129 posts categorized "Summer"

You Go Gir!l
by Michele K. Henderson


You go, girl! It's your time! Go on and grab your moment in the sun! This is an easy breezy card that is just right to show your support for someone's big moment in the sun! This sweet little Whittle Floating Hippo feels summery and bright and ready for her big scene! 


All of our new Whittles are so much fun to mix and match! I started with the Whittle Wave Background and cut it out of a pale blue background panel, then again in a brighter teal for the water. Can you see the tiny little whittle waves? So summery!


Once my background waves were in place, I added the Whittle Sunshine, Whittle Palm Tree, Whittle Mounds, and a branch or two of Garden Leaves and Berries. I cut the tiny inflatable out of a pretty pink and added tiny white polka dots with a paint pen. I added a tiny foam pop dot and placed our star right in the middle of the water. The sentiment is from Whittle Sealife Sentiments.


To make a little sparkle in the sun, I added the tiny Memory Box Open Studio Fairy Jewels around the water and in the tree for a few sparkly green coconuts. How will you celebrate your big moments?


Thanks so much for dropping by today and taking a look at some easy breezy summery ideas!








Hello Summer
by Tiffany Pryce


Hi friends! Tiffany here with a simple and fun design using one of my favorite mediums - pigment powder! I chose to play along with this month's challenge so I wanted to use warm colors to mimic a beautiful, summer sky at sunset.

On heavy, watercolor paper, I sprinkled some yellow pigment powder and sprayed it liberally with clean water. I love watching the pigment powder burst with color upon contact with water. I used a watercolor brush to move the color around and add a little more texture to the panel. I repeated these steps several times with 3 more colors - orange, red, and purple. I went back and forth with the colors, splattered the watercolor, and mixed the colors for additional interest. There is no right or wrong way to do this, just let loose and have fun! I set the panel aside to dry for a long time before moving on to the next steps. I deepened the color here and there even after it was initially dry until I achieved my desired intensity.

Once my panel was done and completely dry, I trimmed it down to an A2 size. Then I cut the panel into five pieces with the Whittle Cloud Border die. With leftover scraps of watercolored paper, I also die cut several clouds using the Whittle Clouds die. I made sure to die cut clouds in multiple colors.


After die cutting all of my clouds, I started to assemble my card front. On a piece of white copy paper that I trimmed to an A2 size, I adhered the cloud pieces. It was like a puzzle which was fun to do. I varied how I adhered the panels - some were adhered directly to the base with liquid glue, others with a layer or two of foam tape. I liked the background having layers and dimension to give the card additional interest. Once the background was assembled, I added several small clouds in various colors around the panel as embellishments. Lastly, I splattered metallic, gold watercolor paint all over the panel for some sparkle.




For the sentiment, I used the Luscious Script Hello die. I cut the shadow layer from vellum and the sentiment from light gold foil from the Polished Foil paper pad. I added a little dimension to the die cut by cutting the sentiment again in white and adhering it behind the vellum shadow layer. This is a trick that I learned that helps raise the vellum off the card base thus making it slightly more opaque. I finished with a final small cloud adhered with foam tape on the sentiment, and that's it!


Hope you enjoyed my card and found some inspiration. Until next time, happy crafting!



Tiffany Floral Signature copy




Summer Solstice: Blue Skies
by Kim Singdahlsen

6.1.21 PS Challenge BL

This month's challenge is Summer Solstice.

Jun 2021

With the theme in mind, I actually started with the sentiment.  The idea of "nothing but blue skies" seemed like a perfect summer sentiment.  Then I knew I needed to create a scene that actually had blue skies and a bright sun.  I tried a few various directions at that point, but I loved the pop of a pink flamingo!

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Besides some Whittle Sunshine, I gave my Whittle Flamingo a beach scene. I used a piece of Memory Box Kraft Woodgrain for the texture. Then I used some glitter paper which I cut with the Whittle Wave Background.  The background is actually a larger piece but the waves are cut so I was able to clip the sides to get just a single line of waves.  All the elements of my scene were fairly small so I focused on them by putting them in a window the Memory Box Double Stitch Rectangle Cut Out.

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This was a very fun scene to create! It is a clean and simple and very summer-fresh card but there are lots of fun details - starting, of course, with the fabulous dies! But then some glitter and sandy texture and a few fairy drops for sun spots!

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I hope to see you play along with us this month. There are so many directions to take the theme of Summer Solstice - I look forward to seeing what you create!

Kim Floral Signature copy



PSC#81 Summer Solstice

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 #80 Flowers and Butterflies is diydebscraft


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

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#81 Summer Solstice - With the beginning of June it feels like Summer is in the air.. and even though the longest day of 2021 isn't until June 20 we're kicking things off today.  What does summer mean to you?  A road trip, time on the beach with the sun shining on your face (a scene card)?  Maybe it's enjoying the fresh fruits and cool drinks that quench your thirst (bright juicy colors), or a dip in the pool (watercolors?) - or a run through the sprinkler to keep cool.   It's up to you!  Let your Summer show!   All types of projects are welcome from tags and treat wraps to cards and home decor!   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.

Kim Singdahlsen


Nancy Penir  


Michele K.  Henderson

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 June 28 to link up your design here!  We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on July 1.   

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


Hip Hippo Happiness
by Tiffany Pryce


Hi everyone! Tiffany here with more Whittles inspiration. I can't help but smile at all of the adorable Whittle dies and the punny sentiment stamps that coordinate perfectly. This card is dedicated to my favorite hippos at the Cincinnati Zoo - Fiona and mom, Bibi! They are such a funny pair, and I've loved watching countless videos of them love zooming around their enclosure, diving into the pool, and making waves.

In keeping with the theme of my card, I did some watercolor technique to make my background. Using a variety of blue distress inks, I ink smooshed a piece of watercolor paper. I smooshed the ink pad on a leftover piece of plastic wrapping, spritzed with water, and carefully flipped over the plastic on top of the watercolor paper. I did this several times and dried in-between layers for varying intensities of blue color. After I was done with the blue ink, I splattered silver metallic watercolor all over the panel for a bit of shine.



I die cut the Whittle Wave Background from a panel I created using pigment powder. Have you tried pigment powder yet? You just sprinkle a little bit of powder on watercolor paper and spritz with water to spread the pigment around. It's so magical how the color bursts to life with the water. I added wave details with a white paint pen.


I die cut my hippos twice for dimension and I die cut "Fiona's" inner tube five times for even more dimension. She looks so sassy with her cute, yellow inner tube, which is totally her personality. I added some final details with the whittle clouds and a coordinating sentiment heat embossed in silver. Hope these two hippos bring you a little joy today!




Tiffany Floral Signature copy




Spread your wings and fly
Tina Wilstrup

Hello everyone! All good things must come to an end and today I'm sharing my last card for Poppystamps as I chose to step down from the design team due to personal reasons. Butterflies to me symbolise change and growth, so it absolutely fits just right. It wasn't until after I made this card that I thought of the funny coincidence, that I used the Beautiful butterflies sidekick frame on my first card for Poppystamps as well. You can check it out here


For this card I first cut my cardbase and 3 different frames from different colors of cardstock.

The butterfly frame I covered with the coordinating stencil and lightly ink blended a bit of Distress ink over the butterflies. As I assembled the card I didn't like the white frame, so I ended up ink blending the whole frame.

I layered the 3 frames only adding glue to the frames, not stems, flowers or butterflies. I thought it would make it look more airy. I then stamped a sentiment and cut out butterflies from glitter cardstock with the coordinating (and included) butterfly die. 


I adhered them with a dot of glue just to the centre of the butterflies for a bit of dimension. Just look at that sparkle.


That's it from me guys, it's time for me to spread my wings and fly. I enjoyed creating with these wonderful dies and I hope you enjoyed my inspiration. I'll still be making cards so do stop by my blog or Instagram, I'd sure love to see you!


Tina Floral Signature copy