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17 posts from February 2019

Sat 16

New Stained Glass Rose Frame and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten a winter day with the new Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame and a little note.  The greeting is from the new Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.   Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with more designs from our 2019 Spring Collection of dies and stamps.

There are many ways to use this delicately-pretty new frame.  Circles are an easy way to add a bright background to each blossom.  The ¾" circles aren't a perfect fit - but I think they add a cool, quirky pop of color.  Hope you agree!


Sponge the smoother side of watercolor paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, Pearlescent Orange and Rocket Red Gold.  Cut ¾" circles with a Circle Basics die - cut a few extras so you can chose the perfect colors.


You could glue the circles behind each delicate rose...that would take more time and patience than I have.  Here's an easier way - pressure-emboss Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame directly onto a side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock. The embossing shows exactly where the roses are - and adds shadowy extra dimension.  Glue the circles onto the embossed roses - then attach the white diecut frame over the circles.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set - on a scrap of sponged watercolor paper with VersaFine Clair Pinecone.  Use a light touch when stamping - the pearlescent inked paper can be a little slippery.  Heat-set the ink and trim the greeting with the ½" x 1-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale pink gem stickers.


Hope our Spring Collection has arrived at your favorite retailer.  They're in stock and waiting for you at Impress!  Spring will be here soon - I hope.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on February 18th, Presidents Day.  Create cards with the latest release, favorites from the stash - and designs from Birch Press and Poppystamps too.  Please call the store at 206 901.9101 to reserve a seat if you can join us.  

Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!




Fri 15

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features several new products from the 2019 Spring Release.


To make this card I lightly sponged the card front with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink and misted it with plain water.

Next I die cut the Hummingbird and the flower circle frame from watercolor paper.  The hummingbird was sponged with Broken China, Ripe Persimmon and Scattered Straw Distress Oxide inks.  



Using Distress Oxides inks, I painted the flowers in the circle frame.  I pressed the ink pads to my craft mat and used a brush to apply the inks to the die cut.  I love how soft the Distress Oxides look for this card.


I also painted a strip of watercolor paper the same color as the flowers.  I stamped the sentiment with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed it using white embossing powder.  


To assemble the card I used foam tape to adhere the card front to a white card base and then glued the circle frame to the middle of the card.  Then I used foam tape to adhere the hummingbird and the sentiment to the card front.

I added some glass embellishments to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!





Thu 14

Sending Hugs with the New Happy Octopus by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate Valentine's Day by meeting the new Happy Octopus die set - and matching him up with some favorites from our Valentine's Collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many wonderful new dies from our Spring Collection.  I think he's perfect for the transition from one great release to the next.  

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Cut the main section of the octopus from gray cardstock and attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes.  Cut two more of the octopus from black cardstock and layer them for dimension.

Cut two sets of tentacles from gray cardstock.

Paint watercolor paper with turquoise and green dye inks.  Airdry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the ring and waves.  Cut another set from black cardstock.

Attach the octopus and two tentacles to the waves.  Slip the bottoms of the six tentacles in the foreground through the wave slots and tape the ends on the back.

Layer the black diecuts behind the watercolored pieces to add dimension and highlight the details on both pieces.

Cut four hearts of glittered red cardstock with Heart Board.

Cutting Sending Jotted Script from gray and white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

Prep gray cardstock with anti-static powder.  Stamps "hugs" - from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach the pieces to a top-folded white A-2 card.

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I think you'll love the new Spring Collection.  It's filled with butterflies, flowers, Easter icons and nautical designs - and three must-have greetings stamp sets.  We're looking forward to sharing our new designs and ideas with you!

Thanks for visiting...





Wed 13

Birthday is in the Air
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  This is Trina and I am sharing a CAS birthday card today made with products from the Valentine’s Collection.  


This card came about because I really wanted to use the bike from Neighborhood Heart Frame.  The bike was die cut from X-press It cardstock and coloured in with Copics.  The bike was a bit flimsy, so a second bike was die cut from black cardstock and adhered behind.  The heart balloons were also die cut from X-press It cardstock using a heart die from Have a Heart and coloured in with Copics.  


The sentiment from Best Life Typewriter stamp set was white heat embossed on a black strip.  The sky background was created by sponging Tumled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks over a cloud border stencil on an A2 sized white panel.  Drew in the balloon strings with a ruler and black Copic multiliner, then assembled the card.  Crystal glaze was added to the balloons for some shine and dimension.  Once dry, white highlights were added with a white gel pen to finish.


That does it for me.  Happy Valentine’s Eve.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great day.






Tue 12

Showering You With Love
by Melissa Rusk

With Valentine's Day coming up fast I have a quick and easy card that would be perfect for this  week or even a wedding or baby shower card. It would be easy to change up the colors to fit the theme of the bridal shower or baby shower.


I started with some bright pink paper and die cut the Heart Sprinkles die. It's so cute! Then I layered it on a lighter pink paper before putting it on the card.

The stamp set from Birch Press Designs called Wishing You the Best has so many great sentiments to choose from. The showering you with love is so cute, I stamped it on the side of the card and then finished it off with some little enamel heart stickers that I had.

Have a wonderful day!




Mon 11

Gift Boxes--Pretty in Pink (and a few red ones, too)
by Anne Thompson

I decided this past week to recycle some holiday gift boxes for packaging Valentine treats.


I began by using Scor-Tape to mount pretty pink papers on the top and side edges of each of the boxes.  (These papers are from a Papertrey Ink collection.)


For the top of this box, I added a WRAPPED CIRCLE 30114 cut from white cardstock with a pink cardstock heart cut using one of the dies from the HAVE A HEART set 30118.  I used foam dots to secure some flowers to the heart.  I also used a white grosgrain ribbon around the sides of the box top and added a light pink bow tie at the front.


I started by papering this box with a shimmer pink cardstock.  I added a smaller piece of pink-white striped paper on the top of the box before placing a large white doily in the center.  I chose a die from the STITCHED SCALLOPED CIRCLES set 30047 ( a set from 2015 no longer in stock--Don't have this die?  Use another Wrapped Circle, a heart, or a punched shape for the center!) and cut it from more of the striped paper, doing my best to line up the stripes when I glued it to the doily.  I used glue dots and foam dots for the white leaves and the pink flowers cluster on one edge of the scalloped circle.  I tucked in a small pink gingham bow and put a small white heart on each corner--these were left from cutting out the BRIGHT HEARTS 94120 from an earlier card project.  (I have a small yogurt cup on my work table holding lots of these little hearts in white, pink, and red.)


For this little square box, I used a smaller doily and a smaller Stitched Scallop Circle in the center for the top.  What you don't see in this photo are all of the hearts glued on the box top edges, more leftovers from cutting out the Bright Hearts die.

Once I got started I could hardly stop!  Here are some of the red ones...


Here I used the WOODLAND HEART FRAME 94121 on the top.  All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.


This box has a white cardstock Wrapped Circle on the front with a red cardstock heart from the Have a Heart set of dies in the center.  Then there's the little HEART GIFT BOX 99954 on top of that with a smaller white heart to cover the window opening.  I glued on some red and white stamens and a small red rose before tucking a folded doily into the heart box.


For this tall square box I used the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME 94106 on the top of the box, adding tiny pearls on the hearts, larger pearls at the ends of the spiral vines, and a cluster of flowers in the center. All four sides of the box have red cardstock Wrapped Circles under white cardstock Wrapped Circles that have then been cut again with the Bright Hearts 94120 die.

Now I'm thinking ahead to Easter gift boxes and looking at the newest Spring 2019 collection for inspiration!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 10

New and Exclusive - Simple Pleasures Message Mates! by Dave Brethauer

Our friends at Simple Pleasures in Colorado Springs, CO have asked us again this year to design something special for their anniversary celebration (24 years young!) and we couldn't have been more honored!

We are switching it up a bit this year - and creating small sentiment sets that feature a "focus word" and a matching die. These fun little sets allow you to create a changeable sentiment on your card simply by pairing the focus word with any number of sentiments.


The CL302 Thank set is such a great basic - stamp and cut the large THANK image and then pair that with the others...

THANK goodness we are friends

THANK you for everything

This will be a set you use over and over!

The CL304 Pawsome set is great for making cards for the pet lovers on your list! Such sweet sentiments here...

You are perfectly PAWSOME

PAWSOME friends forever

Dog moms and dads everywhere can now receive some really cute greeting cards!


The CL301 Sympathy set is understated and touching - combine multiple stamps and the sympathy image to create longer phrases...

With deepest Sympathy during this difficult time

With heartfelt sympathy in your time of loss


And finally the  CL303 You set - a terrific set of phrases to help you craft some cards for all the important people in your life!

YOU are the best

I'm here for YOU

YOU mean so much to me

You'll use these sets a lot - the classic font can go with nearly every style!

And yes, there is a matching die in each set that corresponds to the focus word!

To order these sets from Simple Pleasures, please visit their website where you can find all the details - or give them a call at (719) 528 - 1338.



Sun 10

Layered Embossed Hearts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about layering stamped images to get a raised metallic look.  The Have a Heart stamp set has several stamps that are meant to be layered on top of each other, which makes it a great set for this technique.

The first step is to stamp the solid heart with red ink onto white cardstock.  I placed my paper inside a stamp positioner to help line up the images.  I don't know if you can see from the picture, but I also added a piece of removable tape to help stamp in a straight line:



The next step is very important.  You have to let the ink dry completely before you do any embossing.  I let my ink dry and then added a layer of talc to make sure my next step wouldn't stick to the red heart.  I then stamped decorative stripes on top of the hearts using Versamark ink and gold embossing powder.  Here is what the stripes look like before you emboss:


And after you emboss:


Embossing the stripes in gold gives you a raised texture to the card and adds a lot of sparkle to the card.  I made sure to add some gold metallic paper behind my cardstock to make the gold embossing "pop" even more.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!






Sat 09

You are Enough
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a card that is perfect to send to someone who needs a little encouragement. 


The Lace Butterfly die is beautiful and perfect for thinking about Spring cards or encouragement cards. To highlight the beauty of the butterfly I decided to keep things simple and stamp repeatedly the sentiment you are enough from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set in a light teal color. Then I glued the butterfly to the card and added a line of pearls on the body.

This sentiment is one I can see using again and again in cards to friends. I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!




Fri 08

Love Always
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features several new products as well as a previous one.  


To create this card I adhered strips of painters tape to watercolor paper and then randomly stamped the heart images on the exposed paper.  I inked the stamps with Versa Mark Ink and heat embossed the images with white embossing powder.  

Next I watercolored the images and once the paint was dry I removed the tape. 


I glued strips of gold washi tape to the center of the blank stripes and then spattered the whole piece with gold ink.  

I inked the heart image and the sentiment with Versa Mark Ink and stamped them on watercolor paper. Then I heat embossed them using gold embossing power.

I watercolored and die cut the heart image, then trimmed the sentiment and used foam tape to glue them to the card front.


To finish the card I adhered the card front to a white card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend!