23 posts categorized "Altered Creations"


Tue 25

Swaying Birch and Urban Skyline
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello, Marybeth here today!  I hope your week is off to a good start! 

I have a... simple to make card... for you today. 

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I used Poppystamps dies: Swaying Birch, Bravern Branch and Urban Skyline Collage.

Will a few simple steps you can have a clean look with a bit of detail ! My kinda card :)


This is what the back side of the card looks like. Simply add some foam tape to the back then place on the panel of your choice. 

I cut two Bravern Branches, cut them apart, then placed them where I wanted to add leaves to the Swaying Birch die.

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  Simple, right!  Last minute I did change the design a bit by placing the skyline die more to the right of the card so that I had more room for the leaves on the tree. 

Thank you for the visit today!




Sat 11

Stitched Grand Mountains
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello there ! I hope you are enjoying the mini Poppystamps Blog Blitz! Today we are giving away this beautiful Stitched Grand Mountains Die!

All you have to do for a chance to win, is leave a comment on this post. 


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I took this picture before the Golssy Accents had a chance to completely dry.

I added Yosemite to my tag because this card is designed with our Yosemite trips in mind.


In the photo above I wanted to show you how you can add fun foam even with the scraps you have that are not one whole piece . I just used my tape runner and cut the pieces to fit the panel . This is how I raise most of my cards or I use a full piece of fun foam. The nice thing a bout fun foam to raise the panel is that you can still stamp on it if you decide to later.( something I do often)


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Thank you so much for the visit! Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win this Stitched Grand Mountain Die

Hope your weekend is a blessed one!




Sun 06

Snowy Hillside
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello! I hope you are all enjoying a nice weekend. Its still on the warm side here in CA but a least it cools

down in the evening.  I altered the Poppystamps Merry Christmas tag so that I could just use the sentiment

for this card. I do see that I forgot to add the dot for the i. 


The Everygreen Hillside die is layered 3 times and behind it is some thick vellum. I thinly spread 

glue and then added chunky glitter. I just sorta eyeballed cutting the vellum to fit behind the hills.


I hope you like this Hillside and Merry Christmas die as much as I do.

Thank you for all the sweet comments you leave when it’s my turn to post, I do read and appreciate them all!

Have a blessed week!

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Sat 08

Snowflake Christmas
by Marybeth Lopez


Hi there! Hope you are all doing well. I made this card a few weeks back .

I altered the frame die on my card , I decide I wanted to cut the frame off  so I could adhere my panel  with white fun foam to a white card base . 


I added some Silver Deco Color Premium Marker on the Merry Christmas and a few spots to highlight the beautiful snowflakes.


The Marais Snowflake is raised with a bit of foam tape . Hope you like it!

So many beautiful dies and stamps to choose from over at the Poppystamps Store!

Thank you so much for the visit today!

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Tue 19

Deep Purple Bloom by Marybeth Lopez


Hello! I hope you enjoyed all the Blog Blitz cards! Don’t you love all the new products!

We all thank you for your kind comments. The last day to leave a comment on any card for a chance to win, is July 21.


I used two Poppystamps Poinsettia dies , I wanted you to see it can be made into any flower.  I kept changing my mind as I made this card and ended with deep dark purple card stock,

added shimmer with a Spectrum noir clear pen( also for the background  splatters)

The leaves were colored with Zeg pens, the leaves are actually the flower petals, I do that a lot.


Thanks for the visit today! 

Marybeth Signature copy


Sun 10

Batanica Frame
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello again!  Welcome to the Blog Blitz! The design team is showcasing some of the new products from the Poppystamps

release, you have a chance to win just by leaving a comment, the more you comment the better your chance!

 Oh my goodness so many new goodies! I chose to use this new Batanica Frame, but I kinda used the negative. It makes a very light and airy shaker card.

One random commenter has a chance to win this Batanica Fame die.


I used distress inks to watercolor some watercolor paper , when dry I cut the Majestic Maple leaf out.

That leaf die is so pretty, I just wanted one on my card it can stand alone. I used spray adhesive on the

frame then adhered to the acetate .


I added some thin foam tape around the edge of the frame and a thin piece of acetate then filled with a 

mix of sequins. Remember this is the negative of the die.

If you would like a chance to win this  Batanica Frame die just leave a comment!

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Fri 17

Blog Blitz Featuring Kitty Cat Face

Hi crafters and welcome to another day of Blog Blitz! 

Today I am introducing the new Kitty Cat Face die. What makes it different is that it cuts a negative space. Let's see how we can use this feature!

[1245] DIES- Kitty Cat Face

I've made a Halloween shaker card with the cat face in the center. It can also be used as a greeting card for a black cat owner (I'm sure everyone knows at least one black cat owner). 



As the negative image actually lets the light through it will be great for a candle sleeve also:


Please watch the video tutorial to find out how to make:

1. A non-acetate shaker card

2. Vintage vellum 3d hydrangea blooms

3. A SAFE paper candle sleeve


For a chance to WIN the Kitty Cat Face die please leave a comment to this post. 

There will be a prize on every post during blog blitz (July 13-26). All you need to do to enter to WIN is leave a comment! One comment will be selected from each post using a random number generator. You have until July 29 to leave a comment - and all the winners will be posted here on July 31. 


Tue 26

A Garden Of Birthday Wishes!


I'm feeling a bit monochromatic today and since yellow is my very favorite color, Yellow It Is!   I have several birthday cards to make for next month and since I'm having house guests and then leaving for a month, I thought I'd best get at it and make something that is easy and pretty.  The front of my card began it's life as a 6x6.  You will see it changes as I go along.  

Here's how I started.  I began by picking my colors.  And from there I picked some dies.  


I didn't like how plain the background was, so I found a large dot embossing folder, the only problem, the folder wasn't 6 inches tall.  What to do!  I cut my white base down to 5 inches by 12 inches and scored at 3 inches and 9 inches.  Now the background fits perfectly and everything still fits on the card.  


Originally I thought I would emboss the background on all the panels.  When I did this I thought it was too busy....... so I tried this....


Ah, easier on my eyes.  I cut additional flower heads, the Garden Bouquet has a die with 4 additional flower heads, so cutting them was quick and easy.  See the die below....

Remember I said the embossing folder wasn't 6 inches...well it also isn't 6 inches wide.  I ran it through the Big Shot twice.  It was easy to line up the dots.  There was a thin line, but when I added the white piece the line was almost totally covered.....


And here is the finished inside....


After adding sequins, this card is ready to post!   Well, that's it for today.  I hope you find time to create a card...and until next time....Mary Signature copy



Sat 11

Thinking of You!

Anytime Thinking of You

 I've been playing around with my dies....only I'm using the background dies as stencils.  If you saw my post from April 6th, you saw my first attempt.  I did like it.  Actually this process was fun and I had to try my hand at it again.  

In my last post, I explained that I had a failure, that turned to a success.  This time, I used a background die and I die cut a background die, made a mask by spraying the cut-out with stencil spray, stuck it in place and then rubbed ink around the paper.  When I lifted the mask to see what I'd created, I was pleasantly surprised!

I then die cut a frame.  Created a sentiment on my computer, added a bit of ribbon and this card is done.  I know, those who know me are saying, what about the inside?  I needed a bit of room to write a little letter, so I left the inside blank.  

I hope you find the time to have a play day and try this out.  It was fun.....

Off I go.  I know this was a bit short, I'm packing for a mini-vacation.  I'd rather play, but it might be nice to be ready to leave.....

Have a most wonderful week.  I hope you have time to play.

Mary Signature copy


Mon 06

Just Playing Around


Have you ever had a day where you picture in your mind exactly how your card will look when completed?  Me too!  I've been playing with my inks and my dies.  I had this idea to die cut and then use that die cut as a mask.  I held  the die to the paper using stencil spray, when I pulled off the die cut mask I would have paper that is colored, except where the die mask was placed.  When I pulled off the mask....I was not as happy as I thought I would be.  In truth, I wasn't happy at all.  I threw the mask into the trash and walked away grumbling....

Later I returned to have another look....you know, if you look at something  long enough you might actually like it!  Guess what!  I didn't!  But I hadn't thrown away the mask I'd used on the inside of the card  As I looked at it, a light came on...you know the one that comes on in your craft room when you see something in a different "light".    The mask was actually a very pretty decorated die cut.  I dug in the trash and guess what.  The die I used on the front of the card was in perfect condition.  So, that's how this card began it's life.  

Maybe it will make more sense when I show you my desk top.  I apologize for it's messiness.  
Excuse the photo....I took it at my stand-up desk and the lighting is pretty green!  But you get the idea, right?  See the card in the top left.  It had been covered with the die mask and  I used stencil spray to hold the die to the card stock.  The die on the actual card is what I used as a mask when I was coloring.  After gluing the die to the piece of card stock I thought it looked a little plain, so I ran it though the large dot embossing folder.  Of course I can't live without glitter, so I die cut the hello from glitter card stock and I liked what I saw.  I thought a bit of a pink glitter frame would be nice.  Did you know if you cut paper too short....it will never fit!  Geez!  So, getting into the make lemonade mode, I did what you see.  

Ok, on to the inside....this is what I did.....I used a bit of scrap pink for the inside and another die just like the method I used on the front of the card.  

 I'm going to call this card finished.   And I am going to call me happy!  See there are no mistakes in card making, just happy accidents.  You just have to look at what you've created and find a different way to use your pieces.   

Happy crafting until next time.....may all your mistakes be happy accidents!Mary Signature copy