548 posts categorized "Jean Okimoto"

10/18/2018

Thu 18

That’s Acute Triangle with Cool Cat and Poinsettia Circle Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery black Cool Cat with a Playful Boo, orange poinsettias and That's Acute Triangles?  Yes, if it works for Halloween!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a beyond-the-box way to extend the holiday season and use the beautiful Poinsettia Circle Frame in October.

Orange flowers on a black background are a little scary - and a great frame for the Cool Cat.  Add a That's  Acute Triangle greeting pennant and this cat's message is very clear.

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Poinsettia Circle Frame die to help release the intricate diecut.  Cut the frame from orange cardstock.  Cut Playful Boo from the same bright orange.

Cut white cardstock with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Sponge it lightly with Starlight Black Brilliance to create a stormy backdrop for Cool Cat.

Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Attach a scrap of bright green cardstock behind the face for a pair of glowing green eyes.

Stamp the That's Acute Triangle on bright green cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut around it with a die from the That's Acute Triangle set.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded black A-2 card - use foam dots for the right edge of the greeting.  Add orange sequins.

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The new That's Acute Triangle dies and clear stamps sets will be an obvious  go-to combination for Christmas trees.  Why not turn them on their sides for pennants and greeting blocks too?  Mix, match and layer them in bright colors and metallic artpapers for cool, abstract contemporary greetings.  

Or go way beyond the box and use the dies to cut bright triangles and diamonds of paper and fabric to make rolled "beads" for your mixed media and collage designs.  I"ll design a card with them and share it soon.  I think I have a few scraps of paper I can use...do you?

Till then - have fun discovering new ways to use dies and stamps from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for your fall and holiday projects!

Thanks for visiting...

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10/17/2018

Wed 17

New Poinsettia Circle Frame and Typewriter Holiday Elements by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery Poinsettia Circle Frame can create a pretty pink slip-through window card for the special people on your list.  Add a simple greeting from the new Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps and a sparkly single poinsettia.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a very girlie design for you today.

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Cut pale pink cardstock to 5-¼" x 10-½".  Score it at 3-¼" and 8-½".  Round the inner corners.

Cut Poinsettia Circle Frame.  Attach Scor-Tape to a 4-¼" square of pale pink cardstock and cut it with the 4" Circle Basics die. Save the paper liner.

Attach the frame to the adhesive-covered circle.   Use the liner like a presscloth to securely attach the intricate diecut.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive of the frame and the center circle.

Cut the center out with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Cut the single poinsettia from the glittered center circle.

Attach the frame to the left panel - not centered, but about ¼" over to the left.

Cut a 2" circle of white cardstock and stamp "noel" from the Typewriter Holiday Elements set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Fold the card - and determine where to place the tape to attach the greeting circle. Attach the greeting to the right panel of the folded card.  It will slip through the frame and help keep the card folded.

Attach pale pink gem stickers to the poinsettias.  Add ¼" circles of silver glittered cardstock.

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Poinsettia cards are everywhere now as we prep for the holidays - but this beautiful die doesn't have to be a holiday design.  It's the perfect flower frame for any occasion - imagine it in white with a sparkly yellow center, or fuchsia with a chartreuse center. Or bright orange and black with a Cool Cat on a glam-creepy Halloween card?  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL + DELIGHTFUL and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Jan for her cool Memory Box Batty Favor Box treats - and to Jenny for the rich and creamy real Lindt chocolates from  her recent trip to Europe.  Loved your Halloween cards too Jacky and Jenny!  And thanks for a great lunch Robin!  Wondering if we ate all day?   We did, and we made cards between the snacks.  

If you're in the Seattle area be sure to stop by Impress for their holiday event on Saturday the 20th.  Beautiful displays, inspiring samples and a great selection of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for holiday projects.  Demos from 10-Noon, make and takes throughout the day - and a goodie bag to the first 25 customers at each store. Enjoy a 10% discount on holiday items too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -

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10/11/2018

Thu 11

New Equal Triangle, Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Tricks, treats and the new Equal Triangle Clear Stamps are ready for Halloween...are you?  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a simple treat wrapper for your favorite little tricksters.

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Who would have thought the Stitched Bump Border die could be used for a trio of candy wrappers?

 

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Trim 8-½" x 11" white cardstock to 8" x 11".  Score and fold it lengthwise at 4" and cut it into two 4"x 5-½" pieces.  Place the Stitched Bump Border die just below cut edges and cut through both layers of each half.   Score both sides of the folded cardstock ¼" away from the original 4" scoreline.  

Cut it into three sections of varying widths.  

Stamp them with random, overlapping layers of the cool triangles and diamonds from the Equal Triangle Clear Stamps Set with Sunshine and Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  This combination of stamps and inks creates crisp, sharp images.  The vibrant inks take a few seconds to dry - then look artsy and dimensional with very little effort.  

Fold the bottoms along the scorelines to create a ½" wide base.  Punch a hole through the top.  

Diecut Cool Cat, Crouching Cat, Whimsy Cat and Friendly Ghosts.  Attach scraps of orange cardstock behind the Crouching Cat's and Whimsy Cat's eyes.

Use doublestick tape or a glue dot to attach the candy inside the wrapper.   Two pieces of Miniature KitKats will fit in the widest wrapper.  Tie the tops with orange tulle.  Fold the ends of the tulle together lengthwise and trim it at a sharp angle for a zig-zaggy edge.  

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Halloween candies come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Stitch Bump Borders is perfect for that because it cuts the top edge and lets you adjust the height of the treat wrapper. Make some wrappers with your favorite candy.  Don't wait till the 31st - share them with co-workers now or tuck them into family lunches for a sweet surprise.  Then go out and buy more candy!

Thanks for visiting - have fun with this project!  Enjoy randomly layering the stamps - no rules about composition, white space or visual balance here.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Impress on Saturday.  We're making five Halloween cards and a treat wrapper in the STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL class at 10:30.  Then it's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.  

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10/09/2018

Tue 09

New Celebrate Jotted Script and Friendly Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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Let the lovable Friendly Ghosts peek through the branches of the Sapling Collage on a Halloween card that I hope is more delightful than frightful.  It's hard to imagine these simple white shapes can have so much personality!  One of them even multi-tasks as part of an exclamation mark inside the card.

Cut Sapling Collage from dark orange cardstock - be sure to leave some space around it to cut the outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set.  Cut the frame  - leave the diecuts in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges of the frame and inner rectangle.  Flip everything over onto a top-folded black A-2 card.  Press the die firmly onto the card to transfer the diecuts, then carefully remove the die.  Nice and easy and perfectly aligned!

Tuck the ghosts under the collage and add green gem stickers.

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Attach Scor-Tape to dark orange cardstock and cut the Celebrate Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "celebrate" from black cardstock.  Attach the black diecut to the adhesive-covered background.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive around the black diecut.  

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Attach the glittered greeting and the littlest Friendly Ghost to the inside of the card.  Create a ghosty exclamation point with the help of the cool Whimsy Cat die - cut the cat  from white cardstock and use one eye offcut for the dot below the little ghost.  (Did I just hear someone say I need to get out more and get a life?)

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Hope you enjoyed this friendly Halloween design and have fun creating with the great new dies and stamps from our Holiday Happenings release!  

Be sure to enter the October Tricks + Tricksters Challenge - share your Halloween or candy-themed projects for big and little kids for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for visiting...Laura has a great project for you tomorrow.  I'll see you again on Thursday, or at Impress on Saturday.  We have two classes coming up - STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL at 10:30 and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.

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10/06/2018

Sat 06

New Crouching Cat, That’s Acute Triangle and Bold Christmas Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Images from the new That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps create a splashy background for a glittery black Crouching Cat.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamp from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps,  and some glossy Honeycomb Square hexagons.   Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with more designs from the 2018 Holiday Happenings release.

It's a collection of traditional and contemporary, bold handwritten greetings and proper typewriter text.  There's something for everyone in this great release!

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It's easy to see why we're excited about the very cool triangle clear stamps and coordinating dies.  There are so many ways to use them to add a fresh, contemporary look to holiday cards.  

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Cut white cardstock using the 3-¼" Studio Hexagon Layers die.  It's also a template for stamping the tall diamond and the smallest solid triangle.  Use the corners of the hexagon to align the diamonds stamped with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  Heat-set the ink.

Use the midpoint of the sides to align the small triangle stamped with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut a 3-¾" hexagon of green cardstock.

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Cut Crouching Cat from black glittered craft foam.  Leave the little paws in the die until you're ready to attach it.  Cut the big egg from the Clutch of Eggs set from bright orange cardstock.  Attach it behind the cat to create beady orange eyes - it's a perfect fit!

Attach orange duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Honeycomb Square to create shiny-bright hexagon accents.

Stamp the diagonal lines - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - on orange and black cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Trim them and tear the ends to create 3-½" and 5" accent strips.  

Attach the diecuts to a 4-½" x 6-¼" A-6 card of black cardstock.

How would you use these triangle stamps?  A forest of sleek Christmas trees, pennants or flags are just a few ideas.

Thanks for visiting...be crafty and enjoy your weekend!

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10/04/2018

Thu 04

Cool Cat, Friendly Ghosts and Cheers to the 2018 Holiday Happenings Release by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the new 2018 Holiday Happenings release - Friendly Ghosts, Cool Cat and Looking for Mr. Right Triangles are here today!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many triangle designs from the latest release.

They're my favorite shape - and perfect for backgrounds, pennants, landscapes and contemporary design elements.  We have three new triangle clear stamps and coordinating die sets and can't wait to share our ideas with you.

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Although the stamps are great basic backgrounds they're also designed for layering.  Both the solid and detailed stamps work perfectly with the VersaFine Clair inkpads.  Stamp bright orange Summertime and green Verdant backgrounds.  Add the striped overlay details with Nocturne.  Everything goes directly onto a side-folded Kraft A-2 card.

Cut the sophisticated Cool Cat from black cardstock.  Cut two of the Friendly Ghosts from watercolor paper. Use the pokey tool to make the small ghost's eyes just a teeny bit wider.  

Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs die is shown above?  It's the perfect size and shape for cutting black cardstock to layer behind the ghosts for eyes - and orange cardstock for Cool Cat's eyes.

Cut the detailed and background Cheers from orange and black cardstock.

Cut the little Cocktail Hour glasses from orange and black cardstock.  Layer the diecuts so they (sort of) match the layering of the Cheers Jotted Script set.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's PAPERSTYLE 2019 calendar or notecard class at Impress!  Hope you like the 12 designs we created and will be making the calendar or notecard sets for someone on your holiday giftlist.  Thanks too - Ann, Karen and Lynn - for helping us find the perfect supplies for our projects!

See you  again on Saturday...

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09/29/2018

Sat 29

Delicate Pine Frame and Holiday Twigs – from Christmas to Halloween by Jean Okimoto

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Transform traditional holiday diecuts into a spooky Halloween scene with the Delicate Pine Frame and Holiday Twigs.  A quick color switch is all it takes!  Happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a fall design for you today.

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Cut Happy Halloween Channel from a 6-¼" x ¾" strip of black cardstock.  Cut the pumpkin from white cardstock and add eyes and a mouth with a screwpunch.  

Score, cut and fold a 4-½" x 5-¾" card of dark orange Candy Corn cardstock.  

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Tabs at the short ends of the diecut will fit over the top and bottom of the card - adding ¼" to each edge, creating an A-6 card.  Attach the diecut to the card with dots of adhesive between the tabs and the card,  and under the pumpkin.

Cut the bigger Holiday Twig from black cardstock.  Cut a circle of white cardstock with the 1" Circle Basics die.  Cut the birds (from the Delicate Pine Frame set) from black glittered foam.

Cut the larger Delicate Pine Frame and inner rectangle from orange metallic cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add copper-colored gem stickers.

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 A color change quickly adds a whole new look to holiday diecuts.  Turn a delicate twig into a spooky tree and sweet little birds into shadowy night creatures.  It just takes a little imagination and a big stash of paper!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2019 CALENDAR or NOTECARDS class at Impress this Sunday.  Create 12 designs with holiday and seasonal icons, great dies and stamps and beautiful artpapers.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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09/27/2018

Thu 27

Feathered Friends and Stitched Bump Border by Jean Okimoto

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The sweet owl from Feathered Friends rests comfortably on a branch layered over the Stitched Bump Border on a fall card.  It's a mix of favorite dies, Scotch 3M washi and duct tapes - and some Tape Too Challenge inspiration.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a combination of great dies from my Memory Box stash.

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Attach the duct tapes, dotted washi tape and striped washi tape to white cardstock.  Attach the pink and orange patterned washi tape to pale gray cardstock.  Diecut the border, owl, eyes, beak and wing.  Assemble the owl - add movement to the wing by attaching it with a tiny gold brad that will allow it to move up and down.

Attach the border to a top-folded 5-¼" light gray square card.  Trim the right edge.

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves set from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. Trim it with the 1" x  2" Stitched Rectangle Layers die.  It's a great match for the Stitched Bump Border - the stitches are hard to see on the black duct tape here,  but they're there!

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

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Write a short note on the inside, sign it, and send it to someone awesome!

Stitched Bump Border can be used in so many ways - here's a snowman from an earlier post...

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Use Stitched Bump Border for snowdrifts, beachy waves, sandbanks or rolling hills too.  It's also great for cutting a scalloped edge for stenciling.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2019 - CALENDAR OR NOTECARDS class at Impress on September 30th.  We're layering 3-½" x 5" calendar pages or notecards with great seasonal and holiday icons and beautiful artpapers.  Keep the calendar or notecards for yourself - or present them as thoughtful gifts and a bit of year-round design inspiration. 

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

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09/26/2018

Wed 26

Hutton Wreath and Whimsy Cat on a Speckled Background by Jean Okimoto

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The Hutton Wreath can be elegant and pretty...or dark and spooky, like when it frames the popular Whimsy Cat.  Add a Speckled Background of black dots and Playful Boo for a fun Halloween design of classic favorites.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after some crazy - and senior moment - hours!

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Press a Kaleidacolor Desert Heat multicolored inkpad onto a large acrylic block to create a palette of bright yellow, oranges and red.  Paint watercolor paper with random splotchy layers of ink and heat-set it.  

Cut it with Speckled Background.  Rotate the die 180 degrees and cut it again to create a second, different pattern of dots.  Speckled Background is great for adding the look of random paint or ink specks without the stress and uncertainty of wondering where they'll land!  

Cut the paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die. 

Cut Hutton Wreath and Playful Boo from black cardstock.

Cut Whimsy Cat from black velvet paper and white cardstock.  Layer the diecuts, slightly offset.

Place Whimsy (that's what we call him at Impress) over the background and mark the spots for his eyes.  Punch the eyes out (sorry, Whimsy)  with a screwpunch.  

Cut black cardstock with the 3-½" Square Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a vibrant Persimmon Notecard.  Add silver gemstickers.

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I love Persimmon Notecards - they're perfect for transforming dark, spooky Halloween designs into something bright and fun.  

Special thanks to everyone who took the first COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the versatility of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design products we mixed and matched on our greetings.  Thanks too - Ann and LaVonne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!

Thanks for visiting...have a great evening!

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09/22/2018

Sat 22

Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Classic Ice Skates by Jean Okimoto

 

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A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays.  Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card.  Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today.  

Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging.  Here's a solution...

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Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake  Circle Frame.  Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project.  We're using the larger inner circle today.

Cut the snowflake frame and attach it (slightly offset) to the adhesive-covered background.  Cut the Classic Ice Skates from silver glitter cardstock.  Attach the skates to the background.

Here's the cool part....brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the diecuts and onto all of the remaining exposed adhesive.  This  process adheres the snowflake frame and the skates and adds a layer of glitter to the adhesive.  The delicate diecuts are attached and there's a layer of sparkly glitter surrounding them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray.  Diecut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Ready to save some time by adhering and glittering your delicate design elements in a single quick and easy step?  Try  this with your holiday cards and tags too!

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you next week!

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