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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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Snowflake Corner Frame
by Sphoorti

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Hello! My name is Sphoorti and this is my first design team post ever!

Here's the card I made, and the details of how I did it. I hope you find it inspiring!

So, I know that many of us are working on our holiday cards right now, so I thought I'd make one for this post. I used the Snowflake Corner Frame die that just came out in the Holiday 2021 Release that I fell in love with. I immediately envisoned a stained glass effect and went to work.

I started by cutting up some Neenah / Classic Crest Solar White card stock with the Snowflake Corner Frame die. I used 80 pound here because we're in the middle of a move, and 90% of my crafty supplies are still in boxes, so I worked with what I could find. But I recommend using 110 pound, because that way you don't have to cut as many layers. I also cut a final layer out of some silver foil card stock I found in my scrap drawer to use as the top layer.

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I applied one of the frames to a scrap piece of paper and then layered all the frames (excluding one white frame, and the silver frame) on top of each other so as to build a well. See that dimension?

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Now for the fun and messy part. I grabbed a bottle of Glossy Accents and some Shimmer Powder. I used Nuvo's Violet Brocade which is my favorite - it has pops of blue, purple, violet and pink. Absolutely gorgeous! You can do this one of three ways...

  1. You can fill a well with some Glossy Accents first, then sprinkle a pinch of the Shimmer Powder on top of it. Then, use a pin to mix it in / swirl the powder around. (Gives a cool swirly effect)
  2. You can first sprinkle the shimmer powder and then add the glossy accents on top and then mix it up. (You can get a swirly effect out of this one too)

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3. You can take a tiny empty squeeze bottle, pour some glossy accents in there, and add as much Shimmer Powder you want, and then mix it all up, and then squeeze it into the wells.

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I used a combo of all three methods up there, and I think I've discovered that I like the swirly effect, so I may stick to options 1 and 2. I will definitely keep a backup of the 3rd option for when I don't have time to get messy or swirly.

So, then, I ended up with the hot mess that you see here:

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I waited for the glossy accents to dry, and then used the leftover white frame and layered it on top to cover the messy portions. Actually, you can take advantage of the glossy accents that spilled out and use it as glue to stick the last leftover frame, but I was too nervous about accidentally getting my fingers in there or messing it up, so I waited for it to dry. I also layered the silver frame on top and ended up with this:

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Brownie points for anyone who sees the flaws! Here, let me help you if you don't:

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So, here's something I didn't consider before I started this card. Glossy Accents warp cardstock when you use a large quantity, and it happened even more so here because I used 80 pound cardstock versus 110 or higher. Totally my bad. I tried to fix the "warpage" and I ended up cracking the Glossy Accents. <Woe is me> I almost tossed the whole project and planned to start over, but I'd put in so much effort already that I decided to just keep going and find a way to cover it up somehow. The other flaw was that some of the wells didn't have enough glossy accents. This was easier to fix - all I had to do was use that ready-made mix of Glossy Accents + Shimmer Powder and squirt it in there, and it was mess free too!

Anyway, I ended up finding a piece of vellum in my scrap drawer, and I also had the newly released Small Freestyle Merry Christmas craft die, so I cut out the sentiment using the same silver cardstock and put it on the vellum and attached it to the frame and covered up the cracks. Disaster averted (well, hidden from plain sight, more like)!

I stuck this frame to a card, and it looked a little "too clean and simple", so I decided to splatter it up using a mix of perfect pearls and water, and then I also scattered some clear Fairy Drops from Memory Box. Here's the end product. What do you think?

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Before I go, I wanted to list out a couple of tips (rather, a "What not to do"-list):

  1. Do not use thin card stock when you're trying to build wells. The fatter the better. (Just like with cats)
  2. Do not use card stock as the base of the wells. Instead - use acetate! No "warpage" whatsoever! (I made another card using acetate, I'll post it soon, but it was a dream when it came to preventing the warping, and had a cooler effect too!)
  3. Do not use glossy accents sparingly. When they dry, they condense quite a lot so, if you like a domed look, or you want the level of the glossy accents to be high, be generous with it.
  4. Do not try to fill the entire thing with Glossy Accents first, and then do the mixing later. Depending on how much you use, it can dry pretty fast, especially if you're in extra-hot Southern California like me. So, instead, do one section at a time.

Thoughts? Questions? Epiphanies? Please do let us know! We'd love to hear from you! Hope you enjoyed this post and/or found it helpful / inspiring!

Thank you so much!

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In My Thoughts - Challenge Reminder
by Tiffany Pryce

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Hi everyone! Tiffany here with a reminder of this month's challenge. We're celebrating spring with a walk in the garden so we're asking you to share our love of nature and add a butterfly or flower to your project. All types of projects are welcome, but please make sure to include at least one Poppystamps product. Read more details about this month's challenge on the blog.

For some inspiration, I created a simple sympathy card that I gifted to a friend. I wanted to keep the design thoughtful and simple, but with pops of soft color. I started by die cutting an A2 piece of cream cardstock with the Pinpoint Half Ring Plate die. I adhered it to an A2 card base made from heavyweight, white cardstock. The pinpoint detail adds subtle texture to any background, and reminded me of sun rays which worked nicely with the card's theme.

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Next, I created my border. I die cut the Leafy Garden Border die from yellow and orange cardstock from the Sunny Orange paper pack. I layered the yellow die cut on top of the orange and offset it to allow the orange to peek out.

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For the butterflies, I used the Intricate Cut Butterflies dies to die cut three different sizes of butterflies. With each butterfly, I die cut it three times - twice out of white cardstock, and once from DIY glossy cardstock I created. I made the cardstock by heat embossing satin white embossing powder on white cardstock. I adhered the layers together with liquid glue only in the middle where the body would be so the wings would have volume. For extra detail, I added gold nuvo drops to mimic the butterfly's body.

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Lastly, I gold heat embossed a sentiment from the Diamond Sentiments stamp set on a piece of vellum. I used a very thin layer of glue that I carefully spread with my finger to adhere the vellum to the card front. This very thin layer was not visible through the vellum. 

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Hope you are inspired to join us in this month's challenge. Happy crafting!

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Flowers and Butterflies
by Marybeth Lopez

 

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Hello , Marybeth Lopez  here with you today, sharing how I made this embossed card . I am also here to remind you of the  Poppystamps challenge: Flowers and Butterflies.

I hope all the moms had a wonderful Mother's Day.

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After adding a layer of vellum to the stamped butterflies I also added a bit of glitter to the edges . The vellum layer made them look even a bit more elegant.

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Above is a quick snapshot of the Products I used.

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The Embossing folder is amazing and so very detailed that it is hard to capture in a photo.

The Hugs die is layered three times , then I added a tiny bit of glitter to it as well.

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You have plenty of time to play along in the challenge , just make sure you use at least one Poppystamps product on your card.  

Take care and I hope you have a wonderful week.

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Diamond Sentiments
by Sue McRae

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Happy Tuesday! Have you seen the new spring release for Poppystamps yet? If you haven’t stop by the store here to check it out!

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I’m using the new Diamond Sentiments stamp and die set for this quick and simple card. I took the leafy frame image and white heat embossed it on vellum. After I die cut it I used a white pencil crayon to add shading to some of the leaves on the back side of the vellum.

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There are so many wonderful sentiments in this stamp set and I gold heat embossed one of them in the centre of the diamond frame. The great thing about this leafy frame is that you can use it horizontally or vertically on your projects and the sentiments can fit either way as well.

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The plaid paper I used on my card base is from the new Madras Plaid Coral & Green Paper Pack. I’m absolutely smitten with the colours and patterns in this pad and the companion pad Madras Plaid Blue & Violet. I really like how you can see the plaid colours and design through the vellum focal piece.

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I added a bit of sparkle with the Happy Birthday sentiment die cut from the new Graceful Garden Glitter Paper Pad and finished off with a few gold gems.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and have a great week!

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Big Hedgehog
by Candice Crawford

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Hi there crafty friends, hope you are all having a good week. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. Have you started on your Valentine's Day cards? If  not, today's project share may be the perfect inspiration to get you in the craft room to make a card or two. 

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To create this card, I began with creating my background image. I stenciled red hearts onto a piece of 5 x 7 inch white cardstock with the Memory Box Drifting Hearts Stencil and some Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink. 

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Next I cut the stenciled background with the Double Stitch Rectangle Frames die. Then adhered both the frame and the inside piece to a 4.25 x 5.5 top folding black note card with some liquid adhesive. 

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Then I die cut the Big Hedgehog Left and Big Hedgehog Right images from both a kraft and dark chocolate colored cardstock. I removed the hedgehog's main from the kraft die cut piece by fussy cutting the image with my paper snips. Then adhered the fussy cut kraft image onto the dark chocolate image with some liquid adhesive. 

Next I die cut a large heart image from some vellum cardstock, then adhered the heart and both paper pieced hedgehogs onto the stenciled heart background with some foam tape. Lastly I stamped and heat embossed the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock with some white embossing powder. I then attached the sentiment strip to card with some foam tape. 

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And there you have it, your card is done! I hope you enjoyed today's project share and found inspiration to make your own Valentine's Day cards. Until next time, happy crafting! 

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