Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Cat’s Pajamas Blog Candy Winner!

And the random.org winner of this adorable TCP Die is........


 Lucky #7

Caroline Eade said...
Love these cute cards! Very inspiring! I love the die you are sharing too.

Thanks for your comments everyone, I look forward to showing you all the new TCP goodness tomorrow!  

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Abundant Petals & Precious Baby

Sigh...it’s been such a fun week showing off all that’s new at Power Poppy!  All of this creativity just reminds me of how sweet life is, and how MUCH we need those encouraging reminders in our world, especially when times are hard.  Today is our last day of previews and we have such beautiful and precious sets to show you.  Plus, all the NEW RELEASES of the Creative and Curious Collection are now available!  We’ve got you covered with all 11 new stamps and all the new dies that Marcy will show off today.


I’m so delighted with today’s sets!  It has everything I love about Power Poppy.  Knock your socks off elegant florals, to sweet scenes that charm you.  We’ll start it all off with a set I’ve been hoping for and now it’s here!  It’s called Abundant Petals.  

This set enables you to become your own master florist, Marcy has illustrated a multitude of flowers in such classy variety for you to create your own bouquets.  From the mondo and majestic full showstopper arrangement of flowers, to a sweet simple single flower arrangement, it’s got you covered!  And the sentiments are so lovely.  Great news is that coordinating dies are available for this set.  


The sentiment says it all for me....my heart is full!  You can probably tell I loved colouring this arrangement of flowers.  I created an apricot-to-peach version of a peony, added in some orange ranunculus, a yellow rose, then mixed in some sweet acid greenery and some pretty teeny daisies.  

A little tip:  What I like to do when I create big arrangements like this is to have all my pieces in front of me and then just keep playing with them till I have an bouquet I like.  Then I take a picture with my iphone so I have something to refer to when I’m glueing it all together.  It also helps me see how different arrangments might compare, and then pick the one I like.  

It’s all placed on a round card design with a watercolour background of green.  

I kept everything else really simple and only included the sentiment and some clear sequins hidden between the layers.  It adds touches of sparkle without being fussy.  



And finally the sweet Baby Set we’ve been waiting for!  Here is Precious Baby!  


It’s all precious memories with this set which has a bit of vintage style to it.  That sweet-pea baby is adorable and I can’t wait to colour that one up; but as soon as I saw the set I was swept back to when my brother was born.   I know we had the exact ceramic lamp planter Marcy drew given to us as a gift, and it was in my brother’s room.  I was about 2 1/2 when he was born, but I can picture it just as plain as day.  That’s the image I had to do first!


Adorable!   I wanted my scene to be a bit boy/girl friendly so I went with pretty shades of green, yellow and mint and this fun paper, It’s a Boy from Echo Park.  I sewed together my layers in little stripes, adding some baby elements as accent. 


I coloured my image to match up with the baby paper including the little plaid touches.  A sweet little safety pin and button carry through the baby theme.  



And now it’s off to the rest of the Bloom Brigade for inspiration that will wow you!  Marcy will have all the sale details at the Power Poppy blog!  Don’t forget you still have time to enter the Giveaway too!  And, check out this fabulous Promotion if you’re ordering anything in the new collection....





Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cheerful Columbine & Hellebore and Hyacinth

Welcome to day four of our Power Poppy Preview Week and the Creative & Curious Collection!  Today there are three sets being previewed, and I’ll show you two of them.  


Let’s kick it all off with Cheerful Columbine.  Marcy has this way of putting sweet things into other sweet things and coming out with an arrangement that’s both unique and beautiful.  This set makes a teacup into a planter of columbine and hosta, adds in a sweet bird, egg and scrap of cloth and makes it into a masterpiece!  


Since this little bird was drawn to be a baby robin, I used that colour palette through my design and coloured up those gorgeous columbine flowers in a soft red, adding an earthy cup with red polka-dots and then that robin’s egg blue in the egg, echoed in the blue-green of the hosta leaves.  

My photograph didn’t capture the whole sentiment but it reads “You’ve been on my mind”.  


Isn’t that bird amazing?  I’ll love how Marcy illustrates birds!  

And now I’ll show you a set that will make you SO happy if you’re a polymer stamp fan!  


One of my all time favourite images of Marcy’s is the hellebore in a glass.  There’s just something about the abundant blooms heavily tipping over in the arrangement that speaks to me, so I’m crazy happy to have this image, and the beautiful forced hyacinth in glass together.  Marcy made them nice and large so they are really great to colour up!  Here is Hellebore & Hyacinth.  


I call this one a “moody hellebore” (which is a bit funny when you look at the sentiment!).  The tones hellebores can come in are so lovely.  A lot of new hybrids mix some unusual colours together.  I found a gorgeous hybrid that mixes a deep grey/purple/blue with burgundy and pink, so I wanted to recreate that in my colouring.   The paper is from MFT and really captures that monochromatic moody blue I was going for.   


Here are my inspiration hellebores.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?  I think the colouring on the leaves is as spectactular as the petals.  (source: Pacific Horticulture Society)



I kept the design really clean and simple, adding only sewing, some baker’s twine and some faceted gems that reflect some of the colouring on the petals.




Don’t forget about the amazing Creative and Curious Giveaway - you can enter on the Power Poppy Blog, Facebook or Instagram!  

And now be sure to check out the beautiful inspiration from the rest of the Bloom Brigade....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, May 18, 2018

Bee Kind Toile & Always Here


Another round of Power Poppy beautiful today!  I know I’m getting to sound like a broken record, but we’re only half-way through!  I have two more cards to show you with two amazing sets. 


We’ll start with the amazing set Always Here.  This is a previously released digital image - Heart Abloom, now available in polymer, with some beautiful sentiments included.  I love the variety of flowers and fruit included, and how each of the elements sing spring!  


I really had an awesome time colouring this one.  I wanted each of the flowers to have their own palette, and yet have everything tie together cohesively.  So, you’ll see how bits of colour carry over between the colour of the flowers.  After I had coloured the heart, I trimmed it out with a tiny border and set it aside because I wanted to create a funky background.  

I might have mentioned before that I’m not an “early adopter” of anything, so I know Distress Oxide inks have been around a while aready, but this was my first time using them to create a background.  This is Distress Oxide Evergreen Bough.  I sponged it onto the background in layers working on creating a Ombre feel.  So, more ink on top and less layers on the bottom.  I spritzed the cardstock to let the oxidation happen and then used my heat gun to dry between layers.  I really like the dreamy effect it has.  


After I layered the main image over the background I spritzed the whole thing with a shimmery spray.  You might be able to see a bit of it on this photo above.  It sure looks pretty in person!  


For accents I added some shimmery ribbon, twine and clear sequins.  


On the inside I added another thin strip of the background I worked on and a sweet little sentiment and snail from the set.  So cute!  

Now we’ll move onto what I think is the most unique set Marcy has in the collection this month!  


It’s Bee Kind Toile!  This amazing LARGE set has so many elements included to help you create your own toile designs, frames and focal elements, and showcasing BEES! It is so precious!  Since I have two friends who have bee hives, I know where some of these cards will go...
  

There’s something about toile that speaks French Country to me, so I tried to create that sort of elegant simplicity in the design.  I have a pretty frame made from parts of the set which I trimmed out carefully to frame the amazing bee skep!  I gave some grayscale colour to the design, with pops of yellow.  This card would perfectly for our B&Wwith a Splash of Colour Challenge going on right now, where you can win a $50 gift card to the store!  (perfect timing don’t you think?)


The set has a beautiful honeycomb stamp, which I can’t wait to use, but because I also had a honeycomb stencil, I decided to use it with some embossing paste to give it some rustic dimension.  After it was dry, I sponged some warm yellow ink and made it my background.  A lovely Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles die cut in black becomes the card base. 


A wee yellow gingham bow finishes off the design.  So sweet!  I am going to love creating unique designs with this set!



Have you seen Marcy’s amazing Giveaway News?  



The whole gang is bringing you design inspiration with these two sets today, be sure to visit!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Artistic Bouquet and Wild Mushrooms


We’re back for day two previews of the Creative and Curious Stamp & Die Collection from Power Poppy!  We’ve got two more beauties to show you:  Artistic Bouquet and Wild Mushrooms. 


Ill start it off with the lovely Artistic Bouquet.  This beauty of a set was first introducted as the digital stamp called Rosé All Day.  It showcases a mix of art supplies, flowers, leaves, branches, sweet bees and a ladybug, and now its in polymer!  


I wanted to really focus on the greenery in this image and white and creamy flowers, so I pulled out a wide variety of Copics to give each element it’s own shade of green. After colouring I used a big Spellbinders die to make it a rounded squre shape with some pretty mint tones in the background.  


I added the sentiment embossed on some vellum with a green leaf accent, some lovely green lace.  To give the cyclamen leaves a little bit of definition and some more realism, I used my white gel pen to accent some of the veining.  That wee little ladybug wouldn’t have looked right in red, so I played off the colours of the bees and made him a wee bit oranger.  I’ve found some ladybugs that are that colour, so I think it works.  And hey, we’re allowed to use our own creative interpretation too right?  

I mentioned that I used a lot of Copics for this one, so I took them in two pictures.  The top picture are all the greenery, and the bottom is the rose, cyclamen petals, branches and bees.  



Next up, one of my favourite sets from the whole release!  


It’s all about the Wild Mushrooms!  I think Marcy hit this sweet set out of the park!  Who knew mushrooms could have such variety and be so darn adorable?  This is an awesome large set and I love that Marcy gave us so many varieties of mushrooms to choose from.  I looked up each of them and they all come in very unique colours - so you can colour play to your heart’s content.  Marcy illustrated them to be reminiscent of botanical drawings, and they are whimsical without being too cutesy, scientifically correct without being staid.  And great news, coordinating DIES are available for this set.  


For my first shroomy card, I just had to go the traditional fairy garden style of mushroom with the red cap.  They are such interesting fungi!  I wanted it to be clean and simple, yet earthy to play off the colours, so I added some embossed polka-dots on the top of the card, a fun red scalloped border and then added the mushrooms popped up over the kraft cardstock, with a pretty gingham ribbon accent.  


I’m not sure which way you’ll see those polka dots better, so I have a couple of photos.  



A fun sentiment and some pops of colour from the red gems.  


Only a few Copics on this one!  

The girls are bringin’ it today with more inspiration.  Hope you can pop on by!  Marcy is also letting you know about a fabulous giveaway too - so be sure to check out the Power Poppy blog!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Power Poppy’s Creative and Curious Release! Poppy XL & Big Sexy Leaves

Well, we’re beyond excited to bring you Power Poppy’s new Release!  It’s called Creative and Curious, and, as I’ve been mentioning the past few weeks, I think it’s some of Marcy’s finest artistic work.  You’ll find a little bit of everything good in this release, flowers, nature, new life, and vibrance.  It reflects the heart of Marcy and the heart of a beautifully creative and dynamic God.  It’s going to be a great week ahead!  

  

Today we’re kicking it off with two gorgeous sets, Poppy XL and Big Sexy Leaves.


It’s so fun to have a fabulous giant poppy for a company called Power Poppy!  This beauty is amazing.  There is so much room to really bring life to the design with colouring!  I’ve chosen to start with the orange version, but imagine this in reds, pinks or yellows?  Sigh!  

To maximize that long leggy poppy (can’t you imagine them swaying in the wind?), I decided to go with a tall and narrow size of card.  Just the right size to fit in a bank envelope.  I coloured the flowers and leaves with Copics, and in my research I found a really lovely orange poppy that has a purple center.  I also decided to colour block the card with those orange, purple and green shades.  


To soften a bit of the orange designer paper (from MFT), so it wouldn’t overpower the bloom, I layered some scalloped edged vellum and sewed it on.  This way it’s the poppy that shines not the paper.  



Here you can see a bit of the sewing between layers, the pretty orange ribbon (which I believe came on some of my Power Poppy stamps), and the sentiment. Aren’t those words sweet?!  How I love when we cheer each other on!  


Next up is Big Sexy Leaves!  


This is Power Poppy’s first background stamp!  And isn’t it a showstopper?  I was so delighted by the amazing array of tropical leaves that really could be done in so many different colour palettes.  I’ve found some fabulous inspiration photos that I’ll use in the future with this one.  Today, I wanted to go cool and lush, so it’s greens, purples and blues.  The card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 so that gives you the feel for how large and beautiful it is.  I think it would look great embossed in black too - so I’m looking forward to trying that as well.  


For the sentiment I used a pretty die from The Cat’s Pajamas, cut it out 3 x in black cardstock, glued the layers together so that it would have some dimension and then layered it on vellum, this way the sentiment stands out from the design, but you don’t lose the colour of all the leaves.  A few black sequins finish it off.  


For lots more beautiful inspiration from our Creative and Curious Collection and the Bloom Brigade with these fabulous new sets pop on by...


SaveAllison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog