Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Christmas Pom Pom Garland


Hello there! It’s Christine here and I am excited to be joining in on Power Poppy's December Power & Spark Challenge with our Twelve Days of Christmas twist! As visions of sugar plums dance in your heads, is the paper still flying in your crafting spaces? If you love to put a colorful and personal spin on your holiday creations, we love to hear it and we’re here to help! For the next week and a half, get ready for Power Poppy’s festive and fun take on the 12 Days of Christmas – a time to get inspiration to deliver that homespun charm not only to your loved ones but around your home as well. Each day the Power Poppy designers will be sharing ideas on all kinds of projects from home décor to accents for your holiday dinner table to ideas on how to package up those holiday goodies with style!

And guess what? If you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation right here and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge winnings! You’ll  have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a....

 $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop!

Here on DAY SIX, I’ve chosen to create a garland for Christmas to decorate a mantle.  As I was dreaming up some ideas I decided to make my garland a little whimsical and add some homemade  pom poms to the garland as accents, which I’ll also show you how to create on the Power Poppy Blog.  

Here’s a peek at what you’ll find there, using the lovely new Winter Wonderland set.  I’ve taken a couple of pictures of the garland outside, where the light was a little better and then where its hung underneath our mantle on the fireplace where the lighting isn’t as good, but it gives you the idea of how it can be used.  






Here’s a peek at what the letters look like close up.  


I took a Tim Holtz Stencil (Flourish), some embossing paste and glitter and added some pretty sparkly dimension to the letters, giving it some time to dry.  Funny story, in all my years of creating I’ve never spilled too much glitter, but on this project I accidently dumped a whole container of glitter everywhere.  Let’s just say, “sparkle for days’.  

I gave each letter a border of Rich Razzleberry paper to give them a little more stability. 


For the O, after adding the sparkly dimension, I placed the spray of flowers on the left hand side of the letter attaching using foam dots.  



These next photos give you a bit of of better look a the colouring and the dimension in the spray.  





As beautiful as the stamp looks coloured, it’s equally as lovely stamped in a single colour because of how detailed it is.  I also think it helps the garland from becoming too fussy by only adding one coloured up image.  


On the Power Poppy Blog I show you how to create the little pom poms between the letters and how I pulled it all together.





Wishing you great JOY this season!  

Monday, December 4, 2017

Let Me Take Ewe Skating


Popping in with a sweet little scene of winter and these cute sheep from The Cat’s Pajamas called Melt My Ice.  I think they look so cute tucked into together, and with all that wool I bet they are quite cozy.  

I made use of TCP’s Double Snowflake CutUps Dies for accenting the scene.  I love these dies because they are so detailed and can be used with all the pieces still in the die.  I’ve added a few enamel dots and some pretty red striped and organza ribbon.  



Here you can probably see I spritzed the whole card with shimmery spray so it really shines.  



Inside the sentiment is from the set, and you can see that the designer paper has a skate theme to it too.  


Here’s the Copics I used - sorry it’s a bit shadowed I snapped this one on the fly!  


Friday, December 1, 2017

Peace On Chickadees


We’re started a fabulous 12 Days of celebration at the Power Poppy blog with our 12 Days of Christmas December Challenge.  Each day for the next 12 days one of the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade will be posting a Christmas themed idea for your inspiration and inviting you to play along.  Katie is bringing you ADORABLE inspiration on the Power Poppy Blog today and I’ll have more details about the challenge at the end of my post.  

For today, I thought I’d pull out the sweet chickadee from our new set Tweet Tidings and create a cozy card.   I looked up some ideas for colouring winterberry and found that some of the foliage can be a burgundy green mix and some of the actual berrries can be purple.  I thought that would be an interesting colour combination for the design.  



Isn’t this fluffy little guy adorable?  That sweet little face makes me smile.  I added some white die cut poinsettias (The Cat’s Pajamas), and rhinestone gems to bling them up a little.   The sentiment is from another new Power Poppy set, Rustic Rejoicing.  


Inside the card is a simple bit of stamping and designer paper.  Here are more details about our 12 Days of Christmas...




As visions of sugar plums dance in your heads, is the paper still flying in your crafting spaces? If you love to put a colorful and personal spin on your holiday creations, we love to hear it and we’re here to help! For the next week and a half, get ready for Power Poppy’s festive and fun take on the 12 Days of Christmas – a time to get inspiration to deliver that homespun charm not only to your loved ones but around your home as well. Each day starting today, our designers will be sharing ideas on all kinds of projects from home décor to accents for your holiday dinner table to ideas on how to package up those holiday goodies with style! 

And guess what? If you play along with us during any one of the 12 days and try our project at hand, link up your creation HERE and you’ll be in the running for our Power & Spark 12 Days of Christmas Challenge. That’s right – you’ll have 12 ways to enter. Play along once or try all 12 days for more chances to win a $50 shopping spree to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Here’s some more inspiration from the Bloom Brigade today....

Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

Friday, November 24, 2017

Frosty Bows


One month till Christmas friends!  It seems so hard to believe and I’m not anywhere near ready, are you?  Do you venture out for the Black Friday sales where you are?  They’re becoming more and more popular around here in Canada, but I’m not much of a crowd-fighter kind of shopper :)  

I thought I’d pull out a card I made a few weeks ago that celebrates some frosty shimmer in a very clean and simple way.  I began with Power Poppy's Digital Stamp - Merriest Berries, on Copic XPress it Blending cardstock.  What’s awesome about this set is that it comes with three different variations of a bubbling cluster of Holly and Mistletoe overflowing with berries.  One version just has the bow, one, has dovetail ribbon ends and one has a candy cane in it.  

I added some colour with Copics in a cool palette with a little bit of sparkle on the thread of the bow.  

I placed it all on a layer of white where I had added embossing paste through a Tim Holtz stencil (Gothic),  while the embossing paste was still wet, I sprinkled it all with giltter so that it would dry in the paste and it gives it a beautiful shimmer.  


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Just a wee bit of curly sparkly ribbon, some silver twine, and a bit of sequins for accent.  



Here’s the Copics I used.  


Did you see Power Poppy’s wonderful Black Friday (and Weekend) Sales???  Be sure to check them out on the Power Poppy Blog!  


And here’s the Bloom Brigade playing along today.

Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Reel Deal


A few weeks ago one of our son’s best buds turned 15.  He happens to love fishing, so I knew I had the perfect image to use from Power Poppy, Leaping Trout (digi) and the sentiment from another Power Poppy Digi, Reel Deal.  

Last year I did a larger trout design that I really loved, it’s actually my most pinned image ever, so I used some similar colours and a bit different layout.  

As I was pulling out some papers I thought might work, I realized the tones in the designs were a bit off.  That’s why I love my Copics, I could just sweep a light colour that I used in my colouring overtop of the patterned paper and it matches perfectly, tying everything together.  



Here’s my Copics for the colouring.  Isn’t he a handsome fish?  Best part of all, after opening it, the 15 year old said “this is actually really cool!"







Friday, November 17, 2017

Hi, Mr. Snowman!



Even as I’m typing this today,  the snow is gently falling outside my window.  It’s definitely a day for tucking in a being cozy.  I have a sweet little snowman to show you from Power Poppy’s new set,  Snow Kissed.  It’s such a cute combination of sweet images and Scandinavian prints you can put together to really jazz up your cards.  

I wanted him to have that warm cozy feel too, so I chose some warm grays to colour him up with and then added a layer of Kraft Cardstock with the patterns stamped in white and red in the background.  



I also added the prints to the sentiment banner (though the red heart is harder to see).  I snuck in a little die cut flower behind the sentiment that gives the feeling of an intricate snowflake and then finished it off with some twine and enamel dots.  



The inside is stamped too, and here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  


Here’s the Bloom Brigade playing along today...


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog