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Celebrate Spring with Poppystamps New Challenge: Floral Fantasy
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends.

Spring is the perfect time of year to get your bloom on with our newest challenge from Poppystamps, Floral Fantasy! Our new dies make it so easy to create beautiful floral cards. Take a look!

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I started out with a crisp white card base, and added the Scalloped Stitch Frames a bit off-kilter, cut in a pale pink. The next step is to cut out the Spring Bunnies, Dandelion Stems, Orchard Leaves, Potpourri  Flower Set, and the Flower Field Corner in an assortment of colors. I stuck with a pretty pastel Spring color palette.

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Now comes the fun part! Create your Floral Fantasy by arranging your blooms any way you'd like. Make a falling waterfall effect, or a big bright bouquet. Add a lot or just a few. Once your flowers are all in place, add the finishing touches with Fairy Gemstones!

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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 online 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 sidebar!

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Thank you so much for joining us today! We can't wait to see what you'll create!

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You Matter
by Kim Singdahlsen

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I found myself in need of an encouragement card for my son who is starting to realize the complexities of "adulting".  The Whittles work well in these situations.  Of course, they also work for cheerful feminine cards or children's cards or really just about anything.  But in this case, I wanted a clean and simple masculine card. 

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My idea started with the Whittle Circle Frames. I realized that I could lay out a variety of them and fill them with sentiments or Whittles or leaves.  Then I realized the largest one fit around what had to be the most perfect sentiment ever for what I needed "you matter so much to me" from the Diamond Sentiments stamp set. This is a large set full of a variety of sentiments that fit inside a very pretty frame stamp - but obviously you don't need to use the frame stamp. I love multi-purpose sets!

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The Whittles were picked with two criteria - they had to fit inside the small circle and they had to be looking toward the sentiment!  I preferred them to be "forest" type animals (vs. barnyard or ocean) but I would have used just about any of them.  Let's face it - they are all wonderfully charming and have the sweetest expressions! I went with the Whittle Squirrel and the Whittle Birds. To add just a bit more color, I put the Whittle Sunshine behind the frame.  The Whittle Sunshine also has a sweet expression but for my 26-year old son, I thought that might be one cute thing too far so I tucked its face behind the frame!  For balance, I added a sprig of leaves to the left. I picked this particular leaf from a very big set - the Woven Basket Pop Up Easel Set. It's not always easy justifying the purchase of big sets but what I've found with all of the pop up easel sets is that the extra pieces can all stand alone and are all a great addition to any collection.  In others, it's not just the easel that you're getting. By the time you add in the leaves and sprigs and bows and more, they are great sets to have.

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I hope this card will bring some cheer to my overwhelmed son - and I hope it gives you some ideas for the next time you bring the Whittles out to play!Kim Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Challenge Reminder #91: Add Texture
by Nancy Penir

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Greetings Poppy Peeps! Hope your spring is full of sunshine and bright with color. Nancy here and I'm posting to remind you of our Challenge this month, 'Add Texture'. 

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There are so many ways to add texture to your projects and cards, and I'm going to show you one of favorites. I'm sure you're all familiar with this, but just in case, here's a reminder. 

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The Memory Box family has several deep pocket embossing folders, which add great impressions when run through your machines. I love to roll on further texture with a brayer and ink pads. It's a rather a reverse emboss, and the color is applied onto the standup portions of the folder.

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Lots of depth as well as texture on the background. But I didn't stop there. Layers, glitter paper, lifting die cut petals, and rhinestones also add texture. 

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A closeup of the flowers lets you see detailed copic shading, and the addition of glitter drops and rhinestones.

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The unicorn's crown wreath is also added texture, built from tiny posies, and leaves.

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What's your favorite texture to use? We'd love to see it!

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 online 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 sidebar!

Have a wonderful week! 

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Grand Whittle Snail
by Jeanne Jachna

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Hi and thanks for stopping by!  The Spring weather has me itching to get busy in the garden!  It's still a bit chilly.. too cold to plant anything but I can clear away the dead foliage and start getting things ready.  This card with the Grand Whittle Snail makes me smile because sometimes there are surprises mixed in with the dead leaves.  Thank goodness for gloves!  I wish the real thing was as cute as this little guy, maybe then I wouldn't be so squeamish! 

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I added lots of details to make this little guy more interesting, but first I started by setting a little garden scene.

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I started by making an inky background with Distress Oxide on my card front.  To keep the back of the card clean I added a strip of removable sticky tape along the seam at the top of the card 

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To  help me decide what images to place where, I lay them out on a piece of clear plastic the size of my card front.   I can rearrange the images until I'm satisfied with their placement. 

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To bring the snail to life I double cut the shell from two shades of pink cardstock.   I fussy cut the stitches off of the lighter one to make it smaller and then adhered it over the darker pink shell.  To add more detail I use a white gel pen to add some stitches of my own.  Silly eyes add a little whimsy to this cute snail.

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The colorful flowers pop against the white Adriana white foliage frame.  The flowers are from the Potpourri Flower Set.    The punny sentiment is from the Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments stamp set. 

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I hope this makes you smile and that you find some time today to do something you enjoy!   Hugs!

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Easter Bunny Basket tags
by Nancy Penir

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Hello, Peeps! Are you enjoying spring break? With all the kiddies home, and Easter a few days away, I made some Easter basket tags I hope you'll enjoy. 

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These are large, and assemble rather quickly with the pieces die cut and ready to go.

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I began by die cutting Whittle Cutie Rabbit in several of the plaid papers. These would be doubled with coordinating solid colors.

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Rather than a tag die, I used the Basic Ovals to create my own die. That way it accommodated the elements in my design. Also

the grass was extended and shaped on the bottom like the shape of an egg.

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It really stands out on the basket handle. My eggs are from my home grown chickens that lay Easter eggs! Blues and greens, browns and whites. They all taste the same, just the shells are different, and such a treat to gather each morning!

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All my supplies are listed below, and the links take you to the shop. With lots of pieces already die cut, the tags go quickly. One note: The floral piece on the bottom right was first cut from white cardstock, then the 2 purples and green. The colored pieces were then cut and added to the base white. 

Hope you were inspired to create some tags for your Easter baskets. Have a wonderful, happy, Blessed Easter!

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Spring Dream
by Jeanne Jachna

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Hi friends!  I hope you're having a great day.  I love that Spring is in the air!  I'm seeing daffodils in the yard and everything is turning green!  Spring just couldn't get here fast enough this year.  I'm excited to be outside in the sunshine! 

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I'm sharing a card today that's perfect for an Easter or Spring greeting! You know I love  a card with a scene and using Poppystamps dies it's easy to find images that are proportioned well to work together. 

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I wish you could touch my card because the Wishful Bunny is cut from felt.   To help stabilize the soft material I used double sided adhesive.  I adhered the adhesive sheet to a scrap of cardstock, and then to the white felt.  The die cut through the assembled material beautifully.

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I started my card by cutting some grass using the Woven Basket Pop Up Easel set.  I adhered the grass to a cardstock panel of blue sky.  A large Scallop Stitched Frame is adhered next and the sweet scene is placed inside. 

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I think details really make the difference so I added a pink egg in the bunny's paws,  lots of flowers with gem centers, some butterflies and even a google eye for the bunny! 

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I hope you'll try adding a little felt to your designs.  If you do, it's a great time to join along with the challenge this month.  Maybe you'll be our lucky winner!  

Have a great day!  

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Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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