91 posts categorized "Holiday"

12/24/2020

Thu 24

Quiet Winter Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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It's a very different Christmas this year - winter pastels and muted textures somehow seem so right for 2020.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with my last Christmas design of the season.  We're looking forward to sharing our Valentine 2021 designs with you soon! MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxStitchedBurst, StitchedCards, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts

Cut light gray cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Burst die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help remove the tiny dots.  Cut the circle with Stitched Burst.  Use Scotch Transparent Tape to attach pink floss to the backside of the diecut.  Begin at an outer point, skip over 4 points and stitch through the 5th point.  Repeat around the circle.

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Use pink sparkly yarn for the final stitching - from one outer point to the outer point on the opposite side.

Cut Knotted Diamond Background from light gray cardstock - leave everything in the die.  Attach strips of tape across the back of the diecut to keep the pieces intact.

Cut light gray cardstock with Pinpoint Snowflake Plate.  Trim it to 2-½" wide. Attach the background panels and Stitched Burst to a pink A-6 card - use foam tape to attach the Stitched Burst.  

Prep pink cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray specks of embossing powder.  Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die set  -  with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail silver powder.  Trim it and attach it with foamdots.

Punch ¼" dots of the silver sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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This design works for birthdays and other celebrations too - hope you'll try this stitched pattern.  Stitching can be very relaxing, productive and therapeutic...really!

Thanks for visiting - have a safe, healthy and happy holiday!

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12/22/2020

Tue 22

Christmas Pattern Random Embossing
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing a couple of embossed cards. I used the stamp set, Spirit of Christmas. For the red card I used the holly branch stamp. For the teal card I used the poinsettia stamp. I stamped the panels randomly and embossed the red card with white embossing powder, and the teal card with gold embossing powder.

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I followed the same process on both cards. 

After I embossed the patterns I die cut the panels with Wrapped Stitch Rectangles Die, the second largest die. From the same cardstock I also die cut a base panel with the largest die. I adhered the large die cut panel to the card base than adhered the embossed die cut panel with foam tape.

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I die cut two sentiments, Peace Airy Script, and Merry Airy Script. I used the Holiday Glitter Pad. For a finishing touch I scattered some gems on both cards.

Thanks for taking a peek!

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12/20/2020

Sun 20

Family Greetings and the Pine Tree Collage

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Handcrafted, heartfelt greetings mean more than ever this Christmas.  Add a tiny heart and make it extra-special.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute holiday design.

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Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from the Garland 6x6 gray floral corner print.  Cut the rectangle with the Pine Tree Collage.  Carefully remove and save the offcut for another project.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Cut the extra trees from turquoise cardstock and the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die set - on chartreuse cardstock.  Attach it with foam tape.

Add ¼" dots punched from the pale blue Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the remainder of the greeting on the inside with Tulip Red.

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Cut one heart of each size from the Heart Board die and attach them to the card. 

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday.

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12/19/2020

Sat 19

Clean & Simple Slimline Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple slimline card using Memory Box's "Berry Wreath" and "Christmas Tiles" stamps and dies.  I love stamping a large stamp image and cutting it into smaller pieces to use on my cards.  This time I did this with the large "Berry Wreath" stamp and die set.  Here's a closer look:

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I stamped the wreath in black and heat embossed it in clear, then colored it with alcohol markers and colored pencils.  After die cutting the image, I cut it into two piece to use on a slimline card base.  After I adhered both piece to the card front, I took the "peace, love & joy" sentiment from the "Christmas Tiles" stamp set and cut it to fit into the white spaces between the wreath branches.  I stamped the words in black and heat embossed them in clear to match the wreath.

Here's one last look at my card:

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I really love clean and simple designs!  I think its my favorite style of card making because I just love bright white space!  I hope I've inspired you to look at some of your larger stamps to see if you can use them in smaller pieces.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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12/18/2020

Fri 18

Warmest Wishes Ornament
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone! Today I have fun ornament for you.  I had some birch slices left over from another project and decided to make ornaments. They are very simple to do and great for a last minute gift.

To make these ornaments, I stamped my image with black pigment ink and colored the image with colored pencils. I heat set the stamped image with a heat tool before coloring the holly. 

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I used a white paint pen to add snow dots to the background and added twine for the hanger.

I made a second ornament for those who like a little added glitz. All I did was add glitter around the edge of the ornament. 

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This is my last post for for 2020. I wish you all Happy Holidays and hopefully a great 2021.  Thank you so much for all the kind comments through the year. I will see you all next year!

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12/17/2020

Thu 17

Scatter Snowspeckles on a Watercolored Background by Jean Okimoto

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'Twas the week before Christmas...time to make some simple cards for holiday thank you notes.   Hi, Jean Okimoto combining Memory Box Wide Washi Tape and Open Studio Watercolor Paper on quick cards.

Paint the smoother side of the watercolor paper with watery, overlapping layers of green, blue and yellow dye ink refills or Distress Oxides.  Let the colors blend and air-dry for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  

Attach Watercolor Forest Greenery Wide Washi Tape to the painted watercolor paper.  For a softer, frosty look, add a layer of Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape.  Cut it with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Cut ¾" x 4" and ¾" x 4-½" accent strips of green cardstock for the vertical cards. P1001836

 Cut ¾" x 3-¾" and ¾" x3-¼" strips for the horizontal card.

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Punch ¼" circles of the gold and bright green Holiday 6x6 glittered cardstock.  Attach the diecuts to a white A-2 cards. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

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12/13/2020

Sun 13

Build a Pop-Up Easel Bird House with Memory Box 6x6’s by Jean Okimoto

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Showcase your construction skills with Memory Box 6x6 papers and the Poppystamps Bird House Pop-Up Easel Set.  The bird house is designed to fit into an A-2 envelope but we're adding it to an A-6 card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here on a cold winter weekend that's perfect for cardmaking.

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Cut the easel base from red cardstock and fold the tab backwards.  Cut the house background from dark olive cardstock and attach it to the folded tab. 

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Cut the house from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia print.  Cut the door frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the roof trim from the chartreuse striped Garland 6x6 sheet.  Cut the snowy roof accent from the pale gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the cardinal from red cardstock. The face and beak are embossed for coloring on the cardinal.  It was easier for me to cut that section again from orange cardstock and use a black Sharpie to color a portion of it.  Attach the cardinal with foamdots.

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Cut the short pine branch and one of the long branches and attach them at the bottom of the easel.  Add ¼" dots punched from the pale gold glitter pad sheet.  The branches and dots will support the house when the card is displayed.  Attach the house to a dark olive A-6 card.  (4-½" x 6-¼") 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on bright chartreuse cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the coordinating die.  

Have fun mixing and matching our glitter, foil and holiday prints to create a card that will be enjoyed and appreciated more than ever this Christmas.

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

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12/10/2020

Thu 10

Trio of Sparkly Stitched Trees by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create the look of frosty bottlebrush trees with the Stitched Tree die.  This sparkly trio - in soft pastels - could brighten a cold winter day for someone special.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of hunker-down stitch therapy. 

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Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper, Smoky and Berry Blush cardstock with the largest die from the Birch Press Design Tall Triangle Set.  You'll need the entire tree of watercolor paper, the top three sections from Berry Blush and top two sections from Smoky.  Punch a small hole about ¼" below the bottom row of the watercolor paper tree, then trim about ⅛" below the hole.

Trim the Berry Blush tree below the 3rd section and the Smoky tree below the 2nd section

As always, prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper top help release the tiny dots.  Tape one end of the sparkly yarn behind the diecuts and stitch horizontally from the bottom to the top of each tree.  

Sew a long vertical stitch from the top to the punched hole on the watercolor paper tree.  Sew long vertical stitches from the top to the bottoms of the smaller trees.  Tape the thread ends on the reverse side.

Diecut the stars from the Starlit Breeze die from the pale gold sheet of the Holiday Glitter Pad. Cut the largest Stylish Rectangle from white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape along the center and bottom of the watercolor tree.  Use doublestick tape for the smaller trees.  The post office may require special handling or additional postage for thicker cards. 

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Try stitch therapy for a creative break from daily routines.  It's satisfying and productive - and adding a stitched design to your projects makes it uniquely yours.

Thanks for visiting!

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12/08/2020

Tue 08

Trim Mistletoe Wreath for a Perfect Fit by Jean Okimoto

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The Mistletoe Wreath is generously-sized for A-2 and A-6 cards - but I was determined to attach it to an 8-½" x 3-½" slimline card.  No problem...just trim a bit of the wreath and tuck the cut ends back together!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for an 'adjustable' wreath.

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Prep the Mistletoe Wreath die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the delicate leaves.

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Cut the wreath from green cardstock.  Trim it to fit the slimline card, then glue the cut ends together.  It doesn't need to be perfect - it'll be hidden.

Cut two sets of Mistletoe Swags - we're using 3 swags as fillers for the wreath  Cut the large Knotted Circle Wreath from kraft cardstock.  Layer it over the Mistletoe Wreath and tuck several of the leaves through the Knotted Circle Wreath.  Layer three of the Mistletoe Swags over the 2 wreaths.  Attach them to a white slimline card.

Cut two of the Mistletoe Bundle bows from the red glittered cardstock in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the Mistletoe Bundle berry circles from the platinum-colored Holiday Glitter Pad.  Add them to the wreath.

Cut Special Merry Christmas from red cardstock - leave it in the die.  Attach two ¼" wide strips of lined doublestick tape to the diecut and run it through the machine to cut the tape and create a self-adhesive greeting.  Attach the greeting to the card.

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Expand your design options by trimming, splicing, or layering your diecuts. Or cut a duplicate wreath in a slightly darker shade of green and layer it a bit offset to create a shadow.  

Special thanks to everyone who bought my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits from Impress and Stamps + Memories!  Hope you liked the cards and have chosen a few of them for your 2020 Christmas greeting.  My next class kit is HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN with more Memory Box designs and great papers.

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

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12/06/2020

Sun 06

Stitched Circle Christmas Card
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome!  It's Angie here with a fun Christmas card made with the  Stitched Circle Die.  

I die cut the die in my Gemini Junior, then began the stitching with red embroidery thread first as you can see below.94404

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Once I finished with the red, I added green thread stitching in the middle of each point.  The sentiment, from "Spirit of Christmas" stamp set, was heat embossed on black card stock in white embossing powder.  Then I die cut the sentiment with one of the  "Knotted Circle Wreaths" dies and another one from red glitter paper from the "Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad."  I used the outer piece of the red glitter card stock to frame the sentiment and then added a gem from my stash at each of the star points, and to the sentiment.  Here's a closer look:

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Stitching on a card front is very therapeutic and I really enjoy the many stitching die options from Memory Box.  I also think adding this fun stitched element to a card makes it even more special for the recipient!  Here's one last look at my card:

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I hope I have inspired to you use some stitching on a card.  It doesn't take much time, about the same as coloring an image in detail.   I did this while I watched tv one night and then made it into a card the next day.  I have several panels already die-cut with the stitching dies that I keep by my chair so in the evening, I can leisurely add the stitching when I want something to keep my hands busy!  Be sure to check out all the stitching dies from Memory Box, there are a lot to choose from!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

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