Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Heavenly Peace Dove

We have a gorgeous stamp set to unveil for you today from Power Poppy!  It's called Heavenly Peace Dove,  and in the dove and olive image you have lasting symbols of peace for the season.  Truly breathtaking.  

This was a delightful image to colour using both Copic Markers and Prismacolour Pencils.  I loved giving the image's olives various stages of ripeness, because that’s so much fun to colour.  

To showcase the elegance of the image, I chose a fancy Spellbinder’s Die to cut the image out, placing it on some patterned paper that I had already used a stencil and Nuvo Glimmer paste on.  These little touches of sparkle add to the design, without being overpowering.  

Two tiny pearls accent the top and bottom of the die.

To really make the whiteness of the dove pop, I used a purple prismacolor pencil to colour in the background.  It’s an easy trick to make whites really stand out.  

My Copics above, and I also used a purple Prismacolor pencil for the background.  

Gorgeous isn’t it?  

Well for more beauty be sure to visit the rest of the Bloom Brigade inspiring you today.  

Christine (you are here)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Power Poppy’s Let it Glow!

I love when stamp sets can be used for multiple occasions, making them so much more versatile.  Today’s set from Power Poppy called Let It Glow, is so creative, and can be used for Christmas, encouragement, Birthdays....and done in so many ways, just wait till you see the other images and sentiments in this set!   I can’t wait to try more ideas with all the different elements, just wait till you see the sequins!  I can’t wait to emboss them.  

For this slimline card I’ve got a gorgeous string of Christmas lights in a row done up in fabulous vibrant colours.  Just think of all the colour options you could choose with this one!  I wanted to match this fun patterned paper in shades of pink, green, yellow blue and orange.  So, I’ve coloured up the bulbs with Copics and gave each of them a bit of a glow outside the lines with the lightest shade of each colour.  It makes such a cheerful, playful design! 

I love this affirming statement, and I’ve popped a little colour on the letters and added a bit of lime baker’s twine as the accent.  It’s a pretty clean and simple and quick card design.  

So, go on friends!  Shine your light!  We all need it.  

See more creative inspiration from this set with the rest of the Bloom Brigade...

Christine (you are here)

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Garden of Gratitude

We’re jumping in on Day Three of Power Poppy’s Quite a Christmas Release!  Today we’re introducing Garden of Gratitude.  I’m really digging the garden theme in this set!  It has such charming images.  I started with these garden boots abundantly pouring over with seasonal blossoms.  It’s so charming, and great to colour up.  I’ve brought it to life using Copic Markers and a warm theme with deep burgundy amaryllis, peachy pointsettias and bi-coloured hellebore, as well as rosy-orange berries.  

I created a shiny background by squishing my embossing pad through a stencil and heat embossing wiht clear powder.  And then there’s even more glam with the rose-gold glittery paper ribbon along the side.  

Truly a beautiful image and you can colour it up any way you’d like!  

As accent I added a die cut poinsettia (TCP) and a few peach and gold sequins.  

Here are the Copics I used - I apologize for this one being a little fuzzy - we were away and the light was a little dark for my iPhone!  But look and see what a great set this is!

You will be so inspired by the rest of the Bloom Brigade today!  

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Enchanted Branches - Nativity

Nothing more beautiful for me at Christmas than the depiction of Jesus’ birth.  Today Marcy is showcasing the first of two Enchanted Branches sets from Power Poppy, this one focusses on the Nativity with beautiful images that can be used solo, or showcased as ornaments hung in pretty evergreen branches.  My Mom had some delicate and lovely antique glass ornaments we would hang on the tree each year, and that’s how I picture the images in this set  - as elegant glass ornaments.  

Now doesn’t this pretty angel look like Marcy?  Some of the girls on the team commented about the resemblance - and as soon as they said it, I totally agreed!  Our angel Marcy :)  

I’ve coloured the images with Copics and cut all the pieces in fishtale pennant style to coordinate in a pretty teal and green palette.  I added a pretty paper bow along the top to anchor the pennants and provide a pretty accent.  

A few multi-coloured matching sequins in iridescent blues and greens add some sparkle, and I’ve added some Wow Embossing Powder in Aventurine along the bottom of the white pennant.  Isn’t it funny how more of the sparkle from the embossing powder got on one side of the pennant than the other?  

I love the beautiful sentiment, and the awe and joy on the visage of this lovely angel as she gazes at the Saviour.  

Here are the Copics I used for this lovely angel.  Here is the lovely Enchanted Branches - Nativity!

Beautiful things to see with the rest of the Bloom Brigade today...

Christine (you are here)

Friday, October 23, 2020

Power Poppy’s Quite a Christmas Release!


Welcome!  We’re so excited to bring you the long awaited Christmas Release from Power Poppy!  You’re going to be delighted by the 10 - yes TEN gorgeous new sets that will be available as both polymer stamps and digital images.  We’re going to show you five of the sets this week and then five more sets beginning November 12. Marcy was going to call this release “Quiet Christmas” but with each new set she illustrated the general theme amoung the Bloom Brigade was that it was instead “Quite a Christmas!” because of how marvellous it all was.  

Today we’re kicking it all off with Mossy Pots with Paperwhites.  Honestly Marcella could throw anything in a pot, literal or illustrated and it would be beautiful.  She just has a way of capturing beauty and whimsy, and this set is no exception.  I’ve coloured up a beautiful basket of paperwhites surrounded by vibrant green moss and elegant ornaments.  

I love a blue-green and red palette, and the pop of lime green in there seems just right.  All colouring is done with Copics, and I’ve added interest by mimicking the pattern on the bowl in the patterned paper.  

Just a couple of pretty iridescent sequins accent the design.  What’s lovely about this set is that it would work equally well past Christmas because of the other images and sentiments in the set.  It has a very hopeful vibe.  

Here are the Copics I used. I took this picture while we were away....so there’s a big difference in lighting!  And here’s a peek at this pretty set!    

There’s so much more beautiful in store!   See the rest of the amazing inspiration with this pretty set, from the Bloom Brigade:  

Friday, October 9, 2020

Rusty Sunflowers

Nothing like the cheerful look of a beautiful sunflower, especially at this time of year.  In keeping with my Autumn-themed cards this month, I pulled out the beautiful image Sunflower Power from Power Poppy.  And, departing a bit from the typical sunny yellow, I decided to do a pretty rust colour for the blooms this time.  It’s so fun to play with different colour palettes.  

I’ve brought it to life with Copic Markers and then added some shadowing and detail work with Prismacolor pencils.  I love the pops of purple that peek out in the petals and how it almost makes the flower glow.  

The lovely sentiment is from Power Poppy’s polymer set Nice Things to Say.  It has a lovely assortment of kind or encouraging thoughts.  You can see that I’ve used an “out of the box” technique with the main sunflower image so that the leaf extends beyond the die.  Simple accents like twine and enamel dots keep it clean.  

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