4 posts categorized "Kim Singdahlsen"

by Kim Singdahlsen

The trio of little Squeaker Ghosts are so charming I wanted to make them the full focus of a card. I also hadn't used the Haunting Pumpkins so thought a game of peek-a-boo was in order!

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I don't have a "peek-a-boo" sentiment but luckily I do have the Poetic Uppercase Alphabet so could create my own!

To keep it fun and not-at-all spooky, I used a lot of glitter paper - the ghosts, the glow of the jack-o-lanterns, and the panel behind the black. 

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The cobwebs were a last minute decision. I wanted something to break up the solid black background. The new stamp set Halloween Ingredients has a fun and a bit frilly cobweb - although I did end up covering most of the curls and frills.  I embossed it with a sparkly embossing powder.

The jack-o-lanterns are very easy to work with.  There are two dies - one cuts the inside and the outline die cuts them out.  They are lined up five in a row so you can cut them all at once.  The other advantage is that you can then use the outline die to cut a background. In this case, I used the sparkly yellow to get the glowing eyes.

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I hand-cut the stems - they are just thin little triangles so easy to do.

The glitter is fairly thick so there's a lot of dimension on this card just because of those layers. I did use dimensional adhesive on the top ghost and the ghost to the right.

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I love these little "squeakers". Those happy little faces kept this card fun and happy!

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A Whittle Boo
by Kim Singdahlsen

I have used the cute Whittle animals (and sentiments)  so many times now I think my love of the Whittles is clear.  I don't typically do many Halloween cards. My sons just roll their eyes and my nieces have never really focused on the holiday and most definitely don't like the scary aspects of it. But when the Whittle Monsters came out, I thought I could use them on a cute and cheerful card that would work for one of my nieces.

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The odd things about this card is the background, but it's only odd if you know that it is part of the Christmas release - not Halloween.  It's the Lamplight Pathway die. I do envision a Christmas card with some trees in the background, some deer in the light and some soft snow - but it actually works quite well for Halloween.  The sun is setting, the street lights have just come on, and a cute little parade of monsters is coming down the street to say "boo"!

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The sunset stripes are very easy to do with this die.  I cut 1/2" strips and adhered them to thin paper (like copier paper).  I then just cut the top half of the lamplight die.

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I did have to handcut the light from the lamp. I didn't do it from scratch - I cut that entire top panel out of yellow. Then I used the lines on my paper trimmer (or whatever your trimmer has to help you line things up) to line up the cut from the lamp to the base.  It's a waste of cardstock - but I am not at all good cutting free-hand.

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And as usual for me, I relied on dimension to add interest.  The cat is popped with the thickest adhesive, then the mummy, then the other two are adhered directly.

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I hope you enjoyed the Whittle Boo! Kim Floral Signature copy



Whittle Notes for Backpacks
by Kim Sindahlsen

I absolutely adore the Whittles!  Before I move into making holiday cards, and given the challenge for this month is Cards for Kids, I wanted to do a series of cards entirely devoted to the Whittles.

The Whittles are tiny little dies and that can make it seem difficult to fill an entire card.  You can do groupings of them, but my idea for today is to do little 3x3 cards for backpacks or lunchboxes.  It's a tough time to be a kid right now - cards of love and encouragement will make their day!  Besides the Whittles dies there are also three sentiment stamp sets that coordinate perfectly.  These four cards all use just one of the stamp sets - Whittle Sayings.

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I like my dies to be grounded.  For example, I didn't want my deer to just be floating so I used the Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings which are very thin frames with stitching. I used a frame that was bigger than my card front, then I cut a straight piece to be the ground.  Here are the Whittle Deer with their ground and two Whittle Trees. 

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I used the same technique for the Whittle Squirrel by putting a strip behind the Whittle Oak Leaf.  Dimension can really make a difference on a clean and simple card so I folded up the bottom of the leaf and I popped the big squirrel.

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Here is the Whittle Mouse.  I cut him in three colors and stacked them up then added a heart from Whittle Hearts.

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The "You are the Micest" sentiment actually is a one-liner so to fit it next to my stack of mice, I used a post-it note.  I covered the "micest" and inked the other side and then removed the post-it.  You can see what's inked. 

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To do the second line, be sure to clean and dry the first side.  I even stamp it off a few times because if you don't you might get a shadow of the "You are the" when you are stamping the "micest". Then just reverse the above.  Cover the first half, ink, remove the post-it and stamp.

Adding their little pink noses can be difficult.  The easiest way is to cut a smaller piece (regular hole punches are handy for this.) Add a bit of glue on the back side of the mouse and adhere the smaller piece on the back side.  If you do it this way, you don't have to fuss with the itty bitty nose but the pink shows through nicely. (See left picture).  I forgot to do that before I glued the mice.  So I cut another mouse in pink and left the nose in the die.  Then put a small dot of glue on the card in the hole where the nose is going to go.  Put the die down, it lines up easily, and use something small and sharp to lightly push it down.  It goes right into the nose hole(!)  (See right picture).

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Last but not least is the Whittle Birds.  There are Whittle Wood Frames and Whittle Clouds that make a nice scene for him.

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In all of these little cards, I used dimensional adhesive on a few pieces just to give it interest.  The bird is popped and so is one of the mice.  The big squirrel is popped and the leaf is folded. The fawn is popped.  This little detail adds so much to a simple card.

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I have two sons.  My "kids" are 24 and 20 and are away at college so I don't have lunchboxes or backpacks to tuck notes into.  But my almost-grown kids still need encouragement so I used the same small square format as the small notes, added a strip of patterned paper and I have a full-sized card!

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The Whittle Sleepy Fox has to be my very favorite Whittle just for the expression on this face.  It goes perfectly with the sentiment (which is from a second set of sentiments - Whittle Everyday).  That's exactly how my kids are feeling right now.  There's a lot of unexpected adulting right now - "how many people are in this room - do we meet COVID restrictions" and "darn - I'm quarantined, how do I keep up with classes" or "I'm president of a club that can't meet - how do I keep the club going".  I love sending them cards - and they love whatever gift card I put inside!!

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I hope you enjoyed my five scenes using the charming Whittles!  And you still have time to play along with Cards for Kids.Kim Floral Signature copy




A Fall Hello
by Kim Singdahlsen

I am thrilled to be a new member of the Poppystamps design team.  Before I was even asked to be part of this team, my collection of Poppystamps products was already large.  I am excited to be able to share with you as part of the Poppystamps team. 

For my first card, I wanted to say "hello" and I combined all of my favorite things.  I love autumn.  I love groupings of dies. And I love clean and fresh cards.  (I don't call them "simple" and I'll explain as I give you more details on this card.)  Clearly I also love Poppystamps products - with a special place in my heart for the Whittles!  The Whittle Squirrel was a last minute addition to what was supposed to be an elegant card - and I think they totally make the card!

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I am a very visual cardmaker.  I have a general idea in my mind, but I still have to cut and try and move and change often dozens of times.  I don't know if it is like that for everybody; probably not given the volume of cards many cardmakers create.  Luckily I like the process, plus I typically end with a variety of scraps to try on my next card.  Nothing is adhered at this point until I am completely happy with what I am seeing.


Of course I cleaned up quite a bit before snapping this photo but you can see that I tried different colors for the squirrels. I also tried a gray sentiment, pearlescent green leaves, reddish-orange leaves, plain golden leaves, clear sequins and yellow gems. And that's not even getting into the various layouts that I played around with. 

When I finally have everything together in a layout that I like, I snap a picture with my phone.  This helps to adhere everything later.  There are other methods of keeping an arrangement of dies together to glue it down, but I like doing them one at a time because I am a huge fan of dimension so I have to adhere these in a certain order.  Here's my phone photo. Everything is in an order that I like, it seems balanced, I even planned the "hello" over the pumpkin.  And this is why I don't call then clean and "simple" cards - the details can make a difference!! 


Now it is time to adhere it all.  I like dimension - it can bring a card alive.  It's kind of hard to tell with this one because the phone photo has so many layers of dies, it looks like it already has dimension but I want to keep that when it is glued.  After the stripes are down, I adhered the leaves but only at the end so that the tops can pop up.  Then I use different thicknesses of dimensional dots.  The label and the pumpkin are on a thinner dot and the squirrel is on a thicker.  (Did you happen to notice that I changed my mind after my "final" phone photo - I just had to add the baby squirrel!)

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I do love dies and the detail on these particular dies is fabulous.  I look forward to many more cards with Poppystamps!

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