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01/16/2020

Thu 16

Create a Love Airy Script Heart and Add the Scribble Rose Trio by Jean Okimoto

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Transform the Hugs Loving Heart into a Love Airy Script heart with a quick trim.  It's an easy way to create custom designs with your favorite greeting dies.  Add a glittered Scribble Rose Trio and your Valentine card is ready to go.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a snip-and-go technique for great greetings.

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Cut Hugs Loving Heart from red cardstock.  Remove "hugs" with three quick snips - save it for another project.  Cut Love Airy Script from the same red cardstock.

Cut the pale gray dotted print from the Dashing Holiday 6x6 set with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out die.  Attach the Loving Heart outline and Love Airy Script to the gray heart background.

Cut the Scribble Rose Trio outline from white cardstock.  Cut the triple background from red glittered cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a side-folded gray A-2 card.  Add pale gold gem stickers.

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I think it's great when we can alter our diecuts and create something new.  Try this technique with some of the words from our Jotted designs too!  

Special thanks to everyone from last week's BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN class at Impress!   Thanks to Jan, Jenny, Robin and Jacky for the great snacks too.  Thanks again Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone fill their baskets with the latest papers, tools and toys.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for a new class this Saturday.  We're using the great dies and stamps from the Valentine 2020 Collection and making cards with a hearts-and-hugs theme. Make cool cards to  celebrate friendship, send a hug or remember someone special on Valentine's Day.

Thanks for visiting - keep warm, see you again next week!

Jeansignature-3

 

 

 

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01/09/2020

Thu 09

Add Layers of Texture with the Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder by Jean Okimoto

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The new 3D Heart Bouquet Embossing Folder adds texture, dimension and a great backdrop for the Scribble Rose Trio and Tall Sketch Heart.  There's a lot happening on this card - let the pink, gray and white balance the mixture of textures.

Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a soft, subtle design for Valentine's Day. Switch the greeting and it's ready for weddings, baby cards or a thinking-of-you message.

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Cut a 4-¼" x 5-½" rectangle of watercolor paper.  Give it a light spritz of water on the back side.  Pressure-emboss it with the Heart Bouquet 3D Embossing Folder.  Trim the corners with a corner rounding punch.  

Cut Tall Sketch Heart from light pink cardstock - save the skinny offcuts from the top left corner and the right edge/bottom point.  Cut it again fron dark gray cardstock.  Stamp "xoxo" - from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamps Set - on the pink heart with Brilliance Starlite Black.

Cut the Scribble Rose Trio outline from dark gray cardstock.  Cut the solid background from light pink cardstock and pressure-emboss it with the detailed outline die.  

Round the corners of a top-folding white A-2 card and attach the embossed layer. Add the heart and rose diecuts.

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Try this design with fuchsia and gray diecuts too - or red and black - for a different look.  Hope you've been inspired to create an assortment of Valentines this year.  Make a few extras and have them ready for other occasions and everyday greeting too!

Special thanks to everyone from last week's LOVENOTES class at Impress!  Thanks for the pretzel chips Jan and Jenny!  Hope you liked the cards and enjoy making them for the special people in your life.  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for once helping everyone fill those shopping baskets.

In the Seattle area and need birthday card ideas?  See you at Impress on January 11th for the BIRTHDAYS HAPPEN - SO MANY CANDLES class.  Create cards, laugh and share the joys of growing better, not older.

Thanks for visiting...

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01/07/2020

Tue 07

Love You
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a card for you which features only some of the wonderful new products from the 2020 Valentine's release.  

To create this card I stamped the Friendship Floral Heart in the upper right hand corner of my card and colored it with colored pencils.  Then I placed the Drifting Hearts Stencil over my card and sponged hearts under the stamped flowers.  I used Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink for the hearts and the edge of the card. Next I spattered the card with blue and white ink. When the ink was dry I glued the card front to a black cardstock mat, and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.  

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I die cut the Love Airy Script from black cardstock and glued it to my card front.  Next I stamp the word you on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  

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I hope you enjoy this new release and can see the versatility of all the products.  Even though it's a Valentine's release I feel this card would be a great card for many occasions.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the rest of your week!

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01/02/2020

Thu 02

Challenge Inspiration - Friendship Floral Heart Clear Stamps and Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Outs by Jean Okimoto

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The Valentine's 2020 Collection celebrates more than just the 14th of February.  It's perfect for celebrating friendship, caring and sharing too.  Hello and Happy 2020 - Jean Okimoto here with a versatile design that works for many occasions.

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Stamp Friendship Floral Heart on pink cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.  Cut it with the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Outs die.  Cut white vellum with the 1.90" tall die. 

Pressure-emboss a closed/folded white A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card with the largest heart die using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  My Platinum machine easily embossed both layers of the 80# cardstock - but results may vary depending upon the thickness of your cardstock.  Don't force the card through the machine - you can also unfold the card and emboss just the card front.  

Stamp "grateful" on the pink cardstock and heat-emboss it.  

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Stamp and emboss the inside greeting and attach it inside the pressure-embossed heart.

Cut a 1-⅜" x 5" strip of gray cardstock.  Cut a ¾" x 4-½" strip of the lighter gray Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 print.

Assemble the card and add pink gem stickers.

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Here's a storage tip - attach your die sets to curtain hooks to keep them organized, handy and visible.  The hook can also be attached to a magnetic tool strip that can then be attached to chrome shelves or a pegboard.

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Hope you'll have fun designing special Valentines with our latest release - and creating some friendship and all-occasion cards while your supplies are out.  A set of heart notecards would be a sweet and thoughtful Valentine gift too.  

Thanks for visiting.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the LOVENOTES class at Impress on Saturday!

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12/30/2019

Mon 30

Antique Heart Label and the Pinpoint Leaf Plate by Jean Okimoto

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The beautiful Pinpoint Leaf Plate creates the perfect backdrop for any occasion.  The intricate details surround and highlight the Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out and the Antique Leaf Label on a simple Valentine I've designed for you. Hello, Jean Okimoto here on the second-to-the-last day of another decade!  

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Cut light gray cardstock with the 3-¾" x 5" Rectangle Basics die.  This versatile die set is temporarily out of stock at Memory Box but may be available at your favorite Retailer.  

Cut it with the new Pinpoint Leaf Plate.  Round the corners of the rectangle - and a top-folded light gray A-2 card.  They'll match the Antique Heart Label.  

Cut the second-largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from red cardstock.  This great die set dual-tasks as 4 stitched outlines and 4 solid hearts - it's a new favorite here at Memory Box!

Cut Antique Heart Label from dark gray carstock.  Cut the top 4 hearts from silver glitter cardstock and the bottom 3 hearts from red glitter cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the new Big and Little Valentine's - on white cardstock with VersaFine Onyx Black. Dry the ink, then trim it with the Antique Leaf Label.

Assemble the card...then sign, seal and give it to someone special.

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Big thanks to everyone from last week's first VALENTINE WISHES class at Impress!  More thanks to Jenny, Jan and Jacky for the pretzels, Valentine and New Year's treats and German Santas - and to Robin for the blueberry fritters and Jan's birthday lunch!  My dogs and I thank Debbie for her cool Mindful Pet Parent bag.  (I resolve to be more mindful and less mindless in '20.) Thanks too - Ann, Shari, Erin and Lynne for helping everyone fill those baskets with the Memory Box and Poppy Valentine Collections.

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the new LOVENOTES Valentine class at Impress on January 4th.  There are so many great new dies and stamps in the 2020 Valentine's Collection that it's hard to chose which design to use next!

Hope you liked today's card.  I really appreciate all of your thoughtful comments throughout the year...thank you!

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12/26/2019

Thu 26

Scribble Rose Trio and the Tall Sketch Heart by Jean Okimoto

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The new Tall Sketch Heart creates a great background for the Scribble Rose Trio on a simple card for any occasion.  Add an upbeat greeting from the Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps Set and gem stickers to complete the design.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a quick and easy card today.

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Cut Tall Sketch Heart from light gray cardstock.  Cut the solid Scribble Rose Trio background from Coral Creme cardstock.  Cut the rose trio outline from Smoky cardstock.

Stamp the greeting on Coral Creme cardstock with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Emboss it with detail clear powder.

Attach Birch Press Design's Shimmer Lines Wide Washi Tape to Arroyo cardstock.  Cut a 1-¼" x 5" strip of it to add a soft shimmer and a delicate gold pattern to the card.

Cut accent strips - ¾" x 4-½" of the gray stripes from the Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 Set - ad 2" x 3-½" of Coral Creme cardstock.

Attach everything to a white A-6 card.  Add gold gem stickers.

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Join us for the Valentine Wishes class at Impress on December 28th.  It's a new, added class to introduce the Valentine's 2020 Collection.  We're making cards featuring the new collection - and adding glitter, artpapers and a favorite origami heart.

Impress is also having their annual after-Christmas sales thru December 31st.  Enjoy 40% discounts on all in-store Christmas products.  It's a great time to make a list of the Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Designs Christmas items you've been wishing for and take  advantage of this great sale.

Thanks for visiting...keep warm!  Jeansignature-3

12/25/2019

Wed 25

Diecut Friendship Floral Heart with Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out by Jean Okimoto

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Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today!  

December arrived so quickly, bringing the Valentine's 2020 Collection filled with beautiful hearts and flowers.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a simple watercolored design from the new collection - and a faux-splatter technique.

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Spritz the smoother side of watercolor paper with a fine mist of water.  Paint it a pale, watery pink - I used a diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refill.  Heat-set it - from both sides to minimize curling.

Stamp the large Friendship Floral Heart with VersaFine Onyx Black.  Quickly emboss it with detail clear powder.  Watercolor the flowers, leaves and berries.  Heat-set it again.

Cover the entire heart with the Poppystamps Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape. It's a versatile tape with a soft translucent shimmer - and white specks. It resembles random splatters of white paint, water or bleach.  These amazing little white spots landed exactly where I wanted them to - unlike the wayward, wonkly splatters I usually end up with. Cut it with the largest Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out.  Cut the front panel of a gray 5-½" square card with the same die.  

Paint the smooth side of a watercolor paper scrap pink.  Heat-set the ink and stamp "be happy" from the new Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps with a clean VersaMark inkpad.  Heat-emboss it with detail clear powder, set it aside to cool.  Brush Slate Gray Kaleidacolor Dye Ink over it with a slightly damp wide paintbrush.  The embossed greeting will resist the dye ink and match the Friendship Floral Heart.

Assemble the card - use foam dots for the greeting.  Add ¼" punched circles of pink glittered cardstock.

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Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will try these techniques on holiday thank-yous and Valentine designs. 

Thanks for visiting - see you again tomorrow!

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Double Stitch Loving Heart Cut Out

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Friendship Floral Heart Clear Stamps Set

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12/21/2019

Sat 21

Single Daisy Stem, Leafy Heart and Love Airy Script by Jean Okimoto

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The new Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out set is a versatile set of stitched outlines and heart shapes.  Think of it as four dies that create 8 unique looks.   They're the perfect backdrop for the Single Daisy Stem and Love Airy Script.  Hello and happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with more new designs from our 2020 Valentine Collection.

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Cut the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from watercolor paper.  Pressure-emboss it with the new Leafy Heart - use the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  

Cut Love Airy Script from silver glitter cardstock.  

Cut Single Daisy Stem from dark gray cardstock.  Attach adhesive label paper or a sticker sheet to pink felt and cut the daisy background.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt and keeps adhesives from soaking through.  

Cut the lighter gray Dashing Stripes and Dots 6x6 print using the 2" x 3-¼" Rectangle Basics die.

Attach the diecuts to light gray A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼").  Add pink gem stickers.

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It's hard to believe Christmas arrives in 5 days - and a new decade begins in 12 days!  Hope it's beem a great year for you - and that we've inspired you to use your Memory Box products in many, many ways.  

Thanks for visiting...see you next week!

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12/19/2019

Thu 19

Scribble Rose Trio and Double Stitch Happy Heart Cutouts by Jean Okimoto

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The 2020 Valentine's release is here!  It's a great collection of hearts, frames, words, flowers, foliage, butterflies - and a detailed deep-impression 3-D embossing folder.  We can't wait to share our latest designs with you and hope you'll be inspired to highlight them in your projects. Hello, Jean Okimoto here with the first of many Design Team Valentine designs. 

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Cut the largest Double Stitch Happy Heart Cut Out from Smoky cardstock.  Cut the heart with the second-largest die from the set.  Save the center heart for another project - we're using the outer section as a frame here.

Attach Birch Press Designs Shimmer Lines  Wide Washi Tape to pink cardstock and cut it with the second-largest heart.  It's a generous 4-½" wide tape - with delicate gold lines and a frosty, translucent look.  Use it as an overlay to enhance white and colored cardstock and create custom-colored coordinated backgrounds and accents for your projects.  

Cut the detailed Scribble Rose Trio outline from light gray cardstock.  Cut the solid rose trio from pink cardstock.  Emboss the pink diecut with the outline using the plates and embossing mat required for your machine.  Embossing adds dimension and shadows.  

Stamp "cherish" - from the Big and Little Valentine's Clear Stamps - onto a white A-6 (4-½" x 6--¼") card with Morning Mist VersaFine Clair.  Attach the diecuts.

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View the Valentine Collection here - we hope you'll love it as much as we do!

Big thanks to everyone from last week's WHITTLE, SCRIBBLE & STACK class at Impress!  It was like a festive cardmaking party among friends - with wonderful holiday treats from Jenny, Jan, Jean C, Jacky, Kelly and Lynne. It was an 8:6 ratio of treats:cards!  We laughed, ate - and even made 6 cards. Thank you for all of your special treats!  Thanks too - Ann, Erin and Lynne - for helping everyone shop.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday with another Valentine's 2020 Collection design...

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12/13/2019

Fri 13

Valentine's Day Card ft.La Rue Heart w/Hutton Left & Right Gate Dies
by Vicki Finger

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Hello there!  Vicki here with you today.  Have you noticed all of the Valentine products that are being released right now?  Memory Box has a new release hitting the market right now as well.  It is a super gorgeous release that I know you will all love as much as I do.  I haven't received my products as of yet, so I thought I'd show you an easy card using some previous Memory Box Products that I already had on hand.  It's always a good idea to see what you have that you can add in to the mix of old and new products.   

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This patterned paper you see here is one that I have hoarded for many years! It's from my paper scrapbooking days which I haven't done in about 10 years, although I did quite a bit of digital around 2010 - 2014.  I am down to one full sheet plus a sheet that is about 4.5 x 6 inches.  That's it - that all there is.  Throughout the last 20 or so years, I have made a Valentine's card for my husband using this paper several times. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary this past June but I didn't use to be into paper-crafting so I just bought cards for the first several years.   This is my all-time favorite sheet of paper.  I think I bought about 20 sheets of it way back when and it's been 20 years at least since that happened.  I just love the combination of colors here; the saturated red with the warm coral and yellow tones, and then there are foil accents throughout the stripes. This paper is the epitome of my style.  It's rich and regal looking.  I like to challenge myself to make something completely different each year using this paper. I don't even think my husband realizes I've been using the same one for almost every Valentine's Card.  

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I wanted the La Rue Heart to be the focal image of my card, so I tried to match it up with other Memory Box dies in such a way that it would still let the Heart be the star of the show.  You'll have to decide if I was successful or not.  I'm happy with what I have but I don't know if I achieved my objective or not. *Ü*

I started by cutting a card base from Red Lacquer Shimmer Cardstock from PaperPapers.com.  Next, using the largest Rectangle Basics Die, I cut the patterned paper for the front of my card.  Next I die cut a Left Hutton Gate and a Right Hutton Gate from gold foiled cardstock (you surely know of my love for gold by now).  

Using the Circle Basics Die Set I used two different sizes to get a gold circle and a red one that is slightly smaller.   I also cut the La Rue Heart from the gold and started assembly.  I added the patterned paper on top of the card base, then adhered the left and right Hutton Gates using my 5-inch Xyron sticker maker.  

It can be a bit tricky to get to the adhesive on such intricate dies as the Left and Right Hutton Gates so I'll share a little tip with you here.  I run them through my Xyron to get adhesive on them.  Then before taking the top layer of cellophane off, use an embossing sandwich and run it through your die-cutting machine, back and forth one time.  If you don't do this, then you'll need to take a stylus or something similar to go around all of the edges, inside and out, so you won't have adhesive strings popping up and gunking up your work.  I've used a Multipurpose tool, a stylus, and other similar tools, but using an embossing pad and running it through your die-cutting machine is so much faster --like 60 seconds compared to 20 minutes or so doing it by hand.  I had wondered if this would work, so I tried it one day and I doubt I'll ever go back to the old way.  Doing it this way also means you don't have to use an adhesive eraser or Un-du on it.  Un-du is a fantastic item to have on hand if you use a lot of foiled cardstock like I do as it removes the sticky without damaging the surface of the foil.   

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I adhered the red circle to the gold circle directly, using Kokuyo Tape Runner, which has been my favorite for years and years. Way before my card-making days, it was my preferred adhesive for my scrapbooks. Then using a double thickness of Scotch Foam Tape, I adhered the circle to the card base. 

Using a little bit of adhesive across what would be the center horizontal "band" area, I adhered the La Rue Heart directly to the raised circle.  I also die cut four of the Poppy Stamps Swirled Love Die and glued them together to make a thicker embellishment so that it would really stand up and be dimensional.  For this, I like to use Range Multi Medium Matte as tape runner doesn't work very well for something this intricate.  It tends to catch on the paper and wrinkle or tear it.    

Since I used Red Lacquer Cardstock, I'll need to add a white panel inside of the card for my personal note to my hubby.  I also like to add a little Ghiradelli Square or two in there as well.  I try very hard not to use sequins or bling on cards for my husband, but it takes great restraint.  

Thanks for stopping by today to see my project.  Next time I hope to have a card sharing new Memory Box Valentine's 2020 Collection dies.  Have a great day!  

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