Friday, October 21, 2016

Power Poppy Happiest Holiday Release and a REALLY Sweet Promo!

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! I'm popping in to share a few things with you, that I don't want you to miss out on. There's a lot of excitement on the Power Poppy blog today! First of all, Marcella has released her Happiest Holiday clear stamp sets! If you've been following along all week, then you've seen all of the lovely sneak peeks. And now all FIVE sets are available for purchase in the Power Poppy shop! There is something for everybody in this release...

There's Action Santa, a set with two extremely cool vintage-inspired Santas, using non-traditional modes of transportation to deliver their goodies. The tree-lined snow banks are separate stamps, so creating snowy scenes with this set will be a breeze. And don't miss the trio of snowflakes! They can be used to create snow flurries in a scene or use them to create back ground paper. Super cute fonts and fun sentiments round out this set.

My personal favorite from this release is Simple Joys. Don't you just love the sound of it? This set is soooo me! I love the watering can with the branches decorated with baubles. And that basket full of holly and pine cone studded greenery! I swoon! The ornament hanging from the sprig of evergreen is a sweet way to deliver a very heart felt message. The sentiments are perfect and the fonts are just delightful!

Then there's Glistening Paperwhites... This set features a beautiful spray of paperwhites and evergreens, along with coordinating accents. And, as lovely as the flowers and greenery are, the fonts and sentiments are what have captured my heart in this set. Just LOOK at the flourishes! The sentiment stamps are so very beautiful. And of course, they can be used with any other Christmas stamp sets you already have in your stash.

Just think...there are TWO more sets that I haven't shown you! You'll just have to visit the Power Poppy blog to see them. And while you're there, you'll want to take advantage of the AWESOME Grateful for You promotion Marcella has going on right now. 

Grateful For You - Two Special Offers:

Buy ANY 4 clear stamps and get a 5th clear set free!
Enter discount code: INTHECLEAR at checkout
- OR -
Buy ANY 5 digital sets and get a 6th one free!
Enter discount code: DIGILOVE at checkout

These promotions are good on all in-stock stamp sets at
Promotions cannot be combined in the same transaction.
However, customers can complete one transaction for clear stamps, and one transaction for digital stamps if they would like to take advantage of both specials.
Offer ends Monday, October 25 at midnight central.

Now is the time to add to your clear and digi stamp collections! Grab some new sets and get ready to join the fun with The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, beginning November 1st!

Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Friends! In case you haven't heard already...My dear friend, Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker blog is gearing up for ANOTHER 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Yaaaay! This next challenge will begin November 1 and end on November 30. If you've never participated, you're really missing out. Each day, Kathy shares something with us; a beautiful card, an awesome technique or a work in progress. She usually includes a video, which is always a treat. There are prizes and giveaways and tons of inspiration. Please consider joining us.

The same rules apply:
  1. Carve out a little time each day to color something...anything!
  2. You don't have to make a complete project.
  3. Share what you color on social media use #thedailymarker30day so we can find you.
  4. Don't stress if you miss a day or two. Color at YOUR convenience.
  5. EVERYONE can participate. All skill levels are encouraged to join in!
  6. Have FUN!
For more information, please visit Kathy's blog and make sure you sign up for email notifications. That way you won't miss a thing!

Click HERE to view my posts from previous coloring challenges.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Chickadee in Barberry

Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! It's the 15th of the month and that means I have a brand new digital stamp set to share with you. Marcella is gearing up for the kick off of her clear stamp Holiday release and this new digi set is a great teaser for what's to come. Take a look at Chickadee in Barberry.

This set features this sweet chickadee on a snow laden branch of barberry. It includes four sentiments that are guaranteed to get you in the mood for creating Christmas cards.  I used the image from the set and paired it with a Season's Greetings sentiment from another Power Poppy set, which is noted in the supply list.

Here is my card...please click on the images to enlarge them.

I printed my image onto a piece of smooth white card stock and colored it with Polychromos colored pencils. I used a Derwent Blender pencil to smooth out my pencil work. After the coloring was finished, I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to die cut the focal panel. Then, I brushed on Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the image, while it was still in the die. That way, I was able to keep a nice clean white border. I matted the panel with Cherry Cobbler card stock and adhered that to my card base.

I added Liquid Applique, sprinkled with glitter, onto the snowy parts and I used a Clear Spectrum Sparkle pen on the berries and the little bird's eye.

This image was a delight to color. I am already working on another card featuring this sweet little guy. The finished size of this card is 5 x 7. It's larger than the A2 size cards I usually create. It's a special request from my brother. He prefers to send out large cards, I hope he likes this one!

Thank you so much for visiting me today! I appreciate you. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see the wonderful samples my teammates have created to share with you.

Have a wonderful weekend!


digital stamp: Chickadee on Barberry and  "Season's Greetings" sentiment from Snowglobe Greetings(Power Poppy)
card stock: Neenah Solar White   Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Jovial Collection 6x6 paper pad(BasicGrey)
specialty paper: gold glitter paper(American Crafts)
ink: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: A2 Scalloped Borders Three(Spellbinders)
bling: Crystal glitter(Martha Stewart)  Spectrum Clear Sparkle pen(Spectrum Noir)
coloring medium: Polychromos Colored pencils(Faber-Castell)
other: Scarlet Jewel button(Papertrey Ink)  Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  Liquid Applique(Marvy)  gold cord(Michael's)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Fall Haul

Hello Friends! Welcome to October! If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll know how excited I am about this time of the year. I just LOVE Autumn! My house is decorated with plenty of plump pumpkins, I've got fall leaves and foliage everywhere and lots of fall scents are in the air. And, since today is the 5th of the month, I've got a gorgeous re-mixed Power Poppy image to share with you. If you're not feeling fall yet, this digi will surely help you along. It's called Fall Haul, take a look at this beauty.

I adore this darling wheel barrow loaded with pumpkins and gourds! The branches of bittersweet add a touch of charm and the sentiments are perfect! I look forward to working with this digi and I hope to have a card to share in the next few days. But, in the meantime, please buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammates have created for you. I know you'll be pleased.

That's it for me! And, I wish you a day FILLED with good things!


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!)