501 posts categorized "Animals"

Hello Summer
by Michele K. Henderson



Hello Crafty Friends,

It's finally time to say Hello Summer! Lush leafy greens and vivid pops of color mark the start of summer, and these critters are welcoming it in a big way! Take a look!


I started with a pretty blue card base and added the Harvest Oval Frame in a juicy lime green. I cut more leaves from Fanciful Fall Leaves and Leafy Vine Corner in different shades of greens and teals, and placed them all around the frame.


I added an assortment of bright colors and balanced them around the frame. Then I added the Whittle Lizard, and two Pond Frogs and made them pop off the page a little bit. Whittle Lizard is coming out to say hello!


Finish it all off with a few sparkling Fairy Gems and this bright hello is ready to welcome just about anything!


Thanks so much for joining us today!








Challenge Reminder ~ Flower Garden, Garden Kindness
by Rachel Duong


Hi, it's Rachel here with a spring card for the Poppystamps May Challenge-"Flower Garden!" The absolutely adorable Poppystamps "Whittle Happy Fox" and "Whittle Beaver" are joining in to say "Thanks for being kind".  We can never have too much kindness in the world! The "Leafy Vine Corner" die helps to showcase the beautiful spring day too. How is your spring going so far? I am gardening and cardmaking every day, two of my favorite things to do. 


These are the supplies I used for my card. The "Lucky Layered Flowers " dies and the "Layered Pointy Petals"  dies go perfectly on the "Leafy Vine Corner". The "Modest Banner Greetings Hot Foil Plate" is a must have. I use it all the time and looks great on everything! The "Heart Jumble" die makes a great  embellishment cut out in metallic gold. Save the extra hearts!


Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the pieces in medium weight white cardstock.
2. Ink blend all using a mix of distress and distress oxide inks. Mask off the white portions of the fox before ink blending. The above picture shows another option to cut apart and color each individual piece of the fox.
3. Color the noses with a black marker.


4. Adhere the flowers to the vine.
5. Hot foil and die cut the "Thanks for being kind" sentiment.


6. Cut an A2 cardfront in vellum.
7. Using a black Sharpie pen, scribble over the vellum.
8. Drop isoprophyl alcohol over the pen. Use a paintbrush to move color around.
9. Glue vellum onto white card base.


10. Die cut the "Hearts Jumble" die. Use any type of paper that you like. I used a leftover brown heart that was embossed in gold!
11. Adhere the pieces to the card front to finish the card. What a cute duo!


Come along and join the challenge with your Poppystamps "Flower Garden" creation. Don't forget to link it up in the challenge section. I hope you love this card as much as I do. Pairing Poppystamps critters and flowers together are such a happy combination. They look so peaceful and relaxed. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the warmer weather this time of year! 


Rachel Floral Signature



Three Little Birthday Pandas
by Janet Katz

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There aren't many cuter images than panda bears to put on a card front. I used the Whittle Panda Pickup Kit to put together this slimline card. The panda bear die is a single solid die that cuts out 4 different panda bears with etch marks on them. As another design member has shown, you can use the bears as is, cut from a solid color; to make black and white pandas, you will have two choices. You can cut the pandas from white cardstock and take a black pen or marker and color the ears, eye area, nose, shoulders, arms and legs. I found this pretty tricky to do, so I tried another method used by a fellow team member. I cut the bears from both black and white cardstock and then carefully trimmed off portions of the white bear and glued them onto the black bear. I used a black marker to color the nose and the eyeball only. Once I got going using an Exacto knife to remove the eye ring and scissors on the rest of the bear, this became very easy to do. For a final touch, I added a bit of pink blush with an R30 Copic marker.
I used the bamboo die from the kit to cut out 2 colors of green bamboo. I glued parts of this together to create longer bamboo plants. I glued the bamboo onto a white cardstock panel measuring 3.25" x 8.5". I used a yellow green Copic marker to draw in some grass at the bottom of the bamboo.
Next, I placed my sweet little bear cubs in the bamboo, as though they'd climbed up it. Then I cut two balloons with the die that came in the kit. I ran two pieces of black thread from one panda's hand up towards the top of the card and taped it in place with a tiny piece of washi. Next, I glued the balloons on over the tape. The bottom of the threads are barely secured in place, so I might need a dot of glue later on.
My next step was to glue this panel onto a slimline cardfront measuring 3.5 x 8.5". I had already glued strips of black and white striped paper to the right edge of this cardfront to give it a nice little striped accent.
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Finally, I added a sentiment stamped with a stamp from the kit and backed it with a small piece of cardstock the same color as the balloons.
Think of all the fun and cute things these little bears could do on your cards.

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Truckload of love
by Lisa Elton

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Are you ready for a truckload of love and cuteness? I think my floral delivery fella in his Whittle Panda Pickup will take care of that!

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First he needed a truck to complete his delivery in. Being that it's a floral delivery truck, I went with green! I used a scrap of shiny silver paper for the hubcaps and bumpers.

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The Layered Pointy Petals die has lots of flowers that let me create a few to fit perfeclty into the pickup. I colored them with Copic markers to create a two-toned peachy bloom.

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Now I ask you, who wouldn't want this little fella to pull up to their house! Beep, beep!

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The Heart Shining Arch provided the perfect amount of love to go with this floral delivery. I backed it with mirror cardstock to give it a little umph. Who do you know that could use a truckload of love sent their way? I hope I've sparked your imagination to get creative and share some love!

PoppyStamps Signature





Sweet Little Junk Journal
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing my sweet little Clean and Simple Basic Junk Journal! This Basic Junk Journal Set is so unique that it will be impossible for two journals to look the same. I'm sure each one of us from our very talented design team will make their own version of this remarkable little journal project. 


I started with crisp white heavy card stock paper and cut all the little pieces. There was so much to explore and discover. like tiny envelopes, pockets, labels, and doo dads! 


After cutting my pieces, I just let myself have fun making tiny envelopes, flourishes, and labels. I kept everything white because I knew I would fill my pockets with bold splashes of color! 


I cut some of the adornments out of this fun holographic shiny paper I had to give it a little pop!



This was all about bright color against crisp white. The front pocket uses the big heart from the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit, and tiny flowers and leaves from the Potpourri Flower Set and the Floral Vase Pop Up Easel. The inside large envelope contains a sleepy kitty and a rainbow of balloons from the Whittle Panda Pick Up Kit. The tiny envelope is filled with teeny hearts and dots from the Hearts Shining Arch.


I have more ideas about how I can personalize this little Junk Journal for so many people in my life. Give it a try!

Thanks so much for joining us today!







Country Barn Whittle Pig
by Meghan Kennihan

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There is still time to enter the Poppy Stamps Challenge Cute Critters for the month of April. I created this cute Country Barn Easel card with my favorite Poppy Stamps Critter, the Whittle Pig.

Make Crafty Friends Q & A:
Q: What is your favorite farm animal?
A: Me? I love horses but this pig is just the cutest

Final_1I used kraft paper for the base of my barn card easel to give it that rustic farm look and finished the inside with the "Enjoy Your Day" sentiment from the Poppy Stamps Birthday Blowout Stamp Set.