20 posts categorized "Food and Drink"

03/30/2018

Fri 30

Snow Bunny, Spring Bunnies Cupcakes and a Carrot by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Deep Edge Dies Snow Bunny -  and cupcakes from the Spring Bunnies Clear Stamps -  brighten someone's day.  Washi tape from Birch Press Design adds dotty accents and a splash of color to the big bunny.  Sparkly pink gemstones are the finishing touch.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easily transformed to greet any occasion.  

Pick your favorite cupcake flavor - raspberry, lemon, blueberry, lime or carrot.  I hope it's carrot cake today.

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Stamp the cupcakes - from the Open Studio Spring Bunnies Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  If you like Onyx Black VersaFine - you will LOVE Nocturne.  It's a deeper, darker black that's great for solid images and delicate, detailed designs too.  

Press the inks from the Bouquet Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Paint the cupcakes, dry the inks, and diecut it with the coordinating die from the Spring Bunnies die set.  Paint it carefully and neatly inside the lines - or quickly and outside the lines,  as I did.

Diecut a second piece from watercolor paper and attach it behind the stamped piece for more dimension.

Stamp, emboss, paint and diecut a carrot. 

Diecut the Snow Bunny  from textured white cardstock.  Attach Birch Press Designs Dot Lime Tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut the ear and midsection accent pieces.

Paint a dot of pink ink and two dots of a black marker onto watercolor paper and diecut the eyes and nose.

Crease one of the arm pieces and attach the carrot in the fold.

Stamp the greeting on a top-folded 5-½" square gray card with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts and gem stickers.  

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Enjoy using  the Snow Bunny and Spring Bunnies sets throughout the year - not just for their namesake winter and spring seasons.  They're great for birthdays, thank yous and baby cards - and whenever you want to make someone smile.  Hope this brightened your day!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening...

Jeansignature-3

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02/07/2018

Wed 07

Sweet and Simple - with the Heart Gift Box and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

 

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Sweet, simple and special...a Heart Gift Box filled with a Valentine treats!  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - Valentine cards are already signed, sealed and on their way,  so let's make some pretty treat boxes today.

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Cut pink, red and flamingo cardstock with the Heart Gift Box die.  It cuts, scores and adds a heart window in one quick step. 

Cut screenprinted papers - like these from Shizen Design and available at Impress - with the 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Round diecuts let you rotate the circle until you find the perfect combination of colors and patterns to fill the heart cutout.  Attach the circle behind the cutout.

Fold the box on the pre-scored lines and attach the side tabs.  Punch holes at the top, thread them with gold cord, and add the candy.  Tie a knot and curl the cord with a bone folder or the side of that green plastic burnishing tool.  

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Heart-shaped favor boxes aren't just for February 14th...they're great for engagement parties, showers, weddings, Mother's Day brunch, or just to remind someone how special they are.

Thanks for stopping by - have fun making these sweet and simple treat boxes!

See you again next week...or at the CAKES, CANDLES AND BIRTHDAY WISHES afternoon class at Impress on February 10th.  

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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09/15/2017

Fri 15

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a fun way to dress up the Cozy Mugs with some ink and some stamps, let's get started!

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These mugs are so cute and can be used for so many different occasions depending on how you decorate them. For my card today I die cut one of each size mug in the set in white card stock. For the largest mug I masked off a line using some post it tape and inked the teal stripe with a foam blending tool. I repeated this with a slightly smaller strip on the bottom of the mug in a navy ink.

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For the dotted mug I used the dot stamp in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set for the fun pattern. I just stamped repeatedly until the whole mug was covered. For the last mug I used both techniques, I inked the bottom of the mug and stamped the top portion. To finish off the card I stamped my sentiment on the largest mug and then added a line of gems on the navy stripe. The mugs are all stacked on a piece of paper that I cut with the largest die in the Pinpoint Rectangle set and layered on to a piece of navy dot paper.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a fabulous weekend!

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11/21/2016

Mon 21

Kitchen Essentials Gift Tags
by Anne

It's almost time for Cookie Swap Season, so I've been going through cookbooks and holiday magazines reading cookie recipes.  I'm not much of a cookie baker, though--but I do know how to freeze those I buy during a Cookie Walk at the local church fair!  Because the packaging is important to me when giving food gifts, I made some tags featuring the KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527.  

Materials Used:

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  • KITCHEN ESSENTIALS die no. 99527 cut from silver mirror cardstock
  • STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES die set no. 30047, a center one cut from Cranberry Snow Memory Box patterned paper and a larger one from a heavy white cardstock
  • miniature bows (in a package of 6 from JoAnn's)
  • Black dots on white grosgrain ribbon
  • hole punch; double-sided tape/tape runner; glue dots

A Stack of Four Tags:

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These are going to look soooo cute tied onto bags of cookies!  

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I  know I will make another dozen or more of these tags to tie onto other food gifts from my kitchen (strawberry jam) and small loaves of breads.  Having the tags ready will help motivate me to get to work in the kitchen this December!

Happy Crafting!

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11/04/2016

Fri 04

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

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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.

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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...

Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

06/26/2016

Sun 26

A Whole Bunch Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

Now that summer is here, I am so excited about what is happening in our garden! So far we have been able to enjoy lettuce, and spinach, as well as summer squash! But, the one vegetable I am super excited to harvest is carrots! I don't think there is anything better than a home grown carrot. Well, maybe to me! So, to show my love for this humble vitamin A-packed veggie, I bring you this card. 


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I love the Veggie Good set, and matching dies. I began by die stamping and then cutting out five carrots, coloring them with Copic Markers, and setting them aside. I took a panel of watercolor card stock, and created a blue washed background, and after it had dried, ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinpoint Square Layers Die.

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I stamped a sentiment from the set, and then I adhered the panel to a white card base using foam. I layered, and adhered my carrots. 

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Did you plant a garden this year? If so, what are you looking forward to harvesting? I would love to know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy crafting.

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05/30/2016

Mon 30

New Stamp Sets- Blog Blitz Day 1
by Laura

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Greetings everyone! Have you noticed that Memory Box has a new release of of clear stamp sets with coordinating stamps?  There are new  fruits and veggies as well as a sweet bumblebee set that will make wonderful cards for the summer.

This week from Monday, May 30th- Friday, June 3rd, the Memory Box Design Team will be showing you ideas for using the new products.  There will be lots of inspiration and even chances to win prizes!

To get the week started, I am going to share a couple of cards using the new Easy Peasy set. 

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For the card above, I die cut the Botanical Stem die and then cut it into pieces to thread through the lattice of the Zimmer Oval Background.  The Oval Background reminded me of lattice from the garden, so I thought it would be a nice backdrop for the peas.  For the peas, I stamped them with Black Tuxedo Memento ink and then colored them with various Copic Markers (YG25, G24, G19, and G28)

Here is a close up of the peas:

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For the second card, I used the same stem die as well as the same pea stamp set:

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For the background "paper," I used the Memory Box Peony Blossoms stencil and placed it onto light yellow cardstock.  I then sponged the stencil with a Versamark ink pad over then entire surface.  I removed the stencil and then sponged the surface with blue and green PanPastel chalks.  Here is a close up of the peas and stencil with chalk:

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Now for the fun part...  would you like to win one of the new release stamp sets?  Leave a comment on any of the designer posts this week for your chance to win.  The more designer posts you comment on during the week, the more chances you will have to win!  On Saturday, June 4th, we will draw five random winners from the comments to win the new stamp set of their choice.  Good luck!

Donna will be posting another idea later today, so be sure to check back!

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03/26/2016

Sat 26

Half a Dozen Eggs and Sketch Bunny Backgrounds
by Jean Okimoto

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Half a Dozen Eggs topped with felt Sketch Bunny Backgrounds - what could be easier for quick Easter basket fillers?  Or maybe placecards for a special brunch or dinner!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute idea for those who celebrate Easter.  Easter is my favorite holiday - I love the pretty colors, and it's also a candy-holiday.  Two key factors when selecting a favorite holiday.

Today's project was inspired by Jenny's great card in jellybean colors.  A craving for dark chocolate was also an incentive.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to felt and diecut Sketch Bunny.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking thru.  Set them aside - don't forget to save the poufy little tails too!

Score 3"x 8.25" pieces of Memory Box Signature Patterns at 4-⅛", 4-¼" and 4-⅜".  Fold it on the 4-¼" scoreline.  Place the folded edge about ¼" above the bottom cutting edge of the egg die.   Cut the folded eggs.  Crease them along the other two scored lines.  

Signature Patterns are perfect for diecutting, backgrounds and party favors.  Used here are - Mango Distressed Dots, Key Lime Dots, Pool Dots, Squash Gingham, Bubblegum Distressed Dots and Key Lime Distressed Dots.

Attach the felt bunnies and their sweet little tails in colorful combinations for a bright pop of spring color.  You could also add some optional diecut felt flowers, leaves and names or initials - but hey, it's already Easter eve!

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Fold the wider edge of the wrapper behind, then attach a Peppermint Patty egg with doublestick tape.  Punch a hole through the tops.  I used a vintage (1990's !!) handheld oval punch - but a ¼" circle works just fine.  Yes, it would be easier to punch the holes first...smile!

Tie the tops with tulle -  10-11" strips of 6" wide tulle make it easy.  Fold the ends into lengthwise layers and trim them in a deep, narrow  "V-shape."

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Thanks for stopping by on this busy spring weekend...see you again next week!

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03/10/2016

Thu 10

Springtime Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs, Blooming Sketch Border and Pasture Grass
by Jean Okimoto

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A chocolate Springtime Bunny stops by with an Easter wish and a watercolored egg today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another spring design and some quick tips too.  We've moved so quickly thru our January release...Easter is less than three weeks away!

Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.5" tall egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set, then paint it with Peerless Watercolors.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock.  Paint scraps of watercolor paper with pink, yellow and violet - then cut little eggs using the die from the Springtime Bunnies Set.  Attach the eggs (big and little) behind the grass.  That's a lot easier than gluing the grass to the card, then trying to glue the eggs behind the grass.

Prep a scrap of cardstock from a Mocha Notecard with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the bunny with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Springtime Bunnies Die Set.

Stamp the greeting on natural cardstock with Electric Purple Radiant Neon and emboss it with detail clear powder.  It really is purple, but the embossing turned it into a pretty pink.  Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer - then trim the excess cardstock with the inner edge of a larger rectangle.

Attach everything  to a side-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock- use foam dots for the bunny.  Add small iridescent sequins.

Here's an easy way to organize, store and use Peerless Watercolors .  Find them at Birch Press Design - a cool, upscale online collection of beautifully functional products for dining, decorating, crafting and gift-giving.  It's owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box and Poppystamps.   Their great design aesthetic is reflected at Birch Press too!

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Use plastic divider boxes for storage, and as palettes - be sure they're sealed between each section so the colors won't flow into each other.  Print the names on return address labels and attach them to a rectangle of watercolor paper that's divided into sections.  

Place little blocks of the colors in each section and add a drop or two of water when you're ready to paint.  You won't waste a bit of it - whatever you don't use with stays right there in its own section.  Let it dry, and it'll be ready for your next project!

These containers come in different sizes and configurations.  I use several of them because mine have 11 sections - I would have picked something larger - but I used what I had.  If I had waited till I found the "perfect" containers, I would have forgotten what I had planned to do with them!

 I'm not usually a super-organized label-er, but this really does save time - and it's handy for on-the-go projects too.

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Special thanks to everyone from last week's Springtime Greetings and Birthday Wishes classes at Impress!  Hope you liked the projects - and those yummy spring colors.  See you again at the Asia Now class on Saturday the 12th for some contemporary Asian designs using silkscreened papers, dies and easy origami.  "Easy" and "origami" are rarely used together - but it'll be easy...promise!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this evening.

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

08/05/2015

Wed 05

Brilliant Border Lemonade - Cheers to Summer!

 

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Memory Box Products

  • Coffee on the Go Die 99110
  • Brilliant Circle Border Background Die 98928
  • Brilliant Circle Border Outline Die 98940
  • Citrus Leaves Die 99158
  • Cheers Script Die 98900
  • Open Studio Stitched Scallop Circles Die Set 30047
  • Mango Notecard for diecutting)
  • Key Lime Notecard and Envelope

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Brilliance Sunflower Yellow
  • Daubers

Daub Sunflower Yellow onto white cardstock and cut Brilliant Circle Border Background.  Mask off a portion of  white cardstock and daub it with Sunflower Yellow.  Cut it with the Coffee on the Go die for a cool glass of fresh lemonade.

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Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed instructions and supply lists.  

We've added a Memory Box Look Book class to the Impress summer schedule!  Here's a peek at some of the 8 July Look Book cards featured in the new COLOR, CREATE + ENJOY Class in Tukwila on August 23rd.  Call the store  - 206 901.9101 - to reserve your seat.  See you there! 

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 Thanks for visiting - join us again tomorrow for a great card that Shelby's designed for you.

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