339 posts categorized "Flowers"

03/27/2017

Mon 27

Grassland Collage and Sketch Bunny Background
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Grassland Collage creates an Asian-inspired spring setting for Sketch Bunny Background, cut from silkscreened paper.  Easter eggs are optional!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simply styled card to get your workweek off to a quick start.

Do you have a secret stash (hoard?) of beautiful imported artpapers that you're saving for the perfect design opportunity?  Here's your chance to use treasured bits of them on bright spring cards.  The layered inks, metallic highlights and fiber content of these papers can be challenging to hand-cut or punch - but Memory Box dies cut through them like a dream.  

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Cut Sketch Bunny Background from the reverse side of paper -  so he'll face the Grassland Collage.  This pretty print is from Hanko Designs.  Cut two additional bunnies of lightweight cardboard and layer the pieces for extra dimension.


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Here's a tip that makes it easy to attach Grassland Collage to cardstock for diecutting. Place pieces of  folded painter's tape (sticky-side-out) in the circle and near the bottom right corner of the design.  This lets you avoid  the edges near the intricate circle outline and the grasses - and the outer area that frames the collage.  Press the die firmly onto the cardstock - use extra pressure on the two taped areas.  The two taped areas will be cut away and disposed of.  This is easier done than explained - give it a try!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  The bunny die includes the tail - but I attached a little white pompom for a bit of extra pouf.  The card will probably require extra postage with the pompom, but I think the recipient will appreciate it.  

I found the pretty Sequin Flower Kit at Impress - the little blossoms are the perfect size for the collage, and all of your spring and summer projects.  

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED class at Impress!  The  Square Basics dies cut perfect pieces for our origami projects,  making it easy to fold crisp points and and sharp angles for our bunnies and butterflies.  Other dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps did a great job of cutting design elements and accents for our cards.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin too - for helping us find just what we needed!

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

03/03/2017

Fri 03

Happy Birthday!
by Melissa Rusk

I don't know about you, but during the Spring months I need a lot of birthday cards. So I decided to get a jump start with this floral birthday card I want to share with you today.

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The Stitched Aster Corner and Stitched Aster Blooms dies are so pretty. I die cut the Stitched Aster Corner in a green paper and then die cut the Stitched Aster Blooms in a coral color. I glued them to a white background on a kraft paper card for a simple color scheme.

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I am so in love with the Happy Birthday Friendship Script die, it is so beautiful. I know it's going to be one I reach for a lot. For the center of the flowers I used some gold enamel dots to add a little bit of sparkle.

Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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02/27/2017

Mon 27

Imagine
by Sherry Hester

Good morning all! Spring is on its way, and today's card is just that, Springy, using one of the latest dies from the Floral Harmony collection. I've been itching to play with this one, and play I did! I won't lie ... this one was a little more labor intensive than a lot of my cards, and because it's so 3-D, it's one that I would recommend handing to a recipient rather than mailing it. 

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I created a top folding green A2 card base. I cut a piece of white card stock to 5" x 3.75", sponged Peeled Paint Distress Ink through the Distressed Grid stencil, and then splattered on some Black Soot Distress Ink. You might notice on the picture below that it looks like two pieces of card stock were used ... and you'd be right, but it wasn't my original plan. I had first mounted this piece to a white card base, but it looked too plain, so since it was already glued down ... and I didn't want to start over on this piece ... I had to cut off the borders to size it down before adhering it with foam tape to the green card base.

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I next cut another piece of white card stock to 2.5" x 3.5", and sponged on Peeled Paint, keeping it lighter on the right side and intensifying it on the left. I cut two of the full Antilles Floral Bouquet die, and snipped off the flowers and leaves from one of them. I then made two more cuts of only the flowers, which is easily done by sandwiching just the flowers between the cutting plates instead of the entire die.  I used a Forest Moss marker to color the stems, and water colored Peeled Paint onto the leaves of the full bouquet cut, as well as the three leaves snipped from the other full bouquet. I then adhered thee leaves over the corresponding leaves of the first full die cut for dimension. 

I inked an acrylic block with Dried Marigold and Squeezed Lemonade, spritzed with water, and used a paint brush to pick up the color and apply it to all of the flowers. I kind of "plopped" on the color rather than painting it on solidly. I used only a little of the Squeezed Lemonade, and added more of the Dried Marigold.  I next sprayed some water onto the backs of the loose flowers, and used the narrow end of a stylus on a foam pad to distress each petal. Using a wider end of a stylus, I depressed the centers, then turned each one over and depressed again, this time more firmly, to cause the flowers to cup up nicely. While still damp, I squeezed the petals of the flowers for added shape, then let them all dry.

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I then layered two of the loose flowers to each of the base flowers, offsetting each layer. I also colored the little "star" and circle buds on the stem with Dried Marigold. Once this was done, I added some black gems to the flower centers, and then adhered the entire assembled bouquet to the right side of the sponged piece. I die cut the Sketchbook Imagine from black card stock and adhered it along the left side of this piece, as shown. This was then adhered to the card front with foam tape. I decided to add another two-layered flower to the bottom o f the piece as shown.

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I honestly had so  much fun making these little flowers. If you  haven't done this before, you'll see what I mean when you give it a try. It's not easy to stop! As always, thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!!!

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02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.

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Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

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02/21/2017

Tue 21

Dragonfly and Antilles
by Shelby Thomas

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Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope your long weekend was a good one and found time to play in your craft place.  We had a wonderful Memory Box class last week at Simple Pleasures Stamp and Scrapbooking classes.  This is one of the cards everyone made!

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I love the new Color Burst colors especially Cerulean Blue.  I decided to use the Color Burst as a watercolor "paint" for today's card.  Mix the Cerulean Blue with water so the crystals are dissolved.  I also mixed the Chartreuse in a different palette until the crystals were dissolved.  Wet the paper to create a wet on wet technique.  Randomly brush the colors on the paper and spritz lightly with water to have the colors run in a random pattern!  Makes for a fast and easy watercolored design to die cut.

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I die cut the small Antilles Florals right corner from the watercolored paper and adhered into the right corner of the white paper cut from the Stitched Rectangle frame.  The Dragonfly was cut from the same sheet of watercolored paper.  Fun and easy card to put together with wonderfully bright spring colors!

Thanks for swinging by for a visit today and hope the rest of your week is fabulous

Shelbysig

 

 

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02/20/2017

Mon 20

Antilles Florals "thinking of you" Card
by Anne Thompson

As I write this post, it is snowing outside; and for the second time in as many days we're expecting 6-10" of snow.  With only a few weeks left until the official start of spring, I just had to make a floral card to lift my spirits!  This card features the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610, ANTILLES FLORAL BOUQUET 99665, SPROUTING VINE 99643, STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS 30086, and a sentiment from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE CLEAR STAMP SET CL5196.

I began by cutting a rectangle layer from an olive-y green cardstock and adhered it to a Squash Notecard using double-sided tape.   I then cut two of the Sprouting Vine from Key Lime Dot Paper.

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Next I cut the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from a dark green cardstock and again from Squash Dot Paper.  I also cut the Antilles Floral Bouquet twice from those same papers.

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To assemble the card, I placed the dark green Large Antilles Floral Left Corner in the lower left corner of the olive-y green paper, using a glue pen for the narrow parts and Glue Dots behind the larger blossoms.  I snipped off the large Squash blooms and used Glue Dots to secure them on top of the green ones.  I added a small pearl in the center of each flower.  I also snipped off the small tulip-shaped blossom, adhered it over the green one, and added a tiny pearl at its base.

I put together the Antilles Floral Bouquet in the same way, adding one of the Sprouting Vines behind it.  I snipped off the bottom of the bouquet and used Glue Dots to secure it on top of the other flowers.  I added another Sprouting Vine near the top of the card, securing it with a Glue Dot behind one of the larger flowers.

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To finish the card, I cut a small rectangle from the Squash paper and stamped "thinking of you" (in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set.  I tucked that rectangle under a couple of the tiniest blossoms and secured it with double-sided tape.  The last thing I added was a small yellow gingham bow at the base of the floral bouquet.  

Now that Valentines Day has passed, it's time for me to start on spring and Easter cards.  One done!

Happy Crafting!

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02/16/2017

Thu 16

So Many Things to Love About the Proper Umbrella
by Jean Okimoto

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It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration.  

Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card.  

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Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage.  You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card.  Just press a large acrylic block across the inkpad to transfer the inks.  Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Blue Breeze.  Heat-set the inks with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp the flowered hearts from So Many Things to Love onto the watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it.    Diecut three umbrella  - just the tops.   Paint a few of the flowers with colors from the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Diecut three whole umbrellas from gray cardstock.  Attach the stamped umbrella tops over the gray umbrellas.

Stamp the greeting - from Watching the World Bloom - with the 4th color on the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the edges.  Flip the diecuts (still in the die)  over onto a Violet Notecard and press them firmly onto the notecard.  

Diecut the greeting with the smallest die and attach it using the same process.

Attach the umbrellas - use foam dots for the top and bottom umbrellas.  Add purple and tiny clear sequins.

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Venture outside the box when you're designing cards.  There are so many ways to use the great dies and stamps from the Memory Box collection.  Hope I can inspire you to look at your supplies in new and different ways!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday.

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02/15/2017

Wed 15


Sending Love by Lindsay

Hi friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I wanted to share a simple card with you today, that I created using one the the flowers from the latest release. 

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I started with a panel of water color paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4. Using a foam blending tool, I added spots of green, and pink in the approximate location of my flower die cut. I took some water, and a brush, and splattered the panel, lifting I then die cut the gorgeous Blooming Peony Stem multiple times, and then glued them together. 

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After I had adhered the flower layers together, I adhered it over the inked panel. I took a simple sentiment from the So Many Things To Love stamp set, and stamped it in the lower right corner. I adhered the panel to a pink card base with foam tape, and finished it with a few clear sequins. 

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I hope you've enjoyed, and are inspired to create a little something special today by layering your die cuts! Have a great day!

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02/09/2017

Thu 09

So Many Things to Love About the Cherub Hearts and Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

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Vibrant colors, a Cherub Heart and the Heart Wire create a quick backdrop for a great stamp from So Many Things to Love.  It seems as though the year just started, but it's almost mid-February.  Are you ready for Valentine's Day?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with my last Valentine card from the 2017 collection.  I've paired the classic Cherub Hearts, from a previous release,  with the delicate Heart Wire cut from glittery silver cardstock.  These great design elements aren't just for February 14th - they're perfect for weddings, anniversaries and caring cards for the special people in your life.

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Cut the 2-½" x 3-½" Pinpoint Rectangle from watercolor paper.  Ink a 2" soft rubber brayer with Imagine Crafts Rocket Red Gold Brilliance - then spritz it with water.  Brayer the diluted ink onto the paper and set it aside to dry.

Stamp the smoother side of watercolor paper with the floral heart and VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.  Paint the paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2.7" x 2.4" Cherub Heart die.  

Cut Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of watercolor paper - use foam dots to attach the watercolored heart.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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Hope you've been inspired to create special Valentines for friends and family - but don't stash your supplies just yet.  There are so many ways to use these versatile dies and stamps from throughout the year.

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  I loved sharing my ideas and techniques with you  - and even surprised myself by finding so many Memory Box and Poppystamps products that were great for our contemporary Asian cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied throughout the morning.  

See you again on Saturday the 11th - we're celebrating with colorful, technique-y cards for your favorite birthday guys and gals.  Because birthdays happen!

Thanks for stopping by...

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02/03/2017

Fri 03

Thinking of You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! For my card today I had sunsets on my mind. I took that inspiration and came up with a simple thinking of you card that would work for so many occasions.

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To create this card I started by die cutting the Tall Fern Left Corner die in black card stock. I placed it on my white card stock to get an idea of where I wanted it. I used some post-it tape to mask off the rectangle where the die cut would go so I could ink my sunset inspired background.

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For the inking I started in the bottom left corner with my darkest ink color. I used Tim Holtz Distress inks in Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Squeezed Lemonade. Once it was all inked I took the masking tape off and then I was able to glue my die cut over my sunset. I stamped the thinking of you from the So Many Things to Love stamp set and then added a line of pearls under it.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

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