30 posts categorized "Classes"


Thu 08

Just a Little Note with the Rose Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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Combine leaves and blossoms from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set with improvised "stems" from the Wave Ribbon Collage.  It's another design featuring the versatile Rose Bouquet stamps and die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - with a simple design that works for any occasion.

Cut Wave Ribbon Collage from black cardstock.  Trim the edges to about ⅛" wide.      

Stamp the individual blossoms and leaves from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps with Nocturne.   Dry the ink, then diecut the pieces.  Add highlights to the center of the blossoms with Imagine Crafts Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Stix.  Shake it (cap on, top down!) vigorously about 20 times - then press it onto the centers to add a sparkly shimmer.

Stamp the greeting - also from the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamp set - with Nocturne and emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of pale gray cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and top center flower.  Attach green gem stickers. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the August 11 AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) class at Impress!  We're making colorful floral cards with our favorite dies, stamps and papers - and several of the newest designs from Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.  See you!

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





Wed 04

Forget Me Not Blooms, Grass Stitched Circle Frame and Garden Sketches by Jean Okimoto


Let's scatter some Forget Me Not Blooms flowertops across the Grass Stitched Circle Frame for a fresh spring greeting.  A Garden Sketches greeting banner, glittery Wink of Stella highlights and gem stickers add pretty accents.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the details behind my April Floral Challenge inspiration card.  It's great to go through my stash of watercolored papers and find just the right colors for a background.  Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor dye ink refills were used here.  Add a few dotty accents in Brilliance Pearlescent Jade with a design from the Open Studio Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set.  Cut it with the 2-¾" Square Basics die.


Cut a bunch of flowers from the Forget Me Not Blooms set from scraps of the watercolored paper.  The little blossoms aren't attached to the stems - it's quick and easy to cut them separately, without the delicate stems.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamp Set on the ultra-smooth Bright White Cardstock from Impress with Memento Grape Jelly.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the matching Garden Sketches die.  We love this smooth white cardstock for stamping, diecutting and crisp white cards!

Cut Grass Stitched Circle Frame from the same Bright White Cardstock.  

Attach two strips of Pastel Purple washi tape - one of the many pretty colors and patterns from Birch Press Designs - to a side-folded A-2 card of...yes, Bright White Cardstock.  Attach the diecuts - use foam dots for the greeting.

Highlight the flower centers with clear glittered Wink of Stella.  Add light purple gem stickers.


Impress recently published their spring class schedule - hope you can join us if you live in the Seattle area, or if you're planning to visit soon.  If you like cards, colors, techniques, laughs and creativity - give Impress a call to reserve a seat - it's 206 901.9101.  Here's what we're doing...

    -Thoughts and Thanks - April 14, 10:30-12:30

    -Green Greetings - Earth Day - April 22, 11:30-1:30 - the Impress Annual Sale

                           is April 19-22 

    -Asia Now - May 5, 10:30-12:30

    -Beyond the Box - May 28, 11:00-1:00 -  and June 16, 10:30-12:30   

    -Summer Hearts - June 16, 1:30-3:30

    -Surf and Turf - June 30, 10:30-12:30

    -Blossoms and Butterflies - July 4, 11:00-1:00 - and July 14, 10:30-12:30

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!





Wed 31

Wrapped Stitch Hearts, Happy Penguin and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto



A background of Wrapped Stitch Hearts creates a twirly setting for the Happy Penguin on a simple card today.  Add a brightly bold greeting from the Smile Clear Stamp Set - and a swirly circle print background - and it's a quick card for your favorite guy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, the big day is just two weeks away - quick and easy is the way to go!

Layer a set of red Wrapped Stitch Hearts onto a 2-¼" x 3-½"  Rectangle Basics block of silver and black printed paper.  

Cut Happy Penguin from watercolor paper and again from black cardstock.  Color two eye dots on a scrap of orange cardstock with a black marker and attach it behind the white penguin.  Attach the additional black penguin behind the white, slightly lower for dimension.  

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock and diecut a glossy contrasting overlay for the head and flippers.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Smile Clear Stamp Set  - on turquoise cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine and dry the ink.  Trim it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a white  A6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Cut a bunch of red glittered hearts with the Dibble Heart Border die.  Attach one of the little hearts to the penguin.  Add black sequins.


Need a more gal-ish design?  Just diecut some fuchsia, pink or peach Wrapped Stitch Hearts and add a garden print instead.  Finish it off with pastel or glittery gem stickers.  

Special thanks to everyone who stopped by to make a Heart Gift Box at my Impress make and take last Saturday!  Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Love Is Sweet Valentine cards class too - and to Ann, Erin and Laura for finding those great dies and papers for all of our projects.  See you again at the CAKES, CANDLES + BIRTHDAY WISHES class on February 10!

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








Thu 29

Dancing Snowflakes
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends!

Take a look at this beautiful die called Dancing Snowflakes Square--Not only does it cut exquisite snowflakes but it also embosses depth and dimension to portions of the die.  That's a double whammy in my book!  Let's take a look...

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 If you haven't worked with dies like this before, here's how to achieve a cut, embossed and colored card--

  1. Run the die cut through your machine as you would normally then...
  2. leave the paper in the metal die cut but change out your plates/rubber embossing pads according to your machine's "sandwich" instructions (for my Big Shot, I add the rubber embossing pads and swap out the main platform for a thinner one).
  3. For extra depth, I run it through twice.
  4. Finally, still keeping the paper in the die, sponge blue dye inks (tumbled glass and stormy sky) over the embossed side.  This way you are only inking the embossed raised areas.
  5. Pop out the paper from the die and admire your handywork.


Before attaching the snowflake square onto your card front, heat emboss the sentiment (I used Ranger's cornflower blue powder) onto a 1 inch wide vellum strip.  To cut down on the vellum warping, preheat your heat tool before bringing it to the paper.  

Adhere the vellum strip into position (use tiny amounts of tape adhesive in areas that will be inconspicous later) followed by the dancing snowflake square.  Trim any vellum overage from the sides.  


I added very thin strips of silver glitter paper (1/8") to the top and bottom of the square and layered poinsettias from the Fanciful Poinsettia Ornament die in the corners. 


Dropping down from the snowflakes is a silver glittered single snowflake from the Precious Snowflakes set (#98729) whick looks nice but also helps anchor the vellum.

Pearls and gemstones?  Of course!

Thanks to all the wonderful ladies in my Memory Box classes this week (The Stamp Addict and Stamp Delights)...a great time was had by all.  See you again soon!



Tue 09

Watercolored Billowing Flowers
by Shelby Thomas

Hello everyone.  We had a fun filled day of Memory Box dies at Simple Pleasures on Saturday.  Lots of wonderful creations by everyone.  One of the cards in the classes used the Billow Flower (small and large) dies. 


We used the clean color II real brush markers to color up a piece of watercolor paper and then cut out the dies.  The wonderful thing is these pens are so easy to use that everyone was able to use the colors most appealing to them and no two cards were identical...whoohoo!  I think the pop of color against the textured white background and the white card base is just right. 


The mini butterflies were cut from the same paper as the flowers and a separate piece of watercolor paper was colored green for the leaves.


When I was coming up with class ideas, I was playing around with different color combinations and how to arrange the leaves and how many leaves to use. I love to give people different ideas and ways of creating something different using the supplies available in class.


The mini butterflies again were cut from the same watercolored paper.  The front panel was adhered using foam tape which gives a some dimension to the card.

Thanks for popping by for a visit today!





Tue 12

Foil Butterfly Frame
by Shelby Thomas

Good morning everyone!  Isn't the new release full of gorgeousness?  Today's card is showing off another die from the new release called Hovering Butterfly Frame.


I was playing around with the MINC and trying out different color combinations and seeing if I liked foiling the entire paper first and then die cutting or visa versa.  In short, for me it didn't make a difference in the outcome of the final card, but of course everything comes down what works best you!  I used Distress Stains (Tumbled Glass and Milled Lavender) for a softly colored background.  This die is a meant to cover a full A2 card front.  I did trim the background paper about 1/16" on each side which worked perfectly.


I popped up the small butterfly wings so the sentiment could be fully seen by the recipient since it was just a wee bit too wide.  Check out the embossing portion of this die.  I added a metal shim and then a thinner card stock shim to cut and emboss at the same time.  And for those who are local to Colorado Springs, we will be making a version of this card in the Feb. 6 Springtime and Butterflies class at Simple Pleasures.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!




Mon 27

A Happy Halloween Card!

Hello Everyone!

I wanted to share another card that I will be teaching at The Stamp Addict in San Diego on Saturday Aug. 1st in my Memory Box Holiday Cards class.

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I used my Micron pen to draw some eyes on each bat!

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I used the Glue Gloss pen to glue all the pieces down...I love that little lipgloss like sponge tip applicator, it is so easy to use!

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So please tell me you see the smiley face! :)

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And I even put the extra bat on the inside so when the recipient opens the card they get a little batty surprise!

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I used the Uppercase Alphabet Soup and Stitched Halloween Circle Frame Die sets for this card.

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This was a fun, quick card for Halloween that isn't spooky at all!!! I hope you like it! Remember if you would like to join me for the class on Aug. 1st and you are in the San Diego area, just give the store a call to reserve your seat!



Wed 15

Blog Blitz - Curved Merry Christmas!

Hello from Sunny San Diego!

It has been pretty hot here so I was really excited to get my new dies and start playing with snowy scenes like this one! I do hope you like it as much as I enjoyed creating the card!


I used the Curved Merry Christmas Die to create the snowy bank for the base of the scene. Then used two of the snowflakes from the Stitched Let it Snow Circle Frame Die for the snowflakes. All of that was cut out of a shimmery white cardstock that looks so nice against the deep blue cardstock card base.


I then used a deep green shimmer cardstock with the Evergreen Trio Die and applied some Glue Gloss on the tips then sprinkled white Glitter to get the snowy effect on the trees.  P7140028

I will be teaching this card along with 3 others on Aug. 1st at 2PM at The Stamp Addict in San Diego. So if you are in the area please call (619)667-5060 to reserve a spot in the class and come and play!


Make sure you comment on the post by Sunday July 19th at midnight and you could win one of the Curved Merry Christmas Dies! The winners will be posted on Monday July 20th. Keep checking back this week for inspiration with all the new dies and more chances to win!


Fri 10

Color Burst Cards

I know the new release just happened but I am teaching a class on July 22nd at The Stamp Addict in San Diego and I just had to show you two of the cards I am teaching in that class. I used the new Ken Oliver Color Bursts for the background on the one card and to color the paper used for the die in the other. I love the vibrant colors and look you get with these and you get something different everytime, so each card is a unique work of art! 


On this card I used the Row of Poppies Die, Studio Square Layers Dies, Postage Square Layers Dies, and the Contour Typewriter Keys Dies.


I snipped off the top poppy and put it inside the card as an added little bonus for the person who opens the card! Doing that also helped the die fit on the square!


The second card is a simple stamp and layer on top of the Color Burst background. An easy fast but stunning card for any occasion!


I used the Open Studio Monterey Sunrise stamp for this card.


I hope you like the cards and I promise my next post will be with dies from the new release...I am having a blast playing with the new stuff!!!


Wed 10

Under the Sea



Here is a card Therese is teaching on Thursday June 25th at our store The Stamp Addict is San Diego.

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She used the Oceana Corner Die, the Swimming Seahorses Dies and the Seaside Treasures Dies.

Sea Horse 2

Don't you just love the fold she used that lets you see the background photo of the ocean! I can't wait for the class to find out how she colored the Oceana Corner die! If you will be in the area and want to take the class, give us a call to reserve a seat!