76 posts categorized "Encouragement"

01/17/2023

Tue 17

Lightly-Layered Luxe Peony by Jean Okimoto

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Remember vellum?  Transform the beautiful Luxe Peony into a delicate camellia with layers of sweet pink vellum.  The shadowy overlapped petals create depth and dimension and a soft background for the glittery yellow centers  from the Layered Fresh Flowers die set. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a floral slimline that could be a Valentine - or a thinking-of-you card for someone deserves a hug.

Cut two sets of Luxe Peony from pink vellum.  Layer the diecuts to build three blossoms - you'll have a few extra pieces.  Use short bits of doublestick tape near the center of the flower to attach the layers.    They'll be hidden by the centers of the flowers.Cut the two centers - from the Layered Fresh Flowers set - from a yellow 6x6 in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.  Cut the small round piece in half.  Attach the centers.  Lightly curl several petals using the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower burnishing tool.

Cut two sets of  leaves - from the the Luxe Peony set - from a green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.

Cut Pinpoint Burst Heart from white cardstock

Cut two white solid backgrounds from Big Hugs Posh Script.  Pressure-emboss one of them  with the delicate Big Hugs die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.The embossed greeting makes it easy to attach the pink glittered layer.    Cut a pink 6x6 from the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad with the delicate Big Hugs die.  

 

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Experiment with different colors and weights of vellum and discover new ways to use the Memory Box floral dies.  Assemble a stash of floral cards and be ready for any occasion!

Thanks for visiting...see you on Friday!

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12/08/2022

Thu 08

Warm Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm winter wishes with designs from our Valentine '23 Collection.  The new Pinpoint Burst Heart creates a great backdrop for our new Cuppa Love set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for a cold fall or winter day.

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Cut Pinpoint Burst Heart from a dark red 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  

Cut Cuppa Love from a dark pink sheet.  Cut the oval coffee/tea/cocoa shape from dark brown cardstock covered with packing tape for a glossy liquid look.  Cut the heart outine and center section from cream cardstock too.  

Remove the pink heart outline and center and replace them with the cream diecut.

Shake the Strawberry Ice Open Studio Glitter Glue vigorously - then spread it onto the pink heart diecut.  Set it aside to dry.

Diecut Sending Love Daily Script from cream and dark pink cardstock.  Assemble the greeting.  

Here's a tip for anything with very small pieces (like the i) - glue that elusive tiny dot first, before it disappears -  then attach the other letters.  

Cut a 1-¼" strip of the Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6.  

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Attach everything to a cream slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add jewels from the

Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting today...Donna's sharing a great design from the Valentine '23 Collection  tomorrow!  See you again next week.

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10/14/2022

Fri 14

Fall Colors and Falling Leaves by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a familiar seasonal scene with the new Woodgrain Tree Trunk and a colorful pile of Fanciful Fall Leaves from Poppystamps.  It can celebrate Thanksgiving, friendship or a birthday, send encouraging thoughts - or just say Hello.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple slimline idea featuring  some of our favorite new designs. 

Using watercolored paper from my stash - spritzed with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Let it dry, then cut two sets with the new Poppystamps Fanciful Fall Leaves.  Save the extra leaves for another project.

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Cut Woodgrain Tree Trunk from a medium-brown 6x6 in the Earth Neutral Collection.  

Cut natural cardstock with the 2-⅛" x 7-⅛" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

Attach the diecuts to a Cream Woodgrain Paper slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").

Stamp the greeting - from the new Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Attach the greeting with foamdots.

Add 3 copper/gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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08/12/2022

Fri 12

Embossed, Stencilled Butterfly Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Embossed, stencilled and diecut butterflies highlight a special moment.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo of butterfiles ready to celebrate in shimmery shades of turquoise, green and purple.

 

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3" x 4-¼" Basic Rectangles die.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage.   

Stencil the embossed butterflies with the Butterfly Coterie Stencil and Distress Oxides - skip the two that will be hidden by the Ava Butterflies.  Ink colors used here - wilted violet, cracked pistachio and salvaged patina.

Blend the same inks - plus twisted citron - on a strip of watercolor paper.  Spritz and splatter it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry the ink for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  Cut it into 2 strips and lightly ink the edges with Cracked Pistachio.

Cut Ava Butterflies from the turquoise and purple 6x6 sheets in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Attach them with foamdots.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Art Deco Birthday Greetings Clear Stamps - on watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio die.

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Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") Cream Woodgrain Paper card - use foamdots for the greeting.

Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A-6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Butterflies are great for any occasion.  Emboss, stencil and diecut them in coordinating colors - or a lively mix of inks and papers.

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Have a great weekend!Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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07/12/2022

Tue 12

Curled Waves Heart Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Hi everyone - need a friendship card?   Rotate Curled Waves and pair them into swoopy hearts for a new look on a tall slimline. Jean Okimoto here with a simple design in soft shades of peach, gold and gray.  It's versatile too - switch to reds and pinks in February.

Attach Birch Press Design Shimmer Lines Wide Washi Tape to light peach cardstock.  Cut it with the dies from the Curled Waves 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies set.  

Cut three small Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Outs from the gold sheet in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.   Create swoopy, wonky hearts with pairs of the Curled Waves   - overlap the halves and attach them to the gold hearts.

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Tape a piece of gold cord behind each heart.  Attach the hearts to a pale gray slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foam dots for the heart on the right.

Cut the delicate Big Hearts Posh Script from the light peach 6x6 in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  Leave it in the die and attach lined doublestick tape behind the diecut and run it through the machine to cut the tape layer.  Remove the tiny bits in the B, g and s.

Cut the solid Big Hugs background from the pale gray cardstock - and again from cardboard.  Attach the gray layer to the cardboard layer for dimension.  Press the  "self--adhesive" delicate diecut (still in the die) firmly onto the gray layer,

Arrange the gold cord and tape it to the card under the BI section.  Attach the greeting - use foam tape under the BI, H and s.

Cut two of the small Intricate Mini Butterflies from the pale peach sheet in the Delicate Pastel 6x6.

Curled Waves can be more than just waves - they can also be question marks if you ever need a card with questions marks.

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

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06/14/2022

Tue 14

Slimline Hugs and Flowers by Jean Okimoto

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Send special hugs with sunny yellow blossoms layered over a leafy slimline collage from Poppystamps. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a  spring-into-summer design for any occasion.

Cut white cardstock to 8-½" x 4-¼".  Cut it with the Poppystamps Slim Leafy Collage - about 1-¼" from the left edge.  Score and crease it the cardstock vertically at ¾" to create a hinge.  Attach it to an 8-½" x 3-½" piece of green cardstock - for a leafy green background.

Cut Layered Cosmos twice from a medium-yellow 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection. Cut Layered Fresh Flowers from pale yellow and mustard yellow 6x6's.  Assemble the flowers - mix and match the centers.

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Cut white cardstock with the 6-⅛" x 1-⅛" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Attach the flowers to the rectangle.  Attach the rectangle to the card - don't use any adhesivebehind the flowers on the left side because it will be visible from inside the card.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant Versa Fine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim the cooled cardstock with the greeting strip die that's included ion the stamp set.

Attach the greeting to the background rectangle with foam tape.  Add the pale yellow Pastel Fairy Jewels.

Thanks for visiting our Design Team blog.  Hope we're inspiring you to create unique greeting cards for every occasion.

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05/27/2022

Fri 27

Heartfelt Hot Foil Posh Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Send a floral heartfelt hugs card to someone who would appreciate a bit of encouragement and support.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another great new poppy die set from our May Collection.  It's Graceful Poppy Stems - a set of two dies that cut 6 designs.

Cut Graceful Poppy Stems from a dark red-pink sheet in the Berry Red Collection.  Color the stems with a black marker.  Cut the centers from the yellow glitter sheet in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.

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Assemble the poppies - use foam tape between the layers of the smaller blossom.

Cut a pink Berry Red Collection sheet with the 2 largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out.  This creates a medium-sized heart surrounded by stitching inside the large heart.

Use the new Posh Hugs Hot Foil Plate to apply the greeting to black cardstock.  Diecut it with the coordinating die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A2 card of Kraft Woodgrain Paper (it's cardstock).  The earthy brown color keeps the card from looking like a Valentine and lets it work throughout the year.

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Add gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting the blog...have a great weekend!

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05/17/2022

Tue 17

New Stella Butterfly and Background from the May Collection by Jean Okimoto

 

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The beautiful new Stella Butterfly and Background set is perfect with a leafy, flowery background. Try it with a Bubble Border too!  Add a diecut circle greeting and iridescent Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones to complete the look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another new butterfly set from our May Collection.

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Cut the detailed Stella Butterfly from the shiny aqua Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut the solid Background from a Fresh Aqua 6x6 sheet.  Cut the antennae/body from a gold Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Assemble the butterfly.

Cut a pale lavender 6x6 from the Twilight Purple Collection with the 1-⅞" wide Slim Basics Rectangles die.  Cut it with Bubble Border.  Trim the excess from the short ends.

 

I used a sheet of ink-blended and gold-spritzed Open Studio Watercolor Paper for the background.  Cut it with the 2-⅛" wide Slim Basics Rectangles die.  Trimming layers with the Slim Basics Rectangles dies saves time and eliminates guessing -  and those wonky edges.

Stamp the greeting - from the Friends and Family Clear Stamp Set - on the pale lavender 6x6 with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to a lavender slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - attach foam tape to the center of the butterfly and let the wings appear to be floating over the background.  Attach the greeting circle with foam tape too.  Add the lightest Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

 

Hope you're loving the May Collection as much as we enjoy sharing our newest designs with you!  Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend.

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05/13/2022

Fri 13

A Trio of Ava Butterflies from the May Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Send caring thoughts and special hugs with a trio of the new Ava Butterflies.  They're diecut from pearlescent 6x6's in the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad - and perfect when you need a really quick card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another slimline design and a bit of rescued background paper from my stash.

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Cut Ava Butterflies from the pale blue, peach and aqua Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6 sheets.  

Sponge the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with salvaged patina, spun sugar and broken china Distress Oxides.  Add a light spritz of water and let the inks blend a bit.  Heat-set it, then cut it with the smallest Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Here's my favorite way to align and assemble the new Hugs Daily Script greeting.  Attach Scor-tape to the top of white cardstock and diecut the solid background.  Cut the detailed letters from a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Remove the diecut pieces, then place the letters back into the die. (That's easier than pulling the offcuts out!)  Save the tape liner and press the adhesive-covered background onto the letters. Use the saved tape liner to press the letters firmly onto the adhesive.  Cover the remaining exposed adhesive with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder, tap the excess off, then heat-emboss the greeting.  It'll be straight, completely adhered and sparkly!

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foamtape at the centers of the butterflies and let the wings lift at the outer edges.  Add turquoise Bright Jewels.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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03/30/2022

Wed 30

Hello You Are Special To Me
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this mini slimline card inspired by my teammate Laura. She had recently shared a gorgeous card with an inked background and white die cuts and it sparked an idea to combine dies from the latest release with stem dies from previous releases.  I especially wanted to use the "Seed Stems" die and add jewels to the seeds so that's what I did.

Here's a close up look at my card:

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I used the following dies to create the bottom of my card. On some of the dies, I just used a leaf or two, or a shortened piece of one of the stems to fill in open spaces on my design.

94615 Tall Frilly Leaf Stems
94654 Fresh Cut Stems
94537 Wildflower Stems
94535 Lavender Stems
94534 Seed Stems
94538 Daisy Stems

And for my sentiment I used the Birch Press Design CL8155 Crystal Lingo

All of the stems and dies were cut from watercolor card stock, also from Memory Box.

To make the background I cut a piece of card stock 3" by 6" and ink blended the following Distress Oxide Inks: Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough, and Dried Marigold.  Then I spritzed it with my water sprayer for some more texture.
Once it was dry, I splatted it with black paint, then began to assembly my card.

Often while making this card I stopped to take pictures of where I put the stems and then I'd re-arrange them and take another picture. By looking at the pictures on my phone, it helps me see what layouts I like and which look odd to me. I do this a lot when I design cards because it really helps to step back and look at it that way. Next, I added the inked panel to a 6.5" by 7" (score this side at 3.5") card base with foam tape.

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Lastly I added lots of Fairy Jewels, also from Memory Box. I love the gems and jewels from Memory Box as they come in so many variety of colors in one pack and they also have clear ones too.

Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today. I had so much fun creating it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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