Friday, February 5, 2016

Magnolia Sunshine and a challenge with Power Poppy
Happy Friday my creative friends!!!  I'm excited to share a couple of Power Poppy cards with you today.  

Power Poppy is buzzing this week!!!  First off, Marcella is introducing a new digital image called Magnolia Sunshine

This bouquet is filled with some of Marcy's mother's favorite flowers, and is a delightful burst of Spring!!  I made mine a bit large and diecut a portion of it.  It's colored with Copics and sprinkled with a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!).  I used the A2 Divine Eloquence die, as well as Labels 28 (Spellbinders) to frame the image and added some Shabby White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous) to it, as well as some Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh).  Stop by the Power Poppy Blog to see what the Instant Gardeners have to share, as well as my fellow Bloomie, Christine!!
Since this is the first Friday of the month, Power Poppy is introducing a new Power and Spark challenge by Ally.  She's challenging us to "Switch up our Shades".  That means, she wants us to use a different coloring medium than we usually do.  Since I tend to go straight for my Copics, I decided to use my Distress Markers for my next card.

I started by stamping the backpack image, from the Well Played set (Power Poppy), with Versamark, onto some watercolor paper.  I then embossed it with some Black ep (Ranger) and colored it with my Distress Markers and a water pen.  That's it.  I went totally monochromatic! 

Check out the following Bloom Brigaders for some more creative inspiration:
So, I've mentioned two new things, but there is one more....

Power Poppy is being featured on the Daily Marker Blog as a team that is playing along in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  Be sure to stop by and check it all out!!

That's is finally it y'all!!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I'll list the Copics and Distress Markers I used below before signing off.

Copics:  Magnolia ~ RV34, RV11, RV10 Daffodils ~ YR16, Y17, Y15, Y11 Snowdrops ~ B37, B34, B32 Leaves ~ G28, G14, G07, YG05, YG11 Stems E35, E34, E31, YG11

Distress MarkersBackpack ~ Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke Accessories:  Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet Background: Mermaid Lagoon

Happy Stamping!!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Follow Your Heart with Power Poppy

Woo-Hoo!!  The weekend is here!!  Now, I don't know why I'm so excited.  I don't have anything big planned.  I guess it's just the idea that tomorrow is Saturday.  

And since it is Friday, I have a fabulous new Digital image to share with y'all called Follow Your Heart!!  Marcella has designed THE MOST GORGEOUS heart shaped bouquet of roses!!  (The new image was showcased it earlier this week...check out the Power Poppy Blog for all the links)  Seriously...isn't this image just divine?  And how fun to color.  I colored my bouquet with Copics, cut it out, and burnished it.  I first traced the individual roses with a stylus (with the image laying on a sturdy foam mat), and then I turned it over, and with a larger stylus roller, I burnished the back in between the tracings.  Make sense?  It really is a challenge to see in a photograph, but irl it has some depth and texture.  

I also embossed the background panel with an embossing folder to give it texture to tie it in with the heart.  Below is a close up look.  

I made a frame using 6x6 Matting Basics A (Spellbinders), and used a gold Krylon pen to frame the inside.  I framed the heart using a small die from the Opulent Ovals die set from Spellbinders also, and again added a gold frame with my Krylon pen.

Now, I was a bit know how you work hard to color an image, get it just the way you want it, and decide to add that little extra oompf, only to ruin it?  Yep...that's exactly what I did!!  Arrrrggghhhhh!!!  My Wink of Stella pen totally threw up onto one of my roses.  I was crushed.  I tried to thin it out, but to no avail.  The damage was done.  So, while all the roses but one have just a hint of sparkle, one of them is inundated with it.  *sigh*  Oh well...guess it wanted to stand out and be an individual.

Copics:  Hot Pink Roses: RV69, RV19, RV14, RV13, RV10 Light Pink Roses:  RV34, RV32, RV10 Arrow:  T8, T6, T4, T0
Have you participated in this month's Power and Spark challenge "Stretch Yourself"?  If not, you still have time to enter and have a chance at winning a free clear or digital image of your choice.  All you have to do is create a "tall card" using something new to you, whether it be a technique, a fold, a stamp image, etc.  

Well, that's it for me today.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders if you haven't already:

Thanks so much for dropping by!!  I hope you have a most fabulous weekend!!

Happy Stamping!

StampsFollow Your Heart (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Amour (Carta Bella), X-Press It, White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  6x6 Matting Basics A, Opulent Ovals (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Gold Krylon Pen, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Embossing Folder (We R Memory Keepers), Wink of Stella (Zig) 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Everything's Rosy with Power Poppy

Helllloooo!!!  I'm back to share another Power Poppy card with y'all!!  On Tuesday, Power Poppy released a new digital set called Everything's Rosy, and it's exquisite!  Marcella has such a beautifully unique way of displaying flowers!  I love the sweet little mug and tea cup, and the roses....well they are a dream to color.  To me, this image could be modern, or vintage, so I went with vintage this time around.  I colored everything with Copics, and embellished it with anything I could find to give it a vintage feel.  I printed the sentiment onto a piece of Vellum cardstock and sewed all the panels together.

I also made this card a tall card for this month's Power and Spark challenge to Stretch yourself.  The image is new to me, as well as the die and button/lace trim.  I hope you'll take a moment to join in on the challenge if you haven't already!!  

Now, for some more inspiration! Check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs if you haven't already!

Copics:  Roses:  R24, R22, R20, E53, E51, E50, R20, YG99, YG95, YG91, YG01, Tea cup and Mug: T6, T4, T2, T0

That sums up my project for today.  I hope you'll "stretch" yourself and join us for our Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge this month!!

Happy Stamping!


StampsEverything's Rosy (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Summer Crush (Maja Design), Vellum and White (PTI)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Floral Assortment and Standard Squares (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Seam Binding Ribbon, Vintage Button, Button Trim, Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), Sewing Machine

Friday, January 15, 2016

Smitten with Power Poppy

Hello friends!  Could it really be Friday already?  Wow!  And we're already half way through January.  Well, since it is Friday, I have a Power Poppy card to share with you.  I decided to make a masculine Valentine this week and I thought the Good Thinking: Love Notes set would be perfect.  I used warm colors, and a masculine themed embossed background.  I had to include a heart too, since it is a Valentine, and I thought the "smitten" sentiment was just the cutest.
That's it for my card today.  Sweet and simple.

Now, we have another Power and Spark challenge going on and we would love to have you join us.  All you have to do is make a tall card and use something new to you, whether it be a technique or a product.  Easy-Peasy!

And now, for some more fabulous inspiration, check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share:

No coloring this week.  Just some stamps, inks, dies and an embossing folder.  CAS all the way! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope your weekend is awesome and maybe filled with a little adventure.

   Happy Stamping!

StampsGood Thinking: Love Notes (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White and Black (PTI), Silver
Ink:  Toffee Crunch and Teal Zeal (Memento), Onyx Black and Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Dies:  Postage Stamps (Spellbinders), Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Hearts, Primitive #3 (Sizzix
Accessories:  Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Dimensional Tape 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Stretch Yourself with a Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge!!

Hello everyone!!  Today I'm sharing my first project of the New Year, and it's for the Power and Spark Challenge over on the Power Poppy Blog.  I have the honor of hosting it this month, and I inadvertently pushed myself right out of my box.
First of all, let me tell you about the challenge.  The New Year is a time to start fresh, and often we challenge ourselves with resolutions.  Those can be tall orders for some of us depending on the goals we set.  So, for today's Power and Spark Challenge, I'd like you to Stretch yourself and create a "Tall" card, while using something "new-to-you" on it.  It could be a technique, a stamp, some paper, or dies...whatever you can come up with.

Awhile back I found a watercolor video tutorial by Jennifer McGuire using the Gansai Tambi Watercolor set.  Now, I've never colored with watercolors before,  (I've used Tombow markers, but never actual watercolors.) and Jennifer explains her technique so well.  These watercolors are pure creamy goodness and so easy to work with, especially the way Jennifer explains it.

I started by stamping Power Poppy's Potted Primroses, with Versamark, onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock like Jennifer suggests.   I then heat embossed them with Super Fine Detail Black Embossing Powder (Ranger).  After watercoloring them, I fussy-cut them out and diecut them using the Stitched Rounded Rectangle (Die-Namics) so they would fit perfectly on another piece of watercolor paper that I diecut with the same die.  I also colored a couple of "lone" primroses and adhered them along with some vellum cut Feathers (Spellbinders).  

I thought the sentiments from the Good Thinking Renewal (Power Poppy) set fit perfectly for the start of a New Year, so I added one to the top, and one to a tag.  I also added some flags using the Stitched Fishtail Flag die (Die-Namics), and a cut-out panel using Stitched Basic Edges (Die-Namics).  Everything listed, as well as the paper (Wish Seasons by Fancy Pants) is new to me, and was fun to put all together.

That's it for my project.  For some more inspiration, check out my fellow Bloom Brigaders.  These gals have some serious skilz!!!
Thank you so very much for stopping by!  I hope you'll find time to play along with our Power and Spark Challenge this month.

Happy Stamping!


StampsPotted Primrose and Good Thinking Renewal (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz), Winter Seasons (Fancy Pants), Vellum
Ink:  Versamark
Dies:  Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, Stitched Fishtag Flags (Die-Namics), Folding Tag (Waltzingmouse), Feathers (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Silver Cord,, Organza Ribbon, 1" Corner Rounder (EK Success) 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Season's Giving Blog Hop Winner

As promised, today I'm going to announce the winner of the Giveaway I offered Jan. 1 for the Season's of Giving Blog Hop.  First of all, I'd like to thank all of you who shared your blessings or what you were thankful for in 2015.  I read every single one, and felt such joy for each and every one of you.  We all have challenges and trials, but there is always a joy or blessing to be found too if we would just take the time to look.  And I'm so glad that you all did, because I was blessed from your sharing.

So, now on to the winner.  I used to pick my number, and this is the one it picked...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

That means, Natalie S, you are the winner!!!

Blogger Natalie s said...
What a great prize pack. Those Chameleon markers have intrigued me since I first set eyes on them. I am thankful that my daughter was able to visit with her grandpa the evening before he suddenly passed away.
January 1, 2016 at 4:37 PM

 Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Season's Giving Blog Hop

Welcome!!  I'm so honored to be a part of this year's Season's Giving Blog Hop!  2015 was filled with many challenges as well as many blessings.   I would like to start this next year by focusing on my blessings.  

First of all, I get to paper craft and design for two wonderful companies.  That's huge to me.  And, I'm so grateful to those who follow my blog.  Your comments and encouragement are always uplifting.  I am constantly inspired by so many paper crafters, mixed media artists, and designers, and I hope I've brought a bit of inspiration to you this past year.  

So, to say thank you, I'd like to offer a Giveaway (will ship anywhere):  A set of Chameleon Color Tones Pens and Tonal Ranges, Decorative Curved Square dies by Spellbinders, Flower Layer die by Cuttlebug, and French collection - Corner, Border and Tag die by Creative Expressions

All you have to do is leave a comment mentioning one blessing or something you were thankful for in 2015.  I have many, but spending time with my kids is right at the top.  Especially the fact that they were able to be home for Christmas.  They live out of state, so to be able to juggle their schedules and make it all work was a treasure!

The winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Thursday, January 7.  

Now, I'd like to share my favorite cards of 2015 if you don't mind bearing with me.  The links to the other hoppers will follow.

 Short Stacks ~ Power Poppy

Geraniums meet Hemptique ~ Power Poppy

Kaboom ~ Waltzingmouse

Special Lady ~ Waltzingmouse

Flowering Branches ~ Power Poppy

Life is better with friends ~ Power Poppy

Re-Purposed Window Paned Door ~ Power Poppy

Garden Fireworks ~ Power Poppy

So Grateful ~ Power Poppy

Well Played ~ Power Poppy

A box of doughnuts ~ Waltzingmouse

Scrumptious Raspberries ~ Power Poppy

Power Poppy Minc'd

Here are the links to all those participating!  

Lawn Fawn
Scrapbook Cards & Today Magazine
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Reverse Confetti
Technique Tuesday
CAS-ual Friday Stamps
Verve Stamps
Donna Salazar
Richard Garay
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
Inchie Arts
Avocado Arts
OHscrap (Bossy Joscie)
Rubermoon Stamps
Latina Crafter
A Jillian Vance Design
Your Everyday Stamps
Latisha Yoast
AJ Otto
Kimberly Crawford
Julia Stainton
Laurie Willison
Teri Anderson
Jennifer Gallacher
Vera Yates
Wanda Guess
Nichol Magouirk
Kelly Klapstein
Anabelle O’Malley
Kim Watson
Chari Moss
Laura Bassen
Lydia Fiedler
Lisa Adametz
Alice Wertz
Daniela Dobson
Jenn Shurkus
Lori Craig
Amy Tsuruta
Lisa Henke
Margie Higuchi
Lee Murphy
Lori Tecler
Dina Kowal
Loretta Lock
Darsie Bruno
Marcie Sharp
Veronica Zalis
Barbara Anders
Maria Levine
Dana Joy
Melody Rupple
Keri Sereika
Asia King
Jennifer Ingle
Yvonne Van de Grijp
Beth Pingry
Erica Houghton
Mary-Ann Maldonado
Piali Biswas
Ashley Newell
Nicole Maki
Julee Tilman
Leigh Penner
Christina Griffiths
Lindsay Amrhein
Laura Williams
Debbie Seyer
Christine Emberson
Kerry Urbatch
Linda Lucas
Tosha Leyendekker
Giovana Smith
Bunny Vance
Stacey Schafer
Lee Ann Barrett
Ruby Naz
Julie Dinn
Jill Hawkins
Christiana Reulling
Jodi Collins
Gracie Chavez
Michelle Woerner
Tania Willis
Karisse Schilling
Lori McAree
Ashley Harris
Emily Leiphart
Heidi Blankenship
Coralynn Murray
Tenia Nelson
Pretty Philosophie
Jillian Vance
Misti Oblander

Happy Stamping!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dimensional Snowglobe Greetings ~ Power Poppy


Hello everyone!!  It's Friday!!  Woo-Hoo!!  That means the weekend is finally here and all the fun that comes with it.  Are you ready for Christmas?  I'm getting there, and am excited for the kids to come home., in the midst of decorating and present wrapping, I thought I'd make a card for this month's Power Poppy Power and Spark challenge, which is to choose a previous challenge to work with.
I chose November's Embellish This challenge. I've been itching to color the new Snowglobe Greetings digital image because I knew right when I saw it that I wanted to make it dimensional.  I started by coloring 3 images for the inside and layering them using Paper Tole.

For the base, I cut out an extra piece, colored it, put 3 large pop dots behind in the center, glued two cardstock tabs to the side, cut two slits on the outside of the bottom base, slid the tabs through and looks curved.

I embossed the top panel, glued it to a black frame, attached that to an acetate base and popped it up a bit to fit the dimensional image inside.  So this baby is full of depth, dimension, and textures.  For the snow and Santas hat and cuffs,  I used white Liquid Applique.  I used a brush to spread it on, sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), and then heated it with my Heat Tool.  I also added glitter to the background and Santa's beard.

That about sums up today's project.  For some more Holiday inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:

CopicsCoat, Hat, Bag and Chimney ~ R59, R37, R35, R32, R20, T10, T8, T6, T4, T2 Package ~ R59, R37, R35, R32, R20, G28, G24, G20 Bucket ~ G28, G24, G20, E43, E31 Doll ~ B06, B04, B00, E44, E43, E4, E02, E01, E000, R20 Bear ~ E47, E44, E43, E41 Ball ~ B06, B04, B02, B00, B000 Globe Base ~ E47, E44, E43, E41, YG99, YG95, YG91, YG01, R59, R37, R32, T10, T8, T6, T4, T2 

Thank you so very much for dropping by!  I hope you have a blessing-filled weekend!

Happy Stamping!! 


Stamps:  Snowglobe Greeting (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI), Acetate
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Liquid Applique, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Dimensional Tape, Scor-pal 
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