64 posts categorized "Encouragement"

09/02/2021

Thu 02

Multi-colored Jumbled Line Collage Stripes by Jean Okimoto

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Create a multi-colored striped background quickly - without gluing all 21 colorful strips. The Jumbled Line Collage die, paired with a striped 6x6 from the Garden Folly pack makes it quick and easy!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a striped-striped backdrop for the Layered Cosmos and Layered Fresh Flowers.  It's a bit of inspiration for September's Stripe Challenge too.

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Cut white cardstock with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut it with the Jumbled Line Collage.  Attach a strip of the Garden Folly striped 6x6 behind the cutout - align it so the green stripes are positioned to resemble flower stems. MemoryBoxJumbledLineCollage, MemoryBoxLayeredFreshFlowers, MemoryBoxLayeredCosmos, MemoryBoxBannerSentimentTrio, MemoryBoxBerryRed6x6Pack, MemoryBoxSunnyOrangey6x6Pack, MemoryBoxDeepBlueOceanClearStampAndDieSet, MemoryBoxWrappedStitchedSlimRectangles, MemoryBoxGardenFolly6x6Pack, MemoryBoxClearJewels, JeanOkimoto, SlimlineCards, HandmaceSlimlineCards, CollageCards, FlowerDiecuts, StripeDiecuts, HandmadeFriendshipCards, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemoriesHawaii, VersaFine

Cut two sets  of Layered Cosmos and the small Layered Fresh Flower from the dark peach Berry Red Collection sheet.  Cut the Cosmos centers again from a yellow 6x6 sheet in the Sunny Orange Collection.  Punch one of the yellow Cosmos centers with a ¼" circle punch.  Cut the Layered Fresh Flower center from the yellow sheet too.

Assemble the flowers.

Cut the medium strip from the Banner Sentiment Trio set from a lighter peach 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.   Stamp the greeting - from the new

Deep Blue Ocean Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - attach the greeting with foamtape.

Color Clear Jewels with orange and pink Sharpie or Copic Markers.  Dry the ink and add the jewels to the card.

The Jumbled Line Collage is great with a wide range of prints, watercolored backgrounds and glitter.  Top it with related diecuts and your card is done!

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

Jeansignature-3

 

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08/29/2021

Sun 29

Add Color with the 6x6 Collections by Jean Okimoto

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Add color and dimension to your designs with colorful stamped diecuts of the Memory Box 6x6 cardstock collections.  Chose from 108 great colors of 110# cardstock designed to coordinate with our plaids and prints.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to create quick, colorful collage-y cards. 

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Cut the Spring Plaid Slim sheet with the 2.8" x 7.8" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Select matching colors of the 6x6 sheets from the Twilight Purple and Vibrant Violet Collections.  Stamp the castle, scroll and greeting from the Majestic Achievement Clear Stamp and Die Set with Onyx Black VersaFine and quickly emboss everything with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the clouds on white cardstock.  Cut the images with the coordinating dies.

Cut light purple (.6" x 5.6") and teal (.9" x 5.9") accent strips from the Twilight Purple and Fresh Aqua 6x6 sheets.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝") - use foamtape for the left cloud and the castle.  

Color Clear Jewels with a yellow Sharpie or Copic Marker and attach them to the castle.

The 6x6 Collections were introduced this Spring and quickly became a favorite source of great coordinating colors for stamping and diecutting.  They're the perfect match for our prints, washi tapes and glittered cardstock from previous collections too.  They are colored on both sides for versatility.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

 

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08/28/2021

Sat 28

Refuse to Sink
by Angie Cimbalo

 
Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a really fun mini slimline encouragement card.
 
All of the many die cut pieces came from these dies, including the little circles I used for bubbles.  
 
Deepwater Collage Die
Coral and Kelp Ribbon Dies
Kelp Collage Dies
Bubble Coral Collage Die
School of Fish Die 
You Anchor Me Stamp Set
 
Here's a closer look at my card:
 

 


The kept and coral were all cut from watercolor card that had been colored with Distress Inks and Lindy's Magicals and so were the fish.
 
The sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock, then trimmed with scissors.  Some of the fish were popped up on foam tape and others were adhered with glue.
Here's a few more views:
 

 

 



I hope you enjoyed my card for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
Angiesignature
 
 

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08/06/2021

Fri 06

Knowing You Are There Nautical Card
by Angie Cimbalo

 
Hello welcome, it's Angie here today with this nautical card using lots of products from Memory Box.  Some are from the brand new 2021 Summer Day Dreams release and others from the 2021 Under the Sea Spring release.  Here's another look at my card:
 
 
The sentiment and anchor I used are from the "You Anchor Me" stamp set.  The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Clair Pinecone ink and heat embossed in clear and the anchor was stamped in Hero Arts Navy Ink, then die cut with the coordinating die.  Here's a closer look at the Ocean Porthole die with torn paper to represent water and sand.  I also put metal brads on the circles in the porthole die and twine on the anchor.
 
 
For the sand and water papers along with the kraft woodgrain background, I used my scissors edge to rough up the edges for a tattered look.  The background wood planks were die cut with the Wood Grain Planks die and cut from ivory woodgrain paper, then inked with Distress ink as seen below:
 
 
Then I glued them to some white card stock and cut the excess white off.
 
 
I matted that on a piece of cream woodgrain paper then on kraft woodgrain paper.
The torn paper for the water is from the Fresh Aqua paper pack.  The porthole die was also cut from kraft woodgrain paper then adhered to a white one and inked several times with the Distress Ink.
 
 
Below you can see to make the sand layer, I used the back of the woodgrain paper and inked it lightly then added some light tan dots with an alcohol marker.
 

I stamped the sentiment and adhered it inside the porthole just at the top so I could slip in the water and sand papers.  Once they were situated, I cut off the extra.  The anchor was attached in one spot with glue, then with glue dots I adhered the twine on the porthole and the back of the circle.  The porthole was then popped up on fun foam circle for dimension.  

 
Lastly I added one of the "Graceful Ocean Birds" after coloring his beak, legs and adding an eye with a black marker.  Here's closer look at the bird:
 
 
And here's one last look at my card with all the Memory Box products:
 
 
I love making nautical cards and they are so easy to do when you have such amazing ocean dies and stamps from Memory Box.  Be sure to check out all the new releases for 2021 HERE.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
 
Angiesignature

 

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08/03/2021

Tue 03

Just a Little Note by Jean Okimoto

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Succulents - framed in Stylish Rectangles - add a natural, organic touch to friendship cards.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple stamped and colored design from the Summer Daydreams collection.

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Stamp the succulents - from the Elegant Succulent Sentiments Clear Stamp and Die Set - on smooth white cardstock with Olive Grove Memento Luxe.  Emboss them with detail clear powder.  Cut them with the matching dies.  Sponge or brush them with yellow, turquoise and green inks.  Distress Oxiodes squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn, peacock feathers and lucky clover were used here.  Cut the suculents with the matching dies.

Stamp and emboss the greeting - from the stamp and die set - on the yellow-green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.

Color Clear Jewels with a blue-green Sharpie or Copic Marker.

Cut two of the Stylish Rectangles.  

Attach the inked diecuts to a slimline card (8-½" x 3-½") - use foamdots for the 2 outer succulents.  Add the inked jewels.

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Friendship cards mean more than ever now.  Say hello or send caring thoughts on simple cards in upbeat colors - or the recipient's favorite colors.  

Thanks for visiting...see you on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

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07/28/2021

Wed 28

Two Cards with Elegant Succulent Stamps and Dies
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with two cards featuring a brand new stamp set just recently released with the newest 2021 Summer Daydreams release, called "Elegant Succulent Sentiments.."  These are so lovely and I really enjoyed creating both a slimline and a mini slimline card with these stamps and dies.  Here's a closer look at my first card, a mini slimline card:

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For my first card, I stamped the image in black ink and heat embossed it in clear embossing powder, then colored it with Distress Inks and a water brush. After it dried, I added colored pencil accents and then used the coordinating die to cut it out.

I placed it in the lower left corner of a mini slimline card (3" by 6") and adhered it with liquid glue.
Next, I heat embossed the sentiment from the same set and adhered it to the top right corner, cutting off the excess that was hanging off. Here's one last look at my card:

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Here's the 2nd card I made:

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For my 2nd card using the same set, I first took a piece of Yupo paper and added lots of alcohol inks in blues and greens and used my heat tool to blow it and move it around between layers.

Next, I took a piece of clear acetate and stamped in Versamark ink and heat embossed the large stamp in white.

I added a piece of double sided adhesive to it and after peeling the other side off, I laid it on top of the alcohol inked paper.

Using the coordinating die, I cut the acetate/alcohol ink image and then added it to a regular size slimline card (8.5" by 3.5") and then popped up the circle sentiment at the bottom on foam tape. I made that sentiment circle the same way that I made the one for the first card.

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I hope you like my cards. I think this stamp set has not only beautiful succulent images, but lots of simply gorgeous sentiments that look so pretty with their combined fonts.

Be sure to check out all the latest new release items from Memory Box HERE. It's so amazing!

Angiesignature

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07/24/2021

Sat 24

Beautiful Things with Flowering Cactus
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this lovely cactus stamp and die set called "Flowering Cactus" from the newest Memory Box release.  It's a pretty large image with lots of gorgeous details.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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I stamped the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in white on watercolor paper. I watercolored it with Distress Inks and re-inkers. Once it dried, I added colored pencils to it for more depth.

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Next I used the coordinating die and cut the watercolored image out and added it to a piece of Memory Box cream color woodgrain paper.  The woodgrain paper comes in white, cream, and kraft and has a very subtle texture that adds so much to your cards without distracting from the main focal image.  Below you can see the woodgrain pattern better:

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I heat embossed the sentiment and the 2 butterflies from the set in white on black card stock.
I used a black mat cut slightly larger than my woodgrain paper and then added that to a 5" by 7" card base.
Lastly I added Pastel Fairy Jewels, also from Memory Box. Here's one last look at my card:

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I had a lot of fun stamping and coloring this image and creating this card. The new release is full of amazing products, including dies, stamps, and embossing folders. I hope you will check them all out HERE!

I'll link my products below and thanks so much for stopping by!

Angiesignature

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06/03/2021

Thu 03

Offcut Backgrounds for the Whale Family by Jean Okimoto

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Create an underwater scene for the Whale Family with two offcuts from dies in the Under the Sea Collection.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an easy way to build a wonky, abstract background from offcuts.  The Word Balloon and greeting are from the new Poppystamps Whittle Wonders Collection.  I buy Poppystamps designs to make card kits for Impress here in Seattle  and Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.  Memory Box and Poppystamps products are a great combination!

Cut the large frame from  the End of My Rose Set from dark purple sheet in the 6x6 Twilight Purple Collection. Save the rope-textured frame for another project - we'll use the big curve-y offcut here.

Blend turquoise, green, blue and purple inks on heavy white cardstock. Spritz it lightly with water and heat-set the inks.  Cut it with Deepwater Collage.  Save the outer collage diecut for another project - we're using the curve-y interior offcut again.  

Score and fold a side-folded lavender A2 card.  Use a corner rounder to trim the top left and bottom right corners to match the shape of the purple offcut - two rounded corners and two pointy corners.

Cut Whale Family from the blue-gray 6x6 sheet in the Stormy Collection.  Use scrap paper to mask the top portions of the whales and ink the textured bottom sections and the tail edges with Memento Luxe Wedding Dress.  Heat-set the ink.

Cut the Word Balloon from a scrap of the card's cardstock.  Stamp the greeting with Teal Zeal Memento.

Assemble the card - use foamtape for the whales.  Add jewel stickers from the multi-colored Bright Jewels and clear Fairy Drops.  If you're mailing the card, protect the card front with a layer of scrap cardstock.  Special handling and additional postage may be required for this card.   

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Enjoy and appreciate the versatility of your dies - there are so many ways to use them!  

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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05/16/2021

Sun 16

Clean & Simple Mixed Media Card + Video
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie today with this fun CAS (clean and simple) mixed media card.
I used lots of dies from Memory Box including the newly released "Jumbled Line Collage" die, which I used as a stencil for some embossing paste.

I have a short video below showing how I made this card.  If you prefer, you can click on the "YouTube" on the bottom of the video to watch it on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe to my channel while you are there so you won't miss new content!

Here's a closer look at the center of the card:

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 I have a few more pictures to share below:

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Here's one with the Memory Box supplies I used:

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I hope you enjoyed my card for today!

Be sure to stop by the Memory Box website to see all the newest products that came out this month!
So many amazing dies, plus woodgrain paper, and the most gorgeous gems and droplets too!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Angiesignature

 

 

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05/09/2021

Sun 09

Blooming Sweet Pea and Special Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating today!

The blossoms, leaves and tendrils of the new Blooming Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder create a delicate background for a thoughtful greeting.  The glossy heat-embossed design adds extra dimension and contrast.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for any occasion.

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Cut a sheet from the Vibrant Violet Collection with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Use a hard rubber brayer and a clean, well-inked VersaMark pad to transfer the ink the top section of the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder.  Pressure-emboss inked areas with detail clear powder.

Here's a technique we use in classes - preheat the embossing powder by applying the heat-tool to the reverse side of the the cardtock first.  Let the heat-tool cool off for a minute or two, then heat-emboss the design from thge right side.  

Stamp the greeting - from the All the Happiness Clear Stamp and die set - on a pale lavender sheet from the Vibrant Violet Collection with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the Double Stitch Happy Heart die.

Cut a darker lavender sheet with the 2" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die. Cut a partial heart  from the rectangle - tape the heart to the rectangle on the reverse side.

Attach the pieces to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add clear Fairy Drops.

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The new 3D Embossing Folders give you the option of simply embossing - or adding ink.  Hope you take the time to try the different techniques 

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

 

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