189 posts categorized "Spring"


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!




Mon 02

Torrance Trees and Resting Birds
by Jean Okimoto


Here's an idea for May's "For the Birds"  Challenge...Resting Birds sitting in the shade of the new Torrance Trees.  These contemporary trees borrow some background color for the leaves.  They could also play well together with the Half a Dozen Eggs die set for a contrasting pop of color - just diecut some green egg-shapes and layer them behind the treetop cutouts for a simple card.  

Just planning ahead...imagine the possibilities for autumn and Halloween cards with the Torrance Trees and fall colors!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of Monday inspiration to start the new week.  Cut the Torrance Trees treetops from green cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to Kraft cardstock and cut the trunks.   


Attach adhesive label paper (or sticker sheets) to yellow, orange and aqua felt and cut Resting Birds.  

I cut the "thinking of you" -  from the Springtime Bunnies clear stamp set - into two pieces for more stamping options and versatility.  Stamp the greeting with VersaFine Habanero and emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach the trees and birds - and some little gold sequins.  That's it - one of the quickest cards I've ever made - and you'll have a bunch of extra birds for a few more cards too.  



Try the same design with purple, lavender and teal birds - and stamp your greeting with VersaFine Imperial Purple.  There are so many ways to use these great dies.  View our entire collection here.

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



Wed 27

Sketch Daisy Celebration
by Jean Okimoto


Classy, simple and elegant...the Sketch Daisy is perfect for any occasion or celebration.  The layers add  dimension and depth - and soft felt petals and leaves contrast the shimmery spritzed background.  Hello there, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design inspired by (or copied from!) the beautiful Sketch Daisy package.

Spritz watercolor paper with water.  Spritz  Bahama Blue, Pear Tart and Grape Jelly Fireworks! sprays in overlapping layers and let the colors begin to mix and mingle.  Spray it lightly with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  The great Imagine Crafts spritzes come in wide range of colors and metallic looks for quick, easy highlighting.  Cut the watercolor paper with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅛" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  


Cut Sketch Daisy from watercolor paper.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to light green and yellow-green felt and cut the leaves and petals.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  Assemble the daisy and attach it to the  background.  

Attach a strip of Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame.  Attach everything to a Pool Notecard.  Add lime green sequins.


Looking for more card ideas?  Visit the Memory Box site and click on your favorite dies and discover Design Team projects for our dies, stamps and stencils.

Thanks very much for stopping by this morning - please  join us again this afternoon for Laura's special post.






Mon 25

Plush Gardenia and English Rose Bouquet Improv
by Jean Okimoto


Love the look of layered blossoms?  I do - and decided to improvise and create some for you today!  I used the English Rose Bouquet from my stash of favorite dies - and layered it over the brand-new Plush Perfect Gardenia from the Spring Release.  The just-released English Rose Collage would work perfectly too.

It's a popular look right now - and we can create it with Memory Box Dies - yay!  Jean Okimoto here this evening...let's get started.

Cut English Rose Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and snip three of the blossoms.  (Yes cutting - with scissors, by hand - like in the old days!)  Attach adhesive label paper (or sticker sheets) behind bright pink, orange and fuchsia felt and diecut three of the Plush Perfect Gardenia petals.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking through.  Although they aren't perfect-perfect matches, I like the wonky, natural look and shiny gold layered over warm plush felt.  

Cut the leaves from the Large Billow Flowers Background Set from green cardstock.  Cut the 3-⅞" x 2-⅞" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from white cardstock.   Attach the botanicals to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock. 

Prep a scrap of dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray flecks of powder.  Stamp Follow Your Bliss with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.


Thanks a bunch for stopping by again this evening...see you on Wednesday.  Yes, me again two days from now - hope you're not getting tired of me.  Classes, travel - and life - kept me extra-busy in early April, so I'm sharing 6 cards in 5 days!



Mon 25

Calla Oval Wreath and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto


A Stitched Oval Layer creates the perfect backdrop for the delicate new Calla Oval Wreath from our Spring 2016 Collection.  Fresh garden colors of shimmery Brilliance inks highlight the intricate design and celebrate spring...or Mother's Day!  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here today with another cut-and-emboss design for you.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) behind smooth white cardstock to add a bit of dimension to the diecut.  Cut the Calla Oval Wreath - but don't remove the diecut yet.  Dry emboss it using the plates, embossing mat and layering sequence recommended by your machine's manufacturer.  Leave the diecut in the die again.  

Use Imagine Crafts Ink Blushers to daub Brilliance inks onto the embossed areas.  I've used Pearlescent Orchid, Coral and Orange.  Ink Blushers are a set of eight soft, fine-textured wedges that are perfectly shaped (and squishy-soft) for detailed daubing.  Brilliance inks blend beautifully and dry quickly on matte surfaces - they're great for stenciling and daubing and come in a rainbow of pearlescent and matte shades.  

OK...now you get to pop the diecut out of the die!  Color the remaining flowers with the same pretty Brilliance shades - and Sunflower Yellow too.  Mask the flowers with a  Post-It note and color the foliage with Pearlescent Lime.  I  thought I could save some time - and convince you that white foliage would be OK - but I think we need that bright pop of green.  What do you think?

Cut the 4.4" x 3.2" Stitched Oval Layer from smooth white cardstock.  Stamp Seeds of Happiness with Memento Espresso Truffle.  Attach the oval and the wreath to a side-folded 4-¼" x 5-½" card of textured white cardstock.  Add some pearlescent pale green sequins.  



Thanks for stopping by this morning...hope you'll have a chance to return for another design this evening.







Thu 21

Colorful Chrysanthemums
by Lindsay


Thank you so much for stopping by today! I have a colorful spring card for you using a couple new dies. Chrysanthemum's come in a variety of colors, and I wanted to bring my favorite three of those onto my card!


I started by die cutting the Chrysanthemum Bouquet from a variety of colored card stocks, along with white, and separating, and trimming the pieces. I adhered the white base die cut onto my card front, and began inserting my color pieces with a small dot of liquid glue, and my tweezers. I know it takes a bit of time, but it is relaxing, and it beats doing housework! I am always happy with how the inlaid die cut technique looks, making all that work, worth it.


I chose to create depth within my inlaid die cut flowers, by using a light and a dark of each color, and adhering the green stem right over the white.   


To finish my card, I used the Blooming Chrysanthemum die, using the butterflies, adhering them with foam tape. I added some glitter to them with a Zig Wink of Stella, and then coated them with Ranger Glossy Accents. 

I hope you've enjoyed, and are inspired to create something with these new dies! They are so much fun, and there are so many things you can do with them. Have a great day!