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Three Christmas Cards for Last Minute Inspiration
by Meghan Kennihan

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Christmas is coming up fast but these two cards are quick and easy to create and the critters can be used all winter so if you order now you can still use them in January, February, and March!

Make Crafty Friends Q & A:
Q: How many Christmas cards did you make this year?
A: Me? 140+

The first card is with the darling mom/daughter or father/son pair of Whittle Polar Bears.

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I used the Wintertime Snowflake Frame Die to frame this duo. Then I splattered the entire card with white Copic Opaque Paint and added the sparkle with Christmas Fairy Jewels.
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For my second card, I used the same Wintertime Snowflake Frame die but this time I created a scene with the Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit.
Final_4I splattered a beautiful blue paper from the Stormy Blue 6x6 Paper Pad with Copic Opaque white and gold watercolor paint to create a shimmery snow.
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The Freestyle Script Joy die just adds the perfect sentiment for how this deer family is feeling spending the holiday together.
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BONUS CARD! The Oval Fold Frame die makes highlighting sentiments and shape dies easy. I used it below to frame my sentiment from the Christmas Sparkle Set with the fun Whittle Cocoa with Whip die.
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I embellished the edges with the Scallop Tall Curve Border Die and added some holly to match the plaid in the Memory Box Holiday paper.
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A Season of Joy
by Rachel Duong

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Wishing you joy this holiday season! Hi, it's Rachel here to share two cards I made using the Poppystamps "Stacked Joy" craft die. This die is such a thrill to use and it makes a wonderful focal point. I cut it out in shimmering red glitter paper.... leaving me with pieces to create two festive and fun cards! How awesome is that?!

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A close-up because the Open Studio "Fairy Jewels" are hard to see yet beautiful displayed on the wreath. The shimmering red glitter paper from the Memory Box "Glitzy Glitter Pad" is truly amazing!

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These are the supplies I used. 

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Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the Poppystamps "Stacked Joy" using shimmering red cardstock from the "Glitzy Glitter Pad" and die cut it again in heavyweight white cardstock. (set aside the extra pieces for the next card)
2. Die cut the Poppystamps "Wintertime Snowflake Frame" in medium weight white cardstock.
3. Cut a dark gray A2 size card front from the Memory Box "Earth Neutral Collection".
4. Blend Distress Oxide and Distress inks in shades of green on a white piece of cardstock. Mist with water. Let dry. (save the extra green paper for the next card)
5. Die cut the Poppystamps "Pine Needle Shoots" die four to five times using the green blended paper from step four. 
6. Adhere the snowflake frame to the gray card front and then to a white card base.

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7. Arrange the pine needles around the "O" in Joy. Trace a fine pencil line around the "O" for placement. Glue the needles down keeping the ends free. Save a few extra needles to overlap the sentiment.
8. Adhere Joy to the center. 
9. Tie a bow using baker's twine, string or ribbon and glue to the top of the "O".
10. Adhere Open Studio "Fairy Jewels" to the wreath
11. Trim the ends of the pine needle shoots. Curl up the ends for texture and character.

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One more look, it was super fun to give the wreath a hair cut!

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Transitioning into the second card-- here are the two cards side by side using the positive and negative pieces!

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I love a card on kraft. It gives me a cozy warm feeling inside! 

Steps to create this card.
1. Use the die cuts from the first card in step one. ("Stacked Joy" cut from red glitter paper and heavy white cardstock.)
2. Die cut three layers of the snowflake in the Poppystamps "Snowflake Loop" die from white card stock.
3. Die cut the Poppystamps "Iced Pine Trees" using the leftover blended green paper in step four of the first card.
4. Die cut the "Iced Pine Trees" again in white cardstock for the snow caps and adhere to tree on random branches.

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5. Using a brown marker, color the tree bases.
6. Cut an A2 size piece of kraft card stock. 
7. Blend brown distress ink lightly around the edges.
8. Adhere pieces to card front and then to kraft card base. 
9. Add a gold jewel from the Open Studio "Fairy Jewels" embellishment pack and red string to complete the card.

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Additional supplies used to add to the ones used in the first card. The Poppystamps "Whittle Polar Bears" die? Scroll to the next frame to see where I used one of them!

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11. Glue the little bear inside the card for a fun surprise to the recipient. This completes the card... I love little surprises!

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Have a joy-filled day today. Thank you so much for your visit. Please let me know if you have any questions about how I made these cards. Take care and see you soon!

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Old World Deer
by Rachel Duong

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Hello, it's Rachel! Let's welcome Fall, the season of crisp air, leaves turning color and days getting shorter with an "Old World" card! What is "Old World"?! It's a style that is worn, slightly tattered, yet familiar and nostalgic. Finishings are distressed and faded. I love this look!
To create this card I am using the Poppystamps "Pondering Layered Deer" and the "Leafy Branch Oval". The dies are from the Fall and Christmas 2022 releases.  I hope you like it!

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Here are the steps to create this card. 
1. Die cut the Poppystamps "Pondering Layered Deer" out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the scarf in burgundy.
2. Lightly blend brown ink on the deer to create shadow and interest.
3. Adhere the pieces together. 

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4. Using a fine tipped black marker, dot in the eye.
5. Using a snow marker, add highlights and spots on the deer. It does not need to be exact or realistic. 

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6. Die cut the Poppystamps "Leafy Branch Oval" in brown and yellow. Use small scraps for green, lime, yellow, orange and burgundy. They will be used for the leaves. 
7. Take the yellow die cut and trim off the branches of the oval frame. Distress the frame unevenly with brown ink.
8. Take the brown die cut and paint it in a wash of darker brown.
9. Trim green, lime, yellow, orange and burgundy leaves off the die cuts. Glue leaves onto the brown branches of the die cut. 

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10. Using a neutral cardfront, blend brown and green distress oxide inks mimicking an oval shape. Spritz water on each color and dry between applications for this effect.
11. Glue the finished "Leafy Branch Oval" on the card front.
12. Blend distress oxides and inks around the corners and edges. Trim down the cardfront to slightly smaller than an A2 size. 
13. Glue the deer on the cardfront. Add a few leaves for embellishments and balance in the lower right corner. 
14. Tie 1 mm burlap twine on the fold to complete the card.

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Supplies I used. The dies are linked to Poppystamps below.

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I hope my card finds you well. I love the heartwarming charm of this adorable deer. It has a timeless feel and I can see this deer in the forest, munching on leaves. 
Both dies are great for so many occasions and events throughout the year. Have a wonderful day!

Rachel Floral Signature

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Leafy Garden Border Card - The Easy Version!
by Sphoorti

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Hello again, Poppy Peeps!

 

I'm back (so soon!) to continue my previous blog post where I went over the complicated card I made, and wanted to show you how to make a simpler version of the card if you prefer that! To see the original post, please click here. Now, let's dive into the easy-peasy version!

 

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So, in this version, I used the exact same supplies (except for the glitter belly band in the middle, and the sentiment). I started with a standard A2 sized card base, i.e. 4.25" x 5.5" in dimensions. I used the Leafy Garden Border craft die and fully cut out two die cuts from some 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock. I foam mounted them in the middle of the card - one with the leaves pointing upward, and the other downwards.


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I wanted to add some color on the card and I absolutely love the green and white combination, so I cut up multiple leaves with these using the Leafy Garden Border craft die, the Maple Symphony craft die), and a bunch from the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die (which has a plethora of floral and leafy dies) with some green alcohol ink backgrounds I created a few years ago, as well as with some silver mirror card stock and some silver glitter card stock. I cut up leaves and sprigs from the Leafy Garden Border die (because the die results in a single die cut with all the leaves attached). Then, I arranged the leaves and sprigs in front of, and behind the leafy border attached to the card base.

 


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I took some glitter card stock and foam mounted it on the portion of the card where the Leafy Garden Border die cuts met (horizontally along the middle).



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I hot-foiled a sentiment from the Modest Greetings 2 Hot Foil Plate and Die set (the one that says "You are the best") and foam mounted that on top of the glitter belly band.

 

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Here's a picture taken from a different angle. I couldn't choose which of these I liked more, so you get both angles!

 

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I took an assortment of jewels and scattered them between and behind the leaves and that was it!

 

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So, this card doesn't open up like the other one, but it still kind of has the same effect with the two sets of Floral Garden Border die cuts meeting in the middle. I personally liked this one more because I can create more of these, and faster. But what do you think? Which one do you like more? Please do let me know!

 


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Any other thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? We love to hear from you, so please do let us know! Have a great week ahead!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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Leafy Garden Border Card - The Not-So-Easy Version!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there, Poppy Peeps!

 

Hope your Saturday's going great! I made two cards a few weeks ago. My original idea was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire's cards and that's the one you see here. I came up with another idea in the process and made a second card which was a simpler and quicker version than this one.

 

I thought we'd start in that order. I'll be back on Monday, July 25th, 2022 with the easier version of this card. So stay tuned!

 

So, when the card is folded or placed in its envelope, this is how it looks. (Special shout-out to my cousin/sister-in-law who had to be my hand-model to hold the card down because otherwise, it opens up like a flower). It flattens completely when you place it in an envelope, so no need to worry about extra bulk or anything. It's just hard to photograph!

 

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When you release it, it opens up like this:

 

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You can write your message in that open area, or, you can decorate the inside, and write your note on the back. Whatever you prefer!

 


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So getting back to how to make this card, I started with two standard A2 sized card bases, i.e. the ones that measure 4.25" x 5.5". Then I scored the card bases at 3.25" on one side. At that line, I folded it outwards, which resulted in a Z shaped card with a long end and a short end.

 


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I took the Leafy Garden Border craft die and partially die cut the short end so that the bottom portion of the die doesn't cut through or get separated from the card base. Here's a closeup of what it looks like when you do partial die cutting. See how the bottom part of the Leafy Garden Border is still continuous or attached to the card base? It's seamlessly connected to the card base.

 

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Alternatively, if you want to skip the patience-testing partial die cutting business, you can just cut out the Leafy Garden Border and just stick it to the short end of the card base. (SO much easier, quicker, and less stressful).

 

I repeated the same step on the other card base and then glued the card bases together.

 

I wanted to scatter some colored leaves, and I had a few scraps of alcohol ink backgrounds I created the last time I had those supplies out (which was more than 2 years ago) and I found these green ones that I thought would go perfectly with the idea I had in mind. So, I cut up multiple leaves with these using the Leafy Garden Border craft die, the Maple Symphony craft die), and a bunch from the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die which has a plethora of floral and leafy dies. I cut up leaves and sprigs from the Leafy Garden Border die (because the die results in a single die cut with all the leaves attached). Then, I arranged the leaves and sprigs in front of and behind the leafy border that was attached to the card base.

 

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There was a big space between the score line and the bottom of the leafy border, so I decided to use some washi tape with a copper-mirror look to it and placed it as a border to fill out some of that space. Then, I took a leftover I had from the last time I had my foil machine out and found a matching sentiment (the Happy Birthday one from the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies that I made with some copper colored foil). I attached it just to the bottom side of the card (so that the card doesn't get sealed shut).



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I took an assortment of jewels and scattered them on the card base behind the floating leafy border and called it done!

 

I'm not going to lie, this was kinda hard to make because the leafy border is very delicate. Next time I try to make a card like this, I'm going to layer a few die cuts to form a chipboard style die cut so that it's sturdier and easier to work with. I think the effort and the pain was worth it, though! Those leaves are so gorgeous! And the card isn't too shabby, is it?



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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this hard card! Stay tuned for the easier version coming up in a few days! Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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Challenge Reminder: PSC#94 - Over The Rainbow!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there!

 

It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#94 - Over the Rainbow! Summer is always a feast for the eyes in a rainbow of  color! Bold, beautiful flowers, sweet summer fruits, and a trip to the pool / the beach. This month we want you to add ALL the colors or maybe even an actual rainbow to your project. Your project can be for any occasion, just be sure to include at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

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This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!

 

Card # 1:

 

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For my first card, I took the leaves from the Maple Symphony craft die and colored them with distress inks. I used my usual favorites: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, and Picked Raspberry and ink blended over the leaves (in that order).

 

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I foam mounted the leaves along the bottom of my card base.

 

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I took some Perfect Pearls in Gold and Perfect Pearl (silver / whitish) colors and splattered them over the leaves and bottom border of the card.

 

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Then, I took a Sakura Quickie Glue pen and drew little dots around the leaves on the card base. After they were fully dry, I took some Therm O Web Deco Foil in the rainbow color and applied it to the dots (so that the colors of the foil match the leaf colors). Absolutely loved this effect! I couldn't capture it on camera but it's really fun to see in real life, and pretty too!

 

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I took a hot foiled sentiment from the PSF802 Modest Greetings 1 Hot Foil Plate and Die (the "Just a Note" one), cut it out in shape of a banner and foam mounted it on the right side above the leaves. And that was it! What do you think?



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Card # 2:

 

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For my second card, I took the Leafy Garden Border craft die and cut out a number of die cuts from it. I layered them on top of each other in order to create a chipboard-like die cut (for stability and a raised look because as Laura Bassen sings - "Dimension is liiiiiiife!")

 

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I used the same distress inks that I used on the first card to ink blend over the leafy border.

 


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I took a hot foiled sentiment from the PSF808 Modest Greetings 2 Hot Foil Plate and Die (the "You're so kind" one), cut it out in shape of a banner and foam mounted it on the right side above the leaves. And that was it! What do you think?

 

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Now it's your turn to take on the Over the Rainbow challenge! 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 Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions! You still have time, but hurry!

 

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

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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