259 posts categorized "Words"

02/16/2017

Thu 16

So Many Things to Love About the Proper Umbrella
by Jean Okimoto

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It's a very Proper Umbrella kind of day here in Seattle...let's pretty it up with flowers from So Many Things to Love!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, with a bit of rainy day inspiration.  

Our newest umbrella die is quickly becoming another favorite - it's classic, versatile and great for watercoloring. Imagine Crafts Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor's turquoise, blues and purples were perfect for a winter rainstorm card.  

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Kaleidacolor Inkpads have a special locking mechanism to keep the colors separated while in storage.  You'd normally slide the colors together for stamping - but keep them apart for today's card.  Just press a large acrylic block across the inkpad to transfer the inks.  Paint the smoother side of watercolor paper with Blue Breeze.  Heat-set the inks with a dry iron on the cotton setting.

Stamp the flowered hearts from So Many Things to Love onto the watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black and heat-set it.    Diecut three umbrella  - just the tops.   Paint a few of the flowers with colors from the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Diecut three whole umbrellas from gray cardstock.  Attach the stamped umbrella tops over the gray umbrellas.

Stamp the greeting - from Watching the World Bloom - with the 4th color on the Blue Breeze inkpad.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings die - leave both pieces in the die.  Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the edges.  Flip the diecuts (still in the die)  over onto a Violet Notecard and press them firmly onto the notecard.  

Diecut the greeting with the smallest die and attach it using the same process.

Attach the umbrellas - use foam dots for the top and bottom umbrellas.  Add purple and tiny clear sequins.

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Venture outside the box when you're designing cards.  There are so many ways to use the great dies and stamps from the Memory Box collection.  Hope I can inspire you to look at your supplies in new and different ways!

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

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02/14/2017

Tue 14

Plush Folk Hearts and Valentine Wishes
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Plush Folk Hearts and a bit of gold create a special card for you...Happy Valentine's Day!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a design that just about created itself as a happy discovery.   The stitch holes on the Plush Folk Hearts made it easy to quickly build this abstract pattern of sparkly gold cord.  

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Cut two of the medium hearts from pink cardstock.  Punch a 3/16" hole - offset to the right.  Sew long stitches from the punched hole out to the diecut holes along the top edge.  Skip some holes along the left bottom edge.  Sew a few more long stitches.  Knot the thread behind the hearts.  

The Plush Folk Hearts set also includes a slightly smaller third heart - without the stitching holes.  It's great for layering and stenciling.

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Splatter it lightly with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz - shake the container, then gently tap the bottom of the spritzer tube over the center and left side of the square.  Heat-set the ink.  It's easier to splatter first, then add the other design elements.  

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from gray cardstock - leave them in the die.  Dry-emboss them for extra texture using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Attach pink and gold washi tape, the grosgrain ribbon diecuts and the heart to the square.  Attach two layers of adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to gray cardstock and cut the "Happy" from the Happy Birthday Friendship Script set.  Adhesive paper makes it quick and easy to add dimension to the greeting without gluing the layers together.  

Print "valentine's day" with a labelmaker.

Attach everything to a 5-½" square card of white cardstock.

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Gold and silver - or the bride's special colors - would transform this into a pretty wedding card too.   Experiment with different stitch patterns - there are so many possibilities!

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAY WISHES class at Impress!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Karen too - for helping us fill our baskets with everything we wanted - and more.  Who would have guessed there were so many creative ways to use our dies and stamps - way beyond the obvious uses.

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

02/08/2017

Wed 08

Wishing You Love
by Lindsay

Hello, and happy February!

I can't quite believe that this month is here already! I get excited when February comes around, because as a card maker, it means a lot of Love and Friendship cards to make! Sending people a handmade card is more appreciated that we know. I won't lie, though..I have a hard time actually getting them in the mail. You too? 

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The latest release, however, makes it super easy to get these sweet cards made! I used the Classic Stitched Heart Rings to create this dreamy card, today. Let me tell you how I did it. I took the hearts, and placed them onto an A2 white card base, and ran it through my die cut machine. I then took a piece of typing paper, and covered the back of the front piece using a lot of adhesive. I ran the hearts through again, with gold card stock, and reinserted the outer heart rings back in the front of the card. The hearts that I had die cut from the card front that were inked with Distress Inks in Teal, Fuchsia, and light Pink, and reinserted back into the heart openings as well. 

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I then began working on my sentiment. I used a combination of stamps, and a die to create a bit more interest to my sentiment. The Love die cut is from the 2015 Holiday collection, so my apologies if you are unable to find it, however, any similar font would work! I die cut it multiple times from black card stock, and layered them up. I stamped the Wishing You from the So Many Things to Love stamp set, and adhered the die cut down with liquid glue.

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To finish it, I adhered a scattering of clear sequins across the front of the card. I hope you enjoyed, and were inspired to create a few love themed, or friendship cards to send to people you care about! Have a great day!

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02/02/2017

Thu 02

Frame the Adler Star Collage with a Cherub Heart
by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a simple Valentine with the Adler Star Collage in a Cherub Heart Frame - then add a greeting, some sequins - and your card is ready!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - with a bit of inspiration for our February Challenge.  It's all about clean and simple "love" cards - and with the big day just 12 days away clean and simple is the way to go!  

The Adler Star Collage adds a edgy, faceted look to the classic Cherub Heart.  It's sandwiched between layers of black and red cardstock.  The Rectangle Basics make it easy to cut the perfect layers without any tedious measuring.

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Cut a 2.3" x 1.9" Cherub Heart from black cardstock - leave a generous margin of cardstock to create a frame.  Save the negative.  Cut Adler Star Collage from another piece of black cardstock.  

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Place the Cherub Heart negative over the collage and temporarily tape the layers of cardstock together.  Attach the back of the negative to the sides of the collage.    Cut through both layers with the 2-¼" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut a red cardstock rectangle to fit behind the heart.

Stamp LOVE - from the Smile Clear Stamps Set - on red cardstock with Imagine Crafts Tuxedo Black Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail black powder to add a bit of shine and dimension.  Cut it with the 1/3/4" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die. 

Attach everything to a 3-¾" x 7-78" card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold sequins.

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Keep it simple - and easily-assembled!  You'll discover that many of the Memory Box dies create the perfect cutouts to frame our delicate collages and add dimension.   Bold colors and shiny accents add the finishing touch.

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's LOVE...Simply Stated class at Impress.  Thanks Ann, Karen and Erin - for helping us find the products we need for great Valentines.  

See you at this weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making six Asian-inspired cards - one of them features a simple origami bird I created for the class.   

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

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01/26/2017

Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and Rectangle Basics
by Jean Okimoto

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The entire Tall Poppy Left Corner  and a matching Classic Stitched Heart create another versatile card tonight.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another mix-and-match layered design in soft, sweet pinks.

Is it a Valentine card for a friend - or a friendship card with hearts?  It's your choice - our latest collection of dies and stamps has everything you need to create the perfect greeting!

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Cut Tall Poppy Left Corner from green cardstock.  Cut the flowers and bud from pink cardstock - and cut extras of the smallest flower from green and pink.  They'll add a bright spot of color along the left edge - and help secure the delicate tip of the frame too.

Cut natural cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the largest Classic Stitched Heart from pink glittered cardstock and green cardstock.  Cut the matching Classic Stitched Heart from natural cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love Clear Stamp Set - with Imagine Crafts Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance. 

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale pink cardstock - offset the flowers and pink heart for dimension.  Add iridescent clear sequins.

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Save the date - Saturday, January 28th - for the annual Valentine Open House at Impress!  Be inspired by the latest in Valentine designs, demos and beautiful displays.  Join us for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30 - we're making 5 cards and a sweet little candy wrapper that's easier-than easy.  Learn to use new - and classic favorite - products in ways you never expected.  It's all about getting the most from our tools and supplies.    See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...see you here on Outside the Box in February!

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Thu 26

Tall Poppy Left Corner, Stitched Heart Layers and So Many Things to Love
by Jean Okimoto

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A quick pruning trims the Tall Poppy Left Corner into a set of blossoms to adorn a Stitched Heart Layer for a simple friendship or Valentine card.    Hi there - Jean Okimoto here - with another design combining some of my favorite products from different releases.  

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I recently re-discovered my Stitched Country Borders set of 5 great, versatile dies.  The small scalloped border is used  to visually balance the Stitched Heart and create the illusion of a grassy border.  Deep thinking here!

Don't you just love it when we're able to mix and match and get the most from our Memory Box and Open Studio designs?

Cut Tall Left Poppy Corner from green cardstock and lay it on white cardstock.  Place the largest Stitched Heart Layer over it to determine where to trim it.  

Cut the two flowers and the bud from pink cardstock.  Cut the remaining flower from pink glittered craft foam.  Trim the stems and attach the three pink cardstock pieces.  Diecut the heart around the poppies.  Add tiny dots of glue to secure the bottom of the stems.  Attach the craft foam heart.

Run the small scalloped Country Stitches Border through the machine twice to cut a 4-½" long border.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neons Electric Pink  and  emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the 2" x ¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.

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It may be a bit too cold to be out gardening...but that won't stop us from trimming our favorite diecuts to create cards for the special people in our lives!  

Thanks for stopping by...

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01/19/2017

Thu 19

Sending Love with the Antilles Floral Bouquet and Heart Wire
by Jean Okimoto

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Send a lovely greeting with the new Antilles Floral Bouquet wrapped in the Heart Wire - and make someone smile on a cold winter day.  It's easy with a pair of dies from our latest release.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a simple design for Valentine's Day...or any day!

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Cut Antilles Floral Bouquet from gold mirror cardstock and remove the flowers.  Cut the flowers again from pink cardstock.  Attach a scrap of green cardstock behind the centers.

Cut Heart Wire from gold mirror cardstock. 

Cut white cardstock with the 4-½" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the bouquet and Heart Wire to the background - trim the ends of the wire a bit.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded white A2 card.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love stamp set - on white cardstock with Imagine Crafts Rose Bud Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with Imagine Crafts Irirdescent Powder for a clear, sparkly effect.   Trim it with the smallest die from the Rectangle Basics set.  Attach it with foam dots.

Attach Scor-Tape behind green glittered cardstock and cut the circle pattern from the Distressed Baptisia Collage set.  Instant self-adhesive glitter dots!

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I confess that I tried it with the Heart Wire loop circling the stems.  Oh dear...it looked like I was trying too hard to be clever.  Not good at all.   Hope you like how it turned out here!

Thanks for stopping by.  Spend a few minutes combining and layering your diecuts - you'll discover some great combos that will be perfect for your next card!

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Thu 19

Heart Wave, Classic Stitched Heart Collection and the Tall Grassy Stems Border
by Jean Okimoto

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Grow a Valentine garden with the new Heart Wave and Classic Stitched Heart Collection - on a background of the Tall Grassy Stems Border.  Why grow roses when you can grow a garden of watercolored hearts?   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - let's create a Valentine card today!

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Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Spritz a few areas with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink.  Diecut it with Heart Wave.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the So Many Things to Love clear stamp set - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Gray Flannel Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest die from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection.  

Leave a border at the bottom and cut Tall Grassy Stems Border from textured gray cardstock - use the Metal Adapter Place for best results.    Trim the border with the small scalloped Stitched Country Borders die.  

Cut white cardstock with the   4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Curtain rings are a great way to organize layering dies like Rectangle Basics.  Clip them together and hang the ring from a hook near your work area.  You'll reach for them over and over again - and always find the perfect size and shape!

Attach just the bottom of the grassy border to the rectangle.  Dot some glue over the grass tips that will receive a heart - then just attach the heart and the tip of the grass onto the background to secure both pieces.  Leave the unadorned grass tips un-glued.  They'll be just fine - promise!

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock.  Add tiny clear sequins.

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Thanks a bunch for stopping by.  Have fun with this card - it's hard to stop attaching the hearts once you get started! 

Thanks to everyone who took the first GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class on Monday - and to Shari, Jeannie and Becca for helping us find everything we needed - and a lot more!

Want more Valentine ideas?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another GREETINGS FROM THE HEART class at Impress on January 21st.  The class date has been moved up a week earlier - the annual Valentine event will now be celebrated on January 28th.  We're  making 6 cards on the 21st - including a sweet card with a simple little origami pocket heart and doily dress card.  We'll be using some accents from my stash - everyone receives a packet of "stash extras" to make more class cards at home.  See you!

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01/14/2017

Sat 14

So Many Things to Love About Sketch Floral
by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection transforms Sketch Floral into a flowery Valentine or everyday card today.   Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a super-quick card for you.  

I love being able to create unique designs from the classic dies in the Memory Box collection.  Sketch Floral is perfect as is - but tucking a glittered heart behind the delicate outlines quickly adds another dimension and extends the use of my dies.  The Rectangle Basics set of 16 dies makes it so easy to cut the perfect background for any card.  Both also semi-justify my ever-growing stash of Memory Box dies.  If you can use it more than once, it's a good thing, right?

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Cut the 3" x 4-¼" rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut Sketch Floral.  Cut a heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection from pink glittered cardstock.  It's a great set of 5 hearts that  complement  the original Stitched Heart Collection of larger hearts.  

Stamp the greeting - from the So Many Things to Love clear set - with Imagine Crafts Lightning Black Brilliance, then dry the ink.

Attach the rectangle to a top-folded A2 card of lime cardstock.  Attach the pink heart.  Insert the delicate Sketch Floral outline - offset the stem to reveal more of the lime green card behind the cutout.  Add pink sequins.

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There's your card - I think it took longer to write the instructions than it did to make the card.  That's quick and easy!  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress.  There are so many great new Memory Box and Poppystamps designs - it was challenging to select my favorites for the class cards.  Thanks also to Ann, Karen and Stacey for helping everyone find or order the dies on their cards and wishlists.  

If you have the day off on Monday January 16th (or even if you don't!) - join us for GREETINGS FROM THE HEART, our first Valentine class.  We're making 6 cards, including one with a simple origami heart.  We'll also use bits from my stash - and everyone gets a packet of extras to make more class cards at home.

Thanks for stopping by.  Keep warm and safe!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

01/05/2017

Thu 05

Heart Wire and the Rectangle Basics Set
by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Heart Wire be more than "just" a Valentine design - it's perfect for friendship cards too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, sharing another idea featuring this great new die - and a chance for you to win just for commenting on this post.

Cut Heart Wire from glittered pink craft foam - leave it in the die.  

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Wondering why the new Magnificient Mum Floral Blooms are shown here?  Has she gone completely over the edge?  Not yet - but I thought it was a great way to diecut a bunch of tiny random double-stick shapes from Scor-Tape  to attach the Heart Wire.  Save the adhesive-covered mum outlines too - we'll use them later.  We save everything, don't we?

The Memory Box collection of dies has many, many designs that you can use to diecut adhesive pieces for your projects.  I chose the mums here because I wanted to use the outlines for another project.

Attach the sticky pieces to the hearts - and the ends.  

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Use the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die to cut white cardstock.  This is another great new set of 16 dies designed to create the perfect rectangles for layering on A-2 and other cards.  Stamp the greeting - from the new So Many Things to Love set - with Imagine Crafts Celestial Copper Delicata.  Heat-set the ink.  Use a piercing tool to lightly press the adhesive-covered hearts (liners removed!) onto the rectangle.  Remove the die and press the hearts firmly onto the background.  

Wrap the two ends loosely around the edges like a heart-hug.  Attach the rectangle to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.  

Want to a chance to win the Heart Wire die?  Just add your comment here and you'll have a chance to add this great new design to your personal Memory Box collection.  Comment on all of our Detail Team posts during the Blog Blitz from January 2 through the 8th for many more chances to win the products our designers have chosen for you.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on January 8th.

See you at the NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress on Saturday afternoon.  There are so many great new Memory Box and Poppystamps designs to chose from - I've narrowed it down to my very favorites for the 6 cards we'll be making.

Thanks for stopping by!

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