24 posts categorized "Foliage"

03/27/2020

Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  

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You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 

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02/22/2020

Sat 22

Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape and Stylish Rectangle Trio by Jean Okimoto

 

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Need a quick card?  Rose Bouquest Wide Washi Tape makes it easier than ever!  Frame it with a die from the Stylish Rectangle Trio -  and add dots of Twinkling Jewel Glitter cardstock to make it sparkle.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a super-simple design for you tonight (we had scheduling issues earlier).

Attach Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape to the textured side of pale yellow cardstock.  The fine lines add a bit of contrast to the pearly, translucent washi tape.  It's 4.5" x 11 gorgeous yards!  Cut it with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio.  Attach the delicate frame and rectangle to a Squash Notecard.  It's a soft, warm yellow that would brighten any winter day.

Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - on green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Attach the greeting strip with foam dots.

Add ¼" punched circles of the green Twinkling Jewel Glitter sheet.  Just a trio of little dots - but I love how they make such a difference!

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Thanks for visiting - hope you like this quick card.  Why not make a gift set of floral notecards?  Use different sections of the Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape and each card will be unique and special!

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02/08/2020

Sat 08

Friendship
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. I created this card using Pinpoint Leaf Plate Die, and Friendship Floral Heart Clear Stamp Set.                                                         I embossed kraft cardstock with the metal plate than used some PrismaColor Pencils to shade in the leaves. I used shades PC934, 932, 938, 105, 992, 935, 912, 913.

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I splattered some white and gold paint.  I used similar Copic colors to ink up some white cardstock in shades BG05, BG09; V12, V17; YG05, YG17.              I embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder onto the Copic colored cardstock strips. 

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 I trimmed the panel slightly smaller than 41/4 inches to allow a strip of black cardstock to show on the bottom and the white card base to show on top. Adhere the sentiments and scatter some sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

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Sat 08

Faux Cover Die
by Trina Pham

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Hello there!  I am sharing a quick and easy card today inspired by cover dies.  I wanted to create the look of a cover die using regular dies.  I chose the Verdant Leaf die for my card, but many of the Memory Box dies (or even dies in your stash) would work beautifully.

Started off by die cutting a whole bunch of the leaf from Bristol paper and adhering them to a vellum panel.  A frame was then die cut with rectangle dies from Bristol paper and affixed on top, hence, completing the faux cover die.

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To complete the card, the Hello Banner Script was die cut from Bristol paper and ombré coloured with Chipped Sapphire and Stormy Sky distress oxide inks using blender brushes.  For some sparkle (love my sparkle), it was inked with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder.  To make it stand out even more, hello was die cut from black cardstock and offset slightly.  Finished by white heat embossing the sentiment from Friendship Floral Heart stamp set on a black strip.

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Well, that does it for today. So glad you dropped by.  Have a wonderful weekend.  

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01/29/2020

Wed 29

Scribble Rose Trio and Embossed Double Stitch Happy Hearts by Jean Okimoto

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Emboss the entire Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out set and create a soft, poufy background for the Scribble Rose Trio. Glitter the roses and add a greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - that's it! 

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a design that can be a Valentine...or not.  We love the latest collection for more than just Valentine projects.  The dies, stamps and embossing folder are so versatile you'll reach for them throughout the year for weddings, birthdays, thank-yous and cards of encouragement.

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Cut Coral Creme cardstock  (textured-side-up) with the 4" x 5-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the corners with a corner-rounding punch.  Tape the four Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out dies to the rectangle.  Attach the tape near the left edge of the rectangle where it'll be covered by the flowers later - removing the tape might damage the cardstock.  Pressure-emboss the hearts.

Attach ScorTape or Couture Creations tape to the top of Arroyo cardstock and diecut the solid blossoms from the Scribble Rose Trio.  Cut detailed Scribble Rose Trio from Flintstone cardstock.  Attach the detailed diecut to the tape-covered solid blossoms.  Brush iridescent glitter over the remaining exposed adhesive to create a trio of sparkly roses.

Stamp the frame - from the Big and Little Words set - on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.  Stamp the greeting in the frame.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock and round the corners. 

Score, cut and fold a natural white A6 card.  Attach the diecuts to the card - attach the greeting with foam tape.  Add three peach-colored gem stickers.

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Hope you like the embossed look too!  It adds quiet details and texture to any background.  

Thanks for visiting!

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01/23/2020

Thu 23

Single Daisy Stem on a Pinpoint Leaf Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut a Pinpoint Leaf Frame background for the Single Daisy Stem. Stamp a greeting - one of the many great messages from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps Set - and diecut it with a Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design from the 2020 Valentine's  Collection.

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Cut white cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  This versatile set is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available from your favorite Retailer.  Cut the rectangle with the Pinpoint Leaf Frame.

Cut Single Daisy Stem from gray cardstock.  Cut the blossom from pink cardstock.  

Cut a 1-¾" x 3-¾" rectangle of white cardstock.

Round the corners of both rectangles and a top-folded gray A-2 card.  

Stamp "#loveyou" on light pink cardstock with Brilliance Starlite Black and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Cut another heart and layer them for dimension.

Assemble the card and add clear gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's Memory Box class at Impress. Thanks for the pretzel chips and Jelly Belly Valentines Jan!  We love the latest release...and think it's the best Valentine Collection ever!  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping us shop and fill those baskets with Memory Box products.

The Impress Valentine Open House begins at 10 AM this Saturday - with demos from 10-Noon, make and takes, cupcakes, great displays and inspiring samples.  Bring your Memory Box/Poppy/Birch Press Designs wishlists and take advantage of the 10% off shopping discount too!

Join us for another Valentine Wishes class at Impress from 1-3:00 on the 25th too. Our cards will feature the new Valentine designs - and a simple origami heart.  Add special effects to Banded Hearts with the Nuvo Shimmer Powder too!

Thanks for stopping by...

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01/16/2020

Thu 16

Create a Love Airy Script Heart and Add the Scribble Rose Trio by Jean Okimoto

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Transform the Hugs Loving Heart into a Love Airy Script heart with a quick trim.  It's an easy way to create custom designs with your favorite greeting dies.  Add a glittered Scribble Rose Trio and your Valentine card is ready to go.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a snip-and-go technique for great greetings.

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Cut Hugs Loving Heart from red cardstock.  Remove "hugs" with three quick snips - save it for another project.  Cut Love Airy Script from the same red cardstock.

Cut the pale gray dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Attach the Loving Heart outline and Love Airy Script to the gray heart background.

Cut the Scribble Rose Trio outline from white cardstock.  Cut the triple background from red glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded gray A-2 card.  Add pale gold gem stickers.

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I think it's great when we can alter our diecuts and create something new.  Try this technique with some of the words from our Jotted designs too!  

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN class at Impress!   Thanks to Jan, Jenny, Robin and Jacky for the great snacks too.  Thanks again Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their baskets with the latest papers, tools and toys.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for a new class this Saturday.  We're using the great dies and stamps from the Valentine 2020 Collection and making cards with a hearts-and-hugs theme. Make cool cards to  celebrate friendship, send a hug or remember someone special on Valentine's Day.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, see you again next week!

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01/07/2020

Tue 07

Cherish- Adore
by Michelle Bala

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Hello again! Michelle here,  sharing a slimline card I created using Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out craft die, Leafy Heart craft die, Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines craft die and Big and Little Valentine's clear stamp set.

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The slimline card measures 3 1/2 by 8 1/2. I trimmed the top panel and used the Double Stitch Loving Heart dies and cut three windows. I splattered some gold paint over the panel. After I die cut the Leafy Heart I used the same gold paint and brushed the leaves.  I adhered the die cut Leafy Heart to the middle heart window. Adhere the top panel to the aqua card base using foam tape. 

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I colored the die cut butterflies with Copic Marker shades BG13 and BG18; W5 and W7. Adhere the butterflies to the card. I added some stickles clear glitter glue to the butterflies and Leafy Heart. I inked up some cardstock with the same teal markers and embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder. For a finishing touch I scattered some sequins.

Thank you for stopping by!

I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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12/27/2019

Fri 27

Feeling Grateful
by Michelle Bala

Hello there!  Michelle here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        10

Today I used the stamp sets Grateful Autumn and Winter Greenery and designed a card for a friend who is always there for me :) I embossed the leaves with gold embossing powder and colored them using Copic Markers.  I used shades G40, G43, and G46 for the base and added some dots with W7, and G28. Trim and set aside.
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I inked up the background using distress oxide inks in shades tumbled glass, shaded lilac, and chipped sapphire. I splashed some white and gold paint spaltters. After the paint dried, I stamped the background using the Winter Greenery stamp set with black ink. 
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I adhered the embossed leaf cluster with foam tape and added some clear stickles glitter glue. Lastly, I embossed and trimmed the sentiment and added some gems.

Thank you for taking a peek! Hope you have a great day!

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12/26/2019

Thu 26

Scribble Rose Trio and the Tall Sketch Heart by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Sketch Heart creates a great background for the Scribble Rose Trio on a simple card for any occasion.  Add an upbeat greeting from the Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps Set and gem stickers to complete the design.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card today.

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Cut Tall Sketch Heart from light gray cardstock.  Cut the solid Scribble Rose Trio background from Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the rose trio outline from Smoky cardstock.

Stamp the greeting on Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach Birch Press Design's Shimmer Lines Wide Washi Tape to Arroyo cardstock.  Cut a 1-¼" x 5" strip of it to add a soft shimmer and a delicate gold pattern to the card.

Cut accent strips - ¾" x 4-½" of the gray stripes from the Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 Set - ad 2" x 3-½" of Coral Creme cardstock.

Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Join us for the Valentine Wishes class at Impress on December 28th.  It's a new, added class to introduce the Valentine's 2020 Collection.  We're making cards featuring the new collection - and adding glitter, artpapers and a favorite origami heart.

Impress is also having their annual after-Christmas sales thru December 31st.  Enjoy 40% discounts on all in-store Christmas products.  It's a great time to make a list of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs Christmas items you've been wishing for and take  advantage of this great sale.

Thanks for visiting...keep warm!  Jeansignature-3