January 25, 2020


Tell me. Who doesn't love poppies? 

Well, to tell you the truth, I didn't. As a kid. I thought their centers were really too creepy for words. But, now that I'm grown up, I have more grown up ideas (in some ways), and I think poppies are lovely.

The cover of the new Mini Catalog had me swooning.That breathtaking cover succeeded in doing just that -- took my breath away -- the first time I laid eyes on it. All those poppies. Sigh.

But wait!

There is lots more poppy love inside the catalog, on pages 24 - 27. If you love poppies, please do yourself a favor and check out these pages. 

Unfortunately, so far the only purchase I've made from these pages is the Painted Poppies set on page 26. FYI: I love this ENTIRE catalog, so I have to proceed slowly. Right?

Once I got my hands on this set, I was sure I wanted to create a card for my girls to make at my January Stamp-In Workshop. 

This is the card I came up with:

I used the large poppy stamp for the background stamping on -- you guessed it! -- Poppy Parade cardstock. For the two focal point poppies, I stamped two of the smaller poppy onto Whisper White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used, yup!, the two shades of Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends to color them in. 

Obviously, since this is the only poppy-themed item I own, and don't have the dies that do the fussy cutting for me, I (and the girls) had to fussy cut these two small poppies.

Just a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals under the left poppy give the card a modest amount of dimension. Ideal to stick in the mail.

Below you see a closeup photo of the two fussy cut poppies perched atop their black diecut frame, which used the Ornate Frames Dies from the 2019 Holiday Catalog. Happily, this set of dies is one of the items from the Catalog that are still available. Their product number is 150664.

Following you will find a tutorial on how to recreate this card.

Poppy Parade cardstock (of course!)
Basic Black cardstock
Whisper White cardstock

Itty Bitty Greetings (page 30, Annual Catalog)
Painted Poppies (page 26, Mini Catalog)

Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends, both Light and Dark

Big Shot
Ornate Frames Dies (item #150664)
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

To this card base, add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of black cardstock.

Stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black ink the larger poppy image randomly onto a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Poppy Parade cardstock, starting with a poppy near the center and working out from there, turning the stamp so the poppies aren't all facing the same way. Be sure to add pieces of the poppy to the edges also so the entire paper is covered with wall to wall poppies.

from black cardstock, die cut the large ornate frame, as well as the smaller one for the sentiment, using dies from the Ornate Frames Dies.

On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the smaller poppy twice. Use both of the Poppy Parade Stampin' Blends to color them, doing a little blending.

Fussy cut the two flowers. Add one to the right of the large ornate frame, adhered flat. Tilting the second flower a bit, add this one to the left, but pop it up with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

Adhere this flat to the card front, about 1" - 1 1/4" from the top.

Choose a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings that will fit on a 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp your chosen sentiment. Add it to the smaller of the ornate frames.

Adhere the sentiment flat below the poppies.



  1. Your posts are always interesting, though I don't do cards or paper crafts, unless I simply paint them. I do love the vintage look of your Poppy treatment. Red and Black is always classic! Thanks, for shairing on AAHome. Sandi

    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Sandi. I especially appreciate the fact that you find my posts interesting, even if you don't do cards or papercrafting. I'm so glad you like my red and black poppy card!

  2. This is just perfect for spring! Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  3. Beautiful card! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's.

  4. love it when I was a kid there was a poppy day to honor others this would have been great for that
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  5. I enjoyed this blog about Poppy smiles; the card arrangement is perfect; the poppy means more to me than only a flower; it's all about our solders that have died at war. Every part of the flower from the stem up into the petals has meaning for our fallen heros.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful blog, Linda