313 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

05/26/2018

Sat 26

Sweet Seal, Seaweed Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Turn Seaweed Collage on its side and tuck Sweet Seal behind it a bit for a sweet and simple summer card that's great for any occasion.  It could be a hello, thank you or thinking of you card - or just a surprise greeting to brighten someone's day.  I hope it makes them smile!

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for a busy summer weekend.

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Press the inks from a vivid Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Spritz it lightly with water, then drag watercolor paper through the blended inks.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it again, then heat-set it.

Cut ultra-smooth white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut it with Seaweed Collage.

Cut the dried watercolored paper with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  No measuring needed and it fits neatly behind the collage without any edges peeking through.

Cut Sweet Seal from gray and black cardstock.  Layer the black piece  - slightly offset - behind the gray for dimension.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the face.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded turquoise A-2 card.  Add yellow gem stickers.

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Simple variations - like turning a diecut sideways, pressure-embossing instead of diecutting or using just portions of a stamp or die are just a few of the many creative options to explore with Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products.  Experiment and you'll discover how easy it is to get the most from your stash of these great designs.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress on Monday May 28th!

Thanks for stopping by - have a safe and enjoyable weekend... 

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05/17/2018

Thu 17

Big Butterfly Wing and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card!  Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you.

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Cut bright white cardstock with the  3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project.  We're recycling and using the "offcut" here.  That's what I call it  - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly.

Find the perfect bright and flowery section of the screenprinted paper.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Using the slightly smaller die eliminates measuring, guessing and wasting that beautiful paper!

Cut the center/antennae section from gold glitter paper.  I love the new 21-1/2"x 30" gold glitter paper from Impress!  It's easy to diecut - with very little "flaking" and works perfectly with both detailed and solid dies.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of bright white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a marker.

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Have a stash of pretty artpapers?  The Big Butterfly Wing will help you use them!  Make a set of cards for special teachers or carpool moms - or for someone who's always scrambling to find a card at the last minute.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great, sunny day!

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04/25/2018

Wed 25

Happy Birthday to You
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone.

Today I have a card that features another new die from the spring release, and a beautiful embossed background paper from Birch Press Design called Cabbage Rose red handmade paper.

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To create this card I die cut the Cheery Flower Collage in the center of a white cardstock mat layer. Then I cut my red embossed paper slightly larger than the white card layer and glued that to the red paper. 

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I spattered the front of the card with gold ink and adhered my stamped sentiment using foam adhevesive.  

To finish the card I added some black epoxy embellishments to the flower centers. 

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Have a great day!

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04/21/2018

Sat 21

Big Butterfly Wing and Glittered Honeycomb Square Hexagons
by Jean Okimoto


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Layer the beautiful Big Butterfly Wing over a watercolored background - then add glittery gold and iridescent glitter accents  for a card that's bright, dreamy, and ready for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that seems to say "spring's here, now let's get ready for summer!"

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Cover a 6" square of watercolor paper with diluted Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it with water, then dry it with a heat-tool.  The 6" square is more than you'll need - but it creates an array of pretty colors to chose from, and some extra paper to diecut the little hexagons.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  

Find a pretty section of the watercolored paper for your butterfly.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  It'll fit perfectly behind the butterfly cutout...no measuring required!

Attach the watercolored rectangle behind the white rectangle.  Attach the butterfly - slightly offset.  

Cut the antennae and center portion from gold glittered paper.  I've used a great new glittered paper that's 21"x30" - it'll be at Impress soon.   It's easy to cut and doesn't leave a big mess of loose glitter attached to your cutting plate, work area, hands or face!

Cover a scrap of the watercolored paper with Scor-Tape and diecut Honeycomb Square.  Remove the liner and brush the adhesive-covered tiny hexagons with iridescent glitter - like Sparkle Glitter from Impress -  for custom-colored accents.  I also cut Scor-Tape sheets with the Honeycomb Square to create little hexagon-shaped adhesive pieces to attach the glittered hexagons.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square white card.

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Hope you like watercolored designs, glitter and butterflies - and have fun creating this design in your favorite colors. 

A reminder...if you're in the Seattle area, be sure to stop by both Impress stores this weekend.  It's their annual Spring Sale - 20% shopping discounts, special displays and great samples to inspire you.  Join us for the GREEN GREETINGS class on Earth Day, April 22nd.  Green - the color and the concept - is the theme for colorful cards, recycled  and up-cycled supplies.  Everyone gets some extra supplies from my stash to make more class cards at home later.

Thanks for stopping by!

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04/18/2018

Wed 18

Quick and Easy Cards
by Melissa Rusk

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Hi friends! Today I have two quick and easy cards for you today using some of the fun mini stamps sets. For these cards I used a lot of the fun washi tapes that are available at Birch Press Designs right now. For each card I just placed a few strips of washi tape and then I took one of the sentiments and stamped it on the card.
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For the bee card I stamped the sentiment below all of the washi tape strips and added one of the cute little bees from the stamp set.
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For the space card I added the sentiment to the lower left corner of the card and stamped the moon and some stars. These are so fun to make and are perfect when you need a card fast!
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04/11/2018

Wed 11

Seas the day
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a clean and simple card for you featuring one of the new dies from the spring release.  

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To make the card I die cut the Sailboat Circle Frame from watercolor paper.  I did not use the sky portion of the die cut.  The water, boat and sails were all colored with distress oxide inks.  

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The card front is watercolor paper that I sponged with Distress Oxide Ink.  I started sponging the ink from the center outward, having my darkest color in the center and fading the color as it went out to the edge of the paper.  I misted the Smash stencil with plain water and then placed the stencil, water side down, onto the inked watercolor paper.  I placed a piece of paper towel on top of the stencil and lightly pressed it down. Leave this in place for a minute or so and then lift off the stencil.  I used a heat tool to dry the paper.  Once the paper is dry you see a soft look where the water on the stencil removed some of the ink.

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To assemble the card I glued the Sailboat Circle Frame die elements to the card front, and stamped the sentiment on a black strip of cardstock, and adhered that to the card.  I adhered the card front to a black cardstock mat, which I then glued to a white card base.

To finish off the card I used a black marker to add some details to the boat and water. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card!

Have a great day!

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03/29/2018

Thu 29

Spring Greetings
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Spring! We have finally had a few days that feel like Spring around here so I thought it was time to celebrate that with a card.

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I die cut the beautiful Forget Me Not Blooms die in white card stock. I colored the stem in a green with a Copic marker. For the flowers I used a purple glitter pen from Nuvo to make them pop and sparkle. So much fun!
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I added a few strips of fun washi tape from Birch Press Designs as the base of my card design. Then I stamped my greeting from the Spring Bunnies stamp set and glued the flower to the card. A pretty and simple card to send off a little Spring to someone who needs it.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
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03/24/2018

Sat 24

To the Sweetest
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a great weekend.  Today I have a cute card which can be used as a Easter card or an all occasion card, and the best part of all, it's quick and easy!

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To make this card I stamped the bunny in the center of a piece of white cardstock.  I masked the bunny and then stamped the cake stand to make it look as if the bunny was standing on it.  I colored the stamped images with colored pencils and mounted this to a piece of black cardstock, and then adhered it to a piece of green cardstock.  

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I used foam adhesive to glue it to a white notecard, that has washi tape adhered on the right hand side of the card.  I stamped the sentiment underneath the mounted image.

To finish the card I added a pom pom to the bunny and a few black epoxy embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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03/10/2018

Sat 10

Happy Spring
by Sharon Harnist

Happy Spring, Friends!  The Spring rainy season has been here and now green is popping up everywhere ... I love it!  To celebrate, I thought these adorable Spring Bunnies would be appropriate!

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Aren't those bunnies adorable?!!  I stamped them in Memento Gray Flannel ink, then colored them with Copic T0, T1, T2, and gave them rosy cheeks and pink ears with Copic R00 and R20.  Next, I die cut Blossom Circle from a green alcohol ink background paper I created with Copic Various Ink Refills and glued it in place around the bunnies.  Next, I used Broadsworth Floral Border to cut the card front right edge of my white top-folding card base.  Then I glued a strip of pink alcohol ink background paper to the inside of the card, to make the delicate die cut edge pop.

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To finish the card, I stamped the "happy spring" sentiment from the Spring Bunnies stamp set with Memento Rose Bud ink.

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I hope you are enjoying a nice Spring weekend wherever you are!

- Sharonsig

 

 

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02/07/2018

Wed 07

Sweet and Simple - with the Heart Gift Box and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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Sweet, simple and special...a Heart Gift Box filled with a Valentine treats!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - Valentine cards are already signed, sealed and on their way,  so let's make some pretty treat boxes today.

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Cut pink, red and flamingo cardstock with the Heart Gift Box die.  It cuts, scores and adds a heart window in one quick step. 

Cut screenprinted papers - like these from Shizen Design and available at Impress - with the 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Round diecuts let you rotate the circle until you find the perfect combination of colors and patterns to fill the heart cutout.  Attach the circle behind the cutout.

Fold the box on the pre-scored lines and attach the side tabs.  Punch holes at the top, thread them with gold cord, and add the candy.  Tie a knot and curl the cord with a bone folder or the side of that green plastic burnishing tool.  

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Heart-shaped favor boxes aren't just for February 14th...they're great for engagement parties, showers, weddings, Mother's Day brunch, or just to remind someone how special they are.

Thanks for stopping by - have fun making these sweet and simple treat boxes!

See you again next week...or at the CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES afternoon class at Impress on February 10th.  

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