61 posts categorized "Love"

06/27/2022

Mon 27

Stella Butterfly Among the Tropical Leaves
by Anne Thompson

In the 2022 JUNE ISLAND VACATION RELEASE there is a new embossing folder that has coordinating dies.  I used just the dies with green cardstocks first to create two tropical leafy cards.

Card One

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Card Two

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to make these cards

  • die cut a lot of TROPICAL LEAVES EF1030 from various shades of green cardstock in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • use a fingertip dauber to add VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink on the leaf edges

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  • cut coordinating plaids 4 X 5 1/4 and add to the fronts of white notecards
  • begin adding leaves
  • stamp "Love" from the FRIENDS AND FAMILY CLEAR STAMP SET CL5276 on one of the larger flat leaves using the VersaFine Clair Rain Forest ink

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  • die cut the STELLA BUTTERFLY AND BACKGROUND 94635 from coordinating shades of purple cardstock from the TWILIGHT PURPLE COLLECTION SP1008
  • glue the middles together and fold up the wings a bit 

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  • add the butterfly to the notecard that has the three long leaves, adhering it so the wings can pop up

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  • on the other card, pop up some of the leaves using dimensional foam dots for more texture and interest

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Here's a closer look at the embossing folder and the coordinating dies.

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Unfortunately, I broke my die cutting machine beyond repair when I tried making a third card using the embossing folder--I put the stack together incorrectly and tried to squeeze too thick a layer through the machine.  Lesson learned to review the directions before trying this when the new machine arrives!  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

 

05/27/2022

Fri 27

Heartfelt Hot Foil Posh Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Send a floral heartfelt hugs card to someone who would appreciate a bit of encouragement and support.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another great new poppy die set from our May Collection.  It's Graceful Poppy Stems - a set of two dies that cut 6 designs.

Cut Graceful Poppy Stems from a dark red-pink sheet in the Berry Red Collection.  Color the stems with a black marker.  Cut the centers from the yellow glitter sheet in the Graceful Garden Glitter Pad.

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Assemble the poppies - use foam tape between the layers of the smaller blossom.

Cut a pink Berry Red Collection sheet with the 2 largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out.  This creates a medium-sized heart surrounded by stitching inside the large heart.

Use the new Posh Hugs Hot Foil Plate to apply the greeting to black cardstock.  Diecut it with the coordinating die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A2 card of Kraft Woodgrain Paper (it's cardstock).  The earthy brown color keeps the card from looking like a Valentine and lets it work throughout the year.

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Add gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting the blog...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

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04/26/2022

Tue 26

Scattered Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a spring card for a Mom - or anyone - who loves flowers and hearts.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a scattered flowers slimline design combining Memory Box and Poppystamps blossoms on a Madras Plaid background.

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Cut Hex Half Pinpoint from a Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6.  Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from the pale peach Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad 6x6.  The double stitches are an outline surrounding the heart - we're using just the inside heart here.

Cut Layered Cosmos twice from the Berry Red Collection 6x6.  Assemble the flowers.

Cut the Poppystamps Potpourri Flower Set from the Berry Red 6x6 and the pale peach Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.

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Prepare a pale green speckled recycled cardstock slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Attach the top edges, sides and bottom of the plaid Hex Half to the card.  Tuck the tip of the heart behind the Hex Half.  Attach the flowers.

Add green Christmas Fairy Jewels for sparkly accents.

Two Hex Halfs (halves?) create a mirror-image hexagon window - but it's a great single die for pockets too.  You can even tuck a giftcard into it for Mother's Day, or any occasion.  Hope your gardens are beginning to bloom and provide a source of inspiration for your cards!

Thanks for visiting the blog - see you in May!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/10/2022

Sun 10

"Love You" featuring Daisy Blossom Stem Dies
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with this beautiful floral and woodgrain mini slimline card made with the newly released "Daisy Blossom Stem" die and the "Love You Posh Script" die.

Here's a closer look at my card:

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Here's how I made this card:

1) Cut a piece of Memory Box "White Woodgrain" card stock to 3" by 6" and applied Distress inks direct to paper. I started with "Tea Dye" then added "Brushed Corduroy" and finished with "Rusty Hinge" making the outside edges the darkest.

2) I die cut both dies from the "Daisy Blossom Stem" die set 3 times from white card stock.

3) Next I colored them with alcohol markers and colored pencils to give them depth and a realistic look.

4) I cut the colored diecuts into pieces of stems and flower and leaves and arranged them on my woodgrain panel.

5) Once I was happy with the arrangement I started gluing them down with liquid glue and popping some up on foam tape.

6) I cut the "Love You Posh Script" word die outline twice from white card stock and glued them together.

7) I cut the thinner word die in the set three times, two from white card stock and once from thick watercolor paper.

8) I colored one of the white thin word dies with the same green markers and colored pencils that I used on the leaf dies then stacked all 3 together then added them to the outline with glue.

9) I cut a card base 6.25" by 6.5" and scored it on the 6.5" side at 3.25 so my card base is slightly larger than my woodgrain panel.

10) I added the woodgrain panel to the card base with double sided adhesive foam and then added some tiny yellow Memory Box jewels to finish the card.

Here's one last look:

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I hope you like my card for today. I had a lot of fun creating it and really love how it turned out. Memory Box dies are so versatile and beautiful - I really enjoy working with them to create one of a kind cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

See you next time,

 

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04/08/2022

Fri 08

Love Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Let your Memory Box supplies do the work for you by creating a backdrop for layered roses from Birch Press Design.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, taking advantage of the Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape's design and colors on slimline card.

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Cut the Birch Press Design Rose Bunch Contour Layers from 3 colors of the Berry Red 6x6 Collection - a light, medium and dark.  Assemble the roses - the bottom layers have light outlines to serve as guides for adhering the top layers.  Or be creative and just attach the layers wherever you wish - no rules here, it's not paint-by-number. 

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Here's a tip I've shared before, it's just a friendly reminder.  If you're not sure which size you should diecut for a background or layering strip - cut the larger size. If necessary, just re-cut it to a smaller size instead of starting over again.

Attach Rose Bouquet Wide Washi Tape to white cardstock and cut it with the 1-⅞" x 6-⅞" Slim Rectangle Basics Layer die.

Stamp the greeting - from the Friends and Family Clear Stamps Set - on a light green 6x6 from the Lush Green Collection with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the top edge with the short side of the 6-⅜" x 1-⅜" Slim Rectangle Basics Layer die, then trim the bottom. That's easier than using a paper trimmer and cutting (and re-cutting!) the sides until you have an even block.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card - 3-½" x 8-½".  Add the lime green Bright Jewels.

Designs from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs are a great combination for any project or  occasion.  I love how they work together and use them often for my card kits.

 Thanks again to everyone who ordered my Cards by Color kit! It sold quickly, and I've added more kits.  

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Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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04/02/2022

Sat 02

Poppy Love by Jean Okimoto

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Mirrored, glossy and embossed designs create a simple lovenote for any occasion - way beyond February 14th.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another slimline card from our latest release - hope you like slimlines as much as I do!   Neutral colors let the beautiful bright red Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6 make a bold statement on a simple design.

Pressure-emboss natural cardstock with the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing Folder using the plate(s) required for your machine.  Trim it to about 2" x 5-½".

Cut Enchanting Poppy Stem's floral pieces from the bright red Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut them again from a medium-dark red 6x6 from the Berry Red Collection.  Save the extra diecuts for another project.  

Cut the stems and leaves from the new Black Glossy 8-½" x 11" Paper Pack cardstock.  Cut the leaves (including 2 of the smaller leaf) again from matte black cardstock.   Assemble flower tops and leaves.  

Cut the Love You Posh Script background from light Kraft cardstock.  Cut the detailed words from the Black Glossy sheet.

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Attach everything to a natural slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - the flower tops first, the stems next,  and then the leaves.  Add gold Autumn Fairy Crystals.

Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting the blog - hope you enjoy creating floral cards with our Design Team.  I've reached my personal goal of using everything from our latest release - and will be using them many more times - here on the blog and for my card kits.   It's a great collection of versatile, mix-and-match-able papers and dies in classic designs for any occasion throughout the year

Special thanks too - to everyone who ordered my Cards by Color - Blush  kit from Impress and Roxanne!  

See you next week...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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02/11/2022

Fri 11

Happy Hearts and Watercolored Bubbles by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a simple Valentine idea that's quick and easy - especially if you already have a stash of watercolored or ink-blended backgrounds waiting to be used.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here, pairing two die designs that seem like perfect partners.  The upbeat Bubble Border and curvy dotted Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out are a happy combo for Valentine's Day - or any day!

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I used a strip of watercolored and gold-spritzed watercolor paper from my stash.  The mix of pink, peach and pale orange keeps it from being strictly Valentine-ish.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" X 7-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the rectangle with the Bubble Border.  Attach a strip of watercolored or ink-blended cardstock behind it.

Tape the 3 smallest Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out dies together - offset towards the right.  Cut the triple-heart from a dark pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Leave the diecuts in the dies, tape them together on the backside and remove them all at once.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Melon Impress Fresh Ink.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the coordinating die incuded in the stamp set.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foamtape for the greeting.  Add the copper-y Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front if you're mailing the card.

Need a wedding or anniversary card?  Upgrade this design in shades of gold, rose gold or silver (or all three!).  Toast the happy couple with champagne glass diecuts above the greeting.

Thanks for visiting our blog - wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day if you're celebrating on Monday!

Jeansignature-3

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02/08/2022

Tue 08

Puppy Love by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a Valentine design for dog people - and a bit of pink-spiration for February's Tickled Pink Challenge.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here, let's build a woodgrained doghouse for the Poppystamps Whittle Scottie.  

The Poppystamps Whittle Scottie and Word Balloons were bought to make card kits  - they're great with Memory Box designs too!

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Cut House Frame Background fron a pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Prep the Wood Grain Planks die by rubbing it briskly with a scrunched waxed paper for easier removal.  Cut pink background with the Wood Grain Planks die - leave the pieces in the die.  Tape the pieces together with Scotch Tape or Magic Tape for easier removal as a single background piece vs. separate planks.

Cut the woodgrain background with the door die.  Cut the door again with a taupe 6x6 from the Earth Neutral Collection.  Cut the House frame including one scored section at the bottom from the same taupe 6x6 - keep the tiny piece at the top and tape it in place.  

Cut the streamer sections of the Heart Streamer Globe from a bright pink 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Sbnip the streamers from the globe frame - keep the "string" attached to the hearts at the ends.  Attach the streamers behind the edges of the taupe frame - and between the streamers

Attach the pink woodgrain background.

Cut 2 fence pieces - from the House Frame set - from natural cardstock.  Trim one right and one left side.  

Cut the Poppystamps Whittle Scottie from a dark brown Earth Neutral 6x6.  Cut another Scottie from black cardstock and layer it for dimension.  Color the nose with a black marker.  Attach three pink jewels from the Bright Jewels set.

Cut the word bubble from the Poppystamps Word Balloons set. Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Valentine Words Clear Stamps - with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder,

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Attach the diecuts to a Cream Woodgrain Paper (cardstock) A-2 card - use foamtape behind the top of the house and the Scottie's head.

Lots of little details on this design - but they'll be appreciated by the recipient! Thanks for visiting - see you again on Friday...

Jeansignature-3

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02/07/2022

Mon 07

Hearts and Flowers
by Anne Thompson

I have a few more valentines today, and these use floral printed papers and glitter papers with the Sprinkle Heart Collage, a Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out, and the letters "love" from the Bennet Alphabet.

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I used the same procedures for both cards but let's take a closer look at the one on the right with the red glitter paper.

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To make this card...

  • I started with a white notecard.
  • I chose a floral paper from COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 and cut into the left side with the SPRINKLE HEART COLLAGE 94548.  I discarded the small heart pieces and secured the floral paper to the front of the notecard.
  • I then chose a red glitter paper from the GLITZY GLITTER PAD GP1007, added some Scor-Tape to the back, and cut the Sprinkle Heart Collage again, this time taking the cut out heart pieces and inserting them into the open spaces of the Sprinkle Heart Collage on the card front.
  • Next I cut one of the larger SCALLOP PINPOINT LOVING HEARTS 94364 from more of the red glitter paper and added it to the card front with Scor-Tape.
  • I added Scor-Tape to the back of some red glitter paper scraps and cut the letters "l, o, v, e" using the dies from the BENNET ALPHABET 94582, and added this sentiment to the lower right on the card front.

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For the pink card...

  • I used a floral paper from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PAPER PAD PP1006 and pink glitter paper from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP 1001.
  • I followed the same procedures as outlined with the first card.

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And...then I made two more cards using the ROSE BROCADE WIDE WASHI TAPE WT499 and cardstock from the BERRY RED COLLECTION SP1001 with more of the pink glitter papers.

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One more week until Valentines Day...

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

02/05/2022

Sat 05

Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Hi and happy weekend!  Jean Okimoto here with a design to celebrate Valentine's Day, a special friendship or - planning far ahead - Mother's Day.  The Gentle Blossom Watercolor Floral is my new favorite flower set - hope you enjoy creating with it too!

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Cut the base flower from two shades of pink in the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  Cut the detailed top layer from the lighter pink 6x6.  Squirt and spread big dots (that sounds nicer than "blobs") of Open Studio Berry Mist Glitter Glue onto it.  Set it aside to dry.

Cut the leaves and two-piece layered center from sheets in the Lush Green 6x6 Collection.  

Assemble the flower and attach the leaves.

Cut the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart from a Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6.  Cut the second-largest heart from a dark red/coral sheet from the Berry Red set.

Cut a pink sheet from the Berry Red set with the smallest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut another half-piece and attach it to the full piece to create a 7" strip - the heart diecut will cover the joined pieces.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½") - use foam dots to attach the plaid heart.  Add red Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting this weekend - see you next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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