285 posts categorized "Spring"

04/09/2020

Thu 09

Beary Best by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a card that was inspired by window teddy bear sightings in our neighborhood.  They were actually bears, elephants, monkeys, cats, bunnies and some we couldn't recognize - all out there and enjoyed by families on daily walks. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a card that's very different from the Easter project I was planning to post - hope you like it.

We all need something to smile about right now - why not make a card for that?  Share it with neighbors from your window, or send it to someone for their window.  

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The Snow Bunny Deep Edge Set becomes a bear again with just a change of ears.  Cut it from textured metallic kraft paper.  Cut the ear circles with the Circle Basics dies.  Diecut cardboard scrap layers to add dimension to the nose and feet.  The eyes and nose triangle are on one die - cut it from brown cardstock, then color the eye circles with a black marker.

Cut the ear and paw accents from the dark orange Cottage Stripes and Dots 6x6 print.  Cut the dark floral Cottage Meadow 6x6 print with the 3.5" x 4.75" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut the floral tummy piece from the reverse side of the background print.

Cut the 2" x 3.25"  Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from the blue striped Cottage Stripes and Dots 6x6 print.  Stamp the greeting - from the Birch Press Design You Are Awesome Clear Stamps Set - with Pinecone VersaFine Clair on the pumpkin-colored print from the same set.  Heat-emboss it quickly with detail clear powder.

Here's an embossing technique we use in classes...pre-heat the embossing powder from the reverse side of the stamped cardstock, then finish it from the front.  This preheats the powder and (seems to) prevent overheating and scorching the stamped image or words.  

Score, fold and cut a blue A-6 (4.5" x 6.25") card.  Attach the diecuts.  Attach the greeting with thin foam tape.

Accent some of the flowers with Goldfinch and Strawberry Ice Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Set the card aside to dry the glue.

Memory Box Deep Edge Dies are great for fabric arts too - you can cut several layers at once.  Cut the larger bear shapes from fabric, then add cardstock details.  

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This little guy takes a few minutes to diecut and assemble, but he'll make you smile...promise!  Make some extras and send them to others for their windows too!  Bear cards eliminate problems caused by narrow windowsills, wide bears - or both.

Thanks for stopping by, take care...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/08/2020

Wed 08

Shadow Box Card
by Trina Pham

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Hello there.  Have you joined this month’s Spring Fling challenge with your spring themed projects yet?  As you can see, my card was inspired by it.  When I saw how all those tree collage dies from the Spring release could be layered, I wanted to make my first shadow box card.  And since I only have the two largest collage dies, my card is not a standard A2 size.

Bristol paper was used to create my card.  Started by trimming two 5.25” x 6.5” panels.  Along the short side, both panels were scored at 4.25” and 5”.  Took one of them and die cut the largest Rustic Tree Collage from it for the front.

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To create the inner layer, started with a 5-3/16” x 6.5” panel.  Scored along the short side at 1/4” and 1/2”.  Flipped the panel and repeated the scoring on the opposite side.  The Bramble Collage was die cut in the center of it.

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On the other remaining 5-1/4” x 6.5” panel, ink blended Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks with blender brushes to create the background sky.

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The grass was die cut with the Wild Grass Border die and colored with Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn distress inks.  Flicked on some water and dabbed with a paper towel for texture.   The largest bunny from Little Bunny Trio was die cut three times and stacked for dimension.  Added strong adhesive tape to the 1/4” scored sections and assembled the card to finish.

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I actually forgot to stamp the sentiment from Big and Little Spring stamp set directly on the background sky panel before assembling, so the sentiment was white heat embossed on a black strip and added after.  The finished size measures 4.25” w x 6.5” h x 0.75”d.  It flattens down to 5”x6.5” and easily fits into an A7 envelope.

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To make a portrait shadow box card that fits into a standard A2 size envelope, start with 4.5”x5.5” panels and score at 3.5” and 4.25”on the short side.   This will result in a 3.5” wide front.  

And that does it for today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Stay home and craft on.

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04/04/2020

Sat 04

Add Special Dimensional Effects with the Genoese Egg by Jean Okimoto

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Let the new Genoese Egg add layers of dimension and texture to your Easter cards with a combination of shadow diecutting and embossing.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a springy Easter design for you.  Memory Box dies make it easy to add special effects to your cards and layouts - I'll share some techniques here.

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Sponge the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with Twisted Citron, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxides.  Spritz it with a very light mist of water, then use the inky daubers or sponges to soften and blend the adjacent colors.  

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Cut it with the 3-¼" tall Half a Dozen Eggs die.  Pressure-emboss it using the plates and rubber embossing mat required for your machine.  Cut Genoese Egg from an adjacent section of the watercolor paper.  Cut Genoese Egg again from smooth white cardstock and remove the outer rim - we're using just the decorative inner section.  

Attach the white portion - slightly offset -  behind the watercolored diecut.  Attach that to the pressure-embossed egg.

Cut the pale yellow/green dotted sheet from the Springtime Bouquet 6x6 pack with the 4.25" x 5.5" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  

Cut Wild Grass Border from green cardstock.  Trim the short edges with the 4.25" x 5.5" rectangle basics die.  

Cut Gentle Bunny and the two larger bunnies from the Little Bunny Trio from the white glittered cardstock in the Delicate Pastel 6x6 pack.

Cut three flowers from the Cherry Blossom Elements set from the white cardstock in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Color the flowers with a pale peach marker.  

Attach the diecuts to the background.  Add dots of Sour Apple Sparkle Glitter Glue to the flower centers.  Set the cards aside to dry the glitter glue.

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Hope you'll give this triple-dimension technique a try - it adds a lot to a simple card...and it's easy.  Thanks for visiting!

Take care and stay healthy...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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04/03/2020

Fri 03

Watercolor Flowers on Easter/Spring Cards
by Anne Thompson

Have you watched Dave's video yet on watercolor techniques?  You can view it here.  I've spent some time this past week playing with my watercolors (Kuratake Japanese watercolors, set of 36) and the new stamp sets to create some Easter and spring cards.  

This first card uses the WILD ROSE STEM clear stamp and die set CL5258-D reimagined in yellows, oranges, and reds.  It's the card I shared in the introduction to this month's Memory Box Challenge:  #60 Spring Fling (Spring Themed Cards).
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I stamped the image with VersaMark on the new Open Studio Watercolor Paper WP101 and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.  Once it was painted and dried, I used the coordinating die to cut it out.  I adhered it with Scor-Tape to an orange striped paper from the COTTAGE STRIPES AND DOTS PP1004 pad on a white notecard.  (I find that Scor-Tape works the best to secure painted watercolor paper to another surface in order to get a nice flat adherence.)  The sentiment "thinking of you at Easter" is from the Poppystamps set CL491 SPRINGTIME FUN stamped on the striped paper with VersaFine Onyx Black ink.

This next card is stamped and embossed, painted and die cut in the same way using the single blossom and two leaves from that same stamp set.  The paper is also from the Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pad.  The sentiment is another from the Poppystamps Springtime Fun set of clear stamps.

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For this third card I chose the large SUNFLOWER WREATH CL5253.  It is a very large image and I positioned it on the edge of the watercolor paper cutting off some of the blossoms on the left.  I used three different yellows and an orange for the petals and three browns and a purple for the seedy centers.  Once it was painted and dried I fussy cut around the image and used Scor-Tape to adhere it to the papered notecard.  The background paper is from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 pad.  The sentiment "a happy HELLO" is from the Poppystamps Springtime Fun set.

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Two more:  the single sunflower stamped multiple times, painted and spattered; the two leaves stamped multiple times, painted and spattered; "Happy Spring" from the Open Studio BIG AND LITTLE SPRING CL5254 clear stamp set

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My next adventure is to try other sets of watercolors I have as well as watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils.  I seem to have more time to play in my craft room these days.  Hope you are all well and finding more crafting time, too.  Someone sent me a note the other day stating that instead of saying that she is sheltering in place she is now an artist in residence.  I think I will adopt that title as well!  And maybe you should too!!!

Happy Crafting!

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04/02/2020

Thu 02

Add Twinkling Jewel Glitter Cardstock and Watercolors to a Lacework Egg by Jean Okimoto

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The delicate details of a glittery Lacework Egg sparkle on the matte watercolored background for today's Easter card.  Turn the Poppystamps Whittle Cloud Border into a bouncy green lawn for bunny-hopping and a greeting from the new Big and Little Spring Clear Stamp Set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of inspiration for April's Spring Fling Challenge.

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Sponge the slightly smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with overlapping layers of Distress Oxides - Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.  Spritz it - very lightly - with a fine mist of water.  Use the inky sponges to blend the colors.  Dry it, then diecut it with a die from the Half a Dozen Eggs set.

Here's a tip...scrunch a piece of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Lacework Egg die before cutting the white Delicate Pastel Glitter cardstock.  Prepping the die first makes it very easy to remove the detailed diecut from the die.

Cut Gentle Bunny and Little Bunny Trio from the white glitter cardstock.

Cut the pale green pinstripe Springtime Bouquet print with one of the new Poppystamps Whittle Cloud Border. It's now a spring lawn for bunny hopping.  

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Spring Clear Stamps - on white cardstock with Pearlescent Purple Brilliance.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square lavender card - use thin foam tape for the bunnies.   Add purple gem stickers.  Square cards require special handling and extra postage - but they'll be appreciated.

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Hope our Design Team has inspired you to keep creating during these difficult weeks.  Cards are a great way to keep in touch - now, more than ever before. Continue  to support your favorite Retailers and their online stores.  

Thanks for visiting!

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03/27/2020

Fri 27

Using Old Favorites In New Ways by Vicki Finger

Hello everyone!  Vicki here with you today.  I have a new project using some of my "old" favorites from Memory Box and a stamp set from Poppy Stamps as well.  I love being able to use supplies in my "collection" to pull a completely different style of card together.  

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You might remember this card from last fall that I created using the Grateful Autumn Stamp Set from Memory Box.  I used Metallic Watercolors on Stonehenge Black Watercolor Paper from Legion (who also makes Yupo Paper).  

Just because it has Autumn in the name doesn't mean it can't be used for any of the other seasons that have leaves on the trees.  Lots of folks north of Texas live in states where it is still snowing this week and they don't even have the first little buds of leaves out on their trees.  Here in North Texas, Our Redbuds are just budding out this week and in a week or so, we'll have lots of small green leaves popping out everywhere.  The Bradford Pears have also begun blooming.  In Texas, we have Live Oak Trees, and they stay green year-round.  There are many such trees in Texas and I remember being fascinated by them when we first moved to Texas in the late 1990's.  Being a midwestern girl, the only kind of evergreen trees I had ever seen were the Cedar and Evergreen varieties that remind you of Christmas Trees.  There is a huge, ancient, Live Oak Tree on the grounds of the Alamo.  Its limbs have grown so heavy that many are now supported by giant cables and many are literally laying on the ground, but still growing.  

Today I wanted to use this same stamp set to create a pretty Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Background with a lot of visual interest.   Using the large image from the set, I heat embossed it onto a 5 x 7 panel of Watercolor Paper.  Next, I wet the entire panel using a #10 Escoda Versatil Paint Brush. These brushes are hand made in Barcelona Spain and have a Triple Crimp Ferrule and they don't shed!

Next, I added Diopside Genuine in a pretty concentrated mix of paint and water.  I sort of dabbed at the area of the leaves but didn't stay within the lines.  I let that dry and then repeated the process with Ultramarine Turquoise, making sure to extend the paint and water to the entire panel, letting it move freely as I turned the paper.  When it was not quite dry, I went in with a watery layer of Iridescent Gold Watercolor on the top and turning the paper, again let it move around the entire panel of watercolor paper.  As this dries, the gold settles into the texture of the paper making it very visible.  

I die cut the panel with a Rectangle Basics Die and then used the leftover piece to heat emboss my sentiment onto. The sentiment is from Poppy Stamps Butterfly Greetings Stamp Set and I love this font!  Using a smaller Rectangle Basics Die I die cut the sentiment out and then used the next size up to cut a mat from Gold Foiled Cardstock. I popped the sentiment up on some foam tape.  I also had an already cut piece of cardstock sitting there that I had previously cut for another project and then didn't use, so it was perfect for this.  

I die cut the Drifting Side Butterfly from the center of that panel, which is a very economical way to use your gold cardstock and although I don't often do it that way, I should!  I don't sit and plan out a card from beginning to end with what I'm going to do.  I'm definitely a "fly by the seat of your pants" cardmaker.  I get an idea of what stamp set I want to use and what technique, but that's as far as the planning goes until I actually sit down to put the card together.  So usually, I'm too far into the process when I think about using the gold foiled cardstock that way. 

I love all the shimmer and shine on this card and that perfect final touch was the sequins and gems I added.  These particular sequins are iridescent teal and they matched so well.  I've had them for years and I don't know where they came from.  I will be really sad when I run out as they are so pretty.  Then as I often do, I added a little gem in the center of the sequin which really makes everything sparkle and shine.  

I did play around with adding colored cardstock or shimmer cardstock for the butterfly's body behind the gold frame, but I didn't care for any of the colors I tried over just using the gold outline, which allowed the watercolor to be seen through the wings. 

I hope you enjoyed seeing my project today and that you might be inspired to see what you can do with a stamp set you may already have.  I have an extended post over on my blog today as I go into some detail about my watercolor palettes that I've made recently.  I'll hope you'll pop over there if your interested in that sort of thing. 

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03/26/2020

Thu 26

Welcome Spring with the Oval Fold Frame, Picket Tall Curve Border and Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape by Jean Okimoto

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Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape adds instant springtime when you need a quick card.    Diecut Poppystamps' Oval Fold Frame and emboss it with Picket Tall Curve Border to add some quick texture.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with an easy spring design for you.  I love it when my tools and supplies do all of the work for me!

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Cut and score pale pink cardstock twice with the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Fold the narrow tab back. Crease both frame sections on the other scored line.  

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Pressure-emboss the folded panels with the Poppystamps Picket Tall Curver Border.  Attach the embossed pieces to a pale pink cardstock rectangle cut with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape to pale pink cardstock and diecut it using the oval from the Oval Fold Frame set.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Spring Clear Stamps Set - on a scrap of the pale pink cardstock with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder - VersaFine Clair is a fast-drying ink.  

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Looking for a bit of sparkle?  Diecut the bright green glitter cardstock from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the Picket Tall Curve Border.  Tiny sparkly green squares!

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Need some Easter cards?  Just add some felt bunny diecuts and a new greeting instead - and you're done!  This could be a Mother's Day card too.

The pandemic forced us to cancel the March 28th SPRING THINGS class at Impress - but I'm hoping to sell class kits for the 5 Spring/Easter cards and a treat wrapper.  

Thanks for visiting - be careful, stay safe and make some  spring cards...

 

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03/23/2020

Mon 23

Happy Easter Card with Little Bunny Trio in a Springtime Bouquet Papers Pocket
by Anne Thompson

My friend Donna showed me a neat paper folding technique to create a pocket of sorts and I made one to highlight the die cut bunnies for this card.  

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I began by choosing double-sided papers from the SPRINGTIME BOUQUET PP1006 6X6 pad.  I used two pieces, a striped one and a floral that coordinated.  I cut the striped paper 4X5.25 and taped that to a white notecard and set it aside.  With the floral piece of paper I cut a 4" square and a 2" square.  I set the 2" square aside.

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I took the 4" square and folded it in half, keeping the floral side on the outside, opened it up and folded it in half again to make the four quarters.   

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I placed the square flat  with the inside yellow print facing up and folded each of the floral points in to the center.  Then I folded each point back to the outside edge.

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I used Scor-Tape to attach this pocket to the front of the notecard.  (I put it down on an angle but you could line it up square for a different look.)

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I added the 2" square of the floral paper in the center opening of the pocket.

I die cut the LITTLE BUNNY TRIO 94455 from a scrap of pink glitter paper from the DELICATE PASTEL GLITTER PAD GP1001.  I used foam dots behind the two larger bunnies and a mini Glue Dot behind the smaller one as I added them inside the pocket.

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I chose the "Happy Easter" sentiment from the Poppystamps SPRINGTIME FUN CL491 set and stamped it with VersaFine Onyx Black ink in the lower righthand corner of the card directly on the striped paper.

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Another look at the finished card...

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And because you know I usually make at least two, here's another.

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For this card I used two pieces of the same paper from the COTTAGE MEADOW PP1003 6X6 pad--leafy corner on one side and leaves on the other.  I assembled this card in the same manner as the first, but added "Happy Easter" from the Memory Box/Open Studio BIG AND LITTLE SPRING CL5254 clear stamp set.  I think I like this one best because of the papers I chose and my paper folding was a little more precise.

I love these little pockets.  I'm going to try them with squares in other sizes and with other die cuts in the centers.  You could also use dimensional stickers (like butterflies) in the pockets.  They fold pretty flat for mailing but pop up a bit once out of the envelope.  Fun!

Happy Crafting!


Anne Signature

 

 

03/20/2020

Fri 20

Classic Rose Frame Card
by Vicki Finger

Hi there and thanks for stopping by!  It's Vicki here today.  I wanted to work with some products from the most recent Memory Box Spring 2020 Collection so I pulled some papers and dies together to see what I could come up with for today's post.

I've been taking a Watercolor for Paper Crafters Class so I've been spending a lot of time practicing.  I am so excited to be getting better and even finally put my paints into a palette!  For me, that is a commitment - so I'm all in now.  However, since I did a watercolor project for the previous two Fridays, I wanted to do something different for you today.   

In the most recent release, there were several paper collections released in addition to stamps and dies.  There's a beautiful patterned paper pad called "Springtime Bouquet" and as usual, while all the papers are beautiful, there's a certain one that tugs at my heart!  Of course, it is this pink bloomed print that I just love.  This particular paper pad has mostly softer, pastel colors and each sheet is double-sided with a different print on the reverse side.  I really hate it when there's an especially loved print on both sides because then I have to choose.  Haha! 

I also used a sheet of the Glitter Paper from the Delicate Pastels Glitter Paper Pad.  It is a very soft pink so to brighten it up, I used the chisel tip of a Copic Marker to add color to it.  This works great and is easy to do.  I really never use the chisel tip end for anything except this type of thing.  You can also use that end if you want to quickly color in a white Prima Flower or other types of paper flowers to get an exact match.  I did the same thing on a scrap of the same glitter paper to get the behind layer for the Flitter Side Butterfly.  Like the Classic Rose Frame, I cut the butterfly from Gold Foiled Cardstock. 

The classic Rose Frame has two thin frames and the smaller one has the rose as part of the die.  There is also a coordinating die to cut the full rose shape out from a different cardstock. You could also die cut a second one and do die cut inlay.  The paper I used for this was a scrap of leftover paper from one of my watercolor projects and it was just big enough to cut the shape from.  I had used some light pink watercolor paint with some iridescent gold paint to create a wash, so that's why you see that little bit of shimmer on the rose. 

For the Sentiment, I used one from Poppy Stamps (another Memory Box Company) called Greeting Basics along with a set of die, Colwell Label Set that works with the sentiments in this set.  I was able to layer the dies which is super cool.  I stamped on a piece of white cardstock, die-cut it and then cut the mat from a piece of glitter paper in the Twinkling Jewel Paper Pack.

I just love the font used for these sentiments so I asked Dave (our owner) if it was okay to use the sentiments from Poppy Stamps, one of our Sister Companies.   

You could add more dimension to this style of a card by using foam tape or fun foam between each layer.  Because I mail most of my cards, I try to keep the dimension to a postal "acceptable" level.  The ones I don't mail, go to my sisters-in-law for their Holiday Goodie Bags and they mail them.  For the butterfly, since it was on the label that I had popped up on fun foam, I did a double thickness of foam behind the wing to make it look right. 

I added the base panel with the glitter mat and the Classic Rose Frame die-cut to a white, top folding card base and then added the other elements.  I used my Rectangle Basics Dies to cut the background panels.  Hint:  When adding color to the glitter paper, there's no need to do the whole panel.  I just went around about a half-inch all the way around the edge which was enough to cover up the rest of what I didn't color in.  

 

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03/19/2020

Thu 19

Gloriosa Butterflies, Double Stitch Square Cut Out and Cottage Meadow 6x6 Prints by Jean Okimoto

 

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A glittered Gloriosa Butterfly, Cottage Meadow 6x6 print and Double Stitch Square Cut Outs are a great combination for spring cards.  We're loving Cottage Meadow's "corner prints" as much as we love the overall florals of this great new set.  This is a beautiful, versatile set!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a very pink design today - hope it inspires you to add some prettiness to the world.  We certainly need it right now!

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Cut the Cottage Meadow dark floral corner print with the largest Double Stitch Square Cut Out die.  We're using just the inside square.  Cut the square with the second-largest die - leave the frame and square in the die.  Attach double-stick tape to the diecuts - place the tape so it forms a "bridge" between the frame and the square.

Score, cut and fold a pink 5-½" square card.  Square cards require extra handling and postage but I hope this card helps someone get thru a rough time. Attach the frame and square to the card.

Cut the big Gloriosa Butterfly Background from the dusty pink dotted Cottage Stripes and Dots print.  Cut the big detailed Gloriosa Butterfly Outline from the pink Delicate Pastel Glitter cardstock.  Cut the butterfly center from matte gold cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Poppystamps Greeting Basics Clear Stamps - on white cardstock with Rocket Red Gold Brilliance.

Attach the butterfly and greeting to the card - use foam dots for the greetings.  Color the white/orange-speckled Delicate Pastel glitter cardstock with a peachy Copic or Sharpie marker.  Punch ¼" dots and add them to the card.  Love  to create glittery custom-colored accents with the Memory Box glitter cardstock MemoryBoxGloriosaButterflyDuoOutlines, MemoryBoxGloriosaButterflyDuoBackground, MemoryBoxDoubleStitchSquareCutOut, MemoryBoxDelicatePastelGlitterPad, MemoryBoxCottageMeadow6x6Pack, MemoryBoxCottageStripesAndDots6x6Pack, PoppystampsGreetingBasicsClearStamps, JeanOkimoto, ButterflyCards, 6x6Prints, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts

Thanks for visiting...hope you'll be inspired to continue creating your beautiful cards for everyone we can't spend time with right now.  

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