Monday, August 22, 2016

Let the Trout Fly!

Hello all! If you are looking for a little creative inspiration to kick off your week, head on over to the Power Poppy Blog HERE! Why? Well today, yours truly is sharing four cards using four different sketches with only 1 digital stamp! Here's a little sneaky peek for you!


If you click on over, you'll see why these cards are great ideas to stash away when you need just the right "man card!" :-)

See you back here real soon!
~Julie

Friday, August 19, 2016

The BIG DAY is HERE!

Well after being tempted and teased with sneaky peeks all week, the day has finally arrived when all of those fun and fabulous new sets are there for the buying at the Power Poppy Shop! You just need to click HERE to see the Nature & Nurture Collection LIVE in the store! Woo Hoo!

And, just like every release, the Bloom Brigade uses this unveil day to share one more creation using one of the new sets! So.... on to my creation!


Since I didn't get in on the sneaky peek hop for In Praise of Sunflowers, I decided to take this image for a test drive. I absolutely love the flouncy nature of the blossoms Marcy drew and did I mention that sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower? They make me happy with their larger than life "faces" and sunshiney colors. In fact, wild sunflowers grow in the field behind our home and there are times when I am blessed to capture them on my evening walks... See? ;-)


But,  I digress! I guess you can tell why I 1. love this set and 2. had fun coloring it all up! After I stamped the image, I reached for the orange range of colors to make it even more bright and bold. I used Y35, Y38, YR04, YR07 and Y01 for the petals, G20, G21, G24 and G28 for the leaves and B60, B63 and B66 for the vase. E23, E25 and E31 were the colors that I used for the center of my flowers. I grabbed W00, W01 and W03 to add a little shading at the base of the image and BG0000 to add a little shading around the floral portion. You can see that when I was done coloring, I did add some white paint pen spots. I seem to be addicted to my white paint pen lately!


And here's a look at the inside. I decided to use the other image in the set to create almost a watermark on the inside of my card and then, matted up the sentiment as well. I figure when it comes to writing on this baby, I have the whole top of the 5-1/4" card. I'll probably leave this space alone! ;-)



And Power Poppy Peeps, like I said, the rest of the Bloomies are ready and waiting for your visit so that they could show you some of their extra special release week creations! So, don't leave them hanging! Head on over and see...

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

And, that's not all sweet stamping friends! Power Poppy has a special promotion on top of all of this! Friday through Monday, you'll get FREE SHIPPING on all domestic orders when you spend $50 or more (or $5 off international orders). There will be select discounts on clear stamps throughout the shop. Just click HERE to see for yourself and... get this... take advantage of Power Poppy's DOWNLOAD FRENZY with 25% off all digital stamps! Click HERE to check out the more than 50 digital stamp sets that are ready for you to buy up, download, print and color up in a jiffy! 

And there you have it friends! Hope you had fun this week and like what you see when it comes to Power Poppy's newest offerings! I know I am already in love with these images and see many, many crafty days ahead with them! 

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Power Poppy Sneaky Peek Day 3: Feeling Fall!

Hi all! Sure hope you've been enjoying all the sneaky peeks this week from the fabulous group of Power Poppy designers! If you missed the action click HERE to see day one of the peeks and HERE to check out day 2!

Today brings a fantabulous offering that's perfect to usher in those crisp days where you just want to curl up and enjoy the colors of the season around you. Take a gander at.....


Welly, welly, well... what do we have here? Power Poppy's brand new set -- Feeling Fall -- showcases three sweet vignettes with pumpkin, maple, and a plucky plaid! It's all meant to get that fall vibe kickin’ on your craft table. You'll find fun sentiments plus a stack of decorated pumpkins with a mysterious black cat, a trio of gourds, fall berries, and what has GOT to be a pumpkin spice latte PLUS stylish plaid wellies perfect for a day of raking the leaves of that gorgeous Maple tree in the yard. So incredibly fun and so very much in season, don't you think?
On to my creation! When I saw this pair of cute and dapper wellies in this set, I knew that I HAD to pick that image to start with. I loved the plaid that's worked into the image and wanted to play off that timeless burberry plaid. So, I put my markers to the test and here's what I got! 

After I was done coloring the stripes of black, red and pale yellow, I did use my fine Copic multiliner to add some stripes. From there, I used an array of autmn hues to give life to those beautiful Japanese Maple leaves. Add a little distress ink, sponged to the back of the image and.. voila! 

Here's a close up....

And here's a peek at the inside where I used some of the single leaves in the set with fall colored Memento inks to dress it all up! Don't you just love that sentiment?


And that, my friends, is it! A cute-as-can-be fall image perfect to share the feeling of fall with friends far and wide! 

Speaking of friends far and wide, my sistahs in the Bloom Brigade are here to share their Feeling Fall creations. The gang's all here so stop on by and visit...

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



And -- by the way -- you won't want to miss tomorrow's post! It's our Power Poppy Hop -- a roundup of the release. It's also the day when all these fine fall stamp sets will be there for the buying at the Power Poppy Shop! Yippeeeee! See you back here then! 

~Julie



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Power Poppy Sneaks Day 1: Prairie Cheer

Hello all and welcome to a week that's full of color, style and creative inspiration! Why? Because Power Poppy is unveiling a brand new crop of clear stamps and this one is designed to usher in a little bit of nurturing nature!

Check out the very first sneaky peek, will you?



This little number -- Prairie Cheer -- offers a trio of prairie-plucked stems which truly complement our newest Instant Garden digital release, Pure Prairie Bouquet. Did you see the Instant Garden show off this showy bouquet Monday over on the Power Poppy blog? If you missed it, click on over HERE to see this bunch of blossoms and how these gals caused this beauty to explode with color! I digress! This new clear set is all about spreading an easy-going vibe along with some good feelings. From wheat lazily blowing in the breeze to those prairie populists coneflower and smooth aster, this set offers approachable imagery and sentiments that just plain cheer folks up!

On to my creation!

I have to say this stamp set arrived just in time. I have a friend who often snaps up my cards. Well, she mentioned needing one to send to a friend who was a little under the weather. What's nice about this set is that is offers simple and sweet illustrations that really do stand on their own without a lot of extra fluff, if you know what I mean. Because I wanted to get this card whipped up in record time, I opted to let the coloring be the main focus and keep the layout rather simple. After I was done coloring this up with Copics (V0000, V01, V04, V06, Y35, Y38, Y21, YR0000, YR01, RV00, G20, G21, G24), I added in the little details -- decorative paper, a punched circle with the sentiment from the set attached with foam tape and accented with silver cording. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

And here, sweet friends, is a close up! You can see I accented the centers of these little flowers with a little white paint pen and the fuzzy little bumble bee's wings with some Wink of Stella clear glitter pen. 



I  have to laugh because when I talked to Ms. Marcella about this image and how I loved the sweet simplicity of the set she said you could play up the images or let them sing all on their own. In her words -- "The world is your aster!" Ha! Gotta love that girl. 

And with that -- here are the Bloomies! Check out what they colored up using the brand new Prairie Cheer set!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan

Be sure to stop on by The Power Poppy Blog today to read up on what inspired Marcy to bring this set to life! And, I have to say that tomorrow's sneaky peek is sure to add a little sunshine to your days. So much fun! So... stay tuned! 

Until then!
Julie







Friday, August 5, 2016

Going All C.S.I.!!

Hello Friends & Stampers! Are you ready for a wild and creative ride? I have a bit of one in store today! I am sharing some news about a brand new addition to the Power Poppy Instant Garden and yours truly is the hostess today over on the Power Poppy blog for this month's Power and Spark Challenge! Woo hoo!

First things first, a little something new from Power Poppy to help you savor the flavors of fall!

INTRODUCING.....




Look at that lusciousness just ready and waiting to be colored up! You can find Apples in Season HERE in the Power Poppy shop and I have to admit, this little number is beautifully paired with hot apple cider when you break out for a coloring session! ;-) Stay tuned because I happen to know for a fact that some of the Bloomies and Instant Gardeners used this delish image for their creations that they are showing off today!

Before we get to that fab link list, we have a brand new challenge to unveil for August and this one is a super duper fun one! Why? Because you get to.....


HOW TO PLAY: What? Am I actually encouraging theft here? No, not really. I want you to surf the rolling waves of creativity here in the blogosphere and find some Power Poppy inspiration. Once you've picked a card to be inspired by -- go all C.S.I. and Copy, Steal and Inspire. Copy the original layout, Steal the idea and then Inspire with your own take on the original. What I love about this challenge is the fact that it encourages us to share and then let other card designers know when something they've done really strikes a creative chord! How fun is that? We can't wait to see what you choose to copy and how you make it your own. You can click HERE to read up on all the Official Rules!

On to my C.S.I. creation! First, I have to mention that THIS creation by the lovely Stacy Morgan was my inspiration. As you click on over to see her card, you'll see that it was a HUGE influence right down to the placement of the bling! I just loved the sweet result and wanted to have a little fun copying her design.


I started with some Bo Bunny coordinating decorative paper and really let that be my guide. I have to tell you that I don't do this often enough. I mean, they make those paper packs like that for a reason, right? ;-) I used the birthday gift image from the new Party Time stamp set and then took my Copic Markers out to match the papers' color! I used R32, R20, RV00, G12, G0000, G24, W05, W03 an W00. Then, I accented with some white gell pen! 

Here's a close up for you! 


The enamel dots and bling were just some that I had in my stash but they worked wonderfully and were just the right colors! Add a little Hug Snug Melon seam binding and BAM! Done! Thanks Stace for the fun inspriation! The Bloomies and Instant Gardeners have a bit more for you all! So, hop on over and see.....


Allison Cope
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Rhea Weigand
Debbie Olson
Nancy Sheads


Thanks so much for stopping by and spending a bit of your day with me! I'll see you all back here real soon!


~Julie

Friday, July 29, 2016

Around the Edges....

Hello & a Happy Power Poppy Friday to Y'all! I hope your week is ending on a high note and that you're looking forward to a creative, joyful, fun-filled weekend ahead! I have a quickie card to share today with a fun little thing I tried that I think I am going to try a whole lot more of!

So.... let's get right to it, shall we?


So, you see that I used a double stitched die for my main image. Here's the trick! Before I put the die on my paper, I inked it using some Vivid! Antique Rose ink. I pressed the ink pad all along that edge of the die and then, cut my paper. While the ink impression isn't prefect like a stamped image -- I do like the kind of distressed looking results! After I was done, I did sponge on some ink and added a distressed style accent stamp to the corners just to add to the effect.

The rest is just coloring -- with Copics, of course -- and matting it up! I used R81, R83, RV00, E31, E33, G20, G21 and G24. I added a little twine and a Stampin' Up button and... ta da!

Here's a close up!


And that, my friends, is it! Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy! I left the inside blank so that I would have a card ready and waiting, no matter what the occasion!

Just like every Friday, some of my stampin' sistahs also have some creatively fun things to share! So, you'll have to hop, skip, and jump on over to see what these fine ladies have in store!


Christine Okken
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous and fun weekend and.... I'll see you back here real soon!

~Julie

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hearts & Flowers

Hello & Happy FRIDAY folks! Goodness gracious, as I type this and look at my last post -- where have I been? It seems like life has been rushing by at warp speed these days. I am happy to say that today I actually have some goodies to share and some fun news too!

First of all, I am quickly becoming a Jennifer McGuire junkie. I used to check in to see what innovative and fun things she was doing every now and then but NOW I get updates on my phone letting me know when she updates her Youtube channel and BAM... I am off to check her out.

Recently, she did a video tutorial on how to do mirror stamping with the Misti Stamping Tool. I was intrigued.  Power Poppy had just released the set Soothing Sympathy and I had been eyeing that little droopy Forget-Me-Not flower, wanting to form it into a heart. Here's a peek at the set so you can see what I mean....


Check out that little Forget-Me-Not bunch at the bottom there -- don't you love it? Long story short, I wanted to give Jennifer's tutorial on mirror stamping a try. So, I grabbed these things....


And after following her tips step by step, you can see that I did get an impression.....


But if you look at it closely, it's not perfect. I think this technique would work well with those thicker-lined stamps without a ton of detail. You can see that the image on the right is a bit blobby -- if that is a word. And, the image on the left looks darker because that was my original stamped image. Is it awful? No, not really. Just not what I wanted.

So what did I do?

I begged, begged, begged and begged some more for Marcella to release this little flowy flower already done up in a heart as a digital stamp  -- one I could print, color and then, as you can see above, die cut with a heart die if I wanted.

Guess what?

She did! So, check out my sneaky peek! Forget-Me-Not Heart will be a part of Power Poppy's next Digi On the 5s release -- which is --- JULY 25TH! Wooooo Hooooo! You'll have to tune on in to the Power Poppy blog on Monday to see how the Instant Gardeners use this super sweet image. I cannot express how excited I am!

So, since I got my hands on this image a bit early, let's get to what I created! I did use some of the sentiments from the Soothing Sympathy set. That's the beauty of Power Poppy images, you can mix it up -- use a digi here, a clear stamp there, grab a digi sentiment, accent it with a clear stamp. The creativity is endless!

On to my creation...


Soooo much better -- more crisp and easy to print and color! I grabbed my Copic markers and used these colors - B60, B63, B66, Y15, YG000, YG23, YG21 and YG25. I shaded with BG0000 and BG000.  After I was done coloring, I did add a little razzle dazzle with some glitter glue. See?



And here's a peek at the sentiment on the inside. If you can't tell, this is a gatefold card meaning the opening hinges on both sides and folds in. Thought this one needed a little bit of a twist! ;-)



And after diecutting the image with a Spellbinders Classic Hearts die, I matted it all up, added some bling and ta da!!! Fini! Being that this is Friday, I am joined by some of my fellow Bloomies as they show off some of their creations that they whipped up this week! Hop on over and see.....


Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker



Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll see you back here soon -- promise! ;-)
~Julie



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Woah.... are you ready??

Well, if that title was any indication, I have some fun stuff to share with you all today! First up, it's the day! IT'S THE DAY! It's the day when all the Bloomies join forces to bring you the Power Poppy Hop and we skip our way through to show off the Power Poppy brand new release!


All of the designers will be picking one of the new sets to share just a few more ways you can use these new clear stamp designs. I love all the inspiration that has been shared over the past few days, don't you?

On to today's creation!


I chose to pick up Power Poppy's new set called Soothing Sympathy. I just think the images in this set are not only calming but beautiful as well. I am sure none of us love to make sympathy cards simply because no one loves to think of someone else in a state of grieving but honestly, what a beautiful way to use this craft that we love -- to send heartwarming messages to someone who really needs them. I almost never have any of these on hand, and so I thought this would be a great time. 

On to the mechanics of the card! After stamping the rosemary image, I decided to perch the little butterfly from the set on top as if it was just hanging out for a bit, enjoying the rosemary's scent. I colored it all up with my Copic markers and reached for YR04, YR07, YR09, E31, E33, B60, B63, B66, G20, G21, and G24 with a little BG0000 for shading around my images.

Here's a close up. You can see I added a little bit of Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Marker to the butterfly to make it sparkle a bit in the light. I really love that pen -- honestly! 


The rest is matting it up. I die cut it with a double stitch recatangle die, added the sentiment that was punched out using a SU oval punch and then added some decorative paper with washi tape accents.

Here's a peek at the inside. I used one of the sentiments from the set and then added an herb border from the Sage Advice stamp set using Pistachio Memento ink.


And that, my friends, is it! You'll have to make the rounds to see what the other Bloomies have in store!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber >>> you are here!
Kathy Jones
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog!

And before I go, there's some fun news to share!


That's right! Take $10 OFF when you spend $70 or more at powerpoppy.com. All you need to do is use the discount code: STUNNER10 at checkout. This special offer is not limited to the new collection. It's good on all in-stock sets! Offer ends Friday, July 1.
Thanks for stopping by and spending a part of your day with me! I will see you back here real soon! ;-)


~Julie


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Monday, June 27, 2016

Midsummer Stunner!

Hello folks! Have you been following the colorful, creative and dynamic things happening these past few days over at Power Poppy? If not, man, you’ve been missing out and you’ll have to head on over to the Power Poppy blog for week long peeks at the Midsummer Stunner release! Marcella’s illustrative pen has been busy at work crafting not one, not two, but SEVEN brand new stamp sets for you to enjoy! And, they will all be live tomorrow in the Power Poppy Shop!

And here, sweet stamping friends, is the latest spark of fun just for you!



That's right, there are two new sets for the viewing today -- Party Time and Tea in the Garden -- and the Bloom Brigade is ready to show them off in grand style!

On to my creation! When I saw the Tea in the Garden set, I couldn't resist this beautifully delish cake topped with strawberries! Why? Well, I have a killer recipe for a Strawberry Lemonade Cake and this one just reminded me of those summer days when we enjoy this tasty dessert. (I will have to dig it out and share it soon!) So, off I went, coloring up a replica!


After stamping the berry laden cake, I colored it up with all kinds of fun Copic shades -- R0000, RV00, RV02, R27, R81, R83 and R85. The leaves were YG21, YG23 annd YG25 and I added a little YG00 to the berries that just weren't quite ripe enough plus I added a little E81 for the vanilla frosting -- YUM! The cake plate was YG11 -- just a fun mint colored to imitate that antique milk glass.  Then, I also added some white paint pen accents to the berries as well. 

And here's what I did on the inside -- I added a little decorative paper strip, a sentiment from the set and then a stamped flower from the Countryside Bouquet Deluxe set. 


And that, my friends, is it! I love the super sweet images in this set and I know you'll love seeing the Bloomies take not only on this set but the other new release -- Party Time -- as well! So, hop, skip and jump your way through the link list and see what fun they have to offer!

I will say you will have to swing by tomorrow for the Power Poppy Hop! That's when all the gals will pick one of their favorites from the release to show off as the brand new stamps fill the Power Poppy Shop for all to grab up! It promises to be big fun!

See you back here then!

~Julie


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Sending Prayers....

Hello all and happy Friday to you! Goodness, where did this week go? I have no idea! I hope you have some fun plans ahead. I have to say, because of the speed of this week, I didn't have a ton of time to create and most of my creative pursuits simply involved coloring. When Power Poppy released a brand new digi last Wednesday -- Rose & Chamomile -- I knew I had to curl up on the couch with some good shows and my Copics nearby to settle in for a color fest!

On to my creation! I decided to color up just the single rose in this digital stamp set. I loved the clean and crisp beauty of it!


 After printing, I grabbed these Copic Markers - RV21, RV23, RV25, R01, RV00, G20, G21, and G24. The outside of my image was shaded in a drop shadow fashion with BV000, BV00 and BV02.

Here's a close up, see?


The rest is simply matting it all up! When I went through some of my decorative paper scraps, I was happy to find this little bit of rose and rose bud adorned decorative piece of paper! I added in a few different shades of solid decorative paper, a sentiment flag featuring the sentiment from this new digi set, some paper piercing and a little fun rhinestone flourish just to bring a bit of bling! I love to have these kinds of cards "on standby" just for those times when you want to send a hug or two across the miles!

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if I sent this before the month was over and if I did, it would be perfect for this month's Power & Spark challenge....


This challenge is all about sharing some love for no particular reason -- sending happy or loving thoughts "just because!" You'll have to click HERE to read up on all the official details! You could win a FREE Power Poppy stamp set of choice!

And now, sweet stamping friends, it is time to turn things over to the rest of my Bloomies to see what creative things they whipped up and are sharing today on this Power Poppy Friday! Be sure to head on over and see......




Thanks so much for stopping by! I so love your visits and comments! Hope you have a fabulous weekend and I will see you all back here soon!


~Julie


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Friday, June 10, 2016

A few of my favorite things!

Hello peeps and happy Friday to you all! Hope the sun is shining in your neck of the woods and that you have some fun weekend plans for the days ahead!

I am going to show a little card I made a bit ago after I dared myself to use up some paper scraps that had been on my craft table. Sometimes, I set aside these scraps for challenges just like this one or, I might like the way certain papers look together and so I set them aside to try to come up with a game plan for them later.

So, on to my creation!


I admit, this card is a little "loud" but also very happy! The image is from the Power Poppy stamp set Short Stacks and it truly showcases some of my favorite things! Reading, coffee and flowers. Who doesn't love those things? I had already colored up this image a LONG time ago. Before it was stamped, I did cut out the image with my Silhouette Cameo. Thankfully, these little scraps of paper went with what I had already colored. It was fate, I tell ya! On some of the strips, you'll see a wee bit of paper piecing. Then, I added a little strip of coordinating pink card stock, some crochet lace and a little button that had been accented with silver cording. 

Here's a little closeup for you! You can't see it in my photo, but I did accent the center of the daisies and the pom pom flowers with a little bit of glitter glue to give it a bit of razzle dazzle....


And that, my friends, is it! Don't forget about Power Poppy's Happy Mail Power & Spark Challenge! All you have to do is make a card and promise to mail it to someone! The only rule is that this be a "just because" kind of card to brighten someone's day. You can read up on the challenge HERE!

Now it's time to turn things over to my sisters in stamping -- The Bloom Brigade! I know you'll love to see the creativity that they have whipped up for you this week! 

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


Thanks for stopping by to spend a snippet of your day with me! I love that! Have a fabulous weekend and I'll see you back here real soon!

~Julie


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Friday, June 3, 2016

A Challenge & A SALE!

Hello all and HAPPY WEEKEND AHEAD!  Can I just say that Power Poppy is hopping this weekend? And, YOU could truly get in on a whole bunch of creative fun! You know that we card makers love, love, love to create and share and there is a brand new challenge, hosted by the one and only Cindy "Marathon Mama" Lawrence, that is ALL ABOUT sharing! So, let's hear it for the...



HOW TO PLAY: How many times have you created a card only to have it sit in a basket waiting for that perfect occasion? This time, let’s flip that around and create a card with someone in mind and then, slap a stamp on that baby and put it in the mail! Keep in mind, we want this to be a card “just because.” Sure special occasions are important, but THE HAPPY MAIL CHALLENGE is all about simply sharing the love – not for birthdays or graduations or anniversaries—a “just because you care” kind of card for someone you’ve had on your mind. The challenge runs through June 30th at 8PM EST for a chance at a Power Poppy stamp set of choice. Click the link above to read up on all the official rules!

On to my creation!


This creation came about kind of by accident! I wanted to emboss in white and color and before I knew it, I was sponging Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar all over my die cut base. From there, I added some Inktense Watercolor in shades of pink, green, yellow and brown somewhat sparingly to just give a little oomph! When I was done, I thought the background looked too flat, so I held my breath and then splattered some water on the image to get some watermarks and create the look of texture! I also stipped on some Ranger Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick. You can see those darker dots that was created by the stippling.... See? 


I thought it was a fun effect! And, I think it is one that I will try again! The rest is just matting it up with some decorative paper, some die cut pennant piecces, a couple of sequins and the sentiment from the set, also embossed in white. Ta da! So, now that my card is complete, you might wonder who is getting got this "thinking of you" creation bathed in pink?


If you can see that little bit of name peeking out on the envelope, you can see it landed in the mailbox of my fearless leader -- Marcella herself! Being that we are one giant sisterhood here at Power Poppy, sometimes you just need to send a little sunshine, stuff it in an envelope and wish that you could just skip the card and mail yourself instead! :-)

So, share the love and join us this month in our Happy Mail Power & Spark Challenge! Before I go.....

MORE FUN NEWS!

Power Poppy is hosting a fun-filled weekend over at the Passionate Paper Creations & Friends Facebook Page -- ALL WEEKEND LONG!



Grab your favorite coloring medium and let’s see what you’ve got! Show us your finished colored Power Poppy image. Put your link as a comment in the Power Poppy post on Passionate Paper Creations & Friends' Facebook page and Ms. Marcella will draw one lucky winner to nab a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop. Want to stock up on Power Poppy stamps to play along? Enter discount code MORECOLOR at checkout to get 10% off any clear or digital stamp sets that your little heart desires!

Well, there has been a lot of blossoming going on in the stamp rooms of some of our favorite card designers. Stop by, say "hi" and as I love to say, prepare to be amazed at the creative talents of our Bloomies!

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


If all of this wasn't enough, I should tell you that Power Poppy is back on with it's "Digis on the 5s" digital stamp set releases! Sunday, Marcella will release a trio of digital stamp sets that are PERFECT for the dudes in your life. These outdoorsy images come just in time to wish those men in your life a very Happy Father's Day! So, be sure to swing by and see what our Power Poppy Peep in Chief Marcella has up her insanely talented sleeve!

~Julie


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Friday, May 27, 2016

I'm a Copy Cat!


Hello all and Happy Friday! I hope you have some nice, relaxing plans for the next few days! While the Memorial Day weekend always brings that somber reminder of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, I do enjoy having my family close while we take time away from the rush of daily life. And, that's why we'll be at the softball field all weekend, watching my D.D. play! I'm hoping for some sunshine!

Not too long ago, I was watching Jennifer McGuire's Youtube channel HERE where she was showcasing how to make a vellum overlay card. I absolutely LOVED the result and so I went on to CASE (copy and steal everything) this one. She used a solid layering stamp but I wanted to showcase one of my colored Power Poppy Images -- this one is from the Simply Camellias stamp set!

So, here's a peek at the finished card front....


The front is done by stamping the main image with Versamark ink and then dusting it with white ultrafine detail embossing powder and then heat setting it. I am always so careful when using vellum and making sure not to keep my heat tool in one spot for too long. The paper tends to buckle and warp when you let the heat stay in one spot. After the image was embossed, I did stamp the image again on a strip of white paper. From there, I had to make sure to trim my image so that I could mount it perfectly underneath the vellum to show the colored portion. I colored with Copics and used RV00, RV0000, R81, R83, R85, G20, G21, G24, and G28 and then highlighted around my flower with BG000, BG0000, and BG11. See? 


After I was done coloring, I matted my image onto a folded piece of bright pink paper so that there was 1/4" around all sides. From there, I matted the image on the inside of my vellum shell, again, making sure to line up my image perfectly underneath the white embossed lines. 

Here's a peek at the embossed portion. I also added a bit of clear Wink of Stella Clear Glitter from their brush tip pen. You can't really see the sparkle -- but trust me -- it's there! I also added some fun crystal sequins and the sentiment Take Good Care, also from this stamp set. 


And that, my friends, is it! I know this was a CASE but goodness, sometimes it is just too much fun to watch a pro and take her tips for a spin. I love trying new things and now I wonder how many more videos I'll take in in the days and weeks to come. Forget Netflix, I might end up binge watching some of Jennifer's work! ;-)

Speaking of talented ladies, the Bloomies are here to share a bit of what they've been working on this week! You'll have to stop by and pay them a visit! I know I will! 



Thanks for stopping by and spending a little bit of your day with me! :-) I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all back here real soon! 

~Julie


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