265 posts categorized "Open Studio"


Thu 22

Vine Butterfly with the Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background by Jean Okimoto



The new Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background create a colorful setting for the new Vine Butterfly here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a mirror-image version of my earlier Hutton Gate design.  

I knew I needed the Hutton Gates and Backgrounds when I saw them  during the design team preview - but I didn't know what to do with them when they arrived.  Now I can't stop using them - they've worked their way to the front of the stash!  Hope your favorite retailer has ordered them - I know Impress has!


Find some pretty spritzy, watercolored paper in your stash and cut with the Right Gate Background.  Cut a piece with the 2-½" Circle Basics die too.  These pieces were painted with diluted layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills and set aside to dry before cutting.

Cut Right Hutton Gate and Vine Butterfly from white cardstock.  

Cut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from white cardstock - we're using just the outer frame here.  

Layer the watercolored circle over the frame, then attach the Vine Butterfly.

Attach the Right Hutton Gate to the Right Gate Background.

Attach the right edge of the circles under the gates.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Air-dry it,  then stamp the tiny hexagons over it with Rose Gold Delicata.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for perfectly-sized accents for any project

Attach the diecuts to the card.


There are so many ways to use the Hutton Gates and the Gate Backgrounds throughout the year.  Pair them with pretty colors for spring, then with bright summer colors.    Imagine them in orange+black for Halloween - and festive reds with glitter for the holidays.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the PAPER AND INKOLLAGE class at Impress this Saturday!  We're using artpapers - and accents from my stash - with great dies and inks on artsy, layered designs.  Everyone gets a packet of "extras" from my stash too - to make a few more class cards at home.  

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







Wed 07

New Butterfly Parade with Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies by Jean Okimoto


The new Butterfly Parade - layered and glittered - is too beautiful to save for a summer card.  It's delicate and detailed - and a perfect fit for  a die from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Add the center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set and you have a card for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another March Green Challenge inspiration card today. 


Cut Butterfly Parade from white cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut three of the matching butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble die set.  Attach the butterflies - slightly offset and adhesive-side-up behind the Butterfly Parade.  

Brush glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive on the butterflies.  I've used Sugar Plum, Sour Apple and Wintermint from the Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent set.  

Attach the diecut to a 1-¼" x 4-¾" strip of textured pale green cardstock.  

Cut the butterfly centers from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set from gold glittered cardstock and attach them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on a green A-6 card with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.  

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


Butterfly Parade would be beautiful layered over one of your watercolored backgrounds.  Or dry-emboss it for a elegant, textured tonal look...and a super-quick card when you need something in a hurry.  Add it to your special collection of Memory Box butterflies and it'll soon become a favorite go-to design.

Thanks for visiting.  See you next week - or at Impress for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class on Saturday!







Sat 03

Big Butterfly Wing and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


Wondering if the new Big Butterfly Wing  and a splashy green background can make spring and summer arrive soon?  Let's give it a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of March Green Challenge inspiration this weekend.

The bold Big Butterfly Wing would look great on any backdrop - jewel tones, pastels, or garden colors.  There are so many ways to use this versatile die - I chose a quick and easy technique.  


Press a Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens inkpad - with the colors separated - onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it with water and let the 5 shades of green just begin to mix and mingle.  Press watercolor paper onto the blended inks.  Remove the paper and set it aside to airdry if everything looks great.  Or - for more color - spritz the block again to rehydrate the residual inks and press the paper onto it again.  That should do it!

Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water to create little spots and splotches - then heat-set it with an embossing tool.

Cut the dry paper with the 4" x 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Cut the butterfly from black cardstock.

Here's a tip - place the diecuts on the card  (without any adhesive) and decide where the greeting should be.  Remove the diecuts and stamp the greeting and any extra accents, then dry the ink.  

I've used a greeting  from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on a 5-½"square white card -  with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Air-dry it for a few seconds, then stamp the diamond pattern with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to the card and add green gem stickers.

Why not create a stash of backgrounds and have them ready for future projects and future butterflies?


Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!








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...









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 31

Wrapped Stitch Hearts, Happy Penguin and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto



A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today.  Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go!

Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½"  Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper.  

Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black cardstock.  Color two eye dots on a scrap of orange cardstock with a black marker and attach it behind the white penguin.  Attach the additional black penguin behind the white, slightly lower for dimension.  

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut a glossy contrasting overlay for the head and flippers.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Smile Clear Stamp Set  - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Trim it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a white  A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Cut a bunch of red glittered hearts with the Dibble Heart Border die.  Attach one of the little hearts to the penguin.  Add black sequins.


Need a more gal-ish design?  Just diecut some fuchsia, pink or peach Wrapped Stitch Hearts and add a garden print instead.  Finish it off with pastel or glittery gem stickers.  

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to make a Heart Gift Box at my Impress make and take last Saturday!  Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Love Is Sweet Valentine cards class too - and to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding those great dies and papers for all of our projects.  See you again at the CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class on February 10!

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








Sat 30

Snow Bunny Becomes a Friendly Puppy On Stitched Curves by Jean Okimoto



The Deep Edge Snow Bunny die set creates a sweet bunny and - with a bit of creativity - a friendly little puppy too!  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here, on the last weekend of a very busy year.  I love using Memory Box dies in unique ways - and this may be an extreme makeover - but I think he looks quite spiffy.  Hope you agree!


Cut the head and midsection from kraft cardstock.  Cut three paws from dark kraft cardstock - one will be his mouth.

Cut his arms from dark kraft cardstock - they'll be his back paws.  Hind paws?

Cut two midsections from printed paper and fold them to form floppy ears.  I've used this great print from Shizen Designs - Impress can order it for you.  It's item #HP1172.  Love how the lines converge and curve to add dimension.

Cut the body and the angled scarf section from printed paper.  The scarf section will be a tail.

Cut the straight scarf section from red felt attached to adhesive label paper for stability.  That's his collar!

Cut eyes and a nose from black cardstock.  Cut the nose from pink cardstock for a tongue.

Assemble the bunny-turned-into-a-puppy.  Use foam dots for the ears and head

Cut two layers of Stitched Curves from textured natural cardstock.  Glue them together, then trim them with the long edge of the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Borders a bit shorter than the card create neat edges that don't look bulky.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - on a 5-½" square card of textured natural cardstock with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Dry the ink and attach the pup.  Add a red glittered heart sticker and gold gem stickers.

Square and thick cards require extra postage - but I think this little guy and his kind message will brighten someone's day.  


Thanks very much for visiting our blog, for liking us on Facebook - and for all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year!  We have a huge collection of new designs coming next week and can't wait to share our ideas and designs with you.

I look forward to sharing more ideas with you here and in classes in 2018.  Here's a preview of my classes at Impress - hope to see you soon!

    Winter and Early Spring Classes at Impress in Tukwila, Washington - Phone 206 901.9101

                Love is Sweet - January 6

                So Many Hearts - January 13

                NEW from Memory Box - January 20

                Cakes, Candles and Birthday Wishes - February 10 and 19 (Presidents Day)

                Simply Asian - February 24

                Springtime Greetings - March 10

                Paper and InKollage - March 24

Hope you'll be back for Penny's great project tomorrow.  

Wishing you a safe and very Happy New Year!







Wed 13

Batavia Snowflake Channel, Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and Starlight Snowflake Collage by Jean Okimoto


Add a diecut snowflake wing to one of the Feathered Friends for a holiday design to match the delicate Batavia Snowflake Channel.  The matchup of soft peach, crisp white and gray creates a fresh look for Christmas - and a few gem stickers add a bit of bling.

Hi, Jean  Okimoto here, sharing another Feathered Friends Deep Edge die design.  The birds and owl will be great throughout the year - in fabric, felt, wood veneer, silkscreened prints...even recycled La Croix cans!  


Cut the bird from pale peach cardstock and gray printed paper.  Cut the eyes and beak from orange cardstock. Color the eye circle with a black Sharpie.  

Cut Starlight Snowflake Collage from white cardstock, then cut it with the Feathered Friends wing die.

Assemble the bird - offset the gray layer  for dimension, and to add a pretty peach outline along one side.  

Cut Batavia Snowflake Channel from white cardstock.  Trim it with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics Die.  Attach it to a top-folded gray A-2 card with a tape runner or double-stick tape.  Here's an optional step -  I like to protect the card with printer paper and run the open card through my Spellbinders Platinum machine to seal the edges where the card meets the Batavia Snowflake panel.  This creates nice, neat edges and seals any gaps.  Details, details!

Attach the bird with foamdots.  Add silver and dark peach gem stickers.  Color clear gem stickers with a marker if you don't have matching gem stickers.  


Imagine the same basic design with a column of hearts in February - or a leafy border in the spring.  Use a floral border in the summer and autumn leaves in the fall.  These birds will be busy!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's ASIAN INSPIRATION class at Impress!   Who would have guessed that so many Memory Box and Poppystamps designs could be used to diecut those beautiful silkscreened papers and Asian icons.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for gathering those dies and papers for everyone.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my last class of 2017 - WINTER BLISS - on December 16th.  Make 6 un-holiday cards  - including a low-profile (OK...flat) shaker card using Memory Box products to create custom-sized shaker packets for glitter and diecut bits and pieces.  We're using the Feathered Friends dies too - Impress just received another shipment of them.

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!







Sat 02

Tiny Ornament Triplet, Snowflake Wire and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


Tiny Ornament Triplet - one of three triplet sets - is great for a less-is-more design!  Add a delicate Snowflake Wire, glitter and the "little things" greeting from the Garden Sketches coordinating clear stamp and die sets.  Merry and minimal!

Hope you're enjoying your weekend - Jean Okimoto here tonight - with a simple little design for you.  The Tiny Ornament Triplet set confused me at first - I'm very easily confused.  Cut it from different shades of cardstock and play with the layering combinations - and you'll love the designs you can create.


Cut bright fuchsia cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and the 5-ornament die.

Cut green and lime cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the green rectangle with the 4-ornament die.  Cut the lime rectangle with the 3-ornament die.

Layer the 3 rectangles and cover the entire back with Scor-tape.  Brush Impress Sparkle Glitter onto the adhesive in the first, third and fifth ornaments.  Shop the Impress collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps while you're there!

Cut Snowflake Wire from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on lime carstock with Black Soot Distress Oxides and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Garden Sketches Die Set.


Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Add gold gem stickers.

I'll be designing more cards featuring the Triplet Dies - you'll love how they work together to create cool, contemporary designs.  I enjoy making cards that have people asking "how do you do that?" - and sharing the process with you.  Thank goodness for Memory Box and Dave's designs - imagine a world without dies!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week.