241 posts categorized "Winter"

09/09/2017

Sat 09

Hooray for Holiday Mail!
by Sherry Hester

Hi everyone!  Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

Don't you just love holiday mail? I sure do! Today's card uses two of the elves from the Christmas Elves clear stamp set and matching dies. The little guy on the right looks really excited to be hitting the road to deliver the mail to his little elf friend who's waiting so patiently!

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I sponged Faded Jeans Distress Ink through the Birch Landscape stencil to create the background directly onto a folded A2 card base. The Fresh Pine Landscape was cut from white card stock. I love how this die can be cut as low or as high on the card stock as you want, depending on how much space you want to work with below. You can also snip off the individual trees to thicken the forest, so to speak (although there is a matching die set with just the trees).

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That little elf is getting closer and closer! I sponged my go-to green, Peeled Paint, onto the trees, and added some blue shaded snow drifts using a piece of paper that I hand cut. I stamped, die cut and colored the two elves, and once I decided where I wanted them to be placed, I die cut the groove using the middle die of the three grooves in the set.

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Looks like that very patient elf is finally going to get his holiday mail! As you've seen from earlier posts, the mechanism for sliders is pretty simple. Before I moved on, though, I remembered (thank goodness) to stamp the sentiment onto the piece while it's flat. We've all been there ... you get a piece all ready to add with foam tape already attached and oops ... you realize you should have stamped the sentiment, and good luck getting a good impression, right?

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Rather than a penny, I had to use a dime for my little guy, otherwise you would have seen the penny sticking out from his sides. I positioned the dime behind the slot, added a narrow piece of foam tape and then attached the elf with the mail to that.  I doubled up on the foam tape on the back before adhering it to the card base, making sure there was plenty of room for the elf to slide.

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If you haven't ever made a slider card, I hope you've been inspired this week to give it a try. This was my first slider card and I loved making it! Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by!

Sherrysig

 

 

09/07/2017

Thu 07

Playtime Elves Slider Card
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Everyone!

   Ready for a little slider fun and an introduction to a brand new clear stamp set and coordinating die?  Take a look at these adorable "Playtime Elves" having a great time running and sledding in the snow.    

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  These slider cards are easy to create using the Straight Slider Grooves dies and I have a few steps to show you how this one came together.

  After sponging the center-front of a sky blue note card with broken china distress ink, I stamped the "spread some Cheer" sentiment (included in the set) using my stamp positioning board.  I also added a white strip of card stock (shown) which is positioned to show through the slider channel coming up in the next step.  A fun splattering of white ink imitates falling snow for this wintery scene.

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 The photo below shows the Stitched Curves layers adhered together to form the snow drifts.  The longest of the Straight Slider Grooves was cut into the snow drift on the left.  The snow drift panel on the right was cut short (1/2" above the slider groove opening) so that the die only had to cut through one layer of card stock.   The penny shown has double stacked mounting adhesive cut a bit smaller than the width of the slider groove.  A bit of anti-static powder applied to the edges of this mounting adhesive ensures there will be no sticking and the sledding elf can glide effortlessly across the scene.  

  Position the double stacked mounting tape into the slider groove (penny on the reverse side), peel off the protective paper and attach the colored sledding elf.  Generously cover the reverse side with more mounting tape making sure to avoid the area in the path of the penny...you don't want to impede the penny's movement.   Peel off the tape's backing and attach to the blue note card and finish up...

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Add the trees, second elf and the heart (all included in this new set) to the playful scene.  In the next few photos note the sledding elf's progress across the note card.

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Here is the sledding elf half way across the snow drift!

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 And now he has made it all the way across the snowy landscape thanks to the slider groove!

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 That was fun!  Hope you enjoyed getting a look at the new stamps and dies and feel a bit inspired to create your own cheery sliding scene. 

  Jennysig

 

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...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

08/26/2017

Sat 26

Poinsettia Blooms, Pinpoint Single Frame and Merry Christmas Sentiments
by Jean Okimoto

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Details, details - the new Poinsettia Blooms set includes 3 deeply-embossed blossoms, 2 centers and 2 delicate tendrils - everything you need for a classic holiday card.  The Single Pinpoint Frame highlights these details and adds a bit of dimension.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here with another simple design that would work in many colors - try it in red, fuchsia or gold mirror cardstock too.

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Cut one large, two medium and three small flowers from light pink mirror cardstock.  Leave the diecuts in the die each time and dry-emboss them using the rubber embossing mat and other plates required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, diecuts in the die (cutting-edge-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind chartreuse cardstock and cut two sets of the centers.  Cut two sets of tendrils from green cardstock.

Cut white cardstock with the 3-1/2" x 2-1/4" Basic Rectangle die.  Cut the rectangle again with the Pinpoint Single Frame.  Cut Pinpoint Single Frame again from green cardstock - save the delicate frame for another project, we're using just the rectangle here.

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Stamp the outside greeting - from the new Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Imagine Crafts Golden Glitz Delicata. Stamp "FROM ALL OF US" inside the card.  Dry the ink.

I love how easy it is to mix and match portions of the greeting with a quick (but careful!) snip of detail scissors.  The Open Studio greetings stamp sets are great for creating the perfect message for your holiday cards.  Snip them apart, then combine, stack or stair-step them to greet the season.

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

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Looking for more Memory Box and Poppystamps holiday card ideas? Visit Impress at Tukwila or University Village for some great inspiration! 

Thanks a bunch for stopping by this weekend.  Penny's sharing another of her great designs tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

Sat 26

Snowflake Lens, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Blessed to Know You
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Snowflake Lens fits perfectly in the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle, creating another simple watercolored holiday card today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, on this last weekend of August.  2017 is moving so quickly...it's 120 days before Christmas!

Snowflake Lens is a bit wreath-y, very contemporary and plays well with Peerless Watercolors.  Spray the watercolored background lightly with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz and set it aside to dry. 

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Cut the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.  Stamp "CHRISTMAS WISHES"- from the new Open Studio Blessed to Know You clear stamp set - with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Dry the ink.  

Cut Snowflake Lens - make it easy by placing two or three  small, sticky-side-out rolled pieces of painter's tape on the open areas between the snowflakes.  They'll attach the die to the cardstock for diecutting -  and those sections will be removed and tossed out when you're done.  

Trim the dry watercolored background to fit behind the Snowflake Lens.

Cut 5/8" strips of cardstock - 3-3/4" of teal, 4" of lavender and 4-1/4" of turquoise.  Cut one edge of the lavender strip with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle for an accent.

Cut, score and fold a 5-1/2" square card of textured white cardstock.  Assemble the card and add lavender gem stickers.  Square cards require extra postage - I think they're extra-special and will stand out in a crowd.  

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Watercolor a stash of backgrounds in your favorite holiday shades.  They'll be ready when you're ready to create a collection of quick holiday cards.  

For an even simpler design - eliminate the colored accent strips and attach the rectangle to a A-2 card in a coordinating color.  Add gem stickers, enamel dots or sequins...and you're done! 

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening.  No classes for me this weekend - I'm prepping for the HOLLY, JOLLY HOLIDAY class at Impress on September 2nd.  See you!

Jeansignature

 

 

08/23/2017

Wed 23

Single Deer Oval, Dancing Snowflake Oval and Stitched Oval Layers
by Jean Okimoto

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Versatile Memory Box Ovals - Single Deer, Dancing Snowflake and Stitched Oval Layers - add a classic, traditional look to holiday cards. They make it quiick and easy to create dimensional winter scenes like this one.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with another idea featuring the new Single Deer Oval.

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Cut the second-largest Stitched Oval Layer from chartreuse cardstock. 

Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from watercolor paper - leave the diecut in the die.  Dry-emboss it for extra dimension using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Here's the stacking sequence I used for my Platinum - platform, diecut in the die (face-up), rubber embossing mat, purple embossing plate.

Cut Single Deer Oval from dark kraft cardstock.

Attach the ovals to a Parsley Notecard, offsetting the Single Deer Oval slightly to the right -  and use foam dots behind the deer's head - for some shadowy dimension.

Place the Curled Ribbons die behind a scrap of red glittered craft foam and cut a portion of the ribbon so it curls up and towards the left.  Trim it to create a scarf.  

Add gold gem stickers.

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I always try to get the most from my Memory Box designs and want to share these ideas with you.  I love how easy it is to combine them in unique ways by layering or altering them to become something entirely different. 

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to make a 2017 Holiday Collection card at the Impress Holiday Kickoff last weekend.  Hope you liked it, and were inspired to glitter your way through the holidays!

  Jeansignature-3



08/21/2017

Mon 21

Let It Snow: Snowflake Swell, Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes
by Anne Thompson

I'm continuing my personal challenge to create as many holiday/winter cards as I can this month.  Today's post features two "merry Christmas" cards and three "let it snow" cards.  

I used the SNOWFLAKE SWELL 99828, SNOWFLAKE WIRE 99809, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and either the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS clear stamp set CL5212 or the LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866 to make the five cards.

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First up--Christmas:

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I cut the Snowflake Swell from a light blue cardstock and trimmed it down for the front of a white notecard.  I had some fun experimenting with the placement of the die--above you'll see the Swell curving left on one card and to the right on the other.  I then cut the Snowflake Wire and the Piccolo Snowflakes from navy blue cardstock.  I anchored the larger snowflake on the Wire loop to the center of the middle snowflake on the card front with a little glue.  I then used dots of glue in the centers to add the three navy snowflakes on top of the light blue ones.  This left me the option of pulling up the "legs" of the snowflakes to add more dimension to the card fronts.  I stamped "merry Christmas" in Achival Jet Black ink.  I used pearls in several sizes for the centers of the snowflakes, the little circles on the Snowflake Wire, and to accent some of the light blue open space.

Here's a close-up:

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Next--Snow:

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I constructed these cards in the same manner, just changed the orientation of the Snowflake Swell (one side-fold, two top-fold cards), the cardstock colors, and the color of the base notecards.   For the card on the left, I cut the Snowflake Wire, Piccolo Snowflakes and the word "snow" from white cardstock.  For the one on the top right, I used the same color cardstock as the base notecard.  For the one on the bottom right, I cut the "let it snow" from the same dark green as the Snowflake Swell and tucked the words in along that channel.

I think it's time to replenish my stock of white pearls.  I particularly love the tiniest ones and I'm almost out. I do love a little bling!  When I'm mailing cards like these with lots of pearls or other dimensionals, I like to add a tiny piece of bubble wrap over the card front when tucking it into the envelope. Other things I like to do--add something from the card front to the inside of the card.  Each of these cards gets an extra Piccolo Snowflake inside.  And I always decorate the envelopes to coordinate and hint at what might be inside.  For these, I'll use the small snowflake stamp on the B2007 Joyful Combo wood-mounted stamp with Hero Arts Cornflower Blue ink on the white envelopes.

 Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

08/17/2017

Thu 17

New Single Deer Oval and Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut the new Single Deer Oval from matte Kraft cardstock - then surround it with sparkly, glittery bling!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for everyone on your Christmas list.  

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Diecut a Stitched Oval Background to add dimension and interest - and to elevate the deer ever so slightly.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind silver glitter cardstock and cut two of the Piccolo Snowflakes.

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Place one side of the Curled Ribbons die on the backside of red glittered craft foam to diecut a scarf that curls upwards towards the left. (This section would normally curl downwards, or to the right.) You'll be able to cut two different scarves from this portion of the die - save one for another card.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured white card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from the PAPER PLEASE and NEW MEMORY BOX CHRISTMAS COLLECTION CARDS classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a real family day - mother/son/girlfriend, mother-in-law/daughter-in-law, aunt/sisters/cousins - and my very loyal 'regulars' who are almost like sisters.  I appreciate how so many of you flew in from California, drove or caught the ferry to get to Tukwila.   Thank you all - and to Shari and Erin too, for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with everything we needed.

 

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If you're in the Seattle area - or can get here on Saturday August 19th - join us for  the annual HOLIDAY KICKOFF at Impress.  Special displays, a 10% discount, demos, samples, goodie bags to the first 25 at each store - and special holiday inspiration throughout the stores.  Stop by and say hello - I'll be doing a Christmas card make+take at Tukwila that morning.   Bring your Memory Box/Open Studio/Poppystamps wishlist and save 10% on everything you purchase at Impress this Saturday.  See you!

Jeansignature-3
 

08/03/2017

Thu 03

New Wrapped Stitch Rectangles, Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes
by Jean Okimoto


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Mix and match the new Piccolo Snowflakes and Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes as a sparkly trio on a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  Glitter makes it better, and sequins add the finishing touch!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design in frosty winter pastels.

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I found a pretty little scrap of Distress Oxide-painted watercolor paper in my stash and cut it with the 1-1/2" x 2-3/4" Rectangle Basics die.  Dry-emboss it with the smallest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle. 

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Here's the stacking sequence I used on my Platinum - platform, die face-up, watercolor paper face-down, tan embossing mat, purple embossing plate.  The dry-embossed Wrapped Stitch Rectangle creates a subtle stitched frame on the background.   It's a nice way to add texture without competing with main design elements like snowflakes.

Diecut the snowflakes from silver, aqua and pink glittered cardstock.  

Stamp "believe" - from the Making Spirits Bright Clear Stamp Set - on a top-folded white A-2 card with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  

Add the diecuts and small silver sequins.  

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A simple, basic layout like this works throughout the year.  Try it with various sizes of hearts, stars, butterflies or flowers - and  ghosts in October.  I'm always looking for ways to simplify my life and save time.  This will be a go-to template for other cards I'll be designing for you.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on August 5th.  We'll make 7 Asian-inspired cards with beautiful silkscreened artpapers, dies and great techniques.  Enjoy the AC - and your 10% class discount on a great selection of Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps products - and everything else on your wishlist!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Keep cool, think snowflakes and winter pastels - even here in Seattle, with sunny skies and highs around 100.

  Jeansignature-3

 

 

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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.

Jeansignature-3