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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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11/19/2020

Thu 19

Build a Pinpoint Burst Plate Birdhouse by Jean Okimoto

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The Pinpoint Burst Plate creates a dramatic background for any occasion.  Take it a step further and add texture to the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Easel Set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a shaped card featuring great designs from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  My stash includes the Poppystamps dies and stamps I buy for my class kits - and I love sharing ideas for using them.

First - a sideview of the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Up Easel Set card - using the basic construction pieces and some extras.  A portion of the packaging shows the pieces included in the set.  It includes a cardinal, but we're using the Memory Box Singing Birds here.

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Cut the smoother side of Patina cardstock with the first die shown on the package.  It embosses wood panel lines too, but we don't need the lines - so turn the diecut over to the backside where the embossed lines are less visible. Cut it with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.

Cut the textured side of Navajo cardstock with the largest die and crease it backwards on the scored line.  Cut kraft cardstock with the second house layer.  Cut the snowy roofline and the entry ring from a white glittered cardstock sheet in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the pine brances from minty-green cardstock.

Attach the kraft house to the folded tab on the easel.  Add the other diecuts.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to red felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt.  Attach the birds with foam tape - use two layers of tape for the bird on the right.  Add ¼" punched dots of the red glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the matching die.

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Cut the narrow "snowline" from the same white glittered cardstock and trim it to form a "stopper" to support the birdhouse.

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Here's the finished easel card, perfect for an A-2 envelope.  Hope you like it!  

Special thanks to Ann at Impress Cards + Crafts and Roxanne at Stamps + Memories for buying my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits for your stores. Thanks also to everyone ordering their kits for holiday crafting.

Keep warm...thanks for visiting, see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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11/15/2020

Sun 15

Charming Snowman Collage and the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate by Jean Okimoto

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The Charming (and popular!) Snowman Collage fits perfectly into the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Add frosty texture with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate -   and a layered Birch Press Mod Alphabet greeting.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here on a frosty fall weekend.  I love Memory Box collage dies for their versatility and surprising results.

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Cut dark gray cardstock with the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Crease the left edge backwards on the scored line, forming a hinge to attach the front panel to the back panel.  Cut white cardstock with the Oval Fold Frame.  Remove the large oval offcut and cut it with the smaller oval die included in the Oval Fold Frame set.

Cut the white panel with the Pinpoint Snowflake Frame.  Attach the pinpoint layer to the dark gray layer.  Cut a dark gray cardstock back panel with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the card front to the back panel using the hinged tab. 

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Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the smaller oval offcut.  The bottom left edge will split apart - re-assemble it later.  Color the nose offcut with an orange marker.  Color the twiggy arms of the delicate offcut with a tan marker - color it all the way, up to the inside of the circle.   Trim the arms.   Define the eyes with a skewer or piercing tool.  Attach the collage to the inside of the card.  

Cut the scarf section from the turquoise sheet in the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter pad.  Attach the nose, arms and scarf. 

Cut a red glittered Twinkling Jewel bird using the Resting Birds die.

Attach the arms, nose, scarf and bird to the collage.

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The Birch Press Design Mod Alphabet Clear Stamps and Die Set includes both narrow and wide alphabet dies.  Cut JOY from white cardstock with the wider alphabet.  Cut the thinner JOY from red cardstock.  Layer the letters and attach them to the frame.

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It all sounds very complicated - but it's really easy.  These unique dies create a collage-y - but flat - card for easy mailing.  There's just enough space for your signature on the inside.

Thanks for visiting...have fun designing and creating your holiday cards!

Jeansignature-3

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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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10/29/2020

Thu 29

Stitched Tree on a Garland Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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A holiday background from the Garland 6x6 pack sets the scene for the Stitched Tree and glittered birds. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great ready-to-stitch tree die.

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Cut Intense Kiwi cardstock with the largest die from the Poppystamps Tall Triangle Set.  Prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots.  Cut the tree, then punch a hole about ½" below the center of the tree.  Trim the bottom of the triangle. Tall Triangle Set is a must-have for the holidays - and it's great for small pennants too!

Create a tree trunk by stitching brown floss from the punched hole at the bottom to the hole at the top of the tree. Tape the ends of the floss on the backside of the diecut with Scotch Transparent Tape  (Magic Tape might tear). Stitch the tree with green thread in the following sequence - horizontally, along the sides, and some random diagonal stitches.

Cut a blossom and three sets of birds - with the Birds and Blossoms set - from the dark red sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the Garland print with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach it to a top-folded white A-2 card and add the tree.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it quickly with detail clear powder - it's a fast-drying ink!  Add the birds.

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Stitched designs have become my creative - and appreciated - diversion from the daily news and pandemic statistics.  These simple stitches reward me with a feeling of accomplishment.  Hope you'll give it a try - leave a comment if stitch therapy works for you too!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a Happy - and safe - Halloween if you're celebrating!

Jeansignature-3

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10/27/2020

Tue 27

Warm Wishes with the Stitched Circle and Knotted Circle Wreaths by Jean Okimoto

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Let the Stitched Circle Wreath add a burst of contemporary color to a traditional design.  Need glitter?  Bright sparkly berries and bows from the Mistletoe Bundle set are the perfect accents.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday idea for you.

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Prep Stitched Circle Wreath by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the tiny dots.  Cut it from Granny Smith cardstock.  Trim it with the 3-¼" and 1-¼" Circle Basics dies.  Stitch the starbursts with green floss - tape the ends of the floss to the backside with Scotch Transparent Tape (Magic Tape might tear).

Cut the largest Knotted Circle Wreath from Granny Smith too.  Cut the Mistletoe Bundle berries and two bows from red glittered cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Prep the smoother side of Intense Kiwi carstock with the embossing powder tool and stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die Set - with VersaMark and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Love that typeface!

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the greeting with foam tape.

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Prep the inside with the powder tool and stamp and emboss another greeting from the set.  Attach a few more glittered dots.

 

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Hope you're enjoying the versatility of the new ready-to-stitch designs (94404, 05, 06, 07) as much as I am.  There are so many ways to use them with a wide range of basic threads and sparkly specialty yarns.  I can't sew, knit, quilt or crochet - but I can stitch these simple designs!

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday...

Jeansignature-3



 

 

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10/24/2020

Sat 24

Halloween Treat Wrappers with Fall and Winter Dies by Jean Okimoto

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Designs from our latest Christmas collection are great for Halloween treat wrappers too!  Mistletoe Swags grow into a scary tangle of twigs, cozy Cabin Collage becomes a haunted house and Little Orchard Collage sets the scene for ghosts, bats and pumpkins.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a project inspired by a wintry fall weekend.

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Cut black and dark orange cardstock into 8-½" x 3" strips.  Score and crease them at 4-⅛" and 4-⅜" to form a wrapper for snack-size KitKats, chocolate bars or Mounds.  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.

 

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The Haunted Entrance Dome Layer set includes ghosts and pumpkins to cut from white and light orange cardstock. Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Pumpkins and Whittle Ghosts too.   Attach black cardstock scraps behind the Whittle Ghosts and Pumpkins for their mouths.

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Cut white and dark kraft cardstock with the medium-sized Geodesic Oval die.  We're using the inner oval offcuts here, save the delicate oval frame for another project. Cut Little Orchard Collage from the offcuts.   Cut a set of tree shapes from orange cardstock.  Cut the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer bats from the offcuts too.  Attach the diecuts to black wrappers.

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Cut Cabin Collage from black cardstock, trim it and round the corners.  Attach it to a dark kraft wrapper - don't adhere the front and back porch sides. Add the ghosts and pumpkins.

Cut two sets of Mistletoe Swags from black cardstock - we're using two of the narrower diecuts and one of the wide diecut.  Attach them to the dark orange wrapper - adhere just the outer sections.  Tuck the ghosts and pumpkin behind the swags.

Punch ¼" holes for the ties. Attach the candy with double-stick tape.  Tie the wrappers with green tulle or netting.  I used about 10" of 3" wide green netting and trimmed the ends. 

Thanks for visiting...make treat wrappers, eat candy and enjoy the weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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10/22/2020

Thu 22

Build a Background for the Gilded Angel by Jean Okimoto

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Here's another mix of new dies and classic favorites designed to make the most of our Memory Box stash.  Trim the new Pinpoint Burst Plate with a Knotted Circle Wreath and create a radiant background for the Gilded Angel.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a detailed - but simple - card in just a few colors.

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Cut white cardstock with the largest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut the offcut with the central portion of the Pinpoint Burst Plate.  Wondering if you'll have a zillion little dots falling out?   No - thank goodness - the die pierces the cardstock without creating a pile of loose dots!

Cut the wreath again from Smoky cardstock and attach the interior circle behind the white circle to add contrast to the pinpoint design.  Attach the gray and white pieces to a side-folded A-2 card of Petunia cardstock.

Cut delicate Gilded Angel from the silver sheet in the new Polished Foil 6x6 Pad - save the two pieces we'll attach as accents later.   The new Memory Box Polished Foils are the perfect weight for detailed designs and you won't have any of those annoying little metallic "strings" found on double-layered foil cardstock.

Cut the solid Gilded Angel Background from the smother side of Petunia cardstock and pressure-emboss it with the detailed Gilded Angel using the plate(s) and rubber embossing mat required for your machine. Embossing the background adds dimension and makes it easy to inset and attach the detailed silver diecut.  Attach the silver diecut as an "offset-inset."

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Orchid Brilliance.  Dry the ink, then diecut the cardstock with the smallest Knotted Circle Wreath.  Cut gray cardstock too - for the narrow crescent accents.

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Use the entire design - or just a portion - of the new Pinpoint Plates for cards, layouts and mixed medial projects.  Layer them over contrasting cardstock to make the designs stand out. View our growing collection of pinpoint dies and create great holiday and everyday greetings!

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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