127 posts categorized "Michele K. Henderson"


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!





Mon 25

Hello Christmas
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Christmas! Ho Ho Ho! Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag, so I just had to add him to this fun holiday shaker card! Isn't it jolly?


This holly jolly shaker was so much fun to make! I started out by cutting out the Holly Frame and Stencil in holiday green, and the Whittle Santa Face in red, white, and beige.


I traced and cut the background paper from this beautiful new cardstock from Memory Box, which features these tiny little holly and berry images! Adorable!


I lined up the shaker circle and used the Double Stitch Circle Frames to create the shaker card opening on my holly and berry background panel.


New this year from Memory Box are super sticky and wide washi tapes! I taped the snowflake washi over a piece of light grey cardstock, then cut a square to fit behind my shaker window.


Then I loaded up my shaker with a sparkly holiday sequin mix, using snowflakes, red, green, blue, and pink sequins. It really looks festive against the light grey and the snowflakes of the washi tape.


I added a little pink blush to Santa's cheeks with a cotton swab and my favorite ink, stacked up three mustaches, and topped off Santa's hat with a tiny white pom pon. Ho Ho Ho!


Adhere Santa to the front of your acetate window, add the Hello Outline and a few sequins and you are ready to say Hello Christmas!

Thanks so much for joining us today!





Thu 07

A Purrrrfect Holiday Blog Blitz
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

We are all so happy to hear how much you are all enjoying our Holiday Blog Blitz! Today, I am sharing a purrrrrrfectly delightful holiday card made with my favorite die from the new release, Whittle Jumping Kitty! Take a look!


You all know how much I love kitties, and the new Whittle Jumping Kitty is extra special. The die set includes both the front and the back view of the kitty, along with that fuzzy tail. I created a super clean and layered look for a modern holiday design.


I started by cutting all the teeny tiny pieces I needed for my card, which included two kitties, the tail, the Whittle Stocking pieces, the tiny trees from the Mountain Background, and all the components of the Whittle Fireplace, all enclosed in the Pointed Rectangle Frames.


I cut the Whittle Jumping Kitty in grey, added the tiny tail, and then put him on the white brick fireplace. Would you believe I had a cat that used to LOVE climbing up the brick fireplace just like that? Then I cut the front of the kitty, also in grey, and then trimmed off the legs so he would fit inside the bright pink stocking.


Now you've got two kitties, one a bit naughty, and one a bit nice!


I assembled all the fireplace components, and added the tiny tree trio on the mantle! Too cute! What could that little naughty kitty be jumping for? That little Christmas mouse that comes with the Whittle Fireplace set!


Surprise! Today's prize is The Whittle Jumping Kitty! The Holiday Blog Blitz runs from November 2-14. We are giving away some very sweet holiday blog candy on every blog blitz post during this time. All you need to do to win is to leave a comment on EVERY posts that offers the prize you'd like to win. You have until midnight US EST November 20 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on November 22nd.

For a SECOND chance to win this 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 want to enter. Comments open through November 20.

Good luck and happy crafting!





Sun 27

by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Crafty Friends!

We are so happy that you stopped by today! I have a super cute little Halloween scene to share with you. I just fell in love with the Surprise Skeleton, and thought he would look adorable if he were surprised by a few of his spooky friends. Take a look!


Our Surprise Skeleton takes a peek out the window and sees the Whittle Ghost! The Whittle Pumpkins join in on the fun! 


To create this card, start with a background panel embossed with your favorite brick wall pattern, then line up the Cottage Window die right in the center. 


After the window is cut, then stack up all of your card pieces. I used two different sheets of vellum, one yellow and one a pretty grey diamond pattern. The vellum sheets are glued onto your card base, then the embossed wall piece. Trim the Surprise Skeleton from the circle and add him behind the windows. 


Cut out the Whittle Ghost, the Whittle Pumpkins, Winter Berries, and Autumn Leaf Set, and arrange them on your card, creating a fun little Halloween scene.


Even my cat, Omar Kitty, decided to join in on the fun!


Thanks so much for joining us today! Happy Halloween!





Wed 23

Enchanted Challenge with Poppystamps
by Michele K. Henderson


Hello Friends!

Are you playing along with our Poppystamps October Challenge! This month, the theme is Enchanted, and today, I am sharing my sweet little Enchanted Kitty card! Take a look!


I created this Enchanted Kitty card with just a few new dies and my favorite Distress Oxide Inks. Blending oxide inks are easy and fun too! I started with the center, and worked my way out toward the outside edges using greens, blues, and some purple. When the inks were dry, I splashed them with a few water drops off a paintbrush, causing the inks to react and blend. That's the fun part.



I then inked and splashed a second piece out of yellows and oranges to cut out the full moon, using the center of the Stitchwork Circle Frames. 


While the ink and water were drying, I cut out the pumpkin pieces from the Pumpkin patch Sidekick Frame and Stencil. I cut different pumpkins in shades of orange, vines and leaves in green, then inked the edges of both the pumpkins and the leaves.


After all the pieces were cut out and inked, I assembled and glued the row of pumpkins, the vines and leaf bits, and the Peek a Boo Kitty in one long line, then glued that onto my background panel.


Add your big cheesy moon and a few sequins, and voila! Let the magic happen!


Now it's your turn! We can't wait to see what you will create! Make a card using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp, link it up here with our Challenge Badge, and your project might be randomly selected to win some marvelous blog candy!


Thanks so much for joining us today!