131 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"


Mon 23

Spring Blog Blitz - Adriana Wreath
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello and Welcome All to our Spring Blog Blitz! We have got some fresh new products and beautiful designs from our talented design team all month long to help us chase away those winter blues! Today I am sharing my pretty spring wreath created with the brand new Adriana Wreath. Take a look!


The Adriana Wreath is an intricate one-piece die that packs a powerful punch! I started out by cutting the Wreath in a pretty lime green, then adhering it to my crisp white card base.


Then I selected my favorite spring pastel palette, and cut out a random pile of leaves, berries, and tiny blooms from the Garden Leaves and Berries, the Orchard Leaves, and the Floral Cluster die sets. I arranged them around my Wreath, then stared gluing. Soon I came up with a fresh spring look I love!


Then came my favorite part! I pulled out my brand new Fairy Sugar Glitter Glue from Memory Box Open Studio! I squirted tiny drops in the center of my tiny pink leaves in small drops of glittery goodness! Today I used Strawberry Ice, but you will want every color in your collection!


I added a few sparking sequins and voila! It looks like Paris in the Spring!


Would you like to win this beautiful Adriana Wreath die for your floral collection? It's easy! All you have to do to win is leave a comment on THIS POST for your chance to win the Adriana Wreath!

The Spring release blog blitz runs from March 20 - March 31 . 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 April 1 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on April 3.

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 April 1. 

One comment per post will be selected by random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on April 3.   Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.


Your comments mean the world to us! I love reading kind words from our loyal Poppystamps fans all over the world! So please keep those comments coming for your chance to win! Good Luck to you all!

Thank you all so much for joining us today!






Wed 11

Cheery Cherry Blossom Thanks
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

Are you in the mood for some happy thoughts? I am too, and nothing makes me happier than the thought of Spring right around the corner! We have got some absolutely beautiful new Clear Stamp Sets that welcome Spring in a big way. I used the brand new Memory Box Cherry Blossom Wreath and my favorite colored pencils to create a bright and colorful easy breezy card design that was a lot of fun to make too. T

Take a look!


The Cherry Blossom Wreath set includes both the beautiful stamps, and the amazing dies as well. I began by stamping the large wreath design on my MISTI a few times for a crisp, fine line drawing. Then I used a few colored pencils and played around with the petals and leaves, creating a bright blooming wreath.


The detail in the wreath and blossoms is amazing! Once I finished the coloring, I carefully lines up my die, then adhered the pretty wreath to my card base.


I added tiny foam pop dots pieces to the Thanks Outline and the Whittle birds, then mounted it onto the wreath. Easy Breezy, and perfect for so many occasions!


This wreath design was so much fun to play with, I stamped a few more wreaths in crisp black, and then a pigment white ink, then added embossing powder for a beautiful textured finish! I can't wait to try this with watercolors and copic markers too! Any way you create with this pretty Cherry Blossoms Wreath will remind you of the beautiful colors of spring!


Even my kitty, Omar, had to check out this awesome design!

Thanks so much for joining us today, and keep thinking those happy thoughts of spring!







Mon 24

Happy Hugs
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

It'a a beautiful spring day, which means it is time to celebrate with Happy Hugs! I used soft spring colors and an inlay technique to create this pretty "hugs" card. I think it will make the perfect birthday card for someone special. Take a look!


To create this Happy Hugs card, I started out by cutting the Graceful Heart Frame in a crisp white color.


I adhered the frame onto a pale blue card base, then cut the graceful heart frame again, in a soft green and a linen white.


Once all of my leaves were cut, I then carefully inserted the green and linen white leaf pieces with a very thin-tipped adhesive and a pair of craft tweezers. A beautiful inlay technique takes a little time and patience, so don't try to create this look in a rush.


Once the leaves are in place, add the Luscious Script Hugs cut in lemon yellow and white, along with a Little Hummingbird cut in pale lilac.


A few sparkly sequins give this card the finishing touch!

Thanks so much for joining us today!







Wed 19

February Challenge: Animal Menagerie
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Everyone!

Are you playing along with this month's AH-MAZING challenge, Animal Menagerie? Poppystamps has so many adorable animal dies that selecting a small handful for my Animal Menagerie project was tough! I finally decided to send a big bold Hello from my new home state, Florida! Take a look!


I created this card using some of my favorite sea creatures from our Whittle Animals designs, along with the Whittle Palm Tree, the Whittle Mounds, and a tiny Florida die I had in my stash. The Hello Outline was perfect to say, Hello from Florida, come down for a visit! Even though the Whittle Gator does not live in the sea (they are fresh water animals), they are an iconic part of all things Florida!


I started out by cutting out all the little creatures that I would use for my card, and then laid out my design.


Once I had my Animal Menagerie all figured out, I then grabbed my inks and got busy! I inked the edges of all the animals, the palm tree, the sandy mounds and the Florida with ink a little bit darker than the cardstock. There are all sorts of ways to ink up a cut image, so I just added a little bit of edging and shadows to give the animals dimension. What will You create?


Now it's YOUR turn! Create your own Animal Menagerie card, using at least ONE Poppystamps die or stamp, and add it to our Challenge Link here on our blog before the end of the month. One lucky winner will be selected to win a fabulous prize!


Thanks so much for joining us today!






Tue 11

Love and Sunshine
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

There are so many things to love about the latest release from Poppystamps, especially these tiny hearts! Every designer is creating beautiful projects that feature rows and rows of tiny hearts, in a wide range of colors. Today I am sharing a few cards I made with alcohol inks and YUPO paper in bright sunshine colors. Take a look!


I love the look of bright, crisp white paper and the marbled jewel look of alcohol ink on YUPO! I started out by pulling out my box of scrap alcohol ink papers I had left over from other projects. When I saw this scrap of bright sunshine yellows and rich coffee browns, I wanted to give them a try. It's not your traditional red and pink palette you see around Valentine's Day, but I thought it would look fresh and cheerful.


I cut the Banded Hearts in white, then used the die again to cut all my bright scraps into a pile of tiny colorful hearts.


Once the Banded Hearts cut was adhered to my card base, I then carefully glued all the tiny hearts in place using glue and craft tweezers.


Not only does it look unique, but the smooth texture of the YUPO feels so fun!



I finished the card with the Love Outline, cut in crisp white and rich browns.


I had enough little hearts left over to make a second card, using more blues and purples. For the second card, I used the Grid Heart Frame, which gives my card a different look. Which color palette do you prefer?


Now I've got TWO cards ready to mail to two very special people!


I third count, I realized I had enough for one more card! take a look!


This card has a completely different look to it! Instead of trimming the card base to a tight fit, I left it long, and added a sweet sentiment from the Memory Box Valentine's Fun Clear Stamp Set. I'm going to use this large size card as a letter to my good friend, who truly is the very best!


Thanks so much for joining us today! 








Sat 01

PSC#65 Animal Menagerie


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 #64 From the Heart is SmilynStef
The lucky winner of the draw (chosen by random number generator) for the monthly prize is Nananas

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!


PSC#64 Animal Menagerie -  We love our furry friends!  They amaze us with their clever behavior,  make us laugh with their silly antics, and make our hearts and lives fuller!   This month we're looking for projects that include animals!  Some of the first dies released from Poppystamps were dogs and cats.  Today we've got lots more to choose from in our Whittle Collection and under the Animal Kingdom category in the store.   You can make something for any occasion, just be sure to include an animal in your design.    Cards, tags, treats, page layouts and home decor are all welcome just be sure to include at least one Poppystamps image (die cut, stencil, or stamp) 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.


Sue Mc Rae


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 February 27 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on  March 1.     We can't wait to see what you make!


Thu 23

Love Field
by Michele K. henderson


Hello Friends!

We are so happy that you could join us here on the Poppystamps blog today! Today, I am sharing a bright and cheerful card that features our brand new Meadowblossom Frame and Stencil. Take a look!


To create this flowery frame, all you need is TWO dies, Meadowblossom Frame and Love Outline. Then start cutting! I began with a blue back card panel, and added the Meadowblossom Frame in lime green. Then I cut the frame again in pink, yellow, red, orange, and pale purple. I cut the Love Outline in white and gold. Then I cut out each and every little flower I wanted to add to the frame and arranged my design.


Once everything was in place, I began gluing, carefully lining up the flowers to the stems.


I added the shiny gold and white Love Outline to the center of the big pink heart! It looks so fresh and springy! Then I finished the card off with teeny tiny coppery colored sparkles, and it's ready to send off for a little Valentine's Day surprise, any day of the year!



Thanks so much for joining us here on the Poppystamps blog!








Tue 07

My Heart is Caught
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!


I am so happy you could join us today! Our brand new Valentine's release offers beautiful and romantic dies perfect for so many occasions. Today, I am sharing a card I created with two of my favorite new dies from the new release, Heart Favor and Hanging Heart. Take a look!


When I first saw the Heart Favor die, I was reminded of a line from a romantic poem:

my heart is caught

So I created this super sweet CAS card that features a hand with a heart caught in a string. Did the hand catch her heart, or is the hand offering someone their heart? Or, of all the hearts out there in the world, this hand captured mine. Whatever you decide, the answer is certainly romantic.


The Heart Favor die is a set of two dies that features the tiny hand, and also a beautiful heart with a flower. I only used the hand, along with the Hanging Heart, but there are so many really beautiful combinations you can create using any of these romantic dies from our new release.


I cut the hand out from the Heart Favor in a heavy white card stock, then again in a pale beige color and assembled the pieces together. I cut the Hanging Heart 6 times, three in a heavy white, and then in 3 shades of red and pink, and adhered them onto a pretty pearl blue background. Easy Breezy, just like love when you know it's right.

Now it's time for us to share a little love with all of you! Our valentine's Blog Blitz runs from January 3-14. We will be giving a prize on EVERY blog blitz 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 blog posts. You have until midnight US EST January 19 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on January 21st.

For a SECOND chance to win the HEART FAVOR die and one for a FRIEND . . .

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 Jan. 19th.



Thanks so much for joining us today! Leave a comment today and come back and visit us agin tomorrow for even more great inspiration and another chance to win!








Sat 14

Don't Worry, Kitty
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

I am so glad that you have stopped by today to take a look at my sweet little card. Santa is getting ready to go out in a dark and stormy night, and his little kitty is worried. 

"Don't worry, Kitty," Santa reassures him, "I'll be home soon."


I love the sweet thoughts behind this card, and I wanted to make the design very simple, yet very pretty too. Originally I planned to make a shaker card with sequins in the window, but as it evolved I like the idea of the look of soft light behind the window instead for a warm look and feel.


I started out by cutting two windows from the Cottage Window, the Whittle Santa Face, and the Peek a Boo Kitty. I glued Santa and Kitty to the window frame, and then I glued a piece of clear acetate to the back of my characters. In reality, Santa and Kitty would be behind the window, but putting the in front makes them a little brighter and gives the card a little texture and dimension. 


I cut my card base panel in royal blue, and then used a piece of Snowspeckle Wide Washi Tape from Poppystamps to cover my entire piece of blue paper. This tape is SO wide and sticky! I pressed it down and then smoothed it all with my teflon bone folder, which gave the entire card a smooth look and feel. I really just wanted the window and my characters to be the focus of my card. I cut the Cottage Window from my base panel after taping it down with blue painter's tape.


The "light" was created by gluing a small square of yellow vellum paper onto my white card stock card base, then gluing the blue snowflake filed, the cottage window with my characters and acetate already adhered, and finished off the design with a few tiny Splendid Stitched Hearts.


Thanks so much for joining us today! Have a wonderful holiday!





Sat 07

Hugs and Kisses and Christmas Wishes
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

It's time for Hugs and Kisses and Christmas Wishes as this adorable little Peek a Boo Kitty pops out for a hot cocoa and snuggle in warm flannel pajamas! Everything about this card reminds me of warm and cuddly Christmas mornings. Take a look!


I created this Christmas Kitty card with something exciting - brand new paper from Memory Box! I found this warm Christmas flannel pattern in the 6x6 Memory Box Paper, Dashing Holiday PP1001. It was the perfect background paper for my Holly Vine Sidekick Frame and Stencil cut in a bright green.


I cut the Classic Coffee Cup in a rich red, and cut 2 Peek a Boo Kitties in light grey. I punched out two green circles and a pink circle with a paper punch and then glued the Kitty pieces together, creating a Kitty "sandwich" and adding him inside my cup.


After cutting the Holiday Mistletoe in dark green, I then cut off the tiny berries and glues shiny white berries in their place. This tiny detail work requires a little bit of patience and a great pair of scissors and craft tweezers. Glue your Mistletoe and berries onto your Holly Vine panel.


Add your cocoa loving kitty and the Luscious Script Hugs on the bottom, a few sparkly sequins, and this little kitty is ready to warm to warm your heart!


Thanks so much for joining us today!