Friday, December 26, 2014

A Poinsettia Thank You

Hello everybody and a Merry Christmas to you!  I hope you all had an amazing holiday spent with those dearest to you!  I think it's about time I ambled on back to my very neglected blog to share a little Power Poppy goodness with you.  I think I mentioned we had  moved back into our house a few weeks ago after some renovations....well throw in unpacking, getting ready for Christmas, some family medical issues, work, and just life in general and you get a blog in need of updating.....sooooo, here I am!  :)  I could not resist using the beautiful poinsettia image from Poinsettia again for this week's Power Poppy challenge.  We'd love it if you'd come play along with us and who knows, but you might be selected as a Peep of the Week!  How fun would that be?  :)

Ever since this image was released, I have wanted to use this image without coloring it.....I know, me and my Copics are pretty tight, but sometimes you just wanna do something a little different, right?  So, I decided I wanted to make my own toile pattern with that gorgeous poinsettia and since I am going to be needing some thank you cards in the next few days I thought I would go ahead a get started. 

I stamped my poinsettia image using Memento's Rhubarb Stalk on to some white card stock that had been die cut with Spellbinder's Labels Twenty Two.  I left the die frame on while I stamped so I could keep a nice edge on it and then sponged on some more Rhubarb Stalk ink before removing the frame.  Next, I die cut my sentiment  layer and stamped my sentiment.  Next I used Spellbinder's Classic Squares Small die set and Marvelous Squares set for the rest of my layers.  I used some ink to distress the edges of my layers, did a little stitching, added some gold leafing with my Krylon 18KT gold leafing pen, and assembled my layers.  At the last minute I added some sparkle to some of the pomegranates and the poinsettia centers with an Atyou Spica clear glitter can't really see it in the photos but it does add a nice subtle shine to the image.

Have I said how much I love this poinsettia image?  I am sure I probably have, but it certainly bears repeating.... the detail on this is stunning and I think it makes a fabulous toile print!  You could very easily stamp off a whole sheet of this and then do several die cuts from the sheet for mass producing. Well, that is all for my card today, but I know my Bloom Brigade sisters are rockin' the house so make sure you check out what gorgeousness they have for your inspiration and then get busy on your own Power Poppy creation, link it up to the Power Poppy blog and YOU could be our next Peep of the Week!  I can't wait to see what you create, and until next time.....take care!

Christine Okken    
Julie Koerber 
Katie Sims <------You are here


Supplies:  Image-Power Poppy's Poinsettia stamp set, sentiment from Papertrey Ink's In the Meadow stamp set; Ink-Memento's Rhubarb Stalk, Stampin' Up!'s Cherry Cobbler, Papertrey Ink's Chamomile and Chai inks; Paper-Classic White card stock from Flourishes, Naturals White card stock from SU!, patterned paper from Melissa Frances'  "Deck the Halls" 6x6 paper pad; Dies-Spellbinders sets in Labels Twenty Two, Marvelous Squares, and Classic Squares Small and Papertrey Ink's Photo Finish Strips die collection; Other-Krylon  18KT Gold Leafing pen, Atyou Spica clear glitter pen,  pearls from SU!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Power Poppy's December Blog Hop

Well hello again, and welcome back!  I hope you have been able to check in on the goings on over at the Power Poppy Blog....or what I like to call, Bloom Central!  :)  Lots of good stuff to see with December's all digital release and that brings us to today...where the Bloom Brigade joins together for one last look at all of the Marcella goodness for this month...

How about those lovely images?  Marcella has once again brought to life some of the most beautiful scenes for our crafting enjoyment.  Well you heard the Bloom Whisperer, let's HOP!  :)

So for my card today, I thought I would revisit the Camellias image but this time I paired it with a sentiment from the Geraniums Take Two stamp set.  I have in mind to send this card to a friend and I think she will like this image and sentiment.  I decided to color these two varieties of Camellias like two of the varieties in my yard.  I have two extremely large Camellia Japonicas  (sorry, do not know the proper names for these because they were here when we moved).  These particular ones have the prettiest deep pink blooms....they border on a violet and the blooms themselves are huge.  The leaves are also a good size.  These bloom around Christmas to as late as February and the blooms last for several weeks.  The photo I shared yesterday in my post has one of these in it.  One of the other varieties I have is a Camellia Sasanqua 'Setsugekka'.  It is espaliered at the front of our house and it blooms in the late summer/early fall.  The blooms on this variety are the prettiest white with a double row of ruffled petals and the daintiest yellow stamens.  The leaves on this one are smaller and darker green, the blooms are smaller, but the impact is still the same...but then again, I have never met a Camellia I didn't like!

It really is uncanny how closely these two blooms resemble two of the varieties we have in our yard. For this card, I kept it really simple.....I guess you could call this my "clean and simple" design  I think this is as simple as it gets for me!  ;)  

No buttons, no bows....just a few layers of designer paper and card stock, an image colored with Copics, a little sponging, a little gold leafing and there you have it!  So that is all for my card and garden tour today but you really must make sure you check out all of the goodness that my Bloom Brigade teammates have created for you...AND as an added bonus, if you leave a comment on each of the Bloomies' blogs you could win this month's digital release!  So make sure you leave a little love while you hop!  Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope we can get together again real soon...until then, take care!  :)

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


Supplies:  Images-Floral from Power Poppy's new digital image "Camellias" and sentiment from Power Poppy's "Geraniums Take Two" stamp set; Paper-Classic white card stock from Flourishes, Naturals White and Night of Navy card stocks from Stampin' Up!, navy patterned paper from The Paper Studio's "The Classics" 4.5" x 6.5" paper pad; Inks-  HP Printer ink, Ranger Distress inks in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap; Dies-Spellbinders Marvelous Squares set and Classic Squares Large set, Marianne Designs Petra's Square Frames set; Other-Krylon 18 KT Gold Leafing pen, Atyou Spica Clear Glitter pen, and these Copic colors:  W0, W3, W4, W7, C1, C3, B0000, RV52, RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69, BV02, E41, E44, E49, Y13, Y19, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG91, G28, G40, G43, and G46.