Thursday, March 26, 2015

Power Poppy turns 1!!

It's Power Poppy's first birthday, and I couldn't be more excited to celebrate. I've had the honor of designing for a few different stamp companies over the years, and I have to say, Power Poppy is one of my favorites. 

First of all, Marcella is a delightful person full of life, joy, warmth and encouragement, and she has a passion for uplifting others through creativity, nature, and her gift of writing. Now who wouldn't want to surround themselves with people like that. And this entire team is a good representation of everything she embodies. 

Secondly, her designs exude the afore mentioned characteristics, along with being unique and filled with details that are a delight to discover, color and incorporate into projects. Like many of her fans, I eagerly anticipate her newest creations each month. 

Now, there is another super talented angel who keeps the Bloom Brigade informed, organized and pumped up for each new release too. That is the one and only Julie Koerber. She is another gem amongst this treasure chest of jewels. I truly believe she is one of the reasons our team works so well together. Not only am I blessed to be able to design along side this phenomenally creative team, I am honored to be able to call them friends. 

Congrats Marcy on your First Birthday! It's been a fantastic first year, and I wish you many more with an abundance of success and joy-filled adventures!! a short blurb about my card.  I used the sweet little Potted Primrose from the appropriately named set Potted Primrose, along with one of it's sweet little sentiments.  I colored it with copics and popped it up in a diecut window frame from Cottage Cutz.  

Here is a list of the Copics I used:  FV2, BV11, Y02, YG17, YG13, YG11, E15, E13, E09

Now, would you like a chance to win a wonderful prize celebrating Power Poppy's first birthday?  Of course you would!!  So, head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details!!

In case you haven't seen the rest of the Bloom Brigade's birthday projects, here are their links.
Thanks for dropping by today friends!!  

We're gearing up for another incredible release, and like always, you will not want to miss this one.  Previews start Sun. the 29th of March and will continue through April 1st when the new sets will be available for purchase!

    Happy Stamping!!

StampsPotted Primrose (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Seashore (Prima), White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Dies:  Springtime Window (Cottage Cutz), Back to Basics Tags (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Silk Ribbon (The Simply Ribbon Store), Rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty), Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dancing with Daffodils ~ Power Poppy
Hello friends!  The Bloom Brigade is sharing projects made with the newly released digital image called Dancing with Daffodils, and I took a little different path this week.  I printed the daffodil image onto Canon Pastel paper and colored it with Faber-Castel Polychromos pencils.  That's it.  It's super easy and fun to try something a little different.

Now, just in case you haven't seen the rest of the Bloom Brigade's inspiration, here are the links to their blogs.  I promise you, you won't want to miss a stop.  These gals know how to enable.  *wink*

For even more inspiration, be sure to stop by the Instant Gardners Blogs.  They debuted this new digi image on the 15th, and these gals can color like no other, let me tell ya!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend, and...

   Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  Dancing with Daffodils (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Pastel (Canon), Vintage Cream and Black (PTI)
Ink:  None (Printer)
Accessories:  Polychromos Pencils (Faber-Castel), Basket Weave embossing folder (Spellbinders), Metal Clip (Tim Holtz)
Burlap String 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Inspire me Monday ~ Power Poppy

Have you ever used the Burnishing technique to add dimension to a project?  Well, I hope to inspire you to try it by sharing a Burnishing Tutorial that I put together, over at the Power Poppy Blog.  I hope you will take a moment to check it out.

    Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Go for the Gold! ~ Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge

I have the distinct honor of hosting the Power and Spark Challenge over at Power Poppy today, and I'm going for the GOLD!!! 

My husband's birthday just happens to be March 17, which is St. Patrick's Day in the United States. So, even though he doesn't have a lick of Irish in him, I can't help thinking about Shamrocks, Leprechauns and rainbows, as is tradition here for representing that date. However, this year I'm thinking more about what's at the end of the rainbow y'all: the pot of gold...I mean...that's what we're all really after right? My husband and I have been married for 25+ years now, and I truly feel I struck gold when I married him.
So, as you may have already figured out, I want you to make a project using something gold. It could be paper, sequins, embossing, rhinestones, etc. There just has to be gold somewhere. For all the rules on how you can participate, just click HERE

Now about my card.  Don't worry, this isn't the card I'm giving my husband for his birthday...*grin*...he would not be impressed with all the gold I used.  I stamped the tulips, from the Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips set, with Golden Glitz Delicata ink onto Watercolor paper and embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I watercolored them with Tombow markers.  I edged the borders with a Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), and added a few sequins (PrettyPinkPosh), some organdy ribbon, and a sweet little coordinating button.  That's it...easy peasy.

 Since today's challenge was inspired by my husband's birthday, I thought I'd share a (not so recent) picture of us on our Dairy.  

It was taken about a year ago, by our dear friends Bubba and Pat Smethers, in the center of the milking carousel in our milk barn.  You can see a few curious cows above and behind us.  This is us most days.  My hair is quite a bit shorter than it is today, but we're not all gussied up.   If I'm not going anywhere, or expecting important company (like the Smethers') you'll find me in T-shirts with no makeup.  Poor Ed.  Good thing as we get older, our vision is the first to go.  *grin*

That sums up my project and the inspiration behind this month's challenge.  I hope I've inspired you to go for the gold too!

Here are the links to the Bloom Brigaders with inspiration to share with you today:
   Happy Stamping!

StampsDynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips (Power Poppy)
Paper:  On Trend (My Mind's Eye), White (PTI)
Ink:  Goden Glitz (Delicata)
Dies:  Labels 28 and Decorative Labels 28 (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Tombow Markers, Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), Organdy Ribbon, Button (Haberdashery) 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Waltzingmouse February Release Hop

Hello my creative friends!!  Welcome to the Waltzingmouse Blog Hop.  I back today to share my last project for this preview.  If you arrived here from Jeanne's blog you are right on track.

I love the classy elegance of this Special Lady image and thought she would look lovely on the top of a gift drawer box.  I used the tutorial HERE because all the measurements were already laid out and I didn't have to take the time to figure it out.  Papercraft Button does a great job of explaining each part to the drawer and how to make the easel.

Next up on the hop is the lovely and super creative Becca.

   Happy Stamping!

StampsSpecial Lady (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Crowded Attic (Tim Holtz), Kraft (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Perfect Plumeria (VersaMagic), Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Hitch Fasteners (Tim Holtz), Metal Brad 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Easter Wishes and Halftone Hello~ Waltzingmouse

I think I may need a "gold intervention".  Each time I'm trying to come up with an idea for a card, I find myself gravitating to the gold. This is so unlike me. I've been a "silver" girl for over a decade and used to find it super hard to work with gold. It's crazy. I promise tomorrow's project doesn't have any though. Just the two I have to share today.

Today we're featuring the Easter die along with the Halftone Backgrounds set.

For my first card, I wanted the word "Easter" to be prominent, so I diecut it out of Vintage Cream cardstock (PTI), kept the little insert pieces, and diecut it out again using Fancy That dp by My Mind's Eye and inserted it into the Vintage cream piece.  I also did the same for the background using the new Pretty Circle die.  I diecut it twice using Fancy That dp and Gold Mirrored cardstock, and just used the little gold scalloped piece to insert inside the circle.  It's popped up with dimensional tape too.  The little "wishes" sentiment is from the set Say it Loud, and was stamped onto a Waltzingmouse diecut piece using the Pretty Panel #1 die.

I wanted to give my second card a modern grunge look, so I stamped the faded circle image (from the Halftone Backgrounds set) with Golden Glitz Delicata and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I swiped the ink pad over the cardstock and over the embossed dotted background to give it a more distressed look.  Lastly, I added the "hello" diecut along with a tassel that I made out of embroidery string and a little gold Enamel Dot (MME).

That's it for me today.  Tomorrow I have one more project to share and I went back to my "vintage" style, so be sure to drop by again.

If you haven't already, stop by these gals' blogs for some more inspiration:


StampsSay it Loud! (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Fancy That! (My Mind's Eye), Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Golden Glitz (Delicata)
DiesPretty Circle, Pretty Panel #1 and Easter (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Gold dots (Pizzazz Aplenty), Dimensional Tape 

Stamps Halftone Backgrounds (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft and Black (PTI)
Ink:  Golden Glitz (Delicata)
Dies:  Hello (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Embroidery String, Enamel Dot (MME)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kaboom ~ Waltzingmouse Stamps Preview

Did you get a chance to stop by Waltzingmouse stamps and do some shopping?  Well we're here to tempt you some more with some more inspiration.  

Today we're featuring the Kaboom stamp set, and it's coordinating Kaboom die.  For my first card, I stamped the word "Kaboom" onto white cardstock and used Salty Ocean Distress ink to give it the gradiated effect.  I just started at the bottom and worked my way up.  I mounted it over the "explosion" frame (for lack of a better explanation... ;) which was embossed with Silver ep, cut out and popped up over one that I stamped with black so it gave it more of a shadow effect.

For the background on both of my cards, I masked the frame and inked Distress Inks outward for a ray effect.  I didn't ink in a circular motion.  I started with my lightest colors and then added a darker color just around the edge for depth.

I then embossed the lightening bolts with silver and the little explosions with black.  I poked a scissors from the back to make it look like an explosion came through the paper.

My second card is pretty straight forward.  I used the same technique for the background, and popped up the frame and the word "Bam".  Bam was first stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Markers.

That sums up my cards for today.  Would you like to win some Waltzingmouse Store credit?  Or the "hello" die for free?  Click HERE for all the details.

Here are the links to the rest of the Waltzingmoue blog team for some more inspiration:

   Happy Stamping!

StampsKaboom (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  White and Black (PTI)
Ink:  Salty Ocean, Pumice Stone and Black Soot (Ranger Distress), Silvery Shimmer (Delicata), Onyx Black (Versafine)
DiesKaboom (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensional Tape (Scotch)

Stamps Kaboom (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  White and Black (PTI)
Ink:  Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean (Ranger Distress), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Distress Markers (Tim Holtz)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Special Lady ~ Waltzingmouse

Are you ready for some Waltzingmouse Stamps goodness?  Well, you can get the newest release RIGHT NOW during our Stamp sets and die previews.  Claire is doing it a little different this time around.  So, for the next 4 days, we'll be featuring stamp sets along with their coordinating dies and you can purchase them at your hearts desire.  No waiting!!  How cool is that! 

Today we're featuring a stamp set called Special Lady, along with 3 individual dies: Hello, Pretty Circle and Mother.


For my first card, I used the doily image (from the Special Lady stamp set) for the background (stamped with White pigment ink), and diecut the word "Mother" with some gold mirrored cardstock.  I added a few rhinestones, along with some Diamond Stickles to the flower, and a doily in the back.  Simple, yet elegant.


For my second card, I diecut the word "hello" along with the scalloped Pretty circle gold base, and fun little trim circle.  They too are diecut from the gold mirrored cardstock.  I just used it as a frame and added some gold string and twine along with some enamel dots to finish it off. 

For my tag, I tried a new technique I found on the Tim Holtz Blog.  I stamped the Special Lady onto white cardstock with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and added Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls to the image while the ink was still wet.  I then heated it with a Heat Tool, and it gives it this awesome sheen.  I did the same with the doily image in the background only I stamped it with Silvery Shimmer Delicata and added Pewter Perfect Pearls to it.  For the tag background, I used some stencils along with a variety of Distress inks.  I also outlined the sentiment with a black Spica pen.

If you click on the images, you can see the sparkle a bit better.  It's pretty subtle and needs to be looked at, at just the right angle.
Would you like to win some Waltzingmouse Store credit?  Or the "hello" die for free?  Click HERE for all the details. 

That's it for today's projects.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the gals have to share if you haven't already.  

    Happy Stamping!

StampsSpecial Lady (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft (PTI), Mirrored Gold
Ink:  Whisper White (SU!)
DiesMother (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Silk Ribon, Flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), Diamond Stickles, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Doily

Stamps: None
Paper:  On Trend (MME), White (PTI), Mirrored Gold
Ink:  None
DiesPretty Circle, Hello (Waltzingmouse), Standard Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Enamel Dots (MME), Gold String, Twine

Special Lady Tag
StampsSpecial Lady (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  White (PTI), Tag (Tim Holtz)
Ink:  Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Antique Linen and Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Onyx Black (Versafine), Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
DiesPretty Circle (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Organza Flower (A Gilded Life), Lace Trim (A Gilded Life), Lace, yarn, string, Button (Haberdashery), Sequins, Perfect Pearls (Ranger)

Friday, February 20, 2015

French Lilacs ~ Power Poppy
Hello my creative friends!!  I am super excited to share the new French Lilac digital image by Power Poppy!!  Did you see what the Instant Gardners did with this digital image earlier this week?  If not, click HERE for the links to all their blogs.  Shoot, even if you did already, they are worth another look.  :)

I have fond memories of Lilacs.  We lived in a small town in Illinois (pop. 1200) and would walk to school each day.  On the way I would pass this HUGE Lilac bush.  It was so tempting to break off a branch and carry it the rest of the way...but I didn't want to steal.  *sigh*  But I stopped every day to take a gigantic whiff.  

For my card today, I printed the French Lilac image twice onto X-Press It Blending Cardstock and colored one of the image entirely with Copics.  I only colored a few (about 20) of the petals a second time, cut them each out and adhered them to the first image giving the image even more depth.  I also add some super tiny pink rhinestones to their centers and some Glossy Accents to the ladybug.

eta:  I forgot to mention that I edged the matting frame with a Gold Leafing Krylon Pen, and spritzed the entire image with Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts)

Here's a close-up angled photo so you can see the depth of the petals better., since it's Friday, we'd like to invite you to participate in our Power and Spark Challenge issued earlier this month by our very own super talented and sweet, Julie Koerber!  For all the details, click on the image.

Here are three sunrise photos that I used for inspiration for this card.  I was blessed to be able to spend my 25th wedding anniversary in Maui this year, and we biked down the Haleakala mountain.  Before you can bike down though, they drive you up to the top (about 10,000 feet) leaving around 2:00 am.  Once you get there, you wait for the sunrise.  It's incredibly cold, but oh, so worth it.  You are above the clouds, so you're waiting for the sun to rise above them, and it's quite a show.  My pictures do not do it justice.  The first picture is the one I used for my inspiration.

Here, the sun is just starting to rise above the clouds.

There are audible ooohs and ahhhhs as the sun finally peeks above the clouds.  It is incredible irl.  And then the steam starts moving toward you at quite a speed.  This is the second time we've done this in our lifetime, and I would do it again, and again.  There's nothing like it.

Now, if you haven't already, you will want to check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to share.  Here are the links to their blogs:

Copics: Blooms:  BV13, BV00, RV11 Leaves: YG95, YG93, YG03, YG21 Stem: E27, E15 Ladybug:  R39, R29, R02 Background: Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21

That's it for me everyone!  I hope you've been inspired to join us in our Power and Spark Challenge

  Happy Stamping!

StampsFrench Lilac (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI), Vintage Spring Basics (Maja Design)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Petite and Elegant Ovals (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), Dew Drops (The Robins Nest), Ribbon, Button (Haberdashery), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz (Imagine Crafts), Glossy Accents, Lace, Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Power Poppy Prayer Journal and Bracelet

Hello Friends!!!  I have a couple of projects to share with you today.  But first, let me share with you something new we're doing over at Power Poppy.... our Power & Spark Challenge! Each month, we’ll usher in a new designer-led challenge and you have all month long to submit cards, chat it up with our designers (feel free to ask questions in our comments section below -- we'll check in from time to time) and get YOUR chance to win a Power Poppy stamp set of your choice! Click on over the first Friday of each month and you’ll see what this fun-filled journey is all about!  For more details, head on over to the Power Poppy Blog.

Julie has issued a fabulous challenge which requires us to use the sky as our inspiration!!  I LOVE sunrises, sunsets, clouds, etc, so this is super fun for me.  The hard part is choosing a photo because I have like...a gazillion!!   Here is a sunset photo I took while hiking and camping in the Sierra Nevadas.  It's over 8000 ft up, and we're overlooking a valley and mountain range.  My second project was inspired by this challenge. I'm sure you noticed there are no purples in this sunset. 

Now for my projects.  I've been stepping out of my "stamping box" and have been working some more with resin.  I've made one necklace before (found HERE) with Copics, and I thought it would be fun to make something with watercolor and see how it works.  I'm still learning by trial and error. Even after using a Paper Sealer (Art Mechanique - Susan Lenart Lazmer), I found that the colors faded a bit.  But I still like the look for what I'm going to use it for.  

I decided I wanted to make myself a prayer journal.  My faith is very important to me, so I hand wrote the word faith on a piece of watercolor paper.  Unfortunately while tearing it, it makes the paper edges really thin, and the resin enhances that.  I also had a rhinestone inadvertently stick itself to the middle of the sentiment.  I didn't know I had thinned the paper there when I removed it, thus the thin spot in the middle.  But, it's me...I make many mistakes while papercrafting and start over, or cover them up.  With resin, however, once it's poured, what's underneath is permanent, and there's no covering it up.  This will be a good reminder to me that thankfully, even though I make a mistake, it doesn't make me any less valuable in God's eyes.  And besides, it's what's on the inside that counts anyway, and those will be prayer reminders.

Below is a closer look at the resin filled bezel.  I used two stamp sets for this project:  Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas, and Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1

I added a bee charm to the bottom for two reasons:  one-I collect bee skeps and bee images, and two-bees are a flying miracle.  The size of their wings should not support the weight of their bodies, yet they do.  I also added a cup-chain rhinestone to the center which really sparkles irl.

I stamped some of the feathers from Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1 Stamps set with Concord Grape Versamagic after I coated the book with Gesso and some Metallic Purple Gel stick (Faber-Castell).  I also stenciled on some polka dots with Whisper White pigment ink (SU!).

Now for my second project which was inspired by the sunset.  

I had fun coloring the Gerberas to fit a sunset color palette.  After finishing, I thought it would be fun to make a bracelet using a small square bezel and a Gerbera center.  I colored the whole image, and used only a tiny portion...I should use the rest for mini tags or something.  This too was colored with Tombow Markers on watercolor paper and filled with resin.


Well, that's finally it for my projects today.  If you haven't already, stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs.  You won't want to miss them, I assure you!!
Thanks for dropping by!  I appreciate your visit!

    Happy Stamping!!

Gerbera Prayer Journal
Paper:  Watercolor, Corrugated
Ink:  Versamark, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Concord Grape (VersaMagic)
Dies:  Square Media Mixage (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Square Bezel (Spellbinders), Ice Resin, Tombow Markers, Black Embossing Powder, 
Chipboard Book (SU!), Wrinkled Ribbon (prairiebirdboutique-etsy), Buttons (PTI and Haberdashery), Lace, Burlap String, Cheesecloth, Bee Charm, Gesso, Purple Metallic Gel Stick (Faber-Castell), Metal Corners and Bubble Layering Stencil (Tim Holtz)

StampsDynamic Duos:Glads and Gerberas (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Watercolor
Ink: Versamark
Dies:  Square Mixed Media Mixage (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Square Bezel (Spellbinders), Ivory Woven Cord, Toho Seed Beads 4mm 6/0, Ice Resin
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