Thursday, January 29, 2015

Short Stacks ~ Power Poppy
Hello again friends!  Today the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade is hoping to inspire you with peeks of a set called Short Stacks.  It's a charming set with a variety of images in a collage setting.  They are absolutely A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!  I had a hard time picking which image to color first.  Seriously!  Well, I am a bird-aholic, and I collect coffee mugs, so I thought I would start with the Parakeet image.  Isn't it lovely?  I colored it with Copics and layered it with a few Spellbinders dies.  I then added a sentiment banner along the top.

Here's a closer look at the sentiment.  I kind of sewed over the letters....oops...but it says "Enjoy life Sip by Sip"...I'm all for that!  Coffee, Tea, Cocktails...Oh yeah!

That sums up my card for today.  Here are the links to the Bloom Brigade Blogs with peeks to share today:
Copics:  BG13, BG11, BG10, C7, C6, C5, C3, C1, C0, Y26, Y02, YR02, YR61, YR00, YR000, E01, E00 

Happy Stamping!

StampsShort Stacks (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Delight (Prima), Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen and Pumice Stone (Ranger)
Dies:  Classic, Elegant and Floral Ovals (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, White Sharpie, Stick Pins (Petaloo and Wild Orchid Crafts), Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), Flower Button (Haberdashery), Sewing Machine, Foam Tape (EK Success), Ribbon Fringe (Melissa Frances), Seam Binding (prairiebirdboutique - Etsy)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Good Thinking: Love Notes ~ Power Poppy

Did you enjoy the show of Power Poppy Orchids yesterday?  Aren't they gorgeous?  Marcella really knows how to give them life in her designs, which makes coloring them super fun.  Well, today we're featuring a different type of set full of loving sentiments, hearts and arrows.  It's called Good Thinking: Love Notes.
I decided to make my own pattern for the bottom of my card using the crossed arrows and itty-bitty heart.  To give the bottom a more quilted feel and look, I laid the paper on a piece of foam and scored the arrows with a fine tipped stylus.  I then turned it over and with a larger stylus, I burnished the paper between the lines, causing it to pillow on the front.

I then added an embossed top portion, along with a banner using one of the included sentiments and the larger heart.  I wanted this card to somewhat masculine, so there are no extra frills.

That's it for today's project.  For tomorrows preview, I went vintage.  I hope you'll drop by.

Here's a list of the Bloom Brigaders who have projects to share today.
Happy Stamping!

StampsGood Thinking: Love Notes (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White and Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Turquoise Gem (VersaMagic), Love Notes (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Stylus, Velvet Ribbon, 1" Corner Rounder (EK Success) 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Orchids Rock! ~ Power Poppy

Hello, hello, hello!!  Hope y'all are having a fantastic week!!  Well, I've got a variety of projects to share with you this week, and I can't wait to get started!  Power Poppy is releasing 5 new sets on Feb. 1.  That's right, 5!!!  And let me tell you, they...are...INCREDIBLE!!  We're starting the peeks with a phenomenal set called Orchids Rock, and this set is sooooo versatile. Orchids can be almost any color and they all have their own distinct patterns.  So you can let your imaginations flow!! was feeling the golden orange hues for this project, and I may, or may not have a blue/silver one to share with you later....shhhhhhh  I just "fussy-cut" these babies, scored around the petals on the front side, turned the image upside down, and burnished the back.  They have a lot of texture and just pop irl.  I only glued down the flower centers and the stems so the flowers themselves have a little more depth to them.

That's it for my project for today.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a patterned CAS card.  I had a lot of fun creating that one!!

If you haven't will want to check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has created.  So I've included the links for ya.  Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy Blog too.  Marcy always has some delicious nuggets to share.
Copics: Flower: R59, YR18, Y19, Y02, Y0000, 0 Leaves: G29, YG67, YG17, YG03 Stake: E25, E55

    Happy Stamping!!


StampsOrchids Rock (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Fresh (Authentique), Cryogen White, White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine), Pumice Stone (Ranger)
Dies:  Classic Ovals (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Scallop Border Punch (EK Success), Ribbon (SU!), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Hazel & Ruby), 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Power Poppy Geraniums meet Hemptique Handmade Paper

Hello friends!  It's Friday already and we're over half way through January.  Does it feel like time is flying by to you?  There's so much I want to do, and I feel like there's just not enough time to get it done.  *sigh*

I was able to use some new papers for this week's Power Poppy Peeps challenge though, and it was super fun.  While at CHA earlier this month, I saw a handmade paper company called Hemptique.  There was a watercolor demonstration going on, and the colors were absolutely brilliant on the paper.  They blended beautifully and were so striking.  Well, I happened to get some samples of the paper and couldn't wait to try them out.  This piece is for Fine Art and Printing, is non-aging and light-fast, is 250gsm and was already antiqued.  So, I just embossed the Power Poppy Geranium image with Black embossing powder and started watercoloring.  Now, I'm not a professional when it comes to coloring by any means, but I had a blast laying down the original color and adding others as they dried.  And this is what I came up with.

That sums up my card for today.  Now if you haven't already, you should really drop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs.  These gals are never short on inspiration.

 Here's a list of the Tombow Markers I used: 837, 679, 098, 177, 373

   Happy Stamping!

StampsGeraniums Take Two (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Engraver (Prima), Hemptique, Smokey Gray and Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Versamark, Black Soot and Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Accessories:  Tombow Markers, Black Embossing Powder (JudiKins), Vintage Lace, Trinket Pin (Tim Holtz), Button (PTI), Fibers, Sewing Machine, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Heart has its Reasons

Hello friends!  I recently had the privilege of attending CHA in Anaheim and had the opportunity to catch up with some treasured friends, along with meeting new, incredibly gifted people.  My friend Becca Feeken designs for Quietfire and introduced me to Suzanne Cannon who owns and designs for Quiet Fire Rubber Stamps.  All her lettering stamps are from hand-lettering done by Suzanne: no fonts.  They're deeply etched, are cling foam mounted, and stamp evenly with beautiful detail.  Her calligraphy is extraordinary and she just happens to be the absolute sweetest person too.  So it is with great honor that I am blessed to use this design called "The Heart has its Reasons" (Quietfire).  

This stamp is so beautiful and elegant that I wanted to give it a worthy framing, so I chose two Spellbinders dies to do so: 5x7 Mystical Embrace and Resplendent Rectangles.  I die cut the frames and edged them with a Silver Leafing Pen by Krylon.  I also added a few Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), a sweet little Butterfly (littlescrapshop-etsy), some Seam Binding (prairiebirdboutique-etsy), and a handmade flower I made using the Spellbinders die Blooms Three.

Here's a close up of the flower.  It was die cut with White cs (PTI), spritzed with water and crinkled up a bit.  When it dried, I added some white Liquid Applique to the edges and while it was still wet, I sprinkled on some String of Pearls Glitter (Vintage Sparkle by Advantus Corp.) and heat it with my heating tool when it dried.  Imagine Crafts has come out with a fabulous similar product called Amplify!  From what I understand, you don't even have to wait for it to dry.  That so appeals to this impatient paper crafter.  I saw their display at CHA, and now have an order placed.  Can't wait to experiment with it.

That about sums up my project for today.  I hope you'll check out Quietfire Rubber Stamps.  They are beautiful stamps to work with.

Thank you Suzanne!

Happy Stamping!


StampsThe Heart has its Reasons (Quietfire)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  5x7 Mystical Embrace, Resplendent Rectangles, and Blooms Three (Spellbinders)
Accessories:   Silver Leafing Pen (Krylon), Seam Binding (prairiebirdboutique), Butterfly (littlescrapshop), White Liquid Applique (Marvy), Pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty), Silver Tinsel String, Dimensional Tape,

Friday, January 16, 2015

Power Poppy January Digital Release ~ La Vie en Rose

Howdy friends!!  It's been a long time!  Like many of you, things have been a bit busy around here.  But today, I'm excited to share a card I made using Power Poppy's new Digital image La Vie en Rose.  It's a stunning rose with exquisite detail, and it's laying on top of a sweet tag.  It comes with a couple of darling sentiments too.

Did you see the inspirational projects the Power Poppy Instant Gardners shared yesterday?  Oh, my goodness!!  Talk about a lineup of talent.  Boy can those gals color!!  Seriously!!

I colored a bit differently today; at least in a way I've never tried before.  I usually color my image, and then match it to paper.  This time, however, I picked my paper out first, and then tried to color my rose to match it.  No matter what combo I used in red, I couldn't get a deep enough brown tone to match the flower in the paper.  So, each time I colored a petal, I found that if I laid down a base using E57 and then added the reds, it made the whole flower a deeper color.  I was so excited with the results!!  :)

I printed the image twice onto X-Press It Card Stock, and once on two different pieces of Stationer's Desk (Prima) decorative paper.  I colored just one of the blooming roses on the X-Press it paper, and the entire image on the second.  Each was fussy cut, burnished on the back, and layered onto the ivory colored dp.  The "Washi" tape corners were another piece of dp from the Stationer's Desk (Prima) dp stack.  I then added the "Thanks Bunches" sentiment from the Power Poppy Lavender set.

For the background, I added some Cheesecloth, which I sprayed with Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stains to age it a bit. I tore the paper in the corner and added a hinge, and I also added some Seam Binding ribbon.

Here's a close up of the rose so you can see the dimension.  It's popped up with dimensional tape.

That about sums up my project for today.  You really ought to check out the blogs of the following Bloom Brigaders if you haven't already.  Those gals are just plum full of inspiration, I tell ya!!
Copics:  E35, R59, R46, R27, R14, R02, G99, G94, G24, YG01, E31, E57, 0

Thank you so much for dropping by.  I hope you have a lovely weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsLa Vie en Rose and Lavender (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Stationer's Desk (Prima), X-Press It Blending, Black (PTI), Red (AC)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Vintage Photo, Black Soot (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader (Spellbinders), Copics, Cheesecloth, Seam Binding Ribbon, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and A Gilded Life), Metal Brad, Metal Dots, Pearl (Reflections), Bronze Pearl Pen (Viva Decor), Tarnished Brass and Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain (Ranger), Distrezz-it-All (Zutter)

Friday, January 2, 2015

A Sassy New Year!

Happy New Year!! It's 2015, and it's going to take some time for that to sink in. I'm not off to a great start either. I totally blanked on getting my card posted on time today. Not a good sign! 

But I'm excited to share with you my first card of the new year, that I made using a PageMaps Sketch with the Power Poppy image Sassy Succulents. Becky always comes up with creative sketches, and this one is no exception. 

I started by Gold embossing the large Sassy Succulent image, 3 times, onto water color paper.  I then water colored it with only two Tombow colors, a green (192) and purple (636).  I then diecut it into about 19 pieces using the smallest Hexagon die by Spellbinders, and arranged it according to the sketch on black card stock.  Lastly, I embossed the sentiment in Gold.  Oh, I also outlined each piece with a Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon).

4 of the pieces are popped up with Dimensional Tape to give it a bit of depth.  Here's a close-up picture so you can see a couple of them.

That about sums up my card today!  If you haven't already, be sure to check out what these talented Bloom Brigaders have to share!
We're continuing our Power Poppy of the Week Challenge again this year, and would love to see what you come up with.  Click HERE for all the details!

  Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

WMS December PJ Party ~ Let it Snow

It's time for another Waltzingmouse Pajama party, and I've created a card that fits under two of the challenges using Country Labels No. 4 and Alpine Christmas:  Old Pajamas and Bedtime Story Sketch

I just stamped one of the Country Labels No. 4 images with Onyx Black Versafine ink and die cut it using Spellbinders' coordinating die.  I stamped the "Snow" portion of the "Let it Snow" sentiment, from Alpine Christmas, with Versamark, and heat embossed it with some White Embossing Powder.  The "Let it" portion was stamped with Brick Red VersaMagic ink.  I then stamped various village images, from the Alpine Christmas set, with Onyx Black Versafine and added the white roofs with a White Sharpie.

I stamped the Snowflake (Alpine Christmas) with Whisper White (SU!), embossed it with White ep, and then die cut it using the snowflake die from the Alpine Christmas die set.

I hope you've joined the Pajama Party.  Claire's challenges can be so much fun and quite inspirational!

Happy Stamping!

StampsAlpine Christmas and Country Labels No. 4 (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Candy Cane (Teresa Collins), Kraft, Black, Vintage Cream (PTI)
 Ink:  Versamark, Onyx Black (Versafine), Brick Red (VersaMagic)
Accessories:  Labels 4 die (Spellbinders), Alpine Christmas die (Waltzingmouse), White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Black Burlap String (May Arts), Cup Chain (Fusion Beads), White Sharpie 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Be Merry

Hello everyone!!  I'm feeling very merry this week.  My daughter flies home from college today, and my son and his wife will be flying in a week later.  So, my house is all decorated, presents are wrapped and under the tree, and everything is ready to go so I can enjoy this precious time with my kids, celebrating our blessings and the True reason we have so much to be thankful for.

My living room is decorated vintage shabby chic, so being in that mood, I colored this image from Bottlebrush Holiday in warm, neutral colors.  I then die cut them, and sponged Antique Linen (Ranger Distress), inside the dies to vintage it all up.

The base was embossed with Spellbinders' Fabric Weave Embossing folder, and I added some Gold Metal Inka Gold Gloss Paint to the raised portions to give it a bit of shimmer and shine.  I scored the back panel to give it a bead board look, added some sequins, seam binding and a sweet little button.

That's it for my project.  If you haven't already, you really should check out these Bloom Brigade Blogs.  These gals are never short on inspiration!
Copics:  W5, W3, W1, W00, R30, C5, C3, C1, E27, E25, E21, BG99, BG93, BG90, BG0000, E41

I hope you can join us for the Power Peeps Challenge this month.  I know it's busy, but you can use the opportunity to get those last minute Christmas cards made, or even to escape all the craziness and just stamp away. 

StampsBottlebrush Holiday (Power Poppy)
Paper:  The Twelve Days of Christmas (Graphic 45), Cryogen White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Copics, Fabric Weave Embossing Folder, Royal Circle and Standard Circle dies (Spellbinders), Seam Binding (PrairieBirdBoutique), Button (PTI), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and A Gilded Life), Gold Metal Gloss Paint (Inka Gold Viva Decor) 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Waltzingmouse December Release

Today's the day!!  Waltzingmouse's Vintage Post Cards and Country Roses stamp sets are now available for purchase.  If you arrived here from Karin's blog, you are on the right track.

I combined the two sets today along with a sentiment from the Folk Art Medallion set.  I added a bit of sparkle to the blooms too, just to make them "pop" a bit.

Today's project is pretty straight forward and CAS, so I won't go into specific details.  Plus, you'll want to keep hopping.  So, next up on the hop is the super creative, and uber sweet Lynn.

    Happy Stamping!


Paper:  White (PTI), Turquoise (Bazzill)
Ink:  Sea Breeze, Turquoise Gem, Aloe Vera, Tea Leaves, Hint of Pesto and Spring Pansy (VersaMagic), Gray Flannel and Teal Zeal (Memento), Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Accessories:  Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts) 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Vintage Postcards with Country Roses ~ Waltzingmouse

For my Power Poppy post, click HERE.

Hello my friends!!  Happy Monday!  Today we're combining both sets: Vintage Post Cards and Country Roses 

So today I used the "mini" images to create this itty bitty 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" post cards for some more vintage decoration.  I stamped the Post card images with Smokey Gray Versafine.  The Country Roses were layered with just one ink: Champagne Metallic Encore Pigment Ink.  I then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink and spritzed all the cards with water to age them.  I love how the inks responded.  The encore ink lost it's sparkle, but faded nicely to give it an aged appearance, and the Distress ink ran a bit aging the paper.  Lastly I tied them all together with soft pink seam binding ribbon, and added a little enamel heart to the stamp center.

Here's a little look at the other cards in the group.

And lastly, here's a close up of some of the Post Card stamp Images.

That's it for today.  Be sure to join us tomorrow for the Waltzingmouse Hop!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsVintage Post Cards, Country Roses (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Vintage Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Smokey Gray (Versafine), Champagne Metallic (Encore), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Enamel Heart (MME), Seam Binding Ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique - Etsy)

Power Poppy Winter Blitz digi Release

For my Waltzingmouse post, click HERE.

Hello Power Poppy fans!  I hope you've enjoyed the last couple of days of Power Poppy projects.
Hop along with the Bloom Brigade today for one more day of inspiration!  And by commenting on the each Bloom Brigade blogs, you will have a chance to win the entire Winter Blitz digi release.

I combined both sets for my card today:  Winter Pick-Me-Up and Camellias.  I first created a background with the Camellias.  For a tutorial on how to do this, click HERE.  After I had the background arranged the way I wanted it, I diecut it with a Heart die (Spellbinders).  I then diecut a scrap piece, that I had printed for my first project, using Back to Basic Tags (Spellbinders), and colored it with Copics.  Dina Kowal did a beautiful tutorial on how to make tags with portions of images.  You can find that tutorial HERE.

That sums up my project for today.  Now, I'm always the caboose on the hop, but if you happened to miss a stop along the way, here are the links to the Bloom Brigade blogs. 

Copics:  YR00, YR000, Y02, G12, C3, C2, C1

  Happy Hopping!


StampsWinter Pick-Me-Up and Camellias digis (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Epiphany (Prima), X-Press It Blending, White (PTI)
Accessories:  Copics, Basket Weave M-bossabilities, Heart, Scallop Heart, Back to Basics Tags and Jewel Keys dies (Spellbinders), ribbon and string 
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