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Sun 21

Send Happy Thoughts with the Rose Bouquet and Scribble Posies by Jean Okimoto

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It's a good day to send happy thoughts with the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set and felt Scribble Posies.  The diecut bouquet creates a bold - but delicate - backdrop for the posies and a sweet greeting from the stamp set will brighten someone's day.  Hello, hope it's a great weekend for you - Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that works with just about any greeting from this uplifting stamp set.

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Stamp the bouquet on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it with the coordinating die from the set.  Trim the left and bottom edges with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp two of the leaves and diecut them.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to peach and orange felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the big Scribble Posies Backgroud and  Scribble Posies Outline from peach felt.  Cut the center from orange felt.

Cut the Scribble Posies Outline again from peach cardstock - we're using just the delicate outline and center here.  Assemble the flower.

Stamp the greeting on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane.  Diecut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Felt comes in so many pretty colors - and adds texture and dimension to papercrafts.  Memory Box dies are perfect for cutting colorful felt accents and design elements.  High-quality wool-blend felt minimizes the fuzzies and frayed edges.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week!




Sat 20

Pan Pastel Backgrounds
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about creating a simple background with PanPastel chalks to really highlight your diecuts.  For my card today, I started with a white cardstock and masked off an area for my sky using large post it notes.  I sponged the area above the post it with Turquoise and Ultramarine chalk.  When I removed the mask, I was left with this:


Next, I reversed my post it and colored the bottom of the card with Chrom Oxide Green and Phthalo Green chalks:


When I removed the Post It, you can see that my chalks didn't quite meet each other in the middle:


I spent a little time buffing my edges with a sponge until the transition was smoother.  To finish the card, I added my daisy silhouettes, a rhinestone for the flower centers, a little washi tape and my sentiment:


I hope everyone has a great weekend!





Fri 19

Merry & Bright
by Donna Sledzik

Hello everyone,

I couldn't let the month go by without creating a "Christmas in July" card.


I also wanted to show you how versatile your dies can be.  I used the Birds and Blossoms craft die to create my Christmas Card.  All I did was cut off the flowers from the die cut then added Red Nuvo drops for berries in their place. 


I die cut the Birds and Blossoms from watercolor paper.  I lightly traced the circle opening on my white cardbase and sponged it with Broken China Distress ink.  I spattered it with clean water and used a paper towel to pick up the water.  This left my background looking like it had snowed.  I used foam tape and adhered my card front to my cardbase.  


I die cut the pine branches and the holiday lamp post from white cardstock.  I used only the circle with the tree branches and cut away the lamp post.  

All the die cuts were painted with Distress Inks.  I also painted a red strip of paper that I used to white heat emboss my sentiment.  

To assemble the card, I glued the Birds and Blossom into the circle.  Next I glued the pine tree circle on top of that.  The birds were adhered to the card using foam tape.  I spattered the circle area with white acrylic paint and then added my red Nuvo drops.

I used foam tape to adhere my sentiment strip.


To finish the card, I glued the pine branches to the top left side of the card front and added a red button in the center of the branches.

I hope this inspires you get a jump start on your Christmas cards!  

Thanks for stopping by today!






Thu 18

Say Thanks with a Glittered Side Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery yellow butterfly from the Side Butterfly Circle adds sparkle to a summer thank you card.  Add a casual greeting from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamp Set - and you're done!  Hi again, Jean Okimoto here with a summer-y design today.  

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Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with the Side Butterfly Circle using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Color the three flowers with watercolor pencils.  .

Diecut Side Butterfly Circle from watercolor paper.  Layer it over the embossed watercolor paper circle.  

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Attach lined doublestick tape to the top of white cardstock and cut the solid butterfly background.   Cut the detailed butterfly from gold mirror cardstock.  Attach the detailed butterfly to the adhesive-covered solid background.  Brush yellow glitter onto the exposed adhesive.  

Prep the smoother side of watercolor paper with the powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamp Set - on the watercolor paper with VersaMark.  Emboss it with the new Mboss orange embossing powder.  Trim it.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of green cardstock - use foam dots for the top half of the butterfly and the greeting.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!





Wed 17

Big Butterfly Wing Birthday Wishes by Jean Okimoto


Personalize a summer birthday design with a Big Butterfly Wing in the recipient's favorite colors.  Add a quick greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday  Blowout Clear Stamps Set - then top it off with glitter and gem stickers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a classic,  favorite butterfly die set from my Memory Box stash.


Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with Big Butterfly Wing.  

Cut watercolor paper with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Paint it - in an area larger than the butterfly diecut - with diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink.  Air-dry the inks, then spritz it lightly with water.  Heat-set it.  Splatter it with some of the dye inks and heat-set it again.

Attach the butterfly outline over the watercolor paper.  Insert and attach the detailed diecut.  

Cut the center/antennae section from turquoise glittered cardstock.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamps Set - on light turquoise cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.

Attach everything to a 5-½" square lavender card.  Add turquoise gem stickers.  


Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BUTTERFLY WISHES and SUMMER DESIGNS FROM BIRCH PRESS + POPPYSTAMPS classes at Impress!  I appreciate how so many of you took both classes.   Thanks too - Jenny for  bringing snacks and munchies for everyone again.  Thanks to Thalia - for lending me your brand-new Floating Butterfly because senior moments made me forget my diecuts at home.  Thank you also to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

Happy 32nd Birthday to Impress!  Celebrate this great event and enjoy a 25% shopping discount on Saturday July 20th.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs products and take advantage of this special savings.  Online shoppers - happy 32 is the code for this special sale.

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow!




Tue 16

Simple Rose Bouquet Twofers
by Trina Pham

Hi everyone.  I have two cards to share today using the Rose Bouquet stamp set from the April release.  At the retreat I attended in May, Linda showed us how combining two basic techniques can give gorgeous results.  


All it involves is ink blending and heat embossing!  How simple is that?!  I started by ink blending Distress Oxide (DOx) inks on Bristol paper. Used Faded Jeans, Stormy Sky and Iced Spruce on one and Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar on the other.  Let the panels dry completely.  This is very important before proceeding to the next step.  To speed up the process, I used my heat tool. 


Once completely dry, I placed both panels into my MISTI, stamped the bouquet with VersaMark then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  


Love doing this with large stamps... stamp once and get two!  The blue panel was trimmed down and the sentiments from the same set was black heat embossed.


Black splatters were added before matting it to a black panel leaving a 1/8”  border.


For the other card, the sentiments from Big and Little Words were white heat embossed on black and trimmed down into strips.  


Left the panel A2 sized,


Applied clear shimmer to the flowers on both to finish.  And that does it for today. Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.   




Mon 15

Bright Birthday Fun!
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Monday! Today I have a bright and fun birthday card to get the week started.


For this card I started with the Little Hibiscus Blossom die and cut it in white. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Brush pens to color the flower. I love the bright color that came from mixing pink and purple pens.

On my card background I first stamped my sentiment from my favorite stamp set right now, Big and Little Words. I masked over the stamped area with some washi tape. Then I added four more strips of washi tape in two other sizes to make more stripes. I used a blending brush and some teal ink to make my striped background.

Once it was dry I glued everything together. Some clear dew drop gems finish it off.

Have a fabulous week everyone!




Sun 14

Spotlighting on Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  One of the nice things about a large stamped image is that you have a lot of versatility.  You can color the whole stamp for a colorful background or you can spotlight one part of the image with color for a dramatic effect.  The advantage of the spotlight is that it is also a lot quicker!

For today's card, I started by embossing the entire Rose Bouquet image as a background using white embossing powder on white cardstock.  It is a subtle effect, but it adds a shiny and elegant background for the the central rose.

Next, I die cut the focal rose and leaves from some 140lb watercolor paper and colored them with watercolor pencils and a Dove blender pen.  The leaves are glued to the card and the rose is popped up with a little foam tape.

The words on the card also come from the Rose Bouquet stamp set.  They were simply stamped on white cardstock strips with black ink and then added to the card.  As a final step, I added a few rhinestones for extra sparkle.

Here is a close up of the embossing and the coloring:


Thanks for stopping by today!






Sat 13

Yipes! Stripes! Watercolor Crayons Technique with Daisy Silhouette, Scribble Leafy Branch Outline and its Background
by Anne Thompson

Here's another fun summer card with a striped background and a watercolor crayons technique.


Let's look at how I created the striped background.  

  • I started with watercolor paper and the Texture Line Up Memory Box stencil 88551--an old one no longer available, but you might try the SIMPLE CHEVRON STENCIL 88572 for a zig-zag stripe if you don't have this one stashed away.  
  • I used washi tape to secure the stencil to scrap paper and got out my watercolor crayons.


  • Using the stencil as a guide, I scribbled blues and greens onto the paper. 


  • I chose a wide flat waterbrush and painted over the scribbles, leaving the stencil in place.  
  • I then carefully removed the stencil to see the stripes I'd made.


  • Once this was dry I trimmed it to 4.5X3.25.
  • I used a corner rounder to round the edges which I then inked direct-to-paper with Archival Leaf Green ink.
  • I chose a light green notecard for the card base.


  • I added a layer of Bluebird Distressed Dots paper to the front of the notecard after rounding the corners.
  • I rounded all of the corners of the notecard as well.
  • I used Scor-Tape to attach the watercolor panel to the top-folded card.  I like to use Scor-Tape with watercolor paper because it holds it really flat.




  • I used a glue pen to make the bouquet on the notecard, adding a foam dot behind the center of the larger flower and putting pearl gems in the flower centers.


So there's another idea and a technique you might try for this month's stripes challenge.  I'd forgotten how much fun it is to scribble with crayons, and I love the look of these watercolor crayons once the water is added.

And don't forget that Memory Box has some great stencils!  Check them out here.

Happy Crafting!  And Happy Summer!

Anne Signature


Fri 12

Long Time No Sea
by Donna Sledzik

Hi everyone!

Today I have a fun and simple summer card for you featuring both new and old products.  


To make this card, I started with a white cardbase and spattered it with blue ink.  

Then, I  cut the seal using the Sweet Seal die and the Wave Ribbon Collage background die from white cardstock.  I used the negative part of the wave background and glued those to a piece of white cardstock.  I ended up cutting another wave background because I needed a few more waves for my piece.


Once the pieces where glued to my paper, I trimmed it to a 2 3/4 " square.  

Next I sponged the background with Distress Oxide Inks and spattered it with white ink.

I sponged the seal with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I glued a piece of black cardstock on the back side of the seal so that the eyes and nose would stand out.


I also sponged a 3" square of white cardstock with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and adhered it at an angle to my card front. 

Next I glued my wave panel to the card front and adhered the seal using foam tape.  

I white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock, then glued it to the card front.


To finish the card, I used some glass baubles for embellishment.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!