Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Power Poppy August Release Preview ~ Day 3

Hello Power Poppy friends!!  Have you been enjoying the peeks?  Have we enabled you yet?  Well, we are sharing the stamp version of the Glads and Gerberas that were released as digitals in May.  That's right, for those of you that like to ink up your images, you will now be able to have these two flowers, along with a variety of sentiments that fit perfectly with the flowers.  The set is called: Dynamic Duo: Glads and Gerberas.

Now, I have two cards to share with you today, and there's a story behind just why also.  In the one above, you will see primarily white Gerberas, with a hint of shadowing in the background, turquoise centers, and a charcoal gray stripe along the side.


For my second card, I colored the trio three different colors and added a aqua stripe to the side panel.  Okay...have you ever battled with an image thinking it had you whipped?1?!  Don't get me wrong...Gerberas are one of my favorite flowers, and Marcella has designed them beautifully.  I made a card with them in May and thoroughly enjoyed coloring them.  You can see that card HERE.

Well, I wanted to try my hand at a more modern graphic card with this trio, and it gave me fits.  I literally colored this set 13 times, fussy cut the blooms 6 times, layered, burnished, added fun flock, stickles, rhinestone centers, and none of them fit with the look I wanted.  I finally decided on solid colored petals.  No shading what-so-ever.  And then...would you believe I ended up with two that I liked and couldn't decide which one to use.  First I couldn't make even one I was happy with, and now I have two.  So, what's a stamper to do, but make 2.

I created the striped border using Copics that coordinated with the colors I used on the flowers.  Each sentiment panel was colored with a Copic before stamping the sentiment onto it also.  And lastly, the base panel was embossed with a polka-dot embossing folder (Cuttlebug).

So, there you have it...my struggle with these two cards.  But it was worth it.  I'm happy with the result, and now I have two cards.

Here's a list of the Bloom Brigade participants today.  If you haven't visited their blogs yet, you, my friends, are missing out.  These gals are uber inspirational!!

Here's a list of the Copics I used too:  BG13, BG11, T5, T3, T1


Stamps:  Dynamic Duo: Glads and Gerberas (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White and Smokey Shadow (PTI), X-Press it Blending
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Long Classic Rectangles (Spellbinders), Dotted Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Sequins (Teresa Collins), Corner Rounder, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Power Poppy August Release Previews ~ Day 2

http://powerpoppy.com/products/sunny-harvestIt's Day 2 of our Power Poppy Release previews, and we are sharing a set called Sunny Harvest.
It's just full of beautifully charming images that just make you wish Fall were here.  Seriously folks, Fall is my absolute favorite season, and working with these images...well, lets just say, I'm not happy with the 100+ degrees that we're sporting right now.  I'm ready for the crisp air and cozy colors Fall brings......NOW!!  Okay, enough of my pouting.  I can't help but smile when I talk about this set.

I had never known what Chinese Lanterns were.  I've seen them in Fall decorations, but never gave a thought to what their name was.  And Marcella, being the gem that she is, has introduced us to these beautiful Fall plants.  I love distressing (I know...it's a shock), so I had to use my Kraft cardstock with my distress inks with this set...duh!!!

I started by coloring the Lanterns and Bittersweet with Copics.  I colored an extra set of lanterns so I could layer them.  I hand cut the image (not recommended for impatient cutters...this baby took awhile and my peepers will never be the same.  I think I need new readers...YIKES!)  Anyway, after cutting them out, I burnished the backs of the Bittersweet and Lanterns and took a stylus to the front lines of the lanterns to give them dimension.  I popped them up in the die cut frame, and added some texture to the frame and background with the Bricks and Bark M-Bossabilities folder by Spellbinders.

I also sewed a lace and fabric ruffle to add to the bottom of my card and added a wooden button, burlap trim and a twine bow.

Here's a close up so you can see a bit of the dimension of the lanterns.  They're really "puffy" irl...super fun.

Now, in case you haven't seen the rest of the Bloom Brigades' projects, here's a list of all those participating today.

Here's the list of Copics I used:  R39, R37, R35, R32, YR18, YR16, YR07, YR04, Y35, Y08, E37, E35, E31

Thanks for dropping by!!
       Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  Sunny Harvest (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI) Cryogen White, Wood (MME)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Onyx and Smokey Gray (Versafine), Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Deckled Rectangles and Standard Rectangles dies, Bricks and Bark M-Bossabilities folder (Spellbinders), Metallic Dots (MME), Burlap Ribbon and Trim, Wooden Button, Twine, Lace, Fabric, Sewing Machine 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Power Poppy August Release Previews ~ Day 1

Hello friends!!  I hope you are having a fantastic weekend!!  I have been having a fabulous time coloring some more Power Poppy images, and I can't wait to share them with you.  Can you believe it's time for another release?  Is August really around the corner?  Where does time go?

I know I must sound like a broken record, but I truly wait on "pins-and-needles" for each of Marcy's releases.  I impatiently look forward to seeing what that creative, artistic brain of hers comes up with next.  Well, like all the others, this release is full of beauty and charm.

Today we are featuring the sweetest, set called Farmer's Market.  It has the most scrumptious images and darling fonted sentiments!!  I chose to use the basket full of Cauliflower and create a scene with it using dies and Distress Inks.  Cauliflower can be purple, green, white, or ivory these days, so I colored mine with a variety of colors.  I colored the sign to look like a chalkboard (since that's been popular for quite some time now), and white embossed the sentiment "Just for you" onto it.  At the top I added a flag with the sentiment "Share what you love", and at the risk of being a little lot corny, added a little bunny to the opposite corner, as if the "just for you sign" and sentiment, were meant him.  *grin*

Here's a close up of the stamped image and sentiments.  Isn't that basket darling?

Now, if you haven't check out the other Bloom Brigade's Blogs, you better hop on over.  Those girls just ooze inspiration!!

Here's a list of the Copics I used:   T7, T5, T4, T2, T0, E59, E39, E37, E35, E31, E41, E40, BV08, BV04, BV02, BV00, G28, G24, G21, YG25, YG23, YG21

Thanks for dropping by.  Be sure to visit tomorrow too.  I can't wait for you to see that project.  I LOVE Fall, and tomorrow's project feels all cozy to me.

     Happy Stamping!


Stamps:  Farmer's Market (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White, Vintage Cream and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Onyx Black (Versafine), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Barn Door, Black Soot, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Mowed Lawn, Pumice Stone, Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Tall Tree and Rustic Sign and Trees dies (Cottage Cutz), Bench Wooden die (Marianne Creatables), Grass die-namics (MFT), Wood Dots (MME), Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter), White Embossing Powder

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sending Sunshine

Wow!!  Do you feel like this Summer is flying by?  We're already half way through July!!  Crazy!
Well, since it's Friday, I have a Power Poppy inspiration to share with you.

I have a dear, dear friend who is going a round with cancer for the 3rd time and my heart is just breaking for her and her family.  They live 2000 miles away, so there is little I can do to help.  So, I thought I'd send her a "Box of Sunshine".  You may have seen this idea floating around Pinterest.  I have a variety of yellow gifts I'm going to send her, so of course I had to make a card with a yellow theme to send with them. 

Marcy's Peonies, from the Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips set, are just so lovely and soothing to me.  So I decided I wanted them to be my focal point.   I stamped them with Versamark onto Water color paper, embossed them with White ep, and colored them with Distress Markers.  There are beautiful sentiments included in this set too.  I just couldn't fit them on the front of my card.

The background dp is, appropriately called "On the Sunny Side".  I also added some Corrugated Tape and some Seam Binding that I tied using the Bow-it-All.

Now, for more details on how you can be the Power Poppy Peep of the week, click HERE, or on the graphic.

For some more Power Poppy inspiration, check out what these Bloom Brigade members have to share:


Stamps:  Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips (Power Poppy)
Paper:  On the Sunny Side (MME), Water Color, White (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Decorative Labels Twenty-Seven and Octagon dies (Spellbinders), Distress Markers, Seam Binding, Sparklers (Webster's Pages), Hat Pins (Petaloo and Prima), White Corrugate Tape (Little B), Lace, White Embossing Powder (Ranger) 

Friday, July 11, 2014

You're Special! Be Yourself!

Wow!  It's been awhile since I've posted here.  I'm sorry for the lack of consistency, but in my defense, it's been a busy summer, like most of you experience.  I had to fly to the Midwest for a wedding only to return and have my son and his fiance (they both live out of state) visit for a week.  And since she was in the area, we put on a Bridal Shower for her.  That meant creating gifts and decorating, along with sightseeing since she'd never been to the area before.  I'm exhausted, but we had the most fabulous time!

So, now on to my card for this week's Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge.  I chose to use one of the succulents from the Sassy Succulents set.  I love the encouraging sentiments Marcy has included.  My daughter is quite independent in her appearance and view on life, and I embrace it,  although others don't always accept her uniqueness.  She has bright red hair, and likes unique earring cuffs. (She only has one piercing in each ear.)  I think she's just beautiful, but others can be a bit harsh in their judgements.  Ironically, she is a Church Music Coordinator major in college.  And Christians can be some of the hardest judges.  But, one of the many beauties of God, is that he gives us free will, and that gives us liberty to express ourselves in our own way, and others are allowed to form their own opinions.  And that's okay.

I made this card for my daughter this week to celebrate her, and to let her know I love her just the way she is.  The sentiment says: "You're Special!  Be yourself!!  I LOVE that.  God made each of us unique.  And we may not understand how others do their make-up, dress, decorate their yards or houses, or even their own bodies.  And that's okay.  God loves us, and we need to love ourselves the way he created us!!

Okay, enough of my soap box.  ;)  I don't usually share personal stuff much on my blog.  I'm pretty shy that way.  But this card is special to me, and I wanted to explain a bit why this set is so near to my heart.

I colored the succulent and pot with Copics, cut it out, and adhered it to decorative paper.  I also included texture in my card.  I was inspired by yesterday's "Ways To Use It" Challenge (WT487) over at Splitcoaststampers.com  I embossed the background panel with the Bricks and Bark M-Bossibilities folder by Spellbinders.  I then sanded it and added some depth with Vintage Photo Ranger Distress Ink. I also added texture by using a Copper Pearl Pen on the Hinge, and the leaves are not glued down, so they flow a bit freely from the card.

That's it for me today.  Be sure to visit the other Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more inspiration!

Here are the Copics I used:  G28, G24, G21, E39, E37, E33, E31, T5, VO6, 0 (Colorless Blender)

Happy Stamping my friends!!

Stamps:  Sassy Succulents (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Memorabilia (Teresa Collins), Cryogen White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Smokey Gray and Black Onyx (Versafine)
Accessories:  Copics, Bricks and Bark M-Bossibilities (Spellbinders), Hinge dies (Cheery Lynn Designs), Copper Pearl Pen, Sanding Block 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Power Poppy July Release Hop!

Hello Power Poppy friends!!  Have you enjoyed seeing all the new images Marcy has designed?  Aren't they just exquisite?!?!?!

Well, I have one more project to share, and I have to say, it's my favorite.  I used Copics to color one of the Cosmos and a Poppy from the Countryside Bouquet image and diecut it using Spellbinders' Rectangle One Media Mixage Rectangles that is designed to go with it's coordinating Bezel.  I then coated it with Paper Sealer (Susan Lenart Kazmer), and adhered it inside my Bezel.  Lastly I added the Ice resin and some beads that I wire wrapped.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  This was my first attempt at making a resin necklace using a Copic colored image.

That's it for my project today.  For more phenomenal inspiration, check out the rest of the Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Copics:  R39, R29, R24, R20, T7, T5, T1, B00, G46, YG13

Stamps:  Countryside Bouquet (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Rectangles One Media Mixage dies and Bezels (Spellbinders), Ice Resin, Beads and chain (Firemountain Gems), 20 gauge wire 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Power Poppy July Release ~ Day 3

Howdy Power Poppy Peeps!!  I can't believe we're already up to Day 3 of Power Poppy's July Release!!  I hope you've enjoyed seeing what the Bloom Brigade's been sharing and have been able to add to your Marcella Hawley floral collection.  I know I treasure all mine, and this Countryside Bouquet is no exception.  The fact that this collage of flowers has California Poppies in it, might have just pushed this over the top for me.  We literally have hillsides covered in these flowers in the spring, and it looks like God just took an orange paint brush and just splattered the hills!!  It's a sight to behold I tell ya!!

Here is some more inspiration for everyone:

Copics:  R39, R37, R35, R32, R29, R24, R20, RV14, YR09, YR07, YR04, Y08, FYG1, YG67, YG63, YG25, YG11, T5, T1


Stamps:  Countryside Bouquet (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White (PTI), Cryogen White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Circle Frame & Elements Die (Marianne Design), Grand Circle Die (Spellbinders), Border Punch (EK Success), White Grossgrain Ribbon, Flat Back Pearl (Wild Orchid Crafts)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Waltzingmouse Team Talk Peek

I'm sharing a project over on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Team Talk Blog.  And I'd love it if you dropped in for a visit!

Power Poppy July Release ~ Day 2

Hello friends!!  It's Day 2 of our Power Poppy Release and we have a beautiful Geranium digital image to share with you today.  I admit, I am used to seeing and growing red geraniums, but I thought I would google them and see if there weren't any other varieties.  I was pleased to see a Salmon Colored image so I went with that.  I also used the image as a reference for the leaves, because some geraniums have a distinct leaf color pattern.  The sentiment doesn't come with this release....I cheated and included it a day early....shhhhhh  I just thought the font style fit beautifully with this image.  I realize geraniums aren't the "wildest" of flowers, but hey....even us simple folks can bloom wildly....right?  ;)

Now, for some more inspiration, head on over to the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Copics:  YR82, YR02, R32, G28, G24, G21, G20, FYG2

Stamps:  Geraniums (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Wood (MME), Cryogen White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Copics, Grommet Tags (Spellbinders), Metallic Metal Dots (MME), Butterfly Punches (EK Success and Martha Stewart), Quickie Glue Pen, Rock Candy Glitter (Tim Holtz) 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Power Poppy July Release ~ Day 1

Woo-Hoo!!  The July Power Poppy Release has arrived!!  And this month Power Poppy's release is all digital this month so you get get them each day we preview.   I just adore this rose/strawberry arrangement from the new set Arranging Roses!  Isn't that vase just charming?  And the sweet little scissors?  Marcy thinks of everything!!  I decided to just frame this image with zero embellishing because I thought it should just stand alone.  It was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and colored with Copics.  Easy-Peasy!!

Now, are you ready for some more inspiration?  Check out what these Bloom Brigaders have to share:

Copics:  YR09, R07, YR04, YR00, G46, G43, YG11, B04, B02, B000, T5, T3, T1

Stamps:  Arranging Roses (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Copics, Labels Eight and Decorative Labels Eight dies (Spellbinders)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Power Poppy July Release Sneak Peek...


Alright Power Poppy Fans....Marcy has designed 3 more of the most beautiful floral images, and you can get them lickety-split!!  Because, once again Power Poppy is offering images in digital form.  Starting tomorrow, the Bloom Brigade will be inspiring you with these gorgeous designs, and you just have to see what they've done with these new sets.  I know you won't be able to resist them.  Truly!!  And I can't wait to share my projects with you either.  So, be sure to stop by the next four days to see what's new at Power Poppy!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Play Ball with Power Poppy

It's time for another opportunity to be our next Power Poppy Peep of the Week.  For details on how you can participate, click HERE.

A few of the Bloom Brigade have some inspiration to share today using whatever stamp set inspired them that week.  I chose to use the Play Ball set because I hadn't had an opportunity to color that beautiful baseball collage yet.  What a beautifully designed image.  Marcy makes it super easy to color with her perfectly placed shadows and highlights.  I used a TON of Copics to color the image, and Popped up each layer with dimensional tape.  I have 3 layers with just the image.  Super fun!

I also created my own wood grained background.  I took 5 1 1/2" strips of Kraft card stock and ran my Onyx Black and Smokey Gray Versafine ink pads directly onto the Kraft.  I then took my White GK pigment ink pad and ran it over the panels to give a slightly white-washed look.  I did the exact same thing to my diecut star.  After the panels were inked, I laid them at a diagonal over a 5" square piece of Kraft cardstock, alternating colored panels, and glued them to the piece.  Then, just turn it upside down and trim off the excess.  It's super quick and easy.

That's it for today's project.  For some more inspiration, stop in for a visit at the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Here' the long list of Copics I used:  E59, E57, E55, E53, E51, E50, E39, E37, E33, T7, T5, T3, T1, C7, C5, C3, C1, R89, R39, R29, R27, R24

Stamps:  Play Ball (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Cryogen White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black and Smokey Gray (Versafine), White (GK)
Accessories:  Copics, Star die (Spellbinders), Burlap Ribbon, Dimensional Tape, Mini-Staples (Tim Holtz) 
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