5 posts categorized "Leaves"

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




Foil and Cut Die Sets from Poppystamps
by Nancy Penir


Hello, Poppystamps friends! Are you a fan of foiling? Well you're going to love today's post. I want to introduce one of Poppystamps' newest: Foil and Cut Die sets. 

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The Foil and Cut sets let you foil the image onto cardstock, and then die them perfectly.


Birthday Wishes set has 3 foil and Cut sentiments. 


Nothing else captures the professional look of foiling, and Poppystamps Poe Script is both elegant and decorative.

I've paired my foiled die cut with the new Brilliant Geraniums. One of my favorite spring flowers.


I have geraniums in all colors and shapes in my garden. The new die set allows you to add petals and pop them up with layering... so many creative possibilities!


First die cut in white cardstock, I sponge inked the leaves and petals, and then added some depth with colored pencils. I bent up the top layers of petals, and then added colored dewdrops in the centers.


If you enjoy foiling, see this and other new Foil and Cut Die Sets in the Poppystamps store. Be warned, you won't want to stop with one set!


Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!

Nancy Floral Signature copy




Hanging Basket
by Nancy Penir


Greetings all my Poppystamps friends! Nancy here, and I have a card to share with you, that gives the illusion of a hanging basket. 


All of us have dies in our collection that can do double duty, right? I came across a card on Pinterest (one of my favorite spots for inspiration), and decided to give it a try. Poppystamps has so many sweet floral dies, and many leafy ones too. I went through my stash and gathered all the supplies I thought would be fun in a hanging basket. Note: All supplies listed below.


Have you seen all the wonderful paper packs in our sister store, Memory Box? So many colors and hues to play with! I chose 2 greens from the Lush Green Collection.


Like my chain? Let me tell you how I made it. DSC_0193

I found a border die, that looked like a chain, but was straight on one edge. Turing it around, and carefully lining up the scallop and holes, I ran it through the die cutter again to create my chain.


What do you think? Looks like a chain, right? Maybe just a straight strip would also do the trick.


I had a need for a sympathy card, something I didn't seem to have handy. Hopefully this will bring cheer! 

Take care, and see how you can give double duty to those dies! 

Nancy Floral Signature copy





Challenge Reminder: PSC#90 - Pretty Papers!
by Sphoorti





Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!


Card 1:




This one was my favorite of the two cards I made. Took a little bit of time, but was totally worth it!


First, I used the Flower Field Tall Curve Border craft die and cut some white card stock with it a couple of times, and then glued it to my card panel.




Then I cut out a bunch of flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set Craft die with the blue / green foiled card stock varieties from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad. I still can't get over pastel foiled card stock! How amazing is that, right?! I glued all the flowers diagonally on the card panel. I glued some of them down directly, and others I mounted on some foam tape.




I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used the Black Glossy Paper to cut the hugs sentiment again (to use as a black offset) and then, I cut it one last time with some silver foiled card stock as the top layer. (Note: I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment).




I used some random embellishments for the flower centers and also scattered them around the flowers. I think I got a bit carried away. You can tell me if you think I used too many. I won't mind!


Final result was a top folding card that looks like so:




Card # 2


The second card I made is very similar. I used the exact same supplies. However, I cut some flowers out of the coral colored foiled card stock in the Vintage Pastel paper pack.




This card was a lot more involved because I have flowers on the top of the card (applied to the vellum) as well as hidden behind the vellum on the inner card base.




I wanted the Vellum panel as an overlay because I didn't want to adhere it down, so I used some silver string and tied the vellum card base and the regular Neenah Solar White Cardstock card base together.




The end result for this one was also a top folding card with a vellum overlay and an inner card base. I thought it was kinda cool!




Now it's your turn to take on the Pretty Papers challenge! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions!


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




Sphoorti Floral Signature copy





Using the Slim Leafy Collage die as a Stencil
by Sphoorti


Hello again, Poppy Peeps!

I'm back today with 2 cards! I planned just one of these, but the second one just happened to happen. I'll explain.

Card # 1:

Let's start with the one that I actually planned, which was this:


You know all the glimmer pastes / Nuvo drops / Pops of color / Stickles / Fairysugar etc. we have in our craft rooms? I saw a fellow crafter (Carly Tee Miner) use her Nuvo Jewel Drops to create a mixed media background card and thought of doing something similar with my Pops of Color. And I envisioned overlaying the Slim Leafy Collage die cut on top so the Pops of Color peek through.

So, I took a card base and squirted a bunch of the paste and took a spreader thing (not sure what they're called, but I think they're used for spreading frosting on cake or something like that - it's the transparent thing I'm holding in the picture below) to spread out the paste. We have an equivalent in the crafting industry, but I didn't use that one, because I wasn't sure if the paste would wash off. So, I used these disposable ones. Anyway, here's what I ended up with. Yummy, no?


I let this dry overnight (I'd be lying if I said I didn't try touching it in between to see if it was dry yet. Let me tell ya - it wasn't, and you'll see my fingerprints if you get close enough.)

So, here's where I messed up. The cardstock I used was 110 pound Neenah Solar White. Pretty sturdy, but warps with mixed media. I should have remembered this from when I made my stained glass cards last fall. But no. So, the cardstock got warped by the time it fully dried. I wanted to flatten it out, but definitely did not have the patience to put a bunch of heavy books on it and wait for a few days. So, I decided to run it through my die cutting machine. This would have been okay IF I didn't use a metal shim and 2 card stock shims on top of the warped card base. The beautiful streaks / smooth / glossy texture from the pops of color went out the window after I ran it through the die cutting machine. See what I mean?


I went ahead and finished this card anyway because I didn't totally hate this look. So, I used the Slim Leafy Collage Die on a piece of card stock the same length as the card base, and foam mounted it on the card base, and stamped a sentiment from the Whittle Everyday Clear Stamp Set and the result was this:


If I were to make this card again, I wouldn't foam mount it - that way we'd see more of the medium underneath. And I'd DEFINITELY not run it through a die cutting machine to flatten it. I'd use a piece of acetate as a base to spread the texture paste on instead of Neenah too! No warping!


Oh, I did add some Pops of Color as dots between the leaves for a little extra something. And I'm not sure why I'm so obsessed with this foiled silver cardstock, but I had a piece lying there so I ran it through with the same die, and stuck a silver leaf spring next to the sentiment. Totally random. Just like me!


Card # 2:

So, the second card I made kind of came to me as kind of an afterthought. I saw the die cut from the Slim Leafy Collage Die and thought - why not use it as a stencil? So, that's basically what I did. I used the die on a spare piece of cardstock, and taped it to another piece of cardstock with some washi.


Then I squirted out some Pops of Color like so:


I used the spreader to spread a thick layer of the Pops of Color across the faux-stencil. I wanted the stenciled portions to really pop off the page, so I used a large amount and spread it on pretty thick. I was a bit hasty when I peeled off the stencil and ended up smudging some of the leaves, which was a bit of a bummer, but it didn't look too bad. So, I went ahead and made it a card anyway (the next day, after it fully dried, that is).


See the portion of the faux-stencil with the Pops of Color smeared above it? I liked that and didn't want it to go to waste, so I cut out a strip from it and used it at the bottom of my card. And here's the final product:


Oh, this time, I used some of the Christmas Fairy Jewels in matching colors to fill in the gaps between the leaves. Aren't they pretty?!


The sentiment is from the same stamp set - Whittle Everyday Sentiments.


Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which of the cards do you like better? Did you like the first one after the smooth texture went away? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you.

Thank you for sticking with me through the end of the post! Hope you have a lovely weekend!



Sphoorti Floral Signature copy