434 posts categorized "Jean Okimoto"

08/23/2017

Wed 23

Single Deer Oval, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto

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Versatile Memory Box Ovals - Single Deer, Dancing Snowflake and Stitched Oval Layers - add a classic, traditional look to holiday cards. They make it quiick and easy to create dimensional winter scenes like this one.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring the new Single Deer Oval.

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Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from chartreuse cardstock. 

Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from watercolor paper - leave the diecut in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for my Platinum - platform, diecut in the die (face-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut Single Deer Oval from dark kraft cardstock.

Attach the ovals to a Parsley Notecard, offsetting the Single Deer Oval slightly to the right -  and use foam dots behind the deer's head - for some shadowy dimension.

Place the Curled Ribbons die behind a scrap of red glittered craft foam and cut a portion of the ribbon so it curls up and towards the left.  Trim it to create a scarf.  

Add gold gem stickers.

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I always try to get the most from my Memory Box designs and want to share these ideas with you.  I love how easy it is to combine them in unique ways by layering or altering them to become something entirely different. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to make a 2017 Holiday Collection card at the Impress Holiday Kickoff last weekend.  Hope you liked it, and were inspired to glitter your way through the holidays!

  Jeansignature-3



08/17/2017

Thu 17

Dazzling Dragonfly, Little Dragonflies, Square Basics and Wrapped Stitch Frames
by Jean Okimoto

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A Persimmon Notecard is the perfect background for a bright summer-into-fall card layered with the Dazzling Dragonfly and Little Dragonflies.  This great new color is an eye-opening orange ideal for a simple design created with artpapers cut using dies from the Square Basics and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles sets.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a quick dragonfly card in splashy summer colors.  If you obsessively buy/collect/save/hoard beautiful artpapers - but stash them away because they're too pretty to cut into - Memory Box dies are the answer.  They cut through handmade, silkscreened, metallic, marbled and embossed papers - like these from Shizen Design - quickly and easily, producing clean edges and sharp corners.  The fibers and beautiful textures of these papers won't yield to paper punches - but our dies cut through them as easily as they slice through papers and cardstock.  

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Dies save time - and minimize wasted paper.  Just use the open dies to "frame" portions of the papers to see and select what you'll be cutting.  If you're not sure which of two sizes you need to cut, cut the larger size - you can easily trim it with the smaller size if necessary.  Rectangle Basics and Wrapped Rectangle Frames are proportioned to cut perfect layers for A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 and A-7 sizes too.

Cut the floral print and embossed Shizen Design papers with Square Basics dies.  Impress at Tukwila recently started selling a select assortment of these fabulous artpapers.   I'll be using them for classes as often as I can - especially during the holidays.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  This new set of five dies is quickly becoming a favorite at Impress.  It adds so much - in a subtle way - as an accent that doesn't compete with the main elements of a design.  We love it!

Cut Dazzling Dragonflies and Little Dragonflies from gold mirror cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard.  Add green gem stickers.

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Just a reminder - if you're in the Seattle area, join us for the Impress Holiday Kickoff event this Saturday.  Goodie bags to the first 25 people at both stores, a 10% shopping discount, inspiring samples and displays - and Cindi, Whitney and I will be demo-ing or doing make+takes at Tukwila on Saturday morning.  View the Memory Box Collection at Impress - and bring your wishlist!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  

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Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.

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Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.

 

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If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!

Jeansignature-3
 

08/10/2017

Thu 10

Elegant Shorebirds and the Radiant Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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An altered Radiant Frame becomes the summer sun shining on a trio of the Elegant Shorebirds today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright outdoor scene under a brilliant sun.  Wishful thinking, snowflakes and winter pastels just couldn't cool things off.  Let's accept the heat and smoky skies ...and create a summer card to cheer things up!

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Cut a portion of the Radiant Frame from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-1/2" Circle Basics die.  Cut off the remaining straight edge of the frame.

Attach adhesive label paper to flamingo-colored cardstock and diecut Elegant Shorebirds.  The layer label paper adds a bit of dimension to the birds.  

Cut Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4"  x 3" Rectangle Basics die - position the die to retain a short deckled edge.  

Sponge worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a tiny amount of peeled paint Distress Oxides onto the watercolor paper.  Blend the colors with a waterbrush, then heat-set the inks.  The different colors settle randomly into the rough surface of the paper and create a shadowy, textured background.

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

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN  class at Impress!  The Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps collections have so many dies that are perfect for the Asian theme.  If you love origami - the Square Basics set is a must for perfect folds.  Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics are great for cutting those beautiful silkscreened artpapers in your stash too.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for filling our baskets with the tools and supplies we needed.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two AC-d classes at Impress on August 12th.  It's PAPER PLEASE from 11:00-1:00 - using our favorite dies with the vibrant handmade cotton-fiber papers from Shizen Design.  We'll be using the just-received rough-textured deckle-edge watercolor paper from Shizen Design too!

An added class - NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS - follows that from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Make 6 cards featuring the latest and greatest from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  Lots of techniques, Distress Oxides, special folds, cutouts and glitter!

Thanks very much for stopping by - keep cool and carry on!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

08/03/2017

Thu 03

New Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


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Mix and match the new Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes as a sparkly trio on a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  Glitter makes it better, and sequins add the finishing touch!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design in frosty winter pastels.

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I found a pretty little scrap of Distress Oxide-painted watercolor paper in my stash and cut it with the 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Dry-emboss it with the smallest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle. 

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Here's the stacking sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  The dry-embossed Wrapped Stitch Rectangle creates a subtle stitched frame on the background.   It's a nice way to add texture without competing with main design elements like snowflakes.

Diecut the snowflakes from silver, aqua and pink glittered cardstock.  

Stamp "believe" - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Add the diecuts and small silver sequins.  

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A simple, basic layout like this works throughout the year.  Try it with various sizes of hearts, stars, butterflies or flowers - and  ghosts in October.  I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life and save time.  This will be a go-to template for other cards I'll be designing for you.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on August 5th.  We'll make 7 Asian-inspired cards with beautiful silkscreened artpapers, dies and great techniques.  Enjoy the AC - and your 10% class discount on a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps products - and everything else on your wishlist!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Keep cool, think snowflakes and winter pastels - even here in Seattle, with sunny skies and highs around 100.

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

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07/31/2017

Mon 31

New Snowy Pine Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowy Pine Oval, glittery Piccolo Snowflakes and gem stickers create a frosty winter scene - a cool illusion on a hot summer day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a "medium" card - not too simple, not too complicated, something in between.

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Start off by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto watercolor paper.  Spritz it lightly - and from about 12" away - to blend the inks.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-3/8" tall Stitched Oval.  

Diecut Snowy Pine Oval from textured white cardstock.  

Diecut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes from pale blue glittered cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the new Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - onto a 5-1/2" square card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

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Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Maybe it was pretty easy after all!

Square cards require extra postage - but the holidays are so special, and so are the friends and relatives we create our cards for.  

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

Jeansignature-3

Mon 31

Glittered New Deco Trees
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Looking for another quick Christmas card idea?  The new Deco Trees die is perfect for quick cards - and it's great with glitter too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design in the simple, clean contemporary style I love.


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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured white cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees.

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Here's a tip...instead of backing the entire cutout one large piece of tape to attach the glitter - cut three pieces of tape instead.  Attach the tape behind each tree and apply the glitter one tree at a time to keep the colors from mixing.  Using a paintbrush to apply the glitter helps too - it's a lot neater than dumping glitter onto the adhesive.   The pretty colors used here are from Martha Stewart Crafts - Blueberry Blush, Sugar Plum and Wintermint.

Cut strips of violet and turquoise cardstock with a portion of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to create accent strips for the left side of the card.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from silver glittered cardstock - save the three dots too.  Attach the dots and snowflakes.  Attach everything to a white side-folded A-2 card.  

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Can you believe it's already the end of July?  It's OK if the entire Christmas-in-July thing was just a dream -  Impress has a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies and stamps ready for the holidays - and you!

 

07/29/2017

Sat 29

Bright Felt Resting Birds on the New Snowy Pine
by Jean Okimoto

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Branches of the new Snowy Pine welcome a trio of bright felt Resting Birds.  Their colors - bright and a bit un-birdy - really pop against a background cut with a die from the new Wrapped Stitch Rectangle 5-piece set.  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here today.  Looking for a unique card that's easy to mass-produce?  This could be the answer!  It's not just simple in design - Resting Birds cuts five birds at once, so also you'll have an instant supply of 15 birds in three colors to mix and match on your cards. 

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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from natural cardstock.  Cut Snowy Pine from glittered silver cardstock.  Cut the stars from gold mirror cardstock with the Starlit Breeze die.  

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to wool-blend orange, red and bright pink felt and cut Resting Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  

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Quick and easy cards are the way to go - even when there's still plenty of time till Christmas. Create a stash of them now and cross "make cards"  off your to-do list. You'll have more time to make (or enjoy)  cookies and dark chocolate truffles in December.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3
 

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07/27/2017

Thu 27

Glittered New Piccolo Snowflake Ornament
by Jean Okimoto


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Looking for more holiday designs featuring our 2017 Holiday Collection?  A background of Peerless Watercolors creates a special setting for the versatile new Piccolo Snowflake Ornament.  It's delicately contemporary and so easy to cut from glittered cardstock.  The cap and hanger - from the Millbrook Ornament set - add the finishing touch!

Hello again - Jean Okimoto here - with another simple Christmas design that's great for mass-production.  

Cut watercolor paper with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Diecut Piccolo Snowflake Ornament from your favorite glittered cardstock, then paint a coordinating background of Peerless Watercolors with a flat paintbrush or waterbrush.   Diecut a 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" rectangle from a portion of a Pool Notecard.  

Cut the solid Classic Ornament background from  the Pool Notecard.  Cut the Millbrook Ornament caps and the hanger from gold mirrored cardstock.  Assemble the ornament - sandwich the top of the Piccolo Snowflake Ornament between the two layers of the Millbrook Ornament caps.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of watercolor paper.  Add gold gem stickers.

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I like mass-producing cards that are a little different each time.  Variations in the watercolored background keep this design from being too repetitive - and it looks great in so many color combos.  Try it in pink/coral/orange - or frosty shades of blue.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Saturday.   No classes for me this weekend - I'm working on designs for my next class at Impress - Simply Asian on August 5th.  

Jeansignature-3 

 

07/26/2017

Wed 26

New Sheer Treescape, Stitched Curves and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Fresh colors, textures - and great new dies - are all you need for a simple winter landscape.  Here's a quick and easy design for your headstart on the holidays.  Deciding where to attach the sparkly gems was probably the most challenging part of this simple greeting!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easy to mass-produce and create in your favorite colors.   The Wrapped Stitch Rectangles five-piece set is quickly becoming another new favorite.  It's basic - but quirky - and adds just enough of an accent to highlight any design.  It's also designed to complement all of the other great stitched dies in our collection.  

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Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Cut Sheer Treescape from green cardstock and trim it to about 5-1/8" wide.  Snip the outer edges of the first and last trees at an angle.

Stamp "merry Christmas" - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with worn lipstick Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut it with the die from the new Stitched Curves set.  

Cut glittered pink cardstock stars using the Starlit Breeze die.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.  That's it!

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Like quick and easy designs?   Hope this inspired you to get started on your holiday cards during these hot summer days.

Big thanks to everyone from last Saturday's classes at Impress.  I appreciate that so many of you drove (and ferried!) long distances to take both classes.   Hope you loved the 2017 Holiday Collection as much as I enjoyed designing those cards for you.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied with Memory Box, Poppystamps and Open Studio products!

We just added another  NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS class - from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday August 12th.  The afternoon PAPER PLEASE class has been moved up to 11:00-1:00 that morning so those of you who couldn't take  the holiday release class on July 22nd can join us from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Please call Impress - 206 901.9101 - to save a seat, and a bit of that refreshing AC!

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool...

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