Friday, August 17, 2018

Hops and Barley ~ Power Poppy

Hello, hello, hello!!!!  I hope you all had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend!!!  I'm looking forward to a "no pressure" kind of weekend.  No plans...nothing demanding...just going with the flow and getting done what gets done.  Does that make sense?  I'm not putting any pressure on myself.

We did, however, just get done celebrating my son's 28th birthday, thus the "Beer card".  Power Poppy's Hops and Barley digital stamp set could not be more perfect for him.  He is a beer "connoisseur"... according to this family.  He LOVES craft beer.  So much so, that he has just finished designing and building a fenced in garden plot to grow hops.  He did offer to share part of it with his wife to grow some herbs and vegetables though.  What a guy right?  ;)  I, myself, thinks beer tastes like what I would imagine gasoline would taste like.  No matter how much I've tried (and I have tried different brands...even ice cold), I just can't develop a taste for it.  So, I don't get this whole "craft beer craze".

All that being said, I really enjoyed coloring this no-line version of Hops and Barley.  I love Marcella's creative mind.  What a perfect set for Beer lovers!! 

I just used Copics, and left it in the diecut framing after cutting and sponged some Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Inks around the borders to highlight the image even more.

Below is a close-up of the colors.

That's it for my project this week.

I hope you'll visit the following Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more Power Poppy Inspiration!!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks so very much for dropping by.  
  Happy Stamping!!


StampsHops and Barley (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Printer, Antique Linen and Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress)
CopicsHops ~ YG67, G23, YG13, YG00 Leaves ~ BG99, BG96, BG93, BG90, YG91, YG00 Wheat ~ E44, E43, E42, E41, Y00
Dies:  Scored and Pierced Rectangles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics


Friday, August 10, 2018

Gifts From The Sea ~ Power Poppy
Hello my creative friends!!  It's been awhile since I've posted here, and I'm excited to share a new project inspired by the new Power and Spark Challenge hosted by my dear friend Cindy Lawrence.  In fact, I do believe my card is heavily inspired by her card.  I didn't even think about it until I was photographing it.  What can I say...she's inspirational.

I used the new digital set called Gifts from the Sea because it fit so perfectly with the room I was inspired by.  I decorated my guest bathroom with plums and grays with some natural elements for decor.  The "vase" in the left corner of the vanity is actually a rock, with barnacles naturally attached to it, that I purchased as a souvenir from Tofino, Canada.   I added the silk accents later.


The shells in the bowl below were all collected from a beach in Sanibel Island, Florida.   You can see them in the mirror reflection.

Here's a close-up of the image.  I used a white gel pen to add some dots to the gray shell and Plumeria centers, as well as the word "ink".

That about sums up my project.  But you really must check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have created to inspire you today:

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
---you are here

Thanks a bunch for visiting!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  

Happy Stamping!!


StampsGifts from the Sea (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Distress Oxide Succulents ~ Power Poppy

Hello and happy Friday!!!  I have a card to share with you today that doesn't use Copics, Watercolor brushes, or any pencils, and it was sooooo much fun!!!  To make the flowers, all you need is Distress Oxide Inks, a positioning tool (I used a Misti), a waterbottle (I used a Distress Sprayer), and your choice of stamps.  I used Power Poppy's Succulent Singles set with coordinating Succulent Singles dies.

It's a pretty easy process if you have a Misti to work with because the stamp stays put and you can realign everything lickety-split.    The stamp images I used are clear, so I would be able to line them up with a stamping block too, but my eyes aren't what they used to be.  

I started by inking up one of the succulent images with the Distress Oxide color I wanted for my base (the one that is going to spread out a bit and not give a defined line).  I spritzed it thoroughly 3x, stamped it, and dried it with a heat tool. (the ink travels a bit)  I then inked the image up again with a different color.  Depending on how defined I wanted the lines, I either spritzed the image once, or not at all, and stamped directly over the now dried image and used my heat tool again.  Lastly, I diecut them all out and arranged them how you see here.

Before I go, I wanted to make sure you've seen all the new fantastic new Digital images Power Poppy released this week.  I haven't had an opportunity to work with them yet (we're camping right now), but let me tell you, I'm "chomping-at-the-bit".  Marcella's vignettes are like not other.  Nothing compares.  They are all a complete delight.  I hope you'll give them a try.  There is even a free Digital Gerbera set called Kindness is the Way, and IT...IS...F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!  It's being offered by Kit and Clowder as a free coloring class too. 

Thanks for visiting!!  I hope you are having a a blessed weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!


StampsSucculent Singles (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Kraft and Vintage Cream (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce, Shaded Lilac, Tattered Rose and Aged Mahogany (Distress Oxide by Ranger), Black Onyx (Versafine)
DiesSucculent Singles (Power Poppy), Layered Plaid Cover Die A and B (Altenew), A2 Curved Borders One (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Misit, Distress Sprayer, 4643 Metallic Pearl White Acrylic Paint (Folk Art), Metallique Silver Spoon Acrylic Paint Art Alchemy (Prima) 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Irresistible Peonies Just Because ~ Power Poppy

Hello, hello, hello!!!  Boy is summer in full swing here with changes all around.  I haven't posted for awhile because my world has been turned upside down, but it's all for the better.  It just takes some readjusting.  3 weeks ago, we got a new family member named Teddy.  He's an itty bitty 6lb Shih Poo, and he is a little ball of precious energy.  And on July 3, I became a Grandma (Nana) for the first time to a very precious little girl named Adalyn Kate.  And, yes, I'm one of those Nana's....she is PERFECT in every way!!!  My son and daughter-in-law are incredible and we are all so very blessed!!

So, now for what you really came here to see...This card has been in the making for 2 weeks...seriously.  I have started, started over, and started over again.  I think I've truly forgotten how to color.  There are parts of this no-line colored card that I'm over the moon happy with (the leaves...I so struggle with leaves), and some, *sigh*...I wish I could do over.  But y'all know how it is with no-line coloring, it takes extra time, so once I was half way in, I was "ALL THE WAY" in.  So, I know I've added too many lines to many of the Peony petals, but hopefully the person I give it to will be able to overlook the unnaturalness of some of them.  YIKES!!

I used the new Power Poppy digital image called Irresistible Peonies and paired it with the sentiment from another new digital image called Azaleas Forever.  The image is colored with Copics, and masked off while I splattered some Champagne Gold, and Black mixed with Champagne Gold, watered down Acrylic paint.  I like the subtle sparkle.
That's it for me...but people, we have a new Power & Spark Challenge being hosted by our dear, dear Julie, and it's a clever one!!  All you have to do, is make a project that was inspired by one of the techniques used in one of the Inspired Me Monday posts.  How fun is that?!?!?!?! 

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigader Blog posts!! 

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Thanks for dropping by!!  I hope you have a fantastic holiday weekend if you are in the states!!  I'm going to be loving on my new little Granddaughter!  ;)

  Happy Stamping!!


StampsIrresistible Peonies, Azaleas Forever (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  XPress It, White and Smokey Gray (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  6x6 Matting Basics B (Spellbinders)
CopicsPetals ~ B97, B95, B93, B91, W1 Peony Center ~ W9, W7, W5, W3, C6 Leaves ~ YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91, YG11 Background ~ W1, W0, W00, B000 
Accessories:  Champagne Gold and Black Acrylic Paint, Printer

Monday, June 18, 2018

Digital Blitz ~ Power Poppy

Hello my creative friends!!!  There are some exciting new things happening at Power Poppy!!
Power Poppy is releasing 11 digital illustrations that were previously only available as clear stamps, and Marcy has added some special touches (as only Marcy can do) as well as some fabulous new sentiments to go with them.  Each new image will be available in black and no-line.  You really must check out all the details over at the Power Poppy Blog.

I used the new digital image called Wildflower Mini.  This image is also found in the clear stamp set called Go Wild.  I tried my hand at using Prismacolor Pencils.  I'm a total newbie...thus no close-up shots...*grin*.  It's printed onto Pastel Canson Earth Colors paper.  "It's your day" is from the clear stamp set.

Here are the links to the new digis, as well as a few of the cards I made previously with images from the clear stamp sets:

Dahlia Digi: Price $6

Lady Slipper Orchid (from Orchids Rock): Price $5

Lilacs and Lemons (from Lilac Time): Price $5

Irresistable Peonies (from Peony Muse): Price $6

Perfect Poppies (from Poppies): Price $5

Farmers Market Veggies (from Farmers Market): Price $5

Waiter, There's a Parakeet in My Teacup (from Short Stacks): Price $5

Bring Home Some Sunflowers (from Sunny Harvest): Price $4

Tea Cake with Strawberries (from Tea in the Garden): Price $4

That's it for my projects today, but here are the links to my fellow design team members who have some more inspiration to share with you today.

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
---you are here
Elizabeth Zaffarano  

Jessie Banks
Barbara Walker 

Power Poppy is also having a Summer Spree Sale!!!!  25% off Clear and Digital stamps (Not including the newly released Creative and Curious collection) This sale lasts until June 30, and all you have to do is type in the code: coloringchallenge

Thanks for dropping by!!  I hope your week is off to a great start!!

  Happy Stamping!!

StampsGo WildWildflower Mini  (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:   Pastel Canson Earth Colors, White and Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer, Versamark
Dies:  Scored and Pierced Rectangles (Spellbinders), Watercolor Stripes Cover Die (Altenew) Texture Weathered (DIY Cuts Kaisercraft)
Accessories:  Prismacolor Colored Pencils, White Embossing Powder  

Friday, June 8, 2018

Power Poppy Hop ~ The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello, hello, hello!!!  I am hopping along with some super creative and fun Power Poppy Design Team members today to encourage participation in Kathy's Racoosin's 30 day Coloring Challenge.  This challenge is designed to encourage you to color something (anything), with whatever type medium you choose, for 10 minutes each day for the next 30 days. I color most every day, but I always forget, or am too shy, to share my progress.  It's something I am working on.  

I actually totally forgot to take some progressive shots of the progress of this card, and I'm sorry I did.  It was quite the process for how it got here.  I will show you, however, the original finished card at the end of this post.  I kept looking at it, and looking at it, and something felt off.  I asked my trustworthy daughter (she is ALWAYS honest if I ask her what she thinks about a project), and she didn't like that the heart matched the background.

Before I get more into the story, let me explain this card first.  I started by creating the background with Power Poppy's Big Sexy Leaves background stamp.  I inked it up randomly with 3 different Distress Oxide inks:  Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, and Fired Brick.  I then liberally spritzed it with water and stamped it onto watercolor paper using my Misti.  The Misti was a handy tool because after I heat set the wet image, with my heat tool, I was able to stamp perfectly over the watercolored image with Tuxedo Black Memento ink giving it the look you see here.

Next, I colored up a variety of flowers, from the new Power Poppy set called Abundant Petals, and arranged them in a bouquet.  I had colored the open tulip 3 different ways, but none of them made it to the bouquet because I just didn't think the colors worked together.

After arranging the flowers the way I wanted them, I adhered them to the card and added a sweet little sentiment flag using a sentiment from the Abundant Petals set.

Oh, and I should add...I used Copics for all the coloring, and added E31 to all the flowers and leaves to tone down the colors so they would flow better with the muted background.

Here's a look at the card before I changed the heart:

So, that sums up my coloring project for today.  I hope you are inspired to get coloring!!

Before I include the links to the Power Poppy designers participating in today's hop, I have one more thing I want to share with you.

I thought you might like to know that Marcella is offering a special on the Burst of Kindness Stamp set and the digital Spring Meadow Bouquet.  It's a sweet deal!!

Now, here are the links I've been promising:

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker
---you are here

Barb Walker
Nancy Sheads
Elizabeth Zaffarano   

Thanks so very much for visiting!!  I hope you have an incredible creative weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!


StampsBig Sexy Leaves, Abundant Petals (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Studio Watercolor 140lb Hot Press (Fabriano), X-Press It, Black (PTI), Snap Basics (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick Distress Oxides (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Nested Heart (Hero Arts), Stitched Fishtail Flag (Die-Namics MFT)
Copics:  Peony ~ R17, R14, R12, R01, R89, E31 Leaves ~ YG17, YG13, YG11, E31 Black-Eyed Susans ~ Y35, Y32, C7, C5, C3, C1 Purple Leaves ~ V09, V06, V04
Accessories: Misti 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Precious Baby ~ Power Poppy


Hello my awesome creative friends!!  I hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to a nice weekend.  I know I am!
Since today is the first of the month, we have a new Power and Spark Challenge hosted by our very own sweet Bloom Brigader, Stacy!  She is challenging us to go "Round and Round".  She wants us to add some round corners, edges, or a complete round (circle).  I have scallops "around" my frame...hopefully that counts? ;) 

Anyway, I have a fun shaker card to share with you today using Power Poppy's new Precious Baby clear stamp set.  Isn't that lamb planter just precious?!?!?!  I thought it would be charming and fun to make it a shaker.  I created a background, to ground the image, with a bead board wall, and gray distressed counter.  I used my score board for the wall, and Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide (Ranger) for the base.  I masked off my stamped image before sponging the Distress Oxide.  The image itself, was colored with Copics.

For the frame, I diecut 6 layers using Pretty Pink Posh's Scallop frames.  I glued them all together with a layer of acetate between the top and second layer. 

That sums up my project for today.  Be sure to check out what the following uber talented Bloom Brigaders have to share with you:

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
---you are here

Thanks for visiting!!  Have a fabulous weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsPrecious Baby (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Acetate
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide (Ranger)
Dies:  Scallop Frames (Pretty Pink Posh)
Accessories:  Scor-Pal, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Copics 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Creative + Curious Release Hop ~ Power Poppy

It's RELEASE DAY over at Power Poppy!!!!!!!  I can't believe it is finally here. seriously need to head on over to Power Poppy and Start....SHOPPING!!  I had THE MOST FUN playing with these stamp sets.  They are each unique and full of incredible possibilities!!  I have two cards to share with you today, using 4 different stamp sets.
For my first card, I combined Big, Sexy Leaves with Abundant Petals.  Don't they look fabulous together?  Seriously now!!!  I started by stamping the Big Sexy Leaves background image onto copy paper.  Why?  Well, I wanted to minc the leaves onto decorative paper, and my copier has toner.  So I just stamped it onto copy paper, and copied it onto my decorative paper.  Then I minc'ed it with Champagne Foil.  The shimmer is just stunning!  I have a short video of it on Instagram...look for "tosh.l" if you'd like to see it.

I then colored up this stunning Peony.  Marcy and her flowers...let me tell ya.  They are nothing short of F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!!  I fussy cut each bloom and leaf cluster and added it to my card.

Now, my second card is on the opposite end of the spectrum.  I wanted to show that Toile (although is usually made up of repeating patterns) does not have to be perfect.  If you look closely at the background I created below, you will be able to tell the randomness of it.  And because the blooms are so beautifully and intricately designed, the "lack-of-perfection", is not noticeable without looking up close.  I used a variety of images from the Bee Kind Toile set, and combined it with one of the new M-Powering Words sentiments stamped over a honeycomb background.

That's it for my projects these last 5 days.  I hope you've enjoyed the previews.  Be sure to stop by Power Poppy and check out the entire Creative + Curious Collection.  These sets are show stoppers!!

Check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to share for some last minute inspiration:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
---you are here

Thank you so much for visiting and for your kind comments.  I so enjoy working with Marcella's images, and knowing that you appreciate Power Poppy too warms my heart!!

Happy Stamping!

You made my day...
StampsAbundant Petals, Big Sexy Leaves (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Miscellaneous Decorative Paper
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Printer
Dies:  A2 Curved Borders One
 CopicsFlowers ~ RV69, RV34, RV32, RV10 Stems ~ YG67, YG63, YG61, Y02 Leaves ~ YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91, Y02, E49, E47, E44, E43
Accessories:  Minc Machine, Minc Foil, Sequins 

Just Enough
StampsBee Kind Toile, M-Powering Words (Power Poppy)
Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Mermaid Lagoon and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide (Ranger), Tuxedo Black (Memento) 
Dies:  English Picnic Layering Die set (Tonic), Scored and Pierced Circles (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Dimensional Tape 
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