Friday, March 28, 2014

Power Poppy's Sneak Peek Day 1: Springtime Love


Can you believe it?!?  We are finally here!  We have all been about to burst with all of the excitement for this new release.  So without further ado, here is Springtime Love...




Our first Power Poppy set, hot off the presses, may have you hearing the alluring tones of a French accordion and whispering Ooh La La. Springtime Love  is in the air and this set embodies romance -- with passionate petals and love-laced sentiments. Illustrated by Marcella Hawley as she went in for the kiss, this beauty of a set measures 4" by 6". 

So what do you think?  I think it is simply gorgeous, but honestly, I love all of Marcella's images so really no big surprise, right?  :)  My card today was actually inspired by a childhood memory...




When I was a little girl, my brother and I along with our cousins would spend a week each summer at our Grandparent's house. It was always a treat because....well, they spoiled us rotten for a week!  But besides that, there was always something fun or interesting to explore or do.  One of my favorite things was my Grandmother's old chifferobe...she had it stocked with all of her old church dresses, hats, shoes, and costume jewelry for all of the granddaughters to play dress up.  Now, to a little girl, it was a treasure trove of goodies and the jewelry was my absolute favorite of all.  Think back to all of that old costume jewelry of the 60's and 70's...chunky pearls, BIG brooches and dangle-y clip on earrings...now put all of that on an 8 year old girl and there I am...peeking out from under a "Sunday church hat" and decked out to the nines in chiffon and jewels!  The big brooches were always so pretty...some with those epoxy centers with floral images in them, you know the ones I'm talking about?  Well, that is where this card came from.  I used the cracked glass technique to create my focal image with this gorgeous floral. There is a wonderful tutorial for this technique on Splitcoast Stampers' site here.   My image was colored with Copics and then I started the gold leafing process (you know I can't resist that pen!) and added my die cut layers.  




I wanted this to be a collage of things I remembered about Grandmama's treasures....there was definitely a lot of gold, pearls were in abundance, and there were ribbons on all of those fancy dresses.  The tag, I made for my Grandmama.... for giving me all of those precious memories.  I think the final card ended up looking like one of her many jewelry boxes...which was not planned, but it certainly is a sweet surprise!  

I hope you are as excited about this new set as we are! Please make sure you check out what my incredibly talented Bloom Brigade team mates have created for you....I am sure it is amazing! And leave them a little blog love while you are there!   I am so glad you could join me today for my first Power Poppy project and a little trip down memory lane.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  :)

See you back here tomorrow, when we'll have you movin' and groovin' to a spunky and fun Power Poppy beat!

~Katie

Supplies:
Stamps:  Springtime Love
Paper:  White, Blue cardstock; Carta Bella 6x6 paper pad "Traditions"
Ink:  Copics; Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo; White Craft ink; Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen
Other:  Spellbinders dies in Classic Square, Classic Hearts, Classic Scalloped Hearts, Labels Twenty Eight, Marvelous Squares; Seam binding ribbon; Pearl brad; DMC floss; pearls

24 comments:

  1. oh my goodness! Your card is spectacular. The cracked glass technique is so beautiful on the heart diecut. And your story about grandmothers necklaces ties in beautifully with the card.
    Love the stamp set too!

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  2. This is such a romantic and lovely card. I love your style. Thanks for that lovely story, too.

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  3. Gorgeous, love the vintage feel, the blues compliment your coloring so well, great cracked glass idea, love it inside that heart!

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  4. I love how this just sits inside of this heart. Awesome work. I love it. Can hardly wait to purchase these awesome sets.

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  5. Gorgeous, your coloring is fantastic! I'm so excited about these!!!

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  6. Awwwww... Loved the story about your grandma! I can just imagine you as a kid digging through all her goodies and being inspired! This is just one BEAUTIFUL creation! I love, love, love the way you curled the image around to sit perfectly inside your heart die -- brilliant!!! And, I have no idea why, but this card has got me thinking about getting a tattoo.... HAHAHAHA! Just kiddin'! ;-)

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  7. You totally did you Grandma justice with this beauty Kaite! It’s stunning. The cracked glass looks gorgeous with this set, and all the layering is just amazing too girl!

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  8. There was nothing I liked better as a kid than engaging through my grandma's treasure trove. She's gone now but those memories were a huge part of my childhood. You have achieved the most beautiful effect on your card Katie. The cracked glass and your trademark gold leafing...just beautiful. I'm going to be in so much trouble with these new stamps. Those azaleas Marcella peeked yesterday....WOW! Ours are already blooming. Are yours? Hugs!

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  9. I can see you playing dress up for sure. This is beautiful, vintage and awesome awesome cracked glass girl.

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  10. You mean the 1860s and '70s, right? 'Cause I was wearing bellbottoms and miniskirts and love beads in the 1960s and '70s. Of course, my Grandma wasn't. . . Okay, Katie, can I just say you have totally knocked my old socks off this morning? Well, you have! There's so much to love about this I don't even know where to begin. I have to keep going back and looking over and over again. The cracked glass is the icing (or should I say glaze?) on this marvelous cake. Absolutely glorious! Scrolling back up to look again, now. . .

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  11. Awww, Katie, I loved reading this story, and can totally picture the fun you had with Grandmama's treasure trove of pretties! This card has a lovely, soft vintage feel that most certainly speaks of days gone by. It is absolutely beautiful, and that cracked glass technique is the perfect finishing touch!

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  12. Wow! Your card is absolutely stunning Katie! Actually it's just down right picture perfect! You truly need to send it to someone who appreciates your artistic talent! My address is 3205......! Can't wait to see tomorrow's card!

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  13. This is absolutely stunning Katie! I love the crackle finish. Congratulations to you and all the designers of Poppy Power!

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  14. Love this story and your card....romantic...jaw dropping gorgeous!

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  15. A real eye popper for sure love the cracked glass technique and yours is so beautifully done.

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  16. Wow is that one stunning card!! The cracked glass tech does remind me of those old broaches! The layers of soft vintage looking goodness is a real feast for the eyes :)

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  17. Katie this is Stunning! The cracked glass finishes this off beautifully!

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  18. Stunning, stunning card. Love it.

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  19. This is probably one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen... seriously! Love it, love it, love it!!! Ok, when can I get it? I am serious! lol

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  20. Okay...framing this image with a heart and then making it cracked glass? Seriously!!!!???!!! Oh...my...goodness is this ever GORGEOUS Katie!! And then there's the beautiful paper, colors and sweet little tag...what a treasure!!

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  21. Ooooooooooh Katie!!! I LOVE THIS!!!! The way you've nestled the image into the curve of the heart is just brilliant.......and THEN you made it into cracked glass!!!! You are incredible!!! What is stunning result and a gorgeous vintage feel!!! Love this to bits!!!!!

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  22. Love the way your red flower pops out with that lovely soft blue background....great how that image just nestles perfectly in that heart shape.......a real stunner my friend, and one that certainly evokes warm feelings and memories in everyone.

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  23. Oh, Katie, this takes my breath away! I LOVE it and it really does look like porcelain and does remind me of the dress-up times as kids! What a fun memory and a stunning card! Looking forward to more wonderful new designs! Wow...with hugs!

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  24. Oh my goodness, this is stunning! I love the sweet vintage romance feel of it! Wow...just wow!

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