331 posts categorized "Flowers"

02/20/2019

Wed 20

With Love
by Donna Peachey

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Have you seen the Poppystamps Challenge for this month?

It's all about 'Love'.  In fact, 'Love Me Do' is the theme.

So whether it's an engagement, a wedding, an anniversary...  or any other 'Love' theme you can think of, we would love to see your design.

Will you be playing along?

I do hope so!  There is still time.

Here's how my 'Love' themed card was made...

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I've started off by using the middle sized Pinpoint Hearts craft die.

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To add the slightest hint of a background I've used a few of the die cuts from the Little Kindness set as stencils.

Be very gentle adding the ink.  (I used a finger dauber).  You want just the smallest amount to add a hint of a design to the background.

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Then I've inked up some stamping card using a gorgeous shade of pink liquid watercolour...  and once dry, cut out both sizes of Whittle Hearts.

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Next comes the stamping (heat embossed).  Isn't this just the cutest little stamp set?

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This Gentle Hearts die is really so versatile.  (It's just been discontinued this week, so if it was on your 'wish list' now's the time to get scouring the shops as some may still have it in stock).  I've simply cut it from a strip of black card and distressed the edges.

Notice that I've cut it ever so slightly wider than the width of the card base?

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You'll need these two flowers (cut twice as shown) from the Tall Sketch Daisies set.  Glue them together to create a little dimension. 

Then, using the same grey card, cut out two sets of the Birdsong Mini Corner (see supplies if you aren't sure what this die looks like).  You'll be cutting these corners in half as you only need the mini branch with two leaves on.

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Assemble the card as shown (you'll need to trim down the flower stems), adding one tiny gem and one black heart...  then spray with silver glitter varnish.

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I know glitter varnish can be hard to see on a photo.  Hope this close up helps!

As always, thank you so much for stopping by today.

Oh, and to save you looking here's a quick reminder...

You have until 12 am US EST on February 26th to link up your design to the challenge blog.

We can't wait to see what you make!

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02/11/2019

Mon 11

Mixed Media Heart
by Donna Peachey

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It didn't take me long to realise that I could have some Mixed Media fun with the Wavy Heart craft die. 

Corrugated card is one of my favourite things to use with Mixed Media work, so in today's post I'm combining the two.  And what's more, once you have the basic idea under your belt you can decorate it however you please.

Here's a 'how to' guide...

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Start by drawing around the actual die and cutting it out with scissors.  I've used a piece of scrap card packaging as I like the fact the a small bit of text will show on the finished design.

You may want this to have some degree of durability, so please add and glue together additional layers if you so wish.

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Next, grab your corrugated card stash.  As you can see, mine's in two different colour tones (you'll understand why shortly).

You will want to cut out this die twice.  Once with the pattern running top to bottom and once with it running left to right.

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It's mix and match time!

Take alternate strips off one die cut and swap them out with the pieces from the other.

Then glue into place on your hand cut die shape.  It's up to you whether you use one heart for the front and one for the back or keep the other for a separate project.

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Now to decorate Mixed Media style...   Don't forget to do the back if you've used both hearts for this project!

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Here's a visual guide to the supplies used to decorate...

Firstly, sponge on the brown inks.  I've used the lighter shade on the rows running left to right and darker for the rows running top to bottom.

Then add a layer of gilding wax focusing mainly on the outside edge of the heart.

Next it's paint splatter time.  Light blue first.  Once dry, add the white.

Only when completely dry...  add partial black images using this stamp from the Studio Blotter clear stamp set.

(Tip...  don't use a stamp tool or a stamp block for this.  Just hold the stamp in your hand and apply the stamp to the archival ink pad, then press down on to the heart using your fingers to add pressure.  This stops your corrugated heart from getting flattened).  

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You can choose whatever you like to decorate.  I'm using the Fresh Petals craft die along with a sentiment from the Little Kindness clear stamp set.

The fullest flower uses every petal from the die cut set.  Such versatility and such cute little flowers!

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Here's a close up of the fullest flower.  I've added a layer of varnish (from a spray can) to all three flowers.

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Decide on your layout, but before gluing the flowers and branch pieces into position add one final finishing touch - this small 'dotty' stamp from the Studio Blotter set.

Stamp it freehand just as you did with the other stamp, then glue everything into place and add the sentiment (which I've stamped with Memento 'Gray Flannel').

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Add a hole and some twine...  and you are finished!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Enjoy your day.

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02/02/2019

Sat 02

Thank You Card Set
by Nancy Penir

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February brings the hope of Spring, and I'm here today with some ideas for easy, fun stamping.

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I love doing cards in multiples, especially for giving gifts. A set of thank you cards (A1 size) is the perfect appreciation to give a friend. Or a neighbor who fed the cats while you were away?

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I selected one of my favorite Poppy stamp sets, Little Kindnesses, and a Poppy tag die, marking off the die, lightly with a pencil. Here's where the fun starts. Using my Misti, each card is placed and stamped one after another, in an assembly line. 

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Here's a look at all the elements before the card is assembled. Each tag is inked a different color, 6 total.

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I placed my tag in the Misti for placement of the bee trail as well.

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The large die cut flower is copic colored, coordinated with the tag, and adhered to the tag. If you look closely, you can see I glued only the center of the flower so I could curl up the petals slightly. Finishing touches include the script die cut and some Nuvo drops.

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Don't forget the envelopes! So easy to decorate them with the Misti too!

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Packaged together with a ribbon, a sweet way to say, 'thank you'. And great therapy for a cold winter's afternoon. How nice to have several of these sets on hand, ready to go.

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I hope this post today brought you a bit of Spring sunshine. And I hope you're feeling crafty, no matter the temp outside!

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01/07/2019

Mon 07

Thanks For Being There
by Donna Peachey

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I have a simple notebook idea to share with you today that uses some of Poppystamps slightly older dies in conjunction with those fabulous Art Deco Phrases.  (And yes, I am ignoring the weather outside and the impending cold months ahead with a bright and cheery 'Spring' themed design.  It's no secret that I don't like Winter)!

This one's just perfect for gift giving and can easily be adapted back into a regular card.  

Here's how it was made...

 

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I've started off by creating a bright inky background.

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Then I've cut it to size (10 x 10cm).

Use the Scribble Circle Collage die and cut so that it hangs slightly off the edge, then glue a same sized (10 x 10cm) white 'back piece' into place and distress all edges as shown.

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Stamp and heat emboss three small flowers from the Little Kindness clear stamp set, then choose a sentiment from the Art Deco Frames and Phrases clear stamp set and ink/heat emboss that, too.

Cut it to size and leave everything to one side for now.

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Ink up the stems and the flower centres from Ragged Daisy as shown.  (I've used this photo layout so you can quite clearly see which part of the stem gets cut to create the extra piece that's needed).

I've used a mixture of these three ink colours and I just keep going until I'm happy with the depth of colour.

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Assemble as shown, adding a small rectangle of cardboard behind the sentiment first to add a little more dimension and visual interest.

Then add several thin layers of varnish to protect.

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Make a front and a back cover measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  You will want it to be thick enough to be durable, but not so thick that you can't hole punch through it.  (In this instance, two pieces of scrap card from packaging glued back to back with regular card stock sufficed).

Add a strip across the front cover using the Big Hexagon Border Layer craft die, then use Tim Holtz Collage Medium 'Crazing' to seal and protect both sides of both the front and the back covers.  (I like to vary my brush strokes when applying Collage Medium as it adds to the texture/distressed look that I favour.  However, for those of you who struggle with this look you can use your fingers to apply it for a smooth/more even finish). 

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Cut insert pages to the same size as the covers.  I've used paper from an art sketchbook as it's a little thicker and therefore far less likely to tear.

As both the front and back covers (as well as all of those inserts) will need to be hole punched, I suggest the following method...

Use a scrap piece of card to make a 'hole' template and (if you have one) an 'L' shaped stamp positioner 'old style' tool that will help you keep the pages 'square' whilst you punch.  (Tip...  If you don't have one of these but can get your hands on some Lego blocks you can make your own)!

Thread everything together, being sure to keep enough slack when tying the knot so that the pages can turn.

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With this basic style you can even hang the notebook so that it's always accessible and not hidden under a pile of craft supplies!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  If you do decide to have a go at making something similar I would love to know...

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12/05/2018

Wed 05

Challenge Reminder: Believe Card
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!!

We have a new and beautiful challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I share my challenge proposal, I invite you to participate!!!!!!

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It's a card with pretty details!!!!! Many!!!!! jiji

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I stamped with "Poinsettia Delights" clear stamp set, is beautiful!!!!!!!!! After I painted with sharpie colors jiji

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For finish poinsettias, I splash many dots with white paint!!!!!! Stunning!!!!!!

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Everything is as if it started to snow jijiji

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I like everything!!! and to you?

Take part in our challenge!

Kisses amigas!!!!

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11/27/2018

Tue 27

Tropical Twist
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you dropped by for a visit today for a Tropical twist on the traditional poinsettia! I used one of my very favorite dies from our Poppystamps holiday release, Mod Poinsettias, and shook up the colors a little bit of a colorful splash!

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I love the bright combination of the pinkish background, the blue poinsettia petals, and the green leaves! Creating this look is a lot of fun too!

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The background panel was created using oxide inks in shades of pinks and purples, and then splashed with little drips of water. The oxide inks react to the water, and form light and bright patches of color that make any card unique. Then I cut out all the parts of the Mod Poinsettia pieces in blue and green. I splattered white water-color paint on all the pieces and let it all dry.

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When assembling your flowers, you can have them lie flat and smooth, or you could try this fun technique. I like to take a pencil and gently curl the leaves downward, then glue the flowers together. You can make them as curly as you like, or flatten them out just a bit when gluing them on to your card base. Add a few leaves and sequins, and you have a tropical twist on the familiar red leaves of the poinsettia!

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Thank you so much for dropping by!

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11/18/2018

Sun 18

Merry Christmas
by Marybeth Lopez


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Hello! Hope everyone is happy and well. Marybeth here today. I have a simpler card made with a Double Stitch Tag , Mistletoe and Holly stamp and die and Christmas Time stamp all from Poppystamps .

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Without worrying about being too perfect I lined up the largest tag die on a slant, then ran it through my big shot.

See below. Place top layer only to edge you want cut.

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I colored in the stamped holly with Copic Markers added a bit of white Nuvo Crystal Drops and some Nuvo Glitter Gloss brush pen, over the top of the green holly leaves.

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I added the white top layer onto the red card base and used some fun foam underneath . I adhered the cut dies then stamped the sentiment Merry Christmas.

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Hope you have a great week and a blessed day, today

Thank you for the visit and kind comments. 

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09/28/2018

Fri 28

Hello card
by Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!!

Today I I break a little with the festive airs and I show you this card so beautiful and vibrant jijiji 

Do you remember my layout?  it's almost the same but on card, look!!!!!

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Do you like background??? Daisy Frame is wonderful!!!!!! Before, I painted with watercolors!!!!

This gorgeous hello, I love it, I cut it in several layers of paper and last, with glitter black paper!!!!! so I achieve a perfect 3D!!!!

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To decorate my beautiful card, I use acrylic dots and sequins!!!! Easy???? jijiji

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In my next post, I will bring for you other card with a video tutorial!!!! 

Keep in touch :)

Leave me a pretty message, please!!! :)

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09/21/2018

Fri 21

Wishing You a Merry Christmas
by Nancy Penir

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Hi Poppy Friends! I have a fun card for you today. Have you ever made a gatefold card? Here's a how to using Poinsettia Delights.

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With a  5 1/2 x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock, you're going to score at 2", and 6 1/2". The 2 sides will fold into each other, forming a card that's a standard A2. Now you can decorate any way you like. The 2 outside 'gates' and the inside were my focals.

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I cut an oval (the center die cut from Pointed Oval Frames) and placed it in the center of the card, inking around it, before stamping my sentiment. I then stamped poinsettias around the sentiment, masking the flowers, so they'd look more natural.

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Turning the card over, I stamped the smaller poinsettia, masking it before stamping the branch.

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I knew I wanted a bright red band, so I kept my stamped images all monotone grey.

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The red band was cut 11 1/2 x by 1 1/2", scored at 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", before folding and glueing the ends together. Stamped diecut  was copic colored and some stickles added to the center.

Finished card fits nicely inside a A2 envelope.

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Hope this gave you an incentive to try a different fold when creating your cards. And hope your weekend's crafty!

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09/13/2018

Thu 13

Time Out Challenges
byJeanne Jachna

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Do you love to play challenges?  We're sponsoring the Time Out Challenges #118.  That means if you play along there you could win a $20 gift certificate from Poppystamps.  You can double your chances of winning by playing along in our monthly challenge too because this month Anything Goes!  (You can find the current Poppystamps monthly challenge by clicking on the badge in the right column of this blog. 

Here's the Time Out Challenge this week:

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I started by cutting a Harvest Pumpkin die from orange card stock.  I added some distress ink around the bottom of the pumpkin to add some dimension.  Next I selected a Double Stitch Rectangle Frame that was large enough to frame the pumpkin base.

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I inked up the negative inside of the Double Stitch Rectangle Frame with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and splattered it with  Carved Pumpkin.   I colored up a second piece of card stock with Carved Pumpkin to use as a matt behind the frame.

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I stamped Peony Stems florals with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic Markers.  I arranged the florals on a sheet of clear plastic to decide how they would be arranged before I adhered them in place.

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I added a few extra leaves and a flower from a now retired stamp set to accent the pumpkin vase.

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A simple sentiment is tucked in the upper corner of the frame.

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I hope you find some time to play along at The Time Out Challenges Blog this week! 

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