Sun 26

Happy Birthday Card
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!!

I continue to create projects with the latest release of Poppystamps, love love love fairies and when I love something a lot, the projects are wonderful jijiji 

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First, I cut butterflies, in gold paper!!!! Aw!!!!

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With my inks, I create a multicolor background :) I love this! I use a Memory Box Stencil!!!!!!

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For perfect color enhancement, I use Dandelion Stem die in black color.... So elegant!!!!

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I add a feeling with my Poppy dies,  Birthday is the pproper word for this enchanted card!!!!

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Hope you like amigas!!!!!

Leave me a pretty message, I love read you!!!!!

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Sat 25

Spring Blog Blitz Winners

Thanks so much for joining us for our Spring release!  We really enjoyed sharing projects showing the new dies and can't thank you enough for your kind comments throughout the event.  Your comments mean so much to us and it's a treat for us to give you a little something back! 

We had 13 posts during the blitz - one for each of the design team, and a special tutorial post from Dave!   Congratulations to the winners listed below - they've all been contacted by email.

3/6/17 Jeanne's Post 1809 Dandelion Stem Miss Mary
3/7/17 Jinny's Post 1807 Snowy Mountaintops Patricia Howarth
3/8/17 Lezlye's Post 1810 Mushrooms and Toadstools Sabrina Radican
3/9/17 Michele's Post 1802 Preppy Flowers Denise Bryant
3/10/17 Mona's Post 1801 Scribble Flower Circle Donna
3/11/17 Marybeth's Post 1799 Stitched Grand Mountains Wahnita
3/12/17 Sue's Post 1808 Florisma Trail Linda F
3/13/17 Pam's Post 1798 Stitched Butterfly Trio Brenda in IN
3/14/17 Irena's Post 1811 Pretty Stitches Jacquelene L
3/15/17 Patty's Post 1797 Dainty Faerie Beatriz Jennings
3/16/17 Ilona's Post 1805 Atessa Collage Judy Rowland
3/16/17 Dave's Post Your Choice Any Faerie Die!  Christine Smith
3/17/17 Olga's Post 1803 Garden Lantern Pam G
Fri 24

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - GIVEAWAY

Today is the day! We are happy to announce that Poppystamps is sponsoring Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop organized by fabulous Amy Tsuruta!

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We are happy to be giving away not one, not two but THREE $25 gift certificates to the Poppystamps online store!

$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE #1 will go to one random commenter on this post - just tell us what your favorite hot beverage is! You have time until March 31 to leave your comments. 

$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE #2: for a chance to win it link up your project (it should be Spring + Coffee/Tea themed) to Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. One randomly chosen linkup will get the prize!

$25 GIFT CERTIFICATE #3: to win it leave comments on any projects that you like on Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - one random commenter will get the prize!

The winners will be announced on April 2.

 

And this is the project Olga created for Poppystamps and Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. Below is the VIDEO instruction on how to make this happy spring paper fan:

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Thank you for stopping by and we are so much looking forward to reading your comments and seeing your projects!

Thu 23

oh happy day and a tutorial
by Mona Pendleton

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Hi there! It's Mona here today to share a mixed media style layout featuring a variety of fabulous products included in the New 2017 Spring Release along with a variety of other Poppystamps products as well as a photo of my sweet daughter Angie. This layout has a textured background that was created using the memory box Texture Chicken Wire stencil and is embellished with beautiful Poppystamps Stitched Bloom Trio flowers, Stitched Butterfly Trio butterflies, Freida Leaf foliage, a Festival Tag, a Garden Lantern and a Scribble Flower Circle:

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Here's a few step shots I took along the way:

To create the background, I started with a 12" x 12" piece of watercolor paper. I applied a coat of clear gesso, allowed to dry then to create lots of texture, I used texture paste along with the memory box Texture Chicken Wire Stencil:

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Once dry, I applied a thin coat of white gesso:

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After the gesso was dry, I randomly applied various colors of paint:

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While the paints were drying, I created the embellishments. I applied Distress crackle paint to the die cut Garden Lantern. Once dry, I applied Distress Ink:

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To create the flowers, I die cut several Stitched Bloom Trio flowers using watercolor paper then colorized with spray as shown below and paint (not shown):

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed my project today as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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Thu 23

Fine Little Feathers
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everybody!

There's a fine little trend popping up all over the place, Tiny Feathers! Lined up in rows, scattered, thrown, or blown, colorful little feathers are the season's MUST HAVE new dies!

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I used the Tiny Feathers die set and a sentiment from Into the Words to create this colorful row of feathers. I began with some watercolor paper scraps and painted a rainbow hued panel, then die cut all the feathers.

 

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Once the feathers were cut, I curled up both ends of each feather a little just by using my fingers, then lined them up on my card in a design I liked. They look so pretty against a crisp, white background.

 

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The sky's the limit with the latest fine feather trend!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Wed 22

Happy Easter
by Sue McRae

Hi everyone, Sue here with an Easter card I created with a few of the new dies.

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I started with a light blue card base and then die cut an oval from a darker blue card stock using the Memory Box Stitched Oval Layers. This way I could place my die cuts as I went along to see how they fit into the scene.

I die cut the Swaying Birch from white wood grain card stock that I inked along the edges with grey ink and a finger dauber, this helps to add some depth to the tree.

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For the Easter eggs I die cut the Easter Egg Party from aqua, yellow and pink card stock and mixed up the paper piecing for some colour variation.

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I adhered the eggs beneath the tree and added grass using the Easter Excitement die set.

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Next I added the sentiment by curving it along the oval shape. To finish off this spring scene I die cut a couple of butterflies and a bird.

Thanks for visiting with me today!

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Tue 21

Share the Love
by Jinny Newlin

Morning, y'all!  It's Jinny here today, sharing a card, highlighting one of our new, Spring 2017 Release dies, Butterfly Trio, and Birch Press Design's gorgeous, Watercolor Wildflowers stamp set.  Enjoy!

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I started this card by stamping the floral images, from the Watercolor Wildflowers stamp set, in layers of Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Dusty Concord Distress Inks, as well as Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks, on watercolor paper.  Their stems were stamped in Peeled Paint Distress Ink, before everything was spritzed with a little water to blend and soften the colors.  Once it was dry, I splattered some of the same ink colors used above, along with Pure Black acrylic paint, across the background.  Everything was then sprayed with a Pearl mist, which I know isn't showing up in these photos, just for a little shimmer and shine.

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The bottom center of the prepped piece was then stamped, in Jet Black ink, with the "share the love" sentiment, from our Be Mine Penguins stamp set, before framing it with both Elegant Eggplant cardstock and gold-threaded, straight, machine stitching.

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It was then popped off the surface of the white, cardstock, card face with foam tape.  The Stitched Butterfly Trio was die-cut from vellum.  The larger two butterflies were layered one on top of the other; and all three were adhered, within the scene, just at their centers, in order to give their wings lift and studded with black pearls to complete the look.

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Thanks so much for visiting!  Have a terrific Tuesday, Poppystamps friends!Jinny Floral Signature copy

Sun 19

Butterflies in Flight
By Marybeth Lopez

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Hi there , Marybeth here today ! I hope you enjoyed the new products and Mini Blog Blitz!

Today I used the new Stitched Butterfly Trio , Memory box Stitched Hexagon Layers ( love those!) and Into the Words clear stamp set.

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Im sharing a card with a design I made a few years ago, its been a while since I curled any blooms or butterflies.

Very simple as you have seen some of the other Design Team members already do this technique. Simply roll the die cut with any small item , I used a crochet hook.

 

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I used a brush to blend some inks onto a piece of card stock . I think the brush has a softer look and I have more control of the even-ness!

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I used two colors of ink to give e a bit more detail to each die cut. After the butterflies were cut out I brushed along the sides to cover up the white and give a bit more color to each edge.

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 Thank you for stoping by today ! I hope you are having a blessed weekend! 

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Fri 17

Birthday Centerpiece
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi there crafters, 

It is the last day of Poppystamps Blog Blitz  and today I am introducing the fabulous GARDEN LANTERN craft die from the new Poppystamps Spring Release:

I have used it to create a mini centerpiece (tea light + card) to decorate a Birthday table.

For the chance to WIN this die just comment on this post until 21 March. The winner will be announced on 25 March.

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Thu 16

Faerie Cards and Techniques Video
by Dave Brethauer

 

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Welcome everybody! I am happy to share a special video with you today featuring all of the faerie dies from Poppystamps. I will apologize in advance - when I sat down to play with the dies my intention was to create two projects using a single technique. But, before I knew it I realized I had two very different techniques in mind and I ended up creating 5 different projects.

OK, maybe 6 different projects. So please forgive me, this video is long.

As in, I may be able to submit it as a documentary at a film festival. (smile)
But I think you will understand! If you are like me, once you start on a card project, the wheels start turning and you begin to think of other things - and then one thing leads to another and you realize you have over 2 hours of video footage.

I did manage to condense it down - to a more manageable 47 minutes...

(Watch this in HD on Youtube by clicking here)

So what is the video about? Well, it incorporates our faeries into some very special projects. 

I wanted to create backgrounds that would really compliment the faeries - lots of color, layers of splattery techniques, bright white spots against an inked background and some watercolor that captured the look of light reflecting in a pool. 

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The Dancing Faerie and the Posing Faerie were designed with the Dandelion Stem in mind. When I drew the artwork for the Dandelion Stem I wanted to make sure that it was a good size to use on its own but I also liked the idea of faeries holding it. So I scaled the faeries and drew the hands "just so" - in order so that one of the faeries could hold onto the stem! I wanted to make them as versatile as possible for all sorts of scenes. The backgrounds are created using a simple watercolor technique that I share in the video using Peerless watercolors - they are so intense and blend beautifully.

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I had to try things out in different color schemes too - if you keep the faeries as black silhouettes, then this card works with any color combination!

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And do you see that leftover stem that is cut out of the watercolor background? You can use it to create a second card with a dramatically different look...

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The contemporary style cards make good use of the leftover stem! The sentiment in the Corner is from the CL405 Hope and Thanks Clear Stamp Set - it is full of all sorts of messages that you can mix and match to create a variety of cards! I created the frames using two different Memory Box Open Studio Die Sets - the Circle Basics set and the Square Basics set. There are so many different sizes in here - and you just mix and match to make the size frame that you want - and then nest the different colors together.

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I used the same faeries again for the next project - this time incorporating a different background technique with our super popular Birch Collage die. I wanted to achieve the look of fireflies - some brilliant white dots against a blended background, as well as some darker areas for visual interest. I show this technique in the video too - you will love it. I kept trying different combinations of color - and applying ink before the splatter drops were dry, to achieve all sorts of looks.

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After this project - I had so many creative juices flowing that I just kept going. I have only designed 4 faerie dies but there were so many interesting things to do with them!

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I wanted to create a "Butterfly Faerie" card - so I composed a scene with the Hampstead Butterfly Stem and surrounded her with "Faerie Drops" and lots of intense inked color. There was something so mesmerizing about the splash of white against the colorful background - which led me to a little more experimentation with this technique. Adding layers of color, and layers of drops...

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I hope you can see how I got carried away. My short craft video somehow changed into an artistic journey!

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Oh - but then I thought of all the scenes I could make! I really love the idea of craft dies that can work together to create a special scene - and I had this in mind when I designed these forest dies. The Memory Box 99713 Timberland Collage, the 99720 Grove Collage, the 99726 Thicket Collage and the 99732 Wildwood Collage can all be used together (or mixed and matched) to create a tunnel effect on cards or in paper craft projects.

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I immediately imagined the Thoughtful Faerie sitting in the woods, surrounded by the Tiny Frogs and Mushroom and Toadstools!

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So next - another scene. I had actually been thinking of this one months ago. When I designed the faeries - I knew I wanted to create a shaker card at some point, and making a Garden Lantern die seemed like a good shape to hold the faerie.

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My idea was that the Dainty Faerie would be glowing - and light would be spilling out of the lantern and onto the card. I added the droplets against the background color and decided that a few Memory Box 99751 Little Dragonflies would be perfect flying around the scene.

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And that lantern? In the video I show you an easy way to achieve a weathered metal look using alcohol inks - it almost looks like bronze when you are finished!

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Once you've finished your background techniques, it's a breeze to put together the shaker card - I just added a pinch of tiny sequins and sealed up the window and it was ready to go.

Please enjoy the video - you may find yourself getting carried away too!