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Mon 23

Antilles Floral Border and the Classic Stitched Heart Collection
by Jean Okimoto


A Classic Stitched Heart joins the beautiful Antilles Floral Border on a sweet and simple card to celebrate Valentine's Day, a birthday - or any day.   Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with a few timesaving techniques to share with you too.

Cut a Stitched Rectangle Trimming background to frame and add a bit of dimension to the border.  Here's an easy way to attach it to the Cherry Blossom Notecard...


Cut the 4-½" x 3-½" rectangle from a portion of a Cherry Blossom Notecard.  Leave it in the die and attach narrow strips of doublestick tape along the edges - be sure to tape both the delicate frame and the inner rectangle.  


Remove the tape liner and flip the diecut (still in the die) over onto the notecard.   Press it to remove the diecut pieces and attach both of them at once...perfectly!


Delicate designs like the Antilles Floral Border can be tricky to remove from the die - here's a tip that will make it a lot easier!  Scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the die to prep it.


Attach two narrow strips of doublestick tape to green cardstock.  Diecut Antilles Floral Border.  Remove the diecut from the negative by snipping the left and right bottom corners - then gently wiggling and pulling the negative portion away from the diecut.  Remove the green flowers - they'll  be replaced by pink felt flowers and a glittered foam Stitched Classic Heart.

Attach the border to the background.  The two rows of doublestick tape will adhere the bottom and center of the border.  Adhesive from the  flowers and heart will adhere top of the stems.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to pink felt and cut four of the flowers.  The label stabilizes the felt and makes it easy to poke  the tiny holes out without leaving any fuzzy felt residue.  Punch four ½" circles of bright pink cardstock and attach them behind the felt flowers.  

Cut a pink glittered foam heart from the Classic Stitched Heart Collection. Attach the heart - use foam dots at the top.  Add green sequins.

Hope these little tricks will save you some time and make it quick and easy to create cards for any occasion!

Big Thanks to everyone from last week's Greetings from the Heart class at Impress!  Thanks too Shari, Erin and Stacey - for helping us find the everything we need for great Valentines.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday January 28th for their annual Valentine Open House.  Demos, special displays and the very best  products for your cards, layouts and planners.   Save the afternoon too - for the LOVE...SIMPLY STATED class at 1:30.  We're making 5 cards and a candy wrapper for your favorite sweeties.  See you there!

Thanks for stopping by...






What a pretty card Jean and perfect for many occasions too, thanks for sharing.

I love the Antilles Floral Border

Thanks, Jean, for all of those helpful hints. This is a post I'll save and share with my card-making group. Wish I didn't live on the other side of the country from you--would love to take one of your classes! Anne

Oh my goodness Jean, how sweet is THIS? I ♥ IT!

so pretty and such sweet flowers, love the added shimmer heart!

Thanks julye - try the design in a range of yellows for a sweet spring card!

Thanks Deloris - I love it too - there are so many ways to use this die!

Thanks Anne...and thanks for sharing the ideas with your group too. We had a great time in Maine, eating our way from north to south. Would love to have everyone at Impress meet you too!

Thanks Teresa - add some eggs and a bunny or two, and there's your Easter card!

Thanks Conniecrafter...reverse the flowers:heart ratio for a great wedding card too!

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