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Sat 16

New Stained Glass Rose Frame and Springtime Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Brighten a winter day with the new Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame and a little note.  The greeting is from the new Springtime Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set.   Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with more designs from our 2019 Spring Collection of dies and stamps.

There are many ways to use this delicately-pretty new frame.  Circles are an easy way to add a bright background to each blossom.  The ¾" circles aren't a perfect fit - but I think they add a cool, quirky pop of color.  Hope you agree!


Sponge the smoother side of watercolor paper with Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, Pearlescent Orange and Rocket Red Gold.  Cut ¾" circles with a Circle Basics die - cut a few extras so you can chose the perfect colors.


You could glue the circles behind each delicate rose...that would take more time and patience than I have.  Here's an easier way - pressure-emboss Stained Glass Rose Circle Frame directly onto a side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock. The embossing shows exactly where the roses are - and adds shadowy extra dimension.  Glue the circles onto the embossed roses - then attach the white diecut frame over the circles.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set - on a scrap of sponged watercolor paper with VersaFine Clair Pinecone.  Use a light touch when stamping - the pearlescent inked paper can be a little slippery.  Heat-set the ink and trim the greeting with the ½" x 1-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it with foam dots.

Add pale pink gem stickers.


Hope our Spring Collection has arrived at your favorite retailer.  They're in stock and waiting for you at Impress!  Spring will be here soon - I hope.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on February 18th, Presidents Day.  Create cards with the latest release, favorites from the stash - and designs from Birch Press and Poppystamps too.  Please call the store at 206 901.9101 to reserve a seat if you can join us.  

Thanks for visiting...enjoy your weekend!





Wed 06

Glittered Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame with Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


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Glitter a Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame and brighten a cold winter day for a special friend or family member.  Heart dies don't need to be tucked away once  your Valentines are done.  Life happens...send a thoughtful, unexpected card to make someone smile.

Hi there - Jean Okimoto here with another reason you'll want the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame.   Use it throughout the year for weddings, anniversaries and baby cards too.  

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Cut the delicate heart frame from dark gray cardstock.  Cut hearts from a portion of a Peony Notecard and Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the 2" inner circle from the light gray cardstock you'll use for the card.

Attach Scor-Tape to a 4" square of light gray cardstock.  Cut it with the large outer frame.  Remove and save the tape liner.  Press the delicate heart frame onto the adhesive - offset to the right.  Press the light gray 2" circle onto the center.  

Press the Peony and Coral Creme hearts onto the adhesive.  Use the saved tapeliner as a press cloth to secure the diecuts.  Brush ultrafine iridescent glitter onto the remaining exposed adhesive.  Impress Sparkle Glitter is my favorite - we use a lot of it in classes too.  It makes everything look better!

Cut the little flowers from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the little hearts  from a scrap of the Peony Notecard.

Prep dark gray cardstock with the embossing powder tool.  Stamp the greeting - from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Cut an 11" x 4-¼" piece of light gray cardstock.  Score and crease it 4-¼" from one short end.  Create  the visual impact of a square card - without the extra postage.

Attach everything to the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale peach sequins - or clear sequins colored with a Sharpie.

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Hope you'll try this glitter-and-go design.  An adhesive-covered background is the fastest, foolproof way to attach delicate diecuts and add glitter at the same time.  

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!






Sun 03

(Heart) Someone with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and You Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

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A watercolored background sets the scene for a quick Valentine with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and You Jotted Script.  Splashy dots (splots?) of Starlite Silver and gem stickers balance the brightness and add a bit of sparkle.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here - hope you have a few minutes for one more Valentine card today.  

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Diecut smooth white cardstock with the 2-¾" x 4" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  It's my favorite go-to die for great backgrounds and layers.  I cut several rectangles to make a few extra backgrounds for future projects.

Press the vibrant inks of the Desert Heat Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a big acrylic stamp block.  Paint random,  overlapping  strips of diluted colors with a ¾" wide flat brush.   Air-dry the inks for a few minutes, then heat-set them from both sides to minimize curling.  If the dried cardstock is still a little wonky, place it between sheets of printer paper and run it through a diecut machine between the cutting plates.

Stamp the large solid heart -  from the Have a Heart Clear Stamp Set -  with Glamorous VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then stamp the lined heart (slightly offset) with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Stamp the little dots from the Bird Sanctuary Clear Stamp Set with Starlite Black Brilliance.  Rotate the stamp, re-ink it  and stamp it again.  

Diecut You Jotted Script from white cardstock and charcoal glittered cardstock.

Attach everything to a top-folded white A-2 card.  Add silver gem stickers.

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Hope we've inspired you to create some very special Valentines  - and a few extra cards for other special moments throughout the  year.  

Enjoy the rest of the weekend  - see you again on Wednesday!





Sat 02

You Got This with Embossed and Stenciled Bright Hearts by Jean Okimoto


Here's an idea for our February Pink and Red Challenge - embossed and stenciled  Bright Hearts in yummy shades of Angel Pink, Love Letter and Electric Pink.  Add a greeting from Best Life Typewriter Sentiments and a strip stamped to resemble washi tape.

Hi - Jean Okimoto here with some challenge inspiration and an easy way to multi-color an embossed design.  


Cut watercolor paper with the 3-¼" Circle Basics die.  Pressure-emboss the circle with Bright Hearts -  use the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  I've used the platform, die (face-up), watercolor paper (face-down), rubber embossing mat and the purple embossing plate on my Platinum.  


Cut three Bright Hearts paper stencils.  Daub the two larger embossed hearts with Angel Pink Memento Luxe. Use a cotton swab for the two smaller hearts. Heat-set the ink.

Ink the other hearts with Electric Pink Radiant Neon and Love Letter Memento Luxe - use Post-it Notes between the colors to prevent smudges.  Heat-emboss everything with detail clear powder.  Although the Angel Pink ink was heat-set it attracted some embossing powder too.

Use well-inked stamp pads for this technique - you don't want to spend all weekend daubing hearts.   The vibrant inks from Imagine Crafts are perfect! 

Stamp the stripes - from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps Set - on gray cardstock with Nocturne VersaFine Clair and dry the ink.   Trim it to ⅜" x 4-½".  

Cut a ⅜" x 3-¾" strip of pink cardstock.  Cut a ⅜" x 3-¼" strip of charcoal glittered cardstock.

Prep dark gray cardstock with anti-static powder and stamp the greeting  - from Best Life Typewriter Sentiments - with VersaMark.  Emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to a light gray 5-¼" square card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add silver gem stickers.

Many of the designs from our Valentine's 2019 Collection are perfect for pressure-embossing and stenciling...it's hard to decide which one to use next.  Have fun with this technique!

Thanks for visiting...






Thu 31

Sending Hugs with Have a Heart Clear Stamps and Dies by Jean Okimoto


Create a row of happy hearts for someone special with the Have a Heart Clear Stamps and Dies.  Add a greeting with Sending Jotted Script and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments, then bling it with a glittery red heart and pale gold sequins .

Hi there, Jean Okimoto here with another Valentine design for you.  Here's a basic design that works in other colors too - try pale pink, fuchsia, peach or coral.  Or a combination of those pretty colors!


Diecut two sets of the double-hearts from red cardstock.   Stamp the small solid heart from the Have a Heart set with Lightning Black Brilliance.  Stamp the small heavy-bordered heart with Nocturne VersaFine Clair.  

Stamp the other hearts with Nocturne, dry the ink, then cut them with the coordinating Have a Heart dies.  

Stamp "sending hugs" from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set with Nocturne.  Dry the ink, then diecut around the "hugs" section.  Cut a black cardstock heart with the slightly larger die.

Cut Sending Jotted Script from black and white cardstock.  Leave the tiny black dot over the "i" in the die till you're ready to attach it.  It has a tendency to vanish.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 5" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut a heart from red glittered craft foam.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Add pale gold sequins.


It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just two weeks away!  Hope you're loving the Valentine's 2019 Collection as much as we are.  There are so many ways to use these very versatile designs for February 14th - and throughout the year.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!









Thu 24

Neighborhood Heart Frame and Best Life Typewriter Sentiments by Jean Okimoto


Add dimension with a pressure-embossed Neighborhood Heart Frame - then highlight it with diecut elements and a simple greeting.  Shiny bikes and sparkly hearts make it extra-bright!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a versatile card for Valentine's Day -  or a special anniversary.


Pressure-embossing is a great way to add a coordinating textured background for diecuts and greetings.  Use the plates and mats recommended for your machine.  Here's how I embossed the Neighborhood Heart Frame's square outer frame on my Platinum - 


Begin with the die face-up on the platform.  Add the cardstock (cut to 4-¼" x 11") face-down. Use the rubber embossing mat and embossing plate instead of the cutting plates. Emboss the right side of a side-folded A-2 Kraft card.

Cut the inner heart from white cardstock.

Cut two of the little balloon hearts from red glittered cardstock and trim the bottoms.

Attach black and red duct tape to lightweight cardstock or scrapbook paper and cut two bikes.  I ran ran the die through the machine several times to cut completely through the tape.  The tape adds a glossy enameled look and really stands out against the neutral Kraft and white backgrounds.

Prep black cardstock with embossing powder tool. Stamp the greeting from the   Best Life Typewriter Sentiments Clear Stamps with VersaMark.  Heat-emboss it with detail white powder.

Attach everything to the card -  use foam dots for the greeting.


Get the most from your Memory Box frames  by pressure-embossing and diecutting.  There are so many great frames to chose from for holidays and everyday greetings!

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's NEW FROM MEMORY BOX class at Impress!  And thanks for the great snacks and treats Jenny and Jan - you're spoiling us!  Thanks too - Ann, Lynne and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.

Save the date - this Saturday, January 26th - for the special Valentine Event at both Impress stores. Enjoy inspiring samples, great displays, demos (from 10:00-12:00 noon*) and the latest collections of Valentine dies, stamps, papers and embellishments. *Be there for a chance to win prizes from 10:00-Noon too  - customers must be present to receive a prize.  Take your  wishlist of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs  products you've been admiring - and have a great time shopping!

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






Mon 21

Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame Valentines
by Anne Thompson

I recently made several valentines using the SCROLLWORK HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94114, another of my favorite dies from the Valentine's Collection 2019.


These cards became quite three-dimensional when I started adding paper flowers.  Guess these will have to go into the gift bags with valentine goodies rather than mailing them!  

Card One:

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  • I began with a white side-folded notecard and covered the front with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame from white cardstock.
  • I used a glue pen to attach the heart circle first and then the pinpoint circle around it.
  • I added tiny pearls in the oval bases between the leaf shapes.
  • I then found a pink paper rose, some white stamens, and a pretty pink satin bow to add to the center of the circle.


  • On the left panel inside the card I covered it with more of the gingham paper.  I used a glue pen to add the extra circle, one of the heart stems, and a single heart which all came from the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame die cuts.
  • On the righthand panel I added a piece of decorative paper and stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 clear stamps set.

Card Two:


  • I used a pale pink textured paper for the die cutting.
  • For this card I added miniature pink paper roses between each of the hearts in the circle and a cluster of three in the very center. 
  • I then put tiny pearls in each of the hearts.


  • On the left panel inside the card, you can see that I had some fun adding elements that cut from the die--the solid circle, both heart stems, and the six hearts.

Card Three:


  • This time I made my card base from a textured pink paper and cut it  4 X 4 1/4.
  • I cut the die using a darker pink cardstock and placed the center heart circle on the front of the card.
  • I added some tiny pearls at the base of the design between each of the hearts, though they are hard to see because of so much foliage in the center.


  • I added a rose print paper on the left panel and more of the gingham paper on the right.
  • To finish the inside I added the two heart stems in opposite corners.
  • This card could then be either a top-fold card or a side-fold card.

I love that the Scrollwork Heart Circle Frame gives me spaces to add some paper flowers.  I have soooo many in my stash!  And they are the perfect touch, along with the pearls, for really sweet valentines.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature


Fri 18

Valentine Candle Holder
by Donna Sledzik

Good morning everyone!

Today I have a easy Valentine home decor project for you.  I am once again using the new Heart Board Die to create a wrap that goes around a votive holder.  I feel that it's fun to show you several ideas using the same product.  I know if I invest in a craft product I appreciate seeing it used in various ways!


To create this project I cut a strip of red cardstock that fit around the votive holder I was using.  For my project I needed to cut the Heart Board 4 times to create my candle wrap. 


I cut a strip of vellum paper and glued it behind the heart die cut cardstock.

Next I applied a thin strip of double sided tape ( I used 1/8" red line tape) to one end of the cardstock and to secure it around the votive holder.  

To further embellish the candle holder I tied twine around the top of the candle and added a bow and a metal arrow.  I die cut a red cardstock heart, stamped the word love on a strip of kraft cardstock and glued these to the arrow.


I added a battery operated tea light to candle holder.  Because we are using paper and ribbons the battery operated candles are your safest option for this project.



I hope you enjoyed today's project!  Have a great weekend.






Mon 14

Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame Valentine
by Anne Thompson

Here's a lovely valentine using the Pinpoint Heart Circle Frame.


  • I started with a standard A2 white card, side-folded.  I covered the front of the card and both inside panels with Memory Box Gingham paper.
  • I cut the PINPOINT HEART CIRCLE FRAME die 94106 from white cardstock.


  • I used glue dots under the hearts to secure that inner circle to the card front.
  • I then used a glue pen to add the larger pinpoint circle, touching the bases of the two circles.  I placed a bow at that spot.
  • I put tiny pearls at the ends of the spiral vines.
  • I stamped "Love" from the Birch Press Design SENDING LOVE CL8126 stamp set inside the circle using VersaClair Pine ink.


Inside the card:


  • I used a glue pen to add the plain circle from the die cuts to the right panel where I plan to write a message.
  • I put a foam dot on the back of the larger pinpoint heart (which cuts from the center of the circle) and overlapped the circle with it.

Simple, sweet card using one stamp and one die!  And the first card sample is ready for my class at the senior center next week!  With all of the new stamps and dies available in the latest release, making valentines is so much fun!  Have you started yours yet?

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature





Fri 11

by Donna Sledzik

Hello everybody!

Happy New Year and welcome to our first blog blitz of 2019.  We're featuring the new Valentine release.  I hope you've enjoyed all of the inspiring blog posts this week and have left comments on each one for a chance to win one of the new dies!

Today I have a card for you that features several new products that I love!


To make the card, I die cut the Heart Board Die twice on a strip of white cardstock.


Next I cut a strip of watercolor paper a little smaller than the die cut strip and painted the the background which will go behind the hearts. 


When my background was dry I glued my die cut strip to the watercolored strip of paper.

I spattered a white cardstock layer with black paint and glued my heart die cut strip to it.  I die cut the word hello from black cardstock and adhered this to a strip of vellum paper.  I added the strip of vellum to my card by folding the strip behind the card front and gluing it in place.


I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock and heat embossed it using white embossing power.  I used foam tape to adhere it to my card.

Would you like a chance to win the Heart Board die for yourself?  Leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 13th at 11:59pm EST.  One person at random will be chosen to win the die.  All the winners will be posted on the Outside the Box blog at 6 pm EST on Monday, January 14th. Don't forget to visit the blog this week for more chances to win.  

Good luck to everyone and thanks for stopping by!