Thursday, October 20, 2016

Paperwhites Minc'd ~ Power Poppy Happiest Holiday Collection
Hello, Hello, Hello!!  I'm back after a 1 day hiatus, and I am super excited to share today's card with you!  The Bloom Brigade is featuring a beautiful new stamp set called Glistening Paperwhites, and the minute I saw it, I knew it had to be Minc'd on Vellum!!!  

Since these flowers are "Glistening Paperwhites", it stands to reason that they need to be white, right?  And sparkly... ;)  So I stamped my image onto copy paper and then copied it onto vellum with our copy machine that uses toner ink for the White Foil to adhere too.  I then cut a piece of White Foil to size, laid it on the "tonered" image, and ran it through my Minc machine.  I was in love!!  The white on the vellum is so elegant without anything else done to it.  But I didn't stop there.  Oh no!!  There's more...

Next, I burnished the back of the image to give it texture.  I feel with it burnished, it's easier for the Copic markers to adhere and blend a bit to the Vellum.  There is no scientific proof of this, and I'm, by no means, an expert.  I just like the way they worked after the burnishing.

Lastly I added a touch (and I mean only a touch) of sparkle with my Quickie Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter by Stampin' Up!.  I wanted the White Foil to be the focal point.  Marcy's images have such fabulous detail, and Minc'ing with the Foil captures every little detail, no matter how minute.  If you click on the image, it will zoom in and you can see the detail and sparkle even better.  

Now, glue shows through Vellum, so I just used some metal clips to hold my Minc'd Vellum piece in place and sewed around the image, and added a sage green base to the back.

I added a sentiment, as well as one of the individual Paperwhites to the inside (embossed with white detailed embossing powder), and included a pair of white lines (that I hand drew with my White Signo Pigmented ink pen), as well as a couple of Rhinestones to finish it off.

That's it for today's project my friends!!  Tomorrow is THE DAY!!!  All 5 new Power Poppy stamp sets will be available for purchase.  Now tell me...can you choose just one?  I didn't think so.  Each one is so unique and charming.  I have one more project to share with you tomorrow, so please drop by again.

Here are the links to the Bloom Brigaders who have some incredible projects to inspire:

Thanks for visiting!!
   Happy Stamping


StampsGlistening Paperwhites (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Vellum (PTI), Pearl (Paper Source), Sage Green (Bazzill)
Ink:  Versamark
Dies:  5x7 Mystical Embrace (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Sewing Machine, Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Bow-it-All (Zutter), Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), White Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fully Stocked ~ Power Poppy's Happiest Holiday Collection
Hello creative friends!!  Have you been enjoying the peeks?  Are you ready to be enabled some more?  The set we are featuring today is called Fully Stocked, and it is an absolute delight!!  3 charming stuffed stockings, beautifully fonted sentiments, and sweet little extra embellies!!  

I chose the one that looked vintage to me, and colored it with warm neutrals with a hint of color.   I wanted the focus to be the taupe and pink with a splash of sparkle.   I also embossed a mini-white bag to hold a sweet little tag with a holiday sentiment stamped on it.

That's it for my project.  Be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigaders for some more inspiration:

Thanks so much for dropping by y'all!!  Be sure to visit tomorrow for our last peek before the Power Poppy Release day hop.

  Happy Stamping!


StampsFully Stocked (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Wish Season (Fancy Pants), Pearl (Paper Source)
Ink:  Gray Flannel (Memento)
Dies:  Christmas Tag Set (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, White Mini-Bag (Paper Source), Embossing Folder (We R Memory Keepers), Glitter (Hero Arts), Quickie Glue Pen, Enamel Dots (MME), Lace, Burlap String, 1/2" Corner Rounder (SU!)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Action Santa ~ Power Poppy's Happiest Holiday Collection'm back to share another Power Poppy card that I made for this week's sneak peaks.  We're featuring a set called Action Santa, and, in my opinion, it's one of the most unique, fun, and adorable Santa sets out there!  A definite must have for sure!!  

I chose to color up the Scooter Santa, because, first of all, I adore that scooter, and secondly, we actually have a blue scooter.  It's more baby blue, but shoot, I'm a turquoise freak, so I had to lean more in that direction.  Doesn't Santa look jollier than ever? 

Since this month's Power and Spark challenge is to "Make it Move", I thought it would be fun to make another shaker card in the form of a Twisted Circle Easel card.  When folded, it lays flat, and when you open it up, it twists and stands on the base.

This set also includes 3 little snowflakes, and little collage of flakes that I used for the frame.

I added one of the little sentiments to the banner on top, and one on the inside as well.

Now, a little word to the is not smart to decide to emboss after adding velvet ribbon to your card.  Stamping, as well as adding the powder is a challenge.  Since my card was already glued together when I decided to add the sentiment, there wasn't anything I could do to fix the "splotchiness" of the embossing.  It has nothing to do with the stamp itself...these babies work beautifully.  It was the operator of said stamp that messed up....anyway...the sentiment says "Sending a flurry of festive tidings".  Isn't that charming?

CopicsSanta ~ R39, R37, R35, R32, E02, E01, E000, T6, T4, T2, T0, Y17, Y15 Scooter BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, B0000, T8, T6, T4, T2, T0, Y17, Y15, Y13 Tree ~ YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91 Package ~ E44, E42, E40, R39, R37, 35, R32

That's it for today y'all!!  I hope you are enjoying our Power Poppy Release Sneak Peeks.  I think Marcy has outdone herself once again.  I love the way her creative brain operates!!

If you haven't already, you'll want to stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs for some more inspiration!
    Thanks for dropping by and for all your sweet, generous comments.  I love coloring and making cards and feel so blessed to be able to do this to my hearts content.  So when you kind souls use your precious time to leave a kind comment, it warms my heart. 
    I hope you have a fabulous day, and be sure to stop by tomorrow for a peek at yet another lovely Power Poppy set!
      Happy Stamping!

StampsAction Santa (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Hello Winter (Echo Park), Kraft (PTI), Acetate
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Whisper White (SU!)
Dies:  Circles and Snoflake Borderabilities (Spellbinders), Double Stitched Circles (the ton - Couture cuts), Tattered Banners (Tim Holtz)
Accessories:  Copics, White Enamel Accents (Ranger), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Foam, Velvet Ribbon (May Arts), Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder (Ranger)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Simple Joys ~ Power Poppy's Happiest Holiday Collection

It's finally here!!  The Power Poppy Bloom Brigade will be sharing sneak peeks of the new Happiest Holiday Power Poppy Collection for the next 5 days, and then....we'll share an extra inspirational hop on release day October 21!!  And people...let me tell you...these 5 sets are brilliantly creative, beautiful, and full of the most delightful images and sentiments.  So, grab a cup of coffee, or a delicious snack, and hop along with the Bloom Brigade to see snippets of what these 5 sets include. we're featuring a Power Poppy set called Simple Joys.  Now, that is totally me!  I LOVE the littlest, simplest things...a sweet little bird sitting on the railing of our gazebo, the velvet muzzle of our horses' noses, a sunrise or sunset, the cool, crisp air of Fall, a text, or call from one of my kids (they live over 2000 miles away), chatting with a dear friend...those to me are true joys (along with so many others).  I also love, what I call, "Charlie Brown Christmas Trees".  Do you know what I'm talking about?  The scrawny, droopy branch tree that everyone passes by?  That's MY tree!!! So when I saw this darling watering can with the sweet, little, ornament embellished branches...I fell in love!!

I actually went traditional with this one and used red and green.  I rarely do that because, frankly, I like to rebel sometimes, and that's about as rebellious as I can get...using non-traditional colors on my cards.  ;)  I also wanted my card to fit the feeling of this set...Simple.  So I left the layout CAS, colored it with Copics and popped up a frame for a hint of dimension.

That's it.  Easy Peasy.  Now, for some more inspiration, you will want to check out what the following Bloom Brigaders have to share.  These girls do not disappoint!!
Copics: Watering Can ~  R39, R37, R35, R32, C4 Package ~ G28, G46, G24, G21, G20 Bow ~ C7, C5, C4, C2, C00 Ornaments ~ C4, C2, C00

That's it for today y'all.  Stop by tomorrow for another Power Poppy Sneak Peek!
  Happy Stamping!

StampsSimple Joys (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, I Love Christmas (Echo Park)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle Dies (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Dimensional Tape, White Gel Pen (Signo)

Friday, October 7, 2016

Feeling Fall ~ Make it Move with Power Poppy
Happy Friday y'all!!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I know I am looking forward to it!  I'm also excited to share today's Power Poppy project with ya!  Since it's the first Friday of a new month, there is a new Power and Spark Challenge hosted by are own, dear Ally.  She has challenged us to make it move.  Well, I took on that challenge, and it was exactly that...A CHALLENGE!!  I decided I wanted to make a double slider with a shaker main body.  Okay...that was a bit ambitious.  First of all, I've never even made a slider, let alone a double one.  And then add a shaker on the front?  YIKES!!  This baby took some time.  And, I have to doesn't slide perfectly.  I took the instructions a bit too far.  They warned not to make the plastic band inside too course, I made it too loose.  DOH!!!  But I'm happy with the look of it...even if it doesn't function perfectly.  I know better for next time right?  

I used two Power Poppy stamp sets for this project Feeling Fall and Nice Things to Say  (oh...and I should mention, the shaker part is actually a card and opens up so you can write on the inside of it.)  Here's a link to the tutorial I used to make this: 

Below you can see it with the slide outs.  They are actually supposed to slide out further, but, after gluing everything together, I must have had a malfunction.  Since it's assembled, there is no way for me to figure out what happened.  But, you can still see the sentiments (mostly), so mission accomplished.

I colored the image with Copics, and aged everything with with Antique Linen Ranger Distress Ink to vintage it up a bit.  I have a few mini velvet pumpkin and these two little guys remind me of them.  Aren't they sweet?

CopicsMug ~ E97, E95, E93, Y17, E81 Gourd ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, E84 Top Pumpkin ~ E44, E43, E42, E40, E84  Bottom Pumpkin ~ E87, E84, E81 Stems and Shadows ~ T6, T4, T2, T0 Berries ~ YR27, Y17

Now, if you'd like some more Power Poppy inspiration (and I bet you do), head on over to the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
Before you go, I want to give you a heads up about the upcoming new Power Poppy Happiest Holiday release that will happen Oct. 21st!!  This, my friends, has got to be my most favorite release yet!!  SERIOUSLY!!  There is quite the variety of Holiday sets that will appeal to every style and taste out there.  And talk about C-R-E-A-T-I-V-E!!  Marcy pulled out all the stops for this one.  So, mark your calendars...peeks start October 16!!! 

That's it for today!!  Thank you so much for dropping by!  I'm honored to have you visit!

Happy Stamping!

StampsFeeling Fall and Nice Things to Say (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Old World Travel (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Gray Flannel (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  6x6 Matting Basics, Standard Square and Labels and Tags (Spellbinders), Mini Fanciful Flourish (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Scor-Pal, Corner Tag Punch (SU!), Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Lace, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh and Miscellaneous ) 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

So Grateful ~ Power Poppy

Hello, hello, hello!!  I'm back again with another Power Poppy creation.   For today's card,  I hauled out a Fall set, from last year, called So Grateful.  I just love the chair with the pumpkin arrangement on it, and thought it would be fun to color the chair red.  I added some grass with my Copics, as well as a sky, and also a sweet little tag with just the word "grateful" from the sentiment "so grateful".

That's it.  Easy peasy.  

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:
Thank for dropping by y'all!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend.  We're finally looking at some 70 degree weather after lingering in the 90's lately.  I'm ready for Fall's arrival, that's for sure!!

Happy Stamping!!

StampsSo Grateful (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Fall is in the Air (Echo Park)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse), Wizard Tags Trio and Carnation Creations(Spellbinders), Hearts Primitive #3 (Sizzix)
Accessories:  Copics, Burlap String, Clothespin, Rhinestone (Pizzazz Aplenty)

Friday, September 23, 2016

Coloring outside the lines with Power Poppy's Coneflowers

Hello creative friends!!  Friday has rolled around again, and I have yet another Power Poppy card to share with you that I made using two digital images:  Easy Breezy Coneflowers, and Dancing with Daffodils.
Marcella is challenging us with a unique and super fun Power and Sparklette challenge this week.  We are to "Color Outside the Lines", and I must admit, I had to step out of my comfort zone for this one.  

I love the textured look of using Copics with a Blending Solution soaked material, but have not had success with it in the past.  So this time I was determined.  And to my delight I was happy with the results on my very first try.  Especially since it took me quite awhile to color the background.  

I started by printing out my image and diecutting it using Spellbinders' Labels 25 die.  I left the image in the die while coloring so I would have a nice clean border.  Well, my border didn't stay super clean, but the distressing I did, using a piece of burlap and Copic Blending Solution made it acceptable I think.  After using the Blending Solution, I used RV10 to color in some of the white spaces.

Below is what it looked like before coloring the Coneflowers.  I LOVE charcoal sketches, (and have a few in my collection) so I was really drawn to this look.  However, last week I created a card with white "Black Eyed Susans", so I thought I would be cheating if I did that again.  *grin*

I still like this look though...*wink*

That's it for me today.  I hope I've encouraged y'all to get creative, and step out of your box and color outside the lines.  The winner will receive every set in the Power Poppy 2016 Holiday Clear Stamp Collection when they debut in October.  Now that's an INCREDIBLE prize...let me tell you!!! 
Share with us your interpretation of Coloring Outside the Lines on the Power Poppy blog,
or, if you use Instagram, please share your coloring creations using the hashtag #powerandsparklette — and we will come find you!!

Now, if you haven't already, Check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs!!  These gals have some inspiring creations to share with you!!

Copics: Background ~ T9, T7, T5, T3, T1 (Copic Blending Solution and Burlap) Flowers ~ RV34, RV32, RV21, RV10, YR27, YR24, Y08 Leaves ~ G46, G43, G40, YG95, YG01

Thanks for visiting!!
  Happy Stamping!!

StampsEasy Breezy Coneflowers and Dancing with Daffodils (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Vellum (PTI),  Grays (Bazzill)
Ink:  Printer, Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress) 
Dies:  Labels 25 and Majestic Labels 25 (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Copic Blending Solution, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty) 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Black-Eyed Susan ~ Power Poppy
Hello creative friends!!  I'm finally back to share another Power Poppy card with you!  It's featuring a new digital image called Black-Eyed Susan.  I took creative liberty and made mine white with a mottled gray background.  I started coloring it with yellows, oranges and deep reds and just wasn't feeling it.  So white they are.  I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the stamen tips too.  Unfortunately, as always, it doesn't photograph well.  I wanted this card to be for my daughter's birthday, so instead of using the sentiments that come with this set (they are fabulous by-the-way), I added a "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Power Poppy Go Wild clear set.

For my card base, I embossed a panel and added some Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to give it a gilded effect.  It has just the right amount of shine in real life.

I colored some black stamens with a Silver Leafing Pen (Krylon), so they would match the flower stamens in the image a bit better, and added it to a seam binding bow.

CopicsFlower ~ BV31, N5, N3, N1  Leaves ~ BG96, BG93, BG90, YG11, Background ~ N7, N3, N3, N1, N0

That's it for me.

For some more inspiration check out the following Bloom Brigaders participating.  You can also head on over to the Power Poppy blog.

I can't leave without mentioning an exciting event taking place over on the Power Poppy Blog....  Check this out!!!  Hey Power Poppy Fans, have we got FABULOUS weekend deal for you! A selection of our favorite digital designs are available a special price! These late summer flowers and fruits are in full bloom — ready for you to download, print, and color to your heart’s content! For 48 hours only Power Poppy’s brand new Black-Eyed Susans, plus Pure Prairie Bouquet, Sunshine of My Life, Cuppa Buttercups, and Apples in Season are just $4 each (save $2 per set) OR, get all five digital stamp sets in a bundle for $15 (a total of $14 savings). What’s even better? Play along in our weekend Coloring Contest using one of these five stamp sets and you could win a $20 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Contest closes Monday, September 19th at midnight. A winner will be announced sometime on Wednesday, September 21th.  Check it all out at To enter the coloring contest simply leave a link with your creation in a comment on the Power Poppy Contest post. We can’t wait to see what your crafty hands create!

Thanks for dropping by!!
   Happy Stamping!!

StampsBlack-Eyed Susan, Go Wild (Power Poppy),
Paper:  X-Press It, Vintage Romance (Maja Design)
Dies:  Double Stitched Squares (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Embossing Folder, Pure Platinum Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Seam Binding Ribbon, Crocheted Flower and Stamens (Wild Orchid Crafts), Silver leafing Pen (Krylon), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Clear Wink of Stella 

Monday, September 5, 2016

Well Hello Dahlia digital ~ Power Poppy

Hi everyone!!  I have a Power Poppy project to share with you today, and it's not even Friday!!  Go figure!!  Well, it is the 5th of Sept. and Power Poppy releases digital images "on the 5's", so today, I decided to join along with some of the Instant Gardeners!!  Marcy has remixed this darling Dahlia image and the new digital set is called "Well Hello Dahlia!"  Isn't that just adorable?!?!?!  It's made up of 3 images and 2 sentiments, and they are just charming and super fun to color!  I decided to make mine into a gift set and colored up two images: one for the card, and one for the gift-box tag.  You know I like me some vintage, so I based these beautiful images with Tales of You and Me Prima paper, along with two elegant dies:  Victorian Bow and Tapestry (Spellbinders).  This silk ribbon is from the Stamp Simply Ribbon store.  It drapes so beautifully.

The box was made with a fun diecut by Tonic called Diamond Favour Squeeze Box.  It has 17 dies, is adorable and has a variety of options to diecut or emboss.  I used the single vase from the Well Hello Dahlia set, along with a Birthday sentiment from the Clear set called Party Time for my tag.

I also added some sparkle to the card and gift tag using a Quickie Glue Pen along with some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (Stampin' Up!)

Here's a close up of that a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e single vase.  Isn't it sweet?

Copics: Flowers ~ R29, R22, R20, R01, W0, E53, E51, E50 Leaves ~ BG99, BG96, BG93, BG90 Vases ~ BG78, BG75, BG72, W0, BV25, BV23, BV20, W0 Background ~ E31, E30, E00, W3, W1, W0, W00
Well that's it from me as for my project.  But I have some Power Poppy fun to share real quick.
Marcy decided to mix things up a bit this month and is hosting a variety of mini-challenges this month instead of our regular Power and Spark Challenge.  You will still have opportunities to win, and you will be encouraged to get creative in a variety of super fun ways.  Head on over to the Power Poppy Blog for all the details, and for the links of the other Power Poppy Design Team members who are sharing projects today, head on over HERE.

Thank you so much for dropping by!!

  Happy Stamping!!

StampsWell Hello Dahlia, Party Time (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Tales of You and Me (Prima), X-Press It, Kraft and White (PTI)
Ink:  Printer, Black Onyx (Versafine), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies: Victorian Bow and Tapestry (Spellbinders), Diamond Faour Squeeze Box (Tonic)
Accessories:  Copics, Silk Ribbon (Stamp Simply Ribbon Store), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Quickie Glue Pen, Rhinestones (Pizzazz Aplenty), Gold Button 
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