Sun 10

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge
by Jeanne Jachna

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Do you love to play challenges?   When I started papercrafting several years ago there were so many different brands and products that I wanted to try, and frankly I just couldn't afford them all.  I found that one way to add products to my stash was to play along with different challenges I found on line.  Most manufacturers have a monthly challenge (Yes Poppystamps does too - see the badge in the top right corner?).  If you play along you could win a prize.   I really enjoyed seeing the different ways people would use the products and got ideas from projects I would see linked up.  Lots of them used stamps and dies that I already had in my collection.. other projects inspired me to buy something new! 
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This week Poppystamps is sponsoring the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge - you can find it here.   That means if you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps.  Every week they have a new inspiration photo to inspire you!  Here's what I made with this weeks inspiration...
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I think any Christmas themed project would be appropriate but I was inspired by the little penguin.  I was wishing I had the new Holiday Hats craft die - it would look so cute on the penguin don't you agree?  
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I started by cutting two of the Stitched Hills dies.  I inked one with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and then die cut the Folk Merry Christmas sentiment.  I layered the borders on to a panel that I inked with Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet distress ink. 
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I added some Evergreen trees to set the scene for the penguin ice skaters.  The penguins are from the Love Note stamp set, and their winter accessories (hat and bow) are from the Be Mine Penguins set.  These sets are both intended for Valentine's Day, but they're perfect for winter Christmas cards too! 
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Want to play along? You can get all the details here at Cupcake Inspirations.   Remember if you play along you could win a $20 gift certificate to Poppystamps.

For a SECOND chance to win leave me a comment.  We'll select one winner at random from the comments below to win a $20 gift certificate.  You have until midnight December 17 to leave me a comment.  The winner will be posted on December 19. 

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Sat 09

Christmas Shaker Wreath
by Marybeth Lopez

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Hi there, Marybeth here  today. I used the Ball Wreath again this time for a Christmas Shaker with added holly from Wintertime Fairies, both from Poppystamps .

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This is the ugly back side of my card showing you the fun foam channel I created to fill with sequins. After I filled it I adde a piece of vellum over the opening. I was a bit messy with the sequins and some stuck to the tape on the back of the fun foam.( try not to do that....lol) Oh before I placed the fun foam I added a layer of acetate over the die opening.

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Try not to see my thumb... the lighting in the room I take photos is not good this time of year unless I take the photo in the morning. I added a bit of glossy accents and a bit of glitter to the berries. I used shimmer pens on the holly leaves.

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Thank you so much for the visit today!  

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Fri 08

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
by Jeanne Jachna

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Do you love Coffee?  And you love crafting too?  Then you need to check out Amy Tsuruta's Winter Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!   It's the perfect way to combine two of your favorite things!  Poppystamps is a sponsor for the event - that means that if you play along you could win a $25 gift certificate for the Poppystamps store!  I made a pretty shaker card to share today!
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I started by creating a soft pink background with Spun Sugar distress ink.  I splattered it with water, and then again with some watered down Picked Raspberry.  Finally it got a splash of white ink.  I created a shaker using the Merry Christmas Tag.  I filled it with pretty sequins from Birch Press Design.  This sequin collection is called My Valentine.  If you look close you will see little hearts mixed in with the pink and red sequins.
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I stamped a pattern on the Morning Cup die using a stamp from the Flourish Blooms Stamp set.  I stamped this in Tumbled Glass distress ink and then added a shadow of ink on the saucer.  Don't you love that dollop of whipped cream on top? 
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The holly and pine is just two dies - the Greenery Bundle and Perfect Pine Needles.  I added some pearls to make the berries dimensional.
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OK now it's your turn ! I hope you play along with the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop -even if you don't make a card it's a great place to get ideas for cards of your own.    Don't forget they have a prize up for grabs - you can get all the details here.

For a SECOND chance to win... we have a prize for you here today too!  Want a chance to win a $25 gift card to Poppystamps?  Just leave me a comment!   You have until  midnight December 16 to leave a comment.  One random comment will be selected as the winner and will be posted on December 19, 2017.

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Fri 08

Santa Claus Box
Patty Tanúz

Hola amigas!!!!!

Are you already participating in our new challenge? Participating with us is also a great opportunity to make little gifts!!!!

What about a little box where the protagonist is Santa????? Look!!!!!

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Really pretty and with the spirit of Christmas!!!!!  Shasta Twigs looks real!!!! Only mine have magic with glitter jijiji

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I cut the "Believe" in sparkly foam, I love that all is "mini" (tiny) jiji

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Have you seen the new of Poppy? You can enter HERE :)

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I need new chocolates for my box because the ones I had I ate them jajaja

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Smells like Christmas everywhere!!!

Kisses amigas! 

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Thu 07

Winter White Out
by Michele K. Henderson

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Hello Everyone!

Are you ready for the big snows of the season? As a child growing up in Wisconsin, I used to love waking up on frosty winter mornings to the crisp white snow covering every inch of the yard. I still love seeing lots of snow today, unless I have to shovel it of course! Today I have created an unusual card for me, an all-white Winter White Out! Take a look!

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It's completely white! Originally I had planned to add bits of color here and there, like tiny brown deer, or yellow lights in the window, but I really liked the idea of a perfectly white scene with a smooth a snow texture too!

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I started out by cutting a square card base out of heavy white card stock, then cutting the Pointed Square Frame, trimming and measuring until I reached a perfect fit!

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Then I cut out all the tiny parts of the Classic Cottage, two Tree Trunks, and the Tiny Fawns, all out of crisp white card stock. I then added the first Tree Trunk to the upper left corner, then trimmed the second Tree Trunk to line up alongside the first, to look like  continual row of trees. Once the trees were in place, I added the Pointed Square Frame.

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This picture is a little fuzzy, I know! I was gluing the Tree Trunks into the upper right corner with my right hand, and holding the camera with the left! But I know you get the idea! Once the trees and frame were in place, the house, windows, doors, eaves and Tiny Fawns wee easy breezy!

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That's how to make your own Winter White Out! This would look really cute as a holiday gift tag too!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

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Wed 06

Red Lantern
by Nancy Penir

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With Christmas right around the corner, creating a few extra cards is a great idea, and I know will come in handy.

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Here's some inspiration for you, created with all dies.

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I started with Garden Lantern, and cut it with red card stock and then again with a darker red twice, to give it stability.

Then I gave it a window with clear cardstock.

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Shiny Snowflakes cut from glitter paper...

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I hope you're putting the finishing touches on your cards. And I hope you found some Poppy inspiration today!

Have a great day!

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Wed 06

Challenge Reminder - Anything but a Card
by Olga Direktorenko

Have you already entered this month's challenge? The theme is Anything BUT a Card so tags, boxes, banners or any type of decorations are welcome! 

Today I am sharing a set of treat boxes that is extremely easy to make - you don't need any special supplies to create a shape of this box - except a sheet of cardstock, some glue and a good old stapler. 

I have used emboss resist technique and some washi tape to decorate the boxes - watch the video tutorial below for step by step instructions!

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Tue 05

Poppystamps Holiday Winners Announced!

Thanks so much for joining us during our holiday release blog blitz!  We love having the opportunity to introduce you to the latest products and offer you a chance to win one for your own.  We can't thank you enough for your kind comments!  You make our hearts happy and encourage us to do our best!   

We hope you'll continue to visit us for ideas for your Poppystamps craft dies and stamps!

Post Prize Winner
Jeanne's Post 1962 Surprise Deer Becky Green
Pam's Post 1961 Classic Cottage Patricia Howarth
Marybeth's Post 1970 Large Window Cut Out  Heidi H
Nancy's Post 1963 Little Gingerbread Boy 1968 Little Gingerbread Girl Vinita Jain
Olga's Post 1961 Classic Cottage Janet
Card Challenge Winners Choice Cynthia D
Robin's Post 1963 Little Gingerbread Boy 1968 Little Gingerbread Girl ionabunny
Michele's Post 1971 Poinsettia Mini Leanne S
Jennifer's Post 1960 Tree Trunks Arlene Waddell
Patty's Post 1965 Holiday Craft Beards & 1966 Holiday Hats karenajo


Winners have been notified by email! 

Mon 04

Fairy Magic.
by Pam Simpson

Hello everyone are you nearly ready for the Christmas Season! wish I was.

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Now I thought these cute tiny fairies would come in handy! "Magnificent Mini Fairies"  think they make a cute filler for my "Floral Candle" display and perfect for the New Poppystamps "Large Window Cutout"

This is how I did my Window..from a card size 51/4" x 61/2".

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Place the Window die as shown.

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Using the Snowscape die ..coloured with inks and sprayed with a mix of water/bleach..this I adhered to my main card 5 3/4" x  6 3/4".

I have used foam tape to the reverse of my card with the window cutout..onto this I placed a piece of Velum paper. Next adhere to the main card, so you have a small equal margin around.

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Window complete with velum and cute fairy,  another from the set of three fairies added her wings ..placed with the script Fairy Magic.

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Third Fairy among these beautiful "Floral Candles" " Poinsettia Mini" and "Greenery Bundle"  finished with a few random dots of gold liquid pearl drops.

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Hope you like this card style as much as me, something I will create again.

Thank you for stopping by and any comments you leave. 

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Sun 03

Sparkle
by Nancy Penir

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Greetings!  It's time for some Holiday card inspiration, and I have just the dies to help spark your holiday spirit!

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Is that sweet deer the cutest? 

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I made a stencil from the the Tree Trunks Craft die, and used my Starburst sprays.

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Lots of foam and more spray and glitter for the next layer,  Pine Needle Clearing.  

The deer comes with a separate die for his antlers, allowing for a color change if you want. I blinged parts of him with Diamond Stickles.

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The word, Sparkle, seemed the perfect sentiment for my holiday card!

I'd love to hear what you think. Did you get any of the dies featured on my card during the blitz? 

Have fun crafting, and I'll be back soon!

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