Friday, July 18, 2014

Go Big G!









Hi there and Happy Friday!   So, it has been a little while since our last visit...but I am back today to play along in the Power Poppy Challenge with a card to share.  I had a lot of inspiration for this card.  First, did you happen to catch Stacy Morgan's gorgeous creation several days ago.  You can see it here.  She used oranges, but it reminded me of those black and white photos where there is a little something in red and I thought these geraniums would work great.  Second, I don't know if you know this about me, but I am a huge college football  freak!  In particular, I love my Georgia Bulldogs (Go DAWGS!) and so red and black are pretty common colors in this house.  Can you tell that I am ready for the season to begin?  And you thought Big G meant geraniums, right?  ;)


This card is made using several simple layers...some die cut, some cut with a trimmer....all to frame up the real piece de resistance.....the lovely Geraniums image.  Ya'll didn't know I spoke French, did ya?  Ok, I just got a giggle because the thought of me speaking French with my Southern accent....well, it's pretty funny.  Mercy Bo Coops, ya'll.  ;)  Ok, back to business....since I am in such a red and black frame of mind....I thought I would just make my whole card that way!  I used Copics R 20's and Toner Grays and added a little Black 100 for the darkest part of the leaves.  My papers are from My Mind's Eye, and you will have to forgive me, I do not know which 6x6 pad they came from.....they were some scraps I had laying around.  Some stitching, a little die cut tag, a stamped sentiment from the Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips set and some ribbon make a pretty sweet greeting, don't you think?  Good advice for us all...Live a Little!  :)   




Here is a close up of Marcella's handiwork....Mercy, I love this image!  She really captured the sweetness of these blooms, don't you think?  So, that is all I have to show you but you really must check out what my fellow team mates have created for you....I am sure it will be a lovely display created just for your inspiration!  Make sure you leave them a little blog love while you are there too!  I am so glad you could stop by today and be checking back soon....I'll have another project to share with you and THEN it will be time for the August Power Poppy Release and can I just say.....you will not want to miss that!  ;)  So until then, take care!  

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

~Katie

Supplies:  Images-Geraniums digital image and Dynamic Duos:  Peonies and Tulips sentiment stamp set by Power Poppy;
Paper-My Mind's Eye patterned papers, black card stock from Papertrey Ink, Naturals White card stock from Stampin' Up!, Classic White card stock from Flourishes; Ink-Versafine by Tsukineko in Onyx Black, Ranger Distress Ink in Antique Linen, Going Gray ink from Stampin' Up!; Dies-Spellbinders dies in Grand Squares, Classic Scallop Squares, Classic Squares Large, Marianne Createables die set in Petra's Square, and tag die from PTI; Other:  red ribbon from scrap.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Power Poppy's July Blog Hop!




Hi there and a big howdy do to you!  Have you enjoyed all of the release week goodness this week?  Marcella really knows how to host a shindig, doesn't she?  The flowers we have seen this week are nothing short of spectacular. Today is the official Power Poppy July Release Blog Hop.  This is your opportunity to get another round of inspiration from the Bloom Brigade, and let me tell you.....my team mates have quite a lot to show you today!  So....let's hop, shall we?  ;)




I chose to use the amazing Geraniums set again but I paired it with the sentiment from the Countryside Bouquet...it's ok to mix and match these things....no rules here.  :)  I think that while geraniums are quite showy in their color, they still strike me as a more humble flower.  They are not necessarily the swans of the flower garden, they just kind of "live simply" but "bloom wildly"....their gorgeousness is absolute but they just have that homey quality....ok, if good ol' home cookin' comfort food were a flower, I  personally think it would be a geranium...lol.  Your thoughts?  :)  Using that line of thinking and my recent adventures playing in the dirt in my own yard lately, I chose to do a more earthy, homey, feel good kind of card....and this is where geraniums fit right  in!  And  if you are going to color geraniums, why not go all the way with fire engine red?  Hee...so let's go RED !  :)




I first sized and printed my image out.  Next I die cut it out using the "Out of the Box" technique.  There is an awesome tutorial for this on the Splitcoast Stampers site here....if you have not seen it yet, it is wonderful! I usually color my image first then die cut, but not when I am doing the out of the box technique...you could accidentally render your image that you painstakingly colored...absolutely useless.  I still get chills thinking back to the horrible "Cherry Blossom Incident of 2014".....it was not pretty and it's still hard to talk about.  Anyways, if you can....just cut before you color for this technique.  

Sooo, geraniums being the "home-body" flower that they are, I thought a little dirt was in order.  I still had my spritzing tool left out on my table, so after coloring her up with  Copics, I set in to sponging and spritzing it with ink-it was loads of fun to get it all "dirty" and I love the effect!  There are so many ways you could color these geraniums up....there are leaf variegations and bloom variations so have fun finding your perfect geranium specimen to color!  I chose to do a leaf variegation with my bold red blooms. 

 Next up....the card layout.  This shape seemed to lend itself to a nice big square, so I went with it and just used a few layers of papers to build it up....if you are going to go rustic and homey, I think gingham and ticking stripe are the way to go, don't you?  Next I did some stitching around those pretty papers.  A little punched border to look like eyelet, some brown polka dot ribbon and a bit of twine feel right at home here too.  Of course, everything is getting a nice sponging of distress inks to age them up and now we can move on to our sentiment. I wanted my sentiment treatment to be simple, so I used  some kraft paper, printed my image and trimmed out a piece to have a little banner.  Some pinking shears made a nice edge, I spritzed and sponged more ink then sewed it to my assembled panel with a random back and forth stitch and then added a little paper clip just because.  To make your tag look really nice and worn, ball it up in your hand and then smooth it back out.....instant age!  ;)  I wanted it to look like the brown paper the nursery gives you to put in your trunk when you buy flowers so you don't get dirt everywhere and the rustic look of it does go with the overall feel of this card.  




Here is her close up....Hello, Pretty!  Didn't Marcella capture the beauty of geraniums to a tee?  The detail in all of her images really makes coloring them up pure joy.  And remember, this is a digital image, so you can make it as big or as small as you like....AND it is available for purchase now!  What could be better than that?!  Well, that is it for my card today....I hope you got a little inspiration here but you have got to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade has created for you.....you are going to love it!  So go have fun!  Thanks so much for stopping by here...so glad you did and I look forward to your next visit 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


Supplies:  Images- Geraniums and Countryside Bouquet digital sets from Power Poppy; Inks-HP printer, Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Peeled Paint, Stampin' Up markers in Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and rumb Cake (for use with spritzer tool); Paper-Patterned papers from My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad, Crumb Cake from SU!, Tonal neutrals and Classic White card stock from Flourishes; Dies-Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two and Grand Scallop Squares; Other-ribbon from SU!, twine from May Arts, paper clip from Tim Holtz, ink spritzing tool from Stampin' Up!, and these Copic colors:  G40, G43, G46, G29, YG91, RV95, RV99, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29, and R59.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Power Poppy's July Release Day 3









Hi there!  Welcome back!  Have you been enjoying the Power Poppy Release this week? I hope so!  Today we wrap up the peeks with one final digital set....Countryside Bouquet.  Now, if this set doesn't get your heart palpitating, I don't know what will....


Isn't that bouquet just glorious?  I love mixed bouquets and this one is a real show stopper, let me tell you.  I had a lot of fun investigating online the different flowers in the bouquet.  Two of them I am pretty familiar with but California Poppies are not a variety I have ever seen so I did  a little research before I colored.  The ones I saw look to be a yellow/orange/almost red color scheme.  I will have to rely on my California buddies to tell me how close I got!  ;)  So here goes....


My card is a very simple lay out...just lots of layers.  I picked my papers based on the poppy colors and I just kept adding layers until I like the way it looked.  Do you ever do that?  Very rarely do I have a sketch to work from, I usually just play around until I find what works for the card.  I started with a layer of  Stampin' Up! Basic Gray card stock and added some SU! Naturals White, gray polka dot paper, and stitched a border.  Next, I used some SU! Calypso Coral to back my coral patterned paper and did some more stitching...so far, so good....straight lines!  ;)  Then I die cut my scallop circle and my flower from more of the Naturals White card stock.  I then printed my Countryside Bouquet image on white card stock and my sentiment on more Naturals White.  I colored my image with Copics and die cut it out.  I hand cut a Calypso Coral layer for my colored image and distressed it with Tim Holtz's distressing tool....a gem of a product! 

 I decided I could not leave out the quilted patterned paper so I layered a strip of it with gray card stock, did some more stitching and added it to the layers.  Of course, I fiddled and fussed with all of it until I had it like I wanted then cut out my sentiment using the adorable little die from PTI.  **I have a little tip here that may help you when you are cutting out things with a solid die....I first cut out the die shape from a piece of vellum or some other opaque material then lay it over my digital image where I want the cut and use a little washi to hold it down.  Then I can slide my die over it and it kind of falls into place right where I want to make the cut. Works like a charm and no more Betty Crocker guess and cut.  Then I just added a little cream taffeta ribbon, my flower and button and that was that.  I probably should add that just about every layer got a sponging of Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks from Ranger (some areas more than others...more on that at the end of the post).  I also added a little Vintage Cream hybrid ink from PTI to soften some of the edges a bit.


Of course, my new Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush got a real work out on the flower centers....I really love the look it gives.  Still no Krylon pen gold edges...I think that may be a new record for me, but it still has it's place of honor on my craft table.  ;) Oh, there was  little drama yesterday while I was photographing my card.  I headed outside because I thought I could get a better picture that way..you know-sunshine, wildflowers....I was feeling pretty good about the little photo shoot I had planned. Well, it had not long stopped raining when....you get where I'm going with this, don't you....yeah, a big ol' drop of rain fell off of a leaf and landed smack dab on my colored image.  I am sure you heard the scream....fortunately, I was able to camouflage the water spot once I quit hyperventilating.  So, now there is a little extra Antique Linen ink right above the poppy bud on the left....if you look really closely, you might still see remnants of the catastrophe but all's well that ends well, right? 

 Ok, so that is pretty much it for my card, but you just have to go see what all of the other ladies on the Bloom Brigade have created for you...it is positively swoon worthy!  Then, just like the other sets this week, you can immediately purchase this set in the Power Poppy store! How about that for service?  You could be coloring poppies today if your little heart desires so go grab your set!  I hope you will join us tomorrow for the Power Poppy Blog Hop where you will get another look at all of the sets with more projects from the Bloom Brigade! I am so glad you could stop by and I hope to see you tomorrow!  Until then, take care!

Christine Okken 
Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Dina Kowal <------Look who's back to hop with us again!  :)
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 Countryside Bouquet! :)

Additional supplies not listed above:  Patterned Paper-My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pad "Quilting Bee"; Dies-Spellbinders' Standard Circle Large, Classic Scalloped Circles Large, and Shapeabilities Rose Creations also Photo Finish Strips die by Papertrey Ink; Ribbon-SU!; button-PTI; white twine-
American Crafts and these Copic colors:  G40, G43, G46, YG01, YG61, YG63, YG67, Y11, Y13, Y15, YR12, YR15, YR23, R14, R17, R29, B0000, B000, B60, B63, B66, B79, BV23, BV25, BV29, E40, W2, C1, and C4.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Power Poppy's July Release Day 2








Hi there and welcome back!  I am so glad you could come back for Day 2 of Power Poppy's July Release.  Did you enjoy yesterday's festivities?  Quite a lot to take in, right?  Well, that was just the beginning, and there is a whole lot more where that came from.  So, when you think summer flowers...what do you think of?  One that immediately comes to my mind is geraniums.  I picture beautiful red or pink geraniums in  pretty pots on freshly painted white porches.....lovely summer sightings here in the south but I imagine it is pretty similar everywhere.  I have to admit.....I had quite a good time coloring this lovely image up...so much so, I colored it up a few times and you'll see it again soon....I promise!  So let's all take a look at this gorgeous new set....



Geraniums.  Aren't they beautiful?  Earth certainly does laugh in flowers.  Thankfully, she also has a wonderful sense of humor!  Now, let's take a peek at what I created with this set....



Does Marcella know her flowers, or what?  I absolutely love this image and I can tell you it was a dream to color!  I printed my image, die cut it out, then colored it up with Copics.  Next, I sponged a little Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen and Evergreen Bough and layered it with some dark pink card stock.  I actually chose a sentiment from an earlier set, Good Thinking:Renewal  because this is an anniversary card.  My dearest friend and her husband recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary, so I thought "Plant Love" was certainly appropriate.  They certainly have sown many seeds of love along the way and 35 years is definitely a blessing and a testimony of their commitment to each other.  She is a country girl at heart, like I am, so I thought she would really like these geraniums.   The rest of the card is more dark pink for the card base, a layer of white card stock and a couple of designer paper layers.  The ribbon is actually some from a gift that this same friend gave me a while back....I love the natural feel of the fibers and thought it would look great with the nature inspired theme.  A little twine and button, my sentiment layered in a die cut circle and some flowers and leaves and this card is done.  I did add a little Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush accents on some of the geranium blooms to give it a little sparkle.  OH...and lookie....straight stitched lines.....can you believe it?  Miracles never cease, do they?  ;)  


Can you believe the detail on these gorgeous blooms and leaves?  Once again, Marcella has outdone herself.  Are you itching to create your own project with this lovely image?  Well, you can....like today!  This is another digital image and it comes with a beautiful sentiment too....and both are available in the Power Poppy store immediately....like now....so what are you waiting for?  You could have this lovely digital set with just a few clicks of the mouse and a few keystrokes!  How's that sound to you?  Don't forget to check out what the other Bloom Brigade ladies have created for you.....I can honestly say, prepare to be amazed.  Make sure you leave them a little blog love while you're there and then get on over to the Power Poppy shop and get your own digital image!  And don't forget to tune in tomorrow for a look at what Day 3 will bring...  another true masterpiece that I know you will love.  So, take care and I hope to see you tomorrow.  Thanks so much for stopping by and join me in wishing my friends a Happy 35th Anniversary!  ***S & B-sending much love to you and wishing you many more years of happiness!

Cindy Lawrence 
Danielle Kennedy 
Dawn Burnworth  
Julie Koerber  
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller  
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella Hawley

~Katie

Supplies:  Images-Power Poppy's Digital set "Geraniums" and stamp set "Good Thinking:Renewal" ; Ink-Ranger Distress inks in Antique Linen and Evergreen Bough; Paper-white, light pink and dark pink card stocks-Flourishes, green print paper-Stampin' Up!, bird print paper-My Mind's Eye Lost & Found "Market Street" 6x6 pad; Spellbinders die sets-Labels Twenty-Eight, Standard Circle Small, and Shapeabilites Rose Creations; Other-button-PTI, twine-May Arts, ribbon- Tim Holtz and these Copic colors:  R30, RR32, R35, R37, R39, R59, G40, G21, G24, G28, andYG91.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Power Poppy's July Release Day 1











Hi there and welcome to Day 1 of Power Poppy's Release!  I am so glad you could stop by!  :)  I know you have probably been wondering what on earth Marcella has been up to and now we get to start showing you.  So why don't we just go ahead and dig in, shall we?


Arranging Roses...aren't they beautiful?  Roses and strawberries together....what a recipe for a perfect summer day, don't you think?  And since this is a digital release, you can resize this sweet image to suit you and that goes for the wonderful sentiment too!  So let me show you what I created using this wonderful image and sentiment...


A little departure from my normal gold gilded cards, right?  This image reminded me of a bright, sunny summer day so I went with a cleaner look.  Ok, a little drama with the sewing machine again...this time it was not the machine's fault though...it was completely mine.  It seems I can't sew a straight line...I tried doing a saddle type stitch on each side of the yellow panel but it was a little off, so then I got the bright idea to do some alternating stitches in progressively shorter lengths to kind of draw your eye around the top of the card (and down play my first oops)....nothing bold, just a subtle little something....well, those aren't straight either.  Soooo, as they say...it is what it is.  I am going to choose to believe it adds some charm....so just go along with me, ok? And speaking of charm, I could not resist adding that little bit of yellow rick rack across the bottom of my image and card and yep...I did it with another slightly off stitched line.  Sigh.  I don't think I have shared this with anyone yet, but I am a rick rack hoarder.  I freely admit that...it really has to be a strong calling to actually get me to use any of it, but I think it looks right at home here so we're ok. :)

 Alrighty, so back to the image....I printed it out and colored it up using several Copics because there are actually three different colors of roses in this bouquet...a yellow, a cream, and a yellow-red.  I kept that sweet pitcher white to play off the the yellow, white, and gray color palette.  My sentiment is printed, then die cut and layered with another die cut.  This card is very simple in design...just a couple of patterned papers, two layers of  a dark mushroom color card stock, and my image and sentiment panels...not a button, not a bow, not a gilded edge as far as the eye can see.  


Isn't that a lovely quote?  I love mixed font sentiments...they really add so much interest, don't you think?  And what do you think about that gorgeous pitcher of roses and strawberries?  Does Marcella know how to draw 'em, or what?  So, while that is all for my card, there is much, much more for you to see.  My Bloom Brigade sisters have all been busy behind the scenes with their projects and boy, are you in for a treat!  So hop on around and check out all of their beauties and make sure you leave them a little blog love while you're there!  If you'll notice on the link list below...Marcella is on there....she has a blog post to share with you about this amazing new set so make sure you check it out!  :)I am so glad you came for a visit and I hope to see you back here for Day 2 of the release.  There is lots more to see so come on back tomorrow, you hear?  Until then, take care and have a wonderful day!

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

~Katie

Supplies:  Paper-My Mind's Eye "Breeze" 6x6 paper pad, Flourishes Tonal Neutrals  and Classic White card stock, Stampin' Up!'s "So Saffron" card stock; Spellbinders dies-Card Creator A2 Matting Basics B, Classic Circles Small, Lacey Circles; Ink-HP Printer, "Soft Stone" by Papertrey Ink (sponged around image and sentiment); Other-Medium Rick Rack by Wright's, Singer Sewing machine, Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (on strawberries and rose centers) and these Copic colors:  W0, W2, W3, W4, W5, E50, E51, E70, E71, G20, G24, G28, G40, G43, G46, YG91, BG90, BG93, Y21, Y23, Y26, YR20, YR21, YR24, YR27, C0, C2, C4, C5, R20, R22, and R24.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Are You Ready for a Little Power Poppy Sneak?

Pssst, ladies...please gather around because I have a sneak peek for you!  Can you believe it is already time for another release from Power Poppy?  I can most certainly assure you that you are going to love these images.  I  have been all giddy with excitement for release week because I know all of these are going to be a big hit....I mean, c'mon...it's Marcella and flowers.....does it really get any better than that?  ;)  So, here is my little sneaky peek and I will be looking forward to seeing you here tomorrow for Day 1 of the Power Poppy July 2014 Release! Until then, take care!


~Katie

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Gift Fit for an All Star









Hi there!  Hope all has been well with you!  Things here have been good.  I have been outside some getting my hands dirty doing yard work which was completely wonderful and very inspiring....as you will see later this week!  ;) I do have a little project to share with you using Power Poppy's Play Ball! set.  I had been mulling over some ideas for that set and finally got around to getting some of them done.  This is actually a "Two-fer"....down here in Georgia, that is the southern drawl expression for a "two for one"....lol.  So, let me show you what I did with this awesome set....


I made a little gift set!  When I first saw these images I immediately thought of those cute little chocolates wrapped up like baseballs...really, it's not a far stretch at all....my mind immediately goes to chocolate with lots of things!  ;)  I had some cute little treat boxes that I had gotten from Stampin' Up! and the rest just kind of came together.  The box is simply a three layered belly band that I stitched on the edges then decorated using some images stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with copics, and fussy cut out.  I also used a little tag die from PTI, some American Crafts ribbon, and some May Arts twine.  


I added some glitter with an Atyou Spica Red Glitter pen on the banner and then glittered some of the stars in the paper with a new acquisition for me....a Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  I know, I have been living in the dark ages without this little jewel but I will be making up for lost time, I can assure you of that!  ;)  Well, I couldn't let this box stand alone so I made a little card to accompany it using more of the images and sentiments from the Play Ball! set.  This set is chock full of nifty little vintage-y baseball icons and I wanted to use them all.... I didn't quite....but almost!


Ok, now I am going to tell you something that may be quite shocking and honestly, I have never been able to bring myself to do it until this time...I cut the sentiment stamp "From Your" into two pieces.  I know....but it had to be done because I needed the sentiment to snug into that little rounded area of the baseball.  But the good thing is, clear polymer stamps are very forgiving and you can still load them right back up on your stamping block and it will stamp like you never even did that....and you will never have to speak of it again...lol.  Here is a little close up....



The card is very simple....a layered square stitched around the edges with a layered circle that I stamped on then added some more of my colored and fussy cut images...and of course, some more Wink of Stella on the #1 to make it stand out more. The finished card size is 4 1/4" square.  I spritzed some ink on the baseball to give it a little more dirt. I'll list the copics I used below, but I will warn you, I used a boat load of them on this card and box...mostly Earth tones.....but these were so. much. fun. to color! And here is a final little close up of the real star of the show....the chocolate, I mean...the treat box...:)



 So, that is all for my little baseball themed project today!  If you haven't snatched this set up yet, you really ought to....lots of fun to be had here.  :)  I would love it if you would tune in tomorrow because I have a little Power Poppy sneak peek to share with you then the rest of the week will be the release projects by the Bloom Brigade and I know you don't want to miss that!  So, until then...I hope you have a great rest of the day and I am so glad you could stop by!  

~Katie


Other supplies not listed above:  Decorative paper-Daisy Bucket Designs(pretty old and from my hoarded  saved  stash);  White card stock -Flourishes Classic White, "Midnight Muse" card stock from Stampin' Up!; Chocolates from Palmer; treat box from Stampin' Up!, Spellbinders Dies in Grand Squares, Standard Circles Small, Standard Circles Large; Foam Dimensionals from SU!;  Inks -Tuxedo Black by Memento, Ranger Distress ink in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo, Poppy Parade by Stampin' Up! as well as SU! markers in Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, and Soft Suede used with the SU! Spritzer tool and these Copic colors:  R14, R17, R29, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37E40, E41. E43, E44, E47, E49, E50, E51, E53, E55, E57, E59, B91, B93, B95, B97, and B99.