Saturday, February 25, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Vintage Easter Egg

Hello Friends! Today is the 25th of February and there is a sweet new digi ready for download in the Power Poppy shop. This one is perfect for creating fun springtime cards. It's got a nice nostalgic feel to it and it reminds of the Easter cards I used to get when I was a little girl. It's appropriately named Vintage Easter Egg.

Take a look...

Isn't it adorable? And look at that picot edge ribbon! Marcy adds the most delicate details to her illustrations. I love the big, bold scripty greeting, It can be used on the inside or outside of the card. This image is fun and super easy to color up, which makes it perfect for mass producing quick and easy springtime greeting cards. The addition of the blank tag is brilliant and can be used to personalize the card or to make place cards for Easter dinner. Of course, the image can be printed and colored using your favorite medium or think about foiling it with sweet springtime colors. Hmmm...

Here is my card...

I just love this image! I told Marcella that I would be using this one for a looooong time. I printed off quite a few of these so watch out! LoL! I printed this onto smooth Bristol and watercolored it with Distress Marker. For the greeting inside the tag, I used a stamp from Papertrey Ink's Springtime Jar Fillers. I added Clear Wink of Stella and Crystal Effects to the ribbon and flowers. And a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins finished things off nicely. The focal panel is mounted with foam tape.

That is it for me today. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammates have created for you. These ladies are soooo talented, they blow me away with every release. Oh! Just an FYI...Be on the lookout for a new clear stamp release in March. I've seen some of the sketches and there are some real beauties coming your way.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Hello Friends! Our good friend, Kathy R. from The Daily Marker blog is gearing up for her SEVENTH 30 Day Coloring Challenge! This one will run from March 1 - March 30. This challenge is all about fun and relaxing, enjoying stress-free coloring. No pressure, no need to make a card or a completed project, just grab some images or pull out your coloring books and pages and take a moment out of your day to do something you love: COLORING. Post your projects on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day so we can see what you've been working on. It's a lot of fun, there is soooo much inspiration, you'll make new friends and maybe learn a few new techniques. Join in every day or just when you feel inspired. Remember..NO PRESSURE!  That's all there is to it.

Click HERE to see projects I worked on for past 30 Day Coloring Challenges. I do complete cards most of the time because I like to use the challenges to stock my card boutique on Etsy. And, since I'm on the Power Poppy design team, I create cards for that, as well. I also use the challenges to practice techniques and to learn to use different coloring media. Anything goes! The main thing is to HAVE FUN!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Graceful Still Life

Hello Friends! So here we are, it's the 15th of February and that means there is a new digi for your collection in the Power Poppy shop. It's another beauty! This one is called Graceful Still Life. 

This is so beautiful. The dotted pitcher filled with dogwood and roses is just gorgeous. And the gardening hat perched just so on the books...I swoon! I love creating little still life vignettes around my home. Something like this would be right at home in my bedroom

For my card today, I've kept things super simple. I wanted to really showcase the image and I wanted to take my own sweet time coloring it and not worrying about card design. I don't know about you but, sometimes, I just want to color without considering how the finished card will look. So. That is what I did here. I sat down and colored.

I printed the image onto Papertrey Ink Rustic White card stock. And then I went at with my Copic markers and my Polychromos colored pencils. I laid down a base color with my Copics and then used the colored pencils for shading and to create shadows.  Super fun image to color! I dusted on a little Antique Linen Distress ink around the edges of the panel. Then, I added Crystal Effects, Clear Wink of Stella and Clear Stardust glitter pen here and there. And I finished the panel off with a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

That is it for me today. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammates have created to share with you.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Look What's Brewing with Steeped Tea

 Hello Friends! Happy February! This is one of my favorite months! We are getting closer to Spring and I can feel the love in the air! It's also the perfect month for wearing pink everyday!

I decided that on the first of the month, I would share the new Steeped Tea monthly specials here. This month, not only are we offering some really nice deals but, the new Spring/Summer catalog launches today. We have a lot of new tea flavors and some really fun new accessories in the line-up.  And, if you are on Facebook, I invite you to join my Time For Tea with B. Facebook group, where I share tea tips, recipes and more.

Click HERE to flip through the new catalog.

Here are the February monthly specials. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

These Stacking Tea Tins really are a good idea for storing any type of tea, loose leaf or tea bags. They are air tight so they keep the tea fresher longer. They can be labeled over and over with a dry erase marker and they stack on top of each other to save space. And I love, love, love that when you spend $50, you get a FREE bag of tea! It's a great way to try new flavors and to build your tea collection.

And, we have the You're My Sweet-Tea Collection, which is a boxed set of teas, all ready for gift giving. This is specially priced at $23 and it's available for a limited time only. Such a sweeeeeet deal!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Just click on the CONTACT tab at the top of my blog and shoot me an e-mail.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've had a great week so far.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Power Poppy Ruffled Wild Orchids Part Deux

Hello, Friends! I am not ashamed to admit that I am smitten with this image! I had to print it out again and have another go round with it. Don't be surprised if you see it again in the future. LoL! I've got different color combinations I want to try with it. Hey! Just between you and me, I tried it in purple and I hated it! Haha! Purple and me, yeesh! We just don't get along. I like the color fine enough, I just don't like it when I color with it. Weird, huh? Anyway...for my card today, I used yellow, which is another color I don't often reach for.

Here's what I did with it. I really just wanted to color, not make a card, so I kept the card design SUPER simple. Sometimes I color images just to color them, with the intent to create a card at a later date. Yeah, well...that usually doesn't happen and I end up donating the colored images. So, I thought that this time, I would just plop it onto some cardstock and be done with it.

I printed the Ruffled Wild Orchids onto Papertrey Ink's Rustic White cardstock. I like this paper because it has these little flecks of color already on it. It adds a little country charm and texture. The image is colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I used Prismacolor colored pencils for the shading, specifically, the black and a pale blue. The greeting is from Easy Breezy Coneflowers, another Power Poppy digi set. I gave the blooms a bit of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. Then, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off. The focal is mounted onto a GinaK Designs Sweet Corn card base.

And that's all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Ruffled Wild Orchids

Hello Friends! Can you believe that it's the 25th of January already?! Well, you know what that's time for a new Power Poppy digi and I have got a doozie for you! It's called Ruffled Wild Orchids and it's simply lovely.

Let's take a look at what I did with it.

I printed the image onto a piece of card stock and then cut it with my Brother ScanNCut2. I like to cut before I color because there is NOTHING worse than putting in time and effort to color an image and then watch it get sliced through by the electronic die cutting machine. ASK ME HOW I KNOW?! The image is colored with a combination of colored pencils; I used Polychromos, Prismacolors and pencils from Blick Studios.

The image is mounted onto my card base with foam tape. I added a greeting from another Power Poppy digi set called Everything's Rosy. I sprinkled on a few sequins to add a little sparkle.

And that is that. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see the link list for my teammies. Thank you for visiting me today.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Sweet Pea Show

Hello Friends! As promised, I am back with a sweet new digi set from Power Poppy! Marcella has illustrated the sweetest of flowers for us and one of my all-time favorites. Take a look at  Sweet Pea Show .

Isn't this gorgeous?! True to form, Marcella has captured sweet peas perfectly. I can almost smell their lovely scent!

Here's the card I created...

The image is colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. I used a text stamp and a splatter stamp with a very light ink to add a little texture over the image. The focal panel and the greeting panel are mounted with dimensional adhesive. I finished off the card with a few enamel dots and a linen thread bow.

That's it for me. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammies have created to share with you. I've seen their cards and they will knock your socks off!

Have a wonderful Sunday!