Saturday, July 25, 2015

Power Poppy Christmas in July Sale
It's Christmas in July over at Power Poppy and Marcy is offering 20% off all Christmas stamp sets for 24 hours today.  And that's not all.  Marcy is offering this gorgeous digital Hollyberries image for half off.  That's only $3 for a beautiful holly berry branch and 2 sentiments.  What a deal!!

For my card today, I printed 3 of the Hollyberries branches, colored them with Copics, and fussy cut them out.  I cut one of them into smaller pieces to fill in the corners of the card.  I also cut up the sentiment and laid it randomly over the lattice portion of the card.  The holly and berries have a touch of glitter added to them also, to give them a little pop, and I burnished the back of the images for some added texture.

That's it for me today.  If you haven't already, you'll want to check out the inspirational creations the following Bloom Brigaders have to share.  There's no shortage of inspiration with these gals, let me tell ya!!
Copics:  YG99, YG97, YG95, YG91, YG01, E49, E47, E44, R37

  Happy Stamping!!

StampsHollyberries (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Core'dinations, Bazzill, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
DiesGreek Island Collection - Background (Creative Expressions-Sue Wilson) 
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins, Glitter, Library Clip (SU!), Dimensional Tape 

Monday, July 13, 2015

A Masculine Happy Birthday

Hello friends!  I needed a masculine birthday card, so I thought it would be fun to haul out some of Waltzingmouse's Woodgrain images.  I find that I always have feminine cards on hand, but never masculine.  They are definitely harder to make if you like to embellish, that's for sure.

I stamped the background panel with the Woodgrain background, then embossed it with a woodgrained embossing folder to give it some texture.  I then layered a couple of woodgrain banners over it after diecutting a frame using the new Stitched Rectangle die (Waltzingmouse).  

I then took the Zig Zag Backgrounder image, stamped it with Night Sky (VersaMagic) onto Kraft Cardstock, and diecut it using a Star die (Spellbinders).  Lastly I added the "birthday" sentiment from Hello, Happy Thanks (Waltzingmouse) to the arrow banner and free-hand cut out "Happy" that I stamped onto vintage Cream cs (PTI).

That's about it.  Thank you so much for dropping by!
I hope you have a FANTASTIC week!!

Happy Stamping!


StampsWoodgrain, Zig Zag Backgrounder, Hello, Happy Thanks (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper:  Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Red Brick, Night Sky, Wheat and Jumbo Java (VersaMagic), Toffee Crunch (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
DiesStitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse), Star (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Woodgrain Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Burlap String, Wood Dot (Teresa Collins) 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Life is the Flower ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!! There are some exciting new things happening over at Power Poppy.  Marcella's bringing back some of her gorgeous images in digital form.  Each one has a little tweak here and there to make it fresh and new, and now you don't have to settle for only one digital release a month.  There will be 3.  Yep...every 5th, 15th and 25th, there will be some beautiful digital images released along with some coordinating sentiments.

Today, we're featuring a beautifully, charming floral bouquet called Asters Abuzz!!  I used photoshop to create the image twice and combine them for a vertical image and colored them with Copics.  I also split the sentiment so I could add it to the top and bottom of my image panel.  The base is embossed with an embossing folder and I got a little sequin happy.  

Now, a few of the Bloom Brigade, along with a very special Instant Gardener, have some fabulous projects to share with y'all.

Copics:  Asters: B29, B26, B24, YR27, Y18, Y06 Clover: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV21 Flowering Thyme: V17, V15, V12 Leaves:  G28, YG45, YG41, YG17, YG25, YG13 Background: C4, C3, C2

That's it for my project today.
Have a great week!

   Happy Stamping!


StampsAsters Abuzz (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Xpress-It Blending, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies: Fans of Fantasia Background Savvy Collection (Couture Creations)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations) 

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Old Bean

Hello friends!  Happy 4th of July!!  I hope you all have a safe holiday today.  I'm so grateful for all the freedoms I get to appreciate here in America, and for the soldiers who fight to keep it that way. 

I don't have a patriotic card to share today, and am sorry.  I needed a masculine card.  I love the sentiment "Happy Birthday Old Bean" from the new Waltzingmouse set Coffee Time.  And it has the cutest little bean grinder and beans.  So I inked up the grinder with Celestial Copper Delicata ink (Tsukineko), and embossed it with Aged Copper Embossing Enamel (Stampendous) and Copper ep (Ranger).  The Embossing Enamel is very thick and doesn't work well with detailed images but I wanted the patina it left, so after tapping off the excess, I poured some Copper detailed embossing powder over it and it filled in all the empty spaces.  WMS has a Coffee Time diecut set too which was great for diecutting the little grinder.  It lines up so beautifully!  

The sentiment was also embossed with the Copper ep.  I then stamped two sizes of the beans and cut them out.  They were Rock-n-Rolled with Jumbo Java (VersaMagic) and Espresso Truffle (Memento).

That sums up my card for today.  But I want to take a moment to let you know that Waltzingmouse Stamps is having a HUGE SALE (50% to 75% off) and is retiring quite a few sets.  It'd be a great idea to check it out HERE.

  Happy Stamping!

StampsCoffee Time (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Antique Bazaar (Kaisercraft), Vintage Cream (PTI), Gold (Paper Source)
Ink:  Celestial Copper (Delicata), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Jumbo Java (VersaMagic), Espresso Truffle (Memento)
DiesCoffee Time die (Waltzingmouse), Cogs and Standard Circles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Aged Copper Embossing Powder (Stampendous) and Copper Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger) 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

No act of kindness is ever wasted

Hello my creative friends.  I'm posting more than usual and am having too much fun.  I have another Quietfire card to share with you today using the sentiment No Act of Kindness...  I decided to go vintage again and used a few "new dies to me".  The background was diecut and popped up with dimensional tape, as well as the sentiment panel and Vintage Parasol.  The sentiment was stamped onto Kraft cardstock with Whisper White (SU!) pigment ink and embossed with White ep.  I also added some Whisper White to the border.  Lastly, I added a vintage rhinestone button, some seam binding ribbon, pearls and rhinestones.  Oh, and I sanded the background with a sanding block, after diecutting and embossing, for some more texture.

That's it y'all!  Thanks for dropping by!

   Happy Stamping!

Stamps No Act of Kindness (Quietfire)
Paper:  Stampington, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Whisper White (SU!), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Greek Island Collection - Background (Creative Expressions-Sue Wilson), Labels 38 (Spellbinders), Primitive Hearts #3 (Sizzix), Vintage Parasol (Marianne Designs)
Accessories:  Library Clip (SU!), Seam Binding Ribbon (PrairieBirdBoutique-etsy), Pearls (Kaisercraft), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Sanding Block, Dimensional Tape, White Embossing Powder, Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Tim Holtz)

Monday, June 29, 2015

The smallest things...

Hello friends!  I had some fun stepping out of my box a bit for today's card.  I really appreciate the beauty of Calligraphy.  And, when you combine it with a quote that is really touching, as this one is by Quietfire Designs, I believe it's a perfect match. 

I'm not one who gravitates towards an expensive gift or accessories with name brands.  Shoot, the only name brands I know are what I glean from television shows.  So, when I saw this quote, it "spoke" to me.

I'm more about "time".  Time spent with a friend or loved one.  Time spent with God.  Time spent with a good book, or even time spent in nature.  Living in a fast paced environment (California is well known for that. ;), I've learned "over time", that time is one of the most precious gifts.  What I wouldn't give for more time with my mom, who passed away over 20 years ago.  I also treasure my time with my kids (who both live about 2000 miles away).

So, when I saw this beautifully written quote by Suzanne,  (Sometimes, said Pooh) I just had to have it.  Because I so treasure the little things; a phone call from my kids, feeding my calf, playing with our dog, working with our horses, talking with my husband after a long day, spending time with friends.  Oh, and of course I have to mention the precious time I get to create with paper, ink and stamps.

Well, it's time get to how I made my card.  I am a huge admirer of designers who work with stencils and mixed media tools, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I've used stencils, pastes, gelatos, etc., but I'm not very comfortable with it, and it's a struggle to make something I'm happy with.  But I thought it would be fun to put this sentiment with a stenciled heart.  So, I used the Hearts Primitive die by Sizzix to make a stencil for my heart, and sponged some Pink Petunia (VersaMagic) ink into the negative heart space.  I then took the diecut heart, laid it over the inked up heart and proceeded to add some stencil patterns with a variety of inks.  Lastly, I wanted my heart to look like it's glowing a bit, so I brushed some Whisper White (SU!) pigmented ink away from the heart and added the perfect Quietfire Sentiment "Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts." A.A. Milne

Oh, and I added a keyhole at the top just because I thought it fit and looked right.  :)

That about sums it all up.
Thanks so much for dropping by.
I will have another Quietfire creation to share with you tomorrow, so I hope you'll stop in.

    Happy Stamping!


StampsSometimes, Said Pooh (Quietfire)
Paper:  Kraft and Black (PTI)
Ink:  Pink Petunia, Wheat (VersaMagic), Whisper White (SU!), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Accessories:  Hearts Primitive die (Sizzix), Treads and Bubbles Stencils (Tim Holtz), Postage Stencil (Fab Stencils), Keyhole (Tim Holtz), Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Penciled Poppies ~ Power Poppy

Hello everyone!!  Are you enjoying the summer?  It's crazy hot here this week (106 degrees today), but at least it's dry.  If you're in the shade it's comfortable.  No humidity.  But boy, what I wouldn't do for a low 80's upper 70's kind of day.
Enough about the weather, I'm sure you're here for some Power Poppy inspiration since it's Friday.  Well, Christine challenged us earlier this month (Power & Spark Challenge) to use pencils.  So, being inspired by the ever creative and talented Dina Kowal (and enabled I might add), I used Luminance Lightfast pencils on some Canson Pastel paper.  I stamped the Poppies image with Onyx Black Versafine and embossed it with Black embossing powder. Then I just colored it with the pencils and diecut it with a Classic Oval die (Spellbinders).  I inked the edges with Whisper White pigment ink (SU!), and using the Classic Oval die as a guide, I added some faux stitching with a 0.1 Copic Multiliner.  Sewing around an oval is challenging, and I wasn't in the mood to go slow.    I also diecut the frame and sanded the edges for some distressing, and added some metal dots along with Crystals (Prima), and a seam binding bow.

That sums up my project for today.  Be sure to drop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more inspiration:
Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you have a fantastic weekend!!

   Happy Stamping!

Stamps Poppies (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Home Sweet Home Patterns and Solids (Graphic 45), Black (PTI), Pastel (Canson)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Whisper White (SU!)
Dies:  Classic and Elegant Ovals (Spellbinders), Madison Square New York Collection (Sue Wilson ~ Creative Expressions),
Accessories:  Luminance Permanent Pencils, Seam Binding Ribbon, Say it with Crystals (Prima), Metal Dots (Walmart) 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Send a Smile ~ Quietfire Guest Designer

I have the honor of being a guest designer over at Quietfire Designs today.  I'd love it if you dropped by there for a visit.


Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Catch up over coffee...


Hello creative friends!  I have a Waltzingmouse Stamps card to share with you today.  Claire recently released a few new stamp sets, along with coordinating and accessory dies that are just beyond fabulous!    I actually used a few for today's card.  First of all, I started by stamping two of the sweet little mugs from the new Coffee Set, and diecutting them using WMS's new Coffee Set Dies.  The tag was diecut using the largest tag from the Stitched Tag Die set.  

The borders edging the striped paper were made using one of the dies from the new Brogues Die set.  Doesn't the bottom look like a sweet little strip of lace?  For the top, I just carefully cut right under the stitching portion eliminating the bottom, holey part.

Lastly, I added some sequins , ribbon, and a fun little glittered heart.

That about sums it all up.  Thank you for dropping by.  Be sure to check out all the new goodies at Waltzingmouse Stamps.  Claire has a beautiful new website that's fun to look around. 

  Happy Stamping!

Stamps Coffee Set (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  I Am (Simple Stories), Enchanted Garden (BoBunny),  Retro Gold Glossy (Paper Temptress). White (PTI)
Ink:  Teal Zeal and Morocco (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
DiesStitched Tag, Coffee Set, Brogues (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Glitter Heart (Studio Calico), Peach String (Olive Manna), 1" Corner Rounder (EK Success), Burlap Ribbon, Dimensional Tape

Friday, June 19, 2015

Garden Fireworks ~ Power Poppy
Hello crafty friends!!  I have a Power Poppy card to share with you today using the newest released digital image called Garden Fireworks.  Did you get an opportunity to see what the Instant Gardeners shared on the 15th?  Oh my goodness...what creative beauty.  And Marcy always paints such a beautiful picture with her words.  She guides you right through her creative process.  It's always a treat to read about how her images came to life.  

Now, for my card, I think I must have channeled Cheryl's card because after I finished coloring mine, I felt like I had seen it before.  So I looked at all the Instant Gardeners again, and low and behold, I used a very similar color palette as Cheryl did.  I had fallen in love with her card the instant I had seen it earlier this week, and it must have stuck in my brain.  Thanks for the inspiration Cheryl. :)

Now, about my card. 

I started by using my magic eraser in Photoshop and left only the flowers along the left side of the image.  I tried to incorporate the sentiment with them, but was struggling with adding it and not having it blur.  I am very tech challenged.  So, I just resized the sentiment and added it as a tag.  I also added some white dots to the Allium centers with a White Sharpie pen.

If you haven't already, check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have to share today:

Copics:  Poppies: R29, R27, R24, R22 Allium: BG49, BG15, BG13, BG11 Catnip:  V17, V15, V01 Leaves: YG09, YG06, YG01, G00 Pointillism: E55, E43, E41, E40

Thanks for dropping by!  
   Happy Stamping!

StampsGarden Fireworks-digital (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Penny Emporium (BoBunny)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  A2 Divine Eloquence, Labels 28, and Square Petal Top Box tag (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Burlap String, Button (PTI), White Sharpie Paint Pen, Sewing Machine

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Waltzingmouse Stamps Pajama Party ~ June

Hello creative friends!! Waltzingmouse Stamps is hosting it's monthly Pajama Party today and I have two cards to share with you for two of the challenges. Click HERE for all the details. made my first card for the Bedtime Story Sketch.  I stamped the Bitty Banners (Waltzingmouse), with VersaMagic pigment inks, onto white cardstock, cut them out free-hand, and added some enamel dots. 

The Congratulations sentiment and frame are from the Fancy Phrases (Waltzingmouse) set.  The Turquoise background was made by just running a strip of white cardstock of the Turquoise Gem (VersaMagic) ink pad.

I made my second card for the Old Pajamas challenge to use the USA 1776 (Waltzingmouse) set.  I created the background using the "kite" stars and stripes images, and made my collage using a variety of images from the set.  The combinations in this set are endless and fun.  7 images were used in the making of this card.

That's it for me today.  I hope you get a chance to participate.  There will be a random draw for credit at the Waltzingmouse store!!  So head on over to Claire's Blog to join in.

Check this out:  Have you seen WMS's new digs, stamp sets and dies?  There are a lot of exciting changes going on.  You might want to drop by so you don't miss out on anything.  Click HERE.

Thanks for dropping by!
   Happy Stamping!

Banner Congrats
StampsBitty Banners and Fancy Phrases (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Turquoise Gem, Pink Grapefruit, Persimmon, Tea Leaves (VersaMagic), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Grate Effect (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins), Wooden Flower (Prima), Burlap String (May Arts), Dimensional Tape

4th of July
StampsUSA 1776 (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Nautical Blue, Love Letter (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  1" and 1 1/8" Circle Punches (SU!), Red Burlap String, Rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Power Poppy June Release Hop

I can't believe it's finally here!!  Power Poppy is now "in the house" people!!  All the gorgeous Power Poppy sets, that we've been previewing the past few days, are now available for purchase.

I saved my favorite for last.  I LOVE poppies, and being from California, each Spring we are treated to quite a show of the California Poppies mixed in with Mustard, or Fiddleneck (both weeds from what I've learned, but they're pretty when all bunched on a hillside.  And also you'll see an abundance of Purple Lupine.  I never get tired of it. (If you Google California Poppy Fields, you'll see what I mean.  There's nothing like it.)

And in the summer, the ornamental Poppies can be seen in many a landscape.  We are definitely spoiled here.

I colored my Poppies using the pink family today.  That is so out of my box.  I rarely use pink.  The closest I usually get is Salmon or maybe a soft pink.  But a bold hot pink?  NEVAH!!  Until today that is.  I even wore a hot pink top to church today.  I'm almost scaring myself.  :)  Anyway, I used the new Poppies set, colored it with Copics, fussy-cut it all out and laid it around an Ornate Oval Frame (Xcut).  I used some Shabby White Embossing Enamel to coat the frame (it's white with gold sparkles...hard to see in photos, but brilliant irl), and added a few Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh).  For the base, I used some Prima Decorative Paper and laid it over some torn Corrugated Cardboard that I added a bit of Gesso too.  Lastly, I attached it to a canvas background in a shadowbox frame that I painted with Chalk Paint and Distressed.

Below, you can see it outside of the frame.  The details are a bit more visible.  

I made this for my Cousin (who is more like a sister).  Her youngest is getting married this coming weekend on the other side of the US, and I'm unable to attend because my In-laws are celebrating their 60th Wedding Anniversary this week also.  60 years...I can hardly imagine.   I wanted her to know how precious she is to me, even though I won't be there.  So a lot of "heart" went into this project.  :)

If you haven't already, check out the projects the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have to share.

Copics:  RV29, RV25, RV23, RV10, G28, G24, G20, YG21, YG95, W7, W5, W3

Well, that's it for me.  I hope you've enjoyed all the peeks I've shared the last few days.  Some very CAS, and others full of detail.  Thank you so much for visiting, and for your kind comments.  Both are very much appreciated.

    Happy Stamping my friends!!


StampsPoppies (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Nature Garden (Prima), Corrugated cardboard (Canvas Corp)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Pumice Stone and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  A5 Ornate Frame Oval (Docrafts Xcut)
Accessories:  Copics, Shabby White Embossing Enamel (Stampendous), Gesso, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Butterfly (littlescrapshop.etsy), Shadowbox Frame (Michaels), Chalk Paint (Annie Sloan)

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