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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

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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

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

 

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A Card Made with Leftovers
by Sphoorti

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Hello there, Poppy Peeps!

I'm not sure if you had a chance to look at my post from the other day, but it was about making Cake shaped Easel cards. In case you missed it - you can find it here. When I was putting those cards together, I had some leftovers and I randomly pieced the leftovers together and made this quick and easy, clean and simple card.  Since I already had the pieces, this card took about 10 minutes to make (maybe it'd have taken 20 if I didn't have all the pieces) but I thought it turned out great (if I do say so myself) in spite of it being a leftovers-card.

 

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Since I had my Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder out already, I ran a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of card stock through it and used that as a background. Look at that gorgeous detail!!!

 

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Since I had my Gemini FoilPress out, I decided to hot foil a bunch of sentiments using the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies and I took the one that said Hello, which was small and didn't cover up too much of the gorgeous mandala background and foam mounted it.

 

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I had some leftover alcohol ink card stock from years ago and I ran it through with the Leafy Garden Border craft die die to get the leafy border and stuck it to the bottom of the card. I took some jewels in green and gold colors to go with the card stock and scattered them around the border and that was it! Very quick, but still pretty! What do you think?


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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you!

 

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Love,

Sphoorti
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Bring on the Cake (Cards)!
by Sphoorti

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Greetings, Poppy Peeps!

I have two cards for you today! My cousin is getting married in June and a bestie is getting married in September, so I thought the timing of the May 2022 Release was just MEANT TO BE for me! And this was the release in which Poppystamps introduced hot foil plates, so it was a dream come true for this girl who's been foiling all the things lately! Let's get right into it!

 

Card # 1 (and my favorite of the two!):

 

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This card combines 2 of my favorite things: Cakes and Flowers/Leaves. I used the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die which was the highlight of this release for me (outside of the Hot Foil plates, of course), and MY! What an awesome product! It comes with a ridiculous number of dies (which cut out 40 designs)! Isn't that wonderful?! And those florals can be used anytime, anywhere! I went crazy and ended up with a plethora of die cuts (not just for these cards but for future ones), so you'll see these resurface multiple times. I hope you don't get bored of me using the same stuff over and over. They're just so cute!

 

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I started off by die-cutting the various parts of the cake. For the two cake layers, after I cut them out, I ran them through the die cutting machine using the Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder for that dry embossed effect. Don't you just love it? I've been meaning to use this for a while now, and thought it'd be perfect for the cake, and wow, I was not disappointed one bit. It was more beautiful than I imagined! (My pictures don't do it justice)

 

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Another product in this release was the Layer Cake Drip Icing craft die and I used it to cut out silver glitter card stock with it to form the icing on the cake.

 

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For the bouquet / florals - 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. I needed some leaves that were wider and took up more space to fill the bouquet, as well as some longer sprigs, so I decided to pull out some of the older dies that Poppystamps had (like the Leafy Garden Border craft die and the Maple Symphony craft die) and some leftovers from the last time I used the Slim Leafy Collage craft die. I arranged the leaves and decided to top them off with some flowers. I used the same glitter card stock for the flowers as I did for the icing, and put some pearls at the centers.

 

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I hot foiled in gold the Congratulations sentiment from the Modest Greetings 1 Hot Foil Plate and Die set (I absolutely love this font!) and cut it out and positioned it on the bottom layer of the cake.

 

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Do y'all remember the Cabin Snow Globe Pop Up Easel craft die from the 2021 Holiday release? It had a thin base bottom die that I used to help the card stand upright. I pulled it out to see if it would fit around the cake and it totally did! I cut up multiples and layered them on top of each other to form a chipboard like piece and placed it inside to use it as a stopper.

 

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And that was it! What do you think? I'm absolutely in love with this card, so much so that I want to keep it for myself (shame on me, feel free to judge!), but I'll be a good girl and share the love. I hope my cousin and his wife love it too!

 

Card # 2 (The wedding-turned-birthday card):

 

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I envisioned this as a wedding card and started with those intentions, but it ended up becoming a birthday card. Here's what happened. 

 

Do y'all remember the Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die? I thought it would be perfect for the cake layers (with the quilted look), so I cut up a layer with the frame. Then, I cut that piece up with the cake layers dies and assembled the layers together. I couldn't help but use icing, and I was going for a pure, clean, simple, monochromatic card, so I pulled out the diamond dust and applied it to the icing layers. I put pearls at the intersections, and I JUST realized as I'm typing this that one of the pearls moved! I'm going to have to retake the pictures before uploading them to Instagram because it's killing me (stay calm, my OCD). I guess I was so focused on taking the pictures that I didn't notice that the pearl moved. I don't remember where I got these pearls, but they had adhesive on the back already. I should have used liquid adhesive anyway for security. Lesson learned! For now, pretend I didn't bring this up and all is right with the card and the world. (Note: I just fixed it on the actual card, so I can sleep tonight).

 

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Anyway, back to the making of the card - after assembling the cake, the top part looked a little empty, and I didn't want to use more florals on this card (the whole monochromatic thing was going well for me), but I needed some way to cover up the emptiness on top. I also wanted to use one of the foiled sentiments I made with the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies (there weren't any that said congrats in either set). I put it on top of the cake layer (like in the forefront) and it was covering up the icing and too much of the top layer, so I asked one of my besties for help - Judy Thai. She usually breaks ties for me when I can't make up my mind about where to place a sentiment. She's very creative and she suggested that I use it as a cake topper! Isn't that brilliant? I did just that and I think it looks great! I just wish I had a sentiment that was more wedding related because this looks more like a wedding cake, in my opinion. Maybe in a future release there'll be another hot foil plate with wedding sentiments and I can replace the Happy Birthday with that? What do you think? Do you think this can pass off as a regular Birthday cake and not a fancy wedding cake?

 

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Everything else was the same as Card #1 (i.e. I used the thin base bottom die from the Cabin Snow Globe Pop Up Easel craft die from the 2021 Holiday release as the stopper for the easel as well as the base) and called it done!



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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 very long post! Hope you liked the cards!

Love,

Sphoorti

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Hanging Basket
by Nancy Penir

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Greetings all my Poppystamps friends! Nancy here, and I have a card to share with you, that gives the illusion of a hanging basket. 

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All of us have dies in our collection that can do double duty, right? I came across a card on Pinterest (one of my favorite spots for inspiration), and decided to give it a try. Poppystamps has so many sweet floral dies, and many leafy ones too. I went through my stash and gathered all the supplies I thought would be fun in a hanging basket. Note: All supplies listed below.

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Have you seen all the wonderful paper packs in our sister store, Memory Box? So many colors and hues to play with! I chose 2 greens from the Lush Green Collection.

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I found a border die, that looked like a chain, but was straight on one edge. Turing it around, and carefully lining up the scallop and holes, I ran it through the die cutter again to create my chain.

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What do you think? Looks like a chain, right? Maybe just a straight strip would also do the trick.

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I had a need for a sympathy card, something I didn't seem to have handy. Hopefully this will bring cheer! 

Take care, and see how you can give double duty to those dies! 

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