320 posts categorized "Spring"

05/09/2021

Sun 09

Blooming Sweet Pea and Special Hugs by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Mother's Day to everyone celebrating today!

The blossoms, leaves and tendrils of the new Blooming Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder create a delicate background for a thoughtful greeting.  The glossy heat-embossed design adds extra dimension and contrast.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design for any occasion.

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Cut a sheet from the Vibrant Violet Collection with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Use a hard rubber brayer and a clean, well-inked VersaMark pad to transfer the ink the top section of the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D Embossing Folder.  Pressure-emboss inked areas with detail clear powder.

Here's a technique we use in classes - preheat the embossing powder by applying the heat-tool to the reverse side of the the cardtock first.  Let the heat-tool cool off for a minute or two, then heat-emboss the design from thge right side.  

Stamp the greeting - from the All the Happiness Clear Stamp and die set - on a pale lavender sheet from the Vibrant Violet Collection with Paradise VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the Double Stitch Happy Heart die.

Cut a darker lavender sheet with the 2" x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die. Cut a partial heart  from the rectangle - tape the heart to the rectangle on the reverse side.

Attach the pieces to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add clear Fairy Drops.

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The new 3D Embossing Folders give you the option of simply embossing - or adding ink.  Hope you take the time to try the different techniques 

Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!

Jeansignature-3

 

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05/06/2021

Thu 06

Flowers from the Graceful Jellyfish by Jean Okimoto

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Flip Graceful Jellyfish upside-down and they can be Vibrant Violet flowers - with a bit of determination and a lot of imagination.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to get the most from your Memory Box dies - and a glittered Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow.

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Cut the detailed Graceful Jellyfish overlays from six shades of Vibrant Violet 6x6 cardstock.  Cut the tops of 2 big and 1 small Seed Stems from black cardstock.  Trim them and attach them between two layers of the jellyfish overlay diecuts.  

Cut Vertical Line Collage from black cardstock - we're using 3 of the offcut strips for stems here.  Attach them to the flowers.

Cut the largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle from white cardstock.  Cut the rectangle with Vertical Line Collage.  Cut a 1-⅜" wide strip of the lightest gray from the 6x6 Earth Neutral Collection.  Attach it behind the collage.  Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").

Cut the Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow from the fuchsia Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6 sheet.  Attach the diecuts to the card - use foamtape for the shortest flower.  Add ¼" dots punched from the silver Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

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We'll use the Graceful Jellyfish as actual jellyfish in a future post.  I thought I'd share today's card first, for anyone looking for a just-in-time design for Mother's Day.

Thanks for visiting - see you next week!

Jeansignature-3

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04/29/2021

Thu 29

Birthday Wishes with the Jumbled Line Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Birthdays happen - and some of us need a slimline card wide enough to hold a lot of candles!  The new Jumbled Line Collage makes it easy to create 21 paper-pieced candles with bright blocks of cardstock from our 6x6 Collections.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a birthday design - including a greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set.

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Our new adhesive Fairy Jewels are available in brights, pastels and clear gems.  I could have used the yellow jewels from the Bright Jewels set, but I wanted to check if the Clear Jewels could be custom-colored with Sharpies.  I colored them with alternating layers of yellow and orange Sharpies and let them dry while I made the card.  They passed the Sharpie test!

Cut white cardstock with the largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with Jumbled Line Collage. 

Cut cardstock from the Berry Red and Sunny Yellow Collections to color the candles - 2-¾" x 2" of the medium and dark pinks and 2-¾" x 1-⅝" of the yellow.  Tape them behind the collage.  Attach the rectangle to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").

Cut Layered Daisies, Layered Fresh Flowers and Layered Cosmos from the same pinks and yellow - cut two of the cosmos.  Cut Vertical Lines from a green sheet in the Lush Green Collection.  Assemble the flowers and attach them to the card.

Stamp the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout greeting on a light orange sheet from the Sunny Orange Collection with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Attach it with foamtape.

Attach the Fairy Jewels for the candle flames.  It's easy to remove jewels from the plastic sheet if you wiggle them gently with tweezers before lifting them from the sheet.  

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Place a layer of cardstock over the card front to protect it in the mail - it may require special handling and postage.  

Hope your favorite storefront or online retailer has received the Under the Sea release so you can enjoy creating with it as much as we have!  Admire and be inspired by Dave's wonderful Idea Book.

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

Jeansignature-3

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04/18/2021

Sun 18

Bold and Bright by Jean Okimoto

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Need a quick card?  Greet someone with crisp white blossoms and a bold Wooden Alpha greeting on a  sponged, gold-spritzed background.  The All the Happiness Clear Stamp and Die Set pairs bold blooms with coordinating dies for simple layered designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a flowery spring slimline idea.

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Stamp the flowers on smooth white cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the coordinating die from the set.

Diecut the Wooden Alpha greeting from a pink sheet in the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  

Sponge flamingo kitsch Distress Oxide onto white cardstock.  Cut it with the 7-¼ X 2-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Spray it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airi-dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set it.

Attach the diecuts to a kraft slimline card (3-12 x 8-½").  Punch ¼" dots from the gold 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Let bright colors and a spritz of gold upgrade quick cards for any occasion.  A bold greeting becomes part of the design -  the 108 colors in our 6x6 cardstock collection make it easy to find the perfect shade for your design.  

Hope you'll have a chance to take advantage of Impress' annual sale this weekend - the sales ends on April 18th.  Save 20% off the price of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design stamps, dies andpapers on your wishlist.  View sale  details here.  

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04/11/2021

Sun 11

Spritz, Sponge and Speckle a Slimline Birthday Card by Jean Okimoto

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Need a birthday card idea?  Here's a spring birthday greeting in pinks and greens.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with techniques for weekend crafting.

Spritz both sides of Open Studio Watercolor Paper lightly with water.  Attach the Stained Glass Floral die to the smoother side of the paper.  Pressure-emboss it with the rubber embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut Stained Glass Floral again from printer paper - we're using the 3 large offcuts to mask the uninked sections of the watercolor paper.  (You can also mask the very small triangle at the bottom...I didn't!)  Lightly tape the offcuts to mask areas around the embossed design.  Have a double layer of paper towel nearby.

Hold the offcuts down with a stylus or skewer and sponge the embossed sections with flamingo kitsch and twisted citron Distress Oxides.  Carefully remove the offcuts and spritz the inked design with just enough water so the inks start moving and filling the embossed sections.  Blot the excess ink with the paper towel.  Heat-set the inks.  Diecut it with the 2-½" Square Basics die.  

Flick specks of diluted flamingo kitsch ink around the embossed design.

Cut the pink and green Spring Plaid Slim sheet with the 2-¼ x 7-¼" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut a ¾" x 3-½" strip of the lime green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.  Attach both pieces to a pale sage slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Attach the embossed square.

Diecut Stained Glass Floral from a sheet in the 6x6 Lush Green Collection - leave it in the die.  Attach narrow strips of lined doublestick tape - like Diecut'nBond or Scor-Tape - along the outer edges and run it through the machine again to cut the tape.  Leave it in the die and remove the offcuts and tape liner pieces.  Flip the diecut (still in the die) over onto the watercolor paper.  Press it firmly to transfer and adhere the diecut onto the watercolor paper.   Carefully remove the die.

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Cut the Birthday Mail background from another 6x6 Lush Green Collection sheet. Cut the delicate Birthday Mail overlay from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad sheet.  You can either save and attach the very, very tiny piece that dots the "i" - or punch a ¼" dot of the pink glittered sheet and attach it behind the tiny hole on the green diecut. Option #2 is much easier!  Punch 3 more dots and attach them on the left side.

Thanks for following this long, detailed process - it's a lot easier than it sounds!  Hope you'll try this idea with similar Memory Box dies and your favorite colors.

Have a great Sunday - see you again on Thursday...

Jeansignature-3

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04/08/2021

Thu 08

Nested Globes Become Berry Red Blossoms by Jean Okimoto

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Diecut contemporary flowers for spring cards with the versatile Nested Globes and the Berry Red 6x6 Collection.  A bit of upcycled diecutting and the great colors of the Berry Red set add a fresh look to a slimline design for any occasion.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here sharing a self-challenge design.  I wanted to create these simple flowers from supplies in my stash, including the Poppystamps products I buy to make card kits for Impress here in Seattle and Stamps and Memories in Hawaii.   

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Cut partial pieces from the 6x6 Berry Red Collection with the 2nd- and 3rd-smallest Nested Globes dies.  Cut smaller sections of contrasting shades to create a layered, dimensional look.  Trim the edges with 2 of the Poppystamps Wave Trio dies.  

Cut Seed Stems from the lime green sheet in the Frosted Glitter 6x6 pad.  Assemble the flowers - trim the Seed Stem for the small flower.  

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Cut two partial pieces of the dark brown Earth Neutral 6x6 sheet with the 7-¼ x 2-¼" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle. Overlap and attach them where it'll be covered by the flowers, about 3" from the top edge.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and diecut the greeting with the die that's included in the set.

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½ x 8-½") - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add ¼" dots punched from the gold sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Hope you like these bright blossoms and their simple contemporary style.  The pandemic has taught me to be more resourceful - even when designing and papercrafting. Think of all the ways you can repurpose your Memory Box and Poppystamps products! 

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

Jeansignature-3

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04/06/2021

Tue 06

Hello Daisy
by Sara Cook

Hope everyone is having a good spring so far.  I have lively spring card that is quick and colorful using Memory Box watercolor paper and Daisy Stem die.  

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Background:

Die cut the Memory Box watercolor paper with the 2nd largest die from Wrapped Stitched Rectangles set.  Stamped the paper with the Typewriter Holiday Element word background stamp and white heat embossed.  Wet both sides of the paper with water.  I picked out 4 colors to watercolor with from my paints, bright yellow, a light green, a turquoise, and a blue.  Randomly dap the color starting with the lightest to the darkest until the paper is mostly colored.  Let the water blend the colors and only lightly touch the color together with your paintbrush. The background does not need to be fully painted.  Let dry.

Flower:

Die cut the Daisy Stem flower die from the lightest yellow paper from the Sunny Orange paper pack and both stem and leaves die from a green paper from the Lush Green paper back.  I lightly added watercolored the die cuts with the matching paint used in the background.  I did add a light brown paint to the base of the daisy.  Let dry.

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Sentiment:

I stamped the hello sentiment from the Big and Little Reverse Words set with a matching aqua pigment ink, I used Fresh Ink Spruce ink pad.  Die cut the sentiment with the matching die.

Assemble:

Adhere the background watercolor to a matching color paper.  I chose the  darkest paper from the Fresh Aqua paper pack and trim down to 5"x3 3/4" to create a boarder.  Then adhere it to a A2 card base.  Glue the flowers together and then on the stem. Adhere the leave setem and then the flower to the center of the card.  Adhere the sentiment over the lower portion of the flower with foam tape.  

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04/03/2021

Sat 03

Daisy Stems in a Crystal Frame by Jean Okimoto

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03/29/2021

Mon 29

Slimline Hello
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! I'm stopping by today to share a slimline card, CAS style! It's easy to create using the Slimline Basic Rectangle Layers Dies.  I created the card base that measures 3 1/2 x 8 1/2. Than die cut two slimline rectangle layers. Using the top layer, I positioned the Wooden Alpha Dies to spell HELLO. I secured the first three letters with washi tape, than die cut. Reposition the last two and die cut.

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After the letters were die cut, I used Copic Markers to color them. I die cut the Gerber Stems and used Copics to color. Reposition the letters, secure with washi tape, adhere the panel with foam tape tot he middle panel.  Remove the washi tape. Adhere the middle panel with foam tape to the card base. Emboss and trim the sentiment from the stamp set, Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set.

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Adhere the gerber stems. I finished the card with some gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

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03/25/2021

Thu 25

Easy Nested Globe Treat Totes by Jean Okimoto

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Need 24 treat totes in a hurry?  The new Spring Plaid Slim set - 2 each of 12 double-sided 3.5" x 8.5" plaids -  makes it quick and easy to fold and diecut these pastel totes for spring and Easter treats.   MemoryBoxNestedGlobes, MemoryBoxCircleBasics, MemoryBoxSpringPlaidSlim, MemoryBoxLayeredDaisies, MemoryBoxLayeredFreshFlowers, MemoryBoxCottageStripesAndDots, MemoryBoxTwilightPurple6x6, MemoryBoxVibrantViolet6x6, MemoryBoxBerryRed6x6, MemoryBoxDelicatePastelGlitter6x6, JeanOkimoto, SlimlinePapers, TreatWrappers, TreatTotes, DiecutFlowers, FlowerDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemoriesHawaii

Hi, Jean Okimoto with a project inspired by Sara's sweet Spring Plaid Slim set baskets. These hold the foil-wrapped Ghiradelli egg and bunny chocolates - and the Ghiradelli squares. MemoryBoxNestedGlobes, MemoryBoxDiecuts, TreatWrappers, TreatTotes

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