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Tue 21

Birthday Wishes with Feathered Friends, Wrapped Circles and Swooping Branches and Leaves by Jean Okimoto


Send birthday wishes to someone a year older - but wiser - with the happy owl from the new Deep Edge Feathered Friends and Deep Edge Swooping Branches and Leaves.  This big, bright owl is framed by the new Wrapped Circles diecuts.  So many dies, so many ways to use them!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another matchup of innovative Memory Box dies and beautiful printed and embossed papers from Shizen Design.  Deep Edge dies are specially-designed for heavier, thicker materials and multiple layers of diecutting.  They're great for quilters, fabric artists and teachers who need to cut duplicates for their students.  The heavy artpapers are made from cotton fabric scraps from the t-shirt industry - but the dies cut right through with clean smooth edges, without leftover bits of threads and fibers.  


Cut two Wrapped Circles from white cardstock.  

Cut two Swooping Branches from cardboard and layer them for dimension.

Attach adhesive label paper or sticker sheets to black, peach, light orange and dark orange felt.  Diecut the owl's face, eyes, beak and rosy cheeks.  (I borrowed the smaller rosy cheeks die from the birds.)   The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Assemble that sweet face - it'll make anyone smile, even on their birthday!

Cut the wing from dark orange felt and black cardstock - it's easy to cut both layers with the Deep Edge Dies.

Cut the rest of the owl from the floral print and black cardstock - again, both layers at once.

Attach the black diecuts  - slightly offset for a shadow effect - behind the wing and owl.

Cut the leaves from embossed paper.

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the strip with the coordinating Garden Sketches die.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the center and top of the owl.  Add gold gem stickers.  The card's thickness will probably require extra postage - but it celebrates a special day!


Big thanks to everyone from Sunday's Asian Holiday Greetings class!  It was great to meet so many new students - and Memory Box fans - and to see my friends again.  Special thanks to Ann and Becca - for keeping us well-stocked with artpapers, washi tape and Memory Box and Poppystamps dies!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating on Thursday!  If you're in the Seattle area - save Saturday the 25th  for two holiday classes at Impress.  It's MERRY AND QUICK at 10:30 - 7 quick and easy Christmas cards that don't look quick and easy.

The GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class starts at 1:30.  We're making a fold-out portfolio and filling it with 8 colorful tags.  It's a great little gift - and it can be mailed in an A-6 envelope too.   As a bonus, I've added a candy card to the class - perfect for  delivering a holiday treat to the special people on your list. Of course we'll have to sample a bit of that chocolate too!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Friday!










Wish I was close enough to take your classes at Impress! Love today's project!

Wow! The owl is gorgeous! Love the colours in the art paper. The owl does make me smile! Thank you for sharing this beautiful card today.
Jacquelene L

Love this card! The bird is sooooo beautiful! xxx

Absolutely adorable! Your card put a big smile on my face!


I always love how you use papers and other supplies from previous classes for new projects. Your motto "Use what you already have!" sticks with me when starting new projects. I love the owl card with the papers from Shinzen Design! I'm sorry I missed Sumday's class, but plan on getting in there soon! Thanks for all the great inspiration!

Adorable card!!!

Thank you! Hope you'll visit Seattle someday - the Tukwila store is just a few miles from SeaTac Airport!
We love - and welcome - visitors and students from everywhere.

Thank you for commenting - and for your smile!

Thank you - I love the new deep edge dies!

Thank you - big smiles are happy smiles!

Thanks Shelly - it's great to update something "old" with a new technique or Shizen Design paper - or by pairing it with the new Memory Box release. Hope you'll have a chance to stop + shop this Saturday.
Thanks for taking my classes!

Thank you! The Feathered Friends set is great for those bits/pieces of felt and paper in the stash - and those eternal-supply rolls of wide ribbons from the box stores.

This card is beyond gorgeous Jean! I love the colors and clean layout of your card...what a darling die set. I am so happy that I have this set.

Thanks Maureen - Feathered Friends is a great set!

Thanks Marybeth - can't wait to see your design!

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