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Poinsettia Joy
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hey Poppy peeps! I can't believe it's November already. I am in holiday card making mode as I don't want to scramble to get them all done at the last minute. I saw the new Contempo Poinsettia and Stencil craft die from Memory Box and thought it would be fun to combine it with some Poppystamps products to make a clean and simple holiday card. 

First, I stenciled several poinsettia flowers onto an A2 panel of white cardstock. I used jewel-toned dye ink in blues and purples. After stenciling, I die cut the panel using the Scalloped Stitch Frames. I centered the largest and second to largest frames and die cut both at the same time. For a little dimension and variety, I popped up various frames with foam tape and adhered them back into place.

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I used the Contempo Poinsettia die to die cut two floral outlines. The outline has to be cut from the larger die cut, but it is easy to do in two simple snips. I die cut two frames - one from silver glitter cardstock from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad and one from white cardstock that I lightly ink blended with the same dye ink. For the center, I die cut a circle from the Stitched Circle Layers die set. The sentiment was die cut from silver glitter cardstock using the Marzipan Alphabet craft die. Finally, I added clear Fairy Crystals to the flower centers. Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!

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Stained Glass Technique with the Ornament Background Die
by Sphoorti

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Hello there!

It's Sphoorti again. Back with a technique I covered in my first Design Team post for Poppystamps, but incorporating some of the suggestions I had in that post (for you guys and myself!) :) So, if you haven't seen that post yet, please do check it out, because I used the same technique, just a different card base.

The last time I tried this technique, I used Neenah Solar White cardstock in 80 pound. I may have had less warping with 110 pound, but I was in the middle of a move and couldn't find the ream of 110 pound. So, here, I tried with acetate, which I know won't warp at all with Glossy Accents, and this was the result! :)

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As hard as it is working with Acetate because your fingerprints show up all over it, and it's staticky, it's nothing compared to trying to get a proper picture of it. Especially if you're a photography noob like me. :) But I took a bunch of pictures to give you the full effect. The card actually looks much better in person, so I hope you try out the technique. :) 

When I do send out this card, though - I plan to use one of those lint-free cloth things that they give you to clean your glasses and wipe down the fingerprints, lint and any other junk that's taking the beauty away from the acetate before putting it in the mail. :) Hope it helps!

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Oh, also, here's a picture of the back side of the front panel of the card. I used a die cut of the background die to cover up the glue that you could see on the back.

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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We'd love to hear from you! Hope you enjoyed this post and/or found it helpful / inspiring!

Thank you so much!

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Another way to use the Snowflake Corner Frame Die
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! Sphoorti again. Back with another way to use the Snowflake Corner Die. I wasn't lying when I said this was my favorite die from this release! And like my last post for Poppystamps, I have a bunch of dos and don'ts again :) Hope you find them helpful!

I started off by die cutting some glitter cardstock from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad using the Snowflake Corner Frame die. Since the inside of the paper isn't colored, you'll see the whites when you view the frame at an angle, like so:

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If this doesn't bother you, you're good (and lucky!). I knew I'd sleep better if I ran a matching color marker (I just used a black sharpie here) along the sides to cover up the whites, so I did.

I put adhesive on the back of the frame and took some acetate from leftover packaging and applied it to the entire frame. Then I cut some slivers of scotch foam tape and put them along the outside perimeter to form a well. Then I used poured some Diamond Dust (it's that glittery / sparkly stuff you see in the image below) into the well.

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I peeled off the backing of the foam tape and put another layer of acetate to seal off the contents. I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture, but there's a layer of acetate on the back too.

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Then I took a card base (11" x 4.25") and scored it down the middle to make it a top-folding 5.5" x 4.25" card. I estimated where I wanted the sentiment to be (I actually wanted it to be behind the shaker panel because I wanted the "snow" to cover it up when we shake it, and then reveal the message when the contents fall to the bottom). I glued the sentiment that I die cut from the Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die from this release (absolutely love that die too!) out of some silver mirror cardstock, and then glued the shaker panel on top. And this is what I ended up with:

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The best part is that when the card is shaken, the jiggly bits flow over the sentiment and don't get stuck on the nooks and crannies of the die cuts because of the extra acetate layer we have in the back of the shaker well. Not sure why, but this made me really happy!

Anyway, at this point, I realized 2 things - 1. I forgot to add splatter and felt that the card looked too clean and simple. 2. I noticed that I glued the shaker panel on crooked. <facepalm> I tell ya - "I'm sure I'll get it straight" is one of the biggest lies I tell myself when I'm gluing stuff to my cards. So, to cover up the boo-boo, I used one of the Scalloped Stitch Frames craft dies and took the outermost scalloped frame and tilted it a bit and glued it to the card base to draw attention away from the crookedness of the shaker panel (and also add some interest to the otherwise plain background). I trimmed the excess off and the result was this:

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And when it's shaken:

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What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below if you liked it before or after the scalloped frame. I'd love to know your thoughts!

As promised, here are my "Don't Dos" and "Do-this-insteads".

  1. Don't try to be a hero when you're trying to align something in a proper way. Use the T-square ruler. :)
  2. Don't use acetate from leftover packaging. If you observe closely, you'll see some waves in the acetate. If you're not a big fan of that, I'd recommend using proper acetate sheets that are thicker and more sturdy and don't form waves.
  3. Don't peel off the adhesive on the foam tape before pouring in the shaker innards. This stuff is staticky, so if you try to pour it in after the adhesive is peeled off, a whole lot of it is gonna get stuck to the adhesive and it'll be hard to seal off the well properly. Ask me how I know. 
  4. Don't be lazy like me... :) Run your anti-static powder bag / tool along the inner perimeter of the frame after you put the foam tape (but before you put in the shaker bits). This will prevent them from sticking to the foam tape. I couldn't find mine (rather, I was too lazy to look for it) so I took the shortcut, and if you observe closely, you'll see some diamond dust stuck along the inner perimeter (even when the card is standing upright).

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do share! Thank you so much for sticking with me through the end of my post, hope you found it helpful and/or inspiring.

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Snowflake Shaker Card
by Sue McRae

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Happy Tuesday crafters! Sue here with my first Christmas card of the season using products from the new Holiday 2021 release. There’s lots of amazing dies, stamps, paper and embellishments available for your holiday cards. Check them out here.

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I created a shaker card using the Snowflake Corner Frame die cut from gorgeous black glitter cardstock that has flecks of blue and purple in it. It is so sparkly in person, the camera doesn’t capture all its shimmery goodness. You must run out and buy this paper pad along with the two other ones in this release. They are so pretty!

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I created an inky background for the frame with purple Distress Oxide Inks.

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Then splattered the background with inks and paint.

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I added white, silver and iridescent shaker bits to keep it light.

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I mounted the frame onto a white card base that I embossed with the Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder. The frame hides a good portion of the design but I love all the texture and detail that you can see peeking out around the edges.

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I debated whether or not to add a sentiment and decided to go with a small one tucked in the corner. I used a leftover piece from the inked background for this.

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To add a bit more glam and glitz I added Fairy Gemstones and Jewels to the snowflake centres.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Let me know if you’ve started making your Christmas cards yet.

Have a great week!

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Miracle of Christmas
by Marybeth Lopez

 

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Hi there, happy Monday to you.   Marybeth Lopez here today with a Christmas card using some of the new stamps and dies from Poppystamps. I love the new Double Scalloped Stitched Frames  along with the cute Cottage Globe.

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I only wanted to use two colors , red and green ( well.. white too). I love the shimmer of this card in person. It's clean and simple ( once you know what you are making:) Easy to mass produce.

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I stamped the card with the new : Peaceful Christmas Greetings.  

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Trying to show the shimmer with a few different angles and close ups.

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Thank you for the visit today. Did you start your Christmas cards yet? Might be a good time to start and sometimes simple is best , to get many done at once.

Have fun shopping the new line , all products I used are linked below.

Hope you have a blessed week.

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Happy Halloween
by Marybeth Lopez

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Happy October to you all. Marybeth Lopez  here today, sharing a few new Poppystamps dies. These are Christmas dies turned into Halloween cards. I used Poppystamps new die called Snowman and Trees along with Layered House Globe all linked below.

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I also used some of the new memory box Glitzy Glitter Pad and last years Halloween Ingredients set for the sentiment.

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I cut out a few layers in each color so I could decide what color I wanted to use. I used the purple as the base of the house then layered the black glitter on top. I used the Earth Neutral paper pack for the door and roof.

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 Thank you for the visit today, I hope I have inspired you to  use your dies in many different ways.

Hope you have a blessed week. 

 

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