die set, and did the same. 

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Taking a white card base, I masked off the sides with Post-it tape and and applied blue and mint ink to the bottom portion. I then adhered the frame, along with the images using foam tape. 

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It truly was that simple! I hope that you were inspired to make something today. I appreciate you stopping by! Have a great day!

Lindsaysignature