443 posts categorized "Winter"

11/22/2022

Tue 22

Heartfelt Holiday Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Glittered cardstock and plush felt create warm, sparkly winter accessories for the 
Tall Bundled Snowman.  Add a greeting from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamps and your card is ready to go!  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a  basic holiday design you can personalize with your favorite colors and 6x6 prints.

Cut the small and medium Tall Bundled Snowman shapes.  Attach scraps of black cardstock behind the eyes and buttons.  Cut the carrot nose and twiggy arms from orange cardstock.  Color the arms with abrown marker.  Attach the nose and arms to the small snowman.  Layer the small snowman over the medium-sized diecut for dimension.

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Cut the hat and scarf from the turquoise Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to turquoise felt and diecut the scarf and hat again.  The label paper stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Assemble the hat and scarf.  Save the extra pieces for another project.

Cut the heart - from the Heart Streamer Globe set - from a red 6x6 in the Festive Glitter Pad.

Stamp the greeting from the Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on a light green 6x6 Lush Green Collection 6x6 with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then diecut the greeting with the 2-¼" x 1-⅛" Rectangle Basics die.

Cut the Garland 6x6 print with the largest Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the rectangle to a white side-folded A2 card.

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Attach the diecuts to the background - use foamdots for the greeting.  Add pale turquoise Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A2-sized piece of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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

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11/21/2022

Mon 21

My Winter Solstice/Greetings from Maine Card
by Anne Thompson

I designed a card for today that will most likely be the one that I use to send a Winter Solstice message or greetings from Maine this holiday season.  As I write this post, this card very much looks like the view from my window--a dark evening sky, silhouettes of bare trees among the pines, and a few scattered snow flurries.

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  • This is a card of many layers.  I started with a white A2 notecard and covered the front with a brown/blue plaid from WOODSY PLAID PP1018.
  • For the next layer I added the BIRCH TREE TRUNKS 94701 cut from a light brown Woodsy Plaid paper.

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Because I plan to make a bunch of these cards I will set up an assembly line process, die cutting multiples for each step.  If everything goes according to plan they'll be ready to be sent out in time to celebrate the Winter Solstice.  If not--they'll be Happy New Year greetings!  

Happy Crafting!

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11/17/2022

Thu 17

Trio of Frilling Snowflake Ornaments by Jean Okimoto

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Snowflakes, glitter glue, jewel gemstones and plaids?  Yes, when the new Frilling Snowflake Ornament set makes it easy to combine design elements for a simple holiday slimline card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a basic design you can create for anyone on your list.

Cut the dark red and the bright green 6x6's from the Berry Red and Lush Green Collections with the solid Frilling Snowflake Ornament die.  Cut the red/white/green diagonal stripe from the Jolly Christmas 6x6 too.  Punch holes at the top with a ⅛" circle punch, screwpunch or rotating leather punch.

Cut the snowflake and the snowflake ornament from the gold Rainbow Reflections 6x6 sheet.  Assemble the red and green ornaments.  Tie them with gold cord and curl the cord using the side of a bone folder or the plastic flower shaping tool.  For best results, follow the curl of the cord.

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Here's a tip - if you're trying to match a special color but can't find the right shade of glittered cardstock - create a custom match with Open Studio Glitter Glue.  Diecut Special Merry Christmas from the same red 6x6 used for the ornament.  Shake the bottle of Ruby Crystal Glitter Glue and squeeze a blob of it onto scrap paper.  Generously finger-press the glitter glue onto the greeting.  Just daub it on - don't try to spread it out.  Air-dry it while you assemble the card.

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Attach the ornaments to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½").  Attach the pale green Bright Jewels.

Add the greeting - slightly curved.

The Memory Box 6x6 plaids and prints are designed to coordinate with the 6x6 paper collections, glittered cardstock and mirror cardstock.  Mix, match and layer the papers and discover great combinations.

Thanks for visiting - see you again next week!

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11/15/2022

Tue 15

Snowgal’s Snowglobe Window Slimline by Jean Okimoto

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Create a 3D snowglobe window card with a Nested Globe die and Poppystamps Flurries Wide Washi Tape.  Add a layer of acetate for glossy, glassy shine.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a very layered holiday slimline.   

Trim an 8-½" x 11" sheet of white cardstock to 10-¾".  Score it horizontally at 3-½" and 7-¼".  Cut a window from the center panel with the 3" Nested Globes die.  Save the offcut - and trim it to form a low snowbank.

Attach Poppystamps' Flurries Wide Washi Tape to black cardstock and cut a 3-¼" x 4-½" rectangle.  Cut an acetate sheet (or transparency) to the same size.  

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Cut the medium and small Little Bundled Snowman pieces from white cardstock.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the smallest snowman for the eyes.  Cut the arms from light Kraft cardstock.  Scribble orange marker on white cardstock and cut the carrot nose.

Cut the scarf and the hat's pompom and border from the bright pink Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to bright pink felt and cut the triangle portion of the hat.

Assemble the snowlady.   Fold and attach the narrow end of the scarf behind the neck.  Attach the scarf and hat.  The Little Bundled Snowman set includes several different layers to add dimension to the scarf and hat - mix and match them to create the perfect accessories.

Attach the acetate behind the globe cutout. Attach the snowlady and snowbank to the background.  Attach the background behind the acetate.  Cut the snowglobe base from dark gray cardstock and attach it to the card front.  Tape the top and bottom edges of the center panel behind the card front.

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Cut Joy Posh Script from white cardstock and the pink Twinkling Jewel 6x6.  Cut Alpine Snowflakes from the silver Majestic Hues 6x6.  Attach the greeting and snowflakes - use foamtape for the greeting.    Add clear Christmas Fairy Jewels.

The Nested Globes and Nested Globe Bases work with a many of our new - and favorite - holiday dies.  Combine, layer and highlight them and create an assortment of cards to chose from for the special people on your list.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm!

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11/11/2022

Fri 11

Build a Big Layered Pine by Jean Okimoto

 

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Need a bigger tree for the new Layered Birds and Layered Sled?  Create a taller, wider layered pine with glittered, overlapping diecuts of Layered Narrow Pines.  

But first...Happy Veterans Day and Thank You to those who served our country!

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another way to use the great versatile designs from our Christmas '22 Collection for your holiday greetings...

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Cut the large Layered Narrow Pines from a Lush Green Collection 6x6 sheet. Remove the trunks of the two smaller pieces.  Color the remaining trunk with a brown marker.  Overlap and glue the pieces to form a wide "tree."    

Cut the narrow overlays with a green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad  6x6.  Layer them over the tree.  It's a new tree - big enough for the birds!

Cut Layered Birds from heavy white cardstock.  Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to bright red felt and cut the birds again.  The paper stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from saturating the fabric.  Assemble the birds.

Use a hard rubber brayer to roll Starlite Black Brilliance over a strip of White Woodgrain Paper to define and darken the texture.  Cut the individual strips in the center portion of the  Layered Sled.  Cut the remainder of the sled with the red Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6.  Cut the handle from dark gray cardstock.  Assemble the sled.

Cut two of the small Feathery Snowflake Discs from heavy white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Satin Red VersaFine.  Quickly heat-emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it wit h the 1-¾" Square Basics die.

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Attach the diecuts to a 5-½" square light green card.  Square cards require extra postage and special handling, but some designs just call for a square.

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

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11/09/2022

Wed 09

Wishing You
by Trina Pham

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Hello everyone.  It’s so nice to have Typepad behaving and we can post with photos again!  Yay!  And for today I have a Christmas card featuring the Classic Large Ice Skate with the Layered Birds dies from the 2022 Christmas release.

Started by creating the ice skates.  The boots were die cut from Bristol paper and laced up with white baker’s twine.  The heels were die cut from black cardstock and the blades from silver Vintage Pastel Mirror paper.  The layered bird was die cut from alcohol marker friendly cardstock and colored with Copic Sketch markers.  And last but not least, the Forest Pine Branch was die cut from mixed media paper and watercolored with Zig brush markers.  

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The background is a Bristol panel ink blended with Salvaged Patina and Uncharted Mariner distress inks.  Spritz with water and blot with a paper towel, then splattered with diluted white gouache paint.  Heat embossed the sentiment on black cardstock with white embossing powder and assembled the card.  Wanted to add more falling snow and accumulated snow to the scene, so used a white gel pen to finish off the scene.

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That does it for my card.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.

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11/08/2022

Tue 08

Wrap a Dreamy Bow Giftbox by Jean Okimoto

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11/05/2022

Sat 05

“Faux-leather” Classic Large Ice Skate by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create the look of a leather boot for the new Classic Large Ice Skate.  It's plain, practical white vinyl - and it's as easy to diecut as cardstock.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here on a very cold and windy weekend. It's perfect indoor cardmaking weather!

Attach adhesive label paper - or a sticker sheet - behind white vinyl and diecut Classic Large Ice Skate.  The paper layer stabilizes and stiffens the vinyl.  Cut another skate from heavy white cardstock and layer the diecuts for dimension.  If your green thread or cord is floppy and/or fuzzy - pull it tightly over piece of beeswax.  Or pull it through a wad of scrunched waxed paper to stiffen it and remove the little fuzzies.  Stitch the boot and cut an extra piece of twine.   Insert one end of the extra piece through the top hole and tie a bow.  Arrange the loops then cut off the extra portion.

Cut the sole and heel portion from dark brown cardstock.  Cut the blade from a gold 6x6 in the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.

Cut Poinsettia Watercolor Floral from the red Polished Foil 6x6 and a sheet from the Berry Red Collection.  Cut the center pieces from the gold Glitzy Glitter Pad sheet.  Assemble the poinsettia.

Diecut Forest Pine Branch from a 6x6 in the Lush Green Collection and cut it into three sections.

Cut the red and black Jolly Christmas plaid sheet with the 3" wide Nested Globes die.  Cut a  bright lime Lush Green 6x6 with the 2" wide globe die.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on a Lush Green 6x6 with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink and cut the greeting with the 2-¾" x 1" Rectangle Basics die.  

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Attach the diecuts to a white A6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamdots for the top half of the skate and for the greeting. 

Add red Christmas Fairy Crystals.  Cut an A6-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting - and for your patience w/ the blog's problems.  

Have a great weekend...see you next week!

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11/02/2022

Wed 02

Be Jolly, Layered and Glittery by Jean Okimoto

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Be jolly with the new Little Bundled Snowman -  layered and glittered for the holidays.  The new Layered Narrow Pines add a sparkly background, and more glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday slimline - and lots of layers and glitter

Cut Layered Narrow Pines from a Lush Green Collection 6x6 and a lime green Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad 6x6.

Cut Little Bundled Snowman from white cardstock and two shades of gray/blue from the Stormy Blue Collection.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind the top layer for the eyes.  Scribble orange and brown inks on white cardstock and diecut the eyes and twiggy arms.

Cut the two scarf sections and the left hat layer from the bright red Festive Glitter Pad sheet. Fold the narrow end of the scarf and tape it behind the right edge of the snowman. Cut the hat trim and pompom from the white Festive Glitter Pad sheet.

The versatile snowman set includes several other layers for the hat and scarf - we're using just a few here.  Love how we can keep it simple or add multiple layers - depending on the weather!

Stamp the greeting - from the new Sweet Christmas Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Shady Lane VersaFine Clair.  Trim it with the 1.2" Stitched Square Layers die.

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Assemble the the snowman and trees.  Cut the second-largest

Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangle from white cardstock.  Attach it to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½"). Attach the trees and the greeting.  Attach the snowman - use foamtape for the scarf and hat.

Add bright red Christmas Fairy Jewels.

Cut a slimline-sized layer of cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

Thanks for visiting - hope our holiday designs are inspiring you to create unique handcrafted Christmas cards for everyone on your list.

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10/25/2022

Tue 25

Heartfelt Holiday Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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A sparkly heart and shimmery Classic Pair of Ice Skates create a holiday design in soft shades of peach, coral and silver.  Floss or crochet thread adds dimension and texture to the skates.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday slimline design from our Christmas '22 Collection.

Cut the tops of the Classic Pair of Ice Skates from the pale peach

Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad 6x6.  Cut the base from the darker peach sheet.  Cut the runners from the silver 6x6.  

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Add the realistic look of laces with floss or crochet thread.  Pull another strand of floss or thread over a block of beeswax or paraffin to coat and stiffen the fibers and add some shape to the loops. Tie the bow and tape the ends behind the skates.  

Cut the small and medium Starburst Snowflake Discs from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad silver sheet.  We're using the inner offcuts here.  

Cut the sparkly peach Delicate Pastels Glitter Pad 6x6 with the three largest Double Stitch Happy Heart dies.

Prep the new Keep  Christmas Curled Script die with scrunched waxed paper to help release the delicate letters and little pieces.  Notice how the dots for the letter i in "Christmas" and "in" are created by the other sections of the greeting so we don't need to find - and attach - that elusive teeny tiny circle.  Very smart, thanks Dave Brethauer!

Attach the hearts to a white slimline card (3-⅝" x 8-½") - slightly offset so a bit of the white card peeks through.  Attach the other diecuts - use foam dots for left skate. Use a tiny drop of glue to attach the center of the bow to the card.

Add clear Christmas Fairy Dewdrops.  Cut a slimline-sized piece of  cardstock to protect the card front for mailing.

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Slimline cards have plenty of space for large designs - and they'll stand out in a crowd of holiday mail.  Thanks for visiting - see you on Thursday!

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