239 posts categorized "Spring"

03/28/2019

Thu 28

Butterfly Meadow, Gentle Bunny and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

 

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Butterfly Meadow and the waves from the Happy Octopus set create a grassy lawn for an egg hunt with the Gentle Bunny.  A quick trim with a Stitched Curve border transforms a nautical wave background into a sloping lawn for my Easter card.  Glittered craft foam and cardstock add sparkle and color for a fresh spring scene.  

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an Easter design for you.  Who would have guessed that the waves from the Happy Octopus set could create a grassy lawn for an egg hunt?  It's just another way to get more from your Memory Box dies.

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Cut the wave section of the Happy Octopus die set from green cardstock.  Cut Butterfly Meadow from the same cardstock.

Cut the smaller Clutch of Eggs from purple, pink, teal and aqua glittered cardstock.  Attach four eggs to the green background - slide the bottom three into the wave slots.

Cut Gentle Bunny from glittered craft foam.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Clear Stamps Set - on white cardstock with    Charming Pink VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock.

Attach everything to a side-folded white A-2 card.

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Mixing and layering the detailed frames and circle designs from our Spring Collection creates a great backgrounds for any occasion.  Add a design element - like Gentle Bunny - and your card is ready for Spring!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BEYOND THE BOX class at Impress.  Hope you liked the different ways we used our dies and stamps and were inspired to try a few combinations of your own.  Thanks Ann, Shari and Lynne for helping everyone shop and find just what they were looking for!

If you're in the area, join us for the SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE class on March 30th.  We're folding a simple origami bunny to welcome spring - and adding a personal touch to five cards and a Easter treat wrapper.  

Thanks for stopping by...

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03/25/2019

Mon 25

Chalked Blessings Card
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I want to talk about using PanPastel chalks for creating a background.  We have been doing a lot of Spring/floral/bunny cards, but sometimes people want a religious theme.  I decided the new Easter Shepherd Scene would be a good die to use for my sample.

Before we talk about coloring, I want to talk about cutting out detailed dies. First,  I recommend using a metal shim to get a good impression.  Remember to put the shim under plastic plates so that you keep it nice an flat when it is being run through the die cut machine.  Second is an observation I have made over the years of cutting out dies.  If you put the metal die face up so that it cuts up into the paper, you get a crisper cut than you do if you have the die cut down into the paper.  I have no idea why this is the case, but trust me, it is a better cut.  Here is a picture:

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This is how I run the dies through my Big Shot for a crisp cut:

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When you cut out the die for the card, this is what you get:

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If you want to use the sun rays, you are going to have to piece together all the cutouts:

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Don't lose the two little pieces between the lamb legs!  The sun rays are etched into the paper when you cut out the die.

To color the rays, I started by rubbing the piece with Hansa Yellow PanPastel chalk:

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Next, I sponged in lines of Yellow Ochre Pan Pastel.  I followed the lines of the rays, but I didn't try to color in between the sun rays. That would have been a lot of work!

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Finally, I added some Orange PanPastel to the center of the sun:

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One of the best features of PanPastels is that they are completely eraseable if you make a mistake or want to add some effects to your chalked piece.  I dabbed an eraser in the center of the sun to make it look a bit more like a halo on the finished card:

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Memory Box has a lot of circle dies as well as a lot of frame dies.  They are all meant to mix and match, so I finished the card by pairing the shepherd die with the Splendid Rose Frame die. 

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03/20/2019

Wed 20

Splendid Rose Frame and Birthday Blowout from Poppystamps by Jean Okimoto

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March is a popular birthday month...celebrate with the beautiful Splendid Rose Frame and Birthday Blowout Clear Stamps from Poppystamps.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great set of dies.  We're using the entire set here today!

Cut a square of medium green cardstock with the 4" Square Basics die.  Pressure-emboss it with the outer frame from the Splendid Rose Frame set using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.

Cut the circle frame from light gray cardstock.

Cut the solid rose background from peachy-pink cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from Poppystamps'  Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set - on light green cardstock with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut the circle with the 1-½" Circle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded 5-¼" square white card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Take advantage of  the versatility of Memory Box die sets.  They're also perfect for pressure-embossing and cutting craft foam stamps as Donna did on her card.  They're great for stenciling and masking  too - like Laura did.  

Enjoy your Memory Box dies and stamps - and experiment with different ways to use them on your projects!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow.

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03/16/2019

Sat 16

Butterfly Meadow, Sweet Bunny and Forget Me Not Blooms by Jean Okimoto

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Sweet Bunny and the new Butterfly Meadow create an Easter scene with glittery pink Forget Me Not Blooms.  Surround the bunny with with two layers of the meadow grasses to add extra dimension.

Hi, happy weekend!  Jean Okimoto here with a spring window card for you.  The layer of fresh green defines the details of this versatile new die set.  The set also includes four little butterflies - they'll be great for summer cards!

Cut a window on a side-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock with the 3" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Butterfly Meadow die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to make it easier to release the cardstock.   Cut Butterfly Meadow from smooth white cardstock and green cardstock.  Attach the green diecut to the inside of the card.  Attach the white diecut to the front of the card.  

Cut Forget Me Not Blooms from pink glittered cardstock.  Punch ¼" circles of yellow cardstock. Attach the circles to the inside of the card, then glue the flowers over the circles.  

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to gray felt and cut Sweet Bunny.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  Cut another bunny from dark gray cardstock.  Punch one pink and two black ¼" circles and attach them to the cardstock bunny for the eyes and nose.  Glue the bunnies together, slightly offset.

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Springtime Typewriter Sentiments - on smooth white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  

Impress now stocks VersaFine Clair refills in many popular colors.  The Clairs are rich, vibrant pigment inks that are perfect for fine details, solid designs and stenciling.  Emboss with them too - just be sure to have the embossing powder and heat-tool nearby before you stamp.

Cut the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting and add gold gem stickers.

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Hope you're liking our Spring Collection as much as we are - and we love sharing our ideas with you.  Thanks for visiting - see you next week!

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03/14/2019

Thu 14

Gentle Bunny, Happy Octopus and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Waves from the Happy Octopus set create a garden to grow instant carrots for the new Gentle Bunny.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a spring design combining new  favorites from the Spring Collection and great designs from my Memory Box stash.

I skipped coloring class in preschool - and never learned to stay inside the lines.  Here's a solution that resolves that issue and creates a bunch of carrots in the proper colors.

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Tape strips of orange and green cardstock together on the backside - then stamp the carrot from the Spring Bunnies Clear Stamp Set on the other side with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Instant carrots!  Dry the ink, then cut them with the carrot from the Spring Bunnies Die Set.

There are some cute cupcakes in the Spring Bunnies stamp set that would work with this patchwork coloring technique too...that's another card!

Cut the circle and waves from the sweet Happy Octopus set from dark Kraft cardstock.  Trim the top edge of the waves with a die from the Stitched Curves set to create a little pile of dirt.  Tuck the carrots into the wave slots at various heights.  Trim the bottoms of the lower carrots.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on the smoother side of watercolor paper with Summertime VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a flat toothpick to create a garden sign.

Cut Gentle Bunny from watercolor paper three times.  Layer the diecuts - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a Pool Notecard - use foam dots for the sides of the sign and the top three carrots.  Add ¼" punched circles of green glittered cardstock.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's FRIENDS + FLOWERS and SIMPLY ASIAN classes at Impress!  Hope you like the designs (and origami!) - and were inspired to use your stamps and dies in as many ways as possible.  Thanks too - Ann and Lynne - for helping everyone fill those baskets.  It was great seeing Cindi too - can't wait to see your springtime displays.

Looking forward to seeing everyone again on March 24th for the BEYOND THE BOX class.  We'll use our favorite dies and stamps as intended - or not (!) - to get the most from our stashes.

Thanks for visiting...hope you like this timesaving, no-coloring-skill-required carrot project!  See you again this weekend.

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03/12/2019

Tue 12

Hello Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a cute CAS card with you today. Hope you enjoyed our fun Blitz week showcasing all the new supplies.

For today, I decided to create a cute CAS card using some new and previously released products.

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I started by creating a white card base. I then die-cut the Grass Stitched Circle Frame using green cardstock. Die-cut the Bunny and colour it using copic markers. I adhered a tiny pompom for his tail to make it look whimsical.

Now, I die-cut a circle and sponged some ink to create the background and adhered it behind the grass circle.

Stamp and emboss the sentiment onto a black stripe. Assemble everything together.

Here is a close up

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Easy isn't it?  Have a wonderful crafty day! 

 

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03/07/2019

Thu 07

New Splendid Rose Frame and Butterfly Meadow by Jean Okimoto

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The Splendid Rose Frame and butterflies from the Butterfly Meadow create a versatile card in soft spring colors.  Add a simple greeting from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set - and you're ready for any occasion.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with an updated, glittery version of my March Challenge inspiration card.  But first - thank you for all of your wonderful comments during our Spring Blog Blitz and congrats to all of the winners.  Enjoy your prizes!

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Create a dreamy background for these great new dies with a Pastel Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Spritz a 5" square of watercolor paper lightly with water.  Press the inkpad (keep the colors separated) onto a large acrylic stamp block.  Spritz the inks and let them blend for a few seconds.

Press the inks firmly onto the damp watercolor paper.  Lift and rotate the block to transfer the residual inks to other sections of the paper.  Lightly spritz the paper, then airdry it for a few minutes.  Heat-set it from both sides to minimize curling.

Cut it with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die - save a section for the greeting.

Cut the inner frame and rose section of the Splendid Rose Frame from dark gray cardstock. Cut the solid rose from pink cardstock.  Pressure-emboss it with the detailed rose using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  The embossing adds extra dimension to the pink diecut.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Birthday Blowout Clear Stamp Set  - on a scrap of the watercolored paper with Espresso Truffle Memento Luxe. Love that contemporary typestyle!   Heat-set it.

Cut the butterflies from the Butterfly Meadow set from turquoise glittered cardstock.  Cut extra butterflies from gray cardstock and layer them for dimension.

Attach everything to a side-folded A-2 card of textured gray cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add clear gem stickers.

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We'll be using several of the great Spring Collection stamps and dies in classes at Impress on Sunday March 10th.  We'll mix and match the just-released designs with classic favorites from my stash.  It's  FRIENDS + FLOWERS at 11:30 - followed by SIMPLY ASIAN at 2:30.  Cool techniques, some origami - and a lot of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press!  Join us if you're in the Seattle area - call Impress (206 901.9101) to reserve your seat.  

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

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02/22/2019

Fri 22

You make me Smile Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha  sharing a clean and simple spring themed card with you. Today, I want to share that we don't have to color the full die-cut images to achieve pretty results. Leaving a bit of white space leaves the project with an airy feel, which is quite important for CAS one layer cards :)

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I started by creating a white cardbase and sponged a bit of salty ocean distress ink to create the background. I then die-cut the floral wreath and added a bit of Shimmerz paints to it, let it dry. Meanwhile I die-cut the butterfly and added some distress ink for a pop of color.

Now I stamped the sentiment and then adhered the die-cuts. To finish, I adhered a few crystals from Studio Katia.

Here is a close up

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Easy isn't it? Just keep a lot of white space and you will have a fun, airy CAS card, Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day! 

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06/13/2018

Wed 13

Vintage Watering Can, Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots by Jean Okimoto

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Quick Bunnies and Stitched Rain Boots aren't just for spring...they can multi-task on summer cards too!  My cocker spaniels and I see more June bunnies than Easter bunnies - and rain boots work as garden boots  throughout the year.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with with a spring-into-summer card designed get the most from some favorite dies. 

Attach lavender duct tape to a scrap of lightweight cardstock and cut Vintage Watering Can.   Memory Box dies are great for cutting duct tape and colored masking tape.  Just attach the duct tape to lightweight cardstock, then diecut it.  

Attach packing tape or glossy laminate to turquoise cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.  This gives the cardstock a shiny, waterproof look.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown felt and cut Quick Bunnies.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spring Lilacs Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with VersaFineClair Fantasia.  Dry the ink, then trim the cardstock with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  

Cut the Green Folia screenprinted paper from Birch Press Design with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 card of pale green cardstock - use foam dots for the greeting and the boot on the right.  Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Put those sweet Spring Release bunny dies to work throughout the year.  Brown or grey felt adds to their versatility as everyday woodland creatures.   I enjoy using my Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press products in as many ways as possible -  hope you do too!

Thanks for visiting...

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04/26/2018

Thu 26

Set a Garden Scene with the Glorious Floral Stem by Jean Okimoto

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The Glorious Floral Stem sets the scene for an afternoon of spring gardening with the Vintage Watering Can and Stitched Boots.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a garden greeting today.

Cut watercolor paper with the  3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Paint in shades of green, yellow and orange from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad.  Spritz it with water, dry it for a few minutes, then heat-set with an embossing tool.

Stamp the flowers from the Garden Sketches Clear Stamps Set on watercolor ink with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Place the die from the matching Garden Sketches Die Set over the image and sponge it with Cheerful VersaFine Clair.  Diecut it, and two more.

Cut Glorious Floral Stem from green cardstock, remove the flowers.

Cut Vintage Watering Can from copper metallic cardstock.

Attach glossy laminate over Key Lime Dots cardstock to create a shiny surface for the rainboots.  Diecut it with Stitched Rainboots.

Stamp the greeting from the Garden Sketches set with Nocturne and emboss it.  Cut it with the matching die.

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded A-2 card of green textured cardstock.

Add yellow-green gem stickers.

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Mix and match your Memory Box stamps and dies as we did here - it gives you so many additional options for unique cards.  Use your supplies in out-of-the box ways - you'll be surprised at how many combinations you'll discover!

Special thanks for everyone who took last Sunday's GREEN GREETINGS class.  Recycling can be a creative way to add texture, dimension and interest to your cards.  Thanks too - Ann and Becca - for helping everyone fill their baskets and take advantage of last weekend's spring sale.

Thanks for stopping by...

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