Friday, May 20, 2016

A Power Poppy Friday with Water Colored Sassy Succulents












Hi there and welcome!  I hope you are doing well this fine Friday!  For today's Power Poppy post I have gone way out on a limb.  I would like to share with you my very first post of a water colored image/card.  I have been seeing beautifully water colored cards everywhere these days and thought I would try my hand with this medium.  I chose to use the darling Hen & Chicks image from the Sassy Succulents stamp set for this card.  So, how did it go?  I think I need some more practice!  :)  My first attempt ended up in the circular file, but my second try was better.  I did have fun playing with some different colors! :)



My image and sentiment was stamped with Tsukineko's Staz On Jet Black ink onto some water color paper.  My card is a couple of very simple layers with a bit of stitching on the left edge...I wanted to keep it really clean and simple for my image panel.  Once I colored my image up, I wrapped some string and a button around the panel and adhered it to my card base.  This card measures 3 1/4" x 5 1/8".



Just look at all of that gorgeous detail on this image!  This sweet and supportive sentiment is part of this same set....I just love the mix of font and hand lettering here.  Marcella really did a beautiful job highlighting these amazing succulents.  

Well, that is all for my card today, but a few of my amazingly talented Bloomie sisters have some beautifully crafted cards for your Friday inspiration.  Make sure you leave them a little blog love while you are there.  I am so glad you were able to stop by for a visit!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and until next time, take care!  :)

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

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Paper-PTI's Smokey Shadow and patterned paper from My Mind's Eye's Portobello Road 6x6 paper pad; Ink-Ranger Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Evergreen Bough, and Iced Spruce-Stampin' Up! inks in Pistachio Pudding, Rich Razzleberry, and Garden Green- PTI inks in Chamomile and Chai; Other-Wink of Stella Clear brush pen, SU! Aqua Painter brush, button and string.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Power Poppy Friday with a NEW Power & Spark Challenge!












Hi there and welcome!  I am so glad you could pop in for a visit!  Today I get to share a new Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge with you!  I just so happen to be hosting May's challenge and I couldn't help but remember the adage, "April showers bring May flowers" so this challenge is to highlight a Marcella floral.  Hmmmmm, that will be a toughie, huh?  LOL.  The real challenge here is you have to declare a favorite...yep, choose your very favorite Power Poppy floral image to highlight on your card or project.  Choose a favorite....can it really be done?  Well, we are about to find out!  ;)




For my card, I used the Azalea stamp set for my image and the Best Day Ever set for my sentiment.  I have to say that I l-o-v-e every single one of Marcella's images but this one absolutely holds a very special place in my heart.  Living in Georgia, you can imagine that azaleas are a cornerstone to any landscape.  Matt and I particularly love them so we pretty much dedicated our front yard to the many different varieties of azaleas....at last count we had 74.  They have different bloom times so we end up seeing some sort of azalea blooming from around March until November!  Throw the camellias in the mix and we have something blooming pretty much all the time.  My daddy used to love red azaleas so that is how I chose to color this one up today....




I stamped my image and sentiment using Memento's Espresso Truffle ink onto Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream card stock that was die cut with a die from Spellbinders' A2 Matting Basics A set.  Next, I colored my image with Copics, adding a little sponging with Ranger's Distress Ink in Iced Spruce.  I added some gold leafing with my Krylon 18KT gold leafing pen and then sanded the edges to distress the gold a bit. Next, I added a few strokes of my Wink of Stella clear brush pen to give those azalea petals some shimmer.  Then, I layered a Stitched Mini Scalloped rectangle die cut from My Favorite Things.  After that, I pieced together the next layer using papers from an old Basicgrey "Picadilly" 6x6 paper pad that I cut into random width strips.  I adhered them to more of the PTI card stock and then added some stitching to give it a quilty feel.  I feel pretty sure that quilty is not a true word, but it should be....don't you think?  :)  I wrapped some ribbon in "Fine Linen" from PTI around the layer and added a button and twine. Before I adhered my assembled image panel, I used a small Stampin' Up! circle punch to notch out a spot so I could nestle the panel up to my bow.  Lastly, I adhered it all to my 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.




Is that not the most beautifully drawn azalea image of all time?  Marcella, I cannot thank you enough for bringing this bloom to life in a stamp.  Since I am highlighting azaleas today, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of azaleas from my yard this Spring....you probably noticed a couple of  the blooms in my card pictures....




This is a mix of two azalea varieties and a camellia that I managed to sneak in here.  :)  The white blooms are Gumpo White....a satsuki variety of azalea.  The pink bloom is a Wakaebisu, another satsuki variety.  Both of these are considered late bloomers here...both of these are just starting to bloom here.  The red bloom is actually a lone camellia bloom.  The camellias have been spent for a while but lo and behold, I saw this single blossom when I was gathering some azaleas for this photo so I just had to add her!  I just love the form of this bloom.....the tight cluster of center petals slightly resembles a carnation.  The name of this camellia variety is a japonica (large leaf variety that blooms around January here) and this particular japonica is called "Professor Sargent".  The deep red is truly stunning.  We have two of these espaliered next to our house at the front walk and when it is in full bloom it looks like a wall of red roses from a distance.  




Here is a photo of part of our front yard from this past early April when our Indica azaleas are in bloom.   The white blooms are called "Mrs. G.G. Gerbing" and the purple blooms are called "Formosa".  These azaleas are about five years old now and they will get quite large.  You can see a few dark pink blooms...those are from our Encore Azaleas "Autumn Rouge"....they bloom three times a year for us here and are a deep pink.  You have probably spied a few weeds here and there that made their way to the surface....I am a little mortified about them being in the photo, but let's just pretend those aren't there!  ;)  I fell behind in my gardening duties....lol.  On the far left is one of our Japanese Maples "Crimson Queen"...the leaves start out dark red to burgundy but in the summer heat they turn green then in the fall they darken back up before shedding them for winter.  You might also see a few dogwood blooms on one of our trees....they were just starting to bloom at this time.

So, that was a little more than you bargained for, I'm sure.  Thank you for indulging me with these photos....like I mentioned earlier, we are big azalea fans around here.  Well, that is all for my card today but some of my incredibly talented Bloomie sisters are playing along today so make sure you check out their lovely creations and leave a little blog love for them while you are there.....then, why don't you play along with us too?   You have all month to ponder on what your favorite Power Poppy floral is and create a project using that image.  Make sure you link up your project on the Power Poppy blog for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!  :)  I can't wait to see what you create!  Thank you again for stopping by....I love your visits!  Until next time, take care!  

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

~Katie

Copic colors used:  R11, R12, R14, R17, E70, E74, E79, YG21, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, G29, B000, B0000, and BG10.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Power Poppy Friday!












Hi there and Happy Friday to you!  I hope you have been doing well.  Today I wanted to try to get a card done for Christine's awesome April Power & Spark Challenge!  It's a goodie and there are a couple of days left to play along...you can check out all of the detail here.  I wasn't brave enough to go the 3 random color route, so I went with 3 colors in the blue green color family for my cards....yes, cards.  I was stuck on threes so I decide to make 3 mini cards to use my three markers on....lemme show you!  :)







All were stamped with Memento's Rich Cocoa ink on a piece of gingham paper from lilybeedesign's "Double Dutch" 6x6 paper pad and layered with white, brown, and cream card stocks to make a mini card of approximately 2.75" square.  I sponged on Papertrey Ink's Vintage Cream, Chamomile, and Chai inks to age my papers a bit.




I used the same three Copic markers for all three cards-BG13, BG53, and BG93 .  I also used a Sakura clear glaze pen and my Wink of Stella clear brush pen to add some shimmer and shine.  I had some 3" cream envelopes so I stamped images on them to coordinate with the cards....here is a little group photo....




I love tucking in a little card with gifts, don't you?  These were all simple layers with minimal stamping and coloring....so they are super quick to make!  I think these will be accompanied by simple kraft gift bags and pretty tissue paper....just a simple, sweet, no frills gift presentation.

Well, that is all for my project today but several of my Bloomie sisters have created lots of lovelies for your Friday inspiration.  Make sure you leave them a little blog love while you are there and then if you haven't played along in April's Power & Spark Challenge yet, you still have a day or two to get it in....so get crackin'!  :)  Also, if you haven't already....make sure you check out the two newest digital images released this week on the Power Poppy blog....you will l-o-v-e them!  :) I am so glad you could pop in for a visit....hope you can stop by again soon and until then, take care!

~Katie

Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here

Friday, April 15, 2016

Happy Power Poppy Friday!












Hi there and Happy Friday to you!  Hope all has been well with you.  I have a quick post for today's Power Poppy Friday....this card features the stamp set Go Wild for the image and also the stamp set Geraniums Take Two for the sentiment.  There's a story about what inspired me to use this image for today's card.  We just recently started participating in a local farm's CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  Each week we get to pick up an assortment of organic produce...we are already enjoying our bounty and this week one of the offerings was organic strawberries...they are so pretty and petite and they actually reminded me of this image with its wee berries in the arrangement....so there you have it....it was completely inspired by my love of strawberries....:)





I stamped the image and sentiment on to Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock using Memento's Tuxedo Black ink.  I die cut the image using a Spellbinders' Classic Circle Large die set circle using the "Out of the Box" technique to allow that little rosebud and leaf to extend past the edge.  There is an excellent tutorial for this on Splitcoast Stampers site here.  Next, I colored the image with Copics, sponged on some Ranger Distress Ink in Iced Spruce and added gold leafing around the edge with my Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen.  A little bit of shimmer on the blooms and berries with my Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen finished off my image.

Next, I die cut my card base using a Marianne Design die set, Petra's Square Frames and some Ocean Tides card stock from Papertrey Ink.  I used a square die from Spellbinder's Classic Squares Large set to die cut a bit of patterned paper from a My Mind's Eye's 6x6 paper pad, layered it with a larger trimmed square, stitched them together and adhered them to my card base.  Then, I adhered my image circle and added a couple of threaded buttons.




I can never get enough of Marcella's beautiful florals!  All of that beautiful detail packed in to each image is truly remarkable.  If you haven't taken a stroll through the Power Poppy store to see first hand all of Marcella's illustrations, you really should....what a sight to behold!  :)

So that is all for my card today but some of my incredibly talented Bloomie sisters have a few creations for your Friday inspiration....so go to take a peek and make sure you leave a little blog love while you are there.  I am so glad you could stop by today.  I hope you have a great weekend, and until next time, take care.

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

~Katie


Copics used:R05, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, YG01, YG61, YG63, YG67, G29, G40, G46, E40, E41, E42, E44, YR21, YR30, YR31, Y17, Y26


Friday, April 1, 2016

A Guest Post, A Birthday, AND a new Power & Spark Challenge, Oh YAY!














Hi there and a very happy Friday to you, dear friend!  I hope you have been doing well and I'm so glad you could pop in today....I have lots of news to share with you!  For today's post, I am participating in Becky Fleck's PageMaps April card sketch event.  This is a first for me and I am so honored to get to be a part of this....if you haven't discovered PageMaps yet, let me tell you....you really should check this site out....more creative page and card sketches than you can shake a stick at!  (Southern to English translation = a whole bunch of sketches!! ;) )  Here is a link to the PageMaps blog too!  So below is the sketch that I was given and as you will be able to see....I stayed very true to the sketch design....




When I saw all of those little bits I couldn't help but think of lots of little tags, so that is how I started and then I added the circles highlighting different blooms from Marcella's incredibly gorgeous Daffodils stamp set.  




I used an embossing folder to give some texture to the yellow background and then die cut my tags from some patterned papers out of Simple Stories' SN@P color vibe 6x6 paper pad.  I did a little stitching around where I wanted my daffodil blooms to go and also some zigzag at the seam.  Next I stamped a faint image of the same stamp and then my sentiment from one of the newest stamp sets, Bloomin' Wonderful.  Here is a little close up of Marcella's gorgeous daffodils.  I know she made many happy hearts when she created this lovely set.....




I am always in awe of how much detail Marcella can pack in to a single bloom...simply amazing!  And speaking of amazing.....can you believe that  Marcella's Power Poppy is turning 2?!  





Isn't she the cutest thing?!  Yes, it has been two years since this all of this blooming goodness started!  In honor of the big day, Marcella has planned a special sale AND a special digital image!  How about this for a darling birthday image?  On top of everything else, she can bake too!  ;)  Just take a lookie at these sweet words from the Bloom Whisperer, herself.......

Power Poppy is turning 2. WOOHOO! We want to THANK YOU, our sweet and encouraging peeps around the world, for helping us spread the botanical abundance and zest for life. Your creativity, love, and generosity of spirit is SO STRONG! We are thrilled to kick off another year of flowering and empowering together. 

From Friday through Monday we're offering 20% OFF all Stamps, Digital and Clear. Use discount code: MARCELLA at checkout to receive the special savings. PLUS, for four days only we have a special birthday digi for only TWO BUCKS! Visit Power Poppy to learn more.


AND, if that were not enough, its also time for a new Power & Spark Challenge.  This one is hosted by the incredibly talented and even sweeter Christine Okken.  




This awesome challenge a few different levels to it...you get to choose just how creative and brave you want to be.....intrigued?  Well, make sure you check this one out over on the Power Poppy blog  :)  

Whew!  As you can see.....lots going on at Bloom Central!  I am so glad you stopped by today.  Many of my Bloomie sisters have created all sorts of beautiful cards in celebration of all of these events so make sure you check them all out and leave a little blog love while you are there.  I hope you have a wonderfully relaxing weekend and manage a little crafty time too!  Until next time, take care!  :)

Cindy Lawrence    
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
Cheryl Scrivens
and Marcella Hawley

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Ink-  Memento's Tuxedo Black and Papertrey Ink's Classic Kraft, Chamomile, and Chai inks:  Paper-Rustic White and Lemon Tart card stocks from Papertrey Ink; Other- Embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts, tag dies from Papertrey Ink,  3/8" corner rounder from We R Memory Keepers and these Copic colors:  Y11, Y13, Y15, Y18, YR18, YR65, YR68, E18, and E35.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Power Poppy Friday!















Hi there and Happy Good Friday to you!  I can hardly believe that this weekend is Easter!  Spring is definitely making its presence known around here.....the dogwoods and azaleas in our yard are in full bud..it won't be long now!  For my project this week, I pulled out one of Marcella's new digital images Spring Meadow.....this beauty is the poster image of Spring time, don't you think?  :)  I decided to enlarge the image so I could make some really pretty tags.  I had recently purchased a gift and the store wrapped it in the prettiest gift bag and raffia....all it needed was the perfect tag, and what is more perfect that a Marcella floral?  I'll let you be the judge....





Yes, the bag is pretty....but just take a look at Marcella's lovely handiwork as a tag....I think it really makes it!  I went ahead and did a set of three because tags are so much fun and this image was even more fun to color!  :)



I colored all three tags with Copic markers and added shimmer with my Wink of Stella Clear Brush pen.  I also added a dash of Copic opaque white to get back a few of my highlights after I sponged the tags with Ranger's Distress Ink in Stormy Sky.





I used sentiments from Power Poppy's Bloomin' Wonderful, Planning for Magnolias, and Springtime Love stamp sets.  The ribbons and tag die are from Papertrey Ink.  The buttons are from Stampin' Up!  So that is all for my post today, but make sure you check out what my amazingly talented Bloomie sisters have created for your inspiration and leave a little blog love while your there!  I am so glad you were able to stop by for a visit today.  I hope you have a wonderful Easter and until next time, take care!  

Cindy Lawrence     
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller  
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Copic colors used:  RV21, RV25, RV29, RV52, RV55, RV66, G28, G40, G43, G46, YG11, YG13, YG17, Y08, Y17, E39, B91, B95, B97, V20, V22, V25, V28, BV17, C1, C2, and C4.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Happy Power Poppy Friday!














Hi there and a Happy Friday to you!  For this Power Poppy Friday post I used the darling little planner image from the  Planning for Magnolias stamp set.  I decided to keep the coloring very basic here and used a pink, white, black/gray color palette.





If you can believe it, not a single die was used on this card.  I stamped my image in the bottom right corner of my white card stock card panel using Memento's Tuxedo black ink and colored it with Copics.  Next, I stitched a strip of pink patterned paper to the left edge, punched some holes and added eyelets to mimic a page from a planner.  It had been ages since I had busted out the ol' Crop-o-dile!  :)  To finish the card off, I used a 3/8" corner rounder on the top right corner and stamped my sentiment from the same stamp set in Versafine's Onyx Black ink.  The finished card size is 4" x 5 1/2".  I did added a little shimmer and shine with my Wink of Stella Clear brush pen and some Ranger Glossy Accents to parts of the image.  Oh...you wanna know what happens when you decide to sand the edges of your card after stitching it?  Well, just take a lookie at the stitching on the edges of my card.  Yeah, obviously I didn't really think that through very well, but....I have decided it looks worn, like a planner, so I'm going with it.  Moving on.... :)  If you want to see a true testimony to the powers of the Copic Colorless Blender then take a look at the close up....





Right above the magnolia bloom you may notice the planner page looks a little dingy and the outside of the planner is a little dark.  While I was adding just a dab of C8, it blobbed on me and left a pea size black splotch on my card.  Trust me, you could've heard a pin drop.....I know we've all got our Copic horror stories but I have to say, the Colorless blender did not let me down.  It took several passes and in between each I allowed time to dry.  I decided to stop with what you see above and count my blessings that I could still use the card!  Whew!  So that is all for my card today, but several of my incredibly talented Bloomie sisters have done their crafty magic on some inspiration cards for you....make sure you leave them a little blog love while you are there!  Also, make sure you check out the newest Power & Spark Challenge hosted by the ever so sweet and CAS Queen Stacy Morgan....it's a goodie!  :)  Thanks so much for stopping by for a bit and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.....and for many of my fellow USA friends....happy "Springing Forward" this weekend for our time change. :)  Until next time, take care!


Cindy Lawrence     
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Paper- PTI's white card stock, .Echo Park's 6x6 "Creative Agenda" paper pad; Copic colors used- C0, C2, C4, C8, R81, R83, R85, and R89.  Also used some Copic Opaque White for center of magnolia bloom.