Friday, September 13, 2013

Autumn Sunset - My Poppystamps Design Team Blog Submission for 13 Sept

Fall is my favorite time of the year with the variety of colors and slight chill in the air.  It is in the anticipation of Autumn that I designed this card featuring the Viva Tree Die new from Poppystamps.

This card can serve for masculine birthdays, Autumn greetings, a thank you card or, in the US, a Thanksgiving Card.  It could even serve as a sympathy card.
I created this card by creating a background with chalk pastels to create the sunset.  The cardstock was 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  After the sunset is created, I adhered the single piece of cardstock to an A-2 sized card with a top fold that I made from a sheet of cardstock.
I ran the Woodland Fawn twice and the Viva tree die once in brown to create the tree for the card. Next, I ran the Viva tree die several more times with yellow, green, orange, and red cardstock. 
The Country fence die will need to be run through the die cut machine twice to fit an A2 card lengthwise.  To join the fence trim the second fence to where the tall fencepost is at the end and adhere to the last fence plank on the first fence.
This card is a quick card to produce as the colored Viva Tree die cuts provide enough leaves for several additional trees with only the brown main tree needing cut again.  I hope you enjoyed this card.
Supplies I used for this card:
Viva Tree Die [#901] 
Woodlawn Fawn [#945]
Country Fence [#935]
Miscellaneous Supplies:
Adhesives - to adhere the scene to the base cardstock and to adhere the die cuts.  I found it easier to use a glue pen to add the tiny leaves to the tree and to the scene.
Chalk Pastels - to create the autumn sunset background

Monday, September 9, 2013

LET IT SNOW! - My 09 Sept submission to the Poppystamps Design Team Blog -

While we were blessed with a slightly cooler summer here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, my mind still looks forward to winter and snow.  For this posting, I chose to create a snowy holiday village.  This uses the new Holiday Village Stamp and corresponding (but sold separately) Holiday Village Die from Poppystamps.

Supplies I used for this card:
Holiday Village Die [#971] 
Holiday Village Cling Stamp [CS297F]
Let it Snow Cling Stamp [CS309B]

Miscellaneous Supplies:
Adhesive- I used a liquid glue (snow/glitter), glue pens (touch ups as needed) and foam backed adhesive (for inside greeting).

Snow or glitter - To create the snow I used Polar White by Flowersoft; however, you could substitute a fine snowy glitter.

Rhinestones - added a bit of bling to the center of the snowflakes on each side of the "Let is Snow" greeting.

Ink & Embossing Powder - I used ink for the greeting and the snowflakes that is used as the easel inside the card.  I used Versamark clear to stamp the holiday village and then I used a dark brown embossing powder and a heat tool to set the embossing powder.  Then I used markers to color the trees and the village houses.  You could also use a brown ink and a clear embossing powder.

This card is an easel card.  I cut a circle out of a light colored card stock and used chalk pastels to create the nighttime background.  

To create the backing for the holiday scene, cut out of a folded piece of paper into a circle (so the fold acts as your card by connecting the circles).  

Choose where to put your greeting (which acts as the stand for the scene when the card is open). This will help you determine where to fold the front circle of the card.  Once determined fold the front circle of the card accordingly and then attach your completed scene on top.

Easel card tips:  
You will need white cardstock (separate from the scene to create the village and then die cut it.  

Create the background night sky, adhere your die cut Holiday Village, then add your scene to your circle card.  

With the card open, carefully apply glue and then your snow. Allow to dry then affix your greeting inside the circle card.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Merry - My latest Poppystamps Design team posted on 9/7

The new Poppystamps dies are amazing!  For this post, I wanted to showcase the versatility of the Merry Dots die new from Poppystamps.

These three cards, each use the Merry Dots die, in different positions.  

The cards are each 3" x 3" and were designed to be used as in lieu of a tag to accompany a holiday gift. Each card uses the Poppystamps cling stamp "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas" stamped inside on a white piece of cardstock.

To create the cards measure a piece of cardstock to 6" long and 3" wide.  
Score lengthwise at the 3" mark.  
Next determine where you want the fold.  The deer and the candle cards each have the fold at the top.  The green sleigh card has the fold on the left.  With the card in an unfolded position the Poppystamps Merry Dots die and run it through your cutting machine.  
If you wish to have a color showing through (deer card) then cut a different color of cardstock and adhere to the inside of the card.  Then chose a color for the inside to stamp your greeting.  
Now comes the fun --decorate the outside of your card.  The hardest part is choosing from all the exciting new Poppystamps dies.  What will you create?
Supplies I used for these cards:
Merry Dots [#937] 
Birthday Candles [#909] 
Woodland Fawn [#945]
Santa's Magic Sleigh [#943]
Small Blooming Poinsettia [#902]
Little Christmas Cling Stamp [CS305B]

Miscellaneous Supplies:
Adhesive- I used a liquid glue and glue pen for these cards.
Red Glitter Glue - For the candle card, I cut two sets of candles and cut the tips off to make the yellow look like a flame.  Then I applied a red glitter glue to make it look more like a flickering candle.
Rhinestones - added a bit of bling to the center of the poinsettias on the sleigh and deer card.
Ink - for stamping the greeting inside of the card.

Brewing - My August 20 Poppystamps Design Team Post

Something is Brewing - Halloween
This card is a Halloween window where a cauldron is brewing something up for Halloween under the watchful eye of a black cat.

I love Poppystamps dies, as they are so versatile. In this card I cut the table down in height and cut the tips off the fence to give it a more "Halloweenish" feel.
I cut the branches from the Memory Box Orchard Frame Die and applied two of the three trees from the Memory Box Birch Trio.
Supplies you will need:
Poppystamps Dies:
Small Madison Arched Window [848]
Ashton Side Table [897]
Sitting Cat [860]
Picket Fence [827]
Grassland Border [825]
Walking Cat [859]
Memory Box Dies:
Orchard Tree Frame (98300)
Debutante Frame (98297)
Birch Trio (98617)
Grim Cauldron (98700)
Ghastly Ghosts (98701)
Tiny Bubbles (98699)
Memory Box Stamps:
Witch You Happy Halloween(B1973)
Memory Box Paper:
SH-Dill (44010)
SH-Jack-o-Lantern (44017)
SH-Licorice (44022)
SH-Meadow (44024)
Adhesives (glue, tape, circles or foam adhesives), scissors or paper trimmer to cut paper small enough to run through a die-cut machine, die-cut machine, black ink for stamping greeting inside card.
Prepare the frame:
Step 1:  Using Licorice sheet paper run the Orchard Tree Frame through your die cutting machine.  Trim out all but the center tree.
Step 2: Using Jack-O-Lantern card stock run the Debutante Frame through the die cutting machine.  Carefully attach the Orchard Frame to the Debutante Frame.
Step 3:  Run the Birch Trio through the die cutting machine and trim off one tree.  Attach the remaining two trees over the tree left in the Orchard Frame. This helps to hide it and secure the birch trees to the frame.
Prepare the Window:
Step 1:  Die cut in Licorice card stock the Madison Small Arched Window. Die cut the Sitting Cat (and 3 of the Walking Cat – you will use him later). Die cut the Ghosts, Cauldrons (you will use only the large one).
Step 2: Die cut in Meadow card stock the Bubbles and the ghosts.
Step 3: Die cut in White card stock the ghosts. Also cut enough white card stock to go behind the window. This is where you will assemble your scene. Place double sided adhesive tape to the back of the white card stock. This will make it easier to adhere later.
Step 4: Die cut in Jack-O-Lantern, the Pumpkins and the Bubbles.
Step 5: Die cut in Vanilla Bean the Aston Side Table.
Step 7: Assemble the components of the window and adhere to the white base. Attach with one level of foam adhesives the black window frame (Madison Small Arched Window) to the white backing over the scene. 
Step 8: Peel the strips from the back of the white backing and attach your window scene to your Debutante Frame.
Finish the Card’s Exterior:
Step 1: Cut the Grassland border in Dill card stock.
Step 2: Cut the Picket Fence in Licorice card stock.
Step 3: Weave both together a little and adhere to Debutante Frame.
Step 4: Add ghosts in Meadow, Licorice and White (that you cut earlier) randomly around the card. If you have the Bats die cut you could use some of those as well.

Complete the inside of the card:
Step 1: Using adhesive of our choice adhere the three Walking Cats you cut earlier.
Step 2: Stamp the “Witching You A Happy Halloween” stamp.  Then turn the stamp and stamp the witches hat that is located on the side of the greeting stamp.
Viola! You are done! I hope you have enjoyed a peek into my Halloween collection.

Haunted Park: My Poppystamps Design Team Post for 9/1/2013

Haunted Park    

I love Fall and Halloween so here is my Haunted Trees.  These use many of the same Poppystamps and Memory Box dies from my August 20th post.  These dies are so versatile there are so many ways to use them. Save your scraps from cutting as they can be used for other things.  For example, the insides of the Village Lamp can be used as coffins for a spooky graveyard scene.
Note:  The card is sitting in a wooden base in order to photograph it for the blog.
Supplies you will need:
Poppystamps Dies:
Madison Park Bench (881)
Village Lamp Post (893)
Pouncing Cat (876)
Labrador (879)
Memory Box Dies:
Birch Trio (98617)
Grim Cauldron (98700)
Ghastly Ghosts (98701)
Tiny Bubbles (98699)
Perfect Pumpkins (98707)
Memory Box Paper:
SH-Vanilla Bean (44044)
SH-Sunflower (44041)
SH-Meadow (44024)
SH-Jack-o-Lantern (44017)
SH-Licorice (44022)
SH-Concord Grape (44045)
White card stock
Adhesive (glue, tape, circles or dots), scissors or paper trimmer to cut paper small enough to run through a die-cut machine and a die-cut machine.
Die cuts:
Step 1:  Using Licorice card stock cut out the Village Lamp Post, the sides of the Madison Bench, the Pouncing Cat, the Birch Trio, the Cauldron and a set of Ghosts.
Step 2:  Using Jack-o-Lantern card stock cut out the centers for the Village Lamp Post, the Perfect Pumpkins, a set of Ghosts and the Tiny Bubbles.
Step 3: . Using Meadow card stock cut out Tiny Bubbles and Ghastly Ghosts.
Step 4:  Using Concord Grape card stock cut out the Ghastly Ghosts.
Step 5:  Using Vanilla Bean card stock cut out the Labrador and the seating area of the Madison Park Bench.
Step 6: Using White card stock cut out Ghastly Ghosts.
Step 7:  Using Sunflower cut a circle about an inch or so in circumference to use for the moon.  I traced around something that size I had at home and cut out with scissors.
Create the Card
Step 1:  Cut a piece of 8 ½ x 11 inch Concord Grape card stock in half and then score at 4 ½. Rotate card so that the opening is on the bottom (versus opening to the right side).
Step 2:  Assemble the scene as above or to your liking

If a greeting is desired stamp it inside the card now and your card is complete!