Friday, June 8, 2018

Happy Power Poppy Friday with The Daily Marker!













Hello there and happy Power Poppy Friday to you!  Today is pretty special because several of the Power Poppy designers are hopping with The Daily Marker for the latest 30 Day Coloring Challenge!  Have you ever played along in this?  The incredibly talented and oh-so-engaging Kathy Racoosin hosts this wonderful challenge to encourage all of us to take time to color....even if it is for just a few minutes a day!  What a great idea!









So in the spirit of this challenge,  I have a few stepped out photos of part of the coloring for my card.  This is the first time I have attempted to step out coloring photos, and to be honest, I had already colored up my foliage before I remembered to take photos.....so all I have is the bloom that I colored.  I chose to use Power Poppy's new stamp set Abundant Petals and the companion dies for my images and the Dream Wedding stamp set for my sentiment.


I started by using R30 to lay some color down.  I did not completely color my bloom but I will later.....I like to leave some white space at first because I can always go back and add more!  :)







Next, I added R32 to the areas that would naturally be darker or shadowed...again leaving a little room to add more later.







































Then, I added R35 for even more depth...





































After the R35, I went back with my R32  and R30 to smooth some of the brush strokes out and extend the color closer to the petal edges.









































This next step with R37 and R39 are where I really amp up contrast which adds so much depth to the petals...it is now looking more dimensional...

***Pay no attention to the upside down marker in this photo or we could just call this my signature photo, right?  Sure, I meant to do that!  ;)






































The last step is to smooth things out a bit with my R35, R32, and R30 and add a touch of V12 for a little more interest and to pick up some of the color from my patterned paper for my card.

































And here is where this bloom is added to my die cut arrangement on my assembled card....




































Using the accompanying dies for the image stamp set was so handy and made this arrangement a snap to cut out.  I wanted to play along with Power Poppy's latest Power & Spark challenge hosted by the super talented and equally adorable Stacy Morgan so I made a round card.  You have all month to play along with this challenge so check it out and don't forget to link up your entry on the Power Poppy blog....because a $50 shopping spree in the Power Poppy store is up for grabs!  :)






My card base is a couple of scalloped round die cuts in dark and light gray card stocks layered with a couple of patterned papers stitched together.  I did add some shimmer with my Wink of Stella clear brush pen to the leaves and petals.  Then I added some gold leafing around the image panel with a Krylon 18 KT gold leafing pen.  To give the gold leafing an aged look, I lightly sanded it.  I also added some sponging to the card with Papertrey Ink's Chamomile and Chai inks.  



































And if this wasn't enough excitement, Marcella has a little something else to offer up...a BIG sale on one of her beautiful bouquet images!  In stamp form it is known as Burst of Kindness and in a digital format it is known as Spring Meadow Bouquet.....either way it is a GREAT deal!  So great, maybe you should just get BOTH!  :)  You can read all about this lovely bouquet, the sale, and see the Bloom Whisperer, herself, color up this bouquet in this post!



Whew!  We made it!  That was quite a long post!  Several of my Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardener sisters have some incredible projects to share with you today as well, so make sure you check them out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  I want to thank Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker for the opportunity to play along with her challenge today....what fun it has been!  I also want to thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and will come by again soon.  Until then, take care!


Julie Koerber
Cindy Lawrence
Tosha Leyendekker
Christine Okken
Barbara Walker
Nancy Sheads
Katie Sims <----- That's me! 
Elizabeth Zaffarano
Kathy Jones


~Katie

Friday, June 1, 2018

Happy Power Poppy Friday~June 1!













Hello there and a very happy Friday to you!  I sure hope you have had a wonderful week.  I have a simple petite card to share with you today featuring one of the newest Power Poppy stamp sets, Wild Mushrooms.  









































I started by stamping my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink onto some white card stock.  After coloring my image with Copics, I touched up some of the areas on the mushrooms with a white Prismacolor pencil then die cut the image.  I stamped my sentiment on to a strip of patterned paper and adhered it to my image panel.  I decided to add another little strip of patterned paper and then adhered it all to my die cut card base.  This finished card measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/2".

If you have not gotten this stamp set yet, you really should put this one on "the list".....these images are incredibly detailed and are so much fun to color!!  









































Aren't they just the cutest little things?  I looked these up to get a color reference but truly, you could color these up any ol' way you wanted to.....or, I am quite certain they would be darling just stamped and no color at all if you were so inclined.  :)

So that is all for my card today, but some of my Bloomie sisters have created some lovely cards for your Friday inspiration.  Please make sure you leave them a little blog love when you visit.  Oh, and also make sure you check out the Power Poppy blog for a new Power & Spark challenge hosted by our own darling Stacy Morgan





I am wishing you an amazing weekend and I hope you will stop back by here again soon.  Until then....take care!  :)

Julie Koerber 
Katie Sims <------You are here 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker


~Katie

Copics used:  BG0000, BG000, BG01, Y15, E40, E41, E42, E44, E47, E50, E55, E57, E59, E93, E95, E97, E99, R01, R02, R05, R08, YG61, and YG67.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Power Poppy May Stamp Release~Day 5!


Hello there and welcome to Day 5 of Power Poppy's May stamp release!  Today is the day that you will be able to see (and order!) all of the new stamp sets!  Hey, did you know that some of the sets also have coordinating dies?  Yay!  So, before you jet over to the Power Poppy store, let me show you the two sets being introduced today and my card, k?










For my card today, I chose to use an image and sentiment from the Precious Baby set.  YES...Power Poppy's  first baby set....can you believe it?!  :)  All of the images in this set are beyond adorable and I know I will be using this set often for baby cards, but I just had to start with the little baby pea pod!  Once I colored my image with Copics, I die cut it and started layering with a bunch of die cut layers from card stock and patterned paper.   I fussy cut and colored an extra pair of leaves to add for a little more greenery.  The baby is fussy cut and layered for some added dimension.  I added my die cut sentiment and some shimmer with a Wink of Stella clear brush pen to finish the card.  My idea was to make a pea pod and have my image be one of the peas....kind of a pea pod within a pea pod. :)  

































I cannot get over the darling wee face on this sweet little pea!  Marcella really out did herself with this set....well, she really out did herself with ALL of her new sets, but mercy....I am totally smitten with this image!  :)






























So that is all for my card today, but my Bloomie sisters have been knocking it out of the park all week and today is no exception, so make sure you check out all of their lovely cards and leave a little blog love while you are there.  Oh, and hey...I saved this last little bit of news until the end...Marcella is offering a discount on these new sets!





Don't forget to get in on the giveaway for the entire release for you and a friend.....you can see the details of this giveaway here!

Thank you so much for your visits this week and your kind words here on my blog.  All of your encouraging comments have really made my week.  I hope you will stop back by here again soon, and until then...take care!  :)

Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Dies used:  Spellbinders die sets in Standard Circles Large, Classic Scalloped Circle Large, and Labels Twenty Five and My Favorite Things die set Cross stitch Oval

Copics used:  YG01, YG11, YG13, YG17, G28, YG91, Y15, Y21, E11, E21, E23, E40, E42, E93, YR000, B91, B93, B97, and B99. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Power Poppy's May Stamp Release~Day 3!














Hello there and a happy Friday to you!  I am so glad you could stop by for Day 3 of Power Poppy's May stamp release.  Two more lovely stamp sets are being introduced today...just take a look at these beauties.....










Marcella gives us a heart shaped bouquet and her very own toile design with bees.....how awesome is that?!  For my card today, I chose to use the Always Here stamp set and to really get up close and personal on some of those blooms, I cropped the image into a circle using a die.  Once I stamped and colored this dreamy image with Copics, I used an equally dreamy Marianne Designs die set for my card base.  I also used a Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle for more layering.  I used a Krylon 18 KT Gold Leafing pen around the image circle and then added some shimmer with my Wink of Stella clear brush pen before adhering everything together.




































I cannot get over all of the beautiful blooms (and blueberries!) in this bouquet.  There is so much detail and as always, it was a complete joy to color up. 

Here's one last little peek at Marcella's handiwork.....that darling lady really knows her way around a bloom! :)






























So that is all for my card today, but those Bloomie sisters of mine are really going to amaze you with their lovely creations. Make sure you check them all out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  Don't forget to check out the Power Poppy blog to read all about Marcella's inspiration for these sets and the out of this world give away that is going on.....YOU could win 11 sets for yourself AND a friend!!  You can read all about that here.

Now that's pretty amazing, don't you think?!  So make sure you get yourself entered for your chance to win!  I thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you will come back on Sunday when I will be joining up with everyone for the last day of the release.....until then, take care!  :)


Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker


~Katie



Copics used:  E29, E40, E44, E57, E93, E95, E99, C0, C2, C4, YR20, YR30, YR31, R00, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG0000, YG01, YG17, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG67, YG91, G29, G40, G43, G46, RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, BV0000, BV000, BV00, BV02, BV04, BV08, BV23, BV25, BV29, Y21, Y26, BG10, BG11, BG15, and BG18. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Power Poppy's May Stamp Release~ Day 2!












Well hello there and welcome back for Day 2 of Power Poppy's Creative + Curious stamp release!  We sure hope you enjoyed yesterday's festivities and I do believe you are going to love the two stamp sets being featured today...check these lovelies out...










Pretty awesome, right?  :)  So for my card today, I chose to use the Artistic Bouquet set.  This image first appeared as a digital stamp a while back and now you can have it as a stamp too!  I started by stamping my image on to white card stock with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink and colored it up with Copics.  After I die cut my colored image, I stamped my sentiment and adhered it to my card base layered with some patterned paper and stitching.   A little shimmer from my Wink of Stella clear brush pen finished this card off.  I chose to leave this card embellishment free so this amazing image has center stage.  :)









































I think we can all agree that Marcella is totally awesome, right?  Just look at all of that amazing detail...I just love the addition of the paintbrush and pencil!  :)  Here's a little close up of this beautiful bouquet...





So that is all for my card today, but you know my Bloomie sisters are bringin' it, so please go check them out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  AND....if you haven't checked out the Power Poppy blog, make sure you do....Marcella has an awesome post about her inspiration for these incredible new sets.  I sure hope you can stop back by tomorrow for a peek at another new set that will make your bloom loving heart skip a beat!  Until then, take care!  :)

Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber 
Katie Sims <------You are here 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Copics used:  E40, E42, E44, E47, E50, E51, E55, E57, E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, Y13, Y18, G000, G00, G12, G16, G19, G20, G24, G29, G40, G43, G46, BG0000, BG000, BG01, RV000, RV00, RV1o, RV14, RV19, RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29, RV32, RV34, RV69, R0000, R21, R24, R29, R81, R83, R85, R89, YG91, C00, C0, C2, C4, C7, N2, N5, N9, and V12 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Power Poppy's May Stamp Release~Day 1!



Hello there and welcome for Day 1 of Power Poppy's Creative + Curious stamp release!  Today's post on the Power Poppy blog features the first two of eleven stamp sets being released this month.  Yes, eleven!  I just know there's a whole lotta happy dancin' going on right now!  ;)  Just take a lookie at the first two sets in Marcella's Mega May release....and say that really fast three times while you look....hee!










So for my card today, I chose to use the Poppy XL set.  Will you just get a load of that enormous bloom?  Let me tell you, I grabbed a fist full of Copic markers (actually, I believe it was two fist fulls....but who's counting, right?) and had the time of my life coloring this girl up!  I started by stamping and masking some of the images to give a layered effect.  

After I finished coloring with my markers, I used a white pencil to add some highlights back in my image.  Next, I die cut the image and stamped my sentiment.  To give it an earthy feel, I sponged on some distress ink and spritzed some inks around.  I added some shimmer with a clear Wink of Stella brush pen and then gold leafed the edges with Krylon's 18 KT Gold Leafing pen.  Lastly, I adhered my image panel on to a card base that I layered with a bit of patterned paper.  And here she is....all colored up and ready to take her place in Marcella's bloom collection. :)

































Did I mention that she was a blast to color up?  Well, it bears repeating.....truly, loads. of. fun!  Marcella put so many wonderful details in this image and the larger size means she fills up a card quite nicely!  Here's one last little peek at this amazing image...
































So that is all for my card today, but you know those super creative Bloomie sisters of mine have some a-mazing cards to share with you today.....so make sure you check them all out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  I thank you so much for your visit today.  I hope you'll be able to pop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of Power Poppy's May stamp release....until then, take care!  :)


Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber 
Katie Sims <------You are here 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker


~Katie

Copic used:  R11, R12, R14, R17, R29, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, G20, G21, G24, G29, YG01, YG91, and BV29.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Power Poppy Friday~May 11th!

















Hello there and happy Friday to you!  I have a super quick post to share today using an image from Power Poppy's Everything's Even Rosier stamp set and a sentiment from the Prairie Cheer stamp set.




































I started by stamping my image with Hero Arts' Intense Black ink onto white card stock.  This is the first time I have used this ink and I have to say, I really liked it!  It is compatible with Copic markers and it really stamped very well.  Next, I die cut my image with a stitched square die from My Favorite Things and colored my image with a ton of Copics.  In my defense, I didn't color the roses all the same, right?  ;)

After everything was colored, I stamped my sentiment with Verafine ink in Onyx Black and added some gold leafing around the edge with Krylon's 18KT Gold Leafing pen.  I added a layer of stitched patterned paper and card stock and adhered everything to a card base that I die cut using a Spellbinders die.  Lastly, I added a little shimmer with a Wink of Stella clear brush pen and some sparkle with a clear Atyou Spica pen .  



























So that is all for my card today but my Bloomie sister Christine Okken has a project to share with you and I am sure it is a stunner.  Make sure you leave a little blog love when you visit her. :)

I thank you so much for your visit today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Oh hey....have you heard that new Power Poppy stamps are just around the corner?  Yep, and let me say....you will be amazed at what that darling Marcella has been up to!  Just you wait!  :)  I hope you'll pop in again soon....until next time, take care!

~Katie

Copic colors used:  BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG02, BG53, BG57, BG75, BG78, R000, R30, R32, R37, R81, R85, R89, BV02, E0000, E41, E44, YG11, YG17, YG61, YG63, YG91, Y13, Y21, Y26, YR20, YR23, YR27, E55, W1, W4, W7, C2, C4, and C7,