301 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

11/07/2017

Tue 07

Snowy Pine, Slider Grooves, Snowdrift Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Snowy Pine, Snowdrift Breeze snowflakes, Rectangle Basics and Slider Grooves team up to create a shimmery Christmas design that's also a giftcard holder.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another card designed to get the most use from your Memory Box dies.  

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Giftcards are always appreciated - but slipping them into a card just doesn't seem special enough.  Slider Grooves will diecut a cool, curvey custom tuck-in slot for the perfect presentation.  Now isn't that better?

Cut pearlescent graphite cardstock to 6-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 4-5/8"  and 9-1/4" to create an inside pocket.  Diecut a Slider Groove slot near the left edge of the narrow bottom panel.  Fold it up and attach the sides to the card.  Attach a gluedot on a blank area on the back of  the giftcard to secure it.  

Cut Snowy Pine from silver glitter cardstock.  

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

Cut a strip of red cardstock.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper and remove the snowflakes.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pear cardstock with Candied Apple Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-1/4"Rectangle Basics die.

Assemble the card and add red gem stickers.

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Everyone loves a giftcard  from their favorite store - receiving it in your special card makes it even better.  Of course you can use Slider Grooves to make slider cards too!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS  class at Impress! Hope you liked the simplicity of the designs and the beautiful silkscreened papers cut with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for filling our shopping baskets with the latest/greatest supplies.  I've added a second class to the schedule - it's on Sunday November 19th if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  

If  Veterans Day is a holiday for you (or even if it isn't!) - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress.  We're making 7 deceptively-simple cards that don't look quick and easy - but they will be!  No origami, I promise.  

Thanks for stopping by...why not spend a few minutes making some giftcards for the holidays?  They'll  be ready when you need them in December.

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11/02/2017

Thu 02

Tisdale Snowflake Collage, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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The clean, crisp details of the Tisdale Snowflake Collage create a quick, contemporary card that's easy to mass-produce.  A quick Silvery Shimmer-stamped greeting and some sparkly sequins from Birch Press Design are all you need to finish it off.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - and yes it's just 52 days until Christmas.  Let's create a simple card that works for anyone on your list.  Try it in pale aqua, bright teal or chartreuse too!

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Cut bright red cardstock with the  3.5"  x 4.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage - it's a perfect fit!  Save the delicate snowflake from the top left corner.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Silvery Shimmer Delicata.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1" x 2.25" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5.5" square card of Ultra-Smooth White Cardstock from Impress.  It's a beautiful winter-white that's perfect for stamping.

Add a trio of pretty sequins from the Birch Press Design Fairy Sparkle set.  View - and fall in love with - the entire collection of Birch Press Design Sequins.

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If you're in the Seattle area, join us for this Saturday's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress.  Dies, silkscreened imported artpapers, origami and cool techniques create 6 contemporary cards reflecting the simple elegance of Japanese design.  See you!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items.  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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08/30/2017

Wed 30

Sentimental Iris and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful butterflies from the Open Studio Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set just seemed right for a summer card today.  I love their cool, artsy details...they just look happy and carefree, and perfect for a simple color-splashed design.   Hello -  Jean Okimoto here tonight, with another almost-the-end-of-summer card for you.

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Press inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint the pretty colors onto the smoother side of watercolor paper.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Arrange the butterflies and greeting from the Sentimental Iris set on the watercolored background.  Place the acrylic block over the arrangement and press firmly to attach the stamps to the block.  Not quite rocket-science, but it's a lot easier than trying to guess where to stamp and how to fit the images within the background.  Stamp it with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder

Lightly watercolor the butterflies with the Melon Melody inks used for the background.

Cut strips of yellow and green cardstock with the long edges of the 4" tall and 4-3/4" tall Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies.  The dies add the right amount of texture and interest without competing with the butterflies.  Just another reason to add the versatile Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to your stash!

Attach the diecuts to a Key Lime Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.

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Can't wait to see everyone at the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAYS class at Impress this weekend!  We're adding  6 more Christmas designs to the holiday card stash - lots of diecuts, layering, techniques, glitter and pretty colors!  New fall and winter items keep arriving at Impress  -  everything you need/want/wish for!  View their great collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps here.

Thanks for stopping by - have a great evening...

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08/25/2017

Fri 25

Let it Snow
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a quick and easy Christmas card for you featuring a few new dies from the 2017 Holiday release.

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To make this card I die cut the Snowflake Swell from white cardstock and adhered it to kraft cardstock using foam adhesive.  I sponged white cardstock with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink and die cut the words Let it Snow, and glued them to the card front.

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Then I glued the card front to a white card base.  To finish the card I added some bling and sequins.  That's it!  I told you it was quick and easy.

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Thanks for stopping by today and  have a great weekend!

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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!

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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.

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08/02/2017

Wed 02

Clean and Simple Poinsettia Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greeting friends.  If you have seen my style of cardmaking before, you know that I am a big fan of clean and simple cards for the holidays.  Whenever I am  making 20+ cards, I  really like to think about how many layers I am adding and how long each card will take. 

Each year I teach a quick and easy holiday card class where we create 10 different cards.  The card above is one from this year's class.  I will be teaching it again on Saturday, September 2nd in Herndon, VA, at Angela's Happy Stamper, so if you are in the area, I would love to see you!

To create this card, I embossed some cream cardstock with a floral embossing folder.  After all, why limit your floral items to Spring/Summer?  I then cut out the Decorative Poinsettia Trimming out of gold metallic paper.   This poinsettia die cuts out both the flowers and the side strings as one individual piece.  I also added a piece of red metallic paper behind it:

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If you are going simple with the design, sometimes it is nice to add metallic paper to add a bit of pizazz to the card.  To finish the design, I added a sentiment from the Blessed clear set with Crimson Red Versafine ink and added three gold rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia.

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07/31/2017

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!

 


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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...

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