Friday, September 23, 2016

A Little Friday Power & Sparklette!















Hi there and a very Happy Friday to you!  This month over on the Power Poppy blog, Marcella has been throwing challenges around right and left to get our creative energy a'flowin'...instead of one big Power & Spark Challenge that little genius came up with a few mini "Sparklette" challenges....how cute is that?!  I just love that girl!  :) I thought I would play along with this latest one..."Color Outside the Lines".  If you have not had a chance to check these out, you really should....good stuff for sure!




 Now, I have to warn you....this was a true challenge for me because I have really never been a color outside the lines kinda girl.  That beautiful free form sort of coloring style has always escaped me...hence my strained relationship with water colors.  I love the effect it gives but it has just not been a  technique that I have achieved.  Sooo, after I made a couple of attempts that ended up looking pretty much like a bad kindergarten project I decided to try a different view point....literally!  I took off my glasses which totally blurred the borders of the image and colored away.  A girl has gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  I was going for a loosely colored, almost watercolor effect, to my image....I don't think I quite got there but I did go back with a W1 Copic and added some outside the lines shading around my image.





To go along with my new found carefree coloring vibe, I did not keep up with the copic marker colors I used so I will not be able to note that below this post as I usually do...sorry about that! I was living in the moment....hee! I can share that the card is a simple image layer die cut with Spellbinders A2 Matting  Basics A set, a green background layer and my card base, which measures 3 1/2" x 4 5/8".  I stamped my image from the Olive and Oak Expanded stamp set with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink and the sentiment from this same set in Papertrey Ink's Cocoa Bean ink.  I used Ranger Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Antique Linen to sponge some ink around my  image and then I used a Stampin' Up! spritzer tool and markers in Early Espresso and Old Olive to add some spatter marks.  To finish off the card, I added some shine with my clear Wink of Stella brush pen and then added some Ranger Glossy Accents to a few of the acorns and olives for some subtle dimension.





I think that sentiment is so adorable with the mixed fonts and Marcella's dreamy oak and olive image is just the thing to put you in a fall frame of being, don't you think?  :)

So that is all for my little card today, but I am sure that my Bloomie sisters have some incredibly beautiful cards to share with you today so go see....and leave them a little blog love while you are there!  And hey, why don't you give this great Power Poppy challenge, or any of the others this month, a try and play along with us?  There is going to be a prize awarded so what are you waiting for?  :)  Thank so much for stopping by today and I hope to see you again soon....until then, take care! 

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


~Katie

Friday, September 2, 2016

Hello Sunshine!

















Hello there and a very Happy Friday to you!  I hope this day finds you well.  Have you got big plans for the weekend?  I do!!  This weekend is the opening weekend for college football and you know Matt and I will be cheering on our beloved Georgia Bulldogs!  Go DAWGS!!! :)  This will be a football weekend extravaganza, for sure!  I'm sure I'll be getting a little crafty time in too.  Speaking of, how about I share a little card I made for today's Power Poppy Friday?  I used the large sunflower image and one of the sentiments from the new In Praise of Sunflowers set.  I also used a partial sentiment from the Good Thinking: Love Notes stamp set.



I started by die cutting my image panel using a Spellbinders Matting Basics A die and stamping my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored up my image with Copics then stamped part of a sentiment with Papertrey Ink's Smokey Shadow ink on to a strip of patterned paper from Teresa Collins' "Vintage Finds" 6x6 paper pad and secured it to my image panel with a bit of adhesive.  Next, I used my newest craft room acquisition, a MISTI, to stamp the other sentiment with more Smokey Shadow ink below my paper strip.  Then  I went ahead and stitched the sentiment strip in place.  Yep, the days of crooked sentiment stamping are over!  Well, if I remember to use the MISTI they will be over....if I convince myself that I can stamp straight without  it, then....you get the picture.  :) .  For my main card panel, I trimmed it to 3 3/4" x 5 3/8".  Then I added some green gingham patterned paper from Graphic 45's "Time to Flourish" 6x6 pad and stitched it in place.  I used a 1/4" corner rounder on the top corners and some Chai and Chamomile inks from PTI around some of the edges.  I trimmed, scored, and used the corner rounder on a card base the same dimensions as my largest panel and assembled everything.  To finish things off I used a Wink of Stella Clear brush pen on the sunflowers and an Atyou Spica pen in gold on the "Hello" to add some shimmer.



I would say that Marcella has really given these sunflowers their due praise, wouldn't you?  All of that lovely detail make this such fun to color!  

Well, that is all for my card today, but several of my incredibly gifted Bloomie sisters have some beautiful creations to share with you for your Friday card inspiration.  Make sure you leave them a little blog love when you visit.  I thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!  I hope you'll stop by again soon....until then, take care!  :)

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

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Rustic Cream card stock from Papertrey Ink and these Copic colors: Y17, Y18, Y21, YR23, YR24, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, G29, E21, E25, E27, E29, E39, and E49.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Power Poppy's August Blog Hop!












Hello there and Happy Friday to you!  Today marks the end of Power Poppy's August release and to mark the occasion we have one last hop for you!  Today is also the day that all three of Marcella's amazing new sets in the Nature and Nurture collection will be available for purchase in the Power Poppy Store.....YAY!  :)  I am so excited to share with you my card using another image from the Feeling Fall set!  Take a lookie here...


I started by stamping the adorable cat and pumpkin image and coloring it up with Copics.  I die cut it out with a Spellbinders Classic Oval die and sponged some Ranger Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Papertrey Ink's Chai and Chamomile inks to age it a bit.  Next, I added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella clear brush pen.  With my image tag done, I went to work on my card base. 

 I used Papertrey Ink's Pumpkin die set from their Shape Up series.  I used several patterned papers from Carta Bella's "Fall Blessings" 6x6 pad and inked the sections with more PTI Chai and Chamomile inks, pieced them together and stitched them up.  I used a bit of Classic Kraft paper for the stem and stitched it on my card front.  Next, I tied a bow, punched a couple of very small holes in my pieced card front and tied the bow on with a button and twine.  I die cut a small tag with more Classic Kraft paper and stamped the sentiment.  Lastly, I attached the image tag and sentiment tag with some foam dimensionals.

Can I tell you how much I love, love, L-O-VE this image!  Well, I do!  That chevron stripe and those polka dots....I get giddy, I tell ya.  :)  And let me not fail to mention that adorable-y spooky cat!    

This card ended up measuring approximately 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  And I still love this image....just sayin'....again! ;)  So that is all for my little card today but let me just say that my Bloomie sisters have outdone themselves once again.....you are in for a real treat.  Make sure you leave them a little blog love while you are there and then jet on over to the Power Poppy store to make one, two, or all three of these amazing new sets your own!  AND...lemme tell you a little something else....Marcella has whipped up a super sweet sale so while you are getting these new sets you can stock up on some other sets or digis that you have had your eye on.....

• FREE SHIPPING when you spend $50 or more- See Power Poppy Blog for International Shipping info
• Select discounts on clear stamps throughout the shop!
• Download frenzy: All Digital Stamps 25% off

So what are you waiting for? Before you do go though, let me tell you how much I have enjoyed your visits and sweet comments this week!  They have all meant so much to me.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of fun crafty things!  Until next time, take care!  :)


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

~Katie


Supplies:  Stamps-Power Poppy's Feeling Fall stamp set; Ink- Memento's Tuxedo Black, PTI's Cocoa Bean, Chai and Chamomile, Ranger Distress Ink in Peeled Paint Paper- Flourishes Classic Ivory, PTI's Classic Kraft, and Carta Bella's "Fall Blessings" 6x6 paper pad; Other- Classic Kraft ribbon and button, Pumpkin and Pumpkin Sections Shape Up Series dies and Tiny Tags die all from PTI, hemp twine,  Wink of Stella clear brush pen and these Copic colors- C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, E39, E40, E41, E44, E57, E93, YR12, YR18, YR30, YR31,  G20, G21, G24, G46, YG91, and Y26.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Power Poppy's August Stamp Release~Day 3!


 Hi there and welcome back for Day 3 of Power Poppy's August Stamp Release!  Today's stamp set, Feeling Fall, is the final set in Marcella's Nature and Nurture collection. This set has some absolutely adorable images and sentiments!



For my card today, I chose the sweet coffee mug with gourds.  I stamped my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink onto a panel of Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock.  I colored my image with Copics and then spritzed some inks to distress it a bit.  Next, I added some strips of patterned paper from Carta Bella's "Autumn" 6x6 pad with stitching.  The sentiment got a little special treatment- I inked it up using PTI's Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile, and Summer Sunrise inks to give it a gradient look.  Next, I decided to round the bottom corners with a We R Memory Keepers 3/8" Corner Chomper.  Lastly, I adhered my panel to a card base and added some ribbon, button, and twine.  This finished card size is  3 1/2" x 5".


I just love those little gourds!  They are really fun and quite quick to color up.  If you can believe it, I did not use a single die for this card....or gold leafing!  

For the inside of my card I used the leaf images, added a bit of patterned paper, and rounded the corners with a We R Memory Keepers 1/4" Corner Chomper.

Those little leaves are adorable, don't you think?  :)  I am really getting in the fall frame of mind and am SO ready for some fall weather...how about you?

So that is all for my little card today, but my Bloomie sisters have once again created an amazing selection of card inspiration just for you!  You certainly want to check out Marcella's post over on the Power Poppy blog.  Make sure you leave them all a little blog love and then please come back by tomorrow for the Power Poppy Blog Hop!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I can't wait to see you tomorrow....until then, take care!  :)

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

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Pinking Shears, Wink of Stella clear brush pen, PTI's inks in Chai and Chamomile and these Copic colors- E01, E11, E30, E33, E35, E37, E39, E40, E42, E44, E50, E51, YR12, YR18, YR27, YR31, Y18, YG63, YG91, G28, R17, W2, W5, and W7.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Power Poppy's August Stamp Release~Day 2!















Hi there my stamping friends!  Welcome back for Day 2 of Power Poppy's August stamp release! Today we are featuring In Praise of Sunflowers.  I'll bet she looks familiar to you!  :)  Marcella brought back her incredibly popular Sunflower digital images and combined them with some sweet sentiments.



For my card, I chose the sunflower bouquet in a vase.  I stamped the image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink on to a die cut panel and colored it up with Copics.  I added a little shimmer with a Wink of Stella clear brush pen.  My card base is a couple of simple patterned paper layers with a punched trim, ribbon and button.  Some stitching adds a little extra detail.  To finish it off, I adhered my colored image panel.


Oh my goodness, how I love this image.  It was so much fun to color up!  All of those beautiful details that Marcella is so famous for definitely make this image a show stopper.  The finished size of this card is 4 1/8" x 5 3/8".


The set has some sweet sentiments in mixed fonts which I l-o-v-e!  I am trying to do a little better about showing a photo of the inside of the card.....I have been inspired by my lovely Bloomie sisters, Cindy Lawrence and Tosha Leyendekker.

Don't you just love those sentiments?!  Not sure if I  mentioned it or not, but I do!  ;)  I also love this image stamped in yellow!  No coloring whatsoever and she still looks stunning.  

So that is all for my little card today, but once again, my a-mazingly talented Bloomie sisters have quite a hop for you so make sure you check them all out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  Don't forget to check out the post on Power Poppy's blog for some insight into Marcella's lovely images for this stamp set.  Then, please stop back by tomorrow for Day 3 of our August stamp release, the final set in the Nature and Nurture collection.  This set will have you wishing for those crisp autumn days that are hopefully coming soon!  I am certainly ready for some cooler weather.  :) Thank you so much for stopping by today and until tomorrow, take care!

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

~Katie


Supplies not listed above:  Ink-Versafine Smokey Gray, Stampin' Up! Going Gray and So Saffron, Papertrey Ink Chai and Chamomile; Paper-Flourishes' Classic Ivory, Cosmo Cricket "Togetherness" 6x6 pad, PTI Harvest Gold; Other-Spellbinders's A2 Matting Basics A die set, Wink of Stella Clear brush pen, PTI Harvest Gold button and Vintage Cream ribbon, Stampin' Up! border punch, hemp twine, and these Copic colors: E08, E21, E23, E27, E29, E49, E55, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, G29, Y11, Y15, YR23, YR24, YR27, YR30, YR31, BG0000, BG000, BG18, BG53, BG57, W00, W1, W3, W5, and W8.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Power Poppy's August Stamp Release~Day One!














Hi there and welcome!  I hope this day finds you well.  Today marks the start of Power Poppy's August Stamp Release- the Nature and Nurture Collection.   So how about a little Prairie Cheer to kick things off today?



I chose to go with the wheat image in the set for my card today...




I started by stamping the wheat image a few times with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink on some Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream card stock.  I colored the image with Copics and then ran it through my Spellbinders Grand Calibur with a PTI wood grain impression plate.  Next, I die cut a circle out using Spellbinders Classic Circle Large set.  I used some PTI Chai and Chamomile inks to give an aged look to the panel, added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella Clear brush pen, then added some gold leafing to the interior of the circle cut out with a Krylon 18KT gold leafing pen.  Next, I stamped a sentiment from the Olive and Oak Expanded stamp set with Stampin' Up!'s Cajun Craze ink onto some more cream card stock and adhered it to my image panel.  After that, I stitched some patterned paper from Authentique's "Thankful" 6x6 paper pad and then adhered everything to a card base of PTI's Dark Chocolate card stock.  To finish it off, I added some gold thread and buttons.




You can't tell in the picture, but that shimmer from the Wink of Stella pen really makes the wheat pop.  Don't you just love all of the detail in this beautiful image?  I don't know how Marcella does it!  The finished card size is 3 3/4" x 4 5/8".   And here is a little view of the inside of the card.  The sentiment is another from the Olive and Oak Expanded set and the wheat was stamped in PTI's Classic Kraft ink...



So that is all for my card today, but my Bloomie sisters have once again created  quite a display of lovely cards for your inspiration.  Make sure you check them all out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  Then, please come back tomorrow for Day 2 of Power Poppy's Release...I think you will be very happy to see this familiar image!  :)  Make sure you also check out all of the festivities on the Power Poppy blog!  Until tomorrow, take care....

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

~Katie

Copic colors used:  Y18, Y21, Y26, E87, E89

Friday, August 5, 2016

How About a Little Power & Spark?













Hi  there everybody and I am so glad you stopped by today!  I have a quick little post for Power Poppy's new Power & Spark Challenge!  This month's lovely hostess is the incredibly talented and super sweet Julie Koerber.  Just take a look at her inspiring challenge and fun description...



Power Poppy is going all “C.S.I.” on you this month. No, it’s not what you think. We’re not on the case – we ARE CASE-ing. We are challenging YOU to Copy, Steal, Inspire! All you need to do is pick a Power Poppy creation somewhere in blog land by any designer and be inspired by it. Then, create your own spin on the original design! Just that simple!


So, with that in mind, I went surfing on the net to find my inspiration project.  I did not have to look long at all before I came across this darling tag design by Donna Phelan.  I loved the look of her beautifully layered tags so I thought I would give that a try....and no better time than now because there is a certain Mr. Sims that is about to have a birthday!  So, to go all out, I decided to color up this gorgeous layer cake from the Party Time stamp set in Matt's favorite colors....those of his beloved Georgia Bulldogs. GO DAWGS!  With college football season just around the corner, I thought this would make a pretty fun tag for his gift bag. I used some bits of patterned paper and some washi tape for my tags, colored my image up with copics, fussy cut it out and adhered it to a die cut tag that I had stamped the banner image from the same set.  Some more patterned paper, stitching, black card stock and a wood grain impression plate finish off the second layer of my tag duo.  I added some shimmer to the little sentiment banner with my Wink of Stella clear brush pen.  Next, I added my ribbons, twine and button and adhered it to my bag.


I had a little trouble trying to get some good photos of both the bag and tag because the bag was a pretty good sized bag...just right for filling up with goodies for my favorite birthday guy!  ;)  Here is a slightly closer view of the tag...



I was able to get a photo of everything together but I am afraid that the tag is a little out of focus...but, you get the idea here....


So there you have my birthday tag inspired by Donna's lovely layered tag project.  I had so much fun putting this together....thanks, Donna!  :)  

Well, this is all for my project by I know several of my Bloomie sisters have some pretty amazing things to share with you so make sure you check them out...and leave them a little blog love while you are there.  Then, why don't you join us for this challenge?  Find a little Power Poppy inspiration, and create your own project...make sure you link it up on the Power Poppy blog for a chance to win a free stamp set!  OH....did I mention that today is also the day that the amazing Power Poppy Instant Gardeners are debuting the newest digital image?  Make sure you check that out too....it is sure to be quite a display of gorgeous cards for your inspiration.   Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend.  Until next time, take care....



~Katie