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28 posts from April 2019

Tue 30

Shaker Card Fun
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a fun take on a shaker card using one of my favorite dies from the Spring release, the Underwater Scene die.


To switch things up on this card I cut out a circle on the front of my card that was a little bit bigger than the Underwater Scene die and then I glued my shaker to the inside of the card. Such a fun change!

I die cut everything in white and then colored the background circle in a deep teal color with a blending brush and some ink. I sprayed it with a mist of water to create some droplets of lighter color. This can be done with most dye inks.

I built the shaker by gluing the Underwater Scene to a piece of acetate. Then I added two layers of foam tape around the edge of the frame and then put in some sequins. I sealed it up with the teal circle and then glued it to the inside of the card.

The birthday fishes sentiment from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set finishes it off!

Thanks for stopping by the blog, have a wonderful day!




Mon 29

Birthday Fishes
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card for you which features a fun technique using a Gelli Plate.


The circle background on the card is the piece I created with the Gelli Plate.  

To begin with, I die cut the fish on a piece of white cardstock to make a stencil.  


I placed my stencil on the Gelli Plate and sponged Pan Pastels over the stencil. 


Next, I removed the fish stencil and placed a piece of mesh (it came from a bag of onions) over the Gelli Plate and added some blue Pan Pastels in the background. 


Once I finished my background, I brayered  a thin layer of white acrylic paint over the plate and then pressed a piece of white cardstock onto the Gelli Plate to make a print. Next I die cut a circle shape from the print.  I also stamped, colored and die cut some fish and seaweed to add to the card.  I stamped the striped border and trimmed it to fit the card.

IMG_5309To assemble the card, I spattered a piece of white cardstock with black ink and glued the striped border to the card front.  

Next I glued the circle to right side of the card front. I let it hang off the side and trimmed away the excess.  

Then I glued the fish to the circle and added the seaweed.

I stamped the sentiment onto a white cardstock strip and glued it to the card.

To finish up the card I added some clear dots. 


Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week!





Sat 27

New Starflower Flower Frame with Big and Little Words by Jean Okimoto

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Create spring-into-summer cards with the just-released Starflower Flower Frame and a thoughtful greeting from Big and Little Words. These great new designs from our April 2019 Collection began shipping yesterday - they'll be at  your favorite Retailer soon!  Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored card featuring one of many beautiful flower dies from this wonderful new collection.

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Press the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint watercolor paper  in soft overlapping shades of green, yellow and orange.  Heat-set the inks.  Splash it with a few dots of the green ink and set it aside to dry.

Pressure-emboss Starflower Flower Frame on a Lemongrass Notecard using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  The embossing creates a nice base for attaching the diecuts - simply add a few drops of adhesive and place them in the debossed areas surrounding the embossed design.

Diecut Starflower Flower Frame from pale green cardstock - save the oval flower centers.  Attach the diecut and flower centers to the notecard.

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Cut the watercolored paper with the Starflower Flower Frame - we'll just use the center portion here.  Attach it to the notecard.

Stamp the greetings - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance.  Dry the ink and diecut the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and yellow gem stickers to the card.  Here's a closeup showing the great embossed details on the blossoms.

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This special release is filled with beautiful flower designs - traditional, classic, contemporary and scribbly.  I love the solid background and delicate detailed combinations - you'll see them often here on Outside the Box and in my classes.

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Charming Prints class at Impress!  It's always great to see my friends and loyal students - and to meet newcomers too.  Special thanks to Jenny for her special Easter candies - so yummy in those sweet little spring pails!  Thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend be sure to take advantage of Impress' annual Spring Sale and their 20% shopping discount.  Check out the Memory Box Collection at Impress  - don't forget your your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press shopping list!  Enjoy inspiring samples, beautiful displays and great customer service.

Join us for a new ASIA NOW class at Impress today too - and take advantage of the 20% shopping discount for class supplies, and everything you've ever wanted.  We'll be using some of the great new dies and stamps from the April Collection - along with beautiful papers, lots of techniques and a very cool origami fish.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!




Fri 26

Oceans of Love
by Melissa Rusk

Hello friends! Today I have a watercolored card to share with you. I have been rediscovering my love of watercoloring lately and I decided to make it work for this ocean scene today.


I die cut the Sailboat Frame die in watercolor paper and then got to work playing with my new watercolor set. I painted the water with two blue colors and then set it aside to dry. For the sunset I started at the bottom with pink and then added more colors to get the look I wanted. I blended them together with water and I just love how it turned out.

Then I painted the boat and clouds with just some simple colors to make the sunset stand out. Once everything was dry I was able to glue it all to the card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Oceanside Typewriter Sentiments set and then added a few sequins to finish the card.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!





Thu 25

Wishing Card
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone,

Today I have a card for you which features dry embossing with a die.  Instead of cutting the paper, you emboss it with the die.


I used this technique for the background behind the Wildflower Circle.  I used the embossing sandwich for my die cutting machine so that the die would not cut through the paper but emboss it instead.  (All die cutting machines have their own instructions for embossing)


I masked off half of the circle with post-it-notes and sponged distress inks over the embossed circle.  Next I masked off the part I just inked and applied ink over the bottom portion. 



I die cut the Wildflower Circle in the center of my card front.  I glued the inked background behind the die cut circle and then glued my flower circle back in place on top of the background.   I die cut a second Wildflower Circle and cut away the flowers and used only the frame portion of the die cut.  I inked that with Distress Ink and glued it in place.

I die cut the word "wishing" from white cardstock and the shadow portion of the die from black cardstock and glued that to my card front.  

Next I stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and used foam tape to adhere that to my card.


To finish I added some epoxy dots to the flower centers and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!





Wed 24

Thinking of You Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card, which also happens to be the theme for the April challenge too.

Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space.


I started by creating a white card base. I then added a bit of shimmerz paints to create the background wash. I then die-cut the circle frame in white and added a bit of pink color to it too. Let this panel dry.

I diecut the butterfly parts. To the back solid piece, I stamped and embossed part of the Lilac flower using white embossing powder. Sponge distress ink to this.

Apply lots of Spectrum Noir clear shimmer to the top part of the butterfly. Layer them together.


Stamp and emboss the sentiment. Assemble everything together. To finish add some gems.

Hope you enjoyed ths CAS card with emboss resist technique. Have a nice day!






Tue 23

Whale Hello
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Or should I say whale hello there friends?  Today I want to talk about creating a striped background using Distress Oxide inks.

First, I started by adding some strips of low-tack tape to my white cardstock.  I used strips of Eclipse tape, but you could use washi tape as well:


I used a ruler/lined mat underneath my card so that my stripes would be straight.  Notice that I used various widths of tape as well as random spacing between the tape strips.

Next, I colored between the various strips of tape using Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  Use extra post it sheets for masking if needed.


Before I removed the tape, I lightly spritzed the ink with water to make it look splotchy.

When I removed the tape, I was left with this:


To color the whales, I colored the top part with C3, C5 and B21 Copic markers.  For the bottom of the whales, I used C1 and a tiny bit of C3 Copic markers.  Here is a close up of the coloring:


Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you had a whale of a good time.






Mon 22

"Ahoy Matey!" Pirate-themed Cards using the Sailboat Frame
by Anne Thompson

I had this crazy idea to make pirate-themed cards when I first saw the Sailboat Frame die.  I found the perfect paper collection to pair with it from Echo Park called Pirate Tales--I chose 6X6 papers, stickers, and ephemera.  I made three cards which could also work as party invitations for a pirate-themed gathering.  


the first card



materials used


to assemble the card

  • Start with a white side-folded standard A2 card.
  • Die cut the Sailboat Frame from red, navy, white, and light blue cardstocks.  You'll use some of the pieces for this card and save the others for later ones.
  • Use the navy water, light blue sailboat, red sails, and navy clouds peeking out from under the white ones.
  • Glue the frame to the top of the notecard.  Add the inner circle with the bottom edge touching the frame.
  • Add the sailboat, sails, and clouds to the scene.
  • Cut a pirate flag from the paper collection and put it at the top of the mast.
  • Use some decorative themed paper across the bottom of the card--here I used sharks.
  • Stamp "ahoy matey!" in VersaClair Nocturne ink on a piece of red/white striped paper and place this on top of the shark paper.
  • I added a "YO HO YO HO" sticker in the upper left corner of the frame.
  • On the inside and on the back I added more of the papers and stickers from the Echo Park collection.

the second card


For this one I used: a light blue notecard; medium blue cardstock for the frame, water, and cloud linings; navy for the boat; and  white cardstock for the middle circle, sails, water, and the clouds.  I added a striped flag on the mast and "ahoy matey!" stamped on a red/white striped paper strip as well as two small stickers.  On the inside and on the back I added more of the papers and stickers from the Echo Park collection.

the third card

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  • light blue notecard
  • Sailboat Frame in white and navy
  • light blue water and cloud linings
  • medium blue boat
  • pirate flag and stickers
  • papers inside and on the back, more stickers and ephemera
  • stamp "ahoy matey!" on the inside red/white striped paper

Now I just need to convince my son and daughter-in-law to host a pirate party for one of my grandsons!  I'll provide the invitations!  And tattoos!  And stickers!


What paper collections do you have that coordinate with Memory Box dies???  Time to go through that stash and use up some of those lovely papers!!!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Sat 20

Spring into Easter
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  No butterflies today.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) Spring card to share.  Since I love stretching my supplies and it is Easter weekend, I couldn’t help but bring back the Snow Much Fun stamp set to create this bunny in a field of tulips card. 


One great trick for preserving white space and keeping cards CAS is to work within a frame.  Here I took a square die from the Square Basics set and die cut an opening from a Bristol panel.  Used that same die with one that is two size up and die cut a frame to frame the opening.  Stamped the bunny from Snow Much Fun with Copic friendly black ink, added some light shading with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.  Used scissors to cut around the arm so he could interact with one of the tulips.


The tulips from Springtime Tulips were die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.  Before assembling the scene, Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended directly onto the card base for the sky.  Adhered the back tulips directly on the card base then popped up the bunny, front tulip and the window panel with foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.  Stamped the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter in black on a strip of Bristol paper to finish.  


This could easily be turned into an Easter card by using one of the Easter greetings in the Springtime Typewriter set.  That does it for me.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  Have a wonderful weekend!






Fri 19

Memory Box Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


Create sweet treats for Easter baskets or brunch with Memory Box bunnies, Simple Chicks and Half a Dozen Eggs.  Glossy embossed greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set add the perfect finishing touch.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with my last Easter project - and a great excuse to buy a few more packages of Easter candy.  


Cut 8" x 3" strips of Bubblegum, Key Lime, Pool and Squash Dots and Gingham.  Score them at 3-⅞", 4" and 4-⅛".  Fold it on the 4" scoreline.  Place the largest die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set about ⅛" beyond the fold and cut through both layers to create treat wrappers.

Unfold it and refold it on the 3-⅞" and 4-⅛" scorelines.  Punch holes at the top.  

Cut Bunny Face, Sweet Bunny and Gentle Bunny from watercolor paper.  Cut Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of pink, orange and black cardstock for the facial features and a colorful tail for the Gentle Bunny.  

Stamp the greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Greetings set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Turquoise Gem VersaColor, Verdant VersaFine Clair, Summertime VersaFine Clair and Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Emboss the words with detail clear powder.

Attach the candy with doublestick tape and tie the wrappers with twine.  I've used a Ghiradelli Square - two Ghiradelli Minis would also be great.


Join us for the Charming Prints class at Impress if you're in the Seattle area on Saturday April 20th.  We're using an assortment of printed, silkscreened and embossed papers to create artsy, layered cards.  We'll fold a simple origami peacock and a very dimensional flower too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a Happy Easter if you're celebrating this weekend!