Friday, April 17, 2015

Fabulous Flowering Branches

Marcella from Power Poppy has done it again!  She has created another digital stunner for everyone to colour!  This one is of beautiful blossoming crabapples on their glorious branch.  This new digital stamp set & double sentiment released this week will surely delight the gardner in your life and it’s perfect for Mom too!

Introducing… Flowering Branches!
If you happen to miss the Power Poppy Instant Gardners (our Digital Release Team) in action this week, you might want to check out THIS post on the Power Poppy Blog!  These ladies really know how to colour!!!

For my card today, I began by printing out my “Flowering Branches” image onto white cardstock and then die cutting a single rectangular panel around it.  Then I coloured the whole thing with my Copic Markers and then die cut the panel twice more to create nesting rectangles.
But instead of lining them all up again, I adhered them all a little wonky! 

To add some shimmer and shine, I added some fun Wink of Stella pen to my stamped sentiment (from the Simply Camellias clear stamp set) and some of my open blooms.

Now… check out what the rest of the extremely talented Bloom Brigade designer blogs have in store for you...

Power Poppy Blog
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all these new digi-inky creations from the Bloom Brigade today!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Flowering Branches, Simply Camellias)
cardstock:  X-Press It White Cardstock

patterned paper:  Studio Calico (Classic Calico)
Copic Markers:  leaves: YG03, YG21, YG63, YG67, YG91 branches: E70, E74, E77  background: BG90, BG70, BG000, B00, YG91, 0  blooms: RV10, R81, R83, R85 crabapples: R00, YR02, YG03

ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Ranger Distress (Pumice Stone), Wink of Stella (clear)
die: Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (Fancy Tags 1)

gems:  Doodlebug Designs.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yin Versus Yang

Howdy all!  Wednesday sure came quick this week.  Last week my son was off of school for his Spring break so had a relatively relaxing week of doing nothing so it was back to the daily grind this week.

It’s my week as hostess for the Card Sketch over at Splitcoaststampers!  I opted for a really simple sketch this week.  Check this out…
I had one technique in mind when I created this sketch.  I was basically taking 2 identical stamped panels (Thanks to my MISTI tool for that one!!!) and colouring one panel and leaving one panel darker with a lighter inked image; known as the Split Negative technique.  Sadly the deep dark purple cardstock I used doesn't photograph well so it looks more black than purple... sigh!

And so with the sketch, this is one of the cards I created (and my favourite of the two):

Both cards feature the stunning stamp sets “Lilac Time” and “Good Thinking: Renewal” by Power Poppy. Then I had all the leftovers to create an “yang” card…
It was really fun to come up with a stamped design that would highlight on both cards.

Which one do you like the best?

Another fun thing happening today is Power Poppy is revealing their newest digital stamp release today!  Check out the Power Poppy Blog today (after 8am CST) for the Instant Gardners Digital Stamp Release Team to reveal today’s new stamp set and accompanying sentiments.  It’s a beaut!

Typically on Wednesday, I also have another fun challenge sneak peek or a card for our StampNation weekly Wednesday challenge but this week is special.  We’re preparing for our Virtual Retreat which begins THIS Sunday… April 19th instead!

But for those of you up for an easy challenge, I have my “Let’s Talk Sketchesepisode #4 up and I’m giving away some stamps as a prize to one random lucky participant if you participate this week.  It’s a pretty easy sketch so I know it won’t take too long to create something for it.  There’s already tons of great inspiration posted by SN members.  Good luck to all those enter!

Don’t forget… I have a GIVEAWAY coming up this weekend!  You’re not gunna want to miss it!!! Stay tuned this weekend for details on how to WIN!

Have a great Hump Day everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Lilac Time, Good Thinking: Renewal)
cardstock:  X-Press It White Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! (Blackberry Bliss)

Copic Markers:  leaves: G20, G21, YG17  bugs, branches: R14, R17, E15  background: Y0000, Y000, Y00, C00, C0, C1  lilacs: V12, V15, V17, BV02
ink: Memento (Elderberry), Versamark

die:  Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles)
embossing powderStampendous! Detail White
sequinsPretty Pink Posh (4mm Clear Sparkling), CraftMedley (purple)
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We’re Havin’ a Par-tah!

The countdown is on for the StampNation Virtual Retreat. The party begins on Sunday and last all week long.  Each day of the Virtual Retreat we will have a new challenge and some great inspirational videos.

Stay tuned to this blog here because I’m GIVING AWAY something very special to one lucky commenter/participant.  Stay tuned because on Sunday I’ll reveal my surprise!  This is something you don’t want to miss!!!

Now’s the time to join so you can participate in all fun.  Subscribe for a single month or to a quarterly subscription and you won’t regret it!

Can’t wait to reveal my surprise!  You’re gunna love it!

~ Ally ~

Monday, April 13, 2015

Inspire Me Monday!

Check out my fun and fast colouring tutorial today over on the Power Poppy Blog!

I grabbed my MISTI, the fabulous Power Poppy "Simply Camellias" & "Good Thinking: Love Notes" stamp sets and some great Ranger Distress Inks and some water and had a ball creating not one but FOUR card fronts super quick and easy.

Here’s a little sneak peek for you…

I hope you hop on over and check it out.  Maybe it’ll inspire you to create today!  Enjoy my video tutorial.

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Simply Camellias, Good Thinking: Love Notes)
cardstock:  Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Stampin’ Up!
ink: Versafine (Black Onyx),  Ranger Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Peeled Paint)

die:  Spellbinders.