44 posts categorized "Felt"

02/09/2024

Fri 09

Snow Fairies…Inspired by a TV Show by Jean Okimoto

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International TV shows don't often inspire card designs - but the Snow Fairies documentary on Japan's NHK TV inspired today's card.  They're adorably fluffy, rare long-tailed birds  - and the Poppystamps new Nordic Bird Bunch set has the perfect die for this little bird (they just needed longer tails).  Hi, Jean here with a  ScandinAsian Valentine idea.

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Cut Birch Tree Trunks from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  The diecut is very detailed, but it's easy to remove.  Start at the bottom of the trunks and wiggle the offcuts away instead of trying to pull the trunks out. 

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to wool-blend white felt and red felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the second-largest heart of the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out set.

Cut the Nordic Bird bases from white felt.  Cut the 2 larger wing pieces from Open Studio Watercolor Paper (instead of felt) to highlight the Nordic details. Cut the combined beak/eye sections and the left bird's wings from black cardstock. Some Snow Fairies are all-white, some have darker sections - we'll have one of each type.

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They have very long tails. We're using 2 branches from the tree trunk (shown on the left side of the packaging) to create special felt tails for them.  Trim the original tails, then attach the tree branch sections.  Cover the area with a wing!

Glue 2 pieces of gray cardstock together for dimension and diecut the new Hugs Debut Script background. Cut the detailed top layer from red cardstock.  Cut the background from red cardstock too, for more dimension.

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Assemble the birds and greeting.  Attach everything to a gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add bronze Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Looking for more ideas?  Search Snow Fairies NHK TV - the show is available on demand until March 31st.  Not sponsored or anything like that...I just think you'll enjoy it too!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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01/12/2024

Fri 12

Heartfelt Hummingbird Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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A felt Layered Hummingbird delivers warm hugs on a cold winter day.  Hi, Jean here with a layered slimline design combining classic favorites and a favorite new bird set from our holiday release.  I've never seen a gray + silver hummingbird in our yard - but here he is!

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Cut Birch Tree Trunks from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6.  We're just using 4 of the 5 trunks here.

Cut 2 Double Stitch Heart Cut Outs to create an inlaid design.  

Cut the 2-¼" wide Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle from the smooth side of textured gray cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to medium- and light-gray wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the Layered Hummingbird base from the medium-gray felt.  

Cut the head overlay from the light felt.  Cut the wings and lower part of the "face" from a silver Rainbow Reflections 6x6 sheet.  Attach the layers to the base.  Push a toothpick or skewer thru the layers to define the cutout for the eye.

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Cut the beak section from light orange cardstock.  Color the eye area with a black marker.  Attach the diecut behind the head.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the tab die that's included in the stamp set.  The tab is designed to cut the largest greeting - use the short ends to trim the left and right sides.

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

The Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles sets coordinate with Memory Box stitched designs.  They frame the design without competing with the stitched diecuts.  They're great with the lovable Poppystamps Whittles too!  

Try the versatile design in different colors - use kraft or aqua cardstock for the background and card.  Use pink for the greeting, hearts and jewels.  

Thanks for visiting...keep safe and warm and have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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01/02/2024

Tue 02

Brown Bear Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Happy New Year!  We appreciate your support, creativity and inspiration throughout 2023. We're here to share more ideas, techniques and designs in 2024!

Send warm winter hugs with a friendly brown bear on a background of Vintage Tray diecuts.  Add a sparkly heart from Poppystamps.  Hi, Jean here with an early Valentine design - or a friendship card for someone who deserves a special hug.

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We're using extra Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set offcuts from previous projects.  They're cut from the Poinsettia Plaid and Poinsettia Garland 6x6 packs.   

Cut pale pink cardstock with the large rectangle section of the Vintage Tray die.  Spritz both sides of the rectangle with a light mist of water.  Place it in the matching section of the 3D embossing folder and run it through your machine using the required plate(s) to add a woodgrain plank texture.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt and cut the base of the Layered Polar Bear.  It stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the other pieces from kraft cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye and nose cutouts.

Cut the heart - from the Poppystamps Heart Jumble - from the pink  Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach it to the bear - use foam tape on the right edge. 

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Glue two layers of white cardstock together and cut the Hugs Daily Script background.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed overlay die using the rubber embossing mat and plate(s) required.  Cut pink cardstock with the detailed die - leave the little ovals for the "g" in the die until you're ready to attach them (they tend to get lost).  You'll have an extra set of pink letters - save it for another project.

Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the bear.  Add gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog...wishing you a year of good health, happiness and creativity!

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12/25/2023

Mon 25

Holiday Wishes from Memory Box by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday wishes of peace, love and joy from Memory Box to everyone celebrating today!  Hi, Jean here with a mix-and-match holiday greeting.  The ornament trio combines classic favorites, Christmas '23, and some extras from Poppystamps and Birch Press Design. 

The sweet Layered Hummingbird - with a few alterations and minimal layering - becomes a peace dove here.  He's perched on a Birch Press Design diecut that (I hope!) resembles a young olive branch.

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Cut the Frilling Snowflake Ornament background from three shades of green cardstock.  Punch holes at the top and attach gold cord.  Curl the cord with the side of the flower burnishing tool or a bonefolder - follow the curve of the cord for best results.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white wool-blend felt and cut the main section of Layered Hummingbird.  Cut the top of the head/beak section from orange cardstock.  Color the eye area with a black marker.  Attach it behind the felt diecut, then trim the long hummingbird's beak to resemble a dove's beak.  Cut two of the big wings from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  Trim the little point from one wing. Attach the wings.

Cut the branch - from the Birch Press Design Jovial Blooms and Leaves Contour Layers set - from darker green cardstock.

Cut the Poppystamps Heart Jumble hearts from the red Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the largest Alpine Snowflake from the white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.

Glue two pieces of white cardstock together and diecut them with the 2" x 7" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝"  8-½") - use foam tape for the bird.  Stamp the greeting - from the Shining Star Clear Stamp Set - on lime green cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with one end of the 1.1" x 6.1" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die, then trim the excess with an edge of a larger die.

Attach the greeting with foam tape.  Add red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again tomorrow!

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12/19/2023

Tue 19

Starlight Snow Day by Jean Okimoto

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Backyard Wren - from a previous release - was a bit neglected during the current flurry of holiday designs from our Christmas '23 Collection.  He's joining the party, with a hat borrowed from Bundled Bird, on a Starlight Snow backdrop.  Hi, Jean here with another winter scene for holiday inspiration.

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Prep a 6" square of dark blue/gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stencil the Starlight Snow design with Wedding Dress Memento Luxe.  Heat-emboss it with detail white embossing powder.  Trim it with the 3.5" wide Nested Globes die.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to tan, red and white wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the main section of Backyard Wren from the tan felt. 

We're using the Bundled Bird's hat - but we need it to face the opposite direction.  Diecut the red and white felt from the reverse side (paper-side-up) to create a custom hat for Backyard Wren.

Cut the wings from the copper Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut the beak section (it goes behind the main felt piece) from orange cardstock and color the eye area with a black marker.  Cut the head overlay from light kraft cardstock.

Cut the Poinsettia Stem branch from kraft cardstock.

Cut the Brilliant Joy background from heavy white cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed Brilliant Joy die using the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  Cut red cardstock with the detailed die and attach the individual letters to the pressure-embossed white background.  Attach red cardstock scraps behind the cutouts in the letters O and Y.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4.5" x 6.25") - use foam dots for the bird and greeting.  Attach clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

A lot of little details here...thanks for visiting our blog!

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12/08/2023

Fri 08

Layered Friendly Snowman and a Shining Star by Jean Okimoto

 

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Layered Friendly Snowman - and a glittery star - shine over the new Aurora Snowflake Cling Stamp background.  Hi, Jean here  sharing a frosty winter scene with a mix of opposites - big snowflakes and a little snowman.

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Prep light teal cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray flecks of powder.  Stamp the Aurora Snowflake Cling Stamp image with VersaMark and heat-emboss the design with detail white embossing powder.  Trim it with the largest A2 Rectangle Frames die.  Attach it to a top-folded white cardlayered friendly snowman

 

Cut Layered Friendly Snowman, the hat and scarf from colorful cardstock - white, light teal, medium teal, aqua, red, orange and kraft.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eyes.  This set also includes other dies for added dimension. He also has two arm pairs to chose from!

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white wool-blend felt and cut the hat cuff and pompom. The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  

Cut a star from a gold Festive Glitter Pad sheet with a star from the  Starry Collage die.  Cut a sliver of medium teal cardstock for the star's hanger.

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Shining Star Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the cardstock with the 2.75" x 4" A2 Rectangle Frames Die.  

Attach the snowman - without adhering his right arm - to the rectangle.  Attach the star and hanger to the background.  Glue the right arm to the background.

Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The 6x6" of the Aurora Snowflake Cling Stamp makes it user-friendly and versatile for different card shapes and sizes.  It also creates an assortment of snowflakes to diecut individually - or in groups - for your holiday cards.

Thanks for visiting our blog...keep warm and have a safe and happy weekend!

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11/17/2023

Fri 17

Home for the Holidays by Jean Okimoto

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A plump red felt bird and a glittery Christmas tree fill the new Bird's Nest with holiday spirit.  Leaf Bunches and berries from Birch Press Design brighten the background.  Hi, Jean here with a holiday slimline design.

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Cut Leaf Bunches  from dark green cardstock. Cut the 2.25" wide Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectange from white cardstock.  Attach it to a white slimline card (8-⅝" x 3-⅝").

Cut the large Layered Evergreen Trees background from lime green cardstock.  Cut the delicate top layer from the green Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.  We're working on the link for the Layered Evergreen Trees #94751 - here's a picture:  

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Cut Bird's Nest from kraft cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to red wool-blend felt and cut one of the Nestled Chickadee Duo birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the head and trim sections from red cardstock.  Cut the wings from the red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye cutout.

Cut the Birch Press Design Mixed Berry Contour Layers stems from the green cardstock.  Cut 5 berries from the Rainbow Reflections red 6x6 and from yellow cardstock.  Layer the berries - rotate the yellow pieces to fill the cutouts on the red berries

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Assemble the Christmas tree, chickadee and the front portion of the Bird's Nest.  

Attach Leaf Bunches to the stitched rectangle background - place the single extra leaf so it covers the stem of the leaves on the top left corner.  

Attach the back layer of the nest, then the Christmas tree and the chickadee, then the top layers of the nest.  Attach the berry stems and berries.

Cut Happy Holidays Streamlined Script from the green cardstock - leave the tiny dot for the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

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

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11/14/2023

Tue 14

Birch Tree Forest, Birds and a Bear by Jean Okimoto

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The new Birch Tree Forest 3D Embossing Folder sets the scene for a northwest bear sighting. Hi, Jean here with a woodsy winter design.  No polar bears here, but a big brown bear recently visited our neighbor, surprising his parents - and inspired today's card.

Cut heavy white cardstock with the largest A2 Rectangle Frames die.  Spritz a light mist of water onto both sides of the cardstock and emboss it with the Birch Tree Forest 3D Embossing Folder.  Dry it if it's still slightly damp, then prep it with the embossing powder tool.  Stencil it with the new Snow Flurries Stencil using a clean, well-inked VersaMark inkpad and a dauber or sponge.   Heat-emboss it with Imagine's Iridescent Embossing Powder,  like a scattering of sparkly snowflakes.  They're hard to see here, but they really do sparkle!  Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown and bright red wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  

Cut the brown felt with the Layered Polar Bear's large outline die.  Cut the other sections from tan cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eyes and nose.  Use a brown marker to add a dot of ink to the felt diecut where the ear cutouts will appear.

Cut the Layered Birds from light kraft cardstock and red felt.

Cut the scarf - borrowed from the Bundled Bird die set - from the turquoise Rainbow Reflections 6x6. 

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Attach the diecuts to the embossed background.  Add a a rich gold-embossed greeting from the new Merry Christmas Foil Greetings Rose Tabs.  Hope you can see the sparkly snowflakes here.

Thanks for visiting - see you next week!

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11/04/2023

Sat 04

Layered Hummingbird Fall Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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It may feel like it's already winter, but it's only fall - time to send autumn cards.  A felt Layered Hummingbird and falling Gypsy Oak Leaves set the scene on a backdrop of woodgrain blocks.  Hi, Jean here, let's get started...

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Cut orange-y ink-blended heavy white cardstock to fit the Vintage Tray 3D Embossing Folder.  Spritz both sides with a light mist of water and emboss it.  Spritz it lightly with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and heat-set the ink.  Lightly ink the embossed pattern with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.  Dry the ink, then cut the cardstock with the tray die included in the set.  Attach 4 of the offcut blocks to a natural A6 card (4.5" x 6.25").

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to cream felt and cut the main portion of Layered Hummingbird. Cut the beak/head section from black cardstock.  Cut the remaining sections  from the green Rainbow Reflections 6x6 and an orange sheet from the Sunny Orange Collection.  Here's a picture of this sweet bird - he'd be great in any color combination!  

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Cut Gypsy Oak Leaves from two shades of orange from the Sunny Orange Collection.

Glue two layers of natural cardstock together and cut the background of Happy Fall Posh Script.  Pressure-emboss it using the rubber mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Cut the top greeting layer from the orange Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.  Assemble the greeting - embossing debosses the background to easily attach the top layer.

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Attach the diecuts to the background - use foamtape for the hummingbird.  Add the bronze-y Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend!

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11/02/2023

Thu 02

A Bundled Bird for All Seasons by Jean Okimoto

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The new Bundled Bird greets all 4 seasons on these little idea-cards.  Hi, Jean here with additional spring, summer and fall projects for this versatile die set from our Christmas 2023 Collection.  Internet problems continuing for several days - hope it lets me finish this post for you before timing out again.

Felt, seasonal colors, holiday icons,  glittered and mirror cardstock add year-round versatility to this sweet bird.  It's even a chubby chick for your Easter greetings!  It's almost Christmas - let's start with the winter design and work backwards.

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The winter and spring designs include felt for the main portion.  Attach wool-blend felt to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stablize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.

All of the diecuts are attached to a 4" square top-folded mini-card for this post.  You can also create a standard A2 card by attaching a 4" square to a colorful notecard.

All of the beak sections are cut from orange cardstock.  Color the portion that goes behind the eye cutout with a black marker.

Winter - Cut the bird, hat and scarf from red and white felt, red cardstock, orange cardstock and the red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut Pine Tree Grove from two shades of green cardstock.

Fall - Cut the bird from kraft cardstock.  Color the head, wings and tail with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust and Pearlescent Chocolate inks. Cut the small leaves from the Gypsy Oak Leaves set from two shades of Sunny Orange 6x6's.  

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Summer - Cut the glitzy summer bluebird bird from two shades of Ocean Blue 6x6's and orange cardstock.    Cut the wings and tail from the royal blue Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.  Cut 3 pieces of a yellow 6x6 from the Sunny Orange set with the (approximately) 1-⅞"-wide Shining Star Set die.  Layer them to create a dimensional summer sun.

Spring - Cut the bird from yellow felt, yellow cardstock and orange cardstock.  It's now a sweet fuzzy chick!  Cut the larger tail section from orange cardstock and trim it to resemble little chick-feet.  Cut light pink, dark pink and green Graceful Garden 6x6's with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.

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Have fun with these designs and see how many designs you can create with the Bundled Bird set!

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