12 posts categorized "Jennifer Svare"

12/14/2017

Thu 14

Evergreens for Every Occasion
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  I'm so excited to show how these dies work together to create this very versatile card design. It's one of those card designs that works to have several made ahead for any occasion. Simply add the sentiment or greeting... a card that works for everything from "Merry Christmas" to sympathy, to a summery hello ~ Wow, I love this die and color combination!

The Swirly Loop die and Evergreen Trees work together to form the base design to the card, and I made it using a teal and shiny copper card stock.

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To make the Christmas version, I simply added a crystal to the top of one of the trees!

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The video shows a larger version of this card, but these measure 3.5 x 5 inches.  I like the smaller sizes for thank you notes which is great for after Christmas. The interior has a single evergreen tree which ties the inside to the exterior of the card. I love how Kraft envelopes even match!

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Here's a video I put together to show how I made this card, along with the larger version example.  Have a wonderful day!

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11/29/2017

Wed 29

Gingerbread House Card
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  This fun gingerbread house card was made using the Classic Cottage die.  I used this die for Thanksgiving placeholders last week.  This is a similar idea with the trees and house, but just by switching to bright colors and turning it all into gingerbread, it's easy to create a card with a completely different look! This would also make a fun shaker card.

I love how the gingerbread boy and girl dies have so many options in the way they cut out into separate pieces.  I used the key lime and red gingham paper by Birchpress Design for the vest and dress.  

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I also wanted to show how cute the trees look over top of Birchpress Design's gingham paper.  I didn't use it for this project, but just had to show it!  There is transparent glitter paper over top:

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As part of this fun blog blitz, Poppystamps is giving away a prize on each post!  Enter by leaving a comment on the post with the prize you would like to win!  Enter several times by leaving comments on several posts.  This post's prize is the fabulous Tree Trunks die!

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Here's a video of how I made this card.  Thanks for stopping by, and will see you again soon!

 

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11/18/2017

Sat 18

Holiday Place Cards
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  I am so excited that the holidays are officially here!  Place cards have always been one of my favorite things to make because not only do they help guests find their places, but they also add such a nice touch to the table decor.  A little note or poem for each guest could be added inside, or they can be left blank.  We personally draw names for Christmas gift giving after Thanksgiving dinner, so these place cards can also double as the name drawing cards.

The dies easily cut through two sheets of paper which was perfect for my assembly line.

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I love the versatility the Classic Cottage die!  The dishes I am using have little red houses and barns on them, so the way the die allows for different colors allowed me to make a perfect match the plates. 

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When Poppystamps came out with the Tree Trunks die, I was so excited to see the small size which was perfect for this business card size design. It was hard for me not to add a skyline in the back, or a snowbank... but that is also the beauty of this die!  It allowed me to create many of these very quickly, and still look beautiful.  I "let the dies do the work..." ~ thank you, Poppystamps!  :)

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I think the most difficult choice for the entire project was where to put the name.  In the end, I chose not to cover the beautiful trees and I wrote each name across the door.  My name was the longest, and it fit just fine!  

Let the holidays begin... and here's to letting the dies do the work this holiday season.  :)  More info (and maybe even a bonus idea) in the video below.  

Have a great day, and Happy Thanksgiving!   

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10/27/2017

Fri 27

Easy and Festive Gatefold Cards
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  Today I'll share how I made these fun, simple gatefold cards! 

The possibilities are endless with the color and embellishment options to create different looks and themes.  

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The fabulous base layers from the Postage Square Layers and Heart Pattern Plate make the perfect base for a gatefold card that looks like it took a long time to make... but didn't!  

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I used the Stitched Evangeline Snowflake as the base for a sparkly layer of Boho Snowflake.  I love how these snowflake dies work together to create options!  I definitely could have put a crystal or sequin on top of the snowflake, but I love how flat these cards are especially when mailing bulk cards for Christmas. 

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Since there were three square postage bases to embellish, I thought the three letters from the Joy Banner die perfectly matched the playful Heart Pattern Plate.

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All of these dies are so versatile - even the lettering look can be changed with a different paper and crank of the die cutter!  

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The Roaming Polar Bear looks great all white and sparkly, and I just couldn't resist as long as the glitter paper was out!  A quick flip to horizontal, and larger Rectangle Postage Layer made it fast and easy.

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The Folk Merry Christmas is the perfect font for a Kraft-style card, so I used this for the interior card greeting.  The red base was made using the Postage Rectangle Layers and the Pinpoint Rectangle Layers made the top layer so easy. 

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I love how the borders from the Postage Layers give a festive hello even while in the envelope!

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Check out the video below for a closer look of these cards and tips on how they were made! Thank you for stopping by, and have a great day!

 

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10/15/2017

Sun 15

You've Got This!
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  Today I have a tri-fold card to share!  The front has a simple round window showing a fish in the background.  The fish has a bright red sparkle on its cheek.  

When the card is opened, it shows that fish leading the school, with "you've got this" along the bottom. The star bubble adds to the overall feel of accomplishment and the sentiment stamp is perfect for "confident encouragement!"  

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When the fish panel is opened, there is room for writing on the inside, and I like how the writing will be kept hidden when on display.  

Using the I'm a Narwhal Stamp Set, the fish were created by stamping the single fish several times to create the school. The bubbles, star, and sentiment are also part of the set.  I then colored the fish with Copic markers.  A tiny bit of "chunky-yet-super-sparkly" glitter was added to each fish cheek so they really do flash like a fin in the light. To create some dimension, Glossy Accents was added to each fish and also the bubbles. 

The water background was created using distress oxide inks, but wanted it to look very light and not overpowering, so it was just lightly sponged on.  No water was added - the dimension was picked up from using a sponge.

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The front pattern was made with an embossing folder.

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I've created a video that shows each step of creating this fun, simple card!  

 

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09/20/2017

Wed 20

Lots of Dots Challenge Reminder!
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello everyone! More great Fall Blitz inspiration will return soon, but we wanted to take a super quick break to remind you of a fun way to inspire others and win a prize! Have you entered your Lots of Dots challenge card yet? If not, great news! There is still time to create, inspire, and enter the drawing. Entering is easy - details are here. 

So, here's my contribution of of dots, dots, and more dots!  The dots on this 5" x 5" card came from patterned paper, the Ball Wreath die, a dotted clouds embossing folder, circle frame, and a dotted border separating the background pieces - even the cheeks on the adorable little Narwhal!

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What I love most about this card is that the dimension is all throughout. There is shadow underneath the ball wreath, lots of stacked layers in the frames. Using circles and a square shape together added to the dimension, as well. So much fun to make!

Check out the video below, and be sure to enter your "lots of dots" card ~ can't wait to see it!

~The Fall Blitz fun returns tomorrow!~

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09/18/2017

Mon 18

A Fall Blitz of Treats!
by Jennifer Svare

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There's something special about that little crisp breeze this time of year that never fails to spur fall baking in my kitchen, and I always get excited for the holiday season about now.

This fabulous new release of fall dies by Poppystamps has taken my excitement over the edge this year - any of these dies make the perfect embellishments for mini loaf gift boxes!  I'm pretty sure everyone within 10 feet of me will be receiving one over the coming holidays.  The no-fail pumpkin bread recipe, which I'll share with you, is so easy and delicious!

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In the video below, I'll show what I did to create one of each fall theme ~ "Pumpkin Harvest" and playful Halloween.

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 Congratulations to the winner of our slider event super stick chick!  We appreciate all your nice comments!  




**Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the beautiful and versatile Oak Leaf Collage die!  During the fall blitz, Poppystamps will be giving away a prize on each blog post.  The blog blitz runs from September 16-26, 2017. To enter to win, you need to leave a comment on each of the posts that you wish to enter.   (To enter all the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on each one.)  One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts.  One prize per person per blog blitz. A random number generator is used to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST September 29 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on October 2.  Have a great day!

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09/09/2017

Sat 09

Magical Fairy with Hidden Slider
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  I hope everyone is enjoying the slider week so far!  I have really enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful and fun designs.  I've always loved sliders, but they have seemed intimidating to me, so I never tried one until now.  I'm so glad I did!  They are not at all as difficult as I had imagined.  Super easy and fun.  I used the Straight Slider Grooves craft dies to create the slider track.

The slider track on this card is hidden behind the front frame.  The ribbon on the right pulls the message tab out, moves the fairy, and also reveals colorful dots of "Show" along the way!

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When closed, there are no colors, but as the fairy slides along, colorful dots of "snow" are revealed along the way.

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The Wintertime Fairies set is so cute and has so many possibilities.  I can't wait to incorporate more of these adorable designs perfect for sider cards!

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Video for the slider card below shows how to incorporate the basic idea of this slider card mechanism into your dies and design ideas:

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a GREAT prize! You have until 12 am US EST September 13 to leave comments on the posts.

 

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09/01/2017

Fri 01

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Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge!  We're so happy you've stopped by and we sure hope you'll join us!  On the first of the month we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge  with a central theme.  The design team will provide samples for inspiration and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for last month's challenge Beyond Borders is Liz Cavill

The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator)  for the  monthly prize is Heidi H.

Please contact me (jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play?

The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Poppystamps image or die, and link it up here.  The design we love best will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog, and one lucky random winner will receive a prize.  You don't have to have a blog to play.  You can link to any on line gallery.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Poppystamps image.   We ask that you link a maximum of  3 entries to each challenge.   You are welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar!

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PSC#36 Lots of Dots!  This month we're seeing spots!  We want to see dots on your designs.. integrate big circles or small circles.. pattern paper, or hand drawn accents on your die cuts... how about embossed dots?  or some punched or die cut circles?    Whatever you decide be sure to include at least one Poppystamps image (die or stamp) on your design.   

Need a little inspiration?  Here's some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we're starting a new feature on the blog on Wednesdays where you'll get a close up of each project with more photos, how to's from the designer and all the details.

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Now it's your turn!  Need a little more motivation? How about a prize?  The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store!

You have until 12 am US EST on September 28 to link up your design here!   We'll start a new challenge and announce the winner on October  1.   

Thanks for joining us!  We can't wait to see what you make! 

 

 

 

08/17/2017

Thu 17

Sewing in the Snow
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  This card was "sew" much fun to make!  The unique background sprang from mixing the Sew Fond of You clear stamp set and die with the Stitched Alpine Snowflake set. I wanted a cheerful, bright wintery card that matched the sewing theme. How about an embroidery floss background that looks like colorful scribbles in the snow? 

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Laying the strings where they landed on top of double-sided adhesive and then adding Flower Soft snow to fill in the gaps was the perfect solution. The texture is sturdy and has a very unique feel and look to it. It sparkles just like snow. I loved how this turned out, and it was not only easy and fast, but FUN! 

A ric-rac string was cut from the Ric Rac Stitches set, and the largest snowflake from the Stitched Alpine Snowflakes set was placed as the base to a button with a tulle bow. 

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Full video tutorial below!

 

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