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 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 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


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.


  1. WOWEEE Katie - you totally ROCKED that sketch!! So many amazing details and love the way you've used the stamp! Such a pretty colour combo too!! Gorgeous!!!

  2. Oh, wow, Miss Katie, you surely did ROCK the sketch, and I LOVE your card! Woohoo, it is a beauty, and I love the color scheme too! Just sweetness with these daffodils peeking through the circles and the wonderful array of tags on the embossed background - and I always love your stitching! Yes, this is a perfect card for the sketch you used. And, yes, Marcy is just the cutest thing ever! What a wonderful weekend of fun! Have a wonderful weekend too, sweet friend! Hugs!

  3. Katie, your card is so unique, and I totally LOVE this color combination! Great job!!!

  4. This is a gorgeous card Katie, super design and lovely colours!

  5. Beautiful card Katie!! I love the way you used the sketch, it has the coolest dimension, the dp and way you colored makes flowers pop out!!

  6. Oh man... did you get all those tiny squares on the sketch. Looks AWESOME! Katie the springy feel is spot on, love the colors and how you used the sketch. Beautiful.

  7. Katie this is absolutely adorable! I love how you used the sketch! I love the sewing as framing and the fun colours too! SO cute!

    Hey lady....while we were on Vancouver Island we saw SO many magnolias! It must be the right climate for them! They were all blooming and so beautiful! I thought of you every time!

  8. Katie Girl!!!!! This is spectacular to the max! Your design is so stinkin' clever. It's fresh and cheery and just plain fun. Awesome work lady! Hugs!

  9. I love what you did with the sketch, Katie! Wow, wow, and WOW! All those little bits are adorable, and the stitching around the circles is a fabulous plus. Love the image stamped down in the corner. All so very cute!

  10. Katie, I love how you used the sketch to create your own masterpiece.
    Love the colours, the embossed background, to your creative stitching and of course your beautiful coloured flowers. Another "WOW" card, you inspire me always! Hugs