89 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"

12/11/2018

Tue 11

Northern Holiday
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you could drop by for a visit! Snowy December is certainly here, so today I am sharing a snowy winter scene! Take a look at this Northern Holiday!

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I started by creating a background of blended distress oxide inks spritzed with water for a soft, fuzzy look. I have fallen in love with our collection of whittle animals, so I used this adorable Whittle Fox against the soft white of thicker watercolor paper. I think he really stands out. Add a few stars from the All Star Collage and you have a sweet winter scene.

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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11/27/2018

Tue 27

Tropical Twist
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you dropped by for a visit today for a Tropical twist on the traditional poinsettia! I used one of my very favorite dies from our Poppystamps holiday release, Mod Poinsettias, and shook up the colors a little bit of a colorful splash!

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I love the bright combination of the pinkish background, the blue poinsettia petals, and the green leaves! Creating this look is a lot of fun too!

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The background panel was created using oxide inks in shades of pinks and purples, and then splashed with little drips of water. The oxide inks react to the water, and form light and bright patches of color that make any card unique. Then I cut out all the parts of the Mod Poinsettia pieces in blue and green. I splattered white water-color paint on all the pieces and let it all dry.

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When assembling your flowers, you can have them lie flat and smooth, or you could try this fun technique. I like to take a pencil and gently curl the leaves downward, then glue the flowers together. You can make them as curly as you like, or flatten them out just a bit when gluing them on to your card base. Add a few leaves and sequins, and you have a tropical twist on the familiar red leaves of the poinsettia!

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Thank you so much for dropping by!

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11/08/2018

Thu 08

That Time of Year
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so glad you could join us today! Over the next few weeks, in about 48 days or so, the BIG holiday will be here! Of course, we know all that hoopla isn't about a single day, but an entire season of madness and memories! It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!

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Today, I am sharing, my "most wonderful" card of the day! I am very excited by how well this colorful CAS holiday card turned out! I planned on using the Stitched Alpine Snowflakes, the Whittle Rudolph, and the Pinpoint Ornament set, with the Art Deco Celebrate Christmas sentiment, but I couldn't decide on the colors! I kept going back and forth, unhappy with the results, until I reached into my box of YUPO paper scraps and backgrounds.

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I have created Poppystamps cards using YUPO paper and alcohol inks earlier in the season, and I always save even the tiniest scraps! I cut the snowflake and ornament out of some red pieces, and cut the frame out of an unused piece I had done in coffee browns and caramels. The fun part about working with YUPO and alcohol inks is that you can create beautiful cards in a single color range, like a "red" background, or orange, or brown, or you can use a variety of inks to create brilliant rainbows of color! Once I decided on a color, I cut out the pieces I wanted in YUPO, and the Whittle Rudolph in warm brown and golden yellow cardstock.

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I stamped the sentiment from the Art Deco Celebrate Christmas clear stamp set, then assembled all of my festive cuts! For the finishing touch, I added a tiny red pearl on the nose!

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Thank you all so much for joining us today, and enjoy your most wonderful time of the year!

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10/29/2018

Mon 29

A Whittle Halloween Treat
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so glad you could join us today! Halloween is right around the corner, so today I am sharing with you a super simple easy breezy last-minute Halloween card that is all treat, and no trick!

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I originally planned on making three matching little treat tags, but I decided at the last minute to put them all together in a cheerful little candy parade! I used the Whittle Candy Corn, the Whittle Ghosts, and the Whittle Pumpkins! I can't get over how cute these faces are too! 

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This CAS card is easy to make too! Simply cut out the little Whittle Candy Corn, Ghosts, and Pumpkins in yellow, white, and orange, and then cut a second set in light grey. Cut out tiny little squares in yellow and black, and glue them to the back of your tiny pumpkins and ghosts. This will make them come alive! Then glue the colored cut to the grey cut to create a little shadow and make them pop just a touch. These characters are too cute to spook!

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We are so glad you dropped by today to share a little last minute Halloween inspiration! 

Happy Halloween!

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10/24/2018

Wed 24

Magic Pumpkin
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Have you seen this month's October challenge? It's Falling Leaves and Scary Things, and we love the spooky creations coming our way for this scary challenge! You've got all month to show us your spookiest creation using at least one Poppystamps product, and link it up to our challenge page! What will you create?

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I made a floating Magic Pumpkin to rise out of the pumpkin patch! I used alcohol ink and YUPO paper against a stamped distress ink galaxy background to create my spooky scene. 

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Creating a background with alcohol ink on YUPO paper is easy and fun! The best part is, it is almost impossible to screw up! That's right, no matter how you smear and blend the colors on the paper, it will look vibrant and beautiful. For the pumpkin and the moon in the Bat Ring, I stuck to oranges and yellows. The tiny leaves from Leafy Breeze were also made with alcohol and YUPO, cut from tiny scraps left over from another project. I save every little bit of my YUPO scraps too! They make beautiful leaves, feathers, tiny holiday bulbs, even stars!

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Now it's your turn to create something a little bit spooky or a little bit fun! Link up your projects to our Challenge page and your project could be randomly selected as our October winner!

Thanks for joining us today! While you are here, take a look at our Poppystamps Holiday Blog Blitz, which began on October 11th. Leave a comment on every post that offers a prize you'd like to win!

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10/16/2018

Tue 16

Art Deco Holiday
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

We are so happy you could join us today, and play along in our Holiday Happenings Blog Blitz! Every day, from October 11-21, our amazing Poppystamps designers will share beautiful holiday inspiration and ideas! All you have to do is leave a comment on each post that offers a prize that you'd like to win! If this is your first time here, be sure to check back and leave comments on the posts you may have missed. Winners will be announced on the Poppystamps Blog October 24th.

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Take a look at our new release, and you will find beautiful Art Deco frames and shapes. Art Deco is decorative style that first came into vogue right before before WWI. One of its earliest influences came from the luxurious and exotic patterns of ancient Egypt. Over the years, Art Deco evolved into many forms, sometimes contrasting, sometimes harmonious. My favorite, however, is Art Deco at its earliest, reflecting high style and the finest materials.

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I began my Art Deco Holiday card by first creating a rich, faux marble background out of alcohol inks and YUPO paper. I used shades of green and dripped and blended the wet inks until they looked like my artsy version of Connemara marble, known for its "40 shades of green." Then I cut the Deco Victor Square, and the Stitchwork Square Frame out of shiny gold foil paper.

 

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Once my card base was dry and cut, I lined up the adorable and versatile Mixed Open Tab right in the center of my "marble" panel, and held it in place with a little blue tape before sending it through the die cutting machine. These little tabs cut on 3 sides, and score on the fourth, allowing you to create little windows and doors that open to reveal a surprise inside. My surprise was the gold embossed Art Deco Celebrate Christmas stamped sentiment. In order for the door to open and reveal the JOY, I needed to trim the inside lines of the center square. Before I cut the center square, I carefully measured the Mixed Open Tab to fit right right in the middle, but it still shifted to the left. A good tip to remember is just how slippery and slide YUPO paper can be when you put it through your die cutter. I finished the design with red foil Poinsettia Minis, and pearl centers.

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The Mixed Open Tabs come in 3 different shapes, and they work so well with all of the new shapes and frames in the Art Deco designs. Today's Mixed Open tabs reveal a little surprise just for you! You can win these versatile little tabs just by leaving a comment at the end of this post! Winners will be announced October 24th!

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We are so happy you could join us today, and be a part of our Holiday Happenings Blog Blitz! Check back all week long for more beautiful inspiration and ideas from our design team!

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10/01/2018

Mon 01

PSC#49 Falling Leaves & Scary Things

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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 last month's challenge Anything goes is Marta.

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

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 on line 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 side bar!

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PSC#49 Falling Leaves and Scary Things  - The nights are getting cooler and the leaves are changing color.. fall is in the air!  We're celebrating all the pleasures that October brings... the bounty of the harvest (bushels of apples, carts full of pumpkins), and all the colors of fall.    And don't forget Halloween too!  We'd love to see some ghosts and haunted houses or how about some sweet treats for your spooky guests!   Just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps image (stamp or die) on your project! 

Need a little inspiration?  Here's 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.

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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 October 29 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on November 1.   

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

 

09/25/2018

Tue 25

Long Autumn Days
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

It's that wonderful time of year again, when the seasons gently blend from Summer to Autumn! I love these shorter summer days, when the days are a little cooler and a light breeze is in the air. I also love these long Autumn days, when the warm sun creates long shadows and brilliant sunsets. Today, I used the Tall Sketch Daisies die and my alcohol inks on YUPO paper to create a card that reminds me of this time of year.

 

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If you haven't tried it yet, using alcohol inks on YUPO paper is an amazing way to create gorgeous, vibrant color for your cards and lay-outs. There are many different techniques that you can use to spread and blend the alcohol ink on the synthetic paper. For this Autumn inspired card, I used a special dauber with a disposable cotton pad on the end to gently blend and smear the inks together until my card was completely covered in ink. You can use your dauber to create different effects, like streaks or swirls, or to soften dark edges for a smoother blend of color.

 

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Once dry, the vibrant orange blend was the perfect backdrop for the Tall Sketch Daisies, cut in black and framed with the Pointed Rectangle Frames.

 

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Thanks so much for joining us today!

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09/07/2018

Fri 07

Majestic Mountains
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

I am so glad you could join us today! Today I am sharing this peaceful winter scene featuring the adorable Wilderness Moose Duo! Take a look!

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One of the things I often say is just how amazing it is that so many Poppystamps dies work so well together! Today I cut the Mountain Background in purple and white, the Wooded Glen Landscape in green and white, and the Wilderness Moose Duo in brown and matched them all together perfectly! When you create pretty winter scenes of your own, you can always experiment to use the dies in new ways. I love creating cards that have images extend outside of the frame, so I brought the tiny branches of the pine trees on top of the Pointed Rectangle Frame instead of tucking them behind the frame. It gives the card an expansive look.

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One all of your images have been cut out, take a moment to arrange the scene before you begin gluing. I fooled with this scene for a while until I had positioned the moose and snow in just the right place. Sometimes a scene looks better with more foreground, or more sky, for example, to get the perspective just right.

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Pretty winter scenes can work for so many occasions, so I hope you'll give it a try and share what you create too!

Thanks for joining us today!

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08/23/2018

Thu 23

Merry and Bright Holiday Tags
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

I always like to refer to this time of year as the start of "Crafty Season." If you love to create holiday cards, projects, gifts, wrapping paper, Advent calendars, and gift card holders, there really is very little time left, am I right? So today I am sharing an idea for a beautiful holiday tag that will really put the pow in your holiday wrapping this year!

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This merry and bright holiday tag was created with YUPO paper and alcohol inks! There are many different techniques you can try when using alcohol inks and YUPO paper, such as blowing the ink with a straw or blending the ink with a sponge dauber. To create this tag, I simply dropped very tiny drips of alcohol ink on my YUPO paper and let them spread and bloom all on their own. The drops form these pretty round shapes that remind me of shiny bulbs and ornaments. You can see the card on the right was the card I used to create this tag. The card on the left was gently blended with a sponge dauber, which will give you softer shapes and a blended look.

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Once your cards are completely dry, cut them into your favorite tag shape, like the Stitched Main Street Tag I used here. I used the gorgeous and intricate Seed Snowflake Outline, cut out of sparkly white glitter paper, and yes, it shouts FESTIVE! If you want to make your snowflake pop, cut out an extra 3 or 4 snowflakes in plain white cardstock and carefully glue them all together. This tag has a wonderful feel to it too!

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I love making beautiful tags, and I always run out! So this year, I am making tons of tags, early and often, to avoid the big Holiday rush! Join us all through the "Crafty Season" to find great inspiration and ideas from our entire Poppystamps team!

Thanks for joining us today!

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