250 posts categorized "Summer"

11/02/2023

Thu 02

A Bundled Bird for All Seasons by Jean Okimoto

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The new Bundled Bird greets all 4 seasons on these little idea-cards.  Hi, Jean here with additional spring, summer and fall projects for this versatile die set from our Christmas 2023 Collection.  Internet problems continuing for several days - hope it lets me finish this post for you before timing out again.

Felt, seasonal colors, holiday icons,  glittered and mirror cardstock add year-round versatility to this sweet bird.  It's even a chubby chick for your Easter greetings!  It's almost Christmas - let's start with the winter design and work backwards.

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The winter and spring designs include felt for the main portion.  Attach wool-blend felt to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stablize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.

All of the diecuts are attached to a 4" square top-folded mini-card for this post.  You can also create a standard A2 card by attaching a 4" square to a colorful notecard.

All of the beak sections are cut from orange cardstock.  Color the portion that goes behind the eye cutout with a black marker.

Winter - Cut the bird, hat and scarf from red and white felt, red cardstock, orange cardstock and the red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Cut Pine Tree Grove from two shades of green cardstock.

Fall - Cut the bird from kraft cardstock.  Color the head, wings and tail with Brilliance Pearlescent Rust and Pearlescent Chocolate inks. Cut the small leaves from the Gypsy Oak Leaves set from two shades of Sunny Orange 6x6's.  

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Summer - Cut the glitzy summer bluebird bird from two shades of Ocean Blue 6x6's and orange cardstock.    Cut the wings and tail from the royal blue Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.  Cut 3 pieces of a yellow 6x6 from the Sunny Orange set with the (approximately) 1-⅞"-wide Shining Star Set die.  Layer them to create a dimensional summer sun.

Spring - Cut the bird from yellow felt, yellow cardstock and orange cardstock.  It's now a sweet fuzzy chick!  Cut the larger tail section from orange cardstock and trim it to resemble little chick-feet.  Cut light pink, dark pink and green Graceful Garden 6x6's with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.

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Have fun with these designs and see how many designs you can create with the Bundled Bird set!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

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08/18/2023

Fri 18

Improvise a Gilded Butterfly by Jean Okimoto

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Improvise...and build a shimmery butterfly with offcuts from the new Fanciful Gilded Frame.  The heart-shaped pieces from the top and bottom centers create a simple design to match the pressure-embossed background.  Hi, Jean here with a fast-Friday design for you.

Spritz both sides of textured light turquoise cardstock with a light mist of water.  Pressure-emboss the textured side with Fanciful Gilded Frame.  Dry the cardstock with a heat-tool if it's still damp.  Cut it with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach it to a top-folded textured light turquoise A2 card.

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Cut the top and bottom heart-shaped designs from the turquoise Rainbow Reflections 6x6. Cut the smoother side of light turquoise cardstock with the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut two matching Intricate Mini Butterflies from the gold Rainbow Reflections 6x6.

Cut the larger center section of the butterfly with the Birch Press Design Butterfly Basics die and the Rainbow Reflections gold 6x6.

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Attach the rectangle and butterflies to the Fanciful Gilded Frame background.  Add turquoise Bright Jewels.  

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/21/2023

Fri 21

Circle of Thanks by Jean Okimoto

 

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Send a note of thanks with designs from our Magnolia and Gracious Floral Collections.  Add glittery, sparkly accents too!  Hi, Jean here with a layered mix of classic favorites and our latest designs.

Cut the Stylish Frame Trio circle and Curved Magnolia Branch from green cardstock.  We'll use some of the extra leaves from the branch set too.  Trim the large leaf that would be hidden behind the blossom - it'll be repositioned at the bottom of the branch.

Cut Tilted Thanks from a purple Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.

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Cut the blossom - from the Gracious Floral 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set - from a Twilight Purple 6x6.  Spritz both sides with a light mist of water to make the cardstock pliable for embossing.  Press Electric Purple Radiant Neon ink onto the upper blossom section of the embossing folder - tap the inkpad repeatedly, don't squish or rub the ink into the design.  Place the diecut in the folder and pressure emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.

Sprinkle the embossed, inked diecut with detail clear powder, firmly tap off the excess powder.  Heat-emboss it.  Lightly ink the center using a cotton swab and Brilliance Graphite Black.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for petals. Attach purple Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

That's it!  3D embossing adds dimension to the blossom - inking and heat-embossing it accents the details. 

Thanks for visiting the blog...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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07/18/2023

Tue 18

Stamp, Emboss, Diecut and Stencil a Summer Card by Jean Okimoto

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Take advantage of the The Gracious Floral Collection's coordinating design elements and create a summer thank you card.  Let textures, layers and stenciling build dimension in a cooling mix of fresh greens, pale yellows and crisp white.  Hi, Jean here with a versatile design from our summer release.

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Stamp the floral image from the Gracious Floral Clear Stamp and Die Set on heavy white cardstock with Smoky Gray VersaFine.  Heat-set the ink - because we're stenciling  and 3D-embossing over it.  Diecut it with the die that's included in the stamp and die set.  Spritz the un-stamped backside of the diecut with a light mist of water.  Place the diecut in the Gracious Floral 3D Embossing Folder and pressure emboss it using the plate(s) required for your machine.

Stencil the diecut with Sunflower Yellow and Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance inks - the color-coded guide included in the Gracious Floral Stencil Set makes it simple!

Cut lime green cardstock with the 2-¾" wide Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers die.

Stamp the greeting on white cardstock with Pearlescent Thyme Brilliance and quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut the greeting with the second-smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Trim the excess cardstock with the edge of a larger die.

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape for the petal- and leaf-tips.  Add dark gold  Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing. Cut an A6-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Friday!

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/14/2023

Fri 14

Special Moments – Embossed and Glossed by Jean Okimoto

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Celebrate special moments with a summer-y floral slimline.  Hi, Jean here with a combination of soft colors, bold designs and a lot of texture.   

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Cut the pale peach Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6 with the blossom die from the Gracious Floral 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set.  Place the diecut in the folder and  emboss it using the plates required for your machine.  Ink the center with Brilliance Pearlescent Lime and set it aside to dry.

The Gracious Floral Clear Stamp and Die set includes the floral die and 2 greeting dies.  Cut the design from heavy white cardstock.  Ink the embossing folder with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold - tap the inkpad repeatedly over the surface without squishing it into the design. Emboss the cardstock.  

Stamp the greeting on pale green cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair. Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.   Dry the ink, then trim it with one end of the ⅞" wide Slim Basic Rectangles die.  Trim the other end with the side of a larger die from the rectangles set.

Trim the Madras Plaid Coral and Green 6x6 with the 1-⅜" wide Slim Basic Rectangles die - cut it vertically, including the top portion  where the sheets are attached.  

Cut white cardstock with the 2-¼" wide Slim Basic Rectangles die

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Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝") - use foam tape where the petals extend beyond the background rectangles.  Add clear Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting the blog...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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07/13/2023

Thu 13

Just For You
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Thursday everyone!  I have a summer themed card for you today, using an easy embossed technique.

To create the background, I stamped the fish using yellow pigment ink and heat embossed the images using clear embossing powder.

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Next, I applied distress ink to the background using domed blending tools.  The ink resists the yellow embossed images to highlight the yellow fish.

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I spattered the background with white ink and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

I die cut some seaweed and coral elements from vellum and glued those to the card.

The sentiment was stamped with gold ink and heat embossed using gold embossing powder.  I used the coordinating die to cut out the words.  Foam tape was used to adhere it to the card front.

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To finish the card I used some Fairy Gemstones to add some texture.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Donnasignature

 

 

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07/11/2023

Tue 11

Combine the Gracious Floral and Magnolia Collections by Jean Okimoto

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Design elements from spring's Magnolia Collection and the Gracious Floral Collection team up for a slimline card.  Hi, Jean here with a mix of dies, stencils, clear stamps, a plaid 6x6,  jewels and a 3D embossing folder that somehow became floral design for summer greetings.

Glue two pieces of lavender cardstock together and diecut the flower from the Gracious Floral 3D Embossing Folder and Die Set.  Diecutting the double layer adds extra dimension to the flower and it's faster than cutting two flowers and gluing them together.  

Ink the flower in the top portion of the  embossing folder with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple.  Tap the ink onto the design - don't squish or rub it into the flower.  Place the diecut flower securely in the folder and emboss it using the plates required for your machine.

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The Gracious Floral Stencil Set is numbered for easy reference.  We are using the flower upside-down - it's OK!  Brush, sponge or daub Pearlescent Purple using stencil #A2 for the shaded purple areas.

Stencil Brilliance Pearlescent Yellow onto the flower's center using stencil #A4.  Stencil Brilliance Pearlescent Thyme using stencil #A3.  Add a light layer of Pearlescent Thyme to the center of the flower - just enough so you'll still see the yellow ink.

Cut Magnolia Leaf Branch from green cardstock.  Trim the two highest leaves on the left and the branch tip.

Stamp the greeting - from the Gracious Floral Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Electric Purple Radiant Neon.  The color sounds a little scary, but it's a great purple - not too red, not too blue.  Quickly heat-emboss the greeting with detail clear powder.  Trim it horizontally with the smallest Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die - cut 1 short end using the die.  Trim the other short end using the side of a larger die.

Cut lavender cardstock with the ⅞" Slim Basic Rectangle Layers die.  Cut the purple Magnolia Plaid 6x6 with the smallest rectangle die.

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Cut white cardstock with the 1-⅞" rectangle die.  Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card - use foam tape for petal- and  bigger leaf-tips where they extend past the background block.  Add purple Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut a slimline-sized rectangle of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Mix and match your blossoms and branches to create new designs and get the most from your Memory Box stash.  Thanks for visiting - see you on Friday!

Jeansignature-3

 

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07/07/2023

Fri 07

Sending Happy Thoughts by Jean Okimoto

 

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Here's a new look for the sweet Backyard Wren - it's a plush felt canary with goldlined wings.  Yellow felt and custom-colored wings create a bright summer look from a favorite spring design.  Hi, Jean here with an any-occasion design that works in any color combination.

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Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to wool-blend felt.  The paper layer stabilizes the fabric and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut Backyard Wren, excluding the wings.  Cut the beak/eye piece from white cardstock and color it with orange and black markers.  Attach it behind the bird.  Attach the top head layer too.

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Diecut the wings from the ivory and wavy gold Magnolia Grove 6x6.  Brush or sponge the diecuts with Sunflower Yellow Brilliance ink.  Gently buff the inked wings with a tissue to remove any excess ink.  Assemble the bird.

Cut recycled kraft cardtock with the  3-¼" wide Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers die.

Cut Magnolia Leaf Branch fropm green cardstock.  Color the stem and branches with brown ink.  Trim the leaves and branches that will be covered by the bird - save them for repositioning.    

Stamp the greeting - from the Joyful Moments Clear Stamp Set - on yellow cardstock with Onyx Black VersaFine.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the 1-½" Circle Basics Die.

 

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Attach the diecuts to a top-folded recycled kraft card - use foam dots for the head, wing tips and tail.  Attach the saved leaf diecuts - above the rear wing and near the bottom of the branch.  Add pale orange Pastel Fairy Jewels.

If you've started making Christmas cards - use bright red felt and ink for a festive holiday bird to perch on a wreath or deliver a greeting. 

Thanks for visiting...have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 


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07/04/2023

Tue 04

Gracious, Glossy and Glittered by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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06/29/2023

Thu 29

Celebrate
by Donna Sledzik

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Happy Thursday everyone!  Today's card has a 4th of July theme to it, but it could be used for a any summer occasion.  I used the new Gracious Floral Stamp for my stamped image to create this card.

I began by ink blending Distress Oxide Inks on a white cardstock panel.  

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Next, I spattered the panel with plain water and used my heat tool to dry it completely.

I stamped my image with Black pigment ink, sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and used a heat tool to melt the embossing powder.

I used a paint brush and water to paint in the flowers and remove some of the distress ink.  

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Once I was happy with the results I dried the panel with my heat tool.  

I used a white colored pencil to add some highlights to the stamped image and lightly spattered it with white ink. 

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I mounted the card panel to a black cardstock mat and adhered it to a white card base.

I die cut the word celebrate from white cardstock and the shadow from black cardstock.  I glued the white die cut word to the shadow die cut and adhered it to the card.

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To finish the card, I added some Clear Fairy Drops to the background and Black Nuvo Drops to the flower center.  That's it for today!  

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Donnasignature

 

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