Monday, December 30, 2013

Holiday Park - 30 December 2013 Post to Poppystamps Design Team Blog


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Church Window for Poppystamps

Church Window

Happy Holidays to all!  My December posts for Poppystamps are after Christmas has come and gone but I hope you will still enjoy my church window card.  
I created a double window for this card so that it has a window inside and outside of the card.
The first image shows the outside of the card.  I created a stained glass effect by applying adhesive to vellum and then using a fine glitter.  Then I affixed the Grand Gothic Iron Works window that I cut out of a pearlized white paper.  Once it dried, I colored the reverse side (non-glitter) with markers.
Next, I cut the Grand Gothic Iron Work Window a second time from the base of the cardstock.
And then I cut the Grand Gothic Window (frame) twice out of pearlized white cardstock.
Then, I took a second piece of cut vellum and applied Adhesive, Glitter, and the Iron Work Window cut from the blue base.  After allowing to dry I glued the two sections together. 
While that dried I glued the window frame to the front of the card and then placed the "sandwich" of vellum inside before adhering the second window frame inside.
After this I cut another white piece of cardstock and stamped the greeting, cut several pine sprigs and poinsettia leaves before building the flowers and adhering to the front of the card.
As you can see from the shot below (of the inside) it is much darker looking than the image above which is because there is no light source behind it.  The image above I took with the card open and a lamp behind it.
This card can be adapted for a first communion, baptism, Easter or even a sympathy card.
Hope you liked it.


Supplies you will need:
CS305B - Merry Little Christmas Cling Stamp
936 - Pine Sprigs Die
902 - Small Blooming Poinsettia Die
845 - Gothic Grand Window Die
850 - Grand Gothic Iron Work Window
Glitter, Markers and Adhesive, Vellum Paper
 Here is hoping that your holidays are full of happiness and love.  
Thank you for visiting Poppystamps blog and my blog as well.
Best wishes for a bright and healthy New Year,
Kimberly WM copy

Monday, December 2, 2013

PoppyStamps Design Team - Blog Hop: Holiday Tags, packaging, and more

Treats are not just for Santa

Small gifts are a nice way to show someone special how much you care, and a hand crafted tag makes any gift extra special!  Our blog hop showcases tags and/or packaging and sometimes even a recipe perfect for gift giving.

If you are following along the blog hop you should have reached me from my dear friend Jeanne Jachna.  

I recently purchased some scrumptious truffles from a local chocolate shop, The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville, NC, for a small gift.  I wanted a way to make it a bit more personal thus I decided to create my own packaging.  

Supplies you will need:

Poppystamps Die - Peppermint Twist [964]
Poppystamps Cling Stamp - Holidays Sparkle
Double sided adhesive tape
Brilliance Ink

For my packing, I placed my truffles side by side and measured to determine how long and wide it needed to be.  I used a ruler to draw a rectangle and then outlined the sides and drew flaps.  It helps to use a scoring tool and score on each fold line.  Then cut out the box's bottom.  To finish, use double sided tape on the flaps and fold to create the bottom.

Next, trace around the bottom of the box, and add a little extra space (as a buffer) so that the top will fit over the bottom.  Again draw the sides and flaps and score. Once the top is cut (and before assembly) cut the swirl decoration across the top.

I love to use Poppystamps dies in many different ways.  I am always thinking of how can I use this or that as a component in another project.  I certainly like to make my money stretch and the Peppermint Twist die is one of these versatile dies.  It is a two-piece die and you can create candies without the swirl and add embellishments with just the base or you can use the swirls separately (as I did here) or use them together and make peppermints!

Once the swirls were cut, I randomly stamped only the snowflake from the Cling Stamp - Holidays Sparkle across the top and the sides of the lid. The photo below shows a lidded treat box with the three truffles peeking through the swirls.

If you don't want to do the calculations yourself, you can find many tutorials from Splitcoast Stampers or on YouTube to help fit the packaging to your contents.

View into the box from the top

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget we have hidden prizes!  Refill your coffee, tea, or cocoa and hop on over to the blog of a super creative lady and fellow design team member, Lezlye Lauterbach.

One random commenter from 3 of the following blogs will be chosen to win a Poppystamps die of their choice.  So while you are hopping, remember to leave a comment!

Remember: You have until December 8 to leave a comment - winners will be posted on Poppystamps Blog on December 9.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Waiting For Santa - 30 November 2013 Poppystamps Design Team Blogpost

Waiting for Santa

Greetings and Happy Holidays!
I hope this finds each of you well and enjoying your holiday season with friends and family.
I watched an old favorite the other night, Rudolph, and thought that it would be nice to create something that reminded me of Santa's flight. 

Supplies you will need:
 Santa's Sleigh [923]
Woodland Fawn [945]
Large Fremont Pine [906]
Let it Snow Clearmount stamp [CS309B]
Brillant Ink, Red-colored Glitter Glue, Embellishments [rhinestone, pearls], Q-tips, adhesives and scissors.

I took a few Q-tips and dabbed them on the brillance ink pad and dotted all over the card to create the snow.  Then I cut the Fremont trees.  All trees on the card are from the Freemont tree, I just cut some of them to be thinner by cutting down with scissors after die cutting to give them the illusion of being in the background a bit.  I then added pearls of different colors to simulate lights on the tree.
I cut out a banner after stamping the Let it Snow and added a rhinestone to the center of the snowflake and used a glue circle to adhere to the card.  I glued the sleigh slightly tilted as if it were getting weighed down with packages and curved the deer legs just a bit as if it were ready to fly. I added a little of the red glitter glue as a collar for the deer.
For the snowy background I used scissors and rotated the paper slightly as I cut.  To complete the card, I added a little wooden laser cut house embellishment.
Have a happy holiday season and "let it snow!"
Kimberly WM copy

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Luminary

Christmas Luminary

For my posting today, I chose to make a Christmas luminary.  I did not provide dimensions just some general guidelines as you can easily size this up or down to your liking.

Supplies you will need:
Poppystamps Winterflake Frame [905]
Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia [902]
Flameless battery-powered tea light
This is relatively easy to reproduce and customize.  For my luminary I began with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.  There are a couple of key considerations here.  Do you want a bottom of the luminary or just one that will sit over a battery-powered flameless candle?
For the luminary, determine your desired dimensions.  You will want two wide sides and two narrow sides (to mimic a paper bag).  Score where you wish them to fold but on the last side make sure you have a little extra that you can score and use to adhere the sides together.
My luminary is about 7" tall and my front and back panels are about 3" wide with my side panels a little over 2" inches wide (plus a little extra to adhere on the last panel).  I cut two sheets of vellum the size of my wide panels.  Then I cut ovals into my wide panels. I used glue dots to adhere the vellum to the inside of the luminary before assembling.
Next, I cut out the Small Blooming Poinsettia [902]  and the Winterflake Frame [905] dies from Poppystamps.  I trimmed the Winterflake Frame [905] by cutting out the middle section of the frame and formed the ends around my ovals.  Next I assembled several layers of the Small Blooming Poinsettia [902] and adhered to the vellum with a couple of glue dots.  
You can choose to repeat design on the back panel of the luminary, forgo the back panel (and not cut it out so it is solid) or use a different design.  You can also simply cut shapes such as the Giovanni Snowflake and let the light shine through.
I used miniature tea battery-powered tealights (never use an open flame) to create the flickering light inside which are found at most craft stores.  You can get as fancy as you'd like with ribbon, glitter or other embellisments as well.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  
Kimberly WM copy
You can find all the great Poppystamps dies used to create this luminary (and many other projects) by following the links below:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Joy of Gifting - with simple gift card holders

The Joy of Giving

The Joy of Gifting 

Leaves final
This is an extremely simple card that can be mass produced if you have several people that are receiving gift cards or a single person who is one of those no-frills people that still like a little holiday joy (like my Dad).
I used a gold metallic paper, a gold vellum to line the inside of the card, some string to string the banner and Poppystamps digital dies.

The inside of the card shows the digital die cutting for the gift card.  A wee bit of the top of the card is showing in the photo which is the gold vellum that lines the front panel.  You can be as ornate or as simple as you like and you can determine how big (or small) you wish to make a gift card holder so why pay $3 and $4 at the stores for one?  
147 - Scalloped Border Poppystamps digital die
173 - Scalloped Notches Poppystamps digital die
170 - Retro Border Poppy stamps digital die
Die cutting machine (I used Silhouette Portrait)
Card stock
Glue (or your preferred adhesive)

Poppystamps digital dies are fantastic as you can add your own text (like I did to the banners) and you can resize to fit your card, select all or a portion of the image, repeat the image without worrying about the metal die slipping and mass produce cards.  Now, I am NOT giving up my metal dies but it is nice to have options.  Plus, you can combine both digital and metal dies and pick a technique to customize your cards!
Each image file comes formatted as .ai, .dfx. jpg., pdf., png, and .svg to work with just about every electronic cutter.  You can see all the images available here.

If you have a digital cutter you will want to watch the blog this week.  Poppystamps will be featuring  digital dies for the next few days and choosing two random commenters to receive 10 free digi dies of their choice.   All you have to do is leave a comment by 11-18 on any of the posts (November 11-14) featuring the digi cuts.  Winners will be posted by Jeanne on the Poppystamps blog on 11-20.

Thanks for checking out my gift card holder and don't forget to to go to the Poppystamps blog to leave a comment!! Comments are welcomed here but do not count for the give-away, as those comments must be left on the Poppystamps blog.
Kimberly WM copy