Mon 12

Sending Christmas Cheer
by Nancy Penir

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Hi Poppy Friends! It's countdown 'till Christmas card' sending, and I'm bringing some inspiration with Poppystamps Deco Tree Frame, a charming die with many fun possibilities.

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I love to watercolor, and thought of a way to incorporate this technique with the Deco frame. First I die impressed the image onto watercolor cardstock. Then with Artesa pens colored the tree, and negative spaces.

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The pens were one of those impulse buys, but let me tell you... I LOVE them! Rich colors that blend seamlessly, and allow for first laying down a water wash, which is what I did here. 

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Cut my die from gold foil paper and glued it over another die cut, giving the frame body and dimension. 

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Stamping on watercolor cardstock doesn't always give crisp clear images, so I decided to use acetate. Did you know you can emboss on acetate? Just be sure to use Heat Resistant Acetate.

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I bought mine on Amazon. Here's a shot of the acetate I used along with the sentiment from Deco Celebrate Christmas.

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I used very traditional colors with my watercolor, and the gold foil really adds to the richness of the Deco style.

Hope you're moving right along with your Christmas card making. Stay tuned for more inspiration from the Poppystamps blog!

Nancy Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Sun 11

Silhouette of the Forest Stag
by Donna Peachey

Hello, my name's Donna and I'm the newest addition to the Poppystamps team.

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With Christmas fast approaching, I thought it might be nice to share a card design that is fairly easy to mass produce and suits more than one occasion.

And what's more, as I've chosen to use the strong, bold silhouette of the Forest Stag I've been able to introduce a grunge element, too!

Want to know how it's made?

Here's a quick 'how to' guide...

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Start by applying ink to a scrap of card that is roughly this size and shape.

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Here are the colours you will be using.  I went back in with a finger dauber to add a little more shadow once I had the stag cut out.

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Cut out the Wooded Glen Landscape and trim it to size to fit your card front.

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Then, cut out the Simple Holly Vine Frame and a piece of black card that is a little taller and wider all 'round.

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Add the grunge element!  I'm using stamps from the Studio Blotter set.  Stamp first in Hickory Smoke, then add Delicata 'Brown Shimmer' just around the edges.

Assemble the card and add a few sequins.

It's as easy as that!

Whether you see this as a Christmas, Birthday or some other Winter occasion card is entirely up to you.

Which will it be, I wonder? 

  Donna Floral Signature copy

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Sat 10

Gnome Santa Tags
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi Poppystamps friends,

Today's Holiday project is all about stretching your dies and creating something different from what they were meant to do. I am going to use a Christmas tree, a candy corn and a mushroom cap to build up a gnome-like Santa. 

This project is a lot of fun to make and if you want to know how to create it step by step you can find a video tutorial down below this post!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great time preparing for Holidays!

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Olga Floral Signature copy

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Fri 09

Christmas Shaker Gift Tags
by Nadine Carlier

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Hello, Nadine here and this year I decided I wanted to make my own gift tags instead of buying them and since I love shaker cards I decided to make shaker tags. Poppystamps has so lots of tiny dies that fit perfectly inside of the Pinpoint Shaker Ornament die.

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I think these Tiny Fawns are one of my favorite dies. I just added a little ink to them to give them a little more dimension. 

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Of course, I also had to have a Santa's Sleigh in one of the shakers too.

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For my third shaker tag, I used the Whittle Snowman and Whittle Trees.

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 Want to know exactly how I created these shaker tags? Watch my video below...

Thank you so much for stopping by and happy crafting! 

Nadine

Nadine Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Thu 08

That Time of Year
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so glad you could join us today! Over the next few weeks, in about 48 days or so, the BIG holiday will be here! Of course, we know all that hoopla isn't about a single day, but an entire season of madness and memories! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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Today, I am sharing, my "most wonderful" card of the day! I am very excited by how well this colorful CAS holiday card turned out! I planned on using the Stitched Alpine Snowflakes, the Whittle Rudolph, and the Pinpoint Ornament set, with the Art Deco Celebrate Christmas sentiment, but I couldn't decide on the colors! I kept going back and forth, unhappy with the results, until I reached into my box of YUPO paper scraps and backgrounds.

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I have created Poppystamps cards using YUPO paper and alcohol inks earlier in the season, and I always save even the tiniest scraps! I cut the snowflake and ornament out of some red pieces, and cut the frame out of an unused piece I had done in coffee browns and caramels. The fun part about working with YUPO and alcohol inks is that you can create beautiful cards in a single color range, like a "red" background, or orange, or brown, or you can use a variety of inks to create brilliant rainbows of color! Once I decided on a color, I cut out the pieces I wanted in YUPO, and the Whittle Rudolph in warm brown and golden yellow cardstock.

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I stamped the sentiment from the Art Deco Celebrate Christmas clear stamp set, then assembled all of my festive cuts! For the finishing touch, I added a tiny red pearl on the nose!

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Thank you all so much for joining us today, and enjoy your most wonderful time of the year!

Michele Floral Signature copy

 

 

 

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Wed 07

Challenge Reminder
by Marybeth Lopez

 

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Hi there! Marybeth here today to share how I made my Challenge Inspiration , fall thank you card.

I used so many of the new Poppystamps darling dies,: Doodle Thank You,Whittle Oak Leaf,

Whittle Owl and Whittle Wood Frames. 

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After cut the leaves out I added a bit more water and used many other colors. ( this is the only picture I took)

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I cut this Whittle Owl out twice once for the body ( darker) and then again ( lighter ) for the face.

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I love the deep purple for the fall! The envelope is from Brich Press Design.

 

 

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This is the back side showing how I add my fun foam. I add the tape then the strips of fun foam and cut where needed.

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 Thanks so much for the visit today! Don't forget to play along in the Poppystamps Challenge for a chance to win!

 

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Tue 06

Mistletoe & Holly
by Jeanne Jachna

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Are you making your own Holiday cards this year? I always try to make at least enough for very close friends and family and write a personal greeting inside.  I know that the time and effort put into each one is appreciated.
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If you love to color you can make lots of these pretty cards with the Mistletoe & Holly stamp set with coordinating dies.  I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink  and colored them with Copic markers.  When I started crafting I bought lots of different marker brands.  I avoided Copics because I felt they were too expensive.  Over time I've realized they are a great investment because they are refillable and the nibs are replaceable too.  The refill ink costs about the same as the original marker investment, and will refill the marker approximately 12 times.  With other marker brands I'd would have to buy the entire set again since most don't sell just one marker in the particular shade I need.  
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The coordinating window dies makes the stamped images easy to align and cut.   I always lay out the arranged pieces on a piece of plastic the same size as my card base.  Then I can pick up the sheet and place it over different color background and find the one I like best. I decided on pink Spun Sugar distress ink for the background this time.   It looks pretty with the green foliage and red berries.  The panel was splattered with water, some watered down Picked Raspberry and finally some white ink.
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Double Stitched Rectangle Frames are layered over the distress ink panel to add detail and texture.
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The Joy Outline die is a two die set - one of the dies includes the detailed letters, the second die is a background die.  It's versatile because you can use the letters only, or stack them on the background die. 
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Have a great day!  And Happy Crafting! 

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

 Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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Mon 05

Autumn Layout
by Tanya Palamarchuk

 

 

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Hello everyone!

Tanya here and  I want to tell you about my autumn. It is beautiful, warm and golden ... In this year, the autumn pleases us with warm weather and beautiful colors.

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I like to play with a photo!

So I decided to make a clean LO. 

I used watercolor paper for background and a lot of different Poppystamps die cuts.

What cute squirrels, right?

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I prepared for you a ful video tutorial! Enjoy!

 

 

 

Have a nice day!!!

Tanya Floral SIgnature copy (1)

 

 

 

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Sun 04

Monochrome Nativity Scene.
by Pam Simpson

Hello everyone, Pam here today with a quick monochrome Christmas card.

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Love how these New Holiday release from Poppystamps work together, you can create many cards using the same dies.

All you need is Black & White card, gold ink or similar  for the rays and  glitter glue to create this card how easy is that!..

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Cut one in Black & White from the "Nativity Scene Sidekick Frame and Stencil".

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Same with "Simple Bethlehem"

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Adhere on the reverse the pieces that come out of the die cut.

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Use the matching stencil you get with the Nativity Scene to create gold rays.

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Adhere the black "Simple Bethlehem" silhouette, then using Poppystamps "Christmas Time" clear stamps  in black ink I used the lovely sentiment as shown.

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Close up of the finished topper 5.1/4"x 6"..

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Topper mattered onto White/Black card ..white mat I ran a gold pen along the edge.

Card size 8"x 6" ..but you can make yours smaller if you wish.

Thank you for stopping by Pam xxx.

Pam Floral Signature copy

 

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Thu 01

PSC#50 Happy Harvest

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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 Falling Leaves and Scary Things ionabunny.

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

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!

11-18 copyPSC#50 Happy Harvest!   Amazing fall brings with it an abundance of color and the bounty of the harvest.  This month we're looking for fall cards that celebrate the autumn season.     Think colorful leaves, bushels of apples, carts of pumpkins and the warm heart felt coming home.     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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Marybeth Lopez

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

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