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) 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Party Time ~ Power Poppy's celebration time my friends!!  The 4th of July is coming soon, so I thought I'd make a celebratory card focusing on that theme with this darling slice of cake from the new Power Poppy Clear Stamp set called Party Time.  Included in this set is a sweet little banner (that I colored "flag style" also), as well as a fabulous variety of sentiments.  I colored the cake slice with Copics, and added some sparkly dots using my Quickie Glue Pen and some Micro Fine Opaque White Glitter (Glitter Ritz).  For the candle flame I used some Prisma Glitter (Hero Arts) for a little extra sparkle.  

I also got out my Minc Machine for the silvery border, and lastly I added some Sequin Stars (Pretty Pink Posh), as well as some rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty) to add to the shiny celebration.

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:
Copics: B37, B24, B21, R39, R37, 432, Y38, Y02, Y00, C3, C00

That sums up my project for today!  But please stop by for an extra little inspiration before shopping tomorrow.  Yep...all the stamp sets will be available for purchase tomorrow!!  Woo-Hoo!!!

Thank you for stopping by and for all your kind encouragement these past few days.  I love stamping and coloring, and when I get the privilege of reading your kind comments, it blesses me and encourages me to keep creating.  Thank you again from the bottom of my heart!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsParty Time (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Red and Blue (Bazzill)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Postage Stamps, Standard Squares (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Square (Die-namics MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Minc Machine, Minc Foil, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Star Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Microfine Opaque White Glitter (Glitter Ritz), Prisma Glitter (Hero Arts), Quickie Glue Pen, Dimensional Tape, White Signo Gel Pen 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus ~ Power Poppy once again!!  I hope y'all have been enjoying the Power Poppy previews these past couple of days!!  Well, I have another to share with you.  It's an image that was originally digital, but for those of you who like to work with stamps, this Foxglove image will now be available as a clear stamp.  The set will include two favorite floral images and is called Dynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus.

Once again, I colored the image with Copics, and diecut it using an oval frame called Oval Majesty (Spellbinders).  I also added a topper using just the top piece of a diecut square called Floral Assortment (Spellbinders).  Lastly, I added some surprise there.  ;)

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the following Bloom Brigader Blogs:

CopicsFoxglove ~ R24, R22, R20, R00 Leaves ~ YG67, YG63, YG61 Bees ~ Y11 Background ~ E00, E000 Vintage ~ E30

Thanks for dropping by!!  I hope you'll visit again tomorrow for some more previews!!

  Happy Stamping!!


StampsDynamic Duos: Foxglove and Ranunculus (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Always and Forever (Kaisercraft)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Oval Majesty and Floral Assortment (Spellbinders), Scalloped Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Dream Wedding ~ Power Poppy friends!!  I'm back with another preview of one of Power Poppy's newest Clear Stamp sets that will be released June 28.  Today's card features the cake image from the set Dream Wedding.  And isn't this set so appropriately named?  This cake is seriously a dream.  Keeping with the "dream" theme, I wanted to keep it light and airy so I used really light Copics and left all the berries and blooms white.  I also added some's a wedding.  A dreamy one at that.  So glitter was a priority on this card.  *grin*  Lastly, I framed it with a Lacey Oval diecut (Spellbinders), as well as an elegant Gemini Border die (Creative Expressions)

Below is a closer look so you can see the sparkle.  It's very subtle, but it has an elegance about it irl.

That's it for today's card.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Bloom Brigade to see what they have to inspire you with:

CopicsCake ~ R12, R01, R000 Leaves ~ G00, G0000, YG41 Cake Plate ~ BV31

Thanks for visiting!!  Tomorrow we will be featuring a couple of new fabulous sets!  So be sure to stop by again!!

   Happy Stamping!!

StampsDream Wedding (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Save the Date (Teresa Collins)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Standard and Lacey Ovals (Spellbinders), Gemini dies (Creative Expressions)
Accessories:  Copics, Transparent Warm Highlight Micro Fine Glitter (Glitter Ritz), Quickie Glue Pen, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Friday, June 24, 2016

Soothing Sympathy ~ Power Poppy, hello, hello!!  I am so excited to start sharing some Power Poppy previews with you today!  On June 28, Power Poppy will be releasing 7 new Clear Stamp sets!!  How cool is that!!!  And today, we're previewing a beautiful Sympathy set called Soothing Sympathy.  It has sweet little sprays of flowers with some gorgeous and encouraging sentiments.  

I started by stamping the soft floral spray, and dicut the curved rectangle leaving a window for the inked sentiment.  I then embossed the front panel and popped it up over the sentiment for some dimension.  Lastly I added some ribbon to the corners and adhered the front panel to a large intricate die for the base.  That's it.

For some more inspiration with this set, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Copics: Flowers ~ RV17, RV14, RV13, RV10 Leaves ~  YG17, YG13, YG03, YG01

Thanks so much for visiting!!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a peak of another new fabulous set!!

    Happy Stamping!

StampsSoothing Sympathy (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Spun Sugar (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Stitched Rounded Rectangles (Die-namics ~ MFT), Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), 5x7 Mystical Embrace (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), White Stitched Satin Ribbon (SU!), Dimensional Tape

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rose and Chamomile ~ Power Poppy

Hello friends!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  The only thing I have planned for this weekend is stamping my heart away!  Power Poppy will be releasing 7 new Clear Stamp Sets this next week, and we will be hopefully inspiring you with some fabulous ways to use them starting June 24.
But first...I have a card to share using Power Poppy's newest digital image called Rose and Chamomile.  The Instant Gardeners showcased it on the 15th.  In case you didn't get to see what these uber talented designers shared, here is a link to the Power Poppy Blog which includes a link list to all those participating.

I went a "tad" whimsical with my rose today.  My daughter informed me, that for me, this is whimsical.  However, for true whimsical artists, this isn't even close.  See all the white dots I added?  Now that's whimsy..........for me.  I think I got a bit carried away, but I think it's rather fun.

I also hauled out my Minc Machine again.  I hadn't used it since Christmas, and thought this beautifully elegant rose deserved to be framed in the most elegant way I could.  So, I photocopied the Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight die (Spellbinders) onto White Cardstock, added Matte Gold Foil over it, and ran it through my Minc Machine.  I then diecut it using the same die, and this is the result.  Isn't it just so delicate and shiny?  For the sentiment banner, I first printed out the sentiment, layed the banner die over it (it has to have an opening to work), then ran it through my photocopier.  After that, I added the Matte Gold Foil, and once again, ran it through the Minc Machine.  I LOVE how it's framed.  I have a close-up view below.

I wanted the background to be embossed, and didn't have an embossing folder large enough to cover the whole background, so I split it in two.  I decided where I wanted a blank area to be for the ribbon, marked it with a faint pencil line, and embossed each end up to that line.  I then scored a couple of lines on the back side to frame the blank strip.

Now, I also wanted the background to have a matte gold frame, and didn't have a die large enough to Minc the border.  So I cut the matting to size, rounded the corners, and used my 18KT Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon) to edge it.

Lastly, I added an organza ribbon which I lightly (and I mean lightly) heated with my heating tool to give it some curves and texture.  If you hold the heat tool too close for too long, the ribbon will melt into a blob.'s finally it for today.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders for some more inspiration this week.

And don't forget to join us for our Power and Spark Challenge.  Cindy is encouraging us to send some Happy Mail, and we would love to see what you come up with!! 

CopicsRose ~ BV08, BV17, BV13, BV02, BV00 Leaves BG99, BG96, BG93, BG90, E55, YG0000, Pods ~ Y17, Y15, Y13, RV63 Chamomile ~ RV55, RV63, R35, YG05, C3 Background ~ C4, C2, C0

Thanks for dropping by!
   Happy Stamping!


StampsRose and Chamomile (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Labels 28, Decorative Labels 28, Ribbon Banners (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Minc Machine, Photo Copier, Embossing Folder (We R Memory Keepers), ScorPal, Organza Ribbon, 18KT Gold Leafing Pen (Krylon), White Signo Gel Pen, Dimensional Tape, 1" Corner Rounder (SU!) 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Wishing you a "Reely" great day ~ Power Poppy

Hello my creative friends!!  It's finally Friday, and I have two Power Poppy cards to share with you today.  The first one was made with one of the newest digital sets Reel Deal, and my second was made using another masculine Power Poppy set called Play Ball.

I colored the Reel Deal image with Copics and decided to make it look like it was all laid out on a dock.  I hand drew the dock and Colored it too with Copics.  I'm a little heavy handed with my Copics, so my dock doesn't look all worn and weathered like I imagined.  But you get the idea, right?  

I also added some Clear Wink of Stella to the fishing line because fishing line always looks shiny to me.  Lastly, I burnished everything in the image to give it some texture, and added the sentiment with a little diecut flag and a mini-staple.

Copics:  Hat and Fishing Rods ~ E47, E44, E43, E41, BG99, BG96, BG93, BG90, R14, B04, B02  Lures ~ B04, B02, YG01, R14, YR09, YR00, YR04, Y17, YR00 Floor ~ N7, N5, N3, N1, N0, E43, E41, Multiliner 0.3

I made this baseball shaped card for a nephew that plays softball.  I diecut it using the smallest Grand Circle die by Spellbinders, and used Power Poppy's Play Ball set along with a diecut star and enamel dot to finish it off.  It's very CAS, but it fits him perfectly.

We'd love it if you joined us for our Power and Spark Challenge too.  You could win a free digital or clear set from Power Poppy!!  For all the details, visit this link to the Power Poppy Blog.

That's it for my projects today.  For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:

Thank you so much for dropping by today!  Have a super fantastic weekend!!  I know I plan on it!!

Happy Stamping!

Fishing Hat
Stamps:  Reel Deal (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Smokey Gray (PTI), Recycled Carboard
Ink:  Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Stitched Fishtail Flag (Die-Namics)
Accessories:  Copics, Wink of Stella, Mini-Stapler (Tim Holtz)

StampsPlay Ball (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Ranger Distress), Love Letter (Memento), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Dies:  Grand Circles, Star (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Enamel Dot

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Reel Deal ~ Power Poppy
Hello my creative friends!!  Power Poppy is releasing 3...yep 3 digital sets today, and they are perfect for the guys in your lives.  Reel Deal, Leaping Trout and Fly Guy.  I decided to use the Leaping Trout with sentiments from the set Reel Deal.  The image is colored with Copics with some Clear Wink of Stella added to it.  Because if you've ever seen fish scales in the sunlight, they are beautiful and sparkly.  I lightened the sentiment "You're the Reel Deal" in Photoshop, and ink distressed using
Antique Linen and Forrest Moss (Ranger Distress Ink)

Below is a close-up of the image so you can see the sparkle.  If you click on it, it's a bit easier to see, however Wink of Stella is hard to see in photos.

That sums up my card for today.  Nothing too detailed, because my husband is a simple kind of guy.  He totally misses all the extras I usually add.  ;)

Copics:   Fish ~ BG99BG96, BG93, BG90, YG00, C1, C0, C00, R00 Water ~ B26, B24, B21, B000

Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for the links to all those who have inspirational projects to share today.

Thanks for dropping by!
    Happy Stamping!


StampsReel Deal, Leaping Trout (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Work Hard, Play Hard (Carta Bella), Smokey gray (PTI)
Ink:  Antique Linen, Forrest Moss (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Stitched Circle (Couture Cuts ~ The Ton), Stitched Rounded Rectangles (Die-Namics ~ MFT), Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite Dies)
Accessories:  Copics, Mini-Clip (SU!), Twine , Dimensional Tape, Signo White Gel Pen
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