Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happiest Holidays - Flowering Santa

Well friends, you’re going to flip with Marcy’s unique and inspired creativity today.... instroducing Flowering Santa, and he’s one dapper dude!

Heres Marcys description of this stylish guy:  

Big, bold, and laden with blooms! This botanical Santa Claus offers a warm, welcoming smile, twinkling eyes, and a beard that will not be soon forgotten. Santa's decorative curls overflow with holly, stars, and poinsettias — and when shaded using monochromatic tones or metallics, will create a supreme showstopper. Very merry sentiments are perfect for overlays or card interiors.

As soon as I saw this Merry Santa and his botanical beard, I remembered a sheet of designer paper that had the same look as Marcy’s illustration, so I quickly grabbed it out of my stash and starting colouring him up to match.  He’s decidedly more of a “salt-n-pepper” Santa to match the black in the paper, but I think it’s a fun look for him!  The card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches finished size to make lots of room for him. 

Some striped velvet ribbon accents finish it off.  I didn’t want to go too crazy with embellishments because the paper and design have a more busy tone.  I trimmed out the sentiment to place over top of the design, almost as if it’s floating.  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happiest Holidays - Santa Under Glass

Today I’m bringing you a delightful Power Poppy stamp preview called Under Glass:  Christmas Traditions.  Lovers of Power Poppy will notice right away that it goes with Marcy’s previously released set, Under Glass, which is a personal favourite of mine.  Now,  it gets even better with a Christmas version, and a newly sized cloche!

Here’s Marcy’s description of the set:  

Hot on the heels of our first-ever cloche set “Under Glass”, this new group of Christmas vignettes is bound for popularity on your craft table. Each still life fits perfectly inside the glass dome, or works equally well individually. One grouping has a classic Power Poppy stack (we LOVE to stack cute things!) consisting of wrapped gifts and ornaments; another fun stamp is the "JOY" tree - filled with ornate decoration and detail. Lastly, Santa feeding his reindeer, an image based on a vintage Christmas decal, is ideal for creating a snow dome with a glitter pen! Use the bow to add a handle to the top of the snow globe - or place it atop the tree. Four sentiments complement the vintage vibe.

Isn’t he just SO CUTE??!!  I love this little Santa and reindeer pair!  Coloured up with Copics, and trimmed out to sit on a pretty, edged banner, in the midst of a flurry of snowflakes!  

A red paper bow and some detailed snowflake dies really do the accenting here,  along with a few shimmery enamel dots.  I’ve added sparkly pen on santa’s furry hat, cuffs and suit, and along the snow.  You can catch a glimpse of the silvery sparkle.  

Here’s the Copics I used to bring it to life.  

Here’s the beautiful Bloomies with inspiration for you today from this awesome set....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog 


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happiest Holidays - Rustic Rejoicing

Happiest Tuesday to you!  We’re so excited to be bringing you an amazing nine days of our Christmas/Holiday/Winter/Knock-Your-Socks-Off Release from Power Poppy!  Today is Day 3 and I’m jumping in to show you the very lovely set, Rustic Rejoicing.  

Here’s Marcy’s description of the set....

A celebration of all things woodsy, as we rejoice and give thanks! Two unique focal images offer elegant imagery to set your holiday cards apart. A pretty bough with pinecones and jingle bells is set off by a loopy ribbon to which you may add the perfect accent color. Taking a pause from spreading peace throughout the land, a dove rests in a fir tree, olive branch poised. Add glowing detail to the holiday bulbs for pretty sparkle. Four sentiments help set the tone you're going for, whether peaceful or ebullient. 

This is the kind of stamp that gets me EVERY time!  I love showcasing the elegant and yet rustic elements that winter and Christmas bring....classy, woodsy, cozy....that's where I was going with this design.  With a backdrop of wood plank designer paper, I chose a warm colour palette for the pinecones and jingle bells, colouring it all up with Copics.  An elegant die shows off the image, edged in Krylon Gold pen, with a matching curvy bit of green, also edged in gold. 

To give a nod to the rustic touches, I added a burlap fishtale banner, and some twine around jingle bells.  The sentiment is a gold-edged diecut from TCP.  

Here’s the Copics I used for colouring, in case that’s helpful for you.  

So that’s a peek at  Rustic Rejoicing!  Make sure you stop by the rest of the team showcasing this set today because they’ve all got such beautiful takes on the set.  We’ll be back with beauty all week long!  Here’s a peek....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Friday, October 13, 2017

Spread Your Wings

Happy Friday friends!  A few months ago Marcy illustrated a beautiful design for her son’s school graduation called Monarchs and Milkweed.  It’s a gorgeous picture of the stages of a monarch butterfly as well as the milkweed they lay their eggs on.  I printed it up a few weeks ago intending on creating something special with it, but I wasn’t sure which direction I would go with it.  I printed it quite large and just couldn’t bring myself to cut it down at all, or after all the work of colouring to make it into a card that I’d have to give away :).  So, instead it turned into a larger piece, about 7 inches x 7 inches, that I could put on a small easel to display.  

Our printer was acting up on me, so, instead of the grey ink I wanted it to print in, it came out a more rust shade, but it seemed to work well with this neutral palette.  

I think the different stages of the monarchs and milkweed are so striking.  I coloured the image up with Copics, but came in and added some details and the background with Prismacolor Pencils.  

When it came to the black parts of the caterpillars and the butterflies I used a black glittery Spica pen to add in the details.  Not only does the black pop against the other neutral outlines, but it also adds a touch of sparkle.  I’m hopeless at capturing sparkle when photograping my creations, but you get the idea.  

Such a beautiful image that reminds me that transformation still happens, all the time, and that it takes some work to spread your wings and fly.  I hope that thought is a good encouragement to you today.  

Now...we’ve got a fabulous challenge going at Power Poppy in case you missed it called Mini and Mighty that you’ll want to check out HERE.  Enter and you could win a $50 Power Poppy Shopping Spree!

Also...hold onto your hats....NEXT WEEK starts our Happiest Holiday 2017 Release at Power Poppy and it’s going to WOW you.  Marcy’s in rare creative form and we’re really looking forward to sharing it all with you.  Sneak Peeks start October 15!  

Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan

Tosha Leyendekker

Friday, October 6, 2017

Mini & Mighty!

October has swept in with all its beautiful colours and coziness and we have a new challenge to jump into at Power Poppy!  This month my lovely friend Stacy has challenged us to create some Mini Greetings, something thats a mini note or card.  Its all about packing a punch in creating a "sweet little something" smaller than 4 inches. 

For my “sweet little somethings”, I pulled together a number of fall themed images from Marcy’s collection using our Feeling Fall stamp set for the scene with the little cup on the left, Fall Haul digi stamp for the scene in the middle,  and Farmers Market for the little scene on the right.  I love the fall harvest theme of each of them.  All of the cards are about 3 x 3.  Marcy’s so good at drawing little vignettes, so there are many sets in her collection that will work in mini designs.  

To keep the designs cohesive, I used the same colour palette and background paper as well as burlap, wood veneer hearts and twine on each of them.  

Here’s a closer peek.  

For this little scene I actually “borrowed” one of the little pumpkins from the Feeling Fall set to add to the front of the veggie basket.  Isn’t that little chalkboard sign cute in the cauliflower?  I stamped it in white after I coloured it with Copics, and then just did a wee bit of outlining the letters with a Copic Multiliner so they’d stand out a little more.  

A cute little cup of cider or coffee make this one so sweet.  The wood veneer primitive hearts and twine add a bit of a rustic touch when combined with the burlap.  

And finally, a whole wheelbarrow full of beautiful autumn produce complete this mini card.  Sentiments are from the Feeling Fall set.  Makes me cozy just looking at them. 

So now you have the month of October to create something Mini and Mighty!  Enter to win at the Power Poppy Blog and if you’re chosen it means a $50 gift certifcate for you to the Power Poppy store!  With a new Fall and Christmas release coming up’s a great time to enter!

Here’s who’s playing along today...

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Enjoy Life, Sip by Sip

Back with a new week of creativity and a fun new Hues to Use colour inspiration from Power Poppy. This week’s theme is a pretty trio of yellow, blue and green.   I pulled out Power Poppy’s cutie patootie set, Short Stacks, with the adorable little budgie on it.  This image seems made for these colours.  

It’s all coloured up with Copics, with some pretty papers to accent the design.  

For fun I added some stitching, some baker’s twine, and a cute little wood veneer arrow to anchor the sentiment.  Here’s the Inspiration Photo from Marcy’s place.  She has sweet little vingnettes and corners like this all through the house.  

Now you’re invited to play along with these pretty Hues to Use.  Link up your entry at the Power Poppy Blog and you might grab our attention so much that we ask you to take center stage here as the guest hostess with the mostess! So get those fingers inky and join us in the fun!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Mums the Word

Hello friends and happy Friday to you.  Autumn is creating some beautiful scenery in my corner of the world so I thought this new digital image from Marcy’s Instant Garden Autumn’s Opulence would be fun to colour.  It’s a beautiful remixed collection of chrysanthemums, oak leaves, asters, daisies and berries all rolled into one show-stopper design!  

My printer wasn’t cooperating with me, so I actually intended to print this one in a lighter black, and instead it printed out in rust.  But, with the fall colour palette, the outline colouring worked just fine.  

I haven’t used my Spellbinder dies in ages, so I pulled some of them out to frame up the bouquet, pairing it up with some autumn papers for a rich cozy feel.  

Just a button and twine to accent and the sentiment from Power Poppy’s polymer set Olive and Oak Expanded.  

Here’s a peek at a recent autumn walk we took.  I love this season.  

I used a whole rainbow of Copics to colour my design up shown below.  

Here’s the rest of my Bloom Brigade Bloomie friends in action today.

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones

and the Good Vibe Five at the Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for your visit!  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Marcy’s Tying the Knot Hop!

The Power Poppy Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardener gang is gathering together to celebrate a special occasion!  Marcy and Doug are getting married tomorrow!  These crazy kids are so full of love and life that we wanted to celebrate them with our own Tying the Knot Hop.  

My card takes its cues from Marcy and Doug’s wedding invitation which she illustrated for the big day (you can see in the graphic above). I love their woodland greenery theme, so I went through all of Marcy’s Power Poppy sets to find some of the beautiful leaves that would bring that woodland greenery to the card.  I pulled out several different sets, Peony Muse, Succulent Singles, Dahlia XL, and Tiger Lily XL for the leaves, adding Big Scripts and Dream Wedding for the sentiments inside and out.  

Each of the leaves is stamped on Copic XPress It Blending card stock, coloured with Copics, then trimmed out and arranged on an open circle so that I could inset the sentiments inside.  

I added some pretty clear and silver sequins so that it gave it some sparkle, and mimicked the Doug gears and sprockets from the wedding invite.  Mr & Mrs are silver embossed to match the sparkly silver paper it’s mounted on.  

Inside the card I created a masked border for the inked up leaves and then a silver embossed sentiment too.  

One of the things that doesn’t show up well in the earlier photos, is the sparkle I added to the outer layer using some sparkly spritz, so this photo above shows it a little better.  

To celebrate, all of us are writing or videoing our messages of love for Doug and Marcy, so here’s  my video wishes for Doug and Marcy below.  Ignore the distant siren in the background...and my untamed hair....and any other imperfections :)  it’s just a message from the heart.  

Now we invite you to pop on by to see the rest of the Tying the Knot Hop!

You’re also invited to stop on by the Power Poppy Blog and leave your happy wishes for Doug and Marcy!  


Friday, September 15, 2017

The Crunch of Leaves

Last week I was telling you how very warm it was here, and today I can tell you that it’s much more seasonable....almost cool outside.  Our leaves are beginning to turn colour and soon I’ll be able to crunch them as I walk - which is one of my favourite things about autumn.  I’m pulling out the warmer layers and enjoying the beauty.  

To celebrate this lovely season I’ve pulled out Power Poppy’s set, Feeling Fall and stamped it onto Kraft cardstock to go with our Power & Spark Challenge this month, Cozy Krafty Colouring.  

I pulled out some rich Copic colours for these whimsical boots so it has that cozy warm feel.  

I’ve been saving some paper just for a card like this.  You probably remember that in the spring the Bloom Brigade gathered for a fun weekend in St. Louis to meet up with our fearless leader Marcy and enjoy some girlfriend time.  Tosh was so sweet and brought all of us some chocolates wrapped in this gorgeous handmade paper.  I saved the paper because the metallic and autumn tones were so beautiful and I’ve just been waiting for a fall card to use it on. 

I’ve also added a little burlap, some twine and a button to accent it all.  It really speaks autumn to me.  

So, come on over and create with us in the Power & Spark Challenge this month, you’ve got 1/2 the month left to join in for your chance to win a $50 Shopping Spree in the Power Poppy store!  

Here’s some more inspiration from the Bloom Brigade

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ginger Baby

One of my former HS students from youth ministry,  now wife of one of our co-workers is having a baby any time in the next few weeks, and we celebrated last weekend with a baby shower.  It’s always so delightful to celebrate babies.  They know they’re having a girl, so it was easy to personalize this card for them.  I’m thinking that with the combination of their two genes they might have a little ginger haired girl, so I pulled out this sweet little digi image from Mo Manning, aptly called Baby Shower, making her a bit of a ginger-haired blondie.  I thought it would work perfectly for her.  

All coloured up with Copics.  Oh just look how cute her chubby little baby belly is!  Of course I had to add designer paper ruffles along the top to match her ruffly diaper cover.  

A little bit of striped grossgrain ribbon, and some pretty cupped flower sequins finish it off, with the addition of a sentiment from an older PaperTrey Ink set.  

Here’s the Copic I used below.  

Monday, September 11, 2017

Stripedy Birthday Cupcakes

How about something cheerful for your Monday evening?  A while back I coloured up a bunch of images that never made it into cards.  I found this one with the sweet cake stand of cupcakes from My Favorite Things set Sweet Birthday Wishes (retired I believe).  So,  I decided to put it into a cute birthday card in one of my favourite colour combinations.  It seems you can never have too many birthday cards.  And chocolate cupcakes are always a winner in my books.  

Using my MISTI Tool, I curved the sentiments to fit on the stitched oval shape, and capped it all of with a pretty satin bow.  I don’t use nearly as much ribbon as I used to, but this little touch seemed perfect.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Pencil Me In Dahlias

Friday Greetings my friends, from smokin’ hot Alberta.  We’ve been in the in high 20’s - mid 30’s C (80’s and 90’s F) this week, and I am melting.  Good thing it usually cools off at night now, so sleep is a little easier than earlier in the summer.  School kicked off here this week and we only have one in grade school now.  Our daughter is in her last year of University, our middle son is working this year and our youngest is in grade 9.  We’re so grateful for good starts to the fall for them.  

Today I’m stopping back in with another Power Poppy creation for our Cozy Krafty Power and Spark Challenge.  Colouring on Kraft cardstock with Copics is always fun, but I especially love to colour on Kraft with pencils, so this one is all about the pop of pencils.  

It's a last hurrah to summer using our gorgeous Dahlia XL stamp set.  With its larger size I knew I could get into those petals with the pencils and give it some really fun vibrant colour.  

I started with a layer of white prismacolor pencil and then came back with some lovely magenta and purple pencils to give the centers definition.  

With such gorgeous petals I kept the details really simple, a few background strips of paper for a sense of movement, some enamel dots and then a bit of ric rack to ground the image.  

I have seen some really great entries so far in our Cozy Kraft Colouring Challenge, and I hope lots more of you join in.  You could win a $50 Shopping Spree to the Power Poppy store....and if you heard Marcy spill the beans this week - we have a new polymer release coming this month so there will be even more awesome stuff for you to choose from.  

For more inspiration pop on by the rest of the Bloom Brigade playing along today!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Julie at the Power Poppy Blog with another Good Vibe Friday!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Cozy Krafty Sunflowers

Welcome to September friends! It’s a most beautiful month ahead with the hint of autumn coming.  This month I am your hostess for the Power and Spark Challenge at Power Poppy!  Its a fab fun challenge that runs all month long,  and if you enter to win, you could be chose for a $50 Shopping Spree at Power Poppy!  I love it because it gets your creativity moving in new directions each month.  

This month I chose the theme, Cozy Krafty Colouring.  With summer winding down in the Northern Hemisphere, let's get warm and cozy by creating with Kraft cardstock as our stamping and colouring layer.  

For my design today I couldn’t resist pulling out Power Poppy’s set In Praise of Sunflowers for a perfect summer to fall theme.  Sunflowers are some of my favourite blooms.  This spring my niece and my mom planted two rows of sunflowers in mom’s garden.  Mom thought they were more dwarf size.....nope, they are mammoth!  They tower over her garden right now at about 12 feet.  

For this design I stamped the pretty sunflowers randomly over the Kraft Cardstock and then gave them some warm colour with Copics.  I find that when you’re colouring on Kraft, you have to use more vibrant colours to get the saturation you’re looking for.  

After it was all coloured up, I used a woodgrain embossing folder and added to the rustic appeal with some texture.  A few finishing details include some twine, a wood veneer heart that I distressed with a little ink, and then a few enamel dots.  The card finishes the sentiment inside.  

Funny story, when I was aligning my stamps up to stamp the two part sentiment, I didn’t notice that I had the word “awesome” upside-down.  Oh my goodness, it looked terrible.  So, to the rescue a little strip of kraft to fix it up.  I like it better this way anyway!  Haven’t you always heard that in stamping, mistakes are “opportunities for embellishment”?  :)  

Here’s the Copics I used to make these sunflowers cozy.  

Be sure to join us this month in the Cozy Krafty Challenge.  I’ll look forward to seeing your designs!

Here are the rest of my Bloom Brigade Sisterhood playing along today....

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Best Day Ever!

Those sweet summer days are winding down and we can already see the effects of days that are a bit shorter up north.  Our son had to work at 6 am the other day and he was not impressed when the sun wasn’t up at 5 am when he woke.  Next week school starts for our youngest and oldest (JH and last year of University).  The summer sun will soon give way to autumn.  But, today I thought I’d take one last grab at summer since we’re going to have a toasty week here again.  

This week’s Hues to Use from Power Poppy is a fun combination, and you could go a lot of different directions with it.  I’m choosing the summery sun and cool water route!

I started with Power Poppy’s set, Best Day Ever.  That beachy scene with a book always looks so inviting to me.  Stamped on Copic XPress It paper and coloured up with Copics to match this week’s Hues to Use.  I placed it on a sheet of watercolor paper that I smooshed some shades of blue onto, sprinkling with some course salt to get that mottled effect when it was wet.  I cut the top of the design with TCP’s Beaches CutUps Die.  

Some twine, some sequins and some Iridescent Nuvo Glitter Drops finish it off.  

Jump on in with us in the Hues to Use Challenge and you could win a guest spot on a future Hues to Use.  We put you in the spotlight and you get a fun new digital image to create with.  See the Power Poppy Blog today for more fun inspiration!