127 posts categorized "Animals"

01/16/2021

Sat 16

Love Birds by Sara Cook

Welcome everyone!  Have a Valentines day card for those love birds out there. A scene inspired by the sunset that was half pink and blue. Perfect for Valentines card and the new Sweet Bay Collage die frame it.

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Sky:

Take a 3” square white paper and blend 2/3 Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and 1/3 Spun Sugar Distress Ink.  

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Birch Trees:

Die cut using Woodland Heart Frame out of 110 lb white card stock. Color the edges of the tress with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Drag some color across the trees randomly to create the bark of the birch tree.

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Humming Birds:

Die cut using Poppy Stamps Little Hummingbirds out of 110 lb white card stock. Color first, using Tumble Glass everywhere but the wings.  Then color the birds head and body with Peeled Paint.  Then color the wings with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  I used a light charcoal pencil to  outline the feathers in tail and wings, color in the beak and added an eye. 

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Sentiment:

Color 110 lb card stock 1/2 Tumbled Glass and 1/2 Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Die Cut using Sending Hugs dies centering the die between the 2 colors.  

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Foreground:

Die cut Sweet Bay Collage die out of green card stock and fussy cut out leaves and steam.  Die cut the Sweet Bay Collage again out of brown A2 sized card stock   Glue the leaves and steam on the brown.

Assemble:

Glue the birch trees on the sky in the center of paper.  Glue the Sweet Bay Collage aligning it over the birch trees and sky background.  Glue the humming birds over the heart shaped branches.  Glue on the sentiment.  Mount on a A2 card.

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12/14/2020

Mon 14

Plush Big Penguin Pocket Pet
by Anne Thompson

I'm working with a penguin theme for my grandsons' Christmas gifts this year--large quilted stuffed penguins, penguin pajamas, and penguin fabric for art smocks I'm sewing for them.  In looking through Memory Box products featuring penguins, thinking I would make cards and gift tags, I decided to first sew the boys some penguin pocket pets using the PLUSH BIG PENGUIN 94403 die set.

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I tried several kinds of felt and found that the stiffer craft felt gave me the best cuts with holes that didn't tear while sewing.  (I could have added a fusible stabilizer to the softer felt and that would have worked well too.)   I used my sewing machine and a zigzag stitch to add the white face/tummy to one of the two black body pieces.  I used some fabric glue to attach the eyes and nose to the face and to attach the feet between the two black layers.  I used six strands of black embroidery floss and a large-eyed needle and just did a running stitch in the holes around the edge to join the front and back, pausing every once in awhile to tuck in a bit of stuffing.  

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One finished and another cut out and ready to sew.  This penguin is just the right size to be a perfect pocket pet.  In fact, I think they will end up tucked into the pockets of the art smocks when I mail their gifts this week.

Plush Big Penguins would also make cute package tie-ons or Christmas tree ornaments, with or without stuffing them.  Don't have felt or sewing supplies?  Cut some single layer penguins from black and white and orange cardstock to add to cards or for gift tags.   I'll be making Plush Big Penguin tags for the boys' presents with their names and "Love from Nanne" written on the tummies.  Cute!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

11/22/2020

Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.

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Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.

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Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  

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Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.

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11/10/2020

Tue 10

Special Delivery on the Vintage Sled by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a holiday scene with interactive dies from our 2020 Christmas Collection - and the Resting Birds from many collection ago.  Mix and match your designs and enjoy the satisfaction of getting the most from your supplies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little composition of holiday icons.

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Cut the base of the Vintage Sled from turquoise cardstock.  Cut the top layer from thin wood veneer.  Attach the veneer sections with ⅛" wide double-stick tape.  

Cut the deer - from the Snowglobe Backer set - from dark kraft cardstock.  Color the antlers, nose and hooves with a brown marker.  Attach the antlers.  Add highlights and spots with a white pencil.  Loop a strand of red crochet thread around the deer and tie a knot, then tie the other ends to the sled.  Keep the threads loose and curvy.  

Cut Resting Birds from red cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

Cut the tree trunk - from the Pine Tree Collage set - from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the tree triangle from green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the matching die.  

Cut a white cardstock background with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a kraft A-2 card.

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Think of all the different ways you can combine the Memory Box holiday dies. Diecut several of each design, cut some backgrounds and stamp an assortment of greetings.  Trim the greetings, fold some cards and you're ready to design unique holiday cards for everyone on your list. Greetings from the heart will be more important - and appreciated - than ever this year. 

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and create some great cards!

Jeansignature-3

 

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11/08/2020

Sun 08

Sparkly, Poufy and Bright by Jean Okimoto

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The Stitched Circle Wreath can be a poufy, sparkly addition to holiday cards with a special yarn - and a some simple stitching.  Add a soft felt polar bear, a quick greeting and layered 6x6  prints.  Hi, Jean Okimoto back again after some photo-uploading glitches last night.

Cut red cardstock with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Cut the circle with the Stiched Circle Wreath.  Stitch it with white sparkly yarn - tape the ends of the yarn to the reverse side of the circle with Scotch Transparent Tape.  Sparkly yarn is my new favorite accent - and it's perfect for the Memory Box ready-to-stitch die designs.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to white wool-blend felt and cut the bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from soaking through.  Define the polar bear's eyes using a needle or skewer.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the face for  the eyes and nose.

Cut a 6" x 2-¾" strip of the Christmas Plaid sheet.  Cut a ¾" x 8-⅜" strip of lime green cardstock.   The greeting is from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set.  Stamp it with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair on the chartreuse striped sheet from the Garland Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting.

Punch ¼" dots of glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach everything to a slimline Smoky card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.

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Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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11/05/2020

Thu 05

Add a Penguin to a Stitched Burst Winter Card by Jean Okimoto

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A very cool little penguin from the Snowglobe Backer die set joins the Stitched Burst on a contemporary slimline card for the holidays.  Frosted Glitter Pad accents add a bit of sparkle.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design - and more stitch therapy!

Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dot offcuts.  Cut it from kraft cardstock.

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Here's a tip - round the corners of the cardstock so the extra floss doesn't get stuck on the corners as you're stitching.  (Yes, it would be smarter to precut the circle - but I wasn't sure if I wanted a circle, square or octagon when I began.)  Stitch it with black floss - tape the ends of the floss on the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

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Stitch it with white floss.  

Stitch the final starburst with red floss.  Cut it with the 3" Circle Basics die.

Cut the penguin from white and black cardstock. Define the eyes with a paper piercer or skewer. Cut the flippers from orange cardstock.  Cut a scrap of orange cardstock, place it under the white diecut and mark eye positions.  Color the eye markings with a black marker.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - on a strip of red cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  

Cut a ¾" x 3-⅛" strip of the black sheet from the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of green cardstock.  Punch ¼" dots from the Green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet. 

Attach everything to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  The red greeting strip is very wonky and the green strip extends above the top edge.

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Don't be intimidated by Memory Box stitching dies - they're easy to use, versatile and will be great for cards throughout the year.  Stitched Burst can also be a sun, medallion, fireworks - even a flower.  Experiment with different threads, colors and patterns.  It can be a great stress-reliever and create a feeling of accomplishment when you add that final stitch!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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09/06/2020

Sun 06

Bats Flying Over the Stitched Circle Wreath by Jean Okimoto

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The new collection of stitching dies creates the perfect backgrounds for fall cards. Stitched Circle Wreath adds a textured, starburst-y look to a simple Halloween card.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a September Halloween Challenge idea for you.

Cut the Stylish Frame Trio circle from orange cardstock.  Rub the Stitched Circle Wreath briskly with scrunched waxed paper to prep the die for easy removal of the tiny circles.  Cut the circle.  Stitch the circles with black crochet thread or embroidery thread.  Tape the ends of the thread behind the circle with Scotch Tape.  

Cut Cave Bat from the black glittered sheet in the new Frosted Glitter Pad.  Cut the smaller bats - from the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer Set - from black cardstock.  Cut a 1" white cardtock cirlcle.  Attach the bats - use foam tape for the Cave Bat.  The smallest bat will be attached inside the card with the greeting.

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Halloween Pumpkin Clear Stamps and Die Set - with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Attach the extra bat.

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The stitched details would be great for other occasions too - as fireworks for July 4th, in metallic gold or silver for the winter holidays and splashy bright colors for a birthday.  

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

Jeansignature-3

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08/29/2020

Sat 29

Insets, Offsets and the Single Pine Landscape Frame by Jean Okimoto

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A snowy Single Pine Landscape sets the scene for the sweet little bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Emboss some snowy accents - and add a new greeting from the Poppystamps Christmas Fun Clear Stamps set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - it's plaid time!

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Cut Single Pine Landscape Frame from green cardstock, remove the offcut and leave the remainder in the die.  Daub VersaMark through the cutouts on the die and emboss it with white powder.  

Cut the frame again from white cardstock - save the frame for another project  Stamp the great greeting - from the new Poppystamps Christmas Fun set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Inset the white offcut into the frame and tape the pieces together on the reverse side. 

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Cut the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet with the largest Rectangle Basics die and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Attach the Single Pine Landscape Frame, offset at an angle.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt to stabilize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the bear.  Use a toothpick to define the eyes.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the eyes and nose.  Cut the reverse side of the plaid sheet with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.  The bear die has a debossed center section - but the felt obscures it - so it looks like he's gained some pandemic pounds.  Attach the egg diecut.  It complements the plaid background...and makes him look a little slimmer.

Attach ¼" punched circles of the red glitter sheet from the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Have fun with your holiday cards - see you again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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08/13/2020

Thu 13

Snowglobe Backer Bear in the Bramble Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments during last week's Christmas Blog Blitz and congrats to all of the prizewinners!  Have fun creating special holiday and all-occasion cards with the great dies and papers in our latest release. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a lot of colors and details on today's card...hope you like the results!

The sweet little Polar Bear from the new Snowglobe Backer holiday set is great for a friendship card too.  Add a trio of glittered Resting Birds and tuck them into the Bramble Collage.  

Cut the Garland 6x6 corner floral print with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Bramble Collage.  Cut the large mound from the Poppystamps Whittle Mounds set from the olive green Garland Stripes & Dots 6x6 print. Attach the mound behind the bottom of the Bramble Collage.

Cut the bear - from the new Snowglobe Backer set - twice from Dark Kraft cardstock.  Use a paper piercing tool to define the eyes on one of the bear diecuts.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the diecut for his eyes and nose.  Layer the diecuts for dimension.

Cut a small Heart Board heart from the red sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut Resting Birds from the yellow-green sheet in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Save the extra birds for another project or use them inside the card.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded pale pink A-2 card

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Whittle Love Clear Stamps Set - on the  smoother side of pale pink cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach the greeting with foamtape

MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxBrambleCollage, MemoryBoxGarlandStripesAndDots6x6, MemoryBoxFrostedGlitter6x6Pad, MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxHeartBoard, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, PoppystampsWhittleMounds, PoppystampsWhittleLoveClearStamps, JeanOkimoto, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemoriesHawaii, VersaFineClair, ImagineCrafts, BearDiecuts, SnowglobeDiecuts, HolidayDiecuts

Enjoy mixing, matching and layering the holiday icons and design elements in the Christmas Collection and create unique cards for everyone on your list.  Thanks for visiting!

Jeansignature-3

  

 

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08/10/2020

Mon 10

A Beary Merry Christmas
by Anne Thompson

For today's card I created a scene with three bears playing in the snow.  Aren't they the cutest?!!!

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materials used

how I assembled this card

  • I started with a white notecard, cut a piece of the plaid paper 4 X 5 1/4, and adhered it to the front for a top fold card.
  • To make the tree frame background with the blue behind it, I stacked up the white glitter paper on top of the piece of Powder notecard and ran that stack through my die cutting machine with the Single Pine Landscape Frame. 
  • While the papers were still in the die, I flipped it over and added strips of wide Scor-Tape to the back which kept everything lined up and made it easy to attach to the plaid paper.  
  • Then I popped out the piece of white glitter paper exposing the Powder blue sky.

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  • Next I made the sled.  This is what you get when you die cut everything.

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  • I cut the sled on the left again, the one with the slits in the die, and used more of the dot paper with Scor-Tape added on the back.  That made it really easy to attach the slats to create a three-dimensional sled.

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  • I cut the three little bears from more of the bright white glitter paper.  I added small strips of black cardstock behind their eyes and noses.
  • I used Scor-Tape for the bear standing on the snowy hill.  
  • I added a foam pop dot behind the head of the bear on the sled which helped to hold the sled in place too.
  • I attached foam dimensional tape behind the bear holding the tow rope.  A piece of a tiny Glue Dot holds the rope securely on his paw, and other small pieces on the back of the tow bar hold the rope in place and help to secure the sled to the card.

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  • I die cut the Special Merry Christmas from the scrap of plaid paper I had left from the front and used a glue pen to add it on the top right inside the frame.
  • And on the inside I used the last scrap of the plaid paper and another bear, this one cut from the black glitter paper.  (Our bears in Maine are black bears and the University of Maine teams are Black Bears.)

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Beary Merry Christmas!!!

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And...Congratulations to the winners of our Blog Blitz!  Thank you for all of your comments--I loved reading them!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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