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Two Birthday Cards, One Pinpoint Frame
by Marybeth Lopez

 

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Hello, happy September to you all. Marybeth Lopez  here with you today , sharing two cards made with the same dies. 

I used the Poppystamps Penelope Pinpoint Frame ,Fanciful Fall Leaves ,.

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I love using the cut out for the beautiful foiled : Happy Birthday die, from the set called : Birthday Wishes Poe Script. I make many at the same time when I have my hot foil machine out .

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I used Water color paper from Open Studio  300GSM For all the leaves. I wanted a soft look not to compete with the background . I added foil acorns all from the same set called : Fanciful Fall Leaves. I added foam under the Happy Birthday to raise it up and then glued the leave tucked under.

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I also made a bluish gray card to have on had for a guy card and just die cut the sentiment twice and then glued together, I love the simplicity of this one and I think its a perfect masculine card.

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I used the Sunny Orange Collection for this card from memory box : SP1002

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Thanks for the visit today. I hope you are all having a nice week.

 

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2510 Penelope Pinpoint Frame
2493 Fanciful Fall Leaves
Psf807 Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies
 
Fp1003 Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad 6x6 pack
Sp1002 Sunny Orange 6x6 pack

Kittens All Around!
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

I'm back with yet another kitty card! This one has the same cutest, tiniest kittens that I used on my previous post! My inspiration for this post was Ashley Tucker, who's an expert at making Spinner Cards. She has great tutorials on YouTube that outline the process. She goes over the process really well, and I think her videos are more effective for learning or implementing the technique, so I'll skip trying to explain the mechanism with words. But, I'll cover the aspects outside of the mechanism.

 

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First I started off by cutting a whole bunch of kitties with the Baby Kittens craft die. I used black 130# card stock, so the kitties were pretty sturdy to begin with. I stacked a few together anyway for additional dimension and the "chipboard" like feel so that they can easily be spun.

 

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I cut out a circular frame using acetate (I wanted them to look as if they're floating). I adhered all the kitties along the circumference of the circular frame.

 

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I die-cut a circle for the center to cover the foam tape around which the acetate frame spins, and I stamped it with a sentiment from stamp set that's included in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

 

There's a little paw print in the stamp set in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit. I stamped it in black and clear heat embossing that as well. I ran my shimmer pen on the kitties to make them sparkly and then covered them with glossy accents for that shiny look and smooth feel.

 

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It looked like something was missing so I talked to my crafty friend and genius, Judy, about it and she suggested putting the black strips at the top and the bottom. I went with some strong double sided adhesive, and put some black Therm-O-Web DecoFoil on top. It looked much better, but I still felt like it was missing something. So, she suggested that I use a black frame around the sentiment circle, and I used a circle die set to cut out a frame with a sheet from the Black Glossy Paper Pack. It matched perfectly with the foil. I think I was 90% happier after implementing this suggestion from her. Shout out to Judy and her creativity!

 

I was contemplating putting some dots around the kittens (like little foiled black dots), but decided to stop before I mess up the card.

 

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Here's a video of the spinning mechanism. I used a pair of scissors to spin the kitties.

 

 

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let me know! We love to hear from you! Stay tuned for even more little kitty cards now that I have this set out!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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Baby Kittens!
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

I'm back with another kitty card! This one has the cutest, tiniest kittens that'll just melt your heart! My inspiration for this card? Chittles, my boyfriend's (and now my) kitty. She's our little girl and our world.

 

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Originally, I thought I'd try the partial die cutting technique and make the kittens float from the top of the card base, but I made the mistake of choosing really thick cardstock (130#) and the kitties were so tiny and intricate, I had a hard time cutting through the base to form a clean line. See what I mean? 

 


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So, I decided to take a shortcut and tried to achieve the same effect without killing the card stock or bits of the kitties, so I did it the following way. It was so much easier, and quicker! Let me talk you through it...

 

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First I started off by cutting a whole bunch of kitties with the Baby Kittens craft die. (Just a note for you, by the way - this is a steal! Great price point!) I cut a bunch with the same black card stock (130#) and also with some black fun foam. I adhered the card stock kittens to the foam kittens and set them aside.

 

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I took some 2" double sided tape and adhered it to my card base at the top and poured the Diamond Dust glitter (that's right, it's back!) on it and burnished it in.

 


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I took a card panel that measured about 3.5" in height and foam mounted it on the card base at the bottom so that the strip of glitter shows up at the top.



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Then I took the kittens and arranged them along the horizontal line at the top of the card panel so that they look like they're floating.

 


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I took the stamp set from the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit and stamped the "I miss mew" sentiment in black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

 

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There's a little paw print in the stamp set in the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit. I used some light gray ink (This one's called Grout Gray by MFT Stamps and it's the best cool-light-gray ink ever!) to stamp the paw prints all over the card panel.

 

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Then, I used a Spectrum Noir shimmer pen on top of the kittens to make them sparkly and then added glossy accents on top for that glossy finish. And because you can never have enough kitties in the world, I cut up some more using some Glitzy Glitter card stock and adhered them to the inside of the card. 

 


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I may not have hit Crazy-Cat-Lady status in real life, but I certainly did in my crafty life.

 

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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Stay tuned for even more little kitty cards now that I have this set out!

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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Bring on the Cake (Cards)!
by Sphoorti

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Greetings, Poppy Peeps!

I have two cards for you today! My cousin is getting married in June and a bestie is getting married in September, so I thought the timing of the May 2022 Release was just MEANT TO BE for me! And this was the release in which Poppystamps introduced hot foil plates, so it was a dream come true for this girl who's been foiling all the things lately! Let's get right into it!

 

Card # 1 (and my favorite of the two!):

 

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This card combines 2 of my favorite things: Cakes and Flowers/Leaves. I used the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die which was the highlight of this release for me (outside of the Hot Foil plates, of course), and MY! What an awesome product! It comes with a ridiculous number of dies (which cut out 40 designs)! Isn't that wonderful?! And those florals can be used anytime, anywhere! I went crazy and ended up with a plethora of die cuts (not just for these cards but for future ones), so you'll see these resurface multiple times. I hope you don't get bored of me using the same stuff over and over. They're just so cute!

 

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I started off by die-cutting the various parts of the cake. For the two cake layers, after I cut them out, I ran them through the die cutting machine using the Stunning Mandala 3D Embossing Folder for that dry embossed effect. Don't you just love it? I've been meaning to use this for a while now, and thought it'd be perfect for the cake, and wow, I was not disappointed one bit. It was more beautiful than I imagined! (My pictures don't do it justice)

 

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Another product in this release was the Layer Cake Drip Icing craft die and I used it to cut out silver glitter card stock with it to form the icing on the cake.

 

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For the bouquet / florals - I had a few scraps of alcohol ink backgrounds I created the last time I had those supplies out (which was more than 2 years ago) and I found these green ones that I thought would go perfectly with the idea I had in mind. So, I cut up multiple leaves with these. I needed some leaves that were wider and took up more space to fill the bouquet, as well as some longer sprigs, so I decided to pull out some of the older dies that Poppystamps had (like the Leafy Garden Border craft die and the Maple Symphony craft die) and some leftovers from the last time I used the Slim Leafy Collage craft die. I arranged the leaves and decided to top them off with some flowers. I used the same glitter card stock for the flowers as I did for the icing, and put some pearls at the centers.

 

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I hot foiled in gold the Congratulations sentiment from the Modest Greetings 1 Hot Foil Plate and Die set (I absolutely love this font!) and cut it out and positioned it on the bottom layer of the cake.

 

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Do y'all remember the Cabin Snow Globe Pop Up Easel craft die from the 2021 Holiday release? It had a thin base bottom die that I used to help the card stand upright. I pulled it out to see if it would fit around the cake and it totally did! I cut up multiples and layered them on top of each other to form a chipboard like piece and placed it inside to use it as a stopper.

 

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And that was it! What do you think? I'm absolutely in love with this card, so much so that I want to keep it for myself (shame on me, feel free to judge!), but I'll be a good girl and share the love. I hope my cousin and his wife love it too!

 

Card # 2 (The wedding-turned-birthday card):

 

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I envisioned this as a wedding card and started with those intentions, but it ended up becoming a birthday card. Here's what happened. 

 

Do y'all remember the Penelope Pinpoint Frame craft die? I thought it would be perfect for the cake layers (with the quilted look), so I cut up a layer with the frame. Then, I cut that piece up with the cake layers dies and assembled the layers together. I couldn't help but use icing, and I was going for a pure, clean, simple, monochromatic card, so I pulled out the diamond dust and applied it to the icing layers. I put pearls at the intersections, and I JUST realized as I'm typing this that one of the pearls moved! I'm going to have to retake the pictures before uploading them to Instagram because it's killing me (stay calm, my OCD). I guess I was so focused on taking the pictures that I didn't notice that the pearl moved. I don't remember where I got these pearls, but they had adhesive on the back already. I should have used liquid adhesive anyway for security. Lesson learned! For now, pretend I didn't bring this up and all is right with the card and the world. (Note: I just fixed it on the actual card, so I can sleep tonight).

 

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Anyway, back to the making of the card - after assembling the cake, the top part looked a little empty, and I didn't want to use more florals on this card (the whole monochromatic thing was going well for me), but I needed some way to cover up the emptiness on top. I also wanted to use one of the foiled sentiments I made with the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies (there weren't any that said congrats in either set). I put it on top of the cake layer (like in the forefront) and it was covering up the icing and too much of the top layer, so I asked one of my besties for help - Judy Thai. She usually breaks ties for me when I can't make up my mind about where to place a sentiment. She's very creative and she suggested that I use it as a cake topper! Isn't that brilliant? I did just that and I think it looks great! I just wish I had a sentiment that was more wedding related because this looks more like a wedding cake, in my opinion. Maybe in a future release there'll be another hot foil plate with wedding sentiments and I can replace the Happy Birthday with that? What do you think? Do you think this can pass off as a regular Birthday cake and not a fancy wedding cake?

 

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Everything else was the same as Card #1 (i.e. I used the thin base bottom die from the Cabin Snow Globe Pop Up Easel craft die from the 2021 Holiday release as the stopper for the easel as well as the base) and called it done!



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Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We love to hear from you! Thank you for sticking with me through the end of this very long post! Hope you liked the cards!

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

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Challenge Reminder: PSC#90 - Pretty Papers!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's challenge - PSC#90 - Pretty Papers! Sometimes your designs need a little extra pop and that's where pretty papers come to the rescue! The addition of pattern paper, glitter, foil or pearlescent makes everything just a little more special. This was my take on the challenge. Hope you like them!

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Card 1:

 

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This one was my favorite of the two cards I made. Took a little bit of time, but was totally worth it!

 

First, I used the Flower Field Tall Curve Border craft die and cut some white card stock with it a couple of times, and then glued it to my card panel.

 

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Then I cut out a bunch of flowers using the Potpourri Flower Set Craft die with the blue / green foiled card stock varieties from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad. I still can't get over pastel foiled card stock! How amazing is that, right?! I glued all the flowers diagonally on the card panel. I glued some of them down directly, and others I mounted on some foam tape.

 

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I used the Freestyle Hugs craft die to cut out the sentiments with white card stock, and layered them on top of each other for dimension. Then, I used the Black Glossy Paper to cut the hugs sentiment again (to use as a black offset) and then, I cut it one last time with some silver foiled card stock as the top layer. (Note: I used Vellum to cut out the shadow of the sentiment).

 

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I used some random embellishments for the flower centers and also scattered them around the flowers. I think I got a bit carried away. You can tell me if you think I used too many. I won't mind!

 

Final result was a top folding card that looks like so:

 

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Card # 2

 

The second card I made is very similar. I used the exact same supplies. However, I cut some flowers out of the coral colored foiled card stock in the Vintage Pastel paper pack.

 

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This card was a lot more involved because I have flowers on the top of the card (applied to the vellum) as well as hidden behind the vellum on the inner card base.

 

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I wanted the Vellum panel as an overlay because I didn't want to adhere it down, so I used some silver string and tied the vellum card base and the regular Neenah Solar White Cardstock card base together.

 

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The end result for this one was also a top folding card with a vellum overlay and an inner card base. I thought it was kinda cool!

 

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Now it's your turn to take on the Pretty Papers challenge! Need a little more motivation? How about a prize? The winner (chosen at random) of this challenge will receive a Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store! Visit the original post here for more details / instructions!

 

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

 

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

 

 

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Challenge Reminder: PSC#87 - Happy Holly Days!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! It's Sphoorti with a gentle reminder of this month's (and my first!) challenge - Happy Holly Days (PSC#87)! It's the most wonderful time of the year, and this theme has to do with all things associated with it, so transitive property dictates - this is the most wonderful challenge of the year!

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Any card themed Winter / Christmas / Holidays works! Easy-peasy, and great because you probably have a bunch of cards already that you've just made to send out this Holiday season that you can enter into the challenge! Just make sure that you use at least one Poppystamps product, and enter your project on the challenge post blog for a chance to win! For more details about how this works, please see the original Challenge Post here.

First thing that comes to mind when I think of winter / December is snow (even though I live in a place where there's no precipitation - thanks, Southern California), and a warm fire in a cabin in the woods, hot chocolate in hand, cuddling with boyfriend and kitty.

The Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Die Set that was released by Poppystamps in the 2021 Holiday Release totally gave me those vibes, so that's what I used for the challenge.

I made 2 versions and I think I'll make a lot more when I get the opportunity because these looked amazing and were easy to put together! The first one I made was a monochromatic version where I only used white and silver cardstock for all the die cuts. I made a mistake on this one, actually - and it was because I couldn't see one of the dies (it was right in front of me!) It forms the circle part of the snow globe. So, I improvised and made it without it. (So, if you observe, you'll see there's no demarcation between the actual snow globe and the back of the card). I made sure I used it on the second one. Lesson learned! I cut out the base line (not sure what it's called, but it's the little silver sliver with the tiny lines), multiple times and used it on the inside of the card so that the easel feature of the card can work off of it. Here's a picture of it:

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For the one which has the red cabin - I actually cut out the word "merry" multiple times from the Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die with white and silver cardstock and layered them to make it thick like a chipboard. Then, I adhered it to the inside of the card so that the easel can work off of that as a stopper. Here's a picture of that:

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Here are some more pictures of the cards for you!

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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 Gift Certificate to spend on their favorites from the Poppystamps store!

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

Love,

Sphoorti

 

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