20 posts categorized "Sue McRae"

Peony Bud Wreath
by Sue McRae


Welcome crafty friends to another day of inspiration! Today I have a card featuring one of the small images from the Peony Garden Corner stamp set.

Do you ever feel like the small images in a stamp set get ignored because the large image or images catches our eye first? I know I’m guilty of this so I thought I would pick one of the smaller or filler images from the stamp set and let it be the focal of my card.


I stamped and die cut a bunch of the peony buds from white card stock and coloured them in a rainbow of shades using my Copics. I knew I wanted to make a wreath with them and played around with round and oval shapes and decided to go the oval route.

For the flower background I used the Ring Tile Stencil with light grey ink and blended it unevenly, leaving some spots lighter and some spots darker. I then added my flower buds which are mounted with foam tape. I felt like it needed a little something more so I die cut berries from glitter card stock and placed them around the wreath.


I stamped my sentiment on the inside of the wreath and die cut the happy birthday sentiment from 3 layers of black card stock and added that to the bottom of the panel.

The panel was foam mounted onto my white card base and I used a glitter pen to add a bit of sparkle to the centre of the flower buds.


Thanks for stopping by today and let me know in the comments if you like using those smaller images in your stamp set or if you tend to forget about them.

Wishing you a sunshiny day!

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Garden Variety Release Blog Blitz
by Sue McRae


Welcome to another day of our Garden Variety Blog Blitz! Hope you’ve been enjoying all the amazing projects created by the design team!

I’m showcasing the Flora Bloom Solid Set which includes 5 dies. I only used the 2nd largest die on my card today. I die cut the bloom from white card stock, placed the new Whittle Spinner Background Die on top of the die cut and sent it back through my die cutting machine so it could add the swirly cut line design into the flower. I really love how this looks.


Next I took Distress Inks to add colour to the flower. I spritzed the flower with Perfect Pearls for some added shimmer and added gems to the flower centre.


I cut a piece of patterned paper from the new Garden Folly paper pack and adhered it to my card base and stamped my sentiment. I added a frame from white card stock using the Double Stitch Rectangle Frames set, added my flower and tucked in the new Adriana Small Curve Border behind it. I finished off with a butterfly from the Intricate Cut Butterflies set.


If you would like to a chance to win the Flora Blooms Solid Set please leave me a comment below!


The Garden Variety release blog blitz runs from June 2 - June 14 . 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 a random number generator to select winners from comments. You have until midnight US EST June 16 to leave a comment on each and every post that you want to enter. Winners will be announced on this blog on June 19.

For a SECOND chance to win this die ..... 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 June 16.

One comment per post will be selected by a random number generator. The winners will be posted on each Instagram post on June 19. Only one Instagram prize per person per Blog Blitz.

We know you love to make too! When you use a product from the new Poppystamps Garden Variety Release in June of 2020 tag your Instagram post with #PoppystampsGardenVariety for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the store. We'll select one random winner using this hashtag as winner of this prize. Their project will be featured on our Instagram account with the winner announcement.

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Cherry Blossom Wreath
by Sue McRae


Welcome to another day of crafty goodness at Poppystamps! Sue here today with the amazing Cherry Blossom Stamp and Die Set.

The Cherry Blossom wreath is large, it measures just a smidge over 5.25" across and takes up a full card front. I really wanted this wreath to be the star of the card so I used the entire image.


I heat embossed the wreath in gold sparkle embossing powder on watercolour paper and used Zig Real Brush Markers in some vibrant shades for watercolouring. 


I die cut the wreath and adhered it to a 5.25" striped blue paper from the Springtime Bouquet Stripes & Dots Paper Pad with foam squares.

I searched through my stash for a small and simple sentiment to stamp in the centre of the wreath.


Next I took the Holiday Mistletoe die and die cut it several times from vellum to tuck around the outside and inside of the wreath. This adds texture and more depth to the card. Remember to look through your holiday dies as they can be adapted for card designs all year long.


As my final step I adhered the wreath panel to a 5.5" white square card base. 


Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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Washi Frame
by Sue McRae


Hello crafty friends, Sue here with a very quick and simple card idea. If you need a card in a hurry, this project is for you!


I took some of the Memory Box wide Washi Tape and covered an A2 sized card panel with each design of washi tape. These tapes are so pretty with the floral and greenery designs! Then all you have to do is pick a die to cut out from these washi panels. I chose the Adriana Square Frame and die cut it from each of the washi panels to see what kind of look I could get. In the end I chose the panel with the Sunset Blush Washi because I liked the random sprinkling of colours throughout and all the white space it still left on the frame. It reminded me of loose watercolouring. The good think is, I still have the other frames to quickly make another card when needed.


Since the Adriana Frame is square I decided to go for a square card. I cut a piece of blue striped patterned paper from the Springtime Bouquet Paper Pad to 4.25" square and adhered the frame ontop.


I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in the centre of the frame and mounted this piece with foam tape and attached it to a 4.5" square card base.


To finish off the card I added a few gems for some sparkle. That's it and the card is complete!


I hope this gives you some ideas on using your washi tape with your dies to make quick and easy cards. 

Have a happy and safe crafty week!

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Gilded Wreath
by Sue McRae


Hello crafters! Today I have a quick and simple card using gilding flakes.

I love a good wreath die because it can be used for so many occasions throughout the year as well as for masculine or feminine cards. The new Adriana Wreath is wonderful with its mix of leaves and berries.


First I die cut the wreath from paper that has double sided adhesive on it and also die cut it from two different weights of vellum which will be layered underneath the gilded wreath.


Then I peeled off the liner and added my gold gilding flakes onto the sticky paper and burnished it on. I love the elegance of gilding flakes, it really is softer and less shiny than foil and adds a richness to your projects. I have about 6 different solid and mixed colours of the gilding flakes and use them throughout the year.


I took the Serene Mandala Embossing Folder (this is such a beauty) and embossed a piece of blue striped patterned paper from the Springtime Bouquet Stripes and Dots, this will be the background for the wreath.


Next was just to assemble the card with the vellum wreaths adhered to the embossed panel and the gilded wreath on top. I offset all the wreaths to add some more dimension to them.


I added a simple sentiment and finished off with a few smooth gems.


I hope you give gilding flakes a try, it adds a wonderful metallic touch to projects. 

Happy crafting!

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Rinea Paper-Foil Spring Card
by Sue McRae


Hello and welcome to another day of showcasing Rinea products with Poppystamps dies and stamps! Rinea makes pretty paper-foil that comes in solid colour packs, double-sided colour packs and embossed colour packs. You can find all their foil products here.


For my card I used the Grand Watering Can as the focal image and die cut it from blue embossed paper-foil. I wanted to age the watering can so I distressed it a bit with sandpaper to take off some of the blue colour and let the silver colour underneath come through.


I took a bunch of Poppystamps flower, leaf and berry dies, cutting them from a variety of embossed and solid colour paper-foil and made a little arrangement in the watering can. The foil is sturdy enough to die cut easily but it can be molded and shaped to give added dimension.


I added the picket fence behind the watering can, die cut green paper-foil for the grassy hill and added a sentiment.


Stop by the Rinea blog here to see what their designers are creating during this collaboration!

Wishing everyone a happy day!

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