23 posts categorized "Thanksgiving"


Fri 02

Thankful Jotted Script, Looking for Mr. Right Triangle and Snowberry Sprigs by Jean Okimoto



Create a simple fall card with the new Thankful Jotted Script set and Looking for Mr. Right Triangle stamps.  The delicate Snowberry Sprig - like autumn seedpods - adds a woodsy botanical look perfect for Thanksgiving.  Wouldn't it be nice to send (and receive!) Thanksgiving cards before the big  holiday rush?

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a November Challenge inspiration card today.  This month's theme is "Falling for You" - and we can't wait to see your great designs.  View the Challenge details here

Diecut the 2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from smooth white cardstock. Stamp three triangles from the new Looking For Mr. Right Triangle clear stamps set with VersaFine Habanero and VersaMagic Turquoise Gem.  

Diecut Thankful Jotted Script from dark brown and dark orange cardstock.  

Here's a timesaving tip to create a dimensional Snowberry Sprig diecut...spread a thin layer of glue between two pieces of brown cardstock (80# or less).  Press the layers together.  Diecut the Snowberry Sprig - you may need to use a metal shim and/or run it through the machine two or three times.  

Gently pull the offcut sections away from the sprig instead of trying to pull the sprig out of the surrounding cardstock.  These simple steps are a lot easier than cutting the sprigs separately and gluing the delicate bits together.  As a bonus, the machine's pressure on the double layers seems to add a subtle sheen to the pods.  

Attach the diecuts to a 4-½"x 6-¼" Kraft card.  Add ¼" punched circles of orange glittered cardstock for a seasonal accent.


 Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!







Fri 05

by Melissa Rusk


Happy Friday! Today I have some new dies to highlight that are perfect for Fall. I started with the beautiful Stitched Maple Circle Frame die and cut it out of a gold mirror card paper. To color the leaves I used my Copic markers on this shiny paper, you could also color them with alcohol inks as well. It's such a fun technique and another way to get more out of your alcohol markers or inks.

I glued it all to the card and then I added a gold mirror card thankful that I cut using the Thankful Jotted Script die over the leaves. A fun and easy card to send to someone you are thankful for this season. Have a great weekend!





Mon 04

Embossed Leaf Collage Cards
by Anne Thompson

Today's cards feature the LEAF COLLAGE die 99800, both as an embossed image on a card front and as die cuts adhered on top of the embossing.  I had never tried embossing a regular die until I had this idea today.  Easy Peasy!

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I followed the directions with my Big Shot for embossing with a metal stencil, using a piece of red plumbers rubber since I didn't have a silicone rubber mat.  This is my sandwich from the bottom up:  Tab 1, plastic plate, rubber, cardstock, die face down, plastic plate.  I love the way the embossing came out, particularly when I used metallic papers as in the photo below.


 Card No. 1:  embossed Leaf Collage on gold metallic paper, die cut brown leaves adhered with popdots over the embossed image, tiny gold pearls on the leaves and in the lower right corner; this piece layered over more of the brown cardstock and aligned with the right edge of a top-fold cream notecard; black/metallic washi tape added on the left edge; three more leaves inside card and some more washi tape and stamped message from the EACH DAY IS A BLESSING Clear Stamp Set CL 5214:  "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" in Archival Jet Black ink.


Card No. 2:  embossed Leaf Collage on brown cardstock, die cut leaves from Mango Distressed Dots Paper; stamped "THANKFUL FOR EVERY" from Each Day is a Blessing Clear Stamp Set in VersaMark ink and gold-embossed; die cut BLESSING die 99864 from more of the Mango dots paper; four small amber gemstones; this panel adhered to a piece of Mango dots paper that covers the front of the cream top-fold notecard; more mango dots paper inside for the message.

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Card No. 3:  embossed Leaf Collage on copper metallic paper , die cut leaves from mango and red cardstocks, panel adhered to Mango Distressed Dots Paper and then onto a red side-fold notecard... IMG_0021 (1)

...more Mango dots paper inside, a red leaf, and "THANKFUL FOR EVERY blessing" stamped with Archival Jet Black ink.

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These will be some of the cards I send at Thanksgiving this year, and I plan to make more.  I love how the look of each one changes with the papers I select.   I have soooo much paper--more experimenting ahead!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Sat 19

Stencil a Falling Maple on a Sketch Journal Background
by Jean Okimoto


Here's another design featuring the Sketch Journal Cling Stamp - with the Falling Maple Garden Stencil.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here tonight. We have so many great dies and stamp sets in our Holiday Collections - I almost forgot about the great stencils we have too!


Stamp Sketch Journal on natural cardstock with Imagine Crafts Vintage Sepia VersaFine.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Mask the adjacent areas and stencil Falling Maple diagonally across the stamped background with Brilliance Rocket Red, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Thyme and Pearlescent Olive.  Heat-set the inks.

Cut it with the 3-¼" x 4-½" Stitched Rectangle Trimming.  Cut dark orange cardstock with the same die.  Attach the rectangle and orange frame to a top-folded 5-½" square card of dark kraft cardstock.  


Cut the greeting portion of the Stitched Celebrate Circle Frame from dark orange cardstock - don't remove the diecut.  Flip it over and attach strips of ¼" wide Scor-Tape along the bottom and near the tops of the "l," "b," and "t."  Run the tape-covered diecut through the machine again to cut the tape.  Seeing the cutting lines lets you attach the tape just where you really need it - and the self-adhesive greeting is  easier to work with when the entire piece isn't sticky.  Another tip!

Cut the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer from green cardstock and attach the greeting.

Attach the greeting strip to the card with foam dots.  Add green sequins.


Thanks for stopping by again - hope this inspires you to re-discover stenciling and include it in your repertoire of cardmaking techniques.  See you again on Wednesday.  Penny's sharing a great project with you tomorrow!





Sat 19

Lovely Oak, Sketch Journal, Grosgrain Ribbons and Stitched Rectangle Layers,
by Jean Okimoto


Sketch Journal - rotated 90 degrees - creates a backdrop for the Lovely Oak garden stencil on a fall card I'd like to share today.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here, with an inky, spritzed, stenciled card for any autumn occasion.


Spritz watercolor paper with water and paint a light background with fall shades of Peerless Watercolors.  Heat-set it.  Stamp Sketch Journal with Imagine Crafts Olympia Green VersaFine.  The dark green ink blends with the orangey background and creates a soft image that's more subtle than it it was stamped in black.  

Place the leaves over the branches and mask the adjacent areas with Post-It notes - I love the super sticky full-adhesive version that my friend Donna Mikasa shared with me.  It makes life so much easier...thanks Donna!  Sponge the leaves over the stamped branches with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold, Pearlescent Olive and Rocket Red.  Dry the inks.

Cut it with the 2-¾" x 4" Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Not exactly rocket-science, but here's a tip...if you're not sure which die size to use when trimming something, start with the larger size first.  You can always re-cut it with a smaller die if it doesn't look right.  That's what I did here.

Spritz it with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and dry the ink.

Cut two of the widest Grosgrain Ribbons from green cardstock.  Another tip  - run the die through the machine lengthwise for best results.   For extra texture, leave each diecut in the die and dry-emboss it using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine. Trim the ribbons to 4-⅝" and 5".

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of dark orange cardstock.  Add copper sequins.


Very special thanks to everyone from my classes at Impress last weekend!  It was a busy day - especially for those who took both classes - and for Ann, Shari and Becca who helped us fill our shopping baskets.  See you again in the Merry and Quick speedy Christmas cards class next weekend - on November 26th!

Thanks for stopping by on this busy fall weekend...






Tue 25

Thanksgiving Deer
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello Crafty Friends,

 Today I am happy to share a "thankful" card featuring the beautiful Enchanted Deer Collage die and an old favorite technique--shaving cream marbling.  Enchanted Deer Thanks

 I think I played with this technique back in the days of planning classes as a stamp store owner...Ok, maybe it was when I was a Girl Scout...anyway, it's always fun since everyone's project turns out differently and it's inexpensive with great results---sometimes surprisingly so.

 On today's card I am die cutting into the marbled paper instead of using it as a background panel as it's commonly used.  

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Here's a step-by-step of my marbling experience---and don't think it wasn't fun keeping the shaving cream off my camera while shooting the steps!  No phone calls please during this process.

  • Shake then squirt aerosol shave cream (unscented and not gel) into a shallow container.
  • Drop dye inks (reinkers) onto shave cream. (I used 3 colors, slate, mushroom and espresso dye inks)
  • Blend ink drops, as little or as much as you like.  The more you blend the inks, the smaller and more muted the marbling patterns.  I used a plastic pickle fork for my blending tool (because I always have pickle forks handy). 

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  • Place card stock face down onto inky shave cream, press to make contact in all areas of paper.
  • Lift off or slide paper off cream, set face up on washable surface, then remove all cream.  I used a window squeegy and it all came off in one swipe.

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  • Now, repeat with another sheet of card stock--make lots!
  • You can add more inks and blend again--experiment!  Remember your color combinations.
  • Air dry or use a heat tool to dry throughly before die cutting.
  • Easy clean up in the sink with plain water.  
  • Buy more shaving cream and keep playing.  My can of shaving cream cost only $1.39 (that's a lot of fun for the money) Start over and use different color palettes.


  To finish the card, I die cut the Enchanted Deer Collage into the center area, rounded the corners, then mounted it onto a top-fold brown notecard and added the sentiment strip.  Because the marbling can give a very busy look, I kept the rest of the card simple.  I can make about 10 more cards with the marbled papers I now have on hand after playing with different colors and blending techniques---it's addicting and so fun! 

Enchanted Deer Thanks

 Happy Tuesday!Jennysig


Sat 02

Watercolor a Memory Box and Open Studio Calendar - #4
by Jean Okimoto


***1/11/16 UPDATE***We've added a Memory Box Calendar + Watercolor Workshop class to the Impress class schedule!  It's  on Sunday January 31st from 12:00 to 3:00 PM - $43 includes a metal calendar stand too.  Please bring a waterbrush.  Please call 206 901.9101 to reserve a seat.

We've reached the final quarter of our watercolored calendar.  Jean Okimoto here with a few of my favorite seasonal dies from Memory Box and Open Studio, Peerless Watercolors - and of course, more sequins.  I love how those tiny, sparkly little circles of prettiness can add so much to a design.  


Cut three of the 4-¾"x 3-¾" Open Studio Pinpoint Rectangle Layers from watercolor paper.   Paint one of them with orange, rust and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Swirling Ghosts from watercolor paper and daub Memento London Fog lightly along the edges of three of them.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind them for eyes.  Attach black and copper sequins.


Cut a 3-½" x 2-½" Pinpoint Rectangle Layer from green cardstock.  Paint of strip of cream cardstock with orange, green, and yellow Peerless Watercolors.  Press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Cut Autumn Border from the watercolored cardstock.  Attach chartreuse sequins.


Paint a Pinpoint Rectangle Layer with turquoise, blue and teal Peerless Watercolors.  Cut Snow Burst from white glitter craft foam.  Attach clear and turquoise sequins


Hope you've enjoyed creating this calendar with me!  Designs for previous months are shown here, here and here.  

Here's a link to InKollage, my Pinterest page and gallery of designs from Outside the Box.  I know most people pin someone else's designs on their pages...but I refer to it for a quick personal reminder of what I've done in the past - and a one-stop look at some of the great Memory Box and Open Studio products in my stash.  

Thanks for visiting Outside the Box, taking my classes, and for all of your special comments throughout 2015.  I'm looking forward to sharing more ideas, designs and techniques with you as we unveil our 2016 Collection.  You'll love it!




Tue 27

Jolly, Happy & Grateful
by Jennifer Van Pelt

Hello everyone,

Today I bring you a card I made using one of my favorite quote stamps from the new Winter Collection. I used the Jolly Holly Frame but instead of using Christmas or winter colors I did it in Fall colors with Color Burst powders.


I stamped the quote on an octagon from the Studio Octagon Layers set that I also did in the same Fall colors with Color Burst powders and popped it up with foam tape to give it some dimension on the card and a little more emphasis for the sentiment.


This sentiment really speaks to my heart and had me thinking of all the things and people in my life that I am very grateful for...my husband Eric and son Riley, my mom & dad, my church family & friends, the ability to craft and create...just to name a few. In this season with Thanksgiving approaching, I love being reminded to think about and remember all the blessings I have in my life. So what are you most grateful for?



Wed 30

Watercolored Autumn Border
by Jean Okimoto


MenoryBoxAutumnBorder-OpenStudioManyThanks-OpenStudioALovelySmile-JeanOkimoto-ImagineCrafts-Kaleidacolor-ThanksgivingHi there - hope you're enjoying our Design Team's fall cards this week!  We're inspired by the great designs in our latest release and can't wait to share more projects with you.  Let's fast-forward a bit and make a Thanksgiving card today.

I love the new Autumn Border Die.  It's great for watercoloring in rich, earthy tones - try the Tomato Vine Kaleidacolor for the perfect color combinations.  Just press the inks onto a large acrylic stamp block (use it as a palette) then paint them onto the diecut layers with a damp brush.


The greeting is a combination of the Many Thanks and A Lovely Smile die sets.   Combine the "S" from "SMILE" with the "THANK" - then print "GIVE" with a labelmaker.  It's a great way to create custom greetings for any occasion.

Please visit our Ideas Gallery for detailed directions and supply lists for this project.

Big thanks to everyone who took all of my September classes.  See you again on October 3rd for a fun Spooky, Spooky class at the Tukwila Impress.

Thanks for visiting...see you again this evening!





Fri 28

The final gathering


I know I am really stepping outside the box with the final card in my gathered blooms series. For this last card I stamped just the blossoms multiple times with Memento toffee crunch, morocco and my favorite- bamboo leaves to create this fun autumnal pattern. Add  a strip of washi and a sentiment and this quick CAS card is finished.


Here is a recap of all of the cards in this series.


I hope that all of you have had a blessed Thanksgiving.