Friday, April 13, 2018

Because of You "Vitamin Me" ~ Power Poppy

Hello my creative friends!!!  Have you had a chance to check out this month's Power Poppy Power and Spark Challenge?  Marcy and Julie are challenging us to share what "feeds our souls".  How do we recharge?  

Well, there are a number of things that uplift me, but first and foremost is my relationship with my personal Savior.  Without Him, I would be empty.  And thankfully, he has blessed me with so many other things that delight me.  These are three of my current daily reads:  The Quiet Place by Nancy Leigh DeMoss (A gift from a dear friend), Jesus Calling by Sarah Young (A gift to myself), and Thirty-One Prayers for My Husband by Jennifer Smith (Prayers I add each day for my one and only).

#2 ~ of course...I love cardmaking!!   I started about 23 years ago and have never stopped.  Right now, my "go to" medium is Copics, but today I watercolored using Tombow Markers.  It's not my forte, but I wanted to try my hand at watercoloring the large sunflower from the Power Poppy set In Praise of Sunflowers.  I have a dear friend who is celebrating her birthday in a few weeks, and we have a mutual love for sunflowers.

#3 ~ I am a nature freak!!  I absolutely adore anything God made.  Seriously...any flower, animal, mountain, ocean, etc.  I even find snakes and spiders fascinating. (not that I'd want to find either in my house mind you.)  Here, in the Central Valley of California, we have a short window of time when the foothills of the Sierra Nevada are green and vibrant with Wildflowers.  Once it starts getting hot, the grass turns brown, and the flowers die out.  

So last week, I took a sweet little drive (on Yokhol Dr.) with a friend who has the same love of nature that I do.  Below are just a few of the sites we were blessed to see.  I have a lot more wildflower individual shots too, but I'll just leave you with these photos.  The last one just delights me.  How I would love to be able to just lay around in wildflowers all day (and not worry about getting bit by a rattlesnake...those guys LOVE the foothills).


#4 ~ which I probably should list as #1... spending time with my family!!  We often get together to play games, and we love to camp. (And this summer we are increasing by 1.  We're going to be Grandparents...Woo-Hoo!!)
I also love to read and spend time with my dog and horses, but that's it for me today.  For some more inspiration, you'll want to stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Now, don't have a grand opportunity to win a $50 Gift Card to Power Poppy.  All you have to do is comment on this Power Poppy post telling us how you get your "Vitamin Me".

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you find some time to feed your soul this weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Planning For Magnolias ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday my creative friends!!  I hope you all had a delightful week full of creativity.  Today, I have a card to share that I made using Power Poppy's Planning for Magnolias clear set.  I wanted an "open face" type floral image that I could play around with, adding shadows and folds.  It's not a technique I'm comfortable with, so I figured practicing is the best way to learn and grow.  I also planned on Minc'ing the image with white foil, but in full transparency, I was happy with my coloring, and was scared what the white detail would do to it.  So.......I chickened out, and left it like this.  It takes me hours upon hours to color, so I might just try one bloom, Minc it, and see how it looks.  Yep...I think that's going to be my next project.

I used a sentiment from the Power Poppy set Prairie Cheer because it's for my daughter, and it's a perfect fit for her.  I added some Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer (Nuvo) to the punched heart after coloring it with some Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide (Ranger).  I also added it to the flower center, but it's hard to see in the photos.

That's it for today's project.  Be sure to check out the blogs from the following Bloom Brigaders:

Allison Cope
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker
---you are here
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks so very much for dropping by!!  I hope you have a beautiful weekend!
Happy Stamping! 

StampsPlanning for Magnolias, Prairie Cheer (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Vintage Artistry (49 and Market), Bazzill
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide (Ranger)
CopicsMagnolias ~ W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W00, T3, T1, B06, B04, B01 Leaves ~ YG63, YG61, E42 Branch ~ E89, E87, E84, E81
Dies:  Scored and Pierced Ovals (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Sewing Machine, White Embossing Powder (Ranger), Glitter Gloss Aqua Shimmer (Nuvo) 

Friday, March 23, 2018

Under Glass ~ Power Poppy

Hello everyone!!  Is everyone enjoying Spring?  If your weather is anything like ours, it's completely out of whack!!  I'm loving it though.  I love change.  But, then again, I don't have to deal with snow like some of you!!  We're just getting a ton of water, which we are in desperate need of, so no complaining here.

Since it is officially Spring though, I thought I'd make a Springy card using Power Poppy's charming Set Under Glass.  I LOVE butterflies and moths, so naturally I gravitated toward this image.  I also haven't made anything "vintage" in quite sometime, so I used muted tones and papers, and distressed the edges up a bit.  

The image is popped up under acetate, which is also popped up to give it all an authentic "behind the glass" feeling.  You can see the depth better with the two images below.

I stamped the moth 4 times, cut it out and popped it up under the glass, and on the banner.  Everything was colored with Copics, and the edges were ink distressed with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink (Ranger).

That about sums it all up for me today.  For some more inspiration, be sure to stop by the following Bloom Brigader's blogs:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Power Poppy 

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I know I'm going to.  Thank you so very much for dropping by!!

Happy Stamping!


StampsUnder Glass (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Acetate (PTI), Vintage Artistry (49 and Market), X-Press It, Gray (Bazzill)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Jet Black Archival (Ranger), Hickory Smoke (Ranger Distress)
Copics:  Butterflies ~ BG45, BG34, BG32, BG10, B05, Y02 Book and Buttons ~ V99, V95, V93, V91 Book ~ W5, W3, W1, W00 Leaves ~ YG99, YG97, YG95, YG91 Button Panel ~ BV04, BV13 BV02
Dies:  Venice Lace, Scored, Ribbon Banners and Pierced Ovals  (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Sequins, Glossy Accents (Buttons), Glitter Gloss (Nuvo), White Gel Pen (Signo)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Cup of Columbine ~ Power Poppy
Hello all you creative souls!!  I am so excited to share my project with you today.  Marcella just released a new Power Poppy digital image yesterday called Cup of Columbine, and it is charming!!!  There are a couple of image options, and it comes with no-line versions!  I decided to try my hand with the no-line image without the bird and egg.  This is only the second time I've ever attempted no-line coloring, so please, don't look too close.

I thought it would be fun to add a pattern to the napkin, so I used my Copics to color in a stencil.  As I'm looking at it, I'm realizing I should have added some depth and dimension to the pattern itself, but alas, I don't have the time. Something to think about the next time I try my hand at patterns.

I added a sweet little sentiment from the Power Poppy Poppies set.  My Son and Daughter-in-law are going to have their first child this summer, so that means, in my eyes, my DIL is already a mother.  So I wanted to make a special first Mother's Day card for her. 

That's it for my project today.  Be sure and stop by the Power Poppy Blog for the links to all the gals who debuted this set yesterday.  And check out what the following Bloomies have to share today:

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a great weekend!!
  Happy Stamping! 


StampsCup of Columbine ~ digital, Poppies (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Coffee in the Arbour (Maja Designs)
Ink:  Printer, Smokey Gray (Versafine), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Copics:  B69, B66, B63, B60, Y19, Y08, Y04YG67, YG63, YG61, YG21, G28C3, C2, C1, C0
Dies:  Nested Tags (, Hill Borders (Honey Cuts), Stitched Fishtail Flag (Die-namics)
Accessories:  Mini Stencil Set (Tim Holtz), Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!), Lace, Mini-Stapler (Tim Holtz) White Pigment Pen (Signo) 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Blossoming Cherry Shaker ~ Power Poppy


Happy Friday!!  It's been awhile since I've posted, and I am so glad to be back.  Sometimes life gets in the way of creative time, and when that happens, I get itchy to get back in my studio.

Today I used a Power Poppy digital image called Blossoming Cherry.  It's so soft and delicate and I just love this sentiment that comes with it.  Now, let me start by saying how much digital images used to intimidate me.  I used to avoid them at all costs.  Now, I love how versatile they are.  I can make them any size I want, and manipulate them to my hearts desire.  That's what I did with this Blossoming Cherry image.  I wanted a floral frame, so I just kept turning the image until I created the type of frame I was looking for.


I also wanted to make it a shaker card to amp up the "fun" and interactive aspects.  So here you have it.  My Blossoming Cherry Shaker card.  It's 5 1/4" x 5 1/4".  It's rather large.  For the background panel, I just cut it to size and scored every 1/4" both directions.

That's it for my project today.  For some more delicious Power Poppy inspiration, check out the following blogs:

Allison Cope
Cindy Lawrence
Kathy Jones
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying a delightful weekend.
  Happy Stamping!

Stamps:  Blossoming Cherry (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, White (PTI), Acetate
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables (Lawn Fawn)
CopicsBackground ~ B02, B01, B00, B000, C2, C1 Cherry Blossoms ~ RV17, RV13, RV10 Stems ~ YG67, YG17, YG11
Accessories:  Scor-Pal, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Minc'd Hearts Abloom ~ Power Poppy

Hello everyone!!  I have a quick little post to share with you today.  I decided to get my Minc Machine out today to Minc up these new Power Poppy digital beauties from the new Digital set called Heart Abloom!  Marcy always includes such delightful details to each of her images, that they hold up beautifully without even any color.  I LOVE black and white.  It's so crisp and clean.  So, I thought it would be fun to Minc these guys with white on black.

I printed them on Copy paper and then took a rectangle die and traced inside it (leaving some gaps in random places just for fun) to create a frame.  I used the 0.1 Black Copic Multi Liner for a small, clean line.  I then photocopied it to get the toner outline (my printer is an inkjet), and used Minc's White Foil in my Minc Machine.  I didn't add a sentiment to this first one, because shoot...I liked it all by itself, and feel I can write whatever I want on the inside.

Below is the Heart Abloom...isn't all that detail just amazing?!?!?!  And the foiling picks up every little dot and line.  LOVE it! If you click on the image and zoom in, you can see each sweet little dot and line.  It really is incredible!


That's it!!  Although I love, love LOVE coloring all Marcella's images, sometimes it's nice just to be able to showcase her drawing and let them shine all on their own.  Plus...this is waaaaaay faster since I'm an uber slow colorer.  ;)

Thanks for dropping by y'all!!  I hope you are enjoying a nice sweet weekend!!

  Happy Stamping!!


StampsHeart Abloom (Power Popppy Digital)
Paper:  Black (PTI)
Ink:  Printer and Photocopier (Toner)
Dies:  Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square and Rectangle Stackables (Lawn Cuts)
Accessories:  Minc Foil, Minc Machine, 0.1 Black Copic Multi Liner 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Biggest Fan ~ Power Poppy

It's FRIDAY!!!  Woo-Hoo!!  I am so ready for the weekend!  No plans, just being a homebody with the freedom to do whatever I choose.
For today's Power Poppy card, I chose to use one of the new Va-Va-Valentine Digital images that are just too adorable to resist!!  They are easy to color, and just so fun!!  There's also a fun new Power and Spark challenge that started last week, so I incorporated some sparkle on the fan blades, sentiment, and hearts with my Glitter Gloss Nuvo pen.  You can see the sparkle a bit better below.

I should add that I changed up the layout of the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment.  Since it's digital, I was able to manipulate it to fit the way I wanted it on the card.  I used Photoshop.  For a tutorial on how to do this, click HERE.

Copics:  R17, R14, R12, C5, C3, C1

Now, the Bloom Brigade has some more inspirational projects to share with you, so if you haven't already, check out the following blogs:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

Thanks for dropping by!  I hope your weekend is off to a great start!!

  Happy Stamping!


StampsVa-Va-Valentine (Power Poppy Digital)
Paper:  X-Press It, Aria's Garden (Bo Bunny)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Stitched A2 Banners and Rectangles (JustRite)
Accessories:  Copics, Mini-Stapler (Tim Holtz), Glitter Gloss (Nuvo) 

Friday, January 26, 2018

Rocking Blooms ~ Power Poppy

Hello!!!!!  I am so ready for this weekend, and I hope you are ready to see a new Power Poppy card I made using one of the new Va-Va-Valentine digi images.  This fantasticly adorable set has 6 super fun images, along with four sentiments that you can include with them.

I chose to use the "You Totally Rock" image all by its lonesome...cause says it all!!  Isn't it so fun?  Marcy is so creative and clever!!  Her designs always inspire!!

Oh, I should mention, that I didn't have cardstock in the right color blue to match my radio, so I just colored some X-Press It cardstock strips with the B04 Copic and voila...the perfect match.

Copics:  B06, B04, B02, B00, B000, B26, R89, 37, 35, 32, RV17, RV14, RV13, RV10, T8, T6, T4, T2, T0

That's it for my post today.  For some more inspiration, stop by the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker---you are here

If you haven't already, you really need to check out all the other images in this set.  They are not exclusive to Valentine's Day, they're really versatile.  Click Here!!

Thanks for visiting!!  Hope you have a delightful weekend!!
  Happy Stamping!


StampsVa-Va-Valentine (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Standard Square (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Quickie Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (SU!) 
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