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!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Inspired by Song

Happy Tuesday friends! This week I'm the host of  Creative Confetti on the Power Poppy blog and I want everyone to get inspired by song. Music plays a big part in my life and like a lot of people I associate certain songs with certain events or people in my life. Sometimes it's a melody that will make me think of my dad, a song title that takes me back to a summer night, the scent of lilacs moving through the air. How has the magic of song inspired you?

HOW TO PLAY: Make a card inspired by a song! Maybe the title of the song has a flower mentioned in it, maybe a certain melody reminds you of flowers received on a special date? Let your imagination run wild with this!

On to my creation!

I had a few ideas going through my head for this. I originally had The Rose by Bette Midler as my inspiration but then I was listening to the 60's music station on my TV when Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells came on. I absolutely love that song and it reminds me of being a kid and sitting on the stairs that led to our family room. My parents had a pool table down there and on Saturday nights they would play pool with their best friends while listening to oldies on the radio. To this day I can still picture my dad standing there with his pool stick waiting to take his shot, his head bobbing to the tunes.

With St.Patrick's Day not too far away I decided to use the digital stamp Shamrock 'n' Roll. I'm a pretty literal person so the image is perfect for the song title plus the title of the stamp set goes nicely with the theme this week :)

After coloring the shamrocks I decided to do the clover in pink. There is a crimson clover that is native to Europe and which has been introduced to the US but I thought that going that deep of red would make the card look too Christmassy. The pink pairs nicely with the green, giving off a nice spring feel!

I had the patterned paper in my stash and it was the perfect mix of greens to go with my image! I wanted to bring in a tad more of that pink so I die cut a panel of pink card stock and angled it underneath a piece of olive green card stock that I embossed with an argyle pattern. I printed out the sentiment from the set and then popped that up across the bottom portion of the card to complete things!

Now it's your turn Creative Confetti fans! Let's see how music inspires you!  Don't forget to link up your creation over at the Power Poppy blog so we can ALL see what you've whipped up and you'll be entered into our monthly drawing for a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop. You have all month to play along!

See you soon!


Sunday, February 9, 2020

I Love You

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

I colored the rose in a coral color and then used some Toner Gray copics for the tag and around the outline of the leaves and flower. I knew I wanted my card base to be the same coral color so I grabbed some Granite Gray card stock and embossed that with the 3D Brick Wall embossing flower for some texture. I finished it off by tying a bit of Calypso Coral ribbon around the stem portion of the top of the image.

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! You can also play along with each of the Creative Confetti challenges all month!