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27 posts categorized "Hugs"

2 Easy, CAS Happy Mail cards
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppystampers!

 

I'm back with 2 very easy, very clean and simple (CAS) cards for you today! I actually had 4, but one of the products I used on 2 of the cards was discontinued (my bad, I didn't realize it), so I'm just going to talk about the 2 other cards, which surprisingly were off-shoots of the original cards. By that, I mean - I planned the other two cards, I had a vision and implemented it. And I had some extras remaining with which I made the two you see here. Funny, huh?

 

So, let's get into it!

 

I fell in love with this little Stitched Envelope die and cut up a number of envelopes with various types of card stock (like Neenah Solar White / Vellum / Glitter / Foil) etc. Just a tip, though - choose thin card stock for this because it'll be easier to score it and get it to stick. (Don't do what I did and use Neenah Solar White 110 pound)

 

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I scored and sealed the envelopes with glue (and where they refused to stick due to thickness of the Neenah card stock, I ended up using superglue and it worked like a charm). I put little puffy heart stickers where the top and bottom flaps meet and set them aside.

 

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My original idea was to have the envelopes floating in the clouds (I'll post a picture of this on Instagram eventually), but for these two cards, I happened to see a spare frame from the Double Scalloped Stitched Frame Die on my desk and played around with the envelopes on the frame like so:

 

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I liked how the frame looked with the little envelopes on it, so I moved forward with the idea, and adhered the frame with the envelopes on a top folding portrait card base.

 

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I cut up a bunch of layers of the Playful Hugs sentiment die and stacked them up to make a chipboard like die-cut. I applied it to the bottom of the frame horizontally. After I glued it down, I didn't like it very much (I felt that the envelopes were clouding the sentiment and it felt cramped down there), so I decided to make another one with a vertical orientation of the same sentiment. That's how I ended up with card # 2. Which one do you like better?

 

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I absolutely adore these puffy heart stickers, so I couldn't help but put them on the frame too. I did that for both, but with different orientations.

 

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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which card did you like better? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this post!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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Different ways to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die - Part 2
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

Do y'all remember in February when I went a *little* overboard with my projects using the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die from the Poppystamps February 2022 Release. Well, this is Part 2! And I have 3 cards for you today!

 

Card 1: The Foiled!

 

So, I recently purchased some iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Gel DUO by Thermoweb. It's magical! You don't even need a laminator to foil now! All you need is a bottle of this! So, what I did was - cut out a thick piece of card stock with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die. I used that diecut as a stencil and spread some of this magical stuff on a piece of white card stock. Then, I let it dry for 3 days. That's right - you read that correctly. 3 days. I live in Southern California, and I know what you're thinking - 3 days is overkill. But trust me on this, let that stuff harden real well before putting it through your laminator / diecutting machine.

 

Here's what happens if you don't wait 3 days:

 

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Do you believe me now? The above is a result of me waiting overnight.

 

After that happened up there, I wised up and decided to be patient this time, waited 3 days (honestly, I forgot about it, and happened to walk by where it was set to dry and then remembered!) and then ran it through my die cutting machine with a piece of foil paper and look how pretty it turned out!

 


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When you use foil, it pretty much does all the work for you. So, all I did (or wanted to do because anything else would take away from the gorgeousness of the foil) is die cut some white card stock with the Freestyle Hugs Craft Die and stacked them together, and topped it off with the same die cut but with some silver foiled card stock from the Vintage Pastel Mirror card stock pack. I used vellum to cut the shadow and used it behind the Hugs sentiment.

 

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I also wanted some added dimension so I propped up the panel on some foam, and backed it with more of the same silver foiled card stock so that it matches the sentiment and ties it all together.

 

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Also, full disclosure... As is with all the cards I make / get, I have a tendency to see how it feels and I put my fingers on top of the foiled piece. So, you may see some ridges here and there. Don't be alarmed, they're just my fingerprints. My recommendation is to try to beat the temptation of touching the shiny goodness, no matter how good you think it might feel. (Because I assure you - it does.)

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Before we move onto the next card, if you don't have the Thermoweb Duo Transfer Gel, you can get approximately the same effect by applying some deco-foil to a piece of card stock with some double sided adhesive on it (or just some specialty foiled card stock from one of the paper pads that Poppystamps offers), and then diecutting it with the Penelope Pinpoint Frame die. I personally loved the effect of the texture paste with foiling on top, but I wanted to offer some additional suggestions on how you can achieve a similar look.

 

Onto the next card!

 

Card # 2: The Shaker!

 

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I don't believe this die was ever meant to make shaker cards, but I had an idea and had to try it! So, I cut out 10 of these panels and stacked them on top of each other (with an acetate layer at the top). I had to do that in order to create deep enough wells. In retrospect, I should have taken some fun foam and cut out 2 layers instead of 10 with regular card stock, but as my adorable mom (for whom English is a second language) says, "Blind sight is 20/20". I had some fall colored seed beads and I filled them diagonally. When I envisioned this card, I knew I wanted to add the seed beads. I somehow remember the beads being smaller, so I thought there would be a  lot of shaking and sound. But the size was fairly large compared to the size of the diamonds in the die, so I could only fill a few seed beads in each well.

 

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Oh, side note - I could have used Darice Foam Strips instead of layering so many layers, but I didn't have foam tape that was as thin as the outer frame, so had to layer it. But if I were to do this again, I'd go with the 2 layers of fun foam.

 

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Either way, I managed to fill each well with enough seed beads for shaking + showing enough of the color, so here's what I ended up with:

 

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I used the Playful Thank You craft die to cut and stack up 4 layers together. For the the top layer - I used the Black Glossy Paper Pack so that it stands out on the card, and that was it. The end result was a pretty hefty card that'll need lots of extra postage, but I think it turned out nice, so totally worth it!


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Next up is my favorite of these three cards!

 

Card #3: The Trellis! (I couldn't think of a better name for this one)

 

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So, for this card, I thought I'd use the die cut as a trellis! Originally I planned to have some ribbon / twine / strings intertwined around the die cut, but I didn't have the materials. So, I decided to use the smallest flower from the Potpourri Flowers Die cut out of the blue foiled card stock in the the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad and place them along the intersections of the dotted lines of the background die.


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I also had some white pearls which I colored using a copic marker, and used them along some of the intersections as well. Some of the white pearls - I put at the centers of the flowers. It took a while to cut out all the little flowers, but these flowers are so adorable, it was totally worth it!



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I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used some silver foiled card stock from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad as the top layer. I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment.

 

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I mounted the panel on a top folding A2 card base and that was it!


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So, that was all the ideas I've had so far on how to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die.

 

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 very long post! Do let me know in the comments if you'd like to see even more ways to use the Penelope Pinpoint Frame Craft Die! Although, full disclosure - there's a new release coming up and it's awesome, so it may be a while before I come back to playing with this background die again!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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Panda Hugs
by Kim Singdahlsen

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When you are in need of a cheerful card - whether it be "hugs" or "get well" or simply "hello" - you can't go wrong with any of the Whittles! My mother-in-law recently had surgery so I needed a cheerful card. She might be even more of a Whittles fan than I am. I send regular cards to her but any card with a Whittle has a place of honor on her fireplace mantle. So there was no doubt that her card would include a Whittle and I realized that I had not used the Whittle Giant Panda

Does it get any cuter than this?  It's a single die but it's very easy to work with. I cut him in black and in white then I trimmed out the pieces I needed in white (the head and the belly) and layered them on top. The nose is actually trimmed out of the black piece but added on the very top. 

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I decided to go with the fun and bold Luscious Script Hugs and do it in black and white to match the panda.  Since I wanted a cheerful card, I added a rainbow of colors in the background.  Then for just one more touch of cheer, I cut the small flower twice from the Potpourri Flower Set. The leaves are trimmed out of the Orchard Leaf Square Frame. 

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I used a black gem for the center of the flower then I added just a couple of random gems for the sparkle!

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I'm hoping this ends up on my mother-in-law's fireplace mantle because that means it brightened her day.  I LOVE this hobby because I had a wonderful time making the card.  The charming panda smiled at me the entire time! And I know it will be meaningful for her and the sweet panda will smile at her too.  It's just the perfect hobby, isn't it?!Kim Floral Signature copy

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Challenge Reminder: PSC#90 - Pretty Papers!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!

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Card 1:

 

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This one was my favorite of the two cards I made. Took a little bit of time, but was totally worth it!

 

First, I used the Flower Field Tall Curve Border craft die and cut some white card stock with it a couple of times, and then glued it to my card panel.

 

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Then I cut out a bunch of flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set Craft die with the blue / green foiled card stock varieties from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad. I still can't get over pastel foiled card stock! How amazing is that, right?! I glued all the flowers diagonally on the card panel. I glued some of them down directly, and others I mounted on some foam tape.

 

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I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used the Black Glossy Paper to cut the hugs sentiment again (to use as a black offset) and then, I cut it one last time with some silver foiled card stock as the top layer. (Note: I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment).

 

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I used some random embellishments for the flower centers and also scattered them around the flowers. I think I got a bit carried away. You can tell me if you think I used too many. I won't mind!

 

Final result was a top folding card that looks like so:

 

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Card # 2

 

The second card I made is very similar. I used the exact same supplies. However, I cut some flowers out of the coral colored foiled card stock in the Vintage Pastel paper pack.

 

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This card was a lot more involved because I have flowers on the top of the card (applied to the vellum) as well as hidden behind the vellum on the inner card base.

 

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I wanted the Vellum panel as an overlay because I didn't want to adhere it down, so I used some silver string and tied the vellum card base and the regular Neenah Solar White Cardstock card base together.

 

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The end result for this one was also a top folding card with a vellum overlay and an inner card base. I thought it was kinda cool!

 

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Now it's your turn to take on the Pretty Papers challenge! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions!

 

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

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Hugs
by Nancy Penir

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Crafty Greetings, Poppy friends, and welcome! I have a sweet, happy 'hugs' snail card to share with you today.

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Poppystamps Grand Whittle Snail is big enough to hold it's own on any size card, but I decided to throw in some spring on my card. 

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The snail die cuts in 2 pieces allowing you to change up cardstock colors, but as you notice on the snail's  shell, you can add more over (or under) the swirl. I die cut the lavender shell again in white, fit it in, and then again in dark purple to shadow. Couldn't resist adding googly eyes too!

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The posies are from another new set, and I cut them from several colors and layered them.

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Hope you've been inspired to put a little spring in your cards. Poppystamps' newest sets are fun and I think you'll find the possibilities are endless! Happy crafting friends!

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PSC#90 Pretty Papers

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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 #89 Heart-Felt is  Karen Ladd

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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Lagene!

Please contact me (Jeanne) at poppychallenge@gmail.com 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!

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PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. Making a masculine card? How about some cork, wood veneer or glossy papers? This time we want you to add some pretty papers to your design. The challenge is not limited to cards - we'd love to see your page layouts, home decor, tags, and mixed media. 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 March Guest - Rachel Duffy - who was selected by Sphoorti from our design team! Sphoorti says she's in awe of Rachel, who creates and sells beautiful cards and alcohol art - all for a good cause. All of Rachel's proceeds go to the British Heart Foundation. On top of that, Rachel uses 100% recycled products for her card bases, and tries to use other recycled materials as much as she can when she makes cards. Generous and kind - not just to people but the environment, too! 

 

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Rachel Duffy
Instagram: @colourandsparkle
Etsy: ArtByRD Store

I got into cardmaking in early 2020, accidentally, as a result of trying to find ways to use up off-cuts of my alcohol ink paintings. I still love painting, but have also fallen in love with cardmaking as it enables me to more quickly create small pieces of artwork that I can easily mail to friends and family. I love creating cards with lots of color and sparkle (as my Insta handle implies!) to brighten up people's days.
 
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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 March 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on April 1!!    

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