220 posts categorized "Open Studio"

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, 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...

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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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01/05/2017

Thu 05

Heart Wire and the Rectangle Basics Set
by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Heart Wire be more than "just" a Valentine design - it's perfect for friendship cards too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing another idea featuring this great new die - and a chance for you to win just for commenting on this post.

Cut Heart Wire from glittered pink craft foam - leave it in the die.  

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Wondering why the new Magnificient Mum Floral Blooms are shown here?  Has she gone completely over the edge?  Not yet - but I thought it was a great way to diecut a bunch of tiny random double-stick shapes from Scor-Tape  to attach the Heart Wire.  Save the adhesive-covered mum outlines too - we'll use them later.  We save everything, don't we?

The Memory Box collection of dies has many, many designs that you can use to diecut adhesive pieces for your projects.  I chose the mums here because I wanted to use the outlines for another project.

Attach the sticky pieces to the hearts - and the ends.  

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Use the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die to cut white cardstock.  This is another great new set of 16 dies designed to create the perfect rectangles for layering on A-2 and other cards.  Stamp the greeting - from the new So Many Things to Love set - with Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata.  Heat-set the ink.  Use a piercing tool to lightly press the adhesive-covered hearts (liners removed!) onto the rectangle.  Remove the die and press the hearts firmly onto the background.  

Wrap the two ends loosely around the edges like a heart-hug.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.  

Want to a chance to win the Heart Wire die?  Just add your comment here and you'll have a chance to add this great new design to your personal Memory Box collection.  Comment on all of our Detail Team posts during the Blog Blitz from January 2 through the 8th for many more chances to win the products our designers have chosen for you.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on January 8th.

See you at the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress on Saturday afternoon.  There are so many great new Memory Box and Poppystamps designs to chose from - I've narrowed it down to my very favorites for the 6 cards we'll be making.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Thu 05

Classic Stitched Heart Collection and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Classic Stitched Heart Collection is about to become another go-to favorite in my Memory Box stash!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another  Blog Blitz design - and a chance to win a new die.  We love introducing you to our new products - and the 2017 Spring Collection is filled with great designs perfect for Valentine's Day and Spring.  

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Diecut it with the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.

Stamp "xoxo" on the tall heart with Imagine Crafts Morocco Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Cut  white cardstock with the 4" x 2-¾" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die.  Stamp the greeting - from the new So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - on the rectangle with Morocco Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach strips of double-stick tape along the edges of the rectangle.  Attach the delicate frame behind the rectangle.  Attach them to an A-6 (4-⅝"  x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  

Add pale peach iridescent sequins.

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Want a chance to win the Classic Stitched Heart Collection?  Just leave a comment on this post by 11:59 PM EST on January 8th.  Add your comments to all of of designers'  Blog Blitz posts from January 2nd through January 8th too.  

The new collection has arrived at Impress and the most popular designs are selling quickly - be sure to stop by or  shop online soon - for the best selection.  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for my first class of the year - NEW FROM MEMORY BOX on January 7th.  It'll be great to see everyone again!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're enjoying our blitz as much as we enjoy introducing you to our latest, greatest designs!

Jeansignature-3

 

 


 

 

12/19/2016

Mon 19

BUNNY GIFT Tags and a Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting to wrap up Christmas presents and I'm using the BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193 to make some really cute tags and a card.  For this first set of three tags I also used dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069 to cut out the stamped images and the background midnight blue oval.

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  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069, one to cut out the stamped images and one cut from midnight blue cardstock
  • Memento Markers: Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Pear Tart, London Fog
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white dotted ribbon

For the second set of two tags, I used three of the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies from the set of 8 no. 30016.

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  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies, set of 8, no. 30016, white cardstock (edged with Memento Lady Bug ink around the circles), Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper 
  • Prismacolor Pencils in browns, red, pink, dark green, and blue
  • Wink of Stella pens:  Clear, Red, Dark Green for a little extra shimmer on the stamped images
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white-lined ribbon

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For this notecard, I also used Prismacolor pencils (gray for the bunny this time) and the red Wink of Stella pen for his coat and the package ribbons.  I used two of the Stitched Ovals, one to cut out the stamped image on the white cardstock which I popped up on another oval cut from Memory Box Cranberry dot paper.  I then placed those onto a white notecard with a piece of the Cranberry Snow paper already adhered to it.  I added the little white bow as a finishing touch.

This stamp set and the shaped dies helped me create the perfect tags for gifts and a coordinating card this Christmas.  Happy Crafting!!!

 

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12/08/2016

Thu 08

Plush Sheldon’s New Friend – Plush Shelley
by Jean Okimoto

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Plush Sheldon is the sweetest snowman ever - but maybe we need a snowlady?  Meet Plush Shelley!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here tonight - with a bit of stitching, a lot of sparkle, and some December Challenge inspiration. 

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Cut two Plush Sheldons from white felt and stitch them together.  Cut the arms from scrap cardboard.  Daub the ends with glue and slip them between the felt layers.  They'll be nice and secure - and won't show on the back.

Cut the tiny streamers from the Truly Gifted bow set from glittered pink craft foam.  Cut it to create a sparkly pink scarf.

Attach Scor-Tape behind scraps of glossy black cardstock and dark orange cardstock and cut the eyes and nose.

Stamp Merry Background on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Daub Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Memento Luxe Lilac Posies over some of the merries.  Use a tissue to remove any residual ink on the Espresso Truffle background.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut Shimmering Snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-⅜" square card of light gray textured cardstock.  

Tonight's weather prediction inspired this design...keep warm everyone!   Thanks for stopping by - can't wait to see everyone at Saturday's WINTER BLISS  (any occasion, un-holiday) class at Impress.  It's all about getting  the most out of our favorite products...and using bits and pieces from our stashes!

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11/23/2016

Wed 23

Mini Snowman Collage and Delicate Stitched Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Like father, like son...here's the Mini Snowman Collage on another quick holiday card!  Junior's the little guy here - in a role-reversal of big snowflakes, small snowboy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a variation of the previous Snowman Collage card.

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Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the Mini Snowman Collage.  Cut textured white cardstock with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layers die.  Layer the pieces to create the snowman.  Trim the short ends of the white cardstock evenly with the Pool Distressed Dots.

Diecut a 1.6" x 2.6" Stitched Rectangle of red cardstock.  Cut Delicate Stitched Snowflakes from textured white cardstock.

Attach a scrap of adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind black felt and cut the hat.  Cut the hatband from black glittered craft foam.  Cut the scarf from red velvet paper.  Cut the nose from orange cardstock.  Cut the heart from red glittered craft foam.

Punch tiny dots for the eyes and buttons and back them with black cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a Pool Notecard.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating tomorrow - we're thankful for your support, inspiration and friendship!  Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends.

See you at Impress for the MERRY & QUICK cards class on Saturday the 26th. We're making 7 (yes, I've added an extra card) deceptively quick cards designed to impress everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - join us again for  Jenny's great project tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

11/07/2016

Mon 07

Drifting Oak Leaves and Lovely Oak Thank You Notes
by Anne

At Thanksgiving, I usually send out thank you notes to friends and relatives, sort of  "thank you for being you" cards.  I made three cards to share in this post.  Here are the materials I used for the first two cards:

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I began with the DRIFTING OAK LEAVES cling stamp CS2217J stamped on white cardstock with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink for the background, cut and mounted on a Vanilla Bean notecard.  I added a bouquet of oak leaves using the LOVELY OAK stencil 88607--I inked several leaves with Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks and then fussy-cut them out.  And I used two of the thank yous from the THANK YOU die set.

 Finished cards:

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For the third card, I stenciled the Lovely Oak on white cardstock again using the Hero Arts Cup O' Joe and Butter Bar inks, stenciling extra leaves to cut out for an oak leaf bouquet.

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Oak leaf bouquet, popped up with dimensional foam dots:

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 The last thing I added to each card was a twine bow (and a few sequins on the first two).  These were fun cards to make combining a stamp, dies, and a stencil.

Happy Crafting!

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