76 posts categorized "Alphabet Dies"

11/28/2019

Thu 28

Jovial Wreath, Vintage Varsity Alphabet and the Dashing 6x6 Sets by Jean Okimoto

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Combine the delicate Jovial Wreath and the bold Vintage Varsity Alphabet on a Christmas card in contemporary colors.  It's an easy card - and great for mass production.  Hello -  and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  Jean Okimoto here with merry and bright greeting in contemporary holiday colors.

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Cut a 3" circle of the pale gray and white dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 Set.  Cut Jovial Wreath from green cardstock.  Cut one of the Singing Birds from red glittered craft foam.

Attach red duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut "NOEL."  

Cut accent strips - the dark Dashing Holiday plaid (3-¾" x ¾"), Dashing Holiday gray text (2-¾" x ¾") and green cardstock (3-¼" x ¾").

Score, fold and cut a gray textured A2 card.  Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

 

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Need more holiday inspiration and supplies?  If you're in the Seattle area, join us at Impress for the annual Holiday Open House, and two Memory Box holiday classes - MERRY + QUICK and OUTSIDE THE BOX-HOLIDAY FAVORITES.   Don't forget  your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press Design wish list!  The first 25 people at the store opening will receive a special gift.  

There's a special Memory Box Art Pins Pop Up this weekend too!  Be the first to see these beautiful works of art - just in time for holiday gifting.  

Thanks for visiting, have a great weekend and I'll see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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11/21/2019

Thu 21

A Thankful Feathered Friend by Jean Okimoto

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A felt Feathered Friend perched on a layered Jovial Wreath creates a lighthearted Thanksgiving card today.  Most Thanksgiving cards are quite serious - this one will make you smile!  Here's the message on the inside...

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall card with a sense of humor.  The new Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet set is perfectly-sized for the greeting.  Diecutting it is easy too.  There are 4 of each letter on this great die - you'll cut everything you need here with a single run thru the machine.  Much better than fidgeting with each letter - and cutting additional repeating letters. 

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Cut the Feathered Friends bird and beak from felt, cut the wing from the stripes in the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set. Borrow the eye die from the Feathered Friends owl - cut it from dark brown cardstock.  Leave the tiny beak and eye diecuts in the die until you're ready to attach them.  

Cut Jovial Wreath twice from Candy Corn cardstock. Cut "thankful"  from green and metallic brown cardstock. Cut a 3-½" square of the dark green striped Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 sheet. Cut the accent strips - ¾" x 4" (Candy Corn) and ¾" x 3-¼" (lighter green dots from the Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 sheet).

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") recycled Kraft card.  Attach the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet letters on the inside - start in the center of each line and work outwards.  Use a credit card or T-ruler to keep the letters in line.  

Create unique messages with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet - it would be hard to find an "I am not a turkey" stamp!

Special thanks to everyone from Saturday's GRATEFUL - FALL GREETINGS class at Impress!  Hope you liked the origami maple leaf - and mix of colors, papers, dies and stamps. Thanks for the cute pumpkin spice lollipop treats Jan.   Thanks for the caramel/cheddar popcorn and cookies Jenny - and thanks for the imported candies Jacky!  Thanks for helping us fill those shopping baskets again Ann, Erin and Lynne.  Lots of thanks here - this card says it all!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the MERRY POP-INS class at Impress this Saturday afternoon.  We're making special cards with little extras on each design.  More like pop-ons than pop-ins, but I wanted a fun class title.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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11/07/2019

Thu 07

Greet the Season with Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape and Dashing 6x6 Prints by Jean Okimoto

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Christmas will be here in 7 weeks - let's make some quick cards with the Watercolor Woodland Wide Washi Tape.  The beautiful pattern repeats about every 14 inches and each section yields 3 or 4 sections that are perfect for this design.  You can make a  lot of cards with each 4-½" x 11 yard roll!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, combining some classic holiday elements with a simple, contemporary greeting. Here's a preview of what we'll be using:

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Attach Watercolor Woodland tape to white cardstock and cut circles with the 3-¼" Stitched Circle Layers die.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of the dark green Dashing Stripes and Dots print.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of the red plaid Dashing Holiday print.  

Cut a matching label from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set - then trim the corners with a corner rounder.

Cut "NOEL" from silver glitter paper with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet set.

Cut, score and side-fold a white A-2 card. Attach red duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and punch ¼" accent dots.  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting label.

Another tip before you leave...here's an easy way to preview background colors for these beautiful translucent wide washis.  It's not on today's card, but I'm just using the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape here as an example.  

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Create a large swatch by attaching  a generous section of tape to a clear material... use scraps of acetate,  or recycle empty Memory Box poly bags. You have a few, right? Slide strips of cardstock behind it to preview the colors - without wasting any of that beautiful tape or having it accidentally stick to your cardstock.   Not exactly rocket-science, but it saves a lot of time and cardstock.  

I have swatches of my Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs wide washis too.  The polybags are pre-punched for hanging displays - so just use a binder ring or shower curtain ring to keep all of the swatches together and organized.

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 Thanks for visiting...keep warm and enjoy the fall colors.  If you're in the Seattle area and have a long weekend,  join us for the MERRY + QUICK cards class at Impress on Veterans Day.  We're making quick-and-easy cards that don't look quick and easy!

See you next week...

Jeansignature-3

 


 

 

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10/26/2019

Sat 26

Just Treats – No Tricks – with Holiday 2019 Collection Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

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Foliage stamps from the 2019 Holiday Collection create great backgrounds for Halloween diecuts - and treat wrappers for little tricksters.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - we can't let Halloween slip by without a few quick candy wrappers for the kids.  These are great for the snack-size versions of your favorite candies.

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Score and crease an  8-½" x 11" sheet of black cardstock lengthwise at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜".  Cut it into 3" wide strips.

Cut orange printer paper or cardstock with the 2 x 3-¼" and 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles dies - cut three of each size. 

Stamp the rectangles with VersaFine Onyx Black and the greenery from the Graceful Fern, Tidings Wreath and Grateful Autumn Clear Stamp Sets.

Diecut Swirling Ghosts and Friendly Ghosts from watercolor paper.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind their eyes.  

Diecut Cool Cat and Crouching Cat from black cardstock.  Attach scraps of green cardstock behind their eyes.

Cut the letters for "EEK," "BOO" and "TREATS" from white cardstock with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet set.

Assemble the wrappers.  Punch a hole at the top.  Attach the candy with doublestick tape or glue dots.  Tie the wrapper with green tulle.  Fold the ends of the tulle and trim it at a very sharp angle to create a zig-zagged edge.

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Have fun making these little wrappers for the kids - make some for co-workers, teammates, and carpoolers too.  They're easy, fun and sure to make someone smile!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!  

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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10/24/2019

Thu 24

CELEBRATE with the Antique Greenery Label, Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape and Dashing Stripes and Dots by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate the season with the new Antique Greenery Label and Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet Set - layered over the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - thanks for joining last week's Holiday Blog Blitz.  We appreciate your comments  -  and special congrats to my posts' winners Lin Brandyberry and Chandhini - enjoy your prizes! 

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Cut green cardstock with the frame from the Winter Tree Oval Frame set.  Pressure-emboss the inner oval offcut with the Antique Greenery Label using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Here's an easy way to create the glittered greeting label. Attach a strip of Couture Creations doublestick tape to a scrap of the green cardstock and cut the narrow label section again. Cut the letters for "CELEBRATE" from red cardstock with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  Press the letters onto the sticky label, then brush iridescent glitter around the letters, covering the rest of the adhesive.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock for a frosty, translucent coordinating background.  Cut it with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Diecutting seals the edges with a crisp, clean finish.

Cut a 1" x 4-½" accent strip of red cardstock.

Cut ¾" x 5" accent strips of the brown dots and stripes from the new Dashing Dots and Stripes 6x6 Set.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - offset the oval frame so the red peeks through on the left side.

Add red gem stickers.

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It's time to prep for the holidays at the Impress holiday event on Saturday October 26th!  There'll be a swag bag for the first 25 people at the 10:00 AM store opening, demos from 10:00-Noon, special displays - and a 10% shopping discount!  Bring your Memory Box, Poppystamps, and Birch Press Designs wishlists and take advantage of the savings and holiday inspiration.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

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10/17/2019

Thu 17

Blog Blitz Day 4 – Starry Burst, Vintage Varsity Alphabet, Dashing Holiday, Dashing Stripes and Dots by Jean Okimoto

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Welcome to Day 4 of our Holiday Blitz!  Meet my new favorite die - the beautiful, versatile Starry Burst that's perfect for celebrations through the year.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a just-in-time Halloween design for you.

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Cut dark orange cardstock with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  This great set of 16 dies is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box - but it may be available right now at your favorite retailer.  

Diecut the rectangle with the Starry Burst - leave it in the die.  Remove the 5 little stars.  Pressure-emboss it to add extra dimension and shadows  - use the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Attach pieces of clear tape behind the little star cutouts and brush black glitter onto the exposed adhesive.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper - we're using just 3 of them here.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for their eyes.  

Attach lime green duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut "BOO" with the new Vintage Varsity Alphabet dies.  It's a cool stitched set that's perfectly-sized for cards and tags. Cut the "I" and punch a ¼" circle to create an exclamation mark.

Cut (and punch) the pieces again from black cardstock.  Layer them - slightly offset - for dimension.

Cut accent strips of gray dots (¾" x 4") and gray stripes (1" x 5") from the new Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  

Cut a gray and white plaid strip (¾" x 4-½") from the new Dashing Holiday 6x6 set.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square black card. MemoryBoxStarryBurst, MemoryBoxDashingStripesAndDots6x6Prints, MemoryBoxDashingHoliday6x6Prints, MemoryBoxSwirlingGhosts, MemoryBoxVintageVarsityAlphabet, JeanOkimoto, HalloweenDiecuts, HandmadeHalloweenCards, AlphabetDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, DiecutDuctTape

Here's a chance for you to win the great Starry Burst die! Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the Starry Burst.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Thanks for visiting...enjoy creating with the great dies, 6x6 prints and wide (4-½" wide!) washi tapes from our latest release.

Jeansignature-3

 

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10/12/2016

Wed 12

Peace
by Lindsay

Hello!

Today I have a colorful snowy card to share with you using some fabulous dies from the 2016 Holiday release! My mind doesn't want to embrace the snow right now, but on a card? I think I might be able to handle it. Let's see what I did, shall we?

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I first die cut the Frostyville Snowburst die twice, with white card stock. I set that aside, and worked on inking my card base with shades of yellow, orange, and pink. 

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I then did a bit of trimming, and adhered both die cuts to the top, and bottom portion of the card. I then took a bit of sparkle embossing powder, and some Versamark ink (a clear sticky ink) and made my own sparkly paper. From that, I die cut snowflakes from the Snowdrift Breeze die, as well as the word Peace from the Peace Love and Joy Tiles die. 

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I also ran the Peace die through with foam, and adhered the glittered letters to them. I then popped them out, and adhered the words to the card front.

 

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Running the die through fun foam is a really easy way to get dimension without having to stack individual tiny letters with liquid glue! I hope you give it a try on your next project. 

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Thanks so much for sticking with me today! I hope you were inspired, and get a chance to create something you love!

Lindsaysignature

 

01/02/2016

Sat 02

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #3
by Jean Okimoto

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Ready for the next three months of our Memory Box and Open Studio watercolored calendar?   Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope these warm summer colors will help brighten this wintery day!

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Cut three more Pinpoint Rectangle Layers from watercolor paper.  Paint one of them with blue and turquoise Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Breezy Waves and the smallest Stitched Star Layer from red cardstock.  Stamp Articles Ledger on a scrap of watercolor paper with Majestic Blue VersaFine.  Dry the ink and cut another small star.  Attach large light blue sequins.

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Cut Blooming Lotus Background  from watercolor paper.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Blooming Lotus Outline from orange cardstock.   Using the outline diecut as a guide, lightly mark the oval center of the background diecut with a pencil.  Paint the center yellow.  Dry the ink, then cover the center with glue and sprinkle it with Martha Stewart Crafts Lemon Drop Glitter.  Assemble the lotus and trim the left edge.  Attach it to the background, add the calendar and green and gold sequins.

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Create a back to school theme with some geometry and alphabets for September.  Cut the approximately 3" Open Studio Octagon Layer from watercolor paper and paint it with Peerless Watercolors.  Dry it and stamp it with Open Studio Pensive Alphabet and Spanish Olive VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then cut it with five of the smaller Octagon Layers.  Lightly ink the outer edges of each section  with Spanish Olive and reassemble the octagon.  Place a strip of Scor-Tape behind green cardstock and cut the first five letters of Alphabet Soup.   Attach everything to the background and add copper sequins

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll stop by again this evening for the October, November and December designs as we complete our watercolored calendar!

Jeansignature-3

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10/21/2015

Wed 21

Halloween Sideshow and Alphabet Soup Wordgame
by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxModernTileBackground-MemoryBoxAlphabetSoup-OpenStudioHalloweenSideshow-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Halloween-ImpressCardsAndCraftsCreate a fun wordgame card with the Modern Tile Background and Alphabet Soup dies - and our favorite skeleton-guy from the Open Studio Halloween Sideshow Stamp and Die Sets.  

Our Winter 2015 Collection has so many cool, versatile Halloween stamps and dies to chose from - we need a few more weeks before the big day arrives.  View the catalog here.

Big thanks to Jacky C - for her smart comment about making Scrabble-style tiles with the background die.  Thanks also to design teamer Jennifer for reminding me about the Alphabet Soup die set - it's great with the little tiles.  35 perfect little tiles each time you run it through the machine!

My all-time favorite black inkpad - VersaFine Onyx Black did it again - and the Memento Markers made it quick and easy to color his eyes for the right touch of creepiness.

Send someone the completed card - or just attach the skeleton and sequins and toss the little alphabet tiles into a poly bag  - and have them assemble the words.  What would you do?

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Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and other fall card designs.

Thanks for stopping by - have a great autumn evening!

Jeansignature-3

09/01/2015

Tue 01

Swirling Ghosts - Boo

 

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Good Morning,  it's Tuesday and the kids are back in school, summer has returned and all is right with the world......  Soon enough though we will be headed into Fall and with Fall comes Halloween obviously one of my favorite holiday's.  It can be so fun and cute!  I cannot get enough.

Today's fun Halloween card uses the Swirling Ghosts 99192 along with Uppercase Alphabet Soup 99154 and the Tilted Frames 99194 to create the word BOO this is all layered onto circles from Studio Circle Layers 30016 and Pinpoint Scalloped Circles 30050.  The Black dot is a Memory Box Signature Pattern.   I do love how it turned out.  It became a square card which is even cuter.  With a black pen and a glaze pen I have added a  bit more interest.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the first day of September!  Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!