145 posts categorized "Trees"

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!

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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!

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08/29/2020

Sat 29

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

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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!

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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.

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

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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!  

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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!

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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.

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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!

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08/13/2020

Thu 13

Snowglobe Backer Bear in the Bramble Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Thanks for all of your thoughtful comments during last week's Christmas Blog Blitz and congrats to all of the prizewinners!  Have fun creating special holiday and all-occasion cards with the great dies and papers in our latest release. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a lot of colors and details on today's card...hope you like the results!

The sweet little Polar Bear from the new Snowglobe Backer holiday set is great for a friendship card too.  Add a trio of glittered Resting Birds and tuck them into the Bramble Collage.  

Cut the Garland 6x6 corner floral print with the 4-¼" x 5-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Cut the rectangle with the Bramble Collage.  Cut the large mound from the Poppystamps Whittle Mounds set from the olive green Garland Stripes & Dots 6x6 print. Attach the mound behind the bottom of the Bramble Collage.

Cut the bear - from the new Snowglobe Backer set - twice from Dark Kraft cardstock.  Use a paper piercing tool to define the eyes on one of the bear diecuts.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the diecut for his eyes and nose.  Layer the diecuts for dimension.

Cut a small Heart Board heart from the red sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad. Cut Resting Birds from the yellow-green sheet in the Frosted Glitter Pad.  Save the extra birds for another project or use them inside the card.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded pale pink A-2 card

Stamp the greeting - from the Poppystamps Whittle Love Clear Stamps Set - on the  smoother side of pale pink cardstock with Purple Delight VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Attach the greeting with foamtape

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Enjoy mixing, matching and layering the holiday icons and design elements in the Christmas Collection and create unique cards for everyone on your list.  Thanks for visiting!

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08/06/2020

Thu 06

Blitz Day #4 - Layer the Single Pine Over the Tall Fir Collage by Jean Okimoto

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It's already the 4th day of our holiday blitz and giveaway!  There are so many great designs in our 2020 Christmas Collection that it's hard to select a new favorite. Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a collage-in-a-frame idea that combines two new dies - and a chance for you to win one of them!

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Cut the holiday floral print from the new Garland 6x6 set with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Cut the oval using with the inner Winter Tree Oval Frame.  Save the dark gray diecut tree for a Halloween card.

Cut the tree and a portion of the snowy bottom from the silver 6x6 sheet in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Cut the bottom half of the Tall Fir Collage from green cardstock.   Trim and attach the silver and green trees behind the oval cutout. Attach the diecuts to a top-folded white A2 card.

Cut the Starlit Breeze stars from the red Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.  Starlit Breeze is a versatile die from an earlier release.  

Shake the Sunlit Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents, then squirt a big drop of it onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer to place dots of Sunlit Gold on a few blossoms.  Set the card aside to dry the glitter glue.

The Garland 6x6 set of floral prints is part of our new Christmas Collection - but the vivid designs (2 each of 12 prints) aren't just for the holidays.  Several are perfect for summer and fall cards too - and the colors coordinate beautifully with the new Garland Stripes and Dots 6x6 set.  

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Want a chance to win the new Tall Fir Collage for your holiday projects?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, August 9th at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be chosen at random to win the die.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, August 10th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!  One comment/entry per person per day please.

Thanks for visiting - hope you're loving the blitz!  Enjoy Trina's card - and have another chance to win a prize tomorrow.

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08/02/2020

Sun 02

Inlaid Single Pine Landscape Frame on a Christmas Plaid Background by Jean Okimoto

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Set the Single Pine Landscape Frame into a Christmas Plaid offcut and create a simple guy card for the men on your list.  The card is simple...not the guy!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another 2020 Christmas Collection design for you.

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Cut the new Single Pine Landscape from Open Studio Watercolor Paper and leave the diecut in the die.  Add more texture by pressure-embossing it using the embossing mat and plates required for your machine.  

Cut the green and white plaid background from the new Christmas Plaid 6x6 set - we're using the offcut here.  Place the offcut in the frame and tape the plaid and watercolor paper together on the reverse side.  Attach it to a green slimline card (3-½" x 8-⅜").  

Cut three of the Singing Birds from the red glitter cardstock in the new Holiday Glitter 6x6.  Attach them to the card - use foam tape for the center and right birds.  

Prep the Celebrate Cursive Script die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper to help release the diecut. Cut Celebrate Cursive Script from the red sheet in the new Polished Foil Pad.  It's easy to cut delicate designs with this special foil and you won't have to remove those stringy threads.  Attach the shimmery greeting to the card...and that's it!

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I love slimline cards and how they can surprise someone who thinks the business-sized envelope they've received is just another bill or "special offer."  See the new dies, printed papers, foil, glitter cardstock, embossing folders and glitter glue here, write your wishlist, then visit or order your holiday designs.

Thanks for visiting!

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07/30/2020

Thu 30

A Special Merry Christmas with a Small Pine Tree Collage by Jean Okimoto

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Cool winter wishes continue with more great new designs from our 2020 Holiday Collection.  It's the perfect mix of classic, contemporary, glittery, shimmery and artsy elements for Christmas crafting.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a little bit of everything from our latest release. P1160530

Cut the corner berries and greenery print from the new Garland 6x6 with the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangles die.  Prep the Small Pine Tree Collage die by rubbing it briskly with a piece of scrunched waxed paper - to make it easier to remove the cardstock after diecutting.  Cut the collage.  Instead of pulling the diecut away from the offcuts - gently wiggle the offcuts away from the diecut.

Attach a piece of Poppystamps' Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape to a top-folded green A-2 card - position it to fill the oval cutout.  Attach the diecut rectangle.

Prep the Special Merry Christmas die with waxed paper and cut the lighter red glitter cardstock from the new Holiday Glitter Pad.  Attach it with tiny dots of Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. 

Punch ¼" circles of the gold Holiday Glitter Pad cardstock.

Shake the new Ruby Crystal Glitter Glue to blend the contents, then squeeze a large drop onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer to add dots of Ruby Crystal to several leaf clusters.  Set the card aside to dry the glue.

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It's a week of celebrations here with our holiday release  - and the 33rd birthday of Impress Cards and Crafts.  Join the party and shop the Impress online store for a special 20% savings (excluding class kits, custom stamps and items on sale)  on July 30 and 31.  It's a great time to stock up on papercrafting supplies for your holiday and year-round projects.  Here's the sale promo code - happy33.

Thanks for visiting - see you again this weekend with another holiday idea!

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