230 posts categorized "Summer"

09/08/2022

Thu 08

A September Celebration! by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate Stamptember with Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp!  Here's the fabulous new and exclusive Memory Box Beautiful Moments Stamp Set designed by Dave Brethauer for this annual celebration of design, creativity and inspiration.

It's a versatile, classic design that's only available while supplies last.  You'll love creating cards, layouts, journals and mixed media projects with this great set of clear stamps.

Hi friends, Jean Okimoto here with a simple back-painted vellum slimline design.  It's a classic botanical image that's perfect for any occasion.  

Prep heavy white vellum with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray powder flecks.  Stamp the image with VersaMark, then emboss it with detail white powder.  Trim it with the 4-¾"x 3-½" Rectangle Basics die.

Dribble Distress Oxide refill inks onto a large acrylic stamp block.  I've used abandoned coral, twisted citron and mowed lawn.  Paint the reverse side of the stamped vellum using a barely damp paintbrush and the refill inks.  Airdry the inks.  

Stamp the greeting - also from this great new stamp set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the 2-¾"x 1-½" Rectangle Basics die. P1018953 2

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card - 3-⅝" x 8-⅝".  Foamtape the greeting.  Use tiny pieces of doublestick tape behind several outer points of the stamped image.  

Add green Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Place a very tiny dot of adhesive on the vellum behind the jewels to secure the  three corners.

Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Here's a link to order your exclusive Beautiful Moments set - remember it's a limited edition exclusive, available only while supplies last.

Thanks for joining us for Stamptember 2022!  See you again next week...

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08/15/2022

Mon 15

Floral Photo Cards with Die Cut Flowers
by Anne Thompson

When I visited the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens recently I took nearly 100 photographs, mostly of stone walls and stone sculptures and fairy houses.  I did find three photographs of yellow flowers, however, and decided to use them on cards with coordinating die cut flowers, keeping with the yellow theme for this month's blog challenge.  First up, California Poppies with three Memory Box poppy dies--RUFFLED POPPY STEM 94667, SWEET POPPY STEM 94648, and GRACEFUL POPPY STEMS 94651.

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I trimmed the 3.5 X 5 photograph of the California Poppies and added it to the lower right corner of a white notecard.  I die cut the three poppy dies from one of the yellow cardstocks and one of the orange cardstocks in the SUNNY ORANGE COLLECTION SP1002.  I assembled the yellow flowers and used only the orange stamens for the flower centers.  I added the completed flowers to the left side of the notecard.  I cut the flowers again from one of the green cardstocks in the LUSH GREEN COLLECTION SP1003 and added just the stems on top of the yellow ones.

the other two cards:

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This time I mounted the photographs on green cardstocks from the Lush Green Collection and used another green for the TALL FRILLY LEAF STEMS 94615 which I added to the left edge of the photographs, three stems on each card.

For the flowers I used a yellow cardstock from the Sunny Orange Collection and the LAYERED PERIWINKLE die 94614.  I cut five for each card and assembled them with Glue Dots.  I used an orange marker to color the flower centers.  I added the flowers to the card using large Glue Dots for three and foam dimensional dots for two.

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I've used die cuts before with photographs on scrapbook pages but I think this is the first time I've used them with photographs on greeting cards.  I will definitely do this again!  It's actually a great way, too, to use less than great photographs where the die cuts can be used in empty-ish spots or to cover something up or to draw attention to a particular element in the photo.  

Happy Crafting!

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08/12/2022

Fri 12

Embossed, Stencilled Butterfly Wishes by Jean Okimoto

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Embossed, stencilled and diecut butterflies highlight a special moment.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a combo of butterfiles ready to celebrate in shimmery shades of turquoise, green and purple.

 

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Cut the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper with the 3" x 4-¼" Basic Rectangles die.  Pressure-emboss it with Butterfly Coterie Collage.   

Stencil the embossed butterflies with the Butterfly Coterie Stencil and Distress Oxides - skip the two that will be hidden by the Ava Butterflies.  Ink colors used here - wilted violet, cracked pistachio and salvaged patina.

Blend the same inks - plus twisted citron - on a strip of watercolor paper.  Spritz and splatter it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Airdry the ink for a few minutes, then heat-set it.  Cut it into 2 strips and lightly ink the edges with Cracked Pistachio.

Cut Ava Butterflies from the turquoise and purple 6x6 sheets in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  Attach them with foamdots.

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Art Deco Birthday Greetings Clear Stamps - on watercolor paper with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the smallest Banner Sentiment Trio die.

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Attach everything to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") Cream Woodgrain Paper card - use foamdots for the greeting.

Add Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A-6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Butterflies are great for any occasion.  Emboss, stencil and diecut them in coordinating colors - or a lively mix of inks and papers.

Thanks for visiting our blog.  Have a great weekend!Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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08/09/2022

Tue 09

Seashell Friendship Slimline Card by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate a special friendship with a seashell slimline.  The Grand Tulip Shell - ink-blended and spritzed with gold - is a great design for slimlines.  Add textured Wood Grain Planks, a quick greeting and Fairy Gemstones.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a beachy summer design.

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I started with a stash scrap of ink-blended cardstock, then spritzed and splattered it with Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz.  Dry the ink, then diecut the cardstock with the Grand Tulip Shell background.  Cut the detailed white overlay from heavy white cardstock.  

Cut Wood Grain Planks from heavy white cardstock - roll it through the machine lengthwise twice for best results.  Attach 5 of them to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  

Cut the straight rope piece from the End of My Rope Set from heavy white cardstock.

Cut Hello Friend Posh Script from light and dark 6x6 sheet in the Ocean Blue Collection.  

Here's a tip - cut the detailed overlay and leave it in the die.  Remove the tiny offcuts.  Attach several strips of lined doublestick tape and roll it through the machine again to cut the tape.  Leave the diecut in the die and carefully remove the liner, then press the sticky diecut firmly onto the solid background.  Use a piercing tool to remove the greeting from the die. P1018537

Attach the pale lavender/blue Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday!

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08/04/2022

Thu 04

Adventure Awaits
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today I have another summer themed card for you.  

I started by stamping the tiny fish on a white cardstock panel.  Next, I stamped the sentiment with black ink under the blue fish.

I used foam tape to adhere the panel to a white card base.

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I used white cardstock and dry embossed the fish using the new Ocean Fish 3D embossing folder and coordinating die to cut the fish. I colored the fish using the coordinating stencil and Distress Inks.  The ink colors I used were Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed.  I used a black marker for the fish eye and a white pen for around the eye then used foam tape to glue it to the card.

To finish the card, I glued some Clear Fairy Drops to look like bubbles.

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That's it for today!  Have a great week!

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EF1031 Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Matching Dies

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07/31/2022

Sun 31

Glossy Glittered Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Here's a quick and easy way to add gloss+glitter - and attach - delicate diecuts.  We'll even create extra greetings for another card because we're using just the Twiggy Thank You offcuts here.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with simple summer slimline for you.

Cut Twiggy Thank You on white cardstock.  Save the tall triangle in the A and the oval in the O.  Trim the greeting with the second-largest Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

Cut a 5-½ " x 3" piece of smooth white cardstock.  Ink it with loose, overlapping layers of distress oxides.  Picked raspberry and abandoned coral were used here.  Dry the inks.  Cover the inked cardstock with Scor-tape (save the tape liner), then trim it  slightly larger than the greeting. Attach it behind the greeting.  Attach the saved pieces inside the A and O -  then brush Imagine Iridescent Glitter onto the exposed adhesive in the cutouts.  Tap the excess off the greeting, then heat-set it.

It'll be a bright, glossy, glittered greeting - and it's securely and completely attached!

Cut the small Ava Butterfly from the pink Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad sheet.  Cut several of the Intricate Mini Butterflies from the pink and coral sheets in the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝ x 8-½") - use foamdots for the big pink butterfly.  

Add the copper-colored Autumn Fairy Jewels.

There it is...glittered, glossy, ready to be shared!

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Thanks for visiting our blog - see you next week!

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07/26/2022

Tue 26

Seagrass Underwater Scene by Jean Okimoto

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Create a seagrass background for some Ocean Fish with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.  Just rotate the embossed cardstock for a swirly, grassy underwater scene, then highlight the details with heat embossing.  Freestyle Hello from Poppystamps is perfect for a quick greeting. It looks like the small fish is the spokesperson leading the group today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer slimline design for you.

Cut a 5-½" x 2-¾" strip of a teal 6x6 in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Spritz both sides lightly with water, then emboss it with the Waves 3D Embossing Folder.  Place it on a hard, flat surface and brayer the raised areas with VersaMark - use a clean, well-inked inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.

Here's a tip - I usually ink and/or heat-emboss both sides of the 3D-embossed cardstock just to see which side I prefer.  You'll be surprised at the difference!

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Diecut the fish - from the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting Dies Set - on heavy white cardstock.  Lightly spritz the fish, then place them (one at a time) in the folder and pressure-emboss them.  Stencil them with the coordinating Ocean Fish Stencils and Distress Oxides.  Colors used here are wild honey, mowed lawn, dried marigold, iced spruce, twisted citron and salvaged patina.  Dot the eyes with a marker.

Cut the Poppystamps Freestyle Hello from a mustard 6x6 in the Sunny Orange Collection and heavy white cardstock.  

Another tip...cut the delicate top layer of the greeting - leave the diecut in the die.  Remove the little pieces in the e, l's and o.  Place a piece of lined doublestick tape behind the diecut (still in the die) and run it through the machine again to create a self-adhesive hello.  Keep it in the die - remove the tape liner and little oval offcuts.  Press it onto the mustard background and use a piercing tool to help release it from the die.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add the amber jewels from the Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting our blog - have fun picking your favorite colors for the Ocean Fish!

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07/21/2022

Thu 21

Let's Shell-ebrate!
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  Today I have a fun and easy beach themed card.

I started by applying Distress Oxide Inks to my craft mat, misting them with water and then smooshing watercolor paper into inks.  I dried my paper in between applying more ink to get the color I liked.

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Next, I glued the background to a black cardstock mat and used foam tape to adhere this to a white card base.

I die cut the shell outline from white cardstock and the solid shell shape from vellum.  The outline was glued to the vellum die cut and adhered to the card.

I white heat embossed the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock and glued this onto the shell.

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To finish the card, I added some clear fairy drops to look like water droplets.

That's it for today!  Have a great day!

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07/19/2022

Tue 19

Poppies Please! by Jean Okimoto

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Say hello with the billowy, textured,  layered poppies from the Memory Box floral collection on a summer slimline.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix-and-match design in sunny yellows.

These watercolored blossoms are cut from inky sheets in my stash - they're colored with inks from the Melon Melody Kaleidacolor inkpad pressed onto an acrylic block.  Cut them with the Enchanting Poppy Stems, Graceful Poppy Stems and Sweet Poppy Stem dies.  Color the attached stems with a yellow-greenish marker.  

Cut the loose stems and leaves from the Enchanting Poppy Stems set from a light green 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection.  Color the narrow leaf overlays with the marker too.

Cut the centers from the black 6x6 in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.

Assemble the flowers.

I used a stash scrap of ink-blended cardstock for the background - it's diecut with the 6-½" x 1-½" Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - use foamdots for the blossoms.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on a lime green 6x6 from the Lush Green Collection with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut it with the greeting strip die included in the stamp set.  Trim the short ends.  Attach it with foamdots.

Attach the largest Clear Fairy Drops.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Enjoy the versatility of Memory Box dies by mixing, matching and layering the floral diecuts.  Diecut scraps of ink-blended or watercolored paper for loose, random inky petals.  Try this design in your favorite colors too!

Thanks for visiting our blog - see you again on Friday...

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07/15/2022

Fri 15

Island Vacation Seascape by Jean Okimoto

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Tropical getaways are a popular theme this summer - and the Island Vacation Collection is the perfect mix of nautical and tropical designs.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a summer slimline ready for any occasion.

Cut the Grand Spiral Shell background from the smoother side of Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Spray a light mist of water into the air and pull the diecut through the moisture to prep it for 3D embossing.  Repeat with the other side of the paper.  Pressure-emboss it with the Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder - with the smoother side of the paper facing the more debossed (sunken) side of the folder.   Leave the diecut in the die - it'll be used as a stencil.

Stencil it with Distress Oxides - abandoned coral, twisted citron and salvaged patina.  Dry the inks.  The combination of pressure embossing and stenciling thru the metal die adds extra dimension.  Pressure-embossing also makes it easier to layer the pieces - the detailed overlay settles right into the embossed design.

Cut the delicate Grand Spiral Shell from a white 6x6 in the Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad.

Cut the straight rope and the heavily-textured loopy rope from the white Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad sheet too.

Cut the fish - from the new Ocean Fish 3D Embossing Folder & Cutting Dies - from the turquoise 6x6 in the Rainbow Reflections Glitter Pad. Place the fish in the embossing folder and emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Add 3 of the biggest Clear Fairy Drops.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing

Fresh tropical pastels, glitter and mirror cardstock - and the Island Vacation Collection - make it easy to create happy, refreshing designs for summer sharing.  Thanks for visiting our blog!  Have a great weekend - see you next week!

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