95 posts categorized "Valentines"

02/14/2017

Tue 14

Plush Folk Hearts and Valentine Wishes
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Plush Folk Hearts and a bit of gold create a special card for you...Happy Valentine's Day!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design that just about created itself as a happy discovery.   The stitch holes on the Plush Folk Hearts made it easy to quickly build this abstract pattern of sparkly gold cord.  

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Cut two of the medium hearts from pink cardstock.  Punch a 3/16" hole - offset to the right.  Sew long stitches from the punched hole out to the diecut holes along the top edge.  Skip some holes along the left bottom edge.  Sew a few more long stitches.  Knot the thread behind the hearts.  

The Plush Folk Hearts set also includes a slightly smaller third heart - without the stitching holes.  It's great for layering and stenciling.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Splatter it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz - shake the container, then gently tap the bottom of the spritzer tube over the center and left side of the square.  Heat-set the ink.  It's easier to splatter first, then add the other design elements.  

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from gray cardstock - leave them in the die.  Dry-emboss them for extra texture using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Attach pink and gold washi tape, the grosgrain ribbon diecuts and the heart to the square.  Attach two layers of adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to gray cardstock and cut the "Happy" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script set.  Adhesive paper makes it quick and easy to add dimension to the greeting without gluing the layers together.  

Print "valentine's day" with a labelmaker.

Attach everything to a 5-½" square card of white cardstock.

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Gold and silver - or the bride's special colors - would transform this into a pretty wedding card too.   Experiment with different stitch patterns - there are so many possibilities!

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Karen too - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we wanted - and more.  Who would have guessed there were so many creative ways to use our dies and stamps - way beyond the obvious uses.

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

02/11/2017

Sat 11

Pretty In Pink
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a quick and easy Valentine's Day card if you are in need of something last minute. Let's get started!

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For this card I used the new Square Basics Set and die cut three different sizes of squares. One in dark pink, one in light pink and one in white. Then I die cut the beautiful Heart Party Circle in the dark pink card stock and glued it to the white square.

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I stamped the xoxo from the So Many Things to Love stamp set in a coordinating pink ink onto the card. To give it a little bit of sparkle, I used my clear Wink of Stella brush pen and added some glitter to the hearts. A quick and easy card for your favorite Valentine.

Have a great weekend!

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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...

Jeansignature-3

 

02/02/2017

Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.

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Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  

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Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.

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Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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01/26/2017

Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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The entire Tall Poppy Left Corner  and a matching Classic Stitched Heart create another versatile card tonight.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another mix-and-match layered design in soft, sweet pinks.

Is it a Valentine card for a friend - or a friendship card with hearts?  It's your choice - our latest collection of dies and stamps has everything you need to create the perfect greeting!

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Cut Tall Poppy Left Corner from green cardstock.  Cut the flowers and bud from pink cardstock - and cut extras of the smallest flower from green and pink.  They'll add a bright spot of color along the left edge - and help secure the delicate tip of the frame too.

Cut natural cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the largest Classic Stitched Heart from pink glittered cardstock and green cardstock.  Cut the matching Classic Stitched Heart from natural cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance. 

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale pink cardstock - offset the flowers and pink heart for dimension.  Add iridescent clear sequins.

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Save the date - Saturday, January 28th - for the annual Valentine Open House at Impress!  Be inspired by the latest in Valentine designs, demos and beautiful displays.  Join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30 - we're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper that's easier-than easy.  Learn to use new - and classic favorite - products in ways you never expected.  It's all about getting the most from our tools and supplies.    See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...see you here on Outside the Box in February!

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Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Stitched Heart Layers and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto

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A quick pruning trims the Tall Poppy Left Corner into a set of blossoms to adorn a Stitched Heart Layer for a simple friendship or Valentine card.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another design combining some of my favorite products from different releases.  

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I recently re-discovered my Stitched Country Borders set of 5 great, versatile dies.  The small scalloped border is used  to visually balance the Stitched Heart and create the illusion of a grassy border.  Deep thinking here!

Don't you just love it when we're able to mix and match and get the most from our Memory Box and Open Studio designs?

Cut Tall Left Poppy Corner from green cardstock and lay it on white cardstock.  Place the largest Stitched Heart Layer over it to determine where to trim it.  

Cut the two flowers and the bud from pink cardstock.  Cut the remaining flower from pink glittered craft foam.  Trim the stems and attach the three pink cardstock pieces.  Diecut the heart around the poppies.  Add tiny dots of glue to secure the bottom of the stems.  Attach the craft foam heart.

Run the small scalloped Country Stitches Border through the machine twice to cut a 4-½" long border.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons Electric Pink  and  emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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It may be a bit too cold to be out gardening...but that won't stop us from trimming our favorite diecuts to create cards for the special people in our lives!  

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

01/24/2017

Tue 24

New Valentine Look Book

 

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Have you flipped through the new Memory Box Valentine Look Book yet?  It is loaded with tons of ideas by the very talented Pam Sparks who shared many ideas for using the latest Valentine stamps and dies.  Click on the picture above to go to the new Look Book or click on the respective section on our sidebar to view past and present Look Books.  They are absolutely loaded with card making inspiration!

Tue 24

Happy Valentine's Day
by Shelby Thomas

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Good morning Memory Box fans!  I hope you've been stocking up on the gorgeous new release dies.  I finally had a play date with my paper and dies in my craft room today and realized Valentine's day is just around the corner.  Thank goodness for the new Valentine dies:)

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I had several of my zig clean color markers sitting on my desk from another project and of course they kept calling my name.  I pulled out some acetate and gave the pinks and a purple a good scrubbing onto the acetate.  Then they got a cool misting shower from the water bottle and found a home on the Fabrano hot press watercolor paper.  They proceeded to do their thing...trying to travel as far and as fast as the water would allow them.

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They then called up their distress ink buddies to help get the edges filled in so not as much off-white paper was popping through.  All that was left was to die cut the Elegant Script Happy Valentine's Day and the Heart Connection die from water paper with Stick It adhesive on the back of it.  Add a few sequins in random places (or to hide any oops) and a colorful and Happy Valentine's Day card is ready to go!  Thanks for stopping by for a visit today.

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01/23/2017

Mon 23

Antilles Floral Border and the Classic Stitched Heart Collection
by Jean Okimoto

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A Classic Stitched Heart joins the beautiful Antilles Floral Border on a sweet and simple card to celebrate Valentine's Day, a birthday - or any day.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a few timesaving techniques to share with you too.

Cut a Stitched Rectangle Trimming background to frame and add a bit of dimension to the border.  Here's an easy way to attach it to the Cherry Blossom Notecard...

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Cut the 4-½" x 3-½" rectangle from a portion of a Cherry Blossom Notecard.  Leave it in the die and attach narrow strips of doublestick tape along the edges - be sure to tape both the delicate frame and the inner rectangle.  

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Remove the tape liner and flip the diecut (still in the die) over onto the notecard.   Press it to remove the diecut pieces and attach both of them at once...perfectly!

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Delicate designs like the Antilles Floral Border can be tricky to remove from the die - here's a tip that will make it a lot easier!  Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to prep it.

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Attach two narrow strips of doublestick tape to green cardstock.  Diecut Antilles Floral Border.  Remove the diecut from the negative by snipping the left and right bottom corners - then gently wiggling and pulling the negative portion away from the diecut.  Remove the green flowers - they'll  be replaced by pink felt flowers and a glittered foam Stitched Classic Heart.

Attach the border to the background.  The two rows of doublestick tape will adhere the bottom and center of the border.  Adhesive from the  flowers and heart will adhere top of the stems.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to pink felt and cut four of the flowers.  The label stabilizes the felt and makes it easy to poke  the tiny holes out without leaving any fuzzy felt residue.  Punch four ½" circles of bright pink cardstock and attach them behind the felt flowers.  

Cut a pink glittered foam heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection. Attach the heart - use foam dots at the top.  Add green sequins.

Hope these little tricks will save you some time and make it quick and easy to create cards for any occasion!

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's Greetings from the Heart class at Impress!  Thanks too Shari, Erin and Stacey - for helping us find the everything we need for great Valentines.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday January 28th for their annual Valentine Open House.  Demos, special displays and the very best  products for your cards, layouts and planners.   Save the afternoon too - for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30.  We're making 5 cards and a candy wrapper for your favorite sweeties.  See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

01/19/2017

Thu 19

Heart Wave, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and the Tall Grassy Stems Border
by Jean Okimoto

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Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border.  Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts?   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today!

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink.  Diecut it with Heart Wave.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.  

Leave a border at the bottom and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from textured gray cardstock - use the Metal Adapter Place for best results.    Trim the border with the small scalloped Stitched Country Borders die.  

Cut white cardstock with the   4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Curtain rings are a great way to organize layering dies like Rectangle Basics.  Clip them together and hang the ring from a hook near your work area.  You'll reach for them over and over again - and always find the perfect size and shape!

Attach just the bottom of the grassy border to the rectangle.  Dot some glue over the grass tips that will receive a heart - then just attach the heart and the tip of the grass onto the background to secure both pieces.  Leave the unadorned grass tips un-glued.  They'll be just fine - promise!

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock.  Add tiny clear sequins.

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Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Have fun with this card - it's hard to stop attaching the hearts once you get started! 

Thanks to everyone who took the first GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class on Monday - and to Shari, Jeannie and Becca for helping us find everything we needed - and a lot more!

Want more Valentine ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class at Impress on January 21st.  The class date has been moved up a week earlier - the annual Valentine event will now be celebrated on January 28th.  We're  making 6 cards on the 21st - including a sweet card with a simple little origami pocket heart and doily dress card.  We'll be using some accents from my stash - everyone receives a packet of "stash extras" to make more class cards at home.  See you!

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