Sunday, July 28, 2013

My initial post as part of the Poppystamps Design Team!

I am honored to be part of the Poppystamps Design Team.  I am part of a talented group of women from all over the world!  Please visit the Poppystamps Blog for daily inspiration!

I am excited to be part of the Poppystamps Design Team.  I hope you enjoy my first submission.  This card can be used for a variety of occasions.  The inside can be left blank for writing or a greeting can be added
This card can be used for pet sympathy card, hello, thinking of you, and thank you. I have added a few stamps in the product listing to give you an idea of sentiments.
Tip: Think of ways to use your dies in new ways. For example, in this card I show you how to use a Poppystamps Madison Bench die to create a chair and a stem with leaves to create leaves for the tree.
Supplies you will need:
Poppystamps Dies:
Madison Park Bench (881)
Pouncing Cat (876)
Tall Stem (853)
Memory Box Dies:
Dancing Butterflies (98576)
Resting Birds (98527)
Orchard Tree Frame (98300)
Debutante Frame (98297)
Memory Box Paper:
Mocha (10N Notecard 33027)
SH-Vanilla Bean (44044)
SH-Sunflower (44041)
SH-Kraft (44019)
SH-Dill (44010)
SH-Jack-o-Lantern (44017)
SH-Blueberry (44002)
Miniature pearls in pastel colors, adhesives (glue, tape, circles or dots), scissors or paper trimmer to cut paper small enough to run through a die-cut machine, die-cut machine, ink for stamping greeting inside card (if desired). Chalks to color sunset for background of frame.
Prepare the frame:
Step 1:  Using Vanilla Bean sheet paper run the Orchard Tree Frame through your die cutting machine.  Do not attach them together yet.
Step 2:  Using white card stock run the Debutante Frame through the die cutting machine.  Begin to create the background sunset by using pastel chalks (although you could get a similar effect with watercolor brush and ink).
I began by creating the sun then blending purple, pink, red, orange down around the sun.  Then I added a blue extending down to meet the green area of the grass.  Carefully attach the Debutante Frame background to the Mocha A10 card stock.
Step 3:  Using both Kraft and Vanilla Bean sheet paper cut the Madison Park Bench (the bench end [twice] n Vanilla Bean and the seating area [once] in Kraft). Cut (and you may have to do this on a bit of curve) the seating area in half.  Assemble the chair and cut away seating area as appropriate once you line up the ends of the bench.
Step 4:  Attach the bench to the Debutant Frame.  Then add the Orchard Tree frame on top.  I used some small dots of adhesive for positioning and then added liquid glue to secure.
Step 5:  Die cut the Pouncing Cat in Vanilla Bean and position it toward the tree (pick a place where you will add a bird (see Prepare the tree).
Prepare the tree:
Step 1:  Die cut in Jack-o-lantern (or you could use Mango) sheet paper the Dancing Butterflies.  Cut again with Sunflower sheet paper. 
Step 2:  Die cut in Blueberry sheet paper the Resting Birds.
Step 3:  Die cut the Tall Stem 3 times. Then taking fine paper scissors detach the leaves from the steam. 
Step 4:  Attach your butterflies, birds, and leaves.
Step 5:  Add miniature pastel pearls (optional).
If a greeting is desired stamp it inside the card now and your card is complete!


  1. Lovely card, Kimberly. I'd like to park myself down on that bench and enjoy the peacefulness:)

  2. Thanks Debbie! I love the tree dies and creating pastel backgrounds for them. Trees are great all year long and bring me inspiration (as do cats!).