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)

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Gone Fishin'!

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday to ya! Hey!  Three re-mixed digi sets were released today in the Power Poppy shop. All are excellent for Father's Day or for masculine cards. Heck! They could be used for a gal who likes to fish, too. I won't discriminate! Let's take a look at the sets...

First up is Reel Deal. This is perfect for those guys and gals who love to fish. You've got a rod, real, a few flies and the very necessary lucky fishing hat. Three great greetings round out this set.

Next we have Leaping Trout. I love this one! Two big beautiful rainbow trout for your coloring pleasure, along with three sentiments. The fonts used in this set are just gorgeous.

And then we have Fly Guy.  I love the scene Marcella created with this one. A gentleman in his waders, enjoying a day fishing. Again, there are three greetings, perfect for the inside or the outside of  your card.

Please visit the Power Poppy blog for more information and inspiration showcasing these fantastic sets. I will have card samples to share soon.

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate the visit.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Look What's Poppin' at Power Poppy!

Hello Friends! Happy Thursday to ya! I'm just buzzin' in really quickly to tell you about a few things going on with Power Poppy.

First of all we WILL have re-mixed digis for you on the 5th of June. You will want to check those out because they are all Father's Day themed and perfect for creating cards and projects for the men in your life. And guess what? Marcy is not releasing one or even two re-mixed sets. Know why?! Know why?! Cuz she's releasing THREE sets! Oh yes, she is! And they are fabulous and you will love them. But wait...there's more! Know what else?

That sweet Marcy, who happens to have a birthday on the 5th of June, is sharing her birthday cheer with all of you by having a SALE! The sale starts tomorrow and is on all in stock clear stamp sets, as well as all of the digital sets, which means that you can get the new Father's Day digi sets on SALE! Yaaaay! And believe me, you will want all of them. Use code: MORE COLOR

And I have one more thing to share for my Facebook people...Power Poppy is being featured on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends Facebook page. You can join them, HERE. And you will want to join them because there is a little contest going on, where one lucky person will win a $25 gift code to spend in the Power Poppy Shop! It's super fun and super easy to enter. All you have to do is color up a Power Poppy image and share it on the Passionate Paper Creations and Friends page. Yep! That's it! You don't even have to make a card! How easy is that?! So, choose your favorite Power Poppy image, from a clear stamp set or a digi set and color it up and join in. At the very least stop by the PPCand F page to be inspired by all of the wonderful art that will be shared.

Okay...I think that's it for me, for now. Don't forget to buzz by here on Sunday to see the new re-mixed digis. I hope to have a card to share!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

From The Heart Stamps Monthly Challenge

Hello Friends! I'm just barely making the deadline for this month's challenge! I colored this little guy up weeks ago, but just didn't feel well enough to make a card. But, I woke up this morning feeling a lot better and decided to give it a go. I was soooo super excited about this month's digi set that I received FREE, just for playing along with the From The Heart Stamps monthly challenge! It is a progressive challenge, that ANYONE can join. All that is required is that we use the Stamp of the Month on our project. You can read more about the challenge, HERE.

Faith, the illustrator of all of these sweet sets, was VERY generous with us, AGAIN. She gifted us this adorable set called Hamlet PigWit in the Planter. Just take a look at it!

One super cute little dude in a flower filled planter and LOTS of sentiments to cover just about any occasion. You've got happy birthday, hello, just because and happy mother's day, too! I decided to make an any occasion card with the Hello greeting.

I just adore this little piggie! He's made an appearance on the blog before. See this post, HERE.
I printed Hamlet onto smooth white card stock and colored him with Polychromos colored pencils. I used my cloud template and Broken China Distress ink to brush on a little cloud detail for the background. Next, I added Clear Wink of Stella onto the Hello and then coated it with Crystal Effects because I wanted it to look like an epoxy embellishment. I sprinkled on a few Sparkling Clear sequins and used my Spectrum Sparkle pen on all of the flowers.

I matted the focal with piece of card stock that I die cut using the Postage Stamp edge die from Simon Says Stamp, then mounted that onto the card base using dimensional adhesive. And that is all there was to it!

Thanks for stopping by!


digital stamp set: Hamlet PigWit in the Planter(From the Heart Stamps)
card stock: Recollections 110lb white(Michael's)  80lb Neenah Solar White  Spring Moss(Papertrey Ink)
patterned paper: Brenda Walton 12x12 paper pad
ink: Broken China Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Postage Stamp Edge(Simon Says Stamp) 
bling: 4mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)  Clear Sparkle(Spectrum Noir)
coloring medium: Polychromos colored pencils(Faber-Castell)
other: Crystal Effects(Stampin' Up!)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Power Poppy ~ Seeds of Today

Hello Friends! Happy Sunday! I've got a new Power Poppy digi to share with you, it's super cute and really special, so let's get right to it.

This sweet set is called Seeds of Today...

I am in love with this one, too! That trailing vine of daisy buds and the single bloom, just make me smile. I like that Marcy gave us the option of using the sentiment or not. The quote is perfect for graduation cards, so that is what I chose to create and share with you. Please click on the photos to enlarge them.

I printed my image onto smooth white card stock and colored it with  Polychromos colored pencils. I mounted the focal onto the card base with dimensional adhesive. I added the twine bow and a bitty button for added interest. Then, I went over the flower pot and the bloom with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush.

For the inside of the card, I used the sentiment included in the set. I also created a tiny pocket to hold either a gift card or money.

And that was that! I kept everything super simple, so it would be easy to reproduce multiples. Now it's time to buzz on over to the Power Poppy blog to see what my teammates have created to share with you.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a spectacular Sunday!


digital image: Seeds of Today(Power Poppy)
stamp: Sweet Essentials(Stampin' Up!)
card stock: 80lb Neenah Solar White   Sweet Corn(GinaK Designs)
patterned paper: Beachside(Lawn Fawn)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
dies: Stitched Squares, Stitched Rectangles(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Polychromos Colored pencils( Faber-Castell)
other: bitty button from the Porcelain Collection(Basic Grey)  Linen Thread(Stampin' Up!)   Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)