Introducing… Countryside Bouquet Deluxe

Welcome to Day 4 of the Power Poppy release!  So far, we’ve sneaked some fruit and veggies from the Farmer’s Market, some sunny florals from the Sunny Harvest and some dazzling beauties from the Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas.  Today we’re here to showcase the amazing, “Countryside Bouquet Deluxe”…

This stamp set contains the beautiful digital bouquet we revealed last month but with much, much more!  I couldn’t help but pull out my Copic air brush and my Copic Blender pen and go mad!

My card is not just a card!  It has a little secret…

The front is a flap and is removable.  It removes to become…
… a magnetic bookmark!

My design today is using Splitcoaststampers newest sketch:, SC499: designed by moi! ~ just rotated!

Here’s how I created both of my focal images…

  1. First I masked off any areas I didn’t want any ink on; mainly the outer areas of my die cuts.
  2. Then I stamped my images using Memento “Tuxedo Black” ink.
  3. Then I loaded my Copic air brush system with my Copics; and sprayed then lightest to darkest beginning with my grey shades (T2, T4, T6, T8, T9).
  4. Then I took my Copic Blender pen and pushed all of the ink off of my flowers and stems leaving a dabbled look.
  5. Then I loaded my air brush again and applied some Y17 and YR68.
  6. I pushed off any ink from the orange hues that were on my blooms and stems using the Copic Blender pen again and voila!  I really like this unique effect!
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey with the remainder of my fellow Bloom Brigaders

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella on the Power Poppy Blog 

Thanks for stopping by!
   

~ Ally ~
 

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 
Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Countryside Bouquet Deluxe)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
patterned papers:  Graphic45 (Steampunk Spells)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ribbon:  Offray

ink: Memento, Copic Markers, Copic Blender pen, Sakura White pen, Ranger Distress Inks
other:  thread.

Introducing… Dynamic Duo: Glads & Gerberas

Hello and welcome to Day Three of the Power Poppy release!  Marcella’s back at it again… she’s back at taking our wonderful digital images and making them into clear stamps!  Now I love digital stamps, don’t get me wrong, but I do love the feel of inking up a stamp and pressing it into the crisp colourful cardstock too!  So to all those flower and clear stamper lovers out there, we have “Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas”! 


Marcella says…
Maybe you didn't get enough of these the first time around? :) :) :) We have gotten so many requests for the Instant Garden flower digis to be made into clear stamps, and the Peonies and Tulips Dynamic Duos was our top seller of the June release!! I thought we should give the folks what they want, and put these out in both formats. I've added several new sentiments in a more contemporary-looking typestyle, perfect for thank you’s and for cheering people on!

I had a ball creating this card for you today!  I found some floral, shabby chic type paper pad and just had fun layering and creating depth as I went.  I used the happy Gerbera Daisies from the “Dynamic Duo: Glads & Gerberas” and added one of the sweet sentiments from the same set.


Here’s a quick close up of my daisies…

Have a gander at what the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have done with these glowing images…

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by!    


~ Ally ~
 

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 
Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas)
cardstock:  Bazzill
patterned papers:  Prima Marketing (Madeline)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
ribbon:  Offray

ink: Memento, Copic Markers, Ranger Distress Inks
other:  thread.

Are You a Winner?

According to the graphic above, the StampNation Beach Vacation is over!  But truly, it has just begun.  Each day last week, a new beach themed challenge was posted along with video tutorials and Dream Team samples. - See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/07/blog-hop-winners/#sthash.WLwlz7Q5.dpuf
StampNation Beach Vacation isn't over just yet!!!!  There is still time to join and complete all of the amazing challenges.  There are 6 challenges in all and each one has some amazing examples from the SN Dream Team!
According to the graphic above, the StampNation Beach Vacation is over!  But truly, it has just begun.  Each day last week, a new beach themed challenge was posted along with video tutorials and Dream Team samples. - See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/07/blog-hop-winners/#sthash.WLwlz7Q5.dpuf
According to the graphic above, the StampNation Beach Vacation is over!  But truly, it has just begun.  Each day last week, a new beach themed challenge was posted along with video tutorials and Dream Team samples. - See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/07/blog-hop-winners/#sthash.WLwlz7Q5.dpuf
According to the graphic above, the StampNation Beach Vacation is over!  But truly, it has just begun.  Each day last week, a new beach themed challenge was posted along with video tutorials and Dream Team samples. - See more at: http://catherinepooler.com/2014/07/blog-hop-winners/#sthash.WLwlz7Q5.dpuf

Catherine over at CatherinePooler.com has posted the winners for the StampNation blog hop and much more!

Are you a winner? 
Check it out here.

Join me next week when I share some fun ideas of how to use sketch es all month long!  This is for StampNation members only… so join today!
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 ~ Ally ~

Introducing… Sunny Harvest!

It’s Day Two of the amazing Power Poppy reveal for August.  Today brings you the warm and sunny faces of sweet sunflowers and brilliantly glowing Chinese Lantern flowers.  This stamp set is not only beautiful but you’ll want to create some gorgeous cards and projects using the beautiful sentiments too!  Introducing… “Sunny Harvest”.


I couldn’t resist stamping and colouring the amazing delicate Chinese Lantern and Bittersweet entangled image. I’ve always loved the crepe-y, see-thorough glow of the Chinese Lantern plant.

Here’s a quick close up of my image.  I added some Glossy Accents to my Bittersweet berries to make them shiny…

Have a gander at what the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have done with these glowing images…

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

Thanks for stopping by!   Come and join us tomorrow for our third reveal. 


~ Ally ~


Sponsored byPower Poppy
 
Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Sunny Harvest)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes
patterned papers:  Webster's Pages (Hello World)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
silver string:  Cosmo Cricket

tools: Copic Air Brush
ink: Memento, Copic Markers, Sakura Gold Pen
other:  thread, Glossy Accents.

Introducing… Farmer’s Market!

Welcome to the first day of the Power Poppy sneak peeks for August!  The next five days are going to be filled with all kinds of stampy scents and sounds of Summer and Autumn.  Our first stamp set up is… “Farmer’s Market”.

Marcella says: “Inspired by the bounty of the local market - the freshness of our earth's gifts, the saturated colors, the rustic baskets.... I think there is something really dear about the market that creates a coziness and sense of community. Folks standing in line to pick out the perfect heirloom tomato, or the newest variety of colourful cauliflower (did you know it comes in orange and purple and bright green, not just white?) The bounty we carry home in our arms - some of us wondering..."What the heck am I going to do with all of this?" but we buy it anyway!

Doesn't Marcella’s description make your mouth water and your nose smell those imaginary Autumn fruits and veggies?  It sure does to me!

Now, let’s check out my card creation for today’s reveal…

I couldn’t resist using this amazing veggie bounty for my first card.  I swear I used at least 60 different Copics to colour and shade my image.  It was a sheer delight to colour!


I coloured my beets like they were of the Golden and Pink varieties.

I coloured my greens as if they were Swiss Chard.

I also coloured my tomatoes as if they were of the colourful heirloom varieties.  Did you know they had tomato varieties stripped like zebras?  Cool!

Nothing says delicious like colourful veggies on your plate…


Have a gander at what the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have done with these tasty images…

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcella on the Blog

Thanks for stopping by!   

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Farmer’s Market)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill
patterned papers:  Marion Smith Designs (Motley), Bo Bunny (Serenade)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders
pink gems:  Prima Marketing
gold pearls:  Hero Arts

ink: Copic Markers, Sakura Gold Pen
other:  thread, ribbon.

Power Poppy is Bloomin’ Again!

Howdy everyone!  It’s that time of the month… it’s time for another fabulous reveal at Power Poppy.

This month’s reveal is crammed full of Marcella’s stunningly detailed images… images you’ll definitely have to add to your stamp drawer.  We have FIVE, yes… FIVE stamp sets to reveal and here’s just a little sneak peek for you…
Join the Bloom Brigade beginning tomorrow as we sneak peek our first August stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!   

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Come and Get Your Feet Wet at StampNation!


Hello Stamp Lovers!

The StampNation Beach Vacation has been a smashing success!  Thank you to everyone who has participated in the challenges and blog hop so far.  We have a few reminders for you as the event comes to an end, though in true StampNation style no event ever officially closes and we still have one more challenge for you!

First, have you hopped along in our blog hop yet?  If not, make sure you do that, leaving comments on each blog, by 11:59 EST on Saturday. You can start HERE on Catherine's blog. The winners will be announced on Sunday on Catherine's blog.  What's up for grabs?  Three one-month
StampNation memberships, a $25 Store credit to Ellen Hutson, a $25 Gift Certificate to Pretty Pink Posh and your choice of Lawn Fawn stamp set, plus a 6 x 6 pad of paper!!  



Next, the challenges...the Dream Team put on quite a showing this week and deserve a week off, don't you think?  That means you have another full week to make cards for the Beach Vacation challenges.  Every NEW card you enter into those challenges get you an entry into a drawing for more prizes.  That's right, Ellen Hutson, Pretty Pink Posh and Lawn Fawn are offering the same prizes to StampNation members.  So, grab your stamps and get inky this weekend so you have a chance to win.  The more cards you make, the more chances you have to win.

So come on out, sign up and play along with the fabulous StampNation members this week! 


~ Ally ~

Sponsored byStampNation

Poppies of Thanks

Howdy Power Poppy lovers!  Today the Bloom Brigade is sharing so more amazing creations using our amazingly detailed images.

I decided to stick to the theme of poppies of this week in honour of our name and share a simple card featuring the new “Countryside Bouquet” stamp set.  This digital stamp is so delicate and detailed and resizes BIG or small for you to colour.  It’s delightful!
For my sentiment, I used the “thanks” from the “Play Ball!” stamp set.  You can always mix and match our stamp sets!

I even added some fun shimmer with a few dots of Sakura glitter pen.

Why not join us and share a Power Poppy creation of your very own.  Just by sharing, you could WIN some more of these lush and glorious beauties for your collection.  Click HERE to find out how!!!


Check out what the rest of my fellow Bloom Brigaders have created to share with you today…

Allison Cope -- you are here!
Christine Okken
Danielle Kennedy
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller



Thanks for stopping by!   

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Countryside Bouquet)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Flourishes Black Cardstock
patterned paper:  Bo Bunny (Serenade)
die cut shapes: Spellbinders

ribbon:  Offray
ink: Memento, Copic Markers
other:  Sakura Glitter pen.

Design notes:  CASEd from a card I saw online somewhere.  Sadly I don't know the originally creator.

StampNation Blog Hop ~ Beach Style!


Today we are kicking off the StampNation Summer Beach Vacation event with a Blog Hop. Each of the StampNation Dream Team members, along with some of our crafty friends, are hopping along sharing cards inspired by our first challenge, "Beach Style", as well as a peek at our favorite projects from the event!

Here's my card for the first challenge:
Aloha everyone!  I am totally a beach bum so the first challenge up is all about your own beach style.  I was in love with this super cute little caravan from the Avery Elle stamp collection, "Surf's Up!" from Ellen Hutson and I had spied the cutest card by Heather Campbell using the same stamp set and just had to CASE it!

I first die cut the large dotted rectangle from the Avery Elle "Dotted Die" from Ellen Hutson from white cardstock.  I stamped all of the beachy keen images using Memento black ink and then masked them off and used the chevron and paint swishes stamps to paint my back ground.  Next I used Copic Markers to colour my caravan and the Copic Blender Solution to "tie die" it's paint job!  I added some sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for that touch of sparkle!

Here's a quick close up...

Now it's time to hop along now. Make sure you leave comments at each of the blogs listed below to be eligible to win...

One of THREE one month StampNation memberships.

Plus...
$25 Pretty Pink Posh Gift Certificate
 
Ellen Hutson $25 Gift Certificate



Choice of Lawn Fawn Stamp Set & Let's Polka 6 x 6 Pad 

You will have have until 11:59 pm EST on July 27th to leave a comment. Winners will be chosen randomly and will be announced on Monday, July 28th on Catherine's blog.

Not a StampNation Sistah yet? We hope you will join us. Learn more here.

This event is going to be SO MUCH FUN! Here's a peek at another project I have coming later this week...
Check out Virginia's blog next...SN beach vacation blog hop.jpg
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all our inspiration.   

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byStampNation, Ellen Hutson, Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh

Supplies:
stamps:  Avery Elle (Surf's Up), Flourishes (So Distressed)

cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill
die cut shape: Avery Elle (Dotted Die)
sequins:  Pretty Pink Posh (Sparkling Clear)
ink: Copic Markers, Ranger Distress, Memento.

Let Freedom Ring!


It’s Friday and another fabulous day to not only share with you, but for you to share with us!  Come and join the Bloom Brigade over on the Popper Poppy Blog for another Peep of the Week!  Come and play along with us and get a chance to WIN!

This week I chose to work with the stunningly delicate “Countryside Bouquet” digital stamp set.  I took the image, duplicated it four times and took square snippets of the image from different areas and then printed out all four squares along with the cute (and offered free… click here!) sentiment.

To play along the freedom theme, I chose to work with reds, blues and whites!

Take a gander at what the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have done with our fabulous digital images…

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

Tosha Leyendekker

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy all our inspiration.   
 
~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy


Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Countryside Bouquet)
cardstock:  Recollections, Woodgrain – AveryElle
tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-Bug

gems:  Doodlebug
ink: Copic Markers.

StampNation Vacation is Coming!

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

StampNation is headed out on VACATION… and we’d love it if you joined us for the experience!

Put this vacation on your summer to-do list! StampNation is hosting a week-long Summer Beach Vacation Event from July 20-26. There will be daily beach-themed challenges, videos, prizes, and lots of inky fun. If you like summer and vacations and the beach (and who doesn't?) you will not want to miss this!

The fun begins this Sunday with a kick-off blog hop at 9 am Eastern, featuring the StampNation Dream Team as well as a few amazing guest designers. Hope you'll join us!

We have some amazing sponsors joining us too:
Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh & Ellen Huston.

If you're not familiar with StampNation, it's a wonderful online community of fellow stampers. As a member, you have access to hundreds of video tutorials, a gallery, cool challenges, message boards and so much more. Check it out and be inspired!
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Geraniums and Gingham

There is NOTHING I love more than using a gingham patterned paper… it just thoroughly makes me smile from ear to ear.  So when I was finished creating my beautiful Geraniums panel for my card last night, I just couldn’t resist using this gorgeous green gingham from some Graphic45 Christmas papers to complete the look I wanted.  The “Geraniums” are a newly released digital stamp set from Power Poppy with the same name.


My card today was designed using the latest Card Sketch from Splitcoaststampers.   It’s my week to share a sketch and this was it… SC497;

Now, if you have never worked with digital stamps... no worries!  I have actually created a step-by-step tutorial over at StampNation just for those people just beginning to dabble in this art.  I show you exactly how I created this very card front.  I hope you’ll check it out…

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


~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy


Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Geraniums)
cardstock:  Recollections, Bazzill
patterned paper:  Graphic45 (The 12 Days of Christmas)
white pen:  Sakura

pearls:  Doodlebug Designs
tools:  sewing machine, Photoshop CS3, Copic Airbrush
inks: Copic Markers, Ranger Distress Inks
die cut shape:  Spellbinders.

My Final Additions to the Dirt Pile


Sadly my 6 month stint has come to end with the Dirty Girls this month. But do not despair… this month’s theme is the ultimate theme!  If you aren’t a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club, this is your month to join! Click here to find out more.

Here’s some sneak peeks of my Dirty Girl cards for this month…

Hope to see you over at Splitcoast this month!  Come and play along!

~ Ally ~

An Antique Bouquet of Roses


Hi all!  Welcome to another fabulous Friday challenge over at Power Poppy!

Once again, we’re asking you to share your Power Poppy creations with the Bloom Brigade.  There is no specific challenge for this week but we do ask that you use one of our fabulous images and share your creation, including a link to this challenge, on your creation.  Simple as that!

For my card today, I thought I’d do a little experimenting.  I coloured my large bouquet from our newly released digital stamp set, “Arranging Roses” using a variety of Copic Marker colours and then I set my panel up for a little distressing. 

I distressed the edges using my paper distresser, then I inked the edges with some dark blue, pumice and black Ranger Distress Inks.

Here’s a close up of my coloured image…

Have a gander at what the rest of the Bloom Brigaders have done with these amazing Power Poppy images…

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 (Arranging Roses)
cardstock:  Recollections
patterned paper:  Simple Stories (Homespun)
metal clip:  BasicGrey

white pen:  Sakura
tools:  sewing machine, Tonic Paper Distresser
inks: Copic Markers, Ranger Distress Inks
edge punch:  Fiskars.

We’re Beachy Keen!


Join me on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog today for a fun tutorial about creating a beach scene with Copics!  For a direct link, click here.

Hope you enjoy my tutorial!


Don't forget to check out the latest issue... and you have it TODAY!  Download it for FREE right here.  Make sure to check out my card article on pages 37 and 38.

~ Ally ~

Blue, Gold and Vellum

Check out the latest sketch from Splitcoaststampers Card Sketch Challenge this week, SC494!  It’s a very versatile sketch by Janette that you’ll love!

And check out my card creation for her sketch…

 I had so much fun creating the digital paper for my 3 panels.  I used the brand new digital stamp, “Countryside Bouquet” from Power Poppy.

I pulled the amazing bouquet of cosmos, lipstick plant and poppies into Photoshop, added some light orange colour to only the poppies (sorry it’s so hard to see that aspect!) and the changed the opacity over top a teal blue back ground.  I cut the single panel into 3 equal parts, stitching them and add some gold gilding to each panel’s edges. 

Here’s a quick close up of of the gold detailing and my gold embossed sentiment from the “Azalea” stamp set, also from Power Poppy.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll join us Splitcoast for this week’s awesome sketch!  Happy stamping!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Countryside Bouquet, Azalea)
cardstock:  Recollections, vellum
ink: Versamark
gold pen:  Sakura

tools:  Photoshop CS3
gold embossing powder:  PKGlitz
other:  thread.

A Sweet Treat for You!

It’s Wednesday and time for another challenge day over at StampNation. This week’s challenge is a delicious and delightful one!  This week’s challenge is to incorporate a fruit or vegetable into your card or project. Here’s some little sneak peeks of my fellow StampNation Dream Team members creations for this week’s creations…

My StampNation exclusive card is the one with the yellow striped paper and strawberries on it!  Yum!

With summer in full swing here in Alberta, we’re starting to see some fresh Ontario and British Columbia fruits like cherries and strawberries in the grocery stores.  I love this time of year for all these glorious fresh products.  So today I decided to honour the beautiful, sweet raspberry!


For my card I used a variety of Flourishes products here. I used the adorable “Sweet Berry Frames” stamp set for my fruit, gingham shape and also my sentiment.  For these shapes, I used the Flourishes Spellbinder’s die set, “Perfectly Pierced Classic Frames” which is designed specifically for this stamp set.  It’s got such great shapes!

I also used a fun back ground stamp from Stampin’ Up! to create my wood grain effect.  It’s called “Hardwood”.

Here’s a quick close up of the colouring and focal point of my card front…

So take a moment and check out StampNation!  You’ll love the friendly feel for sure!  If you have not had a chance to check out StampNation yet....
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~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Flourishes (Berry Sweet Frames), Stampin’ Up! (Hardwood)
cardstock:  Recollections, Flourishes, Bazzill

ink: Memento, Stampin’ Up!, Copic Markers
dies:  Spellbinders for Flourishes

pearls:  Doodlebug Designs
other:  thread.