Friday, May 20, 2016

Peony Love Graduation ~ Power Poppy

Hello and Happy Friday!!  Being that it is Friday, I have a Power Poppy card to share with you using one of the newer digital images called Peony Love.  Now, I kind of broke the rules a bit I think because I don't know of any Peonies that are colored in the brown family, so I should probably explain...Last weekend I had the honor and privilege of taking two Copic certification classes, along with a Flowers class, taught by the super talented and equally as sweet Lori Craig.  In one of the flower samples in our catalog, she colored a Zinnia with these similar colors and I fell in love at first sight.  Now the Zinnia image was larger with a lot more open space, so the look was quite different, but I am happy with the colors on these Peonies as well.

I combined the Peony Love image with a sentiment from the newest digital release set called Seeds of Today since I wanted to make this a graduation card for my niece who recently graduated from college.

The rest is pretty self explanatory.  Except, I must apologize for the bright pink back of the card.  I ink distressed the front pink panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink to vintage it up a bit, and the back didn't look as bright until I began editing.  It has since been distressed too.  ;)

Now, for some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
CopicsFlowers ~ E21, E25, E33, E49, R81, R85, R83 Leaves ~ YG67, YG63, YG61, E31
If you haven't already, we'd love to see what you do with this month's Power and Spark challenge.  all you have to do is create a project using one of your favorite Power Poppy flower images.  How hard is that?  Well...unless you're like me, and can not choose one favorite.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a most glorious weekend!!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsPeony Love and Seeds of Today (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Kraft (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Printer, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger)
Dies:  Labels 47 Decorative Elements (Spellbinders), Stitched Circles (The Ton), Circles (Little B)
Accessories:  Copics, Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Watercolored Magnolias ~ Power Poppy
Hello my creative friends!!  I've been absent for awhile, but am excited to share my latest Power Poppy card with you!  This month, Katie has challenged us to pick our favorite Power Poppy flower for the Power and Spark Challenge.  Well, that is next to impossible with all the great images Marcy has designed.  Seriously!!  So, I decided to color the Magnolia branch from the Planning for Magnolias set.  I love this image, and thought it would be fun to watercolor it after being embossed with white ep on watercolor paper.  I love how it turned out. I used Gansai Tambi Watercolors by Kurtake.  I'll list the numbers I used below.

The sentiment is from the Clear set called Olive and Oak Expanded Stamp Set.

Here's a close up so you can see the pearl effect.  The Tambi's have metallics included and they really add a fun punch to the image.

Watercolor numbersMagnolias ~ 31, 32, 95 Stems ~ 47, 46, 95 Leaves ~ 51, 95 Background ~ 40, 33

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to check out the following Bloom Brigade blogs for some more incredible inspiration!
Thank you so much for visiting today!  I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend!
   Happy Stamping!

Paper:  Watercolor, Tangerine ~ Hopscotch (Fancy Pants), White and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU!), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Regal Allure (Spellbinders) Primitive Hearts #3 (Sizzix)
Accessories:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors (Kuretake), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Seam Binding, Button (PTI), Rhinestone, Sewing Machine, felt

Monday, April 25, 2016

Created to Create and Juicy Strawberries ~ Power Poppy
Hello friends!!  Today is a big day!!  Power Poppy is releasing 2 new digital sets!!  That's right...2!!!  And they are both, as usual, incredible.  For my first project, I used the new Created to Create set for my base.  Marcy has designed this beautiful collage with a blank page, and with a beautifully written sentiment.  I chose to use the blank page and add a digital sentiment from the set Gerbera Daisies.  I wanted to make my page appear as a mixed-media journal page.  To do that, I took two Copic markers and blended them:  B000 and YG01.  I then stamped two "grunge" type images from the Clear Stamps set Move the Soul, using Whisper White (SU!) and Turquoise Gem (VersaMagic).  The page, paint tube and paint brush are popped up with dimensional tape, and the entire image was burnished to give it more depth and texture.  Lastly I added a library clip to the corner, and a few Enamel Dots (Prima and MME).

Below is a profile so you can see the dimension better.
Marcy is also releasing a beautiful strawberry image called Juicy Strawberries.  I just love the sentiments she included with this digital set, and thought I should include both.  So, I added the "Sweet Friend" one to the outside, and included the "squooshy hug" one on the inside.  Everything is colored with Copics, and I used a Kirarina Wink Gold pen for the Strawberry seeds.

I thought Spellbinders' Decorative Curved Square die would be a beautiful frame for the this image.  And framed the inside sentiment using Spellbinders' Curved Squares.

That's it for today's projects.  Be sure and head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for a list of all the Bloom Brigaders and Instant Gardeners with inspiration today.

Created to Create:  Page ~ B000, YG01 Palette ~ B04, B01, B00, B000, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG0000, N4 , N2, N1, N0  Daffodils ~ Y08, Y04, Y00 Stems ~ YG05, YG03, YG01, YG0000 Paint Tube ~ BG49, BG57, BG34, N4, N2, N1, N0, Brush ~ E29, E27, E25, E21, N2, N0, B00

Juicy Strawberries:  Strawberries ~ R59, R29, R27, R22, R20, YG01, G12 Leaves ~ G29, G17, G14, YG01, G12, Blossoms, Y17, Y13 Background ~ B00, B000, B0000

Thank you so much for stopping by!
  Happy Stamping!
Created to Create
Paper:  X-Press It, Bazzill, PTI
Ink:  Printer, Whisper White (SU!), Turquoise Gem (VersaMagic)
Dies:  Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite)
Accessories:  Copics, Library Clip (SU!), Enamel Dots (Prima and MME), String

Juicy Strawberries
StampsJuicy Strawberries (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer, Tumbled Glass (Ranger Distress Ink)
Dies:  Decorative Curved Squares, Curved Squares, Back to Basics Tags (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Black Burlap String, Gold Heart (Studio Calico) 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Flowers, Always with Power Poppy

Hello Friends!!  Once again Friday has zoomed in upon us.  I'm not complaining though.  I love weekends, and I get to share another Power Poppy creation with you.  Today I used a digital image, Flowers, Always, along with a sentiment from the clear set Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.  It was easy to curve to fit in the banner I wanted to use.
Have you had an opportunity to try this month's Power and Spark Challenge?  If not, you still have time, and Christine has given us an awesome creative one to conquer!  We are to use only 3 colors.  I chose Turquoise, Lime Green, and White.  Now, I realize I didn't use a white Copic, but I did use a Quickie Glue Pen to fill in the white spaces on my image and added glitter.  I'm so hoping that counts!  I also added a couple of enamel hearts and diecut a variety of shapes to finish it off.

Copics:  BG02, YG25

That's sums up my creation.  Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy Blog, if you haven't already, because Marcella has yet another FABULOUS digi that you're going to have to have!!  Just sayin'...

Thanks for dropping by!!

  Happy Stamping!!

Paper:  X-Press It, Bazzill
Ink:  Printer, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Elegant Ovals, Labels 11 and Ribbon Banners (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Oval (Die-namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Embossing Folder (We R Memory Keepers), Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Enamel Hearts (Chickaniddy) 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Power Poppy's Birthday Layer Cake

Hello Friends!!  I'm excited to share another Power Poppy card with you today!  Have you seen the newest digi called Layer Cake?  It's absolutely darling!!!   I love all the layers with the sweet banner that you can customize with whatever you want it to say because it's digital.  I added one of the sentiments to the bottom using Photoshop too.  I'm really starting to get the hang of this digital stuff.  *grin*

I colored the cake with Copics, and wanted to add some sparkle and dimension to the candy dots, so I used an Ice White Pearl Pen (Viva Decor) and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU!) over it before it dried.  I also added some Glossy Accents to the glass plate and ink distressed the border with some Antique Linen Distress Ink.  To vintage it up, I distressed all the edges and added some elegant stick Pens along with some pearls and felt hearts.

That about sums up my card for today.  For some more Power Poppy inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
CopicsCake ~ R85, R83, R81, BV20 Banner ~ R00, R000 Cake Plate ~ C2, C0

Thanks for dropping by!  Have a fantastic weekend!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsLayer Cake (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, sofiero Royal summer recidence (Maja Designs)
Ink:  Printer, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Timeless Rectangle (Spellbinders), Primitive Hearts #3 (Sizzix)
Accessories:  Copics, Felt, Seam Binding, Stick Pins (Littlescrapshop.etsy, Teresa Collins), Pearls, Pearl Pen (Viva Decor), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Happy Birthday Power Poppy!!
Hello Power Poppy peeps!!  Not only is it Friday, but it's the beginning of April already!!  That is just crazy!!  And, there is A LOT going on with Power Poppy today!!  First of's Power Poppy's 2nd birthday, 

In Marcy's own words:  Power Poppy is turning 2. WOOHOO! We want to THANK YOU, our sweet and encouraging peeps around the world, for helping us spread the botanical abundance and zest for life. Your creativity, love, and generosity of spirit is SO STRONG! We are thrilled to kick off another year of flowering and empowering together.

From Friday through Monday, we're offering 20% OFF all Stamps, Digital and Clear. Use discount code: MARCELLA at checkout to receive the special savings. PLUS, for four days only we have a special birthday digi for only TWO BUCKS! Visit Power Poppy to learn more. 

And now for my card ...Today's card was designed using a CardMaps sketch.  Power Poppy is being featured in this month's PageMaps sketches.  I was given the sketch you see on the right.
I combined two Power Poppy digital sets:  Gerbera Daisies, Spring Meadow Bouquet (Bumblebee), and a clear set for the sentiment: Simply Camelias

I printed, colored (with Copics), scored, burninshed, and even separated each petal to make the Gerbera more "fluffly".  There are 3 layers.  I also curled the leaves a bit with my stylus.

I added an extra vellum layer to the bumblebee wings to give them a lighter feel.

Copics: R59, R56, R81, N8, N6, N4, N2, Y38, Y35, Y32, .01 Multiliner

That sums up my project for today, but there's more I need to share. it's the beginning of the month, there is a new Power and Spark challenge hosted by Christine.  And it's a super clever and creative one.  I will have project to share next Friday that fits the criteria.  

You have 3 options to "Pick 3"

1.  Pick three markers from the same color family to create a monotone design
2.  Pick three markers from complementary color families  - easier to blend etc
3.  For the courageous or expert....pick three random markers and color away.  

If you haven't sure to check out the following Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardner blogs.  There's a ton of inspiration to be had!!!
Whew...I think I got everything!!  I hope you're excited by all the new fun stuff going on at Power Poppy as I am!!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

   Happy Stamping!


Paper:  X-Press It, Vellum, Entnahme set (Prima), Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Printer and Hickory Smoke (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Postage Stamps (Spellbinders), Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite), Ribbons (La~La Land Crafts)
Accessories:  Copics, Dimensional Tape

Friday, March 25, 2016

Tulips In Hobnail Pitcher ~ Power Poppy
It's Friday!!  Woo-Hoo!!  I am so looking forward to this weekend!!  And......I am so excited to share the card I made using Power Poppy's newest digital image called Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher.  Isn't it gorgeous?  The tulips are so beautifully detailed (typical Marcy style... ;), and that pitcher!!  I tell ya, the minute I had access to this beautiful image, I got right to coloring it.

Can I make a confession? goes....Before designing for Power Poppy, I was totally intimidated by digital images!!  Overwhelmed even.  But now... I LOVE them.  I can make them absolutely ANY...SIZE...I...WANT!!!  How cool is that.  This time around, I knew I wanted to frame them with a circle, so I chose my dies first and printed the image out in the size that fit perfectly inside my circles!!  So cool!!!

I colored the tulips, with Copics, in a variety of colors, because lets face it...more color = greater Spring feeling!!  Am I right?

Copics ~ TulipsPink ~ RV17, RV14, RV13, RV10 Orange ~ YR09, YR04, YR01 Peach ~ YR02, YR01, YR000 Yellow ~ Y17, Y13, Y11 Vase ~ BG49, BG57, BG13, BG11 Leaves ~ YG67, YG17, YG13, YG11, FYG1 Shadow ~ N4, N3, N1, N0

That sums up my project for today.  Be sure to check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more weekend inspiration!!
And to see more of the Tulips,  check out the following Instant Gardener Blogs:

Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Debbie Olson
Barb Walker

But wait...Speaking of Spring, we took our Rhino (off-road vehicle) up to the foothills yesterday to check on our heifers (which are brought up there to graze for the winter). 

Below is what we see when we first drive up.  After years of drought, it's nice to see all the green!

I just love this rustic barn with the lush green hills in the background.  This is where we unloaded our vehicle.

Just one of the many incredible views!!  I love the lonely barn in the middle of the valley!

Okay...I don't know why, but I just LOVE thistles.  My husband thinks I'm a bit "off-my-rocker" because they are a horrible weed.  But their color is so brilliant, and I love all the spikes around the bloom and their leaves are super cool!

Yellow flowers can be seen growing in the crevices of the rocks scattered throughout the hills.  I have no idea what they are, but I love them!!

The gang after our trip...minus me of course.  Someone has to be "behind" the camera.  It was a nice day trip with my husband's brother, his wife and three of their 4 boys.

I hope you enjoy a fantastic weekend.  

    Happy Stamping!


StampsTulips in Hobnail Pitcher (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, I Am (Simple Stories), Black and White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Picot Edge Circles (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Circles (Die-namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Ribbon Black-Stampin' Up!, White-Offray, Say it in Crystals (Prima) 

Friday, March 18, 2016



Hello my friends!  It's Friday, and I usually have a Power Poppy card to share with you, but I wanted to share something different today.  I'm not normally a "put-it-all-out-there" kind of person.  I don't know why.  I just tend to be more private.  Plus my blog is titled "STAMP TALK with Tosh".  So I have pretty much kept my posts all about my projects.  Well, today's project has a story behind it, and I just felt inspired to share.  I hope you don't mind.

I am an introvert/extrovert and don't do well with change, so when my husband and I changed churches a couple of years ago, stepping out and getting involved was quite the challenge.  I was very involved in the church we'd been members for since we got married;  I'd even say to the point of being too involved.  But after we left that church due to situations that we felt we couldn't support, it was hard to step out again.

But, God being God...he pushed me out of my comfortable little box and I felt nudged encouraged to join a women's Bible Study that met Wed. mornings at our church.  And what a blessing that has been.  Many women from that Bible Study are blessed with gifts of encouragement, and for the past two years they have been sharing that with me, allowing me to gradually get involved and blessing me greatly in the process.  I thought it was time to let them know what a blessing they have been to me, so I decided to invite them to my home for coffee/tea.

Now, being a paper crafter, of course I had to make some invitations.  Which brings me to another issue.  A sad one.  I have been on the Waltzingmouse Stamps Design Team since April of 2011, and it's been an absolute delight.  Claire (the owner and designer) is a gem!  She has a heart of gold and a style of design like no one else.  Unfortunately, she is closing Waltzingmouse Stamps.  My heart is beyond sad.  I adore her vintage style and her eye for detail!  She and her designs will be greatly missed in this stamping community!!

She has designed the most beautiful coffee/tea sets, and I wanted to use one of them for my coffee/tea invitations.  So I combined a couple of them:  Afternoon Tea (out of stock) and Coffee Set Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the invitations which included images from the Coffee Set (Which still happens to be in stock).

Here are a few of the invitations.  They all have the same layout, just different decorative papers.

Here's a close up of one of the invites so you can see the details.

You might be wondering where my title from this post came from.  Well, the whole point of the invitations, was to thank these wonderful Godly women for blessing me so abundantly.  And also, I wanted to thank Claire for allowing me to be on her Design Team for almost 5 years.  That too has been such a blessing!!

I also wanted to give a shout out to the companies I used for my little get-together.  I can't arrange flowers, and baking...well, this was too important to me to risk messing it up.  So I hired a local baking artist (she really is quite the artist) who bakes the most delicious and beautiful cookies around, to make cookies in the shapes of birds, bird cages, and nests!!  And they are beautiful and delicious! She only advertises via Instagram, and believe me, this girl is in high demand.  You can find her on instagram here: thebakersboxcafe

For my flowers, I called my favorite local florist:  Shelley DeJonge~ owner of Sweet Memories in Visalia, CA.

I told her I would like a vintage style arrangement, and this is what she came up with!!  It couldn't have been any more perfect!  You can find her on Facebook here too:  Sweet Memories

These were not the only flowers I received either.  One of the dear ladies made a beautiful and charming arrangement of flowers she picked from her garden.  And Gerberas happen to be one of my all-time favorites!

And another brought me this summery fresh smelling candle!
How totally sweet!!

And, not only was I blessed with the delightful company of my dear Bible Study friends, I was even blessed with a first time phone call from a dear stamping friend that I've never had the pleasure of meeting irl, but have shared emails for the past couple of years, as well as being a fellow Design Team member for Power Poppy:  Katie Sims...and let me tell you...she is one of my stamping idols, and has one of the sweetest "Georgia Peach" accents you have ever heard!!  What a delight!!!  

And to end the day, I got to talk with my dear daughter who lives 2000 miles away.  So, as you can see, I had a full day of Blessings!!  GOD IS GOOD!!  To Him be the glory!!

If you've made it this far into my post, thanks for sticking with me and allowing me to share a treasured day with you!  I had a glorious time planning my little Coffee/Tea party, and getting to know the ladies from my group even better.  And I'm going to miss designing for Waltzingmouse Stamps, but I wish Claire and her family all the best for their future!!

I also wish you a wonderful weekend filled with blessings of your own!!

Happy Stamping my dear, dear friends!!

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