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Hello Kitties - 2 Shaker Cards with Baby Kittens!
by Sphoorti

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Hello Poppy Peeps!

 

Sphoorti here with two shaker cards chock full of baby kittens. My last two posts (Kittens All Around and Baby Kittens) were about cards I made with the Baby Kittens craft die. When I have a die out that I want to work with, I cut out multiple die cuts so that I have spares in case I mess up, or in case I come up with some other technique or idea later that doesn't require me to pull out the die from my supplies again. So, when I got this die out for my last two cards, I cut out so many of these kitties because well, can you help it? They're so cute! And also because I started having ideas as I was making the cards with them. These are two of the ideas I had in between. I have four more cards coming up with the same kitties but two different techniques, so stay tuned!

 

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I started off by die cutting a million kitties with the Baby Kittens craft die using black card stock as well as with glitter card stock from the GP1007 Glitzy Glitter Pad. I also cut out the outer frame from the 2474 Double Scalloped Stitched Frames craft die using Neenah Solar White #110 card stock. I cut out a piece of acetate and applied it to the back of the frame. Then, I used some double sided foam tape and adhered it to the perimeter of the frame.

 

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I filled the shaker well with all the kitties that I die cut and also added some confetti for additional sparkle and seed beads for sound. I sealed the shaker in the back with another piece of acetate. Then, I adhered this to my 4.25" x 5.5" card base. I heat foiled the Hello sentiment using the PSF807 Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies and die cut it and adhered it to the bottom left side of the shaker. I adhered silver jewels along the top right side of the frame and called it done.

 

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I made the second card using the same technique, except - I used the "Thinking of You" sentiment from the PSF804 You Are Amazing Poe Script Greetings Hot Foil Plate and Dies and adhered it to the top right side of the shaker so that it doesn't cover up the kitties that settle at the bottom when you display the card upright.

 

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Here's a video that shows the Hello card in motion.

 

 

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Which one do you like better? Please do let me know! I love to hear from you!

Love,

Sphoorti

 

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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

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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

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Whittle Adorable Kitties!
by Sphoorti

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Greetings, Poppy Peeps!

 

PoppyStamps recently released this stamp and die set called the Whittle Adorable Kitty Kit and I finally got a chance to start playing with it! This was quite a quick and easy card if you're into mass production.

 

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I started by die-cutting a bunch of the kitties in the set using some glitter card stock from the Festive Glitter Pad. I also cut the same cats out of foam so that I could have the cats foam mounted.

 

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I created a top folding card base 3.2" x 8.4" in dimension. I glued the kitties to the top of the card base with half of their floofy bodies floating above the card. (I know that sounds weird, but you know what I mean!) 

 

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Remember the card I posted recently where I used Pops of Color to make little squiggly lines and used it as a border? I had some left over squiggles and I thought I'd put them under the kitties to ground them a little.

 

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I stamped the sentiment that says "I miss mew" along with a paw print from the stamp set included in the kit using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder from Ranger.

 

 

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I used a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to make some dots around the kitties and then used ThermOWeb Deco Foil on them for that foiled dotted effect.



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

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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Leafy Garden Border Card - The Easy Version!
by Sphoorti

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Hello again, Poppy Peeps!

 

I'm back (so soon!) to continue my previous blog post where I went over the complicated card I made, and wanted to show you how to make a simpler version of the card if you prefer that! To see the original post, please click here. Now, let's dive into the easy-peasy version!

 

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So, in this version, I used the exact same supplies (except for the glitter belly band in the middle, and the sentiment). I started with a standard A2 sized card base, i.e. 4.25" x 5.5" in dimensions. I used the Leafy Garden Border craft die and fully cut out two die cuts from some 110 pound Neenah Solar White cardstock. I foam mounted them in the middle of the card - one with the leaves pointing upward, and the other downwards.


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I wanted to add some color on the card and I absolutely love the green and white combination, so I cut up multiple leaves with these using the Leafy Garden Border craft die, the Maple Symphony craft die), and a bunch from the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die (which has a plethora of floral and leafy dies) with some green alcohol ink backgrounds I created a few years ago, as well as with some silver mirror card stock and some silver glitter card stock. I cut up leaves and sprigs from the Leafy Garden Border die (because the die results in a single die cut with all the leaves attached). Then, I arranged the leaves and sprigs in front of, and behind the leafy border attached to the card base.

 


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I took some glitter card stock and foam mounted it on the portion of the card where the Leafy Garden Border die cuts met (horizontally along the middle).



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I hot-foiled a sentiment from the Modest Greetings 2 Hot Foil Plate and Die set (the one that says "You are the best") and foam mounted that on top of the glitter belly band.

 

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Here's a picture taken from a different angle. I couldn't choose which of these I liked more, so you get both angles!

 

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I took an assortment of jewels and scattered them between and behind the leaves and that was it!

 

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So, this card doesn't open up like the other one, but it still kind of has the same effect with the two sets of Floral Garden Border die cuts meeting in the middle. I personally liked this one more because I can create more of these, and faster. But what do you think? Which one do you like more? Please do let me know!

 


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Any other thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? We love to hear from you, so please do let us know! Have a great week ahead!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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Leafy Garden Border Card - The Not-So-Easy Version!
by Sphoorti

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Hello there, Poppy Peeps!

 

Hope your Saturday's going great! I made two cards a few weeks ago. My original idea was inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire's cards and that's the one you see here. I came up with another idea in the process and made a second card which was a simpler and quicker version than this one.

 

I thought we'd start in that order. I'll be back on Monday, July 25th, 2022 with the easier version of this card. So stay tuned!

 

So, when the card is folded or placed in its envelope, this is how it looks. (Special shout-out to my cousin/sister-in-law who had to be my hand-model to hold the card down because otherwise, it opens up like a flower). It flattens completely when you place it in an envelope, so no need to worry about extra bulk or anything. It's just hard to photograph!

 

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When you release it, it opens up like this:

 

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You can write your message in that open area, or, you can decorate the inside, and write your note on the back. Whatever you prefer!

 


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So getting back to how to make this card, I started with two standard A2 sized card bases, i.e. the ones that measure 4.25" x 5.5". Then I scored the card bases at 3.25" on one side. At that line, I folded it outwards, which resulted in a Z shaped card with a long end and a short end.

 


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I took the Leafy Garden Border craft die and partially die cut the short end so that the bottom portion of the die doesn't cut through or get separated from the card base. Here's a closeup of what it looks like when you do partial die cutting. See how the bottom part of the Leafy Garden Border is still continuous or attached to the card base? It's seamlessly connected to the card base.

 

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Alternatively, if you want to skip the patience-testing partial die cutting business, you can just cut out the Leafy Garden Border and just stick it to the short end of the card base. (SO much easier, quicker, and less stressful).

 

I repeated the same step on the other card base and then glued the card bases together.

 

I wanted to scatter some colored leaves, and 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 using the Leafy Garden Border craft die, the Maple Symphony craft die), and a bunch from the Floral Cake Pop Up Easel craft die which has a plethora of floral and leafy dies. I cut up leaves and sprigs from the Leafy Garden Border die (because the die results in a single die cut with all the leaves attached). Then, I arranged the leaves and sprigs in front of and behind the leafy border that was attached to the card base.

 

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There was a big space between the score line and the bottom of the leafy border, so I decided to use some washi tape with a copper-mirror look to it and placed it as a border to fill out some of that space. Then, I took a leftover I had from the last time I had my foil machine out and found a matching sentiment (the Happy Birthday one from the Birthday Wishes Poe Script Hot Foil Plate and Dies that I made with some copper colored foil). I attached it just to the bottom side of the card (so that the card doesn't get sealed shut).



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I took an assortment of jewels and scattered them on the card base behind the floating leafy border and called it done!

 

I'm not going to lie, this was kinda hard to make because the leafy border is very delicate. Next time I try to make a card like this, I'm going to layer a few die cuts to form a chipboard style die cut so that it's sturdier and easier to work with. I think the effort and the pain was worth it, though! Those leaves are so gorgeous! And the card isn't too shabby, is it?



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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 hard card! Stay tuned for the easier version coming up in a few days! Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Love,

Sphoorti

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