84 posts categorized "Borders"


Tue 22

Elliana Border and Butterflies
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone.  Shelby with you today to bring hopefully just a little cheer to your day.


I pulled out my distress inks (again) to create the background.  The colors used were Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass and Hickory Smoke.  The texture was added with a stencil and distress paint (antique linen) applied through the stencil.  The birds (trio of doves) was cut from watercolor paper using the same colors, but I used the refills instead of the pad which with the same amount of water creates a strong color.


I die cut the Elliana border on some shimmer white linen paper and on top I layered a couple of different butterfly dies.  I love to look to see all the different ways I can use the dies and often time, cutting elements from the die gives a lot more flexibility in the use of the die.  The sentiment was stamped with Ranger Archival black ink.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today, and I hope the rest of your week is fantastic






Sat 19

Springtime Bunnies, Grosgrain Ribbons and Washi Tape
by Jean Okimoto


A trio of Springtime Bunnies - cut from flowered washi tape - is the perfect excuse for adding another roll of washi tape to your stash!  It's also a quick and easy way to design another inspiration  card for our March Blossoms and Bunnies Challenge.


 Hi there, Jean Okimoto here, having one of my rare washi tape moments.  Unbelievably,  I don't have a stash of these versatile tapes - I just bought this one at Impress and couldn't wait to use it.


Attach several strips of tape to white cardstock.  Diecut the Springtime Bunnies trio from black cardstock and save everything.  Use the negative as a template to determine where to place the die.  


Snuggle and tape the die back into the negative and diecut the bunnies - exactly where you want them - with the negative intact.  It's a lot easier and more accurate than trying to secure the die while removing the negative.

Attach the black diecuts (slightly offset) behind the tape bunnies to create a sliver of a shadow for a bit of dimension.

Cut the 4" Stitched Oval Layer from yellow-green cardstock.  Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock, then trim a section of it with the oval.

Cut two of the Grosgrain Ribbons from a slightly darker shade of yellow-green cardstock - run them through the machine lengthwise for more texture.  For even more texture keep the ribbons in the dies, then dry-emboss them with embossing plates and rubber mats -  follow your machine manufacturer's directions for embossing with thin metal dies.   

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the oval.  Attach just the centers of the ribbons and let the ends "float" for dimension.  Attach orange and chartreuse sequins.


Big thanks to everyone who took last week's Simply Asian class at Impress!  I love using Memory Box, Open Studio and Poppystamps dies with silkscreened papers - they cut smoothly and effortlessly through the fibers and metallic inks and create perfect highlights for simple, classic Asian designs.

Our new schedule will be out soon - see you in Tukwila!

Thanks for stopping by...






Thu 10

Springtime Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs, Blooming Sketch Border and Pasture Grass
by Jean Okimoto


A chocolate Springtime Bunny stops by with an Easter wish and a watercolored egg today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with another spring design and some quick tips too.  We've moved so quickly thru our January release...Easter is less than three weeks away!

Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 2.5" tall egg from the Half a Dozen Eggs set, then paint it with Peerless Watercolors.

Cut Pasture Grass from green cardstock.  Paint scraps of watercolor paper with pink, yellow and violet - then cut little eggs using the die from the Springtime Bunnies Set.  Attach the eggs (big and little) behind the grass.  That's a lot easier than gluing the grass to the card, then trying to glue the eggs behind the grass.

Prep a scrap of cardstock from a Mocha Notecard with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the bunny with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.  Cut it with the matching die from the Springtime Bunnies Die Set.

Stamp the greeting on natural cardstock with Electric Purple Radiant Neon and emboss it with detail clear powder.  It really is purple, but the embossing turned it into a pretty pink.  Cut it with the smallest Pinpoint Rectangle Layer - then trim the excess cardstock with the inner edge of a larger rectangle.

Attach everything  to a side-folded A-2 card of textured natural cardstock- use foam dots for the bunny.  Add small iridescent sequins.

Here's an easy way to organize, store and use Peerless Watercolors .  Find them at Birch Press Design - a cool, upscale online collection of beautifully functional products for dining, decorating, crafting and gift-giving.  It's owned by Dave and Monica Brethauer, owners of Memory Box and Poppystamps.   Their great design aesthetic is reflected at Birch Press too!


Use plastic divider boxes for storage, and as palettes - be sure they're sealed between each section so the colors won't flow into each other.  Print the names on return address labels and attach them to a rectangle of watercolor paper that's divided into sections.  

Place little blocks of the colors in each section and add a drop or two of water when you're ready to paint.  You won't waste a bit of it - whatever you don't use with stays right there in its own section.  Let it dry, and it'll be ready for your next project!

These containers come in different sizes and configurations.  I use several of them because mine have 11 sections - I would have picked something larger - but I used what I had.  If I had waited till I found the "perfect" containers, I would have forgotten what I had planned to do with them!

 I'm not usually a super-organized label-er, but this really does save time - and it's handy for on-the-go projects too.


Special thanks to everyone from last week's Springtime Greetings and Birthday Wishes classes at Impress!  Hope you liked the projects - and those yummy spring colors.  See you again at the Asia Now class on Saturday the 12th for some contemporary Asian designs using silkscreened papers, dies and easy origami.  "Easy" and "origami" are rarely used together - but it'll be easy...promise!

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





Wed 02

Springtime Bunnies, Floral Breeze, Half a Dozen Eggs and Blooming Sketch Border
by Jean Okimoto


One of the cuddly little Springtime Bunnies is the perfect complement to a big egg from Half  a Dozen Eggs.  Spring means flowers too - and Blooming Sketch Border came out of hibernation for today's card.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here again, with the details for my Bunnies and Blossoms Challenge inspiration card.

I love combining designs from current and previous releases.  It challenges me to get the most use from my supplies - and sort of  justifies the huge stash of great Memory Box products in my office.  Sort of!

Stamp Blooming Sketch Border on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the egg with the 2.5" die from the Half a Dozen Eggs Set.  You can actually get two eggs from one stamping.  Paint it with Peerless Watercolors.

Cut another egg from charcoal cardstock and layer it - slightly offset - on the right side, for a bit of dimension.

Stamp the bunny from the Springtime Bunnies Clear Stamp Set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Espresso Truffle and emboss it.  Watercolor the ears and nose, then diecut it with the coordinating die from the Springtime Bunnies Die Set.

Diecut the front of a Key Lime Notecard with Floral Breeze.  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the bunny.  Add pink, yellow and orange sequins.  


Save the other stamped, diecut egg for another card - we'll work on that later.

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...see you in classes at the Tukwila Impress on March 5th!    (And at Rubber Stamp Fantasy in Mariettta, GA in April!)


Wed 02

Half a Dozen Eggs, Springtime Bunnies and Pasture Grass
by Jean Okimoto


Felt Springtime Bunnies, Pasture Grass and glittery eggs...Easter is almost here!  The beautiful Fragile Heart is just too pretty to go into post-Valentine storage -  let's decorate an Easter egg with it today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, let's get started...

Ink a 4" soft rubber brayer with Kaleidacolor Pastel and spritz the brayer with water.  Quickly roll the diluted inks onto smooth white cardstock.  Let the inks blend and airdry for a few minutes, then heat-set it with a dry iron on the cotton setting. Attach Scor-Tape to the inked surface and cut it with the 2.5" tall die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.  


Cut Fragile Heart from watercolor paper.  Cut a portion of the heart with the egg die.  Attach the diecut to the adhesive-covered egg.  Use the paper liner from the tape as a "presscloth" and firmly press the delicate diecut onto the egg.  Brush Impress Sparkle Glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Cut Pasture Grass from textured white cardstock using the grassy pattern and the matching wavy edge .  Place the wavy edge about ⅛" below the bottom of the grass border. It's a  great die set - the wavy edge lets you vary the width of the grassy border - and adds a cool wonky look to any design!

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to aqua, gray and pink felt and cut the bunny from Open Studio Springtime Bunnies Set.  The adhesive paper stabilizes the felt and keeps glues from saturating it too.  Attach adhesive paper to white felt and cut Blooming Border - then attach a pair of offset flowers behind each bunny for a cute little tail.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock- trim a bit of the grass and place the gray bunny under the grass.  Attach tiny clear iridescent sequins - they'll sparkle AND secure some of the tall grass.  Multi-tasking sequins!


Hope you like the card...I think the gray bunny adds a bit of attitude, and keeps it from looking like a new baby card. What do you think?  

You'll love the great Spring and Easter designs in our January 2016 Catalog.   

Big Congrats to the two winners of the February Think Pink Challenge - Jacky C. and Karen B.  You'll love Jacky's beautiful hearts card...and her handmade quilt beneath it!  View the Challenge details here.  

We're celebrating Spring and Birthdays in Impress classes on Saturday March 5th.  Join us for Springtime Greetings at 10:30 and Birthday Wishes at 1:30.  See you in Tukwila!  

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll return for another spring design this evening.



Wed 11

Happy Fall
by Sherry Hester

It finally feels like Fall here in Southern California, and I'm so happy about that! 

So one of the stamps featured in my card today, Drifting Oak Leaves, happens to be the same stamp used in yesterday’s absolute stunner by Shelby … what a beautiful card, with a video to boot!  Great minds and all that!  This stamp has so many possibilities, and plays a subtle part behind the focal point of my card.

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A little side story … I completed the FIRST version of this card, and was about to photograph it today, when I noticed that something didn’t look quite right.  It finally dawned on me that I had the background upside down!  There was no way to salvage it without damage, so of course I had to make another one.  It wasn’t obvious at first, but I didn't want to take a chance that someone would notice the boo-boo!

So on to the card.  I stamped the background using Distress Shabby Shutters on a piece of cream card stock cut slightly smaller than the base.  I cut the Autumn Border from cream card stock.  I wanted the leaves to hang down, so I trimmed the border down to two pieces of equal width, and one shorter than the other as shown.  I used daubers to color the leaves with Distress Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold, Rusty Hinge, Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany.  I shaded the open area starting at the bottom with Frayed Burlap, then Rusty Hinge and then Dried Marigold, blending each into the other. 

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I stamped “Happy Fall” from the Autumn Birdie Set with Versamark Black Onyx ink, and the three little leaves from the same set with Peeled Paint.  I then mounted the shorter piece to the longer one with foam tape.

I die cut the Tippington Vine from a dark green card stock, snipped it apart at the middle curly-cue and glued it behind the leaves piece, then glued the whole thing onto the Drifting Oak Leaves background.  I mounted the assembled piece to the card base front with foam tape, added a few gem stones, and that was it. 

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I hope you’re all having a wonderful middle of the week, and thanks for stopping by!




Thu 05

Glittered Autumn Border Sketch Journal
by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxAutumnBorder-MemoryBoxNewPossibilities-OpenStudioSketchJournal-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-MarthaStewartCrafts-ImpressCardsAndCraftsGlitter some  Autumn Border leaves for a fall garden card - then add a Kaleidacolor-ed Sketch Journal for a quick background.  Hi there - Jean Okimoto back today, with more sparkly inspiration for our November Glitter Challenge.

Our Open Studio Cling Stamps create great backgrounds for fall birthday, thank you and Thanksgiving cards.  Here's just one example of what you can do with Dave's versatile designs.

I love how the Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor inkpad is perfectly arranged to match the Sketch Journal background.  Imagine how long it would take to ink it with individual markers!  Just stamp and trim it.

Attach Scor-Tape above a scrap of white cardstock and diecut the Autumn Border.  Snip off a few of the leaves and brush them with glitter.  I've used Martha Stewart Crafts' Peridot, Orange Sorbet and Candy Apple.  

White embossing looks great on black - but try stamping and embossing on dark brown today - I think you'll like it!  Stamp New Possibilities with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.  Trim it with the Open Studio Pindot Rectangle Layers die, then trim off the excess cardstock with the inside edge of a larger Pindot Rectangle.

Attach the glittered leaves and some tiny gold sequins.  


Here's a closeup - don't they look like glittery gumdrop leaves?  

Thanks for stopping by - have a cozy fall evening!




Sat 31

Seeds of Happiness and the Blooming Leaf Border
by Jean Okimoto


MemoryBoxBloomingLeafBorder-MemoryBoxSeedsOfHappiness-OpenStudioStitchedSquareLayers-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-MementoInkpads-VersaFine-ImpreccCardsAndCraftsHappy Halloween to everyone from Memory Box!  Holidays always make me realize how fast the year has gone by - especially Halloween.  Jean Okimoto here today with a colorful fall design for you.

The versatile Blooming Leaf Border is great for Thanksgiving and autumn birthday cards.  You can carefully color each delicate detail...or simply (and quickly!) daub it with Memento dye inks and highlight a few of the berries, seedpods and leaves.  


I love the soft watercolored look...without watercoloring.  Just daub Memento Dandelion, Morocco, Tangelo and Bamboo Leaves dye inks over a stamped, embossed Blooming Leaf Border on watercolor paper.  

Press the Morocco inkpad onto an acrylic stamp block to transfer some of that rich dark coppery orange ink.  Use a waterbrush to lightly tint the berries and seedpods and several of the leaves with Morocco. P1280388

Add the great seasonal greeting and some sequins - and that's it.  Please visit our Ideas Gallery for details, supply lists and more card designs.  

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your weekend!



Tue 29

Autumn Birdie
by Design Marnie Bushmole

Happy Tuesday!  Or should I say Happy Autumn?   With Autumn comes a New Release from Memory Box.  I love some of the new stamps and matching dies.   I've used the, oh so cute, Autumn Birdie set with my copic markers to create this adorable card.  For the background I created a background using the Cloud Cover Stencil and some paste.  The postage stamp comes from the Postage Set and layers added from the Perfect Patch Strip.  I am in love with the new Tippington Vine as well which our little birdie is perched on.

 Of course I've added a bit of glitter for some sparkle on the clouds.  I adore how it turned out!  That little bit of sparkles sets everything off perfectly.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a Wonderful Tuesday!




Thu 17

Glittery Cave Bats
by Marnie Bushmole


Good Morning,  we're having a wonderful extended summer.   That hasn't stopped me from making more Halloween cards though even if I kind of promised a couple of cards ago it was my last...  I just can't seem to stop myself, every time I find a wonderful supply or die.  This time I found this fun green glitter paper and can I tell you the possibilities are endless, I was in love at first sight.  Here I've added the Cave Bat Border along one side in black and used some of the bats that fall out from it to embellish then the word Halloween comes from the Stitched Halloween Circle Frame.  To really make the word stand out I foam taped it and added some clear Wink of Stella over the top.   For that finishing touch of even more sparkle.

Hope everyone is having an Amazing Thursday!  Thank you so much for stopping by!