143 posts categorized "Winter"

01/24/2018

Wed 24

Snow Day? Challenge
by Robin Tharaldson

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Snow Day?? What is a Snow Day? OK I'm just kidding, but I have never experienced a Snow Day here in Southern California! So I can only imagine you are forced to have some "me" time and hopefully craft all day! 

The challenge theme for January is "Snow Day"!  Here are the challenge details! 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. 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.  And remember, you can't win if you don't enter!!!

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My super cute snow "lady" was made using Memory Box Open Studio Pinpoint Scalloped Circles, but you could easily use any stacked die set! For "her" arms I used the twig die from the Autumn Fairies Die set.

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I enjoyed having a snow day, even though it's in the 80's here when I wrote this post! Have fun and take some time for yourself, with or without a Snow Day!

The winner  of the Snow Day challenge will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the store! You have until 12 am US EST on January 29 to link up your design here!  The winner will be announce on February  1 and a new challenge will start, good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!

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01/10/2018

Wed 10

Poppystamps January Challenge: Snow Day
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

There is so much going on here on the Poppystamps blog, you won't want to miss a thing! In addition to our amazing blog hop, where you could win every day, we have an exciting January challenge we would love you to join! This month, our theme is Snow Day! Create a card or project with your idea for Snow Day, and link it up here on the blog for your chance to win some brand new blog candy!

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Growing up in Wisconsin, Snow Days meant winter fun and friends! Now that I live in the deep South, I sometimes miss seeing the beautiful winter landscapes, quiet and white,  fluffy snow covering everything like a blanket. At night, hues of purples and greens would wave through the starry sky like a searchlight. For my Snow Day inspiration, I created a simple shaker, crispy snow white and filled with sparkly sequins.

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If you've never made a shaker card before, let 2018 be the year you give it a try! The idea is simple; create a "well" out of foam tape or craft foam, fill it with sequins, then add your cover panel. Make sure you've added a window too, which can be made from just about anything you have in the house, such as plastic packaging, or a recycled clam shell. I usually make a lot of shaker cards, since I love they way they sound, so I go to the office store and get a pack of clear computer pages. You can also purchase individual sheets too if you'd like to start small.

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You can fill your shakers with all kinds of fun materials too! I used purple, green, and blue sequins to remind me of the Northern Lights! You can use a mix of sequins, tiny seed beads, tiny confetti or paper cuts, chunky glitter, coffee beans, be creative! One time I made a shaker with black Tahitian sand, a few tiny shells and a magical "pearl"!

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You can make a Snow Day shaker, or some other Winter fun Snow Day idea, using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp, and you might be randomly selected to win a $20 gift certificate to use in the Poppystamps shop! We can't wait to see what you'll create!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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01/01/2018

Mon 01

PSC#40 - Snow Day!

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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 "Anything But A Card" is Juana Create!
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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator)  for the  monthly prize is Bunny!

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#40 - Snow Day!  Remember when you were a kid just waiting for the big snow so you could have the day off?    You could't wait to get out in the snow and start playing!  Even through the eyes of an adult a fresh blanket of snow can transform how we see the world.    We're looking for projects that capture a range of styles from the magic and majesty, to the fun and excitement of a snow day!  Just be sure to use 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 January 29 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winner on February  1.   

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

 

12/18/2017

Mon 18

Rustic Winter Wreath
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everybody!

Today I am sharing a card I created that was inspired by those frosty winter mornings in the country. I love waking up early and seeing the way the frost has covered the trees, and the wreath on the old barn door is a rustic Christmas welcome.

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To create the rustic winter wreath, I cut 4 pieces of the Twisted Oak Branch, 2 in green and 2 in glittery white, and arranged them into a roundish shape. Then I added 2 Pine twigs, a Cheery cardinal, and tiny stars from the All-Star Collage. I used a fancy coppery patina paper, to look like rustic tin or copper stars on those beautiful old country barns.

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We are so grateful you could join us here today!

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12/13/2017

Wed 13

Challenge Reminder - Anything But a Card
by Nancy Penir

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Hello! And welcome to a friendly reminder to create something for our challenge this month, 'Anything But a Card'.

Need a hint? How about a gift card holder? Who couldn't use a few of those this time of year?

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Surprise Deer is so sweet, and gets the 'aaahs' everytime!

Here's how I used him to make my gift card tag.

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If you purchase one tag set this year, let me rave about Pinpoint Main Street Tags, and

Pinpoint Dome Tag Decorations.

8 sizes to choose from, and together with the Decorations sets, you have endless possibilities!

I cut my tag from shimmer card stock, ran it though an embossing folder, and chose one of the decorations dies for a pocket.

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The deer was sprayed with shimmer spray, and sponged on the edges. Notice the antlers can be cut separately allowing for a color change.

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Assembling my gift card holder was easy. Just glued the sides and bottom of the added Dome Tag Decoration. The snowy base is the top of the Dome Tag cut to form a hill. The hill, snowflake and Tree Trunks were cut from glitter paper.

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Not decided yet who will get this Starbucks gift card!

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Liked this design so much, I made 3 in different color combos!

Does this give you ideas? Would love to see and comment on your creation. Remember, the challenge lasts all month, and there's a gift certificate prize for the winner!

Happy Crafting, and Happy Holidays!

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12/10/2017

Sun 10

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge
by Jeanne Jachna

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Do you love to play challenges?   When I started papercrafting several years ago there were so many different brands and products that I wanted to try, and frankly I just couldn't afford them all.  I found that one way to add products to my stash was to play along with different challenges I found on line.  Most manufacturers have a monthly challenge (Yes Poppystamps does too - see the badge in the top right corner?).  If you play along you could win a prize.   I really enjoyed seeing the different ways people would use the products and got ideas from projects I would see linked up.  Lots of them used stamps and dies that I already had in my collection.. other projects inspired me to buy something new! 
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This week Poppystamps is sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge - you can find it here.   That means if you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps.  Every week they have a new inspiration photo to inspire you!  Here's what I made with this weeks inspiration...
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I think any Christmas themed project would be appropriate but I was inspired by the little penguin.  I was wishing I had the new Holiday Hats craft die - it would look so cute on the penguin don't you agree?  
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I started by cutting two of the Stitched Hills dies.  I inked one with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and then die cut the Folk Merry Christmas sentiment.  I layered the borders on to a panel that I inked with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet distress ink. 
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I added some Evergreen trees to set the scene for the penguin ice skaters.  The penguins are from the Love Note stamp set, and their winter accessories (hat and bow) are from the Be Mine Penguins set.  These sets are both intended for Valentine's Day, but they're perfect for winter Christmas cards too! 
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Want to play along? You can get all the details here at Cupcake Inspirations.   Remember if you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps.

For a SECOND chance to win leave me a comment.  We'll select one winner at random from the comments below to win a $20 gift certificate.  You have until midnight December 17 to leave me a comment.  The winner will be posted on December 19. 

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12/07/2017

Thu 07

Winter White Out
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Are you ready for the big snows of the season? As a child growing up in Wisconsin, I used to love waking up on frosty winter mornings to the crisp white snow covering every inch of the yard. I still love seeing lots of snow today, unless I have to shovel it of course! Today I have created an unusual card for me, an all-white Winter White Out! Take a look!

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It's completely white! Originally I had planned to add bits of color here and there, like tiny brown deer, or yellow lights in the window, but I really liked the idea of a perfectly white scene with a smooth a snow texture too!

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I started out by cutting a square card base out of heavy white card stock, then cutting the Pointed Square Frame, trimming and measuring until I reached a perfect fit!

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Then I cut out all the tiny parts of the Classic Cottage, two Tree Trunks, and the Tiny Fawns, all out of crisp white card stock. I then added the first Tree Trunk to the upper left corner, then trimmed the second Tree Trunk to line up alongside the first, to look like  continual row of trees. Once the trees were in place, I added the Pointed Square Frame.

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This picture is a little fuzzy, I know! I was gluing the Tree Trunks into the upper right corner with my right hand, and holding the camera with the left! But I know you get the idea! Once the trees and frame were in place, the house, windows, doors, eaves and Tiny Fawns wee easy breezy!

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That's how to make your own Winter White Out! This would look really cute as a holiday gift tag too!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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12/03/2017

Sun 03

Sparkle
by Nancy Penir

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Greetings!  It's time for some Holiday card inspiration, and I have just the dies to help spark your holiday spirit!

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Is that sweet deer the cutest? 

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I made a stencil from the the Tree Trunks Craft die, and used my Starburst sprays.

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Lots of foam and more spray and glitter for the next layer,  Pine Needle Clearing.  

The deer comes with a separate die for his antlers, allowing for a color change if you want. I blinged parts of him with Diamond Stickles.

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The word, Sparkle, seemed the perfect sentiment for my holiday card!

I'd love to hear what you think. Did you get any of the dies featured on my card during the blitz? 

Have fun crafting, and I'll be back soon!

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11/28/2017

Tue 28

Poinsettia Mini
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everybody!

We hope you are all enjoying our Holiday Blog Blitz and are finding beautiful ideas and inspiration along the way! Today, I am sharing a card that I have created with the beautiful Poinsettia Mini! Take a look!

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I began with a completely different idea, but let the card take the shape of its own, and I love the final result! I began by cutting out seven tiny Poinsettia Mini pieces out of shiny, red foil paper, and set them aside. Originally I had planned to add a lot of snowflakes and fairies, but then I thought about a Christmas greenhouse, warm and balmy and filled with poinsettias! Native to Mexico, the poinsettia carries symbolic religious meaning in many countries. Did you know that in the United States, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day?

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I used a handful of my favorite Poppystamps dies to create this sparkly card, and they all cut so well through thicker foil and glitter papers. I curled the leaves upward to add dimension, and mounted the tiny poinsettias with tiny bits of foam pop dots to raise them off the page just a touch. The centers are tiny silver pearls.

Our Blog Blitz runs from November 20 -30, so make sure you leave a comment on every day that you'd like to win! Today's prize is the Poinsettia Mini!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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11/23/2017

Thu 23

Christmas Winter Scene
by Marybeth Lopez

Happy Thanksgiving to al of you in the USA! I have so much to be grateful for, every year, this one even more !

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Hi there sweet crafty friends! Welcome to the November Blog Blitz.  

We are already deep into the busy Holiday season, with Christmas just a bit away. 

I made another clean and simple card using the darling Tiny Fawns and the new Large Window Cut Out ( thats the prize I am giving away today.  The window seal is layered 3 times , for the glitter background  I added a rectangle of double sided sticky paper then glittered it that give a nice even patch of glitter .Download-1

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Many years ago I made a birch tree card, to make the branches I stamped a sentiment on top of them in a light grayish color to mock the lines on the real trees. That is what did on the Tree Trunks from Poppystamps 

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Here is a larger  picture of the stamped trees.

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I used Masters Touch watercolor paper from Hobby Lobby ( I get a lot of questions  about that) Don't forget all you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to with the Large Window Cut Out Die 1970.

The Blog Blitz 20th-30th November So you have plenty of time to leave comments . Hugs and Blessing to you all!

Thanks for the visit today .

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