42 posts categorized "Janet Katz"

Soaring Tree Valentine
by Janet Katz

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I am still totally smitten with the Soaring Tree Frame from Poppystamps. It is adorable and oh-so flexible on regular, slimline or mini slimline cards. Here I used it as the centerpiece on a mini slimline Valentine. First, I cut the tree frame out with heavyweight, white cardstock. Next, I wanted some small hearts to look like the leaves of the tree. I found exactly what I was looking for in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit. One of the included dies cuts both a small and a large "whittle" heart. I cut a lot of these out from a big variety of pink and coral cardstock including some pearlescent cardstock from the Memory Box Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad - the 6 x 6" pad has both shiny, mirror paper and pearlescent paper in the same color. I found some beige, dotted paper and some pink, gingham paper in my stash and decided on those for a background.
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After making all my die cuts, I used foam tape on the back of the Soaring Tree Frame and attached it to the dotted paper that I had cut to the same size. Next, I added all my hearts, minus the one on the sentiment. I used tweezers to get things just in the right spot. I adhered a rectangle of the gingham paper to a blush pink cardbase and then adhered the framed tree with hearts to the front. Finally, I stamped the sentiment from the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit on a piece of white cardstock and cut it with angled edges as shown, leaving a bit extra on the right end to glue the final heart. I attached the sentiment and the last tiny heart to the front.
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Small valentine cards are so much fun to make, but probably more fun to send.
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You are the Sweetest
by Janet Katz

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Today's your lucky day! Even though it's Friday, the 13th, I'm serving up this colorful, glittery Valentine's card. I started with the new Vintage Scalloped Heart die set. I love that this comes with 2 dies: the heart with the 'sunburst' slits in it, and the bigger scalloped heart background. I cut the heart from fine, red glitter paper, and contrasted that with a brushed gold cardstock for the scalloped shadow.
I wanted something different for the background so I turned to my trusty spray stains and created a background on watercolor paper with two blue-green colors and a brown. I heat dried the paper between color layers. For a final touch, and to tie in the brushed gold look, I spritzed my paper with gold metallic spray. I cut that piece down just a bit and matted it on the piece of brushed gold cardstock I used to cut the scalloped heart from - yay for no waste. I glued this onto an 80lb vanilla card base.
I also wanted a unique way to attach a sentiment. I decided on some metal embellishments - heart charms and tiny safety pins. I stamped the You are the Sweetest from the Colorful Life stamp set on a piece of vanilla cardstock with Versafine black ink, cut it out, and then rounded all four corners. I punched a tiny hole in the top left corner and ran the safety pin with the dangling heart on it through the hole. To tie in the red, I added 3 gems from the Christmas Fairy Jewels pack. I decided to use my trusty foam adhesive to give dimension both under the heart and under the sentiment. I did not glue down the little dangling heart, but I could because it has a flat back.
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I like to send about a dozen cards for Valentine's Day. Do you send out Valentine's Day cards?
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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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A Teabag Treat Holder
by Janet Katz


Tea may be an overlooked gift at this time of year. Wine and spirits are often the most popular for gift giving. But one cup of tea might be just the refreshing break a friend or relative needs this holiday season. I put together this little treat holder using a template I found on Pinterest. On Pinterest, simply search for "paper treat pocket," and a step-by-step guide will show you how to fold a double-sided 6 x 6" piece of paper into this. It takes no adhesive (although I put some under the front flap to keep it down) and can be done in 1 minute.

After I folded the pocket using a sheet from the Memory Box Christmas Jolly 6x6 pack, I wanted to add a decoration to the front. I started with the banner die that is included in the Gilded Christmas Wishes Stamp and Die set.

 First, I cut the banner from a pearly gold paper and then again from kraft cardstock. I took the kraft banner and trimmed off about 1/8" from each long side, so the gold would show behind it when I layered and adhered them together. I glued my layered banner to the front flap that had been folded down. Again, I glued that flap down so it couldn't flip back up. Next, I cut the forest trees from the Whittle Forest Reindeer Kit using two different shades of green cardstock. I layered those onto the banner and glued them down. Finally, I took the "You're Tree-mendous" sentiment from the enclosed stamp set that comes with this kit and stamped it on a piece of white cardstock. I punched a hole in that and then in the corner of the pocket's front flap. I tied some metallic gold twine to keep this mini tag in place. Finally, I tucked in the mint tea bag.
Hope you get some relaxing treats this holiday season. You know you deserve them.
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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 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#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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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!