145 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"

Pop Up Boo
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello and Happy Boos to everyone in our spooky Poppystamps family! I just love making Halloween cards, and lucky for me, Poppystams has some really darling little spooky characters that are perfect for some sweetly scary cards this year! Take a look!



Isn't that little guy cute? He's from our brand new Whittle Monsters die set, dancing through the pumpkin patch on this Pop Up Boo Halloween card! I used a dark palette of black, deep navy blue, oranges and white to create this Halloween scene from the Adriana Pop Up Easel Die set.



The Adriana Pop Up Easel Set is a complete die set that includes all the die to create and score this amazing pop up easel base and card front. I cut the base piece in black, the front panel in black, and the cover panel with the oval and the leaves in navy blue, and layered it all together.



I cut the Twisted Tree Oval in black, then again in blue, and then fit the pieces together to create this outdoor nighttime scene.



I also took a small holed paper punch and cut a group of tiny orange circles, and placed them over the tiny berries from the Adriana Pop Up Easel piece.



Oh, it's coming together now! I cut the Whittle Monsters in bright white, and added the skeleton guy and a few pumpkins from Pile of Pumpkins on the front. Scary, but in a friendly way! Open the Pop Up Easel card and you will find . . .


a pop up BOO all for you! I used the Boo Outline and Squeaker Ghosts for the inside. This card is a little dark and hard to read anyway if I tried to write on the inside, so I am going to enclose a little spooky note inside the envelope.


You can stand the Easel card to reveal the BOO, and the tiny ghosts will remain hidden in their secret spot. This card was so much fun to make! I hope you give it a try and create something sweet and spooky for your Halloween pals!


Thanks so much for joining us today!







Bright Holiday
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

Thanks for swinging on over to the Poppystamps blog today! I am sharing a bright and bold holiday card today, created with the new Holly Background! Take a look!


This Holly Background die has been super popular with our design team! We all have our little touches to make this personal and unique, and you get to see just how versatile this pretty die really is. I started with a light grey background panel cut with the Wrapped Stitched rectangle from Memory Box. I then added the Holly Background cut in a nice thick white cardstock.


To create the inlay pieces for the Holly leaves and berries, I made two panels with bright, vivid alcohol ink and YUPO paper. I just used shades of green and red in big drops to create the panels from which I cut out the red berries and green leaves.


Once the alcohol ink had dried, I cut out the red berries and adhered them to my card base with a pair of craft tweezers.


Once the berries were in place, I cut the Holly background again in green, and carefully placed the pieces like a little holiday puzzle. I love how bright and bold the alcohol ink holiday colors stand out against the light grey.


I love the sharp, clean lines and bright color of this! I think I'm going to make a few more and even play around with a few non-traditional holiday colors too! When I first planned out my design, I was originally going to add one of our big holiday words on the bottom, such as JOY, or Noel. But once the bright YUPO pieces were in place, I wanted to leave it just as it is, fresh and modern and cheerful.


Thanks so much for dropping by today! There's always something new and fresh on our blog! Come by every day for great ideas and inspiration!







Spooky Smiles
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

I have got a sweet, spooky card to share with you today, created with a new twist on Halloween colors! We have some brand new fall and Holiday products that are making aa big splash, and we can't wait to share them all with you. Take a look!



Making their big debut, these Squeaker Ghosts are so adorable they will make you squeal every time you take them out. Happy smiles and chocolate kiss-shaped bodies make these little ghosts the perfect way to send a spooky smile to someone special.


I used the Wrapped Stitch Rectangles in a light grey as my card background, and then cut the Adriana Wreath and the Boo Outline in a rich navy blue. I almost went with the traditional Halloween black and orange color palette, but at the last minute went for a little spooky twist with navy and yellow. Then I cut the Squeaker Ghosts in crisp white for a bold and graphic combination.


Making the yellow eyes on the ghosts was easy breezy too. I free cut a small, wonky hot dog shape out of bright yellow and then added a tiny dab of glue around the eyes on the back of the ghosts, then adhered the eye panel. Now these little ghosts have come alive! I affixed them to the Adriana Wreath with a small foam pop dot to make them "float" in the air!


I added the Boo Outline in navy blue and white, and a few tiny yellow leaves from Maple Symphony and these little guys are ready to go!


Thanks for stopping by today. You can always find more great ideas and inspiration on the Poppystamps blog!




Heartfelt Hugs
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

Thank you so much for dropping by the Poppystamps blog today! I have got something a little new and different for me, a stamped and watercolored image using the pretty Peony Garden Corner from Memory Box Open Studio. I just LOVE using die cuts on everything, and making paper art! But when I opened my Design Team package from our Poppystamps guru, Dave, I just wanted to try this technique. Even though I didn't exactly get the results I hoped for, I loved doing it! I am also going to keep on practicing too, which is what I tell every person who tells me they just can't make their projects "look just right." Take a look.


I started out by cutting the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle out of Memory Box Open Studio Watercolor Paper. I love the wonky edges.


I stamped the images from the Peony Garden Corner on the watercolor paper, aligning things just the way I wanted with my MISTI. Once the ink was dry, I painted the peonies with some inexpensive watercolor paint.


I was going for a messy, artistic look, where some of the color bleeds out of the images. I don't think I went nearly "messy" enough! I then added a few colorful paint splatters with my paintbrush too. I used a lot of water first, then added drops of paint, then added more paint once the layers and colors were dry. So my finished peonies now have a really chalky and thick look and feel to them. What will you create with this beautiful Peony Garden Corner set?


Thank you so much for joining us today!





Folk Art Flowers
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

Summer is in full swing, and all the hot, humid weather has returned! The "new normal" for many of us means that some of our old familiar summer activities have been put on temporary hold for a while, but there's always a silver lining, right? More time to craft, more time to research and learn new techniques, and more time to experiment and play with some familiar old Poppystamps goodies. 

I have been researching some beautiful Eastern European folk art designs, and have become super inspired by the bright colors, the symmetry of the designs, and the striking black or crisp white backgrounds of these gorgeous floral patterns. So I tried a little fun petal piecing and layering using the Poppystamps Fun Floral Sidekick Frame and Stencil Set, the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame and Stencil Set, and the Garden Leaves and Berries. Take a look!


This card was so much fun to make! I used a rich black card background with a turquoise blue frame. Then I cut out an arrangement of different colored petal and flower pieces, and centered them in a symmetrical design.


I added Garden leaves and Berries in three different shades of green, and finished with two tiny birds from the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame and Stencil Set. Simple, yet very striking with a little bit of a folk art vibe.


We'd love to see how you'll get creative and crafty with our beautiful garden collection from Poppystamps!

Thanks so much for joining us today!





A Cup For Kitty
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

I am so glad that you have dropped by the Poppystamps blog, because I have a super sweet card to share with you today! This little kitty, like my own kitties at home, is taking a peek to see if there's anything left in the cup for him. Awwww. I'm really happy with the way this card turned out, and with some new elements that I've used in this card as well. Let's take a look.


I started out with the Fun Floral Sidekick Frame, using the frame and the flower elements included with it, all cut in bright summery colored cardstock. 


After I cut the frame in a bright shade of green, I set that aside for a minute to create the background panel, using the beautiful Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape from Memory Box. I measured and pre-cut my background piece out of bright white cardstock, then taped and smoothed the washi tape over the top, then trimmed off the edges. This piece was so pretty just as a little card!


I adhered the frame onto the cardstock panel, added the Classic Coffee Cup with a foam pop dot, added my little grey Whittle Jumping Kitty, then cut a pile of petals and leaves from the Fun Floral Sidekick Frame and Stencil. I also cut a few leaves from Garden Leaves and Berries, and the tiny bird from the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame and Stencil. I had quite a pile of elements and die cuts to choose from!


I ended up selecting the three petal blooms, which remind me of water lilies, or tulips, or fuchsia drops, or whatever fun and artsy flowers you can imagine! I added them all to my card using tiny pieces of adhesive foam to make them pop off the page.


I finished the design with a few sequins and voila! A cup for kitty! 


Thanks so much for joining us today, and keep on crafting!