149 posts categorized "Trees"

11/15/2020

Sun 15

Charming Snowman Collage and the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate by Jean Okimoto

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The Charming (and popular!) Snowman Collage fits perfectly into the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Add frosty texture with the Pinpoint Snowflake Plate -   and a layered Birch Press Mod Alphabet greeting.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here on a frosty fall weekend.  I love Memory Box collage dies for their versatility and surprising results.

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Cut dark gray cardstock with the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame.  Crease the left edge backwards on the scored line, forming a hinge to attach the front panel to the back panel.  Cut white cardstock with the Oval Fold Frame.  Remove the large oval offcut and cut it with the smaller oval die included in the Oval Fold Frame set.

Cut the white panel with the Pinpoint Snowflake Frame.  Attach the pinpoint layer to the dark gray layer.  Cut a dark gray cardstock back panel with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the card front to the back panel using the hinged tab. 

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Cut Charming Snowman Collage from the smaller oval offcut.  The bottom left edge will split apart - re-assemble it later.  Color the nose offcut with an orange marker.  Color the twiggy arms of the delicate offcut with a tan marker - color it all the way, up to the inside of the circle.   Trim the arms.   Define the eyes with a skewer or piercing tool.  Attach the collage to the inside of the card.  

Cut the scarf section from the turquoise sheet in the 6x6 Twinkling Jewel Glitter pad.  Attach the nose, arms and scarf. 

Cut a red glittered Twinkling Jewel bird using the Resting Birds die.

Attach the arms, nose, scarf and bird to the collage.

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The Birch Press Design Mod Alphabet Clear Stamps and Die Set includes both narrow and wide alphabet dies.  Cut JOY from white cardstock with the wider alphabet.  Cut the thinner JOY from red cardstock.  Layer the letters and attach them to the frame.

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It all sounds very complicated - but it's really easy.  These unique dies create a collage-y - but flat - card for easy mailing.  There's just enough space for your signature on the inside.

Thanks for visiting...have fun designing and creating your holiday cards!

Jeansignature-3

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11/12/2020

Thu 12

Create a Tri-Fold Fall Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Layer the Wooded Glen and Little Orchard Collages and diecut a mix of tree backgrounds from 6x6 prints for a tri-fold fall card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a collage-y, layered forest scene for a thank you or Thanksgiving greeting.  Here are the supplies for this card...

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I wasn't sure if I wanted a tall slimline card - or a shorter version - so I started with the taller version, then shortened it later.

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Trim kraft cardstock to 10-½"* x 6-¼". (*a correction!) Score it horizontally at 3-½" and 7".  Trim the corners with a corner rounder.  Cut Wooded Glen Collage from the front of the first panel on the left.  Cut Little Orchard Collage from the back of the center panel.  

Cut an assortment of tree backgrounds from the 6x6 dark red and coral Garland Stripes and Dots.  Cut more backgrounds from the dark maroon floral Garland print. (It's shown on the bottom left corner of the paper pack.)  Attach the backgrounds behind the tree trunks of both collages.

Stamp the greeting - from the Harvest Love and Kindness Clear Stamp and Die Set - on the smooth side of turquoise cardstock with Warm Breeze VersaFine Clair.  

Cut a 3" x  5-¾" strip of turquoise cardstock, round the corners and attach in to the third panel.  Attach the greeting with foamtape.

It needed a sparkly - but matching  - accent so I spread some Open Studio Sunlit Gold Glitter Glue on the dark red striped print.  Heat-set it in short bursts to prevent scorching.  Let it cool, then punch ¼" circles.

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The tree collages are designed for layering - but they're also great on individual panels.  Little kids would love the little trees - maybe with a bear or deer from the Snowglobe Backer set added just for fun.

Thanks for visiting...see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

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11/10/2020

Tue 10

Special Delivery on the Vintage Sled by Jean Okimoto

 

MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

Create a holiday scene with interactive dies from our 2020 Christmas Collection - and the Resting Birds from many collection ago.  Mix and match your designs and enjoy the satisfaction of getting the most from your supplies.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little composition of holiday icons.

MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

Cut the base of the Vintage Sled from turquoise cardstock.  Cut the top layer from thin wood veneer.  Attach the veneer sections with ⅛" wide double-stick tape.  

Cut the deer - from the Snowglobe Backer set - from dark kraft cardstock.  Color the antlers, nose and hooves with a brown marker.  Attach the antlers.  Add highlights and spots with a white pencil.  Loop a strand of red crochet thread around the deer and tie a knot, then tie the other ends to the sled.  Keep the threads loose and curvy.  

Cut Resting Birds from red cardstock in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

Cut the tree trunk - from the Pine Tree Collage set - from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the tree triangle from green cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim the greeting with the matching die.  

Cut a white cardstock background with the 2-½" x 3-¾" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to a kraft A-2 card.

MemoryBoxVintageSled, MemoryBoxRestingBirds, MemoryBoxPineTreeCollage, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryBoxHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, VersaFineClair, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, ReindeerCard, GlitteredDiecuts, ImpressCardsAndCrafts, StampsAndMemories

Think of all the different ways you can combine the Memory Box holiday dies. Diecut several of each design, cut some backgrounds and stamp an assortment of greetings.  Trim the greetings, fold some cards and you're ready to design unique holiday cards for everyone on your list. Greetings from the heart will be more important - and appreciated - than ever this year. 

Thanks for visiting...keep warm and create some great cards!

Jeansignature-3

 

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10/29/2020

Thu 29

Stitched Tree on a Garland Background by Jean Okimoto

 

MemoryBoxStitchedTree, MemoryBoxWrappedStitchRectangles, MemoryBoxBirdsAndBlossoms, PoppystampsTallTriangleSet, MemoryBoxSpiritOfChristmasClearStampAndDieSet, MemoryBoxHoliday6x6GlitterPack, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, TreeDiecuts, StitchingDiecuts, StitchedCards, GlitteredDiecuts

A holiday background from the Garland 6x6 pack sets the scene for the Stitched Tree and glittered birds. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another design featuring this great ready-to-stitch tree die.

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Cut Intense Kiwi cardstock with the largest die from the Poppystamps Tall Triangle Set.  Prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots.  Cut the tree, then punch a hole about ½" below the center of the tree.  Trim the bottom of the triangle. Tall Triangle Set is a must-have for the holidays - and it's great for small pennants too!

Create a tree trunk by stitching brown floss from the punched hole at the bottom to the hole at the top of the tree. Tape the ends of the floss on the backside of the diecut with Scotch Transparent Tape  (Magic Tape might tear). Stitch the tree with green thread in the following sequence - horizontally, along the sides, and some random diagonal stitches.

Cut a blossom and three sets of birds - with the Birds and Blossoms set - from the dark red sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the Garland print with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Attach it to a top-folded white A-2 card and add the tree.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it quickly with detail clear powder - it's a fast-drying ink!  Add the birds.

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Stitched designs have become my creative - and appreciated - diversion from the daily news and pandemic statistics.  These simple stitches reward me with a feeling of accomplishment.  Hope you'll give it a try - leave a comment if stitch therapy works for you too!

Thanks for visiting.  Have a Happy - and safe - Halloween if you're celebrating!

Jeansignature-3

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09/20/2020

Sun 20

Ghosts in the Garden by Jean Okimoto

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Create an interactive Halloween card with a triple-layered fall scene - the dies from our latest release do all of the work for you!  The top two Dome Layers are just tied at the top and swing back and forth just for fun.  Hello - happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a card that acquired a life of its own.  It started as 2 layers and 2 ghosts, but grew to 4 layers, 4 ghosts and 2 pumpkins.

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Cut a solid orange background with the inner edge of the Snowglobe Backer die.  

Cut Haunted Entrance Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Cut Haunted House Dome Layer from dark taupe cardstock.  Cut Winter Wood Dome Layer from dark brown cardstock.  Attach the orange inner dome to the Winter Wood Dome Layer - tape the pieces together across the back.

Cut 4 ghosts from Memory Box Watercolor Paper.  Cut the pumpkins from dark orange cardstock.  

Attach the pumpkins to the Haunted Entrance Dome Layer - use a foam dot for the smaller pumpkin.  Attach a small ghost to the dark taupe dome layer.  Attach a big ghost to the orange background.

Cut the olive green floral print from the Garland 6x6 pack with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die. Attach it to a top-folded white A2 card.  Tie a gold cord through the holes at the top of the 3 Dome Layers then attach everything to the floral print.  Add 2 more ghosts.

Shake the bottle of Goldfinch Glitter Glue and squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to dot some of the flowers with the glue.

 

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Winter Wood and Haunted Entrance Dome Layers aren't just for Halloween - use them for winter scenes over a snowy background too.  Add bunnies and eggs to the Dome Layers for spring cards in April. Thanks for visiting...have fun creating with the great coordinating designs!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08/30/2020

Sun 30

Snowy Stitched Tree and Sparkly Red Resting Birds by Jean Okimoto

 

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There are many ways to sew a Stitched Tree - here's a simple design in crisp white.  A border of Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape adds a frosty look, glittered Resting Birds and a star make it merry.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a stitched holiday design for you.  

Cut green cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics Die.  Rub scrunched waxed paper briskly over the new Stitched Tree die to prep it to help release all of the tiny dots.  Cut the rectangle with the Stitched Tree.  

Cut a 9' piece of white floss.  The 9' is a generous length to make it easier.  Pierce a hole about ½" below the center of the bottom row of stitch-dots.  Use a toothpick or skewer to enlarge the hole for the needle.  Attach one end of the floss to the reverse side of the rectangle with Scotch Tape and stitch the horizontal rows beginning at the bottom right corner.  Stitch diagonally - using every other hole - from top to bottom.  Stitch both sides.

Stitch the vertical line - bypass the bottom row of the tree and go through the punched hole.  Tape the thread on the back and trim off the excess.

Diecut Resting Birds from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet twice to get 5 of the "sitting" birds.  Save the extras for another project.  Diecut the large Starlit Breeze star from the gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Berry Wreath Clear Stamps and Dies Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  Trim the short ends.

Attach Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape to green cardstock and cut a 1" x 5-¼" accent strip. Attach everything to a white A6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card - use foam dots for the greeting.

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Create unique Stitched Tree designs with the wide range of threads and yarns available. Variegated, ombre, metallic and silky fibers in beautiful colors provide so many options.  Stitching is oddly relaxing.  I'm not a stitcher or a sewer - if I can do this, you can too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again tomorrow!

Jeansignature-3

 
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08/29/2020

Sat 29

Insets, Offsets and the Single Pine Landscape Frame by Jean Okimoto

MemoryBoxSinglePineLandscapeFrame, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxChristmasPlaid, PoppystampsChristmasFunClearStamps, MemoryBoxHalfADozenEggs, VersaFineClair, VersaMark, ImagineCrafts, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, FeltDiecuts, TreeDiecuts, PlaidCards, BearCards, BearDiecuts

A snowy Single Pine Landscape sets the scene for the sweet little bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Emboss some snowy accents - and add a new greeting from the Poppystamps Christmas Fun Clear Stamps set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here - it's plaid time!

MemoryBoxSinglePineLandscapeFrame, VersaMark, Embossing, HolidayDiecuts, TreeDiecuts

Cut Single Pine Landscape Frame from green cardstock, remove the offcut and leave the remainder in the die.  Daub VersaMark through the cutouts on the die and emboss it with white powder.  

Cut the frame again from white cardstock - save the frame for another project  Stamp the great greeting - from the new Poppystamps Christmas Fun set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Inset the white offcut into the frame and tape the pieces together on the reverse side. 

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Cut the 6x6 Christmas Plaid sheet with the largest Rectangle Basics die and attach it to a side-folded white A-2 card.  Attach the Single Pine Landscape Frame, offset at an angle.  

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to brown wool-blend felt to stabilize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the bear.  Use a toothpick to define the eyes.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the eyes and nose.  Cut the reverse side of the plaid sheet with the smallest Half a Dozen Eggs die.  The bear die has a debossed center section - but the felt obscures it - so it looks like he's gained some pandemic pounds.  Attach the egg diecut.  It complements the plaid background...and makes him look a little slimmer.

Attach ¼" punched circles of the red glitter sheet from the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.

MemoryBoxSinglePineLandscapeFrame, MemoryBoxSnowglobeBacker, MemoryBoxRectangleBasics, MemoryHolidayGlitterPad, MemoryBoxChristmasPlaid, PoppystampsChristmasFunClearStamps, MemoryBoxHalfADozenEggs, VersaFineClair, VersaMark, ImagineCrafts, JeanOkimoto, HolidayDiecuts, FeltDiecuts, TreeDiecuts, PlaidCards, BearCards, BearDiecuts

Have fun with your holiday cards - see you again tomorrow!  Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

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08/27/2020

Thu 27

Evergreen Sky Collage on a Snowspeckled Background by Jean Okimoto

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Build a frosty winter scene with the new Evergreen Sky Collage and Garland 6x6 poinsettia print, glittery birds and a majestic pine from last year's holiday collection.   Hi, Jean Okimoto here mixing classic favorites with designs from our 2020 Christmas Collection.  

Cut Everygreen Sky Collage from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia corner print.  Trim the paper to a 5-½" square. Cut the Delicate Pine Frame tree from the collage offcut and attach it behind the collage.  

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Attach a large piece  of the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to a side-folded 5-½" square green card.  The blue piece below the washi tape is a strip of plastic cut from a dollar-store kitchen cutting board.  It keeps the tape's torn edge from sticking back onto the roll, helps tear the tape and keeps the tape from rolling away.  All of that from a skinny little piece of plastic!

Cut the birds -from the Delicate Pine Frame set - from the red glitter cardstock in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  

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Stamp the greeting - from the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set - on a scrap of the 6x6 print with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.   Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Diecut it with the matching oval die from the set.  Cut red glitter cardstock with the oval die and layer the pieces.  

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Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue vigorously, then squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a toothpick or skewer to add dots of it to the berry clusters.  Set it aside to dry.

Thanks for visiting - hope you'll look for ways to combine old favorites with new designs to greet the season.  See you again this weekend!  

Jeansignature-3

 

 

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08/24/2020

Mon 24

Pine-y Christmas
by Anne Thompson

Today's Merry Christmas card features three of the pine dies.

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how I made this card

  • I started with a white notecard and a 4 X 5 1/4 panel cut from olive-y green cardstock.
  • I then did all of the die cutting--the Forest Pine Branch from brown cardstock; the Pointed Pine Needle Frame from a green plaid;  lots of Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs from more of the same green plaid and another plaid so I would have lots to choose from; and the Special Merry Christmas from a red and green plaid scrap.

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  • I adhered the Pointed Pine Needle Frame to the notecard panel using a glue pen and then glued on two of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs on top of the frame one.

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  • Then I worked with the Forest Pine Branch and more of the Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs to create a fuller needle-y branch which I tucked under the other corner sprigs.

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  • The last step for this panel was to add the Merry Christmas sentiment strip using foam tape.

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  • On the inside I added another olive-y green panel, a scrap of red plaid paper, a white box in which to write a message, and three more of the pine needle sprigs.

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I love how the narrow gold stripes on the papers bring a little sparkle and shine to all of the card elements.

More dies and new stamp sets have been added to the 2020 Christmas Collection including a bunch for fall and Halloween!  See them here.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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08/20/2020

Thu 20

Tall Fir Collage Window Winter Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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The new Small Pine Tree Collage, Tall Fir Collage and Evergreen Sky Collage are designed for dimensional layering like Trina's card - and they're great individually for window cards too.  Here's a holiday idea featuring the Tall Fir Collage and the sweet little deer from the new Snowglobe Backer dies set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a mix of dies, papers and techniques.

Score, cut and fold a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Prep the Tall Fir Collage by rubbing it briskly with scrunched wax paper to help release the delicate trees.

MemoryBoxTallFirCollage, MemoryBoxCoDiecuts, MemoryBoxCo, TreeDiecuts, HolidayDiecuts, JeanOkimoto

Here's an easy way to align an oval die when cutting the card itself.  The pair of "push-out" holes on the die are aligned vertically - so attach the die with both holes 2-⅞" from the right edge of the card front.  Cut the collage and remove the offcuts by gently wiggling the pieces and pulling the offcuts away from the collage instead of tugging on the delicate trees

Cut the Garland green and red 6x6 print with the small inner oval from the Poppystamps Oval Fold Frame set.  Attach it so it shows through the collage.  It's slightly smaller than the collage for an extra layer of dimension.

Prep the Special Merry Christmas die with waxed paper and cut the greeting from the green glittered sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut one antler set and  two Snowglobe Backer deer from Kraft cardstock.  Color the antlers with a marker. Define one eye with a paper piercing tool.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye.  Attach the two deer diecuts - with the antlers between the layers.  Cut a scarf from the red glittered sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Highlight the nose and hoofs/hooves with a black pen.  Add tiny dots of white gel pen to the tail and side.

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Thanks for visiting...have fun creating holiday cards!

Jeansignature-3

 

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