28 posts categorized "Friendship"

09/15/2019

Sun 15

Send Hugs with the Memory Box Simon Says Stamp’s Exclusive Stamptember Stamp Set by Jean Okimoto

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Send a hug - and brighten someone's day - with a floral design from the Memory Box Stamptember Stamp Set for Simon Says Stamp.  It's a limited edition set celebrating the 10th anniversary of Stamptember and it's available while supplies last.  

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's perfect when you need a quick card.  If you're busy or coloring-challenged like I am - this is your card!

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Stamp the bouquet on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink. Cut it with the large circle frame from the Stylish Frame Trio.  Save the delicate double outer circles too.

Cut three accent strips of Rock Candy (¾" x 4"), Easter Grass (1"x 5")  and Arroyo (¾"x 4-½") cardstock.  

Use Worn Lipstick Distress Oxides to  stamp "sending" from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps near the bottom right corner of a 5-½" square white card.  Stamp "hugs" from the limited edition Fresh Cut Bouquet stamp set.

Diecut a heart from Arroyo using the Heart Board die.

Assemble the card.  Add peach gem stickers.  

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Hope you like this quick and easy design.  Thanks for visiting...enjoy your summer weekend!

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09/14/2019

Sat 14

Simon Says Stamp’s Exclusive Stamptember Fresh Cut Bouquet by Jean Okimoto

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The Memory Box Exclusive Fresh Cut Bouquet Set for Simon Says Stamp is great for the ink-lifting technique.  Pair it with warm Distress Oxide colors and crisp white diecuts from the Petite Leaf Frame Set.   The 10th Anniversary Stamptember Limited Edition stamp set is only available while supplies last - order your set soon and enjoy it for late summer and fall projects.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here, using a popular technique that's been around for several years -  but creates unique results each time.  Sponge or brush the smoother side of watercolor paper with overlapping layers of  Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxides.  Set it aside to air-dry.  Have a Kleenex tissue and another stamp block ready for the next step.  

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Spritz the clean Fresh Cut Bouquet stamp with water and press it firmly onto the inked watercolor paper for about a minute. Carefully remove the stamp and lay the tissue flat on the watercolor paper.  Press it with the stamp block to absorb the excess water.

Dry the watercolor paper then trim it with the 3-½" x 4-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on a scrap of watercolored paper with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the leaves and pods from the Petite Leaf Frame set from white cardstock.

Attach everything to an A-6 card of textured white cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add yellow gem stickers.

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Hope you'll try this technique with different designs from our 2019 Holiday Collection.  It would be great with the evergreens, leaves and wreaths.

Thanks for visiting...see you tomorrow!

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09/11/2019

Wed 11

Add a Speckled Background to a Holiday Greenery Card by Jean Okimoto

 

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Give a classic Christmas design a unique autumn look with the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps.  Invert the poinsettia and berries then watercolor them in warm colors on a caring card for someone special.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a fall card - and an easy way to add controlled splatters to any design.  

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Color the smoother side of watercolor paper with a watery wash of Bundled Sage Distress Oxide.  Dry it with a heat-tool - alternately heating the back and front of the paper to minimize curling.

Stamp it with Pinecone VersaFine Clair and emboss it with detail clear powder.  Press the inks from Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint the design.

Stamp the greetings on scraps of the tinted watercolor paper with VersaMark.  Emboss them with detail clear powder.  When they're cooled, brush them with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Remove any residual ink on the embossing with a tissue.

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Cut  Speckled Background from stencil plastic - the 12" square sheets from The Crafters Workshop are great for this.  Remove the diecut, rotate it 180 degrees and cut it again.  This adds a second set of holes in different areas. The diecut stencil in the background was cut once.  The stencil taped to the paper was cut, rotated and cut again.  

Brush or sponge Spanish Moss VersaFine through the stencil onto the stamped paper.  Move the stencil around to fill in any areas that need more spots.

Ink-splattering is cool - but my splats don't always land where I want them to.  Stenciling lets you control the location and intensity of those little dots.  You can even multi-color the dots with different sections of the stencil.

Trim the paper with the 3-¼" Square Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" x 3-¾" strip of dark green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of the new crushed copper paper from Shizen Design, sold at Impress.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of Candy Corn cardstock - use foam tape for the greetings. Punch and attach ¼" circles of the crushed copper paper.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's SIMPLY ASIAN and AWESOME BLOSSOM(s) classes at Impress!  I appreciate your driving - and flying - to join us.  Thanks Jenny - for those flowery bowls of great chocolates - all 6 varieties of them!  And thanks to Erin and Lynne for answering all of our questions and finding everything we needed.

No classes this weekend -  I'll see everyone again at the HALLOWEEN STASH CARDS class at the Impress Halloween Event on September 21st.  We're using great dies, inks and stamps - and mystery items from my stash.  Everyone gets some stash extras to make more cards at home.  We'll make 5 cards and a treat wrapper.

Thanks for visiting...

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07/21/2019

Sun 21

Send Happy Thoughts with the Rose Bouquet and Scribble Posies by Jean Okimoto

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It's a good day to send happy thoughts with the Rose Bouquet Clear Stamps and Die Set and felt Scribble Posies.  The diecut bouquet creates a bold - but delicate - backdrop for the posies and a sweet greeting from the stamp set will brighten someone's day.  Hello, hope it's a great weekend for you - Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that works with just about any greeting from this uplifting stamp set.

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Stamp the bouquet on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it with the coordinating die from the set.  Trim the left and bottom edges with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Stamp two of the leaves and diecut them.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to peach and orange felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut the big Scribble Posies Backgroud and  Scribble Posies Outline from peach felt.  Cut the center from orange felt.

Cut the Scribble Posies Outline again from peach cardstock - we're using just the delicate outline and center here.  Assemble the flower.

Stamp the greeting on smooth white cardstock with Shady Lane.  Diecut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add green gem stickers.

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Felt comes in so many pretty colors - and adds texture and dimension to papercrafts.  Memory Box dies are perfect for cutting colorful felt accents and design elements.  High-quality wool-blend felt minimizes the fuzzies and frayed edges.

Thanks for stopping by - see you again next week!

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06/02/2019

Sun 02

Sending Hugs with the Antique Corner Rose Label by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolored backgrounds highlight the delicate scribbles of  the Antique Corner Rose Label on a simple, caring card. The new Antique Corner Rose Label gets a fresh contemporary look in shades of peach, coral and yellow.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick design and some inspiration for June's Cute As a Button Challenge.  

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Cut Antique Corner Rose Label from textured white cardstock - leave the offcuts in the die.  The leaves and small scribble rosebud on the right will be paper-pieced later.  

Paint watercolor paper with Peerless Watercolors and airdry it.  Cut two of the smallest Scribble Roses Background.  Cut circles with the ½" and ¾" Circle Basics dies.  Paint the centers yellow.

Stamp "hugs" - from the Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair. Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the center strip section of the die.

Attach the watercolored pieces behind the roses.  Attach the label outline to a side-folded gray A-2 card.  Attach the saved leaves and the small rose on the right.  Attach the greeting.  The two top leaves and the greeting will cover the portions of the rose that extend beyond the scribble outlines.

Tie two peach-colored buttons with dark yellow twine.  Glue the buttons to the with a strong liquid adhesive - like Tacky Glue.

Write a thoughtful note on the inside - and send your card to someone who could use a hug right now.

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 Hope you're loving the Garden Bouquet Collection as much as I am!  There are many, many ways to combine these great designs - improvise!

Thanks for visiting - enjoy the rest of your weekend...

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05/18/2019

Sat 18

Combine Picture Perfect Flower and the Butterfly Meadow by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create a dimensional card with the new Picture Perfect Flower peeking through Butterfly Meadow grasses.  Brighten it with glittery butterflies, then add a thoughtful greeting.  Hi - happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring something "old" with something new.  The quick pace of the papercrafts industry makes it feel as though a product introduced a few months ago is already old - but it's perfect for the Garden Bouquet Collection.  

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Diecut a top-folded Limeade A-2 card with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Picture Perfect Flower and Butterfly Meadow from green cardstock.  Save the Picture Perfect Flower offcut and tape it back into the delicate blossom outline.

Cut peach cardstock with the blossom portion and the extra blossom from the Picture Perfect Flower.  Layer them - slightly offset for dimension - over the green blossom and outline. 

Cut the flower center from black cardstock.

Attach Butterfly Meadow to the card front.  Align and attach Picture Perfect Flower inside the card.

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Cut white glitter cardstock butterflies with the die included in the Butterfly Meadow set.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on the smooth side of limeade cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.

Attach the butterflies.  "Sandwich" a few strands of the meadow grass between two butterflies to add dimension and cover the adhesive behind the butterfly.

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Hope you're enjoying our new collection as much as we love sharing our ideas with you!  The botanical designs are great for summer cards - and they'll continue to be favorites throughout the year.  Flowers and greenery are classic design elements -  think of all the ways you can combine them with items from your stash!

Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!

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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!

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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...

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03/21/2019

Thu 21

Seashell Circle Frame and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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The delicate Seashell Circle Frame is great for thank-yous, birthdays and celebrations.  I've chosen a few pretty colors for this card - hope you'll like it in beachy greens+blues or natural driftwood+sandy tones too.    

Watercolored diecuts add a quick burst of colors - and a stamp from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps Set adds a personal, almost-handwritten look.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that practically shouts that spring's here and summer's coming!  Remember those precious scraps of watercolored paper you've been saving?  It's time to diecut them into pretty little shells for today's design.  Cut a bunch of extra shells - they'll be great for other cards and tags too. 

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Prep the die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched wax paper - it helps release the diecut, and the little offcut bits and pieces. Cut Seashell Circle Frame from smooth white cardstock.  

Attach the watercolored shells behind the frame.  Stamp the greeting - one of many great messages from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps - on a white A-6 notecard with Pearlescent Orchid Brilliance.

Attach the diecuts and lavender gem stickers.

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There are so many materials available to diecut the shells - glitter paper, mirror cardstock, watercolored scraps and pearlescent paper are just a few ideas.  

Thanks for visiting...looking forward to seeing everyone again at the BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress on Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by...

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02/26/2019

Tue 26

Hugs Card
by Isha Gupta

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Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a clean and simple spring themed card with you using the new Spring 2019 stamps and dies. I am longing for spring after the long winter, so it was natural to think of florals and butterflies keeping the crisp clean breeze in mind :)

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I started by creating a white watercolor cardbase. I then added various paint colors to it, concentrating towards the center. I then added a few splatters too. Let this piece dry. Meanwhile, I die-cut the butterfly and the floral wreath. I adhered the wreath to a piece of vellum. 

I added color to the butterfly front and back layers, once dry, I layered them together and finished it by adhering a gemstone. Adding that pop of pink really gives this card that extra something :)

I stamped the sentiment in the center and adhered all the pieces to the card.

Here is a close up

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Easy isn't it? Just keep a lot of white space and you will have a fun, airy CAS card, Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day! 

Want to win your own Butterfly Frond craft die? Leave a comment to this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST. One comment at random will be selected to win the die. There will be a chance to win one of the new release items each day this week through Sunday. Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST. Good luck!

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