224 posts categorized "Winter"

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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Thu 08

Challenge Inspiration – Wintertime Joy
by Jean Okimoto

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Greet the season with a quick and easy Wintertime Joy card - just add sparkly glittered Resting Birds and golden Honeycomb Background accents for an extra splash of cheer.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with the quick details behind my December Marvelous Metallics Challenge inspiration design.

Glittery, shimmery, shiny and sparkly are the keywords right now - the more, the merrier.  Memory Box dies create great instant bling with solid shapes, intricate details and everything in between.   Diecut a stash of metallic accents for cards, layouts, planners, ornaments and table confetti.

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Metallic mirror cardstock, glittered cardstock and glittered craft foam create quick, inexpensive accents.  Here are just a few of the great diecut-able products I got at Impress.  Attach ScorTape behind the specialty cardstock before cutting.  Glittered craft foam is usually thicker - diecut it first without the Scor-Tape.  Leave the diecut foam in the die, attach a layer of ScorTape, then run it through the machine again to cut the tape.  

Create a card, add sparkly, glittery and/or shiny accents and enter our December Marvelous Metallics Challenge!

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Cut Wintertime Joy from watercolor paper and attach it to a Licorice Notecard.   Save the "joy" for another project.

Cut Wintertime Joy from gold mirror cardstock.  Insert the letters into the watercolor paper diecut and attach it to the card.  

Cut Resting Birds from red glittered craft foam - leave it in the die.   Attach Scor-Tape to the backside of the foam and run it through the machine to cut the tape and create self-adhesive glittered birds.

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut Honeycomb Background to make self-adhesive gold hexagons.

Attach the birds and hexagons to the card...that's it!

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Tags, Trims and Giftcard Holders class at Impress - and to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping everyone fill their baskets.  

See you again on December 10th for my last class of 2017 (oops...2016!) - WINTER BLISS.  We're taking a relaxing break from holiday prep and making 6 un-holiday cards.  It's  a great time to run  through our stashes and upcycle extra papers and holiday bling  into everyday cards  for any occasion.  

Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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12/07/2016

Wed 07

Peaceful Christmas
by Lindsay

Hello!

Lindsay with you today, and I am sharing yet another Christmas card! If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a large stack to send, and this one is now included with them! I just adore the Snowglobe Wishes stamp set, and die combo, and thought those sweet deer needed to be colored, and put onto a card. 

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Going very clean and simple, I took a piece of white card stock, and cut it down to 4 x 5 1/4. I then masked off a round hill with a piece of scrap paper, and sponged on a faint horizon line for my trees to sit on, and around. I stamped my images onto Copic safe card stock, and colored them in. Using the coordinating dies, I ran each image through, and adhered them to the panel. 

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I stamped the sentiment in a crisp black ink, and rounded the corners of the panel. I then adhered the panel to a white card base, using foam tape, and applied some glittery shine to the trees with a glitter pen. Again, a very simple card, and easy to make a few of! Besides, coloring is always a welcome distraction from certain chores, right? Thanks so much for stopping by! 

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