Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happiest Holidays: Glitter House Village



As often happens when we first see Marcys illustrations, I think I gasped out loud when I saw todays sweet,sweet set called Glitter House Village.  I've had such a fascination for sweet little minature scenes from the time I was little, and I think this set really captures the whimsy and warmth of the Christmas season.  

Heres what Marcy had to say about this beautiful set.  

Obsessed. I'm totally obsessed with the precious ’40s-era glittered cardboard villages, decked out in micro-flitter, tufted with cottony snow, based on home designs of the time. Also called "putz" houses, the tiny buildings (homes, churches, shops) were available in dimestores, allowing everyone to create a sweet snowy Christmas village on their mantel. These days, you can find remakes of the vintage glittery cardboard houses — and you an also find them in this fun stamp set! Have a great time coloring this one in all manner of palettes, decorating the bottlebrush trees and adding dimension for that 3-D effect. And don't forget to use lots of sparkle as a finishing touch. Two accents - felt pom-pom fringe and an evergreen bough - can be repeated to make a swag below the village. Randomly stamp the snowy sky as a background. Place the large or small North Star ornament in the sky with the radiating glow.


In March of this year I made a similar design with a spring-time Garden Gate theme and our set Natural Beauties.  This set looked like a great way to revisit that theme with a little Christmas Village.  I coloured it all up with Copics to give it the feel of a tiny cardboard village.  Then I cut a little gate with my Silhouette machine, and formed a card 4 1/4 x 11 with scoring lines at 2 3/4 inches from each end on the long sides.  Then I just trimmed around the fence to create the gate opening.  

After it was put together I pulled out some chunky glitter and after adding some Mono-Multi glue to the rooftops and snow, covered it with glitter.  That’s one of the sweet hallmarks of Putz Houses, they do celebrate a lot of glitter.  Chunky glitter though - is a little hard to photograph!  



Here’s a few views with the fences open from each side.  The set includes some lovely boughs and borders you can incorporate, and I thought they looked so perfect along the fence.  




You can see that chunky glitter gets everywhere, just like snow :)



I’ve tried to capture the shimmer and shine of the glitter in this photo.  It is such a sweet scene don’t you think?  I can’t wait to colour it up in other themes....like pastel....I think that would be gorgeous!



Here's the Bloom Brigade in action....



Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Kathy Jones
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happiest Holidays: Berry Sweet Holiday



Weve got a whole new round of happy for todays Happiest Holiday Collection from Power Poppy.  Introducing, Berry Sweet Holiday!  

Heres Marcys description:  

All things sweet for holiday cards that can't be beat! Originally designed for the maven of the 30-Day Coloring Challenge, Merriest Berries is now available in a streamlined clear stamp. The stitched-ribbon centerpiece is anchored by a giant candy cane, and bubbles over with holly berries and mistletoe. This image supplies a sweet and snappy punch that instantly says HAPPY! Another favorite digi, the Felt Leaves and Fruits Wreath, is now immortalized in clear polymer, with its easy-to-color design and   comfy-cozy-crafty vibe. Lots of accents and sentiments round out this sweet set. 


Sometimes when I’m colouring I have no particular direction in mind.  I just go with whatever strikes my fancy.  I thought a pretty green candy cane would be fun, blue-green juniper berries would look nice, that rich, green holly...and then, hmmm what to do about that ribbon?  For some reason a bluey-purple came to mind to contrast.   Turns out it made a fun combination.  Then I decided to go shabby-chic with the overall design with some metallics mixed in.  I’m thinking I might have gone a little overboard on that part :)  

I used some embossing paste and glitter for the background and then swiped some metallic paint over the backgound in spots to give it an aged, almost patinaed look.  



A few iridescent gems, some sparkly ribbon and twine finish it off.  





Here’s my fabulous fellow Bloomies showcasing this set today:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog



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 

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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 shortly....it’s a great time to enter!

Here’s who’s playing along today...

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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!

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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.  





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

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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.