287 posts categorized "Clean and Simple"

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

 

03/14/2017

Tue 14

Butterflies Bring Happiness!
by Sherry Hester

Good morning! Sherry here with a light and easy monochromatic card featuring the Butterfly Swell die from the latest release.

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The base card is from the Sky note cards pack. I experimented with a couple of different ink colors that would compliment the Sky card base, and found that Evergreen Bough Distress Ink worked perfectly. I love that the Butterfly Swell die can be positioned anywhere along the length of an A2 size piece of card stock. With that in mind, I positioned the die more to the right, leaving plenty of room on the left side for the sentiment. I decided to remove the right side of the swell to create a delicate butterfly border. The nice thing is that when the die is cut, an impression is left around the attached wings, so it was easy to fussy cut around the right wings by just following the impression.

One of my favorite techniques is to "smoosh" on a background, which is done by applying ink directly to a non-porous surface, spritzing with water, then picking up the diluted ink with a piece of flexible acetate ... or in my case I used a piece of the clear packaging that our dies come in. The ink on the clear packaging can then be transferred onto the white card stock, and by running a finger over the top of the packaging, the color spreads out underneath, creating a beautiful and unique background. I used the same Evergreen Bough ink for this technique.  I inked up the sentiment in the same color and stamped where shown, and then adhered this piece to the front of the card with foam tape.

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I next die cut the Potenza Butterfly Trio from white card stock, and covered the three butterflies solidly with Evergreen Bough ink. Then came the glitter. Do you ever buy a container of glitter just because the color looks yummy, yet you have no idea when you might ever use it? Well, I was lucky enough to find some glitter in my stash that was the perfect color to add to these butterfly centers and a bit outward. Love when that happens! I glued these newly adorned butterflies to the corresponding smooshed butterflies.

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And you know what's coming ... bling! And once again, lucky for me, I had some very small colored sequins that added the final touch I was looking for. Hope you enjoy this card! Have a great week, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

 

03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!

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Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.

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Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

  Jeansignature-3

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