47 posts categorized "Collage"

12/13/2017

Wed 13

Batavia Snowflake Channel, Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and Starlight Snowflake Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Add a diecut snowflake wing to one of the Feathered Friends for a holiday design to match the delicate Batavia Snowflake Channel.  The matchup of soft peach, crisp white and gray creates a fresh look for Christmas - and a few gem stickers add a bit of bling.

Hi, Jean  Okimoto here, sharing another Feathered Friends Deep Edge die design.  The birds and owl will be great throughout the year - in fabric, felt, wood veneer, silkscreened prints...even recycled La Croix cans!  

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Cut the bird from pale peach cardstock and gray printed paper.  Cut the eyes and beak from orange cardstock. Color the eye circle with a black Sharpie.  

Cut Starlight Snowflake Collage from white cardstock, then cut it with the Feathered Friends wing die.

Assemble the bird - offset the gray layer  for dimension, and to add a pretty peach outline along one side.  

Cut Batavia Snowflake Channel from white cardstock.  Trim it with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics Die.  Attach it to a top-folded gray A-2 card with a tape runner or double-stick tape.  Here's an optional step -  I like to protect the card with printer paper and run the open card through my Spellbinders Platinum machine to seal the edges where the card meets the Batavia Snowflake panel.  This creates nice, neat edges and seals any gaps.  Details, details!

Attach the bird with foamdots.  Add silver and dark peach gem stickers.  Color clear gem stickers with a marker if you don't have matching gem stickers.  

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Imagine the same basic design with a column of hearts in February - or a leafy border in the spring.  Use a floral border in the summer and autumn leaves in the fall.  These birds will be busy!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's ASIAN INSPIRATION class at Impress!   Who would have guessed that so many Memory Box and Poppystamps designs could be used to diecut those beautiful silkscreened papers and Asian icons.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for gathering those dies and papers for everyone.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my last class of 2017 - WINTER BLISS - on December 16th.  Make 6 un-holiday cards  - including a low-profile (OK...flat) shaker card using Memory Box products to create custom-sized shaker packets for glitter and diecut bits and pieces.  We're using the Feathered Friends dies too - Impress just received another shipment of them.

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

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11/29/2017

Wed 29

Penguin Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Snowflake Wire by Jean Okimoto

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The new Penguin Collage makes it quick and easy to add a crisp layered look to your holiday cards.  Frame him with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and add a glittery red scarf and silver Snowflake Wire.  He's sure to brighten a wintery day as he delivers your holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a "less is more + glitter" design for you today.  The Penguin Collage is a great basic design that works with many backgrounds - like Licorice Distressed Dots.  A collage of snowflakes or a bright holiday print would be good backdrops too.

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Here's a tip - briskly rub the die with a piece of scrunched wax paper to make it easy to remove the diecut.  This technique also helps with detailed dies, other stitched dies and pinpoint dies.  Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with the Penguin Collage and remove the center portion. 

Cut the Penguin Collage again from Licorice Dots - this cuts the center background portion.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the head and side portion of the penguin.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from soaking through.  

Another tip...cut the eyes and beak (on the same die) from light orange cardstock that's attached to Scor-Tape.  Then just color over the orange eyes with a black marker!  That's faster than cutting them all from white cardstock and then coloring those tiny pieces with orange and black markers.  Or cutting them from both black and orange cardstock.

Cut the long, wavey "tail" of the Curled Ribbons from the backside of red glittered cardstock.   This portion of the Curled Ribbons would normally be on the right side, we want it on the left side.  Trust me, it works.

Cut Snowflake Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Add red gem stickers.

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Big Thanks to everyone from my MERRY AND QUICK and GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO classes at Impress last Saturday.  It was great seeing my loyal students and friends again - and welcoming new Memory Box fans too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lauren too - you certainly helped us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes for me this weekend - but I'm prepping for the December 9th ASIAN INSPIRATION calendar class.  We'll make a mini calendar using dies, stamps and artpapers - and a New Year card too.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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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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10/11/2017

Wed 11

Whimsy Cat, Circle Web Collage, and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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Concord Grape, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet don't sound very Halloween-ish - but combine them with Whimsy Cats and the Circle Web Collage and they will be!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a few more Halloween tricks and techniques.

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Cut the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the new Circle Web Collage.  Press a piece of blue painters tape lightly against the backside of the collage to remove any wispy little cardstock remnants that would show up against the dark purple Concord Grape Notecard.  

Stamp the triangles from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Stamp the dots (from the same stamp set) with Twisted Citron.  I love the bonus circles, triangles and diamond shapes that are included in this great stamp set.  

Cut Whimsy Cat twice from orange and black cardstock.  Layer them - a bit offset - for a shadowy effect and to add even more personality to their friendly faces.

Stamp the spiders from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Color the centers with a black marker.  Matching black inks can be challenging - a black Sharpie is a perfect match for Onyx Black

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the black cat.  Add green gem stickers.

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There's a lot happening on this card - but I hope the repetition of circles, ovals and triangles  makes it look cohesive.  What do you think?

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper for your favorite kids (or adults!).  We'll combine great dies from the stash with some of the latest designs from the Fall 2017 Collection.  See the Impress collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps here.

Thanks for stopping by...

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10/07/2017

Sat 07

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Grassland Collage and Swirling Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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A snowman-style stack of the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins meets the Swirling Ghosts here today.  Have you noticed a lot of triple-stacked pumpkin displays lately?  I have - and although the laws of gravity (and cardmaking) would have them layered in front of the pumpkins below, I wanted the stems to show.  So here they are!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another matchup of old and new design elements from several releases.  A googly-eyed pumpkin cut from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard adds a bright dash of color that every Halloween card needs.  

Cut Grassland Collage from orange cardstock and trim around it with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the right edge.  The Rectangle Basics and Square Basics sets are great trimmers when your design requires straight edges and uniform borders.  Using a rectangle or square die guarantees at least three straight, accurate edges - then just cut one remaining edge for a perfect frame!

Cut Mango Distressed Dots with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics Die.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from a portion of a  Persimmon notecard,  green cardstock and Licorice Distressed Dots.  

Attach the diecuts to a black A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the two ghosts in the collage.   Add green gem stickers.

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Halloween just seems to say it's OK to switch colors around a bit, add a big dotty moon  - and a cross-eyed Jack o' Lantern. Have fun with your cards - and surprise the lucky recipients this fall!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09/29/2017

Fri 29

Playful Boo, Hallloween Sideshow and Seaweed Collage by Jean Okimoto

 

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Turn the Seaweed Collage upside-down - and create a creepy vine background for some fun characters from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and Die Set.  Add a bright Playful Boo and a Seaweed Stalks diecut - and there's your card!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a nautical scene that transformed itself into a Halloween background.

Cut black cardstock with the  2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Seaweed Collage.  Cut the long wavy piece from the Seaweed Stalks set.  Attach the bottom of it behind the Seaweed Collage.

Stamp two ghosts, the caterpillar and the Jack o' Lantern from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Cut them with  the coordinating Halloween Sideshow Die Set.  Color the ghosts' mouths with a pink marker.

Rough-cut a wedge from the right side of the pumpkin - and pretend the caterpillar did it.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded dark kraft A-2 card.  Attach the ghosts with foam dots - trim the right side of the lower ghost and slide him up to the inner edge of the collage.  

Attach the pumpkin.  Attach the caterpillar with foam dots.

Diecut Playful Boo from orange cardstock.

Add silver gem stickers for a bit of bling.

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Who would have guessed we'd find another way to use the Seaweed Collage?  See what great backgrounds you can create with other Memory Box Collage dies - then add your favorite Halloween icons and surprise someone with a fun fall card.  Find some great combinations from the Memory Box Collection at Impress.

Thanks for stopping by - join us later today for Donna's great card!

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09/25/2017

Mon 25

Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Grove Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are back again - floating through the Grove Collage this time.  Two Playful Boos create a drop-shadow effect - and snack-size Kit Kats make it officially Halloween.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with another combo of iconic designs from several collections.  I love how everything works together, and gives a whole new look to something "old."  This fast-paced papercrafts industry considers something old after a year, or even just a few months.

Cut the 2.75" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with the Grove Collage.  Cut a portion of a Persimmon Notecard with the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  These three dies are a perfect fit, there's no need to measure or trim anything - thanks Dave!  

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Save the big guy for another project. Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs set was included in the picture?  It's the easiest way to cut black cardstock to fit behind the ghosts for their eyes!  That's an extreme example of getting the most from your supplies - but it works perfectly.  

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Cut Playful Boo from a scrap of Persimmon, and again from dark kraft cardstock.  Layer them for a cool effect.

Attach the diecuts  to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots at the top of the ghosts so they'll look like they're floating out of the trees.  Add the tiny sequins from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal sequins set.  Birch Press Design is an online shop - owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer - featuring upscale, trendy home products, gifts, stationary and craft products.  View their entire new Sequins Collection too!

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Sad news...couldn't find any snack-size Heath Bars for my Halloween posts this year.  Found these triple-chocolate Kit Kats instead.   Would you believe that I bought them only because they matched this card and looked pretty?  Oh, sure.  I'll also be using them for my treats wrapper in the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again later this week!

 

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05/18/2017

Thu 18

Spring Lilacs and Birthday Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day!  Add a trellis-y  background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring.  It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring.  The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background.  Eliminate that issue by tinting the background with a light wash of your dominant color and air-dry it.  I've used a tiny, very diluted amount of the Pansy Dye Ink Refill for Kaleidacolors.  Iron it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth the paper out again.  Stamp the lilacs with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.   MemoryBoxSpringLilacsClearStampSet-MemoryBoxSpringLilacsDieSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxOpenStudioDistressedBaptisiaCollageSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioBirthdaySentimentsClearStampSet-JeanOkimotoWatercoloredCards-ImagineCrafts-WatercoloredFlowerCards

Watercolor the image with diluted Pansy, Spring Green and Spruce refill inks.  Let it dry.  Cut it with the coordinating Spring Lilacs die.  Diecutting the lilacs is quick and easy if you align the die with the stem and lower edges of the leaves first - then with the blossom at the top.  A bit of painter's tape at those 4 spots will secure the die and produce great results!

Stamp and emboss the greeting from the new Open Studio Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock.  Cut it with the 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  

Cut white cardstock with the grid pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Trim it with the 2" x 3-1/4" Rectangle Basics Die.  It's a must-have set of 16 dies perfectly proportioned cutting layers for A-2 cards - and it's great for A-6 and A-7 cards too.  I can't design a rectangle card without it!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots behind the lilacs at the top.   Add pale violet gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  We discovered a few new ways to use our favorite  heart dies, stamps and papers.  They're classic, versatile and perfect for summer celebrations and events - or just to say "I'm thinking of you."  Thanks too - Becca and Erin - for helping us find everything we needed for our summer cards!

There's a second SUMMER HEARTS class on May 29th.  It's Memorial Day, and classes on a holiday seem to be more relaxing - and it's always a great time to meet new friends and catch up with those you haven't seen in a while.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed last week's May Release Blog Blitz.  I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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!

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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!

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