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07/18/2017

Tue 18

Merry Christmas From the Pine Tree State
by Anne Thompson

Greetings from Maine, the Pine Tree State!  And welcome to Day Two of our Design Team Blog Blitz!!!  We'll be focused this week on sharing our ideas for using the newest dies just released from Memory Box.  Remember that leaving comments on the blog posts enters you to win some of the new fabulous goodies!  Be sure to leave your comments by Sunday July 23 at 11:59 PM EST.  We love to hear from you!

Because Maine's state flower is the pine cone and tassel, our state bird is the chickadee, and I live in the Pine Tree State, I just had to use some of the new dies to make a Maine-themed Christmas card.  I used the PINECONE COLLAGE Die 99793, the SNOWY PINE Die 99835, the LARGE SENTIMENTAL MERRY CHRISTMAS Die 99804 and one of the birds from the BIRD SANCTUARY Clear Stamps Set CL5201 and the coordinating die from the BIRD SANCTUARY Die Set 32201.

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To make this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into a piece of kraft cardstock and then backed it with a darker brown cardstock.  I used one of the rectangles from the Rectangles Basic Set to cut out both layers before adhering this piece to a cream notecard.  I then cut a Snowy Pine from dark green cardstock, painted it with diluted white Reeves watercolor paint, and lined it up along the side of the pinecone piece and glued it both to the pinecone piece and the notecard front.  I then stamped the bird on the branch from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set using Archival Jet Black ink on watercolor paper.  I colored the bird using very diluted Reeves watercolors and then cut it out using the coordinating die.  I used foam dimensional dots to place the bird just above the pinecone tassel.  I cut the Merry Christmas from the same dark green cardstock I used for the tree and glued it to the card front.  I added a green enamel dot on the "i".

Because you know that I never just make one card, I decided to make a set of cards that I can package up as a gift for a friend.  I used the TALL PINE die 99848 along with the Pinecone Collage, the same small bird from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps set and the coordinating die from the Bird Sanctuary die set.

Card 1:

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Here I used the same techniques as on the Christmas card, using the Tall Pine as the tree cut from dark green cardstock.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink to stamp the sentiment from the Bird Sanctuary stamp set.  

Card 2:

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For this card, I began by cutting the Pinecone Collage into the front of the notecard and then backed that with dark brown cardstock.  I saved the tassel piece that punched out and watercolored it placing it behind the pop-dotted watercolored bird.

Card 3:

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Here I die cut the Pinecone Collage from the same dark green paper as the Tall pine, cut it with one of the Stitched Ovals, leaving the green tassel in place and backed it with a textured brown paper cut with the same oval die.  I used foam dots to pop it onto the card.  One pop-dot behind the bird's wing and some glue behind his head kept him level.  

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For this last card, I stamped the bird onto the card front using Archival Jet Black Ink and colored it with Memento markers, Desert Sand and London Fog.  I cut the Pinecone Collage twice, once in dark brown cardstock and once in dark green.  I cut the Pinecone Collage and Kraft cardstock oval of the same size using one of the Stitched Ovals dies.  I glued the two layers together a bit off and inlaid just the green tassel.  

The more I look at these cards, the more ideas I get!  I'm thinking about Dave's glitter technique and some sparkly copper glitter behind the pinecone cut-outs for my next card. What would you do with these dies?

Please leave comments for me below and you could win the Pinecone Collage die!!!  Scroll down to see Laura's introductory post from Monday and check back each day for more from the Design Team.  Happy Crafting!

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07/10/2017

Mon 10

Sentimental Iris Clusters in Watercolor
by Anne Thompson

For today's post I used the SENTIMENTAL IRIS Clear Stamp Set CL 5202 and my Kuretake watercolors.  

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Remember last Monday when I told you that I had cut my iris stamp to separate it from the leaves?  I did that because I wanted to create clusters of iris blossoms without stems getting in the way.  And because I layered irises I also created some masks by stamping two of the irises on regular cardstock and cut them out with my small detail scissors.  

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I stamped all of my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on watercolor paper.  You can tell from the photo above that I used the masks again and again as I stamped the clusters of blooms.  Then I added a few stems where I thought they fit best.  Once I finished painting I set them aside to dry.  Then I used a variety of shape dies to cut them out and to cut dot papers shapes just a wee bit larger to mount them on: squares from the Studio Square Layers dies 30021; rectangles from the Rectangle Basic Set 30086; and ovals from the Stitched Oval Layers dies 30069.

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Once the irises were attached to their dot papers I looked through my cards and chose colors that I felt would highlight the flowers--yellow Sweet Corn, a lovely lavender, a soft blue, and yellow-green Lettuce.

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The irises in my yard have gone by already but I couldn't resist taking a picture of the cards on the stone bench by my gardens on a sunny summer afternoon.   Have you gotten your Sentimental Iris stamps and dies yet?  I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine!!!

Happy Crafting!

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07/09/2017

Sun 09

Watercolor Bird Plus MISTI Tutorial
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I am back again watercoloring one of the new clear stamp sets from Memory Box.  This time I used the Bird Sanctuary set with coordinating dies.  As I did with my previous post, I colored my central image with some Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers as well as a waterbrush to soften the colors.  Here is a close up of the bird:

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For the rest of the card, I cut a large white circle using the one of the nesting Circle Layers dies as well as green foliage using the Tall Fern Left Corner and Tall Fern Right corner dies.  For the sky, I used a cloud template and sponged some Tumbled Glass Distress ink to give the impression of the sky with clouds.  Finally, I added my sentiment from the same stamp set, added a few sequins and popped up the bird with some foam tape. 

I wanted to do a mini tutorial about how to line up stamp with coordinating dies.  Everyone has their own method, but I thought I would show you step by step what I do.

I start by cutting a piece of cardstock in half and then die cutting the dies from my coordinating set.  I usually cut all of the dies, even if I am not using all of the images for my current project.  After all, if you have the die cutting machine out, why not cut extra?

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In picture 1, you can see my MISTI stamp positioner.  I set aside all the birds I cut in the die cutting machine and took my half sheet of paper that had the negative space of the birds and placed it in the MISTI.

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In Picture 2, I placed the coordinating stamps in the bird shaped holes of my template I had in the MISTI.  It helps to stand up over your MISTI as you do this so that you can look straight down and move the stamps around until they are centered in each of the holes.

Shut the MISTI cover and press down so that all of your clear stamps stick to the MISTI lid.

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Picture 3- when you open the MISTI lid, you will see your template on the left with the bird shaped holes in the paper, and on the right hand side, you will have the stamps that are stuck to the lid.

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Picture 4- place your die cut birds back into the bird shaped holes of your template and ink your stamps with whatever ink you choose.  In this case, I used black Versafine since I would be watercoloring my images.

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Picture 5- close the MISTI lid and stamp the birds onto the bird die cuts.  If you don't get a clean image, reink the birds and stamp again.  I like to use the MISTI because I often have to stamp my images more than once when I am stamping on watercolor paper.

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Picture 6- Optional...  cut out lots of birds and keep repeating the process.  The step that takes the longest is making sure your stamps are centered in your template with the bird shaped holes.  Once you get everything lined up, it makes sense to stamp a bunch to have on hand when you need to make a quick card.  I usually cut a bunch and have them ready to color.

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Picture 7- I don't usually color images in advance because I don't know what colors I will want to use in the future.  However, I sometimes sit in front of the tv and get in a coloring zone.  I went ahead and colored the birds in an assortment of colors.

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Picture 8- For storage, I use a clear pocket from Avery Elle and load it with the stamps, the dies, and all of my cut images.  I do that so that I don't lose any of the small pieces and I can easily find what I am looking for.

I hope this tutorial helped.  Let me know if you have any questions or if I didn't explain something very well.

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07/08/2017

Sat 08

Watercolor Iris
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.   I hope you are doing something fun this weekend, perhaps even a little stamping!  For my card today, I wanted to share the new Sentimental Iris stamp set with coordinating dies.  The stamp set is rather nice because it also includes butterflies as well as everyday occasion sentiments such as "get well soon" and "just a note."  I chose the friendship sentiment because I have a friend who absolutely loves irises, and this card is for her.

Irises can be so many different colors.  I chose to go with the purple colors we get in are yard.  Here is a close up of the iris as well as the colors of Zig Clean Brush Markers I used:

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 I started with watercolor paper stamped with black Versafine ink and then outlined the edges of each petal with one of the Zig markers.  I then took a waterbrush and colored each petal towards the center of the flower.  As you move away from the outside edge of the flower with a waterbrush, you will notice the color getting lighter and lighter and will end up with a gradient of color.  If the color isn't getting lighter fast enough, wipe off your waterbrush onto a paper towel to get rid of any extra paint and continue with a clean brush.

In the center of the card, I used the Pinpoint Circle Frame die to cut out a window.  The sentiment is on the inside of the card and all the watercolored images are glued to the outside.  The circle frame is nice because it adds a subtle dotted ring about anything you choose to highlight on your card.  In the final picture, you can see the window a bit better as well as the detail of the pinpoint frame:

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Have a great weekend!

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07/07/2017

Fri 07

Butterflies from the New Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set
by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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Fresh, whimsical new butterflies from the just-released Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set are ready for any occasion.  A majestic iris, five butterflies, two sweet little posies, a heart - and a bonus of five great greetings make this a set you'll reach for again and again.  The coordinating Sentimental Iris Die Set includes the iris, butterflies and heart.  

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Enjoy the 25% IMPRESS BIRTHDAY DISCOUNT on Saturday July 15th - in-store and online.   Yes, 25% off the greatest papercrafting products - including  the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs you've been waiting for.  Celebrate 30 YEARS of creativity - and enjoy the  special displays, samples, demos and treats Impress has planned for you.  Happy Birthday Impress!

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Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a group of watercolored butterflies on a quick get-well card.  Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes, then press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting. 

Stamp the butterflies with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Diecut them with the matching dies from the Sentimental Iris Die Set.  

Cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from light green cardstock.  Stamp the greeting from the stamp set with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender.  Dry the ink.  Trim the border with the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a light green top-folded A-2 card.

Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for the first, second and fourth butterflies from the top.  Add green gem stickers.

It isn't fun being sick - let's hope this card will bring a speedy recovery!  

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Special thanks to everyone from last Tuesday's SUMMER BLISS class at Impress - hope you enjoyed the class, then had a great 4th of July celebration.   Thanks too - Ann and Shari - for keeping us well-stocked with the latest and greatest products.  

Ready to get ready for Christmas?  Impress is - and the 2017 Holiday Collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps is waiting for you.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great weekend! 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

 

 

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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Thu 29

Fish Tales…Hooked on You
by Jean Okimoto

 

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"Hooked on you" - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - makes a great greeting for your favorite kid or sweetie.  Add a bunch of watercolored fish, the Heart Wire and a hook from the Ornament Caps and Hooks set - and your card is ready to go!

Valentine and Christmas dies don't need to wait for their own season - put them to work on a summer card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, wondering why I didn't think of this combination earlier.  

Paint watercolor paper with watery layers of Broken China and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks - or use the refills (dribbled onto acrylic blocks and applied with a waterbrush).  Spritz it with water, then heat-set it.  Cut it with the 4-1/4" Square Basics die.

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Stamp the fish on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Onyx Black VersaFine and emboss them with detail clear powder.  Paint them in solid colors first using Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Fossilized Amber.  Add colorful accents by painting a few sections of each fish with a contrasting color.  The special inks will blend and create great new shades.  Diecut the fish.

Cut Heart Wire from watercolor paper, and again from turquoise cardstock.  Layer the two diecuts - slightly offset - to add dimension and a bit of a subtle shadow.  

Determine the placement of each fish and carefully trim parts of the hearts that won't be covered by the fish.  

Stamp and emboss the greeting on a scrap of light aqua watercolored paper.  Cut it with the 3/4" Square Basics Die.  Paint a scrap of watercolor paper pale green and cut it with the 1" Square Basics die.

Cut a hook from silver mirror cardstock using the Ornament Caps and Hooks die.  

 
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Insert the hook through the circle of the Heart Wire - then attach both pieces to the background.  Tape the top of the hook behind the background.  Attach the fishes, counter-clockwise - use foam dots for the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th fishes.  Add the greeting.

Attach it to a top-folded 5-1/2" square card of textured white cardstock.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

There are so many ways to use the Fish Tales Stamp Set and the Fish Tales Die Set.  Combining them with Valentine and Christmas dies just gives us another option. Search through your Memory Box stash for inspiration - you'll be amazed at how many ways you can mix and match the great designs.

If you're loving the Distress Oxides as much as I am you'll be happy to know that Impress has already ordered the 12 new colors that will be released soon.  The Impress collection of Memory Box, Open Studio, Poppystamps - and Distress Oxides - is perfect for summer papercrafting!  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.

Jeansignature-3

 

06/28/2017

Wed 28

Ocean Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!  

Today I have a card for you which features a couple of new ocean themed stamp sets.

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To create this card I stamped several different sea creatures onto watercolor paper.  I used Zig clean color real brush markers to color the stamped images. This would make a cute card for a childs birthday and they could color in the images themselves.  

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I stamped the sentiment onto a Licorice strip of cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder.  Using foam adhesive, I adhered the stamped strip to card front which I then glued to a Licorice card layer.   To finish the card, I glued the card front to a White card base.

I find it so relaxing to color and this is a fun card to stamp and color!

Have a great week!

Donnasignature

 

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...

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