Posts Tagged ‘Poppystamps’

Water You Up To?

Monday, August 30th, 2021

And here we are… the last Monday and second last day in August! Today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt is WATER, and I’m sharing a couple of different watery cards with you today. In both, I tried to incorporate water in both theme and technique. Here’s my first one:

Not over my love of Whittles dies yet! Here I’m using Whittle Dolphin and Whittle Sunshine for my card, along with a sentiment from Whittle Sealife Sentiments. (Possibly the only thing I don’t love about Whittles is typing it over and over…) 😂  For the main panel, I did some two-step ink smooshing – first smooshing the bottom third in a puddle of salty ocean distress ink + water, making sure some “splashed” up the panel. Once that was dry, I smooshed the top part in some tumbled glass ink + water – which hardly shows in the photos. I used the same inks, plus some weathered wood, to watercolour my dolphin. The sun is coloured with squeezed lemonade and carved pumpkin. After I die cut my panel, I had enough left over to stamp and emboss the sentiment on a piece and cut it into a banner. For the card base, I swiped the salty ocean ink all around the edges of it to coordinate.

I made a number of smooshed card bases at the same time (sitting outside on our deck, it was lovely!), and used a second one to make another card.

For this one, I played with distress oxide inks and one of my favourite smooshing techniques – using plastic wrap! Keep in mind, I’m a clean and simple cardmaker… this is about as technique-y as I get. 😉  After smooshing my panel in tumbled glass, salty ocean and faded jeans oxides, I crumpled some plastic wrap and pressed it on top before letting it dry. (Plastic wrap, bad, I know; but I do save and reuse it, so there’s that.) For a little variety, I used wilted violet (along with weathered wood) to watercolour my dolphin, Whittle Happy Octopus and Whittle Shark. The panel is cut with a deckle die, as is the sentiment, even though there’s no die that exact size – I just cut it twice!

Thanks for checking in today, I hope your week is off to a great start!


Getting Ready for Canada Day!

Monday, June 28th, 2021

Happy Monday! We’ve got Canada Day coming up this week, and so here’s my Canadian card!



This cute little Avery Elle stamp and die set is designed by Canadian Elena Roussakis! I stamped and embossed the adorable beaver and coloured him with Copics before die cutting. The larger of the two Whittle Wood Picture Frame dies seemed a perfect way to highlight him. For the background, I added a tiny panel of watercolour paper, that I first dipped in mermaid lagoon and mowed lawn distress ink, then when when dry added a few trees at the horizon. It still needed a little something, so I inlaid a few die cut Paper Smooches maple leaves using a scrap of red cardstock. (Do you still miss Paper Smooches, too? Scrap ‘n Stamp has a few stamp and die sets left if you want to add to your collection!) Finally, I tucked one of the sentiments from the stamp set under the corner of the twig frame.



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Whittle Things Blog Hop

Friday, June 4th, 2021

It’s JUNE, friends, and we are celebrating all the ‘Whittle Things’ with our blog hop this month!  Yep, we’re featuring the adorable Whittle dies by Poppystamps this month and believe me when I tell you, they are CUTE!

I’m sure you’ll have a wish list once you reach the end of the hop… and this weekend you can save 20% on all the Whittles and everything else by Poppystamps!  Happy shopping!

As always, we LOVE reading your comments and hearing what you think about the projects you see during our blog hops!  We’ll be randomly selecting one name from all those who leave comments to win a $50 gift certificate!

And now… let me share my creations!

I chose one set of dies to work with this month- the adorable Whittle Cactus Trio.  I’ve been trying to develop my green thumb as of late, and these seemed like a really fun way to work that into my card making!   I started out inking up some shades of green on Cardstock and then cut the trio out several times.  Since they are so tiny (the biggest of the trio is just 1.4″ tall) I doubled them all up two layers thick with some glue.  Then the ideas started flowing… so I made TWO cards to share with you today!

For the first card, I used a scrap of corrugated card stock to create a little planter for my cacti.  I experimented with several colors of Distress Paint, but my final product is primarily Crackling Campfire Distress Paint.  It makes a fabulous terra cotta pot!  Once I had the design, I inked up some book print for my background.  This is a simple ombre mix of Salvaged Patina & Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

I finished off the card with a cute little burlap flower embellishment and a sentiment from an awesome set by Heffy Doodle called Everyday Sentiment Duos.  It’s a super versatile set with a simple font you can dress up or down depending what you pair it with.  I inked the two parts of the ‘new home’ sentiment separately here, adding the smaller font on my card base & the larger font on Kraft across the top of the card.  Lastly, I splattered a bit of white paint for fun.

My second card uses the same elements as my first, but I positioned the cactus trio in a frame I made using one of the windows from the slimline die set by Picket Fence Studios.  I experimented with a variety of colors on this as well, finally adding Abandoned Coral Distress Ink to the mix (which is why it looks a bit dark & dirty compared to how vibrant it normally is!).  I stamped over the frame in the same coral ink with the MFT best friends cling background stamp.

Another sentiment from the Sentiment Duos (embossed with Rustic Wilderness Distress Embossing Glaze) seemed like a great compliment to the design.

I had a scrap of watercolor paper that I’d painted a wash of yellows & oranges on, so I added a touch of the coral and used it as the base for my frame.  A little bit of yellow twine wrapped around the frame added a bit of fun texture.  I also played around with another burlap blossom, added ink and glue and formed it into a bloom for one of my cacti!

Aren’t they some of the cutest little cacti you’ve ever seen?  And just wait until to see what the girls have done with the Whittle dies they used!  Actually, you don’t have to wait… you can hop on over and see Chala, for starters!

Here’s the full hop order, with links to the rest of the design team!

Thanks for stopping by and joining our hop- have fun!
Inky hugs,