Monday, April 14, 2014

Refresh CAS challenge


I had some time to play in Splitcoaststampers' CAS challenge today.  We were challenged to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) Fionna51.  She has a gallery filled with charming CAS cards.  I chose to case her Masculine Sympathy card.  I changed my framing with diecuts, and inked the background with Pumice Stone Ranger Distress Ink.  I then stamped feathers, from Power Poppy's Marcella's Mixtape stamp set, in Smokey Gray Versafine ink along with White ink by Gina K. designs.  The "Hit Refresh" sentiment is from Power Poppy's Good Thinking: Renewal set.  Lastly, I inked over the feathers with White Pigment ink to soften them up a bit.  Easy-Peasy.

Here's a close-up so you can see the feather detail.




That's it for today.  I hope I've inspired you to try some new challenges.
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Stamps:  Marcella's Mixtape, Good Thinking: Renewal (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress), White (Gina K. Designs), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  A2 Valiant Honor, Labels Thirty-Eight and Petite Oval dies (Spellbinders), Carnation (Wild Orchid Crafts), Stardust Stickles, Dimensional Tape (Scotch) 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hit Refresh...


I had some fun participating in some more Splitcoaststampers challenges again this week.  I combined 3 this week:  Try a new technique ~ Embedding, Clean and Simple ~ Dry Embossing, and Color Combination ~ Blue Saffron Sand

I colored one of Power Poppy's new images from the Springtime Love set to fit the color challenge.  Isn't it just charming?  For the embedded shape, I framed it with a diecut rectangle with a scalloped border and embedded it in an embossed base to meet the dry embossing requirement for the CAS challenge.  Lastly, I added a couple of sweet little diecut hearts that I inked with Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass Ranger Distress Ink.  The little tag was diecut using Framed Tags One from Spellbinders, and the sentiments are from the Power Poppy set called Good Thinking: Renewal.

It all was fairly easy.  The only part that took any time was the coloring.  I tend to use a lot of Copics...*grin*

Copics: Y38, Y35, Y23, Y21, BG15, BG13, BG11, BG02, BG0000, YG99, YG95, YG93, YG91, YG67, YG63, YG03, YG21, E34, E33, E31, EOO

Thanks for dropping by.
Be sure to check out the SCS challenges.  They're super inspiring!
Happy Stamping my friends!!
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Stamps:  Springtime Love, Good Thinking: Renewal (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black and Smokey Gray (Versafine), Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Framed Tags One, Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle dies (Spellbinders), Primitive Hearts #3 (Sizzix), Metallic Hemp Cord (Hemptique) Rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty), Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Corner Rounder Punch

Thursday, April 3, 2014

3-Tier-Slider Gift Card



Oh my!!  Did I have a blast today!  It's been a lonnnnnnng time since I've made a card just for the fun of it.  I'm usually working with deadlines and new releases.  But I decided today I wanted to play along in a Splitcoaststampers challenge.  Now the last time I did that was....well....so long that I can't even remember.  While looking at this week's challenges, I knew right away I wanted to try the Three-Tier-Slider-Card technique challenge, and then thought, why not add as many as I could.  I mean..why not go "All In"!!  So, I also used this week's Color, Sketch and Ways to Use it challenges.

 

I have a niece graduating from High School this year and thought it would be fun to combine the Three-Tier-Slider card with a Gift Card inside.  Waltzingmouse Stamps came out with the sweetest Gift Card It dies and coordinating Gift Card It stamp set.  Where it says 2014 (I used the Victorian Alphabet for the numbers).  I'll add the gift card later...it didn't match the colors. (grin)  For the top tier sentiment, tag and the front, I used sentiments and flowers from the Gift Card It stamp set.

Now, the Ways to use it Challenge:  WT473,  requires you to use something you've had in your stash for over a month and haven't touched yet.  Well, I've had Sizzix's Primitive Star dies in my stash for probably well over 6 months, and haven't touched them once.  I know...what a shame, eh?  Now they've been officially broken in.

I colored the flowers, on the center panel, with Copics and ran my Anique Linen Mini-distress ink pad over them so they weren't so bright and fit the color scheme of the card.  Lastly, I added some enamel dots (Teresa Collins), as well as a Crystal dot to the navy Twine (Olive Manna). 

Oh, and I can't forget to mention that this super fun dp is pb&j by Basicgrey.

Here are the Copics I used: 




Here's the color scheme: CC472

 Here's the sketch:  SC482

Wow, that was a lot of info.  I hope you get an opportunity to try one, or all of these challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  It really gets the creative juices flowing!

Happy Stamping!
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Stamps:  Gift Card It, Victorian Alphabet (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  pb&j (Basicgrey), Cream and Navy (AC)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Gift Card It dies (Waltzingmouse), Primitive stars die (Sizzix), Standard Rectangle die (Spellbinders), Three-Tier-Slider Card Technique, Copics, Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins), Crystal dot (Prima), Twine (Olive Manna), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Baja Breeze Ribbon (SU!), Sewing Machine, Scor-Pal, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

PowerPoppy is in Full Bloom!!

http://powerpoppy.com/collections/all

 I can hardly believe it.  PowerPoppy stamp sets are available for sale!!  I just know you all are going to love these sets as much as I do.  Marcella has a special way of capturing even the minutest of details and adding that little extra to all her images and sets.  We have 4 sets for PowerPoppy's debut!!

But first, here's a card I made using Azaleas and Good Thoughts: Renewal


 I have a small collection of pencil sketches and charcoal art, which inspired me to do a monochromatic card using the gray scale.  I stamped the Azalea images with with Gray Flannel Memento Ink and colored them with Copics T0-T4.  I added white stamens (although I wish I had made them a darker gray) using a White Sharpie, and added a bit of sparkle with some Crystal Rock Candy glitter (Ranger).  The sentiment is from the Good Thoughts: Renewal set.  And see that little azalea on the left?  That's in the set too...sweet!!  The background was created with a Doily Stencil (Tim Holtz), and I added another doily and Punched Border (EK Success).  Lastly I added a handmade crocheted flower along with some twine and silver cording.

That's it for me.  If you haven't visited the rest of the DT's blogs, you'll want to do that right now.  These gals are just full of inspiring ideas.

Tosha Leyendekker --- you are here

I hope you've enjoyed my previews this week.  I had a fabulous time creating with the new PowerPoppy stamps and I hope you will too!

Happy Stamping!
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Stamps:  Azalea, Good Thoughts: Renewal (PowerPoppy)
Paper:  White and Soft Stone (PTI), Cryogen White
Ink:  Gray Flannel (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Copics, Rectangle Die (Spellbinders), Doily Stencil (Tim Holtz), Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger), Quickie Glue Pen, Border Punch (EK Success), Sparklets (Kaisercraft), Crocheted Flower, Twine, Silver Cord, Doily 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good Thoughts: Renewal ~ PowerPoppy

 



With on-trend typography designed by Marcella Hawley, Good Thoughts: Renewal will end your search for "just the right" rejuvenating words! This all-sentiment set measures 4" by 6" and is loaded with 16 images. Take a deep breath in, exhale out and stamp up some serenity. Now doesn't that just feel better?

I am so in love with the variety of sentiments in this set.  There is truly an encouragement for any situation.  I am a firm believer that life can look pretty ugly at night when you're tired and have had a rough day or week, but the mornings usually seem a bit brighter, and strength is renewed to face whatever has been coming at you lately.  So I thought I'd combine these 3 sentiments:  "Breathe in...Breathe out...Things are always better in the morning."

 I stamped the sentiments with Smokey Gray Versafine ink onto the decorative Paper (Vintage Spring Basics by Maja Designs), and diecut the frame and tag.  I then added some sparkle and embossing powder to the edges along with some flowers and ribbon.



Here are a couple of close-ups so you can see how beautifully fonted the sentiments are.


  That's it for my project, today the Bloom Brigade is stamping out some serenity and they'd love to share a bit with you, so if you haven't already, check out what soothing inspiration the rest of the team has to share.
Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thank you so much for dropping by, and for all your encouraging comments.  You're all a huge blessing to me!!

Happy Stamping my friends!

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Stamps:  Good Thoughts: Renewal (PowerPoppy)
Paper:  Vintage Spring Basics (Maja Designs), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Anja's Large Oval die amd Decorative Tags (Marianne's Designs), Flowers ans Sprays (Wild Orchid Crafts), Seam Binding, Twine, Quickie Glue Pen, Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger), Shabby White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous) 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Azalea ~ PowerPoppy







http://powerpoppy.com/collections/allSweeping and free, this set simply named Azalea is begging to be colored with reckless abandon. It could inspire an outrageous upsurge in your use of pink markers, colored pencils, and paint! Use the lush blooms of these images to let a friend know how much she is missed, or to say thanks to another who is just plain amazing! This 4" by 6" set was illustrated by hand with a whole lotta love by Marcella Hawley. 


Can I just say I LOVE these Azaleas!!  Oh my word...the detail in this set is exquisite, making these images a pure joy to color!!  I stamped the Azalea Spray onto Cryogen White cardstock with Tuxedo Black (Memento) ink, colored them with Copics, cut them out, and burnished the back to give them a bit more depth and texture.  I then layered it over Postcards From Paris II dp by Webster's Pages, added a sparkly diecut butterfly, some lace, sequins and rhinestones, and voila, a finished shabby chic and sparkly card.

Here's a close-up look at the detail of this image.


Doesn't that flower just make you swoon? Don't wait to exhale, breathe in the beauty and hop on over to see the rest of the Bloom Brigade!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow's set is sure to deliver a little dose of serenity. Need some? Check on back to see the Bloom Brigade and all its Zen-like creativity!

Thanks for dropping by!
Happy Stamping!

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Stamps:  Azalea (PowerPoppy)
Paper:  Postcards from Paris II (Webster's Pages), Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Standard Circle dies (Spellbinders), Butterfly die (Joy Crafts), Sequins (Ellen Hutson and Teresa Collins), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Lace (Wild Orchid Crafts), Distrezz-it-All (Zutter), Gesso

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 ~ PowerPoppy





Get that toe a-tapping, because this set will have you Celebrating Good Times -- Come On! Build up those Buttercups in your life. Tell the crazy chicks you hang with that they are way too Superfly! We can almost guarantee you'll break into song while you stamp these musical memories. Mix and match the sentiments and graphics to create combinations that will have your besties saying, "Word Up!" This 4" by 6" set -- Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 -- was hand-drawn from the wonderfully creative pen of Marcella Hawley.


This is a super fun set filled with a plethora of combinations!!  I had a hard time choosing what images I wanted to work with.  I tend to gravitate towards feathers, but I thought it would be fun to use one of the horns with a fun spray of sparkly noise using sequins and glitter.  Yes, I used glitter again...it's so hard not to.  It just feels like I'm celebrating a little more when I use it.  I colored the horn with Copics, popped it up with dimensional tape, scored the background panels, punched a border and added some Washi Tape.  An easy-peasy one layer card.


So, now that you have a little tune stuck in your head, why not dance it out? Twist on over and see the rest of the Bloom Brigade!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow's set is sure to take your breath away. It's a beautiful botanical that symbolizes the strength and beauty of women and this illustration is 100% Marcella Hawley! Stop on back to see for yourself!

Happy Stamping!

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Stamps:  Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 (PowerPoppy)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (EK Success), Washi Tape (My Mind's Eye), Quickie Glue Pen, Crystal Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger), Scor-Pal, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Springtime Love with PowerPoppy

 

Our first Power Poppy set, hot off the presses, may have you hearing the alluring tones of a French accordion and whispering Ooh La La. Springtime Love  is in the air and this set embodies romance -- with passionate petals and love-laced sentiments. Illustrated by Marcella Hawley as she went in for the kiss, this beauty of a set measures 4" by 6". 

I can hardly believe I get to continue to work with Marcella's stunning images!!  Her attention to detail and creative eye are so inspiring!  I love nature, and flowers are right at the top of that list.  So I had the most delightful time coloring this circle of beautiful flowers!

I colored them with Copics (click on the image for a closer look at the Copics I used) and added a bit of sparkle with some Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger).  I added a Scalloped border and a Picot Edge diecut frame (Spellbinders), along with some Glass Glitter around the background border.  Lastly, I added some wrinkled seam binding and lace with a yo-yo flower I made awhile ago.

That's it for my project today, now that you've been swept away with that free-feeling Springtime Love, why not traipse around to take in some more? The Bloom Brigade has plenty to share!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

See you back here tomorrow, when we'll have you movin' and groovin' to a spunky and fun Power Poppy beat!

Happy stamping my friends!!


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Stamps:  Springtime Love (PowerPoppy)
Paper:  Delight (Prima), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Picot Edge Circles and Scalloped Borders Two dies (Spellbinders), Clear Rock Candy dry Glitter (Ranger), Quickie Glue Pen, Seam Binding (PrarieBird Boutique), Yo-yo handmade flower, Vintage Lace, Vintage Glass Glitter, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Just a peak...


The sneak peeks start tomorrow, but Marcella is sharing some insight about the new sets and her ideas.  Head on over to the Power Poppy Blog to read more about it.

Happy creating!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Meet the Bloom Brigade



With a little bit of the story of Power Poppy unveiled yesterday, today we get to share some of the "faces" that will help bring Power Poppy to full bloom! We affectionately call this fabulous and fierce team "The Bloom Brigade" because as you'll soon see - each one has a wild an beautiful facet that they bring with them to this very creative team! Want to learn a little more about this wildly talented force of artistic talent? Marcella asked each of us a question and many of them made us say... "Hmmmm...." Just click HERE to see for yourself! 

Q. What is your personal theme song? 

A.
--> My personal theme song…this is a hard one for me.  I feel we all have different sides, to our personalities, and character, that could be represented by a song.  So I decided to settle for one that’s near and dear to my heart.  It not only represents how I want to face each day, but also a time in my life where I started to “be me” at the age of 26.

That song is “Give Thanks” by Don Moen

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

I continually “give thanks”, because God has blessed me beyond measure.  My Faith, my family, and my friends, are what I consider my greatest blessings, but I’m also grateful for the gift of artistry, which led me to stamping so many years ago, and, in turn, to a treasure of friends across this great world He has created for us to enjoy.

“Give Thanks” was also the song my mom wanted played over and over while she was in the hospital during her last days of suffering with ovarian cancer in 1994.  Back then we had cassettes, and even when she couldn’t speak anymore she would signal for it to be played again.  That meant rewinding and rewinding.  (grin)   And, because of her example, I am reminded to “Give Thanks” in all situations:  joys and sorrows, because she did right up to the time God took her home.

I can’t tell you how thankful and excited I am, to be a part of this new company called Power Poppy.  I believe, in the vision Marcy has for it, and in all the women who are a part of this journey. 

I will leave you with one more song that I just recently heard: “Beautiful”, by Mali Music.   If you get a chance, I would encourage a listen.  I LOVE the lyrics, and the tune is catchy too.

If you haven't already visited the rest of the Bloom Brigade, here are the links to their blogs.  These wonderfully dynamic women all have different "sides" to their lives! See what makes their creativity click! Learn a little more as you hop on over and see.....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow, we get one step closer to the big sneaks with a peek into Marcella's sketch books. What inspired her first Power Poppy release? She'll share with all of YOU!

Happy creating my friends!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Power Poppy is here!



For the past ten days the fabulous and fierce Bloom Brigade (a.k.a. the Power Poppy Design Team) has been busy suggesting all kinds of fun and downright goofy things to get you moving and grooving to the Power Poppy beat. Behind the scenes, we've been sweating the details, keeping it real, and loving every minute of it. While you can see a sneaky peek of what's to come above in the days ahead, today the mistress of ceremonies, Marcella Hawley herself is going to tell you all a little story -- HER story -- of how this beautiful company came to be! Be sure to stop by HERE to read all about it!!



Monday, March 24, 2014

Tomorrow!!


http://powerpoppy.com/

We used to have a store here, in California, that had a commercial with women standing outside the store with their hands and heads placed against the glass doors chanting "open, open, open"!!  That's how I've been feeling lately!! 

Happy stamping my friends!!

 
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