154 posts categorized "Frames"

10/24/2019

Thu 24

CELEBRATE with the Antique Greenery Label, Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape and Dashing Stripes and Dots by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate the season with the new Antique Greenery Label and Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet Set - layered over the Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - thanks for joining last week's Holiday Blog Blitz.  We appreciate your comments  -  and special congrats to my posts' winners Lin Brandyberry and Chandhini - enjoy your prizes! 

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Cut green cardstock with the frame from the Winter Tree Oval Frame set.  Pressure-emboss the inner oval offcut with the Antique Greenery Label using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Here's an easy way to create the glittered greeting label. Attach a strip of Couture Creations doublestick tape to a scrap of the green cardstock and cut the narrow label section again. Cut the letters for "CELEBRATE" from red cardstock with the Mini Vintage Varsity Alphabet.  Press the letters onto the sticky label, then brush iridescent glitter around the letters, covering the rest of the adhesive.

Attach Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock for a frosty, translucent coordinating background.  Cut it with the 4-¼" Square Basics die.  Diecutting seals the edges with a crisp, clean finish.

Cut a 1" x 4-½" accent strip of red cardstock.

Cut ¾" x 5" accent strips of the brown dots and stripes from the new Dashing Dots and Stripes 6x6 Set.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square white card - offset the oval frame so the red peeks through on the left side.

Add red gem stickers.

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It's time to prep for the holidays at the Impress holiday event on Saturday October 26th!  There'll be a swag bag for the first 25 people at the 10:00 AM store opening, demos from 10:00-Noon, special displays - and a 10% shopping discount!  Bring your Memory Box, Poppystamps, and Birch Press Designs wishlists and take advantage of the savings and holiday inspiration.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

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10/07/2019

Mon 07

Harvest Branch Corner Frame with Harvest Double Arch...Falling Leaves Challenge?
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card that might spark an idea for the Falling Leaves Challenge this month.

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My cast iron squirrel is peeking out from this card which features the HARVEST BRANCH CORNER FRAME 94301 and the two branches from the HARVEST DOUBLE ARCH 94394.

I began by cutting each of the dies from heavy watercolor paper.  (I used Canson Cold Press 140 lb. weight.)

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I used a waterbrush and my Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor raised dye ink pad, picking the color up from the ink pad with the waterbrush and scribbling the extra color off onto scrap paper when I changed colors.  This has become one of my favorite ways to paint lately, just using a waterbrush and dye ink pads.  I also find it easier to leave the die cut image in its background while painting and then pop it out when it is dry.

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Once everything was dry, well almost dry, I auditioned background paper and colored notecards to find a combination that was pleasing to me.

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I decided to use Mango Distressed Dots Paper cut 4 X 5.25 and I attached it to a Jack O'Lantern notecard.  I also lined the inside of the notecard, both panels, with more of the Mango paper.  

I used 1/8" Scor-Tape to adhere the frame to the front of the notecard and Glue Dots for the Double Arch pieces attached in the upper righthand corner.  I really like the look and the dimension that I got when attaching the stems only at their ends in the corner.  I chose a pretty white-dotted orange bow to finish it off.

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Do you have an idea that might turn into a project you could submit for the Falling Leaves Challenge?  I'd love to see what you create during my favorite month of the year!

HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

Anne Signature

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09/25/2019

Wed 25

Winter Tree Oval Frame and a Cool Cat by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut - and emboss - the new Winter Tree Oval Frame for fall. The diecut creates a bright backdrop for the Cool Cat and the embossed swirlies add a creepy, mysterious look.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a Halloween design featuring a frame set that's quickly becoming a new favorite.

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Cut the tree oval from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the outer frame from dark kraft cardstock that matches the top-folded A-2 card.

Cut a watercolor paper moon with the ¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut Cool Cat from black glittered craft foam.

Paint watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Dry the inks.  Diecut it with the outer frame - we're using just the inner oval here.  

Pressure-emboss it with the tree oval.

Cut accent strips of black cardstock (¾" x 5") and crushed bronze paper (¾" x 3-¾").

Assemble the card and add gold gem stickers.

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Enjoy the versatility of the Winter Tree Oval Frame - and think of all the ways you can use the tree oval and outer frame for fall and winter cards.  Scatter a few maple leaves below it  - and have some swirling around in the background too.  When winter arrives - diecut it from frosty white glittered cardstock and replace the leaves with swirling snowflakes.  

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class at Impress!  We enjoyed special snacks too - thanks to Jenny for the pretzel chips and to Jacky for the Bailey's Chocolate Chip Cookies.  We ate, laughed, ate again - and even made 5 cards and a treat wrapper between the snacks and laughter.  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lynne for helping us fill our shopping baskets...again!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2020 - CALENDAR or CARDS class at Impress.  Make a special calendar - or 12 cards -  featuring seasonal and holiday icons.  Make one for yourself - and some extras for gift exchanges and last-minute gifts.

Thanks for visiting!

Jeansignature-3

 

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09/19/2019

Thu 19

Add a Spooky Look to the Winter Tree Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Add spooky special effects to the new Winter Tree Frame to create the perfect setting for some Friendly Ghosts.  It begins as a beautiful, delicate tree  - and we're adding some Black Soot ink to highlight the frame and branches and make it a bit scary.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick Halloween design for you.

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Pressure-emboss Winter Tree Frame onto 140-lb Cold Press watercolor paper using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Ink the raised areas using a pod applicator and Black Soot Distress Oxides.  These sturdy applicators look like freeze-dried marshmallows - and are great for inking the top layer of embossed designs.  They don't squish down into the unembossed area.   Dry the ink.

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Place a sheet of printer paper - between the inked paper and the cutting plate - to prevent the transfer of ink.  Cut it with the Winter Tree Frame.  

Use the larger outer frame to cut a 3-¼" background square of black cardstock.  Attach it behind the Winter Tree Frame.

Cut Friendly Ghosts from watercolor paper.

Cut accents strips from green cardstock (¾" x 3-¼"), orange cardstock (¾" x 3-¾" and crushed copper paper (¾" x 5").  

Attach everything to a side-folded black A-2 card.  Add black sequins.

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The beautiful Winter Tree Frame isn't just for winter or fall.  It's perfect throughout the year.  Begin with autumn leaves now, then drifting snowflakes for December, hearts in January, lovebirds in February, cherry blossoms in March - and on and on.

If you're in the Seattle area and need some Halloween and fall inspiration - join us for a class, and the Impress Halloween Event on Saturday September 21st. The HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class starts at 10:30.  We're making 5 cards and a treat wrapper - lots of techniques, diecuts and everyone gets a pack of 'extras' from my stash to make more class cards at home.   Enjoy demos (10:00-Noon), great samples, special displays and the best selection of Halloween papercrafting products for all of your projects.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

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08/25/2019

Sun 25

Celebrate with the Simple Poinsettia Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Pearlescent inks highlight the beautiful details of the new Simple Poinsettia Frame and a holiday message from the Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamps Set.  Add gold gem stickers - and that's it!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here...hope you're enjoying your weekend. We're excited about our 2019 Holiday Collection and can't wait to share more designs and ideas with you!

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Cut Simple Poinsettia Frame from watercolor paper - it makes the beautiful details stand out.  Cut the four additional petals.  Cut an extra petal from the framed poinsettia - it's the one on the right.  

Brilliance inks are great for coloring diecuts - they're easy to blend, then dry quickly.  I've used Rocket Red Gold and a bit of Sunflower Yellow for the petals.  Pearlescent Thyme colors the leaves and stem.  Use a Post-it to mask the edges where the leaves and stem are attached to the frame.  

Attach the large extra petal from the frame die first, then add the other petals.  Use a small amount of glue at the bottom of the petals and crease them gently before assembling the poinsettia.  

Stamp the greeting with Rocket Red Gold.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of smooth white cardstock.

Add yellow gem stickers.

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Add texture and dimension to your projects with the detailed designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection.  Find your new favorites there - and be inspired by the holiday idea books filled with Dave Brethauer's beautiful cards.  

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 

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08/23/2019

Fri 23

Winter Tree Frame from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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Combine a snowy Winter Tree Frame - from the 2019 Holiday Collection - and bright Resting Birds for a classic Christmas scene.  Add a greeting from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple holiday design from our latest collection.

Prep the frame dies by rubbing them briskly with a wad of scrunched waxed paper.  This helps the dies release the diecuts.  Cut the tree frame and outer frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Here's a tip - keep the outer frame in the die.  Attach narrow strips of tape.  Press the diecut (still in the die) firmly onto a textured white A-6 (6-¼" x 4-½") card.  Carefully remove the die, leaving the diecut attached to the card.  

Pressure emboss Patina cardstock with the tree die.  Trim it to 3" square.  It adds dimension and texture to the design.

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Squeeze a bit of Zinc White Gouache onto an acrylic stamp block.  Blend it with a small amount of water.  Splatter a few drops of it onto the embossed square.  Set it aside to dry.  Attach it behind the white tree frame.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it with the Rectangle Basics die.

Attach Couture Creations double-stick tape behind glittered red craft foam.  Cut Resting Birds.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add light gold gem stickers.

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Hope your favorite retailer has ordered the 2019 Holiday Collections of Memory Box and Poppystamps.  The dies and clear stamp sets reflect a wide range of styles and themes.  We're busy creating and sharing fall and winter cards for everyone on your list.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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07/10/2019

Wed 10

Thank You Kindly
by Trina Pham

Hello there.  I am sharing a clean and simple (CAS) thank you card inspired by this month’s Stripes challenge, the beautiful Rose Flower Frame die and a lovely aqua smooshed background piece I had in my stash.

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Started by die cutting the Rose Flower Frame from a rectangle piece of Bristol paper.  

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Taped the smaller pieces that form the rectangle frame area from behind and removed the other pieces.  Placed a stripe stencil on top and blended Smoky Slate dye ink through the stencil with a blending brush.  

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I didn’t worry about blending ink on the frame or flower outline because it was covered up with a silver foil die-cut.

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Inlaid the frame back into the Bristol panel.  Attached the aqua background piece behind it.  Stamped the sentiment from Watching the World Bloom with Archival black ink, then mounted the panel onto a white card base to finish.

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I loved how easy it all came together, so I went through my stash for other background pieces to use and made these to send to crafty friends at the retreat I went to in May.

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Have you played in our Stripes challenge yet?  You have till July 30 EST to enter.  Thank you for stopping in.  Enjoy your day.

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07/08/2019

Mon 08

Daisy Silhouette Card with Starflower Flower Frame Envelope Address Box
by Anne Thompson

Here's a simple card that uses the DAISY SILHOUETTE 94249 and some coordinating pretty papers.  A perfect summer card!

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Start by die cutting the Daisy Silhouette from watercolor paper.  Leave the flowers in the background and paint them.  I used a waterbrush and a variety of Distress inks.

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Next choose some coordinating papers and a notecard to go with the colors of the flowers you painted.

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Whichever paper you choose for the larger background, cut it 4 x 5.25 and adhere it to the card front.  Cut a narrower strip from a second paper 2 x 5.25 and adhere that on top of the first paper.  Once the flowers are dry, remove them from the background and glue them to the narrow paper piece.

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That's it!  Easy peasy!  I had a group of five of us make this card last week.  They all chose different colors for their flowers, so matching papers and notecard colors was a lot of fun.  Similar but different!  I thought then that a set of four or more would make a lovely gift along with decorated envelopes, stamps, and a pen.  

So, thinking about envelopes led me to this:

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The box made by the STARFLOWER FLOWER FRAME 94246 is perfect for a name and address!  I found that my glue pen secured this nicely to the envelope.

In my challenge to use more of the paper I have collected and stashed over many years, I also papered the inside of the card using a bold plaid on the left and a pale print on the right so I can add a stamped sentiment and a written message.  I also made a liner for the envelope.

I hope you are enjoying your summer and still finding some time to make summer cards with these great new products from Memory Box.  Happy crafting!

Anne Signature

 

05/24/2019

Fri 24

Saying “Hello” with Birds and Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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The Birds and Blossoms set is quickly becoming a new favorite - it's perfect for anyone, young or aged to perfection.  Diecut it, ink it and add a quick greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set.  The sweet little felt bird diecuts contrast the glossy embossed flowers and leaves.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design from our Garden Bouquet Collection.  It's easy to see why everyone loves this die set.  It's great for spring and summer cards - and would brighten anyone's day.

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Cut Birds and Blossoms from Twig cardstock - keep the diecut and the offcut togeter - it's easier to ink it that way.  Use a cotton swab to ink the leaves with Lime VersaColor.  Ink the flowers with Electric Coral Radiant Neons.  Heat-emboss the inked areas.  

Stamp the greeting from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamps Set on white cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Stamp the frame too.  Heat-set the inks.   Trim the frame  and round the corners - I used the 4mm corner rounder section from a WeRMemoryKeepers punch.

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to turquoise felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps liquid adhesives from saturating the felt.  Cut three birds.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card - use foam dots for the right side of the greeting.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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These little felt birds are cute and sweet right now...but they'll be perfectly spooky in black felt with fall colors for Halloween.

If you're looking for something creative this weekend - join us for the SEATTLE STYLE class at Impress on Monday, May 27th.  Our cards will feature our favorite made-in-the-USA stamps and dies from our favorite Seattle companies.  We're making a sweet (and simple!) little origami sailboat too.

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

Jeansignature-3

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04/27/2019

Sat 27

New Starflower Flower Frame with Big and Little Words by Jean Okimoto

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Create spring-into-summer cards with the just-released Starflower Flower Frame and a thoughtful greeting from Big and Little Words. These great new designs from our April 2019 Collection began shipping yesterday - they'll be at  your favorite Retailer soon!  Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored card featuring one of many beautiful flower dies from this wonderful new collection.

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Press the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint watercolor paper  in soft overlapping shades of green, yellow and orange.  Heat-set the inks.  Splash it with a few dots of the green ink and set it aside to dry.

Pressure-emboss Starflower Flower Frame on a Lemongrass Notecard using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  The embossing creates a nice base for attaching the diecuts - simply add a few drops of adhesive and place them in the debossed areas surrounding the embossed design.

Diecut Starflower Flower Frame from pale green cardstock - save the oval flower centers.  Attach the diecut and flower centers to the notecard.

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Cut the watercolored paper with the Starflower Flower Frame - we'll just use the center portion here.  Attach it to the notecard.

Stamp the greetings - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance.  Dry the ink and diecut the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and yellow gem stickers to the card.  Here's a closeup showing the great embossed details on the blossoms.

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This special release is filled with beautiful flower designs - traditional, classic, contemporary and scribbly.  I love the solid background and delicate detailed combinations - you'll see them often here on Outside the Box and in my classes.

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Charming Prints class at Impress!  It's always great to see my friends and loyal students - and to meet newcomers too.  Special thanks to Jenny for her special Easter candies - so yummy in those sweet little spring pails!  Thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend be sure to take advantage of Impress' annual Spring Sale and their 20% shopping discount.  Check out the Memory Box Collection at Impress  - don't forget your your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press shopping list!  Enjoy inspiring samples, beautiful displays and great customer service.

Join us for a new ASIA NOW class at Impress today too - and take advantage of the 20% shopping discount for class supplies, and everything you've ever wanted.  We'll be using some of the great new dies and stamps from the April Collection - along with beautiful papers, lots of techniques and a very cool origami fish.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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