194 posts categorized "Spring"


Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto



A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.


I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.


Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!



Wed 22

Thinking of You
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Wednesday! 

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! 


I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. 


To create the tree, I die cut it twice from water color paper, and left it in the cardstock. I then applied brown ink to one, and green to the other. I then began the process of adhering the green leaves to the brown die cut tree. It took forever, no lie. BUT, I figured it was therapy and I wasn't doing dishes. ;0) The best tip I have is be patient, turn on some music, get your tweezers, and a sticky tool to help pick up the little pieces. Once it was complete, I adhered it to the center of the panel with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things to Love stamp set. I then adhered a few clear embellishments, and popped it up onto a Kraft card.


Thank you so much for stopping by! So, what is the most tedious card you've created? How long did it take you? I would love to know! 




Thu 16

So Many Things to Love About the Proper Umbrella
by Jean Okimoto


It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration.  

Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card.  


Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage.  You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card.  Just press a large acrylic block across the inkpad to transfer the inks.  Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Blue Breeze.  Heat-set the inks with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp the flowered hearts from So Many Things to Love onto the watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it.    Diecut three umbrella  - just the tops.   Paint a few of the flowers with colors from the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Diecut three whole umbrellas from gray cardstock.  Attach the stamped umbrella tops over the gray umbrellas.

Stamp the greeting - from Watching the World Bloom - with the 4th color on the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the edges.  Flip the diecuts (still in the die)  over onto a Violet Notecard and press them firmly onto the notecard.  

Diecut the greeting with the smallest die and attach it using the same process.

Attach the umbrellas - use foam dots for the top and bottom umbrellas.  Add purple and tiny clear sequins.


Venture outside the box when you're designing cards.  There are so many ways to use the great dies and stamps from the Memory Box collection.  Hope I can inspire you to look at your supplies in new and different ways!

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






Wed 25

Friendship From the Heart
by Lindsay


I am so glad you are joining me today! I am truly a stamper at heart, and when Memory Box comes out with a new stamp set, I get excited! Combine stamps with dies, and it's a match made in heaven! The So Many Things To Love stamp set, and matching dies are just the perfect combination for a clean and simple design!


I started with a white panel of card stock, and die cut the large heart from its center. I placed it temporarily onto my white card base, and made a few marks, removed the panel, and stamped the coordinating heart/flower image. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers, and added light blue shading to the inside of the heart.


For the panel, I took a light blue ink, and sponged it onto the edges. I stamped a sentiment, also from the set, and then adhered the panel to my card front with a generous amount of foam tape. I finished it with a few sequins!


I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create with your coordinating stamp and die sets! Which Memory Box sets are your favorite? I would love to know!



Sat 11

Zinnia Bouquet and Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto


Bumblebee Daydreams bees buzzing around the Zinnia Bouquet create a quick garden card for summer greetings today.  Pretend it's this summer's newest hybrid...a multi-colored zinnia!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with another something old/something new - and something in between -  design for you.  I love combining products from different releases - it's just another way to get the most from our favorite Memory Box  products.   


Scrunch some deli-sandwich wrap or waxed paper and rub it briskly over the detailed Zinnia Bouquet die, especially the flowertops.  This will help release the die from the gold mirror cardstock - and make it easier to remove the tiny little pieces from the die.

Attach adhesive label (or sticker sheet) paper to orange, chartreuse and pink felt and cut the Zinnia Bouquet Background.  The extra backing stabilizes the felt and keeps any liquid adhesives from saturating it. 

Stamp the bumblebees on bright yellow cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set the ink.  Diecut them.  Fill the interior of the wings with glue and pour iridescent glitter onto the adhesive.  Set it aside to set up.

Stamp Seeds of Happiness on the smoother side of light yellow cardstock with Onyx Black and dry the ink.  Cut it with the 1-½" Stitched Square Layer.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of light yellow cardstock - use foamdots for the bees.


There it is...quick and easy!  Thanks for stopping by again...enjoy the rest of your weekend.  Penny's great card will be featured tomorrow!





Sat 11

Bumblebee Daydreams Blossoms
by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate a graduation or summer birthday with watercolored blossoms from the new Bumblebee Daydreams die and stamp sets.  My new stamp and die sets aren't getting any rest this summer...there are so many ways to use them.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, hoping you're having a great weekend!

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and dry it with a heat-tool.   Stamp the blossoms with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Watercolor the center petals of the detailed blossoms.  

Diecut Scrollwork Sleeve from medium-green cardstock.  Crease the three edges along the scorelines and attach it to an A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  Cut Tag You're It Rectangles from yellow-green and pale green cardstock.  Stamp "celebrate" - from the Party Time set - with Onyx Black.  Attach gold twine, then curl the ends with the edge of a bonefolder.  Use foamdots to attach the top of the tag to the background.

Attach the blossoms - use foamdots for the two small ones on the left.  Add clear pink iridescent sequins.


Summer events are always special - and the Bumblebee Daydreams sets make it easy to honor the "celebratee."  How many celebration cards are you creating this summer?

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!




Wed 01

Sweet Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto


Bumblebee Daydreams, Peerless Watercolors and giveaways from our Blog Blitz...it's a great day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, welcoming you to the midpoint of our summer blitz.  View our latest collection - and be sure to leave a comment on each designer's blog blitz post this week for a chance to win a great new stamp set.


There's a lot happening today - Laura announced the winners of our May Challenge and the details of our June Challenge.  Sherry posted another beautiful card...and I got a bit carried away with the cool, contemporary Bumblebee Daydreams Die and Stamp Sets.  I think I stamped and diecut enough flowers for another card later this month.

Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with pink, peach, orange and yellow Peerless Watercolors and dry it with a heat-tool.  Stamp the flowers with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the little bee on yellow cardstock too. Stamp and emboss the honeycomb on white cardstock.  Diecut the pieces. 

Color the interior of the bee's wings with a white pencil.  Use a glue pen to fill the area and cover it with pearlescent white glitter.  Don't tap the excess glitter off yet - leave the whole pile of it there and let the glue dry. My glued glitter theory?   Some of the glitter sinks into the glue, then some of the excess fills the gap.

Attach Scor-Tape to green vellum.  Stamp the leaves with Brilliance Graphite Black - dry it, then diecut them.  I wanted the flowers to take center-stage, and pop against the subtle vellum leaves.

Stamp the greeting onto a side-folded A-2 card of lightly-textured white cardstock.  Attach the honeycomb, leaves and flowers - the bottom pink flower is attached with foam dots.  Wondering why I didn't just stamp the honeycomb onto the card?  Not sure where I'd place it, so I wanted it to be on a separate piece so I could move it around until it found a home.  I also wanted the smooth cardstock to contrast the texture of the card.  

Attach the bee with foamdots.  Add green, pink and orange sequins.


Big THANKS to everyone who took Monday's Butterflies and Blossoms class at Impress.  Special thanks to Shari and Erin too - for prepping the classroom and finding everything we needed for our projects...and more!  See you again at the THANKS A LOT class on Sunday June 5th.  We'll be using great new products, and I'll share a few more tips, tricks and extras from my stash so you can make more class cards when you're back in your studio.

Want to win one of the new release stamp sets? Leave a comment on any of the designer posts this week for your chance to win. The more designer posts you comment on during the week, the more chances you will have to win! On Saturday, June 4th, we will draw five random winners from the comments to win the new stamp set of their choice. Good luck to you!

Thanks for stopping by - hope you're enjoying our blitz as much as we love sharing our ideas with you.  Be sure to visit again tomorrow morning for Jenny Griffiths' great card - and another chance to win a new stamp set!







Thu 19

Happy Butterflies
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,  

How about a "just because" card for someone to brighten their day...here is one I'd like to share today in the hopes it brings you inspiration and sparks your card making creativity.

I wanted to show that you can use corner stamps in a different way.  This beautiful Chrysanthemum corner is placed at an angle and adds an interesting twist to conventional card compositions.  Happy Butterflies-JGriffiths

After it was layered and positioned "askew" onto the Speckled Background,  I added the Paintbrush Happy sentiment which is stacked 5 layers high for great dimension.  It's easy to glue the layers together using a very fine tipped wet glue bottle and a pair of tweezers---tweezers were used to squeeze the letters into alignment where needed.  

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My new Mini Butterflies die was put into action today to create an ombre effect using varying shades of purples.  I'm not sure you can tell from the photos but the mini butterflies and the "happy" sentiment were lightly glittered--it just seemed right that "happy" and butterflies should sparkle!

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You may know someone who needs a "Happy" card from out of the blue--from you.  

Happy Thursday and thank you for stopping by today!




Thu 12

Chrysanthemum Color Burst
by Lindsay


I have a clean and simple card to share today, using one of the Spring dies called Chrysanthemum Collage. It is such a lovely cluster of flowers, and perfect for taking center stage on a card front! 

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I started by die cutting from a white panel of card stock. I then created a watercolor wash of color onto a piece of watercolor paper, and allowed it to dry. Once it was dry, I adhered it to the back of the card stock panel. 

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Using foam adhesive I popped it up onto a white card base, and added some clear dots all over the front. This is a really easy, and colorful way to show off the fabulous die cut! I hope you give it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by!





Wed 04

Calla Oval Wreath Transformation
by Jean Okimoto


A quick trim transforms the delicate Calla Oval Wreath into an overlay for the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame.  It's an easy way to re-purpose two great dies and create a card that would work for any spring or summer celebration...Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, retirements, anniversaries.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another way to get the most out of your Memory Box products.


Cut Calla Oval Wreath from pale green cardstock  - but don't remove the diecut from the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  

I know you're anxious to remove the diecut and admire it...but leave it in the die for the next step too.   Using the die as a stencil, daub Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks onto the embossed flowers.  Carefully remove the diecut and heat-set it.  

Cut Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from pale green cardstock. Trim a portion of the wreath to re-shape it into a circle, then overlap the cut ends and attach the wreath to the circle frame.  The portion I altered is at the top left - the two Lilac Posies flowers at about the "eleven-o'clock" position of the circle.  

Mask off the surrounding areas with scrap paper and daub the remaining flowers with Memento Luxe and Radiant Neon inks from Imagine Crafts.  The colors I used are Memento Luxe Lilac Posies - and Radiant Neons Electric Pink, Orange and Coral.  They're richly-colored pigment inks so you'll need to dry them with a heat-tool.  

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from coral cardstock.  For best results, diecut the ribbons lengthwise.  For more texture - leave the diecuts in the die and dry-emboss them too.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5.5" square card of green cardstock.  Add green sequins.


Thanks for stopping by.  Hope this design inspires you to think about new ways to use your favorite products...which just happen to be from Memory Box!