Saturday, October 24, 2020

Power Poppy Quiet Christmas- Day 2!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Power Poppy Quiet Christmas blog hop! I hope you took the time yesterday to go and see all of the fabulous inspiration from the Bloom Brigade. I honestly had my jaw on the ground looking at their amazing creations!
Today's release is titled Enchanted Branches-Nativity and has so many beautiful, peaceful images. I decided to go with the image of Baby Jesus as it reminds me of the nativity my grandma would put under her Christmas tree.

I really wanted to keep this card as simple as possible. I colored the image with copics, tossing in some gold and a rust color for the blanket. I originally just had the white image against the green background but didn't like it much so I decided to add the patterned paper behind it. The gold from the image carries through to the paper and the red from the berries balances nicely against the patterned paper. I took the pine branch from the set and cut and colored out 3 of them. I laid 2 of the branches flat on the card along the top of the image panel and then I placed the 3rd one across the middle of the other 2 branches and popped it up for some dimension. The green paper in the background is embossed with a wooden plank design to keep the outdoor feel going.

Time to see the gorgeous creations from the Bloom Brigade! Click on each name to see their designs and then finish up at the Power Poppy blog :)

Friday, October 23, 2020

Power Poppy Quiet Christmas Release-Day 1!

I am SO excited! It's time for a brand new Christmas release from Power Poppy ((squeal)). It's been 2 years since the last holiday collection and wow, you will NOT be disappointed with what Marcella has designed for this new Christmas collection. Finally, something good to come out of 2020 LOL

Today we are highlighting a new set called Mossy Pots with Paperwhites. I decided to use the image of the paperwhites in a bowl with ornaments leaning up against the bottom of it. Because paperwhites are a very pure looking flower I wanted to keep the background very soft and quiet. I mixed and matched 3 different patterned papers that use the same colors and then I popped up my image over the papers. For a little pop of color I added some red with the ribbon through the flowers and then red stickles for a few of the ornaments. I used silver stickles for the other ornaments. I colored the flowers with my C copics and also used a hint of YG. I wanted my bowl to have an outdoorsy/nature feel to it so I carried the brown from the flower bulbs into the sides of the bowl. This image was so fun to color!

Are you ready to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade did with the new set Mossy Pots with Paperwhites? Click on the names below to visit the blogs and see the amazing talent!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Merry Kiss-Moose

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far. Here in my neck of the woods we are getting our first snow of the season. It won't last long because we're going to head into the upper 30's by the end of the day but I'm still enjoying every single snowflake that falls!

Not only is it the season for snow in Alaska but it's also time for the moose to start moving around more in search of food. My daughter has had a moose in her backyard for a few days now feeding on the crabapple trees. Her roommate is not happy about the moose snacking on the trees but my daughter thinks it's great LOL With moose in mind I took one look at our Sunday Stamps sketch from Annette and knew what stamps I wanted to use. I took a tad bit of liberty with the circle elements of the sketch but you can still see the sketch when looking at the card so it's all good :)

The moose are from the Gerda Steiner Designs set Moose Love. I love this set because it has a bull (male) and a (cow) moose. I am SO picky about moose stamps, I cannot stand it when companies use a moose image with antlers and then throw some pink elements on it to make it a female moose. That's not how it works....if it has antlers it's a boy!

I had the images colored and set aside on my desk so all I had to do was pick out some patterned paper for the background, cut out the brown square and white banner with dies and then place my moose images how I wanted them. I also cut out and colored the mistletoe image from the set and popped that up above the bull moose.

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, we'd love to see how you interpret the sketch!

Monday, October 5, 2020

Fall Moose

I'm late, I'm late! I went to Denali National Park over the weekend and didn't get any crafting done before I left so here is my Sunday Stamps card a bit late.

We have a fun color challenge this week at Sunday Stamps and the colors are perfect for fall. When I saw the colors my eye instantly went to the yellow and I started thinking about what I could do to make the yellow the focus of my card. I looked around my area to try and get some inspiration and 2 things instantly jumped to mind..... moose and larch trees. I LOVE larch trees, I think they are so cool. I'd love to have a bunch in my yard but my husband isn't a big fan like I am. The bright yellow/orange they turn in the fall just really appeals to me.

I then started thinking about the brown in the color palette and of course what comes to mind? Moose of course! It's rutting season and when I was up in Denali I was really hoping to see some big bulls looking for a female friend but alas the moose were nowhere to be seen. We did see a young bull as we were leaving the park but all the others were hunkered down somewhere.

For my card I used the trees in the Merry Moose set to stamp some larch trees and then I added some smaller pine trees in front of those. I then stamped my moose image on Soft Suede card stock with Early Espresso ink and used my coordinating punch to pop the moose out. The background paper is from the Plaid Tidings DSP found in the SU Holiday Catalog. I popped the moose up with mini dimensionals and I thought about adding a sentiment but then decided I liked the card as it is and so I put it down and called it good!

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, we'd love to see what you do with these colors!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Singing Loud

Happy Sunday! It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a fun sketch from Heather to work with!

Christmas is my most favorite time of the year and I collect Christmas movies. One of my favorite movies is Elf so of course when I saw this stamp set in the SU holiday catalog that featured a quote from the Elf movie I had to have it! I sing nice and loud at Christmas but considering how awful my voice is I don't know if it brings cheer to those around me 😆

I adore this new DSP called Trimming the Town! I think it is just perfect with all the designs and colors. I thought this sheet with all the people on it would be a nice background for a singing quote and then the red with the polka dots was a nice contrast, plus it worked for the 3 dots in the sketch. The 2 thin lines in the sketch called for some blue DSP, which matches the blue on the main background image. This was a fun and simple card to throw together quickly!

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, we'd love to see how YOU interpret the sketch!

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Harvest Love

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have a gorgeous autumn color combo to play with.

I recently got some bundles from the SU Holiday catalog and this autumn stamp and die set was one of them. It's called Autumn Goodness and the fence die and wheelbarrow stamp/die is what really sold me on this one. I've wanted a fence die for a while and combining the wheelbarrow with other images in the set? Yes please!

I decided to use Early Espresso for my card base and then I used Crumb Cake for the next layer, embossing it with the Pinewood Planks folder. I used a circle die to cut a piece of the plaid paper and then cut the fence from Pool Party and the wheelbarrow from Early Espresso. The sentiment was also stamped in Early Espresso.

Even though you only need to use 3 colors from the graphic I pretty much used all 5, even though my flowers are more of a red than a rust color.

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! We'd love to see how you use these fall colors.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Cozy Christmas

I needed to get some cards done for a swap and where is the first place I turn to for layout inspiration? Freshly Made Sketches of course! Layouts are always my biggest obstacle but thankfully they had the perfect sketch this week to get my brain pushed into gear.

For my card I used the SU DSP Trimming the Town and the Home Together dies to cut out the houses. I then used the same DSP to cut a square for the background, which is a snowy forest scene. I positioned the 2 smaller houses to the left and the right and then for the middle portion I popped up the large house with dimensionals. The Coming Home stamp set doesn't have any sentiments so I used one from the Merry Moose set, I thought it went perfectly with the scene I created.

Quick and easy cards with no coloring on them whatsoever, which is very rare for me. I do love these houses though!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 28, 2020

Healing Bouquet

TGIF! Are you ready to bring in the weekend with another new digital stamp from Power Poppy? Today we have Healing Bouquet, an awesome image featuring lemon, lavender, lotus, elderberry and eucalyptus. There are so many wonderful directions this image can be taken in!

I decided to keep my colors on the softer side. The red berries and lemon really pop against the more muted colors of the lotus, lavender and eucalyptus. For my sentiment I once again used a sentiment from the now retired set Good Thinking:Renewal.

Now it's time to go on a beautiful adventure perusing the creations from the rest of the Bloom Brigade! Just click on the names for each designer to see the wonderful things they did with this fabulous new image!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

New Power Poppy!

Happy Thursday friends!I've got some fabulous news....Power Poppy has a brand new digital image being released today and another one is being released tomorrow! I don't know about you but I am SO EXCITED to have brand new Power Poppy goodness to color.

This release is called the Fresh-Squeezed Scents Collection and today's image, Aloes and Oranges, features an aloe plant flanked by oranges. I've never colored an aloe plant or oranges before so it was really fun to look up photos for reference and to see the different colors out there for the aloe plants. I decided to go with a more milky green color with just a hint of a darker color mixed in for my aloe plant, and I really liked how the leaves contrast with the pretty flowers that come up from the aloe plant. Did you know an aloe plant flowered? I didn't!

I didn't get too fancy with the oranges, those who are familiar with me know I like to keep things simple and honestly I was a bit scared to try and get too crazy with the sliced orange LOL For the white flowers I did some coloring with a C3 and C1 copics.

For my background paper I used colors right from my image panel, mixing some stripes with polka dots.. The sentiment is from the clear stamp set Good Thinking: Renewal (sadly this set is now retired).

Are you ready to see what the rest of the Bloom Brigade came up with? Hang on to your seats because the projects are A-MA-ZING!


Monday, August 24, 2020

Happy Birthday Fish

It's time for a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and this week we have a fun sketch from Claire to play with!

I'm still short on time so I went through my colored images sitting on my desk to see if I had anything that would work for this sketch. I got lucky and had this fish from Power Poppy all colored and ready to go!

I went through my paper stash to find paper that I liked with this image and then I popped the image panel up with dimensionals after I got the card base done. To finish it off I stamped Happy Birthday on a banner and popped that up also.

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!

Monday, August 17, 2020

Hello, Pumpkin

Whew, it has been darn near impossible for me to find any crafting time! Work has been kicking my butt and I spend my spare time either painting my house or sleeping. Thankfully Mother Nature finally gave us a weekend full of sun and no rain so hubby and I spent this entire weekend getting the rest of the exterior of the house painted. Other than scraping paint off the windows we are done, wooohooo! I love seeing my house with a new trim color and a fresh coat of paint for the body, it just makes such a nice difference!

Sunday night is always family night for me, my husband and our oldest son so tonight we played horseshoes after dinner since the mosquitoes have disappeared. Hubby won the first game and our son won the second one. After saying goodbye to our son I came into the craft room and grabbed this pumpkin image from Power Poppy that I recently colored (currently on sale for 2.99!!). I had set aside some patterned paper that I thought would go good with this stamp and I just started playing along with the paper and card stock to see if I could get a layout I liked. I finally decided on this layout, there is some of the patterned paper showing but yet room to stamp a sentiment in the bottom corner. I popped the image panel up for more dimension.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Creative Confetti: Keeping it Simple

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I hope the week is off to a great start for everyone! Lisa here to bring you this weeks Creative Confetti and we're going to keep it simple!

Life is a bit crazy for me right now....I work for our local school district and our kids are headed back to school on the 19th so we're busy getting ready for them. Plus, after 11 years of working the night shift, I'm switching to days. So, I'm trying to balance work, family time and crafting time! I'm always about keeping things simple but I really need to simplify things as much as possible right now. Hence, this week's theme. Let's create cards with lots of white space and not much fuss. Let the image do all the talking!

HOW TO PLAY: Create a clean and simple card. This means plenty of white space and a nice streamlined card without a lot of elements to draw your eye away from the image.

On to my creation...

Power Poppy has such wonderful images with fabulous details that it's really easy to pick one for a CAS card. Since I have winter and Christmas on the brain  I decided to ink up the set Let Your Heart Be Light. I am drawn to images that have an old fashioned feel to them and this set definitely has that feel. My grandmother was a retired florist and she used to have the most beautiful Christmas centerpieces on the kitchen table and this set makes me think of those.

To start, I die cut my white base so I would have some pretty edging around my image. After getting the 2 pieces arranged to where I wanted them (the top and bottom image panels) I stamped them in black and then used my copic markers to color in the image. For a little extra pop, I used metallic gel pens on the leaves and berries. I then adhered the white image panel to a cherry-colored card base and voila, easy peasy clean and simple card! It took me less than 15 mins from start to finish!

Want to join me this week? Simply create, post and then link up using the linky over at the Power Poppy blog!! As we always say, if you get those fingers inky and play along, each and every link is an opportunity to win a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! 

Until next time!

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Having Fun Together

It's time for a new challenge over at the Sunday Stamps blog and this week we have some nice cool colors for you to play along with.

I recently got a new bundle from the SU Holiday Catalog called Freezin' Fun. Winter is my favorite season and I can't resist animals such as a penguin and rabbit out having some fun on the slopes!

For my card base I used Misty Moonlight and then stamped some snowflakes on it with Versamark. I then used a die from the Freezin' Fun set to create my slopes. I used the rabbit and penguin from my set and colored them with copics and then used more coordinating dies to cut them out. I made my penguin a snowboarder, cutting out the snowboard from some In Color DSP. I added some Wink of Sella along the edges of the slope and then stamped my sentiment at the bottom. I pretty much used every shade from the graphic on my card!

Make sure you stop by the Sunday Stamps blog to see what the rest of the DT created and then play along with us, we'd love to see how you use these colors!

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Explore More

Hubby had 5 teeth pulled yesterday so we're having a nice quiet weekend at home, which allowed me to spend some time in the craft room. This weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge is nice and simple so I was the perfect time to jump in and play along.

I recently colored this Fly Agaric image from Power Poppy during the 30 Day Marker Challenge. I LOVE these mushrooms, they are my absolutely favorite. They are Amanita Muscaria aka Fly Agaric but I call them the Alice in Wonderland mushrooms. The transformation and colors they go through during their short life span is just mesmerizing. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my photo series last year when I followed 2 Fly Agarics over a weeks time and showed how quickly they transformed. From their colors to their size it's just a fun change to watch! I normally see the Fly Agarics in mid to late Aug but this year they started popping up all over my yard in July. I'm guessing it's because we've had a pretty wet summer.

I used some retired SU DSP for my strip going down the side (the opposite side of that paper has pics of Fly Agaric, that's why I bought several packs LOL). The sentiment was stamped in Poppy Red and the image panel is popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by!

                                        Fly Agaric mushrooms in my yard in late July 2020.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Trick or Treat

I'm easing into a new position at work and even though I've been on days since April trying to balance my work time, family time and crafting time is still an issue for me. I have very little time to craft, so I definitely need to try and adjust my evening schedule at home so I can enjoy more time in my craft room!

Today's card came together very quickly, it uses an image that I colored last month during the 30 Day Marker Coloring Challenge. The witch is a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, I just love her witch images! Shes added several new ones this season so I definitely need to print those out and play.

For this image I used the usual colors I grab for Halloween cards, green, purple and a hint of black on this one. The image is colored with copic markers and the paper is from a pad I got at JoAnn 's last year I believe. I die cut all of the pieces on the front of the card and then layered them for a nice simple layout (layout is from MFT Bluepriints 20 sketch guide).

Thanks for stopping by!

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!