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!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone! It's time for some Friday Fun over at the Power Poppy blog!

Since Mother's Day is quickly approaching I decided to to create a card using the digital stamp Springtime Love Roundel (and it's currently on sale for $2.99!). I just love this image and the fun mix of flowers in it. The set comes with several sentiments you can use for Mother's Day or you can do what I did and use the premade image with the sentiment already placed for you!

Are you ready to see what the rest of the team created? Head on over to their blogs and check out their awesome projects!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

My Favorite in Scrubs

Happy Sunday folks! I hope everyone is doing well. I'm still trying to get used to day shift. My stamping time has definitely dwindled down....I'm so tired when I get home from work that I usually fall asleep on the couch with my dogs and then when I wake up I have to get dinner and chores done. Hopefully my body will finish adjusting to the change soon and I'll get on a good crafting schedule.

Today at Sunday Stamps we have a fun color challenge. It definitely makes one think of flowers or a beach scene but I went with a card that thanks our medical professionals on the front line of the COVID fight. My husband is one of those folks and I am so proud of him and his co-workers. They always do a spectacular job but right now, under so much stress and pressure, they are really kicking butt and taking names. This is a digital stamp from Unity Stamp Co and they do have a male version, I just haven't had time to color it up yet. 

My layout comes from the current sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches. It seems like forever since I was able to play along with them and I really like the sketch this week. It worked perfectly with my image!

For my card I used the 2 bottom colors of the graphic, plus the orange, although my orange on the clipboard ended up a bit darker than I wanted.

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!

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Creative Confetti Spring Blooms

Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday! As people continue to stay put and quarantine I hope everyone is doing well and are able to do things they love, like creating!

If you are on Instagram you may have seen the pictures that our fearless leader of Power Poppy, Marcella ,has been posting. My yard is still covered with over a foot of snow so I am just amazed to see all the green and wonderfully bright colors that are popping up in her gardens, it truly is a feast for the eyes! Marcy's garden photos are what inspired the colors for this challenge....a warm yellow, soft blue and a bright green.

HOW TO PLAY: It's nice and easy, just create a project using the colors in the graphic! You can use images of flowers that are spring bloomers or you can create a Christmas card with these colors, it's entirely up to you and your imagination!

On to my Creation!

I really enjoy the color yellow so I wanted to make that the main color of my image. I decided to go with the digital image Bees in Foxglove. This fabulous digital stamp is only $1.99 in the shop right now!!

I used Copic markers to color my image and my sentiment is from the clear set Natural Beauties. I just love foxglove in yellow, I usually see it in pink hues.

It's your turn to use these colors on your project! Share your creations by linking them up over on the Power Poppy blog. Every single entry will be in the running for a $25 gift card to the Power Poppy Shop!

Be safe, be well, and have some fun with this challenge!


Friday, April 10, 2020

Courageous and Amazing

Happy Friday! I hope everyone is doing well with the "new normal". I normally work nights but because schools are closed they now have everyone working days. I started this past Monday on day shift and I am wiped out! I'm used to going to bed at 4am and now I'm getting up at 5am. Hopefully my body will adjust soon.

One fabulous thing about Friday's? It's time for Friday fun over at the Power Poppy blog! I created this card for a dear friend of mine who wanted a card for one of her relatives that is an x-ray tech. I wanted to convey the feelings we all have for healthcare workers right now and 2 sets were perfect for that, M-Powering Words (and it's on SALE right now!) and Nice Things to Say

Are you ready to see the other projects created by Power Poppy team members? Head over to their blogs right now to check out their amazing creations!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Super Hero in Scrubs

A friend asked me to create a card for her niece, who is a nurse. I was more than happy to help out and so I went in search of a nurse stamp. I came across this image from Some Odd Girl Stamps and knew it would be perfect for what I wanted to do!

I colored the scrubs with copics and then went through my paper stash to find something that would match and this DSP from SU was perfect. The sentiment on the outside of the card is from a MFT set.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Thinking of You

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

With all the people that are stuck home due to quarantine or stay put orders I immediately thought of the cabin from the SU set Rustic Retreat. The set also comes with a sentiment stamp that says 'Thinking of You' so I started off by stamping the cabin and coloring it and then stamping the sentiment underneath it and die cutting it all out with a circle die. I then grabbed some Mossy Meadow and Early Espresso DSP for my background paper and layered it on an Early Espresso base. Quick and easy, just the way I like it!

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 this sketch!

Friday, April 3, 2020

Heart Full of Daisies

Hello to Friday! I hope everyone that has to stay put at home is hanging in there and finding stuff to do. Both my husband and I have whats considered essential jobs so not much has changed around my house. I will be going to day shift next week though so that is going to screw with my body for a bit. I'm not as young as I used to be and going from nights to days doesn't come as easy as it used too!

It's time for some Friday Fun with Power Poppy! For my card I used a digital set called Follow Your Heart. It's such a wonderful set, you can get a heart of roses, hydrangea or the one I used, daisies! I wanted something easy to color but yet something I could still get a nice pop of color with. The daisies were perfect for bringing in some green and yellow yet still providing a lot of white space.

With all that's going on in the world I wanted a sentiment that would be perfect for sending to someone who may be a bit stressed out. This sentiment from the now retired set Good Thinking: Renewal was perfect for what I wanted.

I also made this card to play along with the current Creative Confetti Challenge. Julie wanted us to go digital and use a digital stamp on our project. Power Poppy has such amazing digital sets that this was an easy peasy challenge to play along with :)

Are you ready to see what the rest of the Power Poppy team came up with? It will definitely brighten your day to see what these lovely ladies created, trust me!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Got You Covered

I'm really late but I'm finally getting my post up for Sunday Stamps! My husband and I were knocked out with the norovirus last weekend and if you have ever had it before you know how absolutely miserable it is! We're still really tired but at least I'm finally feeling like myself again!

We have a fun color combo this week at Sunday Stamps, perfect for any type of card! I decided to use a free digital stamp being offered by Whimsy Stamps. It's called TP Dudley and is just perfect for the current going-on's in the world right now!

I decided to color him green with orange accents. The other day when I pulled this dragon out I asked my husband what colors I should use. My Dungeons and Dragon playing husband immediately said "red and black". I told him honey, this isn't a "I want to destroy your kingdom dragon" LOL After seeing me color Dudley with these colors and some other bright ones he agreed I had made the right choice :)

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! If you are on a stay put or quarantine order now is the perfect time to join in some challenges :)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Reely Great Day

My friend Claire is the host this week over at The Paper Players and she has a fun sketch for everyone to play along with.

I've been playing along with The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge on Instagram and colored up this digital stamp from Power Poppy the other day. Since the oval in the sketch can be any shape I decided to use it for my card. I originally just had the white panel but I didn't like how it looked against the patterned paper so I added the chocolate backing, which made my shape go across the 2 strips a bit more than the sketch calls for.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Daffodil Hugs and a Big Sale!

It’s Friday and while I know a lot of people have had their lives turned upside down right now we’ve got some good news from Power Poppy! There is a HUGE sale starting today and trust me when I say that you won’t want to miss this. The sale applies to both clear sets and digital stamps so there is something for everybody! Head over at NOON CST to the Power Poppy shop and grab your favorite stamps!

My card today features one of clear stamps on sale, Daffodils. I love daffodils, they are such happy flowers!

I used one of the sketches from last weeks Creative Confetti challenge, although I had to alter it just a tad since I used a larger image.

Check out the wonderful creations the rest of the team came up with, and then go shop the awesome sale over at the Power Poppy shop!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hoppy Easter

I haven't had time to play along with Freshly Made Sketches in a while but I really loved this weeks sketch so finally made some time to get a card done, even though it took me a few days to get it all together!

I used an older MFT stamp that I had in my stash and kept the coloring pretty simple. I embossed the top half of a white panel, layered the green plaid piece below the embossed section and then stamped the sentiment in orange on the bottom left. I then layered that panel on a green card base and popped up the image for the circle portion of the sketch. It's pretty sad that such a simple card took me about 3 days to get done, ugh!

There is still time to play along with this weeks sketch so head on over and check it out!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Spring in my Step

Happy Friday! I know there is a lot of craziness happening across the world right now and I hope everyone is being safe and doing what is best for their families. Maybe you can find time for a little extra crafting and forget about everything that's going on for a while!

It's time for some Friday Fun over at the Power Poppy blog so hopefully this will help brighten the day for some folks! Even though it looks nothing like spring here I decided to go with this fabulous spring image from the Va-Va-Valentines set. It gives off such a happy vibe, don't you think?

I'm also playing along with the current Creative Confetti Challenge, Julie has 2 fabulous sketches for us to try! For this card I am using the first sketch but this weekend I definitely plan on giving the second one a try. I did leave the button off the banners in the corner because I'm not much of a button fan.

Are you ready to see what the rest of the Power Poppy team came up with? It's even better than last week!! I know, I know, that's impossible you say but I swear it's true! Head on over to their blogs and you will see the incredible cards these ladies have created! (Look at all the exclamation points I used, you know it all must be amazing!)

Psssssttttt....a little birdie told me there is going to be a HUGE sale going on in the Power Poppy shop at the end of next week...keep your eyes open for some amazing deals!!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Fathers Day in Green

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend so far. Mine has been awesome...we've gotten about a foot of new snow since Fri night and it's still falling. This coming week is spring break for the school district I work for so the big snowfall is perfect timing!

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

For my card I switched things up just a tad...I switched the spots for the sentiment and the circle portion of the sketch and since I went for a masculine card I left the ribbon off and instead used a strip of DSP and then added the gears going down across under the sentiment and car. Once again I used my 2 favorite colors, blue and green.

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!

Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Fun Hops

Happy Friday! I'm so glad the weekend is finally here. Between a disruption in my sleep schedule this week and some medical issues I am exhausted! I can't wait to catch up on sleep and spend most of the weekend in my Olaf onsie jammas....yep, I proudly wear those!

Another great thing about Friday? It's time for Friday Fun at the Power Poppy blog! You will be blown away by the talent on the blog this week, I mean seriously, these gals are A-MA-ZING!

For my card I used an image I colored the other day as part of The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge on Instagram. The image is from the digital set Hops and Barley but you can also buy a clear set with this image, that one is called O Hoppy Day. I'm not a beer drinker but I know a lot of them and this set is perfect for so many occasions.

One thing I really love about this image is that I can use earth tones to color it, my favorite hues to use. It was really relaxing to color all the green shades on this card! I'm a firm believer that one can never have too much green on their project :)

Are you ready to see what the rest of the team created? Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Hoppy Easter

A new The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge has started up and so I'm joining in the fun once again. I take part in it on Instagram and really love seeing all of the different projects people post and getting to meet so many kind folks!

Yesterday was Day 1 and I created these cards using a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil. Nice and easy, which was perfect since I spent most of the weekend outside enjoying the new foot of snow we got!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 28, 2020

Happy Spring

Happy Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I know I am! We are supposed to get more snow and the moose are already out like crazy in the neighborhood so the new snow should really send them into the yard. I'll be out with my camera hoping for some good shots!

Today is Friday Fun with the Power Poppy crew! Normally I would showcase a digital stamp but I just got this clear set, Bloomin' Wonderful, this week and I really wanted to ink it up. I'll be back with a digital stamp next week!

I love this wreath, it has one of my favorite flowering branches, forsythia. I grew up in New England and forsythia was everywhere. I always loved the bright yellow of the flowers taking over the landscape, it just spoke to my heart. When I saw this wreath had forsythia on it I had to get it! That's one thing I love about Power Poppy images, they bring back such wonderful memories for me, whether it's of places I once lived or people that were important to me. Isn't that what we want with our stamps and the projects we make with them, to feel a connection with them? Ok, ok, no more deep thoughts from me today LOL

I used my copics to color the image. I actually had a big blob accident on the wreath and spent 2 days clearing it up! Hopefully it's not too noticeable to folks where it happened.

Make sure you check out what the rest of the Power Poppy team is having fun with today!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Easter Wishes

I have a ton of colored images just laying around my craft desk and this weeks sketch over at The Paper Players was the perfect excuse to start getting in gear and making cards with them!

For this card I grabbed this MFT Pure Innocence image called I'm All Ears. I paper pieced the dress, using the same paper I used for the background. To break the background into 3 sections I used some pink polka dot patterned paper across the middle section. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Going Red for Jingle Belles

The current challenge over at the Jingle Belles blog is to create a project that predominantly features the color red. I finally made time to create a Christmas card, the first one of the year for me!

I used a set from Power Poppy called Joyful Arrangements. The clear set is now retired but you can find several of the images from the set in digital stamp form in the Power Poppy shop, including the image I used on my card

To keep me on track with the red theme I picked out the paper I was going to use first and then I brought the accent colors from that paper into the image. The card is still all about the red but has touched of brown, green and blue thrown in.

The challenge ends tomorrow so hurry on over and link up your red card :)

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Hens and Chicks

It's time for a new challenge over at Sunday Stamps and this week we have some bright and bold colors to work with! I have to admit, I was a bit stumped but I started going through my digital stamps and stopped on the Hens and Chicks set from Power Poppy. I knew it would be perfect for the green and purple colors, plus bringing black into the card would be easy.

I colored my image with copics and then started to work on my card lay out. I began to put my card together Sat afternoon and originally used yellow patterned paper for the background and a single purple frame but I kept looking at it and was not happy with the combo at all. Hubby and I went out to dinner, ran some errands and coming back home to the card I still wasn't happy. At 2am Sun morning I finally said forget it and left it laying on my desk and went to bed. When I woke up today I grabbed the purple patterned paper, cut the frames out and went with a different sentiment than what I had originally picked out and I am SO much happier with the result! Sometimes we just really need to step back and give our projects a fresh eye later on to get to the point where we are happy with our choices!

I'm also playing along with this weeks Power Poppy Creative Confetti Challenge, which is to Frame It Up. Julie wants us to showcase our main image with a frame so I used 2, a black one and a green one set against the purple patterned paper.

Make sure and 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!

There is also still time to play along with Creative Confetti on the Power Poppy blog, you have the entire month to play along with each weekly prompt so go check that out also!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Love One Another

I started coloring this card toward the end of last week and then I got knocked out of commission with a nasty cold. I hate it when that happens, especially when I had a 3 day weekend that I didn't get to enjoy! I finally had enough energy to get this card finished up on Monday, thankfully.

The image is from the Power Poppy digital set Love One Another. I just love irises and tulips, they are such happy flowers. It's funny, I don't like the color purple in day to day stuff but when it comes to flowers give me a purple and yellow combo any day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Time to Fly

It's my favorite time of the digital stamp release at Power Poppy! I always get SO excited to see what Marcy has in store for everyone and she never disappoints!

For my card I used the set Time to Fly:

A meandering mix of butterflies and anemones swirl through the gears of time in this intricate design. Variations are included with both richly detailed butterflies and more simplified wings, also choose from ornate watch hands and very simple ones. Be sure to crop into this one to create a scene that works for you if you don't feel like tackling the entire drawing. Images are in light grey as well as black.

For my card I decided to go with bright colors and kept the butterflies simple because honestly, I was scared to try and get too much detail with the butterflies. LOL I'm just not as talented as some people who can look at an example and then translate it to their stamped image. I did google butterflies and used some of the images I found as the inspiration for the colors I chose.

The sentiment I used is from the clear set Geraniums Take Two and I thought it went perfectly with this image! I kept it simple by stamping it in black on a piece of white card stock that was die cut. I didn't want the sentiment to take away from the image so I think keeping it simple and in the corner keeps the eye on the colors of the image.

The other set released today is called Shimmering Flight:

The colorful hollyhocks and Native American turquoise-and-silver jewelry of New Mexico were on my mind when conjuring this drawing. Variations in this set include a faceted gemstone with a dragonfly, originally drawn expressly for Alyce Keegan's Kit and Clowder classes, and a version of the turquoise/hollyhocks with a dragonfly. Images are in light grey as well as black.

Head on over to the Power Poppy blog to see the amazing cards that were created with this digital stamp set, they are fabulous!

Make sure to go check out these new digital stamp sets, they have something for everyone in them and I think you'll love them as much as I do :) sure to check out the sale section there are some awesome deals going on right now!!