Friday, February 20, 2015

A Power Poppy Friday with Lilacs!

Hello there everybody!  I hope you all have been doing well and staying warm wherever you are!  It has been right chilly here and I must say, we are not used to single digits!  My poor Camellias....they were about to bloom and now all of the leaves are curled up and the buds are frozen.  I hope once this cold snap passes some of the blooms will recover, but I don't know.....we'll just have to see.  Have you been keeping up with all of the fabulousness going on over at Power Poppy?  Those amazing Power Poppy Instant Gardeners have been at it again and heralded in one of the most beautiful digis evah....French Lilac.  I could not wait to get this one printed up and colored!

Now I ask you, have you ever seen a prettier lilac image?  Me either.  ;)  That Marcella definitely knows her blooms, doesn't she?   Lilacs come in a variety of colors so you could use this image again and again with several different color schemes!    Let me show you what I did using this amazing image.....

I chose to go with the more traditional lilac colors and stayed mostly in the violet family of Copics.  When I think of lilacs, I think of an abundance of blooms and that heavenly scent everywhere.  I wanted my card to be chock full of blooms so I added  just a few extra to anchor my image.  One might be surprised exactly how many of these little blooms it takes to fill the bottom left corner of an A2-ish sized card but I think it was totally worth it to make it feel like a huge bouquet of lilacs.  I crumpled my papers before I used my Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch and then used a stylus on them to really rough them up.  Next, I sponged on a little PTI Fresh Snow ink and I think was able to pass these off as lilac blooms.....don't you?  ;)  After I colored my image, I sponged on some Ranger Distress Ink in Weathered Wood and spritzed some ink from markers around the blooms.  Then, I got ready to stamp my sentiment from Power Poppy's Farmer's Market set.  

Now here is where it gets interesting and it turns out I have a little survival tip for you.  I have tried to make it a practice to stamp my sentiment before I color my image because...well, bad things can happen if you don't (ask me how I know this).  I must not have been in my right mind, because I went ahead and colored up my image and then realized I hadn't put the sentiment on there....drat.  Sooo, I practiced stamping the sentiment more times than I care to admit here to make sure all would go well and on every one of the practice images it went beautifully.  So, I felt pretty confident going in that all would be ok.....and then......yep, it happened.  I stamped that sentiment, pulled up the stamp and from "Sweet" all the way to "Brighten" there was a stray black line, in what later was to be determined as a Miniature Longhaired Dachshund hair on my stamp (again, ask me how I know this...)  I was mortified.  I was just about to ditch the image and color up another one when I spied my Stampin' Up!  Stampin White Chalk Marker.  I thought, what the I dabbed it on the stray black Versafine ink line and worked!  The photo below has not been touched up....this is how well that marker covered up my ooops.  Pretty cool, eh?  Tragic situation averted.....

I used my Krylon Silver Leafing pen for this image and popped it up on foam dimensionals so my gazillion punched lilac blooms could spill out around it.  The card itself is some very simple layers of patterned papers, card stock, and a bit of stitching....but I think that this card would still count as reasonably flat for mailing!  :)  Oh, I did use some Tsukineko Shimmer Mist on the punched lilac blooms and then my Atyou Spica clear glitter pen for the centers of the colored blooms.  So there you have it, a fabulous French Lilac digital image, a semi flat card for mailing, a new anecdote for your card emergency tool box, and one very relieved card maker since every thing worked out  I sure have enjoyed your visit here today and I hope you will be able to pay all of my sweet and uber talented Bloom Brigade sisters a visit.....they have lots of lilac goodness just waiting for you to see!  Make sure you leave them a little love, while you're there, k?  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and weekend and until next time....take care!  :)

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


Supplies not listed above:  Paper:  Naturals White, colored card stocks, and striped patterned paper from Stampin' Up!. Classic White card stock from Flourishes, Music patterned paper from The Paper Studio; Dies:  Spellbinders' A2 Matting Basics sets A & B, Grand Scalloped Rectangles, Papertrey Ink's linen impression plate; Ink:  Tsukineko's Versafine ink in Onyx Black, Stampin' Up! markers in Sahara Sand, Basic Gray and Concord Crush and these Copic colors:  G40, G82, G85, G99, YG91, V0000, V01, V04, V05, V09, V12, V15, V17, BV01, BV02, and C5.


  1. Katie, this is the prettiest card that I've seen with this image yet! Great idea for that stray dog hair line (don't you just HATE that!!!) and LOVE those gazillion little flowers!! You make gorgeous cards look easy!

  2. Goodness, well it turned out beautiful!

  3. Such a beautiful card, doesn't your heart just sink when you get a stampin boo boo? I hate when that happens, glad it turn out ok.

  4. What a wonderful and creative idea to add additional blossoms to this beautifully colored and designed card. You're good you!

  5. I love your little survival tip girl :) You would never know what happened! Gorgeous lilacs, I love the extra fullness in the flowers.

  6. THUD!!!! OH MY GOSH!!! Katie girl, you have outdone yourself with all those paper blooms - this card is incredible!!! You know, I think I have that punch somewhere.....but where did I put it?? Your posts always make me smile with your wild adventures and near disasters in your craftroom - I can totally here it with a southern accent!! :)

  7. Just gorgeous, Katie! I can almost smell the sweet fragrance all the way here, in my snow-covered Midwest garden! What a great tip you discovered as you averted disaster (and tears). Lilacs are one of my favorite signs of Spring. Your cards are always favorites, too! ♡

  8. yes yes.... tragic situation averted. LOL You are such a goof ball, and I love ya! Glad you were able to fix the sentiment you so worried about. Your Lilacs look wonderful and all those blooms look fabulous as if they fell off the Lilac. Smart thinking girlie. Beautiful card.

  9. Lovely coloring and background, your added flowers are such a pretty touch!

  10. On a bed of lilac florets with the pretty scalloped border and lovely papers -- fabulous! After reading about your amazing rescue I had to go look at my two white gel pens... yup, dried up. I'll have to check out this SU! pen. I've been known to have the occasional stray Golden Retriever hair mishap. Thanks for another delightful post and absolutely beautiful card, Katie!

  11. Oh, Katie, this is one gorgeous card, and I love the colors you chose! Stunning idea to use the blossoms at the bottom...I LOVE that! And you always use such pretty DP and stitching! Thanks for the great tip for correcting an oopsy! Definitely will have to order one of those pens...sure could have used that a few times on my cards! Hugs, sweet friend!!

  12. Poor Baxie didn't get the evil eye did he? LOL It's amazing how badly those stamps like to attract little hairs or fabric fibers. I love all those added punched blooms. I have that punch so I know it took tons of punching to fill up that corner. It was worth it GF. Beautifully done! Hugs!

  13. My oh my Katie what a masterpiece you have created. I love this! Not only do I love your fabulous colouring, but the layering of the punched hydrangea flowers is exquisite. Great recovery on the stray hair, you can't even notice. I have had that happen, not pet hair but a piece of lint, so frustrating. Gorgeous card my friend, hugs,