266 posts categorized "Words"

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...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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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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.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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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