34 posts categorized "Encouragement"

05/11/2019

Sat 11

Create a Dark Floral Card with Scribble Posies and Scribble Fronds by Jean Okimoto

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Combine Scribble Posies Outline,  Scribble Frond Background and Scribble Frond Outline on a spring card delivering a simple upbeat message.  There were happy thoughts - literally - when I saw this great new collection!  

Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another blog blitz design and a chance for you to win a die from the Garden Bouquet Collection.  Bright florals on a dark background are a great spring theme - but it can be challenging to create that look with stamps.  Memory Box dies and cardstock create that look quickly and easily.

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Cut Scribble Frond Outline from Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut Scribble Frond Background from Juicy Pear cardstock.

Cut Scribble Posies Outline from flamingo, white and Coral Creme cardstock.  Save the delicate center and outer outlines too.   (Outer outlines??)  

Cut scraps of yellow glittered cardstock and attach them behind the blossoms.  

Stamp the label outline - from the new Big and Little Words Clear  Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the greeting.  Dry the ink, the trim the cardstock and trim the corners with a corner punch.  I used the 4mm corner section  from the WeRMemoryKeepers corner rounder.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-⅜" square card of textured dark gray cardstock.  Add pale peach gemstickers.

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Would you like a chance to win Scribble Posies Outline Die Set?  Just add a comment to this post by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, May 12th.  One winner will be selected at random to win the new die.  All winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, May 13th at 6pm EST.  Good luck, and I hope you will visit us often this week!

If you're in the Seattle area - join us for another ASIA NOW class at Impress on Mother's Day, May 12th.   We're making 6 contemporary cards featuring our favorite almost-Asian dies, beautiful artpapers and lots of techniques.

Impress is celebrating Mom and Ladies Day at Tukwila too - Moms and ladies receive a 30% discount on one item of their choice on Sunday, May 12th.   Take advantage of this great discount and buy one of the Memory Box dies you've been eyeing!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/02/2019

Thu 02

Small Fringed Peony from the new Garden Bouquet Collection
by Jean Okimoto

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The new Small Fringed Peony - beautifully detailed and dimensional - is perfect for embossing and diecutting.  A matte watercolored background seems to recede as the pearlescent peony becomes the star.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a May Challenge inspiration card featuring another great new design from the April 2019 Garden Bouquet Collection.  

Diecut a piece of watercolored paper - like this one from my stash - with the 2-¼" x 3-1-/2" Rectangle Basics die.  Pressure emboss the Small Fringed Peony near the left edge.  Use the embossing mat and plates recommended by the manufacturer of your machine.  

Diecut the peony  from a Post-It-Note - to be used as a stencil - and from white cardstock for an overlay.

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Sponge Pearlescent Lavender Brilliance through the stencil onto the embossed peony.  Daub Sunflower Yellow Brilliance in the center of the flower.  Set it aside to dry.

Attach the peony diecut to the embossed image. Cut a ¾" x 3-⅞" strip of purple cardstock and a 3" x ⅞" strip of pale green cardstock.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock.

Assemble the card and add green gem stickers.

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I love the dimensional, curled edges of the peony's lower petals.  They create a bold accent and balance the delicate detailed petals.  The Small Fringed Peony is just one of many beautiful flower dies in our latest release.  There's a Large Fringed Peony too! 

Special thanks to everyone who drove, flew or ferried to Impress for last weekend's ASIA NOW class!  The April Garden Bouquet Collection arrived just in time for class  - the "almost-Asian" designs were perfect for simple, contemporary cards.  Thanks too - Ann, Shari and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with the latest, greatest designs!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for another stash cards class - BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN.  Everyone receives a packet of "extras" from my stash so they can make a few more class cards at home.  It's not really an Asian-themed class - but we're making a simple origami sailboat - and a folded flower.  

Thanks for stopping by - be sure to enter May's Embossing Extravagance challenge...good luck!

Jeansignature-3

 

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!

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