Friday, July 14, 2017

Feeling Blue Tree Peonies ~ Power Poppy

Alright...I played with my Minc Machine again.  I can't help myself sometimes.  It's just so much fun and has such striking results.  It works so beautifully with Marcella's elegantly detailed images.

I wanted to participate in Julie's Hues to Use challenge this week and it's all about blues.  So, I created my background using Faded Jeans and Broken China Distress Ink Oxides.  I then created a collage of peonies using Power Poppy's Digital Tree Peonies and Photoshop.  I printed it out, photo copied it, and then ran it through the Minc Machine with White foil.  I stamped a sentiment, from the Burst of Kindness Power Poppy set, onto white cardstock and diecut it using a Stitched Fishtail Flag by Die-namics.

I used my Clear Wink of Stella pen to add some sparkly highlights, that you can see better in the enlarged photo below, and lastly, added some "water droplets" by squirting different sizes of Crystal Clear Glass Effect Gel (Viva), and Black Perlent-Pen (Viva) onto my craft mat and letting them dry;  that way I could control my sizes.  I then adhered them with Glossy Accents.

That about sums up my card for today.  Be sure to join in for our Hues to Use could be one of our guest stars of this column in one of the upcoming weeks.

Now, for some more inspiration, check out the following Bloomie Blogs:
Christine Okken
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Thanks for dropping by!!  I hope you are enjoying a nice weekend

  Happy Stamping! 

Paper:  White (PTI)
Ink:  Faded Jeans and Broken China (Ranger Distress Oxide Inks), Black Onyx (Versafine), Photo Copier
Dies:  Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite), Stitched Fishtail Flags (Die-namics)
Accessories:  Christmas Quilt Embossing Folder (Couture Creations), Minc Machine, White Minc Foil, Crystal Clear Glass Effect Gel (Viva Decor), Black Perlen-Pen (Viva Decor) 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Play Ball with Power Poppy


Hello my creative friends!!!  I have a patriotic, sporty, Power Poppy Birthday card to share with y'all today!  Julie, appropriately so, chose red/white/blue colors for the Hues to Use challenge this week, and I thought, a baseball card would fit perfectly with those colors since, in my humble opinion, baseball is America's sport.    I know some may disagree, but that's how I feel ;)  Mainly because I love baseball.

I took Power Poppy's Play Ball stamp set and stamped the equipment collage five times just so I could color and cut out the top baseball bat and one of the balls for my grouping.  

For the fence, I just took Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and ran it lightly over white cardstock until I achieved the look I was going for.  I then cut it into strips, trimmed off the corners and lined the strips up. 

For the inside, I added some scrap pieces of the dp I used on the front, as well as a stamped banner (I stamped the image on red and blue cardstock and adhered the cut blue piece to the red banner.  I also used my Misti to make sure I was able to line up the sentiment perfectly inside. it's the beginning of the month, there's a new Power and Spark challenge too being hosted by our dear Ally.  She's challenging you to CASE one of the Bloomies.  Click HERE for all the details.

Power Poppy is also having a great sale while Marcella is on Vacation.  All Power Poppy Digis will be 20% off from July 6-14.  So be sure to head on over to the Power Poppy!!

For some more inspiration, head on over to the following Bloomie Blogs:

Cindy Lawrence
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

That's it for me today!  I hope you had an awesome week, and have an even better weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!! 

StampsPlay Ball (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X- Press It, Kraft and White (PTI), Sweet Freedom (Pink Paislee), Work Hard, Play Hard (Carta Bella)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Hickory Smoke and Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Dies:  Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite)
Accessories:  Copics, Distrezz-it-All (Zutter), Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Mini Stapler (Tim Holtz) 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fun Flock Bubbles and Fizz ~ Power Poppy

Happy, Happy weekend y'all!!!  This week just flew by for me.  And that's a good thing because we have been visiting the 100+ degree weather all week, and it's been quite the test of endurance let me tell you.  It's 109 as I'm typing this post, and we hit 111 a couple of days ago.  Can I get an awwwwwwww?  ;)

But...this card makes me smile with it's happy colors and fun textures!!  I had some super fun making this Power Poppy card this week,  because I hauled out an embellishment that I hadn't used in....well...quite some time.  Fun Flock!!!  There's a reason its name starts with the word "fun"!!  When I saw Marcy's new digital stamp set called Bubbles and Fizz, I knew immediately that I had to bring out the Fun Flock.  It gives the blooms such fun texture.  You just have to run your fingers over it.  And I didn't stop there...nosiree!!  I added some sparkly texture to the word "bubbly" too.  Yep!!  And, an embossed background along with a sweet little sparkly tassel to the side!  Told ya I had fun with this one!!

In case you're inspired to use some Fun Flock on future cards, let me share how I added it.  I first colored the blooms with Y13 so the base would match the Fun Flock.  I then added some Zig 2 Way Glue Squeeze and Roll by Kuretake to a few blooms at a time sprinkling Fun Flock on them and pressing it into the glue firmly so it adheres well.  Then, just shake your cardstock to the side and the excess falls away leaving a beautifully flocked bloom that you just can't help but touch.

Here's a close up so you can see the texture better.  For an even closer look, click on the photo.
Have you tried the Hues to Use it inspiration yet?  We would love to see how you are inspired with it!!  I would have used red flock if I had it, but yellow is the actual color of this bloom, and it just felt like such a happy color too.

That's it for my project today, but peeps, there is a whole lot more inspiration to be viewed by the super creative Bloom Brigade!!  Check out the following blogs:

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

CopicsLeaves ~ G28, G46, G24, YG23 Sentiment ~ V93, V91

So glad you dropped by!!  For those of you in the middle of summer, stay cool!!  I know I'm not venturing out any more than I have to.
  Happy Stamping!

StampsBubbles and Fizz Digital (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Take Me Away (Pink Paislee)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Stitched Rectangle (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Copics, Fun Flock, Designer Trim (Webster's Pages), 1" Corner Rounder (EK Success) 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Natural Beauties and a Bloom Brigade trip to St. Louis ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday my dear creative friends!!  This is a special post for me today.  I traditionally post a Power Poppy card on Fridays, and today is no exception.  But I have something extra special ~ to me ~ to share too.  

Last week, 7 out of the 8 Bloom Brigaders (being that Kathy lives in Australia, St. Louis was a bit too far for her to come for a long weekend unfortunately.) met in St. Louis to spend time with Marcella and her family, as well as see some of the places that give her inspiration.  But I'll get to that in a bit.  My card for today, was inspired by the leaves below. 

We had the opportunity to walk through St. Louis' Botanical Gardens, and it was an absolute delight. There were so many different, colors and textures, as well as incredible architecture.  I never really thought so much about leaves (over flowers) before, but there was a plethora of varieties with different shapes and patterns.

I wanted to make a card for our special young hosts, and the sweet little mushroom and leaf image from Natural Beauties was perfect to color the leaves the way I wanted.  My leaves look very little like these for one main reason I believe...I have the hardest time leaving white space.  It's a big struggle.

Anyway, I colored them with Copics and burnished and layered them for some depth and texture.  I added the sentiment by using my Misti. (Love that tool!!)  Below is a close up so you can see the layers.

Have you seen Power Poppy's Hues to Use for this week?  I think my colors are pretty close, so I'm including my card.

If you'd like, continue on to see some of the St. Louis highlights that we were blessed to see while visiting.

First up is Steve and Susan's home (Marcella's step-dad and mom).  They designed the most tranquil yard I've ever had the pleasure of spending time in.  I have two photos to share: my favorite spot in the garden, and my favorite spot of their home

Their front porch below, reminded me of the home I grew up in.  
We would sit on our porch swing in the summer and hull strawberries, snap beans, husk corn, and often visit with people who just happened to be walking or biking by.  
Treasured memories, as I'm sure Steve and Marcy have of this very spot.

Next up are photos of a rare treat I'm sure.  Marcella used to work for Mary Engelbreit, and arranged for us to meet her in her studio while we were all in town.  She is such a warm, unassuming, creative woman who openly shared her space, memories and mementos.  I will never forget the treasured time there.

The following photos are just a few that I took at Missouri's Botanical Gardens.  It was so hard to pick and choose.

The Japanese Garden

Ox-Eyed Daisies

They had a Glass Sculpture display around the rose garden that I thought was incredibly creative and striking!


We spent a delightful afternoon at Forest Park which has quite a number of things to do.  We ate lunch at the Boat House and went Paddle Boating.  Below is a picture of our lovely hosts:  Marcella, Finn, Sylvia and Lulu...the most charming and delightful family!!!

Just a velvety leaf outside the Boat House Restaurant in Forest Park.  I have never seen anything like it. 

The Nathan Frank Bandstand in Forest Park.  Beautiful!

Cindy and I had time to kill before catching our plane the last day, so we visited the Art Museum in Forest Park.

We also visited a charming Nursery/Gift Shop, called Bowood, with a beautiful Restaurant inside.  A must stop if you're in the area.

Hydrangeas are quite prominent all around St. Louis.  The most common variety I saw was Oak leaf, but I was partial to this soft colored variety.  They had a lovely Victorian feel to me.

I just had to include this Hibiscus because of its ruffly petals and rich coral color. 

More leaf patterns and shapes.  Don't they look hand-painted?

We also had an opportunity to see a Cardinals game.  This photo was taken at the very top.  What an incredible view with the Arch in the background!

Lastly is a photo taken of a few of the Bloomies in Marcella's backyard.  I didn't include group photos of us in other places because the others had so many photos that I figured they would share those.  The one below is a good representation of how serene Marcy's backyard is.  It also is a lovely reminder of what a wonderful time I had spending time with these incredible ladies.

If you've made it this far, I applaud you!!  St. Louis is quite the city.  I really had no idea.  We sure packed a lot in a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other on a more personal level.  And Marcy was just the sweetest, most kind host!!

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Thanks for dropping by today.  
Happy Stamping!!

StampsNatural Beauties (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Take Me Away (Pink Paislee), X-Press It
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), 
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Enamel Dots (Prima and Teresa Colins) 

Friday, June 9, 2017

French Lilac ~ Power Poppy


Hello, hello, hello!!!  It's Friday, and that means another Power Poppy post.  For this month's, Power and Spark Challenge Julie is challenging us to get buggy with a June Bug challenge.  I decided to use the French Lilac Digital stamp set so I could enlarge the image to focus on the sweet ladybug on the lone leaf.  I love ladybugs, always have.  I think they are such a beautiful red (and other colors, but I'm partial to the red ones), and just sweet with their unique little black dots.  I used Photoshop to enlarge the image and diecut it using Labels 28 (Spellbinders).

There is so much inspiration going on at Power Poppy right now. You really need to check it out.  Click HERE for the Good Vibe 5 post that will surely get those creative juices flowing.  And HERE for some color inspiration with the Power Poppy post Hues to Use.

I am beyond excited to share that I am currently visiting St. Louis with most of the Bloom Brigade and our dear fearless leader Marcella.  I met a few of these lovely ladies 3 years ago for the first time, and now I get to meet a few more.  What a blessing:  visiting, exploring, laughing, and just plain having a good time! 

Want to see what these incredible gals have created today?  Here are their links:

CopicsLilacs ~ V17, V15, BV02, BV000, V000 Leaves ~ YG67, YG17, YG07, YG01, YG91 Ladybug ~ R37, R35, R32 Background ~ B97, B95, B93, B91

 I hope y'all are experiencing many blessings this weekend also.

  Happy Stamping!!


StampsFrench Lilac Digital (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Charms of Spring (FabScraps)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Labels 28, Decorative Labels 28, 5x7 Mystical Embrace (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Pearls (Pizazz Aplenty), Sheer Ribbon, White Kirarina Pen 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Diecut Tree Peony ~ Power Poppy


I'm back!!!  Crazy right!!  I usually only post a project once a week, and now I have two posts in one day!!  Since it is Friday already, I have a Power Poppy card to share that I made using the Tree Peony digital stamp.  This image is just stunning and is so easy to color.

I tried something a little different today, and it was super fun.

I printed the image out twice, colored both images, and then, using a background die (Budding Vine by Tonic) I diecut right over one of the Tree Peony images.  I then glued it right on top of the other image giving it a really cool texture and dimension.  I really like how it turned out.  It looks even cooler in person.  If you click on the image below, it will enlarge even more and you will be able to see the diecuts in the flower even more.

For some more inspiration, check out the blogs of my fellow Bloomies:

Copics: Flower ~ B97, B95, B93, B91, Y17, Y15, Y13, C8 Leaves ~ G46, G43, G40 

That sums up my second project for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend doing whatever makes you happy!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsTree Peony Digital (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Budding Vine (Tonic)
Accessories:  Copics, Dimensional Tape 
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