116 posts categorized "Michele Henderson"

04/19/2017

Wed 19

Spring Cleaning
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Are you in the mood for a little spring cleaning? These little bluebirds are sprucing up the yard . . .or are they making a mess? Either way, they are just SO cute you will want to add them every place you can! I used the Small Chickadee, an old favorite, and turned these fabulous Mushrooms and Toadstools into step stools to help them get the job done.

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I love creating cards that portray a little scene, or paint a visual picture. The trick is to mix and match your dies so that the images will always remain in perspective, creating or implying foreground and background. I wish I could tell you that there's always a hard and fast rule for creating perspective in your cards, such as big images in the front and little images in the back, but you can always use your dies to "force" perspective in new and creative ways. Sometimes, if I'm trying to work out a little scene, I will cut out a few of the dies in plain white cardstock and move them around the frame to see how they will look. You can also create scenes that extend off the page, or create multiple layers of depth, with trees and flowers in the front, and mountains or houses in the back. One of the reasons I love creating with Poppystamps is the terrific collection of images that make creating outdoor nature scenes a breeze, and you can be as realistic or as artistic as you like!

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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04/06/2017

Thu 06

Spring Celebration
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

I love to mark the official start of spring as opening day of baseball season! March madness and brackets slip away and green grass and sunshine emerge! I decided to mark the start of the new season by making this fun card for my hubbie, who loves the Houston Astros!

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To create the fun star background, I used the All Star Collage that I cut out of a light gray stitched card panel, adhered to a white card base. It really works well on panels of any shape--rectangle, square, etc, and you can use overlay or paper piecing techniques. Once I had the grey panel in place, I cut the All Star Collage again in orange and added the little orange stars like puzzle pieces with a tiny drop of glue.

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I then cut three stars from the Scribble Trio set, and two Fancy Celebrate in blue and white.  Lucky for me, the logo of the Houston Astros is a big orange star, so I made this card in Astros colors. The light gray is a great neutral color, but hubbie's favorite Astros t-shirt is gray with blue sleeves and the orange star, so my color combination and that Scribble Trio star work perfectly together. But this sporty design would work great with just about any sports team, like Mariners blues and silver, or Cubs red, white, and blue! It would also make a great birthday card idea for your little All-Stars too!

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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03/23/2017

Thu 23

Fine Little Feathers
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everybody!

There's a fine little trend popping up all over the place, Tiny Feathers! Lined up in rows, scattered, thrown, or blown, colorful little feathers are the season's MUST HAVE new dies!

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I used the Tiny Feathers die set and a sentiment from Into the Words to create this colorful row of feathers. I began with some watercolor paper scraps and painted a rainbow hued panel, then die cut all the feathers.

 

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Once the feathers were cut, I curled up both ends of each feather a little just by using my fingers, then lined them up on my card in a design I liked. They look so pretty against a crisp, white background.

 

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The sky's the limit with the latest fine feather trend!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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03/09/2017

Thu 09

Preppy Flowers
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our Poppystamps Blog Blitz! From March 6 to March 17, we will be sharing beautiful inspiration and ideas from our brand new mini release! You will have a chance to win one of these gorgeous new dies from every blog post for the next 12 days! To enter to win, just 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 POST. It's that easy breezy! One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz, with one prize person per blog blitz. You have until midnight on Tuesday, March 21 to leave a comment on every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on the Poppystamps blog March 25th! May the luck of the Irish be with you during our big blog hop!

 

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Today, I'm sharing a colorful Easter tag I created with the Preppy Flowers, beautiful, open wildflowers perfect for spring! Right off the die cutting machine, the flowers are all aligned in a pretty row on a little grassy hill. But here's an easy tip to make these flowers work just about anywhere!

 

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The Preppy Flowers can be trimmed into individual flower pieces, then mounted with a tiny bit of glue behind the edge of your oval tag, or even in a straight line behind a horizontal border.

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You can arrange the Preppy Flowers any way you like, then adhere your Fluffy Bunny with half of a foam pop dot.

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You can even add a few flowers to the back of your tag too, giving it a touch of colorful whimsy!

Do you love these Preppy Flowers as much as I do! Simply leave a comment on this post and you might be selected as the lucky winner of this beautiful, steel crafted die!

 

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Thank you so much for joining us today!

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02/21/2017

Tue 21

Serene Rabbit
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

This warm weather has me thinking about all things green and springy! So I created this adorable little bunny card that has a wonderful open and embossed texture and feel. Take a look!

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I used an old favorite, the Kaysen Oval Frame, along with brand new dies from our latest release, Serene Rabbit, Easter Egg Party, and Bellen Corner.  I also added a little "secret technique" with this cheerful card. By adding die cuts, such as embellished corners or curly cues the same color as the background, you can create an "embossed" pattern as simple or as detailed as you'd like. For this card, I just used the Bellen Corner to add a little fancy texture in the corners. It's another great way to get your dies to work for you, cutting, stenciling, and "embossing."

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Thank you so much for joining us today!

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02/07/2017

Tue 07

Simple Sheep
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Are these cool February days making you think of spring, right around the corner? Today, I'm celebrating spring with this super sweet, super simple card using the brand new Poppystamps die, Simple Sheep! Isn't this darling?

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I created a super clean CAS card that's perfect for a sweet little love note to someone special. I used the new Simple Sheep and one of the new Love Balloons, with a string made from the pendant Ornaments. The tiny little bird is the Small Chickadee.

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This tiny love duo is ready for spring!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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01/19/2017

Thu 19

Swaying Birch
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

The fun continues here at Poppystamps with our big new release and Blog Blitz! Today I am sharing a card I created with the brand new Swaying Birch! Take a look!

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I created a fun spring scene, with a little love in the air! Last week, I used the brand new Love Balloons to create an urban scene with the bright love balloons floating through the city. For today's inspiration, I continued the floating love idea as if the balloons could be seen floating way off in the distance, in this spring view. It reminds me of a little park just outside the city.

I used the brand new Swaying Birch, which has a beautiful tree shape with tiny notches built right in. It's the perfect year-round tree! I added the Freida Curve, the Stitched Bloom Trio, and a little surprise hopping our way, Bunny Hop! The big pink balloon is from Love balloons, and those teeny, tiny background hearts floating through the air are from Grazing Deer!

All you need to do is leave a comment with some bloggy love on this post for your chance to win the Swaying Birch!

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But that's not all! Come back and visit every day of our Blog Blitz and you might win one or more of the gorgeous new Poppystamps dies, just by commenting on the posts that feature your new favorites!

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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01/11/2017

Wed 11

Love Balloons
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We're so glad you could join us today as we celebrate LOVE and all things smooch-worthy during the first week of our big Blog Blitz! We are celebrating Valentine's Day all this week and if you like LOVE, just leave a comment on this post and you might be selected to win the brand new Love Balloons! Take a look at Love Balloons in action!

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I love the idea of bright, cheerful balloons filling the streets, making us all smile! I added a tiny bit of foam pop dot behind each balloon to make them look like they could all float right off the paper! Cheerful pinks and corals make this perfect for Valentine's Day, but this balloon collection would look fabulous all year long!

Join us all this week as our daring design team brings Valentine's Day inspiration during week one, and spring surprises during week two. Leave a comment on every post that features the prize you would like to win and  a little love might float your way!

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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01/06/2017

Fri 06

Wise Owl
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

It's a brand new year, and with it comes brand new Poppystamps dies, our biggest release of the year! Today I am sharing an octagon card made with one of the dies from our newest release, Wise Owl! Take a look !

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Owls are magnificent and unusual birds of prey. Their unique wing structure allows them to fly in complete silence! They can be found on every continent, and have been the symbol of wisdom since the early days of Greek and Roman mythology. I was thrilled to see this little guy in our new collection! I placed him on another old Poppystamps favorite of mine, the Gingko Branch, which is currently on sale! Get one before it's gone!

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While you're here, take a look at our current challenge, Silent Snowflake! I think an arctic white Snowy Owl would look beautiful in a winter scene!

There is so much going on all month long, you won't want to miss a thing! Along with  our new release comes a new Poppystamps Blog Blitz too, loaded with ideas, inspiration and prizes! Come back and play every day!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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01/01/2017

Sun 01

PSC#28 Silent Snowflakes

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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 "Oh Christmas Tree" is Nowalinka : Kocia zawieszka

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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator)  for the  monthly prize is Lilian/The Leaf Studio.

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#28 Silent Snowflakes - We think you should stop and appreciate the beauty of each season.   Don't let the snow get you down - celebrate it!    There's a calm about standing silent in the snow watching the flakes descend.  It's magical how the sun or moon shining on the frozen water make it sparkle!    We're looking for designs that feature snowflakes!  We think they look beautiful stamped, embossed, and dusted with glitter but our very favorites are the intricate designs made with dies!  Whatever you choose make sure you include at least ONE Poppystamps image (die or stamp) on your design! 

Looking for a little inspiration?  Check out these wonderful projects from our design team!  To get more details just click on their name to jump to their blogs.

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Patty Tanuz

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Ilona Zbieg

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Michele K.  Henderson


Now it's your turn!  But first a little prize for one lucky winner (chosen at random)....  

You have until January 29 at 11:55 pm US EST to link up your designs here!  A new challenge will begin on February 1, 2017!    We can't wait to see your designs!