I have a masculine card to share with you today using a few of the Spring release! Masculine cards are sometimes challenging, but with a few choice colors, and specific dies, you can make something any man would love to receive.
To begin, I die cut a panel of lime green card stock using the Sapling Collage die. I also die cut the front of a top folding white note card with the same die. I trimmed the green panel down, and die cut it using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames die set, adhering it to my white card using foam tape.
I stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things To Love set, using gray ink. I then die cut a few deer from an older set, called Valley Deer Trio, and inked them using brown ink. I adhered them to the card front, as well as the inside using liquid glue, as well as foam tape.
To finish it, and give it more interest, I sponged on a couple of blue shades on the inside panel of the card.
Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like? Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds. Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers.
I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same. Let's see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets.
Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper. Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock. Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from aqua glittered cardstock. Assemble the butterflies - attach the overlay just along the center so they'll lift and flutter upwards.
Cut a 2-½" square of watercolored paper with the Square Basics die.
If your cardstock is heavily-textured, place a side-folded 5-½" x 4-⅛" card between two sheets of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine with the cutting plates to smooth it out a bit for stamping. The card is a bit shorter than the usual 4-¼" to let the butterfly's wing extend beyond the edge - but have the card fit into a standard A-2 envelope. Details, details!
Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom set with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe. Emboss it with detail clear powder.
Assemble the card and add medium and small clear iridescent sequins.
Love butterflies - but just can't decide which Memory Box butterflies to buy? The Morning Garden Butterflies and Butterfly Ensemble sets are the perfect choice. Mix, match and layer these great designs for beautiful cards for any occasion!
Save the date - Saturday, February 25th is Memory Box Catalog Day at Impress! New catalogs are arriving and will be free with your Memory Box purchase while supplies last. Enjoy 10% off all Memory Box and Poppystamps dies too!
Thanks for visiting. See you again next week - or at the HEY THANKS class at Impress on Saturday March 4th.
As I write this post, it is snowing outside; and for the second time in as many days we're expecting 6-10" of snow. With only a few weeks left until the official start of spring, I just had to make a floral card to lift my spirits! This card features the LARGE ANTILLES FLORAL LEFT CORNER 99610, ANTILLES FLORAL BOUQUET 99665, SPROUTING VINE 99643, STUDIO RECTANGLE LAYERS 30086, and a sentiment from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE CLEAR STAMP SET CL5196.
I began by cutting a rectangle layer from an olive-y green cardstock and adhered it to a Squash Notecard using double-sided tape. I then cut two of the Sprouting Vine from Key Lime Dot Paper.
Next I cut the Large Antilles Floral Left Corner from a dark green cardstock and again from Squash Dot Paper. I also cut the Antilles Floral Bouquet twice from those same papers.
To assemble the card, I placed the dark green Large Antilles Floral Left Corner in the lower left corner of the olive-y green paper, using a glue pen for the narrow parts and Glue Dots behind the larger blossoms. I snipped off the large Squash blooms and used Glue Dots to secure them on top of the green ones. I added a small pearl in the center of each flower. I also snipped off the small tulip-shaped blossom, adhered it over the green one, and added a tiny pearl at its base.
I put together the Antilles Floral Bouquet in the same way, adding one of the Sprouting Vines behind it. I snipped off the bottom of the bouquet and used Glue Dots to secure it on top of the other flowers. I added another Sprouting Vine near the top of the card, securing it with a Glue Dot behind one of the larger flowers.
To finish the card, I cut a small rectangle from the Squash paper and stamped "thinking of you" (in Memento Tuxedo Black ink) from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set. I tucked that rectangle under a couple of the tiniest blossoms and secured it with double-sided tape. The last thing I added was a small yellow gingham bow at the base of the floral bouquet.
Now that Valentines Day has passed, it's time for me to start on spring and Easter cards. One done!
The new Morning Garden Butterflies Set is just what I needed to complement the Butterfly Ensemble. It's a set of 6 delicately detailed butterflies - and antennae - designed to coordinate with the solid shapes of the Butterfly Ensemble.
Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a decidedly un-seasonal design for you. Just couldn't wait till "butterfly weather" to pair these beauties up with some paper from my stash. It's also been a while since we last followed our bliss - let's combine everything here!
Cut scraps of watercolored paper - painted in soft watery layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors - with 3 Butterfly Ensemble designs. Cut the coordinating Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock. Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from gold mirror cardstock.
Cut a pale blue rectangle of watercolored paper with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.
Stamp the greeting with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink Cut a rectangle with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die. Having 16 perfectly-sized rectangles to chose from makes it so easy to get everything straight, even and just the right proportion. Thanks Dave!
Attach everything to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the top corners of the wings. Add small clear iridescent sequins.
Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed a brief moment of warm weather bliss here today! If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on Presidents Day, February 20th. Make 6 cards - 3 for gals and 3 for the guys - with an array of great dies, stamps, inks and papers.
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.
Hi friends! I am so glad you stopped by today! I wanted to share a simple card with you today, that I created using one the the flowers from the latest release.
I started with a panel of water color paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4. Using a foam blending tool, I added spots of green, and pink in the approximate location of my flower die cut. I took some water, and a brush, and splattered the panel, lifting I then die cut the gorgeous Blooming Peony Stem multiple times, and then glued them together.
After I had adhered the flower layers together, I adhered it over the inked panel. I took a simple sentiment from the So Many Things To Love stamp set, and stamped it in the lower right corner. I adhered the panel to a pink card base with foam tape, and finished it with a few clear sequins.
I hope you've enjoyed, and are inspired to create a little something special today by layering your die cuts! Have a great day!
Today I have a card for you which has a spring like feel to it. It is wishful thinking, considering yesterday we got over 18" of snow! One can dream.
To create this card I sponged Spun Sugar Distress ink over a stencil onto watercolor paper. While the stencil was still on the paper I lightly misted it with water to soften the color. Once this has dried spatter the background with black watercolor. The watercolor dries softer than black ink which gives it more of a dark gray look. I used watercolor paper to die cut the other card elements and painted them with watercolors. Watercolor a strip of paper to match the tire swing and stamp the sentiment using Versa Ink and emboss with white embossing powder.
Once all the watercolored die cuts were dry I glued them to the front of the card. I used the Grateful Hearts Die and Sugar Plum cardstock to create the hearts. Adhere the card front to a Licorice cardstock layer, and glue this to a Sugar Plum card base using foam tape.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Guess I've got a "thing" for stitched asters lately. Today's card features the STITCHED ASTER PANEL die no. 99687 with some STITCHED ASTER BLOOMS die no. 99672 layered on.
I cut the Stitched Aster Blooms from Pool Distressed Dots paper. Then I cut the Stitched Aster Panel twice, once from a rich dark green cardstock and once from Pool Distressed Dots paper. I snipped the three dot blooms from the panel.
I adhered the green Stitched Aster Panel to the bottom edge of a top-folded Pool notecard using narrow double-sided tape. I placed the snipped blooms on top with Glue Dots and layered the Stitched Aster Blooms on one of the two larger flowers. I added pearls to the flower centers.
I then used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp "thinking of you" from the SO MANY THINGS TO LOVE clear stamp set CL5196.
Once I decide who will receive this card I can add a pretty ribbon, some coordinating washi tape, or stamp another sentiment on the front or inside. Such a pretty card!