Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Graceful Still Life

Hello Friends! So here we are, it's the 15th of February and that means there is a new digi for your collection in the Power Poppy shop. It's another beauty! This one is called Graceful Still Life. 

This is so beautiful. The dotted pitcher filled with dogwood and roses is just gorgeous. And the gardening hat perched just so on the books...I swoon! I love creating little still life vignettes around my home. Something like this would be right at home in my bedroom

For my card today, I've kept things super simple. I wanted to really showcase the image and I wanted to take my own sweet time coloring it and not worrying about card design. I don't know about you but, sometimes, I just want to color without considering how the finished card will look. So. That is what I did here. I sat down and colored.

I printed the image onto Papertrey Ink Rustic White card stock. And then I went at with my Copic markers and my Polychromos colored pencils. I laid down a base color with my Copics and then used the colored pencils for shading and to create shadows.  Super fun image to color! I dusted on a little Antique Linen Distress ink around the edges of the panel. Then, I added Crystal Effects, Clear Wink of Stella and Clear Stardust glitter pen here and there. And I finished the panel off with a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins.

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


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Look What's Brewing with Steeped Tea

 Hello Friends! Happy February! This is one of my favorite months! We are getting closer to Spring and I can feel the love in the air! It's also the perfect month for wearing pink everyday!

I decided that on the first of the month, I would share the new Steeped Tea monthly specials here. This month, not only are we offering some really nice deals but, the new Spring/Summer catalog launches today. We have a lot of new tea flavors and some really fun new accessories in the line-up.  And, if you are on Facebook, I invite you to join my Time For Tea with B. Facebook group, where I share tea tips, recipes and more.

Click HERE to flip through the new catalog.

Here are the February monthly specials. Click on the picture to enlarge it.

These Stacking Tea Tins really are a good idea for storing any type of tea, loose leaf or tea bags. They are air tight so they keep the tea fresher longer. They can be labeled over and over with a dry erase marker and they stack on top of each other to save space. And I love, love, love that when you spend $50, you get a FREE bag of tea! It's a great way to try new flavors and to build your tea collection.

And, we have the You're My Sweet-Tea Collection, which is a boxed set of teas, all ready for gift giving. This is specially priced at $23 and it's available for a limited time only. Such a sweeeeeet deal!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Just click on the CONTACT tab at the top of my blog and shoot me an e-mail.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you've had a great week so far.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Power Poppy Ruffled Wild Orchids Part Deux

Hello, Friends! I am not ashamed to admit that I am smitten with this image! I had to print it out again and have another go round with it. Don't be surprised if you see it again in the future. LoL! I've got different color combinations I want to try with it. Hey! Just between you and me, I tried it in purple and I hated it! Haha! Purple and me, yeesh! We just don't get along. I like the color fine enough, I just don't like it when I color with it. Weird, huh? Anyway...for my card today, I used yellow, which is another color I don't often reach for.

Here's what I did with it. I really just wanted to color, not make a card, so I kept the card design SUPER simple. Sometimes I color images just to color them, with the intent to create a card at a later date. Yeah, well...that usually doesn't happen and I end up donating the colored images. So, I thought that this time, I would just plop it onto some cardstock and be done with it.

I printed the Ruffled Wild Orchids onto Papertrey Ink's Rustic White cardstock. I like this paper because it has these little flecks of color already on it. It adds a little country charm and texture. The image is colored with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. I used Prismacolor colored pencils for the shading, specifically, the black and a pale blue. The greeting is from Easy Breezy Coneflowers, another Power Poppy digi set. I gave the blooms a bit of sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush. Then, I added a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins to finish it off. The focal is mounted onto a GinaK Designs Sweet Corn card base.

And that's all I have to share today. Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Ruffled Wild Orchids

Hello Friends! Can you believe that it's the 25th of January already?! Well, you know what that's time for a new Power Poppy digi and I have got a doozie for you! It's called Ruffled Wild Orchids and it's simply lovely.

Let's take a look at what I did with it.

I printed the image onto a piece of card stock and then cut it with my Brother ScanNCut2. I like to cut before I color because there is NOTHING worse than putting in time and effort to color an image and then watch it get sliced through by the electronic die cutting machine. ASK ME HOW I KNOW?! The image is colored with a combination of colored pencils; I used Polychromos, Prismacolors and pencils from Blick Studios.

The image is mounted onto my card base with foam tape. I added a greeting from another Power Poppy digi set called Everything's Rosy. I sprinkled on a few sequins to add a little sparkle.

And that is that. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see the link list for my teammies. Thank you for visiting me today.


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Sweet Pea Show

Hello Friends! As promised, I am back with a sweet new digi set from Power Poppy! Marcella has illustrated the sweetest of flowers for us and one of my all-time favorites. Take a look at  Sweet Pea Show .

Isn't this gorgeous?! True to form, Marcella has captured sweet peas perfectly. I can almost smell their lovely scent!

Here's the card I created...

The image is colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. I used a text stamp and a splatter stamp with a very light ink to add a little texture over the image. The focal panel and the greeting panel are mounted with dimensional adhesive. I finished off the card with a few enamel dots and a linen thread bow.

That's it for me. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammies have created to share with you. I've seen their cards and they will knock your socks off!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hello and Happy New Year!

Hello Friends! Happy New Year!

It has been a while since my last post and most of you know why. I am still recuperating and trying to get my strength back. I am in Cardiac Rehab now and I love it! I am learning a lot about my heart and the reasons why I suffered the heart attack and we are working to ensure that I don't have another one! If you missed that post, you can read it by clicking HERE.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Holiday season and are enjoying Winter. Living in SoCal, our Winters are very mild. Where I live, gets really cold, rainy and frosty. I like it but, it only lasts a week or so and then we're back to Suwinter...Summer/Winter. LoL! Today it's 75 degrees, sunny and warmish.

I just wanted to pop in and say hi and to let you all know that I am still alive and I plan to start posting again on January 15th when I will share with you an absolutely gorgeous new digi stamp set from Power Poppy. It's a beauty and sooo perfect for Valentine's Day.

Thank you for stopping by and I'll be back with you real soon.

Have a wonderful week!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Surprise! Happy Birthday, Rhea!

Hello Friends! Today is a special day because we are celebrating Rhea's birthday! Yaaaay! Rhea Weigand is one of my Power Poppy sister design team members. I'm sure many of you are familiar with her ABSOLUTELY STUNNING artwork, her informative blog, Passionate Paper Creations or perhaps you're a member of her fun Facebook group, Passionate Paper Creations and Friends. If you've not connected with Rhea yet, make sure you do! She is a Copic coloring MASTER and she shares lots of information, as well as her very helpful Copic color combination charts.

So, in honor of this very special lady, Marcella has created a very special digi stamp set and we were given the opportunity to make a card for our dear friend, Rhea. And because Marcella is SUCH a sweetheart, she has made this set available for all of you. It's called, Orchid Dreams and it's a beauty.

Two beautiful images and one lovely sentiment; one book has a bit of text, the other is blank. There is a bit of a story behind this set, as well. Rhea has just returned from a very looooong Hawaiian vacation, hence the 'dreaming of the islands' and the tropical plant. AND, she's prone to losing her glasses, so Marcy added a pair in the illustration for her. Cute and fun!

Take a look at the card I created...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RHEA!

I printed the image onto Cryogen White card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I did really simple coloring here, not a lot of blending and fussing about. Because this is Rhea's 50th birthday, I wanted to add a few gold touches. So, not only did I use gold sequins but, I also colored the glasses with a gold tone Copic marker and then I went over that with a Gold Wink of Stella glitter pen.

I also added Crystal Effects to the 'glass' portions to give shine and dimension. I love the way they turned out. Here's a close-up of the close-up. :)

I tied on a bit of organza ribbon for more sparkle. Then adhered the focal panel onto my card base. I used the sentiment included in this set on the inside of my card.

I re-colored, re-sized and horizontally flipped the main image so it would fit nicely in the corner. I really like the looks of that sentiment. I kept the inside simple, too. Except now, I think I should have colored the glasses gold! LoL! I may have to do that.

So that's it for me! If you want to see what my team mates have created with this image, buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog and have a look-see.

Thanks for stopping by! And...I will probably be silent for a few weeks. I'm going to get some rest. I'm feeling good but, I get tired easily and I don't want to over do it.

Have a great week!


digital stamp sets: Orchid Dreams(Power Poppy)  'happy birthday' from Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher(Power Poppy)
card stock: Cryogen Iridescent White(PaperTemptress)   Groovy Guava(Stampin' Up!)  Putty(Simon Says Stamp)
patterned paper: Marcelle 12 x 12 sheet from Fairy Belle Collection(Prima Marketing)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: corner rounder(WeRMemory Keepers)
bling: 6mm Gold, 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)   Gold Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)  pink organza ribbon(my stash)