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Different ways to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die - Part 2
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

Do y'all remember in February when I went a *little* overboard with my projects using the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die from the Poppystamps February 2022 Release. Well, this is Part 2! And I have 3 cards for you today!

 

Card 1: The Foiled!

 

So, I recently purchased some iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO by Thermoweb. It's magical! You don't even need a laminator to foil now! All you need is a bottle of this! So, what I did was - cut out a thick piece of card stock with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die. I used that diecut as a stencil and spread some of this magical stuff on a piece of white card stock. Then, I let it dry for 3 days. That's right - you read that correctly. 3 days. I live in Southern California, and I know what you're thinking - 3 days is overkill. But trust me on this, let that stuff harden real well before putting it through your laminator / diecutting machine.

 

Here's what happens if you don't wait 3 days:

 

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Do you believe me now? The above is a result of me waiting overnight.

 

After that happened up there, I wised up and decided to be patient this time, waited 3 days (honestly, I forgot about it, and happened to walk by where it was set to dry and then remembered!) and then ran it through my die cutting machine with a piece of foil paper and look how pretty it turned out!

 


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When you use foil, it pretty much does all the work for you. So, all I did (or wanted to do because anything else would take away from the gorgeousness of the foil) is die cut some white card stock with the Freestyle Hugs Craft Die and stacked them together, and topped it off with the same die cut but with some silver foiled card stock from the Vintage Pastel Mirror card stock pack. I used vellum to cut the shadow and used it behind the Hugs sentiment.

 

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I also wanted some added dimension so I propped up the panel on some foam, and backed it with more of the same silver foiled card stock so that it matches the sentiment and ties it all together.

 

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Also, full disclosure... As is with all the cards I make / get, I have a tendency to see how it feels and I put my fingers on top of the foiled piece. So, you may see some ridges here and there. Don't be alarmed, they're just my fingerprints. My recommendation is to try to beat the temptation of touching the shiny goodness, no matter how good you think it might feel. (Because I assure you - it does.)

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Before we move onto the next card, if you don't have the Thermoweb Duo Transfer Gel, you can get approximately the same effect by applying some deco-foil to a piece of card stock with some double sided adhesive on it (or just some specialty foiled card stock from one of the paper pads that Poppystamps offers), and then diecutting it with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame die. I personally loved the effect of the texture paste with foiling on top, but I wanted to offer some additional suggestions on how you can achieve a similar look.

 

Onto the next card!

 

Card # 2: The Shaker!

 

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I don't believe this die was ever meant to make shaker cards, but I had an idea and had to try it! So, I cut out 10 of these panels and stacked them on top of each other (with an acetate layer at the top). I had to do that in order to create deep enough wells. In retrospect, I should have taken some fun foam and cut out 2 layers instead of 10 with regular card stock, but as my adorable mom (for whom English is a second language) says, "Blind sight is 20/20". I had some fall colored seed beads and I filled them diagonally. When I envisioned this card, I knew I wanted to add the seed beads. I somehow remember the beads being smaller, so I thought there would be a  lot of shaking and sound. But the size was fairly large compared to the size of the diamonds in the die, so I could only fill a few seed beads in each well.

 

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Oh, side note - I could have used Darice Foam Strips instead of layering so many layers, but I didn't have foam tape that was as thin as the outer frame, so had to layer it. But if I were to do this again, I'd go with the 2 layers of fun foam.

 

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Either way, I managed to fill each well with enough seed beads for shaking + showing enough of the color, so here's what I ended up with:

 

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I used the Playful Thank You craft die to cut and stack up 4 layers together. For the the top layer - I used the Black Glossy Paper Pack so that it stands out on the card, and that was it. The end result was a pretty hefty card that'll need lots of extra postage, but I think it turned out nice, so totally worth it!


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Next up is my favorite of these three cards!

 

Card #3: The Trellis! (I couldn't think of a better name for this one)

 

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So, for this card, I thought I'd use the die cut as a trellis! Originally I planned to have some ribbon / twine / strings intertwined around the die cut, but I didn't have the materials. So, I decided to use the smallest flower from the Potpourri Flowers Die cut out of the blue foiled card stock in the the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad and place them along the intersections of the dotted lines of the background die.


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I also had some white pearls which I colored using a copic marker, and used them along some of the intersections as well. Some of the white pearls - I put at the centers of the flowers. It took a while to cut out all the little flowers, but these flowers are so adorable, it was totally worth it!



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I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used some silver foiled card stock from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad as the top layer. I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment.

 

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I mounted the panel on a top folding A2 card base and that was it!


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So, that was all the ideas I've had so far on how to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die.

 

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! Do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see even more ways to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die! Although, full disclosure - there's a new release coming up and it's awesome, so it may be a while before I come back to playing with this background die again!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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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!  

Jeanne Floral Signature copy

Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"

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More ways to use the Flower Field Frame craft die
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

Sphoorti again! I have two other cards that I made with the Flower Field Frame Craft Die and I wanted to share them with you guys.

 

Card # 1:

 

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This one was the easier version. I started by taking a 5.5 x 4.25" panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and ink blended using some distress inks - Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet.I took the Perfect Pearl powders in silver and gold and splattered drops all over it for some sparkle and sheen.

 

Next, I took a top folding landscape card that measures 5.5" x 4.25". I scored it along the x-axis (horizontally) halfway down from the top of the card. I took 2 sentiment stamps, one that says "You're amazing" from the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit, and another that says "Thank you for every-fin" from the Whittle Sealife Sentiments clear stamp set. I did what I liked to call a "stamputation". I cut the sentiment so that I'd have a piece just with the "Thank you" portion. I could have masked it off, but I don't think I'll use this full sentiment that often anyway. This way I can reuse the "Thank you" part without having to mask it in the future.

 

Then, I took the Flower Field Frame Craft Die and cut out a layer of Neenah Solar White 110 pound cardstock. I took my big mama roll of 3M Foam Tape and cut up tiny pieces of it and put them on the back of the frame. I must be out of my dimension loving mind because I ended up with this:

 

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And I still feel bad because I missed a few spots! Anyway, you might be wondering why I chose to take the time to cut up so many slivers of foam tape instead of just taking multiple die cuts and stacking them together. Well, I did that too! And I used that version for Card # 2. But for this card, I chose the foam tape option because you'll see that when you use foam tape versus stacking them on top of each other, the shadow effect is more prominent. Don't get me wrong, I like both effects it's just what effect I'm going for at the time.

 

Please do compare the two pictures of the completed cards and let me know if you see it, or if it's just me. Here's a picture of the two versions before I assembled the cards.

 

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Now for the best part - assembly! I removed foam take backers off and stuck the frame down over the blended rainbow of colors with the sentiment at the center. I then took a number of pearls in various sizes and adhered them to the centers of the flowers. I foam mounted this card panel on a top folding 4.25 x 5.5" card base et viola!

 

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Card # 2

 

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This one was even more time consuming than the first, if you can believe it! Die-cutting 6 - 7 layers of the Flower Field Frame and gluing them together is no easy feat! But totally worth it!

 

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I ink blended the background the same way I did for the first car, and used the same perfect pearl mixture to splatter some shine all over the card. 

 

Then, I stacked the die cuts and glued them together with liquid glue. The inner perimeter doesn't have any gaps, so I figured - why not make it a shaker? So, I took a piece of acetate roughly the same size as the outer perimeter and cut it up. Once I layered the acetate on top of the stacked set of die cuts, I used another die cut to cover it up the outline of the acetate. I used the same stamps that I used for Card # 1 on this card too. I just made the mistake of forgetting to stamp the acetate before layering it. Lesson learned. I stamped it anyway and where I couldn't get a good impression, I used a permanent marker to fill in the gaps. Can you tell?

 

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I filled the innards with a mixture of confetti, sequins and pearls. I glued some of the innards to the back of the card as well so that even when the card is upright, there are still some shaker bits scattered throughout the top. One thing I wish I did differently was flip the pearls right side up before sealing the shaker. The shaker well isn't deep enough to allow the pearls to flip back and forth, so the ones that were facing down when I sealed the shaker are going to remain that way forever.

 

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Then, I adhered my favorite clear fairy drops at the centers of all the flowers. I mounted this panel on a top folding 5.5 x 4.25 card base and called it done.

 

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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which card did you like better? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this post!

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

 

 

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Easy Easel Card with the Flower Field Frame craft die
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

Sphoorti here, back with a new card, this one using the Flower Field Frame Craft Die from the February 2022 release. Isn't it fun? It's an easel card, and it's so easy to make!

 

I started with cutting out a bunch of the frames. Since the frame is delicate when you cut just one layer (even if it's with 110 pound cardstock), you'll need more layers to make it sturdy like a chipboard so that it stands upright and doesn't flop over. I think I have 4-5 layers in my frame. I used Neenah Solar White 110 pound and I glued them together with some liquid glue.

 

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Next, I took a top folding landscape card that measures 5.5" x 4.25". I scored it along the x-axis (horizontally) halfway down from the top of the card. I took 2 sentiment stamps, one that says "You're amazing" from the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit, and another that says "Thank you for every-fin" from the Whittle Sealife Sentiments clear stamp set. I did what I liked to call a "stamputation". I cut the sentiment so that I'd have a piece just with the "Thank you" portion. I could have masked it off, but I don't think I'll use this full sentiment that often anyway. This way I can reuse the "Thank you" part without having to mask it in the future.

 

I stamped the two sentiments - one above, and one below the score line so that one of them always shows when the easel is upright, and the other shows when it's not. I couldn't get the card to lay completely flat when I was taking pictures, but it definitely completely folds flat and fits in a standard A2 sized envelope.

 

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Then, I took the bottom half of the chipboard Flower Field frame that I made in step 1, and applied glue to just the bottom half, and adhered it to the front panel of the card below the score line. And that's actually it! That's what does the easel effect!

 

All I needed to do to complete the easel function is create a stopper so that the easel has something to lean on or stop against. I cut up some thin slivers (maybe 1/8" in width) with regular white cardstock and stacked them up. I used some silver foil cardstock for the top layer. Then, I opened the card up and adhered the strip chipboard horizontally.

 

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Last (and probably the most fun step for me!) was the pearls! I did not have colorful pearls, I only had white ones. So, I took some of my copic markers and colored the white pearls. I did a random placement of different sized pearls and adhered them to the centers of all the flowers.

 

Here's a tip I used to color the pearls (it's impossible to color them if they're not adhered to something). So, I took a wide piece of washi tape and stuck the pearls on the washi so that they don't move, and then I colored them with copics. Easy-peasy! Here are two pictures that show that:

 

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And the end result? A fully functional, clean and simple, rainbow-y easel card!

 

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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 post!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

 

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

 

 

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Challenge Reminder: PSC#90 - Pretty Papers!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!

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Card 1:

 

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This one was my favorite of the two cards I made. Took a little bit of time, but was totally worth it!

 

First, I used the Flower Field Tall Curve Border craft die and cut some white card stock with it a couple of times, and then glued it to my card panel.

 

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Then I cut out a bunch of flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set Craft die with the blue / green foiled card stock varieties from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad. I still can't get over pastel foiled card stock! How amazing is that, right?! I glued all the flowers diagonally on the card panel. I glued some of them down directly, and others I mounted on some foam tape.

 

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I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used the Black Glossy Paper to cut the hugs sentiment again (to use as a black offset) and then, I cut it one last time with some silver foiled card stock as the top layer. (Note: I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment).

 

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I used some random embellishments for the flower centers and also scattered them around the flowers. I think I got a bit carried away. You can tell me if you think I used too many. I won't mind!

 

Final result was a top folding card that looks like so:

 

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Card # 2

 

The second card I made is very similar. I used the exact same supplies. However, I cut some flowers out of the coral colored foiled card stock in the Vintage Pastel paper pack.

 

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This card was a lot more involved because I have flowers on the top of the card (applied to the vellum) as well as hidden behind the vellum on the inner card base.

 

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I wanted the Vellum panel as an overlay because I didn't want to adhere it down, so I used some silver string and tied the vellum card base and the regular Neenah Solar White Cardstock card base together.

 

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The end result for this one was also a top folding card with a vellum overlay and an inner card base. I thought it was kinda cool!

 

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Now it's your turn to take on the Pretty Papers challenge! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions!

 

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

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

 

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PSC#90 Pretty Papers

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Welcome to the Poppystamps Challenge! We're so happy you've stopped by, and we sure hope you'll join us! On the first of the month, we announce a new Poppystamps Challenge with a central theme. The design team will provide samples for inspiration, and you can play along through the end of the month for your chance to win.

The winner of our blog badge for the Poppystamps Challenge #89 Heart-Felt is  Karen Ladd

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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Lagene!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com to claim your prize.

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!

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PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. Making a masculine card? How about some cork, wood veneer or glossy papers? This time we want you to add some pretty papers to your design. The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media. It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration? Here are some samples from our design team. Want a closer look? No worries. We'll be featuring these projects on Wednesdays throughout the month, so you can see how each project was created.

Meet our March Guest - Rachel Duffy - who was selected by Sphoorti from our design team! Sphoorti says she's in awe of Rachel, who creates and sells beautiful cards and alcohol art - all for a good cause. All of Rachel's proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation. On top of that, Rachel uses 100% recycled products for her card bases, and tries to use other recycled materials as much as she can when she makes cards. Generous and kind - not just to people but the environment, too! 

 

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Rachel Duffy
Instagram: @colourandsparkle
Etsy: ArtByRD Store

I got into cardmaking in early 2020, accidentally, as a result of trying to find ways to use up off-cuts of my alcohol ink paintings. I still love painting, but have also fallen in love with cardmaking as it enables me to more quickly create small pieces of artwork that I can easily mail to friends and family. I love creating cards with lots of color and sparkle (as my Insta handle implies!) to brighten up people's days.
 
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Now it's your turn! 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 store!

You have until 12 am US EST on March 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on April 1!!    

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