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 today.......it'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 like....ah....no...I 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 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Power Poppy August Release Hop

It's here!!!!  Power Poppy's Color Me Grateful August Release is finally available for purchase!!  And I saved my favorite image for last!!  

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and I have a "pumpkin addiction".  I have way too many, yet I can't stop myself from purchasing some each year.  So when I saw this charming image (So Grateful) with a pumpkin floral arrangement sitting on a darling chair, I nearly swooned.  Yep....my all time favorite image I think.  Although Marcy does make it hard to choose a favorite.  

I colored the image with Copics and layered it upon some Core Impressions cardstock (Core'dinations) that I sanded to show the texture better.  I then layered the sentiment over the bottom corner and added a trio of pearls.  Another CAS card from me today, but I LOVE the happy colors!!  I'm so ready for Fall, and our Fall doesn't really come until November.  We're topping off the week at 106-108.  So not good.  So I'm thinking happy Fall thoughts right now.

Here's a link list of the Bloom Brigaders in case you haven't seen them all yet!!

CopicsChair: BG49, BG15, BG13, BG11, C5, C3 Pumpkin: YR07, YR04, YR00, YR27 Leaves: YG99, YG95, YG93, YG21 Dahlias:  R35, R32 Daisies:  Y38, Y17, Y08, C8, C0 Thistle: V17, V15, V12 Flowers: R35, Y38, Y08 Grass:  YG07, YG05, YG67, E43, E44

Thank you so much for visiting this week!  I hope you've enjoyed all the peeks!!  Be sure to stop by Power Poppy for all the new Color Me Grateful sets!!

    Happy Stamping!

StampsSo Grateful (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Core Impressions (Core'dinations), X-Press It Blending, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty) 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Power Poppy ~ So Grateful

Hello again friends!!  I'm so glad you're back, because you will not want to miss the peeks of this gorgeous new Power Poppy set called So Grateful.  I am in serious LOVE!!  I chose to use the Dahlia collage for today.  Isn't this flower arrangement stunning?  And it's so easy to color.  Marcy does all the work for you with her strategically sketched shadows.  And the color combos are limited only to your imagination.

I colored and fussy-cut out the image and layered it on a diecut panel with dimensional tape.  The frame is also popped up, with dimensional tape, over the Enchanted Garden (BoBunny) decorative paper.

That's it.  I really went CAS this time around folks.  I don't know what's gotten into me.  

Now, check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share today:

Copics:  Y04, YR02, YR01, RV09, RV04, RV02, G29, YG67, YG17, YG05, V17, V15, V12, C10, C7, C5, C2, C0

Tomorrow is the Power Poppy Hop y'all.  Be sure to stop by for a little more inspiration for heading on over to Power Poppy to make your purchases!

Thanks for all your warmth and encouragement!
    Happy Stamping!


StampsSo Grateful (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Enchanted Garden (BoBunny), X-Press It Blending
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins, Dimensional Tape 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Power Poppy ~ Well Played

Welcome back friends!!  I am so excited to share a fabulously fun new Power Poppy set with you today, called Well Played, and it has the most adorably "hip" images with coordinating sentiments.  My daughter lamented that she's never seen a "record" irl (in real life), after I told her I made today's card to look like a record.  I was ashamed of myself.  I actually have a couple and never shared them with her.  And I was a DJ for 3 years at the local Christian Radio station while in college.  In fact, that was the career path I was on before I got engaged to a Dairy Farmer.  No time for radio stations after that.  I had to help with the business.   
Now isn't this vintage record player just the cutest?!?!?!   And the sentiments are just super fun!!

To make the record, I just layered a bunch of circle dies (Standard and Grand - Spellbinders), and embossed them after cutting out the largest one.  Easy-peasy!  I love the effect.  Okay...I went a little crazy with the sequins, but seriously...we're talking the 70's here.  ;)
That's it y'all!!  Now be sure and check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share today.  They're always quite the inspiration!!
Copics:  BG07, BG05, BG02, BG00, R29, R24, R22, YR07, YR04, YR02, Y17, Y08, Y06, Y02, G19, G14, G12, E29, E37, E34, E31, C8, C5, C3, C1

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll stop again tomorrow for another Power Poppy Peek.

   Happy Stamping!


StampsWell Played (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Black and White (PTI), Turquoise (Bazzill)
Dies: Standard and Grand Circles (Spellbinders), Say What? (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Power Poppy ~ Happy Crabapples

Hello Friends!!  I can't believe it's almost August!!  One exciting thing about coming up on a new month, is... new Power Poppy images!!  August 1, Power Poppy will be releasing the Color Me Grateful Collection.  And it's an incredible set too.  For the next 3 days, the Bloom Brigade will share little peeks into what you can expect, and the 4th day, we'll have a little hop showcasing all the sets.

Now, earlier this year a Flowering Branches digi was released and it was very well received.  So well, in fact,  that now there's a fabulous entire stamp set of Happy Crabapple images with beautiful sentiments included.  

I colored one of the branches with Copics and framed it with a few circles.  I was inspired by MOJO Monday Sketch 261.  I added a blossom bunch to the upper left corner, along with a few enamel dots, and that sums up this CAS card.

Here's a list of the Bloom Brigaders who have peeks to share with you today:

Copics:  R17, R14, R12, R02, G99, G94, G85, G82, E79, E74

That's it for me today.  Stop by tomorrow for a blast from the past.  ;)

    Happy Stamping!

StampsHappy Crabapples (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It Blending,  Cottage Living (Pebbles), Smokey Shadow and White (PTI) 
Dies:  Standard and Lacey Circles (Spellbinders), Stitched Circles (MFT Die-namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins) 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Power Poppy Christmas in July Sale

It's Christmas in July over at Power Poppy and Marcy is offering 20% off all Christmas stamp sets for 24 hours today.  And that's not all.  Marcy is offering this gorgeous digital Hollyberries image for half off.  That's only $3 for a beautiful holly berry branch and 2 sentiments.  What a deal!!

For my card today, I printed 3 of the Hollyberries branches, colored them with Copics, and fussy cut them out.  I cut one of them into smaller pieces to fill in the corners of the card.  I also cut up the sentiment and laid it randomly over the lattice portion of the card.  The holly and berries have a touch of glitter added to them also, to give them a little pop, and I burnished the back of the images for some added texture.

That's it for me today.  If you haven't already, you'll want to check out the inspirational creations the following Bloom Brigaders have to share.  There's no shortage of inspiration with these gals, let me tell ya!!
Copics:  YG99, YG97, YG95, YG91, YG01, E49, E47, E44, R37

  Happy Stamping!!

StampsHollyberries (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Core'dinations, Bazzill, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
DiesGreek Island Collection - Background (Creative Expressions-Sue Wilson) 
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins, Glitter, Library Clip (SU!), Dimensional Tape 

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Masculine Happy Birthday

Hello friends!  I needed a masculine birthday card, so I thought it would be fun to haul out some of Waltzingmouse's Woodgrain images.  I find that I always have feminine cards on hand, but never masculine.  They are definitely harder to make if you like to embellish, that's for sure.

I stamped the background panel with the Woodgrain background, then embossed it with a woodgrained embossing folder to give it some texture.  I then layered a couple of woodgrain banners over it after diecutting a frame using the new Stitched Rectangle die (Waltzingmouse).  

I then took the Zig Zag Backgrounder image, stamped it with Night Sky (VersaMagic) onto Kraft Cardstock, and diecut it using a Star die (Spellbinders).  Lastly I added the "birthday" sentiment from Hello, Happy Thanks (Waltzingmouse) to the arrow banner and free-hand cut out "Happy" that I stamped onto vintage Cream cs (PTI).

That's about it.  Thank you so much for dropping by!
I hope you have a FANTASTIC week!!

Happy Stamping!


StampsWoodgrain, Zig Zag Backgrounder, Hello, Happy Thanks (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper:  Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Red Brick, Night Sky, Wheat and Jumbo Java (VersaMagic), Toffee Crunch (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
DiesStitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse), Star (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Burlap String, Wood Dot (Teresa Collins) 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Life is the Flower ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!! There are some exciting new things happening over at Power Poppy.  Marcella's bringing back some of her gorgeous images in digital form.  Each one has a little tweak here and there to make it fresh and new, and now you don't have to settle for only one digital release a month.  There will be 3.  Yep...every 5th, 15th and 25th, there will be some beautiful digital images released along with some coordinating sentiments.

Today, we're featuring a beautifully, charming floral bouquet called Asters Abuzz!!  I used photoshop to create the image twice and combine them for a vertical image and colored them with Copics.  I also split the sentiment so I could add it to the top and bottom of my image panel.  The base is embossed with an embossing folder and I got a little sequin happy.  

Now, a few of the Bloom Brigade, along with a very special Instant Gardener, have some fabulous projects to share with y'all.

Copics:  Asters: B29, B26, B24, YR27, Y18, Y06 Clover: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21 Flowering Thyme: V17, V15, V12 Leaves:  G28, YG45, YG41, YG17, YG25, YG13 Background: C4, C3, C2

That's it for my project today.
Have a great week!

   Happy Stamping!


StampsAsters Abuzz (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Xpress-It Blending, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies: Fans of Fantasia Background Savvy Collection (Couture Creations)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations) 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Old Bean

Hello friends!  Happy 4th of July!!  I hope you all have a safe holiday today.  I'm so grateful for all the freedoms I get to appreciate here in America, and for the soldiers who fight to keep it that way. 

I don't have a patriotic card to share today, and am sorry.  I needed a masculine card.  I love the sentiment "Happy Birthday Old Bean" from the new Waltzingmouse set Coffee Time.  And it has the cutest little bean grinder and beans.  So I inked up the grinder with Celestial Copper Delicata ink (Tsukineko), and embossed it with Aged Copper Embossing Enamel (Stampendous) and Copper ep (Ranger).  The Embossing Enamel is very thick and doesn't work well with detailed images but I wanted the patina it left, so after tapping off the excess, I poured some Copper detailed embossing powder over it and it filled in all the empty spaces.  WMS has a Coffee Time diecut set too which was great for diecutting the little grinder.  It lines up so beautifully!  

The sentiment was also embossed with the Copper ep.  I then stamped two sizes of the beans and cut them out.  They were Rock-n-Rolled with Jumbo Java (VersaMagic) and Espresso Truffle (Memento).

That sums up my card for today.  But I want to take a moment to let you know that Waltzingmouse Stamps is having a HUGE SALE (50% to 75% off) and is retiring quite a few sets.  It'd be a great idea to check it out HERE.

  Happy Stamping!

StampsCoffee Time (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Antique Bazaar (Kaisercraft), Vintage Cream (PTI), Gold (Paper Source)
Ink:  Celestial Copper (Delicata), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Jumbo Java (VersaMagic), Espresso Truffle (Memento)
DiesCoffee Time die (Waltzingmouse), Cogs and Standard Circles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Aged Copper Embossing Powder (Stampendous) and Copper Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger) 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No act of kindness is ever wasted

Hello my creative friends.  I'm posting more than usual and am having too much fun.  I have another Quietfire card to share with you today using the sentiment No Act of Kindness...  I decided to go vintage again and used a few "new dies to me".  The background was diecut and popped up with dimensional tape, as well as the sentiment panel and Vintage Parasol.  The sentiment was stamped onto Kraft cardstock with Whisper White (SU!) pigment ink and embossed with White ep.  I also added some Whisper White to the border.  Lastly, I added a vintage rhinestone button, some seam binding ribbon, pearls and rhinestones.  Oh, and I sanded the background with a sanding block, after diecutting and embossing, for some more texture.

That's it y'all!  Thanks for dropping by!

   Happy Stamping!

Stamps No Act of Kindness (Quietfire)
Paper:  Stampington, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Whisper White (SU!), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Greek Island Collection - Background (Creative Expressions-Sue Wilson), Labels 38 (Spellbinders), Primitive Hearts #3 (Sizzix), Vintage Parasol (Marianne Designs)
Accessories:  Library Clip (SU!), Seam Binding Ribbon (PrairieBirdBoutique-etsy), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Sanding Block, Dimensional Tape, White Embossing Powder, Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Tim Holtz)
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