22 posts categorized "Encouragement"

04/04/2019

Thu 04

Wildflower Circle and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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A crisp white Wildflower Circle on a watercolored background creates a quiet garden scene here today.  It's a design that works for any occasion  -  from birthdays to thank yous and messages of enouragement.  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and colorful spring design.

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Paint watercolor paper with diluted dye ink refills.  I've used Kaleidacolor refills here. Dry the ink, then cut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Spray it lightly with Imagine Crafts Frost Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry.

Prep the Wildflower Circle die by rubbing it briskly with a wad of scrunched wax paper to help release the diecut.  Cut Wildflower Circle from smooth white cardstock.  Attach it to the watercolored circle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair,  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the banner die from the Garden Sketches die set.  Cut two extra banners and layer them behind the stamped piece for dimension.  The banner die is perfectly proportioned to trim several of the greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.

Add green gem stickers.

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Send a card to someone who would appreciate a bit of encouragement.   It'll brighten their day - and yours too!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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03/30/2019

Sat 30

Butterfly Frond, Bold Friendly Greetings and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Mixed, layered design elements from Butterfly Frond and Poinsettia Circle Frame die sets create a simple card for a special friend or family member.  The delicate, debossed blossoms from the Poinsettia Circle Frame set aren't just for holidays - they're great for spring and summer cards too.

Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with mix+matchup of  classic favorites and the new Butterfly Frond from our Spring Collection.

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Cut Butterfly Frond from smooth white cardstock.  Cut a circle of pale pink cardstock with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.

Stamp the greeting from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps on the circle with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.

Cut two of the Poinsettia Circle Frame flowers from Coral Creme, Flamingo and Petunia cardstock.  Layer them - slightly offset.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Why not brighten someone's day with a thoughtful, unexpected card that's designed to make them smile?   They'll appreciate it - and you'll smile too, when you think of how happy they'll be when your card arrives!  

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

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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03/15/2019

Fri 15

Thanks for Your Kindness
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a card that could work for a lot of different occasions. The Butterfly Frond die is perfect for Spring, Easter or just because.

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I die cut the Butterfly Frond die in a white paper and then used my Copic markers to color the leaves and the butterfly. I cut a circle in a similar size from the Circle Basics set and used the Broken China Distress Oxide ink to color it in. When you spray the oxide ink with water it creates this fun textured look to the paper.IMG_9216

When I glued the butterfly together I just put a dot of glue on the body so that the wings could stand up. I took a pencil and curled them around it a little to add dimension. An enamel dot completes the butterfly body.

I stamped the sentiment from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set to finish off my card. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
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02/14/2019

Thu 14

Sending Hugs with the New Happy Octopus by Jean Okimoto

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Let's celebrate Valentine's Day by meeting the new Happy Octopus die set - and matching him up with some favorites from our Valentine's Collection.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many wonderful new dies from our Spring Collection.  I think he's perfect for the transition from one great release to the next.  

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Cut the main section of the octopus from gray cardstock and attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes.  Cut two more of the octopus from black cardstock and layer them for dimension.

Cut two sets of tentacles from gray cardstock.

Paint watercolor paper with turquoise and green dye inks.  Airdry it, then spritz it with Imagine Crafts Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Heat-set it.  Cut it with the ring and waves.  Cut another set from black cardstock.

Attach the octopus and two tentacles to the waves.  Slip the bottoms of the six tentacles in the foreground through the wave slots and tape the ends on the back.

Layer the black diecuts behind the watercolored pieces to add dimension and highlight the details on both pieces.

Cut four hearts of glittered red cardstock with Heart Board.

Cutting Sending Jotted Script from gray and white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

Prep gray cardstock with anti-static powder.  Stamps "hugs" - from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach the pieces to a top-folded white A-2 card.

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I think you'll love the new Spring Collection.  It's filled with butterflies, flowers, Easter icons and nautical designs - and three must-have greetings stamp sets.  We're looking forward to sharing our new designs and ideas with you!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

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02/06/2019

Wed 06

Glittered Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame with Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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Glitter a Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame and brighten a cold winter day for a special friend or family member.  Heart dies don't need to be tucked away once  your Valentines are done.  Life happens...send a thoughtful, unexpected card to make someone smile.

Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with another reason you'll want the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame.   Use it throughout the year for weddings, anniversaries and baby cards too.  

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Cut the delicate heart frame from dark gray cardstock.  Cut hearts from a portion of a Peony Notecard and Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the 2" inner circle from the light gray cardstock you'll use for the card.

Attach Scor-Tape to a 4" square of light gray cardstock.  Cut it with the large outer frame.  Remove and save the tape liner.  Press the delicate heart frame onto the adhesive - offset to the right.  Press the light gray 2" circle onto the center.  

Press the Peony and Coral Creme hearts onto the adhesive.  Use the saved tapeliner as a press cloth to secure the diecuts.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter is my favorite - we use a lot of it in classes too.  It makes everything look better!

Cut the little flowers from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the little hearts  from a scrap of the Peony Notecard.

Prep dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Cut an 11" x 4-¼" piece of light gray cardstock.  Score and crease it 4-¼" from one short end.  Create  the visual impact of a square card - without the extra postage.

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale peach sequins - or clear sequins colored with a Sharpie.

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Hope you'll try this glitter-and-go design.  An adhesive-covered background is the fastest, foolproof way to attach delicate diecuts and add glitter at the same time.  

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

Jeansignature-3

 

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06/02/2018

Sat 02

Vine Butterfly, Mini Butterflies and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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A crisp white Vine Butterfly strikes a contrast over a watercolored Wrapped Stitch Rectangle background.  It's another quick card for another busy summer weekend.  Add a trio of glittered Mini Butterflies and a greeting...that's it!  

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to customize in your favorite colors.  

Paint a watercolored background of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Air-dry it for a few minutes while you diecut a white Vine Butterfly and some glittered Mini Butterflies.  Lightly spritz the background to create little spots and specks - then heat-set it.

Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with Verdant VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts - and there's your card!

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Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll have a chance to create a few cards this weekend!  Please join us again on Sunday for Penny's great design.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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04/19/2018

Thu 19

Long Dachshund, Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set and Wrapped Stitch Rectangles by Jean Okimoto

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The new Long Dachshund - and his mirror-image buddy - contemplate life on a simple little card today.  The washi tape background from Birch Press Design gets a quick trim with the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a greeting for someone needing a bit of encouragement and support during a tough time.   MemoryBoxLongDachshund-MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles-MemoryBoxDogGoneClearStamps-BirchPressDesign-JeanOkimoto-DogCards-DiecutDogCards-WashiTapeCards-DiecutWashiTapeCards

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to tan and dark brown felt.  It will stabilize the felt and keep adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut Long Dachshund from dark brown felt.  Cut him again from the reverse side of the tan felt to create a left-facing dachshund.  Switch their ears.  

Attach lime and turquoise duct tape to lightweight cardstock and cut the collars.  

Attach strips of washi tape (about 3" long) to white cardstock and diecut the cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Dog Gone Clear Stamps Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured green cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

Simple strips of washi tape can add so much to a quick card.  See the great patterns and beautiful colors featured on the Birch Press Design site.  

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Big thanks to everyone who joined us for last weekend's THOUGHTS + THANKS class at Impress!  It's always nice to have a stash of thank you and thinking-of-you cards ready - hope you liked the designs that we stamped, folded and layered.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Laura - for helping everyone fill their baskets!

The Impress Annual Spring Sale starts today - and runs through Sunday April 22nd.  Bring your wishlist of Memory Box and Poppystamps items - and enjoy a 20% discount on the great designs you've been waiting for!  Stock up on VersaFine Clair inkpads too - they're my favorite inks for classes and here on Outside the Box.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of the 4-day sale - and join us for the GREEN GREETINGS class on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11:30-1:30.   Green - the color and the concept - is the class theme.  Lots of green - papers, inks, accents,  recycled items - and great techniques.  Everyone receives a bonus pack of some items from my stash to make more class cards at home later.  

Thanks for stopping by - have a great day!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/16/2018

Mon 16

Bee Yourself Hexies Card
by Anne Thompson

Hexagons are everywhere on today's card--inside and out!  

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  • To fill in the holes left from cutting the hexies, I cut two pieces of the squash dot paper 5 1/4" X 4", glued them together with the dot sides out, and then adhered them to the inside of the card front.  One dotted side filled in the hexies and the other dotted side lines the inside of the card front.

Here's the inside.  I love that there is a surprise when you open the card and find the bee inside!

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  • For the righthand side of the notecard, I die cut a hexagon from the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 using more of the squash dot paper and glued it to the card.  
  • I die cut the INTRICATE BEE 99920 from black cardstock and adhered it to the hexagon.
  • I stamped "bee yourself" from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamp Set on one edge of the hexagon.

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I still have plenty of room to write a message or I can add a white box for a longer message over the dot paper that lines the inside front.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


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03/22/2018

Thu 22

Vine Butterfly with the Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background by Jean Okimoto

 

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The new Right Hutton Gate and Right Gate Background create a colorful setting for the new Vine Butterfly here today.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a mirror-image version of my earlier Hutton Gate design.  

I knew I needed the Hutton Gates and Backgrounds when I saw them  during the design team preview - but I didn't know what to do with them when they arrived.  Now I can't stop using them - they've worked their way to the front of the stash!  Hope your favorite retailer has ordered them - I know Impress has!

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Find some pretty spritzy, watercolored paper in your stash and cut with the Right Gate Background.  Cut a piece with the 2-½" Circle Basics die too.  These pieces were painted with diluted layers of Imagine Crafts Kaleidacolor Dye Ink Refills and set aside to dry before cutting.

Cut Right Hutton Gate and Vine Butterfly from white cardstock.  

Cut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitched Circle Frame from white cardstock - we're using just the outer frame here.  

Layer the watercolored circle over the frame, then attach the Vine Butterfly.

Attach the Right Hutton Gate to the Right Gate Background.

Attach the right edge of the circles under the gates.

Score, cut and fold a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamp Set - with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Air-dry it,  then stamp the tiny hexagons over it with Rose Gold Delicata.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut pink glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square for perfectly-sized accents for any project

Attach the diecuts to the card.

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There are so many ways to use the Hutton Gates and the Gate Backgrounds throughout the year.  Pair them with pretty colors for spring, then with bright summer colors.    Imagine them in orange+black for Halloween - and festive reds with glitter for the holidays.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the PAPER AND INKOLLAGE class at Impress this Saturday!  We're using artpapers - and accents from my stash - with great dies and inks on artsy, layered designs.  Everyone gets a packet of "extras" from my stash too - to make a few more class cards at home.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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03/17/2018

Sat 17

Left Gate Background, Left Hutton Gate, Poppy Stitched Circle Frame and Honeycomb Square by Jean Okimoto

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Watercolors and the new Left Gate Background create a vibrant background for the Left Hutton Gate on today's spring card.  The Poppy Stitched Circle Frame, stamps from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate set and Honeycomb Square's glittered hexagons add the finishing touches.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a colorful design for any occasion.  The Left Gate Background and Hutton Gate create a semi-circle that's perfect for many of our Circle Frames.  Pair them with the right-sided designs for a more formal symmetrical design.  They're also great with the circular designs from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate stamp and die sets.

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Cut a 6" square of watercolor paper - it's more than you'll need here, but you'll be able to chose the prettiest sections for the card.  Lightly spritz a large acrylic block with water.  Dribble Imagine Crafts Dye Ink Refills onto separate areas of the spritzed block.  Tilt the block and let the colors begin to mix.  

Spritz the rougher side of the watercolor paper with water.  Lightly spritz the acrylic block again.  Press the paper onto the diluted inks.  Pull it away from the block.  Air-dry it if it looks great.  Or, spritz the residual inks on the block again and press the paper onto to add more color.  Air-dry it for a few minutes.  These ink refills come in a wide array of great colors and can be used as liquid watercolors or to re-ink Kaleidacolor inkpads

Spritz it lightly with water, then dry it with a heat-tool. Diecut it with the Left Gate Background and the 2-½" Circle Basics die.  

Diecut the Poppy Stitched Circle Frame (and the bonus flower layer) from white cardstock.

Diecut the Left Hutton Gate from white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Time to Celebrate Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 card with Pearlescent Jade Brilliance.  Birch Press is an online shop featuring an upscale collection of  papercrafting products, gifts and items for your home.

Stamp the tiny scattered hexagons onto the circle with Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance.

Assemble the card.  Diecut purple glittered cardstock with the Honeycomb Square to create sparkly little hexagons to match the stamped design.

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The detailed Left and Right Hutton Gates - and solid Left and Right Gate Backgrounds can be used in so many ways.  Dry-emboss the Huttons too - for an elegant textured look.  Use the Backgrounds horizontally as a giftcard pocket.  I'll be using them often here and in classes too.

Thanks for visiting this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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