Hello sweet stamping friends! Are you just loving Power Poppy's holiday release? I sure hope you answered with an exuberant "YES!" because all of us here behind the scenes are just flat out giddy at these latest offerings! There is something for ...

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"Out To Impress" - 5 new articles

  1. Happiest Holiday Day 5: Berry Sweet Holiday
  2. Happiest Holiday Day 4.... Flowering Santa!
  3. Happiest Holiday 2017: Day 2!
  4. Happiest of Holidays 2017 - Day 1!
  5. Creating in a jiffy!
  6. More Recent Articles

Happiest Holiday Day 5: Berry Sweet Holiday

Hello sweet stamping friends! Are you just loving Power Poppy's holiday release? I sure hope you answered with an exuberant "YES!" because all of us here behind the scenes are just flat out giddy at these latest offerings! There is something for everyone -- from sweet treats and beautiful botanicals to a few appearances by Santa himself!

Today's offering is one that is sure to please those you want to share sweet holiday wishes with! 


Berry Sweet Holiday offers all things sweet for holiday cards that can't be beat! You loved the digital stamp set -- Merriest Berries -- now that image is available in this full-fledged clear stamp set. 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 as well, with its easy-to-color design and comfy-cozy-crafty vibe. Lots of accents and sentiments round out this sweet set!

On to my creation!

Because there are so many fun, felted doo-dads in this set, I thought I would showcase how you can  make these little guys the centerpiece of a card by stamping them all -- here and there! I stamped in black ink and then, grabbed my Copic Markers, reaching for these colors!


From there, I die cut the sentiment from the set, colored it up with red accents and matted the whole thing up on candy cane decorative paper -- just because! I think the effect is jolly, just like the set itself! You can see I added some razzle dazzle thanks to a little glitter glue and glitter paper as well! 

Here's a close up for you! 

And that, my friends, is it -- a perky and simply sweet holiday creation that is ready to send a serious dose of cheer!

Speaking of cheer, the Bloomies are on standby, ready to share their Berry Sweet Holiday wishes!



You'll have to make the rounds to see what fabulous creations they are serving up today!


Julie Koerber>>> you are here! 


Coming up tomorrow, Power Poppy lights up the night with a darling Christmas scene that just adds all kinds of charm to your holiday creations! Until then!


~Julie
      

Happiest Holiday Day 4.... Flowering Santa!

Hello Peeps! If you scrolled down a wee bit and caught sight of today's stamp set graphic, you might have let out a little squeal! At least, I did when I first set sights on this happy-go-lucky Santa adorned with all kinds of Christmas foliage. He's just too cute for words with that jolly smile and the squint in his eyes! 

Check it out, will you?


Big, bold, and laden with blooms! Flowering Santa 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.

And now... to my card!


So, what do you think? Darling image, huh? I stamped him in black ink and then, let the Copics fly giving him life with soft pastel pinks and greens mixed in with greys and blues to add that icy flair. Here's a peek at the colors that I used! 


And here's a peek at this cute-as-can-be Santa, close up! 

After I matted this all up with the glitter paper and silver button, I decided that Santa needed a little extra sparkle. I went digging in my embellishment drawer and pulled out small rhinestones in clear and blue and added them to his beard for a little extra razzle dazzle. In real life, they appear more subtle but give this card just that extra bit of pop! 



Looking at this Santa, I am sure you can see all kinds of color combos that you could lean toward. And guess what? You'll see quite a few as you make the rounds to these fine ladies below! Stop by and see what they've been up to!





Coming up tomorrow, Marcella will unveil a set with all things sweet for holiday cards that can't be beat! Pop back in and see what's in store!

~Julie
      

Happiest Holiday 2017: Day 2!

Hello Power Poppy fans and welcome to day 2 of the HappiestHoliday 2017 week of sneak peeks! Yesterday, we welcomed a frosty and cute little snow guy. Today’s offering takes on a more rustic flair. Do you love the woodsy look and aim to share that vibe with your holiday cards? Well, my friends, then this new Power Poppy set is right up your alley!


Rustic Rejoicing is 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 loopy ribbon that you can color up any old way you wish sets off a pretty bough with pinecones and jingle bells! 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 just that extra bit of sparkle!

For my creation, I chose the rustic cones complete with a perky red ribbon and a wee bit of sparkle!


After stamping my image, I reached for my Copic markers and grabbed E31, E23, E25 and E0000 for the pinecones. When I was done coloring, I did accent the scales of the cone with some fine tip brown marker accents. The pine branches were colored up with G40 and G43. The bells were colored with Y26, Y28 and blended with Y00. The red ribbon was colored with R14, R24 and R27 and blended with R30 before being accented with some white gel pen dots. I also added a little glossy accents to the bells, even though it didn’t show up in my photo! Add a layer of glitter paper, a sentiment from the set and a fussy cut accent from the set and you’re good to go!

Here’s a close up!


I have to say – I tried something a bit risky! I did highlight around my image using the Copic Marker G0000. After matting it all up, I thought it was lacking, so I grabbed E50 and E51 and added a distressed feel by shading around the outside of my cut shape. After I added that, I still wasn’t pleased so I took a distressed background stamp, inked it up using a light tan ink and added that to the corners, stamping off and giving two of the corners a more faded effect. I will say I held my breath! I admit, it was not the smartest thing to do – stamp on an image that you just spent an hour coloring — but, I think the additions did help bring the image more to life. So, all is good!

Want to see what the Bloomies did as they went off Rustic Rejoicing?


Be sure to hop on over and pay them a visit to see for yourself! The gang is all here today!

Julie Koerber >>> you are here! 



Be sure to tune back in tomorrow when Santa has a brand new look – complete with a botanical flair! See you then my sweet stamping friends!

~Julie
      

Happiest of Holidays 2017 - Day 1!

Hello my peeps! Today is a super dooper exciting day here on my blog! Why? Well, today is the kick off to a fun-filled week of sneak peeks! The Bloomies are joining forces all this week to show off  Power Poppy's Happiest Holidays 2017 Collection!!! If you've been waiting and wondering if Power Poppy was going to get busy decking the halls with a holiday flair in time for your holiday card making -- the answer is a resounding YES! And, I happen to think this is the best holiday collection Marcella has ever drawn! Yep, I honestly do!!

Today's sneaky peek includes one darling snow guy, just ready to spread massive doses of holiday cheer! 


Power Poppy's first snowman in clear polymer looks as if he's popped straight from the woodsy forest with a potted tree in hand, and he may also have ducked into the pom-pom department of the craft store. With Scandinavian stitched details, Snow Kissed comes complete with a coordinating stocking and several small elements to create repeating backgrounds or snowy skies!

On to my creation!


I have to tell you, I have a love affair with snow guys. Despite their cold as ice personas, they warm my heart with their expressive and jolly little faces! This snow guy is as cute as the dickens and coloring him up was a pure joy! 

I colored him with Copics and didn't really reach for many -- a few shades of green for the tree - YG21, YG23, YG25; a few shades of red R24, R29, R39 for accents; a few shades of cool blue for his icy exterior - BG0000, BG00, BG10; some purplish greys for the hat, BV20, BV23, BV25; and E31, E23, E25 for the pine cone tree. 

If you look at the blue border near the bottom of the card, you'll see one of those repeating elements I mentioned -- a Nordic snowflake and heart pattern that just sets the right tone on any wintery creation!

Here's a close up so that you can see what I did with some of the other fun accents! I made heart shaped charms that I attached to some silver accented twine! 




And here's a peek at the inside using one of the set's sentiments!


And that, my friends, is it! We have a full cast of characters sharing this set today.....



So stop by, say "hi" and see how these fine ladies handled being "Snow Kissed!" 


Allison Cope
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker



Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow, the sneaks continue with a rustic set that puts nature's spin on rejoicing for the holidays.

See you then!
~Julie
      

Creating in a jiffy!

Hello all and Happy Friday to you! Today, I wanted to share some tips and tricks for creating en masse! I know this is all probably obvious stuff, but I really have streamlined this process and thought I would share! Last week, I shared this card with you all! 


Well, a dear friend of mine who lives in Florida saw this post and asked if I could make four more just like it so that she could share with some of her knitting friends. For this lady, I said -- ABSOLUTELY! Anything for you! ;-) Because I am normally awful at creating in an assembly line fashion, I thought I'd share a little bit of my creative process with you.

So, I started by digging through my paper stash and I picked out one base color, one color for my die cut frame and a little pop color for that decorative band in my card above. After that point, I die cut, trimmed and assembled all of my card bases in one fell swoop! See? I even printed off my digital images and pre-die cut those as well!


After that, I literally settled into a marathon night of TV watching. I mean, "This Is Us" was on, so it really wasn't all that hard! :-) What I loved about this process was the fact that it took less than an hour to pick my papers, die cut and assemble all of the card bases. From there, I could color match my Copic Markers based on the papers that I used!  And here are the four additional cards that I came up with!!

CARD #1 (Psst! This one would fit for last week's Hues to Use!)



CARD #2


CARD #3




CARD #4



So, like I mentioned, this is not "Rocket Science" -- but it is a streamlined approach and maybe it will help you when you are mass producing for birthdays or even your Holiday cards!

Since it's Friday, we have a Bloom Brigade Parade as usual! Be sure to stop over to the Power Poppy Blog because we have a brand new Power & Spark Challenge that's super fun. And then.... hippity hop to see these fine ladies!






Thanks so much for stopping by and saying "Hello!" Hope you have a wonderful weekend and.... I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie
      

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