Introducing… Geraniums!

Howdy all!  It’s Day Two of the Power Poppy reveal for July 2014!  We’re so happy you could join us today.

Once again, we’re introducing a new digital stamp for this month.  Check out…. Geraniums

For today’s reveal, I chose to keep my card design simple.  I took the stunning “Geranium” digi stamp into my photo editing software, shrunk it down a bit, duplicated it a few times and created a wreath of blooms to surround my sentiment.  This is WHY I love digital stamps… so many possibilities!

Once I printed my creation, I coloured it using Copic Markers with two shades of purple and a splash of pink.

Now… come and see what my fellow Bloom Brigaders have created with this fine digital stamp…

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

Tosha Leyendekker
Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by!   

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Geraniums)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes
wood grain cardstock:  AveryElle
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ribbon:  Stampin’ Up!

ink: Copic  Markers
other: thread.

Introducing… Arranging Roses!

Hello everyone and welcome to Day One of the Power Poppy July reveal!  We are so happy you could join us.  We have so many wonderful images for you this month and once again, we have gone completely digi this month!  this means you can satisfy those stamping wants right away!  Let’s get started…

Introducing… Arranging Roses!

This wonderful new digi stamp is bound to get your colouring and creative juices flowing.  The beautiful roses are accompanied by some delicious looking strawberries and the whole image comes with a delightful sentiment by Thoreau.

I chose a grey and blue colour scheme with a pop of red for my card creation today.

Here’s a quick close up of my coloured image.  I added a tiny bit of Glossy Accents to my berries to match the “bling bling” of my decorated bow.

I hope you enjoy your journey with the Bloom Brigade as they share some more amazing creations with our newest stamp set, “Arranging Roses”…

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog

Thanks for stopping by!
  
~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Arranging Roses)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill
patterned paper:  Echo Park (A Boy’s Life)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
gem:  Kaiser Craft

ribbon:  American Crafts
ink: Copic Markers, Memento, Ranger Distress

other:  thread, Glossy Accents.

Pull On Your Denim!


Hello folks! Have you played along in this fun new feature right over on the Power Poppy Blog?

If not, what are you waiting for? The Peep of the Week Challenge is an opportunity for you to show off some of your Power Poppy Creations and let the design team see the wonderfully creative ways you've used these fabulous images! Each Friday the Bloom Brigade will pick their faves and we'll highlight them, not only on the Power Poppy Blog HERE but on our Pinterest Power Poppy Peeps Customer Creations Board! At the end of the month, we'll draw a winner for one free stamp set! Fun stuff!

Click here to learn how to play along.  Good luck!

Today I’m sharing a fun card I created for Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch for this week.  I was browsing through my 6x6 paper pads and discovered a cool pad of paper from Authentique featuring denim patterned papers.  I thought… “Boy, that would make for some cool paper piecing!” So off I went and found the delightful “Springtime Love” stamp set and stamped and cut away…

I thought it turned out rather kinda cool!  So come on over and play along with us this week. 

Here is a little sneak peek at what Power Poppy is revealing this week… 

AND… the Bloom Brigade is sharing all kinds of other sneak peeks of the July release today on their blogs.  Make sure you check that out…

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Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker


Thanks for stopping by -- don't forget to link up YOUR Power Poppy creations on the PP Blog so we can see your fabulous works of art! See you back here tomorrow for day one of the sneaks!

Have a great weekend everyone.

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by:  Power Poppy

Supplies:
stamps:  Power Poppy (Springtime Love, Lavender)
cardstock:  Recollections
patterned papers: Authentique (Original)

metal butterfly:  Junkue & Gems
ink:  Memento, Copic Markers.











Get Your Sketch On at StampNation!

Over at StampNation today, the Dream Team are revealing their challenge creations for this week; it’s a sketch challenge!

Here’s a quick sneak peek at all of the amazing card creations this week…

I always love a good sketch and this week’s sketch by Maureen is no exception!  Here is another card I created using her design…


I first created the unique rosy back ground using the gorgeous 3 step stamps, “Painted Flowers” by Altenew.  I used one one ink colour for the blooms and another single ink colour for the leaves.  I first stamped off the ink on to a scrap of paper to achieve the lighter tone of both colours.  A fun technique!
To add a bit of shine, I added some Sakura Glaze pen to the title and some fun sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to my sentiment.

Thank you to Altenew for the opportunity to use your stamps!  I thoroughly enjoyed using them this month.

Hope to see you at StampNation!
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~ Ally ~

Supplies:

stamps: Altenew  (Painted Flowers), Hero Arts (You’re So Kind)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes, Vellum Paper

ink: Memento, Ranger Distress Inks
dies:  Spellbinders

sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh (Tangerine, Sparkling Clear)
glaze pen:  Sakura.

What's the Word, Nerd?


Lately I have been really bogged down with deadlines and therefore no real time to just sit and colour (my favourite thing to do!)... so this weekend, I actually took some time to just sit down and colour... just 'cuz!

Awhile back I had won some fun stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie's were I had participated in one of their challenges.  The stamp arrived last week and I knew I just had to get them all inky!  So with their Online Krafty Krop going on, I thought I'd work away at one of the 5 challenges posted:

I chose challenge #2: paper piecing.

For my image, I chose the stamp set "Smarty Pants" to paper piece.  I wish now that I had stuck with one specific colour scheme for my card but oh well!  Too late!  I was all over the place with this one!  LOL!

I paper pieced her book and her desk and the rest I coloured using Copic Markers.

Thanks for stopping in!  I hope I get a chance to create some more for the KK Krop challenges.  Have a great weekend everyone.

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps:  Kraftin' Kimmie (Smarty Pants)
cardstock:  Recollections
patterned papers: Teresa Collins (Stationary Noted), My Mind's Eye (Stella & Rose)
paperclip:  Stampin' Up!
ink:  Memento, Copic Markers.

Fun with Folds!!!

Hooray! The summer issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today is now available in select stores and for free download/viewing on their website!

Brimming with inspiration, this issue includes:
* fresh ideas for summer layouts
* celebration inspiration
* trend watch: wood veneer
* card cafe: fun with folds  <== check out MY article!!!!
* part 2: pocket scrapbooking
* bonus cutting files
Our talented designers have once again filled this issue with amazing inspiration, creativity and clever ideas for you to try.


Happy viewing!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byFancy Pants Designs, Taylored Expressions

Feathered Spirits


Hello fellow stamp lovers!  The Bloom Brigade is back again this week to share some fabulous Power Poppy creations and have you play along again!  Will you be the newest Peep of the Week?

This week I chose to keep my card pretty simple.  I chose to play with just ink and stamps.
I started off with a small piece of water colour paper and some Ranger Distress inks; Dusty Concord and Broken China.  I dabbed them randomly on my work surface, spritzed it with only a tiny bit of water and then patted my paper in the inks.  Wow!  I just love how the ink dots layered and blended…


Then I used the darling feather images from the Marcella’s Mixtape Vol. 1 stamp set and some white and light mint green embossing powders to add over top of my inky paper.  I also created my own patterned paper for the back ground and added a sentiment using the Good Thinking: Renewal stamp set too!


Now it's your turn!  Come and play along this week with the Bloom Brigade!  Anything goes for this week's challenge!

HERE'S HOW TO PLAY ALONG:
All you need to do is use the linky HERE and share a new Power Poppy creation. It’s just that simple! It can be anything -- a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING!

OFFICIAL RULES:
  • You must use Power Poppy Stamps on your creation! There are lots of great digital stamps for immediate possession, here!
  • Link up your creation using the Linky here.
  • Mention the Peep of the Week challenge in your blog or gallery post with a link back to this blog post. This is a MUST!
  • We'll accept entries up until Thursday @3PM EST and will announce the Power Peeps of the Week next Friday for our Peep of the Week post.
  • Peeps of the Week Winners will have their creations posted in a special gallery on the Power Poppy Pinterest Boards! 
  • All players from the 13th, 20th and 27th will have their names thrown into a hat and the winner will get to pick a FREE STAMP SET OF THEIR CHOICE! Woo hoo!
Need a little inspiration to get those creative juices flowing? Be sure to stop on by and see what the lovely ladies on the Bloom Brigade created this week!

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker 

Thanks for stopping by!
  
~ Ally ~


Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Marcella’s Mixtape Vol 1., Good Thinking: Renewal)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes, Papertrey Ink
embossing powders:  Stampendous!, Zing!

edge punch:  EK Success
ink: Memento, Versamark, Ranger Distress.

Let’s Get Graphic!

This week at StampNation, the Dream Team and I are going graphic!

We were challenged to create a card using this photo as our inspiration…


Check out this week’s sneak peek of all the Dream Team creations…

I thought I’d share another graphic beauty with you here on my blog too.  StampNation is being sponsored this week by the amazing stamp company, Altenew!  They have an amazing array of stamp sets and I love how they stamp.

I first started my card by creating my harlequin back ground.  I used a “harlequin” mask from Tim Holtz and I air brushed my rainbow effect Copics across my stencil.  I wrapped my two silver ribbons around the end of my panel and attached it to my card front.

For my flower, I stamped the image from the AltenewHennah Elements” stamp set using Memento “Angel Pink” ink onto white cardstock.  Then I coloured in my flower with Copics.  I added the stamp stamped image right over top of it, using Versamark ink and white embossing powder over top.  (Copics don’t get along with embossing powders very well!!!)

Then I stamped two of the fern-like leaf stems onto vellum and embossed them with white embossing powder and added some silver pen to the ends.

Thank you to Altenew for the opportunity to use your stamps!  I thoroughly enjoyed using them.

Hope to see you there!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Altenew  (Hennah Elements)
cardstock:  Recollections, Vellum
ribbons:  Cosmo Cricket
embossing powder:  Stampendous!
ink: Memento, Versamark, Copic Markers
tools:  Copic Airbrush
silver pen:  Sakura
other:  Stickles by Ranger.

Tulips Thoughts

Howdy all!  It’s Wednesday and time for another fabulous card sketch at Splitcoaststampers!  I’m lucky enough to be your hostess this week so I hope you have a fun with my sketch.


I began my card using some Versamark ink and some white embossing powder.  Once it was heat embossed, I used some Ranger Distress Inks and watercoloured in my tulips and their back ground.  My delightful image comes from the new Power Poppy stamp set, Dynamic Duos: Peonies & Tulips.

So come on over and play along.  Here is my sketch design for this week:  SC493:

Thanks for stopping by!     

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Dynamic Duo: Peonies & Tulips)
cardstock:  Recollections 

patterned papers:  My Mind's Eye (Stella & Rose)
ink: Memento, Stampin' Up!, Ranger Distress
die cuts:  Spellbinders
other:  thread.

Dirty Girl Sneak Peek

Come on over to Splitcoaststampers and check out the latest and greatest theme for June!  Here is a sneak peek for this month’s fan Club members…


Hope to see you come and participate along with us this month!

~ Ally ~

Wanna Be Our “Peep of the Week”?


Hello happy crafters! It's Friday and this week we have a brand new "feature" on the Power Poppy Blog! This is not only a day when the Bloom Brigade will show you some of their latest creations, it's a day when we ask YOU to show us your stuff! That's right -- we want to see YOUR creations!

So I thought I would go back to Power Poppy's first reveal and play with my "Azalea" stamp set.
I first created my back ground using two of the images from the stamp set with SU! and Memento inks.  I just love the vibrancy I got from combining the two colours together.

Then I stamped my large Azalea image onto white cardstock and water coloured my image using Ranger Distress Inks and the corresponding SU! inks.   Here's a close up of my water coloured flowers and I also added some glimmer to their stamens: 


Now it's your turn!  Come and play along this week with the Bloom Brigade!  Anything goes for this week's challenge!


HERE'S HOW TO PLAY:
All you need to do is use the linky HERE and share a new Power Poppy creation. Just that simple! It can be anything -- a card, an altered item, a 3D creation, a set of cards, ANYTHING!

OFFICIAL RULES:
  • You must use Power Poppy Stamps on your creation! There are lots of great digital stamps for immediate possession, here!
  • Link up your creation using the Linky here.
  • Mention the Peep of the Week challenge in your blog or gallery post with a link back to this blog post.
  • We'll accept entries up until Thursday @3PM EST and will announce the Power Peeps of the Week next Friday for our Peep of the Week post.
  • Peeps of the Week Winners will have their creations posted in a special gallery on the Power Poppy Pinterest Boards! 
  • All players from the 13th, 20th and 27th will have their names thrown into a hat and the winner will get to pick a FREE STAMP SET OF THEIR CHOICE! Woo hoo!
Need a little inspiration to get those creative juices flowing? Be sure to stop on by and see what the lovely ladies on the Bloom Brigade created this week!

Let’s see who’s on deck for this week…

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by!     

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Azalea)
cardstock:  Recollections 

gems:  Doodlebug Designs
ink: Memento, Stampin' Up!, Ranger Distress.

Colour Washing 101 at StampNation!

Howdy all!  Today I’m having fun over at StampNation for the newest challenge as one of the Dream Team.

This week’s challenge is all about the “Colour Washing” technique.  Here’s a quick peek of all of our Dream Team challenge cards for you being showcased over at SN…

I also created a card to share with you here on my blog.  This card too, incorporates the fun and EASY technique of “colour washing”.  If you are not familiar with this technique, you can check out Catherine’s video here if you are a StampNation member!


I used our challenge technique to create the paper for my fussy cut flowers from the beautiful stamp set “Hennah Elements” by Altenew.

Here’s a close up of my flowers and also the fun clear glittery embossing on my black back ground…

Come out and join in the fun at StampNation!  You won’t regret it!

Hope to see you there!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Altenew (Hennah Elements)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections

die cuts: Spellbinders (PageMaps)
embossing powder: Stampendous!
ink: Memento, Stampin’Up!, Versamark
gems:  Doodlebug Designs
pen: Sakura.

Stand Out!?!

It’s Wednesday and time for another fabulous card sketch at Splitcoaststampers! This week we have a fabulous sketch with lots of cool layers.  You can check it out in the Card Sketch forum here.

Here is my card using Power Poppy’s newest release, “Sassy Succulents”.  I chose to layer all of the cute little cacti in the set to create a focal scene for my card.

Here's a little close up of my flowering cactus.  Not only does he have blooms, but he has glittery blooms!

This is this week's fabulous sketch by Janette: SC492:

Thanks for checking out my card today!  I hope you’ll come and play along with our sketch this week! Hope to see you there!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Sassy Succulents)
cardstock:  Recollections
die cuts:  Spellbinders
patterned papers: My Mind's Eye (Stella & Rose)
ink: Memento, Copic Markers
ribbon:  Offray
bling:  Doodlebug Designs
white pen:  Sakura
other:  Stickles by Ranger, thread.

Colour with Copics: Sepia Tones!


Come and join me on the Power Poppy Blog today… I’m sharing a quick tutorial all about colouring with Copics and how to colour a sepia toned image.  I hope to see you there!

Ally.

Let's Celebrate!


Come on over to StampNation today and help us celebrate!  Celebrate with some cool card creations that is!

Hope to see you there!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Play Ball!)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
patterned papers: Graphic45 (Good ol' Sports)
ink: Memento, Copic Markers.

Flat & Ready to Mail!

This week I wanted to participate in the “Clean & Simple Cards” challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  This week’s challenge was to create a CAS style card that is quick and stackable.
So I grabbed some rustic cream cardstock, stamped this glorious Lavender image from Power Poppy and then drew on the lines to create the panels within my design.


I quickly coloured in my image panels using Copic Markers and voila!  My card was born.


Here’s a quick close up…


For my card design today, I used this week’s Card Sketch from Splitcoast too:  SC491:

Thanks for stopping by!  Come and play along with us this week!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Lavender)
cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream)
ink:  Memento, Copic Markers 
pen: Copic Multi-Liner 0.3
tools: Scor-Pal.

Power Poppy Hoppy!

 
Welcome to the Power Poppy Blog Hop!  For Marcella and the Bloom Brigade we have had an amazing time sharing our creations using the newest Power Poppy stamp sets: Lavender, Play Ball!, Sassy Succulents and finally, Dynamic Duos: Peonies & Tulips.

Needless to say, my focal image wasn’t what I had planned in the end.  It actually happened by happy accident!  I had begun colouring the sprigs of lavender from the new “Lavender” stamp set using my Copics when I had a BIG wet blob drop out of my marker and onto my cardstock!  Oh no!  And then I looked at it again… maybe I can fix this!  So I took the same marker and began to add more “blobs” of colour… and VOILA!  My back ground was born!

I decided to take my back ground idea and transfer it to the inside of my card too..

I hope you enjoy your blog journey with us today!  Now… check out what my fellow Brigaders have created for you…

BLOOM BRIGADE: Unveil your creations 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

Thanks for stopping by!   

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Lavender)
cardstock:  Flourishes Kraft Cardstock, Recollections, Bazzill
patterned paper:  Authentique (Abroad)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
brad:  Stampin’ Up!

ribbon:  Offray
gems:  Doodlebug Designs, KaiserCraft
ink: Copic  Markers, Memento, Ranger Distress.

A Fun Announcement!

I am so lucky to have been asked to join the Dream Team over at StampNation!

If you are not familiar with StampNation, maybe you should be?!!  It’s a forum filled with amazing video resources, step by step tutorials, fun challenges, cool prizes all the time and some AMAZINGLY creative people… just like you!


To find out more, please visit StampNation, here!

Thank you to Catherine and Maureen and the rest of the Dream Team for making me feel so welcome!

~ Ally ~