152 posts categorized "Snowflakes"


Wed 04

The Chandele Snowflake and Shining Star Set by Jean Okimoto

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Create holiday magic with the beautiful new Chandele Snowflake and layers of the Shining Star Set.  Two stars - one brushed with glitter - adhere and accent the delicate snowflake.  It's a happy day when glittering and attaching a detailed die can be accomplished in one easy step!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another quick-glittered design that would be great for mass-production.  Chose your favorite colors - winter pastels, jewel tones or tradtionals - or make personalized cards in the recipients' favorite holiday shades.  

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Cut the largest Shining Star from white cardstock.  

Attach Diecut 'n Bond  tape to white cardstock and cut the second-largest Shining Star.

Scrunch some waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Chandele Snowflake die - this helps release the little bits and pieces from the die.  Cut the snowflake from white cardstock.  Save the offcut for another beautiful project.

Attach the snowflake to the adhesive-covered star - save the tape liner.  Use the tape liner as a presscloth to secure the detailed design.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter over the exposed adhesive.  Press it again with the liner.

Cut ¾" x 3-½" and 4" strips of Flintstone and Easter Grass cardstock.  Cut textured pink cardstock with the 2-⅛" x 3-⅝" Pinpoint Rectangle Layers die.

Prep a scrap of white cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the new Holiday Greenery Clear Stamps Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail silver powder.  Trim it with the 1" x 2" Pinpoint Rectangles Layers die.

Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Add pink gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  I appreciate how you braved the holiday traffic on ferries and freeways to join us.  Thanks too - Ann and Shari - for helping everyone fill those shopping baskets again.  

Thanks for visiting - see you tomorrow...






Tue 20

Sparkling Snowflake Trio from the 2019 Holiday Collection by Jean Okimoto

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The 2019 Holiday Collection of dies and stamps has arrived!  It's a wonderful fall and winter mix of frames, snowflakes, botanicals, holiday icons and greetings.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many cards featuring our latest release.  

View the collection and holiday idea books here.

Prep the delicate dies by rubbing them briskly with waxed paper scrunched into a loose wad.  This makes it easier to remove the diecuts.  It also makes it easier to release pinpoint and stitched dies - and detailed frames.  

Cut the Sparkling Snowflake Trio from white cardstock.  Cut Joy Airy Script from silver metallic cardstock - save the little piece over the "j."

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Here's an easy way to attach delicate diecuts to a background.  Attach Diecut 'n Bond doublestick tape   to pink cardstock.  Cut it with the 4" Square Basics die.  Carefully attach the snowflakes and greeting to the adhesive background - save the tape liner.  Use the liner to firmly press the diecuts to the background.  Brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  

Cut three ¾" cardstock accent strips - 4-½" of Rock Candy, 3-¾" of pink and 3-¼" of Easter Grass.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock using a clean VersaMark inkpad.   Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Sponge Starlite Black Brilliance over the greeting so it resembles a label-maker tape.  

Attach everything to a side-folded 5-½" square card.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's COLORS OF CHRISTMAS class at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed creating cards with the new Memory Box and Poppystamps releases.  Special thanks to Jenny too - for the great ginger cookies and chocolate mints!   Thanks to Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop and find those great new designs.

See you again on Friday!  






Fri 21

Memory Box Triangle Clear Stamp Sets, Typewriter Holiday Elements and Wintry Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

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Holiday treats are sweeter when they're prettily packaged - and the Memory Box triangle clear stamp  sets make it quick and easy.  Hello, Jean Okimoto sharing my last Christmas 2018 design today.  Valentine projects are coming soon!

Score 8-½" x 11" sheet of smooth white cardstock lengthwise at 4" and 4-½".  Cut it into four 2-½" wide strips. Crease them on the score lines.  Cut or punch two angled corners.

Stamp the triangles from the Looking For Mr. Right Triangle, That's Acute Triangle,  Equal Triangle Clear Stamp Sets. Here's a list of the VersaFine Clair colors I've used - Verdant, Charming Pink, Tulip Red, and Green Oasis.  Use some Brilliance inks too - Pearlescent Orchid, Gamma Green and Starlite Black (for the "noel").

The greetings and 25-circles are from the very popular Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps Set.  

If you're making several of each design - clean the stamps with a damp washcloth after you've used each stamp two or three times.  This eliminates a build-up of dried ink and helps keep the lines and edges sharp and crisp.  

Diecut two silver glittered cardstock snowflakes with the Wintry Snowflakes Deep Edge Dies.

Punch ¼" circles of gold glittered cardstock.  

Attach the candy or treat with a bit of doublestick tape or glue dots.  I've filled these with Ghiradelli chocolate squares.  Punch holes and add gold cord ties.

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I love that there aren't any rules about "Christmas colors" anymore - especially with the wide range of pinks and greens available.  They're just waiting to be mixed, matched and layered. These simple treat wrappers would make great tags too.  

Here are the red and greens for a traditional look -


Are  you loving the Memory Box triangles too?  It's hard not to use them!

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and have a great weekend.






Sun 02

by Melissa Rusk

We got our first big snow this past week so I felt it was time to make some cards with snowflakes on them.


I went with a different color scheme for this card and die cut snowflakes from the Crystal Snowflakes set and the Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame set in two colors of teal paper. I added some splatters of gold glimmer mist on the diagonal to give the snowflakes a path to land on.

Once the snowflakes were glued to the card I added gold sequins, clear drops and pearls to add more sparkle. I stamped the word peace from the Bold Christmas Greetings set in a coordinating teal color.

Have a wonderful and crafty day!





Tue 20

Winter Journal Frame, Joy Journal Frame and Pinpoint Snowflake Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Combine spring Stitched Rain Boots and winter Journal Frame diecuts for a quick and easy holiday card.  Layer the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame for a unique greeting. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design that's great for mass-production while watching TV or waiting for Thanksgiving dinner if you're not the chef or pastry chef of the day.

Cut the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame from white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dots from  the "i" and the "j" safely in the dies until you're ready to attach them to the card.

Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Circle from bright red cardstock. Cut a 1-¾ inch circle of white cardstock and attach it behind the red circle.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of black cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 notecard - use foam dots for the rain boot on the right.

Add silver gem stickers.



Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the simple origami starburst and tree.   Special thanks too - to Jan for the sweet fall candy totes and to Jenny for great chocolates.

If you're in the Seattle area - we have two holidays classes at Impress on Saturday November 24th.  Start the day with MERRY AND QUICK - then stay for DREAMING OF  BRIGHT CHRISTMAS.  We're using several of the just-released Birch Press Design dies and stamps too - especially the great new triangle!

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




Sat 22

Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Classic Ice Skates by Jean Okimoto



A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays.  Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card.  Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today.  

Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging.  Here's a solution...


Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake  Circle Frame.  Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project.  We're using the larger inner circle today.

Cut the snowflake frame and attach it (slightly offset) to the adhesive-covered background.  Cut the Classic Ice Skates from silver glitter cardstock.  Attach the skates to the background.

Here's the cool part....brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the diecuts and onto all of the remaining exposed adhesive.  This  process adheres the snowflake frame and the skates and adds a layer of glitter to the adhesive.  The delicate diecuts are attached and there's a layer of sparkly glitter surrounding them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray.  Diecut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale pink gem stickers.


Ready to save some time by adhering and glittering your delicate design elements in a single quick and easy step?  Try  this with your holiday cards and tags too!

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you next week!




Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto



Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  


Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.


Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...








Fri 07

Let it Snow
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Friday! I love that the challenge this month is all about one of my favorite things, washi tape. I have built up a large stash over the years so I decided to break some of it out for my card today.


I knew I wanted to use the Crystal Snowflakes on my card so when I went to my washi tape drawer I kept that in mind. I picked some silver, blue, teal and black tapes, some with glitter and some without to use on my background. I cut out a piece of white paper and started in the top corner with my tapes on a diagonal and secured them next to each other, filling in colors and patterns as I liked. It was so much fun and made me want to make more use of my tapes.

I kept the bottom portion of the cardstock without tape so I would have room to stamp my sentiment from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments set. This stamp set is so great and I have already gotten a ton of use out of it, so many great sayings! I glued three of the snowflakes that I die cut in white and covered with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen. I added some clear gems on the snowflakes to make them sparkle a little more to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by the blog! I hope you pull out some tape and enter the challenge this month that was posted on the 1st!





Thu 30

Snow Much Fun in the Elegant Snowflake Double Frame by Jean Okimoto


The Snowflake Double Frame sets the scene for a friendly snowball fight between the Snow Much Fun bunnies.  Christmas cards are often male-dominated designs of Santas, elves and snowmen. Here are some gals sharing the holiday fun!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a few techniques to save some holiday prep time too.


Save coloring time by stamping the bunnies - from the Snow Much Fun Clear Stamps Set - on light gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the stamped images with the coordinating designs from the Snow Much Fun Dies Set.  Scribble watercolor pencils onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  Use that as a palette to color the ears and scarves.  

Stamp and emboss the snowball sections again on white cardstock.  Cut them out and attach them over the gray snowballs.  No one wants gray snowballs!

Here's another timesaver... 


A layer of a waxed deli or bakery sheet  between the die and the cardstock makes it quick and easy to remove all of the bits and pieces from these beautifully-detailed dies like Elegant Snowflake Double Frame.   The big die on the left shows the layering sequence.  The pieces cling to the waxed sheet and are easily released from the die.  Peel the waxed sheet from the cardstock and pop the diecuts out.  Those two snowflake pieces in the upper right corner are the diecuts from the waxed sheet.

If you're diecutting glossy or metallic cardstock and it's hard to remove the waxed sheet - press a piece of "Magic" tape lightly onto a corner or edge of the waxed sheet to pull it off.  

Attach the left bunny behind the frame.  Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bunny on the right.  Add orange gem stickers.

I love playing with colors - pick your favorite colors for this card.  Or use the team, school or favorite colors of the recipient.  They'll appreciate it!

Thanks for stopping by - see you again with another project this evening!






Fri 24

Create a Snowman with Stitched Bump Border by Jean Okimoto


Add a big snowman to your holiday cards with Stitched Bump Borders - then add Piccolo Snowflakes and a greeting from the new Typewrite Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps.  Hi there,  Jean Okimoto here with a fun Christmas design for your holiday stash.


Cut a 4-¼" x 5-¾" rectangle of white cardstock.  Diecut Stitched Bump Border  - with the top  ½" from the upper left corner and the bottom  1" from the bottom left corner.  

Round the top right and bottom left corners.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Typewrite Holiday Sentiments - with VersaFineClair Tulip Red and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach scraps of  heavy white cardstock behind the partial circles to prop them up a bit when the snowman is attached to the card.  

The eyes, nose, buttons and twiggy arm from the Build a Snowman Set are perfect for this snowman too!  Cut them from black, orange and dark kraft cardstock - cut two sets of buttons.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind red velvet ribbon or paper and cut the streamer from the Curled Ribbons die.  The paper backing adds dimension and makes it easier to attach the "scarf" to the card.

Cut Piccolo Snowflakes from silver glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a 6" x 4-½" card of green cardstock.


Try looking beyond the obvious ways of using your Memory Box products.  Use the diecuts upside-down, offset and angled.  I love using my supplies in unintended ways and sharing those ideas with you so you can get the most from your stash too.


Thanks for visiting!