155 posts categorized "Birds"

10/15/2020

Thu 15

Build the New Charming Snowman by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and construct the new Charming Snowman Collage, complete with paper-pieced glittery accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two of our newest holiday designs.  It feels like we skipped fall and went directly from summer to winter...so let's build a snowman today.

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Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Plate and the mid-sized Stylish Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the rectangle offcut.  

Attach black and orange cardstock scraps for the head, eyes, nose and buttons.  The buttons are actually partially-cut, but I used a skewer to push the cardstock back and form squarish circles, like lumps of coal.

Cut the scarf from the green 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet. A tip - turn the glittered cardstock over and trim the scarf from the white side if the glitter and shiny blade make it hard to see what you're trimming. Cut the twiggy arms from dark kraft cardstock - including the sections that extend from the arm over to the edge of the snowman.  Place pieces of tape across backside of the collage where the scarf and arms will be inserted and press the diecuts onto the exposed adhesive.

Attach the Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock.  Another tip - run the tape-covered cardstock through your diecut machine with the cutting plate(s) to firmly compress the tape. Attach the tape-covered cardstock behind the snowman to fill the outlines. 

Cut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded textured dark gray A-2 card.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the smallest Stylish Rectangle die.  Stamp the greeting - from the Christmas Tiles Clear Stamp Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Add a Resting Bird.

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Here's a link to view our latest release - including some beautiful designs from Birch Press Designs too.  It's a very contemporary collection of favorite holiday icons.  Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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10/10/2020

Sat 10

Christmas Cardinal
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  I have a simple Christmas card to share today made with products from the latest Christmas release.  It was inspired by this month’s Playing with Plaids challenge.  I don’t know about you, but plaids are great for masculine Christmas cards. 

Alcohol ink-friendly cardstock was used for the cardinal from Spirit of Christmas stamp set and the Forest Pine Branch die-cut.  Did no line coloring on both using Copic Sketch markers (R24, R27, R46, R89, Y32, Y35, Y38, 100 for the cardinal and BG93, BG96, BG99, E23, E25, E29 for the branch).  Added snow to the branch with a white gel pen and die cut the cardinal out with the coordinating die.  My alignment was off, so had to fussy cut to fix it.

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Dies from Rectangle Basics were then used to die cut from the Christmas Plaid paper pack and from suede cardstock.  Heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Inked around the edges with suede dye ink and lightly with Black Soot distress ink.  Added gold and black splatters for some texture then assembled the card to finish.  Since it’s a masculine card, no bling or fun embellishments. 😂

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Currently, there is a problem with the challenge link tool, so feel free to enter your plaid cards on Instagram using hashtag #mbchallenge66.  That does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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09/28/2020

Mon 28

Spirit of Christmas Cardinals and Holly
by Anne Thompson

I'm starting to build up my supply of holiday cards for December featuring great images and sentiments from the SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Clear Stamps and Dies set CL5261-D.  (The stamps are available by themselves, CL5261, if you don't want the dies.)  I particularly like the the cardinal and the holly/berries branch and used them against plaid paper for this first card, stamping the images on white cardstock with VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink before coloring them with my Prismacolor pencils and then die cutting them.  I also added Ruby Crystal Fairy Sugar/glitter glue to the berries for some extra sparkle.

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I started with a dark green cardstock notecard with the plaid paper attached to white cardstock and trimmed really closely before adhering that panel to the card front.  I used dimensional foam tape to attach the cardinal at an angle and secured the holly branch and glittered berries to its body with Glue Dots.  I even added the tiniest black gem I could find in the center of its eye.

Because the inside of the card was dark green, I added a white panel and the leftover strip of the plaid paper.  I stamped "Wishing You A MERRY CHRISTMAS" on a scrap of white cardstock and mounted it to a piece of the same green cardstock as the notecard, leaving plenty of room for a brief note and signature.

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The second card I made is similar...stamped and colored and die cut cardinal and holly branch against plaid paper with just a tiny bit of Goldfinch Fairy Dust/glitter glue added to the berries and a tiny black gem eye.

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I used a complementary plaid on the inside and the same sentiment on a white panel.

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And because I've been stamping a dozen or more pumpkins on printed papers this last week  I tried that technique on this third card.  I used an orange-y/red plaid for the cardinal and a dark green plaid for the holly, red pearls for the berries and another tiny gem eye on the bird.  I love that bird!

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This time I layered the front and back patterns of one of the papers from the GARLAND 6X6 paper pad PP1010 on a Holly red notecard and added "WARMEST WISHES".  On the inside I used one of the dotted papers and a different piece from the Garland pad and added "MERRY CHRISTMAS" along the bottom edge.

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materials used on the three cards

  • SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS Clear Stamps and Dies set CL5261-D

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  • papers from CHRISTMAS PLAID 6X6 paper pack PP1009
  • papers from GARLAND 6X6 paper pad PP1010
  • dark green dotted paper from GARLAND STRIPES AND DOTS 6X6 paper pack PP1011
  • dark green and white cardstocks
  • white and Holly Red notecards
  • RUBY CRYSTAL FAIRY SUGAR/GLITTER GLUE 40126
  • GOLDFINCH FAIRY SUGAR/GLITTER GLUE 40118
  • VersaFine Clair Nocturne (black) ink
  • a variety of Prismacolor colored pencils in reds, oranges, and greens

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

08/30/2020

Sun 30

Snowy Stitched Tree and Sparkly Red Resting Birds by Jean Okimoto

 

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There are many ways to sew a Stitched Tree - here's a simple design in crisp white.  A border of Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape adds a frosty look, glittered Resting Birds and a star make it merry.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a stitched holiday design for you.  

Cut green cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics Die.  Rub scrunched waxed paper briskly over the new Stitched Tree die to prep it to help release all of the tiny dots.  Cut the rectangle with the Stitched Tree.  

Cut a 9' piece of white floss.  The 9' is a generous length to make it easier.  Pierce a hole about ½" below the center of the bottom row of stitch-dots.  Use a toothpick or skewer to enlarge the hole for the needle.  Attach one end of the floss to the reverse side of the rectangle with Scotch Tape and stitch the horizontal rows beginning at the bottom right corner.  Stitch diagonally - using every other hole - from top to bottom.  Stitch both sides.

Stitch the vertical line - bypass the bottom row of the tree and go through the punched hole.  Tape the thread on the back and trim off the excess.

Diecut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet twice to get 5 of the "sitting" birds.  Save the extras for another project.  Diecut the large Starlit Breeze star from the gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the short ends.

Attach Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock and cut a 1" x 5-¼" accent strip. Attach everything to a white A6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Create unique Stitched Tree designs with the wide range of threads and yarns available. Variegated, ombre, metallic and silky fibers in beautiful colors provide so many options.  Stitching is oddly relaxing.  I'm not a stitcher or a sewer - if I can do this, you can too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

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

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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!

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05/11/2020

Mon 11

Glittery Small Clutch of Eggs in a Glittery Twiggy Nest on Floral Papers
by Anne Thompson

The last few days we have seen warm weather, sunshine, a polar vortex snowstorm, and heavy winds.  In spite of these extremes, there has been a lot of activity at the bird feeders and in the house.  Dad (97) built and painted two more birdhouses and Mom (91) has been watching the orange marmalade feeder for the return of the Baltimore orioles who always show up on Mother's Day or a few days before.  I've been leaving nesting materials outside--bits of twine and the snippings from giving Mom a haircut.  So with all three of us focusing on birds I thought it appropriate to make a spring card featuring a nest with a clutch of eggs.

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I used a nice pink cardstock to make the card base and papered the front and the two inside panels with prints from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 paper pad.

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I chose pink and pale green glitter papers from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001 for die cutting the TWIGGY NEST 94424 and the SMALL CLUTCH OF EGGS 94456.

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I placed the nest on the card front using glue dots to secure it and the eggs in place.

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I added a white cardstock panel over the darker printed paper on the inside and put three more eggs in the lower right corner.

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The only thing left to do is to stamp an appropriate sentiment once I know where the card is going and for what occasion.

I love the way the die cut nest and its eggs work against the floral paper.  

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It won't be long before our birdhouses all have residents sitting on nests filled with eggs.  Happy spring!

As businesses begin to reopen, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and stay safe.  I'm still planning to stay home as much as possible, avoid the big box stores, and wait for my online orders to arrive. 

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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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!

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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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08/23/2019

Fri 23

Winter Tree Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Combine a snowy Winter Tree Frame - from the 2019 Holiday Collection - and bright Resting Birds for a classic Christmas scene.  Add a greeting from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple holiday design from our latest collection.

Prep the frame dies by rubbing them briskly with a wad of scrunched waxed paper.  This helps the dies release the diecuts.  Cut the tree frame and outer frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Here's a tip - keep the outer frame in the die.  Attach narrow strips of tape.  Press the diecut (still in the die) firmly onto a textured white A-6 (6-¼" x 4-½") card.  Carefully remove the die, leaving the diecut attached to the card.  

Pressure emboss Patina cardstock with the tree die.  Trim it to 3" square.  It adds dimension and texture to the design.

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Squeeze a bit of Zinc White Gouache onto an acrylic stamp block.  Blend it with a small amount of water.  Splatter a few drops of it onto the embossed square.  Set it aside to dry.  Attach it behind the white tree frame.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the Rectangle Basics die.

Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape behind glittered red craft foam.  Cut Resting Birds.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold gem stickers.

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Hope your favorite retailer has ordered the 2019 Holiday Collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The dies and clear stamp sets reflect a wide range of styles and themes.  We're busy creating and sharing fall and winter cards for everyone on your list.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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08/12/2019

Mon 12

Perched Bird on a Painterly Alcohol Ink Background
by Anne Thompson

I used a painterly alcohol ink technique to create a background for the PERCHED BIRD 94244 on today's card.

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how I created the background

  • I started with a piece of Alcohol Ink Cardstock (Tim Holtz for Ranger).
  • I added some drops of Alcohol Blending Solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger) on the top third or so of the paper.
  • Then I added drops of alcohol ink on top of the blending solution (Tim Holtz for Ranger).  I started with Aquamarine.
  • I used a paintbrush to move the ink around into horizontal lines of color.  (I have one dedicated for use with alcohol inks only.)  I had to work really quickly and still had some blotchy spots which I kind of liked.  Alcohol inks dry really fast!  

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  • Continuing to work down the paper, I added more blending solution and Stream ink, overlapping the Aquamarine. 
  • For the next section, I added more blending solution and Pesto ink, blending it into the blue layer.
  • For the bottom I used Sepia ink blended into the green.
  • I added a few more drops of ink where I thought more color was needed and blended it in with the paintbrush.

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  • Alcohol inks dry very quickly, in just seconds.  And this technique is not as messy as some...only one blue blotch on my thumb!
  • I chose a light blue notecard and used Scor-tape to adhere the trimmed 4 X 5.25 panel to it.

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For the Perched Bird, I chose another notecard in the same color to die cut it.  I chose not to use the dotted rayed background because I wanted more of the inky colors to show.  I used some white glue to attach it to the alcohol ink background.

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All in all, this was a pretty quick card to put together.  Another day when I have a bit more time and more alcohol ink cardstock I plan to make a pile of these backgrounds in a variety of colors to have on hand.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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