51 posts categorized "Friendship"

08/13/2020

Thu 13

Snowglobe Backer Bear in the Bramble Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments during last week's Christmas Blog Blitz and congrats to all of the prizewinners!  Have fun creating special holiday and all-occasion cards with the great dies and papers in our latest release. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a lot of colors and details on today's card...hope you like the results!

The sweet little Polar Bear from the new Snowglobe Backer holiday set is great for a friendship card too.  Add a trio of glittered Resting Birds and tuck them into the Bramble Collage.  

Cut the Garland 6x6 corner floral print with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Bramble Collage.  Cut the large mound from the Poppystamps Whittle Mounds set from the olive green Garland Stripes & Dots 6x6 print. Attach the mound behind the bottom of the Bramble Collage.

Cut the bear - from the new Snowglobe Backer set - twice from Dark Kraft cardstock.  Use a paper piercing tool to define the eyes on one of the bear diecuts.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the diecut for his eyes and nose.  Layer the diecuts for dimension.

Cut a small Heart Board heart from the red sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut Resting Birds from the yellow-green sheet in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Save the extra birds for another project or use them inside the card.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded pale pink A-2 card

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Whittle Love Clear Stamps Set - on the  smoother side of pale pink cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach the greeting with foamtape

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Enjoy mixing, matching and layering the holiday icons and design elements in the Christmas Collection and create unique cards for everyone on your list.  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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05/30/2020

Sat 30

Because Kindness Means So Much by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Saturday - here's a sharing-kindness card for weekend crafting. Combine the lacy new Clementine Border and bold Poppystamps Rounded Blooms Flowers for a fresh look.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a delayed post caused by a (senior moment) glitch today.

I've always loved tall, skinny cards - even before "slimline" became trendy. The tall/skinny idea is just wishful thinking!  They fit #9 or #10 business envelopes -   surprise someone with a boring business envelope that contains a special card you've created for them. 

Enjoy Michelle's pretty slimline card here.

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Scrunch waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Clementine Border and Kindness Cursive Script dies to prep them for an easy release.  Cut 2 Clementines from white cardstock.  Cut kindness from Navaho cardstock.  (leave the little dot over the "i" in the die to attach later)

Cut Poppystamps Rounded Bloom Flowers from Patina and Coral Cream cardstock.  Cut 1" circles of the white glittered cardstock from the Delicate Pastels 6x6 glitter pack and color them with markers.  Attach them behind the flowers.

Stamp and trim the greeting - from the new Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Die Set - with Melon Fresh Ink.  Heat emboss it with detail clear powder.  It's my first Fresh Ink card - I love their pretty colors!  It looks darker in the group photo above, but it's a soft summer-y coral that complements turquoise, gray, kraft, charcoal and lime.  And the container is pretty classy too!

Score and fold a 3 ½" x 8 ½" white card.  Make it easy on yourself...attach the flowers to the Clementine Border first, add adhesive behind the flowers and some of the ovals along the edges - then attach it to the card.  Attach the greetings - use foam dots for the stamped words.

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Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

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05/28/2020

Thu 28

Bubble Circles, Garden Folly and Flora Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Add a happy note to cards with the new Bubble Circles - a trio of circles within circles surrounded by dots.  Add the large Flora Blooms from Poppystamps for a big pop of brightness.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a card designed to acknowledge special acts of kindness.

It's a very simple card - and it can be a template for similar combos of Bubble Circles, Garden Folly and the new floral dies at Poppystamps, a division of Memory Box. 

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Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the largest Bubble Circle die to prep the detailed die and help release delicate diecuts.  Cut the green and white floral print from the Garden Folly 6x6 print.  We're using both the diecut and the solid circle offcut.

Cut the large Flora Bloom from Marshmallow Chick cardstock.  Cut a  circle of green Twinkling Jewel glitter cardstock using the just the center section of the Flora Blooms die.  Cut a scrap of black cardstock to fit behind the circles in the center of the diecut.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Attach everything to a side-folded A2 card of Intense Kiwi cardstock - attach the flower with foam dots.  

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Bright, upbeat greetings are sure to be appreciated - more than ever -  right now.  Mix and match the great 6x6 prints and glitter cardstock with the new dies and stamps from the Garden Party Collection.  They're perfect for thank-yous, hellos and thoughtful thinking-of-you cards.

Thanks for visiting...see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/23/2020

Sat 23

Blended Inks, Diagonal Stripe Collage and Rose Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Layer a trio of Rose Blossoms on a Diagonal Strip Collage background of blended inks.  Add a thoughtful greeting from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set to remind someone how wonderful they are.  Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a flowery Garden Party Collection card for you.

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An ink-blended strip of cardstock from my stash peeks through the new Diagonal Stripe Collage.  It's a great die for backgrounds throughout the year - beachy blues for the summer, warm earthtones for fall and icy winter pastels for the holidays.  Use it for pressure-embossing - or to diecut a cool stencil too.  

Cut white cardstock with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Diagonal Stripe Collage.  Stamp the greeting - from the Peony Garden Corner Clear Stamps and Dies set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach the inked strip behind the cutout.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A2 card.  

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Spritz the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with a very light mist of water.  Ink it with blended, overlapping layers of worn lipstick and picked raspberry Distress Oxides.  Dry the inks, then cut three 3 each of the Rose Blossom backgrounds and detailed overlay.  Assemble the blossoms and highlight the centers with squeezed lemonade Distress Oxide.  

Cut two Scribble Leafy Branch Backgrounds from green cardstock.  Assemble the card and accent the blossoms with Orange Sherbert Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Add ¼" punched circles of the light pink glitter cardstock from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad. 

 

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Working on another class cards kit - GARDEN PARTY GREETINGS.  Flowery, pretty, layered designs in fresh pastels and bright summer hues featuring my new favorite designs from the Garden Party 2020 Collection of Memory Box and Poppystamps.

Thanks for stopping by...have a safe and happy weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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05/05/2020

Tue 05

Celebrate Friendship with Splendid Poppy Stems and Gilia Stems by Jean Okimoto

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Friends and flowers can make any day better...celebrate a lasting friendship with a special card for someone who's always there for you.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with flowers, glitter and bright colors today.

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Diecut the Gilia Stems from rainbow-inked cardstock.  The diecut section includes blended layers of Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, picked raspberry, abandoned coral, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and peeled paint.  Cut the flower, add more squeezed lemonade, then color the stem with more mowed lawn and peeled paint.  

Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from another rainbow-inked piece and add more of the same three colors.  

Cut the green print from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 Set with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Stamp a scrap of the same print with the greeting from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps Set and Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. 

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Here's a tip...trim greeting blocks with dies from the Rectangle Basics or Square Basics sets.   Some dies are already perfectly-sized for our greeting stamps.  If not, just use a die that's slightly larger and trim the excess cardstock.  You'll have perfectly-cut greeting blocks or strips - without those wonky lopsided edges that aren't really noticeable...until it's attached to the card.

Lightly ink the edges of the background and greeting block.  It's been years since I've inked the edges of my diecuts!  

Cut green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad with the new Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow.  

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Trim the lower leaf from the Gilia flower (it would have been covered by the bow) and attach it just below the blossom.   Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") natural white notecard.  Accent the flowers with Goldfinch Open Studio Glitter Glue.  

Hope you'll have some time to create a card for special people in your life - where would we be without them?

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday... Jeansignature-3

 

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04/26/2020

Sun 26

Emboss and Gloss the Magnificent Sunflower by Jean Okimoto

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Highlight the dimension of the Magnificent Sunflower 3D Embossing Folder for a glossy, glazed look in fresh greens and yellows.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with spring-into-summer design today.

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Sponge or brush squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and twisted citron Distress Oxides onto the smoother side of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Give it a light spritz of water and blend the inks with the inky sponges or brushes.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the largest Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Splatter a few dots of gold ink onto the inner portion and heat-set it.

Emboss it with the Magnificent Sunflower folder.  Place the rectangle on a hard, flat surface and apply a light layer of VersaMark with a 4" brayer.  Emboss it with detail clear powder

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Die Set - on black cardstock with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.  

Attach everything to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam dots for the greeting.  Punch ¼" circles from the green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad cardstock.  

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Hope you'll give this a try.  Using the hard rubber brayer lets you apply VersaMark to the highest embossed layer without smudging.  It's great for large backgrounds too.  

Thanks for stopping by - take care and keep healthy!

Jeansignature-3

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04/14/2020

Tue 14

Dies in the Raw
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here! Today I wanted to share two cards with you. I used dies that were untouched, or uncolored. The first one is an Easter card I made for my niece. I used the Little Bunny Trio Die and Small Clutch of Eggs Die and die cut the images several times.  I used a pink and ivory scheme but imagine all the different color combos you can choose!  After I was happy with the alignment, I adhered the bunny/ egg rows with foam tape onto pink cardstock.  I added some gold paint splatters. 

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I embossed the Happy Easter sentiment with gold embossing powder onto kraft cardstock than mounted the panel onto gold glitter paper. I used the stamp set Big and Little Spring Clear Stamps. For a finishing touch I added some sequins.

For my second card, I left the dies uncolored...

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I inked up a piece of teal cardstock with evergreen bough distress oxide ink. I die cut the Splendid  Poppy Stems several times. Than adhered them to the inked up card base randomly. Trim off the excess stem or flower. I added some splattered whit and gold paint and set aside to dry. 
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I embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. I used the stamp set Sunflower Wreath. When the panel is dry adhere it to the card base.  Before I adhered the sentiments, I strung some gold thread in a circle than layered the sentiments on top. I added sequins for a finishing touch.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for stopping by!

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04/11/2020

Sat 11

Thinking of Happy Memories
by Michelle Bala

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Hello! Michelle here, wishing you a very Happy and Blessed Easter! I hope your family and friends are close at heart!  I love this stencil, Leafy Rows. I inked up some Watercolor Paper with distress oxide inks in shades squeezed lemonade, fossilized amber, and spiced marmalade. Than I add my usual splashes of paint. This time in white, gold, and black. 

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I stamped the single sunflower and leaves from the stamp set, Sunflower Wreath. I used Copic Markers to color in shades YG03, YG25, YG17, N3; Y17, E97, E35; E25, E27, E29, E79, E49. I added a few white accents with a gel pen.

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I used a sentiment from Poppy Stamps, Friendship and Kindness...I think it's perfect for what some of us are feeling right now. I embossed the sentiment onto vellum paper, than wrapped it around the stenciled panel. Than adhere that panel to the card base. Lastly, I adhered the sunflower onto the vellum with foam tape and embellished with a few gems.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your day!

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03/26/2020

Thu 26

Welcome Spring with the Oval Fold Frame, Picket Tall Curve Border and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape adds instant springtime when you need a quick card.    Diecut Poppystamps' Oval Fold Frame and emboss it with Picket Tall Curve Border to add some quick texture.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with an easy spring design for you.  I love it when my tools and supplies do all of the work for me!

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Cut and score pale pink cardstock twice with the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Fold the narrow tab back. Crease both frame sections on the other scored line.  

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Pressure-emboss the folded panels with the Poppystamps Picket Tall Curver Border.  Attach the embossed pieces to a pale pink cardstock rectangle cut with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to pale pink cardstock and diecut it using the oval from the Oval Fold Frame set.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Spring Clear Stamps Set - on a scrap of the pale pink cardstock with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder - VersaFine Clair is a fast-drying ink.  

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Looking for a bit of sparkle?  Diecut the bright green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the Picket Tall Curve Border.  Tiny sparkly green squares!

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Need some Easter cards?  Just add some felt bunny diecuts and a new greeting instead - and you're done!  This could be a Mother's Day card too.

The pandemic forced us to cancel the March 28th SPRING THINGS class at Impress - but I'm hoping to sell class kits for the 5 Spring/Easter cards and a treat wrapper.  

Thanks for visiting - be careful, stay safe and make some  spring cards...

 

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