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06/13/2018

Wed 13

Vintage Watering Can, Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots by Jean Okimoto

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Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots aren't just for spring...they can multi-task on summer cards too!  My cocker spaniels and I see more June bunnies than Easter bunnies - and rain boots work as garden boots  throughout the year.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with with a spring-into-summer card designed get the most from some favorite dies. 

Attach lavender duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Vintage Watering Can.   Memory Box dies are great for cutting duct tape and colored masking tape.  Just attach the duct tape to lightweight cardstock, then diecut it.  

Attach packing tape or glossy laminate to turquoise cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.  This gives the cardstock a shiny, waterproof look.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and cut Quick Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with VersaFineClair Fantasia.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the Green Folia screenprinted paper from Birch Press Design with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of pale green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and the boot on the right.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Put those sweet Spring Release bunny dies to work throughout the year.  Brown or grey felt adds to their versatility as everyday woodland creatures.   I enjoy using my Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products in as many ways as possible -  hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting...

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06/07/2018

Thu 07

Everglade Collage and Elegant Shorebirds by Jean Okimoto

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Everglade Collage looks like the perfect background for a trio of flamingo-colored Elegant Shorebirds.  Tuck one behind the leafy edge and layer the others over the collage for a bit of dimension.  Add a quick greeting - and your card is ready to go!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with another quick and easy design today.  Cut white cardstock and watercolor paper with the 4.4" Stitched Oval Layer die.  Cut the cardstock oval with the Everglade Collage.

Press the orange, yellow and pink inks from the Kaleidacolor Luau inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint diluted, blended layers of the inks onto the watercolor paper oval. Air-dry it for a few minutes.  Spritz it lightly with water -  daub the darker areas with paper towel to lighten some areas if necessary.  Heat-set the inks. 

Cut Elegant Shorebirds from flamingo cardstock.  Mask the adjacent areas and daub VersaFine Clair Nocturne onto the legs and beaks.  Trim the legs and beaks from the black birds and layer it  - slightly offset - behind the others for dimension.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add black gem stickers.

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Summer has finally arrived - even in Seattle!  It's time for simple cards, splashy colors and outdoor scenes.  Take a few minutes to make some quick cards for your stash,  then enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by tomorrow for Donna's great card...

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06/02/2018

Sat 02

Vine Butterfly, Mini Butterflies and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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A crisp white Vine Butterfly strikes a contrast over a watercolored Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  It's another quick card for another busy summer weekend.  Add a trio of glittered Mini Butterflies and a greeting...that's it!  

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to customize in your favorite colors.  

Paint a watercolored background of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes while you diecut a white Vine Butterfly and some glittered Mini Butterflies.  Lightly spritz the background to create little spots and specks - then heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts - and there's your card!

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create a few cards this weekend!  Please join us again on Sunday for Penny's great design.

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05/18/2018

Fri 18

Butterfly Spectacle and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto


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The Butterfly Spectacle joins a group of favorite dies on today's card - like butterflies prepping for a summer reunion.  I love how Memory Box dies can be mixed and mingled into endless combinations.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another quick card for you.

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Cut natural cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut it with Butterfly Spectacle.  Cut the Bouquet handmade paper - from Birch Press Design - with three butterflies from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  It's such a pretty print, with so many options!

Cut the the matching antennae/center sections - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set - from gold glitter paper.  I've used just a tiny portion of the large (21-½" x 30" sheet!) gold glitter paper from Impress.  It supplies many, many of these delicate little pieces...and a lot more!

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card of natural cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of natural cardstock with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale turquoise gem stickers.

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Experiment with the dies in your Memory Box collection.  You'll be amazed at how many different ways you can use them - as intended - or in creative, outside-the-box ways that Dave probably didn't expect.  That's what we'll be doing in our BEYOND THE BOX Memory Box class at Impress on May 28th.  Join us if you're in the Seattle area and have the day off for Memorial Day, or if you're visiting that weekend.   

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

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05/10/2018

Thu 10

Feathered Friends and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto

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A felt owl from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies delivers a bright  greeting here today.  Coordinate them with the perfect printed and embossed papers from Birch Press for more texture and zingy color.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design for spring and summer celebrations.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to fuchsia felt and diecut the Feathered Friends owl.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the face from natural cardstock.  

Cut the eyes and beak - from orange cardstock.  Color the eye circles with a black marker.

Cut the branch - from the Swooping Branches and Leaves Deep Edge dies set - from  recycled cardboard.

The gold embossed paper and bright leafprint are from Birch Press Design.  They quickly add bright splashes of color and earthy texture to the design.  Cut them with the 2" x 3-¼" and 1-¾" x 3" dies from the Rectangle Basics set.  Cut the wing from the embossed paper too.

Stamp the greeting from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set on an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.  I love how the leaves match the shape of the owl and wing...little things like that make me so happy!

The Deep Edge Dies are timesavers for quilting and fabric arts because they cut thru multiple layers of fabric and are specially made to easily release the diecut pieces.  Of course you can use them for cardstock - and handmade artpapers that can sometimes be challenging to cut.  

 

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIA NOW class at Impress!   Hope you liked the cards - and the great Shizen Designs artpapers we used.  Special thanks to Ann, Erin and Laura too - for helping us find the dies, papers and inks we needed!

Thanks for stopping by today...enjoy the sunshine! Jeansignature-3

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05/03/2018

Thu 03

May Challenge Inspiration – the Plush Elegant Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Plush Elegant Butterfly combines a little May Challenge inspiration - and a lot of copper thread - here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed design that's a bit more involved than my usual "quick and easy" ideas.    Hope you like it!

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Spritz watercolor paper and paint it in pale, watery layers of pink, orange, yellow and teal Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  They're vibrant, concentrated inks that can be used as liquid watercolors.  Dry the inks.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind the pink portion and diecut it with the Plush Elegant Butterfly.  Diecut the center portion too.

Punch a 2 or 3mm hole in the center of the butterfly.  Securely tape one end of a  strand of metallic copper thread behind the butterfly.  Sew long stitches - beginning at the center hole - through and around the left half of the butterfly.  Repeat on the right half.  Tape the thread ends to the backside of the butterfly.

Diecut another butterfly from white cardstock and attach it behind the stitched butterfly to add dimension (and cover the backside of the stitches!).

Stitch the butterfly center with the copper thread.

Diecut the big antennae - from the Morning Garden Butterflies set- from rose gold mirror cardstock.  Attach it between the butterfly and the center portion.

Cut another section of the watercolored paper with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Stamp "follow your bliss"   on a 5-½" square white card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach two strips of tape from the Sugar Tape set, available at Birch Press Design.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam dots to elevate the wings.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Thanks for stopping by...hope you'll try this technique.  It takes a few minutes - but the  detailed, sparkly results are worth the effort...promise.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the ASIA NOW class at Impress on Saturday!

 

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04/26/2018

Thu 26

Set a Garden Scene with the Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto

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The Glorious Floral Stem sets the scene for an afternoon of spring gardening with the Vintage Watering Can and Stitched Boots.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a garden greeting today.

Cut watercolor paper with the  3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Paint in shades of green, yellow and orange from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Spritz it with water, dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set with an embossing tool.

Stamp the flowers from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamps Set on watercolor ink with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Place the die from the matching Garden Sketches Die Set over the image and sponge it with Cheerful VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it, and two more.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green cardstock, remove the flowers.

Cut Vintage Watering Can from copper metallic cardstock.

Attach glossy laminate over Key Lime Dots cardstock to create a shiny surface for the rainboots.  Diecut it with Stitched Rainboots.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches set with Nocturne and emboss it.  Cut it with the matching die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of green textured cardstock.

Add yellow-green gem stickers.

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Mix and match your Memory Box stamps and dies as we did here - it gives you so many additional options for unique cards.  Use your supplies in out-of-the box ways - you'll be surprised at how many combinations you'll discover!

Special thanks for everyone who took last Sunday's GREEN GREETINGS class.  Recycling can be a creative way to add texture, dimension and interest to your cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Becca - for helping everyone fill their baskets and take advantage of last weekend's spring sale.

Thanks for stopping by...

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04/21/2018

Sat 21

Forget Me Not Blooms, Garden Sketches and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles
by Jean Okimoto

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Let's make some bright, glossy Forget Me Not Blooms with a VersaFine Clair inkpad for a quick accent on a colorful thank you card.  It's an easy, economical way to customize matching accents for spring and summer cards.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight - on my 500th post here on Outside the Box.  No, I didn't really count them, but Typepad does.  This card was created to thank you for visiting our blog - and for all of your sweet and thoughtful comments.  I appreciate them - and you (!) - and hope you've been inspired to get the most from your personal Memory Box Collection of dies, stamps and papers.

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Brayer vibrant orange Summertime VersaFine Clair onto smooth white cardstock.  Quickly heat-emboss it with clear powder.  Emboss the warm ink again with another layer of clear powder.  Diecut several sets of the flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms from the cooled embossed cardstock.  They'll be glossy and bright, and great for layering onto the card.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to green cardstock and cut the Forget Me Not Blooms stem.  The paper backing adds dimension - without the tedious layering and glueing of multiple pieces.  

Press the inks from the Kaleidacolor Melon Melody inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Spritz watercolor paper with water, then paint it in loose, overlapping layers of ink.  Air-dry it, then spritz it with water.  Dry it with a heat-tool.  Diecut it with the 2"x3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamps Set - with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.   Emboss it with detail clear powder. Cut it with the banner design from the coordinating Garden Sketches Die Set.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A-2 card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add lime green gem stickers.

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Think of all the glossy, bright accents  you can create with Memory Box dies and embossed VersaFine Clairs!  Flowers, butterflies, leaves, fishes, hearts, stars, hexagons, dots - and more.  Be sure to have your embossing powder and heat-tool ready - the Clairs dry pretty quickly.  

BIG THANKS  for stopping by - today, and for the previous 499 posts.  I appreciate your visits - and the privilege of designing for Memory Box.  Thanks Dave and Monica!

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04/19/2018

Thu 19

Long Dachshund, Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The new Long Dachshund - and his mirror-image buddy - contemplate life on a simple little card today.  The washi tape background from Birch Press Design gets a quick trim with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a greeting for someone needing a bit of encouragement and support during a tough time.   MemoryBoxLongDachshund-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxDogGoneClearStamps-BirchPressDesign-JeanOkimoto-DogCards-DiecutDogCards-WashiTapeCards-DiecutWashiTapeCards

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to tan and dark brown felt.  It will stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut Long Dachshund from dark brown felt.  Cut him again from the reverse side of the tan felt to create a left-facing dachshund.  Switch their ears.  

Attach lime and turquoise duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut the collars.  

Attach strips of washi tape (about 3" long) to white cardstock and diecut the cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

Simple strips of washi tape can add so much to a quick card.  See the great patterns and beautiful colors featured on the Birch Press Design site.  

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Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's THOUGHTS + THANKS class at Impress!  It's always nice to have a stash of thank you and thinking-of-you cards ready - hope you liked the designs that we stamped, folded and layered.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets!

The Impress Annual Spring Sale starts today - and runs through Sunday April 22nd.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box and Poppystamps items - and enjoy a 20% discount on the great designs you've been waiting for!  Stock up on VersaFine Clair inkpads too - they're my favorite inks for classes and here on Outside the Box.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of the 4-day sale - and join us for the GREEN GREETINGS class on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11:30-1:30.   Green - the color and the concept - is the class theme.  Lots of green - papers, inks, accents,  recycled items - and great techniques.  Everyone receives a bonus pack of some items from my stash to make more class cards at home later.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

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04/16/2018

Mon 16

Bee Yourself Hexies Card
by Anne Thompson

Hexagons are everywhere on today's card--inside and out!  

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  • To fill in the holes left from cutting the hexies, I cut two pieces of the squash dot paper 5 1/4" X 4", glued them together with the dot sides out, and then adhered them to the inside of the card front.  One dotted side filled in the hexies and the other dotted side lines the inside of the card front.

Here's the inside.  I love that there is a surprise when you open the card and find the bee inside!

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  • For the righthand side of the notecard, I die cut a hexagon from the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 using more of the squash dot paper and glued it to the card.  
  • I die cut the INTRICATE BEE 99920 from black cardstock and adhered it to the hexagon.
  • I stamped "bee yourself" from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamp Set on one edge of the hexagon.

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I still have plenty of room to write a message or I can add a white box for a longer message over the dot paper that lines the inside front.  

Happy Crafting!

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