128 posts categorized "Trees"

11/13/2018

Tue 13

Typewriter Holiday Elements, Bold Christmas Greetings and Delicate Pine Frame by Jean Okimoto

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Stamp the Typewriter Holiday Elements text block and trim it to create the perfect background for the Delicate Pine Frame.  Add a trio of glittered birds - also from the Delicate Pine Frame set - and a greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings set for a classic  holiday greeting.

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple design that's easy to mass-produce for everyone on your card list.  The "'twas the night before Christmas" text block is about 5-½" square and generously-sized for backgrounds.  It's easy to diecut two 2-½" x 3-¾" rectangles for this design.

Stamp the text block on white cardstock with Iced Spruce Distress Oxides.  Dry  the ink and cut it with a Rectangle Basics die.  Sponge the text very lightly with Delicata Shimmer Silver.  

Cut the Delicate Pine Frame from green cardstock.  Cut the birds from red glittered carstock.  

 Stamp the greeting - from the Bold Christmas Greetings set - with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  Cut it with the coordinating dies of the Bold  Christmas Greetings set. Cut an extra set of the words and layer it for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 card of white textured cardstock.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Special thanks to everyone from Monday's MERRY + QUICK cards class t Impress.  It was fun meeting new students and catching up with my loyal Memory Box/Poppystamps/Birch Press fans too.  We used the just-released Birch Press Design triangle die sets and loved them.  Thanks Ann and Shari for helping everyone find the great products and supplies on their wishlists - and ordering more of the best-sellers!

Thanks for visiting...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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11/06/2018

Tue 06

Bold Greetings Die Set, Bold Greetings Clear Stamps, That’s Acute Triangle Die Set, and That’s Acute Clear Stamps by Jean Okimoto

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Combine That's Acute Triangle Dies and That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and create a forest of colorful trees for the holidays.  Stamp and diecut a Bold Christmas Greetings  message for a pop of bright purple.   Add sparkly gem stickers - and that's it!

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a plush felt design to warm a frosty winter day.  Or a rainy fall day!

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Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet -  to wool-blend felt and cut triangles with  the dies from the That's Acute Triangle set.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.

Stamp the striped triangle from the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps with Imagine Crafts Radiant Neon Electric Purple.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  The color of  the stamped image doesn't look like the inkpad - but it really is Electric Purple.  It's very electric, and very purple!

Cut it with the coordinating That's Acute Triangle die.

Cut a white cardstock background with the 3-½" x  4-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.

Attach the diecuts to a white 4-½" x 6-¼" card.  Use foam dots for the tip of the stamped triangle.  Use foam dots for the top and bottom of the "y" and the bottom of the "j."

Attach silver gem stickers.

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Have fun creating this card in your favorite colors too.  Mix  different shades of green with a bright red stamped triangle on a Kraft card.  Or try gold, copper and silver glittered cardstock with a teal striped triangle.  

I could spend hours mixing and matching colors & textures, matte & metallic, prints & solids.  There are so many options for these versatile dies and stamps!  They're all designed for you by Dave Brethauer and proudly made in the USA.  

If you're in the Seattle area and need a few fresh ideas for quick holiday cards - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress on Veterans Day, November 12.  We're making 7 deceptively simple cards that don't look quick-and-easy - and they're great for mass-production too.  

Thanks for visiting -

Jeansignature-3

 

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10/09/2018

Tue 09

New Celebrate Jotted Script and Friendly Ghosts by Jean Okimoto

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Let the lovable Friendly Ghosts peek through the branches of the Sapling Collage on a Halloween card that I hope is more delightful than frightful.  It's hard to imagine these simple white shapes can have so much personality!  One of them even multi-tasks as part of an exclamation mark inside the card.

Cut Sapling Collage from dark orange cardstock - be sure to leave some space around it to cut the outer frame from the Delicate Pine Frame set.  Cut the frame  - leave the diecuts in the die.  Attach ¼" Scor-Tape along the edges of the frame and inner rectangle.  Flip everything over onto a top-folded black A-2 card.  Press the die firmly onto the card to transfer the diecuts, then carefully remove the die.  Nice and easy and perfectly aligned!

Tuck the ghosts under the collage and add green gem stickers.

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Attach Scor-Tape to dark orange cardstock and cut the Celebrate Jotted Script background.  Cut the delicate "celebrate" from black cardstock.  Attach the black diecut to the adhesive-covered background.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the remaining adhesive around the black diecut.  

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Attach the glittered greeting and the littlest Friendly Ghost to the inside of the card.  Create a ghosty exclamation point with the help of the cool Whimsy Cat die - cut the cat  from white cardstock and use one eye offcut for the dot below the little ghost.  (Did I just hear someone say I need to get out more and get a life?)

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Hope you enjoyed this friendly Halloween design and have fun creating with the great new dies and stamps from our Holiday Happenings release!  

Be sure to enter the October Tricks + Tricksters Challenge - share your Halloween or candy-themed projects for big and little kids for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for visiting...Laura has a great project for you tomorrow.  I'll see you again on Thursday, or at Impress on Saturday.  We have two classes coming up - STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL AND DELIGHTFUL at 10:30 and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS at 1:30.

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09/29/2018

Sat 29

Delicate Pine Frame and Holiday Twigs – from Christmas to Halloween by Jean Okimoto

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Transform traditional holiday diecuts into a spooky Halloween scene with the Delicate Pine Frame and Holiday Twigs.  A quick color switch is all it takes!  Happy weekend, Jean Okimoto here with a fall design for you today.

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Cut Happy Halloween Channel from a 6-¼" x ¾" strip of black cardstock.  Cut the pumpkin from white cardstock and add eyes and a mouth with a screwpunch.  

Score, cut and fold a 4-½" x 5-¾" card of dark orange Candy Corn cardstock.  

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Tabs at the short ends of the diecut will fit over the top and bottom of the card - adding ¼" to each edge, creating an A-6 card.  Attach the diecut to the card with dots of adhesive between the tabs and the card,  and under the pumpkin.

Cut the bigger Holiday Twig from black cardstock.  Cut a circle of white cardstock with the 1" Circle Basics die.  Cut the birds (from the Delicate Pine Frame set) from black glittered foam.

Cut the larger Delicate Pine Frame and inner rectangle from orange metallic cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to the card.  Add copper-colored gem stickers.

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 A color change quickly adds a whole new look to holiday diecuts.  Turn a delicate twig into a spooky tree and sweet little birds into shadowy night creatures.  It just takes a little imagination and a big stash of paper!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the PAPERSTYLE 2019 CALENDAR or NOTECARDS class at Impress this Sunday.  Create 12 designs with holiday and seasonal icons, great dies and stamps and beautiful artpapers.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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09/13/2018

Thu 13

Cheers to Sunburst Stripe Circle Tape Trees and Crystal Snowflakes by Jean Okimoto

 

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Five bright Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts create a contemporary holiday scene - and some inspiration for September's Tape Too Challenge.  Crisp white Crystal Snowflakes and a Wrapped Stitch Rectangle balance the brightness and add the finishing touch.  

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here - let's see what we can do with some very bright Scotch Expressions Tape offcuts.  I love triangles, unexpected color combos and making the most of my Memory Box stash.  

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Attach Scotch washi tape and colored Magic Tape to a scrap of waterolor paper.  (The green tape looks yellow-er attached to the paper.)   Cut the taped cardstock  crosswise into ⅞" strips.  Cut the strips with the Sunburst Stripe Circle.   The strips are much longer than the die's triangles so you can pick the perfect combination of colors for your "trees."

I made several sets of taped strips so I'd have extras for other projects.   

Cut the 4-¾" x 3-½" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from white cardstock.  Stamp the greeting - from the Penguin Cheer Clear Stamp Set - with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  

Cut the smaller Crystal Snowflake from white cardstock, and again from light gray cardstock.  Cut another snowflake center from white and gray cardstock.  Layer the snowflakes - slightly offset - for dimension.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded white A-2 card.

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Looking for even more ways to use Sunburst Stripe Circle offcuts?  Party hats, ice cream cones, pennants, the top of witch hats, unicorns, tiny rolled paper beads are just a few ideas to start with.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at another SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress on September 15th.   We'll start with a simple origami butterfly card, then make more cards with many of our favorite dies from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs.

Thanks for stopping by...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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07/26/2018

Thu 26

Holiday 2018 Collection…Delicate Pine Frame and Typewriter Holiday Sentiments by Jean Okimoto

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Create a classic winter scene with the just-released Delicate Pine Frame and one of many great greetings from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set.  I'd like to think it's a simple card with a big impact...hope you agree!

Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with one of many 2018 Holiday Collection designs I'll be sharing in the coming weeks.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Typewriter Holiday Sentiments Clear Stamps Set - on a white A-2 card with VersaFine Clair Tulip Red.  I try to stamp the greeting before attaching anything to the card - just in case there's a stamping mishap.  Like dropping the inked stamp onto the center of the card, smudging the ink with my wrist, even stamping the image upside-down.  Yes, life happens!

Delicate Pine Frame is the ideal all-in-one set...and a great choice for creating cards throughout the year.  Both frames are perfectly proportioned for A-2 cards, and they look good on A-6 cards too.  The outer frame can be used separately and we can always use another set of birds to diecut with felt, glittered craft foam, mirror cardstock, velvet paper or glittered cardstock.  These new birds are like the baby bird version of the popular Resting Birds set we've used many, many times.  Now we can mix and match them and build bird families.  

Cut the tree frame from white cardstock that's a shade darker than the card for a bit of contrast and dimension.

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Cut it again from green cardstock and remove the frame.  Attach the green tree behind the white tree - slightly offset - to create the illusion of snow-covered branches.  It also props the white tree up a bit when adhered.  

Cut the birds from red glittered cardstock - save the extras for another project, or attach them inside the card.  

Attach everything to the card and add clear gem stickers.

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Try this design with natural, pale green or Kraft cardstock too.  Or create a horizontal card, with the greeting off to the side.  The new holiday collection is filled with options for simple cards, collage-y designs - and the bonus outer frames from many of the sets are perfect for photo cards too.  I'll try to share a photo card - if I can get both pups to sit together long enough for a picture.

We sincerely appreciate your support of genuine Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design dies and stamps - all personally designed by Dave Brethauer, and proudly made in the USA.  

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the July 29th MEMORY BOX HOLIDAYS 2018 class at Impress!

Thanks for visiting - please join us again  tomorrow for more holiday inspiration...

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

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12/21/2017

Thu 21

Tiny Tree Triplet, Sketchbook Joy, Starlit Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Six little trees -  from the new Tiny Tree Triplet set - create a quick and easy last-minute holiday greeting.  Glittery gold stars and a matching Sketchbook Joy add the finishing touch.  Hi - Jean Okimoto here - with my final card of the season for you today.

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Cut smooth white cardstock with the 1-½" x 2-¾" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the 6-trees die.  Cut turquoise, red and green cardstock with the 1-¼" x 2-½" Rectangle Basics die.  This great rectangles set eliminates the guesswork, measuring - and hoping the colored rectangles won't show along the edges of the white rectangle.  Christmas is just four days away - this will be quick!

Cut the turquoise rectangles with the 5-trees die.  Cut the red rectangle with the 3-trees die.  Layer the turquoise, red and green rectangles behind the white piece.  

Cut Sketchbook Joy from green glittered cardstock - it'll be easy to remove the delicate diecut if you place a layer of medium-weight plastic (like a shopping bag) between the die and the cardstock.  Save the little dot that goes above the "j."  The plastic-covered diecut will slip right out of the die.  Just peel the plastic off, then wiggle the negative sections away from the "joy" instead of vice-versa.  It works, trust me!

Cut ¾" x 4-½"  and ¾" x 3-¾"" accent strips of turquoise and red cardstock.

Cut gold glittered cardstock stars with the Starlit Breeze die.

Attach everything to a top-folded A-2 card of textured white cardstock.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weeks WINTER BLISS class at Impress - and extra-big thanks to everyone who joined us for classes throughout 2017.   A total of 34 classes, including the repeats!  Thank you very much for taking the time and traveling from near and far to mix, match, layer, stamp, fold and attach - and laugh and chat - while we made cards, calendars, tags and treat wrappers.  Special thanks to everyone at Impress too - for all of your help!  

2018's classes begin on January 6th with my LOVE IS SWEET Valentine class.  More techniques, zingy colors, glitter and another candy-card for your special sweeties.

Thanks for stopping by - see you soon!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12/03/2017

Sun 03

Hillside Slope
by Penny Ward

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Hello, hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today with a layered tree line against a gorgeous night sky. My hubby and I ski in Colorado each year and this really is what it looks like outside. When you are from Florida and you have only one season...HOT, we really appreciate what Mother Nature throws our way for the couple weeks we are out there.

 

Let me guide you through this card:

 

As always, start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. 

 


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On a panel of White cardstock, ink a bit of Distress Oxide Fossilized Amber near the upper right corner. Use a circle mask (I punched a circle from stamping mask paper), cover the inked area and now start inking the rest of the panel with Distress Oxide Broken China, Faded Jeans and Seedless Preserves.

 


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Die cut Evergreen Hillside Slope two times from White cardstock. Trim to match your card front and layer by staggering the tree lines.

Stamp sentiment from the Blessed To Know You set using VersaFine Majestic Blue ink. Adhere all to card base using foam adhesive for the last line of trees.

Wrap card with  Periwinkle Ribbon by BirchPress and tie knot.

 

Hope you are well on your way to finishing your holiday cards!

Happy Crafting,

Pennysignature

 

 

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11/07/2017

Tue 07

Snowy Pine, Slider Grooves, Snowdrift Breeze and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Snowy Pine, Snowdrift Breeze snowflakes, Rectangle Basics and Slider Grooves team up to create a shimmery Christmas design that's also a giftcard holder.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here - sharing another card designed to get the most use from your Memory Box dies.  

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Giftcards are always appreciated - but slipping them into a card just doesn't seem special enough.  Slider Grooves will diecut a cool, curvey custom tuck-in slot for the perfect presentation.  Now isn't that better?

Cut pearlescent graphite cardstock to 6-1/4" x 11".  Score it at 4-5/8"  and 9-1/4" to create an inside pocket.  Diecut a Slider Groove slot near the left edge of the narrow bottom panel.  Fold it up and attach the sides to the card.  Attach a gluedot on a blank area on the back of  the giftcard to secure it.  

Cut Snowy Pine from silver glitter cardstock.  

Cut pear cardstock with the 2-1/4 x 3-1/2" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut a strip of red cardstock.

Cut Snowdrift Breeze from watercolor paper and remove the snowflakes.  

Stamp the greeting - from the Open Studio Merry Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set - on pear cardstock with Candied Apple Distress Oxides.  Dry the ink.  Trim it with the 1" x 2-1/4"Rectangle Basics die.

Assemble the card and add red gem stickers.

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Everyone loves a giftcard  from their favorite store - receiving it in your special card makes it even better.  Of course you can use Slider Grooves to make slider cards too!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's ASIAN HOLIDAY GREETINGS  class at Impress! Hope you liked the simplicity of the designs and the beautiful silkscreened papers cut with Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lauren - for filling our shopping baskets with the latest/greatest supplies.  I've added a second class to the schedule - it's on Sunday November 19th if you weren't able to attend the previous class.  

If  Veterans Day is a holiday for you (or even if it isn't!) - join us for the MERRY AND QUICK class at Impress.  We're making 7 deceptively-simple cards that don't look quick and easy - but they will be!  No origami, I promise.  

Thanks for stopping by...why not spend a few minutes making some giftcards for the holidays?  They'll  be ready when you need them in December.

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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10/24/2017

Tue 24

Snowy Christmas
by Jenny Griffiths

Hello and welcome!

   Today's card is a combination of embossing, ink blending, die cutting and paint spritzing using the new dies for the holidays.  It was fun to get out my supplies (ok, they were already out--I'm a messy crafter at times) and charge into this layered card...check it out.

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The trees and the cabin are two different dies that align perfectly to create this wintery scene.  I cut both from white paper and pieced the trees and cabin with solid colored card stock.  A little bit of diluted white acrylic paint spritzed on the trees created the snow pattern and a touch of white pen filled in "naked" areas.  

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For the beautiful night sky I blended Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks on a white paper panel, then spritzed with water to create a speckled effect.  This panel was positioned and adhered behind the circular opening giving the trees and cabin a starry backdrop.   

Using the Circle Basics die set, I selected the die closest in size to the tree and cabin circle sets for the front panel opening.  Next, a quick run through of this panel with a dotted Swiss embossing folder and then adhered all four layers together.  Starting from the back, that's Sky panel, tree layer, cabin layer then embossed white panel.

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For a touch more red, I added the smallest size of Poinsettia Blooms and the Brushed Merry Christmas sentiment....all sitting pretty on a green note card.  How's that for traditional Christmas colors!  Now to make a few more (per week) in time for the holiday mailings.  How many cards do you send out?  Each year my list grows longer since everyone loves a handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look at this snowy Christmas card! Jennysig