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!


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Miraculous Mushrooms

Hello, Friends! We've made it to the last day of our 5 Days of Digis! Have you been enjoying the release? Marcella has really outdone herself this time! Well, today's image is one you may recognize from the recently released clear set called, Wild Mushrooms.  I was so pleased when I learned that Marcy was releasing an image from this set and even more pleased to see that she had chosen my favorite one! She's calling it, Miraculous Mushrooms and I just LOVE it!

Here is what Marcella had to say about this image...

"From our wildly popular Wild Mushrooms clear set, I’ve selected a favorite drawing, the Fly Agaric or Amanita muscaria, to release as a digi. The only difference, this image is a little larger than the clear stamp, and I've also taken out the lettering that identifies the mushroom, to allow for a bit more flexibility with your creation.

The Fly Agaric mushroom is the classic red-capped mushroom with white spots — as seen in countless fairytale books, it's also an emoji on your phone.

Enjoy bringing this forest treasure to vibrant life — and I hope you are filled with as much of a thrilling feeling while coloring as I feel while drawing the finds from my mushroom hunting adventures!

Includes a no-line version along with a wonderful sentiment for the inside of your card from that sage, Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Adopt the pace of nature; Her secret is patience.""

And here is my card...

I printed the image onto a piece of Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock and I colored it with Copic markers. I used a Dark Umber Prismacolor pencil to do the shading. I like using a pencil for shading over Copic markers, as it gives me more control and I don't run the risk of getting the image too dark. This one was a fun one to color! I went over each of the spots with a white gel pen to help them stand out a bit more. Then I gave each mushroom a light coating of sparkle with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. I created the woodgrain piece using the Woodgrain Backdrops stamp set from Lawn Fawn. After I finished stamping, I die cut a circle out of the center then I sponged on a bit of Stampin' Ups Soft Suede ink and mounted the piece with foam tape onto the focal panel. I stamped the greeting from the Power Poppy Natural Beauties clear set onto a scrap of Papertrey Ink's Kraft card stock and embossed it. I used one of Lawn Fawn's Everyday Banner dies to cut the strip. I inked it slightly and then adhered it to the card front. I added a few chocolate gems as a finishing touch.

So, that's it for me. I hope you have enjoyed our 5 Days of Digis and I hope you picked up a few new images for yourself. Please visit the Power Poppy blog for more inspiration.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a terrific Tuesday! 


Monday, July 23, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Gifts From the Sea

Hello, Friends! It's Monday...we've got a shiny new week ahead of us! I hope you're enjoying the 5 Days of Digis! Well, let's keep this party going, shall we? Today's digi is one of my favorites, it's called Gifts From the Sea and it's a beauty!

Here are Marcella's thoughts...

"First of all, I'm going to recommend that everyone stop, run to the library, and pick up a copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book, Gifts from the Sea. Life-changing perspectives on life as a woman and mother, all written while she was staying in a cottage by the sea in Captiva, Florida. I read this book on the very beaches where she wrote the book years ago, and collected seashells galore from the fertile Gulf of Mexico. This illustration is inspired by that experience - with a bouquet of Plumeria flowers and petite palm fronds, nestled in an ink-bottle vase. Seashells of every stripe surround the scene, where someone has been writing a postcard, or maybe starting to write the follow-up volume to Gifts from the Sea. Whatever it is, I recommend all to Seas the Day. "

I second Marcy's advice on reading Ms. Lindbergh's book. I have a copy that I cherish. I display every year at this time.

This is the table in my entry way. I change this area with the seasons. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Ignore the dust, please. :)

The shells are from visits to the beach, Hawaii and a casino in Las Vegas! I wish you could smell the fragrances that I have in this area; my candles are gardenia, pool towel, seaside and sand. It smells like summer.

Sooo that's probably more than you came for, huh? Haha!'s my card share featuring Gifts From the Sea.

I wanted clean and simple today. And I wanted soft and soothing. I believe I achieved that. I did some no-stress coloring using my Caran D'Ache Luminance pencils on a piece of warm white Stonehenge paper. I tell ya, that's a match made in coloring heaven. The tooth on that paper is amazing. It just grabs the pigment from the pencils. Coloring is almost effortless. The pencils simply gliiiiide across the paper with very little pressure. That's a very good thing for a person who has carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists.

I added touches of bling here and there; the ink bottle vase, the ink spots and there's a tiny gem in the single plumeria blossom. I really wanted to add some sand but, time got away from me. Next time...

That's it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Please buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you.