Friday, November 14, 2014

Ho Ho HO!












Hi there friends and Happy Friday!  Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?  There will be lots of cleaning and unpacking going on around here this weekend.....we have just finished up some renovations around here and are finally moving back in!  Whew...what an adventure that has been!  Anyways....it's Friday and you know what that means....another Power Poppy Peep of the Week Challenge!


Are you up for a little challenge?  Why don't you c'mon and play along with us this week?  For my card, I decided to use one of the adorable sets from the Happiest Holiday Collection, Bottlebrush Holiday.  I used the "HO" stamp and also the sentiment stamp "Sending Holiday Cheer" from the set.....but, I only used a small portion of the sentiment stamp (two letters to be exact...lol).  I wanted a Ho Ho Ho card but I wanted the card size to stay on the small side so I used the "H-O" letters from the word "Holiday".  What do you think?  




As you can see, I am trying out the CAS style again....channeling my inner Stacy Morgan, because I am still convinced one day CAS will become easier for me.....but not yet.  That girl does CAS style like nobody's business!  Oh well, there's always next time.  I added a little stitching "sampler" detail across the bottom of my image panel because it looked a little bare and needed something to kind of ground it.  I colored the main "HO" with copics and added a little sparkle with my Atyou Spica Clear glitter pen and added a little shine to the berries with some Ranger Glossy Accents.  A button in the center of the wreath adds a little something unexpected.  The rest of the card a few very simple layers and a bit of stitching.  



I just love that sweet little wreath!  Ok, so that is all for my little CAnsS card....(Clean and NOT so Simple) card.  I wonder if that sweet Stacy could give me a few lessons....lol.  Make sure you check out all of the gorgeousness from my Bloom Brigade sisters and leave a little love along the way.  Then.....get cracking on your own Power Poppy masterpiece and link it up on the Power Poppy blog!  Maybe YOU will be the next Power Poppy Peep of the Week!  :)  Hope you have a great weekend and until next time....take care!

Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Dawn Burnworth 
Julie Koerber  
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller  
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Supplies:  Images from Power Poppy's "Bottlebrush Holiday" stamp set; Ink:  Memento's Tuxedo Black and Rhubarb Stalk inks; Paper:  SU! Naturals White card stock, red card stock from scrap, patterned papers from lilybeedesigns; Other:  Die from Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A, button, string, ribbon, Atyou Spica Clear glitter pen and these Copic colors-  R22, R24, R29, YG 61, YG63, YG67.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Power Poppy's November Blog Hop!


Well hello there and welcome back for one last look at all of the fabulousness from this month's Power Poppy Release....the Power Poppy Blog Hop! 





 Marcella has really outdone herself.....adding four new sets to her Happiest Holiday Collection and what beautiful sets these are!  I decided to use the totally gorgeous Heaven and Nature Sing.  My idea was to make the sweet little birds look like the Black Capped Chickadees that I see so often around my feeders in the yard.




I stamped my image with Tuxedo Black ink from Memento and colored it in with Copics. Next, I die cut my image out, sponged on some ink and used my Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen around the edges.  I layered a couple of pretty Christmas papers, punched a border, stitched it all together, added a bow and adhered it to a cream card stock base.  To finish it off, I stamped this beautiful sentiment and adhered it to my card with some foam dimensionals.  I did cut out a little notch so the bow could cozy up to my flowers.




Oh, I did also use some Ranger Glossy Accents on my berries and my Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen to add a little shimmer in the flower centers.  I love this sweet sentiment and beautiful image...there is so much detail and it really does color up more quickly than you would think.  Actually, I think it would look gorgeous stamped in a single color with no extra coloring.....I may test that theory a little later on and will report back if I do .....I have never know a Marcella image that didn't look amazing no matter what you did or didn't do to it though....;).  

So, that is all I have for you today but the rest of the incredible Bloom Brigade has some pretty amazing things for you to see....make sure you leave them a little blog love while you're there and then if you haven't already, start making your wish list because all of the amazing sets from this release go on sale today!  You could get an early start on some Christmas shopping for friends, or even for yourself!  ;)  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and can stop by again soon....until then, take care!  :)

Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth
Dina Kowal  
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
and .....
Marcella Hawley

~Katie

Supplies:  Image and sentiment from Power Poppy's "Heaven and Nature Sing"; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap; Paper-Stampin' Up!'s Naturals White card stock, Classic White card stock from Flourishes, and patterned papers from My Mind's Eye's Lost & Found Christmas Special Edition; Other:  A2 Matting Basics A die set from Spellbinders, Stampin' Up!'s Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, White Stampin' Chalk marker and foam dimensionals, ribbon, Ranger Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella's Clear Glitter pen, and these Copic colors:  N1, N3, N5, N7, N9, E40, E42, E44, E47, E50, Y02, YG0000, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, R32, R35, R37, R39, R56, R59, R89, and RV99.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Power Poppy's November Release Day 3










Hello there, friends and welcome back for another day of fun and festivities as we help Marcella introduce her newest additions to her Happiest Holiday Collection.  I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far, but there is still so much to see in the coming days....




Today's offering is the darling stamp set, Merry Littles.  These small scaled images are so versatile....you will find yourself reaching for these again and again!




For my card, I chose to use one of the adorably scripted sentiments and the Santa hat.  I also chose to try my hand again at the CAS style.....I know I have mentioned that I don't think I possess that particular gene, but I am convinced  that with practice eventually it won't take me longer to make a simple card than it does to make one of my usual cards.....lol.  Well...I think I need more practice because this "simple" card took me quite a while!  ;)





I stamped my Santa hat with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copics and fussy cut it out.  Next, I made my white card stock panel, scored a channel down the left side to fit a piece of gingham paper in, and stitched it up.  Next, I stamped my sentiment, colored it with a few more Copics, and added my Santa hat with some foam dimensionals.  Then, I added my green bow and adhered the assembled panel to a green card stock base....and that is it.  Why it took me as long as it did is still a mystery.  Sigh.





Don't you just love that long, tall Santa hat?  I did add some sparkle to the hat with my Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen and that is all for my clean and not-so-simple Christmas card.  I am so glad you could stop by today!  Make sure you check out all of the awesomeness from my Bloom Brigade sisters...and believe me, I have already seen some of their handiwork...prepare to be amazed.  :)  Make sure to leave them a little blog love while your there and then make sure to check out tomorrow's release on the Power Poppy Blog....another beauty!  I will be joining everyone back on Saturday for the Blog Hop so I will see you then!  Until then, take care....

Christine Okken    
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
and .....
Marcella Hawley

Supplies:  Image and sentiment from Power Poppy's Merry Littles stamp set; Ink:  Memento's Tuxedo Black, Copics; Paper:  SU!'s Naturals White and Lucky Limeade card stocks, Flourishes' Classic White card stock, gingham paper from lilybeedesigns "Double Dutch" 6x6 paper pad; Other:  Martha Stewart Score board, foam dimensionals, Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen, green grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Power Poppy's November Release Day 2









Hi there everybody!  Did you enjoy Day 1 of Power Poppy's November Release?  Well, hold on to your hats because there is a whole lot more in store for you this week!  And how about that sweet news of Marcella's....aren't they the most adorable couple?  I cannot wait to see what all of her wedding plans inspire her to create, can you?  Well, while we think about all of the possibilities, why don't I show you what she has created for you today?  Marcella is continuing her Happiest Holiday collection this month with four more offerings.....





and today's will certainly be a favorite.....O Holy Night.




This is one of the sweetest images I have seen Marcella create.  Small country churches hold a special place in my heart because my grandfather was a minister at a small rural church....treasured memories from my childhood, for sure!  I had such a wonderful time coloring up this beautiful image...





I kept the card simple in design to show off this beautifully intricate image.  I used my Copics in Warm Grays for the church, and then colored in my trees and sky.  I added some Tulip Slick fabric paint and glitter on the trees and roof for a little dimension.  I then layered my image panel with blue gingham paper, and some other die cut layers from SU! Natural White card stock.  My card base is some navy card stock from my scrap box.  I used another die cut to show off one of the lovely sentiments that come with this set and added a few pearls.  A little Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen sponged on to the edges gives this a little age and finishes it off.  




Doesn't that look like the most wonderful place to be on Christmas Eve?  That Marcella.....I am thinking there is absolutely nothing that she can't draw!  I know this will be a set that I will reach for again and again....not only for this gorgeous image but also for the lovely sentiments and scripture that comes with this set.  Go ahead and put this one on your list.... :).  Well, that is all for my card today but as you can imagine....my Bloom Brigade teamies have been busy and I am sure that today's hop will be a stunning display.  Make sure you leave these lovely ladies a little love while you are there.  I will be back tomorrow for Day 3's darling set....until then, take care!

Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Julie Koerber 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Stacy Morgan 
and .....
Marcella Hawley

~Katie

Supplies:  Image and sentiment:  Power Poppy's O Holy Night stamp set; Paper:  SU! Naturals White and Night of Navy card stock, blue gingham paper from lilybeedesigns's "Double Dutch" 6x6 paper pad, Classic White card stock from Flourishes; Ink:  Memento's Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink's Antique Linen; Dies:  Marianne Desings Square Frames, Spellbinders dies in Fancy Framed Tags One, Classic Squares Large and Classic Scalloped Squares Large;  Other:  Tulip Slick paint in white, Martha Stewart glitter, Wink of Stella Clear glitter pen, and these Copic colors:  W1, W3, W5, W7, C0, C1, B0000, B000, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, G28, G40, G43, G46, YR30, Y32, Y15, R27, YG63, and YG67.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Happy World Cardmaking Day and a Power Poppy Challenge!













Hi there everyone and a very Happy World Card Making Day to you today!  This is one of my most favorite days of the year...a day which celebrates the craft the we all love so much!  There is a lot going on around her today for sure....today it's my turn to host the card making party for a group of my friends.  There are 12 of us and we take turns once a month hosting a party with lots of food, we sit around and catch up with what everyone has been up to, and somewhere in all of that our SU! demonstrator has a make and take for us that we manage to do...then that is usually followed by another pass around the food table again....lol.  I volunteer for the October party just for this day.....I mean really, isn't this the perfect day for that kind of thing?  ;)  AND, to really make things extra fun, Power Poppy has challenges all day today, Woo Hoo!  I chose to go with challenge #3 to day which was to Choose Hope, Think Pink.  We get to choose a challenge over on the Splitcoast Stampers site for their Hope You Can Cling To month for Breast Cancer Awareness.  You may remember from some of my other posts that this is a cause very near and dear to my heart.  So, for my card I chose Splitcoast's challenge "Hold On to Your Hope" hosted by our own dear Dina Kowal!  For this challenge, we need to use something on our card with a handle on it......







I immediately thought about the darling cup with buttercups image from one of Marcella's first stamp sets, Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1.  I decided to go all out pink for this card, so the buttercups are now pink!  :)  






This card is some very simple layers of diecuts and punched borders to frame up my stamped image panel.  Like I said, I kept my color scheme in the creams and pinks and I wanted the sweet cup of flowers to be front and center.  I stamped my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink, colored it in with Copics, added some shimmer with my Atyou Spica Clear Glitter pen and then sponged some ink around it.  I finished it with my stamped sentiment from another of Marcella's sets, Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips stamp set and a little bow.  My card base is Spellbinder's Romantic Rectangles  and then I just added some layers cut with my paper trimmer, sponged with some distress ink, and then stitched.  For the polka dot layer, I added a punched border for a little fancy edge.  






You can't really tell in the photo, but I added some wee little pearls to the centers of some of my flowers for a little extra dimension.  I think this little image is just as sweet as can be!  Well, that is all for my little card today, but I am hoping that you are going to play along with us at Power Poppy for our day of challenges to celebrate World Card Making Day!  There are prizes to be won.....just sayin'!  Make sure you link up your card on the Power Poppy site AND the Splitcoast Stampers site to double your fun!  Here is wishing you a wonderful day today, and I hope you get to spend it crafting to your heart's content!  Until next time, take care and I am so happy you could stop by today for a visit!

~Katie

Supplies:  Paper-Classic White card stock from Flourishes, Naturals White card stock from Stampin' Up! and patterned papers from Authentiques' Essentials Collection 6x6 paper pad and My Mind's Eye's Lost & Found Market Street 6x6 paper pad; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black ink, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen, Papertrey Ink's Chai ink; Dies-Spellbinder's die sets in Romantic Rectangles and A2 Matting Basics A; Other-SU!'s Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, SU! ribbon and pearls, Atyou Spica Clear Glitter pen, and these Copic colors-  R30, R32, R35, R37, R39, E70, E74, E77, E79, W00, W0, W1, and W3.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Power Poppy's October Release Blog Hop










Well hello there and welcome back for Power Poppy's Blog Hop!  I hope you have enjoyed all of the festivities this week....I know I sure have!  So today is the day where we recap all of the new stamp sets so you have one last look.  Have you got your list ready?  Well I hope so, because today is the day that all of this holiday goodness is available for purchase on the Power Poppy site!  Woo Hoo!




I decided to pull out the Frosted Gingerbread set one more time for a simple card.  Now, know that my aim was to try my hand at a clean and simple card....but, seriously, I do not think I possess the gene needed to do that style....lol.  So this is about as clean and simple as it gets for me....





When I saw those little cookies in the border stamp I thought that little tree was the cutest thing....and that sentiment with the mixed fonts, absolutely adorable!  I decided to incorporate both of these onto a little tag and that is where I started with my card.  I stamped my image, colored it with Copics and fussy cut it out.  Next, I used a die to cut my tag out of blue polka dot paper then layered it with some Kraft paper.  Next, I stamped my sentiment then attached that darling little cookie tree, then added some ribbon and string.  For the remainder of my card I simply added some square layers and then some heart layers to build the card up for my tag.  I added some sponging and stitching before attaching my tag and that pretty much completed my card.  I did add some Ranger Glossy Accents on the green frosting to make it really shiny.....




GAH....I love that sentiment!  I am soooo ready to make some Christmas cookies!  Here's one more view so you can see the layers...




So are you in the Christmas spirit?  I know I am!  Well, that is all for my card but you know that my wonderfully talented Bloom Brigade teamies have plenty of holiday goodness just waiting for you to come see!  I am so glad you could stop by today for the final day of Power Poppy's October release.  I hope we can get together again soon....I have some more ideas for these new sets so I'll be popping back in soon with some more projects...until then here's wishing you "Hope, Peace, and Cookies"!  Take care and don't forget the milk!  ;)

~Katie


Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
and .....
Marcella Hawley

Supplies:  Image-Power Poppy's Frosted Gingerbread stamp set; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Ink's Chamomile and Chai inks; Paper-Classic White card stock from Flourishes, Kraft paper from Papertrey ink, and patterned papers from lilybeedesign's Christmas Cheer 6x6 Tiny Tablet, Echo Park's "Christmas This & That" 6x6 pad, and My Mind's Eyes's "Winter Wonderland" 6x6 paper pad;  Dies-Spellbinders sets in Grand Scalloped Squares, Grand Squares, Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts, and Papertrey Ink's Tremendous tags; Other-red gingham ribbon, string, Ranger Glossy Accents, foam dimensionals and these Copic colors-YG11, YG13, YG17, E31, E33, and E35.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A "Peace"ful Poinsettia...











Hi there everyone and welcome back to the final day of Power Poppy Sneak Peeks for our first ever Holiday images!  Tomorrow brings the Blog Hop where everyone on the Bloom Brigade is back for one final look at all of the images available for purchase.  Have you been making your list?  Checking it twice?  We have been so excited for you to see all of the holiday goodness Marcella has been creating for your stamping pleasure.  So why don't we get to today's set....which I am sure is going to have all of the flower lovers out there giddy with delight (me included!)  :)  So let's get to it, shall we?




Marcella has done it yet again, this time with a gorgeous Christmas botanical.....Poinsettia!  Is that not one incredible bloom?!  And she has paired it with pomegranates and pine needles....simply elegant and a sheer pleasure to color up.  I can tell I will be pulling this lovely out time and time again!  So let me show you what I created for today's sneak peek...



For this card, I decided to keep the layout simple and embellishments to a minimum...I love this glorious image!  I started by stamping the poinsettia with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto some white card stock.  Next, I colored my image in with Copics (in colors to coordinate with some pretty papers I had picked out) and die cut it out.  While it was still in the die, I sponged on some distress ink and then.....you know what's next, right?  I couldn't let an opportunity like this pass me by, so I pulled out my Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen.  I mean, really...this image begs for some gold leafing, don't you think?  :)  So once I had her all gold leafed, I stamped my sentiment, die cut it out, sponged on more distress ink, gold leafed the edges and added some pearls for a little somethin' somethin'.  I layered a couple of patterned papers and a punched border, did some stitching, and adhered it to a white card stock layer.  I added some more gold leafing for good measure and then adhered it to a deep burgundy card base.  I added my image panel and then my sentiment and at the end I pulled out my Wink of Stella clear brush pen to add some sparkle to my poinsettia.  Now, I've never seen blue pomegranates, but the good thing about making your own cards is that you can make them whatever color you want, so blue it is...lol!  




That Marcella really knows her way around a blossom, doesn't she?  I don't call her the Bloom Whisperer for nothin', that's for sure!  ;)  Again, I am amazed at the incredible detail she was able to achieve with is image.  Now I am thinking that this has all of you fellow flower gawkers out there itching to get your hands on this set, am I right?  Well, you won't have to wait long, because this beauty and all of the other gorgeous images from this week will be available for purchase tomorrow! So Merry Christmas a little early!  :)  I am so glad you were able to stop by for a visit today, and you know there are still plenty of gorgeous creations by my fellow Bloom Brigade sisters, so go on and check them out....and don't forget to leave them a little blog love while you are there.  I hope you will be able to join us tomorrow for the Power Poppy Blog hop!  Until then take care and thanks again for stopping by!

~Katie


Christine Okken  
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
and .....
Marcella Hawley <-------The Bloom Whisperer, herself, with some insight into the creation of Poinsettia!  :)

Supplies:  Paper-Classic White Card Stock from Flourishes, Raspberry Ripple card stock from Stampion' Up! and patterned papers from My Mind's Eye "Lost & Found Christmas" Special Edition 6x6 paper pad; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap; Dies-Spellbinders die sets in Labels Twenty Eight, Classic Ovals Large, and A2 Matting Basics A; Other-Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch and pearls from Stampin' Up!, Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen, Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen and these Copic colors- R59, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG99, YR20, YR23, YR24, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, and BV29.