Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Monarchs & Milkweed

Hello,Friends! Today is the 25th of July and that means that there is a new digi in the Power Poppy shop. I am super excited about this one. It is so pretty and so detailed and so BIG! Feast your eyes on Monarchs & Milkweed...


This is what Marcy has to say about this very special image...

"Based on an original watercolor and gouache painting created for a graduation ceremony, this scene of transformation follows the Monarch from caterpillar through chrysalis to butterfly. Milkweed (Asclepius) is the only plant on which a Monarch will lay eggs, and here we celebrate the phases of Milkweed as well, from seeds carried away by the wind, through buds and flowering, to the formation of new seed pods. This beautiful image is accompanied by a hand lettered quote with these wonderful Lauryn Hill lyrics: 
 "Everything is everything; 
What is meant to be, will be; 
After winter must come Spring; 
Change, it comes eventually." 

The image is a larger format than most of our digis, 6" across, and of course can be enlarged or reduced in a photo editing program. Lighter "no-line" format image also included."

Isn't is just lovely?! So much symbolism. I was very pleased when I heard that it was being added to the Power Poppy shop. I didn't have a lot of time to color so I have a work in progress to share with you today...click to enlarge.



I printed the image at it's original size onto smooth white card stock and I'm coloring it with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I love the darkness of the butterfly wings! I'm looking forward to finishing this piece. I plan to frame it and hang it in The Hive. It could also be cut with decorative dies and used on a card. Or how pretty would this look colored and foiled?! There are so many possibilities with an image this size!

That's it for me today. Thank you for stopping by! Buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to take a look at what's going on over there. And don't forget to visit the PP blog tomorrow to see the what the Bloomies have in store for you featuring the new clear stamp release.

Have a terrific Tuesday!


 Blessings~

Monday, July 24, 2017

Power Poppy News

Hello, my friends! Super short post today...I just wanted to let you all in on a secret...

Power Poppy has a new clear stamp release coming soon. Sneak previews will begin posting on July 26th. There will be FIVE new sets in the Abundance Collection. I've seen one of them and it is gorgeous! Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss a thing!



Stop by tomorrow...I have something to show you. Until then...Happy Monday!

Blessings~

Friday, May 5, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Plant Kindness

Hello, Friends! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Who is celebrating this weekend? I am! Mexican food is my favorite and my friend told me about a new restaurant in town so I'm planning to go there and get my fill of chips, salsa and guacamole!

Sooo, it's the 5th of May and Marcella has given us a doozie of a digi to kick off this month. It's called Plant Kindness and it's perfect for the merry, merry month of May.


Here's what Marcella has to say about this sweet set.."Flower-filled seed packs and heirloom plant listings, rosy-faced journals and calico garden gloves — these are a few of MY favorite things! Color up this cheery gardening vignette for a quick card and plant a little kindness along the way!"

Now, let's take a look at what I did with this set... 



I decided to give my Copic markers a little workout. The image is printed onto Cryogen Iridescent White card stock and I did quick and simple coloring. There's a lot going on in this vignette! It was super fun to color. I paired it with a piece of farm themed patterned paper from the BasicGrey Picadilly Collection. If you look closely, you can see carrot tops, a rooster, fruit trees and more! I think it gives the entire card a whimsical feel. The sentiment is also included in the digi set and it's printed on the same card stock and die cut. Both pieces have a bit of Antique Linen Distress ink sponged around the edges. To finish the card off, I added a few Sparkling Clear Pretty Pink Posh sequins and a heart, that I coated with Crystal Effects.

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

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


Blessings~

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Tree Peony

Hello, Friends! Happy Thursday! I'm here to share a new Power Poppy digi set. It's a BIG one, with lots of petals to color. The possibilities with this one are endless...enlarge it, crop out a section, highlight a section, just let your creative mind run free! This beauty is called, Tree Peony.

Just LOOK at that! Gorgeous, isn't it? Here's what Marcella had to say...

"If you think peonies are frilly and fantastic, have you ever seen a TREE peony? The woody cousin of herbaceous peonies, the ones that most everyone is familiar with, have much larger blooms, more exotic coloration, and dazzling centers. The foliage is beautifully cut and is a lighter green than regular peonies, and they grow on large shrubs. Flowers can be 8" across when fully open! This is my homage to the Tree Peony, re-freshed and re-newed for spring release, and a favorite of my mother, Susan.  (Her birthday would have been April 29th)."

I decided to do a little soft watercoloring on this one. Please click on the picture to enlarge it.


I printed the image onto smooth bristol card stock, cut it out with my Brother ScanNCut2, then watercolored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. After it was dry, I spritzed it with shimmer spray. I printed the sentiment panel onto a piece of Papertrey Ink Rustic White card stock and colored the "BIRTHDAYS" in with a purple Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencil and blended that from the bottom up with gamsol. Then went overtop with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I adhered the panel and the peony with foam tape and finished the card off with a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings~

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Sunset Sway

Hello Friends! There's a newly remixed digi in the Power Poppy shop today. I know I say this all the time but, this one is a beauty! Marcella has combined some of my favorite things and I am so excited to share this with you. This set is called Sunset Sway and it's available for immediate download, ready to be added to your instant garden. Take a look....


Gorgeous, right? The set comes with this beautiful floral display of tulips and anemones. You get two. One with the butterfly and one without. Who doesn't love a butterfly, though? And, you also get a wonderful sentiment.

Here is what I did with this set...please click on the photo to enlarge it.


I printed it onto smooth white card stock and colored it with colored pencils. I used Polychromos and Prismacolors. I like combining the two, they play nicely together. I printed an extra image so I could color and fussy cut the butterfly. I just used the wings. I wanted to add a little extra something to the card, so I popped the wings up with dimensional adhesive.I also gave the wings some sparkle with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. The "sweet friend"greeting is from a Power Poppy clear stamp set called, Go Wild.

After I die cut the image, I gave it a light dusting around the edges with Antique Linen Distress ink, I then matted it with  Neenah Desert Storm card stock and adhered it with foam tape onto my card base. I am love with gingham and this background paper I used is from the Petals and Wings collection from Gina K Designs. I just love the color and it pairs so well with the Kraft tone of the Desert Storm.

Here's the inside panel for the card...


I used a sentiment from Gladioli, another digital set from Power Poppy. I cropped out the butterfly and changed the color to a pale gray so I can still write a message over top.


And that's all I have for you today. Please take a moment to buzz over to the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created with this sweet set.

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.


Blessings~

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Power Poppy Joyful Lilies

Hello, Friends! Happy Resurrection Day! Happy Easter! Happy Spring! I have a few cards to share with you, featuring Joyful Lilies, a darling digi set from Power Poppy.


 I used every element from this set on the cards I'm sharing today. I like having the option of lilies on or off the cross. And the sentiments are perfect! Take a look at what I did with this set...



For my first card, I opted for lilies sans cross. I kept things super simple to let the image be the star. I love Easter Lilies and The Hubs usually gets me some every year. They smell wonderful and can scent an entire room. I used Copic markers for my coloring medium. Here's a peek at the inside of the card....

After I printed the Scripture, I used an old wood mounted stamp from Stampendous for the He is Risen! and I embossed that in gold.

For my next card, I went with a masculine theme. I layered the focal panel onto chocolate brown, leather and Kraft card stock and I colored the image with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. The insides of both cards are the same.


And that is that! Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a glorious Easter.


Blessings~

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Hyacinth Bulb in Glass

Hello Friends! Happy Spring! Happy April! Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods. EVERYTHING is blooming! I live in California and since we had soooo much rain this Winter, the hillsides surrounding my home where covered with California poppies! It was stunning! Magical! So awesome, in fact, that the display created traffic jams on the highway and people were pulled over, getting out of their vehicles to snap pictures. There were people posing with their dogs, their children including little babies that needed to be propped up and I read that there was even a bride in her wedding gown out there one day! This was considered a Super Bloom. I've lived in this area for 27 years and I can attest that this year we had the biggest display of poppies ever. It was truly a sight to behold.




Since today is April 5th, there's a  remixed digi set in the Power Poppy shop. It's another beauty and it's perfect for Spring. This one is called Hyacinth Bulb in Glass. If you've never had the pleasure of sniffing a hyacinth, I urge you to try it. They smell AH-MAY-ZING! Marcella has given us a wonderful handwritten quote from Coco Chanel to go with the beautiful hyacinth.


For my card, I decided to use the layout that Marcella provided for us in the graphic. 


I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and cut it out with my Brother ScanNCut. Then I colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I had a blast coloring this. It took a while but, that's the nature of working with colored pencils. I used gamsol and a blending stump on the base color of the petals. And I used my pencils to blend everything else. After I finished coloring, I mounted the image onto the card base with foam tape. I used a tiny bit of Clear Wink of Stella on the bottom portion of the glass bulb and then I went over that with Crystal Effects. I put Tiny Twinkles in the petal centers and finished the card off with a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins.


And that is all I have for you today. This set is available now in the Power Poppy shop. And, please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog, not only will you find the names and links for the other Instant Gardeners who created a project with this set, but you're in for a treat because Marcella shares a wonderful backstory for each release. Please don't miss out on those! Buzz on over! You'll be glad you did.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate the visit. Until next time...

Blessings~