104 posts categorized "Summer"


Thu 09

Butterfly Swell on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto




The new Butterfly Swell joins our Spring Blog Blitz today!  Hello - hope you're enjoying our blitz and loving the great new dies as much as we enjoy sharing our designs with you.  Jean Okimoto here, with a watercolored butterfly design for you.

Be sure to add your comments to each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win a new die from our latest collection of spring and nautical designs.  Our blitz began on March 6th  and continues through March 12th.

Here are the directions for this simple card.  Paint a background on watercolor paper.  Splotchy and bright stands out more than soft and dreamy for this design - trust me!   


Cut Butterfly Swell from white cardstock and layer it over the background.  Slip the top and bottom center "tabs" behind the background to create the illusion of floating butterflies.  The die is actually designed to cut through the top and bottom portions so the butterflies are suspended between two sections of cardstock.  I decided to give it a different look here.  

Trim the Butterfly Swell panel to fit onto a textured white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Round the right corners of the panel and the card.

Cut the antennae - from the new Morning Garden Butterflies Set - from pink glittered cardstock.  The Morning Garden Butterflies are designed to match the solid butterflies of the Butterfly Ensemble set too.  

Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


Hope you like this colorful and easy design.  Paint a stash of watercolored backgrounds in your favorite spring and summer shades - they'll be ready when you need them for a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HEY THANKS class at Impress.  Hope you enjoyed the techniques - and being among the first to create cards with the Spring Release.  Everyone got to meet Steve and Quincy too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping us fill those shopping baskets with the latest must-haves.

Want a chance to win the Butterfly Swell?  Just leave a comment here - and you'll be entered to win this versatile, classic design that would make a great addition to your stash of Memory Box dies.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts throughout the blitz for more chances to win great dies from our new collection.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   Good Luck!





Fri 05

A Reverse Butterfly Collage Celebration
by Jean Okimoto


A colorful Reverse Butterfly Collage is great for any summer celebration - and watercoloring it is almost as enjoyable as the event itself.  Yes, it's Friday!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring one of my favorite dies.

Paint a rectangle of watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors  in a random pattern of greens, blues, teals, violets and purples.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, the press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Cut Reverse Butterfly Collage from white cardstock.

Place the watercolor paper behind the collage and lightly tape the layers together with removable tape.  Trim the layers into a rectangle.  Remove the watercolor paper and cut it slightly smaller than the collage so any colored edges won't peek out along the sides.  Attach the watercolor paper behind the collage.  Attach it to an A-6 card of textured turquoise cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut two sets of the antennae from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio die set.  Attach the antennae to the collage.  

Stamp "celebrate" - from the Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamps - on white cardstock with Radiant Neons Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer.   Attach it to the card - use foam dots on the right side to compensate for the thickness of the collage and watercolor paper on the left.   Add gold sequins.

I think summer birthdays, graduations and weddings would be the perfect occasions for this card...hope you agree!


See you at the STAMPS AND A DIE - OH MY! class at Impress tomorrow.  We'll be using some of our favorite/classic/go-to stamps and dies on bright summer cards.  There'll be a few soon-to-be favorites too!

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




Thu 04

Follow Your Bliss with the Silver Springs Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto


A sun-splashed watercolored background sets the scene for the Silver Springs Butterfly die... and a bit of inspiration for our August Challenge.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - thanks for stopping by today.  

Congrats to the winners of the July Challenge - here's  a link to the details of the August Challenge.  "Yellow" is the theme of this month's challenge - sunny, bright, upbeat - and it makes me think of lemonade, sorbet, lemon bars and cream pies.  Yes, I'm always thinking about food - but it's time to make a card...

Press the inks of a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multi-colored dye inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Use a waterbrush to paint watercolor paper with the different colors - let them mix and blend for a few minutes.  Dry the paper with a heat-tool.  If the watercolor paper is warped, cover it with a sheet of printer paper and press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Trim it to 2-⅛" x 4-½".

Here's a tip - scrunch a sheet of deli sandwich paper and rub it briskly over the Silver Springs Butterfly die.  That makes it easy to remove the diecut - and all of those tiny pieces - from the die.  I've used scrunched waxed paper in the past - but that could leave a hazy residue on the mirror cardstock - it's just easier to buy an eternal supply of deli sandwich sheets and use it for both matte and shiny cardstock.  Cut Silver Springs Butterfly from gold mirror cardstock.  

Cut two of the Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from white vellum.  Attach the vellum butterflies under the gold mirror butterflies.  It's hard to see here, but it adds a soft translucent look and lets the gold stand out from the background. I just attached them with tiny slivers of Scor-Tape along the center of the butterflies.   Attach it to the background.  

Place a strip of Scor-Tape behind a scrap of gold mirror cardstock and cut the antennae from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio set.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured soft white cardstock.  

Another tip - prep textured cardstock for stamping by placing it between two pieces of smooth cardstock and running it through your diecut machine between the cutting plates. The pressure flattens the texture just a bit - and leaves it smooth enough for stamping.  Stamp Follow your Bliss with VersaFine Spanish Moss and dry the ink.  Cut it with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Attach it with foamdots.  Add gold sequins.


Hope you like this sunny bright card...and that you've decided to enter this month's challenge.  Good Luck!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the August 6th STAMP AND A DIE - OH MY! class at the Tukwila Impress.  We'll combine some of our favorite stamps and dies and create colorful cards for everyday greetings.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

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Sun 17

Making Spirits Bright and a Plush Succulent
by Jean Okimoto


Hi there - we're in a big flowers mode this weekend - let's combine a Plush Succulent with some snowflakes from the Making Spirits Bright Stamp Set.  Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying a sunny summer weekend!  

Our Plush Collection makes beautiful poufy felt flowers and succulents when petals and pieces are hot-glued in a natural, organic arrangement.  Or, try a more stylized look using 5 each of the Plush Succulent petals - except the largest and smallest. I'm gluegun-challenged so I just attached the velvet paper diecuts with doublestick tape.  It helps to attach the petals to a circle of cardstock first, then you can move it around to find the perfect spot for your flower.


Paint a background with Peerless Watercolors and heat-set it.  Diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  

All of the stamps are from the new Making Spirits Bright set - they're officially snowflakes, but create beautiful flowers too!  Stamp the solid design on the smooth side of flamingo cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black and cut it with the coordinating die from the Making Spirits Bright die set.  Stamp the others on the watercolor paper.

Diecut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from glossy black cardstock.  Leave the cardstock in the dies and dry-emboss them for extra texture - use the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Diecut the leaves from the Large Billow Flower Background and Leaves set.  Add clear sequins.

Want your card to be the perfect shade of white to match your watercolor paper?  Just use watercolor paper to make your card!  Use the smoother side  inside for your stamped greeting or handwritten note.  


See you at Impress again on July 23rd for two holiday classes - CHRISTMAS WITH MEMORY BOX and HOLLY JOLLY HEADSTART.  We'll create colorful holiday cards ranging from artsy + advanced to simple + "mass-produceable" - with diecuts and stamps, sequins, glitter and cool techniques.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by again today - enjoy the rest of your weekend!





Sat 16

Plush Anemone Party Time!
by Jean Okimoto



Celebrate a special birthday with a zingy orange felt Plush Anemone and Party Time's big 2-9.  It's an easy way to personalize a card and make it extra-special for the birthday girl - or your favorite store!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing a card I designed for Impress' 29th Birthday this weekend.


Cut the 4" Stitched Circle Layer from the smoother side of textured yellow cardstock.  Stamp Articles Ledger with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive.  Stamp the triangle circle, numbers and inside greeting from the Party Time set on the smoother side of a cardstock scrap with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss them with detail clear powder. Cut them with Stitched Circle Layers.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.   

Cut 5 each of the Plush Anemone petals from orange felt.  Cut the center fringe piece from black cardstock - use just half of it for this flower.  Trim 2 of the strips from one end to reduce the size of the center.  Attach a narrow strip of doublestick tape along the bottom of the fringe and roll it into a tight circle.  

It's optional - but I like to glue the petals onto a 1.25" circle of scrap cardstock so it's easier to handle the completed flower - instead of gluing it directly to the background.  Assemble the flower - leave an open circle of space in the center to attach the base of the black fringe.

Attach label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow felt to stabilize the little felt pieces and cut Blooming Border.  Attach one of the little yellow flowers in the center. 

Attach everything to a 5.25" square card of textured yellow cardstock.  Add bright orange sequins.  The weight, thickness and shape of the card will require extra postage and handling - but hey, it's a special birthday!


If you're in the area (or within driving, biking, sailing, running or walking distance!) - head to Impress for their celebration and 25% shopping discount today - July 16th.   Happy Birthday to Ann, Cindi, Lara and the entire Impress Team.  29 Years of upscale creativity, inspiration, great customer service - and a wonderful selection of Memory Box and Poppystamps products!

Thanks for stopping by...




Thu 30

Bunny Links
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

Keeping cool? or in some places warm?  Here in Southern California we're having a blistering heat wave which is especially dangerous and concerning during the current wild fire conditions. We're safe but our evacuation bins are packed and ready to go.

 To take my mind off the heat, I created this cheery bunny card using the clever Square Links die and the adorable Birthday Bunnies stamp set (since today is my birthday--hee hee). 

Bunny Link J Griffiths

I die cut the links from white card stock, adhered it vertically to the base card and saved the two larger square cut outs to stamp the bunnies which I colored with Prisma pencils.  I left a few squares empty allowing the grey background paper to show through and used solid and patterned scrap papers to partially die cut the other square areas.   If you save left over scrap papers like I do, dig them out and use them here.  

Detail link J.Griffiths

I also added the heart in the uppermost square cut from coral colored felt---it just added a little dimension and texture.  I made sure to repeat the coral color in one of the link squares too.  The dainty flowers in the center square are from the Summerville Landscape die---this is a great die to use even if you only need a couple of flowers as I did here.  After paper piecing the flower heads in different card stock colors I added a cupped sequin to the yellow flower which made it look like a daffodil.  I love adding different elements like felt and sequins to cards for a little added "oomph".  It also makes me feel like my out-of-control crazy stash of "stuff" is warranted--know the feeling? 

Bunny Link J Griffiths

I always try to remember that card making is doubly beneficial---it helps me by keeping my mind and hands occupied as I design and creating the cards, and it brings a smile to the person who receives it or sees it.  These bunnies are so adorable and charming, they're sure to brighten anyone's outlook--so, if you have a particularly challenging day, head into your crafting zone and create.  If you can't think of what to make or how to proceed just look for inspiration from other card makers (yoo hoo, over here!) to kick-start your "mojo".  The more you create, the more ideas and inspiration will flow.  

Thinking of you,



Wed 29

Bumblebee Daydreams and Blooming Sketch Border


The Blooming Sketch Border was just waiting to be used again this summer - it's a great backdrop for some bright Bumblebee Daydreams blossoms!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, mixing old and new again, with one of my favorite stamps from a previous collection.  


Paint watercolor paper with shades of pink, orange and coral Peerless Watercolors - and some yellows and greens too.   Set it aside to dry.  Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black.

Stamp the leaves and flowers with Onyx Black.  


Add some details to the large flowers by masking the lower portion and stamping the small flower over them.  (Sorry about the ickyness of my supplies - but these are well-used, go-to stamps and blocks.)  Diecut the leaves and flowers.

Score, cut and fold an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-1/4") card of textured white cardstock.  Add some pink and yellow/orangey splatters.  

Assemble the card  - use foam dots for the large flower on the left - and add green sequins.  

Hope you like this combo of old and new - and how we've added new details to our flowers here.  

We're getting ready to reveal our Holiday 2016 Collection of dies, stamps and stencils soon...be sure your favorite Retailer has placed their order for this extraordinary collection of fall and winter designs.  Can't wait to see the new display they'll have at Impress soon!

Thanks for visiting...keep cool!



Wed 29

Plush Narrow Succulent and Stitched Rectangle Layers
by Jean Okimoto


Looking for a way to feature the Plush Narrow Succulent on your cards?  Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a simple, flat version of another Plush Felt Flower diecut.  Simple and flat...sounds exciting, doesn't it?


Diecut the 4" x 3" Stitched Rectangle Layer from watercolor paper.  Press the Caribbean Sea Kaleidacolor inkpad against a large acrylic stamp block to create a palette of inks - keep the inks separated so you can work with the individual colors.  Brush the colors onto the paper and set it aside to dry.

Cut 5 each of the 2 biggest Plush Narrow Succulent single petals from chartreuse felt.  Cut one each of the 5-petaled centers from felt.  Cut one of the small centers from black cardstock.

Punch a 1-¼"  circle of scrap cardboard.  The circle serves as a base for attaching the petals - and adds a bit of dimension too.  Attach the petals to the circle - working from the largest to the smallest - with a small dab of liquid adhesive.  Overlap the largest petals just a  bit to prevent gaps.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thanks Clear Set - with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add green sequins.  Extra postage will probably be required because of the flower's thickness.


Special thanks to everyone who took the last Saturday's SUMMER BLISS CLASS at Impress.  Big thanks also to Shari and Erin for finding the supplies we 'needed' to supplement our stashes!    Missed the first class?  Join us for another session at 11:00 AM on July 4th.  We're making a bunch of 5 happy, colorful cards - including a slider - with a shiny red car,  plush felt anemone, flip-flops and watercolored flourish flowers.  Don't worry...they're not all on one card!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening...





Sun 26

A Whole Bunch Card
by Lindsay


Now that summer is here, I am so excited about what is happening in our garden! So far we have been able to enjoy lettuce, and spinach, as well as summer squash! But, the one vegetable I am super excited to harvest is carrots! I don't think there is anything better than a home grown carrot. Well, maybe to me! So, to show my love for this humble vitamin A-packed veggie, I bring you this card. 


I love the Veggie Good set, and matching dies. I began by die stamping and then cutting out five carrots, coloring them with Copic Markers, and setting them aside. I took a panel of watercolor card stock, and created a blue washed background, and after it had dried, ran it through the Big Shot with the Pinpoint Square Layers Die.


I stamped a sentiment from the set, and then I adhered the panel to a white card base using foam. I layered, and adhered my carrots. 


Did you plant a garden this year? If so, what are you looking forward to harvesting? I would love to know! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy crafting.




Wed 22

Plush Anemone in Bloom
by Jean Okimoto


A felt Plush Anemone thank you card is like a frosty Creamsicle on a hot summer day...refreshingly bright and perfect for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - the late bloomer who finally caught up with the Plush Felt Flowers trend! 

Did you see the great Plush Flowers video by Memory Box's now-famous Dee and Brenda?  It explains - and shows - all you need to know about creating these delightful flowers.  Attach them to cards, layouts, tags and gifts - if they get crushed, they'll bounce right back and be as pretty as ever.  Thanks Brenda and Dee - you did a great job!


The video recommends a glue gun - but I used tacky glue to keep the flower flat and flexible for the card.   A tiny blob is all you need - just press the felt together for a few seconds while it sets up.

Cut 5 medium and 5 small felt petals and assemble the flower.  Cut the center fringe from black felt - you'll use just half of the strip for this flower.  Attach a narrow strip of double-stick tape along the bottom of the fringe, then coil it into a tight circle.  Trim about ⅛" from  the bottom.  Dip the coiled end into a blob of glue, then press it into the center of the flower.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker paper to light yellow and green felt and cut some small flowers and a set of leaves.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from saturating the little pieces.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Hope and Thank Clear Stamp Set - on green cardstock with Smokey Gray VersaFine.  Attach everything to a dark gray A-2 card.  Add silver sequins.   It'll probably require extra postage...but I think your recipient will appreciate it!


Thanks for stopping by.  See you in the SUMMER BLISS class at Impress on Saturday the 25th.  Can you believe it's almost the 4th of July?