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10/24/2018

Wed 24

Stitched Bump Border and That’s Acute Triangle Halloween Treat Wrappers by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a variation of the Stitched Bump Border treat wrappers - with That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps, Friendly Ghosts, Swirling Ghosts, Cool Cat and Crouching Cat.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another Halloween project and an excuse to buy more candy.  Hershey Snack Size KitKats and Milk Chocolate with Almonds are the perfect size for this version of my treat wrappers.  Trust me - I did a lot of  candy research for you!

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Cut Mango Dots and Gingham patterned papers to 5-½" x 9-¼".  Starting at a short edge - score it at 1-¼", 5", 5-¼" and 5-½".  The 1-¼" section will become the folded flap.

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Cut it with Stitched Bump Border.  Divide it into three pieces of varying widths.  Fold it on the 1-¼" scoreline to determine how much space you'll have for stamping.  Mark it lightly along the edge of the border with a pencil.

Stamp the That's Acute Triangles with VersaFine Habanero and dry the ink.  Stamp the black images with VersaFine Clair Nocturne.  Dry the ink.  Erase the pencil lines.

Cut Swirling Ghosts, Friendly Ghosts, Crouching Cat and Cool Cat.  Attach scraps of black or orange cardstock behind their faces for the eyes if they won't be placed over orange or black backgrounds.  

Fold the wrappers on the remaining scorelines.  Attach the treats with doublestick tape.  Punch a ¼" hole and attach orange tulle.

Have fun with these candy projects - there are so many ways to use our great triangle stamps and Halloween dies.

Hope you're designing and linking a Halloween or candy-themed project for our October Treats and Tricksters Challenge.  Or combine both themes a create a Halloween candy project for your favorite kids!

Thanks for visiting...

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06/04/2018

Mon 04

Six Dies and a Flip-Flop Card
by Anne Thompson

I'm calling today's card a Flip-Flop Card because it combines two cards of different sizes to open in a flip-flop kind of way.  You'll see what I mean as I go through the steps I used in creating this card.

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I found it easiest to precut all of the papers first before assembling the card.

White Cardstock Base

  • Cut one A strip 4 1/4" wide by 9" long.  Score at 5 1/2" from the left edge.  Fold and crease with a bone folder.
  • Cut one B strip 3 1/2" wide by 7" long.  Score at 3 1/2".  Fold and crease with a bone folder.

Black Cardstock Layers

  • To go with the A strip, cut one piece 5 1/4" by 4", and cut two pieces each 3 1/4" by 4".
  • To go with the B strip, cut three pieces each 3 1/4" by 3 1/4".

Squash Dot Paper Layers

  • To go onto the black layers on the A strip, cut one piece 5" by 3 3/4" and two pieces 3" by 3 3/4".
  • To go onto the black layers on the B strip, cut three pieces each 3" by 3".

Cut these Memory Box Dies from Black Cardstock:

Now to assemble everything.  I used a tape runner and adhered all of the dot paper pieces to their corresponding black base layers.  I then used the tape runner to attach those pieces to the white cardstock base layers.  On the A strip, the large layer goes on the inside with the smaller piece on the righthand side of the fold and the other one that is the same size on the back of that fold.

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On the white cardstock B strip, I added the layers to the front and to the two inside panels.

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The next step was to put the two cards together to create the flip-flop.  I opened up the larger base card and placed the smaller card on top of the large lefthand page about 1/2" in from the edge of the black base layer, securing it with the tape runner.  

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The fun part next was deciding which of the die cut images would go where.  

I started by opening the smaller square card.  Inside on the left I added a shortened Forget me Not Blooms and one of the Sweet Honeybees.  Inside on the right I added the Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame and the other of the Sweet Honeybees.

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I kept this smaller card open while finishing inside the larger base card.  On the righthand panel I used the snipped flowers from the Cheery Flower Collage and the intricate Drifting Side Butterfly.  I also added some rub-on words.  

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Keeping the smaller card open, I flipped the butterfly page closed on top of the Honeycomb page.  On the newly exposed panel I added the Cheery Flower Collage square.  Then I flipped the Sweet Honeybee/Forget Me Not page over it to close the card.  I used a foam pop-dot to add the Intricate Bee to the front of the card to finish it off.

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Because of the dimensions I chose, this card fits into a standard A2 envelope.

I do love cards that open in interesting ways.  Happy Crafting!

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04/16/2018

Mon 16

Bee Yourself Hexies Card
by Anne Thompson

Hexagons are everywhere on today's card--inside and out!  

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  • To fill in the holes left from cutting the hexies, I cut two pieces of the squash dot paper 5 1/4" X 4", glued them together with the dot sides out, and then adhered them to the inside of the card front.  One dotted side filled in the hexies and the other dotted side lines the inside of the card front.

Here's the inside.  I love that there is a surprise when you open the card and find the bee inside!

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  • For the righthand side of the notecard, I die cut a hexagon from the STUDIO HEXAGON LAYERS 30073 using more of the squash dot paper and glued it to the card.  
  • I die cut the INTRICATE BEE 99920 from black cardstock and adhered it to the hexagon.
  • I stamped "bee yourself" from the Bee Yourself Clear Stamp Set on one edge of the hexagon.

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I still have plenty of room to write a message or I can add a white box for a longer message over the dot paper that lines the inside front.  

Happy Crafting!

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01/22/2018

Mon 22

"Love Clippings" Layered Paper Valentines with Have a Heart and Honeycomb Stitched Circle Frame Dies
by Anne Thompson

I made three valentines today using layers of paper from the "Love Clippings" 6X6 Collection Kit that I purchased awhile ago from Birch Press Design.  (I noticed when I began typing this up that this particular collection appears to be sold out on their website.  Either the St. Tropez papers or the Wild & Free collection would also work or any of the Memory Box patterned papers like the Bubblegum or Cranberry  collections.)   I love the tones in these papers--sort of victorian vintage-y browns and pinks with interesting peeled paint textures.  There are 24 double-sided papers as well as one alphabet sticker sheet, one type and tab sticker sheet, and one journaling card sheet.  I used a variety of the papers and fussy cut some of the smaller images for added details.  I used the HAVE A HEART set of 5 craft dies 30118 to cut hearts in three sizes from this paper collection and from a rich deep red cardstock.  I also cut the HONEYCOMB STITCHED CIRCLE FRAME 99923 from the same papers and from Bubblegum Gingham paper to use as accents like one might use doilies.  The only other embellishment I used was some gold washi tape.

This is the first card I made.

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Creating this card was really improvisational.  I just chose pieces from a pile on my table and started layering them together on a white notecard.  I did use one piece first to cover the entire front of the notecard and then started adding bits where I felt I needed more color or a design element.  I love the use of the Honeycomb for a lacey effect as well.

When I finished the first card, this is some of what I had left on the table in addition to more 6X6 pages I hadn't cut into.

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I took another white notecard, covered the front with one piece of paper and started layering.  

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I added the largest heart at the top on a Wobble so it moves when you flick it.

There were still more than enough pieces for a third card.

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To finish all three cards, I took more sheets of paper from the collection that had large open areas for message writing and added them inside each one.

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These cards came together easily because I had done lots of precutting in advance and had a huge pile of paper and die cuts to choose from.  These are quite different from what I usually do for greeting cards which tend to be more designed or planned before I start.  I do love improvisational work, though, and make art collages in this manner.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!

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12/23/2017

Sat 23

2017 Holiday Look Book

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Looking for a bit of just-in-time inspiration?  Here's our 2017 Holiday Look Book of designs for ornaments, gifts, sewing and cards.  Enjoy!

 

12/04/2017

Mon 04

Classic Ice Skates Gatefold Card
by Anne Thompson

Holiday Greetings!  That's the Memory Box Challenge, #31, for this month. Have you submitted an entry yet?  Maybe my gatefold card today will provide some inspiration.

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  • I began with a pre-scored gatefold notecard where the two side panels close to meet in the center on the front of the card.  I added a 2" wide strip of Blueberry Distressed Dots paper to each of those side panels and I added a 4" wide piece on the inside center.
  •  I die cut two 3.7" circles from white cardstock using the new WRAPPED CIRCLES DIE 30114 and one from the Blueberry Distressed Dots paper 3.1" in diameter.  This is a great set of 6 circle dies with interesting stitching on the edges.
  • I cut the CLASSIC ICE SKATES 99889 from white cardstock.  I adhered them to the smaller dot paper circle and then used a tape runner to add that to one of the larger white circles.
  • I then used the tape runner on the left half of the assembled circle piece and secured it to the left panel of the card front.  I added a small blue gem to the center of the bow.

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Now for the inside:

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  • On the inside of the card, I added the other white circle lined up with the front one.
  • I then die cut the three PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850 from more of the dots paper.  I stacked them up using glue dots and used another glue dot to secure it to the white circle.  I added a small white adhesive-backed dot to the center.
  • I stamped "merry Christmas" from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMP SET CL5212using Blueberry Sky dye ink (Papertrey Ink).

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I like the way this card stands slightly open to give at hint at what's inside. And I like that it opens in a way that is different from most holiday cards. 

The next challenge for me is to write messages in all of the cards I've made, address and stamp the envelopes, and get them to the post office.

Happy Crafting!

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11/29/2017

Wed 29

Penguin Collage, Wrapped Stitch Rectangles and Snowflake Wire by Jean Okimoto

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The new Penguin Collage makes it quick and easy to add a crisp layered look to your holiday cards.  Frame him with a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle and add a glittery red scarf and silver Snowflake Wire.  He's sure to brighten a wintery day as he delivers your holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here, with a "less is more + glitter" design for you today.  The Penguin Collage is a great basic design that works with many backgrounds - like Licorice Distressed Dots.  A collage of snowflakes or a bright holiday print would be good backdrops too.

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Here's a tip - briskly rub the die with a piece of scrunched wax paper to make it easy to remove the diecut.  This technique also helps with detailed dies, other stitched dies and pinpoint dies.  Cut the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut it with the Penguin Collage and remove the center portion. 

Cut the Penguin Collage again from Licorice Dots - this cuts the center background portion.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to black felt and cut the head and side portion of the penguin.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from soaking through.  

Another tip...cut the eyes and beak (on the same die) from light orange cardstock that's attached to Scor-Tape.  Then just color over the orange eyes with a black marker!  That's faster than cutting them all from white cardstock and then coloring those tiny pieces with orange and black markers.  Or cutting them from both black and orange cardstock.

Cut the long, wavey "tail" of the Curled Ribbons from the backside of red glittered cardstock.   This portion of the Curled Ribbons would normally be on the right side, we want it on the left side.  Trust me, it works.

Cut Snowflake Wire from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Add red gem stickers.

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Big Thanks to everyone from my MERRY AND QUICK and GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO classes at Impress last Saturday.  It was great seeing my loyal students and friends again - and welcoming new Memory Box fans too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Lauren too - you certainly helped us fill those shopping baskets!

No classes for me this weekend - but I'm prepping for the December 9th ASIAN INSPIRATION calendar class.  We'll make a mini calendar using dies, stamps and artpapers - and a New Year card too.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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11/20/2017

Mon 20

Cabin Circle and Snowy Tree Circle Combinations
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards combine elements from two of the NEW dies:  SNOWY TREE CIRCLE 99887 and CABIN CIRCLE 99884 .  I've also used Memory Box papers that are available from Birch Press Design:  Pool Gingham , Pool Snow, and Cranberry Snow.  I used a large circle die from CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087 to cut out each of the other circles.  The sentiment is from the MERRY CHRISTMAS SENTIMENTS CLEAR STAMPS SET CL 5212.

Card One:

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steps to create this card

  • Using white cardstock, place the Cabin Circle die inside a large circle die and run it through your die cutting machine.  Save the white roof for this card and the other pieces for later.
  • Cut a circle from the Cranberry Snow paper and adhere it behind the Cabin Circle.
  • Make a little stack of red gingham paper, red cardstock, and woodgrain paper under the cabin part of the die and cut it out.  Save the two cabins and the red door for this card and any other usable pieces for later.
  • Take a small piece of yellowy gold cardstock and glue it behind the log cabin house to fill the windows.  Trim extra paper off.
  • Line up the red gingham house under the lit-windowed log cabin and adhere them together.  Snip off the brown chimney to expose the "brick" one.
  • Add the white roof and the red door.
  • Glue the cabin into the notched place in the snow.
  • Run the Snowy Tree Circle die four times through your machine, twice with white cardstock and twice with dark green cardstock.  Snip off the trees.  (You can save the rest of the Snowy Tree Circles for other projects--perhaps for use with polar bears or elves!)
  • Glue the green trees on top of the white ones exposing some of the white along the tops of the boughs to look like snow.  Then secure them to the scene.
  • Cut another piece of Cranberry Snow paper slightly smaller than your white notecard and adhere it to the front.  Add the completed Cabin Circle on top.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment inside.

Card Two

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Here's what's different:

  • Start with a white notecard and cover the front completely with Pool Gingham paper.
  • Die cut the Snowy Tree Circle from white cardstock nestled inside a slightly larger Circle Basics die.  Cut it again from dark green cardstock, snip off the tree and put it on top of the white one.
  • Cut a circle from the Pool Snow paper and adhere it behind the tree scene.
  • Make the cabin using the Cabin Circle die with brown paper and a scrap of yellow behind it for window lights.  Add a white roof and a door cut from the woodgrain paper.  Place the cabin in the scene nestled in the snow to the right of the tree.
  • Pop dot the Snowy Tree Circle onto the card front.
  • Stamp the "merry Christmas" sentiment using Memento Rich Cocoa Ink.

I'm pretty sure that you can think of lots more ways to use these two dies alone and together.  I'll use mine as Christmas cards.  But I can imagine changing up the background paper and notecard colors for each season and for many occasions.

Happy Crafting!

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10/16/2017

Mon 16

You are a Blessing in my Life
by Anne Thompson

Today's card features a couple of folds, Memory Box dots papers, kraft and other cardstocks, STITCHED FARM PUMPKINS 99882, CURVED PICKET FENCE 99878, the Chinese Lanterns from GARDEN SKETCHES Clear Stamps Set CL5204 and the coordinating die from GARDEN SKETCHES DIE SET 32204, EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL5214, and BLESSING PERKY SCRIPT die 99864.  I owe a big "THANKS" to my friend Connie for showing me this card format with two folds.

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I really love this flip flop card!  (...even though you can see my foam dots from this angle!) 

Here are the directions for the way I constructed this card.

Start by cutting, scoring, and folding all of the cardstock first.  I used kraft cardstock for this.

  • 7 3/4" X 4 3/4", scored at 3" from the right end of the longer edge and fold in from the right side
  • 7 1/2" X 3 3/4", scored at 3 3/4", thus folded in half

Then cut the papers.

  • One 4 1/2" square
  • Two 3 1/2" squares--I cut one of these squares from cream cardstock for the sentiment
  • Two 2 3/4" X 4 1/2" rectangles

Adhere the papers to the kraft cardstock.

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I added Latte Distressed Dots to the inside of the larger card base and

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Squash Dots paper on the front of the small square card and the outside right flap of the larger card.  I added the cream cardstock inside the small square card.

To assemble this card, I glued the small square card in the center of the larger brown dot square.  The flap on the right then folds over the cream sentiment square and the top square flap closes over that.

Then decorate the card surfaces.  On the front of the square, I added the Picket Fence cut from white cardstock and a collection of Stitched Farm Pumpkins cut from Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps.

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On the flap that tucks under the pumpkins I added two of the Chinese Lanterns, making sure that they wouldn't show when the pumpkin flap was closed.  (I stamped them in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink and colored them with Prismacolor pencils in three different oranges before die cutting them.)

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On the other side of that flap I added three more Chinese Lantern sprigs. And on the cream sentiment square I added a double-layered "blessing" cut from more of the Jack O' Lantern notecard scraps and stamped words from the Each Day is a Blessing stamp set (in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink).  I then added a pumpkin and one more sprig of Chinese Lanterns.

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The final touch?  An amber gem to dot the "i".

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I'm already thinking of ways to use this format for Christmas cards.  Don't you just love cards that open in different ways and give you lots of surfaces to embellish?!!!Happy Crafting!

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10/07/2017

Sat 07

Stitched Farm Pumpkins, Grassland Collage and Swirling Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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A snowman-style stack of the new Stitched Farm Pumpkins meets the Swirling Ghosts here today.  Have you noticed a lot of triple-stacked pumpkin displays lately?  I have - and although the laws of gravity (and cardmaking) would have them layered in front of the pumpkins below, I wanted the stems to show.  So here they are!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another matchup of old and new design elements from several releases.  A googly-eyed pumpkin cut from a portion of a Persimmon Notecard adds a bright dash of color that every Halloween card needs.  

Cut Grassland Collage from orange cardstock and trim around it with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the right edge.  The Rectangle Basics and Square Basics sets are great trimmers when your design requires straight edges and uniform borders.  Using a rectangle or square die guarantees at least three straight, accurate edges - then just cut one remaining edge for a perfect frame!

Cut Mango Distressed Dots with the 1-1/4" Circle Basics Die.

Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper.  

Cut Stitched Farm Pumpkins from a portion of a  Persimmon notecard,  green cardstock and Licorice Distressed Dots.  

Attach the diecuts to a black A-6 (4-5/8" x 6-1/4") card - use foamdots for the two ghosts in the collage.   Add green gem stickers.

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Halloween just seems to say it's OK to switch colors around a bit, add a big dotty moon  - and a cross-eyed Jack o' Lantern. Have fun with your cards - and surprise the lucky recipients this fall!

Thanks a bunch for stopping by...

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