17 posts categorized "Encouragement"

06/02/2018

Sat 02

Vine Butterfly, Mini Butterflies and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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A crisp white Vine Butterfly strikes a contrast over a watercolored Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  It's another quick card for another busy summer weekend.  Add a trio of glittered Mini Butterflies and a greeting...that's it!  

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to customize in your favorite colors.  

Paint a watercolored background of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes while you diecut a white Vine Butterfly and some glittered Mini Butterflies.  Lightly spritz the background to create little spots and specks - then heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts - and there's your card!

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create a few cards this weekend!  Please join us again on Sunday for Penny's great design.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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04/19/2018

Thu 19

Long Dachshund, Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The new Long Dachshund - and his mirror-image buddy - contemplate life on a simple little card today.  The washi tape background from Birch Press Design gets a quick trim with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a greeting for someone needing a bit of encouragement and support during a tough time.   MemoryBoxLongDachshund-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxDogGoneClearStamps-BirchPressDesign-JeanOkimoto-DogCards-DiecutDogCards-WashiTapeCards-DiecutWashiTapeCards

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to tan and dark brown felt.  It will stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut Long Dachshund from dark brown felt.  Cut him again from the reverse side of the tan felt to create a left-facing dachshund.  Switch their ears.  

Attach lime and turquoise duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut the collars.  

Attach strips of washi tape (about 3" long) to white cardstock and diecut the cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

Simple strips of washi tape can add so much to a quick card.  See the great patterns and beautiful colors featured on the Birch Press Design site.  

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Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's THOUGHTS + THANKS class at Impress!  It's always nice to have a stash of thank you and thinking-of-you cards ready - hope you liked the designs that we stamped, folded and layered.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets!

The Impress Annual Spring Sale starts today - and runs through Sunday April 22nd.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box and Poppystamps items - and enjoy a 20% discount on the great designs you've been waiting for!  Stock up on VersaFine Clair inkpads too - they're my favorite inks for classes and here on Outside the Box.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of the 4-day sale - and join us for the GREEN GREETINGS class on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11:30-1:30.   Green - the color and the concept - is the class theme.  Lots of green - papers, inks, accents,  recycled items - and great techniques.  Everyone receives a bonus pack of some items from my stash to make more class cards at home later.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/16/2018

Mon 16

Bee Yourself Hexies Card
by Anne Thompson

Hexagons are everywhere on today's card--inside and out!  

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  • To fill in the holes left from cutting the hexies, I cut two pieces of the squash dot paper 5 1/4" X 4", glued them together with the dot sides out, and then adhered them to the inside of the card front.  One dotted side filled in the hexies and the other dotted side lines the inside of the card front.

Here's the inside.  I love that there is a surprise when you open the card and find the bee inside!

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  • For the righthand side of the notecard, I die cut a hexagon from the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 using more of the squash dot paper and glued it to the card.  
  • I die cut the INTRICATE BEE 99920 from black cardstock and adhered it to the hexagon.
  • I stamped "bee yourself" from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamp Set on one edge of the hexagon.

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I still have plenty of room to write a message or I can add a white box for a longer message over the dot paper that lines the inside front.  

Happy Crafting!

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03/22/2018

Thu 22

Vine Butterfly with the Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background create a colorful setting for the new Vine Butterfly here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a mirror-image version of my earlier Hutton Gate design.  

I knew I needed the Hutton Gates and Backgrounds when I saw them  during the design team preview - but I didn't know what to do with them when they arrived.  Now I can't stop using them - they've worked their way to the front of the stash!  Hope your favorite retailer has ordered them - I know Impress has!

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Find some pretty spritzy, watercolored paper in your stash and cut with the Right Gate Background.  Cut a piece with the 2-½" Circle Basics die too.  These pieces were painted with diluted layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills and set aside to dry before cutting.

Cut Right Hutton Gate and Vine Butterfly from white cardstock.  

Cut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from white cardstock - we're using just the outer frame here.  

Layer the watercolored circle over the frame, then attach the Vine Butterfly.

Attach the Right Hutton Gate to the Right Gate Background.

Attach the right edge of the circles under the gates.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Air-dry it,  then stamp the tiny hexagons over it with Rose Gold Delicata.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for perfectly-sized accents for any project

Attach the diecuts to the card.

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There are so many ways to use the Hutton Gates and the Gate Backgrounds throughout the year.  Pair them with pretty colors for spring, then with bright summer colors.    Imagine them in orange+black for Halloween - and festive reds with glitter for the holidays.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the PAPER AND INKOLLAGE class at Impress this Saturday!  We're using artpapers - and accents from my stash - with great dies and inks on artsy, layered designs.  Everyone gets a packet of "extras" from my stash too - to make a few more class cards at home.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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03/17/2018

Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.

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Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with water.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.

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The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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03/03/2018

Sat 03

Big Butterfly Wing and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Wondering if the new Big Butterfly Wing  and a splashy green background can make spring and summer arrive soon?  Let's give it a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of March Green Challenge inspiration this weekend.

The bold Big Butterfly Wing would look great on any backdrop - jewel tones, pastels, or garden colors.  There are so many ways to use this versatile die - I chose a quick and easy technique.  

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Press a Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens inkpad - with the colors separated - onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it with water and let the 5 shades of green just begin to mix and mingle.  Press watercolor paper onto the blended inks.  Remove the paper and set it aside to airdry if everything looks great.  Or - for more color - spritz the block again to rehydrate the residual inks and press the paper onto it again.  That should do it!

Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water to create little spots and splotches - then heat-set it with an embossing tool.

Cut the dry paper with the 4" x 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Cut the butterfly from black cardstock.

Here's a tip - place the diecuts on the card  (without any adhesive) and decide where the greeting should be.  Remove the diecuts and stamp the greeting and any extra accents, then dry the ink.  

I've used a greeting  from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on a 5-½"square white card -  with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Air-dry it for a few seconds, then stamp the diamond pattern with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to the card and add green gem stickers.

Why not create a stash of backgrounds and have them ready for future projects and future butterflies?

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Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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02/22/2018

Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto

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It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.

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Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

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12/30/2017

Sat 30

Snow Bunny Becomes a Friendly Puppy On Stitched Curves by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Deep Edge Snow Bunny die set creates a sweet bunny and - with a bit of creativity - a friendly little puppy too!  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here, on the last weekend of a very busy year.  I love using Memory Box dies in unique ways - and this may be an extreme makeover - but I think he looks quite spiffy.  Hope you agree!

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Cut the head and midsection from kraft cardstock.  Cut three paws from dark kraft cardstock - one will be his mouth.

Cut his arms from dark kraft cardstock - they'll be his back paws.  Hind paws?

Cut two midsections from printed paper and fold them to form floppy ears.  I've used this great print from Shizen Designs - Impress can order it for you.  It's item #HP1172.  Love how the lines converge and curve to add dimension.

Cut the body and the angled scarf section from printed paper.  The scarf section will be a tail.

Cut the straight scarf section from red felt attached to adhesive label paper for stability.  That's his collar!

Cut eyes and a nose from black cardstock.  Cut the nose from pink cardstock for a tongue.

Assemble the bunny-turned-into-a-puppy.  Use foam dots for the ears and head

Cut two layers of Stitched Curves from textured natural cardstock.  Glue them together, then trim them with the long edge of the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Borders a bit shorter than the card create neat edges that don't look bulky.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - on a 5-½" square card of textured natural cardstock with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink and attach the pup.  Add a red glittered heart sticker and gold gem stickers.

Square and thick cards require extra postage - but I think this little guy and his kind message will brighten someone's day.  

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Thanks very much for visiting our blog, for liking us on Facebook - and for all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year!  We have a huge collection of new designs coming next week and can't wait to share our ideas and designs with you.

I look forward to sharing more ideas with you here and in classes in 2018.  Here's a preview of my classes at Impress - hope to see you soon!

    Winter and Early Spring Classes at Impress in Tukwila, Washington - Phone 206 901.9101

                Love is Sweet - January 6

                So Many Hearts - January 13

                NEW from Memory Box - January 20

                Cakes, Candles and Birthday Wishes - February 10 and 19 (Presidents Day)

                Simply Asian - February 24

                Springtime Greetings - March 10

                Paper and InKollage - March 24

Hope you'll be back for Penny's great project tomorrow.  

Wishing you a safe and very Happy New Year!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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05/27/2017

Sat 27

In My Prayers
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a sweet get well card to share with you using some of the latest release from Memory Box. Let's get started!

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For this card I used the Leafy Ring die and cut it from white paper. I put some green card stock behind it to make the leaves pop. I die cut the Perky Prayers die in a purple and it fits perfectly in the middle of the Leafy Ring die. I then stamped in purple a saying from the Prayers Sentiments stamp set in a coordinating purple ink. 

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I glued this on to two different purple pieces of paper on my card base. For the gems I didn't have any in the right color so I used some clear gems and colored them with a purple Copic marker to make it all match. 

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a great weekend!

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06/20/2016

Mon 20

Possibilities...Airplane Adventures???
by Anne

The two cards I made today feature the tiny airplanes from the AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die set 99389.  Either of these cards would be just the thing to send to someone off on a summer trip or to the new graduate.

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For the card on the left:

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  • White notecard
  • STARLIT BREEZE die 99398 cut into the card front
  • STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from Memory Box Dot Paper and mounted at three different levels
  • AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card
  • "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black

For the second card:

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  • Blue Memory Box notecard
  • 2nd largest oval from STITCHED OVAL LAYERS Die Set 30069 cut from blue distressed dots paper
  • SWIRLING STITCHES die 99315 cut into the dotty oval
  • STITCHED CLOUDS die 30053 cut from white cardstock and mounted at three different levels
  • AIRPLANE ADVENTURES die 99389 cut from silver mirror card
  • "possibilities" stamp from WORDS TO LIVE BY Clear Stamp Set CL5154 stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black

Happy Crafting!

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