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.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Gingerbread...with Love









Well hello there and welcome to my little corner of blog land!  Have you been enjoying Marcella's incredible first ever Christmas release at Power Poppy so far? I am pretty certain I already know the answer to that question!  Today I get to share a little card I made using the featured set today, Frosted Gingerbread.  If this set doesn't make you feel like a child again, I don't know what will!






Is that not the most darling gingerbread house?!  And, I can personally tell you it is an absolute joy to color up!  Let me show you what this sweet set inspired me to create...





So, my idea here was to make the whole card look like a big ol' gingerbread cookie.  I thought that really delicate die cut looked a lot like the pretty piped icing you see on some cookies so that is where I started.  I stamped my image and colored it up using a insane number of Copics, but I wanted this to be super colorful hence the basket full of Copics.  Next, I fussy cut out my image then went to adding glitter, Glossy Accents, and some Tulip slick paint to look like icing.  I had a ball decorating this little house but I also wanted to use the precious "with Love" and "Merry Christmas" sentiments out of this set.  For the "with Love" sentiment I stamped it out, used a couple of copics to color it in, then added Glossy Accents over the "Love".  This made it look like shiny piped icing plus it acted as a mask (once it dried) so I could sponge some brown ink in my little oval die cut.  I used another die cut to stamp the "Merry Christmas" and then used a little more of the Tulip paint to "pipe" on a little icing.  All that was left was to do a little stitching and then assemble the layers.  Oh, I'll let you in on a little tip here.  I did not have any card stock that looked like gingerbread......I know, I can't believe it myself (and neither could my husband...lol).  So, I used what I had but sponged on some Stampin' Up! ink in Creamy Caramel and I have to say.....I think it ended up looking a lot like gingerbread!  :)




So here she is, all decked out in a Necco Wafer roof, with some Red Hots, Candy Canes, Starburst welcome mat, and some candy orange slices for the shutters (those are for my grandma, they were her absolute favorite candy ever!).  This really brought back some fun memories...my mama makes some of the best gingerbread and she would make the houses for us so all we had to do was decorate them ( we still do this at Christmas...lol!)

So, that is all for my card today, but you know that there are more gorgeous creations by my super talented Bloom Brigade sisters just waiting for you to see.  Make sure you leave them a little blog love and then go ahead and be making plans of how you will decorate your own little gingerbread house when you order this must-have set from Power Poppy!  You know you wanna....;)  I hope you will join me tomorrow because I have another card to share with your for tomorrow's sneak peek and I'll give you a little hint...it's a botanical!  Marcella + Christmas + Botanicals = Pure Joy!  See you tomorrow, and until then, take care!  :)

Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Julie Koerber  
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller  
Tosha Leyendekker
and .....
Marcella Hawley <------The Head Cookie Baker, herself, with some insight into the creation of  Frosted Gingerbread! :)

Supplies:  Images- Power Poppy's Frosted Gingerbread stamp set; Paper-Classic Kraft card stock from Papertrey Ink, Classic White card stock from Flourishes, polka dot paper from Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday 6x6 paper pad, red paper from scrap; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, SU!'s Creamy Caramel, Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen; Dies-Die-namics Oval Tab from MFT, Spellbinders Classic Ovals Large, Deckled Edge Classic Ovals Large, Marvelous Squares, Grand Scalloped Squares, and Grand Squares; Other-red gingham ribbon, Martha Stewart Glitter, Atyou Spica clear glitter pen, Ranger Glossy Accents, Tulip Slick fabric paint in white, Wink of Stella clear brush pen, and these Copic colors (like I said, I used a ton of markers on this one)- Y13, Y15, YG21, YG23, YG25, YR12, YR14, YR17, YR18, B0000, B000, C0, C1, C3, C5, W1, W3, B21, B23, B24, G40, G43, G46, R21, R24, R27, R29, R30, R32, R35, V12, V15, E21, E23, E25, E27, E31, E33, E34, E35, E53. E55, and E57.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Those Who Inspire...



Hi there everybody!  I hope you are having an awesome day today....here in the U.S. it's Labor Day holiday so I am definitely enjoying an extra day of rest. A few weeks ago the incredibly talented Allison Cope featured me on her blog as an inspiring card maker.  To say I was honored would be an understatement.....more like humbled and stunned would be pretty accurate.


Allison's work is well known the card making world over and her creativity is off the charts!  I am constantly in awe of where her imagination takes her and her skills are equally amazing.  Where she gets all of her energy is a mystery to me, but she makes more amazing cards and such a huge variety of styles.....it is simply mind boggling!  I have had the pleasure of working with Allison for a while now and I can tell you she is one of the most giving people....giving of her time, talent, creativity, and most of all her heart.  So a huge thank you to Allison for the honor and now I am honored to share a little bit about myself and pay this lovely compliment forward with a few ladies that inspire me.  First a few questions Allison asked me to answer:

1.  What am I working on?  Well, truthfully.....my house right now!  LOL.  We are getting ready for some pretty extensive renovations so things are going to be pretty crazy around here for a little while!  As for crafty things, I am currently making some preparations for Power Poppy's October Release.  This is a special one because it will debut Power Poppy's very first holiday images and as you can imagine, they are incredible!  Christmas cards are some of my favorite ones to make so I am one extremely happy girl!  :)  I wish I could share more about that now, but you will just have to wait a bit longer.....


2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?  Hmmm, well probably for starters I have a very close relationship with my gold leafing pen so most of the time you will see a bit of gold somewhere on one of my cards.  I was really excited when gold started making a come back....it truly is timeless, if you ask me.  I guess my card style is a lot like my personal style, traditional with a lean towards vintage or nostalgic.  I am a pretty sentimental person so often times personal memories or occasions influence my designs.  I guess the other thing is that I am a detail oriented crafter which I think probably explains why I am also a slow crafter.  I am not one that can put a card together in 10 minutes.  I am not only drawn to the work of designers that are similar to me but I also love seeing styles that are different/difficult for me.....CAS, Shabby Chic, Bold and Graphic.....I love them all!  :)


3.  Why do I create what I do?  It is a form of personal expression for me....an outlet.  I love being able to create something from my heart and hands and share it with the people that are special to me.  It was a huge stretch for me to start a blog because I was and am  putting something so personal out there for everyone to see  but I have grown in so many ways since I started and made so many dear friends through this process, I won't lie, though....it's still a little intimidating....lol.


4.  How does your creative process work?  Randomly.....lol.  I don't have one specific way I approach my cards.  Usually, an image or a specific shape or whatever it is that I am starting with  reminds me of some treasured memory and it unfolds from there.  Not all of my cards are that way, but I would say most are.  I love making shaped cards, so any opportunity to do that is always fun!  I did mention Christmas cards are one of my favorites to make or anything floral.  I love to garden so I am drawn to botanical or nature inspired images.  For a lot of my cards, I do start with a main image, decide on shape next, then how many layers I want (I like my cards like I like my cakes....lots of layers...lol), and then comes the fun part- adding the details....stitching, ribbons, edging, buttons, bling, etc.



Ok, so now is my favorite part.....where I get to highlight some beautiful ladies that inspire me.  This was one of the hardest things to do, narrow down to just two, when truthfully I am inspired by so many card makers and artists out there.  I mean, look at who I get to work with at Power Poppy alone.....seriously!  Marcella and the lovely ladies of the Bloom Brigade are a constant source of inspiration to me and I know I am one of the luckiest girls ever to be a part of this amazing group of talented ladies, so it's no surprise that one of my picks is from the Bloom Brigade and my other pick is one of the many lovely ladies that I have met on Splitcoast Stampers.....another treasure trove of talented crafters and inspiration galore.  Each of these ladies inspires me in a different way.  So, please allow me to introduce you to...


Leslie Miller:  Running With Scissors


I can remember exactly how I felt when I first discovered Leslie's beautiful cards.....awestruck.  She is a true artist in every sense of the word.  Her cards are each individual works of art and heart.  We have never met IRL but you just know that the style, poise, and grace that you see in her cards is a true reflection of this beautiful crafter.  I am often inspired by not only what she creates with paper and ink, but with her writing style.  She has a gift of being able to evoke feelings from her beautiful words.....truly good stuff in her blog posts.  The love she pours in to her cards, her photos, her gardening, her family....how can you not be inspired by all of that? If you haven't had the pleasure of visiting her blog yet, you really should soon.  The added bonus is she has two of the most beautiful Golden Retrievers ever and loves sharing their antics too....on their own blog of course!  :)




Tracy MacDonald:  I Wanna Build A Memory


Tracy is one of the lovely ladies that I have had the pleasure of "meeting" on Splitcoast Stampers.  We are both Southern gals so she understands my "drawl" even when I type it....lol.  We both speak a little southern French (hee hee) and we both love a good funny.  She may be a little camera shy, but don't let that fool you.....she has a quick and sharp wit that I just adore.  Tracy is the MacGyver of the card making world.  She makes most of her own embellishments and her awesome layouts are drool worthy.  I was initially drawn to her cards because of her amazing work with Mo's Digital Images but she is in pretty high demand and has done design work for just about everyone out there!  I have learned so much from her over the years.....her sense of style as well as her incredible sense of humor make for some darling cards. Each one she makes is a treasure.  Take that and add her mad Copic skills and you can certainly see why she and her cards are known the world over.  Tracy has been a constant source of encouragement as well as inspiration to me.


 Truly, each one of these ladies has her own unique "Super Power".  A huge thank you to Allison, Leslie, and Tracy for sharing your amazing talents with all of us. I am so blessed to call each of these ladies a friend. What an honor it has been to be able to share some of their talents with you...I hope that you go and visit each of each of their blogs and just see for yourself.....you won't be disappointed, I can assure you of that!  :)

I am so glad you were able to stop by today for a visit.  This was so much fun, I may have to do this again with some more of my favorites!  :)  Thank you again, Allison, for such a wonderful experience  and for the honor....what a blessing this has been!  I hope you all have a wonderful day and until next time, take care!

~Katie


Friday, August 29, 2014

Thinking of you...with wildflowers













Hi there and a very happy hello to you!  How have you been?  It seems so long since my last post....lots of "busy-ness" going on around here...what about you?  I am so happy to share this card I made for Power Poppy's Friday Challenge this week.  You can check out all of the details here.



 We would love to have you come play along with us!  For this card I used the incredibly beautiful Countryside Bouquet Deluxe stamp set.  Wasn't that thoughtful of Marcella to give us a "second helping" of her gorgeous wildflower images?  I chose to use a simple stem of blooms for this card and pair it with some pretty floral papers.




I loved these pretty papers, so homey feeling and perfect for this image.  I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black and then colored it in with Copics.  I must admit that there are several layers here but I really wanted to frame out that darling little stem with blooms.  I sponged some Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen around my image and my sentiment die cut to age them a little. Speaking of sentiment, it is from the Sunny Harvest stamp set and I think it looks so sweet here.  My Krylon 18KT gold leafing pen was calling my name, so I did a little edging around the image panel and the sentiment.  A little ribbon, some stitching, and a few pearls finish this card off.  It really looks busier than it really is...I think maybe because the floral paper is a pretty bold print but I love how it looks with Marcella's lovely blooms.



I love the simplicity of this image but if you wanted something a little fuller, you could simply stamp one or two more and voila...instant bouquet!  :)  Are you itching to get started making your own creation now?  Well, before you do, you really should check out what my incredibly talented Bloom Brigade sisters have created for your inspiration this week.  I am sure you will enjoy the trip!  Then, get going on your own Power Poppy creation and link up your card on the blog for a chance to win a prize!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Hope you have an awesome day and let's get together again real soon, ok?  Until then, take care.

Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth    
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Supplies:  Stamps-Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet Deluxe set and Sunny Harvest stamp set (sentiment); Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen; Paper- Classic White card stock from Flourishes, patterned papers from Echo Park's "This & That" 6x6 paper pad by Lori Whitlock, Stampin' Up!'s Naturals White card stock, red card stock from scrap box; Spellbinders die sets in A2 Mat Basics B, Standard Circle Small, and Lacey Circles; Other-Ribbon from Papertrey Ink, pearls from Stampin' Up!, Krylon 18 KT Gold Leafing pen, Martha Stewart Score Board and these Copic colors-R30, R32, R35, R37, R39, YG11, YG23, YG25, YG91, Y13, Y18, E57, and W0.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Sending Love...with Gerberas











Hi there everybody!  I hope you have had an awesome week.  It has certainly been a busy one around here, but I did want to share a card I made with Power Poppy's new stamp set Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas for this week's challenge on the Power Poppy blog.  Are you going to be our next "Peep of the Week"?



This set has some super sweet sentiments with it and I just couldn't resist using the "Sending Love" sentiment!  Let me show you what I did.....




When I saw that sentiment, I thought it would be fun to have a "mail" theme with it....so, I made a postage stamp complete with the cancellation mark!  I used some really bright and cheery papers to go with these darling gerberas.  My image is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to white card stock, colored with Copics and then die cut out.  I used a little distress ink to sponge around the image and then stamped my sentiment, then the cancellation marks.  Next, I used my Krylon gold leafing pen to edge out the image panel and tied a little ribbon across the bottom.  Then, I backed the image with a die cut postage edge panel and popped it up with some dimensionals.  The rest of the card is a few layers of card stock and patterned papers with some stitching and a little scoring and sanding to add an edge detail.  




Those gerberas really make me smile!  Don't you think they are a happy flower?  :)  They definitely look like they are "Sending Love"!  :)  So, that is all for my card today but you have got to see what my oh so talented Bloom Brigade sisters have created for you viewing pleasure today.  Take a hop around, make sure you leave them a little blog love, and then come join us for this week's Friday challenge at Power Poppy.  The only requirement this week is to use a Power Poppy image.....how simple is that?!  I can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you back here soon.  Until then, take care!  :)

Christine Okken     
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller  
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Supplies:  Stamps-Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas, Papertrey Ink's Postmarks; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up!'s Going Gray, Ranger Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen; Spellbinders- A2 Fancy Postage Edge, A2 Matting Basics B; Paper- SU!'s Naturals White, Flourishes Classic White and Color Made Easy Poppy Collection, Echo Park 6x6 paper pad "Summer Bliss"; Other-Martha Stewart Scoring Board, Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen, Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen, green polka dot ribbon and these Copic colors-R30, R32, R35, R37, YG11, YG13, YG17, YG91, E55, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18, Y32, YR12, YR15, and YR18.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Power Poppy's August Blog Hop!











Howdy do to you and welcome back for the Power Poppy August Blog Hop!  Have you enjoyed all of the festivities this week? What a blooming extravaganza! All of this month's stamps will be available today!  Just to give you one last peek at these amazing sets, the Bloom Brigade has joined together for our end of the release hop, so let's get to it!  :)




For my card today, I chose to use the incredibly beautiful Chinese Lantern and Bittersweet image from the Sunny Harvest stamp set.  Be still, my heart.....these images are a-mazing!  I had never seen either Chinese Lantern or Bittersweet before so this was a real treat for me.....a little botanical lesson along with my crafting! After doing a little "field research" on these beauties, I got to work.  The stunning colors of these plants definitely pushed me in the "fall decorating" frame of mind....well, honestly I have been pining for fall for a little while (and football season....which you heard me whining about in a previous post) so I went with a fall theme complete with some die cut leaves.....




Have I said I am so ready for fall yet?  Well, I am.  So for my card, I stamped the image onto some newsprint patterned paper and colored with Copics directly on the designer paper.  What you are looking at is actually the second coloring, the first one was colored and die cut when I managed to smudge the heck out of it while finishing up my card.  I am choosing to look at it as an opportunity to change what I didn't like about it the first time around so I used a different die for my main image panel and I like it a lot better....it kind of reminds me of the shape of a real Chinese lantern.  Soooo, then I assembled my card panels using layers of card stock in cream and dark brown and patterned papers in a dark brown damask (which is pretty much covered up), dark brown gingham, and this awesome orange and red linen print.  Once all of the layers were inked or sanded or stitched or gold leafed (and let me tell you, there is a lot of gold leafing going on here-I definitely made up for not using it much lately) or a combination of all of the above the real dilemma started....accessorizing.  Normally, this is one of my favorite parts of the process (besides the actual coloring, of course) but I had a real dickens of a time deciding what to put on this card.  I finally decided on some die cut leaves but I added gold leafing to some of them for a little extra somethin' somethin'.  




For my sentiment leaf, I stamped it first then ran it through my Grand Calibur with a wood texture plate and then I inked it up and attached some twine and a button.  For my image panel, I cut a couple of slits in it to thread my ribbon through, wrapped it around the largest card panel and tied it in a bow.  Next, I stuffed extra leaves here and there until I like the way it looked.  Finally, I attached my assembled card panel to my card base and added a little Ranger Glossy Accents on my berries and a little Wink of Stella Clear brush pen to my Chinese Lanterns.



Here is one more view so you can maybe see the layers a little better.  Seriously, Marcella's image is so detailed and unique and a complete joy to color up!  These are my favorite colors to use on cards and it is a real struggle for me to not make every card look like Thanksgiving!  Well, that is all for my card today, but you need to check out all of the creations from my incredibly talented Bloom Brigade sisters....they have been rockin' the house all week and I am sure today will be no exception!  Make sure you leave them a little blog love while you're there and then why don't you pop on over to the Power Poppy Shop and make these incredible stamps your own....you know  you wanna!  ;)  Thank you so much for stopping by today for a visit....it's always good to see you!  Be checking back, because I will have some more projects using these new sets to share soon.  Until then, take care!  :)

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

~Katie

Supplies:  Image and Sentiment from Power Poppy's Sunny Harvest stamp set; Paper-My Mind's Eye  Lost & Found Two "Rosy" 6x6 paper pad, Teresa Collins "Fabrications" 6x6 paper pad, Stampin' Up! card stock in Early Espresso, Classic Ivory card stock from Flourishes; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Ink's Chamomile, Colorbox ink in Chestnut Roan, Stampin' Up!'s ink in Early Espresso; Dies-Spellbinders' Labels Twenty Two and Mat Basics A sets, Cuttlebug Leaf dies, Papertrey ink's wood grain texture plate; Other-SU!'s Early Espresso ribbon, hemp twine, button, Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen, and these Copic colors:  YG13, YG17, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, R21, R22, R24, R27, R39, Y13, Y15, Y18, YR12, YR14, YR15, YR18, E71, and E77.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Power Poppy's August Release-Day 3









Hi there and a Happy Tuesday to you!  Welcome back for Day 3 of Power Poppy's August Release!  Have you been enjoying the new sets so far?  That Marcella really knows how to make a stamper happy, doesn't she?  I have been plum giddy working with these new sets and I was ecstatic to see these beautiful images come back in photopolymer.....so let's take a peek now, shall we?




Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas.....sigh.....and with some really darling new sentiments to add to your collection!  Here is what I created with this beautiful new set....




Ok, so my idea was to try to make something that resembled a dainty, old fashioned handkerchief... but does anyone else see a cocktail napkin instead? Oh well, I will have to revisit that card idea later, but for now whether you see a hanky or a napkin, let me share with you what I did.  My image was stamped with Memento's Tuxedo Black on some white card stock and I colored these lovely blooms with my Copics.  I die cut my image, added a little sponged ink and then for some cloth texture I ran it through my Grand Calibur with a texture plate.  Then, I pulled out my long lost but not forgotten friend, my Krylon 18KT Gold leafing pen and leafed the border of my image. Next I built up a square card with layers of card stock and patterned paper and oriented everything to the bottom left corner.   I sponged Antique Linen ink on my papers for a little age and then did some stitching on the machine.  I punched a tiny scallop border for the bottom of the card, wrapped it around and added my ribbon.  Here is a little tidbit for you.....I LOVE taffeta ribbon, it makes the prettiest bows and I find I can shape them easier but most of the ones I find are wired.  Well, don't let that stop you, just pull out the wires and tie your ribbon as usual!  



I used this super sweet sentiment that comes with the set to make a little banner....it's just a strip of card stock trimmed on the bottom with pinking shears.  I stitched it on and then attached my assembled layers on a square card base and that was that.  OH, well I did use my Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen to add some shimmer to the blooms but I can never seem to get that detail to show in my photos....but it's there, I promise!  That is all for my card today but make sure you check out what the rest of my uber talented Bloom Brigade team mates have created for you today, and don't forget to leave them a little blog love while you're there.  Can you believe we are only half way through the release?  Still plenty more beautiful images coming so stay tuned.  Thank you for stopping by today and I am so "Glad" to know you, too!  Until next time, take care!  :)

Christine Okken   
Julie Koerber  
Katie Sims <------You are here
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Supplies:  Images from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Glads and Gerberas stamp set; Ink-Memento's Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen; Paper-Naturals White, Primrose Petals, and Blushing Bride card stock from SU! and patterned paper from Echo Park's "This & That" 6x6 paper pad; Spellbinders dies- Grand Scallop Squares, Grand Squares, Classic Squares Large sets; Other-border punch from SU!, ribbon from Michael's, pinking shears, Texture plate from PTI, Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen, and these Copic colors-R30, R32, R35, R37, R39, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, and Y18.