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04/22/2017

Sat 22

Butterfly Wing Medley on the Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Celebrate Earth Day by up-cycling some favorite dies and creating a whole new look with the Butterfly Wing Medley and Heart Wire.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a design featuring some of my favorite dies.  

Full disclosure...I spent several minutes looking for my "Butterfly Wire" die in my stash and online before realizing that it didn't exist, except in my little mind.  Ever have days like that?  

I could visualize the card, so I just decided to work backwards from that mental image and create it for you anyway.

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Paint watercolor paper in shades of pink, yellow and coral Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry it again.  Cut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the edges are cut out and the center remains intact.  Lightly crease the centers and cut or gently pull the butterflies until they're released from the background.

Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.

Cut Heart Wire from pink cardstock.  Trim portions of the hearts above and below the "wire" - just enough so they won't be visible when the butterflies are overlaid.  

Cut a 3-¾" x 5" rectangle of smooth white cardstock with the Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp New Beginnings with Rocket Red Gold.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  

Place Heart Wire on the background and attach the butterflies over it - use foam dots for the two largest and left corner butterflies.  

Attach Scor-Tape behind gold mirror cardstock and cut the butterfly centers from the Butterfly Wreath Set.  Trim four centers to fit the smaller butterflies.  Attach the centers and add gold gem stickers.

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Challenge yourself to devise new ways of using your favorite Memory Box designs - you'll be surprised and happy with the great results!  Then - if you're in the Seattle area - reward yourself for being so creative by shopping at the Impress Spring Sale  this weekend.  Enjoy the 20% discount off everything on your wishlist.  Here are some links to get you started - 

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/dies/memory-box.html

http://www.impresscardsandcrafts.com/shop/clear-sets/memory-box.html

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Thanks for stopping by - see you again this evening!

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04/20/2017

Thu 20

Watercolor the Butterfly Wing Medley
by Jean Okimoto

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Be inspired by Dave Brethauer's latest watercoloring video and create a Butterfly Wing Medley card in your favorite colors.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a great technique from Dave's latest video.  Follow Dave's water-dipping  process to create vivid, saturated watercolored diecuts for cards, layouts, planners and collages.

Dave diecuts the watercolor paper before saturating and painting it because he always designs with a plan in mind.  I had no idea what my card would be like so I started off by soaking a 6" square of watercolor paper in water for about 3 hours.  His video is a must-see for all of the details and techniques.  

Paint the saturated paper with Peerless Watercolors and set it aside to dry.  Spritz it Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set it.  

Diecut it with Butterfly Wing Medley - the die is designed to cut the wing outlines but keep the center intact.  Crease each butterfly lightly where it's still attached to the background then carefully cut or pull it away.  Use a waterbrush to blend some color onto the white edges that were revealed when the butterflies were released.  

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Cut textured white cardstock with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Run the die through the machine lengthwise and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border.  It's  easier to run dies through lengthwise - especially long designs like borders, greetings and ribbons.  (The Spellbinders label appears twice here because I'm using a new, clear cutting plate above the die, cardstock and bottom cutting plate.)

Cut another 4" x 5-¼" rectangle for the background.  Attach the border to the background.  Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender and dry the ink.  Attach the butterflies - use foam dots for a few of them.

Attach it to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's GOING GREEN class at Impress!  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping us gather everything we needed to create our cards.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or  can get here this weekend!) - be sure to stop by both Impress stores for their annual Spring Sale!   It starts today and runs through Sunday April 23rd.  Enjoy a 20% discount, find the best selection of the newest products and have a chance to win great prizes.   It's the best time to stock up on the Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps designs on your wishlist - and the papers and felt you'll want for diecutting and stamping.

Thanks for stopping by... Jeansignature-3

 

 

04/19/2017

Wed 19

A Trio of Spring Flowers
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy Spring!

I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the weather, where ever you may be! I have a clean and simple floral card to share with you today, that uses several die sets, and is very simple to put together. 

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I started with a white card base, cut to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I then took two thin strips of masking tape, and adhered them to the left hand corner of the card front, before sponging in light yellow ink. Once that was done, I die cut the Magnificent Mum Bouquet out of green card stock. I also cut out three matching flowers from the Magnificent Mum Floral Blooms. I adhered the blooms over the green flowers with adhesive, and attached the die cut to my card base. 

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I used black card stock, and the Thank You Manuscript die to create a contrasting sentiment, and finished the card with a few clear drops, and glitter on the flowers. 

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I hope you were inspired to create with your floral dies, and colorful card stocks! Have a great day!

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04/12/2017

Wed 12

New Possibilities with the Butterfly Spectacle
by Jean Okimoto

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Looking for more Butterfly Spectacle inspiration?  Create a window card that opens to reveal a watercolored Butterfly Ensemble trio and some sparkly lavender gems.  Hi again, Jean Okimoto here with my 401st post on Outside the Box.

The actual post count is a bit higher - maybe around 550 - it all began about 9 years ago on the InKollage blog.  It was a very steep learning curve for me - but Dave was very patient about it all.  Thanks Dave!  And to all of you,  thanks for visiting, and for all of your comments and likes on our Facebook page too!

Back to today's card...here's the inside view:

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Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to help release all of the little bits.  Next, here's an easy way to diecut Butterfly Spectacle without ruining the card front -

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Attach pieces of rolled painter's tape in the areas that will be cut away.   No worries about tearing the front of the card when you remove the die!  Diecut Butterfly Spectacle, then carefully peel the die away from the card.

Stamp New Possibilities with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade.  PJ is my favorite color for butterfly cards.  What's your favorite Brilliance inkpad color?

Cut three of the Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from watercolored paper.  Attach them inside the card using foam dots near the centers

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Cut the butterfly centers from turquoise glittered cardstock using the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add lavender gem stickers.  Square cards require extra postage - but I think it'll be worth it.  Hope you agree!

If you're in Seattle - I'll see you at Impress for Saturday's  GOING GREEN class - and more butterfly cards.

Thanks for stopping by - please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great design!

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Wed 12

New Beginnings with the Butterfly Swell
by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Butterfly Swell is quickly becoming a new favorite - and it's easy to see why!  Here is it, on a watercolored background diffused by pearlescent vellum.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use this great new die.

My watercolored paper stash included this colorful piece of spritzed, splashed and spotted inkiness.  It was just waiting for the right die to come along!

Cut Butterfly Swell from a 3-¾" x 5-¾" rectangle  of white cardstock.  I shimmed some of the detailed areas with painter's tape.  Cut three Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from pearlescent vellum.  

Stamp the greeting with Memento Luxe Olive Grove and heat-set it.

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Tape the vellum butterflies - slightly offset - behind the Butterfly Swell.  Slip the watercolored background behind the top and bottom Butterfly Swell tabs.   Attach it to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.

Attach three butterfly centers of gold mirror cardstock cut with the die from the Morning Garden Butterflies set.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Butterfly weather will be here soon...you'll find so many ways to use Butterfly Swell and the coordinating Butterfly Ensemble and Morning Garden Butterflies sets.  They're like basic ingredients in a recipe - literally waiting for new beginnings.

Special thanks to everyone from last week's RAINING CATS + DOGS class at Impress!  Rain, cats and dogs are such a big deal here - it was time we featured them on our cards.  We tried to keep the noise down, but probably laughed out loud more than ever that day.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for finding the supplies we needed to create cards, cards and more cards!

See you all again at the GOING GREEN class on April 15th.  We're making 6 cards in a spectrum of greens, with green themes and accents from my stash.  I'll share paper recycling ideas too - like upcycling leftover prints into cool "where did you get that paper?" designs.   Everyone gets a pack of stash extras too.

Thanks for stopping by...

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04/05/2017

Wed 05

Masculine Happy Birthday
by Lindsay

Hello Memory Box friends!

I can honestly say, I believe Spring has sprung here in Northeastern Ohio! There is a slight green fuzz on the shrubs, and it makes me happy! The Climbing Vine die also makes me happy, and I've used it on my card, today. Let me tell you how I created it.

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I began by taking three different colors of green card stock and die cutting the Climbing Vine. I set those aside, and inked up a panel using various Distress inks. 

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I took a white card base, and adhered the leaves around the edges, and then die cut the front with the Scallop Stitch Fancy Frames, keeping the scallop edge still nestled in the rectangle. I also die cut the inked panel, and reinserted it into the card front, securing it front the back. 

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To finish it, I took the Happy Birthday Upright Script die, and stacked several together, and adhered it to the front of the card. Limited embellishments, and the color scheme makes this card perfect for the man in your life! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you were inspired to create with the latest dies.

Lindsaysignature

 

03/30/2017

Thu 30

Watching the World Bloom with the Montpellier Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto

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Create a colorful thank you  with the new Montpellier Butterfly on a watercolored card - it's sure to be noticed, and appreciated!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing a quick design that's also perfect for birthdays, congrats and thinking-of-you cards too.

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Paint watercolor paper with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills and heat-set it.  Flick a few water droplets onto the dried paper.  Let it air-dry, then cut it with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.

Cut Montpellier Butterfly from watercolor paper.  Remove the bottom flower and leaflet to create a new look.  It's such a versatile die - great as designed, or using just the top three or bottom three flowers with the beautiful butterfly.  

Cut a coordinating turquoise vellum butterfly from the Butterfly Ensemble set.  Cut the center portion from gold mirror cardstock using the Morning Garden Butterflies die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom stamp set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with VersaMagic Turquoise Gem.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach everything to a top-folded smooth white 5-½" square card.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Watercolors and butterflies are meant for each other.  Our collection includes butterflies in all shapes and sizes, perfect for any occasion.  Paint a dreamy, colorful background then layer it with your favorite Memory Box butterfly or butterflies for a card that's sure to be appreciated and admired.

Thanks very much for visiting!

Jeansignature-3

 

02/23/2017

Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom with the Morning Garden Butterflies
by Jean Okimoto

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 Wondering what the other designs from the Morning Garden Butterflies look like?  Here they are - with their matching Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with more butterflies from my stash of Kaleidacolor-ed watercolor papers.

I like being able to really, really use my all of my supplies and help you do the same.  Let's  see what we can do with the three other butterflies (six in total) from these two great die sets.  

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Cut the three Butterfly Ensemble backgrounds from watercolored paper.  Cut the detailed matching Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from aqua glittered cardstock.  Assemble the butterflies - attach the overlay just along the center so they'll lift and flutter upwards.

Cut a 2-½" square of watercolored paper with the Square Basics die.  

If your cardstock is heavily-textured, place a side-folded 5-½" x 4-⅛" card between two sheets of printer paper and run it through your diecut machine with the cutting plates to smooth it out a bit for stamping.   The card is a bit shorter than the usual 4-¼" to let the butterfly's wing extend beyond the edge  - but have the card fit into a standard A-2 envelope.  Details, details!

Stamp the greeting - from the Watching the World Bloom set with Imagine Crafts Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Assemble the card and add medium and small clear iridescent sequins.

Love butterflies - but just can't decide which Memory Box butterflies to buy?  The Morning Garden Butterflies and Butterfly Ensemble sets are the perfect choice.  Mix, match and layer these great designs for beautiful cards for any occasion!

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Save the date - Saturday, February 25th is Memory Box Catalog Day at Impress!  New catalogs are arriving and will be free with your Memory Box purchase while supplies last.  Enjoy 10% off all Memory Box and Poppystamps dies too!  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again next week - or at the HEY THANKS class at Impress on Saturday March 4th.

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Thu 23

Watching the World Bloom
by Jean Okimoto

 

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A watercolored Blooming Peony Stem adds a bit of sunshine to any day...especially a winter day!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, determined to create something to brighten things up a bit.  Any greeting would work here - here's my favorite combination of typestyles,  from the Watching the World Bloom clear stamp set.

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I have a big stash of watercolored sheets painted with Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors.  I hope this soft combination of yellows and greens promises spring will be here soon.  

Cut Blooming Peony Stem from white and green cardstock.  We're using just the white negative and the green diecut today - say the other pieces for another project.  Trim the white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach watercolored paper behind the flower cutout.  

Attach a piece of doublestick tape behind the tiny dots in the center of the peony.  Set the peony into the white cardstock background.  Brush gold glitter onto the adhesive in the tiny dots.  

Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of watercolored paper with Olympia Green VersaFine.  Dry the ink and trim the paper.

Attach everything to a top-folded 5-½" square card of pale yellow-green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.   Add tiny pale green sequins.

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Special thanks to everyone who braved Monday's cold windy rain to take the BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  I appreciate your rainy drive to Tukwila - and it was great to see those who've been taking my classes since I taught at Rubber Soul 18 years ago.  18 years!  Thanks too, Ann, Shari and Becca - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we needed to make those birthday cards - and get a headstart on spring cards.

Thanks for stopping by today - see you next time!

  Jeansignature-3

02/18/2017

Sat 18

Morning Garden Butterflies and the Butterfly Ensemble
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Morning Garden Butterflies Set is just what I needed to complement the Butterfly Ensemble.  It's a set of 6 delicately detailed butterflies - and antennae - designed  to coordinate with the solid shapes of the Butterfly Ensemble.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a decidedly un-seasonal design for you.  Just couldn't wait till "butterfly weather" to pair these beauties up with some paper from my stash.  It's also been a while since we last followed our bliss - let's combine everything here!

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Cut scraps of watercolored paper - painted in soft watery layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolors and Peerless Watercolors - with 3 Butterfly Ensemble designs.  Cut the coordinating Morning Garden Butterflies overlays from white cardstock.  Cut the antennae from the Morning Garden set from gold mirror cardstock.

Cut a pale blue rectangle of watercolored paper with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  

Stamp the greeting with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade and dry the ink  Cut a rectangle with  the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Having 16 perfectly-sized rectangles to chose from makes it so easy to get everything straight, even and just the right proportion.  Thanks Dave!

Attach everything to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the top corners of the wings.  Add small clear iridescent sequins.

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you enjoyed a brief moment of warm weather bliss here today!  If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress on Presidents Day, February 20th.  Make 6 cards - 3 for gals and 3 for the guys - with an array of great dies, stamps, inks and papers.

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