197 posts categorized "Spring"

03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!

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Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

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

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03/09/2017

Thu 09

Butterfly Swell on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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The new Butterfly Swell joins our Spring Blog Blitz today!  Hello - hope you're enjoying our blitz and loving the great new dies as much as we enjoy sharing our designs with you.  Jean Okimoto here, with a watercolored butterfly design for you.

Be sure to add your comments to each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win a new die from our latest collection of spring and nautical designs.  Our blitz began on March 6th  and continues through March 12th.

Here are the directions for this simple card.  Paint a background on watercolor paper.  Splotchy and bright stands out more than soft and dreamy for this design - trust me!   

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Cut Butterfly Swell from white cardstock and layer it over the background.  Slip the top and bottom center "tabs" behind the background to create the illusion of floating butterflies.  The die is actually designed to cut through the top and bottom portions so the butterflies are suspended between two sections of cardstock.  I decided to give it a different look here.  

Trim the Butterfly Swell panel to fit onto a textured white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Round the right corners of the panel and the card.

Cut the antennae - from the new Morning Garden Butterflies Set - from pink glittered cardstock.  The Morning Garden Butterflies are designed to match the solid butterflies of the Butterfly Ensemble set too.  

Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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Hope you like this colorful and easy design.  Paint a stash of watercolored backgrounds in your favorite spring and summer shades - they'll be ready when you need them for a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HEY THANKS class at Impress.  Hope you enjoyed the techniques - and being among the first to create cards with the Spring Release.  Everyone got to meet Steve and Quincy too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping us fill those shopping baskets with the latest must-haves.

Want a chance to win the Butterfly Swell?  Just leave a comment here - and you'll be entered to win this versatile, classic design that would make a great addition to your stash of Memory Box dies.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts throughout the blitz for more chances to win great dies from our new collection.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   Good Luck!

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02/24/2017

Fri 24

Best of Luck
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday friends! Today I have a fun card for St. Patrick's Day or just to send to someone who could use some good luck wishes. Let's get started.

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For this card I started by making a fun splatter background using the metallic watercolor set that you can find in the Birch Press shop. They are so fun to play with. I painted some on the background and then I loaded my brush up with watercolor to create the splatters.

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I die cut the Pot of Gold in black and gold and used foam tape to glue it to the card. Then I die cut the best of luck in black and attached it to the card. To add just a bit more gold I finished the card off with some sequins. 

Thanks for stopping by I hope your weekend is filled with lots of good luck!

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02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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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.

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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.

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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!

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02/22/2017

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! 

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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. 

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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.

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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! 

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02/16/2017

Thu 16

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

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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.  

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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.

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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.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

01/25/2017

Wed 25

Friendship From the Heart
by Lindsay

Hello!

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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06/11/2016

Sat 11

Zinnia Bouquet and Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto

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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.   

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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.

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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!

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Sat 11

Bumblebee Daydreams Blossoms
by Jean Okimoto

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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.

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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!

  Jeansignature-3

 

06/01/2016

Wed 01

Sweet Bumblebee Daydreams
by Jean Okimoto

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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.

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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.

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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!

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