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Challenge Reminder - Polar Bear Hugs
by Jeanne Jachna

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Hi Friends!  I'm sharing my card today that I made for the February Poppystamps Challenge.  This month it's all about Me & You!   We're looking for projects (it doesn't have to be a card) for your special someone.  You can make a Valentine, or maybe a project sharing something that you love doing together like looking at the stars! 

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My card features the Whittle Polar Bears in a snowy scene that comes together quick with an ombre Distress Ink Background.  Here's how it came together...

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I always start my cards by laying out the images on a piece of clear plastic the size of my card base.  I like that I can pick up the entire arrangement and lay it over different color backgrounds (and believe me I moved it several times) until I find one that I like best, commit, and adhere it in place.

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I like to get the most I can out of my die cuts.  For the little hearts on the card I used the negative cut outs from two different background panels so I got a bunch of different size hearts.  For the "moon" I used a circle die - a punch would work just as well.   These are also great ways to use up some of your cardstock scraps.

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I use a cosmetic brush to apply the Distress Ink - this time I used Kitsch Flamingo and Picked Raspberry.    I think this is the best way to blend, but you still might get some darker lines from the brush.  If you splatter the panel with water, some watered down darker shade of ink, and/or some white ink/or acrylic paint) these lines won't be noticeable at all.

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I added "rosy" cheeks to the bears with a soft pink marker.  You could also color the nose and add a google eye if your feeling like you need more details.

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I appreciate you stopping by to say hi!  I hope you find some time to make today!
Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"



I Love You Deerly
by Meghan Kennihan

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Hi Crafty Friends,
I created a winter scene using the Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit and Adelaide Snowflakes Dies. This kit is perfect for winter and masculine cards.

Make Crafty Friends Q & A:
Q: What is your favorite animal for masculine cards?
A: Me? Bears

Final_2 (2)I started my card with a sheet of paper from the Stormy Blue 6x6 Paper pad and splattered it with Copic White and gold paint. I die cut 5 of the snow mounds from the kit to create a forest floor covered in snow then I added the trees in green plaid and basic forest green. I finished the card with the cute little deer and snowflakes in the sky.

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Panda Love
by Kim Singdahlsen

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I am loving the new Valentine's release! The Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame has dozens of little hearts plus stitched detail separating each one. The Vintage Scalloped Heart has two hearts that layer beautifully, one with scallops and one with a sunburst of rays. I used a trio of coral pink papers to put together this pretty background for the sweet Whittle Giant Panda. 

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The Whittle Giant Panda is as charming as you would expect from any Whittle.  He comes with one die but you cut one in white and one in black and then using the white one, you can see from the packaging picture above there are lines cut in that show you clearly where to trim to create a black and white panda.

The previously-released Lattice Plate die and the Double Diamond Lattice Plate die both fit over top of the Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame. My card uses the Double Diamond because the openings line up perfectly over the stitched accents on the heart plate and I love that detail.

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I wanted just a small sentiment because I didn't want it to hide any of the background or the panda. I found a "sending love" in the Diamond Sentiments clear stamp set. I added it to a label from the Colwell Label Set.

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You really can't look at this guy with all the hearts and patterns behind him and not feel the love!! I hope I've given you some ideas for all of the new heart products plus something new with the sweet panda!
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Peace on Earth
by Kim Singdahlsen

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The Pondering Layered Deer is an amazing die.  His expression is beautiful and the dimension he has with just a few die cuts gives him a graceful and elegant look. 

I wanted to give him a simple and classy background. I used the Snowflake Flurry Collage angled on soft blue cardstock and added white glitter paper behind it. I was going to give him a full strip of snowy ground but then I saw the Flowing Curves die and decided it gave him that ground but in a unique and elegant way. 

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His expression really is amazing.  (BTW - I keep saying "his" but the antlers are optional!) I love the choice of "pondering" in the name of the die - it's perfect.  On my card, I believe he is pondering and marveling at the beauty and peace of the snowflakes.

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The sentiment is from the Gilded Christmas Wishes clear stamp and die set. It includes 12 different Christmas-related sentiments, all with unique shapes. I have used this card as a Christmas card, but I think this deer has many other possibilities. I have many family and friends for whom I create outdoor, mountain-related cards and I know this lovely deer will show up often in my crafting. 

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A Christmas Tag and Reindeer Treat Holder
by Janet Katz

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The new Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit has so much to offer. Here are two projects I made with it:
While the kit dies are a blast to mix and match, don't overlook the tiny little stamp set that comes with the kit. On it is a tiny tree along with an outline of that tree. I put the two to work on a store-bought white tag with a gold hole reinforcer. I pulled together a rainbow of dye ink pads and stamped a row of colorful trees in rainbow order on the long edge of the tag. Next, I used black ink to stamp the outline on top of the colorful trees.
I purposefully offset the outline to give it a modern edge. I have recently seen a lot of tags that use a layer of vellum over a cardstock layer. I cut a piece of vellum cardstock (you can buy this heavyweight vellum on Amazon or at many online craft retailers) to the same dimensions as the tag and then stamped a sentiment from the Gilded Christmas Wishes stamp set in black ink. With a little more time, I could have heat embossed the sentiment in black. I punched a hole in the vellum tag and attached the two with a deep pink grosgrain ribbon and cinched that with some teal and white baker's twine. This took just a few minutes to put together.
For my reindeer treat holder, I started with a piece of 2" x 5.75" kraft cardstock, I scored it at 2.75" and then at 3" to provide a .25" gusset for my chocolate treat square.
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I used a corner rounder punch to round the corners. I used a little slot punch to punch a rectangular hole for the ribbon. Next, I cut a 1.75" x 2.25" piece from a pale blue polka-dotted paper. Then I used one of the dies that came with the Gilded Christmas Wishes stamp and die set to cut a tag shape from a dusty navy blue cardstock. A circle punch would have worked for this piece also. I die cut my reindeer head from brown cardstock, the nose from red cardstock, and the hat from the Memory Box Christmas Jolly 6 x 6 paper pad (PP1019.) I layered it all together and attached it to the kraft base keeping the hole at the top. Finally, I stamped in black ink on white cardstock and cut out the "Cheers my deer" sentiment that comes with the kit and adhered it below the deer head. I folded it up at the score lines and slipped my treat inside (a little double stick tape on the back of the treat wrapper will keep it from sliding out). I finished it with a small piece of white grosgrain ribbon cinched with both blue and white baker's twine and linen thread.
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'Tis the season to stretch your craft supplies, dies and stamps to make fun gifts for family and friends.
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Holiday Reindeer
by Meghan Kennihan

Final_7 (3)Hi Crafty Friends,
I love the Poppy Stamps Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit! It's perfect for winter and Christmas cards but can also be used all year round for masculine cards too.

Make Crafty Friends Q & A:
Q: What would you name these two deer?
A: Me? Randy and Ronald Reindeer


I framed the deer heads with the Double Scalloped Stitched Frames dies and die cut their hats to match the Memory Box Christmas Paper background. The sentiment  from the Christmas Sparkle set was embossed with gold.

For my second card I kept it Clean and Simple. I used the Snowflake Flurry Collage Die for my background and then took those snowflakes and added them to the background of the deer above.

I think Randy and Ronald look great on white don't you?

I stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Sparkle set in the right corner so that it didn't take away from the cute deer!

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