83 posts categorized "Clean And Simple"

A Fall Hello
by Kim Singdahlsen

I am thrilled to be a new member of the Poppystamps design team.  Before I was even asked to be part of this team, my collection of Poppystamps products was already large.  I am excited to be able to share with you as part of the Poppystamps team. 

For my first card, I wanted to say "hello" and I combined all of my favorite things.  I love autumn.  I love groupings of dies. And I love clean and fresh cards.  (I don't call them "simple" and I'll explain as I give you more details on this card.)  Clearly I also love Poppystamps products - with a special place in my heart for the Whittles!  The Whittle Squirrel was a last minute addition to what was supposed to be an elegant card - and I think they totally make the card!

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I am a very visual cardmaker.  I have a general idea in my mind, but I still have to cut and try and move and change often dozens of times.  I don't know if it is like that for everybody; probably not given the volume of cards many cardmakers create.  Luckily I like the process, plus I typically end with a variety of scraps to try on my next card.  Nothing is adhered at this point until I am completely happy with what I am seeing.


Of course I cleaned up quite a bit before snapping this photo but you can see that I tried different colors for the squirrels. I also tried a gray sentiment, pearlescent green leaves, reddish-orange leaves, plain golden leaves, clear sequins and yellow gems. And that's not even getting into the various layouts that I played around with. 

When I finally have everything together in a layout that I like, I snap a picture with my phone.  This helps to adhere everything later.  There are other methods of keeping an arrangement of dies together to glue it down, but I like doing them one at a time because I am a huge fan of dimension so I have to adhere these in a certain order.  Here's my phone photo. Everything is in an order that I like, it seems balanced, I even planned the "hello" over the pumpkin.  And this is why I don't call then clean and "simple" cards - the details can make a difference!! 


Now it is time to adhere it all.  I like dimension - it can bring a card alive.  It's kind of hard to tell with this one because the phone photo has so many layers of dies, it looks like it already has dimension but I want to keep that when it is glued.  After the stripes are down, I adhered the leaves but only at the end so that the tops can pop up.  Then I use different thicknesses of dimensional dots.  The label and the pumpkin are on a thinner dot and the squirrel is on a thicker.  (Did you happen to notice that I changed my mind after my "final" phone photo - I just had to add the baby squirrel!)

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I do love dies and the detail on these particular dies is fabulous.  I look forward to many more cards with Poppystamps!

Kim Floral Signature copy





Maple Symphony
by Sue McRae


Happy Monday crafters! Sue here with my first autumn card of the season. We’ve had a hot summer in my area and now I’m grateful for the cooler weather. With the cooler weather comes the changing of the leaves, which are so pretty!


I started by taking white cardstock and applying Distress Inks in shades of blue. Then I heavily sprayed the panel with Perfect Pearls I mixed with water. I did not use my fine mister for this because I wanted to create texture on the background with a larger mix of droplets. Love the pearly shine!


I took this panel and ran it through my die cut machine with the Maple Symphony die which die cuts the maple leaves and the swirly lines. I put aside these leaves for a future project and adhered the panel onto the white card base.


I die cut the Maple Leaf Symphony once from white cardstock and once from black cardstock. The black leaves were inlaid onto the panel. The white leaves were inked up with more Distress Inks and when I adhered them down onto the panel I offset them a little bit so the black inlaid leaf below would show a little bit to give a shadow.

The sentiment is white heat embossed on black card stock and I added a black Double Stitch Rectangle Frame to finish off the card along with a sprinkling of gold gems.


Thank you for visiting with me today and I hope you have a great crafty week!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Whittle Pumpkin Witch
by Marybeth Lopez


Hello there from smokey California, Marybeth here today. I made this very clean and simple card ( love), using the darling Whittle Pumpkin Witch from Poppystamps .I was very happy when I opened up the die, that it had extra dies for the clothing and broom. I only needed to cute twice to layer  with the Frosted Glitter from memory box.


The sentiment is from Poppystamps called Halloween Ingredients clear stamp set. I used watercolor cardstock for the white panel and glitter paper (linked below) for the background  panel.


I cut the die a few times so I could see what colors I wanted to use. I ended up only using two colors to keep the card even more clean and simple. Don't you just love the detail on the pumpkin and broom!


Sorry orange sky so hard to get a good bright pictures as I use natural light . 


Happy I took a few pictures before the smoke got so bad. Hope you have fun crating for Halloween, one of my many favorite times to create! 

I hope you are all doing well , my heart goes out to all those affected by the fires..... its been horrible this year. 

Take care and God bless !




Thank You Rose
by Sue McRae


Hello crafters! It’s Friday and that means the weekend is almost here! I hope you’re planning on getting a little bit of crafty time in.

Today I have another easy card that can be made quickly for any occasion.

First I took some patterned paper and white heat embossed a flower from the Wild Rose Stem stamp set on it and cut it out.


I chose a pink card stock that matches the patterned paper and ran it through my die cutting machine with the Gracious Leaves Embossing Folder. Embossing is a great way to add visual interest and texture to a simple card design.


Next I die cut the Orchard Leaves from white card stock to add around the flower bloom. I like the texture that the cut lines on the leaves adds to the card.

The sentiments are from the same stamp set as the flower. I chose two complimentary sentiments and white heat embossed the thank you on black card stock and stamped the second sentiment with black on white card stock.


I assembled the card and added a sparkly gem to the flower centre.


You can really change up the look of your card by your choice of patterned paper. The options are limitless!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

Sue Floral Signature copy






Birdhouse Thank You
by Marybeth Lopez



Hello there ! Today I used the darling , Poppystamps : Bird House Pop Up Easel Die  Set. I only used the birdhouse today for my card within the Easel. Such a fun set and can be used in so many ways.


This is another fun die  from Poppystamps that can be used anytime of year for any occasions.



I cut a few of the birdhouses out of fabric to appliqué on a quilt . I didn't  use it on this card today but I wanted to show you just how nicely these dies cut fabric. I just added my metal shim for a clean cut.


To make the extra trim on the lower edge of the birdhouse I cut it out twice , just turned the die around to cut again, as pictured above.


I used some of the beautiful, 6 x 6 patterned paper packs from : memory box . All the paper is linked below in the supply list.



Such a fun die... again with many possibilities. I hope you are all doing ok in these trying times. 

God bless you all.






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Pretty Pink Bloom
by Marybeth Lopez

Hello crafty friends! August 9th already!!!! Wow. Hope you are healthy, happy and well! Crazy times make me even more grateful for this craft we all share. 

This is one of the new Christmas dies from Poppystamps Its called Stained Glass Poinsettia , I wanted to make a pretty pink card that was not for Christmas and could be used any time. I cant wait to make a set of this one in many happy colors!T


At first I wasn't sure if I way going to use vellum so I cut lots and then decided I liked the look of plain white cardstok instead. 


I used memory box 6 x 6 paper pad for the background called Cottage Stripes and Dots pp1004


Above is a picture of the die , paper and packaging.


So not just for Christmas anytime of year! I hope you have a blessed August.

Thank you so much for stopping by.