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Another way to use the Snowflake Corner Frame Die
by Sphoorti

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Hello there! Sphoorti again. Back with another way to use the Snowflake Corner Die. I wasn't lying when I said this was my favorite die from this release! And like my last post for Poppystamps, I have a bunch of dos and don'ts again :) Hope you find them helpful!

I started off by die cutting some glitter cardstock from the Majestic Hues Glitter Pad using the Snowflake Corner Frame die. Since the inside of the paper isn't colored, you'll see the whites when you view the frame at an angle, like so:

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If this doesn't bother you, you're good (and lucky!). I knew I'd sleep better if I ran a matching color marker (I just used a black sharpie here) along the sides to cover up the whites, so I did.

I put adhesive on the back of the frame and took some acetate from leftover packaging and applied it to the entire frame. Then I cut some slivers of scotch foam tape and put them along the outside perimeter to form a well. Then I used poured some Diamond Dust (it's that glittery / sparkly stuff you see in the image below) into the well.

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I peeled off the backing of the foam tape and put another layer of acetate to seal off the contents. I'm not sure if you can tell from this picture, but there's a layer of acetate on the back too.

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Then I took a card base (11" x 4.25") and scored it down the middle to make it a top-folding 5.5" x 4.25" card. I estimated where I wanted the sentiment to be (I actually wanted it to be behind the shaker panel because I wanted the "snow" to cover it up when we shake it, and then reveal the message when the contents fall to the bottom). I glued the sentiment that I die cut from the Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die from this release (absolutely love that die too!) out of some silver mirror cardstock, and then glued the shaker panel on top. And this is what I ended up with:

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The best part is that when the card is shaken, the jiggly bits flow over the sentiment and don't get stuck on the nooks and crannies of the die cuts because of the extra acetate layer we have in the back of the shaker well. Not sure why, but this made me really happy!

Anyway, at this point, I realized 2 things - 1. I forgot to add splatter and felt that the card looked too clean and simple. 2. I noticed that I glued the shaker panel on crooked. <facepalm> I tell ya - "I'm sure I'll get it straight" is one of the biggest lies I tell myself when I'm gluing stuff to my cards. So, to cover up the boo-boo, I used one of the Scalloped Stitch Frames craft dies and took the outermost scalloped frame and tilted it a bit and glued it to the card base to draw attention away from the crookedness of the shaker panel (and also add some interest to the otherwise plain background). I trimmed the excess off and the result was this:

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And when it's shaken:

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What do you think? Please let me know in the comments below if you liked it before or after the scalloped frame. I'd love to know your thoughts!

As promised, here are my "Don't Dos" and "Do-this-insteads".

  1. Don't try to be a hero when you're trying to align something in a proper way. Use the T-square ruler. :)
  2. Don't use acetate from leftover packaging. If you observe closely, you'll see some waves in the acetate. If you're not a big fan of that, I'd recommend using proper acetate sheets that are thicker and more sturdy and don't form waves.
  3. Don't peel off the adhesive on the foam tape before pouring in the shaker innards. This stuff is staticky, so if you try to pour it in after the adhesive is peeled off, a whole lot of it is gonna get stuck to the adhesive and it'll be hard to seal off the well properly. Ask me how I know. 
  4. Don't be lazy like me... :) Run your anti-static powder bag / tool along the inner perimeter of the frame after you put the foam tape (but before you put in the shaker bits). This will prevent them from sticking to the foam tape. I couldn't find mine (rather, I was too lazy to look for it) so I took the shortcut, and if you observe closely, you'll see some diamond dust stuck along the inner perimeter (even when the card is standing upright).

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do share! Thank you so much for sticking with me through the end of my post, hope you found it helpful and/or inspiring.

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Snowflake Corner Frame
by Sphoorti

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Hello! My name is Sphoorti and this is my first design team post ever!

Here's the card I made, and the details of how I did it. I hope you find it inspiring!

So, I know that many of us are working on our holiday cards right now, so I thought I'd make one for this post. I used the Snowflake Corner Frame die that just came out in the Holiday 2021 Release that I fell in love with. I immediately envisoned a stained glass effect and went to work.

I started by cutting up some Neenah / Classic Crest Solar White card stock with the Snowflake Corner Frame die. I used 80 pound here because we're in the middle of a move, and 90% of my crafty supplies are still in boxes, so I worked with what I could find. But I recommend using 110 pound, because that way you don't have to cut as many layers. I also cut a final layer out of some silver foil card stock I found in my scrap drawer to use as the top layer.

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I applied one of the frames to a scrap piece of paper and then layered all the frames (excluding one white frame, and the silver frame) on top of each other so as to build a well. See that dimension?

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Now for the fun and messy part. I grabbed a bottle of Glossy Accents and some Shimmer Powder. I used Nuvo's Violet Brocade which is my favorite - it has pops of blue, purple, violet and pink. Absolutely gorgeous! You can do this one of three ways...

  1. You can fill a well with some Glossy Accents first, then sprinkle a pinch of the Shimmer Powder on top of it. Then, use a pin to mix it in / swirl the powder around. (Gives a cool swirly effect)
  2. You can first sprinkle the shimmer powder and then add the glossy accents on top and then mix it up. (You can get a swirly effect out of this one too)

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3. You can take a tiny empty squeeze bottle, pour some glossy accents in there, and add as much Shimmer Powder you want, and then mix it all up, and then squeeze it into the wells.

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I used a combo of all three methods up there, and I think I've discovered that I like the swirly effect, so I may stick to options 1 and 2. I will definitely keep a backup of the 3rd option for when I don't have time to get messy or swirly.

So, then, I ended up with the hot mess that you see here:

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I waited for the glossy accents to dry, and then used the leftover white frame and layered it on top to cover the messy portions. Actually, you can take advantage of the glossy accents that spilled out and use it as glue to stick the last leftover frame, but I was too nervous about accidentally getting my fingers in there or messing it up, so I waited for it to dry. I also layered the silver frame on top and ended up with this:

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Brownie points for anyone who sees the flaws! Here, let me help you if you don't:

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So, here's something I didn't consider before I started this card. Glossy Accents warp cardstock when you use a large quantity, and it happened even more so here because I used 80 pound cardstock versus 110 or higher. Totally my bad. I tried to fix the "warpage" and I ended up cracking the Glossy Accents. <Woe is me> I almost tossed the whole project and planned to start over, but I'd put in so much effort already that I decided to just keep going and find a way to cover it up somehow. The other flaw was that some of the wells didn't have enough glossy accents. This was easier to fix - all I had to do was use that ready-made mix of Glossy Accents + Shimmer Powder and squirt it in there, and it was mess free too!

Anyway, I ended up finding a piece of vellum in my scrap drawer, and I also had the newly released Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die, so I cut out the sentiment using the same silver cardstock and put it on the vellum and attached it to the frame and covered up the cracks. Disaster averted (well, hidden from plain sight, more like)!

I stuck this frame to a card, and it looked a little "too clean and simple", so I decided to splatter it up using a mix of perfect pearls and water, and then I also scattered some clear Fairy Drops from Memory Box. Here's the end product. What do you think?

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Before I go, I wanted to list out a couple of tips (rather, a "What not to do"-list):

  1. Do not use thin card stock when you're trying to build wells. The fatter the better. (Just like with cats)
  2. Do not use card stock as the base of the wells. Instead - use acetate! No "warpage" whatsoever! (I made another card using acetate, I'll post it soon, but it was a dream when it came to preventing the warping, and had a cooler effect too!)
  3. Do not use glossy accents sparingly. When they dry, they condense quite a lot so, if you like a domed look, or you want the level of the glossy accents to be high, be generous with it.
  4. Do not try to fill the entire thing with Glossy Accents first, and then do the mixing later. Depending on how much you use, it can dry pretty fast, especially if you're in extra-hot Southern California like me. So, instead, do one section at a time.

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We'd love to hear from you! Hope you enjoyed this post and/or found it helpful / inspiring!

Thank you so much!

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Seasons Change
by Janet Katz

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Happy fall, everyone! Cooler weather is just beginning to creep into central Texas and I’m here for it. For my first project as a new design team member, I wanted to design a slimline card, which typically measures 3.5” x 8.5” when folded. I started with the lovely Soaring Tree Frame cut from kraft cardstock. 

I used gold, burgundy, and rust cardstock with the Floral Cluster die, cutting off the tiny leaves on the edges and adhering them to the tree. Next, I die cut the adorable Pile of Pumpkins (I adore pumpkins!) from some deep orange cardstock.

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I knew I wanted a snowy background and the Snowspeckle Washi Tape worked perfectly. I’d never worked with washi tape this wide, and found it easiest to adhere the leading edge of the tape to my plastic table top and then unroll it. This way I could measure what I wanted and get a smooth application by just putting my cardstock onto the sticky side. 

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I used a medium blue cardstock and cut the washi-covered piece down to just fit behind the tree. I used the same blue for the card base. I used a plain circle die to create the green hill, and then I swiped Versamark ink on the tops of pumpkins, the hill, and in one area of the tree. I heat embossed with white embossing powder to give it the look of snow. I went over a few more branches with a white gel pen. 

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I adhered all these pieces together along with the washi-covered background, and then used my same fall-colored cardstock to die cut Orchard Leaves. I cut apart these to make a nice variety of leaves for the card front. I used foam adhesive tape to pop up the snowy scene and added a computer printed sentiment. I hope you enjoyed this card, and I hope the beauty and cooler temperatures of fall are waiting just outside your front door.

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Easter Shaker Card
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hello, crafty friends! I decided to play along with this month's challenge theme - Shake it Up - and create some Easter inspiration featuring products from the newest release! I knew I wanted the shaker element to stand out the most, so I decided to create a textured, white on white background.

Card panel. To start my card, I began creating the front panel. With the Pinpoint Half Ring Plate, I die cut a 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of heavyweight, white cardstock. I trimmed this panel down to 3.75 x 5 inch to allow for a border. The pierced texture provides subtle detail and interest to the background.

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To build up the background detail, I decided to create my own scattered pattern of "decorated Easter eggs". I die cut several eggs from the Half A Dozen Eggs die set using the second smallest egg. To "decorate" my eggs, I used the Wave Trio die set to cut several strips of white paper in various shapes and widths. I adhered the strips onto each egg with liquid glue and then arranged and glued my eggs randomly on the panel. I trimmed any pieces of the egg that were hanging over. I backed the panel with a foam sheet for added dimension.

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Shaker. Next, I created my shaker element. I cut the base of the shaker with the second largest egg die from light blue paper from the Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad. This shimmering cardstock is so pretty and has a beautiful rainbow of pastel colors perfect for spring cards. Using the same paper, I made a frame for my shaker from the second largest egg die and one size smaller. Behind my frame, I glued a piece of acetate and a double layer of thin foam tape for the shaker walls. I piled on some shaker bits in the middle of my base, and then adhered the top portion ensuring the eggs were aligned perfectly. I used strong liquid adhesive to glue the shaker to my card front. For some extra Easter embellishment, I die cut the rabbits from Spring Bunnies. I splattered the bunnies with a little silver, metallic watercolor, and glued one to the front and one inside the card. I added a small bow with string from my stash to the bunny on the front.

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Sentiment. To create my sentiment, I die cut the Splendid Happy Easter die out of heavyweight white card stock four times and once from light teal paper from the Fresh Aqua Collection paper pad. I used liquid glue to adhere the layers together. Liquid glue allows me wiggle room to ensure the letters are lined up perfectly. I love dimensional sentiments because it helps the sentiment pop on the card and adds stability to withstand going through the mail.

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Card base. For my card base, I cut and folded an A2 sized, side-folding card base from heavyweight white cardstock. On top of my card base, I layered a piece of 4.25 x 5.5 inch piece of pattern paper from the Garden Folly paper pack. Finally, I adhered all of my card pieces together, gluing the sentiment at the bottom on the card. Hope you're inspired to make your own Easter cards using the new spring release from Poppystamps! Happy crafting!

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Blog Blitz Beautiful Butterflies
by Tina Wilstrup

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Hello everyone! I'm Tina and new to the Poppystamps design team. I'm so excited to be here and to share with you my first blog blitz post for the summer release. There are some goegeous dies and stamps and you can shop them here.

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I started by covering a panel of white cardstock with double sided tape and cut this with the Beautiful Butterflies sidekick frame. I left all the pieces in and adhered the whole panel to my card base. I then pealed off the tape backing ONLY from all the pieces in between all the butterflies. Placing the panel on a piece of computer paper I covered it with WOW! Jade sparkles. A fair warning, you will have glitter everywhere!

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I folded the paper over the panel and burnished the glitter with my bonefolder. Just look at all that sparkle! Isn't it gorgeous?!

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I die cut the frame 4 more times and layered them on top (remembering to remove the rest of the tape backing). Before placing the final rectangle inlay I stamped a sentiment from the Butterfly Greetings stamp set.

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The finishing touch was adding butterflies for dimension. I cut them with the die that comes with the frame. I bent them just a tiny bit and adhered them to the frame, matching the size to the butterflies on the frame. I also heat embossed 3 butterflies with WOW! Emerald Green embossing powder, which matches the sparkle. Can you tell I love this color?  

And now the part you've been waiting for.. the giveaway!  The prize on this post is the BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLIES SIDEKICK FRAME AND STENCIL!  Yes, you can win this, just follow directions below.  

The blog blitz runs from August 13-23. 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 random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST August 26 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will announced on this blog on August 29.

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 wish to enter.   Comments open through August 26, 

One comment per post will be selected by random number generator.  The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on August 29.  The COMMENTER and the FRIEND THEY TAGGED on the post will BOTH receive the prize for that post!  Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

Good Luck! And LEAVE A COMMENT!! :)

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Sewing in the Snow
by Jennifer Svare

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Hello!  This card was "sew" much fun to make!  The unique background sprang from mixing the Sew Fond of You clear stamp set and die with the Stitched Alpine Snowflake set. I wanted a cheerful, bright wintery card that matched the sewing theme. How about an embroidery floss background that looks like colorful scribbles in the snow? 

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Laying the strings where they landed on top of double-sided adhesive and then adding Flower Soft snow to fill in the gaps was the perfect solution. The texture is sturdy and has a very unique feel and look to it. It sparkles just like snow. I loved how this turned out, and it was not only easy and fast, but FUN! 

A ric-rac string was cut from the Ric Rac Stitches set, and the largest snowflake from the Stitched Alpine Snowflakes set was placed as the base to a button with a tulle bow. 

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Full video tutorial below!

 

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