191 posts categorized "Trees"

02/09/2024

Fri 09

Snow Fairies…Inspired by a TV Show by Jean Okimoto

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International TV shows don't often inspire card designs - but the Snow Fairies documentary on Japan's NHK TV inspired today's card.  They're adorably fluffy, rare long-tailed birds  - and the Poppystamps new Nordic Bird Bunch set has the perfect die for this little bird (they just needed longer tails).  Hi, Jean here with a  ScandinAsian Valentine idea.

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Cut Birch Tree Trunks from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  The diecut is very detailed, but it's easy to remove.  Start at the bottom of the trunks and wiggle the offcuts away instead of trying to pull the trunks out. 

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to wool-blend white felt and red felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the second-largest heart of the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out set.

Cut the Nordic Bird bases from white felt.  Cut the 2 larger wing pieces from Open Studio Watercolor Paper (instead of felt) to highlight the Nordic details. Cut the combined beak/eye sections and the left bird's wings from black cardstock. Some Snow Fairies are all-white, some have darker sections - we'll have one of each type.

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They have very long tails. We're using 2 branches from the tree trunk (shown on the left side of the packaging) to create special felt tails for them.  Trim the original tails, then attach the tree branch sections.  Cover the area with a wing!

Glue 2 pieces of gray cardstock together for dimension and diecut the new Hugs Debut Script background. Cut the detailed top layer from red cardstock.  Cut the background from red cardstock too, for more dimension.

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Assemble the birds and greeting.  Attach everything to a gray A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add bronze Autumn Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Looking for more ideas?  Search Snow Fairies NHK TV - the show is available on demand until March 31st.  Not sponsored or anything like that...I just think you'll enjoy it too!

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

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01/13/2024

Sat 13

Winter Tree Arch Blues
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  With the weather going from unseasonably mild to unseasonably freezing cold in a day here, it inspired me to create this wintry card featuring never before used (NBUS) Winter Tree Arch die with some leftover pine tree die cut pieces from this post.

Partial die cutting was used with the Winter Tree Arch die to make the trees taller from its original design (see comparison photo below).  Subsequently, partial die cutting was also done with the Nested Globes dies to create the matching arch background and frame.

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Faded Jeans and Speckled Egg distress inks (DI) were then ink blended on the background piece before splattering it with diluted white gouache paint for snow.  Kept the pine trees white, but for some sparkle, die cut the top layers from white glitter paper. 

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The sentiment was also die cut from white glitter paper and mounted on its navy blue shadow.  Assembled the card onto a white woidgrain panel to finish.

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 And that does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful day.

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01/12/2024

Fri 12

Heartfelt Hummingbird Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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A felt Layered Hummingbird delivers warm hugs on a cold winter day.  Hi, Jean here with a layered slimline design combining classic favorites and a favorite new bird set from our holiday release.  I've never seen a gray + silver hummingbird in our yard - but here he is!

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Cut Birch Tree Trunks from a white Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad 6x6.  We're just using 4 of the 5 trunks here.

Cut 2 Double Stitch Heart Cut Outs to create an inlaid design.  

Cut the 2-¼" wide Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle from the smooth side of textured gray cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to medium- and light-gray wool-blend felt.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and prevents adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the Layered Hummingbird base from the medium-gray felt.  

Cut the head overlay from the light felt.  Cut the wings and lower part of the "face" from a silver Rainbow Reflections 6x6 sheet.  Attach the layers to the base.  Push a toothpick or skewer thru the layers to define the cutout for the eye.

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Cut the beak section from light orange cardstock.  Color the eye area with a black marker.  Attach the diecut behind the head.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then trim it with the tab die that's included in the stamp set.  The tab is designed to cut the largest greeting - use the short ends to trim the left and right sides.

Attach the diecuts to a textured gray slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-⅝").  Add red Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

The Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles and Wrapped Stitched Rectangles sets coordinate with Memory Box stitched designs.  They frame the design without competing with the stitched diecuts.  They're great with the lovable Poppystamps Whittles too!  

Try the versatile design in different colors - use kraft or aqua cardstock for the background and card.  Use pink for the greeting, hearts and jewels.  

Thanks for visiting...keep safe and warm and have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

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01/10/2024

Wed 10

Winter Hello
by Angie Cimbalo

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Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a "Winter Hello" card to welcome in the new year!  My card as shown above was misted with water after I completed - here's a photo I took before I sprayed it:

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The inks I used and blended on the water and the horizon were Distress Ink and they react so nicely with sprayed water droplets creating lots of extra texture.  Here's a close up look at those splatters:

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I cut two of the "Forest Path" die from white card stock and then took one after cutting it and laid it on top of a piece of "Press and Seal."  This way all the tiny pieces stayed together.  I blended Distress Inks in blues, oranges and purples across the top.  I didn't worry about ink getting on the snow drifts because I knew I was going to lay the 2nd "Forest Path" cut from white over the top of the inked one.  So once I was done inking, I added the totally white one on top with liquid glue, all except the river.  I inked the 2nd river in blue and then added it to the bottom layer.  

Next I added Fluffy Stuff to simulate snow on the riverbank edges.  Once you heat it up, it puffs up and looks like snow!  I cut two of the "Hello Rush Script" word die and glued them together and used the same ink colors on it, then added it to the card.  I cut birds from white card stock using "Layered Birds" and inked the top layer of each bird with blue ink the glued them together.  I added them to the card along with snowflake sequins from my stash, then sprayed water on the whole card front before adding it to the heavyweight A2 card base.  Here's one last look:

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your new year is off to a great start!  See you next time!

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01/09/2024

Tue 09

Bundled Bird and Embossed Birches by Jean Okimoto

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Send warm wishes with the Bundled Bird wrapped in a cozy felt scarf.  Glittered heart garlands add sparkle to a 3D-embossed birch forest.  Hi, Jean here with a design for Valentine's Day...or any winter day.

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We're adding the embossed image directly onto the card here.  Cut, score and fold a textured gray A2 card.  Spritz both sides of the card front with a light mist of water.  Emboss it with the Birch Tree Forest 3D Embossing Folder.  The background is done - and it's already "attached" to the card!

Cut the Heart Streamer Globe garlands and extra hearts from the bright pink Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to tan and bright pink wool-blend felt.  Cut Bundled Bird base and two layers of the scarf.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.

Cut the wings and tail from the pale gold Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Cut the head overlay from kraft cardstock.

Cut the beak and eye section from orange cardstock.  Color the area that will appear behind the eye cutout with a black marker.  Attach the diecut behind the head.  Assemble Bundled Bird.

Stamp the greeting - from the Big and Little Reverse Words Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Charming Pink VersaFine Clair. Cut it the greeting tab die that's included in the set - position the short end of the die to trim the extra space.  Trim the other end too. 

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Attach the diecuts to the card - use foam tape for the greeting and behind Bundled Bird's tail.

Hope your New Year is off to a great start...thanks for visiting our blog today!

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12/31/2023

Sun 31

Wishing You JOY for the New Year
by Anne Thompson

As I was thinking about this post and what kind of a card I might make, it began to snow.   And it has snowed most of the day though it hasn't accumulated very much.  So of course I had to use the Snow Flurries Stencil!

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I started with the last piece of card stock I had left in my FRESH AQUA SP1004 paper pad.  I used the SNOW FLURRIES STENCIL 88626 and my Craft Decor Chalk Writer to make the snowflakes and set them with the heat gun.  I trimmed that piece to 4 X 5 1/4 and added it to the front of a top fold note card.

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I die cut the WINTER TREE ARCH 94735 using one of the green plaid papers from WOODSY PLAID PP1018 and then cut it again from white card stock.  I layered the white image on top of the plaid, offset just a bit.  I added that to the front of the note card.

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I used scraps of the plaid and the white card stock to cut out the PINE TREE GROVE 94736.  I layered those with the plaid underneath the white image, offset a bit, and added those trees to the lower left edge of the Winter Tree Arch on the note card.

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I cut BRILLIANT JOY 94759 background twice from another scrap of the green plaid paper and glued those two layers together.  I cut the detailed JOY twice from white card stock, glued them together, and then glued the letters onto the background.  I added the sentiment to the card front overlapping the pine trees a bit.

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On this New Year's Eve I wish you all a joy-filled year to come, one with lots of love and laughter, good friends and good health, and plenty of time for crafting!  Happy 2024!

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12/18/2023

Mon 18

Winter Scene Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a winter scene card featuring the Layered Narrow Pine die set and the matching Pine Tree Grove die set.

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Trees:

Die cut the Layered Narrow Pine die set and the matching Pine Tree Grove die set from a dark and mid-tone green card stock.  My dark green card stock wasn't dark enough so I ink blended using VersaFine Clair Rain Forest.  Adhere the 2 layers together with the lighter card stock on top.  Using your finger add some Distress Opaque Grit Paste to either side of the trees.  Splatter with white paint.  

Background:

Ink blend heavy 4" x 51/4" white card panel with Fresh Ink Silicone Blue.  Add Distress Oxide Stormy Sky using a natural sponge randomly around the sky.  Go back over again with the Silicone Blue.  Splatter with white paint.   

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Snowbanks:

Fussy cut a 4" wide card stock about 1" up snowbank and another about 1 1/2" high.  Apply Distress Opaque Grit Paste with your finger to the snow banks.  On the shorter snow bank adhere 2 strips of heavy card stock to the back.

Sentiment:

Stamp Let it Snow from Birch Press Design Gold Tidings clear stamp set on white card stock using the VersaFine Clair Rain Forest.  Die Cut using the smallest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle Layers set.  

Assembly:

Adhere the taller snowbank then the shorter snowbank.  Adhere a small strip of heavy white card stock to the center of each of the Pine Tree Grove.  Adhere the Pine Tree Groves to the taller snowbank.  Add a thin strip of foam to the center of the Layered Narrow Pine Tree.  Adhere the trees to the front of the snow bank.  Adhere the sentiment to the upper left of the panel and trim of excess.  Adhere to a A2 size white note card.

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12/06/2023

Wed 06

Build a Patterned Paper Tree by Jean Okimoto

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Pick your favorite patterns from the Poinsettia Garland and Poinsettia Plaid 6x6 sets and build a frosty blue Christmas tree.  The popular Layered Polar Bear likes it - and it's a great way to use these beautiful new patterned papers.  Hi, Jean here with my favorite bear - and some inspiration for December's Patterned Papers Challenge.

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Cut Poinsettia Plaid and Poinsettia Garland circles using the 1" Circle Basics die.  Cut the pale blue and gold plaid with the ¾" Circle Basics die.

Cut the narrowest Birch Tree Trunk from kraft cardstock.

Cut the 2nd-largest Nested Globes die from textured white cardstock.  Attach the tree trunk and circles to the Nested Globe background.

Attach white and pale aqua wool-blend felt to adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to stabilize the fabric and keep adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the Layered Polar Bear from the felt.  Cut the remaining sections from heavy white cardstock.  

Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his eyes and nose.  Color the ear portions of the felt diecut with a brown marker.

Cut the scarf layers - borrowed from the Bundled Bird die set - from the light aqua felt.

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Attach the diecuts to a light blue A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add pale blue Winter Fantasy Gemstones.  Cut an A6-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailibng.  Many layers create a very thick card - it may require special handling and additional postage.  

You don't need lights, tinsel or ornaments for his special tree - just use Memory Box 6x6 prints!

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

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11/17/2023

Fri 17

Home for the Holidays by Jean Okimoto

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A plump red felt bird and a glittery Christmas tree fill the new Bird's Nest with holiday spirit.  Leaf Bunches and berries from Birch Press Design brighten the background.  Hi, Jean here with a holiday slimline design.

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Cut Leaf Bunches  from dark green cardstock. Cut the 2.25" wide Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectange from white cardstock.  Attach it to a white slimline card (8-⅝" x 3-⅝").

Cut the large Layered Evergreen Trees background from lime green cardstock.  Cut the delicate top layer from the green Glitzy Glitter Pad 6x6.  We're working on the link for the Layered Evergreen Trees #94751 - here's a picture:  

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Cut Bird's Nest from kraft cardstock.

Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to red wool-blend felt and cut one of the Nestled Chickadee Duo birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating it.  Cut the head and trim sections from red cardstock.  Cut the wings from the red Rainbow Reflections 6x6.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the eye cutout.

Cut the Birch Press Design Mixed Berry Contour Layers stems from the green cardstock.  Cut 5 berries from the Rainbow Reflections red 6x6 and from yellow cardstock.  Layer the berries - rotate the yellow pieces to fill the cutouts on the red berries

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Assemble the Christmas tree, chickadee and the front portion of the Bird's Nest.  

Attach Leaf Bunches to the stitched rectangle background - place the single extra leaf so it covers the stem of the leaves on the top left corner.  

Attach the back layer of the nest, then the Christmas tree and the chickadee, then the top layers of the nest.  Attach the berry stems and berries.

Cut Happy Holidays Streamlined Script from the green cardstock - leave the tiny dot for the "i" in the die until you're ready to attach it.

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

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11/16/2023

Thu 16

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone!  I have a soft pastel color themed Christmas card for you today.

I began by applying Speckled Egg Distress Ink to a white cardstock panel and drying it completely before the next step.  

Next I used a blending brush to apply Gold metallic ink through the Starlight Snowflake stencil to the inked panel.  This gives it a very soft look.

I die cut the center of the panel using one of the Nested Globe dies. 

I used the Snow Flurries stencil and Speckled Egg Distress Ink to add color in the center of a white cardstock panel, which goes behind the die cut card front.  

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The trees were die cut from green cardstock and glued to the center of the globe cut out.

I die cut the snowflakes from white glitter cardstock and glued them to the card front.  

Then I used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip to the card.

The card front was glued to white card base using foam tape.

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To finish the card, I added some Fairy Crystals and Clear Jewels for a little sparkle.

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

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