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29 posts from November 2018

Fri 30

Merry Christmas
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope this weekend will bring you some time to create!  Christmas will be here before you know it!  I think the card I have for you today will inspire you to get your Christmas cards made!


To make this card I began with a white notecard and adhered a silver cardstock layer to the front.

Next I die cut the Snowy Circle from white cardstock on the right hand side of the paper.  The snow background die cut I inked with Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress ink.  I glued the white cardstock onto the silver card layer and then glued the inked snow background in place.  


I die cut three trees from the Pine Forest Frame, inked them with Peeled Paint Distress ink and glued them to the left of the snow background.  

Next I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and snowballs and adhered them to the card front.

I inked the striped border stamp with red ink and stamped it on a strip of white cardstock, which I then adhered to the front of the card using foam tape.


To finish the card, I stamped Merry Christmas and added some sequins to further embellish the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!






Thu 29

That’s Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and Dies, Deco Trees and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto


Stamp a group of holiday trees with the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps then add some trunks and branches from the Deco Trees.  Attach some gem stickers...Merry Christmas!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.  

I was inspired by Donna's great triangle trees card with her artsy hand-drawn details.  I'm not quite the artist that Donna is - so we're borrowing some details from the Deco Trees die.  


Cut a 2-¾" x 4" piece of white cardstock with a die from Rectangle Basics.  Stamp the triangles with Brilliance - Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Olive, Pearlescent Thyme and Gamma Green.   MemoryBoxDecoTrees-TreeDiecuts-TreeCards-JeanOkimoto

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Deco Trees die to help release the cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees from dark brown cardstock.  


Trim the trunks and branches with dies from the That's Acute Triangle Die Set. Attach the diecuts to three of the trees.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of teal cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a turquoise side-folded A-2 card.  Add green gem stickers.

That's Acute Triangles can be use in so many ways - trees, pennants, flower holders, directional signs, word bubbles and very cool shapes!  Overlap and layer vellum triangles for shadowy and color-blended effects.  Diecut paper or fabric strips for rolled beads too.  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's MERRY+QUICK and DREAMING OF A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed both classes - and agree that merry and quick was very merry and very quick.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for finding all of the tools and supplies  for our cards. 

If you're in the Seattle area join us at Impress on Saturday December 1 for my final Holiday 2018 class.  We'll make a bright red portfolio with simple origami pockets and fill it with 9 festive tags in a variety of styles and themes.  We're using the just-released Winter Greenery Clear Stamps Set that's perfect for layering with VersaFine Clair inks.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!





Wed 28

Fa La La
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a dimensional forest scene that has a tree popped up in the foreground and a singing bunny in the background.

Here is a close up so that you can see the Copic coloring and the popped up tree a bit better:


To color the bunny, I used the following Copic markers:

Copic Markers- C00, C1, E51, E33, E35, R20, B0000, B1, R32, R35

E51- color entire bunny

E33- color right side of bunny (about 2/3 of the way in) as well as behind and under the bunny arm.

E35- add darkest shading to ear, tail, armpits, base of bunny

R20- bunny cheeks

R32- entire hymnal

R35- shading of hymnal

For the tree section, I cut the tree frame out twice...once in white and once in green to piece together a snow-capped finished tree.  The die set comes with small birds, so I added a few of those as well.  As a final step, I popped the tree frame onto my card using a lot of foam tape for support.





Tue 27

A Sweet Tag
by Melissa Rusk

Today I have a sweet stamped tag to share with you. It would be perfect on a gift or a baked treat this holiday season. Let's get started!


I started with a white tag and I stamped the background from the Typewriter Holiday Elements in a light teal color just to give the tag some texture. Next I took two white circles that I cut out and stamped them to become peppermint candies. Here is a photo tutorial of how I stamped them.

Using the smallest solid triangle from the That's Acute Triangle stamp set and started stamping. I inked up the stamp in red and with the point of the triangle in the center of the circle I started to stamp. Leaving a little bit of white between each triangle I kept stamping, trying to get the center points to line up. It's ok if at some point in your stamping the center looks a little weird, it will all even out when you get to the last triangle. I did this twice to get my two peppermint candies. It was so fun!

I added some clear wink of stella glitter pen to the candies to make them sparkle. Then I finished off the tag with the cute Gingerbread Cookie die that I cut in brown paper and used red and green enamel accents to decorate. 

Have a fabulous and crafty day!




Mon 26

Snowy Lantern Shaker Card
by Olga Direktorenko

 Hi there paper crafters! I hope you are having lots of fun preparing for Holidays although it might be really stressful at the same time.

The project I'm showcasing today is a layered shaker card. It looks quite intricate but it's quite easy to put together once you have all the elements die cut. I have used monochromatic color palette with occasional splashes of color. 

If you want to know how this card was created please scroll down for a step by step video guide!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great week!

10 - Snowy Lantern Shaker Card 1

10 - Snowy Lantern Shaker Card 2






Sun 25

O Holy Night
by Penny Ward



Hello, hello.....  Penny here today with a super quick and easy card. This is the kind of card that you could try and duplicate several times and no two will be alike.


And here we go:


Start with a White cardstock base. Add a panel of Matte Gold Metallic cardstock.




Trim Watercolor paper 4 x 5.25 inches. Using Zig watercolor pens in a couple colors of blue, paint some squiggles along the right side of card, let dry.

Stamp sentiment from the Bold Christmas Greetings using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink.




Die cut Dove Circle from White cardstock. Paint just the circle with Gold Metallic paint.

Adhere to card front over the watercolor as shown using foam adhesive.

Add a pretty bow and cord.


#quick      #easy      #elegant


Happy Holiday Crafting,






Fri 23

by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Now that Thanksgiving is over it's on to our next holiday season!  My Christmas card today is a fairly quick and easy one for you to mass produce.


To make this card I stamped the smallest solid triangle from the That's Acute Triangle stamp set, several times using different colors of Distress Oxide Inks.  Once I was done with the stamping I took a fine point black marker and added some details to make them look like Christmas trees.


I die cut the shadow portion of the word believe from white cardstock and the script part from red cardstock.  Next I inked the red die cut with versa ink and heat embossed it with clear powder.  I glued the word believe to the shadow background and then adhered that to a strip of vellum paper.  I wrapped the vellum strip around the card front and adhered to the back of the paper.


I stamped fa la la on a black strip of cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I adhered this to the front of the card using foam tape.  I glued the card front to a red cardstock mat and adhered this to a white notecard.

To finish the card I added some black epoxy embellishments to the card front.

I hope you have a great weekend!





Thu 22

Happy Thanksgiving
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know if you are celebrating Thanksgiving today or not, but I just wanted to share shaker card I made for my mom in gratitude of hosting Thanksgiving this year.

To make the card, I used the Stitched Maple Circle Frame die to cut out some foam that would be the same size as the dic cut I would latter cut from bronze paper:


I doubled up on the foam layers so that there would be plenty of room for my sequins to move.  Next I added the center circle cut from the same die, added extra foam to prop up the layer, and filled the card with an assortment of sequins:


For the front of the card, I added some acetate behind the open circle window and attached the Maple Circle Frame and leaf I had cut from bronze metallic paper.  As a finishing touch, I added my thankful sentiment:


I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday with your friends and family!






Wed 21

Video with Memory Box Inspiration

Have you seen one of the latest videos by Jennifer McGuire yet?  We loved it so much that we wanted to share.  It includes  a Distress Monoprint technique as well as features a ton of Memory Box dies.  You will definitely want to check it out for inspiration.

Tue 20

Winter Journal Frame, Joy Journal Frame and Pinpoint Snowflake Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Combine spring Stitched Rain Boots and winter Journal Frame diecuts for a quick and easy holiday card.  Layer the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame for a unique greeting. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design that's great for mass-production while watching TV or waiting for Thanksgiving dinner if you're not the chef or pastry chef of the day.

Cut the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame from white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dots from  the "i" and the "j" safely in the dies until you're ready to attach them to the card.

Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Circle from bright red cardstock. Cut a 1-¾ inch circle of white cardstock and attach it behind the red circle.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of black cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 notecard - use foam dots for the rain boot on the right.

Add silver gem stickers.



Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the simple origami starburst and tree.   Special thanks too - to Jan for the sweet fall candy totes and to Jenny for great chocolates.

If you're in the Seattle area - we have two holidays classes at Impress on Saturday November 24th.  Start the day with MERRY AND QUICK - then stay for DREAMING OF  BRIGHT CHRISTMAS.  We're using several of the just-released Birch Press Design dies and stamps too - especially the great new triangle!

 Thanks for visiting...Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating on Thursday!