23 posts categorized "Jennifer Svare"

06/20/2018

Wed 20

Poppystamps Challenge: For the Boys
by Jennifer Svare


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Hello!  Are you playing along with the challenge this month?  One random winner will be chosen from all entries, and entering is easy!  The theme is Masculine, and more details can be found here!  

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For my card, I chose three shades of blue for the base colors.  I made small strips of the medium and light, and glued them to lightweight cardstock.  Next, I die cut the large sailboat from the Marina Sailboats set, and that created a perfectly striped sailboat.  

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I die cut the Scribble Circle Collage out of the dark blue background, and used distress oxides to create a sunset (or sunrise) onto a white background that is glued behind it.   

 

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This is going to be my brother's birthday card, so I used the Scribble Happy Birthday for the greeting inside.  

Super simple card, and really fast to make!  I could see this same overall design being used with the flamingo, or any other die used as a silhouette.  So many colors and designs could be used...   Be sure to check out the video below for more details on how this card was created.

 

I can't wait to see all the challenge cards this month - lots of great ideas out there, and we would love to see yours next!

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06/14/2018

Thu 14

Lovely Koi
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  For today's video, I'll show how this simple card was created using watercolor paper, layers, and an earthy mix of distress oxides.  Truly a fast and easy card, this would be great for Father's Day!

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The Lovely Koi die-cuts were inlaid into the background for an extra crisp look.  So many dies could be used in place of the Koi, but I love how the koi form a circle as if swimming around each other which adds so much movement and grace to the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and be sure to check out the video below for the details of how each step was done.  Have a great day!

 

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06/01/2018

Fri 01

PSC#45 For The Boys!

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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 Patterned Paper Please! is 

#10 Nonni

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We love Nonni's pretty CAS card, and we love the way the patterned paper is such an integral part of her beautifully stamped design! The Poppystamps Little Kindness stamps fit perfectly!

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

#15 Jacquie Southas

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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#45 For The Boys   This month we want to honor the men in our lives - boys of all ages!  Whether your guy loves sports, trains, cars or camping; maybe his perfect day is boating, fishing or chasing a little white ball on the golf course!   Whatever his passion, we want to celebrate him!   Your project can be for any occasion,  just be sure to include at least one Poppystamps  image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here's some samples from our design team.  Want a closer look?   No worries.. we'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month so you can see how each project was created. 

 

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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 June 28 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on July 1.   

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

 

05/28/2018

Mon 28

Bee Themed Window Card
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  Today I'll share how I made this window card using the adorable bee stamp from the Little Kindness set, which paired perfectly with the Hexagon border layers.  Many different sentiments could have been used for this card, but I chose to leave the inside blank with just the bee.

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The Studio Hexagon layers were used to make the window and frame, and the Little Hexagon Border layers were used to create the border.  I used distress inks to make a pink, yellow, and orange gradient underneath the hexagon layers. 

A little shimmer was added with a shimmer pen to cover the hexagons, frame, and bee. 

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Check out the video below for more details on how this card was made, and I hope you have a great day!

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05/13/2018

Sun 13

Happy Birthday!
by Jennifer Svare

 

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Hello!  I'm so happy to be here today, and excited to share a birthday card inspired by chocolate!  This card is not only fun and easy to make, but it also works for anyone and any age.  I'll be making a lot of these to give with cupcake gifts!

It's a tri-fold card, and each panel has a fun birthday element.

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The Scribble Square (cut out of dark chocolate brown and embossed with clear for a shiny finish) reminded me of when chefs create those cool designs on desserts out of chocolate.  This was the background to the Double Stitch Scallop that frames the Scribble Happy Birthday.  The words are cut in white to resemble frosting words on a cake.  I wanted the front to look very chocolatey, and I found that using different shades of brown really helped to create the look I was after.

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The card opens up to a 3/4 panel with candles.  I didn't have any candle dies, but the Picket Fence worked perfect!  I'll show how I made these in the video below.  

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The Ric Rac Stitches border die made a fun border to carry the chocolate cake/frosting theme along the top of the panel, and also gave it a nicely finished look.  I love the stitches.

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The candle panel opens up to a white panel and the adorable Frosted Cake completes the theme, along with some more scribbles.  Plenty of room for writing or a gift card.

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A lot of different dies are used for this card, and many different dies could be used in place of the dies I used.  I hope you are inspired to go through your stash and see which dies would make cute candles, frosting, and culinary masterpieces!    

Here's a video highlighting the process of making this card:

 

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03/28/2018

Wed 28

Simple and Elegant Hello
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  Today I'll share how I created this simple-yet-elegant card.  The Woven Circle Ring die was used as a backing to the Double Stitch Square Frames die, and the dies do all the work to create this fun, simple, fast card.

I didn't even need to use foam dots or anything to raise the surface. By not gluing the center of the woven ring panel down, it creates the floating look without anything extra.

If you like this card, be sure to check out the blog at Birchpress to see a version I made kind of like this, but with using a circle instead of square, with a different background. I think this is one of my favorite base designs for cards to use.  The simplicity goes with any occasion, and the color variations are a lot of fun to make and give.

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Check out the video below to see how I made this card.  Have a great day!

 

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02/25/2018

Sun 25

Hello, Spring!
by Jennifer Svare

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It may be snowing outside, but springtime's in full bloom in the craft room today! 

These cards were made using watercolor note cards that have been sitting around forever. I love the thick, soft texture that these cards have... and now I'm wondering why they sat on the shelf so long!

The beautiful Floral Stem Collage creates a window. I enlarged the window by hand cutting to fit the Double Stitch Rectangle Frame.  By leaving the inner frame a little smaller than the double stitch frame, it created a look of inner matting. 

The Devyn Butterfly Trio has to be one of my favorite dies. The style is so versatile and elegant.  Because the dies cut three sizes at once, it made it very easy to incorporate them on the exterior of the card, interior, and exterior of the envelopes. 

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The speckles on the vellum were made using the FineTec Pearlescent Watercolor palette from Birchpress Design.  I put a light coat on the main flower, as well. 

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I love how using a combination of pastels, together with the dies, creates a wonderful gift with an early springtime feel. 

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Thank you for stopping by today!  There are more details here in the video below:

 

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02/18/2018

Sun 18

Bicycle Window Card
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  I hope everyone enjoyed making Valentine's cards this past week!  I hope this card inspires you to give cards with a small gift attached, such as a decorative paperclip used for this card.  A charm was modified and glued to a gold paperclip, and makes a great add-on gift that is easily removed for use by the recipient. 

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This window card opens with a metallic space for writing.

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For as many different techniques were used in this card, it's super simple to make... and fast, which I love!  In the video below, I'll also share a version of shrink film bicycles made with the stamps from the Valentine's Day Fairies set (really fun for shaker card elements!) I didn't use them for this card, but they would make great paperclip elements as well. Many of you may have seen Dave's recent YouTube video on the process of coloring shrink film embellishments.  If you haven't seen it, make sure to check that out~!

The tiny flowers on the front, as well as the interior flower were stamped using the Sending Scribbles Stamp set. Double Stitch Circle Frames made the perfect window frame. 

A few tiny dots of Nuvo drops were added to the bicycle baskets for some added color.  The Finetec pastel watercolor paints (available at Birchpress Design) are metallic and this card really shines in the light!  

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoy the video below!

 

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01/19/2018

Fri 19

Blog Blitz Spring Bouquet!
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  Today I'll share a few ways I used the Garden Bouquet and Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames to create these fun cards!  I just love using scalloped edges and they are especially perfect for spring cards (although I use them all year round). 

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I used different inlay and overlay techniques to create different levels of layers for some dimension throughout the flowers, and the Gotta Have Gingham by Lawn Fawn was used for the backgrounds in different colors. 

Glossy Accents was used on one of the cards to show how that might look. 

How would you like to win the Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames?  Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win this awesome set of frame dies! 

I hope you have a great day!  

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01/12/2018

Fri 12

Blog Blitz! Vintage Valentines
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  I absolutely love hot air balloons, vintage postcards, and Valentine's Day!  For this card, I got to combine all three and I'm excited to share how I did these cards in the video below.

The brand new Hot Air Balloons are very fun and versatile dies. They are a great size to work with and the large one can even be a stand-alone focal point if one wanted.  I used the larger one from the set, masked off panels so I could color them individually, and added a little surprise addition to the balloon...  a decorative heart border complete with stitching! I used the Stitched Heart Curve die to do this and was so pleased with how the curve lined up perfectly.

Gold thread was used prior to inlaying the hearts to add some balloon strings, and a coat of glossy accents isn't necessarily vintage, but I just couldn't resist.

Nuvo drops were used to create a basket full of greenery and flowers. 

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There was no way I could leave out the incredible Swirled Love die, and so a second card was made.  These sentiment die scripts are incredible.

In my video, I'll also show some fun vintage postcards I found at an auction recently. So much fun!  

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Notice below, the frame is slightly crooked.  I actually left it this way on purpose.  Vintage postcards have very "handmade" imperfections in them, which adds for a lot of fun embracing "mistakes" that I would normally not use.  What IS perfect, however, is the incredible Be My Valentine Postcard Script die - I just love this!  

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To leave the oval area clear of the embossing folder impression, I used an oval embossing diffuser plate.  This also allowed me to keep the card background to a single layer.

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Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to leave a comment to win the brand new set of HOT AIR BALLOONS! The blog blitz runs from January 8-30, 2018. We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time.  To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY 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 during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST February 1 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on February 3. Good Luck!  And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

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