58 posts categorized "Plaid"

01/14/2022

Fri 14

DIY Cottage Flower Stem Stencil by Jean Okimoto

 

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Looking for versatile dies? The new Cottage Flower Stem set cuts a freeform layered blossom - and it's great for cutting a stencil too!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a slimline design for a new floral die from our latest collection.

 

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Cut Cottage Flower Stem from a plastic stencil sheet for a durable, long-lasting stencils- or from printer paper or vellum for disposable stencils.

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Stencil the design onto the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Distress Oxide colors used (in sequence) here are kitsch flamingo, worn lipstick and mowed lawn.  Mask the top of the stem and stencil the flower.  Mask the bottom of the flower and stencil the stem and leaves.  Heat-set the stenciled areas then stencil the darker pink overlay.  Dry the inks.

Sponge or brush wild honey Distress Oxide onto a scrap of the watercolor paper and cut the small dotted center section.  

Trim the watercolor paper with the 7.2" long Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die, then trim the short edge.  

Cut the pale pink/coral/green Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6 with the 5.9" long Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on natural cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the set's matching die.  Trim the short ends.

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Attach everything to a Cream Woodgrain Paper (cardstock) slimline card (8-½" x 3-⅝").  Use foamtape for the greeting.

Attach yellow Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones. It's easy to see the actual colors of the Fairy Gemstones from the reverse side.

Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to cover and protect the card front for mailing.

Make the most of your Memory Box dies - use them to cut stencils and pressure-emboss too.  There are so many great designs to chose from - and so many ways to use them.

Thanks for visiting - enjoy your weekend!

 

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12/29/2021

Wed 29

Thank You Memory Box
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here, sharing my last Memory Box blog post as part of their design team:( Thank you, Dave and Monica, for your generosity and the beautiful products you supplied to us!!!!  And a HUGE THANK YOU to all my crafty friends on this blog!!! I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year!!!
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Today's card is pretty basic. I used the Geometric Crystals 3D Embossing Folder and embossed a piece of white cardstock. Than I trimmed the cardstock to measure 4 x 5 2/4". The card base meausres 4 2/4 x 5 1/2. I adhered the embossed panel to the card base with foam tape.

Next, I used the Bennet Alphabet Dies. This set of dies has two dies per letter. The letter die and it's coordinating shadow. I die cut the words 'thank you' from the 6 x 6 pattern paper pack Woodsy Plaid. I took the shadow dies ( the larger die) and die cut the glitter background from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad. I adhered the plaid pattern on top of the glitter. Than I adhered the whole letter to the embossed panel with foam tape.

That's all for me...God Bless you all!

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12/27/2021

Mon 27

Woodgrain Heart Poinsettia Thank You Cards
by Anne Thompson

It's time to send out those after Christmas thank you notes, and mine are both a nod to Christmas and to the upcoming Valentine's Day.  When I was going through my supplies from the 2021 Valentine Collection thinking about valentines, I found the Woodgrain Heart that I thought would be the perfect background for a Layered Poinsettia thank-you-for-my-Christmas-gift card.

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materials used

  • white notecards
  • white cardstock
  • cardstock from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • cardstock from the OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005
  • plaid papers from WOODSY PLAID PP1018
  • WOODGRAIN HEART 94552
  • LAYERED POINSETTIA 94605
  • THANK YOU STREAMLINED SCRIPT 94541
  • CHRISTMAS FAIRY CRYSTALS CRY102
  • CHRISTMAS FAIRY JEWELS JWL005
  • white pearls

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to make this card design

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  • Trim plaid paper or cardstock to 4X5.25 and adhere to the front of a white notecard.
  • Die cut the Woodgrain Heart from cardstock and add it to the front--I used Scor-Tape to anchor mine.  In the photo below you can see the beautiful detail in the heart.

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  • Next die cut the Layered Poinsettia from a cardstock that coordinates with the plaid or cardstock background and heart.  I assembled mine using Glue Dots and another in the center back to hold it onto the heart.
  • Die cut the Thank You Streamlined Script from white cardstock and use glue to add it to either the heart or the background on the card.
  • The last step is to add Christmas Fairy Jewels and Christmas Fairy Crystals to the flower centers and the card background.

This may also give you an idea for those valentines you will need to start making soon.  Just change up the flowers and the sentiment for a lovely valentine!  Need some supplies?  Check out the 2021 Valentine Collection here.

Happy Crafting!  See you again in 2022!

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12/22/2021

Wed 22

Last Minute Merry Christmas Cards
by Anne Thompson

On Sunday evening I realized that I needed eight more Merry Christmas cards for Monday morning.  What to do?!  Watercolor Forest Washi Tape, two dies, and some pearls to the rescue!

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materials used

  • white notecards
  • WT500 WATERCOLOR FOREST GREENERY WIDE WASHI TAPE, 4.5 inches wide by 11 yards roll
  • MERRY CHRISTMAS POSH SCRIPT 94584
  • PP1018 WOODSY PLAID 6X6 PACK
  • white cardstock
  • CURLED HOLLY BRANCH 94599
  • small white pearls

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to make these cards

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  • Cover white notecards with the Washi Tape, smoothing out the tape as you go so there are no wrinkles. Because the tape is wider than an A2 notecard, trim the extra.  
  • Die cut the background for the Merry Christmas Posh Script from one of the brown plaid papers.  Because of the length of this sentiment, I reoriented the cards with the fold at the top edge before adhering it to the card front.  I used a glue pen for this.
  • Die cut the detailed words from white cardstock and glue them to the background piece.
  • Die cut the Curled Holly Branch from one of the green plaid papers and use Glue Dots behind some of the leaves to add one to each card.
  • Add the white pearls on the berry circles on the holly branches.

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Phew!  All my cards are made and on their way, including some Winter Solstice cards to celebrate the turning of the seasons.  I am so looking forward to the returning of the light as the days grow longer little bit by little bit.  

May the New Year bring you joy.

Happy Crafting!

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12/16/2021

Thu 16

Serene Bird and Holiday Evergreens by Jean Okimoto

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Red felt and Polished Foil add warmth and shine to a Serene Bird perched on mixed evergreens. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a very traditional design from our 2021 Holiday Collection.  

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Cut the olive green Woodsy Plaid 6x6 with the House Frame Background.  Cut the entrance with the circle die - don't remove the outer ring - attach it as a base behind solid ring for dimension.  Cut the dark olive-brown 6x6 from the Earth Neutral Collection with the ring. Cut the House Frame - just down to the first scored section at the bottom - with the same 6x6.

Assemble the house and tie it with gold cord.  Curl the cord with the edge of a bonefolder or the plastic flower burnishing tool - follow the curve of the cord for loose, loopy curls. 

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - to red felt and a small section of the red Polished Foil 6x6 sheet.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and adds dimension to the felt and foil sheet.  Cut the beak from an orange sheet in the Sunny Orange Collection.  Define the eye with a skewer or toothpick, then attach a scrap of black cardstock behind it.

Cut the leafy branch from the Serene Bird set twice from a lime green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  Cut Pine Needle Trio from a blue-green sheet.  

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Attach the diecuts to a natural A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamdots for the bird.  Don't worry...the bird sits on the soft leafy branches - not the pokey pines!  Add bright red Christmas Fairy Jewels.

We'll start sharing Valentine designs soon.  Here's an early idea - diecut a heart-shaped entrance to the house and switch to a new color scheme and 3 Serene Bird branches instead of pines. You'll be ready for February 14th!

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

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12/13/2021

Mon 13

A Quartet of Snowmen Let It Snow Cards
by Anne Thompson

I continued to focus on this month's Snow Challenge and created a quartet of cards that feature the Oval Snowman Collage and a variety of backgrounds.

Card One

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white on white on white

  • white notecard
  • white cardstock
  • SLIM CONFETTI PLATE 94551 cut from white cardstock and trimmed 4X5.25 and added to the card front
  • OVAL SNOWMAN COLLAGE 94608 cut from white cardstock and trimmed 4X5.25 and placed over the confetti piece
  • LET IT SNOW POSH SCRIPT 94583 with the solid background cut from a scrap of light blue plaid paper from the PP1018 WOODSY PLAID 6X6 paper pad and the script detailed letters cut from white cardstock, adhered together with a glue pen and added to the lower right 

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Card Two

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  • Same as the first card except that I added a layer of blue plaid paper behind the confetti.

Card Three

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  • For this card I used a darker blue plaid paper as the first layer and added dots of DEWDROP FAIRY SUGAR 40125 glitter glue to the light blue squares in the plaid paper  pattern.
  • I also used Prismacolor pencils on the brown twig arms and the orange carrot nose.

Card Four

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  • Here I covered the front of the notecard with a darker blue plaid papaer.
  • I used a 4X5.25 section of an embossed paper made with RINGADINGS  3D EMBOSSING FOLDER EF1015 for the layer under the snowman piece.

There is a lovely sentiment from the YULETIDE MOMENTS CL5274 clear stamp set to add to  the inside of each card:  May Peace, Love & Joy surround you like the first Snow.  

What snow we had yesterday went away with the rain overnight, so I'm still waiting for that first significant storm when I can build a snowman in the yard.  Then I will also pop these cards into the mail!

Happy Crafting!

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12/11/2021

Sat 11

Glittered Holiday Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Are you  almost ready for Christmas?  It's time to celebrate the season with a collage of holiday icons and lots of glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope your weekend is off to a great start!  

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Cut a total of 5 large and small Melted Candles from the white Frosted Glitter Pad.  Color the flames with a yellow-orange marker.  Cut the candles again from a coral 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Attach the coral candles to the white candles - slightly offset so they'll stand out from the background. Trim the large candles to 2-⅝" and 2-⅜" from the top of the flame to the bottom of the candle.  Snip a tiny bit from the bottom corners so it doesn't look like you shortened them.  

Cut the melting wax pieces - from the candle set - from the same coral 6x6.  Spread Open Studio Sunlit Gold Glitter Glue over the diecuts, set them aside to dry.  Sunlit Gold adds a slightly deeper, glossy, glittery layer of highlights.

Cut the medium Geodesic Oval from a dark pink sheet in the Berry Red Collection.  Attach the candles and the melting wax diecuts.

Cut Holly Bundle from a medium-green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  Spread Open Studio Sour Apple Sparkle Glitter Glue over the leaves.  Cut the berries from a pink sheet in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad.

Cut the Coral and Green Madras Plaid 6x6 vertically using the 1-¾" wide Slim Basic Rectangles Layers die. The plaid will be shorter than the die, but it's easier to diecut a straight strip.  Trim the top edge where it was attached to the paper pack.

Cut 2 pieces of the Poppystamps Grosgrain Ribbon from a light coral 6x6 in the Berry Red Collection.  Form the bow on one end by pleating a scored section and folding it back on itself.  Tape it so it won't unfold.

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Attach the diecuts to a White Woodgrain slimline card (3-½" x 8-½"). 

The Berry Red and Lush Green 6x6 Collections have many colors to coordinate with the Coral and Green Madras Plaid sheets - create your favorite color combos!

Thanks for visiting - keep warm and have a great weekend!

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11/29/2021

Mon 29

Joy and Cheer Large Pine Cone Greetings
by Anne Thompson

In line with this month's blog challenge to use circle and ovals, today's card uses another plaid stitched circle to anchor the sort of oval-ish (okay, that's a bit of a stretch) Large Pine Cone.

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These are the supplies I used:

  • white notecard
  • brown and green plaid papers from PP1018 WOODSY PLAID
  • large die from STITCHED CIRCLE LAYERS 30036
  • KRAFT WOODGRAIN PAPER SH44003
  • LARGE PINE CONE 94594
  • GENTLE PINE NEEDLE SPRIG 94597
  • PINE NEEDLE TRIO 94600
  • Uni-Ball Signo white pen
  • Prismacolor pencils, Metallic Copper and medium brown
  • white cardstock
  • JOY AND CHEER 94590

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  • I started this card by covering the front of a white notecard with a dark brown plaid.
  • I added a large circle from Stitched Circle Layers cut from a light brown plaid.
  • I cut the Large Pine Cone from the Kraft Woodgrain Paper and used the Metallic Copper pencil to color in the lower edge sections of each pine cone part and added the medium brown on the radiating lines.  I assembled the pine cone using Glue Dots on each section.
  • I die cut two of the gentle Pine Needle Sprig from green plaid paper and the Pine Needle Trio from a different green plaid.  I used the white Signo pen to paint the tips of each for a snowy effect.  I added those to the top of the pine cone.  I used Scor-Tape to attach the pine cone and needles to the circle.

I think this photo below shows best the lovely glimmer that the metallic copper pencil added to the pine cone.

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  • For the sentiment I used just the detailed lettering from JOY AND CHEER 94590 cut from white cardstock and applied with a glue pen.  I liked the white cardstock lettering with the white-tipped pine needles and the white lines in the plaid circle.

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A dusting of snow here yesterday morning...just enough to encourage me to get out the holiday decorations and start planning what will go where this year.  Have a few more cards to make still and more stamps and dies from the Holiday 2021 Collection that I haven't used yet.  With colder weather coming I'm looking forward to more indoor crafting time.  

Happy Crafting to you!

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11/24/2021

Wed 24

Holiday Greetings from the Garden by Jean Okimoto

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Create fresh greetings with garden dies from 2021 Holiday Collection. Open Studio Glitter Glue, Fairy Crystals and Fairy Jewels add sparkly highlights...a Christmas card isn't complete without sparkle!    Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another slimline idea for the holidays

Cut Curled Holly Branch and Pine Needle Trio from two shades of the bluish green sheets in the Lush Green Collection.  

Cut Layered Poinsettia from a coral sheet in the Berry Red Collection.  Shake the Goldfinch Glitter Glue vigorously to blend the contents.  Squirt some Goldfinch on the tip of each poinsettia diecut and spread the glue - start at the tip and work towards the base of each piece.  Crease them gently along the center line, then set them aside to dry.  

Cut or punch a 1" circle of the coral sheet and cover it with glue.  Use it as the base to assemble and adhere the poinsettia.  That's easier than trying to glue the pieces to each other, trust me - and it adds dimension too.

Cut the sheet from the Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6 with the 6-¼" x 1-⅜" Rectangle Basics Die - cut it vertically for the full length of the sheet to get the extra ¼" at the top.  Cutting plaids is so much easier with a die - no measuring or wonky strips! 

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½").  Add tiny green Christmas Fairy Jewels and clear Christmas Fairy Crystals. Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

I love designing slimline cards.  They're a nice surprise for the recipient who didn't expect a handcrafted greeting in that skinny white business envelope.  

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Here's a better view of the glittered poinsettia. Goldfinch Glitter Glue adds a clear glossy background and sparkly highlights - and emphasizes the details of the diecuts.  

Thanks for visiting...Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating tomorrow!

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11/22/2021

Mon 22

A Circle, An Oval, A Poinsettia, Joy...Festive Holiday Greetings!
by AnneThompson

This month's challenge on the Outside the Box blog is to use circles and ovals in one's card designs.  For the two cards today I used die-cut circles, the oval with holly stamp from FESTIVE HOLIDAY GREETINGS and its coordinating die, JOY POSH SCRIPT, LAYERED POINSETTIA, and Memory Box cardstocks as well as more of the WOODSY PLAID papers.

Card One

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materials and process

  • white notecard; cover with one of the papers from the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003
  • die cut a circle from one of the green plaids from PP1018 WOODSY PLAID and add it to the front of the card
  • stamp the oval with holly leaves from FESTIVE HOLIDAY GREETING CL5273D on Memory Box WATERCOLOR PAPER WP101 using VersaMark ink; sprinkle with Detail Gold Embossing Powder and heat set
  • watercolor the image using a fine point brush; I used my set of Kuretake paints
  • die cut the image once the paint is dry using the coordinating die and attach it to the plaid circle
  • die cut the LAYERED POINSETTIA 94605 and the background JOY POSH SCRIPT 94591 from red cardstock (I used a Holly notecard)
  • die cut the detailed lettering JOY POSH SCRIPT from a scrap of the background green cardstock
  • assemble the poinsettia using Glue Dots; add three yellow Fairy Jewels to the center; use foam dimensional dots to secure it to the painted oval
  • use a glue pen to attach the lettering to the background and to add it to the notecard

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Card Two

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This one ended up as a top-fold card with the plaid paper covering the notecard and a dark blue cardstock circle (OCEAN BLUE COLLECTION SP1005) under the detailed center design.

Two more cards to add to my growing collection of holiday cards I will mail this year...I even bought lots of holiday postage stamps this week so I can start addressing and stamping envelopes while watching Christmas movies this weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who are celebrating this Thursday!

Happy Crafting!

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