Friday, August 21, 2015

It's a Power Poppy Friday!














Well hello there and a happy Friday to you!  Wow, it has been a little while since I last posted and I am so excited to have had a little crafty time to play along in today's Power Poppy Friday.  I have been itching to give August's Power & Spark Challenge hosted by the super sweet and incredibly talented Cindy Lawrence a try.....who can resist playing when the theme is Shabby Chic?!  I chose to use the peony image from the Dynamic Duos: Peonies & Tulips set.  The sentiment is from the Poppies set.





I know everyone probably views Shabby Chic in their own way....for me, I think of soft colors, lots of distressed layers, sweet patterns, and of course....ribbons, buttons, and any other little doo dads I can fit on there.....;)  For this card, I stamped my peonies using Memento's Tuxedo Black ink on to some Papertrey Ink Vintage White card stock.  I colored it up with Copics, fussy cut it out, and then set it aside.  I die cut several layers and used a trimmer for a couple more layers, sanded the edges, used some Chamomile ink from PTI to distress the edges and started stitching panels together.  For my sentiment panel, I sponged on some Ranger Distress ink in Old Paper after stamping my sentiment.  Next, I punched a couple of holes in the sides to thread my ribbon through, wrapped it around my assembled layers and tied a bow.  Finally, I adhered my peonies with foam dimensionals, added some shimmer with my Wink of Stella Clear brush pen, added a button tied on with cream and silver thread and adhered the assembly onto my scalloped square card base. 




Those fluffy peonies are the epitome of Shabby Chic if you ask me!  :)  I used three different Copic red families (one for each peony) to give them a little variety, although I am not sure if you can really see much of a difference in the photos.  I am still constantly amazed at the amount of detail Marcella manages to get into each of her images....AND they are always a dream to color up!

So that is all for my little Shabby Chic card today but some of my amazing Bloomie sisters have some paper gorgeousness for your crafty inspiration, so make sure you check them out and leave a little blog love while you're there.  I am so glad you were able to stop by for a visit....it's always good to see you!  I hope you'll pop by again soon....until then, take care.  :)

Julie Koerber  
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 

~Katie


Supplies not listed above:  Paper- Simple Stories' "Vintage Bliss" 6x6 paper pad, Melon Berry card stock from Papertrey Ink Other-  Spellbinders' die sets in Grand Scalloped Squares, Grand Squares, Labels Twenty Two, Square Swatches, and Classic Squares Large; taffeta ribbon from stash, button from PTI, twine from SU!, and these Copic colors-R000, R11, R12, R14, R17, R21, R22, R24, R29, R30, R32, R35, R37, YG21, YG91, G29, G40, G43, and G46.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Power Poppy's August Blog Hop!














Hi there and welcome back for the final day of blog hops for Power Poppy's August Release!  I hope you have enjoyed all of the release week festivities as much as we have enjoyed preparing them for you!  For today's card, I chose to use the Well Played set again but I paired it with a sentiment from the Good Thinking: Love Notes set for a punny little CAS card.  This is a real switch from my normal card style but my inner goof ball won out this time, so just bear with me here......;)





I have SO enjoyed playing with this set.  I thought I would try a CAS styled card again and use the little 45 rpm adapter thing-y's along with the adorable conversation bubble.  I started by die cutting a tag using white card stock. I stamped the adapters in two colors directly on the tag, and stamped and stitched the sentiment on to the tag.  After that I stamped the conversation bubble, fussy cut it out, colored it with Copics and added some Wink of Stella clear brush pen to the hearts.  Next, I used some Ranger Glossy Accents to add shine to the adapters and the hearts and let. them. dry.  For my background panel, I incorporated the a-mazingly talented and incredibly creative Tosha Leyendekker's genius record embossing technique to make a subtle 45 rpm record impression for a little texture using concentric circle dies.  You can see her card using this technique here.  Next, I die cut a rectangle panel out of the record embossed paper, brushed on some Wink of Stella Clear to the embossed ridges portion of my background panel,  and stitched the heart patterned paper on it.  

Once my tag was dry, I added a bit of ribbon, baker's twine, and the conversation bubble then adhered it to my background panel.  All that was left was to adhere the assembled panel to a card base.  This finished card measures 3 5/8" x 5 5/8".




He's quite a smooth talker, isn't he?  Hee!  This is such a versatile set...there are tons of ways you could use the elements included...just let your imagination run wild, or silly, or whatever you choose!  Well that is all for my card today but the entire Bloom Brigade has joined up for this finale hop so you have lots and lots of amazing creations to enjoy.  Make sure you leave a little blog love along the way and then....it's time to go shoppin'!  YES, all three of these incredible sets in the Color Me Grateful collection are available today in the Power Poppy store!  Yay!  Thank you so much for stopping by today, I always enjoy your visits.  I hope you have a great weekend and until next time, take care!  :)

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

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Paper- Patterned papers from Lawn Fawn's "Let's Polka" 6x6 paper pad, Classic White card stock from Flourishes; Ink- Memento's Tuxedo Black ink, Stampin' Up's Regal Rose and Coastal Cabana inks, Copic colors in R11, R14, and E40; Other- Spellbinders 5x7 Matting Basics B, Grand Circles and Standard Circles Large sets, tag die from Papertrey Ink, white ribbon from Stampin' Up!, and  baker's twine from American Crafts.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Power Poppy's August Release- Day 3!












Hi there and welcome back for Day 3 of Power Poppy's August Release!  I am so glad you popped back in for a visit and I hope you have been enjoying all of the Power Poppy blog festivities this week.  Tomorrow will be the finale with all of the Bloomies getting together for one last hop showing off all of the new stamp sets....and the best part is, they will be available in the store!  Yay!  Have you made a list yet?  ;)  You might be wanting to add this next sweet set to that list.....just take a look at So Grateful...



Ain't she a beaut?  There are two gorgeous images in this set and some beautifully scripted sentiments for expressing your gratitude.  It also come with a couple of little grass and flower bits so you can create a little landscape scene....or use them on tiny tags, or whatever you want to do with them!  ;)  Let me show you what I created with this lovely set....







I started by stamping this amazing image in Memento's Espresso Truffle ink on to Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock.  Next, I set in to coloring it up with my Copics....I won't lie, I spent a fair amount of time on this image because I had it in my head that I wanted to color the chair up to look like an old, chippy painted antique chair.  I tried several different colors until I ended up using a combination of Warm and Cool Neutrals with a bit of Earth tones and blues mixed in.....it didn't turn out exactly like I envisioned but I think I just need a little more practice achieving that look.  I colored up the rest of the image and then die cut it with a Spellbinders A2 Matting Basics A die.  I sponged on some Ranger Distress inks in Old Paper, Peeled Paint, Frayed Burlap, and Tumbled Glass, added a little gold leafing around the edges with my Krylon 18 KY Gold Leafing pen, hit some of the blooms and pumpkin with my Wink of Stella Clear brush pen, stamped my sentiment, then layered it with another panel of trimmed Rustic White card stock.  

I built my card base and layers around the image panel....the finished card size ended up being 4 7/8" x 6 1/8".  I layered a couple of patterned papers from My Mind's Eye's "Follow Your Heart-Be Amazing" 6x6 paper, added a little punched border with a Stampin' Up! punch and stitched the panels together.  I added my ribbon and notched out a place on my image panel so it could cozy up to my bow and adhered everything together.  The image was popped up with foam dimensionals.  You may notice the chair has a little shine to it....I added Rangers Crackle Accents to the chair to try and give it a chipped texture....which it did, but I think I added it too quickly after coloring (pretty much immediately...;)) because some of my dark gray shading ended up looking a little muddled.  So word of caution here....let your image set for a bit before adding anything to it.  I am sure I was impatient and hurried it along....lol.  ;)




Don't you just love all of the sweet detail in this image?  As always, this was a dream to color up!  Wait til you see the other image in action....equally gorgeous!  So why don't you check out what those wonderfully talented Bloomie sisters of mine have created for your viewing pleasure and make sure you leave them a little love while you're there.  Remember tomorrow is the big blog hop showcasing all of the sets and then you can make some of these (or all of these....;) your own!  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!  Until then, take care!  :)

Cindy Lawrence     
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller  
Tosha Leyendekker
and Marcella Hawley

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Ink- Tsukineko's Versafine ink in Smokey Gray (for sentiment), Stampin' Up!'s Stampin' Chalk Marker in white for highlighted colored areas; Ribbon and button-Papertrey Ink, hemp cord from Michael's ; Copic colors-  W1, W4, C2, C5, C7, BG53, BG57, E40, E41, E44, R05, R08, R11, R12, R14, R17, R29, R59, Y04, Y15, Y19, Y21, Y26, YR12, YR14, YR15, YR16, YR18, YR21, YR24, YR27, G28, G40, G43, G46, YG21, YG25, and YG91.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Power Poppy's August Release- Day 2!













Hey there Soul Sisters!  :)  Did you enjoy Power Poppy's Day 1 Release of the Color Me Grateful collection? Well  just hold on to your head phones, 'cause today's release is going to have you reminiscing about good times for sure!  Let's take a peek at Well Played...




Bringing back fond memories?  I had a boat load of those 45 rpm adapter thing-y's but I would be hard pressed to find one of them now.  When I saw that darling little back pack and the "soul sister" sentiment, I knew right away that I would be using them first!  Not too long ago, Matt and I went to a Train concert and so I thought it would be fun to play off of their song, "Hey, Soul Sister" for this card.  




I started by inking up the back pack in Memento's Tuxedo Black in and stamping on to Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock.  I colored the image with Copics and fussy cut it out.  Next, I rummaged through my embarrassingly large 6x6 paper pad collection to find just the right paper....I spotted this darling bordered print from My Mind's Eye's "Dolled Up" pad but the 6x6 size was throwing things off.  To keep the border all the way around, I cut the paper in half along one of the plank seams then overlapped it to a 4" width and sewed a double seam along the plank pattern.  Next I trimmed a bit off the top and bottom and went around with a zig zag stitch.  The card size ends up being just a hair under 4" x 5 1/2".  I adhered this panel to my card base and then die cut out a couple of sheets of the ledger patterned paper from My Mind's Eye's "The Sweetest Thing-Tangerine" pad using a Papertrey Ink's Spiral Notebook Page die.  For my letters, I used another paper from the "Dolled Up" paper pad and Papertrey Ink's Block Alphabet dies.  I went over the letters with my Wink of Stella Clear brush and then coated them in Ranger's Glossy Accents and set them aside to dry.  Once dried, I assembled all of my pieces and fiddled around with them until I liked the arrangement, stamped the sentiment, then adhered everything down and attached the assembly to my card.  For a finishing touch of shine, I added some more Ranger Glossy Accents to the walkman window and the cassette tape window, a bit of Ranger Stickles in Cotton Candy to the little heart patch on the back pack, and a touch of my Atyou Spica Clear glitter pen to the buckle and zipper pulls.





Don't you just love all of the little details on this back pack?  It was so much fun to color!!  And you should see the other fun elements to this set....I am sure you will spy several of them along the hop today.  So are you tappin' your foot or hummin' a snazzy tune yet?  :)  Make sure you check out what all of my incredibly talented Bloomie sisters have created for your little hop down memory lane today and leave them a little love while you're there.  I hope you will be able to pop back in tomorrow for Day 3 of Power Poppy's August Release...and brace yourself for more Marcella bloomin' goodness!  These images will have you positively swooning!  Until then, take care!  :)

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

~Katie

Supplies not listed above:  Inks:  Papertrey Ink's Smokey Shadow and Chamomile inks, and these Copic colors-BG000, BG32, BG53, BG57, R000, R20, R21, R24, R30, R32, R35, R37, RV14, E40, E41, EE42, E43, E44, E81, E84, YR24, YR30, YR31, Y21, Y26, C0, C3, C5, and C7.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Power Poppy's August Release-Day 1










A very happy hello to you!  I hope you have been doing well since our last get together.  Have you been working on any new and exciting crafty projects?  I have been working on a few... ;)  I am about to bust to share with you Power Poppy's August Release Day 1 set, Happy Crabapple!  Don't you just love that name.  Today's set is the first of three sets being released this month as the Color Me Grateful Collection.  Does this image look a little familiar?  The wildly popular Flowering Branches digital image has been reintroduced as a clear photo polymer stamp set with some pretty spectacular sentiments and darling little bloom-y bits to color up, fussy cut, mask and stamp, or whatever your little heart desires!  How about let's take a peek, shall we?





Wanna see what I made with this gorgeous new set?  




Oh what fun is was to see this old friend!  I was so excited to see Marcella bring this image back as a stamp.  Don't get me wrong, digital images certainly have many wonderful qualities and the possibilities are endless....but there is just something about holding a stamp in your hand, getting it inky and just stamping your heart out, don't you think?  ;)  

For this A2 sized card, I colored up my images with Copics and fussy cut part of the large image (yes, some of the buds and blooms had to be lopped off to work in the space....almost criminal, isn't it...lol)  and one of the smaller images in the set.  My goal was to highlight this gorgeously scripted Thoreau quote.  So much is being said in just a few words.  It deserves to be shown off and what better way than to frame it up with Marcella's beautiful blooms, am I right?  




The card is made up of some simple layers (some die cut, some trimmed) with some stitching and dry embossing thrown in here and there.  The sentiment panel got a little gold leafing to frame it out and then I attached the fussy cut blooms with Collall.  I have mentioned this product before but it bears repeating....this stuff is great when you are adhering delicate, fussy cut images and want them popped up.  I will admit there is a little practice that needs to take place because it can get a little messy...the drying time takes a bit but that is good because it gives you a little time to apply it where you need it to really pop up even the tiniest of buds.  Love this stuff!  :)  

So, that is all for my card today but you know there are some a-mazing creations compliments of my Bloomie sisters just waiting for you to see.  Make sure you leave a little blog love while you're there and then I'd love it if you could pop back in tomorrow for Day 2 of Power Poppy's August Release.....I can't wait to show you what Marcella has come up with next!  Until then, take care!  :)

Christine Okken       
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker
and Marcella Hawley

~Katie

Supplies:  Paper-Vintage Cream and Scarlet Jewel card stocks from Papertrey Ink, Carta Bella's "Beautiful Moments" 6x6 paper pad; Ink-Ranger Distress Ink in "Old Paper", Stampin' Up!'s Crumb Cake marker, Papertrey Ink's Chamomile ink; Dies- Spellbinders dies in A2 Fancy Postage Edge, Labels Twenty, and A2 Matting Basics B; Papertrey Ink's Linen/Canvas Impression Plate; Other:  Atyou Spica Clear glitter pen, Collall, foam dimensionals, Krylon 18 KT Gold leafing pen, and these Copic colors-RV10, R81, R83, R85, R89, E40, E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, V12, G28, G40, G43, G46, YG21. YG91, Y13, and BV02. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Power Poppy's July Power & Spark Challenge

Hi there and a happy Friday to you!  I hope all is well with you.  Things have been a little quiet on the blog front lately....I have been getting caught up on some way overdue projects around the house (does one ever truly get caught up with that?!) but I'm so happy to be back today to play along in Power Poppy's July Power & Spark Challenge.  This month's hostess is the incredibly talented and super sweet Leslie and she is calling out all of us paper hoarders collectors.  :)  You can check out all of the details here.




That's right.....it's time to break out those pretty papers and get to creatin'!  But before you tear into those stacks of paper pads, lemme show you what I did for this challenge, k?

I hadn't had a chance to color up those adorable flip flops in the Best Day Ever set yet, so I thought that would be a fun image to use for this card.  I paired it with some sweet beach-y colored papers and kept the card super simple.  I started by stamping my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink onto some cream card stock, colored it with Copics, then fussy cut it out.  Next, I die cut my main panel and stitched the first of my three patterned papers on it.  I stamped the sentiment then adhered my colored image and a threaded button to my die cut panel.  My card base is 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" cream cart stock. I layered two more patterned papers, rounded the top corners of my card base and the patterned papers layer, did some more stitching, and adhered everything together.  




I used my Atyou Spica Clear glitter pen and my Stampin' Up! Stampin' Chalk white marker to add a little shimmer and highlights to my blooms.  




Aren't those the most darling little flip flops?!  AND, that sentiment is adorable too!  Now, are you ready to get going on your own designer paper triple play creation?  Well, before you do...make sure you check out the lovlies that some of my Bloomie sisters have created for your inspiration. Leave them a little blog love while you're there and then start tearing into your stash of designer papers!  :)  Make sure you link up your finished project on the Power Poppy blog  for a chance to win a stamp set of your choice!  Yay!  Thanks so much for stopping by today and until next time.....take care!  :)

Allison Cope      
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan 

~Katie

Supplies not mentioned above:  Paper-Vintage Cream card stock from Papertrey Ink, patterned papers from My Mind's Eye's Stella & Rose "Mabel" 6x6 paper pad; Ink- Dark Chocolate ink from Papertrey Ink Other- Spellbinders Labels Eleven die set, wooden button and string from stash, foam dimensionals from Stampin' Up!, and these Copic colors- E50, E53, E55, E57, E59, Y18, Y21, Y28, YR27, R01, R05, R08, R17, and R27.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Power Poppy's June Power & Spark Challenge~Pencil Me In!



Hi there and a Happy Friday to you!  Can you believe it is already time for Power Poppy's Power & Spark Challenge again?  It seems we were just fussy cutting to our heart's content with this past challenge and now, that super sweet and amazingly talented Christine Okken has thrown down the gauntlet with this theme...




That's right....it's time to pull out those pencils (or in my case, I had to borrow some!)!  You can read all about this challenge on the Power Poppy Blog!  Now Christine can color with pencils like nobody's business so I know her project is going to be incredible and will definitely get you in the pencil spirit!  :)

I was still in the tag frame of mind, so I decided to make a tag for my card.  I used a Papertrey Ink tag die, then stamped my image and sentiment from Power Poppy's new Go Wild stamp set in StazOn Brown Timber ink onto Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock.  Next, I colored my image with some Prisma pencils that my good friend let me borrow for this occasion.  I have a few pencils that came over on the Mayflower and they were just not working out.  I used Gamsol to blend my colors together.  Now, I don't know if you've noticed, but I just don't use pencils for anything.  Me and my Copics have been inseparable for so long, that I really just don't use any other medium.  I have tried water coloring a few times.....it never went well. Then I got my Copics and never looked back...so, here is the first image I have colored with pencils in a very. long. time.  I definitely need more practice, but I really enjoyed the challenge of trying something new, and I think I'll be looking for some pencils soon....so if you have any suggestions on type or brand, I am all ears!  :)




I added a few highlights here and there with a Stampin' Up! Stampin' Chalk White marker and used a Wink of Stella Clear pen to add some shimmer to the petals and jar.  My card base is A2.  My other layer is 4" x 5 1/4" and I embossed it with a Papertrey Ink wood grain texture plate. (Both of these layers were made with more Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock.)  I added a couple of strips of patterned paper from My Mind's Eye's Dilly Dally 6x6 paper pad, some stitching, and distress inks in PTI's Chamomile and Chai.  I also sponged on some Ranger Distress inks in Frayed Burlap and Evergreen Bough.  The ink spatters were made using a SU! spritzer tool with SU!'s markers in Soft Suede and Crumb Cake.  The ribbons, twine, and button were added to finish the tag off before adhering to my card panel with foam dimensionals.




I just love that little mason jar!  I have several old blue ones with the original zinc lids that were my husband's grandmother's.....they have a special place of honor in the kitchen china cabinet.  :)  Well, that is all for my card today....whew, it has been a big week for me....first Marcella has me coloring motorcycles and now Christine has me coloring with pencils!  :)  And no one is more surprised than me to read this, but I enjoyed every minute of it!  :)  Now, make sure you check out what my incredibly talented Bloom Brigade sisters have penciled in for you and then why don't you create your own pencil masterpiece and come play along with us?!  You could win a stamp set.....how's that for some inspiration?  ;)  Thanks so much for stopping by...I can't wait to see what you create, and until next time, take care!  :)


Christine Okken     
Julie Koerber 
Kathy Jones 
Katie Sims <------You are here
Leslie Miller 
Stacy Morgan

~Katie