Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Surprise! Happy Birthday, Rhea!

Hello Friends! Today is a special day because we are celebrating Rhea's birthday! Yaaaay! Rhea Weigand is one of my Power Poppy sister design team members. I'm sure many of you are familiar with her ABSOLUTELY STUNNING artwork, her informative blog, Passionate Paper Creations or perhaps you're a member of her fun Facebook group, Passionate Paper Creations and Friends. If you've not connected with Rhea yet, make sure you do! She is a Copic coloring MASTER and she shares lots of information, as well as her very helpful Copic color combination charts.

So, in honor of this very special lady, Marcella has created a very special digi stamp set and we were given the opportunity to make a card for our dear friend, Rhea. And because Marcella is SUCH a sweetheart, she has made this set available for all of you. It's called, Orchid Dreams and it's a beauty.

Two beautiful images and one lovely sentiment; one book has a bit of text, the other is blank. There is a bit of a story behind this set, as well. Rhea has just returned from a very looooong Hawaiian vacation, hence the 'dreaming of the islands' and the tropical plant. AND, she's prone to losing her glasses, so Marcy added a pair in the illustration for her. Cute and fun!

Take a look at the card I created...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RHEA!


I printed the image onto Cryogen White card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I did really simple coloring here, not a lot of blending and fussing about. Because this is Rhea's 50th birthday, I wanted to add a few gold touches. So, not only did I use gold sequins but, I also colored the glasses with a gold tone Copic marker and then I went over that with a Gold Wink of Stella glitter pen.


I also added Crystal Effects to the 'glass' portions to give shine and dimension. I love the way they turned out. Here's a close-up of the close-up. :)


I tied on a bit of organza ribbon for more sparkle. Then adhered the focal panel onto my card base. I used the sentiment included in this set on the inside of my card.


I re-colored, re-sized and horizontally flipped the main image so it would fit nicely in the corner. I really like the looks of that sentiment. I kept the inside simple, too. Except now, I think I should have colored the glasses gold! LoL! I may have to do that.

So that's it for me! If you want to see what my team mates have created with this image, buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog and have a look-see.

Thanks for stopping by! And...I will probably be silent for a few weeks. I'm going to get some rest. I'm feeling good but, I get tired easily and I don't want to over do it.

Have a great week!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
digital stamp sets: Orchid Dreams(Power Poppy)  'happy birthday' from Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher(Power Poppy)
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(PaperTemptress)   Groovy Guava(Stampin' Up!)  Putty(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: Marcelle 12 x 12 sheet from Fairy Belle Collection(Prima Marketing)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: corner rounder(WeRMemory Keepers)
bling: 6mm Gold, 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  pink organza ribbon(my stash)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Stand Here.

Hello Friends! It's FINALLY December! Can you feel the excitement in the air? Are YOU excited? Do you have the "Christmas Spirit" yet? LoL! I stay in the Christmas spirit, it's just amplified this time of year. Anywhooo...It's the 5th of the month (already!) and that means that Marcella has a new digi stamp for us.

Introducing...Stand Here. This is a really cute set featuring a bouquet of mistletoe. Just the perfect thing to get some Christmas kisses! That ribbon is everything! And I love having the open letter font...makes for some great color blending.


And here's what I did with this set...Please click on the images to enlarge them.


I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and die cut it with my Brother ScanNCut2. Then, I colored it with Polychromos colored pencils and Copic markers. I added Spectrum Clear Sparkle on the ribbon and the berries. Then, I put a dab of Crystal Effects on the berries to give them shine and a bit of dimension. I adhered the mistletoe to my card base with foam tape.

And I finished the inside, as well.




I lightened the main image, re-colored the sentiment and added it right over the top of the mistletoe. I added a strip of the same patterned paper from the front of the card and matted it with the same red paper, too. I opted for not coloring in the letters here since I printed them with red ink. Fun, fun set to work with.

That's it for me today. Please make sure you visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have to share with you.

Thanks for dropping in! Merry Christmas!

Blessings~






supplies~ 
digital stamp set: Stand Here.(Power Poppy)
stamp:Heart Dust(D.O.T.S.)-sooooo old! Oh my word! LoL!
card stock: 80lb, 110lb Neenah Solar White
patterned paper: Peace, Joy, Love 6x6 patterned paper pad(Lawn Fawn)
ink: Tulip(Close to My Heart)
dies: Oval Nestabilities(Spellbinders)   Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
coloring media: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)   Copic markers
bling: Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen(Spectrum Noir)
other: Brother ScanNCut2    Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Whimsical Wreaths

Hello Friends! Happy December! I am here to share a few of the cards I created featuring the wonderful Whimsical Wreath sets from Power Poppy. These wreath sets are really cool because each one includes three wreaths; one with a sentiment in the center of the wreath, one wreath that can be used as a gift tag and one wreath with no text.

Take a look...This is Boxwood and Cranberry.  I love, love, love the font on this.


This next one is Birch and Evergreens. Reminds me of a California Christmas for some reason.




For my first card I used the Felt Leaves and Fruit Wreath.


I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Polychromos colored pencils. I wanted a light pink airy feel and I think I achieved that. Click on the picture to enlarge it. After I finished coloring, I used my Brother ScanNCut 2 to die cut it. My original plan was to have a very clean and simple card with the stitched woodgrain back ground and the wreath on the front. I planned to maybe add a sentiment on a strip of vellum at the bottom BUT...I was drinking broth when I was adding the Sparkly Fluff and Crystal Effects to this and I got a teeny tiny drop of it in the center of the wreath! Welp, I couldn't camouflage the broth droplet so I had to cover it up because I was NOT going to color another wreath. I like it...it's just not the direction I was going when I started out. PLOT TWIST! LoL! The wreath is adhered with foam tape to add a bit of dimension.

My next card features the Succulents and Baubles Wreath. I think this wreath might be my favorite.

This was sooooo much fun to work with. I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and die cut and dry embossed it with a circle Nestie. While it was still in the die, I sponged on a little Antique Linen Distress ink. I drew my color palette from the patterned paper. Isn't it sweet?! I love shopping in "my own stash" and finding long forgotten treasures. My paper stash is RIDICULOUS! And, I'm sure yours probably is too! I colored the image with Polychromos colored pencils,  then added Spectrum Sparkle and Crystal Effects to the ornaments.


I did a little inking around the edges of the card base and the patterned paper. I really wanted this one to have a nostalgic feel to it. How did I do?! And finally, I just mounted it all onto my card base and called it done!

These were really fun to play with and they are so versatile. I made a few more that I put through my Minc and added foiling. I haven't photographed them yet and I may share them in the next few days or so. The wreaths were offered in a bundle and they may still be on sale. They are available individually, as well. :) Buzz on over to the Power Poppy shop and take a look see.

That's all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~


supplies~ 
digital stamps: Felted Leaves and Fruit, Succulents and Baubles(Power Poppy)
stamp set: "warm thoughts to you" from Wreaths Plain and Fancy(Power Poppy)
card stock: 80lb Neenah Solar White  white woodgrain(Simon Says Stamp)  Ballet Blue, Regal Rose(Stampin' Up!) 
patterned paper: Mistletoe 6x6 paper pack(Memory Box)
ink: Antique Linen Distress ink(Ranger)   Versafine Onyx Black(Tsukineko)
punches: border punches-both retired(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangle, Stitched Circle(Simon Says Stamp)   Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
coloring medium: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)
bling: Spectrum Sparkle clear(Spectrum Noir)
other: ScanNCut2 die cutting machine(Brother)  Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  red and kraft bakers twine from the Happy Days twine collection(My Mind's Eye)  Sugar Sparkly Fluff(The Craft Lounge)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Why I've Been MIA

Hello Friends! I've been missing in action. And, I teased you all for four days with new Power Poppy digis and I promised a spectacular reveal on November 25th and then Friday came round and you got NOTHING from me. Not one word. Here's why...




On Wednesday, November 23, Thanksgiving Eve. I had a heart attack. 

I hadn't been feeling well for a few weeks. I couldn't put my finger on it but, I knew something was wrong. I'd had a few really stressful weeks and then that Monday, the 21st, I received a lot of stressful news. In addition, I had deadlines to meet and I was putting together Thanksgiving dinner and trying to coordinate guest lodging and so on and so on.

Around 1:00pm, I started having a bit of discomfort in my chest. But, I brushed it off as strain, maybe gas and I kept on pushing myself. I took a tea break and relaxed for a bit but, I was starting to feel more pressure. By dinnertime around 6:00pm, I knew that I was not going to be able to finish many of the things I was planning to accomplish that day. My husband came home around 7ish and I told him that I was not feeling well, described what I was experiencing and he suggested that we go to Urgent Care. I told him that I was going to take some Gas-X, grab a quick shower and then go to bed. After I walked up the stairs, I knew I had a problem and I knew urgent care was not going to be able to help me. I asked my daughter to get me some baby aspirins, I took a shower and we left for the ER.

Once I got there, the pain was UNBEARABLE. On a scale of 0 to 10, I was at 12. And, I have such a high pain tolerance, too. But this pain?! Oh my word, worse than childbirth! And let me just say here, I had a 10 pound baby naturally, with NO meds! But, the chest pains, I had no relief and they just kept coming, stronger and stronger. I was given three rounds of Nitroglycerin. It didn't touch the pain. Finally, I was given Morphine and the pain was diminished but did not subside. We live in a small town, with a great local hospital but they were not equipped to handle what I was going through so, I was transported by ambulance to a larger hospital with an award winning cardic care unit. Once I got there...things started happening! Good things. I went through a lot of testing and it was determined that I should have an angiogram on Friday because everything was shut down for the holiday.

I was having a good day on Thursday. Thanksgiving. I even ordered a turkey entree for my dinner. And the food was very tasty.



But, late Thursday night, I had another episode. Unbearable pain. Nitroglycerin and finally morphine. And I was able to sleep. I was concerned at that point that maybe the angiogram would turn into bypass surgery because the Dr had explained to me that depending on what they found during the angiogram, bypass surgery could occur.

I was up early on Friday. Ready to get 'er done! A really fun group of nurses, all male, came to get me and in we went to see what was going on. The procedure revealed two block arteries...One 85%, the other 95% so I had two stents put in. NO BYPASS SURGERY! Yaaaay!! After a little nap, I ordered my dinner and I was feeling mighty fine!


More rest, more tests. Another night in the hospital. Then, after a little bout with low blood pressure, I was FINALLY able to go home!

So, here I am! LoL! I feel GREAT! I am resting and letting my body heal. I am very thankful and grateful for those of you who were praying for me and sending me good vibes. I am sharing this experience with you all because this came as a complete shock to us. I attribute my high stress level to my cardiac incident. But, the blockages were definitely a shock because, I eat fairly clean. I have a loooooong list of  No's...no dairy, no bread, no corn, no grains, no eggs, etc. I am more vegetarian than meat eater, preferring chicken, turkey and fish. I drink water alllll day. I have very little caffeine or alcohol. I had a checkup earlier this year and my vital numbers came back favorable...no high cholesterol or triglycerides. I am not diabetic and I've recently removed 16 more pounds from my body. And yet, this beast attacked me. There are a few more lifestyle changes to be made, for sure because I have a very demanding sweet tooth and I absolutely ADORE french fries! Hi Cyndi! :)

So, here's what I want to impart to you today...

 1.  eat clean
 2.  stay hydrated
 3.  move your body
 4.  manage your stress
 5.  listen to your instincts
 6.  forgive others and yourself
 7.  share kindness
 8.  love big
 9.  laugh daily
10. do what you love

I will be resting and enjoying my favorite time of the year with my family. I'll be popping in every now and then and I still have some Power Poppy cards to share. I may have that post ready to go for Thursday or Friday.

Thank you for stopping by today. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.

 Blessings~


Monday, November 21, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge ~ Day 21

Hello Friends! Happy Monday to ya! Today, I am sharing the fourth and last sneak peek of new Power Poppy digi stamp sets to be released on Friday, November 25.

Here's my peek...



I think this one is my favorite! The image was printed onto smooth white card stock and colored with Polychromos colored pencils.

That's all I can show you today! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~


supplies: 
digital stamp set: Power Poppy
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb
coloring medium: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge ~ Day 20

Hello Friends! I've got a quick share today. This is the third sneak peek for the Power Poppy new digital stamp release happening on Friday, November 25. You all are going to be blown away by this release. Not only are the images beautiful, they are also very versatile.

I gave you a good peek at this one!



I re-colored the image in Photoshop then printed it onto smooth white card stock and colored it with my Polychromos colored pencils.

That's it from me today! I hope you had a great weekend. We are finally getting some rain! Yaaaay!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~


supplies~
digital stamp: Power Poppy 
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb
dies: Stitched Square(Simon Says Stamp)
coloring medium: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge ~ Day 19

Hello Friends! How's your Saturday been? I had a good day today. I attended a Stampin' Up! Christmas card making party. It was a lot of fun. We made 9 Christmas cards! Talk about  building your stash fast! Speaking of Christmas cards...

My color share for today is a sneak peek of another Power Poppy digi set that will be released on Friday, November 25th. These digis were designed to make QUICK and EASY Christmas cards...more about that on Friday. But, it's your card, you can make it as detailed or as plain as you like.


Please click on the picture to see the image more clearly. I have been having such an issue with Blogger and blurry photos! Anyway...I printed this one onto smooth white card stock and die cut it. I did a little inking and worked on that gorgeous bow!

That's all I can show you today! Thanks for buzzin' by!

Blessings~


supplies~
digital stamp: Power Poppy
card stock: Neenah Solar White 80lb 
ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink(Rangere)
dies: Classic Circle Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
coloring medium: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)