Introducing… Poinsettia!

It’s Day 4 of our Power Poppy reveal for October and today we’re featuring another wonderful holiday stamp set called “Poinsettia”!

This stunning collection has two extremely detailed images for your Christmas cards plus four beautiful sentiments.  This will be be a “must have” for all your holiday purchases this year indeed!

For my card, I chose to have some fun with kraft cardstock and white embossing powder.  I first stamped the ornate poinsettia and boughs in the top left hand corner of a kraft card base.  Then I stamped the same image twice more on to vellum and fussy cut only the poinsettia out.

Power Poppy Poinsettia

I added a bit of color using Copic markers on the BACK side of the vellum as to ensure I didn’t wreck the tips of my markers.  I used some 3D OLBA glue to stack and adhere my vellum layers.
Power Poppy Poinsettia
 
Some cool white pen lines and dots, some score-line details and a gold embossed greeting finished off my card.

Thanks for joining us the past 4 days for our reveals.  Check back tomorrow when the Bloom Brigade showcases all kinds of holiday beauties!  But for now, check out what my fellow design team has done with the “Poinsettia” stamps for today…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcy on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy blog hopping everyone!  Enjoy all the new holiday inspiration!

~ Ally ~
 

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 
Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Poinsettia)
cardstock:  Bazzill, vellum
tools:  Scor-Pal
paint:  Ranger Distress Stain (Tarnished Brass)
ink: Versamark, Copic Markers, Signo White Gel Pen 
embossing powder:  Hero Arts (White), PKGlitz (Gold).

Introducing… Frosted Gingerbread!

Frosted Gingerbread stamps Power Poppy
It's Day 3 and we’ve got another doozey for you from Power Poppy today!

This little beauty will be sure to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours.  It’s called “Frosted Gingerbread” and it’s full of cute, non-sticky images and sweet messages for all those holiday cards!

So I began my card using some simple die cut layers.  I stamped my adorable gingerbread house from the stamp set onto white cardstock and coloured it up using Copic Markers.

Frosted Gingerbread stamps Power Poppy

Then I carefully added some Liquid Applique to the snowy aspects of the house, let it dry and then applied some heat to make the solution puffy!  I love the texture it leaves…

Frosted Gingerbread stamps Power Poppy

Thanks for stopping in!  Take a moment and hop on to the visit the rest of the Bloom Brigade to take a peek at what they have all done with this super sweet stamp set...
 
Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Katie Sims
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcy on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy blog hopping everyone!  Enjoy all the new eye candy!

~ Ally ~
 

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 
Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Frosted Gingerbread)
cardstock:  Recollections
patterned papers:  Authentique (Believe)
dies:  Lawn Fawn (Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables), Spellbinders (Labels 4)
ink: Memento, Copic Markers
other:  Liquid Applique, thread.

Introducing… Joyful Arrangements!

Hello Power Poppy lovers!  I’m so glad you’re here to share in Day 2 of our Power Poppy reveal for October.

For today, the Bloom Brigade is spreading tidings of good cheer using the new and FONTabulous stamp collection, “Joyful Arrangements”.  This stamp set contains four amazing and cheerful sentiments fit for those handmade holiday cards.  Each greeting is unique and brings together all kinds of cool holiday inspired fonts and holiday icons, like jingle bells, boughs of holly and twinkling stars.

Now, let's check out my card!

I really wanted a card that would be super easy to duplicate... you know an assembly line type card.  Typically a card like this is simple, very few layers and not a lot of detail so this is what I came up with...
It's flat, easy to repeat and it fits in a regular envelope without extra postage!  Hooray!  I also had a ball colouring in all the cool fonts and the tiny bit of foliage in the banner.

Now join the remainder of the Bloom Brigade and find out what they created using all these glorious holiday greetings…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcy on the Power Poppy Blog

Enjoy the rest of the Bloom Brigades' creations!

~ Ally ~


Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Joyful Arrangements)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
patterned papers:  Lawn Fawn (Fa-la-la)
glitter ribbon:  Recollections
ink: Memento, Copic Markers.

Introducing… Bottlebrush Holiday!

Welcome to the first official day of our Power Poppy release!  Are you as excited as I am?


Today the Bloom Brigade is going into the crafty woodlot and creating with the fabulous new “Bottlebrush Holiday” stamp collection.  This set just makes me giddy… there are so many cute images with the bottlebrushes PLUS there is a ton of great sentiments too!  It’s a favourite for the holidays for sure!

For my card today, I knew I wanted to work with a non-traditional holiday colour scheme so I found this cute ornate swirly patterned paper from Authenique and it was red, cream, white and light blue in colour so that was my starting point.


I used some rich Memento “Rhubarb Stalk” ink to stamp the adorable “HO” images and then added some shading to the wreathes and the H’s using Copic Markers.  A cute little light blue bow and my card was complete!

Now join the remainder of the Bloom Brigade with me and take a stroll on over to all of their blogs.  I know you won’t regret it at all!

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Danielle Kennedy
Dawn Burnworth
Leslie Miller
Tosha Leyendekker
Marcy on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy blog hopping everyone!  Enjoy all the new eye candy!

~ Ally ~


Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Bottlebrush Holiday)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
patterned papers:  Authentique (Believe)
ribbon:  Flourishes
ink: Memento, Copic Markers
other:  thread.

Lots of Fun Coming Up at StampNation

Hey gang!  Wait ‘til you see what StampNation has in store for you!  On Saturday October 4th, we’re celebrating World Card Making Day and we’re celebratin’ with all kinds of fun challenges!  We’ll be posting cool challenges for all of our StampNation members to try out and even have the possibility to win some cool stamping related prizes.

This week the Dream Team have been hard at work again, sharing their amazing creations with us!

Can you guess what this week’s challenge is by our little sneak peek?


And here’s a even bigger sneak peek of my card creation for this challenge…

For my card this week I'm featuring the amazing inks from Imagine Crafts and Tsukineko!

Come and join in the fun and become a member of StampNation!
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~ Ally ~

Cauliflower Anyone?

Yippee… it’s FRIDAY!!!  Time for another chance to play along with the Power Poppy Bloom Brigade!  Wanna be one of our Peep of the Week winners and get your Power Poppy creation showcased on the Power Poppy Blog?  Click here to find out more about how to enter.

Today I want to share a fun layered beaut with ya’ll!  I had a lot of fun fussy cutting out many, many layers of stamped pieces of this adorable little basket of cauliflower from the “Farmers Market” stamp collection.

I didn’t use a lot of Copic Markers to colour my image, just E81, E84, G24, G8 & R59.  I used a bit of the patterned papers for my basket instead of colouring it in.

If you look closely, you can see that some parts of the image are higher than others – the leaves hanging over the basket are especially noticeable… I love fussy cutting!!

Now take a stroll and visit my fellow Bloom Brigaders with me and see what these amazingly talented ladies have come up with this week for you to check out!

Allison Cope you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence

Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Kathy Jones
Leslie Miller


Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy
 

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Farmers Market)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
patterned papers:  Carta Bella (So This is Christmas)

die cuts: Spellbinders
ribbon:  Flourishes
ink: Memento, Copic Markers
other:  thread.

StampNation House Warming Party Winner

We helped Catherine Pooler celebrate all week long last week and each one of the lovely ladies that helped her party hard gave away a 1 month subscription to StampNation!

My random winner is commenter #34:

Congratulations 
Laura Elliot!

To claim your prize Laura, please email Catherine, using the contact page right HERE on her blog.

Thank you to all those lovely ladies who shared a little piece of your heart on my blog.  It was so wonderful to read who you all would invite to our house warming parties!

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Catherine has also announced the winners over on her blog for all the amazing prizes that were given away!  You can check it out here!  Are you a winner????

~ Ally ~

When Life Gives You Lemons

Howdy all!   It’s been a long week already and it’s only Wednesday Smile .  Over at StampNation this week we have a super fun challenge… one of my favourite kinds of challenges in fact, a sketch challenge!  This week the Dream Team is being inspired by a sketch that was inspired by one of my cards… I’m honoured that Maureen has chosen a card to use as our challenge this week.

Here’s a quick sneak peek of what the Dream Team has in store for you over at StampNation
StampNation Sketch Challenge using Reverse Confetti's "Fresh 'n Fruity" Sets


And here’s the sneak of my lemon fresh card…
StampNation Reverse Confetti "Fresh 'n Fruity"

I worked with some super fabulous Radiant Neon inks from Tsukineko and some cute stamps and dies, "Fresh 'N Fruity" from Reverse Confetti this week!

This week’s challenge is a little extra special! 

This week the amazing stamp company Reverse Confetti is offering up a $15.00 gift certificate to their shop to one lucky winner!  Woohoo!
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Hope you’ll join us over at StampNation today!  Happy stamping everyone!
~ Ally ~

Home Sweet Home

Howdy everyone!  What an exciting week it's been over at CatherinePooler.com.  After months of planning and preparation, Catherine's blog redesign is finally up and running.  If you haven't checked it out, stop by to see all of the new features her site has to offer.  In celebration of the new and improved www.catherinepooler.com, we are throwing a housewarming party beginning at 9am EST!

The housewarming party will run like regular challenges with a link up on Catherine's blog HERE.

To join along, simply make a card based on the theme HOME and link it up.  

You get three entries for each project you link up!  Leave a comment for yet another entry to win on Catherine's blog!!

WIN?  Yes, there are prizes.  You can't have a party without prizes right?! 

How about a chance to win a free ONE-YEAR subscription to StampNation? Plus prizes from...  
Some Odd Girl:  $20 gift card
Ellen Hutson:  $50  gift card
CAS-ual Fridays:  $25 gift card
Winnie & Walter:  home themed stamp set
Penny Black: Shades Creative Die
Pretty Pink Posh:  $50 gift card
Clearly Besotted: £30 gift card    
Hero Arts: $30 gift card

How's that for a party?  Over $300 in prizes!!!  Each Dream Team member along with our company sponsors are also giving away one-month memberships to StampNation on their blogs, so make sure you visit them and leave comments so you are entered to win.  If you don't have a blog you can still link up using the StampNation Gallery.

The challenge will be open through September 17th at 11:55 EST.  Winners will be announced on September 18th.

I hope you all get a chance to play along!

So I thought I'd share with you my HOME themed card creation.  When I think of home, I think warmth and coziness!  (And with our first SN*W fall... yes... SN*W in September!!!... we needed to cozy up this week!)

 And I love the thought of a beautiful holiday wreath hanging on my front door...
House Warming Party for CatherinePooler.com - $300 worth of prizes to win!

Here's a little close up of my wreath!  I used a Copic Spica pen to add some red glitter to my wreath's berries...

Hey and for immediate gratification.... why not check out StampNation for $1.00!!!!!  Click the image below and it will take you to the SN store for purchase...  HOORAY!!!

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NOW... I'm giving away a ONE MONTH SUBSCRIPTION to StampNation right here on my blog.  All you have to do to enter is to answer the question below in a comment (please leave me your email address so I can contact you if you win!):

If YOU were having your own personal house 
warming party next week, who would be that one 
special person you would invite (dead or alive
to attend and why?

Good luck!!!

COMMENTS NOW CLOSED!

~ Ally ~


Supplies:
stamps:  WPlus9 (Merry & Bright), Flourishes (Christmas Music, Home for the Holidays)
inks:   Memento (Pistachio), Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar, Always Artichoke, Really Rust)
cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Cream)
ribbonOffray
tools:  Scor-Pal Tool
other:  Copic Spica Pen (Red).

A Sneak Peek for Tomorrow

Hey fellow stamp lovers!  Tomorrow is going to be filling with a lot of fun so I wanted to take a moment to share what’s going on.

First of all, it’s Wednesday tomorrow and time for another fabulous challenge over at StampNation.  This week the Dream Team has been in the mood for Autumn… Autumn colours that is!  Here’s a little sneak peek for you…

AND… we also havin’ a HOUSE WARMING PARTYCatherine Pooler, owner of StampNation has just done a full blog makeover and we’re going to celebrate with her and a bunch of other stampy guests!  By coming along and joining us this week, beginning tomorrow, we are giving away over $300 worth of stamping loot!!!! 

Join me tomorrow at 6am EST when I tell ya a little bit more about the par-tah events!

~ Ally ~

No-Line Tutorial Using Watercolours

Join me today on the Power Poppy Blog for a step by step tutorial on how I created my card from Friday’s Peep of the Week post, here. I used the no-line technique for colouring my stamped image.

I had a ball colouring the beautiful “Geraniums Take Two” image using some lush new watercolor paints I just bought.   I just couldn’t wait to use them and share my creation with you!

I hope you’ll stop by the blog and leave me a comment and tell me if you’ll give this technique a try soon!  It's easier than it looks.

Happy stamping!!

~ Ally ~

Happy Pink Painted Geraniums

Howdy all!  TGIF… I’m sure glad that it’s Friday! It’s already been a busy week with school starting up and again and trying to work on tutorials and projects – it seems like this week just flew by!

Typically Power Poppy would have already shown sneak peeks of the latest and greatest new release but this this month, we’re holding off so we can bring you an even BIGGER, more fabulous release.  Trust me… you’ll wanna save some dough for this one!


Since it’s Friday, we have our newest Peep of the Week challenge on and all you have to do to participate is create and link up a project that contains a Power Poppy image of any kind!  If you want some instant gratification, you can purchase some of our glorious digital stamps right here.   Join us and you could win some more Power Poppy stamps to add to your stamp collection.

Lately I’ve been dabbling in some water colouring and I am really enjoying it.  My Aunt is a water colour artist (or used to be) and I just loved all the cool effects she would get with this subtle, beautiful medium. So today, I’m sharing a simple water coloured card…
I used the delightful "Geraniums Take Two" stamp set for my card today.  There is just something so happy about Geraniums!  These remind me of the ones that my Mom has in her little deck garden at home in Ontario!

You can join me on Monday on the Power Poppy Blog and find out exactly how I achieved this colouring using water colours and maybe even give it a try yourself!  It took a lot of patience but I just adore the end result.  

Here’s a simple close up for you.  You can kind of see the slight embossed details that frame out the Geraniums.

Come and check out what my fellow Bloom Brigaders have to share with you today…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber

Stacy Morgan
Tosha Leyendekker

Have a great time checking out everyone's creations this week!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

Supplies:
stamps: Power Poppy (Geraniums Take Two)
watercolour paper: Strathmore (400 series)

patterned papers:  Fancy Pants Designs (Beloved), Marion Smith (Motley)
embossing die:  Spellbinders (Gold Rectangle 1)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
watercolours: Yarka
doily die:  Cheery Lynn Designs (Polynesian Sails Mini)
pens:  Sakura (White, Glitter)
ink: Memento (Rich Cocoa), Ranger Distress (Antique Linen)
other:  thread, gold string.

Sew, Sew Cold!

I’m on a Christmas card kick… I know!  It’s ONLY the first week of September and not even officially FALL yet but I was just dying to use some of the fun winter critter stamps that I just received in the mail.

Being Wednesday, it’s time for a new challenge over at StampNation.  This week’s challenge is all about STITCHING!  And if you know me, I LOVE stitching on my cards.  I prefer machine stitching but I’m open to stitch stamps, hand penned stitching or even hand stitching too!  For my card this week, I chose to incorporate some “fabric” stamps, some die cut stitching AND some hand stitching.  Here’s a sneak peek for you…

Here's a little sneak peek of my fellow Dream Team creations for this week's challenge...
It’s also time for a new sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today!  And once again… I couldn’t resist those little wrapped up for winter critters for this week’s sketch creation…

Here’s the sketch I used for my card this week, SC504:

I took a little creative license on this one and swapped out the 5 little panels and used 5 characters on my card instead.  I think it works? Don’t you?!?

I just adore the sweet little winter stamps by Purple Onion Designs.  I knew I just had to have them for my very own!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll join us for BOTH challenges this week!

~ Ally ~

Supplies:
stamps: Flourishes (Dove and Holly), Purple Onion Designs (Stacey Yucula Studio Stamps)

patterned paper:  Fancy Pants Designs (Timbergrove)
cardstock:  Bazzill, Recollections
dies:  Spellbinders (Create a Flake 2)
pens:  Sakura (White)
ink: Memento, Versamark, Copic Markers

edge punch:  EK Succes
pearls:  KaiserCraft
other:  Stickles.