Friday, October 9, 2015

You Take Awesomeness to a whole new level...

Do you like to color?  I love it!  In fact, I haven't stopped coloring since I was a little kid.  Although, I now use other mediums than crayons and Crayola Markers.  Actually, I have been using Copics a lot lately, but I also enjoy watercoloring.  So...Why did I ask you about coloring?

Well, Power Poppy is joining Kathy Racoosin, over at The Daily Marker, for her 30 Day coloring challenge today, and the Bloom Brigade has colored up a variety of Power Poppy images to share with you.  And guess what...there are prizes to be won too!  So, be sure to head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details on how you can join in on all the fun!!

For my card today, I used 3 different Power Poppy Clear Stamp Sets.  And I'm going to go out on a limb and say this card fits in the Power and Spark Challenge: Bits and Pieces because I took a succulent from the Sassy Succulents set, and used it to replace the tulips in this Short Stack image, so I could make it fit a bit more in the Fall season, and the sentiment is from the
Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips set...thus, Bits and Pieces from different sets.  ;)

Everything was colored with Copics.  Actually a little out of my box where colors are concerned, but I hope you like it.

Now, for some more inspiration, make sure you visit the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
CopicsRed Package ~ R39, R37, R35, R32 RV95, RV93, RV91 Bottom Package ~ E95, E93, E01, E31, YG95, YG93, YG91, YG97, T3, T1, T0 Succulent ~ YG95, YG93, YG91, YG97, V12, V06, 
Cupcake ~ RV95, RV91, E95, E93, E01, E31
That's it for me today.  Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy Blog for details on how you can win a Power Poppy Stamp set, as well as other goodies!

   Happy Stamping!

Paper:  X-Press It, Santa's List (Teresa Collins), White (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black  and Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Silver Enamel Dot (My Mind's Eye) 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Planner Basics Birthday Card ~ Waltzingmouse

Hello creative friends!!  I'm excited to share a card I made today with the fabulous new Waltzingmouse Stamp sets Planner Basics Frames, and Planner Basics Words.  Claire designed this set for all of you organizers out there, and it has a fabulous variety of images to help you with just that.  Well, I don't use planners, and I needed a masculine card, so....I thought it would be fun to use these sets to make a clipboard birthday card.  

I started by stamping the clipboard three times so I could layer the paper and make it more dimensional.  I cut out the "clip" of one of them, colored it with the silver Wink of Stella, and after stamping the "paper" image with the #22, I glued the clip on top...once again, to add dimension.  Lastly, I added the trendy "hashtag" with the sentiments, scored the white panel in the background for some texture and added a couple of flags (that are included in the stamp set).

That's it.  It's pretty CAS, but I think a lot of guys appreciate the lack of frou-frou.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by y'all!!  I hope you're having a great creative week!

   Happy Stamping!


StampsPlanner Basics Frames, Planner Basics Words (Waltzingmouse)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Red Brick, Aloe Vera and Mango Madness (VersaMagic)
Accessories:  Silver Wink of Stella, Scor-Pal 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day with Power Poppy
It's World Card Making Day!!  How cool is it that card makers get a day just for them!!  Well Power Poppy is not letting this day go by without a chance forall you card makers to win some gorgeous Power Poppy images!!  All you have to do is make a card using the Power Poppy sketch.  And if you follow a couple more challenges, you'll have even more chances to win.  Be sure to head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details on how you can win. my card, I used the gorgeous Poinsettia set.  I stamped the poinsettia with Gray Flannel Memento Ink and colored it with Copics.  I then added some sparkle with glitter and some miscellaneous trims.  The sentiment was stamped with Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pigment Ink and was embossed with Silver ep.  Lastly, I added some mini-dew drops.

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share on their blogs today:

I hope you are able to find some time to make a card and join us on World Card Making Day.  You have a week to play along.  The contest will close Oct. 10.

CopicsPointsettia ~ W3, W2, W0 Mini-Pomegranates ~ BG13, BG11, BG10 Leaves ~ N4, N0 Sprigs ~ YG93 Background ~ BV000, BV0000

Thanks for stopping by!!
   Happy Stamping!

StampsPoinsettia (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Save the Date (Teresa Collins), White (PTI)
Ink:  Gray Flannel (Memento), Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Circles (Little B and Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger), Mini-Dew Drops, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Doily (BoBunny), Miscellaneous Trims 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bits and Pieces of Olive and Oak
Happy Friday!!  I have a lot to share with you today because Power Poppy is hopping this month.  First of all, since it's the first Friday of the month, we're starting a new Power and Spark Challenge.  This month we're required to "use bits and pieces" of a stamp image.  How fun is that!!  Marcy often makes beautiful collages of images and breaking them up can really make some areas of the image "pop".  

I chose to use Mojo Monday sketch 281 along with Power Poppy's Olive and Oak digital image.  I also used a sentiment from the Power Poppy Clear set called Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.  It's my son and his wife's first anniversary in a couple of days, and I thought this Fall image fit perfectly.

The image was printed onto X-Press It cardstock and was colored with copics.

The rest is pretty straight forward, so that sums it up for my project today.  Be sure and check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share today though.  These gals don't mess around, let me tell you.  They always pull out all the stops with their coloring and designs.

CopicsAcorns ~ E49, E47, E18, E19, E17, E35, E13, E31, E30, E000, G85, YG63 Olives ~ G28, G24, YG03, T8, T6, T4, T2, R05 Olive Leaves ~ G28, G24, YG03 Oak Leaves ~ G28, G24, YG03, R05, R02, YR02, YR01

Tomorrow is World Card Making Day, and Power Poppy is joining in on all the fun!!  So stop by the Power Poppy Blog tomorrow for some more info and inspiration!!  I have something all sparkly to share too!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend and are inspired to stamp and or color!

Happy Stamping!

StampsOlive and Oak and Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It,  Summer Vibes (Simple Stories), Smokey Shadow (PTI) 
Ink:  Printer, Onyx Black (Versafine), Hickory Smoke (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Standard Circles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (EK Success), Sequins, Black Burlap String 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Climbing Clematis ~ Power Poppy

Hello crafty friends!!  I have been MIA for quite some time and I apologize.  I traveled to the Midwest to visit both of my kids and I have been working on some home projects and gifts also.  But I'm happy to be stamping again!!  

One of my nieces is getting married in a couple of weeks and her colors are blue, peach and lavender.  So, for her shower this weekend, I created a card using one of Power Poppy's newer digi images called Climbing Clematis.  Aren't those flowers stunning.  And Marcy added butterflies!!  *sigh*  The sentiment is from the clear stamp set Simply Camellias.

I added some Wink of Stella to the butterflies and flower centers, but my photo skills were lacking today.  Everything was colored with Copics.

My niece chose black/white for her kitchen accents so I thought it would be fun to make a wreath out of a variety of dishtowels and wash rags.  I was inspired by this pin from Pinterest: Hands On
I also included an Oven Mitt with utensils inside along with a serving platter inspired by this pin:  Pretty Mahem.

I love using Pinterest to help with fun gift-giving ideas! 

That's it for my projects today.  Check out the following Bloom Brigaders for some more Power Poppy inspiration.

Also, since it's the 25th of the month, Marcella has a fabulous...and I mean FABULOUS new digi image for y'all!!  It's called Glittering Glass Santa, and it's pure vintage gorgeousness!! Check out the Power Poppy Blog for the links to the gals with more projects to enable...I mean inspire you!!  ;)

Copics:  Flower - B39, B37, B34, B32, B000, G03, YG01 Leaves - G28, G07, G03, YG01, G0000 Butterflies:  E33, E95, V17, V12, T2, T0 Background - E02, E00, E000

Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Stamping!

StampsClimbing Clematis and Simply Camellias (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White and Kraft (PTI), X-Press It
Ink:  Printer
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Embossing Folder, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Clear Wink of Stella Pen

Friday, September 4, 2015

Gift Giving with Power Poppy
Hello creative friends!!  It's time for another Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge, and Katie has come up with the nicest challenge possible.......because it's all about giving.  This is how she describes her challenge for this month:   This month’s Power & Spark challenge is all about giving.  We all know the paper crafting community has some of the biggest, giving hearts around so let’s celebrate that with “Gifts from the Heart”.  Show us your creative ways of gift presentations or a hand crafted gift….or both!  Try stamping  your own wrapping paper, decorate your own gift bag or tag, craft a gift set of note choose how to show your art and heart for a special someone.  Even though the holidays are just around the corner, any time is a great time for gift giving so this challenge is open for any occasion.

Years ago I put together a Gift Bag Topper Tutorial and I still love making them.  (Here's a LINK to a few more that I've made over the years.) So I thought I'd make a gift bag for a general occasion instead of a holiday like I normally do, using the newest Power Poppy Digi image Easy Breezy Coneflowers.  This duo is gorgeous and oh, so fun to color!  I colored them with Copics, diecut them with a Pierced Rectangle die and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Below is a closer look at the detail Marcella has included in the image.

I added the coordinating sentiment on a little tag.  I love these dark rich, detailed papers.  I thought they were a fun contrast to the beautifully elegant, yet bold Coneflowers.

Here's a view of the top.  The paper I was using was only 6x6, so I added a panel to the top to lengthen it.

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders if you haven't already.  These gals really know how to use their creative side. 
CopicsFlower Petals - B05, BG05, BG01, BG0000 Flower Center - E87, YR27, YR24, YR21, YG01 Leaves - G17, G14, G02, G0000, YG01

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Stamping!

StampsEasy Breezy Coneflowers (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Somewhere in Time Collection (BoBunny)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle), Stitched Tag (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Sequins, Ribbon, Linen Ribbon (Tim Holtz Ideology), Mini-Library Clip (SU!) 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Scrumptious Raspberries by Power Poppy

Hello peeps!!  It's the 25th of August, and that means Power Poppy has a new digital stamp available for ya.  Today, we're sharing the new Raspberries set called Berry It!  Don't those raspberries look absolutely delicious?!?!  Marcella is so gifted at making images so realistic!  And these raspberries are no exception!  They are exquisite.

I had to actually restrain myself and left a lot of white space.  I didn't add any color behind the berries, and I didn't add any embellishments because I thought the berries shown beautifully on their own.  I just added an embossed background and voila...finished.  Told ya...restraint!!  ;)

That's it for my card, be sure to check out what the following Instant Gardeners have to share.  You won't want to miss a stop, I assure you!!

Cheryl Scrivens
Debbie Olson
Jennifer Dove

CopicsRaspberries ~ R39, R37, R35, R32, R01, YG97, YG95, YG23, YG00 Leaves ~ G99, G94, G85, G40, YG95, YG23 Blossoms ~ C2, YG23

Thanks for stopping by.  
   Happy Stamping!

StampsBerry It! (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Accessories:  Copics, Weave Embossing Folder (We R Memory Keepers), Dimensional Tape 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A Caffeine Ladened Happy Birthday

My son is quite the coffee drinker, so I thought it would be fun to make a "coffee" card, with a gift card included inside, for his birthday.  I used a few Waltzingmouse dies, along with the Waltzingmouse set We go together.  I paper-pieced the coffee cup after dicutting out the base (with the coordinating We go together die set) out of burlap designed dp.  I then popped it up with dimensional tape onto a tag that I diecut using the Stitched tags die set.  

The frame took a bit more work.  I diecut out the leaf frame (using the Stitched Rectangles die set), then I took the same die, laid it over some black decorative paper, and traced the inside of the die, with an exacto knife, so I could have a perfect matting.  I then glued the leaf frame to the black piece and trimmed around the outside of the frame so the inside and outside had a nice clean, crisp, black matting.  Easy-peasy and I like the dimension it gives.  It's also popped up with dimensional tape.    

I stamped the sentiment "Happy birthday" (from the set Hello, Happy, Thanks), with Onyx Black Versafine ink, directly onto some decorative paper and fussy cut them both out.  Happy is popped up also with dimensional tape.

Lastly, I added a little "coffee" strip that I Ink Isolated from one of the sentiments in the We go together set.

That's about sums up today's card.

I hope you get a chance to get inky this weekend.  It's therapeutic I tell ya!!

Be sure to stop by on the 25th for a peak at a new Power Poppy digi.  It's delicious!!

   Happy Stamping!!


StampsWe go together, Hello, Happy, Thanks (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Barista (Basicgrey), White (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Library Clip (SU!), Hemp (Hemptique), Dimensional Tape 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Shabby Chic Ranunculus ~ Power Poppy
Hello creative friends!  It's Friday already, and that means it's time for some Power Poppy inspiration.  Cindy challenged everyone, last week, to make something "Shabby Chic".  So of course I knew I'd have to play along.  Although I love working with different styles, I tend to gravitate that direction quite a bit.  I also hadn't had a chance to work the the newest digi release called Ranunculus.  Aren't they exquisite?  I used some rose, coral and yellow hues to give them a vintage feel.  I didn't realize that this similar color palette was used by the super sweet and talented Kathy Jones too.  *sigh*  Subconsciously I guess I was channeling Kathy.  Not a bad artist to channel though...that's for sure.  :)

I colored the image with Copics, distressed all the edges and added a bit of sewing to give it a good vintage feel.

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share:

Copics:   Flowers: Rose color ~ R85, R83, R81 Coral color ~ R32, R30 Yellow color ~ Y28, Y23, Y02 Flower center ~ T7, T5, T3, T0, YG07 Leaves: YG95, G85, YG03 Background: W6, W4, W2, W0  I went over the flowers and leaves randomly with E31 to add a warm vintage feel to them.

Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

Happy Stamping!


Stamps Ranunculus (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Debutante (Prima), Bazzill
Ink:  Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Seam Binding Ribbon (PrairieBirdBoutique), Sequins, Gold Glitter Heart (Studio Calico), Stick Pins (Wild Orchid Crafts and Petaloo), Lace, Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Box of Doughnuts

Hello creative friends.  I have a fun little card to share with you today, and there's actually a story behind the idea.

Every Monday thru Saturday, at 9:00 am my Mother-in-Law serves coffee and cookies to anyone who stops by.  My MIL and FIL have a shed on their farm with a large picnic table, along with other tables and chairs, for the overflow.  It's decorated with fun pictures, various ribbons (from horse shows), and a wood burning stove for the winter months.  Business men, salesmen, bankers, politicians, friends, and many others know that if you want to meet with most of the guys (6 brothers),  go to coffee, and you will catch at least half of them there on any given day.  Let me tell you, there are always interesting stories to be heard and told too.  People from all over the United States, and even other countries have stopped in for coffee, or for a tour of my Father-in-law's antique carriage collection.  He raises Friesian horses as do many of his sons.

So, you're probably wondering what this has to do with my "box of doughnuts".  Many visitors bring doughnuts to coffee.  And for family members' birthdays, doughnuts, or a cake, are brought in.  Now, my Father-in-law is diabetic, so I thought I'd make him a "sugar free" box of doughnuts for his birthday this year, using one of Waltzingmouse's newsest sets called Dinky Doughnuts.  They are super fun, and as you can see, you can decorate them in many a fun way.

I used all VersaMagic pigmented ink because I wanted to add some Clear Embossing Powder to the "frostings".  I used my Misti to line up the different doughnut layers and had fun decorating them with different frostings and sprinkles.  I did find, that for me, layering them worked better if I stamped the frosting first, then the border.  I also embossed the frosting before adding the "cake border".  I then cut them out free handed and created a mini-box attached to a card.  It's 3 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut the window out using one of Waltzingmouse's newest dies called Stitched Rectangle.  I like how it has the stitching on the negative piece, not just the diecut piece.  It worked beautifully to give my window a finished edge.  I then added some Acetate to the window, and woila....a mini-doughnut box.  Here's a straight on shot so you can see the doughnuts without a glare.


I added the Happy Birthday sentiment from Waltzingmouse's Man of the Hour set, and that was it.  My FIL is not a frou-frou kind of guy.  He's a seasoned farmer.  No frills, nothing fancy...thus the rather plain box.  I think the doughnuts pop though.  

That's it for today's project.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you are blessed with a wonderful rest of the week and weekend.  I know I'm going to take it easy.  We've been crazy busy lately, as I'm sure most of you have with the summer coming to an end.

Happy Stamping!

StampsDinky Doughnuts and Man of the Hour (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft (PTI), Acetate
Ink:  Gingerbread, Jumbo Java, Red Brick and Turquoise Gem (VeraMagic), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Onyx Black (Versafine)
DiesStitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:   Score-Pal, Dimensional Tape, Clear Embossing Powder

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Power Poppy Sunflower Digi

Hello friends!!  I am so excited to share today's card with you!  Once again, it's time for another Power Poppy digi release, and's a SUNFLOWER appropriately called Sunflower Power!!!  When I first found out what today's release was going to be, I was checking my email via iphone, while stuck (seriously stuck) in LA traffic.  Let me tell you, there were no happy campers in that car.  So when my daughter saw me joyfully raise my hand up in the air she was really confused.  She actually asked if I was having a "coming to Jesus" moment.  The ornery child.  I was just found out I get to color sunflowers.  Hello!!!!  That calls for a raised "hallelujah" hand!!  *grin*  Seriously though, sunflowers are my all time favorite flower with Gerberas coming in a close second.  Now, that could be because they are very similar, but I'm not going to over think it.

So, for my Sunflower Power image, I colored it with Copics twice and popped up the outer portions of the image (Paper tole).  I also burnished the backs of the flowers for a little more dimension.  I printed the sentiment directly onto the the decorative paper and the rest is pretty self explanatory.

Now, if you haven't already, you so need to check out the blogs of the following Instant Gardners and Bloom Brigade:
Copics:  Sunflower: YR14, Y15, Y13, E44 Sunflower Center: YG05, E49, E47, E44, E43 Leaves:  G17, G14, YG05, E43

That's it for today y'all.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow.  I have a super fun card to share that I made for my Father-in-law's 87th birthday.

Happy Stamping!


Stamps:  Sunflower Power (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Walking in the forest (Maja Design), Kraft (PTI) 
Ink:  Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  A2 Curved Borders One, Classic Ovals (Spellbinders), Mixed Media Thinlits (Sizzix)
Accessories:  Copics, Burlap String, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape 
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