285 posts categorized "Spring"

05/09/2020

Sat 09

Stylish Rectangle Trio and 11” of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

 P1150460 2
Make three friendship cards with the Stylish Rectangle Trio and just 11" of Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape.  Eleven wasn't a magic number - it's just the cardstock length.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - hope it's the start of a creative weekend for you.

P1150435 2

Here's a tip - that bright blue piece stuck to the tape is a strip of a thin kitchen cutting board.  It keeps the tape from wrinkling and sticking to itself.  It's also a great edge to tear the tape.  And the flat area keeps the tape from rolling away, off the desk and onto the floor!

Attach Sunset Rose Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut the Stylish Rectangle Trio.  

Stamp the greetings - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Die Set - on natural white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the cardstock with dies from the Rectangle Basics set. Cut the "THANKS for always being there" strip with a larger die, then trim the excess from the bottom edge.

P1150439

Washi tapes often have a waxy surface that won't work with some adhesives.  Here's a tip ...before attaching the washi tape diecut to the card, cut and remove some of the washi tape with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the foam tape to the card itself.  Attach the greeting strip to the foam tape.

Cut coordinating accent strips from the brown and dark green Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints.  Cut strips from the pink and dark teal Cottage and Stripes and Dots 6x6 prints.  

Attach the pieces to A-6 and A-2 cards of natural white cardstock.  Cut hexagon accents with the Honeycomb Square and green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad.

There are many ways to use the new Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape - it's great on peach or yellow cardstock too.  Try different cardstock colors and other sections of the washi tape.  The print repeats about every 14 inches - lots of tape for all of your projects!

Thanks for visiting...hope you're enjoying the cards we've created to keep you inspired during these challenging times...

Jeansignature-3
 

Supplies

 

05/05/2020

Tue 05

Celebrate Friendship with Splendid Poppy Stems and Gilia Stems by Jean Okimoto

P1150286

Friends and flowers can make any day better...celebrate a lasting friendship with a special card for someone who's always there for you.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here with flowers, glitter and bright colors today.

P1150313

Diecut the Gilia Stems from rainbow-inked cardstock.  The diecut section includes blended layers of Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, picked raspberry, abandoned coral, squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and peeled paint.  Cut the flower, add more squeezed lemonade, then color the stem with more mowed lawn and peeled paint.  

Cut Splendid Poppy Stems from another rainbow-inked piece and add more of the same three colors.  

Cut the green print from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 Set with the medium-sized Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Stamp a scrap of the same print with the greeting from the Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps Set and Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder. 

P1150280

Here's a tip...trim greeting blocks with dies from the Rectangle Basics or Square Basics sets.   Some dies are already perfectly-sized for our greeting stamps.  If not, just use a die that's slightly larger and trim the excess cardstock.  You'll have perfectly-cut greeting blocks or strips - without those wonky lopsided edges that aren't really noticeable...until it's attached to the card.

Lightly ink the edges of the background and greeting block.  It's been years since I've inked the edges of my diecuts!  

Cut green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad with the new Poppystamps Grosgrain Bow.  

P1150298

Trim the lower leaf from the Gilia flower (it would have been covered by the bow) and attach it just below the blossom.   Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") natural white notecard.  Accent the flowers with Goldfinch Open Studio Glitter Glue.  

Hope you'll have some time to create a card for special people in your life - where would we be without them?

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday... Jeansignature-3

 

Supplies

 

05/02/2020

Sat 02

Stenciled Leafy Rows and the Wild Rose Stem by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxWildRoseStemClearStampsAndDiesSet, MemoryBoxLeafyRowsArtStencil, MemoryBoxOpenStudioGlitterGlue, JeanOkimoto, FlowerStamps, ClearStamps, Stencils, GlitterGlue, StampAndDieSets, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, ImagineCrafts, DistressOxides, HandmadeFlowerCards

 

Pair the Wild Rose Stem blossoms with the Leafy Rows Art Stencil for a different look.  It’s easy – and another way to get more from the great designs in our Spring 2020 release.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here after extended blog-posting problems - let's pretend it's still Thursday and get started...

P1150267

Mask the top row – and the second row of leaves on the right.  Mask the bottom leaves too.  The leaves on both sides will be trimmed later -  they don’t need masking.

Stencil the leaves on light green cardstock with mowed lawn and bundled sage Distress Oxide.  Dry the inks and trim the cardstock to 3” x 4-¼”.  Attach strips of dark green cardstock for the stems.  No matching dark green cardstock?  Just sponge more ink onto a scrap of light green cardstock and cut it into strips.  

Stamp the flower tops from the Wild Stem Rose Clear Stamps and Dies Set on the smoother side of Coral Creme cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the coordinating die and trim any bits of the stem below the flowers.  Shade it with worn lipstick Distress Oxide and Cheerful VersaFine Clair.

Prep black cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting – also from the stamp set – with VersaMark and emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to an A-6 (4-1/2” x 6-1/4”)  Coral Crème card – use foam tape for the greeting.  Add Sour Apple Sparkle Glitter Glue to the flower centers. 

P1150239

Here’s an easy way to organize coordinating dies – attach them to curtain rings.  Tape the product info from the package onto a cardstock tab and attach it to the ring for quick reference.  Everything stays together and they’re easy to identify too - some of the shapes can be hard to identify if they go astray!

MemoryBoxWildRoseStemClearStampsAndDiesSet, MemoryBoxLeafyRowsArtStencil, MemoryBoxOpenStudioGlitterGlue, JeanOkimoto, FlowerStamps, ClearStamps, Stencils, GlitterGlue, StampAndDieSets, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, ImagineCrafts, DistressOxides, HandmadeFlowerCards

This card began as a "what if...?" idea and evolved from there.  Discover unique ways to use your supplies and tools while we social distance and craft alone.   Hope we're keeping you inspired – and crafting – while staying safe at home.  Thanks for visiting!

Jeansignature-3



Supplies

 

04/26/2020

Sun 26

Emboss and Gloss the Magnificent Sunflower by Jean Okimoto

P1150166

Highlight the dimension of the Magnificent Sunflower 3D Embossing Folder for a glossy, glazed look in fresh greens and yellows.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with spring-into-summer design today.

P1150144

Sponge or brush squeezed lemonade, mowed lawn and twisted citron Distress Oxides onto the smoother side of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Give it a light spritz of water and blend the inks with the inky sponges or brushes.  Heat-set the inks.  Cut it with the largest Stylish Rectangle Trio die.  Splatter a few dots of gold ink onto the inner portion and heat-set it.

Emboss it with the Magnificent Sunflower folder.  Place the rectangle on a hard, flat surface and apply a light layer of VersaMark with a 4" brayer.  Emboss it with detail clear powder

Stamp the greeting - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Die Set - on black cardstock with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.  

Attach everything to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam dots for the greeting.  Punch ¼" circles from the green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad cardstock.  

P1150171

Hope you'll give this a try.  Using the hard rubber brayer lets you apply VersaMark to the highest embossed layer without smudging.  It's great for large backgrounds too.  

Thanks for stopping by - take care and keep healthy!

Jeansignature-3

Supplies

 

04/23/2020

Thu 23

Color the Wild Rose Stem with Stenciled Distress Oxides by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxWildRoseStemClearStampsAndDieSet, MemoryBoxOpenStudioWatercolorPaper, MemoryBoxSpringtimeBouquetStripesAndDots, MemoryBoxFairySugarGlitterGlue, JeanOkimoto, 6x6Prints, StencilTechniques, DiecutFlowers, SlimlineCards

The bold, beautiful Wild Rose Stem is easy to watercolor - and even easier to stencil for a watercolored look.  Chose your favorite Distress Oxides and stencil them onto the stamped and embossed image for a super-quick and easy design.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a simple technique card for spring.

MemoryBoxWildRoseStemClearStampsAndDieSet, MemoryBoxOpenStudioWatercolorPaper, MemoryBoxSpringtimeBouquetStripesAndDots, MemoryBoxFairySugarGlitterGlue, JeanOkimoto, 6x6Prints, StencilTechniques, DiecutFlowers, SlimlineCards

Stamp the flowers - from the Wild Rose Stem Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on the smoother side of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut medium or heavyweight vellum with the matching die.  Vellum retains a crisp edge and doesn't absorb the stenciled inks.

Stencil the image with Distress Oxides - worn lipstick, mowed lawn, bundled sage and squeezed lemonade.  Blend the inks with a damp paintbrush or waterbrush - make it look less stenciled, more watercolored!  Heat-set it, then diecut it. 

Cut a 5-3/4" x 2-¾"  strip of the pale green Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots 6x6 paper.  Score, cut and fold a 6-¼" x 3-½" card of Berry Blush cardstock.  

Paint the smoother side of Memory Box watercolor paper with a light layer of worn lipstick Distress Oxide. Dry the ink. Stamp the greeting - also from the Wild Rose Stem set - with Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it.

MemoryBoxWildRoseStemClearStampsAndDieSet, MemoryBoxOpenStudioWatercolorPaper, MemoryBoxSpringtimeBouquetStripesAndDots, MemoryBoxFairySugarGlitterGlue, JeanOkimoto, 6x6Prints, StencilTechniques, DiecutFlowers, SlimlineCards

Trim the top and bottom right corners of the card and green striped piece and  greeting strip wih a corner rounder  Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Accent the flowers with dots of Open Studio Buttercup Glitter Glue.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

Supplies

 

04/22/2020

Wed 22

Glittery Thanks
by Trina Pham

94BE7196-7B2A-4483-BEFE-2A910756587F

Hello there.  I was recently surprised with happy mail that made my day!  I wanted to return the favor and show my appreciation by sending her a thank you card made with a few goodies from the latest Spring collection.  Unfortunately, she would not have received it before this post. 😔 

So isn’t the Delicate Pastel Glitter paper just gorgeous!?  I couldn’t resist and had to use as many of the colours in the pack as I possibly can and do some color blocking with them. 😂   Each strip is one inch thick and was adhered to an A2 sized Bristol panel.  The Splendid Poppy Stems was die cut three times from Bristol paper as well and stacked for dimension.

2EB3807F-9DAE-433D-ADD9-CDA68B38538A

Seaside Thanks was die cut next from black cardstock and adhered to a scrap of Bristol paper, then fussy cut out.  With all that glittery goodness, a white heat embossed sentiment from Big and Little Words on a black cardstock strip finished off the card.

C3C2E840-7F7A-4F1A-AA4D-56BD15B35724

I hope my crafty friend will be as pleasantly surprised as I was when she receives this!  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.  Stay home and craft on!

85014B5A-AF7B-491E-885E-C3698FCBA654

 

Supplies

 

04/20/2020

Mon 20

Spring Card with a Pocket
by Anne Thompson

I've been trying out different kinds of folds using both cardstock and printed papers to change up the forms of cards I've made this last week.   For today's post I created a card with a sentiment panel tucked into a pocket which with just two simple folds provided several surfaces for showcasing a bunch of coordinated papers from both SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 and SPRINGTIME BOUQUET STRIPES AND DOTS PP1007 6X6 paper pads.  

This is what this card looks like with the flap closed and held in place by the tab.

IMG_2376

And this is what you see when you open the top flap.

IMG_2380-ink

materials used and procedures

  • cut white cardstock 8 1/2 X 5 1/2
  • score it at 2 1/2 and 6 1/2; use a bone folder to get a nice crease on each fold line; the wider flap is at the top
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the top flap 5 1/4 X 2 1/4, one for the outside and another for the inside of the flap
  • cut and adhere printed paper for the outside of the bottom flap 5 1/4 X 1 3/4 
  • for the inside of the card between the fold lines, cut and adhere patterned paper 5 1/4 X 3 3/4
  • with the card opened flat, attach Score-Tape or another sturdy adhesive to the side edges of the bottom flap and fold it up to create the pocket
  • to make the tab that holds the pocket card closed, cut white cardstock and printed papers using two sizes from the MATINEE RECTANGLE LAYERS 94438 and attach it on the back only at the very bottom edge of the larger rectangle with Scor-Tape or another sturdy adhesive
  • for the sentiment panel that tucks into the pocket, cut white cardstock 4 1/2 X 3 1/4
  • stamp "Spring is a time..." sentiment from Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL 491 using Versafine Tuxedo Black ink
  • cut PRETTY BLOSSOM STEM 94422 from bright yellow glitter paper from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD GP1003 and adhere it using glue dots or glue next to the sentiment; trim it to fit

IMG_2379-ink

You might add paper to the sentiment panel before stamping and decorating it.  You might also add another sentiment or a die cut to the tab on the front of the card.  Or you could omit the tab and add other stamped or die cut images on the flaps.  You could use other color combinations and different floral die cuts or butterflies.  I could go on and on with suggestions because I think there are so many possible ways to decorate this card inside and out.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail
Thumbnail

Thumbnail-2

 

 

04/18/2020

Sat 18

Pocket Shaker
by Trina Pham

83C43ADF-73D2-4D69-9374-27BF9787D4D6

Hello there.  I have another fun spring scene card to share today.  This time it’s a pocket shaker card.  I apologize for the glare in my photos, but the plastic made it unavoidable.

So I started off by die cutting an A2 size panel from Bristol paper using the largest die from Rectangle Basics.  Adhered a few die-cut puffy cloud masks then ink blended Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac distress inks (di’s) with blender brushes to create the background.  Die cut the center with a rectangle die that is the same size as the frame in the Cherry Blossom Frame.  Wanted the shaker portion to stand out more, ink blended Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch di’s to it.  Mounted the remaining frame to a white card base.

7DF35C55-F5B9-4029-BF2E-0BA0105EF3E0

A plastic stamp storage pocket was then cut open and trimmed to slightly larger than the cut out rectangle.  Added strong double-sided tape to the edges on the back and positioned it over the plastic to use as a guide to cut away the corners of the plastic.  The corners will be mitred when folded over, which will reduce bulk.

847D45B8-96EB-4A58-89B0-D7E03742C5C0

Removed the adhesive liners from three sides and folded the plastic onto them.  Added the shaker mix through the opening then sealed it off to complete the shaker pouch.  Inlaid the pouch onto the card.

7FDAEA55-2108-45BB-A382-1203E001A872

To complete the scene, die cut the frame, branch and grass from Bristol paper and butterflies from glitter paper.  Colored with Copics then adhered them directly onto the plastic with either strong double-sided tape or liquid glue.

E19C4AAD-573D-41B3-947B-4CF73BDCD58F

Thought it didn’t need a sentiment.  Or I could always add it later, so left it blank to finish.

EE67CF51-774C-43A6-9F4C-7BE542769DF5

I love not needing foam tape.  This makes it very mail-friendly.  And that’s it for me.  Thank you for dropping by.  Stay home and craft on!

BC88B38A-F928-4BD6-8833-E52006A5ABDD

 

Supplies

 

04/13/2020

Mon 13

Splendid Poppy Stems Spring Card
by Anne Thompson

I have a spring card today that features the SPLENDID POPPY STEMS cut from the TWINKLING JEWEL GLITTER PAD green glitter paper and lots of layers of patterned papers from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET 6X6 paper pad.

IMG_2372-ink

materials used

I started by cutting the green plaid paper first and adhering that to the notecard.  I then chose three other coordinating green printed papers and cut them in a variety of sizes and backed each one with white cardstock, planning the sizes based on how they would stack up.  I stamped the sentiment on the green rectangle which would become the top layer on the card front.  I added the bottom two layers flat to the card front (the tiny floral print and the green leaves on white)  with a tape runner and the top sentiment layer with dimensional foam dots.  I cut the Splendid Poppy Stems from the green glitter paper.  I arranged the die cut so that the larger blossom adhered flat to the green leafy paper tucked under a corner of the popped up panel and the smaller blossom stuck to the sentiment panel. 

IMG_2369-ink

After securing the stem ends to the green leafy paper panel I added the green satin bow using glue dots.  Voila!

IMG_2366-ink

I'm sending out cards as fast as I can make them as another way to keep in touch with friends during this time of sheltering in place and self-quarantine.  I'm finding that having some creative time each day makes me less anxious and more grateful for what I do have.  And if I run low on craft supplies, I can order online and have them delivered to my door!

Happy Crafting!  Stay safe!

Anne Signature





04/11/2020

Sat 11

Easter Candy Wrappers with Open Studio 3D Embossing Folders by Jean Okimoto

P1140898

Open Studio 3D Embossing Folders create great treat wrappers for Easter Sunday.  These simple, one-piece designs are perfect for many favorite Easter candies.  I've filled these with the foil-wrapped Ghirardelli chocolate eggs and bunnies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy weekend project.

P1140787

Cut 7.5" x 3" strips of cardstock.  Score and fold them at 3.75".  Cut them with the big Half a Dozen Eggs die - place the bottom edge of the die about ⅛" below the fold. 

Place the folded egg diecuts in the 3D Embossing Folder. Run it through your machine with the plates and/or mats required for pressure embossing.  I used the thick base platform, embossing folder with the folded egg and 2 layers of cardstock (as a shim) on my Platinum machine.

P1140877

Ink the embossed egg with Distress Oxides and a firm foam ink pod.  The pods are like hard marshmallows - they'll ink the raised areas - but not the debossed areas.  Here are the colors I used - worn lipstick, twisted citron, spun sugar, tumbled glass, cracked pistachio, squeezed lemonade and shaded lilac.  Heat-set the inked areas.

Punch holes at the top of the eggs.  Attach the candy to the egg with doublestick tape.  Tie the egg with gold cord and curl the ends of the cord with the side of the green plastic burnisher.

 

P1140901

The Open Studio 3D Embossing Folders are generously sized at 4.5" x 3.75".  We've used just small sections of the folders - the entire folder is great for embossing cardfronts and tags too.  If you're as ancient as I am you might remember tediously pressure-embossing with a stylus and a light box.  We don't need those anymore!

The folders used here are Chrysanthemum Field, Serene Mandala and Heart Bouquet. 

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll have a chance to try this stay-at-home project with your favorite Memory Box Open Studio embossing folders.  Take care and stay healthy!

Jeansignature-3

Supplies