Thursday, March 15, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Cup of Columbine

Hello, Friends! I have a new Power Poppy digi set to share with you. It's called Cup of Columbine and it is SO cute! Take a look...

Here's what Marcella has to say about her newest illustration...

"A delicate teacup overflowing with pretty plants is steeped in detail and delight. Columbine (Aquilegia) flowers intermingle with ruffled miniature Hosta leaves for a bouquet that will tickle your coloring fancy all the way through summer. You get two designs — one with the flowers and teacup only, and a second, more challenging composition with a baby robin snapping up a few of the Columbine seeds. Both images have a lighter "no line" version included."

Isn't this darling?! I love, love, love when Marcy gives us teacup designs. THEN, she goes and throws a bird AND an egg into the mix! *swoon* I adore this set and I will be reaching for it again and again. This one can be used for many and any occasion; birthday, Mother's Day, thinking of you, Happy Spring! and even sympathy.

Here is the card I created...

I kept things clean and simple. The image is printed onto smooth white card stock and colored with Staedler colored pencils. I received a set of 72 of these pencils as a gift and decided to try them out. And much to my surprise...I love them! They blend so beautifully. I paper pieced the napkin with the same paper I used in the background. I added tiny twinkles to a few of the columbine seeds that are falling from the buds. This is SUCH a cute set! Then I mounted the focal with foam tape and called it done. Oh! I used a Lawn Fawn Small Dotted Square die to cut out the focal panel. And while the image was still in the die, I dusted on a bit of Broken China Distress Ink. As a finishing touch, I went over the columbine petals with a Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Glitter Gloss pen.

Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to read what Marcella shares about these amazing flowers. And while you're there, check out what my teammates have created to share with you.

Thank you for visiting me today!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Heart Abloom

Hello, Friends! I've got a new Power Poppy digi stamp to share with you and I'm so excited about it. I said in my blog post the other day that I was working on a doozy of an image and today is the day I can reveal it. Feast your eyes on Heart Abloom!

Here's what Marcella had to say about this absolutely stunning illustration...

"A tapestry of spring flowers fill a large, lush heart shape in this Color Story adventure! The flowers for this heart were expressly chosen for this scene to celebrate yellows, greens, blues and purples. We have Daffodils and Narcissus, a myriad of single and double Hellebores, Trout Lilies, and then the surprise guest: Blueberries! Now, here’s the thing. Blueberries ripening on the vine start out a very pale greenish-white. The same stem can have a multitude of shades in white, pink, chartreuse, light and dark blue. Hellebores also are cross-pollinated to create loads of color combinations. So, whether you take this Color Story into cool territory with green, blue, deep purple, and white, or something warmer with blushes, yellows, and peachy tones, you are pretty much going to end up with a masterpiece!"

Now doesn't that sound just luscious? This image is a dream to color. There are so many wonderful textures, with the various leaves and flowers. There is even a bitty snail, and you know how I love my snails! Well, I wanted to have my image all colored and carded to share with you but, that was not to be. Instead, I have a "wip", work in progress, that I hope to finish today and I as soon as I do, I'll post the card. But this is what I've done so far...

I was going for an "old storybook" look. And, looking at my monitor, all of my foliage looks the same color. In real life, it is not. Each shape of leaf has a different green. Ack! Hopefully it will show up in my final project picture. Anywho...I printed the image onto the smooth side of a die cut piece of watercolor paper and I colored it with colored pencils. I used mostly Prismacolor pencils but I also used some Polychromos, as well as a few Tombow Irojeten pencils and a couple from Blick Studio. I had a ball coloring this and I look forward to finishing it and putting it on a card.

That's it for me today. I thank you for stopping by. Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you. You're going to want to buzz over because I'm hoping that Marcella will share her interpretation of this about mind blowing! She is Ah-May-Zing!

There's a loooong weekend just around the corner! Yippie skippie!


Monday, February 12, 2018

Power Poppy Hues to Use and Day 29 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! Happy Monday to ya! Not only are we just about half way thru the month of February, we are also at the end of another coloring challenge. Can you believe it?! I did something a little differently this time. I decided to post my coloring only on Instagram. I didn't post everyday, but I posted a lot more than I've shown here on my blog. And, I only posted Power Poppy images. I'm really wanting to hone my colored pencil skills and I think Power Poppy images are perfect for that.

Anywho...I want to tell you about a fun challenge that goes on over at Power Poppy. It's called Hues to Use. Do you know about it? Well, it's a color challenge and if you play along, you and your artwork will be featured on the Power Poppy blog. It's all for fun and sharing our creations. So, I decided to play along with the February Hues to Use. This is the color palette...

Pretty, isn't it? And perfect for this month of Love and Valentine's.

Here is how I used these hues...

I used the Follow Your Heart digi stamp. I printed the image onto smooth white card stock, I colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, die cut it with my Brother ScanNCut and THEN...I foiled it with pink foil! Talk about sugary sweet!

Creating this card was fun and easy. Especially since the color palette was already determined. That is the beauty of this challenge. You take a group of colors and you make something with it. Whatever you want! And, another cool thing is, if you're ever stumped for a color combo, you can always refer back to the Hues to Use archives on the Power Poppy blog. They are all right there, just for YOU.

One more look at it... 

That's it for me today. I'm working on a doozie of an image that I will share with you on Thursday. Until then, go forth and be crafty!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 5, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Blossoming Cherry

Hello, Friends! It's the 5th of the month so it's time for a newly remixed digi set from Power Poppy. Today, I have for you, a lovely branch of Blossoming Cherry. This sweet little branch can be colored up quickly for Spring cards, birthday cards or thinking of you cards. There are 3 sentiments included in the set as well.

I printed the image onto Cryogen White card stock and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos. I didn't do my usual color blending and I left some "texture" on the petals. And, it's very difficult to see, but I've got a dusting of blue ink around the edges of the focal panel and my greeting is printed in green and matches the card base.

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


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Power Poppy ~ Va-Va Valentine's

Hello, Friends! I have been sharing little sneak peeks on Instagram for the last few days, of some very sweet new Valentine's Day digis from Power Poppy. I can not express to you how very excited I am to FINALLY be able to share the entire set with you! It's called Va-Va-Valentine's and it's fa-fa-fabulous! In this set you get SIX digital stamps and FOUR sentiment stamps. All of that for just $6 for a limited time!Take a look...

I love that the images have a greeting drawn right into the object. And I love, love, love that some of them are puns! That Marcella Hawley is one clever cookie! The sentiments that are included can be used on the inside of the cards, so you've basically got everything you need in one set to create some quick and easy Valentine's Day cards. And that is exactly what I did.

This first card features Found You. 

I love these socks! And the little greeting is so cute, because who among us hasn't had a sock go missing? Sooo very cute. I printed the image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos. The picture doesn't show it but, there's a whole lotta sparkle going on! I used a Clear Wink of Stella and my Clear Star Gelly Roll pen. I dusted a little Broken China Distress ink around the image while it was still in the die. Click on the image to enlarge it. A single tiny shiny heart was the finishing touch on my card. This image could also be for an anniversary. And hey! Marcella has included a "Happy Anniversary" sentiment in the set for you!

This next card features Pretty Great.

Isn't this adorable?! First of all, it's punny and then, LOOK at that grater! It's got heart shaped openings so that's why there are heart shapes flying out of the back. Isn't that clever?! So cute. This one is printed onto smooth white card stock and colored with Polychromos colored pencils, too. Although it's difficult to see it, the little gems are actually pink and the cheese and the hearts are coated with Clear Wink of Stella. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Well, that's just the tip of the iceberg. If you buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog, you can see what my team mates have created to share with you. You are in for a TREAT!

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate it!


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Day 6 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! I hope you all had a great Saturday. I was a busy little bee today. But, I relaxed this evening with a cup of tea and a bit of coloring...

This cute little lady slipper orchid is the last image in the Under Glass stamp set from Power Poppy. I've really enjoyed playing with this set. This is the first time I've used all of the images from one stamp set. That's sad, isn't it?! I think I'll do it again. It was really fun! And my work table stayed nice and organized because I didn't have a million stamp sets out.

I stamped the image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils. For the shading on the cloche, I used one Copic marker and a Clear Star Gelly Roll pen.

That's it for now! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, January 19, 2018

Day 5 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, Friends! Happy Friday to ya! Here's my coloring for today.

And as you might have guessed, I colored up yet another cloche from the Under Glass stamp set from Power Poppy. These little images are not only super cute, but they are a joy to color. This one is stamped onto smooth white card stock and colored with only three pencils. I wanted to challenge myself to use limited colors. I loaded it up with tiny twinkles and lots of sparkle.

I chose to showcase this image today because it's my TWO year anniversary being an Instant Gardener with Power Poppy! I think that calls for cupcakes and fireworks! I love being part of the Power Poppy family. Marcella and the rest of the designers are the best of the bunch and I consider myself blessed to work with all of them.

Soooo, I will have one more cloche to share with you tomorrow. And hopefully in the near future, I can turn all of these into cards!

Thanks for stopping by!