Friday, March 24, 2017

A Cheery Hello!

Hello and happy Friday folks! I have a super quickie post to share today because -- in all honesty? I am surrounded by boxes as we speak! I mentioned a couple times here on the ole blog that we spent the last few months building a home and last weekend brought moving day! It's wonderful but the hard work starts trying to find a "home" for all your stuff! So.... long story short, this post is going to be short! ;-)

When I first got my hands on Power Poppy's Spring Fling Collection, I fell in love with the set Sweet Memories featuring snippets, bits, and tendrils of Sweet Peas! I think these fanciful flowers are so delicately beautiful, I just find joy coloring them up. I have colored sweet peas many times over the years but I have almost always reached for shades of pink. This time, I mixed it all up!

On to my creation!

I only reached (surprisingly) for a few markers -- V01, V04, and V06 for the violet shades and G21, G24 and G28 for the greens. The image was shaded with BG10, BG000, and BG0000. After I was done coloring, I did add a few dots thanks to a white gel pen. 

The layout is pretty darn simple. I had a few different small pieces of decorative paper that I cobbled together. I added a bit of lace and die cut my image thanks to a stitched fishtail die. Here's a little close-up for you!


And that, my friends, is it! A Cheery Hello that will one day be mailed to a cheery friend! Speaking of friends, you have to check out what my fellow Bloomies created this week just to share with YOU! Stop by and see.....


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!



Thanks for stopping and spending a bit of your day with me! :-) See you back here soon!

~Julie

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's the BIG DAY!

Hello all! Well, today is the day that we've all been waiting for. It's the day that all the sets (and dies) that the Bloom Brigade has been talking out this week are ready to grab up in the Power Poppy Shop! Say "Hello" to the Spring Fling Collection! 

Today, we have one more fabulous set to unveil! You might have seen this set -- Tiger Lily XL --already HERE with Kathy Racoosin of thedailymarker.com's fabulous show and tell as she kicked off her 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Or HERE as she showcased how to color up this beauty with colored pencils. But, if you missed that for some strange reason, take a gander, will you?


The final introduction is something new for Power Poppy! Wait until you see how XL this Tiger Lily really is! It's a 5" by 5" canvas and this bad boy takes up almost all of that space. Marcella added in a few leaves and a fabulous sentiment as well. The goal was to be able to get in and really color up this highly detailed work of art! We hope you really love the XL size because if you do, there's more where that came from! Think of all the flowers that could be amped up in an extra large size!

On to my creation!



When I saw this image, I wanted to make mine more like a Stargazer Lily coloring. See HERE? Mine didn't turn out as vibrant as these beauties are in real life but I did have fun grabbing those lovely shades of pink and green! Next time, I think I'll stamp the lily in a lighter shade of ink to really let the beauty of the flower sing when it's colored! Here's a peek at the markers that I used.....


After stamping and coloring, the rest is just matting it all up! I added a chartreuse background paper and rose, a little gold cording and then used only a portion of the sentiment from the set so that it just focused on the word "Peace" thanks to a little masking magic. The full sentiment is actually a quote from Mother Teresa which says, "Peace begins with a Smile." I love that! It's a beautiful thought that will be great for all occasion cards. 

Here's a close up! You can see that in addition to the Copic Markers,  I did a little impact thanks to a white gel pen... 


And that my friends is it! Now be sure to run on over to the rest of the Bloomies' Blogs to see how they rolled out this final day of release! I know you will be wowed! And then, hop on by the Power Poppy Shop to see this amazing collection yourself! There are so many fabulous illustrations and creative opportunities with this set of 8 brand new stamp sets! 



Thanks for stopping by! I'll be back Friday with another Power Poppy Hop and I hope you'll join me then!

~Julie

Monday, March 13, 2017

Power Poppy Sneaky Peek Day 4!

Hello folks! Can you even stand it? We are nearing the end of sneaky peeky week at Power Poppy! Tomorrow is the big day peeps! Tomorrow, all of the stamp sets that the Bloom Brigade has been showing off will be ready for the buying! Today, we have two more sets to sneaky peek and.... They. Are. FUN! 

Introducing....



Peony Muse features two big fat peony blooms, a bud, several leaves, a stem along with two berry clusters to create any kind of arrangement that your little heart desires! What's even more fun is that after you stamp, this set has a coordinating die set to make cutting and arranging these blooms a breeze! Go simple, go robust! It's all about customization with this one. Handlettered sentiments in this set are by Marcella herself! 


Artful Display offers a grouping of decorative objects that folks can play with to create "room scenes" with dishes, platters, and even a vintage Oyster plate. There's even a little Staffordshire Dog figurine and bouquet of Ranunculus that can be used all on its own to make a statement! I love how Marcella made a splash with this set that's completely inspired by decorating trends right now. Check out these fun inspiration pieces!

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Now, with a little ink, you can create the same feel with fun sentiments to match!

On to my creation! I just had to pick up Peony Muse for my creation because I just knew I wanted to snip and create my own little bouquet to frame this beautiful sentiment! 


I started by stamping some of the blooms and leaves in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I let my Copics go to town with shades of pink. I used R81, R83, R85, RV00, RV02, G21, G20, G24, and G28 with Y32 and Y35 for the centers with a little YR04 dotted as well. It's pretty bold, but I think it's happy! I want to try this card again only with super soft shades like THIS. 

And, here's a close up for you! 


And that, my friends, is it! Guess what? Only one more day until all of the stamp sets that we've been sneak peeking are in the Power Poppy Shop! Woot! Woot! And, remember, four of the stamp sets will have coordinating dies to make creating not only a breeze, but downright fun along the way!

The Bloomies are on standby right now, ready and waiting to show you what they've created using these two new sets so, stop by and see them, will you? ;-)

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Tomorrow -- Release Day-- be here (please)! Until then,
~Julie



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Power Poppy Sneaky Peek Day 3!

Hello Folks! Are you super excited yet? Only two days -- TWO DAYS -- until the Power Poppy Shop sprouts some brand new clear stamps as a part of the Spring Fling Collection! And, aside from the fact that there are 8 Fresh and FUN new stamp sets, four of those sets have coordinating dies to make creating extra easy and breezy! 

Before I get carried away, let's take a peek at the two sets being sneaked today!

Introducing.....

Stop. Smell. Savor the virtual sweetness of Sweet Memories! It's a set that offers little flouncy blooms that look like they were just snipped and clipped ready to enjoy as a bouquet, arranged as a border, grouped or even seen as a solo on a card. Want a little more "oomph?" Try adding sweet little tendrils, leaves or even little peas in a pod! 


Loving Tulips offers one of the images that flew off the digital shelves at the Power Poppy Shop --
Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher. Now creative peeps have a clear stamp option that comes with so many "extras!" Marcella paired this image with an exuberant Hello script and yet more polka dot accented sentiments and hearts to make this set sing with a fun and spunky flair! 

On to my creation! When I set my sights on the "hello" in this set, I just knew it would be perfect for sweet and simple creations that you could make in a jiffy. So, I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver detail powder. Afterward, I went to town adding various sizes of small rhinestones -- just to get that extra bling on! 


You can see I added that bit of bling around some of the curves of the word as well as on the little heart! I had fun pairing this apricot orange with a fun black and white pattern. Punchy & Fun! 


This one was a ten-minute creation for sure! And, it is one that I could recreate in a whole host of colors for a fun card set! I really wanted to showcase this card because I know how many of us struggle when we need to make a card in a jiffy. Well, sweet friends, this is one that you could get done and popped in the mail in no time! ;-)

While I love this sentiment, there's so much more to this set and the Bloom Brigade is on stand by to show just how far you can take this set creatively! So, hop on over and see....

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Remember -- these sets go live in the Power Poppy Shop on March 14! And, four of the brand new fresh and fun sets have coordinating dies to match! So fun! 

Be sure to swing back by tomorrow for yet another sneaky peek! This one offers an eclectic display of decor and a robust set of blooms that's just ready and waiting to be mixed and matched! Have I piqued your curiosity?? Hope so!

See you then!
~Julie

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Power Poppy Sneaky Peek Day 2!

Hello all! The fun continues today with not one but two new sets from Power Poppy that will be unveiled really soon! Want to take a peek at TWO more from the Spring Fling Collection?

Introducing....


Burst of Kindness is a giant bouquet that made a digital splash HERE in the Power Poppy Instant Garden. Well, now sweet polymer loving friends, you can now stamp your little heart out with this 4" wide image full of unique blooming spring flowers!


Succulent Singles  -- what can I say about these bunches of plump succulents? Marcella made this set to compliment the clear set she released three years ago called Sassy Succulents. This fresh and fun set offers varieties of different succulent plants, perfect for creating little mix and match groupings! AND.... when release day hits on March 14th, you'll even be able to order a coordinating die set with this stamp set to make creating with it even more fun!

On to my creation! 


OOOooOOOoo.... don't you love all the creative opportunities with this one? Each individual succulent can be stamped and arranged however you like for a gazillion different variations! I chose a bunching because I actually made my card base first. (I am trying new creative things these days!) 

I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and then grabbed my Copics and used a mix of YG greens plus V01, V04, V06, RV00, RV02. I love the way these little plants just explode with unique color. Each plant seems to have its own unique flair. Love it! 

Here's a close up for you! You can see that I cut out each plant and popped it up for a little extra dimension. 


And here's another close up showing this fun and snarky little sentiment in the set. Too funny, right? I can't wait to send this one to one of my gal pals to spark a smile! 


And that, my friends, is it!  Be sure to mark your calendar folks! Stamps go on sale March 14th with dies available that same day for pre-order! Woo Hooooooo!

Thanks so much for popping in and saying "hi!" I hope you swing back by tomorrow to see tomorrow's sneaky peek which offers a pair of flouncy blossoms that will melt your heart and ignite your creativity! I just know it! Be sure check out my fellow Bloomies' take on today's two sneaky peeks! Prepare to be inspired!




See you all back here tomorrow!
~Julie

Friday, March 10, 2017

Hello all and welcome to a giant dose of happy today on my blog! Why? Well, today is the very first day of the Power Poppy Sneak Peeks for our March Release. And, I have to say, we have so many surprises that you will be doing the happy dance before the week is over! ;-)

Today's stamp set is a literally a breath of spring! Check it out, will you please?


When Marcella put her ever-so-talented pen to paper to create the new set Natural Beauties, she envisioned a border of garden goodies -- think primroses, daffodils, cowslips, tulips along with other woodland flowers and foliage. Goodness, this one is a feast for the eyes and GUESS WHAT? This set also comes with coordinating dies that will soon be available for pre-order! Also, look for a special bundle price when you purchase both the stamp and die set together! Woot! Woot! 

On to my creation! First up, you can see another card using this new set HERE but for today's post, I thought I'd share a trio of little cards whipped up using these darling and dainty illustrations! I had bought some of those little bankers envelopes (coin envelopes #7) because I thought they would make up cute card sets! So here's the trio of cards I made up! 


Sweet and simple! Don't you absolutely love that Trillium with those darling little mushrooms? Sigh... just makes me happy it's so cute! I love that this set has fun little sentiments perfect for everyday cards. Senties like "Just a Note," "Hello Friend" and "Sending Happy Wishes!" So perfect! 

Here's a peek at the first card! 



 Second card for you!


And the third featuring a little bunch of Lily of the Valley!


And that, my friends, is it! You'll have to make the rounds to see how the rest of the Bloom Brigade put their own creative spin on this brand new set -- Natural Beauties!!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog -- see Marcella's inspiration for this set! 


Be sure to come back tomorrow for day two of the sneaky peeks when the Bloomies will showcase not one, but TWO new stamp sets that will soon hit the shelves at the Power Poppy Shop!


See you soon!
~Julie

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Color YOUR World!

Hello Folks! Are you ready to grab your markers, your colored pencils or paints and color your world? 

Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker is unleashing a world of color on her blog and Instagram (@kathyrac) this month, and she wants all of us to join her in the fun!



The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge
energizes us to color something every day — even if only for a few minutes. Whether your love markers or prefer paints, colored pencils or crayons, all media is welcome! CLICK HERE to find out where to share what you are coloring and join the encouraging community of happy colorists. You'll also find answers to questions you may have along the way, participate in contests and more! If you share your work on social media, don't forget the hashtag: #thedailymarker30day and if you use Power Poppy stamps or digis, add the hashtag #powerpoppy

On to my colorific creation! 

When Kathy announced that she would be kicking off her 30 Day Coloring Challenge in grand style, I knew I wanted to grab one of Power Poppy's soon-to-be released stamp sets -- just to tease you all a little bit! ;-) 


This stamp set -- called Natural Beauties -- is a part of Power Poppy's March Release, which will start being unveiled on March 10th! That stamp is actually designed as a repeating border, allowing you to stamp and keep on stamping this illustration in one beautiful row... to infinity and beyond! 

I stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then grabbed close to every color of Copic marker that I own to doll this image up! I stamped it on an angle, just to give it a little extra interest and then added the sentiment from the set below, also on an angle! Add some paper piercing, a scalloped edge and some minimal, yet fun decorative papers and.... Voila! 

Here's a close-up! 



Guess what? You have a chance to win this set, along with 7 other never-before-seen clear stamp sets as well! How? With this.....






GET READY FOR A POWER POPPY GIVEAWAY!
To kick off the challenge, Power Poppy’s Marcella Hawley has a surprise of epic proportions! She’s giving away Power Poppy’s SOON-TO-BE-UNVEILED MARCH CLEAR STAMP SET RELEASE! That means EIGHT of the freshest, most fun Power Poppy designs to hit the market yet. It's a $144 value! Plus you can enter a friend to win.

Winners will be announced on the Power Poppy Blog/Instagram/Facebook on Sunday, March 12th, and also over on thedailymarker.com.


THERE'S ALSO A SUPER SPECIAL DEAL THIS ENTIRE MONTH AS WELL! 

Power Poppy is offering 25% off all digital stamps for folks all month long to tie in with the Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge! Just enter the code COLORMEHAPPY at checkout! This is good on digis only to help you enjoy this beautifully colorful month!

Some of my fellow Bloomies are joining in the fun today, so be sure to pay them a visit.....


Allison Cope
Cindy Lawrence
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker



AND THEN -- pop back over to the Power Poppy Blog for the full link list of today's huge 30 Day Coloring Challenge Hop! Kathy Racoosin assembled a HUGE hop to give your creativity a jump start with some of her favorite stamp companies and Online Card Class Partners -- you won't want to miss out!

Thanks for stopping by -- remember to mark your calendar for Power Poppy's HUGE MARCH RELEASE, which will kick off March 10th! 

See you back here soon!
~Julie





Friday, February 17, 2017

Come On SPRING!

Hello, and happy Friday to you all! I don't want to sound like a whiner today but... who's going to join me and say that they are tired of winter??? I am so tired that I decided I needed to infuse a little spring into my creation today! And.... I wanted to try a "new to me" technique along the way!

So, on to my creation!


I pray that you can't tell, but the main image on my card literally took minutes to create -- mostly because it is one that is a little on the simple side when it comes to coloring but I just had to give this technique a whirl! I used the wreath from the Power Poppy set Bloomin' Wonderful. Here's all it took -- my super cheapo markers from Hobby Lobby, a larger size acrylic block, and a Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush.  


I didn't realize that you can use the Wink of Stella brush just as you do a water brush! I scribbled the colors of marker onto my block and then picked the color up with the brush to paint my image and I gotta tell you --- it worked like a charm! 

Here's a close up of the finished image -- only from an angle where you can see all the glitter! I love how you look at the image straight on and can't really see all the sparkle until you move it in the light. 


And that, my friends, is it! An easy peasy card that ushers in a feeling of SPRING! Now it's time to turn things over to my lovely stamping sisters -- the Bloomies -- to see what wonderous things they've whipped up for your viewing pleasure this week!

Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >> you are here!
Stacy Morgan

Thanks for stopping by! I'll see you all back here real soon!
~Julie

Friday, February 10, 2017

Look Mom .... No Lines!

Goodness people, it feels like a ba-zillion years since I've posted here! Life has been a bit crazy in my world and my time to create has been nill! That's why I am so happy to be with you today! YAY! And, I have a first on my blog here. Never before in my history of card making have I tried the 'No Line Coloring' technique. 

This is why I gave it a try....

I did so because Ms. Cindy Lawrence made this fabulously artsy technique the focus for her Power Poppy Power & Spark Challenge this month! You can read up on the challenge and read up on some tips she offered on how to be a success at this style by clicking HERE!


I have to admit, I was nervous! I went in knowing, however (as Cindy pointed out) that there would be an ugly duckling phase of my coloring. Thank goodness she shared that this fact because there were a few times that I nearly ripped up my colored creation and threw it in the 'circular file'! But, I stuck with it and this was the result below! I did use quite a few Copic markers to color up this little bouquet from the Winter Pick-Me-Up digital stamp set by Power Poppy! Here goes! Background: BG0000, BG000, BG11; Greenery: YG00, YG21, YG03, YG17; Woody Stems: E31, E33, E57; Pussy Willows: W00, E41, E84; Crocus: B60, B63, B66, Y35 and Y38 (with white gel pen for highlights on stamens); Snowdrops: C00, YG00, YG13.

I should point out that before I even started coloring, I did have to open this file in Photoshop Elements and make the lines of the image super light. I changed it to a super light celery green. I should have take a photo to show you all, but forgot! If you ever need help on changing the color of the lines of a digital stamp, Power Poppy has a tutorial just for you! Just click HERE to read all about it! 


After I was done coloring, I did die cut my image with a double stitched rectangle die and while the die was still on my image, I colored using BG0000 around the outside to create a kind of shaded edge and then blended with colorless blender. The sentiment was added thanks to Versamark and detail gold embossing powder (sentiment is from the set Nice Things to Say).The rest is just matting it up! I used some scraps, added some paper piercing and a gold button threaded with twine and... ta da! Done! 

Here's a close-up! (Don't look too close -- I still have a LOT to learn about this technique!!)


And that, my sweet stamping friends, is it! I hope you give this technique a whirl! I do think that if you did it regularly, it would really give you that extra edge when it comes to realistically shading images to bring out the best in your stamped art. So, for that, I am grateful that Cindy put us all up to this challenge!

Now it's time to turn things over to my stamping sisters -- the Bloomies -- to see what they've created for your viewing pleasure this week!


Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Stacy Morgan


Thanks for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me! Hope to see you all back here soon! :-)

~Julie

Friday, January 20, 2017

A Post So Fast You'll Freak!

Hello folks and Happy Friday! I will be honest, this little blog post is going to be a quick splash of inspiration to get your weekend GOING! Why? Well, in a matter of hours yours truly and the Chief Creative Peep of Power Poppy, Marcella Hawley herself, will be on a plane bound for Creativation 2017, formerly known as CHA! This is going to be a super special treat for me because in the nearly 10 years Marcy and I have "worked" together, we have never met in person. Never. Not. Even. Once. We have a LOT of catching up to do, don't you think? ;-)

My creation today is actually a "Hey did you see this one?" kind of post! Last Monday over on the Power Poppy blog, it was my turn to host Inspire Me Monday and so I showcased some flat-as-can-be creations that are perfect for mailing, which also -- by design -- put your sentiments in the spotlight!

Here's a peek at what I did!







And here's the link to see how I did it HERE!

Like I said folks, short and sweet post for you! I still have to pack! EEK! So, now it's time to 1. remind you to play along in Power Poppy's Power & Spark Winter Blooms Challenge! You can read all about it HERE. And, 2. share the linky so that you can "Oooo" and "Ahhh" over my fellow Bloom Brigade's latest Power Poppy Creations!


Thanks for stopping by and as the kids used to say.... "See Ya on the Flip Side!"
~Julie

Friday, January 13, 2017

Winter Blooms

Hello all! Hope your week is ending on a creative high note! I am not sure about you but my neck of the woods could use a warm up! That's why it was fun to take some time this week to snuggle in, grab a cuppa joe and just take some time to color and create!

Here's a little peek at what I whipped up!

And here's why I decided to color up the flower that I did! 


Just in case you missed it, you can click HERE to find out all about this month's Power & Spark Winter Blooms Challenge hosted by the lovely and talented Stacy Morgan! 

On to my creation! I started by stamping bits and pieces from the Power Poppy clear stamp set Glistening Paperwhites. If you look at the set, you can see there are buds and branches and single flowers just waiting to be stacked, cut and colored up! 


And so.... that's what I did! I stamped the pine and berry branch first, then strategically stamped the buds and then on scrap pieces, stamped the flower and the buds and leaves again, knowing I would cut out just the leaves and just the flower to create some dimension. After the images were stamped, I colored them up using some watercolor markers (You can click the link to see which markers I used). It's funny, these markers were ones that I bought at Hobby Lobby with a coupon for $7. I wanted to give them a try! And, they did okay. I love the fact that they have a medium size tip and fine tip. The fine tip came in handy more than a few times for many different projects! To color this image, I had to scribble the color onto a palette and then put it on my image with a Dove Blender Pen. But, I enjoyed using a different medium! After my image was colored, I cut and then added a little bit of razzle dazzle to the center of the flower and the berries with glitter glue! 

Here's a close up for you! 


The rest is just matting it all up! The sentiment is from the Play Ball stamp set. I loved the scripted "Thanks" and wonder why I haven't used it more often! The paper is a mix of Echo Park patterned paper pads that I've stashed away over the years. And that, my friends, is it! This one is going in the mail pronto because I am WAY behind on my post-Christmas Thank Yous!!

As your making your creative rounds, don't forget to pay these fine ladies a visit and see what crafty little things they've been up to this week!


Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber>>> you are here!
Stacy Morgan


Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you all back here real soon!
~Julie

Friday, January 6, 2017

Birthday Tulips for a Friend!

Hello all and happy Friday! Happy 2017 too! I pray this year brings nothing but happiness and "sunshine!"  Speaking of sunshine, it's one of my New Year's resolutions to make cards that I actually send. I started a birthday calendar and hope to actually stop my day to send off cards here and there to brighten someone else's day! 

This card below went to a friend who is just one of the best. Our kids are friends and play sports together. What's funny is she didn't have a clue I was a card maker. So, I surprised her with a handmade birthday card! 


I started by printing off the Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher by Power Poppy onto white card stock and then picked up my Copic Markers. I used YR04, R14, R00, YR07, YG00, YG03, YG06, E40, W00, E81, BV000, BV0000 and BG0000. I think that was all. I really need to photograph the markers used like some of those other savvy stampers! 

Here's a closeup below! You can see that I used a double-stitched rectangle die. While the die was still on, I used a wee bit of Broken China Distress Ink and sponged around the edges. I created the bottom beige portion by using the same die and then cutting off a portion of the piece. On that, I used some beige ink and the tulip stamp from the Dynamic Duos: Peonies and Tulips. I also printed the sentiment from this digital stamp set, created a sentiment flag and laid that over the seam of the two papers. And... ta da! 


And that, my friends, is it! I do have a little fun tidbit to share! Being that it is a new month, there's a brand spanking new Power & Spark Challenge on the Power Poppy Blog for you to try your hand at! 


The WINTER BLOOMS challenge comes with a 100% smile guarantee because our hostess with the mostess Stacy Morgan wants to see your creations in full bloom! Here's what she had to say about this month's quest for colorful creativity! 

"When winter comes, many of us long to say goodbye to the chill and say hello to those cheerful and fresh spring flowers! Did you know there are lots of blooms that sprout at the end of winter? How about camellias, crocus, paperwhites, holly, snowdrops, or poinsettias? Let's see how you can bring these pretty little petals and glorious greens to life and enjoy this last bit of winter as well!"

Thanks Stacy! Now, if you are a little stumped on what qualifies as a winter bloom -- Marcella has taken the guesswork out of it for you and created a link to all the stamps in the Power Poppy Shop that would work beautifully for this challenge! Just  CLICK ON OVER HERE to see all the beauty that awaits!

Moving on... I happen to know that some of my fellow Bloomies are on standby, ready to show you some of the fabulous things they've worked on this week. So.... stop by, say "Hi!" and prepare to be amazed! ;-)


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!



Thanks for stopping by my little place on the blogosphere! I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead and I'll see you back here soon!

~Julie

Friday, December 30, 2016

A little project do-over!

Hello dear friends! I sure hope you had the merriest of Christmases and enjoyed friends and family --- just soaking it all in! I have to say that I did. We had a beautiful Christmas Eve that was quiet and peaceful as we awaited the birth of our Lord and then, the next day we were surrounded by more family the whole day long. It was a weekend of blessings and I sure hope it was for you too!

It honestly felt strange not showcasing a Christmas card today! I had to strain not to reach for a red and green scheme when I was putting this one together! I do have something fun to share however and it is actually a "re-do" of a creation from quite a while ago. I am not sure about you, but I have a box of finished cards and every now and then I look back and see -- what's not being used and why? It's during those times that I see if there is a card or colored piece that can get a makeover to make it more user friendly. And this time, I did find a finished project that needed a "do-over!"

This was the project from back on April 6th, 2015. Yes, this little number has been sitting for THAT LONG! Way back when I thought I would give it to my mom with some seeds but then I never bought seeds and shifted gears for Mom's Day and so this little envelope ended up sitting....


Just a note before I show you the "redo" that the silhouette and digital files for this project are still live over on the Power Poppy Blog HERE if you ever wanted to follow the project above! There's even a Silhouette cut file for the little envelope featured!

Now, onto my new, more user-friendly creation!


You can see that in order to have this do-over, I needed to cut out the image and make that my focal point instead of using the full she-bang. I used a stitched circle die and then matted it on a die cut shape to really accent it. This image is the digital stamp from Power Poppy called Countryside Bouquet. If you can "see" this in the photo, the blue piece of card stock was stamped with Versamark ink using the daisy stem from the clear stamp version of this set called Countryside Bouquet Deluxe! I thought the plain blue was just.... too plain!

From there, I added the sentiment running down the side from the Power Poppy set called Cozy Cupfuls. Even though this is a Christmas set, I think this sentiment is great for use all year round! Afterward, I added a little twine and a wooden button and ta da!!! Fini! Now I have a all-occasion card that I just know will be used in the next few months! 

Here's a close up for you!


Well folks, the fun doesn't end here! Be sure to hop on over and see what some of my fellow Bloomies have up their creative sleeves too! 


Julie Koerber >>> you are here!




Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers to a Happy New Year! Next time we "talk" it will be 2017!!
~Julie





Friday, December 23, 2016

I Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Can you feel the excitement in the air? Can you snap up a little bit of that joy? I sure hope you answered yes and that the beauty of this most holy season fills your heart to the brim -- no matter how you celebrate! I love this time of year and the fact that more people seem to wear smiles and seeing the wonder expressed in a child's face never gets old!! 

I am going to make this short and sweet because as we speak, there are a few gifts that still need to be wrapped and a little more Christmas cheer to be spread! And, my mom has cookies in the oven that I'd love to serve as a taste tester for! ;-)

This little creation that I am sharing is one that went out in the mail this week to a very special lady! I am not sharing who just in case it hasn't landed in her mailbox yet but I wanted to share with all of YOU!



First up, I have to apologize for the photo. I took this one at night and so natural light was non-existent. Second, for those that might have missed it, we are living with my mom as we build our house and the locations to take good pictures is limited --- especially at night! So bear with me peeps!

This card was made using Power Poppy's Wreath: Felt Leaves and Fruits. I printed it off and colored it up using my Copic markers using YG00, YG03, YG06, R27, R32, E31, and BG000 and C00. I didn't shade at all around the image like I normally do because I wanted this one to be clean and crisp and loved the image up against the country charm of the polka dots, doily, and gingham. What you can't see is that the enamel dots that I added are glittery, which matches the glitter that I added to those darling little pom-pom "flowers!" And that, my friends, is it! 

I did have a special bit of news from Power Poppy Central! If you happened to have stopped by after Thanksgiving, Power Poppy had a fun little “hunt” for a mystery digital download that you could nab for $1. GOOD NEWS!!!! Marcella is bringing it back for the next several days — go grab Candy Cane Classic for a dollar to use on those last-minute gift tags!


Moving on... earlier I mentioned that we are in the process of building a home. Early in November, I shared that we had a foundation and some framing. Well, it's amazing what a difference a little more than a month and a half makes! It's beginning to look a lot like... a house! ;-) The cold weather is hampering some of the progress on the outside but inside -- things are moving -- plumbing, electrical, ductwork and as we speak -- drywall! We should be in by March! YAY! 


That is it from me today! I'm going to turn things over to my fabulous fellow Bloomies to see what they've whipped up for you all to see! 


Julie Koerber >> you are here!


Thanks so much for stopping by! I wish you all the joy possible during this most wonderful time of the year! Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and wishes of love, peace, and kindness for all!