Wednesday, July 29, 2020

I Love You Ice Skater

I'm squeaking in with a card for The Paper Players Challenge.

For my card I grabbed an image I recently colored for the 30 Day Marker Challenge. I love the Pure Innocence line from MFT and this girl ice skating is one of the fabulous PI stamps. The colors I used for her outfit came from some retired SU DSP I have in my stash, it's some of my favorite Christmas paper and I don't have much left. It's too pretty to keep hoarding though!

I didn't like my white image panel up against the red PP so I did add a layer of teal behind it, then heat embossed the sentiment in white on teal paper and popped the sentiment panel up with dimensionals. I also use some Wink of Stella around the girls skates to make the ice sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Happy Halloween

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun sketch from Heidi! I recently colored this fun Halloween witch from Mo's Digital Pencil and it's been sitting on my desk just waiting to be made into a card and Heidi's sketch was the perfect layout.

Purple and green with a splash of orange are my favorite colors to use for Halloween, I'm not sure why but that's what I always gravitate too. It's funny because I can't stand the color purple except for Halloween images and some flower ones. Go figure!

Make sure and head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created. We have a brand new DT member, Stef Perry, so come on by to give her a big welcome and then play along with us, we'd love to see how YOU interpret the sketch!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Stand Here

Hello! Just a quick card today, made just because, no challenges or anything....

I have a bunch of images on my desk that I've colored and they just got thrown into a pile. Now I'm trying to go through them and create cards with them. The first image I grabbed last night was this mistletoe image from Power Poppy, it's a fun digital image called Stand Here (Under the Mistletoe) that's easy to play with (and it's on SALE right now!). Since I had already colored it I printed out the sentiment to go across the bottom and then using gel pens I added some metallic accents to the berries and bow. Super easy and came together quickly....well, it would have been put together a lot faster if we hadn't had a big rain squall move through the area. High winds, hail, heavy rain, lightening and thunder, which is not common for my area at all. All my local friends were on FB blowing it up with pictures and comments LOL I couldn't stop looking out my windows and front door, just marveling at the crazy weather.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 20, 2020

Merry Christmas

I'm squeezing in with a card for Creative Confetti before the new challenge posts tomorrow. I had all of the elements for this card sitting on my desk for a few days but I didn't have any time until this evening to get it all put together.

I used an image I colored for The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and used a die to cut it into the oval shape. I don't have any oval die big enough to create the scalloped one in the sketch so I improvised and made that shape a rectangle instead. I hope the polka dots on the background paper can substitute for the bling in the top left and bottom right corners.

This image is from the clear set Rustic Rejoicing and I just love the pine cones with bells and ribbon, it's so pretty!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Cozy Winter Wishes

Happy Friday! After a month long break I started back to work this past Weds. I am tired! Getting up at 0500 again is not working out well for me LOL Thankfully I'll be switching back to nights in a few weeks.

Today for Power Poppy Friday Fun I have another Christmas card to continue the Christmas in July theme. This image is from the Snuggle Down set (currently sold out, sorry folks!). I just love the classic Christmas feel to it. I used traditional Christmas colors to keep with the classic feel.

Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Peace, Love, Hope, Friendship

For today's card I started by coloring the image Saturday night for The Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge on Instagram, knowing I would be using it to make a card for the Jingle Belles challenge. The Jingle Belles want to see stars and/or stripes on our Christmas cards and thanks to some retired SU DSP from my stash I was able to incorporate both! 

The image is from a clear set from Power Poppy called Cozy Cupfuls (on sale right now for only $9.00!). I just love this image and the old fashioned feel it has to it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunny Days Ahead

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun color challenge for everyone!

When I started my project for these colors I actually started with a flower image and I was going to use the yellow, orange and green. Well, have you ever had an idea in your head and then when you try and put it to paper it fails miserably? That's what happened to me. I tried and tried but I just was not happy with what was going on with my idea so I ended up throwing it all away and starting fresh. I looked around my craft desk and spotted a new MFT Pure Innocence set that I hadn't inked up yet and I thought the image would be perfect with these bright colors.

I used the pink, orange, yellow and blue for my card. I was stuck on the layout so the current Freshly Made Sketches sketch was the perfect thing to use. I used some retired SU DSP to create a pool going up and down and some sunshine going back and forth. 

Head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us! There is also still time to play along with the gals over at Freshly Made Sketches!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Slim Christmas Greetings

It's time for some Friday Fun with Power Poppy! Once again I'm also combining my Friday Fun card with the current Creative Confetti challenge for double the fun :)

I've been making Christmas cards all month so I knew I wanted to stay with the Christmas theme and Barbara's Creative Confetti challenge of creating a slimline card was the perfect reason to create my first ever slimline Christmas card!

I used a die from Whimsy Stamps to create my multi window slimline panel and since I wanted to showcase a bunch of smaller Christmas shapes I decided to use the Power Poppy clear set Merry Littles. After grabbing the set I pulled various stamps from the set to mix and match to see what combo's I liked. After I got that figured out I thought about how I wanted to perk up the plain white background and since I have a drawer full of Distress Oxides I've never used I decided to really change it up and use some of those to create my background!

I don't have any stamping mask paper so I just stamped my images on post it notes, cut them out and then covered up my stamped images. I then used a junk piece of paper to test out ink combos and decided on a green and red combo that I felt worked well together (Festive Berries and Peeled Paint). After getting my image panel colored the way I wanted I got out a paintbrush and flicked water all over the ink, dried it and then added white dots with a gel pen. I then attached my image panel to the slimline die panel and put that on an olive green card panel. The sentiment is from the clear set Botanical Tree  (currently on sale for $9.00! Once sold out it will be retired so get it while you can!) and was stamped in an olive green. I popped up 2 of the images just for some extra dimension, the poinsettia on the top portion and the mitten on the bottom half. To finish it all off I used Wink of Stella on all the images for some sparkle.

To continue the Power Poppy Friday Fun hop on over to Christine and Stacy's blogs to see their beautiful creations!

Friday, July 3, 2020

A Cup of Good Cheer

It's Friday and along with some Power Poppy Friday Fun I'm also playing along with this weeks Creative Confetti Challenge.

It's Christmas in July! Hallmark Channel is playing Christmas movies, I've been listening to Christmas music in my craft room and so it's time to make some Christmas cards!

This weeks Creative Confetti is to Rock Your Mojo and search for an inspiration source. That was easy, I went to the Power Poppy sketches Pinterest board. Layouts are the bane of my existence and so I love checking out the board for inspiration. I ended up going with this fun sketch with a few layers but is still simple.

For my card I used the set Snuggle Down. I LOVE plaid, if I could have everything plaid I would be in heaven but my husband would probably vomit LOL He doesn't share my feelings on plaid unfortunately. This set has stripes to help you create your own plaid and then the images are just features blankets, a lantern and sleigh bells and the image I used features plaid Thermoses. Yes please!!

 I colored my image in with traditional colors and my patterned paper stayed pretty traditional also.

Make sure you head on over to the Power Poppy blog to play along with Creative Confetti or just grab a Power Poppy image to have some Friday Fun!

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Let It Snow

I've been wanting to play along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge all week and finally got a chance to give it a go this evening. Nothing like waiting until the last minute!

I haven't had much time to create these last few months so I've had a lot of previously colored images piling up on my desk. Today I grabbed a Mo's Digital Pencil image that I had colored in the last 30 Day Coloring Challenge and decided it was time to make a card with it.

After going through my paper I decided to use some Granny Apple Green from SU as my background paper. I embossed it with snowflakes and then I used a MFT die to cut out a piece of Flirty Flamingo DSP. I then added my image panel on top of that, stamped my sentiment and then secured it all to a Flirty Flamingo base. They are definitely not Christmas/winter colors that I would normally use but I really liked how it all came together to match the colors I had used on the image.

Thanks for stopping by!

Moose-ing You

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun sketch for everyone!

I haven't inked up any moose stamps in a while so I thought I better fix that! I got out the MFT set Sweater Weather in the Woods and colored in the moose and bear for 2 of the circle elements. I then die cut a circle out of blue for my 3rd circle element. I stamped the sentiment in brown on white card stock and then I put all of that on a layer of Crumb Cake that I embossed with a brick wall pattern. The moose and bear are both popped up with dimensionals.

Make sure and head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with and then play along with us. We'd love to see how you interpret the sketch!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Welcome Little One

This week over at the Creative Confetti Challenge Julie wants to see baby cards. I got the Power Poppy set Precious Baby a few months ago but it hadn't seen ink yet so this was the perfect excuse to play with it!

I have wayyyyy too much DSP in my stash so I grabbed some that's been in there for a while and that I thought would go well with this image. All the colors I used on the image were pulled directly from the paper.

I had colored another image from the set because I was going to make 2 cards with similar colors, just a reversal of colors but wouldn't you know it, as soon as I go to start putting the card together I can't find the image. One minute it was right there on my craft desk and now I have no idea where it went :/ Ten bucks says I find it after I finish this post and I go back to the craft room!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget, every time you play along with Creative Confetti you are entered to win a $25.00 gift certificate to the Power Poppy shop. There are still some great deals going on in the shop so that $25.00 could really go far!!

Friday, June 19, 2020

Hello Sweet Pea

It's Friday and that means it's time for some Friday Fun with Power Poppy! For my card I decided to make my first ever slimline card. They seem to be all the rage right now and I did buy some slimline dies to try out but for this card I went with just some regular cutting.

My grandma used to grow Sweet Peas on the side of her house and I loved looking at them on her trellis whenever I came to visit. I lost my grandma in 2008 and for several years now I've grown Sweet Peas by seed in honor of her. They aren't blooming yet but I'm hoping it won't be too long before I've got some pretty flowers .If you would like to see some Sweet Peas in bloom check out Power Poppy's fearless leader Marcella's Instagram page, she just happened to post yesterday that she had some Sweet Peas blooming. I thought it was great timing since I was making a card featuring the digital set Sweet Pea Show.

I used Photoshop to maneuver the images around and layer them. I then placed the sentiment in a spot that made me happy and changed the color of the sentiment from black to green. The images were colored with copics and then I went old school and did some sponging around the edges.

For more Friday Fun head on over to see what Leslie and Broni created!


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Sending Warm Wishes

2 posts in 2 days? Whoa, I must be sick! Naw, I'm just on my month long vacation, woohooo! I actually have time to play in my craft room again, I love it.

I was scrolling through my blog feed when the current challenge for The Paper Players popped up. It's a color challenge and I immediately thought Christmas! when I saw the colors. I started going through my sets and when I saw Flowering Santa by Power Poppy I knew that was the perfect set to use for these colors. This set is retiring and is only $9.00 right now! (you can also get it in digital form)

I used the Basic Gray on the hair, beard and card base, the Tranquil Tide on the leaves, dots and DSP and the Real Red on the flowers, sentiment and the stitched frame. It's hard to see but I covered the flowers and leaves in clear Wink of Stella.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

You're My Anchor

I'm late, I'm late! Better late than never though, right? :)

We have a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and it's a fun color challenge! The colors are perfect for a summer or patriotic vibe. Since it's been forever since I inked up any of my Pure Innocence stamps I decided to pull put my Sailor Girl, who is just perfect for these colors.

I colored her dress bluer and used red as the accent. Being a Navy family my daughter had an adorable outfit like this when she was a baby, and I also dressed my boys in fun sailor outfits. I always think back to those days when I color this image. Kids grow up way too fast!

The layout came from last weeks Freshly Made Sketches, I really loved it but never got time to play along.

Make sure to head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Sending Peace and Love

Welcome to Friday! I hope things are going well for everyone. I only have today and Monday left to work and then I am on break for a month and boy do I need it! I have a lot of house and yard projects to get done, not to mention all the stamping I need to catch up on!

Today's it's all about Friday Fun over at Power Poppy! I inked up a clear set I got not too long ago, Tree of Life (sadly, it's currently sold out). I've been wanting to ink this image up for so long and right now was the perfect time as I have a dear friend going through a very difficult time. Her strength the last week or so has been so inspiring and since we'll be on our break and won't see each other at work I plan on sending this to her as a little pick me up. I hope she likes it!

Would you like some more Friday Fun? Go check out what these 2 amazing ladies created!

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Creative Confetti: Make a Wish!

I am hosting the Creative Confetti Challenge over at the Power Poppy blog today and it's all about making a in, what do you wish you had growing in your garden that you currently don't? Maybe it's a tropical flower that won't survive in a colder climate, perhaps it's a flower that's considered invasive in your area or maybe it's just something you haven't gotten around to planting yet! Whatever it is, create a project highlighting that flower!

When I first discovered Power Poppy I fell in love with the digital stamp set Bubbles and Fizz. It features an image of Golden Wattle, which I had never heard of before. It's a tree that is native to Australia (and is also their national floral emblem) and it produces the prettiest yellow flowers. I think the flowers look like little pom poms, they are so fun to look at and are just such a happy flower! I would love to line my property with these trees just so I could see those happy yellow flowers all summer!

To start my card I printed out the image from Bubbles and Fizz, resized it to what I wanted for the front of my card and then used my Copics to color it.

After getting the image colored in I decided it looked a little plain to me so I used my B01 and B000 to color in around the image. After doing that I took a white gel pen and added some white dots along the outlines of the leaves just for a little more visual appeal.

When I showed my husband the card he asked me what the flowers were and I told him, and he asked if we could get some for our yard. I wish dear, I wish!

Let's see the flowers you wish you had in your gardens! If you have Power Poppy stamps, please use them! If not, remember each entry will be one more chance at winning a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! (That means you might be able to WIN some!) Head on over to the Power Poppy blog to join in on the fun!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Here For You

I never like making sympathy cards but this one was especially difficult. This card was made for a dear friend of mine who just lost her son to suicide this past Friday. I've known her and her family for a long time and it just breaks my heart to see her going through this. I wanted to let her know that I'm here for her no matter what she needs.

I knew I wanted to use the Daffodils stamp set from Power Poppy but after that I was a bit lost. Thankfully The Paper Players have a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week and after looking at the board I knew what I wanted to, purple and sympathy.

I've got blueish-purple for the purple hyacinths in the bouquet, and then the crackle background, stitched rectangle and card base are all purple also, along with the sentiment stamped on the rectangle.

Thanks for stopping by, and hug those that are important to you. Life changes so quickly....

Monday, June 1, 2020

Power Poppy Fav

The current Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge is to go back and choose one of your favorite Power Poppy creations. That was hard for me because I love so many of my Power Poppy cards but I finally chose this Christmas one. I love this Poinsettia image and how the images are going off the edges. It just makes me happy looking at it! This card is from Nov.2017.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Life Is an Adeventure

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun sketch from Melissa!

The sketch uses squares but I happened to grab this new SU set, Beautiful World, that is coming out next week in the new catalog and I ended up using circle elements instead. I'm a big fan of earthy colors so I really love the colors of this new DSP!

I did keep the sentiment panel as a rectangle and used Mossy Meadow to stamp my sentiment on Crumb Cake. I popped up both the globe and sentiment panel with dimensionals.

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Happy Birthday

TGIF! The week is finally over and my husband and I both took all of next week off. We're going to do 2 road to head north to Denali National Park and one to head south to the Kenai Peninsula for some fishing. I'm just happy to be getting out and enjoy what I love most, nature!

Another way to enjoy nature is through Power Poppy stamps and some Friday Fun! I'm also playing along with the current Creative Confetti challenge, which is to create a card featuring your favorite flower. That was easy for me, I instantly grabbed a digital stamp I had cut out and waiting on my desk, the image from the Pansies digital set. I adore pansies and violas, they are just such beautiful flowers! The purple and yellow ones are the ones I always grow/buy, I adore how they look in my flower beds and containers. It's funny, I can't stand the color purple except for when it's on a flower, and then to combine it with some yellow? Yes please!!

My layout is from a recent sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. I dry embossed the background and then I heat embossed the sentiment in white on a strip on purple to match the card base. I popped up the pansy image for some added dimension. The sentiment is from the Party Time clear set. I am always in need of birthday cards so that's why I chose this sentiment.

If you love this pansy image it's on sale for $2.49! There are still lots of great sets on sale over at the Power Poppy online store so make sure you go check them out and grab all the ones you don't have :)

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Seeds of Today

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a pretty color challenge!

With graduation time upon us I was thinking about several of my friends who have kids graduating this year, and of all the seniors at the school I work with who had their virtual graduation last week. It's such a tough time to be embarking on a new chapter in life. I think the sentiment in this Power Poppy image Seeds of Today is just perfect, especially with all that is going on in the world.

For my card I used the green, red, light pink and dark purple from the graphic.

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT came up with!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Sending Sunny Vibes

Whew! I know it's been a bit between posts but my mojo seems to have gone and disappeared. Being on day shift seems to have sucked out all of my creativity....when I get home from work I need to get chores done and then I am just too tired to go play in my craft room. I'm taking the last week of May off to give myself a mental break so hopefully I'll get back into stamping everyday!

One thing I absolutely had to make time for was Friday Fun over at the Power Poppy blog! I miss playing with my Power Poppy stamps so much. I just got a big order of Power Poppy clear stamps yesterday and my collection is almost complete, wooohooo! If you are like me and cannot resist Power Poppy images they are still on sale for super low prices so hurry on over to the Power Poppy store and grab them while you can!

For this card I used a digital stamp set called Spring Border One. You can also find these images in the Natural Beauties clear set (currently sold out) but I went with digital so I could resize the image to fit the die I was using.

This image definitely gets one thinking about spring! It's still too early to put flowers in the ground here but I've got a bunch potted and I bring them outside everyday to sit in the sun and then I bring them back in at night. Maybe having our living room and dining room overrun with flowers will help my hubby realize that I need a greenhouse :)

Are you ready to see the fabulous projects from other Power Poppy Powerhouse members? Click on the names to go see what everyone came up with!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Great Guy

It's Sunday and it's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog. This week we have a fun sketch from Amy to play with!

For my card I used a great masculine set from Stampin Up called A Good Man. I love the images and sentiments in this set, they are all great, but I tend to gravitate towards this image of  guy relaxing in a beach chair. It reminds me of the vacations we used to take with my dad to the Navy resort in Pacific Beach WA. He'd fly in from CO and we would drive down and spend a few days at the resort, with most of the days spent enjoying the solitude of the beach, as we always had a huge stretch to ourselves. What I wouldn't give to be able to take one more trip there with my dad...

Make sure you head on over to the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the team created and then play along with us, we'd love to see how you interpret the sketch!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Fly Guy

Hello friends! I hope everyone has had a good week. Mine went by pretty fast and now I just need to get my lists in order for the chores that need to be done this weekend. My husband has a 3-day weekend so I've got a little honey-do list for him, hehehehe.

Since it's Friday you know what that means.....Friday Fun Day over at the Power Poppy blog! I don't know about you but I love seeing all the projects everyone comes up with, all the ladies just wow me with their creativity

For my card I used one of my favorite digital sets, Fly Guy. My husband loves to fish and in the last few years  has taken up fly fishing. Most of our rivers and lakes are still frozen over but he's already got his fishing gear out and is waiting for something to come open so he can head out. I don't have the patience for fishing but I love to eat the reward :)

Are you ready to go see the amazing projects other Power Poppy team members created? Follow these links to see some awesome creations!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Thank You for Everything

For the current Creative Confetti Challenge Julie has a fabulous sketch! I always struggle with layouts so I get so excited when I see a good sketch posted!

I had this pansy image (only $2.49 in the shop right now!) partially colored and sitting on my desk so I grabbed my copics and finished coloring it so I could use it for this challenge. Purple and yellow pansies are my favorite, I think they are so pretty!

I grabbed some purple and yellow paper from my stash and put those on a dark purple card base and then I embossed a strip of white paper with an argyle pattern, stamping the sentiment in purple before embossing. I added the purple ribbon across the bottom of the panel and then popped up the pansy image over the panel.

There is still time to play along with all of April’s Creative Confetti Challenges so head on over to the blog and check them out! Every time you play along that’s a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to the Power Poppy shop!