118 posts categorized "Trees"

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 - including the latest Memory Box Winter Release!  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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09/23/2017

Sat 23

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Woodland Oval by Jean Okimoto

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A Playful Boo-faced Stitched Farm Pumpkin joins the Swirling Ghosts on tonight's card.  The Woodland Oval creates the perfect backdrop for these little guys - attached with foam dots at the top, so they appear to float out of the branches.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, hope you're having a great weekend!  Whimsy Cat is taking a break (probably napping) - so I've pulled the great Swirling Ghosts die from my stash for this design.  

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Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from black cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  Here's a tip...use pieces of rolled painter's tape to attach the die to the cardstock for cutting.  That section will be tossed out, so it's OK if the tape damages the cardstock.  The cutout section is folded upwards to show the tape here.

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper - save the fourth ghost for another project.  Attach black cardstock scraps behind them for eyes.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from orange cardstock, watercolor paper  and Licorice Dots.  Cut the orange pumpkin with Playful Boo - save that teeny little piece inside the "b."  Cut the big pumpkin again from black cardstock.  Attach it behind the orange pumpin and add the little piece you saved - and googly eyes.

Attach the diecuts to a Persimmon Notecard - use foam dots for the "boo" pumpkin and at the top of the ghosts.  Persimmon is quickly becoming my favorite new notecard color.  I love its almost-scary brightness - and how it works with so many colors including teal, lime, gray, gold, olive and violet.  Yes, violet!  Here's a link to an Asian-inspired card posted earlier. 

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Thanks for stopping by on your busy weekend - join us again tomorrow for Penny's great design!

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Sat 23

Circle Web Collage, House Trio and Whimsy Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Whimsy Cat joins the new Circle Web Collage and House Trio on another fun card today. Whimsy Cat's a big favorite among the great dies in our Halloween 2017 Collection - and it's easy to see why!  

Hi and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bit of a change from my usual less-is-more theme.  Halloween is my annual "excuse"  to layer a whole of bunch of diecuts on a card - and add sequins too.  These pretty brushed gold beauties are from the new Birch Press collection of sequins.  These are from the Not So Heavy Metal set of brushed gold, bronzy-copper, tiny twinkly gold, star and heart sequins - and gold glitter.  It's a set for all seasons!

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Cut the largest Stitched Oval from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with Woodland Oval.  

Cut Circle Web Collage from textured white cardstock.  Trim it to fit between the trees.

Cut Whimsy Cat from dark orange cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape behind the eyes and nose and brush Martha Stewart Crafts Onyx Glitter onto the adhesive in the cutouts.

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper behind a scrap of newspaper.  I used the stocklists page of the Journal for the tiny print and neat columns.  Cut the houses and their trim details.  Assemble the houses - trim the roof section of the center house so it'll fit below the web.  I left the doors "open" - as though the spiders entered through the windows and everyone ran outside!

Attach the diecuts to a Licorice Notecard.  It's easier if you attach the oval first - just along the outer edges.  Tuck and attach the web and houses under the trees.  Attach Whimsy Cat with foam dots.  Add those pretty brushed gold sequins from Birch Press!

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Want a chance to win the Whimsy Cat die?  If you haven't already done so - comment on my  Blog Blitz post on September 20th before the deadline of 11:59 PM EST on September 24th for a chance to enter our random selection drawing.  Big thanks to everyone for all of their comments!

Comment on all of the Blog Blitz posts - from September 18th through the 22nd - for more chances to win a great prize from our Fall Collection.

Thanks for stopping by...

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09/06/2017

Wed 06

New Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves by Jean Okimoto

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The new Christmas Elves and Slider Grooves are made for each other - literally - and for your Christmas cards too!  Slider Grooves are also designed to coordinate with the new Stitched Curves to create frosty snowscapes, grassy hills, sandy beaches and fall landscapes - they're a pair for all seasons.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a holiday slider card for you. Our Design Team will be sharing slider cards thru Sunday and we hope you'll be inspired to create some too!

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Stamp the elves and gift on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the Christmas Elves die set.  Color them with watercolor pencils.  Cut the elf on the right side from watercolor paper again.  Attach it behind the watercolored elf to add dimension and extra momentum as he slides along the snowbank.  (Oops...the new Stitched Curves die set is missing from the photo.)

Cut Pool Distressed Dots with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Cut it with the shortest die from the Slider Grooves set.  Cut the top curve of the snowbank from watercolor paper.  Trim it with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die it to match  the  background and attach it to the background.

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There are many, many ways of adding the slider including pennies, foam tape and bits of cardboard.  Here's what I tried...pompoms!  The 5mm pompoms are perfect with the curved Memory Box Slider Grooves and the Straight Slider Grooves.   Pompoms add the height required for a slider without adding too much weight to the card.  Glue two of them to a scrap of watercolor paper that's smaller than the diecut.  

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Insert the pompoms (attached to the scrap of watercolor paper) from behind the panel.  Attach the double-layered diecut from the front of the panel.  Attach a scrap of Pool Distressed Dots to the front of a Pool Notecard to disguise the groove.  Attach the panel to the card.

Cut Snowy Pine from watercolor paper - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Attach the left elf with foam dots.  Attach the gift.  Add silver gem stickers.  Extra postage will probably be required - but it's a design that's sure to make someone smile.  They'll probably be tempted to peek behind the elf and smile again when they spot the pompoms.  There's just something fun about pompoms and they're not just for bunny tails anymore.

Special thanks to everyone from last Saturday's HOLLY, JOLLY AND HAPPY class at Impress!  Hope you liked the new techniques - and the cards we made.  Thanks to Jacky too - for her perfectly rich but light Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes served on Christmas napkins, in September.  Yum!    Thanks also to Ann, Shari and Erin for finding the products we needed and helping us fill those shopping baskets!  

No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the CALENDAR EXPRESS...MORE PAPER PLEASE! class on September 16th.  We'll make an artsy desk calendar with dies, stamps and great artpapers.  It's a great way to get a bit more from your dies and stamps...and use some of the beautiful papers we've been stashing!

Thanks for stopping by...

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08/20/2017

Sun 20

Tree Line
by Penny Ward

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Hello and hi there. Penny here today with a snowy tree line card. I love to ski at Breckenridge and Vail....this card makes me want to get out there now! However...I will have to wait until January. Brrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

Here we go:

 

Start with a piece of White cardstock measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Ink the top portion with Distress Oxide Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves until happy with your "sky".

Adhere this panel to a base card of White cardstock 4.25 x 11 inches, folded in half.

 

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Now for the die cutting. Start with a 4.25 x 5.50 panel of White cardstock. Die cut Stitched Tree Horizon (yes, some of your trees will get cut off). Now die cut Stitched Circle Trees from a large scrap of White cardstock. Trim the top portion of the circle away. I also die cut a small portion of the Stitched Curves to adhere over the "circle" so it looked more uniform.

 

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Adjust your tree line as desired and adhere trees with foam adhesive and bottom of card front with glue. (Back row of trees has one layer of foam adhesive, front trees have two layers of foam adhesive).  Stamp sentiment from Blessed to Know You with VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.

Wrap card front with sheer Navy ribbon and tie a knot.

Pretty simple yet stunning with all the white space.

 

Happy crafting....

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07/31/2017

Mon 31

New Snowy Pine Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowy Pine Oval, glittery Piccolo Snowflakes and gem stickers create a frosty winter scene - a cool illusion on a hot summer day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a "medium" card - not too simple, not too complicated, something in between.

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Start off by sponging broken china, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto watercolor paper.  Spritz it lightly - and from about 12" away - to blend the inks.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-3/8" tall Stitched Oval.  

Diecut Snowy Pine Oval from textured white cardstock.  

Diecut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes from pale blue glittered cardstock.

Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES" - from the new Blessed to Know You Clear Stamp Set - onto a 5-1/2" square card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.

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Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Maybe it was pretty easy after all!

Square cards require extra postage - but the holidays are so special, and so are the friends and relatives we create our cards for.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Thursday.

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Mon 31

Glittered New Deco Trees
by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for another quick Christmas card idea?  The new Deco Trees die is perfect for quick cards - and it's great with glitter too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design in the simple, clean contemporary style I love.


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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from textured white cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees.

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Here's a tip...instead of backing the entire cutout one large piece of tape to attach the glitter - cut three pieces of tape instead.  Attach the tape behind each tree and apply the glitter one tree at a time to keep the colors from mixing.  Using a paintbrush to apply the glitter helps too - it's a lot neater than dumping glitter onto the adhesive.   The pretty colors used here are from Martha Stewart Crafts - Blueberry Blush, Sugar Plum and Wintermint.

Cut strips of violet and turquoise cardstock with a portion of the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles to create accent strips for the left side of the card.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from silver glittered cardstock - save the three dots too.  Attach the dots and snowflakes.  Attach everything to a white side-folded A-2 card.  

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Thanks for stopping by today.  Can you believe it's already the end of July?  It's OK if the entire Christmas-in-July thing was just a dream -  Impress has a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies and stamps ready for the holidays - and you!

 


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07/29/2017

Sat 29

Bright Felt Resting Birds on the New Snowy Pine
by Jean Okimoto

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Branches of the new Snowy Pine welcome a trio of bright felt Resting Birds.  Their colors - bright and a bit un-birdy - really pop against a background cut with a die from the new Wrapped Stitch Rectangle 5-piece set.  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here today.  Looking for a unique card that's easy to mass-produce?  This could be the answer!  It's not just simple in design - Resting Birds cuts five birds at once, so also you'll have an instant supply of 15 birds in three colors to mix and match on your cards. 

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Cut the 2-3/4" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from natural cardstock.  Cut Snowy Pine from glittered silver cardstock.  Cut the stars from gold mirror cardstock with the Starlit Breeze die.  

Attach adhesive label or sticker paper to wool-blend orange, red and bright pink felt and cut Resting Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from soaking thru the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock.  

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Quick and easy cards are the way to go - even when there's still plenty of time till Christmas. Create a stash of them now and cross "make cards"  off your to-do list. You'll have more time to make (or enjoy)  cookies and dark chocolate truffles in December.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3
 

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07/26/2017

Wed 26

New Sheer Treescape, Stitched Curves and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Fresh colors, textures - and great new dies - are all you need for a simple winter landscape.  Here's a quick and easy design for your headstart on the holidays.  Deciding where to attach the sparkly gems was probably the most challenging part of this simple greeting!  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easy to mass-produce and create in your favorite colors.   The Wrapped Stitch Rectangles five-piece set is quickly becoming another new favorite.  It's basic - but quirky - and adds just enough of an accent to highlight any design.  It's also designed to complement all of the other great stitched dies in our collection.  

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Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Cut Sheer Treescape from green cardstock and trim it to about 5-1/8" wide.  Snip the outer edges of the first and last trees at an angle.

Stamp "merry Christmas" - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with worn lipstick Distress Oxides.  Heat-set the ink.  Cut it with the die from the new Stitched Curves set.  

Cut glittered pink cardstock stars using the Starlit Breeze die.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.  That's it!

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Like quick and easy designs?   Hope this inspired you to get started on your holiday cards during these hot summer days.

Big thanks to everyone from last Saturday's classes at Impress.  I appreciate that so many of you drove (and ferried!) long distances to take both classes.   Hope you loved the 2017 Holiday Collection as much as I enjoyed designing those cards for you.  Special thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for keeping us well-supplied with Memory Box, Poppystamps and Open Studio products!

We just added another  NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS class - from 2:00-4:00 on Saturday August 12th.  The afternoon PAPER PLEASE class has been moved up to 11:00-1:00 that morning so those of you who couldn't take  the holiday release class on July 22nd can join us from 2:00-4:00 on the 12th.  Please call Impress - 206 901.9101 - to save a seat, and a bit of that refreshing AC!

Thanks for stopping by - keep cool...

Jeansignature-3

 


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07/04/2017

Tue 04

New Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set and Die Set
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set and Die Set are ready for your summer cards - and we can't wait to share our ideas with you!  Hello and Happy 4th of July if you're celebrating today - Jean Okimoto here with one of many designs featuring the 5 new clear stamp sets and and 2 coordinating die sets.

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Stamp the bird on watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die - leave the paper in the die.  Use the die as a stencil and sponge Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Oxides lightly onto the bird.  The ink stays inside the lines this way.

Sponge Peeled Paint lightly onto the branch.  Use a waterbrush to paint a light layer of Fired Brick Distress Oxide over the green...now it's brown!  

Paint the beak with Spiced Marmalade.  

Blend the colors of the bird with a waterbrush for a soft watercolored look.  (I hope!)

Here's a tip - tape the inside of the Grove Collage die to the front of the open card for diecutting.  The center portion will be cut out, then tossed - so it's OK if the tape damages that section.  Attach the bird to a top-folded light green A-2 card.

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Use a stamp positioner to stamp the "Hello friend" - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - onto the inside of the card with Peeled Paint.  Heat-set it.  Repeat the process with the "I'm here for you" stamp.  

Attach pale aqua gem stickers.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SUMMER BLISS class at Impress this morning. Yes, Impress has holiday hours for our class and your shopping trip today!  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day.

Jeansignature-3

 

 


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