Friday, October 19, 2018

Grateful for 25 Years

This weekend we’re going to celebrate 25 years of ministry of our Senior Pastor and his wife at our Church.  I think that’s amazing!  We’ve been on staff with them for 14 of those years, and they have really made a huge difference in our lives (and so many others) by their sacrifice and service.  They are really special people. One of our Children’s Ministry Leaders asked if I’d make a big card for all the kids to sign and say thank you too.  

Because I wanted to make this a large card (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches) I pulled out Power Poppy’s Olive and Oak Digital Stamp Set, and enlarged it to fill half of a page of XPress It Blending Cardstock.  I love the symbolism of strength and stability of the Olive and Oak set.  The lovely sentiment is from Marcy’s brand new digital set, Painting Pumpkins (I can hardly wait to colour that one up!)

I had lots of room to colour in all the details of the oak leaves, olives and acorns with Copics, and did a bit of an “out of the box” cut to the right side for some extra interest.  

The eggplant cardstock mat is embossed and scallop cut with a die along the bottom, and I accented with this lush velvet crochet ribbon and some twine along the side (which also helps hold in more inside pages to make room for the extra inside pages I added some there would be more room to sign.  

Have you heard the news??? We have a brand new polymer stamp set release coming from Power Poppy starting October 24!  Yay!  We’re so excited to debut it, but until then....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Saturday, October 6, 2018

WCMD with Power Poppy!

It’s the best kind of day!  World Cardmaking Day!  And today, the Power Poppy gang is celebrating by creating our favourite kind of card, and you’re invited to play too!  

There are a couple of favourite kinds of cards I like to make.  Though I probably use more birthday cards than anything, my favourite to make is a card that will encourage someone.  Something to spur them on, or brighten their day because they know they’re loved.  So, this design is created with Power Poppy’s Fortunes of Fall set and these adorable vases of zinnias.  I love to work with flowers and with stamps that have a lot of colouring potential.  All the base colouring is done with Copics, and then I finished off the details with Prismacolor Pencils.  

I made a bit of a easel fold for this design, anchoring the fold with a pretty ribbon tag die from The Cat’s Pajamas.  

Zinnias are just the most cheerful flower with their wide variety of colours, and I just love the unique little vases Marcy illustrated too!  

We have FUN news for today....

Are you planning on making a Power Poppy WCMD creations?  Join us in making your favourite type of card.

Also, you can comment on any of the Bloomie’s posts today and you are in the running for a WCMD goody bag full of fun Power Poppy goodness!  

And third....Power Poppy is having a one day ONLY, 24-hour flash sale.  It’s 20% off anything in the store if you use the code WORLD!   

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Copics:  Y15, Y17, YR15, YR18, R12, R14, R27, G0000, G00, G02, BG000, BG10, BG11, Bg18, BG53, BG57, YG00, YG01, YG21, Y23, RV14, RV17, RV19, RV69

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thankful for October Birthdays!

Wow, October!  It’s my birthday month and I’m celebrating a BIG birthday in a few weeks!  So, I want to celebrate all month long, and our new Power & Spark Challenge this month at Power Poppy is right up my alley.  Tosh is our hostess and she’s challenged us to create based on the month of our birthday; it could be a seasonal card, something special that happens in your birthday month, or what it means to you.  So for me, October is my BD month and also Canadian Thanksgiving.   I love the fall motifs and being able to express gratitude, so here’s my card:

I started with the lovely new set, Fortunes of Fall.  it showcases some gorgeous thankful images and sentiments and I hadn’t used this more simplified version of the maize that Marcy previously released as a digital Maize for Days.  Ornamental corn or Maize comes in so many different varieties, so I took some liberties and created it in colours of yellow, orange, red, purple and blue.  I paired the colouring with a bright blue ribbon and trimmed it out with an oval die.  

For the background I made my version of a paper quilt, cutting out the different hexagons in patterned paper, adding them in a pattern on the white cardstock, and then running it through a detailed embossing folder to look like the quilt stitching.  After that I sanded the surface to age it a bit like an old cozy quilt.  

A bright blue seam binding ribbon and a scalloped rectangle frame complete the design.  

So....when is your birthday?  What do you love about your month?  I know there are tons of ways to be inspired, so you’ll find more with my Bloom Brigade Sisters,  and then you can join us and create. Enter and you could win a $50 gift code to the Power Poppy store!  

Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Monday, October 1, 2018

We Can Weather Any Storm

Have you been having a stormy week?  Could you use a word of encouragement?  How about a little bit of cheer in the form on these cute ducklings reminding you (and me) that we’re not alone.  I’ve used MFT’s sweet little set, Rain or Shine, showcasing the little ducklings, a puddle, and the clouds and sunshine peeking through.  All the elements were coloured up with Copics and then trimmed out, popping them up in different layers.  

I’m playing along with MFT’s Sketch Challenge this week utilizing the Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangles to frame up the section of Watercolor Wash Paper, that helps with that “just rained” feel. 

I think they are just adorable dancing in the puddle. And it reminds me that any storm does not have the last word, and I can find joy and hope in the midst of it.  Hoping you’re encouraged with that too!  

Monday, September 24, 2018

You are Fab-oo-lous with TCP

We hope you’ve enjoyed the Sneak Peeks this week from The Cat’s Pajamas!  Today all the new sets and dies for September are available in the store, and we’re celebrating with one more round of inspiration on our Blog Hop!  You should have come from some lovely inspiration on Michelle’s blog, but if you get lost along the way pop back to the TCP Blog for the full list.  

I have a couple of designs to show you.  For starters I’ve combined the new set Faboolous and embossed this fun sentiment in copper, with a watercoloured background (I even used a straw to push around the colours).  I also added the “you are” sentiment from another TCP set, Simply Stacked Sentiments to make it a fun encouragement theme.  

You can see I’ve dabbled in some metallic paint, and accented with shimmery copper stars using TCP’s Liners CutUps Die and Holiday Toppers Cut Ups for the different sized stars.  

Next, I have a Christmas gift package! 

New this month at TCP are these fun Kraft Pop Up Tubes.  They come 4 to a package and are flat initially, so you can cover them with stamping or designer paper before assembling into the tube.  I chose to cover this one with some pretty Christmassy designer paper and then accent with some TCP dies (Icing CutUps and the new FREEBIE die this month, Portrait of Mew in metallic gold paper for the sentiment and frame).  I stamped the new set, Christmas Seals in the center and finished it off with gold metallic ribbon and the pretty wide grossgrain ribbon.  

So fun and classy!  There’s so many possible ways you can use these fun tubes!  Great for fall or Christmas gift giving!  Here’s a peek at the new items I’ve used today....

So now you can pop on over to see what lovely creations Nancy has cooked up for you on the Hop!  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ve been inspired.    

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Cat’s Pajamas September Release!

Good day friends!  We’re continuing a great week of Sneay Peeks at The Cat’s Pajamas!  There’s lots in store, and a chance for you to win at the end of the post.

I’m starting it all off with some of the new goodies for September including some very fun and intricate dies.  This one is called Round Tree, and it has two layers, the circle and the intricated trees.  I thought it would be lovely to create a winter night scene, and make those trees sparkle in the moonlight.  I did this by covering the circle layer with Scor Tape, then cutting out the intricate trees, peeling the Scor Tape and covering the sticky side with microbeads.  It produces a gorgeous effect!  

For the night sky layer, I masked a 1/2 inch circle moon shape, then sponged Blueprint Distress ink over the circle, then spritzed it lightly with water. This gives that mottled starry/or snowy night sky for the background.  

Here’s a better look at the microbeads.  I added some embossing paste for heart “snow”, the sentiment from one of our brand new stamps this month called Christmas Seals, and then accented with sparkly ribbon and gems.  

Next up, more fun with dies!  This time I used the new Sugar Skull CutUps Die in a new way you might not immediately think of.  There are lots of intricate shapes in this die that can be used separately or together.  I loved the circular flower patterns, so I cut them in a warm autumn palette and added them to Kraft cardstock.  I also used the hearts in the die to accent and then made it into a birthday design by stamping the sentiment “happy" from our Simply Stacked Sentiments, and the BD alphabet dies from our Big Little die set.  

A few gems, some clear embossing on one of the hearts to accent, and you have a very versatile design from this new die!  

Lastly for today we’ve got some crazy cats again, now they’re prepping for Christmas!  This set is called Better Not Pout, and this “cheery guy” is a little tangled up.  He’s coloured up with Copics, and then accented with TCP’s  Toppers Cut Ups Dies on the top third of the card, accented with sparkly ribbon and a pretty paper bow made with TCP’s Easy Stitched Bow CutUps die.  

You can see I’ve added some sparkle to the star lights with a glitter pen.  He’s very impressed by it!  

So here’s a peek at the new items I’ve used today.  


And to finish it all off, it’s time for you to enter to win!  All you have to do is comment on this blog post and you’re in the running for a TCP Gift Code!  All these products will be available on September 25, and I’ll be back with more inspiration for the Blog Hop that day.