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33 posts from December 2014

Wed 31

Celebration Time

Welcome to Poppystamps Blog, where I have the pleasure of providing you some New Years Inspiration!

 

Poppystamps1231I used the filmstrip die along with and embossing folder, number stickers which I reinforced with cardstock and foam squares. my tag was hand cut and a rub on was used.

 

Here is a detal of the mounted sticker numbers. I chose to put the black rectangles back in the filmstrip so the numbers would po!

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Happy New Year!

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Wed 31

New Beginnings...

One of my friends most certainly has a very good New Year's resolution: renovating and decorating her new house! If that isn't a wonderful new start? So of course I needed to make her a card and it goes without saying that I needed to put a house die cut on it ;-) (ok, two, since one symbolizes the old house and the other one the new one ;-)New house Poppystamps December 2014 (1) I started out by cutting out some ovals in which I placed the Lovely Tendril branch on which I then positioned the two houses. Some leafy branches and foam roses were also added, for my friend really loves gardening:New house Poppystamps December 2014 (2) The key to the new house but also to love and happiness, which is my dearest wish for my friends. I only used part of the Peace, Love and Joy tags here:New house Poppystamps December 2014 (3) I used the following Poppystamps dies:

Thanks for watching and I wish you all a wonderful New Year, filled with lots of happiness, health, joy, friendship and all that's good and sweet! Enjoy the fireworks! Speaking of which: there will be more fireworks at our blog, so stay tuned and wait for the gorgeous new dies that will be in the stores real soon ;-)
Poppystamps Ira Watermark
Tue 30

Holiday Thanks

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Christmas time is here, the most wonderful time of the year! I guess I can stop singing that little tune now, right? For many of us, the lights and ornaments come down the very first weekend Christmas is over as we all head back to work and the normal routine again. But in many parts of the world, the "Christmas season" has only just begun!

An important part of the Christmas tradition in our house is to send a special Thank You to the people who did something special over the holidays, like Santa or Father Christmas! But I also try to remember other people too, like family members who opened both their guest rooms and clean towel cabinets over the holidays! Sending someone an unexpected Thank You card is a wonderful way to show your gratitude and brighten their day.

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I chose traditional Christmas holiday colors to make this Holiday Thanks card perfect for sending seasonal thanks. I cut the Thank You Background out of a flat black background and adhered it to a red card stock piece on top of a white card stock base. I then cut the Thank You Background again in white and inserted the white letters into the card with a little adhesive and a pair of craft tweezers.

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Using craft tweezers is my favorite "pro" tip I like to give to anyone when doing this kind of inlay work. The tweezers hold the teeny, tiny letters without squeezing pressure, while you can add tiny drops of glue and then carefully insert them into the spaces. It is an easy technique, and once you do it a few times, you'll be a pro!

What's great about this technique is that you can completely change the look and feel of the card just by using different colors, like black and white for Christmas, or blue and white for Hanukkah.

Once the letters are all adhered in place, you can decorate your Holiday Thanks card with just about anything - -hearts, stars, ribbons, bows, swirly doo dads! I used my favorite Poppystamps winter dies, like Andorra Corner in red, a few stacked Giovanna Snowflakes in white glitter, Christmas Baubles in glitter, and Pine Sprigs in shades of green.

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THANK YOU to all our Poppystamps friends and family, old and new, who have been following our team of wonderful designers throughout the year! I get inspiration from my teammates every single day and I'm so proud to part of this colorful group. I'll see you all in 2015!

Live your life in color!

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Mon 29

Winter landscape

Good morning Poppystamps fans!  It's Irena with you today sharing my winter card with you. I like winter scenery, when everything is under snow. And when the sun will shine, it is really prettily.

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 I used a favorite dies Brevilla Houses, I added a few layers of snow - from paper. 

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And finally, a small photo of my Polish land. True, the winter landscape is beautiful!

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I hope everyone is ready or least almost ready for New Year which is in 3 short days.  I wish all of you a happy, healthy and beautiful  New Year.
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Sun 28

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year Everyone.  May 2015 be filled with Health, Happiness, Love and loads of Creative Moments.  Another year is about to be put to bed and as I think about the New Year, I am enjoying looking through past blog entries and reliving fun times I've shared with Poppystamps, the Design Team and of course each of you. 

I like desk calendars, and even though my computer calendar keeps me on track, there is something special about a handmade calendar.  The calendar I'm sharing today will be used to remind me of  the birthday of family and friends.  I'm using sequins to mark the dates. 

Earlier in the month I shared a place card I made for seating at Christmas dinner.  This calendar is made the same way, with one difference.  My place cards were 4x4.  This calendar is 4 x 6.  This gives a bit more room for decorating.  A reminder:  the base is cut to 6 x 12 and scored at 4, 8, 9 3/4, and 11 1/2.  Fold as shown in the photo above.  Putting glue on the 11 1/2 inch scored section. 

I used several dies, some of which are almost covered by a flower or a calendar page.  I like bits of dies peeking out like little hidden treasures.  I used embossing folders, and lots of glittered cardstock, which by the way was pretty thick and it cut very well.  A lacy curtain in the window with a tiny lamp made the perfect addition to this beautiful window.  A glittery little butterfly fluttered by and stopped to enjoy. 

Here's a closer look.....

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Rudolph, Santa and the Elves are off for a long and well deserved nap.  It's time for all the colors of Christmas to be packed away and though I love those colors, I must admit it was fun creating this very pink calendar. 

I hope you enjoy handmade calendars and if you'd like a print out of the mini-calendar pages, email me and I'll send you the pdf file. 

Until next time.....HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hugs from Me to you,

Mary Signature copy

Sat 27

Many Thanks

Sherry Hester here! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and you’re ready to ring in the New Year!

I thought it would be fun to do a non-holiday card using the An Apple a Day die.

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My card base is a standard A2 size cut from cream paper, on top of which I adhered a light green piece cut slightly smaller.  I cut the Massa Leaf Frame from a darker green card stock and adhered it to a piece of cream card stock measuring 4-5/8” x 3-1/2”, so that the leaves would extend beyond the edges.  I sponged some Peeled Paint Distress Ink onto the leaves, and shaped them for dimension.   I cut the Nestled Bird from cream card stock and used Fired Brick Distress Ink to sponge and shade it, adding a small dot for its eye.  It’s amazing how that little dot brings the bird to life. 

I cut one set of apples from a peach colored card stock and another set from the same green card stock as the backdrop.  I then shaded the peach colored ones with Fired Brick, going darker on the right sides and fading it to the left. I sponged Shabby Shutters Distress Ink on the green apples in the same manner.  I used a white gel pen to add the curved lines to make them "shine".  I shaped the apples to give them a slightly rounded look, and then adhered the leaves to the stems of the apples and mounted them to the Massa Leaf frame as shown. 

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I tied a bow from lime green sheer ribbon, added a small apple to the center, and then adhered that to the corner as shown.

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Here's another view of the card.

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Hope you enjoy!  Happy celebrating and here’s to a wonderful 2015!

Sherry H Signature copy

Fri 26

Happy New Year..Calendar Card.

Hello everyone, hope you had a wonderful Christmas day and did not eat to much..

 Card I am sharing today is a twisted easel card  "happy new Year" embossed on the tag, with a calendar 2015 on the base on the card..

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This is the how I started the design with my score board..

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Next I decorated as shown card size 5"1/2 x 5"1/2..... This I adhered to the right bottom side of the easel  when folded flat.

Diamond panel I used a touch under 4" x 4"  using silicone gel raised this up were the gems are.

Glitter gel I put through the Memory box stencil went around these panels with blue stickles.

added ribbon.. flowers ..leaves and the tag.

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inside calendar with  the Mod flower border.

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Wishing you all a very "Happy New year" 2015

Happy crafting  Pam x

 

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Thu 25

FELIZ NAVIDAD, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

HOLA CHICAS!!!

Today is Christmas!!!! I'm sure celebrating on the beach, and you??????

I made this card  to wish you much love on this day!!!!! Look :)

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Awwww, a happy card for a Bright and Merry Christmas!!!!!

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I use my favorites diecuts of Poppystamps!!! mhhhh, I think that every time I use a beautiful diecut of PS, I always tell you that is my favorite jajajajjajaa, ok, it´s real hehehe

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Look the sentiment, I love tha diecuts that have words!!!!! I can cut it in felt, paper, cork, wow!!!!

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My poinsettia es perfect!!!!!! I add dots with acrylic paint, some 3D and ready!!!

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Beautiful, really?????? This,  only I can accomplish with Poppystamps diecuts!!!!

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May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through! 

Love....

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Wed 24

Merry

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Greetings Poppystamps fans! Christmas is upon us! I can't believe how fast it happened. Tomorrow morning we'll be getting up with the kids to see what Santa brought, and unwrapping presents. So much fun!

 

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I have one last Christmas card to share with you before our thoughts turn to Valentines and Springtime.  I used an A2 size card base for this and cut a white panel just 1/8 inch smaller out of white. I mounted that on top of the cardbase with foam tape.  I used the Magnificent Merry die to start with. I cut it out of the red card stock and out of the pink cardstock. I glued the bottom part of the red cardstock with the merry removed down to my white panel, then I glued the pink merry die cut right above the red cardstock where it fit. Next, I cut out the beautiful Frozen Flakes die out of white cardstock and glued it down to the red cardstock, trimming off the ends where needed. I then added the bit of greenery from the Diana Border to each side of the card for balance and added a few red sequins for some fun bling! 

 

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There you have it! A lovely festive Christmas card made just in the nick of time :) I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy 2015! See you in the new year!

 

Hugs,

Kay :)

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Tue 23

Christmas Dinner

Are you all looking forward to Christmas? We sure are! Especially since renovation of our top floor is nearly finished and hence I was able to unpack my craft stuff again ;-) This year our Christmas table will be mainly black, white and silver and so I thought it might be nice to wish our guests a Merry Christmas by making paper cutlery holders. You start with making a regular card and then you simply take a longer piece of paper which forms the base of your cutlery holder. Glue the top part to the paper strip. Now you can put your cutlery inside. I also added some rhinestones for a festive touch. Do you see the red rhinestone dotting the 'i' in 'Greetings'? Yes, that's Rudolph's influence ;-)

Paper Cutlery Holder Poppystamps December 2014

And here they are all together, they will be positioned next to the plates, of course ;-) They are very easy and quick to make, so if you are still in need for a table setting idea this might be something for you?

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 To create these cutlery holders I have used the following Poppystamps dies:

 
May you all have a Merry Christmas, filled with lots of love, laughter, good health and happiness! Festive wishes,

Poppystamps Ira Watermark