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226 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"

Thyme for Spring
by Michele K. Henderson

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Spring has begun to sneak in, and it's about time! These sweet little bunnies are waiting for spring, and all the marvelous goodies that go with it, like flower pots blooming with fresh herbs and treats. I created this fresh spring card featuring the new Thoughtful Bunny Duo from the Poppystamps Spring collection. Take a look!

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I began with a crisp white card base and added a background panel of some pattern paper I had in my stash, pretty pastel pink with rose gold foil lines that look like roses. I cut the Thoughtful Bunny Duo out of white paper with the background ear pieces in pink. How cute are those little noses?

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I cut the flower pots from Nordic Flower Pots and Stems in a fresh green, and added them to the card. The sentiment "Thyme for Spring" from the Spring Banners Clear Stamp Set was stamped and cut and added underneath the flower pots. The Thoughtful Bunny Duo was adhered with foam pop dots which gave them a little dimension against the pretty pots. The pastel colors make everything seem fresh and light.

 

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These Spring bunnies are ready for a sweet treat!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Love Note
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends,

Love is in the air this month, so let's send a little love note with the Large Stitched Envelope and Postage, made with charming patterned paper from the Memory Box Cottage Meadow Paper Pack collection. I started with a card base cut from the Cottage Meadow pack that positioned the florals in the upper right hand corner. I cut the envelope in a coordinating pattern and folded it into the cutest little floral surprise.

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Once the base and envelope were complete, I cut a selection of flowers from the Nordic Flower Heads in shades of pink and yellow. I added a small pink heart from the Scalloped Pinpoint Hearts, and a few tiny hearts from the Hearts Shining Arch in bright, coordinating colors.

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The real star of my love note card are the pretty bird couple I created from the Nordic Bird Bunch, one of my favorite new sets from the Poppystamps latest release. I cur them in bright yellow, with the wings in black, white, and pale yellow. Every time I see them, I think about the very earliest birds of spring that I would see growing up in Wisconsin, the bright yellow finches circling around the hanging feeders. I love the details in these tiny dies.

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After everything was cut, I arranged it all on my card and topped it off with a few fairy gemstones. My cheery little love note is ready to go.

Thank you all so much for joining us today!

 

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Springtime Sparklers
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Poppystamps Friends!

It's time for a little spring sparkle with a pretty little Nordic Fancy Blossom and Small Stained Glass Butterflies created with glitter paper. Take a look!

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I love the charming, oval shapes of the new Nordic Fancy Blossoms die. They remind me of a tiny snowdrop crocus pushing it way through the last little bit of melting snow. I started with a bright pink card base background, and then cut pieces of the flower and the butterflies in pieces of glitter and shiny white.

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When I first began playing with my card design, I thought I would use both Nordic Fancy Blossoms from the set, and add one butterfly and a heart. But the more I played around with the layout, I finally decided on one flower as the counterpoint, and two pretty butterflies in the sky. I added a few glitter inlays in the butterfly wings to really bring out the sparkle.

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I used shades of glittery pink, coral, white, bronze, and gold to add a few curly twigs and leaves to my small shiny bloom. It turned out so fresh and bright, and I love how cheerful it makes me feel. A few tiny Fairy Jewels add the perfect finishing touch.

 

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Nordic Crown Flower
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Poppystamps Friends and Family! 

Welcome to 2024, a brand New Year, and a brand new set of darling Poppystamps dies to enjoy. I am kicking off my crafty year with one of my new favorites, Nordic Crown Flower. Take a look!

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I started with a rich black card base with a red pinpoint frame. The background black looks beautiful on the card, but these very tight photos show all of the imperfections on this card stock. Go ahead and use the black anyway, because it looks beautiful against the bright pop of color on the Nordic Crown Flower. 

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I cut the flower in bright colors, red, yellow, and bright magenta. I cut the stem and tiny stitched leaves in light green, dark green, and teal green, and assembled it all together. It's easy to create detailed, layered designs with the Nordic collection.

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This design was inspired by the beautiful Polish folk art designs of bright, symmetrical flowers and leaves against a deep black background, and it turned out great! I finished the card with a few sparkly Christmas Fairy Crystals. 

It's a New Year, and I'm ready for beautiful new designs and patterns for 2024. How about you? We can't wait to see what you'll create.

Thanks for joining us today!

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Letters for Santa
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends,

Did you get your letter in to Santa? Christmas is only DAYS away, but Santa is still reading those joyful letters filled with holiday spirit and cheer. The new Large Stitched Envelope & Postage is the perfect way to send Santa a little love. Take a look!

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I started with a beautiful pattern sheet of paper from the Garland paper pack. The dark background color and the cascade of wintery flowers really made my shiny white envelope pop. I added a shiny glitter gold frame, and cut three flowers from the Layered Petals. I cut three branches Leafy Branch Oval and added the berries from the Layered Holly Leaf Trio.

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I added a shiny green Layered Holly Branch, and a few branches from the Nordic Foxes too! Tiny blue and white Flock of Birds sit joyfully on the leaves.Finish it off with a few Fairy Crystals and Gemstones and send it off to Santa!

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From all of us to all of you, cheers for a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Cathedral Christmas Shaker
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Friends,

Today I am sharing a popular card technique I never get tired of seeing, Shaker Cards! I used the beautiful new Arched Gothic Cathedral Window to create a very intricate looking window with dazzling sequins inside. Take a look!

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I started with a crisp white hard card stock base, as I usually do with most of the cards I create. They survive very well in the mail with only a thin protector piece on top if I'm using a lot of intricate embellishments. Then I cut a background panel out of a memory Box Paper Pack, PP 1024, Pointsettia Garland. I love the delicate pink and gold embossing on this paper. Poinsettias always remind me of services during the holiday season.

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I cut the Arched Gothic Cathedral Window in a shiny blue foil for the background die. The Arched Gothic Cathedral Window has two dies, which creates a pretty dimension to the window. I cut the first top piece in a hard card stock white, then cut the window piece again in craft foam, and stacked it all together. Now it's ready to start loading the sequins in the window sections.

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I cut the top piece in a pretty paper of white and gold foil marble. In the photo, the gold looks a little dark, but in person, it's pretty and shiny, and very elegant. I added the clear acetate panel for the window, and then finished it with the top marble paper. My little sequins, on shades of blue, pink, turquoise, and a few stars, have a lot of room to move around and make that wonderful shaker sound.

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I cut the Flock of Birds in white and the shiny blue foil paper, although in this photo they seem to have more of a purple tint, which looks nice with the Poinsettia Garland paper. These tiny birds are so unique they look great in every color! 

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Thank you so much for joining today!

Happy Holidays!

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