139 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"

CAS June Challenge Reminder
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

I am so glad that you have stopped by today! It's time to say Hello Summer, and what a better way to do it than by playing along with our Poppystamps June Challenge, CAS! 


CAS is short for Clean and Simple, and CAS is just the way I love to create in the hot, sticky Florida summer weather! I made a super easy breezy CAS card that reminds me a lot of summer, when the flowers are wild and high and the bright color is everywhere! Take a look!


I started with a clean and crisp white card base, but unfortunately, my photos all have a little yellowish tint to them this week -- it's been raining like a monsoon all week! I love to photograph during the day when my house is filled with bright, natural Florida sunlight, but now the skies are dark and stormy. When I create CAS cards, I love to use bright colors and extra bright white card stock too.



I cut out the Pointed Rectangle Frame in white, which makes a nice border, and then the Hello Outline in green and white. I then cut a few flower silhouettes from Tall Sketch Daisies, and played with the arrangement to vary the size of the daisies.



Then I added the Peek a Boo Kitty. Whenever I make any of the Peek a Boo animals, I always add a piece on the back for the eyes and the nose by cutting very tiny pieces of paper and gluing it to the back. You can see how I arranged and glued the tiny daisy stems on to the Hello Outline. Here is my "designer tip" for working with lots of die cuts, like I love to do: pay attention to the tiny details, like borders, edges, how the pieces fit together, what is showing or sticking out. It's those finishing touches that can really make your projects pop!



Once my pieces were all assembled, I just lifted the whole cut and gluesd it onto my card base. I said it was pretty easy breezy! There's my Peek a Boo Kitty popping out behind the "e."



Now it's your turn! We can't wait to see what you'll create! Simple create a CAS card using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp set, and link it up on our Poppystamps linky to the right. Think easy breezy summer fun!



Thanks so much for joining us today!





Social Distance Garden Bouquet
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Poppystamps Friends!

Today, I am sharing a pretty Garden Bouquet CAS card created just for you! This bright and clean CAS card has a very easy breezy look to it, but sometimes looks can be deceiving! 


To create this card, you only need TWO dies, Garden Bouquet, Heart Favor, and Pointed Rectangle Frames, but you will need to make multiple cuts in different colors, and then carefully piece and glue the tiny flower petals in place. As usual, I always rely on my old friend, the craft tweezers, which is a MUST HAVE tool in my crafty stash. 


I cut the Pointed Frame, Garden Bouquet, and Heart Favor all in black, then glued everything onto my card base. Then I recut the Heart Favor in Aqua Blue, then again in Peach. Then I cut a combination of flower petals and butterflies in bright colors, and then glued everything in place. This might be easy breezy for you, but depending on what kind of die cutting machine you use, those tiny little petals might fly and stick everywhere! As long as you keep you colors and positions straight when you pull your die off the plate, adhering the tiny petals is actually kind of fun! I live seeing the color take shape.


I thought it would be a fun little technique to cut the hand in Aqua Blue, so it looks like the giver is wearing gloves! A little thank you to so many of us who are still social distancing and staying safe, or a thank you to our heroes wearing masks and gloves to work all day! I love the bold pops of color against the black too!


Thanks so much for stopping by the the blog today! We are always grateful for your love and support every day!








Garden Variety Release Blog Blitz
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

We are so happy that you have decided to drop on over to our Poppystamps blog today! We have a brand new release fresh from the garden, and we're calling it "Garden Variety" and you can see it here at our store site.    We are celebrating with a big Blog Blitz to show you the new products and give you a chance to win some of them for yourself!


Today I am sharing a fun card to make with a very CAS vibe! I started with the Circle Fold Frame which is designed to create a card with multiple folding techniques and infinite design possibilities! It has these beautiful scored lines that lets you bend the card in a variety of ways.


I cut all the pieces of my Circle Fold Frame, my square card base piece, and 6 Lattice Small Curve Borders in a crisp white. The photo only shows 4, because I decided to add two more Lattices once I got rolling.


Then I put it all together. I absolutely LOVE the texture of all this lattice! Since I must wear latex gloves all day at work, having a pretty card to touch with a lot of great texture gives me a little smile for my soul! The idea for this card was inspired by a garden, a brand new garden with beautiful white lattices, and over time, the vines and roses bloom and grow, just like beautiful friendships.


I glued all the lattice on the different panels of the card. As you open each panel, the rose bush grows. If you open the panel half way, the rose bush grows from 1, 2, then 3 blooms.


The flowers are from our new release too, Village Rose and Background, and dark green Orchard Leaves. I finished it off with two Intricate Cut Butterflies.


To create the center of the card, I cut the Echo Blossoms out of pale pink, and stamped it with a sentiment from the Greeting Basics stamp set.


From the front, a pretty card with a heartfelt message.


Open the first half-panel, and see another vine, and another pretty bloom.


Open all the way and see the full lattice of flowers, blooming and brightening our days just like our most cherished friends, who we can turn to during our darkest days.



Now the part you've been waiting for!  Your chance to win the Lattice Small Curve Border!

The Garden Variety release blog blitz runs from June 2 - June 14 . We'll be giving away a prize on every blog blitz post during this time. To enter to win you need to leave a comment on ONLY the posts that you wish to enter. To enter ALL the posts during the blog blitz you need to leave a comment on EACH ONE. One person will be chosen at random from each of the posts during the blog blitz. Only one prize per person per blog blitz. We use a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST June 16 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on June 19.

For a SECOND chance to win this die .....
1.)   Visit our Instagram account and FOLLOW US!
2.)   Like each post, you want to enter
3.)   LEAVE A COMMENT and TAG A FRIEND on each post you wish to enter.   Comments open through June 16. 

One comment per post will be selected by a random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on June 19.  Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

We know you love to make too!  When you use a product from the new Poppystamps Garden Variety Release in June of 2020, tag your Instagram post with #PoppystampsGardenVariety for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store.  We'll select one random winner using this hashtag as winner of this prize.  Their project will be featured on our Instagram account with the winner announcement.


Thanks so much for taking time from your day to visit our blog. We are all so happy and grateful that you are part of our very special Poppystamps friends and family.





PSC#69 Clean and Simple

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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 #68 Winged Things is Bonnie


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

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#69 Clean and Simple  This month we're looking for projects that are Clean and Simple.    Clean and Simple is a style - it's typically defined by lots of clean white space,  limited embellishments and layers, and one main image.  The card should be easy to recreate and make multiples of and 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.


Marybeth Lopez

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Dana Kirby


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! 




Kitty's Secret Garden
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

The past few days, it has been raining like cats and dogs, which is making everything super lush and green. That's how I know summer is right around the corner. Today I am sharing a card I created with summer in mind, and of course, it needs to have a kitty!


This was a super fun card to make too. I started out by selecting this pretty pattern paper from Memory Box's Springtime Bouquet 6 x 6 paper pack and used it as my background. I was thinking lush, green garden, focusing on shades of green, crisp white, and a little light tan and grey. I then cut the Adriana Square Frame in white and positioned it to make a diamond shaped window. Then I cut an assortment of Garden Leaves and Berries, and Orchard Leaves, in my color palette.


One of the things I love about Poppystamps is how easy it is to add and layer lots of die cuts from lots of different sets. There are no rules, so you can add as many leaves and as any colors as you like. Make a summer frame, or a fall frame, or a frosty white winter frame with berries, because it will ALL look beautiful!


Once my leaves and berries were cut and loosely organized, I then cut the Peek a Boo Kitty in light grey, and the word MEOW from the Poetic Uppercase Alphabet. I cut two letters each, one of green and one in black, then using a pair of craft tweezers, carefully layered the green letter on top of the black letter to create a "shadow" effect.

I know I just said there are "no rules" in design, but let me give you one of my most important design tips. Always think about the way color flows and sits. For example, in this project, I balanced the colors. If I used a dark green leaf at the top, I added one at the bottom. Think in groups of two and three. Once all my greens and tans and greys were balanced, I added one bright pop of blue from the tiny bird from the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame & Stencil Set. Once I was happy with my design, I glued it all in place with craft tweezers (which I use for EVERYTHING crafty), and added a few tiny foam circle pop dots, cut in half and quarters to fit and prop my frame, cat, and a few leaves up while still remaining hidden.


Summer is right around the corner, and so are the brand new bright and beautiful garden designs from Poppystamps! What will you create?

Thanks so much for joining us today!





Pop Up May Flowers
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

We have all heard that April showers bring May flowers, and we have all had a very rainy April, haven't we? So let's celebrate the little things with a few tiny May flowers on this Pop Up easel card! Have you TRIED this yet?


When I first saw this unique Adriana Pop Up Easel Set, I was so excited, but intrigued too! How does it work? I love seeing all the beautiful projects our design team is putting together, and once you try one for yourself, you be amazed at how easy it is to be creative!


Everything you need is in this beautiful 6 piece die set to create pop up easel designs that are so easy to pair with your favorite Poppystamps products. I used the Peek-a-Boo Bunny popping out of the Grand Watering Can, decorated with a few extra Orchard Leaves and a few flowers from the Floral Cluster. What would you create?


Every flower needs a sparkling center too, and thanks to this collection of Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue from Memory Box Open Studio, you can make the sparkly magic happen!


I cut the background easel pieces in white, and added the Orchard Leaves in green, and Floral Clusters for pops of color. The Peek-a-Boo Bunny was cut in white, and the Grand Watering Can was colored with Distress Oxide inks sprinkled with water.


Slide the top of the card back to reveal the hidden message inside! The Colwell Label Set pairs perfectly with the shapes from the Easel Set to create the perfect surprise greeting. The HUGS was cut with the Poetic Uppercase Alphabet.


Beautiful May days are on their way for all of us, so keep crafting, keep sharing, and keep being creative!

Thanks so much for joining us today!