9 posts categorized "Starfall"


Sat 27

New Starflower Flower Frame with Big and Little Words by Jean Okimoto

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Create spring-into-summer cards with the just-released Starflower Flower Frame and a thoughtful greeting from Big and Little Words. These great new designs from our April 2019 Collection began shipping yesterday - they'll be at  your favorite Retailer soon!  Hello, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored card featuring one of many beautiful flower dies from this wonderful new collection.

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Press the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Use it as a palette to paint watercolor paper  in soft overlapping shades of green, yellow and orange.  Heat-set the inks.  Splash it with a few dots of the green ink and set it aside to dry.

Pressure-emboss Starflower Flower Frame on a Lemongrass Notecard using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  The embossing creates a nice base for attaching the diecuts - simply add a few drops of adhesive and place them in the debossed areas surrounding the embossed design.

Diecut Starflower Flower Frame from pale green cardstock - save the oval flower centers.  Attach the diecut and flower centers to the notecard.

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Cut the watercolored paper with the Starflower Flower Frame - we'll just use the center portion here.  Attach it to the notecard.

Stamp the greetings - from the new Big and Little Words Clear Stamp Set - on pale green cardstock with Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance.  Dry the ink and diecut the greeting with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the greeting and yellow gem stickers to the card.  Here's a closeup showing the great embossed details on the blossoms.

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This special release is filled with beautiful flower designs - traditional, classic, contemporary and scribbly.  I love the solid background and delicate detailed combinations - you'll see them often here on Outside the Box and in my classes.

Big Thanks to everyone from last weekend's Charming Prints class at Impress!  It's always great to see my friends and loyal students - and to meet newcomers too.  Special thanks to Jenny for her special Easter candies - so yummy in those sweet little spring pails!  Thanks too - Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets!

If you're in the Seattle area this weekend be sure to take advantage of Impress' annual Spring Sale and their 20% shopping discount.  Check out the Memory Box Collection at Impress  - don't forget your your Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press shopping list!  Enjoy inspiring samples, beautiful displays and great customer service.

Join us for a new ASIA NOW class at Impress today too - and take advantage of the 20% shopping discount for class supplies, and everything you've ever wanted.  We'll be using some of the great new dies and stamps from the April Collection - along with beautiful papers, lots of techniques and a very cool origami fish.

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!





Thu 26

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


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.


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...







Mon 11

Playtime Elves in the Snow by Anne Thompson

It's time for the Playtime Elves (and their polar bear) to have some more fun sliding in the snow! Today's cards feature the PLAYTIME ELVES Clear Stamp Set CL5216, the coordinating PLAYTIME ELVES dies set 32216, SLIDER GROOVES dies 99840, PICCOLO SNOWFLAKES 99850, and LET IT SNOW PERKY SCRIPT die 99866.

Card One:


Here the elves are sliding on their tummies, racing each other down the hills.  When I die cut the two slider grooves from light blue cardstock, I saved the two pieces, covered them with adhesive and sprinkled on some glitter before adhering them below each of the slider grooves. I colored the two elves with Prismacolor Colored Pencils after stamping them with Archival Jet Black Ink and die cutting them.  I used the penny method so the elves would slide in the grooves.  I added the Piccolo Snowflakes cut from dark blue cardstock and I put a small blue pearl in the center of each one.  To finish the card I added "let it snow" cut from the same dark blue cardstock and I used a pearl to dot the i.  I attached this panel to a notecard of the same color with thick foam adhesive strips.

Card Two:


This time, the two elves are chasing each other over the hills which I again made by glittering three pieces of cardstock that had been cut out of the slider grooves.  I left a lot of space at the top to add a die cut sentiment or some snowflakes later, as well as the names of the two children who will receive this card.

Card Three:


I love this elf careening at top speed down the steep hill!  He really spins, often ending upside down at the end!  I cut the slider groove first then lined up a piece of white cardstock with the discarded piece and created a bigger hill.  I covered it with a large piece of sticky-backed adhesive and then sprinkled on lots of fine white glitter.  

Card Four:


Whee!  The elf is hitching a ride from his polar bear!  This bonus card doesn't use a slider groove, although it could.  I wanted to see if I could find a way to have the polar bear pull the elf on the sled.  So I made a harness for the bear from some thin twine, tying it around the bear's head and securing the twine with tape on the back of the die cut.  I attached it to the elf's hands by punching tiny holes with an awl and looping the twine through, attaching it with tape on the back of the elf.

Now I'm thinking that I have to make a series of slider cards featuring the polar bear(s) playing on the hills.  I might even put an elf hat on him or perch him on the sled.  And maybe an elf (or two!) has to ride on his back down a hill.  So many possibilities!  Kids are going to LOVE these cards!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 19

A Starry Thank You
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday Friends! Today I have a starry thank you card to share with you using some new dies. Let's get started!


The Starry Lens die is so much fun! I die cut it in a white paper and then glued some silver glitter paper behind it. To add some extra fun to this card I die cut three sizes of the Stitched Stars die and glued them to the card.


I stamped the thank you from the Sentimental Iris stamp set in purple ink and glued the whole thing to a fun and shiny purple paper. Some gems finished off this thank you card. Change up the colors and the sentiment and it would make a great gift set for someone.

Have a great day!




Fri 08

Whimsical Watercoloring
by Lindsay


I am so excited about this week, because the fabulous new release is here! There are so many fun dies, and products to choose from, I personally can't chose a favorite. I also couldn't stop creating, hence my two cards today! 


For my first card, I took the lovely Starlit Breeze die, and ran it through twice on my card base. I set that aside, and worked on my watercolor piece. Once it was dry, I ran the Paintbrush Happy Die through, along with the Starlit Breeze die, saving the stars. I adhered a piece of typing paper to the back of my card front, which had a generous amount of tape runner on it, and began reinserting the stars, along with black card stock pieces that were also ran through with the die.


For the sentiment, I white heat embossed the birthday word from the Birthday Bunnies stamp set, onto black card stock, and trimmed it down to a little piece. I placed the Happy die over it, and adhered them both down to my card front.


For the next card, I took the amazing Drifting Butterfly Frame, and did a bit of slicing to it. First, though, I used my watercolors to create a blended backdrop for my butterflies to stand out against. While the watercolors were drying, I took the frame, and cut off the bottom portion, keeping one of the bigger ones for the bottom of the card.


I adhered the watercolor panel to a card base, and then the frame, added the sentiment (from Birthday Bunnies), and a few sequins. So, what are your favorites from the release? Leave a comment about what you like so far, and you could be the random winner for the Starlit Breeze die! Good luck, and thanks so much for joining me today!




Sat 20

Festive Holiday Tableware!

Hello all,

I hope this Christmas season is finding you all well and happy! I have really been enjoying getting ready for our son's 2nd Christmas but the first one where he will be able to open presents and really be an active participant of the festivities!

I have a few things to show you today, done by one of our fantastic instructors, Therese P. at our store The Stamp Addict in San Diego. She did these for her holiday tables and brought them into the store to show off and I just had to share them with you!


She made a little Candle light holder for part of her centerpiece using star dies for the cut outs and the Snowflake Favor Box die as a base....isn't she clever!


She also made a cute angel out of one of those boxes to put in her centerpiece as well and decorated the angels dress (box) with the Starfall stamp!


Then she made these name placeholders....just add a foldover name topper and some ribbon...and voila!


And these napkin holders...all using the box die as a base and poinsettia die for the topper with some ribbon to add some bling! Hint, to get the napkin through the box, she used an all over/repositionable circle punch on two of the sides of the box.


I love what she did with all of them...I know her Christmas table setting will look fabulous this year and I hope what I showed you inspires you to try a few ideas out for your next celebration too!

Merry Christmas!


Wed 05

Very Merry, Very Bright


Very Merry, Very Bright...and very late today!  I reorganized my desk and transferred my post dates to a new 14-month calendar and accidentally scheduled today's posts for November 12th.  Rather than try to whip up a quick card (I'm never good at that) - I decided to go for something more special.  Hope you like it!   Jean Okimoto here today - let's get started...


Memory Box Products

  • Starfall Stamp G2002
  • Merry and Bright Combo Stamp B2005 (there's a little star stamp on the side)
  • Parchment Notecard
  • Granny Smith Envelope    
  • Granny Smith and Key Lime Notecards (for diecutting)
  • Curled Ribbons Die 98936    
  • Cabrini Ornament Die 98926        
  • Cosmic Star Set Die 98464

Imagine Crafts Products

  • Craft Mat    
  • Fireworks Spritzes - Lilac Posies, Tangelo
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Gold    
  • VersaMark Inkpad    
  • Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme Inkpad

The Cabrini Ornament is diecut from watercolor paper spritzed with Lilac Posies, Tangelo and Gold. Dry the inks - then stamp Starfall with VersaMark and emboss it with detail gold powder.  


Cut the ornament again from gold mirror cardstock - and cut the two leaves from Granny Smith.  Place a few strips of Scor-Tape on the back of the diecut and attach the little pieces.  Push the excess tape (at the bottom of the ornament) back onto itself.  Attach the ornament and ribbon to the card.  Stamp the greeting and attach some Cosmic Stars.  Coordinate it with a Granny Smith Envelope for a bright pop of color in the mailbox...it's sure to be opened first!

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed supply lists and directions...and more holiday ideas.



Thanks for visiting...see you again in a few hours, with another post!




Wed 29

Sparkly Snowfall


Hi everyone! Welcome back to our collaboration with Imagine Crafts. I think most of you who have been following my postings for the last month or two have seen quite a variety of the Imagine Craft products in my posts.

Today's card is the last in my snowfall series featuring none other than the snowfall stamp. I stamped the snowfall with Memento summer sky ink. I free cut the snow drifts and sprayed them with frost shimmer spritz. I attached the drifts to the snowfall stamped image with foam tape. I added the embellishments of the wooden tree and the snow bling. The sentiment was stamped with memento LUXE teal zeal.


If you missed the previous snow fall posts, please check here and here. The variety of products from Imagine Crafts make each one of these cards unique and yet cohesive.


The variety of products from Imagine Crafts make each one of these cards unique and yet cohesive.

I hope you enjoyed this series using the snowfall and starfall stamps from Memory Box.




Sat 11

Golden Starfall


I am including starfall with this series because the stamp is similar to snowfall. If you missed the first installment, please check out this post.

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Do you see the falling images, you can see why I have used both these stamps in my series. Starfall just had to be done in gold and the best gold ink I own is the Delicata-Golden Glitz by Imagine Crafts. I stamped all the images with the gold ink and I fussy cut the forest pine.


The hill was free hand cut with scissors. I sprayed it with irRESISTible gold spray from imagine Crafts. I put it all together and you have a very CAS card that is merry and bright.


Stay tune for another installment of the "fall" series!