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.

Friday, March 4, 2016

It's Another Power Poppy Friday!












Hi there and a very Happy Friday to you!  Do you have big plans for the weekend? I hope it includes a little crafty time.  :)  Today I have a card to share with you using Power Poppy's new set My English Rose.  I kept this card very simple in design so that big, beautiful rose bloom would be center stage....




I started by stamping my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink on to Papertrey Ink's Rustic White card stock and coloring it with Copics.  I ended up getting my rose a little on the dark side and tried to add some white highlights back in with a Faber Castell pen but it was a little low on ink so I made the fatal mistake of trying to just dab some white ink around with a sponge.....wrong move!  It whited out some of my detail and there was no getting that back so it is what it is at this point....sigh.  I went ahead and fussy cut my colored image out, added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella Clear brush pen and set it aside.  Next, I die cut my layers using Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles die set and Papertrey Ink's Kraft card stock and also a bit of lined note paper from My Mind's Eye.  I used PTI's Fresh Snow ink to sponge around the kraft layers and then their Chamomile ink to sponge around the lined dp layer.  Then, I stamped my sentiment from the same stamp set using Versafine Black Onyx ink.  I sewed on a couple of buttons from PTI then assembled all of my layers on to my card base with foam dimensionals.  Lastly,  I used Collall to adhere my rose to my card.




I love all of the detail on this gorgeous Marcella image....just look at all of those layers of petals....and try not to notice the whited out details from my bad ink job....lol!  That is all for my card today, but several of my Bloomie sisters have created some pretty spectacular cards for your Friday inspiration.  Make sure you make the rounds and leave a little blog love while you are there.  Before I go, have you heard about the new Power & Spark challenge kicking off this month on the Power Poppy blog hosted by that oh-so-adorable Stacy Morgan?  Ooooo, this one's a goodie!



HOW TO PLAY:  The Peek-A-Boo is a special sketch challenge, where you create cut-outs on your card to share a snippet or give a “peek” of fun underneath! Stacy wants to let you know that even though the shapes in our sketch are circles, let your imagination flow and make them any ’ol shape you like! To prove this point, Stacy used hearts. Oh, she also wants you to use at least two panels as well, which makes sense with this peek-a-boo sketch!


Thank you so very much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a great weekend and until next time, take care!

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

~Katie

Copic colors:  YR30, E34, E40, E44, E47, E51, E93, G20, G29, G43, G46, and YG91.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Power Poppy's February Blog Hop!













Hi there everybody and welcome back!  Have you enjoyed all of the Power Poppy festivities this week?  Boy, that Marcella really has outdone herself....yet again!  Guess what?  All of these new stamp sets will be available today in the Power Poppy store!  That's right...you can go make these sets your own today!  But before you do, the Bloom Brigade gathered for one last hop to preview the sets again....so let me show you my card before you jet outta here, k?  :)




I just had to use the large magnolia image from the Planning for Magnolias set....isn't she gorgeous?  I've said it many a time, but it bears repeating....that Marcella really knows her way around a bloom, doesn't she?!  There are sooo many varieties of magnolias...here in Georgia, they are everywhere!  In the spring, the tulip shaped magnolias really steal the show.  There is one tree that I make a point of driving by each season to see because it is so spectacular....and huge!  Here is a picture I took this past spring with my cell phone.....WOW, right?  :)  Oops, gotta little distracted there from my card, but I just had to show you this tree because she was the inspiration for how I colored up the blooms.



So, I stamped the image with Memento's Tuxedo Black ink onto white card stock and colored it with Copics.  Next, I fussy cut it out.....it took a wee little bit to do that, but I love how it looks on the card.  The card base is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I layered an embossed panel from a Stampin' Up! embossing folder. Next, I used some new dies from My Favorite Things for the sentiment panel.  I stamped my sentiment from Happy Crabapple set with Smokey Shadow ink from Papertrey Ink.  The cross stitch edged die cut panel was antiqued by sponging on some PTI Chamomile ink and then I shaded it by sponging on Ranger Distress Inks in Weathered Wood and Milled Lavender.  I added an additional white panel edged with  my Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen between my sentiment panel and the scallop edged panel.  I sponged on some additional Chamomile ink onto all of my layers and then assembled them.  To adhere my fussy cut magnolias, I used Collal, which is amazing when you want to pop up your fussy cut items and give them some added dimension.  I kind of rounded some of the blooms around my finger before I adhered it down and the Collal keeps it in the shape that I molded it to.....pretty neat, huh?  Yep, I love that stuff!  :)




For the final bit of sparkle, I used my Atyou Spica clear glitter pen and my Wink of Stella Clear brush pen.....I don't think I was able to capture the sparkle in my photos, but it is there, I promise!  :)   I do want to mention that this may be my first card where there is not a trace of a button, or stitching from my machine, or ribbon....hmmm, eerie, huh?  I can't quite believe it either.  So there it is, my little card for the last hop of February's release.  I can tell you that my Bloomie sisters have been up to their usual brilliant card designing, so make sure you check out all of the gorgeousness that they have to share with you....and leave them a little blog love while you're there.  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you'll pop in again soon, and until then....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- Papertrey Ink's Lavender Moon and Autumn Rose, Flourishes Classic White card stock; Other-My Favorite Things die sets in Cross Stitch Rectangles and Mini Scallop Rectangles; Copic colors-  RV0000, RV52, RV55, RV66, RV69, RV91, RV95, RV99, C00, BV000, BV00, E70, E74, E77, E79, G40, G43, G46, G28, Y02, YG21, and YG91.