501 posts categorized "Stamps"

03/21/2018

Wed 21

Some Bunny Loves You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday! It's finally spring and it's the perfect time of year to send a little love to your favorite bunny. 

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For my card today I stamped this cute line of bunnies from the new stamp set Spring Bunnies onto a white piece of paper. I also stamped the same image onto a piece of masking paper. I cut out the mask I created and placed it on top of the bunnies. I took my ink blending tool and some teal ink to create the color around the bunnies. When you remove the mask then the bunnies are ready to be colored. I used some Copic Markers to color these cuties.

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I stamped the sentiment and the little heart under the bunnies and then glued it to a kraft card. I colored the heart with some clear Wink of Stella to add a little sparkle to the card to finish it off.

Have a wonderful day!

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03/17/2018

Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.

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Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with water.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.

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The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!

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03/07/2018

Wed 07

New Butterfly Parade with Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies by Jean Okimoto

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The new Butterfly Parade - layered and glittered - is too beautiful to save for a summer card.  It's delicate and detailed - and a perfect fit for  a die from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Add the center section from the Morning Garden Butterflies set and you have a card for any occasion.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another March Green Challenge inspiration card today. 

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Cut Butterfly Parade from white cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut three of the matching butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble die set.  Attach the butterflies - slightly offset and adhesive-side-up behind the Butterfly Parade.  

Brush glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive on the butterflies.  I've used Sugar Plum, Sour Apple and Wintermint from the Martha Stewart Crafts Iridescent set.  

Attach the diecut to a 1-¼" x 4-¾" strip of textured pale green cardstock.  

Cut the butterfly centers from the Morning Garden Butterflies die set from gold glittered cardstock and attach them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on a green A-6 card with VersaFine Clair Green Oasis.  

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add purple gem stickers.

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Butterfly Parade would be beautiful layered over one of your watercolored backgrounds.  Or dry-emboss it for a elegant, textured tonal look...and a super-quick card when you need something in a hurry.  Add it to your special collection of Memory Box butterflies and it'll soon become a favorite go-to design.

Thanks for visiting.  See you next week - or at Impress for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class on Saturday!

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03/06/2018

Tue 06

Singing Birds, Half a Dozen Eggs and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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 The new Singing Birds - diecut from bright wool-blend felt - are more than ready for Spring.  Aren't we all?  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Easter idea - and another design featuring the pretty screen-printed handmade papers and felt in our stash.  A branch from the Swooping Leaves and Branches Deep Edge Dies set is the perfect, sturdy perch for the colorful birds.

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Cut a pretty spring print with the 2-½" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  I've used Shizen Design  screen-printed handmade  paper from Birch Press.  It's made of recycled cotton fabric scraps sourced from t-shirt factories in India.  

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to pink, fuchsia and turquoise wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut three of the Singing Birds.  

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge Dies from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded natural A-2 card with the new VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Dry the ink, attach the diecuts to the card, and add pale turquoise gem stickers. 

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Singing Birds is another great set for all seasons.  Imagine this design with a floral heart, circle or oval for the summer.  Shiny black birds would create a spooky Halloween card.  Red glittered or velvet birds on snowy branches would be beautiful for winter cards.  Hope the Singing Birds set is already in your Memory Box collection, or on your wishlist!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SPRINGTIME GREETINGS  class at Impress on March 10th.  We'll make 5 cards and a little candy wrapper for Easter chocolates.  Pretty colors, the promise of warmer weather, flowers - and dark chocolate in cute wrappers  - so many reasons why Easter is my favorite holiday!  What's yours?

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.

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03/03/2018

Sat 03

Big Butterfly Wing and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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Wondering if the new Big Butterfly Wing  and a splashy green background can make spring and summer arrive soon?  Let's give it a try!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of March Green Challenge inspiration this weekend.

The bold Big Butterfly Wing would look great on any backdrop - jewel tones, pastels, or garden colors.  There are so many ways to use this versatile die - I chose a quick and easy technique.  

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Press a Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens inkpad - with the colors separated - onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz it with water and let the 5 shades of green just begin to mix and mingle.  Press watercolor paper onto the blended inks.  Remove the paper and set it aside to airdry if everything looks great.  Or - for more color - spritz the block again to rehydrate the residual inks and press the paper onto it again.  That should do it!

Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water to create little spots and splotches - then heat-set it with an embossing tool.

Cut the dry paper with the 4" x 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Cut the butterfly from black cardstock.

Here's a tip - place the diecuts on the card  (without any adhesive) and decide where the greeting should be.  Remove the diecuts and stamp the greeting and any extra accents, then dry the ink.  

I've used a greeting  from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on a 5-½"square white card -  with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Air-dry it for a few seconds, then stamp the diamond pattern with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to the card and add green gem stickers.

Why not create a stash of backgrounds and have them ready for future projects and future butterflies?

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Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

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02/28/2018

Wed 28

Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Little Dragonflies by Jean Okimoto

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The new Poppy Stitched Circle Frame celebrates friendship - and the approach of spring - in fresh  greens and purples.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple card for a special friend.  

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Cut Poppy Stitched Circle Frame from green cardstock.  Cut a yellow-green background circle with a Circle Basics die - then cut the background into concentric circles.  

Press a Kaleidacolor Riviera inkpad onto an acrylic block to create a palette of inks.  Paint watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green, teal and purple.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut the poppy section and the additional layer - from the watercolored paper. Attach the watercolored poppy over the green poppy.  Attach a scrap of cardstock behind the poppy, then attach it to the background.  The piece of cardstock gives the poppy a bit of dimension without the thickness of a foam dot.

Cut Little Dragonflies from the watercolored paper.

Stamp a top-folded white A-2 card with the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - using the new VersaFine Warm Breeze inkpad.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Memory Box frame diecuts look great over contrasting or matching backgrounds.  They also  create quick and easy cards when layered directly over a contrasting card front.  Mix and match them with one of the "Basics" dies for a collage-y look with minimal effort.  Suspend them on a window card for an interactive greeting.  There are so many ways to use these great designs!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  Hope you're enjoying our Asian classes - and the origami!    Special thanks also to Ann and Erin for helping everyone find the perfect stamps, inks and papers for their Spring and Easter projects.

No classes for me this weekend. It's time to  start prepping for the March 10 SPRINGTIME GREETINGS class at Impress.  We'll make 5 cards and a sweet little Easter candy holder - pretty colors, glitter and nature-inspired cards to welcome the new season! 

Thanks for stopping by...

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02/26/2018

Mon 26

Sea you Soon
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Today's card is a reminder that beach days are soon to come.  

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To create this card I die cut the new Underwater Sealife die in the center of a piece of white cardstock.  I used distress oxide inks to color the die cut and spattered the cardstock with distress ink.  I also die cut the Under the Sea Collage from white cardstock and used only the fish from that die cut.  I cut another piece of white cardstock the same size as the die cut card layer and sponged distress oxide inks on it.  I stamped the sentiment on the bottom right corner of the card front and then used foam tape to adhere it to the inked background. 

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I glued the card front to a white cardstock mat, which was then adhered to a sky notecard.  To finish the card I glued a few epoxy embellishments to the front.

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Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great week!

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02/14/2018

Wed 14

Ready for Spring – Everglade Collage, Stitched Rain Boots and Proper Umbrella by Jean Okimoto

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Stitched Rain Boots, Everglade Collage and Proper Umbrella are ready to welcome spring - even if it is Valentine's Day!   Hello and Happy Valentine's Day  - Jean Okimoto here with a quick spring design for you today.

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Cut an unfolded Parsley Notecard with the Everglade Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with the new Charming Pink VersaFine CLAIR .  It's a clear, bright fuchsia-pink that'll brighten a dark winter day.  

Cut Proper Umbrella from a colorful floral print.  I've used #1125 by Shizen Design, available at Impress,  and #61096 at Birch Press Design.    Cut the umbrella again from a scrap of cardboard and from gold metallic cardstock. Attach the gold umbrella behind the floral portion of the umbrella- every so slightly offset along the top edge  to outline it against the Parsley Notecard background.    Attach the cardboard umbrella behind them for more definition.

Attach a layer of laminate over turquoise cardstock and diecut Stitched Rain Boots.  The laminate adds a glossy, waterproof look - like real rainboots!  Diecut another pair of rain boots from scrap cardstock and layer them for added dimension.

Add pink gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's CAKES, CANDLES & BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!   Hope you liked the birthday cards we made - and the new VersaFine CLAIR inkpads we used.  Yummy colors, great for both solid images and detailed designs and quick embossing too - the perfect inkpad.  Big thanks to Erin and Laura too - for helping everyone fill their baskets with dies from Memory Box and Poppystamps, VersaFine CLAIRS and great papers.

There's a second class on Presidents Day, February 19th.  Join us if you have the day off (or even if you don't!)  Thanks for visitng - see you again on Saturday...

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02/09/2018

Fri 09

Floral Bloom Card
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

 It has been a rough week with all this winter weather, so I'd like to inspire you with a spring themed birthday card.

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To create this card I die cut the Floral Bloom Oval Frame three times, once from watercolor paper and twice from gold metallic paper.  I kept the inside pieces from the watercolor die cut and taped them in the back to keep the pieces in place.  I sponged the die cut with Picked Raspberry and Peeled Paint Distress inks.  

For the card front I applied Antique Linen, Peeled Paint and a little Picked Raspberry distress ink to the paper and misted it with water to blend the inks. I spattered the card front with gold ink.  Once the paper was dry I glued the watercolor die cut to the card front.  I only glued the oval frame and not the flowers so that I could tuck some of the gold die cuts behind the flowers.

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I took one of the gold die cuts and glued it on top of the watercolor one, and the second one I cut the flowers and leaves apart and tucked them behind the other flowers.  Once the flowers were in place,  I glued all the other flowers down.  

I stamped and embossed the sentiment on a strip of cardstock and sponged the edges with Peeled Paint distress ink.  Using foam tape I adhered this to the card front.

To finish the card I glued the card front to a green cardstock layer and adhered this to a white card base.  I added some pink Nuvo dots to add a little texture.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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02/03/2018

Sat 03

Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set, Have a Heart, Heart Rays and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

 

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Have a Heart - 5, to be exact - is a great matchup for the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set.  It's a practical, versatile die set you can use throughout the year.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here again, with the details behind my February Challenge inspiration card.

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I found some pretty pieces of watercolored, shimmery spritzed papers in my stash and diecut them with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Have a Heart sets to create contrasting backgrounds. 

Stamp the large Wirework Hearts design onto another piece of watercolored paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with 1.5" x 1.7" heart.

Attach the watercolored diecut rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of white textured cardstock.  Cut both the rectangle and card front with a portion of the Heart Rays die.  Save the largest Heart Rays watercolored heart.  

Attach the saved heart in the opening you'll discover (oops!) on the backside of the cardfront.  This sounds silly and complicated, but it'll be a sweet surprise when the recipient finds that watercolored heart inside the card. Really.

Attach the hearts to the card - use foam dots to add a bit of lift on the right side of the background heart.  Add pink gem stickers. 

 

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Hope you're joining the February Hearts Challenge - Memory Box has so many great heart designs for you to chose from!  

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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