182 posts categorized "Tutorial"

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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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...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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10/07/2017

Sat 07

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Grassland Collage and Swirling Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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A snowman-style stack of the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins meets the Swirling Ghosts here today.  Have you noticed a lot of triple-stacked pumpkin displays lately?  I have - and although the laws of gravity (and cardmaking) would have them layered in front of the pumpkins below, I wanted the stems to show.  So here they are!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another matchup of old and new design elements from several releases.  A googly-eyed pumpkin cut from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard adds a bright dash of color that every Halloween card needs.  

Cut Grassland Collage from orange cardstock and trim around it with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the right edge.  The Rectangle Basics and Square Basics sets are great trimmers when your design requires straight edges and uniform borders.  Using a rectangle or square die guarantees at least three straight, accurate edges - then just cut one remaining edge for a perfect frame!

Cut Mango Distressed Dots with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics Die.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from a portion of a  Persimmon notecard,  green cardstock and Licorice Distressed Dots.  

Attach the diecuts to a black A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the two ghosts in the collage.   Add green gem stickers.

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Halloween just seems to say it's OK to switch colors around a bit, add a big dotty moon  - and a cross-eyed Jack o' Lantern. Have fun with your cards - and surprise the lucky recipients this fall!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...

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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

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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09/25/2017

Mon 25

Playful Boo, Swirling Ghosts and Grove Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Swirling Ghosts are back again - floating through the Grove Collage this time.  Two Playful Boos create a drop-shadow effect - and snack-size Kit Kats make it officially Halloween.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here today, with another combo of iconic designs from several collections.  I love how everything works together, and gives a whole new look to something "old."  This fast-paced papercrafts industry considers something old after a year, or even just a few months.

Cut the 2.75" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from dark kraft cardstock.  Cut it again with the Grove Collage.  Cut a portion of a Persimmon Notecard with the 2.5" x 3.75" Rectangle Basics die.  These three dies are a perfect fit, there's no need to measure or trim anything - thanks Dave!  

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Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Save the big guy for another project. Wondering why the Clutch of Eggs set was included in the picture?  It's the easiest way to cut black cardstock to fit behind the ghosts for their eyes!  That's an extreme example of getting the most from your supplies - but it works perfectly.  

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Cut Playful Boo from a scrap of Persimmon, and again from dark kraft cardstock.  Layer them for a cool effect.

Attach the diecuts  to a Licorice Notecard - use foam dots at the top of the ghosts so they'll look like they're floating out of the trees.  Add the tiny sequins from the Birch Press Not So Heavy Metal sequins set.  Birch Press Design is an online shop - owned by Memory Box owners Dave and Monica Brethauer - featuring upscale, trendy home products, gifts, stationary and craft products.  View their entire new Sequins Collection too!

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Sad news...couldn't find any snack-size Heath Bars for my Halloween posts this year.  Found these triple-chocolate Kit Kats instead.   Would you believe that I bought them only because they matched this card and looked pretty?  Oh, sure.  I'll also be using them for my treats wrapper in the BOO! class at Impress on October 14th.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again later this week!

 

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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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09/14/2017

Thu 14

Neighborly Narwhal, Slider Grooves and Seaweed Stalks by Jean Okimoto

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The Neighborly Narwhal swims along with one of the new Slider Grooves on a birthday card today.  September is a popular month for birthdays - I think this slider would help celebrate that special day for anyone you know!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a versatile design that would also work on a thank you, hello or thinking-of-you card.

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Cut Neighborly Narwhal from dark gray and white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye hole.  Assemble the narwhal.

Cut the 3-1/2" x 4-3/4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from a Pool Notecard half.  Cut the Slider Groove.  Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom Clear Stamp Set - with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.   The words are actually straight - curve the flexible stamp to match the path of the groove.

Use two 5mm pompoms on a strip of cardstock to attach the slider  - like we did in  my previous slider card.  Push the pompoms through the groove and attach them to the back of the narwhal.  

Attach the rectangle to a Pool Notecard with narrow strips of foam tape.  

Cut Seaweed Stalks from green and coral cardstock.  Cut a second short green stalk and trim the bottom a bit before attaching it to the background.  Add blue gem stickers.

Sliders usually require extra postage and special handling...but your thoughtfulness and creativity will be appreciated!

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If you're in the Seattle area - join us for a calendar class at Impress on September 16th.  Dies, stamps and art papers will accent a sweet little desk or countertop calendar to inspire you throughout 2018.  Enjoy a 10% class discount on everything you buy that day - including our just-released Fall 2017 Collection!

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy making slider cards to brighten someone's day!

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