Friday, October 30, 2015

Power Poppy Minc'd

Hello friends!!  I have been enabled!!  Becca Feeken posted a video tutorial a little while back, on how to use the Minc machine by Heidi Swapp found HERE.  She demonstrates on how to add the foil to diecuts.  Now I need another machine like a hole in the head, but oh my, this machine is a gem!!  It's super easy to use (I am not tech savvy), and the effect is STUNNING!!!  Please, don't judge the product by my poor photography skills though, because in real life, these babies S-H-I-N-E!!!

Let me give you little background before I get to my cards. The Minc Machine adds foil to images that were made using toner from a laser printer or copier (not an inkjet).  I have a photo copier that uses toner, so I just used that.  When I watched Becca's video, I thought, why can't I take some Power Poppy images, stamp them and then photo copy them.  So, I did just that.  After photo copying some diecuts and the stamped images, I laid the foil on top of the copied images and ran it through the Minc machine.  Perfect every time.  No matter how detailed!!  Pure gorgeousness, let me tell you!!!  I even used the negative pieces by applying Multi-Medium Matte to some cardstock, laying the negative piece on top and diecutting it.  You'll see those a bit later.

For my first card, I used one of the Power Poppy images from the set Spice It Up.  I stamped it onto white paper and photocopied it with the Decorative Labels 28 (Spellbinders) die framing it so I could diecut it and have the image framed already.  The foil embosses beautifully and perfectly.  It's absolutely stunning in person!!  I also photocopied an A2 Scalloped Borders Two die (Spellbinders) to add as a border to my card.

For my next card, I stamped the tree from the Botanical Tree Power Poppy set, and photocopied it with a Stitched Rectangle die (Waltzingmouse) framing it.  Again, so the border is already there when diecutting.  When you photo copy the die, you get a wider shape because it includes the entire metal piece.  So when you use the same die to diecut it, you have a frame, and a negative piece to use.  I never ended up using my negative frames, but I saved them for a future project.

Sorry for the weird angle on this next card.  I had a hard time getting the gold to show properly, as I did with the silver above.  

Here's another angle showing the Botanical Tree.


For my next card, I used Copper Foil with an image from the Olive and Oak Power Poppy set.  I added a sentiment from the set using Onyx Black Versafine.

Here's another angle showing the Olive and Oak card.

For this Olive and Oak card, I used the negative left over piece.  I LOVE how it has an etched feel to it.

For my final card, once again I used the negative piece from the Spice It Up image I used earlier.  This image was photocopied onto textured cardstock giving the frame a distressed feel  I love how it turned out, although I have a terribly hard time photographing silver.  *sigh*

Here's the same card from a different angle so you can see the shine a bit better.

I encourage you to watch Becca's videos.  They really show the beauty of the foils.

That's finally it for me today.  I hope you've enjoyed seeing Marcella's images used in a different way.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders' blogs for some more inspiration!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsSpice It Up, Botanical Tree, Olive and Oak (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI), Hello Winter (EP)
Ink:  Photo Copier, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Decorative Labels Twenty-Eight and A2 Scalloped Borders Two(Spellbinders), Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Minc Machine (Heidi Swapp), Foil, Photo Copier (with toner), Ribbon (Paper Source), Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Embossing Folder 

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Cozy Cupful of Sequins

Hello friends!!  I'm sure you're a bit shocked to see a card posted two days in a row without being for a release.  Well, I've been having some fun participating in some Splitcoaststampers challenges this week.  I haven't had much free time in the last year, and now that I have a few days, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself.  So, today, I'm participating in SCS's CAS challenge to use Acetate.  You can find the challenge HERE.

I decided to make a shaker card with a "new to me" die by MFT.  The stamped image is by Power Poppy and is from one of their newest released sets called Cozy Cupfuls.  I colored it with Copics, added some glitter, and used Paper Tole to give it some dimension.

Copics:  Bow Package ~ BG49, BG57, BG10 Red Package ~ R29, R24, R21, G28, G24, YG01 Mug ~ T4, T2, T0, R29

That about sums it all up.  It is supposed to be CAS after all.  :)
Thanks for dropping by!  I hope you're week is off to a great start!

   Happy Stamping!

StampsCozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Stitched Cover Up Companion (MFT), Bow Tied (Tim Holtz - Sizzix)
Accessories:  Copics, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Ellen Hutson), Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Dimensional Tape (Scotch) 

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Rustic Christmas with Waltzingmouse

Hello everyone!!  We're finally having some chillier weather (70's) with a strong wind.  So, I thought it was time to bring out the mittens!  *grin*  Okay...not for 70 degree weather.  I'm not that wimpy.  But a girl can dream about the arrival of Fall can't she?  Especially when it doesn't usually arrive until November here in Central California.  So.....I made a Christmas card with one of Waltzingmouse's newest releases called Rustic Christmas.  I thought these mittens were just charming!!  

Speaking of's been way too long since I've participated in a Splitcoaststampers challenge, and yesterday's Inspiration challenge, IC516, was right up my alley!  I LOVE charms.  And this mitten charm, found HERE, is just super sweet!

The Rustic Christmas mittens were stamped with Whisper White Pigment Ink (SU!), and embossed with Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder (Ranger).  I added some Gesso to the edges of the corrugated paper, as well as the dp, and distressed all the edges with my Zutter Distrezz-it-All.

That's it for today y'all.  I hope you have a fabulous week!!
   Happy Stamping!


Stamps Rustic Christmas (Waltzingmouse)
Paper:  Kraft and White (PTI), Handmade Holiday (Simple Stories)
Ink:  Whisper White (SU!), Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Burlap String, Button (Basicgrey), Gesso, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter) 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Happiest Holiday Collection Release ~ Power Poppy
Hello everyone!!  Power Poppy stamps are now available for purchase!!  Woo-Hoo!!  And today, the Bloom Brigade is sharing one more project each has made for this release.

I chose to use the Cozy Cupfuls today because I absolutely adore these little packages with the "cozy" mug of hot cocoa on top.  I just love the collages of images that Marcy puts together.  They all just feel like one big hug, and what more perfect feeling to send out for the holidays.

My image is colored with Copics with a bit of sparkle added as well as some Liquid Applique for the foam on top of the mug.  I also have been notice a lot of "shakers" popping up lately and I hadn't made one for YEARS!!  So........ I thought it would be fun to include a shaker sentiment with a touch of sparkle!

Here's a close up so you can see the foam and sparkle a bit better.

That sums up my project for today.  But just in case you haven't stopped by before, here are the links to the rest of the Bloom Brigaders.  You won't want to miss a stop.
Here's a link to the entire Happiest Holiday Collection too. 

CopicsPackages and Ribbon ~ R29, R24, R21 Holly Leaves G28, G24, YG03 Mug and Tags T3, T1, T0

Thanks for dropping by this past week.  I hope you've been inspired to start making your Christmas cards.  Aren't these new Power Poppy images just delightful?!?!?

  Happy Stamping y'all!!  

StampsCozy Cupfuls (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Santa's List (Teresa Collins), White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Standard Circle (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Liquid Applique, Enamel Dots (Teresa Collins) 

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Wreaths Plain and Fancy with Power Poppy

Hello friends!!  Have you been enjoying all the Power Poppy previews?  I'm sure you agree that Marcella has outdone herself once again! Her creative designs are so inspiring to work with, and today is no exception. we're featuring a set called Wreaths Plain and Fancy, and it includes a couple of wreaths, some beautifully fonted sentiments, and three sweet little images that could be included with the wreaths, or stand majestically on their own.  I chose to combine the rustic wreath with the church scene.

Now, I mentioned earlier that Marcella has a way of inspiring creativity with her images...and, that's just what happened with this card.  I saw the rustic wreath and the charming little country church, and I thought how fun would it be to make it look rustic and vintage.  Now, it didn't turn out just the way I wanted it, but this is the first time I tried this technique.  Let me explain...

I saw a tutorial Jennifer Dove did on creating texture with Copics and thought what fun way to really add some "oomph" to an image.  So, like she instructed, I colored the background with Copics first (leaving the wreath and church plain), and then used Copic's Colorless Blending Solution on some cheesecloth.  Now, I was going by memory, and didn't follow her instructions exactly so I didn't get a "strong" result.  The texture is subtle because I didn't hold the cheesecloth in place for 3 seconds like Jennifer instructs.  I also am not a symmetrical kind of girl, so I'm not happy with how perfectly circular my background is, but it's a learning experience for the next time I try this technique.  To be honest, unfortunately I learn better by making mistakes, which is extremely trying for a perfectionist.  In fact, I thought about scrapping this image entirely, but I just adored the wreath and church and thought, why not share where I went wrong, so others can learn from my imperfections.  It's humbling, but there ya have it.  :)

Here's a close up so the texture is a little more visible. 

Well, there ya have it my friends.  That's it for my project today.  If you haven't already, be sure to stop by the other Bloom Brigade Blogs.  These gals have got some serious skillzzzzz!!!  Let me tell ya!!

CopicsBackground ~ E35, E34, E31 Leaves ~ G28, G24, YG03 Church ~ T5, T3, T2, T1 Berries ~ R29, R24, R21

Thanks a bunch for dropping by!!  Be sure to stop by again on the 18th for the Release Hop!!  I saved one of my favorites for last!!  It's festive and cozy!! 

Happy Stamping!

StampsWreaths Plain and Fancy (Power Poppy)
Paper: X-Press It and Bazzill
 Dies:  Standard Square and Labels One (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Christmas Vineyard Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Sewing Machine

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Spice It Up ~ Power Poppy October Release

Welcome back!!  It's Day 2 of our Power Poppy Release preview, and we're sharing a charming set called Spice It Up!  It has a variety of Pomander images, and I chose to use the small one to make a tag for a candle.
Now, we're farmers, and when our local town added a Tractor Supply store, my husband was ecstatic to say the least.  Little did I know that store would have items that appealed to me too.  Last time I was there (picking up food and treats for our dog), I saw the cutest variety of cast iron shapes with candles in them.  I thought the star shape would be a grand idea for a sweet little Christmas gift and the pomander image and sentiment would fit perfectly.  Thus the inspiration for the tag.  I colored it with Copics, added a few dew drops and of course some twine.  It is "country" after all.  ;)

Below is a close up of the tag.

That's it for me today.  Check out what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has to share:
CopicsPomander ~ E35, E34, E31, W6, W4, W0 Ribbon ~ BG49, BG45, BG10 Berries ~ R29, R24, R21 Leaves ~ G28, G24, YG03

Thanks so much for dropping by.  Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for another preview of Marcella's beautiful images!!

  Happy Stamping! 

StampsSpice It Up (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Blissful Blizzard (Fancy Pants), White and Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Stitched Tags (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Burlap String, Cast Iron Star Candle

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Vellum Botanical Tree ~ Power Poppy October Release


Hello friends!!  Finally... it's time for another Power Poppy Release called Happiest Holiday Collection, and people...let me tell you...this one is F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!!!
We're starting the previews off with the Botanical Tree clear stamp set.  Isn't it charming with its gorgeous poinsettias, roses and berries?  I thought this image would look fabulous on Vellum, and I was very pleased with the result.  I only used a few Copics to color the back of the image, and added some sparkle to the poinsettias and berries with some glitter.  I added a separate poinsettia (included in the set) to the beautifully fonted sentiment and diecut it with Fancy Tags 2 (Spellbinders).  Lastly, I added a few mini-Dew Drops to the poinsettia center and the sentiment tag.  It's pretty CAS (Clean and Simple), but I think it packs a sweet punch.

Copics:  BG49, BG45, YG67, YG06

That about sums up my card for today.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more inspiration:

Stamps: Botanical Tree (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Vellum and White (PTI), Bazzill
 Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Fancy Tags 2 (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Dew Drops (Robin's Nest), Dimensional Tape 

Friday, October 9, 2015

You Take Awesomeness to a whole new level...

Do you like to color?  I love it!  In fact, I haven't stopped coloring since I was a little kid.  Although, I now use other mediums than crayons and Crayola Markers.  Actually, I have been using Copics a lot lately, but I also enjoy watercoloring.  So...Why did I ask you about coloring?

Well, Power Poppy is joining Kathy Racoosin, over at The Daily Marker, for her 30 Day coloring challenge today, and the Bloom Brigade has colored up a variety of Power Poppy images to share with you.  And guess what...there are prizes to be won too!  So, be sure to head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details on how you can join in on all the fun!!

For my card today, I used 3 different Power Poppy Clear Stamp Sets.  And I'm going to go out on a limb and say this card fits in the Power and Spark Challenge: Bits and Pieces because I took a succulent from the Sassy Succulents set, and used it to replace the tulips in this Short Stack image, so I could make it fit a bit more in the Fall season, and the sentiment is from the
Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips set...thus, Bits and Pieces from different sets.  ;)

Everything was colored with Copics.  Actually a little out of my box where colors are concerned, but I hope you like it.

Now, for some more inspiration, make sure you visit the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
CopicsRed Package ~ R39, R37, R35, R32 RV95, RV93, RV91 Bottom Package ~ E95, E93, E01, E31, YG95, YG93, YG91, YG97, T3, T1, T0 Succulent ~ YG95, YG93, YG91, YG97, V12, V06, 
Cupcake ~ RV95, RV91, E95, E93, E01, E31
That's it for me today.  Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy Blog for details on how you can win a Power Poppy Stamp set, as well as other goodies!

   Happy Stamping!

Paper:  X-Press It, Santa's List (Teresa Collins), White (PTI)
Ink:  Onyx Black  and Smokey Gray (Versafine)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Silver Enamel Dot (My Mind's Eye) 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Planner Basics Birthday Card ~ Waltzingmouse

Hello creative friends!!  I'm excited to share a card I made today with the fabulous new Waltzingmouse Stamp sets Planner Basics Frames, and Planner Basics Words.  Claire designed this set for all of you organizers out there, and it has a fabulous variety of images to help you with just that.  Well, I don't use planners, and I needed a masculine card, so....I thought it would be fun to use these sets to make a clipboard birthday card.  

I started by stamping the clipboard three times so I could layer the paper and make it more dimensional.  I cut out the "clip" of one of them, colored it with the silver Wink of Stella, and after stamping the "paper" image with the #22, I glued the clip on top...once again, to add dimension.  Lastly, I added the trendy "hashtag" with the sentiments, scored the white panel in the background for some texture and added a couple of flags (that are included in the stamp set).

That's it.  It's pretty CAS, but I think a lot of guys appreciate the lack of frou-frou.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by y'all!!  I hope you're having a great creative week!

   Happy Stamping!


StampsPlanner Basics Frames, Planner Basics Words (Waltzingmouse)
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine), Red Brick, Aloe Vera and Mango Madness (VersaMagic)
Accessories:  Silver Wink of Stella, Scor-Pal 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

World Card Making Day with Power Poppy
It's World Card Making Day!!  How cool is it that card makers get a day just for them!!  Well Power Poppy is not letting this day go by without a chance forall you card makers to win some gorgeous Power Poppy images!!  All you have to do is make a card using the Power Poppy sketch.  And if you follow a couple more challenges, you'll have even more chances to win.  Be sure to head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details on how you can win. my card, I used the gorgeous Poinsettia set.  I stamped the poinsettia with Gray Flannel Memento Ink and colored it with Copics.  I then added some sparkle with glitter and some miscellaneous trims.  The sentiment was stamped with Silvery Shimmer Delicata Pigment Ink and was embossed with Silver ep.  Lastly, I added some mini-dew drops.

That's it for my project today.  Be sure to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share on their blogs today:

I hope you are able to find some time to make a card and join us on World Card Making Day.  You have a week to play along.  The contest will close Oct. 10.

CopicsPointsettia ~ W3, W2, W0 Mini-Pomegranates ~ BG13, BG11, BG10 Leaves ~ N4, N0 Sprigs ~ YG93 Background ~ BV000, BV0000

Thanks for stopping by!!
   Happy Stamping!

StampsPoinsettia (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Save the Date (Teresa Collins), White (PTI)
Ink:  Gray Flannel (Memento), Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), Circles (Little B and Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Silver Embossing Powder (Ranger), Mini-Dew Drops, Quickie Glue Pen, Glitter (Hero Arts), Doily (BoBunny), Miscellaneous Trims 
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