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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

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Beautiful Day
by Michele K. Henderson

 

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Hello Friends!

It's a beautiful day for some bright and cheery blooms and butterflies! Celebrate summer with one of our newest dies from Poppystamps, the Small Stained Glass Butterfly and Background.

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I started with a pale pink frame from the Scalloped Stitch Frames set, and cut a piece of light blue for the background panel. Then I cut the Perfect Posies Bouquet in a juicy lime green. I cut pretty butter yellow flowers from the Potpourri Flower Set, and adhered them to different spots on the vines. It feels fresh and summery already!

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I cut the Small Stained Glass Butterfly and Background in shades of blue, and added it to the upper right corner.

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Once everything was in place, I added tiny pinkish Fairy Jewels and Fairy Gemstones to the centers of the tiny flowers using my favorite craft tweezers. I then mounted the pink frame onto a soft ivory card base in a wonky tilt for a fun effect. Once the glue was dry, I carefully lifted and bent the petals to make the flowers look like they were blooming right off the stems. Pretty and perfect posies for a warm summer day!

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Thank you so much for joining us today.

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Morning Geraniums
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing a card that features one of my favorite new Poppystamps dies, Brilliant Geraniums! Take a look!

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Growing up in Wisconsin, I would see big, bright, red geraniums EVERYWHERE! Stinky and sturdy, these hardy flowers were the harbingers of summer and could be found on Grandmas's porch, my parents' planters around the patio, and under the neighbor's mailbox. Their bold colors remind me of Americana in the Midwest, and carefree summer days when kids rode bicycles down the street without helmets until the streetlights came on. Imperfect and beautiful, up on the windowsill, the chipped ceramic geranium pot brought bright color all summer long.

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Creating the parts for your your own geranium pot is easy! Cut out your brightest red, your greenest green, and put them all together under the Grand Madison Window.

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I cut the Freestyle Hugs in bright red and white, and added a few Fairy Crystals for the finishing touch, and I have a wonderful summer memory saved on a card that's going to be sent to a dear friend of mine from my little home town in Wisconsin.

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Thank you so much for joining us today!

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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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Grand Whittle Snail
by Jeanne Jachna

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Hi and thanks for stopping by!  The Spring weather has me itching to get busy in the garden!  It's still a bit chilly.. too cold to plant anything but I can clear away the dead foliage and start getting things ready.  This card with the Grand Whittle Snail makes me smile because sometimes there are surprises mixed in with the dead leaves.  Thank goodness for gloves!  I wish the real thing was as cute as this little guy, maybe then I wouldn't be so squeamish! 

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I added lots of details to make this little guy more interesting, but first I started by setting a little garden scene.

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I started by making an inky background with Distress Oxide on my card front.  To keep the back of the card clean I added a strip of removable sticky tape along the seam at the top of the card 

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To  help me decide what images to place where, I lay them out on a piece of clear plastic the size of my card front.   I can rearrange the images until I'm satisfied with their placement. 

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To bring the snail to life I double cut the shell from two shades of pink cardstock.   I fussy cut the stitches off of the lighter one to make it smaller and then adhered it over the darker pink shell.  To add more detail I use a white gel pen to add some stitches of my own.  Silly eyes add a little whimsy to this cute snail.

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The colorful flowers pop against the white Adriana white foliage frame.  The flowers are from the Potpourri Flower Set.    The punny sentiment is from the Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments stamp set. 

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I hope this makes you smile and that you find some time today to do something you enjoy!   Hugs!

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