96 posts categorized "Snowflakes"

07/20/2017

Thu 20

New Piccolo Snowflakes from the Holiday 2017 Collection
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Piccolo Snowflakes set is featured here, with the new Snowflake Wire,  in our  Blog Blitz today!  They're just two of the many fabulous new designs from our Holiday 2017 Collection of dies and stamps.  The Design Team can't wait to share holiday inspiration with you - and provide a chance to win some great products!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a beautiful snowflake set that's about to become a new favorite...

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Press broken china, faded jeans, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto a large acrylic block.  Position the 1-3/4" x 3" Rectangle Basics die and cut three sides of Shizen Design Deckled Watercolored Paper.  Paint the watercolor paper with slightly diluted, overlapping layers of ink.  Heat-set the ink.  Love how the inks mix and mingle and fill the little lumps and bumps of this great paper!

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes and Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.  Here's a tip - rub a wad of scrunched wax paper briskly over the delicate dies to make it easier to remove the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-1/2" square white card.  Add violet gem stickers.

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There's also a coordinating set of Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes to mix and match on your holiday projects.  Snowflake Wire - like the Heart Wire - can be used in so many ways too.  Combine these great designs and make your cards stand out in any crowd!

Want a chance to win the Piccolo Snowflakes?  Just add your comment to this post and you'll be entered to win our random selection drawing.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 23rd.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for Impress' first holiday class of the year.  The New Memory Box Christmas Collection Cards (whew!) class starts at 11:00 on Saturday.  Make 6 holiday cards with the latest - and greatest - from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  It's followed by the Outside the Box class at 2:00 - we're making 6 cards inspired by my designs on our blog - with a few tweaks, and lots of techniques. Shop their great selection of Memory Box products - including the new notecard colors - and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases... see you!

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during our Blitz for a chance to win products from our Holiday 2017 Collection...

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07/19/2017

Wed 19

Snowflake Fun
by Melissa Rusk

Welcome to day 3 of the blog blitz! Today I have a card that is snow much fun!

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I used the beautiful Tisdale Snowflake Collage for my card today. I die cut the collage in a white card stock and then glued silver glitter paper behind it to make my snowflakes sparkle.

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I glued it to a navy blue card and finished it off with a sweet little blue bow. Now for the fun part!

Would you like a chance to win the Tisdale Snowflake Collage? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  Good luck!

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12/25/2016

Sun 25

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Hello! 

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and are able to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. I have a very clean and simple card to share with you today, using two dies, and some ink, I created a monochromatic winter card.

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Using the Arpeggio Snowflake, I cut it from typing paper. I then placed it onto a white card, and tapped on a light blue ink. I moved the stencil around the card, until I was happy with the amount. I then took a thin glue pen, and traced the inner portion of the snowflake, sprinkling on some glitter, and allowing it to dry.

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White that dried, I die cut several of the Brush Stroke Peace, and layered them together. For the top layer, I sponged on more of the same blue ink, and then adhered the piece to the card front. 

If you get a chance to create this week, keep this simple design in mind! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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12/21/2016

Wed 21

A Merry Christmas Card
by Lindsay

Hello!

We are officially in the homestretch for Christmas! My kids are counting down, and so am I (thinking of what little time I have left)! I am sure you can relate. This is truly my last Christmas card, I promise, and it is an fairly simple card. One die, and a background stamp!

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I dug into the 2016 Holiday release, and brought out the Merry Christmas Garland die. At the time of its release, I had so many ideas about what I wanted to do with it, and quite frankly, I never did any of them. Sad, but true. So, for this card, I used my favorite technique, inlaid die cutting, all from one simple die.

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I took a piece of red card stock, and trimmed it to fit my A2 size card base. I stamped the Sky Full of Snowflakes background stamp (from last year) onto it with a clear sticky ink, and let it dry. I then ran it through my die cut machine using the Garland die. Setting aside the pieces, I then ran it through again, with lime green card stock. I adhered a piece of typing paper, that I had put adhesive all over, to the back of the red pieces, and reinserted the green sentiment. I then ran the die through again, this time with gold. Taking the little half circles, I inserted them into the empty areas. I popped up the panel onto a white card base, and it was done.

Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See you in the New Year!

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12/17/2016

Sat 17

Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze
by Jean Okimoto

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Wouldn't a sweet little Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze background brighten a cold winter day?  I hope so!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card for 2017.  It's been a quick, busy year and now Christmas is just a week away...

Cut Plush Angel - except the wings, heart and facial features - from felt.  Instead of two feet ovals and two hand circles, I cut four ovals for the hands and feet.  Glue the extra ovals between the sleeve layers for her hands.  Cut the wings and heart from pink glittered craft foam.  Cut the eyes from glossy black cardstock.  

Stitch and assemble her.  The die set includes two little hairbows which would be cute in pink, but I wanted to save some bling for the glittered snowflakes.  A stitched smile would be sweet - but I took the easy way out and just cut an extra eye circle from glittered craft foam.  

Cut the 4-¼" x 5-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  Save the delicate frame for another project.  

Cut the rectangle with Snowdrift Breeze.  Attach it to an A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Cut three of the snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock and attach them as inlays.  Attach the angel - use foam dots behind her head for a bit of a boost.  The layers of felt may call for extra postage - please check with your post office.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by during the busy holiday season.  Hope you're nearing the bottom of your list of things to do and will have some time to enjoy a bit of Memory Box crafting this weekend.  Our holiday collections are filled with great dies and stamps for more than "just" cards - they're great for tags, giftcard holders, candle wraps, ornaments and treat packages too!  

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12/14/2016

Wed 14

Plush Little Penguin Ornament Card
by Jean Okimoto

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A Plush Little Penguin ornament would look quite sweet on a tree or a wreath - but Christmas is just 11 days away and we need a few shortcuts to get him ready!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with the express version of this plush little guy.  But first - a disclaimer that I'm definitely (and obviously) not a seamstress - so if I can do this, you can too!

Here's what Plush Little Penguin should like when properly sewn...

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Here are my shortcuts for today's quick-chick:

    - Stitch with black floss (instead of using white floss and Fiberfill) to add some dimension  

    - Stitch all the way around the two white layers - then glue the black top over it

    -   If any white felt shows through the holes,  brush the felt with a stylus and the holes will be less visible          

    - Trim the holes from the bottom of the scarf, then just overlap and glue the ends together

     - Attach Scor-Tape behind black and yellow-orange felt and cut the eyes and beak

    - Glue the arms and feet behind him

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Now my favorite trick to hide the knot and ends of the hanging cord, the floss knots and the backs of the arms and feet - attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of felt and diecut a self-adhesive penguin coverup.  Attach it behind him and the unsightlies will be hidden.  Forever.

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from textured white cardstock - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine - leave it in the die again.  Daub Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Memento Luxe through the open areas.  (OK - now remove it from the die!)  Heat-emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for extra sparkle.  Clean the die with a damp cloth to remove the residual ink.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow/orange felt and cut it with Honeycomb Remnant.  You can also cut it with the Honeycomb Background I've used many times before - but I just needed a few accents so I used the smaller die.

Attach everything top a top-folded card of white cardstock - attach the penguin with removable gluedots.  Additional postage will probably be required because of the card's thickness.  Be sure to send it to someone who'll realize it's a hanging ornament!

Big thanks to everyone who took last week's WINTER BLISS class at Impress - and special thanks to design star Debby Hughes for her inspiration!  Thank you for allowing me to share your special LIME DOODLE DESIGN ideas Debby.  

That was to be my last class of '17 - but I've added two more classes on December 27th.  First, it's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR - we're making an Asian artpapers calendar and a New Year card from 11:00 to 1:00.  Then it's an extra WINTER BLISS class from 2:00 to 4:00.  Many, many great Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and cool, resourceful ways to use some of those papers in our stash.

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

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12/10/2016

Sat 10

Snowflake Ring
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday friends! It is supposed to snow again this weekend so I decided to celebrate that with a snow filled card. Let's get started!

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I started with the snowflake stencil to create the background of my card using a blue ink on white paper. I then die cut a circle in a coordinating blue paper and placed it on the card. The Snowflake Ring die was cut with white paper and then glued to the circle.

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The Brushstroke Peace die was used to cut out the silver glitter peace. To finish it all off I added in some clear gems.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend filled with real snow or the fun kind you can make with paper!

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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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Thu 08

Challenge Inspiration – Wintertime Joy
by Jean Okimoto

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Greet the season with a quick and easy Wintertime Joy card - just add sparkly glittered Resting Birds and golden Honeycomb Background accents for an extra splash of cheer.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with the quick details behind my December Marvelous Metallics Challenge inspiration design.

Glittery, shimmery, shiny and sparkly are the keywords right now - the more, the merrier.  Memory Box dies create great instant bling with solid shapes, intricate details and everything in between.   Diecut a stash of metallic accents for cards, layouts, planners, ornaments and table confetti.

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Metallic mirror cardstock, glittered cardstock and glittered craft foam create quick, inexpensive accents.  Here are just a few of the great diecut-able products I got at Impress.  Attach ScorTape behind the specialty cardstock before cutting.  Glittered craft foam is usually thicker - diecut it first without the Scor-Tape.  Leave the diecut foam in the die, attach a layer of ScorTape, then run it through the machine again to cut the tape.  

Create a card, add sparkly, glittery and/or shiny accents and enter our December Marvelous Metallics Challenge!

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Cut Wintertime Joy from watercolor paper and attach it to a Licorice Notecard.   Save the "joy" for another project.

Cut Wintertime Joy from gold mirror cardstock.  Insert the letters into the watercolor paper diecut and attach it to the card.  

Cut Resting Birds from red glittered craft foam - leave it in the die.   Attach Scor-Tape to the backside of the foam and run it through the machine to cut the tape and create self-adhesive glittered birds.

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Honeycomb Background to make self-adhesive gold hexagons.

Attach the birds and hexagons to the card...that's it!

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Tags, Trims and Giftcard Holders class at Impress - and to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping everyone fill their baskets.  

See you again on December 10th for my last class of 2017 (oops...2016!) - WINTER BLISS.  We're taking a relaxing break from holiday prep and making 6 un-holiday cards.  It's  a great time to run  through our stashes and upcycle extra papers and holiday bling  into everyday cards  for any occasion.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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