21 posts categorized "Janet Katz"

A Floral Cake Popup Card (a bou-cake!)
By Janet Katz

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There are still several days left to enter our Floral Fantasy Challenge for the month of May. Just post your card using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp and you have a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to our online store.
The brand new Floral Cake Popup Easel die set has tremendous value. Just look at everything you get in the die set:
  • 2 cakes
  • 1 cake background
  • 1 cake pop up easel
  • 2 icing ribbons (not shown here)
  • 15 individual flowers
  • 5 individual petals
  • 3 flower centers
  • 9 different leaves
  • 2 candles (not shown here)
And if you want even more icing, you can purchase the Layer Cake Drip Icing dies (seen here in pink). If you enjoy paper piecing like I do, this is like having your cake and eating it too (okay, I couldn't resist).
I decided I wanted to make a chocolate cake and then add both icing and a monochromatic burst of flowers. I chose my favorite brown cardstock and a pretty pink for the icing. Then I chose three shades of a reddish-purple 80lb cardstock (like an orchid color), and cut out a lot of flowers. It didn't take long as the individual dies have 4-8 flowers on them. Next I went to my color wheel to choose the complementary yellow-green shade in two colors of cardstock. Again, I made just a few cuts and I had a lot of leaves to choose from.
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I did some flower shaping with a flower-shaping tool I borrowed from a friend. This curled the leaves and the flower into either a concave or convex shape and gave me lots of extra dimension. I first glued the pink icing onto the cakes, then adhered the two cakes onto the kraft background with foam adhesive. I created many of the flowers from 2 die cuts stacked on top of each other to make a flower with 7 or 8 petals. I added leaves as I went, and finished by tucking several of them underneath flowers with just a dot of glue to hold them in place.
Next, I used the Say It Big clear stamp and die set and stamped my sentiment onto a scrap of orchid cardstock with Versamark, and heat embossed with ultra fine gold embossing powder. I used the matching die to cut it out. I mounted the sentiment on the bottom cake with foam adhesive. Next I die cut my easel from a very pale, textured vanilla cardstock. I adhered the attaching flap to the back of the kraft background about halfway down. I had plenty of flowers and leaves left over so I added a few to the base of the easel to give the cake portion something to lean against. Lastly, I added Pastel and Autumn themed Fairy Jewels in pink, maroon and purple to the flower centers.
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Now it's time for you to show us what you can do with some flowers. Enter the challenge today!
Janet Floral Signature copy




PSC#92 Floral Fantasy

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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 #91 Add Texture is Kathy Krug


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

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#92 Floral Fantasy - April Showers bring May Flowers and after a long winter we're all anxious to see sunny skies and watch the flowers grow!   Crafting is a sweet escape, so even when we can't have the real thing, we can make our own flower garden indoors on paper.  So show us your paper garden with flowers aplenty and of all varieties and hues of color!   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 April Guest - Kathy Pisupati who was selected by Janet after discovering her amazing cardmaking challenge on Instagram.   Kathy has a truly gifted way with combining good composition, great die cuts and wonderful colors to make beautiful cards. She always impresses with her makes!  


Kathy Pisupati

Blog: Expressive Paper

Instagram:  @expressivepaper

As a graduate with a fine arts degree, I never really found a career that could fill my creative needs. I spent most of my time raising a family and in the travel industry as well education administration. Card making fulfills this need. While in college I could never decide what my “medium” was because I loved them all. Card making provides the opportunity to use multiple mediums. My cards are primarily created and given to organizations that share them with someone in need of a smile.



Kathy Pisupati


Michele K.  Henderson


Marybeth Lopez


Janet Katz

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 May 29 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on June 1!!    

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

Smile with Diamonds
by Janet Katz

"Covered in diamonds" is not how I describe anything in my house....except this card. I started by choosing cardstock in six different shades of blue-green. I used repositionable Post-it tape to tape three shades together and using the new Penelope Pinpoint Frame, I die cut each set of three colors in order to get 7-10 of the diamond cutouts that the die produces.
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Next I cut out the same Pinpoint frame from white cardstock, along with my cardbase. Then using foam adhesive as well as my favorite tweezers, I randomly placed the diamonds from darkest to lightest in the negative spaces of the Penelope Pinpoint Frame. I considered not using the foam adhesive or only using it on a few diamonds, but ultimately I loved the whole "popped up" look. (Do I ever get tired of using foam adhesive? That would be a big No.)
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Next, I wanted a "thread nest" behind my sentiment. However, whenever I've used super fine silver thread, it is so fine that no matter how much I use, it often doesn't show up like I want it to. This time I used a silver twine that is about 1mm thick that I bought at the hobby store and wound it up in a loose circle like a lasso. Then, I was a bit puzzled as to how I was going to glue it down. I started by using a small piece of my super skinny thread to tie it together on the left side. I knew where my sentiment and shadow were going to go, so I used some quick-drying glue to glue the twine down in places where the glue wouldn't show.
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I just love the Freestyle Script word dies. They seem timeless and ideal on any theme of card. I cut Smile out of white cardstock. Next, I was delighted to find a piece of turquoise vellum in my stash. I cut the shadow out of that when I saw how well it matched my diamonds. Using a combination of glue and foam dots hidden behind the Smile, I adhered the word on top of the twine circle.
Finally, I computer printed my "You're beautiful" sentiment and used foam adhesive (told you I don't get tired of using it) to pop it up to the right height off the twine circle.
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I really loved how this turned out and plan to make more with different colors of diamonds. What's your favorite way to use the negative space in a die cut?

Janet Floral Signature copy



Using a Die to Make a Stencil
by Janet Katz

Cardinal Card PS
We're celebrating texture this month on our challenge, so I decided to try something different. I used a die to create a stencil and applied texture paste to showcase the die's design.
I started with the watercolor paper and liberally applied blue ink and water to create a mottled blue "wash" over the paper. I dried this with a heat gun and set it aside. Next, I used the Gilded Plate die to cut out a paper stencil from lightweight cardstock. I taped down the die cut on my watercolor paper and spread a thin layer of crackle paste over it. I quickly lifted the paper stencil as soon as I was done. Making a stencil from paper or cardstock means it is one use only. There's no way to clean it and use it again.
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After the paste was dry and cracked, I rubbed a little brown ink into the crackle to emphasize the texture (I was experimenting, for sure). I trimmed this panel down to 4" x 5.25" as I knew I wanted to mat it later. Next, I was ready for my foreground. I used the Floral Cluster die to cut out two shapes from watercolor paper (using the less-textured side face up this time). I used watercolor brushes in two colors of green to paint these dies.
I used the bird from the Bird House Easel Pop Up set to cut two birds - one from red cardstock and the other from watercolor cardstock. I used an orange watercolor brush to paint one beak and trimmed this bird to easily fit behind the red one. I snipped the beak off the red bird and used a black marker to color the face and throat (the etching on the die guides you where to color). Finally, I layered the red bird on top of the one with the orange beak to make one cardinal.
Next, I used the Potpourri Flower Set to cut out a lot of flowers from white cardstock. I colored the center of each with a yellow watercolor brush. I assembled all these pieces on top of the watercolor panel. I used foam adhesive to pop up the cardinal and three of the largest flowers.
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I matted the panel on to a cardbase that was the same color as my watercolor. Finally, I stamped the "Hello Lovely" sentiment from the Colorful Life Clear Stamp set in black ink on white cardstock and trimmed it at a diagonal, adding a small piece of the same color cardstock just behind it. I finished the card by adhering this to my card.
Have you tried any fun texture techniques lately? Share them in this month's challenge.
Janet Floral Signature copy




Hello Rainbow Card
by Janet Katz

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Hello, indeed! There is still time to enter our monthly challenge and win a $20 gift card from the Poppystamps store. The theme is pretty papers and that includes patterned paper, vellum, glitter cardstock or even a brushed metallic paper like I've used on today's card. You can even stamp your own background and make it a paper to use in our challenge. Let's see what you've got.
I love the new Poppystamp Freestyle word dies. They're the perfect size and weight for any size card and they all come with a shadow background die. I started by picking out 11 different cardstock colors to make into a rainbow. I decided to raid years of scraps to get just what I was looking for.
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I die cut the Freestyle Hello shadow 11 times for the image I was going for. For the card front, I wanted a solid colored background, but still something more unique than flat cardstock. I chose a brushed metal-looking cardstock from my stash, and used the Memory Box Waves 3D embossing folder to give it plenty of dimension. Next, I glued down each shadow die cut, in rainbow order from the top of the card to the center. I let the red one hang off the top and trimmed it to give the sense of a never-ending rainbow. I had to carefully plan out how much of each would show and then glue one on top of the other in just the right place. I eyeballed it, but used a ruler to keep the shadows straight on the left side. Finally, I adhered my white Hello on the last shadow. I used a variety of rhinestones and Fairy Jewels to give the card front some sparkle.
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Now, it is your turn to pull out some fun paper (or make your own), and a Poppystamps die or stamp and show us what you come up with. You might just win that $20 gift card.
Janet Floral Signature copy




St. Patrick's Day Card with Heart
by Janet Katz

PS St. Patrick's Day card

This St. Patrick's Day card uses five different types of specialty paper and cardstock to fit with our challenge theme of Pretty Papers. I started by creating a shamrock. I used the Whittle Hearts die set to cut three large hearts from a sheet of Memory Box Lush Green 6x6 paper pad. Then I used the smaller heart in that set to cut three hearts from the Memory Box Festive 6x6 glitter pad.
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I needed a stem, next. I could have hand cut this, but I thought of a way to get a nice curved stem. I nested two dies from the Basic Ovals die set and taped them as shown. I ran it through my machine and I had a funky oval which I cut to get the stem.

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Next, I started on my background. I used the largest scalloped die in the Double Scalloped Stitched Frames die set to cut a pale blue pearly piece from the Memory Box Vintage Pastel Mirror 6x6 pad. Then I cut a piece of black and white striped paper, a piece of vellum, and a piece of pale blue-and-white, polka dotted paper. I layered these one on top of another inside the pearly blue frame. I realized I needed another piece of the striped paper to sit further down behind my shamrock so I cut that too, and hid the cut behind the vertical pieces of black and white that I used to frame my sentiment strip.
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Following a card layout I saw on Pinterest, I put the computer-generated sentiment strip on the right side of the black-and-white matted frame. I glued everything in place on my cardfront. For the final touch, I added a threaded green button in the middle of the shamrock.
Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? If so, how do you celebrate?
Janet Floral Signature copy