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08/16/2018

Thu 16

Be Cool with the New Sunburst Stripe Circle and the Sweet Seal by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Sunburst Stripe Circle sets a summer scene for the Sweet Seal and offcuts of the Wave Ribbon Collage.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a friendship card I've created for you today.  

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Cut Sunburst Stripe Circle from yellow cardstock.  Trim it with the 2-¼" Rectangle Basics die. 

Cut   Sweet Seal from gray cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his face.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage - we'll just use the offcuts here today.  Attach the offcuts - staggered and in wonky order -  to an A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  The top two offcuts are from the top and bottom of the die.  Their straight edges are partially concealed by the seal.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the Wirework Hearts Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock - with Summertime VersaFineClair.  Love that great orange!  Trim the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

Attach the sun and seal to the card - then add some orange gem stickers.

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If you're in the Seattle area (or nearby!)  - save Saturday the 18th for the Impress Holiday Kick-Off.  Great displays, the latest holiday products, inspiring samples - and a Birch Press Design trunk show too!  The first 25 people at each store receive an Impress  goodie bag - and everyone gets a 10% shopping discount.  Make a Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Designs  wistlist and bring it with you!

Join us for my the first Birch Press Design class at 1:00 pm on the 18th (a new time) too.  Make 6 cards - 3 for the holidays and 3 for any occasion -  using the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press,  and beautiful artpapers from Shizen Design.  Birch Press steel dies - like those from Memory Box and Poppystamps - are original designs by Dave Brethauer and they're made in the USA.  

Thanks for visiting.  See you again on Saturday - here on Outside the Box - or at Impress in Tukwila, WA.

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08/09/2018

Thu 09

Blog Blitz…New Snowy Circle and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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It's Day 4 of our 2018 Holiday Blog Blitz - keep cool with the new Crystal Snowflakes and Snowy Circle!  Hope you're enjoying our blitz - and commenting on each designer's post for a chance to win a great prize from our latest collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here mixing some old favorites with some soon-to-be new favorites.  Love how the old and new work together so well!

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Cut Snowy Circle from light aqua cardstock.  Attach Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Attach the 3" circle behind the Snowy Circle.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the adhesive exposed in the Snowy Circle, and the little area below it.

Attach more Scor-Tape to white cardstock and cut Crystal Snowflakes.  Remove the tape liner and brush the exposed adhesive with glitter.  Remove the inner portion of the smaller snowflake.

Cut Happy Penguin from white cardstock - and again from black cardstock.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind his beak.  Attach the black penguin behind the white penguin to create a narrow layer of black to outline the bottom of the white penguin.

Cut the top/side section from black cardstock.

Cut the ribbon end - from the Curled Ribbons die - from red velvet paper, or red velvet ribbon attached to a scrap of a sticker sheet of label paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the cooled cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics Die.  Cut another rectangle and layer it behind the greeting for dimension and to make it look a bit like a raised label.

Attach the diecuts to  a Bayou Notecard - use foam dots for the penguin.

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Want a chance to win the new Snowy Circle die?  Just add your comment to this post - it's that easy to enter our random-selection drawing for this great new die!

Comment on each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win great prizes from our latest collection. The entry deadline is 11:59 pm EST on Sunday August 12th.  The winner will be announced on August 13th.  

Special thanks to everyone from the PARTY ANIMALS and MEMORY BOX 2018 HOLIDAYS class at Impress last weekend!  Lots of layering, laughter, diecuts and glitter!  Thanks to Jan for the sweet holiday chocolate treats - and to Jenny for those crispy lemon cookies.  Thanks too - Shari and Erin - for once again helping everyone fill their shopping baskets to the brim.

We're having our first BIRCH PRESS DESIGN class and trunk show at Impress on August 18th.  Make 3 holiday cards and 3 any-occasion cards with the latest and greatest dies and stamps from Birch Press, a Memory Box company owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer.

Thanks for joining our Blog Blitz - good luck in the drawings!

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08/02/2018

Thu 02

2018 Holiday Collection…Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

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The Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame from the 2018 Holiday Collection is quickly becoming a new favorite...and it's easy to see why.   It makes me think of a frosted snowflake doughnut or sugar cookie - perfect with a cup of hot chocolate topped with poufy mini-marshmallows. OK,  they're actually snowballs from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps.  

Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of August's  Keep Cool and Carry On Challenge inspiration.  

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Cut the large snowflake from the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame from silver glittered cardstock.  Place it on pink cardstock - then diecut the medium Cozy Mug and trim the snowflake at the same time.  

Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the snowflake frame to help release the tiny pieces. Cut it from white cardstock.

Stamp the snowballs - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Claire Nocturne.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the matching die from Snow Much Fun set.  Stamp the greeting, also from the set,  with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.

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Here's a way to use two dies from Pinpoint Rectangle Layers  to cut a custom-sized greeting strip.  Cut the greeting with the 1-⅜" x 2-⅜" die.  Trim the excess with a long edge of the 1-¾" x 2-¾" die - place the left edge of the die along the outer edge of the smaller rectangle to keep the die straight.  It sounds very complicated, but it's really easy. Trust me.

Another tip - create a masking tape hinge along the left edge of the printed stamp sheet and the clear backing sheet.  The backing sheet won't blend in with the background and "disappear" on your work surface.  Having the stamps stored between the printed and clear sheets keeps them clean.

Attach the diecuts to a 5.25" square white card - use foam dots for the cup. Punch silver glittered cardstock with a ¼" circle punch and attach the dots.

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If you're in the Seattle area - join us for two classes at Impress on August 4th.  It's PARTY ANIMALS at 10:30 and MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 AT 1:30.  We're making 6 animal-themed celebration cards  in the morning - and 6 holiday cards featuring the latest Memory Box and Poppystamps designs in the afternoon.  Lots of techniques, great artpapers - and a few surprising ways to use our great stash of supplies!  Please call Impress to reserve a seat if you can join us -  206 901.9101.

Thanks for visiting - hope you're enjoying our 2018 Holiday Collection preview.  It's a great combination of dies and stamps  - personally designed by Dave Brethauer - and proudly made in the USA.  

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07/31/2018

Tue 31

2018 Holiday Collection…Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Joy Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Wrapped Holly Circle Frame and Joy Circle create a quick card that's great for a headstart on the holidays.  It's perfect for a simple, contemporary wreath and red Resting Birds add the finishing touch.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce too.

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It's time to use some of that giant roll of "red velvet" ribbon we bought years ago because it was so pretty - and such a bargain.  It's perfect for diecutting and works well with the Resting Birds die.  Attach label paper - or a sticker sheet - behind the ribbon to make it a little stiffer.  The paper backing also covers the slippery backside of the ribbon and makes it easier to attach to the card.

The Wrapped Holly Circle Frame set includes three dies - the delicate pinpoint outer frame, the leafy holly frame, and a curved holly sprig.  We're using the outer frame and leafy holly frame here.

Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the leafy Wrapped Holy Circle Frame  to help release the diecut.  Cut it from green cardstock.

Cut Joy Circle from gold glittered cardstock.  Leave the little dot over the "j" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

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Cut the circle and dotted frame from white cardstock - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ⅛" Scor-Tape - be sure the tape is attached to both the narrow outer frame and the circle.  Keep the delicate frame and the inner circle in the die.

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Flip the die and diecuts over and press it onto a side-folded A-2 card of white cardstock.  Use a skewer to help push the diecuts out of the die.  Quick, easy and perfectly aligned.

Attach the bright red birds...and your card is done!

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Big thanks to everyone from the July 29th MEMORY BOX HOLIDAY 2018 class at Impress -  I appreciate your driving and/or ferrying over to Tukwila during the summer traffic.  We laughed and chatted a lot - and somehow made 6 cards with the latest and greatest from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The AC definitely helped!  Thanks too, Shari and Becca - for helping us find the perfect dies, stamps, inks and papers for our holiday cards.  

There's a second MEMORY BOX HOLIDAY 2018 class on August 4th - after the morning's PARTY ANIMAL class.  Join us this weekend if you weren't able to take last week's class.

Thanks for visiting...be sure to stop by again tomorrow when Laura announces the winner of the July Challenge and details of the August Challenge.

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07/26/2018

Thu 26

Holiday 2018 Collection…Delicate Pine Frame and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Create a classic winter scene with the just-released Delicate Pine Frame and one of many great greetings from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set.  I'd like to think it's a simple card with a big impact...hope you agree!

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with one of many 2018 Holiday Collection designs I'll be sharing in the coming weeks.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  I try to stamp the greeting before attaching anything to the card - just in case there's a stamping mishap.  Like dropping the inked stamp onto the center of the card, smudging the ink with my wrist, even stamping the image upside-down.  Yes, life happens!

Delicate Pine Frame is the ideal all-in-one set...and a great choice for creating cards throughout the year.  Both frames are perfectly proportioned for A-2 cards, and they look good on A-6 cards too.  The outer frame can be used separately and we can always use another set of birds to diecut with felt, glittered craft foam, mirror cardstock, velvet paper or glittered cardstock.  These new birds are like the baby bird version of the popular Resting Birds set we've used many, many times.  Now we can mix and match them and build bird families.  

Cut the tree frame from white cardstock that's a shade darker than the card for a bit of contrast and dimension.

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Cut it again from green cardstock and remove the frame.  Attach the green tree behind the white tree - slightly offset - to create the illusion of snow-covered branches.  It also props the white tree up a bit when adhered.  

Cut the birds from red glittered cardstock - save the extras for another project, or attach them inside the card.  

Attach everything to the card and add clear gem stickers.

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Try this design with natural, pale green or Kraft cardstock too.  Or create a horizontal card, with the greeting off to the side.  The new holiday collection is filled with options for simple cards, collage-y designs - and the bonus outer frames from many of the sets are perfect for photo cards too.  I'll try to share a photo card - if I can get both pups to sit together long enough for a picture.

We sincerely appreciate your support of genuine Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design dies and stamps - all personally designed by Dave Brethauer, and proudly made in the USA.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the July 29th MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress!

Thanks for visiting - please join us again  tomorrow for more holiday inspiration...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

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07/21/2018

Sat 21

Holiday 2018 Collection…All Heart Snowman, Crystal Snowflakes and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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The Holiday 2018 Collection has arrived - meet the lovable All Heart Snowman and delicate Crystal Snowflakes!  I love their contrasting sizes and the cool set of Typewriter Holiday Sentiments with every greeting you'll need for Christmas.  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many, many holiday designs for 2018.

View the new collection here.  You'll love the great mix of traditional and contemporary, bold and delicate - everything for everyone on your list.  Shipments began on the 20th - they'll be at your favorite retailers soon!

Paint watercolor paper with a light wash of diluted Powder Pink Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Dry the ink with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.

Cut a 3-¼" Stitched Square from white cardstock.  Stamp "make merry"  - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - with VersaFine Clair Glamorous and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Here are two All Heart Snowman tips to accelerate your holiday cardmaking...

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Instead of taping the die to the square - where it might tear the cardstock - attach the die to the cardstock with pieces of rolled tape in two of the large hearts that will be removed.  They'll be tossed out anyway.  

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Mark the two tiny "push-out" circles at the top with a Sharpie.  Draw a line between them.  Position the line parallel with the top of the square and it'll be perfectly aligned for diecutting.  No wonky snowman - thanks for such a great feature Dave..I appreciate it!

Cut the snowman from the square.  Attach a scrap of orange cardstock behind the carrot nose.  Attach a scrap of red glittered cardstock behind the heart.

Diecut Crystal Snowflakes from white glittered cardstock.  Save the center of the smaller snowflake.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of light gray cardstock.  It would be pretty on an A-6 of textured white cardstock too.

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Hope you liked our first Holiday 2018 inspiration design.  Our Design Team can't wait to share more ideas and techniques with you in the coming weeks.  

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress on July 29th.  Be among the first to work with the great new release - and a few classic favorites - from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  Make 6 cards with great techniques, a bit of watercoloring, beautiful artpapers, glitter and special accents.  

Impress is celebrating their 31st Birthday today - enjoy a 25% shopping discount on all purchases.  It's time to stock up Memory Box and Poppystamps designs!  The discount code for online shopping is 31st birthday.

Thanks for visiting...join us  for Penny's great design tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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07/19/2018

Thu 19

Summer Meadow Collage, Cascadia Butterfly Trio and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolors create a soft background for the Summer Meadow Collage and a trio of vellum butterflies.  Add a greeting from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set, gold-glittered accents and turquoise gem stickers.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a thrifty design using the remainder of yesterday's watercolored background.  

Kaleidacolor dye ink refills are great as liquid watercolors and come in a wide range of beautiful colors.  

Cut Summer Meadow Collage from white cardstock - leave a generous  border of cardstock.  

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Place the watercolored background behind it and tape everything securely so it doesn't shift.  Diecut through both layers at once.  The resulting background wasn't a complete rectangle because portions of it were used on another card - but it won't show.  Optional - trim a tiny amount from the edges of the background so the colors won't be visible from the side.  

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Cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from lime, purple and turquoise vellum.  I cut all three sizes of each so I could try different color and size combinations.  If you don't have colored vellum,  diecut the butterflies from white vellum,  then sponge them with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Lime and Jade inks. Yes, Brilliance metallic inks dry on vellum!   Air-dry the butterflies - heat-setting them may cause curling.

Cut gold glitter cardstock or heavy paper with the antennae/centers from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut then cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting - use a foam dot on the right edge.

Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Enjoy a 25% shopping discount at the Impress 31st Birthday Celebration this Saturday, July 21.  Yes, 31 years of creativity, inspiration and one-stop shopping for the latest papercrafting supplies.  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlists and add some great designs to your personal collection!  The birthday discount code for your online shopping on July 21 is 31st birthday.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!

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07/18/2018

Wed 18

Flitter Side Butterfly and Wonderful Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Wonderful Jotted Script and a trio of Flitter Side Butterflies create a colorful summer design today.  Paint a vivid background of diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills, diecut the butterflies, add a layered greeting and gem stickers - and you're ready for any occasion.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored design in some of my favorite colors.  It's a versatile design that would be beautiful in your favorite colors too!

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Paint the rough side of watercolor paper with loose, watery layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Outline and define some areas with a waterbrush.

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Add color variations, spots and splotches by lightly spritzing a large clean stamp block with water and pressing it firmly onto the watercolor paper.  Lift it - it'll have a few inky bubbles - press it onto a section with a contrasting color.  Let those little bubbles create some very cool spots and splotches.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.  

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Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from green, purple and turquoise cardstock.  Cut the background butterflies from the watercolored paper.

Cut the background Wonderful Jotted Script from natural cardstock.  Cut the detailed "wonderful" from a slightly bluer shade of cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock.

Print "you are" with a label maker.  Attach them to the card with double-stick tape - the label adhesives aren't always secure on cardstock.

Add pale lavender gem stickers - I've colored clear stickers with a Sharpie.  

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Create a stash of watercolored backgrounds and they'll be ready - and dry (!) - when you need a quick card.  Butterflies are always a great design element for watercoloring.  Colors can be bright and splashy or soft and dreamy.  View the collection of Memory Box Butterflies and pick your favorites!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BUTTERFLIES + BLOSSOMS class at Impress.  Hope you liked the colorful summer designs and techniques.  Special thanks too - Ann, Cindi, Shari and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday July 21st.  It's Impress' 31st Birthday and they're celebrating with a 25% shopping discount for everyone!  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlist - it's time to fill your collection with the stamps and dies you've been admiring!

Thanks for visiting...hope you like butterflies and watercolors as much as I do!

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07/11/2018

Wed 11

Hutton Wreath, Thanks Jotted Script and Feathered Friends by Jean Okimoto

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The happy Feathered Friends owl joins the new Hutton Wreath and Thanks Jotted Script on a color-splashed thank you card today.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with some of my favorite dies - and a timesaving 3-in-1 Jotted Script technique.

I love thinking of ways to save time - the husband says I'll spend 30 minutes trying to find a way to save 30 seconds.  If everyone saved 30 seconds, it would add up, wouldn't it?  Here's how to adhere the four Jotted Script dies,  glitter-ize them and add a bit of contrast against a matching background.  Not exactly rocket-science, but it's foolproof and sparkly!

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Attach Scor-Tape to coral creme cardstock and diecut the Thanks Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "thanks" from dark brown cardstock.

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Carefully press the delicate diecut onto the adhesive-covered background diecut.  Place the liner over it and give it an extra press.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the remaining exposed adhesive.  I love the Impress Sparkle Glitter...it's almost time to buy another jar!

Cut Hutton Wreath from green cardstock.  

Cut Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies owl from screenprinted paper.  Cut the face from natural cardstock.  Cut the wing from gold wrinkled paper.  Both papers are from Shizen Designs - I got mine from Impress.  The eyes and beak are on the same die - cut them from orange cardstock.  Use a marker to color the eyes black.  

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of coral creme cardstock.  Add peachy-pink gem stickers.

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We're loving the "Jotteds" - it's hard not to use them.  I'll use them for stenciling on a future card.  Or cut the bold outline from the front of the card, then attach the delicate script on the inside to create a word window card.   So many possibilities!

Thanks for visiting - keep cool!

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07/07/2018

Sat 07

Birthday Jotted Script, Rolling Wave Collage and Family of Fish by Jean Okimoto

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The new Birthday Jotted Script joins the Family of Fish and Rolling Wave Collage for a summer celebration today.  Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of inspiration for the July Surf and Turf Challenge.  

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Cut turquoise cardstock with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  

Here's a tip...attach the Rolling Wave Collage to the square with a piece of rolled painter's tape placed  in the off-cut section that won't be used on the card.  It's OK if the tape damages the cardstock there.  

Cut Family of Fish from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard.  Remove two of the fish near the bottom left.  Keep the single fish - he'll be attached near the top of the group.

Cut the Birthday Jotted Script background from dark gray and light gray cardstock.

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Another tip...scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the delicate Birthday Jotted Script die before cutting.  This makes it quick and easy to remove intricate diecuts.  Cut it from turquoise cardstock.  Be sure to save the tiny dot for the "i" - and attach it to the dark gray birthday background die.

Attach the turquoise birthday diecut to the dark gray background, then attach them to the light gray background.  A triple layer adds dimension and color contrast.

Stamp the greeting - from the Fish Tales Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Habanero VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Attach the diecuts and the greeting to a side-folded 5-½" square card of dark gray cardstock.  Add dark orange sequins.

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Square cards require extra postage - but I think this bright combo of circles and squares will make it an extra-special birthday for your favorite guy.

Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the first BUTTERFLIES + BLOSSOMS class at Impress on July 4th!  Hope you liked those splashy colors, techniques, screenprinted papers - and new Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Karen and Becca - for arranging the classroom and helping us find the perfect supplies for our summer projects.  Big thanks to Jan too - for those special 4th of July treats!

Have a wonderful weekend - hope you'll join us again tomorrow for Penny's great card...

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