88 posts categorized "2015 Spring"


Sat 16

Autumn Blessings
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing an autumn card.  Today I focused on the stamp set Grateful Autumn.

Acorns are my most favorite fall item!  I started on the base of the card.  I embossed kraft cardstock background with

Wow embossing powder in metallic copper sparkle powder.  Than I splattered some white diluted paint.


I embossed several leaves and acorns and colored them with Copic Markers.  I added the Copic shades on my blog.

Trim up your leaf/ acorn combos and adhere them with foam tape.


Lastly, I embossed the sentiments with black embossing powder, trimmed them up and adhered them with foam tape.

For a finishing touch I scattered some gems.

Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

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Tue 17

Grand Voyage Balloon
by Donna

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features the new Grand Voyage Balloon die. This works perfectly with Breezy Clouds Detail Plate.  It's fun to mix the old and the new.


To create this card begin by die cutting the Grand Voyage BalloonQuilted Balloon Stripes, Curled Ribbons and Breezy Clouds Detail Plate from watercolor paper. Paint the cloud background, balloon, and balloon stripes with watercolors. Stencil over the balloon using Fired Brick distress ink and the Dot Grid stencil.  The bunny is stamped, colored, cut out and glued behind the balloon basket. The sentiment came from a Poppystamps set called Into the Woods, which was stamped on watercolor paper and cut into a banner.  Glue the banner to a toothpick which was stained with Vintage Photo Distress ink. 


To finish the card adhere the balloon to the cloud background using foam adhesive.  Embellish with clear glass dots. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great week!



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Mon 28

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #2
by Jean Okimoto


Let's make three more calendar pages with our Memory Box and Open Studio dies and Peerless Watercolors.  Jean Okimoto here with more  of our 2016 calendar - have fun with these pretty colors and shimmery sequins!  The cute little calendars are from Impress.

They all begin with an Open Studio Stitched Pinpoint Layer...then add splashes of color, more diecuts, and a scattering of pretty sequins.  I've designed these as calendar pages, but they'd be nice birthday cards too - create personalized greetings by highlighting the date of someone's birthday.


Diecut watercolor paper and paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Paint a scrap of watercolor paper with the blues and purples, dry it, then cut the Open Studio Come Rain or Shine umbrellas.  Attach a piece of Scor-Tape behind silver mirror cardstock and cut the handles.  Trim the top of the handles a bit before attaching them to the umbrellas.  Add teal and purple sequins.  


Cut the background and a portion of Blooming Poppy from watercolor paper.  Paint them with Peerless Watercolors.  Attach tiny opalescent white sequins.


Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut it with the Sorona Butterfly.  Cut Lydia Butterfly from watercolor paper and attach both pieces to a diecut background.  Add clear mini sequins and opalescent purple sequins.

Thanks very much for stopping by - hope you're enjoying this little calendar series as much as I enjoy sharing the ideas with you!


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Sat 26

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar
by Jean Okimoto


Gather your favorite Memory Box and Open Studio dies and stamps, Peerless Watercolors and Imagine Crafts Inkpads and create a colorful calendar to welcome 2016!  Jean Okimoto here this holiday weekend with a trio of calendar pages for you.  The little calendars are from Impress.



Cut watercolor paper with the approximately 3-¾" x 4-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.  Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Chandra Stem from silver glitter craft foam, turquoise vellum and gold mirror cardstock.  Attach gold, silver and turquoise sequins.


Paint the background with Peerless Watercolors, then cut it with the approximately 3" x 4" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.   Cut the Open Studio Stitched Heart Layers from white vellum and iridescent vellum.  Attach silver and clear sequins.


Stamp Delicate Flight with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Daub the background with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime.  Attach adhesive label paper to white felt and diecut Springtime Bunnies.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and prevents liquid adhesives from soaking through the felt.  Attach clear and pearlescent lavender sequins.

Combine these great dies, stamps and beautiful colors and create a calendar to brighten each day of the New Year.  Display them on a bulletin board, set them on an easel - or showcase them like little works of art on card holders from Birch Press Design.  


Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back with the April, May and June designs on Sunday.  





Tue 03

Merry And Bright Sled
by Marnie Bushmole

Good November Morning!  It's finally ok to start preparing for Christmas!  I'm so excited this is my favorite time.  I love creating Holiday cards and projects!   So for today I have a fun water colored piece with the Large Winter Sled layered over and the Merry and Bright stamped in gold.   There is a bit of gold thread added to the sled as a pull.  I just used my 1/16" hole punch to thread it through.  

 The watercolor background is done on a die cut piece of water color paper using the Pinpoint Square Layers.  The watercolor red is Brusho and the green dots are from a tube of water color they match the Memory Box patterned papers used here. 

The card itself is a 5" square card which I haven't tried in awhile but I do love how the square cards turn out.

 Hope your having a Wonderful Week!  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to check out the NEW November Memory Box Challenge #6 Glitter here




Wed 26

Sketch Form Butterfly and Zippy Dots


MemoryBoxSketchFormButterfly-MemoryBoxZippyDots-OpenStudioPinpointRectangleLayers-OpenStudioSmile-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-Brilliance-VersaFine-VersaMark-ImpressCardsAndCraftsSo many butterflies, so little time - use the beautiful Sketch Form Butterfly to capture a bit of the fleeting  summer.   There are so many great butterfly stamps, dies and stencils in our collection that it's hard to chose just one for a card.   Jean Okimoto here today - with a Kaleidacolored  butterfly card.  

We're double-dipping with the Caribbean Sea inkpad here - for the watercolored background, and the Sketch Form Butterfly.  It's a quick matchup - and some of my favorite colors too!

Zippy Dots, stencilled in Pearlescent Jade, softens the seriousness of the bold butterfly and plays up the Pinpoint Rectangle Layer border.   Deep thinking.

Add a quick greeting - from the Open Studio Smile clear stamp set...and there's your card!


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists.

Big thanks to everyone who took Sunday's Color, Create and Enjoy class at Impress!  Hope you liked the 8 cards, artsy colors and techniques I shared from the July Look Book.

 Thanks for visiting - hope you'll return for another card this evening...




Sat 15

New Possibilities with the Lydia and Sorona Butterflies


The Lydia and Sorona Butterflies  and Peerless Watercolors are a perfect match for quick summer cards.  Cut the antenna from the Darla Butterfly from mirror cardstock for a bright dash of gold.   Jean Okimoto here this evening, with another colorful card for you.

Spritz several pieces of watercolor paper with water - then add painterly washes of Peerless Watercolors in shades of blue, green, pink, purple and yellow.  Dry it - then diecut your favorite  piece with the Sorona Butterfly.  Add an overlay of turquoise vellum cut with the Lydia Butterfly and an antenna from the Darla Butterfly.

Stamp New Possibilities in Lilac Posies Memento Luxe and emboss it.  Add some sequins.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists.



Thanks for stopping by again this evening.  Hope you'll join us again tomorrow...Donna's designing a great card for you.




Wed 05

Splish Splashing Puddles and Resting Birds

MemoryBoxRestingBirds-MemoryBoxSplashingPuddles-OpenStudioStitchedStarLayers-OpenStudioSmile-OpenStudioStitchedRectangleLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-PeerlessWatercolorsKeep cool - like the Resting Birds - with Splashing Puddles and a watercolored background.  Jean Okimoto here today - with more inspiration for our August Challenge.  The theme?  Cool Thoughts for Warm Days - like some of the record-breaking days we've had lately.  

Memory Box Products

  • Open Studio Stitched Rectangle Layers Die Set 30009
  • Open Studio Stitched Star Layers Die Set 30055
  • Resting Birds Die 98527
  • Splashing Puddles Die 99062
  • Sunflower Notecard (for diecutting)
  • Pool Notecard and Envelope

Imagine Crafts Inkpad

  • Teal Zeal Memento Luxe Pigment Inkpad

Peerless Watercolors

Paint a watercolored background and diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Diecut Stitched Star Layers and Splashing Puddles.  

I love using our dies with felt - here's a tip for you.  It's great fpr diecutting - make it even better by stabilizing it with adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to control the fuzzies and keep liquid adhesives from soaking through.  

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for totay's card.


 Thanks  for stopping by - hope you'll join us again this evening for another card and a peek at the samples for my Look Book class - COLOR, CREATE  & ENJOY - at Impress on August 23rd.




Sat 25

It's Party Time - and Time for Some Cake

MemoryBoxStitchedHappyHolidaySquareFrame-MemoryBoxBloomingSketchBorder-OpenStudioTimeForSomeCake-OpenStudioPartyTime-JeanOkimoto-ImpressCardsAndCrafts-ImagineCrafts-PeerlessWatercolorsIt's time for some cake and a party time celebration!   Thanks for stopping by - Jean Okimoto here this evening.  

Don't save the new Stitched Happy Holiday Square Frame for winter cards...use it for celebrations throughout the year.  The "holiday" portion of the die is separate and interchangeable so you can mix and match typestyles, backgrounds and colors.  I've combined it with the "birthday" from the Open Studio Party Clear Set.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Stitched Happy Holiday Square Frame Die 99265
  • Blooming Sketch Border Stamp F2037
  • Open Studio Time for Some Cake Die Set 30020
  • Open Studio Party Time Clear Stamp Set CL5153

Imagine Crafts Products

  • VersaFine Onyx Black Inkpad    
  • VersaMark Inkpad        
  • Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid and Sunflower Yellow Inkpads    
  • Memento Morocco Pigment Inkpad   
  • Daubers   

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's birthday card - and more.

Have you shopped at Dave and Monica Brethauer's Birch Press Design store recently?  It's an online collection of beautiful, classic must-haves for your home, gifting and entertaining.  View the new collection there - then return to the "Birch Press and Another Prize" post on Outside the Box and tell us what your favorite new item is.   You'll be entered in a drawing for a small flame rolling pin - perfect for summer tarts!   View the details here.  Hurry... the entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on July 26th.


Have a great weekend - see you again on Wednesday!




Sat 25

A Blooming Poppy and Seeds of Happiness



Hi there - looking for a way to use the other section of the new Blooming Poppy Die?  We used the left side in my previous post - now we get to play with a beautiful butterfly and some glitter.  Jean Okimoto here today with a flowery summer design for you.

Memory Box Products

  • NEW Blooming Poppy Die 99223
  • NEW Pinpoint Rectangle Layers Die Set 30065
  • Seeds of Happiness Stamp B2054
  • Cascadia Butterfly Trio 99095

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Memento Dye Ink Refills - Angel Pink, Dandelion
  • Brilliance Inkpads - Pearlescent Lime, Orange, Coral and Thyme - and Sunflower Yellow and Rocket Red Gold
  • Daubers

Watercolor the background with diluted Angel Pink and Dandelion inks.  Daub the diecut with Brilliance inks.  Cut the large Cascadia Butterfly from Scor-Tape.  Attach it behind the Blooming Poppy butterfly and brush glitter onto the adhesive.  

Here's a quick tip for you.  The Pinpoint Rectangle Layers add a perfect frame to any design.  Use it to cut custom-sized greeting shapes too.    Stamp the greeting and cut it with the one of the smaller dies - then trim off any excess using just one edge of a larger die.  


Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for today's project - and other designs from our new release.

 Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening!