Friday, August 31, 2018

Alcohol Lift-Ink ~ Big Sexy Leaves ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday y'all!!!  It's that time of week again.  Have you tried the new Alcohol Lift-Ink by Ranger yet?  I purchased it awhile back and haven't had the chance to try it out until yesterday.  And oh my is it fun!!!  It's magical!

These two cards are super CAS, but nothing about creating them was.  I have never used Yupo cardstock before, or Alcohol Lift-Ink.  And I haven't used my Alcohol inks in probably a decade.  So, I had to experiment first.  To learn how to use Yupo and the new Alcohol Lift-Ink, I watched Tim Holtz's video tutorial found HERE.  It's full of useful information!!

After seeing this magical ink, I knew Power Poppy's Big Sexy Leaves Background stamp would work beautifully with this technique!!  And since I am SO READY FOR FALL, I started by creating an inky background with Fall colors.  I used up my whole pack of Yupo and have some pieces that mixed the blues/greens along with the Fall colors and I love the mix, but I didn't let things dry properly (learning curve), so I ended up using my monochromatic pieces.  I plan to try my hand at mixing colors again though.  The leaf and butterfly were diecut from a couple of the other practice pieces.

Now, I realize there are a few of you crazy people that are still trying to hold on to summer, so I included a summery palette too.  I love how versatile this Big Sexy Leaves background stamp is.

The sentiment is from the Power Poppy set Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips.  I wanted a bold script so it would pop over the busy background.

That's it for my projects today, but there are a lot more projects for you to be inspired by.  Check out what the following Bloomies have to share today:

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

Thank you so much for dropping by.  I hope I've inspired you to try something new.

  Happy Stamping!!

Paper:  Yupo (Ranger), White and Vellum (PTI) 
Ink:  Pool, Pistachio, Juniper, Pesto, Lemonade, Peach Bellini, Raisin, Espresso (Alcohol ~ Ranger), Jet Black Archival (Ranger)
Dies:  Scored and Pierced REctangles (Spellbinders), Butterfly (Joy Crafts, Large Leaves (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Accessories:  Alcohol Blending Solution (Ranger), Dimensional Tape (Scotch) Rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Friday, August 24, 2018

Kindness is the Way ~ Power Poppy

Hello creative friends!!!  I hope your Friday is off to a beautiful start!!  We are finally cooling down in the Central Valley of California and it is soooooo welcomed!!  Now, we just need to get all the fires under control.  We are not in any threat of fires because we are in the center of farming country, but since we live in a valley, all the smoke and smog settles here.  We have a conundrum.  Rain and breezes would be nice to get rid of the smoke, but would be horrible for our crops.  *sigh*  Anyway...we are back in the 90's and we are even looking forward to some days in the actual 80's.  I don't even know if I remember what that feels like.  

On to my card, which is what you dropped by for in the first place.  I'm a bit late to the party with this fabulous (FREE for always) digital image, called Kindness is the Way, that Power Poppy released a little over a month ago.  Gerberas are one of my absolute favorite flowers.  And there is such a variety of colors to them that this image has unlimited possibilities.  

I thought it would be fun to just have color in the centers and sentiment, so I started by coloring the entire background with my Black Copic 100.

I then colored the individual flowers using grays and blues.  I colored the letters on a separate piece of X-Press It cardstock, cut them out and popped them up over the main piece in which I colored the letters all black so they would have a shadow when popped.

That's it for today's project.  Stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more Power Poppy inspiration!!

Christine Okken
Kathy Jones
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here
    Happy Stamping!!


StampsKindness is the Way (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black and White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  A2 Matting Basics A (Spellbinders)
Copics:  B29, B28, B26, B23, C7, C5, C3, C1, 100
Accessories:  Dimensional Tape

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 
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