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10/19/2017

Thu 19

Deco Trees, Rectangle Basics and Merry Christmas Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Deco Trees die is a favorite for mass-producing cards that are easy, colorful and uniquely-yours.   Cut the watercolored background and the handmade deckle edge paper with Rectangle Basics for a perfect fit.  No measuring, guessing or thinking required!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design for your holiday cards.

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Cut three edges of the watercolor paper with the 4" x 2.75" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut the rectangle with the Deco Trees die.  

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Sponge Shizen Design cold press rough-surface watercolor paper with Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxides. Coloring it diagonally results in a nice distribution of these beautiful shades.  Don't try to blend the different colors - color contrasts create great impact.  Use a waterbrush to blend each color within its own area - the paper's texture creates interesting patterns and shading.  Impress just received another shipment of this watercolor paper - it's great!

Heat-set the inks.  Spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz, then heat-set it again.

Trim the watercolored paper with the 2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Peacock Feathers  on a top-folded 5.5" square card. 

Cut strips of green and turquoise cardstock.  

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Assemble the card and add shimmery turquoise sequins from the Birch Press Mermaid Tale Premium Set. View the entire collection of beautiful sequins and accents here.

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If you're in the Seattle area, save Saturday October 21st for the Impress Holiday Open House.  Both stores are celebrating with special displays, samples and a great selection of holiday items.  Be among the first 25 to arrive and receive a great goodie bag too!  Tukwila opens at 10:00 and University Village at 9:30.  Be there!

Thanks for visiting...see you here again on Saturday.

 

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10/17/2017

Tue 17

Thank You Kindly
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Tuesday! It is finally starting to look and feel like Fall here this week so I have a fun stamped card inspired by the season. Let's get started!

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For this card I used the fabulous Garden Sketches clear stamp set. I started with the many leaves on a cream piece of paper. I put a bunch of the outline leaves stamps on my clear block and stamped them in brown ink a few times to start my pattern. Then I took the corresponding solid leaves and stamped them over the outlines in a few different Fall colors. I offset the solid colors a little bit to add some interest to the pattern I created. 

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I stamped the Thank You Kindly on a scrap of cream and cut it out. Then I layered it on a green piece of paper before putting it on the card. For the green and brown layers of paper I wanted them to match my inks so I created my own paper. I took a cream piece of paper and then I rubbed the brown ink on each side of the paper to get one that would work for my card. I did the same thing with the green ink and another piece of paper. Now you will always have paper that matches all of the stamping you did!

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To finish the card I layered all of the papers on to a kraft card and then I added a gem to finish it off. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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10/16/2017

Mon 16

You are a Blessing in my Life
by Anne Thompson

Today's card features a couple of folds, Memory Box dots papers, kraft and other cardstocks, STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, the Chinese Lanterns from GARDEN SKETCHES Clear Stamps Set CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204, EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL5214, and BLESSING PERKY SCRIPT die 99864.  I owe a big "THANKS" to my friend Connie for showing me this card format with two folds.

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I really love this flip flop card!  (...even though you can see my foam dots from this angle!) 

Here are the directions for the way I constructed this card.

Start by cutting, scoring, and folding all of the cardstock first.  I used kraft cardstock for this.

  • 7 3/4" X 4 3/4", scored at 3" from the right end of the longer edge and fold in from the right side
  • 7 1/2" X 3 3/4", scored at 3 3/4", thus folded in half

Then cut the papers.

  • One 4 1/2" square
  • Two 3 1/2" squares--I cut one of these squares from cream cardstock for the sentiment
  • Two 2 3/4" X 4 1/2" rectangles

Adhere the papers to the kraft cardstock.

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I added Latte Distressed Dots to the inside of the larger card base and

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Squash Dots paper on the front of the small square card and the outside right flap of the larger card.  I added the cream cardstock inside the small square card.

To assemble this card, I glued the small square card in the center of the larger brown dot square.  The flap on the right then folds over the cream sentiment square and the top square flap closes over that.

Then decorate the card surfaces.  On the front of the square, I added the Picket Fence cut from white cardstock and a collection of Stitched Farm Pumpkins cut from Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps.

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On the flap that tucks under the pumpkins I added two of the Chinese Lanterns, making sure that they wouldn't show when the pumpkin flap was closed.  (I stamped them in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in three different oranges before die cutting them.)

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On the other side of that flap I added three more Chinese Lantern sprigs. And on the cream sentiment square I added a double-layered "blessing" cut from more of the Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps and stamped words from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set (in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink).  I then added a pumpkin and one more sprig of Chinese Lanterns.

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The final touch?  An amber gem to dot the "i".

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I'm already thinking of ways to use this format for Christmas cards.  Don't you just love cards that open in different ways and give you lots of surfaces to embellish?!!!Happy Crafting!

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10/13/2017

Fri 13

Snowy Spectrum, Blessed to Know You Clear Stamps and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Snowy Spectrum, Birch Press Retro Holiday Sequins  - and Impress Sparkle Glitter -  create a sparkly winter pastel scene for your Christmas cards.  Try it in frosty turquoises or minty greens - or even warm shades of rose gold and peach too.    There are so many great products and so many ways to create unique holiday greetings for everyone on your list.

Hello and Happy Friday - Jean Okimoto here, with a quick card for you today.  It seems like we went from summer right into winter here in Seattle - so let's celebrate with a  snowflake card.

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Cut white cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the rectangle with the beautiful Snowy Spectrum.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Blessed To Know You Clear Stamp Set - with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.

Cut a rectangle of self-adhesive laminating sheet using the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die. Attach it behind the diecut - save the liner from the laminating sheet.  Use the liner to press the diecut firmly onto the adhesive.  

Lightly sprinkle flakes of dark pink and gold chunky glitter onto the adhesive - like sprinkling a few  crystals of  sea salt over a chocolate-dipped caramel.  Use the liner to press the glitter flakes securely onto the adhesive.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over everything, tap off the excess, then use the liner to give it all a final "pressing."

Cut a piece of pink cardstock with the same 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it behind the laminating sheet to create a soft pink background for the snowflakes and glitters.  

Rectangle Basics dies save so much time - eliminating the measuring, guessing and hoping it'll fill in all of the cutouts.  The rectangles are perfectly proportioned for layering on A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too.  You'll be spoiled by their accuracy and versatility - and wonder how you ever made cards without them!

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 notecard.  Add the pink sequins from the new Retro Holiday Birch Press Sequins - a pretty collection of green, pink and red accents.  See the entire collection here - you'll want all of them!

Add silver gem stickers.

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I love the new ultra-smooth bright white cardstock from Impress.  It's perfect for stamping, stenciling and diecutting - and folds crisply both with and against the grain.  It's everything you could ever want from white cardstock!

Looking forward to seeing everyone at this Saturday's BOO! class at Impress.  I've added an extra card - using the negative from another class card (bonus!) - so we're making 6 cards and a treat wrapper for the tricksters.  

Thanks for stopping by today...

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10/11/2017

Wed 11

Whimsy Cat, Circle Web Collage, and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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Concord Grape, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet don't sound very Halloween-ish - but combine them with Whimsy Cats and the Circle Web Collage and they will be!   Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a few more Halloween tricks and techniques.

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Cut the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with the new Circle Web Collage.  Press a piece of blue painters tape lightly against the backside of the collage to remove any wispy little cardstock remnants that would show up against the dark purple Concord Grape Notecard.  

Stamp the triangles from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet.  Stamp the dots (from the same stamp set) with Twisted Citron.  I love the bonus circles, triangles and diamond shapes that are included in this great stamp set.  

Cut Whimsy Cat twice from orange and black cardstock.  Layer them - a bit offset - for a shadowy effect and to add even more personality to their friendly faces.

Stamp the spiders from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Color the centers with a black marker.  Matching black inks can be challenging - a black Sharpie is a perfect match for Onyx Black

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots for the black cat.  Add green gem stickers.

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There's a lot happening on this card - but I hope the repetition of circles, ovals and triangles  makes it look cohesive.  What do you think?

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.  We're making 5 cards and a little treat wrapper for your favorite kids (or adults!).  We'll combine great dies from the stash with some of the latest designs from the Fall 2017 Collection.  See the Impress collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies and stamps here.

Thanks for stopping by...

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10/09/2017

Mon 09

Three October Cards
by Anne Thompson

Fall in all its glory is here in Maine!  The colors on the trees are spectacular! And I've created three cards for today that celebrate autumn.  The key component on each card is an image of a plant called Chinese Lanterns from the new Studio Clear Stamps Set GARDEN SKETCHES CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204.

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For this card I stamped the Chinese Lanterns three times on cream cardstock and colored them with orange Prismacolor pencils before die cutting them.  I used small pop dots behind each "lantern"and arranged the three stems in an arc near the top edge of a top-folded Concord Grape notecard.  I then cut the STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882 once from a dark orange cardstock and again from Mango Distressed Dots paper and layered them together.  I glued the medium-sized ones to the notecard and popped on the larger and smaller pumpkins.  I cut AUTUMN GREETINGS 99880 twice using scraps from a Jack O' Lantern notecard and glued them together before adding them to complete the design.  

Card Two:

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For this card I used the same dies but arranged the images differently. Because I used a Jack O' Lantern notecard as the base, I put the sentiment on a strip of mango distressed dot paper before adding the Chinese Lanterns and the pumpkins.

Card Three:  For this card I added the CIRCLE WEB COLLAGE 99881 cut out within a larger circle from the CIRCLE LAYERS DIE SET.  And I wrapped the Chinese Lanterns around the left side of the web.

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This is my favorite season of the year and I love making cards in my favorite fall colors.  I can use these cards for a number of purposes--thank you notes, birthday cards, thinking of you messages, and more.  These cards have got me thinking about using these images for Halloween treat bags and tags.  So it's back to work!!!

Happy Crafting!

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10/04/2017

Wed 04

Cat Tail Sunrise, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Halloween Sideshow by Jean Okimoto

 

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Cat Tail Sunrise creates a sunset backdrop for a Challenge inspiration card  - and the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and the Die Set has the perfect designs to complete the scene.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple fall card for you.  It's really beginning to feel like fall in Seattle, spiders and all,

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Cut half of a Persimmon Notecard with the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut Cat Tail Sunrise from black cardstock - leave about 1.5" of extra cardstock at the bottom.  Trim the bottom with the same Wrapped Stitch Rectangle

Cut Mango Distressed Dots cardstock with 1.5" Circle Basics die.  Stamp the spider - from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set - at the "9:00 position" of the circle with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Stamp the jolly pumpkin trio - also from the Halloween Sideshow set - on bright orange cardstock.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut them with the coordinating Halloween Sideshow dies.  Color the center with a marker.

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots for the pumpkins.  Add tiny copper sequins.

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I love to keep my Memory Box dies handy - and organized - with curtain rings. You already know they're great for the Circle, Square and Rectangle Basics - and the specialty sets like Wrapped Stitch Rectangles.  Use them for the "open" die sets like Halloween Sideshow too.  They're secure and won't fall off - and it's easy  to preview a diecut by keeping the die on the curtain ring and holding it over your stamped image or printed paper.  

I'm headed to Impress today - my little stay-cation is almost over and I "need" to pick up a few new items for my Fall Quarter classes there.  Here's a quick list of the new classes - join us if you're in the area.  We have a large class area, the biggest and latest collection of papercrafting supplies for your fall and holiday projects - and a creative store team to help you with product selection and designs.  (They sell those curtain rings too!)

        BOO!  -  October 14th

    Cool Winter Wishes from Seattle  -  October 28th

    Asian Holiday Greetings  -  November 4th

    Merry and Quick  -  November 10th and 25th

    Gift Tag Portfolio  -  November 25th

    Asian Inspiration (mini calendar and a New Year card)  -  December 9th

    Winter Bliss - December 16th

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll be inspired to enter the October Black and Orange Challenge.

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09/29/2017

Fri 29

Halloween Greetings
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have another Halloween card using dies from the fall release.  These little mummies are so cute!

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To make this card,  I used a piece of watercolor paper as my card front and used Wilted Violet distress ink to watercolor the background. 

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Next, I die cut the mummies and pumpkins from watercolor paper and colored them with distress inks.  The mummies were lightly sponged with Black Soot distress ink and the pumpkins were painted using Carved Pumpkin distress ink.  I glued scrap pieces of black cardstock behind the mummies eyes. Using Licorice cardstock, I die cut the word "greetings" and inked it with Versa Mark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.    The word Halloween was stamped in the upper left corner of the card and embossed with black embossing powder.

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To finish the card, I glued a piece of washi tape to the bottom of the card front and adhered the mummies and pumpkins to the card, using foam tape to raise some of them from the card surface.

The word "greetings" was glued to a strip of vellum and then adhered to the bottom right of the card.  To finish off, I glued the card front to a Concord Grape notecard and then the card was done!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

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Fri 29

Playful Boo, Hallloween Sideshow and Seaweed Collage by Jean Okimoto

 

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Turn the Seaweed Collage upside-down - and create a creepy vine background for some fun characters from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamp Set and Die Set.  Add a bright Playful Boo and a Seaweed Stalks diecut - and there's your card!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a nautical scene that transformed itself into a Halloween background.

Cut black cardstock with the  2.25" x 3.5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it again with the Seaweed Collage.  Cut the long wavy piece from the Seaweed Stalks set.  Attach the bottom of it behind the Seaweed Collage.

Stamp two ghosts, the caterpillar and the Jack o' Lantern from the Halloween Sideshow Clear Stamps Set with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Cut them with  the coordinating Halloween Sideshow Die Set.  Color the ghosts' mouths with a pink marker.

Rough-cut a wedge from the right side of the pumpkin - and pretend the caterpillar did it.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded dark kraft A-2 card.  Attach the ghosts with foam dots - trim the right side of the lower ghost and slide him up to the inner edge of the collage.  

Attach the pumpkin.  Attach the caterpillar with foam dots.

Diecut Playful Boo from orange cardstock.

Add silver gem stickers for a bit of bling.

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Who would have guessed we'd find another way to use the Seaweed Collage?  See what great backgrounds you can create with other Memory Box Collage dies - then add your favorite Halloween icons and surprise someone with a fun fall card.  Find some great combinations from the Memory Box Collection at Impress.

Thanks for stopping by - join us later today for Donna's great card!

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09/15/2017

Fri 15

You Make Me Smile
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a fun way to dress up the Cozy Mugs with some ink and some stamps, let's get started!

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These mugs are so cute and can be used for so many different occasions depending on how you decorate them. For my card today I die cut one of each size mug in the set in white card stock. For the largest mug I masked off a line using some post it tape and inked the teal stripe with a foam blending tool. I repeated this with a slightly smaller strip on the bottom of the mug in a navy ink.

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For the dotted mug I used the dot stamp in the Bird Sanctuary stamp set for the fun pattern. I just stamped repeatedly until the whole mug was covered. For the last mug I used both techniques, I inked the bottom of the mug and stamped the top portion. To finish off the card I stamped my sentiment on the largest mug and then added a line of gems on the navy stripe. The mugs are all stacked on a piece of paper that I cut with the largest die in the Pinpoint Rectangle set and layered on to a piece of navy dot paper.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today, have a fabulous weekend!

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