55 posts categorized "Houses"


Sat 02

Spring Cottage
by Marybeth Lopez


 Hello! Can you believe its already April! Me ,either! 

For my card today I used this simple Boddington Cottage Die .


 I sponged my background  with distressed ink and a sponge dabber. I made a blue panel and then one more

white panel and only sponged the lower part for the grassy hill. Then placed them together. It took some time to add the tree pieces back in but I found it relaxing.

I added Glossy Accents for the windows and a bit of shimmer to the trees with Wink of Stella.


Then later I decided I wanted and oval on the front of the card so I use Memory box Stitched Ovals.

Not sure what one I like best yet. 


I have been playing with the Memory box Plush dies, this one is the Plush Spring Bunny and I made his ears flop. He is holding the Plush Flower Buttons. I like to pinch and sew flat things to make them 3d. The flowers remind me of the lemon blossoms and  lime blossoms right outside my craft room . The lime blossoms are just a bit bigger. I posted this little guy on my blog , and thought I would share here too.

Hope you have a great week!

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Mon 30

Merry Village
by JJ Bolton


It's almost December, but it's not too late to start your Christmas cards!  Here's an idea for a card that can be made in multiples, but will still produce totally unique cards.  The key to uniqueness is the fun watercolor background.  I used watercolor powders and a water mister to create this fun background.  


Then I die cut my sentiment into the background and inlaid the sentiment just in white.  (Tip: To keep the inlaid letters in place, just back your panel with some transparent tape and then place each letter inside the die cut.)


The row of houses is one die, so it's so easy to make a whole village.  The only extra step was to add a piece of yellow paper behind one of the open windows.  Then I just applied all the houses with a bit of foam tape and that was it!  I hope you are having a wonderful, handmade season!

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Tue 17

Autumn Abundance
by Marybeth Lopez



Hello, Friends ! How are you?

I have a simple card using a few steps to create. I used watercolor paper from any craft store.



 To create my card I cut one layer with the  Forest Village Die, I used it almost as a stencil.

I placed the cut die in the negative panel that was placed on the card front panel.

I  colored it with my Zig pens then blended with a watercolor pen/brush.


 This is what I ended up with after I removed the die from my panel.

FullSizeRender When I was finished with that I cut a new panel with more watercolor paper , added a tiny bit of glue on the back and placed it over this image above. I may add a stamped sentiment later when I know what I will be using this card for. ( most likely a Thanksgiving card)


Thank you for the visit today! God Bless and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving for those of you in the US                                                                   

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Sat 31

Halloween Shaker Tags
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween!

Hope you're having fun celebrating and here are some Halloween tags to create an appropriate mood :))) I've made them using some dies from the Poppystamps Holiday release.

There is also the VIDEO TUTORIAL on all the three tags. 






Have a spooktacular holiday and thanks for visiting!

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Sun 11

Peaceful Village
by JJ Bolton


Hello everyone!  I'm back with another Blog Blitz project and this time I'm using the beautiful Peace on Earth Channel die.  I've always loved that sentiment and it's one of my favorite to use for my holiday cards.   To create this peaceful scene, I used the Alpine Neighborhood die along with the coordinating Alpine Roofs and Background dies.  

I started off my die cutting my sentiment and the houses (this is all one die, btw) into an A2 panel.  Then I die cut the house backgrounds and blended some ink over them.  These backgrounds fit perfectly behind each house, so you can customize what you see inside the windows.  


To create the sky, I took my die cut A2 panel and blended dark blue and black inks just over the houses.  To me, blended ink always looks better than plain colored card stock.  I let the ink dry a bit and then moved on to creating the stars with a bit of translucent embossing paste and silver glitter.  Here's a tip, use an embossing buddy over the spots where you do not want glitter.  I mostly use the embossing buddy when I'm using embossing powder, but it works for powders and glitters.  To really get a glittery look, I mixed the glitter into the embossing paste before I stenciled and I also sprinkled glitter on top after I stenciled.  The stencil I used is called Stars Shimmer.  


Here's a close up of the extra glittery stars!  I love how shiny they are and how they pop off the card. You can also see how I added a bit of glitter behind the die cut sentiment as well.  


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful Blog Blitz inspiration!

Before you go, don't forget to leave a comment on this post to win the Peace on Earth die!  Here's the details...

  • We will be giving a prize on every post from October 7 -20.  
  • One comment from each of the posts during the blog blitz will be selected by random number generator to receive the prize for the day.  
  • You have until October 22 to leave a comment on  the posts you'd like to enter.   You must leave a separate comment on each of the posts that you want to enter to be considered to win. Check in often because there will be 2 posts per day during the blitz!  
  • Winners will be announced on October 26.

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Wed 16

Halloween Night by Marybeth Lopez



Hello! I want to take a minute and thank you for the visit and taking time to make a comment. 

Having some fun with the Colchester Houses. I used different ink pads on each house then moved the ink around a bit with a water brush. I used two sided foam on the backs then glittered the front of the windows, already sticky from the two sided tape. I cut my bat out of felt. Only the upper picture shows the holes in the eyes.




I added some washi tape to the edge and the bit of stars are from the memory box shimmer stencil, using a shimmer pen.




We are almost at the weekend! Yay! Take care and God Bless!Marybeth Signature copy


Fri 24

Blog Blitz Featuring Main Street Tags

Hi crafters and welcome to another day of Blog Blitz!

[1266] DIES- Main Street Tags

Today I am featuring the new Main Street Tags die set - they have a nice border close to the cutting edge which gives us the opportunity to create an embossed edge, to use it as a stencil and also to make a nice INKED BORDER for your tag.

Please scroll down for the VIDEO TUTORIAL where I demonstrate this simple and useful technique.

I have made a fall tag using the dies from the new Holiday release:


There is another tag attached to write a message on. So it can be called a tag card:


The small tag is to put a name on. I think this fall tag is perfect to give for the first day at school.



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The prize today is from Birch Press Design!  This time you could win a Small Shaker Rolling Pin.  Interested in winning the rolling pin? All you have to do is visit the Birch Press What's New section and take a look at the new products.  Then, return to this post and leave a comment below letting us know which one is your favorite.  It's that easy!  You have until July 29 to enter.  

Have fun crafting and good luck!

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Sun 19

Cabin In The Woods


Hi Marybeth here today! I have one more card for the Blog Blitz and a chance for you to win Boddington Cabin. I can’t tell you how much I love these new dies and the so many ways to use them. The options are endless!


Last minute I decided to add some glitter to the sky using : memory box Texture Tiny Dots. I ran some glue over it with a firm brush then added the corse glitter , I think next time I will use fine glitter. For the windows on the house I used household tape sticky side facing out and added glitter. 

DSC_0225psblogblitzI added layers to this Boddington Cabin and the new memory box Pinpoint Rectangle Layers , love the tiny dots on the edge. 

Want to win the Boddington Cabin? Just leave a comment here and one random winner will be selected.

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Sat 18

Country Houses


Jeanne here today!  I hope you're enjoying the blog blitz!  What a great way to see all the new dies in action.  Today I'm showing the Country Houses Die.  This one is really neat because while it is a beautiful intricate die by itself,  you can switch up the look of the die by adding the Country House Roofs and Background die cuts. 
This die was a wonderful surprise for me to open the first time.  I was expecting a one piece background die - but look at this.  You get a separate die for the houses, trees, and roof tops.   This gives you the ability to add lots of color and create different looks.
You can easily cut the tree background die into several pieces so your trees can be many shades of green or fall colors!    Don't you love all the different color trees in the background?
Instead of a circular shaped sun I thought one of the hearts from the new Stitched Hearts Trio would be fun and different.  The little clouds are from the High Flying Kites die. 
The heart at the bottom is from the same Stitched Hearts Trio Set that includes three stitched hearts, and three solid heart backers.   
My village has red and blue roof tops - you can adhere them on top of the detailed Country Houses die cut, or behind the die.  I adhered mine on top to add more dimension.  If you look close you can see they have shingle embossed patterns on them.  
If you love the new Country Houses die you're going to want to leave me a comment because that is the prize for the post today.  That's right!  Leave a comment by July 29 to enter to win.  One random comment will be selected using random number generator to win this die.   Winners will be posted on July 31.
[1252] DIES- Country Houses

Good luck and thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Tue 07

Time to Celebrate

Welcome to the Poppystamps Blog! I hope you all had a Fabulous Fourth of July here in America!



Poppystamps front fireworks


For my card I used Our American Holiday for inspiration! With Cities all across America having Fabulous displays of Fireworks I decided to think outside the box with some Poppy Dies! I used the Mum Flower die as Fireworks!! I created my custom water colored background using the stencil and embossing powder that I demonstrated last month. I created my Row of houses and embossed a sentiment. Glossy accents were added to the windows of the houses where I just backed the die with yellow cardstock.

Poppystamps side view fireworks

Have a great Day!

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