Friday, June 16, 2017

Natural Beauties and a Bloom Brigade trip to St. Louis ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday my dear creative friends!!  This is a special post for me today.  I traditionally post a Power Poppy card on Fridays, and today is no exception.  But I have something extra special ~ to me ~ to share too.  

Last week, 7 out of the 8 Bloom Brigaders (being that Kathy lives in Australia, St. Louis was a bit too far for her to come for a long weekend unfortunately.) met in St. Louis to spend time with Marcella and her family, as well as see some of the places that give her inspiration.  But I'll get to that in a bit.  My card for today, was inspired by the leaves below. 

We had the opportunity to walk through St. Louis' Botanical Gardens, and it was an absolute delight. There were so many different, colors and textures, as well as incredible architecture.  I never really thought so much about leaves (over flowers) before, but there was a plethora of varieties with different shapes and patterns.

I wanted to make a card for our special young hosts, and the sweet little mushroom and leaf image from Natural Beauties was perfect to color the leaves the way I wanted.  My leaves look very little like these for one main reason I believe...I have the hardest time leaving white space.  It's a big struggle.

Anyway, I colored them with Copics and burnished and layered them for some depth and texture.  I added the sentiment by using my Misti. (Love that tool!!)  Below is a close up so you can see the layers.

Have you seen Power Poppy's Hues to Use for this week?  I think my colors are pretty close, so I'm including my card.

If you'd like, continue on to see some of the St. Louis highlights that we were blessed to see while visiting.

First up is Steve and Susan's home (Marcella's step-dad and mom).  They designed the most tranquil yard I've ever had the pleasure of spending time in.  I have two photos to share: my favorite spot in the garden, and my favorite spot of their home

Their front porch below, reminded me of the home I grew up in.  
We would sit on our porch swing in the summer and hull strawberries, snap beans, husk corn, and often visit with people who just happened to be walking or biking by.  
Treasured memories, as I'm sure Steve and Marcy have of this very spot.

Next up are photos of a rare treat I'm sure.  Marcella used to work for Mary Engelbreit, and arranged for us to meet her in her studio while we were all in town.  She is such a warm, unassuming, creative woman who openly shared her space, memories and mementos.  I will never forget the treasured time there.

The following photos are just a few that I took at Missouri's Botanical Gardens.  It was so hard to pick and choose.

The Japanese Garden

Ox-Eyed Daisies

They had a Glass Sculpture display around the rose garden that I thought was incredibly creative and striking!


We spent a delightful afternoon at Forest Park which has quite a number of things to do.  We ate lunch at the Boat House and went Paddle Boating.  Below is a picture of our lovely hosts:  Marcella, Finn, Sylvia and Lulu...the most charming and delightful family!!!

Just a velvety leaf outside the Boat House Restaurant in Forest Park.  I have never seen anything like it. 

The Nathan Frank Bandstand in Forest Park.  Beautiful!

Cindy and I had time to kill before catching our plane the last day, so we visited the Art Museum in Forest Park.

We also visited a charming Nursery/Gift Shop, called Bowood, with a beautiful Restaurant inside.  A must stop if you're in the area.

Hydrangeas are quite prominent all around St. Louis.  The most common variety I saw was Oak leaf, but I was partial to this soft colored variety.  They had a lovely Victorian feel to me.

I just had to include this Hibiscus because of its ruffly petals and rich coral color. 

More leaf patterns and shapes.  Don't they look hand-painted?

We also had an opportunity to see a Cardinals game.  This photo was taken at the very top.  What an incredible view with the Arch in the background!

Lastly is a photo taken of a few of the Bloomies in Marcella's backyard.  I didn't include group photos of us in other places because the others had so many photos that I figured they would share those.  The one below is a good representation of how serene Marcy's backyard is.  It also is a lovely reminder of what a wonderful time I had spending time with these incredible ladies.

If you've made it this far, I applaud you!!  St. Louis is quite the city.  I really had no idea.  We sure packed a lot in a couple of days and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other on a more personal level.  And Marcy was just the sweetest, most kind host!!

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigade Blogs:

Thanks for dropping by today.  
Happy Stamping!!

StampsNatural Beauties (Power Poppy)
Paper:  Take Me Away (Pink Paislee), X-Press It
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse), 
Accessories:  Copics, Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Enamel Dots (Prima and Teresa Colins) 

Friday, June 9, 2017

French Lilac ~ Power Poppy


Hello, hello, hello!!!  It's Friday, and that means another Power Poppy post.  For this month's, Power and Spark Challenge Julie is challenging us to get buggy with a June Bug challenge.  I decided to use the French Lilac Digital stamp set so I could enlarge the image to focus on the sweet ladybug on the lone leaf.  I love ladybugs, always have.  I think they are such a beautiful red (and other colors, but I'm partial to the red ones), and just sweet with their unique little black dots.  I used Photoshop to enlarge the image and diecut it using Labels 28 (Spellbinders).

There is so much inspiration going on at Power Poppy right now. You really need to check it out.  Click HERE for the Good Vibe 5 post that will surely get those creative juices flowing.  And HERE for some color inspiration with the Power Poppy post Hues to Use.

I am beyond excited to share that I am currently visiting St. Louis with most of the Bloom Brigade and our dear fearless leader Marcella.  I met a few of these lovely ladies 3 years ago for the first time, and now I get to meet a few more.  What a blessing:  visiting, exploring, laughing, and just plain having a good time! 

Want to see what these incredible gals have created today?  Here are their links:

CopicsLilacs ~ V17, V15, BV02, BV000, V000 Leaves ~ YG67, YG17, YG07, YG01, YG91 Ladybug ~ R37, R35, R32 Background ~ B97, B95, B93, B91

 I hope y'all are experiencing many blessings this weekend also.

  Happy Stamping!!


StampsFrench Lilac Digital (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Charms of Spring (FabScraps)
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Labels 28, Decorative Labels 28, 5x7 Mystical Embrace (Spellbinders)
Accessories:  Copics, Pearls (Pizazz Aplenty), Sheer Ribbon, White Kirarina Pen 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Diecut Tree Peony ~ Power Poppy


I'm back!!!  Crazy right!!  I usually only post a project once a week, and now I have two posts in one day!!  Since it is Friday already, I have a Power Poppy card to share that I made using the Tree Peony digital stamp.  This image is just stunning and is so easy to color.

I tried something a little different today, and it was super fun.

I printed the image out twice, colored both images, and then, using a background die (Budding Vine by Tonic) I diecut right over one of the Tree Peony images.  I then glued it right on top of the other image giving it a really cool texture and dimension.  I really like how it turned out.  It looks even cooler in person.  If you click on the image below, it will enlarge even more and you will be able to see the diecuts in the flower even more.

For some more inspiration, check out the blogs of my fellow Bloomies:

Copics: Flower ~ B97, B95, B93, B91, Y17, Y15, Y13, C8 Leaves ~ G46, G43, G40 

That sums up my second project for today.  Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend doing whatever makes you happy!!

  Happy Stamping!

StampsTree Peony Digital (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It
Ink:  Printer
Dies:  Budding Vine (Tonic)
Accessories:  Copics, Dimensional Tape in my heart ~ Unity/Misti Blog Hop

Hello creative friends!!  Unity Stamps is doing a joint blog hop with My Sweet Petunia, and I am so honored to have the privilege  of joining these talented paper artists!  I have two cards, to share with you today, that I made using some charming Unity Stamps along with the "must have" Misti!!!  Seriously!!  I could not have made my second card without it!!

First of all, I'd like to share a sweet little watercolor card I made using Unity's " in my heart" stamp set.  Isn't this young woman and her baby just precious?!?!   

I started by laying a 4'x5" piece of watercolor paper in my Misti, lined up the image where I wanted and stamped it using Onxy Black Versafine Ink.  I left the stamp adhered to the Misti and left the stamped paper in place while watercoloring the image using Gansai Tambi Watercolors.  I then reinked the image and stamped over the colored image to make the lines bolder.  I can honestly say, that without the Misti, I would never be able to line up the image perfectly a second time.

I added a sweet little sentiment, that comes with this set, to the inside.

Now, for my second card.  I really had some fun with this one.  And once again, the Misti was a lifesaver!!    Let me tell you, Unity Red Rubber Stamps and the Misti are a dream team!!

I started by stamping this darling snail/mushroom image, from Unity's Happy Snail Mail set, 6 times onto X-Press It cardstock.  I colored the portions of the image that were going to be visible and started cutting out the layers so I could pop up each one for dimension.

Even a few of the stitched clouds (die by Lawn Fawn) are cut out and burnished to give them some extra depth too.

Below you can really see the dimension.

Now, the sentiment flag was a little tricky.  I wanted to use a new stitched label die I had just purchased from Pretty Pink Posh, but it was solid.  Unity Stamps are Red Rubber, so therefore not see-through, making it a challenge to line up perfectly.  Not with the Misti though.  They work together like they were just meant to be.  Let me explain how:

I started by diecutting the flag banner out of a piece of copy paper.  I laid it in my Misti just like you see below.

I then took the "...happy snail mail" sentiment "Just a Note" and laid it exactly where I wanted it to be, in the flag, and closed the lid, therefore adhering it to the other side. (oh....don't forget to take the foam mat out of the Misti when working with your Unity stamps.  They already are mounted onto foam, so the Misti won't close properly if you leave it inside.

I then diecut the flag out of a piece of cardstock and laid it in the negative space of the copy paper.

Lastly, I inked up the sentiment, closed the Misti and voila...a perfectly lined up sentiment!!  It couldn't work any more smoothly!!!

Would you like to win one of 3 Unity Prize packs and winner's choice of an Original or Mini Misti? All you have to do is leave a comment on each blog and you will be entered into the drawing.  You have until noon (central time) on May 30 to comment, and the winners will be posted on both the Unity Blog and the My Sweet Petunia blog on May 31st.

That's it for my projects today.  But don't stop here.  There is a ton of more inspiration to be seen.    Next on the hop is Kris Lancaster.  I've also included a complete list of all the hoppers today:

CopicsMushroom ~ BG07, BG05, BG02, BG01, YG11, YG09, YG06 Snail ~ R08, R05, R22, R21, R11, R00, YR68, YR65, YR61, Y38, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11 Heart ~ R08, R05, R22

Thanks a bunch for dropping by!!  Enjoy the hop!
  Happy Stamping!


Mother and Baby
Stamps: in my heart (Unity)
Paper: Watercolor
Ink:  Onyx Black (Versafine)
Accessories:  Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Misti

Just a Note
Stamps ...happy snail mail (Unity)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Dies:  Stitched Labels (Pretty Pink Posh), Stitched Cloud Backdrop (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Rounded Rectangles (Die-Namics MFT)
AccessoriesMisti, Copics, Scor-Pal, White Pearl Pen (Kirarina Wink), Dimensional Tape 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Delft Flowers Always ~ Power Poppy

Happy Friday y'all!!  I have a very, and I mean V-E-R-Y Clean And Simple (CAS) Power Poppy card to share with you today.  My Mother-in-Law is Dutch, so I thought it would be nice to make a card with a Delft theme.  This was super easy to do.  I just used Word to open up my Flowers, Always digital image, recolored it blue, resized it, printed it out and diecut it.  I stamped the sentiment (from  Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips), with Onxy Black Versafine ink using my Misti.  Perfect placement every time!  Lastly I added some sparkle and dimension using some Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents by Nuvo.

That's it.  Easy-Peasy!!

Here's a close-up so you can see the Glitter Accents dimension better.

Power Poppy is having a sale, in honor of Mother's Day, so be sure to take advantage of this!!!  Check it out HERE!!
And Power Poppy has some new fun things happening!!  Click Here to find out more!!

For some more inspiration, check out the following Bloom Brigaders:
Thanks a bunch for dropping by.  I hope you have a delightful weekend.

For those of you celebrating Mother's Day, I hope you have a happy and blessed one.  It's always a day of mixed emotions for me.  I am so blessed to be a mom to two treasured children and a Mother-in-law to the best Daughter-in-law one could ask for.  However, I lost my mom to cancer 22 1/2 years ago, and still miss her terribly.  Although I'm happy for her, because she is with the Lord, the void she left behind is a great one.

I didn't write this for any sympathy, I only wanted to include it because I know this can be a hard weekend for those who don't have good memories of their moms, or those who are enduring a loss of or illness of their mother.  So I pray you get to enjoy some peace and blessings during the days leading up to Mother's Day (which in my opinion can be the hardest), and the day itself.

Happy Stamping y'all!!!

Paper:  X-Press It, Bazzill
Ink:  Printer, Onyx Black (Versafine)
Dies:  Scallop Borders (Pretty Pink Posh), Stitched Rectangles (Waltzingmouse)
Accessories:  Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents (Nuvo) 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Poppies Frame ~ Power Poppy
Wow!!  Is it really May already?  Where has this year gone?  Not only is it May, but it is a Friday, so I have a Power Poppy card to share with you, along with a new Power and Spark Challenge.  Kathy is challenging us in a super fun way.  She would like us all to "Frame It": either frame an image on a card, decorate a frame, or actually frame your project as a piece of home decor.  If you play along, you will be entered for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree at Power Poppy!!  For all the details, make sure you visit the Power Poppy Blog.

I decided to frame my sentiment with Power Poppy's Poppies image, as well as with a diecut.  I used my Misti to get the images at the exact angle I wanted as well as the sentiment placement in the diecut window.

The Poppies were colored with Copics and I added a little sparkle to their centers with with a Silver Spica pen, and a white little dot using a White Kirarina Wink Pen.  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark, and then was embossed using detailed white embossing powder by Sweet Stamps.  The front panel is also popped up using dimensional tape (Scotch) to give depth to the sentiment.

That's it for my project y'all.  

Check this out!!!
Marcella is releasing a new digi today called Plant Kindness today too.  If you are a lover of anything garden related, you will adore this new charming digital stamp set. 

Now, for some more incredible inspiration, be sure to check out what my fellow Bloomies have to share too.
CopicsPoppies ~ R22, R14, R21, R11, R01, R000, C8, C6, C5, C3 Leaves ~ G46, G84, G85, G43 Background ~ E43, E41, E50

Thank you so much for stopping and for your encouraging comments.  You are truly a blessing!!  I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  Happy Stamping!


StampsPoppies (Power Poppy)
Paper:  X-Press It, Black (PTI), Bazzill
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Dies:  Stitched Oval Word Window (Die-Namics MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White Embossing Powder (Sweet Stamps), Dimensional Tape (Scotch) 
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