10 posts categorized "Friendship"


Wed 28

Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Poppy Stitched Circle Frame celebrates friendship - and the approach of spring - in fresh  greens and purples.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card for a special friend.  


Cut Poppy Stitched Circle Frame from green cardstock.  Cut a yellow-green background circle with a Circle Basics die - then cut the background into concentric circles.  

Press a Kaleidacolor Riviera inkpad onto an acrylic block to create a palette of inks.  Paint watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green, teal and purple.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut the poppy section and the additional layer - from the watercolored paper. Attach the watercolored poppy over the green poppy.  Attach a scrap of cardstock behind the poppy, then attach it to the background.  The piece of cardstock gives the poppy a bit of dimension without the thickness of a foam dot.

Cut Little Dragonflies from the watercolored paper.

Stamp a top-folded white A-2 card with the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - using the new VersaFine Warm Breeze inkpad.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add silver gem stickers.


Memory Box frame diecuts look great over contrasting or matching backgrounds.  They also  create quick and easy cards when layered directly over a contrasting card front.  Mix and match them with one of the "Basics" dies for a collage-y look with minimal effort.  Suspend them on a window card for an interactive greeting.  There are so many ways to use these great designs!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you're enjoying our Asian classes - and the origami!    Special thanks also to Ann and Erin for helping everyone find the perfect stamps, inks and papers for their Spring and Easter projects.

No classes for me this weekend. It's time to  start prepping for the March 10 SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress.  We'll make 5 cards and a sweet little Easter candy holder - pretty colors, glitter and nature-inspired cards to welcome the new season! 

Thanks for stopping by...









Thu 22

Welcome Spring…Simple Chicks and Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto


It's snowing here - but Simple Chicks and the Glorious Floral Stem are ready to welcome spring today!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping spring arrives soon.  Till then, I hope these great diecuts, bright pastels and pink gem stickers will brighten your day.


Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the larger Simple Chick near the bottom right corner.  Cut the small chick - slightly overlapping.  You'll end up with chick cutouts on the rectangle - and two little pairs of chick-feet.

Cut Simple Chicks from yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind to diecuts to create beaks. Glue them into the cutouts on the rectangle background.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green and pink cardstock.  Trim the pink flowers.  Attach the diecuts to the background.

Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.  Add pink gem stickers.


Big Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the new dies and VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Special thanks too - Jeannie and Becca - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest and greatest supplies.

See you again at SIMPLY ASIAN class on the 24th - 6 cards, an origami butterfly, lots of diecuts and techniques!

Thanks for stopping by...







Wed 14

Ready for Spring – Everglade Collage, Stitched Rain Boots and Proper Umbrella by Jean Okimoto


Stitched Rain Boots, Everglade Collage and Proper Umbrella are ready to welcome spring - even if it is Valentine's Day!   Hello and Happy Valentine's Day  - Jean Okimoto here with a quick spring design for you today.


Cut an unfolded Parsley Notecard with the Everglade Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with the new Charming Pink VersaFine CLAIR .  It's a clear, bright fuchsia-pink that'll brighten a dark winter day.  

Cut Proper Umbrella from a colorful floral print.  I've used #1125 by Shizen Design, available at Impress,  and #61096 at Birch Press Design.    Cut the umbrella again from a scrap of cardboard and from gold metallic cardstock. Attach the gold umbrella behind the floral portion of the umbrella- every so slightly offset along the top edge  to outline it against the Parsley Notecard background.    Attach the cardboard umbrella behind them for more definition.

Attach a layer of laminate over turquoise cardstock and diecut Stitched Rain Boots.  The laminate adds a glossy, waterproof look - like real rainboots!  Diecut another pair of rain boots from scrap cardstock and layer them for added dimension.

Add pink gem stickers.


Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's CAKES, CANDLES & BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!   Hope you liked the birthday cards we made - and the new VersaFine CLAIR inkpads we used.  Yummy colors, great for both solid images and detailed designs and quick embossing too - the perfect inkpad.  Big thanks to Erin and Laura too - for helping everyone fill their baskets with dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps, VersaFine CLAIRS and great papers.

There's a second class on Presidents Day, February 19th.  Join us if you have the day off (or even if you don't!)  Thanks for visitng - see you again on Saturday...







Sat 03

Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set, Have a Heart, Heart Rays and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto



Have a Heart - 5, to be exact - is a great matchup for the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set.  It's a practical, versatile die set you can use throughout the year.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here again, with the details behind my February Challenge inspiration card.


I found some pretty pieces of watercolored, shimmery spritzed papers in my stash and diecut them with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Have a Heart sets to create contrasting backgrounds. 

Stamp the large Wirework Hearts design onto another piece of watercolored paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with 1.5" x 1.7" heart.

Attach the watercolored diecut rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of white textured cardstock.  Cut both the rectangle and card front with a portion of the Heart Rays die.  Save the largest Heart Rays watercolored heart.  

Attach the saved heart in the opening you'll discover (oops!) on the backside of the cardfront.  This sounds silly and complicated, but it'll be a sweet surprise when the recipient finds that watercolored heart inside the card. Really.

Attach the hearts to the card - use foam dots to add a bit of lift on the right side of the background heart.  Add pink gem stickers. 



Hope you're joining the February Hearts Challenge - Memory Box has so many great heart designs for you to chose from!  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!








Fri 02

Have a Heart, Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


The Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set and the Have a Heart die set are more than just Valentine designs.  They're perfect throughout the year and will quickly become go-to products for many occasions.  Use them for friendship cards, thank-yous, showers, weddings, baby cards and anniversaries too.  

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with another Hearts Challenge inspiration card today.  February arrived so quickly - here's another way to use our heart-themed designs for Valentine and year-round greetings.


Stamp the large Wirework Hearts image  on pale pink cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.8" x 3" Have a Heart die.  Cut a gray heart with the same die - it'll add dimension to the stamped heart.

Stamp and emboss the greeting on flamingo cardstock.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut flamingo cardstock with the 3.4"x3.7" Have a Heart die.

Attach  a 1" x 4-⅞" strip of pale pink cardstock to a top-folded 5-½" square gray card.  Attach strips of tape from the Sugar tape set - available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.


Have a few extra minutes?  Make a bunch of these cards in your favorite colors and have them ready when you need a special card.  Add a greeting later.  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!







Wed 17

Shrink Plastic Wireworks Heart with Colored Pencils
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I am playing with some shrink plastic today and wanted to share a few tips for using this fun medium. I've been itching to color something with pencils lately and remembered how much fun it is to see colored pencil get really intense when it shrinks down.

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It really is magical when you see how small a shrink plastic piece becomes after it has been heated - the stamped lines become crisp (and tiny!) and all of that color becomes really solid and vibrant.


(To view this video in HD click here)

If you haven't used shrink plastic before that's ok - it is easy to work with. The only hiccup that I have ever had is when shrinking it, occasionally it will stick to itself (watch the video for a tip on how to correct this). Otherwise, it is easy to do and the results are fun. 

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After scratching up the shrink plastic with sandpaper (you need to roughen the shiny surface of the shrink plastic in order for the colored pencil to stick) you will stamp the plastic with a permanent ink (I used Brilliance Graphite Black and made sure to let it dry before coloring). I used the heart from the Wireworks Heart Clear Stamp set - it is FULL of lots of little areas for adding color.

Once your ink is dry, you can color away! I used Prismacolor pencils - but any soft, wax based pencil will work. The best part? Shrink plastic is very forgiving! You do want to stay inside the lines - but if you miss covering an area completely, chances are that it won't matter because once the piece has shrunk down, the color tends to fill itself in a bit! 

You can see on the heart above that there are some areas of color that are a little uneven - but don't worry, that will all go away.

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Here's a closeup of the heart after shrinking it down - the color gets really dense! Any imperfections become so tiny that they aren't noticeable.

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You can use these shrink art pieces a number of ways - as charms, buttons, or embellishments - I used them as art pieces on my greeting cards today. I stamped the sentiment from the Wireworks Heart Set and die cut the edge with the Poppystamps 1847 Dotted Border.

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All of the little dots from the border add some activity to this simple card - I didn't want to have too much going on, there is plenty happening on the heart as it is!

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I colored another heart - this time with shades that were a little closer to one another. I chose reds, pinks and oranges for a tighter color scheme, to see how that would look.

Here I took a picture of it before I started the shrinking process - and I stamped the "just because" on there so you could see how large the heart was to begin with.

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And here it is after shrinking! I added Glossy Accents to the heart after shrinking - it makes it look like enamel! Again, those colors get really intense and seem to be bursting with vibrancy.

The 1997 Double Stitch Circle Frame makes a simple frame around the heart - my aim was to keep the focus on the heart piece.

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I added a thick layer of Glossy Accents over the piece and the cool thing is that it levels itself and then naturally bevels at the sides. It is important to make sure that your piece is really flat after shrinking - I have tips in the video for making sure this happens!

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It was now time to switch things up. I had been using white shrink plastic in the beginning - but decided that I wanted to try out the same project on black shrink plastic.

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The prep is the same - but you will get a much different look with the black shrink plastic. The color intensifies once you have completed the shrinking process - but without the white base, the colors do not get quite as bright. This is just a different look - still quite beautiful as you will see.

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Probably the biggest challenge here is coloring inside the lines! It is a little difficult to find the boundaries of the stamped image on the black shrink plastic - so you can see where some areas touch other areas when the heart is smaller.

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I added the heart as an embellishment to the 30116 Wrapped Stitch Hearts and glued the Poppystamps 1825 Big Luxe Love to the side for a simple collage.

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I was really intrigued with the black shrink plastic after that first project. The black shrink plastic yielded a more distressed look - the colored pencil strokes showed up a bit more and because I was coloring outside the lines a bit, the areas of color were pressing against each other after shrinking.

I decided to try a different color scheme - this time with blues and purples - and also to try and stay inside the lines!

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And I got another fun result! I wanted to make a little "scene" with this piece so I used the Poppystamps 2011 Little Hummingbirds on either side and framed the heart with the Poppystamps 2000 Double Stitch Square.

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These are truly art pieces - your card recipient may wonder how in the world you got all of that tiny coloring into those little spaces!

Thanks for checking things out today - now, go make something amazing!



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!


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.


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!




Tue 23

A note of Thanks
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

   Jenny here with a note of thanks to share today.  I like to keep 'thank you cards' on hand just to be ready since sometimes I can't get to my craft room to create one quick enough.  This one went to someone I had never met but showed great kindness to me and my family.  It was unexpected and I was happy to give this card which I enjoyed making and loved the way it turned out.  

One of my favorite clear sets from the new release is this Thank You Sentiments set.  It's not a large set but it has just the right sentiments to say 'thank you'.  This is just one variation using this versatile set.  Also, don't overlook the cute stars included in the set---they sure hit the spot with the Leafy Ring die.

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 I embossed the stars and sentiments in gold and layered a lavender paper panel behind the ring to show off the beautiful cut outs.  The Leafy Ring is what I call a 'negative die cut'.  The pieces removed by the die cut are pretty but the best part is the design that remains...now that makes a 'negative' a 'positive' really!

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I added a few of the new leaves from the Stitched Leaves die set, which I love as each leaf has cute pin dots or stitching detail.  

Several gems and pearls dressed up the beautiful Leafy Ring and this card was ready for it's new home, with my thanks.

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Thanks for stopping by today...hope you find some time to create a few 'thank you' cards to keep handy for those thoughtful people in your life!  




Thu 09

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


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.


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.


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...




Wed 08

Wishing You Love
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy February!

I can't quite believe that this month is here already! I get excited when February comes around, because as a card maker, it means a lot of Love and Friendship cards to make! Sending people a handmade card is more appreciated that we know. I won't lie, though..I have a hard time actually getting them in the mail. You too? 


The latest release, however, makes it super easy to get these sweet cards made! I used the Classic Stitched Heart Rings to create this dreamy card, today. Let me tell you how I did it. I took the hearts, and placed them onto an A2 white card base, and ran it through my die cut machine. I then took a piece of typing paper, and covered the back of the front piece using a lot of adhesive. I ran the hearts through again, with gold card stock, and reinserted the outer heart rings back in the front of the card. The hearts that I had die cut from the card front that were inked with Distress Inks in Teal, Fuchsia, and light Pink, and reinserted back into the heart openings as well. 


I then began working on my sentiment. I used a combination of stamps, and a die to create a bit more interest to my sentiment. The Love die cut is from the 2015 Holiday collection, so my apologies if you are unable to find it, however, any similar font would work! I die cut it multiple times from black card stock, and layered them up. I stamped the Wishing You from the So Many Things to Love stamp set, and adhered the die cut down with liquid glue.


To finish it, I adhered a scattering of clear sequins across the front of the card. I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create a few love themed, or friendship cards to send to people you care about! Have a great day!