Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Forest Finds Card

Hello, Friends! November is in full swing and I can I feel a little twinge of Holiday Cheer in the air. I love this time of year, especially the colors, and the fragrances, the music and the overall warmth of the season. I like to just stop, look and listen and take it all in because it will all be over before we know it.

For my card share today, I am revisiting Power Poppy's Forest Finds digi set. I finished coloring it and got it onto a card. It's a reflection of my feeling about the season.

I adore this image. It's such a perfect combination of Autumn and Christmas. I've been contemplating enlarging this image, coloring it, framing it then using it as wall decor. I love it that much! Anywho...here are a few details about what I did here. I printed the image onto Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock and I die cut it with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I colored the image with Prismacolor colored pencils and used a Prismacolor blending pencil to smooth out some of the pencil strokes. I added a coat of clear Wink of Stella on the berries and then covered that with Crystal Effects. I used a gold glittery gel pen for the ornament tops. For the top of the pinecone, I used Liquid Applique, unheated and I sprinkled glitter on top and let it air dry. I meant to put a little bit of gold Perfect Pearls on the pomegranate but I forgot until after the photo was taken. And finally, I decided to flush mount the focal panel, after MUCH deliberation.

So, that's it for me today. There are new Power Poppy digi sets in the making and I will be back in a few days to share them with you. Can you believe that THANKSGIVING is just NINE days away?! It really does seem like November just began. Where oh where does the time go?

Enjoy the remainder of your week, my friends! Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Forest Finds

Hello, Friends! Happy November and Happy Sunday! It's the 5th of the month so I've got a new Power Poppy digi set to share. I don't know how she does it but, Marcella has given us another wonderful image to add to our Instant Garden. This one is just perfect for this time of year. A time I like to call, Fall Into Christmas...get it? Tee hee hee! Anyway...this new set is called Forest Finds and I am totally smitten with it. Take a look...

It's pretty awesome, right? I love the vintage feel of this image! Here's what Marcella has to say...

"Embrace forest finds — or glass ornament lookalikes! — for this special holiday grouping. A vintage pinecone, tiny pumpkin, and pomegranate ornament are arranged among poinsettia leaves and a berry-bedecked twig. Color this illustration for a simple, sweet, and quite unique way to wish your friends and family a warm and wonderful holiday season."

Because the sentiments are not Christmas specific and there is a tiny pumpkin ornament, this image fills the bill for both Fall or Christmas cards. I also think this would be beautiful colored and then foiled with gold. That would be soooo pretty! I have lots of ideas, just not a lot of energy. But, I am sharing my "wip" or "work in progress".

This is such a fun image to color! I used Prismacolor colored pencils and NO blending solution. I just used the pencils for blending. I'm really liking that technique...just my pencils and me! I plan to add lots of sparkle and maybe even a little "snow". We'll see!  I hope to finish this up today and get it on a card!

That's all I have to share today. Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog for more information and to see what my teammates have created to share with you.

Thanks for stopping by today and enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Until next time....


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Happiest Holiday Collection and Gingerbread Family

Hello, Friends! Can you believe that this is the last full week of October?! Time is passing so quickly! I've got a few things to share with you today, so let's get to it!

Marcella has released the Happiest Holiday Collection! There are EIGHT new beautiful clear stamp sets in the Power Poppy shop for you! It's never too early to begin creating your Christmas cards. There are also lots of gorgeous samples to view, thanks to the oh-so-talented Bloom Brigade. You'll have to buzz on over and take a peek. I love them all but my top three favorites are:
AND...Marcella has graciously given special savings when you purchase multiple clear sets! How cool is that?! The savings apply to all in stock clear sets, so now is the time to check a few items off your Wish List and grab a few of the new Christmas sets, as well. You can read all about it HERE.

There is also a new digital set for you in the Power Poppy shop today. It's called Gingerbread Family. It's a super sweet set that you can use to make gift tags or Holiday cards. Take a look...

Isn't it CUTE?! I love the little smirk on the gingerbread man's face. The tags can be double sided or not, you choose! The little scene is all set and ready to print and color for quick and easy Holiday cards. Consider printing the images onto brown or Kraft card stock to make the coloring go more quickly. Use a white paint or gel pen to accent the frosting areas. And don't forget to add a bit of sparkle; use glitter, a Wink of Stella or a Sakura Stardust pen.

I don't have a card to share today but, I'm working on one. In the meantime, please visit the Power Poppy blog to be inspired by my teammates.

Thank you for visiting me today. Have a great week!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Hops & Barley

Hello, Friends! Happy Sunday. I'm just popping in today with a new digi set from Power Poppy. This one is a little different from what we're used to seeing from Marcella. It's still a botanical but, this one has a BEER theme! The image is beautiful and the sentiments are as well. See...take a look at Hops & Barley.

Here is what Marcella has to say about this set...

"Everywhere you turn these days, there seems to be an upstart craft brewery opening its doors, or a new "IPA" or "Seasonal Ale" to sample at the local pub. In the spirit of this beloved spirit, I've designed a botanical stamp set that celebrates two of the essential used in the brewing of beer: Hops and Barley.A few "hoppy" sentiments and a wise saying from Benjamin Franklin round out this set, a must-have for beer aficionados. PS: If the beer theme isn’t for you, let these two harvest plants just be a pretty botanical to decorate a masculine or fall card."

I went clean and simple with my design. I printed the image and sentiment on my favorite Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream card stock and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils. I use only the pencils to blend the colors. I don't use any blending solution. I love the look of pencil but, sometimes my coloring is a little "rugged" so I will use the Prismacolor blending pencil to smooth out certain areas. I'm learning to use just the pencils themselves.

I added a touch of sparkle with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and a few tiny twinkles. This was a super fun image to color. It will probably make a few more appearances on my bloggie this year. *wink*  And, that's it for me!

Please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created to share with you. AND...I have some wonderful news to share with all of you!

Marcella has been drawing her fingers off and she's ready to reveal the 2017 Happiest Holiday release! Previews begin tomorrow and the stamps will be available for purchase on October 24th. Get ready to have your socks knocked off!


Friday, October 13, 2017

Coffee Please...

Hello, Friends! By now you know I love Autumn but, did you know that October is my favorite month? October is pumpkins, colorful leaves, cool nights, beautiful sunsets, sweet apples, warm cider and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!

Well, I happened upon a really cute digi set called Coffee Please from Verve Stamps. It's the perfect set for a coffee/tea/pumpkin/autumn/fall leaves lovin' gal, like me. I couldn't help myself it's so loaded with pumpkin-y goodness, I had to buy it and make some cards!

What's really cool about digi's is their versatility! The images can be resized, recolored and flipped any which way you want. Take a look at what I did here...please click on the images to enlarge them.

I printed the images onto Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock. This is my favorite card stock for Autumn cards because it has a real homespun feel, with all of the various flecks of color that are printed right into it. The camera doesn't do it justice. The paper is gorgeous, I've been using it for years and I pull it out each Autumn. Anywho...I recolored the sentiments to suit my needs and colored the images with Prismacolor colored pencils.

I love a touch of blue with the orange. I added a little Crystal Effects and Clear Stardust pen to the pumpkin because pumpkins MUST have sparkle! And a few Pretty Pink Posh sequins finished this card off.

I kept everything orange for this card. The beverage inside the cup has a bit of Crystal Effects on it to give it a wet look. The pumpkins have been enhanced with a Clear Stardust pen. And, I grabbed my Lawn Fawn Best Pun Ever stamp set and stamped out the steam. And finally, I added a few more PPP sequins to finish things off.

Cute set, right?! If you're not a fan of digi stamps, Verve does have a similar set in their clear stamp line.

So, that's all I have to share with you today. It's Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Poinsettia and Pomegranates

Hello, Friends! Happy October! It's the 5th of the month and that means that I have a newly remixed digi to share with you. It's called Poinsettia and Pomegranates .

 Here are Marcella's thoughts on this beauty...

"An instant classic for Power Poppy, this showy holiday image is finally available as a digital stamp — ready for you to resize, flip, flop, or edit to fit any project you've dreamt up. Elegant Poinsettia leaves burst from a whorl of pine needles and sprays of baby pomegranates. Whether you take it on at full speed with punchy reds, inject it with pinks and oranges, go for chartreuse and white, or a subtly shimmering metallics, this image is pretty much an instant knockout. Comes with a lighter version for no-line coloring, plus two new sentiments that are not available in the clear stamp version."

I decided to just simply let this image be the star of the show. I printed it onto smooth white card stock and colored it with Prismacolor colored pencils.

I added gold Wink of Stella to the center of the poinsettia. I like use sequins to accent the greeting, so I sprinkled on a few for a bit of extra sparkle. 

That's it for me today! Please visit the Power Poppy blog to see what my team mates have created with this gorgeous set. 

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Power Poppy ~ Autumn's Opulence

Hello, Friends! Whew! What a whirlwind we've been in for the past few weeks! Our dear sweet Peep-in-Chief and Illustrator Extraordinare, Marcella got married last Saturday! There was so much excitement and anticipation within our Power Poppy family. And now...we can relax and enjoy the afterglow. If you haven't already, please take a moment to visit the Power Poppy blog to leave your well wishes for the happy couple and to see the blog list for the designers who participated in a special wedding hop for Marcy and Doug. Click HERE.

And...It's finally Autumn! Yaaay! It's also Day 28 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Are you coloring along? I did a little coloring here and there, nothing special, really. That's the beauty of the challenge...you jump in when you can and you share if you want to.

Well, today, I have a remixed digi to share with you. This one is a beautiful celebration of my favorite season. The set includes a gorgeous burst of Fall florals and two lovely sentiments. It's called Autumn's Opulence and I know you're going to love it!

Mum's definitely the word when you color up this opulent fall bouquet — three mums, to be precise. Add in a mixture of fall favorites like Asters, Daisies, Oak Leaves, and Berries, and you have a large-scale image that's ideal when used on big, bold cards! Or make an autumnal statement by enlarging this one to be an entire background, or just focus on a few of the flowers and leave the rest as outlines. There are so many possibilities!

I printed my image onto a piece of Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock. I love the little flecks of color on this card stock and I think it's lovely for Autumn themed cards. The image is colored with colored pencils. I used both Polychromos and PrismaColor. I die cut the image using an oval Nestie and then brushed on a little Antique Linen Distress ink. The berries have a bit of clear Wink of Stella and Crystal Effects on them.

Here's a look at the inside of the card...

I used the sentiment from the set and changed the color to green. It doesn't look like it here, but it's the same green as the "Happy Fall" on the front of the card. I used a bit of the same patterned paper from the front of the card, also, to tie everything together.

That's all I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the visit.