24 posts categorized "Kim Singdahlsen"

Summer Solstice: Blue Skies
by Kim Singdahlsen

6.1.21 PS Challenge BL

This month's challenge is Summer Solstice.

Jun 2021

With the theme in mind, I actually started with the sentiment.  The idea of "nothing but blue skies" seemed like a perfect summer sentiment.  Then I knew I needed to create a scene that actually had blue skies and a bright sun.  I tried a few various directions at that point, but I loved the pop of a pink flamingo!

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Besides some Whittle Sunshine, I gave my Whittle Flamingo a beach scene. I used a piece of Memory Box Kraft Woodgrain for the texture. Then I used some glitter paper which I cut with the Whittle Wave Background.  The background is actually a larger piece but the waves are cut so I was able to clip the sides to get just a single line of waves.  All the elements of my scene were fairly small so I focused on them by putting them in a window the Memory Box Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out.

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This was a very fun scene to create! It is a clean and simple and very summer-fresh card but there are lots of fun details - starting, of course, with the fabulous dies! But then some glitter and sandy texture and a few fairy drops for sun spots!

6.1.21 PS side BL

I hope to see you play along with us this month. There are so many directions to take the theme of Summer Solstice - I look forward to seeing what you create!

Kim Floral Signature copy



Framed Forest Scene
by Kim Singdahlsen

6.3.21 PS BL

Between my husband and my college-aged sons, I am regularly in need of masculine cards.  And with the difficulties of the past year, I regularly need "hugs" cards.  To have a card in my stash for them, I used the Whittle Wood Picture Frames to create a little lake scene surrounded by evergreens with a curious little squirrel in the foreground.

Notice the shine on that first picture - that's the lake using Polished Foil, but it just doesn't show well on the rest of my pictures.


I selected the Playful Hugs sentiment. I feel like it had the right style for the my scene (especially with the Busy Squirrel checking it all out!)

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I started out by just pulling out a variety of green and blue-green cardstock.  When I got done with my scene I decided I needed a little detail in the background so I used a simple striped patterned paper from the Memory Box Garden Folly 6x6 pad.  I was thrilled at how how well it coordinated!!

6.3.21 PS Flat BL

I love creating little groupings of dies and this one was especially fun.  The frame is a wonderful look and the Evergreen Trio fit into it perfectly! The squirrel was not in my original plan but I like that it added a bit of color.  And now I have a card in my stash for the next time one of my men/boys need hugs!

Kim Floral Signature copy


PSC#81 Summer Solstice

Challenge Badge

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 #80 Flowers and Butterflies is diydebscraft


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

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#81 Summer Solstice - With the beginning of June it feels like Summer is in the air.. and even though the longest day of 2021 isn't until June 20 we're kicking things off today.  What does summer mean to you?  A road trip, time on the beach with the sun shining on your face (a scene card)?  Maybe it's enjoying the fresh fruits and cool drinks that quench your thirst (bright juicy colors), or a dip in the pool (watercolors?) - or a run through the sprinkler to keep cool.   It's up to you!  Let your Summer show!   All types of projects are welcome from tags and treat wraps to cards and home decor!   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.

Kim Singdahlsen


Nancy Penir  


Michele K.  Henderson

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

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


You Are Jaw-some
by Kim Singdahlsen

3.20.21 PS 630

I adore all of the Whittles (even the Whittle Shark!!)  One of the many reasons that I love them are they are perfect for cards for my sons. They are 21 and 25-years old so I really cannot use anything cutesy (nor anything with bling). The Whittles strike the perfect middle ground; they are absolutely charming (but not cutesy).  Then the variety of sentiments in all of the Whittle stamp sets make them useful for any occasion.

My card uses the new Whittle Shark backed by a Whittle Wave with a sentiment from Whittle Sealife.


I broke my sons' "no-bling" rule in two ways, but it just had to be done.  First, I cut the Whittle Waves out of the kraft color, then I cut a separate blue.  I wanted there to be a little bit of sparkle in the water so I offset the blue waves in the opening and added a small piece of glitter paper from Memory Box. That gave it the hint of sparkle without being all-out bling.  Second, I love accenting my sentiments and I often do it with sequins or gems but in this case I used the new Fairy Drops.  I think it gave a watery look without truly being bling!


The sentiment is just right! How awesome to have a jaw-some sentiment! 

I picked my cardstock to match that Memory Box plaid. I love how this turned out - fabulous dies and papers and just enough bling for my taste!


Thanks for checking this out! Hope you got some ideas!Kim Floral Signature copy





Chin Up
by Kim Singdahlsen


As soon as I saw the brand new Word Balloons I had imagined a card with a row of animals and a variety of sentiments.  All of the Whittle stamp sets have a combination of punny sentiments and basic sentiments so I knew it would be fun to create a zoo or a barnyard or an ocean full of critters all saying their own thing.  That's how I started on this card and I still want to do that, but sometimes you have to listen to your mojo and in this case that Whittle Goat and his sweet expression just kept coming to the top of the pile of animals and calling my name. 


You can't go wrong using the Whittles with their cute facial expressions on any type of card.  I don't know how Poppystamps does it but the expressions on all the Whittles seem to change and go with the different types of sentiments.  If I use a sentiment like "You are one sly fox" or "Feline good" - the expressions can be a little smug.  If I use a sentiment like "Missing you pig time", they can look a little dreamy like they are thinking of you.  If I use a sentiment like "I can't adult today", they can look a little overwhelmed or sleepy. 

The Word Balloons die cuts five balloons at the same time.  I cut it a couple of times so I had ten balloons in front of me.  Then I am lucky to have all four of the current Whittle sentiment sets.  I had so much fun finding the sentiments that fit the balloons - sentiments that all had the same encouraging tone. I'd rearrange the balloons so the sentiments flowed, then I'd the change the sentiments, then I'd rearrange.  I actually took pictures along the way because some of what I came up with will fit nicely on another card with different animals.

I don't use a lot of patterned paper on my cards but these Whittle Goats were crying for their own field of grass and flowers! I found exactly the look I wanted in a Memory Box paper pad.


I decorated that first Whittle Goat with a little bow. Then I love a hint of bling, and the new Bright Fairy Jewels had just the right golden color!

There's nothing better than a card that's fun and meaningful to give to someone but also was truly fun to make.  I know we all love our hobby or we wouldn't be doing it.  But I also know that cards can be frustrating or the mojo can disappear for a while. I find working with the Whittles can be a great solution. Their expressions and fun little sentiments can bright your day before they ever mailed out to brighten somebody else's day.

I hope you have a great cardmaking day!! 

Kim Floral Signature copy




A Newt Day
by Kim Singdahlsen

PS Newt Day BL

There's a brand new release at Poppystamps!!  As if that weren't exciting enough, guess what it is called?  Whittle Wonders! I am passionately in love with the Whittles and this release adds many more types - farm animal, sea life, food and more.  Then there are two more Whittle sentiment sets. 

I used a variety of dies with a Southwestern look mostly because I had to use the Whittle Lizard which I am pretending is a newt because I adore that sentiment.

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The Whittle Cactus Trio is a perfect accent for that little guy.  I love the details on them. Then there's the new Whittle Sunshine with the cute little face. I love layering up scenes with a variety of dies so I tucked him in between a few cacti and added dimensional adhesives behind his head and behind a few of the cacti.

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That face just has to make the recipient smile, doesn't it?

I used a variety of Memory Box cardstock pads to create my stripes that are meant to be sort of give the feeling of a sunrise in somewhat southwestern colors.  The background needed a little something so I added the new Memory Box Waves 3D Embossing Folder thinking it could be swirling wind.

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Be sure to check out the entire new release here.  I've just used a few of the new dies but there are so many others and they are all so cute!!

Enjoy shopping!

Kim Floral Signature copy