361 posts categorized "Flowers"

11/09/2017

Thu 09

Pretty Poinsettias
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Thursday friends! Today I have a fun card that is full of texture. I decided to break out my embossing pad to create today's card. Let's get started!

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I used the Poinsettia Oval die for the focal point of my card. I ran it through my die cutting machine with the embossing rubber mat. Depending on your machine the layers you run through will change. It created this beautiful embossed oval that I cut out with the Studio Oval Layers.


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I glued it onto an embossed dot card stock onto a red card from Memory Box. I die cut the Merry Christmas Perky Script die in a red glitter paper. I was able to curve the word Christmas a bit to follow the line of the oval and then I glued the word merry in the space above it.

If you haven't tried embossing with your dies I would encourage you to give it a shot. It's so much fun and it gives you another look for all of your beautiful dies. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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10/31/2017

Tue 31

Poinsettia Blooms, Holly Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Poinsettia Blooms, Holly Collage and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles create a classic holiday design here today.  Red velvet - the paper, not the cake (!) - adds texture and dimension to this traditional scene. I almost want to apologize for a traditional design in red and greens because it's so unusual for me!   Hello - Jean Okimoto here today - Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating this spooky holiday.

Cut several layers of Poinsettia Blooms from red velvet paper - the dies cut crisply and emboss them at the same time.  Cut the centers from yellow glittered cardstock.

Cut the 2" x 3.25" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured pale green cardstock.

Cut the Holly Collage and the Poinsettia Blooms pods from green cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the Blessed to Know You clear stamp set - on an pale green A-2 card with Peeled Paint Distress Oxides.  

Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

Quick and easy!

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COOL WINTER WISHES from SEATTLE class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed the class and all of the techniques - and were inspired to create more cards featuring Memory Box, Poppystamps, Open Studio and the great Seattle companies we're fortunate to call our own.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Lauren - for keeping us well-stocked and filling those baskets with everything we need for our holiday cards!

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Looking forward to this weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS class at Impress too. We're making six Asian-inspired designs - including a simple origami bird and Christmas tree -  with great dies, accents and artpapers.  Here's a picture of a few of the beautiful silkscreened and printed papers we'll be using.  Do you have a stash of artpapers but hesitate to cut them with trimmers, punches or scissors because they tear and shred?  Memory Box and Poppystamps dies are the solution!  They cut these textured handmade papers as easily as they cut through cardstock - and create perfect squares for all of your origami projects.  

Thanks for stopping by...

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10/10/2017

Tue 10

Garden Sketch
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   I'm excited to share this lovely new set called Garden Sketches.  It's a clear set with coordinating dies which also include several sentiment flags--bonus!  

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I wanted to create clusters of these beautiful flowers which are about the size of a quarter coin so, using my stamp positioning tool, I made quick work of it.  The pigment ink colors I used were Raspberry, Sugar Plum and Orchid for the flowers and Lemon Grass, Jungle and Mint to Be for the leaves.  Inks from Avery Elle.

I also used the beautiful new Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press which have a magical translucent sparkle and shine!

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A minimal squeeze of dimensional drops in the center of each flower was a fun addition as well as the Dainty Dragonfly whizzing by. 

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I'm planning on using watercolors on these flowers and leaves for a future card--the possibilities are endless!

Thank you for stopping by today and a big thank you to all my students this past weekend who took my Memory Box Christmas Card class at The Stamp Addict--we had a ball didn't we?  

Have a great week everyone!
Jennysig

 

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08/26/2017

Sat 26

Poinsettia Blooms, Pinpoint Single Frame and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Details, details - the new Poinsettia Blooms set includes 3 deeply-embossed blossoms, 2 centers and 2 delicate tendrils - everything you need for a classic holiday card.  The Single Pinpoint Frame highlights these details and adds a bit of dimension.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with another simple design that would work in many colors - try it in red, fuchsia or gold mirror cardstock too.

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Cut one large, two medium and three small flowers from light pink mirror cardstock.  Leave the diecuts in the die each time and dry-emboss them using the rubber embossing mat and other plates required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, diecuts in the die (cutting-edge-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind chartreuse cardstock and cut two sets of the centers.  Cut two sets of tendrils from green cardstock.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle again with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Cut Pinpoint Single Frame again from green cardstock - save the delicate frame for another project, we're using just the rectangle here.

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Stamp the outside greeting - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata. Stamp "FROM ALL OF US" inside the card.  Dry the ink.

I love how easy it is to mix and match portions of the greeting with a quick (but careful!) snip of detail scissors.  The Open Studio greetings stamp sets are great for creating the perfect message for your holiday cards.  Snip them apart, then combine, stack or stair-step them to greet the season.

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

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Looking for more Memory Box and Poppystamps holiday card ideas? Visit Impress at Tukwila or University Village for some great inspiration! 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by this weekend.  Penny's sharing another of her great designs tomorrow!

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08/09/2017

Wed 09

Get Well Soon
by Melissa Rusk

Today I decided to take a little break from Christmas cards and wanted to share a get well card I made for a friend recently.

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I stamped the beautiful iris from the new Sentimental Iris stamp set and colored it with Copic Markers. I die cut it with the coordinating die set.

To create the background of my card I used the new Distress Oxide inks in the colors Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. I pressed one of the colors onto my craft mat and sprayed the ink with water a few times. Then I pressed my water color paper into the ink, keeping it to one side of my paper. Then I dried the first layer with a heat tool and started the process again with the second color. I repeated the inking and drying process with the two colors until I got a background that I liked.

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I stamped the get well soon from the same stamp set and then put the card together. To finish it off I created some dots with Wendy Vecchi's enamel accents.

Thanks for stoping by the blog today!

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08/04/2017

Fri 04

Pretty Poinsettias
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday Friends! Today I have another new and beautiful die to share with you from the Holiday release. These pretty poinsettias are perfect for Christmas.

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For this card I started by die cutting the Poinsettia Oval in a shimmery white paper. Then I die cut the Poinsettia Oval Background flowers in a red glitter paper. I lined up the red glitter flowers and glued them to the Poinsettia Oval. Using foam tape I glued the Poinsettia Oval to a shimmery white oval of the same size.

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I used the largest oval from the Studio Oval Layers set in a green glitter paper for my card. I glued everything to an embossed dot card stock and added some gold glitter gems to the centers of the flowers to finish it off.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by the blog!

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07/08/2017

Sat 08

Watercolor Iris
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.   I hope you are doing something fun this weekend, perhaps even a little stamping!  For my card today, I wanted to share the new Sentimental Iris stamp set with coordinating dies.  The stamp set is rather nice because it also includes butterflies as well as everyday occasion sentiments such as "get well soon" and "just a note."  I chose the friendship sentiment because I have a friend who absolutely loves irises, and this card is for her.

Irises can be so many different colors.  I chose to go with the purple colors we get in are yard.  Here is a close up of the iris as well as the colors of Zig Clean Brush Markers I used:

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 I started with watercolor paper stamped with black Versafine ink and then outlined the edges of each petal with one of the Zig markers.  I then took a waterbrush and colored each petal towards the center of the flower.  As you move away from the outside edge of the flower with a waterbrush, you will notice the color getting lighter and lighter and will end up with a gradient of color.  If the color isn't getting lighter fast enough, wipe off your waterbrush onto a paper towel to get rid of any extra paint and continue with a clean brush.

In the center of the card, I used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to cut out a window.  The sentiment is on the inside of the card and all the watercolored images are glued to the outside.  The circle frame is nice because it adds a subtle dotted ring about anything you choose to highlight on your card.  In the final picture, you can see the window a bit better as well as the detail of the pinpoint frame:

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Have a great weekend!

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07/05/2017

Wed 05

Sentimental Iris
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a pretty simple to recreate card for you. An embossed background, a stamped and die cut flower, a bit of ink and a sentiment.

The new Summer release called Sentimental Iris is a stamp and die set that you will use for years to come. Think Birthday, Easter, Sympathy...the list is endless.

 

Let's put this little pretty together:

 

As always...start with a White card base trimmed to 4.25 x 11 inches and folded in half.

Adhere a piece of Purple cardstock 4.25 x 5.50 inches to card base.

 

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Cut White cardstock 4 x 5.50 inches and emboss with favorite folder. Ink along the left edge with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.

 

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Stamp and die cut Sentimental Iris. Color with markers or pencils as desired. In my example, I used Spectrum Noir markers. Die cut Lavender Bunch, color and adhere to card front with the Iris using foam adhesive.

Stamp sentiment in the bottom right corner using Wilted Violet ink.

 

This card is so simple to make but with all the "white space", makes such an impact.

 

Happy Crafting,

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06/29/2017

Thu 29

Diecut Nesting Blossom Layers with the Plush Camelia
by Jean Okimoto

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Create a layered, ruffled crepe paper blossom with the individual petal dies from the Plush Camelia Set.  These flowers are great for summer cards and parties - and easier than ever!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another way to use the flower and succulent petal die sets from the Memory Box Plush Collection.  It's like a DIY nesting "Flower Basics" set!

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Fold a strip of duo-tone crepe paper in half and cut two sets of circles using the  1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5" Circle Basics dies.  

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Fold each circle in half along the grainline.  Fold each semi-circle into thirds, creating little triangles with a curved top. Place a petal die on the folded triangle - tape it in place so it cuts just the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the petal, but not all the way down along the folded side edges.  It's like cutting snowflakes, without the little details.  Unfold it and you'll have a 6-petalled flower.  

Repeat the process with the different circle sizes and petals.  Gently stretch the and curl the petals for dimension.  I like to use the edge of  that "green plastic flower-burnishing thing" from Impress to curl my petals.  

Glue the largest layer to a 1" circle of scrap cardboard.  The circle adds a bit of dimension and makes it easier to glue the finished flower to the background.  Attach the other seven layers by pressing the next layer onto a dot of glue on the base and twisting it slightly with your finger to scrunch it up a bit.  

Add green gem stickers to the center.

Cut three leaves from the Stitched Leaves set.

Paint watercolor paper with Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Worn Lipstick.  Heat-set it.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Hope you like this "just do it" version of layered blossom dies and enjoy the flowers you can create with these techniques!

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If you're in the Seattle area for the 4th of July - join us for another SUMMER BLISS class from 11:00 to 1:00 at Impress.  We're making 6 bright summer-y cards with great designs from Memory Box,  pretty papers from Shizen Design - and there's AC too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend...

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06/23/2017

Fri 23

Happiest of Birthdays!
by Sherry Hester

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today’s card is a new version of an older post using Adelaide Stem and Airin Bird Background dies. The layout is close to the same, but I changed the color scheme and the background.

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I created a stencil using the Zimmer Oval Background, and on a piece of white card stock cut to 3.25” x 4.5”, I randomly sponged Dusty Concord Distress Ink through the openings, leaving some areas very light and others a little darker. I splattered the same color ink onto the background.

I cut the Airin Bird from a light blue card stock, and shaded the top and right sides with Faded Jeans, added a dot for the eye, and colored in the beak with an orange colored pencil. I cut two of the Adelaide Stem from white card stock, sponged Peeled Paint onto the stems and lightly sponged Dusty Concord on the flower portions. Purple glitter added some sparkle to the flowers.

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I arranged one of the stems behind the bird and adhered them to its back. Before adding the bird to the background, I strung a length of white twine with some lavender beads, then wrapped it around the piece three times. The bird was adhered with foam tape, and I inserted its tail in between two strands of the twine. Once that was in place, I snipped off one of the flowers from the second Adelaide Stem and glued it down to the left of the bird. I added foam tape to the assembled piece and adhered it to a white A2 card base. The sentiment is from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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Thanks as always for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!


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