14 posts categorized "Kim Singdahlsen"

For a Whittle Animal Lover
by Kim Singdahlsen

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I have been making cards for a very long time - and I still love doing it.  One of the many reasons I love it is the ability to truly customize a card for the recipient.  I have a co-worker's birthday this week and I have been stumped.  I don't know her well.  I do know she is an animal lover.  I know she's not a girly-girl (based on her passion for Star Wars and Harry Potter). I have parts of multiple birthday cards on my desk, none of which were quite right.  I decided to take a break and move over to my card for today's Poppystamps post and as I flipped through my dies, it all came together in an instant.  There are so many wonderful Whittles for her love of animals.  Then in the newest release there is the Happy Birthday Poe Script which seemed just perfect to frame a row of whittles.

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That row of Whittles makes me smile! I'm sure she will too.  I fit them around the "happy birthday" then I added dimensional adhesive on a few.  Finally I added a few gems just to keep it sparkly and celebratory.

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I used a blue floral paper from Memory Box which kept it feminine but not girly.  But can you imagine doing this in pinks and maybe replacing the forest animals with the unicorn and hearts.  Or going with a bold stripe and using all of the zoo Whittles.  Just tuck a cupcake in amongst them and add your favorite birthday sentiment - perfect for an animal lover!

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I love working with these little guys.  And with a fun die-cut sentiments and just the right paper, it came together quickly for a sweet birthday card!

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Leafy Vines Two Ways
by Kim Singdahlsen

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There are slimline dies in the new spring release at Poppystamps!!  Today I am playing with the Leafy Vines Slim Plate. I had a number of ideas and just couldn't decide whether to use it vertically or horizontally so I did both!

Using it vertically felt like branches for birds.  Earlier this week there was amazing bird song outside my window (I'm in Colorado and it's winter so cheerful chirping birds are very unusual.)  I am lucky enough right now to be working from home so I threw open my window and reveled in the sound.  Also this week people in my neighborhood have been posting pictures of cardinals.  I've never seen a cardinal in Colorado.  The pictures have been so amazing with brilliantly red cardinals sitting on snowy bird feeders.  So you can see I had birds on my mind.

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I used a soft blue background then cut my Chirping Birds out of a variety of bright colors. This was such a fun and cheerful card to make!  The sentiment is also brand new - Happy Birthday Poe Script.  I am very picky about the look of my sentiments and how it fits the card, and I think this is a perfect match.  The sentiment is cut out of black glitter paper in keeping with the celebration.

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Besides branches for birds, I also envisioned a tangle of growth - like wildflowers.  So my next card is horizontal and backed with green which I splattered with white and sparkles to give it a magical, sun-splattered look.

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One of the other amazing new die sets is the Fern and Daisy Pop Up Easel Set.  It is stunning done as an easel with all of the layers.  Check out this post by Pam to see all of the amazing detail.  It's a big sets of dies - the easel, the leafy background, multiple flowers and butterflies.  If I'm going to get a big set like this, I want multiple ways to use it.  So for my card, I just used the flowers and butterflies.  I didn't even layer them up like in the linked card by Pam; I kept them looking like simple wildflowers.  I did a loose stripe of flowers/butterflies across the center then used the new Splendid Happy Easter die cut from a new Memory Box glitter pad - Graceful Garden.

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These were very fun cards to make.  I love the cheerful colors of the birds, flowers and butterflies as they play in the vines! Of course, this vine can also be very elegant - see this post by Marybeth.  I look forward to making more cards with the vines and I'll definitely make easel cards with the fern and daisy set.  The spring release is full of gorgeous products!

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Love and Floral Stems
by Kim Singdahlsen

02.08.21 PS BL

It's the month of love!!  I already have all of my Valentines made so today's card is a "love" card but not in classic reds and pinks. I'm still regularly sending cards to a wide variety of friends and family who need to social distance.  Sending love is so important right now and I think this cheerful flower and little hummingbird are just perfect for the message. 

As always, I love dimension! I popped the sentiment just a bit, then I popped the hummingbird even more.  I was also excited to see that the sentiment tucked in to the grasses perfectly.  

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And, of course, the flower comes in with built-in dimension.  If I haven't hidden the die too much with the extra hummingbirds, you can see that the base flower is part of the frame but there's an extra top flower.  It can line up exactly with the base flower if you just want to add a layer or a different color.  I angled it a bit then slightly bent up the petals.

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The top flower has beautiful etched details.  I love dies with details. In this case, the etched flower and the grasses (including the scrolled piece) are fabulous all by themselves.  The hummingbird has a beautiful shape.  I didn't have color them or do anything extra.  This card came together quickly and easily because I just added a subtle pattern behind the die cuts and these gorgeous dies add all of the details. 

Kim Floral Signature copy



Greetings from a Whittle Sloth
by Kim Singdahlsen

1.18.21 PS Whittle Sloth 630

The newest release from Poppystamps included a Whittle Sloth!!  I don't think it could get any cuter! What a charming face!

Since the pandemic, my mother-in-law has been staying home.  She has always been a very busy, very extroverted lady. Even in her mid-80s, she volunteers for multiple organizations.  But besides her age, she has other conditions that are keeping her home.  She won't even let us visit. It's a small thing but I get a card sent out to her at least once a week.  I know she appreciates them because she has sent me pictures of her very full fireplace mantle. A card in the mailbox is a change of pace to the long hours.  But it occurred to me recently that most of my cards for her have been florals or leaves.  It was time to change it up.  And I picked the sloth for her!

I created a leafy, floral background for my sloth.  (The flowers are poinsettias but in bright colors, they looked tropical to me!)  The branch is actually the Swaying Birch. I trimmed a few branches off and added some Orchard Leaves. Then right in the middle of all of it - this happy Whittle Sloth.  I think my mother-in-law will get a chuckle out of this.

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I added a frame mainly because it gave the leaves on the branch some fun dimension.  I also brushed on a bit of blue ink for the sky.  The flowers have some glitter paper for their centers. I wanted the background to have a very cheerful look to be just right the sloth.

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A list of everything I used is below.  I hope he made you smile!

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Meadow Flowers on Lattice
by Kim Singdahlsen

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Welcome to 2021!!  I am thrilled to be doing my first post of the year and it includes some old favorites by Poppystamps and a brand new die!! 

There are a number of new dies in the 2021 Valentines release but the first one I wanted to play with is the Lattice Plate.  I love dies like this.  I'm typically a clean and simple cardmaker, so you don't see a lot of patterned paper on my cards. Dies like this that just let the background peek through give me a clean look while allowing me to use beautiful patterned papers.

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I added a trio of the previously released die Meadow Flowers. I love the graceful look of this die. I did do some snipping on the stems to give them slightly different looks.  For the tall flower, the actual stem only goes down to the sentiment panel and I added another piece of stem below to make it appear taller.  I didn't adhere the petals nor the leaves because I wanted dimension.  I also added the smallest butterfly from Intricate Cut Butterflies and I only adhered the middle.  Both the butterflies and the center of the flowers use glitter paper to add to the elegant look.

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The Lattice Plate is already stored in my go-to box of essential dies - those basic dies that I keep close because I might use them on any or every card card no matter the style or theme!!

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Definitely check out the rest of the new release in the Poppystamps store.  Besides the fabulous Lattice Plate, there are new Whittles!!!Kim Floral Signature copy



Dear Santa
by Kim Singdahlsen

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My 21-year old son is one of the last people for whom I need to make a Christmas card.  There was little doubt in my mind that a card with this sentiment and the moose with his cute expression would be just perfect for my son.  He's enjoying his college life away from us, perhaps a little too much. So wondering if he's good enough for "Santa" is a valid question!!

I've said it many times - but I adore the Whittles.  And my favorite type of card to make is using groupings of dies so my two favorite things came together on this card.

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LOVE that look on the moose's face - you can just see that he's trouble!

I spent quite a bit of time trying to decide how to back my little grouping.  I was flipping through various Memory box paper pads and in the Dashing Holiday pad found the soft snow for the background and the plaid to keep it masculine.

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If you celebrate the holidays, I hope your Christmas and holiday cards are done and mailed, your decorations are up, your cookies are made and your meals are planned (or you have family members who love to cook!)  It's time to kick back and find some peaceful moments!

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