Fri 31

Happy Holidays!!

Hello everyone!  Our two-week blog blitz is well under way!  I’m sure enjoying it and I hope all of you are too!  My card today features the Fancy Happy Holidays die, which will be given away to one lucky person.  All you have to do is leave a comment by November 17th, and you’ll be entered to win! 

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I embossed an off-white 5.25” x 4” piece of card stock, and adhered that to the card base.  I cut the Pine Boughs dies from a light green cardstock and arranged as shown.  I "rippled" the pine needle boughs a little before gluing down, and then added a little red bling.

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 The Woodland Fawn was cut from brown cardstock, and sponged with Frayed Burlap distress ink on the edges and on its backside.  I also added two black dots for its eyes and a Rudolf gem stone.  I cut two of the Chochitlan Wreath from off-white cardstock and one from a dark green cardstock, offset each one and adhered them together.  I placed the fawn through the wreath, added mounting tape on the back and adhered to the card front. 

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I added the poinsettia flowers to the wreath to tie in with the red bling.  (I don’t know what I’d do without that cute little poinsettia die!)

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I love, love, love the Fancy script words!  The Fancy Happy Holidays was cut from dark green cardstock, and I adhered that directly to the card front as shown.  I decided there was a need for a little glimmer, so I added clear Wink of Stella to the pine needles and the poinsettia.  This angle shows a little bit more of the dimension.

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 Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the die!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thu 30

Season's Greetings by Sherry Eckblad

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Hello PoppyStamps Fans and welcome to another day of our two week long Blog Blitz!

Sherry E here today sharing with you a card I created using the Vintage Season's Greetings and Pine Boughs dies.

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I must admit that I am totally in love with the Season's Greetings die. I just love the that scripty font. Perfect for my very rustic CAS card today.

Here is a side view of it so you can see a better view of the dimension on the pine boughs.

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Today I am giving the Vintage Season's Greetings die to one randomly selected person who leaves a comment on my post.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting.

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Wed 29

Poppystamps Blog Blitz Featuring Birthday Stack

 

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Hi, welcome to day three of the Poppystamps Blog Blitz. Lots of great prizes to be given a way, all you have to do is leave a comment , by November 21, for a chance to win this Birthday Stack die. 

We will be featuring a new die each day through November 21.

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I cut the die out three times, using : gold foil paper( from any craft store), vellum and colored cardstock.  I ran each layer through my Zxron, for easy adhering to each layer( perfect when adhering vellum)

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I like the way the vellum tones and softens the shinny gold. 


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Hope you win! Marybeth Signature copy

Tue 28

New Release Blog Blitz- Bushel Basket

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We're celebrating the latest Poppystamps release of 17 new dies with a blog blitz.  We'll be featuring the new dies on posts through November 12 and offering up some wonderful prizes.

Today my inspiration is drawn from where I live. Apple Hill is a place many people visit here in El Dorado County. Apple farms flourish here and you can pick and buy anything apple! I used the bushel basket,applesand fancy thanks  to create a lovely thanks card. I also used the heart background die.

Sponging and added stickers to resemble the rivits in the baskets added for intrest.

 

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I also added a bit of wink of stella to my apples.

 

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The thanks I die cut from a gold paper to bring out the gold stickers.

Now for the part you have been waiting for...... the prize of course!  Leave me a comment on this card by November 17 for your chance to win the bushel Basket Die.

 

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Winners will be posted in the afternoon November 21!

For a second chance to win - I hope you will join us for our new monthly challenge.  To see the latest challenge just click on the photo in the side bar, or the tab on the top of the page!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

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Mon 27

New Release Blog Blitz - Fancy Thanks

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What a great day for a visit!  We're celebrating the latest Poppystamps release of 17 new dies with a blog blitz.  We'll be featuring the new dies on posts through November 12 and offering up some wonderful prizes. 

Today I'm showing you the new Fancy Thanks die! I thought it would look so pretty paired up with some colorful fall leaves, but I know I'll be reaching for this one all year round.   

I cut the Meso Background in a light purple card stock, and then cut it a second time with a darker shade of card stock.  When I adhered the cut frame to my card base I made sure lots of adhesive was left in the "open" cut holes.  Next I inserted the cuts from the darker card stock for a pretty inlaid tile look.   
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The frames from the leaves were taped in place on their back sides, and adhered to my base with adhesive foam tape.   I double cut and layered the Fancy Thanks die in blue for some contrast.
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A few Lovely tendrils tucked under and a sprinkle of candy looking buttons complete my card. 
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Now for the good part... the prize of course!  Leave me a comment on this card by November 17 for your chance to win the Fancy Thanks Die.   
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Winners will be posted in the afternoon November 21!

For a second chance to win - I hope you will join us for our new monthly challenge.  To see the latest challenge just click on the photo in the side bar, or the tab on the top of the page!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!
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Sun 26

Spooky Eyes

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Two spooky eyes peek out above the fireplace in this very scary scene! To create Spooky Eyes, I used a favorite brick embossing folder on black paper for the back wall, and the inside fireplace wall too, to give a great texture to the card. I cut the Grand Madison Fireplace in light grey and dark grey, using the dark grey cut to shadow the fireplce on the left side. I added an off-white pale grey Spider Web Border to the left corner to make the web look a little dirty and creepy. I added a small corner of the spider web to the left corner of the fireplace as well. I used a pile of Fireplace Logs and the Warm and Cozy Fire to bring the scene ablaze, and Birthday Candles on top of the mantle for a little Halloween color.

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To make the scary eyes above the mantle, I cut out the word BOO from the Scary Background in orange, then cut it again in white, inserting the negative white ovals and positioning the eyes inward for an evil look. Maybe he looks more angry than evil? I added two tiny black eyeballs with a hand held tiny hole paper punch. To finish it off, I added three colorful melted Perler Beads from my collection of 10,000 I melted in my oven one week last July.

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Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Live your life in color!

 

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Sat 25

Golden Teacup

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 Wish you could see these double layered gold teacups in person.

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 I cut out two layers of teacups taped the back of the first layer so none of the pieces would fall out, then glued it to my watercolor card stock.  For the second layer I added score tape to the back of my strip of gold paper before I cut it out, then just pealed off the backing and placed it on top of the first layer.

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My white card stock it  lightly painted with watercolors, over the very top layer I used a silver watercolor paint to add more shimmer. I like the way it looks with the gold teacups. 

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What do you think of my water splashes ? I used the inside pieces from the teacup handles! I think it added a bit of fun to the card. 

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Fri 24

Shopping in Paris!

With the Christmas holidays in mind I created this French boutique store. Many of us would LOVE to go shopping in Paris, I'm sure! We live at only 5 hours away from Paris, but we only go there every 2-3 years, unfortunately. So ladies, are you ready to go shopping? If not in Paris then at least buy yourself some new dies, LOL!

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Some details:

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I used the following dies:

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Thu 23

Shake, Shake, Shake

Hi everyone, Sue here with a quick and simple shaker card that can be easily mass produced for the holidays.

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I wanted the Crafty Tree Background to be my shaker image and die cut that first on my panel. I decided the tree needed a trunk so I used a square die to add one to the tree.

To make the front a little more festive I die cut a bunch of snowflakes from the Christmas Baubles die and adhered them randomly across the front.

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I wanted a little bit of interest to the back of the window so I used the Memory Box Wave Stencil and sponged on ink in a similar shade to the card stock.  I wasn't worried about the edges being neat as only the center portion would be visible through the window.

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For the fun shaker element I knew I was going to use sequins and glass glitter but I also wanted to use the Cookie Cutter Tree die and all the little shapes that come out of it when die cut.

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I ran the Cookie Cutter Tree through my die cut machine a couple of times with red and silver paper and ended up with a lot of little bits (stars, bells, ornaments, leaves) to use on future projects as well as the die cut trees.  No wasted paper with this die.

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Love the mix of all the shaker goodies, so fun!

Thanks for joining me today!

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Wed 22

Handmade embossing folder

Welcome again,

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Today I would like to present how to create your own embossing folder. You can use that idea to create nice background made using various dies.

I decided to make a card in C&S style where main theme will be a snowflake background.

First I had to plan the size of the folder and then prepare it. Next I cut lot of snowflake dies from kraft paper. I stuck few snowflakes on the base and then I made it thick by adding 4 additional snowflakes on top of each snowflake. This way I created embossing folder made of paper dies.

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I embossed the card on my own custom designed embossing folder!

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Finally I looked at the paper I used for cutting snowflake dies and decided to recycle that and make another card. And that’s how the other card was done where main theme is kraft paper and red bow.

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Hope you find ‘embossing folder’ trick useful,

Thanks,

Ilona

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