115 posts categorized "Fall"


Sat 19

Stencil a Falling Maple on a Sketch Journal Background
by Jean Okimoto


Here's another design featuring the Sketch Journal Cling Stamp - with the Falling Maple Garden Stencil.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight. We have so many great dies and stamp sets in our Holiday Collections - I almost forgot about the great stencils we have too!


Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Vintage Sepia VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Mask the adjacent areas and stencil Falling Maple diagonally across the stamped background with Brilliance Rocket Red, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Olive.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Cut dark orange cardstock with the same die.  Attach the rectangle and orange frame to a top-folded 5-½" square card of dark kraft cardstock.  


Cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from dark orange cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Flip it over and attach strips of ¼" wide Scor-Tape along the bottom and near the tops of the "l," "b," and "t."  Run the tape-covered diecut through the machine again to cut the tape.  Seeing the cutting lines lets you attach the tape just where you really need it - and the self-adhesive greeting is  easier to work with when the entire piece isn't sticky.  Another tip!

Cut the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer from green cardstock and attach the greeting.

Attach the greeting strip to the card with foam dots.  Add green sequins.


Thanks for stopping by again - hope this inspires you to re-discover stenciling and include it in your repertoire of cardmaking techniques.  See you again on Wednesday.  Penny's sharing a great project with you tomorrow!





Sat 19

Lovely Oak, Sketch Journal, Grosgrain Ribbons and Stitched Rectangle Layers,
by Jean Okimoto


Sketch Journal - rotated 90 degrees - creates a backdrop for the Lovely Oak garden stencil on a fall card I'd like to share today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an inky, spritzed, stenciled card for any autumn occasion.


Spritz watercolor paper with water and paint a light background with fall shades of Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.  Stamp Sketch Journal with Imagine Crafts Olympia Green VersaFine.  The dark green ink blends with the orangey background and creates a soft image that's more subtle than it it was stamped in black.  

Place the leaves over the branches and mask the adjacent areas with Post-It notes - I love the super sticky full-adhesive version that my friend Donna Mikasa shared with me.  It makes life so much easier...thanks Donna!  Sponge the leaves over the stamped branches with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold, Pearlescent Olive and Rocket Red.  Dry the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Not exactly rocket-science, but here's a tip...if you're not sure which die size to use when trimming something, start with the larger size first.  You can always re-cut it with a smaller die if it doesn't look right.  That's what I did here.

Spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and dry the ink.

Cut two of the widest Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.  Another tip  - run the die through the machine lengthwise for best results.   For extra texture, leave each diecut in the die and dry-emboss it using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Trim the ribbons to 4-⅝" and 5".

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of dark orange cardstock.  Add copper sequins.


Very special thanks to everyone from my classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a busy day - especially for those who took both classes - and for Ann, Shari and Becca who helped us fill our shopping baskets.  See you again in the Merry and Quick speedy Christmas cards class next weekend - on November 26th!

Thanks for stopping by on this busy fall weekend...






Mon 07

Drifting Oak Leaves and Lovely Oak Thank You Notes
by Anne

At Thanksgiving, I usually send out thank you notes to friends and relatives, sort of  "thank you for being you" cards.  I made three cards to share in this post.  Here are the materials I used for the first two cards:


I began with the DRIFTING OAK LEAVES cling stamp CS2217J stamped on white cardstock with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink for the background, cut and mounted on a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I added a bouquet of oak leaves using the LOVELY OAK stencil 88607--I inked several leaves with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks and then fussy-cut them out.  And I used two of the thank yous from the THANK YOU die set.

 Finished cards:



For the third card, I stenciled the Lovely Oak on white cardstock again using the Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks, stenciling extra leaves to cut out for an oak leaf bouquet.


Oak leaf bouquet, popped up with dimensional foam dots:


 The last thing I added to each card was a twine bow (and a few sequins on the first two).  These were fun cards to make combining a stamp, dies, and a stencil.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Sat 05

Stenciled Felt Plump Pumpkin, Sketch Journal and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


Halloween came very quickly and was gone in a flash - but now it's time to upcycle our Plush Pumpkin and Happy Halloween Channel dies on a fall card.  It's a versatile design - for Thanksgiving, birthdays, thank yous or just to say Hello.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here this weekend...we're stenciling on felt today instead of dry-embossing to add dimension.


Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to orange, moss green and yellow-orange felt stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from soaking through. Cut Plush Pumpkin from the orange felt. Leave it in the die and pounce (don't "scrub")  it with Imagine Crafts Morocco Memento Luxe to add dimension. Remove it from the die and gently heat-set the ink.


Cut Grape Vine from moss green felt - and an extra leaf from yellow-orange felt. Cut two of the pumpkins - from the Happy Halloween Channel set - from orange felt.

Now cut the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings from natural cardstock. Begin with the 3-¾" x 5 die - save the delicate frame. Cut the inner rectangle with the 3-¼" x 4-½" die and save the frame again. Save the inner rectangle for another project - it'll be easier to stamp the background on a larger piece of cardstock and trim it.

Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor - the perfect combo and sequence of great fall colors!  Trim it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" die.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured natural cardstock. Add bronze, green and copper sequins.


If you're in the Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress tomorrow - I'll bring my recent cards so you can see how cool and realistic the stenciled plush Plump Pumpkin looks in real life!   Thanks for visiting today - enjoy your weekend... 




Fri 04

Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Grape Vine, Stitched Celebrate Circle, Wine Glasses and Bottle
by Jean Okimoto


Frame a fall greeting with the Stitched Rectangle Trimmings to celebrate the season with the Grape Vine and Wine Glasses and Bottle dies.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design composed of layered diecuts and inks.


My Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die set - from the September Release - isn't getting any rest right now.  It's become one of my go-tos for Design Team and class cards.  Each of the 8 dies will cut a rectangle and a delicate stitched frame that are perfectly proportioned for layering onto A-2, A-6 and A-7 cards.  Use the frame with its matching rectangle - as shown here - or mix and match the frames and rectangles for an artsy, collage-y look.

Cut Grape Vine from watercolor paper.  Ink the diecut with Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata, VersaFine Habanero, and Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate, Olive and Thyme.  Gently heat-set the layered inks.

Cut Stitched Celebrate Circle from beige cardstock.  

Attach gold glitter tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut Wine Glasses and Bottle.

Cut the 4-½" x 3-¼" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from natural cardstock.  

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured natural cardstock - use foam dots for the wine bottle.  Add copper and small green sequins. MemoryBoxStitchedRectangleTrimmings-MemoryBoxGrapeVine-MemoryBoxStitchedCelebrateCircle-MemoryBoxWineGlassesAndBottle-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts

Coordinated layers and delicate frames create a subtle backdrop for any composition.   They don't compete against key design elements - and it's OK if they're wonky and offset!  Try a Stitched Rectangle Trimming on your next card - I think you'll love how it enhances your design.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress on Saturday. We're using several items from Memory Box and Poppystamps on simple, festive cards sure to be appreciated by everyone on your list.  

Thanks for stopping by...





Tue 25

Thanksgiving Deer
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

 Today I am happy to share a "thankful" card featuring the beautiful Enchanted Deer Collage die and an old favorite technique--shaving cream marbling.  Enchanted Deer Thanks

 I think I played with this technique back in the days of planning classes as a stamp store owner...Ok, maybe it was when I was a Girl Scout...anyway, it's always fun since everyone's project turns out differently and it's inexpensive with great results---sometimes surprisingly so.

 On today's card I am die cutting into the marbled paper instead of using it as a background panel as it's commonly used.  

Enchanted Deer detail

Here's a step-by-step of my marbling experience---and don't think it wasn't fun keeping the shaving cream off my camera while shooting the steps!  No phone calls please during this process.

  • Shake then squirt aerosol shave cream (unscented and not gel) into a shallow container.
  • Drop dye inks (reinkers) onto shave cream. (I used 3 colors, slate, mushroom and espresso dye inks)
  • Blend ink drops, as little or as much as you like.  The more you blend the inks, the smaller and more muted the marbling patterns.  I used a plastic pickle fork for my blending tool (because I always have pickle forks handy). 

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  • Place card stock face down onto inky shave cream, press to make contact in all areas of paper.
  • Lift off or slide paper off cream, set face up on washable surface, then remove all cream.  I used a window squeegy and it all came off in one swipe.

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  • Now, repeat with another sheet of card stock--make lots!
  • You can add more inks and blend again--experiment!  Remember your color combinations.
  • Air dry or use a heat tool to dry throughly before die cutting.
  • Easy clean up in the sink with plain water.  
  • Buy more shaving cream and keep playing.  My can of shaving cream cost only $1.39 (that's a lot of fun for the money) Start over and use different color palettes.


  To finish the card, I die cut the Enchanted Deer Collage into the center area, rounded the corners, then mounted it onto a top-fold brown notecard and added the sentiment strip.  Because the marbling can give a very busy look, I kept the rest of the card simple.  I can make about 10 more cards with the marbled papers I now have on hand after playing with different colors and blending techniques---it's addicting and so fun! 

Enchanted Deer Thanks

 Happy Tuesday!Jennysig


Thu 20

Spooky Airin Birds, Resting Birds and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings
by Jean Okimoto


The Airin Bird, Airin Bird Background and Resting Birds venture down a different path for a Halloween card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - let's use some un-Halloween designs to create a card for that spooky day.  I love how versatile Memory Box dies are - and how these easily turn from sweet, pretty birds into dark creatures of the night.


Stamp Sketch Journal on light gray cardstock with Imagine Crafts Delicata Black Shimmer.  Heat-set the ink.  Trim it with the 2-½" x 3-¾"  Stitched Rectangle Trimming die.

Cut Airin Bird from dark orange cardstock.  Cut Airin Bird Background from black cardstock.  

No die for a witch hat?  Time to improvise!  Cut a small tree from the Making Spirits Bright die set from black cardstock.  Cut a"cake top" from the Time for Some Cake die set from black cardstock.  Layer the pieces to create a witchy hat for a Halloween bird - then bling it with small gold sequins.

Cut Resting Birds from black glittered craft foam.

Cut a 1" x 4-½"" strip of dark orange cardstock.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of dark gray cardstock - use foam dots for the hat.  Add more small gold sequins - and a few black ones too.


Hope you like this unusual design...and ideas for transforming favorite everyday designs into a cool, creepy card for Halloween.  

Big thanks to everyone who braved last weekend's storm warnings and joined us for the first of two Cool Winter Wishes classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Ann, Stacy and Marianne for helping everyone fill their baskets with holiday products, bling and a lot more.  


Have you seen Impress' exclusive new Memory Box die?  It'll be featured on a shimmery, glittery card I'm designing for next week.  Here's what I'll be using along with the special Fawn'd Friends die - Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Snow Burst, Delicata Celestial Copper, Peerless Watercolors Bonus Pak, and green and blue glitter cardstock.  Hope you'll have a chance to shop at (or order from) Impress so you can create along with me.

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







Thu 13

DIY Tanglewood Stitched Oval, Swirling Ghosts and the Big and Small Spiders
by Jean Okimoto



Create a spooky Stitched Oval background with the beautiful Tanglewood Frame...why didn't I think of that sooner?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to turn a favorite background die into an oval frame for the friendly ghost trio.


Cut Tanglewood Frame from black cardstock.  Cut the 4" tall Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock - use the negative here, save the oval for another project.  Frame your favorite portion of the background by prepping the underside of the negative's rim with a tape runner, then attaching it over the Tanglewood background.  


Cover the back  - and any exposed adhesive - with dark orange cardstock.  Place the 4.4" tall oval die over it and diecut  the three layers - the black frame, the Tanglewood diecut and the dark orange background.  You may need to shim it with the metal adapter plate and/or run it through the machine more than once.  The framed Tanglewood background is ready for the ghosts.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt to stabilize it - then diecut Swirling Ghosts.  There'll be an extra ghost for another project.  Punch mouth-circles with a screwpunch or rotating leather punch.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind their eyes.

Cut the small spider from the Big and Small Spiders set from black glittered craft foam.  

Attach striped washi tape to the bottom of a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green and orange sequins. 


 Imagine the possibilities!  We have so many Memory Box layers and frames to combine - creating even more ways to use the dies for backgrounds as simple - or as detailed - as you chose.  

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's Halloween class!  Hope you liked the origami folds that opened into scary cards and a little treat basket - as well as the bright, colorful cards.  See you again this Saturday at the COOL WINTER WISHES class at Impress!








Tue 11

Mighty Oak
by Shelby


Good morning Memory Box fans.  I love the rich colors of Autumn and decided to incorporate the richness of the season into a perfectly masculine card.  Even guys enjoy receiving cards (even if they don't admit it)!


I used the wonderful die called Mighty Oak Frame and put the die Small Deer behind the tree.  2 perfectly paired dies = a fast easy card and perfectly masculine card.  Remember this video from a few months back using deli paper and distress crayons?

Distress Crayons and Deli Paper from Shelby Thomas on Vimeo.

Well instead of using distress crayons to create the color on the deli paper, I used DecoArts Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle and Black Shimmer.  I applied the medium in several different ways.  For a thin coat, I used a paintbrush loaded with a lot of water and then lessened the amount of water to increase the opacity.  For the heaviest coverage, I applied the medium directly to the deli paper with my finger.


The sentiment is from an exclusive Memory Box set available from Simple Pleasures Stamps and Scrapbooking which was stamped in Versafine and then embossed with Copper embossing powder.

Thanks for popping in for a visit today!  See you next week:)!!





Thu 06

Swirly Ghost Circle, Happy Halloween Channel and Swirling Ghosts
by Jean Okimoto


Ever wonder why ghosts are usually guys?  Transform the Swirly Ghost Circle into a ghostette and give her a pretty background of shimmery metallic inks, a glittered channel greeting and some sequins.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a sparkly Halloween design for your special gal-friends.

Paint ivory cardstock with Peerless Watercolors and let it dry.  Sponge it with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata.  Cut Swirly Ghost Circle from white cardstock.  Cut around it with a Stitched Circle Layer.  Cut a smaller circle of the watercolored cardstock to fit behind the girl ghost.   MemoryBoxSwirlyGhostCircle-MemoryBoxDistressedBaptisiaCircle-MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts-MemoryBoxStitchedCircleLayers-MemoryBoxHappyHalloweenChannel-JeanOkimoto-PeerlessWatercolors-ImagineCrafts

Back the ghost's eyes with a scrap of black cardstock.  Punch a circle for her mouth  and back it with glittered coral cardstock.  

Diecut the lacy Distressed Baptisia Collage design twice from a strip of  orange cardstock - overlap it a bit when cutting it the second time.  Trim it to fit behind the white circle.

Cut Happy Halloween Channel from black cardstock - trim the tabs from both ends.  Attach it to a piece of glittered coral cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5.5" square black card.  Cut the smallest ghost from the Swirling Ghosts set.  Attach it with a foam dot where the "o" would appear in "Halloween."  Add pink and orange sequins.


Don't you love how Halloween is no longer just black/orange/white?  Pinks, corals, teals and dusty grays are appearing on spooky cards this fall.  Experiment with your favorite color combos - then add shimmery inks, glitter and sequins for the perfect celebration!

Thanks for stopping by - see you at the TRICKS, TREATS AND GREETS Halloween class at Impress on October 8th.  Better yet - arrive early and enjoy Impress' annual Holiday Open House that day too!