8 posts categorized "Gift"

A Box of Chocolates
by Rachel Duong


Happy New Year!  I hope you are looking forward to good things in 2023.  This is me, Rachel, here to share with you a box of chocolates! I was absolutely thrilled when I saw the Poppystamps "Vintage Scalloped Heart" die. Immediately, a heart-shaped tin full of decadent chocolates came to mind.  I imagined rich, vibrant papers complete with sparkle and shine to create a delicious card.  Valentine's Day is just around the corner, here is my Valentine's Day card for you!

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Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the scalloped heart from the Poppystamps "Vintage Scalloped Heart" die from the Memory Box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad". The paper I chose is a pearl gold. It is gorgeous!
2. Die cut the heart with the sunburst accents using metallic red cardstock from the Memory Box "Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad".
3. Die cut the Poppystamps "Sending Love Poe Script" sentiment in antique gold glitter paper from the Memory Box "Festive Glitter Pad". (Save the heart)


4. Using dark brown, die cut the Poppystamps "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame" background die. (Save the little hearts for another card!)
5. Using a medium brown, cut an A2 size card front.
6. Finally, glue the pieces together. Don't forget the glitter heart!
7. Adhere to a black card base or any color of your choice!


Pictured are the amazing Poppystamps dies I used from the Valentine's release. 


I hope you love this Valentine as much as I do. It reminds me so much of sweet memories involving chocolate surprises! Fabulous glitter and beautiful shiny red paired with two shades of rich chocolate brown are just enough to add a warm sentimental glow.


May you have a beautiful day today. See you very soon. Until then, sending much love your way! 



A Christmas Tag and Reindeer Treat Holder
by Janet Katz

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The new Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit has so much to offer. Here are two projects I made with it:
While the kit dies are a blast to mix and match, don't overlook the tiny little stamp set that comes with the kit. On it is a tiny tree along with an outline of that tree. I put the two to work on a store-bought white tag with a gold hole reinforcer. I pulled together a rainbow of dye ink pads and stamped a row of colorful trees in rainbow order on the long edge of the tag. Next, I used black ink to stamp the outline on top of the colorful trees.
I purposefully offset the outline to give it a modern edge. I have recently seen a lot of tags that use a layer of vellum over a cardstock layer. I cut a piece of vellum cardstock (you can buy this heavyweight vellum on Amazon or at many online craft retailers) to the same dimensions as the tag and then stamped a sentiment from the Gilded Christmas Wishes stamp set in black ink. With a little more time, I could have heat embossed the sentiment in black. I punched a hole in the vellum tag and attached the two with a deep pink grosgrain ribbon and cinched that with some teal and white baker's twine. This took just a few minutes to put together.
For my reindeer treat holder, I started with a piece of 2" x 5.75" kraft cardstock, I scored it at 2.75" and then at 3" to provide a .25" gusset for my chocolate treat square.
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I used a corner rounder punch to round the corners. I used a little slot punch to punch a rectangular hole for the ribbon. Next, I cut a 1.75" x 2.25" piece from a pale blue polka-dotted paper. Then I used one of the dies that came with the Gilded Christmas Wishes stamp and die set to cut a tag shape from a dusty navy blue cardstock. A circle punch would have worked for this piece also. I die cut my reindeer head from brown cardstock, the nose from red cardstock, and the hat from the Memory Box Christmas Jolly 6 x 6 paper pad (PP1019.) I layered it all together and attached it to the kraft base keeping the hole at the top. Finally, I stamped in black ink on white cardstock and cut out the "Cheers my deer" sentiment that comes with the kit and adhered it below the deer head. I folded it up at the score lines and slipped my treat inside (a little double stick tape on the back of the treat wrapper will keep it from sliding out). I finished it with a small piece of white grosgrain ribbon cinched with both blue and white baker's twine and linen thread.
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'Tis the season to stretch your craft supplies, dies and stamps to make fun gifts for family and friends.
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Challenge Reminder: A Warm Cocoa Treat with Snowflakes
by Janet Katz


Just a reminder that there is plenty of time to enter our December Challenge PSC#99 with the theme of Gift It! Enter with a tag, gift wrap, a treat bag, or something similar and it doesn't have to be holiday themed. Birthdays, school and other occasions are welcome! Just use one Poppystamps stamp or die on your project. 
One of my favorite things that comes with the cold winter weather (we don't get much in Austin, TX) is hot drinks: coffee, tea, cocoa and any other specialty drink treat you can think of. The Poppystamps stamp set Wintertime Sentiments has some adorable stamps that go very well with the new Snowflake Loop die set as well as the Adelaide Snowflakes set. I wanted to use these on a disposable coffee cup with either a Starbucks gift card or a packet of cocoa inside.
To make the white snowflakes stand out, I made a cup wrapper by simply laying my cup onto the backside of some 12" x 12" dark brown patterned paper and tracing the edges as I rolled the cup.
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I handcut the wrapper from the paper, and wrapped it around the cut, adhering it with glue so it couldn't slide off. The cup itself came in a package from Walmart, complete with black lid and kraft-paper sleeve. I slid the sleeve over the handmade wrapper. Next, I die cut a banner from red cardstock using the banner die that comes with the Gilded Christmas Wishes Stamp and Die set.
Then I stamped the "All you need is cocoa..." stamp from the Wintertime Sentiments Stamp and Die set onto a piece of 80lb white cardstock and punched it out with a 1.75" circle punch. I used a 2" circle punch to cut out a circle from black cardstock. I layered these two as shown and then glued them onto the red banner strip.
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It was time for snow. I cut the big loop from the Snowflake Loop die set from white cardstock and carefully adhered it with liquid glue, centering the sentiment in the middle. I had to hold it in place for about 20 seconds to make sure every little flourish got attached.
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Next, I pulled out the Adelaide Snowflakes set and cut three different snowflakes from the same white cardstock. I adhered two to the cup and then had the idea to make the largest one hang like a tag from a red velvet ribbon I wrapped around the entire cup. I used a piece of linen thread to attach it to the red ribbon.
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This was fun and easy to make. Sometimes the smallest gift can have a big impact when it is from the heart.
Merry Christmas and happy crafting!

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Reindeer Gift Tags
by Meghan Kennihan

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I am on the blog today with a reminder to join Poppy Stamps Challenge for December: Gift it! I made two masculine tags using Poppy Stamps reindeer. For the first one, I used the Whittle Reindeer die and inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Oxides. I mounted it on the the Brilliant Rings Circle Dies and added a glittery gold ribbon and mat.

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Final_2 (3)For my second tag, I used the Pondering Layered Deer die and the Joy Freestyle Script die. I just love the elegance of the font. I distressed the edges of the deer with Walnut Stain just like I did with the first tag and used gold again to make it sparkle.

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Final_5 (3)What would a challenge be without an awesome prize? If you link up to our challenge and show of our Poppystamps products you can win a $20 gift card (chosen at random). You have until December 28th 12am EST to enter and we will announce the winners and NEW challenge on January 1st. I can't wait to see what you make!!!!

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PSC#99 Gift It!

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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 Challenge #98 Fabulous Fall is Pat J. 

20221112_144902_by_johnsopaThe lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is  ionabunny!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at [email protected] 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!

PSC#99 Gift It!   This time of year it's all about giving!  It's a great way to show appreciation for others and to share with those who might be in need.  This time we're looking for ways that you might dress up a gift, baked good, or treat.  That means tags, gift wraps, treat bags and more.  Your gift it project isn't limited to the winter holidays - birthday, school and other occasions are welcome.  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 December Guest Nancy Salked who is introduced by Design Team member Michele...

Nancy and I got to know each other a little through this wonderful crafting community we are all a part of. One day she sent me a card and I fell in love with her beautiful, bright, colorful, and very clean style! He projects always feel so bright and positive. I knew Nance would create something joyful and cheerful using a few Poppystamps products. Thanks for joining the Poppystamps family for our December challenge!
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Nancy Salked

Instagram:  @tarheelsoulmom

Hello there! My name is Nancy Salkeld. I've been card making for about 15 years. I have always been artsy and crafty since a little girl. I was always drawing or gluing something. I took painting lessons as a teen and dabbled in various artsy things. I live in Cary, North Carolina, married to college sweetheart, ER RN hubs, Dave, for 32 years and counting.  I have two grown children, Arrow and Ben and "furmom" to lab, Ellie and cats Bella and Crystabelle.

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Nancy Salked


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Janet Katz


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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  December 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on January 1!!    

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



A Little Bit of Holiday Cheer
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

Today I am sharing a little bit of holiday cheer, one in a little cup, and one in a little envelope! I have created two sweet tags that will make your holiday gifts feel festive and bright! Take a closer look.


The first tag is a little holiday kitty in a cup, with a few festive trimmings. The second tag is a little note from sunny Florida, where we are sending warm holiday wishes your way. Both of these tags are so easy breezy too. Just cut out your favorite elements and assemble a fun freestyle collage of holiday fun.


I used a baby blue for the tag background, wrapped in a white trim. I wanted a little splash of a few non-traditional holiday colors, like deep rosy pinks, lime greens, and teals.


I wanted both of these tags to feel fresh and fun, and to show hoe we celebrate the season down here where the sun shines all year long!


Thank you so much for joining us here today!