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27 posts from August 2014

Sun 31

Welcome Fall

Hello everyone.  Hard to believe it is the last day of August.  Where has the summer gone?

In my area, there is an annual Apple Festival and the yummy cider brings thoughts of Fall to my mind and to my post for your today.  I used a heated copper technique thanks to a friend who had some spare copper roll.

I wanted to showcase how Poppystamps dies can be used to cut thin (.003) copper sheeting so I used three different dies and ended up with my main card and two additional variations.  I hope you enjoy!

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I cut an A2 card as a top fold.  Next I cut a smaller darker brown rectangle and ran through an embossing folder to create the wood-grain texture before moving onto heating the copper.  

In order to heat copper, you must have a heat proof surface.  I used an old half-sheet baking pan flipped over.  I  used a mini-torch (think Creme Brulee kitchen torch) as my heat source.  After it cooled, I carefully cut it with a paper trimmer.  The edges can be sharp so be careful not to get cut. It is a good idea to heat the copper outside if using a butane mini torch. 

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I had a few missteps in running the dies through.  The frame around the leaves is very delicate and stuck to my cutting plates. Then I thought to add a piece of cardstock below the copper, then the copper and then the [1064] Maple Leaf Poppystamps die.  I ran through my Big Shot a couple times in order to be assured a clean cut as the copper is thicker than cardstock.  Problem solved!  It didn't stick to the cutting plates.  You can simply (but carefully) peel back the cardstock and you have the copper ready to adhere to your card.

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Your could use foam adhesives to give some height or glue circles or hot glue.  I used a combination of glue dots and foam adhesive squares to adhere to the card.  Inside, not shown, I simply put a vanilla color of cardstock and stamped [CS308B] Thank You So Much greeting from Poppystamps.

My second example with heated copper is a Christmas card using [1056] Viviro Ornament and [CS307B] Holidays Sparkle Cling Stamp with [1005] Classic Ribbons Die.

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The last example uses a the [1028] Delaney Butterfly Poppystamps Die against a plain black background.  This card is quite flexible and can be used for a thank you, sympathy or even to say hello.  

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This will be one of my last posts as part of the Poppystamps Design Team.  I will be stepping down in September.  I want to thank Poppystamps for the wonderful opportunity to be part of their Design Team for the last 12 months.  I have made a lot of friends among the talented ladies on the team and hope that I have inspired some of you to get crafting with Poppystamps.  I appreciate each of you taking the time to stop by the Poppystamps blog and view my creations. 

Have a wonderful Autumn and Holiday season.

Kimberly WM copy

 

Sat 30

HAPPY DAY!!!!

HOLA CHICAS!!!! :)

With the backgrounds of words of Poppystamps, I´m so glad because I can use thats contains the background or build new words!!! :)

I bring for you a little crazy card hehehe, I  say crazy because I use a lot of dies and colors jajaja but is fun, please, believe me jajajaja, look :)

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To decorate, I use acrilyc paint (dots) and a lot of glitter :)

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All dies are stunning!!!!! Make a visit to Poppystamps Online Store, you will remain fascinated, you'll want all like me hehehe

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Use glitter, look my Poinsettias, are beautiful!!! I put a little little pink stone in the center, this is gorgeous! :)

DSC_0008I told you, my card is a little crazy and happy, like me too jajaja

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Kisses AMIGAS!!!!!!!!!

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Thu 28

A Sparkling Holiday

Hi everyone, Sherry here!  In the heat of the summer, it seems way too early to start making Christmas cards, but then as we all know, it’ll be here in a flash!  With that in mind, I designed the Christmas card you see below.

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I started out with a panel of tan colored cardstock, and using a dauber, applied white pigment ink through the Memory Box Texture Flourish stencil to create the background.  I added a red border on one edge of the panel, and mounted the combined piece to a white card base. 

For the focal point, I cut the Small Luxe Poinsettia Outline from red cardstock, and the Small Luxe Poinsettia Background from the same tan cardstock used before.  Instead of stacking the pieces the normal way, I reversed the assembly, putting the solid poinsettia over the outline one.  I cut the Frozen Flakes border from white cardstock, and then snipped off the large snowflake on the end, which I used as the center of the poinsettias, cupping the piece up to give it some dimension.  I then cut one Dianna Border from green cardstock, inked only the stems with a dark green marker, and cut it into two pieces. 

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I cut three pine sprigs from different shades of green cardstock, and arranged all of the greens on to the assembled card base as shown, prior to adhering the assembled poinsettia.  To finish it off, I added some white plastic glittered snowflakes from my stash, and the Poppystamps “May your holidays sparkle” stamp.  And THEN I took the pictures.

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Uh-oh … when I saw the close-up view of the solid poinsettia, I saw these little red markings that I hadn’t noticed in looking at the finished card.  While in the designing mode, I had used some red ink on one of the snowflakes, then decided against it, but apparently managed to smudge a tiny bit of the ink onto the solid poinsettia leaves when creating the card.  I did NOT want to start all over, and I couldn’t have you looking at a close-up view with spots where they didn’t belong, so I used a webbed dauber to add the background you now see on the solid poinsettia. I had to slide some paper between the solid poinsettia and the background and lift up the center to apply the ink, but it worked and we’re the only ones who know the real story!  There are no mistakes when card designing, only happy accidents, right?

I had a piece of the Texture Flourish background left over, so I created a 3” x 3” gift card using the remaining snipped-off Frozen Flakes snowflakes cut from white and red cardstock, and embellished with a few more of the plastic snowflakes.

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Have a wonderful weekend coming up, and thanks for stopping by!

Sherry h web signature

Wed 27

Poppy Stamp Butterfly Hello Card and Goodbye

Hi everyone. It is Chunyuan here. just pop in quickly to share a card. I used two butterfly dies and a film stripe die on the card. I used watercolor to create the yellow background. The two butterfly die cuts were layered and adhered over black film strip die.

This will be my last post on Poppy Stamp. I am stepping down from the DT. Thanks for having me last year and giving me the privilage to share my projects.

Thanks for stopping by,

Tue 26

The colors of autumn

Hello,

here Irena again. I love summer, but I adore autumn for her beautiful colors. Today I prepared a card with the addition of delicate leaves.

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Jesien1nI used dies: Beech Leaf, Maple Leaf, Aspen Leaf.

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Thanks for stopping by – hope you like autumn?
Irena

 

Sun 24

A Red Letter Christmas

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I love, love, love the Poppystamps background dies.  It's easy to create lovely cards with very little effort.  That said, this is what I made and this is how I made it. 

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I guess I'm pretty traditional.  I like red and green for Christmas.  I wanted to add a bit of sparkle to the background, and I didn't have any red glitter paper.  So, I made my own. 

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These are the tools I used and this is what I did.  I took 2 inch double stick tape and taped one side to white cardstock.  I then trimmed it to make sure no tape was exposed on the under side. 

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I then peeled off the protective covering and poured glitter on the sticky tape.  I then covered the piece with a scrap of typing paper and rolled over the glittered piece. 

I then choose the dies I would be cutting and rubbed waxed paper over the die.  Make sure you do this and you really rub.  I then cut the die......

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See, it works....I repeated this process and attempted to die cut the Frozen Flake die.  Did you catch the word attempted?  Well guess what I forgot to do....yup, rub the die with waxed paper.  If you look at the Viviro Ornament, you will see there really isn't a snowflake inisde....I was able to save part of the Frozen Flake die cut, and I used it inside the ornament. 

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And I was able to use another of the pieces here.....on the inside of the card.....

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The Viviro Ornament was very easy to remove from the die.  So, if you try this, make sure you don't forget the waxed paper....The glitter border on the inside of the card was made by running a piece of cardstock through my Xyron and then putting glitter on the sticky tape.  The glitter did stick, but not as well as it had on the double stick tape.  I wasn't too worried as most of the glitter was covered. by the white cardstock.  I also used a bit of extra glitter sheet under the Merry Christmas on the front of the card, and I cut a bit to use as trim.  I like how well the embossing folders work to give texture to plain cardstock. 

I hope you enjoyed my little card and the tutorial, and I hope you give it a try. 

Hugs from me to you.....

Mary

 

Sat 23

Spooky Nights

I recently received a black cat candy jar as a gift from a dear friend.  This provided me the inspiration to create a spooky sky under which black cats prowl.  

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For the sky, I used a brayer and a light pink inkpad to cover white cardstock that would become the front of the card.  Next I used the brayer and covered most of the cardstock with a light purple ink. After which I switched to a sponge and sponged on a medium blue, followed by a dark blue and then by dabbing dark purple. 

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Then I used the Poppystamps Puffy Clouds Border [1099] cut diagonally across card stock to give a different look to the clouds.  To add a bit of fog to the sky, I used a bright white ink and sponged around the mask and alternated with sponging the dark purple.

After the sky was done, I drew two hills and cut them out with scissors and adhered them to the card with foam squares to give dimension.  Carefully, I tucked sections of the Poppystamps Brevilla Houses [1009] behind the green hills and adhered with foam adhesives.

Then I proceeded to cut out the Poppystamps Antique Lamp Post [858], the cats (Poppystamps Sitting Cat [860], Walking Cat [859] and Curious Cat [872]).

For the moon, I drew a circle and cut it out and adhered it with my glue pen.

Next, I cut out the Poppystamps Fireplace Logs [1072] logs with brown cardstock and the Poppystamps Warm and Cozy Fire [1070] in white cardstock.  To create the flames, I colored the white cardstock with Copic markers.

 I decided to add a bit of Halloween to the scene by using BOO from the Poppystamps Scary Background Die [1078]. I used a glue pen and put the letters on a diagonal and slightly off-center to give it more of a spooky look.

Supplies:

Poppystamps Scary Background Die [1078]

Poppystamps Puffy Cloud Border Die [1099]

Poppystamps Brevilla Houses [1009]

Poppystamps Fireplace Logs [1072]

Poppystamps Warm and Cozy Fire [1070]

Poppystamps  Sitting Cat [860]

Poppystamps Walking Cat [859]

Poppystamps Antique Lamp Post [858]

Poppystamps Curious Cat [872]

Cardstock for base and for scene.

Adhesives

Ink (and lots of it) pink, light purple, medium blue, dark blue, dark purple, white


Thanks for stopping by!

Kimberly WM copy

  

Fri 22

...HOLA!!!!!

HOLA CHICAS!!!!!

Do you miss me? hehehehe It's a joke, but I miss you when I do not publish hehehe

Today my little card is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Full color and so merry and vibrant!!!! :) Look :)

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With only cardstock and the perfect dies of Poppy Stamps, my card invite you to say Hello in a color scene with this cute rainbow!!!! :)

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The little houses with glitter on windows and a "little garden" are beautiful and "pop" of my card :)

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Do you wanna walk in the clouds?? hehehe 

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You can say me Hello too hehehe

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Visit Online Store Chicas, click here in each link and you will see only beautiful dies of Poppy Stamps!!! :)

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Thu 21

Peace and Joy

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Christmas again?  Yup....I need 100 cards, and I'm only at 70, so when Poppystamps came out with this new release of dies....I was Happy!  Thrilled actually....so here is what I've made today....Let me tell you a bit about it....

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This is the Viviro Ornament.  I've used it in past posts so you know I'm liking this one.  I love using embossing folders and I think this folder worked well with this gorgeous die.  I layered my die onto a piece of dark red cardstock that had been embossed.  At first I just had the die glued on.  My eye saw a piece of white scrap so I die cut the Viviro Ornament again and the center that fell away, I embossed it and then glued it into the center of the ornament.  The little silver ornament top was also glued in place.  Then I added little clear jewels that I had in my stash.  In rethinking, maybe I should have used red jewels.  Well, there is always next time!

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I thought maybe I should doll up this white piece that had been embossed using a folder. So, at first I just had red dots, that I'd punched from left over paper.  Then I looked and saw more jewels that were looking for a home and added them. 

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Here's a hint.  The Viviro die has areas that are very thin and I've found that if I use my quilter's glue it's easy to get just the right amount of glue on the die.  Plus this glue is washable so, it's easy to remove from unwanted areas with a damp towel. 

Now on to the inside.....

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My focal die is the Claudette Frame and I like that I can use it for Christmas and a whole lot of other seasons.  I'm sure you'll be seeing this die often.  And this next addition was an after thought and a bit of a happy accident. 

04-OrnamentThe tiny little ornament is from the Christmas Baubles die.  I think it's just the cutest little ornament and I have plans for this one.  You'll see it later....after I layed on the cardstock I thought....hmmm I wonder what it would look like embossed.  Well, what do you think?  I like it.  and a little bling for the top....I'm happy.  I love the sentiment.  At the end there is a little tree.  Do you see it?  If you do, you may need to clean your glasses.... I taped over it to protect it from ink (be sure to remove it before stamping)  .  Since there are no trees on this card, I wanted to omit it in the sentiment. 

And here is the final photo....

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Recognize this die?  You should, it's the Viviro Ornament with the bottom removed.  I like it when I can use dies differently.  Don't you? 

Well, that's it for today....ok, I heard that!  And yes it is about time, I get back to thinking about what's next....

Sending wishes for a most happy crafty day. 

Hugs from me to you,

Mary

 

 

Wed 20

Painted Ladies

 

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I used the Brevilla Houses die to cut several colors of houses. I got my inspiration for my card from the painted ladies homes in San Fransisco. Grass panels are handcut to form hills.

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Glossy Accents added to the die-cut hello from the hello thought bubble, , I also used it to glue the word to the grass.

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The panel is foam mounted on the white panel.

There are times that I love a clean and simple card.