Monday, November 5, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Ultimate Poinsettia

Hello, Friends! It's the 5th of November and that means I have a new Power Poppy digi set to share with you. This one is called, Ultimate Poinsettia and it sure is a beauty!

Here is what Marcella has to say...

"One of our most popular holiday clear stamps is now available as a resizable digital download. Straight from the set "Winter Wonderland" without any alterations, we have the gorgeous floral spray that will bring a splash of decadence to your holiday cards! A Poinsettia is surrounded by frilly Anemones, Dusty Miller leaves, and Pepperberries. Of course we want you to color these plants in any way that brings you delight. But if you’re a purest, there are the inspirations behind my drawing! A new sentiment that you can color in joins the floral display." If you'd like to see Marcella's inspiration photos, please visit the Power Poppy blog.

Here is the picture that inspired the colors for my card.  I love the soft white and the cool blues with warm red.

And here is my card...

I had the image printed onto X-Press It Blending card at my local copy center, then I colored it with Copic markers. Next, I added a bit of shading with my Prismacolor colored pencils. After the coloring was complete, I used my laminator to foil the image with silver foil. And I gave the pepper berries a little sparkle with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. A few silver studs and a silver cord bow finished the card off. I tried for thirty minutes to capture the sparkle and shimmer on this card, but to no avail. You can see a tiny glimmer of the glitter paper I used to mat the focal image. In real life, this is one glitzy card!

This color palette is definitely outside of my comfort zone. But, the advertisement caught my eye and I knew I wanted to use it on a card. When I saw this set, I thought they were a perfect match. I like how it turned out. I think I'd like to add a tiny bit of chunky glitter to the Dusty Miller leaves to give the card a real frosty feel. I also think it would be pretty to print two copies of the image and then fussy cut one of the poinsettias and adhere it onto the other with foam tape to add dimension. Or use gold beads for the center of the many possibilities! What a fun image to color!

So that's it for me today. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammates have created to share with you.

Oh! It's day five of  The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Are you coloring along?:)

Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Hello, Friends! Happy Halloween! I can't believe we are at the end of October already! Time is just flying by! Well, I have a card to share with you today. I used the Painting Pumpkins digi from Power Poppy. It's soooo cute! The set features three pumpkin vignettes and four sentiments. What's really cool about this set, besides being SO dang cute, is that there are options not only for Halloween, but Thanksgiving, too.

I chose to use the jack o'lantern image. I had it printed at my local copy center to have it printed with a toner printer, so I could foil it.

I included this picture of my work in progress so you could see how it looks before the foiling. Just a note here...I post a lot of  "wips" and sneak peeks on Instagram. Sometimes, it's just not convenient for me to edit pictures and type up a blog post, so I snap a photo with my phone and do a quick post on Instagram. For this image, I posted a short video showing the foiling process. So, if you're on Instagram, check out my feed. I'm 1BusyB

Okay. Back to the card...I colored the image with Prismacolor and Caran D'Ache colored pencils. After all of the coloring was completed, I used my laminator to foil it.

Not too bad, right? I do have some spots that didn't foil but, overall, I am pleased with it. I used a tiny greeting from Stampin' Up! for the 'happy halloween'. I added Nuvo Crystal Glaze onto the water cup and the tops of the paint jars. And then a few gold half pearls finished it off.

Oh! November 1st is the kickoff for the next 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Visit The Daily Marker for more information. I've got a busy schedule this month so I won't be able to participate every day but, I will color and post when I can. Join in!

That's it for me today. Have a fun and SAFE Halloween!


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Lawn Fawn ~ Thanks a Bushel

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! I have a card to share! I finally pulled out a stamp set from my massive Lawn Fawn collection and made a card! There's something about Autumn that makes me want to color apples, baskets, pumpkins and leaves. I chose to use the basket of apples from the Thanks a Bushel stamp set.

I stamped the image onto Neenah Desert Storm card stock and colored it with Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils. These pencils blend like a dream! They are so smooth and so easy to work with. Then, I used the coordinating die to cut it out. I mounted the basket onto a piece of Into the Woods patterned paper, also from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from the same stamp set as the basket of apples and it's embossed with Early Espresso embossing powder from Stampin'Up onto Pure Poppy card stock from Papertrey Ink. I die cut the strip of red card stock with a Lawn Fawn Everyday Sentiment Banners die and adhered that to my card panel.

This was a fun image to color. I kept things simple. No embellishments. That's it from me!

Thank you for visiting with me today!


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Beautiful Skin...Naturally.

Hello, Friends! I hope your week has been pleasant so far. Here we are in the middle of October already! This is my favorite month and it just seems to be speeding past me! Halloween is in two weeks and then poof! It will be November. The weather is changing, too and while I'm enjoying that, I know that it's time to change a few things in my skincare regimen. And that brings me to why I'm posting today...

Several years ago, I ditched all of the toxic, chemical laden beauty products I had been using all of my life and I transitioned to using only natural skincare products and they work beautifully! The results are amazing! My skin is clear, smooth, soft and highly moisturized. My hair is healthy, shiny and I have zero split ends! I use these products every day and I use them from head to toe. My hair and skin have never been healthier. People don't believe me when I tell them I'm 56!

So I was thrilled when I was recently selected to be a brand ambassador for the Raw Skin Co. This is a small, family owned and operated business that sells high quality, all natural skin, hair and body care products. The products are ethically sourced and cruelty free. They are for all skin tones and skin types and they are ideal for the entire family because they have no added fragrance. The products are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals and they are completely plant based. The cornerstone products are those seen in my photograph.

I've linked each one to the Shop so you can read more about them. Natural skincare products work a bit differently than the toxic products you may be used to using. After cleansing your hair and skin with the African Black Soap you MUST moisturize your skin and use deep conditioner on your hair. For my face and body, I use the Organic Rose Water and the Whipped Ivory Shea Butter. And I put the shea butter on my hair after I have rinsed out the conditioner. Remember..a little goes a looooong way! You can always add more if you need it.

Raw African Black Soap Bar

Raw African  Black Soap Liquid

Organic Rose Water

Whipped Ivory Shea Butter

Get beautiful skin...naturally.

I encourage you to give these products a try. Your skin will thank you! Use code: "BARB" at checkout to receive a 10% discount. And please visit Raw Skin Co. to sign up for sales and updates. You can follow them on social media, as well, because they share a lot of tips and product information.

Thank you for visiting me today!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Fall Wellies!

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday to ya! Oh! And happy Fall! Speaking of Fall, I've got a new Power Poppy digi to share. It's called Fall Wellies and it's super cute. Take a look...

Here's what Marcella has to say about this sweet image...

"When there’s a crispness in the air and a vibrance in the leaves, you want to bring that wonderful fall feeling into your cards. It's only natural! This snappy tartan boot (known as a welly, British slang for Wellington) looks quite cute paired with falling Japanese Maple leaves. In this digital download, you get two extra leaves along with the main image, and a punny sentiment wishing someone "well-y". :) This image is also available in our clear polymer set, Feeling Fall."

I just love this illustration and it was an absolute pleasure coloring it! I printed the image onto a piece of Rustic Cream card stock from Papertrey Ink. I like using that card stock for Fall themed cards because it has flecks and specks in it. And it gives the card a homespun country feel. After printing, I colored the image with Prismacolor colored pencils. I added a little Antique Linen Distress ink around the edges and used a Clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen to accent the Welly and leaves.

I flush mounted the focal panel and added a few Stampin' Up! Candy Dots for interest. Then...I worked on the inside of the card.

I love that Marcella gave us the individual leaves. I created a windblown look with them by rotating them in my Word document. SO fun! I used the same patterned paper from the front of the card to tie everything together.

And that is it for me today! Thank you for visiting. Please take a moment to buzz over to the Power Poppy blog to be inspired by my team mates.

Have a wonderful weekend! Do something creative!


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Season's Seatings

Hello, Friends! Happy Autumn! Well, even though the calender says the Autumnal Equinox is upon is, it's still hot as Hades in my neck of the woods...hopefully Fall will show up soon but, until it does, I have a really sweet new Power Poppy digi set to share with you. It's called Season's Seatings and it just screams Autumn!

Here is what Marcella shares about her newest illustration...

"We love any scene that exudes cozy fall goodness — a secondhand chair in the garden?  Of course! It's the ideal perch for a rustic pumpkin bouquet. You may recognize this image from our popular clear stamp set "So Grateful". What's especially neat about this digital download version is that you get two focal images, one of the large chair vignette, and a second large image of the pumpkin bouquet by itself, featuring with dahlias, berries, and Black-eyed Susans. The verse from Ecclesiastes, "He has made everything beautiful in its time" is the perfect accompaniment, and you'll also get a shorter "Hello, Beauty" sentiment. A coloring feast awaits!"

I absolutely adore this set. I love coloring pumpkins and this set gives me two opportunities to do just that. I am over the moon excited about having that flower filled pumpkin standing alone AND in digital format. The uses for this image are almost endless...Not only can one make a beautiful card with it but, it can be resized to make place cards for the Thanksgiving table, it can be enlarged and used to decorate a gift bag or made into a tag for a hostess gift. It can even be made into a lovely pin to adorn a sweater or scarf.

My first card features the pumpkin...

I printed this beauty onto a piece of Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock. I colored it up with a combination of Copic markers and Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. And of course, I gave it lots of sparkle and shimmer using my Clear Wink of Stella and a Stardust Gelly Roll pen. I added few gold sequins and some thin strips of gold card stock for even more sparkle! This was such a fun image to color! I used the Small Dotted Square Stackables die from Lawn Fawn to die cut my image.

And for my second card, I used the chair...

This was soooo much fun to color! I printed it onto a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth Vellum Surface paper and again, I colored with a combination of Copic markers and Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I fussy cut the image out and adhered it onto a piece of Lawn Fawn's Water Color Wishes patterned paper. That wasn't my original plan. I created a focal panel with the chair and sentiment but, I botched the thing up by adding waaaaaay too many dots around the pumpkin. It looked ridiculous so rather than starting over, I fussy cut the image and sentiment out and went on my merry way! LoL! I like the way it turned out but, I do plan to go back and create my original idea. The pretty pumpkin got a coating of Clear Wink of Stella and I added a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off.

That's it for me today. I thank you for stopping by. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you.

Have a wonderful week!


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!