Friday, August 16, 2013

Summer Window - My Poppystamps Design Team blog post for 13 August 2013


I am part of the Poppystamps Design Team and this is my first of two cards for Poppystamps blog in August 2013. I hope you enjoy this card designed for those with late summer birthdays.
A great feature of the Poppystamps Grand Madison French Doors is that you can use them closed or open. If you want to create a dimensional look on the Grand Madison French Doors simple stack 3D foam adhesives to the back of the windows. To give a little dimension use one or if you need a little more clearance to frame a scene pair them and adhere to your background.
Supplies you will need:Poppystamps Dies:
Grand Madison French Doors (849)
Grassland Border (825)
Curious Cat (875)
Curvy Stem (851)
Memory Box Dies:
Petite Cake (98547)
Primula Bloom (98149)
Scalloped Cake Stand (98541)
Garden Pots (98532)
Dancing Butterflies (98576)
Memory Box Paper:
Vanilla Bean (10N Notecard, 44044 paper)
SH-Lavender (44021)
SH-Sunflower (44041)
SH-Meadow (44024)
SH-Cherry Blossom (44004)*
SH-Dill (44010)
Foam adhesive squares, glue, adhesive tape, glue dots, scissors or paper-trimmer, glitter, die-cut machine, ink for stamping greeting
Prepare the base card:
Step 1: Take your cardstock and score the front horizontally at inch intervals. My cardstock, Vanilla Bean, is from Memory Box.
Step 2: Rotate your card vertically and beginning on the first section score at ½”, 1”, and 1 ½” and so forth to the end of that line. Next, begin scoring the next line at 1”, 2”, 3” and so forth to the end of the card. Continue alternating how you scored the first section and second section until you have created a brick pattern to the top of the front of the card.
Prepare the cake:
Step 1: Complete the die cutting. Die cut the cake layers, the cake stand, and make several die cuts of the Primula Bloom in two colors. Apply glue to the cake and then cover with ultra-fine glitter – let dry!
Step 2: Select the flowers (from the Primula Bloom) and colors you wish to affix to each cake layer. Make sure you have a green color suitable for a leaf and make a cut of that as well. Assemble the flowers if you wish to add more than 1 flower to each layer. On the Primula Bloom you will see a leaf. I cut that leaf off as well as the largest bloom for this cake.
Assemble the window Scene:
Step 1: Cut out a background for the wallpaper or “paint” color of the interior room. Apply foam squares to the French doors. Place foam squares on the back of each layer of the cake and put onto the background paper (here it is the latte polka dotted Memory Box paper). Place the cake stand (also on foam adhesive square). Apply the flowers to the cake and then glue the “frosting” to each cake layer. Note, the frosting layers are here in lavender.
Step 2: Cut out the cat. Once the cake is complete adhere the cat with a foam adhesive. Then position your French doors over the top of the paper scene. Note: If you are going to open your doors as pictured here, make sure you open them before you glue to background scene.
Complete the card:
Step 1: Adhere the window scene to the base card with your preferred method. I used more foam adhesives but you could use glue dots or double-sided tape if you prefer.
Step 2: Die cut the grass border, the butterflies, flowerpots and single stem.
Step 3: Apply the grass border. There will be a little space at the right side of card to fill. That is where the flowerpots come into play. Overlap them slightly and glue dot (or glue). Then affix each single stem to middle of pot and glue dot. You won’t see the glue dot as you are now going to put the pots on the card where the grass ends. From the Primula Blooms you cut for the cake, choose some to make flowers to affix to the top of the stems in the flowerpot. Die cut the butterflies and glue dot to the grass, the window, the brick, wherever you choose.
Step 4: You are almost done! If you choose to use a birthday greeting, stamp your birthday greeting and cut out. You may place it straight across the top just inside the French doors or you may wish to place it diagonally above the cat. Tuck them into your window scene (if you are using open windows like I did); otherwise, simply stamp your greeting inside the card.
Step back and smile!
*Cherry Blossom paper was used with the Primula Bloom and placed in the center of the flowers on the flowerpot. They are slightly hard to see with the French doors open.


  1. Love this card, Kimberly. The window open is so inviting!