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05/04/2017

Thu 04

Fish Tales from the May Release
by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the great new Fish Tales Die Set and coordinating Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set from our May Release! Don't they make you want to smile too?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with the first of many projects featuring our latest release.

I don't usually associate fish with lovable personalities - like you would with puppies, ponies or pandas. These fun little guys are exceptional and would brighten anyone's day, or make a good day even better.

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I've discovered a different watercolor paper here.  It's Shizen Design's Professional Grade Smooth Watercolor Paper -  100% recycled material from garment industry scraps.   It's available in different sizes, finishes and shapes - these are from a set of fifty 5" x 7 " sheets.  I love how easy it was to blend the Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  It was heat-set, then pressed with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  It's great for stamping too!

Stamp the fish with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it the ink.  Cut the fish.  Cut another set of them from cardboard, then cut the top left, top right and bottom right fishes from cardboard again to create different levels of dimension.  Attach the additional layers.

Unfold a Pool Notecard and cut the new Dibble Dot Border so the white interior becomes the new card front.  Instant bubbles!  Stamp the greetings - from the new Open Studio Thank You Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - using a stamp positioner and Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.  

Attach the smiley fish.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Hope you enjoyed this beachy intro to some of the new dies and stamps in our May Collection.  Be sure your favorite Retailer has placed their order - I know Impress has!  We'll be using several of the new Memory Box and Poppystamps products in the Summer Hearts classes on May 13th and May 29th.  

We'll be blog-blitzing the May Collection next week - more inspiration, and great giveaways too!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

05/03/2017

Wed 03

A Simple Happy Birthday
by Sherry Hester

Hello everyone! The first few days of May have been beautiful here in southern California. Those April showers really did bring May flowers!

The card I’m sharing today was inspired in part by Jennifer McGuire’s "Stamping on the Go" video during which she used the layering dies from Birch Press Design to create some gorgeous clean and simple cards. I don’t YET have any of these dies, but they are at the top of my wish list. My card has no resemblance to hers, I admit. It simply got me thinking in the direction of the card I eventually came up with. Without further ado ...

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I started with a white A2 card base. I used an embossing folder from my stash on a slightly smaller piece of white card stock and adhered it directly to the base. My intention was to create a white on white background using two of the Stitched Aster Corner die, but they got lost on the embossed background. The same thing happened when I arranged them on a piece of white card stock over the embossed background.

Then I decided to use one of the frames from the Scallop Stitched Fancy Frames … okay, I’m seriously addicted to this die set! One frame wasn’t enough, so I cut four just for good measure, stacked and glued them together. But even using the raised frame around with the Aster cuts on a white piece of card stock didn’t work for me. I ended up cutting a piece of light gray card stock to fit inside the frame. I arranged the two Aster die cuts on the gray piece, snipped off what was extending over the edges all around, and adhered that piece to the embossed background, then set the frame down. This allowed the flowers to stand out, and I liked it much better. By the time I was done, my craft table looked like a war zone!

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To finish, I die cut two sets of the Stitched Aster Blooms from yellow card stock.  I shaped one large and two small flowers, layered them together, and adhered the assembled bloom to the bottom left corner of the frame, then added black Prills to the flower center. I cut a strip of black card stock, inked the sentiment from the So Many Things to Love clear set in Versamark, and embossed it with white embossing powder, flagged one end and adhered as shown.

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I may try another card using these same flowers or one of the other intricate flower dies. I would cut enough to stack them and cover the entire card front to create a deeply textured background, then add a colorful focal point on top. The ideas are popping! I hope you enjoyed this card and thanks for stopping by today!

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05/02/2017

Tue 02

Tags are IT!
by Anne Thompson

Tags are IT!  I LOVE tags.  I try to keep a bunch of them on hand in a basket near the gift bags and gift wrap.  This time of the year--May and June--I seem to need a tag for something quite often.  Between May baskets, birthdays, Mother's Day, graduations, Father's Day, and more I seem to be always wrapping up a present or sending off some little trinket or basket of pansies somewhere.  In straightening up things in my crafting area recently I found a couple packages of tags I'd picked up on sale after the holidays--some larger green ones and some smaller ones in weird mid-tone pastel colors.  So one afternoon I got out some nice white cardstock (I like  Neenah Solar White) and a stack of dies from the spring Memory Box release.

And this is what happened:

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 The smaller tags, 1 3/4 X 3 1/4, were the perfect size for many of the ocean-themed dies.  

  • BEACHFRONT GULLS 99724
  • ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730
  • OCEANSIDE LIGHTHOUSE AND WAVES 99736
  • CHEERFUL CRABS 99722


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I also used the same sized tags with the DRAGONFLY STEMS RIGHT CORNER 99710.

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The larger bright green tags, 2 1/2 X 5, were perfect for a variety of the left corner dies.

  • DRAGONFLY STEMS LEFT CORNER 99659
  • TALL UMBELS LEFT CORNER 99673
  • LAVENDER STEMS LEFT CORNER 99688

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I made one more large tag using the BIRDHOUSE TRIO 99599.

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By using white cardstock for the images, I can use a patterned wrapping paper or gift bag that coordinates with the tag color and add either a white or colored ribbon to attach the tag.  I love the crisp white against the tag colors.  And there's room to add a name or a tiny sentiment stamped on either the front or back of each tag.  You, too, can create dozens of tags in very little time! 

Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

 

 

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04/28/2017

Fri 28

Ocean Card
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have a ocean theme card for you, featuring some of the summer dies that were just released.

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To make this card I die cut the Seaweed Collage,Windswept Stems and the Swimming Seahorses from watercolor paper and painted them with watercolors.  For the background behind the Seaweed Collage I embossed watercolor paper with the Family of Fish die and watercolored that.  Once it was dry I spattered it with white paint and glued it to a white card base.

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I used foam tape to adhere the seaweed collage die cut to the card and glued the other die cuts in place.  To finish the card I glued some cheesecloth and shells to the bottom of the card and then sprinkled some sand across the cheesecloth.  I added some glass drops to further embellish the card and you're done!

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

Sat 22

Butterfly Wing Medley on the Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some of my favorite dies.  

Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind.  Ever have days like that?  

I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it for you anyway.

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Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it again.  Cut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the edges are cut out and the center remains intact.  Lightly crease the centers and cut or gently pull the butterflies until they're released from the background.

Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.

Cut Heart Wire from pink cardstock.  Trim portions of the hearts above and below the "wire" - just enough so they won't be visible when the butterflies are overlaid.  

Cut a 3-¾" x 5" rectangle of smooth white cardstock with the Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp New Beginnings with Rocket Red Gold.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

Place Heart Wire on the background and attach the butterflies over it - use foam dots for the two largest and left corner butterflies.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly centers from the Butterfly Wreath Set.  Trim four centers to fit the smaller butterflies.  Attach the centers and add gold gem stickers.

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Challenge yourself to devise new ways of using your favorite Memory Box designs - you'll be surprised and happy with the great results!  Then - if you're in the Seattle area - reward yourself for being so creative by shopping at the Impress Spring Sale  this weekend.  Enjoy the 20% discount off everything on your wishlist.  Here are some links to get you started - 

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/dies/memory-box.html

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/clear-sets/memory-box.html

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/21/2017

Fri 21

Veggie Card
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

For today's card I felt like coloring,so I broke out the veggie stamps and created a fun card.

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To make this card I stamped the veggie images onto watercolor paper using black ink.  To create the oval in the center of the stamped paper I used two Oval die layers.  I wanted to spotlight the center oval so I only painted those images, and the outside frame images I painted with watered down gray paint.

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To finish the card I glued the frame to a licorice cardstock layer and adhered that to a white card base.  Using foam tape I adhered the painted oval in the center of the frame.  The sentiments I stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed them with white embossing powder.  The orange dots are Nuvo dimentional paint.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  

Donnasignature

 

 

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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!

Jeansignature-3

 

Thu 20

Watercolor the Butterfly Wing Medley
by Jean Okimoto

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Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video.  Follow Dave's water-dipping  process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages.

Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind.  I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours.  His video is a must-see for all of the details and techniques.  

Paint the saturated paper with Peerless Watercolors and set it aside to dry.  Spritz it Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the die is designed to cut the wing outlines but keep the center intact.  Crease each butterfly lightly where it's still attached to the background then carefully cut or pull it away.  Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.  

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Cut textured white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Run the die through the machine lengthwise and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border.  It's  easier to run dies through lengthwise - especially long designs like borders, greetings and ribbons.  (The Spellbinders label appears twice here because I'm using a new, clear cutting plate above the die, cardstock and bottom cutting plate.)

Cut another 4" x 5-¼" rectangle for the background.  Attach the border to the background.  Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and dry the ink.  Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for a few of them.

Attach it to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's GOING GREEN class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us gather everything we needed to create our cards.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or  can get here this weekend!) - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for their annual Spring Sale!   It starts today and runs through Sunday April 23rd.  Enjoy a 20% discount, find the best selection of the newest products and have a chance to win great prizes.   It's the best time to stock up on the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs on your wishlist - and the papers and felt you'll want for diecutting and stamping.

Thanks for stopping by... Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/19/2017

Wed 19

A Trio of Spring Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Spring!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. 

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I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base. 

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I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers. 

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I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!

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