Thursday, August 25, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Cuppa Buttercups

Hello Friends! It's the 25th of the month, so I've got a new re-mixed digi to share. This sweet image comes from one found in the Power Poppy clear set called, Marcella's Mixtape. This set was one of the first sets released with Power Poppy! If there are any left, I suggest you pick it up. There are a lot of fun images and cool sentiments in that set, very versatile! Okay, back to today's digi.

This adorable little set is called, Cuppa Buttercups and it features a darling little cup, overflowing with buttercups and three lovely sentiments. How sweet is that?! Once again, Marcella has combined my two loves; flowers and tea(tea cups) *swoon*



I did a little research and discovered that buttercups come more colors than just yellow. Buuuut...I decided to color mine the traditional yellow color, because really, WHO doesn't want a cheerful cup full of yellow buttercups?! Please click on the picture to enlarge it.



Well, this was just too much fun to color! I printed the image onto a die cut piece of Bristol and before the ink could dry, I sprinkled on fine detail clear embossing powder and melted that with my heat tool. I should also mention that I used an embossing buddy on the card stock prior to printing. That way the embossing powder sticks only where I want it to. I set it aside to cool for a bit, then using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, I did a little watercoloring. Nothing fancy, I just put the color down and moved it around with a damp paint brush. Bristol is not watercolor paper, so I didn't want to go too heavy with the water, otherwise the paper would pill. I liked having the embossed edge to "hold" the color in place, it made it super-de-duper easy to watercolor. I mounted the focal panel onto my card base with foam tape. I went over each petal with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and added Crystal Effects to the teacup. See?



And here is a look at  how I finished the inside of the card...



I replicated the outside on the inside for continuity. Easy peasy! Don't you just love the versatility of digital stamps?! I was able to re-size this image to fit the inside of my card just perfectly. This one has also been embossed and watercolored with Zigs.

So, that's it from me today. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammies have created to share with  you.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
digital stamp: Cuppa Buttercups(Power Poppy)
card stock: Sea Glass(Simon Says Stamp)
specialty paper: Bristol(Strathmore)
patterned paper: Yellow Check(Susan Branch)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Kuretake-Zig)
coloring medium: Clean Color Real Brush pens( Kuretake-Zig)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)   Yellow ribbon(Offray)  Fine Detail Clear embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nature and Nurture Collection @ Power Poppy!

Hello Friends and Happy Friday to ya! It is a VERY happy Friday indeed, because there are three scrummy new clear stamp sets in the Power Poppy shop! The Bloomies have been sneaking us peeks all week and now release day is finally here! I am uber excited about this release because it features all things Fall and if you've read for my blog for a while, you'll know that I am completely smitten with Autumn. I absolutely LOVE it! So, I won't keep you waiting any longer. Let's take a look at the awesome new sets that comprise the Nature and Nurture Collection.

First up is Prairie Cheer.

This set makes my heart sing. There are asters, a coneflower and that sweet wisp of wheat. And look! Marcy's included two little prairie friends, a buzzy bee and a lady bug. I like that she's included the names of the botanicals. And I love the fonts she's used for these GREAT sentiments. This is going to be fun to color! 

Then we have In Praise of Sunflowers.


Don't cha just love sunflowers?! They are so cheerful and kinda goofy, because they can get a bit droopy with the weight of their big ol' heads. You may recognize the images in this set, because they were digis first. You can find the digital versions of these images here and here. This is a great set to have to create any occasion cards. This set also has "builder" sentiments. You can use the "TODAY IS GOING TO BE" stamp and add the word/words of your choice: "Fun, better, awesome, or beautiful". Then you can add "Because of you" and/or "I JUST KNOW IT!" I love that idea. And again, the font choices are perfect. This set is a 'must have'. It's a wonderful addition to one's collection.  I'm looking forward to getting this one!


And my personal favorite, Feeling Fall.



Can we all just pause for a moment so we can ooooh and aaaah over this set?! From the sweet stack of pumpkins to the vignette of the gourds with the little mug of something pumpkin spice to the adorable welly overflowing with Autumn leaves! LOVE LOVE LOVE this set! Great fonts and fun sentiments, here as well. Can't wait to get this beauty in my hands. First thing I'm coloring is that vignette with the gourds and bittersweet vines. Oh! And the leaves! There are a few individual leaf stamps. How fun is that going to be stamped on an envelope!


Now for the best part...there is a blog hop with lots of hoopla and fun going on over at Power Poppy today. You really don't want to miss all of the inspiration that will be shared. Grab yourself a beverage and be prepared to be amazed! I know The Bloomies have really outdone themselves.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings~

Monday, August 15, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Pure Prairie Bouquet

Hello Friends! It's the 15th of the month and boy do I have doozie of a digi to share with you! Marcella really packed a lot of goodness into this one, it's called Pure Prairie Bouquet and it's a beauty!


That's one gorgeous bouquet and of course we adore the sweet butterfly! This set includes three sentiments, as well. I'm always pleased when I can add more digital sentiments to my collection. They are so versatile and can be used many different ways, on various cards and projects.

This bouquet is loaded with blooms and I decided to spend a little time with Mr. Google to find out just what each of these flowers looked like in real life. Here's a peek at my inspiration.

Let's start with the main flower. The big Echinacea "Coneflower". This comes in a variety of colors. I liked the pale pink and that's what I went with for my card. Look at that butterfly! Makes me smile.


Next up, we have this beautiful reddish orange, Castilleja "Indian Paintbrush". Again, this comes in many other colors...pink, yellow, white and even purple!


This next one is one of my favorites. The Symphyotrichum novae-angliae "New England Aster". The soft lilac with the sunny yellow centers...Swoon! Sooo pretty! And just look at that butterfly! There's also a sweet bumbley bee in there, do you see it?


And finally, we have the Coreopsis "Tickseed". I like the rich yellow with the chocolate centers.


 And here is my card....

You can see how I used the photos to assist me with my color choices. It made coloring this image fun and easy! Of course you can color the flowers any color you want, I was going for a bit of realism here. The image was printed onto a die cut piece of smooth white card stock and colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I used a few Prisma color pencils, too. And I used Gamsol to smooth out my pencil strokes. I decided to keep this card flat, easier to mail.


I added two small gem stones to the centers of the Coreopsis in the lower right corner. Click on the photo to enlarge it. I used a white gelly roll pen on the white spots on the butterfly to really help them to pop. Then, I went over each bloom and the wings of the butterfly with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. It's a very sparkly card!

And here is what I did with the inside...

I lightened the image and printed the greeting over the top of it. This adds a nice effect, I think. And there is still enough room for a personal message.

Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammates have created to share with you. And you will want to stop by the blog again tomorrow, because the Bloomies will begin their sneak peeks of the new clear stamp release. You really don't want to miss that! There are some beautiful sets coming out.

Thank you so much for visiting with me today. Have a marvelous Monday!

Blessings~



supplies~
digital stamp set: Pure Prairie Bouquet(Power Poppy)
card stock: 80lb Neenah Solar White   So Saffron(Stampin' Up!)   Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink) 
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring media: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)  Prisma Color colored pencils
other: White Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)   Gamsol(Gambling)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Steeped Tea Fall/Winter Catalogs are HERE!

Hello Friends! The new Steeped Tea Fall/Winter catalogs are here and not only are they filled with gorgeous photography but, they are CHOCK FULL of tea goodness as well as tea accessories. I have been enjoying my tea all summer long, either hot or iced, because with our yummy loose leaf tea, you can brew the tea with hot or cold water. Steeped Tea teas contain no artificial colors, flavors, chemicals or pesticides and there is no sugar added. We use all natural ingredients which I think is wonderful. For example, our Strawberry Swirl Organic Fruit Tea contains REAL dried strawberries along with apple, orange and lemon bits. Steeped Tea is a member of The Ethical Tea Partnership, which is dedicated to improving the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers, and the environment in which tea is produced.



We have over 100 flavors of tea: black tea, green tea, rooibos, fruit tea and matcha. I have a few favorites that you might want to check out. First up is my absolute favorite, Earl Grey de la Creme. This has to be the most delicious tea I have ever tasted and believe me when I tell you that I have tasted A LOT of tea! It is soooo smooth and mellow, with a hint of vanilla. It is magical with a bit of honey. I like to brew it hot, then let it get to room temperature before I enjoy it!  Ooooo...it's SO good! Just look at those tea leaves against the beautiful blue cornflowers. Yummmmy!



Another favorite is the Dark Chocolate Chai. Oh. My. Word. I was never a Chai girl, but after tasting this tea, I am converted! It gives me a little kick in the afternoon when I feel that lazy slump come 'round. This tea has little creamy white chocolate bits in it and when the hot water hits them, they release the most delicious flavor...it's very aromatic, very relaxing. And yes, I drink hot tea in the summer time! I'm in an air conditioned house with fans going, so even though it's 100+ degrees outside, inside is a cool, 77. As a matter of fact, I'm enjoy some of this tea as I type up my blog post! LoL! It's really, really good. The combination of chocolate and tea, makes me feel like I'm having dessert. This tea is also delicious whipped up into our Dark Chocolate Chai Chiller. There's a Chocolate Pumpkin Chai in the new catalog! I bet that's equally as yummy! Also...be sure to take a look at the Recipes section on my website. It will amaze you all of the delicious things you can do with Steeped Tea!


I also couldn't stop drinking our heavenly Lemon Chiffon Green Tea. The bad news? Unfortunately, this tea has been "vaulted" until next summer. It's a very light, sweet, silky lemon tea. I enjoyed it over ice with fresh mint. VERY refreshing! The good news? We still have Lemolicious Fruit Tea it is AMAZINGLY good! It's a blend of sweet and sour and contains bits of apple, citrus and black currant. What's really great about our fruit teas is that they are bursting with flavor, again they can be brewed hot or cold, they are all natural, have no added sugar and are caffeine-free, which makes them an excellent beverage for kids. The fruit teas are a great replacement for sugary, bubbly drinks. But, you can add a little club soda and BOOM! ya got bubbles! In all honesty, I prefer my fruit teas iced...there's something about hot fruit...just not my thing!


If you're looking for a soothing herbal tea, look no further, because our Don't Worry Be Happy herbal tea is sensational! It is a blend of peppermint and chamomile and I tell you what...it's the perfect nightcap. I brew this one hot, but it tastes real nice cold, too, I brew it hot and have it just before bed and I add a little honey. It's just like getting a warm hug from your grandmother! Smooth. Soothing. Comforting. Relaxing. Delicious.



I could go on and on...I love Steeped Tea! If you are a Tea Lover, like me, perhaps you should check out our Tea-Zer program. It's a monthly subscription where you get two surprise tea selections delivered right to your door! Click HERE for more information about that. Many of my customers enjoy this program, because every month you get something different. It's a great way to discover new tea flavors. The Tea-Zer is very affordable and makes a great gift!

And last but certainly not least...I have included a link to the new Fall/Winter catalog for you to enjoy! Click HERE or on the picture below.  Grab your favorite beverage and have a look-see at this beautiful catalog. Please let me know if you have any questions.

http://www.steepedtea.com/fallwintercatalog_2016v2/?_ga=1.258698312.392312991.1449693175


Thank you so much for your time. I don't post about my Steeped Tea business very often, but I am so excited about it and I felt compelled to share!

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be right back here on Monday with another card featuring a sweet new digi from Power Poppy.

Blessings~

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Spectrum Noir Colorista Adult Coloring Class

Hello Friends! I hope this post finds you all happy and well. I'm buzzin' in today to share another FREE coloring opportunity with you. This one is given by the very popular Spectrum Noir brand and will be hosted by the lovely and talented Sara Davies. For those of you who shop with HSN, you'll recognize that face and name! She is amazing. You can read more about the FREE 8-week course HERE. It sounds like it's going to be loaded with helpful information and there will be lots of free downloads to color, too. I have downloaded the first coloring page and it is gorgeous! Class starts on August 15th so, you've still got plenty of time to sign up and gather your supplies. Hope to "see" you there!



Happy Coloring!

Blessings~

Friday, August 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Apples In Season

Hello Friends! It's August 5th and that means it's time for a new Power Poppy "Digi on the 5's".  Marcella has re-mixed another beautiful one for us, this one is called Apples In Season.


I love this set! I've been searching online for the clear set. Then, BOOM! Marcy provides it for me in digital format which is actually better in some ways, because I can re-size it for various projects. I tell ya, Marcella and I, we are vibing on the same wave length! Just WAIT till you see what she has designed for the August release! Oh my word! It's like she can hear my thoughts! Anyway...boy, did I get off topic. Sooooo...back to today's re-mixed digi. When I first saw the image, I knew right away what I wanted to do with it. I wanted to watercolor the apples red. My color palette was going to be red and black and I planned to use some really pretty black and white gingham ribbon. I printed off a few images and I sat down to color and THIS happened...


Um. Well...yeah. All of a sudden, I was coloring Golden Delicious apples instead of my sweet Gala, Pink Lady or Red Delicious apples. I don't know what happened. AND I used Copic markers to color instead of watercoloring! And there you have it! It's printed onto smooth white card stock, that was die cut with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I added a greeting from another Power Poppy digital set(Juicy Strawberries), matted the focal with Soft Suede card stock and mounted it onto my card base. To finish it off, I gave the apple blossoms a coat of Spectrum Sparkle and I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

I kept it super simple on the inside and just printed the quote included in the set, onto a die cut piece of card stock. I added a strip of the same patterned paper from the front of the card for continuity.


And that is that! I thank you so much for stopping by today. Please buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the list of designers who have created awesome goodness to share with you.

Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here real soon.

Blessings~



supplies~ 
digital stamp set: Apples in Season(Power Poppy)   "Hello Sweet Friend" from Juicy Strawberries(Power Poppy)
card stock: 80lb, 100lb Neenah Solar White   Soft Suede(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Origins 6x6 paper pad(BasicGrey)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear, Marigold sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   Spectrum Sparkle brush-clear(Spectrum Noir)
coloring media: Copic markers

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

National Coloring Book Day and a FREEBIE!

Hello Friends! Happy National Coloring Book Day! I hope that you all take a little time out to color in your coloring books today. And for those of you still straddling the fence or if you haven't yet made up your mind which coloring book you'd like to purchase, here is something very special just for you!

Johanna Basford, illustrator of a very popular collection of coloring books, think...

Secret Garden




Enchanted Forest


Lost Ocean


has teamed up with Method Uk, the cleaning product company and they are hosting a coloring competition. Now wait...just hold on...you don't have to enter the competition if you don't want to. But, if you visit the Method Uk. website, you can download three gorgeous pictures to color. The beauty here, is that you can print the pictures on Copic friendly card stock or even watercolor paper. This gives you the opportunity to explore using other coloring media on these beautiful illustrations. And, should you decide to join in the coloring competition, you could win a bundle of Method products along with a signed copy of Johanna Basford's newest coloring book, Magical Jungle. To download your FREE coloring pages, click HERE.

For those of you who've not seen inside any of these wonderful books, I've included a video here, hosted by Johanna Basford, giving you an up close, page by page flip thru of Magical Jungle. The video is rather lengthy, but Ms. Basford's accent is so delightful, I doubt you'll mind listening in for the full 30 minutes. :)  Click the arrow to begin.




Whatever you choose to color in today, have fun and happy coloring! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~