165 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"

Sunny Hugs
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sending bright and sunny hugs with one of our brand new, beautiful Deco Plates, Arched Deco Plate! The tiny curved arches remind me of little sun rises at the start of each new day. Take a look!


I chose fresh, bright colors to create a detailed paper piecing card with a warm message, HUGS, cut from the Marzipan Alphabet.


I started by cutting the Arched Deco Plate in crisp white, the adhered it to a fresh blue background and mounted it to my card base. Then I cut the Arched Deco Plate again in yellow, and carefully added each piece in it's correct location with craft scissors and a bit of glue.


Once the yellow pieces were in place, I cut the Arched Deco Plate in vibrant green, and added the little pieces once again. There are so many natural elements these shapes remind me of, like the sun, trees, or a tiny ocean scene. Maybe these shapes remind you of soft, pleasing symmetrical pattern, or an Egyptian motif popular during the Art Deco period. Either way, this panel makes a beautiful background to a detailed card.


Once all the paper pieces were in place, I cut the word HUGS from the Marzipan Alphabet in bright pink and grey, and added them to the card. A few blooms from the Fern and Daisy Pop-Up Easel Set and this card is ready to slide into an envelope for a favorite sentimental friend.


Thanks so much for joining us today and taking a look! There's always something new and pretty happening here at Poppystamps every day! Come back for more!







Hogs and Kisses
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

Have you got into this awesome Barn Craze yet? We are celebrating Summer with the brand new Country Barn Pop-Up Easel Set! I grew up in Wisconsin, the land of LOTS of barns, and cows too! I made my barn in the famous traditional red and white colors popular in my part of the country. Instead of a cow, I added this adorable pink pig, sending someone special HOGS and KISSES!


Cutting out the red barn and white trimmings was the easy part. I mounted the barn on a grassy green base, and then I added the Wavy Long Picket Fence. I wanted the fence to stand up in front of the barn when it was opened, so I carefully bent each little picket at the bottom crossbar. I adhered the bottom of the fence onto the bottom of the card base, then added the cute little pig in front of the fence.


I added the Whittle Sunshine and a Whittle Chicken to the front of the barn. Adorable, right?


I stamped the sentiment HOGS and KISSES from the Whittle Wild Animal Sentiments clear stamp set onto the Colwell Label, and adhered it to the card base along with a few tiny chicken eggs too. Now we've got the barnyard stirring!



This Country Barn Pop-Up Easel Set turned out great, and that pop=up little fence gives this card a fun new dimension! How will you be inspired today? Show us your sweet Country Barn creations!


Thanks so much for joining us today!






Poppystamps June Challenge: Summer Solstice
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Poppstamps Friends! 

June is heating up with hot and steamy crafty ideas and this month's Poppystamps challenge, Summer Solstice!


I used a combination of all these fantastic Little Whittle designs to create a sunny Southwest scene. This cute little lizard is ready for the sun!


For this easy breezy sunny card, I used the Whittle Cactus Trio, Whittle Lizard, and Whittle Sunshine, and created my tiny desert scene. Then I stamped the sentiment from Whittle Sealife Sentiments, and finished with a few sparkly Fairy Jewels.


Now it's YOUR turn! We'd love to see what you'll create. Simply design a project or card using at least one Poppystamps product and link it up on our Poppystamps Challenge badge on the right. You might be randomly selected as this month's lucky winner of some hot blog bling!


Thanks so much for joining us today!








You Go Gir!l
by Michele K. Henderson


You go, girl! It's your time! Go on and grab your moment in the sun! This is an easy breezy card that is just right to show your support for someone's big moment in the sun! This sweet little Whittle Floating Hippo feels summery and bright and ready for her big scene! 


All of our new Whittles are so much fun to mix and match! I started with the Whittle Wave Background and cut it out of a pale blue background panel, then again in a brighter teal for the water. Can you see the tiny little whittle waves? So summery!


Once my background waves were in place, I added the Whittle Sunshine, Whittle Palm Tree, Whittle Mounds, and a branch or two of Garden Leaves and Berries. I cut the tiny inflatable out of a pretty pink and added tiny white polka dots with a paint pen. I added a tiny foam pop dot and placed our star right in the middle of the water. The sentiment is from Whittle Sealife Sentiments.


To make a little sparkle in the sun, I added the tiny Memory Box Open Studio Fairy Jewels around the water and in the tree for a few sparkly green coconuts. How will you celebrate your big moments?


Thanks so much for dropping by today and taking a look at some easy breezy summery ideas!








PSC#81 Summer Solstice

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 #80 Flowers and Butterflies is diydebscraft


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

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#81 Summer Solstice - With the beginning of June it feels like Summer is in the air.. and even though the longest day of 2021 isn't until June 20 we're kicking things off today.  What does summer mean to you?  A road trip, time on the beach with the sun shining on your face (a scene card)?  Maybe it's enjoying the fresh fruits and cool drinks that quench your thirst (bright juicy colors), or a dip in the pool (watercolors?) - or a run through the sprinkler to keep cool.   It's up to you!  Let your Summer show!   All types of projects are welcome from tags and treat wraps to cards and home decor!   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.

Kim Singdahlsen


Nancy Penir  


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!


Hawaiian Luau
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

Thank you all so much for dropping by our Poppystamps blog today! One of the greatest perks about having a beautiful die cut system is the ability to create multiple cuts over and over. We make unique, creative cards and projects all the time, but I know there are a lot of teachers, instructors, and classroom moms and helpers out there who use their machines to create big and easy school activities. Today, I am sharing a VERY easy breezy classroom project that's easy to create and assemble for just about anyone. Here's a secret, my group of K-1st kids LOVED this Hawaiian Luau lei project we made during our let's Go to Hawaii activity, and yours will too!


To make these colorful Hawaiian Leis, all you need is ONE die, Rounded Bloom Flowers! I cut out about 20 flowers for each child out of colorful scraps from my paper box, and placed them in a baggie with a few plastic straws and a long piece of string. The kids were able to cut their own straws with kiddie scissors, and then string up their own leis, alternating one piece of straw with one flower until their leis were complete. The kids LOVED wearing them around their neck like leis, and wearing them on their heads like Moana. It was a big hit! You could also make this fun Hawaiian Luau Lei for a Moana themed birthday party, ladies night out, or your next ZOOM meeting with the boss. Let your imagination bloom!


I hope you've enjoyed seeing this easy breezy project that's perfect for busy teachers and crafty moms alike!

Thanks so much for joining us today!