Welcome back friends! I hope that you all are staying warm and cozy. Today I'm back as a guest designer for my beloved MFT. I had fun creating this card for them! Sometimes I get in a bit of a color rut. Traditional seasonal colors tend to dominate when ...
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"Poppy Paperie" - 5 new articles

  1. Snow Special
  2. Peace on Earth
  3. MFT & Friends Oct 2018
  4. Outline Coloring
  5. Silver Lining
  6. More Recent Articles

Snow Special

Welcome back friends! I hope that you all are staying warm and cozy. Today I'm back as a guest designer for my beloved MFT.  I had fun creating this card for them!

Sometimes I get in a bit of a color rut. Traditional seasonal colors tend to dominate when I sit down to create. For today's card I challenged myself to use what my brain thinks of as a Summer color combination. This card was created as a birthday card for my daughter's 16th birthday, which was yesterday. I wanted it to be light and cheery like she is!

Snow Special is the cutest little penguin stamp set. I am always so grateful for the coordinating die-namics and Snow Special Die-namics is no exception.
Lisa_Johnson_Snow_Special1Because I was stamping specifically for someone I thought of her and the colors that she likes. She's also a sparkle loving young lady. She's a friendly girl too so that inspired the cluster of penguins ice skating together. Ice skating was also an activity that she did this weekend! When I create for someone specifically I really love the inspiration I get. It's a great way to get those creative juices flowing.

Yes, I continue with my obsession with Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX. The just add to any whimsy you want on a card.

Lisa_Johnson_Snow_Specia-detail 1

As far as the colors that I based everything on I used Peach Bellini, Sno Cone, and Blue Raspberry card stock. I colored these little cuties in with a few Copic Markers and added glitter to the hats for that shine I was looking for. The glittered strips were added to tie into to bands on the hats.

Try it! Think of a favorite Summer color combo and winterize it! 

Slide on over to the MFT Blog to check out all the other fun things they have going on over there!

Thanks for poppying by, friends!




Peace on Earth

Welcome back friends! It's SO fun to be stamping a little again. Today I'm guest blogging over on the MFT Blog too. It's sure great to peek in on my stamping family!

I was SUPER excited when I saw this BEAUTIFUL new die. Snowflake Window Die-namics takes the cake with it's beautiful elegance and ease of use. I just HAD to use it as the focus of my projects today.

Peaceful-card-and-tagI love glitter. Yes, it might just be silly at my age to be excited to play with it, but it's a fact. When I saw this die I mentally screamed "GLITTER!". One of my favorite things to use in creating with glitter is Scor-Pal's single sheet adhesive. I like to back window dies like this one and just dump glitter all over it. I also press in the glitter to really make it set in. It's so pretty and sparkly in person!
Peaceful-PairThere are a few other fun layering elements that I've used today to frame the Snowflake Window on this card. Thank goodness for the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and A2 Rectangle STAX set 1 that always come to mind for a whimsical, yet elegant type of card. I've also used the sweet sentiment is from the new Beautiful Blessings stamp set.

I decided to create this coordinating tag using Tall Tag Duo and MORE GLITTER! I will write in something when I put it on a plate of cookies this season. It would make a good bookmark too.

I just love the cool and festive that the Sno Cone card stock is with the Smooth White, crisp and clean!

Well, that's a wrap for today. I hope that if you aren't a glitter gal, that you will give it a try. It really makes this beautiful Snowflake Window Die-namics pop! Head on over to the MFT blog... there is SO much inspiration over there!

Thanks for poppying by, friends!




MFT & Friends Oct 2018

Welcome back friends! I've taken a bit of a break from cardmaking and it's good to be back! Today I'm jumping into the fun with....

Mft and friends

To start off I created this holiday card using Die-namics Fa la la and Die-namics Delightful Deer. I die cut the Fa la la using Whip Cream cardstock and layered onto Jelly Bean. Wild Cherry letters were alternately used to fill in some of the negative space.

FalalalalaI adore the little Cardinal in this set. I think it would be fun to make a Blue Jay too. The glittered snow pile the deer is standing in is the mountain die from the Free with $60 Die-namics Mountain High.

Die-namics Perfect Poinsettia takes center stage on this next card. Each flower petal is sponged with pink ink. I love the unique poinsettia variety that is like this. I can never have them in my house because of my three cats. The flower sits on a Die-namics Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX layer.
FalalalalaI also used the Die-namics Filled with Joy for the die-cut sentiment. Whip Cream, Jelly Bean Green, and Sour Apple cardstock are used on this card.

That was fun to jump into the groove again and get a little inky. There are lots of fun ideas out there. Head on over to MFT's MFT & Friends Blog post to see who all is sharing them today!

Thanks for poppying by, friends!




Outline Coloring

Welcome back, Friends! I hope that you all are having a lovely spring. I'm enjoying all the beautiful colors that are springing up.

I'm back again to share a guest post for my favorite company, my stamping home... MFT! I really love these new images and had a lot of fun creating with them.

One of my very favorite ways to add color to linear stamp images is Outline Coloring. I use a Copic Marker to outline the image on coordinating colored card stock, then tightly trim the image, and finally layer the trimmed image onto a white coordinating die cut that been stamped with the image.

Here is the sweet girl turtle from the Too-Cute Turtles stamp set. There are several layers on this final turtle image.


The head/neck, shell, and feet/body are all separate layers. The head/neck is the top layer and the shell is trimmed with part of the head section of the image still there. This photo shows the details.
Lisa-Johnson-Your-Back-1When I use multiple layers with this technique I also like to line the outside of the image on the middle layer. It's nice to add some extra depth this way.

Here is another example of this technique with the sweet frog from the Toad-ally Awesome stamp set with just a single layer. 

I also added a few decorative dots on the frog.

Lisa-Johnson-Feeling-Green-I really like Outline Coloring. I like coloring images 100% too, but this is a nice change. Give this technique a try. It's especially great if you are intimidated by coloring but really love linear images. (This card also uses Bold Blossoms stamp set and die-namics.)

Make sure to head over to the MFT Blog to see what's been going on over there and for a full supply list.

Let me know if you have any questions. 

Thanks for poppying by, friends!



Silver Lining

Welcome back, friends! After a much needed break from blogging, I'm back today to share a card using images and products from my MFT home. It's so nice to get my fingers ink again!
The fun part about papercrafting for me is figuring out new (to me) ways of using various products. Necessity certainly is the mother of invention. Often times I figure out things only to find out later that it's old news. This might be the case with this technique, but it was sure fun to discover as I was creating this card. Using VersaMark over stenciled and multi-inked images for heat embossing.
Taping the Mini Raindrops stencil down first to secure it, I sponged the Cornflower card stock over the stencil using Blueberry ink. After giving it a few moments to dry I used another sponge to apply VersaMark. I then removed the stencil. The next step was to apply clear detail embossing powder and heat with my Heat Tool. Lastly, I die cut the prepared card stock with the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics (Window portion) and Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics.
Lisa_Johnson_Silver_Lining-I then die cut the Cloud Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics (Frame portion) using Smooth White card stock. I built a traditional shaker using foam mount tape and acetate on the already prepared raindrop panel and then adhered the frame for a finished look. After filling the shaker area I adhered a layer of Smooth White card stock to seal the shaker. I then mounted the finished layer to the card base with foam squares.


My Mini Misti was used to help get the perfect VersaMark Coverage for the sentiment. I first stamped the Aim for the Clouds sentiment with Blue Breeze ink. Next I inked the lower part of the sentiment with Blueberry ink. After letting it dry I stamped the image with VersaMark and embossed it with clear detail embossing powder. Because I was stamping with the Misti and had started off with my card stock squared with the corner of the Misti, I went back, placed the card stock back into it's spot and repeated that last step to really make the clear embossing stand out. The last step was to die cut the sentiment with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips Die-namics and mount that to the card.
Try this variation: Sponge the stencil with different ink colors on white cardstock for a fun embossed rainbow or ombre look.
Thanks to my sweet friends at MFT for letting me guest design for them today! Head over to their blog to see what other neat project they are sharing.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks for poppying by, friends!



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