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33 posts from August 2018

Fri 31

Joy Card
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

I can't believe it's Labor Day weekend.  I am so happy that the end of summer is in site and hopefully we will have some cooler weather!

For my card today I used the alcohol ink stamped background I created in my last post on August 23rd.



I inked the edges of the background with Peeled Paint and Forest Moss distress inks. 

I adhered a piece of washi tape to a strip of cardstock and glued that to the center of the background.  Next I glued that to a red cardstock mat and adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the joy from red cardstock and glued it to a white stitched circle die cut.  I lightly inked the edge of the circle with Peeled Paint distress ink and adhered it to a plain red die cut circle. This I adhered to the card front using foam tape.


I die cut some pine wreath branches from green cardstock and glued those to the left side of the circle.

To finish the card I added some red beads and clear drops to further embellish it.

I hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend and thanks for stopping by today!





Thu 30

Holly Flourish and Resting Birds in a Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto


Arrange some tiny gold Resting Birds on the Holly Flourish - then add bright red berry dots for a very traditional holiday greeting.  Husband says they're either very tiny birds or a very big holly branch - oh yes, they are!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Christmas design for you.


Cut the large outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set from white cardstock and leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges.  Remove the tape liners (!) and flip the die over and press it firmly onto a Key Lime Notecard.  Cut Holly Flourish from a slightly darker shade of green. 

Cut Resting Birds from gold glittered paper or cardstock.

Bubble Burst is the perfect source for assorted bright red "berries."  I've added a third berry to the bottom center branch.  

Stamp the greeting - from the versatile Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  It's a tight fit - but you can do it!  Cut another rectangle from green cardstock and layer it for dimension and definition.

Rectangle Basis is a set of 16 dies ranging from 4-¼" x 5-½" all the way down to ½" x 1-¾".  They're proportioned for A-2 cards and are great for greetings, accents and backgrounds with crisp, finished edges.  Eliminate tedious measuring, trimming and re-trimming with Rectangle Basics.  

Here's your card!


If you're in the Seattle area and have a day off on Monday - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - including one with a very cool origami butterfly that's a lot easier than it looks.  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design have so many dies that are perfect for the understated, contemporary Asian style we love.  

Thanks for visiting!








Thu 30

Snow Much Fun in the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto


The Snowflake Double Frame sets the scene for a friendly snowball fight between the Snow Much Fun bunnies.  Christmas cards are often male-dominated designs of Santas, elves and snowmen. Here are some gals sharing the holiday fun!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a few techniques to save some holiday prep time too.


Save coloring time by stamping the bunnies - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the stamped images with the coordinating designs from the Snow Much Fun Dies Set.  Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  Use that as a palette to color the ears and scarves.  

Stamp and emboss the snowball sections again on white cardstock.  Cut them out and attach them over the gray snowballs.  No one wants gray snowballs!

Here's another timesaver... 


A layer of a waxed deli or bakery sheet  between the die and the cardstock makes it quick and easy to remove all of the bits and pieces from these beautifully-detailed dies like Elegant Snowflake Double Frame.   The big die on the left shows the layering sequence.  The pieces cling to the waxed sheet and are easily released from the die.  Peel the waxed sheet from the cardstock and pop the diecuts out.  Those two snowflake pieces in the upper right corner are the diecuts from the waxed sheet.

If you're diecutting glossy or metallic cardstock and it's hard to remove the waxed sheet - press a piece of "Magic" tape lightly onto a corner or edge of the waxed sheet to pull it off.  

Attach the left bunny behind the frame.  Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bunny on the right.  Add orange gem stickers.

I love playing with colors - pick your favorite colors for this card.  Or use the team, school or favorite colors of the recipient.  They'll appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again with another project this evening!





Wed 29

Silver Rose
by Olga

Hi there, I hope your Wednesday is going on great!

I know that Christmas has entered our minds already but the summer is still here and I don't want to let it go! So here they come - roses and butterflies!

Silver Rose 1

I have used a combination of specialty cardstocks to add more variety to texture and then attached some clear droplets to rose petals:

Silver Rose 2

To learn exactly how I made this card watch the step by step tutorial here:

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope to see you again quite soon!




Tue 28

Fa La La Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome! It's Isha with you today. Have you started creating your Christmas cards already? Did you check out the new holiday collection yet? Here is one more inspiration for you sharing some stamping, coloring, die-cutting, layering and mixing various dies.


I started by creating a top folding square card using dark blue cardstock. I then die-cut the frame using white cardstock and adhered it to the cardbase. I die-cut the twig using watercolor paper and colored in using various distress inks. I die-cut the holly twig from glitter gold cardstock and created a twig cluster. 

I stamped and colored the cute bunny images using copic markers. Finally to tie in the gold holly leaves, I stamped and embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder. 

The new frame dies are my absolute favourite. They are so versatile :)

Here is a close up.


Hope you got inspired from today's card. Have a wonderful crafty day!







Mon 27

Glad Tidings
by Melissa Rusk


Happy Monday! Today I am sharing a fun technique and one of the beautiful dies from the new release. I die cut the Delicate Pine Frame in white for my card and used some glitter to create snow on the tree branches. For the background I took a piece of photo paper and some liquid water colors. I put a few drops of the different colors on the paper and then sprayed them with water to get the color to move around the paper. I took a paper towel at the sides to collect some of the extra water as it ran off. Then I just let it dry. So easy and fun!

I used foam tape to glue down the frame and then I stamped and embossed the glad tidings sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments stamp set to finish it off. Have a wonderful week!





Sun 26

Holiday Wishes
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello!  Penny here today with some cuteness. You probably know me well enough now that I am a floral kind of girl, but once in a while you just have to make something cute.

These adorable bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set fit the bill nicely.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base 4.25 x 5.50 inches.




On the upper front of card base stamp snowflakes and heat emboss with white powder. Ink around the top with Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers. Use a tissue to rub over the snowflakes to make them white again.

Stamp and die cut bunnies from the Snow Much Fun set. Color with preferred medium and set aside.




Die cut a scrap of White cardstock with Wrapped Stitch Frames. As you can see I am only using a portion of the die cut. Ink the scalloped edge lightly with Peacock Feathers.

Stamp and heat emboss sentiment on to Black cardstock.

Adhere the die cut portion to bottom of sentiment.




How sweet is that tiny ruffle?!?


Happy Holiday card making,





Sat 25

Holiday Twigs and Snowberry Sprigs by Jean Okimoto


Tuck the Holiday Twigs and Snowberry Sprigs into Simple Garden Pots for an easy Christmas greeting.  Use the detailed outer frame - from the Delicate Pine Frame set - with its interior rectangle as the backdrop for a trio of pots.  Tiny birds from the frame set and gem stickers add holiday sparkle.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a layered, textured design that's simple - but very detailed.  Cut the frame from smooth white cardstock - leave both the frame and the inner rectangle in the die.  Attach ¼" wide Scor-Tape.  Flip the die over onto a 4-½" x 6-¼" white card and press it firmly to adhere both pieces.


Cut three of the small Simple Garden Pots from silver textured paper.

Cut Snowberry Sprigs from two shades of red cardstock.  Cut the larger Holiday Twig from green cardstock.  Tuck the stems into the slotted pots and tape them to the back of the pots.  Trim the excess.

Cut the tiny birds from gold glittered paper.

Assemble the card.  Add clear gem stickers.


Holiday greenery diecuts like these sprigs and twigs are perfect for gift tags too.  They quickly grow into potted plants when slipped into the slotted garden pots.  Use them as fillers for diecut bouquets.  Snip them into smaller pieces and use them to accent diecut wreaths.   Many possibilities!

We've added another GREETINGS FROM BIRCH PRESS class to the schedule at Impress.  It's on Saturday September 8th from 1:30-3:30- we're making 3 holiday cards and 3 everyday cards.  Hope you can join us that day if you weren't able to get into the previous Birch Press Design class.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!







Fri 24

Create a Snowman with Stitched Bump Border by Jean Okimoto


Add a big snowman to your holiday cards with Stitched Bump Borders - then add Piccolo Snowflakes and a greeting from the new Typewrite Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps.  Hi there,  Jean Okimoto here with a fun Christmas design for your holiday stash.


Cut a 4-¼" x 5-¾" rectangle of white cardstock.  Diecut Stitched Bump Border  - with the top  ½" from the upper left corner and the bottom  1" from the bottom left corner.  

Round the top right and bottom left corners.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewrite Holiday Sentiments - with VersaFineClair Tulip Red and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach scraps of  heavy white cardstock behind the partial circles to prop them up a bit when the snowman is attached to the card.  

The eyes, nose, buttons and twiggy arm from the Build a Snowman Set are perfect for this snowman too!  Cut them from black, orange and dark kraft cardstock - cut two sets of buttons.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind red velvet ribbon or paper and cut the streamer from the Curled Ribbons die.  The paper backing adds dimension and makes it easier to attach the "scarf" to the card.

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a 6" x 4-½" card of green cardstock.


Try looking beyond the obvious ways of using your Memory Box products.  Use the diecuts upside-down, offset and angled.  I love using my supplies in unintended ways and sharing those ideas with you so you can get the most from your stash too.


Thanks for visiting!









Thu 23

Merry Christmas to you
Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have another Christmas card featuring products from the latest holiday release.  


Since I had my alcohol inks out from my last post, I decided to play with the new Alcohol Lift Ink for my card today.  

I inked a piece of Yupo paper with various green alcohol inks and made a stamp by die cutting the Pine Wreath from a piece of fun foam.  I adhered the die cuts to a clear acrylic block using repositionable adhesive. 



 I inked the stamp with the alcohol lift ink and stamped into the inked background.  The great thing about this ink is that you can now stamp the image onto cardstock.  I wiped the ink from the background to remove the ink to reveal your stamped image. Tim Holtz has a great video showing how to use this ink pad.  


You can see the stamped image to the right of the picture ( always clean the ink off your stamp before you apply the ink again, otherwise you will transfer the color to your ink pad).  I will be using that background for another card.

I die cut a circle in the middle of the inked card front and adhered it to a white cardstock mat.  

Using red cardstock I die cut the pine wreath about 5 times and glued the branches around the circle opening.


I stamped, colored, and die cut the bunny and adhered it to the center of the circle.

The sentiment was stamped and embossed on a strip of red cardstock and glued to the front of the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!