226 posts categorized "Winter"

07/22/2017

Sat 22

Let it Snow!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! I hope you all have loved the projects on the blog this week as much as I have. Today I am pretending it's not in the 90's outside with a hint of a winter wonderland.

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To create this winter scene I die cut the Stitched Tree Horizon, the Snowy Cabin and the Snowbanks Drift dies in white and layered them on the card.

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I die cut the Let it Snow Perky Script in a silver glitter paper and then glued it to the card. I added a gem to dot the letter i since I always seem to loose those little dots when I put the card together. To finish I created my snowy background by adding dots of snow with a white pen.

Now for the fun part! Want a chance to win the Snowy Cabin die? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, July 23rd at 11:59PM EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the die.  Good luck!

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07/20/2017

Thu 20

New Piccolo Snowflakes from the Holiday 2017 Collection
by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Piccolo Snowflakes set is featured here, with the new Snowflake Wire,  in our  Blog Blitz today!  They're just two of the many fabulous new designs from our Holiday 2017 Collection of dies and stamps.  The Design Team can't wait to share holiday inspiration with you - and provide a chance to win some great products!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a beautiful snowflake set that's about to become a new favorite...

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Press broken china, faded jeans, cracked pistachio and wilted violet Distress Oxides onto a large acrylic block.  Position the 1-3/4" x 3" Rectangle Basics die and cut three sides of Shizen Design Deckled Watercolored Paper.  Paint the watercolor paper with slightly diluted, overlapping layers of ink.  Heat-set the ink.  Love how the inks mix and mingle and fill the little lumps and bumps of this great paper!

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes and Heart Wire from silver glittered cardstock.  Here's a tip - rub a wad of scrunched wax paper briskly over the delicate dies to make it easier to remove the diecuts.  

Attach the diecuts to a 5-1/2" square white card.  Add violet gem stickers.

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There's also a coordinating set of Stitched Piccolo Snowflakes to mix and match on your holiday projects.  Snowflake Wire - like the Heart Wire - can be used in so many ways too.  Combine these great designs and make your cards stand out in any crowd!

Want a chance to win the Piccolo Snowflakes?  Just add your comment to this post and you'll be entered to win our random selection drawing.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 23rd.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for Impress' first holiday class of the year.  The New Memory Box Christmas Collection Cards (whew!) class starts at 11:00 on Saturday.  Make 6 holiday cards with the latest - and greatest - from Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps.  It's followed by the Outside the Box class at 2:00 - we're making 6 cards inspired by my designs on our blog - with a few tweaks, and lots of techniques. Shop their great selection of Memory Box products - including the new notecard colors - and enjoy a 10% discount on your purchases... see you!

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to add your comments to all of the Design Team posts during our Blitz for a chance to win products from our Holiday 2017 Collection...

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12/25/2016

Sun 25

Peace

Hello! 

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas, and are able to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones. I have a very clean and simple card to share with you today, using two dies, and some ink, I created a monochromatic winter card.

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Using the Arpeggio Snowflake, I cut it from typing paper. I then placed it onto a white card, and tapped on a light blue ink. I moved the stencil around the card, until I was happy with the amount. I then took a thin glue pen, and traced the inner portion of the snowflake, sprinkling on some glitter, and allowing it to dry.

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White that dried, I die cut several of the Brush Stroke Peace, and layered them together. For the top layer, I sponged on more of the same blue ink, and then adhered the piece to the card front. 

If you get a chance to create this week, keep this simple design in mind! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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12/23/2016

Fri 23

Snowflakes, Scribble Christmas and Making Spirits Bright
by Jean Okimoto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fri 23

Making Spirits Bright with a Giftcard Holder
by Jean Okimoto

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12/19/2016

Mon 19

BUNNY GIFT Tags and a Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting to wrap up Christmas presents and I'm using the BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193 to make some really cute tags and a card.  For this first set of three tags I also used dies from the STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069 to cut out the stamped images and the background midnight blue oval.

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  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STITCHED OVAL LAYERS set of 8 dies no. 30069, one to cut out the stamped images and one cut from midnight blue cardstock
  • Memento Markers: Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves, Desert Sand, Lady Bug, Angel Pink, Pear Tart, London Fog
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white dotted ribbon

For the second set of two tags, I used three of the STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies from the set of 8 no. 30016.

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  • BUNNY GIFT Clear Stamp Set CL5193, acrylic blocks, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, white cardstock
  • STUDIO CIRCLE LAYERS dies, set of 8, no. 30016, white cardstock (edged with Memento Lady Bug ink around the circles), Memory Box Cranberry Snow paper 
  • Prismacolor Pencils in browns, red, pink, dark green, and blue
  • Wink of Stella pens:  Clear, Red, Dark Green for a little extra shimmer on the stamped images
  • double-sided tape runner; hole punch; red/white-lined ribbon

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For this notecard, I also used Prismacolor pencils (gray for the bunny this time) and the red Wink of Stella pen for his coat and the package ribbons.  I used two of the Stitched Ovals, one to cut out the stamped image on the white cardstock which I popped up on another oval cut from Memory Box Cranberry dot paper.  I then placed those onto a white notecard with a piece of the Cranberry Snow paper already adhered to it.  I added the little white bow as a finishing touch.

This stamp set and the shaped dies helped me create the perfect tags for gifts and a coordinating card this Christmas.  Happy Crafting!!!

 

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12/17/2016

Sat 17

Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze
by Jean Okimoto

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Wouldn't a sweet little Plush Angel on a Snowdrift Breeze background brighten a cold winter day?  I hope so!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with my last holiday card for 2017.  It's been a quick, busy year and now Christmas is just a week away...

Cut Plush Angel - except the wings, heart and facial features - from felt.  Instead of two feet ovals and two hand circles, I cut four ovals for the hands and feet.  Glue the extra ovals between the sleeve layers for her hands.  Cut the wings and heart from pink glittered craft foam.  Cut the eyes from glossy black cardstock.  

Stitch and assemble her.  The die set includes two little hairbows which would be cute in pink, but I wanted to save some bling for the glittered snowflakes.  A stitched smile would be sweet - but I took the easy way out and just cut an extra eye circle from glittered craft foam.  

Cut the 4-¼" x 5-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming from textured white cardstock.  Save the delicate frame for another project.  

Cut the rectangle with Snowdrift Breeze.  Attach it to an A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured white cardstock.  Cut three of the snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock and attach them as inlays.  Attach the angel - use foam dots behind her head for a bit of a boost.  The layers of felt may call for extra postage - please check with your post office.

 

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by during the busy holiday season.  Hope you're nearing the bottom of your list of things to do and will have some time to enjoy a bit of Memory Box crafting this weekend.  Our holiday collections are filled with great dies and stamps for more than "just" cards - they're great for tags, giftcard holders, candle wraps, ornaments and treat packages too!  

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12/14/2016

Wed 14

Plush Little Penguin Ornament Card
by Jean Okimoto

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A Plush Little Penguin ornament would look quite sweet on a tree or a wreath - but Christmas is just 11 days away and we need a few shortcuts to get him ready!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with the express version of this plush little guy.  But first - a disclaimer that I'm definitely (and obviously) not a seamstress - so if I can do this, you can too!

Here's what Plush Little Penguin should like when properly sewn...

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Here are my shortcuts for today's quick-chick:

    - Stitch with black floss (instead of using white floss and Fiberfill) to add some dimension  

    - Stitch all the way around the two white layers - then glue the black top over it

    -   If any white felt shows through the holes,  brush the felt with a stylus and the holes will be less visible          

    - Trim the holes from the bottom of the scarf, then just overlap and glue the ends together

     - Attach Scor-Tape behind black and yellow-orange felt and cut the eyes and beak

    - Glue the arms and feet behind him

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Now my favorite trick to hide the knot and ends of the hanging cord, the floss knots and the backs of the arms and feet - attach Scor-Tape to a scrap of felt and diecut a self-adhesive penguin coverup.  Attach it behind him and the unsightlies will be hidden.  Forever.

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Cut Dancing Snowflake Oval from textured white cardstock - leave it in the die.  Dry-emboss it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine - leave it in the die again.  Daub Imagine Crafts Wedding Dress Memento Luxe through the open areas.  (OK - now remove it from the die!)  Heat-emboss it with Imagine Crafts Iridescent Embossing Powder for extra sparkle.  Clean the die with a damp cloth to remove the residual ink.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to yellow/orange felt and cut it with Honeycomb Remnant.  You can also cut it with the Honeycomb Background I've used many times before - but I just needed a few accents so I used the smaller die.

Attach everything top a top-folded card of white cardstock - attach the penguin with removable gluedots.  Additional postage will probably be required because of the card's thickness.  Be sure to send it to someone who'll realize it's a hanging ornament!

Big thanks to everyone who took last week's WINTER BLISS class at Impress - and special thanks to design star Debby Hughes for her inspiration!  Thank you for allowing me to share your special LIME DOODLE DESIGN ideas Debby.  

That was to be my last class of '17 - but I've added two more classes on December 27th.  First, it's CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR - we're making an Asian artpapers calendar and a New Year card from 11:00 to 1:00.  Then it's an extra WINTER BLISS class from 2:00 to 4:00.  Many, many great Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and cool, resourceful ways to use some of those papers in our stash.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again on Saturday!

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12/10/2016

Sat 10

Snowflake Ring
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday friends! It is supposed to snow again this weekend so I decided to celebrate that with a snow filled card. Let's get started!

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I started with the snowflake stencil to create the background of my card using a blue ink on white paper. I then die cut a circle in a coordinating blue paper and placed it on the card. The Snowflake Ring die was cut with white paper and then glued to the circle.

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The Brushstroke Peace die was used to cut out the silver glitter peace. To finish it all off I added in some clear gems.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend filled with real snow or the fun kind you can make with paper!

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12/08/2016

Thu 08

Plush Sheldon’s New Friend – Plush Shelley
by Jean Okimoto

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Plush Sheldon is the sweetest snowman ever - but maybe we need a snowlady?  Meet Plush Shelley!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here tonight - with a bit of stitching, a lot of sparkle, and some December Challenge inspiration. 

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Cut two Plush Sheldons from white felt and stitch them together.  Cut the arms from scrap cardboard.  Daub the ends with glue and slip them between the felt layers.  They'll be nice and secure - and won't show on the back.

Cut the tiny streamers from the Truly Gifted bow set from glittered pink craft foam.  Cut it to create a sparkly pink scarf.

Attach Scor-Tape behind scraps of glossy black cardstock and dark orange cardstock and cut the eyes and nose.

Stamp Merry Background on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Daub Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Memento Luxe Angel Pink and Memento Luxe Lilac Posies over some of the merries.  Use a tissue to remove any residual ink on the Espresso Truffle background.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut Shimmering Snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-⅜" square card of light gray textured cardstock.  

Tonight's weather prediction inspired this design...keep warm everyone!   Thanks for stopping by - can't wait to see everyone at Saturday's WINTER BLISS  (any occasion, un-holiday) class at Impress.  It's all about getting  the most out of our favorite products...and using bits and pieces from our stashes!

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