Friday, July 15, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Sunshine of my Life

Hello Friends! It's the 15th of the month and that means it's time for another "digi on the 5's". Marcella's timing for these images is always perfect. Who doesn't LOVE a huge vase of gorgeous sunflowers this time of year? Or anytime really! That is just what she has to share with us today...a spectacular display of sunflowers in a sweet country crock. This beauty is called Sunshine of my Life.  Take a look...

It's beautiful, isn't it? This set includes two sentiments and I've used them both on the card I'm sharing with you today.

I adore sunflowers. I always have. When I was a young girl, I consumed my share of sunflower seeds. I loved eating those salty treats and spitting the shells out like a sailor! When my girls were little we grew sunflowers in our back yard. Well, we tried to anyway. The squirrels would come and steal the seeds! And if one or two managed to sprout, the bunnies would eat the sprouts. We must have planted at least 40 seeds and from that we harvested maybe seven flowers. LoL! We laid them out on the lawn and let them get crispy and dry and we watched as the birds devoured the seeds. It was pretty amazing. is my card. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

I printed my image onto Cryogen Iridescent White card stock. LOVE that card stock. Anyway...I printed it out and colored it with Copic markers. Then I die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and matted it with dark brown card stock. I added a generous layer of Crystal Effects onto the vase and after that was dry, I mounted the focal panel onto my card base with dimensional adhesive. I sprinkled on a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins and added a sentiment circle on top to balance things out. Then I got busy on the inside of the card.

For the inside, I made the vase a bit smaller to fit in the corner and cropped it out. And rather than just leaving it plain, which really was my intention, I decided to add a pop of color, and I went ahead and colored it up to match the image on the outside.

I really like how that turned out. It's printed on the same luscious card stock as the image on the front. And of course, it's die cut with a stitched rectangle die. Can't seem to get enough of those. So there you have it...I used all of the elements from the digi set! Working with digital stamps is both fun and easy. I love the versatility of being able to re-size the images and sentiments to suit my needs. If you would like more information about working with digis, please have a look at this post, HERE from Power Poppy.

We've compiled a list of blogs you'll want to visit to see more inspiration featuring this digi set. We have a few members of the Bloom Brigade joining us today, so you're in for a real treat!

Barb Walker - That's me!
Debbie Olson
Nancy Sheads
Cheryl Scrivens
Broni Holcombe 
Stacy Morgan
Cindy Lawrence
Allison Cope 
Tosha Leyendekker

If for some reason the links are not working, please visit the Power Poppy blog.

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate the visit. Oh! And today is Day 11 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, hosted by Kathy Racoosin . I hope you're coloring!


digital stamp set: Sunshine of  my Life(Power Poppy) 
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(PaperTemptress)   Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink)   Kraft(GinaK Designs)
patterned paper: Sunkiss Collection(Prima)
punches: Scallop Circle(Martha Stewart Crafts)  
dies: Stitched Rectanlges, Stitched Cirle(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  bitty gold sequins(Simon Says Stamp)
coloring medium: Copic markers
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Sweet Simple Things

Hello Friends! Today is July 5th and that means that there is a new re-mixed digi in the Power Poppy shop. This one is extra special to me. Take a look at it and you'll see why.

It's called Sweet Simple Things and it features this beautifully illustrated bee skep, surrounded by foxglove and lots of little buzzy bees! Oh my goodness, it's sooo me! The quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder is perfect for this sweet image. It just reminds us to slow down, take a moment to stop and take in all the blessings and beauty around us. And with all that's going on in our world, focusing on the sweet, simple things is becoming more and more necessary.

My card...

I printed this one up right away on my favorite Cryogen Iridescent White card stock, . I love this card stock because it has sparkles pressed right into the paper. The paper is smooth and the sparkle doesn't flake off and it doesn't interfere with the coloring. I used Copic markers to color up this beauty. Then I die cut the focal and while it was still in the die, I dusted on a bit of blue and green Distress Ink. I matted the focal onto another die cut and mounted that onto my card base with foam tape. I added Tiny Twinkles to the flower centers and went over a few things with a Clear Wink of Stella. :) LOVE my Wink of Stella.

 I wanted to use the quote included in the stamp set, so I decided to put it on the inside of the card.

I printed the quote onto smooth white card stock and die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp rectangle die. Then, I just adhered everything down. And that was all there was to it!

Please take a moment to buzz by the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammies have to share with you. this is Day One of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge...I hope you're coloring! ~smiles~


digital stamp set: Sweet Simple Things(Power Poppy)
stamp set: Honey Bees(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(PaperTemptress)  Neenah Solar White 80lb(Hallmark Scrapbook and Crafts)  Baked Brown Sugar(Stampin' Up!)  Summer Sunrise(Papertrey Ink)
patterned paper: Everyday 6x6 paper pad(American Crafts)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Classic Circle, Lacy Circle Nestabilites(Spellbinders)   Tiny Tags(Provo Craft)   Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp) 
bling: Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)   Tiny Twinkles(Taylored Expressions)
coloring medium: Copic markers
other: Linen Thread(Stampin' Up!)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge and a FREE Stars and Stripes Coloring Page

Hello Friends! Here we are at the end of June. I can't believe how quickly time is passing. It really will be Christmas before we know it! I've got a few things to share with you, so let's get right to it.

My sweet friend, Kathy Racoosin, of The Daily Marker blog is hosting another 30 Day Coloring Challenge and it starts tomorrow! The challenge will run from July 5th to August 5th and there will be lots of daily inspiration shared on all social media platforms. Kathy does an outstanding job with these challenges and she often creates videos of her projects, which can be viewed on her blog, The Daily Marker or on her YouTube channel with the same name. You can learn all about the challenge by clicking HERE. I have participated in all of the challenges so far and you can see my submissions by clicking HERE. It's a lot of fun and VERY stress-free!

And in keeping with the coloring theme...Karla Dornacher has a REALLY cute Stars and Stripes FREE coloring page for download on her bloggie! You can get one for your very own, by clicking HERE. This is only available for free through July 5th, so you'll want to buzz on over and get it right away. Isn't it beautiful? This one was colored by Karla. I just adore her work!

I think that about covers all I had to share today. Have a wonderful and SAFE 4th of July! I will be back on Tuesday, July 5th with a sweet as honey card featuring a re-mixed image from Power Poppy. You don't want to miss this one! See ya then!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

From The Heart Stamps Monthly Challenge

Hello Friends! Here I am again, sneaking in at the last minute to participate in the From The Heart Stamps monthly challenge. You can read all about the challenge HERE. This month we were gifted with an adorable set that is just perfect for creating summertime cards. It's called Ice Cream Lineup.

I like all of the sentiments and even though the frozen treats are connected, they can be printed out as singles, too. That would be really cute!  Here is the card I created. Very clean and very simple. Click on the images to enlarge them.

The image is printed onto smooth white card stock and colored with colored pencils. I put a little Wink of Stella on the cherry, the spoon and the little cookie on the last treat. For a little more sparkle, I added some Crystal Effects. Then, at the last minute, I decided to sprinkle on a few stars.

This is what I did on the inside...I really like the "Tomorrow we can eat broccoli..." saying. LoL! It cracks me up!

And that is all I have to share with you today. Thanks for stopping by!


digital stamp set: Ice Cream Lineup(From The Heart Stamps)
card stock: 80lb Neenah Solar White
patterned paper: Cupcake 6x6 paper pad(BasicGrey)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
coloring media: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)   colored pencils(Prisma)
bling: Iridescent Hearts and Stars glitter(Martha Stewart)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  Gamsol(Grambling)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Midsummer Stunner with Power Poppy

Hello Friends! I'm here to share something very exciting with you. It's new release time at Power Poppy and boy, oh boy! does Marcella have some GORGEOUS new clear stamp sets for you to add to your collection. There will be SEVEN new sets in the Midsummer Stunner collection! Yes, SEVEN new sets! Sneak Peeks start tomorrow, June 24th and end with a blog hop on June 28th. You don't want to miss this, so be sure to visit the Power Poppy blog every day.

I don't know about you, but I sure am happy with what I see so far! I haven't seen the stamp sets yet either, so I will be visiting the blog everyday, just like all of you. I know The Bloomies have created samples that will knock our socks off and I can't wait to see them! Get ready to be inspired and then make your wish lists because all of the stamp sets will be available for purchase on June 28th. I am REALLY excited! I love that strawberry cake, the little butterfly has also caught my attention, I've been wanting a champagne flute stamp FOR THE LONGEST! and I can just barely see what looks like sheet music! Man, oh man! I can hardly wait! Join us tomorrow!

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


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Rose & Chamomile

Hello Friends! It's the 15th of the month and that means that there is a brand new digi set in the Power Poppy shop. It's called Rose & Chamomile and it's absolutely gorgeous. See for yourself...

June is National Rose month and Marcella has given us quite a beauty to work with. This image is so versatile and can be used for a variety of occasions; birthday, thank you, thinking of you, even sympathy. Roses are always appropriate! Roses also happen to be my favorite flower. I'm a big fan of the garden varieties, you know the ones we grow at home. They produce the biggest, most fragrant blooms. And if they aren't sprayed with pesticides, they can be used for scenting sugar, added to tea or used to make rose water. At one time, I had a a flower bed with 22 rose bushes in it and when they bloomed, I would open the living room window and breathe in that heady fragrance. It was a lot of work to keep everything looking nice, but it was well worth the effort. Ok...enough chatter...

Here is my card...

Don't you just LOVE this image?! I sure do. I printed it onto watercolor paper and colored it with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Pens. I tell you's a love/hate thing with those pens. The sparkle they add is AMAZING! But...sometimes they leak or let out a big BLOB of sparkly ink. When they work though, it's a dream. I added a bit of color and then moved it around with a paint brush. I also used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens to color the chamomile flowers and leaves.

You can see a little of the sparkle here.

The card is very simply constructed. It's got a few layers and the focal image has been dry embossed and lightly inked. It was matted with a scalloped Nestie and adhered with foam tape. I used the greeting that is included in the set and I just love the font! It's so pretty and delicate. I added a few pearls and finished off the card by adding a some highlights onto the rose hips.

That's all I have to share with you today. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my Teammates have in store for you. There is soooo much inspiration using this set, I know you will want to add this one to your collection.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend!


digital stamp: Rose & Chamomile(Power Poppy) 
card stock: Strawberry Slush(Stampin' Up!)
specialty paper: Canson XL watercolor paper
patterned paper: Print Poetry(Stampin' Up!)
dies: oval, scalloped oval Nestabilities(Spellbinders)   Postage Stamp Edge(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Blush pearls(KaiserCraft)
coloring media: Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter Pens-Sage, Sand, Red Berry, Hearthside    
Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens-yellow, light blue
other: White Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)


Friday, June 10, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Reel Deal

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! I've been busy in The Hive playing with the wonderful new fishing inspired digi sets from Power Poppy. If you haven't already, you'll want to buzz by the Power Poppy blog, because there is A TON of inspiration over there for you.

Today, I am focusing on the Reel Deal digi set and I've created two cards to share with you.

For the first card, I've used the main image and greetings from the set. I always try to create at least one sample showcasing just what's included in the digi set. That way you can see that you have all that you need to make a completed card. Please click on the images to enlarge them.

I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Copic markers and colored pencils. I've seen this technique done quite a lot on various blogs and I really liked the results. I need a bit more practice but, I like the control I have over the shading when I use a colored pencil instead of a marker. Sometimes shading with a marker gets away from me. But, with the pencils, I was able to add just a little color at a time and achieve the results I wanted. I haven't used my Copic markers regularly for a while and boy was I rusty! Anyway...

I finished off the inside as well...

I changed the color on the main image, so it would be light enough to write over. Then I added the greeting that was included in the set right over top. And that was it!

For card #2, I created a very simple birthday card...easy to make, easy to mail!

I used the same coloring technique on this one...Copic markers with colored pencil for shading. This one will be super easy to mail because it's flat. I adhered the focal image right onto the patterned paper and there are no embellishments. I did add a bit of sparkle on the fishing line with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

And that is all I have for you today. Thank you for stopping by!


digital stamp set: Reel Deal(Power Poppy)
stamp set: Happy Birthday(Sweet Stamp Shop)
card stock: 80lb, 110lb Neenah Solar White   Midnight Muse, Soft Suede(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Comfort Cafe(Stampin' Up!)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: Small Oval(Stampin' Up!)
coloring media: Copic markers   Polychromos Colored pencils(Faber-Castell)
other: Clear Stardust Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)   Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)   black eyelets(Close to My Heart)  jute and burlap(Recollections)