StampNation: Cards for Him Class


Our newest online class “Cards For Him” is now open for registration!  This is perfectly timed for Father’s Day which is right around the corner, but of course is great for masculine card ideas year-round.

We've joined forces with some of the companies and their designers that have products featured in our class for a Blog Hop to celebrate our newest release.  There are TEN FREE class registrations, as well as a $15 REVERSE CONFETTI gift certificate, hidden along the hop, so make sure you leave comments along the way.

The more comments you make, the greater your chances are for winning! 

You have until 11:59 pm on May 2nd to leave a comment to be entered to win!  Winners will be announced at on May 3rd on Catherine's Blog.  

Click here to learn more and to Register by May 7 to get the discounted rate!    

StampNation Members, click here to grab your 50% off discount code!

 

Copics Markers: BG10, BV31, E00, E01, E30, E50, E51, E53, E57, E59, 
E81, E84, R22, R27,W0, W1, W3, YG000, YG01, YG03, YG05.

Ready for the blog hop list?  Grab a cup of coffee and buckle up!  You are in for a treat, we've got tons of inspiration in store for you!


So register today....

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
digital stamps: Some Odd Girl (Mad Scientist)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
patterned papers: Echo Park (That's My Boy)
edge punch: Martha Stewart
ink:  Copic Markers.

Introducing… Tulips!

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Welcome to the last day of Power Poppy’s sneak peeks today!  Just a reminder that ALL of the gorgeous stamp sets that we have shown you for May are already in the Power Poppy Shop and ready for immediate possession.  Print them out and play along with us all May long to WIN some Power Poppy goodies of your very own!

Today's reveal is all about the lovely Tulip! So glorious... it all it's beauty...

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I chose to enlarge my image slightly and then print out 2 copies of the same sized image to allow me to paper piece the three blooms on top of my original image panel.  Here's a close up of my popped-up tulips...

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 I also used this week's Splitcoaststampers card sketch for this week...
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Thanks for joining us today! Stay tuned to the Bloom Brigade tomorrow when we have the May Blog Hop for Power Poppy!  Join us on the Power Poppy Blog tomorrow!

Tiptoe lightly through the Tulips with the Bloom Brigade today...
 
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for the Power Poppy Hop!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Tulips)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill 
patterned paper: Simple Stories (HomeSpun)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders, PageMaps
ink: Copic  (BG10, BV29, R22, R27, R29, R59, Y13, Y15, YG01, YG03, YG17, W5)
ribbon: Offray
tools: Photoshop CS3
other:  thread.

Hero Arts & StampNation Unite Today!

Our very own StampNation designers are teaming up with Hero Arts this week to share some fabulous cards created using this amazingly designed sketch by our very own Maureen Merritt!

http://www.cartville.com/app/?af=1586497

Hero Arts, if you are not aware, has designed a whole series of stamp sets for Operation Write Home. There are so many fabulous stamps to choose from.  This particular line actual gives back by donating 25% of the profit of these stamp set sales right back to Operation Write Home - how cool is that!  Operation Write Home® (OWH) supports the United States' armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.  To find out more about how you can help, click here.

I chose to use Hero Arts' OWH stamp set, "Lil Hoot" for my sketchy card today.  aren't those two little hooters cute?!? :)


Here's a little sneak of all the fabulous creations from the StampNation crew...


You can also check out Catherine's video today right here.

I hope you'll come and join in the fun with us over at StampNation this week!  We'd love to see your take on our sketch challenge.  See you there!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byHero Arts

Supplies:
stamps: Hero Arts (OWH Lil Hoot)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Flourishes Classic White
patterned papers: Echo Park (Summer Bliss)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ink:  Memento, Copic Markers
ribbon: Micheal's
brads:  Making Memories
other: thread.

Introducing… Peonies!

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Thanks for joining us again today!  Today we have another amazing stamp set to share with you from Power Poppy called “Peonies”.  But before we get any farther, make sure you take a peek at Marcella's post today, click here!

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Aren’t they amazing!?!  The beauty of digital stamps, like all of the stamp sets being revealed this month, are that they can be printed onto patterned paper, coloured within your computer photo editing software, resized to a larger or even smaller image.  The possibilities are endless with digital stamps!

Here’s a little close up of my peonies…
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I printed them out on my laser printer (‘cuz I’m too impatient to wait for my inkjet ink to dry!) and then coloured them up using Copic Markers!  I just love the soft pink light that’s kissing them!

Now… hop on to the remainder of the Bloom Brigade and check out all of the lovely Peonies pazazz!

BLOOM BRIGADE: Please pass the Peonies…

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcy on the Power Poppy Blog 

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to check out our final bloom for May!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Peonies)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes
patterned paper: Teresa Collins (Stationary Noted)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ink: Copic
ribbon:  American Crafts
gems:  Doodlebug Designs
tools: Photoshop CS3.

Introducing… Gladioli!

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Happy Monday everyone! We’re so happy to have you back today to share some more fabulous sneak peeks of the latest and greatest Power Poppy stamps.

Today the Bloom Brigade is happy to share another Spring bloomer, introducing… "Gladioli"!

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Once again, this beautiful stamp is accompanied by a gorgeous sentiment like yesterday’s “Gerbera Daisies” stamp set.  Since our images this month are all digital, I chose to place some script digital paper behind my Gladioli images before I printed them… gotta love digital stamps baby!

Thanks for stopping by!

BLOOM BRIGADE: We’re so Glad you could hop along with us today…
 
Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker

Have a great day! Come back again tomorrow for another fabulous stamp set sneak!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Gladioli)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes 
digital script papersMel Stampz
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ink: Copic
transparency: Studio Calico
tools: Photoshop CS3.

Introducing... Gerbera Daisies!

The Bloom Brigade is in full garden mode this week as we begin the sneak peeks of our first stamp sets from Power Poppy today for the month of May.  This darling stamp set is sure to be a quick favourite: so happy and cheerful and a super easy image for those who adore colouring like me!

Check out my card using the newest Power Poppy stamp set, "Gerbera Daisies"...


And to satisfy your urge for stampy instant gratification, all of our stamp sets for May are being offered as DIGITAL STAMP SETS but only for a LIMITED TIME... so make sure you get them NOW before they're gone!

During the whole month of May, well not only share ideas on how to use these digitial darlings, but well also give those who purchase them extra ways to win some Power Poppy goodies!  Each Friday during May, well be sharing a challenge designed around our new and beautiful digi images! Some come, purchase your new digital stamp sets and play along!  

The beauty of digital stamps is that you can take your image, re-colour it and make it ANY size you want!  I even made my own matching digital daisy paper to go on my card... See?...


 Cute right?!?!

BLOOM BRIGADE:  UNVEIL THE GERBER DAISIES LADIES!

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller

Stacy Morgan 
Tosha Leyendekker

Enjoy your day! And don’t forget to come back tomorrow, because OHHHH yes, we’ve got more things blooming!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Gerbera Daisies)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill
die cut shapes: Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs
ink: Copic
ribbon: Offray
tools: Photoshop CS3.

Power Poppy Reveal Begins...

http://powerpoppy.com/

Howdy stamp lovers!  Here's a little sneak peek of the newest stamps being released this month for Power Poppy!

Join us beginning TOMORROW for a fabulous round of delightful stamping creations by the members of the Bloom Brigade.  For May, we will be releasing not one, not two, nor even three new images but FOUR new beautiful stamp sets!

Make sure to check it out on the Power Poppy blog right here!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Awesome On-Line Class Coming Soon!

Catherine Pooler from StampNation and some crafty pals of hers have been hard at work to bring you a fabulous and inspirational card making class.  This class includes Catherine, Maureen Merritt, Iwona Palamountain and our special guest, Sandy Allnock.

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Can you guess the topic?  Leave Catherine a comment with your guess (see link below) and on Friday she will randomly choose two winners for the class.


Not only will these ladies get their class for free, they will also get early access!  Can you say WOOT!?
The class will be released on Wednesday, April 30th at 9 am.

Don’t forget!  StampNation members get 50% off this class for the first 30 days of the release. Exciting stuff!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byStampNation

StampNation: Large Sentiments!

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It's another challenge day over at StampNation!  This week's fabulous challenge is all about LARGE SENTIMENTS...

http://www.cartville.com/app/?af=1586497

Here's a little sneak of my challenge example...


I chose to create my own large sentiments using my Silhouette machine to add to my card today!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps:  Stampin' Up!
cardstock:  Bazzill, Flourishes
patterned papers:  Echo Park (Summer Bliss)
die cut shapes: Silhouette
ink: Memento, Copic
glitter:Martha Stewart
tools:  Fiskars punch
brad: Echo Park
other: Scor-tape.

Missing Ewe!

Come and join us this week at Splitcoaststampers for another fabulous card sketch designed by yours truly!

Here's this week's sketch and my card example above:
Come and play along, SC484.  Hope to see your handy work in the SCS gallery!

~ Ally ~

Time to Get Dirty Again!!!


Happy Tuesday everyone!  It's the 15th of the month... time to no only reveal two new creative faces over at Splitcoaststampers but also to reveal the newest theme for all of the Splitcoast Fan Club members!

Do my sneak peeks above give you any clues as to what the theme might be for this month!?  Well come on over to Splitcoast, become a Fan Club member and find out!!!  Happy creating everyone!

~ Ally ~

SCT: Just Add Water!


Come and join me today on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog for a tutorial featuring water!  Come and find out how I created this fun sneak peek of a card...


Scrapbook & Cards Today is wrapping up their birthday/80K fan celebration and we have a pretty fabulous prize from a pretty fabulous company...Pink Paislee!

 


Make sure you check it all out HERE!!!

See you there!

~ Ally ~


Supplies:
stamps: Stampin' Up! (Simply Sketches, Stippled Blossoms)
watercolour paper:  Ranger
cardstock: Bazzill
ink:  Versamark, Ranger Distress
tools: paper piercer
other: gold embossing powder.

Grab Your Golf Gear!

http://www.cartville.com/app/?af=1586497
Come on over and check out the latest StampNation challenge!  We've grabbed our putters and our argyle socks and are swinging Spring in!


Hope to see you join this fabulous forum!

~ Ally ~

It's All About Patterned Paper!

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Does this sound familiar?
  • You have a ton of beautiful patterned papers, but you tend to hoard them.  They are so gorgeous, how could you possibly cut into them?
  • You look at your patterned paper, but you’re not really sure how to use them effectively on your card projects?
  • You just want some cute, fun card ideas to add to your toolbox!
I’ve got the solution for you.  Beginning April 7th and continuing all week long, the StampNation Dream Team will post a new lesson or series of card ideas for our “Pick-A-Pattern” online class, exclusive to StampNation Members.

These lessons will get you motivated to USE all that gorgeous paper!

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Don’t miss out!  The first lesson went up on Monday (by your truly!) and it’s going to blow you away…

Meet the StampNation Dream Team!

 and our Guest Designers, Allison Cope and Amy Kolling!

Start your membership today!


Does this sound familiar?
  • You have a ton of beautiful patterned papers, but you tend to hoard them.  They are so gorgeous, how could you possibly cut into them?
  • You look at your patterned paper, but you’re not really sure how to use them effectively on your card projects?
  • You just want some cute, fun card ideas to add to your toolbox!
I’ve got the solution for you.  Beginning April 7th and continuing all week long, the StampNation Dream Team will post a new lesson or series of card ideas for our “Pick-A-Pattern” online class, exclusive to StampNation Members.
These lessons will get you motivated to USE all that gorgeous paper!
10SN Puppy CardpeekDon’t miss out!  The first lesson goes up tomorrow and it’s going to blow you away…

Meet the StampNation Dream Team!

 and our Guest Designers, Allison Cope and Amy Kolling!

- Start your membership today - 

- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/blog/#sthash.poeKkX6D.dpuf
Does this sound familiar?
  • You have a ton of beautiful patterned papers, but you tend to hoard them.  They are so gorgeous, how could you possibly cut into them?
  • You look at your patterned paper, but you’re not really sure how to use them effectively on your card projects?
  • You just want some cute, fun card ideas to add to your toolbox!
I’ve got the solution for you.  Beginning April 7th and continuing all week long, the StampNation Dream Team will post a new lesson or series of card ideas for our “Pick-A-Pattern” online class, exclusive to StampNation Members.
These lessons will get you motivated to USE all that gorgeous paper!
10SN Puppy CardpeekDon’t miss out!  The first lesson goes up tomorrow and it’s going to blow you away…

Meet the StampNation Dream Team!

 and our Guest Designers, Allison Cope and Amy Kolling!

- Start your membership today - 

- See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/blog/#sthash.poeKkX6D.dpuf

~ Ally ~

You're Superfly!

Howdy everyone!  It's Friday and I'm making a quick stop over at the PageMaps site today to share my card creation for April 2014!

Here is the fun sketch that Becky gave to me to create with...
http://pagemaps.com/cardmaps.htm


And here is my completed card...

I began my card by stamping the gorgeous array of feathers from the new Power Poppy stamp collection, "Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1".  Then I created this feathery featured circle grid of friends using my Silhouette machine and added some fun pearls and glittery buttons!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope my card inspires you to grab some stamps and make a card today!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Flourishes Classic White
die cut shapes:  Silhouette
ink: Memento
buttons: Queen & Co.
tools:  Silhouette
gems:  Doodlebug
other: thread.

It's Almost FRIDAY!

http://www.cartville.com/app/?af=1586497


Howdy all!  Today is my first official day joining the StampNation Dream Team and we've got a challenge for you!!!  And it's a real "FUN" one!

Come and join us for Challenge #123 and CAS-ual Friday Stamps...
 http://www.cartville.com/app/?af=1586497

My challenge card is pictured on the top right in the center and I got the chance to design with the fab stamp set, "Wallflower"!  And boy... did I have a ball with this set of stamps!

You could win a $25 gift certificate to shop in the CAS-ual Friday's shop!

I hope you'll join us there! Happy stamping! 

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byCAS-ual Friday Stamps

Guest Designing with StampNation!!

http://www.thestampnation.com/

I am so lucky this month to be joining Catherine Pooler from CatherinePooler.com in her stamping forum, StampNation!

If you haven't heard of StampNation yet... well... let me tell ya... it's FABULOUS!!  Especially if you are new to the stamping and paper crafting world. Catherine has over 400 unique and extremely informative videos telling you all about the latest and greatest in the stamping industry!  From cool techniques, the newest products and trendy projects... she's the bomb!!  To find out a little bit more, please see Catherine's introductory video to StampNation here!

I will be joining my fellow April Guest designer, Amy Kolling, and the StampNation Dream Team (Catherine, Maureen, Kristy, Heather, Iwona, Tristan and Kimie) for an amazing and fun filled month of some extra exciting challenges and some amazing sponsors!

Here's a little sneak peek of the project I'm sharing tomorrow...


Come and join me at StampNation!  I'd love to see you there!

~ Ally ~

We're Power Poppy Hopping!


Are you here for the Power Poppy party?!  Alrighty... let's celebrate the first official release with a fabulous look at some more amazing creations from the Bloom Brigade!

Before we get started, here's a look at the first four inspirational stamp creations from Marcy...



And now let's celebrate... WORD UP!

I wanted to create super fun and "party" card so I pulled out some funky papers and had fun with lots of bright colours!

I always love an interactive card so pull on the ribbons at the top and VOILA... a fun message is revealed!
I left the secret message part blank for future birthday messages!

Here's a quick look at the tag...

Now... it's time to visit and celebrate with another Bloom Brigade member...

Allison Cope  -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Dina Kowal
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Marcella's Mixtape Vol. 1)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Flourishes
patterned papers: Echo Park (That's My Boy)
die cut shapes:  Spellbinders
ink:  Memento, Copic Markers
silver twine, ribbon: Flourishes
tools:   Scor-Pal
button:  Queen & Co.
brads:  Making Memories
gems:  Doodlebug
other:  Stickles, thread.