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Lavender Winter Wishes
by Janet Katz

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I love images of snow-themed things - snowmen, snowflakes, snow-covered hills, trees - you get the picture. So the Wintertime Sentiments Clear Stamps and Die set was great to use for a variety of Christmas cards. The snowflake frame has so many possibilities. I decided to go for a soft lavender look. First I swiped my paper with my anti-static Embossing Buddy to prevent powder from sticking everywhere. Then, I inked the frame stamp with Milled Lavender Distress Oxide ink and inked and stamped it several times (using a stamp platform) to get the best impression. Next, without moving anything or cleaning my stamp, I used a foam applicator and daubed Dusty Concord Distress Oxide onto the hexagon portion of the stamp and a little onto the snowflakes and stamped that. I ended up with this great lavender ombre look. I still wanted to give it some shine (again, I didn't move anything). I cleaned my stamp and then inked it with Versamark and stamped it on top of the Distress Oxide image. Then I quickly sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heat embossed it.  Finally, I used the Winter Sentiments die and cut it out.
 
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Naturally, I wanted to use this to frame one of the 14 sentiments that comes with the stamp set.  I also wanted to give it some dimension. I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock with a dye ink, stamped again with Versamark, and heat embossed with an iridescent glitter embossing powder. This was the rare time I didn't use my anti-static bag as I didn't mind extra glitter on the paper. I used a pale ink to stamp the frame around the sentiment, simply to give me cutting guidelines. With the pale frame image as a guide, I cut the sentiment out and used foam adhesive to pop it up in the center of my clear embossed frame.
 
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I found some textured lavender vellum in my stash and cut a piece 3.75 x 5". I was able to hide little dots of glue in the texture of the vellum and glue it down to a white card base. I adhered the Winter sentiments frame with the sentiment on top. Finally I added some dusty purple self-adhesive Autumn Fairy Jewels at the center of the snowflakes for a little added sparkle. Hope you are enjoying your holiday crafting as much as I am.
 
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Janet Floral Signature copy
 

 

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Hot Foiling Frenzy!
by Sphoorti

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So, one of my birthday presents this year from my sweet boyfriend was a Gemini Foilpress. While I don't have a collection of hot foil plates, I saw videos on YouTube that showed how you can use Foilpress with regular dies too! And I went nuts. I foiled all the things! I may have to think about changing my Instagram handle (@StampAllTheThings)

Before I get into how I made the card, I wanted to tell y'all about some things I learned during this whole process, and think they may help you if you're in the same situation as me i.e. I had a Gemini (regular), not Junior. (Also a gift from sweet boyfriend) And I assumed that the Foilpress (which is meant for the junior machines) would work with the regular one. And while it's true that it does, we need a special adapter plate for it because otherwise, the machine doesn't detect the Foilpress plates being fed into it. So, I purchased it on Amazon (with a lot of anxiety because I read a number of reviews that said that the adapter didn't work well for them). I bought it anyway, because I figured it's cheaper than buying a whole new Gemini Junior for it. (And gosh, during this whole process, I was kicking myself because I put the Foilpress in my wishlist and my boyfriend bought it for me, and if he found out that I couldn't use it, he'd have bought me a Gemini Junior just so I could use the foil press, and I'd hate for him to spend more money on me. I mean, that money would be better spent elsewhere (like on something that starts with an "r" and ends with an "ing".) But really, I was feeling so guilty thinking that I shouldn't have made the assumption that the two would automatically work together, and done my research before putting it on the wishlist. Anyway, as a last resort, I ordered the plate in spite of the bad reviews, and I tried it and I swear, every single foiling I've done (including the first one ever) has turned out great. I followed the instructions that were in the package and it worked beautifully. I didn't experience any over or under-foiling most of the times, and the rare times when I did, I used workarounds to help so it wasn't a big deal. Also, that satisfaction each time I pulled off the foil... #priceless.

So, if you're thinking about investing in a Foilpress and you have a regular machine and not a junior, you're fine. Go for it. Black Friday sales are still going on. Consider yourself enabled!

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Anyway, back to the card...

The Foilpress comes with a basic set of supplies including some gold foil but for my card, I envisioned silver / blue / white / wintery tones. So, I purchased some silver foil on Amazon, and used the Snowflake Background die from the Holiday 2021 release and foiled it twice on a 5" x 7" piece of cardstock (because when I tried to make this with a regular A2 panel, the Snowflake Corner Frame covered up a lot of it, and I really wanted that foiling to show).

I cut some blue foiled paper from my scrap drawer using the Snowflake Corner Frame craft die. I did the same thing with a piece of white cardstock that had some adhesive sheets applied to the top. I stuck the foiled frame to a piece of cardstock, and then inlaid the negative pieces with adhesive into the frame. I peeled off the adhesive and sprinkled my favorite crafty embellishment (Diamond Dust) on the pieces with adhesive so that it would be covered by the icy shards / crystals. I foam mounted the panel and stuck it in the middle of the 5" x 7" panel. I die cut out the word "hugs" using the Playful Hugs craft die multiple times with white cardstock, and once with some silver metallic cardstock and stacked them on top of each other. I mounted the sentiment on the panel (it was a little hard due to the texture, but I put my cell phone + iPad + whatever I could find on my desk that was heavy on top for a few minutes until I was sure that it would hold). I used some transparent gems I had from My Glitter Fix and scattered them in the foiled snowflakes area. I used the same silver cardstock to cut out a frame so that I could make it seem like the foiled panel was matted, and that was it!

Here are some more pictures. Note: Gorgeousness of the hot foil not pictured. It's impossible to capture its beauty on camera (and not just because I suck as a photographer)! I'm gonna record a video to see if that helps, stay tuned on Instagram!

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As usual, I have a few dos and don'ts.

  1. When you're foiling, do ensure that your sandwich is even throughout. If you have a piece of washi tape holding the die to the cardstock, it acts as a shim and you get a greater indentation in that area when compared to the rest. Most people won't even notice, and if you're one of them, LUCKY YOU!!! I, unfortunately, noticed and it caused me a bit of grief, but I know how to work around that next time, and that's by foiling onto a larger piece of cardstock without using washi, and cutting it smaller as needed, instead of starting with the exact same size that you'll need, and trying to align it perfectly by using washi all over the place.
  2. Do try things out!!! Don't assume that something won't work. Try it before arriving at that conclusion. Had I done that, I'd have been foiling since my birthday in September versus just a few weeks ago. Imagine how much I could have foiled in that time!
  3. If you have over or under foiling, don't get disheartened. Over-foiling can be cleaned up with a sand eraser if not a regular one. And under-foiling can be fixed by just running the same sandwich again using a fresh piece of foil. According to the famous card makers in our crafting world, each person's die cutting machine is different, and the sandwich that works for you may not work for someone else. So, try different options to find the one that works best. The combo that seems to work best for me is:
    1. Foilpress base at the bottom
    2. Die facing upwards
    3. Layer of foil (pretty side facing the die)
    4. Cardstock (Neenah / Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock 110# is the one I used)
    5. Adapter Plate
    6. Medium Heat Setting
    7. Heat for 1 Minute

When I first saw hot foiling machines released into the market, I thought that it was a tedious process, and that knowing me, I'd not have enough patience to wait for things to heat up etc. Plus, I was definitely not looking forward to buying a whole new set of foiling plates. One run through the foiling machine pretty much blew my concerns and theories apart. It actually doesn't feel like a lot of effort or waste of time. It's fun, and totally worth it. Plus it works with your existing dies, so no need to buy any additional goods! (Not that that's gonna stop me)

I'd love to know of your experience with hot foiling. Please do share your hot foil stories, and/or thoughts, questions, or epiphanies in the comments below!

Love,

Sphoorti

Sphoorti Floral Signature copy

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Joyful Snowman
by Michele K. Henderson

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It's a wonderful marshmallow world out in the snow with our new Whittle Friendly Snowman! He's the star of this cheerful winter scene that celebrates the joy of the season!

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This card was a lot of fun to create! I started with a soft blue card base cut from the Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from Memory Box. Then I cut a crispy white Snowflake Background and centered it on the panel.

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I cut the Double Joy in soft pink and white, and added them the right side of the panel.

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I cut out the Whittle Friendly Snowman, along with his darling hat and scarf, and adhered him to the panel with two foam pop dots. A few Winter Fantasy Fairy Gemstones and this snowman sparkles like magic! 

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Thanks so much for joining us today, and celebrate the joy of the season!

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Merry Christmas
by Marybeth Lopez

 

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Hello, Marybeth Lopez  here with you again today . I am sharing this simple but elegant ( I think) Christmas card.

I love this Diamond Snowflake from Poppystamps , if you look below you can see how many cuts these two dies make . So many different way to layer and use them.

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For the sentiment I used Gilded Christmas Wishes. The stamp has a frame around it and dies to go with. I decided to cut the outline away  and just use the sentiment. I know for me that is what I like best. Don't be afraid to cut apart some of your stamps if you know that what you want to do. 

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I am so in love with the glitter card stock. In person, it's stunning and catches all the light . It's listed below.

Thank you for the visit , have fun shopping and crafting.

I hope you all have a nice Thanksgiving here in United Stated and  a nice day everywhere else.

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Sugared Pastels
by Janet Katz

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As much as I enjoy the traditional red, green, silver and gold of Christmas, I get a big kick out of color twists on this festive season. A pastel approach to a Christmas card makes me think of candy and frosting. Add in glitter and I think of sugar cookies. I used three of the new Poppystamps dies to create this sugary pastel Christmas card. First, I knew I wanted a shimmery pink background. I randomly watercolored a piece of watercolor paper with two pink ink colors. I did a little splattering too. Then I heavily spritzed the paper with a pearlescent glimmer mist.
 
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After it was dry, I used the Snowflake background die to cut out my sugary pink piece. I mounted this on a piece of mint green patterned paper (I love mint green and pale pink together). Next, I used the Merry Christmas Poe Script die to cut out the sentiment from pale pink glittered cardstock. It was great to have this cut in two words - I could place them just where I wanted but I didn't have to fiddle with individual letters. Then I used the medium-size Scalloped Stitched Frame die to cut the frame from white cardstock.  These dies are so ridiculously useful in everything. I next cut a piece of vellum paper to just a fraction smaller than the frame and glued it to the back of the frame. I adhered my Merry Christmas to the front of this framed vellum. I then put everything together on a folded white card, adhering the vellum frame with skinny foam tape so it wouldn't show.
 
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Finally, I added the clear Fairy Drops to the card with clear liquid glue. I just love how these things look on everything. Perhaps I'll mail this card to someone with a sweet tooth. Have a great day and enjoy all your holiday crafting, no matter how big or how small.


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Whittle Friendly Snowman
by Sue McRae

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Hello everyone! Sue here with a card I featured during the Poppystamps Instagram Hop we had on October 15th. If you missed it, start the hop here.

I started by adhering the Watercolor Forest Greenery Washi Tape onto white cardstock and cut out an oval shape from it.

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I then die cut the Diamond Snowflake Oval Frame from blue glitter cardstock and adhered the washi piece behind it. This was attached to the card base.

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I die cut the body and head of the Whittle Friendly Snowman from White Woodgrain paper (it adds texture), his eyes, nose and hat from white cardstock and his scarf from plaid cardstock. Using Copics I coloured in the hat, nose and eyes.

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I assembled the snowman and popped it up with foam squares. Love how jaunty he looks in his plaid scarf and top hat!

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I felt there wasn’t an ideal spot for a sentiment on the card front so I put it on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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