32 posts categorized "Janet Katz"

Gold Tipped Fall Leaves
by Janet Katz

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Check out Poppystamps' Instagram reel or Facebook post today to see a video of how this card was made.
I'm utterly smitten with the Fanciful Fall Leaves die set. Today, I decided to show them off against a background of Distress ink.
To make the background, I used Distress inkpads and sprays with the ink smooshing technique on 140lb watercolor paper. I started with a 6" x 7" piece and cut it down to the 4" x 5.25" portion I liked the most.
Since the die cuts themselves have such great etched detail, I began by cutting them from the same watercolor paper.
I took each die cut and rubbed it across an embossing ink pad to coat the tips. For the acorns, I used an embossing ink pen. Then, I dipped the leaves and acorns into gold embossing powder and heat embossed each.
I used a circle punch to cut out a 2.5" circle from a soft blue-green cardstock. Next, I stamped my sentiment from the Gilded Christmas Wishes Stamp set onto brown cardstock with black ink. I used the label die cut that comes with the stamp set to cut out the sentiment.
I made a thread nest using some light brown thread. Finally, I layered it all together beginning with the inky background on top of blue-green cardstock. I placed 3 leaves under my circle and then glued my thread nest on top. I glued together 7 gold-tipped leaves and adhered them to the circle. Next, I adhered the sentiment down over the leaves with foam adhesive. Finally, I added two little acorns onto the sentiment.
Try showing off some of our great etched die shapes with plain light cardstock over an exciting background. Happy crafting!
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A Spooky Trick-or-Treat Tag
by Janet Katz

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Here's a reminder to enter our September Challenge of Anything Goes. As long as your entry includes a Poppystamps die or stamp, you can enter anything you like including a tag, scrapbook page, card or something else to have a chance at winning this month's gift card to our store.
While the temperatures are just barely inching down where I live (Texas), I'm in full-on fall and Halloween mode with my crafting. Poppystamps latest release is ideal for cards, scrapbook pages, and treat bags too. I started my little ghostly tag using some colored kraft cardstock. I cut it into a tag shape that is about 3" x 6". Next, I found the ideal fall plaid paper in my Memory Box Woodsy Plaid 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I had a special blade on my paper trimmer so I cut one piece with a scalloped edge and adhered that to the top of the tag. I sanded the green tag with a sanding block to reveal the kraft cardstock below the color to give it a more distressed look.
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I used Poppystamps' newest Halloween Assemblage die set to cut the ghost from heavy white cardstock and the spiderweb from a sheet of black glitter paper from the Memory Box Festive Glitter Pad. I put a small piece of green cardstock behind the ghost to give it green eyes. I also used a very pale grey alcohol ink marker down the right side of the ghost to give it a little depth. I used the cauldron from the Poppystamps' Whittle Witch die set cut from orange glitter paper in the same glitter pad. I trimmed off the feet and the handles to make it look like a trick-or-treat bucket. I adhered the spider web to a kraft-colored doily I got from the party section of my local hobby store. Then I used foam adhesive to adhere the ghost and the bucket. I adhered all this to the tag. I added some old alphabet letters to the bottom of the tag to spell out "trick or treat."
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At the top, I punched out a reinforcer from my black glitter cardstock. I used Poppystamps' Fanciful Fall Leaves die set (a new favorite of mine) to cut two leaves from brown and a deep rust cardstock. Then I cut acorns from the same orange glitter cardstock. I clustered these items along with three Autumn Fairy Crystals and glued them to the top left of the tag and added a piece of hemp twine to finish it off.
I hope you're taking some time for some autumn or almost-autumn crafting today. You deserve it.

Janet Floral Signature copy


PSC#96 Anything Goes!

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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 #95 Word Art is Greta H.

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The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Rosemary D.

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!


PSC#96 Anything Goes!  This time there's  absolutely no excuse not to play!  The challenge this time is anything goes!  So whether you've got the upcoming holidays on your mind, want to try a new technique, or just feeling a little crafty, we'd love to see what you're up to!  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 September guest Amy Tsuruta who was selected by Jeanne!  If you love crafting and you love coffee, chances are you'll know Amy because she's the host of the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! Amy's whimsical style and clean designs are always sure to bring a smile!  We know you'll love her style!

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Amy Tsuruta

Blog:  Tsuruta Designs

Instagram:  @craftee1

I'm an avid crafter that loves all things cute + caffeinated. My style is primarily clean + simple.  The Whittle collection was calling my name, who can resist a pun?  I can't wait to see how you're inspired by this month's challenge!

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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 September 28 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on September 1!!    

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


Sweet Striped Wishes
by Janet Katz

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Janet here with one last reminder to enter our Word Art challenge to have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate. 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 that gift certificate.
On this stripey card, I used the Luscious Script Wishes die along with the Life is Sweet Clear Stamp set. To make the stripes, I cut  a lot of 1/4" strips of three different colors of cardstock -- a light turquoise, a teal, and a light yellow-green. I glued the strips to a piece of white cardstock approximately 4" x 5". Next, I trimmed that piece of cardstock to  approximately 4.75" x 3.25" to cut off all the uneven ends. I centered this on a white A2 sized card. I used  the middle-size frame from the Scallop Stitch Frame die set and cut out a scalloped frame and glued it down on the stripes.
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I die cut the word wishes from heavyweight white cardstock and then used a piece of turquoise vellum to cut the the shadow die. I glued these two together and then attached them to the striped background, carefully hiding foam adhesive behind the wider strokes of the letters.
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Next, I stamped the word Sweet from the Life is Sweet stamp set and cut it out and mounted it with foam adhesive above the word. Finally, I added color-matched sequins to the stripes on the cards to give it shine. Hope you enjoyed my explanation and that you enter our contest before the month's end.

Janet Floral Signature copy



Twisted Houses Slimline
by Janet Katz

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I love autumn and Halloween and almost everything that goes with them (with the possible exception of gory slasher movies). So when I received the 2022 Poppystamps Halloween release in the mail, I was thrilled to see so many autumn and Halloween dies. What caught my eye first was the Twisted Houses die set. One die cuts out four houses. I immediately had the idea for this haunted neighborhood spread out over a slimline card.
I started with the flatter side of a piece of watercolor paper. I put four drops of gray reinker into a tiny mister along with some water. I spritzed the paper several times and dried with a heat tool. I punched a 2” circle from masking paper. I adhered it down to serve as my moon and then, using foam blenders (1 per color), I blended Distress Oxides in Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot to create the night sky.
I removed the mask and gently inked the edge of the moon with a dab of Scattered Straw Distress Oxide. I replaced the mask and spritzed and splattered the page with water, dabbing up the water and drying it to make it look spotty. Finally, I cut the piece to 8.25” x 3.25” and mounted it to a deep purple cardbase. My background was done.
Next, I took a piece of black card stock and penciled on a curvy line to serve as hills. I cut along the line and used both halves of the paper and attached them to the card front. The top one I popped up using foam adhesive. Next, using the following dies, I cut out all the elements for my spooky scene:
I backed all the houses with a small piece of bright yellow card stock to serve as light in the windows. The largest house I popped up with foam adhesive. I threw in some glittery pumpkins using Memory Box Glitzy Glitter Pad because what is Halloween without pumpkins? Finally, I glued everything in place, including the BOO which I cut from the same  glittered card stock.
Stay tuned for more Halloween and autumn makes. I just love this time of year!! If you'd like to see a 1-minute process video of how I made this, check out my reel at @tinypaperblossom on Instagram. 

Janet Floral Signature copy



Word Art Watercolor Card
by Janet Katz

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Using words and phrases as an integral part of a card design is something I love to do. I love text, fonts, big words, titles, you name it. If it involves the alphabet more than numbers, I'm there. I was in heaven when Poppystamps chose Word Art as this month's challenge topic. This card features the Freestyle Hello die and the matching shadow. To create the blurry, watercolor floral image, I took a background stamp of little flowers and colored the rubber with four Zig Clean Color Markers. Next, I spritzed the stamp a couple of times with water. Then, I stamped it on the flat side of watercolor paper. The sharp lines of the image blurred and moved and made it look amazing.

Hello watercolor in progress

I used the mid-size die from the Scalloped Stitch Frames die set and cut a white frame. I trimmed the top of the frame off and glued this to a kraft card front that was 4" x 5 1/4". Next, I trimmed the watercolor image to slightly larger than the frame opening and mounted it with foam adhesive to the card, just to where the scalloped frame peeks out from underneath. I matted the kraft onto a coral card. 

I cut the Freestyle Hello from 110lb white cardstock. Next, I cut the matching shadow from heavyweight vellum. I hid drops of clear glue behind the hello die cut and adhered it to the vellum shadow, and then to the watercolor piece. 

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I finished the card with tiny adhesive pearls on the watercolor paper. Now, what are you gonna make with a great big word for this month's challenge?

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