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73 posts categorized "Love/Valentine"

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
 
 

 

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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 #90 Pretty Papers is Donna Phelan

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

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!

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PSC#91 Add Texture!  Looking for an easy way to take your cards from ordinary to EXTRA-ordinary?  Just add a little contrasting texture!  We want you to go beyond smooth cardstock - add some dimension with contrasting textures like paste, embossing powders, embossing folders,  or with the addition of fabric or ribbon to make a big impression.       What a great opportunity to use something you already have or to try something new. like foundry wax or  glitz gels and glazes.  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 Cindy Chiu Who was selected by Sue from our Design Team!    Cindy is a fellow Canadian crafter who loves making floral cards that have a clean design. She isn't afraid to try new techniques and likes to incorporate ink, paint and other media into her cards! Love that! Stop by and see her thoughtful and pretty projects!

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Cindy Chiu

Blog:  Escape To Stamping

Instagram: @esctostampin

Hello, I am a transplanter from Hong Kong, have been living in Canada for over 40 years. I am retired from being programmer analyst and spend most of my time paper crafting. I am addicted, I know!! LOL I also like making travel album and lately venturing into mix-media projects. I find my inspirations from challenge blogs, and Pinterest. But sometimes, when I am really stumped, I picked a product and start from there.

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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 April 27 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on May 1!!    

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

 

Amazing Unicorn
by Jeanne Jachna

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Did you know we have a monthly challenge here at Poppystamps?  This month our challenge is called Heart Felt.  We're looking for projects that include a heart (maybe a Valentine for your sweetie?) or a bit of felt.  If you're feeling really creative you can add BOTH! 

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If  you link up your design your automatically entered to win a $20 gift card to the store.  You don't have to have a blog to play along.. you can link up to your Instagram account or any on line gallery.  I love seeing the different projects linked up.  It's a great way to get ideas for different ways to use your Poppystamps products and to make some new friends! 

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I'm playing along with a "scene" card where the new Whittle Happy Unicorn is to star of the show.  I added lots of details like a double cut mane, a google eye, and a cheeky blush colored in with a marker.   The wing is adhered with adhesive foam tape to add a little dimension to the design.   

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Sometimes designing your layout can be intimidating.  I always use a piece of clear plastic the size of my card base to arrange different elements.  The clear plastic sheet allows me to slip different colors and designs underneath to help me decide what colors and shapes to use before I commit and adhere everything in place. 

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I fussy cut some hilly grass from green cardstock and stamped a sentiment from the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit on  the bottom edge.  Memory Box has ombre card stock pads, glitter and foils too so all  your specialty papers are easy to find. 

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I like to use dies in unexpected ways.  On this card the Twinkling Hearts die is cut from yellow cardstock to create a sun.   Some bitty clouds are added and the blue sky is debossed using the Confetti Heart Plate.

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I hope you find some time to play along with our challenge.  There's not much time left! You have until Midnight USEST on Friday to link your design!

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Finished Size 4.25 x  5.5"

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Your Inner Unicorn
by Janet Katz

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The latest releases are here and they are magical! I used both the Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit and the Whittle Happy Unicorn die set to make this card. I used one heart and four wings from the Unicorn Kit, and the smaller  heart is from Whittle Hearts. The happy unicorn is large, measuring 4" x 4" when put together. Of course, this big guy can be cut from brown and/or black paper and turned into a horse. The wings and horn are separate dies in this set and can be left off if you like.
 
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I started by using a homemade cloud stencil in the background and inking around the edges with alternating colors of Distress ink -- pink and purple. Then I cut out the big unicorn from white cardstock and lightly inked the edge of the unicorn with purple ink and added a little cheek blush with pink ink. I die cut the nose and legs of the big unicorn so I could end up with hooves and a nose from glitter cardstock. I layered these little parts onto the white unicorn. I wanted a selection of pinkish purple papers for the mane so I cut this die out of four different colors of cardstock. I hand cut along the perforated lines in the mane for all four colors, and assembled the 3 bottom colors onto the pink base color. I used this same trick for the tail. I'm glad the perforated look remained when I reassembled the parts.
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Next, I cut the wings and the horn from white glitter cardstock. Next I reached for the Whittle Hearts dies and cut 2 small hearts. Then I used the Unicorn Kit heart die and cut out 1 larger heart. I cut out small wings from the Unicorn kit and added them to the hearts. I layered everything onto my pink and purple cloud background, using foam adhesive for the flying hearts. I finished up by adding a few rhinestones and trimming the edges of my scene so I could mount it to a piece of purple cardstock. I added a few gemstones to the hearts. I finished up by adding a stamped sentiment from the Unicorn Kit. This could easily be a birthday card or a Valentine's card. Your choice. (I'm sending it for a March birthday.)
 
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I'll bet there is someone in your life that would like a sweet little (or big) unicorn card, or a stable of horses. You can make all that with these dies. Time to unleash your inner unicorn!
 
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You Prickle My Fancy
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hey crafty friends! Tiffany here with some Valentine's inspiration for you using this month's challenge of adding a heart to your project. This card was pretty easy to put together so let's get into the details.

First, I ink smooshed a piece of watercolor paper with several pink and yellow distress inks. The trick is to work in layers and to let each layer dry before moving on the next. Doing so allows you to build up some interesting texture and variation in color. Once the panel is dry, I die cut it with the Scalloped Stitch Frames die set. With the interior piece, I matted it on a panel of orange, patterned paper from the Cottage Stripes and Dots paper pad with foam tape. Then I adhered the panel to an A2-sized card base. Unfortunately, I adhered the panel on crooked, so instead of starting over or risking the paper ripping by taking it off, I adhered the frame portion on askew. This helped to hide the fact that the panel was crooked and makes it look intentional. I encourage you to lean into your mistakes and/or try to cover them up, if necessary, instead of starting over!

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Next, I die cut a panel of scrap cardstock with the Grid Heart Frame die and used it as a stencil. In my experience, the more heavyweight the paper is the better for this faux stencil technique, especially when using glitter paste. I spread pink glitter paste through the "stencil". I did not want the entire panel covered in hearts so I only stenciled parts for a more distressed look.

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While the glitter paste dried, I die cut the Whittle Cactus Trio from light green cardstock. I colored each cactus with Copic markers to add dimension. I also added some white pen detail with an acrylic paint pen. After the paste dried, I adhered the cactus die cuts with foam tape and liquid glue to ensure it adhered on top of the glitter paste securely. 

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Finally, I stamped a sentiment from the Whittle Wild Animal stamp set and trimmed it into a strip. I layered the sentiment strip with a scrap piece of the same orange, patterned paper I used for the background. I just used the reverse side of the paper. Hope you enjoyed the card. See you next time!

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Valentines Card
by Nancy Penir

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Hello Poppy Friends. As Valentines approaches, our card making takes on a heart full of greetings. Today's inspiration features the new Tall Curved Heart Arch Die, usually used with Poppystamps' Oval Fold Frame.

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I used it on my regular A2 fold card, as you can see, together with some of the older Valentine release dies you may already have.

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I took my cardstock colors from the Memory Box Berry Red Collection.

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A few Fairy Gemstones, and my Valentine card is done!

Hope you're enjoying a crafty winter! Take care!

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