Well hello there! Happy Friday to y'all! I don't know if you caught this little creation on the Power Poppy blog earlier this week HERE but I thought I'd share on my personal space since it uses a concept that can be kind of interesting in card making! ...

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  1. A little Half & Half!
  2. Tag... You're It!
  3. Cyber Monday is Here!
  5. Happiest Holiday Day 3!
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A little Half & Half!

Well hello there!  Happy Friday to y'all! I don't know if you caught this little creation on the Power Poppy blog earlier this week HERE but I thought I'd share on my personal space since it uses a concept that can be kind of interesting in card making! Have you ever split the canvas of your image so that it shows up in two different colors? Not sure what I mean? Well, let me show you!

On to my card!

See how my giant and lush peony is stamped on both the white and then the dark pink creating a full image on two different backgrounds? That's the challenge!

I have to tell you, I had no idea where I was going when I started this card and, honestly, I am still not sure I got there! ;-) Do you ever have card making sessions like that? Man, anymore these days, that's all I have!

To start, I grabbed my MISTI, and lined up the paper to know where that large, lush, and beautiful flower from Power Poppy's set Abundant Petals might fall. Instead of making both halves in black ink, I decided to make the bottom half more soft and subtle so I stamped using Memento Rosebud ink. The top is Memento Tuxedo Black. After I was done stamping, I stenciled a bit of Baby Pink Memento on top using a Tim Holtz die -- Dot Fade and then I used the stencil and Worn Lipstick Distress ink on the bottom.

Here's a closeup for you!

You can see I added a little sparkle to the lines of the Thank You sentiment with a bit of glitter pen. Gotta have just a smidge of sparkle -- no matter what! I should say that I colored up the flower using Copic markers and reached for R32, R35, R43 and RVOOOO. I highlighted around the flower using BG0000, BG10 and BG11. Add a few little doo-dads with the help of a white embossed sentiment strip (all sentiments are from the same Abundant Petals set) and some pennant flag stickers and... done!

If you need a little more inspiration using this effect... 
Ally Cope crafted an Inspire Me Monday which kind of touches on this concept. She called it "Yin and Yang!" She divided her card into more than just two halves. You could too if you like and be inspired by her tutorial HERE!  It's a fun one so click the link, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!

So, play along with me this week! All you need to do is click HERE to find out all the deets! Remember, if you play along and link up your creation, you're in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Yes! Some of the Bloomies are on standby to please and wow you! Just hop on over to see the fine things they crafted this week -- just for YOU!

Thanks for stopping by and saying "hi!" Have an amazing and creative weekend!

See you back here soon!

Tag... You're It!

Hello sweet folks! If you celebrate this beautiful season, are you ready? Have you made your lists and checked them twice? I have to say, I am about 2/3 of the way there. I am trying to "be still" however and realize that the real reason for the season is so much more important than if I bake cookies or get that one last gift. :-)

Having said that, we all need a "time out" to create, don't we? That's why this week over on the Power Poppy Blog, I ushered in a super dooper easy challenge for this week's Creative Confetti! I tried to focus on something small that you could do to 1. get in the spirit and 2. take some coloring time for yourself!

HOW TO PLAY: It's just as simple as the graphic says! Create a gift tag! Now, while my little bit of inspiration below is a Christmas tag, it doesn't have to be! Make one to have on hand for birthdays or any other holiday for that matter. I just knew this was something quick and easy that would still give you some time to create! Once you are done creating, all you need to do is link up your creation HERE! 

On to my creation! 

I decided, for my tag, to pick up a medium that I don't often gravitate toward  -- watercolor! It's soothing and I love the dreamy feel it creates when your project is all wrapped up. To get started, I picked up the Power Poppy set called Let Your Heart Be Light. I love, love, LOVE those poinsettias!

To create, I have to say I followed some of the same principles that Ally used in THIS tutorial. Now, I don't have Brusho but I did use Distress Inks to both stamp (Vintage Photo) and paint (Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Antique Paper).  I started by stamping in Vintage Photo and then added a wash using Tattered Rose Distress Ink using a water brush. From there, I just added droplets of ink from my reinkers to a palette and diluting the color, gradually built up my color to where I wanted it to be. Now, I don't pretend to be an expert on watercolor. I have a lot still to learn about shading and really controlling the color but, each project is a chance to hone in on that. 

Here's a close up for you! I am kind of a "scribbler" when I watercolor and just let the ink flow where it wants to. Again, stuff I need to work on! ;-) 

Now, it's your turn! Do you have a last minute tag you'd like to create for that special gift or special someone? I hope you play along with me this week HERE because "Tag, You're It!" After you get those fingers inky, remember to link up your creation below. If you play along, you'll be in the running for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

I happen to know that a few of the Bloomies are on standby, hoping you'll hop on over and pay them a visit! Go and see what they have creatively whipped up for all to see! ;-)

Christine Okken
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Tosha Leyendekker

I hope you have a beautiful holiday with family and make some amazing memories to cherish for years to come!

Blessings & Peace!


Cyber Monday is Here!

Just when you thought the deals couldn't get any sweeter... Power Poppy hits you with Cyber Monday specials! And, on top of that, Marcy is releasing a whole new crop of digital stamps that are sure to be perfect additions for your holiday card making! Check it out sweet peeps! 

That's right, from 12:01 Monday to midnight the next night, you can stock up on stamps, dies, and digis, including a slew of brand new digis! Just use the code 20CYBER for 20% off your entire order. Simply use the code at checkout and you'll be able to cash in on those savings!

Power Poppy is also hosting a Holiday Digital Blitz, offering holiday images that used to only be available in clear stamps! Woo Hoo!

You can check out all the new Holiday Digital Blitz images HERE but I'll give you a sneaky peek at some of the images that will now be ready to snap up, download, print and color!

Snowy Church (from the O Holy Night Stamp Set)

Mittens and Merriment (from the Bough Wow Wow stamp set)

Glass Ornament Bough (from the Bough Wow Wow stamp set)

Handlettered Joy to the World (from the Joyful Arrangements stamp set)

Paperwhites and Juniper (from the Glistening Paperwhites stamp set)

Country Home Christmas (from the Simple Joys stamp set)

Filigree Tree (from the Botanical Tree stamp set)

....plus a handful of other completely adorable images! Like I said, you can check out all the Holiday Digital Blitz images HERE!  

Need a little more inspiration before you hit the Power Poppy Shop? Hop on over to see these amazing ladies! 

Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Nancy Sheads
Barb Walker
Leslie Miller 

Have fun shopping, downloading, printing and coloring and I'll see y'all back here real soon! 



Happy Hello all! And.... welcome to the final day of the Happiest Holiday Release. It's the final day because right this very minute now -- all of the sets that we've been sneaky peeking -- are LIVE in the Power Poppy Shop HERE!

We do have one final set to show off and I tell ya, this one is an absolute show stopper! Take a gander, will you?

Amaryllis Bliss features a blossom that just so happens to be the quintessential winter scene stealer! Placed in pots or nestled into arrangements, showy Amaryllis blooms festoon mantels and holiday tables, sparkle from windowsills and consistently elicit gasps of "ooh" and "ahh". How about a few blissful Amaryllis on your cards, too? A trio of flowers beg to be colored in delicious reds, pinks, and whites — accented by your choice of greenery. Sprigs of fragrant cedar and jasmine would love to be tucked under the petals. A few Amaryllis leaves are included, too! There's also three pretty sentiments sharing holiday peace. Just a note -- Power Poppy will also have dies to match this beauty!

On to my creation!

After stamping not only the main image but a trio of leave sprigs, I have to tell you I had a hard time deciding which blossom to use as my inspiration. There are so many varieties of amaryllis that you can really just have so much fun with a variety of color schemes!

I did a search and stumbled upon THIS variety. I found it just a little more unusual with the light green accents. So, after I stamped, I grabbed my Copic markers and used R14, R24, R27, G20, G21, G24, and G27 to color up the petals and leaves and then G20 and Y35 to color up the stamens.

Here's a closeup! If you look at the photo above, you can see that I used a vellum strip and some gold embossing powder to add a sentiment (also from the set) around my fussy cut image!

The rest is just matting it all up! I chose some simple papers and a simple design since the fussy cut image really was where all the detail rested. Add a little gold button and... ta da! Done!

These fine ladies below have a whole lot more eye candy to add to the mix, sharing a little more beauty and wonder centered around some Amaryllis Bliss! So, stop by, say 'Hi' and leave them a little love! 

Julie Koerber >>> you are here!

Before we go, it wouldn't be a release without some kind of deal offered by Ms. Marcella herself! Check it out sweet peeps!

We hope you had fun hanging out with all of us! We sure had fun showing off Power Poppy's newest release! Again, all you need to do is click HERE to see all of the sets in their full glory! And then, don't forget to take advantage of FREE SHIPPING when you place your order! Just use code HOLIDAY2018!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see y'all back here real soon!

Happiest Holiday Day 3!

Hello folks! Boy, do we have a treat for you in day three of Power Poppy's Happiest Holiday 2018 sneaky peeks! Why? Well, we have not one but TWO sets to show off! Are you ready to jump into the fun? Check these babies out!

That's right--- look at all that cozy holiday goodness coming right at you!

Through the Woods is a set full of woodsy sentiments and evergreens as far as the eye can see! A potted tree has several birdie visitors, plus an extra bird in flight as a separate stamp, who is poised to land in the tree to "gather together" with his friends. A ribboned bough of bells, antlers, and berries and a birch-log frame gives an extra air of charm. Lots of sentiment and log slices help bring on an extra dose of woodsy fun!

Snuggle Down  is a set alive with Tartan plaid possibilities! This set has two focal images - one is a stack of wool blankets with a lantern and sleigh bells. The other a grouping of retro Thermoses and the fixings for hot cocoa. Something really fun for this set - hand-drawn strips to make your own plaid backgrounds.

Not only are these sets perfect on their own, they work well together! That make your own plaid set of stamps is just a "must have" if you ask me! 

On to my creation! 

I knew I loved the cozy feel of this image above and so, when I stamped the set, I had to start with this one! And, I had to take the plaid strips for a test drive too! When I colored up the blanket in this image, I knew I wanted to recreate the look in the plaid bits. I originally planned on using plaid for my entire card front but -- if you know me -- you know I like to mix up the patterns a bit! So, that card front got snipped down to a strip. I do think you can "see" the plaid in the colored up image, which is fun. 

Here's a closeup for you! The sentiment is actually from the Through the Woods stamp set. Like I said, these sets work so well together and I could see you mixing and matching all these sentiments and images for eternity! ;-)

Add in some fun paper, a die cut frame, a few accents thanks to my white gel pen and, who could forget a few little jingle bells! Too fun! 

Speaking of fun, the Bloomies are hanging out, hoping you'll pay them a visit and see what they cooked up with these cozy sets! 

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

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for a charming set that takes us back in time in a way for some cherished heirlooms that somehow find their way to Christmas Trees all over the globe. You'll have to tune back in to see what I'm talking about! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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