37 posts categorized "Foliage"

09/10/2020

Thu 10

I Love Fall Most of All
by Michelle Bala

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Hey there, Michelle here! The newest Christmas Release has to be my  favorite! Especially this stamp set, Harvest Love and Kindness. There is something beautiful about warming fall tones. I used colored pencils to add color.
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First I embossed the autumn cluster with white embossing powder than I shaded with colored pencils. I used the darker shades first, medium than lightest. After the coloring is complete I die cut the cluster. Next, I used Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die and die cut the base panel. I embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder.
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I adhered the die cut kraft panel onto a card base. Than I layered the die cut leaf cluster. Lastly, I splattered some white and gold paint and added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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07/24/2020

Fri 24

Distress Oxide Inks on Black Card Stock
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. This is my last card created with The Garden Party Release! I can't wait to start playing with the newest Christmas Release! I really love the stencil Leafy Jumble! I adhered it to a piece of black card stock and used distress oxide inks in shades picked raspberry, carved pumpkin, cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon.  I splattered the stenciled background with white and gold paints.
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I inked up some black card stock with the same distress oxide inks and die cut the sentiment die, Best Wishes Banner Script, and Scribble Leaf Die Cut.
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I adhered all the die cuts to the stenciled panel and adhered the panel to a black card base. For a finishing touch I added some gems.

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

Have a great weekend!

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07/12/2020

Sun 12

Giulia Border and a Concentric-Cut Set of Echo Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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The new Giulia Border is a delicate backdrop for the bold concentric-cut Poppystamps Echo Blossoms.  It's esy to create the look of stacked floral layers - without the bulk - by cutting a single layer of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with 6 of the Echo Blossoms dies. Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here sharing a summer design today.

Arrange the dies - cut-side down - and tape them together.

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Flip them over and brush the remaining exposed tape with the embossing powder prep tool to keep the tape from sticking to the whatever you're diecutting.  The tape holds the dies securely - while the powder coats and deactivates the rest of the adhesive.  

I diecut some pink/coral/orange-sponged Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper from the stash. Leave the diecuts in the die and tape them together across the back to handle them as one piece.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - on a scrap of the inked paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the second-smallest Echo Blossom Die.

Cut the gray Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 cardstock with the medium Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white cardstock and cut Giulia Border.  The extra layer adds dimension to the diecut without having to glue two diecuts together. 

Attach the diecuts to a light gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Cut yellow glitter cardstock - from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pack - with the smallest Echo Blossom die.  Punch matching ¼" circles for little accents too.

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Special thanks to everyone who ordered my VERY SIMPLY ASIAN class kits from the Impress OnLine Store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii (808 484.9107)  I appreciate your support personally - and for independent businesses like Memory Box, Impress OnLine and Stamps and Memories.  It's time to prep another kit - BUTTERFLIES, BLOSSOMS & BLING - 5 colorful cards with glossy diecuts and accents, glitter and favorite summer icons.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday!

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07/02/2020

Thu 02

Scribble Rose Trio in the Circle Fold Frame by Jean Okimoto

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The Scribble Rose Trio and Background fit perfectly into the new Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame.  Add details and texture with the Poppystamps Scallop Small Curve Border and a few glittered dots  - and your card is ready to go.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of Memory Box and Poppystamps designs on a simple summer card.

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The Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame cuts and scores the left and right panels for a square card.  Cut two frames from pale yellow-green cardstock.  Crease them on the "circle fold."  Pressure-emboss the folded panels with the Poppystamps Scallop Small Curve Border. Adhere the vertical inside edges of the panels.

Cut the  pale yellow-green cardstock with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Attach the tabs of the folded panels to the right and left sides of the square.  

The Circle Fold Frame set includes a die to cut a smaller inside circle.  Use it to cut the pale green Garden Folly 6x6 print.  Attach it in the center of the card.

Cut the detailed Scribble Rose Trio from Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut the solid background from Juicy Pear cardstock.  Layer the diecuts and attach them to the Garden Folly print circle.

Punch ¼" dots of the green glittered cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack.

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Hope you'll be inspired to enter July's FRAMED! Challenge...for a chance to win some great dies for all of your papercrafting projects.

Big thanks to everyone who purchased my Garden Party Greetings card kits from the Impress online store and from Stamps and Memories in Hawaii - I appreciate it!  My new kit - Very Simply Asian - is ready now.  Make  5 cards reflecting the simple beauty of Japanese design - using a bunch of Memory Box and Poppystamps dies - and no origami!

Thanks for visiting...have a safe and happy long weekend if you're celebrating on the 4th!

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06/27/2020

Sat 27

Gloriosa Butterflies, Geodesic Ovals and Glitter by Jean Okimoto

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There are so many ways to combine the great dies, papers and stamps in our 2020 collections.  Take advantage of the coordinating colors and themes to create quick cards for any occasion.  

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Hi, Jean Okimoto here with two cards using the same papers, dies, stamps and colors to streamline the process and save time.  The tools and supplies are ready - make some cards for your stash, or for gifts.  

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Cut the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Backgrounds from Juicy Pear cardstock.  Cut the Gloriosa Butterfly Duo Outlines  and center/antennae sections from the lime green glitter cardstock in the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pack.  Cut the tiny butterflies - from the Butterfly Meadow die set - from the green glittered cardstock too.

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Cut the leafy green Garden Folly 6x6 print with the big little Geodesic Oval dies

Score, cut and fold an A6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card and a top-folded A2 card of Easter Grass cardstock.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamp Set - on light green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim the greetings with the Rectangle Basics dies.

Assemble the cards - use foam dots for the greetings and butterfly wings.

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Take a few extra minutes to make duplicate or similar cards with the tools and supplies you're working with.  Save some time now, have handcrafted cards ready when you need them... and have a great weekend!

 

Thanks for visiting...

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06/18/2020

Thu 18

Peony Garden Corner Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Framed blossoms from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies say hello in  shades of green and chartreuse.  Add the Poppystamps Adriana Small Curve Border and Greeting Basics message - and sparkly glitter dots.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of detailed Memory Box and Poppystamps designs and  and the bold new Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame.  The frame cuts the centered circle and scores the front panel.  It adds the impact of a square card to a basic A2 format. You won't need to measure, hand-score or center the cutout.  There's a bonus smaller circle die included in the set to add contrasting backgrounds too.

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Stamp the large peony and buds from the Peony Garden Corner set on chartreuse cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Dry the ink, then diecut the flowers with the coordinating dies.

Stamp the greeting from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps Set.  Dry the ink, then cut it with the 1-¼" Circle Basics die.

Briskly rub the Adriana Small Curve Border with scrunched waxed paper to prep the die and make it easy to remove the diecut.  Cut the border from light green cardstock.

Cut Poppystamps Circle Fold Frame from Easter Grass cardstock.  Fold it backwards along the scoreline and press it with a bonefolder.  Cut Easter Grass cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the folded frame  tab behind the rectangle.

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam tape near the top and sides of the flowers.  Add ¼" punched dots of the green glitter cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.

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I love square cards, flowers and all shades of green.  This card has it all for me - hope you'll like it too.  Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!

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06/14/2020

Sun 14

Rose Blossoms – Embossed, Layered and Glittered by Jean Okimoto

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Create long-stemmed roses with the new Rose Blossom Die Set and Gilia Stems from a earlier release - then add them to a simple all-occasion card.  Just another way to mix, match and alter your Memory Box diecuts and discover new designs.  Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a bright summer card for you.

We're using another Leafy Jumble Stencil background from a variation of a Jennifer McGuire technique.  Details are on my previous post.  One sheet of ink-blended Open Studio Watercolor Paper and spritzed water produces two ink-lifted backgrounds and one heat-embossed background.

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Sponge worn lipstick, carved pumpkin and squeezed lemonade Distress Oxides on smooth white cardstock for the blossoms.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut two each of the Rose Blossom and Background.  Pressure-emboss the backgrounds using the detailed die, rubber embossing mat and embossing plate(s) required for your machine.  

Spread a large drop of Goldfinch Open Studio Glitter Glue in the center of the pressure-embossed background - cover an area about ¾" in diameter.  Attach the detailed diecut. Pressure-embossing the background adds an extra layer of dimension.

Cut the stems of the Gilia Stems set.  Remove the small lower leaf of the longer stem - it'll be re-attached higher later.  

Trim the Leafy Jumble background with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut accent strips from Sour Apple (1-⅜" x 4") and Juicy Pear (⅞" x 4-½") cardstock. Trim the stems to fit on the accent strip.  Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Sour Apple cardstock.  

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Social-distanced crafting won't replace the great friendships and experiences shared in classes but it keeps us connected right now.  Thank you for purchasing my card kits through Impress Cards and Crafts here in Washington - and Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.  Thanks also for selecting and supporting these great independent retailers - and Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs - during these challenging times.

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06/11/2020

Thu 11

Emboss the Leafy Jumble Background by Jean Okimoto

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Let's make another card using one of the three Leafy Jumble Stencil backgrounds we created in my previous post.  It's the original Distress Oxide-inked sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with the second of three cards we're making using a variation of a great Jennifer McGuire technique.  

Use the Leafy Jumble Stencil and a water-spritzed sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the inks from a heavily-inked sheet of watercolor paper. Repeat the lifting  with a second sheet of watercolor paper for another background.

Stencil VersaMark onto the original inked paper and heat-emboss it with detail clear powder to create the background for today's card. Cut it with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut white cardstock with the large Poppystamps Flora Blooms die.  Attach a scrap of the yellow glittered cardstock from the 6"x6" Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pack behind the flower.

Cut Birthday Cursive Script Circle from yellow cardstock - leave the teeny dot over the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it to the background.  

Stamp "greetings" - from the Cherry Blossom Wreath Clear Stamps and Die Set - on yellow cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the excess off the short end with the side of a larger rectangle die for a nice trimmed edge.

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Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card - position the Birthday Cursive Script Circle so the dot over the "i" can be securely attached to an area that's not embossed and glossy.  Add ¼" punched circles of the yellow Twinkling Jewel glittered cardstock.

Looking for more fresh floral designs?  Both Impress Cards and Crafts - and Stamps and Memories-Hawaii are now selling my GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS card kits.   Here's a link to the Impress online store to place your order.  Call or text Stamps and Memories  at 808 484.9107.  Thank you!

We'll use the third background from this process on another card this weekend.  Thanks for visiting - see you again on Sunday.

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06/09/2020

Tue 09

Trio of Inked Backgrounds – Part 1 by Jean Okimoto

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Ink it once, spritz twice and create a trio of watercolored backgrounds for greetings from  the Garden Party Collection.  The Leafy Jumble Stencil is perfect for this process inspired by Jennifer McGuire's great technique.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a variation that takes advantage of the great stencils in our collection.  We're using Open Studio Watercolor Paper to lift the colors from the open areas of the stencil.  The resulting backgrounds have a shadowy, lightly-embossed look.

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Spritz the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a light mist of water and sponge the paper with Distress Oxides. Colors used here -  peeled paint, twisted citron, mowed lawn and cracked pistachio.  Heat-set the inks.

Have your embossing mat and plate ready. Start stacking the layers - paper towel, inked Open Studio Watercolor Paper, stencil.  

Spritz the smoother side of plain Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a "medium" coat of water (not too light, not too drippy). Place the spritzed side of the watercolor paper over the stencil.  Add the embossing mat and plate(s) required for your machine.  Run it through the machine 2 or 3 times.  A leafy layer of ink will be transferred to the uninked watercolor paper.

Spritz another sheet of Open Studio Watercolor Paper and run it through the machine for a second, lighter transfer of ink through the stencil.

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Here are the backgrounds we've created.  Heat-set the three sheets of watercolor paper.  Clean the stencil, then align it over the original inky background and sponge the design with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  We'll use the other two backgrounds on another post.

Cut the darker leafy background with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut the Graceful Rose and Background from yellow cardstock  Pressure-emboss the background with the coordinating detailed die. Attach the detailed diecut to the embossed background.

Cut Leafy Frond from green cardstock.  Cut white cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Stamp "hello" - from the

Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies Set - with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square white card.  (Square cards require extra postage.)  Add ¼" punched dots of the green glittered cardstock from the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad.

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Looking for more Garden Party Collection card ideas?  The Garden Party Greetings Cards Kit from Impress Cards and Crafts features three technique-y, layered floral designs for your summer cards.  The pieces are precut, instructions and envelopes are included.

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!

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06/04/2020

Thu 04

Lightly Layer the Peony Garden Corner by Jean Okimoto

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Say thanks with a layered floral greeting from the Garden Party collection.  Stamp and diecut the corner image to create a crisp backdrop for the individual design elements  - then add glittery highlights.  The Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set includes the leaves, flowers and greetings.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer-ready design. I'll leave the detailed watercoloring to Dave and the other experts on our Design Team.  I painted the smoother side of

Open Studio Watercolor Paper with diluted inks from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Dry the inks - and you're ready to stamp and diecut.

Stamp the large corner image on smooth white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black and emboss it with clear powder.  Stamp the coordinating peony, buds and leaves on the painted watercolor paper with Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the pieces with the coordinating dies from the set.

Stamp the greeting on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the smallest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  It's great  having dies to trim the greetings to the perfect size!

Attach the diecuts to a white sidefolded 5-½" square card.  Add ¼" punched circles of that sparkly green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6x Glitter Pack.  

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Dot the center of the flowers with Buttercup Glow Open Studio Glitter Glue.

Here's a tip...to prevent glitter glue splurts on an almost-done card, squeeze the glitter glue onto a scrap of cardtock and use a toothpick or skewer to transfer it to the diecut. Spread it around with the toothpick or skewer and set it aside to dry.

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Thanks for visiting- hope you're enjoying the Garden Party cards our Design Team has created for you.  See you again next week!

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