Friday, March 6, 2015

Power Poppy's March Power and Spark Challenge

Hi there everybody!  Can you believe it is March already?  Mercy, these frigidly cold days certainly have been flying by lately!  I hope you have been able to keep up with the goings on over on the Power Poppy blog these last several weeks.  Marcella has really been kicking things up a notch with new digis every month, the addition of a digital release team-the fabulous Instant Gardeners, and the new monthly Power and Spark challenges.....whew!  It's enough to make your head spin!  Today is the day for the start of the March Power and Spark Challenge and the incredibly talented and super sweet Tosha Leyendekker is your hostess.  Now, let me just say, this girl knows the way to my you know what her challenge theme is?!?  Well, just feast your eyes on this...

I know, right?  If there was ever a challenge with my name on it, then this is it!  :)  Me and my Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing pen have been tight for quite a   So let me show you what I did for this awesome challenge...

I have been smitten with that little stack of tea cups and sweet birdie from the Short Stacks stamp set since I saw this image.  Those cups remind me of some of my grandmother's old china.  It is soft blue and white with gold edging....the edging is worn in several places from lots of use, but that makes me love it even more.  I thought it would be fun to try to gives these darling cups a "well loved" look by making the gold edging look worn.  I started by stamping my image with Memento's Tuxedo Black on to white card stock.  I colored my image with Copics and stamped my sentiment from the Geraniums Take Two set with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  Next, I die cut my image and gold leafed the edge.  I have a gold pen that my dear friend and fellow pen nerd gave me so I thought I would try it out for some of the fine gold detail on these cups....and it worked like a charm!  I used it to fill in the wee leaves and buds on the cups with gold.  I wasn't sure how it would work on the handle, so I tried something new.  I took my Krylon gold leafing pen and dabbed some of the ink until it pooled on to a spare piece of paper and then took a fine paint brush and dry brushed  a little of the gold leafing ink onto one of the cup's rim and handle.  You have to have a  light touch doing this....I loaded up my brush and then blotted it before I actually painted my cup.  It gave it a great look....kind of worn, which was exactly what I was going for here! 

Next, I worked on my frame for my image.  I ended up using two of these die cuts to fit the size of my main image oval and gold leafing them with the same Krylon Gold pen.  I wanted my frame to look a little tarnished and worn, so I took a fine grit sand paper and lightly sanded the frame.  If you are careful, it will just take off the shiny top and leave the dark tint below...instant aging!  :)  My card base is A2 size and layered with card stock and patterned papers to coordinate with my colored image.  My panels are stitched and some of them are gold leafed along the edges.  A couple of the layers are popped up with foam dimensionals.   I wrapped some ribbon around two of the corners of one of the panels and added a bow.  To finish this card off, I added a really pretty rhinestone brad in the bow center.  I took another close up from a side view to try to show the aged frame and brushed gold on the image...

GAH, I still think that little bird is the cutest thing!  :)  So, are you getting inspired to go for the GOLD?  Before you start pulling out your supplies, you really need to see what my insanely talented Bloom Brigade sisters have gilded up for your viewing pleasure and inspiration.  Make sure you leave them a little love while you are there and then get going on your own gold masterpiece.  Remember to link up at the Power Poppy blog for a chance to win a prize!  I am so glad you were able to stop by today for a visit and I can't wait to see what you create!  Until next time, take care!  :)  Oh, and remember....we are only a few short days away from the next incredible Marcella digital image release and another stunning display from the Power Poppy Instant Gardeners...eeeeeeee!  I can hardly wait!  :)

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


Supplies not listed above: 
Paper:  Stampin' Up!'s Naturals White card stock, Flourishes Classic White card stock, red card stock from scrap, patterned papers from Teresa Collins' Fabrications "Canvas" 6x6 paper pad; Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink in Frayed Burlap, Papertrey Ink's Chamomile ink; Spellbinders die sets Classic Ovals Large, Opulent Ovals, A2 Matting Basics B; Other:  ribbon-Stampin' Up!'s Lost Lagoon taffeta ribbon, gemstone brad from The Paper Studio, Ranger Glossy Accents for the flowers on the tea cup, gold pen from Tul, and these Copic colors:  R11, R12, R14, R17, R39, BG0000, BG000, BG53, BG57, BG78, Y26, W00, W0, W2, W3, W5, and E50


  1. Goodnight, Katie! How you manage to make gold look so soft and vintage is aMAZING! Your card just sings to me...and not just because of that precious little birdie either. ;) Love your color palette, and incredible use of the Krylon pen! Da BOMB, gf!

  2. Now that looks like a gold frame Katie!!! Fantastic idea and wow that must of taken some work. Beautiful colors together and awesome stitching. Fantastic card girl.

  3. Katie, this is all beautifully pulled together, from the beautiful bluey-teal, to the amazing stitching and the touches of gold...gorgoeus!

  4. Oh, Katie, this is gorgeous, and you really pulled off the beautiful vintage feel to these darling cups of yesteryear from grandma!! And that bird, well, he is THE cutest! Just love your beautiful layout and wonderful DP with the stitching...and the gold really and truly makes this extra special! Love reading your posts...thanks for inspiring, sweet friend! Hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday!! Woohoo...and sending warm hugs up from South Florida!

  5. I agree this is gorgeous!! All this gold is just fabulous!

  6. I completely agree... if this isn't YOUR kinda challenge than what is!?!?! And of course, you had to bring the big GOLD guns out too!!! Look at that stunner! Goodness me... I so wanna colour like you when I go up! Mwah!!! Hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday! Sending huge, warm hugs form Alberta!

  7. Gorgeous Katie, you surely have captured the vintage feel. I remember as well my grandmothers dishes with the gold rims, some worn with wear. I love your colour palette and the complete layout. The use of gold for this challenge is right up your alley, you certainly are the 'queen' of gold Katie. You certainly have an eye for detail - just amazing!! BTW - happy belated birthday! :)

  8. Wow is that stunning!! The colors and that touch of gold certainly screams vintage tea cups! I have a few of my grammas like that.You really brought this image to life :)

  9. I'm always excited to see what you come up with Katie. And I knew you would so be in your element for this challenge! But I have to say, it's your bird and tea set that have me swooning! I adore your coloring of this image, along with the papers you used to enhance it! This card is drop dead GORGEOUS my friend! WOW!

  10. Such a Prety card and the papers you pick to suport your cups are just perfect.... and a Lovely bow and brad. The whole look is perfect!!!!

  11. I just received this wonderfully beautiful stamp set and I love it, that little parakeet is simply adorable. This sweet birds come in a whole array of bright colors so this image can be colored in every color of the rainbow.
    Your card is amazing, the colors you chose are so perfect, I love the stitching around the DSP, great detail on your design.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. Lovely coloring of those cups and the sweet bird, great accenting with the gold!

  13. If anyone knows their way around a gold pen, it's YOU, my friend! Oh, my word, I read all your details and I'm just flabbergasted. You've created a masterpiece from a little stack of tea cups! Always with the prettiest papers, and I can see you took care to match up your colors, just perfectly -- papers, ribbon, image. Wow! I have a bunch of antique gold-leafed dishes all painted up with pretty pink flowers, some in the loveliest blue. I should use them for inspiration next time. Hey, did I miss your birthday? Going to kick myself now... Happy belated!

  14. Oh yes indeed this challenge has your name written all over it. Your special attention to the fine little details to distress the gold.....genius. You have rocked this challenge Katie girl. :-)