357 posts categorized "Winter"

09/24/2020

Thu 24

Share the Spirit of Christmas by Jean Okimoto

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The Garland 6x6 prints are uniquely pretty - and perfect with the new Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Dies too.  Add a diecut greeting and frosty white Poppystamps berries too.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for you.

Stamp the poinsettia on orangey-pink cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair, emboss it with detail clear powder.  Stamp and emboss the leaves on matching green cardstock.  Cut both images with the coordinating dies from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamps and Die Set.  The stamps are bold and perfect for watercoloring...but I'll leave that for Dave and the coloring experts on our Design Team!

Stamp the greeting - also from the set - on white with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut it with the oval die from the set.  

Cut two berry sprigs from the Poppystamps Garden Leaves and Berries set from the white sheet in the 6x6 Frosted Glitter Pad.

Cut the corner floral print from the beautiful (and new favorite!) Garland 6x6 set with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  Cut white vellum with the 3-¾" x 2-½" die.

Attach the poinsettia, leaves and berries to the vellum with doublestick tape - liquid adhesives may curl some types of vellum.  Adhere doublestick tape behind the vellum where it'll be concealed by the diecuts.  Attach the vellum to the Garland print.  Attach the greeting with foam dots.

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Attach everything to a white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card.  Shake the new Open Studio Sunlight Gold Glitter Glue to blend the contents then squirt some onto scrap paper.  Use a skewer or toothpick to glitter the poinsettia and set it aside to dry.

The Garland 6x6 coordinates beautifully with many of the Memory Box and Poppystamps dies.  Mix and match them and create unique holiday cards for everyone on your list!

Thanks for visiting...

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09/19/2020

Sat 19

Forest Pinecone Branch Through Two Seasons
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, Christmas is my favorite time of year.  So much so I usually skip over fall. 😂   Well, as you can see, not today!  Using the same process, the same layout and the same dies from this year’s Christmas collection, I made a fall version, too.

For both clean and simple (CAS) cards, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from Memory Box’s watercolor paper and watercolored with Zig markers and a waterbrush.  The Pinecone Stackers were die cut from brown cardstock and the bottom edges sponged with white pigment ink.  It didn’t have enough contrast, so went in with a white gel pen to make them stand out more. The A2 sized panels were die cut from Bristol paper using the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle die.  Masked off the bottom half of the panel with masking paper... and this was where the process diverged.

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For the fall card, a circle mask was die cut from masking paper using Circle Basics.  Made a couple of rips in it, then adhered it to the panel.  Applied Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed distress inks (DI) with blender brushes and a detailed blending tool.  Removed the circle mask and blended whatever ink was remaining on the Mustard Seed blender brush to fill in the setting sun.  

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Stamped the sentiment from Winter Greenery with Fired Brick distress oxide (DOx) ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Assembled the card to finish.

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For the Christmas card, Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Blueprint Sketch DI’s were used to create the wintry sky.  Splattered it with white gouache paint for snow.  A white gel pen was used to add snow to the pine branch and pinecone.

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Stamped the sentiment from Mistletoe Swag with Wilted Violet DOx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  Spritz the panel with a sparkle spray for some shimmer.  Assembled the card to finish.

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I think if snow was added to the fall card, it would make for a fun non-traditional color Christmas card.  Well, that’s it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend.


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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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08/20/2020

Thu 20

Peace and Good Will
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here. I've been creating a lot of Christmas cards using Memory Box's newest release! I really love this new die, Tall Fir Collage. It coordinates with with the rest of the fir collage dies, but I like using it alone too! I centered the die on kraft cardstock than colored the scene with Copic Markers. I used shades G29, G46, YG23.  I adhered the die cut panel to a white card base with foam tape.
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Next, I die cut Pointy Pine Needle Sprigs and used the same shades as the fir trees but I also included E27, and E29.  I adhered them to the kraft panel and added a twine bow and some red sequins. I splattered white paint onto the card.
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Next, I die cut the deer from Snowglobe Backer Die. I used shades E21, E23, E25, E27, E29, W00, and W1.  Isn't he adorable! I embossed the sentiment from an earlier released stamp set, Tidings Wreath Clear Stamp Set. I adhered the deer and sentiments to the kraft panel. 

Thanks for stopping by!

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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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08/14/2020

Fri 14

Winter Cabin
by Trina Pham

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Happy Fri-yay everyone.  I love how the collage dies from the Christmas collection layer so beautifully together.  So I used the two small ones - Tall Fir and Small Pine Tree - to create a simple cabin in the woods shadow box scene card. 

To begin, two A2 size (4.25”x5.5”) panels were die cut from mixed media (MM) paper using the largest die from Rectangle Basics.  These serve as the front and back of the box card.  Scored each panel at 4.25” and 5.25” then die cut the Tall Fir Collage (the larger of the two dies) from one for the front.

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Trimmed a piece of MM paper to 4.25”H x 4.125”W next and die cut the Small Pine Tree Collage in the middle of it.  Adhered it behind the Tall Fir Collage front panel.  For added support, a hand cut snowdrift piece was added.

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Created the “log” cabin with the brown stripe paper from the new Garland Stripes and Dots paper pad, the snowy rooftop with the white glitter paper from the new Holiday Glitter pad, and the back of the cabin from regular white paper coloured with Copic markers to give colours to the windows and door.  More trees were die cut with the Small Pine Tree Collage die.  

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The hilly insert is a 5.25”x2” MM strip scored at 1/2” from each end and the slope was hand cut.  Attached the cabin and trees to it.

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The “snowy” sky is a 4.25” square piece from the Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots paper pad.  I trimmed it down slightly just so it wouldn’t interfere with the folds.  The sentiment from Mistletoe Swag stamp set was white heat embossed onto a black strip.  Assembled the card to finish.

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The finished card size is 4.25”x4.25”x1”.  It flattens to 4.25”x5.25” and fits easily into a standard A2 size envelope.

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Just a quick reminder there is still plenty of time to enter this month’s Happy Holidays challenge.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

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08/11/2020

Tue 11

A Winter Scene
by Michelle Bala

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Hello there! Michelle here! Today I am sharing an easy winter scene using two of the newest Collage Dies,  Lamplight Tree Collage Die and Tall Fir Collage Die.  Here are some easy tips when using the collage dies:

*Trim each panel the same size

*Secure the die directly to the center of the panel... this will ensure that the patterns will line up correctly

After I die cut each panel I chose some Copic Markers to add some color. For the trees I used G24, G28 and E25, E27.  For the lamp post I used C7, C10.For the drifting cloud and snow shadows I used BV20 and colorless blender.
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My background panel is piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I inked it up with some distress oxide inks in shades fossilized amber, tumbled glass and chipped sapphire. Than I splattered some white paint. 

I adhered the die cut panels with foam tape. I die cut the sentiment with Special  Merry Christmas Die.  For a finishing touch I added some Dew Drop Glitter Glue to the "snowy parts".

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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08/07/2020

Fri 07

Final Day of the 2020 Christmas Release Blog Blitz
by Trina Pham

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Welcome to the last day of the 2020 Christmas release Blog Blitz.  Just like the Gracious Leaves 3D embossing folder (EF) from the previous Garden Party release, I think the Snowy Forest EF would look just as beautiful with a simple stacked die cut sentiment added to it.  But it appears my teammate Donna and I thought it would also make a fun Santa scene.  She kindly allowed me to show my version while she shared two fabulous cards made with the Stitched Tree die HERE.

I started by die cutting a circle mask from Post It Note using one of the die from the Circle Basics set.  Adhered the mask to the flat side of the EF.   Using a rubber brayer, inked up the same flat side of the EF with VersaMark ink first followed by Chipped Sapphire distress ink.  Removed the mask then ran a piece of Bristol paper in the EF through my Big Shot machine.  Heat embossed the newly dry embossed piece with clear glitter embossing powder (EP) to make it all sparkly!  This is the reason for inking with VersaMark first.

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Santa is from the new Cabin Snowglobe die set.  I wanted him to appear behind the trees.  Initially, I created a DIY stamp of Santa from fun foam. I stamped Santa with black dye ink directly onto the flat side of the EF after removing the circle mask and before running it through my Big Shot, but he came out too faint.  So on this version, I die cut Santa directly from the embossed panel, then used a permanent black marker to color it, being extra careful to avoid the white branches.

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Finished off with a custom sentiment using the Vintage Varsity Mini Alphabet die from last year’s release.  Each letter was die cut twice from thick white cardstock and the top layer from the new Polished Foil paper.  Isn’t that foil paper so shiny and gorgeous? 

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Ready for today’s giveaway?  For your chance to win the Snowy Forest EF, leave a comment on this post by this Sunday, August 9, at 11:59 pm EST.  Winner will be randomly selected and be announced on this blog the following day on Monday, August 10.  Thank you for joining me.  Good luck!

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