Hello all! Since we are three weeks away from 'The Night of Fright', I thought I'd share a little something I came up with on how to transform Marcella's super fun Halloween illustrations into home decor! I was at Michaels the other day and they have ...
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"Out To Impress" - 5 new articles

  1. A Power Poppy Halloween!
  2. A Little Word Play!
  3. Inspire Me Monday!
  4. Peace Offering
  5. Still So Many Stamps!
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A Power Poppy Halloween!

Hello all! Since we are three weeks away from 'The Night of Fright', I thought I'd share a little something I came up with on how to transform Marcella's super fun Halloween illustrations into home decor! 

I was at Michaels the other day and they have two rows full of wood pieces that you can use to create your own signs. That's where my idea was ignited! When I saw the options along with some of the fun wooden Halloween messages, I knew I had the start of something fun! 

Want to see what we are creating today? Here's a peek. 

Isn't that super fun? And, while I thought this might take me quite a bit of time to put together, I was done in a little less than 3 hours. I started by printing the digital stamp "Boo Cat & Pumpkins" at 81/2 by 11 inches. Basically, I opened it and printed it so that it would cover an entire sheet of card stock. My wooden base was 91/2 by 14 inches, so I thought this would work perfectly. Then, I continued with some loosey-goosey coloring. No need for super intricate coloring here! I used super large strokes and just colored with strokes instead of constant color. 

So this.....

Grew into this....

And, ultimately, this...

Now it was time to turn my attention to my sign! This is what I started with: a few bottles of acrylic paint, some foam brushes, the natural wooden sign, a natural Halloween sentiment and some decoupage glue. 

You can see I started painting the base of my sign black. I started wanting to cover only those cracks but quickly decided it would be better to give the entire sign a coat of black. You can see, I wasn't too careful to provide an even coat. I already knew I was going to cover this up a bit! 

From there, I took and dry brushed some purple paint over top to create a kind of weathered look. I also painted my Happy Halloween words --- although please ignore this color. After I painted this black I decided I needed a pop of color here and painted over top with a lime green shade of acrylic paint! 

And now, it's time to add my boo cat to this backdrop! I just fussy cut around my image cutting a jagged edge around the kitty so that I didn't have to cut all the little pieces of fur! After it was cut out, I attached it to the wooden base by putting some decoupage glue on the back side with one of the foam brushes. Make sure the edges of your paper don't curl. The key is to apply a super light coat, press down and then weigh the image down by covering it with a book or a few magazines to hold it all in place. 

From there, I added some layered ribbon at the top, securing with a little hot glue. I adhered the Happy Halloween wooden piece with some foam tape so that it would have some dimension. After everything was dry, it was time to add it to the hearth for a little home Halloween flair! What do you think?

And that, my friends, is it! A fun little way to use a digital stamp to create some home decor that's both frightful and fun! Until next time, 


A Little Word Play!

Hey all! I'm hosting Inspire Me Monday over on the Power Poppy Blog where I'm showing you step b step how to create this little number below! 

Just click HERE to join in the fun! Hope you have a wonderful and creative week! 


Inspire Me Monday!

Hello all! I'm hosting Inspire Me Monday over on the Power Poppy Blog and creating this fun window card with some tips & tricks! 

So click HERE and pop on over! Hope you have a wonderful and creative week!


Peace Offering

At the present time, the number of refugees fleeing the war-torn country of Ukraine has exceeded two million people. The images are heartbreaking. Due to the Russian invasion, food and supplies inside the country are becoming increasingly scarce. Organizations are on the ground in Ukraine and neighboring countries to help with these material and medical needs. And now, Power Poppy is lending its creative hand to the effort. 

In light of the events, Marcella has refreshed a drawing she did in 2016 when she created the stamp set, Folk Heart.  The set -- Peace Offering -- is based on European folk art flower designs. Added to the set are the words "PEACE" and "MIR," which translates to the word peace in Russian and Ukrainian. 

All profits from this digital image will go to the charity Sunflower of Peace to help support Ukraine with medical and humanitarian aid. Right now, the money is used by paramedics and doctors in the areas that are affected by the violence in Ukraine -- helping to dole out first-aid backpacks, medicine, medical instruments, and other means of survival that are saving hundreds of lives.

Let's take a look at my creation...

For my card, I ended up using the clear stamp set (my printer was out of ink -- oops!). The good news is, the image is exactly the same and, with a digital stamp, you can increase or decrease the size to suit your needs! I loved coloring up this whimsical image with Copic Markers and chose the colors of the Ukraine flag for my palette. 

After I was done coloring, I did go over bits of the image with a Wink of Stella glitter brush pen as well as some dots of white gel pen. 

And above, just one more close-up of the card and the vibrant shades of blue and yellow. 

Again, you can find this new digital stamp set HERE! 

Won't you please help us? Not only will you get this whimsical image and some beautifully hand-lettered sentiments, but you'll also be helping care for the Ukrainian people in ways they need most. 

Some of the other Power Poppy Designers are sharing their creative talents with this new digi. Be sure to visit....

Blessings to you! 


Still So Many Stamps!


Hello all!  I few weeks ago, I posted some goodies that my mom is selling to clear out some of her craft space! There's still so much left! Do you see something you like? Make an offer! Simply share the item number and email me at juliekoerber@gmail.com.

All prices are listed with the shipping cost as well. Pay Pal is the preferred form of payment. Thanks for looking! NOTE: If you buy multiple items, I will work to combine and lessen the shipping by using a flat rate box. 




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