Mon 21

Koi Tags
by Olga

Hi crafty friends, I hope you are having a great week!

Today I have made a trio of tags combining alcohol inks and die cutting techniques. To start with I have created alcohol ink backgrounds on Yupo paper and since I'm not experienced with this type of inks I only used one color (slate) for all three backgrounds. Unexpectedly, as the ink was drying more colors developed like some shades of teal and purple - that was actually perfect for me as I was going for a watery look.

To tell you the truth, I was not particularly happy with the outcome and thought that those backgrounds themselves were not enough to make a project fabulous. But throwing them away was not an option too so how could I make them work for me? The answer is simple - die cutting! Die cutting is always a good idea so I added a negative pattern created with the collage die and it instantly brought everything together!

To create focal images I used Lovely Koi die with some foiled cardstocks plus added silver embossed sentiment strips and some sequins - and my tags were finally brought to life!

Watch the beginning to end video tutorial for more detailed instructions!

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Sat 19

Elegant Koi
by Nancy Penir

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Hi! Nancy here, and I'm bringing you a card made with one of my favorites, Elegant Koi. Love the movement of this sweet little guy, and I used a few techniques to make him that I'd love to share with you.

1st off, the background

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I chose my colors based on water, such as a fish would be swimming in. Distress Oxide works best for this technique.

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I selected a stencil, this one is Memory Box's Garden Peony Blossoms.

Then comes the fun part...

Spritz the back of the stencil with water, and carefully place it on the inked panel.

Place a paper towel over the stencil, and weigh it down with a book or in this case I used an acrylic block.

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Wait awhile for the water to soak into the ink. I waited 5 minutes.

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When you remove the stencil the image is set into your panel! Isn't that wild? Thanks to Marcia Hill, who taught me this fun technique!

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I also used a stencil to create the glittery scales for my Elegant Koi. First die cut with vellum, then spread with Nuvo Glimmer Paste (Moonstone colored with re-inker). I wanted a bit of orange on my yellow koi, so I added a few spots of watercolor.

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Brush Hello was cut 3 times with 3 shades of  blue shimmer paper. 

Hope you enjoyed today's post and my little tutorial. It's a fun technique that really adds a punch to a background, and another  fun way to use your stencils.

Nancy Floral Signature copy

 

 

Thu 17

Just Wanted to Say Hi
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hi there , Marybeth here today. I have a clean and simple card using Poppystamps : Double Stitch Square Frames, Easter Chick Die & Stamp set along with Clear Stamp Call Me.

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I cut the stitched squares 5 times then glued them altogether, to make a chipbord like square. After some stamping I simply added the die-cut and stamped Chicks ( great for anytime of year, not just Easter)

Wed 16

Poppystamps "Pattern Paper Please!" Challenge Card
by Robin Tharaldson

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The challenge theme for May is "Pattern Paper Please!"  Here are the challenge details! Create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here.  The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize. In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image. We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge.   You are welcome to link your design to other challenges.  And remember, you can't win if you don't enter!!!

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I love patterned paper; you can express and create so much better when using patterned paper! I even used pattern paper for the flowers and stamped on top, it adds a subtle texture to the petals.  The stamps and dies I used are all from Poppystamps and are linked below.


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The winner  of the "Patterned Paper Please!" challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! You have until 12 am US EST on May 29 to link up your design here!  The winner will be announce on June 1 and a new challenge will start, good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sun 13

Happy Birthday!
by Jennifer Svare

 

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Hello!  I'm so happy to be here today, and excited to share a birthday card inspired by chocolate!  This card is not only fun and easy to make, but it also works for anyone and any age.  I'll be making a lot of these to give with cupcake gifts!

It's a tri-fold card, and each panel has a fun birthday element.

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The Scribble Square (cut out of dark chocolate brown and embossed with clear for a shiny finish) reminded me of when chefs create those cool designs on desserts out of chocolate.  This was the background to the Double Stitch Scallop that frames the Scribble Happy Birthday.  The words are cut in white to resemble frosting words on a cake.  I wanted the front to look very chocolatey, and I found that using different shades of brown really helped to create the look I was after.

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The card opens up to a 3/4 panel with candles.  I didn't have any candle dies, but the Picket Fence worked perfect!  I'll show how I made these in the video below.  

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The Ric Rac Stitches border die made a fun border to carry the chocolate cake/frosting theme along the top of the panel, and also gave it a nicely finished look.  I love the stitches.

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The candle panel opens up to a white panel and the adorable Frosted Cake completes the theme, along with some more scribbles.  Plenty of room for writing or a gift card.

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A lot of different dies are used for this card, and many different dies could be used in place of the dies I used.  I hope you are inspired to go through your stash and see which dies would make cute candles, frosting, and culinary masterpieces!    

Here's a video highlighting the process of making this card:

 

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Sat 12

Simple Stamping and No Line Coloring
by Rebecca Keppel

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Have you seen lots of colored stamped images with Polychromos pencils lately? I was dying to try them out so I decided to create a no line coloring card. Now, I am definitely a BEGINNER when it comes to coloring with pencils, so I kept everything very simple.

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I stamped the images close to each other, but not overlapping so I did not have to do masking. I stuck to just a few colors of the pencils. All the flowers were three shades of yellow and the leaves were just two shades of green. Even so, it was a blast to create and I love the outcome and will definitely be trying this again!

Check out this video where I share how I do simple stamping and easy no line coloring with the Polychromos pencils:

Thanks for stopping by!

Rebecca Floral Signature copy

 

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Fri 11

Blooming Rose Aperture Card.
by Pam Simpson

Hello everyone..Pam here today.

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I have created a Aperture using Poppystamps square frame dies..Double Stitched & Pointed Square Frames.

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 I have used an off cut of waste card for this example: 7"x 7"  marked either end and top 1.1/2"  in with pencil, made a mark along side the die, I wanted to see if i like the postion and size of my opening for the aperture.

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This is the cut out of my waste card, using Double stitched die.

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This is my card front Cream with a Pink insert. Look at the top picture and you see how I got my cutout using Double Stitch Square, I cut another one in Pink! as the Pointed squares are a touch different in size.

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Using the outer cream card front as a guide, placed a smaller size pointed square and cut in my die cutting machine.

 

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Example above after using both sets of square dies.. The Double stitched square fits on top of the pink square! inside the cream..my largest Pointed frame sit around the outer cream square. hope your still with me on this lol.

Before I adhered these together to place on my card front ..I reduced the size 6.1/2" square ..as I like this better.

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Finished card with the pretty open work of  poppystamp dies "Blooming Rose" did you notice I also cut a pretty heart trail along the bottom.."Gentle Hearts"  Poppystamps border die.

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Sentiment by Poppystamps..  Sending Scribbles ..finished with random placed pearls and ribbon.

Thank you for stopping by Pam x.

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Thu 10

Seaside
by Jeanne Jachna

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About this time every year I start thinking about heading sea side.  I miss the ocean air and walking in the sand.  As with most of my crafting I'm inspired by what I see, or things that are on my mind.  Mostly my crafting is a sweet escape.  So come along with me today - we're headed down to the harbor!
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I used lots of dies to make this fun scene.  The Stitched Cloud borders make a layered cloudy sky, and the Ric Rac Stitches become waves.  I cut the waves in several shades of blue layering each border one over the other.  
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The Birds In Flight (Seagulls) are looking for a catch and a big fish (Lovely Koi) is ready to jump!
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Sometimes I can't find just the right die so a few pieces are cut by hand.  Can you guess which ones they are?  
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Did you guess the beams of light from the lighthouse?  That's right!  And the second is the cropping of land that the lighthouse is perched upon! 
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Isn't it wonderful the places your imagination will take you? I hope you find some time for a sweet escape today! 
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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Wed 09

5 Ways to Use Patterned Paper -- Challenge Reminder
by Rebecca Keppel

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This month's challenge is Patterned Paper Please! Your challenge is to use patterned paper along with at least one Poppystamps stamp or die. Easy peasy, right? Do you need a little inspiration? Well, this month, I played along with the challenge and came up with my top 5 favorite ways to use patterned paper on cards. First, is to use up those scraps and create a rainbow of patterned paper strips.

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Or, die cut and use repetitive shapes as a design element for your card.

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Using layers and creating your own embellishments is a great way to stretch your dies. Depending on the patterned paper you choose, you could create a card for any theme or recipient!

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I love stamping on patterned paper too! Try stamping a large image on a small pattern to create colorful designs without any coloring!

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Do you have a patterned paper you love, but it seems too bold to incorporate into a card? Try placing it behind vellum for a softer look!

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I really love patterned paper and combining it with Poppystamps and dies is so fun! Check out this video to see all these ideas in action and hear some tips and tricks along the way too!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by! Don't forget, you have until May 29th at 12 am US EST to link your challenge take HERE! I can't wait to see your creations!

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Tue 08

Hello Tag
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!

May for me, is the month of give a lot of details in birthdays and special dates! Then, I made some gift tags, but today I show you one jijiji Look!!!!! 

IMG_5883The last Poppystamps release was wonderful,  I loved "Easter Chicks Clear Stamp Set" , I can use on any occasion, not only Easter!!!! 

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May be you see a "simple tag" but I use several new diecuts!!! If you want see our new release (Stamps and Diecuts) you can enter HERE... :)

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I love read you! Thanks for your sweet comments!

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