18 posts categorized "Rachel Duong"

Vintage Spring Mini Junk Journal Card
by Rachel Duong


Hi there, it's Rachel. I can't tell you how thrilled I was to see the latest Poppystamps release and the "Basic Junk Journal Set" --so many ideas swirled in my mind! A junk journal is definitely a must, for now I created a unique "thank you" card with a delightful vintage vibe.


Before we get started, these are the fantastic Poppystamps dies and embellishments I used to create this card.

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I began by collecting scraps of cream and off-white card stock. To create the cover, I die cut the file-shaped die. Next I blended distress and oxide inks in teals, pinks and browns. I misted the inks with a light spray of water. Then I stamped "You Make the World Bettter" sentiment from the "Say It Big" set. What a great sentiment! I misted it again and then added lots of fun Poppystamps embellishments, a torn strip on the left, embroidery thread and a Fairy Jewel. 

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The mini envelope and fan shaped shell are cut using the "Basic Junk Journal Set".  The heart is from the "Heart Jumble" die, sprinkled with silver foil from a hot foil scrap. The butterfly and teardrop embellishments are from the "Teardrop Butterflies".

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When you open the card, there is a pocket. I cut a card die from the set and it fits perfectly in the pocket. Perhaps the best part is that most gift cards do too! Also, the pocket can be folded to be used on either side of the file. 

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To decorate the card,  I tore the surface creating a tattered, old appearance.  I ink blended same colors over it to accentuate the torn areas. 


The sentiment "Thanks for being kind" is from the Poppystamps "Modest Banner Greetings Hot Foil Plate"...another great sentiment. The foil adds a special touch to go with the silver hearts throughout the project.


Behind the card, I added subtle interest with ink splatters, running a brush lightly down the surface. 


More pieces on the pocket included in the "Basic Junk Journal Set". Wow, so much goodness is packed in this set! The Fairy Jewels are pretty too.


So now the card gets tucked back in the pocket, but before that, don't forget to write a sweet message in it! 


On to the next side...These beautiful tulips are from the Poppystamps "Layered Tulips" dies. Ink blended with same colors, they are the focal point of the card. I just love them!  Using leftover hot foil leftover pieces, I die cut the stems. The pocket holding the flowers are from the "Basic Junk Journal Set."  I adhered the tulips to a card die cut for added thickness and reinforcement. 


And now for the back.... it gets decorated too! Ink blending, splatters, mists of water, embellishments and so much fun!

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I am intrigued and obsessed with the notion of junk journals. Next time I am going to create pages so I can decorate even more.  I hope you love this unique card as much as I do. Please take a look at the Poppystamps latest release. It does not disappoint!

Until next post, one person's junk is another person's treasure. Have a great day!

Rachel Floral Signature



Butterflies With Love
by Rachel Duong


Hi crafty friends! It's Rachel here hoping to bring a little spring to you. My card today is full of lovely butterflies in shades of teal. I am using the Poppystamps "Pointy Lattice Plate" and the "Deco Diamond Stencil Set" from the latest incredible release. These pieces coordinate together but can also be used alone. Hot foil and glitter lend its hand to the soft, yet energetic movement this card projects.

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Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut the Poppystamps "Pointy Lattice Plate" in white card stock.
2. Using the "Deco Diamond Stencil Set" blend Distress Oxide Ink Shabby Shutters over the stencil panel with the largest squares onto a white A2 size card front. Vary the intensity of the inks.
3. Match up the next panel with the medium size squares to the card front. Tape will keep it from moving. Blend Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink over the stencil.
4. This time match up the panel with the smallest squares and blend Mermaid Lagoon Oxide Ink over it. 


5. Hot foil and then die cut the Happy Birthday sentiment in silver from the Poppystamps "Birthday Wishes Poe Script" foil and cut die set. 
6. Hot foil and die cut the With Love sentiment in rainbow foil from the Poppystamps "Modest Greetings 2" foil and cut die set.
7. Die cut the "Teardrop Butterflies" two times using the Memory Box "Delicate Pastel Glitter Pad" in pale blue and white.
8. Blend Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink unevenly over an area of white cardstock large enough to cover the "Teardrop Butterflies" die, then die cut.
9. Adhere the lattice frame onto the stenciled panel and onto a white card base. 


10. Arrange the sentiments and the butterflies on the card front. 
11. Adhere the pieces down. Leave the wings unglued on the tips. Turn up the edges for a fun effect.
12. Use Stickles Crystal glitter glue on the darkest butterfly.
12. Adhere Open Studio "Fairy Drops" in choice places for the finishing touch!

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Another close-up -- I love the rainbow hot foil and the beautiful glitter. The fairy drops are gorgeous too. 


This color palette of teals and lime are one of my favorite combinations.  I can't wait to try many color groups and flowers in place of butterflies. There are so many possibilities!


May you have a dreamy and relaxing day today. Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions. I love to talk about cardmaking.

Until next post, wishing you butterflies with love!

Rachel Floral Signature




Challenge Reminder ~ Me & You Conversation Hearts
by Rachel Duong


Hello and welcome! Inspired by conversation candy hearts, I made this card for the February Poppystamps Challenge ~ Me & You.  Soft, pearlescent hearts surround the Poppystamps "Sending Love Poe Script" craft die over a dreamy watercolor background. Please join us with a project, valentine or card showcasing something you love doing together like munching on candy hearts with a childhood friend.

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Steps to create this card.
1. Beginning with a beautiful textured Open Studio watercolor paper (listed below), I loosely washed patches of distress inks over the entire panel. Allow colors to flow into one another and dry.


2. Die cut the Poppystamps "Sending Love Poe Script" craft die in the warm, pearlescent, platinum color from the Memory Box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad"

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3. Die cut the hearts in assorted colors using the "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame" die and the Memory Box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad".


These are the supplies I used.


4. Adhere the card front to a white A2 card base.
5. Using scrap paper, die cut the "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame". 
6. Lay the above die cut over the card front and place the hearts in the open areas to assure they are spaced evenly.
7. Adhere the sentiment and the hearts to the card front. Tip--Vary the colors of the hearts around the card, especially the white hearts to create balance.


I just love the gorgeous luster of the pearlescent shine when the light hits the platinum sentiment. I love the texture of the watercolor paper and the pastel colors are light yet vivid and lucid.


Please let me know if you have any questions about this card or the Poppystamps challenge. It would be great to have you join in the fun. Have an awesome day!

Rachel Floral Signature





by Rachel Duong


Hi, it's Rachel and I am here in the midst of Panda-monium! The birthday balloons are a bit out of control but the party is just getting started. I am super excited about the new Poppystamps February release! When I saw the "Whittle Panda Pickup Kit" I couldn't wait to create a card. It comes with four pandas and lots more, wow!


I used solid colors straight out of the packs, giving it a child-like quality. I did not ink blend or paint any of the pieces. Instead, I gathered a palette of yellows and greens with a blue background.


Have you tried the paper stacks? The color assortment, variety of gorgeous glitter and foiled finishes are second to none! The additional dies I used were the Poppystamps "Word Balloons" and the "Whittle Spinner Background".


Steps to create this card.
1. Die cut a card front measuring 4 x 5.25 from the Memory Box Stormy Blue paper pack.
2. Place the "Whittle Spinner Background" die over the upper part of the card front and run through die cutting machine.
3. Die cut the panda bear two times, once out of black and another time out of white card stock. There are four pandas to choose from!
4. Using a small scissor for fussy-cutting, cut out the black eyes, ears, nose, and paws. Glue them onto the white panda. 
5. Die cut the wheels for the truck in black and the fenders and hub caps in brown or grey.
6. Die cut the truck in yellow from the Memory Box Sunset Orange paper pack.
7. Using three shades of green from the Memory Box Lush Green paper pack, die cut three stalks of bamboo.


8. Choose six shades of green and yellow paper and die cut balloons. 
9. Tape embroidery thread to the back of each balloon.
10. Die cut the speech bubble in black card stock from the Poppystamps "Word Balloons" die.
11. Heat emboss the sentiment in white powder.


12. Adhere the pieces onto the card front.
13. Finally, adhere the card front onto a charcoal card base.


Thanks for stopping by the party. I hope you had a blast. Please take a look at the new Poppystamps February release. There are so many fun things just waiting to be crafted! Have a wonderful day!


Rachel Floral Signature




A Kind Heart
by Rachel Duong


Hi! I am here with a rustic, weathered Poppystamps Valentine! A wash of watercolor, a flurry of hearts, embellishments and a great sentiment makes this card energetic and engaging. I used the "Say It Big" clear stamp set and hearts from the "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame". So much fun to create this card!


Steps to create this card.
1. Using a smooth piece of watercolor paper, paint a wash of distress inks in shades of brown and red.

2. Die cut hearts in red, brown, white and coral using the Poppystamps "Heartfelt Pinpoint Frame".
 a. The white and coral hearts have a beautiful pearl finish. I used card stock from the Memory box "Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad".
 b. The brown hearts are embossed with gold powder.
 c. The red hearts are splattered with watered-down white acrylic paint.


Supplies I used


3. When the paint is dry, stamp the sentiment in red ink (middle) and brown ink (top and bottom)

4. Using the blade of a scissor, rough up the left edge of the card front. Lightly rough up the other three sides.
5. Adhere washi tape and hearts
6. Tie 1mm burlap string around the lower third of the card allowing the sides to tear.
7. Splatter white paint over the card.
8. Blend brown distress ink around the edges of a kraft card base.
9. Adhere card front to the base.


This Valentine card is fun to make, I hope you get a chance to try creating something inspired by it. Have an awesome day with a kind heart!

Rachel Floral Signature


PSC#101 Me & You

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 Challenge #100 "Let It Snow" is Becca Yahrling!


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

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#101 Me & You!  What's better than time spent with your favorite person?  I mean besides making!  Nothing right?   This month we want you to show us some love - perhaps a Valentine, or something that celebrates the things that  you and your sweetie love to do together.  Projects don't have to be to a significant other, love comes in all shapes and sizes and everyone enjoys being loved and appreciated.  You're not limited to making cards.  We welcome home décor, page layouts, tags and everything in between!  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.

Meet our February guest designer selected and introduced by Nancy on our Design Team.  Colleen became a friend during a stay at the Craft house in Kansas.  I came to love her joy for crafting and her faith in our Lord! She is so talented, and introduced me to some wonderful products (I know, dangerous crafty friends!), and we have kept in touch ever since. I know you'll enjoy her beautiful card, and be sure to send her some love!

ColleenColleen Foelker

Blog:  One Smile Lifts a Spirit

Instagram: @colleenfoelker

Hi, I am Colleen and I live in Oregon with my husband of 51 years! I have two daughters, one lives next door to me with 4 children (21-19-15–2 years!) and the other daughter lives 1 ½ miles from me with 3 children (23-15-13) I love making cards and mailing them to family and friends. I sell the cards to my bible study ladies and donate all the money to good causes. This year I was able to purchase 21 winter coats for children ages 3 – 14 along with knitted hats and gloves for them. I am so thankful I can provide the cards and then give back to others. I am blessed and I have met so many wonderful friends through this community of card makers. It has enriched my life and blessed me more than I ever imagined! 

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 26 to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on  March 1!!    

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