489 posts categorized "Celebrations"


Sun 05

Distressed Watercolored Embossing by Jean Okimoto


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Here are some techniques to add color and sparkle to 3-D embossed images. Let's add some distressed watercolors - and a lot of glitter - to the Butterfly Gathering design for a summer birthday card.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card that evolved during the process.

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Spritz a light mist of water onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Sponge it with overlapping layers of shaded lilac, peacock feathers and cracked pistachio Distress Oxides.  Air-dry it. Cut it with the largest die from the Geodesic Oval Trio.

Spritz the reverse side lightly and pressure-emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Here's the sequence I used on my Spellbinders Platinum - base platform, embossing folder, two layers of cardstock.  No embossing plate or rubber mat.  Machines differ - please don't force the materials through your machine.

Carefully distress the three butterflies with sandpaper or the tip of a medium-grade sanding block. Use light, short sanding strokes instead of heavy pressure or a circular motion.  Brush the residue off.  Attach the diecut to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Attach the delicate geodesic frame.  Use a skewer to spread Open Studio Dragonfly Glitter Glue within the distressed outlines.  

We usually add accents to the diecut before attaching it to the card - but we all know what happens to the damp glitter glue when we flip the diecut over to add the adhesive, then press it onto the card.  

Cut the turquoise glitter sheet from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack with Honeycomb Square to create pretty little glitter hexagons.

Stamp the birthday wishes - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.


Trim the greeting with a die from the Rectangle Basics set for nice finished edges.  If the dies don't match the shape of the greeting - cut it with a larger die, then just trim the bottom edge.  Attach it with foam tape.

Hope you know someone celebrating a summer birthday - and try these techniques with our other 3D Embossing Folders too.   

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -





Thu 02

Stars and Stripes
by Michelle Bala


Hello and Happy Friday! Michelle here, sharing this card in honor of The 4th of July! How are you going to celebrate our Independence Day this year? I am having a small barbecue with family. Hope for nice weather!

I used the Fractal Diamond Stencil and secured it to white cardstock. Than I secured washi tape a section at a time before inking each color. I used candied apple and blueprint sketch distress oxide inks. 

Than I used Shining Star Set Dies and die cut some star shapes using Delicate Pastel glitter pad. I die cut the Celebrate Cursive Script die using Twinkle Jewel glitter pad.

I assembled the stenciled panel onto a white card base. I adhered all my glitter die cuts on top.

Today's card was fairly easy to make. Hope you give it a try!!!

Enjoy your weekend!!

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Sun 21

You’re the Best
by Trina Pham


Happy Sunday.  And happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and father figures out there.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) card that I made for my dad to share today.  Unfortunately, he’s going to receive it late. 🙈  

Anywho, a very easy card today.  Started by ink blending Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (di) with sponge daubers through a DIY circle stencil on a Bristol panel to create the sun.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel to give it texture.


The lighthouse, waves and letters were all die cut from Bristol paper three times and stacked for dimension.  Blended Black Soot di on the top letters for an ombré look.  White heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock then trimmed into a strip.  Assembled the card and mounted the panel on two pieces of black cardstock to finish.


And that was all there was to it.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.







Wed 17

Another Garden Party Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Have you joined in this month’s Birthday Cards challenge yet?  Today I‘m sharing another birthday card created with products from the Garden Party release.

This was pretty simple.  The part that took the longest was the coloring, so I started with the background first.  The largest die from Rectangle Basics was used to die cut an A2 sized rectangle from Bristol paper.  A DIY cover plate was then created next using the Diagonal Stripes Collage die.  The two perimeter strips were die cut first...


Followed by the two middle strips and... done!  Too funny... I just realized I have a discontinued stencil exactly like this. 😂


Next, light gray dye ink was blended directly onto a white card base with a blender brush. Adhered the DIY cover plate on top then splattered using Black Soot distress ink. 


For some reason, no-line colouring intimidates me.  So naturally, that was what I chose to do. 😂  I keep trying.  Anyway, the images from Peony Garden Corner stamp set were stamped with Fadeout no line coloring detail ink by Ink on 3 on alcohol-friendly cardstock.  They were no-line colored with Copic markers and final shading details were done with Polychromos pencils.


The images were die cut out with the coordinating dies.  My alignment was a bit off and I also wanted a thinner white border, so I fussy cut to clean up the edges.  The Celebrate Cursive Script sentiment was die cut twice from Bristol paper and once from black mirror cardstock and stacked for dimension.  Clear shimmer added to the flowers for some sparkle completed the card. 


And that is all.  Thank you for stopping by.  Enjoy your day.






Mon 15

Sunflower Best Wishes
by Anne Thompson

I chose to work with sunflowers this week.  This card features the MAGNIFICENT SUNFLOWER 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1008 from the Spring Collection.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this embossing folder!


I embossed the image on a piece of 6X6 paper from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET paper pad PP1006.  I used a sanding block over the image to highlight it even more by exposing some of the white underneath.  I trimmed it to 5 1/4 X 4, mounted it on a piece of white cardstock just a tiny bit larger, and then placed that panel on a Meadow notecard.

I added BEST WISHES BANNER SCRIPT 94394 cut from a piece of Meadow notecard.


On the inside I used a striped paper also from the Springtime Bouquet paper pad.  I stamped the single sunflower and two leaves from the SUNFLOWER WREATH clear stamp and die set CL5253-D on more of the Meadow notecard scraps using VersaFine Clair Rain Forest green ink.  I die cut the sunflower using the coordinating die but fussy cut the leaves.  Using the same ink I stamped the sentiment "you are the sunshine in my life" from the same stamp/die set directly onto the striped paper before adding the flower/leaves cluster.


I made another card using the same sentiments on the front and on the inside, this time using the FLORAL CORNER 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1007 for the cover design.  Again I distressed the image using a sanding block before layering it on white cardstock and then the Meadow notecard.  The papers I used for this card are from the GARDEN FOLLY 6X6 paper pad PP1005.


As I was making each card I was thinking birthday, but these cards could also work for other occasions as well.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature








Thu 11

Emboss the Leafy Jumble Background by Jean Okimoto

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Let's make another card using one of the three Leafy Jumble Stencil backgrounds we created in my previous post.  It's the original Distress Oxide-inked sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with the second of three cards we're making using a variation of a great Jennifer McGuire technique.  

Use the Leafy Jumble Stencil and a water-spritzed sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the inks from a heavily-inked sheet of watercolor paper. Repeat the lifting  with a second sheet of watercolor paper for another background.

Stencil VersaMark onto the original inked paper and heat-emboss it with detail clear powder to create the background for today's card. Cut it with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut white cardstock with the large Poppystamps Flora Blooms die.  Attach a scrap of the yellow glittered cardstock from the 6"x6" Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack behind the flower.

Cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle from yellow cardstock - leave the teeny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it to the background.  

Stamp "greetings" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamps and Die Set - on yellow cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the excess off the short end with the side of a larger rectangle die for a nice trimmed edge.

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Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card - position the Birthday Cursive Script Circle so the dot over the "i" can be securely attached to an area that's not embossed and glossy.  Add ¼" punched circles of the yellow Twinkling Jewel glittered cardstock.

Looking for more fresh floral designs?  Both Impress Cards and Crafts - and Stamps and Memories-Hawaii are now selling my GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS card kits.   Here's a link to the Impress online store to place your order.  Call or text Stamps and Memories  at 808 484.9107.  Thank you!

We'll use the third background from this process on another card this weekend.  Thanks for visiting - see you again on Sunday.






Tue 02

Best Wishes
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here. I have been having a lot of fun coloring the new stamp set, Peony Garden Corner Stamp, from the Garden Party Release!

The supplies I used are in the picture above. 

I stamped the flowers, leaves and butterfly with black ink and colored them with Copic Markers.

Shades used: petals: R20, R22, R85, R89; leaves: YG17, YG67, BG78; butterfly: Y18, Y35, YR24.  I used the coordinating dies to cut the flowers, leaves and butterfly.

I added some shimmer to the colored images with Fairy Sugar in coordinating shades, lemon drop, sour apple sparkle and strawberry ice.

I colored up a piece of cardstock with R20, R22, and R85. Than I used the Best Wishes Banner Script die to cut the phrase.  I die cut the phrase a second time from black cardstock and adhered them together. I added shimmer to the phrase. I die cut the Bubble Circles Die from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.

I adhered the pretty layers and added some gems than trimmed the corners with a rounded corner punch.

Thanks for taking a peek!!! Hope your having a great day!

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Tue 02

Big Birthday Celebration by Jean Okimoto


Celebrate a special birthday with Tall Birthday Candles and Poppystamps' Flora Blooms Solid Set.  Balance the bold diecuts with the delicate Celebrate Cursive Script and a pretty floral print from the Garden Folly 6x6 prints.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a design idea for the June Birthdays Challenge.  Everyone deserves a special birthday card and now - more than ever - your handcrafted card will brighten their day.  


The 5-piece Poppystamps Flora Bloom Solids Set nests together and cuts bold blossoms for spring and summer greetings.  It's a great set for stenciling, pressure-embossing and cutting inlaid designs too.  Tape the dies (excluding the largest die) together and cut Flamingo cardstock.  Leave the pieces in the die and tape the nesting diecuts in two or three spots to keep them intact.  Attach foam tape to four of the five outer petals.

Cut two Scribble Leafy Branch Backgrounds from green cardstock.  Cut a 1-½" x 3-½" strip of the striped floral print from the new 6x6 Garden Folly Paper Pack.  Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from Flamingo cardstock. 


Cut three of the Tall Birthday Candles from one of the white glittered cardstock from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  They're actually 2-¾" tall and but trimmed to various heights here.  Color them with Zebra MildLiner, Copic or Sharpie Markers and set them aside to dry.

Attach everything to a 3-½" x 8-½" white slimline card - place the petal without foam tape where it'll be under the tip of the "C."  Slimline cards fit into #9 and #10 business envelopes.  The Garden Folly print strip extends beyond the top of the card to add a point of interest.


The Tall Birthday Candles and Celebrate Cursive Script are classic designs for anyone and everyone.  Add design elements from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design and create unique cards for everyone on your list.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!





Thu 21

Birthday Hugs
by Michelle Bala


Hello crafters! Michelle here, sharing a birthday card I created using some of the newest dies from the 2020 Garden Party Release.  The Tall Birthday Candles are amazing and so much fun to play with! Think of the possibilities...mixing colors and pattern papers! For my candles, I used the Delicate Pastel Glitter Paper Pad and inked up some cardstock with distress oxide inks. I used shades squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, cracked pistachio and dried marigold.  


These are the supplies used. All links will be at the bottom of the post.


I inked up my background card base with squeezed lemonade distress oxide ink than added some white paint splatters.  I die cut the Clementine Border two times and adhered them to the card base.  Next, I die cut Birthday Cursive Script Die three times and adhered them together, layered. Die cutting the birthday sentiment once is sufficient, but I used a cardstock that was not too sturdy so I chose to layer it a few times.  I embossed the 'hugs' sentiment from the stamp set Sunflower Wreath Clear Stamp. 

The final step was assembling the card. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy your weekend!!!

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Sat 11

Easter Candy Wrappers with Open Studio 3D Embossing Folders by Jean Okimoto


Open Studio 3D Embossing Folders create great treat wrappers for Easter Sunday.  These simple, one-piece designs are perfect for many favorite Easter candies.  I've filled these with the foil-wrapped Ghirardelli chocolate eggs and bunnies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy weekend project.


Cut 7.5" x 3" strips of cardstock.  Score and fold them at 3.75".  Cut them with the big Half a Dozen Eggs die - place the bottom edge of the die about ⅛" below the fold. 

Place the folded egg diecuts in the 3D Embossing Folder. Run it through your machine with the plates and/or mats required for pressure embossing.  I used the thick base platform, embossing folder with the folded egg and 2 layers of cardstock (as a shim) on my Platinum machine.


Ink the embossed egg with Distress Oxides and a firm foam ink pod.  The pods are like hard marshmallows - they'll ink the raised areas - but not the debossed areas.  Here are the colors I used - worn lipstick, twisted citron, spun sugar, tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade and shaded lilac.  Heat-set the inked areas.

Punch holes at the top of the eggs.  Attach the candy to the egg with doublestick tape.  Tie the egg with gold cord and curl the ends of the cord with the side of the green plastic burnisher.



The Open Studio 3D Embossing Folders are generously sized at 4.5" x 3.75".  We've used just small sections of the folders - the entire folder is great for embossing cardfronts and tags too.  If you're as ancient as I am you might remember tediously pressure-embossing with a stylus and a light box.  We don't need those anymore!

The folders used here are Chrysanthemum Field, Serene Mandala and Heart Bouquet. 

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll have a chance to try this stay-at-home project with your favorite Memory Box Open Studio embossing folders.  Take care and stay healthy!