Friday, November 17, 2017

Hi, Mr. Snowman!



Even as I’m typing this today,  the snow is gently falling outside my window.  It’s definitely a day for tucking in a being cozy.  I have a sweet little snowman to show you from Power Poppy’s new set,  Snow Kissed.  It’s such a cute combination of sweet images and Scandinavian prints you can put together to really jazz up your cards.  

I wanted him to have that warm cozy feel too, so I chose some warm grays to colour him up with and then added a layer of Kraft Cardstock with the patterns stamped in white and red in the background.  



I also added the prints to the sentiment banner (though the red heart is harder to see).  I snuck in a little die cut flower behind the sentiment that gives the feeling of an intricate snowflake and then finished it off with some twine and enamel dots.  



The inside is stamped too, and here’s the Copics I used for colouring.  


Here’s the Bloom Brigade playing along today...


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, November 10, 2017

Framed Lenten Roses



Have you had a chance to play in our Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge yet this month?  Cindy’s given us a fun challenge called Portion Control.  It involves using just part of your image on your design which I think helps you look at your stamps in a new way.  And, if you play along you could win a $50 gift certificate to the Power Poppy Store!  That’s a fun early Christmas present.  

On today’s card I used the very lovely set, Heaven and Nature Sing.  I love the look of Lenten Roses!  They are so dainty and come in some interesting colours, so I combined two of my favourite colours they are created with, a deep burgundy pink and an acid green.  I used just portions of the image around a square cut piece of XPress It Blending cardstock to create a bit of a framed feel, cutting out the center with my snippy scissors.  

On the layer beneath, I used a detailed Spellbinders Die and stamped the sentiment inside the popped up frame and then added a layer of pomegranate paper underneath for a nice rich contrast.  



For the embellishments I added some pretty gems that take on the tones of the roses, and blue greens.  




Here are the Bloom Brigade with inspiration for you today?  
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Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Present Stack



It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my neighbourhood...October 31 rolled in and over the next few days from there we had about 6 inches of snow fall.   In all likelihood, it’s here to stay.  So, it’s definitely put me in more of a Christmas mood.  Because of the demands of work, I’ve had to take a step back from being on the TCP design team for the time being, so it’s been months since I’ve had a chance to pick up these adorable stamps...today’s the day!  I pulled out TCP’s set The New Nice and stamped this snazzy kitty with a big stack of presents from a successful day of shopping...or wrapping!  

I created a thin tag for kitty to sit on which is perfect for this month’s Tag It challenge.  I stamped some snowflakes with another TCP set, Penguin Joy.   Then I added some pretty ornaments in and around the scene to make it festive, and topped the tag off with a pretty paper bow from TCP’s Easy Stitched Bow CutUps die, 



Colouring is done with Copics, and I added some sparkle to his collar to make him extra festive.  

I did a whole bunch of colouring one day last week and snapped quick shots along the way of my Copics  - so it’s not the usual clear photo (and half of them are upside down!), but I think you’ll get the idea.  



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Friday, November 3, 2017

The Olive Tree


Hi Friends!  What do you think of the new blog look?  I’m still working out some of the pieces, so let me know if you find something that isn’t working....till then here’s some new creativity...



Another Friday has rolled around in a brand new month, so that means it’s a new Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy!  This month Cindy is our hostess and she’s inviting us to use “Portion Control”, meaning - take advantage of part of your image and showcase it.  Be sure to join us with your creation and you could win a $50 Shopping Spree at the Power Poppy store!  




For my design I used Power Poppy’s beautiful set, Olive and Oak Expanded.  I only stamped part of the image in various places on my panel of XPress It Blending cardstock, and then started colouring.  I began by colouring the olive leaves and olives, then as I looked at it, I thought, "wait a minute!  I really like the image being only partially coloured".  So I have TWO ways to look at portion control, the stamping of partial images and partial colouring too!  

All I did to the oak leaves and acorns was add a bit of neutral shading, so they had a bit of definition, but primarily - it’s the pointillism and crosshatching that Marcy illustrated them with that really shines.  



I added some black twine and sewing to frame the image and added some highlighting to the Bible verse.  This verse is a tender encouragement.  The olive theme and this verse reminded me of a devotion I had read by Lysa Terkheurst.  I’ve added at the bottom of the post if you’d like to read it as well,  I hope it encourages you too.  I really appreciate her writing.  


Here is the inside of the design.  I added a simple black line to ground the image and link it to the outside design.  And below are the Copics I used.  





Here’s my Bloom Brigade Sisters playing along today....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog



What I Learned From the Olive Tree... by Lysa Terkeurst

The olive tree is such a picture of why our hearts must go through the crushing times.

The crushing times are necessary times. 

First, in order to be fruitful the olive tree has to have both the east wind and the west wind. The east wind is the dry hot wind from the desert. This is a harsh wind. So harsh that it can blow over green grass and make it completely wither in one day. The west wind, on the other hand, comes from the Mediterranean. It brings rain and life. The olive tree needs both of these winds to produce fruit — and so do we. We need both winds of hardship and relief to sweep across our lives if we are to be truly fruitful.

The crushing times are processing times. 

Another thing to consider about the olive tree is how naturally bitter the olive is and what it must go through to be useful. If you were to pick an olive from the tree and try to eat it this month, its bitterness would make you sick. For the olive to be edible, it has to go through a lengthy process that includes:
washing,
breaking,
soaking,
sometimes salting,
and waiting some more. It is a lengthy process to be cured of bitterness and prepared for usefulness. If we are to escape the natural bitterness of the human heart, we have to go through a long process as well … the process of being cured.

The crushing times are preservation times. 

The final thing I want to consider about the olive is the best way to preserve it for the long run. It must be crushed in order to extract the oil. The same is true for us. The biblical way to be preserved is to be pressed. And being pressed can certainly feel like being crushed. But what about 2 Corinthians 4:8, where it says we are “pressed … but not crushed”? Let’s read verses 8 and 9 in the King James Version: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…”

This was one of the biggest “aha” moments for me standing in the shadow of the olive tree: crushing isn’t the olive’s end. Crushing is the way of preservation for the olive. It’s also the way to get what’s most valuable, the oil, out of the olive.

Keeping this perspective is how we can be troubled on every side yet not distressed … pressed to the point of being crushed but not crushed and destroyed. I think I need to revisit these truths often: When the sorrowful winds of the east blow, I forget they are necessary.

When I’m being processed, I forget it’s for the sake of ridding me of bitterness. And when I’m being crushed, I forget it’s for the sake of my preservation. I forget all these things so easily. I wrestle and cry and honestly want to resist every bit of this. Oh, how I forget.

Maybe God knew we all would forget. And so, He created the olive tree.
Lysa TerKeurst


Friday, October 27, 2017

Mini Minty Village



How has your week been friends?  I hope it’s been full of things you love.  We have had a very full fall.  Last Saturday, I was heading up/leading a women’s retreat that I’ve been working on for months.  I had a beautiful team of about 30 women helping me, and to see all the work we’ve done for the past months come to life, and to see it have such a deep impact in people’s lives, was really special.  

But, after all that I could use a getaway right about now!  When I look at this sweet little village scene it, and how dreamy it looks - it makes me want to sneak right in!  I love this brand new set from Power Poppy called Glitter House Village.  The sweetness of the Church and little houses gets you in the mood for Christmas!  

I chose to colour it all up with some minty-blue-green tones to give you the feel of a crisp winter night.  The background paper helps give that bokeh feel and then the touches of glitter on the icicles, iridescent ribbon and the scene give that fresh fallen snow feel.  


On these next two pictures I hope you can see some of the sparkle.  I covered the scene with a glitter pen, and some Wink of Stella pen, so at the right angles. the whole scene totally sparkles.  

I’ve added a row of sparkly icicles along the bottom with a The Cat’s Pajamas die, covering it with glitter.  It adds that icy touch.   



Here’s the Copics I used.  




Pop on by the Power Poppy Blog to see what fun is going on for Good Vibe Five!  


Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Happiest Holiday Hop!



We’ve so enjoyed bringing you the Happiest Holidays Release at Power Poppy the past 10 days.  Today all the new sets are available and the Bloom Brigade is showing off one more look to celebrate.  

Today I’m delighted to show you another scene from the set Under Glass:  Christmas Traditions.  Marcy could stack anything together and make it look beautiful!  This sweet little scene looks so inviting!  

When I was little we had some old fashioned German Glass Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree.  My favourite that I always wanted to put up was a little glass bird with a feathery tail, exactly like the one perched on the present in this scene.  It makes me smile with the fond memories!

To pull this design together, I sewed the layers of designer paper, added a circle behind the image to ground it, and I used a TCP Topped die with snowflakes to highlight the top of the design with a bit of red bakers twine.  




A wee snowflake behind the sentiment and an enamel dot finish it off.  

Now before you head out....look at the super SALE Marcy is having!!!  


And now, here are the beautiful Bloomies in action....


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog


Monday, October 23, 2017

Happiest Holidays: Winter Wonderland



Well, we’ve shown you some really outstanding new stamps this week at Power Poppy and today we bring you what is perhaps my favourite one,  (though you know it’s always so hard to pick a favourite!) the very lovely, Winter Wonderland.  

It showcases all that you love about Marcy’s botanical illustration into one amazing-new-collection of Christmas flowers.  

Here is Marcy’s description....

Hot on the heels of designing the flowers for my recent wedding, I couldn’t help but incorporate anemones into a holiday bouquet — and what a dramatic companion they make with Poinsettia, Pepperberries, and Dusty Miller leaves! This truly joyful cascade of holiday beauty will provide your coloristas with an exciting coloring experience and unforgettable results. Mix-and-match sentiments allow for the simplest phrasing (the scripty"Joyful" is beautiful on its own) - up to multi-word stacking ("Joyful winter wishes to you”).  


Isn’t this image spectacular?  It really takes your breath away to see the combination of these elements together.  I know it’s quite an unusual palette, but I started it all off with looking up some colours for anemones.  When I saw a burgundy variety with purple centers I was sold!  It was really fun to spend some time colouring!

The design is quite simple to really showcase as much of the bouquet as possible. 



As you can see accents are simple sequins and some iridescent Nuvo dots.  Isn’t the script lovely for the sentiment too?  



Here are the Copics I used to bring it all to life.  


And here are the Bloom Brigade with beautiful Winter Wonderland inspiration....


Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Katie Sims

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Be sure to stop by tomorrow when all the sets are available (woo hoo!), and we’ll show you one more inspirational day of creations in our Blog Hop. 


Saturday, October 21, 2017

Happiest Holidays: Glitter House Village



As often happens when we first see Marcys illustrations, I think I gasped out loud when I saw todays sweet,sweet set called Glitter House Village.  I've had such a fascination for sweet little minature scenes from the time I was little, and I think this set really captures the whimsy and warmth of the Christmas season.  

Heres what Marcy had to say about this beautiful set.  

Obsessed. I'm totally obsessed with the precious ’40s-era glittered cardboard villages, decked out in micro-flitter, tufted with cottony snow, based on home designs of the time. Also called "putz" houses, the tiny buildings (homes, churches, shops) were available in dimestores, allowing everyone to create a sweet snowy Christmas village on their mantel. These days, you can find remakes of the vintage glittery cardboard houses — and you an also find them in this fun stamp set! Have a great time coloring this one in all manner of palettes, decorating the bottlebrush trees and adding dimension for that 3-D effect. And don't forget to use lots of sparkle as a finishing touch. Two accents - felt pom-pom fringe and an evergreen bough - can be repeated to make a swag below the village. Randomly stamp the snowy sky as a background. Place the large or small North Star ornament in the sky with the radiating glow.


In March of this year I made a similar design with a spring-time Garden Gate theme and our set Natural Beauties.  This set looked like a great way to revisit that theme with a little Christmas Village.  I coloured it all up with Copics to give it the feel of a tiny cardboard village.  Then I cut a little gate with my Silhouette machine, and formed a card 4 1/4 x 11 with scoring lines at 2 3/4 inches from each end on the long sides.  Then I just trimmed around the fence to create the gate opening.  

After it was put together I pulled out some chunky glitter and after adding some Mono-Multi glue to the rooftops and snow, covered it with glitter.  That’s one of the sweet hallmarks of Putz Houses, they do celebrate a lot of glitter.  Chunky glitter though - is a little hard to photograph!  



Here’s a few views with the fences open from each side.  The set includes some lovely boughs and borders you can incorporate, and I thought they looked so perfect along the fence.  




You can see that chunky glitter gets everywhere, just like snow :)



I’ve tried to capture the shimmer and shine of the glitter in this photo.  It is such a sweet scene don’t you think?  I can’t wait to colour it up in other themes....like pastel....I think that would be gorgeous!



Here's the Bloom Brigade in action....



Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Kathy Jones
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happiest Holidays: Berry Sweet Holiday



Weve got a whole new round of happy for todays Happiest Holiday Collection from Power Poppy.  Introducing, Berry Sweet Holiday!  

Heres Marcys description:  

All things sweet for holiday cards that can't be beat! Originally designed for the maven of the 30-Day Coloring Challenge, Merriest Berries is now available in a streamlined clear stamp. 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, with its easy-to-color design and   comfy-cozy-crafty vibe. Lots of accents and sentiments round out this sweet set. 


Sometimes when I’m colouring I have no particular direction in mind.  I just go with whatever strikes my fancy.  I thought a pretty green candy cane would be fun, blue-green juniper berries would look nice, that rich, green holly...and then, hmmm what to do about that ribbon?  For some reason a bluey-purple came to mind to contrast.   Turns out it made a fun combination.  Then I decided to go shabby-chic with the overall design with some metallics mixed in.  I’m thinking I might have gone a little overboard on that part :)  

I used some embossing paste and glitter for the background and then swiped some metallic paint over the backgound in spots to give it an aged, almost patinaed look.  



A few iridescent gems, some sparkly ribbon and twine finish it off.  





Here’s my fabulous fellow Bloomies showcasing this set today:

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog



Thursday, October 19, 2017

Happiest Holidays - Flowering Santa



Well friends, you’re going to flip with Marcy’s unique and inspired creativity today.... instroducing Flowering Santa, and he’s one dapper dude!

Heres Marcys description of this stylish guy:  

Big, bold, and laden with blooms! This botanical Santa Claus offers a warm, welcoming smile, twinkling eyes, and a beard that will not be soon forgotten. Santa's decorative curls overflow with holly, stars, and poinsettias — and when shaded using monochromatic tones or metallics, will create a supreme showstopper. Very merry sentiments are perfect for overlays or card interiors.



As soon as I saw this Merry Santa and his botanical beard, I remembered a sheet of designer paper that had the same look as Marcy’s illustration, so I quickly grabbed it out of my stash and starting colouring him up to match.  He’s decidedly more of a “salt-n-pepper” Santa to match the black in the paper, but I think it’s a fun look for him!  The card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches finished size to make lots of room for him. 



Some striped velvet ribbon accents finish it off.  I didn’t want to go too crazy with embellishments because the paper and design have a more busy tone.  I trimmed out the sentiment to place over top of the design, almost as if it’s floating.  



Allison Cope
Christine Okken

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Happiest Holidays - Santa Under Glass



Today I’m bringing you a delightful Power Poppy stamp preview called Under Glass:  Christmas Traditions.  Lovers of Power Poppy will notice right away that it goes with Marcy’s previously released set, Under Glass, which is a personal favourite of mine.  Now,  it gets even better with a Christmas version, and a newly sized cloche!

Here’s Marcy’s description of the set:  

Hot on the heels of our first-ever cloche set “Under Glass”, this new group of Christmas vignettes is bound for popularity on your craft table. Each still life fits perfectly inside the glass dome, or works equally well individually. One grouping has a classic Power Poppy stack (we LOVE to stack cute things!) consisting of wrapped gifts and ornaments; another fun stamp is the "JOY" tree - filled with ornate decoration and detail. Lastly, Santa feeding his reindeer, an image based on a vintage Christmas decal, is ideal for creating a snow dome with a glitter pen! Use the bow to add a handle to the top of the snow globe - or place it atop the tree. Four sentiments complement the vintage vibe.



Isn’t he just SO CUTE??!!  I love this little Santa and reindeer pair!  Coloured up with Copics, and trimmed out to sit on a pretty, edged banner, in the midst of a flurry of snowflakes!  



A red paper bow and some detailed snowflake dies really do the accenting here,  along with a few shimmery enamel dots.  I’ve added sparkly pen on santa’s furry hat, cuffs and suit, and along the snow.  You can catch a glimpse of the silvery sparkle.  



Here’s the Copics I used to bring it to life.  


Here’s the beautiful Bloomies with inspiration for you today from this awesome set....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Stacy Morgan
and Marcy at the Power Poppy Blog 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Happiest Holidays - Rustic Rejoicing



Happiest Tuesday to you!  We’re so excited to be bringing you an amazing nine days of our Christmas/Holiday/Winter/Knock-Your-Socks-Off Release from Power Poppy!  Today is Day 3 and I’m jumping in to show you the very lovely set, Rustic Rejoicing.  

Here’s Marcy’s description of the set....

A celebration of all things woodsy, as we rejoice and give thanks! Two unique focal images offer elegant imagery to set your holiday cards apart. A pretty bough with pinecones and jingle bells is set off by a loopy ribbon to which you may add the perfect accent color. Taking a pause from spreading peace throughout the land, a dove rests in a fir tree, olive branch poised. Add glowing detail to the holiday bulbs for pretty sparkle. Four sentiments help set the tone you're going for, whether peaceful or ebullient. 


This is the kind of stamp that gets me EVERY time!  I love showcasing the elegant and yet rustic elements that winter and Christmas bring....classy, woodsy, cozy....that's where I was going with this design.  With a backdrop of wood plank designer paper, I chose a warm colour palette for the pinecones and jingle bells, colouring it all up with Copics.  An elegant die shows off the image, edged in Krylon Gold pen, with a matching curvy bit of green, also edged in gold. 



To give a nod to the rustic touches, I added a burlap fishtale banner, and some twine around jingle bells.  The sentiment is a gold-edged diecut from TCP.  



Here’s the Copics I used for colouring, in case that’s helpful for you.  

So that’s a peek at  Rustic Rejoicing!  Make sure you stop by the rest of the team showcasing this set today because they’ve all got such beautiful takes on the set.  We’ll be back with beauty all week long!  Here’s a peek....




Allison Cope
Christine Okken (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence

Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Friday, October 13, 2017

Spread Your Wings




Happy Friday friends!  A few months ago Marcy illustrated a beautiful design for her son’s school graduation called Monarchs and Milkweed.  It’s a gorgeous picture of the stages of a monarch butterfly as well as the milkweed they lay their eggs on.  I printed it up a few weeks ago intending on creating something special with it, but I wasn’t sure which direction I would go with it.  I printed it quite large and just couldn’t bring myself to cut it down at all, or after all the work of colouring to make it into a card that I’d have to give away :).  So, instead it turned into a larger piece, about 7 inches x 7 inches, that I could put on a small easel to display.  

Our printer was acting up on me, so, instead of the grey ink I wanted it to print in, it came out a more rust shade, but it seemed to work well with this neutral palette.  




I think the different stages of the monarchs and milkweed are so striking.  I coloured the image up with Copics, but came in and added some details and the background with Prismacolor Pencils.  



When it came to the black parts of the caterpillars and the butterflies I used a black glittery Spica pen to add in the details.  Not only does the black pop against the other neutral outlines, but it also adds a touch of sparkle.  I’m hopeless at capturing sparkle when photograping my creations, but you get the idea.  


Such a beautiful image that reminds me that transformation still happens, all the time, and that it takes some work to spread your wings and fly.  I hope that thought is a good encouragement to you today.  

Now...we’ve got a fabulous challenge going at Power Poppy in case you missed it called Mini and Mighty that you’ll want to check out HERE.  Enter and you could win a $50 Power Poppy Shopping Spree!

Also...hold onto your hats....NEXT WEEK starts our Happiest Holiday 2017 Release at Power Poppy and it’s going to WOW you.  Marcy’s in rare creative form and we’re really looking forward to sharing it all with you.  Sneak Peeks start October 15!  


Christine Okken
Stacy Morgan

Tosha Leyendekker