Power & Spark ~ The Sky’s the Limit!

Howdy everyone!  Welcome to another fabulous, fun and creative Friday for the Bloom Brigade over at Power Poppy!  Today we have something new for all your creative people out there.  Power Poppy is beginning something new… it’s called “Power & Spark”!

Each month we’ll introduce a new designer-led challenge and you have all month long to create something fabulous to share with us AND you get a chance to WIN a Power Poppy stamp set of your choice!  Power Poppy images are not necessary to participate.  Woohoo!!

For our official challenge rules, click here!

Our first challenge is led by the super-uber talented Julie Koerber this month and it’s entitled…
Julie’s challenge is all about being inspired by all the amazing colours that the sky has to offer.  Be inspired by Julie’s photo on the Power Poppy Blog or take a photo of your own and use it for inspiration!  As the challenge implies… the sky’s the limit!  LOL!

I am super blessed to live on a little lake in Southern Alberta and we have the most amazing sunrises so I thought I share a few of my favourites with you first before getting to my card today.

My inspiration...

I was inspired by one of my latest photos from last week, the sunrise at the bottom... isn't it cool?  It has a gorgeous array of yellows, oranges, pinky-reds and gorgeous blues and that’s where the colours of my card below have evolved from.

I used the darling little budgy and tea cup image and sentiment from the new “Short Stacks” stamp collection from our newest release.

I embossed my image in detailed black embossing powder, heat set it and then used some watercolours to add colour to my image.
I added some tiny splatters to my back ground using a toothbrush using some black watercolour pigments and some white pen details to my birdy and tea cups.

Now… off you go on a little adventure through all of the Bloom Brigade blogs…

Allison Cope – you are here!
Christine Okken
Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan
Julie on the Power Poppy Blog

Happy hopping everyone!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored byPower Poppy

stamps: Power Poppy (Short Stacks)
cardstock:  Recollections Black Cardstock, Strathmore Watercolor Cold Press Paper 400 Series
patterned paper:  BasicGrey (KneeHighs)
die cut shapes: Simon Says Stamps (Stitched Rectangles), Avery Elle (Dotted Die)
embossing powder:  Stampendous! (Detail Black)
ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versamark, Jellyroll White Pen
watercolors:  Yarka Semi-Moist Watercolors.


Barbara Thompson said...

Ally this is simply wonderful! Love your photos as well!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Ally, what gorgeous sunsets! Yes, each one is beautiful and unique!! Just love how you've used it as inspiration for the beautiful card! Love that little bird on the cups!! What a darling image!! Hugs!

Julie Koerber said...

Oh my gosh Ally -- you are brilliant! Love the watercolor wash you added to make this sunrise inspired creation! And, oh my, you should blow up those photos and put them on every wall! Incredible my dear friend.... incredible!

Karen W said...

Very pretty Ally, I can't wait to get my new stamps and play in this challenge!! Thanks for the inspiration

ChristineCreations said...

Well, I knew you’d have some spectacular photos, and I just love your watercoloring and background...so rich feeling Ally. :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Nicely done, your watercoloring is wonderful Ally. your pictures are fabulous, not the skies I am having right now. :-(

Tosha Leyendekker said...

This post has the WOW factor on so many counts Ally! First of all, your sunrise photos are stunning!! Each one has the same scene, yet the colors tell a completely different story! WOW! Then there's your water colored image...LOVE how you incorporated the sunrise colors in the background, and your image is colored fantastically!! Yep....WOW!!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Stunning photos! Oh, how my two Goldens would love to live on your lake, but they have to do with the little creek in the woods behind the house. I just love how you used those sunset colors in your water color background wash! The little splatters really add to it, and the image looks fantastic. I simply adore this, Ally!

Katie Sims said...

How do you ever get anything else done besides staring at that gorgeous view?! Just beautiful, Ally and your card is too! :)