147 posts categorized "Birds"


Fri 23

Winter Tree Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto


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.


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.


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!





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




Wed 26

With Love
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a sweet little card that would be perfect for this summer wedding season. 


I used the beautiful Birds and Blossoms die and cut it in white paper. I then inked a light teal circle with my blending brush and glued the die cut over the top of it.

I added some pearls and the stamped sentiment from the Big and Little Words stamp set. This card would be easy to customize to match the colors of the wedding you are attending just by changing the card color and the ink color.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!





Mon 17

A Simple Summer Card
by Anne Thompson

Do you ever go to make a card with one idea in mind and the card becomes something else?  That's what happened to me on this  simple summer card.  This isn't at all where I thought I was headed, but I like where I ended up.


I started with the piece of decorative paper.  This has been in my 12x12 stack for years--a Memory Box paper from many years ago.  The next step was to search through blank notecards for ones in coordinating colors.  I found some Juniper ones in my December box that I thought went well with the trees.  I cut the printed paper into three pieces each 4 x 5.25, one for the front of the notecard and two for the inside panels, and attached the pieces using a tape runner. 

The next step was to audition die cut images for the front of the card.  I tried several different birds and butterflies.  I felt like whatever I chose needed to be anchored with something more.  The dies I finally chose were SOARING SWALLOW 99995, GRASS STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99924, and one of the smaller circles from WRAPPED CIRCLES 30114.  


I sacrificed another Juniper notecard and die cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame and the Soaring Swallow from it.  I used a scrap off off-white for the Wrapped Circle which I glued under the grass.


For more dimension I added a foam dot behind the bird.  When I set the finished image on the card I thought that ought to be raised as well so I added more foam dots behind the circle.


When I am ready to send out this card to celebrate the summer solstice later this month I plan to stamp a sentiment directly on the printed paper or glue on some die cut words from more of the Juniper cardstock. 

A suggestion:  Choose a pretty paper and a coordinating card and see where you end up!

Happy summer!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Fri 24

Saying “Hello” with Birds and Blossoms by Jean Okimoto


The Birds and Blossoms set is quickly becoming a new favorite - it's perfect for anyone, young or aged to perfection.  Diecut it, ink it and add a quick greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set.  The sweet little felt bird diecuts contrast the glossy embossed flowers and leaves.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design from our Garden Bouquet Collection.  It's easy to see why everyone loves this die set.  It's great for spring and summer cards - and would brighten anyone's day.


Cut Birds and Blossoms from Twig cardstock - keep the diecut and the offcut togeter - it's easier to ink it that way.  Use a cotton swab to ink the leaves with Lime VersaColor.  Ink the flowers with Electric Coral Radiant Neons.  Heat-emboss the inked areas.  

Stamp the greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set on white cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the frame too.  Heat-set the inks.   Trim the frame  and round the corners - I used the 4mm corner rounder section from a WeRMemoryKeepers punch.

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to turquoise felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from saturating the felt.  Cut three birds.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.  Add turquoise gem stickers.


These little felt birds are cute and sweet right now...but they'll be perfectly spooky in black felt with fall colors for Halloween.

If you're looking for something creative this weekend - join us for the SEATTLE STYLE class at Impress on Monday, May 27th.  Our cards will feature our favorite made-in-the-USA stamps and dies from our favorite Seattle companies.  We're making a sweet (and simple!) little origami sailboat too.

Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!





Thu 11

Side Butterfly Circle, Feathered Friends and Birthday Blowout by Jean Okimoto

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A sweet bird from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and the Side Butterfly Circle create a spring birthday card here today.  Pick a greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set and you're ready to celebrate!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with combination of a favorite set from my stash - and a design from our Spring Collection.

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The Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through layers of fabric - so they're perfect for felt and special artpapers too.  Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pale peach felt and cut the main section of the bird.  

Cut the overlay and wing from a pretty pastel print.  Cut an extra wing from a scrap of the paper and layer it for dimension.

I've borrowed the eye die from the owl - it's a little larger and stands out against the print.  Cut the beak from orange cardstock.

Assemble the bird - attach the wing with a tiny silver brad to add movement.

Prep the Side Butterfly Circle by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easier to remove the diecut.  Cut the circle from pale green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout  set - on Snapdragon cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bird.  Add pale orange gem stickers.

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Mix felt with bits and pieces of printed papers from your stash and make a few extra birds - and an owl or two.  You'll discover some great combinations of colors and patterns - and handmade embellishments always add a personal touch to your projects.

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





Sat 29

Delicate Pine Frame and Holiday Twigs – from Christmas to Halloween by Jean Okimoto


Transform traditional holiday diecuts into a spooky Halloween scene with the Delicate Pine Frame and Holiday Twigs.  A quick color switch is all it takes!  Happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a fall design for you today.


Cut Happy Halloween Channel from a 6-¼" x ¾" strip of black cardstock.  Cut the pumpkin from white cardstock and add eyes and a mouth with a screwpunch.  

Score, cut and fold a 4-½" x 5-¾" card of dark orange Candy Corn cardstock.  


Tabs at the short ends of the diecut will fit over the top and bottom of the card - adding ¼" to each edge, creating an A-6 card.  Attach the diecut to the card with dots of adhesive between the tabs and the card,  and under the pumpkin.

Cut the bigger Holiday Twig from black cardstock.  Cut a circle of white cardstock with the 1" Circle Basics die.  Cut the birds (from the Delicate Pine Frame set) from black glittered foam.

Cut the larger Delicate Pine Frame and inner rectangle from orange metallic cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add copper-colored gem stickers.

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 A color change quickly adds a whole new look to holiday diecuts.  Turn a delicate twig into a spooky tree and sweet little birds into shadowy night creatures.  It just takes a little imagination and a big stash of paper!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2019 CALENDAR or NOTECARDS class at Impress this Sunday.  Create 12 designs with holiday and seasonal icons, great dies and stamps and beautiful artpapers.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!











Thu 27

Feathered Friends and Stitched Bump Border by Jean Okimoto


The sweet owl from Feathered Friends rests comfortably on a branch layered over the Stitched Bump Border on a fall card.  It's a mix of favorite dies, Scotch 3M washi and duct tapes - and some Tape Too Challenge inspiration.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a combination of great dies from my Memory Box stash.


Attach the duct tapes, dotted washi tape and striped washi tape to white cardstock.  Attach the pink and orange patterned washi tape to pale gray cardstock.  Diecut the border, owl, eyes, beak and wing.  Assemble the owl - add movement to the wing by attaching it with a tiny gold brad that will allow it to move up and down.

Attach the border to a top-folded 5-¼" light gray square card.  Trim the right edge.

Cut the branch from the Swooping Branches and Leaves set from dark kraft cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. Trim it with the 1" x  2" Stitched Rectangle Layers die.  It's a great match for the Stitched Bump Border - the stitches are hard to see on the black duct tape here,  but they're there!

Attach the diecuts to the the card - use foam dots for the owl.


Write a short note on the inside, sign it, and send it to someone awesome!

Stitched Bump Border can be used in so many ways - here's a snowman from an earlier post...


Use Stitched Bump Border for snowdrifts, beachy waves, sandbanks or rolling hills too.  It's also great for cutting a scalloped edge for stenciling.

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2019 - CALENDAR OR NOTECARDS class at Impress on September 30th.  We're layering 3-½" x 5" calendar pages or notecards with great seasonal and holiday icons and beautiful artpapers.  Keep the calendar or notecards for yourself - or present them as thoughtful gifts and a bit of year-round design inspiration. 

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









Fri 21

by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! Today I have a clean and simple card that is perfect for the rush of the holiday season.


I started with a navy blue card and added three strips of silver washi tape, leaving a little space in between each piece of tape to create the background of my card.

Then I die cut the Winged Dove in a white card stock and I used some foam tape to glue it to the card over my washi tape stripes. I then cut the Peace Cheshire Script in white and glued it to the card under the stripes of washi tape.

This clean and simple design could be used with a variety of Memory Box dies. Switch out the dove for a snowflake and change the sentiment to Merry Christmas. You could also change up the colors and make birthday cards or thank you cards with the same design. Make a few cards with different sentiments and this same simple design to make a cute set for a gift. The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful weekend!





Thu 30

Holly Flourish and Resting Birds in a Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto


Arrange some tiny gold Resting Birds on the Holly Flourish - then add bright red berry dots for a very traditional holiday greeting.  Husband says they're either very tiny birds or a very big holly branch - oh yes, they are!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple Christmas design for you.


Cut the large outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set from white cardstock and leave both pieces in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges.  Remove the tape liners (!) and flip the die over and press it firmly onto a Key Lime Notecard.  Cut Holly Flourish from a slightly darker shade of green. 

Cut Resting Birds from gold glittered paper or cardstock.

Bubble Burst is the perfect source for assorted bright red "berries."  I've added a third berry to the bottom center branch.  

Stamp the greeting - from the versatile Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamp Set with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  It's a tight fit - but you can do it!  Cut another rectangle from green cardstock and layer it for dimension and definition.

Rectangle Basis is a set of 16 dies ranging from 4-¼" x 5-½" all the way down to ½" x 1-¾".  They're proportioned for A-2 cards and are great for greetings, accents and backgrounds with crisp, finished edges.  Eliminate tedious measuring, trimming and re-trimming with Rectangle Basics.  

Here's your card!


If you're in the Seattle area and have a day off on Monday - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress.  We're making 6 cards - including one with a very cool origami butterfly that's a lot easier than it looks.  Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design have so many dies that are perfect for the understated, contemporary Asian style we love.  

Thanks for visiting!