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5 posts from June 2009

Tue 30

Dog Parade


Repetition is one of the best design styles you can use with rubber stamps! We made a line of puppies across the card and used a contrasting color scheme to create a fun, energetic card.
The puppy, 223B Small Rex, was stamped on a white piece of paper and also onto the Robins Egg layer of cardstock. Cutting the dogs body out of the white cardstock and then laying it onto the Robins Egg cardstock gives you a nice, bright white dog. A little hint of color across the bottom of the dog (we used a Aqua Blue (BG01) Copic marker) creates a shadow - and once the white dog is glued onto the Robins Egg layer we outlined the image with another Copic marker (pale green Mignonette YG11). This really makes it stand out.
Since the primary colors for the dogs were black and white, we used a Black card for the base and a Black and White gingham 1/4 inch ribbon (May Arts KB10) to embellish the front.
We printed the message "you're the BEST!" onto the Bayou layer using a computer and printer.
On another note, we got an email from our friend Dani at Rubber Soul, who received her order of poppystamps on Friday, and sold through half of it as she was unpacking the box in the store! We were delighted to hear that customers were buying the stamps right out of the shipping box! She sent me a picture of her in her favorite hat (seriously, we didn't plan this). I think there are some similarities between the stamp, Dani Dot (214C) and Dani - you be the judge:
Wed 24

Oh, Happy Day


We've had a lot to celebrate recently - a new company launching, new employees and all of the excitement and challenges that go along with such ventures. This is a great card for celebrating all the good stuff going on. 
A birthday?
An announcement?
Maybe just a cheery note for someone special in your life!
We used the Bella Balloon image for this card (balloons=happy!), stamped in Brilliance Graphite Black ink for a crisp outline and then colored in with Copic markers. The Bella Balloon image was stamped directly onto a layer of Peach Fuzz paper from Memory Box and also onto white cardstock. The face and balloons were colored on the white cardstock and cut out - while the dress and hat were colored on the Peach Fuzz cardstock. Note that if the face was colored on the Peach Fuzz cardstock, the face would be really too peachy - which is why the face is colored on the white cardstock, so that you can add skin tone as you want. For more information on making the card, click here.
We've been busy pulling orders for poppystamps! We've received orders from the following stores to carry all of our cute little images:
We'll be sending samples along with these orders - so if you are near any of these stores and want to see some ideas in person, visit their stores! 
I think the flower ribbon is such a fun touch - I don't know the name of the company that makes it, but we picked it up at Impress Rubber stamps - and as I recall they stocked it in a few fun colors!
Thu 18

First Order


We received our first order from a store today! We were all so excited, pulling the order, invoicing (Invoice #1!), packing it and shipping it off. Stephanie Nishikawa, at the Paper Garden in Sacramento, California loved the entire line and ordered everything. If you are in the Sacramento area, stop by her store to see the stamps in person - and we sent about 15 sample cards so that she could set up a fun display in the store.
Of course if you aren't in the Sacramento area, we sell our stamps right on the site as well - so browse on over and you might see something you like!
We used our Dani Dot stamp (214C - Dani is named after our friend Dani at Rubber Soul) for the thank you card above (again we just printed a thank you on the blue paper with our computer, but I am pretty sure I have seen a similar thank you available through Savvy Stamps.
The Dani Dot stamp doesn't have stripes on the shirt, so we used colored pencils to draw in some pink and orange stripes, and then colored the shirt around them with a Copic marker.
The image is stamped with Brilliance Graphite Black ink and after it has dried completely, you can color it in with colored pencil or copic marker.
Notice the dots on the hat - when we colored over the black dots with orange Copic marker, the image didn't smear at all. The ink is so wonderful with copics (but it has to be completely dry - or heat set).
Mon 15

You are an Angel

Life certainly has it's challenges, but it's nice to know that there are some thoughtful, helpful people out there and this could be the card for them.

If you've been meaning to say thank you to somebody who has done some exceptional things for you or someone you know, then Andrew Angel is a good messenger.

To learn more about how to make this card - complete with printable instructions, go here.
We are using a lot of Copic markers in our poppystamps samples - and a good place to get them is over at A Muse Rubber Stamps. Linda and her talented team have some wonderful sets picked out and you can order the markers right from her (along with many, many fun images).
So now all you have to do is get Andrew Angel in your craft studio and figure out who the angels are in your life!
Thu 11

Welcome to poppystamps!

We are so excited about this new adventure! What began as some simple illustrations changed into a whole new world of characters. We thought these guys would be a wonderful addition to the world of stamping - fun to make greeting cards, tags and all sorts of paper craft projects!


We have printed the phrases that we are using, directly onto the cards using a home computer, but the rest of the images you see are rubber stamps. We can't wait to share all of the wonderful things we have dreamed up with this collection - so check back often, as we share some creative ideas and products with you!