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26 posts from July 2017

Mon 31

Floral Dancer.
by Pam Simpson

Pam here today,  sharing a birthday card I made for a sweet girl who loves dancing.. 

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I have tried to make the "Floral Dancer" look like she is on a stage..

This is how I started my card.. 

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On the left  you can see the frame I made with my die placed for cutting..right  after cutting in my die cutting machine.

This is the main card..

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.I have cut and scored two concertina strips, these will be attached with glue to either side of this card.. right as shown.

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Background for the dancer, using distress oxide inks  and clear embossing so it looks light shiny lights.

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Silver curtains made using "Stitched Hills"  Pink embroidery thread for tie backs.. adhered to the card sides of the dancer cut and adhered in the middle section of the concertina..

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Next I adhere the frame to the left and right concertina sides, finished with "Happy Birthday Melody"  "Angwin Corner with "Blooming Blossoms"  flowers. 

Decorations Liquid Pearlescent and gems ..

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Thank you for stopping by today..Pam x

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Sun 30

Spread a Little Kindness
by Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here with two cards I made with the beautiful new Little Kindness Stamp set with coordinating dies.  This set is fresh and fun and I couldn't wait to open it and stamp and color flowers.  I like to stamp several sheets at one time, spend a few hours coloring them all, and then die cut them.  This makes them easy to arrange and I always have lots left over so I can make something in a pinch later.
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This is my typical process for card making.  I layout designs mixing and matching elements until I'm happy.  I usually leave them for a day, take another look before I commit and adhere them in place.    Sometimes things change overnight.. the white card suddenly got a bright yellow distress background.   Here I've laid out two different cards to make to share today!  All the flowers are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.
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For this card I created a background of distress ink.  I blended the ink on a white card stock panel leaving the outer edges dark and keeping the center of the panel light.  I splashed the panel with water, and then white ink, and gold ink. 
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I adhered the leaves directly to the card base and popped the florals on adhesive foam tape.  
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Aren't those little bees the cutest?   Here's my second card...
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For this background I applied distress ink in the opposite manner, starting by applying the heaviest concentration of ink in the center of the design and fading out toward the edges of the cover card stock panel. Again I spritzed the ink with water, a darker shade of yellow ink, white and gold.
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The NEW Pointed Circle Frames dies are perfect for shakers or simply creating a focal point for your design. I adhered one of the pretty pierced circles to the distressed background and then started adhering flowers.
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The sentiments in the set are really lovely and I know you're going to get lots of use from this set making cards for all occasions.
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Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!  I hope you find time to make something beautiful!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Sat 29

Shaker with Stitched Leaves
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hi there! Marybeth here today sharing some fun new products from Poppystamps for fall or anytime of year! I've made a card like this before but not with these leaves or sentiment.

I love this new sentiment from one of the new clear stamp sets: Sending Scribbles!

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I simply inserted the dome (that I bought a long time ago) into the cut circle, then used fun foam to raise the rest of the panel. I placed the cut leaves in a pile on the center of my card then placed  the window panel on top.

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Using the vibrant Peerless water color sheets for my coloring of the stitched leaves,( bought from Birch Press Design, linked below). I used only the two smaller leaves from both sets: Stitched Maple Trio and Stitched Oak Trio. 

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I couldn't wait to make another one of these shakers, to share on the Poppystamps Blog.

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Fri 28

Happy Thoughts
by Lezlye Lauterbach


 

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Hello Poppystamps fans. Lezlye , here today with a card using the new stitched Oka Trio Die and and older sentiment die Sending and Sending Scribbles stamp set.


I cut a strip of green cardstock using the border die. This is a great way to use up scraps of yardstick and add a decorative element to your designs.

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 Die cutting the sentiment in black makes for a really bold striking sentiment. I plan to make a whole collection of these cards with all of my scraps.I jus want to say what a pleasure it has been to have been on this team since the beginning. I have truly enjoyed designing with these fabulous dies. I thank  The Memory Box, Poppystamps and Birch Press Design Companies, my fellow design team members. I will still be creating, but mostly for fun for a while. I will post here.  I will have at least one more post for Poppystamps.

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Thu 27

Two for One Cards Video and Giveaway
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

Since everyone is short on time these days, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a fun video on how to make multiple versions of cards at once. This is definitely a timesaver - and is really useful when putting together batches of handmade cards for gifts, or to stock up on cards just to have on hand.

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These are all tips that are easy to do - and make the most of your prep time. Simple things like cutting the die out 5 times, instead of just one time - might as well make multiple cuts if you have all the supplies out anyway! So take a look at the video and pick up a few tips on getting a bunch of cards done in no time!

(Watch this in HD on YouTube by clicking here)

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I couldn't stop making these rainbow cards - it was fun piecing these all back together like a puzzle! Notice that there are 6 rows and 6 colors. So in the video you'll see it was easy to make 6 cards. I used the Tailored Stitches and the Pretty Stitches to make the rows of rainbow colors - these are fun to use as borders on cards, but when they are stacked like this they take on a whole new look.

You could choose whatever color scheme you wanted - autumn, pastel, holiday, or monochromatic. The sky is the limit!

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And you can try changing the orientation of the design too - making it a tall card rather than a horizontal card.

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So, lets talk about that "hello" - this is the Little Halo Hello and it comes with the cursive hello and then an outer "halo". I've attached the "hello" (cut out of ble cardstock) to the white halo to make it stand out against the rainbow background. This card is so bright and festive - perfect for the colorful people in your life.

OK - quick challenge, try saying "Little Halo Hello" five times fast...

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And you will notice that the color position shifts on each card - each time you use a strip of color on a card, then that color appears in a different position on the next card.

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I did play around with the "halo" - it needed to stand out, and since it was competing with (literally) every color of the rainbow, I went for a bright white glittery cardstock. You can see up close here that it works against all those different shades - and the glitter is really eye-catching.

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Next up I made a card with a"halo" window cut out - I used the Big Halo Hello die to make the "halo" window and then Big Luxe Hello die to add the large hello inside. That Ric Rac Stitches is a must have for your studio - it adds a jaunty element to the border that always makes a card a little more interesting. I cut it out of a bright orange cardstock - pink and orange is a great summer combo...

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I thought this was a great design that was easy to replicate so I "double up" by varying the color scheme and message. For the sentiment, I used the CL451 Sentiments of Hello Clear Stamp Set - and then just use a different border from the Ric Rac Stitches die set for the bright green trim. The MISTI is a terrific tool to help line up the sentiment with the opening - and I used it several times in the video.

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And here is another variation - same composition but I paired the 1822 Big Halo Love and the 1825 Big Luxe Love with the CL450 Sentiments of Love  Clear Stamp set. The Big Halo Love comes with the Halo and a thin cursive Hello - but the cool thing is the Big Luxe Love also fits inside that halo. You can make a lot of combinations this way!

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The negative space around the "love" can be filled with whatever color you want - I just chose a darker shade of teal.

And all of the greetings in the CL450 Sentiments of Love work with the "love" - perfect for a bunch of different occasions.

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Now remember that I die cut the halo out of the white cardstock on the previous card? I saved that cutout and use it on this one - two for one!

I used the thin "hello" from the Big Halo Hello die over that piece and voila, another quick card.

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I wanted the background to be a little more interesting so I sponged it with a little bit of Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China - followed with a spritz of water. Don't worry too much about blending - most of this color gets covered up, so we are just interested in having a little bit of color peeking through.

Add a sentiment from the CL451 Sentiments of Hello set and you're done!

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OK - now back to that 1826 Little Halo Hello die, it is perfect for making shaker cards!

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 Since you have all the supplies out - switch out the colors so that you can have various shades of birthday shaker cards - and fill them with sequins, or glitter, or whatever is rolling around in your craft drawers!

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Again, this is an opportunity to be efficient and make multiple cards at once - a simple design and having all the supplies out makes it easy to produce a bundle of cards all at once.

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And don't toss out those leftover die cuts! They make great cards too! 

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I glued those leftover "halo"s onto a card that I sponged with Distress Oxide ink in Fossilized Amber - a perfect color to combine with some shiny gold cardstock for the "hello".

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I hope you enjoy the video - I ended up with a stack of cards by the time I was done filming and they will be put to good use!

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Now then, how would you like to win a set of Hello dies? For a chance to win the Little Halo Hello, Big Luxe Hello and Big Halo Hello just leave a comment below by 11:59pm EST on 7/27/17. The winner will be randomly selected and emailed to claim their prize!

Thu 27

YOU MAKE MY LIFE MAGIC CARD
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!

I am having some fun with new stamps and diecuts !!!!! Did you visit our Online Store??? Awww I´m fascinated!!!!!!!!

I made a happy card (Again, I know jijiji)... Look!!!!!!

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I love this type of "writing"

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Can I just say that colors, made with Watercolors and elements like stamps, are really beautiful!!!!

IMG_4590The goal of using a combo (stamps+dies) was a perfect cut!!!!! 

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I love take pictures of my projects, I took this photo in another type of location and I also loved it!!!! I really love "All star collage" die, here with my card open, you can see how deep it is jijiji
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I feel in love with this jiji and you????????

Thanks and please, leave me a pretty comments, I read them with a lot of affection!!!! Kisses for all!!!!

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Wed 26

Powell Butterfly Hello
by Jeanne Jachna

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Jeanne here today!  I sure hope you're having a great day!  I've got a fun card to share using only 2 dies (one image and one sentiment), some string, and some enamel dots.   It's an easy way to create a background and you can try this technique with dies you already have in your collection!
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I cut the Powell Butterfly several times from white card stock.  I adhered the butterflies to a piece of aqua card stock using a precision tip applicator.  I adhered a few at a time using an acrylic block to keep the die cuts flat as they dried.
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You can trim the excess from the dies as they dry reserving the cut off portions to use on other areas of the panel.  When you're done you'll have  a pretty lace look panel perfect for embellishing.
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You won't want to cover up all your handiwork.. it's too beautiful so simple is best here.   I die cut the Big Luxe Hello die three times - once from gold foil, and twice from white card stock.  I adhered the three die cuts together in a stack to make the word die more durable and easier to work with.
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Next  I wrapped some gold string around my fingers in a circle several times.  I adhered the Big Luxe Hello word die over the string to hold it in place.
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I added gold giltter enamel dots around the focal point to draw your eyes back to the gold script sentiment.
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I hope you'll give this background technique a try.  It's a great way to stretch your dies and you probably already have everything you need to make this!  Have a beautiful day! 

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Tue 25

Poppystamps and CASology Anniversary Bloghop

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Hello Everyone!

Thank you so much for joining us today as we help CASology celebrate the Big 5!  Poppystamps is joining in on all the fun and bringing a prize to the party! Join in on the Blog Hop and be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate from Poppystamps!

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Join in on the fun by playing along with the CASology Challenge this week for your chance to win a $20 gift certificate! The theme this week is BALLOON!

Week 259 - Balloon

Take a look at my very CAS Poppystamps Balloon card!

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I used a few brand new Poppystamps dies and stamps to create a very simple CAS card with a little pop of color. The small detail of the Pinpoint Square Frame looks beautiful with CAS cards, and the sentiment is from the new Magic and Sparkle stamp set!

Show us your beautiful CAS balloon inspired cards and join in on the fun! You can get all the details, start at the beginning of the Blog Hop, and link up your balloon creation over at the CASology blog right here: CASology <https://casology.blogspot.com/2017/07/5-year-anniversary-balloon-blog-hop.html>

With so many amazing crafty friends participating in the CASology 5 year Anniversary Blog Hop, you won't want to miss a thing! Hop along and leave a comment at every stop, including this one, for your chance to win some amazing prizes all along the way! If you're hopping down the list, you should have arrived from Tracey McNeely's blog, In My Creative Opinion, right here: Tracey McNeely <https://inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5-year-anniversiary-blog-hop.html>

Here's the entire hop list! It's a big beautiful list, so we better get hopping!

CASology <https://casology.blogspot.com/2017/07/5-year-anniversary-balloon-blog-hop.html>
Melissa Chipperfield <http://inkedregards.com/casology-5-year-anniversary-blog-hop>
Altenew <http://wp.me/p6Dps1-4IF>
Jen Wills <https://jenniferwills.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-259_25.html>
Ardyth Percy-Robb <https://ardythpr.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-259-balloon.html>
Concord & 9th <https://concordand9th.com/blogs/blog-news/caseology-blog-hop>
Judy Marino <https://judyscardcorner.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-259-balloon.html>
Tracey McNeely <https://inmycreativeopinion.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5-year-anniversiary-blog-hop.html>
Poppy Stamps <http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/07/poppystamps-and-casology-anniversary-bloghop.html>
DeNami Designs <https://denami.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5-year-anniversary-blog-hop.html>
Hazel Hodgkins <http://www.hazelspaperdesigns.wordpress.com/>
Precious Remembrance Shop <http://www.preciousremembranceshop.com/blog/?p=14586>
Kymona Tracey <https://kreativekymona.com/?p=9649>
Joyce Mehrberg <http://cards-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/>
Rosemary Dennis <http://heythererosigrl.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5th-anniversary-blog-hop.html>
STAMPlorations <https://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-is-five.html>
Deidre Payne <https://eyeswideopenarts.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-celebrates-5-years-blog-hop.html>
Kimberly Wiener <https://wienerhoneymooners.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-celebrates-5-years.html>
Sunny Studio <https://sunnystudiostamps.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5th-anniversary-blog-hop.html>
Jacquie Southas <https://jacquiesouthas.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-balloon-5th-anniversary-blog.html>
May Park <http://wp.me/p7JRzZ-3vt>
The Ton <http://thetonstampsblog.com/2017/07/25/casology-5-year-anniversary-hop>
Sherrie Mannion <https://littlebitofeverythingme.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-anniversary-blog-hop-balloon.html>
Maureen Merritt <http://www.mamamostamps.com/2017/07/cas-ology-5th-anniversary-blog-hop.html>
Uniko Studio <http://www.uniko.co.uk/casology-5-year-anniversary-celebration-blog-hop>
Hannelie Bester <https://desertdiva-hannelie.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-balloon-5-year-anniversary.html>
Janet Ribet <https://swanlady-impressions.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5-year-anniversary-blog-hop.html>
Waffle Flower <https://waffleflower.com/blogs/giveaways/casology-5-year-anniversary-hop>
Rachel Bergfeld <https://rachelscardcorner.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-balloon.html>
Anna Uhras <https://urascrap.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-balloon.html>
Your Next Stamp <http://yournextstamp.com/blog/stamp-create-rep%E2%80%A6logy-celebration/>
Cindy B Designs <http://www.cindybdesigns.com/2017/07/cas-ology-blog-hop/>

 

If you're hopping from the beginning, next on the list is DeNami Designs right here: DeNami Designs <https://denami.blogspot.com/2017/07/casology-5-year-anniversary-blog-hop.html>

 

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

 

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Sun 23

Huckleberry Gift Tags by Jennifer Svare

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Hello! My name is Jennifer, and I am so excited to be a new member of the Poppystamps Design Team!  It was so much fun designing these huckleberry gift tags using the Pinpoint Main Street Tag set, along with the Holly Twig die from the new holiday release. To modify the design, I replaced the holly leaves with the leaves from the Viola Leaves die set. This tag features a swing-out card attached with an eyelet under the bow, so a favorite huckleberry recipe or note can be shared.  Two versions of berries are shown. 

Instructions are on the step-by-step video tutorial below!

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 Here is the video tutorial:

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Sat 22

Sending Hugs and Prayers
by Nancy Penir

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Hi Everyone! It's Nancy, giving you a look at one of the new dies , Brilliant Leaf Frame.

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Isn't this the most beautiful frame die? It's really one for all seasons, and as I've used here, for many purposes.

Here's what and how I created it:

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Using another new set just released, Sending Scribbles, I gold embossed my sentiment onto black card stock.

Then I die cut the leaf frame from gold foil and white shimmer card stock.

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2 frames means I could make 2 cards, and that's just what I did.

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One in gold and one with white leaves.

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Gold embossed the sweet leaf trio from Sending Scribbles on a couple of envelopes, and 2 cards done and ready to mail!

Hope you enjoyed a look at one of the loveliest new dies and new stamp set from Poppystamps.

Both are available for purchase in the shop now.

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Nancy Floral Signature copy