Sun 21

Fishbowl Card
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi and happy Easter!

Hope you are having wonderful time! The card I would like to show you today is goldfish themed. I used to have goldfish when I was little and I still lover their elegance and grace. 

I used some very basic and simple mixed media techniques to create a variety of textures on this card. Watch the video tutorial below for step by step instructions.

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Thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!

Olga Floral Signature copy

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Sat 20

To All My Peeps
By Jeanne Jachna

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Wow this month has been going so fast!  With the weather so fickle here in the midwest - snow one day, rain the next, I can't decide if it's Spring or Winter.  Nope!  Yes!  It's SPRING!  And we have been waiting a long time for it! 
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I was so worried that the bulb flowers coming up wouldn't stand a chance but they are resilient like us.  A little back tracking of cold weather isn't going to stand in our way right?  
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I stamped the rows of tulips and little birds from Easter Chicks (in my part of the world I'm calling them Robins because they're back from their Winter migration) with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic Markers.  The images are easy to die cut with the coordinating window style dies that you place over the images and then die cut. 
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I stamped the sentiment along  the bottom of a panel that I inked with distress ink (Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, and Squeezed Lemonade).  The tulips are adhered flat to the card panel, and the little birds are adhered with adhesive foam tape to add some dimension. 
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Wishing you a beautiful spring day!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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Thu 18

Hugs
by Donna Peachey

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Some of the easiest cards to make start out with a colour blended background.

And what better way to bring a smile to somebody's face than to use those cute Whittle animals, don't you think?

Just in case you need it, here's a quick 'how to' guide... 

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These are the colours I used to colour blend.  I went back in with some extra yellow and a few extra water splatters once the first layer had dried.

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The Daisy Oval frame really is quite beautiful with that gorgeous embossing detail.

I've simply cut, coloured, left to dry and then embossed before gluing into place.   

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Here's a closer look at that frame...

On top, I've added the Luscious Script Hugs craft die.  Three layers cut, top layer embossed before gluing the whole thing together and attaching to the card.

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The Hugs die does actually come complete with a shadow background!

So that's two looks for your crafting from one die.

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To decorate, I've opted for the Whittle Rabbit and the Whittle Ducks.

They have all been inked up (even if only just a touch on some of them).  I've also added ink to the eyes and rabbits nose...  and opted to give the duckling a bigger eye as that's the way young ones are often depicted. 

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Three sequins later and this card is finished.

I do love the versatility of this Hugs die.  There are other words available in this Luscious Script, too...  so why not take a look and find the ones for you?

Thanks heaps for stopping by.

Have a great day!

Donna Floral Signature copy

 

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Wed 17

Blooming Garden Challenge Reminder
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

We are so glad you could stop by today, and take a look at this fun card I created for our April Challenge, Blooming Garden! 

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I have a little kitty who LOVES to help me with everything I do, especially with my tiny garden that I have out on our apartment lanai. My kitty and my small space garden inspired me to create this card for our April Challenge. These "Whittle" animals that all came out this year are some of my very favorites, and today's Whittle Cat is sweetly checking out the Folk Watering Can filled with tiny flowers from the Spring Pot Shelves.

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To create this card, I started with some watercolor paper and sponged on Distress Oxide inks in shades of blues and greens, gently giving them a soft blend to look like an outdoor horizon. Then I splattered the paper with water and a paintbrush, which gives the inks these beautiful layers of color. Once the paper was completely dry, I then cut out the Pointed Rectangle Frame and the other cuts, and estimated where I wanted the horizon line to appear, then cut it out and adhered it to my white frame.

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I adhered that to my card base, then added all my die cuts, arranging the flowers and leaves from the Spring Pot Shelves into the Folk Watering Can, and adding the Stitched Fluttering Butterflies and a few sequins. It's the perfect design for my small space inspired Blooming Garden card!

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Now it's your turn! We can't wait to see what you will create for our April Challenge, Blooming Garden! Just use at least one Poppystamps die or stamp, then link up your creation to our  current challenge page on the right! What are you growing in your garden?

 

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Thanks so much for joining us today! We'll see you in the garden!

Michele Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Tue 16

Happy Easter
by Nancy Penir

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Hi and Happy Spring Break, and to all who celebrate... Happy Easter! My garden has begun to bloom, and we're enjoying fields of green and pops of color in my valley.

I have a card duo for you today, using the 2 new stamp sets from Poppystamps, one plaid, and the other floral. 

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The top is stamped with Flower Garden, and the bottom with Picnic Plaid.

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2 wonderful all over stamps, that cover a large area. 

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I used the outer area frame of Memory Box: Egg Basket Frame, and created my own grass with a set of scissors that cut several 'blades' of grass at once.

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One card is stamped and assembled on white card stock, the other on lavender.

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I always find it easy to do 2 cards at one time, with just a little changeup. I left the sweet egg die attached so I could cut many eggs at once, each with different textures. How fun is that! Nuvo Crystal Drops for tulip centers.

Hope you found some inspiration today. And hope your week is full of crafty goodness! 

Nancy Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Sun 14

Hello
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hello from this just hatched happy chick! I made this simple little interactive card using : Chick and Egg, and Luscious Script Hello dies from Poppystamps spring line. The little chick is on a mini wobbler that makes him move when you pull down or to the side of it. The chick is in movement it the photo above.

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I had some leftover alcohol ink blended papers from another project. You can go to Jennifer McGuire to learn how to create your own. 

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I cut the top layer of the hello in white and adhered to the colorful background . Since I was going to add the white chick and egg to this background  I lightly blended some blue ink so they would show up better.

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I added this mini wobbler to the back of the chick so it would move when touched. It kinda makes him look even happier to be just hatched saying " HELLO"! I cute the shell out twice so I would have a top and bottom.

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I decided to lightly add some yellow on the chick. When you use a brush it's a much softer look.

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 The panel is watercolor cardstock to even a bit more movement . I hope you all have a Happy Easter and wonderful Spring!

Thank you for the visit today...happy shopping!

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Sat 13

Easter is coming!!!!
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!!

Arrive, with this card, all color to the blog jiji 

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To make this card, I use the new clear stamps sets, first Picnic Plaid and I did a beautiful background....

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I love the size of the letters, Luscious Script Hello is spectacular!!!!

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I used too Butterfly Wings Clear Stamp set...  I stamped butterflies and I painted with a lot of colors!!!! After I add glitter!

Pick a Boo Bunny is so tender :)

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Really, I use several beautiful Poppy diecuts!!!!! 

What is the favorite part of my card for you???

Hope you a great day!!!!!

Kisses amigas!!!!

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Fri 12

Spring Garden
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the Poppystamps blog today, and welcome to the warm spring weather! Today, I am sharing a card I created that our gardening friends are going to love! I only used TWO dies, but with a little fussy cutting and trimming, these two dies can create a lush, detailed design!

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I started out by cutting out the Spring Pots Frame three times, in three shades of green, then I cut off the bottom row of pots and plants. Carefully layering my three cuts, so that little patches of green peek through, I then glues each layer down one at a time, creating a fresh spring green little arbor shape. Then I cut the tiny flower pots in different colors, and added the plants and leaves in different shades of green and purple. The cute Whittle Birds are resting on top! This tiny arbor scene is ready for Spring!

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Thanks so much for joining us today! We'll see you in the garden!

Michele Floral Signature copy

 

 

 

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Wed 10

Blooming Garden Challenge Reminder
by Tanya Palamarchuk

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget that there is a monthly challenge running currently on the blog titled "Blooming Garden". You can create any project following the theme, just include at least one Poppystamps product and submit the photo of your project for a chance to win a fabulous prize!

 

I created white card with white garden! My garden is poppies! So tender and beaty! 

I added gold glitter and some pink for desert!

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Thanks for visiting today! Have a great day!

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Tue 09

Grateful
by Donna Peachey

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Have you ever thought about using an actual photo as part of your card design?

After all, what better way to personalise or use a favourite image?

Poppystamps have quite a few Sidekick Frames to choose from for this idea.  I've opted for the Garden Poppy design that has a matching smaller Stitched Frame option.

A very soft colour palette in the background keeps my silver and grey distressed frame looking as neutral as can be...  except for that pop of red from the sentiment and those stark black enamel dots...

But take a closer look at that outer frame.  Can you see what I've done?

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

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The first step is super easy.  Simply cut out the frame and snip away part of the inner design so that it matches this photo!

Then cut out two extra flowers...  One that matches the very top and one that matches the very bottom poppy.

Carefully use the blade from an open pair of scissors to distress all the edges.  That's every inner edge and every outer edge of the frame.

...  And please be careful and take your time with this step!  

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Next, cut out this smaller Stitched Frame twice as shown, removing all the inner detail from one.

Save the flower from the taller poppy (as shown).

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Next, add a touch of colour to just a few of the flowers and at random places around the frame...

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...  As you can see, I've also added some ink to the taller poppy from the smaller frame...  as well as to the cut out that matches it.

I've also inked up the flower that matches the poppy at the very top of the big frame and then sprayed everything pictured with silver glitter varnish. 

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Once dry, add the photo (glued from behind)...  and use Distress Collage Medium on the smaller frame that's pictured here.

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Add silver gilding polish to the empty frame and also to the taller flower and its matching cut out.

Then stamp and heat emboss the word Grateful on to a scrap of card and cut it to size.

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Glue on the flower at the top at a jaunty angle...  and glue the one at the very bottom from behind.

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Then glue your smaller frame together with the empty frame on top and add that matching flower as shown.

Glue it into position so that it surrounds the photo...

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...  And then create a very simply, partially inked background.

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Put the whole card together, adding a layer of acetate between the frame and the background.  I know that you can't tell it's there from the photo, but it really does add to the design if you add this layer...  (plus you can keep costs down by recycling it from packaging supplies).  

Will you be trying this distressed look on your designs, I wonder?

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by.

Donna Floral Signature copy

 

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