226 posts categorized "Open Studio"

05/25/2017

Thu 25

Sheer Circle Wreath, Little Dragonflies and Dazzling Dragonfly
by Jean Okimoto

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Wondering how to use the new Sheer Circle Wreath in May?  Don't wait till the holidays - it's a great backdrop for the Dazzling Dragonfly on a summer card.  Diecut circles and rings create an artsy background or accent for any occasion.  Try it with butterflies, birds or your favorite design from Fish Tales.  And with snowflakes in December!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with congrats to all of the May Blog Blitz winners - enjoy your prize!  

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Sheer Circle Wreath is great for diecutting soft,  textured papers - like marbled paper from Shizen Design.  The swirly waves of metallic inks form little coves and corners for the wreath.  Cut the wreath first, then trim the paper with the Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Dazzling Dragonfly from Rose Gold mirror cardstock.  Assemble it - with the wings beneath the body instead of above it,  for a different look.  Cut Little Dragonflies from Rose Gold mirror cardstock too.  

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square cream card.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Open Studio Thank You Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Broken China.  Love how the versatile stamp set lets you create the perfect "corner" to complement the rectangle.  Dry the ink, then assemble your quick card.

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Join us for another SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress on Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th.  We have so many great heart designs in our stash...let's use them throughout the year, not just in February.  

Thanks for visiting - hope you liked this simple design.  Diecutting special artpapers with Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies produces great results - they cut right through the fibers, metallic inks and textures of handmade papers.  Pull those treasured papers from your stash and give it a try!

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05/20/2017

Sat 20

Inlay a Felt Plush Elegant Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Plush Elegant Butterfly - designed to be lovingly layered and stitched - is also perfect for quick inlaid felt designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Gather some scraps of summer-colored wool-blend felt and back them with adhesive label or sticker paper.  The backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

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Diecut the felt pieces.  Here's an easy way to remove the little stitch dots - place the diecut on a scrap of felt in a weird color that you won't be using - then use a toothpick or BBQ skewer to push the little dots out and onto the felt scrap under it.  The little dots will stick to the felt scrap and can easily be disposed of.  Skip this step if you're actually stitching the butterfly - the needle and floss will do it for you!

The light peach-colored piece in the center is layered - the other felt diecuts are inlaid.

Attach gold glittered washi tape to a scrap of paper and diecut the largest butterfly center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square white card.  Diecut the folded card with the Straight Stitches die to add some texture to the front - and inside - of the card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink.

Attach the butterfly.  Add green gem stickers. 

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this happy card deserves special handling.  Hope you agree!

The Memory Box Plush Collection creates great felt keepsakes and hand-stitched gifts.  They're also great for cards, layouts and mixed media.  Get the most from your dies by using them in different ways- you'll love their versatility.

Thanks very much for stopping by - have a great weekend!

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05/18/2017

Thu 18

Spring Lilacs and Birthday Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a birthday with the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set and Spring Lilacs Die Set - it's sure to be a special day!  Add a trellis-y  background with a die from the Distressed Baptisia Collage Set and a classic greeting from the new Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an easy way to eliminate some of the stress of watercoloring.  It's a challenge to stay inside the lines - literally and figuratively - when I'm coloring.  The watercolors just have a way of escaping out onto the background, especially a white background.  Eliminate that issue by tinting the background with a light wash of your dominant color and air-dry it.  I've used a tiny, very diluted amount of the Pansy Dye Ink Refill for Kaleidacolors.  Iron it with a dry iron on the cotton setting to smooth the paper out again.  Stamp the lilacs with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe and emboss it with detail clear powder.   MemoryBoxSpringLilacsClearStampSet-MemoryBoxSpringLilacsDieSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioRectangleBasics-MemoryBoxOpenStudioDistressedBaptisiaCollageSet-MemoryBoxOpenStudioBirthdaySentimentsClearStampSet-JeanOkimotoWatercoloredCards-ImagineCrafts-WatercoloredFlowerCards

Watercolor the image with diluted Pansy, Spring Green and Spruce refill inks.  Let it dry.  Cut it with the coordinating Spring Lilacs die.  Diecutting the lilacs is quick and easy if you align the die with the stem and lower edges of the leaves first - then with the blossom at the top.  A bit of painter's tape at those 4 spots will secure the die and produce great results!

Stamp and emboss the greeting from the new Open Studio Birthday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on white cardstock.  Cut it with the 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  

Cut white cardstock with the grid pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Trim it with the 2" x 3-1/4" Rectangle Basics Die.  It's a must-have set of 16 dies perfectly proportioned cutting layers for A-2 cards - and it's great for A-6 and A-7 cards too.  I can't design a rectangle card without it!

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots behind the lilacs at the top.   Add pale violet gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SUMMER HEARTS class at Impress!  We discovered a few new ways to use our favorite  heart dies, stamps and papers.  They're classic, versatile and perfect for summer celebrations and events - or just to say "I'm thinking of you."  Thanks too - Becca and Erin - for helping us find everything we needed for our summer cards!

There's a second SUMMER HEARTS class on May 29th.  It's Memorial Day, and classes on a holiday seem to be more relaxing - and it's always a great time to meet new friends and catch up with those you haven't seen in a while.  

Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed last week's May Release Blog Blitz.  I appreciate all of your thoughtful comments!

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05/17/2017

Wed 17

Holy Mackerel Birthday Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

Summer is so close, and all of those fun activities will be happening soon! I am excited! One of my family's favorite things to do is go fishing, so I couldn't resist playing around with the adorable Fish Tales stamp set. Using some watercolors, and a stamping tool, I was able to create a fun background for this colorful birthday card. 

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I started by taking all of the fish, and and laying them out over my panel. I then picked them up with the door of my stamp tool, and inked it up with black ink. I cleaned them really well, and did the same thing for the other portion of the panel. I then filled in the spaces with some of the fish. 

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For the coloring, I used Gansi Tambi Watercolors from Kuretake. These are really creamy, and pigmented! I did several layers to get a bit of depth. After the fish were dried, I added a light blue pigment around them. I then added a touch of white gel pen to a select number of fish. 

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For the sentiment, I white heat embossed on black card stock, and trimmed it down, adhering it to the panel with foam tape. I then adhered several black sequins. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy your week!

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05/06/2017

Sat 06

Sheer Circle Trimming and Fish Tales from the May Release
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A junior fish from the new Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set is the awesome alpha fish here, leading the Family of Fish across a watercolored backdrop.  The new Sheer Circle Trimming border - also from the May Release - accents this beachy scene.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a design for a Dad, grad, or anyone special.

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Paint deckled watercolor paper from Shizen Design with Peerless Watercolors and dry it.  Add a light layer of diluted Peerless Transparent Gold for a soft shimmer.  

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Specialty papers can be challenging - especially when you need straight edges and sharp corners.  Memory Box dies are the perfect solution. They're great for cutting artpapers - including this watercolor paper made from recycled garment industry fabric scraps and the metallic marbled paper for the stamped fish.  

Place the deckled edge inside the cutting edges of the Rectangle Basics die and trim the watercolor paper.  I love the way the edge complements the Sheer Circle Trimming.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-3/4" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Sheer Circle Trimming.  Determine the placement of the watercolor paper.  Cut the watercolor paper with the matching section of the Sheer Circle Trimming die.

Cut Family of Fish from Turquoise Cardstock. Remove the fish on the right side.  

Stamp the fish on metallic marbled paper from Shizen Design with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the new Fish Tales Die Set.  Cut an extra fish from cardboard and layer it for dimension.

Stamp  and emboss the greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on orange cardstock.

Attach everything to a white A-2 card - use foam dots to attach the greeting.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Do you have a stash of special artpapers that are a bit challenging to cut because of their texture, fibers and metallic inks?  Trimmers, paper punches and scissors tend to slip and/or tear the paper.  Cut them with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies instead!

Please be sure to join us for our May Collection Blog Blitz next week.  We can't wait to introduce you to our newest dies and stamps - and share our ideas with you.   New products, design inspiration and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by...have a great weekend.

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05/04/2017

Thu 04

Fish Tales from the May Release
by Jean Okimoto

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Meet the great new Fish Tales Die Set and coordinating Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set from our May Release! Don't they make you want to smile too?  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with the first of many projects featuring our latest release.

I don't usually associate fish with lovable personalities - like you would with puppies, ponies or pandas. These fun little guys are exceptional and would brighten anyone's day, or make a good day even better.

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I've discovered a different watercolor paper here.  It's Shizen Design's Professional Grade Smooth Watercolor Paper -  100% recycled material from garment industry scraps.   It's available in different sizes, finishes and shapes - these are from a set of fifty 5" x 7 " sheets.  I love how easy it was to blend the Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  It was heat-set, then pressed with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  It's great for stamping too!

Stamp the fish with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it the ink.  Cut the fish.  Cut another set of them from cardboard, then cut the top left, top right and bottom right fishes from cardboard again to create different levels of dimension.  Attach the additional layers.

Unfold a Pool Notecard and cut the new Dibble Dot Border so the white interior becomes the new card front.  Instant bubbles!  Stamp the greetings - from the new Open Studio Thank You Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - using a stamp positioner and Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.  

Attach the smiley fish.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Hope you enjoyed this beachy intro to some of the new dies and stamps in our May Collection.  Be sure your favorite Retailer has placed their order - I know Impress has!  We'll be using several of the new Memory Box and Poppystamps products in the Summer Hearts classes on May 13th and May 29th.  

We'll be blog-blitzing the May Collection next week - more inspiration, and great giveaways too!

Thanks for visiting...

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04/22/2017

Sat 22

Seaweed Collage and a Buddy of the Neighborly Narwhal
by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal - without his tusk - becomes a friendly whale relaxing in the center of the Seawood Collage.  Add some Swirling Stitches and a few gemstones just for fun.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a quick card designed to brighten someone's day.

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I didn't even know what a Narwhal was until the April Release - I thought it was a Memory Box exclusive.  Several of my friends at Impress - highly intelligent people - were also surprised that narwhals really do exist in nature.  The real ones aren't nearly as cute as Memory Box's, they don't multi-task as whales either.  Ours is quite special!

Paint watercolor paper with pale layers of aqua and green Peerless Watercolors.  Cut them with a Stitched Oval Layer.  Cut the green oval with Seawood Collage - it's a close fit, but I know you can do it.

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from black and dark gray cardstock.  Attach the black piece behind the gray for dimension and a sliver of a shadow.  Cut the lower section from white cardstock.  Tape a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Attach him to the background.

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Diecut a folded Pool Notecard with the Swirling Stitches - the swirls also appear inside the card for added texture.  

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard and add turquoise gem stickers.  Stamp your favorite Memory Box greeting, sign your name and send it off in a matching Pool Envelope.  It's sure to elicit a smile!

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If you haven't already been there this weekend - or even if you have - stop by both Impress stores during their annual Spring Sale.  Enjoy a 20% discount on everything and take advantage of your chance to buy the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps items on your wishlist.

Thanks for stopping by - come back again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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04/21/2017

Fri 21

Veggie Card
by Donna

Happy Friday everyone!

For today's card I felt like coloring,so I broke out the veggie stamps and created a fun card.

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To make this card I stamped the veggie images onto watercolor paper using black ink.  To create the oval in the center of the stamped paper I used two Oval die layers.  I wanted to spotlight the center oval so I only painted those images, and the outside frame images I painted with watered down gray paint.

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To finish the card I glued the frame to a licorice cardstock layer and adhered that to a white card base.  Using foam tape I adhered the painted oval in the center of the frame.  The sentiments I stamped on licorice cardstock and embossed them with white embossing powder.  The orange dots are Nuvo dimentional paint.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  

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04/17/2017

Mon 17

Studio Hexagon Layers Tags with Large Antilles Floral Left Corners
by Anne Thompson

I continued my experimenting this last week using the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 and the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610.  I decided to make some tags that also work for this month's blog challenge #23 Celebrating Mom.  

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I began with a stack of notecards in a variety of colors and the largest die in the Studio Hexagon Layers set.  I placed one edge of the die just a tiny bit above the fold line on the A2 notecard and ran it through my die cutting machine.

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I then took the hexagon that was just a little bit smaller and cut it from a variety of plain cardstocks and printed papers.  I cut a few more hexagons using the next sized die from the set.  Then I layered up the hexagon papers onto the hexagon cards, some with just one layer and some with two.

I cut a bunch of the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from various greens, blues, purples, and yellows.  I placed the green ones in the center of each card and cut the blooms from the others to add on top of the green blossoms.  I then added pearls or gems to the flower centers and as accents on the card front before tying on a ribbon.  Here's another look at the finished cards.  I really like how the tallest flower pops above the fold and the ribbon gives it a bit more stability.

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I think this card is my favorite because I lined up the layers in kind of a wonky way.

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Now I have tags or gift box enclosure cards for Mother's Day presents all done!  Just need to add a little note inside.

Happy Crafting!

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04/12/2017

Wed 12

New Beginnings with the Butterfly Swell
by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Butterfly Swell is quickly becoming a new favorite - and it's easy to see why!  Here is it, on a watercolored background diffused by pearlescent vellum.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die.

My watercolored paper stash included this colorful piece of spritzed, splashed and spotted inkiness.  It was just waiting for the right die to come along!

Cut Butterfly Swell from a 3-¾" x 5-¾" rectangle  of white cardstock.  I shimmed some of the detailed areas with painter's tape.  Cut three Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from pearlescent vellum.  

Stamp the greeting with Memento Luxe Olive Grove and heat-set it.

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Tape the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Swell.  Slip the watercolored background behind the top and bottom Butterfly Swell tabs.   Attach it to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.

Attach three butterfly centers of gold mirror cardstock cut with the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Butterfly weather will be here soon...you'll find so many ways to use Butterfly Swell and the coordinating Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies sets.  They're like basic ingredients in a recipe - literally waiting for new beginnings.

Special thanks to everyone from last week's RAINING CATS + DOGS class at Impress!  Rain, cats and dogs are such a big deal here - it was time we featured them on our cards.  We tried to keep the noise down, but probably laughed out loud more than ever that day.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for finding the supplies we needed to create cards, cards and more cards!

See you all again at the GOING GREEN class on April 15th.  We're making 6 cards in a spectrum of greens, with green themes and accents from my stash.  I'll share paper recycling ideas too - like upcycling leftover prints into cool "where did you get that paper?" designs.   Everyone gets a pack of stash extras too.

Thanks for stopping by...

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