319 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

09/24/2018

Mon 24

Fa La La Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Today, I want to share how we can create Christmas cards using the new holiday collection using non-traditional Christmas colors. My daughter asks for such colors on the cards for her teacher and friends :) The new stamps and dies are perfect to create cute, fun cards.

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To start, I created a top folding white square card. I then die-cut the holly frame using pearl gray cardstock. I die-cut the same frame using a gray cardstock and stacked them together. 

Now, I stamped the images and some of the music notes. I colored in the images using copic markers and pencil colors. I used the co ordinating dies to cut all the images.

I adhered the frame to the white base and stamped the sentiment. I then adhered all the images. The frame grounds the adorable bunnies perfectly.

Here is a close up

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Hope you got inspired from today's card to use non traditional colors for fun card for the kids. Have a wonderful crafty day!

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09/21/2018

Fri 21

Peace
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a clean and simple card that is perfect for the rush of the holiday season.

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I started with a navy blue card and added three strips of silver washi tape, leaving a little space in between each piece of tape to create the background of my card.

Then I die cut the Winged Dove in a white card stock and I used some foam tape to glue it to the card over my washi tape stripes. I then cut the Peace Cheshire Script in white and glued it to the card under the stripes of washi tape.
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This clean and simple design could be used with a variety of Memory Box dies. Switch out the dove for a snowflake and change the sentiment to Merry Christmas. You could also change up the colors and make birthday cards or thank you cards with the same design. Make a few cards with different sentiments and this same simple design to make a cute set for a gift. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend!
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09/06/2018

Thu 06

Tape Too Challenge Inspiration with Studio Hexagon Layers and Awesome Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Bright washi tape-covered Studio Hexagon Layers create a quick card for someone who's simply awesome.  A change of colors would make this a guy-card too.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a Tape Too Challenge inspiration card today.

Unlike everyone with bins full of washi tape - my entire washi tape stash barely fills a little 8" square cakepan. That doesn't stop me from designing cards with them - I love their bright colors and convenience.  Mix, match and layer strips of tape over white cardstock.  The pink and orange patterns are Scotch Expressions tape.  The wide pink tape - also used for the greeting - is Scotch Expressions masking tape.

Cut three hexagons from the taped cardstock using the three smallest Studio Hexagon Layers.  Diecutting creates those smooth, crisp edges we love - and presses the tapes firmly onto the cardstock.  

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Attach a strip of pink masking tape to a scrap of white cardstock and diecut the delicate "awesome."  Cut the bold "awesome" background from light gray cardstock.

Stamp "you are simply"  - from the Birch Press Design Best Friend Clear Stamps Set - onto a side-folded white A-2 card with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.   Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for visiting - hope you're entering our September "Tape Too" challenge.  Details are listed here.  

We've added another GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class on Saturday September 8th - hope you can join us if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  We're making 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards featuring Birch Press Design dies and stamps, and artpapers from Shizen Design.  

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07/31/2018

Tue 31

2018 Holiday Collection…Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Joy Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Joy Circle create a quick card that's great for a headstart on the holidays.  It's perfect for a simple, contemporary wreath and red Resting Birds add the finishing touch.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce too.

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It's time to use some of that giant roll of "red velvet" ribbon we bought years ago because it was so pretty - and such a bargain.  It's perfect for diecutting and works well with the Resting Birds die.  Attach label paper - or a sticker sheet - behind the ribbon to make it a little stiffer.  The paper backing also covers the slippery backside of the ribbon and makes it easier to attach to the card.

The Wrapped Holly Circle Frame set includes three dies - the delicate pinpoint outer frame, the leafy holly frame, and a curved holly sprig.  We're using the outer frame and leafy holly frame here.

Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the leafy Wrapped Holy Circle Frame  to help release the diecut.  Cut it from green cardstock.

Cut Joy Circle from gold glittered cardstock.  Leave the little dot over the "j" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

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Cut the circle and dotted frame from white cardstock - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ⅛" Scor-Tape - be sure the tape is attached to both the narrow outer frame and the circle.  Keep the delicate frame and the inner circle in the die.

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Flip the die and diecuts over and press it onto a side-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Use a skewer to help push the diecuts out of the die.  Quick, easy and perfectly aligned.

Attach the bright red birds...and your card is done!

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Big thanks to everyone from the July 29th MEMORY BOX HOLIDAY 2018 class at Impress -  I appreciate your driving and/or ferrying over to Tukwila during the summer traffic.  We laughed and chatted a lot - and somehow made 6 cards with the latest and greatest from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The AC definitely helped!  Thanks too, Shari and Becca - for helping us find the perfect dies, stamps, inks and papers for our holiday cards.  

There's a second MEMORY BOX HOLIDAY 2018 class on August 4th - after the morning's PARTY ANIMAL class.  Join us this weekend if you weren't able to take last week's class.

Thanks for visiting...be sure to stop by again tomorrow when Laura announces the winner of the July Challenge and details of the August Challenge.

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07/13/2018

Fri 13

Celebrate
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I created a quick summer card for you featuring the new Wave Ribbon Collage die. 

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I started by die cutting the wave collage from white cardstock.  

Next I cut a piece of watercolor paper the same size as my wave panel.  I sponged the watercolor paper with Blueprint Sketch Distress ink and misted it with plain water.  Once the paper was dry I adhered the wave die to the inked watercolor paper.

I stamped, colored and die cut the boat and glued it to the front of the wave panel.

I die cut the waves from white cardstock and glued those in front of the boat.

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Next I glued the prepared panel to a white cardstock mat layer and stamped the sentiment.

I glued the white card layer to red cardstock mat layer which was then adhered to a white card base.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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07/12/2018

Thu 12

Big Butterfly Wing, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Kaleidacolors by Jean Okimoto

 

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Big Butterfly Wing and Kaleidacolor inkpads make it easy to design simple summer cards for any occasion.  Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create the perfect frame to balance the bold butterfly without competing for attention.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card for you.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing.

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Keep the inks separated and roll a 4" soft rubber brayer over the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor.  Lift and roll the brayer towards you 10 to 15 times to ink the entire roller. Brayer the inks onto the rougher side of  watercolor paper - roll the brayer back and forth several times to transfer all of the ink to the watercolor paper.

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Use a waterbrush to move the colors around and blend them a bit.  Extend the top and bottom colors to fit the height of the butterfly diecut.  Add a light spritz of water to create a few random light and dark areas.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool.  Alternately heating both sides of the watercolor paper reduces curling.  

Trim the watercolor paper using the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the body/antennae section from gold glittered cardstock or heavy paper.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of yellow cardstock.    Add green gem stickers.

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Butterflies are great with watercolors - the Big Butterfly Wing takes full advantage of them.    Kaleidacolor dye inks range from soft pastels to vibrant jewel tones.  They work like liquid watercolors and their great color combinations eliminate the guesswork of picking colors.   Brayer them directly onto the paper as we did here - or press them onto a large stamp block for a palette of five perfectly coordinated inks.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another BUTTERFLIES AND BLOSSOMS class at Impress on the 14th.  Mix, match and layer great artpapers, felt, sequins and industrial tape on bright summer cards for birthdays, thank-yous and just to say "hello."  We'll use Big Butterfly Wing and Flitter Side Butterfly -  and the best-selling Poppystamps Plumed Peacock, with matching flowers.

Thanks for visiting - we're just one day away from the weekend!

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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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