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31 posts from March 2019

Thu 21

Seashell Circle Frame and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto


The delicate Seashell Circle Frame is great for thank-yous, birthdays and celebrations.  I've chosen a few pretty colors for this card - hope you'll like it in beachy greens+blues or natural driftwood+sandy tones too.    

Watercolored diecuts add a quick burst of colors - and a stamp from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps Set adds a personal, almost-handwritten look.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that practically shouts that spring's here and summer's coming!  Remember those precious scraps of watercolored paper you've been saving?  It's time to diecut them into pretty little shells for today's design.  Cut a bunch of extra shells - they'll be great for other cards and tags too. 


Prep the die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched wax paper - it helps release the diecut, and the little offcut bits and pieces. Cut Seashell Circle Frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Attach the watercolored shells behind the frame.  Stamp the greeting - one of many great messages from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps - on a white A-6 notecard with Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance.

Attach the diecuts and lavender gem stickers.


There are so many materials available to diecut the shells - glitter paper, mirror cardstock, watercolored scraps and pearlescent paper are just a few ideas.  

Thanks for visiting...looking forward to seeing everyone again at the BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress on Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by...







Wed 20

Splendid Rose Frame and Birthday Blowout from Poppystamps by Jean Okimoto


March is a popular birthday month...celebrate with the beautiful Splendid Rose Frame and Birthday Blowout Clear Stamps from Poppystamps.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great set of dies.  We're using the entire set here today!

Cut a square of medium green cardstock with the 4" Square Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with the outer frame from the Splendid Rose Frame set using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Cut the circle frame from light gray cardstock.

Cut the solid rose background from peachy-pink cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from Poppystamps'  Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set - on light green cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut the circle with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded 5-¼" square white card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Take advantage of  the versatility of Memory Box die sets.  They're also perfect for pressure-embossing and cutting craft foam stamps as Donna did on her card.  They're great for stenciling and masking  too - like Laura did.  

Enjoy your Memory Box dies and stamps - and experiment with different ways to use them on your projects!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.





Tue 19

Playing Cupid
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi and thank you for stopping by today! The project I'm going to present is a mini card - just 3.4 x 4.5 inches. I used some white and craft cardstock, a piece of vellum and of course, some Memory Box dies! This project is all about spring, love, happiness and childhood.

This card is super easy to make - watch the video tutorial below for step by step instructions!


Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial. Have a wonderful day! See you back soon!




Mon 18

Seashell Circle Frame with Elegant Shorebirds
by Anne Thompson

Here are two cards that feature the Seashell Circle Frame, cards that would work well as masculine ones because of the colors I chose.

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Both cards use the SEASHELL CIRCLE FRAME 94225 and one or two of the ELEGANT SHOREBIRDS 99730.  The card on the right also uses the waves from the WONDERFUL WHALE FRAME 94228.

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the first card

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materials used

  • black A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and medium gray cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the gray on the bottom and slightly offset to make a shadow of the images.
  • Cut a circle from the same black notecard stock the same size as the Seashell Circle Frame using a circle die or trace the outline of the Seashell Circle Frame and cut it out.
  • Attach the layered images to the black circle and then that circle to the notecard--or skip the circle and just put everything on the notecard.  Use single pop-dots for the center shells and double them for the shorebird so he sits a little higher than the shells.
  • I lined the inside notecard panels, distressed licorice dots on the left and a black and white stripe on the right.

the second card

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materials used

  • brown A2 side-fold notecard
  • Die cut Seashell Circle Frame, Wonderful Whale Frame, and Elegant Shorebirds from both white and lighter tan cardstocks.
  • Layer the images with the lighter tan on the bottom and offset for a shadow effect.  Use just the waves from the Wonderful Whale Frame.
  • Adhere the waves behind the Seashell Circle Frame using a glue pen and then attach
    to the front of the notecard.
  • Add two of the shells in the bottom right corner and pop-dot one of the standing shorebirds next to them.
  • Use a pop-dot to add the flying heron to the edge of the center circle.
  • I papered the inside of the card with a brown/black stripe on the left and a sandy-looking paper on the right.

Imagine these cards in other color combinations--black images on white notecards, blues on white, darker browns on kraft...I think there are many many ways to change the look by changing the tones of the shadows, too.  I LOVE this Seashell Circle Frame!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sun 17

Making Stencils out of Your Metal Dies
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to get more use out of my dies.  For my card today, I decided to make a stencil out of my Butterfly Frond  die.

To start, you are going to need a blank stencil.  It is basically a solid piece of plastic that is a good thickness for a stencil.  I bought mine from the Crafter's Workshop, but if you Google "blank stencil sheets," you will see that there are a lot of options.

When I cut out my die from the blank stencil sheet, I was left with a circle and a circle stencil with my fronds:


Next, I placed the large circle onto some white cardstock and sponged the open area with blue and green PanPastel chalks (Turquoise and Phthalo Green).


You can see that my chalk is much lighter than the finished project.  Well, I wasn't done yet!  Next, I left my circle stencil on my cardstock and added my frond stencil to the center of my circle. 


Once it was in place, I sponged over the whole thing with Versamark ink and a sponge.

I removed the frond stencil and left the circle stencil.  In this picture, you can lightly see the Versamark ink.  The fronds don't have any ink because they were covered with the stencil:


Finally, I rubbed over the whole thing with the same exact colors of chalk.  Don't worry, rubbing the chalk on top will not smudge your Versamark ink.  You can see how the areas that had sponged Versamark ended up much darker and the areas that were covered by the frond stencil only have the first layer of color:


To finish the card, I added the butterfly form the die set, added my sentiment and added a stitched circle around the frond scene for extra embellishment.

I hope you will consider making some stencils out of your dies.  There are so many possibilities for using your new stencils.

Have a great weekend!





Sat 16

Butterfly Meadow, Sweet Bunny and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Sweet Bunny and the new Butterfly Meadow create an Easter scene with glittery pink Forget Me Not Blooms.  Surround the bunny with with two layers of the meadow grasses to add extra dimension.

Hi, happy weekend!  Jean Okimoto here with a spring window card for you.  The layer of fresh green defines the details of this versatile new die set.  The set also includes four little butterflies - they'll be great for summer cards!

Cut a window on a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Butterfly Meadow die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to make it easier to release the cardstock.   Cut Butterfly Meadow from smooth white cardstock and green cardstock.  Attach the green diecut to the inside of the card.  Attach the white diecut to the front of the card.  

Cut Forget Me Not Blooms from pink glittered cardstock.  Punch ¼" circles of yellow cardstock. Attach the circles to the inside of the card, then glue the flowers over the circles.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to gray felt and cut Sweet Bunny.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut another bunny from dark gray cardstock.  Punch one pink and two black ¼" circles and attach them to the cardstock bunny for the eyes and nose.  Glue the bunnies together, slightly offset.

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Springtime Typewriter Sentiments - on smooth white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Impress now stocks VersaFine Clair refills in many popular colors.  The Clairs are rich, vibrant pigment inks that are perfect for fine details, solid designs and stenciling.  Emboss with them too - just be sure to have the embossing powder and heat-tool nearby before you stamp.

Cut the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting and add gold gem stickers.

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Hope you're liking our Spring Collection as much as we are - and we love sharing our ideas with you.  Thanks for visiting - see you next week!





Fri 15

Thanks for Your Kindness
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a card that could work for a lot of different occasions. The Butterfly Frond die is perfect for Spring, Easter or just because.


I die cut the Butterfly Frond die in a white paper and then used my Copic markers to color the leaves and the butterfly. I cut a circle in a similar size from the Circle Basics set and used the Broken China Distress Oxide ink to color it in. When you spray the oxide ink with water it creates this fun textured look to the paper.IMG_9216

When I glued the butterfly together I just put a dot of glue on the body so that the wings could stand up. I took a pencil and curled them around it a little to add dimension. An enamel dot completes the butterfly body.

I stamped the sentiment from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set to finish off my card. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!




Thu 14

Gentle Bunny, Happy Octopus and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Waves from the Happy Octopus set create a garden to grow instant carrots for the new Gentle Bunny.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a spring design combining new  favorites from the Spring Collection and great designs from my Memory Box stash.

I skipped coloring class in preschool - and never learned to stay inside the lines.  Here's a solution that resolves that issue and creates a bunch of carrots in the proper colors.

Tape strips of orange and green cardstock together on the backside - then stamp the carrot from the Spring Bunnies Clear Stamp Set on the other side with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Instant carrots!  Dry the ink, then cut them with the carrot from the Spring Bunnies Die Set.

There are some cute cupcakes in the Spring Bunnies stamp set that would work with this patchwork coloring technique too...that's another card!

Cut the circle and waves from the sweet Happy Octopus set from dark Kraft cardstock.  Trim the top edge of the waves with a die from the Stitched Curves set to create a little pile of dirt.  Tuck the carrots into the wave slots at various heights.  Trim the bottoms of the lower carrots.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a flat toothpick to create a garden sign.

Cut Gentle Bunny from watercolor paper three times.  Layer the diecuts - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the sides of the sign and the top three carrots.  Add ¼" punched circles of green glittered cardstock.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's FRIENDS + FLOWERS and SIMPLY ASIAN classes at Impress!  Hope you like the designs (and origami!) - and were inspired to use your stamps and dies in as many ways as possible.  Thanks too - Ann and Lynne - for helping everyone fill those baskets.  It was great seeing Cindi too - can't wait to see your springtime displays.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again on March 24th for the BEYOND THE BOX class.  We'll use our favorite dies and stamps as intended - or not (!) - to get the most from our stashes.

Thanks for visiting...hope you like this timesaving, no-coloring-skill-required carrot project!  See you again this weekend.




Wed 13

Birthday Wishes
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features another way to use your dies. I've done cards in the past where I used this technique for smaller die elements, but today I am using a frame die to create a stamp.


Let's make this card...

Using fun foam, I die cut the outside frame from the Wonderful Whale Frame Die.


I applied removable adhesive to the back of the foam die cut and placed it on an acrylic block.  Next I inked my stamp with Blueprint Distress Oxide Ink and stamped it onto a piece of white cardstock.  


Next I die cut the Sailboat frame from white cardstock, and used only the center portion and the circle frame from the die cut.  

I inked the circle frame portion of the die cut, the boat, and edges of the sails with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The waves and the clouds were sponged with Blueprint Sketch ink. 

I sponged Barn Red Distress ink onto a strip of white cardstock and heat embossed the saying with white embossing powder.  I also cut a little flag from a scrap of the red inked paper.  


I glued the circle frame in the middle of the stamped frame and adhered all the other die cut elements within the frame.  

Next I trimmed the card front to a 4 1/4" square and adhered it to a 5" square white cardbase.  

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!





Tue 12

Hello Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a cute CAS card with you today. Hope you enjoyed our fun Blitz week showcasing all the new supplies.

For today, I decided to create a cute CAS card using some new and previously released products.


I started by creating a white card base. I then die-cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame using green cardstock. Die-cut the Bunny and colour it using copic markers. I adhered a tiny pompom for his tail to make it look whimsical.

Now, I die-cut a circle and sponged some ink to create the background and adhered it behind the grass circle.

Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a black stripe. Assemble everything together.

Here is a close up


Easy isn't it?  Have a wonderful crafty day!