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02/02/2018

Fri 02

Have a Heart, Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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The Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and the Have a Heart die set are more than just Valentine designs.  They're perfect throughout the year and will quickly become go-to products for many occasions.  Use them for friendship cards, thank-yous, showers, weddings, baby cards and anniversaries too.  

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with another Hearts Challenge inspiration card today.  February arrived so quickly - here's another way to use our heart-themed designs for Valentine and year-round greetings.

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Stamp the large Wirework Hearts image  on pale pink cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.8" x 3" Have a Heart die.  Cut a gray heart with the same die - it'll add dimension to the stamped heart.

Stamp and emboss the greeting on flamingo cardstock.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut flamingo cardstock with the 3.4"x3.7" Have a Heart die.

Attach  a 1" x 4-⅞" strip of pale pink cardstock to a top-folded 5-½" square gray card.  Attach strips of tape from the Sugar tape set - available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Have a few extra minutes?  Make a bunch of these cards in your favorite colors and have them ready when you need a special card.  Add a greeting later.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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01/31/2018

Wed 31

Wrapped Stitch Hearts, Happy Penguin and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today.  Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go!
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Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½"  Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper.  

Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black cardstock.  Color two eye dots on a scrap of orange cardstock with a black marker and attach it behind the white penguin.  Attach the additional black penguin behind the white, slightly lower for dimension.  

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut a glossy contrasting overlay for the head and flippers.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Smile Clear Stamp Set  - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Trim it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a white  A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Cut a bunch of red glittered hearts with the Dibble Heart Border die.  Attach one of the little hearts to the penguin.  Add black sequins.

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Need a more gal-ish design?  Just diecut some fuchsia, pink or peach Wrapped Stitch Hearts and add a garden print instead.  Finish it off with pastel or glittery gem stickers.  

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to make a Heart Gift Box at my Impress make and take last Saturday!  Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Love Is Sweet Valentine cards class too - and to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding those great dies and papers for all of our projects.  See you again at the CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class on February 10!

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday too...

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01/30/2018

Tue 30

Heart Gift Box
by Anne Thompson

One of my favorite dies from the latest Memory Box release is the HEART GIFT BOX 99954.  It is the perfect size for a small gift or candy treats for your valentine.  I used it on the front of a notecard and on a tag.  

First, the card.

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  • Assembling the box is easy since all of the fold lines  are pre-scored during the die-cutting process.  
  • I decided to add a small piece of acetate to the box window.  I glued it in place and trimmed off the extra.  
  • I then added a piece of skinny Scor-Tape to the outermost flap on the printed paper side.

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  • All I had to do next was remove the covering over the tape, fold everything (be sure to tuck in the tiny tab at the bottom), and secure the flap under the front side of the box top.

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  • I added some Scor-Tape to the back of the heart gift box and stuck it in the center of the heart on the notecard.  
  • I found some pretty tissue paper and tucked a couple of small pieces into the box.  
  • A white satin bow was the last thing I added to the front.
  • Remember the small heart that cut out to leave the window?  I added it inside the notecard.

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I will give this card to my mother on Valentines Day with a cute little crystal sun catcher tucked into the Heart Gift Box.

Here's the tag.

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  • I assembled the box in the same way I did before.
  • I used a large white tag and I added a strip of Cranberry Gingham paper down the center.
  • I used Scor-Tape to secure the heart box to the tag, lining up the edge of the box with the edge of the tag.
  • I threaded a pretty red and white striped ribbon through the hole in the tag and tied a bow.

I plan to attach the tag to a valentine basket for my Secret Pal.  I have the perfect little pin to tuck in the heart gift box for her.

I have started making up more of these little boxes to fill with candies (in tiny food-safe bags) to use as table favors/place cards for an early February luncheon.  Wouldn't these be sweet for a bridal shower?!  A sweet sixteen party?!  A wedding?!  I can think of so many more ways to use these little boxes.  Do you have your Heart Gift Box die yet???  You are going to want one!

Happy Crafting!

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01/29/2018

Mon 29

Sending my Llove
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for a new week, hopefully including some card making!  I hope to inspire you with another cute Llama card.

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To make this card, start by die cutting the heart frame from white cardstock and glue this to a white cardstock layer that was cut the same size as the frame.  Tie a ribbon around the card layer and adhere this to a black card base.

Die cut the grass circle frame and a plain circle the same size for the background from white cardstock.  Sponge the plain circle with Picked Raspberry and Twisted Citron Distress inks and mist with water to blend the inks.  Stamp, color and die cut the llama and glue that onto the inked circle.  Adhere the grass circle die cut on top of the circle and glue this to the card front using foam adhesive.  

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To finish the card, stamp the sentiment in the bottom right corner and embellish the card with pink pearls.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!

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01/27/2018

Sat 27

Stitched Circle Landscape, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames by Jean Okimoto

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There's a lot to love about the Happy Penguin, especially on a Valentine card!  The floating hearts of the Stitched Circle Landscape create a cool background with Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Spring print.  Thanks for the great papers Lawn Fawn!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick Valentine idea for you.  It's just 2-½ weeks away - let's get started!

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Stitched Circle Heartscape can be used in so many ways - and it's great combined with the new Wrapped Stitch Circle Frames too.  I've used just the Heartscape's top inner portion with the Wrapped Stitch Circle Frame and inner circle.

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Cut the 3.6" Circle Frame from bright pink cardstock.  Attach the frame to a top-folded 5.5" square card.  Attach the inner circle - slightly offset and overlapping the right edge of the frame.

Cut the heart background section of Stitched Circle Landscape from the Perfectly Plaid Spring paper.  Attach it to the pink circle

Cut  Happy Penguin twice - from watercolor paper and black cardstock.  Use a marker to color two black "eye dots" on a scrap of orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the penguin.  Layer the additional black penguin behind the white penguin to add dimension.  

Cut the head and flippers section from black cardstock.  Or - as I did, from a piece of shiny black duct tape attached to a scrap of cardstock.  That gives him a glossy look - like he just emerged from a quick winter swim.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Lightning Black Brilliance.

Cut Dibble Hearts Border from pink glittered cardstock.  Attach small hearts to the penguin and the background.  Accent the greeting with the bigger heart.

Add orange gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by this weekend.  Be sure to visit Impress if you're in the Seattle area today - it's their annual Valentine Open House and it begins at 10:00 AM.  Demos, make+takes, classes, samples and a day of creative inspiration!  Stop by for my Memory Box candy box make+take - and join us for another Love Is Sweet class at noon.

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01/25/2018

Thu 25

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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Create a Valentine Tree with the Swooping Branches Deep Edge dies - then add a smiling owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge dies.  It's all about getting the most from your collection of Memory Box dies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another colorful Valentine design to brighten your winter day.

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Cut the the branch and leaves from dark kraft and red cardstock and construct a simple tree.

Cut the Feathered Friends owl from screen printed paper - I've used a colorful striped pattern from Shizen Design.  Impress can order it for you - it's #HP1156.  Cut another owl from dark gray cardstock and attach it - slightly offset - behind the striped owl for dimension and a sliver of a shadow. 

Cut the face from natural cardstock.  Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pale peach and red felt and diecut the rosy cheeks and wing.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking thru.

Color a section of orange cardstock with a black marker for the eyes.  Cut the eyes and orange beak.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square card of recycled natural cardstock.  

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Add some pretty accents from Birch Press Design -  pale peach sequins from the Grandma's Roses assortment and a bit of washi tape from the Sugar Tape set.  Birch Press Design is an upscale online shop featuring craft supplies, cards, kitchen and home products.  It's owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Hope the deep edge dies have earned a place in your collection - and that we've inspired you to mix and match prints, papers and fabrics on unique cards for any occasion.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the Impress Valentine Open House on Saturday January 27th.  I'll be doing a Memory Box Heart Candy Box make and take from 10-11:30.  We've added another LOVE IS SWEET class that day too - from 12-1:45.  

Thanks for visiting - see you on Saturday!

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01/24/2018

Wed 24

Rolling Wave Collage, Sweet Seal and Heart Rays by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the new Rolling Wave Collage and Sweet Seal for a simple Valentine design.  Add a trio of glittery hearts with the Heart Rays die.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here today - with a quick project for Valentines of any age.

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Cut a Pool Notecard with the Rolling Wave Collage.  Stamp the greeting from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set  with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Memory Box Notecards - with their crisp white interiors - create the ideal background contrast our the collage dies.  Try re-folding the card with the white side out for an entirely different look.  

Cut Sweet Seal twice from gray cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the cutouts for his face.  Attach the seal over the waves.  Attach the second seal behind the waves to create a nice finished look on the interior of the card.

Diecut Heart Rays from red glittered cardstock.  Attach the large heart on the card front.  Attach two smaller hearts inside the card.  You'll have just enough space to write or stamp a sweet message inside the card.  No pressure to write a long loveletter!

Memory Box Collage Dies are great when you want a quick card with a detailed look.  Less is definitely more here - less time, more impact.

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Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!   Hope you liked the techniques, cards and candy box.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill shopping baskets with the perfect dies, papers and inks for their Valentine projects.  

If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday January 27th for the Impress Valentine Event.  Special displays, samples and demos.  Stop by for some great inspiration - I'll show you how to make and decorate a heart candy box for your sweeties.  I've also added another LOVE IS SWEET class that day - from 12:00 to 1:45.  We're making 5 Valentine cards and a special candy card too.

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow, and on Saturday.

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01/22/2018

Mon 22

"Love Clippings" Layered Paper Valentines with Have a Heart and Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame Dies
by Anne Thompson

I made three valentines today using layers of paper from the "Love Clippings" 6X6 Collection Kit that I purchased awhile ago from Birch Press Design.  (I noticed when I began typing this up that this particular collection appears to be sold out on their website.  Either the St. Tropez papers or the Wild & Free collection would also work or any of the Memory Box patterned papers like the Bubblegum or Cranberry  collections.)   I love the tones in these papers--sort of victorian vintage-y browns and pinks with interesting peeled paint textures.  There are 24 double-sided papers as well as one alphabet sticker sheet, one type and tab sticker sheet, and one journaling card sheet.  I used a variety of the papers and fussy cut some of the smaller images for added details.  I used the HAVE A HEART set of 5 craft dies 30118 to cut hearts in three sizes from this paper collection and from a rich deep red cardstock.  I also cut the HONEYCOMB STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99923 from the same papers and from Bubblegum Gingham paper to use as accents like one might use doilies.  The only other embellishment I used was some gold washi tape.

This is the first card I made.

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Creating this card was really improvisational.  I just chose pieces from a pile on my table and started layering them together on a white notecard.  I did use one piece first to cover the entire front of the notecard and then started adding bits where I felt I needed more color or a design element.  I love the use of the Honeycomb for a lacey effect as well.

When I finished the first card, this is some of what I had left on the table in addition to more 6X6 pages I hadn't cut into.

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I took another white notecard, covered the front with one piece of paper and started layering.  

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I added the largest heart at the top on a Wobble so it moves when you flick it.

There were still more than enough pieces for a third card.

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To finish all three cards, I took more sheets of paper from the collection that had large open areas for message writing and added them inside each one.

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These cards came together easily because I had done lots of precutting in advance and had a huge pile of paper and die cuts to choose from.  These are quite different from what I usually do for greeting cards which tend to be more designed or planned before I start.  I do love improvisational work, though, and make art collages in this manner.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

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01/16/2018

Tue 16

Snow Bunny, Sentimental Happy Valentine’s Day and Dibble Heart Border by Jean Okimoto

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Snow Bunny - from the Deep Edge Dies Collection - gets ready for February 14th with the new Sentimental Valentine's Day greeting and some hearts from the new Dibble Heart Border.  Together they create a sweet greeting for a special child or grandchild - or anyone who likes to smile.

 Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another design featuring Valentine dies from our latest release.  Here's the same bunny that appeared as a puppy a few weeks ago - and he'll definitely be back for Easter!  

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Diecut Snow Bunny from natural cardstock.  Cut the accent pieces from printed paper, felt (rosy cheeks and tail) and cardstock (eyes and nose).  Add a sparkly red glittered cardstock heart cut with the Dibble Heart Border.  Assemble and trim the bunny so it fits on a 5-½" square card of kraft cardstock.

Attach Scor-tape behind red cardstock and cut Sentimental Happy Valentine's Day - save the apostrophe for "valentine's."  There's also a tiny dot over the "i" - but I used a glittered dot from the Dibble Dot Border for extra sparkle.  OK - confessing -it's because I lost the greeting's original dot somewhere between my Platinum machine and the card.

Gently flex the words into wonky curves and attach them to the card.  Add tiny glittered hearts from the Dibble Dot Border.

Square cards take extra postage - but this bunny is sure to make someone smile!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SO MANY HEARTS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards and candy tote - and were inspired to try color and paper combinations of your own too.  Extra thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding all of the supplies we needed and filling those shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class on January 20th.  Create 6 cards featuring the latest release - and some classic favorites from my stash.  You know how much I  love combining products and finding new ways to use "old" dies.  I think you'll love the pretty papers, glittery accents and designs I've selected to take advantage of all of the great products Dave's designed for us.  

We've added a second LOVE IS SWEET class.  It's on the last weekend in January - details are coming soon.  Hope you can join us then if you missed the first class a few weeks ago.  We're making 6 cards, including a candy card.  Lots of glitter, pretty papers and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments during last week's Blog Blitz.  See you again next week!

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01/15/2018

Mon 15

Be Mine Valentines with Cheery Flower Collage and Cheery Flower Stems
by Anne Thompson

I have two valentines today, my first attempts at using fun foam from the dollar store to create dimensional openings.  This first card was going to be a shaker card until I glued on the foam before adding the clear acetate window.  Oops!

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I started by stacking up these items:

  • two pieces of sticky-back foam stuck together and cut 3 3/8 X 5
  • CHEERY FLOWER COLLAGE die 99946 face up (to cut into the cardstock I'd add in a second) and centered near the top
  • a circle from the CIRCLE BASICS die set 30087 just a bit larger than and placed around the Cheery Flower Collage die and placed face down on the foam to cut into the foam
  • a piece of pink cardstock cut 4 X 51/4 and centered face down on top of the other items

I ran this stack through my Big Shot.  I then adhered the fun foam to the back of the pink cardstock piece--big mistake because I intended this to be a shaker card.  But then I had other options for finishing the card, so all was not lost. 

I selected a pink notecard and covered the front of it with Candy Buttons paper from Lawn Fawn.  I glued the stacked piece on top.

Next I die cut the CHEERY FLOWER STEMS 99947 from Key Lime Gingham paper once and from Bubblegum Dot paper twice.  I glued the green pieces on top of the flowers in the Cheery Flower Collage and snipped off the pink blossoms and added those on top.  I love how these flowers and stems fit exactly on top of those in the collage die.  I added small pearls to the centers of the flowers.

I made a sentiment block, stacking up scraps from the die cutting, adding one of the flowers and SENTIMENTAL BE MINE 99927 cut from more of the Key Lime Gingham paper.  I glued that block in the lower left, overlapping the longest flower stem.

 Here are the dies I used:

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The second card:

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This time I remembered the acetate! (I used an overhead projector transparency from an office supply store for the acetate, left over from my teaching days.)  I used purple cardstock and a soft purple notecard.  The background paper that shows through the window is from Lawn Fawn's Gotta Have Gingham collection.  The sequins are FAIRY SPARKLE available from Birch Press Design.  I used leftover scraps of the Candy Buttons paper for the flowers and Memory Box Violet Distressed Dots paper for the stems, Be Mine, and the sentiment block background.  I love how the sequin colors coordinate with the plaid flowers!  I used small gray pearls for the flower centers.

These were my first attempts ever at making shaker cards.  I liked using the fun foam because it made a nice even background for the top card layer and I found it to be quite inexpensive at the dollar store--5 sheets for $1. I bought more over the weekend and will continue to perfect my technique.  Have you tried shaker cards?  Check out Penny's Blue Valentine from yesterday and other past posts from the Design Team for more ideas.  

Happy Crafting!

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