30 posts categorized "Birch Press Design"

04/23/2018

Mon 23

Pretty Paper
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with...Oh.My.Word.....how gorgeous is this designer paper?!?  Birch Press Design was kind enough to send me a sample of this handmade paper. I am in L O V E !!! Wanting to really showcase the the exquisite colors and texture, I went with some stacked frames in a complimentary color.

Let me show you:

 

I most always start with a White cardstock base of 5.5 x 4.25. Then I start adding on.

 

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I die cut the Wrapped Stitch Frames from both White and Aqua cardstocks. As you can see, I snipped here and there on the frames for added interest.

I framed the small handmade paper with both White and Aqua.

 

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I also die cut the Fine Cut Leaves (one of my favorites) from Aqua cardstock and tucked them beneath the frame.

Add a couple of pretty sequins and you have a finished masterpiece.

I usually put some kind of sentiment on the front, but with this little pretty, I wanted the Bouquet Handmade Paper to be the star of the show.

Happy Crafting,

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04/19/2018

Thu 19

Long Dachshund, Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The new Long Dachshund - and his mirror-image buddy - contemplate life on a simple little card today.  The washi tape background from Birch Press Design gets a quick trim with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a greeting for someone needing a bit of encouragement and support during a tough time.   MemoryBoxLongDachshund-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxDogGoneClearStamps-BirchPressDesign-JeanOkimoto-DogCards-DiecutDogCards-WashiTapeCards-DiecutWashiTapeCards

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to tan and dark brown felt.  It will stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut Long Dachshund from dark brown felt.  Cut him again from the reverse side of the tan felt to create a left-facing dachshund.  Switch their ears.  

Attach lime and turquoise duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut the collars.  

Attach strips of washi tape (about 3" long) to white cardstock and diecut the cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

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

Simple strips of washi tape can add so much to a quick card.  See the great patterns and beautiful colors featured on the Birch Press Design site.  

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Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's THOUGHTS + THANKS class at Impress!  It's always nice to have a stash of thank you and thinking-of-you cards ready - hope you liked the designs that we stamped, folded and layered.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets!

The Impress Annual Spring Sale starts today - and runs through Sunday April 22nd.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box and Poppystamps items - and enjoy a 20% discount on the great designs you've been waiting for!  Stock up on VersaFine Clair inkpads too - they're my favorite inks for classes and here on Outside the Box.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of the 4-day sale - and join us for the GREEN GREETINGS class on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11:30-1:30.   Green - the color and the concept - is the class theme.  Lots of green - papers, inks, accents,  recycled items - and great techniques.  Everyone receives a bonus pack of some items from my stash to make more class cards at home later.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/12/2018

Thu 12

Bee Yourself Clear Stamps with Tall Grassy Stems Border and Stitched Rectangle Trimmings by Jean Okimoto

 

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Stand out in a crowd - and bee yourself - like the tall  Paper Flower from Birch Press Design.  The new Bee Yourself Clear Stamps add a lighthearted touch to any spring card, especially with glittery little bees.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a sunny yellow card designed to brighten a drizzly spring day.

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Cut 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Trimmings from marshmallow chick cardstock.  Keep it in the die.   Attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the back edges to keep the outer frame and inner rectangle together.  Stamp the bee - from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamps Set - with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Impress recently received their 3rd shipment of these great VersaFine Clairs.  They're perfect for large solid areas and detailed designs. You can even emboss with them - just be sure to have your embossing powder and heat-tool handy and ready.  The Clairs are easy to stack and the snug lids keep the inks fresh and ready for your next project!

Cut about 4" of Tall Grassy Stems Border from green cardstock.  Trim it to fit the yellow background using the same rectangle die.  No measuring needed!

Stamp the greeting and another bee with Nocturne.  Dry the ink and cut it with the ¾" x 2" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Keep it in the die and attach narrow strips of Scor-Tape along the back edges again.

Attach the diecuts to an A-2 card.  

Attach paper flowers from Birch Press Design  - these vintage-y beauties are from the Mine Flowers set.  Add some pretty yellow gem stickers.  Highlight the  bees with a clear glitter Wink of Stella pen.

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Looking forward to seeing everyone again at this Saturday's THOUGHTS AND THANKS class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - 3 thinking-of-you-themed cards and 3 thank-yous.  Lots of diecuts, techniques, specialty papers, great inks and stamps.

Thanks for visiting...please join us again tomorrow for Melissa's great card!

Jeansignature-3

 

 
 

 

 

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04/07/2018

Sat 07

Jumbo Peony, Rectangle Basics and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A watercolored Jumbo Peony meets matching washi tapes from Birch Press Design on a quick card for a busy spring weekend. Add a trio of glittery Honeycomb Square hexagons for sparkly accents and your card is ready for any occasion.

Happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a quick card in some of my favorite colors.  Hope you like them too!

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to the smoother side of watercolor paper.  It keeps all of the pieces together when you cut the Jumbo Peony.  Carefully remove everything from the die with the pieces intact.

Press Wilted Violet, Lucky Clover and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides onto an acrylic stamp block.  Paint the peony in loose, overlapping layers of diluted inks and set it aside to dry.

Diecut Jumbo Peony from watercolor paper - toss the little pieces and attach the delicate diecut to the dry watercolored background.  

Cut turquoise cardstock with the 1-¾" x 3" Rectangle Basics die.  You'll never have to guess about the right dimensions for layers and backgrounds if the Rectangle Basics set is part of your Memory Box stash.  The 16 versatile dies are perfectly proportioned for A-2 cards - and they're great for A-6 cards too!  

Attach strips of washi tape from the Birch Press Design collection to a Violet Notecard.  I love how the tapes' colors change when they're layered over bright backgrounds.  

Cut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for DIY instant bling.  

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Here's a tip - use Honeycomb Square to cut Scor-Tape sheets into perfectly-sized sticky-dots to attach the glittered hexagons.  Attach it to a scrap of brightly-colored cardstock so it's easy to find when you need it.  

Use a piercing tool to position the top liner and adhesive wherever you want to attach an accent.  Remove the liner, press your sequin or hexagon securely onto the adhesive. Use the blunt end of the piercing tool to give it an extra press.  That's it - no glues to dry, set up or squish out.

Take a few minutes to create a quick card (and maybe a few extra watercolored backgrounds) - and have a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting...join us again tomorrow for Penny's great card.

Jeansignature-3



 

 

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04/06/2018

Fri 06

Floral Prayers
by Sharon Harnist

Sympathy cards can be difficult to make, requiring just the right balance of color and elements to achieve a somber and reverent message.  Today I'm using some gorgeous Birch Press handmade papers and tape, combined with beautiful Memory Box dies and stamps that hopefully strike that delicate balance:

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This card started with a Memory Box Custard notecard with a strip of Birch Press Mineral Green washi tape along the right edge.  The next background layer is some beautiful Birch Press Ivory Cabbage Rose handmade paper, matted with gold metallic cardstock.  Next is a layer of gorgeous Birch Press Bouquet hand screen printed paper, with a touch of gold metallic outlining -- aren't the colors amazing?!!

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The pretty sentiment is from the Memory Box Prayers Sentiments stamp set.  It was stamped with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz onto an ivory Memory Box Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame. An additional Tree Blossom Stitched Circle Frame was die cut from gold metallic cardstock and glued on top.  The ivory flower die cut was colored with Copic BG23 to match the floral paper and washi tape.  The circle element was popped up with foam tape.   Finally, the elegant Soaring Swallow was die cut from ivory cardstock and accented with gold metallic watercolor, then mounted with foam tape.

I made this card for our monthly Memory Box Challenge -- I hope you'll read all about it here and join in on the fun (you could win an awesome prize!).  Thanks so much for joining me today!  

- Sharonsig

 

 

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04/05/2018

Thu 05

Plush Narrow Succulent, Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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A deconstructed Plush Narrow Succulent becomes a felt flower on a spring card here...just another outside-the-box way to use one of the popular die sets from the Plush Collection.  The Lavender Folia Handmade Paper from Birch Press Design creates a leafy background to match a trio of Little Dragonflies.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here combining an assortment of different textures and materials with one great feature in common - they all cut perfectly with Memory Box dies!  Handmade screenprinted papers, wool-blend felt and glittered cardstock are beautiful additions to any project - but can be challenging to cut with scissors, paper trimmers, punches and rotary cutters.  Cutting them with dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design makes it quick and easy, with perfect results.

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Cut the Folia leafprint with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Plush Narrow Succulent petals and centers from purple felt.  

Cut Little Dragonflies and Honeycomb Square from gold glittered cardstock.

Layer the individual petals and glue them in pairs.  Attach them around a 1-½" circle of scrap cardboard.  It's easier to work with them that way - and you can rotate the entire flower to find the perfect spot for them when assembling the card.  Attach the two center layers and a glittered hexagon.

Stamp the greeting - from the Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - on a side-folded 5-½" square gray card with Wilted Violet Distress Oxide.  Purple Delight VersaFine Clair would be a great ink for this too if you can find it.  I've ordered one from Impress and look forward to using it here and in classes.

Attach the diecuts to the card...that's it!  Square cards and multiple layers require extra postage - but I hope you'll agree that this card is worth the effort, and a few extra cents.

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Thanks a bunch for visiting - join us for Sharon's great design tomorrow.

Jeansignature-3

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04/04/2018

Wed 04

Forget Me Not Blooms, Grass Stitched Circle Frame and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto

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Let's scatter some Forget Me Not Blooms flowertops across the Grass Stitched Circle Frame for a fresh spring greeting.  A Garden Sketches greeting banner, glittery Wink of Stella highlights and gem stickers add pretty accents.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the details behind my April Floral Challenge inspiration card.  It's great to go through my stash of watercolored papers and find just the right colors for a background.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills were used here.  Add a few dotty accents in Brilliance Pearlescent Jade with a design from the Open Studio Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set.  Cut it with the 2-¾" Square Basics die.

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Cut a bunch of flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms set from scraps of the watercolored paper.  The little blossoms aren't attached to the stems - it's quick and easy to cut them separately, without the delicate stems.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set on the ultra-smooth Bright White Cardstock from Impress with Memento Grape Jelly.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the matching Garden Sketches die.  We love this smooth white cardstock for stamping, diecutting and crisp white cards!

Cut Grass Stitched Circle Frame from the same Bright White Cardstock.  

Attach two strips of Pastel Purple washi tape - one of the many pretty colors and patterns from Birch Press Designs - to a side-folded A-2 card of...yes, Bright White Cardstock.  Attach the diecuts - use foam dots for the greeting.

Highlight the flower centers with clear glittered Wink of Stella.  Add light purple gem stickers.

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Impress recently published their spring class schedule - hope you can join us if you live in the Seattle area, or if you're planning to visit soon.  If you like cards, colors, techniques, laughs and creativity - give Impress a call to reserve a seat - it's 206 901.9101.  Here's what we're doing...

    -Thoughts and Thanks - April 14, 10:30-12:30

    -Green Greetings - Earth Day - April 22, 11:30-1:30 - the Impress Annual Sale

                           is April 19-22 

    -Asia Now - May 5, 10:30-12:30

    -Beyond the Box - May 28, 11:00-1:00 -  and June 16, 10:30-12:30   

    -Summer Hearts - June 16, 1:30-3:30

    -Surf and Turf - June 30, 10:30-12:30

    -Blossoms and Butterflies - July 4, 11:00-1:00 - and July 14, 10:30-12:30

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

 Jeansignature-3

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04/02/2018

Mon 02

BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME Spring Cards
by Anne Thompson

I have four cards to show you today that all use the BIRD BRANCH CIRCLE FRAME die 99993 along with a larger circle cut with one of the WRAPPED CIRCLES dies set 30114.  

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I used a variety of accent papers from my stash as well as small doilies, bows, and flowers.  The tiny Opal Flowers are ones I found at Birch Press Design--where I bought a package of each kind they have, some tiny ones and other larger sizes!  Love them!!!

Let's take a closer look at the first card.

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I used a Key Lime Memory Box  notecard as the base with a panel cut from a green tiny floral paper.  I added a 4" white doily in the center using Scor-Tape.  The Wrapped Circle was cut from an older 12X12 Memory Box paper that I've had for years and years--I just love the tiny trees.  I cut the Bird Branch Circle Frame from dark green cardstock and the birds from scraps of the same green floral print paper.  I edged the birds with Hero Arts Green Hills ink.  I secured the larger circle to the doily using Scor-Tape.  I used a glue pen on the branch circle and tiny pop-dots on the birds.  I added two silk leaves (found in the wedding decor section at ACMoore), a tiny cream pearl-centered bow (also from ACMoore), and five of the tiny Opal Flowers from Birch Press Design using glue dots. I've left the inside blank and will add the appropriate sentiment when I decide how I will use the card.  It may end up as an anniversary card.

Here's a look at the basic supplies.

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Card Two:

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This time I used a Bayou Memory Box notecard, a circle cut from a stash of Memory Box Pool clouds paper, the branch circle cut from dark green cardstock, and the birds were cut from a tiny scrap of watercolored paper.  The edging ink was Hero Arts Tide Pool.  I used a turquoise small doily, a pool/white dotted bow, and more of the little just right flowers from the same Opal Flowers Birch Press collection as I used previously.  

Card Three:

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I started with a lavender notecard, a scrap of floral/stripey paper, a heart-shaped doily, lavender and dark green cardstocks, and birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Elderberry ink for edging the die cuts.  The final touches were a purple bow and some white stamens at the bottom of the heart.

Card Four:

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I used a Powder Memory Box notecard (a very soft blue), a scrap of floral paper, a circle cut from Bluebird Distressed Dots paper, a dark green cardstock branch circle frame, and tiny birds cut from a scrap of watercolored paper.  I used Memento Bahama Blue for edging the die cuts.  The only addition was a large light blue satin ribbon bow.

Happy Spring!!!

and Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

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03/30/2018

Fri 30

Modern Leaf Circle Frame, Singing Birds and Left Gate Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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The Left Gate Background's off-cut unexpectedly creates the perfect background for the new Modern Leaf Circle Frame and a pair of Singing Birds.  Add some glittery Honeycomb Square hexagons, washi tape from Birch Press Designs -  and a greeting from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps - and you have a card!

Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a design that would surely win the "Smallest Piece of Washi Tape on a Card Challenge" if we ever have one.  I spent way more time than I'll admit trying to work a bigger piece of that pretty pale lavender tape into the design - but it always looked excessive.  I fussed and fidgeted with it over and over again, but one little piece won.  So that's how we got here!

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The background is the negative portion that remained after I diecut the Left Gate Background for an earlier card (above).  It's the watercolored background behind the leafy Left Hutton Gate (the watercolored circle was cut separately with a Circle Basics die).

Trim the top, bottom and right edge of the off-cut with portions of a Rectangle Basics die for crisp, even edges without measuring.  

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Cut Modern Leaf Circle Frame from watercolor paper.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to purple and chartreuse felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the birds again from watercolor paper and layer them for extra dimension.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 1-¼" Square Basics die.

Cut turquoise glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of watercolor paper.  Add a bit of the washi tape from Birch Press Design.

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Thanks for stopping by - join us for Laura's great card tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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Fri 30

Snow Bunny, Spring Bunnies Cupcakes and a Carrot by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Deep Edge Dies Snow Bunny -  and cupcakes from the Spring Bunnies Clear Stamps -  brighten someone's day.  Washi tape from Birch Press Design adds dotty accents and a splash of color to the big bunny.  Sparkly pink gemstones are the finishing touch.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with a basic design that's easily transformed to greet any occasion.  

Pick your favorite cupcake flavor - raspberry, lemon, blueberry, lime or carrot.  I hope it's carrot cake today.

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Stamp the cupcakes - from the Open Studio Spring Bunnies Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  If you like Onyx Black VersaFine - you will LOVE Nocturne.  It's a deeper, darker black that's great for solid images and delicate, detailed designs too.  

Press the inks from the Bouquet Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Paint the cupcakes, dry the inks, and diecut it with the coordinating die from the Spring Bunnies die set.  Paint it carefully and neatly inside the lines - or quickly and outside the lines,  as I did.

Diecut a second piece from watercolor paper and attach it behind the stamped piece for more dimension.

Stamp, emboss, paint and diecut a carrot. 

Diecut the Snow Bunny  from textured white cardstock.  Attach Birch Press Designs Dot Lime Tape to a scrap of white cardstock and cut the ear and midsection accent pieces.

Paint a dot of pink ink and two dots of a black marker onto watercolor paper and diecut the eyes and nose.

Crease one of the arm pieces and attach the carrot in the fold.

Stamp the greeting on a top-folded 5-½" square gray card with Sunshine VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts and gem stickers.  

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Enjoy using  the Snow Bunny and Spring Bunnies sets throughout the year - not just for their namesake winter and spring seasons.  They're great for birthdays, thank yous and baby cards - and whenever you want to make someone smile.  Hope this brightened your day!

Thanks for visiting - see you again this evening...

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