384 posts categorized "Flowers"

05/20/2018

Sun 20

Can of Flowers
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. So what happened to Spring? Where did it go? It seems like we went straight from Winter to Summer. UGH!  It is too hot in Florida for flowers, so I have to create my own flower beds...or containers in this case. 

 

Let's pull this one together:

 

Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.

 

I love plaid!!!! I mean really...it looks good with everything. I am getting a new craft studio while I write this and you can be sure there will be plaid in my new room. 

oops...back to the card... I used a scrap of plaid just at the corner.

 

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Die cut the Vintage Watering Can, color with Silver Metallic marker and a Red Sparkle pen.

Die cut Glorious Floral Stem, color with Magenta Sparkle pen, add white dots with a Gel pen around flower centers.

 

Trim a White cardstock panel same size as your base. Cut a curve at the bottom right corner. Using a ruler and Dark Pink gel pen, draw around the edges.

Adhere Vintage Watering Can with foam adhesive and glue giving it a "dome" shape on the card front. Add in you Floral Stems. Ground the can by coloring a small section of "dirt" just below the can with Spectrum Noir markers as shown.

 

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Die cut Calligraphy Pop Thanks from White cardstock. Color the shadow die cut section with Sparkle marker. Stack sentiment together, then to card front with foam adhesive.

 Add Crystal Drops to flower centers.

 

Happy Crafting,

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05/17/2018

Thu 17

Big Butterfly Wing and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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The multi-tasking Big Butterfly Wing makes it unbelievably easy to create a quick card!  Here it is, on my May Challenge inspiration card, framing a beautiful print available from Birch Press Design.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you.

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Cut bright white cardstock with the  3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Big Butterfly Wing.  Save the detailed butterfly diecut for another project.  We're recycling and using the "offcut" here.  That's what I call it  - I think "negative" sounds so gloomy, especially for such a pretty butterfly.

Find the perfect bright and flowery section of the screenprinted paper.  Cut it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Using the slightly smaller die eliminates measuring, guessing and wasting that beautiful paper!

Cut the center/antennae section from gold glitter paper.  I love the new 21-1/2"x 30" gold glitter paper from Impress!  It's easy to diecut - with very little "flaking" and works perfectly with both detailed and solid dies.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of bright white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers - or clear gem stickers colored with a marker.

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Have a stash of pretty artpapers?  The Big Butterfly Wing will help you use them!  Make a set of cards for special teachers or carpool moms - or for someone who's always scrambling to find a card at the last minute.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great, sunny day!

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05/08/2018

Tue 08

Blossom Circle
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Tuesday! Today I have a sunny and bright card to share with you inspired by the sun and blue skies we have been lucky enough to have this week.

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I used the beautiful Blossom Circle die and made it the focus of the card today. I die cut it in white and then glued it to a light blue circle I cut out using the Wrapped Circles set. This was layered with foam tape onto a larger circle in a darker blue. 

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The yellow plaid paper is from Lawn Fawn and it added the right amount of sunshine to my blue card. I finished with a few pearls on the flowers.

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!
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04/26/2018

Thu 26

Set a Garden Scene with the Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto

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The Glorious Floral Stem sets the scene for an afternoon of spring gardening with the Vintage Watering Can and Stitched Boots.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a garden greeting today.

Cut watercolor paper with the  3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Paint in shades of green, yellow and orange from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Spritz it with water, dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set with an embossing tool.

Stamp the flowers from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamps Set on watercolor ink with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Place the die from the matching Garden Sketches Die Set over the image and sponge it with Cheerful VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it, and two more.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green cardstock, remove the flowers.

Cut Vintage Watering Can from copper metallic cardstock.

Attach glossy laminate over Key Lime Dots cardstock to create a shiny surface for the rainboots.  Diecut it with Stitched Rainboots.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches set with Nocturne and emboss it.  Cut it with the matching die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of green textured cardstock.

Add yellow-green gem stickers.

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Mix and match your Memory Box stamps and dies as we did here - it gives you so many additional options for unique cards.  Use your supplies in out-of-the box ways - you'll be surprised at how many combinations you'll discover!

Special thanks for everyone who took last Sunday's GREEN GREETINGS class.  Recycling can be a creative way to add texture, dimension and interest to your cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Becca - for helping everyone fill their baskets and take advantage of last weekend's spring sale.

Thanks for stopping by...

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04/21/2018

Sat 21

Forget Me Not Blooms, Garden Sketches and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's make some bright, glossy Forget Me Not Blooms with a VersaFine Clair inkpad for a quick accent on a colorful thank you card.  It's an easy, economical way to customize matching accents for spring and summer cards.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - on my 500th post here on Outside the Box.  No, I didn't really count them, but Typepad does.  This card was created to thank you for visiting our blog - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments.  I appreciate them - and you (!) - and hope you've been inspired to get the most from your personal Memory Box Collection of dies, stamps and papers.

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Brayer vibrant orange Summertime VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock.  Quickly heat-emboss it with clear powder.  Emboss the warm ink again with another layer of clear powder.  Diecut several sets of the flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms from the cooled embossed cardstock.  They'll be glossy and bright, and great for layering onto the card.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to green cardstock and cut the Forget Me Not Blooms stem.  The paper backing adds dimension - without the tedious layering and glueing of multiple pieces.  

Press the inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Spritz watercolor paper with water, then paint it in loose, overlapping layers of ink.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with water.  Dry it with a heat-tool.  Diecut it with the 2"x3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamps Set - with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.   Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the banner design from the coordinating Garden Sketches Die Set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add lime green gem stickers.

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Think of all the glossy, bright accents  you can create with Memory Box dies and embossed VersaFine Clairs!  Flowers, butterflies, leaves, fishes, hearts, stars, hexagons, dots - and more.  Be sure to have your embossing powder and heat-tool ready - the Clairs dry pretty quickly.  

BIG THANKS  for stopping by - today, and for the previous 499 posts.  I appreciate your visits - and the privilege of designing for Memory Box.  Thanks Dave and Monica!

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04/12/2018

Thu 12

Bee Yourself Clear Stamps with Tall Grassy Stems Border and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings by Jean Okimoto

 

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Stand out in a crowd - and bee yourself - like the tall  Paper Flower from Birch Press Design.  The new Bee Yourself Clear Stamps add a lighthearted touch to any spring card, especially with glittery little bees.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a sunny yellow card designed to brighten a drizzly spring day.

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Cut 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings from marshmallow chick cardstock.  Keep it in the die.   Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the back edges to keep the outer frame and inner rectangle together.  Stamp the bee - from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamps Set - with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Impress recently received their 3rd shipment of these great VersaFine Clairs.  They're perfect for large solid areas and detailed designs. You can even emboss with them - just be sure to have your embossing powder and heat-tool handy and ready.  The Clairs are easy to stack and the snug lids keep the inks fresh and ready for your next project!

Cut about 4" of Tall Grassy Stems Border from green cardstock.  Trim it to fit the yellow background using the same rectangle die.  No measuring needed!

Stamp the greeting and another bee with Nocturne.  Dry the ink and cut it with the ¾" x 2" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Keep it in the die and attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the back edges again.

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card.  

Attach paper flowers from Birch Press Design  - these vintage-y beauties are from the Mine Flowers set.  Add some pretty yellow gem stickers.  Highlight the  bees with a clear glitter Wink of Stella pen.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone again at this Saturday's THOUGHTS AND THANKS class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - 3 thinking-of-you-themed cards and 3 thank-yous.  Lots of diecuts, techniques, specialty papers, great inks and stamps.

Thanks for visiting...please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great card!

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04/08/2018

Sun 08

Bee Yourself
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a bit of Spring. These new Simple Garden Pots are just adorable, especially when you add flowers. The challenge this month is Anything Floral, so be sure to make something pretty and join us HERE.

 

To build this little scene:

 

Start with a White cardstock base. Die cut the two largest of the Stitched Oval Layers to make the frame. I colored mine with a Spectrum Noir marker or you could just use colored cardstock.

 

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Die cut and color the Simple Garden Pots. Again, I used Spectrum Noir markers throughout this card, but use whatever you desire.

Adhere them to card front as shown, then add the Frame and snip off a small section at the bottom right to make room for a sentiment.

 

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Die cut Fresh Flowers and color as desired. Add a touch of glue to backside of stem and slide them into the Garden Pot opening.

Ground your potted flowers with a bit of coloring underneath the pots as shown.

Stamp and heat set Bee Yourself Sentiment.

Make sure to stamp a few bees around the card front. :)

 

Happy Crafting,

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04/07/2018

Sat 07

Jumbo Peony, Rectangle Basics and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A watercolored Jumbo Peony meets matching washi tapes from Birch Press Design on a quick card for a busy spring weekend. Add a trio of glittery Honeycomb Square hexagons for sparkly accents and your card is ready for any occasion.

Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a quick card in some of my favorite colors.  Hope you like them too!

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to the smoother side of watercolor paper.  It keeps all of the pieces together when you cut the Jumbo Peony.  Carefully remove everything from the die with the pieces intact.

Press Wilted Violet, Lucky Clover and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint the peony in loose, overlapping layers of diluted inks and set it aside to dry.

Diecut Jumbo Peony from watercolor paper - toss the little pieces and attach the delicate diecut to the dry watercolored background.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  You'll never have to guess about the right dimensions for layers and backgrounds if the Rectangle Basics set is part of your Memory Box stash.  The 16 versatile dies are perfectly proportioned for A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too!  

Attach strips of washi tape from the Birch Press Design collection to a Violet Notecard.  I love how the tapes' colors change when they're layered over bright backgrounds.  

Cut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for DIY instant bling.  

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Here's a tip - use Honeycomb Square to cut Scor-Tape sheets into perfectly-sized sticky-dots to attach the glittered hexagons.  Attach it to a scrap of brightly-colored cardstock so it's easy to find when you need it.  

Use a piercing tool to position the top liner and adhesive wherever you want to attach an accent.  Remove the liner, press your sequin or hexagon securely onto the adhesive. Use the blunt end of the piercing tool to give it an extra press.  That's it - no glues to dry, set up or squish out.

Take a few minutes to create a quick card (and maybe a few extra watercolored backgrounds) - and have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Penny's great card.

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04/05/2018

Thu 05

Plush Narrow Succulent, Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A deconstructed Plush Narrow Succulent becomes a felt flower on a spring card here...just another outside-the-box way to use one of the popular die sets from the Plush Collection.  The Lavender Folia Handmade Paper from Birch Press Design creates a leafy background to match a trio of Little Dragonflies.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here combining an assortment of different textures and materials with one great feature in common - they all cut perfectly with Memory Box dies!  Handmade screenprinted papers, wool-blend felt and glittered cardstock are beautiful additions to any project - but can be challenging to cut with scissors, paper trimmers, punches and rotary cutters.  Cutting them with dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design makes it quick and easy, with perfect results.

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Cut the Folia leafprint with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Plush Narrow Succulent petals and centers from purple felt.  

Cut Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square from gold glittered cardstock.

Layer the individual petals and glue them in pairs.  Attach them around a 1-½" circle of scrap cardboard.  It's easier to work with them that way - and you can rotate the entire flower to find the perfect spot for them when assembling the card.  Attach the two center layers and a glittered hexagon.

Stamp the greeting - from the Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - on a side-folded 5-½" square gray card with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.  Purple Delight VersaFine Clair would be a great ink for this too if you can find it.  I've ordered one from Impress and look forward to using it here and in classes.

Attach the diecuts to the card...that's it!  Square cards and multiple layers require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this card is worth the effort, and a few extra cents.

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Thanks a bunch for visiting - join us for Sharon's great design tomorrow.

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04/04/2018

Wed 04

Forget Me Not Blooms, Grass Stitched Circle Frame and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Let's scatter some Forget Me Not Blooms flowertops across the Grass Stitched Circle Frame for a fresh spring greeting.  A Garden Sketches greeting banner, glittery Wink of Stella highlights and gem stickers add pretty accents.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the details behind my April Floral Challenge inspiration card.  It's great to go through my stash of watercolored papers and find just the right colors for a background.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills were used here.  Add a few dotty accents in Brilliance Pearlescent Jade with a design from the Open Studio Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set.  Cut it with the 2-¾" Square Basics die.

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Cut a bunch of flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms set from scraps of the watercolored paper.  The little blossoms aren't attached to the stems - it's quick and easy to cut them separately, without the delicate stems.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set on the ultra-smooth Bright White Cardstock from Impress with Memento Grape Jelly.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the matching Garden Sketches die.  We love this smooth white cardstock for stamping, diecutting and crisp white cards!

Cut Grass Stitched Circle Frame from the same Bright White Cardstock.  

Attach two strips of Pastel Purple washi tape - one of the many pretty colors and patterns from Birch Press Designs - to a side-folded A-2 card of...yes, Bright White Cardstock.  Attach the diecuts - use foam dots for the greeting.

Highlight the flower centers with clear glittered Wink of Stella.  Add light purple gem stickers.

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Impress recently published their spring class schedule - hope you can join us if you live in the Seattle area, or if you're planning to visit soon.  If you like cards, colors, techniques, laughs and creativity - give Impress a call to reserve a seat - it's 206 901.9101.  Here's what we're doing...

    -Thoughts and Thanks - April 14, 10:30-12:30

    -Green Greetings - Earth Day - April 22, 11:30-1:30 - the Impress Annual Sale

                           is April 19-22 

    -Asia Now - May 5, 10:30-12:30

    -Beyond the Box - May 28, 11:00-1:00 -  and June 16, 10:30-12:30   

    -Summer Hearts - June 16, 1:30-3:30

    -Surf and Turf - June 30, 10:30-12:30

    -Blossoms and Butterflies - July 4, 11:00-1:00 - and July 14, 10:30-12:30

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

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