Friday, November 27, 2015

Let's Chill ~ Power Poppy and a SALE!!


Hello!!  I hope my American friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I actually spent a few hours yesterday morning up at Wonder Valley Ranch and Resort in the Sierra foothills.  I was blessed with the opportunity to teach a group of Senior citizen's how to make Gift Bag Toppers and decorate their bags for Christmas.  We had a delightful time, and I got to meet some super fun and interesting people.  One couple had just been married for 3 years.  He was 83, and she was 90 and legally blind.  She told me I had to let people know that even a blind woman can make a gift bag.  What a hoot!  I ended the day spending time with my husband's family very grateful for all I've been blessed with. And now, I have a project, to share, that I made using the new Power Poppy digi image called Let's Chill!  And.....this set is only $1 from now through Monday!  No joke... $1!!  And....all clear and digital stamps are 20% off!  Seriously my friends!!  Power Poppy is having an awesome sale!    
Isn't this snowman just A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!!    I colored him with Copics, cut him out, burnished the back of him to give him some dimension, and popped him up on the main image I printed.  

See the background?  That snowflake background image is also included with this digi set.  I just printed it in a light blue, and increased the transparency in Word to make it lighter.  You can see it better in the close-up below.

Here's a close-up profile so you can see the dimension.  LOVE this dapper guy!  I also added some Flower Soft to the snowy areas.

That about sums up my project for this weekend.  Be sure and check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share.  I know their little snowmen are as cute as can be!!  Some of the Instant Gardeners have some sweet projects to share also, so for their links, stop by the Power Poppy Blog.
Copics:  YR68, YR65, YR31, B97, B93, B91, W7, W5, W0, W3, W2, E49, E44, E42, R37, R32, R30, B0000, B000

Thank you so very much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy a blessing filled weekend!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsLet's Chill (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Hello Winter (EP), White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Deckled Rectangles (Spellbinders), Stitched Hillside Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics, Flower Soft

Friday, November 20, 2015

A Power Poppy Partridge in a Pear Tree

Hello folks!!  Power Poppy released a new digital image on the 15th called Partridge in a Pear Tree.  Isn't it just super charming?  I decided I wanted my decorations a "bit" sparkly, so I glittered up the pears with Latte Opaque Micro Fine Glitter by Glitter Ritz, the ornaments with some red glitter, and the Partridge, along with the leaves, has a touch of Prisma Glitter by Hero Arts.  The rest is colored with Copics.

We'd love to have you join us for our Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge too.  You still have time, and all you have to do is embellish to your hearts content.  I added glitter, a few Dew Drops, and a Gold Leafed border.

CopicsPartridge ~ BG49, BG45, BG10, T7, T5, T0 Teapot ~ R59, R37, R35, R32, R30, E35, E31 Leaves ~ YG97, YG95, YG01, E35 Branches ~ E79, E77, E74 Pear ~ Y21, Y11, E50

That's it for my project today y'all!!  Thank you so much for dropping by.  Be sure to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share though.  They're always full of inspiration!


StampsPartridge in a Pear Tree (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Printer
Die: Circle LR0112 (Marianne Design)
Accessories:  Copics, Glitter, Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), Dew Drops 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Minc'ing with Waltzingmouse's Rustic Christmas

Hello creative friends!!  I've been Minc'ing again, and this time with some solid images by Waltzingmouse Stamps.  I tell you, the foiling the Minc machine does is seamless and so striking irl.  Sometimes with embossing, the detailed lettering can get all muddied, but with the Minc Machine, by Heidi Swapp, every detail is clean and crisp every time!!

For today's card, I stamped the Peace on Earth dove (Rustic Christmas-Waltzingmouse) with Onyx Black Versafine and heated it, because pigment ink takes awhile to dry.  I'm not that patient.  I then took the Postage Stamps die (La-La Land Crafts) laid it over the stamped image to frame it and photocopied them together. (Whatever you want foiled has to either be printed with a laser printer, or photocopied because this foil will adhere only to toner.)  

After that, I just ran it through the Minc machine and voila...a gorgeous gold foiled image!!  I then diecut the image with the Postage Stamp die I photocopied.  I also photocopied the largest Stitched Rectangle die by Waltzingmouse, photocopied it, Minc'd it, then diecut it.  Quick, easy, and beautiful! 

Here's today's view of our horse barn.  (Our house is behind the trees)  Thanks to some rain and snow on Monday, we have clear skies and a beautiful snow-capped mountain view.  Feeling Blessed!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you're enjoying an awesome week!  

   Happy Stamping!

StampsRustic Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Cozy Christmas (MME), White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
DiesStitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse), Postage Stamp (La-La Land Crafts) 
Accessories:  Minc Machine (Heidi Swapp), Photo Copier 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Maize for Days ~ Power Poppy
Heeeellllllloooo friends!!!  I am so excited to share today's Power Poppy card with you.  Fall is my absolute favorite season, and Marcy has designed an absolutely fantastic new digi set that I just adore!!  It's called Maize For Days and the main image is a bunch of Indian Corn.  I LOVE Indian Corn.  I even have some displayed in my kitchen right now along with one of my favorite things to collect...pumpkins.  
And isn't this corn grouping just fabulous?  Seriously!!  And Marcy got "puny" this time too with 3 charming sentiments to go along with it.

I used so many different Copics on this image, I won't even begin to list them, but it was super fun to color, and it really didn't take much time at all. it's the beginning of a new month, we have a new Power and Spark challenge hosted by the sweet Bloomie Kathy.  We are to "embellish" to our heart's content.  I used sequins, some gold fiber, and a gold enamel dot.  I also used a border punch as well as a couple of dies.

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs if you haven't already.  These gals have got some serious skilz!!!

Thank you so much for dropping by!!  I hope you have a beautiful weekend!!
    Happy Stamping!

Stamps Maize for days (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Antique Bazaar (Kaisercraft)
Ink:  Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Hickory Smoke (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Standard Circle (Spellbinders), Circles (Little B)
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch, Sequins, Gold Fiber, Gold Enamel Dot (My Mind's Eye), 1" Corner Rounder Punch 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Power Poppy Minc'd

Hello friends!!  I have been enabled!!  Becca Feeken posted a video tutorial a little while back, on how to use the Minc machine by Heidi Swapp found HERE.  She demonstrates on how to add the foil to diecuts.  Now I need another machine like a hole in the head, but oh my, this machine is a gem!!  It's super easy to use (I am not tech savvy), and the effect is STUNNING!!!  Please, don't judge the product by my poor photography skills though, because in real life, these babies S-H-I-N-E!!!

Let me give you little background before I get to my cards. The Minc Machine adds foil to images that were made using toner from a laser printer or copier (not an inkjet).  I have a photo copier that uses toner, so I just used that.  When I watched Becca's video, I thought, why can't I take some Power Poppy images, stamp them and then photo copy them.  So, I did just that.  After photo copying some diecuts and the stamped images, I laid the foil on top of the copied images and ran it through the Minc machine.  Perfect every time.  No matter how detailed!!  Pure gorgeousness, let me tell you!!!  I even used the negative pieces by applying Multi-Medium Matte to some cardstock, laying the negative piece on top and diecutting it.  You'll see those a bit later.

For my first card, I used one of the Power Poppy images from the set Spice It Up.  I stamped it onto white paper and photocopied it with the Decorative Labels 28 (Spellbinders) die framing it so I could diecut it and have the image framed already.  The foil embosses beautifully and perfectly.  It's absolutely stunning in person!!  I also photocopied an A2 Scalloped Borders Two die (Spellbinders) to add as a border to my card.

For my next card, I stamped the tree from the Botanical Tree Power Poppy set, and photocopied it with a Stitched Rectangle die (Waltzingmouse) framing it.  Again, so the border is already there when diecutting.  When you photo copy the die, you get a wider shape because it includes the entire metal piece.  So when you use the same die to diecut it, you have a frame, and a negative piece to use.  I never ended up using my negative frames, but I saved them for a future project.

Sorry for the weird angle on this next card.  I had a hard time getting the gold to show properly, as I did with the silver above.  

Here's another angle showing the Botanical Tree.


For my next card, I used Copper Foil with an image from the Olive and Oak Power Poppy set.  I added a sentiment from the set using Onyx Black Versafine.

Here's another angle showing the Olive and Oak card.

For this Olive and Oak card, I used the negative left over piece.  I LOVE how it has an etched feel to it.

For my final card, once again I used the negative piece from the Spice It Up image I used earlier.  This image was photocopied onto textured cardstock giving the frame a distressed feel  I love how it turned out, although I have a terribly hard time photographing silver.  *sigh*

Here's the same card from a different angle so you can see the shine a bit better.

I encourage you to watch Becca's videos.  They really show the beauty of the foils.

That's finally it for me today.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing Marcella's images used in a different way.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders' blogs for some more inspiration!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsSpice It Up, Botanical Tree, Olive and Oak (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI), Hello Winter (EP)
Ink:  Photo Copier, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight and A2 Scalloped Borders Two(Spellbinders), Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Minc Machine (Heidi Swapp), Foil, Photo Copier (with toner), Ribbon (Paper Source), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Embossing Folder 

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Cozy Cupful of Sequins

Hello friends!!  I'm sure you're a bit shocked to see a card posted two days in a row without being for a release.  Well, I've been having some fun participating in some Splitcoaststampers challenges this week.  I haven't had much free time in the last year, and now that I have a few days, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself.  So, today, I'm participating in SCS's CAS challenge to use Acetate.  You can find the challenge HERE.

I decided to make a shaker card with a "new to me" die by MFT.  The stamped image is by Power Poppy and is from one of their newest released sets called Cozy Cupfuls.  I colored it with Copics, added some glitter, and used Paper Tole to give it some dimension.

Copics:  Bow Package ~ BG49, BG57, BG10 Red Package ~ R29, R24, R21, G28, G24, YG01 Mug ~ T4, T2, T0, R29

That about sums it all up.  It is supposed to be CAS after all.  :)
Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you're week is off to a great start!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsCozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Stitched Cover Up Companion (MFT), Bow Tied (Tim Holtz - Sizzix)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson), Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Dimensional Tape (Scotch) 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Rustic Christmas with Waltzingmouse

Hello everyone!!  We're finally having some chillier weather (70's) with a strong wind.  So, I thought it was time to bring out the mittens!  *grin*  Okay...not for 70 degree weather.  I'm not that wimpy.  But a girl can dream about the arrival of Fall can't she?  Especially when it doesn't usually arrive until November here in Central California.  So.....I made a Christmas card with one of Waltzingmouse's newest releases called Rustic Christmas.  I thought these mittens were just charming!!  

Speaking of's been way too long since I've participated in a Splitcoaststampers challenge, and yesterday's Inspiration challenge, IC516, was right up my alley!  I LOVE charms.  And this mitten charm, found HERE, is just super sweet!

The Rustic Christmas mittens were stamped with Whisper White Pigment Ink (SU!), and embossed with Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I added some Gesso to the edges of the corrugated paper, as well as the dp, and distressed all the edges with my Zutter Distrezz-it-All.

That's it for today y'all.  I hope you have a fabulous week!!
   Happy Stamping!


Stamps Rustic Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft and White (PTI), Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU!), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Burlap String, Button (Basicgrey), Gesso, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happiest Holiday Collection Release ~ Power Poppy
Hello everyone!!  Power Poppy stamps are now available for purchase!!  Woo-Hoo!!  And today, the Bloom Brigade is sharing one more project each has made for this release.

I chose to use the Cozy Cupfuls today because I absolutely adore these little packages with the "cozy" mug of hot cocoa on top.  I just love the collages of images that Marcy puts together.  They all just feel like one big hug, and what more perfect feeling to send out for the holidays.

My image is colored with Copics with a bit of sparkle added as well as some Liquid Applique for the foam on top of the mug.  I also have been notice a lot of "shakers" popping up lately and I hadn't made one for YEARS!!  So........ I thought it would be fun to include a shaker sentiment with a touch of sparkle!

Here's a close up so you can see the foam and sparkle a bit better.

That sums up my project for today.  But just in case you haven't stopped by before, here are the links to the rest of the Bloom Brigaders.  You won't want to miss a stop.
Here's a link to the entire Happiest Holiday Collection too. 

CopicsPackages and Ribbon ~ R29, R24, R21 Holly Leaves G28, G24, YG03 Mug and Tags T3, T1, T0

Thanks for dropping by this past week.  I hope you've been inspired to start making your Christmas cards.  Aren't these new Power Poppy images just delightful?!?!?

  Happy Stamping y'all!!  

StampsCozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Santa's List (Teresa Collins), White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Standard Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Liquid Applique, Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins) 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wreaths Plain and Fancy with Power Poppy

Hello friends!!  Have you been enjoying all the Power Poppy previews?  I'm sure you agree that Marcella has outdone herself once again! Her creative designs are so inspiring to work with, and today is no exception. we're featuring a set called Wreaths Plain and Fancy, and it includes a couple of wreaths, some beautifully fonted sentiments, and three sweet little images that could be included with the wreaths, or stand majestically on their own.  I chose to combine the rustic wreath with the church scene.

Now, I mentioned earlier that Marcella has a way of inspiring creativity with her images...and, that's just what happened with this card.  I saw the rustic wreath and the charming little country church, and I thought how fun would it be to make it look rustic and vintage.  Now, it didn't turn out just the way I wanted it, but this is the first time I tried this technique.  Let me explain...

I saw a tutorial Jennifer Dove did on creating texture with Copics and thought what fun way to really add some "oomph" to an image.  So, like she instructed, I colored the background with Copics first (leaving the wreath and church plain), and then used Copic's Colorless Blending Solution on some cheesecloth.  Now, I was going by memory, and didn't follow her instructions exactly so I didn't get a "strong" result.  The texture is subtle because I didn't hold the cheesecloth in place for 3 seconds like Jennifer instructs.  I also am not a symmetrical kind of girl, so I'm not happy with how perfectly circular my background is, but it's a learning experience for the next time I try this technique.  To be honest, unfortunately I learn better by making mistakes, which is extremely trying for a perfectionist.  In fact, I thought about scrapping this image entirely, but I just adored the wreath and church and thought, why not share where I went wrong, so others can learn from my imperfections.  It's humbling, but there ya have it.  :)

Here's a close up so the texture is a little more visible. 

Well, there ya have it my friends.  That's it for my project today.  If you haven't already, be sure to stop by the other Bloom Brigade Blogs.  These gals have got some serious skillzzzzz!!!  Let me tell ya!!

CopicsBackground ~ E35, E34, E31 Leaves ~ G28, G24, YG03 Church ~ T5, T3, T2, T1 Berries ~ R29, R24, R21

Thanks a bunch for dropping by!!  Be sure to stop by again on the 18th for the Release Hop!!  I saved one of my favorites for last!!  It's festive and cozy!! 

Happy Stamping!

StampsWreaths Plain and Fancy (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It and Bazzill
 Dies:  Standard Square and Labels One (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Sewing Machine
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