15 posts categorized "Video"


Tue 20

Spring Wreath
by Robin Tharaldson

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I hope everyone is enjoying the Blog Blitz featuring the latest release from Poppystamps! You can see the entire 2018 Spring Release here!  Plus, you could win a die from each Blog Blitz post you leave a comment on!! The die you could win, if you leave a comment on this post, is the Stitch Wreath die!  More information on Poppystamps Blog Blitz at the end of my post. 

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The StitchWreath is the perfect backdrop for the colorful flowers made using Blooming Border die!

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I made the pretty bow using Prim and Proper Bow, I cut it three times and glued them together for more dimension! My video will show you just how easy this card is to make!


Here is all the important information about Poppystamps Blog Blitz!  The blog blitz runs from March 17 - 31, 2018; Poppystamps is giving away a prize on every Blog Blitz post during this time.  You must leave a comment on ONLY the posts 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. Poppystamps uses a 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 you want to enter. Winners will be announced on the Poppystamps blog on April 3. Good Luck and LEAVE a comment...please!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Mon 05

by Olga Direktorenko

Hello paper crafters! 

Today I have an unusual card to showcase - what makes it special is that it is a double layer shaker card. One shaker window is actually positioned right above the other one. 

I have used several dies from Poppystamps January release to create this underwater scene. 

Below are some close up pictures as well as the beginning to end video tutorial!

Goldfish 1

Goldfish 2

Thanks for joining me today! Have a fantastic week!

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Tue 27

Aquarium Card
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi, Olga here, thanks for stopping by!

The project I am showcasing today is a shaker card. The idea and performance is really simple, it's the choice of materials that makes it interesting - I used some real sea shells to fill in the shaker and natural cork sheet to create a frame. The goldfish is cut out of shiny mirror cardstock and the whole thing is accentuated by the dimensional clear droplets.

This card is also a bit smaller than the regular one and measures 3 1/4'' x 4 1/5''.

Please scroll down for some close up photos as well as the step by step VIDEO tutorial!

Aquarium Card 1

Aquarium Card 2

I hope you enjoyed watching and found some ideas worth trying! Have a great day! Bye!Olga Floral Signature copy





Fri 23

Threaded Cards Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone and welcome! I am going to share a technique that has made me as happy as a clam.

Simply put, this concept just involves suspending your die cuts in a web of golden thread. This brings the element of mixed media into traditional handmade card design, and I love the combination! 

I am not sure why it is so striking to me. I think that it is compelling because it introduces such a delicate touch to the card - and makes it feel as if something is floating, or caught mid-jump, before it lands in the envelope.


This year, I designed several rose dies that coordinate with this particular design - and I will be using them in the video and today's post. They are all full and blooming, perfect for coloring in with soft shades of watercolor!

As I describe the process of figuring out how to suspend the die cuts on the thread, I will also share a few examples that I have made using the dies in a more traditional way, so that you can see how versatile these particular designs are! 

To watch this video in HD click here

I took my time on these cards and enjoyed the process - I watercolored the petals with watercolor pencil and then glued all of the pieces in place to create an amazing rose border. If you love puzzles, then this is the project for you. It doesn't take too long to get all the pieces in the right spot - and the look of the finished card is amazing. Really amazing.

But to be honest - paper piecing is a labor of love. There are a lot of little pieces - so this is a project that you'll need to budget some quality time for. But that's no problem, there is always a book or a podcast you can listen to - or maybe some music.

So I moved along assembling the project and after getting all of the petals and leaves in place, I then set to figuring out how I would mount something in the middle of the circle.

I wanted it to float!Wireworks-(4-of-43)

For the first project, I began with a die that already had an opening in the middle, the Poppystamps 2033 Rose Frame.


I was trying to figure out a way to make thin strings of thread hold shapes in mid air - and came up with the simple solution of creating a sort of web across an open area and then affixing the die cuts to the thread. It really is a unique and beautiful way to display the shapes on a card.

And it puts a smile on your face when you see the greeting hovering in the opening on tiny golden "wires".Wireworks-(7-of-43)
I think the metallic thread makes a huge difference! The gold catches the light and shines - making it brighten as you turn the card. I adhered the Memory Box 99763 Perky Thank You to the thread here in this close up.

I have used a fair amount of double stick tape in between layers - this holds the petal pieces in place while securing the threads at the same time. In the video you can see that the double stick tape is the way to go for this project, since you will be sandwiching layers together.Wireworks (22 of 43)
Of course, the Rose Frame looks terrific on a traditional flat card design too. Here I sponged some white cardstock with Distress Oxide ink in Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint, then spritzed it with a little bit of water. 

Now this was a quick card!Wireworks (23 of 43)
I glued the Rose Frame flat onto this background piece and then added the Poppystamps 1690 Scribble Hello to the center. I actually glued three hello's together, stacking them vertically so that they popped out a bit more in the center.Wireworks (25 of 43)

I didn't worry too much about "going outside the lines" with the sponged background - the crisp, intricate lines of the die work just fine with the blended backgrounds. The color just gives a suggestion of what should define the roses or leaves. 
This is a really different look for this die - and I think we all love being able to use a die in different ways!


For my next threaded project, I wanted to create my own opening, so that it wouldn't matter what die I floated in the middle. This way I could use all sorts of dies - and still incorporate the metallic web of threads into the design.

Oh, the possibilities!


So I used the Poppystamps 2013 Blooming Rose for my "floating die" and a circle from the Open Studio 30087 Circle Basics set to create an opening. I wanted to use a circle that was a little smaller than the Blooming Rose, so that the ends of the blooming rose could be adhered to the card.

This provided a little extra structure for the design (so that it wasn't too flimsy) and also added a cool detail when the leaves and tendrils were "embedded" into the green background paper. I photographed this against a deeper green background here, so that you could see the sheen on the metallic thread a little easier. It really is striking in person!


I finished off the card by using the Poppystamps 1996 Double Stitched Rectangle Frames - I have been using these a lot lately. When you cut the frame, the center rectangle falls out - so in this case, I cut it in yellow cardstock, then in green cardstock - and I mixed and matched the two colors.

I spread the threads around the opening a bit more for this card - so that there would be glints of metallic rays around the rose. You can decide what works for you once you start weaving -there isn't a wrong way to do it - and embedding the thread between layers of the center die keeps things looking clean and tidy.


To compare I made a different card with that same die - the Blooming Rose - shown on a flat card. Again, I sponged with the same Worn Lipstick and Peeled paint color scheme, but this time I added a stamped element which I embossed in white. The Scribble Hello worked perfectly here - I love how the cursive letters mirror the little curl in the Blooming Rose.

The "just wanted to say" phrase is from the CL5210 Thank You Sentiments stamp set and layers perfectly with the other dies. This is simplicity at it's best!


The phrase is embossed on kraft cardstock and looks very natural with the pink and green color scheme. When I was assembling, I knew the pink and green would be sort of bright, so I wanted something neutral - but not too dark - underneath these colors, and the brown paper was just right.

I didn't glue the Blooming Rose down completely - just enough adhesive here and there to keep it on the card. Again, I wanted things to float on this collection!Wireworks (30 of 43)

The white on white color scheme is a perfect contrast to the vivid pinks and greens. And I just wanted a blush of color on the otherwise white card - I was trying compose something simple, as if the color and shapes had just drifted down and settled onto the notecard.


I decided to simplify the thread design for the next card. I wanted to suspend a die cut as easily as possible, so I used just a center thread to hang the Memory Box 98265 Vivienne Butterfly

This butterfly was one of the first dies that I ever designed and I have made hundreds and hundreds of cards with it. It is intricate and just the right size for so many applications!

It does have a matching background solid die - the Memory Box 98264 Darla Butterfly - that I also used in today's video. The thread is sandwiched between the Vivienne Butterfly (top) and the Darla Butterfly (bottom) right along the center of the body.

I used a monochromatic color scheme for this card - just shades of pink to paint in all of the pieces on the butterfly wings with watercolor pencils. I included a good tip for putting in different intensities of color with watercolor pencils that I share in the video. Watercolor pencils make painting easy (and fun!).


Since the thread is suspended right down the center of this design, the butterfly can spin in the open window. So fun!

A little breeze or a tap from your finger sends the butterfly into a little twist - and when the card is resting on a shelf it hovers and moves just a little.Wireworks-(7-of-43)

Rather than a circle, this time I used a large frame die - one of my new favorites! This is the Poppystamps 2002 Double Stitch Scalloped Rectangle Frames die - I cut it out of a medium green cardstock so that it would really stand out against the pink.

This particular die made threading easy - the center of the scalloped edge showed me exactly where the center of the card was so it was easy to position the thread at the top and bottom. Once I had the thread in place I just secured it with some double stick tape - and it was ready to go. 

You can write your message towards the bottom of the card - or if you have beautiful handwriting, then go ahead and write so that it shows up in the opening as a background for the butterfly!


I did have an "a-ha" moment after doing the rectangle frame when I remembered the Memory Box 99950 Pinpoint Heart die that I designed for Valentine's and wedding cards this year.

Was the opening big enough to accommodate the butterfly? It was!

Wireworks (43 of 43)

Adding the Memory Box 99926 Sentimental Happy Birthday die kept things simple - I really just wanted the colors on the butterfly to stand out. 

Wireworks (18 of 43)

The butterfly floats in the middle of the opening - just like on the previous card. The wings nearly touch the edges of the heart - but miss them just slightly.

There is something about seeing a card like this that makes you want to pick it up and play with it! The little motion that happens when you handle it - you can't help but give the wings a little nudge so that the thread twists ever so slightly.

Wireworks (17 of 43)

I decided to make the wings on this version a little more colorful - so I used watercolor pencils in aqua, teal, bright green and yellows to create a vibrant look.

By the way, I am watercoloring on plain cardstock for these projects - usually you have to be careful about not adding too much water to cardstock or it will curl and buckle. But in this case there isn't any reason to worry - the areas that are painted are really small and the watercolor pencil takes hardly any water for blending.


I wanted to share a couple more card ideas with you - since I had my rose dies out and I was on a roll with the pink and green color scheme - I used the 2008 Rose Stem Collage die to create another flat card.

This particular die cuts out a circle around the rose like this...

Rose-collageBut I simply cut it into the paper and then trimmed half of the circle off, which left a little half circle for the rose to rise over.

I combined the Memory Box 99763 Perky Thank You die with the CL5210 Thank You Sentiments stamp set to create "Thank You for your kindness". This design is flexible enough for weddings, birthdays, teacher cards or whatever!

And here is the the Rose Stem Collage die again, used as I originally intended with a cut out circle and a rose stem in the middle. I created the Poppystamps 1983 Finial Circle die to fit exactly around the edge of the circle - so that they could work together! In fact, the Finial Circle will exactly match any 3 inch x 3 inch opening - and the delicate leaves and tendrils create a beautiful frame around the center shape.


You can see that the threads here are more than decorative - for this die cut, the rose bloom is supported by a very narrow stem. This wouldn't be an issue if glued flat to a card, but since it is suspended in mid air, the golden threads will support the rose while adding a decorative element at the same time!

Here's another shot of the card with a dark background - those metallic threads really shimmer and shine around the flower! You can be creative with the design of the thread - I just added a few lines, but you could really fill in that open area.
So there you have it!

I have ended up with lots of cards and have worked myself into a little corner on my studio table. The table is full of scraps and dies and notes and embossing powder and thread. 

I am now dreaming of filling the openings of cards with all sorts of things - tiny words suspended in threads that create poems, surrounded by butterflies. Or tiny fish on silver threads swimming among bubbles and coral. I will have to make these soon.

Thank you so much for visiting today - I hope I have inspired you to try a few threaded cards of your own!


Mon 19

Love Grows
by Olga Direktorenko

Hello and thanks for joining me today!

The project I have created is a floral greeting card.  It is made with white + cream cardstock with the tiny addition of color green. 

The sentiment  is a word die placed over the matching shaker window and it it completed with some alphabet die cuts stuck right onto the card front panel. The whole thing is framed with the beautiful new double stitch die by Poppystamps.

Watch the video below to see how this card was made!

Love Grows 1

Love Grows 2

Thanks for visiting today! Hope to see you again really soon!

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Fri 09

Lots of Love
by Robin Tharaldson

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Valentine's Day is almost here, I hope you have all your cards ready to send or give! If not here's a fun card to make using products from Poppystamps latest release!

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The Petite Stitched Hearts were placed on to a postage stamp image I created using Open Studios Postage Square Layers and craft foam!

Sending Love CU2 With

I created a pretty sentiment strip using a Stitched Heart Borders die,  added a dimensional Sending Script die cut and a stamped Lots of Love!

Sending Love CU3 With

Here's a video showing you how to make a simple stamped image from craft foam and almost any die you may have!


Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to check out Poppystamps Spring Release!!!

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Sat 30

Holiday Thank You Card
by Robin Tharaldson

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Well, the holidays are a memory; they sure came and went FAST!!! So, before the new year, it's time to get my thank yous out! My mom always, always made me do my thank yous within a week of receiving a gift. Not sure what happened during the course of a few decades but I hear you have a year to get your "thank yous" out!!!

Thank You CU1 with

My "Thank You" card is easy and uses the Thank You Channel die to create your sentiment! This die is no longer available from Poppystamps but several retail stores have them.

Thank You CU2 with

I used the Evangeline Floating Square as my main focus but you can easily change the background color and die to suit any occasion!


Here's wishing you a Happy New Year! And be sure to stop by the Poppystamps blog for more inspiration and techniques for the design team!

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Sun 17

Snowy Twilight Sky Background
by Rebecca Keppel

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Piecing a card together with Poppystamps dies is so easy to do! Between elements and sentiments, you don't even have to do stamping if you don't want to! With all that extra time saved, you can create a beautiful twilight, frosty, snowy background for your die cuts.

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Check out this video, where I highlight the Tree Trunks, Surprise Deer, Folk Merry Christmas and Pointed Circle Frames dies and show how I created that frosty twilight background! 

Check out the dies I used for this card below and definitely pull out your Poppystamps wintery dies if you have a few last minute Christmas cards to make! Hope you all are having a happy and healthy holiday season! 

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Thu 14

Evergreens for Every Occasion
by Jennifer Svare


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.


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


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!



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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Mon 27

Blog Blitz Gingerbread Tag
by Robin Tharaldson

Gingerbread Tag Full With Water

Sadly Thanksgiving is a memory and we are on to the Christmas crunch!! I know I'm already behind so making a few cards here and there will hopefully help me out! Poppystamps has a new mini holiday release of 13 dies!  You can see them here in the Poppystamps store under the  2017 Winter Release title.  PLUS Poppystamps is having a Blog Blitz for this release!!  You could win BOTH the Gingerbread Boy and Girl die sets by commenting on my post today!!  More information about the Blog Blitz below!!

Gingerbread Tag CU3 With Water

My project for today is a tag card. I used Poppystamps Merry Christmas Tag as my main feature and added Gingerbread Boys and a Gingerbread Girl plus a pine bough with a festive red bow.  The Gingerbread kids have the cutest clothes and the Holiday Hats fit them perfectly!  To add their happy faces I used a white gel pen.Gingerbread Tag CU1 With Water

My video will show you how I created the snowfall background using Memory Box Tiny Dots Stencil and modeling paste! I added a silver dot to the center of the bow after I made the video; I thought it needed a little somethin' somethin' to finish the card!


 If you would like to win the Gingerbread Boy and Gingerbread Girl die sets, here is what you need to do! 

Poppystamps blog blitz runs from November 20-30, 2017. Poppystamps is giving away a prize on every BLOG BLITZ post during this time.  To win you must leave a comment on each post 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.  A random number generator is used to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST December 2 to leave a comment on each and every post you wish to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on December 5. Please leave a comment...it's the only way to win!!!

Thanks for stopping by today and check back for more inspiration from the Poppystamps Design Team!!

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