301 posts categorized "Winter"

12/08/2018

Sat 08

That’s Acute Triangles, Happy Penguin and Wrapped Circles by Jean Okimoto

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Create a sparkly winter scene with the That's Acute Triangle Die Set and add a glossy Happy Penguin for an extra dash of holiday cheer.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a very glittery holiday card - and some inspiration for December's Sparkle and Shine Challenge.

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Here's an easy way to stamp with a large clear stamp - and you don't even need to remove it from the sheet it's attached to.  Leave the stamp on the sheet and place it on a craft mat.  Attach a small piece of doublestick tape to an acrylic block.  Use the tape to attach green cardstock to the block.

Ink the Typewriter Holiday Elements text stamp with a dark, intense color like Nocturne VersaFineClair.  Press the cardstock firmly and evenly onto the inked stamp.  The tape keeps the cardstock from shifting and makes it easy to pull the stamped cardstock away from the stamp.  Dry the ink.

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Attach doublestick tape to the stamped text and brush the adhesive with clear iridescent glitter.  Cut the glittered text with the largest triangle die.

Cut additional triangles from different shades of green glittered cardstock.  Use half of the diamond-shaped die to cut the triangle behind the penguin.

Cut the 3-¾" Wrapped Circle from white cardstock.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of cardstock to create a glossy little Happy Penguin.  Cut the white section from watercolor paper.  Cut an extra piece of the body section from black cardstock to add dimension and define the outline along the bottom edge.

Cut a piece of orange cardstock to fit behind his face and mark the position of his eyes.  Color the eyes with a black marker.  Cut a portion of Curled Ribbons from red glittered craft foam for a bright scarf.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded red A-2 card.  Add clear gem stickers.

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I usually like the less-is-more style - but the holidays call for extra sparkle and shine.  Add glitter, glossy duct tape, glittered craft foam and gem stickers to your holiday designs - and be sure to enter our December Challenge!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's GIFT TAG PORTFOLIO class at Impress!  Special thanks to Jan for her snowflake treat boxes filled with rich chocolates!  And more thanks to Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets with holiday supplies.  

Thanks too - Donna - for our fourth annual chatty catch-up lunch, and for your special goodies!  It was a great day that included a quick stop to visit Roxanne at Stamps and Memories too.  How time flies!

Hope your holiday to-do list is getting shorter - if not,  our Design Team has many more projects to share with you in the coming weeks.  Join us again tomorrow for Penny's cool project!

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

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11/29/2018

Thu 29

That’s Acute Triangle Clear Stamps and Dies, Deco Trees and Rectangle Basics by Jean Okimoto

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Stamp a group of holiday trees with the That's Acute Triangle Clear Stamps then add some trunks and branches from the Deco Trees.  Attach some gem stickers...Merry Christmas!  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.  

I was inspired by Donna's great triangle trees card with her artsy hand-drawn details.  I'm not quite the artist that Donna is - so we're borrowing some details from the Deco Trees die.  

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Cut a 2-¾" x 4" piece of white cardstock with a die from Rectangle Basics.  Stamp the triangles with Brilliance - Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Olive, Pearlescent Thyme and Gamma Green.   MemoryBoxDecoTrees-TreeDiecuts-TreeCards-JeanOkimoto

Scrunch a sheet of waxed paper and rub it briskly over the Deco Trees die to help release the cardstock.  Cut Deco Trees from dark brown cardstock.  

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Trim the trunks and branches with dies from the That's Acute Triangle Die Set. Attach the diecuts to three of the trees.

Cut a ¾" x 3-¼" strip of green cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 3-¾" strip of teal cardstock.  

Attach the pieces to a turquoise side-folded A-2 card.  Add green gem stickers.

That's Acute Triangles can be use in so many ways - trees, pennants, flower holders, directional signs, word bubbles and very cool shapes!  Overlap and layer vellum triangles for shadowy and color-blended effects.  Diecut paper or fabric strips for rolled beads too.  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's MERRY+QUICK and DREAMING OF A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Hope you enjoyed both classes - and agree that merry and quick was very merry and very quick.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for finding all of the tools and supplies  for our cards. 

If you're in the Seattle area join us at Impress on Saturday December 1 for my final Holiday 2018 class.  We'll make a bright red portfolio with simple origami pockets and fill it with 9 festive tags in a variety of styles and themes.  We're using the just-released Winter Greenery Clear Stamps Set that's perfect for layering with VersaFine Clair inks.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

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11/28/2018

Wed 28

Fa La La
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to share a dimensional forest scene that has a tree popped up in the foreground and a singing bunny in the background.

Here is a close up so that you can see the Copic coloring and the popped up tree a bit better:

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To color the bunny, I used the following Copic markers:

Copic Markers- C00, C1, E51, E33, E35, R20, B0000, B1, R32, R35

E51- color entire bunny

E33- color right side of bunny (about 2/3 of the way in) as well as behind and under the bunny arm.

E35- add darkest shading to ear, tail, armpits, base of bunny

R20- bunny cheeks

R32- entire hymnal

R35- shading of hymnal

For the tree section, I cut the tree frame out twice...once in white and once in green to piece together a snow-capped finished tree.  The die set comes with small birds, so I added a few of those as well.  As a final step, I popped the tree frame onto my card using a lot of foam tape for support.

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11/20/2018

Tue 20

Winter Journal Frame, Joy Journal Frame and Pinpoint Snowflake Circle by Jean Okimoto

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Combine spring Stitched Rain Boots and winter Journal Frame diecuts for a quick and easy holiday card.  Layer the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame for a unique greeting. Hello everyone, Jean Okimoto here with another holiday design that's great for mass-production while watching TV or waiting for Thanksgiving dinner if you're not the chef or pastry chef of the day.

Cut the Winter Journal Frame and Joy Journal Frame from white cardstock.  Leave the tiny dots from  the "i" and the "j" safely in the dies until you're ready to attach them to the card.

Cut Pinpoint Snowflake Circle from bright red cardstock. Cut a 1-¾ inch circle of white cardstock and attach it behind the red circle.

Attach black duct tape to a scrap of black cardstock and cut Stitched Rain Boots.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded A-2 notecard - use foam dots for the rain boot on the right.

Add silver gem stickers.

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Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's SIMPLY ASIAN class at Impress!  Hope you liked the cards - and the simple origami starburst and tree.   Special thanks too - to Jan for the sweet fall candy totes and to Jenny for great chocolates.

If you're in the Seattle area - we have two holidays classes at Impress on Saturday November 24th.  Start the day with MERRY AND QUICK - then stay for DREAMING OF  BRIGHT CHRISTMAS.  We're using several of the just-released Birch Press Design dies and stamps too - especially the great new triangle!

 Thanks for visiting...Happy Thanksgiving if you're celebrating on Thursday!

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11/15/2018

Thu 15

Bold Christmas Greetings and Holly Collage by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolor a background for the Holly Collage and add a bright message from the Bold Christmas Greeting Clear Stamp Set.  Add the look of washi tape with a stamped strip from the greeting set too!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick card for your busy schedule.

Create a palette of inks by pressing the Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor  inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Paint a square of watercolor paper with random, overlapping shades of green.  Let the inks mix and mingle for a few minutes - then heat-set them.  

Cut white cardstock with the 3" x 4-¼" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut it with the Leaf Collage.  Cut a 2-¾"  x 4" piece of the watercolored paper and attach it behind the collage.

Stamp the striped strip with VersaFine Smokey Gray and quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Trim it using the long edge of one of big Rectangle Basics dies.  It'll have nice edges - and it's easier than cutting a skinny strip w/ a paper trimmer.

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Stamp the greeting from the Bold Christmas Greetings Die Set with VersaFine Clair Charming Pink and quickly emboss it.  Cut the words with the coordinating dies from the Bold Christmas Greetings Clear Stamps. Cut an extra set of the greetings and layer it behind the stamped pieces for extra dimension.  I keep many of my die sets on shower curtain hooks for easy access and organization.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6  (4-½" x 6-¼") textured white card.  Add dark pink gem stickers.

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 If you're in the Seattle and like the clean, simple look of Asian designs - join us for another SIMPLY ASIAN - HOLIDAY CARDS class at Impress on November 17th.  Make an easy origami starburst and  tree for your cards - and use the latest Birch Press Design dies and stamps too.  We're loving the new triangles and stamp patterns!

Thanks for visiting - see you again next Wednesday...

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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...

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10/17/2018

Wed 17

New Poinsettia Circle Frame and Typewriter Holiday Elements by Jean Okimoto

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A glittery Poinsettia Circle Frame can create a pretty pink slip-through window card for the special people on your list.  Add a simple greeting from the new Typewriter Holiday Elements Clear Stamps and a sparkly single poinsettia.  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a very girlie design for you today.

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Cut pale pink cardstock to 5-¼" x 10-½".  Score it at 3-¼" and 8-½".  Round the inner corners.

Cut Poinsettia Circle Frame.  Attach Scor-Tape to a 4-¼" square of pale pink cardstock and cut it with the 4" Circle Basics die. Save the paper liner.

Attach the frame to the adhesive-covered circle.   Use the liner like a presscloth to securely attach the intricate diecut.  Brush iridescent glitter onto the exposed adhesive of the frame and the center circle.

Cut the center out with the 2" Circle Basics die.  Cut the single poinsettia from the glittered center circle.

Attach the frame to the left panel - not centered, but about ¼" over to the left.

Cut a 2" circle of white cardstock and stamp "noel" from the Typewriter Holiday Elements set with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.

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Fold the card - and determine where to place the tape to attach the greeting circle. Attach the greeting to the right panel of the folded card.  It will slip through the frame and help keep the card folded.

Attach pale pink gem stickers to the poinsettias.  Add ¼" circles of silver glittered cardstock.

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Poinsettia cards are everywhere now as we prep for the holidays - but this beautiful die doesn't have to be a holiday design.  It's the perfect flower frame for any occasion - imagine it in white with a sparkly yellow center, or fuchsia with a chartreuse center. Or bright orange and black with a Cool Cat on a glam-creepy Halloween card?  

Special thanks to everyone from last weekend's STASH CARDS - FRIGHTFUL + DELIGHTFUL and COLORS OF CHRISTMAS classes at Impress!  Thanks also to Jan for her cool Memory Box Batty Favor Box treats - and to Jenny for the rich and creamy real Lindt chocolates from  her recent trip to Europe.  Loved your Halloween cards too Jacky and Jenny!  And thanks for a great lunch Robin!  Wondering if we ate all day?   We did, and we made cards between the snacks.  

If you're in the Seattle area be sure to stop by Impress for their holiday event on Saturday the 20th.  Beautiful displays, inspiring samples and a great selection of Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs for holiday projects.  Demos from 10-Noon, make and takes throughout the day - and a goodie bag to the first 25 customers at each store. Enjoy a 10% discount on holiday items too!

Thanks for visiting...see you again on Thursday -

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09/22/2018

Sat 22

Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and Classic Ice Skates by Jean Okimoto

 

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A very sparkly glittered Pinpoint Snowflake Circle Frame and silver Classic Ice Skates are a great pair for the holidays.  Add a greeting from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set and pink gem stickers for a quick Christmas card.  Hi - hope you're enjoying a great weekend - Jean Okimoto here with another old+new design today.  

Detailed, delicate diecuts like these create their own sticky situation and adhering them can be challenging.  Here's a solution...

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Attach Scor-Tape to cardstock, then cut it with the narrow outer Pinpoint Snowflake  Circle Frame.  Save the narrow pinpointed frame for another project.  We're using the larger inner circle today.

Cut the snowflake frame and attach it (slightly offset) to the adhesive-covered background.  Cut the Classic Ice Skates from silver glitter cardstock.  Attach the skates to the background.

Here's the cool part....brush ultra-fine iridescent glitter over the diecuts and onto all of the remaining exposed adhesive.  This  process adheres the snowflake frame and the skates and adds a layer of glitter to the adhesive.  The delicate diecuts are attached and there's a layer of sparkly glitter surrounding them.

Stamp the greeting - from the Be Jolly Clear Stamps set - on white cardstock with VersaFine Smokey Gray.  Diecut it with the smallest Rectangle Basics die.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-¼" square white card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add pale pink gem stickers.

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Ready to save some time by adhering and glittering your delicate design elements in a single quick and easy step?  Try  this with your holiday cards and tags too!

Thanks very much for stopping by - see you next week!

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09/19/2018

Wed 19

A Watercolor Background Technique for the MEADOWTREE FRAME
by Anne Thompson

Here's another watercolor background technique that I've paired with the MEADOWTREE FRAME 94045.

I also used a leftover background scrap for the PEACE CHESHIRE SCRIPT 94017.

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The spattering and drops in the background are created by adding rubbing alcohol on top of the wet watercolor.  After painting the paper with blue watercolor, I just poured some rubbing alcohol into the bottle lid and used the pointy end of my paintbrush to dip in and touch the watercolor to make the larger splotches/circles.  The darker spots were made by dipping the pointy end again into the rubbing alcohol and tapping the brush handle over the watercolored paper.

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While I had the die out I cut more of the Meadowtree Frame from white cardstock, and I made two more cards.

This first one has an embossed dots background for the sky. 

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The second one uses Memory Box Bluebird Distressed Dots paper for the card front with the die layered on top and "peace" cut from the same dot paper.  You'll notice that I left out the plain center frame piece.

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Three more cards for my holiday box!

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Happy Crafting!!!

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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...

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