122 posts categorized "Summer"

08/11/2017

Fri 11

Holy Mackerel
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have one last summer card for you before we really get into my favorite times of the year, autumn and winter.  

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I have so many summer birthdays, and I found myself needing on more card, and those cute fish stamps were calling my name!

To make this card I stamped, colored and die cut the fish.  I used Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Oxide inks to create the background layer for my card.  While the inks were still wet, I wrinkled a piece of plastic and layed it over the inked paper and let it dry. Once it was dry I pulled the plastic wrap off and if left a nice texture on the background.

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I trimmed the paper and glued it to a white cardstock layer.  Next I stamped my sentiment with black ink, in the bottom right hand corner of the card.  Using orange cardstock I die cut the rings and glued them on top of the background.  I used foam tape to adhere the fish to the card.  

I adhered the card front to a orange cardstock layer which I then glued to a white card base.  I added some clear epoxy dots to finish off the card.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Donnasignature
 

08/10/2017

Thu 10

Elegant Shorebirds and the Radiant Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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An altered Radiant Frame becomes the summer sun shining on a trio of the Elegant Shorebirds today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a bright outdoor scene under a brilliant sun.  Wishful thinking, snowflakes and winter pastels just couldn't cool things off.  Let's accept the heat and smoky skies ...and create a summer card to cheer things up!

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Cut a portion of the Radiant Frame from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-1/2" Circle Basics die.  Cut off the remaining straight edge of the frame.

Attach adhesive label paper to flamingo-colored cardstock and diecut Elegant Shorebirds.  The layer label paper adds a bit of dimension to the birds.  

Cut Shizen Design Deckled Watercolor Paper with the 1-3/4"  x 3" Rectangle Basics die - position the die to retain a short deckled edge.  

Sponge worn lipstick, fossilized amber and a tiny amount of peeled paint Distress Oxides onto the watercolor paper.  Blend the colors with a waterbrush, then heat-set the inks.  The different colors settle randomly into the rough surface of the paper and create a shadowy, textured background.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of natural cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN  class at Impress!  The Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps collections have so many dies that are perfect for the Asian theme.  If you love origami - the Square Basics set is a must for perfect folds.  Rectangle Basics and Circle Basics are great for cutting those beautiful silkscreened artpapers in your stash too.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for filling our baskets with the tools and supplies we needed.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two AC-d classes at Impress on August 12th.  It's PAPER PLEASE from 11:00-1:00 - using our favorite dies with the vibrant handmade cotton-fiber papers from Shizen Design.  We'll be using the just-received rough-textured deckle-edge watercolor paper from Shizen Design too!

An added class - NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS - follows that from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Make 6 cards featuring the latest and greatest from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  Lots of techniques, Distress Oxides, special folds, cutouts and glitter!

Thanks very much for stopping by - keep cool and carry on!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

06/29/2017

Thu 29

Diecut Nesting Blossom Layers with the Plush Camelia
by Jean Okimoto

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Create a layered, ruffled crepe paper blossom with the individual petal dies from the Plush Camelia Set.  These flowers are great for summer cards and parties - and easier than ever!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another way to use the flower and succulent petal die sets from the Memory Box Plush Collection.  It's like a DIY nesting "Flower Basics" set!

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Fold a strip of duo-tone crepe paper in half and cut two sets of circles using the  1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5" Circle Basics dies.  

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Fold each circle in half along the grainline.  Fold each semi-circle into thirds, creating little triangles with a curved top. Place a petal die on the folded triangle - tape it in place so it cuts just the top 1/3 to 1/4 of the petal, but not all the way down along the folded side edges.  It's like cutting snowflakes, without the little details.  Unfold it and you'll have a 6-petalled flower.  

Repeat the process with the different circle sizes and petals.  Gently stretch the and curl the petals for dimension.  I like to use the edge of  that "green plastic flower-burnishing thing" from Impress to curl my petals.  

Glue the largest layer to a 1" circle of scrap cardboard.  The circle adds a bit of dimension and makes it easier to glue the finished flower to the background.  Attach the other seven layers by pressing the next layer onto a dot of glue on the base and twisting it slightly with your finger to scrunch it up a bit.  

Add green gem stickers to the center.

Cut three leaves from the Stitched Leaves set.

Paint watercolor paper with Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides and heat-set the ink.  Cut the paper with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Worn Lipstick.  Heat-set it.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

Hope you like this "just do it" version of layered blossom dies and enjoy the flowers you can create with these techniques!

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If you're in the Seattle area for the 4th of July - join us for another SUMMER BLISS class from 11:00 to 1:00 at Impress.  We're making 6 bright summer-y cards with great designs from Memory Box,  pretty papers from Shizen Design - and there's AC too!

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

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06/25/2017

Sun 25

Sketch Form Butterflies Along the Cubic Border
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Send a summer thank you with a trio of Sketch Form Butterfly diecuts. Re-purpose a favorite stamp and take advantage of the versatile Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterfly die sets...again!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with an easy watercolored design for a summer greeting.  

Press the dye inks from a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multi-color inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz the smoother side of a 6"square of watercolor paper with water and paint it with watery, overlapping layers of  the orange, yellow and green inks.  Heat-set the inks.  Press the paper with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp Sketch Form Butterfly with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder. Here's a quick tip -  pre-heat the back of the stamped paper for a few seconds - then quickly finish embossing the design from the right side.  This minimizes over-heating and scorching the stamped image and keeps it nice and glossy.

Cut three butterflies with two of the Butterfly Ensemble dies.  Cut black cardstock butterflies and attach them (offset)  behind the watercolored designs to add dimension and a subtle drop-shadow look along some areas.

Cut three butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock using the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  

Cut the front of a top-folded green A-2 card with Cubic Border.  Stamp the greeting from the new Thank You Sentiments clear stamp set with Onyx Black.  

Attach the butterflies and add gold gem stickers.  

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I love thinking of ways to get the most from my huge stash of Memory Box and Open Studio designs - and sharing these ideas with you.  The rustic, hand-drawn look of the Sketch Form Butterfly makes it one of my favorite stamps - hope you like it too.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/24/2017

Sat 24

Butterfly Spectacle for a Special Friend
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Special friends deserve special cards - and Butterfly Spectacle makes it easy to create a quick card to celebrate a great friendship.  Coordinating diecuts from Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies add the finishing touches.

Hi, Happy Summer...Jean Okimoto here with a quick weekend card.  I've gathered a few favorite go-to supplies for today's design.  Dies from Square Basics cut the watercolored background and trim around Butterfly Spectacle.  A die from Rectangle Basics cuts the greeting block.  The butterfly die sets create great options for layering, stenciling and inlaid designs in addition to basic diecutting.  

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Lightly spritz watercolor paper with water.  Paint it with diluted Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills to create a soft, watery background in shades to match some vellum from your stash.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut Butterfly Spectacle from white cardstock.  Trim around it with the 3-3/4" Square Basics die.  Cut the watercolor paper with the same die.  

Here's a tip - trim a sliver (about 1/16") from the edges of the watercolor paper.  This provides a little wiggle room when adhering the layers and keeps any colored edges from peeking out along the side.  

Cut orange, turquoise and pink vellum butterflies with dies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Cut the butterfly centers from gold mirror cardstock with the dies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Attach the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Spectacle.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs set - on white cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  Trim it with a Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.   Add tiny gold gem stickers.

 

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Butterfly cards are great for any celebration  - or everyday greeting.  Gather your favorite colors, Memory Box and Open Studio dies and some sparkly accents and create a stash of summer-y cards and be ready for any occasion!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's Summer Bliss class at Impress!  Memory Box and Poppystamps designs, butterflies, flowers, pretty papers from Shizen  Design, Distress Oxides...what's not to like about those great supplies?  Thanks to Shari and Erin too, for filling our shopping baskets with everything to make more cards.

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool and have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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06/17/2017

Sat 17

Whale Hello There
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have another card using the Whale Hello There stamp set from the spring release.  This set is so cute, and the sentiment I used today could be used for many occasions.

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To make this card, die cut the Sheer Circle Trimming die two times on a strip of Licorice cardstock and trim each side following the curve of the die cut.  Glue this to a white cardstock layer, which is then glued to another layer which has been inked with Abandoned Coral distress ink.  

Die cut the Pinpoint Circle Frame from watercolor paper and ink the circle using Twisted Citron distress ink.  Mist lightly with water to blend the ink.  Once the ink is dry stamp the waves using Mowed Lawn distress ink.  Adhere this to the card front along with a gray cardstock frame which was die cut using the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames.  Spatter the card front using Abandoned Coral and Twisted Citron distress inks.IMG_3201

Stamp, color and die cut the large and small whale from the stamp set.  Adhere a piece of washi tape across the bottom of the circle on the card front.  Ink a strip of watercolor paper using Abandoned Coral distress ink and stamp the sentiment in black.  Trim and glue this on top of the washi tape using foam tape.  

Using foam tape glue the whales onto the card front. To finish the card, adhere the card front to a white card base and add a few epoxy embellishments.

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Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!

Donnasignature

 

06/15/2017

Thu 15

Awesome Faux-Flamingos from Elegant Shorebirds
by Jean Okimoto

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Transform Elegant Shorebirds into glittery faux-flamingos on a quick summer card for a great grad or someone on your awesome list.  These beautiful multi-taskers are great cranes for an Asian card too!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, still playing with my Distress Oxides.  I have 10 of them - but these four colors create the perfect combination for our Spring and May Releases.  They are Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick.  I used a scrap of watercolor paper to blot some of the darker areas on a larger piece of spritzed,  smushed inks and ended up with this dreamy background.  

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Cut the watercolored paper with the 2-1/2" x 3-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Deep Lagoon VersaFine.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock and trim the edges a bit.  Cut a 1/2" base using the curved die included in the Pasture Grass set.  The curved border works alone too.  It's great for rolling hills, shorelines, curving country roads and snowdrifts - or when you just want a simple, wonky curved edge.  

Cut the birds from pink glittered cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-1/2" square white card - use a foam dot for the wings of the left bird.   Add pink and green gem stickers.  Yes - five gem stickers in two colors - she's living on the edge here!

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on June 17th.  We're using our dies to make a medallion, a folded butterfly...and more faux-flamingos.  My Distress Oxides are packed and ready for class too!

Thanks for stopping by...

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06/10/2017

Sat 10

Bicycle, Mini Butterflies and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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Something old, something new...the classic favorite Brand New Bicycle, Mini Butterflies, Rectangle Basics and Distress Oxides meet up on a quick card tonight.  The greeting - from the new Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - makes it perfect for a special grad!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another simple diecut design on a background of spritzed, smushed Distress Oxides. The bicycle was one of my very first Memory Box dies.  I love how it still complements new designs and greetings and is always ready for another summer card.  What's your favorite Memory Box die?

Press Fossilized Amber, Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio inks onto separate areas of an acrylic block that's larger  than 2-3/4" x 4".  Spritz it lightly with water.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block.  Let the inks airdry for a few minutes, the heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2-3/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut blue cardstock with the 3" x 4-1/4" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Brand New Bicycle from dark gray metallic cardstock.  Cut Mini Butterflies from white glittered cardstock.

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Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of watercolor paper - keep the smoother side of the paper on the outside of the card.  Stamp the greeting with Worn Lipstick and heat-set it.

Assemble the card.  Attach blue gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by again - and be sure to return for Penny's great design tomorrow!  

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Sat 10

Dragonfly Stems Left Corner and Pinpoint Circle Frame
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate summer with a  Dragonfly Stems Left Corner on a color-washed center from the Pinpoint Circle Frame.    Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a splashy-bright background for the delicate golden dragonflies.  They'd be beautiful anywhere - but I think these four Distress Oxide inks created the perfect summer backdrop for them.  Hope you agree!

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Press Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Fossilized Amber and Worn Lipstick onto separate areas of a large acrylic block.  Spritz the block with water and allow the colors to start blending for a few seconds.  Press watercolor paper onto the diluted inks.  Drag and lift the paper off the block and set it aside to airdry for a few minutes.  Dry it completely with a heat-tool. 

Cut it with Pinpoint Circle Frame.  

Cut Dragonfly Stems Left Corner from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop stencil plastic using the dot die from the Modern Border Trim set.  Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4")  card of smooth white cardstock. Mask a few rows at the bottom of the stencil.  Sponge Imagine Crafts Delicata Gold Shimmer through the stencil.  Dry the ink.

Assemble the card and add light green gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend.  No classes for me this weekend - I'll post another card tonight.  See you then?

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/08/2017

Thu 08

June Challenge Inspiration…Pinpoint Single Frame + Wishes from the Fishes
by Jean Okimoto

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Neighborly Narwhal (minus his tusk) becomes a birthday whale with Rectangle Basics, Pinpoint Single Frame and Family of Fish.   Everyone's joining in on a summer celebration.   Hello - Jean Okimoto here - loving how the Family of Fish is reversible and can swim in both directions!

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Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of green and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then cut it with the 2-1/4" x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut it with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Rotate the inner rectangle for increased color contrast.

The Rectangle Basics set eliminates the guesswork (and wonky paper trimmer edges) and makes it so easy to layer everything!  The Basic Sets - Rectangle, Square and Circle - save time and eliminate wasted cardstock (from miss-cuts).  Each set includes 16 dies.  If you're not sure which size to use, cut it with a larger die - you can always trim it with a smaller size if necessary.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Cut orange cardstock with the 3-1/4" x 4" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut turquoise cardstock with the 2-3/4" x 4-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut Neighborly Narwhal from gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eye.  Cut Family of Fish from dark orange cardstock.

Cut a strip of black glittered cardstock.  Can't find any?  Attach double-stick tape to black cardstock and brush ultra-fine black glitter on it.

Score, cut and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured natural cardstock.  Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SURF AND TURF class at Impress.  It was surely the "laughing-est" class ever - but we somehow folded an origami fish, made 6 cards and ended 30 minutes early.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us fill those shopping baskets with everything on our wishlists...and more!  See you next time at SUMMER BLISS on June 17th - 6 colorful summer cards and more beautiful Memory Box diecuts of artpapers from Shizen Design.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again this weekend!

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