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12/20/2020

Sun 20

Family Greetings and the Pine Tree Collage

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Handcrafted, heartfelt greetings mean more than ever this Christmas.  Add a tiny heart and make it extra-special.  Hi, happy weekend - Jean Okimoto here with a last-minute holiday design.

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Cut the largest Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from the Garland 6x6 gray floral corner print.  Cut the rectangle with the Pine Tree Collage.  Carefully remove and save the offcut for another project.  Attach the rectangle to a top-folded white A-2 card.

Cut the extra trees from turquoise cardstock and the green Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the greeting - from the Berry Wreath Clear Stamp and Die set - on chartreuse cardstock.  Attach it with foam tape.

Add ¼" dots punched from the pale blue Frosted Glitter Pad sheet.

Stamp the remainder of the greeting on the inside with Tulip Red.

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Cut one heart of each size from the Heart Board die and attach them to the card. 

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

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12/13/2020

Sun 13

Build a Pop-Up Easel Bird House with Memory Box 6x6’s by Jean Okimoto

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Showcase your construction skills with Memory Box 6x6 papers and the Poppystamps Bird House Pop-Up Easel Set.  The bird house is designed to fit into an A-2 envelope but we're adding it to an A-6 card.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here on a cold winter weekend that's perfect for cardmaking.

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Cut the easel base from red cardstock and fold the tab backwards.  Cut the house background from dark olive cardstock and attach it to the folded tab. 

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Cut the house from the Garland 6x6 poinsettia print.  Cut the door frame from chartreuse cardstock.  Cut the roof trim from the chartreuse striped Garland 6x6 sheet.  Cut the snowy roof accent from the pale gold Holiday Glitter Pad sheet.

Cut the cardinal from red cardstock. The face and beak are embossed for coloring on the cardinal.  It was easier for me to cut that section again from orange cardstock and use a black Sharpie to color a portion of it.  Attach the cardinal with foamdots.

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Cut the short pine branch and one of the long branches and attach them at the bottom of the easel.  Add ¼" dots punched from the pale gold glitter pad sheet.  The branches and dots will support the house when the card is displayed.  Attach the house to a dark olive A-6 card.  (4-½" x 6-¼") 

Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - on bright chartreuse cardstock with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut the greeting with the coordinating die.  

Have fun mixing and matching our glitter, foil and holiday prints to create a card that will be enjoyed and appreciated more than ever this Christmas.

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

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12/11/2020

Fri 11

Peace Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Good morning everyone! Today's card is a fairly simple card to make. I started with a piece of green cardstock and gold heat embossed the wreath image.

Then I used a blender brush and Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink to deepen the color green. 

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I also used a paint brush and the same green to deepen the color of the leaves. You can add as much detail to your image as you want, but I really wanted to keep it simple.

Next I used a white gel pen to add color to my berries and spattered the background with white acrylic paint.

I die cut the word "peace", once from gold foil paper and twice from white cardstock. I glued all the words together ending with the gold word on top.

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I gold embossed the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and glued that to my card. 

I adhered the card front to a white card base and that's it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

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12/10/2020

Thu 10

Trio of Sparkly Stitched Trees by Jean Okimoto

 

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Create the look of frosty bottlebrush trees with the Stitched Tree die.  This sparkly trio - in soft pastels - could brighten a cold winter day for someone special.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a bit of hunker-down stitch therapy. 

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Cut Open Studio Watercolor Paper, Smoky and Berry Blush cardstock with the largest die from the Birch Press Design Tall Triangle Set.  You'll need the entire tree of watercolor paper, the top three sections from Berry Blush and top two sections from Smoky.  Punch a small hole about ¼" below the bottom row of the watercolor paper tree, then trim about ⅛" below the hole.

Trim the Berry Blush tree below the 3rd section and the Smoky tree below the 2nd section

As always, prep the Stitched Tree die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper top help release the tiny dots.  Tape one end of the sparkly yarn behind the diecuts and stitch horizontally from the bottom to the top of each tree.  

Sew a long vertical stitch from the top to the punched hole on the watercolor paper tree.  Sew long vertical stitches from the top to the bottoms of the smaller trees.  Tape the thread ends on the reverse side.

Diecut the stars from the Starlit Breeze die from the pale gold sheet of the Holiday Glitter Pad. Cut the largest Stylish Rectangle from white cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to a white A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foam tape along the center and bottom of the watercolor tree.  Use doublestick tape for the smaller trees.  The post office may require special handling or additional postage for thicker cards. 

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Try stitch therapy for a creative break from daily routines.  It's satisfying and productive - and adding a stitched design to your projects makes it uniquely yours.

Thanks for visiting!

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12/08/2020

Tue 08

Trim Mistletoe Wreath for a Perfect Fit by Jean Okimoto

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The Mistletoe Wreath is generously-sized for A-2 and A-6 cards - but I was determined to attach it to an 8-½" x 3-½" slimline card.  No problem...just trim a bit of the wreath and tuck the cut ends back together!  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a holiday design for an 'adjustable' wreath.

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Prep the Mistletoe Wreath die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the delicate leaves.

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Cut the wreath from green cardstock.  Trim it to fit the slimline card, then glue the cut ends together.  It doesn't need to be perfect - it'll be hidden.

Cut two sets of Mistletoe Swags - we're using 3 swags as fillers for the wreath  Cut the large Knotted Circle Wreath from kraft cardstock.  Layer it over the Mistletoe Wreath and tuck several of the leaves through the Knotted Circle Wreath.  Layer three of the Mistletoe Swags over the 2 wreaths.  Attach them to a white slimline card.

Cut two of the Mistletoe Bundle bows from the red glittered cardstock in the Holiday Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the Mistletoe Bundle berry circles from the platinum-colored Holiday Glitter Pad.  Add them to the wreath.

Cut Special Merry Christmas from red cardstock - leave it in the die.  Attach two ¼" wide strips of lined doublestick tape to the diecut and run it through the machine to cut the tape and create a self-adhesive greeting.  Attach the greeting to the card.

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Expand your design options by trimming, splicing, or layering your diecuts. Or cut a duplicate wreath in a slightly darker shade of green and layer it a bit offset to create a shadow.  

Special thanks to everyone who bought my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits from Impress and Stamps + Memories!  Hope you liked the cards and have chosen a few of them for your 2020 Christmas greeting.  My next class kit is HOLIDAY GREETINGS - SIMPLY ASIAN with more Memory Box designs and great papers.

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

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12/03/2020

Thu 03

Add Sparkly Texture to a Stitched Tree by Jean Okimoto

 

 

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11/26/2020

Thu 26

A Day of Thanks by Jean Okimoto

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating today!  A handcrafted card with stamped, embossed branches and a simple message would be appreciated during these challenging times.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a basic design that works in seasonal colors throughout the year.  Examples - soft green branches + lavender berries for spring, chartreuse branches + yellow berries for summer,  and dark green + bright red for the holidays.

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Prep kraft and orange cardstock with the embossing powder tool to eliminate stray specks of powder.  I've added a bit of detail clear embossing powder to my Imagine Crafts Copper Mboss for a smoother image. Use a 1:5 ratio of clear powder to copper powder.  Mix the powders with a few shakes before each use.  Stamp the branches on kraft cardstock with VersaMark and emboss it with copper powder.  A tip...pre-heat the stamped, powdered cardstock from the backside for a few seconds first, then finish embossing from the right side.   That prevents over-heating and produces a smoother, glossy finish.

Stamp and emboss the 2 extra leaves on orange cardstock.

Cut the cooled branches and leaves with the matching dies from the set.  Diecut dark brown cardstock to mat the branches and leaves for added dimension.

Stamp the greeting on turquoise cardstock with Pinecone VersaFine Clair.

Cut the turquoise sheet from the Twinkling Jewel Glitter Pad with the berries die from the Mistletoe Bundle set.

Attach everything to a kraft A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape for the greeting.

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As always, thanks for visiting - and for selecting Memory Box designs and products for your handcrafted projects.  We appreciate your support and love sharing our ideas with you!

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11/22/2020

Sun 22

A Little Polar Bear and a Stitched Circle by Jean Okimoto

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The new Stitched Circle die creates a great backdrop for the sweet polar bear from the Snowglobe Backer set.  Add a matching scarf and Special Merry Christmas message - and glitter.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with another stitched design for the holidays.

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Cut kraft cardstock with the 4" Circle Basics die.  Prep the Stitched Circle Die by rubbing it briskly with scrunched waxed paper to help release the little dots, then cut the circle.  Use Scotch transparent tape to attach red floss to the backside of the diecut in the area between the two dotted circles.  Don't tape the floss ends in the center - if you decide to cut the center out later (like I did)  you'll cut the threads.  Stitch between the alternating dots.

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Connect the stitches, then tape the end of the floss on the backside.  

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Repeat the process with green floss.

After finishing the stitching,  I decided to diecut the center - using the 1-¾" Circle Basics die.  Cut a 1-½" circle from the bright green glitter sheet in the 6x6 Holiday Glitter Pad.  

Cut the polar bear in the Snowglobe Backer set from Open Studio Watercolor paper.  Attach a scrap of black cardstock behind his head for the nose.  Color the paws, muzzle and center with very diluted iced spruce Distress Oxides. Wrap and tie three strands of floss around his neck for a scarf.

Save time when attaching delicate greetings with these tips.  Pressure-emboss Special Merry Christmas on the front of the card using the rubber embossing  mat and plate(s) required for your machine. That creates an inset section to align the greeting.  Cut the greeting from Open Studio Watercolor Paper.  Another tip - leave the diecut in the die, place a strip of ¼" wide lined doublestick tape across each word and run it through the machine again.  This 2-step process usually cuts the adhesive layer but leaves the line intact for easy removal.  Press the greeting onto the pressure-embossed area for a perfect fit.  A few extra steps - but it makes it so easy to align and inset the delicate greeting!

Attach the diecuts to a red A-6 card (4-½" x 6-¼") - use foamtape behind the top portion of the bear.  Punch ¼" circles of the green glittered cardstock.

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11/20/2020

Fri 20

Merry Christmas Card
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone! Today I have a fun card for you which features water stamping on a blended distress oxide background.

To make the background I used a blending brush and applied distress oxide inks to the cardstock. You want to make sure you get a good amount of ink on the paper for the water stamping to work.

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I placed my stamps in a Misti Stamping tool, misted it lightly with plain water and stamped on the cardstock. I dried the paper and then repeated the stamping to cover the background. I used smaller stamp images to fill in the open areas.

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Next, I die cut the Bountiful Wreath in the center of the background and adhered the background piece to white cardstock that was cut to the same size as the card front. I glued the die cut center piece of the wreath in place in the open space. Now it looks like a white white die cut wreath.

Next I picked a pink glitter paper for the word "Merry" but it was a little too light, so I colored the paper with a copic marker to darken it. Then I die cut the word Merry once from the glitter paper and two times from white cardstock. I glued all the words together ending with the glitter word.

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Next, I stamped, colored and die cut the bunny and used foam adhesive to adhere it to my card.  I stamped and white heat embossed the word Christmas on a strip of black cardstock and glued it in place on the card. The word merry was glued to the card just above the bunny image.

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Next I mounted the card front on a black cardstock mat and glued it to a white card base.

I added some sequins to finish off the card. That's it for today!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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11/19/2020

Thu 19

Build a Pinpoint Burst Plate Birdhouse by Jean Okimoto

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The Pinpoint Burst Plate creates a dramatic background for any occasion.  Take it a step further and add texture to the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Easel Set.  Hi, Jean Okimoto here with a shaped card featuring great designs from Memory Box and Poppystamps.  My stash includes the Poppystamps dies and stamps I buy for my class kits - and I love sharing ideas for using them.

First - a sideview of the Poppystamps Bird House Pop Up Easel Set card - using the basic construction pieces and some extras.  A portion of the packaging shows the pieces included in the set.  It includes a cardinal, but we're using the Memory Box Singing Birds here.

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Cut the smoother side of Patina cardstock with the first die shown on the package.  It embosses wood panel lines too, but we don't need the lines - so turn the diecut over to the backside where the embossed lines are less visible. Cut it with the Pinpoint Burst Plate.

Cut the textured side of Navajo cardstock with the largest die and crease it backwards on the scored line.  Cut kraft cardstock with the second house layer.  Cut the snowy roofline and the entry ring from a white glittered cardstock sheet in the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad.  Cut two sets of the pine brances from minty-green cardstock.

Attach the kraft house to the folded tab on the easel.  Add the other diecuts.

Attach adhesive label paper (or a sticker sheet) to red felt and cut two of the Singing Birds.  The paper backing stabilizes the felt.  Attach the birds with foam tape - use two layers of tape for the bird on the right.  Add ¼" punched dots of the red glittered cardstock from the Holiday Glitter Pad.

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Stamp the greeting - from the Spirit of Christmas Clear Stamp and Die Set - with Tulip Red VersaFine Clair.  Cut it with the matching die.

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Cut the narrow "snowline" from the same white glittered cardstock and trim it to form a "stopper" to support the birdhouse.

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Here's the finished easel card, perfect for an A-2 envelope.  Hope you like it!  

Special thanks to Ann at Impress Cards + Crafts and Roxanne at Stamps + Memories for buying my COOL WINTER WISHES Class Kits for your stores. Thanks also to everyone ordering their kits for holiday crafting.

Keep warm...thanks for visiting, see you again this weekend!

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