Power Poppy: Go Green!

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I decided to Go Green with the newest episode of Inspire Me Monday over on the Power Poppy Blog

Here’s a little sneak peek of my creation for this week using the digital stamp, “Wish You Luck”:

I hope you’ll take a moment and pop on by to view my quick video tutorial!

Have a great week everyone!

~ Ally ~

Lucky Little Leprechaun

St. Patrick’s Day is only 1 week from today so I made sure that I got my little green treats sent off to my family this week.  I thought I’d share the process of my Copic colouring with you of my little leprechaun.  I just think he’s so adorable!

Grab a drink and join me at my desk today…

Here’s a quick look at my image and the Copic marker listing…

And here’s the finished card once again.
I used the Concord & 9th "Lucky" stamps and dies to create the sentiment.

Thanks for joining me today.

~ Ally ~

stamps: Drawn by Krista (Leprechaun), Concord & 9th (Lucky)
cardstock: Recollections (80# White, 110# White, 110# Black)
inks: Catherine Pooler Designs (Grass Green, Melon Ice, Black Jack), Copic Markers
patterned paper: MFT (Tiny Check Brights 6x6)
dies:  Concord & 9th (Lucky)

Masked Birthday Wishes

TGIF everyone!  After close to a month of almost no creating, I’m back in the saddle for another week.  I will probably be off next week as I have to have a second surgery for this year.  Good bye uterus… lol!  Trust me… it’s a good thing.

Now, let’s create!

Today I’m creating with a few Power Poppy clear stamps; Sweet Memories (Sweet Peas), Vibrant Thanks (Zinnias), Countryside Bouquet Deluxe (Cosmos) and Party Time (sentiment).

L (above left): I die cut some letters to spell “HAPPY” using some stamping masking paper.
R (above right): I placed them on my die cut piece using a ruler to ensure they were straight.  I pressed down the masks using a bone folder for good contact.

L: I stamped all of my images using Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink over top of the masked letters.
R: I traced the masks using a Copic Multiliner 0.25 before removing them.

L:  Then I removed the masks.
R: I applied a layer of BV20.  I also used a Copic Blender to help soften the edges of the BV20.

L: I added some BV23, blending it out with BV20.
R: I added some darker purple BV25 and blended it out with BV23.

L: I added a slight line of BV29 to the bottom and left sides of all of my letters.  Then I added G20 to all of the greenery as my base color.
R: I added some G40 and G46 to some of the leaves and bases of the blooms.  I blended them with the G40.

L: I colored the Zinnia and Cosmo blooms using YR21, then YR12.  Blending them again with YR21.
R: I colored the Sweet Peas with R11 then R12 and then blended them with the R11 again.

L: To brighten my greenery, I added some touches of YG01 and then a bit more of G43 to darken some areas.
R: I stamped just the “BIRTHDAY!” part of the stamp from the “Party Time” stamp set on a piece of white cardstock.  Then I trimmed it into a thin strip.

L: I added the greeting strip to the card front using foam adhesive.
R: I cut a piece of stripped white and black diagonally striped patterned paper to put on my card front and then colored in a few of the strips to match the colors in my card.

And here are all the Copic Markers I used again for my card…

I just love the end result!  What about you?

Don't forget to check out my fellow Bloom Brigade creations shared today...

Cindy Lawrence-- go here next!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tutorial today.  I hope I inspire you to try some letter masking today.

~ Ally ~

stamps: Power Poppy (Sweet Memories (Sweet Peas), Vibrant Thanks (Zinnias), Countryside Bouquet Deluxe (Cosmos) and Party Time)
cardstock:  Recollections (110# White Cardstock)
inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic Markers (see list above)
dies: MFT (Little Letters), Sizzix (Rectangles; Dotted)
other:  Inkadinkado (Stamping Mask Paper)

Catherine Pooler Designs: Zen Garden

Howdy all!  Welcome to the Catherine Pooler Designs Zen Garden release!  This release contains not only 8 new amazing ink colors but a variety of detailed, beautiful stamps, stencils and dies!

In addition to the 8 new ink colors from the CP Spa Collection called the Zen Garden Inks, today we’re featuring the amazing stamp, Doodle Garden Background and also the Eat, Sleep, Create stamp set.

Eat, Sleep, Create!

1. I inked up the outside of my Doodle Garden Background stamp using “Stone Blue” ink; using an ink dauber to remove some of the ink towards the center of the stamp.  Cleaned my stamp.
2.  I inked up the inner circle of the Doodle Garden BG stamp using “Rose Petals” ink ensuring there was no ink on the outer edge or the inside of the image.  I again used a ink dauber to remove some of the ink around the edges to make it more subtle and allow it to layer and blend with the blue ink.
3. I stamped the sentiment from the “Eat, Sleep, Create” stamp set in “Stone Blue” ink and added “Rose Petals” hearts to the large “A’s”.
4. I inked up the thin paint swipe stamp from the “Eat, Sleep, Create” stamp using both Rose Petals & Stone Blue inks, allowing them to blend and then added the dotted stamp using just Rose Petals ink.

All of my cards today have been creating using the Catherine Pooler Premium White Cardstock.  I highly recommend using this cardstock with your CP inks… it inks up like a dream!

Here’s a look at 3 other cards I featured the “Eat, Sleep, Create” and “Doodle Garden Background” stamp sets with…

~ featuring the new “Thanks Die” and the CP Zen Garden ink colors,  

Rainbow Create

~ featuring the new “Create Die”, the “Split Chevron Stencil” and 
the Zen Garden ink collection minus Spruce ~

Create Happiness

~ Featuring the new “Zen Feather Dies” and the Zen Garden inks Shea Butter, 
Polished, Seafoam, Sugared Lavender, Rose Petals and Stone Blue and also CP's Circle Dies ~

Please check out the following designers sharing their creations today with you...


It wouldn't be a blog hop without a PRIZE!  Before you go make sure you comment on each stop along the hop.  Catherine will randomly pick two winners on each blog hop day, who will each win a complete set of Zen Garden Inks or a $45 Gift Certificate if you already have the inks.  WOWSERS!!

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Thanks for stopping by!  If you have questions about any of the cards above, please leave a comment below.  Happy Hopping!

~ Ally ~