239 posts categorized "Spring"

04/20/2019

Sat 20

Spring into Easter
by Trina Pham

Hello everyone.  No butterflies today.  I have a clean and simple (CAS) Spring card to share.  Since I love stretching my supplies and it is Easter weekend, I couldn’t help but bring back the Snow Much Fun stamp set to create this bunny in a field of tulips card. 

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One great trick for preserving white space and keeping cards CAS is to work within a frame.  Here I took a square die from the Square Basics set and die cut an opening from a Bristol panel.  Used that same die with one that is two size up and die cut a frame to frame the opening.  Stamped the bunny from Snow Much Fun with Copic friendly black ink, added some light shading with Copics, then die cut out with the matching die.  Used scissors to cut around the arm so he could interact with one of the tulips.

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The tulips from Springtime Tulips were die cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.  Before assembling the scene, Shaded Lilac distress ink was blended directly onto the card base for the sky.  Adhered the back tulips directly on the card base then popped up the bunny, front tulip and the window panel with foam mounting tape to give it some dimension.  Stamped the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter in black on a strip of Bristol paper to finish.  

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This could easily be turned into an Easter card by using one of the Easter greetings in the Springtime Typewriter set.  That does it for me.  Happy Easter to those who celebrate.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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04/19/2019

Fri 19

Memory Box Bunnies, Half a Dozen Eggs and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Create sweet treats for Easter baskets or brunch with Memory Box bunnies, Simple Chicks and Half a Dozen Eggs.  Glossy embossed greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set add the perfect finishing touch.  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with my last Easter project - and a great excuse to buy a few more packages of Easter candy.  

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Cut 8" x 3" strips of Bubblegum, Key Lime, Pool and Squash Dots and Gingham.  Score them at 3-⅞", 4" and 4-⅛".  Fold it on the 4" scoreline.  Place the largest die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set about ⅛" beyond the fold and cut through both layers to create treat wrappers.

Unfold it and refold it on the 3-⅞" and 4-⅛" scorelines.  Punch holes at the top.  

Cut Bunny Face, Sweet Bunny and Gentle Bunny from watercolor paper.  Cut Simple Chicks from bright yellow cardstock.  Attach scraps of pink, orange and black cardstock for the facial features and a colorful tail for the Gentle Bunny.  

Stamp the greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Greetings set on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Turquoise Gem VersaColor, Verdant VersaFine Clair, Summertime VersaFine Clair and Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Emboss the words with detail clear powder.

Attach the candy with doublestick tape and tie the wrappers with twine.  I've used a Ghiradelli Square - two Ghiradelli Minis would also be great.

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Join us for the Charming Prints class at Impress if you're in the Seattle area on Saturday April 20th.  We're using an assortment of printed, silkscreened and embossed papers to create artsy, layered cards.  We'll fold a simple origami peacock and a very dimensional flower too!

Thanks for stopping by - have a Happy Easter if you're celebrating this weekend!  

Jeansignature-3

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04/13/2019

Sat 13

Wildflower Circle, Gentle Bunny and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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A Wildflower Circle window card sets the scene for the Gentle Bunny on a sparkly Easter card today.  Glittery pink, violet and purple blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms create a bright background.   The sweet bunny is cut from textured gold paper to resemble a foil-wrapped chocolate treat...I hope!

Happy weekend everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a just-in-time Easter card.  It's amazing how fast the year is flying by.  Thank goodness we  have so many great Memory Box dies and stamps to keep up with the holidays.

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Cut a circle on a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Cut Wildflower Circle  from pale green cardstock.  

Cut pink, violet and purple glittered cardstock with the blossoms from the Forget Me Not Blooms set.  Punch ¼" circles  of yellow cardstock for the flower centers.

Trim the tips of the wildflowers that will be covered with the glittered flowers.  Attach just the circle portion of the Wildflower Circle inside the card.  The adhesive from the glittered flowers will secure the ends of the wildflowers.  Adhere the yellow dots to the background where you'll place the flowers - including the three little flowers.  Add the glittered flowers.

Attach gold textured paper or foil to an adhesive label (or sticker sheet) and diecut Gentle Bunny.  I've used some gold Shizen Design paper from Impress.  Cut two more bunnies from cardboard and layer them for dimension.  

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Wondering where the bunny's glittered green bow came from?  It's cut with the fourth wildflower from the left (where the purple flower appears on the finished card).  Trim the stem, then attach it to the bunny...and he's ready for Easter!

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Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on smooth white cardstock with Lilac Posies Memento Luxe.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and bunny to the card.  Add pale green gem stickers.

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The wildflowers probably weren't designed to multi-task as bunny bows - but if it works, use it!  Look at your Memory Box designs and think of new ways to use them.  You'll be surprised at how versatile they are!

Thanks for visiting - see you next week...

Jeansignature-3

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04/11/2019

Thu 11

Side Butterfly Circle, Feathered Friends and Birthday Blowout by Jean Okimoto

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A sweet bird from the Feathered Friends Deep Edge Dies and the Side Butterfly Circle create a spring birthday card here today.  Pick a greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set and you're ready to celebrate!   Hello, Jean Okimoto here with combination of a favorite set from my stash - and a design from our Spring Collection.

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The Deep Edge dies are designed to cut through layers of fabric - so they're perfect for felt and special artpapers too.  Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet behind pale peach felt and cut the main section of the bird.  

Cut the overlay and wing from a pretty pastel print.  Cut an extra wing from a scrap of the paper and layer it for dimension.

I've borrowed the eye die from the owl - it's a little larger and stands out against the print.  Cut the beak from orange cardstock.

Assemble the bird - attach the wing with a tiny silver brad to add movement.

Prep the Side Butterfly Circle by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easier to remove the diecut.  Cut the circle from pale green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting -  from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout  set - on Snapdragon cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the bird.  Add pale orange gem stickers.

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Mix felt with bits and pieces of printed papers from your stash and make a few extra birds - and an owl or two.  You'll discover some great combinations of colors and patterns - and handmade embellishments always add a personal touch to your projects.

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Saturday!

Jeansignature-3

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04/10/2019

Wed 10

Cottage Flower Circle Frame and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special birthday with the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and the Bold Friendly Greetings. It's easy to color the delicate blossoms with bright pigment inks and emboss them for a glossy finish.  Hi everyone - Jean Okimoto here with a colorful spring design today.

Prep the circle frame by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to make it easy to remove the delicate diecut.

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This looks messy,  but it's the easiest way to color the delicate Cottage Flower Circle Frame.  Diecut it from the smoother side of watercolor paper - don't remove the offcuts. 

Use cotton swabs to color it with Imagine Crafts pigment inks - Radiant Neon Electric Pink, Radiant Neon Electric Coral, VersaColor Lime and VersaFine Clair Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder, then carefully remove the offcuts.

Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Friendly Greetings set - with Electric Pink.  

Stamp a portion of the dotted strip - also from the greetings set - with Sunshine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Tear it so it resembles a short strip of washi tape.  I like to use the serrated cutting edge of a tape dispenser to cut real washi tape - it's great for stamped strips like this too.

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

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Diecut and color some extras - they'll be prepped and ready the next time you need a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's FRIENDS+FLOWERS and BEYOND THE BOX classes at Impress!  Special thanks to Linda too - we loved your ChocoMochi snacks - the perfect combination of salty, crunchy rice crackers and rich chocolate!  And thanks Ann, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone find the dies, stamps and papers for our spring projects.

No classes this weekend - here's my spring schedule.  Please call Impress (206 901.9101) if you can join us!

       -    Charming Prints - April 20

       -    Asia Now - April 27 and May 12

       -    Stash Cards - Birthdays Happen! - May 4

       -    Seattle Style - May 27 and June 22

       -    Summer Splash - June 8

       -    Outside the Box - June 22

       -    Butterfly Wishes - July 4 and July 13

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

    

 

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04/08/2019

Mon 08

Clean and Simple Cards with Blooming Floral Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Maybe you'll recognize this first card from the introduction to this month's challenge.

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I chose to feature one die on a series of clean and simple cards for each season: BLOOMING FLORAL CIRCLE FRAME 94218.  

For this spring card, I used an aqua notecard, white cardstock cut with the Blooming Floral Circle Frame, cloud paper cut with one of the Wrapped Circle dies just a tad bigger than the floral circle as an underlay, and a scrap of pool distressed dot paper cut with a small circle die the same diameter as the inner circle of the frame.  I stamped "springtime wishes" from
SPRINGTIME TYPEWRITER SENTIMENTS CL5239 using Hero Arts Tide Pool ink on a scrap of white cardstock.  I layered everything up using a glue pen, tucking the sentiment under one of the branches and adding the small cut-outs on the end of that tag.

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Want an even cleaner and simpler version?

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Here I covered the front of a pink notecard with plaid paper, added the white cardstock Blooming Floral Circle Frame, and glued on a bow and a few small pearls.  Summer card!

Here I've added fall and winter cards with the summer one.

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For the oranges fall card (which I made as a birthday card with a sentiment from Bold Friendly Greetings CL5236), I used a gold cardstock and a darker orange one for the circle frames and layered them just a bit offset before adding the ribbon bow.  The winter dark chocolate card has a white cardstock circle frame over a kraft circle die cut to the same size and finished with a brown ribbon bow. 

I'm now thinking of other color combinations and celebrations appropriate for this design.  So many possibilities!

I also added coordinating papers to the inside panels of each card and also on the back--trying to use up some of the pretty papers from my 6X6 collections and scraps from previous projects.  

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

04/07/2019

Sun 07

Clean and Simple Tulips
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Today I wanted to share a card that was inspired by this month's "clean and simple" challenge.

Memory Box has a lot of new circle dies, but that doesn't mean that you have to use the entire die.  When you cut the new Springtime Tulips die, this is what you get:

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As you can see from the picture, I used just the tulips without the circle and then cut everything out of white cardstock.  You could cut it using different pieces of cardstock, but I found it easier to use white paper and then color the pieces with Copic markers.  That way I only had to run the die through once and I could have white outlines for the petals and color the stems and leaves green.

To give a light shading to the background, I used my Copic airbrush.  However, you could just as easily use Distress inks and sponge on your color.  The first step was to mask the left side and bottom of the card:

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Next, I airbrushed a little green and blue onto the card for the ground and sky.  I started on top of the mask and then moved the color onto the paper so that I wouldn't get splotches of color onto my cardstock.  If you were using ink and a sponge, you would want to do the same thing.  Start by putting your brush onto the mask and then sponge onto the cardstock.  Go lightly with your color.  You can always add more color, but you can't take it away:

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I removed the masks and was left with a crisp edge on the left side and bottom of my card.  As a finishing touch, I added my tulips, sentiment and a few rhinestones:

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When I colored the tulips, I colored the smaller petals a shade lighter to add a little bit of interest.

Thanks for visiting today!

Laurasignature

 

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04/04/2019

Thu 04

Wildflower Circle and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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A crisp white Wildflower Circle on a watercolored background creates a quiet garden scene here today.  It's a design that works for any occasion  -  from birthdays to thank yous and messages of enouragement.  Hello again, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and colorful spring design.

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Paint watercolor paper with diluted dye ink refills.  I've used Kaleidacolor refills here. Dry the ink, then cut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Spray it lightly with Imagine Crafts Frost Shimmer Spritz.  Set it aside to dry.

Prep the Wildflower Circle die by rubbing it briskly with a wad of scrunched wax paper to help release the diecut.  Cut Wildflower Circle from smooth white cardstock.  Attach it to the watercolored circle.

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on smooth white cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair,  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the banner die from the Garden Sketches die set.  Cut two extra banners and layer them behind the stamped piece for dimension.  The banner die is perfectly proportioned to trim several of the greetings from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set.

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

Add green gem stickers.

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Send a card to someone who would appreciate a bit of encouragement.   It'll brighten their day - and yours too!

Thanks for stopping by...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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04/03/2019

Wed 03

Hoppy Easter with the Snow Bunny and Side Butterfly Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Winter's Snow Bunny is also perfect for spring cards especially when it's layered over the new Side Butterfly Circle.  Add a quirky greeting from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set and it's ready to go!  Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with a sweet felt bunny card for Easter.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to white and pale peach felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Cut the Snow Bunny's big ears, face, paws and body section from white felt.  Cut the nose from peach felt.  Cut the eyes from black cardstock.  Cut the inner ears and tummy from printed paper.  This pretty print is from an 8.5"x11" assortment by Shizen Design that's available at Impress.

Assemble the bunny.

Cut Side Butterfly Circle from mint cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set - on the center offcut with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and trim the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Here's an easy way to attach the delicate circle...

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Cut a strip of ⅛" ScorTape and snip halfway through the outer edge of the tape in ½" increments.  The little slashes along the edge help the tape conform to the circle and eliminate creases and bumps in the tape.  Not quite a major discovery...just something to make life easier!

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of Snapdragon cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Snow Bunny is from the Memory Box Collection of Deep Edge dies that are perfect for cutting felt or multiple layers of fabric.  Pair plush felt with great printed papers for unique Easter cards, baby cards or birthday cards - or a sweet and thoughful thinking-of-you card.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for two classes at Impress on Saturday April 6th.  It's FRIENDS AND FLOWERS at 10:30 and BEYOND THE BOX at 1:30.  Learn some new techniques, use your dies and stamps in unique ways, and have a great time!

Thanks for visiting - see you tomorrow.

Jeansignature-3

 

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03/30/2019

Sat 30

Butterfly Frond, Bold Friendly Greetings and Circle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Mixed, layered design elements from Butterfly Frond and Poinsettia Circle Frame die sets create a simple card for a special friend or family member.  The delicate, debossed blossoms from the Poinsettia Circle Frame set aren't just for holidays - they're great for spring and summer cards too.

Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with mix+matchup of  classic favorites and the new Butterfly Frond from our Spring Collection.

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Cut Butterfly Frond from smooth white cardstock.  Cut a circle of pale pink cardstock with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.

Stamp the greeting from the Bold Friendly Greetings Clear Stamps on the circle with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.

Cut two of the Poinsettia Circle Frame flowers from Coral Creme, Flamingo and Petunia cardstock.  Layer them - slightly offset.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Why not brighten someone's day with a thoughtful, unexpected card that's designed to make them smile?   They'll appreciate it - and you'll smile too, when you think of how happy they'll be when your card arrives!  

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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