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28 posts from November 2015

Mon 30

Merry Village
by JJ Bolton


It's almost December, but it's not too late to start your Christmas cards!  Here's an idea for a card that can be made in multiples, but will still produce totally unique cards.  The key to uniqueness is the fun watercolor background.  I used watercolor powders and a water mister to create this fun background.  


Then I die cut my sentiment into the background and inlaid the sentiment just in white.  (Tip: To keep the inlaid letters in place, just back your panel with some transparent tape and then place each letter inside the die cut.)


The row of houses is one die, so it's so easy to make a whole village.  The only extra step was to add a piece of yellow paper behind one of the open windows.  Then I just applied all the houses with a bit of foam tape and that was it!  I hope you are having a wonderful, handmade season!

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Sun 29

Merry Christmas
by Zuzana Obert

Hello and welcome to Sunday afternoon.  It's Zuzana here. I've just came back from my Christmas shopping. This time I went to central London. Can you imagine how busy was Oxford street and how beautiful were Christmas street lights and all Christmas shopping displays?

Merry Christmas Pom Poms (PS)


Merry Christmas Pom Poms (PS) details


Merry Christmas Pom Poms (PS) details 1


Hope that you have nice and relaxing afternoon. I'm off to wrap all my Christmas shopping. 


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Sat 28

Christmas notebooks
by Irena Kowalczyk

Hello everyone! Irena here.
Today, I do not have cards, but two Christmas notebooks. 



 I prepared Covers a kraft paper and red card stock.




Those notebooks are add on this Christmas  gifts for friends.


Hoping you have a very crafty day.

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Sat 28

Tag You Melt my Heart
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!! 

This is a beautiful tag for Christmas!!!!!! 

I love the new stamp sets of Poppy and I want to do ALL with them hehehe 

Hope you like my tag!! I see it and I smile!!!!


Look!!!! I really love  like how sail my Stamps Set of Poppy!!!!!!


With beautiful colors, we can to do a festive tag!!!!


The Snow Family are great!!!!! You can put different hats hehehe


Wowow, I like a lot!!!! I hope you like too hehehe


Soon begins Decembreeeeee, yeih!!!!!!! 


Thanks chicas!!!!!!! 

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Fri 27

Black and White Serene Forest
by JJ Bolton


Hi everyone!  I'm so happy to be stopping in today with a clean and simple holiday card.  I do love bright and shiny Christmas cards, but sometimes you just want to go peaceful and quiet.   So this time I created a quiet, snowy scene using just two colors and three dies.  


The first step was to partially die cut my deer.  I used one of the stitched landscape dies to create the hill that the deer is standing on.  Those dies are so versatile because the open edges of the die allow you to create totally custom cut lines.  Plus, you can use the stitched side OR the non-stitched side for 2 different looks.  I used a similar technique to cut the background trees in 2 different configurations.  


I resisted the urge to add any color, but I did splatter some white paint on the black background for snow.  Then all I had to do was stack the layers!  


I hope I can be just like that deer in the card and peacefully enjoy the beauty of the season!  Thanks for stopping by! 

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Thu 26

Aperture with a swing bauble.
by Pam Simpson


Hi everyone Pam here..


Aperture card with a swing bauble!. card size 5 1/2" x 6" 

I keep being asked,  how I cut an aperture in a card  and add a frame..  A set of 4 photos as I did not want to fill  the blog post with photos.


Top left..Main card folded in half, these are the dies I want to use for my aperture in the card and my frame.

These are the largest sizes from Poppystamps . Stitch Main street tags. I placed both where I wanted the cut out to be..Take away the largest die.

Top right. cut your aperture..

Bottom left this is how the cut out looks..

Bottom Right.. Backing paper for the front of my card, with my frame cut with the same dies as picture top left.


This photo shows How I laid my backing paper inside the card, placed the smallest die back in the cut out, then draw a line in pencil around, next use you die to cut this out. ready to decorate for the card front and white frame added.


My blue paper has been stamped with Open Studio. "Cabin Pine Tree" cling stamp CS2218H and heat embossed white embossing powder.

Mix of Blooming small and large Poinsettias... leaves..net and ribbon.   Inked with distress ink. Tumbled Glass & Broken China, berries.. white Gesso..

Bauble is suspended with thick thread, this has been adheard between two solid die cuts and under the floral arrangement. 

Thank you for stopping by,  Pam x

Wed 25

Falling For You
by Jeanne Jachna

Turkey day is almost here, and I will admit it feels strange to celebrate Thanksgiving when there is snow on the ground... but in my crafty space it can be whatever time of year I like - and since I still have colorful leaves on my mind I can share them with you!  Today I'm playing with the Falling for You clear stamps set with coordinating dies.   These two designs really show off the versatility of the set because I mainly used the "accent" pieces from the set as the focal point.
This one was hard to photograph because it's mostly white - but if you look close you can see I added some score lines to the cover panel just above and below the "be thankful" sentiment.  This is an easy way to add texture and dimension to a project.
The images were easy to stamp, color and then die cut with the coordinating dies.  The dies are window cuts so they are easy to align.
For my second card I drew a one inch circle on my cover panel and then stamped leaves around  the circle.  To hide the pencil line I die cut the squirrel image in a circle shape.  When I place it over the leaves it hides the circle I drew so no one ever sees it.   I added a few dots of red with a marker for berries.
The cover panel is attached to the card base with a sheet of craft foam in between.  This adds dimension to the card making this clean and simple design look more layered.
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Wed 25

Merry & Bright
by Sue McRae

Welcome to a very bright and happy card today!


 I went a little crazy die cutting and inking up the Evergreen Trees with Distress Ink. I had coloured so many I decided to make a vivid forest to go with the You Melt My Heart Snowman.


For the snowman I glittered card stock, stamped the snowman onto the glittered paper and coloured in his nose, scarf and buttons with markers. I also gave him a glittery top hat to complete his ensemble.

The background was made with Distress Inks. Then I swiped white pigment ink randomly across to create the sky and I flicked on water droplets and white paint to create the falling snow.


I used the Merry & Bright Channel Die to provide the sentiment and ground the scene. Don't you just love these channel dies? Poppystamps has a few of these dies which you can check out here.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Sue Signature New





Tue 24

O Christmas Tree
by Michele K. Henderson


There are few things as pretty during the Christmas season than to come across the perfect Christmas tree, natural and glimmering in the lightly falling snow! I wanted to capture the beauty of a woodland tree with this beautiful Memory Box Open Studio cling stamp, O Christmas Tree.


To create this versatile tag, I started by painting a washed background on water color paper with some pretty pearlescent watercolor paints. I cut the tag out of Tag You're It Squares, from Memory Box Open Studio. I added Fancy Believe and Valley Snowflakes from the Poppystamps collection, and finished it with a few silver and gold sequins and a soft, thick cotton twine. It reminds me of those pretty winter twilight evenings up North.

Thanks for joining me today.

Live your life in color!

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Mon 23

Christmas Trio
by Ilona Zbieg

Hi all.

Ilona here.

Today I want to show you three Christmas cards. 

I have done all cards with the same temple. As you can see, they are in different colors and I used various Poppystamps dies. 

Here is the end result:








Thank you for stopping by Poppystamps blog.

Have a good day.

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