Monday, September 19, 2016

Power Poppy Mini Challenge ~ Coloring Outside the Lines

Hello Friends! Happy Monday to ya! As the title of this post says, it's time for another mini challenge with Power Poppy. This one is going to be a REAL challenge for some of us. You ready for it? goes.

Marcella has challenged us to COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES! Ahhhhhhh! I can't even type that without feeling a bit of anxiety! Color outside the lines?! What?! On purpose?! Whyyyy?! Well, because she's trying to grow us, to make us stretch, to help us look at and approach our art differently. If you're up for it, all you have to do is visit the Power Poppy blog and read all about the challenge, HERE. There's an awesome prize package up for grabs, as well...the ENTIRE 2016 Holiday clear stamp release will be given to ONE really lucky winner. You've got just a good a chance of winning as the next artist, so grab your favorite coloring medium and get to it! There are even a few FREE downloads for you, if you're looking for something to color.  And remember, there is no right or wrong here. We're just creating art! Have fun with it and I look forward to seeing what you share on the link provided on the Power Poppy post.

Okay, now...GO!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Black-Eyed Susan

Hello Friends! Today is the 15th and that means that there is a new digi stamp set waiting for you in the Power Poppy shop. It's called Black-Eyed Susan and it features a cluster of Black-Eyed Susans and a few sweet sentiments.

I decided to pull out my Gansai Tambi watercolors for this one. I kept the watercoloring loose and care-free and I used the faux watercoloring technique. I wanted it to look like I painted the flowers free hand, rather than following an outline of a printed image. I may need a little more practice with this. ~ smiles

 Here's a close-up view for you...

I printed the image and sentiment onto a die cut piece of  watercolor paper. I re-colored the image to be a washed out grey, so that the lines would disappear when I painted them. After the focal panel was dry, I matted it with a dark brown card stock and adhered it to my card base with foam tape. To give it more of an Autumn feeling, I added a raffia bow onto the wooden clothespin and clasped that onto a few little paper banners. The finishing touch was a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins. And that was all there was to it!

But wait! There's more...
As we help kick off Power Poppy’s brand new release Black-Eyed Susan, we have some other fun to share! A selection of our favorite digital designs are available at a special price! These late summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom — ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content! Power Poppy’s brand new Black-Eyed Susan, plus Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each (save $2 per set) OR, get all five digital stamp sets in a bundle for $15 (a total of $14 savings). What’s even better? Play along in our weekend Coloring Contest over at Passionate Paper Creations and Friends using one of these five stamp sets and you could win a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Contest and sale closes Monday, September 19th at midnight. A winner will be announced sometime on Wednesday, September 21th  on the PPCF Facebook page.
Here are the cards I created featuring the sets that are on sale. I have also provided links to the Power Poppy shop for each set.

Pure Prairie Bouquet

Sunshine of My Life

Cuppa Buttercups

Apples in Season

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please make time to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammies have created to share with you. Prepare to have your socks knocked off!


digital stamp set: Black-Eyed Susan(Power Poppy)
card stock: Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink)   Desert Storm(Neenah)
patterned paper:  12 x 12 Spring pack(Brenda Walton)  Text(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)  Journaling Tag(Lawn Fawn) Bitty Bannners Framelits(Stampin' Up!)
bling: 4mm Mossy Green, Marigold, Espresso sequins, 6mm Sand sequin(Pretty Pink Posh)
other: wooden clothespin(Stampin' Up!)  raffia(Michael's)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Well Hello Dahlia

Hello Friends! Happy Monday! Lots of people dread Monday, not me! I look at it with the anticipation of having a whoooole new week to play! And today, I am sharing the newest re-mixed digi I had the pleasure of playing with for the last few days.  It's called Well Hello Dahlia and she's a beauty! Take a look...

Marcy has given us THREE beautiful images along with two sweet sentiments in this set. I like that we have a choice between having one vase or up to three vases of gorgeous dahlias to color. I was so excited when I saw this set, I actually giggled out loud and started clapping. The sentiments, a play on Hello Dolly, immediately warmed my heart and brought back childhood memories of hearing Louis Armstrong sing and play his horn.

My card...please click on the photos to enlarge them.

I kept things nice and simple and colored the image with Polychromos colored pencils. Then, I added a very pale blue outline with a Copic marker. I printed the image onto Cryogen White Iridescent card stock, so it's very sparkly. I coated one vase with Crystal Effects.

Putting a shine on only one vase was my daughter's idea.-She told me to let you all know that. :) finish off the card, I tied on some Pink Lemonade hemp cord from Lawn Fawn and sprinkled on a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins. I adhered fun foam onto the back of the focal panel and mounted that onto my card base. And that was that!

Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you.

Thank you for stopping by today!


digital stamp set: Well Hello Dahlia(Power Poppy)
card stock : Cryogen Iridescent White(PaperTempress)  So Saffron(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangles(Sinon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Mossy Green, 6mm sand sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils   Copic marker
other: Pink Lemonade Hemp Cord(Lawn Fawn)   Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

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!


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.


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, 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!


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!'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'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! 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'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.

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.