Hi all and happy Friday! If you are wondering what on earth I am doing showcasing a Christmas card in the dog days of summer, it's because it's Christmas in July! Earlier this week, I ushered in a Creative Confetti Challenge, urging you to get a little ...

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"Out To Impress" - 5 new articles

  1. It's Christmas in July!
  2. Inspired by the Enchanted Garden!
  3. It's a Release Day Blog Hop!
  4. Power Poppy Day 4 Enchanted Garden Sneaky Peeks!
  5. Power Poppy Day 3 Enchanted Garden Release!
  6. More Recent Articles

It's Christmas in July!

Hi all and happy Friday! If you are wondering what on earth I am doing showcasing a Christmas card in the dog days of summer, it's because it's Christmas in July! Earlier this week, I ushered in a Creative Confetti Challenge, urging you to get a little bit of a jump start -- way ahead of schedule -- on your holiday card making. You can check out all the details HERE! And, as luck would have it, Power Poppy is having a sale to help enable all those holiday creations! Stay tuned, and I'll fill you all in! ;-) 

On to my creation! 

As you can see above, I chose to create a little flip card! I had a Stampin' Up card template die and -- get this -- I had NEVER used it! Yep. Never. So, I thought now was as good of a time as any! The problem I had was finding a smaller image to fit in that 2-3/4" circle. So, I opted for a Power Poppy digital stamp set --  Snowglobe Greetings! I sized it down just a wee bit to fit into a 2-1/2" circle space and then used a punch to cut it out. But, before I did that, I opened up the image in my Photoshop Elements software and essentially "erased" the snowglobe portion of the image!

If you aren't quite sure how to get that job done, never fear! I put together a digital stamp tutorial a few years back to show you how to get the most out of your digital stamps. All you need to do is click HERE to check it out if you need a little "how-to!"

Here's a close up to show you just how that image was colored up! I used so many Copics -- too many to mention! But, as I was coloring, I did have a feeling that I wanted my Santa to appear in the night sky! After all, you don't see Santa climbing down chimneys in broad daylight, do you? :-) So, I used B63 and B66 to color that up and then went back over the background with a white gel pen to add a little bit of snow! See?

I also added a little bit of glitter glue on the fuzzy parts of the hat and jacket as well as on the snow. You just have to have a little bit of sparkle on Christmas cards, don't you think?

And here's a peek at the card once you flip it! I used the sentiment from the Power Poppy clear set -- Bough Wow Wow. The word "merry" was used on the front on the little sentiment tag that I adorned with a punched out heart accented with white gel pen.

If you've never seen one of these "flippy" cards, here's a little video to show you the mechanics! 

Like I mentioned, I used a Stampin' Up card template die to create this card, but there are a ton of tutorials that mimic this look. While Stampin' Up doesn't make this die any longer, I see the Sizzix has one that is very close and even has layering elements with it, which is great! You can check it out HERE. 

And here is a link to a Flip Card Tutorial done years ago by Beate on Splitcoaststampers.com. Just click HERE to check it out! If you search "flip card" on Youtube, there are also tons of video tutorials. If you google "flip card," you'll even find templates.

So, there you have it folks -- a fun little holiday card with a twist! As I mentioned earlier, if you need a few images to help you get into the Christmas in July spirit, Power Poppy has a little extra incentive!

Check it out peeps! Just use the code JOLLYJULY and you'll get 30% off all holiday stamps, digis and dies! What a deal! And, even though the graphic above says that the sale ended last night, it is being extended through next Tuesday! So, even more time to save on some spirited designs!

There are a few Bloomies joining me this week to share a few of the goodies that they've been working on this week! So, stop by and say "hi" to these fine ladies, will you?

And that, my friends, is it! Thank you so much for stopping by and spending a little time with me! I hope you have a fabulously creative weekend and I'll see you back here real soon!


Inspired by the Enchanted Garden!

Hello folks and happy Friday! If you live here in the States, I sure hope you are having a festive and fun holiday weekend! I have something fun to share with you all today! It's a new month, which means a whole new crop of Creative Confetti Challenges  and the one Power Poppy just kicked off last Tuesday is about as fun and easy as it gets! Seen as Power Poppy had six days of sneaky peeks for Power Poppy's new Enchanted Garden release, the challenge was to take a hop through release week, visit the designers and use one of their cards or techniques to inspire you! And so, that's just what I did!

For my creation, I was really WOWed by Kelly Griglione's clean and classy design HERE. While she inked up her creation in one color and then masked, leaving a space for a sentiment, I chose to be inspired differently by her card. I loved the void she used for the sentiment and so I decided to let that be my starting point. I used painters tape to mask off a section before stamping my Stong and Beautiful stamp over top in black ink. I should say, before I stamped, I took a super fine Copic black multi-liner pen and traced the edges of the painter's tape to create that fine line. I love the look! Also, I originally stamped the floral on top too but after coloring one side, I thought it might get overwhelming since I wanted to add that cute little hummingbird from Power Poppy's new Floribunda set. So, I cut off the top and then added a bit of decorative paper behind instead! I really like the results. I used Copics to color and honestly used too many to list -- just grabbing them as I went along!

Here's a closeup for you!

And that, my friends is it! I just matted it all up, fussy cut the hummingbird and lifted the little guy up with foam tape and... ta da! Done! I hope you get your fingers inky and join me! Just take a trip through release week, be inspired when creating and then link up your creation HERE! Each entry is a chance at winning a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Woo Hoo!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

It's a Release Day Blog Hop!

Well folks, it's the moment you have all been waiting for! After a week of sneaky peeks of Power Poppy's brand new release The Enchanted Garden, we have good news to share! All the stamp sets we've been giving you a glimpse of are available NOW in the Power Poppy Shop! 

And to celebrate, we have even more fun to share! The Power Poppy gals have teamed up with the absolutely fabulous designers over at Ellen Hutson Papercraft Essentials & More!  Yep, that's right! And, on top of seeing all kinds of fun eye candy featuring Power Poppy's brand new release, Marcy and Ellen have teamed up to share the chance at some goodies for YOU!


As a part of this fun-filled blog hop, we're giving away a chance at $25 to the Ellen Hutson shop and $25 to the Power Poppy shop! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop. Two random & lucky commenters will win! Comment before Sunday, July 7th at 11:59pm PST! 

Okay, on to my creation! 

I absolutely adore Power Poppy's new Floribunda set. All those beautiful blossoms! Because you can definitely get lost in all those petals coloring with reckless abandon, I wanted to create a card that showed you could use this mondo image without coloring it up! So, I grabbed some Versamark ink, a soft brush and some Pearl Ex. I have just about every color made of the mica powder and it's been years since I have pulled it out from the drawer. So, I thought, now was a good time! 

 I started by stamping and then brushing Spring Green Pearl Ex over top. After you brush on the color, you need to burnish it and "set" it by rubbing it with a cloth. I used a paper shop cloth but you can use a dry Swiffer pad or something along those lines.

You can see below that I also tried the Duo Blue-Green, which took on a more turquoise shade. I liked it but it wasn't as bold and I knew I really wanted those flowers to stand out!. :-)

 From there, I stamped the little hummingbird in the set on white card stock and colored him up with Copic Markers. I used B24, B26, BG11, BG13, BG15, and YG05.

I fussy cut the little guy and set him aside. I used a 2-1/2" punched circle and stamped the sentiment using Versamark and embossed using gold detail in. I mat it up on a stitched circle (cut out of really light turquoise paper) I added some green accents with my YG05 Copic marker just to add a little something more 

Here's a closeup to show you the mica shine and the sentiment.... 

And that, my friends, is it! So, be sure to hop on over to see what both teams did with some of the sets in Power Poppy's Enchanted Garden release! Remember to comment on each blog for a chance to win either a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop or $25 to the Ellen Hutson store!

Let's Get Hopping! 

Julie Koerber  >>> you are here! 

Thanks so much for joining us this week and seeing all the new goodies! Good luck in the giveaway and I'll see you back here soon! 

Happy Stamping!

Power Poppy Day 4 Enchanted Garden Sneaky Peeks!

Hello all! It's day 4 of the fabulous week of sneaky peeks featuring Power Poppy's new Enchanted Garden release!  Today the Bloom Brigade and Instant Gardeners are serving up a fresh dose of summer with delish and delightful images that I'm sure you'll adore!

This summer-centric set -- Summer Berries -- offers stampers a tumbling vine of ripe raspberries providing the juiciest of focal points! A sweet bird among strawberry stems creates a gentle and whimsical image that you can color up in minutes. Add in a strawberry cluster that can be a focal point or fun accent to create a repeat border or even add a bit of pizzazz to an envelope and you've got a set that is sure to please all year round! 

On to my creation! 

I have to say, of this release, this card was the quickest of the bunch. Marcella was right when she said you can color up that little birdie vignette in minutes! I even took time to "Google" birds and knew I wanted one with a little pop of yellow on him. So, off I went and I found this guy below. Isn't he so cute!????

After I stamped him and colored him up with Copics (I used the range of W markers W1, W3, W5 and W7 and then paired with Y11, Y13 and Y15), I added some accents with a white gel pen and then got to coloring up the strawberries. I added the raspberries from the set as a background on the red strip using Brick colored Vivid Ink. Add a little yellow ribbon, a doily and a little red gem and... Voila! Done!

Here's a closeup for you!

This one is just about as simple as you can get and I think it's just as sweet! Speaking of sweet, I know some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardeners whipped up creations using this summer loving set! So, pop on over and say "hi" to.....

Tomorrow the fun continues with our last set to sneak. This one offers not only a bevy of blossoms but a fun little creature flitting about the scene. You'll love it. Trust me! Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully, I will see you all back here tomorrow! 

So, until then!


Power Poppy Day 3 Enchanted Garden Release!

Hello all! Are you enjoying our little trip through Power Poppy's Enchanted Garden so far? We sure hope so! Today's offering features an illustration you might have seen before but now, clear stamp lovers will be able to have this beauty in their stash as well!

Whether colored to the nines or stamped in a single ink, Power Poppy's new set - Strong and Beautiful - makes a gorgeous statement. An unfurling peony bloom is offset with ferns, lenten roses, and bluebells in a combination you won't find anywhere but Power Poppy! No matter how you rotate or crop this exuberant floral, you’ll come out on top! Five sentiments have clear letters so that you can color them in to coordinate with your palette, and, in true Power Poppy style, each one carries an empowering or uplifting message! 💗

On to my creation! 

If you checked out the Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge this week, you got a little sneaky peek to my card! The challenge was to .... JUST COLOR! And I grabbed some watercolor paints and inks and got down to business! 

Here's a peek at the supplies I started with -- a watercolor palette that had never been used. It was actually from one of my daughter's old art classes. Guess she didn't dabble with it either! ;-) For a more subdued color range, I chose a few Distress Inks too! 

And, after a couple hours just getting lost in the process, here's how my floral display turned out! I added a little purple and green watercolor wash behind it to help the color pop just a wee bit more. I am really playing around with adding colors that are a part of my main image to the background. It's been a fun experiment!

And here's a peek at my card! You can see I didn't do a complicated layout because this image doesn't need one -- just a simple matting, a little twine and a sentiment from the set, colored up to match. 

Here's a little closeup for you!

And that, my friends, is it! Now, you'll have to make the rounds to see what these fine ladies below did with this new Strong and Beautiful set! 

Julie Koerber >> you are here! 

Coming up tomorrow, Marcella offers up the juiciest of focal points in a charming new set that really celebrates a little of summer's best! So.... swing on back and see what it's all about! 

Until then!


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