Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Trumpet Vine Visitor

Hello, Friends! I'm here today to share a new digi set from Power Poppy. It's as cute as can be, it's called Trumpet Vine Visitor and it features a really sweet little hummingbird. Take a look...

Pretty cute, huh?! I like that the elements are in a cluster and also individual. That makes this set REALLY versatile. This is what Marcella had to say about her newest illustration...

"Happy trails are guaranteed with our trailing trumpet vine and hummingbird. Whether you start with the composite image of the bird and blooms, or create your own scene digitally with the individual components, this set promises to bring joy! Includes one sentiment and 4 images, all in black and no-line versions."

I decided to go with the composite image.

I printed the image onto a die cut piece of Strathmore Bristol Vellum Surface paper and I colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos I really like the texture on that paper, it grabs pigment nicely and allows for lots of layers and blending. I had a ball coloring that hummingbird. He's got a coat of Clear Wink of Stella on his wings, too. And it doesn't show very well on camera but, the Kraft card stock has a subtle leaf texture that I added with a Fiskars texture plate. I added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins for even more sparkle. The "thinking of you" is also from Power Poppy, in the Sunny Harvest clear stamp set. All card stock is from Gina K Designs.

And for the inside of the card, I used the leafy branch and the sentiment.

Super fun images to color and super fun card to make!

That's it for me today. Please buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you. You will not be disappointed! They are soooo very creative!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Miraculous Mushrooms

Hello, Friends! We've made it to the last day of our 5 Days of Digis! Have you been enjoying the release? Marcella has really outdone herself this time! Well, today's image is one you may recognize from the recently released clear set called, Wild Mushrooms.  I was so pleased when I learned that Marcy was releasing an image from this set and even more pleased to see that she had chosen my favorite one! She's calling it, Miraculous Mushrooms and I just LOVE it!

Here is what Marcella had to say about this image...

"From our wildly popular Wild Mushrooms clear set, I’ve selected a favorite drawing, the Fly Agaric or Amanita muscaria, to release as a digi. The only difference, this image is a little larger than the clear stamp, and I've also taken out the lettering that identifies the mushroom, to allow for a bit more flexibility with your creation.

The Fly Agaric mushroom is the classic red-capped mushroom with white spots — as seen in countless fairytale books, it's also an emoji on your phone.

Enjoy bringing this forest treasure to vibrant life — and I hope you are filled with as much of a thrilling feeling while coloring as I feel while drawing the finds from my mushroom hunting adventures!

Includes a no-line version along with a wonderful sentiment for the inside of your card from that sage, Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Adopt the pace of nature; Her secret is patience.""

And here is my card...

I printed the image onto a piece of Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock and I colored it with Copic markers. I used a Dark Umber Prismacolor pencil to do the shading. I like using a pencil for shading over Copic markers, as it gives me more control and I don't run the risk of getting the image too dark. This one was a fun one to color! I went over each of the spots with a white gel pen to help them stand out a bit more. Then I gave each mushroom a light coating of sparkle with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I created the woodgrain piece using the Woodgrain Backdrops stamp set from Lawn Fawn. After I finished stamping, I die cut a circle out of the center then I sponged on a bit of Stampin' Ups Soft Suede ink and mounted the piece with foam tape onto the focal panel. I stamped the greeting from the Power Poppy Natural Beauties clear set onto a scrap of Papertrey Ink's Kraft card stock and embossed it. I used one of Lawn Fawn's Everyday Banner dies to cut the strip. I inked it slightly and then adhered it to the card front. I added a few chocolate gems as a finishing touch.

So, that's it for me. I hope you have enjoyed our 5 Days of Digis and I hope you picked up a few new images for yourself. Please visit the Power Poppy blog for more inspiration.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a terrific Tuesday! 


Monday, July 23, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Gifts From the Sea

Hello, Friends! It's Monday...we've got a shiny new week ahead of us! I hope you're enjoying the 5 Days of Digis! Well, let's keep this party going, shall we? Today's digi is one of my favorites, it's called Gifts From the Sea and it's a beauty!

Here are Marcella's thoughts...

"First of all, I'm going to recommend that everyone stop, run to the library, and pick up a copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book, Gifts from the Sea. Life-changing perspectives on life as a woman and mother, all written while she was staying in a cottage by the sea in Captiva, Florida. I read this book on the very beaches where she wrote the book years ago, and collected seashells galore from the fertile Gulf of Mexico. This illustration is inspired by that experience - with a bouquet of Plumeria flowers and petite palm fronds, nestled in an ink-bottle vase. Seashells of every stripe surround the scene, where someone has been writing a postcard, or maybe starting to write the follow-up volume to Gifts from the Sea. Whatever it is, I recommend all to Seas the Day. "

I second Marcy's advice on reading Ms. Lindbergh's book. I have a copy that I cherish. I display every year at this time.

This is the table in my entry way. I change this area with the seasons. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Ignore the dust, please. :)

The shells are from visits to the beach, Hawaii and a casino in Las Vegas! I wish you could smell the fragrances that I have in this area; my candles are gardenia, pool towel, seaside and sand. It smells like summer.

Sooo that's probably more than you came for, huh? Haha!'s my card share featuring Gifts From the Sea.

I wanted clean and simple today. And I wanted soft and soothing. I believe I achieved that. I did some no-stress coloring using my Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils on a piece of warm white Stonehenge paper. I tell ya, that's a match made in coloring heaven. The tooth on that paper is amazing. It just grabs the pigment from the pencils. Coloring is almost effortless. The pencils simply gliiiiide across the paper with very little pressure. That's a very good thing for a person who has carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists.

I added touches of bling here and there; the ink bottle vase, the ink spots and there's a tiny gem in the single plumeria blossom. I really wanted to add some sand but, time got away from me. Next time...

That's it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Please buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Take a Deep Breath

Hello, Friends! Happy Sunday! I'm back again today with ANOTHER new Power Poppy digi set! This one is called, Take a Deep Breath. I love that name and you'll learn why in a moment.

Here's what Marcella had to say about this image...

"Pause for a moment, relax your shoulders, breathe in, deeply, and breathe out. Repeat this process, paying attention to your breathing. Eventually, while you breathe out, smile at the same time. Feel the joy that can come from this simple exercise! Focusing on your breathing is one of the best ways to bring calm to your entire being, and I have designed a scene to help celebrate this serenity. The lotus is a symbol of serenity and peace, and here we have a few lush blooms and an undulating lily pad to color. Enjoy bringing beauty to this watery scene, and pay attention to your breathing while you color - it might be your most peaceful craft experience yet!"

You will notice that I do not have a card sample to share. And there's a very good reason for that. I do love the image, the lotus flower, the water, the dragonflies are all so darling. But, the lotus seed pod triggers my trypophobia. If you know anything about this illness, you will understand why I couldn't work with this digi. I thought about just removing the seed pod but then the image was no longer balanced. So, I decided that it would be best if I just passed on this one altogether. But, I did want to share Marcy's lovely thoughts and beautiful illustration with all of you.

Marcella's thoughts noted above really helped me to be able to share this little tidbit about myself. The very name of the digi made me smile. Because that is exactly what I have to do when I'm faced with something I find disturbing. I take a deep breath and move along VERY quickly! I used a sticky note to add the graphic to my post. I've been dealing with this for a while...I know how to get around things! LoL!

And that's it for me today. Please visit tomorrow. I'll be back on track.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Love One Another

Hello, Friends! Are you ready for another BRAND NEW digi? If you missed my previous post, take a look HERE and you'll be all caught up.

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Love One Another.

This is what Marcella has to say about this beautiful image...

"Bring the life of the garden to the front of your cards! This harmonious scene has an uplifting arrangement of dwarf and intermediate bearded irises mingling with tulips and insects. Irises come in a massive array of color combinations — and oftentimes the fuzzy "beards" are the most colorful part! Have fun researching palettes that allow you to pick up the shade of the iris beard in other areas... the wings of the moth, the stripes on the caterpillar, streaks on the tulip petals. You can think about the way you might plan out a garden, coordinating colors of plants, and adapt this process to the way you color this image." I'm always tickled when Marcy puts insects on her florals. They just finish off the image so perfectly.

Let's take a look at what I did with Love One Another. I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Copic markers and Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I am REALLY liking the results I'm getting from combining those two mediums.

First, I lay down a quick layer of color with my Copic markers.

Then I play around with highlights and shadows using my colored pencils.

It takes me FOREVER but, it's loads of fun! I used a bit of  Nuvo Crystal Glaze on the lady bug and Clear Wink of Stella on the Luna moth. Then, I added tiny twinkles onto each of the iris blooms to give them a touch of sparkle.

And thaaat's it for me today! Make sure you buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog for more inspiration featuring this image. Thank you so much for visiting! Enjoy your Saturday!


Friday, July 20, 2018

5 Days of Power Poppy Digis?!

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday to ya! There's been something BIG brewing at Power Poppy and now I can finally share! Marcella has been oh so busy at her drawing table and now she is releasing FIVE BRAND NEW digis for us!

The theme of this release is kindness, love, peace, curiosity and meaning. Each of the images were created from Marcella's heart and they all have a special meaning to her. I'm so pleased that she's sharing a bit more of herself with us! I can tell you, you are in for a real treat! The images in this release are simply lovely.

We're getting this party started today with a fabulous FREEBIE called, Kindness is the Way.  This digi features an allover pattern of Gerbera Daisies in black and no-line versions. Then you also get two versions of the background with the phrase "Kindness is the Way" superimposed, using lettering that you can color in. Also included is a single Gerbera Daisy in case you want to just keep things simple. This gorgeous floral digi is sized to cover an entire card front!

One of the fun things I love about creating with digital stamps is the versatility. The images can be resized to work with any project I can dream of. For my card share today, I chose to shrink this image to about 3x4inches. It still packs a punch, just in a slightly small size. Take a look...

I printed the image onto smooth white card stock. Then I colored the back ground with a Copic marker. That felt so good, I decided to color the flowers in with Copic markers, too! Then I went back and added a few touches with colored pencils. I printed a second image, fussy cut around the "Kindness is the Way"greeting, then I highlighted the letters with a Copic marker and a Sakura Stardust pen. Next, I mounted it onto the focal panel with foam adhesive. And, although the picture doesn't show it, this card is super sparkly! Each of the flowers has been kissed by a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. I added a few iridescent sequins topped with tiny gems as a finishing touch. I just wanted this card to be riot of color and sparkle. I want the recipient to feel loved, appreciated and happy when the envelope is opened.

So that's it for me today. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see what the other designers have to share with you. You will not be disappointed! Then check back with me tomorrow. I'll introduce you to another new digi and I'll have a card to share.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Coloring Challenge Road Trip and Azaleas Forever!

Hello, Friends! Summer is in full swing in my neck of the woods and things are getting hot, hot, hot! We are expecting temps to be 113-114 degrees this weekend! Maaan! That's hot! Not as hot as we can get though, so I won't complain too much.

The 30 Day Coloring Challenge is behind us and while it was super fun, it was also super tiring! Oh my goodness! Did you have fun?! It's always a bittersweet time when the challenges are over. I'm sad that I won't be interacting with so many people on a daily basis but I'm also glad that I can re-direct my focus and get back to doing other things! LoL! I don't know about you but, when the challenges are in session I honestly don't get anything done. No laundry, no housework, no grocery shopping, nothing. I'm either coloring, looking at coloring, commenting on coloring, watching coloring tutorials or organizing what I'm going to color next! I'm blessed to have help that allows me to "slack off" for a few weeks.

One of the highlights of this coloring challenge was that I went to visit with Kathy Racoosin again because I went to the Coloring Challenge Road Trip stop at Hero Arts last weekend. We had a great time! I got to meet a few Instagram and blog friends and I made some new ones, too. Kathy is a gem and if she's ever in your area, I highly recommend that you go visit with her. This was my second time and she taught us all new things at this one. I told her that whenever she comes to California, I will be there!

Click the pic to enlarge it. I'm the one holding the GinaK head. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and coloring with GinaK at the last Road Trip I attended. She is such a kind and gentle spirit. LOVED her! Hey Gina!

And lastly, I wanted to share a card I made with one of the new Power Poppy digi's called, Azaleas Forever. It took me a few days to color this one but I'm super pleased with the results. The sentiment is from the clear stamp set, called Azalea. My dad grew the most beautiful azaleas when I was a girl. They were such a deep shade of magenta and had the sweetest little fuzzy leaves. My dad loved to work in his yard. Every weekend he'd piddle about and our yard and gardens looked fantastic. Hmm...memories.'s the card I created for day 27 of the challenge.

It's printed onto Bristol Smooth card stock. I used the 'no line' version and I colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I did a bit of pointillism with Copic markers for the background. And added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

So that's it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool!