10 posts categorized "Tricia Barber"

PSC#111 Cool Yule

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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 #110 Woodland Wonder is Heidi H.

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

Please contact me (Jeanne) at [email protected] to claim your prize.

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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#111 Cool Yule - The holidays are officially here!  Outside you'll find displays and outdoor decorations, and inside everything is comfy cozy!   All of us at Poppystamps are wishing you a Cool Yule and want to see how you celebrate and create for the holidays.   Happiness is home made after all!   Are you adding home made tags to your gifts and baked goods?  Maybe you're making some extra special cards for friends and family.    We'd love to see what you're up to!    Remember that we welcome home décor, page layouts, tags and everything in between!  It's your choice, just be sure to use at least one Poppystamps die on your project!  You must use a Poppystamps product to be eligible to win! 

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 December Guest - Irene Mejia selected and introduced by DT member Sphoorti this time.

Meet Irene, the card-making maestro who kicked off her crafting escapade in Spring 2021. This lady's got skills that'll make your grandma's crochet needles jealous. From clean and simple cards (which, as you know, is totally my jam) to these intricately adorned masterpieces, Irene's got a card for every mood and occasion. Not only is she a card-making wizard, but she's also on various design teams like Honey Bee Stamps and Ink Blot Shop — basically, she's the Beyoncé of our card-making world. But don't let the talent fool you; Irene's heart is as big as her craft stash and her talent. She spreads joy faster than you can say "handmade cards". I'm so thrilled to have her incredible talent gracing our blog as the crafting superhero she is!

Irene Mejia

Irene Mejia

Blog: When I Ink of You

Instagram: @wheniinkofyou

Hello! My name is Irene, and I'm a cardmaker from Texas. Die-cutting and Copic coloring are the top of my favorites on my list. When I am not crafting, I like to spend time with my Husband of 18 years and eight-year-old daughter. My second hobby is shopping for and buying craft supplies. I consider myself blessed if I inspire anyone with my projects!

Irene Mejia

Sweet Nordic Snowman-Poppystamps-Jeanne Jachna


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 December 27  to link up your design here! We'll start a new challenge and announce the winners on January 1!!    

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

Holiday Thanks!by Tricia Barber


With the holidays, it's nice to have on hand holiday cards to give gift cards. I have my holiday message on the front of the card using the Seed Snowflake Joy die and then inside I created a gift card holder with the Thank You Stitched Tag die. I started with a plain white A2 panel.  I die cut the panel with the Seed Snowflake Joy Die.  I then used a smaller panel of thinner cardstock or computer paper and marked where the JOY showed through. I then layered strips of brightly colored cardstock across the smaller panel.  This panel was then layered underneath the white die cut panel.   I added a red jewel to the center of the snowflake using the Bright Jewels for a little sparkle.  


On the inside of the panel, I repeated the cardstock strip pattern onto the Thank You Stitched Tag die and die cut the panel with the tag.  I added some holly leaves from the Cabin Snowglobe Pop Up Easel Set.  I die cut the Thank You sentiment from gold cardstock using the Rainbow Reflections Mirror Pad.  I added adhesive to three sides of the tag and left the top open to hold the gift card.  I used tape runner adhesive versus foam adhesive for the tag to minimize the bulk of the inside panel.  


So simple and easy to create multiples!  Perfect for teacher, postal worker  or delivery drivers or anyone that you need to share a holiday thank you!  Beautifully decorated inside and out!   Happy Holidays! 

Tricia Floral Signature[9]





Blooming Poinsettia
by Tricia Barber


Hello!  Tricia here with you today to share some holiday inspiration!   I created this gift inspired card with the Blooming Poinsettia die.   I love poinsettia's and love to buy them during the holidays.  I love the pops of red and bright green! Perfect for the holidays!   To start my card, I die cut the card panel from teal blue cardstock with the Cortina Pinpoint Plate.  


I die cut the Blooming Poinsettia die from red and green cardstock.  I used die inks to add some dimension to the die cuts.  I added some Christmas Fairy Jewels to the center of the poinsettia.  I die cut from the Rainbow Reflections Mirror pad with the Grosgrain Ribbon die.   I added to the panel along with the poinsettia to appear as if it was a bow on a gift.   


For the sentiment, I used the Large Stitched Envelope and Postage die and using the small postage die, I stamped a sentiment from the Christmas Banners stamp set.   I hope you have a wonderful day! 

Tricia Floral Signature[9]





Polar Bear Christmas
by Tricia Barber


Hello everyone!  I have a wintery Christmas card to share with you today using the new Nordic Bears die along with the Heavy Branching Trees die.  I am from Atlanta so whenever I see a polar bear, I think about the Coke commercials from years ago when they had the polar bears in them!  So that is what inspired my card today.  I used some Glitzy Glitter cardstock to make the polar bear shadow image.  My snow bank is using the Whittle Field and Trees die and used that same glitter paper.   


I ink blended a background with Distress inks and splattered with white paint.   I masked off a moon for my night sky.   To color the Merry Christmas and sweater on the polar bear, I used my new Olo markers in R0.5, R1.5 and R1.7.   I used die cut the greeting with Lavish Merry Christmas die. 


I finished off the snowy winter night scene with the Heavy Branching Trees.  I added some jewels from the Christmas Fairy Jewels pack and layered my panel onto a red card base.   Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful crafty day! 

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Winter Greetings
by Tricia Barber


Tricia here with you today to share some holiday cheer using the 2023 Christmas release products.  I absolutely adore snowmen and could not wait to use the Sweet Nordic Snowman die.  This little snowman was so much fun to build.  I die cut the pieces from white cardstock and colored the sweater, scarf and hat with a mix of my Copic markers and Olo Markers.   He turned out so cute!   


I love the new Scandinavian Snowflake Plate! I love the mix of die cut snowflakes and all the details that this plate provides. I die cut from white cardstock backed the card panel with red cardstock.   You could save some of the die cut snowflakes and use them as embellishments.   I stamped and embossed a sentiment from the Christmas Banners clear stamp and die set and used the same red colored cardstock.  


To highlight my snowman, I die cut a circle using the Simple Rings die set and the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad using a light blue pearl foil cardstock.  This paper pad has beautiful colors!  I added a glittered field using the Whittle Field and Trees and white shimmering cardstock from the Glitzy Glitter pad.   Check out the new 2023 Christmas release and all the beautiful products available!   Happy Crafting!  

Tricia Floral Signature[9]





Bold Thanks
by Tricia Barber


Hello all!  Tricia here with you today to share some old school techniques for the current Poppystamps Challenge.  I have two for you today: ink smooshing and using your dies to create backgrounds. It is so much fun to get out your inks and ink smooshing up a bunch of backgrounds.  I generally use three colors for an A2 panel and you want to use colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, otherwise you will have muddy brown!   I think dye inks give the best results and use a surface that will allow you to ink directly on like a glass mat.   I start by watering down an A2 watercolor panel.   Using three different areas on your surface, stamp the ink pad directly down and then add some water.   The ink and water will bead up and then you can start to pounce your cardstock thru the three inks.  I use my heat tool to dry in between pouncing.  This gives a great layering of the various colors on the panel. For my card today, I used Distress Inks in Lumberjack Plaid, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  Once satisfied with the color of the panel, then I used my heat tool to fully dry the panel. I die cut my panel with the Luscious Script Thanks and die cut the shadow from black cardstock.  I used liquid glue to adhere to each other.  



To make my background, I have used another old school technique, using die cuts!   I love finding creative ways to use my dies.  I die cut from white cardstock using the smallest and the middle die from Brilliant Rings to create my background.  With the smaller die, I die the center out of each of the middle die cut circles.  I then layered onto the card base with liquid adhesive.  




I stamped a sentiment from Whittle Rainbow Unicorn Kit and added some Fairy Drops to finish it off!   What are some of your favorite Old School techniques?  Share your card with us and link up your design on the Poppystamps post here.  A winner will be chosen at random of the Old School PSC#108 challenge, see the challenge post for more details.   You have until 12 am US EST on September 28 to play along!

Tricia Floral Signature[9]