108 posts categorized "Trees"

03/23/2017

Thu 23

A Wildwood Collage Easter Scene
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Wildwood Collage fits perfectly onto one of the Half a Dozen Eggs to create a sweet little Easter scene.  Don't you just love it when everything fits together like they were made for each other...and they were!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a fresh spring design for you today.

Are you old enough to remember those precious hollow "window" eggs with the little Easter scenes inside?   That's my inspiration today - let's make a snailmail-able version of those vintage pieces.  Yes, objects from my childhood are now officially "vintage."

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Cut the big egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the Wildwood Collage.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through the felt.

Cut glittered cardstock eggs using the small Clutch of Eggs dies.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of lime green cardstock.

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Easter's my favorite holiday.  I love the colors, flowers, bunnies and dark chocolate eggs (not necessarily in that order) that  always make it so special, and pretty.    What's your favorite holiday?

Big thanks to everyone who took last weekend's SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress!  It was a chocolate-powered session - and we certainly flew through the cards and treat tote, and even ended ahead of schedule.    Thanks too - Ann and Karen - for helping us fill our baskets with all of the pretty, glittery supplies we need for Easter.

I've added a new special class from 1:00-3:00 this Saturday - it's ASIAN DESIGN...SIMPLY STATED.  We're making 7 cards, including a simple origami butterfly and a bunny with silkscreened artpapers.  It's time to stop saving those beautiful prints and start cutting them into accents, backgrounds and perfect squares for origami with our Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  

Thanks for stopping by...

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03/11/2017

Sat 11

Sapling Collage on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sapling Collage is one of five fresh woodland scenes that are quickly becoming favorites in the Spring 2017 Collection.  It's easy to see why - they're versatile, great for layering and perfect for every season.  Imagine them later with tiny blossoms in the summer, ghosts and bats in the fall and bright red birds in snowy winter scenes.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, welcome back to our blog blitz.   Here's a super-quick Easter card that takes just a few minutes.  The hardest part of it is deciding where to place those glittery eggs!

Cut chartreuse cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Rectangle Basics die. Cut the Sapling Collage.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white felt and cut Springtime Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glue from soaking thru.  

Cut glittered cardstock with Clutch of Eggs.

Attach everything to a top-folded green A-2 card.  That's it!

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Want a chance to win the Sapling Collage?  Just add a comment to this post to enter our random-selection drawing for this great die.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during the blitz - from March 6th through March 12th - for even more chances to win.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   

No classes this weekend - but I'll see everyone again on March 18th for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class at Impress.  

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

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02/22/2017

Wed 22

Thinking of You
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Wednesday! 

I have a clean and simple card to share with you today, using the Backyard Tree die. Spring is looking like it's right around the corner where I live, and the thought of buds on the tree sounds lovely to me! 

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I began with a panel of water color paper, and embossed one of the layering circles from the Pinpoint Circle Layers set. You will have to check how your particular die cut machine does dry embossing! After the circle was impressed, I applied blue ink in a circle motion. 

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To create the tree, I die cut it twice from water color paper, and left it in the cardstock. I then applied brown ink to one, and green to the other. I then began the process of adhering the green leaves to the brown die cut tree. It took forever, no lie. BUT, I figured it was therapy and I wasn't doing dishes. ;0) The best tip I have is be patient, turn on some music, get your tweezers, and a sticky tool to help pick up the little pieces. Once it was complete, I adhered it to the center of the panel with foam tape, and stamped a sentiment from the So Many Things to Love stamp set. I then adhered a few clear embellishments, and popped it up onto a Kraft card.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! So, what is the most tedious card you've created? How long did it take you? I would love to know! 

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12/24/2016

Sat 24

Merry Christmas Eve
by Jenny Griffiths

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!

As my last Christmas card this season I wanted to share one of my favorites.  I have taught this card in a number of classes since August and it was said by many to be their favorite too.  Maybe it's simplicity and the stately scene make it so.  

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One of the best parts is the stacking of the tree boughs.  The gold with speckled boughts were created with a base of metallic gold paint on watercolor paper with metallic paint speckled over top.  Each color layer was throughly dried before the next color was added.  The Marvelous Pine Snow Branches was die cut from the painted panel and the boughs were laid out largest-to-smallest size onto the card.  Not all the boughs were used on the card and an extra benefit is that you can use the "negative" of the die cut gold panel for another card.  Each bough is layered with a tiny strip of dimensional foam tape at the top edge to give the tree nice dimension.

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I added little touches of turquoise watercoloring on the card front before adding the stacked boughs and layering onto a mocha colored note card.  A bit of red embroidery floss made do as a holiday scarf on the deer.  

My wish for each of you is a safe and cozy holiday with loved ones and anticipation for creative and inspiring things to come---because they are coming and you're going to love it all.

Merry Christmas Eve,

Jenny
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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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A set of easy Snowflakes Stencil candle wraps will add a frosty touch to any holiday scene - and it takes just minutes to make!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a few more Christmas ideas for those last-minute bursts of creativity.

Dry-emboss medium-weight vellum with the Snowflakes Stencil using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I also used the metal adapter plate for extra definition.  The edge of the stencil created the border on the large candle.  

Trim the embossed vellum to fit around battery-operated candles - with about ½" overlap in the back.  Tape the overlapping ends together.  That's it!

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The tags are created from a combination of stamps and dies from the Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright sets.  They're stamped with Imagine Crafts Onyx Black VersaFine and heat-set.  Mix, match and layer the designs to create a set of quick and easy tags for everyone on your giftlist.  

If you have a few extra minutes (!!) - make some additional tags to use for Christmas 2017  before cleaning your stamps and tucking them away for the year.  That sounds silly now, but they'll be ready when you need them next year.

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Thanks very much for stopping by throughout the year.  Hope our Design Team's projects, techniques and ideas have inspired you to create something uniquely yours...with a little help from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two added classes at Impress on December 27th.  It's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR from 11:00 to 1:00.  We're making a New Year's card - and a calendar featuring silkscreened Asian artpapers and an array of our favorite dies.  An extra WINTER BLISS class has been added from 2:00 to 4:00 - with 6 colorful, artsy un-holiday cards designed for any occasion.  Easy parking, a great selection of papercrafting products -  and the perfect way to enjoy your holiday giftcards - and shop the Valentine 2017 Collection.  It started shipping today!

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Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten someone's Christmas with a glittery giftcard holder - it's easy with the Square Bump Borders!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an idea to avoid another shopping trip just to buy a giftcard holder.  

Have you noticed how pricey the nice giftcard holders are this year?    Wouldn't you  rather add another $5 to the giftcard instead - and present it in a color-coordinated holder?   Here's an easy way to make a quick holder that you can customize with the right colors.  

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Cut a 5-½" x 10-¼" piece of lightly textured white cardstock.  Score it and fold it at 4-¼" and 8-½" to make an A-2 card with  a extra 1-¾" wide section on the bottom.  Diecut the edge of the extra section with the Square Bump Border to create a little bump-out tab.  

Attach "happy holidays" from the Scribble Christmas set to an acrylic block.  Carefully lift both ends of the greeting, curve them, and press them firmly onto the block again. Use a stamp positioner and stamp it with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach foam dots near the top outer corners of the diecut edge and fold the bottom up to form a pocket.

You can write the giftcard amount just above the pocket line where it'll be hidden until the giftcard is removed.  Secure the giftcard in the pocket with removable glue dot placed on a blank area.

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If you're planning to stamp more than one card - check to be sure the curvy ends haven't returned to their original straight design.  They tend to straighten out after a few minutes.  A greeting stamp with an attitude!

Stamp the tree on green cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die.  Cut the small tree from green and silver glittered cardstock.  Cut the larger tree from pink and aqua cardstock and trim them to different heights.  

Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from white cardstock.  Attach adhesive along the edges of the inner rectangle.  Attach the narrow frame behind it.  (Lots easier than first attaching the delicate frame by itself.)  Attach them to the card.  Add the trees - use foam dots for the green and silver trees.  Add tiny silver sequins.

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Yes,  I promised an easy card - it's a wordy tutorial, but it really is easy.  It's also faster than driving to the store to find a giftcard holder that may or may not match the giftcard.  Details, details!

Thanks for stopping by during the busy holiday season...

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11/19/2016

Sat 19

Stencil a Falling Maple on a Sketch Journal Background
by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another design featuring the Sketch Journal Cling Stamp - with the Falling Maple Garden Stencil.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight. We have so many great dies and stamp sets in our Holiday Collections - I almost forgot about the great stencils we have too!

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Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Vintage Sepia VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Mask the adjacent areas and stencil Falling Maple diagonally across the stamped background with Brilliance Rocket Red, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Olive.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Cut dark orange cardstock with the same die.  Attach the rectangle and orange frame to a top-folded 5-½" square card of dark kraft cardstock.  

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Cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from dark orange cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Flip it over and attach strips of ¼" wide Scor-Tape along the bottom and near the tops of the "l," "b," and "t."  Run the tape-covered diecut through the machine again to cut the tape.  Seeing the cutting lines lets you attach the tape just where you really need it - and the self-adhesive greeting is  easier to work with when the entire piece isn't sticky.  Another tip!

Cut the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer from green cardstock and attach the greeting.

Attach the greeting strip to the card with foam dots.  Add green sequins.

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Thanks for stopping by again - hope this inspires you to re-discover stenciling and include it in your repertoire of cardmaking techniques.  See you again on Wednesday.  Penny's sharing a great project with you tomorrow!

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Sat 19

Lovely Oak, Sketch Journal, Grosgrain Ribbons and Stitched Rectangle Layers,
by Jean Okimoto

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Sketch Journal - rotated 90 degrees - creates a backdrop for the Lovely Oak garden stencil on a fall card I'd like to share today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an inky, spritzed, stenciled card for any autumn occasion.

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Spritz watercolor paper with water and paint a light background with fall shades of Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.  Stamp Sketch Journal with Imagine Crafts Olympia Green VersaFine.  The dark green ink blends with the orangey background and creates a soft image that's more subtle than it it was stamped in black.  

Place the leaves over the branches and mask the adjacent areas with Post-It notes - I love the super sticky full-adhesive version that my friend Donna Mikasa shared with me.  It makes life so much easier...thanks Donna!  Sponge the leaves over the stamped branches with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold, Pearlescent Olive and Rocket Red.  Dry the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Not exactly rocket-science, but here's a tip...if you're not sure which die size to use when trimming something, start with the larger size first.  You can always re-cut it with a smaller die if it doesn't look right.  That's what I did here.

Spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and dry the ink.

Cut two of the widest Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.  Another tip  - run the die through the machine lengthwise for best results.   For extra texture, leave each diecut in the die and dry-emboss it using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Trim the ribbons to 4-⅝" and 5".

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of dark orange cardstock.  Add copper sequins.

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Very special thanks to everyone from my classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a busy day - especially for those who took both classes - and for Ann, Shari and Becca who helped us fill our shopping baskets.  See you again in the Merry and Quick speedy Christmas cards class next weekend - on November 26th!

Thanks for stopping by on this busy fall weekend...

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11/10/2016

Thu 10

Impress Exclusive Memory Box Die, Snow Burst and Sketchbook Joy
by Jean Okimoto

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Fawn'd Friends - Impress' exclusive Memory Box die - takes great advantage of a Pool Notecard for a wintery scene.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another design featuring a very special holiday die.  I love how simply refolding Memory Box notecards inside-out creates the perfect backdrop for winter designs.

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Cut Fawn'd Friends on the white side of a Pool Notecard.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata over the deer.  Gently heat-set the shimmery ink.

Cut Snow Burst from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach Scor-Tape behind red mirror cardstock and cut the circle design from the Distressed Baptisia Collage die set.

Cut Sketchbook Joy from an extra Pool Notecard - leave it in the die.  Remove the unnecessary pieces inside the "loops."  Place dots of glue on the backside of the greeting, then flip the whole thing over and use a piercing tool to push it out of the die and onto the card.  That's a lot easier than trying to wiggle it - and the tiny dot - into place!

Attach the snowflakes and red dots.  

Diecutting the design high on the card leaves ample space to stamp a festive greeting and sign your name on the inside.  

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's Asian Holiday Cards class at Impress.  Hope you liked the designs - and enjoy the beautiful silkscreened papers you selected for your 2016 Christmas cards.  Memory Box and Poppystamps dies are great for cutting through the layers of ink and fibers on silkscreened artpapers and make it ever so easy to create simple, classic cards for everyone on your list.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you like today's  card.  See you again this evening!

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10/27/2016

Thu 27

Dancing Snowflake Oval, Stitched Square Layers and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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The versatile Making Spirits Bright die and stamp sets are here again - with the beautiful Dancing Snowflake Oval this time.  I love how easy it is to combine our dies and stamps and get the most from our stash of great designs!  Jean Okimoto here tonight - with more of my shimmery trees, in a different setting.

OK, I got a bit carried away - stamping and diecutting way more Making Spirits Bright trees that I needed!  Dave Brethauer - who owns Memory Box along with his sweet wife Monica - is such a design perfectionist that everything just works - and that makes it so easy to create cards to share with you.

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from white cardstock - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss the oval for extra dimension using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.

All of these great stamps are from the Making Spirits Bright clear set.  Stamp the trees with Imagine Crafts Brilliance Pearlescent Orange, Coral  and Orchid.  Dry the ink, then diecut them.  Diecut the trees again from scraps of watercolor paper and attach them for added dimension.

Stamp "let it snow" with Delicata Celestial Copper.  I'm loving that shade for holiday colors - and it's great for stamping and inking reindeer too.  Here's how it looks with Impress' exclusive holiday die from Memory Box. 

Back to tonight's card...heat-set the ink, then diecut the greeting with the smallest Stitched Square Layer.  It's the perfect size!

Confession here...in a previous life I wondered why I needed square and rectangle dies when they're so easy to cut with a paper trimmer.  Trimming them perfectly is not that easy - especially when my aging eyes and hands don't work as well as they used to.  Now I rarely cut anything other than the card itself with a paper trimmer.   Diecutting always guarantees straight edges and perfect angles and makes assembling the card a lot easier when everything lines up!

Back to the card - again.  Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of textured white cardstock.  Use foam dots for the tree on the right and the right side of the greeting.  Add pale pink sequins.

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Thanks very much for visiting our blog...hope you find our ideas, techniques and designs inspiring and interesting.  See you again on Saturday - hope you won't be tired of me after that!

Keep warm and take care...

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