Poppystamps Challenge and Holiday Blog Blitz

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Have you heard about the Holiday Blog Blitz over at Poppystamps this week? From August 2-14, the Poppystamps design team is sharing their beautiful inspiration and ideas for cards created with our latest holiday release! You have a chance to win every day! Check out all the details and be sure to leave a comment over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/08/stitched-oak-trio-by-michele-k-henderson.html

We would love to see what you will create too! Our August Challenge is Beyond Borders. Link up your Beyond Borders card for another chance to win! You can get all the details and link up your Beyond Borders card right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/08/psc35-beyond-borders.html

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Winter Magic Shaker with Poppystamps!

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I am over on the Poppystamps Blog today to celebrate our new release Holiday Blog Blitz from August 2-14! You can see how I made this magical shaker card, find more great inspiration and ideas, and enter this month’s challenge, Beyond Borders,  over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/2017/08/evangeline-floating-square-by-michele-k-henderson.html

Did I mention you can WIN too? Every single blog post offers a chance to win one of our new Poppystamps holiday release stamps or dies! All you have to do is leave a comment over on the Poppystamps blog! I’ll see you over there!

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Poppystamps August Challenge: Beyond Borders

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August is here with a brand new challenge over on the Poppystamps blog, Beyond Borders! You can get all the details and play along with our challenge for a chance to win an amazing prize from Poppystamps right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/

Take a look at how I was inspired this month!

Autumn is nipping at our heels, even in this crazy heat! Soon kids will be packing up their backpacks and the leaves will start to turn! I wanted to capture the idea of trees and leaves expanding over the borders of the seasons, with these pretty pattern pieces cut from the Pretty Stitches dies.

If you have never worked with edge dies before, Poppystamps owner Dave Brethauer has created a beautiful video tutorial that you can find over on the Poppystamps blog. Dave created his pretty border edges by cutting six dies at once, then fitting them together like a jigsaw puzzle. To create my border edge, I cut each die separately, then layered each one on top of the other on my blue card stock base.

It doesn’t matter if the edges are sloppy or uneven, since they will all be trimmed evenly with one cut of the guillotine to fit neatly inside my pretty Pointed Rectangle Frame.

Once the edges and frame were smoothly adhered, I added the Birch Tree and a few Stitched Oak tree leaves, spilling down beyond the borders.

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see what you’ll create! Just make a card or project using at least one Poppystamps die or stamp and share your concept of Beyond Borders! Link it up over at the Poppystamps blog, and see more great inspiration from our design team!

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

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Summer is in full swing,  and it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! I made this cute little coffee loving kitty card for a friend of mine, and I think it would be a nice addition to the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes! You can get all the details and link up your card over at Simon Says right here: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

This card was created with die cuts, lots and lots of tiny little paper gems, which were then inked around the edges to give them an fun dimension.  How cute is that kitty?

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Sending Good Things with Poppystamps!

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Today I’m over on the Poppystamps blog with this pretty CAS purple rose. You can see how I made it, and see more great inspiration and ideas over at Poppystamps right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/

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Little Luxe Love with Poppystamps

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I’m over on the Poppystamps blog today with a little salute to summer! You can see my card over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/

While you’re there, check out our June challenge, Rainbow Wishes!  Leave a little love too!

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Poppystamps June Challenge: Rainbow Wishes

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Welcome to the Poppystamps June Challenge, Rainbow Wishes! June is all about beautiful rainbow color, and you are going to see some amazing ideas from our design team over at the Poppystamps blog right here: http://poppystamps.typepad.com/

What’s a better time for good wishes than on your birthday?! I created a bright and colorful birthday card using a few of my new favorite inks, Distress Oxide Inks. I just picked up this set while traveling recently, and this is the first chance I’ve had to give them a go. Take a look!

Have you seen this new trend, and have you tried Distress Oxide Inks yet? Distress Oxide Inks blend color, layers, and water to create beautiful unique patterns and add a fun new dimension to your cardmaking. There are so many ways to use them, you’ll be amazed. I started with a simple technique and achieved great results.

I started by stamping the ink pad directly onto a flat craft mat a few times, then giving it a little spritz of water. Then I smooshed a small square of watercolor paper right into the inky puddle, added a few drops of water to my paper and dried it with a heat gun. From there, you can add as many layers of ink and water as you like. I only used one color on each square, and made one square for each set of balloons I would cut.

The ink dries in these colorful, swirly patterns, thanks to the swirling and moving water droplets. They work perfectly for blending into a rainbow too, creating bright, pure color without muddling. Once my squares were dry, I cut out the Pinpoint Balloons and the Happy Birthday Bold.

Trying to figure out how to arrange the balloons was the hardest part! Omar Kitty came up to give me a hand!

Eventually I decided on a single row of different sized balloons, creating a rainbow. I’ll be using the rest of balloons in another project!

Now it’s your turn! We’d love to see your Rainbow Wishes! Create a Rainbow Wishes themed card using at least one Poppystamps stamp or die and link it up over at the Poppystamps blog for your chance to win an amazing prize!

Thanks so much for joining us today!