32 posts categorized "Hugs"

Poppystamps Challenge: Word Art
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

We're so glad you could join us today! Have you created a card for this month's challenge here on our Poppystamps blog? The theme is Word Art, and I created a bright and cheerful card featuring some Word Art with the Freestyle Hugs. Take a look!


I started with one of my favorite Embossing Folders EVER, 3D Geometric Crystals from Open Studio. It creates great artsy textured squares that make any background fresh and fun. I did the background, card base, and border in a bright, crisp, white.


I used Freestyle Hugs and cut the Hugs script in bright white, and the background outline in as many colors as I could find from my scraps box that had a colorful and bright tone. This card uses 16 colors arranged in a rainbow hue from bright pink to dark purple. Adhere the word "hugs" on to the top piece, then work from top to bottom lining up the pieces down and to the left of your top pink piece.


This card feels like it's in motion, with the hugs and the open-armed kitty from the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit jumping out. I added a little white spot on the kitty's nose so he looked like my own cat, Fuzzy Henderson, with an asymmetrical streak down his nose. Adorable! I added a few light pink hearts from the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit, and a few clear Fairy Drops.


Now it's YOUR turn! We'd love to see what you'll create, and how you will be inspired, using at least one Poppystamps product. One lucky winner, chosen at random, will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorite items from the Poppystamps store!

It's easy to play along. Create a card or project inspired by this month's theme, WORD ART, using at least one Poppystamps image or die. Link it up here on our Poppystamps blog. The winning design 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! You have until 12 AM US EST on August 29th to participate. The winner will be announced on September 1. 


Show us your WORD ART and get crafting!

Thanks so much for joining us today!









Autumn Hugs
by Tiffany Pryce


Hey Poppy peeps! I know it is still summer, but I am ready for pumpkin everything, cool weather, and the changing leaves. To help usher in the season, I have a sweet autumn scene card to share with you. I used a bunch of products in my Poppystamps stash for this card, but it was easy to put together.

To start, I worked on the background. Die cut the Lattice Plate die from white cardstock and ink blend the top portion with yellow and orange dye ink for an ombre look. I knew I was going to cover the majority of the lattice so I only ink blended the top. Adhere it to an A2 card base. Next, free hand a hillside with scissors. And lightly ink blend brown dye ink at the top for a little more depth on kraft paper. This will be the ground for our scene. Splatter the ground with clean water for additional texture. Adhere the ground in place, and then splatter the entire background with gold metallic watercolor.



Next, ink blend scrap paper with a combination of fall colored inks. I randomly ink blended red, yellow, orange, and green dye inks and then dye cut several leaves from the panel. I wanted a combination of colors so instead of ink blending each die cut individually, this was an easier way. I die cut foliage from the Floral Cake Pop Up set, Mushrooms and Toadstools, and Garden Leaves and Berries. I assembled the mushrooms, added white spots with a gel pen, and arranged everything on the card front.

Next, I die cut the Whittle Papa Hedgehog and ink blended it with brown dye ink. I added accents with copic marker and a white gel pen. I adhered the hedgehog with foam tape for added dimension.


For the sentiment, I ink blended yellow and orange ink on scrap cardstock and die cut Playful Hugs. I die cut the sentiment a few times and stacked it for dimension. I embellished the card with gems from Autumn Fairy Jewels and Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones.


Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Make sure to follow Poppystamps on Instagram, and each of the wonderful design team members for lots more inspiration. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!



Tiffany Floral Signature copy





by Nancy Penir


Hi! Have you seen the beautiful cards the designers have made with the large Stained Glass Butterfly?


I couldn't wait to give it a try. It's a 3 piece die set, with butterfly wings that give you several decorating options. Here's what I did.

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After cutting my wings, top and bottom, I distress oxide inked the solid piece with Uncharted Mariner, and gave it a quick light spray with shimmer. The top was inked with Spun Sugar, versa marked, and clear embossed. Then I lightly added Nuvo Glimmer Paste, for further shimmer.

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The sentiment and butterfly body cut from glitter paper. The flowers were cut twice, once from blue vellum, and again from white vellum, before assembling.

Such a fun card to make and receive, don't you think? Be sure to check out some other ways to use this beautiful butterfly die by scrolling through the blog. I think the designers really rocked this one! Have a wonderful week!

Nancy Floral Signature copy




Layered Lovely Flowers
by Kim Singdahlsen

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I love a quick and simple card that still has lots of interesting details. The Layered Lovely Flowers die is the perfect die to use for this. This card consists only of a fun sentiment, three layered flowers, a strip of patterned paper and a sprinkling of lovely gems but the layers and details in the flowers make it look like so much more!

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The Freestyle Hugs die has a wonderful bold look that works beautifully with those layered flowers. Then I cut out all four layers of the flowers each out of a single color and adhered them in the centers so the petals could pop up and add dimension.  I pulled my colors from the striped paper - giving it a warm summery look. The centers and the little accent gems are all from the Treasure Chest Fairy Gemstones  - I love the glow  and shine that these gemstones add.

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With the four layers and the detail in each little petal, the Layered Lovely Flowers look so full and realistic. All four layers are on one die so it's one quick swipe through your die cutter, a bit of adhesive in the center of each, then just lightly bend up the petals.

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I love these flowers and I can imagine them in so many ways - a soft card with pastel flowers, white flowers with colorful centers, a rainbow of different colors - they would even work in winter and holiday colors. It's  a simple and versatile die and I hope I've given you some ideas for it!Kim Floral Signature copy


Moose Hugs for My Guy
by Kim Singdahlsen

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Just a reminder that the theme for this month's challenge is My Guy and we hope to see you playing along.  236800618_3307987012760970_42492384614323546_n

I just had to play along. The Whittle animals were what initially drew me to Poppystamps. They were just perfect for my two young teen (at the time) sons and my husband. The Whittle are very cute, but not cutesy! And now that there are multiple stamp sets full of punny little sayings for them, they show up on virtually every card that I make for them.  Of course, you all know that Poppystamps has so much more than the Whittle animals - have you seen the newest release of flowers and butterflies? Gorgeous!

I wanted to send my oldest son a big "hug" so I pulled out the Playful Hugs die then what better to go along with that hug than this jaunty Whittle Moose.  To decorate the "hugs", I adhered 1/4" strips of colored paper to some scratch paper and then cut the hugs. If you try this, be sure to apply adhesive to the very edge of each strip of paper. If you don't, some of the smaller pieces at the top and bottom of the "hugs" won't stick.  Trust me on this!

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I knew it was going to be a small scene so I wanted to frame it to make it pop. I used the stitched inner frame from one of the Scalloped Stitch Frames. Then I cut the sky and the ground pieces just slightly larger than the inner dimensions of the frame and adhered it to the back of the frame. I adhered the "hugs" and the moose with the moose getting slightly tangled in the sentiment.  I filled in the sky with a few Whittle Clouds.

I gave the background just a bit of decoration using the Double Diamond Lattice Plate in white on the kraft. 

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I hope that I've inspired you to play along with us this month at our My Guy challenge!

Kim Floral Signature copy


2 Easy, CAS Happy Mail cards
by Sphoorti





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)




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.




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:




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.




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?




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.




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!




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy