Friday, November 17, 2017

A Pop of Pink!

Hello folks! Hope you had a wonderful week! It sure went fast for me, how about you? We were lucky here, we had gotten some snow and it truly felt like we were skipping or shortcutting fall for winter. Well, today was in the 50s so, I. Was. Happy! I like each and every season so, when another season tries to jump in line, I am not a fan! ;-)

So, my dear hearts, my creation for this week! Remember this little snippet that I shared with you last week?


Well, as promised, I am here to share my creation and show how this all played out! After coloring up my image, I knew that I wanted to keep my card on the simple side, just add a sentiment and maybe a little bling and call it good. So, that's what I did!


Instead of reaching for pink decorative paper, I decided to let the pink on my image shine by NOT leaning toward that shade in my layout. Instead, I added strips of blue and green and incorporated a little razzle-dazzle with the help of an iridescent-edged ribbon tied in a bow. In case you didn't recognize the image -- it's called Tree Peony -- by Power Poppy, of course. This little number is a digital stamp, which makes creating so fun. Simply download, print and color to your heart's content!

As I mentioned last week, these were the Copic Markers that I used to color this image up!


And if you didn't know, I was playing along in last week's Hues to Use! Check it out!


Here's a little close-up for you! I should point out that the sentiment I stamped on that image panel is from Power Poppy's clear stamp set called Burst of Kindness! I think it is perfect for those thank you cards that you just need waiting in the wings!



And that, my friends is it! Now it's time to check in with these fine ladies! 



It's time for the Bloom Brigade Parade! And, these amazing designers are all ready to show you what they've been working on this week! YAY!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you all back here real soon! Have a wonderful weekend!~Julie

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Fun -- Power Poppy Style!

Hello folks! Hope you had a wonderful week! Even though the thermometer in my neck of the woods is acting a whole lot like winter, I decided to reach for a fall-inspired digital stamp from Power Poppy this week -- Apples in Season!  I can almost smell the cider with this image! I have to tell you, living in Montana where the soil and climate aren't conducive to apple orchards, I miss those days in my home state of Michigan where you could visit the cider mill, have a warm cup and nibble on a freshly baked donut with it. Ahhh... nothing like that, especially if there was a bit of a nip in the air!

So, my dear hearts, my creation for this week!


I started by printing off the image by converting the stamp to a light brown tone so that the lines of the image weren't so prominent. I also flipped the image before I printed. How do you do that? Simple! I can show you in PhotoShop! 


You simply click on Image, Rotate and then it gives you a few options. If you click on Flip Horizontal -- it will flip the image so that it is facing the opposite direction. That's just what I did here! 

Before I move on to the card details, I should point out that I chose this color palette for my creation thanks to Power Poppy's color challenge - Hues to Use. The beauty of this little challenge is the fact that it is a never ending challenge! You can go back since the beginning, and still add your linky! This challenge was from October 10th! 



So, with the palette taken care of, I used Copics to color up this image and used almost every red in my Copic arsenal - R20, R24, R27. R29, R01 to blend, YG03, UG06, YG17, G20, RV00, RV02, R81 and R83. Oh, I almost forgot! Before I colored up this image, I followed Nancy's tutorial HERE on how to use your Silhouette Cameo with digital images. That tutorial is BRILLIANT! I had no idea you could use this cutting machine with digital files, but she showed us all how! 

Here's a little close up for you! Sorry, it is a wee bit blurry... not sure what was going on. Maybe I wasn't wearing my glasses when I snapped this shot! LOL! 


The rest is just matting it all up! I added some die cut circles, stamped the green one with THIS sentiment from the Power Poppy Everything's Even Rosier clear set. Added a half doily in a kraft shade and accented with an antique gingham ribbon. And that, my friends is it!

Because I was on a little Hues to Use kick, I also colored up this image below from the digital stamp set Tree Peony, also from Power Poppy using this week's Hues to Use HERE!   While I didn't have time to craft a second card, I thought it would be fun to show it in progress! I am going to whip this one up and play along with Cindy's Power & Spark Portion Control Challenge! 

Here's the color palette for this week -- such rich shades of coral! Click HERE to see the challenge details! 


And here's the Copic colors that I used! 


Look for the full creation for my post next Friday! ;-) In the meantime, I know there's more creativity floating around in blogland thanks to the Bloomies!


Be sure to pay these fine designers and even finer human beings a visit!



Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you all back here real soon! Have a wonderful (and warm) weekend!
~Julie

Friday, November 3, 2017

Fluttering Hues

Hello folks! It's Friday, which means it's time to show off a little Power Poppy goodness! I had some time to play and so, before I got rolling, I cued up the latest....


I love these figs Marcella photographed on one of her trips this summer to the Farmer's Market in her town of Webster Groves. So delightful in color and she swears they were just as delish! I must admit to a bit of a snafu. When I looked at these hues on my phone screen, they looked far more purple. So, please excuse the lack of plum and the more purple flair! When I took a photo and popped this into my blog post, I shrieked! How could I have been THAT off! Oh well, such is life, right?


I had printed off the Power Poppy digi Sunset Sway months ago and never took the time to color it up! That's just plain wrong, isn't it!  After printing, I reached into my trusty bag of Copic Markers and these are the colors I grabbed!


Because this is a little larger of an image, I wanted to make sure it took center stage on my creation. So, I left the layout rather simple -- pairing up a few different, yet coordinating kinds of decorative paper, adding the sentiment from Easy Breezy Coneflower, and then accenting with some natural twine and a greenish yellow button!

Here's a little closeup for you! You can see that I did accent parts of this image with some of my favorite white gel pen!


And that, my friends is it! I hope you take some time to play along with Hues to Use before next Tuesday hits and we unveil a brand new color scheme. Keep in mind, however, if you don't play along this week, you can always visit HERE and go through all of our Hues to Use archives to play along in weeks or even months past! It's a never-ending linky, which means there's no timeline to play! :-)

Speaking of playing, the fabulous Cindy Lawrence is hosting a brand new Power & Spark Challenge which kicked off TODAY over at the Power Poppy Blog HERE! But, before you go hopping, here's a little peek at the challenge!


I will let you click on the link above to read all about the challenge! Yes, I will just tease you like that! I hope you check it out -- there's a $50 shopping spree on the line! And if you're in the mood to hop, I know these fine ladies below would love to show off some of what they've worked on this week!




Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing a bit of your day with me! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie

Friday, October 27, 2017

Oh Mr. Gingerbread Man!


Hello sweet peeps! I know my blog has been buzzing this past week with all the new offerings from Power Poppy and.... today is no exception! Just two days ago, a brand new digital stamp set arrived on the scene that is going to make creating tags and little Christmas treasures so much fun! 



I absolutely adore this set because of the fact that these little gingerbread people can be shown in a front and back design! Here, you have spicy gingerbread cookies, decorated oh-so-sweetly with, like I said, a mirror image for even more creative fun! This set even comes with a cozy gingerbread house to serve as a tasty accent or even the centerpiece of your holiday card.

On to my creation!


Because of the front and back nature of this image, I thought it would be super fun to create a "peek-a-boo" kind of window card so that when you opened up the card, you saw the back side of your little dough man! 

Check it out.....  (you can see how I also decked out my card front using the Frosted Gingerbread clear stamp set as a background. I stamped in brown and accented with a white gel pen!)

So, to get my little gingerbread man, stepping out from the frame, I put glue dots on the top of the hat on the lower leg that would be leaning out... 


 And then, I attached him.. just so!


From there, I colored up the backside and overlayed this image! 


I should mention that when I colored him up, these were the markers (below) that I used! I have to tell you that I had a kind of blond moment. Why didn't I even THINK to print this little guy out on kraft colored paper? Never even crossed my mind! That would have been too easy! ;-)



Because I didn't want just a simple white background showing through the window of my card, I did use some green decorative paper and made sure to stamp my sentiment (also from the Frosted Gingerbread clear stamp set) below the window so that it wouldn't show! I then accented with a red sparkle pen and white gel pen -- for a little something extra! 


And here's one last look at it all matted up! Add a little bow and fun two-toned button and this little guy is ready to make his grand holiday entrance! 


And that, my friends, is it from me today! Be sure to head on over to the Power Poppy Blog HERE for a dose of good vibes! It's Good Vibe 5 and there are some fun little snippets of info for you, just waiting to be shared!

Have a fabulous weekend and I will see you back here soon!
~Julie

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Happiest Holiday Collection is HERE!

It's here! It's here! The Happiest Holiday Collection 2017 IS HERE in the Power Poppy Shop! After 8 days of tantalizing you with fresh new holiday fare, you can now hop, skip, jump, run, or cartwheel over to see these sets for yourself and get your hands on them -- just in time for holiday creation. And, on top of ALL of this new polymer, Marcella even has a special to sweeten the deal for you! Check it out! 


Today brings another Power Poppy Hop showcasing all of the sets in the release and guess what? The gang is all here! You'll have to stay tuned for the link list below so that you can pay the Bloomies a visit and see what fun-filled and festive creations they are sharing as we wrap up this week of holiday fanfare! 

On to my creation! 



I wanted to cue up THIS set -- Glitter House Village for my card today since I didn't get a chance to create with it when the other gals were sneak peeking this lovely set! I find these little holiday villages to be so charming -- coloring them up evoked just the same feeling! If you "Google" Glitter House Villages, all kinds of fun images pop up -- from sparkly gilded varieties to dusty silver scenes to houses with pastel pops to others that carry a more vibrant vibe. I can just see the endless possibilities! And, is it a daytime sky? Or, one like mine, that offers a bit of twilight with abundant snowflakes falling gently below!

I wish I could share all the Copic Markers that I used for this little village but because I colored each house -- one at a time -- I was just reaching into my marker stash and putting them away as I went!  When all was said and done, I did want to bring a splash of sparkle to my scene, so I went a little crazy with the glitter glue!

After I added all the color and glitter, I opted for a super simple layout to help make this scene shine, adding some red and green decorative paper adding one of the sentiments from the set front and center! Oh, I almost forgot, the star that is on the front of my card, is one of the elements of this set that I stamped off, colored up, cut out and popped up for a little something "extra" on my creation! Too fun if you ask me!

I chose Glitter House Village for my creation today but there's a bevy of stamp sets that are being shown off today! Be sure to hop on by to these ladies below to see what they have in store for you all today!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


I should point out, the fun isn't officially over just yet! The Power Poppy Instant Gardeners will be unveiling a brand new digital stamp set with a holiday flair tomorrow -- it is the 25th after all! Be sure to tune back in then over on the Power Poppy Blog!

See you all back here real soon!
~ Julie

Monday, October 23, 2017

Happiest Holiday 2017 Day 8: Winter Wonderland!

Hello peeps and welcome to yet another addition to the Happiest Holiday 2017 Collection by Power Poppy. Today's offering is "drool-worthy," with its stunning blossoms and berries unfurling with a holiday flair. Don't take it from me, however, take a gander with your own eyes!



Introducing Winter Wonderland, a dramatic holiday bouquet that comes complete with poinsettia, pepper berries, dusty miller and anemones. This truly joyful cascade of holiday beauty will provide all kinds of coloristas with an exciting coloring experience and unforgettable results! Mix-and-match sentiments allow for simple phrasing or stacked and packed holiday greetings!

On to my creation!

I had a blast coloring up this beauty! I had never heard of pepper berries but googled it and ended up using THIS photo as my inspiration! 

Here's the Copic Markers I used for the berries...

Since Dusty Miller is a greenish grey, I decided to keep my foliage a little more true to life and used these Copics for those leaves...


For the anemones, I kind of followed Marcella's lead in the graphic she created coloring the petals soft tones with hues of faded purple and pink...


And these are the markers I reached for to color up the poinsettias. I didn't want a real vibrant red, I thought maybe that would be too much with all the softer hues used elsewhere...


And here, my sweet stamping friends is a close up for you! If you look closely, you can see that I ended up adding some white gel pen accents -- it's my new favorite thing! When I was done coloring, I trimmed up my piece and then fussy cut around the top before layering on a piece of distressed blue decorative paper. I added a gilded ribbon and bow above and called it good for the exterior of the card! 




On the inside, I just took pieces of the sentiments offered to create my own large and scripty sentiment. While I eye-balled this creation, I can see where the MISTI would come in handy for pairing up the sentiment pieces for assembly line fashion creations for the holidays! 


And that, my friends, is it! I love the fact that this holiday botanical offering is so big -- making card fronts just bold and beautiful! 


Want to see the Winter Wonderland some of the Bloomies created using this set? Hop on over and see for yourself their amazing creations! And, don't forget to hop on over to the Power Poppy blog to hear a little bit about Marcella's inspiration behind this brand new holiday set! 


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims


Thanks so much for stopping by and spending just a wee bit of your day with me! Tomorrow is the BIG DAY! If you've been hopping all week, checking out the Bloomie's creations, you'll be happy to know that tomorrow is the day when all of these amazing new stamp sets hit the Power Poppy Shop so that YOU can get your hands on them and create your cards for the upcoming holiday season! How exciting is that? We think so! We'll see you here tomorrow for the big reveal! 

Until then,
~Julie

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Happiest Holiday Day 7: Tweet Tidings

Hello folks and welcome to a very happy seventh day of Power Poppy's Happiest Holiday 2017 Release! I can't even believe all the festive, fun, colorful, whimsical, jolly, sparkly and artistic creations we've witnessed so far this week and we still have two days before the full collection will be live in the Power Poppy Shop! 

Today we have a pair of sweet tweets that will joyfully sing your holiday wishes, in the perfect tune! 

Introducing Tweet Tidings! This little chickadee from the Chickadee in Barberry digital stamp set was getting lonely and felt it was his turn to shine in sparkling clear polymer. From his perch in a snow-capped backyard Barberry bush, this dude has all kinds of wise sayings to share. With sentiments that herald the new year and celebrating what matters in life, this set is filled with go-to imagery for cards that will be treasured for years to come.

On to my creation!


Okay, I will admit it. I cheated on this scene! I saw the beautiful graphic Marcy created to showcase this stamp set and loved how she layered the two images to become one. The way these little guys on their branches were drawn, putting the two together is an absolute breeze --- making creating with them super fun!

After stamping in black, I reached for my Copic markers and grabbed these to color up the Chickadees and branches....


And these for the berries, snow, leaves and the shadowed backdrop....


And here, my sweet stamping friends, is a closeup! You can see that I did add some white gel pen highlights here and there... 


The rest is just matting it all up! I used a few die cut and punched shapes to bring this card to life and accented with some metal red embellishments on the stamped and punched sentiment! When all was said and done, I also added a wee bit of glitter glue to the snow for a little extra bit of sparkle! I have to say, I love this illustration and know it will be fun for not just holiday cards but winter and thinking of you types of creations as well! 



This stop on the Power Poppy Hop is just one of a few today, so be sure to visit not just the Bloomies below but the Power Poppy Blog, if you haven't already, to hear a little bit more about Marcy's inspiration for this wonderfully whimsical set!


Julie Koerber >>> you are here! 


Tomorrow is the final set of the release and wowza, you are going to be glad that you stuck around to see this one. It is a breathtaking botanical winter beauty, just begging to be colored up in full glory! Until then!

~Julie

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happiest Holiday Day 5: Berry Sweet Holiday

Hello sweet stamping friends! Are you just loving Power Poppy's holiday release? I sure hope you answered with an exuberant "YES!" because all of us here behind the scenes are just flat out giddy at these latest offerings! There is something for everyone -- from sweet treats and beautiful botanicals to a few appearances by Santa himself!

Today's offering is one that is sure to please those you want to share sweet holiday wishes with! 


Berry Sweet Holiday offers all things sweet for holiday cards that can't be beat! You loved the digital stamp set -- Merriest Berries -- now that image is available in this full-fledged clear stamp set. The stitched-ribbon centerpiece is anchored by a giant candy cane and bubbles over with holly berries and mistletoe. This image supplies a sweet and snappy punch that instantly says HAPPY! Another favorite digi, the Felt Leaves and Fruits Wreath, is now immortalized in clear polymer as well, with its easy-to-color design and comfy-cozy-crafty vibe. Lots of accents and sentiments round out this sweet set!

On to my creation!

Because there are so many fun, felted doo-dads in this set, I thought I would showcase how you can  make these little guys the centerpiece of a card by stamping them all -- here and there! I stamped in black ink and then, grabbed my Copic Markers, reaching for these colors!


From there, I die cut the sentiment from the set, colored it up with red accents and matted the whole thing up on candy cane decorative paper -- just because! I think the effect is jolly, just like the set itself! You can see I added some razzle dazzle thanks to a little glitter glue and glitter paper as well! 

Here's a close up for you! 

And that, my friends, is it -- a perky and simply sweet holiday creation that is ready to send a serious dose of cheer!

Speaking of cheer, the Bloomies are on standby, ready to share their Berry Sweet Holiday wishes!



You'll have to make the rounds to see what fabulous creations they are serving up today!


Julie Koerber>>> you are here! 


Coming up tomorrow, Power Poppy lights up the night with a darling Christmas scene that just adds all kinds of charm to your holiday creations! Until then!


~Julie