Friday, August 19, 2016

Vintage Pumpkins ~ Power Poppy August Release

Woo-Hoo!!  It's finally release day over at Power Poppy!  I hope you get a chance to head on over to the store and put in an order for these fabulous new sets!  I have some exciting news for you shoppers too...

Power Poppy is offering the following thru Monday:
FREE SHIPPING when you spend $50 or more

Select discounts on clear stamps throughout the shop!
Download frenzy: All Digital Stamps 25% off

Now, for today's card.  I used the new Power Poppy Set called Feeling Fall.  Today I created a card using the pumpkins with the cat.  Isn't that image just super adorable!?!?!?  I am in serious LOVE!!  I had a hard time getting a clear picture of the image instead of focusing on that humongous bow....  *sigh*,  if you click on the pictures, you can see the details better.

I was going for a kind of vintage feel, and somehow added in some sage green.  I know...not your typical Halloween color, but I actually like the colors.  The image is colored with Copics, and I used my Quickie Glue Pen and some glitter for some extra Halloween fun. 

Below is a close up for a better look at the details.

Copics: Top Pumpkin ~ BG93, BG90, T5, T3, T1 Middle Pumpkin ~ T7, T5, T4, T1 Bottom Pumpkin ~ W6, W4, W3, W1, W0, W00 Cat ~ T5, T3, T1, R20 

Now, if you haven't already, check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to share today:
 I hope you've enjoyed the Power Poppy previews this week and have been inspired to get stampin'...

Have a GREAT weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsFeeling Fall (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Regions Beyond (Tim Holtz Ideology), Smokey Gray (PTI), Retro Gold Glossy Lustre (Paper Temptress)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Onyx (Versafine), Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and Black Soot (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Floral Assortment (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Oval (Die-Namics MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Sand Opaque Micro Fine Glitter (Glitter Ritz), Clear Rock Candy dry glitter (Ranger Distress), Seam Binding, Button 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Feeling Fall ~ Power Poppy /feeling-fall/
Hello, hello, hello!!!  Power Poppy is previewing another set from the new collection Nature and Nurture today, and it is one of my all time favorites called Feeling Fall.   Seriously!!  I used the Welly image for today, and will be sharing the pumpkins tomorrow because I couldn't choose which image to feature.  They're both so unique and A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!  I colored the image with Copics, and added Glossy Accents to the Welly boot because it has to be shiny and wet looking.  I also added some glitter to my leaves because I have been suffering from "glitter withdrawl".  I've included a close-up below so you can see the shine and glitter a bit better.

Once again, that's it for me today.  But boy-oh-boy do the other Bloomies have some inspirational projects they are sharing today.  They never cease to amaze me with their creativity and coloring!!  So check out their blogs:
Thank you so much for dropping by again!!  I am honored by your kind supportive comments!  Tomorrow is release day, and one more day of previews, so come on by again!!

Happy Stamping!!


StampsFeeling Fall (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Legacy (Simple Stories), White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Dies:  A2 Filigree Delight and Standard Ovals (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Oval (Die-Namics MFT), Stitched Sentiment Trio (Jillian)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents), Quickie Glue Pen, Clear Rock Candy Glitter (Ranger) 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

In Praise of Sunflowers ~ Power Poppy /in-praise-of-sunflowers/
Hello again friends!!  I'm back again with another Power Poppy card to share today featuring the clear stamp set In Praise of Sunflowers.  Isn't that a great name for a set?  I ADORE sunflowers.  They are one of my absolute favorite flowers, and this set has two fabulous sunflower images that were originally released as digital.  Now, you can get both images along with some unique building sentiments.

I stamped the sunflower four times, colored them, and cut them out in layers for a 3-D effect.  I also burnished the backs of the center and leaves for some additional texture.  I colored this baby awhile back, and forgot to record the Copics I used, so I'm sorry that I can't provide the list.  But here's a close up angled view so you can see the dimension a bit better.

Now, for some more fabulous inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigader Blogs:
That's it for today.  Stop by tomorrow for a preview of another fabulous Power Poppy set!
  Happy Stamping!

Stamps In Praise of Sunflowers (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Vintage Summer Basics (Maja Designs), Kraft (PTI)
Dies:  Stitched Circle (The Ton Couture Cuts), A2 Curved Borders One (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Scalloped Border Punch (EK Success), Sequins, Sewing Machine, Dimensional Tape (Scotch) 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Prairie Cheer ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!!  Power Poppy will be releasing 3 new Clear Stamp sets on Friday the 19th, called Nature and Nurture, and you definitely will want to take a gander at these new images.  Marcy has done it again, and today we're previewing the set called Prairie Cheer.  It has three beautiful images along with 4 uplifting sentiments along with their  floral names.  I used the Coneflower along with it's coordinating name for my card today. products/prairie-cheer

I've been stepping out of my box lately and trying new things.  Some successful, and some, not-so-much.  But at least I'm trying, right?   Today, I started by coloring with my new Zig Clean Color Markers.  (enabled by dear Dina Kowel)  I stamped the image onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock with Versafine and heat set it.  I then proceeded to color the image with the Zig markers.  No water pen needed or used.  The colors blend beautifully on their own.  It was quick and easy.  I then cut out the image and adhered it to a tag diecut piece of cardstock.  To add the sentiment, I used my Mini-Misti to get the sentiment placed exactly where I wanted it.  I curved it a little to fit with the stem.

For my other "out-of-the-box" attempt, I used bright colors.  This is very hard for me.  And, I used a lot of patterns...also very hard.    I don't know how I feel about the card itself, but I do know I LOVE this Power Poppy Coneflower as well as the lovely sentiments in this set.  I am looking forward to coloring up the wheat next!!  :)

Zig Markers:  029 Geranium Red, 050 Yellow, 028 Pale Pink, 048 Emerald Green, 045 Pale Green, 053 Yellow Green, 063 Ochre

That's it for me today.  Stop by for another preview Power Poppy's newest sets due to be released on the 19th

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:
Thank you so much for dropping by!!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsPrairie Cheer (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Tim Holtz Disress Watercolor Cardstock, Fall Blessing (Carta Bella), Fall is in the Air (Echo Park), Smokey Gray (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Build a Tag One (Spellbinders), Stitched Basic Edges (Die-Namics MFT), Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite Dies)
Accessories:  Zig Clean Color Markers, Mini-Misti, Enamel Dots (MME), Gold Cord 

Friday, August 12, 2016

One Fly Guy ~ Power Poppy

Hello my creative friends!!  Happy Friday!  I am excited to share my card with you today because I tried something totally new to me... I made some clouds with Copics.  Before I share why I'm so excited about that, let me tell you about the set I used and why.

Today I used one of Power Poppy's newer digital sets called Fly Guy.  I don't know any fly fishermen, but my husband and kids love to deep sea fish.  So, I made this card for my husband for that reason and one other.  

I know the sentiment is supposed to apply to "fly-fishing"...but that doesn't apply here.  So, I thought it could apply to the fly infestation that takes over our dairy farm in the summer months.  Am I reaching?  Probably!!  But believe me...if you lived here during the summer, you would so get it.  We are constantly swatting flies in the the house all summer long, and even into the Fall months some years!  Thankfully though,  not as much as when the kids were younger and they were running in and out of the house without closing the doors fast enough.  That is definitely a skilled practiced and learned quickly on a dairy farm.  "City Slickers" (Please don't take offense with that term.  I use it lightly and with affection, because believe husband deemed me one when he met me, and even after being married for over 27 years, and all of them on the farm, he still says I haven't earned the "farmer" moniker because I was born and raised in town...*sigh*) are always warned when visiting, to NEVER EVER leave a door open.  Open and close IMMEDIATELY!!   So this card is meant for more of a joke.  Although the image is anything but a joke.  

I LOVE how Marcella drew this with the rocks and awesome cattails (I adore cattails) in the background!!  I decided I wanted to add some clouds to the sky though, but had no idea how to go about it using Copics.  So, I scoured Pinterest.  I used the Kit and Clowder Tutorial found HERE as a guide.  I didn't want cute fluffy clouds for this masculine image, so I made mine more wispy, and was really happy with the look for my first time.  I need practice for sure, but it's a start, and we all improve the more times we do it, right?!?!

Anyway, that sums up my card and the story behind it today.  I hope I've inspired you to get coloring and maybe even try something new.

For some more Power Poppy inspiration today, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
CopicsFisherman ~ B39, B37, B34, YG99, YG7, YG95, YG93, E44, E43, E41 Rocks ~ T7, T5, T3, T1, YR31, YG91 Fish ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, R00, YG00, C1, C0 Water ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, YG91 Sky ~ B00, B000, B0000 Clouds ~ C2, C1, C0, C000

Also, I want to remind you that there's a fun new Power and Spark Challenge going on over at the Power Poppy Blog.  We'd love to have you join us.  I didn't participate this week because, image took up the whole card so I couldn't CASE a

Thank you so much for dropping by!!
Have a super fabulous weekend!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsFly Guy (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Gray and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite)
Accessories:  Copics 

Friday, July 29, 2016

It's your birthday in Black and White ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday y'all!!  It's a great day to be sharing some inspiration, don't you think?  And what better way than with some Power Poppy images!  

Today I went over to my dark side a bit.  I colored my images, from the Power Poppy Clear Stamp Set Party Time, with only two Copic color families: Black and Turquoise.  Now, I'm getting up there in years, so I know a lot of people celebrating the birthday milestones that are "a bit up there" if you know what I mean.  So I thought it would be fun to color my packages and cake dark with a pop of it's not too morbid after all.  ;)

I even pulled a "Cindy Lawrence" and finished off the inside of my card.  She always goes above and beyond, and since I admire her so much,  I thought it was about time I did too.  Besides, I loved the sentiment "Bring it On" and wanted to use it with this color you're saying..."Turning 50?...Bring it On"!!!!  

Lastly, I added some Chrome Pearl Pen dots to my cake to make them look like edible candy additions.

That's it for me y'all!!  Now, if you haven't already, check out what my fellow Bloom Brigaders have to share:
Copics:  B06, B04, B02, B00, T8, T6, T4, T2, T0

Thanks for dropping by today!  I hope you have a most fantastic weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsParty Time (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Scallop Rectangle (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Embossing Folder (Tim Holtz Alterations ~ Sizzix), Chrome Silver Pearl Pen (Viva Decor) 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pink Lemonade ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!!  It's Friday!!  Already!!  Oh my goodness how this day can sneak up on a person.  I'm not complaining though, because I am so ready for the weekend!!  And how!!

It's been a bit hot here lately, so I thought this darling little pitcher of refreshment, with an accompanied mason jar, was the perfect image to work with this week!!  It's from the charming Power Poppy Clear Stamp set called Tea in the Garden.

I decided it was going to be pink lemonade for today, and colored it accordingly with some Copics, diecut it with the Stitched Rounded Rectangle die (Die-namics), added some sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), and a charming little daisy that I made using some embroidery thread and a Clover Mini-loom.

This was quite the CAS card for me...which at times can be harder for me than a really involved card.  But this one came together sweetly...especially once I found the paper I wanted to use with it.

CopicsPitcher ~ RV23, RV10, RV0000, Y06, C1, C) Leaves and Spoon ~ YG67, YG25, YG21 Daisies BV31, Y19, Y13 Lemons ~ Y19, Y06, Y13

That's it for me!
Be sure to check out the following Bloom Brigaders for some more inspiration:
And also, there's still time to participate in our Power and Spark challenge this month.  Shoot...why not!!!  You could win some free images!!  Just head on over to the Power Poppy blog for all the details.  Really, all you have to do is create a project with the Power and Spark challenge and link it at the bottom of the blog post found Here.  It's super easy!

Thank you so much for dropping by!  I hope you are enjoying a delightful Friday, and that your weekend is nice and relaxing!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsTea in the Garden (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Summer Vibes (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rounded Rectangle (Die-namics ~ MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Mini Flower Loom (Clover), White Embroidery Thread, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunshine and Sweet Simple Things ~ Power Poppy
Hello, hello, HELLO!!!  This is quite the inspiration filled Friday, let me tell ya!!  The Instant Gardeners, as well as some of Bloom Brigade members, are sharing a gorgeous new Power Poppy Digital image called Sunshine of my life!!  And it's a beauty!! I also have a second card to share with you using the Power Poppy Digital image Sweet Simple Things.  There's a lot of color flowing today.

First, for my Sunshine card, I made the image 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" with only part of the image showing with a sentiment (included with this digital set) I added using Photoshop.  If I'm honest, I wish I had moved the sentiment down and to the right a little bit, but until I diecut it, it looked great.  I didn't diecut it until after I'd finished coloring, and with the plethora of Copics that I used, I wasn't about to start over.  *grin*

I took an easy way out with this card a bit.  Jennifer Dove has fabulous "Color of the Day" tags, and since I knew I wanted to use a variety of colors on the vase and flowers, I thought I'd use her already designed combinations.  The Vase uses Split Pea Soup, Gopher, Chartreuse, Patina, then Split Pea Soup and Gopher again.  The Patina was used on the next stripe too, but it got mostly cut off.   I used Transition Red for the two bottom sunflowers and my own color combination for the other three.  I also used her Dragon combination for the leaves and stems.

CopicsBottom Sunflower Petals ~ R59, YR18, YR15, Y02 Bottom Sunflower Centers ~  E79, E57, E35, E33, E31 Top Sunflower Petals ~ Y38, Y19, Y15 Top Sunflower Centers ~ E89, E87, E84, E81, Leaves ~ YG67, YG63, YG03 Vase ~ YG95, YG93, YR23, E79, E57, E35, E33, E31, YG95, YG93, YG21, BG49, BG15, BG13, BG11

That's it for my first card.  For my second, I colored the Digital Image Sweet Simple Things.  I adore Bee Skeps and have quite a collection, so of course I had to color this baby up as soon as I had the chance.

Didn't Marcy design the most charming image?  Seriously!!  I LOVE this, and had a delightful time coloring it.  I wanted the Bee Skep to have as much dimension as I could achieve, so I colored each individual layer.  The sentiment is from one of the new Clear Stamp sets called Everything's Even Rosier.  I love how Marcy scripted the word "hello".
Now, this card also fits this month's creative Power and Spark Challenge designed by our dear, sweet, talented Aussie, Kathy!!  She's challenging everyone to "B" Happy and include as many "B" things on your card that you want.  On this card I have Bees, a Bee Skep, a Bench, a Banner, Burlap String, and Black dots.  I think that about covers it.  ;)

CopicsBee Skep ~ E59, E37, E34, T10, T7, T2 Bench ~ W8, W6, W4, W2 Foxglove ~ YR09, YR04, YR00, RV23 Daisies ~ BV31, Y18, Y08 Leaves and Grass ~ YG99, YG17, YG13, YG11 Background ~ E43, E41, E40

That's it for me today y'all!!  I hope you've enjoyed an inspirational hop.  If you haven't seen the rest of the Power Poppy creations, here are the links to those with projects to share:

Instant Gardeners:
Broni Holcombe
Cheryl Scrivens
Debbie Olson
Barb Walker
Nancy Sheads

Bloom Brigade:
Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

I'm so glad you were able to drop by!  I hope you enjoy a fabulous weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!  


Sunshine of my Life
StampsSunshine of my life (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Gray (PTI), Cardboard Scrap
Ink:  Printer
Die:  Stitched Squares (Die-Namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Sweet Simple Things
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Gray and White (PTI), Cottage Living (Pebbles), Necessities Wood Designer (MME)
Ink:  Printer, Antique Linen
Dies:  Stitched Square (Die-Namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Burlap String, Enamel Dots (MME)    

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Corn Hole Card tutorial

Hello friends!!  It's been awhile since I've posted.  Sorry about that, but I've had a bit of family visiting from out of state, and to me, family always comes first.  Now though, it's back to creating.  

I have a fun card to share with you today.  We're big lovers of Corn Hole around here, and have been known to host some laid back tournaments on occasion at our home and while camping.  It's always in good fun, but I have to can be exciting to be on the winning team every once in awhile.  Not exciting.........when you're competing for the championship and your opponent sinks all four bags in one turn.  SERIOUSLY?!?!??!  Now that's rude.  ;)

Anyway, one of my nephews was celebrating his 16th birthday a couple of days ago, and he and I have a fun rivalry going on.  I took great pleasure in beating him in corn hole this past week.  I know that sounds wicked...but shoot...teenage boys can be ornery, so it's an added bonus when you get an opportunity to rub in a win every once in awhile.  *grin*  

So, I thought it would be fun to design a Corn Hole board for a card.  All I did was make a 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" single layer card.  I diecut a circle toward the top and taped off a triangle shape using some removable tape.  I then added some Faded Jeans Ranger Distress Ink to the outside of the card leaving a white triangle for the sentiment.  The sentiments are from the Power Poppy set Party Time.  They fit perfectly!!

I also diecut 3 Double Stitched Squares (Die-Namics) to use for the bean bags and burnished the back of them to give them a worn look.  Lastly, I added some Pumice Stone Ranger Distress Ink to the bags and board to give them a well used look, because, lets face it...our equipment is well used.  oops...almost forgot...I added a black base to the back to make the hole in the front more prominent.

That's it.  Easy-Peasy.  Oh...and I should mention...the reason for the colors is because he's a New England Patriots fan.  My husband wasn't a fan of the card because of that...being a 49ers fan himself.  Yikes.  The things we do for family.  I tell ya!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Be sure to drop by on Friday.  I will have another fabulous Power Poppy image to share with you.  It's Bee-yond adorable!!

   Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  Party Time (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Faded Jeans, Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Dies:  Double Stitched Squares (Die-Namics ~ MFT), Circle (Spellbinders)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tea in the Garden ~ Power Poppy
Woo-Hoo!!  Power Poppy's Release Day has finally arrived!!  You can now purchase any of these fabulous new sets!!  How exciting!  I know I adore them!  Gorgeous images, and the most perfect sentiments!  For my final card today, I used the MFTWSC180 sketch with the beautiful cake from the new Power Poppy set called Tea in the Garden.    The sentiment is from the Power Poppy set called
Party Time.  

I thought it would be fun to make the frosting look like a chocolate ganache, so I colored it with some darker brown tones and added some Glossy Accents to it to make it shine.  I also added Glossy Accents to the cake stand.

I did a little something different with the sentiment too.  Have you ever embossed with white on black cardstock and found that you are having a hard time getting every little white fleck of the embossing powder off?  (And yes, I do use an anti-static pad before embossing.)  Well, I thought I'd try using my Minc machine with Opaque white foil, and it did absolutely beautifully!!!  No stray flecks!!  All you have to do is stamp your sentiment on copy paper, run it through a copier with toner, add your white foil and run it through the machine.  Perfection, I tell ya!!  

Here's a close up so you can see the shine better, as well as the beautifully "Minc'd" sentiment.

Copics: Frosting ~ E49, E47, E44 Cake ~ E55, E53, E51, E50, W1 Strawberries ~ R29, R27, R22, R20, G28, G24, G20, YG00 Doily ~ BV31, G00 Cake Stand ~ G00, G0000 Flower Center ~ Y15

I have some great news to share with you too!!  You can get
$10 OFF when you spend $70 or more at

Just use discount code: STUNNER10 at checkout.  This discount is not limited to just the newly released sets either.  It's good until July 1, and can be used with any of the Clear Sets, Digital sets, or a combination of both.

That's it for me today!!  Be sure to stop by my fellow Bloom Brigaders for some more delicious inspiration!!  They never disappoint!!
Thank you so much for visiting today!!  I hope you've enjoyed all the previews for this month's Power Poppy Release, and I hope you have an absolutely fantastic rest of the week!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsTea in the Garden, Party Time (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Amour (Carta Bella), X-Press It, Black and White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Fishtail Flag and Stitched Fishtail Flag (Die-Namics MFT), Scalloped Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse) 
Accessories:  Copics, Minc Machine, White Foil, Sparklet (Kaisercraft), Enamel Dots (MME), Gold Artist Pen (Pitt) 
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